weekend I got the Full Auto demo downloaded. At first I thought the
demo was completely f#@$ed, but I guess it's not. For some reason,
it has, for me, some issues when multiple controllers are active. If
I have only one controller on, the game plays normally, but if I
have all four turned on (they turn on automatically when the play
and charge kit is plugged in) then the game goes crazy. By crazy, I
mean it (as in one or all controllers) will send the signals to get
your car turning, driving in reverse, with the rear-view
perspective, and with the uncrash (time reverse) constantly in
effect (until your ability runs out). In other words, if you want to
play the Full Auto demo, have only one controller on. Period.
for the game, when it's not freaking out...sigh...ok, this is not
the system seller that many people claimed it was when it debuted
last E3. No. This is as much a system seller as Crazy Taxi was for
the Dreamcast. It may be a good diversion for a few hours, but it
will feel like a wasted $60 in only a couple of days. While the game
may be very pretty, it's like many pretty people...very shallow. You
drive, you crash, you shoot, and you uncrash. That's about it. If
you wanted a Twisted Metal racing game, without as much depth, then
this may be a game for you. Otherwise, avoid this game (or better,
download the demo and see for yourself).
also got the demo for Mable Blast Ultra, and play a bit. Ok, I
played the entire demo. It's a fun game. If it was a normal 360
titles, I'd say I don't think it's worth the full $60. However,
being a $10 Arcade game, I think this is worth it.
plays a lot like Monkey Ball. You try to maneuver through some silly
levels, and you basically are just a rolling sphere. However, unlike
Ai Ai (and company), the marble has some abilities to keep it
interesting. You can jump, build up a "blast" to make a
bigger jump (and it's used in multiplayer for much more), you can
pick up one time use items to super jump, grow big, get a speed
boost, etc. Basically, this game takes some of the best elements of
Monkey Fight and Monkey Race (both from Super Monkey Ball), but
keeps it all in the normal puzzle mode. It may not be everyone's
idea of fun, but I see this, with it's $10 price, being more widely
accepted and played than Full Auto.
I always like to hit some stupid news, when there is any, here's my
daily fix. LA Attorney Rocky Delgadillo just finished announcing
that his office is going to sue
Rockstar over Hot Coffee scandal related BS. Wow. Way to stay
current. Maybe you could also go after McDonalds for not warning
about how hot their hot coffee is. After all, that's yesterdays news
too, and it's a pretty damned frivolous lawsuit, as well.
the LA attorney is looking to take down Take Two after how they
misled the public by including pornographic material on a game with
no one knowing. First off, last time I checked, as I said, this is
very old, and it's no longer the time to sue them. In fact, to do so
raises some questions in my mind...is the city of LA in desperate
need for money? If so, then this lawsuit may make sense since it
could equal a large fine for Take Two. If not, then I don't
understand making what sounds like a completely frivolous lawsuit.
Also, is this a publicity stunt? That may be quite true since
Delgadillo is looking to run for State Attorney General of
California in the fall...wow...I know I'd want someone who files
such pointless lawsuits and ties up the courts with them to be the
head legal dude in my state (that was called, teh sarcasm).
you think the demanded settlement/outcome is unreasonable, you're
wrong. Unreasonable is to demand that Rockstar removes GTA:SA
from store shelves until a proper M rated version would come along
(like how many retailers unofficially demanded of Rockstar).
No. This enters a special level that makes unreasonable things
seem quite reasonable.
I still stand by one simple fact; Hot Coffee was not much in the way
of pornography. It's also not much in terms of what kids can find
with far less effort. Also, the game is still for "mature"
gamers with it's M rating. The Hot Coffee scandal was BS, the
lawsuits were BS, the stance of all people who got involved
(including Take Two) was BS, and anyone who decides, now of all
times, to jump on board is not just full of BS...he would be a completely
sleazy looking (I don't claim to know how someone like Delgadillo
really is, but he sure is looking sleazy with this publicity stunt)
person without a redeeming feature.
