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Episode 42! Wii and Socom.

Posted by abootgames on November 27, 2006

Well today we review one of the new consoles, everyone who has listened before will know which one wii picked.

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Reviews

Socom – Combined Assault:

  • Only slight improvements over “3”
  • More weapons / bigger maps / Co-op online play
  • Cross talk object more immediate –
  • Big step in AI from 3 – enemies can spot you better
  • More open ended mission style
  • Extra maps from “3” will still work (same extra maps from 2)
  • Boomer is finally DEAD!

Socom – Fire Team Bravo 2:

  • Keeps everything good for first game
  • Controls are still solid
  • Better inventory system
  • Same cut scenes as CA
  • more polished graphics then first
  • Online is still amazing (other developers take note)
  • “purchasing”‘ of new equipment is a nice touch

Wii Sports – Wii?

  • Really fun
  • Incorporates controllers well
  • Not as fantastic as I expected… It’s a free bundle game!
  • Lots o’ fun stuff in dere

Excite Truck – Wii

  • My wife loves this game
  • simple racing game
  • modify-able terrain

Retro Gaming Moment

Pilotwings – SNES

  • Great flight sim that let’s you play a variety of different vehicles.
  • Challenging yet rewarding
  • best ebay price:

Download of the week

Superman Returns – the Video Game

  • A spiderman 2 type game
  • Similar fun factor as well
  • fighting is ok,
  • using the various super powers is cool
  • Flying through the cityscape rocks ass!
  • Well thought out… You don’t take dmg from normal things.

New Releases

DS –

Lionel Trains On Track – game inspired by a toy line.

Hamsterz Life – a virtual hamster

Cartoon Network Racing – mario kart-esque game with cartoon network characters.

Game Cube –

Nothin –

Wii –

Nothin –

PC –

Star Wars: Best of PCStar Wars: Empire at War, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Star Wars Battlefront, Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, and Star Wars Republic Commando. and a 14 trial of Galaxies.

PS2 – games are planned for release through to 2008, due to largest current install base.

Cartoon Network Racing –

Mercury Meltdown Remix – home version of PSP game. guide flowing mercury through a maze a la marble madness.

PS3 –

Nothin

PSP –

Online Chess Kingdoms – the best looking chess game i have EVER seen.

Puzzle Scape – puzzel game that has you arranging blocks – sounds like a few others.

Xbox –

Nothin – not too much on the horizon too

Xbox 360 –

Rapala Tournament Fishing – WHY?

News

Sony shipped less then half of the already reduced numbers promised – reports that only 125K – 175k units arrived on launch day. down form the 400K previously expected. http://biz.gamedaily.com/industry/feature/?id=14540

The PSone download service has launched in Japan – In north america games will be between $5.99 and $10.99 – not bad but more then th $4.50 in Japan – PS3 is needed to get the games – THANKS SONY!! – the games are download to the PS3 which can’t play them ?!?!? (yet) http://gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=21243 /

Taco Bell is overing $12 500 in taco bell dollars to the first person to trade in a brand new PS3 – the ubit will go to the Boys and girls club. That works out ot 1 taco a day for 54 years.

Many reports of Wii related injuries. Many have discovered they do not have enough room.

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Episode 41!

Posted by abootgames on November 21, 2006

Sorry for being late ( again ), but this was a very crazy week end with the launch of 2 new systems.

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Reviews

Hunter the Reckoning – XB

  • Decent dungeon crawler with a horror twist.
  • RPG elements aren’t as big as other games in this genre, but it makes up for it in hecticness.
  • Unlike other games in this ilk you are forced to play as a team. Gameplay is to hectic to play alone.
  • The control style is very similar to smash tv except that the fire button isn’t linked to the aim.
  • Level of difficulty can be crazy even with 4 players as I played it.
  • If you like this type of game and have 3 friends who love games that force you to work together buy this game. I got it used for $10.

Bounty Hounds – PSP

  • Hack and Slash game
  • Set in distant future battling alien robots
  • Button masher
  • Limit Camera control – Reset behiind only
  • Too many attacks from off screen
  • Great control scheme – ability to quick change Left / right / both weapons
  • visaully stunning / not too much goin on to be distracting
  • I would pass on this title but look forward to a sequel

Driver: Paralelle Lines – PS2

  • Good entry into the sandbox genre
  • Surprisingly fun game considering how crappy Driv3r was.
  • Cool 70s soundtrack
  • Cool 70s feel
  • Dated graphics
  • Feels like GTAIII with the detail of San Andreas
  • Great car editor.

