It’s 2016, where have I been?

Hey folks! Once again, it’s been awhile, and I’ve been meaning to do an update ever since the last one. So here we go as we just jump right into things!

The Christmas season just wasn’t there for me. I couldn’t get into the holiday spirit as things at work were super stressful and tiresome. There were many times I just wanted to keep to myself even though I longed to be in the company of others. So this past holiday just wasn’t the best for me. I didn’t get a whole lot that would warrant my annual video post of Christmas goodies. All I can say was I got three books (all Star Wars related), a movie (Princess Mononoke on Blu-ray), a game (Tales of Xillia which I ended up trading it in for the sequel), a model of the DeLorean from Back to the Future to put together, and a handful of t-shirts from Tee Fury. I know it’s not really about the gifts and more about being with family. Maybe that was what I had missed the most even though I knew I had to work through those holidays. Sure, the paycheck looked great, but I was more concerned about my well-being more than anything around that time.

Now that we have moved into the new year, there are plenty of things I would like to try to accomplish on a more personal level. For starters, I really want to do my best in not stressing over the littlest of things. I’m 28, and it’s time that I shouldn’t let things get the best of me or worry over stuff that wouldn’t benefit me. I really need to learn to appreciate and love myself more because one should really try to focus more on oneself before anything else. From what I have seen of others that have done similar methods, they seem to be more content with their lives, and that’s something I need greatly. I will say that there are certain aspects of myself that I have improved on, but there is always room for more improvement. We are all human beings after all.

As always, I want to try to get into being more active whether it be swimming or walking. I think what I should try to limit myself on how much soda I consume and see if that does reduce my weight. I really want to aim for a bit of a beach body as silly as that may sound. In all seriousness, I would like to have a more lean form even if it means sacrificing on certain things. Not having this gut of mine would be a big blessing. So we shall see what happens. Other goals in mind include improving on my art, setting aside some time to work on my video game idea, and, as always, work at my backlog of video games I have sitting here.

Speaking of games, I’m happy to report that I have completed the PS2 Grand Theft Auto trilogy! I finished San Andreas I believe around the middle of December, and I have to say that I had a much more pleasant experience playing the game this time around than I did when it first game out. Mind you that I had borrowed the game from a friend back in Tennessee for the original Xbox. I just couldn’t get into the game because of how foul it seemed to me, and I wasn’t a fan of its control schemes and dialog. Now that I have matured enough and have played GTA III, Vice City, and San Andreas, I can see the appeal and historical achievement these games tried to accomplish. San Andreas is without a doubt technically superior of the three games in this collection. The world was bigger than III and Vice City combined, and there was a lot one could accomplish if given the time to uncover everything it had to offer. Driving is actually a joy this time around especially with how terrible it was to get around GTA III’s setting. Even the missions are much more varied and fun despite a handful of them being a pain in the butt… Believe it or not I did enjoy the game’s soundtrack this time around! However, Vice City’s soundtrack tops anything any day of the week. The biggest thing that makes San Andreas stand out from the collection is that there are NO load screens when going in-between areas. For a 2004 PS2 game of this scope, I have to say that’s really pushing the limits of what a game can do on a system. Vice City is still the best game in the series with my score of 10, but San Andreas comes real close with a 9.5. It shows that either of the games deserves to be in any greatest games of all-time list compared to GTA III. Seriously, that one really hasn’t aged well…

Another game I got around to finishing recently was Undertale via Steam. For a short game, it left such a big impact. It’s definitely a quirky game for folks that love very off-beat humor and a heavy dose of well-developed characters. That’s something I know I need some work on with my very own characters. I have to say that Undertale has probably set a very high bar as far as indie games are of concern, and I highly recommend checking this gem out if you have a few hours to spare from your daily life. So there will be some fan art of this game very, very soon. Be on the lookout for that!

