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Final Fantasy XIII Gets Release Date

By: jalexbrown Nov 13, 2009 | 5 Comments

The highly-anticipated RPG from Square-Enix finally gets a US/UK release date.

I've been waiting a long time for Final Fantasy XIII.  In fact, I've pretty much been waiting for Final Fantasy XIII since the day it was announced at the 2006 E3 Conference.  But Square-Enix did a naughty thing and left me in the dark for a long time.  I never knew how long I was going to be waiting until I could get my hands on the game.  Today, however, Square-Enix finally broke the silence and gave a solid release date.

Square-Enix confirms that Final Fantasy XIII will be released in the US/UK simultaneously - and on both the PS3 and Xbox 360 - on March 9th, 2010.

As far as release dates go, this one took me for a loop.  I'd never realised before today how much of a difference three months could make (the game was tentatively to be released around June of 2010).  Needless to say, I'm pumped for March 9th to roll around.

Also, in other news surrounded Final Fantasy XIII released today, the theme song selected for the game will be "My Hands" by Leona Lewis.  I've never heard this song myself, but fans of Final Fantasy seem to have mixed feelings about this song as the theme song, namely throwing around the idea that it's Square-Enix's attempt to westernize the Final Fantasy franchise.

Unfortunately this announcement contained nay a hint about Final Fantasy Versus XIII, but considering the game hasn't even gotten a Japanese release yet, we can safely assume it's still a ways down the pipeline.  There is fan speculation - and keep in mind this is just fan speculation - that there may be a collector's edition of Final Fantasy XIII (for the PS3, of course) that will contain a demo of Versus XIII.  I don't believe this will be the case; simply put, I think that if Square-Enix decides to release a collector's edition (as they did with Final Fantasy XII), they'll opt out of a Versus XIII demo in favor of something that can be packaged across both versions of the game.  So instead of getting a mindblowing Versus XIII demo, we might have to settle for an okay-to-pretty-cool art booklet or something like that.
 (Keep in mind that Square-Enix HAS NOT confirmed a collector's edition of Final Fantasy XIII for any console; this last paragraph is entirely speculation, and based in no way on any piece of confirmed information.)

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BatRastered

Modern Warfare 2 Review

By: BatRastered Nov 12, 2009 | 5 Comments

A great game all around, but the story falls a bit short.

Campaign

The campaign mode is single player only. I've heard Infinity Wards's reasoning behind this (that it would hurt the narative and scripted moments) and was excited for some intricate storytelling. Mostly I felt the game failed to deliver on that count and that I would have been more satisfied with a true co-op experience.

A strange game. The only winning move is not to play. How about a nice game of chess?

The story is a bit muddy and doesn't make a whole lot of sense on many levels, a fact which while dissapointing, doesn't take much of the fun out of just shooting bad guys in the face with speed and precision virtually unmatched in a console FPS. I'm not sure if IW was trying to make a point about war not having clear good vs evil in modern times or what, but I rarely felt like a hero in the game. Every victory achieved seem to have vast unintended consequences and betrayals at every turn. Which left me with a strange feeling of having enjoyed playing through the game but not wanting to play through it again. An interesting take, if on purpose, on the war game genre.

A larger problem for the campaign is that it is so short. I put just over 5 hours into the campaign mode to beat it on the normal difficulty. 5 hours by a guy who, if multiplayer is any indication, sucks at this game. I died a lot during those 5 hours. If you've been playing the first MW recently and are any good at it, you should be able to pwn this game in about 3 or 4 hours. If you're only interested in the solo campaign mode, you really ought to rent this game rather than buy it. Not because it's not good, it was a lot of fun for those 5 hours, but because you'll then be done with it and not want to play through it again. MW2 could have really used one or two more levels. There is one of the main bad guys in the story who you never get to fight really and the game doesn't say much about what happens to him. Perhaps this was to leave an opening for MW3, but I still felt like I had some unfinished business at the end.

There were several moments in the original Modern Warfare that left my mouth hanging agape at what just happened, or how great a scene looked. Who could forget the nuke, or crawling out of the downed helicopter aftward? The AC130 gunship level looked like it was ripped from CNN. The missle launch. The gun sliding accross the pavement into your hand allowing you to defend yourself at the last second through blurred vision in slow motion. MW2 had some great level design, but I can't really pick any awe inspiring moments out like those from the first game.

Multiplayer

Multiplayer comes in two flavors: spec-ops and the traditional compettitve multiplayer featuring deathmatches, CTF, and territories games.

