Archive for June, 2009

18
Jun
09

Trouble with Legends

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This is one game that everyone should have heard about by now, and for both good and bad reasons. The game has had some problems so far being legal problems and development issues but now it appears the cast are giving the game makers hassle.

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Being that this game is a rock/metal based type of game the cast has represented that. However it appears that now the cast are making trouble for the game, well one of the cast members is anyway. Tim Schaffer tweeted saying he was “Flying to the UK for one day to meet with someone who is threatening to cancel.” Schaffer later tweeted a message saying “Oh you crazy blogs I meant cancel a recording session. Not cancel themselves from the game.”

Now I’m not saying that Tim is lying but flying all the way out to the UK because a cast member is threatening to cancel a recording session seems a bit much to me. I’m pretty sure there are these cool things called phones that can help you communicate long distances. It seems a little extreme to come all this way to save a recording session rather than reschedule it, I’d say this is something to keep your eye on.

Even if Tim did come all this way to save one session you still have to wonder why it’s so important, maybe they’re just desperate to keep their Rocktober deadline because Rockvember doesn’t sound so cool.

15
Jun
09

Tales of a junkyard Jedi

So for those of you paying attention I’m trying to reclaim my sweet little gamer score. I mentioned last time that I was playing through on the easy as pie game star wars the force unleashed. Thankfully I finally took down the fetish freak Vader and his pervy old master err… the master.
Well anyway thanks to an amazingly fun glitch my achievement at the end was actually just for playing on apprentice? I’m not sure how it happened because even if I started on apprentice I still changed the difficulty later to really freaking hard but hey who cares. Just means now I get the fun of playing the game again on super hard difficulty ….yay. Any who as I progress on this stress filled game of "OH MY GOD YOU CAN’T BE SERIOUS!" moments I have now arrived at Paratus.

This ugly ass freak is actually a lot harder than his termite body would suggest. The annoying thing is he’s another damn bad guy that knows I’m whoring out for achievements and he’s been dangling my hopes in front of me before smashing them with one of his many many arms. I got close a couple of times and it’s frustrated me to the point my heart almost burst out my chest screaming to beat him.

I know some of the secrets to get this punk beat down now so I’ll have to try again later. I’m so tired right now and I think my thumbs are blistering, I can’t cry anymore so I’ll definitely need a rest before trying it again.

Wish me luck folks!

10
Jun
09

ufc 2009 review!

ufc_2009_undisputed_griffin_cover_thumbnail UFC was a game I had worried about for a while, I wasn’t sure if it would live up to the hype but after trying out the demo a couple of times I decided it was time to play. UFC offers players the chance to start a career with their own custom made fighter, exhibition fights to play a head on head match with another established UFC fighter.

The game UFC is a pretty intense game that keeps the player on their toes, the one time you miss a block or fail to get out the way of a move is the time you get Ko’d from a superman punch to the face. The graphics are pretty impressive and the animation between the fighters and the moves they pull off is at times almost seamless it could be an actual UFC fight as far as anyone’s concerned.

The controls are pretty basic and easy to pick up as you go, the tutorial also helps you pick up the things you need to know so it’s best to start there. Just like the UFC the game features both striking poses like boxing and kickboxing as well as wrestling moves. The great thing about it is there’s a way to counter most attacks so your opponents attempt at tackling you can end with them on the matt being pummeled by you.ufc-2009-undisputed-20090129055112938_640wFor those bloodthirsty or punishment driven players the game really lets you deal out some serious damage and see the results.  As your fighters play through the rounds you can see them getting physically tired as their stamina begins to thin out or if your opponent likes kicking you legs you’ll start limping. The face is by far the worst place to get smacked around though as your cheeks, nose, mouth and even your eyes will bust open and make you look like you just got hit by a train. This all adds to your advantage though as this allows the player to work strategy into their game instead of just button mashing pain. It’s easy enough to knock around someone’s legs until they start limping then you can dive in with some hard hitting punches or kicks because they can’t get out the way.

The ground work also lets players work strategy because if your opponent doesn’t have very good ground attack or defence then being on the matt is the last place they want to be and speaking from experience sitting by desperately hitting buttons to get up is depressing as you see you opponent use your face as a stress ball. The wrestling moves differ from boxing though as you need to use the analog sticks more for transitions and submissions but it pays off if you can get them down.

Now there’s no health bar or stamina bar here so it really keeps you on your toes as you’ve no idea ufc-2009-undisputed-xbox-360when that knockout is coming. Some people see that as a negative but I think it’s a plus because UFC makes you feel more excited and cautious by each fight as you’re constantly unsure what’s coming next and whether or not you could take the hit.

