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Just Beat Gears 2

Well, last night I beat Gears of War 2. It was one the best games I've ever played, and also the most intense. The story was very good, full of emotion towards the end (I won't spoil it for those of you who haven't beaten it yet). I strongly encourage a full playthrough. It can be frustrating at times, but the satisfaction of the conclusion is more than worth it.Get it. No objections.

So now I'm (attempting) to play Ninja Gaiden 2. Lucky me. This is a brutally difficult and frustrating game, and the camera can be a real pain in the butt, but the vicious, gorey, intense combat is extremely satisfying. I for one enjoy the devastating "finish moves," which consist of decapitations, among other things. The almost feels like a (much less complicated) fighting game mixed with adventure and in a full 3D setting. I recommend it to those looking for a challenge.

After I'm done with that I'll probably finish Dead Space. I started it a little while back, but didn't get very far before I stopped playing. Not that it's lousy, I actually find it very fun. Its unique, with it's strategic-dismemberment and frighteningly dark setting. It's impossible to play this game in a relaxed state, as you're just imagining what could be around the next corner. And the next corner. And the next corner (not to mention the doors and ventilation shafts).

Thanks for reading yall, and I apologize for not posting for like, what 2 months?

Sorry

Hey guys, I just wanted to apologize for the bad quality of my latest review on "Spiderman:Web of Shadows." I could have done much better, but I wasn't really in a review-writing mood. I can assure you that my next one will be much better.

more gaming crap, surprise

Well, it's been a while since I've posted, so I apologize for that. I've been playing some more demos, "The Bigs 2," "Madden NFL '10," "Ghostbusters: The Video Game," and "Shadow Complex." The Bigs 2 was great, it's been a while since I've played a baseball game, so it was nice getting a fresh taste. There were some pretty funny moments, including me hitting my brother's second baseman in the face and slamming his catcher to the ground haha. It's now one of my choices for the next game purchase.

Madden '10 was good, but I've never been able to get into football games very much, and it didn't really boast that much new content. I think it would just be a waste of $60.

Ghostbusters was ok, not worth the money in my opinion. There was just something about it that didn't feel right. It could have been the difficulty of catching ghosts, seeing that they just zipped around all over the place. By the time I found them with my tracker, they were already hiding again halfway across the building. It also felt kinda cheap, because you don't move very fast unless you sprint, and when in battle, anything that hits you will knock you down on your butt. About 5 seconds later, you get back up, only to get knocked down again. This is where sprinting would come in handy, but the problem is there is so much debris and crap all over the place that it makes the hard-to-control sprinting next to impossible.

Shadow Complex was great, other than the aiming. it was fine shooting people on the foreground, but trying to aim in the background was a problem. First of all, you can only aim back there if you're standing still. But with all the bullets coming at you, this becomes quite dangerous. Secondly, most of the time your gun will automatically aim at a target if you point it close enough, which was good. But sometimes this doesn't work as well as it should. While the aiming could use a tune-up, I think it's worth the 1200 MSP ($15) for the huge amount of backtracking and exploration involved.

So I bought 3rd 360 controller the other day, and the "only ones they had" were used name-brand wireless for $40 and new name-brand wireless for $50. Well, as I was paying, my brother says "Hey, here's a generic-brand wired for $25." Come on, who does that? Did the lady behind the counter even check the inventory first, or did she just tell me that the only controllers they had were the most expensive ones as a money-making scam? I would have bought the wireless Microsoft one anyways, but that was just great.

Ok sorry, I just had to rant a little bit about that. So Batman:Arkham Asylum comes out on Tuesday, and I'm torn. Should I get that or The Bigs 2? I've been following Arkham Asylum for like 2 years, but I'm craving a baseball game since I started this year's Fall baseball season (even though it starts in the summer). What do you guys think?

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed it. Next week I'll try to post something a little more philosophical. Please comment :)

Demo Ipmressions

So, I've been playing some demos lately, and I just felt like sharing my impressions, some good, some not so good.

