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GBU DLC Review – Battle of Forli (Assassin’s Creed 2)(Xbox360)

Assassin’s Creed 2 was one of my favorite games of ’09. There’s more than enough game there, so DLC really isn’t necessary, but there were a couple ‘memory chapters’ in the game that went ‘corrupted’ if you get the ‘Animus’ lingo. Word around the campfire is that the devs couldn’t polish up these chapters in time for the game’s release, therefore, with the power of the internet, we can get them later. The 1st one just came out on Xbox Live and the PSN, it’s 4 bux for an hour of so of gameplay…not too bad. The Raw rating, 7/10.

The Good – In case you couldn’t get enough AC2, here’s a little more. If you like the fight system, then there’s plenty of that to do here. One mission had me timed, I was able to pull it off with 3 seconds left on the clock…while it really shouldn’t have taken me that long, it was quite thrilling to pull it off in such fashion. A character that you’re briefly introduced to in the main game gets to be fleshed out here, and she’s an awesome character at that. The main game had only one flying mission, once you were done you couldn’t do it anymore, with Battle of Forli, you have the option to freefly from a spot anytime you want. Overall, pretty worth it if you’re a big AC2 fan.

The Bad – Even if you are a big AC2 fan, you’re not missing alot by skipping this…as I said, it’s worth it, but…no mind blowing revelations or anything like that. Nothing particularly new to do….and just in case you’re not a fan of the fighting system, then you really want to stay away from this. It’s only like an hour long, and ends pretty abruptly, leaving us hanging till next month for the next chapter. Once you finish the missions, you can’t go back and play them again.

The Ugly – Me, stumbling with the controls trying get my bearings….while I got pretty good at the game, I finished it what, a month and a half ago? I went back to the training grounds just get smooth at it again.

February 1, 2010 Posted by | Good Bad and the Ugly - Game Reviews | , , , , , , , | Comments Off on GBU DLC Review – Battle of Forli (Assassin’s Creed 2)(Xbox360)

New Halo Reach screenshots? Yes Please!

Comin straight from the official Bungie site, new screenshots for Halo Reach(durr Rich, that’s what the post title said!). With this, Mass Effect 2, and Alan Wake and such…the 360 is gearing up to have a stellar year for exclusives. In the meantime, click the link and drool cuz this game is lookin slick!

January 27, 2010 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , , , | Comments Off on New Halo Reach screenshots? Yes Please!

GBU Game Review for DJ Hero (Xbox360)

Finally, a new hat in the music game genre. Results are generally good, if not difficult, but hey….I couldn’t play Guitar Hero at first either, now I can do consistent 5’s on hard mode. Anyways, some thoughts on whether or not this fulfills my childhood fantasy of being a DJ :-p It’s available on the Xbox360, PS3, PS2 and the Wii. This gets an 8/10 from me.

The Good – DJ music game that comes with a turntable controller. If you’re familiar with Guitar Hero/Rock Band, some things will be a bit familiar. Such as a flowing note chart in which you have to hit the right button to the music to succeed, hoping to get 5 stars by the end of the song. What’s new here, well all of the music are mashups, a combination of 2 tracks premixed and tweaked for a club sound. Not my favorite, but it works and sounds really well in this case. The music spans all types of genres, from hip-hop to dance to rock to pop, there’s bound to be something for everyone. There’s 3 buttons on the turntable,  hit the right one to the tune, sometimes you gotta scratch, and on harder modes, crossfade between tracks. There’s the starpower equivalent, Euphoria, which of course doubles your points for a limited amount of time, and other features that keep you motivated during play. Once you get the hang of things you get the cool sensation of rockin the party and it’s a ton of fun. There’s a ton of mixes, a bunch of unlockables and just an all around fun atmosphere.

The Bad – This just feels like it’ll be harder than GH/RB for some people. Not all the tracks are winners, it would’ve been nice if all the songs were accessible instead of having to unlock them. Getting the hang of crossfading is reeeaaallly tough, luckily I’m not dealing with that yet since I’m stickin with easy mode at the moment. The turntable and crossfader portion are physically a little too close for me, I’m a big dude, adjustable width should’ve been part of the controller design. Find something to lay the controller on, keeping it in your lap can be pretty uncomfortable. I was hoping for a freestyle scratching mode, but nope, deal with the songs included. There’s some lost potential there.

