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E3 Report: Wii U

Posted by Voltex , in Video Games Jun 05 2012 · 95 views

Looks like the Wii U will be coming in black as well as white off the bat- I'll probably just get white anyway, unless they release a blue version soon as well. However, from the sounds of it it'll be costing $700, and that was one of the reasons my parents refused to buy a 360 or PS3 way back when. And I still need to get a 3DS...

New Super Mario Bros. U is a good title; certainly better than "Wii U" or "Mii (ugh)". I like the blue in the title. Flying Squirrel Mario looks rediculous, and I'm sad that they didn't bring back the copter suit. However, I'm also glad we're not seeing Raccoon Mario AGAIN. Good to see you won't have to play as a Mii if you don't want to as well. Hoping that the special Yoshis won't take over the game; I enjoyed how Yoshi was used in NSMBWii, you just needed to be able to use him in every level. The backgrounds are a joy to take in, and I hope it won’t be the same for entire worlds- I’m also glad the levels themselves have unique appearances compared to the other games in the series.

Pikmin 3 looks amazing, and appears to be four players as well, definitely a good thing. The Rock Pikmin look dumb, but also kinda cool- I just hope that we’ll see one or two other kinds of new Pikmin as well (preferably within onions, please Nintendo). I can’t wait to find out what the storyline for this game is. I’m also hedging my bets on my parents at least helping to get the Wii U almost solely on this alone, with some help from Batman: Arkham City and Mass Effect 3.

Scribblenauts Unlimited... I dunno. I haven’t played either DS title (though I am hunting Super Scribblenauts down for a go-around if possible), but I feel like this is a series that would be better staying on the portable systems. However, I haven’t heard any real details about this game yet, so I’ll save my opinions for later.

Rayman Legends, appearing to be a direct sequel to last year’s Rayman Origins, is one of my most anticipated titles, no questions asked. I don’t need story or anything- but if it’s possible, the graphics I saw were far more realized than they were in Origins, which I think says something. Unfortunately nobody else in my family played or enjoyed Origins as much as I did, so I can’t use it to sell the console to them- but it will be a must buy for me.

Nintendoland... I don’t know. This mini-game collection just doesn’t really excite me at the moment- I’ll happily play it if it’s bundled with the Wii U to learn the feel of the system, but if it’s available for a purchase I’ll be leaving it on the shelf (unless publications begin awarding it 9.5s and 10s).

Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition has changed my mind about buying the PC version of the game. I’m now going to do my best to use this title as a selling point for the Wii U, because this thing has it packed. I’m very happy with it- including all DLC released so far with the game, adding new features specific to Wii U, and even tweaking previously existing tools to function better makes purchasing this game a year late on the Wii U actually worth doing. Bravo.

Panorama View I have heard good things about, specifically that the tools used for the filming could also be used to give games photorealistic backgrounds. That would certainly be great, but I’m praying Nintendo isn’t actually releasing this as a game.

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed will certainly be worth a look whenever it’s released- I think Sega is making it a little too obvious that this is copying every facet of Mario Kart, but that doesn’t matter. If this thing turns out to be more enjoyable than Mario Kart 7, it will earn a purchase.

ZombiU has a terrible name, but I’ll keep tabs on it. Fairly certain I will end up not interested in the game, but for now, I’ll pay attention.

Assassin’s Creed III looks sweet, but I haven’t played any other games in the serious. xD So I still don’t really know.

LEGO City: Undercover I will keep watch on as well- unfortunately, the trailer looked like it would turn out like every other LEGO game out there, but I remain hopeful that it will show itself to be a unique game.

Darksiders II, despite my having not played the first, was until now my most anticipated 3rd Party game for Wii U (that honour now is with Rayman Legends :P). I’m still really looking forward to diving into this title, and hope that it will be a great experience.

I don’t have much to say for Mass Effect 3- but I think they’ll need to have more than Batman does to make this Wii U game purchase worth the money.

Expect my 3DS reports tomorrow.


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Roosterteeth Minecraft

Posted by Voltex , in Video Games May 18 2012 · 158 views

They are hilarious. xD Episode 2 wasn't quite as good as Episode 1, but it was still brilliant. I really hope they turn this into a series.


