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I am fully convinced that Rockstar paid off IGN, and every other game reviewer that gave this frustrating angry bee’s nest a perfect score. It is not 10 worthy. Not even close.

Yes there is a lot of attention paid to detail. The voice acting is good and yes the story is very um… long. None of that changes the fact that the game’s controls are infuriating and that the majority of the missions are basically repetitive.

I’m on what I am assuming is the last mission right now and just trying to lock onto someone that I’m actually aiming at is like trying shove a glass of water through 400 pound opera singer. It’s frustratingly impossible and smelly. Up to this point I’ve played the same mission at least 3o times. Chase this car, kill this guy, go on a date etc etc etc… This game reminds me of Spider-man 2. It’s a ton of fun to wander the city and the level of detail is impressive but that doesn’t stop the missions from getting boring.

I think I’d have given this game an 8.5. If you ask me Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune is a heck of a lot more fun and the story’s 10 times better.

-B

Does anyone else out there miss Alone in the Dark 2?  I remember staying up all night playing that game with my cousins.  Back then that game used to scare the pants off us! (good thing uncle Henry wasn’t around…yeesh.)

I may be the only one (and I’d be proud to be) who wishes infogrames would re-release this game.  Either as a remake or a just a simple re-release.  I’d love to play the original again frankly.  And if I could download and play it on my PS3 it’d be amazing because then they might be able to re-tool the controls so they aren’t so awkward (running into walls in 20 second bursts by accident was always the low point of the game…)

Please infogrames!  In the interest of myself and all other original DOS AitD fans give us the original alone in the dark games back!!!

As you may have noticed by now, I’m something of a Sega CD fanatic.  I got the Sega Genesis, CD, 32X, & Sega Nomad in one shot when I was 13 years old.  Sega CD amazed me from the very beginning.  I used to play Sewer Shark on Sega CD for hours and hours.  Eventually the disc would start skipping and the game would freeze.  I noticed that the AC adapter was really really hot so I always thought that was the cause of the problem.  I would get a whole bunch of ice cubes in a bag and put it on top of the adapter and point all the fans at it that I could.  Of course my tiny teenage mind hadn’t realized that it was the scratched up CD itself that ended my play time :(

Anyway, there is a purpose to my ranting.  Long long long after I traded my Sega CD in for a Nintendo 64 (as in a 2 years ago) I heard of a little game called Snatcher for the Sega CD.  I heard it was a crazy comic book style game produced by Hideo Kojima of Metal Gear Solid game.  Genuinely I picked up a copy (and a factory sealed Genesis and Sega Cd to play it on) and I was totally blown away.  For the first time I just got back into playing it and I gotta say, “WOW!”  this game is tons of fun, well made, well written and pretty darn cool even by today’s standards.  It would be cool to see a game like this on a next Gen system.  I can only imagine what Kojima could come up with.  I personally would LOVE a sequel to Snatcher on the PS3.  Hideo DO YOU HEAR ME?!?!  PLEASE make a sequel to SNATCHER!!!

-B

Ed Norton one of the coolest mud wrastlers this side of Kentucky is portraying Dr. Banner, the Oreo who gets smacked with a double stuffed dose of gamma radiation. Check the trailer and then read on:

Thinking of The Hulk brings me back to the days of The Incredible Hulk for Super Nintendo!

The game had cool graphics, neat comic book style cut scenes & some of the worst music with the highest level of stick-in-your-head goodness.

The new Hulk movie looks sweet I just don’t get why Norton can’t seem to escape playing characters with split personalities.  Fight Club, Identity and now this!  Oh wait, Norton wasn’t in Identity, that was Cusak, but they’re basically the same person anyway.

-B

Yes, it’s true.  I am now the proud owner of an authentic copy of the Final Fantasy VII Versus strategy Guide complete with the original poster STILL ATTACHED!

I’d post a picture of it but the internet gods have not graced me with the knowledge required to do such a thing.

You can imagine what it looks like.  And cry!  Yeah!  Cry!  And poke your belly button with the handle of a wood spoon!  I love doing that.

-B

FAVGame is recruiting!

Like writing?  Like video games?  Want to get a great start for a future video game journalism career?

No?  Oh..nevermind.

Well I’m going to tell you about it anyway!  FAVGame wants your video game reviews.  Love a certain game that you think doesn’t get the credit it deserves?  Want your voice to be heard?  Write game reviews for us and put it on your resume, or your tuna sandwich or whatever floats yer boat.

