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Episode 5: Tomb Raider

Posted by abootgames on February 27, 2006

I do have to apologize, there is a small segment aboot 20 minutes in where the audio gets real scratchy. This only lasts aboot 4 minutes. I am not sure why but I will do my best to make sure it does not happen again.

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Games we are playing:

Call of Duty: Big Red One – another in a great series, but still just more of the same. Decent FPS with a great story that just sucks you in. The online part was not as bad as I heard the 360 vesrion.

DOA4 – Not as good as expected. It feels unfinished. Although the visuals are stunning, particularily the backgrounds; the actual gameplay is rough. Colision detection is so bad that during moves legs often go through each other. Overall not a good reason to buy a 360. Also the game is kind of insulting because everything is based on sex, sort of like if they put enough sex into it it’ll be good. Shame on you Team Ninja.

Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade – a button masher action adventure. Not that great but entertaining enough. The sequel should be out soon and hopefully it will correect certain issues, like all the armour looking the same. Only 4 classes mostly the same.

NFS: Most Wanted – Pretty racing game, real time lighting is magnificent. Control is pretty good with the 360 controller. Good selection of cars. My only real complaint is that the acting goes a little too far beyond the expected overly dramatic.

Releases:

DS – Super Princess Peach – Mario is kidnapped?
FIFA Street 2

GBA – Nothing

Gamecube – Fifa Street 2

PC – American Conquest: Divided Nation – another RTS
Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach
Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach DVD
Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach: Limited Edition
SWAT 4 – The Stetchkov Syndicate
The Sims 2: Open for Business

PS2 – 24: The Game
Black
Fifa Street 2
Final Fight: Streetwise
Greg Hastings’ Tournament Paintball Max’d
MLB ’06: The Show

PSP – MX vs. ATV Unleashed: On the Edge
Fifa Street 2
Generation of Chaos
MLB ’06: The Show
SpongeBob Squarepants: The Yellow Avenger
Street Supremacy
Ys: The Ark of Napishtim

Xbox – Fifa Street 2
Final Fight: Streetwise
Black
Painkiller: Hell Wars

Xbox 360 – Nothing

News:

PS3 to cost $900 putting the retail price tag around $699.

The Phantom gaming console has been placed on hold. Infinium opened it’s books to show a loss of 62.7 million dollars over ther past 3 years.

Call of Duty: The Big Red One ad are banned in the uk. Why because of the pre-rendered images giving an unreal impression of the game.

ABC ignores an expert to instill fear in parents over pictochat for the DS

WGN airs a special comparing video game player to crack addicts. And their brilliant solution is for parents to do some parenting and moderate their kids game playing. What a great idea.

Tomb Raider: The amazing series that will be forever scarred by the Angel of Darkness tragedy.

Classic Gaming Moment: The T-Rex from the first in the Tomb Raider series.

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Episode 4 – Gentlemen Start your Engines!

Posted by abootgames on February 20, 2006

This episode we look at racing games.

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Burnout 3 takedown. Freakin amazin. Buy this game.

Star Wars Battle Front II – Pretty god controls, biggest problem is spotty online play. Get dropped to often, not really a problem with the game as much as the XBox Live system.

25 to life. Socom come clone that is missing some genetic material. Not as fun, all around not as good as Socom.

Drakkan: The Ancient’s Gate – Best PS2 game ever! Wicked story, great AI, Tonnes of jaw dropping moments.

News:

Video games keep the brain from aging http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20060209.wxbrains09/BNStory/Science/home

Sex workers (prostitues) are protesting Grand Theft Auto.

Prisoner in London are getting to play video games to break up their regular routine.

Canadian wins International Madden Challenge. Jamal George of Toronto beat American champ Jarvis Thompson for the title on Probowl week end in Hawaii. He wins an Xbox 360 and a trip to any NFL city. The American champ did win $100,000!

The videogame business will double by 2011, from $32.6 billion in 2005 to $65.9 billion. According to ABI Research. They are saying that online gaming will increase 95% per year until then.

Nintendo DS will get a web browser from Opera and also location free tv. Although only in Japan for the time being.

