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Showing posts from January, 2009
So I took a day off yesterday and was determined to play some vidjeo games. The result? Well taken from my Xbox 360's blog:

Jer1ko rocked out with 4,550 points. That is a profit of 200 points over last time! He played Tales of Vesperia adding 2 achievements, Too Human picking up 3 achievements, Gears of War picking up 4 achievements, and afterwards, there were some awkward stares and silence... you know how it is.

I swear, I planned on playing Too Human for like an hour, it ended up stretching to 3 hours. I can't say I really enjoyed it either. I found I enjoyed the item looting and constantly re-equipping my character.

The one thing they really did right was the equipment...I really love games that change the appearance of your character...especially when the character models are as ugly as this games.

What really baffles me about the sheer horror that is the Too Human character models is remembering good looking PS2 games like Final Fantasy XII. The character models are obv…
So I am pulling myself away from other games for the most part to play through and finish The Last Remnant. Aside from a few nights stints on Rock Band 2 I am being fairly successful. Why am I forcing myself to play the game? Well I am writing a review of it for BlogCritics and I have a policy of finishing games before reviewing them.

I have to say that the game has so many neat hooks, it is a crying shame it does it's best to make you not want to explore them.

-There is a mining activity that nets you materials to customize/build weapons
-Many, many guild quests encourage you to hunt down certain types of monsters or buidl certain party types.
-Side quests are available in Taverns to net you rewards and new experiences.

The issue is that the broken game system, encounter issues, constant loads and texture draw in annoyances make you not want to do any of these things. For example, I got a quest to help this old guy find a sword. Instead of letting you choose when to look for the …
So I am a huge Prince fan, I have mentioned this before.

Prince has recently launched a New Site that has me very excited. First it looks a lot like the old NPGMusic club site and he has promised the following:
-Listen to new tracks
-Buy concert tickets and music
-Watch videos and exclusive content

The most exciting part of all this, to me at least, is the buy concert tickets bullet point. Do my dreams of another tour appear to be coming true?

Also Prince has publicly said to the LA Times:

Prince will release not one, but three albums in the new year. He's in final negotiations with "a major retailer" to distribute the music in physical form, and a highly interactive website will also provide an opportunity to buy.

Woot! Three albums! I really hope they are stellar like 3121 and not average like the recent Planet Earth release. I will give some thoughts once they are released. Seems like 2009 will be a good year to be a Prince fan. One question, what is with the graphics …
It is mine! Bwahahahahaaaaaa!

I was determined to get the game before March when Pearl Jam's Seminal album, Ten, is released for the game. But a combination of gift certificates and a sale made the game mine.

Having experienced Rock Band 1 I am very happy with the minor changes to the drums and guitar. They just feel better...especially the guitar...and look at it, the think is AWESOME!

Anywho, my son wanted the first band to be called Rocker Prince, so that is who I am. I will be rocking out tonight...oh yes!
So my amazing brother (who got my son the coolest night vision goggles...more on that later) always gives me an EB games gift certificate for Christmas/Birthday. He wants to get me a game but knows I am weak and pathetic and rather then chancing a double buy prefers to let me pick.

I was in EB Games today and was trying to choose between Prince of Persia and Valkyria Chronicles. The Prince one, and even though I was trying to get it on the PS3, there was a Used Xbox 360 copy which shaved 14 bucks off the price. SOLD! I have wanted this game since I saw the initial screenshots, but this trailer sold me on it:

Having gottent the game I have to say I really, really like it. It is absolutely beatiful, little to no load times (love streaming graphics) and the action is so smooth and amazing. Elika is a really great partner, often refusing help, assisting you with jumps, saving your life and is a really engaging character. Her voice is amazing and perfect, Kari Wahlgreen, who we can sa…
Games, games, games!

I love 'em, I am addicted to 'em, I buy and get more then I can play.

This year I was very lucky both to myself via great sales and from some great friends. I have a much larger library now and even less time to play then before.

Gears of War - Yes the original, I cannot believe this was a launch title for the X360, it looks amazing, has innovative features and is an adrenaline fueled amazing ride. There are some annoying issues with the cover system and I really dislike the chunky character models (they look great, everyone simply looks like they are suffering from Roid rage).

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed - Wow, this game looks absolutely incredible. The textures, environments and effects are universally great. Cinematics are wonderful, voice work is great, the game? A little bland. It plays exactly like last gens Revenge of the Sith from a combat and upgrade methodology, more innovation would have been appreciated.

Devil May Cry 4 - Helluva lot of fun…
Hiatus is over!

Seriously, too busy with family, new games and Blu-rays to post updates. Back to normal starting today.

On a non-gaming related front I recently watched the Top Gear North Pole special and boy was it fantastic.

The goal was to see if they could make Arctic exploration easy by using the absolutely amazing Toyota Hilux Arctic truck. If you are fans of the show you would know the older...umm.. softer gentlemen Jeremy Clarkson and James May drove the truck and the younger, fitter Richard Hammond tried to beat them using conventional methods (dogsled, skiing).

The episode was amazing with both sides facing enormous challenges, sleep deprivation, biting cold and hardships during the long trek. Don't assume the truck wins as they faced nearly impenetrable ice boulder fields and melting patches in the Arctic Sea.

Seriously find this episode and watch it, during the show a friend asked if I would do this kind of thing and the answer was immediately YES! This would have been …