EmP stomps May.
June 09, 2007

Runaway: The Dream of the Turtle (PC) 3/5/07

I love that most of the publisher sent reviews I get are for point and click games. And I loved this one.

I flew through the game and then found the review came pretty easy. Obvioulsy, the little lemur at the start had qute an effect on me, but it also allowed me to not spoil any of the main story by focusing on the alcoholic rodent. Starting to play around more with intergrating screenshots into a review's main body, think I pulled this one off pretty well.

Soccer '97 (PSX) 7/5/07

Pulled this one out of nowhere, but it's a game no one's ever heard of and really deserved some kind of coverage. Even though I wager no one will ever really read it, I always like covering the more obscure stuff. It's nice knownig that you have the best review for a game up on the internet, even if you have to cheat and make sure it's all but the only one.

Sam & Max Episode 6 - The Bright Side of the Moon (PC) 9/5/07

Season 1 down. Thank God, because I was all kinds of out of things to say. I liked the time I spend playing the new Sam & Max stuff, but writing about them was a real bitch. Knowing that there's going to be a season two at some point worries me, but it's a while away.

This was written pretty quickly which is unlike me, but I'm happy with it.

SBK ’07: Superbike World Championship ‘07 (PS2) May 14th 2007


This was a much easier review than I thought it was going to be. The problem with reviewing racing games is that, unless they’re awful, you don’t have much to talk about and it’s very hard to try and talk about them in an interesting way. I’ve made myself write about sports games in the last few years exactly because they are hard to do and, in covering them, I hope that it adds an element to my writing that wouldn’t be there otherwise. I like how this came out, so all was good.

SBK ’07 is a fun little game that can’t quite decide if it wants to be an arcade racer or a true sim. But it finds a cool middle ground and builds from there. I think I got that across well enough. This was the first review in the three-day review spree.

Alpine Ski Racing 2007 (PC) May 15th 2007


This is about as good as I can write a ski review!

I mean, come on, it’s not the easiest of games to cover. ASR07 helps me out with some pretty unique ways to slide down snow such as an awesome career mode but I had to cheat a little by padding the review with links to similar reviews and by making a talking point around the skis being waxed when it didn’t really deserve such a focus. Still, in the scheme of things, this one turned out well, especially when you consider it was my second review in so many days. Most of you will never read it.

Ankh: Heart of Osiris (PC) May 16th 2007


The three-day streak ends with Ankh. Thank god, because I was all kinds of burnt out by this point.

Ankh’s a cool game, but what with covering so many adventure games this year, I was worried I was falling into a rut of forms with the genre. I wanted to try and change out of this, but a lot of the reappearing habits still found their way in. The publisher really liked it, though!

minDStorm May 28th 2007

I hated BrainStorm. Literally hated it. Not only do I not see the fun in doing what is nothing more than glorified secondary school homework, but the interface was broken and was the reason for 80% of my wrong answers (because I is smart). MinDStorm suffers from much of the same problems but has slightly more fun mini-games and a much cooler title. Not a fun game to cover, though: how do you write about doing your maths homework? In a very stuffy and listy way, according to this review!

LMA Manager 2007 (Xbox 360) May 29th 2007

I tried to get into the habit of writing one of these a year but didn’t do 2006. This stopped me from doing my usually trick of just editing last year’s review a little and claiming it was a clever dig at the rehashing of annual titles. But I didn’t, so had to write it anew. Bah.

If you call football soccer, you should probably avoid it. It also relies on some prior knowledge.

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radicaldreamer radicaldreamer - June 09, 2007 (12:01 PM)
No more LMA manager!
EmP EmP - June 09, 2007 (02:09 PM)
People love stat-driven football games.
Felix_Arabia Felix_Arabia - June 09, 2007 (07:56 PM)
You mean soccer. American football, now that's a real sport.
EmP EmP - June 10, 2007 (03:59 AM)
If by real sport you mean start-stop rugby for girls, then yes. It is.
Felix_Arabia Felix_Arabia - June 10, 2007 (09:49 AM)
Soccer: where 90 minutes of running around results in a 0-0 tie.
EmP EmP - June 10, 2007 (10:46 AM)
In the US leagues which are filled with confrence team rejects and metrosexual players looking for one last big payday, sure.
Felix_Arabia Felix_Arabia - June 10, 2007 (01:04 PM)
Haha. What's your opinion on Beckham, especially now since he's playing for that team in LA?
EmP EmP - June 10, 2007 (01:36 PM)
I think for the money has was offered to play there, he'd have been a moron to say no. BGut I think he's gone there to end his career a good couple of years earlier than he should have. He's still a fantastic player and should never have been dropped from the internatinal team to begin with.

How big of an impact is he having over there, anyway?
Felix_Arabia Felix_Arabia - June 10, 2007 (01:52 PM)
Honestly, I don't notice much of an impact, but then I'm not into soccer as I'm sure you realize. Plus, I live in the midwest as opposed to the West Coast, so I have even less of an idea. Soccer is a pretty popular sport here. It's fun to play. By the time it's all said and done, him being here will probably cause the sport to gain more popularity.

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