Broken Hills were on the way to Reno, so I cleared all the quests there first. Well, all except for one where I have to get a part from Reno and then return. Reno wasn’t very nice. It’s a dark themed town with mob families running everything. There are lots of quests, but most of them are bad karma for me, so I won’t be doing them. My car got stolen while I was there, but that ended up being a good thing, because the guy that stole it offered me some upgrades for it. I now have better mileage on it. I didn’t play much, because of lack of time.
Assassins Creed is out, and with any luck, I will be playing it tonight already, so Fallout will go on hold for a while.

This is an awesome game. It’s much longer than Fallout, so I barely made it past about the first third (based on the amount of map squares I explored). I cleared the second town, and solved most of the quests in The Den which is the third town. Then I travelled to Vault City, and discovered a farming town on the way. In vault city I had to get citizenship status in order to enter the Vault there (Number 8). I helped a ghoul town in the mountains repair their nuclear reactor, which stopped the Water pollution of Vault City. This got me citizenship. In the Vault I accessed the central computer, and discovered the location of Vault 15. After clearing all the quests in Vault City, except two, I returned to the town I discovered on the way from The Den. One of the quests there led me back to The Den, so I could deliver a car part I got in Gecko (the town near Vault City) to a local engineer. After giving him the part and paying 2000 vault dollars, I got myself a working car! I decided to visit New Reno afterwards, but I have discovered a raider camp on the way. I tried destroying them, but they are way to powerful right now, so ill return to them later. I’m going to Reno tomorrow.

In the sequel, I decided to play a smarter ranged character. In Fallout, my character was a dumb, close combat ox, but this one is smarter, and uses a rifle. The game starts in a tribe that worships The Vault Dweller who saved the world a few centuries ago. Their village and the nature around it are dying, children are getting sick, and crops are withering. I had to prove that I am The Chosen One and pass a test within their temple. I needed to get the robes of the Vault Dweller (actually a Vault 13 uniform). I did this, and also finished a few miscellaneous quests before leaving to village. The village elder asked me to find The Garden of Eden Creation Kit (or G.E.C.K. for short). This device should help with the famine and illnesses. I should be able to find it in Vault 13, but the problem is, no one knows where the Vault is located. After leaving the village, I visited a city nearby. There, I helped a guy defend a herd of two-headed cows, and killed a Rat God (yes, this game also has giant rats). Right now, I’m at the pub, trying to figure out what to do next (ammo is scarce, by the way).

I installed this game a few days ago, but haven’t started to play it until yesterday. Today, I finished it. I didn’t get the best ending. I destroyed the mutant military base and the Children of the Cathedral, but not before they destroyed the Followers of the Apocalypse. Shady Sands founded the New California Republic. The Brotherhood of Steel helped the other towns defend against the mutants and shared their technology with New California. The ghouls of Necropolis rediscovered engineering, and provided their knowledge with the rest of the world. The hub dispersed before the mutant army and was never restored again. As for me, I was exiled. The Vault 13 Overseer decided it would be too dangerous to live with them again, because that would make others want to leave to Vault to. Exiled, I decided to take a journey north. See you in Fallout 2!

On a side note, it seems Ninja Gaiden was the least of my problems. My DS malfunctioned. No portable gaming until I get a replacement.

So I finished chapter 8 of Ninja Gaiden today, and decided to take a break. After studying for my exam tomorrow, I loaded the game again and noticed the screen was right oriented (I’m a lefty, so this was a bit weird. I get to the main menu, and what do you know, MY GOD DAMN SAVE IS GONE. GONE!!! Chapter 10 was probably the last chapter and now MY SAVE IS GONE. I usually make backup saves, but I do this every few days, and since I got to chapter nine in less than a day, there is no backup to speak of. I can’t even begin to explain how angry I am right now. This game is going on hold until my nerves get settled (which will be at least a few days…

This game came out, and after watching the trailers, I just had to get it. I’ve been playing it for a bit, and I’m not disappointed. The controls are awesome, the game play is even better, and the story isn’t bad either. I got to Chapter 6, and have already collected three dark dragon stones. I upgraded my sword up to level three, bought two max health upgrades, and learned a total of three spells. I have jet to master the fighting system. The system is easy to get used to, but complex enough to require skill in mastering it (another thing I like about the game). The only thing I don’t love about it is the cartoony character style. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind cartoon characters in games, but I think they don’t fit so well with the theme. Another style of anime should have been chosen, IMHO.

A homebrew port of Tyrian from the PC is now also available for download. I loved this game on the PC, so I’m really enjoying it on the DS. It’s still in beta (version 0.2), so not everything works quite yet, and the game loves to crash every now and then, but that didn’t stop me from playing it. I finished 4 episodes already, and I’ll probably finish the game soon (Tyrian is about replay value anyway).

EDIT: I’ve played Ninja Gaiden a bit more tonight. I’m now at the beginning of chapter eight, and have already collected five dragon stones which means there are three left. I learned another spell, but I haven’t tried it out yet (all I’m using is my healing spell). IMHO, the game is a bit too easy on normal difficulty. I hope a hard difficulty will be unlocked after I complete the game.

I didn’t play much of anything lately. I installed Civilization IV again (my secret addiction), and have finished a few standard size games. I tried Shiren the Wanderer for the DS but I didn’t like it (it seems a little too slow paced for me). I don’t have much time because I need to study for my exams next week, so my gaming addiction is on hold for a while. Good news is that Assassins Creed is being released right around the time my exams are over, so ill have something to play then.

