Lumines: Electronic Symphony - Review.
System Wars is a fun place, first the 3DS was doomed now the Vita is also doomed, it's doom, doom, dooooooooomed!
Suprisingly though while everyone is shouting about the death of Sony and all things Sony related, the PS-Vita is still here and it's still releasing games doomed or not. I picked up the early "Collectors" edition of the PS-Vita and knew that one game deserved my attention first and foremost. Touch my Katamari....no, that's for another day when it's actually available for purchase!
No, ladies and gentlemen of System Wars I speak of Lumines.
Now you may be tempted at first glance to say Lumines: Electronic Symphony looks just like any other lumines game on the surface, so whats so special about this one?
The answer: Nothing really, the game is what it is, a Lumines games you can't monkey around with the core mechanics a great deal without destroying the delicate balance of a really smooth puzzle game experience. Although... as much as I say it's the same a swath of new features come to the game and none of them detract from the overall experience and at best add a new layer of depth to the game.
For any poor soul who hasn't ever played Lumines I'll break it down for you as easilly as I can.
You start with a large grid to place 2x2 blocks that fall from the top of your screen ala Tetris(If you haven't played Tetris...GTFO), each block can have 2 different colours in a variation layouts. Your goal is to make at solid squares out of these blocks combining 4 or more in a square shape, check the image below for an example of a combination of blocks.
Simple enough right? Well here comes the tricky part while you are playing a "Timeline" sweep through your screen clearing away the blocks you have combined, getting as large a combo as possible before the timeline sweeps them away is essential to getting a high score so some risk/reward mechanics are in place to reward you for making larger combos for risking the inevitable "Crap I missed the timeline" block screwup that will occur.
The game hinges on it's "Skins" to deliver a unique experience unavailable in other puzzlers each level has it's own speed, tone, background, and music that plays out with your actions on screen. That's about it for the basics of the game I'll return to the new one now.
While it may be more of the same for some, the new skins and music alone are worth the price of admission taking your through a musical journey while you bend your mind solving your blocky tower. The standard mode "Voyage" takes you through a musical adventure holding a variaty of skins to unlock and being the main mode of the game, there is no "Winning" the game as when you reach the end it will just loop to the first track (There are around 20 skins in the main mode) One thing players familliar to the series will pick up on is that if you loose, the game gives you a chance to wipe your score but continue playing on instead of having to fight your way back to the skin you really wanted to unlock, a welcome feature for sure but takes a bit of the fun out of unlocking all the skins through sheer skill.
Among other modes you have a "World block" that will count all the blocks players around the world have cleared and if enough players contribute you get a exp reward at the end of the day...did I mention the exp system? Unlocking avatars (Little players on the side of your screen mainly for flare in the old games) happens as you play through the game gaining exp for clearing blocks and high scores, they have more of a higher purpose in this game that I will touch on later.
While there is no puzzle mode this time around, the stopwatch makes a comeback clearing as many blocks as you can in a set ammount of time and those looking for a real challenge will take on "Master mode" trying to clear a set ammount of blocks in a progresively faster pace. Of course Vs makes a return as well being able to challenge friends of Ad-hoc (no net play).
The two big additions that can be game changers to the game is the introduction of the "Shuffle block" and "Avatar skills". The powerblock makes it's return acting much like previous games allowing you to clear large swaths of like coloured blocks if they are touching eachother.
a new type of powerblock emerges that at first glance will ruin your day the "Shuffle" block will randomly change any and all blocks that are conected to it and early in the game will murder your precisely planned combos. It's usefullness only shines in the later stages of the game when you end with mountains of blocks near the top of the screen having a shuffle block "Randomize" your stacks of unmatched blocks can lead to having whole massive areas of the screen cleared out, saved my bacon a few times. The second big addition the "Avatar skills" are each avatar has a special skill to use in Voyage and Vs mode, they can range from being able to spawn your next block as a powerblock or shuffle block for beginers to more advanced abillities like holding blocks on the top of your screen for longer or pausing the timeline to allow for massive combos.
All in all Lumines: Electronic Symphony delivers on the most important aspect of the series...the music, entrancing and beatifull is all I can say one has to experience it (Headphones people) to get the full effect. The game feels like your interacting with art at times instead of playing a full blown game it's easy to get almost entranced in block solving letting the world melt around you.
