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Grand Theft Auto IV Thoughts and Destructoid Appreciation

gta-iv_animationOK this is not going to be a full review because I fell I would focus too much on what irked me and induce a subsequent flame war which I have no interest in.
The fact is that I just finished the game and that while I thought some aspects of the game were amazing, some were simply awful and one could argue, close to broken.

I loved the reproduction of NYC, the size and feel of the city. I love the voice work which is simply top notch especially when compared to the talentless zombies who dub Japanese RPGs. I thought the firefight gameplay was more than adequate and so on.
On the other hand I thought the sometime ridiculous dialogues went in the way of the realism of the city and story. I was amazed by the awful texture pop-ups as soon as you go above 50Mph in your car and I didn’t appreciate that they forced me to date Kate (Patrick’s sister) whom I had hung up on each time and never called when what I wanted was to have Kiki, whom I saw often and sent me lovely tests, as my official girlfriend.
And last but not least I HATE the stupid checkpoint system which makes you go back to the very beginning of some mission without your original car because you had the bad idea to get out of it before dying….

Told you I shouldn’t review this.

So anyway the point of this post is because I’m just amazed at all the biased hype around this game. I expect it from fanboys but not from the professional press and while the game is certainly not a bad game by any means, some aspects are deficient and it does not by any means warrant a score 10/10 or 100%. At most it should be around 85-90%.
And so I got curious and checked out Meta Critic to see the various review scores. First of all I had to scroll down for a while to go beyond the perfect score (sigh) but also the lowest score was 80 (which seems a fair score) and almost none of the people who gave it 80 seem to be from recognized publications.

that is until I noticed that Desctructoid did give it a score of 80. So I got curious and decided to read there reviews and found out that is was probably the most accurate score tied to a review (for this game at least).
So from now on I will always check out their reviews when I’m interested in a game to see what they think.
Thanks Jim Sterling! (and Nick, Ashley, Anthony and Dale (thanks for the music too!))

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March 24, 2009 Posted by | Random Musings, Video Game Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

RetroBeats Session 16-18!

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For those of you who missed them I’ve released 3 new sessions on Retroware TV. I’ve covered some more rock-oriented tracks, several arcade classics from our past and more recently a little special on Street Fighter IV.

For those interested for the next several sessions I’m going to change the formula just a tad and focus on RPGs in a somewhat chronological order. I hope you’ll enjoy.

In any case go check it out.

March 23, 2009 Posted by | retrobeats | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mortal Kombat License Potentially for Sale

midwaybaupd7wyae8g08ss4ggc0w0wobmjlp2zwhi8ko8cgo8wg88ck8th1Chicago-based Midway has been in a heap of troubles for a while now but things are definitely not looking up.  They cut down on 25% on their workforce in December and then more recently filed for Chapter 11.

As a result they laid out plans for what could be the last attempt to salvage the company. the plan includes three options all of which feature rather technical terms that I will spare you from (considering it’s not all that clear to me either) but what you need to know is that one of the options would be the sale of the Mortal Kombat license.

Grim and sad news indeed, especially just around the release of Street Fighter IV. MK Vs. DC didn’t do that well and quite frankly it was probably the last possible salvation for Midway. If they end up selling the license you can be pretty sure that Midway is no more (unless someone decides to buy them outright) because Midway without MK can’t survive.

That being said have said that it is a first draft of a very last resort option so……Finish him!…Friendship?

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March 3, 2009 Posted by | Industry News, Video Game News | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Grand Theft Auto IV DLC for Feb. 17

gtaivld_screen002Well it is finally announced. The add-on will be called “The Lost and Damned” and will feature a whole new ‘hero’ called Johnny Klebitz, a member of a biker gang known as The Lost.

While you won’t play as Niko Bellic he will make some cameo appearances throughout the add-on. Dan Houser, said that he didn’t want to give the plot away but that Johnny is a very different person and character than Niko and that players will see Liberty City in a very different light.
Meanwhile the screenshots remind me a lot of the FX show Sons of Anarchy (I just watched the last episode which was great by the way) and this can certainly allow for some lovely language and action scenes.

Sam Houser also mentioned that there will be two episodes and that “We hope fans of the game enjoy the new way of experiencing life in Liberty City contained in this first episode.”

So far no price has been given but it’ll be interesting to compare sales of the add-on to those of Street Fighter IV which comes out the same day.

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November 20, 2008 Posted by | 360 News, PC News, PS3 News, Video Game News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Street Fighter IV Finally Dated

51yvnw5ovil_ss500_First Street Fighter IV was announced, then people were saying “yay” and “nay”, then the arcade came out and everyone was saying “YAY”, then a vague date was announced for PS3, 360 and PC, then the PC verson was delayed, The the game was announced for February on consoles and now…oh boy now….

Capcom has announced the game will be released for the 360 and PS3 on February 17 except of course in Europe, a.k.a. the fifth wheel, where it’ll be released on the 20th. Meanwhile PC users can keep guessing for a while longer.

If you have an arcade with the game near you go and the opportunity to try it out go ahead because you’re one of a lucky few.

November 17, 2008 Posted by | 360 News, PC News, PS3 News, Video Game News | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments