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1:42 PM on 03.29.2010

Oh Destructoid, How I hated to depart with you.

Hello everyone. Again, I'm here. I didn't actually go anywhere. This thing that the cool kids are doing nowadays called "school" is really consuming my life. Not like the dark side though. Because at least they give you cookies. At school, they just make you memorize stuff (a majority of the time) that you could care less about.

Anyways, I will be blogging on here on and off when I can. I run too many blogs as it is that I can't even keep up.

Also if anyone would want to help give "supportive" input on how to fix my header? that would be wonderful.

Besides all of this stuff,

Game wise: I've played the best and worst of my video game library lately. I've beaten God of War III and Heavy Rain(at my friend's house that pwns a PS3) and it was very enjoyable. Other than that, I'm still cranking out the time on Mass Effect 2(amazing game by the way)

Another newbish question: anyone know how to edit your own profile? I have to update some things like fix my gamertag(since Microsoft finally banned my Greenaidsandham account) and switched it to something else.

That's all for now. Later gamers of the world!

I know people have probably seen this before, but the new trailer for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a great tribute to video gamers everywhere!

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12:04 AM on 07.14.2008

E3: The Most Explosively awesome show ever to grace California!

I don't know what it is about video games, but I love them. And E3 is no exception. E3 is the one event every summer that drowns away my pains of the torture of working. And it never ceases to amaze me. So, what do I expect this year from E3? The following list is what I predict will happen:

1.Bungie's "other" Halo game will put the wowz! on us- Yes, most people are sick of Halo, Master Chief, Sergeant Johnson, and the rest of the gang, but in all seriousness, Halo has a good storyline. And a huge expanded universe. From what the rumortoid has said on here, the next game could be a tactical shooter cross between Gears and Ghost Recon. Both of my favorite games making a baby? Awesome! It will be not focused on the Chief, because he's off on retirement with Cortana. Or perhaps this will serve as a prequel leading up to the events (before, during, or after) Halo Wars. If Bungie can nail this game just right, besides making another FPS*cough *cough Halo 4? then I will check the next game out regardless of what everyone will say about milking the franchise.

2.There will be one game this year that stands out from the rest that none of us know about. I don't know what game it is yet, but they might reveal it at E3 this year. And it will be the hit of the whole entire conference. I'm not ignoring Fallout 3, Fable 2, or any other great titles like that, but come on developers. Make us want to drop our money on the table for this new IP. Also, any announcement from Bioware *cough *cough Mass Effect 2! would be nice too!

3.Sony will impress us this year. Despite me liking only the PS2 in the Sony family, I think Sony might turn it around this year. They will bring some games out that show off their graphical muscle. Maybe even a definite buy for this Christmas. I am not going to ever get a PS3 in all honesty, but they are going through redemption. And that means that Microsoft and Nintendo need to step it up a lot if they want to keep the consumers pleased. I'm not trashing completely on any one company, but they will all be very competitive this year due to the fact that this year and last were the generations that software mattered the most.

4.Too Human won't let us down? The demo is going to be released in a matter of hours as soon as I post this. I am going to stay up for a while until it's released. Right now, no new demos on the marketplace, but I'm waiting. Or I'll download it first thing this morning. I'm way too excited to sleep, but I have dumb work in the morning. Video Games are much more important than work.(in my opinion!) Anyways, yes the demo will be released, everyone will play it, but I do believe in Dennis and Silicon Knights. They worked hard to incubate this baby and it will prove it's worth when we test drive it later today!

5.Nintendo will keep playing the "family friendly" game. They will more titles accompanying Mario and the gang, and quite possibly more. Maybe a remake (I'm hoping it's a Wii Gen Starfox, but done old-school). Or possibly a tactical shooter combo with the Star Fox Franchise. I would get a Wii for that.......

Those are my predictions for E3. Whatever your taste in gaming, I'm sure E3 won't disappoint. The heavy hitters of the big 3 will dish out their greatest games (Halo, Resistance 2, Mario) for the money in our wallets. And for our enjoyment mainly.

Feel free to comment on my post. I'd like to see what others will predict over E3. WOOT!   read

12:12 AM on 05.12.2008

Iron Man..still awesome, yet destroying my childhood?

Ok so I haven't posted anything in a while but I thought this would be interesting to dissect. I've watched Iron Man for the second time today(great movie by the way) and can't help be keep pondering myself: what is happening to my childhood? I think it not only effects my childhood necessarily, but the deviants of Hollywood are cashing in on my childhood heroes/cartoons. If you think about, before too long every show I've grown up with in the 80's and 90's will be put on the silver screen very soon.

