Sunday, September 20, 2009

Since I love you guys so much....

Here are some games I am going to review in the future.

(They are not in order.)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

100th Review Special!!!!: Conker's Bad Furday for the Nintendo 64 Review

Rare is an interesting company. They seem to make some of the most iconic games for whatever console they made it on. For example, there is Battletoads on the NES, and Banjo Kazooie on the Nintendo 64. Though a lot of their more popular games like Kameo and the Donkey Kong series are iconic, too. Well, for my 100th review special, I am going to do a review of one of my most favorite games, and one of the best games on the Nintendo 64, Conker’s Bad Furday. Is this gem for the Nintendo 64 as shiny as a diamond? Or is there a reason no one has heard from this squirrel?

The plot of this game is so unique. It first starts off where Conker is now king of all the land, and he then starts talking about how he got the position. It shifts a few days back, where Conker was drinking one night with his friends. He leaves the bar, drunk as hell, and gets lost. It is up to you to get Conkers back home to his girlfriend, Berri. This story might sound childish, but there are multiple shenanigans in his way.

The game play is in the form of a combination free-roaming and linear environment, where you take on multiple tasks. They range from simple to just flat-out random. You have your basic jump, and a special jump that can make Conker spin his tail to float. He also has a frying pan, but you only use it once. It can’t hurt anyone else. You can also jump on contact-sensitive areas, and perform stuff, like throwing knives and other stuff. Later in the game, you do wield guns and a robot suit. You also do stuff like drive a tank, ride a surfboard, and even ride a raptor. There are a lot of styles of game play, which is really unique, since I haven’t see this much variety in game play before. There are also some multiplayer games, which are fun and interesting.

The graphics are the best on the Nintendo 64. Like I said in a past review, Rare has always pushed the limits on the console they make the game for. They used all 64 bits of the cartridge, and it works out just right. The voice acting is also very well done. There is more voice work in this game than in any other N64 game I have seen. The movie references are just outstanding. The first movie they reference in the beginning of the game is a Clockwork Orange. Clockwork Orange?! One of the most R-rated and most disturbing movies of all time is the first reference! There are also a lot more, like Gladiator, Saving Private Ryan, The Matrix, and even the Godfather. The humor is also flat-out hilarious. There are so many crude jokes and characters so full of life, that it’s just amazing! The music is also very good. It fits the whole child-like environment. They also make references to one of their past games, Banjo Kazooie, but you will have to find out where the reference is for yourself. The difficulty is kind of varied. There are areas that are going to be easy, but there are also areas that are going to be tough. Some are even super tough. Then again, Rare made Battletoads, and that’s considered one of the hardest games of all time, and who doesn’t love a good challenge.

Now, it is time to pick up the pieces and find the bad parts. First off, you can’t really kill anyone with the frying pan. It seems kind of pointless to put it in, if you can’t hurt the goblin-like creatures in the game. Some of the challenges are hard, but it seems like some of them will just make you not want to play it. I have felt like that since the escape part of the military level. This is just a minor gripe, but I think they could have made the health bar a lot stronger. You lose health too quickly, and it’s rather annoying in the final fight of the game.

All and all, this is a hallmark game next to Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time for the Nintendo 64. I say if you were old enough, I would recommend buying a copy for the Nintendo 64 or downloading it off the Xbox Live Arcade. I truly wish for another Conker’s game. I don’t see why Rare just doesn’t make another Conker’s or another Kameo. If they did that, I would totally buy a Xbox360 Elite.

This game gets an 8.9 out of 10

99th Review Special: Donkey Kong 64 for the Nintendo 64 Review

Well, it has almost been a full year on my blog, meaning we are coming up to my blog’s first birthday. Something that is just as good as that is that I am one review away from doing 100 reviews. For the 99th and 100th review, I decided to do two games from Rare. The first one will be a sequel to the famous Donkey Kong series, Donkey Kong 64 for the, well, you guessed it, the Nintendo 64.

