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I love playing indie games for the PC, but I also use my PS3 and PS2 pretty often. I enjoy pretty much all videogame genres except sports games. Fuck that shit.

Favorite Games Ever: Parasite Eve, Half-Life 2, Deus Ex, and Burnout 3

Currently playing: Critter Crunch, PixelJunk Monsters, Monkey Island: SE, & Fear Effect

PSN ID: bombahead13
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ran24
12:42 AM on 03.01.2009



I love hip-hop, and I love videogames, so I thought I'd share some of my favorite artists that blend the two together. I found these guys on a music site called thesixtyone, so that's why all my links go there:

Random is a rapper famous for his Mega Ran album. Mega Ran 9 is coming out soon, and I'm really excited for it

http://www.thesixtyone.com/ravl13/#/randombeats/

The 8-Bit Boys are 4 rappers that teamed up to make some fun music. They do raps about things like castlevania, contra, faulty systems, and the gamer lifestyle

http://www.thesixtyone.com/ravl13/#/8bitboys/

Eloquence is a rapper I just discovered today. "Seek & Destroy" and "Special Move" are the tracks you want to check out.

http://www.thesixtyone.com/ravl13/#/Eloquence/

Charles Barkley, well it's probably not actually Charles Barkley, but someone made a page revolving around the excellent Barkley Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden and posted the Space Jam remix from the title screen of the game

http://www.thesixtyone.com/#/charlesbarkley/

DJ Green Lantern produced a track with Kool G Rap sampling the FF7 battle theme. Lyrically, the song has nothing to do with it, but it sounds pretty cool

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjS0d5OxrZs

I think a Dtoid editor posted this a month or two ago, but in case you missed it, here's Ludacris' rap about videogames

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0e4R9w1d-U

Do you guys have any suggestions for good videogame rap?
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I don't know how or why this got started, but I'll give it a go.

10) I love to travel

I was in Budapest last semester, and so I got to hit up most of Eastern Europe. I visited Croatia, Prague, Vienna, Brussels, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Krakow over the last couple months. I also have family in Indonesia who I visit every couple years. I've also been to Spain, Mexico, Canada, and Singapore. Hopefully, Japan is next.

9) I enjoy watching anime

Cowboy Bebop, GTO, Full Metal Panic, Samurai Champloo, and Ghost in the Shell are my favorites.

8) I don't get why everyone likes Earthbound

Seriously, it's not that good.

7) I collect Marvel comics

I didn't really get into them until a couple years ago, but I've built up a pretty good collection of hardcovers, TPBs, and regular issues:



Wolverine is my favorite character. If you don't like him, there's something wrong with you. He's a good guy at heart, but isn't afraid of killing people that deserve it. I like that.

And I still can't believe "Brand New Day" with Spiderman happened. W T F

6) I'm scared of driving and getting lost

If I'm going somewhere I've never been before or can't remember how to get to, I try my damnedest to get someone to come along. I'll avoid going to an event or get together sometimes if I can't get someone. It's bad.

5) I play Magic: The Gathering

I've sunk a couple thousand over time into this friggin' game; it's like crack to me. I don't even play competitively, just with friends and family. It's awesome though.

4) I like Hip-Hop and Jazz

I know, pretty weird combo. When I find the two genres mixed into a single song though, I bust a nut.

3) I've never played a Zelda, Mega Man, or Metroid game for more than half an hour

They just don't interest me. Oh, and Mega Man's too fucking hard. Props if you can beat his games.

2) I will kick your ass in Ping-Pong

I also love sting pong, but can very rarely get someone to play with me :(

1) I hate Mario

He was cool in the NES and SNES days, but now he's useless. All this guy does anymore is put out Mario Party, Kart, and Sports games every year or two. Go away with Sonic and never come back.
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ran24
9:46 PM on 01.17.2009

So, apparently people usually introduce themselves when they join Destructoid. Yeah...never did that, so I'll give it a go despite lurking around the site for about a year now.

My name's Rob, and I've loved videogames ever since I was exposed to them with my cousins for the first time in Indonesia. Mario Bros and Contra baby! My dad never wanted us to get a system, because he knew it would melt our minds. But in 2002, I got my hands on a PSOne. Yeah, I know I was way behind on the curve. Still it was an awesome time, playing Tekken 3 with my brother and working my way through FFVII.

I got a PS2 two years later, and just this christmas I finally got around to the PS3. I've built up a solid PS2 collection over the years (pictured below), and hope to have a PS3 collection to rival it by the time I adopt the PS4.

I never really liked the 360, the pad feels really weird to me, though I tolerate it to play some G.R.A.W. co-op occasionally. As for the Wii, Brawl seems to be its only saving point, and only with the Gamecube controller. I don't understand how anyone could play competitively with the Wii controls.

I guess I'm a bit of a fanboy. I will admit though, Sony's handling of the PS3 has been ABYSMAL. They deserve to be behind for this console generation.

I also play me some PC games, though nothing that has come out in the last 2 years. I don't have the specs for that stuff. Still, I've been happy with Deus Ex, Starcraft, Diablo, Warcraft 3, and Half-Life 2. Oh, and like Anthony Burch I like Indie games!

Anyway, behold my collection!



















That lone 360 game? My brother wanted me to buy it for him so he could play it over friend's houses, 'cuz he likes virtual titties a bit too much :P

Anyway, thanks for a good year Destructoid, and I'm sure the trend will continue. Hopefully I haven't sucked :)
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The Wonderful End of the World is basically Katamari Damacy for the PC. You move your avatar around the levels, automatically absorbing objects no larger than you and continually growing in mass so you can absorb bigger things.

