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3:18 PM on 05.31.2008

I fell off the world...

After a nice morning of Battlefield 2, I decided to switch over to The Godfather and complete a couple missions I hadn't done yet. It's not exactly the best game in the world, but I'm not going to let it take up space on my hard drive for no reason.

My objective was to meet Tom Hagen at a restaraunt in Midtown. So I hopped in "my" fast little car and proceeded to zoom down the street to my "quest-giver." I turned a corner and realized I was driving on nothing. Buildings, pedestrians, and gangsters surrounded me, but the street wasn't below me. Curious, I stepped out of my car.

Yeah, I fell off the world. the world...or something.


7:09 PM on 05.12.2008

Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath

I've been looking for a copy of this game for a while, and, for some reason, have not been able to find it until yesterday. I walked out of my local Gamestop with a copy of this game, and I couldn't wait to get home and play.

For those of you who have never heard of Stranger's Wrath, I'll give you a brief overview of what it's about (no spoilers). The game puts you in the shoes of "The Stranger", a mysterious bounty hunter looking to raise money for an unknown operation. As you play the game, you turn in various outlaws to get the extra moolah you need.

There are several very unique aspects of this game that set it apart from basically anything I've played before. First off, it's an FPS/Platformer, and you don't see too many of those. You go around jumping off ledges and climbing ropes until you come across the badies. That's when you whip out the ol' crossbow!

The ammo system is absolutely brilliant! You collect different species of bugs and animals to use as ammo, and they all do different things. Some cause your enemies to run away, some hurt them, some lure them towards you, and others explode. It's alot of fun, and a unique take on a weapon system.

Stranger's Wrath is a strange game, but in a good and humerous way. You work for chickens, the dialogue is hilarious, and the villains are stereotypical wild-west frog things (if that makes any sense).

I'm not too far into it yet, but when I get the chance to sit down and play through it, I'm sure I'll be thoroughly pleased.   read

10:18 PM on 04.23.2008

I Want Echochrome!

When I first heard about Echochrome I thought it just going to be a game where you navigate the environment and get from point a to point b. When I saw this trailer, I was blown away. This is exactly the kind of game I've been waiting for!

Instead of the player solving platform puzzles, the player solves perspective puzzles. If you can't see it, it doesn't exist. Move a pillar in front of a pit, good-bye pit! Move to an overhead view to "connect" two floors. Good-bye problems!


I really wish I had a system for this. Stupid PC...   read

7:34 PM on 04.09.2008

My thoughts on EVE-Online

I decided to give EVE-Online a shot because I'm in desperate need of an MMO (damn Warhammer delays...), and the overall idea of the game is pretty cool. Space piracy, intergalactic warfare, corporations battling it out for power, and spaceships! How much better could a videogame get?

In the last couple of hours, I've seen good things, and I've seen horrific flaws. Let's get the bad out of the way first. The whole interface just feels...clunky and awkward. There are so many things you need to know just to move around. Hell, it took me around 15 min to figure out where my inventory was. Maybe it's just because I haven't played it enough, but it was pretty dang boring. Fly here, fly there, warp, mine, shoot a mercenary, just seemed like it could be so much more fast-paced and intriguing. I also had around three or four missions in a row where I was tasked with taking goods from one station to the next.

The good features were enough to keep me playing. First off, gorgeous graphics. This game really looks good. Second, it's an MMO in space, that itself is awesome. The best thing about this game, however, is it's depth. The economy, faction standing, corporations, ship customization, professions, everything! It can be overwhelming at times, but the sheer open-endedness is amazing.

I'm not sure if I'm going to sign-up for this one, but I'll definitely continue my trial to see if it gets any better. If it doesn't, oh well. It's not like I've payed for it yet.   read

9:06 PM on 04.03.2008

Kid Icarus...

...with a keyboard?

Well, it's worth a shot, right? I downloaded ConsoleClassix just for the heck of it, and started up Kid Icarus. I started going through the first stage like I normally would. Kill some snakes, get some hearts, and go into the room that has no purpose.

Seriously, does this room have a purpose? Anyway, I get up to the part with the flying eyeball-tentacle things, and this is where it gets tough. Keep in mind that I'm playing with the arrow keys.

This grim reaper thing really pisses me off.

What? I'm dead? How?

Alright, let's start over. Kill some snakes, get some hearts...

Let's go right this time, to the "secret path". Aha! Teleported to the other side of the screen. Now that nasty Grim Reaper can't get to me.

Alright, here it comes! The room everybody hates!


Dead again.

The keyboard controls really suck. My right hand controls movement, while my left hand shoots and jumps, how awkward is that? I'm done with platformers, let's try Final Fantasy...   read

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