This blog post is the first I have posted more than a year, and I think this will be my last. I'm not leaving or anything but I honestly don't find being in unions or constantly blogging or whatever a good occupation of my time, but rather to be updated with the latest news on games and latest games. Plus I have been extremely sour of gamespot because of both the departure of Jeff Gerstmann and a bunch of new reviewers who I think are shocking at reviewing, they're not funny their video reviews are boring as hell, and to top it off that fat sh** reviewer whoever he is, rated I think both of my favourite recent RPGs, Mass Effect and Lost Odyssey much lower than they deserve. Anyway enough of my ranting and **** at Gamespot lets cut to the chase.
In this blog I just wanted to give and impression of games now and the future of games. So at the moment I am being astonished by games like on the X360 Lost Odyssey a game that far exceeded my expectations. Don't bash me or anything but I personally think it's a much better Role-Playing game than Mass Effect, because I grew up with the classic Final Fantasy games on the Playstation from FF7 to FFX I enjoyed the hell out of them, I didn't end up playing FFXI or FFXII because you had to pay to play FFXI, so I don't think it's a bad game I just don't want to pay for that. FFXII however I hate the MMO style combat system, this is why I love Lost Oddyssey so much because it didn't go for that bullsh**, it went with what I and many others loved about JRPGs, random battles. Plus I totally agree with Gametrailers review of FFXII, it's a great game that just isn't as enjoyable as any of the other FFs.
So yeah I love the classic nostalgic gameplay of Lost Odyssey, the graphics are great I love the facial animations too. The story is already brilliant and I've only played a couple of hours on the first disc and it's intense. That's another thing I love, the game has Four Discs, so when you beat Disc One you be can be like, "Yes I got to Disc Two". Plus this game deserves way more than a 7.5 more like a 9.0 or even a 9.5. Oh yeah and because of this masterpiece I've went back and played all the classic FFs and I've started playing the first ones, none of which I have beat but hope to beat in the end.
Mass Effect, although not as good as Lost Odyssey in my opinion I think it's also fantastic, sure the graphics can be a bit choppy but I overlooked that when I noticed the characters faces being photorealistic, the facial animations awesome, gameplay intense and balanced. The Story which I admit is great, I was kind of hoping to see some messed up creepy Sci-Fi like in some Alastair Reynolds Book, like some people who are sort of symbiotically attached to buildings. Or a Disease that destroys a planet from greatness to gothic f*cked upness. I love the voice-acting especially. To top it off, this sure as hell needs a 9.5 because it's brilliant.
Soon I'll be getting Forza Motorsport 2 which I already know is brilliant and of course GTA IV. All I have to say is the name and a parade starts in some part of the world, we're only a few days away and this game which I haven't took notice of since January will surprise me to hell with sheer awesomeness, you seriously don't know how much I have been begging for this game to come out and soon it will be out and with multiplayer which I seriously think will be a hilarious part of the game and more enjoyable I hope, so that it keeps me away from Call of Duty 4.
Wait a minute, hold on let me explain. I'm not saying I hate Call of Duty 4, I love Call of Duty 4. But F**k tend to play this game and for ages, I hate playing with my friends most of whom I know from my school, because they're jerk-offs, who take the game too seriously, to the point that they call me a n00b every time I play with them. Look I don't care if someone calls me a n00b, but honestly the reason I only just got to level 41 was because I had other things to do and why would I want to do play something, that doesn't let me have fun or feel good about just playing the game.
Still I love Halo 3 multiplayer, I don't play it excessively but when I ask my good friends, Alex, Allan and Andrew for a game on it I love it, it's fun as hell, mostly because the game playes more straightforward and not so strategic. Don't get me wrong I love strategic gameplay but not when people make me feel bad when doing so.
Over the past few months I have come to know alot about the history of video games and I know that, that makes me a qualified nerd on paper. But I just happened to learn alot just from watching alot of the features on Screwattack.com and gamtrailers.com. I've come to realise how great NES games were and how those NES gamers, were the true hardcore gamers. But now we have a bunch of Madden loving, Spartan spanking, COD F**kers who think they're hardcore just because they thought that a 'hardcore' game is meant to be dark and gritty. But in fact those Contra, Mega Man, Ninja Gaiden, Nes gamers were true masters. I'm not ashamed to admit that I was no different from todays, 'hardcores' I just played straightforward conventional games that usually don't have alot of groundbreaking architecture around it unlike these classic games. Mega Man is just a simple little blue robot who kicks ass with his megabuster and takes other 'mega men' abilitys so that the Evil Dr. Wily is destroyed. Such a simple but awesome premise and by todays standards would probably be original, so long as it doesn't become a first-person shooter and with other conventionality's like that. But in heart the Mega Man games are hard unless you know how to beat them, I've started playing Mega Man II and am getting I ass kicked all the time. I'm not saying modern games suck, but originality can be off at times.