The first of the three busy weeks was over yesterday so I decided to take a break playing the new Final Fantasy for the DS. I started playing yesterday and continued all through the day today. I’m writing this while watching the ending! What can I say, I love Final Fantasy. It took me a little over nine hours, and I have to say it is one of the shorter games in the series, but that doesn’t make it any less good. The game has voice-overs which are much better than the ones in Luminous Arc. I loved every minute of the game and I have yet to try the multiplayer (which I have a feeling will rock). Well then, off to the next game. I’ll be adding a list of the games I finished while writing this blog to the site soon. Oh, I still net to finish Nethergate I guess (I think I’m near the end there to)!

EDIT: The end was a fake one. The classic “bad guy dies, but not really” situation. I had to fight a boss with each character alone, and then kill the same bad guy again. This time he took a stronger form, and I after I took his health to zero, I had to quickly cast a few spells to finish him. I didn’t do this in time on the first try so he revived with full HP. I got him on the second try though so it’s really over now.

It seems the Selkies weren’t telling me everything. I’ve found the witches that rule Hagfen and they told me the only reason they’re hunting Selkies is because they killed one of their sisters. I spoke to the Selkies chieftain and he admitted this, but still refuses to end the feud. I guess I’ll have to pick a side in this one. I think the witches will be going down, but not yet because they can teach me some useful skills. I’m wandering around trying to collect some money to pay for the training in these skills before I kill them (hey, I took the evil Roman side, so I might as well be evil). The talking skull actually has some useful things to say. It pointed me in the direction of some powerful Nether spells. Thanks to it, I now know how to cast the spells Create Elixir and Hero of Old. Create Elixir uses up one skill point, but creates some powerful potions in return. Hero of old, on the other hand, temporarily turns one character in to an all powerful killing machine. While looking Sylak’s artifacts; Sylak’s Eternal Candle. No more need for carrying around candles and torches when exploring caves and dungeons. Besides the candle, I now own Sylak’s Exuberant Trash, Sylak’s Talking Skull and Sylak’s Clever Pen. I’ve also solved a few miscellaneous quests, and gained a few levels. I took a break here and will continue later.

EDIT: After killing some basilisks, I managed to find another Sylak’s artifact; Sylak’s Chaotic Dice. All it seems to do is roll a number, but it might have a hidden use like the skull. I also managed to finally enter the invisible castle. It seems there was no puzzle. All I needed to do is walk into an empty space where the gate should be. This got me to Chapter IV, Cathrac’s Eye. In the meantime, the Skull told me there’s a Nether Arts spell in the Burial Glen, and the Vale of the Sould. To get the eye, I had to kill the king’s brother. It was a long dungeon crawl through the castle. I got allot of experience and items which I sold for lots and lots of money. On the way out the sprites tried to steal the eye from me, but a Roman Legion came to help me. I gave them the eye and returned to the Fort. The commander had bad news. It seems someone stole the eye from the warehouse during the night. They actually dug u tunnel underneath the fort. The commander ordered me to clear the tunnel. After doing this, I got my next mission. I have to collect a crown from Annwn, the land of the dead. It seems there is a gate that can lead me there somewhere between Shadow Valley Fort and Nethergate. I decided to visit the Burrow Glen to get a spell the Skull told me about. I’ve found the altar that teaches me the spell, but it seems I didn’t meet the requirements to learn it. I will return to it later. I did finally burn the remains of that lost soul from the beginning of the game. I then returned to Hagfen and solved a pushing block puzzle which led me to the pelts the Selkies want. After delivering the pelts and getting the number five key (I already have 1 trough 4), I decided to kill the Selkies chieftain and skin him (evil, bwahahaha…). In exchange for the pelts, I got three points in craft circle. It still isn’t enough to cast Break Barrier which is probably the most important craft circle spell. Leaving Hagfen, I stumbled into a sprite village. Their chief asked me to kill a mean Fomorian that was attacking and eating them. In return, they gave me nothing except some experience. Solving miscellaneous quests, I acquired a few more Sylak’s artifacts including Sylak’s Dancing Cloth, Sylak’s Assisting Horn and Sylak’s Efficient Mortar

The Roman soldier was defeated, but he managed to teleport away before I could finish him. Now I have to find out where his base is. While searching the base, I ran into a griffin stuck under a huge rock. I helped him and he flew away towards the west so I decided to follow him. It was a good move, because it led me to a cliff inhabited by other griffins. After passing some tests that they’ve setup for me, I met their leader named Raven. He asked me to deliver a message for him which got me allot of experience. I’ve found the Hollow Halls where the Rose Lady lives that Desire wants me to kill. I won’t kill her jet because I think she has a quest or two for me in stock. I’ve also visited Selkiehome whose leader asked for my help with some people that hunt them. I couldn’t find the castle my commander mentioned. It should be in the southwest but it seems to be invisible. I guess I have to solve a puzzle to enter it.

EDIT: I did a little more questing. I got the jewel that fomorians stole from Moonfire and she gave me the Wand of Safe Descent. The wand helped me get the stones for Samael. In return, he taught me how to cast some powerful spells. I also killed another fomorian that was bullying some goblins. They gave me a special pen that belongs to the greatest faery inventor. I’ve also killed some fomorians dancing around an altar on a hill. It seems they where worshiping a talking skull of all things. I took the skull, and now it won’t shut up. Right now I’m fulfilling my promise to the Selkies about disposing of some creatures that are hunting them. I’ve found the location, and now I have to find the leader of the hunters. An interesting thing about Selkies is that at some point in their life they transform to seals for a while and then they turn back to their regular form. I also did some training and have bought a few nice items.