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Bizzle Kdigga Live VIA Live and a weather report. My favorite bit.

Jimmy! I'm back, Vlog #2! I give a quick overview of some summer movies I loved and hated. I talk about The Force Unleashed demo, Galaga Legions and Fable 2 pub games. Also the summer Olympics, Barrack Obama and Hurricane Gustav! Don't be a Jimmy!

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goukijones

Vlog #1 E3 2008 Press Conference Review

By: goukijones Oct 4, 2009 | 5 Comments

The original Jimmy! Check it out!

Jimmy screams about Too Human, Little Big Planet, Street Fighter IV, Fallout 3, Gears of War 2. Highs and lows from Sony, Microsoft and the Nintendo press conference. Video clips, drinking, cursing, Jack Palance is dead smack! All here in this Vlog ... Don't be a Jimmy!

Warning! Spoilers Ahead! - Here's a full list of all the achievements and their gamer points awarded.

There are 50 achievements available (for the usual  total of 1000 gp)

  • Back in the Saddle - Help train the local militia. 15G
  • Danger Close - Get hand picked for Shepherd’s elite squad. 15G
  • Cold Shoulder - Infiltrate the snowy mountain side base. 15G
  • Tag ‘em and bag ‘em - Find Rojas in the Favelas. 15G
  • Royale with Cheese - Defend Burger Town. 15G
  • Soap on a Rope - Storm the gulag. 15G
  • Desperate Times - Execute the plan to help the Americans. 15G
  • Whiskey Hotel - Take back Whiskey Hotel. 15G
  • The Pawn - Assault Makarov’s safe house. 15G
  • Out of the Frying Pan… - Complete the mission in the airplane graveyard. 15G
  • For the Record - Complete the Single Player campaign on any difficulty. 35G
  • The Price of War - Complete the single player campaign on Hardened or Veteran Difficulty. 90G
  • First Day of School - Complete ‘S.S.D.D’ and ‘Team Player’ on Veteran Difficulty. 25G
  • Black Diamond - Complete ‘Cliffhanger’ on Veteran Difficulty. 25G
  • Turistas - Complete ‘Takedown’ and ‘The Hornet’s Nest’ on Veteran Difficulty. 25G
  • Red Dawn - Complete ‘Wolverines!’ and ‘Exodus’ on Veteran Difficulty. 25G
  • Prisoner #627 - Complete ‘The Only Easy Day… Was Yesterday’ and ‘The Gulag’ on Veteran Difficulty. 25G
  • Ends Justify the Means - Complete ‘Contingency’ on Veteran Difficulty 25G
  • Homecoming - Complete ‘Of Their Own Accord’, ‘Second Sun’, and ‘Whiskey Hotel’ on Veteran Difficulty. 25G
  • Queen takes Rook - Complete ‘Loose Ends’ and ‘The Enemy of My Enemy’ on Veteran Difficulty. 25G
  • Off the Grid - Complete ‘Just Like Old Times’ and ‘Endgame’ on Veteran Difficulty. 25G
  • Pit Boss - Run The Pit in ‘S.S.D.D’ and finish with a final time under 30 seconds. 10G
  • Ghost - Plant the C4 in ‘Cliffhanger’ without alerting or injuring anyone in the blizzard. 10G
  • Colonel Sanderson - Kill 7 chickens in under 10 seconds in ‘The Hornet’s Nest’. 10G
  • Gold Star - Earn 1 star in Special Ops. 20G
  • Hotel Bravo - Earn 4 stars in Special Ops. 20G
  • Charlie On Our Six - Earn 8 stars in Special Ops. 20G
  • It Goes to Eleven - Earn at least 1 star in 11 different Special Op missions. 20G
  • Operational Asset - Earn all 3 stars in at least 5 different Special Op missions. 20G
  • Blackjack - Earn 21 stars in Special Ops. 20G
  • Honor Roll - Earn at least 1 star in each Special Op mission. 20G
  • Operative - Earn all 3 stars in at least 10 different Special Op missions. 30G
  • Specialist - Earn 30 stars in Special Ops. 30G
  • Professional - Earn all 3 stars in at least 15 different Special Op missions. 30G
  • Star 69 - Earn 69 stars in Special Ops. 90G
  • Downed but Not Out - Kill 4 enemies in a row while downed in Special Ops. 10G
  • I’m the Juggernaut… - Kill a Juggernaut in Special Ops. 10G
  • Ten plus foot-mobiles - Kill at least 10 enemies with one Predator missile in Single Player or Special Ops. 10G
  • Unnecessary Roughness - Use a riot shield to beat down an enemy in Single Player or Special Ops. 10G
  • Knock-knock - Kill 4 enemies with 4 shots during a slow-mo breach in Single Player or Special Ops. 10G
  • Some Like it Hot - Kill 6 enemies in a row using a thermal weapon in Single Player or Special Ops. 10G
  • Two Birds with One Stone - Kill 2 enemies with a single bullet in Single Player or Special Ops. 10G
  • The Road Less Traveled - Collect 22 enemy intel items. 10G
  • Leave No Stone Unturned - Collect 45 enemy intel items. 10G
  • Drive By - Kill 20 enemies in a row while driving a vehicle in Single Player or Special Ops. 10G
  • The Harder They Fall - Kill 2 rappelling enemies in a row before they land on their feet in Single Player or Special Ops. 10G
  • Desperado - Kill 5 enemies in a row using 5 different weapons or attachments in Single Player or Special Ops. 10G
  • Look Ma Two Hands - Kill 10 enemies in a row using akimbo weapons in Single Player or Special Ops. 10G
  • No Rest For the Wary - Knife an enemy without him ever knowing you were there in Single Player or Special Ops. 10G
  • Three-some - Kill at least 3 enemies with a single shot from a grenade launcher in Single Player or Special Ops. 10G