First off was "Crash of the Titans." Honestly, I don't know why we couldn't just stick with the Crash Bandicoot we all know and love. The combat was simplistic and got kinda boring and monotonous. Even when playing as a titan, it's not really that much of a thrill. I think the younger audiences would enjoy it, but for real gamers, my vote is avoid this one.

Next was "The Bourne Conspiracy." That was great. It was fast-paced and intense, with sharp, challenging, brutal combat. The biggest problem was that the shooting sucked. It didn't seem to fit very well with the game's action, as it was hard to aim and I didn't feel satisfied after killing someone, like people feel in every other shooting game. Even the shooting take downs weren't that satisfying, you don't really even see the bullets making impact. So it was fun, but I read that the whole game is just the first missions over and over again, except with different environments. S I'm still uneasy about buying the full game.

Next, "Fight Night Round 4." I thought it was excellent, thought I haven't played many boxing games (come to think of it, I don't think I've played any...). The character models looked fantastic, which helped the sense of impact you get on every punch. You can almost feel the strikes! It was a nice, unique control scheme as well, as all your punches are controlled with the right stick You can trigger heavy hits, guarding, leaning, and stance changes with the 4 shoulder buttons, and use the 4 face buttons to perform a variety of grabs/escape maneuvers. I fully enjoyed it.

lastly, my most anticipated game of the year: "Batman: Arkham Asylum"! The demo was amazing, they did a very good job of implementing stealth with raw action. It's a pretty simple controls scheme, you have an attack button and a counter button, but with the pattern of the combat (usually more than 1 or 2 enemies), your always on your toes, keeping your eyes on everyone in site. The brutallity and satisfaction also makes tapping a few buttons even more fun. The stealth action was equally great, if not better, yet still accessible enough for inexperienced players. You can easily grapple up the gargoyles and use "detective mode" to find scannable items and enemies, and then plan your moves. There quite a few things you can do: you can drop directly onto an enemy from your high perch, throw a batarang, sneak up on them and take them out lethally or silently, glide down and do a glide kick, and I think you can also use your grapple to yank the inmates toward you and do 'I don't know what" to them. It was a very awesome experience, the only problem was that Harley Quin was ridiculously annoying.

My next download will be "Madden NFL '10," thanks for reading, comment if you'd like :)

Demo Impressions

So, I've been playing some demos lately, and I just felt like sharing my imressions, some good, some not so good.

First off was "Crash of the Titans." Honestly, I don't know why we couldn't just stick with the Crash Bandicoot we all know and love. The combat was simplistic and got kinda boring and monotonous. Even when playing as a titan, it's not really that much of a thrill. I think the younger audiences would enjoy it, but for real gamers, my vote is avoid this one.

Next was "The Bourne Conspiracy." That was great. It was fast-paced and intense, with sharp, challenging, brutal combat. The biggest problem was that the shooting sucked. It didn't seem to fit very well with the game's action, as it was hard to aim and I didn't feel satisfied after killing someone, like people feel in every other shooting game. Even the shooting Takedowns weren't that satisfying, you don't really even see the bullets making impact. So it was fun, but I read that the whole game is just the first missions over and over again, except with different enviroments. S I'm still uneasy about buying the full game.

Enxt, "Fight Night Round 4." I thought it was excellent, thought I haven't played many boxing games (come to think of it, I don't think I've played any...). The character models looked fantastic, which helped the sense of impact you get on every punch. You can almost feel the strikes! It was a nice, unique control scheme as well, as all your punches are controlled with the right stick You can trigger heavy hits, guarding, leaning, and stance changes with the 4 shoulder buttons, and use the 4 face buttons to perform a variety of grabs/escape manuevers. I fully enjoyed it.

