Saturday, May 24, 2008

PixelJunk Eden - interesting!

This looks really quite interesting...

May have to get in due course.

(video removed - as it was annoying me)

GTA IV - Complete

Yep - finished the main story missions, which is well timed as I'm off on holiday from tomorrow and will be away in the UK. I had hoped to finish the game before the release of MGS4 on 12 June.

Anyway, a few stats:

67.08% of the game complete

40:12:04 - Time played

747 - people killed.

What a game :)

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The news I've been waiting for...

Bioshock is official coming out on the PS3 and is due by the end of the year....


That will be on my birthday / Christmas list then...


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Three 2, Planet Terror, and where’s Snake.

Films watched:
Three Extremes 2

Inferior collection of short films, original was far better.

Film 1: Memories 6/10
Film 2: The Wheel 3/10
Film 3: Going Home 4.5/10

Planet Terror

Bats**t bonkers b-movie pretender. Go-go girls, zombies and gore.


I popped into HMV the other day and put a pre-order down for Metal Gear Solid 4, which after all is out in just over 3 weeks. I was surprised that the member of staff didn’t seem to know what the game was and had to look though her computer system for a minute before placing the pre-order. It then occurred to me that unlike the likes of GTA4, Wiifit, Rock Band etc., MGS4 has not been advertised at all in the shop.

Now I don’t tend to watch much in the TV these days, but it also occurs to me that I haven’t seen any other advertising for MGS4. Sure there have been articles in magazines a plenty, but nothing that would seem to reach out to a wider audience.

Now it could just be that the advertising will likely kick in soon, say a week or so before release, but if not this is utter madness. MGS4 is without a doubt the biggest exclusive game due out in 2008 for the PS3 and Sony should be shouting this from the rooftops. There should be offers in shops, the bundle being advertised ahead of release and just about everything to get the name of MGS4 out there in the wider domain. This should be advertised on a similar level as a summer blockbuster action movie.

If the online sign up for the MGO beta is an indication, then there is certainly a high level of interest out there for MGS4, but this is just the audience out there who would be buying it no matter what. Sony needs to attract more people to the PS3 and MGS4 should be the game to do this.

It also occurs to me that this is the first time in a Metal Gear game that you’ll be able to play as Solid Snake, since the prologue of Metal Gear Solid 2!

Everyone seems to go on and on about GTA4 these days… how many perfect 10/10 reviews has it had now? Whilst I will admit that GTA4 is a great game (not perfect, but great), MGS4 on the other hand, WILL BE EPIC! :)

Thursday, May 15, 2008

No More Heroes

A few weeks ago during a conversation with a friend, he pointed out that I mainly enjoy franchise games, namely all the game I tend to buy are game which are part of a franchise.

This is such as:

Final Fantasy series
Metal Gear series
Mario series
Zelda series

Etc etc…

As such I took a look at the games that I was likely getting for the remainder of the year and found that the majority of these are sequels of some sort (the only exception being Little Big Planet and possibly Mirrors Edge)

Now I’d like to think that the reason that I like franchise games is that they are all genuinely good franchises, which do not churn out the same game again and again on a yearly basis (FIFA and Tony Hawk, I’m looking at you), but all the same it made me think that I should probably give something out of my comfort zone a little bit of a chance.

As such, I bought No More Heroes the other day (Amazon had it at a reasonable £21.00) and had a quick go of this last night. It is clearly bonkers… but then again I wouldn’t expect anything less from the creators of Killer 7. Unfortunately I haven’t got a great amount of time to play it much at present as I’m trying to make my way through GTA4 before the release of MGS4 on 12 June – but all the same, I plan to put aside some time to enjoy this oddly unique game.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


Nintendo have just released the list of the Wiiware games due for the release of the service on 20 May (just one week away).

