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March Game Backlog

As of the last few months I’ve begun to embrace the current economic climate and have been trying to find new ways to maintain my video game prowess on the cheap. I tried using sites such as playswitch.com and goozex.com before I eventually had success with swaptree.com. I much prefer the one to one trading on swaptree to the game value to points conversion based economy of many other game trading sites. There is just something that is a little disheartening about being a new user to one of these sites, listing the games, and sending one out in the mail without any assurance that you’ll get your game back. But that’s a discussion for another day.

As I was saying I’ve been using swaptree, ebay, and my superior deal finding abilities very frequently as of the past few months. As a result I’ve realized that for the first time in the past year I’ve amassed quite the backlog of games. Feel free to comment on what you think I should be playing in what order if you feel the need. I could use the guidance.



Even though this game came out around the time I got my Xbox 360 I always had some game that I wanted to play before I would get a chance to go out and buy it. I have only ever heard good things about it. It even got a few nods for game of the year from a lot of people, but for some reason I just kept putting it off. A few weeks ago I made a trade and obtained a copy through swaptree and now it waits on my entertainment center to be enjoyed.

Burnout Paradise

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As I’ve said in a previous post this was a game that I bought used at Gamestop after hearing a lot of great things when the “reboot” of the game was released this winter. I’ve played about 6 to 8 hours of this so far and have really enjoyed it but I feel like its a game that I can pick up and put down at random. Maybe it’s because I’m not really a driving game person or maybe it’s because that’s how the game is designed. Regardless, it’s still on the backlog list.

Guitar Hero World Tour


This was my first ever rhythm game purchase. I have only ever played these types of games with my family or friends. I was always under the impression that I’d feel like an idiot banging on plastic drums alone in my room. But last week when I found an ebay listing of the full band version of the game for $99. I was skeptical as I usually am with ebay listings, but after some investigation I found out that the box was opened but the game was never even played. The seller had about 400 of them and had a very good reputation so I made the purchase. I’d enthused to play this but I’m still trying to figure out the level of committment you need to make to the game for it to be really enjoyable. So for now I’ll play here and there with my girlfriend until I can make time to start racking up the achievements.

Prince of Persia


This is one of my two games I’m renting from Gamefly at the moment. I have heard mixed things from this game, but since it’s just a rental I won’t mind if it’s bad. I played through the first level just to get an idea of what it was like and had an okay time. It feels like more of a rhythm game than a normal third person action game. This seems like a game that if I don’t like it I’ll still finish for the achievements.

Mirror’s Edge


This is the second game I currently have rented from Gamefly. At the date of this writing, I’m at the very last section of the very last level of this game and I’m frustrated. After hearing things about the achievements and subsequently scoping things out for myself, I decided to play the game without shooting any enemies. This has made the game fairly challenging in a very good way. It seems more like a puzzle game when you take the guns out of the equation. But this section of the last level seems almost impossible. Maybe I’m just not good at the hand to hand combat in this game, but I’ve tried so many times and cannot complete it. So for now, until I feel up to trying it out again, Mirror’s Edge is in my backlog.

I’ll update on my progress as I wade through these titles, but it may take me a while. Until then I’m going to try to divert my attention from any other games I feel I need to catch up on for my sanity at the very least.



In this post I’m going to go over some of the games that I’m currently playing but haven’t finished. I’ll do a full review of these games when I’m finished, but I think it would be awesome to see my initial impressions at the start of a game and my final thoughts on the entire game.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Xbox 360)

I waited on this game for a while. I’m a huge Star Wars nerd. I know every line to the original triology, I often think about distances in parsecs, and to be totally honest I used to play the Star Wars Customizable Card Game. In fact, I still have my entire collection of cards just sitting at my parents house. So I was very cautious about this game, since I knew it took place after the events of the bad trilogy and before the events of the good trilogy. I played the demo cautiously and found the controls to be really wonky. It felt like they were trying to be more complicated than they should have been. But my brother talked this game up to me and convinced me.

So recently this game came to me in the mail through Gamefly. As of right now, I’m only on the second level (not including the prologue.) I have to say that it took a good bit of time to get used to the controls but I’m really liking them now. I think the hardest thing for me was using the force to pick up large objects and throw them at enemies. It seems like one of those things that you just have to keep doing to get it. I like the force point system even though there isn’t any interface for displaying how many you’re receiving as you play the game, other than the graphic indicator you get when you level up.

The combat is nice mix of fun and challenging. Your enemies are all low level grunts and the occasionaly tough droid or guy with a repeating blaster. Running into bigger enemies also seems to mark your progress. So far I’ve battled AT-ST walkers and Junk Titans at the mid and quarter points of the levels. Each level concludes with you fighting a different jedi master. These battles usually take place in what I thought could’ve been a more substantial set piece, but really the camera just shifts and stays relatively fixed unless you move drastically. These battle are tough, but often only because you either can’t stop your opponents special force attacks or because the camera angle is wonky.

This game has been fun so far. More to come on this when I’ve finished the main storyline.

Burnout Paradise (Xbox 360)

Burnout Paradise came out at the beginning of 2008, more than a year ago! Now, when I played the original demo of this game I wasn’t impressed. First of I’m not really that interested in driving games, cars, or Guns ‘N Roses. So initially I discounted this as another game that I was not going to play. Until I started hearing about the large amounts of FREE downloadable content being pumped out and then the subsequent revamp of the entire game. I hear other reviews about how good this game was from people just like me.

Last week I picked up a used copy of this game since the price was right ($17.99 and I really just could’ve bought a new copy for $2 more) but I’ve been super impressed so far. I’ve only put maybe 4 or 5 hours into the game, but it’s impressed me graphically, technically, and contextually. I must say that even though it’s a pretty repetitive game it ends up being fairly addictive. Each event win chalks up another point on your licence. Once you get a new license, you get a new and better car. You’re also able to drive better, faster, and more powerful cars along the way. The promotion of discovery for the sake of convenience and advantage during races is excellent. Each car seems to handle differently from the next and the turbo like power ups for each vehicle vary from car to car as well. I’m going to forge ahead with this game and let you know how it turns out. I’m not sure if I’m going to be a completionist about this one or not, but that goal seems pretty accessible so far.