Archive for November, 2010

I’ve Been Busy

Posted in What's Up. on November 30, 2010 by Matt

Recently, I found employment with a security company and have been working almost every day. I also just got hired at GameStop as well.

With that being said, my posts will likely be irregular. Hopefully I can find some time this weekend to play a bit of catch up.

I finished a play through of Splatterhouse, so expect a review of that very soon. Dead Nation, as I mentioned in my previous post, is great and I’ll be playing it a lot. That is all I have for now.

Purchase for Tuesday, November 30, 2010: Dead Nation

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items on November 30, 2010 by Matt

Dead Nation finally came out today, and it’s everything I hoped it would be. $15 for some fun zombie action.

I don’t have much time at the moment to go into great depth on how the game is so far. All I’ll say is that it’s a lot of fun, and I really cannot wait to get a friend over to play co-op.

Purchase for Tuesday, November 23, 2010: Splatterhouse (PS3), Pac-Man Championship Edition DX (PSN), and Dragon’s Lair(PSN)

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items, Initial Impressions, New Releases on November 24, 2010 by Matt

Today marked the release of Splatterhouse and I had it pre-ordered, so I went and picked it up.

the game is really actually pretty good. Some minor glitches here and there, the occasional bad camera angle, and sometimes the controls can come up short, but it never really bothers me enough to ruin the game.

With the bad things about it being said, the game has a lot of gore, some good music, a fun storyline, and a lot of unlockable content (including the original Splatterhouse games).

I’ll say right now that not everyone will enjoy it as much as I have been, so I’d advice trying the game out before purchasing. I am almost finished my first play-through of the story mode already, so expect a review very soon.

On a different note, there were some other games I got on PSN. Pac-Man Championship Edition DX and Dragon’s Lair. I haven’t played either of these yet (but I have played Dragon’s Lair on Sega CD), but expect some posts about them in the near future as well. It’s a relief to finally see Pac-Man on the PSN though. It came out a bit earlier for XBLA and I was worried I’d have to wait for a while.

PSN has a sale on right now, so get online and check out some of the deals.

Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood and Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit Initial Impressions

Posted in Initial Impressions on November 23, 2010 by Matt

It’s been a week since I picked both of these games up, and I have spent a little bit of time playing both of them. It’s safe to say that I am enjoying both games.

Starting with Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, I have to say that the game usually has a great sense of speed, the controls are easy to pick up, and the difficulty is a challenge without the frustration (for the most part). Sometimes I find myself wanting to smash the controller when I am a couple hundredths of a second from the goal time for a gold medal, but I just need to get better at taking short cuts throughout the courses. There are different play modes, so it’s not always about getting away from the cops. There are the time trial races, ordinary races, and pursuits while racing. You build up your wanted level by performing stuff during races (power slides, crashes, driving on the wrong side of the road, destroying cop cars), and placing in a top three position. As you gain points, you unlock new vehicles and races. Also, the difficulty increases as you level up.

Need for Speed has not given me no reasons to not recommend it yet.

Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood is not too shabby either. I’ve finished the first two areas of the game, and I am enjoying it. I just can’t seem to get myself lost in it yet. I’ve been trying to play it more often and for longer periods, but I tend to want to turn the game off after a few minutes. I haven’t pin-pointed why. The controls are not too bad, but they do leave me wanting a bit more. It may be that I am not used to them yet, but I find them a bit sloppy sometimes, and I hate how when you want to sprint (hold R1 + X) you’ll automatically try to run up walls. I’ve been kills once or twice because I happened to be to close to a wall. It’s still a hell of a lot of fun doing the small missions burning down the enemy buildings and assassinating captains, etc. I never played the second game in the series, so this is a big step up from the original game.

There is still a lot to be done before I can safely say that I love this game. For now, it can settle for okay. If you loved the other Assassin’s Creed games, I am going to assume you have this one already.

Purchase for Saturday, November 20, 2010: Hoard (PSN)

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items, Initial Impressions on November 21, 2010 by Matt

I was sitting around, and had read some things about Hoard last week. My curiosity got the best of me, and I ended up purchasing it ($14.99).

The game is very simple, as is what pretty much everyone else was saying in reviews. You control a dragon, and you pretty much terrorize the surrounding areas. Burn down towns, mills, castles, and anything else to get gold, and take the gold to your hoard. You’re goal is to collect as much gold as possible within the set parameters of whatever game type you decided to play. You are competing against another dragon or dragons (cpu or other players).

It’s easy to get into and fun. It’s nothing overly special, but I need to try it out with another person before I make any sort of complete judgments about the game.

Purchase for Wednesday, November 17, 2010: Crazy Taxi (PSN)

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items, Initial Impressions on November 17, 2010 by Matt

Last night, or early this morning, whatever you want to think of it as, I was on the PSN checking out the Tuesday releases. I saw Crazy Taxi and though that I’d grab it up ($9.99).

I don’t have it for the Dreamcast, and have never played it before. It actually turns out it’s a hell of a lot of fun. Picking up passengers, and trying to do as much crazy shit as possible while getting them to their destination is as little time as possible is the goal. You have a limited amount of time to play, and it’s essentially just trying to get as many points as possible and beating high scores. Very simple, and yet a ton of fun. Was definitely worth picking up.

Some add-on packs stuck out to me, so I grabbed the Space Invaders Infinite Gene add-on pack number 3, and the Worms 2: Armageddon pack as well. Haven’t tried out either of them yet though.

There were some demos that I downloaded too. Comet Crash, and Sky fighter.

Comet Crash is a bit different. It’s essentially a tower defense game. You gather resources from comets that pass over you. You can grab them and drag them over your turrets and they destroy it for you to collect the resources. You can build different buildings. Some build units, others are armed and fire on enemy units. It’s pretty simple. Not sure if I am going to get it or not. We’ll see.

Sky Fighter is a 2-d, side scrolling air plane shooter. You can drop bombs, fire machine guns, and what have you. It’s really difficult to control though. Took me a few minutes to get semi-comfortable with it. Again, not sure if I am going to get it or not. Doesn’t seem like a must have game. That and I have too many games on my plate as it is.

Purchases for Tuesday, November 16, 2010: Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood Collector’s Edition and Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit Limited Edition (PS3)

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items, New Releases on November 16, 2010 by Matt

Today I went to GameStop with the intent of picking up my pre-order of Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, and didn’t realize that today was also the release of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. There was a pyramid of collector’s editions sitting behind the tills so I asked if they had any extras. They did, so I got one. I am weak.

I haven’t taken the time to play either game yet, so we’ll have to wait until later (likely tonight) how they turned out.

I opened them though, and the Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is a fun collector’s edition. It comes with a jack-in-the-box, art book, and a bonus content disc (making of, development diary, and whatnot).