Sunday, June 7, 2009

Games Played 05/28/2009

Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom - X-Box 360
The Last Guy - PlayStation 3
Neverwinter Nights 2 - PC*
Raiden Fighters Aces - X-Box 360

*Ever since the installation of the Storm of Zehir expansion, I have not encountered any random crashes while playing Neverwinter Nights 2 and I am still playing through the original campaign. I would normally experience it once or twice every 4-5 hours. It's a shame that the fix was not included in the regular patch and one has to pick this expansion up to get the more stable and improved graphics engine.


Soul Calibur (1999)
Developer: Namco Ltd.
Platform: Sega Dreamcast
Purchase Date: 09/06/1999

Who is crazier: Voldo or Yoshimitsu? I vote for the latter.

The first Soul Calibur is the only game in the series that deserves all of its accolades. This is due to the major changes in its gameplay compared to its prequel, Soul Edge on the PlayStation. The game becomes more technical and it steers away from its shallow combo-obsessed origin. The character balance is all over the place - especially when it comes to those with a long range attack radius - but the effective weapon-based fighting still remains fun and it really sets itself apart from both the Virtua Fighter and the Tekken series. There are tons of characters to unlock and features to discover like the ability to alter the real-time 3D attract sequence at the beginning of the game - Mitsurugi + field of grass = total pwnage. The game's graphics are starting to show its age when it comes to the texture quality but the character design and animations still look great. Soul Calibur makes the Dreamcast run really noisy because you can constantly hear the loud movement of the lens as if the console is streaming information from the GD-ROM nonstop. Without a doubt, this is the best game in the series because all of its sequels fail miserably when it comes to bringing any drastic changes to the great things that have been established here.

LIBRARY STATUS: 4 out of 5

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