Releases:

DS – Super Monkey Ball Touch & Roll

GBA – Yu-Gi-Oh! Double Pack

GAMECUBE – Sonic Riders

PC – EverQuest II: Kingdom of Sky
EverQuest: Prophecy of Ro
Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords
Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords Collectors Edition
RF Online (Rising Force Online)
The Apprentice
TOCA Race Driver 3
Tycoon City: New York

PS2 – IHRA Drag Racing: Sportsman Edition
MS Saga: A New Dawn (Mobile Suit Gundam)
Rebel Raiders: Operation Nighthawk
Sonic Riders
TOCA Race Driver 3

PSP – Nothing

Xbox – IHRA Drag Racing: Sportsman Edition
Sonic Riders
TOCA Race Driver 3

Xbox 360 – College Hoops 2K6

Top Racing Games:

Outrun
Burnout
Ea Nascar Series
Hang On
Mariokart
Grand Turismo
Project Gotham
Wipe out
Pole Position
Excite Bike
Test Drive 4, 5,and 6
GTA: III and onward
F-Zero, the original
Ridge Racer 1
Stuntman

Next Episode: Tomb Raider

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Episode 3

Posted by abootgames on February 13, 2006

Direct DownloadThis episode gets us back into the swing of things with our RPG special.

Jade Empire for the xbox. Too much like KOTOR to really call a new game. Identical menu structure and mapping systems, the light versus dark is even here. Open Hand versus Closed Fist The martial arts RPG did give this game a new feel. This is a “talky” RPG, very heavy on the story with a decent amount of butt kicking.

Contra shattered soldier – Picked this back up after writing it off for it’s difficulty last year. It’s pretty much and updated version of an older SNES contra (I believe super Contra).  Good 2 player co-op fun with a crazy degree of difficulty.  It’s like playing a fast moving game of that card game memory.  Still it feels old school enough to get me into it.  The best thing about it is that the Konami code, although slightly modified to work on the PS2, still works!  Up,up, down,down, L1,R1,L2,R2,L3,R3.

Champions – Return to Arms – A hack and slash rpg – action adventure – I have played this game before ( Balder’s Gate- Dark Allience – Champion of Norrath – etc) – A good game but basically a button masher – a gorgeous and fun button masher

Lords of the Realm II – I was feeling nostalgic and putting off work while at my PC and decided to play this classic turn based RTS again.   This game was released in mid nineties (probably 96) and mixes turn based resource management with real time battles.  It’s great against the PC, but even better against a real person.  My only real complaint is the fact that even today playing a LAN game still chugs.
Releases this week:

DS – Age of Empires: The Age of Kings

GBA and Gamecube – Nothing

PC – Empire Earth II: The Art of Supremacy
KicknRush Soccer 2006
Marc Ecko’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure
Rome: Total War Gold Edition
Combat Elite: WWII Paratroopers
Star Wars: Empire at War
Star Wars: Empire at War Collector’s Edition

PS2 – Drakengard 2
Fight Night Round 3
Grandia III
Marc Ecko’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure
Rugby 06
State of Emergency 2
PSP – Exit
Fight Night Round 3

Xbox – Marc Ecko’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure
Rugby 06

Xbox 360 Full Auto

News: Hideo Kojima has a podcast of his own. The Kojima Productions Report.

EA to Lay off 5% of it’s work force. With 6500 world wide that means 325 will be looking for work. EA also reports a drop in profits, meaning not making as much as anticipated.

“The Movies” a Hollywood sim is NOT to be released beyond the PC.

Pre-Ordering D&D Online will give the gamers a wealth of goodies. Early acces to the game, (3 days). Access to the european launch, an exclusive DVD, and some artwork.

Halo 2 for the PC to be for Windows Vista only!

Pete’s Top Ten RPG’s

1. Final Fantasy VII
2. Dragon Warrior
3. Ultima
4. Final Fantasy
5. Phatasy Star
6. Everquest
7. Balder’s Gate (PC)
8. Diablo
9. Final Fantasy X
10. .dothack

Bryan’s Top Ten RPG’s

1. Shinning Force 2
2. LOZ: Ocharina of time
3. FF Tactics
4. FF Tactics Advanced
5. FF 8
6. FFX – Blitz Ball only
7. Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance 1
8. Everquest
9. San Andreas
10. Fable!!!

Pre-view of episode 4 – Gentlemen Start Your Engines!!!

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