Iron Man was a great movie as I've mentioned before, but this superhero trend will continue. And not all super hero movies are awesome. Or fantastic(cough cough fantastic 4 sucked. 2nd one not as bad). And as always, the cycle continues of releasing video games based off of movies based off of comic books the opening week. The Iron Man game isn't that great in my opinion, but I am only one gamer effected by this.

I just truly hope the way Hollywood is going is that Captain America, Thor, Wolverine, Magneto, and The Avengers don't horribly suck. Because that would be 5 movies that are destroyed thanks to Hollywood, but I trust Marvel Studios to do a good job.

And speaking on the topic of superhero movies, I've noticed that Marvel is taking the cake in the battle of DC and Marvel Films. In all honesty, I believe that Batman Begins is one of DC's strongest points they have. Superman Returns was given a lukewarm response, and they haven't gone on to Green Lantern or the Flash yet, but it would be cool. And since they shot down the Justice League movie, they have to keep up the heat with Marvel or suffer to the ranks of Spiderman 3.

That's it from me, but yah just remember Hollywood holds everyone's favorite cartoons, comic book heroes, and other things in jeopardy on whether they are going to suck or not.   read

4:32 PM on 10.18.2007

D-Day! By D-Day, I mean Day of Demos

So, 2 weekends ago, I downloaded the following demos from the Xbox Live Marketplace:
1.Blade storm: 100 years war
2.The Simpsons: Video Game!
3.Time Shift
4.Virtua Fighter 5

All great varieties of games, but yet very little appeal to me. So, here's some quick reviews and impressions of what to expect in the final versions:

1.Blade storm: 100 years war.

Well, here's the thing: Blade Storm is a great game, but overall it just didn't click with me. The graphics were impressive, AI wasn't too bad, but there's only one thing that I absolutely hated about this demo, which will lead to me never buying this game...
It was the fact that your hero had to wait until a bar filled up to attack the enemies. I hated that. Great concept, huge battles, and medieval stuff made this game have a big potential for greatness, but the waiting bar killed it. I don't know, maybe people will dig this type of thing, but it's not a button masher, but more of a strategy attack-with-your-troops together type of game.
Overall impressions:Rent if you are interested.
3 out of 5

2.The Simpsons Video Game (all platforms known to mankind! Except last gen consoles I think?)

The game play of this game reminded me of the good ol days of beat'em ups. The demo only offered 2 playable characters(Bart and Homer), but still a good selection of sample characters. The game is going to be very unique and a big step up from previous Simpsons games but it has great promise.
The engine of the game is very simple. GTA esque environments, colorful enemies and other NPCs, solid soundtrack, and voice acting is locked in place, meaning it doesn't suck. Definitely worth a rental when it releases later this fall.
Overall Impressions: Weekend Rental
3.5 out of 5

3.Time Shift(PC, 360, PS3)

Your typical FPS game, but one little catch: you are the master of time! Yah, simple concept and probably unoriginal? but it works. I test ran this demo and here's what I got from it:
1.Time is your best friend. And it can screw your enemies over.
2.The whole game revolves around using "time" to solve puzzles and other problems.
3.Why are you wasting time reading this short review?! Play the demo already!
Also, they made a live action commercial for it. It was cool, but somewhat cheesy.
Overall Impressions: Rent
4 out of 5-Definitely check this out when it comes out.

4. Virtua Fighter 5(PS3, 360)

Another FPS comes with another fighting game. Not Dead or Alive, but this time Viruta Fighter 5. Although the PS3 got this way earlier, they didn't leave 360 owners out in the cold. The fighing and countering system is different from DOA in terms of reaction time and execution, but other than that it's the same. Definitely for the hardcore fans of the series, but also for fans of a solid well recognized fighting game series. Pick this up if you're planning on wanting another current gen experience besides DOA 4

Overall Impressions: Buy for the hardcore or fans of series.
3.5 out of 5

5. Conan(PC,360,PS3)

The manliest game of the bunch? Maybe so. From what I have played in this demo, I'm impressed. The game play has some bugs to work out(why is it that enemies will kick the crap out of me if I don't land the right hit?!), graphics are impressive, and the soundtrack is enjoying. Also, there's the manliness of decapitating people and dual wielding. And recently half naked chicks? Yep. But only in the final version! Other places have given this a final rating of a 7, but I'd still rent this game. Not necessarily buy it.
Overall Impressions: Rent
4.5 out of 5   read

10:17 PM on 10.08.2007

The funniest thing I've heard in a while... Or maybe I've already heard this.

