At the beginning of the year I wrote about some then-forthcoming games that I was looking forward to. Most of the games on the list have now been released. I’ve only played a couple of the games and won’t play the others until they’re much cheaper but here’s what the critics think of them (courtesy of aggregate scorer Gamerankings.com). As you can see, some seem to have turned out quite nicely while some appear to be disappointments.
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (Rockstar)
Street Fighter IV (Capcom)
Xbox 360/PlayStation 3: 93%
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost & Damned (Rockstar) *downloadable expansion*
Xbox 360: 90%
Resident Evil 5 (Capcom, Xbox 360/PlayStation 3)
Xbox 360 score: 86 (59 ratings)
PlayStation 3 score: 87 (52 ratings)
Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Atari)
Xbox 360/PlayStation/PC version: 78%
Wii/PlayStation 2 version: 72%
DS version: 56%
Bionic Commando (Capcom)
Xbox 360/PlayStation 3/PC: 73%
The Lord of the Rings: Conquest (EA)
Xbox 360/PlayStation 3/PC version: 55%
DS version: 53%
Conclusion: Well, LOTR, Ghostbusters and Bionic Commando look like stinkers, especially when you consider the nerd reviewers probably gave them free points for nostalgia or fanboy reasons. I’m most intrigued by Madworld as the scores are really love-it or hate-it, much like God Hand, created by the same development team. The End.
GHOSTS ‘N GOBLINS aka Makaimura original platform
Capcom key personnel
Tokuro Fujiwara (design)
Ayako Mori (music)
After his beloved is kidnapped by Lucifer himself, the hero Arthur embarks on the original super-difficult, side-scrolling, platformer-shooter. His enemies are merciless and many of the platforming challenges he faces are only slightly kinder. Armed with seemingly inexhaustible projectile weapons supplies, Arthur cuts through the underworld hordes only to learn at the ‘end’ of the game that the preceding events were merely a dream and that he must repeat the whole adventure to truly free his one-and-only. At times the challenging action is nothing short of cheap but the devilish designs, level varieties, haunting score, and an addictive quality pull the experience together.
Ghosts ‘n Goblins was inducted on June 10th, 2009.
On Friday, June 19th, the release party for the mildly anticipated 7″ split between TNM’s Beati Paoi and Central Standard Record’s Aeon Grey occurred. It was a good time and all parties whom played (Skylar Johnson, Gaiden Gadema, Waxeater) were awesome. Especially Waxeater. Those guys played an intense set.
But, again, the reason for the show was the celebration/release of the split.
If you missed it , you missed a good time. However, you did not miss your opportunity to pick it up. You can purchase it online here (on right side of the page), as well as from ZZZ records in Des Moines, with more locations to come.
In addition to the split, a digital album entitled Quid Pro Quo is included to download. 14 tracks in all, it contains both new originals and remixes by Beati and Aeon. Check out a few tracks from the QPQ album below…as well as Beati Paoli covering “Lose My Breath” by My Bloody Valentine.
“Disturbance” – Beati Paoli
“Detonated City” – Aeon Grey
“Lose My Breath (My Bloody Valentine cover) – Beati Paoli
Quitely was born Vincent Deighan in 1968. He first worked upon the Scottish underground comics title Electric Soup in 1990. He wrote and drew The Greens, a parody of The Broons strip published by D.C Thompson. It was in working on this book that he adopted the pseudonym of Frank Quitely (a spoonerism of “quite frankly”), as he didn’t want his family to know it was his work, worried that they may have found it upsetting. He lives in Glasgow, Scotland.
Quitely’s first American comics work was in various installments of Paradox Press‘ Big Book series; his first Batman work was Batman: Scottish Connection, a one-shot written by fellow Scot Alan Grant that had something to due with Bruce Wayne’s Scottish ancestry. Or something. I haven’t read it. But if I found it, I’d buy it!
After teaming with another fellow Scot (Grant Morrison) on the Doom Patrol miniseries Flex Mentallo, the two teamed up for the one-shot JLA: Earth 2, which reintroduced The Crime Syndicate, an evil parallel version of the Justice League to the post-Crisis landscape. Morrison and Quitely next worked on the early 2000s relaunch of Marvel’s mutant franchise in the pages of New X-Men, and returned to DC/Vertigo first with the great We3miniseries and next with the universally acclaimed All-Star Superman title. After tackling Superman, the next logical characters for the duo to take over….
…were these guys. Due to various things, Bruce Wayne is thought to be dead by the denizens of the DC Universe. Thus, former Robin and Nightwing Dick Grayson has donned the cowl, while the role of the Boy Wonder has been taken over by Damian Wayne, the child borne from an illicit liasion between Bruce and Talia al Ghul, the daughter of Ra’s. Only one issue of B & R has come out so far, and of course it’s excellent. I’m biased. These two are like the comic equivalent of The Smiths for me, they can do no wrong. Here’s some artwork from upcoming issues:
So, Frank Quitely. Probably my all-around favorite comic artist working right now. And he’s drawing my favorite superhero, written by my favorite monthly writer.
MEGA MAN 9 (2008, Wii )
Completely unoriginal but very solidly designed. B
GRAND THEFT AUTO: CHINATOWN WARS (2009, DS)
Such stupid, stupid writing but otherwise very good most of the time. B+
BRAID (2008, Xbox 360 )
Stunning visuals, moody music, clever gameplay, with a plot that’s about as clear as a David Lynch movie. A
F-ZERO X (1998, Nintendo 64)
Very smooth racing game, bringing the established F-Zero style into 3D. B+
METAL SLUG: FIRST MISSION (1999, NeoGeo Pocket Color)
Run n’ gun action like its arcade cousins but with deeper elements (prison camp escapes, skydiving, nonlinear progression). B+
NEW ADVENTURE ISLAND (1991, TurboGrafx-16)
I always call this series the “poor man’s Mario” and this one delivers. C
SUPER MARIO LAND 2: 6 GOLDEN COINS (1992, Game Boy)
I’ve beaten this game a few times but I just played through it again at Allison Payne’z house. It’s pretty good but too short and not QUITE Mario-ish enough. B
1942 key personnel
Yoshiki Okamoto original platform
arcade (1984, Capcom)
Only in the world of video games could a Japanese company immortalize the Americans’ retaliation following the Pearl Harbor attack. The Super Ace fighter plane’s immodest objective is to reach Tokyo and destroy the entire Imperial airfleet. This “one-plane airforce” is a common theme in scrolling shooter games but 1942 sets itself apart with extremely balanced gameplay and a real, historical situation as opposed to the then-cliche space shooter scenario.
"Being Strangled" b/w "Us Mere Mortals" (02/08/11)
"Billy and the Black Spot Under an Ugly Moon" (01/11/11)
"Radio Prohibidas" b/w "Never Know" (01/11/11)
"Merry Christmas (Don't Forget To Write)" (12/25/10)
"I'll Take The Bullet For You" b/w "Zenith/Nadir" (12/14/10)
"Warholism (Is Polaroiding)" b/w "Among The Saints" (11/09/10)
"Frantic Prayer" b/w "Kicking The Tires" (10/12/10)
"Gravitational Collapse" b/w "Carcinogenic Kiss" (9/14/10)