PSN can kiss my ass
So PSN was down for a while. We all know that. At some point it came back up, and people had to reset their passwords. I changed it on the PC, didn’t try to actually log on on the PS3 for ages. But now I can’t log in. My old password doesn’t work, my new password doesn’t work. I apparently didn’t use my real birthday for this account (I could’ve sworn I...
E3 2011 Roundup - Nintendo
Interesting press conference by Nintendo. Let’s take a look at what was shown. First up was celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Legend of Zelda. Link’s Awakening is coming to the 3DS Virtual Console today and Ocarina of Time 3D comes out next week (as we know). Also, Four Swords is coming for free to the DSi this Fall, and Skyward Sword launches on the Wii this holiday...
E3 2011 Roundup - Sony
Time for Sony. Let’s just get it out of the way. Jack Tretton starts with apologizing for the whole hacking brouhaha, apologizing to publishers, retailers and consumers, and thanking them for sticking with Sony. Enough of that though. GAMES TIME. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. The trailer was fairly standard Uncharted stuff, nothing unexpected. However, standard Uncharted...
E3 2011 Roundup - Ubisoft
Too many conferences. Time for Ubisoft. Personally I think they started with their best foot. They showed some of Rayman Origins last year, but this year we got a demo of 2-player co-op. The game has co-op for up to 4 players, and it looks like a lot of fun. It’s a colorful sidescrolling platformer that honestly looks like it should be a Wii exclusive, but it’s coming to all 3...
E3 2011 Roundup - EA
Well that was much better than Microsoft. That might be mostly because there was no Kinect, but still. They ran through 9 games, and honestly they all looked at least pretty good. Started off with Mass Effect 3, of course. Since we’re no longer at the MS conference we saw more than just the Kinect features. It…looks damn good. It’s BioWare, did that really need to be...
E3 2011 Roundup - Microsoft
It’s that time of the year again. Microsoft’s press conference ended, and there’s a little over an hour left until EA’s starts, so I figured I’d quickly write my opinion of Microsoft in the interim. DISCLAIMER: It sucked. And that’s not me being biased. I’ll gladly admit that I prefer the PS3, but fanboyism isn’t the reason I disliked...
Day 08 - The Game That Is Currently Playing
I’m actually kind of between games at the moment, but I’m still playing Pokemon White from time to time. I got bored of the Nuzlocke Challenge in Pokemon Platinum, so that’s not happening anymore. Pokemon’s just so good. There’s no two ways around it. And this is a good generation. The first generation still wins in my book, but this is probably tied with...
Day 06 - A Game of Your Childhood
What an amazing game. I still know all the bosses, all the levels. Escaping after defeating Ivan Ooze is a great memory, especially the first time I played it. I didn’t know what to do when I got to the end, time was running out, I was getting scared and anxious, and then that hand comes out of the wall and pulls you out. So fun. Just as an aside, I know I skipped yesterday. I never...
Day 04 - Favorite Adventure Game
Ugh, these genres. Too many games fall into too many genres. Action-adventure-platformer-role-playing-this-that-theother. I didn’t know if I wanted to put Majora’s Mask, Golden Sun, Pokemon Red, or what. RPGs aren’t represented anywhere else in the 30-day challenge, but they’re distinctly different from adventure games. Oh well. Majora’s Mask was my first...
It's Nuzlocke Time
I’ve never done it before, but I’m going to try a Nuzlocke Challenge. I’m doing it in Pokemon Platinum, since I don’t want to erase my White game and I don’t have any other Pokemon games with me. It should be interesting. I’m not doing any optional rules, just the basic 2 (if a Pokemon faints, it is considered dead and never used again, and you are only...
Day 03 - Best Super Nintendo Game
This one is a pretty tough one actually. As I mentioned in Day 01, the DKC games are amazing. I never played Chrono Trigger on the SNES, but I have since played it and it’s a great game as well, but I think I’ll always have a soft spot for DKC. Honorable mention goes to NBA Jam: Tournament Edition for being my second favorite “Big 4” sports game ever (first place goes...
Day 02 - Favorite fighting game.
