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Friday Fighting Games

Posted by abootgames on March 31, 2006

In an attempt to make up for my screw up, I bring you a fighting game episode of Aboot Games. Bryan and I talk aboot the evolution of fighting games, some of the top games in each sub-genre of fighters, some classic games and current gems.

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Emails : pete@abootgames.com

bryan@abootgames.com

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Episode 9 – Take 2!

Posted by abootgames on March 27, 2006

We are back after the unexpected week off with a full show.
You can reach us through email at pete@abootgames.com and bryan@abootgames.com. Any one minute review that you have can be send to abootgames@gmail.com.

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One Minute Reviews:

24 The game
Torino 2006
Martial Heroes : http://eng.doonline.co.kr/
Mark Ecko's Getting Up : Contents Under Pressure

Releases this week:

DS

Top Spin 2 –

GBA

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (Player's Choice) –
Super Mario Advance (Player's Choice) –
Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 (Player's Choice) –
Top Spin 2 –
The Wild –

Gamecube

Harvest Moon: Magical Melody –

PC

Battlefield 2: Armored Fury –
Daemonica –
Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers –
Shadowgrounds –
Origin of the Species –
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth –
Uber Soldier –

PS2

Dynasty Warriors 5 Empires –
Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers –
Kingdom Hearts II –
Franklin: A Birthday Surprise –

PSP

Metal Gear Acid 2 –

Xbox

Far Cry Instincts Evolution –
Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers –

Xbox 360

Dynasty Warriors 5 Empires –
Far Cry Instincts Predator –
Rumble Roses XX –

News:

Sony looses patent infringement case and must stop sale of PS2.

Inmates in Oregeon get video games for goodd behavior

The first "Free" Xbox Live week end. March 31 – April 2.

Dell purchases power pc maker Alienware.

ARG (Alternate Reality Game) Perplex City grows as player drive for $200 000 top prize.

Mark Ecko has some strong words for gamers.

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Episode 9 – ???

Posted by abootgames on March 19, 2006

I do have to apologize.

I was playing around and damaged this weeks episode beyond repair. A new episode will be back next week.

Pete

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Episode 8 – Mid-Week Modding Special

Posted by abootgames on March 16, 2006

Modding Special – We discuss the finer points of system modification. This is not a “how to” there are plenty of website on the interweb that can show you that. We give our thoughts on the modding scene, both for cosmetic purposes and for added functionality. We even chime in about modding for piracy purposes.
We give a brief history of mods from the NES days right through to the current xbox mod explosion to the race to break the PSP.

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Episode 7

Posted by abootgames on March 13, 2006

Rogers PWR Play tournament info can be found here. 

New Emails: Pete – pete@abootgames.com

                  Bryan – bryan@abootgames.com

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One Minute Reviews:

Black – totally amazing FPS but very disappointing that there is no multiplayer.

Heroes: Kindom under Fire – Really cool hybrid game, part RTS, part Dynasty Warriors, part RPG (ok only a bit). Online play, lot’s o cool units

Civilization 3 – Turn based strategy that kind bored me. These games are not action intense but I played many complete games and never encountered another civ.

Dead to Rights 2 – A decent sequel to a good game. Added some features – dog can now retrieve a weapon for you. Most bad guys look the same.

Releases:

DS

Worms: Open Warfare – Worms are back
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown – for the upcoming movie
Top Gun – Yup the tom cruise movie.

GBA

Let’s Ride Dreamer – Movie license in which you train horses
Dr. Sudoku – more puzzel greatness on the go.
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown – again
Yu-Gi-Oh! Ultimate Masters World Championship Tournament 2006

Gamecube

Ice Age 2: The Meltdown

PC

CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder – Another point and click CSI title
Cloven Crania Meadow – Medival Warrior (dynasty and sanurai)
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War Gold – a gold edition of a game released 2 years ago.
Crime Stories – point and click -NOT the streets of series
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown – again
The Godfather – based on the movie,
Buccaneer’s Bounty – collection of 3 pirate games – Port Royale 2, Tortuga and Patrician III.
Neighbors From Hell: On Vacation – another point and click.
Onimusha 3: Demon Siege – the same game from the consoles a couple years ago
Space Rangers 2: Rise of the Dominators – game with a lot going on. space battles, ground battles
PS2

Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition Remix – A new city and more cars, and at bargin prices
Driver: Parallel Lines – another driver trying to be GTA
Driver: Parallel Lines – Limited edition –
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown – again
Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence – MGS 3 with some added stuff – including online!?
Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence (Limited Edition)
Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams – yup another one.
The Godfather
The Godfather (Limited Edition)

PSP

Worms : Open Warfare
Mega Man Powered Up – overly cute megaman game
Neopets Petpet Adventure: The Wand of Wishing – four player action adventure
Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror – a PSP verision of syphon filter
Untold Legends: The Warrior’s Code – a sequel to the first good button masher on the PSP
From Russia With Love – same game released a little while back on the consoles

Xbox

Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition Remix – A new city and more cars, and at bargin prices
Driver: Parallel Lines – another driver trying to be GTA
Driver: Parallel Lines – Limited edition –
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown – again
The Godfather
The Godfather (Limited Edition)
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Critical Hour – more tacticle shooting action
Xbox 360

The Outfit – an arcady call of duty, call in support when ever you want, if you can afford them.

