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Select/Start Games Best of 2009 Awards

Posted in Editorials, Industry, PC, Playstation 3, PSN, Wii, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE with tags , , , , on January 1, 2010 by Stefano Terry

2009 now draws to a close, and for gamers, it has been one of the best years of this generation, if not the best year this generation in terms of quality software. It seemed like no matter what the genre or platform, you could find a game that simply screamed quality, even amidst the many game delays that plagued the year. These awards are by no means comprehensive, or to be taken as law, but they are certainly the games we felt really summed up 2009. Enjoy. Continue reading

Tokyo Game Show Begins This Thursday

Posted in Industry, News with tags , , , on September 22, 2009 by Stefano Terry

Hey folks! It’s been a rather slow month as the industry ramps up to the Tokyo Game Show, which begins this Thursday, and continues through to Sunday.

Naturally, I’m nowhere near Japan, and unfortunately, my sister has no interest in video games, so she can’t (and more likely won’t), stop by and give me the dirt (she lives in Okinawa with her husband and kids).

With that said, I plan on bringing you as much news from the event as I can scavenge from the net, to at least save you all from jumping from site to site.

I’m excited for TGS this year, as there is supposed to be plenty of announcements of new games, and gameplay of upcoming games.

E3 2009: Nintendo Press Conference

Posted in DS, Industry, News, Wii with tags , , , , on June 2, 2009 by Stefano Terry

Here we are again to bring you all the breaking announcements from Nintendo’s Press Conference at this years E3! And here we go!

New Super Mario Bros. Wii announced. The game is done in a classic, 2D Mario style, but with 3D character sprites. It also features four player multi-player with Mario, Luigi, and two Toads. You can play the main storyline with other players co-op, jumping in and out at any time.
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Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 Announced

Posted in DS, Game Videos, News, PC, Playstation 2, Playstation 3, PSN, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2009 by Stefano Terry

Fresh from the E3 show floor is the news that Warner Bros and Travelers Tales are cooking up Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4.

Outside of covering “the boy who lived’s” first four years at Hogwarts, not much else is known about the game. There is a snazzy trailer, however, which I’ve linked to below.

The game is set for release sometime next year.

Source – Kotaku

Madden: If It Sells… Don’t Fix It

Posted in DS, Industry, Playstation 2, Playstation 3, PSN, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE with tags , , , , , on April 5, 2009 by mcnast

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I have been playing Madden football since ’92 in the Sega Genesis days. Madden has always been one of the best if not, the best place for gamers to ball on the gridiron. Yes, there have been some stumbling blocks along the way, but Madden has always recovered and gotten back to glory. That is until now. Since the jump to the now current gen systems, Madden has done just enough to get by. Riding the coat tails of its former greatness like Freddie Prinze Jr. does with his father, Madden has skated by on past glory and the deep pockets in which it helped create at EA. As many of you know, EA has the rights to all NFL properties, including player names, likeness and stadiums until at least 2013. With the lack of competition, Madden has become a shell of its former self only improving enough to silence casual critics with their smoke and mirrors.

The gameplay of Madden, while functional as of recent, is still half of what it used to be. The graphics are also substandard. It is a sad day when the biggest sport in America has arguably the worst graphics in sports gaming at this point in time. As a matter of fact, Madden 09 had the worst graphics of any game that came out last year that got a rating of 75 or higher in Metacritic excluding RPGs and downloadables, which would make Madden the ugliest non RPG, disc based game to be in the Metacritic green zone. Casuals have no idea or don’t care how the game has lost its former greatness and some hardcore fans have adjusted to its mediocrity. I fall in to the category of neither, and this is my reason why.

Ever since Madden and NCAA 98, you could transfer players leaving to the pros with your memory stick on the PS1. It has never been perfect, some players would be black in college and end up white in the pros and vice versa, but it was pretty much a working system. However, since the jump to the current gen, Madden has not been able to get it right. Since Madden on the new current systems has been out, graduating players have vanished into thin air, players have their speed ratings dropped 15 points, and worst of all, players are not editable in season mode. I understand not being able to modify every Florida Gator graduate to be unstoppable, but to not even let the user modify name and jersey numbers is ridiculous. Instead of playing with Michael Crabtree #80 for the San Francisco 49ers, I’m stuck with first name “BLANK,” last name “ WR #5,” wearing #5 instead of the normal numbers for wide receivers in the NFL. I know that this is a tiny part of a game, but it is a vital part to gamers like me and these are the attentions to detail that are missing from the game.

Madden sells like gangbusters for a reason. It has built a pedigree for many years and has overcome stiff competition from Sega Sport Football, Gameday, and the 2K series. Ever since EA’s monopoly over football, however, the quality has dipped significantly. It’s funny that EA in collaboration with the NFL has taken away what fans enjoy most about the sport; competition. Without a worthy competitor, Madden can overlook intricacies like player transfers, spotty online tournaments, frame rate issues, graphical progress, etc. Fans of virtual football are being repeatedly kicked in the shins by EA because their love and loyalty to the game of football. It’s like being a fan of 3rd person shooters and only having Army of Two to choose from. Decent game, but given the option I’d rather play Uncharted or Gears. EA and the NFL have left us no option, so gamers have Madden or nothing. I know that if the NFL had nothing but the Detroit Lions to offer, the league would not be such an entertaining way to spend a Sunday.  So I ask, why would EA and the NFL do the same from it’s virtual counterpart?

Wiikly update features Jungles, Pachinko, and Vampire Killers

Posted in News, Retro, Wii with tags , , , , on January 12, 2009 by Stefano Terry

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Today’s Wii update is…ecclectic to say the least.

First up is Jungle Speed, which will run you 1,ooo Wii Points ($10), and is a 1-8 player card game. The brieft description reads:

Flip your cards, watch your opponents and grab the totem at the right moment to win the game. Just when you think you’ve got it down, a new card can temporarily change the rules and keep you on the edge. Play starts when the first person flips a card. Moving around the table, symbols are revealed until two of the exposed cards match. Players with matching cards must then scramble to grasp the totem in the middle of the table; the loser gets the winner’s cards and anything in the pot. With paws flying, be the first person to get rid of all your cards and win the game.”
Sounds exciting… *cough*

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Should We Still Hate the Playstation 3?

Posted in Editorials, Industry, Playstation 3, Wii, Xbox 360 with tags , , , , , on January 8, 2009 by Stefano Terry

An Editorial by Figboy

Over the past three years, we’ve seen what used to be a rather amicable ritual known as the “Console War”, degenerate into a series of arguments fueled by review scores, sales data, back-biting, spite, sour grapes, and pretty much everything but a little thing called common sense and reasoning. You expect the fanboys to behave this way; it’s in their nature, they’re fanboys. Thing is, even the gaming media themselves have gotten swept up in this vitriol spewing debacle that is the current state of the “Console War.”

One console over all others has been on the recieving end of so much of that media and gamer hate and bias, that it’s no wonder when its sales numbers fail to match up to its nearest competition, let alone its predecessor! That console is, of course, the Playstation 3.
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