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I stopped by my local Best Buy after work and picked up the Limited Edition Version of Devil May Cry 4. I'm eager to see if it'll hand me my ass as I attempt to learn how to play stylishly. I did well enough with the demo so I'll take my chances.

I'm sure a lot of you have opinions on whether the required install for the PS3 version is a good idea or bad idea. Frankly, I could care less. In the long run and I can look forward to shorter load times. The rest of the internet wasn't so quiet and Capcom decided to comment on the whole situation.

"If you don't want to watch the 'Previously, on Devil May Cry…' portion of the install process, go make a sandwich and grab a soda, then come on back," and that once installed the download will enable "…near-Super Nintendo speed load times."

No STFUAJPG here, just STFU and make a sandwich you whiney pricks. Gotta love it. I'm currently at 58 percent on the install as I write this blog, and I can say it moves along rather quickly. It's playing some creepy church choir music during the install, but the backstory refresher displayed on screen is rather interesting.

Did any other Dtoiders pick up the PS3 version?

Source PS3.IGN.com

Although my weekend was rather quiet, it was fun thanks to a heavy dose of video game and football greatness. I picked up some new games, downloaded some new demos, and watched an awesome Super Bowl game. Suffice it to say that I'm a bit tired this morning, but it was all worth it. I have two new games to play through, I found out about a neat little game called The Club ,and I got to see the Giants put a stop to the Patriots reign.

I picked up Turok and Burnout Paradise on Saturday at my local Best Buy. While I still haven't tried out Turok as of yet, I learned that the game is rather enjoyable after playing through the demo a few times (knife and bow kills ftw!). I did, however, play quite a bit of Burnout Paradise and it did no disappoint. The gameplay is solid and fun, providing an increasing difficulty level and a slew of things to unlock. The graphics and sound are top notch especially when playing on a HDTV with 5.1 surround sound. Our very own Shipero invited me to join him for some Burnout online and it was a mixed bag. I was suprised to learn that you couldn't do the regular events with another player, so Shipero and I settled for wrecking each others rides for a good hour or so. Good times were had even though he kept owning me with his damned SUV!

I randomly downloaded The Club demo and after playing through it a few times all I can say is "zomgponiesamazing!" What a fun game that, sadly, no one will play. The gameplay is so simple and straight forward (read: Old Skool), but so amazingly addicting and fun! You run through a linear path shooting enemies, blowing stuff up trying to get the highest score possible. Until you experience it, nothing anyone says will convince you that the game is awesome. After quitting the demo I would think to myself, "Was The Club really that much fun?", then I would fire up the demo once more and be amazed all over again. It'll be a love it or hate it game, but I sure as hell can't wait for it! Give it a try if you haven't already.

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This video gives us new information on a game called Prototype developed by Radical Entertainment. Radical Entertainment is the talented team behind Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, and this Prototype continues to impress as new information comes along. For those of you who have played Hulk: UD you would know how incredibly fun the game was. Running, jumping, and destroying everything in your path as the massive Hulk was an extremely enjoyable experience. If their past work is any indication of how much fun they can squeeze into a game, knowing that the Radical Entertainment team is creating Prototype bodes very well for this game.

Prototype is another sand-box game, but unlike a lot of the lame imitators we see, this actually looks to improve on the formula. Set in New York City which looks either present day or near future, you are a military experiment gone wrong released into the city. You have superhuman abilities at your desposal for both fun and survival. Superhuman strength, increased speed and agility, as well as mutating your arms into deadly weapons. Look for this game this Fall, as I'm sure it will knock your socks off.

I attended Magfest this past weekend and it gave me the opportunity to play many games. Among the games I played at Magfest there was one in particular that I've heard plenty about over the years, but I never got around to playing it. The game was called Guilty Gear XX Accent Core.

Granted, this is the newest version which was released in September of 2007, but there have been countless other versions spanning multiple consoles and handheld gaming devices. I'm well aware that this series has a very devoted fanbase, however, it never intrested me enough to look into the series. I always assumed that it was a Street Fighter clone with your typical anime flair which has become very tired to me.