The game features some cool levels, like a retro arcade level and an abstract level consisting of nothing but letters and words, but other than that the 12 levels are very similar to those found in the original Katamari Damacy.





The game is pretty short, and I beat it in under 2 hours. If you don't own Katamari Damacy I could recommend a purchase for the End of the World since it's a cheap $10 on Steam, but if you already own its predecessor it's skippable. The demo does have the retro arcade level though, so you can check that out if interested.










So I downloaded Castlevania Symphony of the Night on PSN, and its pretty cool. What doesn't make sense to me though are the rooms that have a picture of a CD and the word "CD" below it. What are these rooms for? I stood in the rooms for a bit and no music came on, and I've tried pressing random controller buttons, so I don't know what to do...










When Odin Sphere came out for the Playstation 2 two years ago, it was hailed as having some of the most gorgeous visuals seen in a videogame. However, many people disliked the game because of its harsh difficulty or “cheapness.” So, when I picked the game up last month and started playing it, I was prepared for controller smashing frustration and many, many continues.

That never happened for my playthrough.

Was I able to beat enemies without getting hit? No. What made the game immensely easier is a simple alchemy item: Painkillers.

Painkillers reduce all damage you take by 50%, and eliminate knockback effects on you. All those one or two hit kills people complained about in boss fights? Painkillers now give you a three or four hit lifespan. The Painkiller potion is incredibly easy to make, requiring a simple level 2 alchemy material and either a Cubsbane or Carroteer. These items are very easy to obtain, and so I almost always had an ample supply of Painkillers. My brother had complained of dying so easily when he was playing, and I asked him whether he had used them when he played, and he said no. With the painkillers, I encountered no unexpected deaths at the hands of bosses. This humble item makes the game so much more enjoyable, and if you utilize it Odin Sphere becomes much more manageable in terms of difficulty.

The game also received criticism for its POW combat system, in which you have a meter that decreases every time you make a rapid series of attacks, and if the bar reaches zero, you are stunned for a couple of seconds. To recover the POW bar, you must remain on the ground and not attack for a few seconds. Some complained that it ruined the game for them because combat would have to be interrupted to recover.



I think the POW bar is an interesting addition to the otherwise fairly mindless hack and slash genre. You can still perform three or four full combos before your POW runs out, but you cannot simply spam the same combo over and over or you leave yourself vulnerable. You instead need to utilize spells you have (which do not use POW) and strategically retreat a bit to triumph over your foes. I thought it was a nice change of pace.

The game does have some issues, like some annoying enemies (teleporting wizards) and an irritatingly small inventory space. It can get a bit repetitive as well, since you revisit most of the areas with each character. Also, every time you move into the next area, there is a loading screen. I didn't mind it that much, but it bothered some people.

Gameplay aside though, the game has incredible production values, with excellent english voice acting, gorgeous visuals, and a cool ending system. So, even though the hack and slash genre may not be your favorite, I think experiencing the presentation of the game is worth a look by itself. The game is now a greatest hits game, so it should be cheap to buy!

I had a great time with Odin Sphere thanks to some information provided by my brother, which greatly reduced frustration and confusion when I played. You can check out our spoiler free tips below if you wind up picking up the game. I think it would make the experience much more enjoyable if you didn’t have to find things out by trial and error, since it can be a difficult game if you don’t know what you are doing.



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TIPS:

While stunned from zero POW you are still able to use spells, so you are not completely defenseless. Also, if you hold R1 and are able to absorb some phozons, you can decrease the stun time by a second or two.

To level up your hit points, you can eat fruits and other foodstuffs you find to earn experience. However, after you get to around level 20 it becomes ineffective to simply eat fruit. This is where the recipe system comes in. If you bring certain items to a café or restaurant, and you have the corresponding recipe, when you eat the cooked item you get much more experience then if you ate the ingredients separately. I’d recommend fully exploring every map so you do not miss out on good recipes.

When fiddling with material to use for alchemy, there are three kinds of items you can use to increase the ranking of the material:

1) Fruit: Fruit will increase the material number by 5. You can use partially eaten fruit, and you'll still get the full 5 increase, so take a bite of that napple to gain a bit of exp!
2) Bones: Increase the material number by 3
3) Everything else: Non-mandragora items increase material numbers by 1.

The toxin alchemy potion is quite useful on mini-bosses. It poisons them, and poison lasts a LONG time in this game, which I learned the hard way when I was out of antidote potions. Toxin is ineffective against main bosses however.

Avoid spending Ariel coins and Valentinian gold if you can when purchasing merchant items, and never spend Commemorative coins. These are the only coins accepted for payment in the restaurant and café, and so you need to save them for making your recipes.

Painkillers. Make them.

If there are lots of phozons floating around at the end of an area, and you have a full or near full psypher gauge bar, use the Phozon Release spell to net a couple of extra phozons. Since you refill the psypher gauge when you absorb phozons, the energy you spent on casting phozon release will be recovered by the large amount of phozons you will absorb.

Do not run into your own cyclone spell. It will hurt you and at lower levels is a one hit kill.

Slimes are immune to normal attacks. Mercedes’ and Velvets’ charge attacks will kill slimes, and I think Oswald in shadow form does too. If you are Cornelius, and you do not have enough magic or attack potions to kill them, if you use a piercing attack on a slime several times, they will drop a toxin potion that you can use to kill them.

Teleporting wizards will teleport away after one hit, unless you stun them by deflecting their own projectile swords at them. If you are near two or three of them at once, I’d recommend using the Phozon Burst spell to kill them all in one shot, saving you the trouble of stunning them.

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What did you guys think of Odin Sphere? Frustrating or Fun?