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8:23 AM on 01.08.2009

Prototype: My Second Confirmed Purchase for '09

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So this clip popped up at Kotaku, via G4. The gameplay looks stunning, for a sandbox putz such as myself. The usage of superpowers in the open world looks to be heavily improved upon since those of us who appreciated Crackdown to the fullest felt its true awesomeness. Those fans are now chomping at the bit for a sequel from the Realtime Worlds stunner, and I hope they are taking notice of Prototype.

The setting of New York MIGHT have some people rolling their eyes over the fact we've just been to Liberty City this gen. I'll appreciate being able to actually be at Central Park and Times Square, this time around. The authenticity of the Apple adds a bit of flava to the overall game. Now, that's just the setting you are given to do as you please in. The gameplay shown is easily some of the most impressive we've seen of this genre to date. I remember before Crackdown came out, very hopeful details emerged as the days led up to the release of the greatest game demo of all time. The demo of Crackdown should have been on every 360 with a Live connection, as some of the blind Halo fans continued their pursuit of the game simply for the Halo 3 beta.

I bring up Crackdown simply because this game has received minimal hype up until now, at least from my perspective. I hope that when the day comes of either a good demo or drop date, we are rewarded with mind-blowing game play that this preview clip displays.

The powers shown off by the protagonist Alex are fitting of a character in a linear storyline. Games with a character seeking to reclaim their identity normally don't give us the chance to go out into a city setting and destroy any and all that gets in our way. Perhaps this will resemble the Incredible Hulk game of not too long ago. I recall that game getting a lot of praise for the open destructiveness, even from a licensed title we all expected never to hear good things from.

Perhaps Prototype can take the lessons of every sandbox game created before it and build us some of the most impressive sand castles we've yet to see from this genre.   read


5:05 AM on 01.07.2009

Um, WOW (NVGR)

I don't know if D'Toid has been graced by this piece of genius, but just in case it hasn't...

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I would like to know what is the legal age of baby making in Australia. I bet Yahtzee slams this after video reviews.   read


3:33 AM on 01.07.2009

Console War Journal #1: I'm Ready to Do My Part

Since the PS3 debuted, the Console Wars have reigned upon the interwebs. I, a man of peace and love, have toured the war-torn wastelands that had once been enjoyable and readable message boards. I grew more and more 'scust as I bared witness to my fellow fat-asses square off in posting smackdowns to the point where I wanted no part of them.

All this time, I stood by as I already staked my place in this war, but I could not succumb to the battles.

No longer.

'm like Sting when he walked on the rafters while the WCW and nWo were in the middle of their war. I'd come down every now and then and perform a Scorpion Deathdrop on some fools, then I'd go back up till next Monday.

I'm getting so annoyed by this whole thing, so I think I'm ready to join my 360 brethren against the PS3rd Placers on a full time basis. We gotta let them know that the PS3 has its own RROD, it's the duration of time between release dates for GOOD exclusives and install times. Yeah bitches, I'm on my 3rd 360 in 2 years. The last console I played this much was by Sony, and I recall sending that defective lense-having piece of shit back about 8 times cuz it couldn't read dick. Compared to that nightmare (which made me give up gaming, look at my bio), I won.

Maybe war will taste better when I have seasoned my meals with blood.

My gaming library has doubled this holiday season, and my green disc cases look ever so sexy on my shelves, awaiting their lord and master to slap some OWN on all of the campaign modes.

I swear to thee, my fellow Xbrother, you will not be left alone against the onslaught of desperate PS3 dogs, hopelessly trying to find meaning for their fail existence. Whenever a story, a blog or even a thread is flamed, I will be there to slap-fat fight back with you!

Now, wtf are our exclusives this year? Halo Wars isn't what I'd call a good start. :/   read


5:44 AM on 12.30.2008

The Year in Gaming from an Xbox 360 Owner

2008 was a grand year indeed in the world of gaming. There are many things I would like to pontificate about, but I can't hold attention spans long enough to go through everything. Alas, I have some of my most poigniant thoughts ready to go.

The Console Wars

The so called "Console Wars" continued an even more hilarious battle, as the best selling console managed to get hammered as a non-gamer machine. Even funnier, an epic battle ensues between one machine that's overpriced and underutilized, and the another that has hardware as reliable as an American automobile and a questionably overpriced online service.

Does it seem that Sony and MIcrosoft seemingly switched spots since the previous gen?

The PS2 is almost unanimously the most successful gaming console in the history of brain cell murder. So many people, including myself, who got a PS2 at launch had to send it in for repairs on NUMEROUS occasions. The damn thing stopped reading discs about 8 times before I performed a Dem Mok to it. The RRoD is almost a case of the sniffles compared to the horror I encountered with my PS2.

