June, 2009 Archive

A walk on the Mirror’s Edge


Posted by Eric on Monday, June 29th, 2009 in Reviews
Mirror's Edge

Mirror’s Edge is...a unique game. The demo available on Xbox Live sat on my hard drive for months before I actually played it. When I finally boot it up, it was a breath of fresh air to be greeted with the vibrant primaries against clean whites that make up a majority of ME‘s color palette. Quite the contrast from the plethora of grit & grime, post-apocalyptic mess that has been the video game industry as of late.

Not that this is much better, really. The game is set in a strict government regulated future where large amounts of cash are invested in keeping buildings clean and deploying armies of mindless gunslingers to take out rooftop ninjas carrying bright-yellow shoulder bags. Mirror’s Edge is first-person platformer that consists of scaling sky-scrapers and clearing gaps in between all while watching your girlie figure and maintaining your calluses. You play as Faith (or maybe Faythe; that would be cooler :) ), a faithful employee of service "X" consisting of couriers, or "runners", delivering "Y" to "Z" by hand to avoid conventional means of communication by keeping under the radar of a government that apparently closely resembles a Fourth Reich.

Mirror’s Edge definitely has a lot going for it. This is most apparent when you’re sprinting along ledges of rooftops hundreds of feet in the air jumping from one building to the next. The next platform lights up red, and you know you’re next jump is gonna be a doozy. Pick yourself up and zip line across the jagged skyline, fall a couple storeys & land into a roll, sprint to the door where you shoulder your way inside to a narrow corridor where you wall-jump up to the air-duct vent that leads outside & you do it all over again.


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Blogspamz - Now with moar smartz!!


Posted by Eric on Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 in Rants

So I loaded up my dashboard today and widened my eyes as I quietly & internally got excited to see that I’ve got 3 whole spam comments to chuckle over!

The suspense.
OMG. OMG. OMG.


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My guilty pleasure - I am a video game snob


Posted by Eric on Thursday, June 18th, 2009 in Gaming Life / Rants

I’ve been getting comments from coworkers about how picky I am when it comes to gaming. The truth is, I’m just a snob when it comes to my favorite hobby/passion/whatever you wanna call it. Sometimes, though, it’s just that I hate sh*tty games. Period.

I hate sports games. What in the bloody hell is the point in releasing an entirely new disc, every single year, most of the time including nothing different than an updated roster? Ever heard of DLC? Is there seriously so much changing in the game that one disc with a yearly $20, $30, even $40 downloadable upgrade or patch couldn’t cure? I doubt it. They still use cardboard cutouts for the audience; I mean, come on! The latest issue of Game Informer has shots from Madden 2010, another fantastic franchise by NFL bed-buddy, EA. I’m unfortunately unable to locate said cardboard cutouts due to the focal range of the real-time depth-of-field introduced. Sneaky bastards.


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Seriously......Team Ninja???


Posted by Eric on Tuesday, June 02nd, 2009 in E3 2009 / Gaming Life

Nintendo announced a new Metroid game slated for 2010. From the looks of it, there seems to be a lot of Super Metroid gameplay elements; specifically around 1:27 - Mother Brain using the eye-laser on the super-metroid.

I dunno. I was excited as all hell when I was waiting for the video to load up for the first time. Overall, though, I just wasn’t all that thrilled. Call me old fashioned, but I’m just not all that thrilled about the studio making the next Metroid title being the developer best know in the game industry for...

Dead or Alive boobies

OK, enough staring. Back to work... :(



Forza Motorsport 3 announced


Posted by Eric on Monday, June 01st, 2009 in E3 2009 / Gaming Life

The sequel to THE best racing game ever made was announced today; and with a sooner-than-later release date of October ‘09. Forza Motorsport 3 called me up today at work to completely and utterly destroy my lunch with mere minutes of video-watching car-game porn. One can’t even help but chuckle at the fact that the miracle workers at Turn 10 will have released TWO Forza titles in the time it’s taken Polyphony to make ONE demo of Gran Turismo 5.

By any means, I’m no PlayStation hater. I don’t own a PS3, and I’ve gone out of my way to make sure I’ve made reviews for multi-platform games as unbiased as I can. Sony’s units had always been my console of choice until around the time Midnight Club 2 came out and Xbox LIVE hit it off. I’m not bashing them at all by saying they need to get their act together, but I’m sorry, the GT5 demo sucked ass. The same boring menu music, car lineup, and imaginary track selection has gotten old. Get a clue.

Forza Motorsport 3
Observe...and require a change of underwearz as I did.

Source: ForzaMotorsport.net