Sunday, December 21, 2008

15 Hotly anticipated: 2009

I've been working on this blog post for QUITE some time now... it's even evolved from 10 titles to 15 because I couldn't slim it down to just 10. It also went through some changes as I worked on getting the art pieces and thought about it. After reading Roy's version - I decided I'd better haul ass and get it done with!

**Afterwords, there is a mini list of games which I am looking out for but either missed my top 15 or I'm not sure of just yet. Explanations included.

All will be represented with a picture and the following:
N (number - of 15)
T (Title)
S (System)
I (Info)

Top 15

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#15 -
(T) - Final Fantasy Versus XIII
(S) - Playstation 3
(I) - This game gets in the list for a few reasons. One - the visuals are superb. Little in-game stuff has been shown but still, very stylish. Two - the action is said to be a mix of final fantasy and kingdom hearts, heavily leaning on action above RPGish battle systems. Three - it's a companion to Final Fantasy XIII - which didn't make my list but still looks like it might be mega kewl.

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#14 -
(T) - inFAMOUS
(S) - Playstation 3
(I) - inFAMOUS (it's fun to write it like that) jumps on and falls off of my top chart all the time. I love the idea and so far like what I see, but I get that gut feeling that it might not live up to expectations. Regardless, it's my #14.

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#13 -
(T) - Beyond Good & Evil 2
(S) - Playstation 3
(I) - Heh, strange that a title that nothing is known about actually excites me so much. BG&E2 merely has that screen and a name atm (as far as I know) and I'm not even sure if it'll be seen in 2009, but one can wish! I loved the first title and hope it holds that same charm.

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#12 -
(T) - StarCraft 2
(S) - PC
(I) - The only PC game to make my list, I have been waiting for SC2 for AGES! Kinda wacky that the game is being split into 3 seperate campaigns - thus you have to buy all 3 to get the story, but I'm still drooling over it regardless. I built my new PC last spring just for this puppy.

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#11 -
(T) - Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
(S) - Playstation Portable
(I) - Ha, the only PSP title to grace my list is just a step up from the only PC game :P I enjoyed Kingdom Hearts 1&2 on my PS2 - more than just about any RPG game (Oblivion and Fallout3 not withstanding) and am excited to see such a gorgeous game gracing my little handheld. Havn't looked much into details but from what I picked up - it's a prequel staring Roxas.

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#10 -
(T) - Ghostbusters: The Videogame
(S) - Playstation 3
(I) - Ghostbusters were my thing as a child. Sure there was some Batman and Ninja Turtles thrown in too - but ghostbusters will always have a special place with me. When I heard the news that Dan Ackroyd and Harold Ramis were writting the story (they wrote the stories for the movies too) and Bill Murray and others were all lending voice talent to the game that is suppose to be like a third movie.... I nearly broke my face with such a big smile :D. This game really should be higher on my list - but there are so many other greats coming.

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#9 -
(T) - DiRT 2
(S) - Playstation 3
(I) - The original DiRT (Colin McRae's of course) was awe inspiring. Simply the best racer this generation. It was the perfect mix of arcade racing (something like MotorStrom) and simulation/realism (like Gran Turismo) with top notch visuals, vehicals, damage, tracks and on and on and on. DiRT2 looks to improve on that and I couldn't be happier.

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#8 -
(T) - God of War 3
(S) - Playstation 3
(I) - While the Spike VGA trailer did near nothing to excite me, I'm still excited to play Krato's next adventure - as every other adventure has been a total trip and a 1/2. I hope the rumors of a sping release are true... but I wouldn't hold my breath.

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#7 -
(T) - Batman: Arkham Asylum
(S) - Playstation 3
(I) - Like I mentioned, Batman was a staple of my childhood and there are some talented fuckers out there who want to do him justice in the video game world. Batman Arkham Asylum takes you into the depths of the craziest jail/mental house ever - with potential to make me melt with happiness :D The idea sounds great to me, it looks great, promising AND Kevin Conroy / Mark Hamel have signed on as voice actors! **Conroy did Batman in The Animated Show and Hamel did Joker - aka my fav's for those roles EVER.

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#6 -
(T) - The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
(S) - Playstation 3
(I) - I've been waiting for AoDA for a long time! I picked up the original game "Escape from butcher's Bay" for my Xbox this year and loved the experience. I love the work and character and have been stoked.... prob even before I had my PS3 for this title. The game is said to ship with a completely re-tooled version of Escape from Butcher's Bay along with the new expansion like "Assualt on Dark Athena" portion which is said to add 10hours to the story at the very least - which is just about a game in itself, as some games don't last that long on their own.

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#5 -
(T) - Bioshock 2: Sea of Dreams
(S) - Playstation 3
(I) - Bioshock was such a special experience. Back in the begining of the summer I picked up the PC version - as announcement of a PS3 port was nill at that point - and it took a while for me to get into it, starting the first part off a few times and leaving it each time before diving head first into it and spending about 4-5 days of non stop bioshocking. The atmosphere just sucked me away and it'll be something I'll never forget. It should be a no brainer that I want more.

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#4 -
(T) - Mafia 2
(S) - Playstation 3
(I) - Yet another game that sucked me in was the original Mafia (on the PC). It encompassed a steller story, characters, graphics, open world game plays, retro music and a movie style voice cast into one - slightly frustrating because of it's difficulty - package of awesomeness. The new game looks to build on that experience and deliver another stellar mafia inspired romp through the 1930s, tommy guns and stylish suits intact.

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#3 -
(T) - Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
(S) - Playstation 3
(I) - I'm still not sure if this should be above Mafia2 on the list... but for now it is. Drake makes his return, something I was VERY glad to hear. The first, while it had it's frustrating moments with the shoot out sequences, was a unique game with great story telling, characters and action. The second hopes to better that as we visit drake once again. I'm really looking forward to see how naughty dogg pushes the game forward.

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#2 -
(T) - Street Fighter IV
(S) - Playstation 3
(I) - Street Fighter is one of my fav franchies ever and prob my fav fighter too (right beside soul calibur) - thus a new official title in the series should excite. It has. It's amazing graphical style screams... well... style :) ha! A lot of my fav characters are showing up for the battle (tho... I would love if they threw in Ibuki) and I can't wait to get my hands on it and have a good ol round.

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#1 -
(T) - Killzone 2
(S) - Playstation 3
(I) - Killzone's first showing was good - I enjoyed it - but think I enjoyed the world they had created more than the actual gameplay, but with liberation on the PSP I became a big fan of the killzone universe. The original CG video for the game really threw me for a loop as I couldn't believe what I saw and while I was disappointed to see that it was CG... I kinda knew that already :P That said tho - Killzone2 looks absolutely amazing. Everytime I see it in action I get giddy - lol, lame sure but - omg it looks so rich, like I could live in that world! I can't wait to get into that world and hand some Helghast their asses!



Titles that just missed the list:

Heavy Rain (PS3) - Looks stunning, I'm still confused on what it's about and how it's played!
Resident Evil 5 (PS3) - Looks good, I'm just waiting tho. I didn't like RE4 - but this looks more like RE of yesteryear - so I'm iffy :P
Demon Souls - Looks like Shadow of the Colossus meets Oblivion! Hella kewl idea, gonna watch it.
Doom 4 (PS3?) - It's DOOM4!
Red Faction: Guerrilla (PS3) - Loved the other titles, this one looks equally kewl, still iffy on it tho :P
Alpha Protocal (PS3) - Sort of just watching, not sure about it.
Bayonetta (PS3) - May never get it, looks funny and quite tho. Sorta like Bulletwitch.
Quantum Theory (PS3) - Gears of War with a Japanese twist? Color me interested.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Spike's VGA 2008 was great!

Spike's Video Game Awards (held last night Dec 14/08) is slowly becoming a monster for unveiling projects it seems. I came home after a Christmas party last night to watch said feature and was very impressed by the amount of content shown, the awards handed out and the over all feel of the show.

Granted there were some oddities that seemed to hold it back but over all a very good showing. To start things off, the news that excited me! 3 videos in particular did it for me - and were more or less why I was watching the show to begin with.

Right off the bat... the intro... has Jack Black... having his way with a 360 & PS3 ala - a three sum and well check out the rest yourself here. haha weird stuff.

Now for the real stuff:

The most impressive of them all is the trailer for Mafia 2. It's slick graphics and action scream at me! I loved the first game and was greatly anticipating the game before the video - but now that I've seen this it's got a big smile on my face. Watch the trailer here.