Basically, the Kongs’ are enjoying their life on their island, as a few miles away, the evil K. Krool is moving towards the island in his new battleship that’s shaped like himself. He accidentally crashes into the island, and his ultimate weapon has been demolished. K. Krool, then decides to repair his weapon and cause the Kongs some Hell by taking all their golden bananas and the rest of Donkey’s friends. It is up to Donkey Kong to team up with his friends and stop K. Krool once and for all, or until the next game comes out…

The game play is very much like Banjo Kazooie or Conker’s Bad Furday where you go through a huge world filled with weird levels and huge bosses. At first, you control Donkey Kong as you have your array of punches and butt pounds. You also have special weapons, like a gun (Donkey Kong’s coconut gun for example). A unique weapon you get is a musical instrument that can wipe out everyone in a certain range. During the game, you will be collecting multiple other Kongs, like Diddy Kong, Lanky Kong, Chunky Kong, and Tiny Kong. They each have their own special powers and weapons which you will need to get all 25 golden banana’s in each huge level. You also have to fight a boss at the end of each level, with mostly a different Kong for each.

The graphics are very impressive for the Nintendo 64. They make it possible because you are required to have a Nintendo 64 expansion pack to even play the game. The music is also fun to listen to, since it is basically a different remake for each level, though they do it well enough that you might not notice it the first time around. All the characters are creative and fun to use. It’s always exciting wondering what ability you will learn next. I also like all the little bits of humor that are put into the game. This is defiantly one of the better plat-forming games on the Nintendo 64.

Though there are always some faults with every game. The first one is the camera control. It isn’t the worst thing ever, but they could have made it better. The second is the array of bosses. You end up fighting two of them twice. In a Donkey Kong game, there is always a different boss in each level, but it’s like they ran out of time and they couldn’t add it into the game. The music, even though catchy, isn’t that big. Since it’s only one song, remixed multiple times. They could have made it better, since past games like Donkey Kong Country have multiple soundtracks and are fun to listen to. The final thing I have to gripe about is the unneeded tedious difficulty in some areas. It’s very annoying, and makes the game somewhat unplayable. In the past Donkey Kong games, I could easily just get a level I couldn’t get past, and then play it again. The challenges in some areas of Donkey Kong 64 are annoying enough not to pick it up again.

All and all, this is one of the best games for the Nintendo 64. I would recommend buying it, or picking it up for a try. Out of the Donkey Kong plat-forming games, this one is in my opinion the black sheep, though I do enjoy it, and I will play it from time to time. I think Rare could have done a little more work on it, like their last game for the Nintendo 64. Stay tuned for the next review for the second Rare game I will be reviewing.

This game gets an 8.2 out of 10.

Odin Sphere for the Playstation 2 Review

To be honest, I used to be a total RPG fan. I used to play a lot of them, like Final Fantasy 10, Tales of Symphonia, and many others. Nowadays, I prefer plat-formers and action games. This is only because rpgs take up a lot of time, and for this day of age, I don’t have a lot of time on my hands since I’ve got other stuff to do. However, if I find a good one, I tend to stick with it. The RPG I’m sticking with right now is Odin Sphere for the Playstation 2.

The story is kind of all over the place. It is split up into 5 different stories. The first one you will encounter is with Gwendolyn, who is one of Odin’s Daughters. She is caught and manipulated through his plans, in order to use a cauldron to make more weapons, which is also being sought after by the fairy princess. There are other stories, but they mostly center on this magic cauldron that is rumored to have destroyed one character’s land, and a lot of people want to use it for their own plans. There are other stories of love and betrayal and other themes, but you will have to find out for yourself.

This game was developed by Vanillaware, which is famous for games like Princess Crown for the Sega Saturn, GrimGrimoire for the Playstation 2, and the recently released Muramasa: The Demon Blade for the Wii. They are mostly known for using a wonderful and beautiful art style in a 2D game. Even when people these days want amazing PS3 or Xbox360 uber graphical titles, Vanillaware makes a game where that doesn’t matter. In games like Madworld and Punchout!!, a game doesn’t need super uber graphics if it has a smart creative art style. This is what Odin Sphere has going for it, though we will talk more about that later.

