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9:35 AM on 03.16.2010

Happy Birthday Destructoid, you beautiful bastard...

Has it really been 4 years already?


Only relevant picture I have of time travel that includes cocks...

Discussing Destructoid's birthday always takes me back to the heady days of 2006, where I was just but a wee lad of 29. That throwback reminds me of times when I didn't own a 360, where I'd never heard of 4chan, where console fanboyism was something that existed, in my mind, only on GameFAQs, and cocks were but an afterthought.

Oh how my life is changed.

Here I am now. I've probably spent more time on Destructoid than any other website in my life. I find the membership rolls stuffed to the gills with unfamiliar faces and names, but the intent and passion to gaming is there, the numbers of teeming posters with wildly varying opinions, ranging from logical to outright BS for the sake of trolling. It's like nothing has changed since day one.

Do I miss the days of yore? So long as the site keeps on rolling, I keep on posting, and someone manages to post some really stupid flamebait reply to a Jim Sterling article... It's like nothing's ever changed.

Except I will miss every single one of you that never comes back.

Also: You wussies who never show up for NARP's... GO. If you're under 21, you will not-NOT be given free alcohol. You can also get to meet/greet/hate on some of your favorite posters from Destructoid.

It's like trolling in RL. Why would you not go?   read


12:06 AM on 09.18.2009

A More Positive Katamari Forever Review...

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NightV was kind enough to review the Japanese import copy (which I'm also covering here...)

I think the game warrants a second look when I can call to question some of the points that NightV brings up in his article.

1. Story



King, stars, memory loss, knocked out.
Robo King, stars, blows 'em out of the sky, wants to make good while the real King is out cold.

That's the story in a nutshell. To try and delve deeper than that is to question the entire purpose of the game. This game defies all story telling logic and carves out it's own nonsensical niche (as it has for the entire series).

The larger focus of the story has you going between missions trying to help the King regain conciousness by revisiting his lost memories of old Katamari Damacy missions he's sent the Prince on in previous games. These levels tend to have more objective based missions (help out a Sumo, collect Fireflies, help the king remember what a 2m Katamari looks like...). Robo King's over zealous star destroying has you (as the Prince) replaying several levels from the other games focused more on actual star making.

Robo Kings levels generally fall into "Build a katamari of ## size in ## minutes."

2. Gameplay


Yep, there's levels from Beatiful Katamari in here...

The gameplay is identical to what you've played in the past with We <3 Katamari and the original Katamari Damacy. Nothings changed. What has changed is the addition of a few new features, additional gameplay modes, and because the game revisits 3 different Katamari titles from the past, less linear gameplay.

The new features are the addition of a jump maneuver (shaking the Dual Shock or pressing R2), which can help you nab presents and cousins who might be JUST out of your reach. Additionally, the game has added in a special collectible in each level in the shape of a heart/broken heart. Some levels have both. Picking up the broken heart gets you a one-shot 2 second collection of every thing that's near your Katamari of similar size. If your Katamari is big enough to roll up cars, you'll suck up all nearby and passing cars of similar size. The full heart enables a 15 second Cousin mode, which fills the screen up with a cutesy cousin animation, where all your cousins help you suck up a lot of stuff that's the same size as you or smaller. This adds a lot of extra flavor to some of the larger levels as holding off on picking up the full heart until your Katamari is of a decent size can move you through some of the larger sizes much faster. Seeing the Katamari suck up everything around you is quite gratifying and is a most enjoyable feature. I managed to take a 30m Katamari to 320 in the span of 15 seconds using the full heart cousin power up. If you're someone who likes to get as large of a katamari as possible in each level's time limit, you will start to use the hearts in your gameplay strategy.

The Dual Shock controls finally feel right. The gameplay is totally dependent on the precise movements that the dual shock controllers have given us the entire series on the Sony consoles. It's a welcome return for the game as the Xbox 360 version was a total and abject failure. I've been playing the game for 4 straight days and never noticed any weird control issues that weren't the same as any other Katamari PS2 game.

