Ok, so I haven't updated in a long time. This is mostly due to laziness as I prefer to use this as a more serious blogging space and, well, serious blogging takes a lot of thinking time to make sure everything has the right tone for how I perceive this blog to sound.
I have decided to return with this news: I'm enjoying games on the Xbox 360.
Not only am I managing to get some decent time in to play them, but I've managed to acquire a couple of games that are exactly the sort of thing I love and it's given me the bravery to try other games, too.
Around New Years, I completed the storyline for Overlord and felt surprisingly pleased with myself for managing to work out most of it all by myself and get to the end without crying! It also involved me persevering with one of the last bosses, which isn't normal for me as I normally get frustrated and leave it alone.
The game's a lot of fun. I've been describing it as "Pikmin, but evil", but for people who don't know Pikmin, this probably doesn't help very much. You play as an evil Overlord who is trying to restore his tower by collecting pieces with his Minions (little gobliny/imp creatures) with different skills, differentiated by their different colours. They will do anything you ask them to, including jumping into a smelter to be turned into powers for your armour and weapons!
I am now finding it embarrassingly hard to tear myself away from Viva Piñata. It's brightly coloured and you get to organise things and have to get X and Y to make Z happen, which is one type of game play I really enjoy... as long as I know how to make Z happen. I have found this website very useful for both finding out things that you don't get told in-game and as a quicker and less irritating encyclopedia of piñata, plants and other items. This is what I have been doing with my spare time most of this week and I'd recommend it to any big kid! Or, infact, little kid if you have the patience to explain it all to them, there is the option to sign in another controller and have an older person help out, but I've found that my 6 year old sister actually enjoys watching it quite a lot anyway :)
I mentioned earlier that it's given me the bravery to try other games and I discovered this yesterday when I went over to Skep's and asked to play Assassin's Creed. It struck me as sort of similar to Elder's Scrolls IV - Oblivion (don't ask...) and so I wanted to give it a try. I took over from my boyfriend, who enjoys encouraging me to waste my time like this, and went through the tutorial and got up to the first save point before feeling a little overwhelmed by all the different button combinations. This was partially due to my lack of knowledge of the controller and partially due to my inability to quickly decipher left and right when told, making the on-screen instructions useful as long as I have time to think... which isn't always possible when you're being attacked by angry guards... I'll be going back to it though, when I have the time, because I want to learn to play a load of different games and see how well I can do at them
Another game I've played recently is Guitar Hero 3. I suck at it, but I'm assured that it gets easier. I believe this, but it doesn't take away from the fact that I have a long way to go before I'll be much good and that's going to take even longer when I can't practice... it's simple enough to play, although I've never been keen on games that basically put down the worse player, but that's just me being too sensitive, I guess!