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Okay so I admit, it’s sorta late to be posting about the MGO beta but I have a very good excuse.  It was about 3:00AM with only 3 days left of the beta and I wanted to get as much time in as I could.  I was one of the “weird ones” in that my favorite game mode was CAPTURE BABY!  No, we didn’t capture babies… we captured a duck and a frog…  I guess you’d have to be there…

Anyway, I’d gone without eating anything for about 30 hours as I’d been sitting there playing GTA4 and MGO interchangeably without getting up once except to use the bathroom.  Then at 3:00AM about 30 hours into my game playing binge I checked my stats to find that I was 77 out of over 15000 people in the Capture mode of MGO.  I nearly had a heart attack.  No joke.  I fainted, passed out cold from a dangerous mixture of hunger, exhaustion and excitement.  When I came to, my wife had decided to unplug the PS3 and hide the ether net cable.  Oh… and how she got me from the living room to the bed I have no idea…

Since then I’ve been through MGO rehab, been on the MGO patch and went through the 15 step program to get off of my MGO addiction. I am finally able to talk about MGO without screaming “WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU DOING?!!  That’s not our base!!! Bring the FROG to our BASSSSEEEE!!!” And… with the release of the gold version just a few days away, I think I may be in for a relapse.

Anyway, anyone who played this game will know that while it took a bit to get adjusted the controls, the time spent adjusting was well worth the aggravation. Oh and you’ll also know that effective grappling can only be performed if you equip the CQC skill and level it up as well as the aggravation associated with figuring out the last tidbit of info.

So this post is bordering on pointless rambling so I’ll get to the conclusion.  MGO is amazing.  I love it.  If I could take a week off of work I’d play it for 216 hours straight.  Play it!

I just got done devoting an hour or so of my time to Marsupilami for the Sega Genesis.  Odds are you have no idea what I’m talking about.  Marsupilami is a video game based on Andre Franquin’s comic book of the same name.  The Marsupilami is a some kind of crazy, long-tailed cross between a monkey, a lion and your grandmother’s leopard skin purse. 

I was immediately impressed by the game’s squishy-wishy graphics and animation.  Graphically, it reminds me of Disney’s Classic Aladdin for the Sega Genesis.  However when it comes to game play I had no clue what was going on.  The game’s lack of a button configuration menu didn’t help.  It’s like these guys said “Hey lets make a game about this monkey-lion thing!  And ya know what’ll be really funny?  Lets totally leave out any instruction or sensible explaination as to what the heck’s goin on!”  Sweet Guys!  Great idea!  You successfully left me in the dark and thus…I couldn’t get past the first level.  However, I can tell you that if you hold the C button Marsup-salami will blow up his tale like a balloon or use his tail as a jump rope both of which… do nothing practical to help you figure out what the heck you’re supposed to do!

Graphics: 4 out of 5

Music: 4 out of 5

Controls: 2 out of 5

Fun Factor: As fun as your grandma’s leopard skin purse.

Collectability (1= uncollectable 10= a must have): 3 out of 10 - This game is relatively rare, but it’s lack of fun factor makes it an easy one to skip over.

Likely price: A nickle at your neighbor’s garage sale.  Or about $2 on eBay.

I rate this game 1 out of 5 salami sandwiches. (This number is not an average)