754 Permission Slips.


This page… Architecture is absolutely not my strong suit. Against all odds I think this came out alright. I hope it seems at least a little creepy.

When I was in Garden last week I found Mario Galaxy on clearance, so I finally have a copy. For all intents and purposes it’s the same as the sequel. In fact I might even go so far as to call it a proof of concept for Mario Galaxy 2. It’s a lot of fun, but I think it would have been better if I had played it first. It’s not quite as polished as 2. Everything feels incomplete. I’m sure these feelings are caused by having played the games in the wrong order. Had I picked this up first I’d probably be touting Galaxy as one of the best games I’ve played.

I had a similar experience with Knights Of The Old Republic. I was working in a game store that was failing when it came out and I bought a lot of stuff I wouldn’t have normally just to make a sale once in a while. Even with the flaws KOTOR 2 had it seemed more polished than one when i went back and played it. I think that one is the superior game in many ways, but 2 has a more finished feel in some ways. I would love to see a KOTOR 3, but with the MMORPG coming out I suspect that is an empty desire. No matter what they do the MMORPG will not have the things in it that made me like KOTOR in the first place, plus I don’t play those kinds of games anymore.

I am not making this mistake with Mass Effect. I am going to play them in order. I might also try out Dragon Age if I can find the first game for cheap. I found a cheap used copy of Mass Effect and I’m playing a little bit of it and Mario every night.

It took a while for me to get the hang of combat in ME, but once I finally got it I loved it. Very much like how I hated the combat in KOTOR until I stopped thinking about it as an RPG. Or rather started thinking of it as a different kind of RPG.

Mass Effect is an impressive game in pretty much any way you choose to grade it. Like KOTOR it can be a little overwhelming at times though. The first city is sprawling and I expect it doesn’t get any more simple from there. At least the rapid transit is pretty ubiquitous. I don’t see why they just didn’t put it on the subscreen like in KOTOR though. I guess it adds to the cinematic quality.