Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Fear and loathing in my basement

Guitar Hero 2 came out in 2007. I bought the game twice, once on the PS2 and once on the XBox 360. I will never tell anyone that I am any good at the game, but I did manage to get through every song on Expert, save one: Free Bird. That song haunted me for years, right up until Smash Hits, when they replaced all of the hammer on meedlies with the touch pad. Strumming was no longer an issue, I could just mash on the buttons and get two thirds of the notes. In other words, that didn't count. Free Bird is back as an Impossible tier song in Rock Band 3. At the beginning things felt good. 'I have three more years of experience under my belt,' I thought, 'surely this time I will at least squeak by with three stars.'

I failed in exactly the same place that I would fail in Guitar Hero 2. Then I failed Rainbow in the Dark. Then I failed 25 or 6 to 4. Guitar Hero Warrior of Rock's assists had allowed me to forget what difficult really was. It was not much fun to have it come roaring back and knock me right down off of my comfortable perch. At least this time I was able ti finish the songs thanks to no fail mode, but it was like wearing the pink ribbon in Ninja Gaiden: it just means that I suck.

If I can't even do this, why in the world am I going to subject myself to a controller with around 100 more buttons? Sadism? Perhaps.

Only Halo Reach and Vanquish shipping kept me from pull that $60 of credit and buying something with it (probably Fallout New Vegas). Perhaps I should avoid it this evening and play something else. It would be nice if there was a XBLA release worth playing. YuGiOh? Still?

Fuck that.

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