My consoles are: Game Boy, Game Boy Advance(and gba sp), DS Lite, Nintendo 64, Playstation 2, Playstation 3, NES, SNES, and Gamecube. Here is my video game collection: -------------------------------------------------------------------------www.lazyhoboguy.webs.com psn: lazyhoboguy
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I also am active in playing PS2 games through LAN tunneling programs. I play games that have had their online servers taken down. A program called Xlink Kai allows PS2 games with a LAN option to be played online still. Timesplitters:Future Perfect is the game I play the most through this method.
Another long time PS2 online enthusiast and I have created a website to plan PS2 online and LAN tunneling (Xlink Kai) matches. It is:
My youtube channel: youtube.com/user/Lazyhoboguy
So I got Rage and a bunch of other games for cheap during a cyber monday deal from toysrus.com. I paid 9 bucks for rage. Some of my friends were b*tching and moaning at me for getting it because they really disliked it. I knew it had problems, but I was too curious to try it since ID made it.
After playing it about 3 or 4 hours, it feels like Rage could have been a great game, but was rushed out and the games length was padded out with boring pointless things.
The game tries to do many things imo. It has typical linear first person shooting level which are a lot of fun. The weapons are fun to use, the enemies ai is pretty smart as they will jump around, use cover well, and will often rush at you. The problem with the game is that these shooting levels are so infrequent in the game. Rage consists of lots of pointless driving in a vehicle from town to town. You leave one town, drive for a few minutes to another, talk to a guy, drive back to the other town, drive to a quick fetch mission, drive back to a town, drive to the other town..... After about 30 minutes of doing that boring crap you finally might get lucky and get to do a linear style first person shooter level for about 15 minutes. The vehicle sections are so pointless. You drive straight back and forth between towns and there is no real open world. You pretty much drive in a straight line. There are random enemies you encounter, but there is no point to fight them, as your vehicle's ammo is depletable and you will have rebuy it. It makes more sense just to drive fast and avoid the enemies. So you just drive pointlessly between every mission in a straight line for no good reason.
The pointless driving back and forth between towns might be more bearable if the game wasnt riddled with frequent very long loading screens. Every time you leave a town there is a loading screen, once you reach another town there is a loading screen. If you enter any other area in the game there is another loading screen. It really gets annoying after awhile. The game feels as if you spend about half the time driving pointelssly between areas or waiting on loading screens.
Another problem is that the textures in this game never ever fully load. It's the weirdest thing I've ever seen in a game. The textures take 10 seconds to load in front of you, but they never stay loaded forever. The textures only load in your direct field of view, but have to reload every time you turn away and turn back. Its like you have tunnel vision and textures only load where you can see, but it's only temporary. You can even see the textures loading every time when you look down the sights of your gun. It's really really distracting. I guess though it better that they did this than making the frame rate really crappy. The game does run pretty smoothly, and enemy animations looks really good.
I was haing fun with Rage at first since it started off with typical first person shooting action, but then the majority of the time in the game turned into fetch quests, and pointless traveling back and forth every few minutes. I think the game would have been a lot better if they simly made it linear first person shooter. They should have just scrapped the driving sections and the little towns where you can talk to people. ID is know for making linear shooters and I think they should have just stuck with that formula.
I guess one good thing about the game is that John Goodman does some voiceacting in it. After about a hour or so of gameplay though you don't hear from him anymore. Also, there is a doom style space marine bobblehead on the dashboard of John Goodman's characters car in the opening cut scene which was cool heh. Another stupid cool thing about the game is when you crash on an atv into a wall or something. Your body launches into the air while you hear a hilarious scream and watch the ragdoll physics as your body bounces around the environment.
Been a long ass time since I wrote a blog. Part of the reason is that I just haven't felt like it, another reason is that I've been a bit busier as I've been developing more of a social life ha, and another reason is that I use gamespot less because of all the problems it has.
I feel like most of the bloggers that I knew for years and that had me eagerly checking the site for new blogs have moved on from gamespot and it's kind of sad. Some of them check in from time to time but its not the same . There are some other bloggers I follow that I dont know as well, but sometimes make some good blogs too luckily.
Even though I've been blogging less I still have been gaming a good amount. I recently got Lord of the Rings: War in the North on the PS3 and wow this game really surprised me with how fun it was. I couldn't put the game down for a few days until I beat it. It has its share of problems, mostly in the form of semi-unforgivable bugs because it was rushed by its publisher WB Games probably. There are a few bugs that are game-breaking, forcing you to have to restart your game due to you being unable to progress in the game. I didn't have it happen to me, but my friend did, and so have lots of other people when you search about it online. Also, It is marketed as a 3 player co-op experience for online play, however the game seems to handle lag terribly and is pretty unplayable online. That saddened me as I looked forward to playing this online with 2 other guys, but playing it in singleplayer was really fun even still.The computer controls the 2 other co-op partners in the game, but they have an acceptable level of intelligence for video game AI and you can order them around a bit and make them act slightly less dumb.
I am a fan of the Lord of the Rings world. I found the movies to be so-so after re-watching them for the 2nd time recently. I read the book The Hobbit when I was in the 6th grade but dont know how I would feel about it now and I never read the rest of the books because the movies came out and ruined the story for me anyways. My opinions about the movies and books doesn't matter though since I am just a big fan of the setting of the series. I like the whole middle age era with crazy magical sh*t going on thing the series has ha. The enemies and villains in the Lord of the Rings are just so awesome too.
The above paragraph, although a bit of a tangent, does relate to how I feel about the game. The game does a great job of making you feel like it's part of the Lord of the Rings universe. It feels like the quality of a movie almost in the story and voice acting. It tells a tale of a dwarf, sorcerer, and ranger that is supposed to happen at the same time as the main story of the Lord of the Rings. It was cool to go through a new adventure rather than the same one from the books and movies again.
