Friday, May 15, 2009

Games Played 05/10/2009

Free Realms - PC*
Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution - X-Box 360
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - PC

*A free-to-play MMO that almost got me and a friend hooked with its beautiful graphics and fun use of mini-games. We were almost willing to pay the $5 monthly fee to access the premium contents until we found out that some of the things you can buy in the game - like cute little animal pets - require a quick charge on your credit card! Ewww.


ToeJam & Earl III: Mission to Earth (2002)
Developer: ToeJam & Earl Productions, Inc.
Platform: X-Box
Purchase Date: 06/05/2003

THE most offensive full motion video cut scene in video gaming history.

What could have been a celebratory comeback, ToeJam & Earl III: Mission to Earth ended up being something that should have never been released. The ironic thing is, the game is very true to the first two games that were released back on the Genesis when it comes to the gameplay design: it's all about roaming large stages to collect items and the ultimate goal in this game is to recover the Twelve Sacred Albums of Funk. It's classic and highly playable. The problem here is the game's stereotype-infused presentation and its apparent misunderstanding when it comes to funk vs. ghetto-fabulous. I consider myself to be very open to low-brow comedy and controversial humor but the things I have witnessed in this game are just plain horrible. There is nothing funny about them because the overall delivery is just so very desperate. The game tries to throw one at you at every chance it gets and on every single facet of the presentation. What's really funny is the fact that the portrayals of both the title characters remain pretty much the same as how they looked like originally. The very "urban" style they carry were initially harmless until the voice acting and body movements are significantly added into this release. For a game that is supposed to be about spreading the spirit of funk, it is anti-funk in itself. Nasty!

LIBRARY STATUS: 2 out of 5

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