Saturday, June 26, 2010

Selling lots of game stuff + random thoughts

I like to buy up tons of games that more or less clutter my space and eventually I get up the courage to sell a big lot of them. Of course I play each and every one to the best of my ability, before handing it off, but it's still a hassle to see games lying around, knowing I was probably done with them long ago.

Anyways, Steam (Valve's PC/Mac direct download service) is have a MASSIVE sale for the summer with games from 25% to 90% off all over the place (hundreds of games). I of course went in to see what the deals were. I managed to resist some marked down games which I felt weren't marked down enough to justify a superb deal (I almost got Alpha Protocol for $33 but decided against it) but I also got a bunch of good deals too. Games at $1.96 and $3.84 are awesome!

That aside, it got me thinking about various games I have kicking around that I don't play anymore and how it could be beneficial to just sell some. I went digging and this is the cut-down list:

Resistance Retribution
Dead Head Fred
RockBand Unplugged
Socom FTB2
Avatar the Game

Hasbro family game night
God of War
God of War 2
Street Fighter Anniversary
Tomb Raider Legend
Tomb Raider Anniversary
DBZ Budokai 3

Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway
CoD4 Modern Warfare
Unreal Tournament 3
Farcry 2
Lego Star Wars Complete saga
Street Fighter 4
Mirror's Edge
Eternal Sonata

Spongebob movie game
Metroid Prime
Metal Arms

NBA Street 2
Batman Begins
Advent Rising

Dead rising
Lego Indiana Jones
Kung Fu panda

While going through my games I offered some to my sister, whom has a slim PS2. She took:

Metal Gear Solid 2 (I have 2 copies)
Timesplitters: Future Perfect
Beyond Good & Evil
Soul Calibur 2

she's also looking for a copy of Shadow of the Colossus as it's one of her fav PS2 games but I wasn't willing to give mine up. :P *Maybe when/if that Ico/SotC collection pack pans out for PS3?

Anyways, on top of that I'm also selling my GameCube system /w cables, 2 controllers etc and my original Xbox /w cables, 2 controllers etc. Soz, I'm clearing out some space! :D I would love to sell off some of my older Rockband 1 instruments in anticipation of RB3... but just can't bring myself to do it right now. I've even entertained the thought of selling my DSlite... as it NEVER gets used anymore. Pokemon G/S was the last title I was excited for and there really isn't much besides that. But I dunno, I still wanna hang onto it, at least for now.

Now some random, point form thoughts
  • I'm pretty sure my 360 is on the verge of RROD :( Having many issues with it.
  • Resistance Retribution: Well built, but totally lacking in gameplay and structure. Boring, frustrating, dumb.
  • Finished Mirror's Edge :) Great idea, kinda clumsy and dealing with armed bad-guys sucks. 
  • I heart Steam (the service, not the vapor version of water :P)
  • Toy Story 3 - decent movie, quite un-impressed with the 3D tho... Avatar still reigns supreme.
  • Did you know that White Knight Chronicles 2 includes the entire WKC1 game? Awesome.
  • I Love Akira Yamaoka's work on the Silent Hill OSTs but since I've downloaded them all... they appear as every other song on my random play in winamp or my ipod :S
  • Can't wait for the HL2 mod "Black Mesa"
  • Mmm, Rosie Jones ;)
  • Deus EX: Human Revolution looking superb!
  • I have pre-orders for both StarCraft 2 and Mafia 2 in Special edition via amazon, can't wait.
  • I just realized... I totally missed IronMan2 in theaters.
  • Ni No Kuni: Shiroki - Collab between Level 5 and Studio Ghibli - gorgeous.
  • I still don't care about Halo :P
  • This blog is done :P

 Thanks for reading :P Goodbye!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

My Top games of E3

Here are my top games of E3 (in no particular order)

XCOM (360, PC)

I didn't even know this game existed, till out of the blue I saw some footage for it and was really impressed. I havn't got too much of a clue exactly what it's about other than something to do with aliens, it's set in the 50s and it's by the team who did the original Bioshock. It seems to ooze style, looks incredibly unique and is setting up to jump down my isle of interest. Can't wait to see more.

inFAMOUS 2 (PS3)

Quite possibly my most anticipated game for the entire show, inFAMOUS2 looks (graphically) leaps and bounds a head of it's predecessor and word has it the team hopes to improve on every aspect of the game in that capacity. Lightning tornadoes people!! :) Quibbles with the complete change of character look from the first game aside, the game looks to pack the same wallop of story and gameplay as the first.

