There is a time in every boy’s life when he must rise to the challenge of manhood and protect his village from monstrous beasts. Other times he will team up with friends and go on an epic journey, gathering resources to better himself for future endeavors. There is also a time in a boy’s life when he could learn what to do during a hunt by watching Tony, Phil, Gamefreak and I go on a journey through Monster Hunter’s guild ranks.
I’ve been a fan of Sonic the Hedgehog since I got my first Sega Genesis back around 1991. Since then I’ve played through a lot of Sonic games no matter how bad they may have been. About one year ago the world was graced with Sonic Generations. It was the first time fans of the blue hedgehog could play as classic or modern Sonic while visiting some of iconic locations from previous Sonic games. New and old fans have been able to download most of the older Sonic games which were the base of Sonic Generations, allowing them to enjoy where the blue hedgehog got his start. Sega recently released an HD remake of one of the most iconic games their mascot has ever stared in, Sonic Adventure 2 HD for PSN, XBLA, and soon on PC.
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Sonic Adventure 2 HD is, as the name says, an HD rerelease of the last Sonic game on Dreamcast, as well as the first to let you play as the heroes and villains. Sonic Adventure 2 was the first game to introduce Shadow the Hedgehog and Rouge the Bat to the Sonic universe and both characters have made multiple appearances since. The Dreamcast version was later ported to GameCube as Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, which included more stages in versus mode as well as minor changes to the rest of the game. This was also the first game to introduce the rail grind ability that has remained in every Sonic game since.
Back in 1992 the world was graced with the presence of a pink hero named Kirby. Never before had I seen a main character who would inhale his enemies only to spit them back out as high-speed, projectile stars. Growing up, I spent a lot of time playing Kirby Super Star on the SNES. Since it was a two player game I had help from my little sister. Eventually my little sister grew to love Kirby games, which has led getting her Kirby plushies as Christmas gifts. Since his first appearance, Kirby has appeared in over 25 games and has shown the world that being fluffy and pink does not make you weak. With Kirby having a huge number of games under his nonexistent belt, it was time to do something special for Kirby fans. Nintendo and HAL Laboratory have given fans a way to celebrate Kirby’s 20th birthday with Kirby’s Dream Collection.
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Kirby’s Dream Collection isn’t just another game staring Kirby, it’s a 20th anniversary game stuffed so full of Kirby that it oozes pink. Having six iconic Kirby games in one package wasn’t enough so new challenge stages, a special soundtrack and history booklet were added. Controller options are also present for those who are picky. If that wasn’t enough, then you will have note all the love and care put into the menus to truly understand how much attention Kirby is getting for his 20th birthday.
CC2 recently released the newest title in the .hack// series named Guilty Dragon, in Japan for iPhone and Android. Guilty Dragon‘s story is about the Sin Dragon breaking into eight fragments which three nations are in conflict over. The one who obtains all eight pieces can unit the world. This new game allows you to create your own hero with various customizations such as their face, hair and gender. When you first make a character you will be required to pick one of the three nations to be part of. The three nations are based on three classes from the series; Heavy Blade, Twin Blade and Wave Master. It’s a single-player game with social elements and you fight against other players or team up with friends and fight monsters. This game has a combat system influenced by the the PS3 game .hack//Versus while bringing the use of abilities cards in battle. The concept of multiplayer is interesting as the .hack// series has traditionally been single player.
If you didn’t know, the previous two .hack// games, Link and Versus, were never localized but CC2 did announce that Guilty Dragon will be coming to U.S. and Europe. The best part is the game will be free and looks amazing.
A while back I saw a commercial for Bridgestone’s GameOn promotion that really confused me. The commercial had Jerry Lambert, better known as Kevin Butler (Sony’s fictional VP of various things), playing a Nintendo Wii. Now Sony is in the process of suing Bridgestone Tires and Wildcat Creek Inc., an advertising firm owned by Jerry Lambert. A revised version of the commercial has been released with Jerry Lambert removed and I can only wonder what will happen to the beloved Kevin Butler character.
Today Sega announced that both HD remakes of NiGHTS into Dreams and Sonic Adventure 2 would come out October 2nd for PSN and October 5th for XBLA. Each game will cost $10.00/800 Microsoft Points and Sonic Adventure 2 DLC will cost an extra $3.00/240 Microsoft Points. Last month GameSpot showed off footage of NiGHTS into Dreams HD which got me excited to finally play NiGHTS into Dreams.
I remember hunting deer on a PC back when I was younger and I realize now just how horrible that game is by today’s standards. Hunting games have come a long way since then by allowing you to hunt all manner of different animals. Teyon’s newest game, Outdoors Unleashed Africa 3D, has reworked the hunt, letting gamers loose on the wild life of Africa to add them to their trophy cases.
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Outdoors Unleashed Africa 3D is an on-rails, arcade-style hunting game. Players will get to experience hunting several of the big game animals while traveling through several locations across Africa. The whole game takes place on a set path through areas such as savannahs and swamps. This isn’t a normal hunting game at all as your goal will be to take out as many animals in sight before you run out of time.
There has been talk on the podcast lately about bananas and pizza. These are two of my favorite things to eat, so I decided I would try to combine these delicious items. I used a recipe found for Banana Cream Pizza on The Food Channel. The pizza was easy to make as it consist of mostly pudding mix, brown sugar and pecans but I found a flaw with the recipe. It was missing real bananas, so I got creative. I added banana slices as though they were pepperoni, then added some caramel, and finished with a dusting of cinnamon. The pizza was really good but I ended up with to much dough. In this process I believe I have come to realize this pizza is totally bananas.
I’m sure we’ve all heard of Monopoly, the board game with the shoe and thimble and you go past Go and collect $200. It seems Monopoly has gotten a bit more blue with its most recent rendition; Sonic The Hedgehog. Sonic is finally getting a chance to take over the Monopoly board along with a few of his friends. The people at Sonic Merchandise are currently taking pre-orders for Monopoly: Sonic The Hedgehog Monopoly Collector’s Edition. The game will set you back about $40 and has an expected release date for Sept. 10th. I look forward to obtaining a copy even if I’ve never finished a game of Monopoly.
The game can be found here.