Thursday, November 26, 2009

New layout

After being so damned sick of blogger's restricted post width, I found a tutorial on how to change the HTML around - something I'm not too knowledgeable of - to do such a feat.

Unfortunately, they didn't have a guide for the TicTac template, so I had to change it back to the Minimal (or whatever it's called).

Enjoy.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

New Star Wars game to be unveiled at Spike's 2009 VGAs




We're already getting a gameplay trailer for Halo: Reach. Now we're supposed to be getting an unveiling for a new Star Wars game. Kotaku throws out the possibilities of Battlefront, a new X-Wing game, and Masters of Teras Kasi 2.

My guess - and what I hope for - is The Force Unleashed 2. I haven't gotten my hands on Ultimate Sith Edition, nor have I played any of the Infinities DLC packs (although I'm trying to get it for Christmas), I wouldn't doubt it if Lucas Arts would try to expand on the Infinities story arc and keep the Starkiller story going. And for that, I would be ever grateful.

[Via Kotaku]

Remember that FFXIII 360 Twitter thing? It's done. You get a Chocobo for your Avatar.

Yea, a Chocobo. For your 360 avatar. In December. For free.

That is all.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Miyamoto thinks his college degree wouldn't land him a game design job today...is it worth it?

I picked this up from Joystiq while at work, and it was a bit disheartening to read:

Nintendo has become one of those companies that graduates from colleges and good universities really want to work for ... I often say to [Nintendo head] Mr. Iwata: 'If I was applying for a job here today, I, with my actual college degree, would probably not have been employed by Nintendo.

Goddamnit. I did not want to see this, considering if the Father of Modern Gaming wouldn't get a job at The House Mario Built based on his college degree today - what that degree is, I don't remember - then what's the point of getting into game development? It is an over-saturated job market, with more than enough people trying to get a job in it.

Really, the only way I see a way in is to make your own game. Hell, that's how Portal started, and look at that. A Digi-Pen graduate end-of-your-tenure video game project was picked up by Valve, hired by Gabe Newell on the spot and intertwined into Half-Life's story. Great, now I need that success story and I'll be set.

[Via Joystiq]

Dead Space 2 confirmed by OPM?

It's hard for me to abbreviated the Official PlayStation Magazine as OPM, as the federal building I work in has the same initials.

Getting to the really good stuff, TOPM (there we go) - as with every other magazine - is teasing their next issue at the hind-end of it, with an image of a grotesque beast seen through a strange, yet familiar, visage. Now, one wouldn't understand this, unless they played last year's survival-horror offering by EA, Dead Space. This visage is giving you the impression you are viewing the creature through the eyes of Issac, the protagonist from Dead Space 1, or through another miner.

Seeing as how the image is portrayed, does this mean Dead Space 2 will have FPS moments, or is this just part of the teaser?

I don't want to spoil the image, so hit the link below to the original story.

[Via Kotaku via N4G]

Sony confirms future 3D capabilites via PS3 firmware upgrade

It was announced during a meeting with their investors, Sony actually confirmed that the PS3 would be getting 3D capabilities via a firmware update, however, it doesn't mean jack shit unless you have a 3D capable TV and the glasses.

James Cameron's Avatar video game will have 3D capabilities, however, Sony didn't mention whether or not this would apply to 3D Blu-ray movies.

Couple this with the Sphere, the rumored name of Sony's PSWii Remote, the PS3 is shaping up to be a decent system, asides from, well, God of War III. On that note, just played the demo, and it's ba-dass.

[Via High-Def Digest]

Sunday, November 22, 2009

More HD Compilations

So I've been playing God of War Collection recently, after getting nearly all achievements in Assassin's Creed 2 (all 100 feathers? Really, now?), and I'm liking what I'm seeing. GoW1 still has that absolutely retarded use of the R2 button for the in-game context sensitive parts (opening doors, mainly) as I was hoping they would change that. Of course not.