The game play is a RPG, mixed in with a brawler, where you control one of 5 characters, each with a perspective on the main story of the Cauldron. The first character you play as is Gwendolyn the Valkyrie, the second is Prince Cornelius, who is turned into a rabbit-like creature, Mercedes the fairy princess, Oswald the shadow knight, and Velvet a witch who’s land was destroyed by the cauldron. There are two extra books, but I won’t spoil it for you guys. You basically go all around the land to different areas, and do what is needed in that area. Now, the battlefields are in the form of circle-like areas, where you must beat all the enemies in that circled arena to get to the other parts of the level. It’s creative and fun to go through them, to see all the different enemies and bosses. You basically attack people with a specially made weapon that uses a crystal as the blade or something, depending on which character you use. You can also use items and mix them together to make stronger items, like health potions and items to hurt your enemies. Now, since you will be playing with all 5 characters, you will be backtracking through the same levels you went through with the last character. It might sound repetitious, but each character has a different way of attacking, so it keeps you on your feet and makes you think of different ways to fight. You will also gain an array of super moves when you gain experience, and each character has their own power bar, and will cost you from 1-2 points from the power meter.

The 2D graphics are perfect! It has such a lovely and beautiful art style, and it’s fun to look at. The characters also have a good and creative design, which fits the whole style of the game. For me, I never got tired of looking at everything, because it’s just beautiful to look at. The music is also very beautiful, and no wonder since it was composed by Hitoshi Sakimoto, who is famous for composing the soundtracks for games like Final Fantasy Tactics, Gradius 5, Radiant Silvergun, Valkyria Chronicles, Opoona, and Vagrant Story. It’s really fun to listen to, and it all feels like it’s right out of Norse Mythology, though it’s only loosely based on it.

This has to be one of my favorite Playstation 2 games ever. There is one thing I really don’t like about it, and it has suffered because of it. The real only thing I don’t like about the game is that it suffers from slowdown from time to time when the screen gets too crowded with action on the screen. It also suffers from having too many short loading times between each circular battlefield.

My final conclusion is that this has to be my favorite RPG game on the Playstation 2. It’s fun to play, fun to look at, and just a blast to see. I would highly recommend finding a copy of this game and add it to your collection. If you’re a fan of great looking art, rpg’s, or just great games overall, then I say, go buy this one. Let’s hope Muramasa: the Demon Blade will be just as good as this one.

This game gets a solid 9.8 out of 10.

Resident Evil 5 for the Playstation 3 Review

Resident Evil 4 changed what the Resident Evil series would be all about, third person shooting and an intense horror survival scenario. It is considered one of the best games of all time. Even I enjoyed it, and I don’t play a lot of horror survival games at all. I was excited when I heard about Resident Evil 5 coming out, and I just couldn’t wait for it to be available for rental on I had it on the top of my list the week before it came out, and right at the last second, I took it off because I remembered how scary the 4th game was. After a few months though, I decided to pick it up and play it. So, is this as scary as heck? Or is it just some guy in a zombie mask?

The setting takes place in Africa in a desert town called Kijuju. Chris Redfield, who is a long time fan favorite character from past Resident Evil series was called in to check out the disappearance of the alpha team that went in to investigate the village a few weeks earlier. A new female character named Sheva Alomar then joins him. They are both trying to find this man called Ricardo Irving. Early in the game, they find out that the whole town and most of Africa was infected with a virus, which is similar to the virus found in Resident Evil 4, Las Plagas. All the villagers in Kijuju were turned into things called Majini, which means evil spirit in Swahili. Now it is up to the two agents to take down the infected life on African soil, and find out who is causing all of this. It basically plays out like an average sci-fi movie, but it gets the job done, and you won’t really care about it. All you need to know is that there are zombies and other infected things everywhere, and you will need every last bullet to survive.

