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Not Much

Posted by deckard47 on May 30, 2008

As I write from the deepest and most hideous recesses of the West Coast, things look pretty grim. In a bleak land where gaming is nearly impossible, I send out a message full of sadness. First of all, Mass Effect for the PC looks like the game that the first one should have been: very short elevator rides, actual tactical combat, an interface designed for earthlings, and no ludicrous pop-ins. Too bad I’d need to sell a kidney to get a PC that could run it well. Stupid Bioware.

Also, Owen has finally convinced me that a Wii is necessary: he’s a dangerous and convincing kind of devil, so I hope I’m ready to weather a year or more of his influence. Unfortunately, to buy a Wii you must either be Satan (so why doesn’t he buy me one?), or you must buy 5 fucking pack-in games. Some are worth it: Mario Galaxy, the new Smash Bros, and Mario Party 25. Others make me want to puke: Crash of the Titans (and Bandicoot), Wii Play, and some golf shit? Ick. You can’t actually buy a fucking system for 250 dollars, because that would be normal. No wonder Nintendo is making so much money. If I bought a Wii right now, I’d probably pay more than I did for the PS3. What the fuck. They’re a troop of thieves, really, and their villainy has spread far and wide. I can’t even buy the Galaxy bundle from EBX until the 6th… Even then, how long would it be till I actually received a copy? I understand that anyone who wants one is in this situation. I just assumed (dunno why) that Nintendo actually wanted me to buy their shit. Hell, I thought they’d want me to play their fantastic games: Mario Kart, Smash, Zelda, Metroid, Bloom Blox, I want them all. It’s quite apparent that this is not the case. They want me to buy those games, but only after they’ve used bundles to shovel liquid gaming crap down my throat. One offer they thought they could tantalize me with was the box art for the 99 Nights game. I can’t stress this enough Nintendo: for the guys with the cheapest system, the most “accessible” system, you make me want to not buy your stuff. You make me want to go back to playing Mass Effect, or COD4, Dragon Quest VIII, or any other game on another system that is designed to be purchased by sane people under the age of 45. From my cave of childish Internet rage, I strike at thee.

On a lighter note, Trauma Center DS (for which I must thank The Accountant) is fun. Tricky, but fun. Oh, and running into people on the street who you lived with in another country and haven’t seen for a year? Crazy.

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Jade Reporting, Anyone?

Posted by deckard47 on May 28, 2008

There are a bunch of new videos up over at Gametrailers, many of which are cool, but this is the coolest. Behold, Beyond Good and Evil 2:

Vodpod videos no longer available.

There are a couple of other videos: Band of Brothers and Prince of Persia make an appearance. I have to say, I really like the way the new Prince of Persia looks. Of course, I’m sure you can’t do that kind of asskicking in game, but the way this game is shaping up, it could be a whole lot of fun, and it might have a cool story.

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Something for Everyone

Posted by deckard47 on May 28, 2008

It’s time to actually do something, break out of self-imposed writing stupor. This shouldn’t be quite so difficult, but I’m a lazy young person, what can I say. There is a video up for a new game, Venetica. It looks quite cool, it seems to be set in some somewhat far off locale (South Eastern Europe?), and the heroine is only mildly improbably attired. I have absolutely no idea what kind of game it is (Action/Adeventure RPG?), but it looks interesting. I really want it to be good, like many things which aren’t.

Next up, the Penny Arcade game. It’s nice to look at, the writing is funny (although curiously, the funniest writing is apparent in dialogue not produced by Gabe and Tycho in game). The combat is fun, but I can’t for the life of me time the blocks to work out right. The Super Fruit Fuckers (not the regular variety) keep on rocking me (specifically the ones who pop out of the briefcase). Aside from that, all of my favorite characters (Annarchy and Thomas Kemper) are present, which is nice. I would recommend it to people who like PA, and people who like RPGs. Plus, the music and art are very pretty.

This next is a bit random. I was visiting IGN today, when I saw an add from a game called “Death Jr.: Root of Evil.” I have no idea what this game is about, but it appears to feature Death’s son, who has accidentally released a malignant spirit…? Cool. It looks like Psychonauts (visually), but I like the visuals so much, I’m already interested.

Now of course there is Guitar Hero 4: Rock Band Edition, which looks, well, like Rock Band. It looks to have the same look and feel as Guitar Hero (which I detest), along with the ability to play drums, sing, and make (vocal-less) songs. Neato. We’ll see how it all turns out, I guess.

That’s all the big stuff. Left 4 Dead is coming out in November (Owen and I can play it on our computers, good times). I guess there is a more “full” version of Gears of War coming out. Might pick it up? I guess Alone in the Dark 4 is supposed to be pretty cool? Apparently, Phil Harrison and company are done with deep single player games. Tool.