News:

The 2nd Annual ADvertising in Video Games Conference. April 12 in New York. Looking to increase the spending from $75 Million to $1 Billion by 2010.

World Cyber Games is looking to the gamers involved for rules. They are asking the community of the current rules are enough or if any changes need to be made.

$2500 for a game demo. Someone bought the only known copy of Sonic X-treme. He got one level of a never released saturn game! http://arstechnica.com/journals/thumbs.ars/2006/3/5/3064

This June in San Fransico the first ever Sex in video games conference. The festival will include a machinema art show. The conference is to explore erotic entertainment in digital realms.

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Episode 6 – Console Madness!

Posted by abootgames on March 6, 2006

This Week we do run a little long, so much so that we are contemplating whether to split the show up in to 2 smaller shows. The extensive releases added the majority of the time this week.  Direct Download Link

One minute reviews:

Mortal Kombat: Shoalin monks – decent 3d adventure, neat to see background from fights as entire levels. Needs 2 players to be fully experienced.

Katamari Damacy – rollin’ . A higly addictive little game. If you haven’t already buy this game.

X-men Legends 2: Rise of Apocalypse – very similar to the first. too many items, auto handling is needed or you will spend as much time in the menus as playing the game.

Mario Power Tennis – good game, lot’s o options, good variation in characters.

Releases:

DS-Pokemon Trozei– Pokemon puzzle game
Dynasty Warriors – not sure how this will work but it looks cute.
Guilty Gear Dust Strikers – the next in the guilty gear series
Monster Trucks DS – monster truck racing but not just on SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY!

GBA – Ultimate Pocket Games – A collection of short mini games
Tales of Phantasia – released oin JAPAN 8/2003 – SNES game
Naruto: Ninja Council – Game basded on Shonen Jump manga
The Tower SP – SIM landlord?

Gamecube – Naruto: Ninja Council

PC – 7 Wonders of the Ancient World – puzzle game with wonder backgrounds
Game Tycoon – tycoon style for the gaming industry
Scratches – point and click mystery game
Station Access Collection – collectio of MMO’s from sony -Planetside Aftershock, Everquest II, Star Wars Galaxies, Everquest Evo, and Matrix Online.
The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II
The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II: DVD version
The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II: Collectors Edition
NFL Head Coach – Sports Strategy
Jaws Unleashed – Yes you play as the shark!
Commandos: Strike Force – Yet another WWII First Person Shooter.
Time Shift – uber violent FPS
The Witcher – action adventure RPG

PS2 – Beatmania – DJ simulator
Cowboy Bebop – Based on the Anime
Mashed: Drive to Survive – Combat Racer
Payout Poker and Casino – pretty self expainitory
Shadow Hearts: From the New World – 3rd game in this series
NFL Head Coach – Sports Strategy.
Jaws Unleashed – Yes you play as the shark!
Commandos: Strike Force – Yet another WWII First Person Shooter.

PSP – Payout Poker and Casino – again
Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai – Budo Kai Series on the PSP
Pursuit Force – Interesting cops and robbers title.
Samurai Warriors: State of War – Samurai warriors for the PSP good use of the screen!
Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble – VJ fighting game

Xbox – Championship Bowling – uh yeah bowling.
Mashed: Drive to survive
Payout Poker and Casino
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter – more ghost recon.
NFL Head Coach – Sports Strategy
Jaws Unleashed – Yes you play as the shark!
Commandos: Strike Force – Yet another WWII First Person Shooter.

Xbox360 – Burnout Revenge – this should look amazing
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter
Time Shift – uber violent FPS
Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting – on the 360 huh?

News: Sony has acknowledged delays that push “may” back launch of PS3. Key parts (video chips, blue ray disc’s) will not be available until later in 2006. Making a launch before Oct almost impossible.

A bill in Utah HB 257 that was going to classify violent video games as pornography has been defeated. For now it was sent back to the House Rules Commitee. This is NOT totally dead. Gamepolitics.com – setup to inform gamers about their senators and the legislation they are trying to pass.

Microsoft Origami – portable PC with gaming capabilities. But “not a portable xbox”.

Console Madness:

Pete Top 3 Console’s

1.       NES – the first real console I owned. Friends had previous “consoles”. Atari – comodore – VIC 20. The NES was that first I called my own. It lead to my purchasing a tv to play when ever I wanted.
2.       Playstation – I past up the dreamcast for this system. I was totally sucked in by the hype, and I picked the best pony in the race.
3.       PSP – The other things this system did, played music, played movies. With firmware updates – web browser, email, customizable.

Honorabloe Mention -PS2, Genesis.
 
Bryan’s Top 3

1.       TurboGraphx 16 – great games, year’s ahead of it’s time, great games, horible music.
2.       Dreamcast – come on it’s dreamcast, again first of a generation, great games, sleek design, deceptivly comfortable controller.
3.       PS2 – 3 words, dual shock 2. great PS2 games, like 90% backwards compatible, first with a dvd player. The fact that the controller controls the DVD player in a crazy intuitive way.

Dishonourable mention – Neo Geo too expensive, outdated hardware, crazy expensive games, aya!

Preview Modding Special
 
 

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