Ending B

Die monster, you don't belong in this world!

My brother found this on YouTube... OH MY GOD THIS LOOKS AWESOME!

Since it's all in Japanese, I have no clue what this is. All I can gather is that it's going to be a 3DS title. All I know is... I need to go buy Professor Layton... all of them... and a 3DS... Hmmmmmm...

Dear Nintendo,

Fry saying Shut Up and Take my Money

Love, Craig

Diablo II and Median XL

by Ed Van Loon

Friday, April 23, 2010

Hello everyone! I've been trying to keep my updates at least weekly so you can marvel at all the awesome things that I happen to find.

First of all, let's take a look at this: My Median XL character

This is actually a rather noobish character in Median XL.



Read my full featured and incredibly awesome review of this modification (and a short look back at Diablo II) after the FOLD!

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Things I Love, Things I Hate

by Eric Kociecki

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Things I love: Love.
Things I hate: monthly fees to play games.
Things that put the above in perspective: Eskil's rants.
Things that were released today: Love

A screenshot from the game Love.  This is an outdoor scene showing grass, rock outcroppings, some players, and the games impressionist art style.

This game has held me captivated sine I first saw it about two years ago

Another one bites the dust

by Eric Kociecki

Friday, March 20, 2009

Anybody want to buy a game studio? THQ, announced that it would be shutting down newly acquired Big Huge Games, unless a buyer could be found within 60 days. Big Huge Games is the developer behind Rise of Nations and its sequel Rise of Legends. More recently they created an expansion pack for Ensemble Studio's Age of Empires III and the Xbox Live Arcade version of Catan.

Screenshot of Rise of Nations gameplay

I still play Rise of Nations regularly.

Big Huge Games is currently working on two new titles. The first is a multi-platform RPG, and the second is a mostly unknown Wii game. Hopefully someone will buy this great studio and allow them to keep making games far into the future.

Legends 3?

by Kim Samson

Friday, February 27, 2009

So what's the latest news from Capcom on Mega Man: Legends 3? Most of the fans have been begging for some sort of continuation after Legend 2 ended on such a cliffhanger, and it seems that it's finally beginning to pay off. While no official release has been announced yet, several small hints and clues are beginning to leak through in various ways. The latest one wasn't even verbal; it was visual.

As many know, Capcom just recently released a Wii version of Dead Rising, titled "Chop Till you Drop". Anyone who has played the original also will probably remember the Mega Man outfit made available in game. So one of the first questions asked of Capcom was if said outfit would be available in the Wii version as well, or if we'd get something different. So Capcom listened and delivered ...

Chop Till You Drop Roll Casket Costume

Very much NOT want

...Much to everyone's horror. For those who don't know, that's Roll Casket's outfit from the Mega Man Legends series. So is this a hint of things to come? Or is Capcom just teasing it's fans? For now, all we can do is wait and see (no matter how much we don't wish to see anymore).

Paradise Lost, and Found!

by Eric Kociecki

Thursday, February 5, 2009

I recently upgraded and reformatted my computer (now I've got an Intel quad-core with 6GB of RAM and a GeForce 9600GT). So, what's the first thing I did with this sweet gaming rig? Well, I installed Rise of Nations so Steve and I could play a few rounds. But the next thing I installed was Tropico!

Screenshot of Tropico

Ah, Tropico, where island paradises, city-building, and Communism meet.

Before playing, I wanted to make sure I had the latest patch. So, I head over to Wikipedia (I use Wikipedia for everything) and learn that my Mucho Macho Edition came out after the last patch was released, sweet. But wait, what's this section down at the bottom of the article? Tropico 3!? This is great, this is amazing, this is... woah, the first excitement begins to wear off as I remember my disappointment with Tropico 2: Pirate Cove. Then comes this quote from developer Haemimont Games' website "The game will return to the roots of the series, putting the player into the shoes of 'El Presidente' - a dictator governing over an island banana republic." Yay! They also mention some stuff about state-of-the-art graphics and a multiplayer mode. To me, these are all just icing on the cake, or maybe the little umbrella in the piƱa colada.

Tropico 3 is currently scheduled for a late 2009 release.

Greetings my fellow internet denizens! Today, I have a very special treat for all of you! Now as you all might know, I tend to play games of a rather free variety, and I usually pass said savings on to you! Of course, I make exceptions for notables like "World of Goo", but usually a purchase is warranted.

Today, I speak about the Kingdom of Loathing, a foray into the online world that does not require payment! Of course, you can always donate to keep the servers running, and in doing so, you get a nifty item!

There are many mechanics to this wonderful game, and I'd hate to make a huge review/summary when there are action shots to be seen, but the object of this wonderful game is to play through the questline and defeat the final boss, like all other RPGs. However, you are not alone! Out there, among the tubes, you will find others trying to do the very same thing, and they can trade, chat, and aid you in real time! Due to the awesomeness of the game, you are only given a limited amount of "adventures", which you can replenish (though limited as well) through drinking booze, eating food, and spleening items (that is, harnessing items through your spleen, I really don't understand it myself). Also, the game currency is meat, a currency that I most hungrily endorse!

