I’m pleased to report that Operation: Diligent Slacking was a resounding success, though not without some small casualties.
Objective One: Portal
These 200 minutes of entertainment fully justified my purchase of The Orange Box, although I guess eventually I’ll play the Half-Life Episodes, too. But what is this hole in my heart? It appears to be a void in the shape of a weighted companion cube.
Objective Two: Crackdown
Status: Essentially Complete
Having initially played through the game on an Xbox 360 debug, I didn’t quite have the time take down the last couple of bosses and sort of ran out of steam with my immediate replay of the retail version. That is no longer a concern! The completist in me does feel somewhat compelled to round out that Achievement list, though I am suppressing that urge. Curiously, I found myself playing the game far more effectively this time, the skills and tactics honed by my many hours of Halo 3 transferring rather effectively into this third-person perspective.
Objective Three: Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence
Finally. Great game, but very unforgiving if, say, you have to stop playing midway through the quest and spend two months working on reviews of other titles, thereby losing your feel for the controls, the sneaking and the tactics. Also, whoever told me that the battle with The End is more than 2/3 of the way to the actual end is a stinking liar who tricked me into thinking, “Well, I can easily complete the rest of the game in a sitting!” Which I did, but not without repercussions…
Auditory damage: Subject’s right ear suffers from temporarily muted hearing and a low ringing sensation likely caused by 13 hours of sustained headphone use.
Exhaustion: Subject is very tired because freaking MGS3 just kept going and going way after it should have ended. Due to an excess of Volgin battles and a tension-killing escort mission, subject did not complete this objective until well after 3 a.m.
Recommendations: Pace yourself, dude. This isn’t a race.