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7:45 PM on 06.30.2012

I'm interviewing Harada (TTT2), Hideo Baba (Tales of Graces F) +more, questions?



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)   read


9:24 AM on 08.26.2010

A Week in Cologne, My Gamescom 2010 Recap (WARNING: VERY PICTURE HEAVY)



Welcome to Cologne!

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!


*Dawwwwwww*

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!*


*!German design++*

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.


The next day, the Gamescom team headed to Gamescom and did work while me, Seto and Watermanx/Baby Jake/BJ/<Name Pending> went out to see more of Cologne.


*Can you see the word "Helvetia" in the font Helvetica?*


*What happened last night, somebody tell me!*








*Anti-Fascism FTW!*



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)

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*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*


*LOLNERDS! (j/k)*


*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.


*Roy and Jake a.k.a. Hammertiem*


*MAGNETS! HOW DO THEY WORK?!*


*Hollie and Jake deep into their NOMNOMS*


*Pew and Watermanx*


*Shakey classy as ever*


*GROUP HUG!*


*I am such a tourist*


*Ahh, back in England again.*


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:
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Seto showing us his moves:
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Finally, a small clip from Gamescom Festival:
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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.   read


4:09 PM on 06.07.2010

Meet the BritToid cast - Justice



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.

For more information, or to request a free sample, please click here.

Sincerely yours,
Justice

PS: Thanks for supporting BritToid!   read


1:37 PM on 09.01.2009

A new addition to the household (shortblog)

Like Cadtalfryn and Grunchk1n (& Usedtabe) I too recently welcomed a new addition into my life.


[i]Ba-da![/url]

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:

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4:10 PM on 08.11.2009

A quick thanks to Destructoid, it's been long overdue (shortblog)



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!   read


10:07 AM on 07.25.2009

The Justoid Review: Wii Sports Resort

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.



Swordplay

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

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

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

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.




Basketball

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).




Table Tennis

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

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.


Bowling

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

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

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

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.




Air Sports

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.

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Closing Thoughts

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.   read


7:02 AM on 06.11.2009

Quick Thoughts: The Island Life In Paradise



As most Burnout Paradise will know, the new Big Surf Island package has been released today. Upon starting the game I was told a new update was released (1.9) weighing a large 1.3GB. After the download and entering Paradise City I noticed the gateway to the island was wide open. Deciding to take a drive towards the bridge I was promptly reminded that I haven't bought the Island content and was asked if I wanted to. I think this is a good idea on Criterions part, leaving the door wide open for all players but reminding those who haven't bought it, that they haven't will make them want to see what's across the bridge even more.

Anyway so I downloaded the package and decided to take the first of nine cars in the package for a spin. As I made my way across the bridge I noticed the detail in the bridge and island, which was no less, perhaps even better than Paradise Citys. As a speed through crashe through brand new smashes (75 in total) I came across some blue lights and a ramp. I reversed and put the pedal to the metal and flew off the ramp, hitting another positioned even higher in the air. Leaving that ramp I was told that I had completed a megajump, the size of the ramp and jump making it obvious why they added the prefix "mega".

From there I went online and joined a quick game to check out the freeburn challenges. I'm not sure how many there are, I'm guessing 50, but the challenges were as exhilarating as those in Paradise City. The first required the group of 8 to meet up inside a centre and then jump through the lighthouse. Seeing the lighthouse jump in CrashTV's preview was one thing, but doing it myself was another. Then we met at the CrashTV Ski Jump and were told to all "catch some air" at the same time. Obviously due to some takedowns and some people not having mics this took a few goes, but we got there in the end. Another challenge had is getting 3 near misses and getting a certain distance of drift in the car park, which essentially, is a spiralling tower with a few jumps at the top. This was a lot of fun but not as fun as the last challenge I took part in, which was to each meet on top of a specifc building on these things that can only be explained as planks attached to the building. Obviously there weren't 8 planks so 3 people trying to fit on one caused some big falls and crashes. From the "plank" the view was quite incredible, Paradise City was fully visible in the distance, though it wasn't fully detailed (maybe that's because of the weather), but doing these challenges made me remember why I love Burnout so much, having not played it in 2 months since my 360 was dead.