Anyways, it gets me thinking to what other series companies should be on the lookout, and after going through my collection of current-gen/last-gen games, I've got a nice wish list, which many would probably agree with:
  • BloodRayne (360 & PS3)
  • Halo 1 & 2 (360)
  • Grand Theft Auto III/Vice City/San Andreas (360 & PS3)
  • Devil May Cry 1, 2 & 3 (360 & PS3)
  • Final Fantasy X & XII (PS3)
  • Ico & Shadow of the Colossus (PS3)
  • Metal Gear Solid 1, 2 & 3 (PS3)
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Warrior Within & The Two Thrones (360 & PS3)
  • Splinter Cell 1, Pandora Tomorrow & Chaos Theory (360)
  • Turok 1, Seeds of Evil, Shadow of Oblivion & maybe Evolution (360 & PS3)
It's a hell of a wishlist. But bring these guys to current-gen systems (360 compilations would more than likely require a disc per game) would have developers weed out a few guys to work on the HD-ifing process. Considering the GoW Collection took, what, a few months to crank out, this wouldn't be a problem, especially for Square, as they could have both games done in a week. Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if they released each game separately. The reason why I left out the PSOne era, as well as XI, is because, well, you can't really make HD out of the 32-bit era without completely redoing the game. It's like trying to turn a DeLorean (and when I say "DeLorean," I'm talking about the 80's model that would fall apart doing 88) into a stock car just by giving it a new shell; you've gotta do the whole goddamned thing.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

BioShock 2 Special Edition Announced, 100th Blog Post


Image via Joystiq

In what is to believed by myself to be one of the best special editions to be made, BioShock 2's special edition has shat all over everything else. Even the Big Daddy figurine.

  • 164-page hardcover art book
  • Three posters (what I believe are the same ones included in those plastic wine bottles that were scattered alongside beaches...you do remember that, right?) 
  • BioShock 2's orchestral score on a CD 
  • The orchestral score on a vinyl 180g LP
Yea, that's right. You get the orchestral score on a fucking vinyl. That, my friends, is service.

Like said above, the three posters in this SE looks like the ones that were rolled up into the wine bottles that they scattered amongst 10 beaches around the world. If so, my $150 purchase on eBay was all for naught.

And this post marks #100 for Destroyed Controller. Whoop whoop!

[Via Joystiq]

Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition Coming State-side

It was inevitable, as Capcom has announced Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition will be coming to both PS3 and 360 in a retail compilation on March 9 for $50.

The PS3 has a slight benefit over the 360, as everything is on a single disc. The 360 version has the extra content on a DVD with a voucher code.

The missions will be released separately before the Gold Edition hits. The first one, "Lost in Nightmares," will be coming February 17/18 (one hell of a birthday present, albeit a few days early for myself) with a costume pack, and the second, unnamed chapter and another costume pack will be March 3/4 for the 360/PS3, respectively.

As per my prediction, I was 3 weeks off. Okay, maybe that one sucked, but this announcement pegs it on the same day as my prediction for God of War III.

Oh, and that's the same day as Final Fantasy XIII. Good luck with that, Capcom.

[Via Joystiq]

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

No More Heroes for Xbox 360/PS3 February 25

Yea, I'm not fucking with you, you've got a brand new NMH game coming your way, and you'll be able to see Travis Touchdown in the hi-def glory that he was originally intended to be (yes, for those who don't know, NMH was originally supposed to be on the 360 and PS3, but then Nintendo announced the Wii).

Subtitled Heroes' Paradise, it's been confirmed by Famitsu with screens (uploaded and shared by another blogspoter) and it shows of a new mode, called Very Sweet. What that is, I have no idea, as I can't read Japanese.

What I want to know is if this is mearly a remake of the first game, or something completely new. Considering the way the apostrophe is used on "hereos," it implies the paradise is for multiple heroes, which could lead to the suggestion that we could be playing as other Heroes other than Travis.

Be that it may, NMH making it's HD debut. Awesome.

[Via Joystiq]
[Via Wii @ Everyday]

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Assassin's Creed II: Master Assassin Edition unboxing

Firstly, I must say this before going any further: the fabled Splinter Cell: Conviction demo is not real. Douchebag McGee thought it'd be fun to tease us (or can't read for one) for a whole, what, 3 hours?
Anyways, I bring you the Master Assassin Edition unboxing in video form. This is Destroyed Controller's first YouTube channel video (and second overall). This is exclusive to GameStop, and retails for $80 (and goes for probably far more than that on eBay).

Notes to take away from this:
  • There is no Splinter Cell: Conviction demo; it's a leaflet handed out by GameStop for those who got there for the midnight release.
  • The 8.5" statue of Ezio is badass.
  • I forget how to pronounce 'Ezio;' it's "et-zee-oh," not "ee-zee-oh."
  • The tin is much larger than I anticipated, mainly because I didn't now how big the statue is.
  • The 8.5" statue of Ezio is badass.
Enjoy the video after the break, and I'm still trying to piece together my MW2 Prestige videos.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Badass: The Game demo included in Assassin's Creed 2?

