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Posted: November 17, 2007 (08:37 PM)
so i finally got Mario Galaxy. played about an hour. got to the first boss fight against the dinosaur looking pirahna plant. awersome. can't wait to play more. gonna postpone playing Zack & Wiki because this game is fun.

also went and bought PS3 Assassin's Creed(although i'm hearing glitches of the sort that freezes the game, i hope i don't encounter any) and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. i still haven't picked up Call of Duty 4 yet. then there's Trauma Center: New Blood and Uncharted...my head is in a tizzy.
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Title: Forget about the PSP version, Play DJ Max on your PC!
Posted: October 17, 2007 (11:59 AM)
there was a time when i played DJ Max on the Japanese servers but then i stopped playing after several months. the reason? many of the songs on there were locked as premium songs which you had to pay for, but nonetheless the songs that i did get to play were addicting. this in turn led me to check out the portable version on the PSP. DJ Max Portable gave me the chance to play 1/4 of the songs that I couldn't play on the PC version. recently i was thinking about playing DJ Max again on the PC. then i remembered reading about the CHinese servers where you don't have to pay to play any of the songs. so yesterday i made the effort to sign up an account and download the program. it was an easy process that i once thought would be too complicated thanks to the guides on the DJMaxInt forums. my DJMax addiction has taken over once again. the Chinese server is definitely alot better than the Japanese server. right off the bat, you can customize the skin of your gear(it's that hub where all the notes rain down). they give you one skin to start with, then after playing about 10 songs, you unlock an avatar. the japanese servers is really stingy with that. you have to earn alot of in-game points to buy avatars and skins. best of all, all the songs(i counted 94 so far) on the Chinese servers are free. they got some songs that are exclusive to the CHinese version. if you're a fan of rhythm games or Beatmania, you must try it. this really is the best rhythm game on the PC, in my opinion, other than Stepmania. download link below.


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Title: The 4th Quarter
Posted: October 03, 2007 (12:56 PM)
Games that look sort of interesting and different from other competing platforms to games that scream must-buy. who has the most promising line-up? looks like there will be about 50 titles coming for 360 this holiday, 40 for PS3 and about 100 titles for Wii from IGN and GameStop's release date list.

Folklore - oct.
Eye of Judgement - oct.
Ratchet & Clank - oct.
Haze - nov.
Time Crisis 4 - nov.
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune - nov.

Victorious Boxers: Revolution - oct.
Zack & Wiki - oct.
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn - nov.
Super Mario Galaxy - nov.
Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 - nov.
Resident Evil Umbella Chronicles - nov.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games - nov.
Trauma Center: New Blood - nov.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl - dec.
Nights: Journey of Dreams - dec.

Beautiful Katamari - oct.
Ace Combat 6 - oct.
Mass Effect - nov.

then there are the multiplatform games:
Guitar Hero 3
Call of Duty 4
Army of Two
Assassins Creed
Rock Band
+ some games that were released earlier that are now coming out on the other system(VF5 - 360, Stranglehold - PS3)

the PS3 will have a little bit more exclusives than 360 but many of the more important games are multiplatform and 360 has the edge there.
the slight advantage goes to 360. Wii will have twice the library compared to the others but that doesn't neccessarily mean better. while they'll have a dozen games worth playing, the rest of their upcoming releases will be alot of crappy casual and kiddie games. Wii have alot of games exclusive to Wii but they don't have many of the games that are exclusive to PS3/360.

all in all, there are at least a dozen potentially good games on all 3 systems so i don't want to hear any bitching and griping.

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Title: whatever
Posted: September 27, 2007 (09:10 AM)
juggling between sessions of Lair, Heavenly Sword, Persona 3, Metroid Prime 3, Jeanne D'Arc and Osu Tatakae Ouendan 2

Lair isn't as bad as the critics make it out to be. I was expecting the controls to either make the dragon move like a tank or be too sensitive that I had no control over the dragon. however it feels like it's somewhere in between. the motion controls are just fine. there can be alot of action onscreen and sometimes the lock-on system isn't up to the task. the story is boring and the voice acting does little to immerse the player. the game is not terrible but it's not all that great either. (6 out of 10 so far)

Heavenly Sword (7/10)
Persona 3 (9/10)
Metroid Prime 3 (9/10)
Jeanne D'Arc (7/10)
Ouendan 2 (9/10)

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Title: No More Heroes
Posted: September 24, 2007 (09:16 AM)

Killer 7 was alright...but i'm really looking forward to this one.
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Posted: September 01, 2007 (12:05 AM)
played 5 hours of Metroid Prime 3 Corruption. so far, so good. the gameplay is probably the most action-oriented out of the trilogy with some really cool action sequences right from the getgo but a little bit less focus on exploration and finding hidden items. so far all 3 energy tanks were in rooms, not in any secret place. it doesn't matter though, i like the direction this game is going and i don't have to put up with the confusing light and dark world bullshit.
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Title: 9 months going before the true battle begins part 3
Posted: August 15, 2007 (11:54 PM)
i'll try to make this entry a little shorter. my impressions so far and outlook on the PS3