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Core

New English Final Fantasy XIII Trailer

By: Core Oct 2, 2009 | 9 Comments

The new 7 minute Final Fantasy XIII trailer from TGS in English

Here is the 7 minute TGS trailer in English. The graphics are gorgeous, and the voice acting is pretty good for a JRPG. This game may require me to invest in a new 1080p TV.

 

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Core

King Of Fighters The Movie

By: Core Oct 1, 2009 | 9 Comments

King of Fighters: The Movie looks like the worst videogame movie ever.

Ray Park, Maggie Q, a white Kyo, Terry being a random old which guy in a puffy vest...what do these all have in common? Possibly one of the worst looking movies of all time. Did we really need an American King of Fighters movie? I'm glad SNK knows how to protect its properties.

Review

goukijones

Forza 3 Demo Review

By: goukijones Sep 29, 2009 | 4 Comments

It's bullshit ...

It's cars.

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jalexbrown

Bioware Looking for The Old Republic Testers?

By: jalexbrown Sep 29, 2009 | 5 Comments

Bioware is looking for people to beta test their next MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic.

You could test the next big MMO!  Yes, you!  Bioware announced that they're hunting for people to beta test their huge MMO project, Star Wars: The Old Republic.  If you go to the official site, you can apply to become a tester.  (As of print, the site is still down due to response; the site does, however, claim that it should be active again within hours.)

For those who aren't in the loop, The Old Republic is official part of the Knights of the Old Republic universe.  The developer claims that there will be enough content in the game to fill ten or more sequels, which is an almost overwhelming amount of content.  Bioware's pedigree with the Star Wars franchise leads me to believe this might be the best Star Wars game yet, and it's a really safe bet that it's going to make Galaxies look like crap.  Oh wait...Galaxies already looks like crap.  There is no doubt a legion of Star Wars fans foaming at the mouth to get their hands on the game before the general public, but there is one thing that should be kept in mind: this is a beta test, so don't expect it to be super polished and bug-free; you're not getting the final product.  If it were super polished and bug-free, they wouldn't need you.

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jalexbrown

Initial Impressions: Star Ocean: First Departure

By: jalexbrown Sep 27, 2009 | 2 Comments

I started Star Ocean: First Departure for the PSP. Read my initial impressions.

I've got to admit...as much of an RPG afficiando as I think of myself as, I've never dived very deep into the Star Ocean series.  I've purchased The Second Story, A Time to Remember, and The Last Hope along with First Departure, but I've never played any of them before.  Given that I was sitting around bored at 1:00 in the morning, and I'd just pulled my PSP out of the tote bag it's been in for the last four months, I decided it would be a good time to give First Departure a try.

