Thursday, 31 December 2009

The Original Dungeon Keeper 2009 Awards

 

So here it is. Did you bring your jacket? Can I get you a drink? It’s the first annual game of the year awards for 2009! Last year I didn’t bother, but this year I’m making it a tradition. I’ve devised seven categories and within each of them are the games that have left a mark on me this year.If you disagree with any of these selections, please leave a comment and tell me what you would have picked and I’ll do a further blog on what you all thought in a few days time. So here we go. The first award.

The “Most Fun I’ve Had All Year” Award:

Infamous

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From it’s opening cut scene to it’s climatic conclusion, inFamous is gripping in it’s narrative, addictive in it’s game play and beautiful in it’s entirety. Criminally overlooked by the overall community as a “Prototype Clone”, inFamous is one of the most compelling and overall upsetting games I've played in years. The human elements of pain, isolation and corruption are presented on such a scale that it literally leaves you feeling… well rather depressed by the end of the ride. But it’s worth it, and no matter what path you choose, the conclusion will leave your jaw hanging wide open every time.

 

The “Oh… That’s Actually Quite Good!” Award:

Batman: Arkham Asylum

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When I first heard about Arkham Asylum I didn’t even give it a second thought. I simply passed it off as another superhero action kids game that would clog up the shelves and sell by the bucket loads, even though it’d be about as fun as drowning. But when I played it, my whole perspective changed. This game is huge. This game is a masterpiece. This game could well be the runner up for my overall game of the year. I’ve never played a game that takes a franchise and exceeds expectations so much. The characterisation is perfect, the atmosphere is heavy and dark, the locations are bitter-sweet and the narrative slots very neatly and snugly within the Batman canon. I would even go as far as to recommend this over watching the Dark Night. It really is THAT good.

 

The “Continuing Tradition” Award:

The Sims 3

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I bought this out of dedication. Same reason I bought Spore and Sim City Societies. I expected something abysmal, or the same as Sims 2 but with better graphics. What I got was the definitive Sims experience. If I could change one thing this year, it would be that I played more of the Sims 3. What appears to be the same old game, is actually a completely new game built entirely from scratch. Gone is the frustration, the difficulty and the tedium of the past incarnations. Here is a game that really does excel in every department, and I’d recommend this game to anyone with a brain cell. If anything, this game proves that maybe the world could survive without a Mr. Will Wright and his “Spores”.

 

The “I Told It Was Going To Be Good!” Award:

Resident Evil 5

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To quote Chris in the opening scenes of Resident Evil 5, “Sometimes I wonder if it’s all worth fighting for…”. When it comes to Resident Evil, I can’t help but know exactly what he means. What is it worth fighting for? The desperate struggle to try and convince old fans that it’s worth playing the new incarnations. The impossible task of trying to educate newcomers that the old games are equally as pleasing (if not on the eye, then at least on the narratives and gameplay). The equally difficult task of trying to convince myself at the beginning of the year that Resident Evil 5 was going to be something worth fighting for. You know what? It is worth it, because Resident Evil 5 has given me 53 blissful hours of gameplay , two completions and a whole lot of fun. I adore this game, and you should too.

 

The “2009 is so 2008” Award:

Fallout 3

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Slow at first, but as soon as it hooks you it simply will not let go. Give me a world that drips with as much satire, oozes with as much depth and shines with as much breathtaking beauty and I will eat my own face. Fallout 3 isn’t a game. It’s an experience, and it’s one that you will not soon forget. The reason it’s on this list? Because with the release of the new DLC packs this year, it was impossible to not be drawn back into the capital wasteland.

 

The “Faith In The Industry” Award:

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

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If you haven’t already read my gushing review to this game, then you’re unaware on how much of an impact this game had on me. The world of Nathan Drake became perfect in this title, and it is the best game ever made. That’s a fact. This game will make you laugh out loud, it will make you shift forward to the edge of your seat in actual real tension more times that I wish to mention and most of all? You will walk away with a feeling of complete satisfaction. The same feeling you had when you first saw Star Wars, The Godfather, Fight Club or The Shawshank Redemption. I priceless piece of entertainment, all yours for £30.

 

The “Little Game = Big Surprises!” Award:

Burn Zombie Burn

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This game impressed me in two ways. Firstly, it’s so tongue in cheek it’s entire face is bleeding. Secondly, it’s fun. This game is pure, 100% fun. You will sit down, you will play, you will enjoy it. It’s entertainment in it’s purest form and it’s an absolute corker of a title. If you’ve never bought a game from the PSN before, then this is a damn good start.

