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$100 off of a PS3 courtesy of Power Up Rewards. Or not....WTF!

By: grey walrus May 11, 2011 | 14 Comments

Normally I have no problem with Gamestop, but their power up rewards program is really starting to get on my nerves.

Alright, I'm a member of the Power Up Rewards PRO program, and I think it's pretty nifty. I've redeemed my points for some things in the past and everything worked out fine. Until more recently. I redeemed a 11,500 for a LOZ shirt which is no laughing matter and the one they sent me wasn't the one pictured it was slightly different, but just enough so to be irritating, and they wouldn't issue me  refund without returning the shirt. Okay, no big deal it's still a cool shirt so I just kept it. But what I've found out in the last couple of days is really sort of pissing me off.

If you guys didn't know the guys at PUR sent out coupons for the PS3 to get you $100 off. And they're completely legit. I work at GameStop and we've had a couple come in they work all fine and dandy, and they come straight from the PUR website so there's no problem there, but I DIDN'T GET ONE! I want a PS3 and this would be the best way to get it. 

So being a little aggravated I sent PUR an email asking why I didn't get one, and this is word for word exactly what went down in my email inbox.

ME:

I heard you guys were giving away $100 off of PS3 coupons, and I didn't get one. You guys gave a bunch of them to people who probably won't even use them, but I would can I please get one. My account number is.**** **** **** **** ***.

THEM:

Hello,  Be advised that there are certain criteria the card holder must have met:  *You must be a PRO card holder.  *Must have PS3 preferences listed in their PowerUp profile.  *Must have transaction information detailing PS3 related purchases.  *Must have listed you own a PS3 in your profile.  If you have met these requirements for the coupon please reply to this e-mail stating that you have met the requirements for the coupon.  Best Regards,  Alvina  GameStop Customer Service  PowerUp Rewards  www.poweruprewards.com

ME:

Why would you be only giving away PS3 coupons to people that already have them?! that makes no sense. People that already have them are not going to want to buy a new one. Your system is completely stupid. If you're trying to move stock for the new line of PS3 's coming in this is NOT the way to do it.

THEM:

Hello,  The $100.00 Playstation promotion was only sent out to a targeted group of people who DO NOT have Playstation games or Playstation console in their profile. This was only for a marketing trial. There is currently no way for us to regenerate the coupon. If you have any further concerns on this situation please contact customer support.  Best Regards,  Alvina  GameStop Customer Service  PowerUp Rewards  www.poweruprewards.com

ME:

You just completely contradicted yourself

  Be advised that there are certain criteria the card holder must have met:  *You must be a PRO card holder.  *Must have PS3 preferences listed in their PowerUp profile.  *Must have transaction information detailing PS3 related purchases.  *Must have listed you own a PS3 in your profile.  If you have met these requirements for the coupon please reply to this e-mail stating that you have met the requirements for the coupon.   And you ARE customer support. That's why I contacted you in the first place. Please get your story straight and tell me why I didn't get one. According to your first email I don't meet the requirements, but according to your second one I do. So which is it?  

Just to make the point that they contradicted themselves it was the same person that sent all the emails.  I haven't gotten a reply to this last one yet, and if my experience with my shirt told me anything it's that I won't get one.  What do you guys think? Should I keep pressing the matter and call customer service on the phone? keep sending tons of pissed of emails? Or just drop the matter entirely. 

  /rant

UPDATE

So, much to my surprise they have replied to my last email, although it was a different person this time. 

Dear Valued Customer,  Thank you for contacting us.  I am very sorry for the confusion and any trouble this may have caused.  Unfortunately the $100 Sony PS3 coupon was only sent to a target group of customers who met the following criteria:  ? Indicated not owning a PS3 in their ?Gamer Preferences? on their online Power Up Rewards account  ? Did not have any transactions or purchases of PS3 consoles, accessories or games in any GameStop store or GameStop.com  ? Did not indicate a PS3 item in the Game Library under ?I Want, I Have, or I Had?  Please note that meeting the criteria did not guarantee a coupon.  We cannot resend this coupon but we do encourage you to be sure you have accurately answered all the questions on your ?Gamer Preferences? as we do base our Marketing targets on this information.  Best Regards,  Rachel  GameStop Customer Service  PowerUp Rewards  www.poweruprewards.com

So.. either the first person to email me was a complete idiot, or they're just trying to cover themselves by making it seem that way. 

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Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D pre-order bounuses

By: grey walrus May 28, 2011 | 16 Comments

A couple of pre-order bonuses for the new 3D Ocarina of time have surfaced. This is great news, but not if you live in the US

Australia's pre-order bonus is pretty cool. If you pre-order Ocarina of time 3D from EB games you get a working replica of links Ocarina with a music sheet to tell you how to play some songs. That's pretty cool. They're dubbing this the "Ocarina Edition" of the game. 

 

 

And if that one doesn't strike your curiosity then listen to this. If you pre-order the game in Greece you get not one, not two, not even three, but FIVE pre-order bonuses! That's insane. 

You get a LOZ Case for your 3DS, a LOZ keycahain, a hat, an ocarina (from what I've seen not as high of quality as the australian version), and a tin full of Deku tree seeds. 

This video has also surfaced, and I'm not sure, but if I had to guess I'd say it's the greek version of the ocarina, it looks pretty cheap, but you do get all of that other stuff.  Unfortunately it's not a youtube video so I can't embed it, but check out the link if you're interested. 

http://www.gamerevolution.com/manifesto/what-do-you-want-in-an-ocarina-of-time-3d-collectors-edition-5819

 

Now those are pre-order deals. Forget those on disc DLC pre-orders. This is the kinda stuff I'm talking about. Now as far as I know there haven't been any pre-order deals announced for the US which sucks, but I'm keeping my eye out, and will let you know as soon as I hear something about it. 

Sources:

http://www.neoseeker.com/news/16515-australian-ocarina-of-time-3d-pre-orders-receive-ocarina-replica/

http://www.esperino.com/nintendo-greece-offers-epic-pre-order-bonuses-for-zelda-ocarina-of-time-3d

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Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City E3 Trailer Leaked.

By: grey walrus Jun 5, 2011 | 6 Comments

Looks like the E3 trailer got leaked early.

his trailer doesn't have any gameplay, but it looks pretty cool. I'm not sure how it's going to play out, but I'm starting to think Left 4 Dead. Four person squad shooter with zombies, but hopefully this one will be better. I'm not the biggest Resident Evil fan, but I definitely enjoy the games, and this one is looking fantastic so far. 

Unfortunately the video got set to private, but here's a link to it. 

http://www.joystiq.com/2011/06/06/resident-evil-operation-raccoon-city-e3-trailer-is-on-the-hunt/#continued

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Member Review: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

By: grey walrus Jun 22, 2011 | 4 Comments

The story that became a legend now in 3D. And it truly is legendary.

If you haven't played the original Ocarina of time on the N64 then now is as good a time as any to check out this fantastic game, and how you can do it with upgraded graphics, and in 3D.

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Review: Gears of War 3 Beta

By: grey walrus May 9, 2011 | 10 Comments

Theres only a week left in the Gears of War 3 Beta, and now that there's a bunch of extra codes flying around, I'll tell you why you should try to snag one up. Maybe you'll even have a chance in this story. Wink Wink.

The Gears of War franchise has been a pretty big one ever since it was first released, and now the beta is out for the final chapter in the Gears story. 

STORY: This is a beta, so sorry guys no story here. It's all online multiplayer, but it sure is fun.

SOUND: The sounds in GOW haven't changed much from the second game. The screams, rolls, bullet noises, grenades, and music all sound about how they did before. Music isn't really a key factor considering that this is a multiplayer beta though, and that will most definitely be something to look forward to more in the full release. 

GAMEPLAY: Get ready to see a LOT of the above pictured weapons. They are you're best friends. Just like the other Gears of War games you will be using your shotgun a good majority of the time. Unless you're more of a long distance fighter. 