I don't have much else for today. I finally ditched my old
apartment, I've been organizing my news home, and I just haven't had
much time for games...luckily, I think it's all settling down
finally. Too bad the game market is still pretty bleak and
empty...at least until March.
Who knows what it
may mean in the future, but one of the major game conglomerates
(probably used that word incorrectly...meh...) is supposedly up
for sale. It would be interesting, to say the least, to see Take
Two being bought out and merged into another company. Imagine what
it would mean if, let's say, EA bought them. I mean we already know
EA has the money to buy just about anything they'd want. Now imagine
if they bought the Take Two, along with their 2K studio. In other
words, imagine if EA held all of the sports game cards in their
If these rumors
turn out to be true, the only thing I can say is that I hope that
the future owner takes better care of Take Two's franchises than
Take Two has...but with the same level of creativity for the
developers. The last thing we need is for a company to own the GTA
franchise but to be morally objected to it.
Speaking of moves
that could have the potential to make me have nightmares, a
new DoA Volleyball is in the works. All I can say is one simple
word; why? Do we really need a DoAXBV2? Even the abbreviation sets
my nerves on edge. I would think that Itagaki could better apply his
talents by leading Team Ninja on a game more...ummm...well, any
other games in the franchises would be better to devote their time
That same little
blurb about DoAXBV2 also mentioned that some new costumes would be
coming to the Marketplace, possibly, for DoA4. However, like with
most content downloads, they will probably cost money to get. I'm
sorry, but with a fighting game, do we really have such a strong
need for new costumes that we'd pay actual money for them? I know I
would be fine with the costumes already included. The only way to
really justify such a feature as "pay for new costumes"
would be if the target audience is about 15 and male, and the
costumes were nudity. That's the only way I actually would see
people justifying throwing out money for costumes. Blah.
Well, too much to
do and too little time. I have to keep it short today.
If you preordered
a 360 and have not gotten it yet, you probably feel a bit pissed
(and by "a bit" I mean "very freakin'"). Well,
you had a good reason, since Microsoft is failing to fulfill the
numbers they once promised (although, you probably should be more
pissed at the store that took far too many perorders and didn't have
any way to fulfill them despite still taking more...EB and Gamestop,
I'm looking at you guys). Well, now you can find a
more tangible reason to be pissed at Microsoft. Yup, the remote
that came with the 360 Premium package is now being phased
While this is not
the be-all-end-all of DVD remotes, it still is pretty nice.
Especially if you happen to use the 360 as a DVD player. I know that
I've used it a couple of times (mainly while moving and my real DVD
player was packed in a box), and the remote made the experience that
much nicer. At least the option of using a universal remote is still
out there (and there's Microsoft's remote that you purchase
separately...but you probably don't feel like supporting this
product when they just stopped giving a free one of nearly the same
practical value). Maybe the game stores who failed to stop
pre-orders when they should have should do the right thing...offer
either a free remote or a massively discounted one to those who are
still waiting for their pre-order to be shipped.
Also, if you are
wondering about the state of Take Two after the recent buyout
rumors, you should check
this out. It looks pretty safe to say that Take Two went a
little crazy with spending. While some of the moves were pretty
smart and calculated, there is a limit before you are just buying a
little too much. Especially after the Hot Coffee scandal, Take Two
should have lowered spending and tried to recover from the fallout.
It's like if you, as a personal stock investor, take a big hit on
some stocks, you should probably try to recover some losses before
you try to purchase a bunch of high risk stocks in high volumes to
make a quick recovery. While the gambit could pay off, it could,
more likely, put you into some serious financial problems (like Take
Two is currently seeing). I just hope, like I said earlier this
week, that we don't see EA holding the Take Two name.
And then we get
more...with the supposed rumors that Nintendo will soon be taken
over by Cisco. While it's possible that Cisco could be
interested in buying some game company, and they do have the money
for it, I don't think Nintendo will change hands anytime soon. For
one simple reason, above all others, this looks to be complete crap.
