Post E3 Game Thoughts 2011 – Part 2

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This is the continuation of my thoughts of games at E3.

Saints Row: The Third – Three words. Over the top. This third game is even more so than Saints Row 2. I was expecting just more in the style of the last game, but this craziness has been turned up to 20. The GS stage demo was quite hilarious.

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time – Because I had my fill of the Sly Cooper games after just playing the second one, I don’t see myself getting the Sly Collection. However, this game looks fantastic and more so than I was expecting. It looks to be more of what made the previous three games great. I just hope it doesn’t overstay its welcome this time.

Tomb Raider – I remember this series not interesting me in the slightest until I saw Tomb Raider: Legend in action. I’ve been a fan ever since and this reboot looks cool. I’m sure most of the game is of a traditional style and isn’t comprised of the game’s beginning that was shown at E3 this year. I think it was a mistake to focus only on it which gave rise to Heavy Rain like comments. Here’s to hoping for better the next time it’s shown.

Twisted Metal – On the GameSpot stage this year they showed off the Iron Maiden boss battle. It took place in a canyon setting with the Dollface character controlling this huge robot. I’m not exactly sure what all of the objectives were, but there were quite a few. The biggest blow to my excitement for this game came when David Jaffe was saying that this boss battle would take 30 minutes at least and an average of an hour for most players. I don’t like this at all. In fact, now that I think about it, I don’t usually enjoy the boss battles in the Twisted Metal series. They always feel impossible and take forever. I’m looking at you Head On. I think I should admit it right here and now that I’m probably no where near the fan of this series that I thought I was.

OTHER GAMES OF INTEREST:
Overstrike
SSX
Starhawk
Street Fighter X Tekken
Uncharted: Golden Abyss

Thanks for reading!

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Post E3 Game Thoughts

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Over the week of E3 I saw a number of things that got me more interested in some games that I previously wasn’t sure how I thought about them. Here are those games.

Metroid: Other M – My first thoughts when this game was originally announced was that it’d be the typical wagglefest that I’d come to expect from a Nintendo IP. To my surprise the controls were as basic as they could get. Holding the remote sideways using the d-pad and 1 and 2 buttons. There’s some occasional moments where the player will aim light gun style for scanning and shooting some enemies, but that sounds like it’s the majority of how the game controls. Sounds great!

Mortal Kombat – The pre-E3 trailer was just a tease and didn’t do all that much for me. However, once I saw that GameSpot stage demo, I was sold. This new MK looks to have a solid fighting engine. Combine that with a ton of nostalgia and it’s a sure fire win!

Medal of Honor – I didn’t care for this reboot of a somewhat on again/off again great FPS franchise. After seeing its showing at E3, I still don’t really care. It looks way too much like Call of Duty to where that’s what first comes to mind when I see footage of it. The only thing that got my attention was the PS3 exclusive bonus of a remake of Medal of Honor: Frontline. It’s my favorite of the series and is the only reason I’ll probably pick the main game up.

Twisted Metal – I’m not as big as a Twisted Metal fan as I may let on, but I have still enjoyed most every game of the series with Twisted Metal 2 being the one that sticks out the most. The online modes look to be the most interesting of this newest game as it will mark the first time I’ll be playing others not sitting next to me.

God of War: Ghost of Sparta – At this point I’m somewhat overcome with a bit too much of Kratos’ adventures which is why I took a break from finishing up God of War III from back in March. With that said, I was loving the graphical look of the upcoming PSP entry from the GS stage demo. The water effects were especially impressive. Of course I’ll be getting this game.

Homefront – I’ve played/seen these shooters before. They’re those what if scenarios of the United States being invaded with the point of view being from a common everyday person and how they deal with it. Freedom Fighters had it be the Russains, Turning Point had it be the Germans, and this game has it being the North Koreans. Hopefully this will be the one I actually like.

Red Faction: Armageddon – Here’s another stage demo that changed my mind on the game in question. It was a safe bet to think that this would be very similar to last year’s game. To my surprise it’s not as open of a world. But it does seem to have fun weapons to use. One in particular can reform destroyed structures so you can ruin them again.

I’ve got a lot more to say, but I’ll reveal those thoughts at another time.

The responses for what game I bought from Gamefly was quite amusing, but all incorrect. You guessed the following games.

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (x2)
Wolfenstein (x2)
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Darksiders
Split/Second

It was, in fact, Rogue Warrior. Check out this hilarious Giant Bomb quick look of the game.

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Thanks for playing and good day, folks!

You Really Shouldn’t Be Able To Read This

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I thought I’d call some attention to some gaming news articles since I can’t find anything else to post about at this moment.

First up is an interview by PSXExtreme with David Jaffe and Scott Campbell of Eat Sleep Play. It’s a pretty interesting read, but some of it was repeats to me since I follow Jaffe’s blog. If you don’t read his blog on a regular basis, then you’ll get the most out of it.

