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Why FROM SOFTWARE why?

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So I got ARMORED CORE V, which I was highly anticipating since FOR ANSWER was pretty good.

But after drooling at the amazing OP movie, I got a message that without online access you cannot buy new AC parts.... I was WTF!?

So yeah, the biggest, hell, the core focus of the series, the AC customization is totally nerfed unless you have Xbox Live. And I wouldn't be surprised if they made you pay for them as if they were DLC.

I'd totally understand if online allowed you to get a lot more parts as long as the game had at least the same amount of parts than the previous game. But the offline AC part selection is meager at best.

I'm aware that you can get some new parts by defeating enemy AC units, but even so there can't be that many of them.

Anyway, it's BS like this why I hardly buy original current gen games. Ironically, the last original game I bought was the FROM SOFTWARE game DARK SOULS, which is one of the longest and most gratifying games I've played this generation. Nothing like this game.

FROM SOFTWARE should've released CHROME HOUNDS 2 instead, because they've ruined this AC entry. Too bad because the game does make a lot of things better, but poor customization is too much of a downer.

NAMCO and CAPCOM are really scaming their userbase this generation. It's despicable.

Ninja Gaiden III *Updated Impressions*

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It turns out the game might not be as good as I thought it was gonna be. After playing the game a bit more some notable design flaws became pretty evident to me.

First, the level design is not that great. The levels are pretty linear and comprised mostly of a bunch of 'choke points' where the game throws way too many enemies at you at the same time. You practically spend more time dealing with the enemies on these parts than moving through the levels themselves.

Second, I wish the game had at least some minor customization like the other games. You can't select different weapons, power them up, or anything or that kind. So far I don't even have other Ninpo attack than the fire dragon that recovers your health bar.

I like that they made each level look completely different from each other, but the background graphics aren't that good really. They're pretty simplistic.

The game gave me an excellent first impression, but now it's sort of starting to vanish.

MASS EFFECT 3, BINARY DOMAIN, and SILENT HILL: DOWNPOUR (cleared all three already) are still the best games I've played lately.

Just got RE : Raccoon City and Ninja Gaiden III

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I wanted Armored Core V and Silent Hill HD collection too, but they weren't available yet. Hope they'll have them by monday.

I just successfully installed RE: Raccon City, so that's what I'm gonna play right now.

I'm also in the middle (well 78% of progress, really) of Silent Hill : Downpour, but I only play that game at night.

I have to admit the game is a lot better than what I was expecting, with the exception of the limited amount of enemies that also just plain suck for the series standards.

ME3 = Too many quest bugs

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I'm only 14hrs into the game and I already have 3 or 4 broken quests on my journal that cannot be completed . I've looked around for info, and its seems a lot of people are having the same issues on both the Xbox 360 and PS3.

In ME2 I only got 1 broken quest in the whole game, and fortunately I was able to fix it by going to a previous save and picking a difference choice.

It seems Bioware's quality tests are getting worse.

Also, the shooting sequences in this game are better, but the actual shooting gameplay feels very sloppy and innacurate at times. I know some would say that the game is not a proper shooting game, but you still have to deal with the bad guys in the same manner regardless.

Funny, but playing ME3 made me like BINARY DOMAIN even more.

Finally, starting MASS EFFECT 3

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I've got the game last saturday, but when I tried to import my character, something was not right.

Then I suddenly remembered I deleted my past ME2 clear save because I wanted to make a 'perfect' clear save, only that I never got to finish the game that one time.

Needless to say that was a HUGE drag, as I didn't want to play the third part without my past saves. It took me most all sunday of playing ME2 and painfully staring at my ME3 copy which I was itching to play, but now finally I can start playing it.

I hope it lives up to the hype. I noticed the graphcis look a lot darker than in ME2. I don't know why.

BINARY DOMAIN Impressions

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I just cleared the game on the "Survivor" difficulty setting and I have to say I'm quite impressed with it.

The storyline and overall plot progression is definitely one of the best I've seen in a shooting game as of late - Way better in my opinion than the plot of GEARS OF WAR series, which with 3 games already I still found it quite boring.

I have to adimit though that at first the game didn't gave me the best of first impressions. I think that the first 15 minutes or so into the game are the worst part of it. The rainy gray graphics and the small warehouse narrow corridors make the game feel like just another generic cover-based shooting game. However, once you get past that part, it all becomes an awesome non-stop shooting tour-de-force.