That reason is that Nintendo is financially solid, they keep making
money, they have a loyal fanbase, and things won't change anytime
soon. As long as the DS keeps kicking the PSP's ass (which will
definitely be a long time since the PSP is still a gameless wonder),
and as long as loyal gamers still crave more Mario and Zelda,
Nintendo shall remain solid. Plus, it's been said many times by
Nintendo that they won't sell themselves as long as they are
survivors (and that they are).
Speaking of big
purchases and all of that, I finally got in my Mitsubishi 52"
widescreen-HD-DLP projection TV. I love being in my new apartment,
where such a big TV can be properly used. I also have to say that
there is nothing like loading up a 360 game (in my case, Marble
Blast Ultra...which I bought and have not regretted purchasing) for
the first time on such a behemoth of a TV. I love that TV.
EA, the biggest of
the big game conglomerates is going to be laying
off about 5% of their employees in order to cut costs. I really
hope this doesn't mean that the few people at EA who show any
creativity are not included in this 5%. After all, while I so do
love (sarcasm...it helps to point it out since some just don't
understand when I'm not serious) getting the same rehashed sequels
and franchise titles year after year. Especially, I love (more of
that sarcasm) how even the annual games are so devoid of anything
new that I feel like I'm playing the same game as the previous year,
but with maybe a slight graphical increase.
seriousness, if EA would like to make some more money, they should
consider a few different pathways on this tricky course. First off,
they should, since they do have a large amount of capital and a
large enough number of guaranteed best sellers each year (Madden,
etc), consider hiring some creative people who EA could take a risk
on...a risk that would look like a new and innovative intellectual
property. Secondly, they should try to limit their licensing
agreements. While Madden (the name) and ESPN, and even the NFL are
all good money makers, the EA Trax have to be a waste. While the
original sets of licensed music were pretty good, a few years ago,
the recent selections on EA games have shown the world why it's best
to play on a Microsoft system (which can include the player's own
When you have a
promised amount of money each year from definite best selling games,
there is no reason to waste a good deal of money on extras that will
not be appreciated. The biggest offender has to be the change from underground
and unknown musicians to more mainstream (and less desired) musical
tracks. Personally, after I listen to a song a dozen times on the
radio during my commute, I don't want to go home, pop in a game, and
hear that same overplayed song coming out of my gaming choice.
Speaking of EA,
and a game with a bad sound track, Burnout Revenge is coming to the
week early. While this is normally non-news to me, since the
game has been seen on the current/old generation for half a year, it
is nice to see a 360 game being pushed forward and not backwards for
once. After the massive delays of Oblivion, Mable Blast Ultra, DoA4,
and a half dozen other supposed launch titles, it is good to see
that one 360 game can come to us a bit sooner.
ignore Burnout Revenge. After all, I didn't really care for the XBox
version. It felt like it was just a little too half-assed for it's
own good. Also, the traffic checking was a bit over played. However,
I may give this version a chance. I honestly think that if any game
could be saved by HD visuals, Burnout Revenge may be the game. I
found, of all of the problems with the XBox version, that the
limited sighting distance to be the largest offender. Mostly I'd see
this when I was racing through a narrow alley and then a pillar in
the middle of the road would materialize out of nowhere. Next thing
I knew, I was turning off the game in disgust. However, if the game
uses HD correctly, this may finally be solved. Also, the thought of
playing this game in HD on a 52" screen has a definite appeal,
since big screens are definitely made for fast action.
Well, not much
else to discuss today. I am still playing Marble Blast Ultra. I
haven't touched the multiplayer modes, since single player is just
too much fun. I know that I was not alone in wanting a new
Monkeyball game, and I think MBU does a fine job filling in. The
levels are so much like Monkeyball levels, but with a few extra
abilities and powers...but with all the same frustration.
