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Shank!

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Shank is an action 2D platform game of revenge.  You play the character of Shank who is out for blood.  Your boss killed your girlfriend and now you want him and his gang dead.  Mostly a fighting game you also have to traverse detailed platforms.  Fight endless enemies and battle tough bosses.  Shank delivers on the gore and violence.  The cut scenes are handled with great detail and the sound track and design were beautifully done.

The story is pretty generic and predictable but it gives purpose to the characters.  The cut scenes and game play are done in a comic book way: invokes an indie graphic novel.

Controls are pretty solid but at times the mashing of buttons is unresponsive.  But overall the controls are fine.  The different weapons come in to enhance the torture of enemies.  But your primary will always be the Shank of course.

The visual 2D side scrolling is very nice to look at.  From every blood splat to explosion the designer took the time to carefully make them noticeable.

The game is a little short.  I find myself wanting more even after the challenging last boss.  But there is a co-op mode which I haven’t got a chance to play because of the lack of a second controller.  This review is only going over the single player campaign.  But from other reviews the co-op mode isn’t very long either.

Repetitive boss fights is a big negative that I can’t look past.  Most of the time the game makes you do some kind of counter or a way to stun the boss in order for you to do real damage.  Not all of the bosses are like this but you can tell that the designer had a similar formula for the bosses.

In the end it was entertaining but a few inconsistent moments led to a bitter taste.  I loved the visual and sounds but the boss fights could have been improved.  I really like the effort of this indie game but I wished that they took longer to adjust the fights.

Verdict: wait for a sale or skip it.

Beat the single player mode and unlocked all the weapons finished in 3 hours.

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February 16, 2011 at 8:55 pm

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PSP2 Update 2/15/11

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Now since the PSP2 is still pretty fresh I won’t really review the specs since the price isn’t even out yet.  But to compare it to the 3DS is hard to say.  What we do know is that the cost will not be 599 from http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/28/sony-says-ngp-will-be-affordable-wont-cost-599-wifi-only-v/

While a joke it does spark fears that this portable console will cost at least an arm.  Predications of the cost could be anywhere from $249 (3DS) up to $400.  At $249-$349 it will give the 3DS a run for its money.  Anything higher might spell doom to Sony like in the past.  Yes the hardware is pretty nice and the games might be cool but costing more than any home gaming console is not worth it.

Release date is still being kept mystery early reports say that it might come out during Christmas 2011.  Sony following the Ipad approach: 3G and Wi-Fi models will be available.  The PSP2 is stated to be able to have 3G nothing is known about the network or if there will be a separate payment plan for the service.

Games on release is not known at all but Uncharted seems to be on the list from the previews and press conference.

Update: http://www.computerandvideogames.com/288712/news/sony-ngp-features-dropped-to-keep-handheld-affordable/?cid=OTC-RSS&attr=CVG-General-RSS

 

Seems that Sony has decided to cut some features on the PSP2.  Not known which ones but the trade off is that they will make the PSP2 more affordable.  From the article it seems that the cost is close to $250  to $300.  This gives Sony a better position to the 3DS.  Now we just need news of some games.

 

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February 6, 2011 at 12:58 am

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PS3 coming out

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PS3 opening its doors.

http://www.engadget.com/2010/12/29/hackers-obtain-ps3-private-cryptography-key-due-to-epic-programm/

The PS3 has long been hack proof but with recent news its coming to an end.  The team that hacked the Wii claims that they have found the key to hack the PS3.  So what does this mean for the console?

Free games?!

We all know that as soon as the hackers release a stable homebrew people are going to download games and play them for free.  While this may lead to damaging effects to the console and developers it does lead to growth in console sales: http://gamrfeed.vgchartz.com/story/83292/weekly-sales-analysis-25-december-2010-wii-ds-x360-1-mil/

The Wii as example sales for the Wii have always been high as soon as the console was released.  Even with it being hacked early on sales have continued to be strong.  We can extrapolate from this data that the PS3 will see a high boom in sales while this may not always be the case it is strongly likely.

Linux will be back.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-10471356-17.html

Sony taking away the Linux function angered many users of the operation system on their consoles with this hack pervious user will be able to take that function back and develop other useful applications.

No other news has been made on the progress on the hack.

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January 4, 2011 at 12:45 am

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Shank Demo!!

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Hi I just found a great new indy game for steam, ps3, and xbox360.  Its called SHANK!  An ex-fighter out for revenge using shanks, chainsaws, and pistols.  A bloody and violent game with endless swarm of enemies and boss fights.  A side-scrolling action adventure game of revenge and shanking.    I suggest you check it out but play using a game controller as there are a lot of buttons and quite cumbersome with a keyboard.

Stay tuned as I will have a proper review up on the game for the ps3.  The Demo has the first level and first boss fight and it was pretty epic!

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November 1, 2010 at 8:44 pm

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Bayonetta review

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Bayonetta is an action packed beat em up. The main character is a sexy witch who needs to fight angels daily or she will get dragged to hell. Yes that may seem rather dumb but that’s a easy excuse to motivate this character into doing it. Its very violent and sexy at the same time.

Gameplay: a lot of combos and a lot of weapons. Many of the boss fights are interesting. The combos and witch time ability make this one worth playing. The only thing I had a problem with is some of the quick time events. They don’t really give you a heads up before it happens, and if you don’t push the required buttons you die.

Graphics: all the enemies are well designed and look great. The areas are bright and very colored. But some areas are blocked off. They look like you can explore them but really you can’t.

Story: Not one of the best stories or the one that makes the most sense. Its just there to give the characters the motivation. They do a lot of satire of other games and themselves. I would of wanted more jokes to tie up most of the plot. It would of added to a better story that is so over the top.

Conclusion:it is a very fun game to be played. While the story may not be the best in the world it gives the characters what they need. The action and gameplay is where this game excels. Its sexy violent and very funny at times.

Played the PS3 version for this review beat normal and on to hard mode.

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January 29, 2010 at 2:58 pm

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Demon’s souls

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I don’t mean to scare anyone on how difficult this game is but this is one hard game. Anything in the level can kill you if you are not careful. The AI’s are smart, they don’t wait for you to be finished with one demon before they start coming after you. They will do whatever possible to try to stop you. Which means a lot of group attacks and sneak attacks. And they don’t attack each other either. I can say for certain that 90% of the enemies will work together and attack you and only you.

Another game on the PS3 that has received much heated debate. This one introduces an action online RPG. While you don’t really play with other people online if you do connect to the online network you can see the actions and deaths of other players. This provides hints and caution signs for how to work your way out of the level. You start out fighting demons and collecting their souls. Once you reach the end you fight the boss. Pretty standard but if you die you lose all the souls you have on you and you have to start from the beginning of the level. You can regain those souls if you reach the place with you dead to pick up your own soul. That’s pretty much how this game works. If you think that’s hard, the game’s stuck on hard mode. Any monster/demon/human/etc can kill you at any time during the level. And theses aren’t average NPCs or dumb boss monsters either, they will seek you out and get your soul. So you may be asking why is this game even worth picking up to begin with? Well it does one thing a lot of games don’t do nowadays; challenge the player. It forces you whether you want to or not to learn how to play the game. Makes you into a better demon slayer and rewards you with more souls if you do so. In this game you use souls to buy just about everything from state upgrades to your potions.

When it comes down to it this game isn’t for everyone. You will die and die and die. You are guaranteed to die many times more often then winning. But if you are one who likes challenges and like getting rewards for your hard work then this game is for you. At times you may feel like this game is way too hard and that you should quit. And your right it is very hard but if you keep going and make improvements i.e. learning from your mistakes, avoiding certain areas, learning weak spots,etc then you will find it very satisfying.

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January 17, 2010 at 11:26 pm

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Bayonetta

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First off I should tell you guys that I have a PS3 slim 120 GB system. And after playing for a couple of hours of Bayonetta I found the loading times to be tolerable. Different websites and other reviewers say that the PS3 version has been plagued by screen tearing, loading issues, etc. Maybe it was because of the PS3 slim but after playing a few levels I found that the only real complain was the level loading times. For me it took about 1-3 minutes for the level to load. The cut scenes were smooth and did not experience loading in-between the scene. Item pick ups did take about 2 seconds to load but that’s not a real complain. Action and game play was smooth and didn’t find any errors or bugs. While there is loading time during the menu and saved data it isn’t anything to be upset about. Yes it does take the fast action aspect out of the game play. But theses imperfections can be fixed with a patch (if they ever give us one). When it all comes down to it this game is a fun game. Many other games have load issues and many bugs and they still got praised by reviewers on how good they are. But why does the PS3 Bayonetta version receive such harsh criticisms? It may be due to the fact that on the Xbox 360 it runs better and there are less load times. But also since this is a kind of new concept people may not be used to this genre. A confident sexy female protagonist battling angels with a huge amount of gore. This is not a game to be taken seriously, its meant to be played and enjoyed.

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January 12, 2010 at 1:50 am

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