Some more Darksiders this evening after work. Reached the part I was up to in the PC version, and completed that area. Which is awesome, except said area included ball rolling. I don't play many games that have the feature, so I can't compare, but for the most part it was tolerable and used well in the puzzles.

Except then it was the key to the boss fight. And to make matters worse, the balls weren't the nice stone ones in the area up till that point. They were alive. With a time limit. Technically a clever boss fight, interesting way to use the mechanic, the level was sort of good practice, etc. By the time I finished the fight I was pissed off. If there was a way to aim the ball, I don't know about it, and the alternative is either be damned good at it, practice a shitload, or pray for blind luck.

I went with the third option.

But that area is done, and I'm done playing for the night. Besides the boss fight, it was rather nice. A couple of the puzzles were annoying, and I worked them out mostly by chance and a moment of "Fine, whatever, I'll reset- Are you kidding me??"

It'll be kind of interesting to see how I go with the area on PC. I'm inclined to think I'll have better luck with mouse and keyboard.
I got my Wii U yesterday, the premium pack and Darksiders 2. Really happy I actually got it on release day, because I had it delivered and the postal service here isn't always that great. But it came and I was home, so no having to go pick it up from the post office. Played a bit of Nintendoland because why not, and... it's not bad but probably more fun as a party thing. Or even a drunk gaming then. Might have to try that on my weekend.

For the most part I'm really liking the Wii U, although the Gamepad is maybe a little awkward for me. Which is partly because I don't actually play on consoles enough, so holding a controller at all is a thing, but the grips seem designed for larger hands than mine. Awesome for people with larger hands I guess, and all I need to do is rest it on my knees or something, which I tend to do anyway because my gaming chair is a giant beanbag. I'll have to play it enough to either get used to it or figure out what doesn't work so I can give feedback or something I guess. So it'll work out one way or another.

Got into Darksiders 2 as soon as I'd figured the controls out enough. Easy setting again for comparison. Controls are obviously different (gee really?) but nicely set up, and the graphics are good. (Although new tv and not much gaming on it, so I don't have much of a comparison basis, and I... don't really see graphics quality as much anyway.) One of the things I've noticed - and I'll have to check at some point because I could just be unobservant/misremembering - is that there's some sidequests in the Wii U version that aren't on the PC version. Well, one at least, Karn asking me to find him a plate he made. I'm sure I didn't get that on the PC, unless I lost the option for the quest somehow. It doesn't really matter, it's just interesting. Plus it means playing both versions wouldn't be exactly the same and hopefully more interesting.

The other thing I've been playing (far too much of) is Terraria. Mostly thanks to TotalBiscuit and JesseCox (of YouTube fame) but also because it's just plain fun. Got a friend playing it too, and the multiplayer world seems to have more in it. Although... that could just be because I'm exploring more in multiplayer than I dare to in solo. We'll see how it goes.

But now I have to get ready for work. More Darksiders 2 tonight maybe, we'll see.
I really need to start tracking how much I actually play games, because I tend to get a lot of games, play some a bit, and the default right back to a few favourites. Which means I finish sod all of them. (I've finished three. In my life. Yes, I'm serious, yes I'm somewhat embarrassed by that. I'm working on it, okay?)

Anyway, it's 3am, I've just been playing Darksiders 2 for the first time, and I thought "Hey, wouldn't it be great to use some sort of online journal thing to track this" and DW was the best I could come up with. As long as I remember to actually update it, it should work out okay.

So to the topic in hand.

Recently pre-ordered the Wii U (look, those emails are effective, don't judge me) and got Darksiders 2 with it mostly because price and I'd heard good things about it. Except then Steam had a sale so I ended up with the PC version too because... well, because I'm really bad at budgets and restraint.

First impressions? I fucking love it. I am playing on the easiest difficulty setting, because I know myself too well, so combat has so far been a breeze. But it's been an enjoyable breeze. It reacts nicely, it's letting me spam attacks while I learn how to do it properly, and it looks good. The whole game looks good really, although the areas make me want to just jump and crawl all over everything, and that just doesn't happen. Also I ran into a couple of random fights because of checking out the scenery, but you get that.

The horse... I like it, it looks amazing, but something about the handling makes me think I may end up cursing it later on. I could be wrong, I want to be wrong, we'll just have to wait and see. Although that particular worry could just be because I'm automatically comparing it to Epona in Zelda, and I wanted to turn that horse into glue more than a few times.

And the story is definitely working for me so far. I want Death to succeed, I want to find out the secrets, I want to see the Corruption defeated, etc and so on. Which is particularly important to me, so I'm hoping it lasts.

Given that I'll have two copies of the game, I really, really hope I like it enough to finish.

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