The second most impressive thing for me was the trailer for Uncharted2. The host (think it was busta rhymes) made a point to say it was all in game stuff and it was GORGEOUS! Drake still has his sense of humor and though the video didn't explain a lot, it did give us a taste of the setting and visual style - both of which look spectacular. Watch the trailer here.

Lastly was God of War 3's trailer - which was shorter than I had expected. Honestly, the GOW3 logo showed up longer than any gameplay. It looks good, rather good actually, just not as "Blow me on my ass" kinda good that I was expecting. Watch the trailer here.

Some other things caught my attention - such as the video for Fight Night Round 4 - again looks superb and Dante's Inferno looks interesting at least. Brutal legend looks really fun... erm perhaps humorous is a better term? The game revolves around a metal (the music) guy fighting his way though game cliches and such - jack black at the helm - Could be fun!

Lastly, they handed out a few awards - here they are (pretty nifty list too):

* Game of the Year: Grand Theft Auto IV
* Studio of the Year: Media Molecule
* Best Shooter: Gears of War 2
* Best RPG: Fallout 3
* Best Individual Sports Game: Shaun White Snowboarding
* Best Handheld Game: Professor Layton and the Curious Village
* Best Graphics: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
* Best Game Based on a Movie or TV Show: LEGO Indiana Jones
* Best Music Game: Rock Band 2
* Best Driving Game: Burnout Paradise
* Best Action Game: Grand Theft Auto IV
* Best Soundtrack: Rock Band 2
* Best Xbox 360 Game: Gears of War 2
* Best Wii Game: Boom Blox
* Best PS3 Game: Little Big Planet
* Best PC Game: Left 4 Dead
* Best Original Score: Rock Band 2
* Best Multiplayer Game: Left 4 Dead
* Best Independent game:World of Goo
* Best Fighting Game: Soul Calibur IV
* Best Male Voice: Michael Hollick as Niko Bellic in Grand Theft Auto IV
* Best Female Voice: Debi Mae West as Meryl Silverburgh in Metal Gear Solid 4
* Big Name in the Game Male: Kiefer Sutherland in Call of Duty: World at War
* Big Name in the Game Female: Jenny McCarthy in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Help me pick out a game!

This time around, I'm asking for advise on a game which I will receive for christmas. My mother/sis said they'd split on a game for me and I'm stoked... but I'm not sure what to get.

I've got a few ideas of games I'd like to give a whirl but can't decide. I'll list these games and give a few notes as to why I'm considering them. If you have any other suggestions please feel free to state them.

*I'm looking for PS3 games - games I already own are here. Already receiving Mirror's Edge as xmas gift.

Tomb Raider: Underworld (Action Adventure)
  • +Really enjoyed the other two titles done by this team
  • +Looks good, fun etc
  • -From reviews I hear it's short :(
DeadSpace (Survival Horrish)
  • +Looks fresh, kewl setting and characters
  • +Dig the combat (that I've seen)
  • -Not sure about the length
Eternal Sonata (RPG)
  • +Looks spectacular (visuals)
  • +Been tracking for a long time, very interested in title
  • -Heard from reviews that story, conversations are lacking
FarCry 2 (Shooter)
  • +Superb visuals
  • +Open world, vehicles, weapons, apparently very immersive
  • -Heard it takes a while to get into.
  • -Not positive about how gameplay holds up.
Pure (Racing)
  • +Looks good
  • +Reviews are generally positive
  • -May have enough offroad like racing with MSPR on my hands
Grid (Racing)
  • +Older title I've been putting off, very interested
  • +rather good reviews
  • -Not anticipating it as much as other titles listed.
Like I said, any suggestions beyond this list is accepted.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Prison Break - Solid Snake Style?

Sigh, this made me laugh when I read it so I thought I'd share for those who haven't seen it.

According to BBC, a -42 year old - Turkish inmate being held in a German prison - up and vanished.

Not shocking news right? There have been people who escaped prison before - sure! But, it's the way in which this guy managed to do it, that's the real story. See, in this particular prison the inmates work at creating stationary for various shops within the local vicinity and this inmate decided why not just up and leave with said stationary? Sealing himself into a 150cm by 120cm cardboard box he arranged to have it shipped out (with the rest of the stationary) to be picked up by courier.



With no one any the wiser, the box containing the inmate was loaded up with the rest of the goods by the weekly courier and departed for it's destination. Evidence shows that once away from the prison the man simply cut his way out of the box and vehicle's tarp (which housed the shipment) and simply jumped off to freedom.

The driver noticed the tarp flapping in the wind some time later and called the prison to report what seemed to of happened. The authorities believe that the man had it planned with outside help - saying that he was probably picked up by accomplices shortly after ditching his cardboard box.

At the end of the day we all get a good laugh and the chief warden was quoted as saying "I was not surprised that an escape happened on my watch. For years I had been asking for more security guards from the government. But now they'll have to listen."

Wonder if he actually played any MGS?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Gotta knock a little harder

In this Blog
|Random| - Blurb about random stuff
|Now Playing| - Whats happn' in the VG world

|Random|
Allo all. :D This blog is a blog for the sake of writing something down. I really have no central point of which I'd like to focus on - rather just some random thoughts I've decided to slap into a post. To start things off, the title for this blog "Gotta knock a little harder" is a direct reference to the song by Yoko Kanno for the movie "Cowboy Bebop" - which I just had playing. The music composed by Kanno and performed by her band "The Seatbelts" as soundtrack groundwork for stuff like Ghost in the Shell, Cowboy Bebop and Wolf's Rain is stellar stuff and really unique. It's not stuff I'd usually go for - as most of it is mix of random Japanese with bits of Jazz, techno and so on. But I totally dig it and just can't put it down :D Hella kewl stuff.

Next up, I got to see (a little while ago actually) "A beautiful Mind", an incredible movie with Russell Crow and Jennifer Connally. The story is about this genius mathematician who ends up having Schizophrenia (sees & interacts /w people who aren't there) and it totally mixes up his life.

Also got to catch "Gotham Knight" a 6 (or 7?) set of short films done in various anime styles all about batman. Detailing the myth of, as well as what people think of him as a "crusader" of sorts. I really dug seeing all the different visual takes on the character. It's directed by one of my fav doods Bruce Timm - who did the Batman Animated series - with Kevin Conroy taking up vocals of batman/bruce wayne (who also did the voice for batman on the Animated series).

Lastly, in the world of watching stuff, I got to catch some shows on the history channel on (mostly Canadians) and the battles of Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele and others. Rather interesting stuff all around really. They talked about battle plans, the tunneling under the battle grounds, aerial reconnaissance in a time where air planes were in their infancy and other intrigueing awesome topics. Kind of fitting as today is Nov 11 - remembrance day.

|Now Playing|
Spent quite a while going through Resistance 2 and loved it! Tho... it's hard as balls IMO! It seemed like I never had enough ammo and died twice as often as that! A bit sad to see that there are no usable vehicles what so ever in the game - which was an awesome part of the first one. Only being able to carry 2 weapons is also kind of a pain (the first you could carry every gun) but it also makes you think more. The bullseye Mark II seemed to be my constant fav - with the Auger Mark II coming in second. The Magnum with exploding bullets was nifty too. I've finished the single player campaign and jumped into it again for another go. One thing that really surprised me is the water! At first I thought it may... just may be partical based (as in millions of particles working together, instead of the appearance of that) but I'm positive it's faked. Faked or not I spent loads of time just watching the water chimera swim around as the movement of the water around them is just something insanely kewl. Weird I know, but w/e.

Fallout 3 also continues to devour my hours. I've got maybe 70% of the map explored, with places still hiding. I've recently found tenpenny tower and am still on the hunt for my father. As I continue to play the game I find out more about how it works. For instance, not too long ago I figured out that I can repair weapons/armor just by collecting multiples and then doing it myself! Ha, dunno how I missed that :P I've got my speech maxed, working on my repair and lockpick as I continue my romp through the world. I don't think I'll be putting it down any time soon.

Those two games take up most of my game time. Rockband 2 just sits there for now - I'm in one of those "pfft dun care" moods with RB atm. I dig into motorstorm PR too when I can, but FO3 still eats up the most of my time. Mirror's Edge is out today but I strongly believe that I'll leave it as a Christmas present so I can have some time to get other titles done and then have that to play during the holiday season.

I think I finished LBP... as no more levels are showing up? Huh, thought it would be longer. Still havn't collected everything but will continue to play. Would love to get online and see what others have made. That Gradius level looks mega awesome.

Ha, for a "random" blog I still seem to get a great amount written down... huh.

