Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Revolver: Bullet Points for a Podcast

*Presses Start*

Friends, Romans, Countrymen.

Small little updates for those of you who are wondering.

*Extra Life earned $500 dollars this year. Thank you!

*As far as I know, project hiatus/cancellations are all over the board, we just need to sift them out. Stay Tuned.

*I'm going to bite the bullet and start updating the Youtube, regardless of my slow internet.

*Ports: Episode 1 is finished, and is in the long process of editing.

*Game reviews and Fight Nights will return, thinking about making a series out of them.

*All this turnover should happen in Nov.

Loaded and Ready to Fire.


Saturday, August 4, 2012

No Excuses.

*presses start*

So, instead of saying why we haven't really been around (which we have, just check out the tube), I'll going to go ahead a put out there that there is a reason WHY we haven't been as pushed up about the blog and other things lately.

Mostly because, holy shit, did games really blow it for me this year.

Don't get me wrong, there are a ton of games that dropped this year. Hotly anticipated games that I expected to blow my mind away. Sequels and Series endings and.....well.....most of them ended up actually under preforming this year. Ninja Gaiden 3 being the absolute biggest one. Month after Month, a game that I was looking forward to ended up tanking big time, or just couldn't do it for me. Mass Effect, Ninja Gaiden, Street Fighter.....that's right, I said it. There have been 2 games that I knew were coming out that I was actively looking forward to that didn't dissapoint: Max Payne 3 and Ghost Recon. But alas, those were in May, so until then, I was forced to deal with lackluster games.

That's not to say, however, there wasn't any good games. I was surprised by Kingdom of Amaular, UFC Undisputed 3 really hit the spot for a bit, Final Fantasy DDR was suprisingly good and I did enjoy Darkness II, among others. However, it's the case of games that I didn't think were going to be any good at all, turned out to be surprisingly well done. This half of the year really can't do it for me. I am looking forward to the latter half of the year. Borderlands, Assassins Creed, FarCry and the space marine game with the 4 in it all look really good. I'll be looking forward to seeing the release. Until then, It's DLC games and old school goodness.


Monday, June 4, 2012

TCPS 22: E3 Microsoft Wrap-Up

We had a few minutes to spare between the Microsoft Conference and the EA conference, so we decided to do a short podcast summarizing what was announced. We'll later go into detail about what was announced, about what it means, and what we think about it. But until then, we didn't want to leave you all hanging!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

This Week In E3

If you know anything about gaming, then you know that this week is Gaming's biggest time to shine. The World Series of Gaming. It's the Electronics Entertainment Expo! And once again we're going to be covering it, this time in blog post and podcast form. We'll do what we did last year, break up the podcasts, this time the Big 3 (Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo) into one, and Ea and Ubisoft into another. Or something like that. It will of course all depend on what kind of news we get. If you've listened to our previous podcasts then you know what we're hoping for something big, but our hopes aren't big. At least they weren't, until earlier today.

Despite other announcements of games, and trailers and gameplay from others, Nintendo wanted to get a head start. How? By talking about the Wii U of course! Some people might thing that this is a bad move, that they should have saved all information for their press Conference on Tuesday. People like me. But after watching the short (only about half an hour) special broadcast, it wasn't a bad move on their part. We were treated Nintendo President Satoru Iwata talking to us about what we can expect from the Wii U, what makes it different than the Wii, improves on fromt he Wii, and why it's going to be the system to beat. The controller has been update; it's been made bigger, joysticks have replaced the thumb pads, and the form has been designed for comfort with long hours of gaming in mind. They even announced the Wii U Pro Controller, looking much like a 360 controller. The only difference between the two Wii U controllers is that the Pro is meant for, well,w hat it's named after, Pros. No screen will be in this controller. I can only imagine that you won't be able to use this controller for every game, as I can see Nintendo, and other third party designers, utilizing the screen for game purposes and you'll probably be required to use the screen.

Although there wasn't much that was announced that we didn't already now, or assume, from last years E3, there was a video that showed what the Wii U, and it's controller, would be able to do. Including what looked like it's own social network, complete with video chat. Nintendo has found a way to include the Mii's in a very interactive way, much better than before and just using your Mii to show off to your friends when they come over to your house. Not so possible when your friends live half way around the world. They're calling it the Miiverse, and it'll include interactivity between the Wii U, and the 3DS, and other systems. It also looked like there might be an mobile app coming to a smart phone near you, so that you can interact with the Nintendo community.