The spec-ops features some set pieces from the campaign that you can play with a friend. It is only 2 player, which in today's world seems a bit lacking. While playing some of these missions co-op in the main campaign would have indeed hurt the storytelling a little bit, I just don't feel satisifed with having them out on their own. Also no leaderboards, WTF?

The traditional multiplayer allows up to 8 on 8 team action, and is basically the same game you played in the original MW with a few refinements. The maps are a bit more spread out and grenades are more restriced, so there is much less grenade spam. (Cole Hamels' plea must've worked.) You constantly level up and unlock new weapons, titles and perks even if you suck, which is great because apparently everyone who plays this online is a professional. I played it the first night and day after the release and expreienced very little lag and no timeouts or host disconnections, though I did have one wierd instance where I was stuck on the lobby screen and my party was somehow playing at the time. Overall, this is the mode that will keep most users playing this game for some time to come.

Overall verdict: Buy it!

Microsoft finally releases a new wifi adapter that plays with 802.11n. Also, it's black.

For those who's XBox 360 is connected to the internet via wifi, this is some good news.

First, the existing wifi adapter (which connects to a, b, or g networks) is getting a price cut from $99 to $79. It's still overpriced, but hey, 20 bucks is 20 bucks.

The reason it's getting this price cut is to make room at the $99 price point for the new wireless adapter which will connect to the recently ratified 802.11n networks offering speeds up to 300mbps (as opposed to the 54mbps of the previous model).

The unit has two antennae and still supports the old standards (so you can upgrade one piece at a time), and supports n in either the 2.4 or 5 GHz range. Oh, and it's black to match your elite system. You have an elite system, right?

xbox 360 wireless n adapter

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goukijones

Dragon Age Origins first impressions

By: goukijones Nov 9, 2009 | 4 Comments

I'm about 10 hours into right now. My feelings are completely mixed.

I've probably spent more time in the menus trying to figure out how all the shit works more than actually exploring or fighting. Did you know you can do crafting in dragon age? Which from what I've experienced is more of a waste of time. I'd rather just by cures from the shops.  

Random points of interest ...  

At one point you can pretend to be a vet and analyze a sick "deer" type creature. I choose to kill it. What's funny here is, I was so bored by all the story lines at this point I was skipping through everything chat scene and the next clip I saw was the dear with its throat slit lying on the ground. Awesome!  

The cuts scenes are horrible ... the graphics are horrible.  

The shops are so confusing. You can't see what the value of items are in your personal inventory you have to go to a shop. The shops and menus are even worse after some Jimmy juice!  

It's really easy to give up on this game early. Maybe I should have dedicated more time to Demon's Souls. Once you get to the forest area and the game seems to branch out it does get a little more interesting.  

I got mixed feelings about this game Jimmy. Right now I would say rent it. It's nothing like Mass Effect or KOTOR or the PREVIEW and commercials you see on TV. 

 

Have it Delivered for $56.99 w/ free shipping! 

Dragon Age Origins Xbox 360 Game EA

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goukijones

Halo Waypoint Review

By: goukijones Nov 5, 2009 | 3 Comments

Another way to track how much I suck at Halo and watch cool Halo Anime. Awesome!

I unlocked 8 avatar awards for just downloading this awesome! WTF is an avatar award you ask? It’s a frickin’ t-shirt Jimmy! I checked my stats right away … yep I suck at Halo. I couldn’t find where to see such detailed stats as Bungie.net provides or a way to compare with friends.  Shouldn’t that be a feature?

Halo Waypoint has tons of videos which is cool I haven’t seen a lot of these. I like how I can watch the European launch video for Halo 3 that I’ve never seen. Wait it just froze. Bufferring … buffering again, never mind its faulty. My Netflix doesn’t do this.  The Halo 3: Landfall video is on here, which is my favorite piece of Halo media you have to check it out! It’s done by the same Jimmy that did District 9. It’s great to remember these old Halo videos.

This is a nice addition for the Halo universe. I’m excited about seeing the Halo anime Saturday. I’m just not excited to PLAY Halo. ODST was a big let down, that game came and went so fast I’m ready to sell it. I don’t play multiplayer at all anymore. I REALLY hope Reach revives the series for me, I’m dying to hear some solid news on that game. Don’t be a Jimmy!

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goukijones

Prince of Persia movie trailer

By: goukijones Nov 4, 2009 | 3 Comments

Looks like the Conair version of a video game in the sand.

