Archive for May, 2007

Manhunt 2.

I was reading on IGN about Manhunt 2 for the Wii, where the site was calling it the goriest game they’ve ever seen. After reading the preview, it’s a pretty accurate statement from the description.

At the Nintendo forums, there’s a lot of debate about the game’s subject matter, and this is a variant of what I posted there. Manhunt 2 does indeed sound very gruesome. As a person, it does nothing to appeal to my nature. Shooting/stabbing/killing bad guys in video games is nothing new. It’s been around since the Atari 2600 days. But the level of disembowelment and torture really isn’t that “new”, either. Mortal Kombat did this years ago. But it was more cartoony and a quick shock, because no one had 14 sets of intestines or 19 legs like the characters did when they exploded. Manhunt 2 raises the bar as it takes it more seriously, and in a more intricate level.

As a long-time gamer, it does raise my curiosity as to how far the game is really going to go, and it’s going to be an interesting study in “how far is too far”? I do think this Read the rest of this entry

Recent Gaming News (In My World).

I have to admit, I feel really lost and somewhat confused without E3 being around this month. For the last decade, I’ve been so used to getting my big yearly dump of gaming info for the the year right around now, that I keep having to remind myself that things are different now. E3 is no longer a big event. It’s a quaint little tea party complete with fancy doilies…. and it vexes me. Oh, yes. It vexes me.

I found out what that weird NES controller was I was trying to remember. The Roll ‘N’ Rocker from (surprise) LJN. I can sleep better now, despite the fact knowing that I’m not insane, and there is someone actually crazier than me who created such a goofy contraption.

I have a new favorite reviewer for retro games: The Angry Video Game Nerd. The guy swears like a sailor, but his reviews actually ring true on some of the biggest video gaming mishaps ever created. Some people swear in a lame attempt to be funny. This guy goes off in a way that lets you know he’s been there, man. He’s been in those Read the rest of this entry

5 Favorite Games Part 5.

1.) Guitar Hero (RedOctane) – Everyone has that dream of being a “rock star” as a kid, whether it’s utilitizing a tennis racket as a guitar, or even the tried and true “air guitar”, everyone’s done it at least once in their lives. Guitar Hero gives players the outlet to do that and more, fulfilling that little dream of feeling like a rock star, even if you couldn’t complete the scales to save your life. Even if you’re not a fan of rock music, the game’s tracks are perfect for this game, as you need something hard to rock out with. Not to mention the awesome guitar controller that plays this game. I was a late bloomer to the series, but it becomes instantly addictive, and it’s a great party game for when the friends come over.

2.) Ninja Gaiden (Tecmo) – As I’ve said before, everyone loves ninjas. And there’s good reason. This game was revolutionary for its time. It was a faster Castlevania on steroids, coupled with the first real cut scenes in between levels to move the story along, which was unheard of at the time. Coupled with an amazing soundtrack, Read the rest of this entry

Quick Update.

I was about to go to bed, but since I haven’t posted here recently….

Gaming still goes well. I’m still smarting a little from the hurt that was Spider-Man 3 (the controls save it from mediocrity – my MobyGames review summarizes my main thoughts), but I’ve been playing Castlevania and Ninja Gaiden, which makes me happy as the drought of ho-hum Virtual Console games is a little easier to bear. Still, Nintendo’s handled the North American VC releases so poorly, that most of my enthusiasm is diminished for the next Monday that hits.

I’ve also been trying Lord of the Rings Online. I’ve tried to avoid the siren call of another MMO, but I had to know about this one. My initial verdict? The same giddy excitement I got from the books and movies. The end of my first run had me traversing through Hobbiton, until I went to the Hill, home of Bag End, or more appropriately, Bilbo Baggins. It was such a rush to explore Bilbo’s home, and see all the decor and odds and ends scattered about. I am playing as a Hobbit (Tildook), as I feel that’s the best way to Read the rest of this entry

Somewhat Spectacular.

So the first wave of “Spider Mania” has come and gone. Saw the movie (enjoyed it, but emo dancing Peter Parker was a little too much for me), and got the game.

Ah, where to begin….

First off, the controls are great. They did exactly what I hoped they would do when it came to gameplay, and it’s very cool to web swing the way the controls are set up. That said, the graphics in this version took a total dump on themselves. This game looks a lot worse than Spider-Man 2 did for the Gamecube, but it sounds like all versions of Spider-Man 3 (with the exception of the DS version) were disappointing overall.

Graphics are one thing. If it was just that, I could live with it. But the game also has numerous camera and collision issues, and it’s even locked up once. Inexcusable. When reading through various online forums, various posters are getting their “Haw haws” on saying this is what should be expected from the “primitive” Wii, and Sony is deliberately doing this to sabotage Nintendo’s return to success. If these people actually did their research, they’d note that the PS3 Read the rest of this entry

Spider-Man 3.

After my last post, I got into a “Sega” mode, and played a little offline PSO. I got to a few worlds I never attempted before, and for a 7 year old game, it’s still a very pretty title.

It’s no secret to my friends that I am a Spider-Man fan. I even went as the guy for Comic-Con last year. And with tomorrow, I’ll be freaking out in the theaters to watch the web-swinger kick butt against one of my favorite villains: Venom.

I can’t say I approve of the “New Goblin” costume design. It’s less menacing, and more extreme snowboarder on a bad day.

In addition, I’ll be checking out the Wii version of Spider-Man 3, because the concept of using the Wiimote and nunchuk as web shooters holds endless appeal to me (no, I won’t be wearing the costume while playing. There’s s difference between “enthusiasm” and “creepy”). But in seriousness, Spider-Man is one of the few comic book heroes that have translated well to the video game medium.

I played the original PSX Spider-Man title, which got a lot of hype back in the day for its accuracy (and rightfully so). Then the movie Read the rest of this entry

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