I am a big fan of the Two Towers and Return of the King games on the Playstation 2 and Xbox. They had great combat systems, cool level design, and nailed down the feeling of the Lord of the Ring movies. Lord of the Rings War in the North surpasses those games even imo. The combat doesn't use button combination style combo's like those older games, but feels actually more like a beat-em-up. You mash light attacks on enemies until and indicator pops up that lets you do critical hits. I've been told that the combat system is similar to the newer Batman games, even though I haven't played those myself. This combat system has healthy amounts of gore in the style of awesome beheadings and limb severing though ha. You also can shoot projectiles with your crossbow, and as you level up your character you unlock lots of special attacks that you can do easily by pushing two buttons together. The pacing in this game is really good too. The environments and enemies you fight change right at the best moments, right when you feel like you are almost getting bored of things. One other thing that keeps the game interesting is that you find tons of new weapons and armor throughout the game. You are rewarded for exploring the less obvious areas in levels with treasure chests and other goodies that help you a lot in the game. There are tons of different weapons to choose from and they alter your play style quite a bit which is nice since it gives the game a lot of replayability.
I wasn't expecting much from this game as it had fairly low reviews and I knew it would be a bit buggy. Despite the bugs though I had a huge amount of fun playing it as a singleplayer game. I'd rate the singleplayer a 8.5/10, but think the game overall is like a 7.5 because of the bugs and crappy online problems. I would highly recommend this game to play offline either alone or in split screen. YEP, this game actually has at least 2 player split screen and seems like it would be a great local co-op experience. If you are looking to buy this game to play online, I'd not bother as its online mode seems to not have been tested enough and cannot handle the slightest bit of lag before things get unplayable. It is a shame since the core game is really well- made.
I've always disliked anime. The way that animations were so choppy on purpose always annoyed me. I disliked how most characters in anime look identical except for their haircuts. I never enjoyed the over the top voice acting I'd seen on the few animes I'd looked at.
However, I'd realized I hadn't seen to many animes, so maybe the ones I had looked at were just garbage and not representative of the entire genre. I also was told that in general English dubs are terrible, and yea the voice acting was a huge thing that annoyed me before.
My friend suggested I watch Cowboy Bebop and I had downloaded it and had it sitting on my hard drive for months. Finally started it a couple weeks ago and wow I really really like it. The story, dialogue, and voice acting are all really good. It could pretty much not be an anime, all the stereotypical anime things that normally bother me are missing in this show or are toned down to the point where they don't bother me. I really enjoy the setting as well. Watching space bounty hunters is always cool. Show has a good sense of humor too.
I also watched the movie Spirited Away. I liked it, but at the same time it annoyed me because it had a lot of the typical anime things that bothered me. Thought the voice acting was decent, but annoying sometimes, especially the main character. As beautiful as the art style was in that movie, the animations were really choppy and it bothered me. I know that is supposedly the style of Anime, but just seems lazy to me to have such choppy animations. But overall, I liked the movie for its weirdness and cool visuals. It was targeted at younger audiences too, so I probably enjoy Cowboy Bebop much more since its for adults.
I registered on giantbomb when it first started up, but I sort of stopped using it much and just stayed on gamespot for my blogging needs. Gamespot has been deteoriating at a very rapid pace recently though, in regards to the user/blogger community. As a result I am going to try posting my blogs on giantbom.com too. Im hoping gamespot gets its **** together for the community features, but it's not looking as that is a priority anymore sadly. My username on giantbomb is also lazyhoboguy. I am so creative huh.
I've been playing Vanquish on ps3 and Jesus rocket propelled Christ that game is awesome. I just love zooming around with the rocket boots in that game. It feels like such a different experience from the typical shooter. You have to dodge and zoom around like a lunatic to avoid all the missile and other crazy **** the evil russion robots hurl at you. The game runs amazingly well too the frame rate never slows down even with all the robotic chaos going on. I think the main character of that game is going to get lung cancer though. Guy pops a cigarette into his mouth every 30 secs.
I also finally got Megaman 3 on the NES. I've wanted that a long time. I've managed to kill 2 bosses already. Snakeman (or was it serpent man?) and Topman. Feels so good when you beat a boss in that game and steal their powers. **** YOU SNAKEMAN AND TOPMAN!!!
So after 5 years my fat model 40 gig ps3 died. It started turning itself off after like 10 mins of gameplay for a day or two. Then started turning off immediately every time i turned on the ps3. From asking around and reading online sounds like some thermal paste or something like that isnide is cheap and leads to crap inside the ps3 melting and getting broken eventually. My ps3 was in a well ventilated area too. I really did not feel like spending money on buying a new ps3. 250 bucks seemed a bit high for a new one to me. I had made up my mind that I was just going to suffer for like 6 months to a year and wait for a price drop. I was considering buying a used wii, even though theres only a handful of games I want to play on taht. I freaking hate waggle bulls**t.
Anyways, an evil terrible corporation who I normally wouldnt touch with an on million foot pole ended up coming to rescue. Gamestop, *PUKES*, had a great deal on a new ps3 that is for a week only. It last until the 26th I believe. You can get a new 160 gig ps3 for 200 bucks (50 off the normal price). You also get one free new game and have a choice between that new batman game or the komplete edition of the Mortal Kombat game. Since I don't care for fighting games much I just sold gamestop Mortal Kombat back. Used the 30 dollar credit and bought used copies of Dj Hero 1 and Dj Hero 2 on the ps3, as well as a new in box DJ hero controller. I've wanted to try that series for forever, and I basically got to for free.
