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4:10 AM on 10.05.2012

Back from the dead - A revival.

Recently I have disappeared from my blog here on Destructoid and though not many people will remember me and what not I did make a few analysis of certain games, especially of an odd one which most people have likely not heard of that went by the title of Pathologic, a russian made video game that took place in a strange little town and involved a disease.

I still have yet to continue the odd gaming segment such as that, but that's because I haven't obtained enough information on enough odd and not so noticed games.
Anyways I'm back and will be continuing making reviews and others such things on here.

Great to be back everybody.   read

7:29 AM on 08.23.2011

The New California Wasteland Calls~ A Review of Fallout: New Vegas

Hello and Welcome to the my review of Fallout New Vegas.

Fallout New Vegas Review

The game known as Fallout: New Vegas which is a sequel of sorts to Bethesda's critically aclaimed game of the year, Fallout 3.
If you go into this game thinking that's it's exactly like Fallout 3, then you will be wrong and very disappointed. This game has much of the original Fallout Mythos unlike Fallout 3, which means that you'll surprised to see that it isn't a rehash of Fallout 3. But first, let's start with the beginning of this game, the story.

The story begins with you getting shot in the head by a mysterious man in a checkered suit, afterwards you wake up in the house of local Goodsprings doctor, Doc. Mitchel
who has just healed your head and removed the bullet from it. After you exit Doc Mitchel's house is when the game truly starts, you can either follow the main campaign of going after the checkered assailant or do sidequests which have nods toward previous Fallout games in the series such as the first and second.You can go many ways with the story, whether it be that you are friend to the New Californa Republic or ally of Caesars Legion, the endings are multiple and this game is very much story based in the main quests and sidequests respectively, also a good thing to know would be that depending on what you do and who you join, the final battle will have a different outcome.


Can't talk about a game without first reviewing how well it plays. The gameplay to say the least has improved quite well, since you can now look down the sights of your firearm and acquire many new weapons and armor, some of which will disquise you when you find it necessary, also there are now many different Factions unlike there being just one faction to join in Fallout 3, depending on what Factions you join, you will get many different quests, items, and weapons. There is of something to note as when you take a certain perk, the mojave Wasteland will change abit and you'll get neat little items, though if you do take this perk, be warned! You will not be able to acquire a certain weapon, but don't worry you'll still get pretty cool weapons even when you take the perk i'm talking about.


The graphics in the game haven't really changed for the most part, but there are new enemy and character designs, a good example of this would have to be the Securitrons on the New Vegas Strip, these aren't like the robots of the previous Fallout game, these one's are big and bulky basically. Now let's look to a different thing to show how this game is slightly different, another good example for this would have to be the New Vegas Strip in all it's glory. The casinos of the New Vegas Strip have bright lights which seemed to be what was worked on quite abit, making the city actually look like Las Vegas in way, though the graphics aren't the best, atleast they aren't terrible.

Game Sum-up
Well, to say the least, Fallout New Vegas is by no means bad, but neither is it exactly the greatest game in the World. Though if you didn't like Fallout 3 you may not like this game, but it does focus on a good story more than Fallout 3 did so you may just enjoy it if you yourself like a game with a good story. I for one know that this is one of my favorite games of 2010, so I suggest that you buy it if this game appeals to your tastes or rent it just so you can see if you want it or not.
Score: 8/10   read

6:45 AM on 06.16.2011

Defending A Game no one will Defend - Ninja Theory DmC

Hello and welcome readers to the first ever article of Defending A Game no one will Defend in which I your friendly neighborhood Blogger, Darkman defend a game in which mostly no one would defend because they basically hate it with a drying passion. Today as stated in the title, I will be defending the new Devil May Cry game being made by Ninja Theory that simply goes by the name DmC, so without further adieu, let us begin shall we?