It's rare to find
a good game that pushes the player in the ways that MBU does. I
think Monkeyball may have been the only other game that gives this
level of challenge to you mind, reflexes, and overall control
skills. It's also the only type of game I know that can frustrate
you to no end, but it doesn't quite incite violence against the
system (in other words, you can't afford to throw a controller in
anger, because you NEED to try the level again before you get out of
any groove you've been in).
Also, I have not
forgotten about a Mario and Luigi 2 (DS) review. I also have not
started said review. It has just been too hectic of a week. Between
setting up my entertainment center, cleaning my old apartment (which
ended on Sunday), unpacking my new place, and freakin' out over the
Seahawks, I just haven't had the mental capacity to do any serious
writing. I'll get to it soon, but I think it's best to just say that
my mind won't be fully in it until after the Super Bowl.
Bitchings be a
I feel like I have
some sort of weird attractive ability between myself and all things
which encompass stupidity. If there was a person that was stupidity
incarnate, he/she would probably be at my home every night in some
inane fashion to spread his stupid ways into my home.
Sorry. Between the
federal government stealing over $135 dollars from me (via their
student loan program...and I do mean steal since they took a payment
from me and are now calling me delinquent in payment), my anti-virus
software (EZ Anti-Virus) no longer giving me updates and saying my
account has expired about 9 months before my account (that I paid
for) has expired, and so many other things. I feel like money is not
something you use to pay for goods and services as much as it's
something I'm simply meant to give away to anyone who wants
Speaking of people
stealing money, Take
Two is in more hot water (I guess stupid incarnate avoided me
just long enough for me to have thankfully dumped my TTWO stock
before they went completely to shit). Basically, they are now being
sued in a class action lawsuit by their share holders for something
that the feds like to call teh insider trading.
If you still think
Take Two can resurface without having to be sold off to the highest
bidder, I think the writing on the wall is trying to beg
differently. While some would say they have just had some bad luck,
I see it more as a fact that they got greedy, stupid, and corrupt.
Since we've seen enough from these types of corporations, and since
I know GTA will be purchased once TTWO is no longer able to stand on
it's own, I have no fears and actually welcome this type of
Take Two had the
world on a platter (except for losing the NFL license), and they got
stupid. They put some extra code in GTA:SA, and instead of owing up
to it and also adding that the code was thought to be fully locked,
they lied and said the Hot Coffee modder was responsible. They were
just too full of themselves. Then, when things were getting bad, the
executives sold off nearly $12 million in stock. They got
There is no excuse
for this type of action. The only question I have left in this is if
this will effect the release of Oblivion (published by Take Two). I
hope it's a big no...but let's face it, Take Two is going down the
crapper faster than Acclaim ever could.
To continue the
stupidity...the 360 FFXI
beta will end in April (give or take a few weeks). Why do I call
this stupidity, you ask? Well, it's an outdated game, it's nearly
impossible to enjoy on the 360, and the game itself is so damned
slow and boring. There is no better way to explain a game that was
released three years ago and then was directly ported (not upgraded)
for a launch on a state of the art console. It would be like having
a beta (with plans for a future release) of Ultima Online on the PS3
shortly after it launches, if it ever does.
Also, with more
stupidity, you can preorder games for the PS3 at EB's
website. The supposed release date is October. If you think date
is solid, and that all of these games (around 30 of them) are going
to launch at that time, then I have a picture of a 360 to sell you.
Not all of these games will be released this year, even, and the
system has no firm date (or even a fuzzy one) so, unless you like to
hand your money to major corporations (which is still probably safer
than giving it to the federal student loan program...), then this is
not something you should jump on. Sadly, the Sony fanboys are
probably already filling out preorders like madmen.
I will lay this
type of news to sleep, since it has no actual basis in
reality...much like poor
Aibo was put to rest.
Well, I'm out of
here before I just explode from annoyance. Thank goodness the Super
Bowl is almost here. At least I have something to view as a reward
after I deal with EZ Anti-Virus and the feds.
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