Gamestop also had a buy 2 get 1 free thing on ps2 and gc games. Although 80 percent of the games had no manual or case artwork, automatically disqualifying them from my consideration, I still managed to find some games. Got Midnight Club 2, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit 2, and Dance Dance Revolution Extreme. They were all around 5 bucks and of course one was free because of the deal. I dont have a ddr mat yet but I'll get one eventually. I've never actually tried DDR before, but I'm curious to do so.
My body and mind feel like really confused though. I walked away from Gamestop this time feeling a feeling I've never ever in a trillion year felt while shopping there. I was actually satisfied.. they actually did not screw me over or rip me off in any way shape or form this time. I of course double checked every little thing before leaving the store, due to my pass expeiences of being f***ed in the ass their so frequently. But nope, everything was fine this time. What is this world coming too... I don't even know who I am any more. For a temporary time in my life, I was happy with Gamestop. ewwww
I tried something new again on my channel and recorded some skype talk between myself and another guy I game online with a lot. We were playing X-men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse online co-op on the Playstation 2. I thought our stupid jokes were funny, but am really curious if other people do and want to see more of this. Let me know if you liked it or want us to go die in a fire.
Well my Genesis I got off ebay worked. Although, one controller was broken pretty much. It technically worked I guess, but there was like a 1 second delay on each button press and you ahd to jam down on the dpad to get it to register. I think the wiring must have gotten messed up. Luckily, I found another controller at goodwill for 3 bucks which worked. The ebay seller probably new they were f***ing me over with the controller a bit, so they threw in an extra Genesis game called Battle Squandron. It is a spaceship shoot-em-up that seems pretty fun. So I am overall still happy with the seller.
Streets of Rage is still a blast after not playing it for a ton of years. My brother and I beat it in co-op on the normal mode and it was extremely awesome.
Revenge of Shinobi is a great game. I played that for many hours and with each time playing get a bit farther. Think the farthest I've gotten now is right after that brain in a jar boss.
Super Hang On is AMAZING!!!! It is a racing game where you try to reach the checkpoints before time runs out. The game has great music and controls very well with the dpad. It plays a bit like Rad Racer on the NES which I love too.
I played Earthworm Jim a bit and really enjoy that game and it's crazy sense of humor. I love how killing birds leads to an animation of its beak and feathers flying apart.
I also tried Rambo 3 a bit and it seems decent. It's a top down shooter type of game.It has really awful sound effects though. The shooting noise in that game is pretty ear destroying.
I also tried reviewing a GBA SP accessory thing on my youtube channel. This is my first time doing any sort of video review, so it's sort of crappy, but I'd appreciate if you guys told me of any suggestions or criticisms.
Well I tried to post this review on gamespot, but of course glitchspot wouldnt allow it and gave me a 404 page every time I tried. I think maybe older games cannot be reviewed any more or something. Also user scores and reviews seem hidden and broken at the moment for older games. Cmon gamespot... Anyways here is the review. It's nothing amazing, but I am pissed I cannot actually post the review, so I'll post it here. Well that depends if glitchspot will let me or not...
Turok: Battle of the Bionosaurs
This game is interesting for about 10 minutes. Then very quickly you get sick of the extreeeeme repetition and needless frustration.
I had very fond memories of this game, as it was one of the first video games I ever had. Unfortunately, my happy nostalgic memories of this game couldn't hide the fact that the actual game is pretty mediocre.
You play as an Native American looking guy and you start the game with a knife and bow. You will fight the same 2 or 3 enemy types over and over for the whole first level and the combat is pretty boring. Enemies will always just charge at you then charge in the opposite direction, then back at you again. So the best strategy is to tip toe your way right to the limits of their patrolling range and poke them with your knife a few times. Sometimes enemies will stand in place and shoot at you if they have a gun. Annoyingly, hitting an enemy with any weapon doesn't slow them down or stop them, they will continue charging at you undeterred by the consequences of very recent shotgun blasts to the face or shankings from your knife. It is pretty annoying because often you will hit them then they will charge at you and damage you 2 or 3 times even while you are hitting them. I guess the enemies just have no fear of death or feel no pain or something. Perhaps all the enemies are on drugs I dont know. Really, it's probably just a badly developed combat system. Oh, and you wont just fight each enemy in the level one time, you will surely have to backtrack many times and refight all the boring enemies.
Really though this game is less of a side-scrolling shooter and more of a platformer. The platforming isn't easy either. You have to be pretty precise and then you have to be ready to whip out a weapon to atttack the enemies that often ambush you right when you land a jump. This game is like 60 percent platformer 40 percent combat. The platforming is more fun than the combat so that is good I guess. Plus you have to ration all your bullets since ammo pickups aren't all that frequent. You always feel guilty using your guns since they have limited ammo so most times you will have to use your knife then in order to conserve your ammo anyways.
The game is setup so you have to collect 3 key things to progress to the next level, but usually when you find one key you have to drop down and backtrack through the entire level again. If you are observant of the levels and find semi-hidden new weapons, guess what your reward is? You get to drop down and backtrack again through the level to reach where you decided to jump to get the weapon... Later on when you find the second key can you possibly guess what happens?, the game alll of a sudden gets amazing and you never backtrack again. That is what happens.... I wish heh. Of course now you have to drop down and walk through the level yet again...
I played until level 3 and the repetition and extremely frequent backtracking was enough for me. After probably 10 years of not playing this, I never feel the need to play it again.
The gameplay is just extremely tedious because of the backtracking and boring combat. The only fun moments are when you discover a new more powerful weapon that will be fun to use for awhile until you have to mow down tons of boring enemies with it and your brief moment of joy for finding the weapon is immediately gone as you realize that your punishment for finding the weapon is that you have to jump down to an earlier part of the level and backtrack again.
The one thing this game did very well though, is the soundtrack. The songs is this game are pretty great. I think even as a kid a reason I kept playing this game was because I liked the music.