I guess that’s it. I guess I’m going to go watch State of Play now (which rocks). I think I’ll write something about the other games I’ve been playing (Penny Arcade, Metal Gear Solid: Twin Sneaks, Dragon Quest VIII, Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb, and other exciting titles), but especially Warhawk. Let me just say that having splitscreen online co-op is a fucking brilliant idea. Oh, and when the game is as good as Warhawk is? It’s an even better idea. Fantastic, actually. Until next time.

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Dry Spot

Posted by deckard47 on May 25, 2008

As is always the case, I get out of school, I have lots of free time on my hands, and of course, I don’t blog. So here is a new promise. I’ll blog something soon. Dunno what. Possibly something about the new GC II expansions, or maybe the Penny Arcade game, or possibly even my newfound love for Titan Quest. We’ll see. Until then, adios.

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Back to Work

Posted by deckard47 on May 15, 2008

The title of this post would be true, excepting the fact that I have no school work left. Sweet. I just got back from Senior Week, which was fun and all, but it looks like a lot of stuff happened. So, quickly, I’ll try and sum up all of the interesting things that came up in the last few days.

This is probably the most important piece of news out there: a Beyond Good and Evil sequel is in the works, and has been for a year. BUT, Ubisoft is worried about putting too much effort into it (because, you know, it isn’t, popular, or anything, right?), and the team prepping it right now is around 10 people…. Argh.

To follow up that good news, we have some bad news. A gamer with the XBL tag “theGAYERgamer” had his account banned, because as put by a Microsoft rep:

Gamertags are visible to everyone and it would be hard for me to defend to a parent of a young child who saw it that the name did not contain content of a sexual nature.

Really? What about “smokinBLUNTZ420” or “xxxPimpKrizazyxxx” or the other fantastic Live names we all know. Maybe those are cool because… wait it’s the same thing, but heterosexual innuendo and comments get the benifit of the doubt. They do say that:

To answer the question another way, yes “TheStraighterGamer” or “TheHeterosexualgamer” would have gotten the same treatment and would have been found to be in violation and forced to be changed. We’ve actually done that to tags like that before.

But honestly, they can’t be banned that much, cause I see them all over. Maybe the answer is, it’s a little bit (or a lot, if you ask me) more ok for people to advertise their Sexy Blunt action or their Total Unimpeachable Straightness than it is to say advertise that they’re gay. Maybe. Here’s the link to the whole thing, courtesy of Kotaku.

Next, Brainy Gamer and Lesbian Gamers combined to write a piece about gamers, their hostile nature, and whether or not we need to change that nature (and regardless of how diverse gamers are, there’s a lot about gamer “culture” that needs to change, obviously). I wish I could read the piece, but the link is broken. Here’s Kotaku’s plug for it, it’s all I can get. I bet it’s a really interesting read though.

Gears of War 2 has some new videos up, and I have to say, they don’t look terribly interesting. I guess now you can hold giant struggling lizard characters as shields? This game is just so unoriginal, it’s hard to understand its popularity, even as a multiplayer offering, it suffers in comparison to so many others. This just looks like the same thing, but it rips off Return of the Jedi and The Return of the King at the same time. Whatever.

Next, no Force Unleashes on the PC. For absolutely no reason. Because PC’s are different from each other? Oh nos. Other people got around it. “Because” is the reason, apparently.

Here is a write-up about this new RTS/Card Game. I’m really intrigued by the idea. You draw your army from a deck you create through single player exploits, and you can trade for new cards online with other players. Cool. Now I just want to go buy Culdcept Saga for the 360.

There’s some concept art up for RE5, showing a new character (I assume, these are screen taken from a Japanese mag, Famitsu). She looks decidedly not white, which is interesting for the Resident Evil games. I’m still against RE5, but it would be interesting to see their first WoC protagonist (even if she isn’t the main one). Although, in true Capcom fashion, she’s dressed for combat, albeit in a kind of ludicrous fashion. It’s not Soul Caliber 4, I guess. Really, this could be a good thing, cross your fingers?

Finally, Gore Verbinsky will direct the Bioshock movie, maybe. Interesting… And, Guitar Hero 4 will have a microphone, a son creator (no vocals though), and a drum set that is slightly different than Rock Band’s. Give them credit, I guess.

That’s all, buhbye.

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Videos/Hype: Again, I Almost…

Posted by deckard47 on May 6, 2008

No, please, don’t do a video interview of Ubisoft Montreal about Far Cry 2, have them speak in English (with French subtitles!) and have one of the guys describe “a truly terrifying story of lions in our camp!” I may die from laughing. Oh no, it is the lions! Shit!

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Personal: I’m Afraid I Just Blue Myself

Posted by deckard47 on May 6, 2008

My God. I may have to go lie down somewhere… After reading the post, I realize that their is absolutely no hard info besides the fact that Drake’s Fortune is being thought about for a film. But look at the picture! Please make this happen?