Sorry, I meant Splinter Cell: Conviction.

There's this video going around of your typical, hood, black guy - you know, hat crooked, shirt 5 times too big, that "hood" - with his own copy of AC2, and inside it has an insert for a download voucher for a Splinter Cell: Conviction demo. Now, he's not the only one, as a NeoGAF poster - god, I love this forum; everything comes from there - by the name of 'Eggo,' said he got a voucher with the code "CONV1C71ON" on it.

It obviously doesn't appear to be randomized, or something a keygen can crack. Going to SC:C's official page and entering the code will allow you to download a wallpaper and various audio files as .mp3s or for ringtones. However, no demo link, as it will be just once per code.

I'm getting AC2 at midnight at my local GameStop (Woodbridge, VA...the one next to Fridays, not Shoppers), so being able to see this for myself in a few hours will settle it for myself.

Remember, and I need to say this, the demo for SC:C will only be included - if it's legit - in the Xbox 360 version of AC2, as SC:C is not coming to Sony's Big Black Box; it's a 360 exclusive.

[NeoGAF Post]
[Video of Insert]

Sunday, November 15, 2009

[REVIEW] Trine



I've been wanting to play this game for a long time, and when it finally hit the PSN last month, I didn't have the $20 to throw down for it (remember, this was during my suspension). I finally got my first real paycheck yesterday, so I stopped by Best Buy, picked up a $20 PSN card and bought the game. I just beat it tonight, and got a good chunk of the trophies, and this game really does strike a chord with my favorite genre of games: 2D side-scrolling adventure (2DSSA).

Truth be told, Trine isn't your traditional 2DSSA. The game is broken down into 15 levels; there is a master map, but it's just an overworld map you see in between each level. Asides from that, you're shooting blanks in the dark at a midget. Quite honestly, as linear as the game is, there really is no need for a map, because you can find your way to the end...just keep heading right.

That doesn't mean the levels are easy. The puzzles have you use each of your characters - the Wizard, Thief and Knight - to solve them, and many puzzles, if not all, require you to switch between them, which is done real-time. The Wizard has his magic, which consists of manipulating items in the world, or the items he creates himself (boxes of various sizes, planks of various lengths, and floating triangles for the Thief to grapple to). The Thief has a bow and grapple hook, which you earn fire arrows later on, and can shoot multiple arrows at a time. The Knight is your powerhouse, wielding his sword, shield, and brute strength; he will get a fire sword and a war hammer later on in the game. Each character does have it's own persona, but there could have been a lot more work into their personalities to further separate them from the group, despite them being fused together into one being with the game's story.

Grand Theft Auto V Casually Announced

I picked this up in my RSS feeds while playing Trine (great game, BTW; definitely worth the $20), and I read past "GTA V announced" and got to an interesting tidbit, all in an interview held by the Times Online in the UK with Dan Houser, one of the creators in the GTA series:

"Nevertheless, we do get frustrated when video games are singled out and movies are given a free pass. Manhunt 2 was banned in the same week that Saw was released. The arguments become quite ludicrous quite quickly when people argue that games are somehow more dangerous than full-motion video."

Love it. I absolutely do. You get some shit brewing, Jack Thompson & Co. get ahold of it, tear it apart, blow it out of proportion, slap "terrorism" or "terrorist" in there somewhere, and blammo, you've got headlines. I've yet to see anything on MW2's Airport level - which the game does give you the chance of skipping it early on, and you never once have to shoot an innocent civilian, just the cops near the end - but I don't necessarily keep up with mainstream news, just shit that I'm interested in.

Back to the topic at hand, here's the quote that pretty much says "GTA V confirmed" or whatever they're going to call it.

As for the boys themselves, they are already back at work. There's a Western game in the works for next spring, and the next GTA to think of. “We'll think of a city first, then the characters,” says Houser. The script he will end up co-writing will run to around 1,000 pages, nearly ten times as much as a feature film. 

As for myself, I would absolutely love for Rockstar to dabble more into the Yakuza and throw us into Japan, and not Chinatown. When was the last time we were outside of the States in a GTA game?

Oh, that's right, GTA 1's expansion pack. Go figure.

