My name is Eric and I am a 30 year old video game collector. I have been playing games since I was 4 years old starting with Atari and have gotten all of the main stream systems from then until now throughout the years. I currently have over 2600+ games in my collection spanning over 20+ systems from Atari to Wii U. I am a big collector of video game related things in general such as t-shirts, some figures, posters and other such stuff.
I was a former Game Crazy (former video game store; attached to Hollywood video) employee for 5 years before the company went bankrupt in June of 2010.
I enjoy video game music, be it original scores, symphony, chiptune, remixes, or whatever else. I also listen to metal/hard rock. I am currently listening to bands like Poets of the Fall, Skillet, and Mudvayne. My all time favorite band is Soundgarden, and my all time favorite artist is Chris Cornell.
I am also a wicked sci-fi nerd, primarily Star Trek. I also love Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate SG-1, Sliders, etc..etc..
There are many out there who play games that the media is sure to let them know about. Well I have a short list for everyone of games that you may or may not have played, but totally owe it to yourselves to find and dominate them. These are in no particular order, and the list could easily be longer, these are just what popped into my head right now. Yes many of these games are turn based RPGs, a style I prefer. That doesn't make them any less awesome.
10.) Enchanted Arms (Xbox 360): When this game came out, it had a little bit of controversy. It wasn't anything major, but one of the main characters, Makoto, is gay. I worked at a Game Crazy back then and you wouldn't believe how many people would NOT buy this game based on that alone. The guy isn't even in the majority of the game! Anyway, the game is grid and turn based and has a bit of a "pokemon" essence to it. As you play you gain golems, which are the name for all the monsters/characters you can get to aid you in your party. The grid has 12 squares on both your side and the opponents side. Some attacks have different patterns such as straight line or 2 rows back, things like that. You go through the game following the story, all while finding amazing creatures to join your cause, as well as other main story characters. I still have never beaten it, but am going back to it soon.
9.) Lost Odyssey (Xbox 360): I need a sequel for this game to be made. This is the epitome of the turn based style and I wish many other games would follow suit. The fact that the immortal characters can learn abilities of their friends just by battling along side them is a concept I enjoy. Granted after my 146hrs in the game, my level 99 guys were beasts, but it didn't make it any less fun. The ring system is a timed press setup and it works great alongside the turn based gameplay. Say you equip a fire ring, when you time it right, you do damage plus whatever extra damage the ring gives you. Also, since 5 of the main characters are immortals, if they fall in battle, and 2 full turns pass, they will revive as long as at least 1 member of your party still stands. This has saved me time and time again. Sadly I killed the final boss in 3 turns because my team members were all basically super heroes by then. The DLC dungeon that this game has on Xbox live, however, had a horribly tough boss but defeating him was a great feeling. This game is arguably the most popular on my list, but again, if turn based RPGs are your thing, get this game right now. It's one of the most beautiful Xbox 360 games to exist, it has great music, well stylized enemies, and colorful magic powers. Some complain the main character is kind of bland, and I guess Kaim could be called that, but Jansen more than makes up for it.
8.) Clock Tower (PS1): Point and click survival horror at its finest! You control a few different characters as the story progresses, but they all fear one man... Scissorman! Yes, the villain is a hunchback with a giant pair of jagged scissors. Your goal is to find out what is happening, and why he is trying to kill everyone, all while surviving. There are about 5 or 6 endings and you truly feel fear when playing this game. Scissorman can literally come from anywhere and even after playing a few times, he will be in different locations. Sometimes you can hide in a closet and you are safe, other times he knows you're in there and stabs you THROUGH the closet door. The game spawned 2 sequels, which personally both paled in comparison to the original. And yes I know the Super Famicom had a clock tower game too, but this one was more mainstream.
7.) Critical Depth (PS1): Twisted Metal underwater. Need I say more? The game was made by the Twisted Metal creators and the vehicles in question are groundwater vehicles. The gameplay is simple: destroy your opponents and advance and then your character wins a prize, usually an ending that gets twisted. Graphically the game is dated, but if you liked Twisted Metal 2, and enjoy vehicle combat, Critical Depth gives you something different.
6.) The Last Remnant (Xbox 360): This is an RPG that went severely under the radar. With it's turn based and also squad based style, Last Remnant is a very unique game. As you play you can recruit people into your ranks. The only downside is you can only control 1 character, and by control I mean choose his weapons and whatnot. The computer chooses your squad mates style. Granted it's choices are based on what resources you have and it will ask you when it's going to upgrades a weapon or change a weapon. Some characters are more for healing, others for heavy damage, but the true key to battle is your battle position. There are many different choices of how to arrange your squads in battle. When in battle, you choose an action for that whole small squad to do and the moves they pull off all relate to one another. Choose a standard attack, successfully play the "press this button at the right time mini game" during each standard attack and the final guy in the group will do a better attack since his teammates were all on point. I love this game and it's style. The only bad news is make sure you load it to the hard drive, otherwise this thing lags like a mofo. You fight enemies of all sizes and the game is a good length.
