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The Witcher – Impressions

With Steam sales goin crazy, having a pretty well equipped PC, and finally…..final-freaking-ly, I’ve set up my PC sitting arrangement quite comfortably. I can get into some of the stuff I’ve been wanting to try. I’ve always wanted to play The Witcher, and after a cool E3 trailer for the sequel, it seemed the time was right.

It’s a fantasy RPG where you plays as Geralt, a witcher(durr). Taking on quests, slaying beasts, plowing wenches(did I just type that?), and everything else that makes this type of game fun to play. It’s not really open world like an Oblivion, more like open section. Each chapter is a different area where you’ll run around taking on jobs, meeting some interesting folk, then following through with an interesting climax. You can’t go back once you’re done. The action is simple yet fun, the dialog trees aren’t too ham fisted, and the plot is pretty dang engrossing.  You’ve got choices, but it’s not the now cliche, good or bad system we’ve gotten used to. Example, one of the townsfolk who lives on the riverbank, offers to pay you to get rid of the nearby drowners(black lagoon sea monsters). You do the deed, some shady elves show up to take his supplies that are outside. Some of their guys are sick and need it, blah blah blah….do you let them? Or do you protect your interests? Well….since these elvin bustas threatened me to begin with, I layed waste to their bitch-asses. No good or bad….I just did my thing. And it was awesome.

It’s one of those games that’ll leave you like, “just one more quest”. Of course there’s multiple strings to said quests, and who knows how long they can last. Sure it’s got some glaring jankiness, but we’ll worry about that later. A review will definitely be coming…..it is an RPG, so I’ve no idea how long it’ll take me. I just know I’m loving this game….it’s got me, at work, thinking about going home just to play. As much as I dig the games I play(wouldn’t play them if they sucked, who has the time?), it’s only once in a blue where a game sticks with me like this.  Good stuff.

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June 30, 2010 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

E3 2010 -Fable 3

How could I forget to show some Fable love on this piece? Here’s their E3 trailer. And if you’re really curious, some commentary from Creative Designer, Peter Molyneux.

June 17, 2010 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , | Comments Off on E3 2010 -Fable 3

E3 2010 -Silent Hill (8?) Trailer

As I was hoping for, Konami showed off the new Silent Hill….it’s the 8th game in the series, but calling it part 8 is just a working title. Due out sometime in 2011, this is looking deliciously creepy. I hate to be mean, but this trailer is more creepy than the whole SH Wii game was. Akira Yamaoka, the series’ music composer, doesn’t work for Konami anymore. I was worried because the sound has always been it’s own, scary, character in an SH game. But they got the composer who does the Dexter show music. Sounds pretty effective to me. Way lookin forward to this one.

June 17, 2010 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , | Comments Off on E3 2010 -Silent Hill (8?) Trailer

E3 2010 -Deadspace 2

Yup….another sequel I’m anticipating. The 1st was damn effective at bringing awesome graphics, incredible sound, and tense gameplay delivering one creepy-ass experience. Can’t wait to see what they pull of with the sequel. Xbox360 and PS3

June 16, 2010 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , | Comments Off on E3 2010 -Deadspace 2

E3 2010 -Portal 2

Coming out next year for PC, Xbox360….and what? The PS3 as well? Why the surprise. Valve didn’t handle the Orange Box port on PS3, and the head of the company always poo-poo’d the PS3 as being too hard to program for, etc etc. Yet he comes out himself at this year’s E3 to announced it. I guess money talks. Either way, I can’t wait, the 1st game was one of my favs, and this looks to be another favorite.

June 16, 2010 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , | Comments Off on E3 2010 -Portal 2

E3 2010 -Gears Of War 3 -Gameplay

A. MAZ. ING.

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E3 2010 -Playstation Stuffs

Sony, in my opinion, were the most consistent at showing cool games at E3 this year. Sure Microsoft showed off a couple awesome titles, but the whole thing was very Kinect heavy…..which so seems like it’s not directed at us core gamers. Nintendo was Nintendo, their outing was respectable I think.

