Category: Games

E3 2011: the insanity begins today

Today marks the start of the widespread insanity we’re sure to see out of E3 2011.  Both Sony and Microsoft have their keynotes today, along with a huge amount of other press conferences.  Due to my work schedule and commitments to GameBlurb, we won’t be doing any “live” coverage here on Living With a Nerd like we did last year.

If you’ve got time over the next few days, be sure to check out either GameBlurb (where I post under the name “Adam”) or Epic Brew…the two guys in charge of GameBlurb will be on the convention floor, and Epic Brew will be updated throughout the day by the fine folks that run it.  Here at Living With a Nerd, we’ll be doing wrapup-style posts either in the evenings or early the following morning after each day. 

Have fun, everyone!  This year’s E3 is shaping up to be HUGE!

The final ten hours

After dozens of short bursts of gameplay, I decided I was ready to finish off Radiant Historia and move on to something new.  Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVED Radiant Historia, and consider it to be one of the best RPGs of the past decade (which is funny, when you consider I hadn’t even heard of it a month ago!)  Still, I was ready to leave the world of Stocke and Heiss behind.  I figured that Memorial Day Weekend was the perfect time to go nuts and finish it off.

As of Friday afternoon (May 27th), I had just over 19 hours of time played on my save file.  We had a lot going on this weekend, so I had to multi-task a bit…I spent a couple hours gaming while watching old South Park episodes, then while watching Tales from the Script (look for a review soon), and then while watching Color Me Kubrick.  I took my DS with me any time we went anywhere, sometimes putting in just a few minutes at a time while waiting around at a friend’s place, or while talking with another group of friends, or while walking to the car.  Finally, after what felt like forever, I finished off the game on Sunday night (May 29th) with a total playtime of 30 hours and 25 minutes.  Those final ten hours felt like they took longer than the previous 20!  Insanity!

Time to move on!  I plan on picking up The Witcher 2 at some point, but I felt like I wanted another DS game for now.  After hearing about Takashi Miike working on a Phoenix Wright movie, I decided to go through the whole trilogy.  I’m only at the start of the third case in the first game, but I can already see why this series is so well liked…it’s hilarious, relaxing, and requires nothing more than your own brain to figure everything out.  I know I’m late to the party on this, but I highly suggest checking them out.

Sony, PSN and gamers: where do we go from here?

While one of the largest data breaches in human history is still fresh in the minds of gamers, their cries for blood have been somewhat sated by the return of multiplayer gaming on the Playstation Network, along with knowledge that the PSN Store set to make its return any day now.  With things slowly returning to normal, where do we go from here?

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Classic Mondays – Total Annihilation

Every Monday, we’re going to take a short look at a classic game that redefined, embodied, or perfected a genre.  This week, we revisit Total Annihilation.

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Check it Now: How Long To Beat

I’m not sure how long this site has been around, nor am I aware of how widespread its use is, but I’ve found something that’s essential for any gamer out there: howlongtobeat.com.  Seemingly driven by user-submitted data, it contains detailed information regarding how long it takes to get through games.  Check it out, and be sure to add to their rapidly growing database.

Gameboy Advance RPG suggestions

I owned a Gameboy Advance (and later an SP) back in the day, and although I played it a lot, I didn’t really get into RPGs on the system all that much.  Going through Radiant Historia on my DS has rekindled my RPG itch, so I figured it was time to go back and check out a bunch of games I had missed.  After doing some quick research, I found there’s a treasure trove of RPGs on the Gameboy Advance…and best of all, they’re 2D sprite-based games! 

I’ve already compiled a list of the ones I plan to pick up, but I wanted to solicit some opinions from you folks: what essential GBA RPGs am I missing from this list?  Thanks!

  • Final Fantasy Rereleases (I-VI) (I’ve played most of them, but I figured what they hey.)
  • Final Fantasy Tactics (started but never finished it)
  • Golden Sun & sequel
  • Fire Emblem & sequel
  • Breath of Fire and sequel
  • Lunar Legend
  • Sword of Mana
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
  • Mazes of Fate
  • Shining Soul & sequel
  • Riviera: The Promised Land
  • Yggdra Union

Please suggest some more, everyone!  Turn-based, action, strategy…it doesn’t matter.  Just shoot any GBA RPG suggestions my way.  Thanks!

Classic Mondays: Breath of Fire

Every Monday, we’re going to take a short look at a classic game that redefined, embodied, or perfected a genre.  This week, we revisit Breath of Fire.

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Serious Sam HD Double Pack on sale!

On the left, we have the original version. On the right: the HD remake. Quite a difference, eh?

Steam has the Serious Sam HD Double Pack on sale this weekend for only $7.49!  If you’ve never played either Serious Sam game, this is the perfect opportunity for you to do so.  No other games do outlandish weapons, slap-nuts funny comedy, or hordes of enemies better than Serious Sam.  As evidenced above, the HD remakes are more than just a simple upconversion on the visuals…all of the art has been completely redone.  Just think: this insanity can be yours for the cost of lunch!

The genius of Atlus

My Friday blog post over at Little-Players is now up.  Join me as I take a look at Atlus, one of the best developers/publishers in the gaming biz.

Gaming with Chronic Pain

Gaming is a hobby enjoyed by millions of people all over the world…young and old, big or small. Unfortunately, it requires you to remain stationary for long periods of time, which can pose quite a challenge for those of us with chronic pain.  If you’re one of the many gamers out there that has to deal with chronic pain, here’s some tips on how to make your hobby a little easier to bear.

Disclaimer: I’m hardly anything even remotely close to being a doctor, so please remember that the suggestions in this article are merely based on my own experience; they may or may not work for you.  As always, consult your doctor for the final say when dealing with anything regarding your health.

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