Forget Uncharted and Little deviants, Lumines should have been the pack-in game for this system. Sure it makes next to no use of the touch screen (you can swipe blocks with your finger but once the game actually picks up pace it would be impossible to use touch controls) or any of the systems other features, but what it does best is display the superior display of the PSV to the max with vibrant colours and crisp design. This is hands down the best instalment of the Lumines series to date, the only thing I miss is being able to challenge a (Ifuriatingly hard) AI opponent a small niggle in the best experience I have had with the PSV and probably one of the best games out for the system as it stands.
Puzzle fans rejoice, the king is back and better than ever.
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Good evening System Wars today I felt like injecting a bit of awesome into the forums today in the form of a good debate thread.
Now we all know that the generation of motion controls is now here...*Even if it's not even a new generation of consoles" The Wii has flashed a giant red panic light in the competitors offices, in response both have pushed to create *or at least push ahead* there own movement oriented peripherals and experiences. The three giants have 3 totally different ways about going about the world of motion controls, lets have a look at the 3 ideologies shall we?
Nintendo: Wii did it first!"Fully integrated 100%"
Nintendo is the first to bring motion controls to the market, and the sole reason we see all 3 big guns jumping into the motion controller race. Fact is without Nintendo flaring interest it is highly unlikely that we would see motion controls until at least the next generation, Kinect and Move would be a mere afterthought of MS and Sony's R&D departments. The question for Ninetndo is why go motion controls in the first place?
Nintendo was generally reeling from it's failure the past two generations, profits were down and many whispers were abound that Nintendo might be going the way of Sega as it had no other way to recoup it's losses than risk another Console release that arguably all but the most loyal would touch with a 10 foot poll! Then Nintendo brought the Nintendo DS to the field, this gaming monster still dominates all markets today and shrugs off any competitors with it's massive foothold and firm grasp of it's loyal portable fanbase. The DS alone was what funded the Wii and was also a key player behind the reasoning of the Wii's general marketing and design. The Nintendo DS was as unconventional as could be...Touchscreen gaming? dual screens? What is this madness! But it is what brought Nintendo back from the brink of destruction and these far out ideals would carry on to it's bigger brother the Wii.
Conceptually the Wii is a weak system compared to the others, this is due to Nintendo focus ALL of it's assets on developing the Wii motion controller. When the Wii hit the market everyone was surprised at not just how well it sold, but who was buying it. Nintendo had grabbed the crowd that Sony had fought hard to get even a small piece of last generation with the PS2...the had The Casuals! Mom, Dad, Grandpa, Grandma, they may have not known how it worked but like the Furby and Elmo of years past...they had to have it.
Now that the history is out of the way, lets get to the meat and bones of it.
Nintendo for the most part has supported the motion control 100% *give or take a few games that don't support it at all* Every game you play on the wii requires the use of the motion controller, especially titles developed by Nintendo have motion controls at the core of mostly every single game created. This has garnered them a slightly bad rap with the Hardcore gamers who allowed Nintendo to survive this long to even get the Wii to be born, Nintendo has stated that they are not just focusing on the casual gamers but the hardcore as well. Hardcore titles are still few and far between for Nintendo, and developers outside of Nintendo developing anything for the hardcore gamers is even more sparse, but who can blame them many games that have tried to appeal to the gamer crowd have fallen flat on there face on the Wii. Not a single game from the top 15 best selling Wii games is not developed by Nintendo, and again even farther down there are few games that are not Nintendo branded games. Even the Wii motion+ as been genrally shunned by the developing community and seemingly Nintendo itself, the Motion+ seems like a afterthought to adress the hardcore gamers complaints but fell on deaf ears in the end.
Yet the Wii sells millions of units, and until recent years had trouble keeping the systems on the shelves of retailers worldwide, with success like this coming from a position of looming doom who can argue Nintendo has got it right? The question is will this strategy carry over to the next generation of systems or will the casual gamers who are not akin to being loyal to anything move onto the competitions shiner and higher tech offerings?
Microsoft: Hardcore...who?"Fully integrated...in the future"
Microsoft has launched the largest ad campaign for a peripheral in gaming history, with next to no regard to caring how the hardcore gamers that brought it from a dud last generation into one of the two consoles competing for hardcore gamer attention.
Kinect previously known as porject Natal has until recently been marred by bad press for being a bit overzealous yet under delivering to the press. Milo? Fake video, and stage demos where African gentlemen were asked to wear white gloves for no apparent reason? Yeah they didn't have it working well enough to read every ones hands yet, but tried to show it off anyways. Every join in the body? well...you couldn't sit down nor does it read finger gestures.