PS3 - i wanted a PS3 more than the Wii at that time. somehow the presale date slipped under my radar and it was already too late. without a preorder there was no way i was going to camp out for it. it was still hard to find a PS3 for about a couple months then all of a sudden stores were stockpiling on them.

by that time, all the bad press and sony losing exclusives left and right made me debate for months whether to go with 360 or PS3. despite being overhyped and overpriced and how poorly it had performed saleswise, i blindly bought a PS3 in March anyway. the deciding factor was brand loyalty. the PS2 was by far my favorite system of all the last-gen systems. also i heard that they were going to make backwards compatibality limited on future PS3's which made my decision to get one even sooner. in hindsight i should have waited a couple months later for the price drop as they haven't taken out the PS2 chip yet.

i've played my PS3 a little bit more than the Wii recently although overall i still like the Wii better. i teared through Resistance which is almost worth buying a PS3 for. MotorStorm, the most anticipated PS3 game at that point, failed to live up to the hype. i wanted to like this game but it just wouldn't let me. the best game on PS3 is Ninja Gaiden Sigma, an upgraded port of an 3 year old Xbox game is indicative of how pathetic Sony's software library is at the moment.

if i did own a 360, the 3rd party games being released on PS3 would be irrelevant because i would probably prefer buying them for 360. since i don't have a 360, there is still enough games to look forward to on PS3 from 1st and 3rd parties. more than anything, it's Sony's 1st party games that makes the biggest impression on how well the PS3 will do this year but so far i am only mildly impressed..

if Lair or Heavenly Sword turn out to be another MotorStorm, the PS3 is in deep trouble. Uncharted and Rachet & Clank shows promise though. any game from Naughty Dog or Insomniac will be exceptionally good. it's only natural since they've been developing on Playstation hardware for years. developers like Ninja Theory, or Evolution Studios are still unproven. sony will have a rough christmas
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Title: 9 months going before the true battle begins part 2
Posted: August 15, 2007 (12:11 PM)
(continuing where i left off..)

the first game i popped into the Wii was Wii Sports, naturally. It was a different experience but to me it was only just an appetizer for the main course. Twilight Princess was the game I was more hyped up about but after a few hours I wouldn't touch it again for the next 3 weeks. Instead all that time was spent playing the simple yet charming Wii Sports which I never thought would last this long. both of these games had enough momentum to carry Wii into the New Year. There were a few other games that kept me busy well into March but ever since then my time spent with Wii have been sporadic. Super Paper Mario was the last game I played and that was awhile ago.

If it wasn't for the all the media hype and it's unconventional controller, the Wii would be no different from the GameCube. The library of games are roughly the same. Majority of third party games still suck and quite possibly a bit more horrid than GC's offerings while Nintendo's games are still of exceptional quality but we have yet to see some original franchises the likes of Pikmin or Animal Crossing.

yet i'm optimistic with the Wii's line-up later this year starting with Metroid Prime 3. i wasn't too excited about it earlier but that has changed now that Mother Brain makes an appearance known in this game as Aurora. If they can make the story/scenario interesting which Echoes was lacking of and if the wiimote controls live up to expectations, i will have no doubt this game will be just as good if not better than the first Metroid Prime. so far from what i seen of the teaser vids, it's lookin' good.

The rest of Nintendo's fall lineup is looking stronger than their 2002 lineup with more games to play. Endless Ocean might not be the new Nintendo franchise everyone was hoping for, but graphically it looks good. otherwise Wii are getting better than GameCube versions of Nintendo's hit franchises. We get Mario Galaxy, SSMB Brawl, Fire Emblem, Endless Ocean, Battalion Wars 2 while GameCube owners during that same time period only got Metroid Prime. So far the Wii has been a little lackluster this year but that is all about to change in the coming months. The Wii will finish strong this year. A GameCube repeat for the time being it is not.

next up: PS3, part 3 coming soon.
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Posted: August 11, 2007 (08:02 PM)
in pain. it just had to happen at the worst possible moment.
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Title: 9 months going in before the true battle begins pt. 1
Posted: August 09, 2007 (10:08 AM)
and so i've got my PS3 and a Wii but not a 360 although i would love to get one. i've had my PS3 for 5 months and i had a Wii since launch. what do i think about them so far and how they will fare this coming holiday? here's a recap of sorts.

Wii - i would have never thought the Wii would become this popular. it's funny that now during the Summer, the employees at GameStop had to put a shoddy handwritten note on the door saying "Wii's Out of Stock: Please do not ask!" or something along those lines. i know, because i worked there during the winter season and i was always tired of saying this to every customer who wanted one and half of them still didn't want to believe me.

anyway, i probably wouldn't be playing my Wii right now or i'd be searching like mad for one if i hadn't preorder Twilight Princess. Gamestop knew I had preordered something Wii related which in turn they invited me to come down to preorder the system. i was going to get Zelda first and get the Wii a couple months later. i thought maybe i could just walk into the store and pick one up without a fuss. my reasoning? nintendo claiming they would have close to a million in stock for launch and Nintendo's waning popularity in the console market. oh boy was i wrong..

to be continued.
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