July 30, 2005

Good games for the dollar!

Often old PC games get neglected after they have been out for +1 years. However these games are still excellent and the best part is that they are cheap as hell. So basically I've comprised a list of old games that are still great and better yet cheap!

1. Medieval Total War: Great stragety game you can get the expansion pack as low as $20. Verdict: 9.5/10

2. Starcraft: If you don't already own this RTS that's very sad because it's one of the best RTS out there today and is also one of the most popular games in Japan.
Verdict: 9/10

3. IceWind Dale 2: awesome RPG with a great plot and loads of character profession to chose from
Final Verdict: 8.5/10

4. Halo(PC): I bet that Halo 2 online play is pretty good, but actually I prefer the Halo(PC) online version better. You have different maps only accessible on the PC version. You get the Rocket Warthog and the flamethrower that are only seen in the PC version. Also unlike it's
X-box counterpart the online is free!
Verdict: 10/10

5. Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots: This one isn't too old actually but it is still a great game that's been out for almost 2 years now. It is a very nice RTS that lets you build your own civilization and advance it throughout the ages of man
Verdict: 9/10

PC side of things

Not much PC info gets covered here so I decided to cover some.
Game of today's topic: Guild Wars

Tired of playing the same MMORPGS? Doing the same quests over and over again such as bring "X" thing to "X" person or bring "X" amount of things to "X" person? Or maybe you are tired of the harsh death penalties and the hours you need to contribute to the game? And that monthly fee is getting annoying I bet, $15.00 a month to play! Well then if you have said yes to any of the following questions the GW(Guild Wars) is for you.

Guild Wars is really a game of skill rather than hours spent into the game. The maximum level capacity being twenty may seem small but it really is a good level cap. In guild Wars you have six different classes, Mesmer( anti-caster class), Elementalist(basic caster), Necromancer (caster that relays on stealing life and giving up it's own health to do damage and can also summon dead), Monk (basic healing class), Ranger( archer that has incredible nature lore and can control animals), and warrior ( basic melee class). The beauty to this is that you can mix classes for example: you can be a warrior/monk with the ability to bash and heal. You can combine any classes together so the combos are endless.

The quests in GW are more original than most of the quests in most MMORPGS. Some even invole you talking to people to persuade them to do what you want them to do. But what is really great about GW are the missions, GW has a plot built in to it each time you complete a mission a short cut scene is shown reveling more the plot (which has many twists). These missions are fun but can take a while so make sure you at least have two hours of free time before doing a mission. Even if you die during a mission the death penalties aren't too bad they just invole a decrease in strength and health.

The best part is yet to come though: it's free that's right free no monthly fees unlike every other MMORPG. Guild wars is a great game my finale verdict is : 8.5/10. I took of points for the missions being to long and for the lack of variation of weapons and armor ( you basiclly see the same weapons and armor with the same names excecpt with higher damage rates and extra energy boots). Besides those minor flaws GW is a great game.


July 29, 2005

DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi preview (DBZ Sparking)

As the new DBZ game's release draws nearer, I thought it'd be nice to take a look at some of the new characters that will be in the game.

The following characters have been confirmed:

-The ENTIRE Ginue Squad
-Super 17
All above characters are playable in all of their forms.

Plus all the characters form the other games which include:
-Android 17
-Android 16
-Android 18
-Dr. Gero
(You get the idea)

And that's just scratching the surface! Remember, there are over 60 playable characters in the game so expect even more! (I can think of a few I'd like. *cough* Nova *cough*) Keep checking back for the latest on Budoki Tenkaichi!

In the meanwhile, check out some new screens here: http://media.ps2.ign.com/media/742/742303/imgs_1.html

Huzzah! It's Doegab!

I'd like to welcome the first new member of the Gameweb team: Doegab!!!

Let's all give him a big Gameweb hello! Or not...

The 100th post!!

What better way to celebrate the 100th post than to announce the new Gameweb team! I've sent out an e-mail to my friends and fellow bloggers to see who wanted to join me in Internet domination!! So far I've got my friend "The One Known As To Be Reconed With" (annoyingly long name) joining the team, so lets all welcome him (Not typing that name again!)! I hope to have my friend Doegab and my friend Raider Bear join soon as well!


DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi

I've got up a list of confirmed characters for the upcoming Budokai Tenkaichi over at Gameweb:Viewpoint. Go check it out! Some good stuff in there!
DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi is slated for a November 15th release on the PS2.

July 28, 2005

PSP browser

I'm testing the PSP web browser by writing this entry while using it! Works like a charm!


I'm back on the regular computer now. I thought I'd elaborate on the browser. It really does work fantastically! Well enough for me to post here! The only problem was that the virtual keyboard made it a bit hard to write even just the two sentences. It took a while, but it worked! Hopefully in the future Sony will make a mini keyboard add-on.

PSP 2.0!

Huzzah!! What we've all been waiting for! The PSP 2.0 firmware update! Although it's currently only available in Japan, the update is region-free and will work with U.S. systems.
For those of you who don't know, the PSP 2.0 update adds many new features to the already feature-packed PSP. Some of these include: wireless photo sharing, support for new types of music and video, support for custom backgrounds(!), and finally... A WEB BROWSER!!!

What are you waiting for? Download the PSP 2.0 update now!!!!

I'll have a full review soon.

Game Swap Zone!

Do you like eBay? Like games? Then you'll love Game Swap Zone! It's an all new auction site for nothing but games! Not much to browse at the moment (there's only 10 products), but check back in the future for some great deals!
You can check out the site by clicking here.

July 24, 2005

Nintendo Interview

There was a recent interview with Nintendo president Satoru Iwata and Shigeru Miyamoto and they reviled some really juicy tidbits about the Revolution, DS, and new games!

"Both Nintendo President Satoru Iwata and Executive Producer Shigeru Miyamoto were interviewed by Electronic Gaming Monthly recently to discuss numerous topics, and reveal a few more choice details about the upcoming Revolution console. According to Iwata, although the system will not support high-definition games, all Revolution games will be required to support 480p Progressive Scan, so games will still be playable on high-def TV sets in a widescreen format. Also, the attachment announced at E3 to give the system DVD-playing capability will be inserted inside the machine, so players won't notice it. In regards to the system's online capability, the Revolution will be Wi-Fi compatible out of the box, but will initially not have a Ethernet port. However, an adapter will be sold that will make use of the Revolution's USB ports to connect to an Ethernet system. Nintendo is also looking into DS-to-Revolution connectivity via Wi-Fi.

In regards to games, Miyamoto states that Nintendo is considering making a DS version of the ultra-popular Super Smash Brothers series. Miyamoto is currently hard at work at both the new Mario game for Revolution (which he confirms is the game that was Mario 128) as well as his new project, which was announced at E3. Miyamoto says he would like to use the much-overlooked Luigi in a new game, and is considering making a new Pikmin title for Revolution considering that the still-mysterious controller would be perfect for the game. Plus, he's looking into doing something with the long stagnant GameCube tech demo Stage Debut, which allowed players to map their faces into games. Also, Iwata states that the company is looking into adding online play into many of the downloadable Nintendo games that will be available on Revolution, and also confirms that the Revolution controller, since it will be able to play 4 generations of Nintendo console games, will not be so vastly different that it alienates developers and third-parties."

GTA gets pulled

In a follow-up to the GTA "hot coffee" from last week, it now appears Rockstar and Take Two are in even more trouble. Due to the recent rating change to "Adults Only", Best Buy, Circuit City, and Gamestop have pulled all copies of GTA: San Andreas from their stores and no longer sell the game. Pitty.

July 21, 2005

GTA gets rating change

Apparently because of someone's mod (called "hot coffee"), ESRB has revoked the Mature rating given to Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and replaced it with an Adults-Only rating. The mod unlocked sexually explicit minigames within San Andreas, thus the game's rating changed to "AO". This will effect games already produced. Rockstar will stop production of that version of the game, delete the content, and re-produce the game for an "M" rating.

July 18, 2005

Worms are invading!

