Hey I'm Koopa, I'm 21 and i live eat and breathe video games.
I'm in the 2nd year of Uni studying Record Production.
I work in retail and it's the best job i've ever had.
Top 10 Favorite Games:
1: Fable the lost chapters
3: No More Heroes
5: Animal Crossing DS
6: Lost Odyssey
7: Rock Band
8: Call of Duty 4
9: Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland
10: Goldeneye N64
Games I can't wait to play:
What I own:
NES (kinda broken :()
Things to know about me:
It doesnt take much to piss me off, but im a loveable guy. My aim in life is to own every console from each Gen. so for the current gen im set.
I love to take life easy and play video games.
So i was looking for some fresh new vids today and i stumbled upon this dev diary of the new Red faction game. However it is a nice dev diary that features a ton of actual gameplay footage and also quite a bit of useful info from the developers themselves. So sit back and enjoy, tbh i was a bit skeptical of this game but now, i think i may have to pick it up when it hits shelves.
While this may be good news to some it may also be the worst to others, what was one day classed as being an art amongst video games is now confirmed to be pillaged of all its morale integrity. Whilst I'm a huge fan of Bioshock, i'm very scared of what will happen to such a great title when it becomes a trilogy.
In a sort of confirmation today Zelnick talked about the Bioshock movie, saying it is more likely to coincide with the release of Bioshock 3.
I dunno about you folks but if this is true it may be one of the biggest mistakes in gaming history. I'm not particularly looking forward to number 2 but a 3rd!?!
So today Haze was released in the UK and after a few disappointing reviews i still decided to stick with my guns and buy the game anyways.
Ive been following Haze since it was pretty much announced, from the start i was excited by what this title promised us and the potential it had. I even stuck with the game through the delays and still remained as interested and excited as i was from day one. So naturally i jumped at my ps3 the second the demo was released and play it through. Initially i was disappointed but as stubborn as i am i still decided to buy the game in the hope that the demo was just a case of the wrong level selection.
I'm gonna keep this as short as i can because i can imagine many of you have read the other reviews that have been floating around.
So we have heard about the bad graphics, the rubbish AI and the lacking story and Korny voice acting. While most of this i agree with to some extent it still didn't stop me enjoying the game.
I was surprised by how little you play as a mantle trooper, as soon as i was just getting into it i was whisked away and shoved into the hands of the rebels. The story is average, its nothing amazing but its not exactly shit either. Some bits are predictable and others and just meh. Nothing OMG worthy to report.
The voice acting is a bit OTT at times but in my opinion it just adds to an enjoyable feel to the game.
I was a little confused by the look of the game, while some parts like the jungle areas looked really poor for a ps3 game, others looked ok, not amazing just ok. The character models were ok, mantel troopers looked best in their yellow armor and some of the vehicles looked nice. There are a few different types of mantel troops so there are a variation in enemy types which keeps the game fresh.
Some people may think that getting used to using nectar and then not being able to use it is a bit unfair, but with the mantel troops wearing bright yellow armor, its never really much of a problem seeing them.
I played about half of the game alone and then my friend joined me online to co-op the rest of the game. All in all it prolly took me a total of about 6hrs+ to complete the game. While it is quite a short game its still a nice feeling. It doesnt feel like it drags into sections you think should have been cut out. Like movies, some are 3hrs long and other can be about 80mins and still just as good. Personally i think Haze does a good job at giving the player a fun time. Its better to play with someone and the fact you can just drop in and out of co-op at any point is a nice bonus.
With the online side of the game you can have 2 local players split screen and another two people online to make up the 4 player co-op. also a buddy can join you split screen for one of the online 16 player matches which is a nice touch.
Haze sort of tries to but a new spin on the FPS genre and while at times it does feel like any other FPS game you have played in the last 2 years it still feels different at some times. I remember playing at one point and thinking to myself, this is Haze, this is what playing Haze feels like.
Personally i would recommend either a rent or a purchase, if you wanna build your ps3 library then buy it, while its a short offering with not much replay value on the campaign mode, the online multi player offers a bit more depth. More maps however need to be released some time soon. The campaign will offer some replay for people who like playing games on harder difficulties.