The game play is a third person horror survival game, where you control Chris as you go through villages, shooting down the local zombies and other things with a gun. You have your basic pistol, and throughout the game, you can find more guns throughout the levels. There is also some minor puzzle-solving from time to time, like finding a pair of keys or moving a stone. The enemy variety is scarce, but there are hoards of them, so it doesn’t really matter. The main zombies in the game are kind of like the ones found in Resident Evil 4. They look normal, but the virus infects them, and some will even have the virus pop out of their heads or torsos. It’s gross. There are also zombie wild dogs, giant bugs, armored zombies, and infected tribal people. The bosses are just amazing. They range from just gross to just really creepy-looking, but they are mostly gross. Some of them even remind me of the demons in Princess Mononoke. Surprisingly, the game isn’t that scary, but it is intense, which might cause some people to get frightened or something like that since you can’t move while shooting. There are also some quick-time events from time to time, but they won’t be near as many, which will really test your reflexes. Instead of walking up to a creepy guy selling guns, you can buy or upgrade weapons in-between stages, or if you’re just starting up again after dying.

The graphics happen to be some of the best of this year. They are truly as good or a little better then the graphics found in games like Metal Gear Solid 4. The music is also very nice, and it puts you in the mood of the fear of zombies surrounding you or just trying to survive. I have found my heart pounding fast from time to time, since you don’t know what might pop up around the corner or from above or below. The voice acting was also good, even though some feel like out of an old-fashioned grind house film. The controls are also well implemented and are responsive.

Time to take out your guns and shoot down the bad parts. The first things I found annoying are the red herbs found in the game. My friend and I never found a good use for them, and you can’t use them to heal yourself when you really need it. I think they are used for reviving you from near death, but I don’t know. I would recommend playing the game with a friend since it’s kind of awkward playing by yourself, and having to protect you and your friend. A lot of people complain about the controls, but I don’t really think they are that bad. The only time I got upset was if I pressed the wrong button, like instead of aiming, I pressed the “got to get out my big knife” button, though that is just my small opinion on the matter

All and all, I found this game to be really enjoyable. It’s not my total cup of tea, but I was glad that I played it. I would recommend getting this for the PS3 or 360 since who wants to spend 2000 dollars on a new computer with a 500-dollar graphics card installed in the computer to make it even more expensive? I don’t. I’m surprised Capcom topped Resident Evil 4 with this game. I wonder how they will top Resident Evil 5 with the next game.

This game gets a 9 out of 10

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Retro Saga Part 24: Raiden 3 (PS2 Version)

To be honest, I actually almost forgot about the Retro Saga part of my blog. It’s been forever since the last one came out, so I decided to pick up a classic arcade series in the form of Raiden. The specific one I will be reviewing will be the third game in the series, Raiden III. The version I will be writing about is the Playstation 2 version. From what I can tell, Raiden III on the arcade and the Playstation 2 are similar, but if you want to be one of those pompous jerks that send emails to reviewers like me detailing how things should be and etc, then here is the address

Basically, the story really isn’t that deep, but in a game like this, you really don’t need a story that needs to be 500 pages long or have interesting or confusing plot twists. All you need to know is that aliens are trying to take over the world, and a fairy-like being brought back the spirit of a legendary fighter jet, and it is up to that so-called fighter jet to go and stop the aliens and such.
This game was made by Seibu Kaihatsu Inc, which is known for making the Raiden series and the Raiden Fighters series. Im glad they have a franchise that at least some people know, but I think they could make more franchises. The game play is in the form of a classic top view shooter like 1943, Xevious, Raptor: Call of the Shadows, Galaga, Ikaruga, and dare I say… Asteroids? Yeah, I should, just in case. You basically control a super cool jet, and you shoot down a lot of enemies that get in your way. You start out with a pretty strong gun, which you would have had to work for in the past games. You can gain power-ups just like in any top view shooter and become even crazier in your jet! The enemy variety is pretty varied, giving you multiple enemies to shoot down, and you usually don’t shoot down the same one in every level, which is kind of neat, and makes the game interesting and fresh.

The graphics are impressive enough to be good for the Playstation 2. The graphics are kind of like the graphics you would see in Gradius 5. They aren’t the best you will ever see, but it doesn’t really matter. Graphics aren’t everything inside a game. In my opinion, the graphics are important, but I also want the game to be fun and playable. If you played like Conan for the PS3 and Xbox360, the game doesn’t have the best graphics, but it is enjoyable from time to time. This is what that game is like. The music is also fun to listen to if you’re into DDR or whichever game uses techno-like music. The music you would hear in this series is stuff you would have heard in games like Star Soldier. The whole charm comes from the simple arcade-style game play and two-player co-op.