3. Extras


ADORABLE!

The downloadable content that plagued Beautiful Katamari has been done away with entirely. It's all here and it's all on the disc. After completing the game for a first time (there's 33 missions to choose from), the game allows you to replay levels for completion or try your hand at the revisited levels with new gameplay handicaps. Katamari Drive is available on all levels after defeating it the first time. Katamari Drive takes the Indy 500 level and puts a fast moving katamari in your hands. The caveat is that your time is cut down severely. A 5 minute level is now 2 minutes, 7 minutes is now 4. After getting high enough level scores, you have the ability to unlock Classic and Eternal modes, which give you an endless way to play or to be able to play the game without the ability to jump.

All the cousins are here in full force with an equal amount of new presents and accessories to choose from. The camera is added as well. I find that the camera add on isn't really all that great, but does make for some interesting screenshots when you randomly snap some pics of the weird and wacky level designs.

There are additional minigames to be found to add to the games life. If there were ever a game that had replay, it's the Katamari series. Trophy whoring aside, it's just plain fun to spend 20 minutes rolling around trying to see if you can beat your old score.

4. Graphics and Music



Really? Anyone here expecting HD super awesomeness? Move on. It's Katamari. The textures have never been so clean and clear. What was once a design choice to allow the game to scale in the manner it does has now become an art style that is the essence of the game. There's blocky textures on large objects, people are square (I feel the cosmos!) and everything still looks as it should. The addition of some filter options (all the King's memories are in black and white initially)... and you've got some interesting takes on the visuals of the game. The camera is still as broken as ever, and you will get stuck behind something you can't see around. The camera opens a hole about 60% of the time so you can see through stuff you get stuck under, but i don't think there's a way to really fix this as it's been in every game in the series. You'll get stuck, you'll experience the mediocre camera. It's part of the game experience with Katamari.

When the game scales, you'll see everything scale down appropriately. The graphic capabilities may be improved, but shit will still disappear if you get too big.

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Awesome

The music? It's remixed. All of it. The main "Na...nanananana...." theme is the only thing that's untouched. What songs are here? Uh... I dunno. Crimson Rose and a Gin Tonic remixed as a chiptune is a highlight. There's three remixes of Katamari on the Rocks (on the Swing, on the Funk, on the Wings). Everlasting Love, The Moon and the Prince, and You are Smart.

Most of the songs are identifiable, though somewhat forgettable. It felt like they hired studio musicians to do these remixes so they only got mediocre work out of the effort. Don't get me wrong, these are workable songs and true to their source, they just don't always work for the tune. I was kinda let down we didn't get more songs as I've been a fan of Kuru Kuru Rock since it first appeared in the second game and would've enjoyed to hear that remixed more than You Are Smart.

Considering how this game has a dedicated cult following, I would've thought they would've done something like source the music to real fans...

Summary:

The game is basically repackaging the best bits of the three console games. It's all in HD now, and it manages to weave a new story in the process. Given that the original games were so strong and the Xbox 360 so poorly received, the game should be worse for the wear, but most of the issues with the Beautiful Katamari game lied in the poor controls and the locked on the disc "DLC" bonus content people were duped into having to buy to get the whole game experience.

Is it worth it? If you're a fan of the series, you'll appreciate the visual upgrade, the new levels are a nice touch, but their dissimilar gameplay makes them stand out more than the original levels from the previous titles. The three original levels are kinda shoehorned in gameplay types compared to the other levels, but they don't really detract from the game overall.

I can easily give the game a 9 to a newcomer to the series, an 8 if you've been playing this game since the beginning.

It's all just a matter on if you're still a fan of the series or not. Clearly, as evidenced by the insane people who bought Noby Noby Boy looking for more of the same (myself included) were searching for something better than Beautiful Katamari. This is that better game.   read


10:00 PM on 06.16.2009

Early Ghostbustering Impressions (Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying About Xbox Live Outages And Love My Childhood)

Ahh.