If you do wanna buy the game you may wanna shop around for a cheaper price than the RRP Â£39.99
So to wrap it up, its a good game, nice storyline, tries to be different and sort of gives the fps genre a bit of a change, playing with a friend is more fun than playing alone. Personally id say quit bitching about graphics and AI and all the nitpicking, just buy the damn game and have a bit of fun. cos like Peter Molyneux once said, unless your having fun whilst playing a game, then whats the point of playing. I had great fun playing Haze and i hope others share the same opinion as i did.
For a few months now i've been sitting around and questioning, what topic shall i choose for the monthly musings. However in most cases by the time i got round to writing my idea someone else had either stolen my idea or the month was over and no one gave a shite.
So now i decided to act quickly and put my fingers to keys and keep typing.
Now as you can see Fable is my favorite game of all time, in my honest opinion it is one of the best games that gave me value for money and a great enjoyable game play experience. However thats not to say the games doesn't occasionally fall on its arse and shits on itself every now and then.
Most things about the game still to this day give me tingles of excitement and i hope that these elements will remain when we actually get round to playing fable 2. Things like the scenery and the music, beautiful and amazing in every way. Things like the way the little kids come up to you and admire you as your hero status grows along with your ego. That is of course unless you decide to do evil things.
Now that brings me on to my first point, with this game we were promised a world in which our actions would not go unaccounted for, but lets be honest with ourselves here, smashing a few barrels while a scouser goes for a piss isn't exactly my idea of being a devil worshiper.
I just think that while some of the time where you had to choose between a good and bad options they were ok, others just seemed worthless and crap. Like for example the big decision you get at the end after you defeat the final boss, that was a great choice and still one of the hardest yet satisfying choices i've ever had to make in a game. But personally if i had a say in how the options would have gone in this game i would have had more decent choices. However it was satisfying having devil horns for a while it did get in the way after a time and resulted in me restarting the game.
Another thing i would have changed about this game was the frame rate. Now ok the game was for its time stunning in a weird cartoon/artsy stylistic way but some times the frame rate dipped so low it made the game slightly unplayable. maybe a bit less shading or not some many NPCs in one area. I remember playing the game again a few weeks ago and stepping into Oakvale (god i wanna live there) and the frame rate got so bad i just turned it off.
Another problem with the game in my opinion was the relationship side of the game. For those of you who have never played this game basically you could walk into a town and start flirting with a woman, or man if you pleased and a little heart would appear above their head and grow to symbolize their desire for you. So after a while of sampling a few emotions that would woo the woman you give her a gift and maybe ask her to move in with you. Maybe ask her to move in and have a bit of a romp in the sack. And thats it, no kid, no meals on the table when i get home, no extra money nothing. To me although it was a nice touch to the game it just seemed a bit pointless.
Other wise i think this game is great, it has a good story line, its not too long nor is it too short, the weapons are fairly ranged, ok so maybe they could have added a few extras but it was great how you could add a stone with a certain elemental property. The spells were good, enemies were ok. And best of all you could have people call you Pie master or chicken chaser.
Personally i have no problem with pc games, i would play them but tbh i dont want to have to buy a new piece of hardware every couple of months cos that hip new game wont run on the one i got 3 months back.
Ok so i "may" be over exaggerating a little bit but you got to admit sometimes in pc gaming it feels like ur fighting a loosing battle.
But what really grinds my gears with pc gamers is the cocky attitude a majority of them have. Now i work in retail, and selling pc games i have to ask the same question to every customer.
"Have you checked the specs to see if this game will run on your pc."
now to most 'normal' people this is just a simple yes or no question, yes sire i did check the specs and it will run fine on my pc.
I however dont need smug fucking twats making a stupid outward snorting noise following by "Oh i've got a geforce 8873617530000 GTXRZ, id be surprised if it wouldnt even run it on the highest settings.
seriously, 80% of the pc customers i ask that question to reply with a smug comment about how great their pc is and how new it is. Get a fucking life, i dont care, pc's suck, buy a console at least then you dont even have to think 'is this game gonna run on my machine'
eugh i dunno, it just really gets to me i guess. look if your a pc gamer no offence but dont come into my store and brag about ur virtual dick extension, just nod and say yes, im only asking cos if the game dont run on ur so called 'epic' machine you cant return it to my store.