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  • Fatal Frame 2 – Crimson Butterfly remake for Wi...
    By on February 23rd, 2012 | No Comments Comments

    Fatal Frame 2 – Crimson Butterfly was and still is one of the best Japanese survival horror out there. You don’t fight against the typical zombies like in Resident Evil or to a lesser extend, House of the dead and Dead Rising. This game makes you capture evil spirits using an old camera called Camera Obscura. It was a pretty interesting and refreshing experience back then. Even now I still find this game amazing (check out my playthrough videos on my YouTube channel), well, minus the fact that there is really no difference between running and walking.

    Fortunately, for Wii owners, there will be a remake coming soon later this year with improved graphics (check the trailer below). Unfortunately the remake is for Wii only. Why Tecmo why?! Seems that all the Japanese horror survival games are specifically for Nintendo only. Like the new 3DS game called Spirit Camera. You can pretty much guess who is the developer behind Spirit Camera. That’s right Tecmo!

    Please make a remake for PS3 and Xbox360 please Tecmo!

  • This is what all game companies should do – FRE...
    By on January 18th, 2011 | No Comments Comments

    Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Animus Project Update 2.0

    Why can’t more game companies be like Ubisoft? Why can’t they make us gamers happier and stop milking us to death? After all, we are the ones keeping them alive. Look at the DLCs for the Modern Warfare series, they (Treyarch) recently said they have listened to the fans and created DLC maps for us, well I guess they didn’t listen hard enough. We said it many many times we didn’t want and we still don’t want to pay for the DLCs, especially rehashed maps like the ones from Modern Warfare 2 DLC.

    Keeping your fans happy goes a long way game companies and Ubisoft is doing the right thing. Good job Ubisoft for releasing Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Animus Project Update 2.0 for FREE!

  • Mini Ninjas – PlayStation 3 demo review
    By on August 21st, 2009 | No Comments Comments


    So I had a chance to play the demo for Mini Ninjas tonight for the PlayStation 3. My first impression of this game was “wow, this game is colorful!”, not to the point where its photo realistic but high definition cartoon art style. Not only that, the music and the environment combine really give that “zen” and oriental feel.

    Personally I don’t think this game is for me, I feel that this game is aimed towards the younger crowd. Mini Ninjas puts you in a team of ninjas, you will be able to switch among 3 initially. And as you progress through the game, you will unlock (rescue?) the others with each ninja has his/her advantages.

    Although I mostly won’t buy this game, Mini Ninjas certain has a lot of interesting features like having you to hold down “X” and shake your controller to collect fruits and honey from trees and bushes. You will also be opening doors with this action which makes the game more engaging because you are not just mashing buttons. You will have a few scrolls at your disposal as well, one of them being the Spirit Form where you can take on the form of an animal. You can attack your enemies if you take on the boar or a bear by running into them.

    You can also fish in the ever virbrant river for sushi, which obviously is for bring your health back up. You have the option to swim (very slow) through your way or you can sit in your huge round hat and paddle across. Both have a timer so you can only be swimming for a limited time, although most likely you won’t run out of time, at least based on the demo. Too bad you can’t experience what I call it snow-hatting, where you will be sliding snowy slopes in your hat which I saw at the end of the demo.

    If you are looking for some “zen” and/or casual third person action game with mini (chibi) characters. Mini Ninjas should not disappoint you. Although this game isn’t really for me, I highly recommend this for the younger crowd, as in younger than 20 (yes I’m old!).

    Mini Ninjas will be released on September 8th 2009.

  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine – PS3 demo review
    By on May 8th, 2009 | No Comments Comments

    X-Men Origins: Wolverine reminds me of Heavenly Sword, a lot, particularly the sound of Wolverine’s clawns make when you slash your enemies into pieces. The demo was actually enjoyable, but still not worth my money to be honest. Maybe its because I’m not a hardcore fan of Wolverine, but one thing for sure is this game has not been polished enough, again in my opinion.

