Love Games, Love Music, Love them together, like a big pot of awesome sounding, gameplaying, gooey goodness. Im a musician, and a gamer, I love my 360 when it works, and my PS3 when theres a good game to play.
Those of us in Australia, and perhaps elsewhere outside of the golden country of gaming (but not much else) The USA, Plastation 3 owners are still waiting for Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix. I played SF2 on the SNES for like a year straight when I was a kid and I need a comparable D-pad and the 360's can barely be called a D-pad. I was so hyped for the game a broke down and bought it on XBLA and while its still fun and all, its just not the same, Its really hard using the analogs.
To cut a long whine short, WTF is going on? is it Capcom? is it Sony? I read somewhere it was a region lock problem, but that doesn't make sense when I could buy it from the US store if I had a US credit card. Its fucked up and honetsly I think I'm kind of burnt out on it now and I don't think I'll get it when it does get released, maybe I'll try and buy a 360 arcade stick instead.
Whats up Capcom/Sony seriously what the fuck?!?! Trust me when I say this fuck up has lost you a lot of money, maybe if you didn't hate money so much you'd have the same content on the PSN store world wide.
It's that crazy time of year, Christmas, and with it comes several metric tonnes of games. I haven't blogged in a few months and it took the wise sage Yojimbo to get me back in the swing, and with a long hiatus comes a fucking shitload of games to talk about, so without further ado, onward!
The first on the list is Fable 2. This game is pretty divisive and with good reason, it's pretty much just Fable 1.5, but that is not really a bad thing. I spent just about as much time watching my Wife play the game as I did playing through myself, and so I got to see both the Light (my Wife) and Dark (Me) paths the game has to offer. Quite simply put, I really liked Fable 2, its nothing ground breaking but its sweet and charming and all warm and fuzzy, but it also manages to get a bit dirty along the way.
I just wish they could make the game more open, the first game set you in strict paths, and while you can climb over fences in the sequel, you may as well stick to the path becuase it really makes no difference, the games areas are small and confined and I find that irritating because I love the world Lionhead has created. Also the games fucking short, and I expect a bit of length out of a supposed RPG. But over all, I liked it and I look forward to the DLC.
Straight after Fable I jumped into Fallout 3. The two games share a few similarities but are ultimately polar oppisites. Straight up, I LOVE Fallout 3, its easily in my top 3 games of the year. Sure it has a few glitches, bad animation and my game crashede a total of 5 times when I played through, but I don't care, it doesn't ruin the overall experience. The best thing about Fallout is that it takes a fairly common grey/brown post apocalyptic setting in gaming today, and it makes it feel real, poignant and melancholic, and I mean that in the best possible way.
This game made me feel, even when I was just wandering throught the wastes, its truly a sad game and I don't know if the Bioshock-esque propaganda imagery helps or hinders what is the developers biggest achivement. I am by no means talking about the ending being sad BTW because I didn't really find that to be overly emotional, I just mean the general experience of playing the game. As a side note, I would love to see Bethesda somehow implement a modified version of the VATS combat into the next Oblivion because the combat was the worst thing about Oblivion. Oh yeah and can anyone tell me why the guys on Podtoid detest the game so much? I mean I know Jim and Topher like their JRPG's but aside from a few glitches and some bad animation I think Fallout is flawless.
Whats next... Ahh yes Far Cry 2. This is a tricky game to talk about because the first hour and a half of the game are pretty bad, theres a fair bit of tutorial shit and it just takes a while getting accustomed to the flow of the game. But let me tell you once your well and truly in the groove this game is in many ways something of a landmark title for me. I love open ended combat, something the GTA games have completely done away with, and its probably the main thing Far Cry 2 has in comman with the Crytek original.
The fact that I can hide in grass, and approach a senario from any angle and with any gun a choose is quite a luxury. What makes the game more than just an open world FPS is the setting and the story, this game has heavy duty themes in it, if youve ever seen Lord of War, or perhaps Blood Diamonds, then you know what to expect. More games should embraces unique real world scenarios and get away from the cliches because this game, even with a few pacing problems under its belt, succeeds because its sat in the middle of a world full of WW2, Sci Fi marines, and city scapes. Oh and I have to mention the lighting, BEST SUNSET LIGHTING EVER!!!
Motorstorm: PR is everything that the original was not. Take the first game and add about 500% more variety, up the graphics meter to 11, and strap in, this game fucken rocks. Its blisteringly fast and adrenalin soaked and I love it. I haven't got too far so I won't go on about it but if your on the fence, jump down and get this game!
Gears of War 2 is without doubt one of the best games I've played this year, as with Motorstorm:PR, Gears 2 takes everything thats good about the first game and quadruples it. It has some of the best action sequences I've ever played, and while its white knuckled its still damn fun.
I still haven't played multiplayer or even Horde because my Live account expired and I haven't renewed it yet, but considering I finised the campaign in two sittings says alot about the quality of the experience (and no its not short). I don't think I have to say much about the graphics,so I'll just say, gorgeous.
