Game are currently running a competition in the UK, where at any of the 30 stores in the UK where the competition is being run, you can attempt to get the best lap time on a single track on Mario Kart Wii.
The winners from this will then go onto a grand final on the launch of Mario Kart Wii, where the winner will win the grand price, which is this:
Now is that not both the geekiest and coolest car you have ever set your eyes upon!
I don't know how I missed the first one - but boy am I impressed.
Dead Fantasy and Dead Fantasy 2 are two fan movies put together by someone by the name of Monty Oum. They mesh together the stars of Dead or Alive and Final Fantasy in what has got to be the most spectacular game related fan movies I have ever seen. How the hell did he do it?
Somebody hire this guy!
Anyway, the link below is to the wired site, which helpfully has a link to both videos
I went to the doctors the other day for some repeat prescriptions, and also to have my blood pressure taken following on from my increased blood pressure at the beginning of the year. Now bear in mind that since then I have:
- Increased the amount of exercise I do (i.e. go out on my bike 3-4 times a week and also go for more walks)
- Cut out almost all junk food, i.e. sweets, chocolate, chips, fast food etc.
-Watched the level of salt intake that I have in a day and reduced this as much as possible.
- Massively increased the amount of fruit and veg I have in the day, easily having between 6-8 portions a day.
- Taken up meditation, which I probably do 4-5 times a week (although I have been a little lax of late).
As such, I had expected my blood pressure to have dropped even further, but no, instead it has increased dramatically again to (if my memory is correct) 146/109. Definitely not good.
As such, it looks like a full gone conclusion that I will be diagnosed with high blood pressure, and as such be on medication for the rest of my life. So, a bit of a bummer to say the least, especially after all my hard work to improve my health (which I will be continuing btw). However, I should have guessed that something was up, as I was getting more and more stress like headaches over the last week, as well as feeling a little run down, which is similar to how I felt the first time that my high blood pressure was identified.
Anyway, I had an ECG this morning and also a blood test – so hopefully I should get the result from these soon. In addition to this I also have to wear a blood test monitor for 1 whole day at the beginning of April
Film watched: Brick
Dames, drugs and detectives. Modern teenage noire that doesn’t quite gel. 6.5/10
I have recently read in the Official Nintendo Magazine that for Mario Kart Wii, that snaking has effectively been removed from the series. Snaking, for those of you who don’t know, relates to a technique used to gain additional boosts during a race. Normally in Mario Kart you can gain a boost out of a curve, by power sliding around a bend whilst alternatively pressing left and right to get a boost. Now some people take this technique and apply it to straights, effectively turning left and right alternatively whilst activating boosts from power slides – or as it is better know, snaking. This gives an unfair advantage to those who have mastered the art of snaking, which was especially evident when Mario Kart was played online on the DS.
Whilst it is still possible to get a boost from power sliding on Mario Kart Wii (as well as pulling wheelies on bikes), this is based on the amount of time you hold a power slide as oppose to how quickly you can waggle left and right. As such, this has effectively eliminated snaking from the game and ensures that power slides are used as originally intended. This is quite possibly the most sensible move possible my Nintendo to ensure that races are as fair as possible.
BTW, have mentioned how excited I am (and Elliot) about Mario Kart Wii? Just over 2 weeks to go now :)
I had planned to blog this lunchtime about my renewed blood pressure issues, maybe I’ll leave that for another day. Instead I read the sad news that Arthur C Clarke has just passed away, aged 90.
It has to be said that he was not only a genius (invented the communications satellite) but also an exceptional writer. Rendezvous with Rama is one of my all time favourites and I have also enjoyed numerous other books written by him. It also has to be said, that as I kid I was always glued to the TV series Arthur C Clarke’s Mysterious World, which at the time I thought was the greatest TV show ever.
It is a sad, sad day and he will be greatly missed.
I have come to the conclusion that there are simply a stupid number of good games due out in 2008, and rather strangely most of these are not bunched up during the regular busy Christmas period.
I am not someone who can have too many games going at the same time, instead I tend to focus on one or two particular games at a time (although saying that, I just realised that I’m currently playing through the following: Half Life 2 (PS3), Super Mario Galaxy (Wii), COD4 (online PS3), Final Fantasy: Revenant Wings and Advance Wars: Days of Ruin). As such, from the list of games that I would like, I’m sure that there will be some that I don’t have time to get and play.
As such, I thought I’d do my own little preview of the games due out which I’m interested in and assign some sort of anticipation rating to them.
Ratings key: *** Would like to play, but may have to skip if released next to another game. **** Really looking forward to ***** Must play, my life depends on it!
Game: Ace Attorney: Apollo Justice Format: DS Release date: Out Now (US) Rating: ***** Details: I have loved the previous games in the series and look forward to this immensely. I have actually just recently ordered this on import and should receive it in a week or two.
Game: Professor Lanyon and the Mysterious Village Format: DS Release date: Out Now (US) Rating: **** Details: This looks like a great puzzle/adventure which I will likely purchase. However, I may wait until the UK release.
Game: No More Heroes Format: Wii Release date: 14/03/08 Rating: *** Details: This looks like an unusual and fund game from the makers of Killer 7 for the Wii. Unfortunately the UK release has been gimped slightly when compared to the US release, taking out much of the violence. Also, I doubt that I’ll have time to play it, as such, I don’t think I’ll get around to getting it.
Game: Fire Emblem Format: Wii Release date: 14/03/08 Rating: *** Details: I really, really want to play a Fire Emblem game. From the makers of Advance Wars, this comes across as a medieval strategy game. Unfortunately with so many other games due out, this may need to slip off my list for the time being, until I have more time.
