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Episode 55!

Posted by abootgames on March 26, 2007

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Reviews –

Bullet Witch – XB360

  • This is another of those games that I could only sit through for an hour. It’s that bad!
  • It’s good looking third person shooter with “magic”
  • You play as the Bullet Witch (there is a name it doesn’t matter… really it doesn’t). A girl roaming post apocalyptic America in your hunt to kill demons from below. Pretty standard fair.
  • The opening cutscene for this movie will make you want cringe as it plays much more like a commercial for the game than an actual intro to the “story”.
  • Gameplay is the standard 2 analog stick moving and aiming setup with your shooting and dodging attached to the triggers
  • the shoulder “buttons” and the face buttons are used for your awesome witch powers which are not quite awesom and not quite witch like…
  • The control feels sluggish, there is no target snap and dodgin involes thes over the top spread eagled jumps that make Lara Croft’s flips look like falling down drunk.
  • The powers that I saw included a wall that is great to stop bullets, both the enemies and yours… and it disappears pretty quickly. a force push that doesn’t effect the enemies (or at least I couldn’t get it too) and this big lightning effect that you have to aim a t a big tank to continue a certian part. Oops the Tank shot and killed me while I was setting all that up! Oh yeah you can heal civilions too. Ooooh whoose the badass witch now?!?
  • The graphics are pretty, but the animations are clunky just like the controls.
  • The audio again is okay. It’s nothing to write home about.
  • This is an ignore.

Valkyrie Profile 2:Silmeria

  • builds on a great game
  • Amazing 3d look in essentially 3d game
  • Battles are cross of Tactile / real time
  • Engrossing Story.

Red Steel – Wii

  • The first FPS on thw Wii.
  • Not a great game, but hardly a stinker
  • The control is really difficult to get used to, but once you do it is servicable
  • The graphics are stylized, but still not great. They try to go to realistic.
  • Again sound is okay but not great.
  • This is a rent for it’s novelty… not for any other reson.

Retro –

Download –

New Releases –

DS –

Pogo Island – 5 most popular games from pogo.com –

Honeycomb Beat – music driven puzzle game (lumines?)

Konami Classics Series: Arcade Hits – Circus Charlie, Contra, Gradius, Roc’N Rope, Rush’N Attack, Time Pilot, Track & Field, and Yie-Ar Kung Fu – I have heard of some of these.

Purr Pals – another virtual pet.

Wii –

Medal of Honor: Vanguard –
PC –

Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars – RTS game –

Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars (Kane Edition)

The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles – Expansion for Oblivion.

PS2 –

Made Man – Based on real life events – word that should never be associated with a video game (maybe a sports game)

Medal of Honor: Vanguard –

The Red Star – based on comic book – didn’t I see this game a year ago

PS3 –

Nothin

PSP –

Nothin
Xbox 360 –

The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles – Expansion for Oblivion.

News –

Sony is loosing exclusive tiles. First Devil May Cry 360, now Final Fantasy XIII.

New Xbox 360 just around the corner? The black 360 with 120 gig HD and HDMI output to be released in aboot a month. http://www.joystiq.com/2007/03/20/hdmi-enabled-black-xbox-360-in-late-april-for-479/

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Episode 54! Tin Box!

Posted by abootgames on March 19, 2007

I am please to announce that I am putting all the filesup on the correct day this week.

The first litle change to the site and show is the ability to subscribe via email. There is a box on the right bar where you can enter your email address and recieve note on when new Episodes are posted. The link below will also appear in all show note updates from now on.

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Reviews –

Star Trek: Legacy – XB360

  • Another surprisingly good game… not great, but good.
  • In single player you play as one of 3 Star Trek Captians (Archer, Kirk, or Picard) and progress through

Arena Football – PS2

  • Mix of madden / blitz / Street
  • Different and infuriating rules
  • Limited plays
  • Incredible amount of unlockable teams
  • Fast paced
  • woth the $10 I paid.

Trauma Center: Second Opinion – Wii

Trauma Center: Under the Knife – DS

  • 2 surgery sims, that are more or less the same game… at least the first 5 missions or so.
  • This game intermixes short “story” scenes akin to dialogue in a cheesy Japanese RPG. In other words a mostly static image of a person comes up on screen and some dialogue is displayed below.
    • This was acceptable on the DS, it’s a cop out on the Wii.
  • “Story” aside this game is about the surgery and the surgery is good.
  • You use the touch screen in conjunction with the DS’s shoulder buttons or the Wiimote to perform a variety of surgery type tasks like suturing, using the scalpel, etc…
  • It isn’t overly gross or anything, but it does get right into the human body.
  • The sound is very limited, again this is fine on the DS, not fine on the Wii
  • The graphics are fine for the game. They’re kind of cartoony which makes the operations palatable. On the Wii the patients are 3D, which makes no difference as you end up operating on a static patient anyway.
  • Gameplay consists of performing operations in parts, each of which consisting of a nurse telling you what to do and you trying to carry it out.
  • If you’re sloppy or slow the patient loses health and eventually will die.
  • To avoid repetition the instructions become vaguer or farther apart and the time allotment gets smaller.
  • Overall it’s better on the DS, but it’s pretty cool on either system. Although it’s value is multiplied by the DS because you’ll tend to play in shorter sittings.
  • Gameplay will get a bit dry after a while so I suggest a rent.

Valkyrie Profile 2 – next week.

Retro –

Download –

New Releases –

DS –
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords – A puzzel RPG.

Steel Horizon – Turn based strategy game. Build a WWII navy fleet.

Theme Park – one of the first “SIM” games – and one of my favorites –

TMNT – based on Cg movie –

Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters World Championship 2007 – umm YEAH

Wii –

Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII – Same as game released previously on PS3 and Xbox.

Cooking Mama: Cook Off – Same as DS title.

Kororinpa Marble Mania – kinda like a new marble madness

The Godfather: Blackhand Edition – Same as game released previously on PS3 and Xbox.

TMNT –

Wing Island – a flight game using the unique control of the wii.

PC –

Frontline: Fields of Thunder – The 3rd WWII game on the release list this week.

Genesis Rising: The Universal Crusade

TMNT –

PS2 –

Shining Force Exa – Action RPG

Test Drive Unlimited – same as other already released

TMNT –

UEFA Champions League 2006-2007 – It’s been a couple years since EA has released a soccer game with this title.

PS3 –
Armored Core 4 – Mech combat now blasts on the PS3

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion – Xbox 360 previously

The Godfather: Don’s Edition – That makes like 5 different versions of this game now

Virtua Tennis 3 – crazy realistic tennis action

PSP –

After Burner: Black Falcon – sweet afterburner

Disney’s Meet the Robinsons – Based on CG movie.

Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai – Another Road – Fight game in the Dragonball universe

Full Auto 2: Battlelines – Car combat game now portable

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords – A puzzel RPG.

TMNT – based on Cg movie –

UEFA Champions League 2006-2007 – It’s been a couple years since EA has released a soccer game with this title.

Virtua Tennis 3 – crazy realistic tennis action

Xbox 360 –

Armored Core 4 – Mech combat now blasts on the PS3

Earth Defense Force 2017 – 3rd person shooter –

TMNT – based on Cg movie –
UEFA Champions League 2006-2007 – It’s been a couple years since EA has released a soccer game with this title.

Virtua Tennis 3 – crazy realistic tennis action

News –

New PSP comin this Christmas?? –

Halo 3, Legendary Edition to be $199 n Canada, it better be a joke.

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Episode 53!

Posted by abootgames on March 13, 2007

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Reviews –

GT Pro Series – Wii

  • Surprisingly good racing game
  • The Wii-mote is held with the D-Pad facing you and you use it like a steering whell. In fact if you buy this game it comes with a plastic steering wheel you can snap your Wii-mote into. Either way it controls the same
  • The game is cell shaded so the look is take it or leave it.
  • The sound is decen’t but not fantastic, the remote doesn’t do much.
  • Gameplay very similar to a Gran Turismo or the like. You race the NPCs to unlock new tracks and upgrades.
  • The real story here is the controls which is fantastic. I completly expected it to suck and I was greatly surprised that from the get go it controlled like a car.
  • Don’t be confused, this game does not control like Excite Truck; which is loose and spongy in my opinion. This game controls like a car, you can power slide recover, and the whole bit.
  • Multiplayer includes 2-4 player split screen.
  • If your looking for a racing game on the Wii I suggest this title.

Flyff – Fly For Fun – Free mmo – Website here!

  • cartoony anime style – if kindom hearts was an MMO this would be it.
  • tutorial drag out way too long
  • I have played better MMO’s but this is worth the download.
  • Well worth the cost.

Trauma Center: Second Opinion – Wii

Trauma Center: Under the Knife – DS

  • A surgery sim

Retro –

Download –

New Releases –

DS –
Wiffle Ball Advance – Ummm wiffle ball??

Spectrobes – Action RPG /pokemon/monster rancher kinda mash up – anime style – good use of touch screen and microphone – the powr up cards look unique

Disney’s Herbie Rescue Rally – second Disney Game this week – racing game – meh

Custom Robo Arena – yet another robot battle game

Wii –

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 – The premiere golf game makes it’s wii debut

PC –

IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946 – Flight sim with classic fighter planes from UBI soft

Making History: The Calm and the Storm – a table top looking game “The fate of that nation is entirely in your hands as the world melts into chaos and global conflict. With behavioral models of over 70 countries Making History is a totally new approach to strategy games, where brain cells are as important as bullets.” HUH???

Silent Hunter: Wolves of the Pacific – taking WWII wher it has rarely gone before – UNDERWATER – submarine combat game

PS2 –

God of War II – surely to be the ultimate platformer

PS3 –

F.E.A.R. – FPS that was released to the PC previously – We review the free multiplayer game for the PC.

PSP –

Call of Duty: Roads to Victory – Another call of duty game – with unique levels and guns – how many times can that be said – and still no online componant

Xbox 360 –

Worms – XBLA

News –

Mobile Gaming focus at day one of GDC.

New DREAMCAST game!!!!

Sony announces Home.

LEGO MMO. Lego has teamed with Net Devil for the creation of a Lego MMO game. http://www.netdevil.com/press/release.php?id=207

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Episode 52!

Posted by abootgames on March 6, 2007

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Reviews

Killzone Liberation- PSP –

Avatar the Last Airbender – DS

  • A good little Action based RPG

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin – DS –

Over-G Fighters – XB260

  • Ultra realistic Fighter plane SIM with a weired Japaneese feeling to it
  • Good online presence, if you like flight SIM nerds!

Retro –
Download –

Blitz the League Demo – XB 360

New Releases –

DS –

Wario: Master of Disguise – Platformer and Mini Games

Frisbee / Frisbee Golf –

Wii –

Mario Party 8 – Just like the first 7 – a collection of mini games
PC –

Dynasty League Baseball– baseball manager game with all time great teams

Titan Quest: Immortal Throne – Expansion – more characters – more classes – more stuff

Tortuga: Two Treasures – An action adventure game –
PS2 –

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories – you already know

Burnout Dominator – Another burnout game – my current favorite racing city.

Carol Vorderman’s Sudoku – would be better on a handheld

PS3 –

Def Jam: Icon – Wresstling / fighting game –

Motor Storm – Holy crap does this look good – finally anthoer awsome sony exclusive game

NBA Street Homecourt – Same as 360 game we mentioned last week.

PSP –

Hard Rock Casino

Burnout Dominator –

Carol Vorderman’s Sudoku –

Hot Wheels Ultimate Racing

ProStroke Golf – World Tour 2007

Xbox 360 –

Def Jam: Icon – Wresstling / fighting game –

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 – Demo was released Last week.

News –

The GDC (Game Developers Conference) starts this week. There will be updates on our website and plenty to talk about next week.

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