    As I mentioned the style is similar to Heavenly Sword, or any other hack and slash games out there. You can chain your normal attacks with your heavy attacks. The fights are fast and bloody, a plus for me. There are also features that I haven’t seen in other games before, or I just don’t play enough games anymore these days. One is the Lunge attack, which you get early on in the demo and which you get to lock on to a target (make sure there is no object in between you and the unfortunate, and then jump onto the target and kill him. I never got bored of using Lunge when I played the demo but I found it a bit too powerful. The second feature that I like is the way the environment can give you different ways of finishing off your enemies. Like you can throw someone into a large stake that you will find on the walls or floors. These features really give the game more varieties, in terms of killing.

    You can also upgrade Wolverine by collecting orbs and gaining experience by killing your enemies. I’m a big fan of level grinding so experience is another +1 for the game.

    Now you will probably want to ask “Then why won’t you buy this game since you sound like you enjoyed this game?”. Well for one thing this type of game does not really offer me too much replay value, once I finish the game, it will be collecting dust, but this can be easily solved by selling it back to game stores. But I’m too cheap for that even so I might go rent it for a weekend. Second thing I don’t like is related to the “has not been polished” that I have mentioned before. The graphics look nice until you notice your character, Wolverine, is sometimes “floating” above the floor instead of walking on the floor. Floating is noticable when you are going uphill. That alone just turned me off, it might minor for you but for some reason its a big deal for me and its not acceptable.

    So overall I think this game is worth it if you can ignore little issues here and there, I’m sure there are more issues like “floating” in the full game. The fact that you can interact with the environment and make use of it for killing your enemies is really a big bonus, making the game much more fun. So that’s my take for this game, get the demo if you have an xbox and/or a PS3 and see for yourself!

  • Top 10 highly recommended games for this holiday seas...
    By on November 28th, 2008 | 3 Comments3 Comments Comments

    Its almost holiday season and I’m sure everyone’s looking for great games to play during that time. I have composed a list of top 10 games that I think its worth buying. Hope you guys will find the list helpful. They are not in any particular order.

    Dead Space

    Dead Space – This has to be one of the best single player horror X sci-fi game I’ve ever played in years if not in my life. With innovative holographic menu system that is “real time” which means enemies can still attack you because the game is not paused, you don’t see any HP or ammo being displayed on the screen, instead you will see them on your character’s armor and the weapons. With this menu system, you can basically This makes the game more enjoyable because there is now nothing distracting you from the monster limb chopping you will surely enjoy. Audio is also nicely composed which really further makes the atmosphere even scarier.

    Buy Dead Space on ebay

    fallout 3

    Fallout 3 – Similar to Oblivion released years back, this time taking place in post-apolcalyptic Washington D.C. in the year 2277. You will fight your way through raiders, mutants and ghouls. Killing anyone on your path including innocent people and become an evil or gain as much positive karma as you can to become a saviour or in between good and evil. Your karma will have direct affect between you and anyone you interact with. Aside from being able to switch between first and third person, Fallout 3 also introduces Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System or VATS which helps you “auto aim” at certain body parts or the same part (with the chance of hitting displayed) in bullet time style. Using VATS will drain your AP or Action Points which can be regained in time or by using items.

    Finally, the world you are in is huge, and provide you many areas both up on the hills all the way to the underground into abandoned subway stations and caves to explore .

    Buy Fallout 3

    Guitar Hero World Tourrock band 2

    Rock Band 2 / Guitar Hero World Tour – Two of the best musical / party / rock band game, play with up to three of your friends with mic, guitar and/or the drum. Some people prefer Rock Band while others say Guitar Hero World Tour is better. Well….guess it all depends on the person. I only have Guitar Hero and I’ve played Rock Band before at my friend’s house. I prefer the songs from Guitar Hero to be honest.

