Review: Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad (2009)

  • September 16, 2012
  • James Skemp
The following is a review of Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad (2009), for the Xbox 360. Ignore the cover, Onechanbara actually isn’t that bad Honestly, I hesitated bringing this up to the counter to pay for it. However, with the 3-point-something rating, new copies selling for over $60, and the store having it used for $6.30, I had to pick up Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad. I’ll admit it, as I guy who likes girls sex can get me to purchase something, and Onechanbara certainly promises that.

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Review: Ninja Blade (2009)

  • April 24, 2012
  • James Skemp
The following is a review of Ninja Blade (2009), for the Xbox 360. A lot of quick time events, but an overlooked gem God of War was a pretty good game, but the game made popular quick time events, which I absolutely despised. When I saw Ninja Blade at a used media store I was taken back by how little it cost, for what seemed like a fairly enjoyable game, similar to Ninja Gaiden (note: Ninja Gaiden 2 for the Xbox 360 is kicking my butt, but I fully plan on finishing it, have picked up Sigma for the PlayStation 3, and am semi-interested in picking up others in the series).

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Nier weapon data in XML (and LINQ sample query)

  • October 16, 2011
  • James Skemp
Going through the game Nier yet again, I wanted an easier way to track what weapon levels I had already upgraded to, and what items I still needed to unlock weapon items. Phase one towards that goal is creating an XML file with weapon upgrade information which is available online: Nier weapon data. An XML schema document for this information is also available: Nier weapon XSD. Sample LINQ query The following query can be run from LINQPAD, and will either display all items with their counts, or a grouped listing of items with the total quantity needed.

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Review: Bullet Witch (2006) (Xbox 360)

  • July 20, 2011
  • James Skemp
The following is a review of Bullet Witch, released in 2006 for the Xbox 360. It is what it is, and that’s just fine Years ago I was hooked by the uniqueness of the first few levels of Drakengard, released for the PlayStation 2. When I finally found and picked up a copy I found it had hooked its claws into me even more. So when Drakengard 2 came out I of course picked up a copy.

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Review: Darksiders (2009) (Xbox 360/PlayStation 3)

  • May 30, 2011
  • James Skemp
The following is a review of Darksiders (2009), available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Darksiders, like Nier, the last game I played through and beat, didn’t get all that much respect when it first came out. But Darksiders features more than just God of War meets Zelda gameplay, it tells a story worth seeing through until the end. The following review is based upon a playthrough on the Xbox 360, on the hardest - Apocalyptic - difficulty.

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Review: Nier (2010) (Xbox 360 / PlayStation 3)

  • May 21, 2011
  • James Skemp
The following is a review of Nier (2010), available on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Yes, the main character is ugly, but the story is anything but Nier, released in 2010, and developed by Cavia, gained mediocre reviews when it was released. The one thing I remember most about those reviews is the common statement that the main character in Nier was rather ugly. Of course, he (named whatever you name him) is rather ugly.

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The Kinect is selling really well; but is that good for gamers?

  • November 29, 2010
  • James Skemp
Techmeme had a couple of interesting titles this evening. "Kinect is Selling 2X as Fast as the iPad" and "Microsoft: Over 2.5M Kinect Sold." Even if I thought I had the space for it (I'd have to move furniture every time I wanted to play it in my current apartment) I still wouldn't pick up the Kinect. Why? First there's the price. At $150 you might as well buy a PSP (which I did) or a Nintendo DSi.

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Thoughts on the Kinect and Playstation Move

  • September 5, 2010
  • James Skemp
Laying aside the question of whether these are merely in response to the amount of money being made by the Wii, and whether the technology will be as lasting as history suggests 3D televisions will be, I've been thinking about the Kinect and Move recently. Here are my thoughts. How well will they work? This is the biggest question. Ever since they were first shown on television there's been the question of what environments will support the Kinect.

