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2:54 PM on 12.16.2008  

The most badass characters ever

Out of all the games I have played I have favorite bad guys and favorite good guys. Below you'll see my favorite badass good characters from games I play or like. From the left to the right it's: Kratos, Torque, Raziel, Sam fisher, and Snake. I don't really have any reason for why they're my favorite though.



I hope you agree with what I chose. Now here are my favorite badass bad characters. From left to right its: Big Daddy, Kain, Gman, Liquid ocelot, and Pyramid Head.



If you don't agree tell me why, and add your own list of badass characters. My favorite bad character is Pyramid Head and my favorite good guy is Snake.   read


9:26 AM on 12.13.2008  

Ask the dtoiders:What should I review

What should I review? Please tell me. I have a hard time choosing by myself. So I will list 10 of my games, 5 for PS2 and 5 for Xbox. If it's not already obvious I want you to comment on what I should review. I will randomly choose one every week and send a message to the person I chose. Add a picture of the game and I might make it the title(wow I didn't notice how stupid that sounded until I typed it).



Playstation 2

Black
Indigo Prophecy
Tony Hawks:Proving Ground
Timesplitters:Future Perfect
Bully


Xbox

Farcry Instincts
Advent rising
Fullspectrum Warrior
Oddworld:Strangers Wrath
Driver: Parallel lines   read


12:03 PM on 12.05.2008  

Blast from the past reviews: Killzone




Ah, Killzone so many memories so many horrible memories(I actually enjoyed it even though it's bad). I just hope none of you had to experience it. I remember when it was suppose to be the Halo killer. To bad it wasn't (just so you know I don't like Halo). Killzone is actually kind of fun though.

What can I say about the story, nothing actually because I don't know it. I beat the game and I don't know the story, now thats bad. The story is actually very good if you look it up but the writers for the game just didn't know how to present it. All I know from playing the game is that the Helghast want to kill the humans for some reason. Please post and tell me why they are crazy because I don't want to play it over to find out.

I don't get it why are they even making a Killzone sequel? I mean it looks good but still what if the gameplay is the same? After the first half of the game the Helghast had shouted “reloading!” and “they have me pinned down!” about a hundred times. What kind of army is this? They tell you everything thats happening to them. One time I walked into a room and out of nowhere a Helghast soldier yelled “supressing fire,” first of all I wasn't shooting, second of all he would have killed me if he didn't say anything.

The gameplay isn't that bad but it's not good either. I'm not going to lie, at the first part of the game I had a lot of fun. The shooting is kind of good in my opinion. Then the game sends out enemies that are like superman. They take about two clips from the machine gun. It's not like they kill you faster it's just you don't have enough ammo to kill more than ten of them. Also, the A.I on your teammates is horrible. They stand in front of the enemies getting shot at but they don't shoot back. Killzone's graphics aren't good but they aren't that bad(well not that bad). The ragdoll physics are horrible but I didn't mind it because they are so funny. Like one time I killed this guy and he started doing thriller on the ground.

You shouldn't buy this game, renting it is still an option. It's not that good but you might enjoy it for a little while(I know I did). You should just wait for Killzone 2.
Rating:4.5   read


3:11 PM on 12.04.2008  

Late Intro Blog




Okay, someone on one of my older blogs said I should make an intro blog. I thought, well since my reviews are so late can't my intro be late?

I'll start off with why I started reviewing games. The reason I started reviewing games was because of G4, Gameinformer, Xbox magazine,etc. I didn't like how it seemed like they review games based on popularity. For example every review I saw for Halo 3 was a ten I don't think any game deserves a ten, because doesn't ten mean perfect? I wanted to review games so I could say what was actually bad about it and good about it. All of the reviewers I mentioned lie most of the time about whats good in games and give it a ten if it's popular. When I review games I say what I like about them but I say if it's bad or not.

Now, I guess I'll tell you how I got into gaming. I was introduced to games when I was like 4 but back then I was horrible at games. Although, I still played them thinking that I was awesome at them. Ever since my first Sega I have loved video games but didn't start fully understanding what I was doing until my Ps2. I still play my Ps2 but I'm getting a Ps3 for Christmas so thats probably when I'll stop playing Ps2.

That is my late intro blog. I'm sorry I haven't posted a review in so long but I didn't think school would get in the way but it does. I will now only post reviews on Friday and soon I will list the games I have and let you decide on what I review. I was going to make a paragraph of games I like but thats in my about me sidebar.   read


10:13 AM on 12.01.2008  

Blast from the Past Reviews: God of War




I hope all of you readers have at least played this game. In my book it's one the best games I've played. Don't worry I'm not a fanboy.