The Ugly – Some of the characters, they’re similar to the Guitar Hero look….we’ve said on the podcast, we like the look of the Rock Band folk a lot more.

January 14, 2010 Posted by | Good Bad and the Ugly - Game Reviews | , , , , , , | Comments Off on GBU Game Review for DJ Hero (Xbox360)

Just Like Losing The Winning Lotto Ticket…

…perusing the blogs I came across this interesting story on Kotaku. We’re big fans of the music genre persuasion round these parts(Rock Band/Guitar Hero). So I found it interesting, Mad Catz, third party manufacturer of usually reasonably priced, ok quality peripherals and such, could’ve got a taste of the Guitar Hero craze. The first game only came out on PS2, the sequel came out for that and the 360 as well, which is when I got into the insanity.

Mad Catz was apparently handling operations that would’ve brought Guitar Hero 1 to the 360, but Konami filed a lawsuit to all parties involved. I can only assume because they had a series from the PS1 days known as Guitar Freaks, another music game with a guitar controller but nowhere near as good as RB/GH. The guys at Mad Catz didn’t wanna deal with this, so they paid 300K to get out of their obligation to avoid headaches I guess. Looks like that Konami suit went away since it’s unheard of these days. Fast forward 5 years and the bucket tons of cash that Guitar Hero has raked in later…..and man….that’s gotta sting.

Sucks to be them :-\

January 9, 2010 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Just Like Losing The Winning Lotto Ticket…

What Rich got for Christmas

Yes yes, it was a good Christmas for me. I’m the guy in the family that nobody can buy for, the geek with the itchy trigger finger….if I want it right away, I’m gettin it. But every year when I cross this bridge with the family, you know, when they ask what do I want for Christmas? I give them a list of movies and games and tell them to surprise me. I only asked for 360 games since I bought everything I wanted on PS3 this year, and the Wii….well, not much to ask for on that really. Anyways, here’s what I got.

Xbox360 Games

DJ Hero– This game’s a ton of fun. Growing up listening to hip-hop and dance music, I’ve always wanted to dabble in the art of the DJ. It’s about as realistic as Guitar Hero/Rock Band is with guitars, which is to say not so much. But that’s okay, it’s fun to pretend and it’s got a solid soundtrack to boot.
F.E.A.R. 2– Well I’m a fan of the 1st game, so I’m definitely down with the sequel. It’s like a peanut butter/chocolate mix of gaming for me….except it’s scary game/first person shooter 🙂
Viva Pinata:Trouble In Paradise– The 1st game was serious crack for me….I hear this game is basically Viva Pinata 1.5, fixing/adding things but keeping the core game the same….I’m cool with that.

Blu-ray Movies

Inglourious Basterds- I love all of Tarantino’s films and this one’s no exception. Superb HD picture.

Fight Club– One of my top 10 films. Picture is a worthy upgrade over the DVD, Fincher likes to film his stuff in sickly dark colors, so it won’t be eye popping. But the sound is AMAZING.

The Hangover– Probably my favorite comedy of ’09, Zach Galifianakis is genius in this!

Role Models– I’m all about the Judd Apatow and Apatow related comedies, like this one. Shows LARPing in a hilarious light, even though I find it a bit creepy, but that’s just me.

Funny People– Judd Apatow’s third flick, surprisingly mature too. Billed more as a drama despite the title, the 1st half is hilarious, the 2nd half gets serious. Great flick, if a bit long. 2 1/2 hrs, yikes!

Hot Fuzz– The Shaun of the Dead guys do it again! One of my favorite flicks, I can watch this over and over. The Blu-ray presentation is a 10 all around too.

Friday- Jamie and I love this freakin movie….come up to us and quote it and you’ve made an instant friend. This Blu-ray has a gorgeous film-like quality to the picture,  and the audio sees a nice bump to the music quality. Plus it’s the director’s cut, adding some really funny stuff to the beginning and end to this comedy classic.

January 7, 2010 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on What Rich got for Christmas

GBU Game Review for Assassin’s Creed 2 (Xbox360)

Ubisoft gets it right, here’s for my review of one of my favorite crack addictive games of the year. Available for the Xbox360, PS3, and sometime next spring for the PC. I give this game a well deserved 9/10.