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Review: Borderlands

  • January 24, 2010
  • James Skemp
The following is a review for Borderlands, available for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. I specifically played the Playstation 3 version, but my review should be applicable to the Xbox 360 version as well. What I was expecting After all the hype and reviews I was expecting a ripe-off, albeit a fairly good one, of Fallout 3. Of course, Diablo II with it’s randomly generated baddies and weapons (and drops in general) was also mentioned.

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Video games I'm looking forward to in 2010

  • December 9, 2009
  • James Skemp
In no particular order, here are the video games I'm currently looking forward to playing in 2010. Note that some games may have been released earlier. Consoles that games can be released for are the PS2/PS3, Xbox 360, or Wii (which therefore includes GameCube games). Since I will probably not be getting an Xbox Live Gold subscription this coming January, and am going to go back to playing RPGs on PS systems only, when possible, PS3 versions of multi-console releases will be higher on my list.

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Did you know? Xbox Live auto-renewals

  • December 4, 2009
  • James Skemp
Did you know you have to go through 4 screens - 3 of which are adverts - to turn off Xbox Live auto-renewals? And it seems like there's only one click (or one purchase) to turn them back on.

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On Achievements and Trophies

  • May 16, 2009
  • James Skemp
To a very large extent, I consider myself to be a gamer. Around the time the NES came out, my family picked up an Atari 2600, used. I don't know who sold it to us, but I can remember going with my dad to pick it up at my school's playground (that was the meeting place). At a later point we picked up an NES, via my dad, and then my mom bought us a SNES.

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What I've been up to (Feb '09 edition)

  • February 14, 2009
  • James Skemp
As my last post may have suggested ... I've been playing games. Here's a small taste of the games currently on my plate. Playstation 2 Shadow Hearts: From the New World was close to completion .. before I bought an Xbox 360. Persona 3: Fes still remains to be started, and ditto for Persona 4 ... Yes, I didn't even start Persona 4. Yes, I know how good reviews said it is.

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Dear ... whomever (Halo 3)

  • February 9, 2009
  • James Skemp
Dear whomever, Halo 3 sucks. First, I can only play two missions (missions implying goals) at a time because there's far too much confusion after those two missions. What did I do, and why? Is there any point? Should I just go as fast through the map as I can? (Having done this the last two missions, it seems to work great, assuming I can find my way around, which leads me to .

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You either did or didn't waste your time playing the video game

  • January 26, 2009
  • James Skemp
You know what grinds my gears? When people say that they wasted time playing a video game. For example, 'I was playing Fallout 3 and it began freezing at this certain point, twenty hours in; since I can't proceed, I've wasted twenty hours of my life.' Hello? What do you get for finishing the game? Not the hours that you spent playing it. Or did you?

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Disabling Messenger auto sign-in on the Xbox 360

  • January 19, 2009
  • James Skemp
Shortly after logging into Xbox Live the Xbox 360 will attempt to log into Windows Messenger, by default. While I tried to find how to disable this, all of the articles I found were irrelevant, since they were written during the 'blades' interface. Here's how I stumbled on it. Press the Xbox button on your controller. Go to the Settings tab. Select Profile.

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The Wastelands are big ...

  • January 6, 2009
  • James Skemp
... so save yourself some time and checkout this very handy map of the Fallout 3 world. Of course, the map isn't required, by any means, but it was actually a really big help on getting to 100% understanding of the in-game 'compass.'  The rest of the wiki is also packed with information, even though, unlike a true wiki, members don't seem to be able to edit items.

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What makes a good video game great?

  • December 19, 2008
  • James Skemp
A while ago I was reading a thread asking individuals what games they had last played multiple times. Unfortunately, I actually have a hard time coming up with more than a couple, even though I'm sure I must have played games all the way through when I had more time (id est, in college). The only two I could think of were Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.

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I own an Xbox 360

  • December 3, 2008
  • James Skemp
So I did it. Back on November 17 2007 I purchased a Playstation 3. I had debated, back and forth, the purchase of that versus the Xbox 360. At the time the Xbox was having quite a few issues, including overheating, power block malfunctions, and the wonderful RROD. However, as time has gone by, the number of complaints has gone down. Some say that the issues are basically resolved, and you just need to find newer systems.

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