Digging deeper and deeper into the vast world of Monster Hunter Tri continues to prove extremely rewarding, whether it’s from killing a giant monster or mining a rare ore. My experiences with Tri have become widely varied; I have a little over 40 hours of play time clocked in. The days of being a weak Hunter are over — I’ve felled enormous beasts and have crafted powerful weapons and nifty armor. The monsters I have killed are nothing compared to the six-star online-exclusive beasts, but I’m here to tell the tale of my heroics nonetheless.
Shortly after MAG’s release Zipper came out to say that they would continue to support and nurture MAG through to it’s maturity and after nearly three months of it’s release we’re still seeing activity on the Official MAG Blog (which you should check out) and now this is at least the second free DLC pack by my count.
So what’s new in the “Fast Attack Pack”?
You’ve probably seen leaflets printed with seemingly random numbers and letters in various games Nintendo has either developed, published, or distributed. No, they’re not disposable coasters; they are codes that can be used to register products you purchased with Nintendo. You get “coins”, which are points that can be spent on Nintendo’s long-forgotten loyalty program just for registering a game or piece of hardware. Additional coins can be earned by completing surveys about products you’ve registered. The reward catalog for this program used to be chock-full of wallpapers for your desktop, screensavers, and buddy icons. Players quickly grew tired of these virtual items, especially when noticing the real-life swag that was being dished out to other countries, and Nintendo responded to these complaints by adding things other than digital doodads. Even when more tangible gifts were added, they paled in comparison to what was being offered overseas; while we in North America were getting Princess Peach key chains, players overseas were getting things like Wii remotes with television remote control capabilities. It wasn’t too long before Nintendo heard the angry snarls of their customers and finally offered real-life, tangible items to North American players.
When I ask most of the other RoboAwesome guys if they’ve played Dirt the look I get it one of puzzlement and disbelief. They don’t seem to grasp why I would want to play a game based around the World Rally Championship sport and off-road racing in general. It’s easy to understand why too – for here in the States WRC just isn’t popular like it is elsewhere around the world and since most people think of motocross when they think of off-road racing instead of CORR and rally-cross the concept of Dirt just doens’t click.
So now I’ve finally got my hands on Dirt 2 and the staff have grown even more detached from me. Oh well – they’ll never know the thrill of barreling down a dirt road in the Subaru WRX STi, sailing over a jump, flying 100 feet in the air, and landing at a weird angle only to go cartwheeling and tumbling into a thick of trees…
In this fourth episode of RoboCast Eli, Jynx, and Carl yap about Monster Hunter mania, South Korea and their Starcraft obsession, and some other uncomfortable topics. Then they answer some interesting reader mail – plus a super big announcement!
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At this point the fever pitch for Valve’s Left 4 Dead 2 has pretty much come and gone. All the fuss and grumble about the sequel coming out so soon after the first game is water under the bridge and now we’ve all gone through and played the game’s campaign mode top to bottom.
So if you’re like me then your copy of Left 4 Dead 2 is shelved by now and only comes down once in a while when you’ve got that itch to do what every human was born to do – slaughter the undead!
The Passing is a new chapter for the Left 4 Dead 2 campaign available now to download on XBOX Live for 560 points ($7) and adds a new three stage chapter, some new weapons, and a new special infected to whet your appetite.
Ubisoft has gone all out in Splinter Cell: Conviction. Whereas the previous entry in the series (Splinter Cell: Double Agent) felt like it was very much in the same vein as its Xbox/PS2 predecessors, Splinter Cell: Conviction feels more like a title that was well and truly designed for the HD generation of gaming platforms we enjoy today.
With that in mind, a lot has changed for Sam Fisher, Third Echelon, and everybody else involved in this particular spy game – the question is whether or not the changes breath new life into a stagnating franchise, or if it alienates the loyal fans who have accompanied Sam from his very first mission in 2002.
The main question running through my admittedly overactive mind while I was counting down the minutes remaining on my Feeding Frenzy 2 install from the Xbox Live Marketplace, wasn’t so much whether or not it would be enjoyable, I expect that much from a title as masterful as Feeding Frenzy! I was deeply concerned and excited. Will this game live up to it’s fierce predecessor?
This first Feeding Frenzy is more reminiscent of “Fishy” the 2004 web-browser hit than it’s sequel. Any game that brings the fun of Fishy to the Xbox, for the most part, is a big winner in my book. Fishy gobbled up hours upon hours of my time, and I wasn’t even the worst of them! Many people rue the day I sent them the frightful fishy link.
Hey there, faithful readers!
This is your resident Nintendo Editor and all-around swell guy here to inform you that RoboCast 004 will be recorded tomorrow morning, at precisely 10:32am PST.
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OK, I’ll admit it. I’m seriously, seriously easily amused. I’m watching The Power Puff Girls right now. But even The Power Puff Girls were made of Sugar, Spice, Everything Nice and CHEMICAL X! Adopting that same recipe, Holmade Games has taken a classic formula and added some Chemical X to it. The end result: Pixel Whirled.
Pixel Whirled is a retro 8-Bit arcade shooter. You can find it in the Indie section on XBox Live Arcade, selling for a mere 80 points ($1)! That’s right, a freakin’ dollar dude!