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Gourmet Sandwiches and Games

I recently saw someone posting the “A Sandwich For Every Day of the Month” poster on Facebook, and decided that I wanted to actually try each one of them (or at least as many as I can). Because reading all kinds of great ideas on the internet is of little use unless you try at least some of them right? So far I’ve tried 6 of them, though not all the attempts turned out looking as good as on that poster. But they did mostly taste great!

Grilled eggplant with mozarella, tomato, parmesan and basil

Grilled eggplant with mozarella, tomato, parmesan and basil. One of my “better-looking” attempts.

Watched Iron Man 3 a few weeks ago. It was a great movie and I think better than the first two Iron Man movies, though not as spectacular as The Avengers. Two of the movie trailers before the Iron Man 3 movie was for other Marvel movies, The Wolverine and Thor: The Dark World. With that, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 coming up, I must say that Marvel is doing rather well lately. Kind of curious whether DC Comics will be able to “catch up” at all, with only the new Batman movies being successful. I haven’t really heard much hype for the Man of Steel movie, and I’m not even sure if their Justice League movie project is dead or not. Oh well.

Iron Man 3

Bought a few games last month:

Paper Mario: Sticker Star

Paper Mario: Sticker Star

This one is really quite an enjoyable game! Nintendo has a quirky sense of humor in their RPG-style Mario games that is fun to read. And the game is also surprisingly difficult, there are a few puzzles that took me a few plays to get. But it’s also a good thing, it does mean that the stages are actually quite varied. Even though the game is set up with a world map with stages (like Super Mario World), not every stage is just about running from one end to another.

One stage makes you find your way through a forest where some of the exits takes you back to the start of the stage, kind of like the Lost Woods in the Zelda games. Another one is set up like a game show, where you have to answer questions and solve challenges quickly to not lose all your health.

You don’t need to play the stages in a strict order either. Three of the levels are available after the start scenes, and you can to a certain degree play them in any order. Though some of the stages require you to find special stickers in order to progress. In any case, I am enjoying playing this game.

Persona 4: Golden

The PSVita really feels like it has dried up when it comes to games. This game is actually a remake of a PS2 game, but I’ve heard lots of great things about it (and about the Persona series in general). Will probably play it once I finish Sticker Star.

Persona 4: Golden

Assassin's Creed: RevelationsAssassin’s Creed: Revelations

I didn’t actually buy this game, just borrowed it from a friend. It’s not a bad game, but as with the previous games, I still kinda feel like the side quests end up distracting from the main story. And I’ve also found out that I really, really hate tower defense by now. (I suck at that part of the game…)

The PS3 version have 3D support, but it’s some kind of “fake” 3D, where they just render the graphics “flat” first, then add 3D with post-processing (using the depth information in the game, so it’s at least somewhat accurate). Still it doesn’t look nearly as good as when the graphics are actually rendered once for each “eye”.But it’s not a bad game. I do like the battle system/mechanics in the game, and it’s mostly enjoyable whenever you manage to complete a mission by using some cool maneuver. I still am not very good at using every gadget that he has though.

Darksiders II

The first game wasn’t good enough for me to really want to play the second one, I only bought this because it was on sale on Humble Bundle. The 3D works all right though it still has the problem with the sides of the screen not fully rendering. Just played through the intro and left it on hold for now.

Tomb Raider

I bought the collector’s edition of this game, I must admit mainly because it comes with a Play Arts figure. So the limbs can be moved for making poses, and the figure comes with various weapons and replacement hands for holding the weapons. Which makes this collector’s edition at least somewhat more interesting than the previous collector’s editions I’ve bought. (I guess the Skyward Sword’s special edition Wiimote is still the most useful one though.)

Anyways, I must say the game has gotten quite cinematic. Yet it is less linear than say Uncharted, because you can actually go back to the old stages to look for collectibles, in order to get experience for unlocking skills and upgrades. While the story isn’t original enough to make me want to play just to get the rest of the story (like Bioshock Infinite), it does have some mystery elements.

The game looks amazing and works great with nVidia 3D Vision! It has “native” 3D support, so unlike games that just rely on nVidia’s own 3D support, the game is mostly rendered correctly and fully even in 3D mode. The movie cutscenes are in 2D, but regular rendered cutscenes are in 3D and there are more of those so far. In any case, I’m happy to have a game that works great in 3D!

Tomb Raider Collector's Edition

Cut the Rope: Time Travel

I do quite enjoy the Cut the Rope games. The stages are short enough that you can play the game whenever you have a few minutes, yet each stage is varied enough that you don’t feel like you’re doing exactly the same all the time (*cough*Angry Birds*cough*). So when I saw they had a new game out, I bought it for my phone this time. (The previous ones were bought on the iPad, which I don’t really bring with me much anymore.)

Cut the Rope: Time Travel

 

Man, it’s quite a list once I start listing them up. I must admit I just buy humble bundles without even considering what the games are, just to get them on Steam. So most of those games I don’t really plan to play unless I somehow “run out of other games to play”. Which is probably never. Hmm did I already write that earlier? Meh.

In other news, I “modded” an old wall lamp into a Bioshock Infinite lamp.

Bioshock Infinite lamp

My cheap Bioshock Infinite lamp

Oh also today after church we went to a friend’s place to make dumplings. Making dumpling doughDumplings!

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