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Episode 48 – 1 Year Old.

Posted by abootgames on January 30, 2007

A huge thanks to all who have watched and listened over the first year.

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Announcements

Team Aboot Games got killed at the January CGP and Madden Challenge!
Reviews

World Of Warcraft: Burning Crusade:

  • Most of what is new does apply to high level characters. 58+
  • New continent
  • Raise level limit to 70
  • Flying mounts
  • 2 new Races – Blood Elves and Drenai
  • New proffession – Jewel crafting

Eragon – XBox 360

  • This isn’t a very good game. It’s fair to say that I didn’t like the movie very much either; althoughh the game was much worse.
  • It tries to be the LOTR game but fails horribly.
  • The cutscenes aren’t from the movie but uses the in game models

Worst Game played of the Year- Generations of Choas (PSP)

Best Game played of the Year – Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth (PSP and PSone)

New Releases –

DS –

Underground Pool –

Wii –

nothin

PC –

Blitzkrieg 2: Fall of the Reich –
PS2 –

Rogue Galaxy –
PS3 –

Nothin

PSP –

Rocky Balboa –
Xbox 360 –

Battlestations: Midway –

News –

HD-DVD may win due to porn – Sony says no and will not allow porn on blu-ray. http://www.joystiq.com/2007/01/12/porn-industry-leaning-toward-hd-dvd/ and http://gear.ign.com/articles/756/756148p1.html

After 28 hours from launch World of warcraft has it’s first level 70 character. http://www.pro-g.co.uk/news/17-01-2007-4522.html and sold 2.4 Million units sold on day 1 http://www.next-gen.biz/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4586&Itemid=2.

Hideo Kojima needs blu-ray. In an article about the length of Gears of War, Kojima hints that the storage of blu-ray may not be enough for true next gen games. http://wx411.com/blog/blogdisplay1.php?k=2007-01-23%2018:07:05

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Episode 47!

Posted by abootgames on January 15, 2007

Hey everybody – Another week down. I plan a mid week update with the footage of team Aboot Games getting killed at the January CGP.

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Reviews

Magical Starsign – DS –

  • Overly Cute RPG
  • Group of magic students out to save their teacher
  • Each stundet has elemental power
  • Standard RPG – with few choices
  • Very linear stroy – only one place to go next
  • Puzzle are mainly choosing the correct element for the obstacle
  • Graphics are colorful – each planet you visit having an elemental theme
  • Audio is SNES quality
  • Video clips are present
  • Good time killer but not for seasoned gamers

Big Brain Academy – DS

  • Not really a game, technically speaking
  • A bunch of mini puzzles that rate the mass of your brain and then offers some funny quips about you.
  • You can either practice the mini games at different difficulty levels in 1 of the 5 different categories or you can choose to take an overall evaluation.

Madden 2007 – Wii

  • Full featured version of the game.
  • Graphics look good although they could be nicer…
  • Sound is great… it’s Madden.
  • The control is where it’s at… everything is done in the Wii way.
  • It’s difficult to get learn but it’s fun and there are tutorials throughout.
  • The initial tutorial is incredibly well done and you get points.
  • The mini games are really fun and again the help you practice.
  • Best in game moment… I was defending, the ball was thrown at the receiver, I panicked and waved my arms my player swated the ball out of the air!

Hitman Blood Money – PS2 –

  • 3rd person action / stealth game
  • Play as a contract killer taking out assignments
  • each levelis open in how you go about your assignment
  • graphically as good as any in the genre
  • I still perfer Splinter Cell (mainly because online)

Retro Gaming Moment
Download of the week

War Zone 2100

  • Released originally in 1999 for PC and PS1
  • Eidos gave out the source under GNU license
  • An RTS that is pretty average
  • Runs is a smallish window on my system

New Releases –

DS –

Hardcore Pool –

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice for All – sequel to cult classic

Wii –

WarioWare: Smooth Moves –

PC –

City Life: World Edition –

Pat Sajak’s Lucky Letters – Free Download
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade –

World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Collector’s Edition –

PS2 –

NCAA March Madness 07 –

PS3 –

Nothin

PSP –

nothin

Xbox 360 –

NCAA March Madness 07 –

News –

Sony is back on track with the European launch, the low demand for PS3’s is aiding this.

Removal of Super Columbine RPG from Slamdance film festival causes a backlash http://www.slamdance.com/games/– Supporters and other competitors withdraw for contest in protest of controversial game being removed. http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3156322

MTV is in talks with Ziff Davis to purchase 1up.com and gamevideos.com – reported – possible rumor http://biz.gamedaily.com/industry/feature/?id=14927

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Episode 46

Posted by abootgames on January 8, 2007

Happy New Year. All the best to all our listeners / viewers for the coming year.

I am starting this year out by putting the show up on time, and I hope to keep this going from now on.

This week is a little light but next week will be a fully packed episode as we draw closer to Aboot Games’ 1st birthday.