The island is varied too, with mountain type areas, a beach area, and a construction site (that Criterion are calling the "new quarry") that has heaps of jumps and areas. In fact one challenge required us to jump through two hoops at the same time, which was also a lot of fun.

Seeing that Criterion have been working on this over a year, the amount of detail, challenges, mega jumps, smashes and different areas make it easy to see why they changed their mind about making the island free. Though I don't think the island is quite worth 1000MS points, which is about £8, I still think it's almost value for money, and this is definitely one of the more worthwhile packs and I'd wholeheartedly recommend it to all Burnout fans.   read


4:53 AM on 06.06.2009

X-TREMELY Shortblog: Have you seen Google today?



I did say it was extremely short didn't I? Turns out even Google are celebrating 25 years of what is arguably the world's most famous puzzle video game. I hadn't touched Tetris in a while but when I found out it was on Facebook, allowing you to compete against friends in single-player and multi-player modes, I returned to the game. Do any of you still play a variation of the game?

Anyway, to decrease the amount of fail in this blog here's a video showing the new Big Surf Island coming to Burnout Paradise on June 11th:

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Not only that, but order now and you will recieve one terrible music video that is bound to make you laugh!

[embed]135166:19893[/embed]   read


11:23 AM on 04.24.2009

Burnout Paradise: Cops & Robbers gameplay video

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Not much to say here, turns out it's a car version of capture the flag and it's apparently going to cost 800 MS points. I don't think I'll be picking it up straight away, one, my 360 is dead and I'm not sending it in fo repairs until after my exams next month, and two, this mode should have already been in the game, as I've commented before on other blogs about this, the skins mean nothing to me, yes they're cool but I'd rather download the pack minus the skins for free. With that said though, it does look like a lot of fun.

Do you plan on picking this up?   read


4:31 PM on 04.08.2009

The menace that is Video Games strikes once again: Ecstacy pills found in GTA IV (shortblog)



I had to rub my eyes to check if I was actually seeing this title on my RSS feed. Yes that's right according to this article the pills were found under the front cover of the game. According to the Thornhills, who are the unfortunate victims in this case, when they phoned up Gamestation whom they had purchased their game from, Gamestation told them to flush the drugs down the toilet. The father was reported to have said,"What made me feel the most distraught was the fact we let our 12-year-old play the game. Inside the instruction booklet was a ball of Shrinkwrap, or Clingfilm. I thought it was just a ball of clingfilm, but then I realised there were tablets inside. I instantly felt sick."

Will video games ever leave our women and children alone?   read


1:00 PM on 04.08.2009

UK Dtoiders get hands-on with Bionic Commando at Capcom

Yesterday me, Pheonix Blood, Anus McPhanus and McSnow went back to Capcom Europe to try out the upcoming Bionic Commando game. Since McSnow didnít really like the game and Anus did it seems like he said that the game may divide people. Iím going to explain how I felt about it, and how the rest of the day turned out.

After being led to the same room as before, the three other Dtoiders and I sat at our screens, with 4 other people (including a guy who flew from Norway to try the game out!).





As soon as we walked in we notice a T-Shirt on each of our chairs. We were told they were for us! The shirt is pictured above! Then we were talking about Dtoid and Chiara, the Senior Online Marketing & Community Manager told us that she had something for us Dtoiders! We were all given a cool holographic Resi 5 poster, except for Anus, since he already won the game from them!



The playthrough:

From pushing start on the controller, we were placed into the tutorial, which teaches you the basics of the game as well as a few of the moves. To grapple objects (and people!) the L-trigger is used. At first I (as well as a few others) experienced difficulty timing our swings. I was releasing my grapple at the height of the swing, meaning that I was flying vertically into the air, rather than horizontally and vertically as I wanted to To successfully swing forward, we were taught when to release the grapple, which is at the 45 degree angle from the centre point (if you know what I mean). When you get the swinging down though, youíll be gliding through the air with ease likeÖ a hang gliderÖ that grapples and stuff.