Ok, so in case you don't know, I prefer to stay out of these console wars. They're pointless, but Sony does keep pissing me off. Their PS2 was a great system, but now not so much. I will stop before I get out of hand and I get flamethrown with hate comments. Up until now I didn't care much, but this funny thing just happened.
Back story: I know a kid that I went to high school with( goes to college with me now) and he's an uber( and I mean uber) Sony fan boy. He is way into Final Fantasy and all that jazz. Also he likes Nintendo sparingly. Microsoft, not so much. Oh well. Anyways, here's the punchline. He and I talk about the console wars sparsely and he's the Sony guy and I'm the 360 guy. He has said this before and I play it nice, but it's really getting more humorous every time I hear it. Here's what he sent me again( I've heard this before keep in mind.)
"Plus there are rumors floating around that HALO is gonna come in a box set for PS3." Wow. That statement alone makes me forget about my stupid cold I've had for the past 5 days. I'm sorry, but it's really funny when people are in ignorance? I think that's what it is. I'm not trying to be sarcastic, I don't know what the word is to describe a person that thinks they know what they're talking about, but has no clue what they are talking about whatsoever. Oh well. The point is the statement is as blasphemous as God of War or Killzone 2 on the 360. I couldn't see that happening anytime unless the companies wanted to make more cash. But really, the battle lines have already been drawn. Game developers have already picked their allegiances to which specific console. We're not going to see Mario, Master Chief or Kratos switching consoles anytime soon. So in case it's still not clear to those that still think Halo 3 will arrive on the PS3(bwhahahah XP ), here's a message endorsed by Master Chief himself:

Have a great day! Commence intense flammery! I definitely know there's a bunch of people that enjoy the PS3 that will argue. It's cool though, but honestly, I like to think that each console is unique on it's own and games don't determine a console's greatness, it's the consumer/gamer that determines that.   read

1:20 AM on 10.07.2007

Some Halo goodness and rant about Halo's future.*possible spoiler revealed!

Alright, so besides being a big Halo fan, I'm also an amateur film director. I have embedded my stop-motion video of some Halo figures I made with my legos. This film quality and the fps isn't at all good. I know that. So please don't point out the obvious. Just try to think of this as a for fun type of thing. I'm no Neil Blomkamp, but I want to show my gratitude for Halo and all of it's cool characters. It's a short video, but I'm working on another one. Since I know photoshop now, I should be able to better edit the "gunfire" effects and stuff.

Also I will discuss the future of Halo: I haven't beat the campaign on Heroic or Legendary yet, but I will. A friend of mine already mentioned to me the extra stuff that happens, but I'll have to see it to believe it. So here's my question: Will they produce another Halo game? My friend and I were talking and maybe thinking(maybe nothing is official) that Bungie will make another Halo game, but have nothing to do at all with the Covenant(or what's left of them). Maybe the Chief and Cortana against another race of aliens that (no surprise) want the inevitable doom of the human race/Earth. What does everyone else think? I would be interested to continue the Chief's fight against whatever. I am not sure about Halo Wars. I still will try this to grasp the story and see if it ties into what Halo added to the mix. And plus, it will be a different take on the universe. Oh well

There's my two cents.... for now.   read

2:05 PM on 10.04.2007

Halo 3: The Final Verdict(*Warning! Potential Spoilers!)

