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Recent Purchases: PS Vita Early Edition Bundle, Escape Plan, Lumines and Super Stardust Delta (PSV) and Twisted Metal (PS3)

Posted in Currently Playing, In The Mail/Purchased Items, Initial Impressions, New Releases on February 16, 2012 by Matt

It’s been a busy week, considering the releases that we have seen. All of the above, and The Darkness 2 have kept my attention quite well.

I’ll start by talking about the PS Vita. Little Deviants has some people seeing the mini-games as gimmicks and it’s being views as a mediocre game, but I am actually really enjoying it a lot. It makes use of all of the Vita’s functions, though a couple of the mini-games are not really for me (singing). My favourite games are the sky diving (using tilt functionality), and the bot game where you use the camera to look around and shoot the invading bots. Everything else is decent, and surprisingly, this game has kept my attention for the most part.

Escape Plan is a great game that uses all of the Vita’s motion and touch functions. You need to quite one or both of the characters in the game across an obstacle course, and use each one’s skills to help one or both of them as well. You can push objects with the touch screen or the back touch panel, and you can knock on walls to distract enemies, and trigger traps as well. Have a room full of poison gas? Spin the fan in the background with your finger. Or, if it’s a pipe leaking steam or poison, plug it with a finger. It sort of reminds me a little of the first two Oddworld games.

By the way, they should make a 2-D sidescroller Oddworld game for the Vita. I would instantly buy it.

I haven’t played much of Lumines: Electronic Symphony yet, but it’s very vibrant and is very cool. If you’ve played and liked any of them, I think you’ll like it.

Super Stardust Delta is just like the PSN game, but with extra features. The touch screen can be used to fire missiles or use black holes, and the tilt function can be used to look around a bit. It’s an awesome game, and is a must for $9.99, and if you loved the original.

I’ll make another post once I’ve played a bit more. I’ll cover Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Wipeout 2028 next time.

Twisted Metal PS3

Oh, and Twisted Metal. Yeah. Buy it. It’s almost everything I really wanted it to be. The only thing I wish is that there were more characters. The combat, the music and the level designs are awesome. I’ll cover a review of this once I finish the campaign, and play online a bit. Expect it in…a few weeks?

You can also expect a Darkness 2 review sometime soon. Once I get the platinum.

Games I’ve been playing recently

Posted in Currently Playing on August 26, 2011 by Laynix

I thought I’d make a post about some games I’ve been playing recently, although none of them are new, and they’re all on PS3.

I finally got around to getting the platinum trophy in Borderlands. I have finished the first play through a long time ago, but I had a couple trophies to get to actually unlock the platinum trophy. I finished it up and was reminded about how great of a game Borderlands is. Now to finish up the remaining DLCs I have yet to play.

I’ve gone back to playing Wipeout HD because I really would like to get the platinum some day, even though I know it’s extremely difficult. I need to practice if I’m ever going to get it. I’ve been playing it online and working towards completing the expansion. I was somewhat surprised to find that there are still quite a few people playing Wipeout HD online.

Another racing game I’ve been playing is Dirt 3. I’ve finished up everything in single player with only online left. Online is a lot of fun since there are a lot of different game modes, and Dirt 3 is a great racing game. It’s going to take me quite a while to get the online rank needed to get the platinum. I’m going to hold off buying the DLC until it all goes on sale as a bundle. I think it’s weird that they released each of the DLC as different pre-order bonuses at different stores.

I’ve been playing a lot of Battlefield 1943 and Battlefield Bad Company. They’re great online and I need to sink a hell of a lot of time into Bad Company before I can even think about getting the platinum. EA has a tendency to shut down their servers but there are still a lot of people playing Bad Company that I don’t expect it will be shut down any time soon.

Mercenaries 2, on the other hand, is likely going to be shut down very soon. There is no longer a server running for the 360 and it’s been a while since it was shut off, so I expect the PS3 server won’t be up long. I want to get this platinum before that happens.

Two other games that will have their servers shut down soon (Oct. 10) are NHL 10 and Madden 10. Brock wants to get the platinums for both since they’re both on his trophy list (they’re been in his system at some point) so I think I’ll help out. They’re both only $4.99 used at GameStop, so it’s not a big investment. The online trophies don’t take very long for either game either. The strange thing is I looked at 5 different GameStops and couldn’t find a single Madden 10. They didn’t even have new copies, although, at $24.99 there’s no way I would buy it new. Another game I have been looking for recently is Hyperdimension Neptunia. I was at a GameStop that sold their last copy earlier that day. It’s up to close to $150 online now so it looks like I missed out. Oh well, maybe I’ll find it used some day.

Anyway, back to trudging through buggy Mercs 2.

Well, Demon’s Souls has possessed me. My eyes are burning.

Posted in Currently Playing, What's Up. on March 12, 2011 by Matt

Demon’s Souls has now taken about 95% of my full attention. Since I started playing it again, I have beaten a few bosses (Leechmonger, Adjudicator, Maneater, Old Hero, Firelurker, and Storm King), and leveled up my character from 47 (about a week ago) to 96, and have upgraded my weapons as well. I’ve invested around 20-25 hours this week, and I’m lovin’ it for the most part. The only thing that sucks is that my eyes are burning and stinging from playing games way too much.

This experience is making me look back on other games that I have sitting around. Maybe it’s time to stop buying so many new games and start enjoying the ones I already have. There are quite a few that I really should play through, such as Dragon Age Origins, Half-Life Ep 1 and 2, finish off God of War 3 and Red Dead Redemption (+ Undead Nightmare).

With that being said, I think that I won’t be buying any games for a while, other than the ones I already have pre-ordered (Crysis 2, Mortal Kombat, Super Mario All-Stars, and Duke Nukem Forever). I’m going to try and complete at least half of the games in my pile here before I get anymore. We’ll see how this goes.

Demon’s Souls is Back in My PS3!

Posted in Currently Playing, What's Up. on March 7, 2011 by Matt

Recently, a guy I work with has been talking about Demon’s Souls quite a bit, and it got me thinking about playing it again. I finally gave into temptation and threw it in the other day. It hasn’t come out since.

When I was last playing Demon’s Souls, I was attempting to fight ManEater(s) and it wasn’t working out very well, and I got sick of power leveling. I quit out of frustration and boredom.

Now, with my approach to the game being fresh, I’ve been able to find other things to do and found some different challenges to overcome. Mainly, I’ve been tackling the Shrine of Storms (world 4 area 1). I recalled that back when I first got the game, this area meant death. Those metal skeletons would roll up and kick my ass all over the place. For some reason, now I am kicking ass and taking names. It’s fantastic. I must have been approaching the game all wrong. Now I just take my time and don’t get all hack and slash happy with my combat. It’s working wonders.

With this, I have defeated a couple of deamons. A couple of days ago, I defeated the Leechmonger, and tonight I conquered the Adjudicator. Leechmonger was so damn easy. The hardest part was getting down to him before I died from the leech bombs he’d throw at me. Once down there, I healed, ran in, and went to town. He couldn’t do anything when I got up close. I’d just dodge, move in, thrust my spear a few times, and repeat. Simple, easy, and effective. Pretty much the same with the Adjudicator. I got down to him (be careful though, don’t fall all the way down, it hurts), and dodged his swings and tongue lashings, hit his weak spot and knocked him down. Once down, hit the bird on top of it’s head. It took three knock downs and he was out for good.

The thing about Demon’s Souls is that it’s so damn rewarding when you defeat a boss or even just get past an area. The feeling of accomplishment comes with time and patience as you conquer one of the toughest games you’ll ever play. If you haven’t played it, you should give it a shot if you’ve been finding your gaming a bit too easy lately. Hopefully I will finish this before Dark Souls comes out. I hear it’s going to be harder.

Soldner X-2: Final Prototype Impression

Posted in Currently Playing, Initial Impressions on November 16, 2010 by Matt

So far, I have only played through the first 4 levels of the game, and got the the boss battle in the 5th level and died. In that time, I have came to the conclusion that this game is pretty sweet.

If you’re worried that it is going to be the same as the first game, don’t. It’s definitely better. Plus, there are a tone of unlockable challenge modes, and I am suspecting more ships. There are 2 ships to start off with, and I am curious to see what else there is. The combat in the game is pretty awesome, with tight enough controls and usually just enough room to make it through the bullet hell of laser fire, missiles and mines that are on screen. Boss battles are challenging, but not frustrating. I can say that I am very happy so far with this game.

Expect a review sometime in the near future. It may take me a while considering all of the game modes you can unlock, as well as all of the other games I have been playing (Scott Pilgrim, Black Ops, need to get back into Vanquish, NBA Jam comes out soon, and NFS: Hot Pursuit is out today).

Okay, I May Have a Addiction Problem with Fallout: New Vegas.

Posted in Currently Playing on November 3, 2010 by Matt

Alright, so I am pretty sure I mentioned that I keep losing a lot of time to New Vegas, and that has not changed. Well, actually it has; it’s been getting worse.

I have logged over 50 hours according to Steam. And that has been acquired between last Tuesday and now. Even with all of the glitches and bugs that the game has, and some of the issues I’ve had with certain quests, I cannot bring myself to stop playing. I just find more to do! The game has so much to do, that even when I have a problem with something, I just move on and do something else. ARGH!

Fallout 3 wasn’t this bad. I only invested 36 hours in it in a week and I had completely finished the original play through and maxed my character. Done and done. Yeah, not this time. I am level 29 right now, out of a max of 30. There are other options still for improving your character beyond this. Like implants that you can buy at the New Vegas Medical Center (just west of The Strip and Freeside), and when you kill enough enemies you can earn perks that increase how much damage you do to certain ones (mutated animals, abominations, etc). There are also some mods that have been released, and I will be doing some research on that soon. Expect a separate posting for that.

New Vegas reminds me a lot of the original game, and it is a fun time. I’ve met up with the Brotherhood of Steel and become a member (so now I strut around in my power armour) and I’ve destroyed Caesar’s Legion with Holy Frag Grenades (does anyone want to know where I found them? :P). I’ve traveled all over the place, finding secrets and killing everything from Death Claws, to random bands of Fiends. Had serious run ins with radiation, and found a lot of sweet weapons. The Brotherhood even gave me a nice place to stay, with it’s own reloading bench and work bench.

I am close to finishing the main quest, so expect a full review this week sometime.

Fallout: New Vegas (PC) is buggy as hell, but…

Posted in Currently Playing on October 27, 2010 by Matt

…the game freezing is the only way that I will stop playing. I have recently become an addict, and cannot stop playing. I’ve invested around 10 hours since yesterday into the game, and I love it.

It is Fallout 3 plus more. Some of the old music from the first games is in there, it has a more expanded crafting system to make stuff from that junk you may find in the wasteland, enemies seem a little more difficult and challenging for the most part, and it just seems like you’re more free in this game. The main quest is there, but I don’t feel overly obligated to do it as I did in the first game. It’s more like you create your own story as you change the world around you with your own actions.

I’m being a good guy and have aligned myself with the NRC. I am currently trying to enter The Strip right now. Expect a long review on this when I am done.

Purchases for Saturday, October 23, 2010: Super Meat Boy (XBLA) and The Dishwasher: Dead Samarai (XBLA)

Posted in Currently Playing, In The Mail/Purchased Items, Initial Impressions, New Releases on October 23, 2010 by Matt

Today, I played a bit of Vanquish and when I was done, I looked over at my 360 and asked myself if there was anything I should be checking out on XBox Live Arcade. I knew Super Meat Boy was there, so I logged on and took a loom through some games and downloaded a few trials.

Super Meat Boy is fucking fantastic! It can be a bit difficult, but each level is pretty short. Those players out there with A.D.D. will have no problems playing for a minute (or even a few seconds) and then putting the controller down and still feeling satisfied. If you haven’t checked it out, download the trial and play it. There’s nothing like navigating a chunk of meat through an obstacle course to save it’s girlfriend from a fetus.

While I was browsing, I came across “The Dishwasher: Dead Samarai” and I recalled hearing about this game before. I decided to download the trial and give it a chance. It’s a pretty decent side scrolling hack and slash. If you enjoy Shank or Castle Crashers. or any old school beat ’em ups, then maybe give this a try.

I purchased both of these games. I expect that Super Meat Boy will be getting most of the attention.

I also downloaded the trial for Comic Jumper, but I haven’t tried it yet.

