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
"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)