One modern game I and so many others enjoyed was Bioshock. A true masterpiece, with one of the best story's ever, great characters, original concept, amazing visuals and by far one of the most believable worlds ever, I think it is the most believable world ever. The dark atmosphere is what made it work and it has some truly messed up things in it, that I know you and I love about this insanity of a class game. I give it a perfect 10.
Now onto consoles, the X360 as you could imagine would be my favourite gaming console of this generation. Well it is, it truly has the best library of games, the best online service, which have intense features. Not only can you download the latest demos and videos for games. You can get gamer pics, themes, rent full movies for a month, get amazing games on Xbox Live Arcade, soon we'll be watching T.V. on it and this all makes the 360 the biggest Software giant out there, (it's also the best DVD player I have ever had). But I may get a Nintendo Wii soon, which I happen to think is the best console of this generation. Yeah I know what you're thinking, I just went on for ages about how great the 360 is, and then there's this. Well here's my explanation although I love all these features being in one console. The true heart in a games console is undoubtedly the games, I loved it when games were a special part in my life and it still is but for alot of people it's just another feature on your media player. Since the Wii is all about having fun, even if you weren't into gaming before you will find this fun. Because Nintendo have went into a direction where everybody but the 'hardcores' weren't into gaming, they wanted them to get into gaming by just making a console fun. It has worked phenomenally by doing this and it's a great idea, Sony did it before with Playstation by bringing in the so callled 'hardcores' like me, into gaming. Nintendo just want 'casual' gamers like elderly people, family, kids, parents and it worked simply by going in the direction that is fun. I'm so happy to get a Wii just because of great simple games that can be a bit challenging like Super Mario Galaxy, while getting the occasional third-party game that is pretty bloody like No More Heroes yet brilliant none the less. the online service for the Wii is just simply games, you get to buy old amazing games from multiple consoles, you're able to enter in contests and other stuff that is generally fun.
Finally the PS3, although I don't feel like owning one simply because I don't want to pay so much for a console that doesn't have as many good games as the 360 and let alone the Wii. Don't get me wrong I think the PS3 is magical hardware but honestly get developers that know the Cell tech before you release Sh**ty games or games where usually the 360 version is better. I do admit the PS3 version of GTA IV might be better but I think more sales will go toward the 360 version. MGS4 will be a real plus for it and is one of the few cases of a PS3 exclusive that will actually be brilliant instead of okay. I do feel sorry for Sony but I hate that they're simply not giving much reason for me to get a PS3, there's not enough good games to get one, and the online is not as good as Xbox Live. I admit that it's great and it probably will last a decade but to me it's just a console I feel like not getting.
In Conclusion I want to tell you the story of why I brought the 360 first out of any of the current generation consoles. I saw when the X360 had a strong start with titles like Call of Duty 2, Condemned, Dead or Alive 4 and many others. But these were merely supportive games, despite Call of Duty 2 being my favourite of the series. Then I played Dead Rising in August, I looked at upated looks of Call of Duty 3 and Gears of War. I reminded myself that there were also going to be another Half-life 2 game and a Halo game as well as another Call of Duty game. But after playing Dead Rising, just one game out of the whole console. I begged for the 360 and then I got it for christmas and I ended playing it forever on playing the titles I was waiting for along time. See it's just great games that fuel me into getting a console and then playing the game. I would really love to keep playing the next Halo related game and play the next masterpiece from Hironobu Sakaguchi and Nobuo Uematsu because that's why I play games, they're fun and game consoles and gaming in general shouldn't be taken so seriouly and remain a fantasy that lives in our minds solely as fun, just a driving force that is special to all of us like, someone we love dearest to our hearts or the car you kept clean and spanking new for so long. Don't treat gaming like another media, but explore it as another part of Culture and you will love it for just being a game.
I know I probably don't make a whole lot of sense, since I kind of lot track of what exactly I was saying lol. But just pick out the points I made from some of my paragraphs that you can identify and understand and take into consideration, sorry if I dragged on a bit but I just really wanted to let myself out. Remember I'm not being contreversal I'm not saying particular games suck or that the PS3 sucks, this blog was just my thoughts on gaming, my views, that's all, so please don't take this so seriously. If you read through my blog and have understood much of what I said I hope you can look at things differently and I Thank you dearly for enduring so much text, thank you and that is all.