Archive for January, 2010

Gaming Session With Magic And Sammy. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 Completed. Pixel Junk Monsters And Rock Band 2 Purchased. It’s Been A Busy Week!

Posted in Currently Playing, Gaming Sessions, In The Mail/Purchased Items, Reviews on January 25, 2010 by Matt

I haven’t posted for the past few days because I have been quite busy. Surprisingly, a lot of it had to do with video games in some aspect or another. The title of this post says it all. I went to London last Wednesday (January 20th) and Magic, Sammy, and I played Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2. We finished it. Then I was with the girlfriend, and while she was shopping with a friend, I went into a convenient EB Games and saw a Rock Band 2 kit for the Playstation 3. I decided to pick it up.

Gaming Session

On Wednesday, January 20, 2010, I arrived in London at around 7:55 p.m. and stopped at the EB Games on Wellington. I picked up two new Playstation 3 controllers. I was at Magic’s place around 8:05 p.m.. It ends up he got a new 46″ LCD, so we hooked up my Playstation 3 to that, and got everything ready to go by 9:00 p.m.. We played until 3:00 or 4:00 a.m. and I passed out while playing. We did take some short breaks and I showed Magic what Darksiders and Bayonetta were like (Awesome), but for the most part, we played Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2. Magic stuck mainly with Wolverine, and I played a bit with Iron Man, but played as Deadpool for the majority of the time (after we unlocked him).

As I said, I had passed out while playing. I woke up around noon the next day and, minutes after that, the fire alarm in the building went off. Naturally, I immediately started packing my shit up. I’m not one to let games burn. I woke Magic up, but it ended up being a false alarm. About five minutes later, we were at it again. By 3:00 p.m. or so, we had finished the game, and began playing through levels to try and unlock the final two characters. Sammy didn’t get to finish it with us, because she had to work that day. It sucks, but there’ll be more gaming in another week or so. We’ll have to play it through on Legendary next time.

Overall, the gaming session was a success. I had a good time. It was some classic hack and slash action that I haven’t experienced in quite a while. Reminded me of the old days on the Nintendo 64 playing Gauntlet Legends. Good times.

The gaming session was originally planned to happen on the Thursday, but I had messed up the plan a bit. Magic went and picked up Dino and Ryan at 4:00 p.m. that day, in hopes of maybe getting a little bit of gaming in with them too (since they were supposed to come and game with us on Thursday, not Wednesday). When Magic left, I purchased Pixel Junk Monsters. Monsters is a simple tower defense game. Since playing Pixel Junk Shooter, I wanted to try out their other games and so I purchased that on the PSN Store. After that I threw Bayonetta in and was playing it when they got back. They watched me finish up what I was doing in Bayonetta, and that really was the extent of our time together. I had to leave shortly after they got back. Sorry guys! Next time we’ll get some actually gaming in!

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 (PS3) Complete

As I mentioned above, we completed Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, so I figured I may as well slide my review into this post as well.

Graphics: The graphics are decent. They are fairly simple, considering it’s just a hack and slash game. The gameplay for the most part was smooth with very little slowdown. Only once or twice did the slowdown ever come to the point of being annoying or even noticed. The special effects during the team up moves can be nice to look at, but otherwise there’s nothing overly special here. It’s just not the type of game that you’ll find breath taking visuals in.

Sound: The game’s various smashes and crashes come across well. Dialogue is done alright, but it’s nothing overly special. Sometimes the on screen actions and the sound don’t match up perfectly, but it can be over looked. The background music during the game really doesn’t lend a lot to it. I don’t even really recall hearing it, but I think it was there.

Controls: The controls take a little bit of getting used to. The default control scheme has triangle as jump, which is fucked up. Your quick attack and your slow powerful attack buttons are “x” and “o”, and grapple is square. The way it should be is “x” as jump, square and triangle as attack buttons and “o” as your grapple. That’s my opinion, but that just seems right. Anyway, we were lazy and didn’t bother checking to see if we could change it. Once we got into the game, it didn’t matter. It was still fun, and the controls are responsive.

Story: The game does have an actual story line. Nick Fury talks Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Wolverine into taking a mission into Latveria (Dr. Doom’s country). Shit goes down, and there’s a controversy sparked that causes the American government to create a registry for super heroes. This means that any one who has super powers has to reveal their identity. If you don’t agree to it, then you will be arrested. Naturally this creates a problem. Those who signed up and registered are tasked with arresting the super heroes that won’t. A civil war breaks out, and super heroes are now fighting each other. While this goes down, another threat is building up. I won’t go into anymore details than this, as I don’t like ruining story lines for anyone. It’s actually not a bad story line, but the ending is very generic.

