Archive for March, 2009

20
Mar
09

Strong Bad Episode 4: Dangeresque 3 (4/5)

I recently got to play Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People – Episode 4: Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective. (Long title, huh?)  It was my first enounter with the Homestar Runner universe, and it was enough to get me hooked.  Dangeresque 3 is a spoof of homemade movies.  You play as the dashing dangeresque (Strong Bad) as he tries to solve a crime.  I am not going to go into the plot too much, as it is not completely coherent. (Strong Bad wrote it, after all)  But it is halarious.

The conversations always keep you laughing, especially when someone forgets their line or there is a re-take.  The gameplay is pretty straight foward point and click.  If you have ever played any adventure game, you should have no trouble picking it up.  For those of you new to the genre, there is a tutorial.  I would advise you taking it even if you know how adventure games work, as it is halarious.

The puzzles are very simple, and you will not find yourself stuck very often.  If you are a fan of strong bad or old lucasarts adventure games (like monkey island), you will fall in love with game.  If you have never heard of strong bad or adventure games, you owe it to yourself to play this.

This is a terrific game, and I would reccomend it to anyone.

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18
Mar
09

The Wii at its best

Lately, my posts about the Wii have tended to revolve around the excess of shovelware that has been plaguing the console, and the problems it has.  I had just about lost all faith in my console of choice.  My Wii had become all but a glorified gamecube…until recently.

The other night, I decided to play Metroid Prime 3: Corruption.  (I had been stuck on a part where you have to find the energy cells)  I was moving along and making pretty good progress, having more fun with a wii game than I had in a while.  When suddenly, the Metroid Hatcher showed up.

Now, this post is not gonna be me ranting about how fun this guy was to fight or about how awesome I am for beating him.  (I fell of the platform too many times to be called awesome)  This is a post about what it is like when the Wii is at its best. However, in order to fully explain my point, I am gonna have to ramble about the boss for a moment.

In order to fight this monster, I had to shoot at his tentacles.  Each time I hit one, it would retract into the beast.  Once they were all gone, I had to shoot the creature in the mouth (while he tried to spawn metroids) , until he re-exposed his tentacles.  I then had a short window of time where I could use my grapple lasso to rip off one of the tentacles.  Repeat.

While I was doing this in the game, I felt as though I was doing it in real life.  To aim my shots, I had to point at the screen.  To rip a tentacle, I had to swing the nunchuck forward to attach the grapple lasso, then pull back a couple of time to rip it away.  I was totally immersed in the game in a way only the Wii can allow.

It was at this moment that I truly remembered how great the Wii is.  I know that the graphics will never live up to its competitors.  (acually, I have become convinced that the gamecube has better graphics)  I will also concede that in order to find the gems, you have to hack your way through a jungle of shovelware, but it is worth it.

The Wii holds some of the best console games I have ever played.  Super Mario Galaxy blew my mind with the way it messed with gravity.  Brawl continues to provide hours of video game characters fighting each other in colorful locations with awesome music.  Boom Blox (despite the casual sounding title) provided hours of fun worth of knocking blocks down. (something that the wii makes surprisingly fun)  Super Paper Mario rocked my world by bringing back the old school fun of platformers while adding a new twist.

Also, while the online abilities of the Wii are less than grand, there is still a grerat selection of games to buy.  Not only is there all kinds of awesome wiiware, like World of Goo and Strongbad, there is also plenty of older games to satisfy the nostalgic gamer in all of us.  (or introduce a new generation to what made gaming great in the first place)

I could go on listing games, but this is not a hardcore gamers guide to the wii.  (though you can find one of those on any gaming site/magazine)

The Wii holds the greatest potential for greatness of all of the consoles.  Anyone who has played a truly wonderful Wii game knows this.  So even while we wait for more core games to come out for the console, we can still enjoy what games are already there.

05
Mar
09

CubeToons

If you can’t read the comic, click on it to make it bigger.
*sigh*  I am in the nintendo prison...all I can see are a couple of lagging, mute, faceless brawlers.

 

This is a funny comic on IGN called cubetoons.  Basicly, the comic is about games, usually featuring the IGN editors and their crazy antics.  They have their own site but it is broken at the moment, but you can find most of their comics at IGN.

Cubetoons on IGN

cubetoons.com (May be broken)

02
Mar
09

5 Random Quotes for March (2009)

  1. Skiing combines outdoor fun with knocking down trees with your face.  ~Dave Barry
  2. Night time is really the best time to work.  All the ideas are there to be yours because everyone else is asleep.  ~Catherine O’Hara
  3. To avoid mistakes and regrets, always consult your wife before engaging in a flirtation.  ~E.W. Howe
  4. Promises make debt, and debt makes promises.  ~Dutch Proverb
  5. Advertising may be described as the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it.  ~Stephen Butler Leacock, quoted in Michael Jackman, Crown’s Book of Political Quotations, 1982



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