You play as Kratos the ghost of Sparta. His story is pretty sad. He was the leader of the spartans. Then in a war against the barbarians he called upon Ares. Wait a minute barbarians really, where does it say anywhere that barbarians attacked Sparta. I mean maybe it happened in Sid Meiers: Civilization but not in real life. Well back to the story, okay he calls on Ares because a huge barbarian is about to kill him. Ares makes Kratos do whatever he wants he even makes him slaughter his whole family. Okay, I just want to say that Kratos asks Ares a small favor and in return Ares has Kratos Slaughter his whole family. Wow. Gods don't know what a favor is. So Kratos Realizes that he killed his family and now he wants revenge. Okay, he is more late than this review is.

I'd like to start off by saying I loved this game. I mean to me it's in my top 5 list of games I own. The fighting does get repetitive but it's not like it's horrible fighting (who am I kidding it's pretty bad). The one thing that made me hate the game was the difficulty. It goes from normal to god mode and god mode is harder than COD4 on veteran. It took me about an hour to beat the first Medusa on god mode. I have to say God Of War did amaze me when I saw the graphics I mean they're like the best on PS2. I know thats not saying much but still, they're to good for PS2. This was the only exclusive game I wished could've of been on Xbox just so I could see how much better it could've looked.

This game isn't perfect I know that. The game really needs to fix the difficulty curve between normal and hard. Also, added combos would be appreciated. The games ending doesn't set itself up for a sequel (not that thats bad or anything but they made a sequel). Also there is one part where you have to push a block on a conveyor belt while enemies constantly attack you. Before I go on I just want to say holy f***ing hell! I didn't know conveyor belts were invented in ancient Greece. I also didn't know there were so many monsters in ancient Greece but I won't go there. Okay, so this conveyor belt part was easy on normal but on god mode it's harder than the sniper mission on COD4( consider the block is Cpt. Macmillan.) I actually stopped playing the game it was so hard. The game is good though, when not on god mode.

The gameplay isn't actually that bad for a hack and slash. Even though you just press square over and over again it isn't as bad as Dynasty Warriors. The fighting on this game is fun but they should add some more combos for more variety. My favorite part of the game is by far the action sequences. I mean it adds so much more to boss fights (unlike how on Mgs they show a really cool feature of snake killing the boss). Although it would be cool if you could do it real-time. I know the game isn't mainly platforming like Prince of Persia but they could definitely use some more platforming parts and better ones. I think anyone who has played God of War would agree when I say it has some of the best action sequences in any game. God of war has really good gameplay with some flaws.

I recommend this game to gamers who like hack and slash, action, and platforming games. It's a game that should always be remembered. With the recent David Jaffe comments I'm sure it won't be forgotten.
Rating: 7.75/10   read


9:33 AM on 12.01.2008  

Handheld Review: PSP




I hated the psp a few days after I had gotten it. I'm just happy I got it for Christmas and didn't have to pay for it. This is the worst handheld ever I would rather have a Nintendo DS. Thats a lie the reason I got Psp is because DS also sucks. I wouldn't recommend this to my worst enemy well actually wait a minute......... Okay, the Psp has way to many flaws.

First I'd like to say why does it have an internet browser? To have Wi-fi don't you have to have internet, and if you don't why would you want to use the crappiest internet browser EVER!? It's horrible every time you go to a different site it says “not enough memory go to tools and put on conserve memory” but when you do that it keeps saying it. I know the internet browser isn't the main part of the system but come on.

The games on it are good for a handheld. I mean it has really good graphics especially God of War Chains of Olympus. The bad thing is the controls are horrible. There is one analog...pad and by the way who was the smart guy who made this stupid pad on one side? On all of the third person shooters to aim you use x, square, o, and triangle. I regret ever asking for a Playstation Portable.

Don't get this handheld at all even if someone is giving it away(they're obviously giving it away for a reason). It will just piss you off because it'll just sit there getting dusty. Although the Nintendo DS isn't a prize either.   read


4:46 PM on 11.30.2008  

Blast From The Past Reviews: Psychonauts




I'm sure you've all heard of Psychonauts, a game released in 2005 for the Xbox, PS2, and PC. I want to start off by saying that if you haven't already, BUY THIS GAME. It's a crime that this game has only sold about 100,000 copies (according to Wikipedia). The original setting and mission context is worth much more attention than that.

In Psychonauts you play as a runaway child named Rasputin (nicknamed “Raz”), a former circus performer who was born with psychic powers. His parents punished him for using his powers, so he ran away from the circus (notice the irony?). He runs away to a summer camp called Whispering Rock, a secret government facility used to train “Psychonauts” (people gifted with psychic powers, like Raz). As much as I want to tell the whole story, I'll leave it to you to play the game and experience it for yourself.