The game also has this slow motion effect for whenever you’ve dealt a serious amount of damage to a player, specifically to what place you’ve dealt it. This is good for two reasons it shows the fighters weak spot and means he’s probably close to a KO.

The game is pretty good in exhibition for all these reasons but it’s when you start playing career some cracks begin to show. Unfortunately you can’t change your weight class after you begin a career so make sure you pick a weight class you really like, or you can just create fighters for all classes it’s your choice. Before you can begin you need to create your character, the custom choices are pretty varied so if you have an idea the kind of fighter you want chances are you’ll be able to make a carbon copy in the game. ufc-2009-undisputed6

Your choice aren’t just looks you need to choose attributes and fighting styles as well as what technique. A cool little thing to notice is each fighter has different stances for their chosen style so it gives that different look to each player. You begin your career with some small fights against some unknowns and you get to train up each of your stats through simple speed, strength, cardio or sparring training. This is where the problems started to show up, because when you go to a training camp in order to improve your levels of striking/ground work you need to perform moves in order to get the points. Now I tried doing this a lot and more than once the game refused to acknowledge the hits meaning I walked away with 20 points when I had done enough to earn 50.

One of the other things that bugged me about the game was the time spent training didn’t always leave me with a satisfied time spent fighting. Sometimes you can end the fight in the first round and the 10-15 minutes spent in training feels wasted on the 2 minutes in the ring. Unless you like dominating your opponent with no real competition because if that’s the case chalk this up on the advantage board.

As you progress through your career your fights become more important and you start fighting against actual UFC fighters earning sponsors and raising through the rank heading for that title. As you continue through training and keep fighting your training becomes more noticeable as your fighter doesn’t get tired so quickly or you can notice him hard hitting or getting even faster, it’s impressive to see your fighter get better with each match. All in all UFC is a great game requiring you to stay on your toes and keep an eye on your opponents attacks because throwing up your defence and waiting for him to get tired just isn’t going to work. UFC is one of the best fighting games I’ve played because of the actual ability to implement strategy into your fights and seeing the damage you inflict before you go in for the KO.

ufc-09-undisputed-screens-20080620092819853_640w If you’re looking for an exciting and fun fighting game then UFC is the one for you and I’m more than happy to give the game a knockout 8/10.

10
Jun
09

My quest begins!

For a long time I considered not doing this but when I accidentally stumbled on a guys video on YouTube where he does nothing but talk about what toys he likes to play with I figured screw it I’m doing this.

A while back I had my gamer score wiped because I didn’t look before I clicked, it’s a long uninteresting story so we’ll just sidestep it. Anyway the score loss didn’t bother me so I continued to play but then it slowly nagged at me and now I’ve decided it’s time to make up the loss. I’m deleting and replaying all my old games in order to get back my achievements, there’s probably an easier way of doing it but I like this idea better.

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I’m starting the quest with an easy to play through game, with no annoying online game required achievements, star wars the force unleashed. I thought the simplest way to get this done was to play it through on the hardest difficulty first then collect all the other achievements on a nice easy level reducing my stress levels, I was wrong.star_wars_3prtinterv

Turns out that the nice guys over at Lucas arts decided that hard had to mean makes the player want to hurt things due to the pent up rage. I’ve already killed 6 times because of this game, anyway I’m now on the final level facing off against the worlds scariest asthmatic Darth Vader. I’ve faced this masked joker before and I could usually wipe the floor with him but I think he knows I’m out for achievements and he’s holding out on me…dick.

He keeps getting cocky and bitch slapping me with things around the room, the only reason I’m here just now is because I’m scared to play again in case my foot goes through the T.V. I think I’ve figured out the tricks though so I’m going to kick some metallic ass.

After this all I have left is the master and then a choice …sure hope I didn’t spoil the end of the game for anyone. Anyway the games biggest jump is over so after this crap it’s the usual kill this many people or use this many moves etc the collecting stuff always annoys me though so I don’t know if I’ll get round to it. If anyone wants to suggest the next game I should get achievements for let me know or let me know what you think about this section of the blog.

Right I’m off to kick ass wish me luck.

06
Jun
09

E3 Finished!

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Well that’s all folks, E3 is finished and has left us again for another year! This years E3 was actually pretty impressive, amidst rumors that E3 was dying this year seems to have been its resurrection. It announced a whole host of interesting games and unveiled some pretty impressive tech *cough* Natal *cough*

 

This years E3 showed new trailers, exclusive game footage, impressive looking demos and tons of new features we can all look forward to. Although many of the games announced had already been unveiled in advance E3 gave everyone a chance to see footage and a little more about the stories or features of the games. Like Mag the PS3 game that’s able to play 250 people in one game.

