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Mirror’s Edge: First Impressions

First impression: ZOMG, it’s MIRROR’S EDGE!!!! I’ve been waiting for this game for such a long time (my most anticipated title since Halo 3), so when I heard today that the street date (originally meant to be Thursday) had been broken… :D :lol:

Anyway, here are some quick first thoughts/ramblings:

I’ve just played through the tutorial, prologue and chapter 1. If the length of chapter 1 is anything to go by, it does seem like it’ll be a short game!

Having said that, I like what I’ve seen so far. Sometimes I feel like stopping and looking around, but of course you never get the opportunity to do that given there are ‘blues’ on your tail all the time! I really, really like the art direction, and the game really looks great! So yeah, I just hope the game keeps going for long enough…

The time trial modes are great though! They’re very in depth and give you precise breakdowns of how you performed in each section of the course. You can always compare this against your best run, your friends’ best run or the world’s best. Not to mention ghosts you can follow and specific ratings based on skill as well as time. I can see the time trial modes adding a lot of replayability… at least, for people like me who are obsessed with beating high scores, times, getting achievements, etc. ;)

The achievements seem pretty easy to get… I’ve got 100 GS so far and I’ve only played it for a tiny bit! Also, keep in mind there’s a “Test of Faith” achievement which is “Complete the game without shooting an enemy”. So decide whether you want to try and get it before you pick up a gun. :D

A final heads-up… don’t be tempted to open a blade and check on your achievements when you acquire them. The game does not pause during cut scenes between missions and you’ll miss them if you have the Xbox interface open. As far as I can tell, you can also not watch them again without restarting the whole game because when you load into a chapter, you start immediately after that cut scene.

Alright, back to it… another report later.

Add comment 11 years, 10 months ago

Oh Woe is Me! My 360 Cheats Death No More

Red Ring of Death
Red Ring of Death on my Xbox 360 (enlarge)

My Beloved Xbox 360
Launch Day to 20 Dec 2007
Rest in Peace

What a terrible time to have an Xbox to develop the Red Ring of Death. Not only is it Christmas and holidays (who knows how long it’ll take to repair), but it happened on the day I came home with Orange Box, Tomb Raider Anniversary and a new HD DVD drive too!

Yeah, pity me. :cry:

Add comment 12 years, 9 months ago

Microsoft Acknowledges Xbox 360 Failures

It’s about time. Microsoft has finally acknowledged that there are some serious issues with the reliability of the Xbox 360, with an unusually large number of defects and returns of consoles that display the dreaded red ring of death.

Gamerscore Blog is reporting that Xbox.com has posted an open letter from Peter Moore announcing that effective immediately, all Xbox 360s worldwide are covered by a warranty extension to three years for any red ring of death issue. They are also going to do the right thing by existing console owners who have already paid for out-of-warranty repairs by offering them a refund.

You’ve spoken, and we’ve heard you. Good service and a good customer experience are areas of the business that we care deeply about. And frankly, we’ve not been doing a good enough job.

If we have let any of you down in the experience you have had with your Xbox 360, we sincerely apologize. We are taking responsibility and are making these changes to ensure that every Xbox 360 owner continues to have a great experience.

Continue Reading Add comment 13 years, 2 months ago

Desktop Tower Defense: Jumping the Shark?

Version 1.5 of Desktop Tower Defense, the great productivity-destroying Flash game, has finally been released! :D I love the game and have lost way too much time to it recently. (My high scores are 7024 on Normal and 4269 on Hard.) Unfortunately, the new version isn’t that great.

In-game screenshot from Desktop Tower Defense 1.5, showing the new sponsor logo-bearing creep
Note the new sponsored creep enemies in the new version (enlarge)

There’s a new Ink Tower that you can build and a new form of enemy: the dark creep. Since DTD is a game where good players have well-tested, carefully-planned strategies and every second counts, players will have to learn to play to game all over again. This isn’t necessarily a problem, except that the new changes to the game seem rather superficial and not a great deal of fun, so it doesn’t seem worthwhile to relearn it again.

Oh and guess what? There’s a lot more in-game advertising. A lot more. In fact, some of the creep bear the sponsor’s letter ‘K’ logo, which is really annoying and I think just goes too far. The slightly improved graphics certainly don’t make up for it, and the new sounds seem rather too cheesy.

I’m worried Desktop Tower Defense may have just jumped the shark. :|

1 comment 13 years, 3 months ago

ZOMG Rejoice! It’s the Second Coming!

StarCraft II logo

OMG OMG OMG OMG! It’s true! Forget Halo 3. Hell, forget everything else in life. Blizzard has finally announced StarCraft II!