So basically, this game is only worth playing for about 30 minutes to hear the music. After that, the crappy gameplay will make you never want to play the game for a very long time despite how good the music is. Holy backtracking s*** I said backtrack a lot in this blog. Not my choice though since that is what the majority of the game consists of.
The game should really be called Turok: Backtrack of the Backtrackosaurs on the Backtendo TrackBoy...
If you want to see some backtracking in video form, here you go:
I am nearing completion of this game finally and I have to say that wow I really do think this game is overrated. Some people will tell you this is the best video game ever created and get so excited about it, but I find myself bored out of my mind about 50 percent of the time while playing it. RDR makes an amazing first impression on you with its great combat system, beautiful landscape and interactive wildneress. However, as you keep playing that stuff starts to get a little less impressive and you are left with pretty repetitve mission types that all usually involve you slowly riding your hourse somewhere then shooting people, or just staying in one spot then shooting some people. I feel like the game wastes your time quite a bit as well. Some missions let you skip the long horse ride to your destination, which I am grateful for, but others force you to slowly escort a character at a snails pace and you end up wasting like 5 minutes doing absolutlye nothing pretty much. I also hate how many times you will spend like 10 minutes crossing a map to get to the area to start a miission only for it to tell you have to come back at another time to start the misson... Which means you have to waste a bunch more time and come back or go to a save point and waste time while it saves and progresses time forward a bit. Also, I really hate the rancher simulation missions. I mean cmon they just bore the hell out of me. I dont want to herd cattle and have to watch them walk barely faster than turtles over miles and miles. That is not my idea of fun. At many points in the game you have to do quite a bit of that.
I think initially I had rated this game a 9.0 when I was all in awe about a few things in the game like the combat and the way they rendered the wildneress. I still think those are the best things going for the game, but everything else gets pretty boring and those things cant save it. There really is not all that much to do in the game, and the game turns into GTA with horses with repetitive missions. They story so far has been ok, and I know I am near the end. I think my score for this game now is 7.5/10 or maybe even a 7/10.
I am currently at the part where you have returned from mexico, killed dutch, and are back with your family. I was expecting just a few missions here or something and then I would get to see the ending. BUT NO! Ive done like 6 or 7 mind-numbingly boring missions so far and the game is still going. I am sorry but I dont really care about John Marson's relationship with his wife and son blossoming again. One mission had me laughing at how bad it was. You got to shoot crows because they are stealing your corn! Oh boy what a blast. Then you get to drive corn over to another character... Then you get to herd catlle a bunch of times, then you get to chase horses... At least the repetitive combat style missions in the majority of the game are a little fun. I really am getting no enjoyment out of doings these farm simulation/ outlaw daddy and husband relationship building missions. I just want this overrated game to end already. I want to start up Undead Nightmare because I think I might like that much better than the actual game.
I just finished the game. The ending was ok. Everything said in the blog still stands.
If you feel like ignoring me, leaving my blog completely, and just looking at the ebay listing for my genesis, go ahead and click on it and forget that you were on gamespot reading my blog. You mean jerk.
I figured no one actually continued reading so I will just type nonsense I reckon. Well so I moved into a new room recently and I am still unpacking. I actually have a decent sized room and no longer live in a closet sized room anymore. It feels odd. I still have not adjustted to having free space and not experiencing frequent stubbings of my toes and bangings of my knees onto things.
I just played Solar Striker on Gameboy for a few minutes. Has really awesome music.
Its 5am and I should go to bed. Yet, I am still typing this blog and postponing sleep for no good reason.
I burnt a microwaveable chicken pot pie in my microwave several days ago. Despite doing stupid things with microwaves in the past, this incident was not my fault. The stupid instructions on the package were wrong and caused my chicken pot pie to be burned in the middle of the crust. I was quite devastated as I was starving and was very shortly beforhand enjoying a chicken pot pie-y aroma taht further increased my appetite. Then I smell a burnt smell and to my horror discover that my dinner war ruined. I had just moved so I had no other groceries really. My meal ended up being salami and bread.... It actually wasnt too terrible.
I bought a plunger. It was from a conveinence store. I wanted one just in case since I moved into this new room. I wanted to launch a pre-emptive strike against any possible nigtmarish toilet clogging/overflowing scenarios. I feel much safer now that I have my plunger and I sleep much more soundly at night. I also bought a broom. I cannot think of away to make that occurence the least bit interesting. But I figured it was vital that I passed on this vital information of my newfound status as a broom owner.
OKKKKKKKKKKKKK I'll talk about the stupid crap I said I would talk about in the title of the blog. FINNNNNE. I noticed my last blog had an unsually large amount of comments. I guess people were aching for a chance to talk about the Genesis.
So yea umm.. Genesis. I bought one.
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Dammit that would be funny to do that, but I would feel bad. So yea I bought a Genesis on Ebay and got a Model 1 with 2 controllers, composite cable, power cable, and 5 games for a total of about 32 bucks. The games I got are:
The Revenge of Shinobi
I cannot wait to play Golden Axe again because I will be hit by a huge wave of nostalgia once playing it. You see, when I was a young lad who did not have any game console of his own my cousins had a Genesis. I would very much look forward to our about twice yearly family getogether things at their house and a large part of my anticipation was due to the presence of a sega genesis. They had the Sega 6 pack and I have very fond memories of playing Golden Axe on that. Kicking midgits was just so enjoyable. You think after dozens of kicks throughout the course of the game that some of those midgits, with their tiny little skeletons and organs would get some major life threatening injuires. But nope, they would just keep on hoarding all that magic and stand around waiting to be kicked. Perhaps they enjoyed the abuse? Sick perverted midgits... Ok I am going off on a tangent I just noticed.