[Via GameDaily]

[SIDE NOTE] PS3 Trophy Card Tracker for iPhone

Anybody know a good PS3 trophy card tracker app for the iPhone, or one of the better ones in the App Store that is free?

I like how Microsoft mandated all the XBL Achievement tracker apps on the iPhone be free, and I've got one (iNXES [iTunes Link]) that gets the job done, but is very limited in the information it shows; it doesn't sync with your profile - you have to add your GamerTag in which is nothing more than a list of all the friends that you know their Tag by heart or want to constantly compare with - you can't see individual achievements without it opening Safari and going to xbox.com, forcing you to sign in and see the list on the site. It's just you, your friends, and the game cards.

I know I get somewhere around 10-15 people a day here, which is pretty remarkable, considering I don't freely advertise my site on facebook or anything - and I don't think I'll have a response to this - but if someone is scavenging through here and knows which one is better, let me know.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

More Street Dates Broken: Assassin's Creed II and Left 4 Dead 2

Another GameStop corporate decision to break the street date. This time, the flavor-country GameStop has decided to visit is Assassin's Creed II, with Left 4 Dead 2 on the way back.

Kotaku says the decision was corporate and clerks. That's right, the clerks authorized the breaking of the street date.

Employees are gonna get fired, I guarantee it. With Activision already pissed off, Ubisoft and EA (the later of which issued a "no comment" when asked their opinion of MW2's street date broken) can join the club and rain down their own banhammers on GameStop. The stores in question are near Hudson Mall and Newport Centre in New Jersey. Ahh, New Jersey. Where the highways make you want to kill yourself, and the only thing good to come out of there was a few select bands and Bamboozle in the summer time.

Seriously, what the fuck is wrong with these corporate people breaking street dates?

[Via Kotaku]

Tweet about FFXIII, Square will reveal a 360-exclusive FFXIII gift

Now, we know Microsoft has a bad reputation when it comes to their third-party partners and getting exclusive content for their white box (Rockstar with GTA IV seems to be the most recent and popular), but this seems as subtle as it can get without people pointing and screaming "buy-out."

Announced in the past day or so, Microsoft and Square are going to be announcing an exclusive item to be used in FFXIII, exclusive to XBL. The only catch? They won't do it unless they get some free advertisement from gamers.

The advertisement isn't all that bad, as you have to tweet about it. Yes, you are now being forced to use twitter to learn about an item you have no clue about or what it does. If Microsoft and Square get enough tweets about FFXIII, they'll announce it. Yes, you read that right. Until their tweet-meter/pool of twitter advertisement is full, they won't say jack shit.


As of 11.14 at 2:54 PM

As large as the Final Fantasy fan base is, I'd expect this do be done and over within hours of it starting, or in a single day at most. Nope. The only blame I can find - and lack of interest from the Final Fantasy fans, as a communal - can be placed squarely on Microsoft, or specifically the Xbox 360 itself. In an notebook dump on Kotaku, Stephen Totilo had sat down with "Square people" and they said their goal is 3-4 discs for the 360 version, whereas they can get everything on a single Blu-ray disc for the PS3, for obvious reasons. Microsoft charges developers if they need extra discs space for their games, and it's not a pretty charge, either. Seeing this, I guarantee Microsoft has waived the fee for Squeenix, which was a nice selling point to get them to develop for the 360. That, or the lack of shitty sales of the PS3 sales prior to the Slim.

When I originally read the article about this, I thought it was just an XBL exclusive item about Final Fantasy, not an item for FFXIII. This lead to my initial skepticism that Square would release FFVII on XBL, which would not surprise me, as sales of FFVII have been picking up on the PSS (PlayStation Store). Microsoft would love to dish out as much money as possible to get FFVII on XBLA just to prove a point to Sony. What that point is, I have no idea. It would be a hell of a download for the 360, coming in at 1.32 GB, according to FFVII's space on the PSS.

[Microsoft - FFXIII - Register. Tweet. Win]

Friday, November 13, 2009

Final Fantasy XIII Dated...I Was Close



March 9, 2010 - official date.
March 17, 2010 - my predicted date in iCal.

I would like to point out that the reveal trailer has some guy talking, which I just fast forwarded to the end; I didn't bother with it. Guy says to you "Oh, and I bet you're wondering the NA and EU release date? Well, as soon as they tell me, I'll let you know." The camera pans away, with walls enclosing Guy in them. These walls form the above image, March 9, 2010.