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ReviewsPreview* – Rogue Galaxy –

  • RPG –
  • Cell shaded graphic giving the familliar cartoony feel
  • Real time battles with unique controls
  • Teammembers “Special” moves have to be activate.
  • I saw one button press move similar to the legend of dragoon
  • Demo had limited game play
  • One boss battle – very epic – did require a lot of items and things

Gears of War: Collector’s Edition

  • This is truly the best war based game I have ever played.
  • The collector’s edition includes the game, a behind the scens disk (which isn’t spectacular), a free XBlive accout for 48 days (this may come with the regular game), a cool hardcover book with images and text about the game, and a really nice, but big, tin box.
  • All told the game is what makes this package shine!
  • Thr graphis are immersive and dark. They’re so good you don’t notice them outside of cutscenes, you’re to immersed.
  • The sound is super spooky. Same as above, you don’t hear VO or music. It all just blends into the experience.
  • The game play is what it should be. This is a war game.
  • Your heart beats, you’re looking around scared, you’re cowering behind objects, and then you’re running and gunning to protect your team.
  • I’m playing it through in co-op mode because that’s my favourite type of gameplay. This game delivers!
  • The AI is smart enough to take advantage of you if you aren’t smart. Jumping out into the open is not a good idea!
  • You truly get the feling that 4 men against an army is NOT a good idea!
  • The only drawback I’ve found is that the game doesn’t handle mulitple save games so if you want to go back and show this game to another friend you’ll save at that spot.
  • Buy this game!

Tony Hawk: Project 8 – XB360

  • Best Tony Hawk Game since the original. Slightly better than THUG.


Retro Gaming Moment
Download of the week
New Releases –

DS –

Arthur and the Invisibles – Atari – Based on movie – 2d platformer

PC –

Arthur and the Invisibles – Atari – Based on movie – 2d platformer

Heart of Empire: Rome – sim ancient Rome?!?!

PS2 –

Arthur and the Invisibles – Atari – Based on movie – 2d platformer

PS3 –

Nada

PSP –

Nothin

Xbox 360 –

Lost Planet: Extreme Condition – Sci-Fi shooter –

Lost Planet: Extreme Condition (Collector’s Edition)

News –

HD-DVD the next betamax? – [we] don’t want to charge customers $200 extra for something that may be the next Betamax. – from the horses (microsoft’s) mouth

Golden Eye Source – as gone into Beta – if you have the nerve to be a bug hunter the link is in the notes.

Entertainment for All Expo (or “E for All” Expo) – The expo this october (18 – 20) by gamepro has a name. This event will be open to the public and will cost $100 for the 3 days. Exhibitor will be selling product on the show floor, with the proximity to the holiday this could be a great venue to launch a title. Video Games Live will also be performing at this week end.

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Episode 45!

Posted by abootgames on January 2, 2007

I am aboot a week late with the Christmas episode – but I have the video ready at the same time ( big thanks to Kamaal for that).

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Reviews

Snoopy vs. The Red Baron – PS2

  • This is great game.
  • Imagine the combat from Rogue squaron or Crimson skies, but in a fun Peanuts world.
  • Graphics are clean and very peanutty.
  • Art is a combo of cell shaded 3D stuff and actual 2D peanuts stuff
  • The music is ok, but the VO is a bit lame. The actors are obviously not the same as from the cartoon show and it feels different.
  • The gameplay is solid with a good mix of combat and flying.
  • Missions are well varied from kill this to defend that!
  • Buy this game. You WILL have fun.

Oddworld, Stranger’s wrath –

  • 3rd person action game with FPS elements.
  • In the same universe as previous Oddworlds games
  • plays like many other action games.
  • Bounty enemies for cash to upgrade and catch bigger/ badder emenies.

Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition – PS2

  • To start I have never played on of these before. I’ve seen the first one played, but never done it myself.
  • This game as everybody knows is all about cool. This game covers cool, like a fat guy on a bicycle seat.
  • Graphics are very nice for the PS2. FMVs are pretty and full of humour.
  • The sound is well done, but the hard rock soundtrack is kind of annoying during the load screen… especially after you’ve died 3 or 4 times on a mission and it starts from the same spot.
  • Gameplay is the same old DMC fair: You fight hordes of spooky baddies using swords and guns in a multitude of high flying combos.
  • If you like 3rd person action (Final Fight updated) this is a great game. If you’re looking for a deeper story or something a bit more tactical this ain’t for you.


Retro Gaming Moment

Scorched Earth

  • 2d turn based straegy game
  • Freeware game released 1995
  • similar to worms
  • UBER cutomizable – gravity / weapons / physics / rubber walls / so much more
  • Weapons make all the fun
  • I would love to see an online componant added –
  • insoired Scorched Earth 3d

Download of the week

Assault Heroes – XBLA

  • Fun Smash TV kinda game
  • In and out of Vehicle Fun
  • 800 XB points to buy

New Releases – Slow week/ Holiday season

NONE – for any system – It’s freaking Christmas.
News –

PS3 supply bigger then demand. WTF?? http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=21856

Wii – Madden will use the now live forecast channel to set in game weather. http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3156022

Burger King Games sell 2 million, http://biz.gamedaily.com/industry/news/?id=14813

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