We also used to play streets of rage while at my cousins house so I really want to play that again too. I ordered the SEGA 6 Pack off ebay myself for about 6 bucks.
Dont even read this section below if you believe that SEGA does what Nintendon't. There is talk of a game for a nintendo system below. Those of you who would object to reading about Nintendo have been warned.
I had another good ebay deal today as well. I was just sort of browsing through games for various cartridge-based consoles and saw a listing for Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance on the Game Boy Advance. It was listed very cheap and I decided to be a jerk and bid at the last 10 seconds to try to win it. It worked and I ended up paying only 6 bucks for the used cartridge. It goes for 17 used on amazon. I normally dont get great deals on Ebay, so the past few days have been very strange to me. Ebay must be up to something and will probably come and destroy me in my sleep. Ebay will bid on an auction for hitman services, get a sweet deal and use that value assassin to end my existence while I am oblivious to their plot while in my slumber.
Hey. Remember when I used to like separate my blogs into sections with nice titles and everything would be really nice and organized? Yea Im too tired to do that. Probably if I didnt mention this at all, you might not have noticed and been annoyed at my lack of structure in this blog. Oops. Yea ok bed time. Good luck making sense of this blog. I wont be able to proofread it and edit out some of the more indecipherable gibberish until I wake up.
So I have been having cravings for some SEGA old school gaming. Ive wanted a genesis for awhile, but never got around to buying one even though they are relatively cheap. Ive recently been hearing a friend play it and I am sort of really enjoying the unique sound that genesis games have. I know the sound card on that thing is pretty unusual or something and that is sort of a big reason I want the console. It almost reminds me of the original gameboy. That too had a very unique sound to its games and developers could craft amazing music on that hardware if they put the effort in. Or they could be lazy and the sounds would sound like awful screeching and bleeping that would make blood ooze out of your ears. Ive heard the Genesis has its fair share of ear destryoing music/sound effects in its games too though.
Another reason why the genesis has me intrigued is because the controller looks so comfortable to me. I have long bony fingers so the snes and nes controller have always felt a bit uncomfortable to me. They are just so small that I feel like I have nothing to hold onto and the dpads are way too stiff for my liking. The genesis controller looks much bigger and the dpad seems like it will be less hard as well.
Oh yea I also want the Genesis for the games, of course. I am a big fan of beat em ups and platformers and I have been playing them way too infrequently in the recent past. Plus current gen gaming tends to piss me off quite frequently with all the hoops you are forced to jump through to play a game. Cartridge based systems can be so relaxing. You just pop in the game and start playing.
So yea Ive been stalking ebay listings for genesis consoles. It is only a matter of time before I get one.
What the title said:
Fine I will give you a few more details since you probably think I am psychotic now. This video is honoring/parodying a youtube user called fatman: http://www.youtube.com/user/fatmanmirrorsagain So unless you have watched many of his videos, my video will make no sense. Even if you watch many of his videos mine is still weird heh. I was bored one day and felt like wasting a lot of time in ms paint.
I finally got myself a dualshock 3. I've wanted one since it came out, but I refused to pay 60 bucks for a controller when I already had a sixaxis. The price finally dropped down to 40 bucks, so I figured its time to get one. Well I would have still waited actually, but Child of Eden dropped in price to 20 bucks and I bought that. It's made by the guy that made Rez, which used the dualshock 2 on ps2 amazingly, so I felt like I would be missing out on a big part of the game if I played it with my rumble-less sixaxis controller.
After playing the first 2 levels of Child of Eden, I like it, but feel like I have played the game before. The gameplay is pretty much identical to Rez. I already feel like I know how the game thinks and it feels a lot less challenging to me than Rez was at first. The visuals are of course really awesome looking. I am finding the music to be a bit more generic than Rez's so far though. These are just my initial impressions though. My opinion might change once I finish the game.
Oh yea, I noticed that the tops of the analog sticks are pretty different on the Dualshock 3 and SixAxis. The Sixaxis has rounder analog stick tops on them, while the Dualshock 3's are pretty flat. I'm not sure which I prefer so far either.
I've also been playing Black Ops online some more and I am a bit ashamed to admit that I actually sort of like it now. I hated it at first. I think I didnt like it because the free for all mode is pretty awful in Black Ops. They pick the biggest maps in the game half the time for that mode, so you spend like a minute finding a person each time. Free for all is my favorite mod in Call of Duty 4, so this bugged me quite a bit. The team based modes in Black Ops are pretty fun though.
The title of this blog sums up the type of games I have been playing a lot of in the past month or so. I got a few cheap puzzle games on the original gameboy, for abou 3 or 4 bucks a piece. I got tetris attack and tetris 2, both of which have pretty much nothing to do with the original tetris, but they are both decent puzzle games.
Gameboy Puzzle Games
Tetris 2 is basically Dr.Mario with a very very slight twist. I actually think its a tad bit better than Dr.Mario. The twist is that there are a few puzzle pieces down at the bottom of the screen that are flashing. You have to clear them all to beat a level. It's a fun game, but like dr.mario is pretty slow paced when compared to the original Tetris.
Tetris Attack is also nothing like the original Tetris. It's sort of like Columns or something. You swap pieces around to line up 3. It got old to me pretty quick, even though it had a semi-interesting story mode with yoshi randomly thrown in.
