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  • 8:59 PM on 02.29.2012  

    My ps3 just joined the fallen. (shortblog)

    I had just threw in disgaea 4 to hop on the the challenge mode, and then, just like that my ps3 went dark. I took a look around, my tv still going, cable still on, its just my ps3,and i smell smoke from my..... that means .................. well that's just prime

    Yes it seems my ps3 just joined jimbos,takeshi's, shipero's and the others in the great system graveyard. it leaves behind alot of family.



    and as I stood there looking on in disbelief 1 thought ran through my mind, THANK YOU GOD FOR MAKING ME SMART ENOUGH TO PUT MY DISGAEA 3 AND 4 SAVES ON A FLASH DRIVE.

    So off to Sony goes my system with a prayer that they can fix her, because its gonna be a bitch if I have to redo all of that. Now obviously I'll be missing a few FNF seeing my system is in the shop and all. So don't terminate me from your freinds list. I'll be back on as soon as I can.

    So pour one out for my old PS3, as I for the second time play the unofficial dead PS3 theme.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nftxDrStny8

    And if they cant fix the old girl and have to get a replacement, well its been a good 5 years my old friend, you will be missed.
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    7:01 PM on 01.29.2011  

    Today we honor a fallen great.

    Dear Ps3 Friday night fight member, Dtoiders, and anyone else who would like to pay their respects

    Sadly Today I make my non awaited return to the C-blog bearing sad newsís, I was informed last night that as of January 28, 2011 Y0j1mb0ís PS3 has passed away, it leaves behind 2 fight sticks, 2 controller, and over 100 games.



    We feel your pain, man


    My PS3 knew jimbos PS3 well, many a night were spent playing Socom, Street Fighter, Call of Duty in its various incarnations, Street Fighter, Killzone 2, Street fighter, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Street Fighter, Blaze blue, did I mention Street Fighter yet ?









    yep some of the highlights



    Donít worry about jimbo though (or delete him off your friends list ) FNF regular moosehole is currently attempting to revive the old war dog, and if that doesnít work he is already prepared to buy a slim, however if you feel like sending a gift as a condolence, he takes tequila.

    As for the rest of us I ask tonight you raise your glass in honor of one of the fallen (like half of you need an excuse to drink) and the welcoming back of the old friend or new replacement, and incase that was its last game of street fighter, Godspeed , and may you rest in peace in the great recycle bin in the sky.






    ( long story short Donít wipe him from your friends list he will be Back in a few.)
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    7:39 PM on 06.18.2010  

    PS3 Friday Night Fights: We don't stop edition(short blog)

    Went to E3, out of it ? ready for some sleep, just tired from all the awesome?











    thought we wouldn be on tonight?


    this sums up my feelings to that.


    Very wrong


    Thats right baby, FNF stops for no man, convention, or need for sleep. However I'm expereincing a lack of organization here , all I can say is I'm working on getting some hosts right now, so this is a call to action, if your on psn, and you gotta game you want to host just pm me (psn id: Nexus14) and I'll send some able body players your way.
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    5:47 PM on 03.31.2010  

    Star Ocean:the last hope International edition review

    About a year ago my 360 broke (again) not to long before the release of the first version of this game, so I paid out 100 bucks for a new one, and waited for the release. Come release day I was right there about to pick it and thenÖ..





    You see despite the fact that square had stated that no other version of the game had been planned ( because they thought that we would ignore the fact that a ps3 version had damn near been confirmed) and released the game on a system no one was expecting on riddle with technical difficulties (yeah lets call it that), this coupled with tri aces habit of releasing improved versions of these games about a year later (for those who didnít know the version of star ocean 3 that we got was the directors cut , both versions were released in Japan) I knew the release of a better version was inevitable.

    So I bought persona 3 FES instead and got that battle theme stuck in my head for about a year ,And to no ones surprise ( save for those on the internet that donít pay attention, because the fact that the game tanked on the 360 wasnít enough of a hint) the improved version of the game launched a year later,ÖÖÖ.. right in between white knight chronicles (which had far more reservation at my GameStop ) and FF13 .

    Things arenít exactly looking up for this game are they. Well marketing stupidity aside lets see how this version of the game holds up.



    Star Ocean: The Last Hope International Edition (price 59.99)


    The story of star ocean TLH begins rather bleak, World War 3 has left a rather big mess as the leaders in power decided to make a peace treaty after they fired every nuclear missile ever, as you imagine earth isnít looking to good so mankind takes to space and creates the SRF to explore and find a new planet to wrecÖ um inhabit while they fix the old one. You start of as one of the members of SRF Edge Maverick ( the current reigning champion of worst named protagonist ever with no challenger in site) as the Calnus and a bunch of other ships set off to explore the unknown, along your jump to the space time continuum all your ships come in contact with a weird meteorite and get flung everywhere and from there on its your job ( as one of the few crewmen who escaped unharmed ) to continue your original mission of exploration, find the other ships, and figure out what the hell caused the bad space traffic.


    The games been improved somewhat from lasts years version, with the blu ray disks extra space and a 3 minute install a lot of the problems that plagued the 360 version are nowhere to be seen ( though it should still be noted that the game does still chug a bit when the action gets heavy ) . Visually the game looks great and the option to have the original anime look of the menus and portraits AKA they way it should have looked to begin with. To elaborate on that the CGI look is just ugly and I see why that didnít roll over well when the 360 version was just suck with that , this game was just made with the anime style in mind, I appreciate the devs trying to reach out and expand their audiences, but shoving in an art style that doesnít fit wont accomplish that , it will just make me question whether the art director was paying attention when that got the OK.

    The English voice acting is really bad, and it doesnít help that the characters are borederline stereotypes, something that surprised me because star ocean 3 voice acting was rather good, and the characters (like em or not) were well thought out and voiced perfectly (still kind of over acted but good) , thankfully the Japanese voice acting sounds a lot better and this version allows you to switch between both freely.