5.) General Chaos (Genesis): This one may be harder to find, but that doesn't make it any less awesome. General Chaos and General Havoc are in some kind of war with one another. They bring their men into battle, and in this strategy game, you fight until no one is left. There are guys with machine guns, bazookas, flamethrowers, grenades and dynamite. Each character type has a specific weapon they use, so before battle you have to choose wisely which group you select (you are given 4 squads to choose before the match. The gameplay is point and click, but, if you choose a commando team, you may only have 2 characters but they are more independently controlled by the player. So sometimes less team members can be a strategic advantage due to this.
4.) Tecmo's Deception (PS1): You are a man wrongly accused of murder. When you are put to death, you make a plea to Satan to save your life in return for servitude. He will grant it to you if you kill the current inhabitant of a castle, named Ardebaran, and take his place. If you enjoy trapping people and stealing their souls or killing them for money, then look no further. In Tecmo's Deception, you become a man cursed and forced to remain in a mansion and deal with anyone who comes your way. As you play there will be simple peasants who wander in the castle, or soldiers looking for your blood. Your only defense is creating insanely elaborate and weird traps to capture and/or kill these people. The best part is, as you play, you are given choices which can slightly alter your path. So you can kill people or allow them to escape and this will affect what happens later in the game. The game spawned 2 sequels (Kagero Deception/Deception III) and a spiritual successor Trapt for PS2. I have yet to see any recent games do this, so if this idea appeals to you, check it out on eBay or wherever else this game can be acquired. As a fun side note: if you have Monster Rancher for PS1, and you put in the Tecmo's Deception disc, you get Ardebaran as a monster to raise and fight against others. That's a nice touch Tecmo.
3.) Urban Reign (PS2): This lost game on PS2 is personally what many beat em ups should be. You go through missions and face waves of enemies. The battle style is that of the old wrestling games, but it also has that Tekken vibe to it (since it IS a Namco game). The game is only 1 player in the story mode, however a cheat code allows a 2nd player to control any AI partners you'd normally have in the game. SO while they cant play every mission, after the first few, the majority of them allow a 2nd player to join in. There's 4 player versus mode as well which just gets insane if you have a multitap and play free for alls or 2v2 matches. The characters have special moves (not specific to them per se but the special moves are more categorized. So some will have temporary invulnerability while others will know some different moves when activated). As an added bonus, Paul Phoenix and Marshall Law are guest characters.
2.) Eternal Darkness (GC): When you think survival horror, Resident Evil and Silent Hill come to mind. But there is another game that is just as creepy and dangerous, and that is Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem. Here you jump to different characters through out time, finding all info on 3 different gods. But as you play and see enemies, your sanity meter depletes. If you do not kill them to regain it, the game starts to mess with you big time. You'll walk in a room and your head will fall off, or you see a lot of money on the ground only to be zapped back t when you entered the room and be empty handed. This game even made people turn off their system because it would give a blue screen or show an Input text to make you think you lost the system's signal. Keep in mind this is happening while you try to navigate dark corridors fighting zombies and other such creatures. Great gamecube game and worth every penny.
1.) Gladius (Xbox/GC/PS2): I know, I know, I keep talking about this game. I just don;t know where else to mention it! This game got rave reviews from every magazine and site when it came out back in 2005. Sadly, Gladius was poorly advertised and I've literally only met 2 friends of mine who played it. One of which doesn't count because we both heard about the game together and played like madmen. With a turn based strategy and tactical style, this game is amazing. There's dozens and dozens of character types, different elemental affinities, different cups to battle in each with different stipulations like all female fighters, or all animals, things like that. This game is a must play if you call yourself a turn based strategy fan.
Sadly, PAX East 2012 had to come to an end sooner or later. I am home, basking in the glory of the 3 day video game filled weekend and have yet 1 more day of fun to tell you all about. While today was not without its problems (waiting in line for Spec Ops for 2 hours to play a 30 min demo which I will tell you more about), I still had a great time. At the end I have a handful of pictures from today (and some from the other 2 days). So let me run it down for you on some of my key points of the day:
High Points: - Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Why didn't anyone tell me this game existed?! Take elite beat agents play style, mix it with TONS of Final Fantasy I-Final Fantasy XIII music, add in fun cutesy versions of all our favorite characters and enemies from the series, and there is Theatrhythm Final Fantasy for the 3DS! I mean I only played one winged angel and it was fun as hell. I am a big nerd about video game music and have always wished for something like this and it is happening! It was the very last thing I played at PAX too so it was a good way to end my PAX adventure. I will 100% be getting this game when it comes out in the summer time. Side-note: As I waited in line I spoke to a guy also waiting and he seemed cool. So when he played the game I spoke with the guy behind me. We got to talking about what we like about the FF series and it's music. As I left he gave me his card and I gave him mine. When I got home, it turns out he is an associate editor for Udon entertainment, which I thought was awesome.