The first thing I noticed were the anime scenes.  These scenes are gorgeous!  The colors are vibrant and crisp on the PSP's screen, and it really has a high-quality feel all around.  These anime sequences feature great voice acting, which is something that's always hit-or-miss as far as anime is concerned.  Furthermore, it would have been easy for the developers to take every opportunity to throw in these anime sequences, but instead the developers use them sparingly and only at key points throughout.  This makes these scenes all the more rewarding when you get to one of them.

The story, from the hour and a half that I've been playing the game, is a compelling one.  I don't want to give any spoilers, but I've basically spent the first hour and a half getting familiar with the characters and starting on a journey which I sure is going to be an epic one.  RPG fans will understand the importance of a great, gripping story, and so far as I can tell, First Departure doesn't disappoint.

The combat system will be a bit awkward at first to players - such as myself - who are accustomed to Final Fantasy style combat.  This time around it occurs in real-time, giving the player control of one character at a time, moving around and attacking with magic and weapons in a system similar to the Tales games.  You are given free reign to switch between the characters at your whim, and while you're controlling one character, the other two act based on preset tactics that you can assign and change any time you're out of combat.  This combat system is much more involved than a Final Fantasy, turn-based system, which can be a thrill or a burden.  This type of combat doesn't allow the player time to set down the PSP for even a moment; you've got to be constantly in control, because otherwise enemies will just attack you while you're standing still.

The presentation in First Departure is phenominal.  The visuals are a nice nod to the old-school origins of the game; this isn't fancy, fully 3D like Crisis Core.  This is a crisp, nicely rendered 2D with an isometic camera.  The audio is equally impressive, really capturing the mood of what's going on at any given time.  The only problem I had with the game is that a few of the cut-scenes ran on a little longer than I'd like them to given that the game is for a portable system, but it's a minor setback.

First Departure so far seems to be a great PSP game, one that is inviting and friendly, cutesy and yet serious.  The emotional undertones contained in just the first hour and a half are a testiment to how well crafted the story is.  Overall, if you're a fan of RPGs, you could do a whole lot worse than to give Star Ocean: First Departure a try.

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goukijones

Dragon Ball Online MMO

By: goukijones Sep 25, 2009 | 11 Comments

Jimmy! This one is for you. A online Dragon Ball world.

The real Jimmy, FnJimmy called me a few weeks and told me about an online Dragon Ball game. I searched the internet real quick and couldn't find anything. He said he saw a game play trailer. I didn't believe him. He hallucinates. 

Then today it happens. CoryO sends me a link to this ...

You can read more at this site http://www.dbmmo.com/

Looks like the first beta has ended already and that the game is in Japanese. Come on now! Dragon Ball is worldwide Jimmy!

Review

Story Image

Brutal Legend review

By: BatRastered Sep 25, 2009 | 14 Comments

After some hands-on with Brutal Legend, what's the verdict?

Editor's Addition

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Rent It

Brutal Legend is a good looking game with some serious production values. It's basically a hack-and-slash 3-d platformer mashup. The animation is great and the dialogue and voice acting (featuring Jack Black) are top-notch. You can certainly expect some laughs while playing through this game. It feels like you're controlling a Jack Black animated feature.

You have two basic weapons, your axe and your guitar. Your axe functions much like you'd expect it to, with decapitated and bisected enemies strewn about in its wake. Your guitar allows you to shoot either some sort of lightning, or pyro effects. The pyro allows you to knock enemies up in the air, where you can knock them out baseball style with your axe.

The controls are tight while on foot, but tend to get a little loose when you're in your vehicle. Like most third person 3-d games, this one too suffers from some camera issues. There are options to set the camera speed, and those help, but a re-center type button would've been nice. One of the boss battles has you driving your car, but the camera is panned out and not behind you which creates a bit of steering trouble (for me anyway).

The finished game also includes a muliplayer mode, which should add some replayability to this title.