    Also it should be noted that this stories relevance wont click unless you have played the past games , what your essentially going through here are the early days of the Pangalatic Federation (and if your asking what the pangalagtic federation is, your probably a lost cause as far as the storyís concerned) I thought it was funny only parts of the story where making sense ( I beat SO3, Iím playing through 2, totally missed 1) then I did some Wikipedia reading and things got a lot clearer so if your new to the star ocean franchise this isnít the greatest starting point and I definitely recommend you play through the fist departure, the second story, and till the end of time first.

    Thankfully unique combat system is intact and great. You have 4 characters on the field 1 you control and the rest the computer controls the rest, it plays a bit more like a simplified fighting game when it comes to the combat, and its pure awesome, seriously if they had put out a demo with a few short fights, this game would be selling a lot more. Special attack are hardwired to the back triggers instead of the face buttons ( my guess being because the game went multi plat and the 360 doesnít have pressure sensitive face buttons) but the transition went smoothly. However there are a few issues I had with the combat.

    First off your Anti Aura shield has been severely nerfed in this game and blocking is dependent on the hit stat of the enemy your facing instead of how much energy is in the fury gauge, so things you would like to block against you know like bosses will always break your shield in half because their stats are outrageous . I agree the shield where a tad bit overpowered in SO3, making them borderline useless wasnít the answer.

    Also the Teammate AI is starting to show its age , it handles most situations well, but its useless in any situation that requires precision, LIKE ALL THE BOSS FIGHTS. The main story bosses now have cores that have to be exposed and hit in order to effectively damage them, and when there exposed the computer doesnít seem to have the common sense to join you in attack that specific spot. All the bosses do this But the second and fifth boss are the king offenders of this. It makes the boss battles more annoying than challenging as your teamates are just cannon fodder for the boss.


    And I hope Barachiel dies in a fire

    However despite this few gripes I had with the combat it remains one of the best experiences Iíve had with fighting in an rpg , the worlds of star ocean are huge and the true meat and potatoes of this game lies in fighting and exploring (no switching disks required) and I have to point out how frustrating that would be to have to switch disks every two planets or so, once synthesis opens up (no its not available at the beginning of the game so you can break the bosses with ease) if you truly want all those legendary weapons, armor, items and such your going to have to backtrack like its metroid, a lot of treasure chest require certain elemental rings to open, and a lot of those rings you donít get till late in the game.

    I do however have one last gripe with this version of the game, thereís really no new content whatsoever besides the stuff removed from the original stateside release, none of the rumored extra areas or characters made it . Let this be a PSA to all game developers, when one side has to wait more than 6 months for their version of the game (much less a year) EXTRA CONTENT IS NOT OPTIONAL, and no fixes for problems that shouldnít have existed in the first version do not count as additional content, nor does materials you shouldnít have removed in the first place, seriously tri ace you failed right there.

    However despite the obvious flaws this is a solid title but definitly the weakest tile in the star oceans series, and itís a hard recommend as you have to be a fan of the series for the story to make sense, and even though this is the better of the two versions, its only better because the removed content from the original American release was added, and some bugs were fixed. All that together definitely DOES NOT add up to 65$ though, grab one of the psp remakes of the first 2 titles and wait for this one to go down in price, the extra back story will help believe me.
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    3:25 PM on 03.21.2010  

    New hardware, old game, ever played Akuji the Heartless

    To start I am now a proud owner of a new notebook ( laptop, although I can hardly call it that its huge, I think its bigger than my first TV), it plays blue rays , and has a bunch of other stuff Iím reading on the side of the box that my tech guy was nodding in approval when I bought this thing , might even be able to run crysis, maybe .

    Point being I wanted to break this thing in with a new blog, I wanted to do a review of white knight chronicles, star ocean the last hope international, or FF13 , unfortunately playing all 3 of those at once as well as god of war 3 is time consuming , and I donít feel that Iíve gotten to the point where I can say I have gotten most if not the whole picture( I havenít played a console rpg in a while and in turn forgotten how loooooooong they can be ).

    Fortunately while I was making space for this TV with a keyboard I happen to come across an old favorite that Iím sure got ignored during the ps1 days : Akuji the Heartless.


    Never kill a man before the honeymoon, HE WILL BE BACK FOR YOU.



    You start the game out on your wedding day, where Akujiís brother shows up and kills him, literally tears his heart out and curses him to hell, and imprisons his wife, Akuji being the determined badass he is fights his way to the gates of the afterlife to go back and save the woman he loves. One problem though the gatekeeper baron semedi, wonít open the gates till you clear most of the afterlife of Akujis evil ancestors.



    Akuji is a hack and slash plat former ( think god of war with levels and more emphasis on jumping around and exploring ). Your spells are located throughout the levels and have to be found each time you enter a stage, some magic power ups regenerate and some donít so proper use of your spells can determine whether your going to have a hard time in a level or not .


    The first level

    The game was great for its day, and the dark voodoo vibe and music set the mood of the game , it had atmosphere in spades as Akuji story of his trials to get his beloved back really tug at the heart, especially when you consider what he has to go through to get back to her , lets just say the afterlife is filled with a bunch of really hard to kill demons.

    From an aesthetic standpoint though this was god of war before god of war existed, THERES BLOOD EVERYWHERE ( though its justified ) , deaths are often messy, and this being a mature game ( this actually meant something back in the day) the art director didnít hold back on the nightmare fuel, some of your spells are just outright creepy ( shooting dead souls I can deal with , but a shield that drinks the blood of the enemy your currently slashing up to restore your health, sheeshÖÖÖÖ still awesome though) and did I mention your health power up is a big beating floating bleeding heart ?