    Buy Rock Band 2 on ebay
    Buy Guitar Hero World Tour on ebay

     

    Left 4 Dead – I would say this is yet one of the best games of this year. You can play with up to 3 other players, bots or human and fight your way through zombie infested maps. The best feature of this game is that zombies can randomly pop out at you when you are least expected and the level of difficult is auto adjusted based on your performance. You can also have the option to play on the “dead” side as well. This game is very fast paced and really gives you the “rush/desperate” feel. Unfortunately this game is only for XBox 360 and PC owners.

    Buy Left 4 Dead on ebay

     

     

    Call of Duty World at War

    Call of Duty: World at War – If you are into first person shooter, you should have played Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare by now. If not then something is obviously wrong with you in my opinion. COD: WAW takes place back in World War 2, I personally prefer modern time so I didn’t get this game. But COD: WAW offers 4 player co-op game play, a deadly flame thrower and you can unlock an extremely fun and increasingly difficult zombie stage after beating the game. This is a must for first person and/or World War fans, getting COD 4 is another safe buy as well. I’ve been playing COD 4 for over a year and I’m still not bored of it, this should tell you how good the COD series really is.

    Buy Call of Duty World at War on ebay

    WOW: Lich King

    World of Warcraft: Lich King – One of the best MMORPG to date. I haven’t played WOW before and not planning to because I worry that I will get too addicted to it. I used to play and was hooked on Final Fantasy 11 for slightly less than 2 years in which it used up a lot of my time and so I had to call it a quit and said goodbye to my level 65 TaruTaru Dark knight…sigh. If you are a Warcraft fan, existing WOW player AND you have the time, I don’t see any reason why you should skip this expansion.

    Buy World of Warcraft: Lich King on ebay

     

     

     

    Gears of War 2

    Gears of War 2 – One of the best sci-fi third person shooter, unfortunately only available for the Xbox 360. Wish it would be ported over to the PlayStation 3 but I highly doubt it. I think this game is just as good as Call of Duty.

    Buy Gears of War 2 on ebay

     

     

     

     

     

    Chrono Trigger

    Chrono Trigger – One of the best RPG classic orginally released for the Super Nintendo. This turn based RPG created by SquareEnix has a rich story plot as well as amazing graphics (at the time of original release) and audio. RPG fans cannot miss this one!

    Buy Chrono Trigger on ebay

     

     

     

    the last remnant

    The Last Remnant – Many people will probably disagree on this one. Even after seeing the all the graphical issues like texture popping and laggy frame rate during battles. I still think this is a great game, again by Square Enix, and its a perfect Japanese RPG game to play until Final Fantasy 13 comes out. I particularly like the new battle system where you are not just fighting with your group but also have the ablity to give simple commands to your ally groups. As a result battles are much bigger and longer. Too bad its only for XBox 360, PlayStation 3 owners will have to wait and hopefully those graphical issues will be resolved by then.

    Buy The Last Remnant on ebay

     

    I’m sure there are many other games that you think are worth buying, feel free to add to my list in the comments.

     

  • Games to watch out for from October to November
    By on October 16th, 2008 | No Comments Comments

    Here is a list of games that I think everyone should watch out for in order of release date (bold are the more important ones). These games should be MORE than enough to last you til next year without buying any games in December. Even half of this list will last you for a long time.

    Here’s the list:

    Dead Space
    Midnight Club: Los Angeles
    Spider-Man: Web of Shadows
    Barbie Horse Adventures: Riding Camp (just kidding)
    LittleBigPlanet
    Star Ocean: First Departure
    Fable 2
    Far Cry 2
    Bioshock – for those who didn’t get the PC/XBox360 version
    Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
    Fallout 3
    MotorStorm: Pacific Rift
    Tom Clancy’s End War
    James Bond 007: Quantum of Solace
    Resistance 2
    Gears of War 2
    Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe
    Call of Duty: World at War
    Mirror’s Edge
    World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Expansion Pack
    World of Warcraft Gaming Mouse – and for those that can afford or justify buying a $100 dollar mouse
    Need for Speed Undercover
    Left 4 Dead – I wish this would be out on the PlayStation 3
    Hello Kitty: Big City Dreams (another joke)
    Tomb Raider Underworld
    Alone In The Dark: INFERNO – for those with PlayStation 3, this version fixes some issues that were reported from the earlier release and includes an exclusive new sequence in Ep 6

    Let me know if I missed anything great!

