Hey there. So this is the bio of myself, Kazooaloo, right? Well, here goes... I guess.
I've been a gamer for most of my life, but I also like social time. As far as hardcore gaming goes, forget it. I'm the last to enter a battle, and usually the first that dies. However I have learned the trick of playing with people that are worse than you just to make yourself feel better.
I like writing game reviews, and on occassion post them here on Destructoid. The way I write blog posts or reviews is if I was talking to someone in person. I'm usually the kind of person who uses sarcasm and humor profoundly. But it is also hard to convey sarcasm when someone's reading text and not listening to someone talk. I also like voice acting, regardless of what the content is. I'm also a self-taught artist who, in my opinion, needs a lot of work at it. Although a lot of people have liked my Rabbids drawings. I'm also working on getting my comic, Lined Paper Syndrome, back up and running.
I was very tired at work, to the point where I would just laugh if you said "blue" funny. For some reason, I couldn't exhale laughs, but when I inhaled I squeaked.... loud. And it wasn't once, more than 10 times. My friend Dan described it as a "kazoo getting kicked in the nuts." That night I told the story to one of my friends over AIM, to which she went "So you're a Kazooaloo." Wait, what? Well it's original. Better than GM_Link, I'll say.
2. That same friend, Dan, recently got my hooked on Warship Gunner 2,
Okay, seriously. Has anyone played this game? You wouldn't think naval warfare would be fun. But when you get to create your own battleships and decimate everything in your path? Come on. I've got a battleship with 11 28.7cm 50-cal Double Barrel Cannons on the front of my battleship, and I'm only 5 hours into the game and there's still another good 20 hours left. Most ships run when they see me. ^_^
3. Canderous Ordo is my default character when I have no ideas.
Ever have that moment where you want to create a character or what not, but you can't think of anything? Well, for some reason Canderous Ordo from KotOR is my default character. He's the guitarist in Rock Band, he's roaming the fields in Fallout 3, hell even my Japanese Xbox Live account is named Candalore (mix of Canderous and Madalore, who he was in the second game) with the avatar looking as close as I could get it.
4. I won an all Servbot match on Marvel vs. Capcom 2
My default team is Wolverine, Mega Man, and Jill, though everytime she goes "I'm a member of S.T.A.R.S." everyone in the room shouts "SHUT UP!" at the TV. Though at my last game party, once again, Dan and I decided to do an all Servbot match. It lasted about 10 minutes, with the majority just going into the other room to play Halo 3.
5. I owe all my laziness to Tech Theater in high school.
The first year I was lighting crew, then lighting director, then technical director. Sure, I constructed sets, painted, ran lumber runs. But in all honesty, as part of the lighting crew, you don't really do anything. You just sit there, waiting for time to run down so that you can do something. Usually all lighting stuff is done last minute when all the sets are constructed. So, the majority of my days were going up into the lighting booth, lying down on our couch, and playing video games.
6. I own Mega Man 9 on all three platforms.
I used to own it on just Xbox 360 and Wii. I bought it on Wii just because when I go to Otakon, I'm the one that usually brings the Wii to the hotel rooms. So if I don't have Mega Man 9 in a room with all kinds of Mega Man fans, I'll be skinned alive. Though I did buy it on PS3 when I was on campus, UMBC, and was bored in the gameroom. So I ended up buying it and putting it on the PS3 so I could play something.
7. Santa Sheppard is scary
My sister has the Mass Effect stand they put up in GameStop's when they were promoting the game. For the holidays, she put a santa hat on him. The result:
8. Unless you're good at long range, never put me on your Halo 3 team.
I suck at long range on that game, but I'm great at close range. Give me two SMG's and a handful of stickies, I'll get the job done. Though if I don't kill you, watch in front. There's usually 3 other people on the team that can finish you off long range. There was a group of us that all played on campus. I was on a team with 2 great long distance people, and 1 that was amazing with a sniper, he didn't even need to scope to headshot you. As for me, I at least got a ton of assist points.