    And the bosses of the areas ( on top of being nightmare inducing ) are well designed and challenging, the bosses are more or less puzzles as each has a weakness that needs to be exploited ( and no I donít mean hears the big glowing weak spot you need to hit in order to kill it) the first boss is a test of your reflexes and general, the second boss is a full blown nightmare unless you where smart enough to hold on to a certain spell and not use it to deal with his mooks, the third boss starts easy but then things get a little complicated when it spits in two and your dealing with one side blasting you with magic and regenerating health while the other half is trying to bite your face off, and the last boss is is just an all out war with all of your abilityís at your disposal. And after every boss Akuji prays to his voodoo god ( see: sacrifices something) so that he would keep his wife safe, and prayer ( killing of some unfortunate nearby mook, and a goat) seems to get messier with each boss, just mentioning how its done will probably get me in trouble with this sites HR department .

    There is however one little problem with the game , the controls were on the sluggish side, thereís a definite delay between the time you push a button and the time Akuji does something, and with this game also being a plat former , this caused some issues ( two words , Bottomless pits) as the game really demands precision at some points, and from the halfway point on , every jump pretty much has to be on target, this has costs me a few Akujis ( though its funny when you die and lose your last life, you land in front of semdi who reminds you that you can die again all you want and be fine but if you ever want to save your wife you better stop sucking ).

    I was hoping this would make it on the psn at some point but so far to no avail ( and with enix running
    Eidos now I doubt its high on their list of priorities ) but with the spring here it might turn up in a garage
    sale or two so pick it up if you see it.
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    1:08 PM on 02.19.2010  

    Friday Night Fights: Jimbo fell and he can't get up edition



    Welcome to Friday Night Fights our weekly get together where we go online and pummel fools in the name of destructoid and come back to this post to brag about it. For those of you who donít know me Iím Nexus, resident Armored Core master of destructoid , and the person who starts up those text chats every FNF. I know what your about to say, wait you donít have a massive beard nor do you have a katana, whereís that guy?

    Well you see y0j1mb0 actually managed to get his family out of the house, upon celebration of this he hurt his back like any old man and is now confined to his couch, with enough power left in him to crawl to his bathroom and fridge, donít worry about him though, heís to busy playing the new resident evil 5 DLC to care much about the pain.

    Unfortunately his computer isnít within crawling distance, and so he embarked upon psn to find a host, Moose was joining him in the DLC marathon so he was out, Takeshi was drunk, Shipero is in lala land somewhere, and pikeman is too busy eating cereal, leaving me as the only functioning set of motor skills at the time, so for the fist time ever Iím running the show tonight.

    So letís get started.

    the around the clock specials


    M.A.G (Host if your raven Elsa PSN: Elsa if your not raven we donít care about you) ALL NIGHT
    Wanna feel like a team of unstoppable badasses? Wanna fight off a literal army of players, then M.A.G is for you, join us to see what it looks like when 256 people decide to hate each other with guns.


    White Night Chronicles (Host Y0j1mb0 PSN:K0wb0y B33b0p) All night again
    Come join us in the trouncing of monsters with our sharp beating sticks, show off your town and be ashamed of it once you see Moosehole land.



    Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (Host: Y0j1mb0 PSN: K0wb0y B33b0p) @ 7 P.M
    Up first is MvsC2 for all you early birds out there, pick from the greatest heroes and villains in the marvel and capcom universes, and watch them lose to me, Ironman, Captain America, Wolverine, Spiderman, Juggernaut and whoever else I feel like messing you up with.

    Resident Evil 5( Host: the old guy with the sword again PSN:K0wb0y B33b0p) @ 8 P.M
    Jimbo and Mooshole have been going nuts over the DLC, So join them in their quest to make the undead ( or infected I donít Know anymore) dead again.


    Borederlands Mad Moxxieís Underdome cheapfest( Host: Black Nexus PSN: Nexus14) @ 9 P.M
    Nexuses random pick of the night, I tried to go through this myself but failed, So Iím looking for a team of lvl 50 players to come help me shut that she clown whore up for good, besides who doesnít want more trophies.


    MW2 (Host Me again PSN: Nexus14) @ 10 p.m
    A game filled to the brim with glitches, but fun none the less , join me as I use my goku like teleportation skills to knife someone halfway across the battle field and get cussed out for it.


    SOCOM( Host: the bearded one once more PSN:K0wb0y B33b0p) @11 P.M
    Respawns are for little girlie men, join us in playing a MANís game where getting Tillyed in the skull results in a bit more cursing than usual, and watch as a give a few loserís new holes to crap out of courtesy of my ALICE.

    Well there you have it, the games are here, and the time's are set now let's get out the and do some REAL SOVIET DAMAGE.
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    2:42 PM on 12.06.2009  

    Rip someone in half, The God of War collection review.

    Recently something good came to us, there are some games from the past generation that we would like to play, but we want the functionality of todayís games (online play, trophys, HD resolution and the like), however some of these games are a tad bit too big to be released in digital form. So apparently captain obvious made a call to Sony and reminded them they have blu ray disks and that stuffing said games on said disks with said functionality would probably be easy and convenient advertising if a sequel to said games was coming out soon.

    Well a few months away from the god of war 3 release,kratos's first two adventures show up in HD for the low price of 40$. I always was intrigued by the idea of a collection like this , some last gen games really could use a revival or a second chance to win the gaming publics hearts over.

    Well its review time, let's see how well the formula holds up.

    I doubt anyone on this site doesnít know about god of war but Iíll recap the first two games anyway( it is a review after all)


    God of war 1 and 2 are (arguably) among the best games of last gen, the god of war puts you in the sandals of kratos (aka the angriest man ever) who is sent on a quest by the gods of Olympus to off the current god of war Aries, the gods want him dead because Aries has apparently had one to many and thinks a little favoritism shown toward his sister Athena is justification enough to wipe out all of Athens. However Zeus forbids the gods from going to war with each other, that's were you come in.


    This is the guy who tells you the gods have terminated your employment, pray you never get fired should you be employed here.