The basic gameplay remains un altered. You hide behind cover, roll, and run your way across maps to defeat the enemies that spawn on the other side. Weapons such as the Torque bow, the mulcher, the mortar, the longshot, and and the new Oneshot all spawn on the map. As do other grenades, the ink, incediary, and the frag. Sometimes picking up these weapons and using them (well) is the key between victory and defeat. 

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Cave Johnson's Combustible Lemons

By: grey walrus May 27, 2011 | 6 Comments

Keeping with the theme of showing off all awesome portal 2 replicas, here are cave johnson's exploding lemons.

They're made from fake lemons from a craft store, but still look really freakin cool if you ask me.

The guy who made them said he rigged it so that Cave johnson's exploding lemon rant goes off after you pull the pin, and that's pretty awesome. 

source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ammnra/5759465821/

 

Cave Johnson's lemon rant. 

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Review: Mario and Luigi: Bowsers inside story

By: grey walrus Jan 26, 2011 | 15 Comments

I recently got through playing this game, and wanted to write up a review explaining how I feel.

So I've played the Mario and Luigi games that came before this one, and loved both. I even went back and replayed superstar saga after I finished it, but unfortunately I didn't feel the same about this one. It was as if something was missing, or perhaps something was there that shouldn't have been. 

Story: The story was actually pretty good. You start off in a meeting at Peaches castle in order to try and find a cure for a mysterious disease that has struck the mushroom kingdom .The Blorbs. It's making all of the Toads bloat up like party balloons and nobody knows how to get rid of it. A strange turn of events takes place in which Bowser is tricked into eating a strange mushroom which makes him inhale everybody at the meeting. Once inside Bowser it's up to you to find everybody else and help Bowser in his quest along the way. 

The comedy was still there for me too. If you liked the charm and wit of the first two games I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Gameplay: This is where the game lost me. It's basically the same as the last two. Nothing really that groundbreaking as far as the combat goes, and even that's fine with me. My real irk with the gameplay is Bowser. Sure it sounds awesome at first. "Yay! I get to play as Bowser" I thought to myself with child-like enthusiasm, but halfway through the game my thoughts had drastically changed to "Why the hell am I still playing as Bowser?" It's just not the same. I thought I wanted what the game was advertising, but I was wrong. I have to admit there was an hour or so towards the end of the game in which I was having a blast, but it was only because I was playing as Mario and Luigi, but that was taken from me almost as soon as I started to have fun. 

It wasn't all bad though. Some of the new special moves were pretty entertaining. Especially the one where you fed a bunch of food to Luigi and threw him at your enemies. 

Graphics: The graphics are about the same as we've come to expect from the DS. Nothing really spectacular going on. It looks pretty much the same as Partners in Time did. The lack in a variety of enemies was fairly disappointing to me though. Most of the time I felt as if I was just fighting the same thing over and over again, and I don't remember feeling like that in the first two games. The environments inside Bowser get a bit stale too. They don't really change much. However in the mushroom kingdom you get to see some different places and a few of them are pretty cool. I particularly liked Bowser's castle.

Music and Sound Effects: The sound effects were pretty good, and the music helped keep a delightful feel around everything that was going on. The gloomy parts in the game sounded gloomy, and the happy times felt happy. I don't really have that much to say on the subject other than that. Nothing really wow'd me, but nothing left me feeling disappointed either. 

Final Judgment: All of the elements of another great Mario and Luigi RPG seemed to be there, but the gameplay hindered it way too much for me. I'm not saying that it's a horrible game, but it didn't pull me in like the other ones did. Towards the end of the game it felt like a chore, but if you're a fan of the series at least give it a shot. It's not the game for me, but it might be for you. 

 

                                                                                RENT IT

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Review: Tales of Vesperia (Xbox 360)

By: grey walrus Feb 22, 2011 | 10 Comments

I recently got done playing through this game yet again, and now have all the achievements for it. I figured I'd done everything else with the game, why not write a review.

