Sorry, no word if the delicious Amy Pond will be attending.
Yeah, I’d go. Regardless.
Sorry, no word if the delicious Amy Pond will be attending.
Yeah, I’d go. Regardless.
Blue Ocean Accessories must think so!
According to Gallifrey News Base:
A Sonic Screwdriver stylus is being released to accompany the games by Blue Ocean Accessories the hardware department of games publisher Koch Media.
Also available will be slipcases featuring the Doctor and Amy Pond.
Ben Jones, media manager of Blue Ocean Accessories, said: “We’re excited to be partnering with the BBC Worldwide on what we believe will be a great seller this Christmas.”
Why is Amy Pond on the cover of a Sonic Screwdriver toy– other than for the obvious reason? Oh, there is no reason other than the obvious reason? OK, I can dig that.
I wonder which version of this toy will sell better?
(Thanks to Elliott Serrano at Geek to Me for tweeting the link.)
DISAPPOINTMENT: A REAL KICK IN THE PANTS
Okay, so last week I downloaded the Mafia II demo from Xbox Live and I beat it in about a half-hour. I died a bunch of times but I had fun. It definitely felt like a more linear version of Grand Theft Auto— a complaint also leveled at the original Mafia game.
I thought the gameplay was mediocre and the cover/fire mechanics were better in last generation games. Killswitch comes to mind. I do like how the graphics, sound and overall cinematic treatment make it feel like I’m playing a prequel to The Godfather movies. It feels very realistic to walk around town. Unlike GTA– people actually jump out of your way during driving scenes. Download the preview on PSN or Xbox Live. I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll like– as the developers seem to have put a lot of effort into this game despite some of the shortcomings.
MAFIA II: THE REVIEW YOU CAN’T REFUSE
I’ve given my impressions of this much-anticipated game. Now it’s time for GameTrailers to do the job of presenting us with another excellent video review so we don’t have to read. Enjoy!
MORE GOLDENEYE GOODNESS
Holy tender ass cheeks, Batman! This new re-imagining of the N64 Goldeneye looks better with each new morsel of information released! Check out this preview. After watching– don’t forget to read some hilarious comments about the game, the N64 and an incident in which 007 James Bond allegedly molested one of the posters! Ha! Ha! Joystiq.com has some of the funniest forum members!
MARVEL CAPCOM 3 VIDEO RAPES MY FACE . . .
… And I’m pressing charges! This shit is way too hyperkinetic for me to take in all at once. But I think it’s worth checking out— if anything, just so you’re not too surprised when it does finally come out. Ten years for a sequel to Marvel vs. Capcom? Way to leave us hanging and skip a generation! Sheesh!
WHO? DOCTOR WHO? THAT’S WHO!
Nintendo announces NEW Doctor Who games for the Wii and DS. ‘Nuff Said.
(Dedicated to Insideman because he introduced me to the sexy Miss Amy Pond in this picture.)
MAD ABOUT MADDEN NFL 11? YOU SHOULD BE!
GameTrailers says it’s much improved but I’m still not satisfied with how they have completely destroyed the franchise mode. Seriously, I used to retain some of my best players for virtually pennies on the dime because I low-balled their agents aggressively. Now they’ve made it way too time-consuming to do so. Kiss my ass, EA. I’m done with Madden as of last year’s edition. Watch the review here.
$15 out of your wallet for a hyper cartoon called Shank doesn’t seem like it’s worth it– but if you’ve got the extra cash lying around for it and you’re hungry for animated action then it might be worth checking out this review at least.
METROID: OTHER M!
I’ve had high hopes for Metroid: Other M since I saw it previewed last Fall. It’s from the more than capable developers of Ninja Gaiden— so it sounds like it’s in good hands. Check it out the GameTrailers review right here!
Amazon.com’s ALL Wii Gold Box Sales Event starts Midnight PDT 8/31/10
Like all sales, you win some and you lose some. If you’re a Wii fanatic, there’s guaranteed to be some games you already have and some you probably don’t want.
But that’s half the fun.
Wednesday August 25, 2010
PINING FOR AERIS
And you thought fanboy love for Nerd Queen Felicia Day was legion. Day ain’t got nothing on Final Fantasy VII’s little flower girl Aeris.
That’s right. This legendary Japanese RPG—filled with morose misanthropic pariahs attempting to save the world… Quite possibly the progenitor for the entire emo fad… Still has thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) of human gamers attempting to resurrect the beloved video game character. The revival effort is so widespread that Game Trailers has devoted an entire video to the quest. Whether the game holds a super secret key enabling Aeris to return to the land of the living or not– one thing is definitely certain: FF 7 will continue to be one of the most overrated— yet still amazing— video games of all time.
Serious. On a good day, I’m only willing to give this game a “9” on a 10 scale. Yet thirteen years later, video game fanatics everywhere would sell their mothers for a mere glimpse of an FF VII remake. Demand is so great, that I truly believe if Sony were to bite on the idea– and push the remake exclusively to the PS3– the hardware maker would finally sell enough units to catch up to the Xbox 360.
So what are you waiting for Sony? Pony up $10 million so Square Enix can create this remake! Package it with a 250 GB PS3 Slim– all for $350—and you might just save face on the sales of your ultra-powerful current failure of a system. While you’re at it– feel free to throw in multiple endings (three will do). One of them must be an Aeris revival. I’d also like to see a “bad boy” ending that involves the Shinra Corporation destroying the planet– turning it into a Mad Max environment.