The Good – So Ubisoft took what was a solid engine built to be the first title and made a real game out of it. What ever do I mean? Well, part 1 had a fairly nice graphics engine, cool premise, huge open world, and probably one of the best climbing mechanics I’ve seen in a game. Problem? There were like 3 or 4 objectives that you could only do and once the novelty of playing as an assassin, scaling roofs and whatnot got old….there simply wasn’t much game there, repetition was the worst enemy of that game.
Fast forward 2 years, we have the sequel, which has you playing in Italian Renaissance times. You’re a guy in the present, in a machine, tapping into the memories of one of your ancestors who happens to be in a lineage of assassins. You’ll spend most of your time as Ezio, who dons a hood and cloak much like Altair in the 1st game, but much more stylish of course. Not only that, Ezio is way more interesting, his storyline in drawn out with interesting turns that really make you give a damn. Once you’re built up to full assassin status, it’s straight bad-assery here on out.
Just about all the problems most people had with the first game are fixed here. The cities are interesting and bubbling with life, there’s ton of missions/objectives to do…not only are they not repetitive, they’re pretty fun to do. It’s one of those games that’ll have you going, “just one more mission”. You can change and upgrade your weapons load out now, along with armor, and even change your look by going to tailors and have them dye your gear. It really taps into that vanity of games some of us just get sucked into.
Of course the big stars of the show, the climbing and actual assassinating. Climbing feels pretty much the same as I remember, which is fun and dynamic as Ezio grabs whatever’s nearby to maneuver. That system still works pretty well. Fighting I feel is improved, it’s easy to get down the rhythm of things, and complex enough that you might not even do half the moves unless you take the time to learn them. And the assassinations are as satisfying as ever, you get plenty of different ways of dispatching your enemies. It’s easy to get out of ‘notorious’ status to resume operations, unlike the first game. So you’re not always on edge, the game wants you to have fun.
Finally, there’s fast travel….no more riding horses for 10mins. at a time and worrying about getting attacked. Overall the game is pretty forgiving in it’s difficulty but challenging enough to still be really fun. Lots of hidden stuff keeps you coming back for more. Long review here I know, but hey, the game’s great and it’s huge and the campaign is really long, I’m only scratching the surface.

The Bad – As solid as the controls are, there are times where Ezio will make a jump or turn where you just didn’t want to. As you learn how to perfect the controls, you’ll see most of that is your own fault, but it shouldn’t be so easy to screw up. Minor beef there, hopefully will be fixed with the next game. The flying that was made so much as a big thing this past E3, is only present for one mission, that’s disappointing.

The Ugly – Trying to remember what actually happened in the ending…..man, they take such a left turn and try to cram so much info is so little time it’s insane. It’s like taking a person who got sucked into the 1st season of Lost, then flipping the script being like “you know they’re gonna be time traveling 4 seasons from now right?” Totally caps your head up.

December 17, 2009 Posted by | Good Bad and the Ugly - Game Reviews | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Double R’s Top 10 Games of 2009

It’s the end of the year people. All the big titles that were gonna be released for 09′ have come out. It’s that awesome time of year where hopefully we get some extra time to spend with our family and friends, but also enjoy some quality gaming time.
Man, it’s been a heck of a year for gaming. For me personally as well, I mean, I got to feel the sting of a PS3 and an Xbox360 dying on me, which really sucks cuz I show so much care for my systems. But I kept on truckin and was able to play most of the awesome stuff I wanted to this year. There’s still a bunch of titles that I haven’t played or barely spent time with, though I’d like to. This list is the stuff I got to play through or spent enough time with to know they’re my favorites this year. You can say it’s in order, the best being no. 1 of course. All these are great and deserve some kind of attention when you guys get the chance.

1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)

-Probably the best cinematic adventure I’ve ever played, so many memorable moments.

2. Batman: Arkham Asylum (Xbox360, PS3, PC)

-A comic book super hero game that kept me engrossed from beginning to end. I even wanna play it again!

3. Modern Warfare 2 (Xbox360, PS3, PC)

-Incredibly exciting, like being in an awesome summer action blockbuster, without the corny stuff in between!

4. Assassin’s Creed 2 (Xbox360, PS3)

-Part one was an awesome skeleton to a great title to come. They actually built an interesting game and world that I love getting lost in.

