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9:16 PM on 02.01.2009

10 Things You Don't Know, Nor Care About, Kazooaloo

Well, let's start this off.

1. The nickname Kazoo came from work:

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.

10. Finally got my Mega Man 9 press kit, bitches.

It's only been 3 months...

-Kazoo   read

9:51 PM on 08.16.2008

Reader Review: Madden NFL 2009: All-Play (Wii)

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.

Score: 7.5 out of 10   read

8:11 AM on 06.28.2008

Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 Fun Pack Annoucned

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: Now to count down the days until this releases.

- Kazoo   read

11:37 AM on 02.20.2008

Mario Kart Lives, One Company Should Burn

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.

That is all.

-Kazoo   read

3:02 PM on 01.30.2008

System Shocked

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.

-Kazooaloo   read

8:41 PM on 11.02.2007

Xbox Livers Beware, Hard Drives Bricking Systems?

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.

Spreading the good word.

-Kazoo   read

7:31 PM on 09.27.2007

Halo = Mario With Guns

So I might not be a master shopper (please no stealing as the image says) but upon scanning my Deviantart account, ladyrevan82 posted on her blog that makes every gamer, male or female, cringe:

Randomly overheard conversation from work:

Male Student Worker (MSW): Don't you know what Halo is?

Female Student Worker (FSW): What, that's like what the angels wear, right?

MSW: No--well, yeah. But I'm talking about the video game.

FSW: Video game? What, like Mario?

MSW: Yeah, but this game is a shooter.

FSW: What? So, like, Mario with guns?

MSW: No, not-- *pause* Yes. Yes, Halo is Mario with guns.

Awesome. Just awesome. That's pretty much all I have to say. No witty comment, no "if only Halo was Mario with guns", I'll let you guys come up with your own witty comments. In the mean time, I'll continue to yell at Microsoft for breaking my 360 again.   read

7:30 AM on 09.22.2007

Yet Another 360 Blows Up, Rabbid Blogger Angry

No, not Rabbid as in I blog about everything. I just love the Rabbids. I mean, someone who draws them and puts them up in my banner... come on. That's true devotion.

About a month and a half ago I received the Red Ring of Doom, Death, and Destruction (a.k.a. the 3 Red Lights) via an Xbox Live Update. Of all the idiotic ways that my system would blow up from the Red Ring, it had to be from an update. But sure enough, upon rebooting of the system it crashed. So I called Microsoft and had it shipped out.

A little more than a week ago I got my new system back. Plugged it in, everything was fine. Had to re-download some expansions, but for the most part it was fine, up until last night of course. On Thursday I managed to reserve myself a copy of the Halo 3 Collectors (the second level) before GameStop decided to shut them off and only allow the Regular edition to be reserved. Happy I went home to find out that.. oh no... it's another Xbox Live update. What's with these people?

After calling some friends who were already online, they all confirmed the update to be safe for your system. Updated, cool. However the disk drive wasn't acting properly. Now, coming from a system that's standing upright in my home, I've had that problem with my last 360. In fact, it even made a copy of Overlord jump out of the CD Holder and skip a little into the system, damaging the disk beyond all recognition.

Last night, my sister started playing LEGO Star Wars 2 (great game), when we started to hear the disk grinding while it was reading the disk. Thinking back to Overlord, I could just see her be very upset if it damaged her disk. So I told her to shut it down and just have it sit for a moment. A while later we ejected the disk, no harm done to the disk. Shut the system off again, watched a little TV.

Last night I booted it up again to play the COD4 Beta for a while until my friend wanted to play Rainbow Six. So I went back, popped in the disk, machine said "Open Tray" Huh? Opened the tray, it struggled for a bit but when it opened, there was no disk. Panicked I shut the system off and then laid it horizontal. Turned it on, ejected, and there was the disk. Put it back in the machine, and the next thing I heard made me a VERY upset gamer.

The drive started to work and then a loud halting gears was sound. Like there was something preventing the machine to spin the disk. The next thing that came up "Unrecognizable Disk". I put in every single Xbox Game I own, same problem.

Now I know that there's nothing I can do unless I want to risk popping my system open and voiding my warranty (which would suck if I got Doom, Death, and Destruction back). But it's defiantly hardware, not software which is causing my 360 not to read my disks. If anyone out there actually does have an answer to fixing the 360 (even though the warranty would expire), I would take it into consideration and may have my computer building, hardware specialist friend take a look at it.

So now I'm very irate at the moment. I already spent a month and a week waiting because an Xbox Live Update fried my first system, and yet again it prevents me to read any of my games. And if I have to pay to get it fixed, my head's going to hit the roof. For crying out loud, it's been a little over a week since I just got it back. The good news is, I'm taking it easy so when I call them, I can yell at them with finesse and not raising my voice or using colorful metaphors, which would totally be what I would do right about now. 2 Xbox Live Updates crashing my systems, and once again sending it back. I really don't care about not being able to play Halo 3 right away, it's just I'll be without my 360 for another month.

