Archives for August 2004

ESPN NFL 2K5 vs. NCAA 2005

Since I don’t have Madden 2005 and I haven’t played it yet, I thought I’d compare my experience with the two football games I do have. I know I’m not technically comparing apples to apples, but it’s close enough. It’s Fuji Apples vs. Granny Smiths. Or something like that.

B00020V4RG.01._AA_SCMZZZZZZZ_.jpgFirst and foremost, the graphics, animations, and presentation aren’t even close. ESPN looks pretty darn good. There are times that the players look a tad “squatty” but it’s not too bad. I am amazed at how nice it really looks, screen shots don’t do it justice. It has made me much more disappointed with NCAA’s graphics. It’s just no contest. It makes NCAA look old.

Control and feel are both still solid. I am still getting the hang of ESPN’s controls but NCAA’s are second nature to me. The feel is pretty wierd to get used to. NCAA seems more responsive, ESPN is loose and touchy. Passing in ESPN is an exercise in frustration at times.
B0002IJY2U.01-A1AJVWO2HMT2XY._SCMZZZZZZZ_.jpegComputer opponents are better in ESPN and there’s the VIP which is a profile of how you play the game and you can use it to play against, well, yourself. Sounds cool, I want to let it learn more of how I play before I try it.

Environment or atmosphere is definitely NCAA’s domain. It really does capture the feel of a college football game. ESPN looks prettier (NCAA’s crowds look like burn victims) but I like NCAA’s overall atmosphere.

I haven’t delved into ESPN’s franchise mode yet but I think NCAA will edge it out. Dynasty mode, with its awesome recruiting aspect, will be nearly impossible to beat.

There’s more to it than just this, but that’s my five minute take on it. I’m sure I’ll revisit this topic some more in the future.

I still haven’t won a game yet with my Brownies. The Lions and Seahawks have both beat me by a field goal.

Video game-free weekend

I didn’t play any games this weekend, including the ritual FF:TA battle before bed. It was actually kind of nice, we were actually outdoors, camping and picnicking and what not. I didn’t miss the games as much as I thought I would. It has been a nice break.

Now that the work week is upon us I hopefully will get a game of NCAA 2005 in and finally give ESPN NFL 2K5 a whirl. Should be fun.

Gamecube’s Fall Lineup and new peripheral

Over at PlanetGamecube.com they’ve got a list of up coming games this fall/winter for both the Gamecube and the GBA. I’m looking forward to (in no particular order): Paper Mario 2, Metroid Prime 2, Viewtiful Joe 2, and Mario Tennis. I’ll probably pick up NFSU 2 for the Xbox.

They’ve also got news concerning the new “controller” for Mario Party 6: a microphone. This could be good or this could be lame. I don’t do karaoke but I can scream with the best of them. Maybe some voice recognition to see who could imitate Mario saying “Itsa me, Mario!”

ESPN 2K5

Well, in a moment of weakness I picked up ESPN NFL 2K5 at Sam’s Club. I couldn’t pass up the $16.84 price tag, so I grabbed it. I promised myself I wouldn’t purchase another game until Fable, but I’ve been so bad lately. I’m going to try and finish Deus Ex and, along with Goblin Commander, trade in for Fable.

I also signed up for Google AdSense. Why not? I get a TON of visitors to the site, so it should subsidize my gaming spending. Hahah, yeah right. Okay, so I’m only averaging a couple hits a day, but those will increase once people realize how right I am about things. Then those ads will pay off! Just wait!

Fable has gone gold!

EA lets us know that Fable has gone gold, less than a month away. Man, this fall-winter is shaping up to be a great video game season.

Games gathering dust

There was a link to a story on games.slashdot.org to this article about having too many games to play. A problem I’m sure we’d all like to have, but this post came at a time I was thinking the exact same thing.

I’ve picked up 6-7 games at rock-bottom prices (I think I’ve spent 60 bucks total) and I’ve still got other games I haven’t had a chance to play yet. I would say I’ve got ten good games in the ‘queue’ waiting for me to play. And I was thinking “Man, I’ve got to beat Goblin Commander before I start something else.” It felt like it was almost a chore. That’s not right. This is my hobby, not a job or responsibility. I felt obligated to play because it’s sitting right there in front of me.

So I decided to give Goblin Commander another go tonight, and I was not enjoying it at all. RTS games belong on a PC, even though Jaleco did a decent job with Goblin Commander. So I decided instead of feeling obligating to completing the game, I’ll just use it as trade fodder. I could probably get 5-10 bucks for it (about what I paid for it) and pick up something I want to play, like ESPN NFL 2k5. It’s out of my system. I don’t feel like I have to complete it.

So liberating! What a breakthrough I’ve had. But I still will finish Viewtiful Joe if it’s the last thing I do.

Mario Tennis

cube.ign.com has some snazzy hi-res screenshots of Mario Tennis. Looking very nice.

Hope springs eternal

Every once and a while, an article like this (via IGN) catches my eye and my heart at the same time. Getting my Gamecube online is defintely something I have been hoping for for a while, but so far no luck. So I read the article, hoping for a glimmer of hope, and all I get is:

Unfortunately, Nintendo filed the patent in question for the ill-fated 64DD and not for the GameCube. The 64DD was meant to add mass storage capabilities to the N64, but it never caught on.

Blasted! Oh well, hope does spring eternal.

My cup runneth over

Those crazy cheap A’s found another bodacious deal at Toys ‘R Us, lots of decent games half off an already reduced price. I picked up Beyond Good and Evil and Deus Ex:Invisible War for the Xbox and Freedom Fighters for the Gamecube. After using a gift card I spent 18 bucks on three sweet games. Excellent!

So my game queue continues to grow. I’ll get some time in this weekend with some of these titles, but NCAA 2005 is still taking up the majority of my time. Once I get a chance to play a couple of these I’ll post my thoughts.

Fable previews

There are countless Fable previews coming out now, and needless to say, I am excited about this one. This one from IGN is pretty long but it was pretty well done with a lot of information and impressions. Some are saying the best RPG ever.

I’m not sure what I think the best RPG is. I really liked Final Fantasy III/IV on the SNES, I liked Baldur’s Gate and others. Diablo II comes to mind, but it may not qualify as an RPG. Regardless, the game is ambitious and looks like it could be stellar. It was definitely one of the reasons I bought an Xbox and I may even say I’m looking forward more to it than Halo 2. Blasphemy, I know!

I’m still not what to make of the marriage/sex aspect of the game.