Archive for September, 2009

Purchased Zombie Apocolypse On The Playstation Network.

Posted in Gaming Sessions, In The Mail/Purchased Items, Initial Impressions on September 29, 2009 by Matt

It’s currently 2:30 a.m. and I am at home. Earlier on tonight, however, I was over at Laynix’s place and we had a small gaming session. I purchased Zombie Apocolypse on the Playstation Network and we played co-op for a while.

Zombie Apocolypse is a fairly decent game. There are 55 levels (days) to survive through. You pick between 4 different characters. Each one with his/her own personality and back story. You must kill wave upon wave of zombies as they appear, and there are also survivors that seem to wander into the war zone on occasion that you can protect for extra points.

You start with an assault rifle and a chainsaw, but there are a few other weapons that spawn. There’s molotov cocktails, shot guns, dual submachine guns, rocket launchers, grenade launchers, a mini-gun, and a flame thrower. Those are the weapons I have seen so far, there could be more, I am not sure. The dual submachine guns are likely my favourite.

Each day just alternates between a select few different backgrounds, but each day presents a different challenge (new enemies typically). There are a few different zombie types and mutants. There’s the basic puker zombies, radioactive zombies, the construction workers, the pregnant zombies that birth these bat-like creatures, kamakazis, knife bitches that throw knives at you, and sheriffs that have shot guns. Those are just the enemies I have seen so far, and I know there are more.

The controls are pretty solid and responsive. It’s a fairly simple game. You use the left stick to fire your weapon, and the right stick to move around. R2 is used to throw a little teddy bear that the zombies cannot resist. It’s packed with c4 and blows them up good. Holding R1 brings out your chainsaw and you can buzz down zombies in whatever direction you point it. L1 is the chainsaw as well, but you perform a special kill move instead of just holding out the chainsaw. Otherwise, you don’t use any other buttons. Or at least I didn’t.

It is definitely a game that is worth playing with someone else. It’s is always fun hacking zombies down with a partner. I can’t wait to try it out with 4 players. The game is definitely worth the $10 price tag, so go and buy it.

Laynix and I made it to Day 29 or 30? I forget. Then the internet decided to suck and stopped responding. It was a fairly good session, and time seemed to go by rather quickly. I think we played for about 2 hours, then it was bed time for Laynix. Working early in the morning sucks.

I still haven’t had a chance to go down to EB Games and pick up Persona for PSP. Laynix and I will likely go down and do that tomorrow. I plan to pre-order Demon’s Souls for the Playstation 3 while I am there. This fall is going to be tough, considering I really can’t buy all of the sweet games coming out. If you read Penny Arcade recently, then you would have seen Tycho’s list of games. Well, that list is pretty much everyone’s list. On top of that, there are more games I want. It’s a tough life.

The Last Week Has Been Good!

Posted in Currently Playing, Gaming Sessions, In The Mail/Purchased Items on September 24, 2009 by Matt

Alright, so this will be a catch all post about the last week (beginning with last Thursday September 17). It will cover some purchases I made, the games I’ve been playing and a gaming get together at my friend’s place in London. Let’s begin with the get together first, shall we.

My friend Magic and I had been talking about getting people together at his place for a while, and it finally came together last week. It was glorious. I took my 24″ monitor (it has hdmi and component inputs, so it’s basically a sweet high def television), my PC, my PS3 and my 360. I brought a few games that I thought we may want to play. For the 360, I brought Gears of War, Gears of War 2, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, and Rainbow Six Vegas. I also had Dead Space, but I only had it there to unlock some content. For my Playstation 3 I brought UFC Undisputed 2009, Skate 2, Tiger Woods PGA Tour ’10, Resistance 2, and BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger.

While setting up my PC at Magic’s place, I logged into Steam to update it and my games. While I was doing so, I purchased Titan Quest Gold (game and expansion). It’s a game that I never played, but wish I had. It’s essentially just like Diablo. It’ll be my fix until Diablo 3 comes out for sure.

