I am SeŠn, also known as Justice, aged 23. I've got every nintendo console (excluding the virtual boy) but no I'm not a fanboy. I've got a DS and a PSP in terms of this gen handhelds, and I've also got a PS3, Wii and 360 :D I enjoy gaming, playing sports, chilling with mates and so forth. I reside in London, UK, and am currently a Creative Designer, having previously gone to University to study Multimedia Technology & Design (Graphic Design, Web Design. animation etc).
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Yo, long time no see cblogs! I'm representing Destructoid at a big Namco Bandai press event here in the UK on Monday. This means I'll be interviewing Harada-San about Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Hideo Baba, the producer of Tales of Graces F about the game, and also the developers of the new WiiU game Tank! Tank! Tank! which you may recognise from Dtoid's E3 coverage, or have seen in your local arcade.
As we have many fans of the first two games listed, along with their respective series, and there's no doubt that people are interested in Tank! Tank! Tank! for various reasons, I figured I'd ask the community if they have any questions for any of the people I'll be interviewing. Leave them in the comments and I'll do my best to include them in my interviews, many thanks!
*Ono-San, Harada-San and myself (representing the duck-faced peoples of the world)
Since some of you won't have made the journey to Gamescom this year, I figured I would recap the event through pictures. Here we go!
*Scottie's American Hot Dogs... in Germany*
After flying to Frankfurt-Hahn airport, we waited for n0brein a bit, meaning some of us were hungry. Thus me, Roy and Seto each decided to get an authentic Bratwurst.
*Seto sure loves his meat*
After downing our delicious Bratwursts, n0brien turned up and we split into two cars to head to his parents (who are incredibly amazing) humble abode in Luxembourg. We put our stuff down and then were given the MTV Cribs tour of the house. Following that, it was dinner time, as Mama n0brien had made spaghetti bolognese. It was delicious!
After dinner, Papa n0brien took us to his basement, which hides an underground bar!
*Roy is in heaven!*
Following that, we came back upstairs since Mama n0brien made Awesome Cake (it's marble cake but on another level).
*Someone made a spilly-poo*
At that point, it was time for the Gamescom Team to get to work...
... but not before some SKYPANS with the Shark-Man himself!
*Keep it classy!*
Since it was pretty late, most of us decided to call it a night and hit the sack. After waking up the next morning and getting ready, it was time to head to the Hostel we were staying at for the rest of the week.
*The view from the back of the house*
*This reminds me of Cinderella for some reason*
*Thus began our 2-3 hour journey to the hostel*
After reaching the hostel, we dumped our stuff and went on a short walkaround, checking out Cologne.
*Asian Afro Shop, despite our inital confusion from this we later learned it's an Afro hair shop owned by Asian people!*
After checking out the local area, we decided to go on a neighbourhood watch for some KFC. After a fairly long period of searching and then finding the KFC (with the help of some bad directions), we decided on going to an American Diner/Bar in the area.
*Go to Cologne and be a family man!*
We then headed home, and the Gamescom team got their journalismz on.
*Can you see the word "Helvetia" in the font Helvetica?*
*What happened last night, somebody tell me!*
While walking we found Cologne Cathedral (which I didn't even know existed) and proceed to go inside.
*It's pretty darn big!*
We then left the Cathedral and saw more of Cologne.
*MC OBAMAZ??? The graffiti here sure is different*
*Jake looking suave above the water*
*ICE CREAM BROFIST!*
*LOVE THE POLICE? Again, very different to London graffiti!*
Eventually we headed back to the hostel, ate and drank, and called it a night.
*This is the room Me, Seto, Jake and eventually n0brien's brother stayed in*
[i]*This is the bar in the hostel, where you can smoke inside (which was a bit weird at first since you can't anymore in England)
*The view from our room.*
Since it was the next day, it was time to check out Gamescom. The next set of pictures are from the rest of the holiday so I'll just add notes in between some of them rather than distinguishing by day as I did before.
*The Koelnmesse, home of Gamescom 2010*
*Seto in LOST TIME TRAVELLER mode playing Tron*
*Seto in RICHARD SIMMONS SUSHI DANCE mode playing Just Dance 2*
*View from the tram on the way home*
*One of the cars from the Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit area*
*A promotional image for FIFA 11*
*Another car from the Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit area*
*Seto and a PlayStation rep re-enacting that classic scene from Titanic*
*FAJITAS! NOM NOM NOM*
*n0brien's brother Alex meeting Charles Martinet aka the Voice of Mario and some others!*
*What a cool guy, on the right of course. My favourite picture from the trip... maybe!*
*Gamescom Festival that night, free Coca-Cola FTW!*
That night some of us decided to go looking for a club to get into, after an hour searching we didn't find a place, meaning that some people went home, leaving just me, Pew and Roy looking for a club. We walked down a few streets from our hostel and found a student club which was downstairs in a basement-like place, with a lot of smoking. I should also note it was very hot, to the oint where EVERYBODY was sweating. We still had a great night though, very well worth it.