    However its evident early that you aren't doing this out of pure servitude to the gods, to keep spoilers to a minimum kratos wasn't born with white skin and blades seared into his flesh, and the tale behind how he got said skin and blades is what truly drives him, to kill the god of war. The story of god of war is one of the best ever told and unlike most other video game characters, actually justifies all the beheading you will be doing, as kratos has a good reason for being that damn angry.

    Speaking of anger let's talk combat, the area where god of war truly shines, to put it frankly no one can kill like kratos, think mortal combat except almost every move is a fatality, from ripping them in half with brute strength to lopping heads off with your blades no enemy dies the same way and even the basic cannon fodder has variety among their demises, the attention to detail of each enemy and their deaths truly make god of war stand out above as maybe the best hack and slash to ever exist, however what makes it the best (for me anyway) is the way it deals with the age old action game problem, the dreaded CAMERA.

    Having just come off of ninja gaiden sigma 2, I can safely remember why I loved games like devil may cry and ninja gaiden, but have to work up some tolerance before I play them. No one enjoys getting caught in the ass with a blade just because the camera got stuck on the wall. In action games bad cameras can make even the best games frustrating. God of war fixes this by taking control of the camera and always keeping it on the optimal view; they simply play test the hell out of each level to make sure the best view for kicking ass is used. Not to mention this frees up the joystick to be used for evading, a quick flick of the right stick rolls kratos in that direction, this is easily one of the best control scheme and camera ever in an action game (and I'll stand by that).

    God of war 2 continues the story of kratos after he (spoilers ahead) kills Aries and becomes the god of war, Kratos not to pleased he still tormented by the nightmares of his past commands his Spartan army to go on an ass kicking spree, eventually he goes down to Rhodes to finish the job himself he finds thatís he been backstabbed by Zeus (who doesnít want to share the same fate as Aries) And has his godly powers stolen and gets sent to Hades. By channeling the sheer might of his anger Kratos kicks his way out of hell and sets course to the sisters of fate so he can jump back in time to the moment of betrayal and teach Zeus that there is a price for pissing off Kratos.


    Pictured: Someone about to get unemployed

    Game play wise nothings really changed between god of war 1 and 2 and thatís a good thing considering they got it pretty much perfected in the first game, Another awesome story , more polish and bloody deaths were all that were needed, and thatís exactly what the sequel got.

    So yeah improved functionality and slightly more responsive controls with HD resolution kind of make this a steal, However this being the holiday shopping season must point out that That this game isnít for the kids. In case youíre a lost parent whoís just looking for a game for their kids and by some freak accident wound up on this blog (man your lost) know that big M (that stands for mature) is there for a reason, Nobody around here believes in shirts, women included, and did I mention that this game was about a Spartan who rips people in half. If you are a parent wondering if you should get this for you kid DONíT, go get him something with an E rating so I donít have to read another ďgames are pure evil and corrupting our innocent children blah blah blah articleĒ Iíve had enough of those for one year.

    And Finally I would like to talk about the concept, while it kind of irked me a bit about re-buying PS2 games with added functionality at first but when I got my hand on the finished product I can say it was worth it. Now I eagerly await the day that the Xenosaga series, shadow off the colossus and Ico, all the ps2 ratchet and clanks games, Jak and Daxter games, and Final Fantasy 10 and 12 make it on a blu-ray disk. However Sega if for some weird reason your reading this and just got the idea of putting sonic adventure 1 and 2 , sonic heroes and shadow the hedgehog on 1 disk was a good idea understand I WILL BREAK DOWN THE DOOR TO YOUR OFFICE AND CRACK EVERYONE IN THE SKULL WITH A TIRE IRON UNTIL YOU REALIZE YOU SHOULD BE MAKING ANOTHER JET GRIND RADIO, AND ANOTHER CONSOLE VERSION OF VALKYRIA CHONICLES ALL WHILE PORTING YAKUZA 3 HERE TO THE STATES, glad we got that cleared up.
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    1:54 AM on 07.31.2009  

    Wipeout HD FURY review (edit)

    (the original post was done on my blackberry but upon upload I noticed some things got lost in translation, so I had to fire up my computer and totally redo this)


    In the fall of last year a glorious little gem hit the psn last year, it was a downloadable title that could get in the face of any big game released and the name of this game was Wipeout HD, it was my first wipeout game and I loved it, crisp visuals(full 1080 P), tight controls, and a fantastic sense of speed, unfortunately also around that time we collapsed our stock market and it had just dawned on people that were in a recession(something that the people with more than half a functioning brain had realized 2 years earlier) so instead of the message boards being filled with praise for such an awesome release, it was filled with doom articles because the system it was on was still at a price we demanded it should be all of two seconds ago and wanted another price cut(a year later said system is fine).

    When all the dust settle I felt said game was a casualty of the bullsh*t, though many sung its praises because of shear bad timing the game got passed by and received little credit for what it had done, something that saddened me because this was the first game that made me realize that downloadable games can be just as badass as full blown releases. The exact thought that crossed my mind was "oh great, now it will be another fifty blue moons before another dev gets brave enough to try and release something this great again" .still I played the game on and off for a year all the while it was receiving all the patches and every issue was solved (save for one that I'll get to later). Well to my surprise this E3 an expansion pack was announced , at the time I was hoping to hear word of a sequel in the works but considering what happened to the game I guess I'll thank my lucky stars for the expansion.

    So that Thursday night I got a psn card, got home, cast off the old shirt and tie and got my chillin clothes, and got to downloading, and the first thing I noticed was (like the original game itself) was that the download was taking a bit of time. At first I just thought the fact that I was also getting the killzone 2 map packs and the dissidia demo (plus my brother in the living room computer sucking bandwidth as usual) was to blame, but upon firing up wipeout HD I realized why it took so long, what Liverpool studios called an expansion, most of todayís devs would call a sequel.

