Archive for July, 2011

Nintendo 3DS Price Drop!

Posted in News on July 28, 2011 by Matt

The Nintendo 3DS hasn’t been doing very well, and doesn’t have much of a library yet. To make the system a bit more appealing, the price is being cut all the way down from $249.99 to $169.99 on August 12th, according to Kotaku.

For those who want one, and just couldn’t afford it, this is your chance. I’m likely still not going to get one. Not until I see some more games come out that are worth the purchase. I’d rather save the money and put it towards the PS Vita this fall.

Today’s Purchase: Catherine Love Is Over Deluxe Edition

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items, Initial Impressions, New Releases on July 26, 2011 by Matt

Today, I picked up my pre-order of Catherine and I’ve had a chance to take a look through the items in the deluxe edition and play the game for a bit. It’s safe to say that I have enjoyed what I have played so far.

The game is mostly about dialogue choices and then your nightmares are where you must climb a tower.

A lot of your time seems to be spent talking and making dialogue choices in this game. It’s basically between being a cheating lier or an honest guy who makes a mistake. It’s really up to the player to decide most of what Vincent does. You can also help others along the way. It seems that these actions are what will give you different endings.

The nightmare levels are about moving blocks around to create a pathway to the top. You’ll be on a timer, and encounter enemies, traps, and bosses. You can pick up items that can help you a bit, but you can only carry one at a time. If you mess up, either you fall to your death or you are killed by a trap or an enemy. You have to think about where you’re moving the blocks and try not to mess up. On easy, you get a lot of continues, and I’m willing to bet a lot more time to reach the top in the levels.

I plan to finish it on easy first, and then move on to normal and hard. I’m curious to see all of the endings.

Anyone looking for something challenging and a bit different than the norm should definitely check out Catherine. It’s got me hooked right now, so maybe I’ll write up a full review by next week.

Pizza Box
The Pizza Box.

No pizza
No pizza inside though. *sad face*

Game, Art Book and Sound Track
Here is the game itself, the art book and sound track.

Boxers and T-Shirt
Should I wear these to work?

Catherine Pillow Case
A pillow case. Just in case you want to sleep with Catherine.

Recent Purchases: Alan Wake Collector’s Edition (360), Bastion, Splosion Man, Ms Splosion Man and The Dishwasher: Vampire Smiles (XBLA)

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items, Initial Impressions, New Releases on July 25, 2011 by Matt

I’ve been playing some games on my X-Box 360 lately. It’s been neglected for a while, and I think it’s time to show some more appreciation. These games were all purchased within the last week or so, and have all proven excellent so far.

Alan Wake CE
Alan Wake is a game I’ve been meaning to get since it came out. The collector’s edition has been sitting at the store since it’s release and nobody seemed to want to purchase it. The collector’s edition comes with the game, a bonus disc, sound track, a journal, and a download voucher for some free DLC. The case that holds all of this stuff is shaped to look like a book. It’s a pretty decent bundle. It still cost me close to $70.

So far, I’ve only played through the first episode. The game is a horror game, and sets the atmosphere very well. Some parts are pretty freaky, and the story is a bit intriguing. Essentially, you’re an author and your story’s are coming to life and haunting you (and trying to kill you). I’m interested to see where the rest of the game takes me.

Bastion was just recently released as part of the Xbox Live Summer of Arcade series of games. It’s an action RPG with narration by a voice as you play the game and perform actions. The story is told with your actions. It’s kind of a cool idea, and I like it so far. It seems like a very easy game to pick up and play, and if you aren’t expecting much, it’s something that might surprise you.

Splosion Man and Ms Sposion Man are whacky puzzle-based platformers for 1 or more players where you explode every time you jump. You only have a certain amount of charge, so you can only explode a certain amount of times in succession before having to recharge. Exploding off certain objects will let you go further and/or recharge you. The puzzles in the game require the right combination of objects and the right timing. After playing the trial to Ms Splosion man, I had to get both games. With the option to play 2-players and the humour that this game holds, it’s a seriously good time. Also, the fact that the single-player experience and the multi-player experience are completely different level designs and puzzles brings up the value of the games. If you haven’t played them, then you should.

The Dishwasher: Vampire Smiles is the second game in the Dishwasher series. It has it’s own art style, and is a very graphic series of games. It’s a story of betrayal and revenge, as you and your undead companion hack and slash your way through enemies. Vampire Smiles has the option for 2-players, and I actually liked the first one. My girlfriend and I tried the trial and we enjoyed it, so I purchased it.

In The Mail: F.E.A.R. (PS3)

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items on July 25, 2011 by Matt

Recently, I received F.E.A.R. in the mail from an E-Bay auction. My girlfriend has never played it, and I figured it’s a good game and I may as well get it for a system she is familiar with. We recently played through F.E.A.R. 3 together, so this allows her to see what she missed.