You dickhole...

Before anymore dates are announced, I'd like to lay out my predicitions for what's been given a release window, seeing as I've been getting pretty damned close with these dates.

When I hear "Spring 2010," or "March 2010," I usually think of a strategic date, alongside other game releases. This is how I come up with my release dates, mainly so I can peg it in my calendar:

Dante's Inferno - February 2 (just checked Wikipedia, it's just one week later, the 9).
God of War III - March 9
Resident Evil 5: Alternative Edition - March 30, 2010
PlayStation 3 Sphere Motion Controller - March 30, 2010
Skate 3 - May 11, 2010

RE5: AE could be a bit tricky, as Capcom has not said whether or not it will be a worldwide release, or if Japan would get it first. I don't see why they wouldn't do a worldwide date, as they've got enough material shown that they could very well be sitting on it, waiting for the Sphere to be ready.

[Via Joystiq]

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Just Putting it out There: MW2's First Day Sales

I caught this in my RSS feed while at work, and I'm not a fan of the email blog posts that blogger offers, so here's my two cents on the 4.7 million copies in a 24 hour span:

Holy butt-fucking shit balls. Where there that many people that bought it? Activision has said MW2 sales totaled $301,000,000. I'm putting all those zeroes in there to make a statement: that's a shit ton of money. That shits all over theatrical releases. It's a good thing they didn't take $301 million and divide by $60, because that would be really bad (and way off...like half a million off). Does it help that people buy more than one copy of a game (actually, more than one Prestige edition) hopefully to turn a profit on ebay?

I just checked ebay, and the first listing had 8 minutes to go, and it was up to $203, $53 more than what it retails for. Really guys?

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories Dated, I'm Right...Again

It's coming December 8, just as we all thought.

Well, I can't say I'm right too much, as I moved it to 12/8 on my iCal when I first heard of the delay. Then, when I read about the actual delay, GameStop said 12/8, whereas everyone else was further into the month.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Facebook Gem: 10 Random [Gaming] Facts About Me

I posted this on my FB because I was bored as hell with nothing to do at...11:53PM on Tuesday, June 30, 2009. It's received nothing in notoriety, maybe due to the fact that I now realize I never hit "Publish to Page" or whatever it is so it shows up in your friends' feed. Enjoy.
  1. I cannot wait for Badass: The Game (aka - Splinter Cell: Conviction)
  2. I have every guitar controller from the various Guitar Hero/Rock Band games. The problem? I was once tempted to go to Guitar Center and buy guitar stands for them. Multiple times.
  3. I have two drum sets, one for Rock Band, another for Guitar Hero. They both work. They're both collecting dust.
  4. I spent $100 on the Master Chief helmet replica that was part of Halo 3. I still have it. I proudly have it on display.
  5. I have a 6' x 6' Gears of War baked foam "poster." It's still in pieces, and it's not on display. It's not because I don't want to, it's that I don't have a large enough space on my wall for it.
  6. I own the replica Gears of War Lancer gun that Amazon sold with Gears of War 2. It's in the back room. It cost me $140. Yes, it's my pride and joy. Fuck off.
  7. I spent 9 and a half hours at Wal-Mart for the Wii launch back in 2006. They had 28 systems. I got the 28th spot in line at 2:00 PM. We held a Mario Kart DS tournament and smoked hookah. It was the best 9.5 hours - in succession - of my LIFE.
  8. I have the chainsaw controller for Resident Evil 4. Both of them.
  9. I still have all my video game consoles going all the way back to the SNES. I'm looking at them right now.
  10. When I was 13, I modded a front-lit screen into my GameBoy Advance. It was the first time I opened up a piece of electronic equipment worth over $100. It worked perfectly. The GameBoy still looks like shit.
    OK, so if I were to do this now, number 10 would be replaced by either the huge disappointment Batman: AA's CE was, and how I took the Batarang off the stand so I could properly hold it, or how I had my mom pick up my preorder of MW2 Prestige at Best Buy due to hearing a story that particular store oversold their preorders.

    This is where my Modern Warfare 2 Prestige Edition unboxing video would have been

    ...except, my battery died on me during the video, and I picked up almost immediately afterwards. However, I have no idea how to splice videos together, so, for those few that do pass by here have any tips (I have a Mac, BTW), let me know.

