Posted by: nimolta | December 3, 2008

Overload!! Insert Time.

You know what really grinds my gears, the plethora of games available in the past few months while in the summer we had to find other means to entertains ourselves. Now don’t get me wrong there’s plenty to do during the summer; better weather = outside activities. But when night fell and I wanted to pick up my controller and experience a new game I was forced to re-play games which had lost its mojo. I mean how many times can I re-play Call of Duty 4? Or have the Wii Fit tell me I lack balance and I should really be 45! I mean where were the games when I needed them.

Fast forward to the present day. INow I don’t even have the capacity to acknowledge the number of new games available for each system. I had tried to make a laundry list of games to play but it seems I forgot one thing, I DON’T HAVE THE TIME TO PLAY THEM ALL! I feel like Ash and my roommate would be Pikachu and we’ll never get to “catch” them all.

I did get to play and finish Gears of War 2 with my roommate and that game rocked! The gameplay was similar to the first series but overall experience left me wanting more. I just recently bought Madden 09 and have to give two thumbs up for the all the side games and practice modes available on this game. I’ve had a 3-yr hiatus on Madden games but this year’s return was well worth it. The online play is seamless on the PS3 where I have failed to notch a win ūüė¶ . I’ve gotten to play the new Rock Band/Guitar Hero thanks to PDK and his addiction to video games. Without PDK I wouldn’t know which game was worth playing.

So besides the above games I gotten to play I hope god somehow freezes time or the Neo can convince the “architect” to insert more time into my busy schedule to experience these new games, in particular:

  • Call of Duty World at War
  • Resistance 2
  • Left for Dead 4
  • Prince of Persia
  • Little Big Planet
  • Fallout 3
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Posted by: pdk27 | December 1, 2008

Virtual Console/WiiWare Update – 12/1/08

WII-KLY UPDATE: TWO WIIWARE GAMES AND ONE VIRTUAL CONSOLE GAME ADDED TO WII SHOP CHANNEL
Dec. 1, 2008

After a long, lazy holiday weekend, it’s time to shake off your post-Thanksgiving daze. Need some suggestions for boosting your activity level back into the red? Let the latest additions to the Wii‚ĄĘ Shop Channel be your guide: Take command of a UFO in an epic space battle, get your engine revving as the leader of a frenzied pit crew, or storm the battlefield in a high-tech military m√™l√©e. With all this excitement, you may be ready for another vacation day sooner than you think.

Nintendo adds new and classic games to the Wii Shop Channel at 9 a.m. Pacific time every Monday. Wii owners with a high-speed Internet connection can redeem Wii Points‚ĄĘ to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets. This week’s new games are:

WiiWare‚ĄĘ

SPACE INVADERS GET EVEN (Taito, 1 player, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older-Cartoon Violence, 500 Wii Points): The Space Invaders are back, and this time they’re out to get even. Take control of a UFO and make those Earthlings pay by unleashing your fleet of heroic invaders against their puny tanks, fighter jets and artillery-but watch out for the massive boss awaiting you at the end of each stage. Use your invaders’ five attack types and the might of the mother ship to rack up high scores, then upload them via Nintendo¬ģ Wi-Fi Connection and see where you stand in the global rankings. (Note: Router and broadband access required for online play. For more info, visit¬† www.nintendo.com.)

Pit Crew Panic! (Hudson Entertainment, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone, 800 Wii Points): Pit Crew Panic! is a frantic, action-packed game that unfolds on the racing circuit. During the game, the pit crew is not only faced with repairing vehicles, but also various WHATSITs. Handling the WHATSIT repairs is a pit crew made up of legendary beauties. The controls are simple: Just grab a member of the crew with the Wii Remote‚ĄĘ controller’s A Button, then release the button when the Pointer is over the damaged PART, and that crew member will begin repairs. Assign repairs to the members of your team and provide support using the Wii Remote to send a fully repaired WHATSIT out of the pit as quickly as you can. The game features Normal mode, which can be played using one of two rules: Abnormal mode (players split into two teams and compete against each other) and Ranking mode (compete with players around the world for the top record). Each mode can be played with a maximum of four Wii Remote controllers, allowing you to team up with friends and family. Your teamwork could lead to outstanding records.