News like this painted Microsoft as a fool while developing the Kinect, and now they are pulling out all the stops to slam that bad press into a small corner while buying out huge add campaigns on banner adds, TV, Concerts, Oprah, Just Beiber, and a slew of general marketing to make it like the bad press never existed, but how is Kinect as a device?
Kinect while in infancy has generally delivered on it's technical promises, as far as testimonials claim the lag is tolerable and it reads your movements as accurately as advertised. The big flaw is that without precise movement reading such as hand gestures or more exact controls the Kinect is doomed to be for casual audiences only. Hardcore gamers don't want the inaccuracy of the human machine to be oriented into there gameplay experience in general unless it's impact is minimal at best. Can a Human aim with pinpoint accuracy as they can in CoD, Killzone, or Halo? No, even the simulated wobbliness of the hands is a tenth of what a real person would be like trying to aim an invisible gun, or even a analog of a real gun. Humans are imperfect, where as hardcore games need very tight, perfected controls. Programing for such massive variants in movements makes it a time consuming job to make sure when someone uppercuts, he is not launching a fireball instead, fighting games will be capsulized in this aspect taking out many of the challenges gamers have come to appreciate in there games.
Is it a challenge when everyone can do it? Gamers spend days/weeks/months sometimes perfecting the art of launching that spiral uppercut into a cancle knee bomb, the complete lack of controller input makes these hard to do actions impossible to program yet keep the entry level slightly above grade schooler. Kinects lack of input and variable motion inputs paints it to have little to do with the audience that mainly purchased the machine. Will Microsoft get the casuals that the Wii has? or will Microsoft somehow appeal to it's current fanbase in some way? We wont know for sure yet, but so far Microsoft doesn't seem too intent on funding many Hardcore Kinect games.
Sony: It's here if you want it."Optionally supported"
Sony has taken the same road they have with peripherals in the past, and it was a successful one with the Eyetoy, make it available, let people know about it and let nature takes it's course.
Sony is one of few companies to ever release peripherals this late in the game and see some form of success in the market, While America and Japan may not have been big fans of the Eyetoy, Europe went insane over it. Games like Singstar are Sony's bread and butter product to this day in the European countries, on release day all of Europe can be heard rocking out and singing bad Karaoke songs. Sony grabbed up a large number of casuals due to this approach in the PS2 era largely because they were uncontested, no one had a singstar game, and even this generation attempts to emulate it by Microsoft have been shoddy as best.
The Eyetoy was a massive winner, despite the fact it may be unknown in these parts it still rakes in cash for Sony. How will the PS Move fair now that they are not the first boys in the yard with the similar toy? Sony seems to be taking the exact same approach to the PS Move that they did with the Eye, it's there if you want it and sure we are going to support it...but not everything is going to need Move to function. The lack of massive advertising, and a smaller but wittier campaign clearly paint Sony as cautiously optimistic about the Moves chances to succeed.
Sony also seems keen on appealing to it's current player base when advertising the Move, it is implied that it can do more than Kinect could ever do for us...does it? What does Move bring that Nintendo failed to deliver years ago? Move has far more accuracy out of the box than the Wiimote does due to the motion+ being added on as an afterthought, HD graphics while not part of the controler add to the experience that the Wii could never offer. What does Move give us that Kinect can't? Simply put it gives us more control, while you may not need a controler for Kinect, the lack of one is a massive hinderance to the experience and using a controler as a stand in doesn't seem natural while the Move is designed to be controler you move with your body, instead of the controler being your body.
Will Sony ultimatly suceed with us gamers in pushing the Move? with there softhanded aproach with the peripheral they are dangerously on the edge of not giving the peripheral the support it needs to get it off the ground and will end up as wasted potential. While still not a precise as a standard controler, the buttons and more options give us gamers more reason to use it over Kinect and allow developers to integrate challenging scenarios that may use skill instead of blind gesturing. The Move echos many points of the Wii but it's marketing aim and improoved tech could push it to a new level, doubtfully though will it even garner half the attention the Wiimote ever would despite being superior.
So System wars where do you think the Motion Generation will take us? are we destined to have motion controler the new norm, such as dual analog has been the standard it is today? Or will gamers resist too hard and make companies revert to more familliar controlers next generation. On the flip side of the coin what if our resistance is futile, will casual gamers be keen on the two new controlers proping up the motion generation and hardcore gaming dissapear even farther into the backround of gaming culture than it has this generation allready?
Let me know your thoughts on the situation...and yes PC you can talk too, you just don't have any swanky popular motion devices I could guestimate on, other than Mind control being in THE WORLD OF TOMORROW!!!!!
