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12:17 PM on 12.27.2011

Keeping it simple

Lately I have been catching up on countdown's or "the best of" lists. Plus the award shows garnering acclaim for certain key titles I didn't pay attention towards. Honestly I don't have a "top 10"of my own to share for this year. But two titles I did enjoy picking up were... (drumroll) Sonic Generations, and The King of Fighters XIII.

Sorry I'm not hyped on "the must own game of the year" subtitled game. Just those two titles that have humbled me as a gamer.

First, Generations - Bringing two worlds together, classic and modern. Crazy, yet fun re-imagined levels that we grew up with. Plus a fun soundtrack, mixing together classic tunes and remixes that will keep you humming them for days. *And getting to play Casino Night Pinball. =D

King of Fighters XIII - A completely revamped series, classic KOF gameplay, and it looks gorgeous too! Plus a fun soundtrack, (bonus for those that pre-ordered) a collection of tunes crossing 4 CD's and XIII's OST.) And it totally makes up for XII's missing elements that held it back. Plus a netcode update (coming soon)

With all the titles this year, these two are fun additions to any gamer's library. Sure its not Skyrim, or (insert title here). But hey at least they are worth playing and that's what counts.   read


5:06 AM on 02.27.2011

Bayonetta - let's dance

Review – Bayonetta
System(s) – PS3 / Xbox360
Produced by: Platinum Games / Hideki Kamiya
Rated – M (for mature)


Torn between two worlds: heaven & earth, angels & demons, limbo is not what it’s cracked up to be. This is where B, our heroine is placed: a world of wonder, history, and darkness. Being one of the “lost witches”, he vows to right the wrongs that have been made onto those in the past. Meanwhile facing enormous odds against those: from upon high, and below. Welcome to a tale, of magic, action, suspense, and mystery unlike any other.


Bayonetta’s tale is told through chapters “Verses”. And as your mission unfolds, you will find lost books that unveil the history of the torn worlds, including: enemies, and bosses encountered, and weaponry.
In-game money is composed of an item called “Halo’s”, the rings that are above the angels’ heads. Gather up enough, and drop by “The Gates of Hell”, and visit with the cheerful shop owner. At the “Gates of Hell”, items for health, weapons, and special moves can be purchased here. Another neat feature within B’s quest is the option of being able to compose mixtures of compounds. Items found within each chapter, can be fused to create health & magic items. Master these well, and you will find a diverse collection of goodies whenever you need them.


Each “Verse” unfolds B’s tale from start to finish, finding old friends, to meeting old enemies from days long ago. Character dialog is given a unique touch, from B’s “sassy” attitude, to Jeanne’s “angst”, and much more. Even the villains you come across have their own personality. From angels, to watchdogs, and a few beasts that dislike a pretty face wanting to make them eat dirt.


Bayonetta’s in-game soundtrack is an: exciting, diverse, energetic, and psychotic. B’s background tunes are just about everywhere, from jazz, rock, to electronica. Plus there are a few hidden Easter egg tracks that are waiting to be found. Depending on the situation surrounding both B & the player, the music will shift to a darker tone until a health item is used. Boss themes are composed of power, and strength, versus the lovely lady’s opposing attitude, which mixes well during boss fights. (Think of Jet Set Radio Future’s song playlist, which shifted during your escapades around town)


Controls within B’s adventure are simply setup, but can be changed whenever the player decides. On the plus side, the controls are timely pressed (for QTE events) which work seamlessly. Plus there is an alternative reaction, for moments such as torture attack, versus boss, and escaping obstacles. (1) Torture Attack = aka “pushing buttons” This mode is active once B has delivered enough damage towards enemies nearby, thus delivering the final blow (or crush, smash, or ripping a black hole to summon an entity). (2) Boss fight(s) – Player versus enemy, the classic finale to every stage. But in this game, some enemies make a comeback, depending on how well B delivers blows. Once a foe’s ass is kicked to bits, the finish is a lovely QTE that involves a descriptive finishing move that requires timed button presses to earn, and receive extra “halos”. (3) Obstacles are a classic platformers’ best friend, or worst enemy. In B’s case, it’s a mix of the two, consisting of monumental getaways (close to Indiana Jones). This mode happens rarely often, but once it’s active get ready to run!! (And watch out for baddies that make your getaway a headache, ignore them and keep going!)


Before we wrap us this review, I must give kudos to a friend of mine, Leigh Alexander. A writer that delivers: knowledge, wit, wisdom, and downright awesome. Leigh introduced me to the game Bayonetta, by way of her writing. Be sure to read some of her diverse works @
http://sexyvideogameland.blogspot.com/
http://www.gamepro.com/article/features/213466/bayonetta-empowering-or-exploitative/
(This review is a must read, it may open your mind on how to take a game, not so seriously)   read


11:35 AM on 02.22.2011

Taking "a ride" one more time

Marvel VS Capcom 3 = fun, challenging missions, great roster, variant controls, and music is awesome
That is just a summary of what MVC3 is all about. But its a completely different monster, right after you press the "start" button.

