Archives for March 2009

Team Uniforms!

It’s almost as if Penny Arcade decide to provide Team Buttonmashing with jerseys:


I love these shirts.

Preview – Lux Pain [DS]

Lux Pain

Genre: Adventure
Website: Lux Pain
Developer: Ignition Entertainment
Release Date: March 24, 2009
Buy it from Amazon


So what is Lux Pain? Lux Pain is an adventure game on the Nintendo DS that takes place in Kisaragi City where something is going terribly wrong. Worms born of hate are infecting people, causing them to do hateful things. You play Atsuki, looking to avenge your parents, who were on the receiving end of said hateful things.

That might sound like your typical game set-up, but Lux Pain is more than that. The game uses the DS touch screen in some pretty interesting ways to interact with the game, including dissecting these terrible brain worms. Sounds delightful. Here’s a partial list of the game play:

  • Investigate your surroundings and gather hints by conversing with characters in the game
  • Use your Psychic Powers to save potential victims from Silent Worms.
  • Explore the massive world of Kisaragi City
  • Use your stylus to:
  • Conduct autopsies of Silent worms found throughout the game
  • Find parasites before they reach the heart of the victim
  • Examine various items you encounter along your journey such as buildings and objects

I’ve posted some images and screenshots on Flickr. You can see the trailer video after the jump.

Brock will be providing us a review. Look for it soon.
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Prototype: Top 10 Reasons Trailer

These are the same guys who brought us the old Hulk game on the xbox and that was fun for the era. This new game kind of blows that one out of the water from what I’ve seen. Any of the reasons that they listed in the trailer for getting the game work for me. I especially like the pwning anyone clip.

Powerbomb someone off of a skyscraper?

Yes please!

That’s not my favorite part though. My favorite reason to get this game is the devastator attacks. The screen-encompassing attacks look great and seem to get the job done.

More agility than spider-man, stronger than the hulk, and add the symbiote abilities of venom only more deadly, anyone going to be able to stop this guy?

P.S. That armblade he has is wicked cool.

Pure Awesomeness!!!

There isn’t much in the beginning of this clip but it turns up the awesome dial around 0:50.

The second angle on the action towards the end of the clips lets you know how high the car gets.

[2 Minute Review] Star Wars The Clone Wars Lightsaber Duels

Is this the lightsaber game we’ve all been hoping for?


No—unless you’re six.

DO: You are a Jedi from the Clone Wars era.

TYPE: Fighter.


PRICE: $50

MEAT: There’s isn’t much to chew on. Using the motion controls of the Wii, one buttonm—er, wagglemashes the controller to defeat your foes. Most matches can be won by swinging your arms like mad. The game is over in two hours. It’s dangerous to play with two people in close proximity. My six-year-old son beat it in two sittings.


PERKS: it’s like animating your own cartoon; accessible for anyone who can move a Wii controller; some unlockables in characters; Obi-wan in his clone armor

SCREAMS: for more depth; to have a sense of saber immersion—lack of actual feedback hurts it; the title, really? that long? You’re kidding; to be about $20-30 cheaper; to not be a cash-in by Lucas—hey, it’s what he does now; the lame saber clash sound in the remote gets old.

VERDICT: Pass…unless you have a young kid and need for them to burn some energy. My kid loves it.

Having a true Wii lightsaber game is a pipedream. Why? There’s no sense of feedback. You’re just cutting air. Hate to destroy fanboys hopes, but it’s not gonna happen like you fantasize.

Periodic Table of Video Games

Niko Bellic, get it?I didn’t find this until recently and wanted to share it, but I couldn’t access my site yesterday (lame, I know). So now I can present to you a link to the Periodic Table of Video Games. It’s pretty much as awesome as it sounds. A lot of clever thought went into this one.

I can name almost all of them.

(via I Heart Chaos)

Punch-Out!! Wiimake Oozes Nostalgia

Judging from the trailer, this is how you remake a game. Nintendo states that not only will the game have waggle control, but the classic NES control as well. I can see that happening here in the video.

Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! is in my top three favorite games for the NES. I’m excited about this. RSS readers may have to jump to the site to view the video.

It’s all fun and games: The 1st Quarter of 2009

At my best guess, I spent close to $500 on video games in 2008. It sickens me to think of it. One of my goals this year was to spend no more than the price of two premium games at retail ($120) and to see how far my enjoyment goes.

This means that I didn’t want to spend more than that amount out of pocket total for the year. My game purchases for the year so far:

  • Mount & Blade (Steam)—$7.50
  • Monster Trucks Nitro (Steam)—$10
  • Soldner-X: Himmelssturmer (PS3)—$10
  • Battlefield: Bad Company (PS3)—$15
  • Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3)—$35
  • Kingdom Hearts II (PS2)—$20
  • Killzone 2 (PS3)—$60
  • Ultimate Shooting Collection (Wii)—$30
  • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II (Steam)—$50
  • Puzzle Quest: Galactrix (Steam)—$20
  • Puzzle Quest: Galactrix (DS)—$30
  • Flower (PS3)—$10
  • Big Bang Mini (DS)—$20
  • World of Goo (Steam)—$5
  • Bit.Trip.Beat (Wii)—$6
  • Red Baron Arcade (PS3)—$10

Total: $338.50

As you can see I proved myself to be very weak—and we’re just at a quarter of the way through the year. Of course, some may say I can rationalize and not count PC games or even games I bought used. However, I’m a gamer and it’s a total package.

I do intend to unload every one of those retail copies, so I intend to recoup some of my losses.

Before I finish let me share the titles of which I had fun and continue to play.

  • Monster Trucks Nitro
  • Warhammer: Dawn of War II
  • Flower
  • Big Bang Mini
  • Bit.Trip.Beat
  • Red Baron Arcade

Fun total: $106

My final thought: what is the problem here?

At this rate, I hope not to spend over $1000 on games!

Your Friends in Chinatown

Nintendo has said from the start that friend codes are there to protect the kids.

If so, why do we have them in GTA:Chinatown Wars?

From what I understand there’s not been a lot of online activity for this game.

Girlfriend’s Guide to Gaming

Title says it all. The DS is going to be (or already is) the gateway drug for gaming. I know it’s got my wife into gaming. Heck, my mom, who never plays games, loves my New York Times Crosswords on the DS.