Archive for March, 2009

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Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

March 30, 2009

I decided to order Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for the DS and it should be here on Friday. I can’t wait. I’ll keep you all updated with it so you know whether to go out out and get it. Here’s a video for you to watch of the game. Enjoy!

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PlayStation Classics

March 30, 2009

I was in the mood for a good old original PlayStation game so I decided I would buy a game off the PlayStation store. My first thought was to get Silent Hill but it appears to have been taken down for some reason so I decided I would give nostalgia a go and go for Crash Bandicoot. I haven’t played the original in ages and I was really looking forward to playing it but then I realised that it was 902 MB. Fortunately I may be getting a new PSP memory card soon so I can play it on that. I know I can play it on the PS3 but I’m downloading the SCENE MGO expansion right now so I can’t download Crash.

I’m just gonna stick with Crash Team Racing!

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Which console has the best line up of 2009?

March 29, 2009

Out of PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360 which console has the best line up of 2009? Vote in the poll below

For the line ups I will include exclusive games that have already been released.

PlayStation 3

Buzz!: Brain of the UK
Demon Souls (Japan)
God of War III
Gran Tursimo 5 – High Chance of delay
Heavy Rain
inFamous
Killzone 2
MAG: Massive Action Game – Probably be delayed
Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time
Ryū ga Gotoku 3 (Japan) – Known as Yakuza 3 in English
SOCOM US Navy Seals Confrontation
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
White Knight Chronicles – Expected 2009 release for US and EU

Xbox 360

Alan Wake – High chance of delay
Forza Motorsport 3
Halo 3: ODST
Halo Wars
Lost Planet 2
Ninety-Nine Nights 2 – Expected
Ninja Blade
Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad – Zombie: Bikini Squad outside Japan
Race Pro
Star Ocean: The Last Hope
Velvet Assassin

Wii

Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop
Dead Space: Extraction
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time
Madworld
Mario and Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games
New Zelda
Resident Evil Zero Classic
Resident Evil Classic
Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles
World of Goo

Note – There are more Wii games but I am struggling to find a list so I would recommend using your own knowledge or searching yourself before voting.

Update: These lists have changed quite a bit now, some of the information is accurate but there have been some major changes. I would recommend searching for information but you could always contact me via the contact page.

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Debut Trailer for Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In Time

March 28, 2009

Check it out here or below. You can watch in High Quality.

It’s pretty cool but doesn’t really say much. Make sure you watch this one, I certainly will.

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New Ratchet & Clank game announced

March 27, 2009

Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time has been announced for the PlayStation 3 and should be coming out this autumn. Nothing much as been released for it yet but there is a logo which is below.

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It’s hard to say what the game will be like but judging from previous Ratchet & Clank games we know it should be good and definitely worth keeping an eye on.

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New Metal Gear Solid?

March 27, 2009

During GDC Hideo Kojima made a speech talking about a new Metal Gear Solid game. No specific details were revealed but he did say that he was working on one or he implied it at least. Look at this picture he showed everyone.

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At the top of this picture we can see a picture of what appears to be Raiden. What does this mean? Well we may get the Raiden spin off game everyone was hoping for.

Or Hideo Kojima could be trying to trick us.

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Resident Evil 5 Review

March 25, 2009

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Developer: Capcom
Publisher:
Capcom
Platform: PlayStation 3 (Version Played), Xbox 360
Genre: Third Person Shooter
Players: 1 – 2
Release Date: 13th March 2009 (EU)

 Resident Evil is one of the biggest game series’ of all time. It was known for the cheesy characters and dialogue, the scares, the puzzles, the story and the atmosphere. Resident Evil 4 changed what Resident Evil was like. No longer was it about the scares and the atmosphere but instead it was about the action and the gun fights. Resident Evil 5 continues this but makes it even less of a horror game as there was only one point in the game where I was frightened which I will talk about later. Resident Evil 5 is all action, all guns and zero scares.

