Capcom – Why do you scorn me?

8 06 2010

Capcom was having a superb sale for all you gamers out there interested in looking to add some video games or video game related merchandise to your collection. I, for one, was super stoked about this sale and was planning to throw a bunch of items in just before the sale ended. This is an account of my woes related to the sale among other Capcom related things that I truly believe that the Capcom gods in the heavens have decided to scorn me.

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Final Fantasy XIII is Square Enix’s next shooter title?

8 03 2010

Lightning will shoot her way into your heart

With the creation of a minimum of twelve iterations of a not-so-final journey, Square Enix’s latest premier title, Final Fantasy XIII, is looking less like its predecessors and more of a preview of the (un)forseeable future for the franchise.

WARNING: The opinion of this post reflects that of the writer and their initial impression taken from numerous gaming sources. FF fanboys or otherwise uninformed opinions be wary of commenting lest ye incur the wrath of Bahamut!

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Lost Planet 2 ROCKS!

27 02 2010

Last year around late Fall, the Lost Planet 2 demo went live on the, you guessed it, Xbox Live Marketplace. I immediately played it and got hooked with the gameplay mechanics that I was able to witness. I played and joined numerous online games with each one bearing a slightly different experience from the last game played. My original intent was to post up my thoughts on this demo, but all of this got sidetracked with everything else going on which is usually the case for me.

Recently at the beginning of this year, I replayed the demo with friends after urging them to download it. This post is based off of my experience and thoughts from that time.

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Uncharted 2 – Game of the #@!%$@ Year! VGA Results

29 12 2009

Back in November, I knew deep down in my core thatUncharted 2: Among Thieves was decidedly game of the year despite heavy hitter Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 not coming out yet. In all the years – and I really mean an approximation of 18 years or so – that I have loved this hobby and it has come to love me back in folds, there has always been a game to define that single year, if not revolutionize the gaming industry. While UC2 did not revolutionize the face of gaming, it has definitely set the bar in the direction all games will be heading towards or hope to head towards.

Every year, Spike TV partakes in a video game judging panel conducted by you, the gamer, in deciding what games go home as the winners that best exemplify a particular category. While I do think that a big portion of the gaming demographic is reserved to mainstream or casual gamers, I tend not to let opinion based award shows such as Spike TV sway my opinion in any shape or form. I do not make an attempt to discern the difference in a mainstream or casual gamer as both tend to fall under the same category if characteristics were mapped out in a Venn diagram. Let’s face it – mainstream or casual gamers may not necessarily be able to identify an excellent game that ascends to a form of art if it hit them in the face because if a video game doesn’t run on high definition medium or include multiplayer or some type of bragging rights in the form of trophies or leaderboards then the game itself should be dismissible. While there are plenty of video games that boast multiplayer, push 1080p graphics or incorporate leaderboards, those qualities alone should not be the staple for a great game, let alone game of the year quality. In my experience and those of others who have expressed as much, excellent games are all about a single component reinforced and held up by several multi-tiered sub-components. For me, the single most important thing about a game that is reinforced by every other factor is the experience that I come out of the game in the initial moment of popping in the video game media in the appropriate platform, in the midst of my adventure and lastly, the summation of that adventure as I’ve finished beating the game and/or completing all the optional tasks that I’ve undertaken. Experience comes in many shapes or forms, but I believe it is a very difficult thing to do to be able to impart a lasting impression on an individual with the vast amount of tools at your disposal.

Without further adieu, let’s get on with the results of the Spike Tv awards.

[Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed henceforth merely reflects the author’s ideology from as much of an objective stance as possible]

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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Fortune Hunter Edition – Will You Be Mine?

6 10 2009

Did you ever have a time in your life where you wanted to get something no matter what the cost?

Enter the ultra sexy Fortune Hunter Edition

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Kitty Got Wet ~ Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Ed. ~

6 10 2009

One aspect of my absence comes as a result of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. There were a few ways in which you could guarantee yourself a spot for the closed beta of this game, but putting down the minimum of $5 at your local Lamestop was the easiest and most upfront of them all. Yes, I stay the hell away from Lamestop inasmuch as I can, but this is was best way to get a beta code. Besides, you can always cancel your deposit regardless of what sleazy employee tries to tell you otherwise.

The preorder bonus had the beta code which gave you access to the closed multiplayer beta as well as a Revenge booster that you can utilize from the beginning in the retail copy of the game. Something tells me that this booster might be akin to martyrdom of CoD4 fame.

As a fan of the first installation in the franchise, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, I was super stoked to hear that Naughty Dog would be making a sequel to this very successful PS3 launch title. To brush up on my history and to familiarize myself with the in-game mechanics, I have located my copy of the launch title and have begun to play it to prepare for the second one. I guess you can say that I am eagerly anticipating the arrival of this game. Hmmm, there is some weird text formatting with the 1st paragraph that I am unable to correct. Strange.

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Sega Dreamcast Tribute ~ 10th Anniversary

13 09 2009

Dreamcast, oh, how I love thee!

On September 9, 1999 (coolest release date ever), the revolutionary Sega Dreamcast was released as Sega’s last hurrah after a series of steady decline in response to a lukewarm or lack thereof reception to the Sega Saturn, 32x, and Sega CD. Despite it’s untimely decline and ultimate fall after only a 3-year run, its presence and contributions are still felt worldwide coming into the next era of console gaming.

This is a brief, yet humble homage to a console that was well before it’s time.

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