Lacking Interest

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Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams is a problematic game I was playing recently. I say “was” because I’m not anymore. I advanced the furthest to stage 4 and even started over at one point, but the problems I explained about previously didn’t get better or more bearable. When I was watching Usagi704 play later parts of the game it only confirmed my feelings that I probably wouldn’t have a whole lot of fun.

It’s quite interesting how powerful the characters can get in Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams upon seeing a few minutes of a new game plus speed run I saw on YouTube. Seeing as where you start out at it seems like you have to grind out levels as if this was a role-playing game. I’m not a fan of that and have since moved on.

Ever since I started to play Muramasa: The Demon Blade I’ve been kind of feeling out of it as far as gaming has gone. It would explain for my frustrations with these two games and my unwillingness to put up with what the games offer. I feel almost as if I just want to start a game up and immediately press the win button and not bother with earning that win. I even started up Zombie Apocalypse: Never Die Alone last night and I got disinterested in that game pretty quickly. Granted that Konami title isn’t good anyway.

I’m not typing this up for people to read and give me any sympathy though I’m sure it looks like it. At least I am having some fun with the shoot-’em-up Soldner-X 2: Final Prototype.

Have you ever been in a gaming rut where you want to play something, but nothing seems to catch your interest when otherwise it would? Share below and thanks for reading!

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Choose My Halloween Games

For the last two years I’ve made it a personal gaming event to play games with the spirit of Halloween in mind and blog about them. In 2010 I played Splatterhouse and Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest and last year it was Demon’s Souls and Shadowgate Classic.

This year I leave it up to you from the choice selections I have listed below. The eight titles shown are in groups of two and all you have to vote for is the group letter. You can let me know by commenting on this blog post on GameSpot or by reaching me on Twitter @HartKnight.

Vote on!

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GROUP A.
Castlevania: The Adventure Rebirth (VC)
The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return (WII)

GROUP B.
Alone in the Dark: Inferno (PS3)
Zombie Apocalypse: Never Die Alone (PSN)

GROUP C.
Evil Dead: Regeneration (PS2)
Decap Attack (PSP via Sega Genesis Collection)

GROUP D.
Resident Evil: Director’s Cut (PS)
Alien Storm (PS3 via Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection)

Leave your vote at GameSpot or Twitter!

Solatorobo: Red the Zombie

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A game I’ve had for three weeks now, but didn’t mention because of my Halloween Gaming blog posts is Solatorobo: Red the Hunter. It’s a successor to the PS1 game Tail Concerto. I did hear of this game before the new one on DS was developed, but only around a year or two before. I haven’t played it yet. I’m still on Demon’s Souls after all.

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Now onto much more recent news. Six hours ago (as of this posting) I had won a copy of the recently released downloadable game Zombie Apocalypse: Never Die Alone via Konami’s Twitter Sweepstakes. Thankfully they chose the correct system. An X360 code wouldn’t do me much good.

Teenage Mutant Mini Ninja Zombie Turtles

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Here’s what I thought of the following demos. My top rating may say “Day One,” but these games are obviously already released. So just replace that with “Buy Now.” Not that any of them get that rating anyway.

Call of Duty: World at War
This was probably the easiest game to like of the bunch because of being familiar with the series. It does have the great gameplay that I’ve liked about them, but I’m pretty much not interested in a straight World War II FPS game much anymore. Wolfenstein looks more interesting with its inclusion of the supernatural.

Rating: Bargain Bin

Mini Ninjas
I went into this one not expecting anything to like about it since it has a kiddie look to it. However, I was surprised to a degree with the number of ways to complete a mission. Also I found it amusing that fishing to make sushi for heath pickups was neat. Definitely the most interesting game of the lot.

Rating: Sooner Rather Than Later

Dirt 2
I gave this game the most time to impress me as I raced on the two available tracks at least four times each. I loved the graphical detail of the cockpit camera view, though it did artificially make the game more difficult. Also the default difficulty level, which was one above the easiest, wasn’t very forgiving. Even though I had some fun with the game, it pains me to say that I’ll probably not get it.

Rating: Bargain Bin

Wet
When I originally heard about Wet, I was interested in what it could be. After the mixed reviews I still kept up hope that it would be something that I’d still have fun with (like with Watchmen: The End Is Nigh). Now that I’ve played the demo I definitely won’t be buying this one. The controls were a bit too sluggish for the type of game that it is. I can understand that it will win over some people (like GameSpot’s Chris Watters), but it didn’t with me unfortunately.

