Games Meet Metal: 2013

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Monday, June 24, 2013

8-Bit Metal Mondays: The Black Dahlia Murder Love Detroit

Aw, crap, where did I go for a fucking week? Well, I GOTS ME A JOB!!!! Finally, after forever, I got an opportunity to put some honest greenbacks into my bank account. I hope a few of y'all can understand the need for some quick cash. Thus, I had to delay the typing of festivities from Orion and E3 until tomorrow and Wednesday.

Even more good news is that Black Dahlia Murder's video for Goat of Departure, which they filmed in Detroit and I attended, was just releases today. Thanks to power of the god of editing, yours truly makes an appearance! Granted, I had to really go through the whole thing to find me, but at the 2:20 mark, there I am behind the right shoulder of a fake Slash. Ah, may the fame now roll in.

So, here's that clip, along with some bleepy love.




Sunday, June 16, 2013

E3 2013 Picture Dump!

Once again, not much to say, as I'll be going over everything from the previous week on Monday. In the meantime, enjoy the pics!



Monday, June 10, 2013

8-bit Metal Mondays: Baroness Before Orion

Quick note: I won't be live blogging any of the press conferences today because I'll be airport bound here in just a few.  Before then, I wanted to touch on the  pre-Orion show Baroness performed. First off, the Metallica boys themselves went on stage to introduce the guys. then the band themselves became extra pumped and put on an incredible performance. Hell, i'd be ready to do anything if Metallica mc'd me onto the stage.

Short and sweet here. let's get to the bleepy action, then i'm airborne.


Orion 2013 Second Pic Drop

More pics, many, so tired, type more later.



Sunday, June 9, 2013

Orion Music And More Day One Pic Drop

First day of Orion is over, and I am sore as shit. Eh, fat guy tax, I suppose. So, as I get some rest, check out this huge collection of pics from the show. Expect another batch late tomorrow night as well.




Thursday, June 6, 2013

Konami's E3 Press Show: In And Out Like A One Night Stand

Konami hosted their heavily hyped pre-E3 pre taped presser today, and it was frightfully SHORT!! I was expecting at least an hour of info, but we only got a measly 30 minutes. Actually, we got less than that if you decide not to include all the jabber about mobile gaming and soccer/futbol. Nothing against you soccer fans out there. I know that Konami make make a crap ton of cash off their PES franchise, probably enough to make EA blush when compared to sales of the FIFA games. I just don't give two craps. In the end, the real attention came down to two games: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Castlevania : Lords of Shadow 2.

The bog reveal was that Keifer Sutherland, Jack Bauer himself, would be voice-acting Naked Snake in the new Metal Gear. Not just the voice, either. Keifer got his himself all digitized up to be the visual mouthpiece for Big Boss as well. Right now, there's a bit of a backlash happening, as old school Metal Gear fans really want David Hayter, Snake's original voice actor, to reprise his role. Then there's others who believe that there's some conspiracy going on, and that David is still in the mix somehow. We won't know until we actually play the game, we just don't know when that will be yet.

Then there's the new Castlevania, which we actually do know is coming out this winter. Plus, we know for sure that there will be a demo on the E3 show floor. Oh, and the game looks like tits. See?




Monday, June 3, 2013

8-bit Metal Mondays: Meet The New Slayer Drummer, Same As The Old Slayer Drummer

No, not Lombardo, the OTHER Slayer drummer.

It's no secret ow that Dave Lombardo has been bounced from the Slayer lineup, allegedly over his concerns of how his payouts were being handled. Whether it was not enough or too infrequent is anybody's guess, but Dave's insistence in finding out got him turfed. Terrible timing too, since it happened right before the untimely passing of Jeff Hanneman. So, it looked like Slayer would continue on, but with only two original members.

Then Paul Bostaph stepped back into the picture.

While not an original member, Paul was with the band for quite awhile after Dave's first exit. He played on three Slayer albums, and was a very suitable replacement. Given a choice, I'd still wish Dave had stayed as I prefer his style of drumming. However, Paul does have his own unique style, and can play the classics without much of a fuss. About the only other guy I could see in that slot is Kevin Kelley, but Battlecross got to snag him first.

And now, time for some Slayer bleepy action!