This little E3 wrap up message is just to let you, my sweet Xbox followers, get up to date and see the exciting releases.

 

assassinscreediired_2This game has been talked about for AGES now and everyone is starting to feel the hype build, which is kind of a shame considering that it’s not due for release until November 09. Anyway E3 helped to show off some of the game footage as well as a cool game trailer found below and it all looks pretty impressive.

 

This is the magic!

The game’s story differs from the previous in that our new hero,  Enzio, doesn’t begin as an Assassin like Altair he chooses to become one in order to gain vengeance. Admittedly the story sounds a little clichéd but hey you play an assassin who cares? The game takes part in 1486 Italy, so since you’ll be spending some time in Venice they have added a swim feature to the game something its predecessor missed. Along your path of assassinations you make friends to help you on your quest, one of whom being Leonardo Da Vinci. His famous flying machine even features a part in one of the missions!

There are a collection of cool new things that help make this more challenging and realistic than the first this being that you can be discovered in a hiding spot, although you can also attack and stash enemies there too. Another nifty feature is that because you didn’t start your life as an assassin you have unarmed experience and can disarm your enemy using their own weapons against them.

There hasn’t been much talk about how the missions are structured but I’m sure Ubisoft have learned from their mistakes in the past and have decided to change the levels as you go through them. After all variety is the spice of life.

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Another game set to tingle your excitement and get the tongues wagging is Alan Wake. Media for it has been slowly teasing itself free and E3 delivered a nice fix for all those desperately seeking a Wake hit. This included new screenshots a trailer and a short demo to play the responses to this have been positive.

The game is a psychological thriller that’s set to confuse you and make you scared to take the next step but at the same time desperate to do it. The story is about our guy here, Alan Wake, a bestselling author who hasn’t been able to write for two years. When his Wife decides to take him to an idyllic town to try and get his creative juices flowing again things take a horrible turn. Shortly after they arrive Alan’s wife disappears without a trace, in his search Alan finds a thriller story he wrote but has no memory of. As he reads the story he realizes every word is coming true and he’s trapped.

Check out the trailer too!

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As predicted E3 also brought the news that Crackdown 2 was on the way, now I’m not going to lie to you guys. I haven’t checked up on a lot of this but I did hear rumors the second game involved zombies? I’ll get back to you guys with more info as soon as I get it.

The last day of E3 also brought some new info on Bioshock 2 this was also followed by 3 extra screenshots. The news released some info on single player features letting everyone know what to expect from Bioshock 2 well, features wise anyway no story was set in stone as such. All they said was you return to Rapture 10 years after the original game, new abilities, dual wielding possibilities for both weapons and plasmids. You’ll also be playing big daddy in the second game and as you progress there are more ways to reveal the story than in the original. The multiplayer game will show off rapture before it was torn asunder by it’s crazed citizens.

The games will allow people to play in the civil war that destroyed Rapture and features completely reworked maps ready for multi player needs. All in all the game sounds pretty impressive and appears to have reworked some things to give it a more immersive game experience. At the same time they’re keeping the things that worked to avoid moving to far from what made the game great in the first place.  Check out the new screen shots.

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02
Jun
09

What’s a Wii?

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Okay so this is a little strong I know but let’s face it the wii has got some serious competition, even Sony’s new motion sensitive tech doesn’t compete with this. For those of you not sure what I’m talking about let me clear this up. Microsoft were nice enough to finally clarify what they meant in an earlier press release where they said “We will announce something at E3 that will revolutionize gaming.” Now most people, myself included, dismissed this as hype over something impressive but hardly revolutionary.

Shockingly enough this was an understatement, Microsoft announced something they call project Natal. It’s a camera with 3D recognition allowing the gamer to interact with the game without using controllers. The camera picks up when you move forward, throw a punch and even squeeze your finger to fire a gun. As well as this it’s not just your hands the camera picks up on it’s your entire body, giving impressive usage for fighting and sport games. Now this obviously means you have more freedom with game play than on the current motion sensitive king console, the wii.

However Microsoft took this thing further! How can that be I hear you ask well the beautiful little gadget is also fitted with face and voice recognition software allowing users to automatically sign in to their console gamer tag because the camera recognizes you. The voice recognition software also allows you to interact with characters in game by talking. This nifty little gadget isn’t just for your games either the demo shows it being used in the media centre, messaging service and with your avatar. All these add-ons mean that Microsoft have not only taken motion sensitive gaming and improved it far beyond wii standards but they have also changed the way you interact with everything on your console, it looks set to be the beginning of a new way to play games and even use your console. Don’t just take my word for it check out the demo below, no word has been given about release dates but I’d guess Christmas so start being nice because Santa probably on has a limited stock.