Tuesday, June 30, 2009
GT confirms that Point Lookout is the best DLC for Fallout 3 yet. Who would've thought that after Broken Steel? And you know what's the best thing for me there? Finally some more trees!
Now let's hope that the fifth DLC Mothership Zeta will bring a second level cap raise!
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Given the media hype over it I guess you've heard about the tragic death of Michael Jackson. I've practically grown up with his songs because my parents were big fans of his music. And I'm remembering being in a bar on Mallorca where they played Michael Jackson songs every night a few years ago. While his death doesn't surprise me that much and the loss of my dog that coincidently happened the same day is way more painful to me, MJ's passing certainly heatened up the old riddle about his involvement in the series masterpiece Sonic 3. Michael Jackson is rumored to have composed the soundtrack of Sonic 3. Some doubt that there were evolvements but there's one tough guy in front of the screen who dedicates his time in solving the mystery. His name's Qjimbo. He made a famous video and put it on Youtube. Also he runs a site about the connection, check it out: SonicBasement.net
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Micheal Jackson's Sonic 3
Short documentary I made which describes possible links between Michael Jackson's music and Sonic 3.
This Documentary isn't just random comparisons, listen to the start. Roger Hector, who ran SEGA's Technical Institute said Micahel was planned to work on it. We *have* asked SEGA because HE WORKED FOR SEGA! Please take note of this before accusing the documentary of making un-validated claims.
Since this documentary was made, there have been numerous discoveries showing that most of the people featured in the credits list worked with Michael Jackson at some stage.
Also I have had numerous requests for the Who Is It vs Ice Cap mix. The clip is just 21seconds however you can download it here:
I have also began working on a website which shows the links. It's still incomplete though:
UPDATE: Read this article on SEGA-16:
If you're a hardcore 2D Sonic fan like me than I'll advise you to check Sonic Stuff Research Group out. In short: They are the one's who should do the new Sonic games.
And here comes the next connection: I also want to use the events of Michael Jackson's death to declare my solidarity with the protestors in Iran. Don't let them take you down, guys but don't get killed either! If marches bring nothing more begin to organize and thinks smart about how to take the tyrants down! I wish you all fortune in the world.
This video does an impressive job in crossing Michaal Jacksons's prisoner song They don't really care about us with the regime terror after the voting debacles in Iran.
Just wanted to give you a hint to the official Dragon Age Origins homepage. On the world map there are already three clickable places. Learn about the fantasy world you will enter in this fall when Bioware's Dragon Age Origins is released!
Ferelden. A dark and foreboding place, where death and violence lurks in every shadow. A troubled nation, where even the brightest light can often find itself extinguished by the ever encroaching darkness.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Yeah, that's right. In this part of the world Namco's RPG is coming over half a year later. But nonetheless this is a decent trailer. It features even gamerankings and metacritic scores. But I don't agree that they wanna sell it as the best game in the series. That will always be Tales of Destiny. At least for me.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Hey, I just wanted to inform you that this week Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix is the Xbox Live Deal of The Week. Means, that instead of 1200 points it will cost you only 800 points. The best 800 points you will spend. Ever. Old skool veterans know what I'm talking about.
Man, I love this game. Way better than Street Fighter IV in my humble humble opinion.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Finally a weekend I made it to the pad again. So what did I play?
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
After I had a letdown in playing Street Fighter online only to get beaten again and again the last times I played it went better. Seems like the power of Blanka The Beast is coming back again, haha!
Fallout 3 - Broken Steel
Oh, my Fallout 3. I love this game. And thanks to the flood of ongoing DLC there's always something new. Not that the game itself wouldn't be big enough. I finished The Pitt, grabbed Fawkes and now we are on our way to defeat the last stand of the evil Enclave. Shame they managed to destroy Liberty Prime so early with an airstrike. I found his lines always amusing. "Death is a preferable alternative to communism." OHLOL! I wonder when I will get the next DLC Point Lookout, coming next week.
Call of Duty: World at War
Well, never thought this would happen. But I finally managed to get me CoD5 from my brother and give it a try. And what should I say? Yes, it's World War II, a theme used far too often in the last decade of gaming, but it's still a great action game. I think I'll play it through.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Personal Gaming is back from the dead! Expect things to go back to normal here. Whoa, there's a new AVGN episode out. This time it's about a Transformers game. As always he does episodes that match with movie starts in the cinemas. Enjoy!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Okay, I can already see that the next days are going to be dedicated to my real life once again. Thing is that we have a week of university and school boycotts here in Germany. The goal is to eliminate the so called Studiengebühren, tuitios fee says the translator, and to improve the situation in our educational system. As student of sociology and educational science I feel that it is my duty to stand up against an unfair system, even when the chances of winning are small. In Germany we have the freedom of speech and we will use it for our advantage. Thank god we don't have a situation here as in Iran or North Korea.