If you've ever played a Tales game you kind of know what to expect already, but out of the ones I've played this has been my favorite so far. 

 

Story: Some people disagree with me when I say this game has a good story, but I think it's pretty good. It's not amazing, but it's definitely good enough to keep you interested. The main character is Yuri Lowell a former member of the nights who lives in the lower quarter of Zaphias. As the game opens up you're sent off to find a missing core for the aque blastia. Which is basically a water fountain that gives the area where you live most of their drinking water. But as you continue on in the game you slowly learn more and more about the world you live on, and eventually find out that it's in more danger than you could've ever imagined. 

 

Gameplay: Tales of Vesperia is an RPG, but all of the battles take place in real time. As you walk through dungeons or on the overworld you'll run into monsters, and then you're taken to the battle screen. From there you use your normal sword slashes, and magical artes to fight your enemies and gain experience. The dungeons have puzzles, and some of them take a while to figure out if you've never played the game before. It's reasonably challenging, but not so much so that you get frustrated and want to stop playing. 

Graphics: This game is gorgeous. The graphics are done in a cell shaded stlyle, and they look great. Everything is colorful and vibrant, and you'll find yourself pausing just to look at the area that your currently standing in. The forests and flowers are some of my favorite parts of the game as well as the cities. I don't really consider anything in this game to be hard on the eyes. Some of the animations look at bit weird in the cutscenes, and there's some clipping, but other than that the grpahics are phenomonel. This is one of my favorite looking games on the 360. The gameplay is also accompanies by both anime and CG cutscenes. 

Music: The music in this game is pretty good. Although in the beginning of the game they overuse one of the songs, and it gets annoying. It sounds like circus music and happens whenever something goofy or awkward happens. It starts to get old, but the developers seemed to figure that out, and it stops happenenig after a while. Other than that the music in this game is good. In the crystal island the music is more high pitched and actually seems crstaly, while the music on the overworld is more relaxing for your voyage.

Final Verdict: I say BUY IT. It's a fantastic game, and I've dumped almost 230 hours into it so far. The characters, story, settings, graphics, and music all tie in to make this one of my favorite RPG's of all time. It is a 360 exclusive in america right now, but if the Tales games start getting more support in the states we might see a localization of the PS3 version make it over here.

The Japanese PS3 version has much more to offer the game. It's got more story, more characters, more mystic artes, and more alternate costumes. You can actually have Flynn in your party, and walk around on the overworld as Repede the dog. in the PS3 version EVERYTHING is voiced over whereas the 360 has some silent patches. Whether or not the loclization of this version will ever happen is still up in the air. The Tales games haven't been getting very much support stateside so if you're a fan of the series go and pick this one up. And if you're not, but you like RPG's try it anyway. You'll be pleasently surprised. 

 

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Review: Adventure Island

By: grey walrus Feb 12, 2011 | 8 Comments

I got to thinking about that story that somebody posted a while back asking what our first gaming addiction was. I answered Spyro the dragon, but quickly realized I was wrong.

This was my first gaming addiction, and I decided to review it even though probably none of you guys have every played it or ever will. 

 

Let's start with the box-art.

 

Just look at this. How awesome does this game look? When I was a kid I would look at the cartridge see this, and have no hesitation in popping that sucker in. And as is the case in a lot of NES games the only story you're going to get from this game is either from the box-art or from the instruction manual. You play as this little guy with a tomahawk on a quest to save your beloved from...some crazy dinosaur thing. 

 

Music/Sound effects: Back in the days of the NES we didn't quite have the fully orchestrated music that we have in games today, but we had some 8-bit goodness. This game is no exception. I love all of the music in this game. (What I heard of it at least) The title screen and the first stage being the most memorable for me. 

 

 

Gameplay: Adventure Island is a pretty typical platformer. You just keep running to the right dodging/defeating enemies and obstacles until you can't possbly run anymore. Instead of a health bar you have a hunger bar. You gradually get hungrier and hungrier as you continue through the level or trip over rocks. To prevent starving to death you collect various pieces of fruits such as apples, bananas, and melons. Much like the origianal mario bros, the gameplay is extremely addicting. 

