The mandatory game of the year blog

A couple of years ago I did my own take on the “GOTY” thingy, I don’t really play enough games to warrant a more common game of the year blog, so I thought I’d come back to the format. As last time, there’s going to be a lot of Nintendo games mixed with a few PS3 titles, so if you don’t like Nintendo I suggest you turn around and kindly get the fuck out ^_^.

Anyway, without further ado, let’s do this thing:

Games from 2011 that I finished:

Games from 2011 played but not finished:

Games from before 2011 that I finished (Not including new playthroughs)

Games from before 2011, played but not finished:

Special Award: Game I’ve finished before and played again this year that holds up the best.

In my hearrt, you're always the game of the year

Metroid Prime 2: Echoes

This year, Echoes replaced Corruption as my favorite Metroid game. I played Corruption again this year (my fourth playthrough) and I didn’t feel compelled enough to finish it. By contrast, I absolutely DEVOURED Echoes, finishing it in only two sittings and then going back to it to beat it 100%. It’s a truly fantastic game and if I had made it eligible to win game of the year it probably would’ve won, no other game I played this year gave me such an excellent experience.

Runner-ups: Starfox Assault, 007 Everything or Nothing.

The “He’s not gonna make it” award for game that didn’t live up to its potential.

Lost in Shadow

Like 30 hours of this

Lost in Shadow is a game that I really thought had a really unique concept that could lend itself to some very interesting puzzles and in a way it does. The puzzles are good enough and make good use of the shadow abilities and it looks great. The problem here is that this is a very boring game. Don’t get me wrong, the shadow abilities are pretty cool but the game hardly introduces anything new after the first hour, so it becomes very monotonous and as it progresses more and more enemies appear and considering how terrible the combat is, it leads to many boring and frustrating moments. It’s too bad really, I feel like so much more could’ve been done with this concept.

Runner-ups: Muramasa: The Demon Blade, Cursed Mountain, Madworld.

The “I’m so wet” Award for water levels that don’t suck.

Rayman Origins

Buy this game.

I actually felt the need to make this a thing because of Rayman Origins, I’ve never seen water levels that are completely predicated in not annoying the living fuck out of you. That’s not to say they aren’t challenging, but they’re not to the point of being frustrating. So cheers Rayman Origins, for being one of the few games with water levels that don’t piss the fuck out of me.

Runner-up: Kirby’s Epic Yarn.

The Wind Waker “Oh my god it’s so pretty award” for best looking game

Kirby's Epic Yarn

D'awwwwww

Epic Yarn is just a beautiful game, even if everything is so goshdarn kiddy I could not look away. The attention to detail is absolutely impressive, everything from the backgrounds to the enemies looks so cute that not even Metal Gear Solid 4 and Killzone 3 combined mesmerized me as much with their visual quality as Epic Yarn did.

Runner- ups: Rayman Origins, Metal Gear Solid 4.

The “Hit the weak spot” Award for best boss battles

Rayman Origins

No seriously, BUY THIS GAME

If you had told me a few months ago that a Rayman game would have better boss battles than a Zelda or Metal Gear game I would’ve laughed in your face and bitch-slap you for being so ugly. But there’s something that feels fresh about the Rayman Origins bosses, not only because their design is absolutely insane, but because every single one of them is creative and don’t feel so by-the-books. Killing them is also very rewarding, even if you don’t get an item or a piece of heart afterward.

Runner-ups: Sin & Punishment: Star Successor, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

The “Kim Jong-Il memorial award” for craziest game.

Like this, but with guns and in space.

Sin & Punishment: Star Successor

I had a hard time choosing a winner here, but in the end, Star Successor gets the nod for its batshit story and enemy design. Really, it’s just gloriously ridiculous.

Runner-ups: Rayman Origins, Feel the Magic: XX/XY

The “Not too shabby” Award for most surprisingly good game.

Just Dance 2

Fuck the haters, and the police too!

I know this game (and genre) get a lot of shit by the so-called “gamers” but fuck them and fuck you if you don’t like it. This game is fun, like, a lot of fun. I’ve enjoyed countless of hours playing it with my friends and the varied song selection means there’s something to be enjoyed by everyone. It’s silly, hilarious, fun and a great excuse to have girls moving their asses in your house. It is also way better than I ever could imagine it being.