Sunday, June 2, 2013

Behind The Scenes Of The Black Dahlia Murder Video Shoot

Like the title says, the BDM held a video shoot today for the song Goat of Departure, which is off their soon-to-be released cd Everblack.  They taped it in their home town of  Detroit at  a bar beneath The Magic Bag, a venue the band has played a million times over. The bar itself was a  pretty tiny space, and today it was a party ground for over 300 metalheads, myself included. I took my digital camera with me, and snapped as many pics as I could. just click the button below to view them all.

Friday, May 31, 2013

BEHEMOTH RETURNS!!!

And about damn time too! It's been too long since the world experienced some proper Polish damnation. Their new album is ready to go, and it is called THE SATANIST!!!! Knowing the band and their lyrics, the title seems a little too obvious. That's like if the Beatles ever got back together and titled their reunion album, "Two Of Us Are Dead." You know, just slightly too on the nose.

So, if Behemoth is about to release a new album, that means Nergel must still be in good health, and that he has truly kicked cancer in the man nuts for good. Great news all around. This also means that they're shouldn't be much in the way of health issues when Behemoth play the Mayhem Fest this year, which I hope to attend.

Then there's bad news: THE SATANIST won't be out until the fall. Aw, poo sticks. I guess all sacrificial altars awaiting the blood of virgins will just have to wait until then.

Monday, May 27, 2013

8-bit Metal Mondays: Happy Memorial Day!!!

Enjoy the day off, and give a thought to the troops out there. As for those outside the U.S., enjoy your morning coffee or tea before you go to work as you read this.

The end of next week starts a pretty big double header for the site. First, on Friday, June 7th, will be the return of Baroness to Detroit after their awful bus crash last year. They've replaced their entire rhythm section and are looking to getting back into their old groove. The show itself is actually being pimped by the Orion fest as a pre-show, so attendance will probably be pretty good. I'm also trying to secure an interview with lead singer John Baizley, so we'll see how that goes.

The day after Baroness, the Orion fest starts proper, with two full days of an eclectic mix again. I was able to obtain a media pass for the event, so I'll be getting to do a few interviews there too. Oh, and Metallica as well. The festival itself has a lot more activities there than I originally thought. As a taste, here's a map of the area.


Then, after Orion, I fly out to Los Angeles for E3. The unfortunate thing here is that I'll have to miss attending the actual press events in person, as there's just not enough time. I won't even be able to watch Sony's show, as I'll be in the air at that time. Unless we have wi-fi on the plane (which I doubt), then I'll be playing catch-up after I land. Even then, I might just get an early sleep, as E3 is gonna be hella busy this year.

Well, that's all the current plans so far. It's now time for bleepy stuff. We'll do Dillinger Escape Plan, since they're playing at Orion this year.



Thursday, May 23, 2013

Xbox One: The Hard Reality


I was really excited about Tuesday. The debut of a new system is a big day for any gamer, and I was prepared to enjoy Microsoft's press conference for their new moneygrabber. I made sure I had nothing to do, and I warmed up some fancy ramen noodles. You know, cheapo gamer food. Then, I settled into my comfy chair and waited to hear the awesome news.

An hour later, I was wondering if the intended idea was for me to run out and put a deposit on this new machine ASAP. Let me tell ya, after that dull-ass intro, I sure wasn't excited about parting with my cash for a second. Then came all the after-show drama, and that's where all the comedy started.

Now that a day has passed, and we have as much info as possible, let's look over the carcass we've been given.

Monday, May 20, 2013

8-Bit Metal Mondays: THE RETURN!!!!!

Hello gang. It's been a few months since the site was active, thanks to a few things in my personal life going haywire. Instead of doing a long, drawn out thesis, we'll just hit some quick points. First off, I just fell into a pretty bad funk for quite a while. Employment has been shaky, as I've done a few odd jobs here and there to raise a few bucks. Once again, fret not as I'm not starving. However, things were rough there for a bit and my desire to write just kind of went away for a bit. I guess it happens to all bloggers here and there.

One other goofup ended up being PAX East. While I had fun at the event, a few other things occurred that tainted the while experience. First was the hotel overcharging me! It actually took awhile to get things resolved, but I was knee deep in a hole for a bit. On top of that, my business debit card came up missing!!! For the whole trip, I was agonizing over where it was. Nothing was getting charged to my card at that time, which increased my mystery. Well, turned out it was my dumb ass, as I had left it in my car at the fucking airport! That teached me a very valuable lesson: never catch a flight at 5:30am in the freaking morning just because it's $20 cheaper than a later flight. You're gonna forget some shit. Despite those setbacks, I did have some fun at PAX, and I'll detail that in a later blog.