Retro Gaming Moment

NHLPA 93 – Sega Genesis

  • NOT Licensed by the League, only Player Association
  • Real Players on Generic City Named teams
  • No frills hockey game only shooting and passing.
  • No penelties
  • Affectionately called “AWW C’MON” by me and my friends.


Download of the week

Vectrex Emulator – ParaJVE?

  • Keeps crashing my machine!!!

New Releases

DS –

Superman Returns: The Videogame – game based on most recent movie – just in time for the DVD release

Inuyasha: Feudal Combat – fighting game based on the anime series

Game Cube –

Superman Returns: The Videogame – game based on most recent movie – just in time for the DVD release

Wii –

Nothin – It was just released yesterday – will be a little bit for any new releases

PC –

Battlefield 2: Booster Pack Collection – a couple battlefield expansions in one box

Gander Mountain Trophy Hunter 2007 – hunting silmulation game –

Star Shatterer: Gathering Storm –

Superman Returns: The Videogame – game based on most recent movie – just in time for the DVD release

Timothy and Titus – 3d adventure game similar to Jak – name even looks the same

Jackass – the MTV show – i have no words

Delta Force – Black Hawk Down: Team Sabre – expansion pack

PS2 –

College Hoops 2K7 – 2k7 series NCAA basket ball

Gander Mountain Trophy Hunter 2007 – hunting silmulation game –

Superman Returns: The Videogame – game based on most recent movie – just in time for the DVD releaseLucinda Greens Equestrian Challenge – more horse racing fun

Jackass – the MTV show – i have no words

PS3 –

Nothin

PSP –

Superman Returns: The Videogame – game based on most recent movie – just in time for the DVD release

Jackass – the MTV show – i have no words

Xbox –

College Hoops 2K7 – 2k7 series NCAA basket ball

Gander Mountain Trophy Hunter 2007 – hunting silmulation game –

Superman Returns: The Videogame – game based on most recent movie – just in time for the DVD release

Xbox 360 –

College Hoops 2K7 – 2k7 series NCAA basket ball

Superman Returns: The Videogame – game based on most recent movie – just in time for the DVD release

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas – tactical squad based shooter –

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas (Limited Edition)

News

Great Canadian Video Game contest. Canadian Developer have a competition with $2 million prizes. With the costs of R & D of todays games not a huge amount but a great contest none the least. There is 3 rounds 10 companies will be chosen for the first round, and will be given up to $50 000. In the second round 4 of the 10 will move on and receive up to $ 250 000 to further complete the project. The winner of that round will recieve up to $500 000 to bring the project to commercialization. http://www.telefilm.gc.ca/game

Ziff Davis has discontinued the Official Playstation Magazine after a 9 year run. I read this just aboot every month main for the demo disc.

A second Wii is in the works. http://biz.gamedaily.com/industry/feature/?id=14430

Toys “r” us screwed over their canadian customers at the launch of the Wii. They had a Pre-order special f an extra control and game for $280 but removed the controler and game from the package at the last minute.

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Episode 40!

Posted by abootgames on November 13, 2006

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Announcements

We have expanded the Aboot Games team. We would like to welcome Kamaal who will be taking over the video side of the aboot games production.Reviews

Reservoir Dogs (PS2) –

  • Great addition to the story – extra info not seen in the movie –
  • The “control” of the police is a nice touch
  • Having 2 paths – psychopath and professional gives a tiny bit of replayability
  • The visuals are dated and look old
  • The driving portions are terrible
  • The action portions aren’t that great – trys to add stealth elements but fails
  • The soundtrack is the awesome “K-Billy super sounds of the 70’s”
  • Voice actors seems like they are trying to be the original actor and not the character.
  • Cutscene’s are CG’d scenes from the movie, mostly edited both for time and content.
  • This would make a great extra disk in the 15th anniversary edition (which is advertised in the instruction book) but not much more.

Final Fantasy XII – PS2

  • Much better than I expected, based on what I saw in the preview from Dragon Quest VIII
  • Story is fantastic! Fully imersive, great cut scenes, everythign done right.
  • The sound is stellar as always, VO is top notch
  • Graphics look dated. It’s an old console now and it shows. I’d love to see a version of this for XB360 or the PS3… won’t happen.
  • Colour palette is muted and everything kind of blends together.
  • The combat is the thing… It’s good, very reminisent of a MMO, but I miss the old style of fighting.
  • The extra that come with the collector’s edition are nice, but not… OMG I can’t lve without nice.