The game is also on the long side for a story-drive shooting game of this type, by the way. It took me more than 3 LONG nightly playing sessions to clear it, which is more than what it took me to clear most of the other shooting games I've played on the Xbox 360.


The only mayor complaint I have with the game is the main character DAN and his English voice overs are just HORRENDOUS. I actually grown to like most all of the character cast (BOATENG reminds a lot of COACH from LEFT 4 DEAD 2), but DAN is just a plain, one-dimetional (not to mention annoying) caricature of a character. And unfortunately he was made even worse thanks to one of the poorest and (ironically given the theme subject) artificially sounding voice acting performances I've heard in recent memory.

But because the plot doesn't revolve around DAN, and because the world and the rest of the characters in BINARY DOMAIN are strong enough on their own - DAN sucking comes more as a mayor annoyance rather than as a deal breaker.

I also want to note that the ending was just as awesomely satisfying as the rest of the game. While the plot remains open for a possible sequel, there's none of that cliffhanger BS we've seen in so many action games lately.

Of course by now I think most of us SEGA fans probably think this is YET another SEGA game that will never get a sequel. But even if it doesn't, the ending gives a good enough closure.

Overall, BINARY DOMAIN is a shooting game that shouldn't be overlooked. Sure, the game is really rough around the edges and doesn't have the awesome gameplay mechanics of VANQUISH, but it my opinion it does have a better, and longer campaign.

After clearing the game I unlocked a higher difficulty setting, so right now I'm really itching to play it again and round off some achievements.

Kenka Bancho Portable

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http://www.loop-net.co.jp/works/img/tsubushitoke.jpg

One of the most badd-ass games from last generation made portable.

Another reason to like the PSP.

Just check this fan-made gameplay demostration video and tell me it's not one of the most freaking awesome games you ever seen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3T8RN401OM

Picture SHENMUE meets DOWNTOWN NEKKETSU MONOGATARI (RIVER CITY RANSOM) meets TOKIMEKI MEMORIAL and you'd be getting close at just how awesome this game is. Seriously.

By the way, the same dude also did one for the third game, which was localized as BAD-ASS RUMBLE (fit name).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGMEZCDVIgw

Personally, I liked the first game more than the third (main character isn't as likeable in my opinion). Of course it's still freaking sweet the third one got localized.

Sukeban Deka!

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Just remembering one of my favourite TV shows from the 80s.

Man, they couldn't come up with this stuff today if they tried.

And why it's so hard to find videos about the series around?

Why have you betrayed me, internet!!? (T^T)

Anyway, if you've never heard of the show, check it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oq1H01OnYCE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sY31-njVGvQ

By the way -- There's a Master System game based on the second season (my favourite by the way.

http://bto8.smspower.org/segapower/1318/00.gif

A Famciom game of the third season also exist :

http://ui22.gamefaqs.com/469/gfs_19357_1_1.jpg

Also, Yuko from the VALIS series is based after the Saki Asamiya (Sukeban Deka) from the second season.

Akiba'S Trip

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AKIBA'S TRIP is one of the more interesting games I've tried on the PSP.

The game is made by ACQUIRE whom are probably best known for their WAY OF THE SAMURAI series.

As the title implies the game is set in Japan's #1 geek central Akihabara. You play as one of the probably many, many college rejects that lurk the streets of Akiba's electronics district. But unlike the rest of the other unlucky losers, your goalless life as a geek actually takes a turn for the interesting.

A secret goverment agency called NIRO suddenly kidnaps you, forces you into their ranks, and lets you on a big secret : The world is being threaten by... vampires.... Yes, vampires, and of the broad daylight walking type no less.

Apparently there's this vampire organization called the Kageyashi which has infiltrated Akiba in more ways than one. And since your character was doing nothing but goofing around there every day, you were the perfect los.. I mean, valuable and experienced asset to expose these evil blood suckers.

The Akiba recreation is decent, although it's a bit devoid of pedestrians.

Just like WAY OF THE SAMURAI, AKIBA'S TRIP is a free-roaming "open-world" type action adventure game. Of course the "world" in this case is relegated to Akihabara's electronics district only, so the overall map isn't very big.

Just to give you a better idea of how the game feels like, think of it as an ultra geek version of SEGA's RYU GA GOTOKU series.

