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7:52 PM on 03.01.2012  

Fighting Game Documentry (kickstarter)

Check out this kickstarter fundraiser for a documentry my friend is making. Make a donation if your interested in helping out.
Fighting Game Documentary

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12:45 PM on 01.29.2012  

Location: Shadow Moses



(SPOILER ALERT: If you have not played Metal Gear Solid their may be some spoilers, though I don't think its anything too major that would ruin your experience. Proceed with caution)

Shadow Moses Island, Alaska.

Called out of retirement, Solid Snake is tasked with destroying the bi-pedal nuclear tank (Metal Gear Rex) thought to be housed in the nuclear facility on Shadow Moses Island. Behind the development of Rex and plot to use it, is a terrorist cell comprised of members of Snakes former commando unit FOXHOUND. Alone, Snake infiltrates and fights his way to the heart of the island to face off with his mysterious brother the leader of the terrorist cell Liquid Snake.



Looking back on the game now its hard to tell that when this game came out the visuals were actually quite impressive. The different areas of the island were all unique, wildlife (Wolves, Rats, Ravens ect.) added character to otherwise empty spaces and made the game feel more lifelike. The radar was very accurate in showing the layout of a specific area and with plenty of hidden areas and alternative routes.

In Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, a grey-haired Snake returns to to Shadow Moses island. The place has been abandoned since "The Shadow Moses Incident" (the events of MGS1). Walking around to different locations triggers the recollection of memorable codec transmissions and flashback cut-scenes remembering what the area looked the first time Snake visited the island.


Being the first game I played in the series, I'll never forget the location of the SOCOM, repeatedly tapping the O button to regain life as you resist Ocelots torture or the the dramatic battles with Sniper Wolf and ultimately facing off with Liquid. If you are a fan of the series and have not picked up the HD collection, I highly suggest checking it out. It does not include a remake of MGS1, Hopefully one day we'll get something like that.
I can't wait to see what comes next in the series.

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11:48 AM on 01.25.2012  

Location: Skyrim

Some of the most memorable locations of video games I have played include: Shadow Moses Island(MGS), Sanctuary(Diablo series), Expel & Energy Nede (StarOcean:2nd Story), Little Big Planet(Little Big Planet), Ozwell E. Spencer's Mansion (Resident Evil 5: Lost In Nightmares DLC), Earth (Onimusha series), Final Fantasy games also do a good job with the setting of their games for the most part, they tend to be very interesting places with a good amount of depth into the story behind the specific locations as well as being very visually appealing.I am sure there are more great locations but this is what I came up with off the top of my head. Also, Skyrim! (Skyrim).

(Side note: so far I am intrigued by the setting of Resident Evil 6)

I agree that a games setting is very important. If you want your game to have any replay value whatsoever you need to have a location that makes the player want to return.   read


3:32 PM on 01.19.2012  

Call Of Duty 3 (private matches)

Why doesn't call of duty modern warfare 3 have the awesome game modes like gun game and one in the chamber on public playlists? I noticed them in the custom modes in the private match set up but its a pain in the ass trying to get enough random people to join the game. Anyone have any idea why they don't have these modes on public playlists?   read


3:23 PM on 01.12.2012  

What I Want in 2012: Diablo III

I am really excited to play Diablo III. To this day Diablo II remains one of my favorite games to play online even with all the spam bots and lag. It's amazing that after 10 years there are still quite a few people playing online. Another reason I am looking forward to the newest edition to the Diablo series is that it really has an interesting and exciting story line thus far and I can't wait to find out what happens next!

I think It is safe for me to say that the Diablo series is my personal favorite of blizzard's games. They have done a great job of adding new content and keeping things interesting and I hope they continue to do so with Diablo III. I would not be surprised to see some sort of expansion with new characters and quests like the Lord Of Distruction within the next couple years.