Wow, it sucks to have been gone for so long. I missed the good stuff like the PS4 reveal. I also missed the bad stuff, like the passing of Jeff Hanneman of Slayer. Jeff was a truly major loss for me personally, and it's something I really want to write about. I actually have a few other things to chat about. Let's just hope time and money hold out this time.

Before I go, this is 8-bit Metal Mondays, so let's do some traditional video posting. I was awarded the honor of seeing Ghost this past weekend. While I enjoyed listening to their cd's, it's NOTHING compared to their live act!!! There's just this sonic vibe that comes out of their live set that a studio just can't get. Seriously, go see these guys ASAP! Believe the hype! Also, believe the bleepiness! Let's also add on some live stuff for balance.




Monday, February 25, 2013

8-Bit Metal Mondays: Orion Is A Go

Metallica announced all the details for their Orion Music and More festival today, and it's a landslide of info. The fest, happening on June 8th and 9th in my own back yard of Belle Isle, Michigan, is a mix of metal and non-metal acts spanning across five stages. It's gonna also have a ton of side show attractions, like a Metallica museum, a film fest with flicks picked by Lars himself, a car and bike show, and plenty of other exhibits as well.

At it's heart, Orion is about music, and the line-up here is pretty strong. First are the headliners, with Metallica closing the show on the second night and the Red Hot Chili Peppers taking the first night. Then it's a mix of bands like the Deftones, Gogol Bordello, All Shall Perish, Dropkick Murphys, Battlecross, and a wide assortment of other bands. It's a collection for everyone.

Tickets are a bit pricey at $150 for a two day pass and $750 VIP passes for those who feel they have money to burn. However, for Metallica to play a festival in one's own neighborhood, I think I can pass up a few games to see this event.

You can find out more about tix and all the acts at Orionmusicandmore.com. As for right now, enjoy some bleepy Metallica goodness.



Tuesday, February 19, 2013

8-Bit Metal Mondays: Slice That Bitch Up!

After having two stinkers for games in a row, I'm starting to get very pessimistic. It takes a lot to get me upset, or even angry. And yet, here it is, happening twice in as many weeks. Now tomorrow, I'm supposed to pick up the new Metal Gear game, Rising: Revengeance. Now, I've played several demos of the game already, and I like what I've played. Of course, I also played demos of Dead Space 3 and Aliens: Colonial Marines and they all seemed okay. Then I bought them, and played them to completion. Now I'm mad all over again.

Still, Metal Gear is a series that hasn't disappointed me yet. Even with the switch to a heavy action stance compared to the sneaking of old, I have high hopes. After all, the guys who made the new Metal Gear also made Vanquish, and that game was tits! Of course, they also made Bayonetta, and that was a little too much about the tits.

And now the old drill, with Metal Gear gone all metal bleepy.


Monday, February 18, 2013

Two Bad Games, One Winner

These past couple weeks, I've had the misfortune of buying two high profile video games that turned out to be total clunkers: Dead Space 3 and Aliens: Colonial Marines. Both were high profile, both got tons of advertising, and both ended up tanking. DS3 was considered bland compared to it's horror-specific previous entries, while A: CO was flat out considered to be released too early in development. In fact, Alien's press has been so bad (stories of developer woes and knowledge that the game was gonna bomb before release have been all over the web), that it's actually taken the heat off of Dead Space for the time being.

Now, let's pose the question: which pile of excrement would you actually play if they were your only choices? Let's break these games down into several categories and let's see who wins the shit-covered crown.

Note: I'll only be comparing the single-player mode for these comparisons. While Aliens does have a decent online multiplayer mode and main mission co-op, Dead Space 3 just opted for the co-op. I did try to play DS co-op, but every jerk I teamed up with bailed on me in search of loot. So please, blame them.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

8-bit Metal Mondays: A Wii U We Will Have

Aw fuckbuckets. Been having a week of stressful job hunting, and I  forgot my usual Monday duties. I personally blame the economy. Hell, I blame EVERYTHING on the economy. Of course, it can't fight back, and thus I feel superior. Speaking of which, I need a crown. Superiority requires shiny headgear!

