Dead Space and Mirrors Edge demo thoughts......

Dead space thoughts
In my personal opinion Dead Space is the first truly, truly great multiplatform game of 2008, and yes I am saying this over GTAIV which is a four star game stuck in a five star city. First thing I would like to point out is that Dead spaces style and look is really rather ace, somewhere between alien and even horizon but instead of greys and blues theres an orange hue over everything. DS is easily one of the most beautiful games of this generation, I am seriously surprised more attention hasn't been on the really rather beautiful graphics. There was at least six or seven points where I was truly in awe of the game. Gameplay wise I was seriously not expecting the amount of different tasks I would be undertaking, stopping fans, shooting asteroids, running across the surface of two docked ships in zero gravity, avoiding huge flaming jets of fire. and on top of that one of the most solid combat systems in a game since probably gears of war. Talking of the weapons They are amazing! the line cutter being one of my personal favourites mixed with the ripper saw which is quite possibly the noise hell makes when you get dragged there. I found the variation in enemies a big plus  even if most of them can be taken down with pretty much the same strategy give or take a couple of them. The game definitely comes from the Doom 3 school of  jumps and shocks but minus the idiotic torch system..and y'know some light in the rooms. I never found doom 3 scary because of the lack of light, just kind of frustrating because i never knew where the hell I was going. I was seriously surprised to see Dead space has these wide open and clearly lit areas past the initial straight-up horror section at the start of the game. I found the sound design to be amazing like when everything goes muffled when your in the vacuum areas or the whispers and singing around parts of the Ishimura, I really like the heavy breathing and the echoey heart beat when something is about to happen, The fact that its not prominently noticeable really does show how well it is done. This along with a creepy strings and brass swelling horror movie score hitting the right notes at the perfect times. Theres so much to gush about dead space... Its easy to dismiss it because of its  kind of predictable story... a story which feels like you need to watch the online comics and see the animated film to fully appreciate. I dont mind that its like that because it is pulled off with such style I would seriously be willing to investigate more, I am fond of this when films ask  for more investigation so why not a game. I really cant stress enough how good this game is I am 100% glad i got this over fable or fallout (the former I have much interest in , the latter not so much) Easily the best Horror game since Resident evil 4 and definitely a game i will remember fondly in ten years time.
Mirrors edge demo
I want to love it, I really do but after playing through the demo something just isn't sitting right with me, The controls (which I am sure make more sense over time) Just don't feel intuitive like say Assassins creed, A very unique system that totally works, maybe something similar would have sat better with me. Another problem i had was some of the stilted and choppy animation transitions like when you slide and jump off a zipline and she just puts her hands up in her face like "whaaaaaaa , what am i doing" The game just doesn't seem to give any freedom at all in its linear way. Yes, yes I get it she can run and jump up nearly everything but in the demo there is one way and one way only.. all "routes" lead to the same path, It gives you about as much freedom as tomb raider: the angel of darkness. I don't hate the game from the demo I just find some of it's control decisions to be quirky just to fit with its unique style.
there is a gears of war game out this week....
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Big Little Annoyance + Otherness... not Otterness...

How come a game made in the UK is not out  in the UK until next wednesday?, That said I dont think i mind knowing that the most appealing part of the game is kind of broken, but If i was in the US I would most definately be angry about it, Two weeks running Sony has released Online focussed games  and neither have  had fully functional online at launch. Its things like this that fully justify that £40 for xbox live, And i know It has had dodgy times (last christmas) and I am fully awating the disaster that will be November the 19th but on a whole I have had very, very, very little problems with it...

PSN on the otherhand kicks me out , disconnects, reconnects, wont connect til i restart... and plain wont connect quite often
Sony needs to figure out how the internet works.

I want to be excited about LBP I have been all year and then It got delayed, and now has server issues, I thought Betas were to find and fix problems before a games release. Its become quite apparent that in both the case of the LBP and the Socom beta that theyre not  Betas at all but glorified promotional tools, I didnt want to believe that , but with the what feels like its finished Cod5  and the endwar one which had about 12 minutes of exclusivity before being upgraded to  a "demo" on marketplace it has become incredibly obvious.

All of this and then the big issue... Nov 5th release.. that is TWO...count em TWO days before gears of war 2...a game i have no hesitation in buying... broken online or not. Good work sony europe!!!!!

More Sony hate... I have had a strong sense of bitterness since last october when i bought me PS3, Part of me sometimes thinks it has something to do with the lack of gamerpoints in games until recently, Another part of me thinks it has something to do with the hideous online, sometimes i assume its becasue i ended up with two shitty blu rays (ghost rider/casino royale).... sometimes I assume its the mediocre games i recieved when buying the machine (heavenly sword/ resistance). I just dont know what it is. I just can't put my finger of why i have such bitterness towards the machine. Its an amazing media player.... but i didnt buy a media player i bought a GAMES CONSOLE!

I Just cant ever seem to justify buying ps3 games, I dont know why but i just cannot. I bought the console for Ratchet and clank (Massive fan) with metal gear  and the then exclusive final fantasy XIII in my mind.  and from that first "proper" games purchase  I have always looked down upon my ps3 as a lesser console. Which seems absurd considering taht in my top ten games of 07 i would place Uncharted at number 2 and Metal gear solid is a dead certainty for my favourite game of 08... I Then try to think abotu what else i have bought but then remember thats it...since march of this year i have bought ZERO playstation 3 boxed products. I will not deny that PSN store doesnt have amazingly original content and completely artsy distractions like flOw, locoroco and linger in shadows Because i own stardust which to me is a million times more enjoyable than geometry wars, wipeout which is fun but too difficult for people dabbling in dl games and the awesome and more enjoyable than the retail game ratchet. The thing is  out of all of those games the only one i have really put any dedication into would be stardust. whereas i have put hours into castle crashers or N+ on XBL.

I dont know if theres any point here or that im still trying to justify owning my ps3... sure, probably..YES metal gear solid is perfection in every way possible . (personal opinion) So why do I always treat it like my least favourite child?


Banjo nuts& Boltsssss.... MARRRRRRRRMITE!!!!!!!!!!!, That game is WEIRD!... i took time out of the unrelenting bleakness of dead space to give it a second spin after being weirded out by it earlier in the day... and I can confirm nuts and bolts is awesome..... sometimes!

ALSSSSSSO remember all those "its like a pixar movie" R&C comparisons last year.... the visuals are ONLY doable on the super mega power of the BLU RAY.... Nuts and bolts looks easily if not better than tools of destruction (i heard in an insomniac podcast once that it was all audio and not visual stuff that filled the blu ray..FACT!)

Tomb Raider Underworld

keeley hawes lara voice is hot, yes I said it, fuck you, I LOVE the design and stylistic nature of the newer TR games..and underworld is pretty, pretty, pretty, probably not the greatest technical feat ever but it feels tomb raiderish and It still has unbelieveable amounts of wildlife cruelty in it...just for the record... I am fond of legend. and LOVED anniversary.

Mirrors edge... apparently its out today...i dont know why i put it here.... and on the ps3 a day earlier than XBL... HA (giggles at my own rantisness above)

FULL GAMES (I have saved for a long, long, long time)

Saints row 2.
 For all its gangster artwork on the cover and on the title screen, the game is so very  un-gangsterish.  I agree 100% with ryans review of the game. For every one thing i love about the game which i hated about gtaIV  (decent combat, kinder police, more variety in missions) I found a problem to counter it (same 5 songs on a loop, too many objects that hinder driving, occassional WTF cheapo deaths).. i never played the original and i love how very street this game isnt regardless of how it is advertised. I see TV commercials all the time and the game I see is not the game I played.

NPH ANDDDDDD Simple minds... Oh yeah!

Dead space..
. im 4 hours in(as of last night) It is really kind of amazing...better than i imagined...easily one of the top 3 best looking games of this generation so far...Im at a bit on a brodge with things falling about outside the windows and the lens flare and planet outside seriously blew me away.... all six of my mutant limbs witha  line cutter.

if you read all this, you have too much time on your hands.

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d'you know what i really like about cliffy B.... He never go's back on his word.
You see it with musicians,film makers and game developers when their products are picked on.
They always start to pick out where it all went wrong.

cliffy B still talks up how awesome gears 1 is...

also on that note i am finally EXCITED for gears of war 2. It can't be game of the year, I will happily be proven wrong but metal gear is so far ahead of everything this year i dont think any game released between now and december can even touch it.

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Stop swearing.

Why does my page not show everyones blog?

Quick thoughts on games I have played, games I have bought and games left in stasis

Games in stasis i should finish...

Psychonauts (ps2) I  WANT, WANT, WANT to finish this game a little bit like I always wanted to finish Beyond good and evil, But then when i got around to Bg&e I had  moved on to buying then-next-gen (rhyme!) games for my 360, If i ever get a bigger HDD for my 360 i will possibly, probably  consider rebuying that game because I enjoyed what I played of it immensely.. Psychonauts on the otherhand i bought to tide me over while my 360 was off in Prague or wherever they fix euro 360s after theyve red ringed.. The writing and story and design is amazing and I really wish i could finish it, unfortunately i no longer have a ps2 because i borrowed my sisters to play it and that means my save is irrelevant.. part of me just doesnt want to go through what i had already gone through I remember  the controls and the platforming being a little broken... maybe i need a third rrod... NO!

zelda: the phantom hourglass (DS)
There is a couple of DS's floating about my home, none of them belong to me..  I just know theyre there and theres a copy of zelda floating about, I played it initially for two or 3 days  and was hugely charmed by the game... Its zelda, It can wait Zelda has never been about the story.. I really have no excuse

Games i have bought (and not played)

jet set radio future (xbox)
I bought jsrf , people talk about it fondly. I have no intention of playing the game at the minute but you can guarantee when you WANT to play it  , you just wont be able to find it anywhere, I started it up and played a bit of it First thing i noticed is how incredibly beautiful the game is, even now.

Games i have bought (and played)

Mercenaries 2 :world in flames (360)

I think I hate this game, I  enjoy it with my friend, I enjoy the explosions, I enjoy  the open ended nature but seriously pandemic , DUDE, YOUS GAME IZ BROKE!
 looping voices- The same two or 3 things are said over and over and over again.... ive put over 6 hours into the game I KNOW FIONA.. if i get stuck i can come back to the PMC base. DYING... I die often not due to incompetent gaming but due to a spawning tank from nowhere  or a rocket or a helicopter, sometimes i want to break things,  The game doesnt even have an animation to signify youve revived your partner, sometimes enemies ignore you and friends shoot at you, sometimes while going after a bounty the bounty will kill himself or his friend will fire a rocket into his face, Its fun when just being played for the explosions witha friend but the campaign is A. too short and B. completely boring, I just wanted to skip anything with story in it and that shouldnt be the case when peter stormare is in it. The game seriosly needed another 6 months of fixing the bugs.

Star Wars the force unleashed (360)

plays awesome.. until you hit bosses or the bit with the star destroyer, At least this game makes you feel awesome for the majority of the game, The few faults with the game can be overlooked by the style and design and wonderful story that fits 100% into the original trilogy universe, The force powers and combo system works wonderfully. The biggest issue being when those powers are made redundant by the bosses..... a few too many quick time events also.

Wipeout HD (Ps3)

Beautifully fast, I love the wipeout design, The online is so fast and furious, the game is like wipeout... the prettiest wipeout on the market.. A little too ahrd for newcomers and people not very good at racing games, even on "novice" the game still asks perfection of you at times making it more frustrating than fun.

Games ive have been playing which i have owned for a while

pixeljunk eden

garden 3, spectra 4 almost full time... fall to the out of time


Games which I have played on a  console that doesnt belong to me

Mario galaxy (Wii)

This game is awesome, not the revelation a lot of reviewers made it out to be when it was released, but definately the best 3D mario i have played, i was never fond of mario64 I think I was one of the few that was frightened of the jump from 2D to 3D. I just didnt like it, I since played a little of it again and its better than i thought then... anyways galaxy is a great game and i got the hang of the wii controls pretty easily, I do find the whole remote/ pointer thing to be a lot more unresponsive than i thought it would be

Lost winds (wii)

It looks and sounds lovely, its like a 2D zelda.... Its fun until you realize you have to go back  15 minutes to your last save and you want to smash the fucker.... good job its not a physical product then.

