Bulletstorm, Seaman, and Skylanders
Somehow Mark and I started a challenge to see who could beat Bullstorm: Full Clip Edition on “Very Hard” difficulty (the most difficult mode). We started at just about the same time and Mark won. I ended up behind by about a half hour. I explain my loss by the fact that I can’t replay a game the same way twice. I couldn’t just play with The Penetrator again, as fun as that was. I had to mix it up and use the Assault Rifle and Pistol this time. As a result, I was forced into using different tactics and that slowed me down.
I’m not overly upset about it though because I’ve now finished all the campaign achievements. I attempted some Echo related ones to no effect and then played multiplayer. I wanted to pick a certain map to play but I had to choose “quick match” and play with randos because Mark wasn’t into it. I got three other players and tried to work with them for the team skillshots, which net you the most points. We played the full 15 wave match on The Sewer map. I leveled to 20 and had a lot of fun with it.
I’m thinking of the year 2000 and the strange Dreamcast game, Seaman. This is a life development sim. You’re tasked with raising a man-amphibian thing in an aquarium through several stages of development. It’s basically the life cycle of a frog. At the second stage of development, Gillman, you can talk to it and teach it words. This was the part Mark and I had the most fun with. The game came with a microphone, you talked to the Gillman and it would parrot back whatever you said. You can see where juvenile hijinks start to come into this. I don’t remember ever raising the thing to its final form because making it say curse words and hearing it repeat them was enough entertainment for us.
Meet team air from Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure
Warnado, Sonic Boom, Whirlwind, Lightning Rod
Warnado is a very special turtle. When he was still in the egg, he was whisked away by an enchanted twister where he hatched and lived to adulthood. Then a storm of dark magic knocked him out of the twister and onto land. He was so used to spinning around, he couldn’t stand still without getting dizzy, and so he continued to spin. Whirlwind, an air dragon, met him and convinced Eon to make him a Skylander. He’s voiced by Fred Tatasciore who has done a lot of TV and game voice work. He’s Saren in Mass Effect, Baird in Gears of War and Soldier: 76 in Overwatch.
Sonic Boom is a female black Griffin. She once made a nest on a high mountain peak. An evil wizard tried to get a griffon feather from her but she smelled him and shrieked until he fell. As he fell, he laid a curse on her eggs so the young would have to return to their eggs right after being hatched over and over again forever. She has learned to use this to her advantage by training her young to fight with her during the brief time they are out of their eggs.
Whirlwind is half air dragon, half unicorn. Early in life, she was shunned by the dragons for having a horn and rejected by the unicorns for having wings. She fled to a storm cloud to live until one day trolls attacked both the dragons and unicorns. She used a powerful rainbow to chase them away and now both dragons and unicorns respect her. Master Eon saw her value as well and made her a Skylander.
Lightning Rod is a storm giant and one of the most famous in The Cloud Kingdom. He is the best thrower of the storm giants and renowned for his strength. One day he met Spyro who told him of foreign lands and adventure. He was intrigued and followed Spyro to seek an audience with Master Eon. He made him a Skylander after he witnessed Rod’s defeat of Kaos at a lightning bolt toss competition.