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7:50 PM on 03.27.2009

Flash Review #2: Kingdom Hearts

Alright, well its been a little while...I had some PS2 disc read problems, made a few fixes (slamming it into the ground a few times is more like it) and am back! I've done three flash review plays. Just to write the actual reviews now!

Alright. First is Kingdom Hearts.
I've played this before, but never finished it.
I got to around Traverse Town. Theres a lot of cutscenes really. I started off the game sort of excited to play it, but then got into it again after realizing how much I used to love it. But the storys a bit odd at first...I didn't really remember anything from the first time around so I couldn't use that as previous knowledge. I didn't really get what was going on. Where did this island come from? How did all the characters get here? Why the fuck are these Square Enix and Disney worlds colliding into one?

I didn't get an answer in my first hour. Not at all. But I did get some fun gaming and some fun characters.

A few highlights:
I particularly enjoyed just exploring the island (small as it is) doing the menial tasks for Kairi.
I liked getting into combat duels with the kids on the island and eventually with the Heartless towards the end of this very simple beginning chapter.
Another thing I enjoyed was the little rivalry you have with Riku over Kairi, the "cute" girl that your character, Sora, a kid who looks like a Final Fantasy-Disney main character hybrid clone with some massive fucking shoes, is apparently in love with. It sort of seemed nostalgic to me, oddly. Especially cuz I always lost. Thats the real nostalgic part.

I also realized how much I hate Donald Duck's voice. Dear God.

So, not much to say really.
I don't think Kingdom Hearts lives up the hype in the first hour, but I seem to remember it getting way better once you get to your different worlds and fun combat business. Oh well.   read


9:10 PM on 03.23.2009

Flash Review #1: Metal Gear Solid 2

Alright, well I was about a day late uploading this because of tennis practice and other bullshits, but whatever. I sat down for about an hour and fifteen minutes the other day to play MGS2 and I really only played for about an hour but the cutscenes extended it a bit.

I started playing on normal difficulty, watching all the cutscenes and sitting through all the codec conversations. i want the full experience, the same one I got when I first beat the game several years ago, a great experience I hold in very high regard. From the start, I instantly get into the story and am suddenly thrust back into that espionage filled world of the series that just pulsates with energy and enthusiasm.

I must say, the music helps even more. I love it.

I got all the way through the beginning (introduction) part as Snake, which is a part I have almost memorized because of the many runthroughs that barely make it past that I've done. But I slaved through it, but I suppose it was a good kind of slavery. The best kind. The kind that shines through the pains like some awesome game, like Metal Gear Solid fucking Two.

The graphics are a bit dated for 2009, I guess, but I still love them, they still hold up, and way better than GTA3 I must say (early). The character voices, the audio, the music as I previously mentioned; everything is all superb. I really think it deserves all the credit it got.

A few gripes I had were really ones that resulted from me either being too used to the much improved control scheme of MGS4 or just me sucking at videogames. I got caught one time towards the end of the introduction because I hit x once and expected to move in a crouched position, but instead moved right into the prone one, and was too slow to avoid a Marine. Oh well. My fault, eh?

All in all, I'd say that my "first" hour of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty was a completely enjoyable one, one that I'd gladly do again. Just kidding. It does get a bit boring after all the times I've done it. Now, on to the next flash review!   read


11:13 PM on 03.21.2009

Flash Reviews: An Immaculate Conception!

Haven't been here in a while, but I'm always loyal to Dtoid and alas, I have returned.
Now, past that bullshit.
I stole a bunch of games from my friend today, so I decided (since my age-old ps2 has suddenly come back to life) that I'm gonna play all the games I have and the ones I stole. Well, borrowed, so I don't sound like a HARDASS.

But, I don't always have time. And these are some hefty games, at least at my level of playing time.
SHITTY CELLPHONE PICTUREwarningwarningwarning



So I think I'll do a little flash review for each one, before I possibly go on to fully review them all.
The Rules?
I'll play each game for an hour or so. It can drag on if I really like it or forget. This includes menus, cutscenes, tutorial bullshits...what have you. An hour and I'm gonna write my little review.

