Archive for September, 2007

PSP strategy on the go for October

September 28, 2007

The PSP is getting many games for a surprisingly hefty amount of big franchises like Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, SOCOM, and even Manhunt. But as a fan of deep customization, my money is literally on Disgaea-Afternoon of Darkness, and Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions. And for some old-school thrills, Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles. Guess it’s just my thing for games with 2D sprites in 3D lands.

Disgaea

Castlevania Dracula X Chronicles

FFT War of the Lions

After the disappointing cancellation of Makai Wars (which is apparently moving to PS3) and the overly convoluted Generation of Chaos, you would surely feel at home with Disgaea and FFT. I’ll admit, I never finished the original Disgaea because I usually play games on the TV in short bursts and not very often. You can say I’m more of a portable gaming junkie. Which is why Disgaea and FFT in portable form will suit me well.

Disgaea’s graphics appear unchanged, while War of the Lions will feature substantial graphical upgrades since it’s a port of a game from two console generations ago. Out of the two strategy games, the faster, twitchy gameplay of Disgaea appears to be the better fit for the portable, unless Square has added some gameplay enhancements for its own game.

In the meantime, I will first put an investment on Jeanne of Arc and see if it’s worth your time.

Developers of Shrek video game steal Nintendo’s music and get away with it…for now

September 23, 2007

Here’s something that’s not reported often, mainly since it appeared in the blog of an IGN staff member and not their main site. Still it’s a hidden gem of information that’s should be interesting for fans of Nintendo and in particular, its Zelda franchise. Mark Bozon from IGN was in a bit of a surprise when he listened to the music of Shrek’s Dragon Tale for the V-Tech Vsmile Pocket system. One of my cousins bought this for his son, so this bulky contraption is familiar to me. I don’t remember him having this game, and it’s an edutainment game that normally no serious gamer would’ve cared, but this game straight off takes TWO songs from Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. You can view the video by clicking on the image below.

Shrek Dragon’s Tale

Now, this isn’t just a derivative or inspiration from the OoT music; the developers of the Shrek game flat out made a COMPLETE RIP of the music, and all they did was tack on some drum beats. I believe the first track is from inside Link’s house, and the second one is Kokiri Forest, but correct me if I’m wrong, guys. I don’t think Nintendo knows about it yet, but hey, they’re open to a lot of the email they get so it shouldn’t be hard to get them to take a look for themselves.

Hit F5 – refresh and take in the news.

September 20, 2007

Boy, I need to pay more attention to my blogging duties. I’d just want to let you know that my new website, Hit F5 (formerly GamingPal) has been up and running for two weeks now, in an experimental phase. It is a web portal, for news on video games collected from various news feeds. More feeds will be added every week, so you can have a fully customized repository for video game news.

Traffic is growing ever so slightly since its start but it’s already getting its share of loyal visitors. It experienced a huge traffic spike on the 17th of September, the second busiest day since the site launched. My guess is that it had to do with the anticipation of the Halo 3 launch. Many stories about that have made the front page.

Visit the website at and be sure to register to take advantage of its features and tell your friends about it!