Living Life to the Fullest

Ramblings of a diverse female

Undead Nightmare October 27, 2010

The new Undead Nightmare DLC was released yesterday. I downloaded it last night. It was nearly 2GB of data, so it took awhile. Since it was late, like 11pm, I debated whether or not it would be too scary for me to play it. I don’t like scary games, movies or anything else that has to do with zombies, ghosts, monsters, etc. I got the DLC because I love RDR and if the DLC is too scary for me, I won’t play it and it will be $10 down the drain.

I looked at my friends list on the PS3 and saw that T was playing, so I messaged him and asked if the game is scary. He messaged back and said there are a lot of zombies, so I may want to wait until daylight to play it. Great. So here I have a new DLC and have to wait until tomorrow to play. After a few minutes of debate, I decided to woman up and play the darn thing.

I inserted the RDR disc in the PS3 and selected Undead Nightmare.

Zombie Cougar

The game loaded, the music started, then the Vincent Price like voice started talking. Uh oh. Should I have waited? Naw. I watched the entire intro. While John was driving the wagon to his ranch, a zombie cougar was shown running behind the wagon. Okay, so that didn’t look too scary.

The next zombie scene came while John, Abigail and Jack was in the living room. Thunder, lightning and then a nasty looking hand goes up to the window. Still not too scary.

I continued playing for awhile. The first up close and personal zombie that shows up is Uncle. He comes busting through John & Abigail’s bedroom door looking very bad and making weird noises. John hits him over the head with a lamp and down goes Uncle. Really? That seemed awfully easy to defeat a zombie.

Uncle getting ready to bite Abigail

John runs out to the barn to get his rifle. Why is he keeping his weapon in the barn? A lot of good that does when an intruder is in your house. Next scene shows Abigail running out of the house with Uncle right on her heels. She falls down outside and Uncle bites her. Uh oh. John yells at him and then I finally was able to take control of John. A pop up intructs you to kill Uncle. So one shot with the rifle and Uncle’s head is blown clean off his body. What?! Uncle is still alive near the end of the main story. How could he die now? Undead Nightmare takes place a few months after John and his family are reunited and before he fights the Army with Uncle, right?

Uncle has no head

Anyway, Jack comes running out of the house to a scene he can’t believe he’s seeing. He runs over to his mother and what does she do? She bites him! John runs to the barn again and gets a lasso. You get control of John again and a pop up instructs you to lasso and hogtie Abigail and Jack. A cut scene shows him putting them in the bedroom and bringing them food. Abigail gets a nice big juicy T-bone steak while it looks like Jacks gets grilled cheese sandwiches. I don’t know what’s on the plate, but that’s what it looks like to me.

Once that is done, John rides off to Blackwater to find a doctor. He find Professor MacDougal instead. Things don’t end well for him, poor guy. After that you are instructed to find survivors. You do find a few and then you have to save the town by helping the survivors kill all the undead. Ammo is a hot commodity and hard to come by. Searching the corpses of the undead and opening the chests provides you with ammo. Doing deeds for people gets you ammo too.

I found even with all the zombies on the screen, it didn’t scare me at all. I can play this game without having nightmares. Woo Hoo!

 

Live RDR Scenes October 25, 2010

Last month I took a trip to Alaska. Yeah, I know I haven’t posted any pics yet. I am very far behind on posting. Summer is just really busy and then at night I don’t feel like typing.

Anyway, while viewing the pictures I took, some of them reminded me of scenes in RDR. What do you think? 

This lake scene reminded me of Lake Don Julio.

Tunnel similiar to the one in Hennigan's Stead

A bridge very similiar to the bridges in the game

 

Could be going through Tall Trees

Yes, this is a real outhouse. You see these at homesteads in the game.

The picture of the outhouse was taken at one of my friends house. She lives in a valley surrounded by mountains on 350 acres of land. The original house was torn down and a new one built, but the outhouse stayed. The hole is filled in so it’s just the structure of the outhouse. It’s a 2 seater.

Two seater outhouse

 

RDR – Side Missions and Mini Games June 12, 2010

This game is has so many side missions and mini games to keep you busy for a long time.

One of the first side missions I came across was Nightwatch at MacFarlane’s Ranch. You are instructed to follow a dog because he’ll sniff out trouble. Ha, ha. 

He finds things like a thief trying to steal a horse, coyotes stealing chickens, two guys fighting, a gang harassing a woman, a robbery in progress and someone breaking into a window. Your job is to stop the bad guys. I wait until I have a lasso so I can hogtie them. You get more money leaving them alive rather than killing them. The only one situation I kill is the gang harassing the woman. Too many of them to hogtie. Take too long and John gets killed. Nightwatch mission over.