 

There we have it. The first annual Original Dungeon Keeper awards for 2009. Now all that’s left to say is Happy New Year, and I hope you all have a great 2010.

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Arkham Asylum

image I’ve been playing through Arkham Asylum quite a lot recently and all I have to say is… wow. What a game.

One of the aspects that has really impressed me so far are the sections where Batman gets infected by the Scarecrows toxic gas (the gas makes you hallucinate about your worse nightmares in hideous realism.) These sections catch you by surprise every bloody time, and are really quite powerful.

You know, I really wish I had gotten this when they reviews started coming in saying it was incredible. If you haven’t played this yet, you’re missing out. It’s quite possibly a candidate for game of the year, which incidentally I’ll be choosing tomorrow!

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Charlie Brooker: “Why I love Video Games”

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For those who don’t read the papers (Shame on you), you’re often missing out on little articles which actually praise videogames instead of condemning them to video nasty hell. Yes they’re a rare occurrence, but when they appear they’re surprisingly lovely to read.

A few weeks back, I read an article by a Mr. Brooker about why he loves videogames. I chortled, wooped, wept in pride and… well forgot about it pretty quickly but I found it again on the Guardians technology section today so I thought you’d all be interested. It’s a rather riveting read and one that everyone should print out and stick to their parents / partners / dogs foreheads.

Click me to read!

Monday, 28 December 2009

Playstation <3

I think I've actually fallen in love with my Ps3. Like, seriously. Before Christmas, I treated both my PS3 and Xbox in the same way. As games consoles that I enjoyed using. I always held the PS3 in high regard, of course, but I liked them both.

I got a new hard drive for my PS3 for Christmas (320GB, a vast improvement from the measly 450GB that I originally had) and it seems to have just opened up a completely new world. Suddenly, I'm not limited by what I can download and install, or even put onto it. Do I want to (finally) traverse the realms of Playstation Home in it's entirety? Do I want to store pictures and HD movies? Do I want to save as many games as I want?

I think I was unfortunate in that I bought my PS3 last August when the 40GB models were the only ones available, because it's seriously hindered my overall experience with the console. Now though? It's amazing.

Sunday, 27 December 2009

Christmas Games

So, everyone have a great Christmas? Good. Now, you might not be getting decent blogs for the next few days because I have all these to wade through:

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So excuse me if I’m a little… busy at the moment! Tomorrow I think I’ll do some first impressions then it’ll be business as usual, just with the odd review of one of these thrown in. 

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

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Well here it is. Christmas. Well Christmas eve but you get the picture.

Once again, I thank all of you who have been visiting this here internet site and I hope you have a wonderful year.

Personally, tomorrow I’ll be jumping between six of the seasons most anticipated games for, hurmph, “Review” purposes. Of course.

So I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and that a bearded man breaks into your house and leaves items scattered on your floor or underneath large foliage.

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

1 vs. 100 - Live

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Tonight I decided to pop in and play a game of 1 vs. 100  live, what with it being Christmas and all, and I was pleasantly surprised.

I saw four lucky members of the crowd become “The One” (which by the way, must be an incredibly life affirming experience, because If everyone else playing was acting like me, I was cheering this little bastard on like there was no tomorrow. I was physically shouting at the screen at some points) and only one of them won the grand prize (a rather lovely 10,000 Microsoft points which is just… incredible really.

My presence within these live shows is going to be much more regular now that I’ve finally got a chance to take part in one. 1 Vs. 100 may be one of the cleverest little advertisement I’ve ever played before on a home console. Bravo Microsoft, bravo!

Monday, 21 December 2009

What's In The Box?



Probably some of the nicest Half-Life film stuff I've ever seen before in my life.

Whether or not the Half-Life references are there on purpose however... well...

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Honour! Teamwork! Decapitation!

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Now as you all know, I only hate three things in this world. Red Steel, Medal of Honour (there’s a U dammit) and Kerry Katona.

So imagine my surprise, when I got Medal of Honour: Airborne for free and… well thoroughly enjoyed it! Yes, thanks to another cock-up by our friends at EA, I got it for free online and played it yesterday (and today). It’s a great little game and has improved ten-fold since it’s pervious instalments. It’s like the modern Call of Duty incarnations, but it throws narrative to the wind and acts more like a WW2 sandbox game than a linear war-a-thon. Each level starts with you in a plane. Then you jump out of the plane. Then you parachute down, and are given a set of objectives scattered across the map and… well expected to get on with it. It’s a brilliantly fun concept, and it’s actually made the WW2 FPS genre feel fresh again (something I NEVER thought I’d say EVER).

