Last night around midnight I manager to finish up Silent Hill: Downpour. It marks my 666th game completion, which seemed like a good fit. My initial plan was to try to finish Dante’s Inferno as my 666 but the coop trials just aren’t cooperating. I have them all done other than the stupid Ascension one. A number of peopole have asked how Silent Hill is, and I have to say I’ve rather enjoyed it. It was a good looking game and something any fan on the survival horror genre should check out. All in all it clocked it around 20 or so hours, and it’s likely I could have avoided the third playthrough if I’d been smarter about my choice and save files.
Silent Hill also marks the first game I’ve played in 3D since I upgraded my home theatre projector in February. I’ve watched a number of movies since the upgrade, but this was the first game I’d tried. The 3D really enhanced the overall experience. I have a 101″ screen that I sit about 10 feet back from, and everything from the cut scenes to the in game play was well done. Running down a hallway where the end keeps pulling away from you in 3D is pretty cool. The one issue that I did encounter was that during the tutorial, opening the first door doesn’t work in 3D. I had to turn off 3D, then get past that point, then turn it back on. I’m looking forward to trying out some more games in 3D. For the curious, I am using this projector.
Also on the technology front, I did pick up one of the new iPads. I had a first gen model that I use for walkthroughs/checklists/etc while I am gaming and not near a laptop that was getting a little long in the tooth. My Safari was crashing randomly and all the newer apps/games were starting to take a while to launch. The iPad 2 didn’t really offer anything I was interested in, a camera doesn’t seem overly useful. However the new model with the better display and more horsepower is pretty nice. Everything launches quickly and not a single crash to be had to date. If you’re playing from the couch a lot, it’s a pretty useful tool to have.
I’ve decided that instead of doing a bean dive (for now) I’m going to slowly just load up the games I have sitting around here on my tag. So for those who’ve sent messages asking about why all the 0 point games lately, that’s the reason. 360voice actually tracks the game as played even without an achievement in it, so I’ve been watching the leaderboard there.