The game is centred about Chris Redfield who has been sent to Africa. On arrival he meets his new partner, Sheva, and the main new feature of Resident Evil is introduced: co-op. Chris and Sheva are partners; they fight together, share weapons and ammo and help each other out. The new partner system works really well in the Resident Evil 5. Like I said earlier you can share equipment which is very handy, especially when you split up. For example sometimes you assist Sheva and help her get to higher places. This will only be helpful if she has the correct weapons so you make sure to give her the rifle. I know it isn’t Ghost Recon but it does add a slight tactical edge to the game.

The whole co-op/ partner gameplay can be played with another player or you can stick with the A.I. Both ways work really well. The partners A.I is really good and I never saw anything unusual or strange happen with my partner. They know that if they have a shotgun to go up close, they know when to heal and retreat, they how to conserve ammo and they know how to help you. When you are playing with another player it works fine as long as you are with somebody who knows what the hell they are supposed to be doing. The co-op with another player is good fun and the only problem is that the screen changes a little and two black lines go down the side of the screen. You don’t notice after a few minutes though.

One thing that I loved about Resident Evil 4 was the merchant. The merchant would greet you with “Welcome, Stranger” every time you met which I loved. He was just so cool. He would let you buy and sell items and weapons at certain points throughout the stage. This has been sadly changed for Resident Evil 5 and there is no merchant at all. Instead you get the chance to buy any equipment or sell anything between each chapter. It works well enough but I miss the mysterious merchant

One thing that may annoy many people is the fact that you are unable to move and shoot. Every time you want to fire you are forced to remain on the spot and fire which should create panic but it fails to do so. It’s lack the atmosphere and just feels like a slow shootout. Some people won’t mind it though and will be used to it from Resident Evil 4.

Resident Evil 5’s story is similar to the other games. It is full of loads of crazy shit and characters who know each other. It won’t disappoint fans of the series but it may be confusing for newcomers who don’t know much about the world of Resident Evil. There is the occasional flashback and there are brief notes on the history of Resident Evil in the loading screens but it loads so fast that you can’t read the full paragraph. That can be seen as a positive or a negative though. Fans will like and newcomers will probably just care about killing the majini (The main enemies in Resident Evil 5). The people who have been following Resident Evil 5 and watched a lot of the trailers will have figured out most of the story anyway because of how much the trailers give away.

One thing that Resident Evil can always boast is the superb boss fights. The bosses in Resident Evil 5 are great fun and get bigger and cooler as the game progresses. They always involve shooting the big creature as much as possible but they are still great fun. Some of the bosses rely heavily on quick time events which will be loved or hated by people.

The puzzles were always something that Resident Evil was known for. There aren’t very many puzzles in Resident Evil 5 but the ones that are in it are decent enough even though they are very easy. I would give an example but there are only two or three so it would ruin the whole 3 seconds were you figure out what to do.

Resident Evil looks beautiful. The graphics are all crisp and clear with some good environments, characters, weapons. You know the usual stuff.

Resident Evil 5 is full of memorable parts. One of my favourite parts is the part when you are on the back if the jeep firing the gun turret. All you do is shoot constantly at majinis on bikes and trucks but it’s so fast and cool. It shows how Resident Evil has changed when the best bits of the game are the all action, guns blazing parts.

Resident Evil 5 does have its problems though. Like I said before the fact you can’t move and shoot will annoy people and so will the parts that use lots of quick time events.  The main problem is the fact that it is not scary and doesn’t feel like Resident Evil. I only ever jumped once which was when I ran round a corner and went into a trip wire. That was the only time I ever jumped in the entire game. The action heavy gameplay works well despite it not feeling like Resident Evil 5. The cover system however is overused and makes it feel to similar to other games.

Resident Evil 5 does not feel like Resident Evil. No longer is it scary and full of atmosphere but instead it is full of shootouts and great action scenes. Some people may like the new gameplay, others won’t but when you consider it an action game over a Resident Evil game it is great and definitely worth a play. 

+ Great Action
+ Amazing bosses
+ Co-op is good fun

– Not scary
– Doesn’t feel like Resident Evil

8.5/10