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Back Again.

Finally, after a few weeks of being MIA, I’ve finally returned to what I hope will be a normal posting schedule.

Being that my personal schedule had gotten the better of me for well over a month, I didn’t have a lot of time to play video games, which in turn made for a very boring blog. It’s a little hard to write about something when you aren’t able to bring something to the table.

But November, which is absolutely teeming with gaming goodness in the form of a new Zelda, Skyrim, and Mario‘s 3DS debut, I’ll have things to cover.

I have put in some gaming time this month already, however. I’ve been playing Aliens: Infestation for the Nintendo DS, and am finally getting my feet wet with Batman: Arkham City. At least I can post some initial impressions about these two.

Long time readers knew that I was waiting for the DS Aliens game. A video popped up a few years back on YouTube, then was yanked down, and the game disappeared into the shadows for a long time. So long, in fact, that I figured that it was canceled, and my dreams of playing a 2D Metroid style Read the rest of this entry

3DS Impressions – Day 1.

I have a lot of different posts in the backlog, but today, being what it is, I figured this was the most important one. For those of you in a hurry, and need me to cut straight to the point on my impressions, here it is:

Wow.

For those with a bit of time, let’s get into it more.

I didn’t have to fight for the 3DS like I did the Wii. No mad rush or camping out all night like I did for the Wii, with people howling like Tusken Raiders and throwing objects in wanton madness (I asked the sales clerk at Gamestop if I could do this, and he granted me free reign to toss a coupon. It lacked… satisfaction). But here I am, no battle scars, and a new DS. A 3DS.

To be honest, I’ve always been fond of my DS Lite. I refused to buy the DSi, as it was merely a camera and downloadable game upgrade (not one piece of software came out that ever made specifically for DSi system, and that always bugged me). The DS always suited me fine. It’s been an old friend for years. Read the rest of this entry

Countdown To 3DS.

Well, this is it: The month that the 3DS hits North American shores. It makes me glad that I skipped the DSi altogether. The “red flags” went up when zero DSi-specific games were ever released, and other than an app store and a camera, there weren’t enough changes to justify the purchase (that, and I would have missed my Game Boy Advance slot).

But I pre-ordered the 3DS as soon as it came available. Everyone has that “killer app” that pushes them over the edge to buy any system. Mine was Kid Icarus: Uprising. I’ve waited nearly a year for this particular title, and if the madness that befell the consumer base in trying to get a Wii, I decided to get it at launch instead of spending a year going from store to store in an attempt to hunt the system down. In short, I pre-ordered out of necessity.

The 3DS is a list of positives and negatives for me, though largely optimistic. It’s got a laundry list of cool new features: 3D without glasses, a ton of “traditional” gaming franchises that haven’t touched a Nintendo platform in years. 3D photography, motion controls, Netflix Read the rest of this entry

Intellivision Lives!: Post-Script.

I’m one of those “old” gamers. I’ve been playing video games for over 30 years, which is a little startling in itself, and as much as my friends deride me for it (though I’ll never understand why), I still like playing the “old” game.

I’m sure there’s a good chunk of my readership that wasn’t alive during the first great “Console War”. Not Nintendo Vs. Sega, but Atari Vs. Intellivision.

Intellivision was a weird beast. The first real competition for the mega-popular Atari, and unconventional advertising campaign featuring journalist George Plimpton, and a very long run as far as game systems go (1979-1991). While it didn’t have the licensed fervor that Atari had, it did have a lot of Mattel licenses (Masters of the Universe), Tron, Dungeons & Dragons, and a majority of the popular arcade titles of the time. It also had Imagic as a third-party developer, which had some truly creative games on the system. And then there was Activision during its heyday.

What’s surprising about Intellivision is that it still truly lives. While Mattel no longer supports the console, the original developers still do. Classic gaming compilations are nothing new, but are near Read the rest of this entry

The Games of 2009.

Surprisingly, I didn’t get any games for Christmas this year. In the long run, that’s alright, as I have plenty to play, and this move (still) looms over me.

I’m doing my “Best of” format a little different this year, without the categories, but am listing my 10 favorite titles of the year, and a few “Honorable Mention” nods.

So without further adieu, here are my Top 10 Favorites of 2009:

1.) Ghostbusters: The Video Game – Xbox 360 – Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the franchise, this game is essentially the third movie. It satisfied every expectation that I had as a gamer, a Ghostbusters fan, and then some. One of my most anticipated games of the year, it did not disappoint in the least.

2.) Batman: Arkham Asylum – Xbox 360 – While it’s been fairly customary for me to dismiss any Batman game in the last 15 years (with the exception of the charming Lego: Batman), I was set to do the same with this…. Until I played the demo. The demo put to rest every fear that I had about this game sucking, and was one of the finest free-roaming adventure titles I’ve played since the Castlevania Read the rest of this entry

Why Buy A DSi?

I actually have a cold today, so I’m in bed typing this. 110 degree weather and a fever do not mix, I can testify to that.

If you’ve kept up with my gaming habits, you know that I am more than a little fond of my DS Lite. I take it with me on every roadtrip, I’ll play it in lines, waiting rooms, wherever. I think as far as Nintendo product is concerned, it’s their most “pure” gaming experience right now, even if I was something of a late adopter, holding out for the DS Lite.

I don’t get the DSi.

Don’t misunderstand me. I get the new features, and media options, and how it has some online, SD Card support and a download store. What I don’t get is why anyone could justify purchasing one right now.

If they are going to make a newer and more high-powered system, how could they release the system without any “showcase” titles? Are the new features the “showcase”, and that’s it? It’s supposed to provide better graphics, potentially more gameplay features and everything else, but I’ve yet to see any of this.

Not one retail DS game, now or announced, makes Read the rest of this entry

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