Sunday, 30 March 2008

Free for all!

Apologies for not posting. I keep going into that 'no-one is reading my blog so why post' mindset [and although it's true, that's not the point] and not posting. Also, the fact that I now have Super Smash Bros Brawl accounts for me missing a week of my life. That's right, since Tuesday I have had this golden game, and trust me, I'm loving it. After 9 hours of Subspace Emissary alone [that sprawling single player mode which amazingly for Smash Bros actually has a plot!] I've unlocked every character and stage and am Brawling [notice the capital] against computers, and generally getting my skills up to standard.

Although I don't actually own Melee, I have played it quite a lot [at sleepover and such] and borrowed it off my friend. I consider myself quite good. Not brilliant, but good enough. Of course, now I have enough time to practice. I beat a level 9 computer earlier. Apparently they fixed the bug where Ness suicides on Jungle Japes.

It's an awesome game. No two ways about it. I can't even separate one thing for the other about which to write about. So expect more posts. If I can be bothered.

Super Paper Mario (*sniffs and sighs, contemplating how much ~d~ is enjoying brawl.*)

So, right, ~d~ imports Brawl from America, and spends loads of time brawling with his friends, while meanwhile I'm stuck with the ANCIENT Super Paper Mario.

So, ~d~ should be able to give all ZERO of you readers an in-depth review once he stops gaping, way before we can even buy it over here in the lonely U.K.

But for now, another amazing trip into the mind of my monkey-like-stinky-obnoxious-selfish-self-indulgent-10-year-old-argumentative-brothers, and their exodus into another game that somehow "breaks" everytime the controller falls into their little snot-coated hands.

Wow, big sentence.

And suprisingly, i'm going to give this game a thumbs up.

Don't be put off by my brothers. A), they suck at it, and B), the only reason they've got as far as they have is because they use an online walkthrough, completely missing the enjoyment part of gaming.

However, if you DO like to enjoy a game, you won't be dissapointed. the gameplay is clear and fun, with intuitive puzzles and cute graphics. It has a certain witty humour which just makes it all the more easy to get along with, and the levels bring back the old platforming, jumping-on-enemy's-head's- days, with a twist.

Lol- one of my favourite moments.

In this game, Bowser, shockingly, is not the bad guy- in fact, he's a fully playable character!

Instead, the new villain is Count Bleck, who wants to destroy the very fabric of the universe, and the old foes must band together to fight this new threat.

While you collect Pure Hearts, charaters and Pixl's- small squareish creatures with special powers to let you find hidden stuff, become ultra-thin, etc, Count Bleck is brainwashing old villains to come on his side and be more... villainy, kidnapping strange witch's that speak in poetry, commanding his minions and expanding the Void. The Void is a big purpley black fuzzing thing in the background, that sucks everything into it and grows.

So, like a black hole, but with a catchy name.

Just one problem.

This picture is from the game, but it has an element of truth. The cut scenes are about thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis long. Actually, scratch that- times it by 6, add the number of users on google, and then square it to the power of the world population. Seriously! My parents set us a time limit on our game consoles. We get 40 minutes, which is reasonable. But I spend 20 of those minutes reading all the dialougue from what is actually a great story.
It's a shame, because apart from that, this game rocks, when you actually get to play it, and it's lasted longer in our house than Super Mario Galaxy.

Another must-by from the Miyamoto Militia. Just get comfy for the opening sequence.

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

[abxytv] Brawl pt 1.

    Do you like fine jewellery? Always have trouble cleaning blocked sinks and drains? Tough! Because we're trying to sell car insurance! Phone us on 555-6kshhhhhhhh *end of commercial break*

    Hello and welcome back to [abxytv], after that... almost month long commercial break... We hope you've unblocked your sinks, cleaned your toilets, bought whatever JML have tried to sell you, and been on a luxury cruise to Portsmouth - but now, more Brawling!

    One of the things I'm most hyped up about for Brawl is the Stage Creator. I've seen two brilliant stages on the intertubes [a box with only one small entrance to KO people through, which means the damage meters go up and up and people are bouncing around like the balls in that Sony Bravia advert, and one where the floor drops away, where people are constantly running for their lives] and to be honest, replication of these is imperative. IMPERATIVE, I said. But I'm sure that even more brilliant stages will come my way... ON WIFI.

    And sure enough, Mr Sakurai has made sure that the game will never get old by [as well as the Stage Builder itself], making a /lot/ of things wifiable. Created Stages, Matches etc... if you get bored with the stages already on Brawl [and that's a long shot anyway] make your own. It's... well, it's genius. If Miyamoto is God, and Iwata is the Holy Spirit, then Sakurai is probably Jesus [and Reggie Fils-Aime is the bad-ass ninja dude who kicks ass and takes names [and was edited out of the Bible for being too... well, too Reggie]]. And Sony is the Devil, of course. Microsoft... well, lately I'm being nice to Microsoft, so I won't dub them as the Romans. Microsoft could be some other people. As an Atheist I struggle to name any neutral forces in the Bible, so...


    And to bring some nostalgia into your otherwise mundane lives, I give you this: Memorable Nintendo Quotes. Pay particular attention to the teaser at the end...

    ...oh god... I remember that... It was like... 3 years ago... *sniff*... Good times... as a reg on Gametalk/Wii... watching the whole of the Nintendo E3 Presentation... *sniff*... *eyes start streaming*... I REMEMBER! REVOLUTION!! WII!!!

    *We are experiencing technical difficulties, please wait*

          Mario And Sonic At The Olympic Games

          Wow, this blog is collecting dust and losing intrest...

          But, anyway, games.

          Mario And Sonic at the Olympic Games.

          I thought i'd do this one because ~d~ has a vendetta against that small blue hedgehog-formerly-needlemouse.

          Yeah, despite the long intro-cutscene and Sega's trademark REALLY ANNOYING american commentry telling you what buttons you've just pressed-(Main Events! Rowing! Mario!)- i really don't mind this game. The events are genuinely fun- bar table tennis. God, i hate table tennis.

          A lot of thought goes into some of these events. For example, the dream events are events that are completely out of fantasy, showing the surrealism nintendo are renowned for.
          we're not big sega fans here at wwag, but this game gets a solid three and a half stars.