Lets start off with a brief look at the evolution of the Resident Evil series. *have not transfered my photoshop to new computer so bear with me scavenging google photos.
Sweet Home: 1989
Why post this in a Resident Evil post? Well in many terms this was the game that inspired the entire Resident Evil series to begin.
Any BIG Resident Evil fan knows about Sweet Home (except you...). It's a survival horror released by CAPCOM for the NES... I was just wondering if any body on FC has actually BEAT Sweet Home...
If you haven't played Sweet Home, and you're a fan of survival-horror and RPGs, you must play this ****c!
Another fact about Sweet Home... Has anybody ever heard of Resident Evil 3.5? It's what Resident Evil 4 was origionaly going to be, but was scrapped; it was also known as the Hooked Man Version. RE:3.5 bares a striking resemblence to the origional Sweet Home, being that 3.5 took place in a mansion that turns haunted. You also fight evil dolls in both..
It's such a shame that Resident Evil 4 went from This.
Creepy Atmospheric game holding more true to the series prior.
Leon: I'm supposed to be scared of masses of fast not-zombies? I'm sorry Genado, I was too busy Dropkicking you in the face to be afraid!
Capcom brought the Survival Horror Genre to homes acrost the world with Sweet home and followed it up with this gem.
Original:1996 Directors cut:1997 DualShock:1997 REmake:2002 Wiimake:2008 "Not counting multiple other delayed releases and remake on multiple platforms included a Gameboycolor remake that was scrapped due to poor quality control" This game has been Re-released large scale at least 5 times!
The standard that all Survival Horror games would be held to for years and years to come, they established how Resident Evil would conduct itself for many itterations to come.
-Ultra Cheesy dialogue riddled with one liners
-Controls that would remain a mainstead of the series even far into the future, known in the present day as "Tank Controls"
-Static Camera angles in almost all scenarios creating a creepy atmosphere when you can hear enemies but can't lean your camera to find them.
-Limited Ammunition for anything stronger than a pistol "Personally I would often find myself with 20 magnum rounds and a million shotgun shells at the end of the game because I was too paranoid to ever USE my good weapons for fear of not having the ammo when I needed it"
-4th dimensional storage boxes that you could transfer items from across the game and in certain itterations continents did not stop these "Storage chests" from having your trusty Ruby medalion from prisson island warp to Antarctica with you.
-Limited saves via items used to save.
-Referances to a certain female protaganist becoming a sandwitch.
This and so many more staples can be found throughout Resident Evil from the first game to the lauded Code Veronica.
Resident Evil brought us what movies had been showing us for ages before it, RE was ****c B-Zombie horror films condensed onto a disc and fully in the players control. Players would play the game by advancing through a generally large branching area, with locked doors and blocked passages abound players would be funnled through in a linear fashion until the aquired the keys and tools to access the rest of the area that was innacessable before backtracking through familliar areas before.
The big twist is that you were almost never safe, you could walk down the same hallway after blasting the zombies out of there not 10 minutes ago and once you got the diamond key, a door decides to burst open flooding the area once again with dangerous ghouls and other badies.
The constant sense of dread and not knowing what awaits you around the next corner, only the knowledge of a zombies slowly shuffeling towards you knawing away at the back of your mind created more "Jump scares" than I think even Capcom intended in it's auidence.
The game also featured 2 storylines that played in most of the same areas, with minor to major differences depending on who you were playing, ranging from as subtle as other characters just not being around at certain times to as major as a character meeting his untimly demise in a totally different fashion at a totally different point of the game.
Resident Evil: The foodchain of Richard.
Unfortunatly for Richard it's a lose lose situation, although I guess the snake would be the better way to go because of poison instead of shark teeth killing you...but hey who am I to judge?
Throughout the entire game ammo is not something you just stroll along and find laying everywhere, even handgun ammunition your weakest weapon next to the laughable knife "Might as well lay down on a silver platter and holler for the zombies to come eat you if your going to try wasting time killing ANYTHING with the knife" was pretty rare. Many enemies also required a sizeable ammount of ammunition to dispatch them, and many were numerous and ammunition would be eaten rather fast finding yourself having blown away 5 zombies in the past open room that you could have just dodged them, with no ammunition against the 2 hunters stalking you down a narrow hallway. The game was amazing at creating a atmosphere of dread, from the creepy music, to the bloody atmospheres and corpses laying everywhere just waiting to spring to life and take a chunk out of you "Hell sometimes they would just wait for you to walk on them like un-living landmines".