And I can already hear some moaning and groaning as people read the title and see the game I am defending mainly because they don't like how the main character has been changed and how he now looks, well let me tell you reader that I completely disagree with your hatred for this character even though I can pretty much see at what your getting at, as I too have had beloved video game characters of my own that have been changed to look very different from how they originally looked and have not been happy about it, but overall I can live with it, i'm not going to start complaining about how my video game characters have been completely ruined by a change in design like how quite alot of you have gotten pretty angsty and furious over how Dante now looks.
But, let me tell you this reader, when I first saw the trailer for Dmc I was not filled rage, no I was instead filled with awesome emotions and feeling that I was looking at a True Badass in action. I loved the punkish music, the enemy designs, the weapons, the overall feel that the trailer seemed to be radiating with which was indeed true awesomeness! It actually fills me with hope to say that I trust Ninja Theory with making this DmC and don't care about what characters have their designs changed at all.
You see, what makes a game really great is how it's feels to play the game, and at the moment none of us have actually gotten the chance to even touch the game's mechanics and know how it plays, but we did indeed see a trailer showing how the game plays even though it might not be the final product, and I won't deny that it does look quite fun and that I would like to add that game to my own gaming collection since it looks to be a delightful experience, along with the setting looking pretty colorful and interesting.
Also, there is another thing I need to bring up which would happen to be that we don't even know what the exact plot for the game is going to be yet, since for all we know the plot could be something that we might have to look foreward. There is also one last thing i'd like to bring up before I end this Blog and that would have to be that all you "True" Devil May Cry fans have finally gotten your White-Haired Dante back, so this begs the question now, are you finally happy? Or are you just going to keep complaining some more about how this isn't YOUR Dante and how YOU want the story back to the way it was you sissies.
This has been Darkerman and I hope you have enjoyed this Blog, so long now and have very splendid day, ciao.


7:50 PM on 04.02.2011

The World of Gaming - Ideas

"And as our Adventurer left the area battered and broken, memories haunted his psyche, people dead, ghostly visions, and a heart full of sorrow.
No one remembered.
No one saw.
And no one cared."
Hello and welcome once again everyone. Today i'll be talking about my own game ideas if I were to ever make my own game.
1. This one may sound somewhat stereotypical, but this game takes place in an underground facility, soldiers are walking around armed. You play as Experiment Beta, a being that was created in the facility, he has the ability to absorb the nutrients from whatever organic thing he touches with his right hand, meaning that he could literally kill someone just by touching them, leaving the person as just a corpse if he holds to them for too long.
You move throughout the facility as you try to escape, soldiers will attempt to kill you, and Beta can die if he gets loaded full of enough lead, but, that doesn't mean the game would essentially end if you died for you see the screen would just simply show darkness, a button would appear and tell you to do an action, once you continued do the same action you world start to tear yourself our of your darkened location, as soon as you would see light you would finally escape to find yourself back in the facility, after climbing out of your prison, you would look down to see.....yourself dead, your chest torn open.
Yeah, basically you come back to life after dying, your body recreated from all the nutrients you had absorbed from your enemies, your memories would be retained along with your abilities and skills, though you would still be somewhat hurt.
Collectibles for the game would be notes on all of the experiments including Beta which you could pick up throughout the facility, essentially it would unlock bonus content along with perhaps a long ending to game, revealing secrets that may not have been known about, perhaps you'd learn your true purpose if you read the notes or what the head scientist had created you for.
Lastly, this game would likely work as being first-person, not essentially as a shooter, but as a first-person adventure game.

2.Starts out as a dream, you awaken to find yourself lying down in some enclosed space, you push your hands forward to feel cold metal, you then proceed to start banging on it till it opens, then you prepare to sit up but then you notice that you are standing up, infact, you seemed to have been in locker, but have freed yourself you look to see......that you can't walk forward, mainly cause their is no road, then something taps the locker from behind and it tips forward and you fall.
Then you suddenly wake up, yes that was a dream, this is basically how the game is gonna start out, it's a point & click horror adventure game with multiple endings, depending on what you do.
A knock comes from the door of your house, you go to check it out and find a letter on the floor, picking it up and reading it, you find yourself with a ticket, the letter being an invitation to a castle, which is strange considering how didn't enter a contest or know anybody that owns a castle, but you go anyways, well, after picking up everything you'll need when going to the castle, but you won't be packing loads of clothes, you'll just be taking stuff such as a back-pack, pencils, and paper, a journal, and other such things, just so you won't get lost.
The rest of the game will take place in the castle as you navigate throughout it, attempting to not die as creatures attempt to kill you and your nightmares worsen. Forcing your character to do something they might not think of as a good idea, may get them killed if you push them to far, especially if they tell you that it might not be a good idea.