Oh, and before this I got a gameboy puzzle game called Quarth which is sort of a mixture between a shoot-em-up and puzzle game. It is really great actually and is pretty unique. Was originally an arcade game I believe. Also, I have had the original Tetris catridge on gameboy that I have been playing as well. When comparing all these different gameboyt puzzle games I think that the quality goes like this: Tetris, Quarth, Tetris 2, Tetris Attack. I like me some of them there puzzle games it seems. (Don't know why I tried talking like a redneck in that last sentence)
Turn- Based Strategy Games
I played a game of Civilization 3 which took me about 36 hours total to complete. I played as Japan because they get samurai units which are cool. I play that game once or 2 times a year and become completely absorbed in it for awhile. After I finished my game of that up I shifted over to handheld strategy gaming. I got Advance Wars 2 recently and have been enjoying that. I loved Advance Wars 1 and this is pretty much more of the same with very minor changes to the formula. That isn't a bad thing at all.
My Failure at Being a Cheap Ass
Also, I have failed the thrift store gods. I have been in my parents' city for awhile and so I have been frequenting the local thrift stores, mainly in a cheapo quest to find video games and video game paraphernalia. My thrift store instincts failed me recently, however. I saw a copy of Ridge Racer on ps1 for 3 bucks which I bought since id been curious about that series. I also saw a playstation 1 game called "The Raiden Project" for 5 bucks that was complete in the box. I looked it over and was able to see that it was some type of shoot-em-up. I was sort of interested but passed since I had no idea if it was a good or bad game. I then went home and looked that game up online and discovered its supposed to be great and usually goes for 20-30 bucks even for a used copy. The next day I returned to the thrift store, hoping the game would still be there, but it was gone... forever. Oh well. I should get a smart phone so I can research game qualtiy and prices in the thrift store. Oh and I played Ridge Racer for about 5 minutes and thought the game didn't hold up all that well. Am probably done playing that game forever. It had a cool loading screen though that let you play a crappy fake version of galaga or galaxian for a few seconds (I forget which one exactly).
Ratchet and Clank
Oh yea, I've also started replaying Ratchet and Clank on PS2. I havent played that in years, but the game is still a lot of fun. You get to whack a lot of enemies with a wrench. That never gets old. Plus there are guns, so yay. Ratchet is much more annoying to me then I remember though. His dialogue and so cheesy and full of forced EXTREME ATTITUDE if you know what I mean. Really, he is sort of an a**hole. For example, in one cutscene a news reporter person is about to get killed by some monster, clank, being a compassionate robotic thing is concerned for the well being of the alien lady. Ratchet says something like "yea whatever she is probably fine. I hope the hoverboard is ok. " or something like that.
Wow. I wasn't expecting to enjoy this game so much. It feels like a mixture between Resident Evil 4 and Doom 3 which were both games I liked quite a bit. It feels extremely inspired by Doom 3 to me. The space setting, use of lighting to make things scarey, and slow-paced nature of exploring corridors all make it feel a lot like Doom 3. It even has random audio and video logs scattered about just like Doom 3. The game feels like Resident Evil 4 since it is a 3rd person perspective and you have to do a lot of ammo and item management. I've also read around on the internet that this game is supposedly influenced by the Alien movies, but I wouldn't know since I haven't seen them yet.
If you have played Resident Evil 4, Doom 3, or survival horrr games though do not start this game on the normal mode. I reached chapter 4 on this mode and never died once from an enemy. I died only once from an environmental danger that I didnt notice until it insta-killed me. On normal mode the game doesn't feel like survival horror at all and felt like a piece of cake third person shooter. I rarely ever got hit by anything and because of that I had tons of health items and ammo that I was never in any of danger of needing. I wasn't all that impressed with the game while playing on this mode. As soon as I started playing on hard mode though the game really started getting fun. On hard mode you have to be much more precise with your aim since there is less ammo and enemies take more hits. One important and cool aspect to the gameplay is that you have stasis which lets you slow down an enemy for a small amount of time. You really have to make good use of this on the hard mode since your supply of stasis is limited and many of the enemies are fast and attack in groups.
The game doesn't really feel scary to me, but neither did Resident Evil 4 or Doom 3 really. It has a creepy atmosphere like those games since you know enemies might pop out around any random corner. That is not really a flaw at all though. I didn't get the game because I wanted it to be scary. The only real small flaws I will mention are that the melee combat feel sa bit awful. You can b****slap or stomp on enemies, but aiming these attacks feels really impresice to the point that they are pretty pointless to ever use unless you have no ammo for any gun at all and there is absolutley nothing in the environment for you to toss at an enemy (yea there you can magically pick up and toss s*** at enemies with your hand like in Timesplitter's Future Perfect).
I hear this game has a new game plus mode where it gets harder and you keep your upgraded stuff. That sounds like something up my alley. This might turn out to be an extremely replayable game then. It already feels quite lengthy as I have put in a good amount of hours and am on like chapter 5 or 6. I might be wrong, but I believe i heard there were 12 chapters total.
After beating Dark Souls 2 times every game I tried to get into just couldnt match up haha. This is the first one that got me engrossed and not missing dark souls the whole time while playing it. Although, I still am playing Demon's Souls again sometimes because I am weak addict.
From Software is my drug dealer
Dark Souls came out at the start of the month, but I have already put in over 100 hours into the game... . I just beat NG+ and am finally starting to feel a bit burnt out of the game on ng++, so I think I will wait a few months before creating a new character. I used zero pyromancy at all in my time so far and have been saving that all for a new playthrough to make it feel more unique. Plus a patch is incoming which will adjust the pyromancy damage, so seems best to wait until after the patch to start the new character.
I finally am a bit burnt out of Dark Souls, but I played it just about every spare moment I had for a this past month. It really is like a drug. The only other games I have ever been this addicted to are Demon's Souls and the Civilization series. And dammit, I started replaying Demon's Souls yet again now since it feels fun again after not playing it for a month. A new cycle of addiction begins again. Oh well. Oh yea and Demon's Souls feels so weird after Dark Souls. Like, the character movement speed and roll speed is like 5x faster and it took awhile to adjust back to it. I think the movement/attack speed was slowed down in Dark Souls because the graphics look a lot nicer. I think if things moved as fast as Demon's Souls then the entire game would have an awful framerate, instaed of just one main area (blightown).