    (In the end this ended up a semi review of Wipeout HD as well)

    Wipeout HD is set in a far of future where apparently we've invented hover cars cured all disease and came up with technology that can instantly repair a man and his hover car and get them back on the track in seconds despite the fact that he just had a dark matter blast rammed up his tailpipe. And apparently health care is free and infinite and wonderful because the guys piloting these machines apparently have no fear of death or bodily injury or all other bad things associated with having rockets fired at you.

    At its core Wipeout HD is your standard weapons based racer, When you enter a race in wipeout your given a number of ships to choose from, all come from faceless corporations. Each ship performs better than another in some way or another (some are better turners, others have better defense) along the tracks are various pickups (speed boosts, said rockets and dark matter blasts, AN EARTHQUAKE) Every ship is capable of a barrel roll that (when successful) will give you a speed boost (be warned this depletes ship energy whether you were successful or not so use it sparingly) and your basic goal is to make to the finish line while remaining somewhat intact.

    One of the things that kept me from getting the past games( and probably many people) is that Wipeout had the difficulty and learning curve from hell(from what I heard), but part of the games appeal is besting the evil overlord empire AI. Liverpool has addressed this issue by saving the evil AI for the elite difficulty and allowing you to switch difficulties on the fly. Youíre also given what essentially training wheels in the form of an auto assist that will steer you away from walls. With all this the challenge remains (turn that difficulty on elite and the hate all humans AI will teach you the meaning of pain) while being friendly to newcomers and showing them the ropes without breaking most of their will. Basically even someone with the hand eye coordination of a sloth can gold medal all the races on novice. So essentially youíre getting the best of both worlds in the difficulty department.

    While I'm at it I can't really mention wipeout HD without praising its graphics, this is one of the best looking games on any console (and with the expansion the graphics receive a fine tuning making them even more stunning).This game will make you very proud of that HD TV purchase .This game also trades in the gun metal gray that fills most games today for bright vibrant colors so this game is wonderful for your eyes if your tired of seeing brown.

    Now what makes wipeout HD fun are the various modes , there's your standard racing mode, the first to make it across the finish line while not being a smoking heap is the winner, speed laps where your given one speed boost and have to figure out the best way to use it in order to meet the desired time, tournament mode 2-10 races with no breaks ,highest points get awarded to 1st placers , most points wins and then there's zones mode (yes I'm about to give zones its own paragraph).

    Basically in zones your given the zones ship put on the track which has received a neon face lift (this mode put the rainbow to shame) when the starting light goes off you realize the computer is in control of the speed and all you have to do is turn and avoid wall and in general don't lose ship energy, for every zone you pass ( a set amount of time at a certain speed) the track changes to a different neon color and the speed increases and this will keep happening until you die and explode into cubes that will pulsate to the music ( this kinda reinforces the evil AI thing as if you think about it this is essentially a mode where the computer is assured to kill the player) and it couldn't be more fun, the neon tracks pulsate to the music and echoes the music as you go through tunnels (and this game supports custom soundtracks making this mode even more trippy provided you have the right music) essentially your racing through a giant synthesizer that wants to kill you, and its one of the best modes I ever encountered in a racing game(EVER). Speaking of music I have no complaints, although itís all techno itís appropriate given the environment and I actually prefer the soundtrack over my own music.


    The colooooooooors



    And when I said this game had a great sense of speed I wasn't kidding, HD is one of a few games that can get in burnouts face and actually have a chance. You basically start of at venom class speed (the beginners speed) and move on to flash class (fast but manageable), from there you move on to rapier class speed (what we humans refer to as mach 10...... My preferred speed) and then there's phantom class (AKA the have fun trying not end up a stain against that wall over there speed).

    Add in stat tracking and rank support and all this added up to one of the better games of 2008, and this is before one of the most kickass expansions ever was given to us.

    The FURY expansion gives you improved version of all ships (all seem more combat ready, given the new modes it makes sense) and 3 new modes (that can be used on all tracks) eliminator, detonator, and zone battles (two can be used online), new tracks and a few new techno beats to jam to while you fly down the road, all topped off with a brand new campaign.


    on the bottom oldschool, on the top new hotness

    Detonator is the new offline only mode, in essence its zones mode with an interesting twist. Your goal is to achieve the highest score you can, and now there are mines on the road and your zone ship has laser canon machine guns attached to it. You get points for blowing up the mines and bonus points for continuously blowing up mines without missing shots so it will work against you if you just hold down the fire button. besides holding down the fire button is just not recommended, you have infinite ammo but your clip is limited and apparently your guns are being reloaded by revolver ocelot because they take their sweet time getting back online, considering acceleration is automatic (like zones) running out of ammo at the wrong time will pretty much assure you'll end up eating a mine (or five).Mines you miss will end up as shadow mines on the next lap so if your aim sucks you will have a crowded road real quick.


    How do you me expect me to shoot straight with all these colors in my eye?

    Zone battles is a race to see who can make it to the target speed zone first, acceleration is handles buy the player this time as once you gathered enough energy (through the speed paths that replace the power ups) your allowed to do a zone boost. When you boost to a new zone your speed increases (making it somewhat harder to hit the speed pads) and you leave behind a zone barrier, if placed right the barrier can destroy any energy your opponent has accumulated (as well as take a chunk of their health bar) and halt their advance to the next zone. However holding out till the zone bar is full then using it will give you a greater jump in zones. This mode pretty much comes down to knowing when its time to use your boost. And in both mentioned modes wipeout HD continues its proud tradition of shaming the rainbow by hitting a color spectrum I didn't even know existed (How do you get Neon black?).

    But the last of the new modes (and my personal favorite) is the eliminator. Youíre given a point goal to reach and point is achieved by terminating your opponents from existence. Your health recovery ability(in all other modes instead of firing a power-up you could choose to absorb it to repair your ship)is replaced with a temporary shield sacrificing the power-up for a few seconds of protection( the normal shield power up as well as speed boost, and auto pilot have been removed from this event) and health is recovered by completing a lap, also in this mode you have the ability to flip your ship 180 degrees and drive ( and fire) backwards, this being a bit risky considering you slow down for a second when you do this so should you attack miss your opponent can and will capitalize on the opportunity. What this mode essentially breaks down into is a hovercar roadrage, just instead of ramming into each other we fight like sophisticated men and women (with rockets, missiles, mines, bombs, plasma blasts, and leach beams).