With those games out of the way, I jumped right into Yakuza 2 for PS2 ever since Yakuza 5 came out for PS3’s PSN store. That has my mention these days, and it’s quite an improvement over the first game particularly how improved combat is along with the game’s pacing. I understand that a few fans that follow me will shake their heads when I say that I’m also doing some of the game’s side missions this time around. I know it’s not all that important to the game, but I am one that wants to get the most out of my game. However, there are some that are just absolutely ridiculous and would probably make one throw his/her controller against the wall especially with how demanding some of these side missions can be. I kid you not! I probably spend a good portion of the game’s fifth chapter doing a couple of dumb side missions. With that said, there was one in particular I actually grew fond over, and it happens to be Japanese mahjong (YouTube it if necessary). Now I won’t say that it has made me a fan of this particular game, but I can appreciate the basics and wouldn’t mind giving it a try if the mood strikes up. So far, I’m having a blast, and I hope to have it done soon.

The other game I’ve gotten back into is Tales of Symphonia. I have played the Gamecube version of it, and I’m using a guide to see what else I might have missed this time around with the PS3 version. I never realized just how much grinding there was to do. Then again, this is a J-RPG, and that is to be expected. But man! Grinding in this game is a bit ridiculous at times. However, I have experienced grinding much worse than this (Final Fantasy II via Dawn of Souls), and the guide has been helpful for the most part on what my characters will gain in the long run. I guess once I get either Yakuza 2 or Symphonia done I would like to dedicate a month on a couple of original Xbox games based on what you guys would like have me play in a voting session. Stay tuned for more on that in a future post.

This might be the part where I’ll try to wrap things up as I would like to have this journal out of the way. All I can say is that I am drawing when I can, and I will do my best to share what I’ve drawn on my Twitter account. There is a project I am working on examples for, and I would like to offer a few spots for commissions in the near future. About five of them have been sketched out, but I want to sketch out a few more before I begin to ink and color them. For those that follow my art accounts, stay tuned for more on that.

Other ideas I want to come up with are journals for discussing on certain topics in general. In a few days I may do just that in hopes of sharing some of my favorite video game songs and remixes of late. The way I would do it is title the journal as if I were making a mixtape based on a theme or a mood. We’ll see how that goes as the year progresses. The same can be said on any books or movies you guys can recommend depending on the genre I’m in the mood for. Lately, it’s been science fiction, and I’ll be sure to type that up a few days after I post some music favorites. I’m kind of excited about it because I want to try to be a bit more active even if it means that it’ll be awhile before I post anything art related on my art accounts.

With that said, I think this will do for this journal update. I hope you guys have an awesome 2016! Lots to do and accomplish! Go out there and make the most of it!

Thanks for reading, guys. And thank you to those that have helped me along the way. You have no idea how much I really appreciate some of the support and advice I have received.

Here’s to the new year!

Eddie the Wolf signing off!

From Birthday to Halloween with Great News!

Hello once again folks! It’s your beach lovin’ guy, Eddie the Wolf, coming at you with a life update! =D

Let me ask you this: Are you guys ready for Halloween? Yeah? What plans do you all have for the occasion? I want to know! ^^ For me, I will be working, but I hope to get some Halloween gaming done with Resident Evil 4. I also hope to have a couple of drawings done in time since I want to be able to do a piece for the upcoming holidays. Lots to do between now and the end of the year drawing wise! The idea I have in mind this time will feature four of my characters dressed up as video game characters: my fursona along with my samurai, Raul Xi, will be dressed in my take on the Gunstar Super Heroes outfits while my lioness, Lucy Martinez, and my tigress, Jane Hanzawa, will be R. Mika and Cammy respectively from the Street Fighter series (particularly the outfits shown in Street Fighter V).

