The Walls of Jericho News Report for 5.10.12
BREAK THE WALLS DOWN!
Welcome to the sixth installment of The Walls of Jericho. I’m fresh off of covering The 8-Ball last week for David Macgregor. It was a fun departure from the norm and it ignited a bit of controversy. Check it out!
I’m Jericho. Yes, like the wrestler. Yes, that’s my real name. I’m in my fourth year of college in Boston. I’ve been playing video games for most of my life, and writing about them is a hobby of mine. While this is my 411Mania.com debut, I’ve been writing about games on the internet for a while. I keep up a website – Corona Jumper.com – which I update with game (and sometimes movie) related posts most Mondays and some Thursdays. I spend most of my time either writing, doing schoolwork, or drunkenly cavorting around the streets of Boston.
In the PS3: Dynasty Warriors 7
In the Wii: Still nothing. The tiny dust people call out for a savior!
In the DVD Player: Star Trek: The Next Generation Season Three
Drinking: Triple Sec
PlayStation All-Stars is announced: This game will be Sony’s answer to Nintendo’s Smash Bros series, with four-player gameplay that, most likely, devolves into chaos more often than not. Ever wanted to play as Kratos in a fighting game? Well now you… wait, what? He’s been in a fighting game already? Well, either way. This game, much like Smash Bros, looks like it’ll be a love letter to Sony fans, with a veritable Marvel Team Up of first and third party characters from games on their systems. We can only presume that such iconic characters as Ezio from Assassin’s Creed and Nathan Drake from Uncharted will be in the game.
Shigeru Miyamoto says the PlayStation Vita isn’t a “strong product”, then proceeds to slap Sony in the face with a glove: Shigeru Miyamoto spoke on the latest Sony portable last week and had some tough criticism for it. He said that while it is technologically sound, the software, thus far, is lacking. To be fair, he also said the 3DS had similar issues at launch. This was more an innocent observation on Miyamoto’s part than any kind of “shot across the bow”, so hopefully it doesn’t get blown too out of proportion by fans.
Xbox adopts a cell phone style payment scheme: Microsoft is looking at releasing a $99 Xbox 360 in the near future with a cell phone style payment plan attached to it; this plan would cost $15 a month over a two year span of time. That’s $360 (heh) over two years, which seems like a lot. The thing is, this bundle includes the Kinect and an Xbox Live Gold membership for that same span of time. Factor that in, and it ends up being a pretty good deal. The only downside is that it’s the 4 GB console, so plan on having to drop an extra $80 on a hard drive.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II enlists Oliver North: Fresh off of his stint at Fox News, disgraced Lt. Col. Oliver North has been hired as a consultant for the next Call of Duty game. Personally, I think hiring him denotes a certain degree of moral deficiency, but I’ll leave that judgment to the gamer community at large. I’ll have more to say about Black Ops II in a minute…
As mandated by 411 law. Here’s Ramona Flowers from Scott Pilgrim: The Game. Damn, look at that ass!
Vagrant Story for the PSX has an incredible soundtrack, done almost entirely by Hitoshi Sakimoto. It is almost the very definition of atmospheric; it adds immeasurably to the game. This track is one that was included in the soundtrack despite not (to my knowledge) being in the game. It’s a semi-medley that runs the gamut from brooding to intense to chaotic. I think this medley is at its best from 2:06 to 3:25 – this part of the track would have been a great battle theme in the game.
The storyline of the Metroid series in five minutes, thanks to IGN. This is pre Other M, which is just as well since Other M isn’t very good.
Thanks to Nick (@NicholasVogt) for the highly professional banner!
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 may well be the first Call of Duty game that I actually play: I’m really into the way this game looks. After seeing the trailer for it, I’m interested in this man versus machine story. I’ve never played any of the other Call of Duty games because, frankly, the whole war game craze is off-putting to me. I almost played Modern Warfare 3 (and, for comparison’s sake, Battlefield 3) last winter, which is the closest I’ve been to getting into Call of Duty. Ultimately, I didn’t have time for either game, so they came and went. Black Ops 2 seems to be a Terminator-esque story, with an army of machines turning on their creators. As a huge fan of the Terminatorverse, I’m looking forward to this game. I also like the idea of shooting machines in a war zone setting rather than shooting at other people, which is overdone and depressing.
