Monday, March 24, 2008

MyWiiNews - Opoona Impression

It's a busy week, and it's only going to get busier!

Knowing that I probably wouldn't be able to finish Opoona by the time the game was released (I got it this past Friday evening), I wanted to put up a little something to spark interest for the game, as well as for my future review. I chose to do a working "impression" of my six hours with the game to share my initial thoughts of the quirky intergalactic adventure.

The impresion is rather charitable to Opoona, as I only had a few hours with it and didn't feel it would be right for me to rip into it for whatever shortcomings it had. MyWiiNews has a different fanbase than say, RPGamer, so I had to alter my RPG writing style a little bit. I'll be a bit more critical of the game come review time, but the impression definitely lets people know what the game is about, and how the copy they might pick up should treat them in the first few hours. Take a peek, if you like.

Read: Opoona - Impression

Sunday, March 23, 2008

MyWiiNews - Okami Preview

At last this thing goes up! I've been working on this preview for Okami between classes and papers for almost two weeks now, and finally had the extra time yesterday to put the finishing touches on it. Since I slept on Okami the first time around (I was PS2-less until late last year), I'm extra excited for the Wii adaptation.

In the preview I did my best to explain the game's mechanics and style without giving up too much information for gamers (like myself) who are completely new to the experience. I really wanted to emphasize the fact that Okami was missed by far too many people the first time around, especially for how good of a game it was/is, and I think it came through pretty well.

Another fun fact: I created the image for the title with a few images, filters, and Photoshop magic. I wanted something a little different, and I think it didn't turn out too bad.

With that out of the way, onto the long-awaited preview!

Read: Okami - Preview

Friday, March 21, 2008

MyWiiNews - Wiikly Wii Releases: 3/9 - 3/15 & 3/16 - 3/22

Sorry for the gaps in publishing these updates! I've been crazy busy with presentations and finals for the past two weeks, so my avocational stuff had to take a backseat to matters involving my degree. It usually only happens about once or twice a quarter, which is great for the other 8 weeks, but it seriously cramps my style when it happens.

Regardless, here are some (hopefully) informative little blurbs about the upcoming Wii titles. Many of the games (especially ones that are simply casual "shovelware") have really funky and flexible release dates that seem to come and go, so trying to figure out the exact release date of classic titles like Indoor Games and Space Station Tycoon prove to be more difficult than they should be. That comes with the territory, I suppose.


Monday, March 10, 2008

MyWiiNews - No More Heroes Review

Well here is something completely unexpected, but ultimately great. I've been playing No More Heroes since I got it a few weeks ago and wanted to write a little something about it. Feeling absurdly inspired for 2am, I hurried over to my 1up blog and pounded out a little over 1100 words in about 2 hours. It was wonderful.

From this I realized that I already did most of the dirty work, and with a little work and time, I could turn it into a completely viable Review. So after a few days of editing, MyWiiNews now has its first official review. And it's my first real "buy it or not after you read my opinions" kind of review, so that's a huge step for me.

Take a few minutes and give it a read. I took some time getting the formatting all set and making it as interesting as I could, so let me know if you have any comments or questions.

Read: No More Heroes - Review

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

MyWiiNews - Wiikly Wii Releases: 3/2 - 3/8

Here's something I'm pretty stoked about: MyWiiNews's new section of Wiikly Wii Releases. I apologize for the abundance of silly titles that litter this workblog, but after seeing the "New Virtual Console Games" section grow more vacant by the week, I realized that a complementary piece covering the week's Wii releases was in order.

Spearheading a new section is always exciting, so feel free to see what I was working on. It's nothing too fancy at the moment, but I'm hoping to give it a little more pizazz as time goes on.

An Adventurer Is You!
Read: Wiikly Wii Releases: 3/2 - 3/8

Daily Nexus - "Game Conference Concerns"

Long time no post! School hit hard last week, so I had to respond accordingly. That didn't stop me from getting a little work done, as I was able to churn this piece out by last Thursday to have it posted by today. It's not my favorite piece so far, but I wanted to stay current so I opted to talk about conferences and GDC. I think it was an interesting enough take, but take a peek for yourself.

Read: Daily Nexus - "Game Conference Concerns"