Just email Brian@findavideogame.com to submit a review ;)

Happy Gaming,

-B

Video Game Beta TesterIt’s true. While most kids are locked in their dark basement arguing with the rejects on xBox Live, I am playing yet-to-be-released video games and being paid up to $120 per hour.

To me the money is just a bonus because the best part in my opinion is getting the advanced copies of sweet new games.

As a video game tester I…

  • Get to Play Video Games
  • Get Paid to Play Video Games
  • Get Paid to Play Unreleased Games before anyone else
  • Get Free copies of Video Games
  • Get access to cheat codes, level secrets, and other “bugs” that only game testers know about.
  • Get real-world experience working with company departments and learn about the development, marketing, manufacturing, customer service, and testing phases of each game

It’s like… duh! The best part is they need more people like me testing games so if you wanted get started today Click Here!

If you like playing video games as much as I do you are going to love this deal. I have been paid to play Call of Duty 4, Bioshock, Crysis and several others that I can’t mention yet. :) Click Here! to setup your game tester account today, trust me you wont regret this.

I’ve got a headache, my body is weak and noodley, and I can’t stomach any solids.  Today was made for gaming.  So far I beat Sewer Shark and Willy Beamish on the Sega CDI ate about a million fruits with yoshi in Super Mario World for the SNES and saved the world twice with TurboGrafix-16’s very own R-Type.

Currently, I’ve got a huge bowl seated happily before me, replete with cap’n crunch squares in all their rooftop-of-your-mouth-cutting goodness and the wife is whipping up a batch of Pillsbury Grands Cinnamon Buns

Jealous?  You should be.  As I sink my teeth into some cinnominy goodness I’m setting down to play some Kung Fu for the NES.  Drop me a line if ya want folks.  I’ll be in alllllll day ;)

-B

I’m going to be blunt.

I miss sidescrollers.  Platformers are great but I haven’t re-experienced that same awe while playing a game as I did when I was 10 years old playing Rampage and Super Mario Bros 3 on my grey, boxy friend: The Nintendo Entertainment System.  It seems that some game makers agree with me because I’ve seen a few attempts at “next gen sidescrolling” in the past couple years.  Viewtiful Joe was a cool take on an old genre, though if I had to choose….give me those good ol mushrooms!  (I’m really not a drug addict people)  (anymore.). 

My cousin and I used to stay up all night drinking coke and eating ruffles with a greasy control pad in our hands.  The game?  Rampage.  We’d devastate state after state and typically, we’d both just sorta fall asleep while playing.  Crums on our chins and empty coke cans littered about….  that was living.

Super Mario Bros 3 totally put me in a trance with it’s bright colors and addictive muzak.  I was one of those suckers who didn’t know about the musical flutes until I saw “The Wizard” so my nintendo usually sat running weeks at a time, paused for hours during school and painful minutes during pesky meals.  I never actually beat the game.  I know, I’m a loser.  I just couldn’t get through those end levels, it was so difficult and it always took so long to get there that…well…it just never happened.  Thank to some great YouTube videos I’ve gotten to live somewhat vicariously through the efforts of others.  But I still dream folks.  I will defeat Bowser….

-B

I was 13…I think.  My dad used to come home with huge wads of cash (he was a big boss in the Dairy Queen Mafia).  I was a little punk back then and when I’d see money laying around, I’d claim it for myself.  One day I claimed about $600 for myself.  “What to do with this money?” I thought.  “I know!  I’ll buy a Sega Saturn!”  I called up a friend of mine who rode over on his bike and I told him I’d pay him $50 to ride to toys ‘r’ us, buy me the Sega Saturn and bring it back.  I also ordered Panzer Dragoon, Sega Rally, and a Sega Saturn Steering wheel. 

He returned about 3 hours later with all my booty which we happily unpackaged and hooked-up.  My parents asked how I got all this stuff and I just said I found it.  They didn’t believe me of course and were convinced I was selling drugs or something.  Imagine that?!  A 13 year old selling drugs!  Of course, I was selling drugs too but not making quite enough to buy a Sega Saturn with. 

My favorite games were NiGHTS, Guardian Heroes, Panzer Dragoon, Mr. Bones, and please don’t judge me for it… Space Jam.  Don’t ask me why I liked Space Jam.  *dodges tomatos*

Later on, when I was older, I admitted to my dad that I had taken the money.  He made me pay back 7 times what I stole!  I ended up working it off all summer long.  But for Panzer Dragoon…. back then I felt, it was worth it.

-B