Are they going to declare this day a national holiday in Korea? When can I pre-order? Has it really only been nine years? It seems like two eternities!

Help, I think I need a tranquilliser.

Add comment 13 years, 4 months ago

Halo 3 in September? How Excitement!!

So the biggerest most monumental thing ever Halo 3 finally has a release date! Well, in the US and Europe at least — 25th and 26th respectively of September 2007. So c’mon when is the Australian release date!? At worst, we’d get it on the same day as the Europeans, right? Right?!

Anyway, I’m finally starting to get excited about Halo 3! I haven’t got into the multiplayer beta since I don’t have the time (and I don’t want to buy a copy of crackdown), but come the end of September, you’re more than likely to see me plonk down the equivalent of USD $130 to pick up a copy of Halo 3 Legendary Edition and disappearing for a few days.

Not to mention… apparently a version of Bomberman like the original (not like the Bomberman: Act Zero garbage) is coming to Xbox Live Arcade in a few months too! Now just when are we going to get Boom Boom Rocket here in Australia?

So then the only thing left… is the holy grail itself huh? Don’t worry, I’ll be watching what happens in Korea this weekend very carefully! ;)

Add comment 13 years, 4 months ago

I Hope I Haven’t Jinxed My Xbox 360

You know those alarming stories you hear? How all of your friends’ Xbox 360s get the Red Ring of Death and die? (the RRoD is what is displayed on the front of the console when it is stuffed and will not start.) And that it’s contagious and extremely virulent?

Well even though my Xbox 360 has been extremely well behaved to date, I recently got cold feet and extended my Xbox 360 warranty for another 2 years for AUD $85 from EB Games. I hope I haven’t jinxed my 360…

(Before you start asking me questions, yes, as much as I’m a fanboy I definitely agree that the Xbox 360’s build quality and QA processes seem to be somewhat less than ideal. Having said that, you still shouldn’t make matters worse by getting add-ons like the Intercooler.)

Add comment 13 years, 6 months ago

SIXAXIS Gets Sony an Emmy: WTFF?!

Sony is going to get an Emmy in Technology and Engineering for the PS3 SIXAXIS controller?!

The one controller this generation that lacks rumble (removed because Sony lost a lawsuit with Immersion)? The one that has barely changed from the PS2 variant? That is nowhere (IMHO) as comfortable to hold as the Xbox 360 controller? The one that has intermittent problems maintaining sync with the console over Bluetooth? And can’t be paired to the console without the cable? The one that has the half-assed motion sensing abilities (a Wii remote and nunchuck it ain’t)?

What. The. Fucking. Fuck?

gamesindustry.biz: Sixaxis honoured with Emmy
Engadget: SIXAXIS wins an Emmy for Technology and Engineering… wait, really?

(Update: Sony was wrong, the Emmy wasn’t for the SIXAXIS and Nintendo and Microsoft both got some recognition too.)

Add comment 13 years, 8 months ago

Nintendo Wii — Mixed Feelings

The Bad (yes, out of order)

On Wednesday night, I was at Westfield Parramatta shortly before midnight. There was a small number of people gathered outside the Toys ’R' Us waiting for the midnight launch of the Nintendo Wii.

At that point, I scoffed, wondered why somebody would pay $400 for a glorified, shrunk GameCube, and then went home.

People waiting outside Toys 'R' Us at Westfield Parramatta
Waiting for the Nintendo Bodily Excretion Wii

So that’s the bad. What about the good and the ugly?

Continue Reading 2 comments 13 years, 9 months ago

Convert a PS3 Fanboy? What Would It Take?

Say you were a die-hard PS3 fanboy who had been lining up for 40 hours at the front of the line at the Sony Metreon to pick up a PS3 at launch. What would it take you to convince you to never buy a PS3? What would it take to get you to convert to PC gaming forever?

Well, PC Gamer has the answer! This man signed a contract requiring him to never buy a PS3 in and in return he got a crazy-specced USD $7 500 Falcon Northwest gaming PC with a 30″ LCD:

Neil posing with Falcon Northwest gaming PC

One less Playstation 3 on the market, one more PC gamer joins the team
PC Gamer Magazine and Falcon Northwest challenge Playstation 3 hopefuls

Haha… what an awesomely, deliciously cruel thing to do. :twisted: Ah well, maybe he was so happy with it because he was actually not a fanboy at all and was going to eBay his PS3 anyway! (After all, one did sell for almost USD $100 mil:roll: )

(Thanks to Engadget.)

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