    Thatís what you get for racing the Goteki 45 bitch

    The online play is smooth as silk and even if the host drops the game simply makes another player the host without so much as a hiccup. Custom soundtrack, cross game invites and every other bell and whistle gamers bitch about today are present and accounted for save for one (remember waaay up at the beginning of this wall of text there was one unanswered issue here it is) and it that there's no voice chat. This is an odd omission considering every other feature under the sun was put in this game. From a pure practical standpoint this doesn't affect game play because there are no co-op modes what so ever but I find it odd they left out the easiest feature to implement.

    However even with that flaw on its record I can't recommend this game enough, if you own a ps3 (and are not in a psn cardless territory) you should own this game as its better than a lot of the full priced games released today. If you are in a psn card less territory when you do eventually get them grab a 50 and spend 30 on this game and its expansion, you can thank me later.

    (This review was brought to you buy Assegai, because the 52000 loyalty points I have with them implies they own me).

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    2:01 PM on 04.19.2009  

    E3 expectaions: Sony and Nintendo home console's edition

    Disclaimer: This article is very pro Sony and pro Nintendo, so if your a fan of the multiplat is the way of the future method no disrespect to you, but this blog was not written with that in mind, this blog is the result of a dinner with a few friends and their collective opinions and none of them were really pleased with the MS (and thus there isn't going to be an article on them)method of doing things, however this was a good conversation that yielded some good points so I thought I should share.

    Because this blog is mostly a bunch of opinions from a group of people ( even though the words I, me , and myself will pop up often) I will add my own opinion towards the end of each segment.


    Sony




    Sony is in a weird position this gen after leading for the past two, the ps3 wasnít received well early and only recently got back on track with public opinion. It would seem most of this was caused by the recession, and a few bad decisions on the part of the Sonyís head offices.

    Despite all that however they're very poised for a comeback, mostly due to the fact that a lot of the BS they spewed early on was not BS and eventually came to pass, most importantly of them (and theyíll let you know this often) is blu-rayís victory as the successor to DVD. The constant claim is their main competition the (the 360) will have to retire early due to its hardware issues (and no Iím not talking about the rrod). Sony has claimed that a number of their games simply arenít possible on other systems.

    However if sony really does desire that top spot back there going to have to walk a long road to get there. So with that in mind hereís what Iíd like to see from sony this E3.


    There main objectives


    Kill the me too factor.
    Part of the reason sonyís claims of technological supremacy falls on deaf ears is the fact that with multiplats a lot of the ps3 capabilities donít get used ,with everyone trying to get by devs have shifted their focus from trying to make the biggest and baddest games than and are well trying to get by, therefore a lot of the games on the 360 seem equal to the ps3.So heres a few suggestions to kill that off

    1 create the rift
    Killzone 2 was a good start but keep it up, this E3 its time to really show your stuff. While Iíll a admit your first party games are a cut above most multiplats apparently it hasnít been enough to get your average gamer to give the ps3 a go, add in the media denial and bashing and even great games go unappreciated. You must set out to create games so graphically superior, with such advance AI, and with such great game play innovation that no one would even dare say it could exist on any other system (except PC because apparently Iím told as long as you have a billion dollars for upgrades your pc can even fix the economy).And note the phrase GAMES (plural, like as in more than one), why just one Killzone 2 like quality game. MAG is getting attention for a reason, keep dreaming bigger and better. You have the hardware to support it.

    2 Treat devs WELL
    Now I forgot where I read this but as I recall Valkyria chronicles was supposed to be multiplat but MS said NO, so they tailored their game engine to take advantage of your system ( and apparently the low sales of Japanese style games coupled with the amount of money and effort that would have to go into undoing some of the engine and refitting to work on the 360 is the reason a port or the sequel going to the 360 is unlikely, really wish I had remembered where I saw that article.) . Now the game went unnoticed and you (sorta) helped by throwing the game in your greatest hits. Go further than that, you created your pub fund now create a pub fund for good games that didnít make it. If the first game doesnít make it offer to help with a sequel and advertising (and let them keep the rights to the game) and in exchange this game is exclusive to the PS3. You look good, you have another exclusive, and most importantly devs will feel like safe, and then putting things on the PS3 will be a no brainier, and exclusives will become plentiful.

    Games on the PS3 only seem to be quality when devs focus on the ps3 first and foremost, and for devs they will be a little more willing to take a risk and make something other than a shooter, with this the ps3 might be responsible for the new final fantasy or grand theft auto.

    3A price cut
    Not just for the people, for the devs as well, one of the reason devs are still at ends putting games on ps3 is because people wonít stop complaining about the price.

    Let me paint you a picture here, the ps3 gets all the superior games (thanks to its advantages) and terminates the 360. However you have a group of people who have to jump ship and buy a new console. At your current price point that would take time, this means for a year and a half or so 20 million some odd Xbox owners wonít be buying anything. In this economy thatís a large portion of the market to go missing and might result in the smaller companies going out of business or a large reduction in profits ( and in turn lost staff and such), not a pretty picture is it.

    The PSN
    Sony PSN is your wild card, free is a price everyone can love and in some aspects its better than xbl, but it still needs some fine tweaking. A few suggestions (I hope I hear at E3) for ya,

    1 Add a party system (this is the keep silver dragon happy part of the post)
    Listen I donít care about cross game chat but their needs to be a party system of some sort, as a PS3 FNF regular organizing these things is a bit of a mess, and being able to form a party (say about 50 people or so) would help dramaticly.Most of the stuff that made the RUMORED 2.70 list would also be nice (There was a bit of a group WTF here at dtoid when we actually saw 2.70 hit)

    2 More ps1, ps2 stuff
    For guys who talk about profit a lot you sure pass up easy money often, there should be more classics on psn plain and simple.