The whole concept in itself creates the perfect storm of fear as well. Zombies themselves generate alot of fear as due to them being such a symbol to people even today. an infectious dissease that will turn you into one of them even after death you are doomed to wander the earth searching for sustenance of those you once held dear kind of thing puts willies into most. The meer fact that there could be millions of them...slowly shuffeling down your own back ally clawing at your doors, windows, under a bed, in a closet. of all the ****c mythical monsters zombies seem to be the most believable considering they are usually created of human design in even most but the oldest of legends.
Not only did the series proliferate zombies perfectly as the unstopable all consuming mass, but they also brought forward Bio-Weapons, monsters custom made to serve one purpose "Kill", and a manajery of mutaded animals and insects...hell even plants were up and around jonesing for your blood. Nothing was safe from the virus and the whole world was against you in a sense that nowhere was safe for you, the only option was to survive and escape the horror.
Resident Evil set this all up so well the original game has sold some 2.7 million copies alone and for a early on playstation game thats pretty respectable figures.
"It seems I have wandered a tad from the subject and may reformat this post to match taking out parts of the speach to make a more accurate "Chronology" of the series and add the other stuff in at a more appropriate time, lest I have the first games paragraph be 10x longer than the other games. I will continue this some other time any suggestion or problems you see with my logic can be sent in comment or PM form"
I've been pondering working on a Hype thread for LBP to release late augest, but I'm not sure if I should...do people think it's needed, and will people accept my design concept.
I've whiped up something quick as a prototype, but it could radically change over time if I receive some positive input about making a hype thread...what do you guys think about this prototype, I'm considering stylizing the main logo and image boxes a bit more to fit the style of the game some more...well to fit my design more or less...just give me some feedback or something I need feedback if I am to continue.
Just a simple amalgamation of a simple zombie, easy to customize to themes and needs, mind you this is only the base image and my logo so it needs to be simple the complex designs will stay with my main work...but I need to put a face to the Viral Vacation name.
After finishing the game the first time all I can say is...wow...just incredible. I have concluded MGS is the best game series of all time, it trancends any gaming experience I have ever had in my entire life!
Resident Evil comes in a distant second, even more distant sence the bastard child we all know as a great game but not a great Resident Evil game RE4 poked its head out.
Back to my point! Seriously you can not call yourself a real gamer if you do not play MGS 1-4 (and the other Metal gear games besides Acid or portable ops)* I know this sounds kind of stupid * But I don't care what system it's on, you should just not miss any of these game they are a masterpiece and Hideo Kojima deserves every ounce of respect that everyone gives him and none of the flack some poor people are trying to poor on top of him for no reason.
But before I start to insult people who don't like "Stealth action" games, I'll shut up and leave it to your preferences to pass up the best series of video games in history.
Some people may dispute what the best book ever was, but I have the two best books ever. There is no comparison to the amounts of win that these books contain, and if you have not/wont read these books your life is in grave danger!
Zombie Survival Guide
This book started it, bringing the Zombie menace to a real world, I have never seen such a literal recreation of zombies and it makes it all the more interesting to read. I touches on "if" Zombies existed what they would be like, the physiology, and other works of the zombies mind if you can call it so.
The book touches on basic survival techniques usefull even in the real world and is a frightning look into a post apocaliptic nightmare that is Zombie infestation, a 100% lethal virus killing all but the poor humans infected by it turning them into nothing but machines designed to do one thing...feed.
This book also touches on fictional accounts of zombies in the real world throughout history, from cavemen to egyptians, to modern suburban schoolyards, this book captures my worst fears perfectly for my worst fear are Zombies...
World War Z!
Another book from the same author, this book touches less on the actual Zombie and more on a nightmare scenario where a Zombie outbreak becomes worldwide and humanity is pushed to the brink of extinction. The book paints a frighteningly real picture of what the world would be like if such an event occured...
"Who would ever notice...at the door is a Chinaman with a gun, you sure as hell are not looking for a zombie lurking behind him!"
The world is painted as a bleak start, and continues through the stages of the war.
First is the start, the first story of the first known infected child who appears to have started the outbreak only known as "Patient Z"
Then the book breaks into other parts
The Denial, where the problem is pushed aside by larger problems and is not recognized or blacked out from the media and government, as the problem escelates out of control no one really knows what is happending besides many reports of "African Rabies causing people to go mad and attack anyone in sight" begin to spread...and it's already too late.
The Great Panic where humanity is in total anarchy when discovering such a menance not only exists...but is right outside there door.