These are things that will all be covered again this Tuesday, I'm sure, at the Nintendo Press Conference. Let's see how Sony and Microsoft take this news. E3 kicks off tomorrow with the first big press conference from Microsoft starting at 12:30pm EST (9:30am PDT), EA at 4pm EST (1pm PDT), Ubisoft at 6pm EST (3pm PDT), and Sony at 9pm EST (6pms PST). Then Nintendo will step up on Tuesday at 12pm EST (9am PST) to show off their goods. Here's hoping for some kind of LoZ fan service. Expect tweets from us (@TCPSpodcast) and wrap up posts after each press conference summing everything up, and podcasts to go up after the big conferences are over. We won't leave you hanging.

TCPS 21: Pre-E3 Ramblings

Like usual, we're on top of things, and took the time to sit down and talk about E3. What we got from last year, what we were promised, and what we'd like, and what we Need to see this year. Enjoy. We actually got a little serious. Until the end.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

TCPS 20: We're Not Dead

No, we're not dead, we're back! And we somehow manage to cover short reviews of the games that have come out since January of 2012 up until just this week! And then there's some nonsense, but then we actually have some meaningful conversations about Sony and Nintendo and some Microsoft. Yes, we talk a little bit about Mass effect 3. Listen in!


Friday, May 18, 2012

Updates? In my Universe?

Holy crapsicles, have WE been lax on this blog or what?

To be honest, yes. We've been lax on the blog portion but not so much on the youtube portion. We've got Fight Night Videos, FF13-2 playthrus, Nintendo playthrus, More ridiculous stuff as well. Even if we've been quiet on the blog, we're still raising hell on the interwebs. There should be a amazing Witcher 2 review in the pipework and Batman has been slowed to coincide with the Dark Knight movie coming out, so expect that to be kicked back up really soon.

Plus, I'm stuck in Batman. Stupid Tank. But that's not important.

Anywho, Check the link to the youtube(s) to check out what we've been up to. Promise you won't be disappointed.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Did You Know That...?!

Fans of Bill Nye the Science will appreciate the title, but I digress. I named it that because I was wondering if you all knew of some cool things that happened recently, like several hours ago. Ever wanted to play Fallout: A Post Nuclear Role Playing Game? Well you can play it for free, but only for the next 36 hours! (From the time of this post, of course.) If you go to GOG.com you can get the whole game, DRM-free, plus extras! What kind of extras you're asking? Extras like wallpapers, a manual, Fallout bible, avatars, artworks, and a soundtrack! For free! Again, Free. Who doesn't like getting things for free? I've picked up my copy. GOG.com is also releasing more games, DRM-free, like Assassin's Creed, with many many extras! Soundtracks, art books, manuals, all those things you would expect in a collector's edition, for free!

But there's more!

Earlier today was the CD Projekt RED Group 2012 Spring Conference, (which you can go and watch the recorded video here.) Don't recognize that name? The Witcher. 'Nuff said. Haven't played it? Why not? I haven't, but I'm rectifying that as we speak. And now they've made it easier for you to play! It's coming to the Xbox360! Not just a port either, they've built it from the ground up for ultimate immersion. 'But, Megara, that game isn't new!' I hear you say. Well no, in fact last year The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings came out, but later this month, April 17th, the Enhanced Edition will be coming out! Already own the game? Don't worry, all the additions and new features will come to you in the form of a Free update! And you can pre-download starting the 11th of April. You're not going to have to purchase the game again, seriously, what a great company.

But you want to play The Witcher before you play the Enhanced Edition? Good idea, friend. You can buy it on Steam for only $9.99, for either PC or Mac! That's right, they've released a Mac version of it. It's a Hybrid version, meaning that if you have on your PC then you can play it on your Mac! Like me. That's right, I own a PC and a Mac, I don't take sides. You also don't need the newest Mac product to play it, it'll work on that iMac you bought three years ago!

There's also a contest like opportunity! The follows at CD Projeckt Red really value the input of the fans, and they want to send out 1000 review copies of The Witcher 2 Enhanced Edition for the Xbox360 out to the fans. That's right, you can write/record a review for them. Post the review on their Facebook wall, record it for your YouTube channel, post it up on your blog, however you want to get it our there, they want it. How do you enter for this chance? Go to TheWitcher.com/Review and fill out the short form with a few sentences about why they should send a copy to you. All you have to do it give them your name, and tell them a little about your gaming past, which can be really hard to cum up when Games are one of your passions, trust me. But you only have until the 9th of April! That's Monday! You don't have long! They're going to respond to every person who enters, just to let you know if you've been picked or not. How thoughtful.

