Archive for the ‘Games’ Category

New MGS4 Gameplay Footage X-PLAY

May 3, 2008

Don’t watch if you don’t want to be spoiled/spoilt (?) . =P

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Metal Gear Solid + MGS4 Theories

May 1, 2008

It’s been ten years since I first played Metal Gear Solid for the PSX. Sure I’ve played it for more than enough times than I can count, but it’s been some years since I haven’t played it. Since Metal Gear Solid 4 is coming out in about two months I got a bit nostalgic and thought of playing Metal Gear Solid series once again albeit this time on the PC.

There’s so many things that can change over the years; your age, tastes, views about certain events that happen in your life and obviously you get mature than when you were twelve. But the awesomeness of the game hasn’t changed at all. I didn’t understand the broader meaning or the message that Hideo Kojima wanted to deliver in the game when I was wee old, but now I can certainly say this game was definitely ahead of its time. The concepts and beliefs expressed by the main protagonists and the antagonists in the series makes you really think over the issues that are facing the world today. You feel for the characters, their reasons for choosing the specific path that they end up in. Sure the story gets a bit cheesy with over the top characters such as Psycho Mantis and Gray Fox but it works. It feels like an anime in a sense but it feels almost real as well. That’s the magic of Hideo Kojima, the perfectionist, who is a master artist in creating a cinematic experience that can rival no other producer in the gaming business. I actually think he should be making movies. Just imagine Hideo Kojima teaming up with JJ Abrams to create the rumoured Metal Gear Solid movie. Not sure about a director though but have Admiral Adama of Battlestar Galactica as Colonel Roy Campbell and I’m definitely in.

From the opening cinematic and the eerie music that accompanies the scene I knew that the game was going to be special from the first moment I saw it. I actually got that music piece as my ringtone at the moment. Yes I admit, I’m such a fanboy ^_^.

Now playing it again I notice some of the most subtle things. How Master Miller/Liquid and Naomi acts before their deceptions; the hints were already there down to their expressions on the codec screen. That shows great planning and carefully planned story telling on the part of Kojima once again. Mixing of real history with the canon of the game; the part about the Gulf War being used as an experiment to test the effects of inserting the genes of Big Boss into the soldiers, to create super soldiers in the mold of Big Boss. The use of nano-machines to control the core body temperature so that it can withstand harsh weather conditions is another interesting concept that was used in the game. Since this was in 1998 I don’t think the concept of nano-machines were openly discussed as a possibility between scientists although it was more widely popularised by Michael Chricton in his scientific thriller “Prey” which is a phenomenal book. So kudos has to be given to Kojima-san for his passion for futuristic technology and integrating that into the game. These are only the tip of the ice-berg of the greatness of the game. To experience the greatness you have to play it.

Looking at the game-play I’m actually really surprised about how much variety there is to the game play. Starts out as a sneaking game of just infiltrating a fortress without getting detected; easy enough right? Then there are the lasers you have you have to crawl past with the help of your cigs/thermal goggles. Then collect some mines on the ground, fight a tank, fire a nikita missile and guide it to a destination, fight a person wearing an exo-skeleton, fight a psychic, use a sniper rifle, take down a Hind Helicopter, lay down an angry Shaman and then battle a huge fricking tank that is out of a Mecha-esque anime.  That is how much variety the game has got, which is absolutely amazing considering the games that are coming out for this generation still can’t compete with this amount of variety to game play. I’m looking at you Dante and Altaire!

Not to mention the over the top humour in the game. How many of you were searching high and low for a cd case in the game to get Meryl’s codec number? Come on don’t be shy raise your hands.  What about Psycho Mantis reading your mind? That has to be the most surprised that I had been in a game ever! ; Mantis reading the data in your memory card to increase the tension and then having to change the controller to a second port so that he could not “read your mind”. Genius! That moment will be remembered by gamers till the end of time.

