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Guitar Hero-age

Th best part of Guitar Hero 3 is the new Gibson. Now I can get those co-operative achievements that I couldn’t unlock. Woo hoo. But all joyful woo-hooing aside, Neversoft did a great job with the game. I have a few nitpicky things here and there to complain about but overall a stellar job.

I’ve never understood the appeal of those extreme sport games such as Tony Hawk until I played skate. I was never good at TH, but for some reason, I’m really getting this game.

I’m playing the Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass at the moment and it actually feels like the first new Zelda in a while, and what makes it that way is the fact that it’s on a portable system itself. Moving around Link with a stylus takes some getting used to but it works in the same way Diablo’s controls work. You guide link by pointing the direction in which he runs. Slide the stylus closer to him to make him walk quietly and glide it outward to make him run. You double tap to stab, swipe at an object to slash and circle around him to do his special attack.

What’s even better though is that Phantom Hourglass adds to Zelda’s gameplay vocabulary. Anyone who’s blade at last one adventure knows the physics of Zelda. There are certain puzzles and switches come naturally for fans.

But for the first time in a long time, Zelda fans have something new to puzzle over. It’s reading, writing and adventuring.

Eiji Aonuma has created his own vision of Link and it’s good that this game covers new ground. He uses the DS like an expert, making this Zelda custom-made for this system. There are puzzles that require to write on maps and use your hand-written notes to solve puzzles. It’s beautiful to play and a welcome change.

Working with Microsoft was great for us, it allowed us to grow as a team and make the ambitious, blockbuster games we all wanted to work on. But Bungie is like a shark. We have to keep moving to survive. We have to continually test ourselves, or we might as well be dolphins. Or manatees.
— Jason Jones, Bungie founder and partner

Pondering Halo 2

I’ve spent the past two days playing Halo 2. Two years ago, I sort of missed the boat on the whole phenomenon. I was on a three-month vacation and didn’t pick up what everyone said was the game of the year.

I wasn’t too impressed with the first Halo so I was surprised at the reaction the sequel got. Where did all these people come from? Why are they all fans? What makes them fans? It’s hard to say but I was probably overlooking one aspect — the multiplayer — and that’s where this game succeeds where the single-player failed.

It’s probably the first mainstream first-person shooter. Video games was building up to this point.

If Doom’s multiplayer introduced this engrossing multiplayer and GoldenEye made it popular and accessible on the console, then Halo capitlized on this, combining elements of both. It made multiplayer popular.

War of attrition

Meda of Honor: Airborne is probably the most frustrating game I’ve played. Where else can you aim for a Nazi, shoot him point blank and watch him magically dodge your fire. The folks at EA Los Angeles are either saying that the Greatest Generation are the most inept soldiers on earth or that the Nazis should have won World War II.

Warhawk online

I’m working on review for the PS3’s Warhawk and a casual game called Carnival Games for the Wii. They’re two totally different games; both have the same pick-up-and-play scheme. Obviously, I find Warhawk a more enjoyable experience than Carnival Games.

Gearing up for EA Preview

I’m getting ready to blog the EA Preview on Wednesday. It’ll be me, my computer and dozens of nerds lining to play a couple of games. Woo hoo.

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Metroid Prime 3 is like a growth

After a marathon session, in which I tried to beat Metroid Prime 3 and ended up hating it. I woke up today and found it more enjoyable. Maybe it’s the deliriousness of not getting any sleep or perhaps it’s the fact that I’m getting more powerful but the game seems to be getting easier for me.