Sony wasn’t perfect of course, they showed alot of Move stuff, which we’ve covered here before. New games for it and all that stuff. And they pushed 3D alot, which wasn’t surprising. Could be dope, but until I can afford/try it for myself….meh.

But stuff like Killzone 3, I think just looks spectacular. Little Big Planet 2, squeee. They announced a new Twisted Metal, which looked real slick. That new Motorstorm, whoa. Even the inFAMOUS 2 trailer put the 1st game to shame. They didn’t show anything on Last Guardian though 😦 The week’s not over though….well, here’s some trailers!

MotorStorm Apocolypse

inFAMOUS 2

Little Big Planet 2

June 16, 2010 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , , | Comments Off on E3 2010 -Playstation Stuffs

E3 2010 -Nintendo 3DS

Gee, guess what Nintendo showed off? Their big announcement, if the above image wasn’t obvious, the 3DS. This should be able to play all your old DS games, as the touch screen is still there, and dual screens of course. The big difference is the top screen, it’s in 3D without glasses. There’s a slider control to adjust the 3D effect, or to turn it off. There’s an analog nub in addition to the d-pad for extra control. There’s dual camera lenses on the back, presumably to take 3D pics. And what really hasn’t been touted, the graphical fidelity seems to be bumped up way significantly. Games are looking like PS2 quality now. Some even better. Also, 3D hollywood movies will be available for it.  Should be interesting. Price and release date deets haven’t been revealed yet.

Kid Icarus Uprising

Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D and Resident Evil Revelations screenshots from Nintendo’s E3 site.

June 16, 2010 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , , , | Comments Off on E3 2010 -Nintendo 3DS

E3 2010 -Nintendo Wii Stuffs

The old dog Nintendo had some announcements goin for this years’ E3. The big one I’ll get to, but here’s a small list of Wii games that piqued my interest.

Legend of Zelda – Skyward Sword

We don’t know too much about this one yet, except that it’s colorful. Looking like Twilight Princess with a Wind Waker cel-shaded scheme, they’ve struck a pleasing to the eye balance. It’s said to use the Wii Motion Plus for swordplay, hopefully we’ll be doing more accurate swings than just waggling. This looks like it’s gonna be fun.

Donkey Kong Country Returns

I am pumped for this one. Ol skool 2D platforming action…and it looks good doing it.  Way to make some Wii graphics look nice, Nintendo.

Epic Mickey

The video above is 7+ mins., but it should give you an idea of what the game is about. I haven’t got a chance to watch it all myself, save for a few game play clips. Looks like Mickey Mouse’s own game set in different episodes of his career. Steamboat is particularly interesting. And it looks great, can’t wait to try it.

June 16, 2010 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , , , | Comments Off on E3 2010 -Nintendo Wii Stuffs

E3 2010 -Halo Reach Trailer

Damn this game looks good. Check out some of the new moves…..and fighting…..in space!

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E3 2010 -Metal Gear Solid Rising -Trailer

For those that aren’t fans of MGS’ stealth prowess, this may be more your cup of tea. I can’t wait to play this, it looks so amazing….

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E3 2010 -Xbox 360 Slim, Release date, NOW!

As anticipated, the 360 Slim was announced. Supposedly shipping now, 299$ gets you the system with a 250GB drive and built in Wi-Fi. I am not feeling the look….at all. Hmm, maybe I’ll change my tune if I saw it person. Hit up joystiq for a gallery of pics.

*Update* In person pics, looks a little better….I guess it doesn’t matter in my case, I’m not buying one anytime soon 😉

June 14, 2010 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , | Comments Off on E3 2010 -Xbox 360 Slim, Release date, NOW!

E3 2010 -Killzone 3 Trailer

I loved me some KZ2. Issues? Yeah, some of the boss battles were downright annoying and tiring(especially at the end). Also, the flow of action kinda breaks near the end..you get used to moving forward, battle, rinse repeat. They decide to start attacking from other directions which got irritating. But man, was it some amazing action, that wartime feel is represented well. Part 3 looks like more of the same in that respect…..with new locales….weapons….vehicles….and jetpacks. Sign me up!