Definitely the feel and look of all the other Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer films. I will see it, it's a video game moive. It does look better than any other video game movie I've seen. BUT it is Jake Gyllenhaal and Prince of Persia, which I don't really care for either too much. Jimmy ass film!

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goukijones

Infinite Bits Cosplay pictures

By: goukijones Nov 3, 2009 | 4 Comments

Cosplay pictures from Infinite Bits 2009 taken by master photographer Rei Puerto!

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Story Image

Demon’s Souls is Stupid’s Shits

By: goukijones Nov 3, 2009 | 21 Comments

You mean to tell me this game is not back and forth, back and forth, trial and error? You’re on drugs.

Day 1

I’ve read everything online about this game and how you are going to be either one way or the other about this game. You’re either gonna love it or hate it. I jumped in with an open mind and wanted to play this game. I did the character creation screen and with a hundred different faces to choose from and edit them all the way down the width of the chin is serious. I should have realized then this game is serious. The random face generator is pretty funny actually, especially if you just click the as a woman. I’ve never seen such ugly ass women in my life. Feminists have to be losing their minds over this. Then there’s a bar where you can change the face to manlier or more womanly … scary!

After I selected my class, Wanderer which is one of ten to choose from. I began the tutorial. All the fighting buttons are the triggers and easy to get used to. I kept getting the main action button confused with the heal button and the game would let me heal myself when I already have full health and waste a heal. This becomes a nightmare later on. (SPOILER) I died during the tutorial, oh wait I was supposed to.

I checked out the Nexus, which is the hub for weapons and storage and stuff, basically your home base. Once I figured out how to get out of there and fight the heat was on Jimmy! I get to the first world and I start climbing the steps and fighting demons. I died a few times and started to run low on heals. Then I realized it, I was dying, being sent back the ABSOLUTE beginning of the level all my heals were gone and all the souls I’ve collected. Frustration ensues. I got absolutely nowhere the first day.  

Day 2

So I started over so I could focus on saving all my heals and try to take my time with the game.  

Rei Puerto says “You have to take your time, slow and steady wins the race.”  

Yes, yes slow and steady ok. So I begin to take my time and kill enemies slowly and try to get through the game. I pick up a new sword, is it good, is it better than the one I have. I DON’T KNOW, the symbols for what the weapons and armor do are some encrypted hieroglyphic bullshit! I text Rei again and tell him I don’t know what the fuck is going on in this game.  

He replies “I’m going to send you a voice message so you can hear the passion in my voice.” A few seconds later I get a monotone voice mail. “Ok so the trick with Demon’s Souls is you have understand the mechanics.”  

Yes, yes! What the fuck are the mechanics?  

I played a little bit more after that, figured out how to repair my weapons and armor, since I was taking such a beating. I don’t think day 3 will happen anytime soon, because Dragon Age: Origins is released today.  

For some reason I couldn’t find this game at my local Best Buy, Toys R Us, Target, and nobody has this game. Maybe because somebody else knows people would be returning this shit on the regular. Now … If you are hardcore JRPG Jimmy you need to check this out. I know people are enjoying this game. I just don’t think this a game for me.

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goukijones

Infinite Bits 2009 Review and Video

By: goukijones Nov 3, 2009 | 4 Comments

Infinite Bits is Miami's first ever video game convention. Check out my videos, pictures, and review.

 

Day 1 

We arrived in the afternoon and obtained our press passes along side the Destructoid.com Jimmys. The convention was pretty slow at this point the video game nerdom had not arrived, most were probably still in school. We cruised through the vendors area which was small, but had a very nice selection. A lot of old school games and consoles. Imports too and one guy had a bunch of material from the Tokyo Game Show so that was a little treat for me. Checked out the rest of the show which was about the size of the Nintendo booth at E3. The interactive gaming museum was cool. I saw my first ever console the Intellivision that was awesome! What I loved about this area was all the TV's matched that era of the console, I have seen such old ass TV's in a long time. My first gaming TV was black and white and you turn the clicker to change the channel.   