The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings (PC)

While I've still barely scratched the surface of the first game.. I'm already excited to see what the team is doing for the second. Emphasis on story crafting and characters that hold that story together is the name of the game and a superb engine pulling it altogether is making this one RPG to look out for.

StarCraft 2 (PC)

Okay, forget E3... this game is in my top games of teh f'n decade. I've been waiting for SC2 for a LONG time and it's nearly at an end, as it ships this July. Terran, Zerg and Protoss are all back sporting new tactics and ways to exploit the hell out of them in the return of what made RTS a fucking genre. Kerrigan ass in the bag too ;) Already have the collectors edition pre-ordered :)

Deus Ex: Human Revolution (PC, PS3, 360)

While I haven't played the first two, developer Eidos Montreal claims that won't be a problem in this pre-quel of sorts. Set in 2027, humans are begining to get more and more augmented with machine and robotic parts to enhance themselves... and honestly, the whole thing screams cyberpunk :D Something Im very interested in.

Mafia 2 (PC, PS3, 360)

Ahh, Mafia 2! Another title I've been waiting a long time for due to the incredible awesomeness of the first title. The first was all about a very well crafted story and characters you could relate to... and that doesn't look to change as the game steps into modern game design, they look to keep to their roots and deliver a story that'll tug on your heart strings. I can't wait.

Rockband 3 (PS3, 360, Wii)

Just when I thought I had enough rockband and that the genre was getting stale... Harmonix goes out and gives us actual 6string guitars to play with! The standard guitar is said to follow a button configuration (102 of them) to simulate the process, but a guitar being prepped for later will be an actual 6 string electric guitar that is fully functional in game as well as a regular guitar. AWESOME. That's not even touching on the fact that they've got a new keyboard instrument AND all RB 1, 2 and DLC is compatible with RB3 and it's new 'Pro' mode for the new guitar and such. *blown away.

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (PS3, 360)

Brought to us by the same team behind Heavenly Sword, Team Ninja takes on a similar project in which the main character slaps a collar on the secondary character to help her get out of the mess that she's in. The world looks beautiful, the setting unique and the characters charming. If it's even half the game Heavenly Sword was in terms of heart poured into it... then I'll be a happy gamer.

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit (PC, PS3, 360, Wii)

Ahh, two flavors that are amazing alone get together to make a love child like no other :D Least, that's the best outcome from this project :) NFS HP was a total love of mine on the PC, growing up... it was THE racer to beat. Total arcade fun, cops chasing you as you split in a super powered beast of a machine, narrowly missing rock walls and traffic alike. Criterion, the team behind Burnout (another fav series of mine) look to bring back that arcade love and amp it up to 11 and for that I love them.

Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii)

Ahh, Zelda, I can't give you up. It really doesn't matter what system link appears on... I want his games. This one looks to take full advantage of the Wii's capabilities for the games' controls, rather than trying to apply a button scheme to the motion controller. It looks pretty... like a mix between Twilight Princess's realistic tone and that of Wind Waker's style.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

My E3 2010 conference thoughts

Here's my break down of the big conferences: what I liked, what I didn't and who I feel presented best.

Too bad there wasn't more of THIS and less Kinect.

Microsoft started off alright with titles we've known about for quite some time, such as Gears of War 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops and Fable 3. Thinking this is a typical way to start off a show, keeping big news for later, I wasn't too bothered. They teased a new Crytek game with a CG bite sized video and showed something related to Forza via scoping out the new Ferrari ... but Sigh, that's actually when the fun ended for me.

As the entire rest of the 2hour conference was all about Natal; re-dubbed "Kinect", their camera system which they showed off selecting menus, playing movies and horrible games.

