Archive for January, 2011

Purchases for Friday, January 28, 2011: Dead Space 2 Collector’s Edition (PS3) and Etrian Odyssey (DS)

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items, New Releases on January 29, 2011 by Matt

As the title says, I picked up some more games!

While I was at work yesterday, I finally had the opportunity to pick up my copy of Dead Space 2 Collector’s Edition. It comes with the small plastic Plasma Cutter, a cd with the game’s sound track on it, and the Collector’s Edition online pass code (which unlocks a couple of things items for use in the game). As well, the PS3 version comes with Dead Space Extraction. I’m looking forward to playing both of these games when I am finished playing Mass Effect 2.

As well, right at the start of my shift, Etrian Odyssey was traded in. As soon as I saw it, I set it aside. I’ve been looking for it for a while, since I already owned the second game. We’ll see if I ever get down to playing it though.

With those purchases, I also pre-ordered Crysis 2 for the PC and Bulletstorm for PS3. Both games are showing promise. I enjoyed the Bulletstorm demo, and am really looking forward to it’s release next month.

Purchases for Tuesday, January 25, 2011: Comet Crash and Shatter (PSN)

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items on January 27, 2011 by Matt

On Tuesday, some things came on sale on the Playstation Network, and I decided to grab a couple of games (as the title says).

Comet Crash is a game I tried out a little while ago. It was on sale for $4.99, so I grabbed it up.

Shatter is a game I have never played, but it was even cheaper and I figured what the hell.

I haven’t had a chance to sit down and play either game, as I’ve been busy with Mass Effect 2. Oh, and I triedd the Bulletstorm demo. It shows promise. Might actually end up buying it. We’ll have to wait and see.

Purchases for Tuesday, January 18, 2011: Little Big Planet 2 Collector’s Edition, Mass Effect 2 (PS3) and X-Men Origins: Wolverine (PS3)

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items, Initial Impressions, New Releases on January 19, 2011 by Matt

Well, I picked up my pre-orders before work (Little Big Planet 2 and Mass Effect 2) and then during my shift, I found X-Men Origins: Wolverine new for $10. I figured, why the hell not?

As I haven’t played these games yet, I have nothing to really talk about. Expect an update soon.

Update for Friday, January 21, 2011: I’ve had a chance to play these games over the past few days. My primary focus is Mass Effect 2 though.

Mass Effect 2 is pretty damn good and I am enjoying it a lot. I’ve invested 5 hours so far and I can see myself getting sucked in, just like in the first game.

Wolverine is a fun, if not really simple, hack and slash beat ’em up. For $10, I think it was worth it. Mind you, the storyline is the same as the movie’s I think, and that might seriously harm it in the end.

Little Big Planet 2 is going to keep me busy once Mass Effect 2 is over. I got my profile from the first game transferred over and messed around a little bit, but haven’t really played it yet.

Vanquish (PS3) Review

Posted in Reviews on January 19, 2011 by Matt

I decided that I really didn’t want to let this game sit around any longer, and played through it. It would have been a shame too, because it is actually pretty good. Kind of short, considering the game was completed in under 7 hours on the default difficulty setting, but that is okay with me. It just means it’ll be quick to play through a second time…on hard.

What was done well? Graphics, Controls, Combat and a variety of weapons, variety of enemies, Storyline, Online Rankings

The graphics in Vanquish are actually pretty damn good. It’s very smooth without any slow down and the animations are done very well. Explosions, sparks, robot pieces sliding across the ground, and shadows and reflections all look nice. It is very polished and I have no complaints here.

Controls take a little getting used to at the beginning, but it doesn’t take too long to get used to sliding around on jets, flipping around and firing at a target all at the same time. The tutorial was very helpful in this regard, as I did that before I began playing. I think you have to anyway. It’s been a while since I actually began playing the game, so i can’t quite recall.

Combat, as I mentioned a little bit in the bit on controls is a lot of fun. Use of cover is essential, but when you’re not in cover and need to get around, you can slide around on jets and shoot at enemies quickly (it goes into bullet time). Big enemies and bosses have weak spots that are on their backs or in hard to see spots, and using your jets to quickly get around behind them can be very useful. Plenty of weapons are at your disposal as well, which adds a bit of depth. I mainly used the heavy machine gun, assault rifle and the lock-on multiple missile launcher. There are around 10 or more different weapons. Some are upgradable and some are not. To upgrade weapons, you need a weapon to be at full ammo, and then pick up another of the same weapon, or while having that weapon equiped you pick up an upgrade cube. There are also frag and EMP grenades. EMP grenades are essential sometimes, considering they stun most enemies and are nice in a tight spot when you can’t poke out to fire on the enemy. You can also attack in close combat, but it drains your energy in one hit, so it’s tough to do it a lot. Same goes for sliding around on the jets. It slowly drains your energy and overheats your suit. Be careful.

There are many different enemies as well. Most enemies are similar, but do vary in how they fight in combat. Some have jet packs, some have big drill arms, some are like a big pile of parts that randomly form new weapons. It’s a lot of fun not knowing what could be around the next corner, and adjusting your tactics as new enemies arrive. Large robot boss fights are well done here, and this is the only game where you can upper cut and knock a giant robot’s head clean off it’s shoulders. That kind of thing makes me happy.

The storyline in this game is really not THAT amazing, but I liked it. It was enough to hold the game together, and cheesy enough that it appealed to me. Some people may disagree with me, and that is fine. I don’t blame you. It’s nothing special, but it was effective in my opinion.