The moral of the story: Don't reserve Halo 3. It corrupts your systems.   read

9:22 AM on 09.03.2007

Campaign To Those Bound For Earth, Fuel Optional

Fans of the game Earthbound, otherwise known as Mother 2 in japan, released on the SNES know of the existence of two other games that were never released to our shores; Mother (Earthbound Zero) for the NES and Mother 3 (Earthbound 3) for the GBA. Although neither of those games ever made it here, Ness continues to fight on in the Super Smash Bros. series.

However, has said enough is enough with the lack of support for Earthbound and has started what they call EB Siege, a campaign to get Earthbound back in America. They're urging everyone to help spread the support of Earthbound by either calling Nintendo, submitting fan art to Nintendo Power, or just mailing them an Earthbound style postcard.

So if you want to see Earthbound back in the states again, besides the eventual release of Earthbound on the Virtual Console, start showing your support. If you could care less, hop on over and see what the Virtual Console has to pathetically offer for the week.

Special Thanks: Sketch, moderator of Rockman.EXE Online forums.   read

10:19 PM on 09.02.2007

Import Review: Rockman.EXE 4.5: Real Operation (GBA)

Author's note: Okay, so I forgot about the Video Game Review thread on the forums. So I posted it there as well. If you want, go ahead and look there. Sorry for the confusion. And now, onto the review.

When Battle Network Rockman.EXE, otherwise known as Mega Man Battle Network, premiered in 2001, many Mega Man fans did not like the concept of a card based RPG based with Mega Man characters. Battle Network continued for six more years, releasing at least one game every year, however one game never made it to American soil, Rockman.EXE 4.5: Real Operation. A game with an interesting twist to the Battle Network franchise that gives almost an MMO feel to it, but the question is it worth importing?

Rockman.EXE 4.5: Real Operation isn't set inside the actual Battle Network storyline. In fact Real Operation takes you, the gamer, inside the world of Battle Network. When you first start up the game you'll have to set a few options, the time of day, your age, name, and occupation. Afterwards you'll be able to select one of four Net Navigator's. Each Navi has different stats and level up requirements as well as abilities both in the net and in battles. But don't worry, you'll be able to switch between any of the Navi's any time you want to, so don't worry about it being permanent. Throughout the course of the game, your Navi will ask you personal questions like if you have any younger or older siblings, who your best friends are, etc. so that they will be able to get to know you better. Each time you answer a question of their's, a program will appear in your homepage so you may add, edit, or delete any of the answers you gave to your Navi.

Because Real Operation takes you inside the Battle Network world, the game will take place in real time. Events will occur in the game as the days pass. Certain viruses will show up at both certain times and days. You'll also be able to add events into your calendar so you may remember events in either the actual game or in your own life. If you're actually playing the game at the time of the event, your Navi will inform you as well. To put simply, Real Operation turns your Game Boy into a PET. You'll be always be able to jack into your homepage and from there navigate the world.

Battling is much different from the previous Battle Network video games. It's not called Real Operation for kicks and giggles. Instead of being able to control your Navi and selecting chips in the custom window, three battle chips will appear at the bottom of the screen. You'll tell your Navi who to attack and how much distance they should keep between the enemy and themselves. You can always change your options at any time during the game, so don't think once you set it it's done. The custom bar is still present, but it works differently. Instead of waiting to fill up to select any chips, it'll limit the type of chips you can use. You can also inform your Net Navi to perform one of two attacks by pressing either the L or R buttons.

For those that purchase the bundle, you'll be treated to a Battle Chip Gate, a device that you can attach to your Game Boy Advance, as well as five Battle Chips that you'll be able to use with the game. You may also use any Battle Chip you receive from the Mattel Mega Man: NT Warrior toy line. Of course, you can purchase a Battle Chip Gate separately, however be sure to purchase the correct one. Real Operation only works with the Battle Chip Gate made for the PET Advance Battle Chips. It gives a different feel for battling seeming you have to use your own personal chips. However, you are able to use both the in game and your own chips during battles, so don't think it's a one or the other. The downside of the Battle Chip Gate is unlike your in-game folder, you will not be able to use depleted chips in other battles unless you jack out of the net. After using a Battle Chip, it will inform you on the screen how many times you may use that chip again. Another downside is that incase you have multiple chips; the game only thinks you have one of that particular chip. So if you have two Area Steals yet one's already been used up, you will not be able to use the other one.