When the Xbox came out, a superior and ahead-of-the-trade console started gaining quick momentum. I never owned one until Halo 2 came out, but even then did it seem moot to attempt a second library of games when I had what I wanted for PS2. The only game I got for Xbox that I already had for PS2 was GTA: San Andreas, and was last Christmas. I loved and missed that game so much that I needed to rekindle it somehow, and my Xbox was the only last gen working.

I want a PS3 badly now, but its more for the Bluray capability since I know have an HDTV, and potential of a few exclusives that have yet to be announced (*cough* FF7 remake *cough*).

Most Anticipated of the Year

When January hit, the first on my list of an epic year of gaming purchases was Burnout Paradise city. I played the holy hell out of it, along with my twin nephews. It lost legs for a bit, until the badassary of free DLC came out and reignited our love for this game. It's fun to turn on for a few minutes at at time now, just to do a few jumps and epically crash w/o the threat of losing a hot, Welsh princess.

Let me not pretend that the game that had me tossing my own salad was coming out in April after a delay, which was GTA IV. On these blogs, I had joined others in our saladthons in waiting for this game. In my first Midnight launches (while dropping $80 on the SE), it had been a while since I was that hyped about anything not a new Batman movie. The days following the launch, I assumed that the difficulty and lack of a few key elements I've always been used to in the 3D GTA series was due to the game being more better than I am. I thought the tripping over steps, realistic driving physics, and awesome Verizon network never dropping a cellphone call were all in part of this game being too awesome for me to handle.

Not until another game scheduled for release this year started dropping trailers left and right, did I start to learn what was missing from my GTA experience.

Fun.

Good god, where was my good olle army chasing/epic cop dodging/stupid ass fun? It was nowhere to be found. GTA went and did what so many other forms of entertainment do that eventually lead to the fall of Rome: it took itself too seriously. Maybe a game like this should NOT attempt realism. What the hell do any of us want to do in a GTA game that has anything to do with REALISM????

The fallout from GTA IV nearly put me back in a gaming purgatory, as games that peaked my interest like The Force Unleashed and another Madden loomed on the horizon. I skipped on Madden and thankfully The Force Unleashed. Two games that were guaranteed purchases by me were Gears 2 and Fallout 3.

Haven behold the beauty of Gears of War 2. Like the first one, I'm taking baby steps with the game, hoping to make it last as long as possible. I only play a few check points at a time, between doing other stuff on my 360. Fallout 3 is waiting in the wings. I am in the belief that it will consume all of my gaming time, so I do NOT want to play this while finishing up other games. I believe it will be that demanding.

As I continually ride the jock of my favorite Caped Crusader, I locked up Lego Batman and MK vs DC late in the winter as well. I only picked up these two games cuz they were on sale at good prices. I was honestly gonna pass on both, but Lego Batman was on sale for $25 bucks at Meijer on Thanksgiving Day. I was only supposed to get some last minute fixens for dinner, but came home with that and Lego Indiana Jones for $20 as a xmas gift for my nephew. MK vs DC has only been mine for two days now, since Target had it and other games on sale for $39 bucks.

Surprise Purchases

I'll go on record right now saying that I HATE Gamestop. I refuse to do business with them. Its that simple. Since I don't do online shopping either, my access to used games is all but dead. Thankfully, one of those private owned gaming shops opened up near by called Destiny Games. Since I'm n olf fashioned Detroit boy, I love supporting private businesses. With that being said, a gaming version of this business model was enough reason to partake in some good, used games.

I picked up Saint's Row just to fill the fodder time after I stopped playing GTA IV. I didn't even bother worrying about achievements as I cheated my way though this game. It was a good idea, IMO, as taking over Stillwater black-by-block was a fun experience.

Rainbow Six Vegas was another used purchase, which I pulled off a few days ago as well. I loved the tactile based FPS action, as I missed playing COD4, but was no interested in World at War. It's becoming a bit of a pain the ass getting into online games, but I'm gonna play this along with Gears 2 until its time to make love to Fallout 3.

I saw at Destiny Games a copy of Bioshock for like 20 bucks. I may get that after I finish Fallout sometime before Resident Evil 5's arrival.

Another set of surprises came from the world of Xbox Live Arcade. I pulled the trigger on 4 games games that have made my days vetty happy.