One of my favorite side missions is bounty hunting. Bounty posters can be found in major towns and are hung up periodically. Each one give you information needed to find the outlaw. Again, I wait until I have the lasso before starting the bounty hunting missions. Once you accept the bounty, the map will show you where they are located. Ride there and kill everyone but the target. More money is awarded for bringing them in alive.

Just lasso the target, hogtie him, put him on your horse and head to town. On the way, his gang will be after you. Just shoot them and keep going. It’s always good to have a fast horse.

Those are just examples of some of the side missions in the game.

There are 6 mini games to play; poker, liar’s dice, five-finger fillet, arm wrestling, blackjack and horse shoes. Certain towns will have one or several of the games. For instance, Armadillo only has five-finger fillet and poker.

I like blackjack and liar’s dice. I never heard of liar’s dice until I played it in the game. I had no clue as to what I was doing, but after playing a few times, I got the gist of it.

I don’t know how to play poker, so when I win, it’s by sheer luck. If you have the Gentleman’s Attire outfit, you can cheat at poker. Don’t get caught though or you’ll be forced to duel with the guy that caught you cheating. However, this is one way to whittle away the players so you have a better chance at winning and getting a trophy.

Five finger fillet is hard after you’ve beaten a couple of people. I can do the first round because there are only two buttons to push and the rhythm is easy to follow. After that, forget it. I guess I’m just not coordinated enough.

Liar's Dice

Five Finger Fillet

Now I haven’t played horseshoes since I was little and that doesn’t count because all I did was toss the thing. Since I’ve played it in the game, I’ve learned the rules of the game. I’m tempted to go out and buy a horseshoe game so we can play it at the next Derby party! Forget corn hole.

Arm wrestling isn’t very hard once you get the hang of it. The trick is to make sure the strength bar is full and use the special move when you can. The more you bet, the harder it is. Same goes with horseshoes and five-finger fillet.

So those are just a few of the fun things to do when you’re not playing the primary missions. Can you tell I love this game?


Arm wrestling

Horseshoes

Poker Texas Hold'em

 

Bane: Undefeated March 9, 2010

After finishing Batman: Arkham Asylum on Normal, I thought I’d go for the 100% and finish it on Hard. Well, that is going to be impossible for me. I cannot get past the fight with Bane. After jumping on his back twice to rip off the hoses, I die. The henchmen kill me every single time. Oh well. If I owned the game maybe in time I could finish it, but since it’s borrowed from the library, I don’t have the time.

I did complete some of the Challenge’s and got all the trophies I can get. Perhaps in the future I’ll purchase the game and give it another go at grabbing the 100%.

 

Metal Gear Solid Series March 3, 2010

I’m just putting out the games I have for now. I’ll write more about them later. But I will say, this is one of my all time favorites. I have every single one for the Playstation, starting with Metal Gear Solid for PS1.

 

Batman: Arkham Asylum March 2, 2010

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I started playing this game today and I have to say, I really like it. I played the demo a few weeks ago and wasn’t very impressed with it. Not really my kind of game. But after the first few minutes into the game, I got into it. The graphics are fantastic and I like the story. I love puzzles and finding hidden items because I like to explore everything. And getting to some of the Riddler trophies are challenging. The only thing I’m not into is the combo punching and stuff. I was never a fan of fighting games and knowing which buttons to press when, well, I was never good at it. So most of the fights I have with the baddies I win by just pressing the square button and the triangle button. At least for now anyway. Oh, I have used the cape stun (circle button).

The one complaint I have right now is that I can’t save the game. It automatically saves at checkpoints, so anything I do before I get to a checkpoint is lost. When I’m ready to quit playing, I don’t want to wait until I get to a checkpoint.

I’ve only picked up two gadgets so far. The explosive gel and the batclaw. Too bad Batman isn’t equipped with these at the beginning so I wouldn’t have to go back for some of the Riddler’s Challenges (trophies, interview tapes, etc.) I fought Bane, which took about 8 tries before I finally defeated him. I kept getting run down by him when he was running toward me in slow motion. Oh and maybe a couple times the goons took me down.

So I’ll be playing again tomorrow. I think my next big enemy is Croc. We’ll see how that goes.

 

Drake’s Fortune February 26, 2010

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Since Sony took away my 100% on Uncharted 2, I decided to finish Drake’s Fortune on Crushing. I was at chapter 18 anyway. Wow, I think this one is harder than UC2. It took forever for me to get through a couple of the areas. But the final fight was easy compared to UC2’s fights. So now I have 100% on Drake’s Fortune. Yes!