Still. They can’t help but toss in a bucket full of “Brothers in Arms” cheese all over the shop during the plane sequences at the very beginning of each level. On the second level, a guy gets shot in the side by a bullet that pierces through the shell of the plane. He sort of rolls around on his chair for a bit until you stand up and get ready to jump. Then he stands up as well, and clips on to the ceiling. “No way, you’re going home Buddy!” shouts the solider in front. “No.” the brave solider chokes. “I’M JUMPING WITH YOU”. I laughed. Out loud. It’s a beautiful mixture of homo eroticism and method acting dross that only Medal of Honour could manage. Also, all the music is identical to every other Medal of Honour game. Am I the only one who notices that?

 

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I’ve been playing through Resident Evil 5 again on co-op (again). It’s so good, it makes me weep tears of pure joy. I forgot how much I enjoy it actually. It may not be a “True Resi” game, but it’s still a bloody good game.

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Tonight I’ve just sat and played Team Fortress 2 for a good two hours. The new update is once again, just as enjoyable as the others. I’m once again addicted, and I know for a fact I will be from now until Christmas (that doesn’t really work, considering it’s only five days away). The new weapons are pretty inspired actually. I’m impressed! Damn the non-believers! Viva-la-Team Fortress 2!

Saturday, 19 December 2009

“Kitty Got Wet!”

 

Some of you may have encountered Drake shouting that at random intervals during Uncharted 2. I know I have. Like me, you were probably mightily amused by this rather strange comment. Anyway, here’s the back story.

Personally, i think it’s quite a nice touch that it actually made it’s way into the game despite it’s rather strange origins. Just goes to show how personal some aspects of Uncharted 2 are.

Friday, 18 December 2009

Aww , Come on Sony. Don't Be Like That.



"Sony is considering offering a premium PlayStation Network subscription in the future," the survey says. "The subscription offering would provide new premium features you could choose to pay for and are in addition to the features currently available for free such as access to online multiplayer gaming (current features would remain free)."

Premium users would also have access to Cloud Storage Space for Games, which would allow players to save their game online rather than on their hard disk, loyalty reward programs, automatic updates, member-exclusive Facebook Connectivity, an online music service and music video service, Hulu TV catch-ups, member-only game content, discounts, demo-sharing (sharing exclusive member-only demos from your full games with friends), and Netflix without a disc.

The chart on this page details four potential plans; three costing $69.99 a year or $9.99 a month and one running $4.99 a month and $29.99 a year."


*clears throat*

Nyrehhhh. NYREHHH. Does this mean I'm going to have to pay TWO subscriptions Sony? Does it?

Because unfortunately, It's going to be the Xbox I'll pay for. Not out of spite, but because I prefer playing online on that one. Yet now I'm going to be left out of the SOny camp because of this. Also, you're giving loyalty awards only to paying customers?

*sighs*

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Original Dungeon Keeper Podcast: Episode 2 - 1 Vs Microsoft Points



My second Podcast! Here's the official description that "The man" wants you to see:

1 vs. Microsoft Points

Featuring my latest endevour into the world of Microsoft products and why I'll never buy Microsoft points.




But here's my official description. Here's your second Podcast. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Bored On The Bus

 

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I come home early from college on a Wednesday. This unfortunately means, I’m forced to ride the peasant wagon for about half an hour. And today, I left my earphones at home….

So there I was. Riding the bus. Listening to nothing more than this 8 year old scream incomprehensible nonsense,  interspersed only with a grating laugh that made me want to repeatedly slam my head against the seat in front of me… and I was bored. So bored in fact, that I wished (rather specifically for some reason) that I had a HTC Hero phone with the G2 operating system on it. Why? Well I’ll tell you why. Be patient.

See, this fabulous little invention is like the iPhone for people like me (i.e. Skint teenagers) and let’s you do the whole Internet thing that all phones do these days (apart from mine. This may surprise you, but phones aren’t really my forte. I only just got a camera on my phone, for example) and at that moment in time I wanted nothing more than to just sit and go on Facebook, Twitter and maybe (browser permitting) nFortress but I couldn’t. Because I was stuck on this metal cage of hell.

But then I thought… wait a minute. If I had said phone, then by the time I got home I’d have exhausted Facebook and Twitter…. and then what would I do for an hour once I got in? I would have already sorted out all my notifications and read the latest Tweets. I would have replied to all the latest posts on the forum and read all the latest news on a variety of news sites (such as CVG. Not BBC, don’t be daft). Then it occurred to me. This phone would quench my need for entertainment for half an hour, and then that would be it. I would go home and I would sit and I would be bored. This is all that technology does these days! It doesn’t keep us from being bored anymore because the bastard things are so efficient in their purpose that you’re left with more free time than before you got it.

