Final Fantasy X – finished the game. Review here.
Portal 2 (3 hrs) – finished multi-player game with Dan. That game is AWESOME. I was only bummed that the puzzles never truly got hard. There were only 3 (max!) that left Dan and I scratching out heads for a long time. Perhaps they wanted to make sure everyone finished the story events and so they didn’t make it hard. Or maybe they had as hard a thinking with four portals as we did when we were first getting used to it. I can’t wait for the DLC as I hope we get some more challenges. Heck, we didn’t even have any white gel in the multi-player games.
Cities XL (2 hrs) – This is the game I wish Sim City 4 with the transportation expansion pack had been. I can actually set the routes for the buses and subways. The citizens of my cities appear to intelligently use the transportation networks. I get lots of information on what’s needed by the citizens. That’s not to say this game is without frustrations. While I enjoy a lot of the extra micromanagement of the routing of the buses and trains, I think it’s a bit odd that I designate the residential areas as low, medium, and high class. Perhaps it’s the sensibilities of the European designer, but it just seems odd to me. I preferred the Sim City model where the rich area can become the slums if the rich people end up wanting to live somewhere else. Still, I look forward to spending more time with this game and Civ V when I finish up the others. In a way, that’s the shame of getting back into video games, there isn’t as much time for these sandboxy type games when I want to finish story-based games before the story slips my mind.