5. Halo 3: ODST (Xbox360)

-It’s Halo, man we love Halo around here. The fun and shooting strategy this invokes just doesn’t get old.

6. Shadow Complex (Xbox360)

-A 15$ downloadable game that kept me sucked in and having fun a lot longer than a lot of 60$ games.

7. Killzone 2 (PS3)

-Intense….makes me feel like I’m in a real war.

8. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii)

-It’s side scrolling Mario! ’nuff said!

9. God Of War Collection (PS3)

-It’s the same awesome God of War games from the PS2 cleaned up for HiDef. The PS2 versions were like old DVD picture quality, this is remastered Blu-Ray baby!

10. Rachet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time (PS3)

-The classic 3D platforming series still holds it’s own….and looks damn good doing it.

December 2, 2009 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

GBU Game Review for Modern Warfare 2 (Xbox360)

Here’s what’s probably the biggest release of the year. I can’t remember the last time a game sold 5 million copies on it’s 1st day of release….dang. How do those guys sleep at night….probably on mattresses of money 🙂 Anyways, I’ll be reviewing the single player campaign, which gets a 9/10 from me. I played through the 360 version but the game is also available on the PC and PS3 as well.

The Good – Like the last Modern Warfare game, this is top notch first person shooter action. The action here is simply explosive, think of the good summer blockbuster movies out there, take their most exciting parts experienced over the length of a game and that’s what you got here. The story picks up 5 yrs. later, and keeping form you play as a few different characters throughout, all tied to the big picture at hand. Which obviously has to do with war, deception, and sometimes just downright insanity. The feeling from fighting in the streets in a random suburb of America is just crazy. It’s fun, exciting, over the top cinematic style is not something you see performed consistently in alot of games. It’s pulled off here with panache.
The graphics are some of the best this console generation, all moving at a fast, silky smooth framerate. I feel the campaign is a good deal longer than the 1st game, I’d say it’s just right. There’s a ridiculous amount of ‘holy crap’ moments, to the point where I would just need a break cuz my nerves would be rattled. The gameplay feels great, controls are tight and feel just right. There’s a crap-ton of different guns everywhere at any given time. Being taken to all kinds of different locales gives every level a distinct feel. The action changes up sometimes with short vehicle sequences that keep you charged. This game’s a good substitute for Red Bull 🙂 Highly recommended.

The Bad
– There’s a few parts in the game, I can think of maybe 3-4, where things just get ridiculously difficult. I played on regular, which is the game’s normal difficulty, and just couldn’t understand why it was so tough to get through these few parts. Except in the Rio de Janiero level, getting killed by guys standing on the roofs of shacks is just annoying when you don’t notice them at first. I spoke with our friend Jack, the super hardcore mouse/keyboard PC shooter guy, and he had the same issues on the same sections playing on PC. A little more tweaking on those few portions would’ve made the campaign almost perfect. While the story is really good, narrative needs a little work. Sometimes the plot gets a little confusing when the game switches up the characters you’re playing as.

The Ugly – It’s pretty obvious, anybody who knows the game enough knows about the controversy with the “No Russian” level. It’s dark, grim and uncomfortable. You have the option to not play it at all, but it works in the context of the story. It isn’t till near the end where it kinda makes sense for the devs to make you feel this way at this part in the storyline.

November 19, 2009 Posted by | Good Bad and the Ugly - Game Reviews | , , , , , , , | Comments Off on GBU Game Review for Modern Warfare 2 (Xbox360)

GBU Game Review for GTAIV: The Ballad of Gay Tony

Here we are with the second piece of promised DLC for GTAIV. Exclusive to the Xbox360(for now, if rumors are to be believed that is), for 20bux off of the Xbox Live Marketplace, or on the “Episodes From Liberty City” disc. Which is 40bux but it also comes with “The Lost And The Damned”. I liked this DLC even more than the last one, this gets a 9/10 from me.