  • Quantum of Solace – Launch trailer
    By on October 13th, 2008 | No Comments Comments
    Quantum of Solace

    I’ve never played any of the previous Bond games, Quantum of Salace will very likely be my first. Using the Call of Duty 4 engine, the graphics are just impressive, if not better than Call of Duty 4. And judging from this trailer, while the game play certainly looks interesting and fast pace overall, though the AIs are quite stupid, they just stand there in the open and not taking cover. Speaking of taking cover, Quantum of Solace has also incorporated the cover system which Call Of Duty 4 lacks. You can also perform random blind shots “sprays” when taking cover. Similar to Far Cry 2, you can interact with the environment like killing enemies by blowing up inflammable objects. These features are nothing new but certainly great to have them all in one single game.
    Will this beat the Golden Eye from years ago? We will have to wait and see. Again a demo would be nice!

    Quantum of Solace will be out on November 4th on basically all platforms except PSP, which is strange seeing it will be released even for DS.




  • Tweaked Cell processor for Sony PlayStation 4
    By on September 30th, 2008 | 1 Comment1 Comment Comments

    I was reading an article on cnet and I have to agree completely with what David Carnoy have mentioned about the present and future of the Sony PlayStation. The current PlayStation 3 has just started to take off with the lowered production cost (chip shrunk from 90nm down to 45nm) and with slightly more games worth purchasing. Sony should get back or at least break even from the investment and money lost from selling each console under cost when it first came out. That won’t be possible however, if Sony started researching on a completely new processor chip from the ground up as it would need to inject a huge chunk of money for research and development all over again, well before Sony could profit from the current console. Therefore it makes much sense for Sony to stick to the current chip design and modify it.

    As a PlayStation 3 (60GB with Spiderman 3 Blu-ray DVD) owner since November 2007, I would prefer to hold on to this console for at least a few more years as oppose to buying a new console every 2 years because I’m just not ready to make another expensive purchase, just like most of us normal consumers who would like to make purchases at the cheapest possible price unlike the hardcore gaming fans who will rush to get new consoles/games on their very first release days. I too agree Sony should improve the current console, not just on the technical side but the look and feel of the console as well. The PlayStation 3 console is huge, though its surprisingly quiet. It would be great if its size could be reduced to the same side as the slim PlayStation 2. I think the slim version of the PS2 is one of the sleekest console of all time, if not THE sleekest. And I assume by the time it can be shrunk to that size, the price will drop as well?

    Sony should ignore and forget about Microsoft from releasing an XBox 720 or XBox1080 (I personally like the name XBox1080 as it would match with the current Full HD format). Why? What happened to the earlier versions of the XBox360? Remember the infamous Red Ring of Death? How many times did someone you know had to send back the console for a repair or a new one? Don’t get me wrong, I am not a PS3 fanboy and certainly not here to bash XBox360, at least not in this article and I don’t see a point in bashing it anyway as I heard from people the newer versions are much more stable than the older ones. I just want to point out that history would repeat itself if Microsoft rushed into releasing a new console. And even if a new XBox is released with better graphic capabilities, its not all about the graphics. First if a game has great graphics but no actual playing value, the game would still not be worth purchasing, well most of the time. Take the Nintendo Wii for example, it doesn’t have the graphics compare to the XBox360 and PlayStation 3 but its the best selling console these days. The reason is because it is innovative and it suits a broader range of audience from non gamers, casual gamers and to the hardcore gamers. To me its basically a tweaked GameCube!

    But then again, imagine what the PlayStation 4 can do with a completely new chip. :)

    What do you think?