Whoops! It’s Friday?

So, um yeah, I guess it’s Friday already. I had big plans for an AoC post and a few other things this week. Apparently this week had other plans for me. So instead, I present you with the following summary, excuses, and cuteness.

My Age of Conan retry was going very well up until Wednesday, that’s when UPS delivered my copy of Red Dead Redemption. I’d been waiting to post my thoughts until I’d escaped from Tortage, but, as a summary, my ranger Brynulf has reached level 19 and is near the end of his destiny quest.

My Xbox hasn’t gotten much use since I finished Mass Effect 2, but Red DeadĀ Redemption has had me hooked the last few nights. This game was completely not on my radar. Scott fromĀ Pumping Irony asked my via Raptr a few days ago if I was getting it, so I took a look. Hmmm, a Rock Star open world shooter like GTA 4? Probably not something I’ll enjoy, I played the last GTA game for less than a day. I decided to check out a couple of game play videos anyway, and based on what I saw, I ordered it. So far, no regrets. Well except for a lack of sleep.

Besides RDR, I’ve had some real life stuff distracting me from writing. On Wednesday, my dad had his 62 birthday, and my sister also had her second child, both on the same day. Getting your third grandson, that’s a nice birthday present. Yesterday was my fourth wedding anniversary, and tonight we have a babysitter and dinner plans.

So, that’s that. I do have several drafts waiting for attention, so week should be a busy one.

6 Comments

  1. You know, I had the same concerns when my friend told me how RDR was similar to GTA4 except with horses. I played GTA4 for hours, but only for a couple days and that was it, I never even finished it so I guess that was also another reason I decided to hold off on that particular purchase and got Alan Wake instead. I wasn’t even sure if I was going to borrow it from my brother anymore, but your enjoyment of it made me rethink that again. So, what do you think it is about RDR that got you hooked when GTA didn’t? The western setting? The character? Different types of missions?

    And awww, cute pic! :D

    • BrianNo Gravatar says:

      I don’t want to give away too much, since I’m hoping to finish the single player next week and post my impressions, but the short version is: mid-mission checkpoints and Dead Eye mode. In RDR, if you’re killed you don’t have to start the entire mission over again (and often travel to the mission starting point), you start from the last checkpoint which is usually only a few minutes back. Dead Eye mode is a slo-mo mode that is linked to an endurance type bar that depletes and replenishes, so you can’t use it constantly, but it is a nice way for someone like me, who is awful at shooters, to get through some of the more difficult battles.

      There’s some other stuff related to setting, characters, and other stuff that I’ll go into later.

      I definitely wouldn’t let your experience with GTA4 affect your decision to at least check out RDR.

  2. AnjinNo Gravatar says:

    Sounds like you’ve been really busy.

    I’ve been waiting on RDR because of my self-imposed pre-birthday purchasing moratorium. But I look forward to reading more about what you think of the game.

    Have a great (and hopefully peaceful) weekend.

  3. OakstoutNo Gravatar says:

    I picked it up the other day based on what i has seen of the game play footage. Also, because Scott from Pumping Irony was also getting it. He is a master jedi with his mind control at times.

    I wasn’t a huge fan of any of the GTA games. I’d play for a few hours, and get bored. I mean, stealing cars and being a gangster is fun, but not for 5 or 6 hours plus worth, at least not for me. I also had a hard time driving in those games, course that just might have been me. However, RDR is fantastic. The graphics are wonderful, the controls do take some getting use to but for now, I’m ok with riding my horse at a nice gallop. The action is pretty realistic to the point where I often felt that I was actually in an Western style movie.

    Lots of side missions and objectives to keep you busy. I must have spent a good hour exploring, Hunting and shooting wild animals. Occasionally I’d come across a wayward towns person who had gotten him or herself into trouble and you can choose to help them or feed them to the wolves. Your under no obligation to stay to the straight and narrow, course the more bad you are the less people will like you in the long run.

    I am very much looking forward to playing the online portion. So once you get saddled up, let me know and we’ll get us a posse up. lol I’m just waiting on Scott to get his copy in the mail. lol

  4. xXJayeDuBXxNo Gravatar says:

    Ahh man, I wasn’t all that interested till I saw some of the reviews and reading about how I might be the only one on earth not playing this game!