    Until then, see where I am 'splaying my NVGs...after the break.

    Monday, November 9, 2009

    Publishers speak out on GameStop's decision to break MW2's release date

    "Are you fucking serious?" I'm sure you'll be thinking that by the end of this post.

    In response to GameStop's decision to release Modern Warfare 2 before it's scheduled release date, Capcom told Kotaku:

    "Street dates are broken all the time," Capcom director of communications and industry veteran Chris Kramer told Kotaku. "But I've never seen the decision made at a corporate level before. Launching a new game is an incredibly complicated process for the publisher at a level of Capcom or Activision, a process that makes publishers rely heavily on partners at many levels. That one of those partners – especially a partner that still is a significant part of a publisher's business – could just decide to change a roll-out of a game is more than a bit distressing."

     Yes, Capcom throwing down the law on Activi...oh, wait, what? There's more?

    Resident Evil 5: Alternative Edition is coming as DLC





    In a move not surprising to anyone, Capcom's poll that had users decide between repackaging RE5 with the new content or release it as DLC has tallied all the votes - all 2,346 of them - and came back with the majority wanting DLC. Try 63% of voters.

    Goes to show that paying for the same game twice doesn't pay off all the time.

    The extra content will be coming to Japan in a repackaged special edition, whereas both platforms will be getting DLC in every other region. Expect the Japanese Alternative Edition's value to skyrocket.

    Oh, and this seems to be my favorite quote from the blog post:

    ...just make sure to hold on to your RE5 disc and you’ll be ready to roll in Spring 2010 when we make available new Resident Evil adventures (and some other things we haven’t told you about yet) for you.

    Yea, uhh, what other stuff? Leon Scottward Kennedy making an appearance, perhaps? What happened with him in that 8 year gap between RE3 and RE4?

    [Via Capcom]

    Sunday, November 8, 2009

    New Releases : November : The Sequels to Everything Below Edition



    I reposted this with an image and changed the name simply because I felt it fit better with the idea.

    If you've been saving up, now's the time to make that four-figure withdrawal from your savings account. Everything you've been waiting for this month hits now. Except for The Saboteur and Zelda; that's next month.

    Enjoy yourselves; list after the break. If you start calling out sick near the half-way point, I won't blame you. Hell, I might do it myself.

    Best Buy offers up tasty pre-order bonuses on God of War III, Left 4 Dead 2



    I just swung by Best Buy with my girlfriend so she could pick up a few CDs. I run into a manager I used to work for in there and we started talking. She tells me that they oversold on their Prestige editions of Modern Warfare 2, which I just plopped down for yesterday. Out of curiosity, I check out what other pre-orders they have. I see boxes for God of War III - both regular and ultimate editions - Left 4 Dead 2, New Super Mario Bros. Wii and various other games without incentives.

    God of War III and L4D2 both have some amazing incentives, reason why the preorder box for L4D2 is holding place until next Tuesday. If you pre-order L4D2 from Best Buy, the box comes with a coupon for, get this shit, $10 off of L4D2 when you come back. With your $5 reservation, plus the $10 off coupon, you pay $45 for it. Not too shabby, and better than what Valve was offering on Steam. There is a downside, as you must redeem the coupon between 11/17 and 11/21.

    God of War III - not dependent on which version you buy - will take $10 off of the God of War Collection that comes out next Tuesday. The only downside is that you have to buy the Collection when you preorder for the reduction to take effect. Not sure on when the offer expires, as I'm obviously waiting until the 17 to pick it up, which I should take off of work for just in case freebies/swag get snagged up early in the day. Seeing as my schedule is getting jacked up since my month suspension - and the fact I can't get the second half of Thanksgiving week off to go visit family I haven't seen in 5 years - I need to get this shit in yesterday.

    Friday, November 6, 2009

    Guitar Hero 5 Demo Review: I might actually buy it.

    Let truth be known, I own every main entry in guitar-based rhythm games, save for this year's entries, which makes GH1/2/3/WT and RB1/2. I'm skipping on Beatles: Rock Band because, well, I hate these themed RB/GH games, I really do. GH5, on the other hand, has shown me Activision has put quite a few changes into the core formula that makes it feel fresh, reinvigorated, and ready for more.