You ever get one of those?

That "Ahh" feeling? Like right after the first time a girl tells you she loves you (that isn't your mom?), or you finished your last exam for the semester?

That's Ghostbusters.

At least for me.

So rare is it that a licensed game actually manages to be something more than it's an abortion of it's own making.

See the recent Terminator Salvation game, a game that by all rights SHOULD have been cool, but it's overly poor designs, cheap deaths, and steep difficulty curve made it terribly unfun.

Not so with Ghostbusters.

This game is like delicious candy for my brain. I keep getting that "Ahh" feeling when I play it that I fear will not be there if and when I finish the game.

So far I've managed to finish the first level in it's entirety. The game runs you through a rudimentary training mission to go recapture a familiar ghost who's recently escaped. After that you proceed onto an even more familiar setting from the first film.

Going through all this, you can see that there's been a great deal of care given to making this seem as real as possible.

Capcom. Fuck you for delivering Bionic Commando in that state. I heard what you did with that dreck, and given that it's from Grin, who also did Terminator Salvation, it makes sense I suppose.

Atari on the other hand, I'm proud of you guys. Terminal Reality nailed the look, the feel, the sound, and everything of what a Ghostbusters game should be. I might actually pick this up for the Wii after I beat it on the 360 so I can try that version out. This particular version has phenomenal visuals, excellent voice acting, and really well done audio.

If only it could be totally perfect.

You see, I went out and bought the PS3 version today at lunch. You know, the same version that's going to be the only version available in Europe for months due to Sony's dickishness?

Well, Terminal Reality apparently fell asleep at the development wheel and the PS3 version apparently looks like ass.

It was enough to put me off my baloney sammich at lunch. So, after work, I went and swapped out my copy for the 360 version. I know people diss on one system or the other, but after years of RROD, I've grown reticent of picking up multi-platform titles on the 360. So, an opportunity to pick up a Sony-based licensed game on it's own console, when it's got full 1080p support seemed like a good thing. And now it's not.

So, whatever. If you've got a 360, you owe it to yourself and your older siblings (who were alive during the 1980's) to check out Ghostbusters. It's as close as you can get to a 3rd Ghostbusters movie, and should one ever get made, Ghostbusters: The Video Game is going to stand alongside the others as it's own right.   read


9:05 PM on 04.28.2009

The Apple (1980)

If there's anything that people love, it's Apple. Everyone loves the technology, everyone loves the minimalism.


Unfortunately, this isn't about that Apple.

The thing is though, is that there's a whole second Apple that got it's start back in 1980 that clearly supercede's our modern Apple with flash and pizazz to spare.

As some of you may know, there's two things I dabble in on a regular basis, gaming and watching shitty movies. This is the latter.

So, my Netflix arrived today. I have my Netflix queue full of MST3K episodes and shitty movies, since streaming Netflix is kinda light on the really CRAPPY movies. I thought I would be watching a shitty scifi movie, and instead find myself watching the gayest film that outgays gay porn.



The Apple - A SciFi musical that takes place in the futuristic world of 1994, something they re-emphasize constantly. It's got a musical number that looks like it was directly ripped off from Tommy, with a Roger Daltry look-a-like holding an apple next to a mirrored black chick.



Looks kinda like this?



No?

Oh, and there's a musical number in the middle of the film where the totalitarian government enforces mandatory choreographed exercise for all US citizens at 4pm every day.


Yep, it's this gay.

The Apple was produced by the same company that made all the Death Wish films, Superman IV, and Masters of the Universe.


Also possibly gay...


Prelude to some hot man-lovin.

Did I mention the film takes place in 1994? You know, THE FUTURE?!

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Oh look, a trailer!

There's more glitter on men in this film than if every man in America kept a copy of Mariah Carey's movie in their pants.

On the upside, it's really fucking horrible and could be used in torture of unwilling prisoners of the US.

I watch it so you don't have to.

Your welcome.

11 out of 10 disco balls.   read


9:31 PM on 04.23.2009

Dating oneself in 1 minute and 19 seconds...