THIS CONTROLLER IS GOLDEN
Look at this sick beast of a controller! Talk about material excess. All it takes is $20 extra for a golden controller to match my golden toilet and golden bath tub.
Don’t think so. As much as it appeals– who am I but just another broke college student? I’ll stick with the Wii Remote / Nunchuk combo that should still work just fine.
AN OFFER YOU SHOULDN’T REFUSE
Don’t forget about this game. Don’t let it get lost in the shuffle. Everyone I know who played the first Mafia thought it was awesome. The reviews were overwhelmingly positive too. Mafia II looks like a great follow-up to the 2003 release. Supposedly more linear than GTA— but hopefully makes up for it with a more developed story. OUT NOW. As usual, I’ll have the review posted as soon as the site I trust– Game Trailers— drops it!
GRAN TURISMO KART
HOLY ASS! It doesn’t look like much but it’s nice to know that Polyphony and Sony are making sure that GT5 is the most content-packed GT yet! Go-Kart gameplay! Hey Sony! Get on delivering that PS3 Slim with PS2 backwards compatibility already!
DOG DAYS WITH KANE AND LYNCH
A solid score from my favorite video game website of all time– deserving a quick mention. Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days looks to satisfy those who love third person shooters.
BATMAN: BRAVE AND THE BOLD PREVIEW
Looks awesome! Then again, I’ve always been a fan of beat ‘em ups ever since I played Final Fight in the arcades and Double Dragon… To see Batman getting the same beat-up for the next generation of kids is actually very heartwarming. Also, getting the chance to tell Batman jokes while playing the game with easily impressionable cousins will only add to my fun factor.
ONE ROCKING TRACKLIST
I love me some Rock Band! The first one was great. The second is outstanding (I’m still playing)… But Rock Band 3 looks to blow Rock Band fans away. I leave you this week with the Complete 83 Song Rock Band Tracklist:
CTA Wii Inflatable Kart – Car Rider for Mario Kart and All Racing Games
Lean into the curve of the road as you steer your very own inflatable racing kart for Nintendo Wii games. The realistic design and comfortable inflated feel will have you speeding around the course like a pro as you play your favorite games in a whole new way. Experience arcade-style racing fun in your own home as you play multiple Nintendo Wii racing games, including Mario Kart Wii, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, F1 2009, Dirt 2, MySims Racing, Excite Truck, GT Pro Series, Need for Speed: Carbon, Need for Speed: Nitro, Need for Speed: Pro Street, Need for Speed: Undercover, Donkey Kong: Barrel Blast, ExciteBots: Trick Racing, Cruis’n and more.
The Inflatable Kart for Wii allows you to plug your Wii Remote directly into the center of the steering wheel with or without the MotionPlus connected for precise steering control. The steering wheel cradle is compatible with the WiiMotionPlus for convenience. Chase the checkered flag in the soft, comfortable kart that can support up to 300 lb. With the included foot pump, inflating and deflating is a breeze, just pull out the kart and get ready to race.
Control your vehicle with the functional steering wheel as you sit back in the comfortable car-shaped seat
Wii Remote conveniently fits into the center of your steering wheel for motion-controlled steering action (not included)
Strong construction can support up to 300 lb.
Includes inflatable balloon car, plastic steering wheel cradle and a foot pump for easy inflation
Compatible with the Wii MotionPlus and Wii Remote (not included)
Measures 45″ long x 28″ wide overall with a roomy 12″ wide x 7″ high seat
Works with Nintendo Wii racing games, including Mario Kart Wii, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, F1 2009, Dirt 2, MySims Racing, Excite Truck, GT Pro Series and Need for Speed: Carbon (not included)
Also works with Need for Speed: Nitro, Need for Speed: Pro Street, Need for Speed: Undercover, Donkey Kong: Barrel Blast, ExciteBots: Trick Racing, Cruis’n and more (not included)
Wait a minute! I thought the whole idea behind the Wii was to get kids UP and MOVING?
Sunday August 8, 2010
HELP! I think I’m suffering from a Pach-Attack!
I remember first hearing about Michael back in 2008 in one of EGM’s (then) final issues. (FYI: EGM is back on the newsstands and on the internet at! I suggest you check out what is arguably one of the finest video game magazines of all time!)
Anyway, Pachter is an employee at Wedbush Morgan Securities in Los Angeles, California. His job is to manage activity in the electronics entertainment industry and predict how their stocks will move. He also predicts what a big companies such as EA, Activision, Ubisoft, Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, etc.– will do to turn more profits within a year. Check out the Pach-Attack on a weekly basis. You’ll find that this ex-lawyer turned securities monitor is also one of the biggest video game nerds out there. He isn’t the best player but he is the best at predicting trends that may be happening in the near future.
So MANY bad games to talk shit about!!
The Angry Video Game Nerd was the first person to introduce me to GameTrailers.com– as his website features his self-titled series. He only makes one video a month but they’re at least fifteen-minutes long now. Check out his new episode about Zelda II… And when you get the chance visit him at w for the archive of his past videos.
I owe Insideman for introducing me to The Guild via the Do You Wanna Date My Avatar? video. So, I must do him a favor in return by posting Game On a Bollywood-inspired music video featuring our favorite sociopathic misanthropes.
BTW, Amy Okuda shakes that ass like a pro:
TAX… MY ASS!
Seriously, government. You want to tax video games? Are you going to tax my ass the next time I need to use the toilet? Politicians need to take significant pay cuts (66% will do) before they even think about taxing entertainment like video games. Taxes . . . pffft. Come back when you learn how to balance the budget without taxing our favorite video game developers out of business.
‘Til Next Week!