    Firstly, I'm glad they chose not to do another subtitle, as "World Tour" indicated they think that GH is better than RB, with Acti going out on a limb saying GH started the craze. True, it did. But it doesn't help the fact that the original team behind GH, Harmonix, is now a subsidiary of both EA and MTV Games, and are now making Rock Band, which I believe is the superior guitar-game of the two.

    Before I delve into the game itself, I have to say I'm very impressed by the demo execution, as in you load the demo, and it throws you straight into a song. It wasn't until I finished playing that really shitty song they put on there that I could access a menu to select either 3 Doors Down, which I liked when I was 12, and Blink-182, which I liked when I was 16, 17, 18, 22 and 23 when their new album comes out late next year.

    Nintendo on Wii HD: Hell noes!!

    Taken from a GTTV interview between industry expert well known guy amongst gamers, Geoff Keighly, and NOA President Reggie Fils-Aime:

    Reggie: Michael [Pachter] continues to be the only one who believes that this is gonna happen. I don't know how forcefully we can say there is no Wii HD.

    Keighley: It's not coming, period?

    Reggie: No.

    [Via Kotaku, from GameTrailers TV]

    My Club Nintendo rewards are finally here!

    After months of waiting, I finally got my Mario hat last week for achieving Platinum status through Club Nintendo, which I failed to write about. Today, I arrive home with a two-foot tall poster tube on the kitchen counter. I knew exactly what it was, and ironically enough, I dropped all my shit and went straight for it as I did when I got Ocarina of Time in the mail when it came out.

    The Mario hat isn't anything special, as it's a huge fucking red hat. It barely fits my head, but I got locks of hair on my dome.

    The poster tube contained the Legend of Zelda posters Club Nintendo were handing out for 350 coins. Before I get into that, I'd like to make a comparison between coin value and the rewards. If you get nearly a 1:1 ratio for a game's retail price and coins (DS game nets 30 coins, Wii game 50, Wii Fit 80, etc), then I spent in the neighborhood of $350 to earn enough coins for these posters. The Game & Watch DS collection I have was 800 points.

    Thursday, November 5, 2009

    Nintendo actually talks about an HD-enabled Wii. Go fucking figure!

    I love when Nintendo talks about an HD Wii, because it seems as if they're talking about it 15 years ago when you could hardly find a TV with Component inputs over 15-inches.

    Shigeru Miyamoto was allowed to open his mouth and actually talk about the HD Wii we've all been wanting since Iwata first showed off the Wii way back in 2004 (!). Here's my favorite quote from the interview:

    "Regarding the question of SD or HD, it must depend on each software," Miyamoto said. "For example, we have to ask ourselves if HD is really necessary to develop Wii Fit. Won't HD be better for the games like Pikmin? The developers should choose the most appropriate graphical format depending on the software they make."

    What do other sites make of this? That they are making an SD/HD hybrid Wii. A fucking hybrid. Here's an easier answer: they won't force a developer to make the game HD compatible, or for a better choice of words, won't force them to make an HD option for a game. So, you could essentially get a new Wii Sports game by Nintendo without HD, but have Legend of Zelda showing off 1080p all up in your face.

    THAT makes perfect sense. Because, honestly, do we really need an HD version of Hexic or Bejeweled? They're shiny, but how shiny can you get?

    [Via Kotaku]

    Halo: Reach Screens Surface...Wait, WHAT?!?!




    My initial reaction was some shitty, blurry screens that showed absolutely nothing of value in terms of new information.

    Well, they're blurry as shit, I'll give it that.

    Found over at NeoGAF (when doesn't something good come out of there?), user 'Dani,' who gives credit to another user by the name of Tashi0106, posted some very good info about Halo: Reach, and images.

    Firstly, I scanned through them quickly, and you'll find my favorite one at the top of this post. WTF is that? It seems like it's a high-caliber version of the Needler, which, yea, like we need more pink mist...

    ::please let this be ba-dass::

    ...but there are some VERY interesting pieces of info to be had from these images, which I detail in the break.

    [NeoGAF]

    360 Wireless-N Adapter Reappears at Cosco, Cheaper, Ships Tuesday for Free

    Well, it seems like this just won't die until the damn thing is out.

    Coming out of Engadget, someone pointed out to them that Cosco is listing the Wireless-N adapter for November 10 for, catch it, $88. Oh, and free shipping. Not bad. Not bad at all.

    Best part? They've got a better picture of, not the packaging, but the unit itself. They look like press shots, so it seems as if Microsoft has...5 days to say something. Seems as if my prediction of the 10th got NAILED.