Download of the week

Tony Hawk’s Project 8

  • New “Nail The Trick” mode is awesome.

Retro Gaming Moment

Palamedes

  • Coloumns + Poker + Crack = this game
  • Ebay buy it now $1.99

New Releases

DS –

Yoshi’s Island DS – action platformer
Asphalt: Urban GT 2 – wacky racing

Bionicle Heroes – action game
Charlotte’s Web – based on the book

Eragon – based on upcoming movie

Final Fantasy III –

Gunpey DS – puzzel game
Happy Feet – gotta love a game where you play as a penguin
Spider-Man: Battle for New York

Tomb Raider: Legend – finally
GBA –

March of the Penguins – another game where youplay as a penguin – what a week?!
Backyard Basketball 2007 –
Bionicle Heroes –

Charlotte’s Web –

Eragon –

F-24: Stealth Fighter –

Happy Feet –

Rayman Raving Rabbids – new and unique Rayman game
Shrek Smash and Crash – shrek racing game
Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis –

Spider-Man: Battle for New York –

Super Robot Taisen Original Generation 2
Tomb Raider: Legend –

Totally Spies! 2: Undercover –
Game Cube –

Tomb Raider: Legend –

Shrek Smash and Crash –

Happy Feet –

Bionicle Heroes –

Wii –

Avatar: The Last Airbender – based on TV show
Barnyard – new system

Cars – new system

Rampage: Total Destruction – new system

The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy – based on cartoon

GT Pro Series – racing game
Happy Feet –

Metal Slug Anthology – a bunch of metal slud games in 1

Rapala Trophies – new system

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz –

Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII – new system

Call of Duty 3 –

Elebits –
Excite Truck –
Far Cry – Vengence –
Madden 07 – new system

Marvel: Ultime Alliance –

Rayman Raving Rabbids –

Red Steel –

Trauma Center: Second Opinion –

Need For Speed Carbon – new system

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess –

30 + Virtual Console games

PC –

EverQuest II: Echoes of Faydwer –

Gothic 3 –

Harley Davidson Motorcycles –

Scions of Fate –

Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express –

Backyard Basketball 2007 –

Bionicle Heroes –

Catz 2006 –

Charlotte’s Web –

Dark Age of Camelot: 5th Anniversary –

Dogz 2006 –

Eragon –

Happy Feet –

Heroes of Might and Magic V: Hammers of Fate –

Horsez –

Medieval 2: Total War –

Rayman Raving Rabbids –

Warhammer: Mark of Chaos –

Warhammer: Mark of Chaos (alternate box) – ???????

PS2 –

Bionicle Heroes –

Brave: The Search for Spirit Dancer –

Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 2 –

Eragon –

Happy Feet –

Harley Davidson Motorcycles: Race to Rally –

History Channel: Civil War –

Horsez –

Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles –

Need for Speed Collector’s Series –

NFL Street 3 –

Pimp My Ride –

Sing Star –

SingStar Rocks! –

SingStar Rocks! (w/Mics) –

Victorious Boxers 2: Fighting Spirit –

PS3 –

Madden NFL 07 –

Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII –

Call of Duty 3 –

Full Auto 2: Battlelines –

Genji: Days of the Blade –

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance –

Mobile Suit Gundam: Crossfire –

NBA 07 –

NBA 2K7 –

Need for Speed Carbon –

NHL 2K7 –

Resistance: Fall of Man –

Ridge Racer 7 –

Sonic the Hedgehog –

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 –

Tony Hawk’s Project 8 –

Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom –

PSP –

EA Replay –

Eragon –

Gitaroo-Man Lives! –

Gunpey –

LUXOR: Wrath of Set –

Metal Slug Anthology –

NFL Street 3 –

Pimp My Ride –

Rayman Raving Rabbids –

Shrek Smash and Crash –

Pocket Racers –

Warhammer: Battle for Atluma –

Xiaolin Showdown –

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force –

Xbox –

Bass Pro Trophy Fishing –

Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 2 –

Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix 4 –

Eragon –

Xiaolin Showdown –

Xbox 360 –

Bionicle Heroes –

Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 2 –

Eragon –

History Channel: Civil War –

Pimp My Ride –

Sonic the Hedgehog –

WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2007

WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2007 (Special Edition)

News

Microsoft will be adding functionality to Live and pressuring Sony at the same time. On November 22nd Live will get an update that will allow download of HD movies and tv shows. This will also be available for the Zune. The movie will only be playable for 24 hours after start of play. http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3154951

New Katamari? – Namco has recently filed 3 trademarks for new Katarmi titles. Beautiful Katamari Damacy, Katamari Damacy Tres Bien, and Katamari Damacy-kun. http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3155032

The PS3 will have a firmware update ready to go on day number 1.