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Hence, why I sit and do this I suppose. Games on the Playstation 1 used to take about ten minutes to load up before you could play them. Nowadays I can get onto the online section of Call of Duty 6 within less than 48 seconds, and I haven’t made that up I timed myself. 48 seconds people. Within that time I can be searching for an online game. Hell, within the next twenty seconds I could be playing. It’s ridiculous!

So there you have it. My rant on why technology is shit.

Also, when I was on the bus an advert came on a screen that for the past ten minutes had been displaying adverts for bus passes and I absolutely crapped myself. Since when did that happen?

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

You’re A Wizard Harry!

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Sundays are quite often lazy days for me. I’ll shove a film on usually, and this week I’d just bought the new Harry Potter on DVD so I decided to give it a watch.

Before the film even came on, I was greeted with a trailer for… wait for it… wait for it…. Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4. Now the actual trailer was… well it was God awful to be frank but I got very, very excited indeed! Lego Harry Potter? Yes please.

See, I’m a bit of the Lego [Insert Highest Paying Buyer Here’s] series and this one has the potential to be amazing.

I mean, who has bad memories of THIS?

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Anyway, here’s the trailer. Also, Garry of Garry’s blog reminded me to redownload Windows Live Writer, hence the sexy image effect.

Monday, 14 December 2009

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like... December.

Can anyone suggest any ways of getting into the Christmas spirit? I'm really not in the mood this year for some reason, despite the fact that I'm drowning myself in Christmas music and my house is so full of decorations it's slowly pushing me into a festive coma.

Actually you know what? I know the reason why I'm not feeling like jolly old Saint Nick in a elf brothel. It's because of Call of Duty.

Normally at this time of year, I slowly revert back to old games that I had got from Christmas pasts. So you know, normally I would go back to Fallout 3, Far Cry 2 or even something earlier like Spyro 3 on the PlayStation or The Sims. But no. COD is so addictive it's keeping me hooked, and there's nothing linked to the Christmas season about it in any way. It's annoying.

Who knows. Maybe they'll release Santa hats or something.....

I think my best bet it so keep pushing myself into that coma.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Star Wars: The Old Republic


So did everyone enjoy the Podcast yesterday? If you did, please go comment on it... ;_;

In other less whiny news, I've been getting quite excited about Star Wars: The Old Republic lately. I've always wanted a decent Star Wars MMO (Star War Galaxies... meh) and this looks to be it. They've really stuck to the whole Star Wars Canon which is a nice surprise, considering what most Star Wars games do... yes, any Star Wars game released before the first Battlefront game and in some ways Force Unleashed I'm looking at you... collectively.

Let's hope I get the BETA!

(Hint, Bioware)

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Original Dungeon Keeper Podcast: Episode 1



So I've decided to do a podcast. It's pretty self explanatory. It's pretty awful as well I reckon but who am I to judge? If you guys like it then please leave a comment as I'd rather like to run with this idea for a little while longer than just a week.

Enjoy!

Friday, 11 December 2009

"Playstation 3 is teh winnar" Claims Man In Big Hat.


This delightful image above, is the highest rated games of this year according to my favourite review site ever (*cough* I shamelessly plugged you... so... you know... favours... *cough*) Metacritic.com.

Incase you're blind, half of those are Playstation 3 titles which instantly makes the Playstation 3 the best thing to ever happen to the Earth ever. Which is great. Until you think about it for more than twenty seconds.

Now I don't mean to be a cynic here but... only two of those games are exclusives. Uncharted 2 and God of War Collection. One's a sequel and ones just a cash in of old titles (albeit very good old titles but you get the drift. They're PS2 games). The Xbox ones are the same, except only one exclusive and that's a third installment and the DS makes only instance and it's a fabulous exclusive... of a long running franchise. And it's just been released on the PSP.

Kinda depressing really. There's only one IP there and it's Arkham Asylum but even then it's based on characters from other mediums and the story was from a DC comic under the same name released over fifteen years ago. Oh and it's multiformat.

Still, well done Playstation because I enjoyed Uncharted 2 to an insane degree. You deserve all the rewards in the world for that title alone.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

The Xbox Social Takeover


So I finally got my grubby mitts on the latest Xbox 360 content and have been playfully messing around with Facebook, Twitter and Last.Fm (not Zune, because I don't do Microsoft points).