So don't expect many updates and new posts here this week. See you soon,
Update: Interested in seeing how it went?
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Prototype is finally out and the reviews are popping up. And the game is doing good on most sites. Looking at it's gamerankings page it has an average ratio of 83% (competitor Infamous is at 87%). So I will quote from some different reviews:
Giant Bomb (4/5):
Name a type of gameplay, and odds are Prototype has it covered. There's combo-based melee. Lock-on shooting. Vehicular combat. Urban free-running. Disguises and stealth. You'd expect a genetic superman like Mercer to be able to do just about anything, but the game almost--almost--collapses under the sheer volume of options available to you during combat. The upgrades screen includes dozens of abilities spread across numerous pages, and not only did I get nowhere close to unlocking them all during my first playthrough, but I didn't even think to use all of the powers and moves I did get access to. The number of button combinations you'd need to remember and bust out on the fly to utilize every last ability is too overwhelming for them all to be useful concurrently while you're in the thick of the game's often dizzying action.
Running around New York City outside of the story missions provides some relief. Alex can essentially fly around the city. With his jump, air dash, and glide abilities fully powered up, and the basic ability to run on any surface, the buildings become like a giant jungle gym. And there's no lack of things to do. Playing through the story opens a number of side events that you can use to bank extra experience points -- which you can use to build up Alex. The best of the events involves absorbing members of the Web of Intrigue. Many of the missions, though, are mundane challenge-like races. The lack of a quick reset makes mastering these more annoying than it ought to be.
Throughout Prototype, this theme keeps coming back up of appreciating all the things it does in one game, while wishing it did them individually a little better. On a theoretical level it achieves a significant design accomplishment in pulling everything together into a cohesive package. As the person holding the controller, though, it stumbles too often on its inability to turn its potential into a consistently fun game. The result leaves every "hell yeah!" it delivers costing a steep price in "oh hells" to get there.
But how long can you do flying elbow drops onto tanks or throw people off of rooftops before it gets boring? The world itself here is far from the most engaging...
The answer to that will vary by the player, but obviously messing around with the powers isn't all there is to do in Prototype. The storyline involves 31 missions including everything from simple seek and destroy affairs to stealthy infiltrations to escort missions and massive boss battles. Most of these missions are standard in design. In fact, if you've played many open-world games, you've probably played identical copies of these in the past. And since repetition is oftentimes the name of the game here, you can be sure you'll be doing uninspired tasks over and over again.
Just read an interesting article on 1Up. It is saying that next fall we propably will see the launch of a new Xbox. Not a whole new Xbox in comparison to the one you are playing on, but an upgraded version that comes bundled with Microsoft's Project Natal. It is likely, that it will have improved tech in it, but of course you will be able to play your 360 games on it. Likely is that it will be a redesign and propably have Natal integrated in some way.
So basically a product is getting new features and will be relaunched and rebranded. Like Nintendo did it with the DS and the DSi (or as sharp tongues could say like with the Gamecube and the Wii).
Will this be the end of console generation cycles? Sony already stated that they want the PS3 to be 10 years relevant, Nintendo will bring a Wii HD in a few years, which will propably be downwards compatible and Microsoft does upgrades and rebrandings. Industry analyst Michael Pachter said in the last Bonus Round that there will be no more next generations and it seems has right again. At least not in the next 5 years if you ask me.
So what do you think? Are you happy that the consoles are supported so long and slowly get muscled up or do you wish yourself back in the 90s with clear transitions like SNES to N64?
I remember playing this game on Sega Saturn. I even still own it. I always wanted to have one of the big Virtua Fighter games, but never were allowed by me parents. But with this kid style game I could talk them over, haha! Good old times!
Friday, June 12, 2009
Microsoft's Shane Kim doesn't stop to hype people up for Project Natal. Microsoft's Wii Killer will get as much promotion as a new console would get. What sounds good about is that there will be enough software at launch as well.
"Conceptually, the launch of Natal will be like the launch of Xbox 360," said Kim, "It's going to be that big. We're not just going to ship it when the hardware and software are ready. We have to make sure that there are enough content experiences that are really good. That's similar to how you would think of the launch of a new console."