Virtual Console‚ĄĘ

METAL SLUG 2 (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated T for Teen-Blood and Gore, Violence, 900 Wii Points): Released in 1998 by SNK, METAL SLUG 2 is a side-scrolling military-action game. Players choose from Marco, Tarma, Eri and Fio, setting their sights on wiping out Morden’s newly remobilized Rebellion Army. Just like the original METAL SLUG, players blaze a trail by shooting and jumping, but METAL SLUG 2 adds a new arsenal for you to command, including a heavy machine gun, a shotgun and even a laser gun, providing players with rich variety. Battle effects are packed in, as well-players turn into mummies after getting caught in poison gas coughed up by mummies. After picking up too many food items, characters turn fat, but they get an attack-strength upgrade. Two-player action is supported, too, so players can have a blast with their friends.

For more information about Wii, please visit wii.com.

Posted by: pdk27 | November 25, 2008

My Favorite iPhone Apps

So I purchased an iPhone 3G back in July.¬† In my opinion, its one of the best purchases I’ve ever made.¬† I love the thing and I love what it can do.¬† It’s most important feature is the App Store.¬† So with that being said, I present you my favorite iPhone Apps that I’ve played with so far.

Pandora (free)

pandoraThis is probably my most used App.¬† When combined with my FM transmitter, it give me a custom made radio station no matter where I am driving.¬† It’s also great for getting access to more music than either version of the iPhone could ever hold,

2. Google Earth (free)

Google EarthSo you’ve used Google Earth on the computer.¬† It’s pretty neat right?¬† Now imagine getting the same functionality on your phone.¬† Thats right, this is not some dumbed down cell phone app, this is Google Earth.¬† If nothing else, its an awesome example of what you iPhone can do.

3. Shazam (free)

ShazamI used Shazam way more than I thought I would.  What it does is it records 15 seconds of whatever song your listening to.  It then sends that file to a server and returns something like the screen you see above.  Perfect for when you at some place and just have to know what that song is.

4.  Google Search App (free)

Google MobileImagine have google on your phone.¬† Well thats not that big a deal, every phone has google now a days.¬† Well imagine if google returned results based on your current location.¬† So if you entered “movie showtimes” it returned the showtimes for the nearest theater.¬† Now add on to that the ability to say what your looking for instead of having to type it and you’ve got the lastest version of the Google App for the iPhone.

5. The Weather Channel (free)

weather channelOnce again you might be thinking to yourself that the iPhone already has a Weather app.¬† It does but its not like this.¬† The weather channel app give you not only the weather, but a map showing current conditions in the area and a video with the daily forecast.¬† Quite an impressive upgrade from Apple’s offering.

6. SnapTell (free)

SnapTell

Another cool recognition app.  Take a picture of the cover of any DVD, CD, Book or Video game.  Then let the app do its work.  What will get returned to you are the best prices online for that product (so that you know if your overpaying at the store)  along with some reviews.  I can see this app coming in very handy.

So there you go, some of my favorite apps.¬† Notice a trend with them?¬† Yes they are all free.¬† Of course this list doesn’t even touch the paid products and games that I also use on my iPhone.¬† Once again I must say, its quite the device.

Posted by: pdk27 | November 24, 2008

Animal Crossing: City Folk – The Rebuttal

Much like my partner in crime insanemouse,¬† the latest Animal Crossing and caused me to come out of posting retirement.¬† After reading his post I felt the need to hop on a make a couple of counter points.¬† First of all lets get one this out of the way…Is Animal Crossing essentially the same as the DS version?¬† Yep.¬† But there is still a lot of fun to be had here.my houseYou can have fun decorating your house.¬† Notice how much fun this place looks.¬† Playing billards by candle light?¬† Oh yeah.

BlathersI still enjoy hopping on for a few mintues everyday to make some donations to my local museum.  Blathers is one smart owl.