Twitter

First impressions were fairly positive. The Twitter application is nice, clean and easy to use. It's got some nice little animations and the fact that your avatar is there is also a nice touch. The fact that I don't have a keyboard also proved to not be a problem, seeing as though Tweets are only 140 characters max anyway. I've used it for the past few days when my girlfriends been on my computer, and I like it. It's nice, it's quite fun to use and it doesn't feel pointless me using it despite my computer being literally 4 inches away from me. However there is only fault I have with it, and that's the fact that there's no way of telling if there's no tweets from the dashboard. If you could check them from the centre button dash? Now that would be good.

Facebook

May as well start with the faults, seeing as though there's loads. Firstly there's no way to check for notifications on the dashboard (same as Twitter, but it seemed more of a no brainer for the Facebook app I feel), secondly it's an ugly little runt and thirdly it's completely impractical and slow. The dashboard effect is awful, and flicking between tabs is fiddly and time consuming. Not only that, but it goes completely against the style of the website and even the mobile versions. I would say avoid it and use a PC, or even a mobile. The only thing I found good about this was the ability to see who's on Facebook from your Xbox friends list (and vice versa) but even then I was done with that feature in under a minute.

Last.FM

Now this... this is something special. I'm a bit of a Spotify fiend, and Last.FM on the Xbox is pretty close to the genius of Spotify, if not better in it's own little way. If you've never used Last.FM before on the PC or Mobile, it's basically like a giant radio station without any DJ's. You simply select a starting point (which can be any manner of things, such as tracks from your Last.FM library if you already have an account, and it'll just play through all your scrobbles, or simply an artist or a genre of music) and the program simply plays through a whole manner of tracks, bands and genres. It's like shuffle, but you'll all always experience something new. Not only that, but 9 out of 10 times you'll like what you hear. Last.FM is flawlessly executed and a very welcome addition to the Xbox. In fact, as I sit here now, I have it on in the background. Although it may not be a replacement for Spotify just yet, it's certainly something I'll be using often. Especially if they allow you to use it while in-game like they did in the Beta.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Bioshock Dx10

So I installed Bioshock onto my PC today because I haven't played it on here yet, and I realised that now that I have Vista/7 I can turn on Direct X 10 features.

Much to my disappointment... no noticeable change apart from nicer shadows. Sighs.

Still, best game ever.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

... But.... I mean.... What?


"It's all fun and games until the battery dies, Unlike its competitors, which use replaceable AA batteries, the PS3's remote control is glued shut. When the battery goes, Sony customers have to blow $55 on a new controller."


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That's from a Christmas gaming guide by Yahoo.com. Yahoo said that for God's sake!

What are these people? Simpletons??!?!

Monday, 7 December 2009

So Much Hate!


I was playing COD again tonight with some mates, and it was going OK and we were having fun, until we ended up playing Ground War with a bunch of Americans. This one kid in my party (who is often rather annoying, but he's a friend of my mates so I normally put up with him) started to swear his head off for no reason about them being American (I mean honestly, he was like Speedy Gonzales with turrets) and then this guy from our team told him to "Shut up you American C**t". Turns out the guy was Porterican but did this stop this kid? Nope, in fact he laid on the hate even more.

I ended up quitting and coming off altogether. It's just sad really, how worked up people get over something as silly as a game...

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Second Sight


As you've probably all realised, I'm a pretty huge fan of Free Radical's games. Timesplitters is by far my all time favourite mutiplayer experience.... but Second Sight is probably one of my all time favourite games.

I physically can't comprehend how much this game has been overlooked. It might have something to do with the fact that it was published by Codemasters instead of EA (and at that time... well if you weren't published by EA, Ubisoft or Activision you were screwed) but I think one of the main reasons was that it was released at exactly the same time as a game called Psi-ops which is often considered as... well better.

But unlike Psi-ops, which was a grizzly, gory, telekinesis man fest, Second Sight was a charming and inspired piece of work that could have only been developed by Free Radical. It was dark, it was terrifying. It could be considered one of the first "Troubled Hero" stories regarding super powers which has been culminating in the past few years (inFamous, Watchmen etc.), as it's story centered around a one John Vattic, drafted into a special operations unit and sent to hunt down a man experimenting on mild control potential in young children. The game is mainly played through flashbacks, as the game starts in a secret underground hospital where Vattic discovers his powers.

If you've never played it, you're seriously missing out and I would urge you with all my being to go out and find a copy. It's probably going cheap, and it's worth every penny.

