Archive for November, 2008

Excite Truck 2, could it be Monster Games’ new top-secret game for Nintendo?


Excite Truck for WiiMonster Games founder and designer Richard Garcia recently talked about his company. In an interview with LGN he mentions the 20 employees at Monster Games are working on a top-secret video game for Nintendo. They’ve worked on it for two years and are nearly finished. The process is so private the designers must darken their monitors when the bottled-water deliveryman enters the office!

Monster Games’ last game was 2006’s Wii launch title Excite Truck. With the company’s background making it a racing game developer above all, it’s now rumored Excite Truck 2 or possibly even F-Zero Wii might be their next Nintendo game.

“People will still pay for entertainment,” Garcia said, adding that profits throughout the video game industry are mostly on the rise, despite the national economic slump. He credits the steady increase to the growing public acceptance of video game playing as a “valid” form of entertainment. Nintendo’s recent widespread marketing of video games as “something for the whole family” with its latest “Wii” system has accelerated that acceptance, he said. — Via Neogaf

Published on November 30th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , ,

Naruto: The Broken Bond review video


The Broken Bond for Xbox 360This sequel to Naruto: Rise of a Ninja features Naruto, who has now evolved into a well-respected Ninja, but his new status and abilities trigger the envy of his best friend and Ninja teammate, Sasuke. The enemy of the village, Orochimaru, takes advantage of the situation and convinces Sasuke to leave his friends and his village in order to join his evil clan and become more powerful. With the help of his Ninja friends, Naruto goes on a quest to retrieve Sasuke and save him. Naruto: The Broken Bond is also the only Naruto video game, other than Rise of a Ninja, that features an online multiplayer mode which allows players to compete against others in an online tournament mode.

With friends like these, who needs anime? Find out more in this Naruto: The Broken Bond video review.

Game features include:
* Play as a respected and heroic ninja: Enjoy being a hero and benefit from the newly acquired status gained from saving the village.
* Discover the importance of teamwork: An all-new feature to the series, use the abilities of your ninja teammates to overcome bigger obstacles and join forces in tag battles. Players can now team-up with multiple characters from the Naruto universe when in combat and throughout their heroic adventure.
* Explore rich open environments: Following the attack of the Sound and Sand ninja, participate in the reconstruction of the Hidden Leaf Village: enjoy its depth from a new perspective, adding a new level of detail never reached before in a Naruto game. Outside of the village, discover remote locations and enjoy making your journey through vibrant and imaginatively detailed settings.
* Witness and be a part of the series’ most epic battles: Engage in battle with some of the fiercest characters from the Naruto Universe, and use new techniques and jutsu to defeat your enemies.
* Take your teamwork skills online: With the only Naruto game to feature online multiplayer, you can now choose among 25 characters and play alongside friends and defeat other teams online via Xbox LIVE. Take your skills a step further and compete in online tournament mode.
* Live in an authentic Naruto world: Relive the best moments of the anime, adventure through the open village of Konoha, and enjoy voice-acting and music from the original series.

To quote the IGN video review: “Much of Broken Bond improves on Rise of a Ninja, but there are a few areas that seem worse. In particular, the lack of innovation in mission design hurts, as you will be sent on numerous fetch quests. It doesn’t help that the forest looks pretty much the same no matter how differently each area has its traps set up. Aside from some bad quests, The Broken Bond is a great game. I’m not a huge Naruto fan, but I couldn’t help but be drawn in by the story. And the end set of missions — which can take well over an hour to complete — are thrilling. A fun online brawler is just more reason to keep playing Broken Bond after you’ve beaten the main mode.”

Presentation — 8.0
Graphics — 8.5
Sound — 8.0
Gameplay — 8.0
Lasting Appeal — 8.0
Overall — 8.3

Published on November 30th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , ,

Shaun White Snowboarding review video


Shaun White Snowboarding for PS3Developed in close collaboration with Shaun White, Olympic Gold Medalist and eight-time X Games Gold Medalist, Shaun White Snowboarding allows players to enter a world of total freedom, where they can create their own experience and choose how, where, and with whom they want to ride.