Keep it real sukkas.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Best CE ever!

In this Blog
|Best CE ever!| - Resistance2 offers up the goods!
|Obama| - A quick blurb about the events
|Now Playing| - What I'm playing, Thoughts
|Future Games| - Games coming, anticipating etc
|Last Note| -
finishing comments, bits.

|Best CE ever!|
To start things off, I'm going to let it be known just how very impressed I am with Resistance2's Collector Edition's package. The box it comes in is a good size and housed within it is; the game (with what I understand is a special limited edition cover, different from others? Have not confirmed that), a bonus Blu-Ray disc sitting in a sleeve, a hardcover artbook, an "exclusive" multiplayer skin and an intense chimera figure complete with it's own weapon!


I think I dig the figure the most. I generally don't go for the "CE" or "LE" editions of games unless I'm really anticipating a game and know that goods included are well worth the extra dough. Thus far, I've got only the MGS4 and R2 CE/LE bundles. Thinking Killzone2 (depending on goods included) might be my next, with Street Fighter 4 being another contender. Makes me wonder tho, when did the CE/LEs get so big? It seems like it use to be a rare thing and now it's as if you don't provide a special edition in addition to a standard version then there's something wrong. Eh? Ha.

|Obama|
So, weird thing. We here in Canada just finished an election for a new prime minister (kinda pointless as the numbers were almost exactly the same as last time) and yet I cared much more for the American election with Obama and McCain going head to head. After work I went on the net with CNN playing in the background - till I got bored with CNN's rambling and switched it over to watch some oldskool "Home Improvement". When that was over I switched back to CNN to see a big ol "News Flash - Obama Wins" kinda stuff going on. Kinda made me smile as I was sort of rooting for the dude. So the states have their first black president and we'll have to see what he's made of when he finially takes office in January, good for him.

|Now Playing|
Ahh, with an internet connection that hasn't been working and all the new games I seem to be collecting - I seem to be doing nothing but playing :D. Fallout 3 is stealing the most time from me as it is INSANELY ADDICTIVE. With Oblivion and now Fallout3 - Bethesda seems to becoming one of my fav devs. I spent a good few hours the other day freeing slaves from "Paradise Falls", eventually got sick of the sneaking around required to do such a task and instead took out the entire encampment of slavers (they "own" the slaves) and took great pleasure in doing so. The game is massive and I just can't describe the fun and escapism I get from playing it.

You'd think with so much time and effort being put into that - that I would be fulfilled and not need anything else eh? Well, as it stands I'm still going through MotorStorm Pacific Rift, which is thankfully MUCH better than my first impressions (after my first session with the splitscreen multiplayer). The tracks are pretty massive in scale and diversity, fitting into one of four elemental categories (fire, water, air, earth) they're all fresh and challenging. I have noticed that the crashes are a bit toned back - where as in the first game they were a main part, this time around they're a bit shorter and with less emphasis. The game does have an awesome photo mode tho! At anytime you hit pause, go into photo mode and move in any where you want to snap a great shot which you can export to the PS3 HD- I've currently got a nice shot as my PS3 wallpaper (look below). There's a decent track list for music but the fact that it includes support for custom music is even better :D I've loaded a few hundred MP3's onto my HD just for it! Loads of fun for some time to come I must say.



We can't forget one of the most charming games I've played... just about ever. LittleBigPlanet is in a league all it's own. I still haven't touched the create mode as I'm still going through the story and loving it to death. My cousin was over to play some new stuff and we spent like 3 hours on LBP, haha. Challenging at times but no matter how much we failed it was so fun to just keep going. The car races were a highlight - made me laugh like a retard. lol. My little sackboy - who's pretty much "Samuel L Jackson" ala Pulp Fiction with a frying pan in his hand has got to be my fav character in a game in a long time lol. I honestly can't wait to get it online and see the insane crap people are making for it :D

As I'm writing this, I haven't touched Resistance 2 but plan to after I post the blog.

|Future Games|
While there's a good number of games I've got and currently enjoying. There's always others which are just going to get left for another date - simply because I'm too busy with others atm or don't want to slap down the insane amount of cash needed for all of them. From what's out now, someday I plan on picking up (maybe when they're cheaper?) GRID, Brothers in Arms: Hells Highway, Tomb Raider Underworld, Dead Space and Eternal Sonata - if not more that I'm forgetting. But there also other titles coming along that I can't wait for. Mirror's Edge comes on the 11th (of Nov) but I think I'll just leave it for a Christmas present - which will give me some time to complete other games. My bro plans on getting Silent Hill: Homecoming for Xmas which is great as I'll get to play it without buying it! :D Killzone2 and Street Fighter 4 both come in February 2009, with inFAMOUS hitting "sometime" 2009 along side the Ghostbusters game and Batman: Arkham Asylum. While titles like FFXIIIvs and Beyond Good and Evil 2 are up in the air as to when they're coming. Team ICO's next project is still staying quiet but I bet that will be another I'll be looking forward to as well. SO! The future is good for gaming.


|Last Note|
Killzone 2's boxart has been revealed... and it's sweet!
Street fighter 4 is coming February 20, 2009!!!
Just over a month till the Dark Knight hits DVD/Blu-Ray
Still no "rename" for my blog, still trying to come up with something.
Saw "National Lampoon's HOMO ERECTUS" the other day... pretty much crap. A few things made me laugh (mostly the old guy) but it was lame for the most part. 2/10 :P
Speaking of Christmas, I SO want this, it's out now Batman FTW!:D. 108.

Have the last episode of "Birds of Prey" to finish and sadly that will be it for BoP. A "out of nowhere" title for me I rather enjoyed it and have become a fan of Ashley Scott because of it. The acting is spotty, the action weak but is totally worth checking out.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Another promise of broadband

In this Blog
|Broadband| - Another hope to ditch dialup

|Halloween| - Thoughts, movies etc
|Gamez| - What I'm playing, Thoughts

| Broadband |

Ahh, ha! It seems like some company likes to dangle a string above my head with the promise of a broadband connection being made available in my immediate area... oh at least a few times a year and so far it's been one disappointment after another. This time I have my finger's crossed! :D Our government (for the province I live in) has said that "broadband will be available to EVERYONE by 2009. Now, some time has gone by and I began to wonder if the statement made meant by the begining of 2009 or the end of said year... but with recent news - it may be sooner than later. A wireless broadband company who's working with the government to provide the service to rural areas has erected a tower a few miles from my place of residence and have even replied to an email sent to them in question of when the service will be available. If all things go right, 2-3 months at the latest is the word. So, here I am again - pondering, waiting, anticipating for when I'll be able to ditch this disease known as "Dialup". Who knows, by christmas, I may be blogging with speed yo :P (again fingers crossed eh?).

Ha, with that out of the way, how ya doin? It's been a while since my last blog, heck it's been a while (it seems) since I've been very active on the net at all.

|Halloween|
Ahh, one of my fav times of the year, for differing reasons as I get older. The alure of free candy by the bag load for just dressing up in some whacked out costume is what did it for me while I was younger, but as I get older I find it's the movies that get me excited for this time of year. Got to see Psycho (the '98 remake) a number of Halloween titles, some Friday the 13th here and there and other random oddities - which tottally rock. Why can't TV show stuff like this all year round? Work tomorow night and have to "dress up" but still havn't got a clue what I'm going to muster up... I mean.. I've got some wacky wigs in the closet... those might work? lol. Mmm, now I'm thinking about candy corn :P Haha.
Happy Halloween all!

|Gamez|
One of the reason I've been absent from the ol internetage... is cuz there's so many awesome games coming out and I've been playing a lot. Rockband2 hit the PS3 last week (or something like that) so I got that. It's pretty good, the improvements glare to me, it's a much smoother experience IMO... still having problems getting my guitar syncing to the point that it's pin point on... which is disapointing... but I can handle it for now. This tuesday was a doozy as MotorStorm: Pacifc Rift, Fallout 3 and Little Big Planet all came out... and of course I need em right? :P LBP is sic, so unique - I smile when I play it. Pacific Rift is interesting, think I did the original more... but will spend more time with it before I say that for sure. Fallout3 (for some reason) surprised me with how awesome it is. I played it for 8hrs straight the day I got it, I can tell it's going to suck me in just as bad as Oblivion did, sigh.

Lastly, I'm looking for a name for my blog. It started off with a simple "Stand Alone Project" in a ode to Ghost in the Shell and then I named it "Black Rabbit" (tho, it was in german) which pointed to an old "logo" I use to use with the ol hush404 name... but now I'm looking for something a bit more different. Something simple, yet catchy. Any thoughts? THanks :P

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Behold: Master Carpentry!

I have been searching for a good solution to my space problem for quite a while now. I always seem to have dvds, games, cds kicking around and never enough space in any shelving unit I buy or container I happen to have. After looking at encasement and professional shelving cases I've finially decided on a much cheaper alternative. Building my own wall shelf!

With professional cases (that hold the number of dvds -and dvd like- cases I'm looking for) going anywhere from $300-$1500 I was shocked that I was able to build a spacious shelf for about $40. Yeah.... $40... that's less than a new video game costs these days!

7 lengths of 10' - 6"x1" spruce boards, 6 right angles and a bag of various screws make up it's entire parts. A couple hours spent between my bro, mom and I with a table saw, power drill/screwdriver - some grunting, "WTFs" and some elbow grease and; VOLA!



We have a shelf that should last me quite a while! Doesn't look to shabby either :D Managed to fit all of my dvd movies, anime and games and still have room left over for other crap I put on.

(In pics -1- finished shelf, bare -2- mom in front of shelf -3- shelf filled up)

I'm so please with it :D

Sadly it will be coming down within a few months cuz we're tearing out/replacing the ceiling and walls - but it's going straight back up once that stuff is finished.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Spotlight: Canadian Game Developers

While watching a fairly recent episode of Electric Playground, I got the news tidbit that Canada is a very fast growing area for video game development and this spring will get it's very first BIG game-centric convention in the form of "GDC Canada". Building off of the success of the Vancouver International Game Summit - it will be held in Vancouver in May 2009. Various other smaller conventions including games (but usually not focused on) take place all around the country, but this is the first big - games only - show that I know of. So it got me thinking. How many big Canadian developers are out there? I did a similar, but much smaller scale list on gamespot forums in the past and have decided it's about time I revamp the idea. So, without further pausing, here's are a good number of the larger developers I could dig up and games they have developed. Enjoy.

Notes:
*If any of my info is incorrect, Please let me know and I will look into it further.
* Note the system each game is for, some games by some devs are separate versions depending on consoles.
*Haha, I went half blind compiling this list for a good 5-6 hours straight! lol.
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Company: Ubisoft Canada
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Games:

* Tonic Trouble (1999) (PC/N64)
* Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell (2002) (XB/PC)
* Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3 (2003) (XB)
* Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield (2003) (PC)
* Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu (2003) (GC/PS2/XB)
* Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2003) (GC/PC/PS2/XB)
* Myst IV: Revelation (2004) (PC/XB)
* Prince of Persia: Warrior Within (2004) (GC/PC/PS2/XB)
* Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Black Arrow (2004) (XB)
* Far Cry: Instincts (2005) (XB)
* Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones (2005) (GC/PC/PS2/XB)
* Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (2005) (GC/PC/PS2/XB)
* Far Cry: Instincts - Evolution (2006) (360)
* Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent (2006) (GC/PS2/XB/Wii)
* Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas (2006) (PC/PS3/360/PSP)
* Assassin's Creed (2007) (PC/PS3/360)
* Naruto: Rise Of A Ninja (2007) (360)
* Lost: Via Domus (2008) (PC/PS3/360)
* Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 (2008) (PC/PS3/360)
* Far Cry 2 (2008) (PC/PS3/360)
* Shaun White Snowboarding (2008) (PC/PS3/PSP/360)
* Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction (2008) (PC/360)
* Harvest Moon Online (2008) (PC/PS3/360)
* Prince of Persia (2008) (PC/PS3/360)
* Naruto: The Broken Bond (2008) (360)


Company: Bioware
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Games:

* Shattered Steel (1996) (PC)
* Baldur's Gate (1998) (PC)
- Baldur's Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast (1999)
* MDK2 (2000) (PC)
* Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn (2000) (PC)
- Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal (2001)
* Neverwinter Nights (2002) (PC)
- Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide (2003)
- Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark (2003)
- Neverwinter Nights: Kingmaker (2005)
* Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic ("KotOR") (2003) (XB/PC)
* Jade Empire (2005) (XB/PC)
* Mass Effect (2007) (XB360/PC)
* Mass Effect 2 (in-development) (TBA)
* Mass Effect 3 (pre-development) (TBA)
* Dragon Age: Origins (2009) (PC)
* Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood (2008) (TBA)


Company: Slant Six Games
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Games:

* SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Tactical Strike (2007) (PSP)
* SOCOM: Confrontation (2008) (PS3)
* Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror (2006) (PSP)


Company: Next Level Games
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Games:

* Ticket to Ride - (XBLA) (360)
* Spider-Man: Friend or Foe - (Wii/360/PS2)
* Mario Strikers Charged - (Wii)
* Super Mario Strikers - (GC)
* NHL Hitz Pro - (GC/XB/PS2)


Company: Radical Entertainment
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Games:

* Crash of the Titans (2007) (PS2/PSP/Wii/DS/GBA/XB360)
* Scarface: The World is Yours (2006) (Wii/PC/PS2/XB)
* The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction (2005) (PS2/XB/GC)
* Crash Tag Team Racing (2005) (PS2/CG/XB/PSP)
* The Simpsons Hit & Run (2003) (PS2/GC/XB/PC)
* Hulk (2003) (GC/PS2/XB/PC)
* James Cameron's Dark Angel (2002) (PS2/XB)
* The Simpsons Road Rage (2001) (PS2/XB/GC/GBA)
* Tetris Worlds (2001/2002/2003)
* Dark Summit (2001) (XB PS2/GC)
* Jackie Chan Stuntmaster (2000) (PS1)
* NHL Championship 2000 (1999) (PS1)
* ESPN X Games Pro Boarder (1998) (PS1)
* - loads of other pre-PS1 games here.


Company: Silicon Knights
Location: St.Catherines, Ontario
Games:

* Cyber Empires (1992) (PC/Atari)
* Fantasy Empires (1993) (PC)
* Dark Legions (1994) (PC)
* Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain (1996) (PS1/PC)
* Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem (2002) (GC)
* Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes (2004) (GC)
* Too Human (2008) (360)
* Untitled Game /w SEGA (TBA) (360/PS3)
* Too Human Sequel (360)
* Too Human Threequel (360)


Company: Digital Extremes
Location: London & Toronto/Ontario
Games: **Note, some of these games are co-developed with other studios.

* Epic Pinball - (1993) (PC)
* Silverball - (1993) (PC)
* Extreme Pinball - (1995) (PC)
* Unreal - (1998) (PC)
* Unreal Tournament - (1999) (PC/PS2/DC)
* Adventure Pinball: Forgotten Island - (2001) (PC)
* Unreal Tournament 2003 - (2002) (PC)
* Unreal Tournament 2004 - (2004) (PC)
* Pariah - (2005) (PC/XB)
* Warpath - (2006) (PC/XB)
* Unreal Championship - (2002) XB
* Dark Sector - (2008) 360/PS3


Company: EA Canada /EA BlackBox
Location: Vancouver & Burnaby, British Columbia
Games: **Note, they released games under the titles "EA Games"/"EA Sports" and "EA Sports Big". Also, some sports games dates and systems not given for list.