CoffeeOf course if you did miss the DS version that you haven’t played online yet.¬† Feel free to stop by anytime and we can have a cup of joe together.

CityOf course, there are some new elements to the game like the city.¬† This area is a lot more hopping then your normal town, with lots of people to talk to and things to do like…

balloonDid I mention this games has balloons.  Hell yeah.

watermelonI mean who doesn’t want to live in a fruit shaped room.¬† This is another important feature of the new game.¬† The Happy Room Academy actually has an office now that you can stop by and see what a model home looks like.¬† Definitely helps in getting higher scores.

moneySo don’t get me wrong.¬† Maybe your burnt out on the Animal Crossing idea.¬† But I’m not ready to put it away just yet.¬† Is it my game of the year?¬† No, its not even the best Wii game this year.¬† But the game is still oozing with personality and is definitely worth a play especially if you’ve never played the series before.

Posted by: insanemouse | November 17, 2008

Animal Crossing: City Fo….eh…forget it.

Alright, so I think I’m over the Animal Crossing high that overtook me back in like 2002 or whenever that game came out. ¬†When I first played it on Gamecube, I bet I and my now wife spent about 100 hours each shaking trees, chasing bugs, fishing, and digging fossils up out of the ground. ¬†I gave it a go on the DS and I spent MAYBE 5 hours playing it before getting bored. ¬†Here we are today, the day before Animal Crossing: City Folk releases on the Wii and I don’t think I could care any less about it. ¬†Nintendo, who seemed to be redeeming themselves (slightly) in terms of online with Mario Kart, I see that they have refused to further evolve their online model with the new Animal Crossing game.

It’s not like I’m dead-set on having online, but with Animal Crossing, I NEED something new to bring me back in. ¬†From what I can tell, the entire AC model hasn’t changed much at all since Doubutsu no Mori (Animal Forest) from the N64. ¬†Nintendo, please either revamp AC with a new hook or make it the MMO that it’s really destined to be.

Posted by: pdk27 | September 2, 2008

Virtual Console/WiiWare Update – Sept 1st 2008

From Nintendo:

WII-KLY UPDATE: ONE WIIWARE GAME AND TWO VIRTUAL CONSOLE GAMES ADDED TO WII SHOP CHANNEL
September 1, 2008

Strike up the band and let the confetti fly! This week, the Wii‚ĄĘ Shop Channel celebrates the momentous release of its 250th game title for the Virtual Console‚ĄĘ, pushing the selection of classic games to an exhilarating new high. And because a special occasion deserves a special guest, Nintendo is thrilled to name the beloved Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars‚ĄĘ as the game to hold this exciting distinction. Along with a delightful new WiiWare‚ĄĘ title and a delirious underwater adventure, this gem from the Super NES¬ģ era guarantees a festive, fun-packed Labor Day holiday for Wii‚ĄĘ owners of all stripes.

Nintendo adds new and classic games to the Wii Shop Channel at 9 a.m. Pacific time every Monday. Wii owners with a high-speed Internet connection can redeem Wii Points‚ĄĘ to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets. This week’s new games are:

WiiWare

My Aquarium (Hudson Entertainment, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): With swaying aquatic plants and fish idly swimming about, My Aquarium is a relaxing Wii experience that allows you to enjoy a virtual aquarium in your spare time. Whether freshwater or saltwater, you can select from over 40 popular types of fish, including favorites like the Ocellaris clownfish, the freshwater angelfish and the Asian arowana. You can also create up to six different aquariums and personalize them by adding decorations like seaweed and driftwood. In My Aquarium, you can send aquariums to your registered Wii Friends. The aquariums can even be set with special dates, such as a friend’s birthday, that the fish will commemorate with a dance. Feed your fish and watch them steadily grow from fry to adult. Then, after meeting certain conditions, you can breed them. Another feature will allow you to interact with your fish using your Wii Remote‚ĄĘ controller in fun ways, like “tapping” the glass of your aquarium.