One story inparticular seemed to chime with me for some reason, I share no comon traits with the character, nor his origin, or life**** but it just seemed so real...it scared me I wont go into detail because the book just captures you. If you have not read any of these books I highly suggest you do...I don't read often but I've read both these books over 50 times and usually re-read a chapter or two before I sleep.
Why are these book so interesting?
Personally for me Zombie represent the most realistic fictional threat that I have ever known about, it mixes fears of so many things into one, mainly a deadly Virus spreading through direct contact with the host.
Zombies are the most possible of mythical monster to exist, if anything they would be the most probable of all things like Werewolves and Vampires, because usually the basis behind them is real and explainable by science. The undead also have that emotional atachtment to them, they were all once human living and breathing, doing what every other human does...now they are nothing but flesh eating monsters...and as quick as that, you could be one of them endangering your loved one.
It's hard to explain when I'm tired...it's 3:11 in the mornaing, but there is just something about these books that grabs me and pulls me in...Seriously I would love to someday create something in the image of the world Max Brooks created in these books, a Game, Movie, Novel, maybe someday I will bring myself to do such things, but as of now I can only dream someone else will make my dream a reality...nothing would please me more than something like a Sandbox Resident evil.
This is also Why Resident Evil captures me as well, a Zombie Virus just seems so possible that it scares the living hell out of me...and thats why I love it so much!
Please let me know what you think of these books or just the general term of Zombies and what you think the Political and Social reaction of such a outbreak would be.
Now not do I only own all 3 systems, I also own both handhelds, both have some phenominal games and many times I wonder if they are better than what I can find on consols sometimes!
Two real reasons I like my PSP right now are all the great games that are out recently...now I admit I have yet to purchase the new God of War, but I do own the other two must own games for the PSP.
Patapon: Oh god, I'm not really sure why I am addicted to such a simple game, 4 buttons...thats it, but the tune is just so catchy and it's just mesmerizing watching these little guys go against all odds in the name of...ME! You...go fight that dragon, seriously pick up that stick and go kill it in the name of the allmighty JYNX!
The minigames are nothing but pure fun, a few are agrevating at first but once you get the base of it, it's clockwork and you feel allmighty with mountains droping rocks for you to stewing in giant pots...while you don't do any of the work watching a tiny patapon with a knife twice the size of his body chop up flying food just makes me happy...or playing on a mountains toes to copy his rhythm...is just Bizare and pleasing in some way.
The boss fights are epic with monster much larger and deadlier than your little army could ever face, from giant dragons to GIANT ENEMY CRABS, they got it all. I won't give too much away but "IT" is what the Patapons march on this crusade to see, and "IT" is amazing, and just sort of bring you back and makes you feel the part of the lord of the little guys who could. The game also has great replay every time you face a boss they become stronger, and stronger, so you can always challenge yourself to be better!
ALL HAIL PATAPON!
FFVII: Crisis Core...I am a nut for FFVII and this game was pure fan service and a new story unheard unknown but it needed to be known. The combat while a tad repetative, has enough spice to be interesting for a handheld game and the story just blows me away...
The big part of combat that is interesting is the DMW *Digital Mind Wave* it's like a slot machine with people you know on it, when 3 faces match you will bust out a powerfull limit break and sometimes even a secret cutscene between Zack and the character. The DMW also controls how you level up and it's a bit of a odd mechanic...while this random leveling up may seem odd the game seems to pick up on when you need to level up and you can still grind your character much more powerfull than the main game demands, through the side missions.
*Minor Spoilers to those who have not played FFVII* No FF:CC spoilers.
Zack was a odd character in FFVII Because he was never alive during the events, but still all the more important due to his friendship with cloud and even clouds case of mistaken memories wich stem from his time spent with Zack. The story also fills in alot of blanks and bring in a whole new story and some things just blow your mind.
I will let you known I cry very few times when I play games, but I have not felt so emotional over a game sence You know who dies in FFVII...it just broke my heart even though you knew it was coming the whole time you end up just fooling yourself into thinking it wont happen and the game will deviate ever so slightly than the original does...but everything is brutaly real and sad.
I wont say anything more lest I give away one of the best stories I have seen in a long...long time. Not sence the first time I was so moved by FFVII have I felt this way about a game, it is a must own if you have a PSP there is no reason other than you hate FFVII for some reason to not own this. If you even glanced at it and thought it was interesting shell the $40 bucks for it NOW!
New header let me know what you think.
This is mainly for System wars posters, and not the average stupid ones you find...but the educated one, the ones who don't bash a system because they don't own it or never will due to blind rage.
God oh god, why do we even try to make sense to the ignorant masses of SW, you can bring up the best point about any system and it will be shot down by 12 new troll accounts, and just a bunch of people trying to proove you wrong rather than agree it's a good point and move on. But I guess that is asking too much...Like earlier I seen a post talking about Final Fantasy CC scored a 9.0...now first thing I noticed were a bunch of people saying wow good for Sony, yada yada general good stuff...then I see a post come up asking if GS has gone easy on review scores...why? Because it scored 7.5 somewhere else? Do people really understand that reviews are opinions?
Generally a conclusion most fanboys come to is that scores are law, and determine who is the best...wich I can not disagree with more, I hate some of the best scoring games ever, Halo series...I just don't like it, but I can agree it's a good game, has solid online and bring alot to the genre...well most of them I can agree with.
But if a fanboy claims Halo 3 is god, and someone brings up the fact that Call of Duty 4 has solid online, great ideas like perks, and a solid single player...you will get shot down in the worst way, you don't even have to disagree but just say that games on par exist...it just is not comprehendable to them...because they refuse to think otherwise.
So I say...why do we even bother to have inteligent debate with these people...I just seen someone say Metal Gear solid has the worst storyline ever...and god it just makes me want to...
Oh god my last post was mainly fuled by rage at my machine not playing SSBB and me being stupid enough to open my system and try to clean it...but I have a new Wii and it runs SSBB perfect, and the game is perfect.
Snake, Luigi FTW!
So we have the consol race...3 teams all jaring for the first prize of being #1 in sales. How they achieve this goal is different, one released a year early to try and trounce on the competition while they scrambled into releasing there products. Another released a system with a new movie format in it that eventually won the format war...but did it damage there chances at victory, or set them up for success? Last but not least, a system that revolves around a ingenious idea of motion control, with a simple design and easy to use controler that lacks the complex schemes of other controlers, will the casual market they have secured raise them to heaven or doom them to mockery within the comunity.
All the systems have a issue, neither of them are a clear cut winner of loser yet, with the odds in perhaps the Wii's favor in the sales standard, but it's early anything can happen the Wii could suddenly drop out of the ultra hype that surrounds it sales and IMHO fules more sales than the game itself do. Before I start just know I love all 3 of the systems and own them and buy/play games for them. I have unconditional love for every one of them, the only issues I have are just rants and nothing more. So let me start my rant with Nintendo.
Everything I say is totally anecdotal, I am posting this as if my assumptions were fact, feel free to correct and dissagree with me also feel free to track me down and stab me repeatidly with a Sharp/blunt object if I offend you.
The Wii, the mighty powerhouse of a system that has taken the world by storm. Nintendo was more or less mocked with there abysmall sales of the gamecube and was almost written off as a next gen contender, perhaps they took a key on that "Not next gen contener" and decided to stay with last gen tech and save tons of money so even if they system collapsed beneath itself the money they were racking in hand over fist would float there ship as it had with the gamecube. Amazingly enough the system was a hit, not even nintendo expected it to ever reach this magnitude...or did they? Perhaps Nintendo knew the casual market the biggest market out there would totally consume the Wii as it did with the DS, perhaps they really want it to be a hard to get system, perhaps they are artificially constraining supply, maybe not keeping supply but not producing the mean to pump out the systems that are demanded. Why? I'll tell you why, Hype sells...plain and symple a popular item sells alot due to it's popularity not because it's a good system.
Take tickle me elmo for example, god awefull toy but children want it because they know there friend has one so they ask mom to get them one, Mom finds out it's out of stock everywhere and so assume it's the best thing in the world and tells there friends who in chainlike formation tell there friends and so becomes a trend where children who don't even know what elmo is are being lavished the privalige of owning one. Consumers nowdays are as ineducated and ignorant about researching the item they wish to purchase, it sickens me sometimes to see someone buy something just because they heard it was good from someone and so assume it must be the bomb, the best thing out there even if it's not.
Right now the Wii feels to me more like McDonalds, cheap, gets the job done, and very...very popular.
I'll keep you updated with my rants on the other machines...the 360 is next on my list.
Also once I am done my rant threads I'll probably make posts about all the systems good points...but my main anger for Nintendo stems from this brawl issue wherein my SSBB won't play in my Wii and doubt I can send it in for repairs due to me being misguided by nintendo into thinking the lense was "Contaminated" I believe this to be a utter lie and there must be a flaw with some systems.
Why would you send the Wii in for cleaning when it will just get dirty again? Will Nintendo continue to "Clean" it for free or are they recalling some units to fix a bug with a few batches of consols?