9. "Super Snake" is my character in Little Big Planet
Ayup. Solid Snake with a cape. That's why he's super.
Let me come forth and say "all I ever learned from football, I learned from John Madden." Scary yet true, and some how make for an awesome t-shirt. Every year Madden pumps out a new game for the consoles. Okay well not literally himself, but a team of people who has been put together to make a football game and just stamp his name on it. But the fact remains, I learned playing football from the Madden franchise. When I go to football games I don't rant and cheer for my team, I actually shout "Hey dummy! Watch out for the double coverage on the left wide receiver and the blitz coming from the right!" If they only heard me...
However, I am also not one of those Madden fanatics who buys every year's Madden. In fact, I usually get every other one. My dad, however, plays Madden religiously. Hands down I already know he's getting the 360 version since he has the powerful hi-def TV and all I have is a standard. But then again, I also have a Wii as well as a 360. A bonus, maybe? I loved the 2007's release of Madden, even though there were some flaws. But now that the 2009's out, why not give that a shot.
Let me get to the basics. It's Madden. If you've ever played Madden NFL Football before, you've played this game. There is nothing different. All that's different is the control scheme. That's it. If you haven't played a Madden NFL Football game before, let me just say now that it's a football game. You run or pass the ball, score, and prevent the other team from doing the same. Now that we've gotten the basic concept of Madden down, let's move on.
What is this "All-Play" feature that's exclusive to the Wii version? All-Play is nothing more than a beginner's tool. If you're new to playing Madden on the Wii, all this do-hickey does is takes away the play clock. That's right, no play clock. That's all. It even says so in the Instruction Booklet. "EA SPORTS All-Play helps enhance your skills in areas like tackling, evading, passing, and kicking without worrying about the play clock." So adding an option to take away the play clock, which if memory serves was an option in the last gen Madden's, warrants an extra title on the box? Who knew?
Sadly the disappointment does not stop there. Like the 360 and PS3 versions where you can go to designated areas, if you so desire, and perform a victory dance, the Wii version pops up with a brilliant display of colors and lights and says "Shake your Wiimote/Nunchuck to cheer." Once was kind of cute, twice not so bad, but every single time I scored a touchdown or sacked the QB and I wanted to cut off my wrists and yell at the TV saying "Hey, I'm sorry. I don't have any hands to shake the wiimote with."
And speaking about shaking your wiimote, the controls are somewhat responsive. The can sometimes be a little too sensitive. Audibles can be quickly deployed by moving the nunchuck in the direction set to your D-pad for audibles. I learned that the hard way when I needed to scratch an itch on my cheek and all of a sudden I called a passing play. And other times it can do the exact opposite of what you planned on doing. For example, it doesn't help when you do a motion for the player to swat the ball going "Hey! Swat the ball!" and the player goes "Tackle the receiver? Okay," and the next thing you know is you have a pass interference penalty.
This is not to say the entire Madden experience has been drained on the Wii version. It is quite an enjoyable game to play and, I might add, the only next-gen version to retain Madden as an actual play-by-play announcer. Quite frankly, that's what make the Madden games the best. It's one thing to hear some random ESPN guy say something obvious about football, but it's another to hear it come out of the mouth of the great John Madden himself like, "You know, when he saw that ball and thought to himself 'Hey, I'm going to catch it and score a touchdown.' And look, that's exactly what he did!" Thanks Madden, I needed that to fulfill my day.
It was also surprising to see that instead of a physical referee in the game, it will randomly select one of your Mii's as the referee. Nothing like having Captain Kirk or the Rayman Rabbit be the referee of my football game.
There's also a "Call The Shots" mode in which you can actually make your own hot route. This was somewhat pleasing as, coming from someone who learned football from this game, I could tell my receivers where to exactly go on a route and pass a ball over the heads of double coverage.