lastly, my most anticipated game of the year: "Batman: Arkham Asylum"! The demo was amazing, they did a very good job of implementing stealth with raw action. It's a pretty simple controls scheme, you have an attack button and a counter button, but with the patern of the combat (usually more than 1 or 2 enemies), your always on your toes, keeping your eyes on everyone in site. The brutallity and satisfaction also makes tapping a few buttons even more fun. The stealth action was equally great, if not better, yet still accessible enough for inexperienced players. You can easily grapple up the gargoyls and use "detective mode" to find scannable items and enemies, and then plan your moves. There quite a few things you can do: you can drop directly onto an enemie from your high perch, throw a batarang, sneak up on them and take them out lethally or silently, glide down and do a glide kick, and I think you can also use your grappler to yank the inmates toward you and do 'I don't know what" to them. It was a very awesome experience, the only problem was that Harley Quin was ridiculously annoying.

My next download will be "Madden NFL '10," thanks for reading, comment if you'd like :)

Old-Fashioned Music

You know, music has really changed over the years. The popular genre when music first started to really evolve here in America, was Classical. Now we have all this other stuff that doesn' even have a relation to Classical. Or does it? Here are my thoughts.

First of all, it's pretty obvious that most genres have sub-divisions. Metal in particular, with Metal, Speed Metal, Power Metal, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Black Metal, Folk Metal, Sludge Metal, Doom Metal, Prog. Metal along with anything else I missed. Other than that, there's Jazz, Big Band Jazz, Easy-Listening Jazz. Rock, Hard Rock, Alternative Rock, Christian Rock, etc. etc.

But what about Hip-Hop/Rap? Those dont' really have any subdivisions, everything that's Hip-Hop/Rap is just Hip-Hop/Rap. As crazy as it sounds, this really seems to be to only true link to Classical music as far as style goes. Why? Because it's not a genre within a genre, nor does it have any genres within. it. Same with Classical music. It's just Classical, nothing else.

The link between Rock and Classical: Non-repetetiveness. Unlike some music, Rock isn't just the same crap over and over for 2-10 minutes. It progresses, much Classical. While Rock is much more repetitious than Classical, it's the least of repetitious as far as new-gen music.

Classical/Metal connection? This one's tough, but I would have to say: showing of talent. There is some Gunuinely amazing Metal music out there, with guitarists shredding there fingers off and drummer beating the crap out of the drums, it's similar the talent shown off by the Classical pianists.

Jazz? The flow. Jazz music just flows and makes you wanna sway, or dance, or whatever it is you do to express your musical tastes (couldn't think of a better term, sorry). In the same way, Classical music just flows through, and you really feel the music.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed and agreed with my statements. Please comment and tell me whether or not you agree (or anything else you want).

Movies Vs. Movie-Based Games

So you know what I've noticed? Over the course of time, there are more and more movie-based games coming out. Some even getting more hype than the movies that they're based upon. Take "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," for example. Sure it was extremely popular on TV and whatnot, but what about the internet? Nothing but the movie-based game. And I'm reasonably sure most people on gamespot weren't talking about the movie, rather, the game. Same with other gaming sites. And what about Wanted? We all knew the movie would suck, but the game, while it didn't get raving reviews, at least got a reasonable amount of hype. You see what I'm getting at here?

So my question is, why? Is it because (theory #1) everyone is tired of movies and are searching for a new means of entertainment? Is it because, (theory #2) while movies are fun to watch, people want to experience the action more? Or maybe it's that (theory #3) movies die out too quickly, and with games you can savor it a little more.

Allow me to explain each theory, starting (obviously) with #1. Movies have been around much longer than games, and people have been watching them since the beginning of time, or at least, it seems that way lol. Maybe people just want something new, and when looking for a substitute for a movie, why not go for the next best thing? A video game based on that movie.

How about theory #2? This is similar to the first one, in that people are tired of movies. They're tired of sitting back and relaxing, they want to be part of the action. Thus, the video game. I mean, why watch robots beating the crap out of each other when you can do it yourself? And notice that the majority of gamers are younger people, ranging from early teens to mid 20s or so. Older people (and younger people too, don't get me wrong) just want to sit around and watch the cops do all the work, which is perfectly awesome. But younger folk want to take all the energy from the movie and release it video game-style.

