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System: Wii

Release: January 2008

Players: 1-2

Rating: Everyone

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Endless ocean is a title I picked up a while ago.  I had stopped by gamestop on my way to babysit when I noticed someone had already bought and returned a copy (released January 2008, this was February 2008).  I snatched the copy and the guy checking me out said it was a good game, but slow-paced.  I popped it in later for an hour or so, but once I got busier with university, I had little time to play.  It wasn’t until recently that I’ve had a few afternoons to pop it in after work and before meetings/volunteering and now I’m having trouble not playing it for 20-30 minutes a day.

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Twenty to thirty minutes is the ideal time-frame to play Endless ocean.  It’s pretty laid back and the missions tend to be fairly short.  You have the option to move to different locations using the steering wheel in the cabin, but its good to go at a slow pace, especially if you want to see all the sea creatures in the game.  There’s a notebook players can keep track of fish in, a camera and interesting areas to explore.  I’ve explored caverns and an abyss so far.  There are also guided missions and new things that crop up as players move throughout the game which keeps the game refreshing and relaxing.  Its a great experience so far and I’m only about halfway through.  I’m excited to see what new things crop up as I explore!

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Pros:

+Side missions that keep players entertained in a very linear game

+The Music. Period.

+Control is suburb

+It’s a great destresser

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No, you don’t want to run into this guy!

Cons:

+Shenandoah song, in the cave.  I grew up in the Shenandoah Valley…I never liked this song and it appears in this game!!  I went from disliking it, to thinking its pretty, to wanting to not hear it again in 15 minutes.

+Encyclopedia-I wish it was more than just a picture

+Things to do-missions, achievements in finding things and new places to explore keep the game interesting, but 20-30 minutes is my interest level, no matter how much I love it.

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A common trait among more serious gamers are games that have been started, but not completed.  I am guilty of this trait and looking through my collection earlier, while debating a game to play due to insomina, just how many of my 150+ games I have started, but have yet to beat.  I am currently playing Persona 4 and Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep off and on, but its the games I have started and stopped for one reason or another that fit the bill.  For the sake of sanity, I’m not including gameboy (or color), NES or SNES games.

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PSP

Patapon-I’m on mission to find a door and got fustrated trying to find it so I put it down.  I orginally picked it up while procrastinating on some homework at the time too.

Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep-I’m currently playing this actually.  I’m on Ventus’ story meaning the last one.

Final Fantasy II-I got stuck in one of the dungeons over the summer and youtube did not help me get out of it.  Therefore, its on the back burner.

Harvest Moon: Boy and Girl-I might as well restart this one if I want to get married or have a good ending.

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DS

Elite Beat AgentsIt really stinks when you cannot beat the last level of a game.

Final Fantasy III-my first DS title and I put it down intially because I got stuck in a cave where I had to turn into a frog.

Magical Starsign-I am in the process of finding my last friend (or already did).  This is a really fun title but one of the infamous “got really into it and then had to put it down”.

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Gamecube

Animal Crossing-I feel like the debt I owe to Tom Nook is like my student loans.  I put in what I think is a good amount, only to see it didn’t make the dent I hoped.  So I continue paying in money and see the number only slowly go down before I put the game way.  I equate this in real life to deferring loans (and still paying mind you) by taking classes.

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Wii

Endless Ocean-Its a calm game and I really enjoy it.  It’s just not a high priority game so much as a random mood and an hour of gameplay here and there game.

Super Smash Bros Brawl-I was so excited when it was first released that I drove 30 miles to buy it.  I beat the main story and just never got around to finishing it.

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Playstation 2

.hack//quaratine-I need to get the Q disc/lock/whatever in order to get to the next dungeon.  An hour of searching for such means it gets put down for a while.

Persona 4-Currently playing through it.  I just saved one person and now I’m off to save a future team member 😉

Shadow of the Colossus-I was making good progress when I first picked this  up…but then my controller died when I was fighting the electric eel shadow.  Needless to say I haven’t picked it up since then.

Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves-I’d been wanting to play Sly 3 for a while and when my computer broke I gave it a good play.  I’m on chapter 2 I believe and I’ve broken into a mansion to get a code.  I got really busy with work after that and never had time for the next 2-3 weeks to play games.

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Playstation

Final Fantasy IV-I’m stuck on the moon and couldn’t figure out where to go to/got lost and put it down to play another game.  It’s been 3-4 years since then.  I’m actually planning on buying the Final Fantasy IV collection for the PSP so that I’ll have the expansion and game all in one go.

Final Fantasy V-I was wandering through a library adn then got into a cave with these giant wide-eyed squirrels.  Since I remember telling a friend about this fact in high school, I realize I haven’t picked it up in six years.  Ouch.

Final Fantasy VI-I don’t remember the exact part I am in, though a recent memory says it was after fighting the pocessed train.

The Legend of Dragoon-I just met the blue-haried girl (forget her name) and I’m heading somewhere in a town…I just remember getting lost trying to go to where I needed to be.

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That’s all the games I have on my “played but not beaten” shelf.  I do need to make it a goal to beat all these games before I start on another title.  Luckily unless a new Pokemon game comes out I should be pretty safe.  There’s just something about Pokemon games that make me drop every other game.  I used to be the same way with Kingdom Hearts and some other RPG’s, but I fell out of that rhythm.