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.

Today Is The Last Day Of The Steam Summer Sale!

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items, News on July 10, 2011 by Matt

Just for anyone that hasn’t been keeping track, Steam has been having a summer sale since June 30th. Some of the games are up to 75% off and it’s pretty sweet. I’ve purchased quite a few off this sale.

The more noteworthy titles on sale today are DoW 2: Retribution ($7.49 today) and Just Cause 2 ($5.00). Some other good titles are also on sale, so check out the Steam Store.

Yesterday, I picked up Anomaly: Warzone Earth for $5.00, The X series of games (X3: Terran Conflict and such) for $5.00, the King’s Bounty series for $9.99 (I think that was the price) and Terraria for $2.49. The day before I puchased Empire and Napoleon Total War for $9.99 with all expansions. Some really amazing deals.

Update: Okay, I’m annoyed. On the main store page, it says that DoW 2: Retribution is 75% off. I clicked it, and when I get to the DoW 2 page, it’s only 50% off. So, the game is $14.99 instead. Boooo!

In The Mail: Ace Combat 2 (PS) and Die Hard Trilogy (PS)

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items on July 9, 2011 by Matt

I went into an E-Bay frenzy last month, and have been recently receiving all of the games in the mail. Here are a couple that I received on Thursday (July 7).

Ace Combat 2
Ace Combat 2 is, if you didn’t know, a jet fighter game. I’ve been hunting down the entire collection, and once I receive the third one in the mail, I will have them all. The only thing I really want is to find the first one (Air Combat) in it’s original long box.

This game came in okay condition. The case and manual are fine, but the disc is covered in very light scratch marks. It works, so I guess I am happy enough with that.

Die Hard Trilogy 2
Die Hard Trilogy 2 and it’s predecessor were games that always had some interest with me, but I never found them anywhere back when they was released. I enjoy light gun games, so I was happy to see this for so cheap.

Die Hard came in good condition, with hardly any scratches on the disc at all.

Purchases for Friday, July 8, 2011

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items, Initial Impressions on July 9, 2011 by Matt

With the start of GameStop’s Summer Power Sale, I figured that there would be some games I might want to get. Really, there were only two sale items that I picked up, and the rest were just cheaper and/or used titles.

We’ll start with the sale items.

Halo Reach
Halo Reach Legendary Edition was sitting on our shelf for the longest time at $99.99, and the sale dropped that down by %50. Collector’s Edition stuff is kind of a weakness of mine. I like to have it all, and thus I picked up Halo Reach. The first Halo game I have ever purchased.

Front Mission Evolved
The second sale item was Front Mission Evolved for the PS3. It was on for $19.99, and I’ve been meaning to get it for a while now. I’ve found myself a bit obsessed with mech games for the last little while. It all started with Lost Planet 2 and grew more and more since then.

Anyway, Front Mission Evolved is the first game in the Front Mission series that isn’t a turn based strategy game. A lot of fans disliked this move, but I don’t mind it. I’ve only played it for about 30-45 minutes so far, so we’ll have to see how much I like it after I finish the game’s campaign mode.

Now for the rest of the games I purchased.

Resident Evil Darkside Chronicles
Resident Evil Darkside Chonicles for the Wii was sitting on the used rack staring at me, and I liked Umbrella Chronicles, so I picked it up. Haven’t played it yet though, so we’ll see how this turns out sometime soon.

KUF Circle of Doom
Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom for the X-Box 360 was also one of those games that I heard people talk about, and it caught my curiousity. I’ve heard it’s one of the hardest games to get a full gamer score in. Maybe someday we will see. That game was in good condition and was only $9.99.

LoH Tear of Vermillion
Finally, Legend of Heroes: A Tear of Vermillion was traded in not to long ago, and it was only $9.99 as well. I still haven’t played any of the games in this series, but I hear it’s not too bad. The UMD case is busted, so I need to replace it with a new one before I can try it out. This is like a small salvage operation.