The Good – Rockstar has really gotten the whole storytelling thing down, everything from the dialog, the voice acting, heck, even the way the cutscenes are directed…all top notch and masterful. Wanting to find out what happens next really keeps things moving. Liberty City remains a lively gaming world with plenty to keep you busy. While GTAIV toned down alot of previous GTAs’ insanity in favor of a more realistic crime drama style, TBoGT has some new activities that brings back some of the craziness of San Andreas that are fun as hell. Stuff like parachuting, helicopters that pack some serious artillery, even the police APC.
New weapons turn the fun meter up a few notches too. Machinery like the automatic shotgun with explosive shells and the silenced machine gun just tears things up with a prowess that makes sure the enemies hide from YOU. Radio stations, a GTA staple, have been updated with newer songs that keeps you draped in the atmosphere of the character(Luis Lopez) you’re playing. Luis has part ownership of a couple clubs that Gay Tony owns, you have to option of running one of them certain times at night. Again, the feel has been fitted to a tee. The thumping music, people dancing, drinking, the whole package. Some cool mini games for dancing and drinking are there as well.
The campaign is lengthy and the mission’s fun to frustration ratio is the most minimal yet. You’ll hardly come across a mission that’ll give you a hard time, the feel and pacing swim along just right. It’s nice starting off and your character already has a nice place to live, nice clothes, and he’s already established in the city. No need to build up, you just jump right in. I know some people who fell outta love with GTAIV, they felt the story just took too long. Not an issue here, the fat’s been trimmed, so to speak.

The Bad – Basically, if you’re not a GTA fan to begin with, this game ain’t changing your mind. While driving still feels great, it would’ve been nice if the on foot controls were updated/tweaked. They get the job done, but nowhere near where they could/should be in feel. With the disc version of the game, licensing issues prevented Rockstar from carrying over all the music from the original GTAIV game, to make up for it they threw in 3 new radio stations. While the downloaded version gets access to ALL of the original disc radio stations/songs, but not the new stations, it’s too bad this small feature separates the two since music is such a big part of the GTA experience.

The Ugly – If you don’t like The Sopranos way of things, or any crime drama of that sort….stay away….The title of the game has “Gay Tony” in it, and you play as a latino character in quite an ugly crime underworld. Take a guess at some of the things you’ll hear from some of the game’s less than savory characters.

November 10, 2009 Posted by | Good Bad and the Ugly - Game Reviews | , , , , , | Comments Off on GBU Game Review for GTAIV: The Ballad of Gay Tony

Rock Band 2 SE Bundle, $99 through 01/01/10

What used to cost like $190, then $160(I think), can be had for the cool price of $99 according to a Harmonix post on the Rock Band forums. This applies to the Xbox360 and PS3 versions of the bundles. You get the game, guitar controller, drums and mic. All wireless with version 2 improvements, such as the drums being velocity sensitive. Heck of a deal if you ask me.

November 5, 2009 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , , , , | Comments Off on Rock Band 2 SE Bundle, $99 through 01/01/10

Reminder: GTA IV-The Ballad Of Gay Tony -it’s out

Yup, the day I’ve been waiting for as well as other Grand Theft Auto junkies. Exclusively on Xbox Live Marketplace(for $20) and bundled with “The Lost And Damned” on disc(for $40) as GTA: Episodes from Liberty City for the Xbox 360. Here’s a trailer(language a bit NSFW) introducing you to the guy you’ll be playing as, Luis Lopez….oh yeah, I got my hands on this yesterday, and I’m lovin it 🙂

October 29, 2009 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , , , , , | Comments Off on Reminder: GTA IV-The Ballad Of Gay Tony -it’s out

GBU Game Review for Half-Life 2: Episode Two (Xbox360, PC)

In a bit of bass ackwardsness, here’s my review to the 2nd expansion pack to Half-Life 2. One of my all time favorite first person shooters EVER. Why this one first? I just played through it for a 2nd time last week so it’s fresh in my mind. The first time was when it was released 2yrs. ago on the Xbox360, then last week on my fairly equipped PC. I’m gonna go ahead and give this one a 10, that’s right, I went there 🙂 Somewhere down the line I may review Half-Life 2 and the it’s first expansion Episode One, but this is where the game is tops, until Episode Three drops maybe. But only time will tell, especially since we’ve been waiting for it for 2yrs. now :-/