Now, it is time to rise in your jet and shoot down the bad parts of the game. The game itself is very short, and you can beat it in about 45 minutes or so. I think they could have added some extra features like the first two Raiden games. The music sadly isn’t that memorable. It’s hard for music sometimes to be memorable in these kinds of series. This final gripe is just a small thing, but I don’t like it how I lose all my power-ups when I get shot down with one shot. Like I said though, it is just a small gripe.

All and all, this is pretty fun to play. I would recommend picking up a copy of this game. It might not be the best game ever for the PS2, but it’s one of those games that you can play when you’re bored and need to get rid of some stress. I wouldn’t pay so much for it though, I say 20 bucks or less. Hopefully, they release a Raiden Anthology game for the PS3 and Xbox360.

This game gets a 7.9 out of 10.

Friday, September 4, 2009

5 more....

I have 5 more reviews until I have Reached 100 reviews! yay!

I have also been rewriting a lot of reviews

(below are the ones i have rewritten)

Super Mario Galaxy

Iron Man

Banjo Kazooie and Banjo Tooie

Metal Slug Anthology

Kirby 64

and Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess

i will update you guys when i get mroe retyped blogs

Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc for the Playstation 2.

Ubisoft is a well-known video game company these days. They are mostly known for their Prince of Persia franchise, and the recent hit Assassin’s Creed, but does everyone know that they were also responsible for Rayman? Rayman has had three pretty good plat forming games that were really fun to play, though it seems like today, he is secondary to those Raving Rabbids. His only real last game was for the Playstation 2, PC, Xbox and other platforms called Rayman 3 Hoodlum Havoc.

The story is kind of odd. Andre, who is a black lum who was purposively made of pure evil, is trying to take the land by making the good lums into enemies called Hoodlums. In the fray of things, Rayman’s friend, Globox, by accident, swallows Andre and it is up to Rayman and Globox to get Andre out and stop his evil plans. So now that we got that out of the way, is this game truly a worthwhile plat former? Or should Rayman hang up his gloves?

The game play style is of classic Rayman style, a linear action plat forming game where you go across weird lands to get to 3 different doctors who try to help get Andre out of Globox. Your main form of attack is your armless fists. You can lock onto targets like in Kingdom Hearts or Legend of Zelda. You also use your fist to hit switches and to fire the cannons, though this time, your fists aren’t the only weapons you have. You gain power-ups in cans, which take the form of gloves and can range from different power-ups. The first one you gain gives you the power to shoot tornados, the second one gives you super strength where you can punch hard to break doors, the third one gives you the power to control a small rocket, and my favorite is the one where you have a bear trap-like hook shot weapon, where you can latch onto rings to get to places and you can electrocute your opponents. The other special power-up you get takes the form of a helmet, which can take you to higher areas for a short period of time. The enemies are quite odd since they just seem so original. The enemies are called Hoodlums. They kind of look like the children of Oogie Boogie from Nightmare Before Christmas. They range from using cartoonish rifles, punching gloves attached to the end of sticks, to ones that wear armor to name a few. After you beat them later in the game, you have the ability to turn the bad lums into good lums. If anyone is confused about who the real villains are, the lums are the Hoodlums.

The graphics are pretty impressive, though Ubisoft has been known for making good-looking games like Prince of Persia the Sands of Time and etc. The character designs and the level designs are whimsical and cartoonesque. The whole style fits Rayman 3, and it was a good move to make the art style like this. The characters all have a unique look to them as they remind me of Jim Henson puppets in a way. The music is also very nice to listen which contains stuff like rap, country, and funk music. The humor is also a big star in the game in the form of the characters you rescue through the level. Each time you rescue one of them they have something funny to say. My favorite line from them is “ I got to go alphabetize my sausages”. I laugh every time I hear it.

