Halo Reach

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Last time, I said that I was playing through Halo Reach and would have a series on it. Well, I was wrong. My friend and I blasted through most of it over the weekend and finished it last night. A lot of it was fueled by some anger and stress about things going on in my life. I’m so glad my friend C was willing to play through it with me. It was a great way to get some of that out, and I’m feeling better now!

We completed the game on normal mode, and I was doing just fine with that. The only parts I really had trouble with were the flying vehicle parts, but I did eventually get a little better at that. I still prefer being on the ground, either using the DMR or Magnum for some range or the assault rifle or shotgun for closer enemies. Punching is always good too. We also used the option for a little celebration when we got headshots on grunts. I was getting them pretty regularly because my aim has improved so much!

That silly little thing made this rather depressing game more fun. I was sad each time we lost another squad member but especially Cat and George. And in the end when our characters died too was not so fun. Since C was player 1, his character was in all the cutscenes while mine wasn’t. However, at the end he died before me, so my character was shown making a final last stand and eventually falling. It was hard to watch, but I definitely want more Halo now. We are looking into getting the rest of the games so we can keep playing through them. I hope I find them soon, because I want more! Not only is it great stress relief, but I also want more of the story. Since this one was a prequel, I still don’t really know what happened after Halo 1!

Halo

Hello everyone! It’s been a little while since I’ve posted. I’ve been a little busy with real life stuff. I have still had time to play games though! In fact, I’ve been playing the first Halo game at my friend C’s house. We actually managed to finish it last night in co-op mode with normal difficulty.

C has been playing games for years, and is very good. He also has so many games, and he loves to introduce them to me and teach me how to play. I’m really lucky he is willing to teach me and is patient with me. He says I’m a fast learner and have improved so much. One of his other friends saw me playing for a bit, and even said I was a good shot. It was nice to hear, because I still think of myself as being really new and not being very good yet. We make a really good team, probably because he has experience and I have adaptability. With me still being relatively new, I don’t really have my own play style yet and just adapt to complement his. Since he usually likes to stay back and snipe, I would defend him from enemies that got close.

Having finished the first Halo game, I see why people like them so much. It was challenging without ever seeming impossible. The only parts I got really frustrated with were the parts when we had to fly vehicles. I wasn’t very good at that!

While it wasn’t as story-driven as I tend to like, I’m still left wanting to find out what happens next. We are planning to play Halo Reach next, and I’ll write more about that. I guess it’s prequel so technically I won’t find out what happens next, but I will still get to learn more about the Halo universe and that’s almost as good! I think it will take us a lot longer to get through, so it will likely be a series of posts.

Since I usually play on a PC, I also had to get used to the XBox controller. I think I’ve finally mastered the buttons and don’t have to look at them to know where A, B, X, and Y are. I have also figured out that for whatever reason, I need to have the Y-axis inverted. My friend C does too, so I thought it was pretty normal. However, I started asking around and way more people play with the default controls! It’s gotten me wondering why some people play inverted and others don’t. Maybe it’s just like being left-handed. Let me know if you play default or inverted in the comments!¬†Thanks for reading!

Half-Life

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I first got Half-Life a couple of years ago, while I was still in college. However, I didn’t have much time to play it. I graduated about a year ago, and have given it a couple of tries since then.

I kept getting stuck and not knowing where to go next, which was very frustrating. I also have decided that survival horror games are just not my thing. I really wanted to like it, but I just haven’t been enjoying it at all.

I have been giving Half-Life another try this past week, because I know I have gotten a lot more confident in my playing ability and I don’t scare as easily as I used to. However, it still scares me too much and I just don’t have fun playing it. In addition, the old graphics didn’t used to bother me but I got spoiled by Mass Effect 2 and now I can tell how old it is. Maybe it makes me a wimp but I don’t want to punish myself and play all the way through so I am not going to keep playing it. I do know a lot of people who love the game though, so I’m planning to watch other people play through it on YouTube because I still want to know the story. For some reason, watching someone else play doesn’t scare me at all!