Castle Crashers is simply a revelation in arcade beat'em-ups. Going 4 players with all three of my nephews was undoubtedly the best fun I've had with them this year in gaming. The graphics and silly gameplay make this a game great for party atmospheres and hang outs with the churrins. I know there are a lot of bugs playing online, so I hope none of that occurs if I play it local.

Everyone's rocking Uno, but I got it for the first time this month. I have a bunch of online friends who now own 360s, so we chose this simple game to play while voice chatting. It's pretty fun playing this with only the DVD remote.

My nephews played the hell out of Assault Heroes, so I jumped on that when it was on sale for like 400 MS points. I really don't touch it all that much, but I love watching them play it.

Finally, the beast that I had been waiting for on Xbox Live is Turbo Remix. Super Street Fighter II is legendary in every respect. An HD REMIX came out at the same time as I got an HDTV, so it made the want of this game shoot through the roof. I'm one of the many getting owned almost every time I play, but its still fun to play and I'm glad I have it.

Favorite of 2008

This year in gaming on the Xbox 360 gave us so many gems. I haven't beaten arguably the two best games in Gears 2 and Fallout 3 yet,, so I'm sure my opinion may change. Until then, one game busted through the door this year, and turned my GTA IV frown upside down.

Saint's Row 2.

No where NEAR the best game of the year. You won't even see it being considered, but not a rat ass do I give. Saint's Row 2 has become my favorite game on the Xbox 360 this year, a space I had set up for the other sandbox game of the year. This game is easily the biggest surprise, but sits at the top as the best fun I've had in a game all year. We all strive to find that perfect game that is polished so clean, you can't tell if its real, or if its the the final installment of an epic franchise, or if its a game so hyped up that there's no way it could represent the suck. Saint's Row 2 was not a spotlight game, nor a highly anticipated game in the gaming world. What it was and still is, is a very viable alternative.

Maybe its because it takes me back to the days of San Andreas, but who knows. I get that feeling I got with the GTA games on the PS2 more from Saint's Row 2 than from GTA IV, and that means everything to me.

So 2008 was a splendid year, I spent the most on games this year than any other year, and I'm very please with all of my choices. I'm wondering if I should have gotten Fable 2 along the way, but maybe I can swipe that up used, along with a few other down the road.

I hope your 2008 was just as awesome, and here's to a good 2009.   read


2:16 AM on 12.25.2008

New Setup, NOW w/ HDTV, but also Crappy Pic Quality :/

So the magic happens, I finally got a new HDTV. But being the slob that I am, I hadn't cleaned up the joint enough to take pics of the fine machine as it fits into the setup. However, Christmas came a-callin', so I had to clean the joint for when family came over.

Unfortunately, I misplaced my regular camera somewheres, so I had to borrow my baby cousin's lame-ass dgicam. What follows are pics of my new Panasonic 42" Plasma and a couple more barely see-able pics.

I hope to keep the place clean enough so I can take new pics when I find my or buy a new camera. :/

EDIT: For some reason the pics are cropped, so click to view for full shots.





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7:36 PM on 11.29.2008

Happy New HDTV/RRoD Day!!!

After years of waiting, I am the owner of a brand new HDTV. It's not one of the TVs I researched over the years, not even the same technology. I got the Panasonic 42" 720p plasma viera for $549 on Black Friday. The tv is simply sex compared to my original tv. After waiting in line from 4am to 8am to get my cheap beauty, I was greeted with my second case of Red Rings of Death when I gleefully returned home.

Oh, the fail...

Two thoughts immediately jumped in my head:

1. FUCK!!!!

2. No mo' warranty. :(

That last one was probably more of a technicality. Basically, I was trying to convince myself to take it to this guy I know who makes a living fixing RROD'd Xboxes at his private-owned gaming shop.

So, here I sit watching HD College Football and Red Wing hockey, and all I wanna do is play some of my damn games in HD for the first time.

Anyone else being cock-blocked from enjoying HD gaming goodness?   read


7:27 PM on 11.07.2008

Regular Characters vs Created Characters: Post Saint's Row 2 Edition

In the beginning, there was Pac Man and Donkey Kong. I won't even mention the nameless fuck who couldn't pilot for shit in Galaga. Then we were given Mario, Link, Billy and Bimmy. Then Sonic, then Toe Jam then...eh, you get where I'm going with this. We have celebrated fantastic video game characters over the years, same as we have celebrated movie and television characters. However, we felt that much closer to VG characters, because of the interactivity of controlling their adventures.

As these mainstream and platform games took the majority of gaming's attention, some RPGs offered up characters that gave you the option of customizing the names of your characters.