The gaming started off on the 360s with some Rock Band being played on Magic’s 360, and me downloading and unlocking a few games on mine. I unlocked Braid, Lode Runner, Geometry Wars, and Shadow Complex. Shadow Complex is definitely a great game, for those who haven’t tried it. Download it and play the trial, at least.

Once everyone got there, we played some Halo 3. Yes, I don’t really like Halo all that much, but it was pretty fun. We played 3 people per 360 on a LAN, and it was nice. Lots of laughs. We played a few different game types on a few different maps. I think I had the most fun with Rocket Slayer and the King of the Hill matches. There were definitely a few kills I wish we could have caught on video (naturally this is the case with almost every gaming session any gamer has had with a group of friends, so why I am even mentioning it is beyond me).

After maybe an hour of Halo 3, we switched over to some Gears of War (the first one, since we didn’t have 2 copies of the second one). We played some 2 on 2 over the LAN, since not everyone has an XBox Live Gold account. It’s still one of the best feelings in the world when you sink your chain saw into someone. Glorious. After that, we split our attention between some PC gaming and the 360s.

Another person showed up with their PC and was wanting some Team Fortress 2 actions. It was Magic, Ryan and I playing. Others were playing Magic’s 360 (I think Rock Band again). We were going to play more than just TF2, but it seems we got stuck playing Team Fortress 2. I handed my mouse and keyboard over to one of Magic’s friends so he could give it a try. He isn’t a PC gamer at all, but learned pretty quickly. Mouse and keyboard is still so much more better than a console controller. Don’t even argue. You’ll lose. Anyway, I watched some Team Fortress 2 get played, and when we finished with that, we moved on to the Playstation 3.

Some people were playing Street Fighter 4 on the 360, but I had something better in mind. I mentioned before that BlazBlue is quite the game. Well I had it with me that night. It was likely one of the best games to finish a night of gaming with. Nobody seemed to want to stop playing it. I hogged the controller and other people took turns fighting me. I finally gave it up after about 10 matches. It’s such a great game, but it’s so unforgiving. Some characters in it are useless unless you get a chance to train with them a bit. There were some moments of frustration, but the majority of the time was spent laughing and having fun. Even just watching people play was nice.

All that being said, I think it was a fairly decent gaming night. We will be having another one near the end of October. Expect another post then.

The day after that (Friday), I had a day with a lady friend of mine and we fit in some Tiger Woods PGA Tour ’10 into our time together. We played a quick 9 holes early on, and came back later the same day and played another 9 holes. The first time around, I won, but the second time around I think we were really close to a tie. I forget who won. She’s the influence behind me even owning a golf game. It’s actually pretty fun, especially when you make your own golfer and he’s ugly as sin.

As I mentioned above, I purchased Braid, Lode Runner, Geometry Wars and Shadow Complex on my 360. I’ve been diving into Braid quite a bit, and it’s definitely worth playing. Shadow Complex will be getting more of my attention when I have more time to play (likely today). I also need to stop neglecting Gears of War 2. I want to finish it soon, as I have had it since it’s fucking release date! I fail at completing games sometimes.

Since cleaning my PC and switching over to my new 24″ monitor, I’ve been changing the resolutions for each of my installed games. It reminds me that I need to finish Far Cry 2 at some point. I hate that I have invested around 18 hours into that game, and haven’t finished it. *shakes head* Also, Sins of a Solar Empire needs more attention. Titan Quest has been receiving my attention, but only in half hour-one hour doses. It’s good, but it’d be better playing with someone. I need to get it on my other PC.

I’ve been really busy the last week, and I don’t expect that I will be posting very often still. There’s a few changes going on in my life, education wise, so I need to focus a bit on that. Persona for PSP is out I think, and I’ll need to go and pick that up sometime soon. Shit. I forgot. Also, Laynix pointed out Demon’s Soul for the Playstation 3. I will have it. I need to stop buying games. Fuck it’s going to be hard. Wish me luck.