Intro - The opening cutscene is simply stunning, featuring darker texture surrounding every character. (Recall if you will, Street Fighter IV's opening) MVC3's op is on the same level, but exaggerating familiar face's techniques, strengths, and weaknesses. Its not often the opening cutscene delivers such a punch, that you have to pinch yourself just to make sure that you're watching this all unfold on your television.

Menus - Each category is simple to enter, and exit. Offline Mode ( Arcade / VS / Mission(s) )
Mission(s) mode relates to every characters techniques + fighting style. And testing your mastery over cancels + air combos + and more (this may take most of your time, since this opens up with every character you unlock) Plus you are rewarded PP (player points) within every option you decide to play.
These are added to your overall playcount, and can be used for achievements, plus what you might unlock next

++ Versus Mode = "Gonna Take You For a Ride" RMX plays in the background
** turn this baby up! =D

Xbox Live - A neat entry for the VS series, (its still under going construction) I have yet to play a Live match, without my modem giving up on me (lag)

Options - Setup controls, HUD, and your Sound Settings
++ Controls - By default there are two options, Simple and Normal. Simple is setup like CVS2 EO (easy operation) so newbies can get going on the fly!
++ extra note = dynamic = variant themes / classic = character bgm

Extras! - This is the treasure trove right here! Unlock character art, endings, music, etc...
PP will unlock many more options as you continue to play. Plus you can re-watch everything!
And there are some hidden options that have yet to be found. Hmm...

Overall, MVC3 is a sweet addition to any gamers library. For those that have played the VS series, enough said. For newbies, learn and re-learn, join us friends!   read


3:58 PM on 02.16.2011

360 lets get going again!

After some penance regarding the rrod, I saved up some cash and had my system promptly repaired. Having it back just barely a week, has been quite humbling. And in turn, put some cash towards a few games I have held back for awhile.. Bayonetta, Super Street Fighter IV, Tomb Raider Underworld, and Marvel VS Capcom 3.

I have to admit, after updating my system, it acts quite differently with the new hub. But having to re-insert games sometimes can be a bit of a bugger. Not an issue really, its just bizarre how formatting changes the way things receive input & data. Honestly I was so used to "insert disc and lets roll!"

Now onto the subject of games.. Bayonetta - I love the fast, and furious action oriented gameplay, and the music can get stuck in your head for days. ("Fly me to the Moon" a remix!? and it works!)

Super Street Fighter IV - I honestly didn't enjoy the first edition, the presentation is even more sweeter here. But I do miss not being able to re-watch character intros & endings. Kinda strange those were taken out (oops too many on the roster). Makes sense now that I think about it. Online? I haven't played too many matches, due to some constraints. Till I found out my cricket modem could obtain Wifi. I may try again this weekend.


Tomb Raider Underworld - I just picked this up today, so I still haven't played it. Will revise later.
*(However I did play Legend, but stll trying to find Anniversary)

Marvel VS Capcom 3 (standard) not CE (that price was insane enough, jeezus Capcom !?) - Likewise with the above note, I will play it eventually! (and online too)
(*Oh, and it came with decals, hmm I like these)

Overall, it feels great to have my 360 running again. =D (and its an 06' model, not the new shiny one)   read


10:42 AM on 03.06.2010

Obtaining DS divinity

After many years of my journey in finding a DS, I finally found one. But the quest began sometime ago, as the early DS model is not easy to obtain here in Marana. GS (yes that store) had one available, although used, it was still in very good condition. Sadly one of the top screens holders is cracked, so today I'm out to find some model glue.

That aside, I am now part of the formal DS owning community. And a happy one at that.

Hmm.. I might see if any of the Castlevania entries are still available. I haven't played Dawn of Sorrow, Portrait, or Ecclestia. Which ranks best?

Enjoy the weekend friends.   read


1:02 PM on 12.03.2009

2009 - or the year..

After a long year, most of us would kick back and enjoy several new games.
But for some of us on a budget (been let go of a job, or other) well we just make do.

Recently I dropped by a local GameStop and other retailers. Prices are just a tad bit much on the "wish list", to tell the truth I'm not hyped on anything right now. 2009 for me has been kind of a disappointment.
Sure there's some to look forward to, but right now I'm going to wait this one out.

Gaming this year, that is a difficult one to put down. Honestly, its been rough even keeping up with anything anymore. Nothing is really catching my eye, even though I've read some new articles on Kotaku and Dtoid (and elsewhere). Just nothing has that spark I enjoyed in the first place.

2010 maybe? If so, will there be enough to get over this rough year 09?
Music has been suffering greatly, any song or video (in the mainstream) is a mess. But independent ones I honestly enjoy much more. Artists like BT, Jes, Julien-K, and many others have been more of my listening ears focus.

