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Episode 18

Posted by abootgames on May 29, 2006

Yet another week of gaming is behind us. We played games that ranged from decent to "craptastic". It seems that more and more games are falling into the second catagory.

There is a FULL slate of games set to release in the upcoming week, including some pretty highly anticipated titles.

A couple states take a firm stance on violent video games sales, one has a great plan while the other is totally clueless.

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Mini Reviews:

Full Spectrum Warrior- Ten Hammers – Sequel to FSW – This time on the ps2 at the same time as xbox, i was playing PS2 version. Which didn't look as good as the first game for Xbox. The control are pretty much the same as FSW with a couple added feature like percision firing from the team leader. Again you do not do any actual firing you just tell your squad where to fire. A third team is brought in from time to time the can be snipers, tanks or another squad. The team members have been given peronalites and back ground to bring them to life a little more. There is a profanity option on by default, let me says these character swear enough to make a sailor blush. This game isn't a huge improvment over the first game but worth checking out as a RTS/shooter that is really in it's own genre.

The Hustle: Detroit Streets – This is a pool/billards game that attempts to be cool…badly. The premise behind this game is that you are playing pool with the underwolrd of Detroit trying to build up enough money and cred to play other players in tougher games. Think NBA Street but with pool. It's an interesting premise, but it doesn't translate very well. Ok so enough about the back story, it's a pool game so how is the pool??? Well I've got to say it's not the worst pool game I've ever played. It has a nice mix of different types of pool (9 ball, 8-ball, 9-ball) something that for some reason we don't see in pool games very often. The player is able to pull off all the expected moves including spin and the like. It even goes so far to teach some pool thinking, like leaveing the white ball in godd position for the next shot and hooking your opponent. The AI is ok obviously getting better as the game progresses. All of this is heavily marred however by arguably the worst tutorial mode in video game history. I almost threw the game at the wall trying to figure out what the tutorial wanted me to do. Also annoying is the fact that the developers decided to use a cut scene every time you take a shot, so you line your shot's up in the regular fashion of pool games, with a disembodied pool cue, and then this animation comes on to show you hitting it. This kind of takes you out of the game every shot. Overall if you are a die hard pool fanatic whoose legs have been cut off and you can't find a chair to allow you to play at a real table this game will satisfy you as long as you can get past the horrible tutorial mode and unneeded story.

Samurai Showdown V – This is the same game you may remember. A 2D fighter with weapons. I mentioned that The first Samurai Showdown was one of my favorite fighters, and this game improves on absolutely nothing on that game. There is a ton of new characters to play as but they all pretty much play the same. The graphics are a definate flash back to the early 90's but that was 15 years ago. If you are a fan of these games give it a rent, if not you wont miss a thing with this game.

Ultimate Spider Man – This is the cartoony little brother of the earlier released Spiderman 2. Most of the game is very similar. Major differences include the cartoony feel, slightly different controls, a slighlty different acheivment system, and the big thing…the ability to play as Venom. I have to say that overall the only thing this game did for me was encourage me to throw my copy of Spiderman 2 into my PS2 and swing around for a bit. There isn't enough new and the things that stayed the same aren't done as well. For instanct there are less tall buildings to swing from. Even playing as Venom, who doesn't swing but can jump long distances isn't enjoyable to play as, or at least wasn't enjoyable to me. The only cool thing about him is that you can eat people to get health back back sucking them into the suit. Overall play Spiderman 2 first if you can't get enough this is nice, but it's not a new game, just more levels for the admittedly short original.

New Releases:


Scurge: Hive – action game – very colorful –

Big Brain Academy – another brain game – along the lines of brain age

Magnetica – was released as Puzz Loop in 1998, now has touch screen support


Scurge: Hive – action game – very colorful –

Juka and the Monophonic Menace – Adventure Game that's full of puzzel solving

Game Cube:

Major League Baseball 2K6 – Didn't the other console get this BEFORE the season began


City Life – strategy game that manages the balance of the 6 culture in urban life

Act of War: High Treason – expansion to the Act of War game – adds naval combat
Hitman: Blood Money – the latest in the Hitman series

Rush for Berlin – RTS – set in Berlin 1944-45 –
Stacked with Daniel Negreanu – Poker – this fad will end eventually

Half-Life 2: Episode One – first in a series of stand alone games set after HL2

Out of the Park Baseball Manager 2006 – Again shouldn't this have been released BEFORE the season began
Drop Team – real-time, tactical simulation –

Front Mission Online – The latest in the Front Mission series, play online only.

Hitman: Blood Money – the latest in the Hitman series

Stacked with Daniel Negreanu – Poker – this fad will end eventually

MLB SlugFest 2006 – Arcade version of Baseball – fast paced over the top.

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories – Same as PSP title but Cheaper

Stacked with Daniel Negreanu – Poker – this fad will end eventuallyXbox:

Hitman: Blood Money – the latest in the Hitman series

Stacked with Daniel Negreanu – Poker – this fad will end eventually

MLB SlugFest 2006 – Arcade version of Baseball – fast paced over the top.

Richard Burns Rally – more rally racing

Xbox 360:
Hitman: Blood Money – the latest in the Hitman series


Minnesota has passed an "Inappropriate Games" bill that will fine minors $25 for buying M or AO rated games. http://psp.ign.com/articles/709/709437p1.html

Maryland has passed a video game restriction law of it's own. The ESA ( Entertainment Software Association ) is actually backing this one. The state will place it's own ratings along side the ESRB and will fine retailers $1000 that dont comply. http://biz.gamedaily.com/industry/feature/?id=12775

Sony in it's arogance has said if we build it, they will buy it. The head of sony europe said that many will buy the PS3 just becasue Sony made it. http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3150935

During E3 Xbox live transfered over 600 Terabytes of data. This was users downloading game demos and movie trailers. The most popular being the Halo 3 trailer. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/2207229.stm

Surgeons play video games before performing surgury to reduce errors. Laparoscopic surgury involves using a "remote control" system to perform the surgury. http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=scienceNews&storyID=2006-05-24T063502Z_01_N5N185622_RTRUKOC_0_US-VIDEOGAMES.xml

The price of the Nintendo Wii should e around $220 US , this comes from the horses mouth, Yoshihiro Mori. This comes as good news, I was planning on buying this system before I knew a final price, now I will surely get one. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=aGb9SiTZ4trI&refer=top_world_news


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