Since I did mention gaming, I recently finished Demon’s Souls via co-op sessions with Usagi704 and JiibayDan. I had hoped to do some with HartKnight, but I’m sure we will at some point. :) I look forward to doing so again. Since they have been playing this every year when the game first game out, it got me inspired to play it! I will say that the game does not let you leave without many of its punishing difficulty, but that is mostly due to human error. It was best that I played it with others because I think I would have given up on the game real easily knowing myself. lol For the most part, I had a lot of fun and had to laugh at myself for all the mistakes and blunders I made during my sessions. I do thank the fine folks I co-oped with for their patience. It was a tough game to swallow, but I am glad to have played it all the way. :) If I feel like it, I may even play the New Game + myself, but it really depends on how I feel about it. Still, I’m up for more co-op sessions for the New Game stuff if you guys are. And, I might even consider continuing with the Souls series. I liked it that much, and I always welcome a challenge! I can even see why you guys would play this series for Halloween. A lot of the bosses you face certainly would send chills down any gamer’s spine.

So the question is how would I score Demon’s Souls? I think it gets an 8.5 out of 10. The game is very challenging, and I appreciate that greatly! The game would otherwise be a 9 if it weren’t for the difficulty. Yeah, I’m going to be that guy. XD Still, the way the game integrates the hint messages is a big welcome and very innovative adding great depth to the game’s lore. It’s really refreshing to see something like that in video games these days. It’s definitely a game to look into for those wanting a good challenge. And I mean a really good challenge. ;)

Next up will be Resident Evil 4. Now I’ve played it once on the Nintendo Gamecube, and I had a complete blast being freaked with certain situations with it. I picked up the HD version on the PS3 while there was a sale going on awhile back via PlayStation Store. No doubt I’m going to have similar unnerving experiences throughout, but I’m sure to have loads of fun. :) After I’m done with that and Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy for my friend’s YouTube channel, I plan to go back to GTA: San Andreas which will conclude the PS2 trilogy set I purchased earlier this year. After that, I will continue to play more of Tales of Symphonia and Xillia on the PS3.

Speaking of the Tales of series, I plan on knocking away at my backlog which includes Tales of Phantasia. I know I keep saying that I will, but I will do my best to get to it. ^^; I’m sure many fans enjoy the game, but I’m playing the GBA version of it. If I had my hands on the SNES or PS1 version, I probably would enjoy it more for the fact that combat looks and plays out real smooth compared to how sluggish it is on the GBA. :/ That’s really why I’ve taken so long to beat it. Plus, I’m stuck in one section of the game where it’s a maze. The last thing I want to do is start all over. I WANT TO BE DONE WITH IT! DX If you look at my backlog, the games you see in my “Now Playing” section is what I plan to focus on before trying to tackle other games. After that, I hope to get to other games I have been in the middle of for quite some time. I don’t know… There’s just a lot I really need to play through. ^^; Maybe I will have a month dedicated to a theme and focus on a handful of games based on what you guys choose. :) We’ll see how that pans out! I need to give it a try at some point with my current “Now Playing” section real soon.

That’s enough about games right now. Let’s move on to how my birthday went! It was an awesome three-day weekend! =D The day before my birthday I went with a couple of friends for Epcot’s Food and Wine festival. We got to try out a lot of food samples that were offered (within our budget, of course). I think that I had a much better experience this time around since I had others to share the occasion with. The day of I went to a Halloween furry gathering in Sarasota where I met a couple of folks I’ve known for some time, and it was fun. I did a small art trade while I was there, and it goes to show that I really need to work on drawing more females. Why must they be so difficult to draw? Why?! Always how the hips are. Always! DX Anyway, the day after I spent indoors just watching some football, and it was mostly a relaxing time. As for the presents, I got plenty as you can see here in this picture.

Hmm… I think that about covers everything that’s been going on. :) Now there was something that happened recently that I need to share. As of this update, I found out that I will be full-time status at Disney World on November 1st! I was caught by surprise when I was asking for help on how I can get full-time. I remember going on their website to transfer to other places with hopes of going full-time then. Since people have transferred out of my area, it seemed that my chances of going full-time were high. And so, this just happened. lol I can’t complain! Now I don’t have to worry about picking up hours. ^^ With that, I may be a bit quiet as far as gaming and art updates go.

