Aboot Games


Episode 20

Posted by abootgames on June 12, 2006

We make it back for another week of talkin aboot games. There are quite a few releases this week, including some titiles that we definately suggest that you check out. One game was a big Independant Games Festival winner. It is great to see it released so soon. Any way on with the show

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Mini Reviews:

EXIT – For the PSP – Puzzle game where MR.ESC. has to get himself out of maze puzzels where specific tools unlock/disable specific obstackles. Now throw in companions (others in need of rescue) with their own pluses and minuses. Very simple controls to a deceptively simple game. The problems in need of soving are not very difficuilt, its more which tools to use in which order. Since each board is timed this is a great portable game. Play a fee board and putting them game down.

We Love Katamari – Very similar to the first one, but surprisingly not as fun overall. It might be the fact that it isn't fresh and new or it might be the fact that this game is very aware of itself and it's fantastically popular predecessor, but this game just doesn't stick like the last one. They've improved the graphics a bit so things a re bit less blocky; which I have to say I don't really like. My major beef is the amount of down time between actual gameplay. There's a tonne of banter between the prince, the king, and the new to this game the adoring fans of the first game. Still a fun game, still got a rush the first time I picked up a new type of living thing or better yet saw it run it fear from me. I'm not saying don't pick it up, just don't expect to floored like you were with the first one.

Untold Legends – The Warrior's Code – Hack and Slash RPG – Button masher with tslightly more strategy then the first. A couple of new playable character type (6). There are more voices in this one to break up all the readung of the dialouge from the previous game. The look has been updated but only to where I would call this 1.5. If you bought the first game there just isn't enough to justify grabbing this title too.

LOTR: The Third Age – Ok so this is EA's FF rip off based on the LOTR universe. This is a game that plays it by the numbers. There isn't anything revolutionary here and no real replay value either. What there is is a solid LOTR story that runs paralelle to the thrilogy of movies nd then some. If you're into the lore of LOTR or would like to know a bit more this game will defintly grab you. The story seems familiar and completly different all at the same time. The leveling system is fulfilling if expected. The scenes where this game the main LOTR story intersect will have you on the edge of your seat. Overall nice RPG if you like story driven games. Rent it don't buy it. Also don't play on hard mosde as the final boss is almost literally impossible. Play it on easy as the difficulty isn't what makes this a good game anyway.
New Releases:

DS –

DS lite hardware – brighter screen – smaller size

Hardcore Pool – with no info I still say it will be better the The Hustle.


Mega Man Battle Network 6: Cybeast Falzar – Action RPG. Takes the blue bomber on yet another adventure. Tactical element to the battles

Mega Man Battle Network 6 Cybeast Gregar – Same

Mega Man Anniversary Collection – Mega Man 1 – 5 for game boy on one cartridge

Dragon Ball Advanced Adventure – mixture of action adventure / multi-player arena fighting

Game Cube – Nuthin

PC –

Darwinia – one of the winner of the independant game festival –

Deep Sea Tycoon: Diver's Paradise – virtual scuba diving with missions

Gods: Land of Infinity – according to their site they do not have a distributor yet.

Alliance: Future Combat – tactical real-time strategy – Set in 2008 where a major world powr join forces / clash with each other.

Luxor Mahjong – it's mah jong

Rise & Fall: Civilizations at War

PS2 –

Armored Core: Last Raven – 10th Anniversary Game – Mech battles –

Street Fighter Alpha Anthology – Fighter Alpha, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Street Fighter Alpha 2 Gold and Street Fighter Alpha 3. As an added bonus, the "pint-sized" Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix (aka Pocket Fighter)

Urban Chaos: Riot Response – FPS – The last line of police – you do get a riot shield to use


Metal Gear Solid: Digital Graphic Novel – not a game but worth a mention

Xbox –

Urban Chaos: Riot Response – FPS – The last line of police – you do get a riot shield to use

XBOX 360 –

MotoGP 06 – motorcycle racing as good as it gets


ESA sues MINNESOTA over their video game bill. http://biz.gamedaily.com/industry/feature/?id=12886

TVHead is name that you may hear a lot about in the upcoming weeks and months. They have some major backing to develop a games on demand system that will tie together cable and IPTV. I like this idea but other have tried and failed. http://biz.gamedaily.com/industry/news/?id=12868

SMITH & JONES – http://www.smithandjones.nl/ – Has 12 step programs for battling addictions ranging from various drugs and alcohol to gambling to internet gaming to gaming. Video game addict now have a place to turn when they hit rock bottom.

The final fall out for Rockstar over the Hot Coffee controversy is now known. They are getting a slap on the wrist. They have already lost over $24 million since this began. Future infractions will carry a hefty fine $11 000. http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3151335


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