The List?
(These are mainly old games. Actually, all old games. I enjoy nostalgia as much as the next guy.)

Kingdom Hearts
Previous Experience: I played this for a while back in the day, but I used Action Replay and was a lame little kid at the time...so I don't really count it. It killed my save anyways, so fuck that.

Kingdom Hearts TWO
I beat this one, without cheating this time, but I've always wanted to replay the game again. Now I have a chance!

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
I never played this before, but I know the basic story of it from my Resident Evil experiences with friends and whatnot.

Resident Evil 2
Played alot of this one back on the N64, but never on the playstation. Looking forward to it, it used to scare the shit out of me.

Resident Evil: Code Veronica X
I never played this one, though I was always aware of it.

Star Ocean
I actually have barely even heard of this game, and I barely even know what its about. I'm assuming its an RPG, and I like those.

Devil May Cry 3
I played this for about five minutes at a friend's house once. The only DMC I ever got into was the first one, and I hear this one is mad fucking hard so I probably won't get too far in it :X

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
I love this game alot, but I've never actually beaten it. I don't beat alot of games, come to think of it. I should change this terrifying fact about my life.

Metal Gear Solid 3 (not pictured)
I love this game so much. Thats all I have to say.

Grand Theft Auto 3 (not pictured)
Well, I have San Andreas too, of course, but I think I've played that one way too much to review it. And besides, with its age, I think 3 is old enough to warrant a review if just to see how well its aged. Like a fine wine...etc.

Alright, so thats it. I'm gonna do my first hour of one of those tonight. First flash review should be up tomorrow morning or night.

Cool beans?   read


1:21 AM on 04.12.2008

Wow, I haven't been here in months.

I know that no one probably remembers me, but I posted a couple blogs here a couple of months ago and seemingly vanished. Well i did not forget Destructoid and I hope to be able and come back, maybe writing a few blogs now and again.

This doesn't really affect anyone but if anyone recalls me it'd be nice to know. And yeah this is a short little blog but I don't actually CARE.   read


5:51 PM on 12.06.2007

Three Movies/Shows That Have Game Potential

Wait wait wait! Before I get started and you all say that movie games and tv games (especially) always suck just hear me out. Remember when those games were announced? You had a lot more faith in them then didn't you? Sure you did. And so did I. Well, I was just thinking about some movies and shows (one really) that have the possibility of an actual good game being based on them. And sure, most of these will never happen.

But who cares?
Also, I'm trying not to just think of RPGs, but they seem to come to mind way too fucking much, am I right?

V for Vendetta



The Movie's Plot: The futuristic tale unfolds in a Great Britain that's a fascist state. A freedom fighter known as V (Weaving) uses terrorist tactics to fight the oppressive society. He rescues a young woman (Portman) from the secret police, and she becomes his unlikely ally.
[IMDB]

What the Game Could Be: What I'm imagining, as many of you probably have, is a half-linear half-nonlinear third person action exploration game. HLHNLTPAEG for short. Maybe a climbing system along the lines of Assassins Creed. Something along the lines of how the Warriors was. Free roaming area with side missions but linear areas for the game missions. Playing as V, you could have both missions from the storyline (TV Studio Assault, etc.). The weapons would be pretty interesting, as would be the possible character development. There is a good area left open for cutscenes, which could probably end up pretty good.

Chances of it Actually Happening: Seeing as how the movie really wraps up the story, and how the movie came out over two years ago, my probability of this game happening is around 25 to 30%. Theres always the chance of prequels or sequels made just for another movie.

OZ (HBO)



The Show's Plot: This violent, sexual, extremely graphic prison drama revolves around the many inmates of Oswald Maximum Security Penitentiary, or Oz. There are tons of characters, from the inmates to the guards, back stories, rivalrys, gangs, and interesting dialogue.