The first night and the majority of the first day I was there, a huge group of gamers were surrounding this hurting 27" tube television waiting for their chance to join the fray. I saw the game in action for a moment as I was passing by, but it puqued my interest enough that I would eventually go back to it later to give it a try.

Sure enough, later that day I went back and there was a guy playing it by himself. I grabbed a chair and sat down next to him. I started up a conversation asking him what he thought of the game. Our conversation was much like this.

Me: Sup, man? Is this game any good? It looks awesome.
Random Dude: Yea, man. This game is amazing. You want to play?
Me: No thanks, dude. You seem like you know what you're doing. I'll just watch so I can keep my dignity.
Random Dude: *chuckles* Nah, I'll go easy on you. Go on, grab a controller!

I eventually took him up on his offer and he was kind enough to give me the run down on which characters were good to use for beginners. Long story short, I picked my character and he whopped me a good three times before others began making their way back to play. I saw a couple of guys with their very own ginormous arcade sticks and at that point I knew it was time for me to leave.

For the short time I played this game I was nothing but impressed. The animations are simply jaw-dropping. Everything is easy on the eyes and nice to look at. The game runs very smooth and very fast, dispite all of the crazy stuff going on during a fight. I thought it was fairly easy to pick up and play, but just like with all fighters the more you play the better you get. The last thing I need right now is another game to play, but I will surely be picking this game up at a later time. I strongly recommend this game to anyone who hasn't yet given it a try, as I am sure they will have a great time with it.

I was skeptical of The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass due to my disappointment with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Much to my suprise, Phantom Hourglass is a fantastic game and easily my pick for handheld game of the year.

I'm one of the many people who feel that the Zelda formula is getting tired, and it is in need of an overhaul. Dispite that, I'm really enjoying Phantom Hourglass and I think it has some great puzzles. Now that I'm nearing the end of the game I'm looking for new ones to entertain me. While I was browsing Amazon yesterday I came across two titles that I hear are good, but I have yet to play.

The first was Dementium: The Ward

I know this DS title was fairly popular among the toiders and I've heard mixed opinions. Although the game probably has a few flaws, it looks worthy enough to give it a try. I'm excited to see if this game can deliever minor scares and major entertainment. Monsters and guns are always a win formula in my book, and after watching some gameplay videos it looks fun enough. I like the dark/evil setting, and the mystery of not knowing what's going on around you. It looks suprisingly violent for a DS title, which will be a nice change of pace. I imagine that switching between the flashlight and weapon becomes a little annoying after a while, but no game is perfect. If you've played it, what did you think? What were the ups and downs?

The second game is Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin

I know I'm extremely late to the party on this one, but I'm in dire need of a Castlevania fix. I was watching video reviews and gameplay videos and it looks like this will be a good choice. I hear the bosses are quite challenging, so I'm excited about that. I look forward to exploring a new castle, although it looks very simliar to the one in Symphony of the Night (is it the same castle?). Add in the fact that it's only $20 on Amazon, picking up this game was a no brainer.

On a side note, I received Pheonix Wright: And Justice For All as a Christmas present and I'm amazed at how bloody brilliant this game is.

I strongly urge any DS owner who hasn't played this game yet to give it a try. The writing is fantastic, providing plenty of over-the-top, drama filled murder cases that you need to solve and investigate. While, not always clear what you need to do, you'll really need to think about your next move in the court room. If correct, it provides an unsurpassed feeling of satisfaction I've yet to experience in a game. Suffice it to say, I'm sad that I didn't get around to this game earlier. Better late than never I guess.

Well I'm officially on holiday now for five days, and I'm drinking myself into quite the stuper. I posted this video earlier in the week for those who frequent Dtoid during the work week. I'm posting it once again for your viewing pleasure, and I wish everyone here at Dtoid a very Happy Holiday!

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