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  • 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.

  • Batman: Arkham Asylum – PlayStation 3 demo revi...
    By on August 7th, 2009 | No Comments Comments

    Took me a while to get my hands on the demo for Batman: Arkham Asylum on PSN as I kept on getting error when trying to download it. So I finally managed to get it and I was excited, because this game might actually be a comic-movie-cartoon video game that will not disappoint, unlike the rest of the movie games (ahem….G.I. Joe anyone?). So is Batman: Arkham Asylum worth buying?

    I have mix reactions actually because the demo is rather short, you can easily finish it within 15-20 minutes, if not shorter. Then again it is not a race and you are suppose to appreciate the game by walking around, flying around with your trusty grapple hook. And due to the length of the demo, I’m not sure if I will get bored of some of the features of this game or not. For one the combat system is….ok, animations are smooth but nothing amazing, in my opinion. You basically throw punches, counter your enemies and try to knock them down for good. While hanging upside down or using the glide kick to take out your enemies is fun, I have a feeling its just one of those “its fun while it lasts” kind of thing. On the rather positive side, I do like the fact that you have different choices to choose from for taking out your enemies.
    Batman: Arkham Asylum
    The detective mode looks interesting as well, you get to check what weapon each person (friends and enemies) is carrying, their status, be it calm or nervous, check where you can fly up using the grapple hook or weak walls where you can blow it up using explosives. Again the demo is rather short so that’s all I got to see and experiment.

    The graphics look amazingly detailed, from the textures of the asylum to the characters that you play and/or interact with, specially the main characters like Batman, Joker and Harley Quinn (her outfit is pretty detailed!) for example.

    Honestly after playing the demo, although I’ve always been a Batman fan, I am really not sure if I should get this right at the release date. And there isn’t a multiplayer mode, which is understandable, this game is at best, a rental for me. Unless you are a fanatic and/or you absolutely loved the demo, I don’t think you should buy it right away, wait for a price drop in about 6 months time or look for a second hand on ebay. I wish the demo was longer, then I would have a better idea. Right now it feels like I’m one of those crooks and left hanging upside down by Batman.
    Batman: Arkham Asylum

  • Modern Warfare 2 – take control of the AC-130 G...
    By on July 27th, 2009 | 4 Comments4 Comments Comments
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    One of the most anticipated games of 2009, Modern Warfare 2, will be out on November 10th. Man I have been waiting for the sequel to one of the best first person shooter games to date for both offline and online multiplayer (logged over 30 days worth of hours so far). I have extremely high expectation for Modern Warfare 2 with another great storyline as well as new weapons and strategies.

    Based on the trailer just released recently, you can know customize your killstreak loadouts, one of them being able to pilot the AC-130 Gunship! I can’t imagine what other new additions we are getting, perkwise. And finally, I can only assume there will be co-op game plays as well as the ultra-fun zombie survival shoot out. I missed it for World at War because I am not into World War era anymore and I certainly don’t want to miss it again. Its gonna be different killing those undead using modern weapons. Imagine using the Gunship on them!

    For now we can only dream……

  • MechWarrior – debut trailer
    By on July 11th, 2009 | No Comments Comments

    So a few days ago, I called Sony about my busted PlayStation 3 which is going to cost me nearly $200 Canadian dollars, as per the call centre lady quoted me. Well I guess it is still more than 50% cheaper than getting a brand new 80GB PS3.

    Anyway, I saw this trailer and at first I thought it was one of those classic downloadable games (by the way I just purchased Final Fantasy 7 through PlayStation Network, I just couldn’t resist!). So it turns out this is actually a new MechWarrior game, and an impressive one too based on this trailer. The graphics are obviously a lot better than before (well duh), with today’s processing power. There isn’t much to say yet based on this but I see that when you get shot, you actually shake which is pretty realistic given the fact that previous MechWarrior games weren’t like that (if I remember correctly). One thing that bothers me is the fact that in the year 3015, they are still using parachuts when ejecting from your Mech. Ever heard of escape pods?

    So far that’s what I got to say about MechWarrior, but will definitely keep my eyes on this one as we seriously and badly need a next-gen-mech type game. Unfortunately it is only available for PC and Xbox 360, why??? Why????

  • Lost Planet 2 reminds me of Monster Hunter
    By on May 3rd, 2009 | No Comments Comments

    I played the demo for Lost Planet and at that time I didn’t like it at all. At first, I had doubts when I saw trailers for the sequel. Honestly after watching the trailers, I might just grab myself a copy of the first one, since its more than one year old and should be cheap, so even if I ended up not liking the game it would only be a small lost to me.

    The reason why I’ve changed my impression for this game is the fact that there are actually huge monsters/insects to fight against (I know about the mechs already) which really reminds me of Monster Hunter and that game was a blast to play as well, specially with 3 other people. After watching one of the “epic” boss battles for Lost Planet 2 (I almost typed out LittleBigPlanet haha) I was impressed and surprised. I seriously didn’t know there were huge monsters/insects to fight against even in the first Lost Planet and I thought it was a new addition to Lost Planet 2. I was wrong, very wrong. So I quickly looked up Lost Planet: Extreme Condition’s review on Gametrailers and it rated the game 7.9 overall, though failing the story side.

    I checked on eBay and the game is roughly $20 USD after shipping, one of the cheapest I’ve found. Looks like I will give this one a try. Lost Planet 2, unfortunately will only be available for Xbox 360 and release date is still unknown.

  • The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena ...
    By on March 12th, 2009 | No Comments Comments

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    After watching all the trailers of The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena from Gametrailers.com I was really impressed by the game and without hesitation, I downloaded the demo on PlayStation Network tonight. And after playing the rather short demo, I was left with a huge disappointment. Maybe its just me but this game for sure isn’t for me.

    The weapons, specifically the guns, look basic to me, although the clip-popping-reload is pretty awesome to watch every time you reload.

    While this game supports 1080p full HD and I do have to say the ship’s interior, lighting as well as character’s facial details are all impressive, I give them that. But during the demo I noticed Riddick had jagged shoulders as oppose to smooth round ones. As I said the lighting is great but Riddick’s shadow was way too sharp in my opinion, I would think shadows would be a little blurry.


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    You get 4 blocks of health but I don’t like the fact that once you completely deplete one or more blocks, even if you rest, you won’t gain back the lost blocks. So say you lost two and a half blocks of health, even if you rested you would only regain the half block’s health and you would have 2 blocks all together. I also don’t understand why when you die, which is rather easy because of the way you heal, I once died and when I restarted from the checkpoint, I was left with 1 block of health. After dying for a couple more times, I got 2 blocks of health instead. Why is that? Isn’t it common sense that you restart with full health?

    The stealth feature is “ok” but no where near Metal Gear Solid level. Finally I also don’t like the iPod-styled weapon select screen where you select weapons by rotating the right analog stick which I found a bit too unresponsive.

    All and all, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena might not live up to the hype it has generated thus far. I guess download the demo and see for yourselves. I know this game isn’t for me, I’m pretty sure.

  • Sarah Palin look-a-like X Devily May Cry – Bayo...
    By on March 11th, 2009 | 1 Comment1 Comment Comments

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    I haven’t heard any news for Bayonetta for a few months now, the last trailer was released back in October 2008. Today out of the blue, I had a sudden urge to watch the trailers from Gametrailers.com. With around 6 more months before the release, hopefully its released globally and not just Japan, that’s the only thing I could do to sustain my thirst for this game.

    For those of you who has no idea what Bayonetta is, I can sum it up in one sentence – You play as Sarah Palin, look-a-like, instead of Dante in Devil May Cry. Based on the trailers, I think her moves are even faster, more elegant and of course sexier than those in Devil May Cry. I mean, you got an extremely attractive female protagonist with 4 guns, 2 in her hands and 2 just behind her heels, what more do you want? The guns-in-heels is very innovative in my opinion, I don’t recall any weapon of this sort before Bayonetta.

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    Aside from the guns, I believe she also uses a blade of some sort as well as summoning/transforming into some bad ass creature to fight against, as if killing the enemies by herself isn’t enough already.

    The trailer also revealed a male character, maybe we can play him? But who cares when you got Bayonetta since he is not even half as cool as her?

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    Bayonetta will be released on September 1st 2009 based on Gametrailers, for now we will have to make do with the trailers and this one should sum up what I have just said, in a much sexier way. And I’m also curious if there will be any sort of multiplayer being implemented but then again based on history, this type of games generally don’t have a multiplayer side.

    Let’s DANCE boys!


  • Wanted: Weapons of Fate – demo review
    By on March 7th, 2009 | No Comments Comments

    There were a few demos released yesterday on the PlayStation Network. One was a very disappointing third person beat-them-up Watchmen: The End is Nigh. All you do is perform light/heavy/throw attack on your enemies, it was actually interesting for the first 5 minutes but then it got so repetitive I lost interest of the game. The demo allows you to play for 30 minutes (there is a big timer on top), frankly I think it doesn’t take 30 minutes to figure out the game needs to end, right now! If you are not convinced, IGN rated this game a 5.5.

    Luckily, the other demo, which is one of the highly anticipated games, also based on the movie – Wanted: Weapons of Fate. Its a third person shooter with a twist, just like in the movie, you can carve your bullets to travel at ridiculous angles before hitting your target. Initially, you can perform two carves before needing to refill them by killing your enemies. If its a kill shot, the camera will follow the bullet up close and in slow motion before hitting the target’s head. Based on screenshots I saw over the Internet, you can have more than two carves as you progress through the game.

    The demo is pretty short as well, but at least its sweet and short not sour and short like Watchmen: The End is Nigh. In my opinion, Wanted: Weapons of Fate has one of the best cover systems out there. You can move quickly behind one object to another by a press of a button. You can also perform one hit melee kill when you walk up to your enemy, again in slow motion and your screen ends up with a splash of blood after the execution.

    I love the graphics, specially the black suit your character is wearing. The interior of the plane, which is where the demo takes place, is also pretty detailed.

    One complain I have for this game is the background music. It switches between two tracks, one is the normal situation and the other for during gun fights. It gets annoying when you go in and out of battles, meaning the two tracks are starting, stopping and restarting within a small time frame.

    Wanted: Weapons of Fate will be released on March 24th, I’m not sure if I want to get it though. Its certainly fun but I’m just not sure how long before I get bored of bullet carving.

    I am still wondering who the female unlockable character you can get though.