What the Game Could Be: I've always sort of named this game "The Impossible Great Game". Impossible meaning, the show is rated TV-MA, and it deserves it more than any other HBO show in my opinion. Well, except for the adult shit. The ESRB, Jack Thompson, and the press would have a field day. Rape scenes, shankings, Aryans, as well as the largest assortment of naked prisoners in "Don't Drop that Soap!" situations. This game would BE Adults Only. Theres no chance of even a Mature. PC title if it could ever come about. "The Impossible Great Game". Great meaning, theres a big time RPG factor. I always considered an RPG with Oblivion like character customization, in addition to a Mass Effect dialogue system. You could come into Oz with a preset crime and sentence, explore the prison, meet the cons, meet the guards, and get into all sorts of happenings. From shanking people to joining a gang, from getting transferred to getting killed, this game would be the ultimate confined open world. How to finish it: Die or get released. Thats it.

Chances of it Actually Happening: Slim to motherfucking none. The shows been over for over three years, the game would be the most graphic game of all time (the rapes would be cut definitely), and it would be in development hell for years most likely. But, we Oz fans can always hope.

The Boondock Saints



The Movie's Plot: Twin brothers Conner and Murphy, feeling that their God-given mission is to cleanse the Earth of all human evil, set out to rid Boston of crime. But instead of joining the police force, these Irish Americans decide to kick criminal butt their own way -- la Charles Bronson. Willem Dafoe is the openly gay FBI special agent assigned to investigate.
[Netflix]

What the Game Could Be: There are a certain amount of possibilites for this game. Of course, I'm imagining something along the lines of a third person shooter with a co-op system. You could play as both Connor and Murphy, and fight through some of the movie's action sequences. There would have to be tons of new material, as the film is not just an action fest. All the weapons, characters, and overall quality of the movie could lead to some interesting levels.

Chances of it Actually Happening: For this, I'd say about 45 to 50%. Sure it came out in what, '99? But theres been wishes from the creator to make a sequel, and if that never pans out theres always the chance for a good game. Just don't Kane and Lynch it.

So, that does it.What do you think about my choices in both movie and in gameplay?   read


10:38 PM on 12.05.2007

Huge Amazon sale

ATTN: Those with some cash to spend thats burning a hole in their game consoles.

Just saw on Amazon that there is a huge sale on videogames, all up to 50% off! Thats right, if there was a 100 dollar videogame, you could get it for 50 dollars! Awesome!

Also, sorry if this is a tad old. IDK, Gametab said 4 hours?
Here's a few links

360
http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&plgroup=3&docId=1000175111

PS3
http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&plgroup=1&docId=1000175111

Wii
http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&plgroup=4&docId=1000175111

For example, the 70 dollar Stranglehold CE for PS3 (with Hard Boiled Bluray) is now down to 50 bucks. 10 less than the normal version of Stranglehold.   read


9:44 PM on 12.05.2007

Game of the Year: 2007

There have been so many games that have come out this year that can be considered for the coveted GOTY in all those magazines, websites, and cashwhore domains. *cough* I was just wondering what my GOTY is so far this year, and also what everyone else's favorite game was. Its really a tough decision. Initially I think of the games coming out recently: The Orange Box, Call of Duty 4, Bioshock etc. Then I start to hate myself for not remembering all the great games that probably came out before the summer that i can't remember for shit.

The games that i mentioned earlier are really excellent, from: The Orange Box's excellent compliation of great AAA games; Bioshock's great story and atmosphere; and Call of Duty 4's RPG-esque online, there are too many choices for me. Also, I've forgotten about Galaxy. I'm waiting for everyone on Dtoid to come in here, smack me on the head, and tell me about every other game I've left out. Hey, its almost 11 where I am and I can't remember.

However, i'm pretty sure you guys do. Whats your favorite game of the year so far? Hell, maybe I'll add them all to this blog and it can be like fucking insane.

PS: This blog is shit.   read


9:19 PM on 12.05.2007

Flash Games!