The tutorial also taught us how to hook objects and pull ourselves towards them, as well as combat moves such as the ďzip-kickĒ (I think thatís the name) which is where you grapple someone and reel yourself in kicking your opponent in the process. This was easy to execute on the stationary ďenemyĒ, having to simply hover my reticule over the enemy, press the L-trigger to grapple them, and then push A (X on the PS3 controller) to reel myself in. I would soon find out that things would not be so simple in multiplayer.

Other than that, we also learnt about other moves, such as the ability to uppercut objects into the air, then jump and hit them into enemies (the object locks on apparently) and being able to grapple objects and throw them into enemies (the object also locks on in this case). I was sad to learn that these features are not available in multiplayer however.

Upon completion of the tutorial, all 8 players linked up via system link to play some multi-player. Here we got a chance to test out our skills that we picked up in the tutorial.


*Anus looking very relaxedÖ*

The first map was a grassy area with roads and a motorway, that all looked as though the land had hit by an earthquake. Armed with a simple pistol I made my way through the level, zip-kicking my foes while having fun swinging around and getting shot at. Then I found my first weapon, a machine gun. Simple but effective I pursued my enemies until I suddenly dropped dead.

I was confused, until I realised what had happened. I had been sniped. I decided it was time to take action and avenge myself (if thatís possible). I picked up the sniper rifle and began sniping. It seems that it doesnít matter where on a person you shoot, it just takes one shot to end someone.

Here I should probably note that thereís no form of radar, but names hover above opponents and weapons can be picked up simply by waling over them. They also seem to respawn quickly, with me guarding the sniper rifle spot, while waiting to it to respawn so that I could have more ammo. Also when falling from a height, if you hammer the Y button you land heavily, and you perform ďdeath from aboveĒ on those within a small radius of where you land.

The game continued, and I got a fair share of kills until I was taken out by a player with a rocket launcher. I was annoyed to have been killed, but damn it was cool seeing my ragdoll of a corpse fly across the level. The same thing happens when you zip-kick someone!

After a few deathmatch games we played two rounds of Team Deathmatch, of course it was Team Dtoid VS the rest of the players. They took the first round, after what was a very close match. There were points in the game where everybody was within a 50 metre radius, just scrapping it out trying to get rid of each other, it was pretty exciting if I do say so myself.

Team Dtoid took the next round, this was set on a level based on the first level from Re-Armed, with the typical yellow building, the red walk-ways and even the water!
(note: If you fall in the water youíre given like 3 seconds to grapple onto something or face certain doom) It was a nice tribute, and Team Dtoid mainly stuck together taking on our opponents as a fully functional team, like Charlies Angels, except even hotter!

We then played a game of Capture the Flag, set on a level called the Rumble in the Ravine I think. Basically it was like a canyon, with paths, water and a lot of rock. We didnít function too well here, but after the opposing team got a point we managed to come back and end the game with a draw. At one point it was McSnow holding the opponents flag (since the opponent had our flag and you canít score if your flag isnít back at your base) and I just taking on everyone who came to reclaim their flag. I felt pretty badass to be honest.

Following this people seemed to show interest in the single player, so I and others went into that mode. I wonít talk about the story, but I will say that thereís some collectibles that take the form of icons from the NES game (I think) in each level which is pretty cool.

After a while playing the single player, we were told there was only time for one more game. We decided to return to Team Deathmatch, since it was currently a draw with each team having won one round. This time the level chose was called ďTrain StationĒ and itís all played inside. Team Dtoid managed to pull through the fire and give the other team quite the ass-whooping (we won by around 10 kills).



Seeing that we won overall, we were each given another T-shirt, which I have to say I like a lot, mainly because of the placement of the CAPCOM logo on the back!



Capcom also gave us free pizza and drinks and McSnow and Anus won socks because they won the deathmatch matches!


*Also socks! (Yes Iím sorry for that horrific pun.)*

My overall thoughts on the game:

I enjoyed playing the game, the multiplayer was fun, and the swinging mechanic added a new idea to the gameplay. Aiming was sometimes hardly, especially when trying to grapple people, since they're always moving but I sort of liked that factor, since it made things more difficult. Granted, it often resulted in me grappling to the floor and reeling myself in at a high speed to the floor when all I wanted to do was grapple someone and zip-kick them, but I suppose practice can make almost perfect.

The gameplay isnít very difficult from a lot of other games when you remove the idea of the grappling arm. Itís still your typical run and gun game, and those looking something innovative and fresh may not find that here. I personally liked the gameplay for what it was, though Iíve disagreed with the general consensus before, for example I thought Assassinís Creed was a really good and enjoyable game. . In a sense I can see the game getting boring after a while, but a lot of good games do, doesnít make them any less of a good game (well not in my book). Iíd call this a try before you buy purchase.

Bonus note: In the training level we played with the ďClassic RAD SpencerĒ costume, which was pretty nostalgic, you unlock it in Bionic Commando rearmed, which is a nice little bonus for owners of the game.


What we did after:



After our playthrough we headed to a Japanese restaurant/bar with two Phoenixís mates and Jack where we ate as well as all had a good laugh and chatted about random things from cosplay to the history of Dtoid. After McSnow, Pheonix and her pals left, Me, Anus and Jack returned to Trocodero where we played sum vidya gayms. At the Street Fighter 4 arcade booth, there was some guy who was ripping people apart as Akuma. Jack and Anus had goes, but I was too fearful, since although Iím pretty good with a pad Iíve never played Street Fighter on a stick.



From there, we decided to take leave since the setting sun was getting ready to shine on the other half of the world.

Iíd like to thank Hamza, Destructoid, Chiara & Capcom for the opportunity and the swag. Iíd also like to thank Anus, and he knows why! Finally Iíd like to thank my dog, Tamoto, we made it; I knew we could do it!   read


9:04 AM on 02.01.2009

10 (+4) Things You Probably Didn't Know About Justice



At first I was struggling to find 10 but suddenly I had more than 10!

1. My username is not taken from the French Band. In fact, when I first joined here, I signed up as ďPoetic JusticeĒ, but when the cblogs first came, when people with spaces in their name wrote blogs, they couldnít be viewed without taking the space out of the URL so I asked Niero to change my name to Justice. Hence why Iím still Poetic Justice on the forums. Hereís two of my old avatars:




2. I still own my NES which was my first console as well my SNES, N64, GameCube, GameBoy Colour and GameBoy Advance. Actually I still have the zapper for the NES too as well as the first game I ever got, Super Mario Bros/Duck Hunt in one cartridge. That was an amazing Christmas and I think I got the NES when I was 3.


3. I love drawing and like EX35 am also a flash animator. Ever since I was a kid Iíve been in love with drawing and at age 15 my mate introduced me to Macromedia Flash (now Adobe Flash of course), and Iíve been in love with it since.

Iíve done a few Destructoid related things, including a background based on the all your base meme viewable on the previous link and here, a Dragonball Z type drawing, a random piece and a random animation of the smoking robot walking.

Even a Mario Kart DS logo:


Some random shoop about Chad:


Recently my skills have improved and Iíve done more serious things for my assignments at uni, such as an artefact teaching kids about sexual health (including a guest spot by PaRappa the Rapper here, an artefact about the awesomeness of Japan (including playable Koto) here and an artefact mixing the lives of Max Ernst, a dada artist and Dr Frankenstein from the book here.


π. Hopefully this week I've be starting a weekly blog about great Flash games because I love them so much. Ever since Sheir's Sunday Sidequests stopped there hasn't really been anything similar.


3.5. I also have a deep passion for music. I play piano, recorder, drums and beatbox (with a harmonica sometimes!). I'm also learning bass guitar. I also produce music using Logic Pro when I get a chance and enjoy music of all genres as long as it has a good beat. The first game soundtrack I bought was the Street Fighter 3 soundtrack, but before that I got the Yoshi's Story and Smash Bros. Melee soundtracks for free from Nintendo Official Magazine.