As the title would suggest, I am now the the owner of Nintendo's console du jour, the Wii U. Thank you to my tax refund for the purchase. As I sat down after hooking the whole shibang together, I came away with these thoughts:

1. The Wii U Gamepad is still a joy to hold. I remember clasping an early build of it at E3 2011 back when it had two analog sliders. Now those sliders have become actual clickable thumbsticks and feel so much better. Too bad I don't have any games for it. Well, not really, which leads me to...\

2. I picked up the deluxe edition because I wanted some decent hard drive space, the rechargeable dock for the Gamepad, and BLACK IS EVIL!!!!!! It also came with Nintendoland, the Wii Sports of our generation. At all the convention spots I went to and tried to enjoy these obvious demos, I just couldn't. Even on the privacy of my own home, it's obvious that these damn party games just aren't my style. Anyways, when I have friends over, I usually break out Street Fighter, not a bunch of Wiimotes.

Still, even though I can only play my older Wii games and Virtual Console titles for now, it's the promise of the future games incoming that made me pursue my purchase.

Now, as far as I know, there aren't any Wii U bleepy metal tunes. That is, unless, I'm either blind or deaf. Instead, enjoy these metalized Mario and Zelda tunes.


Monday, February 4, 2013

8-Bit Metal Mondays: Cannibal Corpse Admit They're Old, Decide To Keep Being Awesome Anyways

 

See that up there? Beautiful, isn't it. Just makes you want to plant tulips, and use the blood of the forsaken for fertilizer.

Cannibal Corpse is putting put this glorious career-spanning box set next month on March 19th to celebrate their 25th anniversary. Fuck man, one of the founding death metal bands is a quarter of a century old. Not only does that make them old, it makes me feel like a grandfather. However, even though the years are piling on them, CC aren't about to stop anytime soon, First, the box set itself contains every album the band has produced, a live cd with the vinyl equivalent, graphic prints of all the album covers, and a calendar. A very bloody calendar. Hang it in your kid's room. They'll thank you for the nightmares later.

Cannibal Corpse is also going on one hell of a package tour this spring with Napalm Death (!) and Immolation, dates which you can find right here.

Now comes the obvious bit of the column: bleepy remix tunes of Corpse's songs. Watch and listen away.





Thursday, January 31, 2013

Sony Teases Us Like a Cheap Hooker With Crabs

Like, really big crabs. The kind you can see.

Get it?

Okay, I'm saying Sony's being obvious about what they're hiding. Next time I'll pick a better euphemism.

So, the big S posted this on their Facebook earlier today.


Best guess scenario? Sony just let the world know when they will finally acknowledge the existence of the Playstation 4. We'll here how powerful the system is and how it'll change the face of gaming. You know, the usual PR spin. I'm mostly hoping that we'll at least get to see what the system looks like. The last time Sony announced a new system was with the Vita, and they had units all ready to go for the media to look at and snap plenty of pics with.

However, if you're gonna wonder about pricing, a launch date and launch games, I say keep wondering. We might get a launch window (Nov. 2013-Feb.2014, taking bets now), but don't count on the rest of the stuff just yet. After all, Sony still has an E3 conference left to please their investors.

If this is the announcement of the nest Playstation, maybe this'll get Microsoft on the ball to showcase hteir next system as well.\

Worse case scenario? Sony's being really overdramatic about a new Parappa The Rapper game.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

8-Bit Metal Mondays on Tuesdays-Soundgarden!!!!

Oopsies, forgot about this little nugget yesterday, but I was tied up in a bunch of things. The biggie was figuring out my tax return. My yearly motto is,"If the government owes you money, then don't just sit on it, GET THAT SHIT!!!" Plus, I itemize the hell out of everything. If it's deductible, it's going on a schedule somewhere. This year's moolah is going straight to a Wii U, a 3DS XL, plane flights to PAX and E3, and new pants. Can't do none of that stuff without nice pants.

I also needed a good chunk of yesterday to recover from Sunday night, as the reunited Soundgarden played Detroit and I got to see them. God damn, did they KILL IT!!!! The guys played a near perfect set. I would of put in Black Hole Sun over Blow Up The Outside World, but that's about the only real negative out of the whole show. We got Outshined, Rusty Cage, Spoonman, Black Hole Sun, and a ton of other hits. Even their new stuff went over well. My one pick, Jesus Christ Pose, ended up being second one in, so my night was awesome.

Also: Chris Cornell just refuses to age. Ever.

You know the drill now, so let's do some bleepy Soundgarden.



Thursday, January 24, 2013

Nintendo Can Still Make Me Feel Happy

Nintendo was really scaring me. With my impending purchase of a Wii U looming ever closer, I was beginning to already question what lay in store for the future. Then early yesterday morning, my fears were put at ease thanks to the above video. Mr. Iwata delivers the majority of a shit ton of new Wii U info, in the best nervously spoken English this side of Tokyo.