Did anyone actually play Aliens: Infestation?: I’ve had this DS gem (or “gem”, depending on who you ask) since November, but haven’t yet gotten around to playing it. I’ve read both good and bad things about it online, but the surprising thing is the general lack of information on the game. GameFAQs doesn’t have a single guide up for the game, and for the most part, it’s hard to find anything resembling in-depth information on the game. Did anyone actually play this game? It’s unfortunate that it didn’t do well, considering that from the looks of it it’s a perfectly decent early Metroid style side-scroller. This doesn’t bode well for the sales of Colonial Marines, but then again that game is getting vastly more publicity and hype than Infestation did. Being on a console also helps.
Super Mario Bros Crossover is ridiculously cool: This is a flash game created by the intrepid folks at ExplodingRabbit.com. Having played the first few levels of it, I can say that it’s basically Super Mario Bros with characters from other games. Ever wondered how Samus would fare in Super Mario Bros? Now you can find out. Best thing is, it has different variations of the characters and levels, so you could find yourself playing as the NES or SNES version of Samus during your jaunt. Also, it’s controller compatible. What’s not to love? Do yourself a favor and check this game out at Super Mario Bros Crossover. I know I’ll be playing more of it as soon as time permits.
Paladin’s Quest is an RPG for the Super NES. It achieved a fair amount of acclaim during the 90’s, mainly for being brightly colored and having a steep difficulty level at times. Nothing particularly worse than some entries in the Dragon Quest series; the final boss is pretty nasty, though. This is one rare game that definitely doesn’t fall into the usual 90’s RPG mold. If anything, the world it takes place in has more in common with Phantasy Star than anything else; even that is a bit of a stretch though. For its uniqueness and pastel look, Paladin’s Quest is our game of the week. It deserves to be remembered for what it was. I’ve been doing a series of posts on the game as of late, check them out here:
I’m up to part three, with more to come. I’ll be covering the entire game, so tune in for that.
Hey, Kirby’s dream land was the first game I ever beat too!
I think it probably helped you were forwarned about it helped. And while video game endings don’t have to be happy, it’s nice when they make sense, and don’t introduce a dues ex machina last second.
Funny you should mention “Congraturation! Try Normal Game!” when the last thing we see in ME3’s ending is basicly “congratulation- Now buy DLC!”
Posted By: Minimoose (Guest) on April 24, 2012 at 08:34 AM
Kirby’s Dream Land is a great first game, isn’t it? Yeah, like others said as well, my expectation of a bad ending probably blunted it a bit, much like how being punched hurts less when you see it coming and can brace for the hit.
I’m really diggin the babe of the week lol
Posted By: edgar_allan (Guest) on April 27, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Best believe the FF1 white mage has a bangin’ bod going on.
Ayla was hinted at being related to Chrono. That’s incest threesome.
Kirby has a rich history and would make a great compliation. Include Kirby’s Dream Land (in color), Kirby’s Adventure, Kirby Superstar Ultra, Kirby’s Dream Land 3 (unreleased in NA), and Kirby 64 if they feel generous. Throw in Kirby’s Avalanche or one of his GBA/NDS games for added value.
Posted By: Guest#6003 (Guest) on April 27, 2012 at 10:59 PM
I don’t know, I’d say 65 million years is enough of a time difference to negate any possibility of incest. Ayla is as about as related to Chrono as you and I are related. After a certain point it loses meaning. Pretty much everyone on the planet is a distant cousin of everyone else. Heck, I’ve probably slept with a few distant cousins of mine, and I don’t even live in Alabama. When someone is a hundred generations removed, it doesn’t matter any more. The real issue is… how the hell were there humans in 65,000,000 B.C.? And hairless ones, if Ayla is any indication… ahem. In the real world, there weren’t humans at all until about 64,000,000 years after that. For more on this contentious subject, check out E.V.O.: Search For Eden for the Super NES, a likely future Classic Game of the Week.
This week I’ll be taking a few comments from my stint with The 8 Ball last week, as well as my own column from two weeks ago.
In terms of influence, pac-man, elite, wolfenstien, supermario brothers, baseball stars, street fighter II, Legend Of Zelda… Well I did it in 7. These games had so many clones. Why Baseball Stars? First sports game to record season stats and allow trades. For some reason people didn’t want that until the game came out.
