Tuesday, November 28, 2006


i've been playing The Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones, the last of the excellent 3-part series. i really like the game, and Speed Kills really make it, but man, there are some hard hard parts in that game! specifically, i'm talking about the chapters titled "The King's Road" and "The Well of Ancestors" (i don't have my computer here so i can't say if the latter is correct). i had played the "The King's Road" chapter before, and since i just wanted to get the story, i used a trainer when it got too hard. the second time round (i still haven't finished the game yet, FYI) i decided to play it, like a friend said, about 200 times or so (i don't even want to think of playing it on Hard - i usually just play Normal) before i get it (why didn't Ubisoft think of putting a save point immediately after the chariot race? IMHO, that chapter is so difficult, anyone would want to quit the game right after it! at any rate, i started the game again, loaded a save and just noticed that the game was slow - slow enough that i passed through the King's Road without a single Recall! it wasn't until i was done that i noticed that my computer's power cord had been disconnected from the wall socket (living in a hostel has its advantages...). when i ran through the Well of Ancestors for maybe the sixth time, i'd had enough of the Dark Prince saying "tick, tock, Prince...", and disconnected my computer from its supply myself. yeah, i know, it was cheap. but i'd really had it. i generally play games for the story, because i like stories. anyhow, i guess after my second run with my slowed-down game, i got through to the cutscene where he obtains the King's Sword (i had to go through it twice because i didn't see the ledge above the wall blade close to the end of the run). ah well. why am i posting this? i guess i found out i've developed a bad habit of looking for the easiest route to things - the path of least resistance, you might say. but the problem with this is in life, there are no real shortcuts. every "shortcut" has its own downfalls. this is the law of equivalent trade i learned watching Fullmetal Alchemist. like Al says in the intro, there's always something you exchange for something else. cheating is unfortunately a habit which won't stay in just one area of your life - you'll end up cutting corners somewhere else - and most likely, live to regret it. that said, i'm still not going to play any of those chapters again. no, really!

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