Innovation: Well, your characters can level up, and you invest ability points and power points into various actions and passive skills. There are hidden characters to unlock, and different things to find hidden among the levels. You can play through past levels in a simulation. Legendary difficulty is unlocked after you finish. This has all been done before. The only actual thing in this game that might seem remotely new to me is the team up moves you can do with another player. Otherwise, I’ve played this type of game before. Not to say that it’s a bad thing. I really did enjoy this game. It’s what I expected.

Replay: The game has quite a few characters to play as, and offers you a new difficulty level at the end of your first play through. It also has a trivia game that you can play, if you want a break from the action. There are 175 Marvel related trivia questions. Playing by yourself isn’t what this game is about, so get a friend or three over. I look forward to hacking my way through the game on Legendary with a few people, and unlocking the final characters.

Overall, the game is quite a lot of fun. It’s not perfect, but it is what it’s supposed to be. Simple, hack and slash, super hero, multiplayer fun.

Pixel Junk Monsters And Rock Band 2 Purchased

As I mentioned early, I purchased Pixel Junk Monsters. It’s a cartoony tower defense game. You protect your village from monsters my building defense towers. I have only played the tutorial, but the game can be played with two people, which is awesome. I look forward to trying it out a bit more, when I get more time.

I also picked up the Rock Band 2 kit, finally. I’ve been meaning to get it for a while, and finally found a copy for the Playstation 3. So far I am enjoying it a lot more than Guitar Hero. This is mainly due to the fact that I have had other people to play it with (my girlfriend and her sister). It’s very easy to lose several hours to this game, as I am sure most people know by now. I am a little behind in getting this, but it is still worth having. I’ve invested about seven or eight hours into the game so far.

On Friday night, I was at my girlfriend’s place and I played some Rock Band 2 with her and her sister. I played guitar, my girlfriend was on mic, and her sister played drums. It was a really good time, and it’s nice to be able to do some gaming at her place. We did the tour mode and unlocked quite a bit of stuff that night, and then even more stuff yesterday. There are a wide selection of songs just in the game itself (mind you, I am not a fan of quite a few of the songs). I am looking forward to downloading some songs sometime soon.

That about wraps up the last few days. I did get a little bit of Darksiders and Bayonetta in, but not much. I am near the end of Darksiders, and do plan to finished it very soon. It’s been a very good game and I would definitely encourage anyone to pick it up. Bayonetta will get it’s turn soon, and I am finding it to be very addictive when I do play it. Oh, and I also pre-ordered Dante’s Inferno for the Playstation 3. Aliens vs. Predator will be out in February as well, so I’m going to have to put a rush on a few things. I also plan to pick up Mass Effect 2 at some point, but I missed the opportunity to get the collector’s edition. I’ll likely wait and get it in March, when I pick up my copy of God of War 3, or maybe even track down a collector’s edition on E-bay. Fuck, there are too many games.

Just An Interesting Article About GameStop

Posted in General on January 19, 2010 by Matt

I just read this recently, and thought that it’d be a good thing to share. Especially if you are looking for a job, or are already starting a new job, at GameStop.

I actually will be applying for a job, in the near future, at a GameStop. This somewhat discourages me, but it’s not like it’s on the top of my list of jobs to apply for. It’s more of a back up, in case the other 20 or 30 jobs I am applying for fall through.

There are a lot of things in the article that I have witnessed as a customer. It’s actually not all that far fetched. It’s somewhat funny and scary at the same time. I knew it wasn’t supposed to be everything that a gamer thought it might be to work there, and this is a first hand account of someone who worked there. If you’re thinking of applying, check it out.

Madagascar Kartz

Posted in Reviews on January 18, 2010 by Laynix

The latest platinum for me is Madagascar Kartz. I borrowed this game from my cousin Brock after he got his platinum, and finished it in a couple of days. I’m going to give a bit of a review and use Matt’s formatting as a template.

Graphics: Madagascar Kartz graphics work, but there’s nothing too special here, but also nothing to complain about.

Sound: The sounds are fine, but the character’s sayings get annoying. The most annoying part of this game is the “I like to move it, move it” song that’s also in the movie.

Controls: This game has basically the exact same controls that Mario Kart games have. It’s as if the developers just played a bunch of Mario Kart then decided to make the very same game with Madagascar characters.

Difficulty: This game is very, very easy. It is one of the easiest games on the PS3 to finish and to platinum that I have played yet.

Value: This isn’t a game that I’ll ever play again, but if you are out there to get platinums like me, then it’s an absolute must play. I played it in two sittings, but it could easily be done in one. There wasn’t anything that I had trouble with at all, other than needing a second player to get a few multiplayer trophies. If you can borrow this game, rent it, or pick it up for under $20, it’s worth it.

This makes platinum #10.

It’s been a while.

Posted in General on January 17, 2010 by Laynix

I know it’s been a while (nearly four months) since my last post, but I don’t want to give up with this blog just yet.

