Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Revelation Revealed

Hooray! I was getting worried there for a moment, but at long last, the DS remake of Dragon Quest VI gets a release date: February 14, 2011. Officially titled Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation, I stumbled on the Amazon page earlier today and my heart almost skipped a beat. So corny. But honestly, it's been forever since we've heard a peep about this game, and I figured that North America would never see it released. Glad to be wrong! I mean, even the official site hasn't been updated in years. So psyched!

I am still playing Dragon Quest IX. I am stuck on the "Dreadmaster" boss battle. Even though I have slowly warmed up to the graphics, I honestly enjoyed the DQ IV and DQ V remakes SO MUCH MORE than Dragon Quest IX. It's a disappointment. I mean, all the DQ ingredients are there, but it feels so by-the-numbers. Town, talk to NPCs, dungeon, level up, boss battle, new town, repeat. It is missing whatever that special "DQ magic" is. Perhaps the characters just aren't as charming as in previous iterations? Or maybe it is more fun as a multiplayer game? Dunno. But I am super excited for the final chapter in the Zenithia saga, and I would really like to finish Dragon Quest IX before it comes out.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Tell Me Another Story

Earlier this month, Nexon launched a huge update to their massively popular free-to-play massively multiplayer game, MapleStory. Entitled "The Big Bang", this is not merely a content update, but a total redesign of many of the game's core systems, including class/skill balancing, removal of underused features, and -- WAIT FOR IT -- a totally new experience curve. From a developer standpoint, that is a TON of work.

Well, let me tell you, I was hooked on MapleStory a few years ago. I know a lot of people over the age of 16 don't get it, but man, the game just GOT ME. That is, until about level 20-something, when THE GRIND set in. Talk about "grind" -- the entire game basically ground to a halt. Not to mention the fact that I had not specced my Warrior correctly (his DEX was too low), making the solo game very frustrating. And running through the same areas over and over and OVER again fighting the same mobs over and over and OVER again...seriously, what's the point? And so, goodbye, MapleStory.

But I am intrigued by this "reboot" if you will, and so I am downloading the new client as I type. Since DCUO has been given a release date and I cannot justify actually paying for it once the beta is over (no time), trying out this new version of MapleStory with a new character might be just the ticket for scratching the MMO itch.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Another Look at Uwe Boll

Look, I never said that Uwe Boll is a genius or anything, but I feel that he too quickly became an Internet punchline before all of the supporting evidence was considered. (And, yes, I did watch Far Cry.) To call him the "worst director of all time" is, frankly, giving him too much credit. He just makes B-pictures.

I'm not going to say "I told you so," but at least someone at Kotaku has finally realized that Boll is not JUST a bad filmmaker. He's a bad filmmaker that GETS SHIT DONE.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Okabu

Cute Japanese* game alert! I have my sights set on Okabu, an upcoming PS3 game from the makers of Rolando. Maybe this one (along with 3D Dot Game Heroes and Ni No Kuni) will FINALLY get me to put a PS3 on my shelf?

Check out a trailer on developer Hand Circus' official site, which has a little more info on the game. It looks gorgeous!

*The developers are based in London. Who knew?

Thursday, December 2, 2010

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