Bomb down open-world mountain ranges in hot spots across the globe and seek out real-life friend in fully-integrated online runs.

Can everyone’s favorite ginger athlete penetrate the virtual action sports market? Find out in this Shaun White Snowboarding video review.

Game features include:
* Open World Mountains: Choose how you ride in open-world mountains across the world. Conquer extreme peak conditions, create your own paths in the back country, or compete with fellow riders in the terrain parks
* Your Friends Are Always Around: Play in a world where your friends are always around. Do your own runs on mountains populated by real gamers, or join your friends for a quick session from any mountain
* More than Just Snowboarding: Have fun with your friends on and off the board! Throw snowballs, hike to access secret spots, film your friends doing ripping tricks. You can also upload your videos online to share with the world
* Ride Your Way: Express yourself through tricks, riding styles, and highly customizable avatars – both in single-player and in the online world. Use the intuitive dual analog control to pull off a huge variety of tricks that express your style
* Next-Gen Technology: Built on the Assassin’s Creed engine, this game creates a massive world with gorgeous visuals and realistic NPC interactions. This is also the first time a snowboarding game is completely driven by physics instead of animation
* Authentic Snowboarding: Ubisoft has worked closely with Shaun White to infuse the gaming experience with authenticity, personality and humor. Shaun is a friend and mentor in the game, and will help you with your skills. And, if you are deemed worthy, you may even be able to play as Shaun in the game.

To quote the GT video review: “Shaun White Snowboarding could definitely benefit from some more polish and it’s fairly derivative, but its open-ended design and subdued trick system capture the feel of the real sport. Snowboarders will appreciate the ability to play the game how they want, but it’s low on flash, so weekend warriors should buy a three-day lift pass for a test run.”

Design — 7.8
Gameplay — 8.3
Presentation — 7.0
Overall — 7.9

In the Wii version titled Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip you can hit the slopes with the Wii Balance Board. Get yourself into the game like never before by using the Balance Board to control your rider. Control your jumps and tricks with the intuitiveness and fun of having a snowboard in your own living room.

A great example of how to handle the Wii version of a multi-platform game. Find out more in this Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip (Wii) video review.

Published on November 30th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Valkyria Chronicles review video (PS3)


Valkyria Chronicles for PS3Valkyria Chronicles combines strategy elements of conventional tactical role playing games with real-time action sequences. The game is set in a fictitious continent reminiscent of 1930s, Europe divided in two and ruled by the Empire and the Federation. The Empire has set its sights on invading a small neutral country called Gallia, which is situated in the middle of the two great empires. The game follows a hero named Welkin and his fellow soldiers of the Federation’s 7th Platoon that are fighting against the Empire, who is intent on unifying the continent under its power.

Built upon the new “CANVAS” engine, Valkyria Chronicles’ ground-breaking 3D graphics resemble a watercolor painting in motion. Gameplay is centered around a new type of tactical battle concept. Known as “BLiTZ,” this battle concept gives players unique freedom to strategically move around the environment and attack enemies using real-time controls.

Aside from its looks, what makes this strategy RPG stand out? Find out in this Valkyria Chronicles video review.

Game features include:
* CANVAS graphics engine: Cutting-edge graphics engine producing breathtaking artwork fully leveraging the capabilities of the Playstation3. Creates images that look like watercolor paintings in motion.
* BLITZ tactical battle system: Experience strategic maneuvering of units as in conventional RPG gameplay; add the excitement of action games with real-time controls to command each player.
* Epic storyline: Players will immerse themselves in the epic struggle for freedom, as the fate of the world lies in the hands of Welkin and members of the 7th platoon.
* Customization: Over 100 customizable characters allow players to create a variety of platoons to suit each battle’s needs.
* Beautifully rendered battlefields: Players explore 30 different environments, using each terrain to gain advantage in battle.

To quote the GT video review: “From the opening sequence to the final credits, the visuals in Valkyria Chronicles never disappoint. Utilizing a unique cel-shading technique to create a wonderful watercolor, sketch book effect, there’s no other game that looks like it. The cutscenes feature both CG and in-engine work, but the difference is so minuscule that the style’s never compromised. It’s impressive, but not flawless, as the ragdoll physics are a bit overdone.

Comic book text appears to punctuate some of the authentic sound effects, and there’s wall-to-wall voice acting that really nails the script. Sega’s even included the Japanese dub. The score sets the tone, with several compositions standing out as some of the finer in the medium. If you’re looking for an RPG that strays off the beaten path, go buy Valkyria Chronicles. From the gameplay to the visuals, it’s one of a kind. It has appeal for both strategy heads and role-players who find high fantasy to be low on their interest scale.”

Story — 8.7
Design — 9.1
Gameplay — 9.0
Presentation — 9.4
Overall — 9.1

Published on November 30th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , ,

How to unlock all Dynasty Warriors 6 secret characters and modes


Dynasty Warriors 6 characters
How to unlock all secret Dynasty Warriors 6 characters? That question will be answered in this guide that shows you who to unlock to get the full roster and how to do it.

Below we’ve listed the 32 secret characters in alphabetical order. Take the following steps to unlock each one.

1. Cao Cao — Clear Musou Mode with 3 Wei characters
2. Cao Pi — Deafeat Cao Pi within 5 minutes on Sun Jian side of He Fei
3. Cao Ren — Succeed in Battle Objective 2 on the Lu Bu side of Fan Castle
4. Diao Chan — Clear Musou Mode with 1 character from each Kingdom
5. Dong Zhuo — Succeed in Battle Objective 1 on the Lu Bu side of The Battle of Hu Lao Gate
6. Gan Ning — Clear Musou Mode with 1 Wu character
7. Guan Ping — Succeed in 2 battle objectives on the Shu side of Fan Castle and finish battle with Guan Ping alive
8. Huang Gai — Succeed in Battle Objective 3 on the Wu side of The Battle of Chi Bi
9. Huang Zhong — Succeed in 1 battle objective on the Wei side of Ding Jun Mountain
10. Ling Tong — Succeed in Battle Objective 1 on the Wei side of the Battle of Shi Ting
11. Liu Bei — Clear Musou Mode with 3 Shu characters
12. Lu Bu — Clear Musou Mode with Liu Bei, Cao Cao, Diao Chan, and Sun Jian
13. Lu Meng — Succeed in 2 battle objectives on the Wei side of He Fei
14. Ma Chao — Succeed in 2 battle objectives on the Wei side of Han Zhong Attack Defense Battle
15. Pang Tong — Succeed in 3 battle objectives at Cheng Du battle and finish battle with Pang Tong alive
16. Sun Ce — Succeed in Battle Objective 1 on the Sun Jian side of the Battle of Xia Pi
17. Sun Jian — Clear Musou Mode with 3 Wu characters
18. Sun Quan — Succeed in Battle Objective 1 on the Lu Bu side of The Battle of Chi Bi
19. Taishi Ci — Defeat him in the Battle for Wu Territory
20. Wei Yan — Succeed in 2 battle objectives on the Shu side of WuZhang Plains and finish battle with Wei Yan alive
21. Xiahou Yuan — Succeed in 1 battle objective on the Shu side of Ding Jun Mountain
22. Xiao Quio — Succeed in Battle Objective 3 on the Wu side of the Battle of Shi Ting
23. Xu Chu — He Fei, Wu side, Personally kill Cao Ren and Xu Chu
24. Xu Huang — Succeed in 2 battle objectives on the Wei/Wu side of Fan Castle
25. Yuan Shao — As Wei, complete all 3 targets and capture Wu Chao before completing the stage.
26. Yue Ying — Succeed in Battle Objective 1 on the Wei side of the Battle of Wu Zhang Plains
27. Zhang Jiao — Beat stage with completing all three targets in the Yellow Turban Rebellion. Playable in only Free Mode and Challenge Mode
28. Zhang Liao — Clear Musou Mode with 1 Wei character
29. Zhen Ji — Succeed in Battle Objective 1 on the Lu Bu side of the Xu Du Invasion.
30. Zheng He — Succeed in 2 battle objectives on the Shu side of Han Zhong Attack Defense Battle
31. Zhou Tai — Succeed in 3 battle objectives on the Shu side of Yi Ling
32. Zhuge Liang — Clear Musou Mode with 1 Shu character

NOTE: Reach level 25 with a character in any mode to unlock his/her alternate/second costume.

These are the different modes that you can unlock, followed by how to unlock them:

* Chaos Mode/Hell Difficulty — Clear Musou Mode with 1 character from Wu, Shu, Wei, and Other.
* Master Mode/Very Hard Difficulty — Clear Musou Mode with any 1 character.
* Voice Gallery — Raise up any character’s experience to level 50. A Voice Gallery will be unlocked for that character in the Camp.
* Movie Player — Successfully complete Musou mode to unlock the Movie Player.

Thanks for the tips to Joe

Published on November 29th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Top 5 game sales per system worldwide in week 48, 2008


What are the best-selling games in America, Japan, and Europe (UK, France, Germany) this week? Thanks to Amazon online sales data here are the games that are the most popular now.

Nintendo Wii
Wii Fit with Balance Board for WiiNorth America: 1. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 2. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock Bundle (Activision), 3. Rock Band Special Edition (MTV Games), 4. Wii Music (Nintendo), 5. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo).

Japan: 1. Animal Crossing: City Folk – WiiSpeak Bundle (Nintendo), 2. Animal Crossing: City Folk (Nintendo), 3. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 4. Wii Music (Nintendo), 5. Rune Factory Frontier – Special Edition (Marvelous).

Europe: 1. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 2. Wii Play (Nintendo), 3. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 4. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Sega), 5. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 ‘All-Play’ (Electronic Arts).

Xbox 360
World At War for Xbox 360North America: 1. Call of Duty: World at War (Activision), 2. Gears of War 2 (Microsoft), 3. Shaun White Snowboarding (Ubisoft), 4. Left 4 Dead (Electronic Arts), 5. Fallout 3 (Bethesda).

Japan: 1. Agarest Senki: Re-appearance (Compile Heart), 2. The Last Remnant (Square Enix), 3. Far Cry 2 (Ubisoft), 4. Otomedius Gorgeous! (Konami), 5. Tales of Vesperia (Namco).

Europe: 1. Call of Duty: World at War (Activision), 2. FIFA 09 (Electronic Arts), 3. Fable II (Microsoft), 4. Gears of War 2 (Microsoft), 5. Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar).

PlayStation 3
Heavenly Sword for PS3North America: 1. Heavenly Sword (Sony), 2. Resistance: Fall Of Man (Sony), 3. Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe (Midway), 4. Call of Duty: World at War (Activision), 5. Resistance 2 Collector’s Edition (Sony).

Japan: 1. Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 (Konami), 2. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots – Special Edition (Konami), 3. Grand Theft Auto IV (Capcom), 4. FIFA 09: World Class Soccer (Electronic Arts), 5. Way of the Samurai 3 (Spike).

Europe: 1. Little Big Planet (Sony), 2. Call of Duty: World at War (Activision), 3. FIFA 09 (Electronic Arts), 4. Resistance 2 (Sony), 5. Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 (Konami).

PlayStation 2
Katamari Damacy for PS2North America: 1. Katamari Damacy (Namco), 2. God of War 2 (Sony), 3. Rock Band Special Edition (MTV Games), 4. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock Wireless Bundle (Activision), 5. God of War (Sony).

Japan: 1. Taishi-pounding Romance of Pure Love to Blitz – Limited Edition (MMV), 2. Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne Maniax Chronicle Edition (Atlus), 3. Lady Love Dreamer – Limited Edition (Yeti), 4. Sakura Usuki Ogre Limited Edition (Idea Factory), 5. D.Gray-man: Sousha no Shikaku (Konami).

Europe: 1. SingStar: ABBA (Sony), 2. FIFA 09 (Electronic Arts), 3. Lego Batman (Warner Bros.), 4. SingStar: Singalong with Disney (Sony), 5. SingStar: Boy Bands vs. Girl Bands (Sony).

Wrath of the Lich King for PCNorth America: 1. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Blizzard), 2. Fallout 3 (Bethesda), 3. Left 4 Dead (Electronic Arts), 4. Spore (Electronic Arts), 5. World of Warcraft Battlechest (Blizzard).

Japan: 1. Left 4 Dead (Zoo), 2. Final Fantasy XI: The Vana’diel Collection (Square Enix), 3. Clannad: Full Voice (Key), 4. Legend of Galactic Heroes – Special Edition (Namco Bandai), 5. Chaos;Head (Nitro Plus).

Europe: 1. Football Manager 2009 (Sega), 2. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Blizzard), 3. Spore (Electronic Arts), 4. Left 4 Dead (Electronic Arts), 5. Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 (Electronic Arts).

Nintendo DS
On Tour for DSNorth America: 1. Guitar Hero: On Tour (Activision), 2. Personal Trainer: Cooking (Nintendo), 3. Disney Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force (Disney), 4. Build-A-Bear Workshop (American Game Factory), 5. Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia (Nintendo).

Japan: 1. Professor Layton and The Last Time Travel (Nintendo), 2. Kirby Super Star Ultra (Nintendo), 3. Wagamama Fashion: Girls Mode (Nintendo), 4. Pokemon Platinum (Nintendo), 5. Professor Layton and The Last Time Travel – Plus Main Theme Music CD (Nintendo).

Europe: 1. More Brain Training (Nintendo), 2. Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? (Nintendo), 3. Imagine Teacher (Ubisoft), 4. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo), 5. Professor Layton and the Curious Village (Nintendo).

PlayStation Portable
Chains of Olympus for PSPNorth America: 1. God of War: Chains of Olympus (Sony), 2. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (Square Enix), 3. Grand Theft Auto Liberty City Stories (Rockstar), 4. N+ (Atari), 5. Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops Plus (Konami).

Japan: 1. The Legend of Heroes: Sora no Kiseki The 3rd (Nihon Falcom), 2. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force 3 (Konami), 3. Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs. Gundam (Bandai), 4. Higurashi Daybreak Portable – Limited Edition (Alchemist), 5. Patapon 2: Donchaka (Sony).

Europe: 1. FIFA 09 (Electronic Arts), 2. Lego Batman (Warner Bros.), 3. Call of Duty 3: Roads to Victory (Activision), 4. Football Manager Handheld 2009 (Sega), 5. WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2009 (THQ).

Because of Black Friday the top selling games this week are mainly ruled by cheap deals. Call of Duty: World at War remains #1 on the Xbox 360 chart. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King also stays on top of the PC chart. Heavenly Sword hits the top spot on the PS3 chart. Katamari Damacy hits #1 on the PS2 chart. Guitar Hero: On Tour is on top of the DS chart. Wii Fit stays high on the Wii chart. And lastly God of War: Chains of Olympus returns to the PSP chart.

“Extra! Extra! Read all about it!” A listing of the top 5 sellers per region, for all systems combined.

North America: 1. Wii Fit (Wii), 2. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock Bundle (Wii), 3. Rock Band Special Edition (Wii), 4. Call of Duty: World at War (Xbox 360), 5. Wii Music (Wii).

Japan: 1. Professor Layton and The Last Time Travel (DS), 2. Kirby Super Star Ultra (DS), 3. Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 (PS3), 4. Animal Crossing: City Folk – WiiSpeak Bundle (Wii), 5. Animal Crossing: City Folk (Wii).

Europe: 1. Mario Kart Wii (Wii), 2. Little Big Planet (PS3), 3. Wii Play (Wii), 4. Call of Duty: World at War (Xbox 360), 5. Wii Fit (Wii).

For the full lists go to Amazon’s US, JPN (PC) & UK / DE / FR sites.

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King review video


Wrath of the Lich King for PCPlayers last visited Northrend in “Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne,” when Arthas Menethil fused with the spirit of Ner’zhul to become the Lich King, one of the most powerful beings in the Warcraft universe. He now broods atop the Frozen Throne deep in Icecrown Citadel, clutching the rune blade Frostmourne and marshaling the undead armies of the Scourge. In World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, the forces of the Alliance and the Horde venture into battle against the Scourge amid Northrend’s howling winds and fields of jagged ice. Wrath of the Lich King adds a rich variety of content to an already massive game.

Blizzard is back with more war. Find out what else is new in this World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King video review.

New features in the game’s second expansion include:
* Death Knight Hero Class: Create a high-level Death Knight character — the game’s first hero class — once certain challenges have been met.
* Increased Level Cap: Advance to level 80 and gain potent new talents and abilities along the way.
* Northrend: Explore the harsh new continent of Northrend, packed with new zones, quests, dungeons, monsters, and items — and do battle with the undead armies of the Lich King.
* “Inscription” Profession: Learn this exciting new profession and gain unique ways to permanently enhance spells and abilities in the game.
* Siege Weapons and Destructible Buildings: Take the battle to another level with new player-vs.-player game mechanics and new battlefields to wage war on.
* New Character Customization: Change how characters look and express themselves, with different hairstyles and dance animations.

To quote the IGN video review: “With Wrath of the Lich King, World of Warcraft’s play style has been tweaked to be more accessible, addictive, and deeper. Any longtime player is sure to be pleased with what Blizzard’s done here since it gives the higher level population a wealth of new content for play as well as improves the overall look of the world. And let’s be honest, if you’re going to spend hundreds of hours in a virtual space, it helps if it’s pretty. It’s an MMO system that works, as the game’s success underlines, but you’ve got to ask yourself after four years how long this kind of momentumcan last. Perhaps within the next two years, or by the time the next World of Warcraft expansion is released, there’ll be a clearer answer.

As for now, Blizzard is more than content to build on World of Warcraft’s formula, improving and refining nearly every aspect of the game, delivering new quest systems, a better and more focused narrative, loads of new goals to chase by yourself or with friends, and made acclimating to its world’s complexities a process generally free of the headaches of something like CCP’s EVE Online. Those who’ve yet to jump in should absolutely do so; it’s hard to imagine anyone being disappointed with such a well-run, polished product that offers so many reward strata and diverse styles of gameplay.”

Presentation — 9.0
Graphics — 8.5
Sound — 8.5
Gameplay — 9.0
Lasting Appeal — 9.0
Overall — 9.0

Chrono Trigger DS review video


Chrono Trigger for DSWhen a newly developed teleportation device malfunctions at the Millennial Fair, young Crono must travel through time to rescue his misfortunate companion from an intricate web of past and present perils. The swashbuckling adventure that ensues soon unveils an evil force set to destroy the world, triggering Crono’s race against time to change the course of history and bring about a brighter future.

Features an engaging and unparalleled storyline, leading to the discovery of multiple epic conclusions to a journey that transcends time. An inspiring musical score created by Yasunori Mitsuda. Intriguing battle system made possible by the unique combination of the Active Time Battle system and Tech skills. Famed character designer Akira Toriyama lends his signature art style to create the vibrant world that has captivated gamers around the world.

Taking advantage of the Nintendo DS hardware, Chrono Trigger DS makes its way onto the portable platform with all-new dual screen presentation and Touch-Screen functionality. A brand new dungeon and a Wireless Play mode adds exciting new dimensions to this timeless classic.

“Good morning, Crono!” Watch this Chrono Trigger DS video review.

To quote the IGN video review: “There’s a reoccurring theme in Chrono Trigger DS, and it’s an important one for a game this historical. The game is virtually unchanged in its core, having a new script re-write, but retaining the visuals, music, character designs, interface styles, and options of the source material. At the same time, Square Enix also ensures that this is the definitive version of Chrono Trigger out there, as the game comes complete with every option you could ever want for touch vs. button control, two or single screen display, or game pacing and difficulty. Where things should have been left the same, they were. Where fixes or additions could be made, they have. Yes it’s a $40 game for a title many of us have played until our thumbs were sore, and it’s unchanged in a lot of ways from what you played back in 1995 or in 2001, but it’s also just as captivating, imaginative, or well made now as it was then. I could write volumes on this game, but it isn’t needed. If you’ve never played Chrono Trigger before, buy this game. If you’re a die-hard fan and want to support one of the greatest games of all time, buy this game. If you’re having trouble validating a $40 purchase for what is ultimately the same game, it’s the wrong choice for you, and your cash is better spent elsewhere. Any way you slice it though, Chrono Trigger is one of the greatest RPGs of all time, and it’s a game everyone – whether on DS, PSX, Super NES, or in the future – should play.”

Presentation — 8.5
Graphics — 8.5
Sound — 9.5
Gameplay — 9.0
Lasting Appeal — 8.5
Overall — 8.8

Published on November 28th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix review video


Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix artwork
The Capcom arcade classic receives a whole new look with Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix for the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. Capcom maintains the integrity of the popular game by utilizing the original game code while upgrading the graphics with new artwork and high resolution 1080p images — all of the art, from character animation to stage backgrounds, will be completely redrawn by Udon Entertainment, the company responsible for the official US Street Fighter series of comics. Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix includes both online and offline competition for one to two players.

Years of fine-tuning have led to another great Hadoken. Find out in this Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix video review.

To quote the IGN video review: “Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix doesn’t have any frills and its mechanics — while extremely well-tuned — are simple. This is a game very dissimilar to modern fighters because it doesn’t shower you with extra modes, art galleries or unlockables. It’s admirably precise and meant for hardcore players, despite its increased approachability. So HD Remix isn’t for everyone, but the gameplay represented in this download is extraordinarily balanced and deep. I spent hours learning the ways of the retooled Fei Long and just barely scratched the surface of it all. For such a reasonable price of $14.99, HD Remix is a very hard game to pass up.”

Presentation — 7.5
Graphics — 8.0
Sound — 8.5
Gameplay — 9.0
Lasting Appeal — 8.0
Overall — 8.7

Capcom takes Super Street Fighter 2 and gives it a face lift for PS3 and Xbox 360. How does Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix hold up in today’s standards? Check out this 1UP Show hands on video for an old-to-new movesets comparison:

Click on the bottom-right corner arrow to view it fullscreen.

Home Boring?



I’ve been in the beta for a week as of today, and I have to say two things:

1) It’s pretty.
2) It’s pretty boring.

I can see that much of the boring stuff can easily be fixed later, and probably will be. Like the fact that the mall contains absolutely nothing to buy, so every third person is a clone. That there’s almost nothing to decorate my apartment with. Or that not all of my friends are in Home – they don’t have Home (or a PS3!) yet.

Those “issues” will (hopefully) pass by the wayside. (I really hope that Sony doesn’t cheap out and charge for everything. We need to have a good selection of free stuff too!)

But what about the fact that there’s just nothing to do? Will that be fixed? There seem to be two primary purposes to Home:

1) Meet other gamers.
2) Enter games together (this is Home’s “crown jewel“).

I can see how (1) will be solved by Home. Just enter the world and start talking to people! But what about (2)? The only game I know of that supports Home game launching (HGL – new acronym!) is Warhawk. And even that seems to be disabled in the current build.

So once Home goes public, how many games will support HGL? Just Warhawk? A couple other first party titles? Will Sony make sure that their titles are retroactively patched with HGL? Will Sony pressure other studios to support HGL? I know one thing for sure – HGL is never coming to Call of Duty: World at War (my game du jour)! (See Activision’s track record.)

Sony needs to pressure development studios to support HGL in all new online games (I can hear Darrin coughing now). Sony needs to patch recent titles. Sony needs to pressure third parties for patches too. It’s obvious that HGL is only useful if a wide variety of games are supported. We can’t play Warhawk all day every day.

So the question is: by the time Home actually becomes useful because it has enough HGL titles, will it be too late?

Published on November 28th, 2008 under

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