June 14, 2010 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , , | Comments Off on E3 2010 -Killzone 3 Trailer

E3 2010 Kickoff-Project Natal renamed Kinect

If anything, Sony kicked things off days ago with trailers for some of their upcoming games. But on the official tip, Microsoft got down and dirty to promote their ‘camera that makes body a controller’ device, the then Project Natal, now officially called Kinect. Man, MS is promoting this as a family device, hard. Joystiq has all the inital details. What may be coming soon, that rumored 360 slim, it looks to be true, waiting on better pics and stuff though. Kinect on the other hand, should be out this November.

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E3 2010 – What do you want to see? Double R’s Thoughts

Hey kiddo’s, it’s that time of year again. The time where our geeky selves get a taste of what’s on the way in the gaming world. The time where we get all giddy and squeal over cool trailers and the possibility of good games and stuff that should hopefully come out soon. Or get disappointed by it….Wii Music anyone? Ok, sorry Nintendo, that was cheap of me….but seriously….Wii Music?!? WTF were yall thinkin?!? You guys made up for it with Mario Galaxy 2 though, I’m lovin it 🙂 And on the honest side, it’s rare that I get disappointed by something I was blown away by at an E3. Now let’s see, what do I hope is gonna make a showing? Or not. I’m gonna stick to the big 3 on this. Off the domepiece 🙂

Microsoft
+ Halo Reach baby! Sure, multiplayer is cool for cats that are into it, but I wanna see some of that campaign. Since it’s supposed to be out in the fall, I don’t think an awesome trailer is outta the question.
+ Gears of War 3. This ain’t due till April of next year, but give us a taste MS. For realz.
+ Fable III. Yeah, I know I gotta get on part 2 and finish that jawn. But the possibilities of being a king and affecting the world around you, depending on your rule style? Should be interesting.
– Project Natal. Yeah, we’ve went over the cool possibilities of this, so far, unnamed, contraption. But I’m really not interested. After being burned by the Wii, I just don’t give a damn about motion control stuff too much. Besides, I don’t have the space to jump around my room just to do something a button press can accomplish…..Make me eat my words MS.

Sony
+ The Last Guardian. We’ve put up trailers and all that good stuff….just don’t know when it’s due. I’m praying for a fall release, c’mon Sony. Make it happen!…Or take your time till it’s right, I don’t want a broken game LOL.
+ Killzone 3. This just got announced. Won’t drop till next year, but I loved 2. It has it’s flaws though. Hopefully 3 is a smoother experience.
+ A new Jak & Daxter. This is just outta thin air, not even a hint if it’s being made, but those games were awesome on the PS2. The guys behind the awesome Uncharted games made them, so c’mon. Take what you learned there, and apply it here, should be good.
– Playstation Move. Like the Wii, but supposed to be better. See above. I know you guys want some of that soccer mom/senior citizen money that Nintendo gets, but stick to what you’re good at. Motion controls?…..zzzzzzz

Nintendo
+ New Zelda. Show me something that’s gonna excite me. I know I’m in the minority here, but the 3d Zelda’s just don’t do it for me….and Twilight Princess? Puts me to sleep man. I’m hoping for something awesome.
+ New console. No I don’t want a new Microsoft or Sony system yet. But Nintendo? Just gimme something that smooths out jaggies and displays in HD. Mario Galaxy 2 looks great, but it can look AMAZING. And make sure it’s cheap too!
– Vitality sensor? Add that to the list of peripherals I don’t care about. Who knows. Maybe they’ll do something cool with it *snicker*

3rd Party Stuff
+ Dead Space 2. I loved the first game. It looked gorgeous, sounded incredible, and really brought the creeps.
+ New Silent Hill. Konami announced a part 2 reboot. I guess sort of like they did with the last game. Which I thought kinda sucked…but this one’s in another developer’s hands. I’m hoping for the best.
+ Rock Band 3. I used to be nuts about the music genre. But the endless Guitar Heros and band specific games just made it boring. Maybe Harmonix will give us something to be excited about again….and I can dust off my plastic guitars 🙂

June 1, 2010 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments