Saturday, September 26, 2009

TGS 09: Dead Rising 2 Demo

Here's a bunch of footage of the upcoming Dead Rising 2 from Capcom. The first game came out a while before this site and the podcast so I don't know if anyone really knows but I really disliked the first game. That's not to say I wouldn't be open to a sequel if it was done better. The ideas in the first game were fantastic the problem was the execution. I thought the controls were a bit loose but tolerable, it was the missions that really killed the game for me. I just never found any of it compelling and most of the survivors you found were just plain annoying. The new game is looking really good at the moment so lets see what happens, enjoy the footage.

and some extra footage of the game running:

TGS 09: New Avatar Footage

I was really unsure of how well this game would turn out since game properties based on movies don't tend to be all that great but this looks pretty promising. My only problem with this game is that it's been called an MMO but I don't know what they are talking about. I haven't seen anything other then a cool third-person shooter. I know there are third-person shooter MMO's I'm just saying I wanna hear about how thats going to work cause right now it just looks like a campaign.

TGS 09: Ninokuni Japanese Trailer

I'm so excited for this game even though I know nearly nothing about it. It's this games pedigree that make me yearn to play it on my Nintendo DS, first is it's a level 5 RPG and second is that the art is done by FUCKING STUDIO GHIBLI!!! That is all that needs to be said in my opinion so go enjoy this beautiful trailer.

Geeksquisite Question of the Day *77: 9/26/09

This question came to me thinking playing some awesome games with some fellow authors.

Question #77: What's your favorite board/card game?

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

TGS 09: No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle Video

No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle is already sold for me. I will be buying the game when it comes out, it's been that way for a long time. But now, with this new video, they have sold me all over again... if that's possible.

Like, Holy shit! Shinobu! As a playable character!

to anybody who's played the first game, this is pretty fucking awesome. Also, the amount of new enemies in this trailer really make me wonder about how much new stuff they've packed into the game, not to mention the slightly more mature Killer 7 vibe I'm getting off of a lot of the stuff in the trailer. Maybe Suda 51 is going back to a bit more mature tone in this game... maybe it's just the whole decapitated head part. Either way, it makes me very excited for when the game is finally released in January 2010. Looking forward to it! Hell yeah!

TGS 09: Dead Rising 2 Trailer

I haven't been paying too much attention to Dead Rising 2, but I've recently seen the trailer below, as well as these other two.

Well, first let me talk a bit about the older trailers. Everything looks great, and looks a lot like Dead Rising. That's good, because I really liked the style of Dead Rising's gameplay. However, they have mother fucking chainsaws strapped to everything! holy fucking shit yes! This makes me believe that you'll be able to attach weapons to other weapons, especially since we saw the same chainsaws strapped to a motorcycle as well as a big stick (the big stick part reminded me of Darth Maul, by the way). Chuck Greene is a fairly enjoyable sort of character, and he seems similar to Frank West, which is good since I really enjoyed playing as Frank and honestly wanted him to return, so Chuck Greene seems like the next best thing.

The new trailer hints at some possible Multiplayer, maybe an online survival mode ala Gears of War 2 Horde Mode? Seems pretty plausible, and the setting of it being a futuristic gameshow seems fairly awesome, and somewhat strangely reminiscent of Smash TV.

Look forward to more info on Dead Rising 2 in the coming months, and be sure to look for it on store shelves March 30, 2010.

TGS 09: Final Fantasy XIV Trailer

Hard for me to really get a lot out of this trailer but I'm still curious. I'm sure this game will have crazy sales in Japan but I just don't know if in this post WoW MMO world we live in that this game will find a large western audience. It will be really interesting to follow this game and see how it does in the market. Of course this game probably won't be out until 2011.

TGS 09: New Last Guardian Footage

The video starts off with a nice little behind the scenes of the work going into The Last Guardian and explaining why the creature looks the way it does. Then we see some new footage but not real gameplay form what I can see. Although all footage is in-game engine which is always nice. I'll put it simply by stating this is my most anticipated game of 2010 at this point. There is still God of War III, Halo: Reach, Heavy Rain, and more but this game is one that has got me giddy.

Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 2: The Siege of Spinner Cay Review

I had played the second chapter of Tales of Monkey Island a while ago, but I haven't had the chance to review it. Now, with the third chapter coming out I figured I'd review the second one before it's too late. Once again, I'm playing the PC version.

The second chapter picks up directly where the first one left off, which is good since the first game had a giant cliffhanger. It's nice to have an immediate answer to the question at the end of the first episode. We get introduced to some new characters, and without giving too much away... we also see and old one re-invented.

The story is a bit more large-scale than the first game, and since you now have the Screaming Narhwal, you can go more places than just the main island, Spinner Cay. Of course, this is probobly done just to make it feel as big as the old Monkey Island games, and it works nicely, even though looking at it for how much content is actually there, there's not an incredible amount of content and the game might take you 3-4 hours to finish.

The game still uses the same control scheme as the first game, which I hated at first, and it's still kind of awkward, but it's growing on me. That's not to say I wouldn't prefer the old style point-n-click controls, but this is a good alternative. The comedy is just as witty and refreshing, and I might even be inclined to say I laughed more at this chapter than the first one, not to mention early on in the game you get a book of fish jokes that, if you ever get stuck on a puzzle and don't know what to do, instead of quitting the game, you can just open up your book of fish jokes to get a new one!

Now let's talk about the puzzles. Most of the puzzles in the game are good, but some of them are just stretching it, and didn't really give you that many hints to solve them. For example, in one puzzle early on you can make two pirates turn around by pointing in a direction, and in order to solve it you need to have them do a staring contest and then make them turn around, so they turn in the right direction. These kinds of puzzles don't let you use your wit to solve them, making you just mess around until you accidentally figure it out. There's not many of these kinds of puzzles, but it's still annoying that some of them are there.

Overall, Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 2 is a charming, fun, and funny game, even if it does have a few stupid puzzles or a slightly unwieldy control scheme, and I recommend it to anybody who's a fan of the series or anyone who just wants a good laugh.

I give Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 2: The Siege of Spinner Cay a 4 out of 5.

TGS 09: Wii Price Drop confirmed and New Super Mario Bros. Wii gets a date

This shouldn't come as a shock to anyone whose been following the leaked retail ads around the web but the Wii price drop is now official. Starting this Sunday, September 27th the Wii will cost you 199.99 in stores. It makes total sense and one can only hope that this means Wii HD isn't that far way. Dare I put my foot down and say an announcement in 2010 with a 2011 release? Who knows but just thought I'd let you know incase you were finally thinking about getting a Wii this holiday.

Lets not forget though that the New Super Mario Brothers Wii is also coming soon. November 15th is the date so mark your calendars and get ready to once again enter the mushroom kingdom.

TGS 09: Lost Planet 2 Episodic Trailer

So at TGS which is currently going on Capcom showed a episodic trailer in 3 parts giving some insight into the story of Lost Planet 2 which takes place about 10 years after the ending of the first game. The action here looks incredible and all I can say is that if you thought the monster in the demo released on XBL back in August was big then trust me in saying "you haven't seen anything yet". Lost Planet 2 is coming early 2010 and I cannot wait.

Geeksquisite Question of the Day #76: 9/24/09

This question came to me thinking about the delaying of a bunch of games recently.

Question #76: If there is another game getting pushed from 2009 to 2010 that hasn't been announced yet, which game would you put your money on for being delayed?

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TGS 09: Splinter Cell: Conviction has a release date

To be honest I've never really been into the Splinter Cell series and haven't played one since the first came out. Well Splinter Cell: Conviction showed incredibly well at E3 2009 and got me really excited about coming back to the series this holiday season. Then sadly came the news that it was delayed to sometime in 2010. Well the time has come and we now have a date, February 23rd 2010 Sam Fisher will be back in action.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Microsoft Announces Natal Partners

Here is the list

On that list, I note possibilities I want to see.

EA: Right now the only game published by them that I care about is Valve's Left 4 Dead, I want EA to give a Natal development kit to Valve. Wouldn't it be awesome as hell to motion control claw at people you smoke or hunt, I'm liking the idea. And since Left 4 Dead is only on Xbox (yeah yeah PC too), it's likely they will try Natal.

Activision: *hate this company* Well let's see, will they make Modern Warfare 3? If they do, it'd be nice to throw a knife at someone by motion control. Or throw a grenade, or pretend you have a satchel detonator in your hand. You guys get the idea.

Disney: Hold a Mickey Mouse doll in front of Natal and get an acheivement. Lulz.

MTV Games: They are involved with Rock Band, how about having the avatar mimic how you react while holding the guitar?

That's some of my ideas but take the news as you will of who's involved, including Hideo Kojima.

TGS 09: Forza Motorsport 3 and Gran Turismo 5 Go Head to Head

So apparently both heavyweight racers decided to release a 458 Italia tribute video. Both are In-Game Engine, so let the battle for graphical superiority commence.

Gran Turismo 5

Forza Motorsport 3

The World of Brutal Legend Featurette

This is a great little video on the art of the and influence of the world where Brutal Legend takes place. There is a lot of new footage here to look at. If nothing else this game will easily win Best Art Direction of the year when voting comes around. Enjoy the Awesomeness!

The 3rd Birthday Teaser

I came.

TGS 09: Nier Replicant Trailer

I was unaware of this game until today but apparently there was a trailer for it back at E3 2009 but from what I saw the two trailers are nothing alike. Anyway this new action title is being made by Square Enix which always draws the eyes attention. It seems to be going in a much more mature and gothic direction then Square Enix has gone before. I love the art style and think it could be really interesting, sorta like a cross between Final Fantasy and The Nightmare Before Christmas. The gameplay itself looks kind of generic but we haven't really seen enough just based on the trailer. Enjoy!

Geeksquisite Question of the Day #75: 9/23/09

This question came to me thinking about computers and the ridiculous specs some games have.

Question #75: What are your computer specs?

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Geeksquisite #47 Game Edition: Please Stand By

Geeksquisite #47 Game Edition: Please Stand By

TJ, Rob, Ed, Smarty, Melissa, Tony, and Travis join in a interesting episode. We talk about Beatles: Rock Band, Modern Warfare 2, Dirt 2, the state of game pricing and more... Enjoy

Podcast available via Itunes

Geeksquisite Question of the Day #74: 9/22/09

This question came to me really fast. What if video games didn't exist?

Question #74: What would you do if you couldn't play video games?

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Geek Gadgets: The USB Ashtray!

The USB port is becoming one of the most widely used physical ports on the everyday computer. So much so, that cool little toys you didn’t even think you’d need or existed are being developed for your USB drive. In this series, I will call “Geek Gadgets,” I will dive into this world of craziness to see what I can find. The only restriction as to what I will talk about is the gadget MUST be a USB device.

Today’s gadget is the USB Ashtray. Whilst looking for just cool things to get I found this little useful toy. The device is a legitimate ashtray that is tastefully shaped like a car. Although I do not personally smoke, I can see how this can be useful. It would bug the hell out of me is my multi-thousand dollar laptop reeked of cigarette (or “other” smoking related item).

The little plastic car with a fan to make smoke disappear from your room (and not make everything smell) uses the USB drive OR 2AA batteries as its power source. It is also relatively small (Only taking the desk space of about an IPod). It also has a removable ashtray so you don’t have to remove the whole assembly when you need to get rid of your ashes.

For $17.00, this is a great buy. To all the smokers out there, this one is for you! Interested in buying? Here's the website.

Take a Look at This Ugly-Ass Xbox 360 Controller

I originally saw this posted over at Kotaku, and I just thought I'd share it with you all. Look at this awful looking Xbox 360 Controller they're releasing:

Not only does this thing look like Spiderman and Venom had creepy disturbing sex and popped this thing out, but it also seems like it has some sort of texture on the black parts but not the red parts. That makes me think holding the thing would be kinda awkward.

What are they asking for this montrosity, you ask? It comes bundled with a Play & Charge Kit for $70!! Kind of outrageous, if you ask me.

Indiana Jones 5 news

Well, even though I did not see Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull I have heard many negative things about it, especially about the "nuclear fridge" and the Aliens. Who the &*%$ puts Aliens in Indiana Jones, apparently George Lucas does and since he's making the Indiana Jones 5 script i'm empathetic for the next movie.

Thing is, I STILL haven't watched the 4th before I totally pan the 5th movie, but for all of you who have seen the movie here's something to interest you about Indiana Jones 5. Remember Indy's father, who is supposed to be retired from acting?

well, maybe that is not the case anymore.

Sean Connery in Indy 5, i'd like to see that. ALOT. I have to see Indy 4 now to get a better opinion of the current state of the Franchise, but if Connery is going to be on screen alot I would certainly go see that. However, let us not forget this is a negotiation stage, and it may not happen.

Halo: Legends Footage Premiered. Does the Horror Continue?

I've been more then vocal about my thoughts on what I consider the total basterdization of the Halo franchise. Well we finally have some footage and no it isn't a trainwreck but it also doesn't mean this piece of shit still shouldn't exist. The animation quality is pretty good but there is still something wrong about seeing Master Chief in japanimation and ODST soldiers with spiky hair. The one thing that makes this footage tolerable is that there are no little girls with teddy bears in sight. Don't be fooled though that footage will be in the final film, as shivers run down my back. I dread and eagerly await the release of this film.

Please let me know your thoughts either here or in todays question of the day.

Geeksquisite Question of the Day #73: 9/21/09

This question came to me after watching the Spike TV footage of Halo: Legends

Question #73: What are your thoughts on the upcoming anime Halo: Legends?

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Geeksquisite Question of the Day #72: 9/20/09

This question came to me after hearing the awesome track in the new APB trailer, it got me thinking about how good music in video games has gotten over the years.

Question #72: What is your favorite video game soundtrack?

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All Points Bulletin Gameplay Trailer Impressions

I recently saw this new APB trailer from this year's PAX. The game has kind of been an intriguing concept in the back of my mind, and I was hoping they could pull it off right. Seeing as how I haven't played the game yet I guess I'm still hoping they can, but after seeing this trailer I'm pretty re-assured.

Everythinig n the trailer just feels right. The characters and the cars look to have the level of customization from something like Saints Row, while the graphical style reminds me of GTA IV. The humor is there with the dancing part at the end, and the combat looks to be very satisfying, and seems to have some level of strategy to it.

The music is probobly my favorite part of the trailer, not because the rest of the trailer looks bad or anything, but just cause it's some sick-ass electronica groove. In fact, if they keep it up, the soundtrack might even go so far as to rival the Jet Set Radio soundtrack.

For anybody who's interested the name of the song is "Gimme That Punk" by Audio Bullys. Oh, and here's the kickass music video for it:

Be sure to look for more infromation on All Points Bulletin in the coming months and in stores when it's released in Spring of 2010.