Virtual Console

Clu Clu Land‚ĄĘ (NES¬ģ, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): Take a deep breath and prepare for a puzzle game set in the underwater kingdom of Clu Clu Land. The greedy Sea Urchins have stolen all of Clu Clu Land’s gold bars and buried them in a series of mazes. As Bubbles, a brave bubble fish, you’ll set out to uncover all of the gold bars in each maze. But you’ll have to be careful: Sea Urchins will relentlessly pursue Bubbles, and there are also dangerous black holes that must be avoided. Bubbles isn’t defenseless, though, as she has the ability to stun Sea Urchins with sound waves and quickly change direction using posts scattered throughout the stages. Not only that, but the locations of the gold bars in each maze form the outline of another object‚ÄĒonce you know the object, you’re well on your way to finding the gold. With 20 stages to complete and increasingly complex conditions (like having to pass over the gold bars twice to uncover them), you might just want to bring along a friend for help.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (Super NES, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 800 Wii Points): Set in the Mushroom Kingdom and featuring its cast of well-known characters, this adventure RPG begins with a familiar scenario: Mario‚ĄĘ must rescue Princess Toadstool‚ĄĘ from Bowser‚ĄĘ. However, a mysterious new enemy named Smithy soon appears, and Mario and Bowser are forced to fight as allies for the first time in their long history. In the quest to defeat their powerful new foe, they’ll journey across a wide variety of locations (a town of mining moles, a tropical forest, a thundering waterfall‚ÄĒjust to name a few) and tackle a mix of obstacles requiring both expert timing and strategy to overcome. Along the way, they’ll gain experience and grow more powerful, while also meeting new characters whose unique abilities will be needed to take on Smithy and his gang. Striking a perfect balance of traditional RPG elements and the action-packed game play Mario is famous for, it’s easy to see why this title has earned “legendary” status.

For more information about Wii, please visit wii.com.

Figured Super Mario RPG was worth coming back to the site for.¬† I’ll pick it up as soon as I can.

Posted by: nimolta | July 31, 2008

iphone’n this one in

Greetings from pdk’s iphone
A mobile entry done at 65 mph
I can’t help but think how the iPhone
has changed how one can interact with the world via the web
This phone is setting new standards for any mobile device
I had to choose btwn the blackberry and the iPhone but after this entry I think it’s clear to me, a techno-fiend, that I’ll attain my satisfaction with bite into another Apple

Posted by: pdk27 | June 30, 2008

Virtual Console/WiiWare Update – June 30th 2008

From Nintendo:

WII-KLY UPDATE: ONE WIIWARE GAME AND ONE VIRTUAL CONSOLE GAME ADDED TO WII SHOP CHANNEL
June 30, 2008

You want fireworks? Look no further than the Wii‚ĄĘ Shop Channel, where vibrant bursts of classic gaming action and fresh WiiWare‚ĄĘ content will help fill your living room with a flurry of ooohs and ahhhs. Puzzle-game mavens can enjoy a wild new addition to the WiiWare library, while the Virtual Console‚ĄĘ brings a truly classic fighting game to the fore. For an added holiday-week blast, fans of the WiiWare hit FINAL FANTASY¬ģ CRYSTAL CHRONICLES¬ģ: My Life as a King‚ĄĘ can enhance the action with new Add-On Content.

Nintendo adds new and classic games to the Wii Shop Channel at 9 a.m. Pacific time every Monday. Wii owners with a high-speed Internet connection can redeem Wii Points‚ĄĘ to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets. This week’s new games are:

WiiWare

Magnetica‚ĄĘ Twist (Nintendo, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone-Comic Mischief, 1,000 Wii Points): The classic puzzle game Magnetica is now available on WiiWare , putting its own unique “twist” on the puzzle-game experience. You’re surrounded by marbles, marching slowly but surely down a track. Use a launcher (piloted by a Mii‚ĄĘ of your choice) to shoot marbles with matching colors and wipe them out before they reach the end of the track. Control couldn’t be simpler, as all you need to do is twist the Wii Remote‚ĄĘ controller to aim and press the A button to shoot. And the game play remains as addictive and deep as you’ve come to expect in Nintendo’s puzzle games, with five varied play modes, advanced mechanics such as the ability to lob marbles, and a never-ending supply of combos. This definitely isn’t your typical game of marbles.