The Kinectimals game seemed like a fun diversion for 10 minutes (cough EyePet ripoff) but the rest seemed like incredibly lame download games that we've either seen A) on the Wii or B) as $5-$10 downloads. Lame Wii sports rip-offs, slow boring cart racers, Wii Fit ripoffs, ugh I wasn't impressed at all.

They announced a deal with ESPN to bring sports coverage to the 360. -_- being the farest thing from a sports fan this means absoluetly nothing to me.

There was aboslutely nothing for me as a gamer to get excited about.

They did finish with announcing a new 360 slim modle with 250gb hd and built in wifi which is kewl, but of no use to me unless I need a new system... as I already have a 360 elite.

Microsoft's Score: 5th

Electronic Arts:
EA started off with a bang. NFS Hot Pursuit remake by Criterion

EA followed up Microsoft's conference and while there was some emphasis on the foolish motion tech of Wii, Move and Kinect they actaully threw out some core games for us to drool over and lust for.

Right from the get go, we're treated to a big ol trailer and gameplay footage of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, the Criterion (burnout guys) teams NFS title with is a total remake of the original Hot Pursuit of the mid 90s featuring extravigant cars, fast races and cop chases. All amped up with online and various other touches, it looks great.

They jumped into some Dead Space 2, Medal of Honor - which looked an aweful lot like CoD MW IMO. BattleField Bad Company 2 is getting an addon in the form of a Vietnam pack and of course EA showed of a number of sports titles like an MMA game, Madden etc.

One thing I really thought was gimmicky was the "GunClub" announcement where you sign up with EA to recieve news on beta and such of their shooter games. Seems like a scam to get you to buy more shooters from them :S

They finished with a demo of BulletStorm which looks whacked... dunno if I want it or not :P

Some news for Sims3 ala consoles and some star wars goods in the from of KotOR fame.

I must say, as a core gamer, EA brough much more to the table than Microsoft did in their conference.

EA's Score: 3rd

Ubisoft had some tight titles on display, Ghost Recon being one of them.

A short time after EA wrapped up, Ubisoft took the stage to show off what they've been working on.

The first title, not even introduced, went straight into an on stage demo, by the creator. Child of Eden by Qgames, whome are previously responsible for Rez, Lumines and so on are helming the project... and it looks like Rez to the next level. I really got bored of the presentation WAY before it ended... so my enthusism for the game is nill.

They moved into Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood which really made me smile. Still gorgeous looking and the title seems to amp up the action as you try to flee your villa, whilest avoiding cannon balls :P

Which moved into Shaun White Skateboarding... which looks baaaaadddd. The show then switched from decent games into vitality sensors and motion games that made me want to turn the feed off. Honestly I don't care about yoga game X and breathing simulator Y.

But they ended with some more core games :) The new Ghost Recon got a trailer and gameplay demo which looked awesome. Total tatical take on a mission which reminded me of Socom mixed with MGS4. Decent stuff.

Oh and they also Showed "Driver: San Francisco" a Driver game that they say goes back to the roots of what made Driver fun, with great chases, special attention to car handeling and the whole boot. :)

Ubisoft's Score: 4th

Link is back and taking full control of the Wiimote.

Holy Crap, Nintendo kicked it off with a bang that put to shame all the shows that before it. While Microsoft focused on extremely casual games the likes of which have been seen on the Wii since launch, Nintendo really reached out to the core audience this time around with many anouncements of new games.

They started off showing the new Zelda game for the Wii, dubbed Skyward Sword and it looks neat... but their demo of the game by Shigero Miyamoto totally flunked as the sensor got confused and barely any of his moves showed up on screen and the items he tried to use didn't work as intended.

From there they sunk into party games with Mario Sports Mix and Wii Party. Could care less.

But then they went f'n nuts and announced a new Goldeneye game for the Wii. Done by Activision and only for the Wii, the game harkens back to the N64 classic and looks to whoop any other shooter on the system to shame.

Which lead into a showing of Epic Mickey. Which impressed me less then when I saw media for it in the past, but still looks rather nice.

Keeping the oldskool feel, they showed off a Kirby game that revolves around the idea of the world and characers made from yarn and cloth, it's a unique take on it and it looks to hold that same ol Kirby charm.

Dragon Quest 9 was bragged up and annoucned for NA.

Then they broke out Donkey Kong! :D A New Donkey Kong Country in 2D style game play is being prepped for the Wii this fall, classic music included :D

They closed their show with the 3DS showing off it's idea, the hardware and some games for the system. Big cheers came from teh audience as MGS and KH were announced as franchises being prepped for the system. It looks great, similar to the DS but with a larger top screen, and 1 analogue stick. Looks like it'll be tight.

Nintendo's Score: 2nd.

Nintendo's latest iteration of the DS, 3D and sexy.

Sony on fire... or rather, a new TWISTED METAL!

Then all hell broke loose as Sony came in ON FIRE throwing games everywhere! HoooraH!
They started their show with a massive and awesome collage video of various games' we've been looking forward too, getting the crowd pumped.

Killzone 3 was front and center as their first subject of the show, showing off various gameplay footage, all in 3D (for the audience at least)  and it looks f'n superb! The Jet pack parts look to add a whole new perspective to the idea of FPS.

Sony went on to talk about 3D and how important they believe it'll be in the near future and how they're prepped to dive straight in with games like MLB the SHow, The FIght, EyePet, MotorStorm Pacific Rift, Crysis 2, Mortal Kombat, Gran Turismo 5 and Sly Cooper Collection to name a  few.

From 3D they went into their motion controller idea, Move. I've been hating all the demos and focus on the motion side of things through out E3... and while Sony did show a few casual games that I have zero interest in (like their Wii sports rip off) I really did like some of the stuff they showed off that looked like actual games.

Sorcery was their first demoed and it looked great. Harry Potter esc, you weild a wand and use various magical powers to kill enemies etc. The style kind of reminded me of a D&D game like Baldurs gate or something similar and the way the demoer used the remote was super, it was really fluid and looked easy to control. Even something like drinking a potion involved shaking it up and then tipping it to your mouth. lol.

They also demoed Tiger Woods with teh Move and it looks pretty tight, again 1:1 controls really looks like it makes a difference.

Then out of nowhere they announce a game called "Heroes on the move" featuring Jak, Daxter, Ratchet, Clank, Sly and the turtle (forget his name) from Sly from their respective games in some weird collab that uses the Move controller. Mega kewl looking.

Continuing on a high note, Kevin Butler comes out and entertains the audience in his usual way, I was smirking and laughing quite a bit, it was a nice touch. He talked all about games and how awesome they were :) Whether you're a casual, hardcore or somewhere inbetween, PS3 had something for you.

Finally, Jack Trenton went on to price the Move hardware. The regular move controller (one with the glowing ball) will be $49.99, the sub-controller (with the analogue stick, think Wii's nunchuck) is $29.99 and a bundle with the move controller, PSeye Camera and a game will be $99.99, the Camera, already available for some time is $19.99-$29.99 depending where you shop. A bundle with the pack (above) and a PS3 will be out for $399. The finished with listing some PS3 games with Move support, like: Time Crisis, Echochrome2, EyePet, Heavy Rain, Resident Evil 5.

Shifting from that they went to PSP and how they're going to agressivly attack the market with campaigns for the system. They also listed a number of games coming for the system like: Invizimals, God of War: Ghost of Sparta, Tron, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, AceCombat, Parasite Eve: 3rd Birthday, UFC 2010, DBZ Tag Team, Papapon 3, Fat Princess, and Valkyria 2.

Then out of no where Trenton announces the Video store for Canada is coming :D SOMETHING I'M VERY HAPPY WITH.

They announced a "PS Plus" their pricing scheme for PSN, stating that playing online and all the features already included will stay free for all users, that PS Plus will include things like:
-exclusive dlc
-early demos, beta,
-trial games
-free psn games, minis, themes, discounts
all for $49.99 per year with a current offer of 3 months for free. Not too bad if you're looking for that, me personally I'm fine without that kind of stuff.

