PangTong_Blademaster blogged
Feb 2, 10 12:47am

Ok, so the production of these posts isn't exactly daily due to my recent illness and mass of schoolwork. From now on, I will try to keep it relatively frequent, but not daily. It's February 1st, and though there are plenty of releases due to hit the shelves, there are only a few that have grabbed my interest:

Heavy Rain: I was more of a casual gamer the first time I saw Heavy Rain footage at an E3 event. At this time, we had no clue as to what the plot or gameplay would be like, we were just introduced to one of the four leading characters.

A few years down the line and Heavy Rain is ready to launch later this month. This is at the top of my list for many reasons, if there were those who thought I just picked up exclusive games out of sheer fanboyism. Firstly, Heavy Rain will be like nothing you have ever played or experienced before in your entire life. The mini-interactions as well the actual drama is just unheard of in the modern age of gaming. It's only recently that I have managed to play titles in which moral choices have an impact on plot (Rise of the Argonauts, Dragon Age: Origins), but the thought of the game being driven by your choices alone is a good one.

Bioshock 2: When the first Bioshock was announced for the PlayStation 3, there were plenty of people up in arms, and for a time, I couldn't see what all of the fuss was about until I picked up my own copy. Bishock is one of those timeless action shooters that never gets old, the prime attraction being the setting and integration of Plasmids. I haven't really been keeping an eye on Bioshock 2, and I am still undecided one whether to buy it or leave it.

The game is set ten years since the ending of the first and players return to Rapture as a Big Daddy. It's evident that Rapture is still hostage to the hordes of splicers that roam its halls, though the protagonist's incentives are not hinted at. Multiplayer will be included, and 2K have assured fans that it is not just another tacked on online component.

Dante's Inferno: As some will know, I am a huge fan of God of War, and when I heard Visceral would be trying to make a game identical to the series, I was overjoyed. Dante's Inferno follows the tale of Dante as he plummets into hell in order to find his wrongly judged love, Beatrice and save her from eternal suffering.

The fiction is there, but when I picked up the demo, I was less than impressed. Compared to the fluidity and power in God of War, Dante's Inferno struggles greatly. With that said, I will still give the game a rent to see if Visceral have delivered another stellar title to next-gen gaming systems.

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PangTong_Blademaster blogged
Jan 30, 10 8:37pm

Demon's Souls has a been a massive hit in both Asia and the States. Last year it won various "Best RPG" awards, even bagging a few Game of the Year ones too. My only gripe with Demon's Souls is that RPG fanatics in the UK may never get their hands on it!

Heath Flor gave Demon's Souls a flawless 9.5 in his Neoseeker review. To put things into perspective, Mass Effect 2 and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves are the most recent to get the almost perfect 9.9. Demon's Souls is said to be the staple example of action-RPGs, offering plenty of replay value.

The port could easilly be made for PAL regions, but the only factor holding Atlus back would probably be the sales figures here in Europe. The continent is only host to few hardcore gamers, but it hasn't stopped other unique titles releasing. Another JRPG titled White Knight Chronicles is launching next month for all regions, which makes the situation even stranger. You expect casual gamers to invest more in action RPGs than the conventional turn-based ones, eh?

Coming back to my main point, Atlus should really consider making the port soon. With Game of the Year status supporting it, I'm sure it will be an equal success here in the UK. If it doesn't happen though, PS3 games are region free, so importing the game would work fine.

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PangTong_Blademaster blogged
Jan 28, 10 3:50pm

Monster Hunter is a franchise that went from rags to riches in a matter of a few years, thanks to the three main PSP instalments. Becoming one of the fastest selling games in Japan, Monster Hunter Freedom 2 is one of my all-time greatest videogames, and my passion is shared greatly throughout the Neoseeker community.

The premise of Monster Hunter is fairly simple; you create a rookie hunter and plunge him into the perilous universe of Capcom's Action RPG. Firstly, you will be acquainted with the variety of different weapons and items before heading out to kill your first prey. You will be troubled with menial tasks such as gathering herbs and killing smaller beasts, but several hours down the road and you will have hit the cream of the crop.

The rest of the game will be spent killing the larger foes, then scouring their dead husks for materials. These can then be used to upgrade armour and weaponry; building the best gear is seen as the long-term objective of the game.

Monster Hunter Freedom 2 isn't just a single player experience though. Sitting down with a few mates and booting up individual copies of the game will allow up to four players access to the multiplayer component. Though it's not executed to perfection, the ad-hoc play is superb and one of my most memorable gaming highlights.

The one thing I absolutely detested about the game was the lack of real online play, that means no Xlink or Ad-Hoc Party. When Monster Hunter Freedom 2 G was announced, I thought the obvious solution would have been to include infrastructure, but sadly it was excluded, and so I lost faith in portable Monster Hunter titles.

It's 2010 now, and Monster Hunter is already branching onto the Wii and Xbox 360 with online focuses. For Capcom and the MH team to ignore online support for the next PSP-based Monster Hunter would literally be diabolical. Just for reference, it's not only MHF2 that is betrayed by the lack of online support, Phantasy Star Portable also suffers from the exact same problems.

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PangTong_Blademaster blogged
Jan 27, 10 11:36pm

Hello there, this is PTB and I am revamping my NeoBlog at last. Teabag Gaming Daily is a daily project I am working on that covers my opinions on the latest gaming news and highlights. I may also drop in a mini-review occasionally for a change of pace. I hope you can swing on by and leave me a comment (or even favourite my blog!), enjoy reading.

It's true; when the PlayStation 3 launched there was one thing that was holding it back from sudden success, namely it's array of launch titles. Of course there were exceptions such as Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, but there was not one game that grabbed the eye of the public.

Recently, in an interview with Game Informer, Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida commented on how there was a debate as to launch God of War II as a Playstation 2 or 3 title. Here are a few of my thoughts about God of War II being a launch title fro the PS3.

+ Firstly, it would have cemented the passion of God of War fans who may have been sitting on the fence about getting a PlayStation 3.

+ Sony wouldn't have received so much flak for its starting line-up. Mature gamers would be more enticed to by the console if Kratos turned up for the launch party.

- God of War III is a huge technical leap from the second instalment; releasing God of War II for the PlayStation 3 would have narrowed the gap slightly.

- The time taken to develop the game would have been a lot longer, probably resulting in delays. If not, the game may have been botched together to coincide with the release of the PlayStation 3.

All in all, it would have been a bad idea. God of War II was the platform for the final game, and releasing it for the PlayStation 3 would have cut anticipation by a healthy margin. When launched on the PlayStation 2, GOW II shone brilliantly and is still regarded as one of the best PS2 games to date.

Neoseeker's review for God of War Collection can be seen here.

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Jan 19, 10 12:56am
Finally managed to beat Nightmare Train in Tekken 6
Jan 15, 10 3:36am
Starting to get back into Dragon Age: Origins
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