Last night, as part of my plan to get in a little vital goofing off before attacking the Too Much To Do List again tonight, I picked up a copy of "Project Gotham Racing"
and tooled around with it until I got frustrated. I actually wanted something closer to Out Run
or Cruis'n Exotica
, with more emphasis on pretty scenery and OTT action and less on actually knowing how to stunt-drive a car.
Of course, I've never liked platformer controls; it's entirely possible that with less binary controllers that I would do better, but on the X-Box I ended up swerving all over the road and frequently spinning out just from pressing the accelerator. There were only two cars that I could manage with any real consistency ... one was the Ferrari Enzo, and the other was a low-slung Italian exotic that looked sorta like a shiny white version of the Batmobile, but I forget the name. Of course, neither of those cars are unlockable in the main game until you've beaten it all in a Yugo.
So by the end of the night, I was pretty disgusted. There's only so many times you can attempt to get "third place or better" in a Ford Escort (or whatever it was) before it stops being fun. I started to get the hang of slides a little, but it seems to me that they're way too easy, as if every race were being run on gravel. Not every turn a car ever makes puts it into a slide! Particularly not street cars running at 45 mph through the twisty back-alleys of Florence.
The other part of my plan was to watch the first three episodes of Comic Party Revolution
, which has just come out. So far it's okay but not as involving as the first Comic Party
series. The voices are a bit grating, unfortunately, particularly Emi's and Subaru's. The new guy playing Taishi seems to be good, but so far Taishi has been little more than a bit player. I'm hoping it will improve with time, however. It needs more focus on the whole "creating a comic" angle, more humor, and of course, more Taishi, before it will be as good as the previous series.