Diablo has one more thing that is really awesome. My dad likes to play it! I have been playing PC games since I was 5-6 years old and my dad showed me how to load them up from a Directory in MS-Dos. He would take me to computer trade show type things and would get me those 1000 shareware games on one CD deals. I can remember being introduced to awesome games like Commander Keen, Monster Bash, Raptor: Call of the Shadows, Duke Nukem 3D, Shadow Warrior and many more..

In addition to defending sanctuary from whatever with my dad, I am also excited that a lot of old friends who I used to play Diablo II with will be joining the battle. It will be good to reconnect and battle a long side them once again. Be warned foul demons and beasts of Diablo III I am coming for you!   read


10:39 AM on 12.28.2011  

Resolutions: Playstation Move & MadCatz TE

Long forgotten is my Resolution of 2011. I have just decided that for 2012 I would like to do a few things video game related. Hopefully writing it down here will help me to accomplish it, and not forget about it.

First, I would like to get through my current library of Ps3 games. I got a lot of new games this year, most of them in the last couple months. Some I have already gone through but would like to go back and unlock more trophys and beat them on a higher difficulty ect. This Is actually quite a daunting task when I think about it. Some of the games like Skyrim and MGS:HDC I expect to take a great deal of time to even come close to completion. At the end of this article I'll include a list of all the games I currently have for the ps3 and it might give you an idea what I am up against.

Now on top of this first part of my resolution, I have two new types of controllers for my ps3. A MadCatz TE Fightstick I bought online for 60$ an a Playstation Move SharpShooter thing I just got for Christmas. My resolution involving these new controllers is to master their use, or at least become more competent than I am now. I have had the Fightstick for a few months and am starting to get the hang of it, I have a long way to go though. I really don't have much skill when It comes to linking big combos for massive amounts of DMG and mostly find myself relying on a few specific moves and trying to be conservative about taking hits. I don't really have much to say about the SharpShooter yet I have maybe 1.5 Hours game time with it so far. I have started playing Killzone 3 with it and seem to be doing okay, I know that I would be doing much better with a Six Axis but the challenge of using the SharpShooter is entertaining and keeps me engaged in the game. I think that it was the same way with the Fightstick at first, I'm not sure If I am better now with it than a SA. I definitely think these controllers are fun but don't expect them to actually improve my game, in Fighting games and FPS's respectively, overnight. If anyone has any tips about learning to link big combos with a Fightstick or tricks for calibrating or adjusting settings for optimizing efficiency with the SharpShooter, leave me a comment or send me a message.

Finally, I have a resolution that has less to do with video games. I want to take more photos and build a portfolio of the photos I have taken of my friends over the years since I studied photography in High School and at the Santa Rosa JC. I also want to continue reading and writing as I have started to do more and more recently and I am really enjoying it.

I hope you all have a Happy New Year and wish you good luck with your own resolutions!


(PS3 Games: Afro Samurai, COD:WaW-BO-MW3, Castlevania:LOS, MVC2-3, KIllzone3, RE5:Gold, Skyrim, MGS:HDC, Tekken6, Red Dead Redemption, MGS4, Fallout3, Fallout:NV, FFXIII, StarOcean:TLH International, DeadNation, Little Big Planet)   read


12:44 PM on 12.14.2011  

The Last of Us

I am quite intrigued by the trailer I saw for this game on the VGA live stream. I haven't really played a naughty dog game since the early Crash Bandicoot games. I know Uncharted was very popular I've spent maybe 10 minutes playing it at Best Buy. I see a lot of potential for this game to be really good. I sincerely hope that it is, because I really think the trailer was interesting.

From the title and looks of some of the scenes in the trailer and the tone of the girls voice, It seems like what ever is happening with the crazy people in this game has been going on for a while. I like this idea, a lot of survival horror games seem to be more geared to something that has just happened recently. I think this is a good setting that provides what is needed for a great story. I am really interested in finding out more about this game and will definitely be following it up to its release to learn more.

what do you think is the cause of the state of this world in The Last of Us? are you as excited as I am?   read


12:23 PM on 12.14.2011  

Diablo III

Having played countless hours of Diablo II. I could not be more excited to get my hands on the third installment in the series. from what I have seen it looks like it is going to be AWESOME! Thank you blizzard for making this game.. It is easily my most anticipated game of 2012.