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Saturday, 5 December 2009

An Epic Gamer Indeed



I don't care that I've posted two videos in a row, and you're probably all after a more serious post but.. come on. What isn't great about this video?

Apart from the fact that it was probably planned?

Friday, 4 December 2009

Speed Freaks



Yesterday I mentioned a game called Speed Freaks. After writing the blog, I went on a bit of a YouTube hunt and found the video above.

I was having palpitations, I was so nostalgic.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Happy 15th Birthday Playstation!

It's fifteen years today since the PlayStation one was released to the public. Not only does that make me feel ridiculously old, mainly because I was two at the time, but it also makes me feel proud to have been alive when it was released. I was first given my PlayStation a the tender age of five back in good old 1997. I had a game called Speed Freaks and I needed nothing more. To be fair, although the SNES was my first ever console the PlayStation was my most favoured.

Since then I've owned all of Sony's home consoles, bar the PsOne (the slim one) and the PS2 Slimline and have never been let down by a Sony product, to this day in fact, with my glorious monstrosity that is the PlayStation 3.

So Bravo Sony, because you've given me a lot of memories in your 15 years of gaming dominance. Keep going strong my Japanese brethren. From Crash Bandicoot and Metal Gear Solid, to Resident Evil and Uncharted, you've always given me quality gaming at it's best.

Who would have known that a lump of grey plastic could have left such an impression on our culture, and out hearts.

Because let's face it, we all had one :P

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Civilisation 4 Makes Me Rage Like A Kitten


So I've been playing Civilisation 4 for the past three days. I set it onto a sort-of-long time length, an average difficulty, huge map, loads of other people on said map and chose myself Winston Churchill has my leader. I was having great fun if I'm honest with you. Up until about eight tonight, I'd spent about four hours advancing my civ and making it really peaceful and cultured. I was doing great, really enjoying playing it, and tonight decided I was just going to sit down and finish it while I had the chance. This is where it all went wrong for me.

So there I was, doing great. I had the highest points out of the 15 or so other civilisations and only 48 turns left, so I was under the impression that I was about to win by points. Then Ragnar, the viking country, took over me in points. In fury, I dedicated all of my cities to constructing parts of a spaceship in order to win the space race.... but the cockpit was going to take 50 turns or something ridiculous. Then I realised if I had aluminum, then It would only take half the time! So I found an aluminum mine and went at it. 25 turns! Brilliant! Wait..... the engine... no wait the engines are going to take 39 turns... and I have 14 turns left.... ffffff---

This was the point where I decided that the only way I was ever going to win, was by destroying every living thing that wasn't situated within my borders by launching about 30 nuclear missiles that I had been building out of boredom for the past 100 or so turns. Then I remembered that all of the other civs had treaties with other civs... basically every single country on the PLANET decided to attack me...

So yea. That's why Civilisation makes me rage like a turtle.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Quake 3: Arena


Ahh I love this game. I know I probably shouldn't, because of my loyal devotion to the original Unreal Tournaments (and I mean devotion! I have a club card, a T-Shirt and.. oh yea! Epic owns my soul ._.) but Quake 3: Arena just seemed to stand out fin it's own little way.

Yea it was only deathmatches but the game just always seemed to flow better than Unreal. It seemed to be a more complete experience. The Mods of course, were also a huge factor. Also, this was the first game I ever played online... and my God did I love it. Try to imagine you're first time playing an online game, and condemn me for having fond memories of this.

Anyway, it's got me jonesing for some Quake Live!

Monday, 30 November 2009

Magazines


I used to buy gaming magazines all the time. Literally, four or five a month at one point in time. The amount of money I used to spend on magazines could have easily been spent on more games to play. It's insane.

Now I don't, I just read everything on the internet as it happens and I kinda regret that. I want to go back to the old days, when I was 8 years old reading Games Master and pouring over the pages and pages of high quality glossy paper, cooing at all the recent releases and games to be. I remember reading about Toy Story 2: The Videogame about a million times in the run up to Christmas... Simpler times.

Nowadays though magazines are just so damn expensive, especially the important ones (PS3 mags and PCGamer) and all of the "News" within them are normally a month out of date when they've gone to press... Still saying that I found a lovely magazine today that was only £2.99, was smaller than A4 and was printed on recycled paper. Looked great but I can't remember the name of it now...

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Crazy Taxi


Been playing this on my Girlfriend's PSP tonight. It's great, very nostalgic and so very, very difficult.

Still, I have this real problem with Arcade games that are converted to consoles with very little added ontop...

Always feel like a rip off.

