Archive for December, 2009

God of War 3 Demo, Plus An Updated Game Count.

Posted in Currently Playing, Game Count on December 26, 2009 by Matt

I picked up District 9 the other day and noticed that there was a God of War 3 demo inside. Last night, I finally tried it.

The game looks absolutely beautiful. If you’ve seen any of the game play footage at all, you already know this, but I am just confirming that it really is. The controls are identical to the other games, and so are a lot of Kratos’ moves; However, he does have a few new tricks that he can pull off. Other than the improved graphics and the new things that Kratos can do, it’s the same game as before. That won’t stop me from buying this when it finally does come out.

As the title of this post states, I also did a game count to update how many games I have. It’s been quite a while since I have done one of these. I’m curious to know what my total is now. Also, note to self, keep better track of this shit. Having to count them all again is a pain.

Atari 2600: 11
Atari Jaguar: 6

Sega Master System: 5
Sega Genesis: 8
Sega 32X: 4
Sega CD: 5
Sega Saturn: 4
Sega DreamCast: 5
Sega Game Gear: 5

Nintendo Entertainment System: 38
Super Nintendo Entertainment System: 33
Nintendo 64: 16
Nintendo Game Cube: 18
Nintendo Wii: 28
Nintendo WiiWare: 1
Nintendo Virtual Console: 18
Nintendo Game Boy: 8
Nintendo Game Boy Advance: 4
Nintendo DS: 33

Sony Playstation: 35
Sony Playstation 2: 60
Sony Playstation 3: 30
Sony Playstation Network Downloads: 21
Sony Playstation Portable: 23

XBox: 11
Xbox 360: 23
XBox Live: 5

Turbo Grafx 16: 8

Panasonic 3DO: 16

PC: 83* (includes Half-Life 2 mods and other steam apps, Half-Life 2 Episode 1 and 2 counted as one, Dawn of War expansions were counted and Supreme Commander Forged Alliance is counted as well)

Total: 565
Old Total: 478 (from May)


Posted in Currently Playing, General on December 23, 2009 by Matt

Alright, so I thought I was going to be getting a lot more gaming in, but it hasn’t been happening. I’ve been quite busy, and can only speculate on when I’ll be playing any games. I am hoping maybe to get in a little gaming tonight after work, but I am not sure. Maybe revisit some old games (maybe get back to some Sea Quest on the Atari, or some Splatterhouse on the Turbo Grafx).

As far as progress is concerned, other than finishing off Dead Space Extraction, I have only played a little bit more of the single player campaign in Modern Warfare 2. I finished one more mission. I think I only have 4 more left to go. Shouldn’t take me long to finish, if I just sit down and do it.

I plan to get together with Magic again sometime soon to game with a bunch of people. Once this is planned, I’ll make another post on it. Laynix and I will likely get together next week for some gaming, so expect a post on that sometime soon.

Dead Space Extraction Complete

Posted in Reviews on December 10, 2009 by Matt

Yes, finally, I completed the single player portion of the game once through on Hard difficulty. Here is what I thought of the game.

Graphics: This game, compared to other games on the Wii, has some of the best graphics on the console. The character models look pretty good, and the lighting works well to create a decent atmosphere. The Necromorphs move around smoothly and blowing body parts off is always satisfying. You can still tell by the way it looks that it’s a Wii game though.

Sound: The sound effects are great. Coupled with the dark atmosphere, the game can occasionally pull off some chilling moments. Voice acting is well done, and most of the sound is on par with what’s happening on screen.

Controls: Excellent. Once you know the layout of the controls, it’s very easy to use. I had no problems whatsoever with the control scheme, and they are very responsive.

Story: The game is a prequel to the original Dead Space. It tells of the tale of the initial finding of the Marker and about a group of survivors escaping to the “planet cracker” mining vessel, the Ishimura, up until the point where the crew of the USG Kellion arrive. If you were a fan of the original game, you’ll appreciate this game’s story a bit. It’s really nothing all that special, but the game really is just about shooting vile alien creatures, and having fun dismembering them.

Innovation: You can pick up and carry different weapons (and there are ammo drops for them as you go through the game), there are weapon upgrades that perminently upgrade your weapons, you can occasionally choose different pathways, there are secret rooms, etc. There’s quite a bit here that I haven’t really seen in many on-rail shooters. I was happy about being able to carry weapons and have upgrades for them (up to level four). Otherwise, there isn’t much else. You can dismember enemies, but that’s not really new.

