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    jp's Counterspy (PS3)

    [April 24, 2015 09:55:11 AM]
    Finally finished my first run through this. There probably won't be another for reasons I'll get into later.

    I guess I needed a bit of a break because the next time I booted up I was able to get one base to Defcon 4 and the other to 3. I figured that was good enough to give the final mission a try. Lo and behold, I won! (well, it took a while because I was pretty cautious, but - even though it came down to the wire, I was able to pull it off).

    I was expecting some big story twist at the end, but there wasn't. Since you're a covert operative working for an un-affiliated spy organization, I thought that even though even I had done was presented in a "you're doing the right thing" context, the twist would be that I was being manipulated...and that there'd be a secret final mission against my ex-bosses secret lair. Or something like that. But no.

    As you go through the game you're saving (hopefully) cash to buy upgrades and also finding weapon plans and other things that unlock new upgrades to play around with. It's a pretty standard system and I was looking forward to (once I'd finished the last level) to going back and unlocking and trying out those weapons. But, and here's why I won't go back - when you finish the last level the whole game resets! What you're supposed to do, I guess, is play as much as you'd like EXCEPT for the last level - unlock everything you want and so on...and then go for the end. I was quite disappointed, enough that I don't really want to do it all again. To be fair, it's not that long of a game - but it felt like I just lost a lot of progress. Or maybe not? As I write this I realize that maybe if I start over all the previous unlocks will be there? I don't think so...but maybe I'll take a look.
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    [April 18, 2015 08:25:25 PM]
    I've really been enjoying this, even though it seems like I'm always doing great (at Defcon 4) until something goes wrong and all of a sudden I'm at Defcon 1 or 2 and desperate to hopefully finish the level. Anyways, at this point I only have to beat the final level and I should be done. That's a big "if" though, because both bases (east and west) are at Defcon 1. I've only tried once, but they're both large/long and so the chances of making it through without being seen are pretty slim. So, I have to grind some other missions to HOPEFULLY end on a defcon higher (because the current defcon state of a base is whatever you got last).

    It's actually quite annoying because there's a bunch of stuff that carries over from one mission to the next - you have to pay to restock your ammo as well as any special powers you want. I can live with the special abilities, but the ammo? That's just seems mean, maybe even petty. I guess it does mean that you have to conserve ammo and be more careful and all that, but still. It's not like you get a lot of money from mission to mission. Trust me, I go for "full completion" on each level (finding all the stuff you can sell for cash and it isn't a lot of money. At all. Even the grind isn't a guarantee, because you have to earn at least more than you spent (on enhancements for the level as well as ammo spent).

    However, it's been fun so far and I think I'm getting slightly better at it even if some aspects are starting to grate and get a little frustrating.
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    jp's Counterspy (PS3)

    Current Status: Finished playing

    GameLog started on: Saturday 11 April, 2015

    GameLog closed on: Friday 24 April, 2015

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