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3 Year Update

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Wow, it's been almost 3 years since my last blog post. I guess I have been too busy with work to blog and now I'm really busy since going back to school to get my master's in business admininstration. But this is a video game blog so I'll get right down to business. The best video games I've played since my last post (starting from the top) would have to be the following:

  1. Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3)
  2. Mass Effect 2 (PC)
  3. Heavy Rain (PS3)
  4. Mass Effect (PC)
  5. Resident Evil 5 (Xbox 360)
  6. Dragon Age: Origins (PC)

MGS4

All amazing games in my opinion. Currently I'm playing an oldie and new one. I'm revisiting Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic on the PC. I played this long ago when it first was released on the Xbox, but never finished it. It was on sale for $2.50 on Steam, so I picked up a digital copy. I'm leaning towards following the path of the Jedi, but becoming a Sith and going to the dark side seems like it could be fun.

Jedi or Sith?

I'm also play Red Dead Redemtion on the Xbox 360. Graphics are amazing and of course the gameplay it top notch which is expected of Rockstar. I don't know when I'll finish these titles as I haven't had any time to play since winter break. But I'll put it on my to do list. Hopefully my next post will be in a few months after I've beaten KOTOR and RDR.

Red Dead Redemption

GTA4 and Apollo Justice

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Hi everyone,

It's been a long time since I posted a blog, but I've managed to squeeze in time to play a lot of games since November--Assassin's Creed, Eternal Sonata, Bioshock, Smash Bros. Brawl, Crysis, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles. I also now have a Nintendo Wii so that completes the current console collection. Surprisingly, I've been using my PS3 the most, playing games and watching Blu-Rays and DVDs. I would say I'm playing the 360 the second most, and the Wii the least. One thing that the Wii does that annoys the crap out of me is the blue flashing light when there's an update. Anyways, the latest games I'm playing now are GTA4 and Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney.

GTA4 is superb and really improves on everything you expect out of a GTA game. It feels like we've waited a long time for this, and it certainly delivers. The new online multiplayer is fun, but I've experienced frequent disconnects when you wait to start a game. The lobby system has a lot of room for improvement. I'd like to a sever list where you can enter rooms as you please. Instead it randomly puts players together like Halo 3, except it doesn't work nearly as well.

Apollo Justice is pretty much like the previous Phoenix Wright games expect they added in some really cool looking cut scenes. It's a little disappointing how similar it looks to previous games considering it's a real DS game, not a GBA port. But if you liked the last 3 chapters, I'd still recommend picking up the latest installment. That's raps it up, take care everyone.

Phoenix Wright 3

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Hello GameSpotters,

For the past few weeks I've been playing a lot of Team Fortress 2 and Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations.

I must say, not much has changed in the Phoenix Wright series, which is a little disappointing. You still collect evidence, find contradictions, and eventually save the day. I guess what makes the game so good are the likable characters and interesting story plots. It just would have been nice if you could fast-forward all the long-winded text.

I'm on the last Turnabout case and everything feels like it coming to a full circle. I'm looking forward to the Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney series because it looks like it's finally going to change things up with more DS features.

The next games I'm on my list are Assassin's Creed and Bioshock. Although I should play my 360 more, I think I'll try renting Assassin's Creed on the PS3. That's all for now, have a good weekend. :)

Orange Box...Best Deal Ever?

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Hey all,

I recently picked up The Orange Box for an amazing $40 last Thursday for the PC. And to commemorate this event, I've changed my banner and avatar.

I've been playing it non-stop and it really brings back all the old memories of TFC. The only game I've played so far is Team Fortress 2 and it's familiar, but also a lot different.

It's cool how the all the maps are for the most part the same--2Fort, Well, Dustbowl, etc. And nothing is as fun as playing the Spy and sneaking up on unsuspecting enemies.

It's a shame Valve took away grenades, but I'm sure they had their reasons. Anyways, I would have to agree that this could be one of the best deals in Video Game history.

If anyone wants to play, my online name is Johnny Drama. Cya on the battlefield. :wink:

The Return of the 360

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Hey Everyone,

Back in January, I owned a 360 for a month before I returned it. However, with the recent release of Halo 3, I've once again have taken the plunge and bought another Xbox for just one game. I wasn't planning on buying the 360 until it was a lot cheaper, but what the heck. I was able to get the Elite for a good deal, but I personally I like the system in White more.

There's also a few other games I'm looking forward to play--Bioshock and Eternal Sonata. I've only played a few hours online for Halo so far and I'm on the 7th level for the campaign. My Gamertag is TBawesome in case you want to add me to your friends list. That's it for now, cya online.

Spider-Man 3 Review

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Hey everyone,

I finished up Spider-Man 3 today and wrote a review. The graphics are great and there's definitely some fun to be had. It does have some flaws, but I still recommend it to anyone who liked the previous games. Any recommendations for my review is appreciated. Thanks in advance. :)

Moving along, I still need to finish Wild Arms 5 so that should keep me busy this week. I also got Heavenly Sword from GameFly which from the review apparently isn't too long. I played the Demo and it looked great although the combat system was a bit difficult to get used to.