Little Big Planet showed off and explained.

EA took stage and annoucned Limited Editions of both Medal of Honor and Dead Space 2 exclusive for PS3 with HD remakes of MOH Frontlines and Dead Space Extractions packed in for free in each respective game.

Then a shocker, we hear GlaDos (from Portal) yet "Get ready for a surprise" and Gabe Newell walks out on stage. He starts with laying out who he is and his history of having harsh words for the PS3 and that now he had to man up and deliver on the system. It made me laugh. He then announced Portal2 for PS3 and a new steam integration for the game to allow connection via the PS3 to steam for cloud purposes and more. Very kewl.

Trention went on about exclusive deals with 2K for content in Mafia 2, Ubisoft for missions in Assassin's Creed Brotherhood and Final Fantasy 14.

Gran Turismo got a relese date of November 2, 2010.

Infamous has a spectacular trailer shown off, I personally can't wait for it :D

Then to close the Show a video was shown and A F-WORDING SWEET-TOOTH VAN PULLED ON STAGE!!! Twisted Metal is BACK BABY!!!!! 2011, PS3, by Jaffe and Crew of "Eat Sleep Play".

Sony came with the games this year BOIS!!! HOOOORRAAAHHHH!

*Sadly, no "The Last Guardian" and no word on PSP2... but w/e :P

Sony's Score: 1st

Kickin butt and taking names at E3 2010.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Pre-E3 ideas and Top 3 series this generation

This blog is a mish-mash of various thoughts I've had / have wanted to jot down. It's been a while since my last blog and just as long since I've been active with the internet and gaming as well. Been living life, having good times and just plain avoiding anything out of the most simple time wasters. It's allowed me to just simmer and it's been good.

With that out of the way, I'd like to start in on E3 :)

Beginning in like... 4days? I think it is.  E3 2010 is amping up to be a big show as very little has been leaked out this year and companies are even releasing some big hitting news before the show even gets on with it's main events! I can't wait to see what they've got lined up for behind the curtain showings. I think this year, among other things will be hugely focused on motion tech as both Sony and Microsoft are prepping their unique takes on the tech. I also see Sony pushing 3D more as something they're offering to gamers; but something I've been wondering about and speculating over may be more of a kewl point for the show if it does actually make it.

I'm talking of the PSN and the long rumored plans for Sony to break out with PS2 emulation for EVERY PS3 via software (they've been working on it for a while) and the ability to download PS2 games which may or may not be a part of their strategy of a premium PSN service. I hope it's offered to everyone, if it does come, but I can see something like that being a premium thing they'd charge for :S We'll just have to wait and see.

PS2 games on PSN in 2010? That's be hellish sweet
With that kind of thing living off of a rumor, as does the news of a PSP2 and new iteration of just about every system out there... rumors can also be a retardedly bad thing. For instance I've seen rumors of Nintendo's 3DS being a system that'll overpower the Wii by more than 2X... which I think is completely ridiculous and totally not Nintendo's style at all. There's also rumors of Microsoft dropping the Xbox name in favor for something else? Give me a break. So much garbage going around that apparently some people believe without even questioning where these rumors were made up. Sigh.

There's a huge list of games I can't wait to see from the show including Mafia 2, StarCraft 2, Fallout New Vegas, Rage, Marvel Vs Capcom 3, Pirates of the Carribean : damed (something forget the name :P), Toy Story 3 (lol yeah Im pumped for the game), Crysis 2, the new Castle Vania, Enslaved, Golden Sun DS, Metroid Other M, the new Zelda title, Deus Ex 3, Kane & Lynch 2, Kindgom Hearts BbS, GT5, Ghost of Sparta, infamous 2, Killzone 3, Motorstorm 3 (aka Apocalypse), Rockband3, LBP 2, The Last Guardian, Batman Arkham 2, Assassins Creed Brotherhood and more... and thats only what's already known to be there! No doubt we'll get new announcements for new games at teh show!!!

Oh... and the booth babes... can't forget them :)

Yay for booth babes ;)

Top 3 series this gen:

Next, I'd like to do a little segment and would love to hear your thoughts on it as well as your input as to your choices for this category. Think, what are the top 3 series/franchises for you in this generation of games? The generation of course includes PS3, 360, Wii, PSP and DS. Here's my thoughts:

3rd Place Bioshock
Bioshock's setting is probably the first thing that sets it apart from other games. Not only is the idea of  a city under-water a fresh one, but it was done with such style that you felt like you didn't want to leave... even if horribly mutated freaks were trying to kill you at every corner. While the ending of each game leaves something to be desired... helping out the residents, saving little sisters, it all leaves an imprint on you.

2nd Place: Uncharted
Talk about a series that oozes personality. The game works very well at it's core, but it's the characters and their adventure that make this series what it is. They're (the characters) all believable with strengths and faults aplenty whom you follow through ups and downs in a romp that's rivaled by very few in the industry. Indiana Jones aint got nuthin on Nathan Drake.

1st Place: Mass Effect
When we're talking about characters  though... we need to mention Mass Effect :) The Bioware team are dark magic gawds who weave a narrative complete with characters so real you forget it's a game you're playing as you follow them through a journey as epic as the galaxy itself and back. I've never been sucked into a series so hard in my entire gaming life.

Lastly, I'd like to share some recent pickups.

First off, I've got a new PSP. :) It came about because of two factors. The first, my original PSP's UMD drive just up and died on me :( Which left me unable to play discs. With the initial thought of seeing if any news regarding a PSP price drop or a PSP2 would surface at E3, I had no plans on picking up a new PSP so soon. Then... I randomly happened to slip into our local "Zellers" and spot a PSP (2000 model) pack including Daxter and other goodies on sale for $99... so I got it. :) A nice silver PSP now serves as my main mobile gaming device. I've still got the original PSP tucked away, hope to try and replace the UMD drive at some point in the future.

Mmm, sexy silver

Next, another new mobile gaming device... tho this one was purchased on it's awesome factor alone :D

Dude, SNES on the GO? YES! :)

If you can't tell from the pic... It's a portable SNES :D Dubbed the Yobo FC16Go model 2, It's about the size of a brick (not uber portable), has stereo sound, all - pretty solid and well functioning buttons, a rechargeable lithium Ion battery, a full color screen (very similar to that of the DS) and best of all, an original SNES slot in the back - meaning you slip original SNES game cartridges into the unit to play! No emulation yo! If you're interested it also doubles as a standard SNES as well with it's video/audio out and even comes with 2 wireless SNES controllers :) I am just thrilled with it and have been using it quite a bit thus far.

Recently, my sis picked up a Wii and we've been scouring forums and asking people what games would be great for it. There's a small list of games that seem really kewl and we've already gone bargain bin diving to get some we're interested in. Thus far I've picked up No More Heroes 2, Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers (sounded hilarious), Guilty Gear XX Accent Core and Metroid Prime Trilogy CE. My sis picked up New! Super Mario Bros Wii and Cursed Mountain. Buying all of those titles goes against my idea of not buying new games... but they were cheaper... and really we need something to play on the system.

Sexy packaging, can't wait to sink my teeth into it.

Speaking of that idea. I've been doing alright. As Red Dead Redemption has been the only "New" game I've purchased in quite some time. It's really good to, I'm enjoying it. I did pick up Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction as a pack in with a new Dualshock 3 controller of which I was excited to find :) I also nabbed Super Street Fighter IV (how could I not?) and got The Saboteur  for $14 while shopping on a little trip we took to see my sis graduate university. So yeah, some more titles for the shelf... but I've been trying really hard to get more titles done! I jumped back into Brave Story: New Traveler (PSP) and Mirror's Edge (PS3) hoping to complete each in no time. Resistance Retribution on the PSP annoys me to no end... and yet I'm so close to finishing it... it's just that every time I boot it up I want to throw it out the window.

Lastly, a non-gaming item :) I got my hands on a copy of the seasons 1-5 box-set for The Office (the American version), a show that entertains me to no end. Can't wait to see some of the older episodes I've missed.

Holy crap I love this show
 Peace sukkers, E3 will bring more blogs :P