Virtual Console

FATAL FURY 2 (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated T for Teen-Animated Blood, Violence, 900 Wii Points): Released in 1992 by SNK, FATAL FURY 2 is the second installment in the renowned fighting-game series. In addition to Terry, Andy and Joe, who appeared in the original game, another five distinctive fighters gather from around the world to compete for the championship title. Also newly added are stage-specific hazards and the ability to perform desperation attacks when a character’s strength is low. These particularly deadly techniques create the chance for a come-from-behind victory achieved with a single strike. Moreover, the innovative two-line battle, which proved popular in the previous version, also has been radically enhanced. Pressing the weak-attack and strong-attack buttons simultaneously enables players to move their fighters to another line themselves, or to launch an attack that pushes opponents back to another line. This game mechanic, unique to this title in the series, allows the player to take advantage of the depth of the screen and create even more exciting bouts. Can you prove yourself the king of fighters again?

For more information about Wii, please visit wii.com.

Meh.

Posted by: insanemouse | June 26, 2008

Oh, Kojima-san…what have you done to my wallet?

Well, it’s official…Kojima and I are friends. ¬†I went through heck and high-water just to shake the guy’s hand and it was 100% worth it. ¬†I get the feeling, though, that he’s only using me for my money (which is extremely limited, mind you).

Ever since Metal Gear Solid 4 came out, I’ve been going Metal Gear crazy! ¬†Before this I was the proud owner of the regular versions of MGS, MGS2, and MGS3…all of which I had finished. ¬†Now, I’m pretty much combing every Gamestop I can find, while searching eBay, and visiting obscure, sole-proprietor gaming shops just to find Metal Gear goodies. ¬†So far, I’ve tracked down MGS2:Substance on PS2 and Xbox, MGS3: Subsistence on PS2, and MGS: Portable Ops Plus on PSP. ¬†I know, I know…these are pretty common, but they are fetching a few extra “hype-adjusted” bucks online, I guess due to all the MGS fandom running around these days. ¬†I’ve got a lot of work to go, though, to really have a nice collection. ¬†There’s the Document of MGS2 on PS2 and the MGS digital novels on PSP. ¬†These all go for around 50 bones on eBay at the moment, so it’s going to be a test of dedication (or stupidity) to see if I crack and buy these too.

Oh well, I guess I do this from time to time. ¬†I’ve been all over looking for Famicom versions of Mario and Zelda games, Mega Man games, Dragon Quest goodies, etc…and it almost always revolves around the recent release of something special that catches my eye. ¬†Oh well. ¬†I guess I’m just a sucker for games in general. ¬†I’ll grow up later, haha.

Posted by: pdk27 | June 24, 2008

Recommended Gaming (June 2008)

I’ve decided to start an article where I can recommend good games that I’ve played in the month. Feel free to add your own choices in the comments section below.

Space Invaders Extreme (DS/PSP)

I am amazed on how man $20 gems can be found on handhelds now a days, especially on the DS. This months example is Space Invaders Extreme. If you have seen or played Pac-Man C.E. on Xbox Live Arcade then you have a good idea on what kind of upgrade this is. The action is fast and furious, almost like Space Invaders for people with A.D.D.. Add to this the fact that you can play online with your friends as well compare high scores and you’ve got a complete arcade experience anywhere you go. Very addicting.

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

It’s finally here. The PS3’s killer app, the next game in the Metal Gear Series, and the wrap-up to 20 years of story about Solid Snake. This is the game we have all been waiting for. I’m getting close to the mid way point in the game so I’ll save most of my praise until I beat it but so far it is definitely delivering. The graphics are amazing, the sound is the show stealer, and the gameplay is the best Metal Gear gameplay I’ve experienced so far. If you own a PS3, just go buy it.

So there you go. One huge epic game and another arcade simple experience. These are two really high quality games considering its the beginning of the traditional summer drought. It appears that 2008 might just surpass 2007 as hard as that is to believe. Enjoy.

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