Update Saturday, October 23, 2010 @ 6:30 pm: I almost forgot that last night I was watching through a few episodes of Zero Punctuation and I watched the PainKiller video. After watching it, it came to mind that I had been meaning to get it forever, and never did. I went on Steam and got a copy for $9.99. I haven’t played a game like this in years (not since the first Serious Sam game came out). It’s a nice change of pace from all of the other first-person shooters I’ve been playing.

Purchases for Thursday, October 14, 2010: Skate or Die (NES), Dead Space (PS3) and Just Cause (PS3)

Posted in Currently Playing, In The Mail/Purchased Items on October 14, 2010 by Matt

Today I heard back from some people on Kijiji, and also visited a new store in Cambridge (well, new to me) called Video 5/Game Depot. I saw an ad on Kijiji for it, and decided to check it out.

When I went to Video 5/Game Depot, I wasn’t expecting a lot. They had an okay selection, and some older games (NES, SNES, N64, Playstation, and Sega Genesis games), but there wasn’t too many good deals. I saw some of the NES games, and decided to pick up Skate or Die for $10. I haven’t tried it yet, but the cartridge is in decent shape. I need to clean it and test it. I’ll get back to you on that.

I also decided to hit up Microplay in the Sunrise plaza in Kitchener. They have a decent selection of games, but nothing I wanted. No purchases made here.

When I got home, I decided to check my e-mail and some more kijiji ads, and was able to find a copy of Dead Space and Just Cause 2 for the Playstation 3. Dead Space was $20, and Just Cause 2 was $25. I already owned Dead Space for the 360, but I wanted to play through it again, and I figured I may as well get it for PS3 and get more trophies. I love Dead Space. Just Cause 2 is a game that I have only ever played the demo for, but I loved it. Glad to add it to my library finally.

I have been playing a lot of Jeanne D’Arc lately (I’ve put 10.5 hours in since Sunday), and still plucking away at Castlevania. Plan to do a bunch of gaming tonight, and hopefully take a huge chunk out of either of these games. I am loving both of them quite a lot.

Update(Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 12:05 pm EST): So, last night after I posted this, I passed out watching Zero-Punctuation videos. I fail. Woke up on the couch and cursed.

Today’s Purchases: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, Heavenly Sword, and UFC Undisputed 2010 (PS3)

Posted in Currently Playing, In The Mail/Purchased Items, Initial Impressions on October 5, 2010 by Matt

Today, as the title says, I picked up a few games. I had the collector’s edition of Castlevania on pre-order, and when I went to pick it up, I noticed Heavenly Sword for $18. I also wanted to get Enslaved today as well, and so I did. Also, there was an ad on Kijiji for UFC 2010 for sale for $25, so I went and picked that up. Pretty good haul for one day.

I haven’t had a chance to play Castlevania or UFC 2010, but I did pop Heavenly Sword in for a little bit, and then moved on to Enslaved. I invested about 3 hours into Enslaved, and it seemed like 15 minutes. I swear.

Heavenly Sword: Well, this is an older title from a few years back. I’ve been meaning to pick it up for a while now, but it never seemed to go down in price. It was pleasing to see it used for $18. As far as games go currently, in comparison, this game is a bit dated, but I expected that somewhat. It’s still a very enjoyable game, however, with some nice combat that reminds me quite a bit of God of War. I played through the first act of the game, and was satisfied with my purchase. I’ll be finishing this game up gradually, along side the other titles I picked up today.

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West: If you enjoyed Uncharted, then you’ll enjoy this game. The combat is a bit more simple than Uncharted, but otherwise, it’s identical as far as gameplay is concerned. Story wise, however, it’s a sci-fi tale based in a post apocalyptic world. You break out of a slave ship, and escape in (on) an escape pod as the ship crashes. Monkey (you), and Trip (the person you have to protect) are the characters in the game. When the escape pod crashes, Trip attaches a slave head band to Monkey and programs it so that if she dies, he dies, or if he gets too far away from her, he dies. This forces him to help her get home, and then the journey begins. Time to traverse the ruins of New York City.

I have played through the first 4 chapters so far, and am at the beginning of chapter 5. I’ve logged around 3 hours of play time, and it seemed much shorter. The game is quite a lot of fun, and I am looking forward to the rest of the story. I’ll post more on this as I make my way through the game.