- Super Time Force: This game is cool beyond words. I spoke with the game's creator and told him "This game is like Contra x100" and the guy said he liked it and might use that. Now I am sure he was just having fun and simply enjoyed my comment but I am super excited about this game. Basically you try and get through the level without dying. One hit will kill you but if this happens...it's not over. The level rewinds to the very beginning and you play again, however, the turn you just took still happens. Yes, you fight alongside a ghost version of your previous attempt through the level. Whatever you did that turn, still happens, so you can focus on other things all until you beat the level. There was about 4 character types to choose from including an 80s guy with a grenade launcher named Jeff Leppard. I love time travel and this is just about the coolest thing I have ever seen. Check this shiz out in 8-12 months. I hope this gets the recognition it deserves. http://www.supertimeforce.com/
- Guacamelee: You read that right. You play as a luchador named Juan (or some female luchador(a) whose name I didn't see mentioned) and you fight an evil fire headed villain named Flame Face. You can turn into a chicken also to get through tight spots. The game is filed with Mexican stereotypes but it's hilarious in dialogue and fun in style. The game is a side scrolling beat em up. You face poncho wearing skeletons and other such enemies, and face the dual pistol holding Flame Face in the demo. This is one to check out. http://guacamelee.com/
- Diabolical Pitch: I am not very well versed in the ways of Kinect as of yet. I only played one about 2 times so this was still a new experience. But in this game you are a pitcher fighting zombies and other such creatures. You aim with your left hand and throw with your right (you can choose to swap that if you are a lefty). When you build a meter up, you lift both hands over your head and swing your right hand to unleash a super move that you chose prior to the level. It was a very unique game idea and I for one enjoyed it.
- Awesomenauts: If the name alone didn't scream awesome, then the game surely will. The game is 3v3 and the object, at least in the level I played, was to destroy your opponents turrets first. You can choose from 6 characters and they each have different weapons and special moves. It had a great cartoon style and zany action that will definitely be a fun game to play with friends online. They also chose the best way to respawn... being dropped in a drop pod from a spaceship. Awesome. http://awesomenauts.com/
- They Bleed Pixels: Here we have a very old school style game. The game is made of pixels and you play as a goth chick with red claws on her hands. You rip apart these black shadowy figures and other such baddies with your claws, kicking them into spiked ceilings or saw blade, or booting them into walls of spikes. As you do this you have to get blood orbs to build up a checkpoint meter. once it's filled, you then stand still for a second and the girl will make a checkpoint. This way if you die you don't start all over. It's simple indie fun and I want the world to know about it because it was very enjoyable. http://theybleedpixels.com/
Low Points: - Spec Ops The Line: Maybe it's because I am not a huge war game player, but the game was so-so. I waited in line for 2 hours (and the line was the shortest of all the big attractions) to play a WAY too long demo. I'm sorry, when I think demo, I think 10-15 minutes tops. If you can't show me the gist of your game in that time, the rest feels like you're forcing it on me. It's your standard affair: run/walk, find cover, shoot enemies, wash rinse repeat. You can perform executions which range from shot in the head to snapping a neck with your boot and perhaps more I am unsure. You can rappel down lines or go across zip line,s but this is a "Press A" thing and they do it automatically after that. The game is portrayed well with camera angles going one minute from a cinematic then right into the game seamlessly which is cool I guess. There is also blood but its your normal everyday spray when you hit them. Heads can be popped off but the head just kind of disappears. Sure there's blood to make it seem cooler than it is, but it was a one minute the head is there then the next its not type of situation, Soldier of Fortune this game is not (and I mean SoF2, not the garbage we last got). I predict the game will sell alright depending on the final product, but after 10 minutes I wanted to stop, but I forced myself to play it all since I waited for 2 hours, thus wasting 1/4th of my last day at PAX.
- No worthy merch: So I ventured to the merch area one last time. Now I enjoy a good Penny Arcade comic now and again, but I am not in love with them or anything. I have enough t-shirts before going to PAX, let alone actually spending money on some while I am there. The few things I wanted were expensive (but in retrospect a mug shaped like a Mega Man Energy Canister would've been cool, $35 cool I am not sure, but I do somewhat regret it).
