Archive for April, 2011

Z is for Zelda

Posted in Games, Wii, Zelda with tags , , on April 2011, by residentgamer

Yup, another Legend of Zelda post.  The “damsel in distress” isn’t the correct way of looking at the girl the series is named after. Sure, she’s been captured, had a sleeping spell used on her, turned to stone etc etc. But Zelda is a kickass hero in her own right. The best example is the mysterious character of the Sheik in Ocarina. The Sheik helps out Link  a lot in the game, giving him information and teaching him songs. Of course, Sheik is really Zelda in disguise.

In Wind Waker, Link has to deal with a scrappy pirate named Tetra. Sure Tetra helps Link, but she’s sarcastic  and snarky towards him. It’s later revealed that she’s Princess Zelda, although she only learns of this when Link does. At the end of the game, she’s seen with her crew of pirates, ready to start a new adventure.   In Spirit Tracks, Zelda’s body is stolen and her spirit helps Link restore peace to Hyrule. She’s with Link through the whole game.

Zelda is a powerful character in her own right. The stereotypical “save the princess”  scenario doesn’t fit in the series. And if you ever played the Super Smash Bro series, Zelda’s one hell of a fighter, especially as Sheik.

Again, this A to Z challenge as been amazing and so much fun! Thanks to everyone who stopped by my blog to check me out this month!

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X is for Xbox 360

Posted in Consoles, Xbox 360 with tags , , , , on April 2011, by residentgamer

Dear Xbox,

I love you, I really do, but  you frighten me. You get loud and sound angry. You don’t want to do what I want sometimes. You turn red and just stop paying attention to me. Then you leave for a month and come back with “I’m sorry, here’s a  small present.”  Occasionally, you destroy my things.  But I keep coming back. Why? Because you have attributes the others don’t have. I’ve said in the past after you give me this or that, I’m done with you. But then you tell me about some new, awesome thing you’re working on. Damn you.

Love, me

Okay, so that wasn’t entirely serious, but I think any long time 360 owner can relate on some level. RROD, E74, or “the 360 ate my game.”  I have two 360’s. One is an older model I call Old Clunky. Old Clunky has made the trip to Texas (where 360s are fixed) for the RROD once while in my possession. Old Clunky ate my Halo Reach disc and is working on Black Ops by the looks of it. He also makes lots of noise and doesn’t want to close his tray sometimes.

Then I have a S model. It’s much quieter and I don’t hold my breath in fear when I turn it on. Thank you! The only thing that bothers me is its sensitive nature. It will turn on and open its tray while I dust it. I’m afraid when a cat walks by, it will turn on. Cause really, all you got to do it wave your finger in front of it and it pops to life. It’s because of this nonsense, the tray has broken once already. All my babies go to Texas. They vacation there.  But, I can’t deny I really love the S model. It’s so much better.

Really, Microsoft. I love your exclusives. Gears, Halo, Left 4 Dead. I can’t get them on the PS3 or Wii. I prefer XBL to the PSN, even if I have to pay for it.

So there. Thank you for the S model. I’m not too afraid general hardware failure anymore. I enjoy playing it and it doesn’t seem to mess up the discs. Yay!

For a complete account of my RROD adventure go here

Y is for Yay for April

Posted in PS3, Uncategorized, Xbox 360 with tags , , , , on April 2011, by residentgamer

Since the A to Z challenge is almost over, I want to do a post about the month in general. I had a blast with the challenge and I’m so glad I signed up.

As for this month in video games, it’s been one of big highs and lows. There was “Portal Kombat” on April 19.  How often does two of my favorite video game franchises release games on the same day? Yay! It was awesome. I’m still playing both Portal 2 and Mortal Kombat and will be for quite awhile. I’ve mentioned before, the PS3 had the upper hand with both games. Portal 2 got Steam integration and MK got Kratos.

Of course, this month has been one of the worst for the PSN. We found out that Sony shut down the PSN on April 20th because of security concerns. Then it was announced someone broke into our accounts and may have taken credit card info. It’s a mess. The PSN won’t be back until May 3 or 4. In all this news about the PSN, XBL warned of a possible phishing scam on CoD Modern Warfare 2.

