Adiós Costa Rica

Coming to you live from the aeropuerto San Jose. This was a fairly short trip; arrived Monday around lunch, depart Wednesday afternoon, and make it home before midnight. Entertainment value on these business trips really depends on your traveling companions, and this trip was, let’s just say, not so much. I tend to avoid writing about work; my boss thinks I complain too much, and I certainly do not need to add any fuel for the HR department to use against me one day. So adios Costa Rica.

I finally got some decent use out of my PSP on the way down. I spent well over half of my time on the plane playing Star Wars Battlefront Renegade Squadron. It took me a while to get use to the controls (actually still getting use to them), but once I got the hang of ground combat, things improved in a hurry. I have been spending more time with the Instant Action mode, and it is a great way to waste some time. The CPU bots are OK; since I do not usually play this sort of game I have no way of really judging the AI, but I usually end up with the most kills and the fewest number of deaths. I guess once I master the controls, this could get boring in a hurry, but it is probably a good way to tune up for the online multiplayer mode. There is also a huge variety in the number of weapons, character types, and various things you can do (jetpack and rocket launchers are pretty cool).

It took me a while to get a handle on the space combat, but much like the ground mode, once you get the hang of things, the game really improves. I love playing with the TIE fighters, and I almost always use the weapon locking system to help smooth things out. I know there is another “advanced” control scheme option, which is supposed to be more complicated, and makes things way too difficult. If things get too easy or boring, I will have to give that a go.

I plan to spend some time with the single player campaign mode on the flight back, but for now, all good things must come to an end. I am almost out of battery power, so I am signing off.

Pura Vida!

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