Currently Playing

11 Jul

I don’t feel much like blogging since I’m back from vacation. And I’ve only finished one book. But: last weekend, I started to play again!

Shocker, right?

Odin Sphere (PS2)

Odin Sphere

It’s not Prince of Persia: Warrior Within – though I really plan on finishing it – I’m playing Odin Sphere right now.

Odin Sphere is an 2D action fantasy RPG and comes with five stories. Each story has a different protagonist though the stories overlap and are connected by an overarching story. A protagonist may turn into the antagonist in another story. I’m really interested how that turns out and hope for a rather deep/developed story line.

I haven’t played a lot, I’m in the first story, but so far I have fun. I like the graphics and 2D means the characters can only go left or right. Nice “old-school” touch. The areas/levels are circular and you have to clear all enemies before you can proceed to the next area when you’re in a combat level. Then there are levels where you can shop and of course minor and major boss levels. Also: Odin Sphere has an alchemy system and gameplay elements to level up the power of your weapon (gaining more magic skills that way) and to increase your life points.

Let’s see how long I’ll keep playing. *g*

Pirate Galaxy (MMOG)

I’m also playing Pirate Galaxy. It’s a MMOG (massively multiplayer online game) and – important! – it’s free. You don’t even have to install software on your PC, it plays in your browser.

I signed up a few days ago because it has a science fiction setting. You’re playing a pilot who’s hunting aliens, called Mantis. They invaded the whole star system, there are different kinds, and it’s up to you and the other players to do something against that. There are story missions and secondary missions. You mine Cryonite to buy improvements for your ship (for which you first need to find the blueprints) or to buy new and better ships and you have to refill your energy by sucking up floating energy balls.

Pirate Galaxy is my second foray into multiplayer games. So far, I have fun playing but it already looks like the missions get to difficult to do on my own (I’m also not a really skilled player). I like playing in groups but I also find it a bit frustrating that the missions are becoming too difficult to do on your own. It turns playing for fun into work: you have to find other players who need to do the same mission as you (and who want to play with you or you with them). Of course, you can just fly around and shoot on Mantis’ ships but despite that you level up that way, it seems a bit pointless to me. The game is fun to play but it isn’t that great so I like to have something to do.

Official homepage Pirate Galaxy

How I ended up playing in a group and worrying about being an oddity

I was doing a mission when another player showed up. My mission: I needed to kill a fixed number of Mantis and had a time limit for that. He helped me with two of them, probably because it looked like I was in trouble (which probably was true) and then wanted to know why I didn’t take what one of the killed Mantis had dropped. Well, I was busy and because he had a higher level than I, I was intimidated and didn’t want to take it. He did kill one of them, after all.

He kept on chatting and so I was busy, killing Mantis, trying to figure out the chat programm – I’m polite! – and trying not to get killed while I was at it. When he got that I did a mission he left that area. A bit later he asked if I needed help but then I was finished and had succeeded so I said no.

I then thought about if I should go back to the orbit or refill my energy. I decided on the second and stayed on the planet. The problem with that plan was, the Mantis respawned and four of them were closing in on me. Too much! I hightailed it but they followed and got me a bit later.

I then was friended by the other player. He let me know that he killed the Mantis which had killed me. Which meant: he’d seen my disgrace in all its glory! We chatted and did a few quests together and when he asked how old I was, I said 25. *cough* (He’s supposedly 22.)

I thought a woman in her thirties who played an MMOG would be too much of an oddity.

The next day, I was in a scrape again with some Mantis. A female player showed up and helped and we killed some Mantis together for a time. Then later, the other player showed up and asked if I’d played with that female player.

I said “Yes.”

He said “That’s my mother.”

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4 Responses to “Currently Playing”

  1. nath Saturday, July 11, 2009 at 7:44 pm #

    LOL!! Then I guessed he wouldn’t have minded if you were in your 30s 😀

    I think you shouldn’t care about that too much… but that’s just my opinion.

    Sounds like you’re having fun playing 🙂

  2. Taja Sunday, July 12, 2009 at 1:58 pm #

    Nath – that was a serious OMG-LOL! moment for me. 😀

    And I know you’re right. I’m just silly that way. But I’m working on it!

  3. nath Monday, July 13, 2009 at 4:34 pm #

    Indeed, indeed LOL 🙂 LOL, maybe his mother was checking you out to see who her son was playing with, LOL 😛

  4. Taja Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 9:38 am #

    Nath – LOL! Either that or he’d told her about this bumbling player and when his mother stumbled upon me she thought she should better help. 😉

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