And the last one, #3. This one is quite self-explanatory, movies you can only watch so many times before it gets old. Video games, on the other hand, give you hours of fun to enjoy what the movie characters are witnessing. And every time you play a decent video game, the experience changes, be it multiple difficulty settings, alternate stories/endings, whatever the cause.

Thanks for reading yall, please comment telling which theory(s) you agree with, a theory or your own, whether or not you even agree with the original statement, or anything else you want :)

Playin games

So I've kinda been playing a mixture of things lately. I recently got "Tales of Vesperia," and it's very good, and very hard. The boss that I'm stuck at right now, I've died on at least 4 times. So I decided to try out "Grid," which my older brother bought recently. If it isn't the most brutally difficult racer ever created, I don't know what is. It's extremely realistic, you can't let your car get too damaged, lest it total and you fail the race. Also, there are these rewind things you can do, where if you crash, you can just rewind and try again, without restarting the race. That was pretty cool. This is my first time playing it so I'm no good, but I'll get better hopefully.

Besides those I've been browsing the Xbox live Arcade. I'm looking for something with good local multiplayer for 800 MS or less. So far I've downloaded "Castle Crashers" (great so far, co-op is amazing), and I've played demos for "'Splosion Man," (it was fun, but the co-op is just really annoying, as you have to time your explosions perfectly to get to the next platform, and it really isn't as great a concept as it looked on paper) "Rocket Riot," (loved it, very possibly yes) and "Alien Hominide," (good, but no).

Also I'll sometimes play Skate and Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2 online, although the other day I decided to play through GRAW 2 on a higher difficulty. Wow, I've been playing a lot more games lately than I thought. I don't plan on buying anything else until I beat Vesperia, because that's really the only game that I'm actually playing at a consistency. Plus, by the time I beat it, "Batman: Arkham Asylum" and "Section 8" will be close to release, or even already out.

Thanks for reading, and sorry if I ramble too much.

Eternal Sonata

Well, I've decided to start posting blogs again. Yes, it has been a long time. I guess I just never had anything to blog about.

So I bought "Eternal Sonata" last week (thank God it was used), and it just never really clicked for me. Not only was it way to linear, but I just couldn't get into the story. Maybe because of the annoying voice acting, maybe because I'm not into classical music, I don't know. But man, it just got so boring after a while. There is absolutely no free roam to it, all you do is follow apath, fight a boss, watch a cut scene, and repeat. A lot of people enjoyed this game, but I didn't.

So I took it back and got "Tales of Vesperia," which I actually would have gotten in the first place, but at the time Gamestop didn't have it in stock.

Now I'm hungry, I'm gonna go eat tacos.

random stuff

Wassup yall. wow It's been a long time since I have posted a blog. my bad :l so what are yall's favorite video games? my favorite wii games are Super Smash Brothers Brawl and Medal of Honor Heroes 2. My favorite video games for ps2 are Rockband, Rockband 2, Guitar hero 2, and the Sly Cooper series. Burnout revenge was pretty good too. I also have a gamecube, but I haven't played it in so long I don't know what my favorite game for it is anymore. Also, Final Fantasy 4 is my favorite DS game.

what about favorite songs? My favorite band is Skillet and I like basically like most of there songs alot, but some other of my favorite songs are Almost easy and Bat Country by Avenged Sevenfold, and Through the Fire and Flames by Dragonforce.

I own in guitar hero and rockband. I canm do every song (I think) on expert on the guitar in Rockband 2. I think I can do every song on the drums too (on expert). However, I haven't played the original rockband since I got rockband 2 for Christmas, so I probably got better and I can probably do every song on that game by now. I might try Jordan by Bucket head in GH2 again soon. So ya, there are plenty of people that are way better than me, but I'm the best in my family. Well, that kind of ends "random stuff" lol.

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