- Not being able to see things I wanted to see: Long story short, I missed Aliens: Colonial Marines, Lollipop Chainsaw, Firefall, Borderlands and Max Payne 3. The lines were just way too long and on my last day, and having already lost 2.5 hours on Spec Ops, I wasn't about to do the same. At 4:30pm EST I got in line for Aliens. They gave us the the Alien bandana/scarf thing, I waited 15-20 min, the line didn't budge, so I felt my last hour and a half was better spent elsewhere.
There is still more to talk about, which I will do in the next couple of days, just in a different format. I received some cards to sites with free games made by video game design students from different colleges so that's something I'll check out and report back to you all. I stayed away from PC games simply because that is not my thing, but this all pretty much sums up my 3 days at PAX East 2012. So as promised, here's a whole slew of more images, complete with my last day of swag at the very bottom. Enjoy! Comment if you have questions!
If you've already read my last blog about PAX, then you know I got some pretty sweet stuff and saw some fun games. Day 2 was no different, albeit I STILL didn't want to wait forever and a day for max payne 3. I promise, tomorrow I will go to it. I was speaking about Borderlands 2 and whatnot last night and I honestly have no urge to see it. If the line is fine I'll go but the lines for Max Payne 3, borderlands, and spe ops thin line were the WORST ever. Demos this year are like 20-30 min long! So I'm gonna wait 2-3 hours to play some long ass demo? Last year demos were easily 10 min tops and that's how it should be. You get more people to actually play your games!
So I arrived later today, figured since I have my badge and the exhibition hall opens at 10am I'd be fine... I was wrong... almost. You see at PAX they queue everyone up near the tabletop gameplay area then let them in at 10am. I figured, as media, that I could get in at 10 whenever. Wrong. Not taking no for an answer, I walked around PAX and found a way in and just walked right into the line of people as they came into the hall... I got in at 10:10 having gotten there at 9:30pm. So missions complete. The sad news is, at this time, Max Payne's line was already around the booth and against the wall... as was Borderlands AND Spec Ops... So i chose XCOM Enemy Unknown and then my day began:
High Points: - XCOM Enemy Unknown: This game looks fantastic. Simply put. It keeps in with tradition of the series with its strategy/tactical gameplay, just with enhanced visuals (semi-cartoon like, hard to explain, I guess Team Fortress only slightly less cartoon-like if that makes any sense). So you move your troops or attack during your turn, sometimes both depending on your abilities. Then the enemies move and this happens back and forth. But on the other side of things you go back to your base and can train troops and upgrade things all to help save the Earth. You have to go to a world map and find enemy landings, or sometimes fight ships in the air. Now I absolutely LOVE this play style in games. I am in love with turn based games for some reason. I prefer the strategy style of a game rather then smash attacks and kill enemies. With that said, it plays a lot like Gladius did and to me that is the best news ever. Granted this is aliens and that was gladiators BUT it's still a "move your character and/or attack" style gameplay and I love it to death. I forgot all about XCOM even being a thing! I played XCOM 2 many moons ago and then this re-imagining/reboot/remake whatever you want to call it comes up and I couldn't be happier. I will 100% be buying this game and if you too enjoy aliens and turn based strategy/tactical games then I suggest you do so too in the Summer. Also, if you like lots of one liner jokes, this game is gold in that respect too!
- Dragon's Dogma: Now I have had my doubts about this game. I mean seriously, how many more medieval games can we make? The game caught me by surprise how interesting it plays. SO you control a man who they call the Arisen. Whether he gets a name later, I don't know. But you control this guy who has a sword and shield and you start with a friend with you wearing armor. As you progress, you find some stone which can summon in more teammates, called pawns, and a portal literally opens up and they flow in from the ether to assist you. So you walk through a cavern, fighting goblins and large birds. The system works very well and is pretty clever in its execution. X and Y do light and heavy attacks and B does another attack. When you hold the left or right bumper, the moves change however. So when I held LB and hit B, the Arisen would tap his shield to lure enemies. Your teammates are computer controlled but they aid you both in battle and healing and they have some clever one liners referencing modern day things much like XCOM also did in that non-playable demo. Then in the end you fight a Chimera (snake head for tail, lion body, and goat head attaches to it's back) which was pretty intense. You could jump and grab onto the creature Shadow of the Colossus style and slash at him or hold the bumpers for more varied attacks. Graphically the game held its own but was nothing spectacular as I've seen much better in medieval games but all in all a fun experience. Might pick it up for the game and not just for the Resident Evil 6 demo once it releases in May. Also the cool poster and large cardboard shield were cool swag.