This allowed perhaps an even deeper connection to the character on screen, as he/she interacted with others within the game, referred to as the name you have chosen for them. I admit my blasphemy: I changed Cloud's name when I first played FF7. I was unaware of the rules sanctioned by the RPG elite, as to how much of a FAIL maneuver that was.

Then the great game of WCW vs nWo: Revenge came out. You couldn't create your own character, but you could damn well fully edit a current wrestler to be whatever the flip you wanted them to look like. I thought that we reached the pinnacle of customization until WWE: Wrestlemania came out like a year or two later. This was the first time fully custom characters could come into the fold for me to toy with.

My created roster consisted of one wrestler, then two, then two more, then eventually I filled the entire created slots. Between my friend and I, we didn't compete in actual matches, but how many cool and unique characters we could come up with. It got so involved that we had our core crew of like 5 or 6 characters each that evolved into the PS2 Smackdown versions. With the create mode much more in depth, we truly were fans of creating our own characters as apposed to just playing the game itself, let alone the regular characters.

At this time, I was still playing platform, survivor horror and other games. In my sports games, I even started to toy with created players. That's more of a cheap way of playing, but it has its moments. There were also games coming out where you could edit a characters look, none as involved as Carl Johnson from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. CJ was so awesomely customizable that hardly anyone had him looking the same. If you went over a friends house to pass the controller around when you died, you felt a little detached to CJ cuz those weren't the threads you had him rockin' in your game.

I am such a big fan of custom and created characters in gaming. I like knowing that I can have a game everyone else has, but have it be my own at the same time. I got this feeling even more as I've played and completed the Saint's Row games. The first game felt a little generic, as your guy spewed maybe 5 lines total in the game, sounding semi-appropriately like a deaf-mute. In SR2, with the better create mode and voice option, you really feel like you made a character for this game that maybe everyone should play as. To see my character not only in the game kicking all types of ass and in cut scenes actually looking and acting awesomely, it really expands the total experience of a game. A few scenes in particular had me going back to the tv at my crib to watch them over again.

I know that this type of gameplay often leads to weak stories, as the better story-driven games have awesome, established protagonists. It's just fun being able to enjoy a story -- no matter how flawed -- where your character is the one owning the day.

What do you guys think?   read


11:58 AM on 10.26.2008

Saint's Row 2: Real Muthaphukin' G's

I'm pretty sure I'm at only like 4% done with this game, but already I'm taken by it.

First off, I jumped on board the first Saint's Row in frustration I was having with GTA IV, looking for fun in a desperate way. Fun was achieved in all its heavenly glory, as my custom homeboy tore through The Row, earning respect as a top dog in the Third Street Saints. The ending, you get blowed up real good on a boat, which leads to end credits rolling as the boat smolders. You're left with that jaw opening feeling, as you thought you may have opened up a boat mission or two.

I fell in love with The Row, I really did. So, as I walk around town as Ultor has dropped corporate buildings all over my shit, my old neighborhood is gone. It's so OCP from Robocop, except the old man won. Only the church stands, which is preserved as a museum. The pain of walking around with the city changed makes it feel a bit personal.

Here are few things I have taken from what I've played thus far:

The physics of the game is slightly different. Taking a cue from GTA IV, some of the perspectives and physics of moving your character around are a step closer to realism. The driving seems to be a bit more chaotic, so that'll take some getting use to. The fighting system is awesome, with the three-hit combos. I've only picked up a crowbar and a kitana, but I likes what I got. The ways of impaling suckas with the kitana through the jaw is quite gratifying. Duel wielding some weapons was awesome, too. The gore is stepped up a bit no matter what weapon you use, which can only mean WIN. I use motorcyles right now, just cruising through the city. One is called Tetsuo, which looks exactly like Tetsuo's bike in Akira, so boss. While on said bikes, you can wield your melee weapon like one of the bike gangs, swinging away as you drive by someone.

The coolest thing I came across while playing so far, is the zombie mini-game. OMG, if that were an XBLA game, I'd buy it, like NOW. Its so good, bashing the living fuck out of zombies with crowbars, bats, and what ever you can find. Pulling out a fully-auto gat and mowing them down is quite awesome, as well. I imagine playing this game many-a-time, which will only make the game last that much longer.

This only comes from three hours of play, which only accounted for three official missions, a few activities, a diversion and zombie smashing. I'm so stoked as to what else I can find on this game as I go along. Hopefully, the longevity will provide good alternative when I'm tired of annihilating Locusts hordes in Gears of War 2 in less than two weeks.