Posted By: umm… (Guest) on May 01, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Congratulations on doing it in 7!
I won’t bitch about the list. It’s personal taste. But my list would look amazingly different:
2. Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night
3. Phantasy Star II
4. Super Mario World
5. Fallout 3
6. Katamari Forever
7. Tecmo’s Deception
8. Mutant League Football
Posted By: Jed (Guest) on May 01, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Those are some interesting choices. I’ve heard good things about a number of games on that list, but I’ve only beaten three of them. Symphony of the Night is a game I’d probably like a lot more if I had played it in ’99 when it was current. Super Mario World is great, but I’ve always felt that Super Mario Bros 3 was superior to it. Phantasy Star II got a lot of love in these comments, which surprises me. Having played all four of the original Phantasy Star series, I felt that PSIV was by far the best of the lot. PSII is second-place for sure (I is a bit primitive and III isn’t a good game), but I can’t possibly rate it above IV.
So apparently I’ve never played SIX of the eight best games ever despite being a serious gamer since 1980. Also, nothing from the NES makes the list despite nearly universal agreement that it’s the best console ever. I’ll attribute that to youth.
Posted By: Jason Douglas (Guest) on May 01, 2012 at 01:29 PM
As has already been pointed out, the NES did show up in the honorable mentions. I simply don’t feel like the NES belongs in the top eight. Perhaps Mario 3 would have come in at number nine. It’s difficult to make a list of this nature because there are always deserving games that don’t make it onto the list; in order to get them on there, one must bump another, potentially equally or more deserving game. It’s hard to win, and with thousands of games in existence everyone is bound to have their own idea of how a top list should go.
Also, if you’ve been a serious gamer since 1980, but haven’t played 75% of the list… where have you been?
Damn I loved Chrono Trigger
Posted By: Guest#0399 (Guest) on May 01, 2012 at 01:36 PM
You’re damn right.
Thank you for placing Mother 3 on this list.
Posted By: Derek Robbins (Guest) on May 03, 2012 at 09:10 PM
It’s something everyone who has ever liked RPGs should play. I firmly believe this.
I hate it when lists like these have old games, they may have been good once upon a time but they suck compared to modern games, Mass Effect 2 & Bioshock can stay but the others in this list are rubbish.
Posted By: Anonymous (Guest) on May 06, 2012 at 09:30 AM
I don’t know, I can still play Super Metroid, Chrono Trigger, Ocarina of Time, or Mario 64 and have a blast with them. I know because I probably play those games every few years.
good list none of these are may favs but very good list would have liked to see PONG
Posted By: dieger (Guest) on May 06, 2012 at 12:22 PM
And on the other end of the comment spectrum… I don’t know about Pong. It may have been good once upon a time.
I know this list was just made be some lazy twenty something that cant get a real job but I don’t know how you can omit such genre shaping games such as Baldur’s Gate, Diablo, Myst, and
Posted By: GingerApeman (Guest) on May 06, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Let me stop you right there. I’ve had quite a few real jobs! Much like famed wrestler CM Punk, I got fired from about half of them. No secret, everybody knows. I got a lot of hits from that post, so mission accomplished. Myst? If I want the Myst experience, I’ll stare at one of those Windows 7 desktops that changes which cool picture it displays every couple of minutes.
Pretty solid list in line with what I like. I would have included ff vi, metal gear solid, and legend of zelda a link to the past on there. But that’s just my tastes
Posted By: Guest#3181 (Guest) on May 01, 2012 at 03:04 PM
All three of those were difficult to omit, for sure. I doubt I’ll try to do another list like this any time soon… it’s just too difficult to leave out all the deserving titles that inevitably get left out.
There’s nothing like free soup.
Time for me to go. My girlfriend is sleeping nearby and making it look a lot more fun than column-writing. Follow me on twitter twitter and follow my blog at Corona Jumper. Also, don’t forget to leave a comment below! I’ll be back next Tuesday, or perhaps the one after that. It’s finals time and stuff.
I’ll leave you with this: I recently called Chrono Trigger the greatest video game of all time. It got far more disagreement than agreement. If you had to pick one “greatest game of all time” of your own, what would it be?