Most of the time in Real Operation, you'll be on "Delete the Darkloid" quests as you venture from area to area hunting down the next Darkloid. This tends to be a damper on the game with the fact that in order to progress in the story of Real Operation, you have to hunt down every last Darkloid. You may also to participate in area tournaments. The only problem is that the tournaments all take place at the same exact times of the day. That also tends to be a problem seeming when your jack into the net, you always start in your homepage and are unable to create shortcuts to other areas of the net. There are also weekend tournaments you may sign up for. However, some of the sign-ups for the tournaments are only available during certain times of the day. Miss the 6AM - 7AM sign up? Guess you’ll have to wait till noon.

Again, you'll start off with only four characters. During the course of the game, you'll be able to unlock more characters by fighting in a specific weekend tournament or by using special Navi Chips in the Battle Chip Gate. Of course, a certain number of Navi's can only be unlocked this way. As well as fighting in the specific tournaments, some Navi's can only be unlocked if you fight in that tournament with a specific Navi. To put simply, you have to fight in the tournaments and the "Delete the Darkloid" quests with every character to fully beat the game. To insure replay value, each Navi will have their own specific folder and Key Items. Have a great Battle Chip in Rockman's folder? Unfortunately Roll won't have it in her's. Navi's can share Zenny, library, and chips in your Pack, but power ups, key items, and folders will not. So you'll have to start the Darkloid quest from the very beginning with the basic folder every time and beginning stats with every new character you play as.

As far as graphics are concerned, this game uses the same graphical style as the later Battle Network games, namely Battle Network 4. Additional characters besides Rockman have been fully animated for both the net and battles. Though some of the net animations could have been drawn better, and in fact were for those characters in Battle Network 5 and 6. Each character also has their own theme music when they're inside the PET, however just like the Battle Network games, some of the music seems like it will never end and will get burned into your brain. Thank goodness for the volume control.

Real Operation is good for die hard fans of the series looking for something to break the mold between the Real World/Net World adventures of Battle Network. The concept of actually being an operator while your Navi fights has it's advantages yet disadvantages as well, such as yelling at your Navi when he didn't dodge an attack you know you would have been easily able to. The addition of the Battle Chip Gate control also adds a sense of actually being in the universe, but at the same time makes you realize that selecting a chip in the game is a lot easier than searching through your collection to find the one chip you need. Real Operation has an interesting concept going for it, however with an uninspired quest and being forced to repeat it with multiple characters hinder this twist to the Battle Network universe.

Score: 8 out of 10   read

10:15 PM on 07.23.2007

Back from Otakon, Broke my Cell

Well Otakon 2007 is over, and I'm tired. So much stuff to do, so much stuff to buy. And unfortunately my bank account doesn't like me anymore, especially with Keiji Inafune going to GameStop on the 7th and college right around the corner. But it was fun. For the most part I hung out with the OtaRockman group and had a decent photo shoot on Saturday. Apparently Tim from CAD was there, but I didn't get to meet him for an awesome Destructoid picture. Not that I have any Destructoid merch or anything.

Ever had to change a tire in the parking garage with knowing only the basic knowledge of how to actually perform this miracle feet without the use of mashing on the A button? Yup that was fun. One of my friends had a flat tire and had no knowledge of how to fix the tire. Well the spare tire was applied and everything was fine, until I found out that while attempting to change the tire, my cell phone screen received a nice crack from myself while trying to roll the flatten tire to the trunk. Because I don't have a digital camera, all of my picture were from my cell phone. And now I can't even see the screen to use it. So no pictures for you... that is for now.

All in all, Otakon was fun. For all those that went, see you next year... if you can find me.   read

10:31 AM on 07.12.2007

15 Virtual Console Must Owns

With over 100 Virtual Console games on the Wii Shop Channel and three new games coming out every Monday, it's almost a hassle to figure out what game to get and what not to get. Of course you know that getting Super Mario Bros. will be money well spent, but what about some of these others that you've never heard of, or actually have heard of but never played before. Well, as a Nintendo junkie since the age of 2 I'm here to help you out in your quest for the best Virtual Console video games, whether you physically own the games or not. Most of these you've probably heard and played before. Some you probably haven't. Whatever the case may be, here is my list of the 15 must own Virtual Console games.

Bomberman '93 (TG16 | 600 Points)
Bomb Man is the robot that Dr. Light and Dr. Wily created when they were drunk. I mean Fire Man was in charge of the city's heat, Elec Man was the city's electricity... wait we're not talking about Mega Man? Oh wait, Bomberman. Whoops, wrong game series. Bomberman though is still fun, and is one of the rare titles you can play with up to 5 people. Plant bombs, run away, and hope that your friends get hit by the blast. Last man standing wins. Easy right? Yeah, you say that after you don't realize your friend planted a bomb near you and blew you up.