Friday, 27 November 2009

This 'n That


Haven't really been playing much recently.

I've been having the odd mess about on Modern Warfare every night, but apart from that it's just been short bursts of inFamous.

Still, I'm keeping up with the times and that over at CVG.

Also nFortress celebrated it's two year anniversary today. You should check it out if you haven't done so already.

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Credit Songs

Four of my all time favourites....








Wednesday, 25 November 2009

InFamous


I finished inFamous today. It was.... impressive. Very impressive. I was blown away actually by the overall production values of it. It was definitely the most fun I've had with a game in a while.

I'm just trying to clock it on evil now. Already, about an hour in, the experience is surprisingly very different. It's darker, more insane, and has 100% more red! Because everyone knows, if you give a killer electric powers , the electricity goes Red because red is the colour of PURE EVIL.

Anyway. Expect a review soon-ish.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

The Saboteur


The Saboteur looks incredible. I'll be honest when I first saw a press release of this I barely even batted an eyelid but now... well now it looks like something rather special.

I don't know whether it's the fact that it's set in Nazi occupied paris, whether it's the black and white Sin City style concept or the whole idea of an Irish race car driver bringing down the axis. Let's face it, it's because it's an over the top stylised sneak-em-ups and my God do I love games that are just balls to the wall ridiculous.

I in no way mean that the Saboteur looks incredibly silly of course, because at the end of the day it does look like a fantastic WW2 stealth game, a concept that intrigued me when Velvet Assassin hit shelves. Except this game isn't offensive.

Here's some footage:

Monday, 23 November 2009

... What The Hell?!?!

See that.... red.... THING to the left of the DSi? That's called a Nintendo DSi XL apparently. Not only that but it's effing out in Japan already. Another DS! Already out!

Goddamn!

My sister broke mine about two or three months ago when she went on holiday. The cheek of it was, she didn't take her DSi with her incase it broke. Well that was clever ¬.¬

Anyway, that's my rant for the day. Come back in twelve seconds time, when Nintendo announce the Nintendo DSi XL Slim.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Fallout 3: Broken Steel

I finally got round to starting Fallout 3: Broken Steel last night (well, more this morning) and I finished it within about three hours (if that).

Overall, I enjoyed it. The new weapons are allright, not great but allright. The new armor and stuff is quite nice and the missions were quite fun to play through. The last one was a bit frustrating but I got through in the end. Lasted for a good hour as well, which was rather nice.

I haven't played the other expansions just yet, for the simple fact that they're £8 each on the PS Store but I'm sort of looking forward to playing them with a cautious excitement. I've heard Broken Steel is the best one and... while I enjoyed it, it was far too short and had a lot of problems. Sometimes my PIP Boy just wouldn't come up and a lot of the time the frame rate was god awful, sometimes dropping to what I presume must have been 5 - 10 FPS which is just awful.

Still, I have the option of getting my hands on the Game of the year edition which has all the expansions on it, as soon as my girlfriend finishes it.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Films & Gaming

Last night I watched Donnie Darko on my Girlfriends PSP... and I was pleasantly surprised. Not by the film, which I've seen before (and highly, HIGHLY recommend) but by the overall quality of the film on such a twee console. The audio and visual quality was tremendous, even better than the quality on iPods and the like. It was a bit awkward to hold for an hour and a half and the battery was just dead by the time it was over but still. If I had one I'd certainly use it when travelling.

In other news, the film store on the PS3 gets a hearty thumbs up for it's ability to download the films direct to drive.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

New Resi 5 Stuff and Ps3 Update!

New Resi 5 DLC looks sweeeeet. Back to the Mansion. I'm looking forward to it already! I should really get round to playing Resi 5 again...

Also, the new PS3 update came out. Facebook features are a pleasant addition. The fact that my card got denied so I couldn't get Metal Gear Solid is just typical.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Mario Bros: Atari?


Ok I'm probably missing something completely obvious here, but is that the original Mario Bros on... an Atari?

You know, I'd like to think I know quite a bit about Retro gaming but this... this is news to me. Literally something I didn't know, and I can't help but feel it's pretty obvious as well.... It's a not a rip off because the bottom of the advert says copyright Nintendo.

Oh well, I suppose I was always naive to think that Mario has always been exclusive to Nintendo consoles. I just decided to post this because I was literally shocked! You know, being the mega nerd that I am.

Anyway, before this post becomes incredibly pointless here's a bit of classic 80's videogame advertising to go with it.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Grand Theft Auto: Birmingham


I've been thinking of this for a while now, but how amazing would it be if Rockstar made another GTA game in the UK? Think about. It could be set in the 1980's, in some kind of industrial town up north. The story of corruption, deprivation and borderline poverty could all be there along with an overall feeling of depression and the assurance of 110% more Thatcher!

