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Hey everyone. Remember me? :P

I know, it's been a while since my last blog post. Well, just to let anyone who cares know, I have a new account name as I finally got sick of Dark_Link142. Enough to make me want a name change.

My new account name is JebranRush. Believe it or not, it actually took quite a bit of thinking to come up with that name. :P

Don't know how to pronounce it? Jebran rhymes with LeBron, and Rush...hopefully you can get that on your own.

So, if you want, add me.

My birthday loot

Well, this year I got some pretty good stuff. I didn't really ask for anything since I already have everything I could want. The only thing I asked for was the Dark Knight 2 disc special edition, which comes out tomorrow (the 9th).

I got some money (30 bucks in total), an EBGames giftcard, a handmade shirt from my friend (it's part of his school business project...I got one of his shirts for free :P ).

I also got Counter Strike: Source from one of my friends, since him and my other friend still play all the time and wanted me to join in.

So here's a picture of my new stuff:

And like I said before, I'll be getting this wonderful masterpiece:

Can't wait :D.

My parents didn't know what to get me, so they gave me a raincheck on whenever I decide on what I want. I have no idea what to ask them, so I'll wait until I find something.

It's that time of year again

December 6th. Nice date, isn't it? That date, being today, means I'm another year older. I feel no different but, I quote myself from last year's blog:

It's nice to have the world revolve around you for one day.

Adrenaline Rush

Sonic Unleashed is one of the most adrenaline pumping games I've ever played. I forget I'm sitting on my couch, but I feel like I'm ripping through deserts, frozen tundras, and rooftops at 300 km/h.

Reflex is key. Jump, boost, slide, drift, stomp, attack. Quick time events help increase the frantic pace of the game.

I

Love

It.

Yeah, I'm a huge nerd. :P

Sonic Unleashed is incredible. I got the Wii version, and I'm very impressed (if you couldn't already tell). The daytime levels are beatiful and incredibly fast. Nighttime levels are much slower, but still quite quality. The platforming is solid and connecting combo's is surprisingly satisfying.

The soundtrack sets the tone of each level properly and it's one of the best, if not THE best, soundtrack in any Sonic game. It ditches the 80's rock that Sonic games have been recently notorious for and goes with culturally inspired music.

Screenshots can't justify the beauty of this game. The game must be seen in motion. Although only 30 FPS, it never takes a hit and consistently remains smooth, even through some of the most hectic parts.

So, to wrap things up, this is one of fastest games you'll ever play. It doesn't play itself, just to try and clarify that misconception. So, do yourself a favour and at least rent it.

So...so many games!

If you scrolled down a bit, you could see the games I'm currently playing. I spend a LOT of money this month. I'm very close to being broke, but fortunately, I'm getting paid today. I've been working a fair amount so I expect to be in the green again. And with no expenses, I can save up for...fun? :P

Anyway, with Animal Crossing, Tales of Symphonia, Zack and Wiki, Order of Ecclesia, The World Ends With You, and Final Fantasy IV, I'm going to be busy for a looooong time. 

So many games, so little time. I got the Animal Crossing Wii Speak bundle. Wii Speak is so small! It fits right into the palm of my hand. I thought it was going to be fairly bigger. But I guess the size is taken up by it's adaptor. I haven't used it yet. My friends haven't gotten the game yet and they might not for a while...or at all. 

Tales of Symphonia is fantastic. The dialogue is great, although the beginning of the game is fairly slow and there's a lot of talking and text to go through. Fortunately, every single cutscene is voice acted. I was a little disappointed that not all the original Symphonia voice actors are back, but the replacements are good enough. Zelo's voice sort of unnerved me. It's the only one I sort of don't like, even though it's not bad. The game has a great battle system though. Very fast, and the focus on aerial combos are great. You can tell the game had lesser production values than the original, but it's still well done.

I'd continue to rant on about every other game, but ToS was the one I wanted to talk about the most. Zack and Wiki is good, but I haven't played it much. Tales of Symphonia is keeping me addicted :P. So yeah, I'm a happy gamer. How's everyone else's gaming going?

Okami review, Order of Ecclesia, and more

I've reviewed Okami. Check it out here. Tell me what you think and if you agree or not.

I just recently bought Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia. Everyone was saying that while Portrait of Ruin was great, it was a bit of a slip-up for the series. It was the first Castlevania game I had truly gotten into and really enjoyed. So now, after playing Ecclesia, I think I can say that what people say about PoR is true. It's really fun and the battle system is neat. But I'll wait a bit before completely judging it, since I haven't played a whole lot of it yet.

I also recently got a new MP3 player. The Sansa Express. Since I don't listen to a whole lot of songs and I wanted something small and sleek, it's pretty much perfect for me. Here's what it looks like if you don't want to google it:

Anyway, I'm enjoying it. It was only $50 so it's a pretty good deal, for 2 GB.

Why are you a gamer?

Why do you game and what appeals to you in this hobby? I'm curious to see some different answers as to why you enjoy this activity.

I, personally, enjoy it because it can be very creative. I just really like the fact that you can do lots of great stuff that you can't do in real life.

I remember the first games I used to play were Super Mario Bros. for the NES and Duck Hunt with my brother and sister and cousins. Not to mention Dr. Mario, Silver Surfer, Ice Hockey, and Metroid. Those games were great.

The great ideas of these games were put into these small cartridges which really amazed me, to be honest. The thought of such technology astounded me.

I really got into gaming with the PS1. I had so much fun with, playing great games with my brother and sister. I was so captivated by the idea of fighting huge monsters, solving puzzles, and collecting things.

I then got an N64 one day with Ocarina of Time, Mario 64, and Smash Bros. 64, along with 2 controllers. This is a huge basket of great memories. I had such a great time playing Smash Bros. with my friends, exploring Hyrule, and flying around an open ended area filled with Bob-ombs and goombas.

Perhaps my gaming reasons are affected by my siblings and friends, and how much fun I had with them? Either way, these are all my reasons for gaming.

How about you? What keeps you gaming and how did you start gaming?

And I am Live!

Xbox Live, of course. I just got connected yesterday and so far, it's pretty good. At the moment, I'm downloading several game demos. The first I downloaded and played is Ace Combat 6, which is pretty good. I don't really like the controls though. A joystick just doesn't cut it for me. I also downloaded the E3 Sonic Unleashed trailer so I can view it in HD.

I'm currently downloading Devil May Cry 4, Battlefield: Bad Company, The Force Unleashed, and Ninja Gaiden 2. Pretty epic stuff.

The only online games I've played so far are Halo 3 and Lost Planet (demo). Halo 3 I played with my friends, since I don't own the game. They brought it over and we played 3 player online.

Lost Planet's pretty fun. I enjoy it thoroughly and I love the explosions. :P The demo came installed on my Xbox but I never played it, since I didn't have Live and it's an online-only demo.

Oh, my Gamertag is Drizzt335, so add me and let me know who you are. I'm not going to go and add just anybody. Well, maybe I might :P. We'll see.

Beat Okami

And I only have one thing to say:

Wow.

I won't spoil it but the ending was fantastic. The end boss didn't look like much, but it was intense. I'm glad I was finally able to beat it. Truly a piece of art. If you haven't played it, go and buy it. I assure you, it's on par, if not better, than Twilight Princess.

I'm glad there's also lots of sidequests to keep me coming back, because I know I will. I still want to learn all the combat techniques and get all the stray beads and get the rest of the weapons.

It's too bad this game also caused the closure of Clover Studios. Oh well. Just one of those things, I suppose.