New Call of Duty 4 Maps LIVE

Posted on April 4, 2008 by Wailord.
Categories: Gaming, PC, Xbox360.

Fire up Call of Duty 4, and you’ll see an update ready for you. Download it and go to Multiplayer, Download Maps, and buy it (on the 360) for 800 Microsoft Points. There are four new maps: Creek, Broadcast, Killhouse, and Chinatown, the last of which is a remake of Carentan from Call of Duty 2.

Brawl not working? Your Wii needs repaired.

Posted on March 9, 2008 by Wailord.
Categories: Gaming, SSBB, Wii.

Yup. This morning, after I picked up Brawl and popped it into the Wii, it wouldn’t read. I thought it was odd, seeing as it was an untouched game, but I exchanged it…only to find the second disk, too, didn’t read. I decided to research the issue further, and turns out, it’s widespread.

According to Nintendo, ” Super Smash Bros. Brawl utilizes a double-layer disc which has a large memory capacity. A very small percentage of Wii consoles may have trouble consistently reading data off this large capacity disc if there is some contamination on the lens of the disc drive. Nintendo has specialized cleaning equipment that can resolve this problem.”

The repair is free, but there’s no set time range for how long it will take. If you’re experiencing a disk read error with Brawl, hit the link here

Sheik confirmed for Brawl…again

Posted on January 16, 2008 by Wailord.
Categories: Gaming, SSBB, Wii.

Only this time by the Dojo!
As we’ve reported in the past, Sheik’s in Brawl. It’s Zelda’s down-move, and they acknowledge that Sheik wasn’t in Twilight Princess. The cooler-looking model is apparently the one they used, “when drafting up the game”. From the Dojo:

Standard Special Move: Needle Storm
Side Special Move: Chain
Up Special Move: Vanish
Down Special Move: Transform
Final Smash: Light Arrow

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Best of 2007 #1: Call of Duty 4

Posted on December 31, 2007 by Wailord.
Categories: Best of 2007, Gaming, PC, PS3, Xbox360.

Call of Duty 4Call of Duty 4 is the best game I’ve ever played. Goodbye, Team Fortress 2. Goodbye, BioShock. So sorry, Valve and 2K; there’s a new sheriff in town- Infinity Ward.

Infinity Ward brings to the table the first Call of Duty game not set in the Second World War, and their first in the franchise since CoD2- needless to say, it’s the best iteration yet.

Personally, I grabbed the game for the Multiplayer, with absolutely no intention of playing the single-player. Just for kicks, I decided to try it out…wow.

The game’s set in the Middle East/Russia, where a fictional and radical al Queda-esque group’s leader overthrows the government, reminding you of the whole Hitler regime. Your goal of the game is to stop this uprising, and to take care of any bumps along the way. The story grabs you from the very, very beginning where you infiltrate the enemy’s cargo ship (and it’s attacked) to the very traumatic ending.

That’s just the single-player campaign. The multiplayer (why I bought the game, as I played the beta) is absolutely insanely without-a-doubt bar-none no-doubt-about-it undeniably freaking awesome. Yeah, it’s that good. There’s a leveling system that gives you a ton of incentive to keep on playing, and many, many maps and modes to keep things fresh. Overall, the multiplayer is…yeah, the best I’ve played. Again.

So, Call of Duty 4 grabbed the #1 spot. Mind you, this top 10 has been solely based on our opinions here at GameSpotting!- if you could choose, what would your top game be? What games do you think were snubbed? What deserved to be higher?

Recap:
1. Call of Duty 4
2. The Orange Box
3. Super Mario Galaxy
4. BioShock
5. Halo 3
6. Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition
7. Pokemon Diamond/Pearl
8. Ace Combat 6
9. Sam & Max Season One
10. Beautiful Katamari

Clearly, 2007 was insanely awesome, game-wise. Happy New Year, everyone, and here’s to an even better (?!) 2008!

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Best of 2007 #4: BioShock

Posted on by Wailord.
Categories: Best of 2007, Gaming, PC, Xbox360.

BioshockA man…has a choice. I chose…BioShock.
Welcome to Rapture. The underwater thriller is near-perfect from start-to-finish, and has everything that a good game needs: graphics, a story, and gameplay. The controls are flawless, the Plasmid system is awesome (with nice controls to go with it), and the story is probably the best I’ve seen in a game…ever. You start off on a plane (for a few seconds), only to have it crash (why did it crash? that’s for the player to decide…). You are dying in the water, near-drowning, and need something to save you, and quick- there, in the corner! That lighthouse!

You enter…but who would have expected a gateway to something as horrible as Rapture?

The game has won many, many, many awards, such as…
Best Original Score (VGAs), Best Xbox 360 Game (VGAs), Game of the Year (VGAs), Best Xbox 360 Game (Metacritic), Best Xbox 360 Game (GameRankings). As well as THIRTY 10/10s, not including one from me.

While BioShock may have been a cinematic perfection, it had its flaws. The game was too easy and too short for my liking, but that puts hardly the dent in this masterpiece.

If you would like to know more about BioShock, please read my review.

