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9:26 PM on 01.11.2011

Shortblog: Sony suing Geohot, other hackers.

Just a very short blog to get the word out there. Looks like Sony is throwing everything they possibly can at him hoping something will stick.

http://www.geohot.com

What do you think (if anything) will come of this?   read


8:39 PM on 11.29.2010

Gran Turismo 5 McLaren / Nascar contest

So you play Gran Turismo 5 and didn't pre-order with gamestop, but liked the look of the McLaren F-1 Stealth Model and the 2010 Joey Logano #20 GameStop Camry?

Well your in luck, I have an extra code that will net you both of them. As anyone who plays GT5 with me will let you know I'm always gifting cars to people on my PSN who play GT with me, but these are rare, can't get anywhere else pre-order exclusives.

Now I could be a prick and sell them for money on Ebay, but I figured what the hell, I'm sure someone here would make great use of these cars.

Now to the contest part of it, all you gotta do is tell me why you think I should give you the code, pretty simple. Just to make sure it's completely unbias, and that no one hates me afterwards (LOL) I'll be letting my girlfriend choose the winner. So get to telling me why you want The McLaren, and the GameStop Camry Nascar.

These codes are only good in North America, or with a North American PSN account. I will choose a winner by Wednesday morning and will message the code to their inbox here on Dtoid.

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8:01 PM on 10.13.2010

Castlevania Retrospective Part 1: NES


It was 1989 and my parents had just got me a NES for Christmas. As a 5 year old child I was understandably excited (not quite this excited). Mario / Duck Hunt came with the system, and the only stand alone game I got was Castlevania. My dad helped me hook it up, and after about 30 minutes of playing Mario / Duck Hunt, I finally got around to Castlevania, this is where it all started...





 

I was hooked, I even dare say the Castlevania trilogy on NES was the very reason I love games so much today. I literally would spend all of my free time whipping skeletons, hunchbacks, knights, and the undead. For me, Mario was for the weak, I was a young Castlevania  fanboy.

 

As a relatively new writer, this is probably going to be the biggest review I've taken on to date. I'm going to do my best to go through every Castlevania game I can play, good or bad. I figured I'd start with the obvious, the NES trilogy. S   read


3:45 PM on 09.29.2010

Front Mission Evolved Review



Front Mission Evolved has always had a relatively small, but loyal following. In it's latest incarnation it ditches the turn based strategy of old, and goes for more of a 3rd person, action packed type of game play. Does it work in Front Mission's favor?

Front Mission Evolved
Developer: Double Helix Games
Publisher: Square Enix
Released: September 28th, 2010

Very little of the old game remains, this is by all means a reboot to the series, and a well needed one. The game is now fast paced, and full of customization. The Mech's (called "Wanzers") have an assortment of pre-built units to choose from, but that's not where half of the fun is. You can fully tweak your own Wanzer to match whatever style of game play you enjoy. There are also seemingly endless possibilities to weapons. If you like Melee they have shields and sword type weapons. If you prefer ranged they have a huge assortment of ranged guns (assault, sniper, missile, ect....) and projectiles.



The missions themselves were fairly straight forward, and are heavily influenced by the politics of the in game world. The Wanzer's sometimes need to be customized to suit a specific mission. For instance, in one mission you have to boost (and be fast about it) to survive a collapsing environment. Obviously a slow, cumbersome mech like mine did not fair so well here, so I had to adapt and change. The controls for the Wanzer were also fantastic, I do not have a single complaint about them.

Where the single player game stumbled for me was when you get out of the Wanzer and play as the human inside. This game play was slow, and dreary. After making such a fast paced, enjoyable game, the human parts almost feel like they should have been left out of the final cut, or at least polished better. The controls were almost "janky" at times, they just felt very poor and inaccurate, I just didn't like the feeling of being out of the Wanzer. I found myself almost wanting to kiss my Wanzer when I finally got to get back inside.



The game also has four (very standard) multi-player modes. Death match, Team death match, supremacy and domination. My experience online has been limited, but everyone seems to want to play one of the two forms of death match. The waits were horrendous whenever I tried to get into a game as well. Things like this could get better in time when more people get online, but only time will tell. Overall, I was kind of disappointed by the multi-player, and probably won't be returning for quite some time.

The game itself is a fantastic reboot to the series. It will probably alienate some of the old fan base by changing its ways so much, but it's definitely worth a try. If youre a fan of Mech games, this is definitely up there as one of my personal favorites in the last few years. You should give this a try if you get a chance.

7/10   read


4:46 PM on 05.01.2010

Super Street Fighter IV.... I have seen the light.

I have always been a Street Fighter fan, just not in a competitive way. I have SF2 for SNES still sitting on my shelf, being proudly displayed with all my current gen games. I also own SFIV for both Xbox 360, and PS3.

I have to admit though, I've always been huge into Tekken (especially tag). I played it for years. I mastered it, I won local tournaments, there wasn't a single character I wasn't at least "good" with. I had even devoted probably upwards of $1500 dollars of my hard earned money (from a part time job), as a teenager at the local arcade playing people for money.

That's in the past, and I don't feel Tekken is what it used to be, and I have since been looking for a fighter to fill that void.

Last night I canceled my pre order for 3D Dot Game Heroes and decided to buy SSFIV. I got home, popped it in, hopped into arcade mode with Akuma (thank god I didn't have to spend 45 minutes unlocking him this time) and blew through Arcade mode on Medium.

Afterward I decided to do some "challenges" to make sure there wasn't to much new that I was missing, there wasn't (other then the Akuma ROFLcopter).



That's when I decided to take the plunge online. To my surprise it wasn't fighting Sagat time after time, there was actually a wide variety of people choosing new characters. I won some, I lost some, but I am hooked.

I'm currently sitting at work, and all I can think about is spending all night playing once I get off. I haven't been this excited about a game in years. I'm even debating buying a TE fighting stick.

Now I want to apologize for the poorly written, fanboy sounding blog, but I have not been this excited over a fighting game in years, I feel like a kid again.

I think I've finally filled that void, but only the next few month's will tell. I can see myself spending hundred's of hours battling it out online.

Watch out Yojimbo, next week the storm comes!   read


7:42 AM on 04.04.2010

PS3: Lost Planet 2 multi-player demo code give away (North American PSN needed).

Not feeling very imaginative this morning, so here's the run down.

I have an extra code (NA only) for the Lost Planet 2 multi-player demo on PS3, if you want it be the first to reply and I'll PM you the code when I notice the response.

Enjoy!   read


12:55 PM on 11.19.2009

PS3 Battlefield: Bad Company 2 beta Keys available right now on fileplanet!

If you haven't gotten one already, get over to fileplanet asap and get your key. They release a few every week and they are available again right now!

http://www.fileplanet.com/promotions/battlefield-bad-company-2/   read


8:26 PM on 10.14.2009

PS3 cross game chat leaked?

http://boardsus.playstation.com/playstation/board/message?board.id=uncharteddf&message.id=68482#M68482

Naughty Dog Dev, "ReklissAbandon" slipped up with this little tidbit of info earlier.....

"I think they wanted people to have fun and ejoy the show since all dead players can talk to each other no matter what team you are on. But I will suggest it anyway. Not to mention that the next PS3 firmware update is going to allow cross game chat. So if players use that instead of in game communication then they would also be able to communicate enemies positions."

The comment has now been removed, but hopefully this will become a reality as it has been something the PSN community has been asking for.   read


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