Fall Update 2009

Posted in Currently Playing, General on September 23, 2009 by Laynix

Hello! I haven’t posted in a while, and I want to get back at it, so this is just a quick post to give an update of what I’ve been up to.

I started playing the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering again, but since this is a video game blog, this will be my only mention of it. It’s just taken up a lot of my gaming time, so it’s worth a mention.

I’ve still been playing Eve a lot, and I’m still pretty much just mining, but I’ve cut back a bit.

Lately I’ve started a new campaign in Empire Total War as Sweden. Creative Assembly released the 1.4 patch yesterday which fixes numerous bugs. The patch notes can be found here. And, later this month, there will be an expansion coming out for Empire called The Warpath Campaign. This will let us play as one of 5 native factions in the new world with an expanded territory map and new units. It should be great.

On the PS3 side of things I’ve been playing Grid quite a bit in the past week or so. I hadn’t given it much play time until now, and I have to say, it’s amazing. It’s definitely a must own for any fan of racing games. I just don’t think it’s going to be enough to last until Gran Turismo 5.

I really can’t wait for Gran Turismo 5 any longer. I need to have it NOW! I was expecting to play Gran Turismo PSP until 5 comes out, but it doesn’t have a career mode, so it doesn’t want me to buy it. The other game I really want to play is Alpha Protocol which comes out Oct. 27. I’ll probably pick it up then.

Well, that’s about it for now. I’ll try to post on a regular basis for a while.

Purchase For September 16, 2009

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items on September 17, 2009 by Matt

A bunch of buddies and I went out for some pizza to celebrate a birthday. We ended up going to a Canadian Tire for something, and the Wal-Mart was right there. We decided to wander over there, and I caved and purchased a game. Skate 2 for the PS3.

I’ve wanted Skate 2 for quite a while. It’s been a long time since I craved a skateboarding game. It’ll be a nice change of pace, considering that most of the other games I play are typically FPS or some sort of action adventure title. We’ll see how this works out. Expect more on this soon, as I will likely play it some right now.

Dissidia Final Fantasy (PSP), Scribblenauts (DS), and Tiger Woods PGA Tour ’10 (PS3) – Initial Impressions

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items, Initial Impressions, New Releases on September 16, 2009 by Matt

Well, yesterday I was in Waterloo and I dropped by EB Games at Conestoga Mall to pick up Scribblenauts. I also picked up Tiger Woods PGA Tour ’10. Yes, that’s right, I purchased a golf game. Don’t ask, just accept it. I mentioned in an earlier post that I picked up Dissidia Final Fantasy the day before. I have sat down and played all of these games for a few minutes each. Good news. They are all decent games.

Dissidia Final Fantasy is definitely different than what I had expected. I expected it to play like Crisis Core, but it’s not the same. Each level has you moving around your character’s model on a small grid. There are items and enemies that appear in different spots. Your goal is to reach the target mark on the map. When you move up to an object, you may pick it up. When you move up to an enemy, you may fight it. You begin with a certain amount of DP. As you perform actions, you lose DP. Having DP left over at the end of the map gets you more points overall. Some enemies will have a goal for you to achieve, that will earn you more DP points on the map. Combat is action based, and is interesting. I need to practice more combat to get the hang of it, but it is fun. You have 10 characters to play as in story mode. Each with their own storyline. There is also arcade mode. I have not tried it yet. I am not sure when I will sit and play through this game.