Halo 3 is almost here, and I plan on renting it and going to my cousin's house to play it cooperatively on his 360 Elite. I'm still not sure when or if I'll buy a 360, but with the recent price drops it does look appealing. Time for dinner, later all! :)

The Darkness Review

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Hey All,

The last game I put under my belt was The Darkness on the PS3. I forgot to mention in my review, the game certainly earned its Mature Rating with all the swearing, violence, and adult content. However, it's definitely a game people should check out if they're old enough to handle it. Here's my full review. Recommendations are appreciated. :wink:

In other gaming news, I'm about 30 hours into Wild Arms 5 and it's pretty good. It's not the best RPG I've played, but it's still entertaining.

I also started playing Spider-Man 3. First impressions are that it feels longer than previous Spider-Man games, and web slinging is as fun as ever. However, the combat feels a little weak and the camera is almost broken. That's all for tonight, have a good rest of the weekend! :)

Ninja Gaiden Sigma Review

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Hello Everyone,

I can't believe my last full review was for Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin back in March, but I just completed my review for Ninja Gaiden Sigma. To sum it up, Sigma is a must play for PS3 owners, and it's really one of the best games out for the console right now even though it does have some issues which I mentioned in previous blogs and in the review. In fact, I really wanted to give the game an 8.9 because of those issues, but with the new GameSpot rating system, it certainly is closer to 9.0 than 8.5. As always, I would really appreciate any recommendations. :wink:

Now that I finished Sigma, I can start playing Darkness. I'm pretty excited to see what it has to offer. I've read that it's short, but very sweet so it should be good to play this weekend. After that, I'm ready to play Persona 3. That's all for this Saturday, have a good weekend! :D

Finishing up Ninja Gaiden Sigma

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Hey everyone,

It's been over a month since I started playing Ninja Gaiden Sigma, and I am finally reaching the last chapters. I'm clocked in at about 18 hours of total playing time and during this time I've formed some strong opinions about the game. :wink:

First I'd like to talk about the Loading Time. I installed the game to the harddrive which takes a little over 3 GBs and it's suppose to shorten the Load times. I haven't played the game without installing the game, but from what I've read about it in forums, the Install shortens beginning chapter loading times, but not in-game load times. One of the annoying things about Ninja Gaiden Sigma is that when you're traveling around you'll come across loading zones. No matter how long you stay in that zone, every time you walk across it the game pauses and takes about 2-3 seconds to load. This sounds like it's not so bad, but considering this is next-gen and very frequent, it's quite disappointing. Some people wrote that if you don't have the game installed, it plays better during in-game; however, chapter load times are longer. Considering how many times you die in Ninja Gaiden, I'm not sure which is the lesser of two evils. :roll:

The second thing worth mentioning are the graphics. Many people in the forums agree that the in-game graphics are nice, but Techmo not redoing the Xbox CGI cut-scenes is really disgusting. These scenes are especially distorted. As for frames per seconds, many report that the game is less smooth when installed. After I beat the game, I'm going to uninstall the file and test several save files to see if the game is any less choppy.

And lastly the third thing I'd like to say is that Ninja Gaiden Sigma is an awesome game with some flaws. The combat in Sigma is superb; however, the camera angles can be cumbersome. Often there is just too much action going on that it's hard to find time to control the camera. Along the same lines, the acrobatics in Sigma are so precise that the tiniest mistake will cause a lot of frustration because you will spending a lot of time jumping, wall climbing, and bird flipping over and over again to progress to the next location. The game is also ridiculously difficult in the beginning. Black Spider Ninjas kicked my butt, but later become nothing since as you progress, you get noticeably stronger and eventually die less. :P

That being said, because Ninja Gaiden Sigma is such a challenging game, it certainly is very satisfying as well. I plan on finishing it up this week and will start playing Persona 3 whenever it's back in stock at GameFly.

I'm also looking forward to playing Wild Arms 5 when it's released at the end of the month. I've been a big fan of the Wild Arms series, playing it all the way back in 1997 on the PS1. The only Wild Arms I didn't beat was 3, and I wasn't too impressed with Alter Code: F. However, I did enjoy WA4 and welcome the new Hexagon battle system so WA5 should be really good. That's all for today, later all! :)

Money, Money, Money...

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Hey everybody,

How's everyone's Saturday going? I just woke up from a good night's sleep. About a month ago, I got a full-time job so I'm always tired and ready to go to bed around 11 p.m. The plus about working again is that my cash flow is pretty steady. I already bought a new LCD Monitor for my PC. If you want to know which monitor, click Here. There's quite some debate on how good this monitor really is since it has a few different panel manufacturers; however, it's pretty good--I think I have a C-Panel. I'm also ready to finally buy the Wii, but of course I still need to wait until it's in stock. The rumor is that the New WIi Zapper will come with the console for free, so if that is the case, I'll be picking one up right away. It's been over 6 months since the Wii's launch and I still haven't even touched a Wii Remote. Ironically, a lot of my brother's friends own Wiis and a few of my co-workers too. :P

A fellow GameSpot member, Adolfobaja, blogged about the new 360s having heat sinks to help with cooling the processor. I thought that was pretty interesting that you can just take a picture with a camera by pressing next to the vent holes. As soon as the 360s finally price drop, I'll probably consider picking one up again. The month that I owned one was pretty fun, Gears of War and Dead Rising were insanely awesome. :D

As for actual gaming, I'm still playing Ninja Gaiden Sigma, but I also started God of War. I played GoW 2 years ago when it was first released, but I was too busy with other games to ever finish it. So I'm starting it brand new on the PS3. The game looks really good in Wide-screen with Progressive Scan. Sure, it's showing its age, but the mechanics are top notch. Too bad I don't get rumble feedback on the PS3. :(