- I Am Alive: As we know this game came out a few weeks ago and is getting odd reviews. I have no idea why because I thought it was creepy and it had me guessing and searching often. I mean you have a handgun at the start with no ammo, but you can useit to scare enemies and some will back down. Other times you want to wait for THEM to come to YOU so you can attack them and get their weapon or kill them with yours. Apparently this was the full game (which they didn't tell me until 30 minutes later). I found this odd since the game HAS a demo to download. I am inclined to believe that's why some of these demos at PAX are WAY too long. I mean, do I need 30 min with Spec Ops to know its another military shooter? gimme 10 min and kick me off, you know? I'm here to PEEK at new games, not play half the game. But I am alive is post-apocalyptic, it uses the silent hill map system where blocked routes get marked on the map, it has a dark gritty grey style to the game (I didn't see an ounce of color just blacks, greys, and whites). It feels like Silent Hill but with surviving people
- Card Game: Sentinels of the Multiverse: Now I don't play games but I'll gives these guys a shout out. It's a super hero card game that has 4 players, an environment player and a villain. To those of you who play card games, I hear its a normal setup. In this game you are each a specific hero and you battle the villain. small rings on a player card are used t denote current health or damage modifiers and a die or dice represents health of smaller enemies. If you're into card games and like super hero themed games, check it out. I played a 15 min card game demo (if thats a thing) and got that cool signed poster you see below my Xenoblade chronicles poster that Nintendo gave me (I also picked up my copy of Xenoblade Chronicles today during my Gamestops last 10 min of being open, which I went to right from PAX. I got the last art book too for my preorder which was awesome).
- Double Dragon Neon: This was announced Friday and I played it today. It's cool in style, but kind of boring. I know I have it on my high points of PAX, but it's a very early build and the design is awesome and very 80s inspired. They stole elements from other games like resuscitation in Castle Crashers. THe difference is that in Double Dragon Neon you put a pencil in a cassette tape, and wind it with the left stick to wake up Billy/Jimmy. I thought that was hilarious and clever. They also have crazy 80s hair and the females wear dominatrix gear and have their junk hanging out all over the place. Think Poison from the SF universe but definitely female. My only gripe is there were only 3 enemy types and a giant Abobo. It got boring quick. Now with rumors that maybe Battletoads DLC could happen, that would make it a LOT more interesting, but hey have a lot to go, but I say it's going in the right direction. Also its a re-imagining not a remake, so while there will be similarities, it won't all be the same stuff just revamped, it'll be all new.
Low Points: - Losing the puzzle fighter and PAC-man tournaments: it happened again, I was denied victory. Puzzle fighter I didn't expect much since it's been a while, I beat 1 guy then lost. That was that and it's all done. My big one was the PAC-Man Championship DX tournament. I made it to the FINALS and choked. I won my first round, barely from minor errors, but then the next 3 i killed it, breaking 1.9 mil each time on the Championship II map (which is a VERY good score) but then in the end I died.. and when PAC-Man dies even once in this game, you can forget about hitting 1.9 million... and it sucks because the winner had 1.890 million, a score i beat 3 matches in a row. I was asked to rest before the final, since my match was the 2nd semi-final. I chose not to and paid the price. The cool part of it all was that last year i was final 4 in PAC-man, and 2 of those guys were there this time too. The winner last year was at PAX, but didn't go to the tournament, he told me yesterday when i saw him for Puzzle Bobble that he wasn't playing a lot of PAC-man DX so he'd be crappy... a guy who holds a top 20 score in this PAC-man level on the PSN leader boards. But the fun part was the 2 other guys were last years 2nd place winner and my fellow sem-finaler from last year and I got to fight against them both and beat them. I beat the 3rd placer, Luis, by 4000 pts... that's a ghost and a couple pellets. Amazing match. I guess I can find solace in the fact that my score of 1.947 million. Despite choking in the finals only getting just over 1.5 million. Sad sad day, but I still did better than last year so practice does pay off.
- Girl Fight: Yes, they finally did it, a game called girl fight where... well.. only girls fight (and yes I know Arcana Heart exists, but that's at least playable). This thing was a mess. It looks like a wanna be DOA, but has nothing but scantilly clad and skanky looking females who fight. You also select 2 "psi" augment abilities like fire skin or stone skin for perks in the match. Now they had no control scheme listed but me and some other guy played and good lord was it sloppy. The character models look kind of scrubby, one minute B is blocking, the next I'm countering, but the next I'm doing a grapple, The attack buttons did different things, like no specific punch or kick button. It was pretty lame. Think Rumble roses only put it in a fighting game, make the girls sluttier, and somehow manage to make it crappier than rumble roses.
- Steel Battalion looks boring: I didn't play it yet, so don't go BUT the line was super short.. and the demo super long. So I stood there for what seemed like an eternity and just watched the players try this game out. First off.. it's a Kinect game where you use a controller... umm.. what? Yes you use a controller for movement and aiming but then randomly throw your arms out to hit switched from within the tank to look in a scope, and all kinds of other craziness. Graphically the game looks great but it looked like a "why is this on Kinect again?" type of game. IF I have to use a controller.. it defeats the purpose. I'd rather use the original giant steel battalion controller then mix and match Kinect and controllers for a lesser realistic feel. It looks as though it's not very immersive. If the line is short I'll try it, but I am not so sure.