* EA Replay (2006) (PSP)
* EA Playground (2007) (DS/Wii)
* Def Jam: Fight for NY (2004) (PS2/GC/XBox)
* James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing (2004) (PS2/XBox/GC/GBA)
* Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects (2005) (GC/PS2/PSP/XBox/DS)
* Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 (2007) (Wii)
* Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 (2002) (PS2)
* Need for Speed: Underground (2003) (Arc/PC/PS2/XBox/GC/GBA)
* Need for Speed: Underground 2 (2004) (PC/PS2/XBox/GC/GBA/DS)
* Need for Speed: Underground: Rivals (2005) (PSP)
* Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2005)(PC/XBox360/Mac/PS2/XBox/GC/PSP/GBA/DS)
* Need for Speed: Most Wanted: 5-1-0 (PSP)
* Need for Speed: Carbon (2006) (PC/Mac/PS3/360/Wii/PS2/XBox/GC)
* Need for Speed: Carbon: Own the City (2005) (PSP)
* Need for Speed: ProStreet (2007) (PS2/PS3/PSP/Wii/DS/360/PC)
* Need for Speed: Undercover (2008) (PC/PS2/PS3/PSP/DS/360/PC)
* Skate (2007) (PS3/360)
* Skate 2 (2009) (PS3/360)
* Def Jam Vendetta (2003) (PS2/GC/XB)
* FIFA Street (2005) (GC/PS2/XB)
* FIFA Street 2 (2006) (GC/PS2/XB/DS/PSP)
* FIFA Street 3 (2008) (PS3/360/DS)
* NBA Street (2001) (PS2/GC)
* NBA Street Vol. 2 (2003) (PS2/GC/XB)
* NBA Street V3 (2005) (PS2/GC/XB)
* NBA Street Showdown (2005) (PSP)
* NBA Street Homecourt (2007) (PS3/360)
* NFL Street (2004) (GC/PS2/XB)
* NFL Street 2 (2004) (GC/PS2/XB)
* NFL Street 3 (2006) (PS2/PSP)
* NFL Tour (2008) (PS3/360)
* SSX (2000) (PS2)
* SSX Tricky (2001) (PS2/GC/XB/GBA)
* SSX 3 (2003) (PS2/GC/XB/GBA/Giz)
* SSX On Tour (2005) (PS2/XB/GC)
* 2006 FIFA World Cup (2006) (GBA/GC/DS/PC/PS2/PSP/XB/360)
* FIFA 06: Road to FIFA World Cup (2006)
* FIFA Manager 06
* FIFA 07
* FIFA 08
* FIFA 09
* Facebreaker
* Celebrity Sports Showdown
* Cricket 07
* Knockout Kings
* Madden NFL 2007 (Wii)
* MVP 06 NCAA Baseball
* NBA Live 2003
* NBA Live 2004
* NBA Live 2005
* NBA Live 06
* NBA Live 07
* NBA Live 08
* NCAA March Madness
* NHL 06
* NHL 07
* NHL 08
* Rugby 06
* Rugby 08
* Total Club Manager 2005
* UEFA Euro 2004
* UEFA Euro 2008
* EA Sports Tennis 2010


Company: EA Montreal
Location: Montreal/Quebec
Games:

* SSX On Tour (2005) (PSP)
* NHL 07 (2006) (PS2/XB/PC/PSP)
* NHL 09 (2008) (PS2)
* SSX Blur (2007) (Wii)
* Boogie (2007) (Wii/DS)
* Army of Two (2008) (PS3/360)
* Skate It (2008) (Wii)
* Boogie Superstar (2008)


Company: Relic Entertainment
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Games:

* Homeworld (1999) (PC/Mac/Linux)
* Impossible Creatures (2002) (PC)
* Homeworld 2 (2003) (PC/Mac)
* Warhammer 40/000: Dawn of War (2004) (PC)
- Warhammer 40/000: Dawn of War: Winter Assault (2005) (PC)
- Warhammer 40/000: Dawn of War: Dark Crusade (2006) (PC)
* The Outfit (2006) (360)
* Company of Heroes (2006) (PC)
- Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts (2007) (PC)
* Company of Heroes Online (2008-unreleased) (PC)
* Warhammer 40/000: Dawn of War 2 (2009) (PC)


Company: Rockstar Toronto
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Games:

* Bully: Scholarship Edition (2008) (Wii)
* Manhunt 2 (2007) (Wii)
* The Warriors — (2005) (PS2/PSP)
* Max Payne (2001) (PS2)
* Oni (2001) (PS2)
* Grand Theft Auto: London/1969 (1999) (PC)
* Max Payne 3 (TBA) (**Rumored**)


Company: Rockstar Vancouver
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Games: **Note, formally Barking Dog Studios.

* Homeworld: Cataclysm (2000) (PC) *As BDS
* Bully (PS2) (2006)


Company: Pseudo Interactive
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Games:

* Cel Damage (2001) (GC/PS2/XB)
* Full Auto (2006) (360)
* Full Auto 2: Battlelines (2006) (PS3/PSP)


Company: Propaganda Games
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Games:

*Turok (2008) (PS3/360)


Company: Blue Castle Games
Location: Burnaby, British Columbia
Games:

* The Bigs (2008) (PS3/360/Wii/PS2/PSP)


Company: Silver Birch Studios
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Games: Notes, did unique versions of "N+" (XBLA). Rest of work mostly cell phone games.

* N+ (2008) (PSP/DS)
* Various Cell Phone games/more here.


Company: HB Studios
Location: Luneburg & Halifax, Nova Scotia
Games: **Note - Seems the studio does PS2/PC/Wii and DS versions of some of EA's sports titles.

* EA Sports Cricket 2002 - (PS2/PC)
* EA Sports Cricket 2004 - (PS2/PC)
* EA Sports Rugby 2004 - (PS2/PC)
* EA Sports Cricket 2005 - (XBOX/PS2/PC)
* EA Sports Rugby 2005 - (XBOX/PS2/PC)
* FIFA Street2 - (PSP)
* EA Sports Rugby 06 - (XBOX/PS2/PC)
* EA Sports Cricket 07 - (PS2/PC)
* EA Sports Madden 07 - (Wii co-developed with EA Canada)
* UEFA Champions League 2006-2007 - (PS2/PSP/PC)
* EA Sports Rugby 08 - (PS2/PC)
* EA Sports NBA Live 08 - (PS2/PC)
* EA Sports NHL 08 - (PS2/PC)
* UEFA Euro 2008 - (PS2/PSP/PC)
* Big Beach Sports - (Wii)
* Rock Revolution - (Wii/DS)
* EA Sports NBA Live 09 - (Wii/PS2/PSP)
* EA Sports NHL 09 - (PS2/PC)


Company: Eidos Momtreal
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Games: **Note - Brand new studio

* Deus Ex 3 (TBA)


Company: Koei Canada
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Games: **Notes/newly formed studio

* Fatal Inertia (2007) (360)
* Fatal Inertia (2008) (PS3)
* Un-named portable game (TBA)


Company: IronClad Games
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Games:

* Sins of a Solar Empire (2008) (PC)


Company: Piranha Games
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Games:

* Die Hard: Nakatomi Plaza (2002) (PC)


Company: A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. Games
Location: Burnaby, British Columbia
Games: **Notes, Brand new company.

* Rocketmen Axis of Evil (2008) (PSN/XBLA)


Company: BattleGoat Studios
Location: Ancaster, Ontario
Games:

* Supreme Ruler 2010 (2005) (PC)
* Supreme Ruler 2020 (2008) (PC)


Company: A2M (Artificial Mind & Movement)
Location: Quebec City, Quebec
Games:

* Transformers: Animated - (2008) (DS)
* Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings - (PSP/DS/Wii/PS2)
* High School Musical: Makin' the Cut! (2007) (DS)
* Jersey Devil (1998) (PC/PS1)
* Bugs Bunny: Lost in Time (1999) (PC/PS1)
* Scooby-Doo! Mystery Mayhem (2003) (GBA/PS2/GC/XB)
* Carmen Sandiego: The Secret of the Stolen Drums (2004) (PS2/XB/GC)
* Scaler (2004) (XB/GC/PS2)
* Scooby-Doo! Unmasked (2005) (PS2/DS/GBA/XB/GC)
* Ed, Edd and Eddy: The Mis'Edventures (2005) (GBA/PC/XB/GC/PS2)
* Happy Feet (2006) (Wii/DS/GBA/GC/PC/PS2)
* The Ant Bully (2006) (GC/PC/PS2/Wii/GBA)
* Kim Possible: Global Gemini (2006) (DS)
* Kim Possible: What's the Switch? (2006) (PS2)
* Kim Possible: Team Possible (2005) (GBA)
* That's so Raven 2: Supernatural Style (2005) (GBA)
* Teen Titans (2005) (XB/GC/PS2/GBA)
* Monster House (2006) (PS2/CG/GBA/DS)
* Kim Possible: Kimmunicator (2005) (DS)
* Spider-Man: Friend or Foe (PSP/DS)
* WET (TBA) (PS3/360)
* Power Rangers: Super Legends (PS2/PC/DS)
* Flow: Urban Dance Uprising (2005) (PS2)
* Chicken Little (2005) (GBA)
* Lizzie McGuire 2 (2004) (GBA)
* Get On Da Mic (2004) (PS2)
* Ever Girl (2005) (GBA)
* Kim Possible 2: Drakken's Demise (2004) (GBA)
* Home on the Range (2004) (GBA)
* Ice Age (2002) (GBA)
* Monsters Inc. (2001) (PS1/PC)
* Bugs & Taz: Time Busters! (2000) (PC/PS1)
* Smurf Racer (2000) (PS1/PC)
* The Grinch (2000) (DC/PS1/PC)


Company: Strategy First
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Games:

* Brigade E5: New Jagged Union (2006) (PC)
* Culpa Innata (2007) (PC)
* Dangerous Waters (2005) PC
* Disciples: Sacred Lands (1999) (PC)
* Disciples II: Dark Prophecy (2002) (PC)
* Europa Universalis (2000) (PC)
* Galactic Civilizations (2003) (PC)
* Hearts of Iron (2002) (PC/Mac)
* O.R.B: Off-World Resource Base (2002) (PC)
* Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood (2002 - with spellbound studios) (PC)


Company: Beenox (owned by Activision)
Location: Quebec City, Quebec
Games: **Notes, 3 original games, most other work is ports.