I bought some more Vidya games from a website where they sell Vidya games and they were having a Vidya game Sale where buying 2 Vidya games rewarded the puchaser of Vidya games with a 3rd Vidya game which is a free Vidya Game. As opposed to the first 2 Vidya games, which were not free Vidya games and required a payment to be electronically sent to the company who was in charge of the site that was selling the Vidya games and was having the previously mentioned sale on Vidya games. Also, VIDYA GAMESSSSSSSSSSS.
Uh yea its one of those " I am only awake because of 5 hour energy" type of nights. Sorry haha.
I also couldn't resist an amazon.com deal where you buy 2 new games and get one free. I got Puzzlequest 2 on DS which is pretty fun. You basically duel with enemies by matching up colored puzzle pieces. Each color gives you different magic attacks so there is a decent amount of strategy involed. However, it feels like you the puzzles are too simple and predetemined sort of and you really are just deciding when to use magic attacks. It sort of feels like the puzzle side of the game isnt actually the main thing. Like the puzzles almost solve themselves the way they are designed and you feel like you are only really in charge of deciding when to use your magic attacks which you gain by collecting differnt colored puzzle pieces. Still it's a fun game. It does seem to get repetitve after awhile though as you start fighting the same enemy types over and over.
The other 2 games I got with the deal are Deadspace and Vanquish on ps3, they are still coming in the mail, but I am excited to play both of those games. Have wanted both for ages.
Television is not a VIDYA game.
I also just heard of the show Wiseguy. It is from the 80s and is about an undercover fbi dude infiltrating the mob. I am a big fan of mobster movies and tv shows, especially the good ones which this happens to be. This show is very good and I think it is close in quality to the Sopranos or The Godfather movies. I also think its cool that an actor that plays a main character in that show plays a character called Mike on Breaking Bad which is one of my favorite shows ever.
I didn't just pay full price for a video game. I preordered it. I never do that. My cheapo conscience rarely lets me make such an expensive video game purchase. But in this rare instance we were in agreement on spending 60 dollars on a video game. The game I pre-ordered was Dark Souls.
The pre ordering the game got you the Collector's Edition at no extra charge. The collector's edition is sort of cheap though, but that is the publisher (Namco's) fault and not the developer From Software. It just got you a metal tin for the game, a cheaply constructed artbook that is ready to fall apart if a slight breeze happens to touch it, and you also get a little fake credit card looking thing with a code on it to download some stuff from the game's website. This stuff is sort of neat, if a bit half-assed, but I didnt buy the game for the swag. I bought the game because this game is a sequel to Demon's Souls on the ps3 which is one of my favorite games ever. I replayed that game like probably 5 or 6 times in the time since it came out about 2 years ago.
For any of you that haven't heard about these games, they are action rpgs with very little story in the way of cut scenes and long sections of scrolling text stuff which is something I like since I dont play games for story. I play games for great gameplay and that is something that Demon's Souls and Dark Souls are focused on. Demon's Souls and Dark Souls are all about the gameplay. It is unforgiving and brutal at times, but it fair. It punished you for being an idiot and makes you have to learn and adapt to get better, making any vicotires feel a lot more rewarding than other games.
Ive put in a ton of hours into Dark Souls in the week I have had it and it was 60 dollars very well spent. At first it seems worse than Demon's Souls as some of the changes to the gameplay and the mechanics of the game seem awful at first, but the longer you play the more you understand why those changes were made and why they enhance the experience. I think this game is as good or better than Demon's Sous so far, but I cannot say for sure yet since I haven't beat it yet. That being said it does have it's flaws. The frame rate in some parts of the game is really awful and seems like its taking a s*** all over your fun experience. Luckily its only a frequent problem in one level so far.
Dark Souls does feel a lot harder than Demon's Souls at the start, but once you get used to things you start having less trouble with the game. These games are always talked about for their difficulty, but really they aren't all that hard. Like they involve some trial and error so you can adapt to each experience. THe difficulty is a return to the old school sty le of games like Castelevania and other NES era games.
Just like Demon's Souls this game is addicting as hell. I cannot stop playing Dark Soul's. It is time travel. I start up the game and say to myself that I will only play for one hour. Five minutes later, or so I believe, I look at the clock and see that 3 hours has past...
UGGGGGGGGGGGGH. My room smells horrendous right now. I did something ridiculously stupid. After years of slaving away at cooking my nutrious microwavable meals my kitchen appliance exploited an idiotic oversight on my part.Today my stomach was telling me that it craved some food, so I decided to microwave some delicious and healthy microwavable chow mein. It's so simple to make! You just add water and microwave for 5 minutes! SO SIMPLE!!!....
I forgot to add the water. I am a F***ing idiot. I was tired and I guess I wasn't paying that great attention to what I was doing. About 2 minutes in I smelled a weird smell then I looked at my micrwoave and smoke was pouring out. The chow mein had burnt since it was missing water. There was a ton of smoke, but the burnt chow mein didn't break through the paper plate luckily. My microwave then is fine on the inside and didn't get burnt up, but it smells like total ass now. It's really nasty smelling. That smoke/ burnt smell is disgusting. Im currently running a fan at full blast with the window open. I wiped down the microwave with some water/vinegar mix then boiled some water and vinegar, but the smell still lingers. Anybody else do something as stupid as this and burn food in their microwave? Have any tips on getting rid of this nasty nasty smell?
Oh yea, did I mention that I am an idiot?
Heh it's been quite awhile since I last blogged. Sorry for that, but I just haven't felt the urge to do so lately. Plus, I have been dealing with some life bulls*** such as having to deal with mice in my aparment I managed to kill one last night. DIE YOU MICE SCUM!