Don't worry readers, even if we don't get the game from CD Projeckt Red to review, the game will be getting a review. That's how excited Antonio is for the Enhanced Edition, he already planned the review. Keep an eye out for him, for he shall soon be doing a game review overload of all the games he's played in the past two months. I'm not even ready for that. We've got things planned for the immediate future, including some TCPS podcast extras (some NSFW), and some Halo: Reach goodies. This should be exciting because we're getting in a pro player, and one that can't aim to save her life, and Antonio. Seriously, you're gonna wanna watch it, it's gonna be so stupid it's funny. Check it!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Time for Another Update

So, we're nearing the end of February, and things have been quiet around here, so that obviously means it's time for another update. Real life comes in at some of the most inconvenient times. Luckily though, no real important games came out, like The Darkness II, or Kingdom of Amalur Reckoning. Nothing like that. In lieu of updating with podcasts or blog posts, our YouTube page has been active with LP's, so you should check us out, (subscribe and stuff like that.) Worry not dear readers! We're coming back in March, with more video podcasts, and audio ones, too.

What's also coming out in March (hopefully)? The new Minecraft adventure map from NoxCrew! Paladin's Quest EP2, the sequel to the original Paladin's Quest. I (Megan) may or may not have some involvement with this map. You'll have to stay tuned won't you? Check them out on YT at NoxCrewPressents.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Soul Fantasy 52?

Christmas has come and gone, the 2011 game year is over and now we enter 2012. We're also entering one of the slowest release time of the year, but this week the video game industry dropped two games on us. Soul Calibur V and Final Fantasy XIII-2.

For Soul Calibur fans this gave new characters, and the incredibly nimble, and lady-stealing, assassin Ezio Auditore da Firenze, continuing in that tradition of guest characters. Most people aren't going to buy this game for the story, (the incredibly short story mode), but they will buy it for the new Critical edge system with which to beat their opponents with. I played through the story mode in about an hour, maybe more after getting trolled by the CPU. The story mode wasn't the first thing that I messed with though, I spent the first forty-five minutes of Soul Calibur V in the new character creation mode. You can change up the original character's clothing, skin color, hair, and give them tattoos, or make your own character using the 'soul', or fighting style, of one of the original characters of the game. I made two characters, one using the soul of newcomer Viola, and another using the soul of veteran Cervantes, and she is my favorite right now, (my character, not Cervantes, for he is a grumpy, used to be dead, pirate man, not a woman.) For those who will miss Sophitia don't worry, her weapons and fighting style live on through her two children, Patroklos, and Pyrrah, the main characters of the story line. I'll let you figure out what happens on your own though, and after you finish the story, go online and beat up some people. Online only please. It's a decent game well enough, coming from someone who rarely plays fighters.

Beyond all odds, Final Fantasy XIII-2 is going to be the bigger seller though, and we all know that's because it's got the words Fantasy and Final attached, and not in that order. Now, you can't lie to me, the first time you heard them announce this game with a 2 attached tot he end your thoughts went directly to FFX-2. You can't deny it. And we all hoped that it wasn't going to be like that game, we really did, but we also hoped that everything that was complained about in 13 would have changed a little. Good news, and maybe bad news? It's better than Final Fantasy X-2 (from first glances), but not everything was changed from Final Fantasy XIII. The Auto Battle feature is still there. Granted I'm not that far into it, (you can watch my progress on our YouTube channel, or clicking here CLICK), but I'm enjoying it. I enjoy the FF games, and I've only actually beaten two of them in my gaming career. I am intrigued by the story of this particular Fantasy of the 13th variety. How many time have you been asked "If it's Final Fantasy, how can there be thirteen of them?" I always reply, "There's more than that."

These two games will have to keep us satisfied, and occupied, for at least a little bit. That is until the 22nd of February when Sony releases their PSVita, and the half dozen games that will come out a week BEFORE the actual system does. Don't worry, we'll cover the Vita more later on. Something to think about though before then, do you know what Vita means? And I mean know what it means before you google it. Ten TCPS points if you knew!