Best and Worst of ’07……..23 days late.

23 01 2008

Hi Everybody!

My apologies for being away for so long. I’ve been trying to catch up on my game stack. It seems that of my 344 games, I’ve only beaten 85, with only 37 of those being 100% complete (all unlockables, all upgrades, all sidequests, etc.). So, I’ve been trying to catch up on that. While playing Rock Band…… and Guitar Hero 3….. and Ratchet and Clank……… and Folklore…… and Pikmin 2……. and, well…. you get the point.

 But now, I am here to present you with the Pix3lNati0n 2007 GotY awards! and Yes, I realize that it’s already a half-month into 2008. So sue me.

Genre Awards:

Best Action Game: Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (PS3)

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A genius mix of Tomb Raider and Resident Evil 4 style controls makes this newcomer from Naughty Dog one of the biggest Must-Own titles for the PS3

Best Adventure Game: Sam and Max: Season One (PC)

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Even though the first two episodes came out in 2006, the majority of the first season appeared in 2007. The triumphant return of Sam and Max (after 14 years, no less), proved that our favorite Dog and Lagomorph duo can still make us shit our pants laughing, as well as trying to figure out their insane puzzles. 

Best Shooter: Bioshock (360)

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As one of only two games this year in which I did back to back playthroughs, Bioshock is Pure Awesomeness. A Must Buy.

Best RPG:Mass Effect (360)

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Mass Effect once again proves that Bioware are truly the masters of storytelling when it comes to games. Despite a few technical hiccups, this game is by far the best RPG of ’07.

Best Puzzle: Puzzle Quest (DS, PSP, PS2, 360)

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Puzzle Quest took your standard “match 3 of the same colors” puzzle game and mixed it with RPG elements to make one of the strangest (yet most addicting) puzzle game combinations in the history of gaming.

Best Rythym-Music Game: Rock Band (360, PS3, PS2)

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Rock Band took what Guitar Hero had done and increased the fun-factor 10 fold. With an awesome soundtrack, a constant wave of DLC, and just plain greatness Rock Band manages to fend off his step-brother.

Best Platformer: Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)

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The Plumber’s only contender for this position this year was Ratchet and Clank. However, thanks to superb controls, challenging puzzles, beautiful visuals, and a (finally) orchestrated soundtrack, Mario is still able to teach our Lombax friend a thing or two.

Best Racing Game: Dirt (360)

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Platform Awards:

Best Xbox 360 Game:  Bioshock

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Bioshock is the game that did everything right. From Atmosphere, to Story, to Music, everything was perfectly in place to make it one of the best games of 2007.

Best Playstation 3 Game: Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction

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This year marked the first appearance of a ps2-era franchine on the PS3, and Ratchet proved that he still has what it takes to bring the A-game on his new Home console.

Best Wii Game: Super Mario Galaxy

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There was virtually no Competition for this award this year. Aside from Metroid Prime 3 and Super Paper Mario, the majority of Wii Games this year seemed to be lacking in excellence until Mario Galaxy came along. The only game that could have wrestled this award away from Mario Galaxy would have been Super Smash Bros Brawl, had it come out on the original date of Dec. 3.

Best PS2 Game: God of War II

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Around this time last year one of the greatest titles yet for the PS2 came out proving that even though the PS3 has entered the ring, the old machine isn’t ready to ease back into retirement just yet.

Best DS Game: Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

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It’s hard to believe that 3 years in, and Phantom Hourglass is the only Zelda Game for the DS. The new stylus-only control scheme may take some getting used to, but after a while will become completely intuitive, making for one of the best handheld-zelda games to date.

Best PSP Game: Crush

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This game was sadly overlooked by many when it arrived in April. It came out roughly the same time as Super Paper Mario, and as such many criticized it as being a copycat for the use of 2d to 3d transitions. However, Crush is a SUPERB puzzle game that uses this functionality to the fullest potential and never lets up.

Best PC Game: The Orange Box

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The game would have won this award JUST for Portal, but it adds so much more, with Half-Life 2, Episodes 1 and 2, and Team Fortress 2, the Orange Box is probably the best value that you’ll get from a Videogame from 2007.

Best Downloadable Title: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

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This year’s best DLC game isn’t even a new title, and that’s ok. The triumphant return of this PSone classic WITHOUT the $100+ pricetag earns it this years spot.