Let’s put our gloves on and get to the bad parts of the game. The camera control is just horrible. I mean, you can control it, but it feels like it’s fighting against you, making it awkward to maneuver around some of the more trouble-causing levels. The animation of the characters talking could have used some work since it’s like they ran out of time or just didn’t animated them really well. The power-ups are pretty cool, but they just don’t last long since most of them run out of power really quickly. I think you should be able to keep the power-up and press L2 if you want to get rid of it, or just keep them all and choose from a menu kind of like Destroy All Humans. Once you play through halfway through the game, you realize that the game is getting repetitious. It’s basically the same objectives in all of the levels. Later in the game it feels more like a chore, then having fun.

All and all, this is a good 3D plat-forming game and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good Rayman game, though I say rent it to see what you think. Even though this is Rayman’s last adventure game, I still think he could make a comeback. Let’s just hope Ubisoft doesn’t milk the heck of the Rabbids anymore. I’m sick and tired of them.

This game gets an 8.8 out of 10.

Handheld Adventures Part 4: Super Mario Advance for the Gameboy Advance.

Personally, out of the handheld devices that are out right now, I prefer the Gameboy Advance. The Gameboy Advance, also known as the GBA, was just such an awesome handheld device to have. It was like a Super Nintendo Jr. I remember I got it for my birthday with my first GBA game called Super Mario Advance. Now, the first Mario Advance was a 16-bit remake of Super Mario Brothers 2, also known as the black sheep of the side-scrolling Mario games. I just want to say that I love that game, and I love this game also. So, for all the people who hate this game and the original version of it, I just have to say, “Shut it, don’t flame, and just chill, and please just read the review before commenting, please.”

Basically, the story is not important in this Mario game. It’s just Mario, Luigi, Toad, and Princess Peach going across a different land entirely, and defeating the evil tyrant that rules over it. Basically, it’s kind of the same story-like theme in every Mario game. There is an evil tyrant wanting to rule the kingdom, and it is up to Mario to stop him. Then again, why would you play a Mario game for the story? Let’s get started.

The game play is basically where Mario games shine, a 2D side-scrolling plat-forming game. You play to get from point A to point B. This time around though, instead of jumping on top of enemies, you have to pick them up and throw them at another enemy to get rid of them. Of course, if you find a pound block, you can wipe everyone out on the screen. Something that has also changed is that you start with a two-heart health meter, kind of like the Zelda games, in a way. We also have a new cast of enemies, like shy guys, bombs, and those tall cacti-like characters. Of course, they have mushrooms, but instead of healing your meter, they give you another full heart meter. You can also find hearts in the game to heal your health. You see a return of the invincibility star, but you have to collect 5 cherries to get one. That reminds me Pacman. I wonder if he is in the game…. Oh! Back to the review.

Now, since this is a remake of the first Mario Brothers 2 game, there are better graphics. These graphics are a lot better then the ones on the Super Mario All Stars Cartridge. The music is also very fun and lively. It’s just great to listen to. There is also the added deal of digital voice acting. It sounds very clear and doesn’t sound all choppy and etc. This is just a great game, I know a lot of people were like, “what the heck?” but if they just sit down and play the game, I bet they would get some enjoyment out of it. Another great thing they did was to add a remade version of the original Mario Brothers arcade game.

There are some faults this game does carry with it. One of the faults comes with the new attack style. I find it tedious that you can’t just throw the enemy and they die. I think they should have done that, because when I’m stuck in an area where I need to dig down and I can’t kill them like I said above, it gets really difficult and annoying. The other thing I have an issue with in this game is that not a lot of people consider this a Mario game. I’m just upset that people can be so closed-minded since everything is different, they can’t call it a Mario game. What about Mario Sunshine? It was different, but I consider it a Mario game. Still I can’t really blame people hating the game since originally it was a different game, and the original sequel was never released until the early 1990’s on the All Star cartridge for the Super Nintendo. Though in a business view of the situation, it was smart. We all have to take in that Nintendo is a business.

All and all, I love this game. I also love it since it was my first GBA game. I would recommend getting this game. If you are looking for a good-looking and fun plat-forming game for the handheld race, then this should be in your top 10.
This game gets an 8 out of 10.