Oh what an old pastime for me. Often realizing that I either had no/shit games to play on a console or my PC, I would often retreat to the internet for some good old flash games. Though I never had the guts to stick it out for learning how to make something in Flash, I could always enjoy the fruits of someone else's labor.

Anyway, I've decided to compile a short list of some flash games that I've been into or are into at the moment. Here it goes.

1. The Last Stand


This game is really very good. What surprised me is that it was the first game from the creator. Basically, the Last Stand is a defense game. You and others are held up in a little fort, and zombies stream at you, and you are given the task of "Removing the Head, or destroying the Brain." Theres 20 levels, and about 16 weapons. Theres tons of different zombie looks.

Link: http://www.addictinggames.com/thelaststand.html

2. Sinjid: Shadow of the Warrior


One of the first games I acutally got into, Sinjid is a bit of an action RPG where you play as a ninja/warrior man whose sole purpose in life is to...go through portals and kill shit? Yeah. In a nutshell. But, theres an impressive amount of customization, stat progression, and fun for a flash RPG. If you like this sequel (of no real relation to the first, so theres no need to worry about story), you can also check out the original (I think?) entitled Sinjid: Battle Arena.

Link: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/209736

3. Boxhead (More Rooms, The Rooms, etc.)


Words cannot describe how much I fell in love with this game...Basically, you play as this Boxhead guy, and then zombie boxheads almost endlessly flow into a "Room" while you kill them for points. Theres a decent amount of weapons and stuff to get, and its a real good timewaster in my opinion. Theres actually three or four versions out I believe, and if you're into two players on one keyboard, I think there is a co-op option in one.

Links:
Boxhead More Rooms: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/363126
Boxhead The Rooms: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/355964
Boxhead 2Play Rooms: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/378950

So, if your computer and internet can actually handle decent sized flash games, then you should check these out. Sure, there are a ton more good and better games out there, but I just thought of a few you could get started on on some snowy day in the near future. :)   read


2:19 AM on 12.01.2007

Call of Duty 4:Experience May Change Online

Ah, the single player campaign of COD4. Its variety of missions and objectives, its actually somewhat passable storyline, and its cinematic missions (Flashback missions anyone?) left a warm feeling in my heart. Or maybe that was just the heat in my house.

Anyway, I wrapped up the campaign on regular, beat the epilogue, and then got ready for a little multiplayer. Normally I like to finish the single player first, for odd reasons unknown. So, I tapped the X button on Multiplayer, hit Play Online, and got ready for some "ownage".


Ownage like this maybe?

Of course, that was a while ago. Now, I'm level 26, which I know is pretty tame compared to the people who have completed Prestige Mode 8 times, but I've only logged 7 hours. While I'm off topic, I love using either the M4, shotgun, or M16.

Baack on topic, the online is a little different in terms of community. Seeing as how most PS3 owners that are playing do not have mics, the game rooms are usually silent. Which, is golden. When you experience that chatty group, or that asshole who sucks at the game but heckles you for killing all but one person when you were the last one alive, you get really pissed off. I do, at least.

This sort of changes the online. While I try to use tactics with those willing to do so, most people, often without mics, run off trying to get kills and end up getting a round to the dome. Laugh it off? Nope. These players often lead to my team losing.

sadface.

Then, theres the assholes. They also do the same thing, except when I play with them they seem to know that they're running off and being stupid. These guys I can ignore. If we're playing Search and Destroy, which is a game type that if you get killed in you have to wait until the round ends to respawn, I don't give a fuck. But the comments get real tiring when you are often left with the guy.

Whether I'm looking for either a quick match or two, or I'm looking for tons of experience to level up a few times, all of this really gives me trouble. But, maybe you disagree. Maybe YOU don't give a shit. But I do.



Dear Infinity Ward/Activision,
Please give us a fucking mute button.

Dear Sony,
Please bundle a mic with all console variants.

Thats it. Thats what I have to say. Not much I know, but I just wanted to get my thoughts across the internet medium.