Unlike Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the online for Madden NFL 2009 is quite flawless. Not once did I encounter lag issues or drop outs. In fact it was quite soothing to play a game of football in which I would be taking the lead at half time (21-7, Bills over Chargers) and not hear the other person scream and complain. If you don't feel like creating an EA account you can just sign up as a guest. However creating an EA account is free and you can avoid those silly friend codes, which is always a plus in my book.
Overall, if this is the only next-gen system that you have, or if you have kids that like football, shiny colors, and loves to dance whenever it says "raise the roof," Madden NFL 2009: All-Play is a great game. Graphics haven't changed much, although it is a lot brighter and stadiums have much more attention to detail than previous Madden games. The online is great, and the typical Madden modes of Franchise and Superstar are still there. But if you're a Madden fanatic that has a 360 or PS3 then do not pick this game up. You will be disappointed. The Wii version of Madden is typically more for casual crowds or kids. But of course, there is one thing that this game has that the other two do not, John Madden as an announcer.
As I got up this morning and checked my inbox, Ubisoft sent me (and probably anyone else who signed up for R6V2 updates) and e-mail linking to a video on their website. The R6V2 Fun Pack was shown off in the video. The Fun Pack will be available for free in July. The pack contains expanded ACES and Ranks, updates for multiplayer modes, and 3 new, but old, maps.
For the ACES, each ACES goes up to level 100, with every level after 20 giving you 5000 XP. The new Ranks start at Elite, being renamed Elite 1, and go up to Elite 99. As for the maps they are CQB Training Dark, Murdertown Dark, and Calipso Casino from the first R6V (though I personally wanted LVU Campus to return). All three maps have remained untouched as far as layout.
As for the advancements in multiplayer mode:
- Speed to zoom in and out has been made quicker
- Incindiary grenades and C4 explosions are quicker. Also Incindiary grenades detonate faster, now, than frags.
- Grenade indicators (think Call of Duty) have been added
Finally a new mode for hosts can be used called High Stakes mode. In this mode:
- Covering will not allow you to help peer around corners without actually peeking around, encouraging players to peek to check their surrondings.
- The number of clips and grenades/specials have been reduced
- Aim assist is no longer shown and the bullet spread is increased, encouraging players to zoom in for shots.
- "The player will enter a visual state of critical health when close to death. Health Regeneration is also disabled
- Radar and Grenade indicators are disabled
- Friendly fire is always on
Also, two options were added for hosts as well:
- Allow voice: which allows hosts to set if teams can continue to talk to one another while they're dead, or Alive Only as the default is currently.
- Random respawn: allows for teams to respawn in set designated areas or to respawn randomly to prevent spawn killing.
As said before, the Fun Pack releases in July for free. If you wish to see the video showing in action all the new content: http://rainbowsixgame.us.ubi.com/home.php. Now to count down the days until this releases.
Remember the day when you had your Gamecube? Wasn't that a fun experience? Now you've either moved on to the Wii... or other gaming device. Well yesterday was a very interesting experience for me. Why's that? Well...
Remember the Nintendo Gamecube Broadband Adapter? Nintendo sold this seperatly so that you could hook your Gamecube to the internet. However the only internet enabled game that I remember was Phantasy Star Online. But the Broadband adapter had another use, LAN parties.
I came into my college gameroom the other day to see a group of people attaching Broadband adapters to the school's Gamecubes and attaching them to a router. Curious I went over to see what the comotion was about, seeming I wanted to use one of them for Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life.
The great students decided to hook up all four Gamecubes for one giant Mario Kart: Double Dash LAN Party. When an opportunity like this comes along you do not go, "Well tough, I want to play." Instead the answer is, "Well hell, sign me up."
Let's just say I kicked some serious behind. Our combination, Mario as the driver, Diddy Kong throwing items. There was not one inch of the road that wasn't covered with a banana peel of some kind. Needless to say, Mario Kart LAN Parties are fun.