Game: Gran Turismo 4: Prologue Format: PS3 Release date: 28/03/08 Rating: *** Details: I may skip this, as in reality it is little more than an extended demo. Although the though of online racing is tempting, I think I’ll likely wait until the full version in a year or so. Besides for racing I have:
Game: Mario Kart Wii Format: Wii Release date: 11/04/08 Rating: ***** Details: If I had to choose one game only to play in 2008, this would be it. I have always loved the Mario Kart Series and I’m sure that this will not change. I’m not too sure that I’ll like the Wiiwheel control scheme, but at least you have the option of using the nunchuck, or even a Gamecube controller.
Game: Wii Fit Format: Wii Release date: 25/04/08 Rating: **** Details: When this was first announced at E3 last year, I must admit that I had little interest in it. However, after identifying the my blood pressure hasn’t been too great of late, the idea of a game which in turn will also help with my health is now very appealing. I think that Nintendo are likely onto a winner with this one, and I’m looking forward to this.
Game: Super Smash Bros Brawl Format: Wii Release date: Q2/3 08 Rating: **** Details: I may not be as big a fan of the series as other people on the internet (who seem to literally worship the games), there is no denying that they are great fun. The opportunity to play online is also a big draw, plus it’s Nintendo, therefore this almost automatically makes it an immediate purchase.
Game: Okami Format: Wii Release date: Q2/3 08 Rating: *** Details: I very nearly bought this for the PS2 so many time, after all what is there not to like, it is after all very similar to Zelda gameplay wise, but with a striking Japanese graphical style. Thankfully, this is now being ported to the Wii, which should suit the game down to the ground considering that a large portion of this is controlled by brush strokes. Also the 480p widescreen resolution on the Wii version only makes a beautiful game even more beautiful!
Game: Grand Theft Auto 4 Format: PS3 Release date: 29/04/08 Rating: ***** Details: I have some concerns that this may end up being a bad port of the 360 version and also that it may not have evolved enough from the previous GTA games, but to be frank, this is still on of my must haves for the year.
Game: Rock Band Format: PS3 Release date: Q2/3 08 Rating: ***** Details: Oh you lucky, lucky American’s, getting this November 2007, when us European’s have to wait forever to get our hands on it. After playing Guitar Hero down a friends almost every Monday nigh for month, I’m definitely all set for the release of this.
Game: Metal Gear Solid 4 Format: PS3 Release date: 12/06/08 Rating: ***** Details: This is likely the biggest game out on the PS3 in 2008. I am a big fan of the series and this looks likely to be the best yet. I think it’s quite likely that PS3’s will jump off the shelves once this is released.
Game: Disgaea 3 Format: PS3 Release date: August 08 (US) Rating: ***** Details: I remember once commenting about Disgaea on the PS2 that it is a fantastic game, but that the graphics weren’t that much better than a PS1, well now the seconds sequel is due on the PS3 and still the graphics don’t look any better than a PS1. Does it matter, not a jot. When it comes to SRPG’s this is king. It is rare to find a game which is so involving, so bizarre and so funny. Oh yes, this is a must buy (and probably import).
Game: Little Big Planet Format: PS3 Release date: September 08 Rating: **** Details: This looks both quirky and interesting. It looks relatively simple to design your own levels and genuinely fun to play. Another big seller for the PS3.
Game: Killzone 2 Format: PS3 Release date: November 08 Rating: *** Details: Purely on a graphical standpoint, this game is looking stunning. I played the first game briefly and thought it was good, but not spectacular. Killzone 2 on the other hand looks like it could be a stunner. There is, however, a vague possibility that it may be overshadowed by Resistance 2.
Game: Resistance 2 Format: PS3 Release date: November 08 Rating: **** Details: Whilst the single player game on Resistance was good, it wasn’t great, multiplayer however was a blast. Resistance 2 looks like it takes that multiplayer game and runs with it. This could quite easily top COD4 on the PS3 online front for me.
Game: Fire Emblem (DS) Format: DS Release date: Q4 08 Rating: *** Details: I may end up getting the handheld Fire Emblem (when it’s eventually released) instead of the Wii version. Games like Advance Wars are great to play on the fly, and as such Fire Emblem would go down a storm.
Game: Final Fantasy 4 Format: DS Release date: Q4 08 Rating: **** Details: Looks very much like a similar update that Final Fantasy 3 was, which I enjoyed immensely. As such, and also bearing in mind that it is Final Fantasy, I will likely get.
Game: Final Fantasy Tactics: A2 Format: DS Release date: Q4 08 Rating: ***** Details: Final Fantasy Tactics Advance and Advance Wars were the most played games on my GBA of old, as such this immediately becomes my most anticipated game due on the DS. I could quite easily lose hours on this game without even noticing.
Game: Street Fighter 4 Format: PS3 Release date: Q4 08 Rating: **** Details: I still maintain that Street Fighter 2 is the best fighting game out there and 4 looks like it is returning to it’s roots and as such, I’m interested.
Game: Soul Calibur 4 Format: PS3 Release date: Q4 08 Rating: **** Details: I have really enjoyed Soul Blade, Soul Calibur and Soul Calibur 2 (never got around to getting 3), and as such, this new iteration is another likely purchase for me.
So as you can see, there are a fair few games due out on the systems that I own in 2008. There are of course other big games due, such as Resident Evil 5 and Final Fantasy 13, but I do not think that these will be released in 2008, these are more likely 2009 releases. In addition to this there are also games due out on the PSN and Wiiware which I am interested in.
Well, it’s going to be a busy year, that’s for sure.