One of the real big points for myself were the inclusion of a lot of JRPG's, a genre I've been revisiting as of late. First there was a new title from Monolith Soft, the same guys who got big props for Xenoblade Chronicles. If the logo for the game is any hint, I'd bet that it's a sequel to Xenoblade. Then there's the "how in the fucking hell are these gonna work together" mashup of the Shin Megami Tensai and Fire Emblem series. I personally don't have any experience with either series, other than they're a dungeon crawler and a strategy RPG respectively, so this mashup may be worth a looksee.

The really big news near the end of the vid is that the big N is working on two different Zelda games. One is gonna be built from the ground up, and it's promised that it's gonna challenge how Zelda games are usually made. The second is a full HD remake of The Wind Waker, the cell-shaded Gamecude game that divided Zelda fans. Other features are going to be added to the game, like being able to play it on the Wii U controller's screen separate from the system. We'll be hearing about both come this year's E3.

So there ya go, Wii U owners, you'll soon be emptying your pockets for more Nintendo stuff in the near future.  And to think they have a 3DS video to go.

Monday, January 21, 2013

8-Bit Metal Mondays-Skyrim DLC For All!!!!

     When Skyrim first came out over a year ago, for some reason beyond my understanding, I picked up the PS3 version. I don't know what part of my brain decided to go all rogue retard on me, but the PS3 version had a gazillion bugs running around in it. One particular nasty bug left me with a blocked questline. Oh well, that town can just live with it's fucking curse! Even worse, all the DLC that was coming out for the game wasn't working well with the PS3 for some undisclosed reason. So, 360 owners got to enjoy killing vampire hoards, building their dream fantasy setting house, and hunting down the first Dragonborn.

     Well, no more, says Bethesda. Not only is the game getting patched, but all of the DLC that was previously released will finally see light on the PS3. Dragonborn, Hearthfire, and Dawnguard will all be available in February on the PSN to drain our wallets. At least we won't be as broke as 360 users, as PS3 users will a one week sale of the whole set for half off. Whether they'll go further and offer an even better bundle sale is still in question, but at least the content will finally be available.

Now on to something related and bleepy, but a bit more on the heavy side.


Sunday, January 20, 2013

DMC: Devil May Cry: The Riff Review


Welcome to 2013's first polarizing game. You'd think that someone was going around killing gamer's mothers the way people were crying about the changes made in this reboot of the super stylish series. Well, I'm here to give it to you straight. All the whiners can go stick it, as DMC is one of the best reboots out there, as it improves upon a lot of the old series's shortcomings.

Monday, January 14, 2013

8-Bit Metal Mondays-Devil May Cry Be Rollin', They Hatin'

   Tomorrow morning, I 'll be visiting the store that goes through the process of the stoppage of games and picking me up my first game of the new year. That new piece of software is the Devil May Cry reboot, the game that left the strongest impression after trying it at PAX Prime. I've been hyping myself up for the release by buying the HD release of the older games as well as replaying the demo on my 360. Funny, as how I didn't really dig the DMC franchise for the longest time. I thought it was too flashy and had no substance. Then part 4 came out and I promptly shut the hell up.

   One of the funnier stories about DMC's reboot is all the older fans going into hissy fits over the change in combat and , more importantly, Dante's new look. Honestly, I haven't heard this much bitching since Metallica cut their hair and released Load, an album I actually quite like. I'm hoping history repeats itself and I end up liking the reboot, and if the advance reviews are any sign, then I shall enjoy it immensely.

And now, it's the part you all know. Time for something bleepy to go along with the presented topic.


Friday, January 11, 2013

Now Presenting..... The Game Chasers


Back when I had a job and not having to rely on unemployment, my work had a bunch of tv's set up in the lunch area. When it was my shift, I was generally watching Storage Wars. Never mind the fact that the show's about as fake as Snooki's intelligence. I was just hooked on what hokey shit these people wound up finding inside these aging lockers. Then I wondered if there was a way to adapt that to video games. Seeing as how vintage game collecting is at an all time high right now, a show on finding the rarest of the rare could have some appeal. One problem: how would you make it entertaining?

Answer: go to Texas.

Meet the Game Chasers, Billy Gamechaser and Shady Jay. Residing around the Dallas FT. Worth area, these guys have made it a mission to hit every pawn shop, flea market, swap meet, and antique shop in creation to help build their retro collections as well as help save a good chunk of cultural history. All while trying to pay bottom dollar.

