The Last Word With The Cultured Gamers


E3 2008 Countdown

So over the next week, I’ll post daily articles of what we are to be expecting from E3. Leave comments as to whether or not you agree, disagree etc. Let’s get some conversation going.

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E3 2008 Nintendo Plans

So, E3 is a little over a month away. Everyone is coming out with what their predictions, well I’m going to come out with facts. This is what I’d say with 85% accuracy what will happen at this years E3. First and foremost, I’ll start off with returning franchises:

Star Fox (it’s just the time)

Animal Crossing Wii (which will have a different name… Perhaps nintendo will continue with the galaxy theme?)

If Animal Crossing does not make an appearance, expect Pikmin 3 instead. (I don’t think both games would be announced together, simply because it would be an unhealthy battle between the 2 for sales.)

Red Steel 2 will not be appearing at E3 (that is further proven with Ubisoft wanting to fuck wii owners hard, and the fact that they have dropped out of the ESA.)

New Super Mario Bros. 2 (however, not for DS, for the newly revealed handheld.)

There will be no Kid Icarus.

New Franchises:

Disaster will be making a triumphant return, with a concrete release date. I expect it to be playable as well at the nintendo booth.

More Wii Music

A totally new franchise we are not expecting (probably it being casual, I’m looking at you factor 5.)

New Peripherals:

New Handheld system (reverting back to the gameboy moniker.)

Announcements:

Wii’s will now be compatible with usb flash keys.

That is my “predictions” although I’m fairly sure that’s what will happen. The only thing I’m iffy about is Kid Icarus, however I still highly doubt it. Then again, Nintendo always seems to come out of left field, and surprise everyone.

If I’m extremely wrong, make sure to come back here and tell me how much of a douche I am.



Super Smash Bros. Brawl: Review

Perhaps the most anticipated game for the Wii, it made all the fanboys drool. Smash would finally be able to play online. Promised to be the biggest iteration in the series, with the addition of 3rd party characters Sonic and Snake. Did it deliver? or will it disappoint?

Graphics:

The Graphics in the game are top notch, and are what you’d expect from Nintendo. The graphics exceed it’s predecessor by a mile, and the physics engine bring for a whole new realm of realism. It even integrates being able to trip over your own foot (something this reviewer does not enjoy.)

Gameplay:

The gameplay is pretty much exactly like Melee’s. The controls work well, however the battle is much slower. Some say it allows for better strategy, and others say it makes for less exciting battles. With a bunch of new modes added, and the very satisfying “subspace” The single player takes a whole new life of it’s own, and in the single player aspect, Super Smash Bros. has never been better. There is also the addition of the “Super Smash” a finishing move that with most characters means an instant kill if done correctly. This game is over stuffed with content.

Mario getting ready to perform his final smash.

Sound:

With what is perhaps the best soundtrack ever found in video games ever, the music is just awesomely brilliant in all levels. Even if there is a song you don’t like very much, you can go in the options and turn it off so it doesn’t show up. The soundtrack is mind blowing, and probably the thing shining the brightest about the whole game.

Multiplayer:

This is where I think the game falls flat on it’s face. With the previously mentioned slower pace (which can be found in the N64) the game makes for very sluggish battles, it gets to a point that it can be very bland, boring and repetitive. On top of this, it has a flawed online system that has a 3 second delay between what you input on the controller, and what happens on the screen. It makes for the online to be unbare-able to play… That’s if you can even get a match online.

In Conclusion:

By no means is this a bad game, it’s a great game. However, this reviewer thinks that it doesn’t out due it’s predecessor when it comes to the multiplayer, and just general combat. This is made up for by Subspace though. Still a must-buy for all wii owners.

Brawl gets a 4 out of 5.



The surprise (culturedcast)

So, Here it is, The Surprise.

It’s 1 of several things, firstly, we redesigned this blog. We also redesigned the forum so it looks similar to this (check it out here)

Lastly, the biggest surprise of them all:

We now have a podcast called “Culturedcast” please check it out and feel free to download it here. Culturedcast 1 is available for download now.



Another Surprise up our sleeves

Alright, well we launched www.theculturedgamers.com, and we launched it in a big way with our super smash bros. brawl contest. (get in on the action while you still can, you have until march 5th.)

We have another Surprise coming all your way. You’ll find out what it is come this saturday. It’s pretty huge, and I hope you are all pleased with it.

See you all Saturday.



A sudden rise in popularity.

It’s odd, I was expecting my daily diary type of blog would actually drive people away from here… but oddly enough, I’ve doubled if not tripled my daily traffic.

I want to thank all the readers I suppose, and again I want to invite everyone to come on over to the forum, and just chat and fucking enjoy yourselves.

Also, we just got a .com, so the forum address is now www.theculturedgamers.com

We have that super smash bros brawl contest 2 happening, so please, join in on that action? what’s the worst that can happen by joining up and entering the contest?ssb2



The more Mature System

We keep hearing how the 360 and the PS3 are the more mature systems of this generation. Let me tell you why I think that’s a false statement.

The majority of gamers who play the 2 aforementioned systems are consisted of a majority of teens (Don’t believe me, turn on xbox live for example… anybody else sick of hearing pre-pubescent kids say “Pwned”) So why is there such a teenage following of the consoles?

Well, like in all mediums, blood, guns and shooting people are all the cliched symbolism of “cool” So of course when your that age, you are going to try and fit in with what’s “cool”.

A sheep kind of mentality, no originality what so ever. Does that sound like a very mature reasoning to like the consoles? nope.

The other argument often heard is “well the graphics are gorgeous.” Extremely shallow and near sided perspective to say the least. Is a mature person honestly that shallow? I don’t really think so.

Last argument: Having to dismiss the other console as being “kiddy”. So just because your not comfortable enough with yourself within society, you have to join the popular kids, and all make fun of the same thing. Again not very mature.

I think the most mature system is the wii, simply because of all the facts aforementioned.

Check out our brawl contest at our forum by clicking here, you could win brawl for free.