But then I have to go onto my second topic which made the day really interesting. I live in Baltimore, MD and I commute to college every day. As I was stuck on I-95 (isn't rush hour fun), my sister spotted a van far down the road. But it wasn't just any van, it was a van with Mario on it. That's right, take a look for yourself (I did remove the phone number)
Yup, D&R Mechanical in the Baltimore area has decided to take Mario, give him Luigi's shirt, and slap him on their vans. Isn't this illegal? Someone please tell me that this is. Mario will always remain a plumber not a mechanic, rulling out him being a carpenter, a referee, into sports, illegeal racing, yeah the list could go on.
I just thought this was funny and are awaiting the lawsuit that could come about.
You never know where life takes you. Almost a month ago, my PC blew up (BIOS and Power supply) causing me to lose life from the internet. But there came some good when my dad was able to supply me an old laptop. Now I don't use "old" to loosely, but when you see the nice giant sticker on your laptop that says "Intel Pentium III" you start to cringe.
Good bye Halo, so long Flight Simulator. That's right, I've downgraded. It almost makes the specs for WoW, if I only had some more memory and a better graphics card. But it's a lappy, and I don't think you can upgrade a graphics card.
Thanks to my good friend Jace, I now have a lifetime supply of old games. We're talking Doom, Diablo 2, Starcraft, even a game that I'm falling in love with, although it is scaring the living crap out of me, System Shock 2.
I'm not a PC gamer. For me, PC games just take too much. All of you who upgraded your computer to the maximum just to play Crysis let me tell you, in a couple weeks a new game will come out that will go beyond that and you'll have to upgrade again. I like console games better because it's a set platform. You don't have to worry about installing a new graphics card for a game to work. That aside, I now understand why Bioshock has done so successful. Bioshock and System Shock are pretty much similar, excluding the "shock" in their title. You have multiple weapons, the ability to use magic, weither it's Psi or injecting your arm, and the ever so lovely turning around the corner and jumping half way out of your seat because you didn't realize that there was an enemy aiming at your head with a shotgun, and now you're dead.
What I like about System Shock 2 better than Bioshock, and not because one is set in space and the other is underwater, but the fact that there's an element of co-op. You can have up to four players connected through LAN. And since there's only 3 classes, you can see how you can fair. It's always fun to hear someone go "Spider! S***, s***, s***, s*** s*** s*** S***!!!" and find out that they've died while you were busy searching a dead corpse looking for some ammo, and maybe a drink and a snack.
If you're trying to find this game now, it ain't going to be in stores, that's for sure. I was able to find it on Amazon for $40, and that's the cheapest. Course there's other online opportunities you can nab it, but that's really stretching it. And for all you crafty kids that steal your games well... you can do that too.... I guess.
All in all System Shock 2 is great. Graphic's aren't anything to look at, but for a game to come out in the Windows 98 era to still scare the crap out of a newcomer is always a good sign this day of age. This isn't a formal review so I won't give it a score, but keep your eye out for this one.
I am now the proud owner of a third Xbox 360 system that has crashed, a system that I had just received this very day. Once again, my Xbox blew up from an Xbox Live Update. Livid, I called Microsoft support, to which I was greeted with "I see you have had multiple repair requests. Hang on, I'll get someone to talk to you." Why thank you, Mr. Computer Voice. I never liked you anyways.
After on the phone with Microsoft, they couldn't find anything wrong with my system and told me to send it back. I then told them that it was the third time in a row that an Xbox Live Update has fried my system, to which the representative was in shock and put me on hold to talk about this.
Turns out that my first failure that gave me the red rings fragmented my Xbox Live file. In short, every time when I tried to update the file, it would fail and just leave it fragmented. To put in simpler terms, if you have a computer that is set to boot from a floppy disk, and the disk is bad, the computer has a chance in blowing up. That's what's happening to my 360s.
Luckily I bought a new 360, but in order to solve the problem I had to format my hard drive. So, the moral of the story is watch out for these silent killers. If you ever get your system killed by an Xbox Live Update, you might have to format your hard drive. Hope there won't be any important save files that you needed. So yes, in order to save you system from continuing this problem, the only solution right now is to format you hard drive.