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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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