Tuesday, 27 January 2015

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters review

"If anybody wants to see, there's a Donkey Kong kill screen coming up."

I imagine by now that anyone with a vested interest in video games will have watched The King of Kong, unfortunately I myself have only just gotten round to watching it and I wish that I had watched it sooner.

Now before I go on I'll just say that there is controversy that surrounds this film so for the purpose of the review I''m just going to concentrate on the actual film and will mention the controversy at the end.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Discontinuation of Club Nintendo

Today it was announced that Nintendo is to discontinue Club Nintendo the place where you can go and spend all of your collected stars from the scratch cards contained in select games and consoles.

It's kind of a shame that it is to be closed down as there can sometimes be some good stuff on there such as the Link and Epona statue, the celebration cards and especially the SNES Wii controller that I managed to scrape enough stars together to get a while back.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Nintendisco Interview

Back in 2011 I wrote some stuff for a magazine called NES-Bit (which you can download from this post here) which sadly did not make it past two issues. Issue three was in the pipeline for release in 2012 but never materialised. When issue three was being worked on I interviewed the guys from Nintendisco/Gamerdisco about Nintendisco and it never got published, it has been gathering dust ever since so I thought that I would drag it out and put it on here for people to read.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Nintendo Direct 14.01.2015

The first Nintendo Direct of the year and it had some good looking stuff included.

Here are the games that I'm looking forward to.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Aliens Infestation (DS) review

Over the years there have been numerous games featuring the Xenomorphs from the Alien series with some being fantastic, some being good and some being not so good. Unfortunately Aliens Infestation falls into the not so good category.

Don't get me wrong there are good points to the game like the graphics which are big and vibrant with some parts being a little tense due to the colour and atmosphere of the game. The alien bosses take up a good chunk of the screen when fighting them, the last one in particular. The weapons are really good (a shame that there are not more of them included) and there is a level where you get to ride along in the armoured car like thing and the last boss is huge and there is a tracker and well that's about it. Oh, you can also use a loader to fight bigger aliens with.

I wanted to like this game I really did but there is far too much wrong with it. The plot is the standard fare of a ship being found that contains the aliens aboard it so I won't go into that as it's what you would expect for it to be. What I will go into is everything else as that's where the problems are such the music and sound effects, the music barely changes and after a while the tracker noise just starts to do your head in with the way that it sounds.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Resident Evil 4 tenth anniversary

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the release of Resident Evil 4 on the GameCube, a game that most likely appears in a lot of all-time greatest game lists and deservedly so as it not only revolutionised the Resident Evil franchise but changed the genre that made it's name.

Resident Evil 4 was actually the sixth game in the main series (one, two, three, Zero and Code Veronica being the first five) and some people felt that the series was starting to become stale. The first five games are brilliant games in their own right, yes they have problems which especially now can seem very dated but overall they are some fantastic games.

Anyway, due to the series going stale Capcom took a new approach (well four approaches before settling on this one) with Resi 4 and pretty much dropped the survival horror aspect of the previous games and turned it into an action game that featured the player shooting and killing rather a lot of infected villagers known as Los Ganados. Capcom dropped the Umbrella/zombie storyline and introduced Las Plagas parasites which is what infected the villagers and what tries to kill you all throughout the game.

As per the previous games there are different types of enemies ranging from the standard zombie like villagers who go around in hordes trying to hack you to death or the Garrador who chases you around with
massive Wolverine like claws and the Regenerator who can regenerate limbs and can only be killed by shooting off parasites until it explodes. It's a fun mixture of enemies.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Game map: The history of video games set to the art of cartography

As mentioned in the December 2014 purchases post for Christmas my partner very thoughtfully got me a game map entitled Game Map: The history of video games set to the art of cartography.

In my opinion it is a fantastic looking map and the pictures do not do it justice (especially the blurry one, apologies for that).

The map is broken down into the following sections: Battle Zone, Sim City, Super Mario Land, Pac-Land, Vice City, Killzone, Borderlands and Castlevanis. Within these zones are game names or an area from the game, for example in one section there is The Legend of Zelda and Hyrule Field. There is also The Curious Village and Arkham Asylum alongside Watch Dogs and Chrono Cross.

One of my favourite sections is the street names which are named after games such as Super Street Fighter II, Streets of Rage and Final Fight: Streetwise.

Thursday, 8 January 2015