The game came in great shape. No damage to the case or manual and the disc is mint. E-Bay seller: turtle5577

In The Mail: Area-51 (PS1)

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items on July 14, 2011 by Matt

Today I received Area-51 in the mail. This game was one of my favourites back in the arcade, and I even had this for my PS1 at one point before. The only difference between then and now is that I have a light gun to use with it. Now all I need is a second light gun that is compatible with it, as I currently have 2 Guncons (original Guncon and a Scorpion) and 1 Light Blaster. I’ll need to do some research and find out which light gun is best.

Area-51 came in near mint condition, with only some very light scratches on the disc. E-Bay seller: dkw_entertainment

Purchase For Tuesday, July 12, 2011: Tranformers: War for Cybertron (PS3)

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

As I mentioned in an earlier posting, GameStop’s Summer Power Sale is on right now, and some games have dropped in price significantly. Tranformers: War for Cybertron is one of them, as it’s down to $19.99.

It’s a fairly decent game, but it’s not quite as good as I had hoped it would be. Maybe I need to play it a bit more, but it just seems a bit…clunky or sluggish? I can’t quite put my finger on it. More on this when I get around to finally putting more time into it. I’m just glad I waited until it dropped in price.

Mail Overflowing!

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

Within the past 3 days, I’ve received 3 light guns and 5 games. I’ve never owned a light gun for any of my consoles in my life, so this is a new experience for me. I’ve played light gun games with Move controllers and Wii Remotes, but never with an actual gun controller. When I was a kid, Area 51 and other arcade gun games were an arcade experience that I enjoyed. Light gun games for the Playstation 1 were a limited experience for me, as I had to use a controller instead of a gun. It’s about time I had picked up some of those light guns and some of those old games and try them out.

We’ll start with the light guns.

We’ll start with the most popular of the light guns: the Namco Guncon. It’s said to be the most accurate of the light guns and I’ve tested it out. It’s very accurate. It’s a great light gun, but isn’t compatible with all light gun games.

The Guncon came in good shape, with only minor wear on it. It works great and was fairly cheap. E-Bay seller: lsutter

Scorpion Light Gun

The Scorpion light gun is compatible with both the Sega Saturn and the PS1, and is also like a Guncon. It’s very small compared to the Guncon and the button layout is different. It’s not quite as accurate, I found, but that could be due to improper calibration on my part. It still works quite well though, but the button layout isn’t as friendly. It has 3 buttons on the left side of the gun, a switch between full auto, auto reload and manual, and the hammer is also a button.

It was fairly cheap and works fine. Not exactly new like it said on the e-bay auction, but whatever. It wasn’t very expensive. E-Bay seller: cheapgamestuff

Light Blaster
The Light Blaster is a larger and heavier light gun than the other two. It is not compatible with certain Guncon games. It’s an alright gun, but not as accurate as the Guncon. I tried it out with Diehard Trilogy 2, and it works fine. I might have to check out a few other light guns to see what works best for non-Guncon games.

The Light Blaster is in good shape, with no real signs of wear. E-Bay seller: cardsonline

Now, on to the games that I received.

Time Crisis is a very popular light gun series. I felt compelled to have this and a Guncon for my PS1, so here it is. It’s a very good game, and I’ve enjoyed trying out the first game. The only gripe I have about it is that it’s only one player.

It came in good condition and was very cheap. Only thing wrong with it is that some of the pegs inside were broken off during shipment. E-Bay seller: forsaken2000

Vigilante 8
Vigilante 8 came out during the big craze for vehicle combat games (like Twisted Metal). I remember playing a demo for it a long time ago, and I wanted it. It’s not as good as I recall it being, but I think I might have to play a bit more than just one level.

This game came in great condition and was fairly cheap. E-Bay seller: dkw_entertainment

Hail to the King
The Evil Dead video games never had the best reputation, and Evil Dead: Hail to the King was supposed to be the primary reason. It’s a very simple game, that controls the same as Resident Evil and has the same camera angles as well. It’s not a very well made game, but I got it for the sake of having all of the Evil Dead games.

It is in good condition, other than some of the pegs inside the jewel case were broken off during shipment. E-Bay seller: parisheric

Evil Dead Fisful of Boomstick
Evil Dead: Fistful of Boomstick is a step up from Hail the the King. It is a decent game, but the controls took a bit to get used to (inverted look), and there are not options to change that issue. You start off in a bar, watching t.v. and bitching to the barkeep. On t.v. is a talk show and the guest is a man who translated the Necronomicon into a best selling book. The talk show host breaks out the tape recording from the cabin and plays it, unleashing hell. It’s up to Ash to stop it. Fairly straight forward action adventure, but with the atmosphere of the Evil Dead series.

Evil Dead Regeneration
Evil Dead: Regeneration is the best game of the Evil Dead series. The controls are well done, the graphics are much more detailed and animation work is better. Overall, it’s just a better game, and more fun. I only played the intro portion of the game to make sure it worked properly, and was happy with it. Hell, I may even play through it some time.

This game and Fistful of Boomstick came together in mint condition at a very reasonable price. E-Bay seller: marlene2216

That is everything for now. I’m hoping that Area 51 will come in the mail soon so I can get back to that.