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Episode 39

Posted by abootgames on November 6, 2006

This week we are back in the Great White North!

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Reviews

Dragon Quest VIII –

  • True to the original, turn based RPG
  • Cell shaded graphics give a cartoon feel.
  • New menu option – Intimidate – scare off enemies, or cause instant attack
  • Grand epic story line
  • Voice over in cut scene’s is way over the top.
  • No voice outside of cut scene’s
  • Awesome Orchestral score

Echanted Arms – 360

  • Mixed feelings on this one.
  • Horrible story: Imagine the worst Japaneese RPG then multiply by a your shoe size bad story
    • One of the main chars is way over the top gay. Not sure if this was supposed to be a pro gay statement, which would have been way cool and refreshing but instead it comes out as gay bashing.
    • Most NPCs have names that relfect their current mood, like “Girl who loves her brother”. It’s like it was written for 7 year old Japaneese girls or something
  • The game is beautiful although not groundbreaking in any regard.
  • The sound is good, very nice, not groundbreaking.
  • The combat system however is where it’s at. It’s a tactical kinda turn based thingy. At first it’s a bit weird, but once you get used to it it’s really cool.
  • Theleveling system is different enough to be interesting.
  • Final word: Hated it at first, gonna keep playing it now. Starting to get good. Buy it cheap and expect it to suck for the first hour or so. It’s worth it.

Wipeout: Pure –

  • Super fast sled racing
  • Several different Levels (increasing in difficulty)
  • Great visual sense of speed
  • The voice over is lost in the background music and sound effect
  • Content downloads add a huge amount of tracks and sleds

N3 – 360

  • Prettiest game I’ve seen so far on the 360!
  • Fun hack and slash in the ilk of Dynasty warriors.
  • Do Not be fooled, Kingdom under Fire this aint.
  • Crazy amounts of enemies on screen.
  • Final word: Technical masterpiece // the game is pretty much same old same old.

Online Retro Moment.

http://www.vnes.thatsanderskid.com/

  • A cool site that let’s you play hundreds of NES games in the comfort of your browser.
  • No blowing required!

New Releases

DS –

Elite Beat Agents – Japanese game coming out in North America

Bomberman Land Touch! – action adventure game with 36 – mini games –

Digimon World DS –

Uno / Skip-Bo / Uno Freefall – card games

GBA –

Final Fantasy V Advance – remake of SNES game

Game Cube –

nothin
PC –

Great Invasions – a board game looking game

Model Train 3D –

Final Fantasy XI: The Vana’diel Collection 2007 – all expansions in ine box

Left Behind: Eternal Forces – Christian video game based on a novel series

PS2 –

Disney’s Chicken Little: Ace in Action – action game based on a part of the chicken little movie

Call of Duty 3 – another WWII FPS

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 – more cell shaded fighting in the DBZ world

Sega Genesis Collection – 30 genesis titles

SOCOM U.S. Navy Seals: Combined Assault – Socom 3.5 – the extra maps that never came for 3 – now with online co-op

The Sopranos: Road to Respect –

The Sopranos: Road to Respect (Collector’s Edition)

Tony Hawk’s Project 8 – an SSX style tony hawk game

PSP –

Activision Hits Remixed – ooh boy “pitfall”

Sega Genesis Collection – 30 genesis titles

SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 2 – cross talk game for the PSP

Tony Hawk’s Project 8

Xbox –

Call of Duty 3 – another WWII FPS

Tony Hawk’s Project 8 – an SSX style tony hawk game

Xbox 360 –

Call of Duty 3 – another WWII FPS

Gears of War

Gears of War (Collector’s Edition)

News

Good news for the Phantom – Alienware (owned by Dell) likes the Lapboard and Laser mouse and has placed an order. Alienware will integrate these item into their Media Center PC’s. So Phantom will make some money. http://biz.gamedaily.com/industry/news/?id=14302

Gamepro Expo will take place in LA in October 07 – An E3-esque show that will be “OPEN TO THE PUBLIC”. No publishers have signed on at this point. http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3154850

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