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LONG BLOG

Cblogs of 11/04/2009 + Sykisms

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Before we begin, I must mention one small fact.

I HAVE DIBS ON ELLIS

I did stuff this weekend. That's rare in itself, but stuff like chilling with my beloved Dtoid UK bretheren is even rarer. Anyway I was chilling at Eurogamer Expo, playing shit like Assassin's Creed 2, Left 4 Dead 2, Need for Speed Nitro, New Super Mario Bros, Split/Second, Saw and plenty of cool indie games as well. Best of this bunch was undoubtedly Assassin's Creed 2, it manages that same-but-different feel that I think all sequels should aim for. Surprises for me were Saw, which is a lot more cerebral than I was expecting and NFS Nitro, which was just crazy fun. I was disappointed by Split/Second though, for a game coming from the same devs as the gleefully insane Pure it's incredibly safe. Their mention of dumbed down tracks for online racing didn't exactly make me confident either. The demo I played was still a lot of fun, but I just expected a bit more lunacy rather than pure cliche spectacle.

As for games, I've been playing the living fuck out of Tekken 6/Streets of Rage 4. That thing is an insane amount of fun though I do have one request, fix the fucking online kkthxbai. I did get the special edition version as well, a very good special edition too. The art book covers all the characters, their stories and inspiration behind the designs as well as showing how they've evolved from game to game. Some damn beautiful artwork in there. Then there's the hoodie, it's warm and snug and that's really all I can ask.

I want to take this opportunity to take issue with something I've seen return to prevalance on Dtoid, that annoying 'Only for US residents' line at the end of contest posts. The last 7-8 contests have all had that little line which locks out the Canadians and all us Europeans as well and that's really annoying when it looked like more and more contests were going to be open worldwide. Still, that line isn't as annoying as taking part in a Twitter Party for an hour before being told it's US only. I'm fairly sure I'm not the only one who feels a little irritated by this.



* - I vote we all chip in and see if this actually gets made
* - 5 things Dexter's been taught he can do by videogames
* - Topsaucing this because I'm getting one of these in the mail this week hopefully
* - The dude who made this can have my babies
* - Chewie has dibs on Uncle Phil



A - Why bad endings matter, with spoilers
A - MMO design needs to move on
A - WHAAAHAAAPCGAMINGWHAAAAAAAAMODERNWARFARE2WHAAAAAPIRACYWHAAAAA (sorry)
M - Doing what we have to
S - Day 3 of JT Icefire's dTunes stint and he's finally worked out the rules
S - WryGuy's love letters move on to KoF 1996
S - What do you get when you rip off Zelda (3D Dot Heroes LAWL)? Alundra, this week's off-brand game
S - Aniwednesday is changing!
S - We should expect better game design
S - We should expect better of music and sports games
P - Refused Classification has reached 16, LEGAL IN EUROPE!



Nope, nothing.



C - Central Florida, where are you?
I - So this dude's back I guess
S - Surprise surprise, an online game is full of dicks
S - SilverDragon gave Borderlands a bad review, which naturally makes him a bad person
S - Daxelman's not here, leave a message



N - So yeah, the car bonus stage is back for SSF4
N - Someone tried a XBL style code giveaway and got loads of people locked out of PSN
N - ATLUS will replace your worn Demon's Souls guide, in other news, ATLUS are awesome
T - 5 things InsaneEnigma learned from Borderlands
T - Uhh, Machinarium wasn't short of hype, still Marktime thinks it deserved more
R - DJ Hero, a game that really does deserve more. That high price really stung Activision this time I think
D - Robotbebop needs artists for his XNA game, which I'll no doubt rip to shreds



C - Worst movie poster ever
S - I love stuff like this, especially when I'm trying to get back into model building myself



C - Cool story bro, but did you have to blog it?
C - Decent info, but there are better ways to get money in Tekken 6
? - I don't quite know how to categorise mods in here



F - No.
F - Responding to a call to go to the forums with 'I don't use the forums' loses points
F - Oh HELL no
F - See above

>NJ

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