    3 make sure EVERYONE gets updates
    Apparently theres content discrepancies between Japan, USA, and Europe, for now we will focus on Europe because they get screwed the most, Now I am aware that the head of SCEE is retiring so with that in mind hereís my advice to his successor , Grab the guy who heads the Japanese division , get the American guy and start coordinating, I know there are going to be some differences in content and timing but last year ( specifically the SSF2THD or however you say it ) was a true example that you have chimps running some of your offices.

    And now a few final tips for E3

    1 When you announce a launch date, hit the launch date
    Actually you guys have been good with this so far, just keep it up.

    2 We honestly couldnít care less about your finances
    Even though itís a business summit, and you like money YOU HAVE SAID THAT ENOUGH, you are japans #1 retailer, you just streamlined your business, and your still in the top 100 richest companies (were even Microsoft and their windows monopoly was knocked to around 160) you got one more ďwere about profitĒ excuse left before I sic my armored core on you. The we are about profit thing is no longer an excuse for stupid decisions, GAMES GAMES GAMES got it.


    Black Nexus opinion time
    Personally I would love to see all of the above happen, Sony took the same strategy they always took but because of the recession they were damned for it, even when they turn out right the media still gives them hell. I have always been taught to live by a few phrases, if it ain't broke donít fix it, donít panic under pressure, patience will win the day. In my opinion sony adhered to all of these and are now reaping the rewards, while there claims of there main rivalís hardware hitting the wall are arrogant, there not without evidence. Microsoft rushed into the situation and used what was apparently a bit of a double edge sword, it let them take an early advantage but it came with a price they would have to pay down the road , and now were starting to see that price( this is understandable considering they are still the console new guy). A lot of Sonyís words came true BUT they shouldnít get that arrogant, as I said earlier they still must walk a long road , but if the walk that long hard road, nothing but good awaits them in the future.


    (BTW Iím focusing on the home consoles so the psp, psp2 (I hope), DS, and DSi will be covered in another post)


    Nintendo time




    Ahh the Wii (settle down Jonathan Holmes Good constructive things will be said here so turn off the destroyer cannon, but I am going to crack jokes here and there), the system thatís number one in the sales charts, yet seems to be hated by so many. Part of the hatred seems to be at Nintendo themselves, and another part seems to be at the Shovelware Ocean that plagues the system, whatís even more the shovelware sells like crazy. Nintendo seems pleased with this (and after the gamecube who wouldnít) but their core fanbase and the hardcore are condemning them for it. With that in mind letís serve up some E3 suggestions.

    Choose your path
    Nintendo says they havenít forgotten about the hardcore to this day, the fact that they have to constantly say this proves you may not have forgotten but your not really doing anything about it. A lot of the Ďcoreí titles are from 3rd parties, and at GDC what did you do, you announced a new Zelda game ÖÖÖÖ.. For the DS. How long have we been screaming for a new metroid (even a 2d one), listen Nintendo this E3 choose your path. Hardcore Wii fans are constantly getting their hopes up just for you to piledrive them back into the ground, one Ďcoreí title every blue moon is not supporting the core gamers. If your not going to support them let them move on, itís fine if youíre going to dedicate yourself to casual gamers but state that instead of keeping up this ďwe still support the hardcoreĒ charade.

    Help devs
    Your experiencing a similar problem along with Sony, 3rd party devs just canít get there mojo going on the Wii. This is mostly due to the fact that thereís barely any middle ground on the Wii due to the heavy reliance on the motion controls. Like a small nick on a collectorís item degrades the value of the item greatly, a small screw up in the controls totally ruins what should have been an awesome game and youíre not doing anything about it. And not letting devs no about Wii motion plus to the last minute really didnít help. 3rd party devs are saying screw the Wii (no pun intended) for a reason.

    Send some of your devs out there that understand how to make the controller do their bidding to those third parties, very few people besides yourself seem to know how to get these controllers to work, taking care of this alone should greatly reduce the shovelware.

    Fix your online
    Your online system is technically on online system like an ounce of sauce on dough with a grain of cheese is technically pizza, BARE BONES doesnít even begin to describe it and whatís worse is that a lot of the online problems are simply bad decisions and have nothing to do with the systems actual capabilities.

    Friend codes are anything but friendly, and with your channels system right there (how hard is it to make a friendís channel) it really doesnít make sense. And donít even get me started on how badly the system lags, with 1,000 hands I couldnít count the number of disconnects I have had.

    Black Nexus opinion time
    other than whatís above and a few other small gripes Nintendo has basically done everything else right. However I honestly think the days of hardcore Nintendo have come and gone and frankly they probably no longer have an interest in us (Its hard to here us on top of a giant mountain of money).But even with that in mind ill hang on to the wii with the hope that one day I will see a new 2d metroid . However one thing has yet to be decided in my mind and thatís whether or not the Wii is a fad that will fade ( sorry but living through the 90ís has made me skeptical of things that become that popular that fast for no apparent reason) recently Nintendo has been worried as hardware sales have been dropping somewhat, it will be interesting to see how they respond to this at E3 (I know they claimed games will spur hardware sales but if they Ďre losing the casual crowd they better announce something other than Wii lawnmower).


    Well thatís some of my E3 expectations. Iím sure I missed some so if you have any opinions to add feel free, and while I appreciate enthusiasm( thatís what it was called before we invented the term fanboy) lets keep the swearing and name calling to a minimum as Iím sure somebody out there is going to have a different opinion. I'll do more of these leading up to E3 so leave some recommondations here if you want to here about a particular topic in the future.
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    8:49 PM on 03.08.2009  

    The routine : how family can affect gaming

    FYI You will have a better grasp of this c-blog if you have brothers and or sisters whom you grew up playing games with.


