God of Waaaargh!

God of War 3 demo is out for the PlayStation 3 and here is my first impression: It took longer to download and install than it took to complete!

Apart from that I am sure GoW fans will be pleased. Me, not so much, but I never liked button mashing games and this seems to be just that. Also, I think I spilled something on my X button so it has become all annoyingly sticky, which helps the situation in no way whatsoever.

Installing The Game

I find it strange that, while the instructions for installing the game (in this case Warhammer Online) include helpful tips like “Put the CD into your DVD-ROM drive” and “Click the INSTALL button”, they have excluded the very first step which is how the hell do you remove the DVD from the DVD case without breaking it!?

My favorite install instructions are still from Simon the Sorcerer. They had two methods and reproduces here for your amusement is method one, which is the one for clever people and I thought that would be the one most relevant to my readers:

METHOD 1
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THIS METHOD IS REALLY CLEVER AND FOR PEOPLE WHO KNOW A LOT ABOUT COMPUTERS. WE SUGGEST YOU TRY THIS WAY FIRST

1. REMOVE THE DISKS FROM THE BOX AND FLUSH THEM DOWN THE TOILET

2. GO AND BUY ANOTHER SET OF DISKS AND REPEAT THE PROCESS

Guild Wars 2, You Tease

Arena.net has decided that they will not do a Guild Wars 2 Beta this year. That makes me a bit sad. Not so much because I will not get to play GW 2 untill next year. That I can live with. The reason I am sad is that I remember my time with the GW 1 beta as being a lot of fun. Because they let you play such an early version, you got to see the game grow and evolve into the game that it is today and maybe even shape that game a little. It was also at that time that our guild was first formed.

I also don’t like their reason of wanting to show a polished product because fan expectations are so high. It feels like they don’t trust us enough to realize that a beta is not a final product.

Actually, come to think of it, a lot of the current players would probably thinkt that a beta is a finished game and complain about it incessantly…

Ok, so maybe you have a point Arena.net but I still refuse to like it.

From The New World

Which could have been more about my trip, but is really about Shadow Hearts: From the New World.

I got it for Christmas this year and this is from around 9 hours in.

For those who know the Shadow Hearts series the game plays very much like the old ones. The game is still set in an alternate take on the real world, this time the US ca. 1930. There is no immediate connection to the last game, but it does seem like the “Malice” released in the end of Shadow Hearts: Covenant does have a role to play.

The general feel of the game seems to me to be even more wacky than last time. Only 3 of the main characters can be taken to be anything close to serious and that is only if you take a native-American wielding dual pistols and fighting with GUN-FU or the semi-naked -big-breasted native-American princess with a tendency to let whatever precious little left of her clothes drop everytime she needs to transform into the avatars of various spirits that she has previously formed alliances with, in any way serious. I can, but I tend to be a little weird in that way.

But even so, once you get into it the story is interesting and while I find it difficult to take the characters seriously, there are enough fun moments to keep playing. The voice-acting is also generally passable, with only a few voices that truly annoy me.

Finally, the Judgment-Ring and combo systems has been expanded a bit and helps keep the many battles fun and engaging.
All in all, I like it so far.

The Red Ring Of Death!

I have long wanted to buy a next generation console. Not because there are any games that I must play but simply because I want one. And the next generation console that I wanted to buy was a X360. Why? Well, because my brother has one but also because the PS3 is just too shiny and I absolutely hate the Sixaxis-controller. And the Wii doesn’t look next-gen enough.

One of the reasons that I haven’t bought one yet, apart from the fact that I have already completed the only good game on the console, is the general and persistent stories I hear about boxes that fail, die, jam or simply just explode.
Interviews like this one doesn’t help credibility either.

Well, now Microsoft finally did something to easy the problem. Namely a three year warrenty on all machines.
This makes me happy, that they are at last doin something. Also Peter Moore send out an open letter that never really says that they are sorry, but it is probably the closest we will get.

Now I just need that HD-TV, a more permanent place to live, a job and that some interesting games released, and I am all set to go next gen.

Whoops

I don’t browse around my own site a lot. It is not something I get any particular joy out of doing and even if I did, I somehow feel that it would be wrong. So I don’t.