Speaking of art, I hope to have some ideas drawn up between now and when the new year rolls around which include reference sheets for my characters (they desperately need them) and a commission examples of an idea I really look forward to doing soon. But first, I want to accomplish the Halloween ideas I mentioned earlier. They might be a bit rushed, but I look forward to finishing them real soon. So stay tuned on that!

Anyway, that should do it! Thank you all for reading and to any and all that wished me a happy birthday. I really appreciated them. ^^

Take care, everyone! And have a great rest of the weekend.

Eddie the Wolf signing off!

The October 2015 Update

Hey guys!

It’s your beach lovin’ wolf, Eddie, coming at you from the state of Florida! Work has, of course, kept me busy! Nothing much to report other than the usual guest crowd, but I manage. :) Anyway, I’m going to be a bit brief.

Since this month has started, I plan to play two maybe three games dedicated to the Halloween season: Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy, Demon’s Souls, and Resident Evil 4 HD Edition.  The first game I’m going to be playing it with a friend who happens to have a YouTube channel for his Let’s Play sessions.

Furst Edition YouTube Channel

He started it earlier this year, and I’m helping him out whenever possible. Plus, it’s fun to revisit one of my favorite games on the GameCube. ^^ Too bad a sequel was never made. It really begs for one.

Demon’s Souls I plan to play with a few other folks via co-op. I understand how challenging and frustrating this game is from many others, but I’m willing to play through it. :) It’s given me quite the beating, but playing it via co-op has been loads of fun so far. I know I’m going to be asking my buddies a lot to play through this since the game seems to encourage co-op along with a few other morbid things. XD So far, I seem to be enjoying it with them!

Finally, it’s Resident Evil 4. I played this game on the GameCube when it first game out. Lots and lots of memories playing it at a friend’s house and dying plenty of times. The game put me on edge throughout, and that was what I loved about it. I’m sure I can squeeze some time in to play it. Hopefully, it will be near the last week of this month. :)

Anyway, I am posting this because next week I’ll be 28, and I enjoy posting birthday wish lists. This time around it’s going to be a bit short. I honestly can’t think of much, and that’s fine! Not even any games this time around. XD Yeah, that is going to hold off until I try to finish a good portion of what I have. ^^; So here we go!

-Princess Mononoke (Blu-ray)
-Spirited Away (Blu-ray)
-Qatsi Trilogy Criterion Collection (Blu-ray)
-Mad Max Anthology (Blu-ray)
-Gargoyles Season 2 Vol. 2 (DVD)
-Art featuring a few of my characters
-subscription to the WWE Network (weird request, I know)
-Back to the Future 30 Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray)
-Life Itself by Roger Ebert (book)
-Wrestling For My Life by Shawn Michaels (book)
-Armada by Ernest Cline (book)
-Neuromancer by William Gibson (book)

And that should do it. Just more books and movies this time around. XD And as of now, there is a package here that was sent by my mom, and I plan on opening it probably midnight or later in the day of my birthday. It’s so tempting not to open it since it’s sitting next to my small TV stand begging me to be unwrapped.

Anyway, I hope you guys have been doing well! Like I said, just a brief update and nothing more.

You guys take care and have a great Halloween season!

Eddie the Wolf signing off!

Megaplex 2015 and More!

Hey guys! It’s your friendly Eddie the Wolf here!

Around the end of July going into August, I had the chance to go to Megaplex, and I had an absolute blast! What made the experience awesome was being able to participate in the con’s Artist’s Alley. It was chance for me to see what it was all about so I could potentially do this for future cons. While I may not have taken that many, earning three commissions made it worth taking the chance!

