Dr Dom was out in York attending a wedding on Friday so I had the flat all to myself this weekend. What this meant was uncensored, audible screaming matches at the Xbox as I was trying to finish off The Force Unleashed on Sith Lord difficulty and having…difficulties in doing so. Maris Brood and her Bull Rancor monster. Just…no. Hateful game. Though once they were eviscerated, the rest of the game went fairly simply. Chief reason I was playing it was for practice as the downloadable levels were on sale the other week and I purchased the last level I haven’t yet bought (Jedi Temple). Can’t see myself trying Sith Master difficulty somehow though Apprentice is now appallingly easy.

So I played that and I also finished off Resident Evil 4 scooping up 10/12 achievements. Of course I now have all the other bonus features to plough through starting I think with Assignment Ada. The HD version looks kinda nice. Nothing new to the game though I have some serious issues over the quality of the brightness as it was very hard to make out the subtleties of the gameplay environment without squinting and turning the in-game brightness to max. We were spoiled with the Wii version – the point n aim with the Wiimote made things so easy. Getting the bottlecaps never caused so much cursing, particularly on Game D.

I’m back on Resident Evil 5 now I’ve broken in 4 and replaying from the beginning rather than resuming from wherever it was I left off before. My memories were of a jungle mission but thinking back, I suspect I’m confusing the Darkside Chronicles with 5. After that, I have RE6 to plough through and a few other games in the pouch. And I would like Age of Mythology through Steam but just missed out on the sale by the time I made my mind up so will wait for the next price drop before reliving the saga of Arkantos. Just please say that the achievements aren’t (practically) all multiplayer again like AoE 2…

Sunday was the day of our Vinopolis lunch – Griffin prize. Eeyore couldn’t make it so we managed to rope in Jack as a last minute fifth person. They all had Sunday Roasts (mostly beef, one pork) whilst I had what they called a tart (but was more like a cheesy veggie burger) which despite its dubious profile, wasn’t that bad as it happens. The wine I picked complimented it nicely but I’ve not had a bad Austrian wine yet. And then we had seven tokens to spend as we saw fit. The wine tasting area was completely different to how it was the last time we were there with more of an emphasis on the corporate hospitality package and fewer experts explaining the vintages and types.

I found that Spanish wine I liked the last time I was there (but of course it wasn’t available in the shop to purchase afterwards) though both Alex and I picked up a bottle of the chocolate wine we approved of. I also tried a couple of other wines in the area – nothing particularly memorable. It’s a shame that a lot of the human element has been removed by the powers that be because you could engage more with the sommaliers. And perhaps extract an extra taste or two out of them. Ceajay seemed particularly narked that the Rum Bar had been removed. It would have been nice to see the Bombay Sapphire cocktail list again (though without disinterested miserable sod tending bar). HintHunt next in three weeks…

Coming up this week: a full five day week at work which is the last one for three weeks – possibly more if I can stretch it out a little. Am looking forward to Thorpe Park and I’ll be religiously scrutinising the weather forecasts from tomorrow for the coming week. Will have the flat to myself again for most of the week which probably won’t be taken advantage of in the fullest sense of the word but it’s always good to have time apart. Absence and all that jazz. Other than that, very little else to tell. I did decide to try and read the Swarm War trilogy again but it’s such hard going, particularly with all the stupid Killik names. This is what puts me off of fantasy fiction – the ridiculous names which are immediately forgettable and you don’t get a reckoning on which daft character is doing what. At least Timothy Zahn gave his characters names which were often meaningful or pun-tastic.