- Secret World seems kind of crappy too: Again, I am NOT a PC gamer, so don't go all crazy if I don't understand things. I hate using WASD for movement, there I said it. So right there I was miffed to even attempt this game but a spot was open, i had time to kill before PAC-man, so I tried. The female character I used would NOT run. But whenever I died, I come back in like a spirit world kind of thing, have to walk to my dead body, and resurrect myself.. only to be slaughtered again. I was on some beach with these Fallout-Mirelurk-wannabes but my girl had attacks that did nothing and would NOT outrun them, she wouldn't even run. The i finally got off the beach after constant ressurrection and saw zombies that just seemed out of nowhere. IF this game is free to play, I might give it a go, but I don't recall if it is free. It grabs my attention since the girl had powers but there's also zombies and creatures in the game.
Day 3 Attempts/goals: - More SWAG: I got way more on day 1, and the posters are from day 1 but I forgot to post before, but I know there's more out there I can feel it!
- Lollipop Chainsaw: The lines were bad but not borderlands/max payne 3 bad
- Firefall: a free online FPS which looks pretty nuts (and had inflatable futuristic gun so I am up for it if they have some left)
- Spec Ops The Line/Borderlands2: Maybe if the lines aren't still super ridiculous but if so, I won't bother waiting and will try more smaller games.
- Play more small scale games: Everyone keeps talking about Shoot many robots and Orcs must die 2 but I never really played those kinds of games. So I think the final day will be all smaller games along with Max Payne 3 and others if time permits. Sure I have 8 hours there.. but if it takes 2 hour to wait in a line and play for 30 min, my day is more than 1/4th over for ONE game.
- Actually buy something from a merch booth: In keeping with tradition with ANY event, merch is off the wall expensive. They have 2 different classic video game booths.. and ALL their games are SUPER overpriced. I cannot stand seeing places like this. I swear they see what ebay sellers are TRYING to sell it for, but don't actually notice what they DO sell for ultimately. On what planet does shovelware N64 games cost $10-15? The prices sucked and as a video game collector of over 2300 games, I know what classic games go for because I buy and sometimes sell them often enough to know. Sorry end of rant (it just irks me that these types of booths at events/carnivals do this and rip off so many people). The buy it now price does NOT indicate what a game is worth, that's just what some sleazebag is trying to get someone to buy it for so he makes more cash. There's my ebay tip for everyone.
I leave you with these pics from PAX. As I said last time I'm sure I forgot some things, but if it comes to mind I will an I will post many many pics after the 3rd and final day of PAX. ENjoy and comment if you feel so inclined.
As some of you may know, I was fortunate enough to get a Media badge for this weekend at PAX East 12 thanks to my good friends at www.glitchytasty.com. So after having spent the first day at PAX, I'd like to tell you all how Day 1 on my journey went (and sub-sequentially I will post about Day 2 tomorrow and Day 3 sunday). I'll also post a couple of pics pertaining to games I played as well as pics of Day 1 SWAG.
High Points: - Assassin's Creed 3: The game looks amazing, easily looks to be the best in the series. I however am biased to this because I prefer the Revolutionary War era to that of Italy that has been a big staple in the series as of late. the game can fit an astonishing 2500 characters on the screen at once. You literally have to fight/sneak/run your way through full on army battles to get to your targets. You can swing from tree limbs, climb up rock faces, much more seamlessly and realistically. Connor, Assassin's Creed 3's protagonist, uses a dual blade fighting style, but also can use weapons such as a bow & arrow, hatchets, a small handgun, and even a blade with a rope attached to it used to string enemies up and hang them from treetops.
The battle system seems much more refined as jumping from one enemy to another flowed smoothly and there were many different take downs as the video I saw showed when Connor was surrounded by 4 enemy soldiers. We couldn't take photographs but in the pics you'll see the cool inflatable AC3 hatchet I received after watching the video. Hell, when I got out they even interviewed me about the game and my thoughts on it which was a nice touch (signed a waiver and everything!). Also if I pre-order at PAX I get a steel case and something else, I debated on it since you have to preorder it online and I don't know if I want my credit card info being typed in on a comp thousands will use and that someone takes home after PAX. We shall see. I have not been huge on the series but now I cannot wait to play thru it (near the end of AC1, never played 2 yet or revelations and I don't yet own brotherhood).