Game of the Year: Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)

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2007 proved that Mario is still master of the Videogame domain. Even after 20+ years the plumber still has what it takes to create one of the best games ever. The game builds on what Super Mario 64 did in EVERY way, and shined it into gold. The fact that I managed to play through the game TWICE without getting bored earns Mario Galaxy the title of Game of the Year 2007.

and now for the FUN parts, The 2007 WGotYs!

Worst Wii Game: Chicken Shoot

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Soo…..Bad…… can’t think of ways to describe….awfulness……./shudder

Worst PS3 Game: Lair

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Epic Fail!

Worst 360 Game: Vampire Rain

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Splinter Cell + Vampires = Bad? How’d you fuck this one up, Microsoft?

Worst PSP Game: Aliens vs Predator: Requiem

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I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. The PSP is NOT designed for shooters.

Worst DS Game: SNK vs. Capcom Card Fighters DS

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 It’s SNK vs. Capcom! on the DS! in a Card Battler! WTF?

Worst PC Game: Empire Earth III

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The game has become your run-of the mill RTS, with no standout features.

Worst Game of the Year: Lair (PS3)

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What was once one of the most anticipated games for the PS3 turned out to be the biggest shit-piece of the year. Sure, it LOOKS good, but with forced motion sensing and SEVERE clipping issues (ie. the ability to FLY THROUGH A MOUNTAIN), Lair earns our Piece of Shit, I mean, Worst Game of the Year award for 2007.

There we go. It took a while, but I’m back, and you’ll start seeing regular updates from me again.

img_sprite1.gif –Kyle “Jastrick”

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Happy Holidays – Week In Review.

21 12 2007

Firstly, I must make an apology to my local EB Games. I now Understand that it is once again EA’s fault that I am currently deprived of Rock Band. I AM getting a copy in next week’s shipment, however. But, due to EAs Handiwork, you know what this means:

 KYLE SMASH!

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I finally get to use that. lol 😛

Anywho, This will be the Last post until Next Friday which is when I (theoretically) should finally have Rock Band. And a PS3 😛

News This Week:

EA fucks Canada right up our ass

New DNF trailer is herald of the Apocalypse

That’s pretty much it for this week 😛

Webcomic of the Week: Penny Arcade – Straight Tripping

Well, I’m out for the Holidays

img_sprite1.gif–Kyle “Jastrick”





Foreign Analysis: Rock Band

29 11 2007

I know it’s not my day, but I had something I thought people would like to read. A friend of mine (thanks Jinny) put me onto an article on Slate.com by Sleater-Kinney’s guitarist,

An admitted non-gamer, Brownstein gives a humorous and thorough reveal about what she feels are the important differences between a real band and a “Rock Band”. It seems she enjoyed the game but, like most musicians I know, she holds onto the mantra that if you’re going to spend hundreds of dollars and thousands of hours pretending to play music, you might as well learn a real instrument. I don’t see why you can’t do both.

Peace,

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EA and Harmonix, Suck My Balls

13 11 2007

Hey Everyone. Sorry about missing My Week in Review last friday, I was busy working on a lab for Computing 115, and once I was finished, It was 11:30, and I was tired.

Video Games Live was a blast. Very much the same show as here in Edmonton in January. I know I promised pics and video, but unlike edmonton, the people there threatened to confiscate my camera if I didn’t put it away.

Now, for the true purpose of Today’s post. Ahem. FUCK YOU EA and Harmonix. Around 3 weeks ago, when I pre-ordered my copy of Rock Band, the cashier at my EB Games  told me that the release date was December 18. I was sure this was a mistake, due to that was also the release date of the PS2 version. Two days ago, Future Shop and Best Buy here in Canada switched to that date as well, which frightened me. Joystiq looked into the situation, and today recieved their response. Rock Band is delayed in Canada until December 17th, 2007. Fuck. Off.

Now, Don’t get me wrong. I understand that there are limited supplies. I understand that it takes a while to make all those peripherals. I even understand the need to take units from other territories in order to satisfy the needs of the local populace. What pisses me the fuck off is that there was no announcement of such a development until one-fucking-week beforehand. I doubt that they would have even made an announcement had Joystiq not looked into the subject. The contempt that EA has to string us along until the last minute to say “wait another month” is appaling.

That’s all I’m going to say. I’m too fucking pissed off right now.

img_sprite1.gif–Kyle “Jastrick”