Now, the game collecting is only part of the show. The real draw is how Jay and Billy interact with each other and the occasional guest chaser. These guys are their own comedy team, and the internet is their stage. Some of their best stuff happens when one of the guys comes across something that's legitimately rare. Take the above video for example. Near the end, Billy finds one of the rarest NES games ever made by chance, and Jay's reaction is priceless.

Of course, that's just one example.  The Game Chasers have over 20 episodes on Youtube awaiting your perusal, along with a new series they started called That's The Way Game Playing Go. I suggest you start watching a bunch with the links below. There's a good chance you'll end up losing several hours of your life watching them like I did.

http://www.youtube.com/user/Captain8Bit

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Game-Chasers-Fan-Page

http://twitter.com/thegamechasers

Monday, January 7, 2013

8-bit Metal Monday: Hatebreed and Hella Heat

Awesome. Middle of winter, and we have no heat. We're not ice cubes yet, but trying to sleep tonight is gonna be an adventure.

So, Hatebreed have finally gotten around to writing new tunes, and one of those songs just popped up in video form. The new tune is called "Put It To The Torch", and it sure does love fire. Lots of fire. Plus, hot flame dancers. Good combination says I. Extra points to the main actor who gets points in the Bruce Campbell Acting School for getting into a fight with himself, sans sawing his own hand off.

Below is the clip itself, and it's off the new album The Divinity of Purpose, which pops up on January 29th. Enjoy the just over 2 minutes of brutality, along with some hard core bleepiness.


Friday, January 4, 2013

Holy Shit! Rob Caggiano Leaves Anthrax!


Well, this is pretty fucking sudden. Rob Caggiano, Anthrax's lead guitarist for many years (sans one reunion tour), has left the band. Now, there's no bad blood here. Both sides have already issued statements declaring so, and I'd say it's pretty legit. Rob did give his reason for leaving, and it's that he wants to return to the producer's chair. As well as being a damn fine guitarist, Rob is a whiz behind the board. Go ahead and do a search on his work and you'll be pretty impressed. Plus, even though he didn't say so, I wouldn't doubt that he's getting tired of road life. Dude ain't getting any younger, but he is fortunate to have multiple skills in the music industry. One of those skills just happen to keep him away from smelly tour buses.

Now we get to play "who's up next." Most eyes are looking towards Dan Spitz, Anthrax's original guitarist. The reason is that the band will be performing the entire Among the Living album next tour, so why not have all the original guys do it, ya know? The problem here is that Dan is rather known to be a bit of a douche and his attitude was one of the reasons the first reunion didn't really work out.

Other than that, I ain't got shit for ideas as to who could be the next guy. Any ideas from the peanut gallery?

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Final Fantasy? Meh. New Dragon Quest remake? MMMM!!!!!

Greetings one and all to 2013!! I hope everyone had a safe New Years celebration. If things didn't go the way you planned, then I hope your bail wasn't that high, and that the judge goes easy on ya.

So admist all the hub bub and whatsit that I've been going through, I totally missed on two new games coming out from good old Square Enix. Well, I already knew that a new Final Fantasy was coming out, the third chronicle of Lightning's adventures, but I completely whiffed on the debut trailer. While the idea of time travel is kept, this time it'll be a thirteen-day loop ala Zelda: Mask of Majora. While I thought that FFXIII-2 was a much improved sequel, it still wasn't interesting enough to complete. I still have the game sitting on my shelf, begging to be played. I'm worried that XIII-3(Oh, sorry, it' called Lightning Returns. C'mon Sqeeninx, get your numbering system right!) will end up suffering the same fate. It kind of makes me wish they would end this silliness, finish up their mess with FF XIV, and just make a good game out of part XV.


The other game was a remake of Dragon Quest VII, the only game of the series to come out on the original Playstation. The original release was a super epic quest, but was considered graphically inferior to contemporary game of the time. The remake will be getting the much needed graphics overhaul and will also be popping up on the Nintendo 3DS.

 Ironically enough, I also didn't beat DQ VII, but it wasn't because of shitty gameplay. It was because the game is ungodly long! I believe there were totals of around 70-80 hours just to beat the game. I'm actually quite nervous to think what it would be with sidequests included.

The game itself doesn't have a U.S. release date yet, but considering all the DS remakes made these shores, I'll bet good money this one will too.