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Is this the same game?

February 9th, 2011 by Cat

Categories: Gamecube, Wii

So, I tried the Project M demo already, the Super Smash Bros. Brawl mod I mentioned in my previous entry. My Wii is unhacked, and it was nice that I didn’t have to hack it to run Project M. I open the custom stage builder, and it somehow loads from there with files on a SD card. Since it’s just a first demo, not all of the characters and stages were available.

Unfortunately, none of the characters available were my mains, so it was harder for me to really notice all the differences. For a refresher, we played with some of the available characters on Melee, then on Brawl, then with Project M on.

Man, playing Project M was almost like playing a totally new Smash game, especially transitioning from Brawl to Project M. The floatyness is gone, and the characters move so much smoother and faster. Even the interfaces were changed to look different. I also noticed that it sets tournament settings by default (stock, stock timer, etc).

Older stages like Yoshi’s Story and N64 Dreamland were brought back. There were also new custom stages that were never there before. I found it interesting that they even altered existing stages. For example, they removed the breakable platforms in Skyworld.

Character mechanics changed, like Mario sort of felt like a Mario and Dr. Mario hybrid. His down+B was changed from FLUDD to his spinning move. Link’s boomerang no longer had that tornado effect. Charging his up+B was removed, but the move felt less gimpy at least. A few of his moves seemed even faster than Melee. And very much to Buckley’s delight, Captain Falcon’s “knee” was back to its former glory.

In Melee, you were able to do a light shield by partially pushing down R, a full shield when pushed fully. In Brawl, only pushing down fully was an option. In Project M, pushing down partially will activate shield and air dodge.

Overall, I’m surprised at how many changes there are. I’m interested in seeing how the full thing will be like, especially with characters I actually use (Wolf, Samus, Peach). Unfortunately, that means I have to play with Buckley D= (Him = played in tournaments. Me = teh suck.)

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Brawl revisited again

February 8th, 2011 by Cat

Categories: Gamecube, Wii

A couple years ago, I blogged about Brawl+, a homebrew that alters Super Smash Bro. Brawl to be closer to Melee. We messed with it a little, but at that point, we had already stopped playing Brawl and the changes weren’t close enough to Melee to spark our interest again.

It seems there’s another project that aims to bring Brawl closer to Melee: Project M. In addition to changing some mechanics of the game… it seems to bring back some stages as well? A demo just got released though we haven’t tried it yet. I also didn’t hear about this until recently, so I don’t know much about it. It looks interesting though.


My List of Fails

January 27th, 2011 by Chris

Categories: DS, PC, PS2, PS3, Wii

Well everyone has that List of Fail (Good games we buy but never get around to playing).
Here’s my list of fail:

DS: Dragon Quest IV– It’s kind of a sad story with Dragon Quest IV. I heard so much positive things about this game from all my friends. I even went to the launch event and got an autographed copy of the game from the series creator- Mr. Yuji Horii, but I never even got around to playing the game for more than 2 hours and the next DQ game is on its way.

Nintendo Wii
: I still haven’t even beaten Donkey Kong Country Returns or Super Mario Galaxy 2. I’m pretty sure I’m near the very end of DKC, and I’ve enjoyed ever minute of it-co-op and single player. For some reason I just can’t find the time to sit down and turn on my Wii and just finish this classic retro master piece. I blame my OCD in trying to 100% ever level in the game before I advance. This usually forces me to replay the same level for minutes until I find all the collectibles. I’m not sure why I never finished Galaxy 2. I just left Mario at World 6; poor Princess Peach…

Sony PS3: Yes, I picked up a PS3 over the winter break. I’ve mainly been playing GT5 on it. Though I think I’m about done with the game. I did as much as I feel like doing in A-Spec and Special Events. I purchased all the cars I wanted and fully tuned them. Most important, I got to do a comparison of my IRL toy to the virtual version in GT5. Physics needs a little work, sound of the engine is off, but it feels like the virtual version handles like the real world counterpart and for the most part, the details of the car are spot on accurate (probably due to the fact that it is a premium car).
I’ve still have to do a lot of catching up on the Sony titles like Uncharted 1 + 2, LittleBigPlanet1 +2, Infamous, which are all just sitting there waiting to be played.