And that is all of my gaming ideas for now, ciao.   read

9:05 PM on 03.11.2011

The Weird, the Strange, and the Bizarre: Part 1

Hello, one and all.
Today I shall be talking about the truly strange and weird of gaming, the stuff that would make a person simply go "Why?" as they wondered what the creator was thinking, I hope you enjoy.

Alright, let us strat this off with a true oddity of a game known simply as Pathologic. An action adventure horror that takes place in a small town, the town has a strange atmosphere about it as soon as you start the game, and you get to understand why quite soon.

The characters in this game aren't normal at all, each one has there own little bits and pieces of weirdness, especially when the sand plague comes into the game. What you see in the above pic right now is called the Albino, by just being around it you will die, you can talk to it and it actually does speak normally, well somewhat anyways. You can choose three different characters in this game each has different difficulty level, they are the Bachelor, he's basically a well renowned doctor who comes to the town because of a mysterious death, the Haruspex who is the son of one of the town residents who has recently died, he returns to the town and is attacked and injured, he can take peoples organs, and lastly there's the Devotress, a girl who has strange magical abilities and people basically think of her as a witch, she attacks her enemies with her open palms, there are character in this game who you must make sure survive if you want to actually get a good ending, each character has there own ending, there are bonus scenes if you rescue the npcs for the other main characters.
Now, as this game moves along the town will continually go more out of it's mind, you'll have run away from clouds of infection which will attempt to kill you, the infected, thugs, and other such enemies, along with the buildings which will also become infected areas of the sudden plague, though one of the biggest enigmas of this game is the Polyhedron as seen below:

This game will make some sense if your able to atleast understand it through the bad translation, but other than that, the game might as well seem far from your average "sane" game that you see most of today, but if you are able to get the bonus scenes of the game, it will make sense to more a degree.
This has been Part 1, so I hope you will be able to join me again in Part 2, seeya then.

*Edit* Oh, dear, I seem to have forgotten to mention a few things, there are few different kinds of meters in this game that you have to keep your eye on if your playing it, they are the reputation meter, which is how much the people in the town like you, if it's really low, you'll hear the crying of infants when you kill people, though if it's higher you'll hear children laugh, the infection meter which will be very important when the sand plague occurs for if you get to infected , you will die or future enemies will burn you with fire, the Immunity meter which can be raised be taking pills or wearing certain clothes, the hunger meter which requires you to eat regularly, exhaustion meter. you must also sleep, so don't forget, and lastly there is the health bar which you likely know what that does, so heal youself up with bandages.
Also this game has a twelve day period, so a day and night cycle, basically.
Oh, and you can trade many various and seemingly useless things with people and children, yes you can trade things with children.   read

12:46 AM on 03.10.2011

First, First, First, Second. Blog of One please.

Hello, one and all, I am The Darkerman, glorious supporter of things and ideas which people may not agree with.
Let me get some basic stuff out of the way first.
I am a Nintendo fanboy, and too some degree, a Bioware and Atlus fanboy also.
But I will not outright attack people because of their opinions.
Afterall, each one of us is entitled to our own opinions, even a writer and artist such as me.
Though I won't deny that all our ego's get overblown once in a while.
Nothing wrong with that.
I'll likely be doing my thoughts of stuff in these blogs along with possibly reviews and such.
Perhaps even do some rants or something, i'm not too certain yet, sooooooo yeah.
That is pretty much it I think, so seeya soon or something like that.   read

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