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FWD Progress: Backlogging

Game Forwrd LogoI’ve had a rather rough couple of weeks because of back, neck and shoulder pain, but I’ve been trying to keep busy and have created a sizable queue of game reviews. I’ve managed to play through a number of games and have been taking notes with the assistance of the speech recognition tool built into Windows.

It’s not perfect, but I’m getting better and quicker at using it. Aside from dictation, I can use voice commands to switch applications and navigate around my desktop. The tool is helping the work a bit when I would otherwise be unable to. I’m surprised at just how well it works and I will continue to use it even when I feel better. Other than some minor editing, this entire post was written using the Windows speech recognition tool, I wish I had started using it sooner. Read More…

We managed to get our hands on a black Classic Controller Pro and I immediately fell in love with it. I’m hoping to get a review up for it today. Passed on Monster Hunter Tri for now, because I’ve got a ton of other games on my plate.

The PlayStation minis service is finally taking off and I’ve got three more reviews coming up. Freekscape: Escape from Hell is a fun puzzle platformer, Monopoly is a port of the 2008 console game and Alien Zombie Death is an old school, arcade-style shooter.  

On DSiWare, I’ve been playing Mr. Driller: Drill Till You Drop. This single player iteration is probably the best value in the entire series at only $5.00. I also picked up out AlphaBounce, Which is a Breakout clone with RPG elements and a map similar to Puzzle Quest.

Speaking of Puzzle Quest, Puzzle Chronicles was just released on the Xbox LIVE Arcade and I personally think it’s terrible; not at all a worthy follow-up to the original. We also purchased After Burner: Climax which is an amazing looking HD port of the 2006 arcade jet fighting game.

Final Fight: Double Impact is a two game arcade compilation that features excellent emulation options and drop in/drop out co-op play locally or over Xbox LIVE. Still on the Xbox 360, I rented Splinter Cell: Conviction which I’m enjoying so far despite a number of flaws.

Finally, we purchased two ambitious games for the iPhone. Chaos Rings an RPG by the folks that make the Wild ARMs series and Warpgate is a PC-style space simulation from Freeverse.

I’ve also been tinkering with a few things around the site and still hope to introduce some new features soon. The next time I can work with my hands, I will publish our link repository. I’m trying to get a mobile-optimized version of the site up, but ran into some problems. I’ll give it another go soon.

Nathalie, as usual is working behind the scenes on some features and news posts. She’s got three health and fitness articles on the go that I‘m excited about publishing. Keep an eye out for a burst of content when I feel well enough to work with my hands for a day or two.  

We have lots to keep us busy over the next couple weeks and of course our schedule is highly subject to change. As always, thank you for reading.