Saturday, January 31, 2009

IGN on FF

IGN (finally) weighs in on FusionFall. Read on, kiddos!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Gamefly Still Totally Sucks

On a side note, it's been almost two years and my Gamefly mini-rant over on my "personal" blog is still getting posters complaining about the online game rental service. How do these guys stay in business? I really don't know anyone who has had a good customer experience with them.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

WTB Hardcore Gamer

Looks like Tim managed to find a buyer for Hardcore Gamer. Congrats to him, I suppose! What a weird time to be getting into the publishing biz.

New Joystiq!

The Joystiq blog has received a nice visual and navigational upgrade. Check it out.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

FusionFall Finale

As of about 5 am this morning, we have our first player to officially finish FusionFall and reach the endgame. It took him a little less than a month, and a little more than 200 hours of playtime. Wow!

Friday, January 23, 2009

What They Play on FF

What They Play has a comprehensive factual overview of FusionFall for parents. It's a very nice guide, actually. But what I really loved was the following comment, presumably from a parent:
I was originally thinking I would try it to check it out and see if it's appropriate for the kids, but I have to say I got completely drawn in myself. It's shockingly good for a browser game, and the way that the 3D graphics look with the cell-shaded style graphics is just mind-blowing when you think about it. I was initially a little unsure about the major stylistic overhaul for a lot of the characters, but once you're in the game world and interacting with Dexter, and TKND and the Powerpuff girls it actually makes an awful lot of sense that they chose to make everything consistent. It's like being in the future where all of the characters have grown up a bit.
You gots it!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Puzzle Quest: Galactrix

You can play a Flash demo of the upcoming Puzzle Quest: Galactrix right here. It's definitely a lot like Puzzle Quest. I'm not sure about the cascading pattern when you remove gems...it's a bit confusing. And I cannot figure out what the purple and silver gems do. But it sure looks like it's gonna be fun!!

(EDIT: Kotaku reports that a more robust PC demo is also available. I haven't tried it.)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Our Cup Runneth Over (with Fusion Matter)

Ten Ton Hammer's sibling site, Ten Ton Hamster, gives FusionFall another rave review:

Our overall impression is this is a fantastic MMOG for kids of all ages. It is fun, graphically advanced for a browser-based game, and where else can kids play with all their favorite characters from all the Cartoon Network shows they love to watch! The guys and gals at Cartoon Network and Grigon did a great job tying in the old with the new and creating an awesome virtual world for everyone to enjoy.

Overall Grade: A
Somebody pinch me!

Smart Moms Love FusionFall

So I have been fighting a nasty cold all weekend and into this morning. Feeling much better now, thank you, but it sucks! I swear I cannot remember the last time I was sick; it is as if my immune system was on full blast until we launched the game, and then: BLARGH. The extra day off yesterday helped immensely. I probably could have slept all day.

In any event, stupid Metacritic is still "awaiting 4 reviews" and the suspense is killing me!! Hurry up, Metacritic! In the meantime, the Mom Salon loves FusionFall, and I love moms, so the circle is now complete. And Ten Ton Hammer has some thoughts about the pricing model; worth taking a look as well.

On a side note, I have been both amazed and humbled by the reactions to FusionFall. Across the board -- from cartoon fans, parents, MMOG vets and casuals -- people seem to be loving this game. (The exception is of course the dudes who say "you raped my childhood!" Sorry about the raping, fellas.) I have no idea if anyone reads this blog, but if you happen to stumble upon this post, and you're a fan of FusionFall, I say to thee: thanks.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Metacritic and More

In an exciting (and somewhat terrifying) development, FusionFall has appeared on Metacritic, with an initial score of 84. (Nice!) To be honest, I wasn't sure if FusionFall would "make the cut" for Metacritic, but then I guess the boxed version from Majesco is what gets us there.

Metacritic bases its initial score on this review from Cheat Code Central. There is also another review of note here from Opposable Thumbs.

We'll be watching for more developments with anxious excitement!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Some Non-FusionFall News

The interwebs was a-flutter today with news about the Resident Evil 5 collector's editions for Europe and North America. You know, I've never bought a collector's edition game in my life, nor have I ever been tempted. However, something about Resident Evil 5 really makes me want to pick this up. I don't know why. It doesn't even contain the soundtrack. Maybe because it comes out within a few days of my birthday? And it looks so frickin' sweet? That might have something to do with it. Or the junky action figure? Or cheesey necklace?