- Joe Danger the Movie: OK so this game may not be that well known, but I have to say I was pretty impressed with the build. It was also a nice touch that if I played the demo I got a free XBLA copy of the first Joe Danger game, so that was pretty kick ass. But the game is a side scrolling race style game, but good old Joe Danger is a stuntman. So you are filming scenes in movies and the director guides you when to jump and whatnot, sometimes it's just signs. It plays VERY much like Excitebike and even has a level creator in the same vein. Not only is it a side-scrolling game, but some levels have you move inward and outward in the screen, more lanes if you will. The build they had had lots of levels too, so if you're a fan of the first game (which I will play soon) I don't see how you could not enjoy it.
- Kid Icarus: This year I went right to the DS booth on my "Media Hour" from 9am-10am. They were giving out free Kid Icarus AR cards just for playing. Well according to them there's HUNDREDS of these cards, and you can only get them from trade shows, and magazines and whatnot, they cannot be bought as of yet. The cool thing is, They have the game setup for Multiplayer, single player, and AR card battles. This allowed them to give me a pack of AR cards for playing all 3 and all the packs have random cards, so they say. Now granted, Kid Icarus has been out for a few weeks, but I don't own it yet (birthday coming up on the 18th) so it was cool to try.
- Mario Tennis Open and Spirit Camera: I grouped these together because I only tried them for a few minutes. Mario Tennis plays just like the N64 version. I saw no signs of super moves like in Mario Power Tennis. Spirit Camera, the spiritual successor to Fatal Frame, was pretty creepy. The game plays as if you are wherever you are now, but occasionally you're in a creepy house. Creatures and ghosts appear in real life with you as you look through the 3DS, much like the camera in Fatal Frame. SO one minute I am in a hallway then all of a sudden I see PAX in my surroundings then BAM ghost chick pops up looking as though she's right there at PAX. It was an exceptional use of the 3DSs gyroscopic controls to say the least.
- Hell Yeah: Made by SEGA, is sick and twisted fun. I mean an enemy is a pile of poo with a chainsaw on it's head... and you play the prince of darkness who is an undead bunny rabbit killing enemies in hell all because some scandalous video went on the internet so he wants to kill everyone who saw it and mocked him for it. It is one to check out!
- Deadlight: Side scrolling apocalypse game with Zombies (called Shadows). Think of the old Genesis game Flashback, or the old SNES game Out of this World (Another World everywhere else) or old style Prince of Persia. This game had scares, a very dark and almost comic like style. If the Shadows get you, you die. So you must avoid them at all costs. In the demo you eventually get an Axe to fight them off, but otherwise you have to use your wits, or even taunt them luring them to fall to their deaths, be electrocuted, or fall into other traps that you have waiting for them. I am actually very excited to check this game out this summer.
Low Points (at least for me): - Way too much PC stuff: I love video games as much as the next guy, but the last thing I am is a PC fan. There was easily 30% more PC stuff here than last year. Now granted I'll probably check some out on Sunday, but it all feels like a "I'm here so I might as well try it" kind of feel. I mean I want to try the Free-to-play FPS called Firefall but other than that I'm not too interested.
- Lost the Puzzle Bobble Tournament: Not a huge deal, I mean I made it to the final 4. The funny thing is, the guy who beat me at Pacman DX last year was here this year, and we both lost to the finalists, but the guy he lost to won it all. It was still fun and I did great for not having played a Puzzle Bobble/Bust-A-Move game in a long time, on a console anyway.
- Risen 2 sucks: That is all. It looks like a poor man's Skyrim but with pirates
- Didn't notice a lot of Vita displays: I played UMVC3 and it plays like garbage on the Vita. The analog stick is useless and I don't know why but the D-pad wasn't comfortable. Plus, it kept saying "waiting for other player" on and off the whole match.. the other player was 1ft away from me...
My Day 2 attempts:
- Max Payne 3,Borderlands 2, and/or Aliens: Colonial Marines booths: These were PACKED today, so I chose Assassin's Creed for today.
- Capcom Booth: It was packed and the Dragon's Dogma Demo is way too long.
I'm sure there's crap I am forgetting but I'll end it here. If anyone has questions leave some comments. I saw a whole lot more but thus far this is all I can remember at the time. Here's some Pics of the things I mentioned (many more pics tomorrow now that I know the layout of the Exhibition Hall) and my Day 1 SWAG (and yes those are an inflatable AC3 hatchet and an inflatable Omni Blade from Mass Effect 3):[i]
Back in 2003, when the Xbox/PS2/Gamecube generation was picking up in full force, there was a highly unplayed gem called Gladius. This Lucasarts Strategy RPG, set in a medieval/Roman era, had it all. The game was 4 players, it had so many different character types rangin from Centurions, Murmillos, Barbarians, Ogres and even giant scorpions!