If you like the hack-and-slash or 3-d platformer genre, I'm sure you won't be dissapointed with this game. Me, I love everthing about this game, except playing it. It's really not my style, game-play wise. I'd love to watch someone else play through it. I would definitely try before you buy, especially if you have an XBox live gold account, as you can download the demo right now, for free. If you're one of those people who loved Psychonauts so much that you still talk about, well, WTF are you doing reading this, don't you have a pre-order to pick up?

icon icon Brutal Legend releases October 13, 2009. Pre-order now.

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jalexbrown

Resident Evil 2 Review

By: jalexbrown Sep 24, 2009 | 2 Comments

We got on a trip back through time while I review this PS1 classic...

Back when the Playstation was big, Capcom came out with a game called Resident Evil. It was one of the first games dubbed "survival horror", and scary it was. With the success of the first Resident Evil, it was inevitable that Capcom would release Resident Evil 2. Resident Evil 2 was better than the game from which it got its name - not only did it do that, but its also superior to all of them that came after it.

Resident Evil 2 comes on two discs, and each disc contains the story for one of two different characters - either Claire or Leon. There is a feature where if you beat the game with one character and then start with the other, you'll play through that character's "B scenario". In other words, the game will be affected by certain things you did the first time through. As cool as this feature sounds, it's hardly implemented, which is a shame considering how cool it could have been if done to the fullest. The stories are pretty much identical anyways, so there isn't a whole lot of reason to play through it again unless you just liked it enough to do it.

You can play the game in original or arrange mode. In arrange mode, you start off with a Gatling gun and rocket launcher, both with unlimited ammo. This, needless to say, makes the game too easy, but it is nice if you just want to breeze through the game to kill a day or so.

The visuals are decent in Resident Evil 2. The backgrounds are pre-rendered, so they look nice, but that also means their static and void of any sort of life. The characters are okay to look at - not by any means hard on the eyes, but definitely not eye candy, either. Enemy design is well done. Zombies wear different clothes, and the other enemies look creepy as well. The biggest short-coming visually is the static camera (due to the pre-rendered backgrounds), which is faulty at best. The camera definitely isn't your friend in this game, although there are times when it is in a good location and doesn't obstruct any important points or, more importantly, enemies trying desperately to kill you.

Sound is excellent. Even today I think the music is eerie. It's subtle, but even at that, it's spooky. The moans and grunts of zombies are sometimes annoying, but definitely come in handy, because it can sometimes be the only means you have of even knowing there's a zombie around (see aforementioned gripe about camera angles). Voice-overs during cut scenes are well done, too. I'm not saying the audio isn't showing its age, but it's definitely some of the better music of the Playstation era.

Controls are the tank controls that Resident Evil abandoned with Resident Evil 4. Even though the controls are stiff (and that may be a compliment), I never find them particularly hindering. Despite gripes to the contrary, I never have any problems controlling the characters. The rest of the controls are simple and easy to work, so most people won't have any problems picking up this game and playing it.

Overall, Resident Evil 2 is definitely the best in the series. People who praise Resident Evil 4 as holding that title will argue until they turn blue in the face, but I think Resident Evil 2 was just a better game. With a story that is good but not intrusive, visuals that are quite strong for any Playstation-era game, and audio that is nostalgic but well-done, Resident Evil 2 may very well be the highlight of any Playstation game collection.

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choke

Tatsunoku vs Capcom Trailer

By: choke Sep 24, 2009 | 7 Comments

Review of the new trailer for the Wii version of Tatsunoku vs Capcom

So a new trailer just dropped for the Wii version of Tatsunoku vs Capcom.  Excitement abound. 

First off let me comment on all the "awards" they show it won.  OMG IT WON BEST FIGHTING GAME AT E3?????  What exactly was it's competition?  No one makes fighting games anymore.  Did it beat some new Tekken or some shit? 

I still have no idea what Tatsunoku is.  I'm gonna guess it's some animation company because I see some Battle of the Planets fuckers, giant robots, people with swords, and lots of characters with those creepy big eyes that dont resemble any actual race that Japanese animators love.   Oh and there's a guy who throws a shopping cart and I could see there being an anime series just about shopping carts because anime is stupid and they make series about stupid shit like that.  Or is that the guy from Dead Rising.  I wouldnt know because I hate video games.

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