Scribblenauts is just as I hoped it would be. Awesome. The game is set up in small stages. You are presented with a small puzzle, and you have to figure out what objects you need in order to solve it. You just type in the object you think you want, and then it will appear on the screen. There are so many objects in this game, I am going to go nuts. There are even zombies! I have to make a map with a zombie related puzzle! Yes, there is a map editor. You can create your own levels. It’s a simple pick up and play game. You can play it for a minute and set it down, or sit for a long time exploring the inner reaches of your imagination. I am loving this game.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour ’10 is a game I picked up due to referral. I am not a huge golf fan or anything, but this game isn’t actually that bad. I played through the tutorial stuff, and created a golfer. I played 9 holes and had a good time with it. I was surprised. This game will be a lot more fun playing with someone though. I imagine most sports games are.

I pre-ordered Persona for the PSP as well, while at EB. Expect something on that next week.

Yes, I Haven’t Posted In A While!

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items, New Releases, News on September 15, 2009 by Matt

I haven’t even been playing games! GAH! Well, I have been busy with a few things. I am currently on vacation from work, and have been away from my place and the computer for a few days. There is hope though.

On Thursday September 17th, I will be taking my PC down to a friend’s place in London to LAN it up, and play some games over the course of the day. It will be fun, but I’ll be such a n00b. It’s been a while since I played any PC games. Even longer since I played them online. Expect a post about it this weekend.

I finally tried out Shadow Complex on XBLA and it is definitely on my to-buy-list. Along with Braid and Lode Runner. I will most likely be purchasing those when I next have an available high speed internet connection. Oh…wait…that will be Thursday. Yes, I will be taking my X-Box 360 with me as well. It’ll be a good time to also try out my new 24″ monitor that I have barely used.

Yesterday, while in Waterloo, I pre-ordered Scribblenauts for the Nintendo DS. I am looking forward to playing it today, after I pick it up. I also picked up Dissidia: Final Fantasy for the PSP. I haven’t had a chance to open it yet, but I have heard good things. Initial impressions on these two games to come soon.

Again, sorry for the lack of new postings lately. It’s been busy. Expect two or three new posts by next week.

On Nintendo 64

Posted in Classic Gaming on September 5, 2009 by Matt

I found this on Digg this morning, and thought it was a great article on the Nintendo 64. The initial picture of the evolution of Nintendo’s game console controllers is great. It gave me a few brief giggles for sure.

This article really makes me want to go and play some Goldeneye. I played that game so damn much. I am sure everyone that has played it, played it a lot and knows what I am talking about. It was the first game that I had an obsession with shooting enemies in the crotch. *thumbs up*

I really need to get my hands on a copy of Gauntlet Legends. When I have that, it’ll be time to invite four buddies over to drink and hack thousands of enemies down. Until we break our controllers. Those evil…awesome…horrible…controllers.

In reference to the control sticks, I had never had any problems with them hurting my thumb or ever breaking. I played my Nintendo 64 a ton, and never had an issue. I never had an issue with cartidges not working either. Never had to blow in them. I guess I must have kept things clean enough.

Maybe I’ll play some Nintendo 64 this morning…

News For September 2, 2009

Posted in News on September 2, 2009 by Matt

Just a few note worthy articles I skimmed across today. Check them out.

This isn’t really a news article, but more of a breakdown of why Batman: Arkham Asylum is such a great Batman game. Take a look.

If you’re a Persona fan, then here are some PSP screen shots for you to look at.

If you’re a Gran Turismo fan, and you want a good package deal for PSP, then I guess you should be interested in this.

Playing Tetris has potential to change the structure of your brain. Interesting. I may have to start playing more games like Tetris. Maybe take up Lumines again. Then again, it may work better if I was an adolescent girl.

The huge law suit between Take-Two/Rockstar and shareholders is finally over, and has been settled at $20,000,000.00. Amazing. All of that over one tiny bit of code that was so lazily left in GTA: San Andreas. I’ll try and link a video of the controversial material left in the game when I can find it. I have never actually looked into it. I am intrigued.

I didn’t know this, but Microsoft had made it so that Xbox 360 games had to be at least 1280×720 (720p). That has changed. Now game developers may release games on the 360 in standard definition.

New PS3 Firmware. I don’t have it, but here is a comparison and here is some criticism.