So I have an idea on what to do for next time for FWA next year, and I look forward to that! :D

Anyway, working at Disney has been going all right. While it feels like I never left, it just doesn’t feel the same. The College Program group I came with felt so right. It was as if I found my group of people. Now that some of them have dispersed about the parks, I feel like I should do the same once I have been with the company for six months (again). I am currently eyeing on Test Track at Epcot since that would be the closest thing to how safety critical Toy Story Midway Mania is. And now that there’s been an announcement with expansions to Hollywood Studios, there will be opportunities abound. :)

And now for gaming! Well, I’ve taken a bit of a break from GTA: San Andreas. Or rather I haven’t touched it much lately, and I’ve switched my focus a bit towards Tales of Xillia. I’ve had my eye on it for some time now, and I’m having some fun with it. I kind of wanted to play another Tales game, and it felt refreshing to play one again. The last one I really played was Symphonia for Gamecube, and I’ve not touched Phantasia for GBA in quite awhile (I need to finish that…).

For now, this will do for an update! Right now, I have been watching some Netflix chopping away at the movies and shows I have been wanting to see while I work on drawing. :) So I hope you guys are having a great summer! I will catch you all another time!

This is Eddie the Wolf signing off!

The July 2015 Update

Yo!

I will be brief about this. As much as I want to go into details with things. I have things I want to take care of today. I doubt I will get as much accomplished, but I feel this is necessary to share with what’s been going on with this wolf. lol

First off, I am no longer at Busch Gardens anymore. I’m thankful to be out of there working wise. Don’t get me wrong! It’s a very pretty park to go to, and I would place it higher than Animal Kingdom any day. That is until Pandora is fully built at Animal Kingdom, and only time will tell how I will feel about both parks. Despite how convenient Busch Gardens was, the working environment just wasn’t for me. Even after working there for a few months, I still felt like an outsider among favorites. That was until I told my superiors about wanting a two weeks notice. All of a sudden, they were a tad nicer to me! Ridiculous, huh? But still, I did get along with a few people that worked the culinary services at the park.

As of now, I am back at Walt Disney World as a part-time cast member. And guess what? I am actually back at the Toy Story Midway Mania attraction at Hollywood Studios! I originally applied for a full-time lifeguard position, but the person that interviewed me was looking for someone with experience. So the next option on the list was park operations, and it just so happened that the area where my attraction was located had an opening. And so things just fell into place. What’s next? I may inquire what I need to do to be a full-time cast member. Also, I will be in an apartment in the upcoming month! Yay for adult responsibilities…

Fellow gamers! Who watched E3? I know I did! =D I have to say it was a very impressive conference overall! Lots of promising titles coming out along with a select few shown at Sony’s conference that I never thought would see the light of day! That was such an awesome week. :) I look forward to seeing more of what’s in store for us when we hear more development on our most anticipated games.

A month or so ago, I did finish Vice City. Man, that was such an awesome game. ^^ It got many things right over GTA III such as mission variety and structure and a more balanced difficulty. Art direction, gameplay, soundtrack, and writing were all suberb across the board. I can’t remember what score I gave it on Twitter, but I will say this game deserved a 10/10 in my book. :) Definitely earns a spot as one of my greatest games of all-time. Right now, I’m playing San Andreas among other games like Kingdom Hearts 1.5, Okami HD, and a few others I can’t think of. I gotta focus on one game at a time so that I’m not lost after putting it off for so long. ^^; When will I learn, huh?

Anyway, GTA: San Andreas is surprisingly fun after putting a lot of time into it. When I played it on a friend’s Xbox, I didn’t care much for the game’s initial urban setting. However, I find that it’s much more than just fighting for CJ’s ‘hood. lol The game is massive compared to GTA III and Vice City combined. The biggest step with San Andreas is that there are no loading screens when going in between areas. For a 2004 PS2 game, that says a lot. :) So far, I’ve clocked in at least 30 hours of gameplay and playing the Las Venturas missions. Plenty of improvements over Vice City as well with more improved gameplay, a strong art direction with its early 90s flair, and a fantastic soundtrack with a wide variety of genres and songs. Now I can respect why it’s the best of the GTA PS2 trilogy.

Let’s see… Been drawing here and there. :) That game idea I have is still in my mind. I just need to set aside some time to actually draw more characters for it and flesh out what I want to accomplish with its setting and story. Other than that, Megaplex is just around the corner, and I’m really looking forward to it! =D

With that, I will stop here. I think this is a good enough update for now.