For my complete thoughts on this game, check out my review.

Runner-ups: Ghost Rider, Sonic & Sega All-Star racing

The “No, just no” Award for Worst game.

Cursed Mountain

I did not play any game this year that I felt was terrible, but if I had to choose one that was less good than the rest, it’d probably be Cursed Mountain, a game I thought was victim to its own ambitions, concentrating too much on delivering a great atmosphere but not a satisfying or even good gameplay to go along with it. I’d still like to finish it someday, but as it is, it looks like it’ll be a long time until I do.

The Game of the Year Award for Game of the Year.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

You know when I said that no other game had provided me with such an excellent experience as Metroid Prime 2 did? Well, Skyward Sword came the closest. I can’t say it’s the best Zelda, or even my favorite because I’d be lying but this is a fantastic game from start to finish.

Dan Da Da Dan Dan!

The thing I love the most about this one is that it’s so immersive and I’m not just talking about the fantastic motion controls. The little additions like the stamina bar and the shield controls made it a very refreshing approach to the already familiar gameplay. The combat was absolutely sublime, so much so that this was the only Zelda game where I didn’t avoid enemies whenever I could, the enemy variety is quite amazing and makes the combat a lot of fun. Besides that, the change of the dungeon-overworld-dungeon formula, while not terribly innovative, was welcomed and the backtracking was not as tedious as in previous titles.

I also liked the graphics. While not the best of the year by far they were absolutely beautiful. The combination of the cartoony elements with the more realistic ones absolutely paid off. The environments are incredible and the character models, especially those of Link and Zelda are great. Overall, I’d rank this just behind Wind Waker as the best looking Zelda game.

I don't like you, I really don't

The story is another positive point, while I didn’t think it was as good nor did it have as many interesting characters as Twilight Princess’ I still liked it a lot. It’s not awfully deep, but it cements the timeline nicely and the ending in particular was pretty sweet.

But I did not think it was a perfect game. The soundtrack, while great, was underwhelming and not nearly as memorable as I’d expect from the franchise. Also, Fi is a terrible character and her design could not have been worse; if you’re going to give us a character to accompany us through the whole adventure, making her emotionless is not the way to go. The reason why Midna from TP was such a great character was because one could actually care about her, she was important and most of all, useful. Fi is a total captain obvious and very rarely does she proves to be anything other than completely useless.

The game also holds your hand way too much, it’s still challenging, but some parts get ridiculously easy and that’s in no small part thanks to the dowsing ability, which sometimes hurts the game more than it helps. The overworld is also unimpressive, it’s not nearly as big or as interesting and fun to explore as it was in Wind Waker or Twilight Princess.

But despite those flaws, Skyward Sword is an absolutely fantastic game and I loved every minute of it, which is why it is my game of the year.

Runner-ups: Ghost Rider, Rayman Origins

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Zombie Blog

This is not actually a blog about Zombies, it's a short review of a GBA game I wrote in June and I was supposed to post with two other short reviews that I never finished and thus never posted. Also, I'm adding what i'm playing at the moment. It's not very interesting, but here it is anyway:

Ghost Rider (GBA)

You might be wondering why I played a licensed game made by the developers of gems such as Gormiti: Lords of Nature! and Ed, Ed n’ Eddy: Jawbreaker and based on a shitty movie no less. Well, wonder no more, my brother was throwing away some of his stuff which included his old ass first gen GBA and a fuckton (over 30) of games, I told him I could take all of it for a reasonable (read: free) price and he accepted and the rest, as they say, is history.

The game itself is surprisingly good, especially considering that it is based on one of the lousiest superhero flicks out there, starring everyone’s favorite terrible, terrible actor. But it doesn’t really bother to retell story of the movie here, or…any kind of story really, it does have a few static scenes that pop up every now and then to set up the next level but it doesn’t really bother to tell who the characters are or why they’re doing what they’re doing, it all comes down to this: Mephisto is the bad guy and Ghost Rider has to beat the shit out of him. Maybe it’s because I’m not so familiar with the GR lore but I didn’t find the lack of story as something worthy of bitching about, it doesn’t need it and not having one doesn’t take anything away from it.