The soundtrack would be incredible however, and this is the most exciting part. Songs from The Smiths, The Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen, Joy Division (Or New Order) amongst hundreds more. How can you not get excited over this?

Also, the vehicles! Imagine the police! The 80's hairstyles and thick rimmed glasses!

Personally I think it would be incredible. Why waste all your perfect political satire on just America?

It would certainly be a direct contrast to Vice City.

Monday, 16 November 2009

PC MW and a Revelation!



So after all the outrage of Modern Warfare 2 not supporting dedicated servers on the PC, the PC community have finally cracked the system.

Well done guys, I honestly mean it. Infinity Ward have really screwed you all over and it sucks, especially since you all supported that little game called Call of Duty back in 2003...

In other news, Metal Gear Solid is coming to the Playstation store this Thursday. I know the other day I asked you guys to get me a muffin and Peggle but you all seemed to have outperformed yourselves on this one! This is even better!

So next week Resi 2 and a flapjack yea?

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Review


So a lot of you are going to see that this is my review and hopefully read it out of... I dunno, habit I guess. A lot of you however, aren't going to bother because you're so sick of hearing about this by now you actually want to physically stop playing Videogames. So to start, I'm going to tell you what's bad about Modern Warfare 2.

The campaign mode within MW2 is shockingly average. The story goes nowhere, and it feels like Infinity Ward have just recycled pages that were torn out of classic war films like Black Hawk Down and Red Dawn (You read the latter right. For a reason that makes practically no sense, the Russians invade America in a scene that isn't even a homage to Red Dawn, it just is Red Dawn. In fact, the level is even called "Wolverines") It's a mess basically. Whereas the first game didn't have much of a strength to it's narrative, MW2 doesn't even have a narrative. In it's place stands a long selection of twenty minute set pieces. Despite all this however, the campaign is enjoyable. Some scenes are shocking, some upsetting, some... downright tasteless but I won't go into that. Modern Warfare 2 may not be worth buying for the campaign alone but I would call you a fool if you didn't complete it. The campaign is, I must admit, my only niggle. For all it's joy and excitement, it is at the end of the day "Scripted, all the way down to the last bullet" as a friend so rightly put it.


But then, the campaign certainly isn't why people flocked in their millions to purchase MW2 and it's certainly not the reason why this blog has deteriorated since Tuesday. Modern Warfare 2's multiplayer is once again just as deliciously addictive as before. It hasn't changed dramatically, but how is that a bad thing? All additions to the experience make it just that little bit sweeter (Customised Kill streaks, additional XP from headshots, deathstreaks, more perks, more ranks and a fudge load of new weapons) and everything that's been removed (Mainly glitches and a few minor animations etc.) has been done so in order to make this the definitive arcade-Esq modern warfare multiplayer to date™.

The new game modes are good fun, the maps are all lovely and overall it's an amazing game. I'm having a whole lot of fun with this game and I have a feeling I will be for quite a long time. To me, this was worth the £45 price tag alone. If you liked COD4 and COD5, I have every confidence that you will adore what COD6 has to offer. If you were never a fan, then I doubt you'll like this at all.

On top of the multiplayer is the new Spec-Ops mode, which is basically the Challenge mode from Timesplitters Future Perfect with online play. Spec-Ops is a collection of segments from the main campaign, edited for two players with a time limit slapped on. It's great fun, and it ranges from fighting off waves of enemies, to fighting your way up a burning bridge to racing your mate in a snowmobile. It may not be as impressive as the multiplayer, but it's certainly fantastic fun to mess around with for a few hours.

All in all, Modern Warfare 2 (I'm getting sick of typing that) is a fantastic game worthy of it's global acknowledgement as a landmark within this years release schedule. All though it's not game of the year in my eyes, (Uncharted 2 beats it by a long shot) it's still a very important game.

Modern Warfare 2 represents the lad's mag of videogaming. Whereas games like Uncharted 2 are the experiences you cherish forever, like classic cinema or novels, Call of Duty is the game that you and a few mates always smile back on fondly. It's the game that requires, nay, demands you crack out a beer, get a few bags of crisps and lie back on your chair. It's the game that you'll want to get 1000 gamerscore on. It's the game you enjoy, regardless of what you're labelled as.

(When I say Lad's mag, I mean it metaphorically. There seems to be a lot more girls playing this than most online games on the Xbox.)