On second thought, maybe I don't want it. Capcom, put the soundtrack in, or an art book, and we'll talk.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

FusionFall > WoW

Okay, let me be clear. I'm not saying FusionFall is better than World of Warcraft. But somebody on the interwebs most definitely is. In this case, it's a "tipsy" Eagle Scout, so we might have to chalk it up to tipsiness:
I started playing Fusion Fall more today. I’m level 4. I quit WoW last night too. Good stuff. Fusion Fall is 2/3’s cheaper and it has Cartoon Network characters in it. Therefore, it’s better.
Well, how about that? He continues: "The game has a great storyline, and it’s not repetitive and boring like WoW was." My goodness.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

One More Before Bed

IGN posts their impressions of FusionFall, with a full review coming soon.

Wired Impressions

Nice stuff here on Wired's Game|Life blog.

Another Hit

Massively has their first impressions of FusionFall, and their slideshow format offers a very comprehensive look at the game from top to bottom. Nice!!

FusionFall Victory Pack: The Unpacking

So I just picked up my pre-purchased copy of FusionFall from my local GameStop. For the record, I also bought the only other copy that they had. (That's 100% sell-thru in Northlake, baby.) Interesting bit: so one of the sales guys came back into the store (presumably from lunch) while I was browsing. He saw the FusionFall boxes on the counter and the following (paraphrased) exchange transpired:

Sales Guy #1: What's this?
Sales Guy #2: Cartoon Network something-or-other.
Sales Guy #1: (Impressed) Damn! Is that Dexter?
Sales Guy #2: Yeah, I think so.
Sales Guy #1: (Turning over box) DAMN! Is that the Powerpuff Girls?
Sales Guy #2: Looks like it.
Sales Guy #1: What is this? A new show or something?
Sales Guy #2: No, I think they made it specifically for the game.
Sales Guy #1: Wow, is it good?
Sales Guy #2: (Gesturing to me) Don't know, but this guy is buying all our copies!
I then said something about the game being in open beta for the last few weeks, and that it was pretty good...the conversation quickly turned to the other new releases that were already sold out (the new LOTR game on PC). And...the end. That was my experience buying FusionFall in a store!

I didn't buy anything else at GameStop, though. On my way back to the car I looked in the Sears games clearance bin. They had Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker for $15 (new) and the GBA version of Final Fantasy VI for $20 (also new). Bought 'em both. I would like to point out that GameStop is still selling used copies of DQM: Joker for $24.99.

But I digress. Opening up the Victory Pack box reveals the game disc, a code card, the game guide, and a vacuum-packed T-shirt (size: small). Dexter and Fusion Dexter on the front. I think I will wash it and then have the team sign it for me.

Overall, pretty nifty. It's a nice feeling to go buy something that you've worked so hard on. Tee-hee, he said, "hard on."

The First Review Is In...

And it's a corker! Check it out at MMOGamer.com!

Today Is the Day

It's here! Cartoon Network Universe: FusionFall launches today! Set your browsers to FusionFall.com and your Zip Zappers on stun, because Fuse and his gooey monsters are about to take a bite out of the Cartoon Network Universe. That is, as soon as the website goes live. Which is really soon. Trust me. I'm Billy Oceanman, if you happen to see me in Sector V. Rock on, FusionFallers!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

FusionFall Victory Pack

Majesco's FusionFall Victory Pack is now available on Amazon. Pretty neat, although it does not really clarify that you get four months of subscription for the $20 that you spend. I'm sure lots of people are wondering why they would spend money on a game that they can get online for free, right? Well, in addition to the subscription, you get some pretty cool exclusive virtual outfits and items, as well as a decent game guide with a list of all the guide items and monsters in the game. So it is not a bad deal at all, if those things interest you.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Cute

Super Mario and the Cartoon Network Universe collide in this amusing trifle. Thanks to Kotaku for posting this.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

FF Fanart

Happy 2009, internet! I've been AWOL for a little while from this blog, as we are zooming towards official launch and there's a ton of crap to do! For example, visit Deviant Art for FusionFall fanart, of which there is a ton. Holy crap, I mean a TON. I had no freaking clue.

Speaking of fanart, I was super pumped to discover some of the Calling Cat-22 variety. How awesome is that?!? It's like he's ready for FusionFall, baby!