 

 

Graphics: Being a game from the NES the graphics in Adventure Island are nothing to write back home about now, but back in the day I thought they looked pretty good. Better than Mario Bros. With a game this outdated in such a department I don't really have much to say. Some people don't like sprites at all some people can't stand anything even slightly out-dated. In my opinon the graphics are still good for the game that they represent. 

 

Difficulty: Unfortunately the screen depicted above is one that I never got to see. This game is ball bustingly hard. I only ever managed to beat the first or second boss. I'm not even too sure how many there are. I challenge everyone here to get to the end of this game. That being said though this game has tons of replayability. I still come back to it from time to time to see how much I've improved. If you've never played it and happen upon a copy of it. Check it out. 

Final Verdict:  BUY IT! This is one of my favorite NES games of all time, and never leaves me dissapointed. even if I've never beaten it. 

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Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 DLC polls round 2

By: grey walrus Feb 26, 2011 | 8 Comments

You voted for round 1, now come back for round 2.

So there was a story posted up here not too long linking to the Capcom Unity boards for a poll on which DLC characters we'd most like to see in MvC 3. Well Round 2 is up now, and it's been narrowed to the top 25 choices for each side.

Make sure you vote for round 2, and let your voice be heard.

http://www.capcom-unity.com/marvelvscapcom/go/thread/view/102977/27076341/DLC_Polls_Round_2

*This is not an official poll from Capcom, and does not ensure that any of these characters will make it into the game.*

 

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Review: Nintendo 3DS & SSFIV 3D edition

By: grey walrus Apr 1, 2011 | 10 Comments

I bought mine on launch day, and here's what I think.

Nintendo's new 3DS. We've all been wondering and speculating as to how this was going to turn out, but now it's here and I've got mine. As you all know by now the 3DS is essentially a DS with a 3D top screen. It's graphics have been upddated, and the control layout has been changed slightly. We've now got an analog thumbstick and a "home" button. 

Much like the Wii the 3DS has a home menu with different "channels" as pictured above. You've got a 3 built in cameras. Two on the outside, and one on the inside that can be used to take pictures in either 2D or 3D. The 3D slider on the top screen of the console can be used to adjust the 3D effect from only slightly 3D to "WHOAH HOLY CRAP THIS IS BUGGING OUT MY EYES!" 3D, or if you don't like it all, it can be turned off entirely. 

 

Enough with all of the boring specs. You wanna know what you get with this thing. As pictured above you can see the 6 altered reality cards that you get with your console. The five character cards all pretty much do the same thing. The character depicted on the card will pop out of it and you can then move them around in your house or wherever you are, and it looks like the charcters chillin with you. It's really cool. You can change their size and poze with a few pre rendered selections. It's fun taking pictures of you and your friends hanging out with Link or Kirby. The "?" block card is a little different though. You place it on your table or whatever and it actually starts up a target shooting minigame that takes place wherever you are. 

 

The 3DS also comes built in with a sound studio where you can record your voice and edit it. Doing things like making it play backwards, putting filters on it, messing with the speed, and altering the pitch. It's a cool thing to mess with. You also get the game called face raiders. In face raiders you take a picture of either your face, or a picture of somebodies face around you and shoot it. You look through your 3DS screen into your house or room and attack little flying faces. Also a lot more fun that it sounds. 

 

Also much like the wii you can make Mii's on your 3DS. They haven't changed much if at all from the wii versions, but you can take a picture of yourself and have the 3DS fill in the facial features for you if you want. While this sounds cool I haven't had much luck with it. It's hard to get it to read your face at times, and the times I got it to work it wound up looking nothing like me or my friends, but that's just me I guess. Other's have had more luck with it. 

There's also the new street pass feature which is cool to use with your friends, but i haven't had any luck running into a random stranger with my 3DS yet so... maybe that one will come into play more as more consoles sell. And one final feature of the 3DS is the friend codes. They're back, but wih the 3DS you can actually see when your friends are online... not that that really does anything for you. You can't message them or anything, but that might show up later as well. 