Oh, real quick:

GET THIS FUCKING GAME!!!!   read


12:04 PM on 10.15.2008

Hayden Panettiere is Not Funny, w/ 100% Moar F-Bombs (NSFW)

I'm starting to think that Hayden Panettiere's good qualities lie in making teenage boys masturbate while in a cheerleading out fit. Speaking doesn't seem to be her strong suite.


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11:05 PM on 10.13.2008

Midnight Dilemma: SVGR (SO Video Game Related)

It's 12 midnight, and Saint's Row 2 is sitting at a store walking distance and open 24 hours.

I have 80 bucks on me.

Its supposed to be for a tux for a wedding on Friday.

I don't get paid this week, and I need the money for booze as well.

I want this fucking game so badly.

I, however, still have to complete the first game.

If I don't get it with money in my hand, who knows when I'll get it.

There are 4 other fucking games coming out that I want.

Gah!

Ok, so the dilemma is that I'm gonna be gnawing at my fingers like that big fucking rock from The Neverending Story all night. I really WANT this game, but I need the money for other things. It's like knowing I have to buy Christmas presents, and I go splurge at the titty bar. My mind is all asunder right now.   read


1:43 AM on 09.27.2008

31 Nights of Halloween



The time of year is coming when we all start putting our plans together as to how we plan on celebrating this next Halloween. Decorations and costumes aside, I believe one vital Halloween component can be easily overlooked:

The Movies!

Ok, so this year I plan on doing a movie a night for the month of October. in some cases, maybe two. Last year, I squandered the plan completely, and I'll not be caught off guard again. This year, I plan on doing my movie nights, followed by an insightful blog discussing said movie.

The list itself is in its rough stages. I gotta hammer out a few ideas more here and there. Here's what I got so far:

Alien
Se7en
Lost Boys
Child's Play
Dawn of the Dead
Day of the Dead
Shaun of the Dead
Twilight Zone The Movie
Monster Squad
John Carpenter's Vampires
Van Helsing
Godzilla
Creepshow 1 & 2
The Thing
The Hitcher
28 Days Later
From Dusk Till Dawn
Gremlins
Resident Evil 1 & 3
Evil Dead
Killer Klowns from Outer Space
Silence of the Lambs
American Psycho
The Faculty
The Ring
The Nightmare Before Xmas
Ghostbusters
Addams Family Values
Batman vs Dracula
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

This is a rough idea, again. Please, feel free give idea on movies I didn't list or even some I should take out.

I'm missing a lot of movies and probably have a few in here that shouldn't be. Display your elitism and show me where I WIN and FAIL on this list.   read


10:32 PM on 08.07.2008

GTA IV Points at Me, Says It's Better Than Me

It takes a lot for a game to be great.

First off, it has to obviously have some sort of past merit to receive ridiculous pub before it even hit the streets. Second, when it has proven it's worth, it has to be able to prove it over and over again. It's like marrying somebody you know you'll want to sleep with for the rest of your life.

GTA IV is that perfect bride. It looks spectacular, plays so brilliantly, has depth you wouldn't believe, and even has a physics engine that challenges your manhood.

However, it came with one fatal flaw:

Lack of stupid fun.

I harped as loud as anyone possibly could leading up to the days of GTA IV's release. I got my copy at midnight, prompting me to make a 7-Eleven snack run and positioning myself in my Queen Alien eggsack-thingy for an all-nighter. I spent the next couple of days immersed in the re-awesomeness of Liberty City. The final product was so smooth, sexy and oddly...realistic.

I heard it on this site somewhere, stating that realism doesn't always constitute fun.

I posted a lot of man-love related blogs and talkback in all threads relating to GTA IV. The love was strong, but the wifey proved herself to be void of ignorant fun, which is what I need and the previous versions provided.

I feel embarrassed for how much I almost went Joker with my promoting my love for this game. The feeling has thinned out to me not even having finished the game yet. I finally caught that dude that beat up your gay friend in the park. How sad is that?

The best/worse part is that I finally broke down and got a copy of Saint's Row. I'm having way more fun on this far more flawed game than I did in GTA IV. Creating my character to my own design and doing everything San Andreas-esque. Maybe the thuggish/hip-hop style is more appealing, but that is so not the case. The realness of Liberty City almost makes you too nervous to go out and do the stupid stuff. It almost makes you too embarrassed to do anything stupid, in fear of someone catching you dumbing-down the game experience.

GTA actually feels too fancy for me, and that's sad. I almost killed my taste for console gaming, as I ran to City of Heroes for like two months. Thankfully, with a fall-full of awesome games coming out, and me finally deciding to get Saint's Row, I'm a happy gamer again.

Screw you, GTA IV. You're not better than me.

Just smarter.   read


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