Worms is invading a portable system near you! That's right, Worms is coming to the PSP and DS in two all new Worms games in classic 2D style! No details were given, but here are some screens of the PSP version in action!

(click for bigger versions)

July 12, 2005

What if the 360 was black?

It would probably look like this. Although this is not an official picture, but rather a fan-made render, it could paint some picture of the future. There is a chance of the 360 getting released in black. After all, it's the color of the beta kits (as seen in the picture below- compared to the Xbox beta kit).

The DS gets Rare!

It's official! The company Rare (now owned by Microsoft), has set up a team to develop games for the DS! Now maybe we'll see a true hand-held Banjo-Kazooie!

Xbox gets TLC!

The Lost Chapters, that is! That's right, Fable: The Lost Chapters will be available for the Xbox this September as a Platinum Hits title for $19.99! This is great news because I really wanted the game- but not on the PC!

July 5, 2005

Jade Empire

Just a quick note: Jade Empire is now $30! If you don't already own this one, get it now! Not only was it voted the best RPG on Xbox, but it's also the highest rated Xbox game* (9.9)! I suggest getting the Limited Edition (it's the same price).

*Views only reflect those of the IGN staff. Although, the game got stellar reviews from every magazine and website.

It's here!

The Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack was released today (online; it'll be in stores Thursday)! Get the final five maps for $12, and the other four (if you don't already have them) for free! Mine's downloading right now! So what are you waiting for!? Stop playing Conker for a few minutes and boot up Halo 2!

I've been holding out

Sorry I've been holding out on the reviews. I've actually got a lot of 'em. I've done so because of a recent merger proposition with my good friend Raider Bear (bearsreview.blogspot.com). Keep in mind that this will only effect Viewpoint. Gameweb will remain the same. The new site should have twice the content as well as movie reviews. I'll keep you updated on that.

In other news: I just realized last month was Gameweb's half birthday! If you recall, Gameweb was created on December 22 of last year. The perfect Christmas gift for any gamer! June 22 was the six month mark. It'll be one in December. I hope to continue the excellent coverage (Go ahead, check around the web. You won't find any site with as much news!), and I hope for many more birthdays to come!

Happy half birthday Gameweb!

July 4, 2005

Happy 4th of July!

Happy Fourth of July everybody! Here's some ways to celebrate:
1. Go read my new reviews.
2. Go to your local Circuit City for the Fourth of July sale. They have games on sale for $10 that are usually $50!
3. Eat junk food!
4. Watch the Twilight Zone marathon on the Si Fi channel.

And remember; it's good to live in America... unless you live in Japan. Because they get more games than us, and they come out sooner!

July 3, 2005

Review- Kirby Canvas Curse



Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Genre: Stylus Platformer
Price: (varies) $30-$40
Players: 1

The mold has been broken, and I love it! There should be more games like this! The whole point of the game is to get Kirby through levels of the game using only the stylus to build rainbows for him to ride on. Tap an enemy and they get stunned. Tap Kirby and he speeds up. Speed into an enemy to copy his power and tap Kirby to use it. The whole system works beautifully. The game itself is pretty easy until you get into the later levels (where Kirby is being pushed to the right side of the screen, and you have to tap bombs to blow up walls to prevent him from getting smashed). Boss battles are a little different. Each time you beat a world (three levels), you get to choose one of three boss games. There's a breakout style game, a racing game, and a drawing game. Once you beat it twice, it becomes availabe as a minigame in which you can try for some high scorage. Another cool aspect of the game are the collectible medals. There are six in each level. Three you find and three you win by completing the level in a certain amount of time or using the least ink possible. With these you can unlock cool extras like bead lines, instead of rainbows, music, and even the ability to play as Meta Knight.
I enjoyed Kirby very much. Even though it's short and kind of easy, it's a unique title that should not be missed! The only downside? No multiplayer. Bummer.
Graphics: One of the best looking Kirby games ever! - 10
Sound: Awesome! New tunes, remixed ones, and classics! - 10
Control: Stylus control is awesome! - 10
Lasting Appeal: Short. Unlockables will last you a while-but not too long. - 8.6
Overall: 9.5