The Good – Awesome continuation of the Half-Life 2 saga. You, playing as Gordon Freeman, are put to the task of trying to save the world from the Combine. An alien race that terrorizes the human race into a concentration camp like lifestyle. The first person combat continues as you battle Combine soldiers(humans converted to do their bidding), striders, a new combine enemy, the hunter and other nasties as well such as antlions, headcrab zombies and more. Everybody (or creature) has their own tactic to be taken down with, so you’re sure to have a different experience in every section of the game. The action is incredibly thrilling, never boring, sometimes scary, and thankfully never overbearing. Puzzle sections help to break up the action, which usually has you making use of the gravity gun, something that was revolutionary in 2004 when Half-Life 2 dropped. This “weapon” lets you pick up most objects and place them down, or for fun, shoot them anywhere. In some sections you can defeat enemies just with this and whatever is laying around, this makes for some cool creative fights and definitely something new and different in the shooter world, even 5yrs. later. The story, which is strong, is uniquely told entirely through the eyes of the hero, the camera NEVER leaves his perspective, and he NEVER speaks….this is interesting in a strange way, but it 100% works. The characters on your side are likeable, they just make you give a damn, which means the voice acting is there in top form as well. Sometimes you’re paired up with an NPC(usually Alyx), which can spell annoyance in some games, but they never get in your way, always help and are never annoying. One of the last things I love about this game, unlike most shooters today, every gun that you find throughout the game, as long as there’s ammo, is at your disposal. Sure, games like Halo and Call Of Duty started the trend where you can only carry two guns at a time, and while it sets forth an interesting strategy for those types of games, almost every shooter(1st and 3rd), has copied this. Sometimes I just wanna use it all, when I want to. And oh yeah, sorry PC junkies, but the PC version lets me use my 360 controller and the controls are fully configured exactly like the 360. Guess what I used 🙂

The Bad – Pffffft….hardly….but I’ll be a little nit-picky for review’s sake……A first person shooter with no dedicated melee button? Really? I know I can use the crowbar for this function, but I have to switch to it, inconvenient if I ever ‘need’ it. In old shooter fashion, you have to “find” health, yup, nearly every shooter today has regenerating health or shields, here you have to find it when you need it, like the old days. It makes for an interesting strategy for me, but some cats may not like that. The Source Engine graphics, while still great and pleasant to the eye, are starting to show their age….in the age of Gears of Wars, Call of Dutys, and your Uncharteds, it’s true.

The Ugly – The timing of these “Episodes”. Valve was supposed to start a new era by helping to introduce us to episodic gaming. We were promised 3 episodes to continue the Half-Life 2 storyline, it was basically supposed to be Half-Life 3. They were supposed to be 6 months apart. So Episode One drops a little over a year and a half after Half-Life 2, Episode Two drops nearly a year and a half after that…..and here we are almost 2yrs. later waiting for Episode Three with no announcement in sight 😦

October 27, 2009 Posted by | Good Bad and the Ugly - Game Reviews | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Netflix streaming finally coming to PS3

For those that care that is…..by the looks of it, alot of you out there really do. Me, I always thought it was a cool option when it came to the 360, but as far as actually using it….meh…I prefer to BMI my stuff, or buy the BluRays. But on the real, it’s good to see it come to other platforms, and also gives us another cool thing to do on our expensive consoles. Some info from 1up….

“The service will arrive on the Sony console next month and will be free to PS3 owners who already subscribe to Netflix (or $8.99 a month for those who don’t) — and unlike on the Xbox 360, people will not be required to pay the equivalent of the yearly $50 Xbox Live Gold membership to access it.”

October 26, 2009 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Netflix streaming finally coming to PS3

GBU Game Review for Dead Space (Xbox360)

A couple podcasts ago, I mentioned trying out Dead Space Extraction on the Wii all for about 10 minutes. Now we know it’s a prequel, but since I never had the time to play through the original game that came out a year ago, I figured October is as good of a month as any to have the bejeezus scared out of me. This game delivers, released for the Xbox 360, PS3, and the PC….Raw scale sez, 9/10.