Easy choice. Actually, the only difficult part was deciding between the original and Melee. They’re not quite the same as SoulCalibur, Street Fighter, or others, but it certainly is a fighting game nonetheless. I picked Melee over the original SSB because…I don’t know. I think mainly it’s a better set of characters, and the larger stages make for better free-for-all...
Day 01 - First game you finished.
I’m not entirely positive, but it’s probably either this or Super Mario Kart, but I played DKC a lot more back in the day. All 3 of the SNES DKC games are amazing, though I think DKC2: Diddy Kong’s Quest was my favorite. Then again DKC3 had a lot of cool stuff, and the original was great, obviously. Anyway, Donkey Kong Country. Looking back, I had a great start. Anyone who...
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cravespace: stayawakelinus: 30 DAY VIDEO GAME CHALLENGE Day 01 - First game you finished. Day 02 - Favorite fight game. Day 03 - Best Super Nintendo game. Day 04 - Favorite adventure game. Day 05 - Best Mega Drive game. Day 06 - A game of your childhood. Day 07 - Best Playstation 1 game. Day 08 - The game that is currently playing. Day 09 - Best Playstation 2 game. Day 10 - Favorite...
Still Too Many Games!
I originally started this blog to simply keep track of all the damn games I would like to have. Unsurprisingly, it has come full circle in a way, because there’s so much on the horizon, at least personally. If I had the time and the money, I think I’ve counted 7 games between now and mid-April that I would absolutely love to buy. So let’s examine them, shall we? Bulletstorm:...
Basically, my “I’m going to make my own independent blog on my own site” idea from last summer has combined with my tumblr. So new name, new design, and hopefully I’ll get back to updating this blog on a regular basis. Just wanted to say that.
Looks Like We've Got a Leak!
Maybe I will start this blog up again. Who knows. Anyway, the video game industry is all a-flutter about a couple of big leaks recently. In the past week or 2, Crysis 2, Killzone 3, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and now Bulletstorm have all been leaked online, prior to release. Surely this is absurd, abnormal, and a sign of a change in attitudes, right? Not in the slightest. Sure this has been a bad...
I hate having more than 1 tumblr. In my fervor to post that last picture as quickly as possible, I accidentally posted it to this, my gaming tumblr, instead of my other miscellaneous random shit tumblr. So to the 3 people who started following me (otherwise known as Mel, Ivy and Gabby), follow ramenn.tumblr.com instead. This shit is pretty much dead. In other news, I wish I could delete this...
Everybody Loves New Content, Though
So I had started this article a couple days ago, but somehow it got deleted. Anyway, here’s a look at some upcoming new franchises, rather than those old sequels I listed before. Brink (PS3/360/PC) - We’re getting a lot of new FPS franchises this coming year, so if you’re getting sick of Halos and Killzones don’t worry. The utopian city of The Ark is no longer large...
Everyone Loves Sequels
Let’s talk sequels. They’re usually guaranteed to sell even if they’re not good. Isn’t that wonderful? These are some of the upcoming sequels. There are 26 of them in total. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (PS3/360/PC) - While Assassin’s Creed 2 was not a direct sequel to Assassin’s Creed 1, Brotherhood takes us to to the time right after the end of...
Limbo Is More Serious Than You Remember It
I’m late writing this article, as the game came out this past Tuesday, but it’s still worth mentioning. Limbo is a platformer from PlayDead Studios for XBL Arcade. While I haven’t had the opportunity to play it myself, everything I’ve heard and seen about it has been very positive. It’s a black and white game that excels at creating an eerie atmosphere. You play...
This Way That Way. It’s an indie game on Xbox Live that came out this past Thursday. The premise is simple: get your little guy from the red starting spot to the green ending spot. However, you must go in each direction somewhat equally. That is, if you start out going right, you can go right as much as you want, but once you change direction you have to try every other direction...
And Now, The Backpedaling
A whole 3 days after announced, Blizzard has rescinded their plan to require forum members to use their real names when posting. Apparently all the bitching and moaning from the Blizzard fanbase worked. They’re not at all scrapping the whole Real ID system, just the part where it’s connected to your posts. WoW Forums: Regarding real names in forums
Much Ado About Privacy
Recently, Blizzard has been rolling out their new Real ID system. This started with a Facebook-like social network - people use their real names, you can send friend requests, etc. It boasts cross-game chat between Real ID friends, so if you’re playing WoW, you can send PMs to your friends playing SC2 and all. When it was first announced it was received with a fair amount of apathy, and...