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Conspiracies and Prestige Mode

Posted by deckard47 on May 5, 2008

I just got back from my Modern Europe final, and despite having 3 essays due in the next 2 days, I of course sat down to try out the Bourne Conspiracy demo. As Owen correctly pointed out to me, this game is mostly punching guys in the face and crotch, a lot. Do I mind? Kind of. The shooting seems a bit clunky to me, as does the cover system. It’s the exact same problem I had with GTA IV’s cover + shooting system: they’re both too slow for me, and not nearly fluid enough. I just keep on comparing them to Drake’s Fortune in my head. Remember in that game, how you can be pressed up against cover, and press a button to spin out (or jump over) from behind cover and charge forward? That was amazing. Maybe I haven’t played enough cover/shooting games (like R6: Vegas and Gears of War), but if Drake’s Fortune is the only game to get it right, that’s sad.

Besides the shooting problems, I liked the demo. They’ve got that super-intense Bourne fight music down (I want to go watch all of the movies now), and the game looks like the movies. However, I think the guy voicing Bourne sounds silly. I want Matt Damon. I know, this is “Ludlum’s Bourne,” plus Matt Damon hates violent games (but not violent movies….?), but he just sounds right.

Of course, the combat is fun, and finishing moves are awesome. Still, the x, x, x, or y, y, y combos are pretty simple. I kept on trying the x+y, x+y, x+y combos, but my thumb hurt too much. Maybe it’s cause I just wrote a final in class? Whatever, unless you have very large thumbs (I have pretty big ones) or are Hrithik Roshan, the power attacks could be tough. Oh, that reminds me:

Cool guy jones, how did that get in here? Anyway, the demo is pretty good, it just seems a bit shallow. Just a lot of punching… We’ll see.

Other than that, I am presently lvl. 55 in COD4, and am moving my way toward Prestige Mode, and having to level up all over again. Yay! Finally, I was rebuked for not using codenames for everyone on the site, and that mistake has now been corrected. Now, it’s time to write about Gershon Shafir, and wish Ihad a Wii so I could play Boom Blox.

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OMG!

Posted by deckard47 on May 5, 2008

Ah!!! Why isn’t this out yet.? The Case of the Mummy’s Gold! I need this for Senior week. Like now.

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Not So New Videos

Posted by deckard47 on May 4, 2008

In an attempt to avoid finishing my essays today, I was watching a Dead Space developer diary about how awesome the story is going to be. I have no idea if the story will actually be awesome, but I like how it looks, I like the comic that is coming out about it (it looks a lot like 30 Days of Night, in some ways), and I like these videos (the gameplay ones). The site takes a while to load, and it’s very chuggy, especially while you’re trying to load the videos. The first video that loads up might be the developer diary, which is full of serious geek dudes in a dark room. You can watch that, but I recommend the trailer.

I really want to play this, but I realize that this is one of those games that I absolutely will not be able to play by myself. I had trouble playing through the (SPOILER) scary cannibal parts of Drake’s Fortune when the Accountant wasn’t in the room, so how am I going to play this game by myself, in my scary New Haven apartment (it comes out Halloween 2008)? I think Owen is going to have to keep me company, otherwise I’ll have to take a break every 2 minutes, to stop the shaking. Seriously, though go check out the videos.

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New PoP!

Posted by deckard47 on May 3, 2008

I’m supposed to be working on an essay, but this is too cool to pass up. The next Prince of Persia game is going to really awesome, I think. They’re redoing the art, all cel-shady, and redoing the combat and gameplay. Instead of lots and lots of normal bad guys who you have to kill, they give you fewer bad guys, but they’ll be more memorable and unique. Oh, and apparently it is going to follow a particular story from the Thousand and 1 Nights? Check out the 1up article for story info, and Joypad/ActionTrip have a bunch of cool screens, pluss tons of French writing!┬áHave fun translating. I think it’s important to note that the French way of saying “bosses” is “less boss.” Yes! Oh, and Le Prince can now use his gant (claw) to glisse sur toutes les surfaces! Fucking awesome.

Oh, and one must understand what is behind the looks of the bosses, their minds! I didn’t realize I could actually read any of this.

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Decisions!

Posted by deckard47 on May 1, 2008

I just finished my absolutely wretched Zizek paper. I never want to hear his name again.

On a much brighter note, Taylor (do I always spell his name that way?) and I decided that one way of keeping in touch accross the vast American wilds is going to be some kind of MMORPG. I know, it’s not like me, is it. We both already have Guild Wars, but we also both agree that it isn’t that great. So, we are now looking at LotR Online, Aion (nonexistent right now) and Warhammer Online. I don’t suppose anybody out there plays LotR online, or has inside info on whether the other two would be any good? Let me know.

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