* Bee Movie Game (360/PS2/PC)
* Coldstone game engine (Mac)
* Pillars of Garendall (PC/Mac)

Ports:

* Cars (PC/Mac)
* Evil Dead Regeneration (PC)
* Fantastic 4 (PC)
* GUN (PC)
* Homeworld 2 (Mac)
* Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer (PC/Mac)
* Kung Fu Panda (PC)
* Madagascar (PC)
* Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (PC)
* MTX: Mototrax (PC/Mac)
* MX vs. ATV Unleashed (PC)
* Myst V: End of Ages (Mac)
* Over the Hedge (PC)
* Pitfall: The Lost Expedition (PC)
* Railroad Tycoon 3 (Mac)
* Shrek 2: Team Action (PC)
* Spider-Man 3 (PC)
* Spider-Man: Friend or Foe (PC)
* Star Wars: Battlefront (Mac)
* The Incredibles (PC)
* The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer (PC/Mac)
* The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Mac)
* Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness (Mac)
* Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 (PC/Mac)
* Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 (PC/Mac)
* Tony Hawk's Underground 2 (PC)
* Ultimate Spider-Man (PC)
* Wakeboarding Unleashed featuring Shaun Murray (PC/Mac)
* X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse (PC)
* X-Men: The Official Game (PC)

Monday, September 29, 2008

Trophies

In this Blog:
|Trophies| - Info on trophies, what they mean to me
|Now Playing| - Games I'm currently playing
|Other| - Other crap

| Trophies |

Sony has rolled out trophy support for it's PS3 a while ago and it's been somewhat of a slow process getting rolling with games that support them. I've realized that with games that were nearing completion, simply adding trophies might be a lot of work and didn't get too upset if one game didn't include them. Sure, I would love if every dev went back in slapped in support for each and every game... but what ya gonna do? :P

I've got a few games right now that either have trophies implemented or plan on having them soon in a patch. None of which I've gotten updated to use said trophies yet but as soon as I get them patched they'll be ready to go. Uncharted: Drakes Fortune was one of the first to announce their support for it and I've been holding off a second play through because of that. As soon as I get the patch I will be playing it again. Burnout Paradise also has a patch for trophies and I though they announced they would prob be retroactive (able to just add trophies according to how much you've already done) - it turns out it won't be. If I want the easier trophies it seems I'll have to restart the game... which sounds shitty, but burnout is so fun I don't think I'll mind - if I decide to do so. BattleField: Bad Company is also getting a patch, look forward to that as well.

The thing that got me excited tho, is the fact that a large number of games I'm currently anticipating are getting trophies right from the get go! In the next month or so Little Big Planet, MotorStrom: Pacific Rift, Resistance 2, Rockband2 and Mirrors Edge will be shipping - all including trophies. Brothers in Arms is said to support them and that game has be interested - and Killzone2 in Feb will have them as well. So before long, I will be a slave of trying to get those platinum trophies.

There are 4 different kinds of trophies, from easy ones in Bronze to a medium Silver and the Hard Gold trophies. The last, Platinum, is only achieved if every other trophy in the game is collected and thus represents and insane like achievement.

| Now Playing |


I'm playing a few games at the moment. I think I've mentioned it in my past blog post, that I've gotten back into DiRT and I'm progressively finishing races, collecting vehicles and more or less doing my best to finish the game - and it's a blast! Nothing like leaving a game alone, coming back and enjoying the hell out of it! :D

Beat Bioshock (PC) - Amazing game!

Gave up on Elven Blood (facebook) due the fact that I needed to continually add party members and hassling people to add the app gets old, quick. Suffice to say, it's a well thought out app except for that part - it prevents those who can't get others to play from progressing in the story.

Before playing some rockband 2 (which seems like a great upgrade from RB1) my cousin and I threw in "Fight Night Round 3" and had a round or two which just grabbed me and hooked me in! I went shopping a few days later and found a copy for my PS3. It's such a fun game :D

Also, got Lego Batman(PS3) - of which I've been waiting for, for quite a while. It rawks. It's the same ol Lego formula and I love the batman universe and thus it feels much kewler to play that something like lego star wars - of which I'm not a huge fan.

Another steal (thanks SuperStore :P) is Spider-Man3 (PS3) that I snatched up. It's rather ugly - graphically - seems to have its share of hang ups and glitches but its a lot of fun swinging and fighting as the ol Spider. It gets bonus points for getting Bruce Campbell as the Narrator.

Lastly, I picked up a copy of this month's PC gamer and with it I got a number of Demos. Including a wacky fun racer "Track Mania Nations" and a trial for Spore's Creature Creator! The Spore CC is amazing! It really made me want the game - I will prob get it sometime. Here's some picks of a few creatures I've made:


| Other |

Never got around to deciding on headphones, so it's still up in the air. I have no idea when I'll get around to getting a new pair, but I also want to take my time and get a really awesome pair. Still open for suggestions for anyone who's got any. Read my previous post for info on what I'm looking for.

Lol, I know I still havn't rolled out one of those "What happened" features yet, I swear I'll get to it. :P

Monday, September 08, 2008

Need Headphone advice

I've been searching for some time for a great "mid ranged" headphone set in the "over the ear" style - that can offer some decent audio quality on all ranges (especially bass) in a comfy to wear set that doesn't include a 6' cord as it's only option. I will be using it on my computer as well as on the go with my Ipod.

Currently I have two pairs of headphones:

The first is a pair of over the Head/Ear style by Sony named: MDR-XD100 which I picked up a few years ago for like $20 and are fairly decent headphones, tho lack a bit in the deep bass I like and never seem to get as loud as I like either.

The second pair are a "around the head" style (goes behind your head instead of on top) by Panasonic; named "Shockwave RP-HG15" and is just about the best pair I have ever owned. Only about $20 as well, they're about 6-8 years old (forget how long now) and I have just replaced the rotted foam covers (that go on the ear) thanks to an ol crappy pair I had lying around. They've got really good sound on all ranges but can be uncomfy to wear at times.

Now, what I'm looking for in a new set is an over the head/ear set (like the Sony ones I have) with great sound on all ranges (including deep bass) and without the 6' cable. I hate lugging around a pair of headphones with cables that I have to tie together with elastics and such, I'd much rather the 2 or 3 ft cables of most normal portable headphones. I don't like in the ear headphones, so don't even mention those.

I've been looking into Sennheiser's products, as I've heard they do quality stuff and am thinking about the HD-280 Pro series but I'm still unsure.

Just want to know if any of you have insight on the subject, perhaps can offer some suggestions? I'm looking to spend upwards of $100, but really not much more. I've seen a lot of kewl sets that I wouldn't mind having but I think over $100 for them is retarded - heck I think it's kinda crazy to pay $100 for a set, but I'm willing to do so.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Trade-Ins, Completions, Anticipations

In this Blog:

[Trade-Ins] - Detailing some trade-ins I've made.
[Purchases]
- Some stuff I've purchased.
[Completing games]
- Games I've gone through lately.
[Anticipation]
- Games I can't wait for.
[Final Notes]
- My final last bit of crap.

**Note the different style/layout. I plan on breaking stuff up, so you can decide what, if any, you want to read and skim what you don't or w/e.

First off, Vacations rawk! I love not having to keep much of a schedule at all, this 2 weeks off of work has been awesome. Some times a bit boring but I love the relaxation. Started it with a nice B-day bash at my cousin's place and then a wedding (oh which I felt like shit the whole time through :( ), got to see some old friends and more or less just chill - having time to do a little shopping, gaming, movie watching and so forth. As far as I know, I don't head back until Monday (the 8th of Sept I believe), so I'm going to continue to enjoy it.