And just like Kazuma Kiryu walks the streets of Kamurocho like some sort of pimp god, beating up punks stupid enough to challenge a bad-ass looking yakuza. Your charact0r (who hilariously is a closet cos-player) walks the streets of Akiba's electronic distric beating up vampires dressed up as maids and school girls.

http://www.4gamer.net/games/127/G012742/20110127021/TN/002.jpg

The game is like in a "Day of the Living Geeks" mode.

The problem is that the Kageyashi don't look any different from regular people. Hell, for all you know that girl dressed in maid outfit handing out pamphlets in the corner can be a f****d up monster waiting to suck you dry at the first opportunity!

Now, crucifixes and wooden stakes are way out of fashion. Technology is the Japanese way. By using this camera app of your smart phone you can detect the Kageyashi wherever they might hide so you can give them some righteous ass-kicking, Akiba-$tyle.

The combat system in AKIBA'S TRIP should give a familar vibe to anyone who's played WAY OF THE SAMURAI 3. However there's a bigger emphasis in battling multiple enemies this time around, so the fighting can get a bit too chaotic, making it hard for you to hit the enemies.

To actually defeat a vampire you must strip them of their clothing and expose their pale skin to the sunlight. This will dissolve their unholy asses into nothingness and make Akiba a safer place.

In order to do this you must perform a "Strip Action" which flows like this :

Akiba's Strip

A normal-looking school girl? Not in Akiba! Prepare yourself, fool!

Goddammit! Hand over those clothes already, sucker!

Profit ! ! ! Who's yo daddy now, b*tch !

Serves you right, monster ! You don't belong in this world !

AKIBA'S STRIP received mostly positive ratings from the Japanese media. Famitsu gave the game a 8/7/7/7 (29) rating. They praised the game's surprisingly decent story but criticized its poor graphics, uneven (at times) fighting mechanics and the often inconsistent production values.

Personally, I think that AKIBA'S TRIP is the type of game that (ironically) will be easier to appreciate by those not living in Japan (the game is far from being import friendly though, specially for novices).

I mean, for most Japanese gamers, and specially those living in Tokyo, the stuff being showcased here is probably just the same stuff they get to see and deal with most every other day, and I guess many could find it mundane even. Therefore it's easy to understand why they would choose to care more about the game's technical values than anything else.

However, for about nearly everyone else living overseas, I think the fictional recreation of Akihabara alone is worth the price of admission. The whole game is so Japanese-centric and full of geek-power that it's admittedly very easy to look past its many flaws.

Oh yeah, give me some of that baby!

On the positive side, there's 250 costumes (not including DLC) for you to dress up your closet cos-player character just like you want. There's also tons, and I mean tons of real and fake product advertisement to see and many stores (including real ones)to visit. Some amusing weapons to use (including PS3 and Xbox 360 system mock ups from what I've read), Multiple paths, endings etc.

The game's anime $tyle also reminds me of the one used in PERSONA 3, although I'm no anime expert, so maybe its actually different.

Overall, considering the type of action adventure games I've seen on the PSP, I have to say that AKIBA'S TRIP rates up rather well. I'ved tried games like MONSTER HUNTER and GODS EATER : BURST which do look and play a lot better, but honestly, for portable games I found them so incredibly slow to get going that I was already bored with them by the time I finished their tutorial levels.

Depending of your understading of the Japanese language, AKIBA'S TRIP might require you to stay glued to the Japanese Wikia or any other walkthrough while playing it, but the experience is worth it for anyone even remotely interested in otaku culture.

Defintely an import to keep in mind.

Just great, first MegaUpload, now FileSonic and FileServe bite the dust.

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http://www.bradfox.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/alan_moore_facepalm-300x225.jpg

Both Filesonic and Fileserve have now completely disabled their file sharing service, rendering completely useless to probably 99.9% of their user base. I just as a matter of fact, downloaded what's probably my last file from Fileserve about 2 hours ago.

Man, isn't that just great? I mean, we all know they can't stop file sharing no matter what they do. It's like trying to slay a hydra - you take down one head and another will pop-up.

However, this will be, hell it already has become a major freaking annoyance. No matter what happens it's gonna take a while for people to upload all of their s**t again. And of course the stuff that's gonna get hurt the most and gonna take longer to re-upload is that of the lesser interest or plain obscure one. Which of course it just happens to be what I'm more than often looking for.

So now I have to take my damn netbook to work and keep downloading s**t non-stop from (for me)slow-ass Japanese servers before more servers go down the toilet.

This has to be one of the s**ttiest periods the interent has ever seen.

Thank you US Goverment, the world's police and saviors of the known universe.