1. This weekend was insanely busy for me, and so I’ve advanced no further in Resident Evil 6 since Friday night’s session. Here’s the weird part: despite everything that annoys me about it, I must admit that I kinda want to keep playing it, even if I can’t really explain why. I suppose it’s partially because I want to check out the 4th campaign, which only unlocks after you finish the first 3. Finishing the first 3 campaigns, though, looks to be a rather sizable time investment, which may be a problem, because…
2. …have you seen what’s coming out this week? Between XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Dishonored, both of which are getting superlative reviews, my plate is full. Not to mention that Episode Four of The Walking Dead lands later this week, too. I think my earlier pronouncement of 2012 being a huge disappointment is about to get kicked in the ass. I’d kept an eye on Dishonored but only ever considered it a rental, something to check out in an idle hour. From everything I’ve read, though, it looks like it might be my GOTY. (So much for keeping my expectations in check.)
3. I did play around an hour’s worth of The Testament of Sherlock Holmes, thinking it might be fun to play with the wife. I shall not be making that mistake again. The solution to the tutorial mission’s crime – which is to say, the very first thing you play – is so convoluted and insane that I found the game impossible to take seriously. The voice acting is stilted beyond belief – and it’s certainly not aided by some of the poorest lip-syncing in recent memory (seriously – if you can’t get it right, don’t even bother trying). I’m sending it back ASAP. I love a good adventure game, but this one’s flaws outshine whatever strengths it may have.
4. On the mobile gaming front, I’ve been addicted to Super Monsters Ate My Condo, an updated release of PikPok / Adult Swim’s strange yet endearing puzzle game. It’s a vastly improved package over the original, with meta-missions and challenges and power-ups and boosts and the rest of it. The only bummer is that you can’t listen to your own music while playing; otherwise I’d never put my phone/iPad down.
5. I feel terrible for saying this, but I think I’m going to give up on Torchlight 2. I squeezed in another hour or so over the weekend and I just don’t care about what I’m doing. I may still be burned out from Diablo 3, or maybe I’m just turned off by how “cheap” T2 continues to feel. Oh well.
It is entirely possible that a new Couchcast will arrive this week, depending on schedules. I’m also hoping to line up some new guests for future episodes, too, just to keep the thing moving. (I’m well aware that tiny podcasts for tiny blogs are not necessarily the most compelling content to seek out, but I’d like to get better at the format.)