Maybe only a handful of you on here are old enough to remember this, but this video right below me here... This song is a song that grabs my attention because it IS my formative teenage years.

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MTV's The State is FINALLY fucking coming to DVD. It's about 10 years too late, given that the show aired originally back in like 1993 when none of you were BORN.

Christ I feel old sometimes.

No matter. 20 years from now you'll all be quoting this like people in their 40's quote Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Soon enough, you'll know exactly what $240 dollars worth of vanilla puddin gets you, why you don't fuck with Sea Monkeys, why Captain Jack Sparrow's life experiences will enrich your life, and why you should always wear pants.

I don't need your approval, I'm BluDesign and I'm OUTTA hhhheeeeeeeeeeeeeeearrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeee....

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11:02 AM on 04.21.2009

Thoughts on the L4D DLC...

Oh hai... I'm BluDesign. I'm one of the layabouts here on dtoid, being unemployed and all. I decided to fire up L4D and try out the new Survival pack, which got released today.

I haven't managed to try out the two new versus campaigns, but I'm sure Dead Air and Death Toll are just as compelling as No Mercy and Blood Harvest. I look forward to hitting someone as a smoker or boomer on the Church standoff soon.


Where everyone knows your name... because it's on the tombstone... stupid

I'm here to discuss Survival Mode with you all.


No, it's not some sort of Zombie version of "The Long Walk"

Survival is just outright "rape mode."

I would've wanted a few more rounds of zombie hordes before the specials show up, but it is SURVIVAL mode. I've managed to make it an average of 2:30 on the three levels I tried.

BTW, the elevator in the hospital? It's rape central when the tanks show up. There's no hiding in the corner anymore. A tank and 2 smokers will see to that.


This guy will do awful, awful things to your dead body. Sooner than you think.

I lasted longer on the one rooftop level I picked than I did in the Last Stand level. The Last Stand level was a bunch of randoms from XBL, and all they wanted to do was blow up every goddamn gas tank and canister they could get their hands on. Basically they were a hazard to be around because they were really not helping anyone but the two guys who were playing together.

I usually kill around 40-50 zombies per level on the campaign when I play online. I was averaging around 100-150 or so per round of Survival. They really cram them in there. Plus, you gotta figure, how many will you kill once they incap you, because you will get incapped.

If you can kill a bunch while incapped, you'll net a good dozen kills if you're fast enough.

And Tanks don't always get their music cue, so don't be surprised if one just shows up.

How it's laid out is basically it's a highlight of some of the major combat areas, mid-points of each level. Every match has a good dozen mixed molotovs and pipe bombs, 8 health packs (2 for each person), and pain pills. You usually start out with either double pistols or a random weapon. Given how tight the spaces are on most of these, the auto-shotgun isn't recommended. The M16 or the Sniper rifle is much better suited. And there's usually 1-2 ammo drops per level depending on the layout. Hospital = 1, Last Stand = 2, Dead Air Crane = 1.

I won't be around much today or tonight, but I should be up for some Versus tomorrow night if anyone is down with that.

Gamertag = Metalocalypse

See you kids online!   read


9:26 PM on 04.14.2009

My first perfect score...

1000/1000

What does this mean to you all? If you pursue achievements in games, it signifies different things to different people. To some, it means cheevo whoring, renting Avatar for a score bump, playing through Lost or King Kong for the easy 1000 points.

To me, it's been chasing the lost dream. A game I was actually good enough to completely beat all the way through.

And oddly enough, I feel as though there's still shitloads of game left to play.

My first 1000 GS game is Fallout 3. I finally got finished it tonight.



A game so nice, I played it twice.

I picked this game up on a whim the day after it came out on the recommendation of some guys in the CBM who were raving about how amazing it was. I go out, pick up the regular edition of the game, and I knew I had a game I wanted to play to death in my hands.

I blazed through the game on the first playthrough, netting over 800 points in one go. I still wasn't satisfied. All the variable nuances of the game held my interest.