Music, like games are a mix of entertainment and response. We feel every time we succeed or fail.
And till the end, we may understand if it was worth the journey or not. Lately these days, gaming doesn't have the same meaning a year ago, its always evolving.

Again.. 2010? Promising? I really look forward to when it comes, another day.   read


5:46 AM on 10.27.2009

Other M

Other M - A collaboration between Tecmo's Team Ninja & Nintendo (along with a familiar director at the helm). Something awesome is happening here (I apologize if this has been posted before. But its definitely something this Metroid fan has to share!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Acpnv4coh3Y

And be sure to visit the longtime running site (and old friends of mine) the MDB http://metroid-database.com/

IGN's interview with Project M director Sakamoto, Yoshio http://wii.ign.com/articles/991/991793p1.html#   read


11:59 AM on 12.08.2008

Rolling rolling..

Hey crew, moving today (to Tucson, AZ!) Should make for an interesting trip, aside from the adventure of taking most things out of storage. (plus the epic unpacking!) Been several months since I played any videogames, I feel a bit mixed up inside (I really miss playing my games). But huzzah! When all is said and done, I will have one of my hobbies back.

*note and some delayed game reviews included ;-; I am so-so behind...
(that and I still need to catch up on several new titles (as in buy them) ^^;

Alright, might be awhile till I can post again. Later =D   read


4:55 AM on 11.27.2008

SSF2THDRemix Album (an OverClocked Remix project)

Awhile back the crew from Overclocked remixed shared "Blood on the Asphalt". The collaborative project involving numerous talents paying tribute to a long running arcade fighter series. Numerous members within the community kept quiet for awhile, until a "ninja appeared" letting go of the rumor that Capcom had dibs on the soundtrack.

Fast forward to many long listless nights of waiting, with SSF2THDRMX finally hitting gaming marketplaces.
And thus more awesomeness was shared.

http://www.ocremix.org/forums/showthread.php?t=19657   read


6:58 PM on 11.21.2008

Night of the Werehog

Halloween - an animation short teaser came up on a site advertised "Night of the Werehog". It promised a future release of an entire mini-film. From the outset the animation is fluid, cute, yet so creative (Sega's animation team is onto something even for a small piece). Best part? There is little to no dialog in the teaser.. almost gives it a silent film treatment.

Fast forward to now.. over at the same said site http://www.sega.com/sonicunleashed/notw/us/
There is now the full animation short, and its actually very well done.
- the character designs are totally from the new game, and refined
(so much detail, that the Werehog quills shine, and Chip's shivers just make him more adorable)
- the story is simple, Sonic & Chip happen to pass by the house (not knowing its haunted). And those that reside are a trio of ghosts, waiting for more victims to take "kodak" moments.
- the direction is very creative, and it captures a bit of innocence & fun (hey this is Sonic, but in a cg film; they are onto something brilliant here!) =D
- For anyone that enjoys animation, plus a good amount of fun; go check it out! =D   read


4:15 AM on 11.15.2008

Going on a few months now..

Some odd time ago, I attended PAX (and met many fun & exciting people). This was the last time I touched a controller.. yes this was. And so months later... um I bite my tongue every time I watch gameplay, or any trailer I come across. A list of the following occurrences without having a healthy dose of gaming
1) depression
2) gloominess
3) unsure
4) mixed up
5) I begin to see loop-de-loops in my sleep (sonic world adventure why did you do this to me!?)
6) the colors!
7) i just miss playing games period

Even with my list of "stuff I'd like to buy", my non-gaming sessions have really taken me back. I feel so strange without playing a game this long. Plus I'm due to be moving soon (and expecting a visit from a special someone) =D (*Thus my stuff is in storage until then)

So I weep charismatically in this entry..
Prince of Persia
Sonic Unleashed
Tomb Raider Underworld
Street Fighter IV
Street Fighter Turbo HD Remix

Just a few titles to list.. sure there's many coming out "very soon". But those are on my "hey this I gotta play!" list. Seriously, after not playing any games for awhile, it does get to you. Another reason why I haven't been writing much here.. (sigh) Thing is.. with the NXE coming up, I really need to update my 360 (upgrading the hard drive). Since my system has the ever loving 20GB, and my list of games.. I'm going to need to get that going. (sometime soon)

I bite my tongue every time I read a friend's review of some title, to just writing a positive comment. I'm not a negative monkey, I like being a teddy bear.

So to wrap up, I ask you faithful gamer (and reader)
How long have you gone without playing videogames?   read


3:54 AM on 11.08.2008

Treasure hunting

Greetings fellow archaeologists, if you've kept an eye on the web; you may know of something golden. Pray tell what is that? An interactive site, based on Tomb Raider Underworld.
Quick reading this, and go!
=D

http://eu.tombraiderunderworld.com/?aff=newsletterUK2_2
^- click to find out more behind Lara's new quest   read


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