This is a beat em’ up through and through and a very simple one at that. It only has two attack buttons, one for punches and another for his classic hell chain or whatever the hell it’s called in the comics, which is not nearly as useful as in the Castlevania games and for the most part can only be used against enemies that are far and bosses. The only other button that it’s used is R for jumping, which really is kind of awkward and uncomfortable for the first few levels. There’s absolutely no strategy necessary here but the game still manages to be fun.

Here’s the thing, even though the combat is overly simple and archaic, it is still addictive as hell and the variety of challenging enemies and new abilities that can be purchased through the adventure keep it from becoming tedious and repetitive.

There’s another part to the game and that’s a few motorcycle levels straight out of Road Rash where Rider (I’m calling him that from now on) has to chase and beat the shit out of his enemies and avoid obstacles at the same time. These levels keep the same simplistic approach as the action ones and still remain addictive and more exciting than I would’ve expected.

Again, I’m not very familiar with the Rider mythos so I couldn’t tell you how close it sticks to the comics in terms of the level design. But I will tell you this, it is a very good looking game with some really nice effects, and the character animation is also well done. The sound…not so much, I mean I won’t lie, the three tunes they use through the game are very good, the problem is…there are only three tunes, it gets repetitive after a while.

It’s not overly long or hard, and there’s little reason to go back to it once it’s done, but I had a lot of fun with this game, to the point where I can say this is one of my favorite games I’ve played on the GBA. Not that I’ve played many GBA games, but hey that’s gotta be worth something right?

Overall:

Good:

  • It’s addictive and doesn’t overstay its welcome
  • Looks pretty awesome
  • Johnny Cage is nowhere to be found

Bad:

  • Only three songs in the whole thing, it drives you crazy after a while.
  • Jumping with R is awkward
  • Blade makes an appearance but you can’t play as him
  • I’m pretty sure I just spoiled that, but it’s ok cause you’ll never play this

Result: 3 Spiderman 2 out of Batman Arkham Asylum

Currently Playing

  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword: I'm pretty much a Zelda fanboy so of course i'm loving this game. I'm liking the small changes more than all the motion control stuff, which is great but I find that the small additions such as the stamina bar and the breakable shields make it more immersive than the actual controls. I'm also liking the change of the overworld-dungeon-overworld-dungeon formula. On the bad side, the music, while great, is not nearly as memorable as one could expect from a Zelda title. I'm not sure how far I am to the finish line but it's probably my game of the year already.
  • Rayman Origins: This is a very fun, somewhat frustrating, weird and hilarious game. I love the crazy style and there's a lot of variety to keep it from getting boring. It's pretty awesome and it's too bad that it didn't do too well because it's one of the best platformers of this generation.
  • Sin & Punishment: Star Successor: This I got early this year but I hadn't really touched it until now. I'm not much of a rail-shooter person but i'm enjoying it on short burst. It's fun, which is more than I can say for most games in this genre.

Soon i'm gonna be doing a GOTY blog, because it's mandatory. I'm gonna try to do something a bit different than most people considering I haven't played an awful lot of games released this year, so hope you'll read that.

Until next time.

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Lemoned I Scream 1: Gaming Update


 
This is a little experiment i'm doing. Since I'm back to the gaming world and I'm not really enjoying any forum right now, I'm going to make this blog to share my gaming experiences with anyone who might care. I'm going to make this a monthly or maybe bi-monthly blog depending on how I feel at the time.  
 

 New Games

 
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl: I owned this game before but sadly, something happened to my disc and it stopped working, which at the time didn’t bother me much because the first time my Wii broke it was because of this game so I was afraid to put it back in and have it happen again, but now that I fixed it a second time I am no longer afraid, it’s about time I enjoy this damn game so more. The day I got it I beat The Subspace Emissary in 6 hours then played 3 more hours of multiplayer with my sis and bro. It never gets old. 
  • Metroid Prime Trilogy: I was lucky enough to find it on mercadolibre (kinda like Amazon for latin America). I bought it mostly to play Prime for the first time and to play Echoes again with Wii controls as I already own Corruption. Again, my Wii doesn’t have the best history with dual-layered disc so let’s hope for the best. 
  • Kirby’s Epic Yarn: Bought it to play Co-op with my gf, she didn’t like it that much as she’s hooked with DKC Returns. 
  • Just Dance 2: A game I got to play with my gf, I ended up enjoying it too. It’s surprisingly pretty fun.
  • Sin & Punishment: Star Successor: I saw this game and couldn’t help but buying it (even though I’m not a big fan of on-rail shooters) as I’ve heard good things. Played about 10 minutes of it, pretty fun but Kirby and Metroid Prime have my complete attention right now so this one’s going straight to my Pile o’ shame for the time being.
  • Grand Theft Auto IV: As I’ve said, I share the PS3 with my brother so this was a mutual purchase. Blu-Rays and PS3 games here cost a lot (almost $80) more than DVDs or Wii/360 games so we figured we buy a long game. Eh...It’s fun I guess, I never cared much about the franchise, besides I only get the PS3 on weekends (I’m like the estranged father of this relationship) so I haven’t played too much. But I’ve liked what I play 


Currently playing

 
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns: Playing co-op with my gf. This game is extremely fun, though frustrating at spots. She only comes to my house like twice a week so we haven’t advanced as much as I would’ve alone, but still It’s a really nice experience to share. 
  •  Kirby’s Epic Yarn: Godamn is this game charming. I love how it looks, however I find the lack of challenge to be a letdown. Not that I’m into terribly hard games but this is easy to the point of being boring.
  • Fifa 11 (PS3): I still can’t beat my brother >_<. 
  • Metroid Prime: Having never played it on the Gamecube I figured this is the best opportunity. What can I say? I’m a few hours into it and really liking it but it hasn’t let the impression that Echoes and Corruption left when I first started playing them. Still, looking forward to play more of this. 
  • Goldeneye 007 Multiplayer: Having finished the single player campaign, I’m now getting deeper into the multiplayer of this game, and it’s every bit as good as the SP. I love the competitiveness of it, especially Golden Gun mode, which is fun as hell. I still suck at it, but hey, I’m having tons of fun. 


Finished Games

 
  • Goldeneye 007: Brilliant game, this is not only the best shooter on the Wii, but one of my favorites too. I loved every minute of it and I plan to play it again on 007 Classic difficulty some day. I explain my feelings more thoroughly in my review.  
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2: I didn’t get ALL the stars but I only had like three or so left. Never in my life have I played such a polished and consistently fun game, it’s even better than the first one! Something I thought it’d be impossible to achieve. I can see myself playing this many times in the future. 
  • God of War 3: I was surprised that this was so short. I beat it in two 4-5 hours sittings, but it was a terrific time while it lasted. The first 15 minutes alone grant it a spot as one of the best games of the year. 


On Hold

 
  • The godfather: Blackhand Edition: Sorry Godfather, Samus is more important.
  • A Boy and his Blob: I don’t get this game. It certainly looks good and it’s more challenging than Kirby, but somehow it’s more boring. Some day I’ll finish it, though not any time soon. 
  

Games I’m getting rid of/selling

 
  • As my collection gets bigger, I need more space to put my new games and the ones I buy for my gf. I also need the money so I’m going to sell some of these games that I don’t play anymore or giving them to friends:

 
In addition I have a few games I want to beat before selling:
Manhunt 2
Rockstar games presents: Table Tennis
Dead Space: Extraction
Wario Land: Shake It!

 Games I plan to get



Feel free to comment ^_^ 

Till next time, Rose. 

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So...hi

First of all I’d like to apologize to all of you who posted on my wall in the past few months for not responding your messages, but I just wasn’t coming to GB at all. Which leads me to explain why. First of all Screened went up earlier this year and I’ve pretty much made a permanent move there as I enjoy movies more than video games, then there was the fact that my Wii broke which made my mandatory 2 month break from videogames be much, much longer and finally I’ve just been way too busy with college and internships, making several short films for every semester which has left me pretty much pennyless, that and the fact that I’m in a serious relationship right now and any money I have left I just rather spend on going out with my gf than any other thing.  

Anyway, this is a gaming website so, onto games:

Good news is I’ve been bored to death this vacation and I found a gamer side to my gf after we played Super Mario 64 on my old N64 one day. So I decided to fix my Wii and purchase a PS3 alongside my brother, so I’ve come back to gaming full time (at least for the time being). I bought God of War 3 alongside the PS3 (my brother bought Fifa 11 and GTA4), Doom 3 and World of Goo for PC and Super Mario Galaxy 2, Donkey Kong Country Returns and Goldeneye 007 for Wii.

Right now I’m playing: 

I played so far this year (most played at a friend’s house on his 360):

  

 Going to play:

That’s about it, here is the list I submitted for the best of 2010:

Best of 2010

Black_Rose: Best of 2010

1. Super Mario Galaxy 2

Somehow this game managed to be way better than its sublime predecessor. How was that even possible?

2. God of War III

Fantastic conclusion to a fantastic series.

3. GoldenEye 007

It's not only a brilliant throwback to the original, but a fantastic game in its own right.

4. Donkey Kong Country Returns

Abslutely amazing platformer, I never played any of the originals, but this one is just great.

5. FIFA 11

Fifa 11 is quite simply the best sports sim ever made.

6. No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle

Though not as good as the first one, it's still a hell of a ride

7. Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All Stars

Few fighting games make me as addicted as this one


 

Even though I haven’t beat SPG2 (still have 30 stars to complete) and Donkey Kong Country Returns, I’ve played enough to make my decision.  

As far as the community goes, I’ll post sporadically. Many things have changed since I left and the community now seems a bit…hostile, even more than before, which is very disappointing. I’ll be blogging and posting in other people’s blogs mostly. So…see you around, I guess. 

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Yet another GOTY blog

As some of you might know, I only own a Wii this gen since my 360 died two years ago and my income doesn’t allow me to buy another one (or any other console for that matter), I’m pretty happy with it though. Due to this and the fact that work and college don’t let me much free time I haven’t been able to play some of the best games for the other consoles like most of you have, so I’m not able to do a proper GOTY list, which is why I’m going to do something a little different. Instead of just games released this year, I’m going to list the games I’ve played, regardless of whether they were released this year or not. The list consist of mostly Wii games (though I did play some others) so Nintendo haters might want to stay away from this one.  

Here’s a brief list of the games I played this year:


Finished games (not counting new playthroughts) 



I was able to beat Havenly Sword, Condemned 2 and Devil May Cry at a friend’s house. The DS games I played with my brother’s DS. 


Games Played this year (but not finished):

 I played these games extensively but for one reason or another I haven’t finished them. 



Now on to the awards, I won’t have just one winner like most people (except for the overall winner), but multiple because I can’t get myself to choose just one. 


Best Graphics:

 Heavenly Sword, Killzone 2, Dead Space: Extraction

  
Heavenly Sword is probably the best looking game I’ve played in my life, absolutely everything is visually stunning both technically and artistically and the cutscenes are flawless. Killzone 2 also stands out, mostly on the technical department, artistically I found it to be lacking, but other than that…holy fuck! 

Extraction pushes the Wii hardware to its limit and while I can’t say it’s comparable to the other two games it’s still one awesome looking game. 


Best Music:

Heavenly Sword, Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean. 

 
Both games have amazing music that suit the gameplay incredibly well. Heavenly Sword’s music is exciting and makes you want to beat shit up, while Baten Kaito’s is soothing and relaxing, quite simply excellent.  


Most Surprisingly Good Game

 Call of Duty: World at War, Excitebots: Trick Racing, Onimusha 3: Demon Siege

 
While I did like Call of Duty 3 on the Wii when my father gave it to me as a present a few years ago I noticed several problems in it, it was fun but some parts were broken as hell and I didn’t expect much from World at War except that it was probably going to be another shoddy port of the HD consoles, and boy was I wrong. Trechyard made a completely new game and perfected FPS controls on the Wii, and the online is one of the best on the system so far. The success of this game made go out and buy Modern Warfare Reflex when it was released, and it also delivered. 

The same situation happened with Excitebots and Onimusha 3. I loved Excite Trucks, but the concept of Transfomer bugs didn’t appeal to me at all, glad I picked this up though, it’s one of the best racing games this gen. Onimusha 3 improved on absolutely every aspect of its mediocre predecessors. 


Most Disappointing Game

 
   Punch Out!!, Super Mario 64 DS , Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, Starfox Adventures
  

Don’t get me wrong, Punch Out!! Is a good game, but it’s not nearly as good or as fun as some people claim, at least to me. It’s definitely funny and challenging but it gets boring after 15 minutes. Super Mario 64 DS is a broken mess, the controls are shitty and it actually makes me dislike SM 64, which I thought was impossible. 
 
On to Tales of Symphonia…I was so hyped for this game when it was announced, having played the shit out of the original, so imagine my disappointment when I found out that this one is pretty much the same game sans the good parts. The same graphics and gameplay are used with a few changes (the new overworld being the most meaningful) but they took out the characters I grew to like in the first game and replaced them with a whiny cunt and an annoying little bitch placing them in one of the most stupid stories in any RPG I’ve played so far. 

Starfox Adventures is like a bad Zelda clone with Fox in it….that’s just not right. 


Most Decent(?) Game

 Dead Space: Extraction, Silent Hill: Homecoming, Guitar Hero: Metallica, Wario Land: Shake It!!


I’m not sure how to explain this category. I guess it’s the games that had a lot of potential but never quite reached it. I wanted to like them, but in the end, they didn’t manage to hold my attention for too long. 


Best Atmosphere

 
 Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil, Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean
  
 
Silent Hill was one of this year’s best in terms of successfully drowning you into its terrifying world. Its use of your personal info to create your character’s nightmares was just brilliant. REmake is classic Resident Evil at its best, full with incredible moments and terrifying situations.  
 
Baten Kaitos on the other hand is not scary at all, but its beautiful graphics and relaxing music really make you feel like you’re in that magical world. 


 

Best Story & Characters

Odin Sphere, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean


While I didn’t get to finish Odin Sphere (Though I hope to do so eventually) I enjoyed the story a lot, it’s a bit childish and with a good reason but it’s full of wonderful moments and great characters to make you forget about certain cliché things. Same goes for Baten Kaitos, it’s a fairy tale at its best. 

Silent Hill is brilliantly mindfucking in pretty much every aspect; you really feel like you’re the character and want to find your daughter in this ghost town.  And the plot twists are just fantastic. Quite simply brilliant. 


Worst Game

 Snow Sakura, Rygar: The Battle of Argus, F1 2009 


Being an Anime fan I tend to go to Anime sites and IRCs, and I noticed that many other Anime fans are into Visual Novels though I never understood why since I never really enjoyed them, it’s like reading a crappy book with cute pictures on the background. But I decided to give them another chance this year in the form of Fate/Stay Night and Snow Sakura. And while Fate/Stay Night has a decent story, Snow Sakura is just a stupid piece of crap, rarely do you get to choose what your character’s going to do, the story is dumb as hell and the characters are boring. It’s not even good for the ero scenes.

Rygar is a complete butchering of an awesome early PS2 game, the controls are crappy, the graphics are laughably bad and they changed the lead character from a calm, lovable guy to a generic badass. 

F1 was borrowed from my brother, I’m sorry for him for wasting money on this game. It’s buggy, there’s no sense of speed, no damage modeling and it looks like a PSone game. 

Overall they’re all terrible games but if I had to choose just one I’d go with Snow Sakura, though it barely qualifies as a game. 


Game of the Year

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil, Tenchu: Shadow Assassins, New Play Control Pikmin, Heavenly Sword, Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean, Call of Duty: World at War. 


Though 3 of these games are not from this year and two of them are ports I had great gaming moments with them this year, I loved each and every one of them and I don’t really like to choose just one overall best but then it wouldn’t fun would it? :P

REmake is a fantastic game from start to finish, after playing RE4 I didn’t think I’d be able to go back to the old RE gameplay, but boy was I wrong. This is as thrilling as gaming can hope to be, definitely second only to RE4 as my favorite Resident Evil game. And recently I bought the Archives version of Zero so it hopefully lives up to the pedigree of this fantastic action adventure masterpiece. 

 I usually don’t enjoy stealth games, but there are two exceptions to this: Metal Gear Solid and Tenchu. Even though compared to Tenchu 2, most of the games in the franchise released in the last few years are pretty much crap, I’ve still bought each and every one of them, only to be disappointed. Shadow Assassins changed that, it’s a brilliant stealth game and a really addictive one too. Even though I’m stuck (>_<) I still loved this. Definitely the best in the series.