PC: None steam games, I never finished the single player in StarCraft2. I’ve made it to Char but never stopped playing Multiplayer to finish the single player.
I’m still not all caught up from all the games I bought from the Winter Steam Sale. I got Half-Life 1 (I’ve own the Orange for a few years now, played HL2 and Ep1+2 countless times, but I never played HL1). I have the game all DL’d to my laptop so I can play it where ever I carry my laptop but I just can never find the time to play it even though I know its a must for all PC gamers.
In addition, I’ve picked up Amnesia: The Dark Descent which according to all my friends is a very scary game. I was going to play Resident Evil 5 over winter break with my buddy, but they decided that they didn’t want to finish RE5 so I never got around to completing the game. I’ve finally have all the Borderlands DLCs and nice new level cap and more rare loot to hunt thanks to the DLCs being on sale. In addition, I have Monday Night Combat to play with friends since it was finally released, though I did play a good amount of that game when it was still in Beta. MNC’s Blitz mode is tons of fun with 3 other friends.

Finally, on top of all of that, I still have around 10 custom L4D2 maps I still need to run through.
The reason I have so many backlogged PC games…TeamFortress2. Valve keeps updating the game and I keep going back to it each major update and play that game more than all the games on my list of PC fails combine. >_< And I don't even care for the new items in TF2 or the hats valve keeps adding =(


3 games lately

January 10th, 2011 by Cat

Categories: PC, Wii, Xbox 360

Donkey Kong Country Returns
Finished! I did all the levels, got the puzzle and temple pieces, and beat the last boss. I also unlocked Mirror Mode from doing the Golden Temple. This means…

  • levels are mirrored
  • cannot use Diddy (who gives 2 extra hearts and has a jetpack)
  • cannot use inventory items (like extra heart)
  • Donkey’s health gets lowered to 1 heart (one hit kill)

I did a few levels in Mirror Mode, but I’m pretty sure the one hit kill part will soon annoy me. So… I’m satisfied with 104%. No need for 200% completion.

Half-Life 1
I’ve been playing this a bit at a time, so I’m not very far. It unfortunately makes me nauseated. I’m not even sure why! I don’t think it’s the first person view. I’ve played Portal, Borderlands, Bioshock, L4D, etc. I also used to play hours of Mirror’s Edge at a time, which is known to be vomit inducing. I was fine with all of those.

Maybe it’s because the movement is fast? Or maybe it’s because it’s old graphics played on a large monitor? I don’t know, but I’ll persevere! It’ll just… take me longer to finish XD;;

…is definitely ridiculous and over the top, but I think that’s what makes it enjoyable. Buckley and I had the following conversation.

“Do the move that makes her naked.”
“That’s… almost all of her combos.”
“Oh, ok. Do that then… And zoom in.”

I also got to see “Joy”, an enemy who is quite… well… provocative. In one area, I was getting annoyed at a mini boss, and set the difficulty to Easy just to get it over with. Tip: don’t ever do that. The gap between Easy and Normal is large. Easy is way too easy. It was so unsatisfying, I redid the chapter on Normal anyway.

Anyway, looks like my January goals are going well so far :3


Monthly goals?

January 4th, 2011 by Cat

Categories: PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360

With my game queue reaching about 40 games now, Buckley and I decided it’d be a good idea to set “monthly goals” for our gaming. These are my goals for January:

  • finish Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii) – I’m pretty sure I’m at the end. I left my Wii at my parents’ house, so I didn’t get a chance to finish it yet.
  • finish Bayonetta (360) – barely started this game. Will be going back to it now.
  • finish Half-Life (PC) – the first game. I only just started this too.
  • start God of War (PS3) – hopefully I’ll have time to start the first God of War?

What games are you guys playing now?