As you make your way through each chapter in the game (of which there are 5 in total), you gain points and scores for each mission within those acts. These scores are kept for online rankings. If you’re competitive and enjoy playing the game, then this will give you some replay options.

What could be better? Balance, Game Length, Dialogue

The game was sometimes a complete bitch to me. I’d rock my way through an area easily, and then all the sudden I would die a whole bunch of times. It might just be me shaking some rust off, but it was sometimes a bit unbalanced and it would annoy me. Sure enough I would turn the game off for a little bit and return later to complete the area in one try, but whatever.

The game only took me around 6.5 hours to finish, which isn’t long, but with the online ranking system and scoreboards in place, I’d say there’s enough replay value to warrant this as a minor gripe.

Finally, the dialogue is sometimes so horrible I felt embarrassed to play the game. It’s so bad that it’s good. I recall at the start of the game hearing a character say “Come on you apes, you want to live forever!” and I just about vomited. Come on! The only thing that pulled that line off successfully was the first Starship Troopers movie. Pure cheese. Some people may completely hate it, but it’s a minor thing to me…for the most part.

Overall

The game was a lot of fun, for the most part. Some minor frustration in some spots with balance issues and the short game length hinder the game slightly, but it was definitely worth the purchase. I’d recommend a definite rental. The game is only around $40 now, and you might find it used for a little less. Give it a shot if you like destroying robots and running around in hi-tech armour.

Purchases for Thursday, January 13, 2011: Auditorium HD (PSN), Time Crisis: Razing Storm (PS3) and PS Move.

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items, Initial Impressions on January 14, 2011 by Matt

Yesterday I decided to finally pick up the Move accessories for the Playsation 3, and with it I decided to go with Time Crisis Razing Storm. Also, I downloaded Auditorium HD from the PSN.

I’ve played the Arcade Mode so far in Time Crisis Razing Storm, and it’s pretty fun. It’ll be even better with a second player. Time Crisis 4 and Deadstorm Pirates haven’t been touched yet, but I’ll get around to it. I’ll be trying out the story mode next.

Auditorium HD is an interesting puzzle game involving a stream of particles that you use to create sound by channeling them through these bar meters. Each meter has a colour, so you have to guide the particles through these colour coded circles first, in some instances, by using these movable arrows. It’s difficult to describe, so just go and check out some of the game’s videos.

Purchases for Tuesday, January 11, 2011: Crash Team Racing (PS Classic), Lead and Gold (PSN), Pipe Madness (PSN Mini) and Fieldrunner (PSN Mini)

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items on January 13, 2011 by Matt

On Tuesday, I decided to finally get a Playstation Plus Membership, and with it I was able to get the above games for free. I figured that it was worth the $50 for a year, considering how many games get special pricing with the membership and how many games I tend to buy.

Crash Team Racing was a game I never got a chance to play much of back in the day, but it was a decent game. Not quite as good as Mario Kart, but this was a free download for me.

Lead and Gold was free as well. I still haven’t played it, but I will eventually.

Pipe Madness is essentially the hacking puzzles from BioShock in a very cheap package. It was free. Mind you, as a PSN Mini, it would have only been $2 or so anyway.

Fieldrunner was free and that is the only reason I downloaded it. I have heard nothing about it and have not tried it yet.

On top of those games, I also downloaded the January episode of Qore and watched it. Might started watching it on a regular basis.

I’ll be picking up the PS Move tomorrow with Time Crisis, and making more pre-orders. Kill Zone 3 and Marvel vs. Capcom 3 being the final pre-orders for me for a while. There are too many games coming out. DAMN IT!

Update: Lead and Gold is a wild west online shooter. I played a little capture the flag and it was okay. If you have Red Dead Redemption, you don’t really need this game.

Fieldrunner is a tower defence game, and it’s very basic. I played it for a bit, and it’s actually quite enjoyable.

Purchases for January 5th and 6th, 2011: Microbots (PSN), Tetris (PSN), and Reloaded (PS Classics)

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items, Initial Impressions on January 7, 2011 by Matt

Last night and this afternoon I browsed the PSN store in search of some more games to try out.

I downloaded Tetris, because…well…it’s fucking Tetris. It seems that EA had the idea to give Tetris a fresh new look and some new play modes. Good enough for me. I played a little bit, but ended up passing out after one game. Not much to give you for an initial impression…other than it’s Tetris.

I also downloaded the demos for Microbot and Rocochet HD. I decided that Microbot was worth the purchase. Ricochet HD is alright, but I’ll put that on the back burner for now. Mircrobot is a game where you take control of a microscopic machine and are injected into a human being. Your job is to fight off bacteria and invading evil microbots. I’ve played it a little bit, and so far it’s alright. I like the upgrade system and the idea of the game. I do find a few things annoying about it though. For example, when I am trying to fight a whole bunch of enemies, and all the sudden I am swooped away by the blood stream and killed randomly. The auto-save system is also annoying sometimes, considering that if you back track, the checkpoints don’t save as you pass them going the other direction. If you die, you get sent all the way back to the furthest point that you got to. Minor gripes, I suppose, bu we’ll see what else happens as I play more.

Reloaded is a PS Classic, and I never had a chance to play it back in the day. Thought I’d give it a whirl. It’s not all that amazing. It’s definitely dated. Oh well.

Both Microbot and Tetris were $9.99. Reloaded was $5.99.

Also worth mentioning is that I pre-ordered Mortal Kombat Tournament Edition for the PS3. I hope they don’t fuck this up.