Theories

  • I’m currently playing Sons of Liberty and will post some thoughts on it after I’ve finished it. So let’s get into some theories about what the fourth game.
  • Well we know that Snake has gotten old over a short period of time due to FoxDie and he has to take injections to incubate the ‘olding’ process. In the trailers Snake is seen contemplating on blowing his brains out; I think this is just Kojima frakking with our minds. Snake is going to live and the aging process can be stopped or reversed by none other than Naomi. That is probably going to be done by with Vamp’s blood, since he is a vampire and vamp’s don’t age, duh!
  • Mei Ling will return with her Chinese proverbs; thank god she does as Otacon can never fill that void.
  • The last battle will be at Shadow Moses island; where it all started and the battle will be two Metal Gears beating the frak out of each other, with Snake in Metal Gear Rex and Liquid Ocelot in Metal Gear Ray.
  • Big Boss will make an appearance in the game and then disappear with the latest Metal Gear data.
  • A clone of Frank Jaega, probably in his early twenties, will return with all his memories; if Big Boss was cloned, why wouldn’t the first operative of FoxHound , who earned the honourable code name FOX not? I actually think the next Metal Gear Games will be about Gray Fox with Snake returning in a Roy Campbell role.
  • The Beauty and the Beast unit has the memories of their original code name FoxHound operatives.

Well that’s all I got for now, stay tuned till I finish Sons of Liberty. More theories to come.

New MGS4 Trailer

April 24, 2008

Brand new MGS4: Guns of the Patriots trailer released in Japan with Japanese voice overs. I’ve been playing MGS and MGS2 these days. Will post some stuff that I found interesting while playing the game again as well as some theories for what is going to happen in MGS4. So stay tuned! 😛

Sonic Unleashed Leaked Footage

March 24, 2008

Finally a Sonic game worth looking forward to since the 2D era.I’ve always preferred Sonic over Mario and I haven’t been excited for a game in a very long time. If the the game play is good as it looks I’ll definitely be the first in line.

Metal Gear Saga in Detail

January 21, 2008

A GameTrailers blogger has explained the Metal Gear Solid Saga from start to finish. It is a great read if you want to get caught up for when MGS4 comes out hopefully in May. It’s a great read for the noobies whose getting into it as well. Props to Idree. Check it out here.Check out the Metal Gear Quote Book done by maniac086 as well.

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Devil May Cry 4 Screens

January 14, 2008

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Dante with Pandora’s box which is actually a huge arsenal of weapons wrapped in badass briefcase.
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Pandora’s Box transformed into a machine gun.
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Silver Giga. A badass big statue dude.
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Dante fighting Silver Giga in a Colossus of Rhodes like scenario ala God of War 2.
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Release date : 31st January (Asia)
Excuse the quality of the screens. Via Famitsu.

Best 5 of 2007 : Games

January 2, 2008

So I got this idea well since most of the gaming sites were doing it and I thought of letting you guys know what my picks were for the best games of the year as well as the best movies of the year and hopefully tv series ‘s (?)of the year. Which is of course based only on what I think, my tastes and such etc according to the products that I was able to play or watch respectively (this sentence of course doesn’t make any sense, but there u have it!). Anyways let’s get into the games shall we! First of all let me say I have a PSP, PS3 and a PS2, haad a XBOX360 but had a horrible experience with HALO3, which actually reminded me how much I hate first person shooters. So then I sold my XBOX360 to get a PS3, which I am in totally in luuurve with (DIVX and XVID support FTW!) and I’ve finished all the games that I’ve bought, which I think is mostly because games are so much expensive these days and you actually have to think before you buy them. Anywhoo enough with my rants. Best game of 2007, bottoms up. (more…)

Drake Gets his Groove on!

November 20, 2007

The fan favourite ‘Everyman’ hero busts a move in the new Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune exclusively for the PS3. Can’t wait to get my hands on it. Btw this is hilarious, must watch! 😉

great time to be a gamer

November 15, 2007

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune

Assassin’s Creed

Call of Duty 4

Guitar Hero III

Rachet and Clank : Tool’s of Destruction

Winning Eleven 2008

Mass Effect

Drawback? : Our pockets gets blown to smithereens..

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune Demo Impressions

November 11, 2007

Amazing! Brilliant! Must by! AAA Title!

The most fun I’ve had playing an action game. AI is top notch. You take cover and they take cover. You aim the gun to take them out when they emerge from their ‘cover’, but they don’t. They know what you have on your mind and comes out from different positions; sometimes crouching, other times gun blazing running around to make sure they don’t get hit. You can’t take cover for too long either; they flank you from all sides till there is no way out. This is next generation gaming ladies and gentlegeeks and yes Microsoft fanboys this is better than Gears of War!

The graphics is amazing. Ever seen an old Indiana Jones movie and saw how a grenade explodes in bright shiny cloud? That’s what you get over here. The whole, Indian Jones-esque treasure hunting, defeating the bad guys with you have to believe it to see it action, shebang. This is a cinematic movie folks which I’m sure everyone will enjoy, and you get to play it!!! Review will be up after I get this on November 20th! Till then enjoy the demo video.