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Saturday, May 27, 2006

New Super Mario Bros

New meets old in this great addition to the DS library. New Super Mario Bros takes the classic Mario formula and adds to it in new and creative ways, all of them fun.

Graphics: Mario looks great on the DS. The environments are all very colorful and look great on the DS.

Sound: Your standard Mario sounds and music are included. A lot of the classic Mario tunes can be heard in the game in a remixed kind of way.

Gameplay: Pure and simple platforming at its best. You can't get better than this. The game plays like a standard Mario platformer but there are new and creative ways to play as well. You can become a super sized Mario and smash through bricks or you can become a mini Mario and get into very tight areas. Also the leaning platforms are interesting. You walk on them and they will tip in the direction with the most weight on that side. Also the tightropes are well done. The gameplay is simple and great. The game provides all the stuff that made the original Mario games so great and adds to that formula to create a new experience.

Overall: New Super Mario Bros is great. It provides all the great 2D platforming you could ever want and spices it up with some new elements. Mario is back to his roots and it does not get better than this.


Monday, May 22, 2006

Funny Article On Cheating In Halo 2

This article is quite a funny look into many of the cheaters of Halo 2 who have been banned from the game by Bungie and the e-mails Bungie got from some of those banned players.

Awesome Twilight Princess Video

Check out this video of the Wii version of The Legend of Zelda-Twilight Princess being played. Looks amazing.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Oblivion Addiction

I've been playing so much Oblivion lately on the 360. There is just so much to do. Well back to Oblivion. :)

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Solid Snake In Super Smash Bros Battle!

Solid Snake has been shown to be a new character in the upcoming Super Smash Bros Battle game from Nintendo. Check out the trailer here.

Snake shows up near the end of the trailer. When the trailer goes to black wait a few seconds to see a radio conversation between himself and Campbell.

Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops Trailer

The trailer for the upcoming PSP title Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops is now available. Just go to the link in my previous post to watch. It looks amazing and this game will explain so much on as it says in the trailer "The Tragedy of Big Boss." Also this is a proper MGS for the PSP. Basically it will play like the console MGS games. This is a must get for me when it is released this winter.

Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops

A new Metal Gear game is coming to the PSP and this time it is no card game. Konami and Kojima Productions have announced Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops for the PSP. This game takes place after Metal Gear Solid 3-Snake Eater and leads up to the original Metal Gear. Finally that huge gap in the Metal Gear timeline will be filled. Look for it this winter.

Kojima Productions E3 Site

Click the English button and then click the first fist for the info on Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops. Also look for a trailer later today.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

God of War 2...Holy @#%&

I just watched the God of War 2 trailer and it looks amazing. It looks mostly like gameplay footage and some of the new ways to kill your enemies are just insane. I really liked when Kratos jumped up onto a Cyclops and just yanked its eye right out. Also at the end of the trailer it shows Kratos riding on a huge bird and he jumps to another bird with an enemy on it. He kills the enemy and then just slashes the bird's wing off and chucks it behind him. Now that is intense. Best of all this is a PS2 title.

Halo 3 Announcement Trailer Released And Spoilers

The Halo 3 announcement trailer is up on the Xbox Live Marketplace. Overall the graphics look pretty good but this is just a video, no gameplay shown. Basically it just shows Earth being torn up and then you see Master Chief with the classic assault rifle and a ton of Covenant ships fly over him and they are opening something in the ground. Then some voice says "This is the way the world ends." And then in text it says "Finish The Fight." and the year under that is 2007. I am not too impressed at this point. but this is only an announcement trailer and not any gameplay.

Test Drive Unlimited Xbox 360 Demo

So I just finished downloading playing the 360 demo of Test Drive Unlimited and I am not too impressed right now. This is of course only a demo and I'm sure the final version will be much better. First off the graphics do not look that great to me. The cars are not that detailed, the interior dashboard view is very simple and unattractive and the environments don't look that great either. Next the gameplay is pretty poor as well. I don't like the way the cars control one bit. The game used a drive around until you find something to do interface that I don't particularly care for. Also the voice you listen to in the demo that tells you where to go gets old after immediately. It is really annoying to me. The last thing I thought was really lame was the police system. When you hit a car a badge icon at the top of the screen flashes. Fill all of them up and you get a ticket. However you just magically get the ticket. You don't have to run from police or even see a police car or officer give you the ticket. That whole mechanic is just lame to me. If I’m going to get a ticket at least put in a police chase. Hopefully the game will be better before it is released.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Part of The MGS 4 Script...Holy Crap!

From Here

Snake: War has changed.

Snake: Our time has ended.

Snake: Our war is over.

Campbell: Since the Manhattan incident, restrictions on military intervention in foreign countries have eased, fueling demand for mercenaries.

Campbell: Today, the world's wars depend largely on PMCs, private military companies whose business includes supplying these mercenaries.

Campbell: PMCs have become a serious threat to the world.

Snake: The U.S. has exported too much of its military power. Now she's paying the price.

Campbell: In total, they've got enough manpower to rival the U.S. military.

Campbell: Based on our investigation, the five largest PMCs are run by a dummy corporation, which acts as a single mother company.

Snake: And the mother company...?

Campbell: Outer Heaven.

Snake: The one world in which soldiers will always have a place.."