"But you didn't say God Bless You when I sneezed!"   read


4:14 PM on 11.27.2007

New Purchases

A couple months I set aside a little bit of money, much too eager to spend it, but smart enough to save it for a while. At least a few weeks. So, I recently decided to put my thoughts to fruition and actually spend some of that hard-given cash. Thats right I did not earn this cash.



Got a problem?

Anyway, I decided to spend it on none other than the Nintendo Special, that being a Wii and a DS. Ever since visiting my friends house during the summer and experiencing the Wii firsthand, as well as a rather explicit house wide Pictochat session featuring some of his sisters, I've been on the verge of wanting the two. Of course I've been on the verge of giving up on them and just buying Rock Band. But, I decided to see the tracks for Rock Band and might just wait until Christmas.

So, I went to my local Best Buy, bought the two, along with Phantom Hourglass, Metroid Prime 3, Manhunt 2, and Resident Evil 4. Needless to say, I was spent. Broke. My wallet looked like Nicole Richie on a bad day.

Now, here I am, sitting at home, writing a blog about this whole experience. Want to know my thoughts on the actual playing of these two systems? Maybe? Well fuck it dude, lets go blogging.

My experience with the Wii, is what you might say, interesting. I got home, hooked it up, and immediately whipped up some Wii Sports. Making my Mii and setting to the lanes, I got my Lebowski quotes rolling right along with the ball. Pro Level called to me, but I'd had enough. My arm felt like I'd been participating in a Jerkoff-a-thon. Metroid Prime is the first I've played in the series, and while I liked it, I wanted to get to the other good stuff. Manhunt 2 is fun, and the ruthless killing gets me going sometimes, so that was a good experience. RE4 was, well, RE4. Nevertheless, my experience thus far with the Wii is a good one, although its not exactly the thing that I'll want to do for hours upon hours at a time, or at least in an intensive game.

Short little paragraph there, but thats all im interested in writing. The DS awaits.

Nintendo DS, two years old and still thriving. I have played this mostly at my friends house and on a school trip, but it still makes me want to play just like a console. I can sit down for a couple hours on the couch and just play some Pheonix Wright or Zelda, just like I'm sitting down to play some Eternal Sonata (which i recently aquired fo free).

Now, I can finish up my quick blog, which I wrote mainly to get a blog in amongst the many spam contest blogs or whatever the hell is going on around Dtoid that I don't give a flying motherfuck about. just kidding.

The rug that my Wii is sitting on really ties the room together...*trails off*



And why the fuck is Big Lebowski popping into my mind...guess its the bowling.

(no title on the other one, which i didn't even know was posted cuz my internet just took a shit)   read


3:51 PM on 11.27.2007

A couple months I set aside a little bit of money, much too eager to spend it, but smart enough to save it for a while. At least a few weeks. So, I recently decided to put my thoughts to fruition and actually spend some of that hard-given cash. Thats right I did not earn this cash.



Got a problem?

Anyway, I decided to spend it on none other than the Nintendo Special, that being a Wii and a DS. Ever since visiting my friends house during the summer and experiencing the Wii firsthand, as well as a rather explicit house wide Pictochat session featuring some of his sisters, I've been on the verge of wanting the two. Of course I've been on the verge of giving up on them and just buying Rock Band. But, I decided to see the tracks for Rock Band and might just wait until Christmas.

So, I went to my local Best Buy, bought the two, along with Phantom Hourglass, Metroid Prime 3, Manhunt 2, and Resident Evil 4. Needless to say, I was spent. Broke. My wallet looked like Nicole Richie on a bad day.

Now, here I am, sitting at home, writing a blog about this whole experience. Want to know my thoughts on the actual playing of these two systems? Maybe? Well fuck it dude, lets go blogging.