Well, it finally happened. Halo 3 arrived. Millions of people worldwide stepped back into the role of Master Chief(and the Arbiter) and finally finished the fight we oh-so wanted to finish what was it? 6 years ago? I believe so. So here's what I, a true Halo fan think of the finale of the epic Halo trilogy:
It was a great game.
That's all there is to it.
People will whine and complain about the campaign, but this game is different. Sure, it didn't blow me away to the extent that I was grasping for air in every single level, but the campaign will keep me wanting to play it again and again. Similar to how a kitten will always go nuts when it sees a ball of string? Let's say that.
The campaign isn't what I intentionally expected it to be. It's a little under par to be honest. This is saying a lot because I'm a die-hard Halo fan and everyone should know this. There were less levels than Halo 2(which was weird because the first level was just like Halo 2, a cinematic) It was a nice touch, but it really didn't transition into Halo 3 well. Halo 2 told some background of Halo(when the "Arbiter" was telling the Prophets about "Reach" *reference to Fall of Reach and how the "Demon" destroyed the first Halo") That was a nice touch because if you have never touched the Halo games before, you'll be thinking the whole time "WTF is going on?!" and gamers don't like to be confused. At least I don't like to be. I like a compelling storyline(ala God of War, Mass Effect in the future, Fable, Gears of War) to throw me into a different world and have an unearthly bond with the characters. No, this does not mean I am in love with them, but on a specific level I can relate to the characters.
Ok off from Halo. My bad.
On with Halo:
This is a game you will either love or hate similar to my title on my previous post. It would be wise to play the first two Halo's before getting Halo 3 or you'll be lost about what's going on in the Campaign mode. The multiplayer is amped up x100000 and that's a good thing. You can do so much now in there and it's a nice touch. It really isn't anything new, but Bungie did a good job putting in things that every fellow Halo nut will enjoy for years to come. At least until Peter Jackson's project rolls around or Halo Wars(although I'm most likely not going to buy this game).
The biggest strength of this game is replay ability. I haven't got all the skulls and achievements yet, so I'll be back for a couple more rounds. For some reason, Legendary isn't as tough as what I expected it to be compared to Halo 2, but I still have my suspicions. It is a challenge though.
*Spoiler Alert! The ending really wasn't what I thought it would be. I'm glad I watched after the ending credits on it. And I truly can't believe that (insert name here) died. It is a way of saying this arc is done, but seriously, come on he/she is a badass. I'd expect him/her to fight off the stupid (insert important Halo 3 character here) and kick the crap out of him/her/it. Oh well.
Overall, Halo 3 is a great game. Nothing new, nothing mind blowing, but it is the game I had spent several days thinking about after cursing like a sailor over Halo 2's ending. They finally did it and I'm proud to say I was there when it happened. Feel free to leave your input about Halo 3. Whether you loved it/hated it/didn't care for it/whatever.   read

11:52 AM on 09.25.2007

Halo 3, the game to love and hate

Ok, here's where my fairy tale begins:

I am a big Halo fan. Everyone should know that from my name on Destructoid. I get out of class at 3 o clock p.m. excited for the launch for Halo 3. I go with my friend to the city where I reserved my copy and wait for 3 hours in line with other Halo fanatics. At 12:01 p.m. I finally get my copy of Halo 3. The wait was finally over.
About an hour after I got back to my dorm at college, I open up the game case. It's really pretty and I was careful with it. I pop in the game disk and I could have sworn God was bitch slapping me in the face.
It read this:
Xbox360 can not recognize this CD or DVD.
*Update (from ten minutes ago)
Ok, well now it seems to be working. The cd is still apparent physically to have problems on the disc surface.
It works for now, but for how long.....
Hopefully forever....
My best advice for all the Halo fanatics: Check your game disc first before you pop it in the 360. Don't get screwed over by me, even though it was temporary.   read

7:05 PM on 09.17.2007

Ninja Gaiden 2 X360 Impressions

Up on top is footage of Ninja Gaiden 2 for the 360 shown at the Tokyo Game Show. Presuming people know or heard of Ninja Gaiden, the sequel does look good, but as others said, what's stopping it from becoming a Sigma clone? Sigma offered the same things Black and the first Ninja Gaiden on Xbox had, but with some added features, updated graphics and other things. It was ok though, Sony owners wanted a taste of the sweet Team Ninja pie. Or cake, whichever you prefer.

First impressions:
Well, this is one game I've been wanting to hear about ever since I gave up on the first one. It was ridiculously hard, but it was an awesome game. Beating the game alone gives you something to boast about, because the game itself was made by Team Ninja who at the time thought "let's make Ninja Gaiden the hardest game ever! HAHAHAHAHAH!" *Sarcasm, but seriously, it's a great game.

From the footage I've watched of Ninja Gaiden 2, things are shaping up well. I am a bit skeptical whether I'll add this to my collection of games, but I will at least try it out. The graphics look updated(of course) the combat system looks tweaked and the camera doesn't want my mind to explode anymore, which is a definite plus in my book. The final word is that Ninja Gaiden 2 will continue the greatness that it's predecessor left off on the first one. Regardless of how freaking mind blowlingly hard it was.

P.S. I speak noobian here, but how might you embed youtube videos? I tried embedding a Ninja Gaiden 2 gameplay movie, but it didn't show up. So I just coded a picture.   read

5:03 PM on 09.16.2007

I'm new and need friends!

This is my first post. Ever. I swing by this site alot and it has lots of interesting content. So feel free to send me a friend request because making new friends is awesome. I'll write another blog later.   read

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