Which is why it took me two months to figure out that this post was floating around as my latest comic:

Originally posted 3. may 2007:

So I decided to finally jump into the homebrew scene for the nintendo DS for real. I originally played around a bit with the GBA and a emulator (and made a working clone of pong), but never got one of the flash cards needed to really use it on a gba.
Now I bought the M3 DS Simply from Kick Gaming and I am impressed with both how fast the adapter arrived and also how easy it is to set up and use.

Now I only have to start making some software I can play on it…

Also, I might give a more in depth review sometime later.

As you can see the more in-depth review never came. So I figured I would write it here:

the DS Simply rocks. Or Pops. Or whatever you prefer it to do, really.

Ok, not in-depth, but at least it is based on a lot more testing.

To Wii or Not To…

Ok, It’s probbly been done already, so sorry.

Quick summery of my thoughts on the Wii release: Price of conesole is to high. Not badly, but still. I think I would rather play Zelda on my GC anyway, so there isn’t really any must have launch titles. Download of SNES et. al. games is very interesting but also way to expensive. I had also forgotten the rumors of a region free Wii, but now that they are disproven I am even more dissapointed.
All in all, I don’t know if I’ll buy it. Then again, it’s nintendo and I still get a tingly feeling in my stomache when I pick up my DS, so maybe I will. Or maybe I’ll wait for the Wii Lite.

The Undreaming Is Unchained

Dreamfall: The Longest Rant

I always feel that there is a sad moment when you have just completed a good game. It happens right when the credits have ended and you are returned to the title screen and everything is as it has always been. Nothing new, nothing different, just the knowledge that it is over and there is nothing more to do.

In Dreamfall this is made all the worse by the fact that the brilliant story you have just lived through is nowhere near finished and you have no way of knowing if it ever will. There are so many unanswered questions that it is almost criminal. In many games this would have been mitigated by the fact that it is a game and story is just one part of it, but in dreamfall the story is the game. Actual gameplay is mediocre at best and if you removed all the dialogue the game wouldn’t last five hours. Not that that would matter much, since I doubt anyone would actually play is that long without the incentive of finding out what happens next.

But the story really is good. The twin worlds of Stark and Arcadia are so well defined and full of interesting details that you want to see more. They also feels so much bigger than what is presented in the game, which adds to the believability of the fiction. Add to that a large cast of interesting, funny and well acted characters and you have the foundation of something great. The animation however is not that great (as an animator I have to mention this) which is a shame. It takes a lot away from the lengthy pieces of dialogue that they are bacically delivered by a character standing straight up and flapping her mouth (and no funny anime jokes here, please).

I don’t think you need to play The Longest Journey to play Dreamfall. I have only completed the first half of TLJ (ironically, the story of why I havent gotten any further is very long indeed), but I had no problem following Dreamfall. You will, however, get the ending of TLJ spoiled and there are quite a lot of recurring characters, so I really recommend playing that first if you have the chance. Also, it is fun to see old aquaintences again and what has happened to them which is another bonus to playing the games chronologically.

As you can probably tell I like this game a lot. It is far from perfect but it is the first game in a while I have botheed completing and at quite a low framerate at that. I am a bit sad that it ends where it does, but all will be forgiven if they release the next chapter of The Longest Journey. I need to know if April is…!

Kennet Haunstrup: Ace Attorney

In only a few day my willpower was slowly ground into small quivering pieces until I finally broke and bought myself a DS Lite and a couple of games.
Broke, in this case, can then also describe my financial situation.

Not to misunderstand though. It’s a very nice machine and I am glad I got one. The screens in particular are so nice and clear that they in them selves justify the new version. If, like me, all you had before is a standard GBA, the difference is close to divine.

My favourite of the two games I bought is Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. A adventure-puzzle-courtroom drama game with an excellent cast of colourful* characters.
My only problem is probably brought about by watching to many Americans on TV go “innocent until proven guilty” and “beyond reasonable doubt”. In this game it seems that once you are on the stand it is “guilty until proven beyond any reasonable doubt whatsoever to be innocent, honest” and that irks me a little bit.
But the feeling of slowly picking apart the real murderers statement is awesome. Highly recommended.

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* Here in the metaphorical sence, but did I mention the screens?