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Games Wanted

Posted by Voltex , in Video Games May 09 2012 · 44 views

The ones I've missed in recent years that I really want to get, and the platform I want them for...

1. Portal 2 (PC)
2. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC) - though I haven't played anything else in the series, so I have no idea what it's like
3. Portal (PC)
4. Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii)
5. Left 4 Dead 2 (PC)
6. Counterstrike: Global Offensive (PC) - yes, not really out yet. shut up.
7. Batman: Arkham City (PC)
8. Battlefield 3 (PC) - unfortunately, I've gone to some sites and I think it would make my computer melt.
9. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (PC)
10. Mega Man 10 (Wiiware)

In other words, I want so many PC Games right now that I'm already severely disappointed. Now, the next 10 games I'm most likely to be adding to my arsenal:

1. League of Legends (PC) - heard it's free, so I'll be aquiring it this weekend.
2. Portal 2 (PC) - with the map editor available and all that jazz, and since it's been a year since I watched X play through the game (props if you know who that is), I'm seriously wanting this game right now.
3. Portal (PC) - will come right after (or at the same time as) Portal 2.
4. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (PC) - I enjoy TF2, and I'm in want of another PC FPS, so I might as well go with the guys I know I'll like.
5. Batman: Arkham City (PC or WiiU) - guaranteed I'll own this game in one form or another. Especially if it goes down a bit in price.
6. Elder Scrolls V: Slyrim (PC) - regardless of whether I ever play the other games, I want this one.
7. Terraria (PC) - to be a short and sweet purchase. Probably won't play too much (certainly not the hours I've put into Minecraft), but I think it'll be fun while it lasts.
8. Cobalt (PC) - Mojang's platformer thingy looks pretty sweet.
9. Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii) - only so low because I'm not even sure I'm going to be able to freakin' find a copy.
10. Slot reserved for some PC FPS for online (excluding all CoD titles and Brink); suggestions?


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New Minecraft Skin

Posted by Voltex , in Life, Video Games May 06 2012 · 101 views

An adventurer-ish outfit that is detailed-ish and far better than that ugly 8-bit Luigi thing I've had for a year now. Maybe you guys will actuallly see it if I ever go on the BZP server. :P



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Game Of The Year 2012

Posted by Voltex , in Video Games Mar 20 2012 · 48 views

So far it's looking like if Xenoblade ends up being everything I hope for it'll be this:

First Place: Xenoblade Chronicles
Second Place: Paper Mario (assuming it comes out this year like it's supposed to)
Discovery: Mari0


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Team Fortress 2

Posted by Voltex , in Video Games Mar 20 2012 · 37 views

I'm so scared to play it and see how much I must suck at it now oh god


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I Return With News Friends

Posted by Voltex , in Life, My Little Pony, Video Games Mar 18 2012 · 35 views

So after returning from Jamaica, here's the white stuff in between the cookies:
  • I am burnt on my shoulders despite layering them with sunscreen relentlessly. Stupid shoulders.
  • Stupid sock tan.
  • I missed that MLP episode about time and don't even know what it's called anymore. Time to go look it up!
  • I do not enjoy the thought of how bad I'm going to be at TF2 when I return.
  • I saw the 2011 Muppets movie on the airplane today woot.
  • Woot I'm home.
  • Oh wait I'm home and it's stuffy and I don't get to hang out with friends all the time now darn it.
  • My cat is SO FREAKING FAT compared to the cats I was feeding in Jamaica.



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Game Of The Year 2011

Posted by Voltex , in Video Games Mar 02 2012 · 36 views

Just a few personal awards.

Game of the Year: Portal 2 (PC, PS3, 360)
Second Place: Rayman Origins (PS3, 360, Wii)
Best Portable Game: Star Fox 64 3D (3DS)
Best Older Game Discovered: Team Fortress 2 (PC, PS3, 360) - 2007

Most Anticipated Game of 2012: Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii)
2nd Most Anticipated Game of 2012: Borderlands 2 (PC, PS3, 360)

And a new block to match this, in which I'll be adding my personal games of the year since 2006. Feel free to comment your own; I might add the most popular one (if it's not the same as mine) into the block.