 

Overall I'm very satisfied with my 3DS the $250.00 price tag is a bit out of range for a lot of people considering it's only a handheld, but that's the same price the wii when it was launched, but I think the 3DS has much more potential.  The graphics are phenomanal, the games announced for it are amazing, and everything I've heard about it so far has been good news. 

VERDICT: BUY IT!

 

On to bigger and better things though. 

 

I've played a few of the launch titles for the 3DS, but this is definitely the one to own. We've all seen countless reviews on SSFIV and honestly not much has changed, and that's.... a good thing.

 

I was a bit weary about buying SSFIV 3D edition considering that I already own the better version on the console, but it's awesome. Almost nothing has been left out of this port. The only thing that has been forgotten was the Japanese voice option, but honestly that's understandable. Trial mode, online, bonus stages, arcade, and even the first 2 alts for all of the vanilla charcters are there, and the first alt for each super character are there. This game has it all.

GRAPHICS: SSFIV 3D editon looks great. It might not be quite as good looking as the console versions, but for a handheld it looks fantastic. It's definitely one of the best looking handheld ports I've ever seen. The only draw back is the static backgrounds, but even that isn't really too big of a deal. The 3D really makes the characters pop out, and it makes the menus look awesome. Everything kind of layers out and stands on top of eachother and that's cool

SOUND: It's the same. it's all here. There's a glitch at the drive-in at night where it'll only loop through a 16 second sound clip, and that can get annoying, but just turn your sound off for the fight and enjoy the game.

I'm not really going to go through any more of the specifics because honestly. This is the console version portable. There's really not much more to say about it. If you like the console version and you buy a 3DS, you're going to like this game. The online is good. I've played about 50 matches and only a couple of them have lagged so far. The control stick takes some getting used to, but it works out in the end. 

 

The new over the shoulder view is cool to mess around with, but if you're a hardcore player you're not going to like it at all. It's too hard to tell where your spacing is, and it makes pokes almost impossible. If you're a hardcore player I'd say try it out,but don't try any serious training with it or you'll just get frustrated. 

 

Even the achievements are back. Do they do anything? no, but they're there. The new street pass figurine fighting mode is something I can't really comment on at this time because I haven't gotten to fight anybody that way yet. On the upside the figures are kind of cool to look at, and If you don't wanna mess with it you don't have to. 

VERDICT: BUY IT!

It's the same game only portable, and while that might not sound very cool to some, it actually is. 

 

Jimmy Notes, and a few extra tidbits:

3DS Pros:

  • Good graphics
  • Good sound/speakers
  • Altered reality games are fun and innovative
  • Cons:
  • Not many good launch titles
  • Internet browser/Netflix not yet usable

SSFIV 3D edition Pro's:

  • Good graphics
  • It's SSFIV
  • Good sound
  • It's SSFIV
  • everything's still there
  • IT'S SSFIV!!!!!

Con's:

  • Not really anything new
  • static backgrounds
  • Music Glitch

 

The 3DS and SSFIV 3D edition are both fantastic. If you have the extra money and you're thinking of picking them up then do it. You won't be disapointed. 

BUY IT! BUY IT! BUY IT!\

There's a lot to cover when talking about a brand new console so I probably missed some stuff. If you have any questions just ask in the comments and I'll get back to you. 

Let us know what you think. Don't be a Jimmy!

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Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 Achievements confirmed.

By: grey walrus Dec 22, 2010 | 8 Comments

The achievements for MvC3 are out and rumor a third darkstalkers rep.

 

 

http://www.xbox360achievements.org/game/marvel-vs-capcom-3/achievements/

 

"Make a team composed of those who dwell in the darkness, and win a match. (Arcade/Xbox LIVE only)"

 

Will we be seeing another Darkstalkers rep? What do you guys think?

 

Also what do you guys think of the Achievements in general? They seem pretty solid. Not too challenging though. I guess we'll have to wait and see when the game comes out though. 

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