PSXExtreme: Exclusive Interview: Dave Jaffe And Scott Campbell

New York Times followed the lead of Time Magazine and the VGAs by choosing Grand Theft Auto IV as Game of the Year.

This story reminded me of some people that have been getting all upset about this trend. I can’t understand it since GTA IV is very much a worthy choice. If you don’t like this trend then by all means do your own rewards. That way others can ask you where GTA IV is.

Joystiq: NY Times gives Game of the Year honors to GTA IV

I’m not too heart broken if the currently-in-production Castlevania movie is possibly going to get shut down because of an actor strike. I don’t think much of the film, but if the norm of video game based movies is any indication, then I’m not looking forward to it.

IGN Movies: Castlevania in Limbo

And now I leave you with this video. It’s from Home and shows an adorable message that one user was able to get to.

What Game Do You Have The Most Copies Of?

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The following is my reply to the topic “What game do you have the most copies of?” started by cosmostein77 in The Candid Collectors’ Union.

I only have two of the exact same game on the same system. That game is Twisted Metal. I have one long box version and one jewel case version.

Games that I have different versions of are:

Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance – PS2, GBA
Disney’s Aladdin – SNES, GEN
Doom II – PC, GBA
Fatal Fury – GEN (coming soon), SNES
Final Fantasy VI – SNES, GBA
Killer Instinct – SNES, GB
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – SNES, GBA
Max Payne – PC, PS2
Mortal Kombat – SNES, GEN, GB, GG
Mortal Kombat II – SNES, GEN, GB, GG
Mortal Kombat 3 – SNES, PS
NBA Jam – SNES, SCD
Quake II – PC, PS
Samurai Shodown – GEN, SNES
Sonic the Hedgehog – GEN, GG
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – GEN, GG
Street Fighter Alpha 3 – PS, GBA, PSP
Street Fighter II – SNES, GB
Stuntman Ignition – PS2, PS3
Sunset Riders – SNES, GEN
Super Mario World – SNES, GBA
Super Street Fighter II – SNES, GEN
Tecmo Super Bowl – NES, SNES
Tetris – NES, GB
Tomb Raider: Legend – PS2, GBA (Euro verison), DS (Euro verison)
Twisted Metal: Head On – PS2, PSP
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 – SNES, DS

Now Playing: April ’08

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Seven games make up this month of April’s game playing lot. If you count the games within the Sega Genesis Collection, then you’ll get a grand total of 11. Another number I’ll dole out is three. As in the number of games that I finished.

Now before I get into talk about said games, I’d like to readdress what I had said in my Odin Sphere Update. At the time I decided to retract the idea of being finished with Odin Sphere by this point when I originally stated that I would be finished with it. In a way it was good to take a break from that game and play something else. I’ll definitely be going to back to it soon. Now on with the games!

The game to take the place of Odin Sphere was Twisted Metal: Head On – Extra Twisted Edition. This game plays as good as the series ever has with a great soundtrack too. The Twisted Metal 2 Paris level was remade for this game and it, I feel, was improved on in a big way. Because of this game being a another fantastic entry into the series and with all of the extras, it is my Game of the Month.

I was happy when I was able to find a complete copy of Mercs for the Genesis early in the month. I was somewhat disappointed that the co-op mode wasn’t available in this port, but Capcom did make up for that with “Original Mode.” In that mode it has some RPG elements like collecting medals to use as currency to get better equipment and more members join the party every so often. It’s a fairly difficult mode, but it’s still fun.

In the Sega Genesis Collection (PS2), I decided to finally get back to trying to start (again) and finish both Sonic the Hedgehog 1 & 2. I did so and ended up rating the first game a 6.5 (gasp!) and the sequel an 8.0. The reason being that Sonic 1 (also noted by Usagi704) had too much platforming in its levels and that didn’t gel with the speed of the game. In Sonic 2, there was less platforming, which was much better, but I wasn’t digging the underwater parts of a few levels. I also enjoyed the boss fights more from the second game. Overall I had a fun time of it.

Other games that I played on that disc was Golden Axe II and Comix Zone.

I amused myself with a few other games as of more recently. Road Rash (GEN), Ranma 1/2: Hard Battle (SNES), based on the anime of the same name minus the subtitle, and finally Kirby’s Dream Land (GB), which I finished twice.

Burnout Paradise (PS3) remains from last month and I played it off and on. I have officially finished this game having gained the elite license. The only thing that I don’t get is how I still don’t have the silver finish for all of the cars and that the game completion is only at 99%. I’m unsure as to what I have yet to do if anything.

That’ll do it for this month. See you next time!

New PS Family Members

A few days ago I decided to see if I could get one of the Game Boy Advance systems with the brighter screen (colors: Pearl Blue, Pearl Pink). Unfortunately, it’s proving to be a difficult item to find. Instead I picked up the following games for the PS2/3/P.

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Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX (PSP) – new
Capcom Classics Collection Remixed (PSP) – new
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas (PS3) – new
Twisted Metal: Head On – Extra Twisted Edition (PS2) – new
Rise to Honor (PS2) – complete; excellent