Hey there guys, Cazza here and welcome to my Destructoid page where you'll find my random entries and game reviews. I've always had a strong passion for writing and have been doing game reviews for almost 6 years now. I first started gaming at a young age when we went and got a SNES. First game I ever played was Super Ghouls n Ghosts. Yeah, I started out hardcore. If I had to name a favourite console it would probably be the SEGA Megadrive as it's home to possibly my favourite game of all time, Sonic 3 & Knuckles. Although if I had to choose a non retro game as my favourite, it would go to Dementium: The Ward. A horror FPS for the Nintendo DS created by Jools Watsham and his team over at Renegade Kid. Fantastic game which you should all go out and try.
Outside of gaming, one of my bigger interests are ... yeah you could see this coming from 10 miles away. I have quite a big interest in Anime and Manga. Well Anime more than Manga but its nice to have a shelf filled with books of some sort. Started Anime when I was about 13 with Naruto then I ventured into different series. My favourites would have to be Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Hidamari Sketch, Cromartie High School, Sengoku Basara and Baccano. I'm not that much into manga but I do read a few every now and then. Infact, last time I read manga was when my friend linked me to chapter 1 of Vinland Saga.
Music taste? What's that? Yeah if its me you're looking at, all you're gonna find are Anime openings or Video Game songs. I absolutely love game music, so much. Best soundtrack? In my opinion its most likely the Ace Attorney series. Saying that, I still have a soft spot for 8 and 16 bit music. Dr.Wily Stage 1 anyone?
I love Dementium II. It's possibly the greatest game i've ever played. I love it so much that i'm being suicidal and doing a run on Hard Mode using only the Shank. But that's not all, i'll be streaming it live. Dunno if I should be using my Dtoid blog to advertise but why not? It's only a bit of fun. If you wanna watch me fail at life then come to my BlogTV page at 9pm BST this friday (14/05/10) Hope to see you guys there :)
So SEGA just gave us the first taste of Sonic 4 music (bar the title screen jingle) and its bloody fantastic. The song released is for the first stage in the game; Splash Hill Zone act 1. It has a modern feel to it whilst still retaining some of that retro-sounding goodness. Just it sounds like something they've shovelled out from Sonic Heroes. Sounds far too much like Seaside Hill for my liking. Still catchy as hell. If you want to download it, you can get it on the Official Sonic 4 Site which actually just got a huge makeover. New background skin and sections. Oh and delicious 3D Robotnik model <3
Edit: Lol I fail at coding youtube into this thing. Have this instead; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7f3m_HV_60
As a kid I was very much into the Pokémon games. One of my dreams was to go to an event and pick myself up a legendary whilst meeting other fans, trading pokémon and generally having fun. Heck I guess you could say that dream still lingers in the back of my head. Just recently the UK has had an event to get a hold of Arceus, Generation 4's answer to Mew/Celebi ect. Unfortunately, i'm the unlucky son of a bitch who lives in Scotland so obviously we have pretty much no event. Over 20 locations participating in England but only one in Scotland. Now unless I want to spend 4 to 6 hours travelling to Glasgow for a single Pokémon, i'm not getting this Arceus. Even to this day it still upsets me the fact there are never any events here. Hello Nintendo! People live in Scotland who are big Pokémon fans too you know? Faggots. That's what Nintendo are. Only word I can think of this now to sum up my nerd rage.
I guess its not too bad. I could always just say no to Nintendo and Pokesav myself the Arceus. Sure that's cheating but its the only fucking way we'll ever get it. Well at least we're still getting the figure deal for pre-ordering Heart Gold and Soul Silver. Although knowing my past experiences with GAME, it won't go well. Either a case of them not having Lugia figures or not even getting any in stock. Anyway this was just a quick rant blog. Now if you excuse me, i'm off to sit in a corner as I wait the announcement of a Deoxys event before being shot down... again. Pissed off Scottish Pokéfag signing out.
Gather round childen, gather round! Today I come to talk to you all about a certain addition to the roster of Super Street Fighter IV. As you can guess, this is about the newest character Hakan. A Turkish wrestler who is possibly the strangest character i've ever seen in my life. Hakan seems to have an abnormal obsession with Oil as his general playstyle involves oiling yourself up. First expectations when I saw Hakan? A blatently gay muscleman with an oil fetish. What I got? A manly as fuck family man who loves his Daughters. Oh and the mother to those children is non other than Ingrid from Capcom Fighting Jam. Enjoy unseeing that one, bitches.
Now, Hakan's moveset. Overall he's blatently a joke character. But his moves are so funny its unreal. From what i've heard, shoryuken motion + kick makes Hakan pour oil over himself, increasing the range of his moves. He seems to be a grappler type character with some very interesting throws. His main throw has him squeezing the opponent to the point where they go shooting out from his grasp. His Super move involves Hakan jumping his opponent and err ... rolling across the ground. If you think that's bad, his Ultra moves will get you. Hakan's first ultra sees him spinning the poor sod facing him around his body then launching them against the screen. He literally uses them as a hoola hoop. Ultra number 2 is the most disturbingly awesome move i've seen in a fighting game. Triggered by making your opponent touch you, they slip on Hakan's oily body as he grabs them and spins on their back before locking them into a 69 position. Yes i'm serious. He finishes this move by squeezing and launching them from underneath him. As shown in the trailer, this leads to the most hilarious facial expressions i've seen in the game. If you thought the facial effects from Ryu's Shinku Shoryuken were funny then hold onto your ribs because you're gonna lose 'em. Overall very pleased and amused with Hakan. Can't see him being any higher than mid-tier but damn i'm maining him. The guy is a laugh. Oh my, just look at the time!
Another day, another session of Street Fighter IV where I get pretty much nothing done. A while ago I was in the crowd that believed Street Fighter IV sucked and wasn't as good as Street Fighter II but thanks to one of my friends getting stuck into the game, I removed my rose tinted glasses and gave it another shot. I found myself really starting to enjoy it more as I learnt the gameplay mechanics and actually managed to beat Seth for once. That's when I decided to take the next step and move onto a Fight Stick. Was it the right choice? Personally I would say it was, it enhances the gameplay experience so much its unbelievable. It does take a while to get used to at first but after some time it becomes second nature. Over the past month or so since I bought it, i've grown quite attached to my Fight Stick. The little guy has seen me through so many awesome SF matches. Heck the other week I even went and got it modded. I purchased the SE Madcatz stick so it was extremely easy to mod.. or the buttons were anyway. Changing the art is a royal pain in the ass. The outcome of my art change was sloppy but I like it. It really gives it more of a personal feel, if you get what I mean. Without that default image slapped onto it, it feels more like your Fight Stick.
Ok so you're probably wondering what the point in all that was. Well basically I just wanted to waste time/write up something to convince people to go that extra mile and shell out for a Fight Stick. It makes playing Street Fighter and other games so much better. In the words of our favourite random Sushi guy who got thrown into a shit advert; Try! You like it! And to top it off here's a shit quality photo of my badly modded Fight Stick. I'd imagine you guys can mod your own much better than I did. Feel free to reply to this blog with images of your own Fight Stick if you have one. I'd love to see some mods you guys have done.