Day 2

This was the highlight day for me. All the major tournaments were going down. The only issue I had with this was it seemed that nobody cared how they were being handled. It seemed that two different groups were doing the tournaments. There were no announcements over the loud speaker of when or where a tournament was starting or that the finals were taking place. The finals should have been on the main stage or on a big screen for everyone to see! This is a video game show and this was not a highlight?! Wtf? The music on the main stage was so loud the Jimmys playing in the Gears of War 2 tournament couldn't even communicate with each other. I was annoyed as fuck during all of this. I just wanted to enjoy some pwnn ass gaming. The Street Fighter IV tournament was on 1 TV and took almost 5 hours for them to run through 18-20 Jimmys. Infinite Bits should have recognized the tournaments more and took it serious. Five years from now at Infinite Bits 2014 they should be talking about who won the tournaments in the previous years. Not trying to remember what fly by night band was playing horrible music.

Day 3

This was a snoozer. Nobody was there and I ended up spending more time at the bar. I brought a professional Madden player in to compete in the Madden tournament. The entire way to the convention he was bitching at me, why I was dragging him there on Sunday when the Dolphins play at 1:00pm. Well I didn't put two and two together until I got there and nobody was there and the Madden tournament was cancelled. Why?! Because it was a football Sunday in a football town the team played at 1:00pm. That was bad planning.

 

Overall Saturday was the best day. I think the convention was pretty good for the first one in Miami and for the hosts trying to do something different. More publicity was needed, every time I talk to a gamer I ask if they were at or heard of Infinite Bits and nobody knew. You gotta hit up these schools especially the ones within walking distance of the show. CampGamestops and post fliers. The website hasn't even been updated since the show. No pictures or videos, nothing. I wish the tournaments got more exposure and the music wasn't so loud. I'm looking forward to Infinite Bits 2010. Don't be a Jimmy! Check out my video and the other videos on Gouki.com from Infinite Bits 2009.

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reipuerto

Infinite Bits 2009!

By: reipuerto Nov 2, 2009 | 6 Comments

Another con, another area Gouki covers! He's everywhere!

Hey guys! Rey here with Jimmy from Gouki.com at Miami, Fl. first and largest video gamin convention; Infinite Bits! They got gamin classic to new school tech! There were panels and a special guest star in the show!

The tournaments were insane with Gears 2, Street Fighter 4, Super Smash Brother Brawl to start things off, and more! If you happen to see me, just hit me up.

We'll do a special shout out and have more fun! Remember! THE FANS MAKE THIS!! How you enjoy it! Peace!

 

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bmorenmiami

Assassin's Creed 2 : coming Nov 17 Jimmys

By: bmorenmiami Oct 30, 2009 | 2 Comments

Assassin's creed 2 coming out Nov 17 looks good!

Assassin's Creed 2: Looking good!

On November 17, 2009 Assassin's Creed 2 will be hitting store shelves.  According to several news outlets we should be in for a treat.  We're talking a whole slew of goodies including custom armor, hundreds of new weapons, whore houses, an entire renaissance period village created in painstaking detail.  Did I mention the whore houses?

Yeah, Yeah I know I had your attention at "whore house", but the game is supposed to be greatly improved.  Less frame rate drops in all versions (I'll believe it when I see it concerning the pc version), and a new cool looking 3d effect.

The new weapons are supposed to be kick ass....there is a sledgehammer folks.  Just imagine slamming a Jimmy in the head with a friggin sledge hammer and watching the brains seep out !  I think I just wet myself!  To get all the new weapons you'll have to buy them... that means your character has a very good reason to pick pockets and rob people in this game!  And there is supposed to be money hidden everywhere in this game.

Check back here at Gouki.com and we'll have a vlog about the game soon as we get our dirty lil hands on one.   I can't freakin wait Jimmy!

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bmorenmiami

new Nintendo DS coming soon

By: bmorenmiami Oct 30, 2009 | 2 Comments

New larger Nintendo DS coming to U.S. in 2010

Nintendo DS goes supersize: Introducing the DS XL

Apparently, smaller is out and big is in.  According to several video game insiders Nintendo is due to release next month in Japan a new DS that has 4.25 inch screens (much larger than the 3' inch screen of the current model) that has an 80% larger screen area.  It overall will be longer and thicker.  Even  the stylus will be jumbo sized!

I'm not sure about the logic behind this,(I thought everyone always wants smaller!) I mean isn't the PSP doing poorly because of size?  From what I hear it is going to be marketed to older and younger gamers who have trouble viewing the current 3 inch screen.

The price point is expected to be higher than the DSI current price point of $169.99 here in the U.S.  It should launch in North America sometime in first quarter 2010.

Click on links below for pics:

http://videogames.yahoo.com/featurescreenshot?eid=1368591&index=0&spaceid=567003431

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