Games Meet Metal: January 2013

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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.

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.