Hope you guys are doing well!

Until next time!
This is Eddie the Wolf signing off.

Busch Gardens, FWA 2015, and GTA III

Oh look! It’s a new update from yours truly! I should really get to doing more of these, huh? That’s what happens when I drop off of the face of the earth. I don’t have any excuse for that besides work and being generally tired. The latter is mostly my doing since I have developed a bad habit of staying up later than I really should. ^^; But oh well!

I am sure plenty of you have been curious what I have been up to these days. If any of you follow my Twitter account, I tend to be more social on there than I normally would anywhere else. So if you guys are really that curious (even though it sounds creepy), just follow my Twitter. I talk about my life here and there, gaming stuff, art things, mini-rants, etc. Just know that I may or may not follow you back. It all depends if I know you or not.

BUSCH GARDENS

How has Busch Gardens been for me? Well, it’s really come to the point where I’d much rather be working at Walt Disney World again. I miss it. I really do. It all comes down to where most of my friends are and who I’d much rather hang out with than being by myself in this house. Yes, the hours may be a hit or miss with Disney, but at least I would be in a far better working environment among co-workers I can get along with.

The reason I say that is because I feel like I’m reverting back to my older self in which I feel like I’m distant and anti-social. Working at Disney helped me overcome those challenges, and I felt great about myself. At Busch Gardens, not so much. Yes, I do talk to the employees, and there are a few I feel I can get along with just fine. However, I still feel like I’m an outsider among favorites.

On top of that, it’s a much tougher environment. That mostly has to do with the guests that come into the park. Now I don’t mind a park that is more for grown ups, but it’s the attitude that they bring. The park is located in a slightly tough neighborhood, and the guests can get irritated over the smallest of things. Say that I make a small mistake for not seeing someone’s All Day Dining wristband which guarantees them free refills on their souvenir cups, I may find myself getting cussed out by that guest.

And it’s not just that! I’ve had a lady talk down to me about the policy of team members having to check ID when it comes to serving alcohol. She said that most people don’t carry around that sort of stuff, and that I should be able to tell she looks older. Now there are those that being asked to see ID take it as a compliment, and they get a smile on their faces!

Eventually, I will have to look into another work location in the park so that I may have a better attitude towards working at Busch Gardens. But it may just be sticking it out until my seasonal time is up with them and start looking at places to stay near the Orlando area so I can work with Disney again. We shall see what happens in the next couple of months. Things may slowly improve over time, but you never know.

FURRY WEEKEND ATLANTA 2015

Around the beginning of this month, I had the pleasure of attending one of the few furry conventions I wanted to go to. This was my very first time going to Furry Weekend Atlanta, and I didn’t know what to expect. I had an idea that it was a large con, and it was going to be much bigger than the small fur cons I’ve attended. It was great seeing a lot of people I’ve only known online for the very first time, and I got to see a few familiar faces I haven’t seen in quite awhile.

And because it is a furry con, it’s not complete without a fursuit parade!

Plenty of awesome fursuits I saw! Makes me wish I had one for myself now. lol

If there is one thing I’ve enjoyed about going to fur cons, it’s the ability to actually find a bit of time to draw for yourself and do small trades with other artists. It was great because it helped me find a bit of my muse to want to get back into drawing more. I have done so a bit since then, but I plan to push myself to accomplish what ideas I want to put on paper.

As Monday came, it was time to say my goodbyes as I left for home. Well, things went a bit downhill from there. Outside of Byron, GA, I got pulled over for speeding. I admit I was going very fast, and I should have known better since Georgia is pretty nasty with their cops on the highways. Just recently I found out that I have to pay $210 for that ticket… I wasn’t too happy about that the other day, and I am going to end up paying for my stupidity and someone’s paycheck.

