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30Jan 08The timeless trance-shooter game REZ, easily one of my top 3 PS2/DC games, finally re-released on the XBL Arcade today in a new HD version. For those not familiar, REZ is a shooter-on-rails game that can really only be described as a surreal experience of sights and sounds. It all comes together perfectly in a package that no game has really matched since.
After playing the HD version, I must say that it looks and plays phenomenally, and definitely stands the test of time. The only thing the game could really benefit from is some improved surround-sound effects, but it still sounded perfect otherwise. Graphically the HD version is a nice overhaul of the original, it still looks nearly identical in appearance (ie, no funky changes with the improved graphics, they just look much sharper in HD and include widescreen action)
It was also nice to see my REZ skills still remained intact, in fact i didnt even get hit once till the 3rd boss fight. Alas passing the 3rd level was all I had time for at lunch, but tonight I will return and finish the rezt of the game.
If you've never played REZ, grab this game immediately. If you have, then be happy to know this version is superb, and definitely worth re-visiting.
29Jan 08So I finally got to hoon around a few hours in Burnout Paradise last night. My first thought was this is like the Oblivion of racing games... you can kinda just go wherever and do whatever you want off the bat, but there still is a path to progression.
I also really dig the soundtrack, it's probably one of my favorite EA trax to date. Of course music is all personal pref, so some will hate it, but it is right up my alley. One funny thing i noticed was a few songs were rehashed from the original 1994 Road Rash release on 3DO - notably "Rusty Cage" by Soundgarden, and "Duel" by Swervedriver.
One of my favorite aspects so far is the ability to instantly switch into Showtime mode, which is the replacement for an organized crash mode - its great if you get into a big wreck unintentionally too, and just want to explode into crashing action, as you can activate it mid-crash (or any time you want really).
The only thing that seems like it could be irritating later in the game is the inability to restart a race instantly - you have to drive back to the starting grid. While at first this doesn't matter too much, as there is so much to do, i can see it being annoying later on when there are like 1 or 2 races you are trying to knock out.
Anyway, the game is better than I expected from playing the demo, so I'm happy about that.
My white DS Lite was kinda jacked (left shoulder button started acting flakey), and I decided rather than pay $75 to get it fixed, I'd just buy a new one. So I figured, why not mess around with the old one a little since it wont matter if I screw it up.
Enter a chrome case from some shady canadian aftermarket DS site. Took a bit if time, but I got it all put together, and oddly enough, somehow fixed my button issue in the process.... so now I dont even need to buy a new one! (tho I may still get that Zelda edition one just for kix.)
Anywhere, here's a pic!
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My 'dawg' and his trifecta of 'fly honies' wreck havoc in a downtown intersection.
Check out this little vid showing a handful of mini Sega consoles, complete with tiny accessories, and even tiny carts and CDs of Sonic, VF2, etc.
In this short clip I demonstrate how to obtain infinite lives in New Super Mario Bros for the DS.
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