Speaking of XBL, starting on April 18, gamers who bought Bulletstorm were invited to play the Gears of War 3 beta. People who pre-ordered Gears through Gamestop (like me) got beta access on the 25.While I’m more excited for the campaign of Gears 3, what I’ve seen of the multiplayer so far is awesome.

April has been a very busy month for gamers.  May is promising L.A. Noire, Lego Pirates of the Caribbean,  the return of the PSN,  and many other things. I can’t wait!

W is for Wii

Posted in Wii with tags , , , , on April 2011, by residentgamer

I have to admit, I don’t play my Wii as much as the PS3 or Xbox 360. But I still love it and won’t trade it for anything. Why? Because Nintendo makes good consoles. The Wii isn’t as powerful as the other two, but their games are still great. Games like Twilight Princess, Mario Galaxy, Donkey Kong Country Return, the Resident Evil rail shooters and Super Smash Bros are just a few. And of course the new Zelda, Skyward Sword, is coming this year. As long as Nintendo still makes Zelda games, I will buy their consoles.

In fact, when the Wii was released, I stood in line for hours and hours to get one. I wasn’t even crazy about the idea of motion control, but I wanted one because I believed Nintendo would make it awesome. And they did. But I still regret that the system became a wasteland of crappy third party “casual” games. Many of them are just terrible and made some gamers feel that the Wii was the “lesser” console. But, you still can’t beat their exclusives. They have made quality Nintendo titles since the 1980’s.

But the big news lately has been the new Nintendo console that should be released in 2012. It’s suppose to be way more powerful then the Wii, rivaling the PS3 and Xbox 360. It’s suppose to cost $350.00 to $400.00. There might be a touchscreen on the controller. I’ve heard it called Stream, but the name will probably change. We will find out more at E3 in June.

As for now, I will just wait for Skyward Sword with my Wii remote in hand.

V is for Video Game Replay Value

Posted in Games, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360 with tags , , on April 2011, by residentgamer

I think replay value is extremely important in games.  It sort of sucks when you realize you never want to play that game you were so excited for again, especially when they’re so expensive. I remember my disappointment with the Star Wars Force Unleashed game. I love Star Wars video games, but when I finished this one, I couldn’t find a reason to go through it again. The game was too linear, too short, and really had nothing worth revisiting.

But just because a game is short, that doesn’t mean it has no replay value. Look at Portal and Left 4 Dead.  The L4D games are short. Although, multiplayer is a blast. The campaign never gets boring, either. The Call of Duty games have short single player campaigns, but the multiplayer is one of the best.

Whether the game is long or short, the best feeling is never wanting to leave the world the game created. That’s the most important factor to me.

More games with great replay value

Games with little replay value

U is for Useless Video Game Accessories

Posted in Consoles, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360 with tags , , on April 2011, by residentgamer

Through the years, there’s been plenty of gaming accessories. It’s funny to look back and see things that were suppose to be groundbreaking at the time, but turned out to be pretty horrible. My favorite useless accessory is the R.O.B. robot from the NES. I thought it was the coolest thing ever, until I learned  it actually made things harder. But I was a kid at the time, now I’m more wary of the latest and greatest “must have” gaming accessory. How many people shelled out money for the useless Wii remote sports add-ons like tennis rackets and bowling pins?

More more useless gaming accessories*cough* plowerglove *cough* can be found here

T is for Terrible AI Teammates in Video Games

Posted in Games with tags , , , , on April 2011, by residentgamer

In some games, we have AI teammates. This should be a big help, right? A lot of the time, it’s not. Some AI are downright terrible.

Right now, I’m playing Mass Effect and wow do your teammates stink. They like to randomly shoot at walls during a fight, wasting the ammo charges in their guns.

Left 4 Dead probably has some of the most frustrating AI. In fact, it’s a game best played with at least one other human.

There are other crappy AI teammates like in  Halo that make you wonder if they’re actually on your side.

For a complete list of my favorite terrible AI teammates go here