I play PS3 a lot these days, and I’m still trying for trophies, so I will try to make a post when ever I platinum a game and give a bit of a review and a review of the difficulty of the platinum.

Purchases For Friday, January 15, 2009 (GTA IV, Folklore, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2)

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items on January 16, 2010 by Matt

While I was down in Kitchener-Waterloo visiting my girlfriend, I stopped in at the GameStop at Conestoga Mall. I finally picked up some games I’ve been meaning to get.

I’ll start by saying that I already own Grand Theft Auto IV for the XBox 360. I love the game, and want to play it again, but at this point I figured I’d start over. I purchased it for Playstation 3 for the fact that I really don’t want to use my 360 anymore. I enjoy my Playstation 3 more and have been using it way more. This just saves me from switching between consoles. That and I may as well get some more trophies.

Folklore is a game I’ve been meaning to get for a while, and it’s a Playstation 3 exclusive. I’m glad I finally have it, and I can now finally play it. More on this when I do actually play it.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 is actually rather new, but I snagged it up used. It’s in good shape, and now I finally have a good multiplayer game for my girlfriend and I to sit down and enjoy. I liked the first one, but the thing with these games is that playing by yourself is kind of boring. With two or more players, they are fun party games. I have the first Ultimate Alliance for the XBox 360, but purchased the second for the Playstation 3 for the same reason I purchased GTA IV above. Now I need to purchase two more Playstation 3 controllers.

January 18, 2010 Update:
I got around to trying out all of these games.

GTA IV works fine. Don’t think I need to explain that game very much. If you haven’t played it, where the hell have you been?

Folklore is a bit different than I expected, but seems promising. It’s a RPG, and you can choose from two different characters and each has their own story. You travel to the netherworld and are trying to solve a mystery. The combat is real time, and it’s pretty simple so far. I’ve only played it for maybe 30 minutes, and most of that was dialogue. I won’t be getting into it until I am finished Darksiders and Bayonetta.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 is like the first. You choose from several Marvel super heroes and fight bad guys. I can’t wait to try it out with friends. Again, I won’t be getting too into this unless I get a few people together to play it, or finished Darksiders and Bayonetta.

Here Is What’s In the News.

Posted in News on January 14, 2010 by Matt

I decided that I’d browse Digg’s gaming news, and discovered a few articles that peeked my interest. I thought this would be a good time to share some of the articles I read. Here you go.

Here are some statistics on video games. I find it fun that the average age of gamers is 32 years old. I am not sure if that’s a good thing or not. Does this mean that younger crowds are beginning to lose interest and that us old guys are carrying the industry? I really doubt it, but it’s just something to think about. Hopefully gaming isn’t dying out in the younger generations. From my perspective, it’s not, but whatever.

As you’d expect, Modern Warfare 2 has made quite a few sales records. Just recently, it surpassed the $1,000,000,000 mark. That’s pretty intense.

I am still sporting the original DS model, and it doesn’t seem that Nintendo is going to stop making new DS models. The fourth DS model will be called the XL. The screen will be 93% larger. Excellent. I will likely buy this one, and finally retire the old red Mario Kart model. It’s set to release in the spring in the UK. I wonder when it’ll be released here. It’s typically earlier than the UK release.

Apparently, it’s not getting any cheaper to make games. There really wasn’t any surprises in this article for me, but for those who are curious, here is what it costs to make games these days. Roughly.

Zelda Wii will be out this year, and it will be PERFECT! Um…okay, here. They really haven’t disappointed me all that much with any of the Zelda games, so I think I will do my best to believe them. Mind you, nothing is perfect. Perhaps the best they can do within the confines of the Wii would better suite what they are saying?

Game Purchases For Friday and Saturday (January 8th and 9th, 2010)

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items on January 9, 2010 by Matt

I picked up a few games over the last couple of days. Yesterday I was at GameStop (located in the Conestoga Mall, formerly known as EB Games) in Waterloo and on my way home today I stopped in at Little Shop of Heroes.

At GameStop I picked up Lair for the Playstation 3 for $20. I had never played this game before, and had been curious, so I figured why not. It’s in good condition and works fine. The game plays like I expected. You’re a dragon rider, and you’re fighting a war against another kingdom. The game’s dialogue can be a bit cheesy, but I sort of expected it. It’s one of the first games to be released for the Playstation 3, so the graphics do look a bit dated. It uses the motion controls in the controller, so you steer your dragon using that. It’s an alright game, but it’s not on the top of my priority list to play.

On my way home today, I picked up Deus Ex Invisible War for the XBox, Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire for the Nintendo 64, and Super Thunder Blade, Space Harrier 2 and Blaster Master 2 all for the Sega Genesis. I cleaned them all up and they work fine. Star Wars has some wear around the sticker on the cartridge, and some of the manuals for the Sega Genesis games have a tiny bit of wear. Otherwise, all is well.