Seriously there is alot of buzz going about Devil May Cry 4 as it is the most recent game in the series Devil May Cry.
Devil May Cry is known as game series that was the love child of a never released Resident Evil game, instead of destroying the engine and hard work they transformed the game into what we now know as the first Devil May Cry game. Filled with stylish and over the top combat and even some cheesy lines "I was supposed to be the one to fill your soul with LIIIIIIIIIGGGGGGHHHHHHTTTTT!!!!" among other things.
After the first game there became a cult following for the second game DMC2 a huge letdown for fans of the game, it had lost all it's charm...or you could say it was not as "Bad ass" as the previous game. Dante was not as outspoken and the combat system leaned heavilly towards ranged combat, where as we all know is not that fun in a hack and slash game. The characters just did not have the same development as it did in the first game and it just seemed a step backwards for the series.
The third game Devil May Cry 3 was a quantim leap forward from DMC2 and brough back the charm and badass mood we all loved in the first game. The grueling difficulty of the game did get to some, but was a welcome change to others, but at times the difficulty was madeningly frustrating, making you scratch your head and wonder what the devlopers were thinking when they did a test play through the game. The game starts off with a great custscene showing Dante let a group of demons who bust into his abode run him through just to spite them...this, unfortunatly does not work for you in the game as it drops you off into a fight with a short life bar and no continues! Once you got the hang of the game though it was fun slashing enemies and watching them bleed like demonic hemopheliacs, then they also introduced the "Styles" aspect to the game with 4 different styles to choose from Trickster, Swordmaster, Gunsling or Royal guard. Each has it's own unique appeal and skillset overall adding yet another layer of replay and depth to the game. Overall DMC3 is in many ways takes a note from Ninja Gaiden, also a sometimes frustratingly difficult game.
Now all these games have been released on Sony Playstation systems, the point is DMC has never been to a Xbox consol how does it translate into the new system?
As far as we know, very well both systems relay a almost identical graphical benchmark next to eachother, while the PS3 gets shorter loading times and a motion blur to hide some jaggies, the 360 seems to have sharper textures like most multiplatform games.
Fanboys will try to fool you into saying one version is better than the other wether they slam the install on the Ps3 or the 360 controler, or just the graphics wich are almost pinpoint identical. Devil may Cry 4 is shaping up to be a greate title for both systems and a good title to help the PS3 build up it's shallow library.
Sometimes I wonder though, what would the game have been like if Capcom had not decided to sell the game for the 360 as well? Would the graphics be sharper on the PS3 due to one dev team working on one system? or would the outcome be the same?
Either way you look at it I'm glad that DMC4 is coming to the gaming world in all it's Bad ass glory.
I own all 3 of the next gen systems, and I tend to find myself defending the PS3 alot...would I call myself a fanboy? No, I think most of my arguments have valid reason behind them and it's just conversation, not really much fun in defending the 360 or Wii they have a large following devoted to making sure we all know Halo 3 scored 9.5 and the Wii is always sold out. I like to stick up for the other guy and make sure everyone knows fanboys spout lots of nonsense.
On to the Bulk of my first blog post. I hate fanboys because!
1.They deny themselves greate games
2.They spout crap all the time
3.They all think they are experts in one way or another.
4.It's impossible to have a logical conversation with one unless it's for there system.
5.You can't just say it once, you have to repeate it until my brain explodes the next new catch line "9.5" "Bu bu bu" Shut the hell up we heard the line 18 times before and it's ruins the charm when 600 idiots repeat it.
6.It just makes no sense to me why someone would blindy defend something so, when there are problems you should admit it, hell the 360 has hardware issues and M$ did jack about it until they had to, stop trying to say they were saints with there craptastic waranty extension we all know they had to do something or face a lawsuit eventually, they just picked the lesser of two evils.
Yes the PS3 had a crap launch with some unerwhelming games, this does not mean it's doomed quit making threads about them stoping the production lines and never making another system again!
Yes the Wii has alot of game oriented towards children...SO WHAT! there are plenty of games geared for us gamers as well, Super mario galazy, Super smash, Resident Evil: UC and suchforth, quit your whining about teh kiddy games.
Maybe I'm just preaching to the choir because 7/10 posters on System wars is a fanboy, and I should expect very little logic on a board dedicated to bashing other systems, I just wish people could bring up a logical point without getting the crap flamed out of him for making a point, with waves of 9.5's and teh kiddy or teh bu ray payer! HAHAHAHAHAHA111111.
Anyways thats it for my first rant stay tuned for more when I deem it.