I also have Half-Life 2, but I will give that a try. At least it will have better graphics, and I’ll see if it seems any less frightening for me.

Pokemon Soul Silver, part 13

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After two more tries, I finally beat the Elite Four! I spent some time getting my team up to level 45, and then I tried again. Having another level can really make a difference. However, on my first try I had trouble with Karen again. Her Umbreon just kept using Double Team which raises evasiveness, and it got to the point where no attack I made would hit it. That was very frustrating so I ended up switching off my DS and starting over.

The second time, things went a lot better. It was pretty uneventful. I would say overall I relied on Ampharos and Gardevoir the most, and second most was Gabite and Feraligatr. Rapidash and Noctowl weren’t too useful except as Pokemon to put out when I needed to heal someone else. That is still an important thing in it’s own way though! Without their indirect contribution, I wouldn’t have been able to do it.

I’m not sure I want to continue on to Kanto. I probably will at some point, but maybe I’ll take a little break from Pokemon first! I’m a little burned out on it. I don’t want to wait too long though. Maybe Fire Red should be next, because at least with Soul Silver I can play it on my 3DS but I can’t play Fire Red on the 3DS. Unfortunately though, my DS has started developing some dead pixels and they’ve spread a little bit over the weekend. So far it doesn’t really interfere with playing anything, but if at some point it does I won’t be able to play Fire Red.

Thanks for reading!

Pokemon Soul Silver, part 12

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Since the last time I posted about Pokemon Soul Silver, I haven’t done a lot. I made it through Victory Road and had to fight my rival, which wasn’t too hard. I also leveled up all my Pokemon to level 44. On a bit of a whim, I decided to go challenge the Elite Four.

I don’t think I’m quite ready for them though. I should stock up on some more supplies and I also want to level up my team to at least level 45. I saved before I walked through the first pair of doors, and purposely didn’t save between fights. I took out the first 3 of the Elite Four without too much trouble, but once I had to battle Karen and her level 47 Houndoom I couldn’t do it. Part of the problem was that I had already used my Feraligatr, and he was injured and Houndoom kept taking out my other Pokemon too quickly for me to keep up and put in Feraligatr. Next time though, I’ll make sure not to use Feraligatr until I face that Houndoom.

I’m hoping to beat them all by the end of the weekend, but I’ll keep you all posted!

Pokemon Soul Silver, part 11

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After I beat the Blackthorn Gym and the Kimono Girls a while back, I was a bit stuck on what to do next. I had to look up some things and figured out I was supposed to go the the Whirl Islands to catch Lugia. I went there, and got so wrapped up in finding my way through the maze-like caves that I totally forgot I didn’t have many items on me. That included PokeBalls. I realized once I started actually fighting Lugia, but decided to try anyway. If it didn’t work out, I could always just turn it off and try again. After the fact, I realize that wouldn’t work because I saved right before I faced Lugia and I don’t think I could leave until I had done so.

It all worked out though. There were some suspenseful and frightening moments. I managed to paralyze Lugia and get its health into the red. Even so, it kept breaking out of the Ultra Balls I was using. I only had 5, and ran out quickly. I didn’t want to use my Master Ball on it, so I kept trying with other PokeBalls I had received from asking Kurt to turn Apricorns into PokeBalls. I figured Lugia was probably heavy, so I tried using Heavy Balls. I only had 5 of them as well, and finally one of them worked. I caught the legendary Lugia!

Next time, I really need to be more careful about checking my inventory. Next I need to face the Elite Four, but I would like to raise my Pokemon some more. I’ll continue to level them up, then I’ll take on the champions!

This is my current team:

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You’ll notice Lugia isn’t on it. Since Lugia is psychic/flying type, it could replace my Gardevoir and Noctowl. I don’t know if I want to do that, because I’m attached to those two. Also if I got rid of those two, I would have one extra slot and I’m not sure who would fill it. I don’t think I have any other Pokemon at high enough levels, unless I want to grind even longer! I’ll keep trying to figure out what I should do.