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Fallout 3, or, Isn't This Year Good?

I must confess, I love end-of-year lists; they're sort of a guilty pleasure of mine. I'm planning to do one myself when I get back home but man if some games aren't making the process difficult. Take Fallout 3. I got this as an early Chri...

 
 
 
 

A Time To Destroy: Teamwork

The Survivors are a well-oiled machine. Every Hunter is slapped down before it can get close, hordes of Infected are felled without so much as a scratch and even the Tank is swiftly dealt with, the team taking minimal damage and shrugging...

 
 
 
 
 
 

Left 4 Dead: Versus Impressions

Yesterday I experienced my first proper Left 4 Dead Versus Mode game. Previously I'd only spent five minutes in it with a friend but last night Aerox and a whole bunch of other people, GuttlessWonder and ME spring to mind. Ah, sod it: my me...

 
 
 
 

Fable 2: Final Thoughts (Spoiler Free)

My regular readers (ha ha, I know) may have noticed that I never posted an impressions blog for Fable 2 and now here I am giving my final thoughts. The reason for this is that this would have been an impressions blog were it not that I play...

 
 
 
 

Left 4 Dead (PC) - Impressions

When I played the Left 4 Dead demo, something was amiss. Well, two things. Firstly I was playing it solo which I know is very less-than-optimal for this game but there was something else, too. While the mechanics were solid, well thought-...

 
 
 
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A Time to Build: Paper Mario 1988

[Editor's note: SurplusGamer talks about his attempt at making a videogame at the young age of seven for his A Time to Build Monthly Musing topic. -- CTZ] This topic had me stumped for a couple of hours, not because I couldn't think of any...

 
 
 

Valkyria Chronicles - Impressions

Having completed the story mode in LittleBigPlanet (aside from collecting the bits and pieces I missed, of course) and getting stuck into the editor, I decided it was time I had more than one game for the PS3, so I went for one which I ha...

 
 
 
 

LittleBigPlanet - Impressions

I've had the best part of this weekend to play around LittleBigPlanet on my shiny new PS3 so I thought I'd give my impressions so far. This is a game that does its very best to be charming and for the most part it succeeds. As far as the...

 
 
 
 

My New PS3 - First Impressions

I wouldn't have got a PS3 yet, at the current price, had it not been that I unexpectedly got some money. Now that I've had a day or so to play around with it, here's what I think so far. Oh - and for types that like to add to friends lists...

 
 
 
 

Yet Another Rant About Puzzles (and Strong Bad)

As an interactive Homestar Runner cartoon, I can't really fault the latest episode, Baddest of the Bands. I've long been a fan of the webtoon and it's clear that it was crafted lovingly by those who are fans of it, too. As an adventure game...

 
 
 
 

Mirror's Edge - Demo Impressions

I'm not sure how long this demo has been available, but I've only just got to it. I've been interested in what Mirror's Edge is trying to do from the beginning, but I was worried that Dice were trying to wrap a game around a concept rather ...

 
 
 
 

When Do You Reload Your Game?

At first I felt disappointed that Dead Space opts to use a save point system. It's something I'd always thought of as a holdover from older consoles, turned into a cheap mechanic designed to artificially increase either the length or diffic...

 
 
 
 

Dead Space: Plenty Scary Enough For Me

Money's a little tight this month, so deciding upon a game to buy was particularly agonising. A lack of PS3 meant that at least I was saved a decision as to whether to wait for Little Big Planet but that still left Fable II and Fallout 3. T...

 
 
 
 

Professor Layton and my Curious Impressions

Professor Layton and the Curious Village for Nintendo DS plays a dangerous game. I've finally got my hands on an imported copy (I believe it actually gets released in the UK very soon) and on the face of it, it appears to commit all sorts o...

 
 
 
 

The Fear! The FEAR!: Errors.

The other week my PC blue-screened. Admittedly I was running the latest in high-tech gaming - you guessed it - Monkey Island 2 in ScummVM. The good news is that I think I can guess the cause and I could prevent it from happening again. W...

 
 
 
 

Megaman 9: I'm Not the Gamer I Used to Be

I can safely say that Megaman 9 brings the appropriate feelings of nostalgia for me. Being a big fan of Megaman 2 when I was young means that there's an excellent feeling of familiarity to the proceedings but hearing people talk about the...

 
 
 
 

Quest for an MMO

This week I have been bored, bored, bored. Sins of a Solar Empire is everything I hoped it would be but it's such a big decision to decide to start such a long game where the rewards come thin and slow (rather than thick and fast) that I of...

 
 
 
 

Chippin' it up, Megaman-Style

I couldn't resist posting this. I've been tinkering with a program called FamiTracker, which you can use to make NES style chiptune music. I figure it as a way to get back to musical basics - I've written music for years and years but for a...

 
 
 
 

Sins of a Solar Empire - My New Toy

After I finished the single player mode of CoD4, I wanted something different. Don't get me wrong, it was thoroughly enjoyable and I'm still enjoying regular multiplayer sessions with friends but I just wanted to go in a completely differen...

 
 
 
 

The Joys of Multiplayer, Rediscovered.

'It'll never work,' I thought. After all, I haven't even been enjoying multiplayer games for a while and trying to play these big Call of Duty 4 team games with three players, 1 vs 2 didn't seem to me like the best way of hooking me back in...

 
 
 
 

The Great Random Battle Expt: CoD4 ?!?

I'm a fool. A fool, thinking that I'd be able to do it. I'm one of those older gamers now, with jobs and obligations friends and even an occasional social life. The type that complains that they don't have time to play a big long forty hour...

 
 
 
 

The Great Random Battle Expt.: Day 2

Okay. I made a bit of a goof. I much prefer using ZSNES to Snes9X because it seems to run the games smoother, especially the music which I can never get working quite right in Snes9X. But I was using the latter for FF6 because it's easier...

 
 
 
 

The Great Random Battle Expt.: Day 1

If you don't know what this is about, have a look at my previous blog, here. So this is how serious I am. I heard that the PS1 version of FF6 we have in the house has loading time issues which would likely cause unnecessary levels of frust...

 
 
 
 

The Great Random Battle Experiment

One thing that surprised me about the Feel The Hatred: Random Battles monthly musing I did was how much agreement there was with my point of view. In the past, I've had conversations about this with gamers vigourously trying to defend Rando...

 
 
 


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