Now I haven't played this game as long as the more elite crowd, but I have at least a small amount of pride in what I've accomplished, and to share in these accomplishments, I've commissioned the best artist I could find in the short time I chose to post this review.

Seal Clubber

Tedris the Seal Clubber!

Yes, Tedris! With his hammer distilled in the blood of a thousand baby seals, he hails from the Northlands to do unspeakable things in order to gain favor in the realm. He is holding a special binder that allows him to translate runes that he finds while on his run. In the distance, the Naughty Sorceress' tower looms perilously, and in the sky, the twin moons are shown (once there was a third, but that was no moon, that was a space station!)

Disco Bandit

Tedris the Disco Bandit!

Yes, Tedris again! In this life, he serenaded and swooned many with his Shagadelic Disco Banjo (I didn't make that name up), and stole items from various monsters in order to grant great wealth and power. His many cocktails allowed for a grand drunken journey, and he served his clan to the fullest.

Turtle Tamer

Tedris the Turtle Tamer and the Naughty Sorceress!

And here's Tedris once more! Here, he is in the guise of a Turtle Tamer, a mighty class that uses skills to use his many familiars, and also to strengthen his armor and shielding abilities (he's wearing a shield, you just can't see it due to how awesome he is). Here, he is depicted fighting the Sorceress that plagues the land, as she stands atop her dais of power. Though the outlook of this battle is still too soon to tell... judging by how awesome the artist drew that mace, I'm guessing Tedris rocked her world (on the dais, on the dais? Rock me on the dais! (slight spoiler, whoopsie!))

In closing, if you have nothing better to do, and you have an idling web browser, why not give the game a try? You can play it anywhere! Also, I'd like to give a shout out to The Pixellated Array, a fine group that has aided me, and ultimately allowed me to write this game review. Oh yes, and thanks to our wonderfully unnamed artist, who will be receiving sufficient compensation for the bad ass action shots.

(A small addition): I wrote some new music, and seeing as how my post is still on the front, and I don't have a picture to go with the music, I figured I'd just leave this right here: Ambience in my head

Independent Action: Spelunky!

by Ed Van Loon

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Hello everyone! I'm sure what's on most everyone's mind is what happens when the roads are so icy that you don't really feel like doing anything.

Of course, I tend to find a new game and play it, or play something that I'm stuck on. Right now, I found quite a challenging game that I would suggest that all platforming fans give a try!

Spelunky!

So what has drawn me to this game? Well, I have read such reviews as: "Nethack meets Cave Story" and "Oh God, what the hell?", and my personal favorite: "Tap dancing Christ, the music is stuck in my head, and I can't look around a corner without thinking about a shopkeeper blasting me in the face! How did they put shops in that cave anyway?"

Okay, I just made that last one up, but anyhow, like all reviews, this is supposed to give an opinion, and that being said, even though I rate this favorably, this may not be the game for you.

If you are incapable of growing a pair, I would suggest not picking up this game. If such a feat is impossible due to gender, I used the phrase metaphorically. Think about Samus or Shiek as "having a pair"

My rating: 8.8 (just download it and see for yourself!)

FF4: Dealing With the Dark Dragon

by Craig Olsen

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Last Tuesday, I bought Final Fantasy IV for the DS, and I must say it's quite fun. Now, when reading this post, you have to keep in mind a few things. First, I played FF4 back in the day it was called Final Fantasy II on the Super Nintendo. Second, I could get to the final dungeon of this game when I was in the 1st grade and FF2/FF4 helped me learn how to read. Third, I have played through this game multiple times ever since it first came out. Fourth, FF4 is probably my favorite video game ever made.

Now that I've given a background of my history with this game, it's time for the main point of my post.

*ahem*

Oh my god, I can't use the Tornado spell to kill the Dark Dragon guarding the Earth Crystal! The game is actually making me... FIGHT HIM! I've used that Tornado (back in the day, Tornado was called Weak) trick ever since my first encounter with the Dark Dragon. I have NO IDEA how to fight him normally! The DS version is actually expecting me to... go into battle... without cheap tricks!

Don't get me wrong, this game is insanely fun. But... *shakes fist* Damn you and your strategy altering ways Square-Enix!

Rydia the Summoner

This image has nothing to do with my post about the Dark Dragon. I just think Rydia is kick-ass.

Resident Evil 5 Co-op

by Craig Olsen

Monday, July 14, 2008

I was watching some of the E3 coverage on G4, and I came in just as they started the Resident Evil 5 coverage. They showed some of the gameplay, and it looks very similar to Resident Evil 4 (which is good, RE4 was awesome). BUT, I was really excited to find out that RE5 will have a co-op mode! In co-op, you play as either Chris or Sheva as you blast your way through zombie hordes to do... something... I actually have very little idea of the plot on this one. Still, I've been waiting for something like this for a Resident Evil game for a while (something that's not Outbreak or Umbrella Chronicles). I guess I've have to wait until March 13th, 2009, to get my hands on this baby.

Chris and Sheva

Dibs on the sexy chick with the shotgun!