*Pew and Roy "IN DA CLUB"*
*The team hard at work*
Eventually we came to our final day. It was time to say goodbye to the great land of Germany.
I'd just like to say thank you to everyone that came, it was the first DtoidUK trip out of the UK and it wouldn't have been anywhere near as amazing without each one of you. Special shoutouts to n0brien's parents, since they are truly amazing, I haven't seen such hospitality since I stayed with a Japanese family over 8 years ago and of course, thanks to Destructoid (and it's community of course), since without the big robot I would never have met these awesome people that I am proud to call my friends.
Hopefully more of us will make it to Gamescom next year!
BONUS: Before you complain that I'm only in one picture (j/k) here's a pic of me at the NFS: Hot Pursuit area
Also here are a few videos:
Jake and Shakey fighting with inflatable sword/spear things:
Seto showing us his moves:
Finally, a small clip from Gamescom Festival:
Note: Some of the images are larger than needs be because the uploader refused to upload them, thus I had to take them from my Facebook.
Why hello there good sir/madam, it is I your oldest friend Justice, also known as SeŠn. I joined Dtoid back in December 2006 after being linked here a few times from Kotaku. After joining I realised that Destructoid was pretty much everything I could want from a gaming website and thus hung around the forums a lot, spending time with the then well known folk like Backflip, Sheir, Banj and Serpentish (not forgetting Mxy or dprime of course).
Eventually I disappeared from the forums due to real life taking up a lot of time, but I still stayed connected to the site, cblogging often and eventually meeting up with some other UK Dtoiders at the Play.com Live event in March 2008. The event was very disappointing but meeting up with the other Dtoiders made being there truly worth it. In fact we got to play Rock Band together a couple of months before it came out (in EU territories since the Americans got it way before us).
As time went on we started meeting up more and more often and with the creating of Dtoid UK I became more and more involved in the UK community side which leads me to today. Itís worth noting, since Dtoid UK is full of racismz, that I am mixed race (majority white) yet I have been diagnosed as the black guy by the Dtoid UK folk.
Iím currently playing Red Dead Redemption, Super Street Fighter IV and No More Heroes 2. Iím looking forward to Super Mario Galaxy 2, which is out on Friday, because Iíve grown up with the Mario games, I love them all (including Sunshine, especially the bits without F.L.U.D.D.) and Super Mario Galaxy is one of my favourite Mario games.
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Yep I picked me up a Slim, and got LBP for free. Though I haven't been able to play it in HD due to my HDMI cable not arriving yet, I'm enjoying it a lot. Having forgotten that BBC iPlayer was coming to the PS3, it was nice to see that it works really well on the PS3!
If you want to add me, my PSN ID is "SeanJustice" and I like long walks on the beach!
Also here's a funny video that you've probably seen before just to ease the disappointment you received from visiting this blog:
What's up folks, every now and then I see people giving thanks for the swag Dtoid has given them, and I've been blessed enough to win a few things from the big robot so I figured I'd give the props where they are due since I haven't really since my 10 things post. Recently I won the two haiku contests (Ninja Blade and Neves Plus) and the Valkyria Chronicles Artbook. The Ninja Blade soundtrack is awesome, especially since I love all things Japanese, and the mix of traditional Japanese music with hard beats is highly addictive. The Cat T-Shirt is bigger than I thought (which is a good thing) and I've already worn it to work! The Artbook is fully of gorgeous art, as a fan of anime (and someone who draws in a Manga-style a lot), it's been very inspirational.
Just before you say "dis iz nawt nooz" I was sketching the outline for a new Destructoid wallpaper hot of the heels of my last one and I ended up painting it in (something I've never done before). I know it's pretty lame, but hey, as my first digital painting I like it so I thought I'd share it. I'm still working on a Destructoid version, but I have no idea when that will come out. It'll be vector based though, since (thanks to a few recommendations and my job) I've learned Adobe Illustrator (something I thought I'd never do since I was commited to Flash). Here it is!
Anyway enough about me, so here's a "Cheers!" to Destructoid (the robot, the site, the editors , the community and the cocks), it's coming up to three years here for me, and it's been a very enjoyable ride!
PS: I hope to frequent IRC and the forums (again) soon so see you all there!
In what can only be seen as an act of Nintendo trying to be nice to us Europeans, Wii Sports Resort was released yesterday, with you Americanos getting it tomorrow. As most will know, it comes with 12 sports, two of those having been in the original Wii Sports (bowling and tennis). Here Iíll outline each game and give my thoughts on each.
