Gaming - Weeks 3 & 4

Things were quiet for the past two weeks but that’s just the quiet before the storm that is called PS3. On all fronts, even in the impending recession, Sony is making money, and Nintendo is still making more (ha!). People just can’t enough of those DSs and WIIs. Big guns are upon us though, and its not just Ninja Gaiden II, but the next few months will see huge releases (if they can hold) at a time when new games are supposed to be non-existent in game stores across the world. The last two weeks have seen an immense display in preparation for this coming, whether it’s been more rumors or talk, demos, or videos, things are heating up.

The demo for Turok hit the online networks and it would seem that most people like it. Personally, I find the CQC kills a little on the easy side and it boils down to nothing but timing. Long time fan of the series, our WII bowling General, FuriousLee, gave it a thumbs up.

That’s huge since you probably didn’t know that this man has lost money, time, women, patience, and God knows what else for the series. Though he was thoroughly disappointed with the last few games, Furious feels that this Turok may stand a chance to redeem the series.

January is almost at a close and the title is due during the week of the 27th, so it probably wouldn’t hurt to try out the demo if you have the time before release day. Before that, Burnout - Paradise also got released silently, and flashingly, on an unsuspecting public and got descent reviews from just about everyone. The ranked score when compiled together totals up to about 89%; above average thanks to GameRankings.com. Which means that this title is worth a look, or at least a manual gear shifts or two.


If that that doesn’t curve your lust for gaming and you can translate some Japanese, you can pick up the Import version of Devil May Cry 4.

Your PS3 won’t mind that its from Japan at all. This installment may be the best one yet even though DMC 3 was given that title when it was released. Amazing what a little throw back action can do for an aging series right? However, like some wines, this one only gets better with age mes ami. My opinion is that the game is import safe if you can do some Kanji, and hiragana, beyond that you’re nuts to play a guessing game with the instructions and missions; besides the game is due state side early next month, so have patience little devil.

The best news still for the Wii-boyz is Smash Brothers. The worst news for the Wii-boyz is also Smash Brothers. Read on -

Due to delays in the completion of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, we’ve had to change the release date of the game to Sunday, March 9th. I deeply apologize to the people who have looked forward to playing the game for so long and ask that you hold on just a little longer. Thank you for your patience.

The above notice can be found on the Dojo site here. Sucks huh? Well, most WII owners [serious gamer types] perhaps have other systems to keep themselves occupied but it still hurts - and marketing schemes delays make it hurt even more. Its like those horrible MGS4, and Haze company sponsored delays. Terrible stuff this delay business, its just horrible when developers and producers actually want to make a game right and tight. Dibbs on Kirby guys - stay away from the Pink-man.

A strange thing is happening over at Sony but then again, when isn’t something strange going on over there? Seems the 80GIG PS3 will say bye bye and may be replaced by a BIGGER, BETTER, RUMBLE-ESQUE sku model. Something about it being 120GB or 180GB rumors the netwaves. Shouldn’t matter really, but the packaged rumble controllers would reflect yet again a SKU# that should have been the original SKU# to begin with. Ah well, live and learn.

And so did pop psychologist, and author, Cooper Lawrence. Cooper learned hard how much gamers defend the culture of gaming: even when we are blatantly wrong at times. Yes, Grand Theft Auto is not the best game on the planet. Apparently, she gave Mass Effect the left side of her tongue and it hurt gamers really hard. AWwww.

Cooper later appologized after fans voiced there opinions. Miss Lawrence claimed that she “misspoke” and that she “really regret saying” anything to psst off gamers.

Further investigations also reveal that users had posted huge amounts of negative reviews on for her book “The Cult of Perfection: Making Peace with Your Inner Overachiever”, even though many of them admitted to not reading her book. Could those have been the gamers that were irate? Hmm, the current rating for the book is one star. Ouch.

As one poster on Amazon.com put it -

An apology at gunpoint isn’t worth all that much to me - and her career was (still is?) being _destroyed_ by the backlash. I really do hope that apology was sincere … but let’s be honest: she has a LOT to (re)gain by making an apology that’s taken as true and sincere.

Gamers are a deadly breed aren’t they? See you in a week or two.

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