is your one-stop shop for video game & movie news, reviews, interviews and information. Video games coverage includes Xbox 360, Wii, PS3, PS2, PC, iPhone and many other platforms, including web-based games and BBGs.en-usSun, 22 Sep 2019 07:00:00 GMTSun, 22 Sep 2019 23:33:08 GMT 2019, DarqFlare EnterprisesNothing But TofuzzleNew games on the (David Telfer) Post<p>Having flicked through a couple of video game sites, a few games have sparked my curiosity. The first is <em>Soul Calibur 5, </em>the trailer of which is out now. I'm a great fan of the series - I played the original on arcade through my two years at College, had the second game on the Xbox, and for a brief period had the third game. I stopped playing after that and I didn't hear great things about the fourth. So now we have a fifth one coming out, which is unsurprising given the other beat-em-up games soon to be released - <em>Dead or Alive Dimensions</em>,&nbsp;<em>Tekken Tag Tournament 2</em>, <em>Street Fighter X Tekken</em> to name a few. In a genre with such heated competition, can a series that's clearly past its prime make a come-back? The trailer looks nice, albeit with some poor lip synching, but it shows nothing of gameplay. It looks like it'll be another case of good graphics don't make a good game.</p> <p>The next is <em>Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights</em>, a game for the 3DS soon to be released by Konami. Essentially, it's their answer to the <em>Professor Layton</em> series. I use "answer" loosley; in other words, it's a blatant and shameless rip-off. There's the main, hat-wearing genius Professor and his young assistant, this time a young girl, on an adventure in Paris solving puzzles, with anime-style cut scenes. So yes, it's <em>Professor Layton</em>&nbsp;with a new title. Why are they bothering to make a game like this? Sure, there's only<em>&nbsp;really</em>&nbsp;one game dominating the market, so there's room for competition and, granted, little has been revealed about the game. But Komani need to be careful, because it could <em>just</em>&nbsp;be a down-right copy of the original series. And that's just petty.</p> <p>Lastly we have <em>Dragonball Game Project Age 2011</em> or, as I like to call it, Dragonball: Silly Title. The <em>only</em>&nbsp;game in the series I enjoyed was <em>Budokai Tenkaichi 3</em>, which was a masterpiece of a game and you couldn't ask for anything more. The line-up of characters was simply <em>massive</em> - 150 characters total - featuring characters old and new. The combat was fluid and fun, and there was lots to do. The later games in the series, in particular <em>Burst Limit</em>, were just dire. Sure, they tried to cater to the more "hardcore" beat-em-up players by swapping the 3D-esque setting for a simple 2D fighter, but that's not what Dragonball is about! It's about flying through the sky, launching beam attacks, teleporting into each other and throwing ridiculously fun attacks. The new trailer looks like it goes back to the style of <em>Budokai Tenkaichi 3</em>, with updated visuals, so it'd be nice if they brought back the 150 characters, and maybe even more! But sadly I can't see them bringing many new characters to the game. There are a lot more characters they could include to be sure, but sadly as the series finished many <em>many</em>&nbsp;years ago the number of characters will be limited. Still, it'd be nice to see what they can do with this game. The graphics look beautiful, so it's a matter of time to see what the gameplay looks like.</p> <p>Basically what I'm saying is there seem to be a lot of series reboots, and while it's fair for companies to be making them I'm doubtful any of them will really do well in such a competitive market. Which is a shame, really, because I'm personally not excited by <em>any</em>&nbsp;new games coming out soon. I have Portal 2, yes. Have I played it yet? No.</p><p><em>OMGN is not responsible for any blog post content on this site. The blog post author is responsible for all blog post content.</em></p>Sat, 14 May 2011 07:00:00 GMT, this is all very (David Telfer) Post<p>I suppose I should say a bit about myself, what with this being a blog and indeed a completely new experience for me. So here goes:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I've always been a writer. From the age of 12 I wrote my first story for an English assignment at school, a story based in the Warhammer 40k universe of which I was and to an extent still am a fan. Ever since then I've loved writing, and have had many writing projects in the past. I wrote and finished my first book which clocked in at somewhere between 250-300 pages, and it was based off the anime Hellsing. Now I'm writing my own fantasy story which will be spread across several books (if I ever managed to complete it). Currenlty it sits at just under 180 pages, but I've had block for a long time, and this project least 3 years ago? Relax. Reviews and such won't take <em>quite</em>&nbsp;as long. I also write a lot of poetry, and my absolute dream would be to write for a gaming magazine such as Edge or PC Gamer. I foolishly applied for a position as a staff writer but, as you can imagine, I didn't succeed.</p> <p>Like the rest of you, I'm sure, I'm also a keen gamer. I've played games since as long as I can remember - admittedly, that's a very short length of time as my memory is appauling - and I've played a great variety of games on a variety of systems. My favourite games include XCOM: Terror from the Deep, Soul Calibur 2, Dungeon Keeper, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Age of Empires 3 to name but a few. And my all time favourite game? It's a clich&eacute;, but it's Final Fantasy VII. I've completed that game LORD knows how many times, and I'll continue to do so until I'm old and grey, and I would argue that the RPG genre is generally my favourite to play.</p> <p>So why am I here? Simply to combine my passion for writing and gaming. I stumbled upon this site whilst searching, I believe, for reviews of the game VVVVVV - which was done by Jenner David Cauton and can be found here&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank" title="here"></a>&nbsp;- and couldn't help but notice the "Join Us!" link at the bottom of the front page. I leapt at the opportunity to not only get to work alongside people with similar interests but, naturally, to get my material read and commented on. It seems like a fantastic community to get involved with and I couldn't believe my luck when I was asked to be a contributor. Even now I still feel like I'll wake up disappointed.</p> <p>Well I'm on the verge of rambling so I think I'll wrap this post up. So yeah, that's a little bit about me and a little bit about why I'm here. Hopefully I won't be a total disappointment and hopefully you'll enjoy my articles. With that said, I should probably get on with it! Thanks for reading.</p><p><em>OMGN is not responsible for any blog post content on this site. The blog post author is responsible for all blog post content.</em></p>Mon, 18 Apr 2011 07:00:00 GMT