NOTE: I havenít spent that long on certain sports so the information here may not be a full representation of all the game has to offer.
The swordplay was the first sport I tried. This mode gave me the first real experience of using the WiiMote with 1:1 controls since you donít get to see such a wide range of movement mapped with other MotionPlus games such as Grand Slam Tennis, Tiger Woods 2010 and Virtua Tennis. The first mode unlocked is Duel. This sees you fighting against another character on a platform high above the water, with the loser meeting a watery end. Obviously you move the WiiMote about to control the sword but hold B to take a defensive stance which allows you to block attacks. It really works well and itís funny watching the opponent get knocked back when they try to attack but you block it successfully, leaving them open for a split second (sort of reminiscent of Fencing in Mario & Sonic and the Olympic Games).
After this you unlock speed slice which pits you against an opponent. A person in front of you throws items infront of you both and a direction is shown, representing the way you should slice the item. The person to slice the item quickest gets the point, and the first to 10 wins.
Showdown appears to be the final unlocked mode, which has you run along a level fighting people as you go. Itís a lot of fun, and fighting multiple enemies at one time reminded me of No More Heroes, after getting near the end of the level, you fight against a ďbossĒ who has 3 hearts, (representing how many hits he can take) which is also how many hits you can take too. The first level had me running along a bridge, but from the level select menu it appears there are quite a few to take on.
Wakeboarding is pretty good, though the fun is limited I suppose.You move left and right by tilting the Wiimote and using the waves from the boat that is pulling you along, you flick the wiiMote upwards to do jump and then flick up again to do a trick. If you land flat you score the points but if you donít you lose them and possibly bail. In the game youíre given a time-limit and the idea is to score as many points as possible. That seems to be it but hopefully theres more to it.
Frisbee is a lot of fun, the first game available (since most of the sports contain more than one game, with some having to be unlocked) is Frisbee Dog. In training you throw the frisbee around a bit and it then provides balloons in different areas for you to hit. After training youíre placed into a ďcompetitionĒ where you and your cute dog have to try and come first. With each throw youíre told the best position to aim for, and after you throw a target around that area shows up. If the frisbee enters the area within one of the three different parts of the target, the dog will catch the frisbee and you are awarded points. After a few throws balloons appear on the sandy beach. If you hit these balloons and the frisbee heads towards the right area you recieve bonus points.
Scoring well in this game opens up Frisbee Golf, I havenít tried this mode out but I imagine it is similar to the Golf included in the game, probably mixed with the Frisbee Golf feature of Tiger Woods 2010.
Archery works well with the controls too. You lift the Wiimote up to a vertical position and pull the Nunchuk towards yourself, providing an aiming reticule that gets smaller as you take time to release Z (which releases the arrow). Wind can blow your arrow off course so you have to adjust your aiming for that and later on objects can block your way on the harder courses.
Being a basketball player back in the hay-day I hoped my skills would translate to this game. Unfortunately they did not. You lower the Wiimote to pick up a basketball and the raise it to make your character jump, flicking it when you want to shoot. The first game available is 3-Point Contest, which is pretty explanatory with you picking up and shooting three balls from each location around the court within a time limit.
Partaking in this game unlocks 3-on-3 Game.As always the characters run automatically. Here you use the A button to pass and the rest is nothing new. Itís quite annoying though because if you miss a shot, if you take too long to shoot or if your shot is blocked then it the ball is turned over to the other team. Shots can be blocked by swinging the Wiimote up and you can steal the ball by making a swiping motion. The shooting didnít seem accurate to me, it felt like it was based more on random luck than anything else, though shooting at the top of the jump seemed to give better results (but maybe thatís just my Nba Street memories breaking in).
Ok, now weíre talking, table tennis is most definitely one of my favourite sports in Wii Sports Resort. The fluidness of the controls works so much better than the crappy version in Mario & Sonic. The first mode is Match, which typically pits you against an opponent. Thereís really nothing to explain about the controls, itís self explanatory, but you need to play the game to see why itís that great.
Playing Match unlocks Return Challenge, which sees someone in the place of your opponent firing balls at you for you to return. The game ends as soon as you miss a ball or itís returned and doesnít land on the table. After landing 10 successful returns, items appear on the table and if you return the ball into them, you get bonus points. I canít explain it but table tennis just rocks.
Golf is pretty much the same as the original so thereís not much to say, except youíre on an exotic island so itís a different location. Wii MotionPlus does cause a noticable difference (for the better of course) but itís all the same otherwise.
Again bowling is pretty much the same as the original except the music is an island rendition of the original, the arena has a slightly different look and you now sport a Hawaiian shirt. Nice! Oh wait thereís one more difference. ITíS HARDER. Having been an avid ďWii bowlerĒ (yes I did just say that), since I played the original against my uni mates a lot, I expected to be able to get strike after strike like I had managed in the original. This was not the case. Strikes are more difficult to claim, but not impossible, spares are easy to pull off.
