Friday, June 29, 2012

The Never Ending 7th Fantasy

If I see another goddamn "VII" behind these final fantasies..

I loved Final Fantasy 7 (note: past tense)

When it first came out for the PSX - I was wow-ed with the graphics, the combat system, the characters, the cutscenes and the story. It pulled me in and kept me playing until I finished the game. Newcomers would come and ask me what games to get for the PSX. "Get FF7, man! Its awesome!", was my reply.

Square-Enix.. or back when they were known as Squaresoft (before they had sex with Enix), realised FF7's potential and popularity. Even after successful releases such as FF8, 9 and 10 (oh and it's god forsaken dress-up sequel) years later, they would still return to FF7 because of it's huge fanbase.

This is when they decided to milk the cow.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The End of Mass Effect. FOR REAL.

"Hello again, Shepard.. do what you must.." - artwork by Dragetta
I was skeptical at first.

It would hurt any gamer out there to kill good friend Marauder Shields yet again to find out the new endings that was prepared by Bioware. Is it enough to redeem themselves after three months?

Spoilers ahoy.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

(Film) The FP - In the future, we dance like dorks

Post-apocalyptic. Chaos. No government. No security. Gangs fight to claim territory playing Dance Dance Revolution.

Well, in this case, its called Beat-Beat Revolution to avoid any unnecessary copyrights but you get the idea.

This film is called The FP. Think Dodgeball but with dorky dancing. It seems like a bad movie but thats the whole point. I watched the first 10 minutes preview in youtube and I fuckin loved it. A videogame inspired movie done right. Check it out.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Answering the Call of Duty and earning Medals of Honor

It was the early 2000s and WW2 first person shooters was at it's peak at the time. The first Medal of Honor (MOH) was released for the PSX which introduced players to a WW2 FPS experience with an incredible soundtrack. MOH received generally good reviews and with its success, EA kept up with the momentum and released MOH: Underground as a successor to the first game. Later on, MOH: Allied Assault for the PC was released in 2002 which wow-ed the fps players during the time.

If you so happen to live under a rock, spoilers inside.

The End(ing) of Mass Effect

Yeah, I'm fully aware I'm late joining in the Mass Effect 3 Ending Rant bandwagon. I'm also aware that Bioware (hey that rhymes) decided to release an Extended Cut DLC to improve the endings with additional scenes.

Anyway, so I got around finishing it. Bear in mind, the major factor that stopped me from finishing it earlier was the countless of other rants about the ending. And I ignored good ol' Marauder Shield's warning too (bless his reaper corrupted soul). I'm sorry, dude. I had to waste my thermal ammo on you just to see all of the god-forsaken endings on my own.

For those who haven't played any of the ME games or have not finished ME3 yet, this will be a spoilerific post. Proceed with extreme caution, Shepard.

Here's my Marauder Shield moment. Click below at your own risk. My thoughts on Mass Effect 3 and it's endings.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Walking Dead Episode 1 Review

Just in case you didn't understand what the title is about.

The Walking Dead Episode 1 is the first installment of a five episode survival horror adventure developed by Telltale Games who also did the Tales of Monkey Island and Back To The Future games. As most of you know, its based on the acclaimed graphic novel and later, tv series of the same name.

A game with zombies instantly relates to the survival horror genre, correct? Not for Telltale's The Walking Dead.

God of War: Ascension ..has multiplayer


Sunday, April 29, 2012

Playstation All-Star Battle Royale | Update

There we have it folks. The first video sneak-peek for Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale!

Its not a ripoff of Nintendo's Super Smash Bros after all!

..if you believed that, that means you havent watched the video or ever played a battle royale game featuring a console's all-star cast. Watch the video, damn you!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale | Sony Smash Bros..?

Now.. Imagine Crash Bandicoot kicking Kratos' ass.

Got that? Good.

 I guess that's what we'll be expecting with the recently announced PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. A mouthful title indeed and the most ambitious one so far.

"SUPER SMASH BROS RIPOFF!!" is probably everybody's first expectation of the game. Sadly, that includes mine as well.

As much as I wish it would have Mortal Kombat-esque violence plus Tekken style fighting system, I doubt it'll be something like that. To be honest, I haven't the faintest idea of how Sony can make this All-Star brawl a unique experience without giving much reference to Nintendo's already established battle royale game. Then again, its not the first time Sony referenced a Nintendo trademark.

Don't get me wrong, I'd bloody love to see Nathan Drake, a Helghast, a Resistance's Chimera, Kratos, Wander, Crash and a fucking Patapon duke it out in a Gran Turismo level with Locorocos rolling. I have doubts as much as I have my hopes up for this title. So do impress us, Sony.


Monday, April 23, 2012

Review - Rocket Birds: Hardboiled Chicken | Cooked just right

Rocket Birds: Hardboiled Chicken
Developer: Ratloop Asia
Genre: Sidescroller Shooter
Platforms: PS3 (PSN)
Released: Oct 18th 2011

Penguins. Penguins are cute. So cute you’ll obey their every command and acknowledge their greatness as the superior race that ever walked this pla- STOP IT RIGHT THERE! STAND UP AND FIGHT! DO NOT LET THE PENGUINS MANIPULATE YOU! YOU ARE FREE! GO AGAINST THEIR TYRANNY AND PROVE TO THEM THAT YOU ARE ….chickens.

Well, that pretty much explains what you’re up against in Ratloop Asia’s sidescrolling indie shooter, Rocket Birds: Hard Boiled Chicken. Available in PSN as a downloadable title.

As I’ve pointed out more than enough, you play as a badass gun-toting and rocket flying chicken by the name of ..Hardboiled Chicken in the game’s singleplayer campaign. As the story goes, the evil penguin nation (think Nazis + Soviet influences) has waged war all over the world and it’s up to Hardboiled to save the day.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

God of War Ascension Teaser

Well.. judging by the recently announced God of War title, it seems like its not a "4" after all.

Rather than a sequel to 2010's blockbuster hit where we hope Kratos would go to other god realms to kill Thor, Jupiter, Amaterasu and have a fuck awesome rock concert battle finale with Jesus, we get another prequel. It seems like Kratos would never get any less of those, huh? Ah well.. you got a cow, so milk it.

As what was gathered from the teaser, it seems like they'll be focusing on Kratos' tale as a spartan warrior before he made a pact with Hades, goes to hell, kills and replaced Hades, gets betrayed by Zeus, goes to hell again, added Titans on facebook, remembered his encounter about Persephone wanting to rebel against the gods and another trip to hell in between, goes to Olympus, kills more gods, went to hell again just to kill it's owner, faced Zeus in an epic final showdown, screws Athena (not literally..), kills himself and finally, remembered his encounter with his brother, Deimos, who was stuck in hell Thanatos' realm.

That aside, it does seem interesting. Maybe we'll get more backstory of Kratos' rivalry with the Barbarian Chieftan. Even better, we'll see a more honorable and calm side of Kratos before he went batshit crazy and killed his family. Oh, and probably another trip to hell.

Keep them previews coming, Sony. We want to know more!

P.S - For a titan who got screwed by Kratos in the end, Gaia really doesn't mind to do story narrations for Kratos.. Oh and this post may contain spoilers.. too late?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A try at Gaming Journalism or just some dude's blog?

I've been wanting to start up a gaming blog for quite some time now. I have no background or qualifications in journalism or writing but what really matters for me is my thoughts and opinions on one of my favorite hobbies, which is gaming.

For years I've been reading up on various gaming sites like IGN, Kotaku, Gamespot, Joystiq, Destructoid and so on for the latest news on gaming, game reviews etc. All these inspire me get my ass up and start writing. A little late but better than never.

Now, I'm thankful for your visit (if there's anyone) and I'll start posting more game related stuff soon.