Psychonauts is a true puzzle platformer with very few twists on the formula. One very important twist, however, are the game's missions and setting. Most of the missions consist of entering the minds of NPC's to sort out their mental problems. You have to do this so that they will help you progress through the game. Each character's mind has a different theme and a different style. Psychonauts's basic gameplay is pretty good, but the powers make it way better. Throughout the whole game you are constantly using each of your powers: none of them are left untouched for long. Raz's powers are clairvoyance (which lets you see through other characters' eyes), telekinesis, pyrokinesis, invisibility, levitation, shield, and marksmanship (a projectile-like blast of energy). My favorite power by far is clairvoyance. When I used it on the mission “The Milkman Conspiracy” I laughed my ass off. The little girls you use it on see you as a milk bandit, stealing their milk. The lack of innovation in the basic gameplay and the sub-par platforming keep this game from perfection.

Despite the gameplay shortcomings, the story and characters more than make up for it. There are 8 main characters: Raz, Dogen, Lili, Bobby Zilch, Agent Nien, Agent Vodello, and Coach Oleander. Lili has been going to Whispering Rock Training Academy for a few years, she has passed every exam and is convinced that nothing new ever happens at camp, her power is telekinesis. Dogen (my favorite character) is frickin' crazy. His power is exploding animals and people's heads, he also hears voices in his head. Agent Nien is a world famous super agent who is extremely organized, which is why his brain is portrayed as a cube when you enter it. Agent Vodello is a master of levitation and is also pretty funny. On one part you enter her mind and it's just a big disco party. Last but not least Coach Oleander. I don't know what to say about him except that he is a major asshole. When you enter his mind all he does is insult you! The first thing he said was, “My bowels move more than you cadet!”. Each character has at least one unforgettable line.

At first I thought that the controls would be bad for the PS2 but they were actually very good. Switching between powers was a breeze and the platforming was painless. This game is great for either system, the only real difference is the graphics (higher framerate on the Xbox version). I highly recommend Psychonauts to any gamer who is interested in platformers, interesting characters, or humorous writing in their games. You can buy it at most videogame retailers for PS2 or Xbox for 5 bucks nowadays. It's also available as an Xbox Original on the Xbox 360 marketplace for $15.
Rating: 7.75/10   read


2:44 PM on 11.30.2008  

GoW vs. GoW

I have been thinking about this for a while: which is the better GoW, God of War or Gears of War? I know that these games are completely different genres and each plays completely differently, but I can't help thinking about this problem. So I pose to you the question, and I will break down the different areas where these two titles differ so that you can decide which one is more deserving of the GoW acronym.

Area 1: Story

Gears of War and god of War couldn't be more different in terms of their plots. One is about a gruff soldier on an Earth-like planet who is fighting off hordes of mole people, and the other is about a former Spartan general who sold his soul to Ares and is now fighting to get it back. I'm not asking you which one you like better, I'm asking you which one is higher quality. So when you answer in the comments include which one has the best writing, more interesting characters, better scenarios, and which one is more original.

Area 2: Main characters



The main characters of these two games are both tragic characters. In God of War, you play as Kratos, the aforementioned Spartan general. Anyways, after Kratos sold his soul so he could win a particularly fierce battle with some crazy ass barbarian dudes, Ares instructs him to kill his wife and child and slaughter the people in his village so that he will have complete loyalty to him. Kratos does this and after a few years of service to Ares, he kinda regrets it (duh). Well, Kratos starts having these nightmares because of all his guilt, so he consults Athena and asks if she can take away his guilt. Athena tells him that if he kills Ares (who has gone rogue) that she will take the bad dreams away. Now, on to Gears. In Gears you play as Marcus Fenix, a soldier who was imprisoned for leaving his post during the Locust (Mole People) invasion. Well, it turns out that the Locust are killing lots of human soldiers, so they take Marcus out of prison so he can help fight off the encroaching enemy forces. Marcus is very rough and he talks a lot about killing those bad guys during battles. Kratos is very ruthless and he only cares about himself, as he is fit to kill innocent civilians to get what he wants. Kratos also screws about any willing woman he can get his hands on. Marcus curb stomps and chainsaws enemies in half with his Lancer, while Kratos rips their heads off with his bare hands and stabs them in the throat with his Blades of Chaos. I can't even describe how crazy some of the things Kratos does during boss battles are. Marcus is a semi-realistic main character who happens to hang around some testosterone-filled steroids junkies (birds of a feather...), while Kratos is merciless, self-centered, and not very forward-thinking, as he is used as a pawn by almost everyone who he thinks is an ally (that's what you get for dealing with Greek Gods). When you answer, remember to take into account which character has better dialogue, is more likeable, more realistic (for their setting), and more well-drawn.

