Oh man if I had the space I'd totally get this! It comes out September 1st and at 3,152 pieces it's 50" long (124.5 cm) and weighs nearly 8 pounds (3.5 kg). It also comes with Darth Vader, Admiral Piett, Dengar, Bossk and IG-88 figures. Better start clearing room now :)
It's the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War and it reminded me of an excellent NES era game I played with my friends called North and South. A decent enough single player experience, the game shines with two players. My friends and I would rent this game multiple times from our local rental store.
Set during the American Civil War, the user plays as either the North or South and attempts to capture every state to bring victory to your selected side. Earn money to gain more units, watching out for sneak attacks from Native Americans and Mexicans, this was a cartoony strategy game with a surprising amount of depth for the era. A mix of side scrolling and real time strategy play, the game was a great mix of easy to learn and difficult to master.
Also nothing ruins a cavalry charge more than taking out the bridge they were headed for. Good times.
An excellent animation from the folks at Collegehumor, The Fantastic Mr. Starfox blends the world of The Fantastic Mr. Fox with the award winning dialog of the Starfox series. Asking what if Fox McCloud had a mid-life crisis, this video is a must for fans of the Star Fox series.
Has it already been 25 years since the first appearance of The Legend of Zelda? One of the premier action-adventure series that made a few missteps but nevertheless had a consistent layer of quality and fun. Introducing me to the world of Hyrule, great dungeons, the Triforce and Link, The Legend of Zelda is perhaps my favorite series from Nintendo. Have a happy birhtday Link!
A little oudated, but the Zelda Retrospective by Gametrailers is still worth watching for the memories.
Dynasty Warriors is a series well known for its bad voice acting. While its improved in later installments Dynasty Warriors 2 and 3 have some of the best and worst scenes in the series as a result of their localization. Giving it an almost good/bad kung-fu movie feel the first few Dynasty Warriors games were truly something that shocked and amazed me with their awesome action and terrible terrible dialog.
I've been messing around with the EA Gun Club stuff recently. Until the release of Dead Space 2 they've been releasing weekly challenges and the such which was interesting but now it appears they've stopped. The theory of the program is great (creating challenges, comparing statistics etc) and I hope EA supports it further in the future. With the upcoming release of Battlefield 3 and other shooting games I hope.
As a reward program I find it somewhat lacking since they haven't offered any rewards besides access to the Medal of Honor beta and early access to a Sniper Rifle in Medal of Honor. Hopefully this improves in the future especially with Activision coming up with their Beachhead studio (although that will probably be more pay to play rather than rewards) for their Call of Duty franchise.
Compared to other rewards programs, Gun Club is still relatively new but once the ball gets rolling I hope Gun Club turns into a place I want to visit instead of a place I visit only to register EA shooting games.
The Show About Games Show on the Escapist perhaps did the coolest LittleBigPlanet tribute in a long time with this live action recreation of the mechanics and feel of the PlayStation 3 game. The attention to detail and coordination is amazing. I loved every second of this.