I never got the chance to play Pikmin on the Gamecube, but when I heard they were coming to the Wii I was really excited, not only I was finally able to play the game, but also a superior version too. And boy did it deliver, I spend more time with this game than any other this year, it’s addictive, funny and freaking frustrating. I haven’t bought Pikmin 2 yet, but I’ll get to it when I have more free time.  

 Like I said before, Heavenly Sword is a brilliant game, not only in its looks, but in the overall experience, which is why it’s sad that it’s so short. It’s the best GoW clone so far, and by the look of things it’s going to hold that spot for quite a while. Hopefully a sequel manages to include some more original gameplay designs, but as it is, it’s already a fantastic game. 

Baten Kaitos is the best RPG I’ve played in my life. Even though the combat system is flawed and feels really random at times, the overall experience is just fantastic. The story, characters, music, graphics…all these things combine to make a great experience from start to finish. 
Call of Duty World at War is not a superb game, especially when compared to CoD4, but fuck if I didn’t have fun with this. It just felt right and made me go back to the genre, which I had given up on a long time ago (except for things like Metroid Prime, which is not really a FPS anyway). Screw the haters, this game is awesome. 

And finally…Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, a masterpiece of a game, a brilliant idea and an even better execution. This game scared the crap out of me, made me laugh, get frustrated at some of the puzzles and curse those mother fucking little monsters like you have no idea. The atmosphere, the gameplay, sound design, story, voice acting, characters…everything was just perfect. The only flaw was its length, but that was easily overlooked once you looked back at the whole experience. And this is why Silent Hill: SM is my game of the year. 

 
Winner: Silent Hill: Shattered memories. 



PS: I apologize for any grammar mistake I made, it's 2 am and my english is never at its best when it comes to writing long stuff. 
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Shiki-jitsu



So earlier tonight I had the pleasure of watching Shiki-Jitsu (or The Ritual for some people), a movie by none other than the fantastic Hideaki Anno…and damn, that movie is amazing, absolutely perfect in every possible way.

The film is about an anime director (played by indie Japanese filmmaker Shunji Iwai) returning to his hometown where he meets this freaky young girl (Ayako Fujitani, also writer of the script and novel) with whom he falls in love with. This may seem as a typical love story at first but believe me, it’s anything but that. As usual with Anno’s work, the movie takes the viewer for an emotional; somewhat mindfucking roller-coaster ride and the two characters are lovable and intriguing at the same time.

The film definitely has that special touch that only Anno can provide. It’s filled with weird (though more functional than those in Anno’s live-action debut Love & Pop) camera angles, there’s heavy focus on dialogue, the soundtrack mostly features beautiful piano tracks and the story is never really clear (in a good way). It’s also better than the aforementioned debut Love & Pop, though both films are fantastic; this one feels more complete in a way which I can’t really explain.

The actors also do a fantastic job in allowing us to relate to the characters. I’m not sure if Iwai has done any acting before, but he plays the cynic filmmaker quite well here, but the very best part of the film is Fujitani as the eccentric young girl…it doesn’t hurt that she’s incredibly gorgeous either. Oh and did I mention that it also features Megumi Hayashibara (you know…Rei) providing her amazing voice for some narrations?


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Venezuela

Ok, i love my country like...a lot and i noticed it's been getting lots of pubicity lately, much of it thanks to Mercs 2: World in Flames. And since i don't know how it looks in the game i wanted to show the real thing. But not the huge cities, just like the most beautiful parts of it. And keep in mind that i've been to every damn corner of this country so i know all these places really well.

First of all Welcome to Venezuela:

This is the Bolivar peak:

This is Roraima (What's on the top has been a mistery for scientist for a while):



This is the Rafael Urdaneta Bridge (I live very close to it in Maracaibo):

This is the capital (Caracas):

This is a beach in Margarita:

This is just another beautiful part of it:

And finally what i consider to be the most beatiful thing in my country, The saint Angel's fall:



So there you have it, that's the most beautiful part of my country, i hope you like it. And btw if you go all potical and shit like "buh buh teh dictatorship" save it, i don't feel like arguing over some stupid shit i don't even care about. 

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