I've pledged before to never buy any digital downloads since I hate the idea of not actually owning the game. However, I caved in once before and bought Pacman Championship Editiion DX awhile back. I have shamefully caved in once more and have thrown out all of my gaming morals. The game, well "game" I bought is Noby Noby Boy. I put the word game in quotation marks since its not really a full game. It is more of just a game engine and wacky world for you to mess around in. It was created by the dude that made Katamari Damacy, which is one of my favorite games ever. The visual style and sense of humor in this game are unsurpisingly pretty similar. The tutorial and instuctions in this game even made me laugh and are entertaining.
The game basically consists of your Noby Noby Boy moving around and eating stuff. You then proceed to launch the previously consumed objects out of your ass with a fart noise. This is obviously my type of game haha. Your ass and head are independently controlled with the left and right joysticks which makes things interesting. You can stretch your body out too which makes you able to hold more crap in your stomach before you decide to launch it all out of your ass. There are different levels which are pretty much the same gameplay-wise, but they have different terrain and objects on them. New levels are periodically unlocked in the game as well. The total amount of streching that every player that has the game has done contributes to this. The game measures how many meters you've stretched your Noby Noby Boy and adds it to the total of how long Girl is. Girl reaches through the solar system as she grows and eventually reaches new planets which unlock them as levels for you to play. It is a pretty neat concept. Right now the lateset level unlocked is Saturn.
Trying to explain this game is sort of difficult, but thankfully I uploaded some videos of it so you can just watch them.
So yea for $4.99 I think this game was well worth it. It gets a little boring after awhile, but its just a relaxing experience and certainly is a very unique one. I am a little sad that they didn't take this concept further and make a full game out of it, but I still feel good about supporting such a creative game even if it's just a fake game/long term rental/digital download.
PS3 Homefront Demo Impressions
No I didn't buy the game. I played the demo which lets you play 2 game modes and 2 maps. It lets you level up to level 10 then stops your progress.
I had heard horrible things about this game's singleplayer and simply assumed the multiplayer demo would be an awful traumatizing experience as well. Unexpectedly phowever, I actually really like this game's online multiplayer. When the price drops enough I will probably buy it. This is coming from someone who is really burnt out of Call of Duty and stopped buying the ps3 call of duty games after COD WAW.
At first glance the online demo made me think the game was nothing but a shamless Call of Duty clone. The intro movie was a carbon copy of the visual styl-e used in call of duty games. Then I get into the game and see there are different loadouts with perks, you unlock new weapons as you level up, etc.
The game though in many ways plays better than the call of duty games I have played on ps3 (cod4, cod waw). The team death match mode is great. It actually solves the camping problem found in the Call of Duty games. When one person gets a bunch of kills in a row without dying, the enemy team is alerted to the general area where that dude is and get extra points for killing him. This keeps people from just plopping their virtual modern soldier butts on a rock for 30 minutes so they can shoot at any people that happen to walk past.
The game also has tons of vehicles and the way in which they affect the gameplay is the best thing about this game in my opinion. As you get kills or do other things to help your team like taking out vehicles, enemy drones, capturing control points, etc, you get BP or battle points or something. You use the accumpulated points to purchase things mid game. You can buy yourself armor, bazookas, robots with machine guns, air drones to mark enemy targets, and other things while inthe middle of the game. Once you die if you save up enough money you can buy jeeps, 2 different tanks, and a helicopter.
Oh yea another great thing about this game is that there is a mute all button. You can easily mute every other player's microphone in the lobby by selecting that one option. THANK YOU HOMEFRONT DEVELOPERS. In call of duty 4 you cannot even mute people in the game lobby. It drove me crazy having to hear all the offensive microphone hisses, angry yelling, crying babies, and all the other vocal filth that used to crap inside my ears when I played call of duty games.
One thing that sprays rancid fecal flakes all over the otherwise appetizing prospect of purchasing this game is the fact that it contains an online code... Ugh. So because I do not want to support the practice of holding online multiplayer hostage from used games, I will wait until this game drops down to like 20 or 30 used and will have to buy the stupid online pass. Doing this means the publisher will still get less money than if I buy it new for 50 or 60. If this game didnt have an online pass I would buy it new much sooner meaning the developers and publisher would get much more money off of me.
Donkey Kong on the Gameboy kicks ass. I just won this off of ebay for under 10 bucks and am loving this game. It is similar to the arcade game a little bit, but is pretty much a brand new game with tons of levels.
Here is an image I made of the game to annoy a friend who hates this game. Click on it to see the whole image since part is cut off.
Super Stardust HD
AKA Soooooooooomanyrocks HD
This game makes a great first impression. It looks really amazing in HD. The giant rocks look really cool when they break apart. After awhile though the cool visuals aren't as impressive and you only have the gameplay to deal with. You fight rocks for 90 percent of the game. The game sort of plays like Asteroids but you move around a planet. You have 3 types of ammo to shoot and each kind hurts certain rocks or enemies to different degrees. After you fight 100s of rocks you finally get to fight a few enemies for a minute or so. Then you fight more rocks. After you have fought rocks for another really long period of time you get to fight a boss. The bosses are really really predictable and easy to beat once you spend 30 seconds to figure out their attack pattern.
I just described how you beat one world, which is like a level. After you beat one world you move onto a different one and the process desrcribed in my last paragraph repeats itself, except for the presence of slightly different enemies and rock types.
So yea this game is pretty boring after awhile. I had some fun trying to beat my high score, but the gameplay is just so repetive that I found myself wanting to stop my game from boredom rather than from any threat of dying soon.
AND NO, I did not buy this game. It is a digital download so of course I didn't. I got it as a free game from the PSN welcome back thing.