Difficulty: I played through the game on Hard difficulty. There were only a couple of difficult spots (as in a died a couple of times, but got by them without frustration). As long as you conserve ammo as much as possible, and use the best weapon for the situation, you’ll be fine. I never once got pissed off or threw a controller. After you finish the game, you unlock Expert and Impossible. We’ll have to see how tough it gets with those settings.

Replay: As I mentioned, when you beat the game, more difficulty levels are unlocked. As well, there is a challenge mode that you gradually unlock as you finish each single player stage. Each challenge level has waves of enemies, and your goal is to score as many points as possible. Other than these two things, there’s the two-player option. I wouldn’t mind playing through the game with a friend. It would actually be pretty fun, I think. It’s worth owning if you want a good on-rails shooter, or are a fan of Dead Space (even though it’s not really scary, like the other game was). There’s enough replay that I will likely want to play it again, and do the challenge modes.

Overall, I’d say this is a good game for a Wii owner’s library, or at the very least rent it. This is the kind of game I was hoping would be released on the Wii. It just seems to fit. There are also the Resident Evil games, and House of the Dead, but I like this game better. Mind you, I haven’t played the latest Resident Evil game. We’ll have to see how that is as well.

Paid To Play (Too Bad It’s Not Really My Job)

Posted in Currently Playing, Gaming Sessions on December 9, 2009 by Matt

Let’s just say I had some fun at work the other night. It was Sunday night to be exact. Had a night shift, and when we close nobody is around. I took my Xbox 360 to work, and a coworker brought in Assassin’s Creed 2. I gave that a whirl. Also played some Geometry Wars and Modern Warfare 2.

Assassin’s Creed 2 is very much like the first one, but I only played the initial opening. The controls seem a little slow to me, but I guess I’ll get used to it. I’ll be buying it for the Playstation 3 when I do finally get it though. I’m not going to bother explaining the plot of the game, other than it picks up right from where the first one ended. More on this game when I actually own it, and can sit and play for more than just 45 minutes.

My progress in Dead Space Extraction has been moving along. I am on the 7th Chapter now, so only one more sit down and I’ll have it finished. I’ve been playing through on Hard. I am curious to see how difficult it gets after I put it up to the hardest difficulty. Hard is the second difficulty level out of four. It’s not really difficult now, so I am assuming I may actually have a challenge.

Otherwise, I haven’t been gaming. Other stuff keeps popping up. I have the next two days off of work. I will definitely complete Dead Space Extraction tomorrow night, so expect a post on that soon.

Some Purchases (From Thursday, December 3, 2009), And What I’ve Been Up To

Posted in Currently Playing, Gaming Sessions, In The Mail/Purchased Items on December 6, 2009 by Matt

Well, after my last post, I really didn’t jump right in to playing anything. I did finally, however, play some games the last couple of days. Finally. I’ll do a bit of a recap on that activity, but first let me share the purchases I made at Little Shop of Heroes (in Listowel) on Thursday.

First up, we have a game I used to play a bit on PC, Thief Deadly Shadows (I believe it is the third game in the Thief series). I don’t have the old copy I had from back then, so I when I saw this I thought I may as well pick it up. If you aren’t familiar with the Thief series of games, they are pretty much legendary among PC gamers. If you enjoy sneaking games, you can’t go wrong. The game works perfectly fine, there is no damage to the manual or the game disc, and the case has very light wear to it. Not a bad purchase.

Next is Robotron 64 for the Nintendo 64 (duh!). This is a game I never actually own back in the day. You essentially fight wave upon wave of robots. You use the yellow directional buttons on the controller to fire, and your character will fire in the direction you are holding. You can hold down two buttons at once to fire on an angle (hold up + right to fire on that angle), and otherwise just run around avoiding the robots. I only played it briefly, but found it enjoyable. It was a little dirty when I got it home, but I cleaned it up. It works just fine, and there is not much wear on the cartridge.

Lastly, but not least, is Extreme-G for the Nintendo 64. This is a game I used to play quite a lot. The game has an incredible sense of speed, and is a blast to play. Back in the day, there was a war waged as to who could release the fastest futuristic racing game possible. Extreme-G was definitely notable. It was competing with Wipeout 64, F-Zero 64 and another game which wasn’t very good, but I cannot recall the title. Anyway, I owned this one and it didn’t disappoint me then. It still doesn’t disappoint me now. You are essentially racing a futurist bike-like vehicle. You have shields, weapon pick-up and the standard boosters. It has up to four-player split screen. It’s insanely fast paced. The game is in decent condition, and works great. Was a little dirty, but I cleaned it up.