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[//Trade-Ins]
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Like I said, I got to do a little shopping. Little odds and ends, random bits and bolts it seems :D I went off to EBgames to trade in some games - yeah I know I said I wouldn't again... but it seemed like much less a hassle than ebay. Which BTW I finially used to sell a game! TES4 Oblivion for the PS3 was shipped off to a nice dude from Quebec for about $30 bones which isn't too bad at all considering I got a copy of the GOTY (Game of the Year) edition (includes all of the normal edition stuff plus the shivering isles addon) for like $45. Anyways, back to EBgames. I took in a nice grocery bag full of crap, not all of which they wanted. :P I sold them:

Army of Two (PS3)
Haze (PS3)
The Simpsons Game (PS3)
Dark Angel (PS2)
Beast Wars (PS1)
Fusion Frenzy (Xbox)

and got about $70 for it all. Which I then took and spent on:

BattleField: Bad Company (PS3)
NBA Street: Homecourt (PS3)

Both pretty kewl games, a decent deal IMO, cuz the games I traded in were more/less bad lol.

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[//Purchases]
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Through Bargain bin diving, random window shopping and ebay I managed to blow a shit load of money it seems? Ha, actually, a lot of these items are purchased mainly because I find them for cheap, or at least relatively cheap. Most of these items were purchased in the last month or so:

Games:
[$9] Syberia DVD pack (PC)
[$3] Paradise (PC)
[$34] Brave Story: A New Traveler (PSP)
[$22] Guild Wars (PC)
[$2] Advent Rising (Xbox)

Movies:
[$4] 50 First Dates (DVD)
[$4] Harold & Kumar go to White Castle (DVD)
[$24] Birds of Prey Complete Series (DVD)
[$35] The Nightmare Before Christmas (Blu-Ray)
[$15] The Fifth Element (Blu-Ray)
[$16] HellBoy (Blu-Ray)
[$18]Batman Begins (Blu-Ray)
[$18] Pan's Labryinth (Blu-Ray)
[$19] Blade Runner (Blu-Ray)
[$26] DragonBall Z Season 4 (DVD)

Other:
[$22]Slipknot's "All Hope is gone" (CD)

Thoughts: The abundance of Blu-Rays in the list is more or less just me catching up on some great movies in HD. I've been meaning to get a number of the titles for a while now, but just never got around to it, now I have. The highlight being The Nightmare Before Christmas which I would of paid $50 for if they charged it! Frack I love that movie! Got DBZ S4 for like 1/2 the price that it usually sells for and a few other DVDs that I just happened to like and found dirt cheap. Found Paradise for a few bucks and then it reminded me of Syberia of which I've been looking for the sequel for a LONG time, found it, bought it (ebay) and was happy :D Wanted a new RPG for my PSP and after some research decided on Brave Story - still waiting for it via ebay. Also got guild wars on the note that it works on dial up!? Heard lots of people say it works flawlessly on dialup... so what the hell eh? Decided to give er a try. Got a copy of the GOTY on route from ebay for around $20. I've been wanting to play Advent Rising for a while now, got a 'Still in the package' copy at ebgames for $1.99! Last is Slipknot's New CD "All hope is gone" which is alright, a little too soft for my liking. Seems Corey is stuck on the Stone Sour tone of music for some of the songs and... I really just want some head banging tunes when I listen to slipknot.

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[//Completing Games]
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Like I've mentioned, this lil vacation has given me a lot of time to finish up and beat some games. I've started and finished Advent Rising (Xbox) and absolutely loved it! Sad the series died before it got off the ground, I would of loved to see the sequels! I also started and beat BattleField: Bad Company (PS3)- and it was a blast! So much destruction!! I'm at the very (I think) end of Crisis Core (PSP) and hope to jump into that again. Finished off the modes in DragonBall Z Shin Budokai & DarkStalker's Chronicle Tower both on the PSP. Got a good portion of Escape from Butcher's Bay (Xbox) finished (another amazing game BTW). Got a lot of the goods in Soul Calibur 4 (PS3) unlocked - including all the characters, levels. Fable (xbox) is done. About 60% done of Lego Star Wars (PS3), just started Doom3(xbox) and I'm about 1/2 way through another play through of MGS4 (PS3).

Enjoying the craziness of NBA Street Homecourt (PS3), loving my new pc adventure games - Syberia 2 and Paradise and dive into a lot of different games almost randomly. I still havn't gotten though a lot of Gears of War on the PC, as I had to update 3 times now to get it to work :( But I plan on getting it done one of these days.

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[//Anticipation]
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What started out as a simple notepad txt file to keep track of some games coming out in the future... has grown into a somewhat complicated list of just what I have in mind for future game purchases. Check it out:

Key:
[X]Prob won't get, slightly interested
[-]Might get, interested - not convinced
[/]Prob Will get, greatly anticipating.
[*]Will Get, No Question.

Dates:
Q = Quadrant, the year split into 4 segments
^ = Sometime, a general date.


[-]Aug 31 - Mercenaries 2: World in Flames
[X]Sept 16 - Star Wars: Force Unleashed
[-]Sept 02 - TNA impact
[/]Sept 23 - Lego Batman
[-]Sept23 - Brother's In Arms: Hells Highway
[X]Sept 30 - Legendary
[*]Sept 30 - Silent Hill Homecoming
[*]Oct 07 - Motorstorm Pacific Rift
[-]Oct 07 - Midnight club LA
[X]Oct 07 - Fracture
[X]Oct 20 - Dead Space
[*]Oct 21 - Litte Big Planet
[/]OCt 28 - Fallout 3
[*]Nov 04 - Resistance 2
[-]Nov 04 - Bioshock
[X]Nov 08 - Valkyria Chronicles
[*]NOV 11 - Mirrors Edge
[*]Nov 18 - Tomb Raider: Underworld
[-]Q4 08 - Eternal SOnata
[*]Feb09 - Killzone 2
[-]Q1 09 - Borderlands
[/]Q2 09 - inFAMOUS
[-]^2009 - Heavy Rain
[-]^2009 - Final Fantasy XIII, VS XIII, Agito XIII
[*]^2009 - Beyond Good & Evil 2

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[//Final Notes]
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Ahh, a mighty blog no? :P Please let me know what you think of the layout, whether or not it helps in organizing the content and so on. I plan on getting heavy into Guild Wars, if I can - so, if you play hit me up when I do get the game (its coming from ebay) and we'll play (hopefully).

Also, I've got at least 2 more ideas for the "What Happened" feature I introduced last blog, expect to see Vol2 some time in the near future.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

What Happened Vol 1: Haze

Here's a something a bit different that I'm going to give a go here on my blog. A feature entitled "What Happened" which tries to bring some light on (or maybe just speculate) what happened to games that we thought would blow us away.

For my first edition I would like to focus on Haze, here's the details:

Title: Haze
Release Date: May 22, 2008 (NA)
Developer: Free Radical Design
Publisher: Ubisoft
Platform(s): Playstation 3

When first announced, Haze was said to be a fresh new take on the FPS genre for the new generation of consoles (360, PS3, PC) with promise of intense graphics (which some claimed would rival Crysis), heart pounding action in both single player and multiplayer (both online and off), a multitude of modes, characters, weapons, features and a story to shock all who experience it.

It later switched from multiplatform to only appearing on the PS3, with loads of rumors and controversy in between announcements it spun a tale which (both positively and negatively) sent gamers into a frenzy - giving the game a ton of cover and publicity. Thus began the seesaw of controversy that is Haze.

Right from the get go, Ubisoft and Free Radical Design had the right idea on promoting their product, as the premise had style. The unique look to the Mantel soldiers gave the game a special look that you would just know when you see it. The idea of drugging soldiers with enhancing substances (dubbed nectar) and creating a massive "for hire" army with them is an idea that seems very interesting and good for a story. Later they signed on Alternative Metal band Korn to write and release an exclusive track promoting the game which coupled along with the CG trailers and even music video, it seemed to be living up to expectations. The game looked spectacular in all the screenshots released, every trailer looked better and better, loads of info leaked out detailing tons of new modes and features; which made gamers either anticipate the title, loathe it or at the very least raise an eyebrow to this upcoming gem.


As far as gamers were informed, the title was coming along wonderfully and ready for a November 2007 release. Sadly it missed that date and was delayed, with more time needed to further improve the game cited as the cause. No specific date was given to the gamers eager to play the title, though word had spread that an early 2008 (February) would be most likely the date to look for... which came and went. Later the team announced the game was still being polished and eventually pinned a mid may 2008 release date as the final date for gamers to expect to get their hands on it.

During this time, Haze was being shown off at different game conventions and shows as well as privately. Previews were released over the internet, in magazines and more or less said praising things about the upcoming game. Some concerns were injected in various previews - about A.I, collision detection and over all random glitchiness - which should of set off more alerts and red flags than it seemed to. These concerns usually were shrugged off as "unpolished - to do items" which were expected to be finished up for the final version of the game.