I've only played about an hour of Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts but I'm looking forward to spending more and more time in that world, beautiful, charming colourful and funny are all words I would use to describe it, everything Rare excels at. I also picked up the original BK on XBLA and I think the game holds up pretty well, it just goes to show that good character design and alot of charm go along way in keeping a game looking fresh, blocky or not the games quite pretty.
Cosidering how many hours I spent playing through that game when I was a teenager I imagine I'll enjoy doing it all over again, oh yeah and ICE KEY!!!
So thats it, I'm still polishing off Far Cry 2 and I'm going to dive into BK:NB alot more over the holidays but thats all for now. Thoughts?
(as a final footer, if anyone wants to play Motorstorm: PR or Far Cry 2 online, send me a MSG on PSN, PSN ID is MilesCosmo. Keep in mind I live in Australia so the time difference screws with things alot)[img]
There has been a shit load of talk over the last few days about game retailers trading games and selling pre-owned games for a reduced price. The games industry head honchos are constantly complaining about retailers buying games from customers and then selling them again with no profits going to the developers and publishers of the games. Now I don't profess to know all the details but I do understand both sides of the conflict, and fully realise why publishers and developers are unhappy. This all makes perfect sense... In the US!!!
Don't Fuck With Angry Gamers!!! (I'm well aware this is a puppy and not a gamer)
In Australia and the UK (and I'm quite sure elsewhere aswell) us gamers get shafted all the fucking time. I want to support developers and I believe I do, I spend a shit load on games but hey I want to get the best deal possible in a country where a new game can cost $120.00 Aussie bucks. Quite simply it's complete bollocks.
It's not unreasonable to believe that games should cost the same amount (at very least in western 1st world countries) as they do in the States obviously converting currency to the right amount first. and yet somehow (probably just because we are used to it at its expected) games can cost double what they do in the US, and in the case of some games like Rock Band, never get released (in Australia anyway). I bought Rock Band in Singapore for PS3 and payed less than those in the UK, and the only reason Singapore had it was becuase they imported it from the US, which is why they didn't have the region locked 360 version.
And the 32bit, and the 64bit and the 128bit...
Again, its like this because it has always been like this, and even though times have changed, currency values have shifted and shipping is no doubt cheaper, those of us outside of the US of A are still getting raped with a chainsaw weilded by the games industry, and we probably always will be!
So a word to the US, gamers, developers and publishers, as far as gaming goes you've got it easy, shame about the pile of turd that is your government I guess you can't have every thing
P.S. I am aware that most governments suck, I just couldn't resist an easy jab.
Hello all, it's been a while since I made a post but I've been doing some serious gaming and I've added a few new titles to the ranks of discs entering my systems.
I am still playing MGS4, and I'm still enjoying it, in fact it just seems to get better and better, amazing visuals and incredibly fun gameplay, what more could I ask for. Hopefully I'll be done with it soon though because I just picked up some other gems at really good prices.
I got Eternal Sonata for $29 (I'm in Australia so thats pretty sweet), and UT3 (PS3) for $65, I've said it before and I'll say it again, I love JB Hifi. Eternal Sonata is great, its colourful and beautiful and totally cheesy, some of the prettiest graphics have delicious sex with some of the lamest voice acting in the world. Its actually quite comical and I can't help but laugh between the cringes.
And UT3 is as I expected totally UT. The last UT game I played was the original on PC and this is pretty much the same but with amazing graphics, and damn are they nice graphics. As soon as I booted it up I fondly remembered its brutal speed and off the wall silliness. But I love it, its fun and a good change of pace from games like COD4, back to basics is sometimes very nice.
I have also been playing some Forza 2, I never finished it and going back to it was fun, I'll probably play some more over the next few weeks. My sister in law (who is only about 7 years old) was in town with her parents and she wanted to play Kameo, which basically meant me playing all the actual game parts. This didn't really bother me though as Kameo is a great game (despite what some people think) and even though I've finished it it was fun playing it again.
So that pretty much sums up the games I've been gaming. To all those people who are playing UT3 on PS3, why not send me a friend request and we can play some multiplayer, my PSN name is Milescosmo, cheers.
I just finished GTA4, perhaps I'm a little late, but hey the game really started to drag so I left it for a while. What I want to say is that the final mission and a few of the ones leading up to the end were the most frustrating pieces of gaming I've ever endured. The final mission verged on being broken, on one occasion I died where you fall into the water from the helicopter next to the boat, I had full health and your not supposed to die there, I had no idea why it happened.
On top of that I made sure I had plenty of rockets to do away with the final bad guy, but hey what good are rockets when they vnish into the ground after theyre fired, presumably so you don't kill him till the devs want you too. I hate how the game forces you down a strict corridor which you cannot deviate from. If the game design hadn't failed me I would have finished the game a good hour ago but no I had to repeat myself several times before I got it, the game simply fucked up and made me die.
My point is that this game makes a great first impression, but not only did it bore me by the end, but it frustrated more than just about any other game I've played. Sorry but I just needed to vent, I felt like I was going to murder someone after that.