Three modes are included, 10-Pin Game, 100-Pin Game, and Spin Control. I recall the first two being in the original and I think the third was in there in a different form. The first two again explain themselves, and Spin Control sees you trying to avoid objects on the lane while trying to get the highest score as possible.
Bowling is fun as ever, but losing the ability to pull strike after strike as often as I did before kinda sucks though skills comes with experience which comes with time.
Power cruising works really well, imagine Wave Race, but with Miis. The Wiimote and Nunchuk are used as the two handlebars, with the B button (or A if B doesnít feel good for you) used for gas. Pressing Z gives you a boost which recharges after usage. The first mode unlocked is slalom course. This sees you rushing though gates in the water course, with even smaller gates appearing inside the larger ones that reward you with bonus points if you manage to cross through them. The other unlockable mode is VS which again I havenít played but I assume is a one-on-one race.
Canoeing is fun, and has you using the Wiimote as a paddle, paddling on your left to turn right and so forth. The controls work well with me going straight when I actually wanted to surprisingly (caused by paddling on alternating sides of course). The first mode is Speed Challenge, which has you paddling as fast as possible to traverse a distance, with higher distances being unlocked as you pass through courses sucessfully.
The second mode is VS which again I havenít tried out, but I presume is a race between you and an opponent.
Cycling works really well with the controls with you moving the Wiimote and Nunchuk up and down alternatively (like the 100m in Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games). Tilting both to one side makes you turn in that direction. If you pedal fast enough you hit a peak and get a speed boost, however you have three hearts that represent your stamina and pedalling fast causes your number of hearts to decrease. They can be regained by not pedalling. If you run out of hearts you have to stop and pull out a water bottle which is pretty cute but doesnít quite redefine adorable.
The first mode is Road Race in which you race against 29 others to see who can take first place. There appear to be a few courses and you get to see a preview of your course on the island before racing. The preview is really nice, allowing you to rotate the island and zoom in and out to get a better view. The level I tried has crosswinds and downhill parts in which you donít really need to pedal. You can also catch slip stream from your opponents giving you speed while not pedalling.
The other mode is VS which again I assume is a race between you and some opponents.
Last but by no means least, Air Sports has to be my favourite sport in this game. The first mode is Skydiving which you do in the beginning of the game anyway hence I havenít tried it again so I donít know if there are any differences. NOTE: When starting the game for the first time, if you have more than one Mii that has "favourite" status (identified by red legs) then the Wii will randomly choose one of the favourites as the character you skydive with. I didnít realise this and the Wii chose another Mii so I restarted.
The second mode is Island Flyover. This has to be my favourite mode. You control a sea plane and fly over the island (and other islands) showing where each sport in the game takes place. The amount of area in the game is much larger than I though. You are given five minutes to fly wherever you want but thatís not all. Thereís much more. On the island are 80 hotspots, and flying near these gives you information about the area the hotspot is on. Flying in these registers in the game and you collect a stamp for each hotspot you fly into. When you have flown into a multiple of 10 new hotspots in total (as in 10, 20, 30 etc) you unlock something, for example the ability to shoot balloons, the ability to fly at a different time of day, and the ability to have double shots. Itís so relaxing to just fly around and shoot balloons while doing barrel rolls (by twisting the Wiimote quickly). Iíve easily spent more than half an hour on this mode even though they only let you fly for 5 minutes at a time so that you can see how many hotspots you can fly through within the time limit if you so choose to. The island is populated, and features people , cars, boats and other planes giving more life to the location in which Wii Sports Resort takes place.There are ancient tombs to fly through as well as tunnels so itís just not a cakewalk. I have to say, the island (and the sky) look beautiful at night.
The last mode is Dogfight in which you fight against an opponent shooting at their balloons. WiiFolder have a good explanation of it so you can watch that below.
Wii Sports Resort is truly a great game. Iíve only played the single player modes, but even just from that I think itís worth it, and I can already tell that itís going to be a blast in multiplayer. The potential of the Wii MotionPlus is shown off in full view and with the amount of games included itís a must have. If I had to rate it it would definitely get at least 9 out of 10.
BONUS THOUGHTS: Oddly enough, while flying on the island I flew through a hotspot near some tennis courts and the game told me that Tennis isnít played because the balls have been lost. The tennis courts look EXACTLY like the alternate court in Wii Sports Tennis (the blue one). I get the feeling this might be hinting as tennis being DLC since it was quite possibly the best game in Wii Sports so I really see no good reason so to why they havenít included it here. Unless they thought including it would cause Virtua Tennis and Grand Slam Tennis to get less sales.