The list is surprisingly different to the launch list in Japan and America and is as follow:

Dr. Mario & Germ Buster (Nintendo, Puzzle, 1–4 players, 3+ PEGI)
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King (Square Enix, Simulation, 1 player, 7+)
LostWinds (Frontier, Platform Adventure, 1–2 players, 7+)
Pirates: The Key of Dreams (Oxygen Interactive, Action, 1-4 players, 3+)
Pop (Nnooo, Puzzle/Shooter, 1-4 players, 3+)
Star Soldier R (Hudson Soft, Shooter, 1 player, 7+)
Toki Tori (Two Tribes, Puzzle / Platform, 1–2 players, 3+)
TV Show King (Gameloft, Trivia, TV Quiz, 1–4 players, 3+)

I will likely be getting LostWinds from the above and at some stage Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King (although not initially as I do not have enough time to play it at present).

There are also a couple of other games due out on Wiiware that I am interested in, namely Eternity’s Child and World of Goo, neither of which are on the launch list, but are hopefully due in the future. In addition to this there is also the Sam and Max game due later this year which is a must buy.

My only concern, which looking online is also shared, is that that the 512mb flash memory of the Wii will fill up at an alarming rate. I know that you can swap games back and forth between a SD card, but this is cumbersome way to manage your games. I’m betting that come E3 nintendo are going to announce a hard drive for the Wii, or maybe more likely a USB flash memory drive from which you can play Wiiware games.

Anyway, it’s good to see some original downloadable games coming to the Wii…

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Black Book and Dark Knight

Film watched:
The Black Book

Old fashioned, but slightly steamy Dutch WWII espionage thriller


If you liked Batman Begins and are looking forward to The Dark Knight... You really do need to watch the second trailer...

Is it me, or did we just get our first glimpse of Two Face?

Friday, May 02, 2008


I’ve been meaning to blog about GTA IV for a couple of day now, but have been to busy. Even now, I just thought I’d jot down a few things…

First off…This is GTA through and through, there is no revolution here, the structure, gameplay and style is still very similar to GTA3. For anyone who didn’t like the previous games, they sure as hell won’t like this.

What GTA IV does is blind you with details. No other game out there has had so much crammed into it, this has the effect of bringing Liberty City to life, which is simply fantastic. You can waste a huge amount of time just cruising around, or watching TV in your apartment or browsing the internet. The attention to detail in the game is great, but this can only be appreciated more and more as you play the game.

I’ve noticed that GTA IV has been getting a slew of 10/10 review scores, and whilst this is great, I think that the game is being overhyped a little as the second coming. It isn’t, it has a ton a faults, but at the same time these can be easily ignored so long as you are enjoying the game. As started above, it isn’t a revolution, but more of an evolution to the series, but all the same, great fun.

I’ll give you two examples of things that I did last night.

1) Whilst leaving the internet café TW@ I bumped into a woman carrying a paper mug of coffee. She stumbled and dropped the mug to the ground. After mouthing off at me she started to walk away. As such, I picked up the mug of coffee from the pavement and proceeded to throw it at her. Hitting her directly on the back of the head and sending her sprawling on the floor. Unfortunately this annoyed a nearby policeman, and I was forced to make a quick exit from the scene.

2) My cousin phoned me and asked me if I wanted to have a game of bowling. I proceeded to steal a motorbike and picked him up. We rode to the bowling ally and enjoyed a few games, then on the way home we stopped off at a bar.

Before going into the bar he mentioned how the bar always reminded him of a colleague that we’d previously knew, who had died recently.

When we left the bar we were both utterly drunk and were stumbling all over the road. My vision was a mess and I could barely see where I was walking, but I managed to make my way back to my stolen bike, and my cousin also jumped on the back. Unfortunately a police car was passing at this point and saw us in this drunken state starting up the motorbike. Suddenly sirens started as the car began to give chase. I rode through the city, barely able to see where I was going, with my vision jumping around like I was on a cruise ship in a typhoon, whilst trying to evade the police.

I somehow found myself in a park and my cousin in his drunken state was babbling on about his childhood and really starting to annoy me, but somehow I manage to avoid the police. As such, I turned around and headed back to my cousins business premises to drop him off. On the way home (my vision still a mess), we crashed into a truck and went flying off the bike. We both laughed it off and got back onto the bike, ignoring the truckers shouts of protest and I dropped him to his business.

Just before getting home, I stopped off at a hot dog stand and grabbed a snack, before turning in for the night to sleep off my hangover.

It has to be said that both of the above were not missions in the game, just things that happened during the course of normal play. It is for this reason that GTA IV is a fantastic game.