    I own killzone 2 ,just got persona 3 fes and rouge galaxy, and its double exp weekend in world at war, so I had to ask myself WHY ON EARTH AM I PLAYING POKEMON( while I'm typing even). I'll tell you why ,my brother.

    As some of you may know pokemon platinum comes out march 22 and he made his intent known in my residence that he would be making a purchase and asked me if I was getting it ( with a bit of a smirk on his face).Now I know what this, this face means I hope your getting it too so we can restart this famous ( at least in my house ) rivalry that goes back to the red and blue version days, in that I bought both versions ( one for each of us ) and a link cable just to see whom had the higher leveled Bigcockizard ( thanks y0j1mb0 for that one) and then proceded to trade ( I can't tell you how many pokemon I lost to the void )with each other so we could go screw over our freinds.

    So here I am by a whim of almost nothing were gonna start this all over again and I have gone so far as to alter my routine.

    Guess I should explain that, my routine is the 7 or so games I happen to be playing at the moment,you know the rotation, the line-up whatever you call it ( I've convinced myself every gamer has one ). Considering all the games I've recently added to my collection it would really take something to make me add a year old game to my routine. But here I am grinding through the elite 4 ( FIVE, I DON"T CARE IF YOUR THE CHAMP IF YOUR BLOCKING MY WAY TO THE HALL OF FAME IT SHOULD BE CALLED THE ELITE FIVE) and I was amazed that such a little gesture would hold so much power over my gaming routine. but here I am. Now if you'll excuse me my bigcockizard is 6 levels away from lvl 100 and I still have other pokemon to train hard because my brother doesn't realize that a party consisting of all legandaries might piss someone off ( if you ever go online and fight someone using a lugia,ho-oh.groundon,mew,mewtwo,and palkia it was him, and yes htere is a gmesharked emerald version in my house but I just used it to get lugia, man I miss my silver version ).

    but I have to ask this question am I the only one who has ever had a pokemon, battle arena toshinden, street fighter 2, virtual cop tornament just to prove you can out play your brother.



    There might be a reason somewhere in this article as to why I like hunting trophies.



    P.S for those of you who don't know the void is that space between link cables were pokemon get lost and never find there way out ( put your ear to the cable you can hear the cry's). I'm just thankful the ds has wi fi.
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    12:41 PM on 02.01.2009  

    10 things you don't know about Black Nexus




    And what silverdragon started I shall continue.

    10. Im Puerto Rican,African American,and Native American.
    And all I can speak is english.

    9. I am a die hard connect four fan.
    I adopted this from the summer camp I used to work at.

    8.My first game was super mario brothers.
    I still consider it better than most of the stuff nintendo makes today.

    7. My back teeth are huge.
    And for a while my speach was slured because of it ( until I grew into it ). The thing is everyone in my family thought I was a retard (even my mother WHO HAD THE DENTIST PHOTOS ). It did'nt even occur to me That they thought that about me until two years ago when everyone was treating me like that. Needless to say when I figured out that everyone thought this about me I got PISSED OFF.

    6.I am (was)a social introvert ( see 7).
    Because of that I just did not talk ( like all thoughout high school) I just didn't want to even see another human ( just mad at everyone ). I had an inner cirle but that was about it.

    5.I am HORRIFIED by the word dentist.( again see 7).
    If you even say the word cavity I'll run for my life.

    4.I'm an insomniac.
    If I don't have work the next day expect to see me on psn till 4 in the morning.

    3. I think X is cooler than zero.
    He just is. Yeah I'm aware that he bitches about peace until you want ot throw the controller at the tv but that just makes it funnier when he mows down enough reploids to populate a planet. Zero is just a moody guy with a sword( like we never seen that before ). I still like him and he makes a better sidekick than axl(ugh) but in that X5 fight whenever I play Zero gets blown the hell up in that fight between him and X. Plus watching every reploid call X ancient junk and then get destroyed by him is just funny.


    2. I am a Phantasy Star Online maniac.
    My friend introduced me to this game back in the dreamcast days. I fought my way to lvl 125 proudly and when the dreamcast died, I bought the gamecube version And took my new character to lvl 143. And if they ever realease this on psn ( I can dream )expect to see a Lvl 143 hucast with flowens sword down in ruins 3 beating the hell outa everything.

    1. Getting my ps3 and Xbox 360 for free remains my greatest trick to date.
    I was just an average student when I went to college. My father did not think too highly of my academic prowess at the moment ( little did he know I could be a straight A student I just did'nt give a damn because well see 7). So I bet him that If I could Get at least decent grades he would have to buy my ps3 and 360. He laughed and took the bet .So 2 years worth of straight A's later I was playin resistance while everyone was going OMG 600 dollars. I love it when a plan comes together.
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    8:03 PM on 01.24.2009  

    (short blog ) To the PSN FNF crew and Y0j1mb0,you have my respect

    As a former solo games only gamer I wanted to pay my respect to the PSN Friday Night Fights crew.You have shown me that you guys Know how to party.As hard as I laughed (And as much experience as I gained ) I'll be a regular ( ever since TGIF went off the air indoor fridays have seemed lacking).

    And to Y0ji1mb0 who today I had the honor in facing in SSFTHD ("sigh" somebody could have warned me about him I haven't played street fighter 2 in 11 years and that is not the first match I want with 11 years of rust on me) but I must credit you for the matches you won.And while the number of losses I sufferd shall remain undisclosed I saw the mistakes in my style and I'm working on improving the flaws.But whenever someone displays that much skill at any game I must pay my respect ( or acknowlege the black magic you used to gain such skills,what kind of price do you have to pay in the future, your beard or sumthin).

    And so I create this short blog as my way of thanking everyone.












    But seriously SOMEONE could have warned me he was going to total me like that.


    PS: how the hell do you unlock akuma , I can't belive I forgot THAT.
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