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Posts Tagged ‘2009’

E3 to Open their Doors a Bit Wider

Posted by Altered Confusion on February 2, 2009

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In an attempt to recapture the glory days it would appear that E3 is returning to the formula which made it the place to be. This year’s E3 promises more relaxed registration, live music, and the return of the booth babes. Also as the information started trickling out it appears that almost every company that had broken away last year will be making a return.

E3 organizers are reporting that they expect to see the attendance skyrocket up to the old numbers, and maybe more. With their move back to LA last year, and now their new view on showing what the industry has to offer this could be a great moment for most.

To be honest I think this really needed to happen, a united front to promote games in an abysmal economy. A gesture of back scratching, and getting more average people in there to talk up what they see so that those out there that are very mistrusting of the press could get information from a less bias source.

Lets hope that this is the beginning of something that will re-ignite the game industry, and allow those out there that are hurting for publicity the ability to get their game shown. I have quite a few friends in the industry, and I know for a fact that it is a very tough time right now, just like every other industry. With the ability to show off their titles, or their ideas to more than just the core media outlets I think they gain the ability to have their games actually gain more of a name for themselves.

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New .hack Game Announced for PSP

Posted by Altered Confusion on January 14, 2009

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CyberConnect, the company behind the .hack series, has come out to say that the .hack series will be making its way over to the PSP. The .hack//LINK manga will be the subject of the game. Characters from the first series and the GU series are said to be making appearances in this game.

Sadly no set date has been state other than saying that the game will be coming out sometime in 2009. If I had to put money on it I’d say the holidays at least in Japan.

I have to say that this announcement has made me a bit giddy. Even though I was at first very turned off by the series, I have since gotten all the games, as well as the anime, and some of the manga.

I promise as more information comes out I will be updating this story.

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Phantasy Star Zero Coming US and Europe

Posted by Altered Confusion on January 9, 2009

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Sega has announced that their Nintendo DS entry into the hit series Phantasy Star is coming to the US and Europe. Sadly, though the wait will be slightly longer than most would like, but come the winter of 2009 it can be yours.

For those out there that don’t really know much about Phantasy Star Zero, here’s a little bit about it. The game is set in an alternate universe of Earth. A large scale war has occurred, and civilization has slowly recovered 200 years later. Around that time those brave of soul venture out from the borders of towns to battle the unknown and monsters.

You’ll be able to choose from 14 customizable character types, and will be able to adventure alone, or with friends on wireless or internet play.

This is probably a game that I’ll be waiting slightly impatiently for, but it is something that should be a pretty solid game.

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NCAA Football 2009 Review

Posted by Altered Confusion on August 4, 2008

NCAA College Football 09 comes at you with what makes the addictive for rabid sports fans the action and intensity of the sport. As you may have guessed this is the latest installation of College Football onto the console platform.

Right off the bat you get to choose your favorite team so that you can have your backgrounds plastered with pictures of that team, I just wish that you were able to control the fight song list that plays in the background as well. Actually there probably is a way but after searching for it for quite a while I have to say that they hid it well. You can added custom tracks (i.e. your own music into the game so that you can tune out the fight songs from all over the league).

EA has also kept in the mini-games and added the ability to play school mascot against school mascot. I find that quite entertaining as you see a sea of Aubies take on a sea of Ugas (Auburn v. University of Georgia).

The graphics look a bit crisper than the previous installation, and the players look a bit more unique from one another. There is still that way too scripted sideline reactions while playing, but I think most people will be happy to see the on field stuff over the off field stuff.

There are your different game modes for all types of fans. You have your exhibition mode, your dynasty mode (where you get to do recruiting, schedule building, and run the offense and defense), “College Super Star” mode (Basically you control one player, you only get to play the game when the player is on the field, if he’s not then you get to see the play by play of the game), and of course the online play (where you get to create tournaments and leagues and play against friends or against online opponents that happen to have the game).

I’m not really sure about the internet connectivity between platforms, I would think that there would be a good chance of playing someone from a different system, but you never know what the console owners have done behind the scenes with their code.

This installation also suffers from not really keeping track of late hits after a player has run out of bounds, and also after the quarterback gets hit. Its really a flip of a coin to get the roughing the passer called.

I would love to try to do a comparision between two college football games like there once were, but sadly EA is the powerhouse that has the control so this is it for those college football fanatics who not only love thier team but want to be there team, and maybe just maybe change the outcome of some of the games that were lost in the regular season. This game gets an 8.9 out of 10.

* update *

If you have a SD TV like myself you may see some distortions when it comes to routes as you play through the game, which I find quite annoying but if you know the play already or you know what you’re going to be doing that isn’t really the play then you’ll be in the same boat as me and you’ll ignore the lines for a couple of plays until they straighten out for a bit, and then later return to distortion.

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