4. Iíve never smoked anything in my life and first drank alcohol in May 2008 at age 19. First it was because of religion but as I grew up I felt both were unnecessary, especially smoking because it harms straight away. I drink every now and then (The Ghost and AnusMcPhanus have seen the only time I got drunk haha!) but itís not something I feel compelled to do.


5. Destructoid has been awesome to me. Iíve won a lot of stuff here including 800MP from Koopa13 and Rainbow Six Vegas 2 and a RSV2 shirt + faceplate from McSnow:



A Civilisation Revolution faceplate, poster signed by Sid Meier plus the money to buy the game!





Some E3 swag including iPod speakers, stickers, a Tatuaje baseball cap and a 2K belt buckle:









Heck Destructoid has even given me the chance to go to gaming events I would have no change of getting into if I wasnít part of Dtoid.


6. My favourite game of all time is Ocarina of Time. Iím also pretty sure itís the only game has ever made me cry, and that was at the ending. I remember going to Poland and bringing my game and memory/rumble pack with me so I could finish. WHAT a game. Seriously, the memories are just too much.


7. Iíve been to quite a few countries, including:
ē Scotland
ē Wales
ē France
ē U.S.A. (Florida)
ē Canada
ē Australia
ē Japan
ē Poland
ē Trinidad & Tobago

Thereís still a whole bunch of places that I havenít been that I want to see though including:
ē Italy (Venice is particular)
ē New York
ē South America (Guyana in particular)
ē Africa

My favourite place that Iíve been to abroad is most definitely Japan. I turned 13 there and a few months before I went I got into DragonBall Z and anime so going there definitely made me excited. However, not only did I fall in love with the anime aspect when I went there, I fell in love with the culture, having stayed in mountain areas, cities and peopleís homes I was just taken away with the awesomeness of Japan.


8. When I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronomer. I know itís not the typical policeman or fireman, but dammit I love the sky and the stars that dwell within it. I donít know what it is, but something about the stars fascinates me, every time Iím coming back from a club at 2AM or Iím just out in the early morning I always look up and just gaze are their beauty for a minute or two.


9. In Year 5 (when I was 10) I played Romeo in the school production of Romeo & Juliet. I signed up to play Mercutio but the guy playing Romeo was messing around so they booted him out and asked me to play Romeo. I was so nervous playing Romeo on the first night when each song came on that I was meant to sing, I skipped the first line and sang from the second line.


10. Additional facts you may not know:

-1. I wholeheartedly think that Super Mario Galaxy is one of the greatest Mario games ever, placing number 1 on my list with Super Mario World and Super Mario 64. Super Mario 3 is slightly behind those three.

-2. Iím saving my virginity till marriage, or at least trying to. Like drinking and smoking, it was originally because of religion, but as I grew up it became a personal choice. Random to have on here but since Iím talking about myself (which I hardly do) I figured Iíd go all out.

-3. Iím sort of a closed book and I enjoy learning about people. Rather than talk about myself Iíd much rather listen to other people talk and learn about them. I donít know why, but learning why people do certain things that they do and things about people is just fascinating to me.

-4. Iím mixed race, and my heritage actually derives from more than 5 countries, including England, Guyana, Holland, Trinidad & Tobago, Scotland and way far up China and Israel!

0. I love this website and the community. 4SRS. Before this website I used to frequent Kotaku and Joystiq often, but after Kotaku linked to here and I signed up, this has been my main gaming site and is probably my main site in general. I refresh the main page a few times every day just to see what new blogs and cblogs there are.

The community here is so awesome, and the fact that the community has so many areas like the forums, the cblogs and IRC where everyone is welcome, because weíre all still part of the main tree Destructoid is great.

Meeting up with fellow members is always a great time, even at crappy events like the Play.com event last year, meeting fellow Dtoiders made the event awesome. My Destructoid new years resolution is to definitely be more active. Also thanks for the idea SilverDragon, Iím enjoying reading 10 things about everyone! If you havenít blogged about 10 things do it now!


Baby Justice is happy!

I <3 U DTOID.

:D   read


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