Donkey Kong Country (SNES | 800 Points)
Donkey Kong Country brought life back into our favorite kidnapper gorilla. Up until then, Donkey Kong was trying to stay on the good side of the law by attempting to adhere to his parole. But once K. Rool stole all of Donkey Kong's banana's, he decided to get revenge by seeking out K. Rool and also killing any alligators, bugs, and insects that got in his way.

Gunstar Heroes (GEN | 800 Points)
Red and Blue have been all star gunslinger brothers, saving the world. However when their third brother Green teams up with the bad guys, Red and Blue have no choice but to go out to stop this evil organization. Yes, the names sound like they came straight out of Pokemon, however the game play is top notch. This fast paced game will have you shooting at pretty much everything that comes your way. Believe me when I say that even with co-op play, this game is hard.

Kirby's Adventure (NES | 500 Points)
Everyone's favorite pink ball that has a black hole as a stomach is back. Kirby's first adventure is tough and shows that it doesn't matter what color you are, it just matters how much your stomach can take. Kirby is so good that every time you die it's always funny when Kirby eats the hand that points to "End Game"

The Legend of Zelda (NES | 500 Points)
Unless you don't already own LoZ for the Game Boy Advance or on the special Legend of Zelda Collectors Edition for Gamecube, you should pick it up for the Virtual Console. If you do own it already, then go and skip to the next game. This game started off the open-ended RPG. You could go anywhere you wanted to go, do anything you wanted to do. You even could shoot laser beams from your sword. Laser beams from a sword people. How cooler can you get?

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES | 800 Points)
We don't talk about Zelda II. It may be a cool game and the 100th game to hit the Virtual Console, but as Zelda games go, we don't talk about Zelda II. Zelda III, however, made up for it. LttP started the whole Light World/Dark World game play. You had the Light world and the Dark world, and both you had to free from Ganon's control. Long, open-ended, and you can still shoot laser beams from your sword.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64 | 1000 Points)
If you already own a copy of this for Gamecube, skip on past. If not, you should pick up Ocarina of Time. Why? Well because it was the 1997 Game of the Year, that's why. A lot of games now try to model off of Ocarina of Time. Even Twilight Princess tried it. Needless to say this was the second game to help Nintendo's 64.

Ninja Gaiden (NES | 500 Points)
Do you like games that cause you to throw your controller half way across the room? Then Ninja Gaiden is for you. In terms of difficulty, it ranks up there with Mega Man 2 and Battletoads. Yes, this game is tough. Impossible, no. Going to take you 20 years just to get passed Stage 2, probably.

Sonic the Hedgehog (GEN | 800 Points)
Mario and Sonic. So good to see them on the same console. Now if they were in the same game besides the upcoming Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games, that would be even better. Why not put Sonic in Smash Bros. Brawl? I mean you do have Solid Snake after all. But then again if they put Sonic in there, I would want them to put Mega Man in there too. EXE, not any of the other ones. Seriously, EXE is the only one of the Mega Man's that actually use a sword. Zero doesn't count, he's not Mega Man. Oh wait, this is about the Sonic the Hedgehog game right? Well it's good, get it.

Star Fox 64 (N64 | 1000 Points)
4 words that will always help you in life, "Do a Barrel Roll!". Star Fox 64 rebuilt the series from Star Fox on the SNES. It was good to see this game reborn and actually perform better than the first. And it also taught you that doing Barrel Rolls will deflect enemy attacks. Now if only Star Fox Assault could learn from 64.

Super Castlevania IV (SNES | 800 Points)
I'm not a big Castlevania fan. But when NickBrutal told me that Super Castlevania IV was coming out to the Virtual Console, he also told me to never show my face to him unless I bought it. Needless to say, I bought it. It's good. It's not like the newer Castlevania's on the DS, but it still carries the Castlevania feel.

Super Mario Bros. 1, 2, World, and 64 (NES, SNES, and N64 | 500, 800, and 1000 Points)
Unlike the Zelda series where certain games are good and certain ones are bad, all of the Super Mario games have been good. Yes even Super Mario Bros. 2 the hacked Doki Doki Panic version. Super Mario Bros. 1 showed us that even a plumber from Brooklyn could save the world while jumping like Superman. Super Mario Bros. 2 told us that vegetables are good for you and bad for everyone else. Super Mario World told us that not all dinosaurs were flesh eating monsters. Some were used as horses and held a black hole as a stomach just like a certain pink ball. Super Mario 64 showed us that paintings don't hold a thousand words, they're actually transporters to other worlds. Words worlds, same difference right?

There you have it, 15 must have games. Of course that's a small fraction of the video games out there, and I didn't even touch other good ones like F-Zero X, Mario Kart 64, or even R-Type III. But this will get you started until you wait for better games like Super Smash Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, and of course Super Metroid.   read

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