Rating: Skip It

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled
Continuing on with the disappointment is the remake of Turtles in Time. I’m sure that most of those that were letdown by this title were older gamers like myself that remember playing the original version in the arcade. The music definitely took a turn for the worse as well. It should’ve been based off of the superior SNES version with the extra levels, better bosses, and the excellent use of Mode 7 graphics. If you don’t mind what it is, you can find something to like, but for everyone else just get an SNES.

Rating: Bargain Bin

Zombie Apocalypse
With this game I don’t really have much to say about it other than it’s what I expected it to be. This game does reek of the current zombie fad that gaming in general is going through. For duel stick shooters, you can do much better. Geometry Wars 2 and Super Stardust HD are two that come to mind.

Rating: Skip It

Rating scale: Day One – Sooner Rather Than Later – Bargain Bin – Skip It

New Releases 2009: Sept. 20-Oct. 3

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Another set of new releases for another two week shot and the outlook is pretty varied.

With that said I know that to a majority of gamers the new Halo game is the only thing on their radar. The rest of the games are non-existent to them. I guess that makes sense to a degree with only Zombie Apocalypse being the other game coming out on the Xbox system.

On the other hand, all PlayStation platforms are seeing no less than 12 games in the next fortnight.

My pick would have to be MotorStorm: Arctic Edge. I don’t know if I’ll be getting it for the PSP or PS2. Regardless, I’m very interested to see how it comes out on the less powerful systems.

NEW GAMES FOR THE WEEK OF 9/20
Fallout 3: Broken Steel (PSN)
Halo 3: ODST (X360)
Katamari Forever (PS3)
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona (PSP)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up (WII)
Zombie Apocalypse (PSN, XBL)

NEW GAMES FOR THE WEEK OF 9/27
Dead Space Extraction (WII)
Fallout 3: Operation Anchorage (PSN)
Fallout 3: The Pitt (PSN)
Gran Turismo (PSP)
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (DS)
MotorStorm: Arctic Edge (PSP)
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 (PS3)
Obscure: The Aftermath (PSP)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up (PS2)
Undead Knights (PSP)

I’ll leave you with a few interesting recent items from my twitter account.

* Tricky bastards with their renaming of the Genesis version of Gauntlet to Gauntlet IV.
* For some reason when I read Joystiq’s “What’s In A Name” post title I keep saying it in the same way as the “What is a man” line from SotN.
* Fav. obscure NES games. Metal Storm, P.O.W., Power Blade, Shadow of the Ninja, Super Spike V’Ball, Code Name: Viper, Heavy Barrel, Shatterhand, Star Force, Vice: Project Doom.
* Terrible box art: The Orange Box.
* Favorite Game Music: Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers – Downtown (SNES).
* ESPN eXtreme Games: It’s more extreme than spilling your morning coffee on your car!
* Played some of Usagi704’s newly acquired copy of Street Fighter Alpha for the GBC. Also beat it first time playing it. Final score with Sagat: 1.03 million! 37th game beat this year.
* Favorite video game music: Crystal Castle theme from Konami’s Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge.

New Releases 2009: June 28-July 11

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NEW GAMES FOR THE WEEK OF 6/28
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (PS3, X360)
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood (PS3, X360, PC)
Grand Theft Auto PC Trilogy (PC)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (MAC, PC, PSP, PS2, PS3, X360, DS, WII)
Harvest Moon: Frantic Farming (DS)
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (PC, PS2, PS3, X360, DS, WII)
Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (PSN, XBL)
Mega Man Star Force 3: Black Ace (DS)
Mega Man Star Force 3: Red Joker (DS)
Steambot Chronicles: Battle Tournament (PSP)
The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match (X360)
The Punisher: No Mercy (PS3)
Wallace & Gromit Episode 3: Muzzled! (XBL)
Zombie Apocalypse (PSN, XBL)

NEW GAMES FOR THE WEEK OF 7/5
BioShock & The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Bundle (PC, X360)
CID The Dummy (PS2, PSP, WII)
Street Fighter IV (PC)
Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 1: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal (PC, WII)
The Bigs 2 (PS2, PS3, PSP, X360, WII)