    I should start a "NAILED" board, just like Colbert. Now that would be awesome.

    Check the pics after the break.

    [Cosco]

    Wednesday, November 4, 2009

    Secret Knock To Unlock Your Locked Door

    See what I did there?

    I caught this over at Engadget, and I want this. Yesterday.

    Guy has programmed a "secret knock" that will allow this gizmo to unlock his deadbolt, which is nothing more than a circuit board, PVC pipe and a little piece of metal (aka "the party") that turns the deadbolt. Knocks are programmable by the user, and incredibly simple to do.

    You can knock slowly, as long as your rhythm is down, you're golden. However, add in an unnecessary knock or mess it up, you gotta start over.

    Really awesome idea, but it's something you'd have to program a new knock every day - or, godforbid, more than once a day - just in case you're neighbors hear you knocking away, trying to remember what the secret knock is today.

    [Via Engadget]

    Tuesday, November 3, 2009

    Left 4 Dead 2 Demo Impressions

    I just finished playing the demo, and I have to say, I'm thoroughly impressed.

    You only get to play through 2 areas of the campaign Parish. You're in the streets of New Orleans, and then you venture to a prison, where, once you enter the prison yard, the alarm goes off, and hordes upon hordes of, well, The Horde come after you. There are more zombies than in L4D, and I like the varying appearances of the Special Infected; my brother pointed out that "the Boomer was a girl." Yea, it was. It looked like the Spitter from the CGI intro movie skinned over a boomer; ugly, pale girl with a green bikini top. As for the face, well, I didn't get close enough before I killed it to look.

    Xbox 360's Wireless N Adapter Gone Missing

    Remember finding out about the N capable WNA for the 360, and then wanting one? Well, today was supposedly the release day (I had it pegged as next Tuesday in my calendar), and it's gone missing from virtually every online shopping area. The only place Google Shopping turns up is Buy.com with a "sold out" sticker on the page.

    Kotaku says a branch of Amazon (read - not the US) has a date of the 20th up. Make of it what you will.

    Monday, November 2, 2009

    Prince of Persia's First Official Trailer




    I'm impressed. Very impressed. When I first heard about the movie earlier this year, I had doubts. When the rumors of the actual Persian/Iranian Prince being cast as The Prince, I had high hopes. Then Jake "Darko" Gyllenhaal was cast, said hopes were quickly dashed away.

    After watching the trailer, I can say he brings the charm and allure of The Prince to the screen, and the attire isn't far off. You can catch a few glimpses of the Dark Prince, which I am proud of them trying to bring him into the movie. The dagger's look isn't far off, either. The movie...does look as...if it could...

    NO!

    I will not say it yet. I cannot say it yet, as I have to watch the movie - or more trailers - before I can make a full judgment, obviously.

    Catch the trailer after the break.

    [REVIEW] Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time



    My reviews seem to be coming a lot more often than I originally thought they would be. This would make number 5 for me for the blog. Whoop whoop.

    Anyways, back to the issue at hand, Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time. The third installment on the PS3, the conclusion to the Future trilogy and the 9th (!) installment overall. Keep in mind with this review, I only became a fan of R&C with Tools of Destruction. With that, I went back and bought R&C1, Up Your Arsenal and Going Commando. I never bought any of the other installments, as I just don't have the interest - or the time - to play them. I do now own Quest For Booty and, of course, A Crack in Time, making that 6 of the 9 that I own. Not too shabby, if I say so.

    All in all, all the R&C games all fall on the same premise: platformer shooter, ass-ton of off-the-wall weaponry and crazy ass gadgets. I can see one problem with this, and the only comparison I can make are to the LEGO games. It's all the same, and it's been done repeatedly. The formula is getting old, I must say. Do not get me wrong, I do love me some R&C, but they really need to do something to add some life to the series. What Insomniac did with ACIT is a step in the right direction.

    Sunday, November 1, 2009

    God of War III Ultimate Edition Announced



    Oh how my wallet will fall come March.

    Announced over the weekend, the God of War III Ultimate Edition will make you want to throw down a luscious $100 (according to GameStop) for this beauty. You're talking about exclusive skins, replicated items, soundtrack, exclusive music, art book, the works. However, the granddaddy of the whole thing is a replica of a particular item from the first game. If you can guess it before the break, congratulations! You win a cookie.

    [Via PlayStation.blog]