That evening, I arrive home, and things just got “better.” After taking a shower, I had a bit of energy in me that I jumped about, and then I feel a big pop in my left calf. After that, a sharp pain sprang when I tried to walk with my left foot. It was even a struggle walking with it the next day at work. It turns out that I was probably dehydrated after coming back from the convention. That made sense since I pretty much ate out while I was at the hotel and didn’t drink as much water as I should have. My leg is better now, and I can walk properly. I will just have to be more careful next time I decide to let off some energy. =P

GRAND THEFT AUTO III

Someone is going a bit old school, huh? Well, not that old school but still. I month or so ago I picked up the Grand Theft Auto trilogy set for the PS2 at a Walmart for $20. You can still find this along with the Diablo II Battle Chest for the same price at any Walmart today. What was the reason for it? Well, the set had Vice City included, and that was the only reason why I wanted to pick it up. GTA III I didn’t get very far the first time I played it, and I didn’t care much for the game then. The same can be said when I tried San Andreas on a friend’s Xbox. Its urban setting just wasn’t my thing, and I couldn’t get into it like he did.

Few years later, I would get GTA IV, and I would play a good portion of it. I actually enjoyed it more than I thought I would! However, that’s become one of those games that I would put off indefinitely… And now I have the GTA trilogy for the PS2 leading me to play through all of GTA III.

For the most part, I enjoyed the game. I can see what the appeal was back then, and why it was groundbreaking for its time! Unfortunately, the game shows its age. Outside of the graphics being horrendously outdated, the gameplay felt a bit rusty. I could see where Rockstar was going with it when they made the jump to the 3D universe. That is something I would never overlook, and I can appreciate what they managed to accomplish.

As I mentioned, the game does show its age. Although the missions are varied in their goals, it seemed that the difficulty was a bit unbalanced at times making missions harder to accomplish than they should. The targeting system is laughable when trying to shoot an enemy and could have used some more polish. Fortunately, I didn’t have to do much of that, and that saved for any frustration I may have had with the game.

Driving around the city isn’t so bad. It’s probably the game’s biggest highlight. However, it would have been nice if there was a map in the pause menu. Plus, it would have been most helpful if certain landmarks like a Pay N’ Spray were shown on the map provided in the bottom left corner which caused me to memorize where certain places were on all three islands. I can see it adding to the aesthetic of being a part of Liberty City and knowing the layout of the area without the use of a map. Still, the use of a map in the pause menu would have made things much, much better.

Speaking of driving around, the game’s radio stations do add a sense of depth when you enter a car. That is something I really admire since if gives that feeling of being in Liberty City. However, the appeal doesn’t last long as you find yourself listening to the same songs and dialogues repeatedly. There came a point that even Chatterbox (the station I frequented) became very dull. It also didn’t help that I couldn’t recognize any of the music, and all Flashback FM ended up being was songs from the Scarface soundtrack. And I can’t tell you how many times I was informed about pets being shipped overnight, Pogo the Monkey game, and Fernando’s services on saving your marriage.

Overall, GTA III provided plenty of fun for what it was. As mentioned before, i can see how this game explored new areas that games back then didn’t and even sparked a lot of controversy with its content. If this were to have been released now, it might not have had that shock value as it did back in 2001. And so I give this game a solid 8 out of 10. Even though it shows its age, Grand Theft Auto III still provides a lot of fun and is a good example of what defined a new type of genre in gaming.

Before completing the game, I went ahead and gave both Vice City and San Andreas a go. Oh man… Both games feature significant improvements in gameplay and art direction. Right now, I’m loving Vice City a lot, and I am aching to go back to playing it after I finish this up. lol

What else is there for me to do now? Well, I do have a much overdue commission I need to take care of along with a few other things. After that, I hope to work on my game idea some more. :)

With that, I will go ahead and wrap this up. I do thank you all for taking the time to read this! I know this was quite lengthy, but it’s not to share what has been going on. That way others know that I’m still here. lol

I hope everyone is doing well so far! Catch you all soon!

This is Eddie the Wolf signing off.