Sadly, this was not the case. As Haze shipped, reviews were all over the place (ranging from 79/100 and 25/100) and it was up to gamers to figure out themselves what exactly they thought of Haze. Reviews more or less share a common thought however; claiming the game felt rushed, unpolished and more or less mediocre. Some quotes:

"Despite bugs that seem to pop up around every corner, Haze isn't an awful first-person shooter. It's just not a very good one." - GameTrailers

"A seven-hour campaign and uneventful multiplayer modes just don't cut it in light of the far better modern shooters available on the market." - Gamespot

"What could have been so good and what - according to the hype - was going to be so great has proven to be nothing more than a complete and total let down, tied together with some decent ideas but coming out as nothing but totally, completely and utterly shonky." - Kikizo

"Haze does not live up to the company's reputation thanks to a horrible plot, weak gameplay mechanics and visuals that are truly underwhelming. While playing with friends is enjoyable, not even those are enough to bring this lackluster title around." - IGN

"Though it was announced just over two years ago, the end result plays like something that was slapped together and shipped after a year or so, rather than something that was painstakingly developed and refined." - GiantBomb

After all the hype, the amount of time taken to polish up this beast and the promise that because Free Radical Design was behind it, they could of at least pulled off a decent game - we get what seems like a rushed, by the numbers game that oozes potential and yet never reaches for it.

So what really happened behind the doors at Free Radical Design? We will never know it seems. Will Haze feature a sequel? Perhaps a remake? Chances are no, it will not. But who knows, maybe they'll be able to grab this franchise from the grave and inject it with just the right amount of nectar to make it good, someday.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Book Bomb the Giant Spot with your Game Face!


Ahahah, so I had some fun with naming this title eh? I wanted to incorporate 3 things and yet still be short... so it doesn't matter that it doesn't make a lot of sense.

So, here's the scoop on it all. It incorporates the (jumbled up) names of three sites; those being GameSpot, GiantBomb and FaceBook. Simply because that is what I'll be discussing in this odd little post of mine.

To start things off, Gamespot is sliding like you wouldn't believe (in my eyes at least). It's forums are crawling, the members not caring, and we all know about their shady business over the last year, so all in all, gamespot has lost major respect in my view of things. Now, I'm not going to go all nutso and just claim my total leaving of the place, but I feel that it's more or less going to be a weening process as I get more and more into another gaming website.

That other site you ask? Well, it should be easy; it's been the talk of many lately. GiantBomb.com has got to be my quickest "latch on" sites ever. Most sites I visit that claim to be big "all games all the time" sites feel awkward and are missing so many features that I enjoy (ala gamespot) that I never stay very long or end up just popping back into gamespot for my dose of community. But Giantbomb seems to of gotten so many things right - right from the gates opening, I'm really in awe. Their interface, Wiki like pages (which you as a member can edit) and over all just feature rich existance is really fucking kewl. I've got a few friends over there now who were Gamespot budds and would like to see YOU there as well. You don't need to give up gamespot but I urge you to at least give GB a try. :D BTW I'm known as hush404 there... shocking eh? :D

Lastly, I've noticed this thrown around a bit lately. Just wanted to let ya know that you can add me ala facebook if we happen to be "friended" ala gamespot of Giantbomb - as I respect all of you who I choose to make the friend list. That place is the ultimate "up to date place" for me as well as the easiest way to reach me (via messages, wall posts etc), so go a head and add me dammit! :D LOL. My Profiles is at this LINK.

Peace sukkas.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

E3: What mattered (to me)


Hey guys, as most of you know E3 is hot on everyone's minds as it brings lots of new and exciting info. I am no exception and enjoyed a number of announcements as well as had fun checking out the new updates on games I've been waiting for. Also, like everyone else - I was looking for certain things and have my preferences as to what exactly matters to me. That said, it should explain that I own neither a 360 nor a Wii and thus Sony's showing meant more to me any either MS's or Nint's conferences which boils down to most of the "important" news (from my point of view) dealing mainly with PS3 stuff. That said, I do have some thoughts on some of the "other guy's" stuff and will try to slip that in. So enjoy.

Probably the biggest thing to get me excited is the new stuff shows for Resistance2! Insomniac came to the show with their 'A' game and showed off some truly remarkable bits of the game. From the fight with a 300ft tall "leviathan" in a torn down Chicago tower, to the frantically fast "avoid getting torn apart" rush in an ally on it's (Chicago) streets... it just all looks spectacularly intense, fun and a treat visually. Check out the video.

Another big announcement, while a bit short on info and content, it's more or less a teaser trailer but it's just enough to get one excited. That of course is God of War 3! Kratos is returning (roughly) march 2009 for his third game (unless you count the PSP title) on Sony's consoles and I've got a grin on my face. Check out the trailer here.

MAG is a surprise this year. No word about it what so ever till E3 and it looks really really ambitious. If I'm correct it's simply titled "Massive Action Game" and it's being developed by Zippper Interactive (Socom) for the PS3 and it boasting to include 256 players online in this crazy awesome looking shooter.

Killzone, while not introducing a lot of new info or features more or less continued to impress as they showed off some more gameplay and what not. Game looks gorgeous, nuff said.

Little Big Planet has me more excited that EVER! At first I had little to no interest in the game, didn't get it much at all, didn't see the appeal. But slowly and surely it's opened my eyes and now I'm excited! It's totally unique and opens up into a world of impossible combinations.

Other games worth mentioning include Ghostbusters, which has another gameplay showing at the show and couldn't look any better! I'm so exciting for this game which comes this fall. The newest Tomb Raider made an appearance at the show as well and Eidos has finially confirmed a release date for this fall (forget the exact date), something I'll be looking forward to. Street fighter 4 still looks sweet as hell and if I'm not mistaken it comes out this fall too (woo, this fall is going to break my wallet). Eternal Sonata, an older (once 360 only) RPG was on my radar for some time and when the PS3 version was announced I was happy, but then it was a "Japan Only release" and then I was sad :( :P But it's finally come this way this fall as well. Motorstorm had a showing. Infamous is a title I've heard of before but never gave it much attention, which may be a mistake on my part because of what I've seen it's looking really nice, something I may have to look out for. Lastly, def not least, is a little love for the PSP! In the form of a resistance title for the system! Dubed "Resistance Retribution" it takes place in between the first and second games (from the PS3).

Getting away from the games a bit Sony has come forth and slapped down a video service for the PS3 (which is already live I hear) where you can rent and even purchase videos (in digital form). With prices ranging from $3-4 for a normal rental $6-7 for a HD rental and $15 for a purchase, I can see it really taking off.

Something else (that will save you a few bucks) is the introduction of the "Greatest Hits" section for PS3 games, meaning you'll be able to get games that have sold enough to meet the criteria for a discounted price of $29.99. They've got a pretty good starting list of games including motorstorm, assassin's creed, resistance and others (full list here).

Last is a rumor or something to look out for. As it is, recently Sony introduced (with firmware 2.40) not only the abilty to access the XMB (the menu) ingame but also achivement like "Trophies" which are more or less like XBL's achivements system but instead of a gamerscore, you get a nice card with lists of your trophies (gold, silver, brownse etc). Anyway in an interview or w/e for a BUZZ game for the PSP, develper said a trophie may be rewarded for doing well and when asked (by gamespot) if the PSP would also get trophie support like the PS3, the dev said to check back with them in the future.

Ahh, that be in for Sony :P or atleast that's what I cared about. If you've heard something I might find interesting and forgot to mention please let me know.

Nintendo is still at their strategy of making fun for everyone and while most of it might not interest me, I applaud them for taking of in a new direction. But really, the only game that caught my eye was "Deadly Creatures" a (somewhat realistic looking) game where you play a spider and a scorpion who traverse the backyard desert, fight snakes and eventually have to square off again the big bad humans. Interesting ideal and I'm glad someone is trying to make something look real instead of cartoony on the Wii.

Microsoft's biggest announcement by far is the Square Enix partnership to bring Final Fantasy XIII to the 360 as well as the PS3 instead of it being PS3 exclusive. That aside, not a HUGE amount of stuff that had me excited. See I could care less about gears2 and that seemed to be their big point of interest. Fable2 looks good, would want to play that. Most of the multiplatform games I didn't bother much with as I could get them with my PS3. A bit ticked that Rockband 2 is heading to the 360 before the PS3! I smell a dirty deal there! :P But I'm still stoked for RB2 when it does hit Sonys black box.