The Good – A well told story in the sci-fi/horror realm. You play as an engineer(Issac) that’s part of a team called in to see what happened on this huge mining ship that’s found an alien artifact known as the marker. This huge rock has telepathic tendencies, making people hallucinate and feel to the point of having a group make a religion worshiping the thing. When you get to the mining ship, pretty much no one is alive and it’s very obvious by the blood and gore left behind that it wasn’t a regular party that went down. It’s a survival horror game that gets both terms right. What’s here is 3rd person shooting action with extremely tight controls, awesome graphics(lighting especially), and endless jump scares that keep you on edge cuz you never know when an enemy is gonna pop out. The enemies(Necromorphs) themselves are interesting in that they are a product of a disease from the marker(as well as small creatures), basically everyone started killing each other then morphing into freaks of nature that reanimates left over dead bodies into more necromorphs.
There’s a refreshing take on how you kill them, you can’t just fill them with as much ammo as possible or just go for the head shot(they’ll keep reviving or just coming at you), the trick is dismembering their limbs, this kills them and makes sure they don’t come back, and of course the only way you’re gonna survive. You get a couple cool abilities to aid you in battle, stasis which makes thing slo-mo(great for when enemies are running at you), and kinesis which lets you pull in objects then shoot them if you please. As usual with games like these that are good, there’s a useful upgrade system in place, you’ll definitely wanna search out the joint making sure you have all the ammo you can find, and money too so you can upgrade your weapons to keep up with the rising threat. The heads up display is really cool and unique, acting as a hologram in front of your character. The audio especially deserves mention, not only does the music keep things tense, but the sound effects as well as environmental sounds are incredibly produced, and on a good surround system, wow, the sound design rivals big hollywood movies. The campaign is full and definitely not short.

The Bad – Something you won’t hear me complain about too much, but it’s a little too long.The game took me just over 12hrs. to complete, but I think it could’ve been shaved down to maybe 8 or 9hrs. Sometimes your objectives can be a little repetitive, plus I’m the guy that likes to explore in these sorts of games, so I’m making the game long enough myself, but if you don’t explore you miss out on all the goodies. Why buy ammo when there’s plenty strewn about?

The Ugly – Seriously, the amount of times this game made me jump and bug out. Play with the lights off and the surround turned up, this game will turn you into a punk 🙂

October 14, 2009 Posted by | Good Bad and the Ugly - Game Reviews | , , , , , , , | Comments Off on GBU Game Review for Dead Space (Xbox360)

Sony @ TGS 2009

If you anybody keeps up on the big boy game blogs like we do, yall would know that the Tokyo Game Show is going on right now. And as usual there’s some big announcements, while we probably won’t be going nuts on it the way we did for E3, there’s some cool things worth mentioning.

First, a special Final Fantasy XIII themed PS3 with a 250GB hard drive. Sure, the game is coming out for both the PS3 and Xbox360, but I think FF fans always associated the series with the Playstation brand, after FF7 of course. Shipping 12/17 in Japan, no word on if it’ll hit here stateside.

Motion Controller updates. Looks like it’s coming Spring 2010. Not only new games will be utilizing the new tech, but a bunch of older games will be patched with motion control enhancements. Games like Little Big Planet and Resident Evil 5 for example. If handled right, I think this can be a cool peripheral. While not the be all end all interface it is on the Wii, which I never thought was a good idea(and with the amount of time we put into the Wii, proves that correct), it does make for a cool option once in awhile. Not only do you have physical feedback(something that worries me about Natal), but in combination with the Playstation camera(Eye), the interface knows where you are in 3D space. It could lead to some unique gaming experiences….now let’s hope the price is right.

September 24, 2009 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Sony @ TGS 2009

Halo 3: ODST 360 Bundle

The homies that run the very awesome kotaku.com is reporting on a new 360 bundle. Slated for the PAL territories(european I guess), it looks like they’ll be getting a box full of wonderful which would include a 360 Elite, copies of Halo 3 and Halo 3:ODST, and access to the Halo: Reach beta, that would be the next Halo title that we know nothing about just yet. No word yet as to whether this sweet bundle of joy is hitting here in the states.

September 16, 2009 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Premium Fallout 3 360 theme for free, if…

….you bought all 5 of the Fallout 3 DLC expansions. On October 1st, Microsoft will be sending out a token to those cats who showed Fallout 3 that extra love, or let it make you it’s ho (like me!). On it’s own the theme is 240 Microsoft points on the Xbox Live Marketplace, which translates to 3 bux real ends I think….I dunno, I like the themes and all, but dang M$, that is steep. :-/

Source: destructoid.com

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GTAIV: The Ballad of Gay Tony trailer

Finally, movie trailer style goods on this jawn….Oct. 29th…Xbox Live Marketplace…..or disc[GTA:Episodes From Liberty City]….20bux…can’t wait 🙂

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GBU game review for Shadow Complex (Xbox360)

What’s this? Two reviews back to back? Gots to make up for last week peeps, and while downloadable games are usually the ‘bite size’ type, this one is as long as any retail game, longer if you decide to dig deeper. I’m talkin Shadow Complex, another title off the Xbox Live Arcade, it’s goes for 1200 points AKA 15 dollaz….and I’m just gonna put it on front street here, this game sucked up most of my weekend, so a 9.5/10 for me as I had an incredible time with it.

