Favorite games ever: FF6, Chrono Trigger, Earthbound, Mario World, Metal Gear Solid, All Zelda games, Street Fighter 2, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Street Fighter III: Third Strike, Half-Life series (L4D, TF2, CS included)
Favorite bands: The Beatles, the pillows, ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION, Rage Against the Machine, Sambomaster, Pink Floyd, Casiopea, Gorillaz, Queen, the Beastie Boys, Tenacious D, Barenaked Ladies, and Daft Punk.
And the reward was sweet, sweet victory. I met the man, shook his hand, and now own a priceless copy of an amazing game. Did any of you go? I don't know too many of you, so I wouldn't have recognized you all.
I hopped onto multiplayer after that, to see if there really were ANY problems with it. As a result, I've discovered that not only is matchmaking very streamlined, it's actually faster than what you see in console matchmaking (Halo 3, COD4). To top that off, I was getting 60fps, with no lag, on public school wi-fi with around 100 other laptops connected in the same room as me.
My message to the whiners: boo-fucking-hoo. It works, and is potentially faster than dedicated servers. Gamespot's review section has 500 user reviews, rounded up to 5.5 out of 10 mostly due to people complaining about the new multiplayer. There are groups on Steam and Facebook of people trying to boycott this game. After buying and playing MW2 for PC, the only thing I can make of all of this is that PC gamers, a tribe that I consider myself a member of, consists of a large amount of kindergarteners. You can't always have your way, and sometimes your way isn't the best way.
Something's been bothering me a lot lately. No, it's not that Infinity Ward has "let us PC gamers down" or anything like that. It's the people who are whining about it.
Infinity Ward is not obligated to do anything special for us PC gamers. They don't have to make their game the same way PC games have always been. They're allowed to try new, more successful things for a PC version. What if matchmaking catches on? It did for console gaming. We're always told that PC gaming is dying, and we know it isn't, so we argue the opposite. Yet, we're complaining when a company is trying to help our market be more accessible than having to copy and paste the server's IP to all of your friends and hope the server isn't full. Now, I am a bit upset that mods are disabled and they will be charging for map packs, and I agree that it's a big blow to the PC standard that we can't mod this game. Honestly though, I believe that playing the actual game is enough, and in the end mods have a smaller following than the actual game, so people end up playing the main modes.
So, to all you PC elitists who believe Infinity Ward deserves to be "punished" because they "broke the rules of PC gaming," suck it up, grow up, and:
Today was a great day. I entered the streets of Manhattan's China Town, a place full of hidden gems. Woe and behold, I encountered an old fashioned arcade, fully featured with blaring DDR machines, crowds of spectators, the smell of cigarettes, four Street Fighter IV machines, one Tekken 6 machine, and Japanese-style Arcade Sticks.
Street Fighter IV was well worth the money, and it wasn't cheap. One dollar per play, with single-player machines linked together for multiplayer. While the arcade version lacked Sakura, Cammy, Fei Long, and Dan, I was still extremely impressed. Lacking the parry system of SF3, I was afraid this game would be too simple. Capcom has graced the game with surprisingly deep gameplay, packed with reversals, counters, and very nice looking super moves. I may have lost all three matches I had played, but I had a really good time, and I was vsing the local champion.
Tekken 6 is a very gorgeous game, even on arcades. It's definitely got the next-gen look, without the jaggies that usually come from arcade ports. The gameplay is spot on, pretty much the same as Tekken 5, except it seems like they took out the cheap dropkicking from 5. It feels a lot more balanced and technical, which should make for some excellent competitive play.
I'm pretty sure I'll be preordering both games for my 360, along with a couple of Japanese arcade sticks. They're both very good fighting games, and should allow me to show off my awesome skills on Xbox Live. Soul Calibur IV has nothing on these two.
If you guys would like to visit the arcade I went to, it's called Chinatown Fair, and the address is:
8 Mott St
(between Chatham Sq & Mosco St)
New York, NY 10013
Hello, Destructoid. Welcome to my first game review. Today we will be reviewing...
Yes, yes. The new Sonic rpg for the DS, made by none other than Bioware. Please note that I am a big fan of Sonic's old games, and a huge fan of Bioware and Sega. Now, I know you're telling yourself "How could Bioware make a bad game?" Well, get a load of this shit.
-= Gameplay =-
I'll start off with the most important part; the gameplay. Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood is an RPG that is fully controlled by the DS's touch screen. This worked for Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass, but a lot of people hated it. If you hated it then, you'll hate it even more. You control Sonic on a 2D map that doesn't physically change. He runs incredibly slow in this game, and when you aren't dragging him around the map, you're poking context-sensitive buttons on the screen. This might not seem that bad, but trust me, it really is incredibly dumb.
When speaking to characters on the screen, Sonic is given a choice in dialogue, similar to other Bioware games. However, this doesn't effect the NPC's attitude at all. None of the responses actually hurt your game in any way, making the choice relatively useless.
In battles, normal attacks are performed by touching the function you want your party member to perform, and then touching the target. Shortly after, Sonic and his friends will repeatedly attack your target for a few seconds. You don't even have to do anything. You just sit and watch, as Sonic repeatedly dashes into his enemies. There is another form of attacking, called a POW attack. These attacks can be bought with points you earn by leveling up. I tried using the first POW attack, which is called Axe Kick, and an Ouendan/Elite Beat Agents minigame appeared on the screen. That's right, when you perform a special attack, you have to play a dumbed down version of EBA, to the game's shitty music. Which brings me to my next point:
-= Sound =-
The sound in this game is pure shit. All of the sound effects sound like noises you'd hear in a Looney Toons cartoon, except they're ALL out of place. When robots die, they make some kind of weird boingy noise, like a spring being let loose. There are some standard sound effects from the Sonic world, but they all sound badly mixed, almost like they'd sound on the original gameboy's speakers.
The music is really generic. It's nothing that you'd expect from a Sonic soundtrack. While you may hear some Sonic 2-esque metal tracks, most of the ingame music is absolutely terrible. It sounds like the Learn to Read soundtrack. Remember that show? Learn to Read with LeVar Burton? Sega and Bioware must have hired the composer from that show.
-= Graphics/Presentation =-
Oh boy, this was the last straw for me. This is where I couldn't take it. In the beginning, you're greeted to an introduction sequence. It's like a half-assed attempt at making one of those Metal Gear Solid Animated Comics that Konami made for the PSP. For some unknown reason, moving paper figures of Sonic and his friends are attacking moving paper figures of Eggman on his badly rendered CGI ship. Right on top of the pre-rendered cutscene, Sonic and his friends speak to Eggman via speech bubbles. It's like they didn't even try.
The ingame graphics consist of a 3D model of Sonic moving on a static 2D landscape. It looks miserable, since the shadows of the characters overlap borders and make it seem like you're playing a board game. Seriously, there's one part where a character jumped off a cliff, and it looked like he just slid himself over a bit.
My last gripe is the presentation. The menus look absolutely terrible. They look like graphics some 12 year old made for their geocities Final Fantasy VII fansite. The buttons have shitty sprites, and horrible animations. Some of the combat buttons are awfully small and hard to press. It doesn't matter though, you won't have to get used to anything. You probably shouldn't play Sonic Chronicles. It's a bad game, that seems like the development team put almost no effort into it. If I had to grade the game, I'd give it a 1 out of 10. Please, don't buy it.