What was the outcome of the good guy? The bad guy? The neutral guy? Was it any different as a girl?

So, onward I pressed into my second playthrough, this time as a bad person.

Well, guess what? It's WILDLY different taking different options. Whole cities are unavailable (and damn impressive in-engine cinematics occur too...).

The map is so vast that there's areas to discover in regions of the map I haven't played in playing through the game for over 130 hours!

And with the expansion packs, I've built a prolonged experience onto the original, with Operation Anchorage tacking on another 100, The Pitt, another 100 GS.

So today, standing at 1180 Gamerscore for Fallout 3, I set out to finally unlock the ONE achievement that had eluded me for two entire playthroughs. Data Miner.

Finally... I go from this:



To this:



And in the process, I finally get my very first perfect 1200/1200 game.

I think I earned this...

ORANGE MOCHA FRAPPUCCINO!

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10:01 PM on 04.13.2009

My absence...

Let me show you it...

People recently have been asking me, Hey DVD, where ya been?

My first reply is usually, "Please leave a message at the sound of the beep!"

My second reply is usually, "It's BluDesign now. Because Blu is the color of man, 2000 flushes, and suffocated smurf corpses."

Actually, I've been around, but just not terribly active. I've been off on a mystical journey of sorts.

And I've been directing eastern european rap videos.

And playing a shitload of PS3 games to get my Trophy Rank up. Yakuza 3 is hard, but I feel it will prove to be a fun game in the end. Meanwhile, Bioshock, Sonic UGC, and Buzz have all been doing their part to raise my rank up high. UGC is a must buy in any case, whoring or not. It has my highest recommendation.

I'll get around to doing a proper review/thingie of Yakuza 3 soon enough, but in the mean time, I want to show you my rap video, in it's stunning Destructoid debut.

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Enjoy.   read


12:45 PM on 04.09.2009

Japan: A Blog pt 62 of 912

Look Japan...

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We can't have you guys doing this. It's bad for your public image. It just reinforces all the creepy underbelly style misunderstood beliefs about of Japan.

Stop it.

/swats newspaper

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AH! NO! BAD JAPAN.

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9:01 PM on 03.30.2009

Snotty game devs irritate me...

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Remember, if you enjoy a game, you should always buy it or pay tribute to the person who created it.

I dislike Snake, so... c'est la vie.   read


1:05 PM on 11.20.2008

CBM Avatars...

DJ Duffy and I worked up all the CBM avatars into a few group photos today.

Featured: Itemforty, BHZ, Snaileb, Pew, Hoygeit, DJ Duffy, me, D, bhive, Tazar, Pheonix Blood, Riser Glen, Butmac, Kryptinite, electro lemon, and Blehman.

Enjoy.


Fixed it after I noticed someone was missing... <_<;



Click the links below to see full size.   read


9:31 AM on 10.24.2008

PS3 Friday Night Fights: Little Big Planet edition

Well, it's Friday night tonight. I was so psyched, I went out and decided to get the jump on Y0j1mb0 for once and actually do a FNF post for the PS3 right now.

Enough of my blathering, onto tonight's FNF lineup.

We have a brand new game, Little Big Planet.



Very exciting stuff. I worked extra special hard on it this week and made my own level. It's all finished and everything.

I'll just go and put it online...



Oh.

right...



Well, shit.

Well, maybe MaxVest will wanna play. I'll just check and see if he's got a copy of the game and...



Wha... What's going on here? Where the hell are you people? WHY AM I ALL ALONE HERE?



WHY GOD? WHY HAST THOU FORSAKEN ME?

Since Sony had the incredible foresight to not have any of the servers on at all, I get nothing tonight for FNF.

I guess I'll just spoil the endings to popular movies for myself then.

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Wayne's World

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Beaches

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Philadelphia

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Lawnmower Man

Suck it up and blame Sony for making me ruin so many excellent films for you all.

THIS IS ALL THEIR FAULT   read


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