yes these are a bunch of games ive been playing maybe id tell you about the japanese cat-game that takes a million years to load up on the ps3.....
Its called Mainichi isho if youre curious... theres seven trophies 3 are easy to get the last 4 take idiotic amounts of time and pressing the x button over and over and over x,x,x,x,x,x,x,x,xx,,x,x,x,,x,xx,x,x,x,x,,xx,,x,x,x,,x,x,,x,x,x,x,x,x,x,x,x,x,x,x,x,x,x,x,x,x,x,x,x,x,,x,x,x,x,x,x,,x,x,x,x,,x,x,x,x,,x,x,x,x,x,x,,x,x,x,x,x,x,x,x,x,,x,x,x,x,x,x,,x,x,x,x,x,x occasionally youl get a triangle or a circle or and option to choose....

the things i do for trophies.


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After an hour and a half of download time I saw a lot of this....

Can i be a ghost-seal too?

It took almost an hour to get into a game

and 15 minutes to realize this game is about two years too late.

Dear sony

you lose.
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Dear september..FUCK YOU!

Semptember hates us all. Games, games, games and games september is when they all  pile up and my "catch up" on ps2 games never comes about (persona 3, odinsphere, killer 7.. possibly finish psychonauts & beyond good and evil) So friday Mercs 2 is out me and my friend are really quite excited about blowing shit up, I have read the many many issues from the IGN review and they all seem overcomeable.. a bit like how Army of two is a lot more fun than it should be if youre playing it in co-op, The exact same day VIVA PINATA is out... i fucking LOVE viva pinata but I think its going to have to wait  for me to flush whatever gun-nutish game im interested in at the time (probably still cod4) out of my system... The Badgesicles and Limenocerouses and fudgehogs and tafly's will have to wait.

Dude, how dare i leave out Profitamoles!

So yes.. september, the month of game-hate... In that it hates us because there is too many games released...
 I think i will just type a list.

mercenaries 2
viva pinata: trouble in paradise
force unleashed
lego batman.

Now this list isnt very huge , but paired with what is coming up in later months It seems a little overwhelming
I cannot see any other way but to get all of these games being a huge batman, star wars and explosion geek (with an unhealthy love for paper-animals)
maybe the batman one has y'know batman in it unlike the batman film that didnt y'know have batman in it.


fuck you bully scholarship edition.... I cannot get past the first "mission" in the game because the sound always drops out and then the game freezes.. This isnt a random occurance but an inevitability when starting the game. The annoying thing is that i waited so, so long for the game, refusing to pay £30 for what is essentially  a ps2 game and for the update that apparenty fixes all the games issues..and then i start it and its still broken... the game runs fine even without the update on my friends newer gen 360 (has hdmi and all that). The best thing about this is my searching for forum advice... I should KNOW by now that forums are not the place to go looking for answers, What i learnt is... "my one works fine, fuck you" AWESOME!

Castle crashers is awe to the some!

There was a tiny article in the newspaper about Braid ... i was seriously shocked  about this..i may scan it in , it didnt go into much depth but it does bring up the games  validity as art... I am firmly in the games CAN be art camp, and yes i DO understand the difference between Artistic aspects and  something just being Art... for all the praise okami gets about being art I am not convinced  the game it is (ZELDA !)  can really be classed as art... its a beautiful and truly awesome game but it doesnt really have any emotional depth.

But thats a much, much longer rant i will most likely leave for my livejournal, because kidssss into games tend to be full of a little too much self importance
and thats another rant for lj ....i'm not so sure this is the place for that rant.

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Got me some booty...

I was a little surprised about  some of the reviews for this game saying it was more platform heavy with less emphasis on shooting... because I am a huge R&C fan and the bit on the beach with the pirates is possibly one of the most insane shoot-fests i have seen in the entirety of the series....

This said  (and i havent finished it ..and i know its short) I have had a lot more fun with this than i did for the entirety of the last game.. my mood at the time was possibly a factor  *shrug*

Maybe i just yearned for more platformy moments and  this game has some very nice jumpy-swingy-elecricy sections other news

the force unleashed is quite good ... but has major camera/lock-on and quicktime issues.

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