My experience with the Wii, is what you might say, interesting. I got home, hooked it up, and immediately whipped up some Wii Sports. Making my Mii and setting to the lanes, I got my Lebowski quotes rolling right along with the ball. Pro Level called to me, but I'd had enough. My arm felt like I'd been participating in a Jerkoff-a-thon. Metroid Prime is the first I've played in the series, and while I liked it, I wanted to get to the other good stuff. Manhunt 2 is fun, and the ruthless killing gets me going sometimes, so that was a good experience. RE4 was, well, RE4. Nevertheless, my experience thus far with the Wii is a good one, although its not exactly the thing that I'll want to do for hours upon hours at a time, or at least in an intensive game.

Short little paragraph there, but thats all im interested in writing. The DS awaits.

Nintendo DS, two years old and still thriving. I have played this mostly at my friends house and on a school trip, but it still makes me want to play just like a console. I can sit down for a couple hours on the couch and just play some Pheonix Wright or Zelda, just like I'm sitting down to play some Eternal Sonata (which i recently aquired fo free).

Now, I can finish up my quick blog, which I wrote mainly to get a blog in amongst the many spam contest blogs or whatever the hell is going on around Dtoid that I don't give a flying motherfuck about. just kidding.

The rug that my Wii is sitting on really ties the room together...*trails off*



And why the fuck is Big Lebowski popping into my mind...guess its the bowling.   read


3:10 AM on 11.26.2007

Late Nights and Level Grinds

Nowadays, everyone seems to game late into the night, not giving a damn about what time it is. As made almost famous by that phrase, "One More Level", it really is one more fight, one more mission, let me try that again.

But, don't get me wrong. I do this all the time. Hell, I'm writing this blog at 4:30 in the morning. Its that this process of late night gaming is really gaming in its purest form. Unadulterated gamers, most often alone, or with friends, plugging in their controllers (or connecting them wirelessly) and gearing up for a night of games.

You might ask, just how does everyone do this? If you really don't know, get off your son or daughters Destructoid account and get back to your 8-year old's soccer tournament. But, if you are a little clueless nowadays, perhaps I can clue you in. Hey, maybe you know something I don't.

However, I'm not just ready yet to do so. Sometimes these sprees depend on the game. Maybe you need to find that last treasure in Uncharted. Maybe you need to reach the max level in WoW so you can feel like a badass ( a badass that lives next to his computer, but below his parents bedroom).

People have all sorts of way to reach that time of morning/night when their eyes just wont close and they keep gaming.

Energy Drinks:
Remember years ago when Red Bull was just coming out and we all had no idea what it really was? Those days are dead and gone my friend. Energy drinks, full of caffiene, nutrients, and exotic shit we can't pronounce control the gaming market. Bawls, Jolt, and even the Game Fuel Mountain Dew all market themselves to gamers who need to stay up late and play one more Deathmatch.



I can't even begin to mention all the different sorts of energy drinks out there, so I won't. If you go to any gas station, supermarket, or even local pizzeria, you can find at least one variation of energy drink, I guarantee you.

Friends:
When my friends come over for some multiplayer, I don't need Red Bull. It seems like energy of others just keeps me awake. Understandable, because playing with someone else gives you reason to stay awake. Also, I never want to be the first person to fall asleep, especially if theres a Sharpie nearby. LAN Parties, while I never participate in them, can also potentially lead to all hours of the night. Though, sitting at your own computer, even if its a few feet away from someone else, isn't quite the same to me as sitting right next to a guy or gal with a controller in their hand.

Maybe you and your diverse friends who vary in age are on drugs like these guys, and maybe you just never sleep because you and your insane friends will kill you if you do. And who fucking cares if you and your friends use four different controllers to play Super Mario Galaxy. What, Galaxy isn't four player? You say I need a Wii Remote, not some N64 controllers and a Dualshock 2? Shut the fuck up.


Those two are only just a fraction of the unique variations on methods we all use to stay awake. Aside from that, they're what I will mainly utilize to keep myself awake for those long nights in the dungeons.

My question for you is; Do you combine something with something else? Have an energy concoction which could keep a cadaver awake its so powerful?

Share it. How do you stay up late?   read


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