In Gladius you can choose from 2 main characters, Ursula or Valens. The game is based on schools battling for supremacy in the lands. When I say schools I mean training with weapons, not Math battles or gym class dodge-ball. Ursula represents the normal campaign, as she starts with less powerful enemies while Valens is considered Expert mode. The main different is with Valens you start in Imperia, Ursula starts in her hometown.
So as the game plays on, you begin to build up the forces in your school. As you pass through neighboring towns, you enter battles and tournaments to ultimately win in that land's cup, finally reaching the final battle. As you go to these towns you can permanently recruit members to your school, or simply pay a smaller fee so they join you for 1 or 2 fights. Some of the battles you need to win to get to the final round in that land require certain classes. Some are all animal battles, some all female, things like this. But this game had it all! Skeleton warriors and shaman, mongrels which look like Planet of the Apes monkeys only much thinner. There's Satyr's who do jigs and drink wine from flasks/bottles, and spear throwers who do RIDICULOUS damage as you level up their abilities.
The game has a rock-paper-scissors type mechanic. Heavy beats medium, medium beats light, light beats heavy. Obviously heavy characters are stronger but slower, and light characters have better speed, but overall it works great! There's also an affinity system (elements) with stuff like fire, water, Air, earth, light and dark. These to have advantages and disadvantages between one another. Weapons also get these affinities attached to them occasionally and make for even more strategy in battle.
So let's get to the battling! Turn based, but also involving movement, is the name of the game here. So you choose where you want your character to walk to and depending on their stats/class they may take a turn or 2 to get there or you set it up so they move then attack. The order of attack is based on your stats, but also on appeasing the crowd. If the crowd likes your style, you can advantages such as more speed or more strength. The name of the game is not always to kill everyone (you knock them out not kill them anyway) but sometimes to beat a specific person, or survive a specific amount of time. The only way your characters can actually die is if you are confronted in the overworld while moving from town to town so be careful and save often. Lost odyssey and Last Remnant are probably close to its style since you do have button presses during attacks, only Gladius had a few different styles. Some involve hitting the right combination while others involve sequential mashing.
So I ask you Lucasarts... What's the hold up? EVERY video game site/magazine praised the game. It was available for Xbox, PS2 and Gamecube, and is still not super rare. But why not revive this game? I have been looking for a game with this exact fighting system SINCE 2003 and it's driving me insane! If any game could benefit from a sequel it is this game. Hell I'd take an XBLA version of the game with online battles anyday! I mean Gladius was a 4 player RPG for crying out loud! IF you never heard of this game and still own any of the systems it's on, buy it, especially if you love turn based RPGs as much as I do.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to start as Valens and take our some arrogant Centurions with elves and nipple-ringed Minotaurs.
Who here is going to be at PAX East 2012 this year? I shall be attending in full effect representing the site me and my friends write for www.glitchytasty.com. I am also representing myself at www.GrimmTrixX.com, my personal blog site and hub for all the places I blog at (including good old Destructoid).
Now while I may sound like I am advertising.. well yea I guess it does seem that I am, but the reason is I would like to see who is ready to have a blast at PAX this year? Being the only person from my site going, I am a 1 man gaming machine. I'll be at the Pac-man, doom, and puzzle bobble tournaments in case someone wants to see my ugly mug. Now while I haven't played doom since it was a NEW game on my PC with 8gb RAM way too long ago, I am entering JUST so I can say "I entered a DOOM tournament in 2012" which is something I assume does not happen on a regular basis.
Is everyone as excited as I am? As a media rep, I get to go in for that sweet sweet extra hour from 9am-10am on Friday morning. The downside to this is last year it was on Saturday, so you had all day Friday to see which places had the biggest lines so you knew what to hit during that extra hour. Sadly, this year is different. This year is a guessing game. I assume Max Payne 3 will be hard to get to unless I feel like waiting in line forever (i don't).
But I for one can't wait to check out new Assassin's Creed info, try Steel Battalion on Kinect, and get some sexy free SWAG at the booths (maybe some complimentary download codes for reviews? Indie game developers I'm looking at you).
Sadly I am not into card games. They seem interesting enough but I don't have time to invest in it. The same can be said for MMORPGs. Let's just say I am a lifetime member for Star Trek Online since day 1.. and I've played the game 4 times. Will it stop me from trying the free to play MMOs? Not at all. Also the game Firefall, a free to play FPS, looks like it could be very awesome and I will be checking it out.
So what else is everyone interested in seeing? Do you have any questions you want me to answer while I am there or when I return? I will do some blogs after each day chronicling my experiences at PAX East 2012. If it's anything like last year, then it's going to be one hell of a time. So hit me with some CrazySexyCool replies, follow me on twitter/like me on Facebook at GrimmTrixX for my fun musings while I am PAX bound, and chat away! If talking about games is your thing, then I am definitely all ears.
For fun, here's the MAIN reason I HAD to go last year: