Here's Johnny!

Ok it's been a while and I've been up to all sorts for the past year or so. I have neglected my games a bit, in fact the newest games I have are PES 2011, Red Dead Redemption and (believe it or not) Mass Effect 2 which I've barely played. Hoping to start playing a bit more in the coming weeks so would like to get with all the news in games. I probably should actually finish some of these games I've mentioned but would also appreciate people bringing me up to speed on what's good at the moment. Cheers!

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Where has all the charm gone?

Those were the days...

Getting all your mates round and playing splitscreen goldeneye and having a great laugh, being immersed into the beautiful worlds of Banjo Kazooie and Super Mario, sitting in the dark at night being terrified by a few cubes that look vaguely like zombies... I could go on but it seems what made these games so special and such an important part of my (and I'm sure a lot of people's) earlier life was the charm that attached itself to a large number of the games mainly on the N64 and the PS1. 
                                          Going back even further, when the NES dominated people's front rooms (before I was born so I cannot share my personal experiance) it was the brilliant Super Mario Bros, Legend of Zelda and Mega Man that shone back then. The graphics and depth to the games lacked in these retro titles, but the charm of the characters and music (among other things) made these games more special.
Modern games have developed significantly since the hey days of the Nintendo 64, showcasing incredible graphics, mass commercialisation, top soundtracks and solid gameplay...mostly.
                                           Unfortunatly as with most things, too much money has been introduced to the gaming industry and this has subsequently damaged the industry in my opinion. With so many games churned out each year, there are fewer great games to look forward to. Games like Gears of War and Call of Duty for example; these are very good games, but that's it. There is nothing special about these games. Now let me mention games like Bioshock, Fallout 3 and Half-Life. These are games with "personality". Games that have somthing special and unique, as though they feel like the game is meant to be played by you and nobody else. Playing Call of Duty makes me feel like I'm playing as a character, wheras in Bioshock I feel as though I am playing as myself in a way, I bring up charm because that's what these games have pumping through their disc.
                                           Moments like looking across the horizen of post-apocalyptic Washington DC I feel something that I rarely feel in games, other moments like this are sailing the great sea in Wind Waker or driving around Liberty City in a stolen sports car with classic rock music pumping out of the radio are what makes my gaming experiance great and unfortunalty these don't happen as long as I would like but hopefully we can expect more like this in the future.

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Fight Night Round 4

 Wow. Bought Fight Night Round 4 after being impressed by the demo and the game itself, after around a week of playing, I think it is brilliant. I have never really been into boxing let alone boxing games, I do watch matches occasionally but never would I have thought I would enjoy a boxing title this much. The online play would be brilliant if it were not for the pricks (excuse me) on xbox live But overall a very good game. Fight Night Rd 4 is awesome!

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Left 4 Dead

I bought Left 4 Dead last week, I had been planning to get it a while ago but due to circumstances I only got it a week ago. And in a word I think it is brilliant. The offline play may be a bit weak but when played online Left 4 Dead is terrific and so much fun. I don't think I will be getting Left 4 Dead 2 when it comes out, I might just leave it 'til this time next year because I'm not gonna get bored of he original anytime soon.

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The Lost and Damned

I downloaded the GTA4 expansion (at last) The Lost and Damned and it is awesome! Even though it's in the same city as the brilliant GTA4 it still feels very fresh and is packed full of new ideas. And the missions are very different so overall it is fantastic and worthy of  full game. Next GTA DLC is due in October. If it is anywhere near as good as TLAD it will be a success.

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2009 Update!

Okay, I haven't been on 4 ages so I thought I'd just fill in on 2009 so far. First of all. Halo Wars which I bought back in early March turned out pretty good and I enjoyed it, and secondly Resident Evil 5 which I bought at the end of March which (despite the awful AI) I also thought was brilliant! Those are the only 2 2009 released games I have bought this year, I also bought Bioshock, Oblivion, GTA 4 and The orange box in recent months and love them all! Moving on to E3. I saw Microsoft's conference which was brilliant and I also saw Sony's which was also very very good. Missed Nintendo but I'll watch the replay soon. Thats it for now should post up some more blogs soon.

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BANJO KAZOOIE NUTS AND BOLTS

I've been hoping for ages ever since i saw the first trailer that rare hadn't ruined the games that i loved playing when I was younger. It was different but it didn't disappoint and I thought that the game turned out very good. Well done Rare (y)

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Winter games!

The games I'm most looking forward too this winter (In no perticular order):- COD world at war, PES 2009, Banjo Kazooie Nuts and Bolts (and the XBLA version of Banjo kazooie :D), Fallout 3, Far Cry 2, Guitar hero WT, Mirrors Edge and Dead space

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