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Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door Review

Posted by Voltex , in Reviews, Video Games Feb 27 2012 · 50 views

Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door

Year: 2004
Platform: Nintendo Gamecube
Series: Paper Mario
Developer: Intelligent Systems
Publisher: Nintendo


Storyline8.5/10
In this sequel to Paper Mario, Mario travels to a run-down town called Rogueport in the Mushroom Kingdom after Princess Peach tells him of a magic map she found. In possession of the map (for whatever reason, the Princess enclosed it with her letter), you discover that she... has been kidnapped. After meeting several wacky characters, you go on a quest to collect the Crystal Stars in order to open the Thousand Year Door underneath Rogueport; meanwhile, through both Mario and the Princess you learn more about the legend of the Thousand Year Door and the plans of the evil X-Nauts (the villains of the game).

Playing through the game, the story is gripping, mysterious, and exciting; the best moment being Chapter 3, where you must discover the identity of “X” and also solve the mysteries surrounding a fighting arena called the Glitz Pit. The score here would be higher, but unfortunately the storyline of the game can be summarized into “Princess is captured, and Mario goes to save her”. Honestly, if the Princess hadn’t been captured, it’s questionable whether Mario would’ve bothered to lift a finger to save the world at all.

Graphics8.5/10
Most of you probably won’t agree with this score, and that’s fine- I’ve had minimal experience with other consoles. I’m going on what I know.
For the Gamecube, the graphics aren’t the most spectacular; however, they are innovative, and they do look very nice indeed. The visual style also works into the game play in several ways, which is why this section gets a 8.5 instead of, say, a 7.5. If you use a partner to blow on certain areas, the scenery is blown off screen to reveal a hidden secret; your character can turn into a paper airplane or paper boat; you can slip through thin cracks between walls. Without the paper style visuals, these things just wouldn’t make sense. This would have a 9, but man, does that second chapter kill my eyes! Geez!

Game Play/Controls 9.5/10
The controls of this game are very smooth; especially the control stick. If you push it right, you go right; you push it left, you go left. No delays, and no super speed. The “A” and “B” buttons also respond smoothly. The “X” and “Y” buttons are put to good use, and the few times you use them, the shoulder buttons work good as well. However, the C Stick is very frustrating; it’s very hard to push in the right direction. Often I’ll wish to change my partner, but instead find myself in the item menu; I believe the D-Pad would’ve been better to use in this instance.

You have many abilities to work with, however; each of your partners has at least one special ability in the field that you can use to your advantage, and some (such as Yoshi) have two. There are also four different paper forms you can take on to navigate the environment, in addition to your standard jumps and hammer. In-game, everything works and feels great; whether it’s in the field exploring or fighting in battles. I just wish your jumps were a little higher and a little longer.

Music9.5/10
I’ll bet some of you are gonna be all over me for giving the music this score, but, simply put, I love the music in this game. There are better soundtracks out there, and it might not be orchestrated, but several of the tunes are very catchy; others fit the environment perfectly; and some songs are just awesome (such as the Rawk Hawk battle, which also happens to be in Chapter 3, my favourite chapter). There are a couple songs in the game I dislike and would have preferred maybe some tunes from the first Paper Mario, but overall everything is good in this category.

Overall9/10
In short, I love this game. If you are a fan of Mario, RPGs, or are interested in either, you should definitely check out this game; if you’re looking for a different experience from RPGs such as Final Fantasy, I recommend this game as well. This game is on the short (and easy) side of RPGS if you know what you’re doing, but that doesn’t really matter; you’ll have loads of fun while it lasts, and there are side quests that you can do afterward (along with a pit of 100 trials). I’d recommend trying out the first Paper Mario first, even though it doesn’t affect the plot; this game is better than the first (with better graphics, controls, and new features), so that way you won’t ruin the experience of the first game after playing the refined sequel first.

Buy this game and play it.






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We're not teaching university science classes here, we're playing a text based fighting game where the objective is to beat your opponents into oblivion.

Get back in your grave, you.

*Slaps with tombstone*

Also, what pay are you gonna get as iBrow's slave?

Chro suddenly developed arachnophobia.

explain it with a convoluted quadruple negative.

Although everyone should go sign up for that game now.
And tell your friends.
And your moms.
Maybe not that last bit.