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Best of 2007 #6: Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition

Posted on by Wailord.
Categories: Best of 2007, Gaming, Wii.

Resident Evil 4: Wii EditionResident Evil 4 was definitely the odd one out of the (fantastic) series. The over-the-shoulder perspective, an Umbrella-less plot, and more action-based game made for a completely new- and chilling- experience.

Released in early June, Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition was practically a direct port from the PlayStation 2- only better. It took the best of both worlds; the exclusive PS2 content and the superb GameCube graphics were meshed together to create the ultimate Resident Evil 4 experience. The control setup was fantastic very intuitive, and most of all, what you would expect. Controlling the shooting reticle with the Wiimote, moving with the Nunchuk..it all pieced together perfectly. All of this combined with the original terrifying RE4 story and gameplay puts Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition as the sixth best game of 2007.

If you’d like to know more about the game, you can read my review on it.

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GameSpotting!’s 2007: A Year in Review

Posted on by Wailord.
Categories: Best of 2007, Gaming, Site.

Starting at 1:30PMPST/4:30PMEST, the editors of GameSpotting!, both me, ddawn and MASA, will begin to countdown the top ten games of this year. Every 30 minutes will give a new game, starting with #10, and the #1 game will be revealed at 6:30PST/9:30EST.

2007 was one of the greatest years EVER for gaming- it won’t be an easy thing to rate them, and to snub some. Anyway, we kick off in 20 minutes, and I hope you all enjoy this. Feel free to speculate…

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Ocarina of Time silently slips back into “best game ever” slot

Posted on November 24, 2007 by Wailord.
Categories: Gaming.

As I reported not too long ago, there was a bunch of hoopla about Super Mario Galaxy taking over GameRankings’ #1 slot, dethroning the very-long-standing Ocarina of Time. MetaCritic listed it as the second best, and now GameRankings joins them. After two 9/10s, Galaxy fell (yes, two 90%s dropped it…it’s that good) to second with a 97.3% (only a third of a percentage point behind OoT’s 97.6%), as Link happily sits atop his throne. But, you never know. It might be hard to hold the spot come February 10

Want a Wii for $79? PS3 for $139? 360 for $99? Vote now!

Posted on November 17, 2007 by Wailord.
Categories: Gaming.

At time of posting, the Wii is crushing the competition at 55%.
Each holiday season, insanely-popular online retailer Amazon offers three related products for insanely good discounts.

The catch is, only one will be sold for that price- that’s where you come in. Users (sign up for a free account) vote on which product they would like discounted, and the winning one is sold- in very limited quantity- at the new price (ones that lose will also get at discount, but not at the price it would be if it won).

This year, Round 1 (“Game On”) consists of all three next-gen systems: the PlayStation 3, Wii, and 360. The Wii’s winning price would be $79; the PS3’s, $139; the 360’s, $99. All three are would be awesome, but due to the limited quantity, it won’t be easy to get the winning item when it goes live; last year, the Xbox 360 won, and killed the site!

You can only vote once, and the one you vote on is the one that you can buy if you are eligible. Anyway, happy voting!

(Also, in one of the rounds, there’s an HDTV for $1100 off, and a round consisting of a Sony Blu-ray player, a Toshiba HD-DVD, and an HD TiVo box…that’ll be a tough fight!)

NOTE: GameSpotting has nothing to do with this contest. Don’t comment here asking to get the deal, we can’t help you. We don’t sponsor this. Go complain to Amazon.

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Ocarina of Time retains its Best Game Ever status on MetaCritic

Posted on by Wailord.
Categories: Gaming.

There’s been a lot of hoopla today about Super Mario Galaxy overtaking Ocarina of Time as the best game of all time on GameRankings (two stories on the front page of digg.com and nearly every video game blog reporting on it). If you’re unfamiliar with GameRankings, the site is a review aggregator, collecting reviews from many magazines, web sites, and TV shows. The scores are done via percentages, and as of posting, Super Mario Galaxy boasts a 0.2% lead of OoT (97.8% vs 98.6%). However, GameRankings is not the only site of its kind; another (fairly popular) site, MetaCritic, which does the same thing (only with a score, out of 100), lists OoT one point ahead of Galaxy. So while “today, [may] be known as video game legend”, it’s not universal…yet.

Halo 3’s one-day sale figures shatter any US movie release, video game

Posted on September 26, 2007 by Wailord.
Categories: Gaming.

$170 million.
$170,000,000.
One hundred seventy million dollars.
…in one day.
INSANE. I mean, with inflation, and the fact that movies only cost like $15, the figures may seem a tad off, but probably not too far. Not only did it shatter Halo 2’s mark of $125,000,000 on opening day, but also a few threequels: Pirates 3, Star Wars Episode III, Shrek the Third, Spider-Man 3 (the highest grossing movie), X-Men 3, Harry Potter 3, Pirates 2 (c-c-combo breaker!)… Not to mention those figures are opening weekend.
In addition to shattering sales records (oh, that’s $2000 a second), it killed part of Xbox Live yesterday (and is still partly down). Which sucks. No Call of Duty 4 beta for me…