Outer Heaven is back! And I'm willing to bet Liquid Ocelot has a hell of a lot to do with it. Since Liquid takes control of Ocelot from time to time and Liquid was trying to get soldiers the respect they deserve like Big Boss did with Outer Heaven. Shit, Kojima is really going all out!

MGS 4 Trailer

Check out this amazing trailer. It is quite intense as far as the message it convey goes. Check it out:

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The Playstation 3 Will Be Expensive...DUH!

People are actually surprised at the price tag for the Playstation 3. Seriously the implications that it would be expensive have been staring us in the faces since last E3. In my opinion nobody should really be this surprised at the price.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Dead Rising Trailer

I was browsing the Xbox Live Marketplace tonight and saw they had a trailer of the upcoming Capcom Xbox 360 game Dead Rising up for download. I downloaded the trailer and the game looks insane. This looks like it will be one hell of an action/beat-um-up game. You play as a photographer in a shopping mall when it gets overrun by zombies. You get to use a ton of weapons to beat the hell out of these zombies. Some of the weapons in the trailer were a sword, a plunger, an axe and even a cactus. The game is also super bloody. I am really looking forward to getting this game when it comes out later this year. If you have an Xbox 360 you should really check out the trailer for Dead Rising.

Friday, May 05, 2006

My Blog Is Live

My 360Voice blog has finally collected the information it needed to start blogging Check it out.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Xbox 360 Voice Blog

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Monday, May 01, 2006

Tomb Raider Is Back

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The Tomb Raider series has had its share of problems. The major one being that the last good game in the series(Tomb Raider 2) came out almost 10 years ago. Everything since has been mediocre at best. Finally Tomb Raider Legend has come out and the series is now finally back on its feet.


The graphics on the 360 version are crisp, clean and beautiful. The ruins you explore feel and look excellent. Also the character model of Lara is greatly improved and moves very fluidly unlike in the other games where she was very rigid.


The sound overall is very well done with the exception of the voice acting. The voice acting for me felt very cheesy and lame. The story is not all that great either. The environmental sounds and ambient sounds are very well done though.


The controls are quite responsive and the camera system and movement system work well and have little to no learning curve. The game controls in a similar fashion to the Prince of Persia games as far as movement and jumping across gaps does. Also a nice touch is finding treasures and actually exploring tombs again. The other games put you in locales that had little or nothing to do with exploring tombs. Legend feels and plays a lot more like the originals which is a good thing since it is the essence of exploring and raiding tombs.


Overall Tomb Raider Legend is very good. The only downside in my opinion was the lame voice acting and dialogue. This game is definitely worth the rental.

The Good:

The series is back and you are actually exploring tombs again.

The Bad:

Voice acting is quite lame and the dialogue is poorly written.

The Ugly:

It took four terrible Tomb Raider games to get to this point. Hopefully the cycle will not continue and the future Tomb Raider games will all be on the level that Legend is.

Score: 8/10

Rumble Roses XX...Avoid This Pile of Crap!

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The original Rumble Roses on the Playstation 2 was pretty poor, Rumble Roses XX follows in that tradition. The game is terrible in almost every way possible. Here is the breakdown:

Graphics: The only aspect of the game done well. And you would need to have good graphics to sell a game that is basically all graphics over gameplay. The character models are all well done and the animation is well done also.

Sound: Overall the sound is pretty lame. Each wrestler has a few lines of dialogue which are somewhat entertaining to hear but the rest of the audio sucks. You have your standard grunts and groans as your wrestler takes and dishes out moves. The music is also pretty bad. There is only one song I find I can listen to and that is "Yankee Rose" the title track of the game. And i only like that song because I liked the original by David Lee Roth.

Gameplay: This is where the game falls apart. The basics are pretty easy to learn and master. You punch, you grapple, you punch some more and grapple some more. That is about all the strategy this game offers. The AI is incredibly cheap as well. You can literally pound on your opponent for a good 10-15 minutes before they even get a hit in on your character. Also you can nail finisher after finisher after finisher on them and they generally won't get pinned or give up. However after that the AI kicks it into God Mode and starts blocking everything you throw at them and nailing move after move after move on you. Also it usually only takes one finisher from them to put you out. However it takes several of your own finishers to win, and that is if the AI does not start to basically cheat.


This game is terrible in nearly every aspect. This is the only wrestling game on the 360 right now though. If you want some wrestling on your 360 rent this, do not under any circumstances buy this game. If you want a good wrestling game on the 360 wait until WWE Smackdown Vs. RAW 2007 comes out later this year.

Score: 2/10

Goldeneye Source

I've been playing the Alpha of Goldenye Source for the past couple days. It kicks major ass even as an Alpha release. There are a few playable maps, a handful of weapons and a functioning online multiplayer mode. For an Alpha the game offers quite a lot. Basically the game looks like if Goldeneye were to be released within the past year or two. The environments are very detailed and look great. My only complaint is some of the levels are too dark at this point. Pyramid and Caverns(Caves) are almost too dark while some levels like the Archives are a bit too bright. Hell it is still in Alpha, and if the game kicks this much ass in Alpha just imagine what the Beta and final releases will be like. If you own Half-Life 2 give Goldeneye Source a try. It is well worth the download.

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