One thing I really liked about Diablo II was the fact that my dad was into it. I is really awesome to be able to play along side him and discuss strategy. It is also a way we can connect when he is in Hawaii. I've been trying to get Diablo II installed on my new MacBook Pro but apparently my OS(Lion) is too advanced and blizzard does not support the classic games for it.

To solve this problem I have partitioned my HD and plan to install an older(Diablo II friendly) OS on it specifically for playing older games such as Starcraft and Diablo II.

Another thing I really love about Diablo II is that if you don't play it for a while, by the time you get back online you almost always see something new. I have to hand it to Blizzard for keeping the content coming and making the game always exciting.

Who else is excited for Diablo III? What character do you plan to start out as?   read


12:13 PM on 12.09.2011  

Thank you Jim Sterling!

I just checked my Inbox on this site for the first time in over two months. I was delighted to find a "Black ops DLC code" from Jim Sterling. It must have been from some contest or something. I punched it in on the PSN to find that it was the Rezurrection DLC. Awesome, the only DLC for black ops that I was really very interested in! I'll make good use of this.

Thank you Destructoid!   read


3:43 AM on 12.08.2011  

The last 10$ in my PSN wallet

Finally spent it! Went with Final Fantasy VII.

Been a while since I played it, next time I'll probably get MGS.

:)   read


6:12 PM on 11.25.2011  

Black Friday

I managed to track down a copy of the MGS:HD Collection for a decent price. I am happy. I need a HDTV too, not sure If I'll be purchasing that today though. I am somewhat tempted to buy SC:II from blizzards website its %50 off through the weekend, I saw some stuff I was interested in on Steam too. I should just save my money(I suck at saving money!).

Did you guys get any good deals today? Oh shit, I forgot I was heating up a burrito.

toodles

Edit: At the end of the day, I bought a 32" Vizio HDTV, Dead Island and Metal Gear Solid: HD Collection. Spent a lot of money, but I am pretty stoked on having a TV that is not a piece of shit.   read


6:36 PM on 11.21.2011  

Thanksgiving: Food and Skyrim (beer is also good)

I am thankful for the food I will be eating on Thanksgiving. The thought of it being only a few short days away makes my stomach growl and I find myself smiling in anticipation of being full of delicious food. It's almost enough to make me forget about the dentist appointment I have tomorrow and that I threw my back out raking leaves today.

I am going to be spending Thanksgiving at my sisters house, like I have the last couple years. My sisters boyfriend let me borrow assassins creed II last week. He seems to be pretty into the series. I haven't got around to putting much time into it because over the last two weeks I have purchased three new games of my own. Modern Warfare 3 was one of them I had beat the campaign on veteran within a couple days and though there is still much to do (gather Intel, Multiplayer, special ops, ect.) I haven't been playing that much since I picked up Skyrim I had also picked up that Star Ocean game that came out for the ps3 a while ago, International or something? (I'll probably get back into playing some MW3 once I fix my internet connection)

I am very impressed with Skyrim, and other than food, I think that it is one of the things I am most thankful for. My first character is an Imperial named Hunter, I named him in hunter in honor of the famous author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson. Less than an hour in and I see that it may not have been the best name. Talking to various NPC's along the road after I escaped the first town. some of them had the same name it got kinda confusing when I would attempt to trade with them!

Star Ocean seems pretty fun so far, I remember playing The Second Story for the PlayStation and having so much fun. I honestly still enjoy playing that game to this day.

I am thankful for Food and I am thankful for Skyrim (and beer). I hope that everyone has a nice thanksgiving and enjoys what ever game it is that they play through the weekend.

Happy Thanksgiving!   read







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