PlayStation Plus - Might it actually be worth it?
PlayStation Plus officially launched the other day, to some fanfare. It can be yours for $18 for 3 months, or $50 for a year, and currently they’re giving you an extra 3 months for free when you subscribe for a year. But like all pay services, it may not be worth it (*cough* HULU PLUS *cough*). So let’s see what kind of bang we’re getting for our buck. Unlike Xbox Live...
Sony Finally Does What Nintendo's Been Doing Since...
No, it’s not releasing a wand-like motion controller and a secondary controller with an analog stick. Though that’s a good guess. For the first time since PS3’s launch, Sony is now making money on hardware. In an IGN interview, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida said “This year is the first time that we are able to cover the cost of the PlayStation 3. We...
Trouble In Kinect-adise
A lot of this is just rumors, but as the days go by after Microsoft’s Kinect event + press conference, we just keep hearing worse and worse about Kinect. So what are the kids talkin’ about nowadays? It might not work sitting down. Now this is one that we’ve heard lots of different things. A mock Q&A from Microsoft assured everyone that you can use Kinect while sitting...
Nintendo's Complete 3DS Lineup
So here is a not-necessarily-complete list of upcoming games for the 3DS. I also don’t know what’s a launch title and what’s more distant, but since we don’t even have a launch date for the 3DS, it’s all up in the air. So here’s the list. Note: A lot of these titles are not final, which may not be surprising. Many of them are simply the franchise, as these...
Sony's Complete Move Lineup
So a complete list of games announced for the Move has been released. When I can find them, I’ll post a complete list of 3DS games and Kinect games. Actually I think I already know the 3DS list, so that’ll be up in a couple minutes. Here’s the Move list though, ordered by release date. Notice that some of these are new games and others are current games that will be updated...
E3 Recap: Sony
Oh Sony. Sony Sony Sony. You’ve been doing a great job the past year or 2, you’ve really stepped up your game. So let’s keep this momentum going, right? That’s a good idea. That plan didn’t hold up as well at this E3. This time last year they wowed us with all sorts of great reveals. This year? They started us off with some montage footage and talk about 3D....
E3 Recap: Nintendo
The second day of E3 brings us the press conferences for Nintendo and Sony. Nintendo’s just wrapped up, and my God did they step it up this year. No room for the Wii Vitality Sensor in here. So let’s see what they brought us. They started out with the heaviest of heavy hitters, Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. The graphics look pretty good, a compromise between Twilight Princess...
E3 Recap: Ubisoft
The last presser of the day was Ubisoft. And just like Microsoft started it off poorly, so much Ubisoft end it poorly. The question is, where did Ubisoft go wrong? Ubisoft started off strong. Some Asian guy going crazy with Kinect, conducting a symphony of neon geometric shapes and whatnot. It ended up being the guy behind Rez and Lumines, with his new game, Child of Eden. I don’t...
E3 Recap: EA
Today also saw EA’s presser. I went into this with literally no expectations, and it didn’t even occur to me that they had a presser today until the middle of it. So let’s see what an innocent Ram thought of what he saw. I’ll just get it out there: EA blew me away. I suppose my expectations were low, but still, after the borefest that was Microsoft, EA was...
E3 Recap: Microsoft
Today was the first day of E3 (technically it starts tomorrow I think, but come one). Microsoft had their presser, followed by EA, followed by Ubisoft. Plus Microsoft had its Microsoft Natal (except it’s not Natal anymore) last night, but a lot of that was recapped in the presser. Anyway, onto the goods. In the interest of space, I’m actually going to do one post per conference. ...
Sony Doesn't Wait Until Silly E3 Conferences
Just a couple of days ago I named MotorStorm 3 as one of the titles that we might get more information about at next week’s E3. While that is most likely still the case, Sony couldn’t keep their mouths shut until then to make the official announcement for MotorStorm Apocalypse. MS Apocalypse leaves the wilderness of previous games to visit a city, but as the name implies, this...
More Realism or Less Realism?
