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Dec
02

gold-sonic

After playing this game for a while, I am still not sure what demographic Sega was aiming for when creating “Sonic Unleashed”. If they’re trying to capitalize on the older generations of old school Sonic fans, they failed. If they’re going for little kids now to buy their game and are trying to attract new fans, they should have done more research.

Yes, the graphics are awesome. Sonic hasn’t looked this good since his Dreamcast days. Sonic in HD…nice. Its when they try to “change it up” with the “Werehog” persona that game starts going downhill. The first level of the game was absolutely awesome. It’s when I got control of the new werehog mode that I found myself a little bored and a lot more irritated.

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Nov
17

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I was lucky enough to be included in one of the few “New Xbox Experience” public previews. I have to say I’m quite impressed. While the rest of the world will getting this new firmware update on Wednesday, I got a chance to dink around with it for a few days.

One of the first things that came to mind was WOW! This truly is a new and versatile change from the classic Xbox 360 dashboard that we know and love. It’s the small little changes and subtleties that really impress me. Yes, the avatars are cool…if that’s your thing. Many hardcore games may just skip that entire process of creating an avatar. I, myself, enjoyed going through the different customizable options. My girlfriend also got in on the fun herself. If you like games like The Sims, you’ll be kind of thirsty for more. I anxiously await the moment when I can make a t-shirt for my avatar with Sub-Zero’s face on it or a Cog from Gears of War on it, but I digress.

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Nov
17

There is a trend going around the video game world, an evil dark trend that punishes fans and hardcore gamers. A trend that if it keeps going very well may take the gaming industries legs out from under it

What I am referring to is the industries incessant desire to push out bug laden games. Now some of you may be thinking, “well they have been doing this for years”; and you would be correct. The issue here is, in the past the buggy games were PC games usually and that was to be expected. PC are not all the same and you are bound to run into a number of compatibility issues given the multitude of hardware manufacturers. One can accept the fact that many PC games have bugs, because that is the name of the game.

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Nov
16

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Unlike my Fable 2 review I played the hell out of some Fallout 2 in my early-gamer-life.  It was an instant classic, and one of my favorites in the genre.  So needless to say when Fallout 3 was released last month, I was excited.  I picked up the collectors edition and now have my Vault Boy Bobblehead and Vault-Tec Lunchbox sitting lovingly on my desk at work, directly under the games poster.  I simply have to applaud Bethesda for having these items in their collectors edition.  So frequently now, it seems that the CE of any game is simply made to extract extra money from rabid fans, and give them crap DLC or some such non-sense.

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Nov
03

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Pasta or salad? Hero or villain? Red or Black? These are the types of decisions that Activision wants you to answer as you delve into the world of virtual New York as the friendly neighborhood web crawler. I have to admit, I was a little apprehensive at first of spending $60 for a new Spider-Man game but I decided to chance it.


Keeping in mind that this is one of the first Spider-Man games that wasn’t tied to a movie and not meant for young children in years, this game is pretty decent. While it does have a few problems, the visuals make up for it. It seems that the developers really tried to utilize the Xbox 360’s hardware as much as they could.


The city is enormous and the draw distance is very good. They really managed to harness the fluidity of Spider-Man’s movements when it comes to swing around and doing acrobatics in the air.

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Nov
01

Heroic and Blessed By The Light

It’s been a little over a week now since Fable II came out. This should be enough time for most of you to play and decide what path you are taking.

Good or Evil…Life’s ultimate decision. The path you take will effect the world around you, twisting it or brightening it. So in Fable II which route are you taking and why? If you played Fable I how does this compare?

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Nov
01

 

Given that in the next few months a number of Final Fantasy XIII games will be coming out, the inevitable discussion will begin. “Which Final Fantasy is the best? ”

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Oct
27

Fable II hero in moonlight

Let me start this off by saying that I have played almost nothing of Fable I. By the time the game was released I was already put off by the word of mouth about how the game didn’t come close to living up to expectations, and decided to pass it by.

That being said I picked up Fable II at the midnight release, deciding that I would have faith that with this new hardware at his disposal, Peter Molynuex might actually pull off his grandiose, (and sometimes over the top), plan for this new iteration. My first impression was one of sheer amazement at the visuals, the sounds, and the subtle comedy that is often missed if one does not spend enough time with the “Lower Class” of Albion.

The battle system is a thing of beauty, proving the old clichè that sometimes less is more. One button for Melee, one for Ranged attacks, and one for Magic or “Will”. The only issue with this system is that you begin to feel that you have to pigeon-hole yourself to one style of fighting in order to really succeed at any. This is, of course, not the case, as there is no cap for experience, but you will notice that the game is significantly easier if you max out one or two types of attacks at a time. Read the rest of this entry »