Area 3: Enemies



Gears of War and God of War both have lots of enemies, so this section will be a little harder to answer. God of War contains a plethora of enemies from Greek Mythology. From Harpies to Gorgons, this game has 'em all. Each enemy is pretty well detailed for a PS2 game, and each enemy type has a different fighting style. The Gorgons stay a medium distance from you and try to turn you to stone with their Stare. The harpies circle above you and occasionally swoop down and peck your head. The Undead Soldiers are very aggressive as they charge you and use their big-ass swords to rip you a new one. There are too many enemies to list here, but lets just say that there are a bunch of them. Gears of War features a smaller amount of enemy types than God of War, but there are plenty of them. You got your plain Locust, which are the humanoid mole people Then you got the Berserkers, which are these 15 foot tall humanoid mole people who can't see and therefore use sound to locate you. You got Wretches, which are these little creatures who run at you and swipe you with their claws. You got Reavers, which are these flying octopus things. And finally you got Krill (not the plankton), which are these bats that eat you until you explode (what?). Remember, when deciding which one has the best enemies take their design, enjoyability of combat, and how naturally they fit into their environment into account. Post the image of your favorite character in the comments section for +2 gold pieces.

Area 4 (final area): Gameplay



Ah finally! The big one, the clincher, the deciding factor: gameplay. I know you're mentally exhausted by all the debate going on in your brain over which one's better, but just hang with me for a few more seconds. I'll just lay down the basic gameplay for each: God of War is an action/puzzle/platformer (emphasis on action, not so much on platforming or puzzle solving) and Gears of War is a tactical 3rd person shooter (emphasis on the 3rd person, not so much on the tactical). For this one, I can't really say “make your decision based on which one is higher quality, not which one you like more” because this is about gameplay, and different people enjoy different types of gameplay, even if it's bad (See: Dynasty Warriors).

Now, off to the comments to decide on which one is better! Just say which one is better in each area, and then your overall pick.   read


9:16 AM on 11.30.2008  

Blast From The Past Reviews: Manhunt




I'm sure ALL of you have heard of this game. If you bought this game full price I just want to say I feel bad for you. If you bought this game at all I want to say I feel your pain.
You Play as James Cash (Rockstar got a little creative with the name). The game opens up with a female journalist reporting on Cash, who is a criminal on death row who was supposedly executed by lethal injection. He wakes up to the voice of a man who refers to himself as “The Director.” The Director tells James to do whatever he says and by the end of the night he will be free. The catch is that what he makes you do is kill gang members in the most brutal ways possible. You'd think it would be endless fun but you'd be wrong.



First, I'd like to say this game is so repetitive it's not even funny. It's fun for the first two hours but then there's about 8 hours to go. You have to fight four gangs: “The Hoods”, “The Skinz”, “The Innocentz”, “The War Dogs”, and “The Smileys.” Every gang is the same besides the way they look. The only part I liked was using the bat's lethal kill. The only good thing about this game is the blood and guts (shut up I'm not crazy). I mean one part you get a gun and I shot a guy in the face 5 times but some how he managed to call me a pussy. The A.I in this game is horrible. I mean, they run up to the shadow you're hiding in and sit there yelling at you. Overall it's fun to play for an hour or two.



One good thing I can say about this game is that it's pretty creepy. Rockstar did a pretty good job of making a really unpleasant setting. The environments are the most disgusting city streets and dilapidated housing projects I have ever seen. I mean, it looks like you could get AIDs just by looking at it. The only other game setting I could compare it to is Silent Hill 2. The enemy design can also be creepy as hell sometimes. The Smileys wear these weird yellow smiley face masks. I don't know how to explain it, but they are the creepiest enemies by far in this game (besides the infamous Pigsy). That was my favorite gang to kill. The Hoodz aren't as scary, they just wear hoods or pantie hoes on their heads. The Innocentz normally have paint on their face. Yup, that's about it for them. The Skinz weren't that scary because I was too busy laughing when I saw them. They're just a bunch of white supremacists who live in trailer parks. The War Dogs were the hardest because they used guns all the time. Some how these criminals got a hold of M16s, Shotguns, Handguns, Revolvers, and sniper rifles.Oh yeah did I mention that there perfect with them.




This game has a great story which is part of the reason why I beat it. All of the criminals who were “lethally injected" are sent to Carcer city(*cough* “Escape From New York” *cough*). The Director set up cameras all over Carcer city to make snuff films. After the criminals were isolated for so long they made there own gangs. They eventually went crazy and started killing each other. No one finds out about it until one brave journalist stops listening to the police and looks deeper into James Cash's story.



I don't recommend this game to anyone. Well actually I recommend it to people who play Ninja Gaiden. If you get pissed at the bosses on Ninja Gaiden, play manhunt and lethal kill a few people with a bat.
Rating:5/10
If you have any questions feel free to contact to me at [email protected]   read







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