With all of the purchase details out of the way, I will now share with you what I have been up to otherwise.

Friday night, I went over to Laynix’s place for a visit. We played a bit of Borderlands (PS3), and I downloaded the Zombie Island add-on. I also downloaded the Bayonetta demo on the Playstation 3.

It took forever to download the Zombie Island add-on, and couldn’t download it in the background while I played, so there wasn’t a lot of playing. I finally did get it, installed it, and it’s a nice add-on for the game. It’s too bad I am level 50 and it’s very easy so far. I may try this with another character at some point. Worth the download if you love shooting zombies. I still need a few more trophies in the game, but they won’t be hard to get. This could be the first game I platinum. Yay!

Now, let’s talk about Bayonetta. How can I describe it? Hrmm. Well, let’s say Devil May Cry on steroids. Oh and maybe crack. And various other drugs. I think I may have to test it for blood doping. We’ll see.

Yeah, Bayonetta is insane, and I must have it when it comes out. You have four pistols (a gun for each hand, and a gun attached on each of her heals), punch and kick attacks standard, and you can also pick up weapons that enemies drop. There’s jumping around, dodging at the right time, fun magical attacks and special maneuvers, and finishing moves. It’s rather ridiculous how amazing this game is. It took me a little bit of time to get used to the controls, but they work well and I don’t see any reason not to buy this game as soon as possible. The demo is short. I finished it in about 15 or 20 minutes. You get to play through a short level, and there’s a couple of bosses to fight. The first is rather large, and seems pretty standard. It has a weak spot on it’s back, and it swings a massive axe. The second boss is just another such as yourself. It has you chasing after her around a room (that means running on the ceilings and walls of the room as well). As for plot, I’ll just be lazy and refer you here.

That was Friday night. I worked a late shift last night, and didn’t get home until 0200 this morning. I decided that I’d play another level of Dead Space Extraction to change things up a little bit. The game continues to be a fun experience, and a nice addition to my Wii game collection. If you don’t own it, I strongly recommend buying it (or at least renting it). If you enjoyed Dead Space, you’ll enjoy this. If you enjoy rail shooters, and blowing aliens apart limb by limb, then you’ll enjoy it. I’ll wait until I am finished the game to comment further on it. I just finished the fourth level, so I am on the fifth of ten levels. I’ll see if I can squeeze this in tomorrow and Monday. Each level takes approximately thirty minutes to complete, so that’s maybe one or two sittings.

Well, that about wraps it up. I’ll get another post in tomorrow (hopefully), and maybe have a small review of Dead Space Extraction.

I’ve Been Busy. Time To Get Back To Some Gaming.

Posted in Currently Playing, News on December 1, 2009 by Matt

You may have noticed the lack of posting going on. I apologize for this, but I’ve been doing a lot of studying for an exam. I literally haven’t played any games for a week now. It’s very sad and depressing. Before I got really into the studying, I did play a little bit, but not a lot.

I did play a little bit more Modern Warfare 2, but only did a couple more missions. I think I am going on to the 7th mission right now. Only had one frustrating part so far, and it really wasn’t all that bad.

I plan to make a return this week and play some games finally though. I want to get a bit of Uncharted 2 done on Crushing, and maybe throw in some Demon’s Souls. Likely more Modern Warfare 2 as well. I will likely beat that, considering it’s really not a long game.

I’ll also take this opportunity to toss out a few news articles.

Steam’s VAC system has been used by Infinite Ward to ban a few cheaters in Modern Warfare 2. About 2,500 people won’t be playing online anymore. That’s good. I fucking hate cheaters.

I like Robin Williams. I wish he’d make some fucking good movies sometime soon. These Disney movies and whatever other generic comedy shit he’s been bringing out the past few years have really been depressing. That and he could have been on a better show. Fucking Fallon.

Sorry for dropping all of the F bombs. I’m at work. Deal with it. Fuck.

This would be so fucking awesome. If there ever was a cast for a Half Life movie, this would make me cum. Hard.

Libraries just got better. Win.