Thursday, November 08, 2007

Gaming Links and Notes

Zero Punctuation "discusses" Phantom Hourglass this week, and the results are reliably hilarious. Watch it here.

Matt Sakey has a new installment of "Culture Clash" out, and this month's subject is Manhunt 2. He's pissed, and you can read why here.

Here's a 60-second film that manages to summarize both Half-Life and Half-Life 2 quite well. See it here.

Apparently, a few Best Buy stores are selling Super Mario Galaxy early (see here), and given that the game has an average review score of 97 (12 reviews) over at Metacritic, including four perfect scores, it sounds like it's a must-buy.

Will Holland sent me a link to an incredibly detailed treatise on RPG design. This has been around for several years, apparently, but it's still a very interesting read, and it's here.

"Through the Fire and Flames" by Dragonforce is the most difficult song in GH III. On Expert, it's so difficult that it's entirely incomprehensible to mere mortals. Here's a video to a player passing it on Expert, though, and I'm guessing it might have been a 4-star performance, even. And if you're wondering why it's so tough, the speed of the song is just incredible--he's basically hammering out 1/16 notes for most of the seven-minute song. It's insane, and the video is here. Thanks to Dave Yeager for sending in the link.

We finished Avatar: The Last Airbender--The Burning Earth a few days ago. This is the first game that Eli 6.2 and I have ever finished in co-op mode, and it was a great moment, particularly because I'd lost all my health in the last boss battle and he actually finished it by himself.

I would highly recommend this game (on the Wii, because I think the motion controls make it much more fun) in the following, narrowly-constrained situation:
1. You can play co-op with a kid in the 6-10 range.
2. You're both fans of the show. This is really important, because much of the game's fun is playing through situations that you've already seen in show episodes.
3. You're willing to ignore some fiendish difficulty spikes and some WTF moments when you don't know what to do at first.

The ending battle is excellent, but the cut-scene after that doesn't really amount to anything. We actually didn't even know we'd finished the game until a text message on the screen told us.

If you do pick up the game and get stuck somewhere, just e-mail me.

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