The Good – More ol skool channeling happening, in the spirit of a Metroid/Castlevania. It’s a side scrolling action platformer(also with up and down scrolling)…in a nutshell, lots of shooting, lots of jumping, lots of searching for goodies. The graphics take on Unreal Engine 3 to do it’s dirty work, so we got silky smooth animation and a nice 3D sheen goin on. Good voice acting, some may recognize the star’s voice as the guy from Uncharted and the latest Prince of Persia, the dude just comes off as a likable hero. The gameplay is easy to pick up and is tight and responsive, as long as your timing is on point, your guy will pull off everything you want him to. Shooting is a ton of fun, headshots make your enemies fly back in a satisfying way that doesn’t get old. Going in to some rooms, you have options on how to handle situations, such as sneaking in and dropping explosives, or just guns/grenades blazing, this adds tons of depth to the battle system. The real hook for me here is how the game doles out upgrades and abilities, it’s simply addicting and fun. You start the game as a camper with a flashlight and by the end you are one bad-ass soldier with a super gun, grenades, missles, a hook, armor, etc. It’s a long game and well worth the money, I finished the campaign in about 7hrs, and decided to go back and find all the hidden upgrades for like another 5 hrs, I found it to be that fun.

The Bad – I think it’s pretty obvious that I love this game, so there’s not much I feel I can put here….but, since not every gamer is the same…Some may not like having to go to rooms multiple times to get things that were out of reach before. A ton of spots will be locked or just a too far jump away, it’s not till you start upgrading that you can go back and grab all the good stuff. Some items are a little too hidden, some crawl spaces suffer from that as well. Being a downloadable game, texture map quality of the graphics isn’t the best when the camera zooms in for cut-scenes.

The Ugly – How addicted to this game I got….seriously, when I finished the campaign, I said what the heck, let’s go back and try to get some more stuff…every time I found an upgrade, I just HAD to find one more.

August 24, 2009 Posted by | Good Bad and the Ugly - Game Reviews | , , , , | Comments Off on GBU game review for Shadow Complex (Xbox360)

GBU game review for Splosion Man (Xbox360)

Here’s a title off the Xbox Live Arcade, I think it’s a lot of fun and well worth the Microsoft space bucks(800 points AKA 10 bux). On the Richie Raw scale I’m gonna go with an 8/10.

The Good – Here’s a title that channels the ol skool, as in it’s a side-scrolling platform game. You play as a science experiment gone wrong, your body is a constant burning cinder as you try to get through huge laboratory style levels. As Splosion Man, you have to jump and try to solve your way around platform puzzles, kinda like some of the old Sonic The Hedgehog levels, except it’s not jumping, you “splode” to send your character boosting from one spot to the next. There’s about 50 levels or so that will keep you busy, for the most part the levels are quick, lasting no more than a few minutes. Some are even thrilling in that you get thrown around at insane speeds wondering how the heck did you make it from point A to point B, others are just brain teasers, some are very timing based, all keep you on your toes. So yeah, some solid hand-eye cordination is gonna be a must. Nice, sharp, colorful graphics. The music is quirky and reminiscent of the old Looney Tunes shows, the game’s got humor in that style as well, sometimes making me laugh out loud. Once you get on a roll of beating levels, it feels quite satisfying.

The Bad – The difficulty level….for one, it’s uneven. It goes from a fun challenge, to unfair, pull your hair out type of hard, back to fun challenge again. Maybe my hand-eye coordination isn’t tight enough, but sometimes I feel the timing of some jumps don’t exactly match to when I press the button, it’s very frustrating at times.

The Ugly – If you die alot of times in a level, the game offers you the “Way Of The Coward” option, which instantly skips you to the next level…ugly? When you start that next level, your character is wearing a tutu.

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