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Episode 14

Posted by abootgames on April 24, 2006

This weeks episode is a lttle late agian. I hope you can forgive me. I am still adjusting to my new schedule at work.

The world cup coming this summer in Germany sparks far too many video games this week.

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One Minute Reviews:

Lumines: Totally amazing puzle game. The game is deceptively simple, only 2 colours and using small squares to make larger squares. A line that moves from left to right clearing the completed squares. The line move to the beat of the music. Which is the best part of this game, the music sucks you right in. The visuals perfectly match the music to the colored blocks. I have missed my subway stop too many times because I completely zone out while playing this games. A definate buy for any PSP owner.

Disciples 2: Dark Prophecy

This is a good fantasy turn based strategy game and its developed by Canadian Strategy First. Pretty much you rule a town and that centralizes resource managment, character expandability, and a few other things. From your town you deploy parties of various make ups like warriors, archers, mages, etc… Each level differently and unlike other similar games there is a real reason to keep your characters alive as they're expensive and get much better with time. The actual fighting is tunr based sort although not menu driven like the FF series of games. Overall the graphics are ok, not great, sound is alright, and control is decent. What really makes this game shine is the story which draws you in if you let it. Biggest complaint on this one is the total lack of a tutrial that I could find. I ended up having to play the first mission a few times through to make sure that I played to my fullest advantage. The game is work, but those of us who like this genre and love an epic fantasy story this is definitly worth a look.

Manhunt – Rockstar pushed the enelope of violent games with this title. A stealth action game the focuses on executions of the enemies. This game is incredibly violent but you do get desensitised to it, after seeing the same gory kill for the 50th time it does get boring. The games stealth action does disappear just over half way through when the guns come in to play. This game is difficult to find today mainly because of the over the top violence.

Jet Set Radio Future :

Releases:

DS

2006 FIFA World Cup

Lost Magic – RPG – draw symbols for spells –

GBA

– 2006 FIFA World Cup

Gamecube

– 2006 FIFA World Cup

Rampage: Total Destruction – good ole mass desturction fun

PC

– Atari Flying Bundle – Flight Sim 98 – Independence War 2: Edge of Choas

KnightShift (Special Edition) – $10 brand new – RTS / RPG ?

– Pet Racer (Reprint) – originally released 2003

– Pet Soccer – soccer for younger kids

– Super Collapse 3 – Puzzel game

– 2006 FIFA World Cup

Black & White 2 – Battle of the Gods – sequel to awsome game

Neverend
PS2

– 2006 FIFA World Cup

Rampage: Total Destruction – good ole mass desturction fun

Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War – more great air combat action

Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny – yet another RPG

Metal Saga – sequel to Metal Max RPG –

OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast

PSP

– 2006 FIFA World Cup

– Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children – Not a game but worth mentioning, movie for UMD format

OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast

Xbox

– 2006 FIFA World Cup

OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast
Xbox 360

– 2006 FIFA World Cup

News:

HD-DVD's have been released, but dont jump just yet there is not any real players out just yet. The real test for the new format war will come when the PS3 is released. Blu-Ray may dominate if the PS3 catches on.

1up.com is holding a contest where 15 contestants will be chosen at random to play Metal Gear Subsistance online with some of the developers.

For the 7th consecutive month video game sales are done. Is this because gamers are saving their cash for a PS3? http://psp.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3149749

Guiness Book of record is going to include the high scores of 10 pinball games in the 2007 edition.

Sony has dropped the price of the PS2 to 129.99us/139.99cdn. Also debut the Portable TV for PSP, with horrible features. Files will delete themselfs after a certain time and require you to pay for them again if you want further viewing.

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