For those of you who are like me and have nothing reasonable to do with your time, playing fake instruments is a great timewaster. It’s so great of a timewaster that the Guitar Hero franchise has 16 games to its name (including DJ Hero and Band Hero), and Rock Band is up to 12 including standalone track packs. One could say the genre is a bit saturated. However, that’s not...
Lead-Up To E3
Next week will bring us 2010’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. Although it seems to change each year, sometimes it’s invitation-only and sometimes it’s not, E3 is still the place where games are announced and revealed, especially for the consoles. So what do we have to look forward to hearing about? Microsoft Of course the big hitter of Microsoft’s conference will be...
REVIEW - ModNation Racers
Sony’s starting to really push their “Play. Create. Share.” tagline. Well not really, but ModNation Racers marks the second game to use the adage, the first being LittleBigPlanet of course. So how does the “LittleBigPlanet Kart Racer” hold up? Story - 7. Does anyone pay attention to the story in racing games, much less kart racers? MNR has a cute little...
REVIEW - 3D Dot Game Heroes
Today’s installment of “let’s catch up with some reviews” is 3D Dot Game Heroes. The first thing to note about 3DDGH (henceforth re-abbreviated 3D) is that it is a nostalgic trip. If you love the games of yesteryear, mainly 2D Legend of Zelda games, then 3D is up your alley. There’s no two ways around it, this is a niche title. It’s not the type of game...
REVIEW - Final Fantasy XIII
Another Final Fantasy game. That makes for lots of final fantasies, but regardless. I’m going to start with the end: in the end, Final Fantasy XIII is a pretty fun game. Unfortunately, it’s a fun game that was hampered by various issues, some minor and some less so, that prevent it from being as good as it could be. In the interest of time, I’m just going to go straight to...
I haven’t done a review since Professor Layton. I sincerely apologize for that. I just wanted to say that expect reviews for Final Fantasy XIII, 3D Dot Game Heroes, ModNation Racers, and Chrono Trigger DS in the future. I’ve been busy/lazy (mostly lazy). That’s all for now, going to bed! Good night tumblr.
Need Games is Moving! (eventually)
After tossing this idea around for a while, I’ve decided I’m going to move Need Games to a separate, standalone web site. I’m a bit of a fan of web design, so it’s partially a chance for me to hand-code a blog. For those of you following me on tumblr, I hope you’ll migrate over when the time comes, but I understand that I’m shooting myself in the foot by...
2010 Summer of Gaming
Each summer gamers everywhere take the time to catch up on some quality games we missed, whether it’s a sleeper hit from the previous Fall or simply a game that has gotten pushed off over time. It’s a much-loved tradition, and I personally plan to finally getting around to playing Demon’s Souls, which qualifies as “sleeper hit from the previous Fall” as well as...
WARNING: TRUE STATEMENTS ABOUT THE HANDHELD MARKET...
This isn’t actually an article I wrote, but rather one written by Jim Sterling over at Destructoid. It’s a good read though, and it echoes some thoughts that have been floating around my head ever since the 3DS info came out, though he fleshes out the ideas more. Hit the link below for the article. STOP RELEASING NEW F*CKING HANDHELDS! by Jim Sterling
Video Games Are Awesome
I realize this is a bold and outrageous claim to make, so I’m going to just pause and let that line sink in a bit. So now you guys (all two of you) are probably wondering what the hell I’m talking about, or rather, why I would tell gamers that games are cool. Yesterday, after reading all sorts of Zero Punctuation comments, I knew I wanted to write something about game reviews, how...
HOLY EPICNESS BATMAN (And it's even good beyond...
I realize the game came out almost 2 days ago, but the demo for Darksiders was released on Thursday. It went up at the same time as the God of War 3 demo, so I naturally downloaded the GoW3 one before I even thought about downloading Darksiders. As an aside, the GoW3 demo was pretty good. It’s an old demo and it was still gorgeous and pretty epic. Only pretty epic though. It was...
NO SUBSCRIPTIONS PLEASE
A lot of people enjoy hating Activision. I wouldn’t go so far as to agree with these people, but I will agree that Activision is just about as greedy as it gets. Bobby Kotick (CEO of Activision) has proved on more than one occasion that all he cares about is raking in money, and doesn’t care about the consumer or anything else. He’ll milk a franchise dry without trying to...