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EGM July 2008 Reviews and Rumors

Jan 15, 2006
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Cover Story: Gears of War 2 multiplayer

Features/Previews:

- Online play on Wii blows, but does Nintendo even need to care?
- Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts
- Bioshock PS3
- Multiplayer done right (and wrong)
- Killing Time in Liberty City
- Nintendo and the industry depend on WiiFit
- Legendary
- Project Origin
- Military expert talks about videogame guns
- old school games in the summer
- Seanbaby talks about crappy games on Wii and DS
- The Mind of Miyamoto

Rumors:

- Killer Instinct 3D: Death, Destruction, and Doom underway
- Next Medal of Honor for 360/PS3 will be grittier, and more realistic as well as not a WWII shooter
- Sony working on peripheral for PS3 that transforms into different things. One of which is perfect for FPS games.
- Animal Crossing Wii 2009 for NA
- Spec Ops coming back as co-op shooter set in Dubai
- Sega bringing Top Skater and Ollie King to Wii for use with the balance board
- Sony launching video service around E3

Reviews:

Boom Blox - A+, A, A- GOTM
Good: Fun and addictive for all ages, tons to do, powerful level editor
Bad: Not for the shaky handed

WiiFit - B+, B-, B
Good: Balance Board's a decent controller
Bad: Very limited multiplayer

Hail to the Chimp - B+, C+, C+
Good: Bizarre concept works, great art style
Bad: Basic single player mode

Dragonball Z: Burst Limit - C+, B+, B
Good: Lots of fan service, accessible battle mechanics
Bad: Little innovation from previous DBZ fighters

Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures - B, B, B
Good: Fun, humorous Lego re-creation of Indy's adventures
Bad: Some puzzle solutions are a little too obscure

Hellboy: The Science of Evil - C-, D, C
Good: Hellboy's gun is pretty cool
Bad: The rest of the game really isn't

Gran Turismo 5: Prologue - B+, C+, B+
Good: Looks great, drives better
Bad: Online play lacks options and falls prey to abuse

Operation Darkness - C+, D, D-
Good: Wacky story, cover system
Bad: Terrible camera

Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard - A, B+, B
Good: Improves on first EO in every conceivable way
Bad: Can't shake that "expansion pack" feel

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift - B-, B-, B
Good: Immeasurable depth and custiomization
Bad: Borderline meaningless plot

Secret Agent Clank - C+, B, B-
Good: Clank's rapier wit, creative weapons
Bad: Constrictive level design, forced stealth segements

Space Invaders Extreme - A-, B+, B+
Good: Addictive, stylish, value priced
Bad: Some PSP backgrounds are a bit too busy

Arkanoid DS - B+, B-, B-
Good: Retro simplicity fits DS like a glove
Bad: Following the disappearing ball


Next Issue Cover Story: Killzone 2
Previews: Star Wars: TFU, Guitar Hero IV
Reviews: Soulcalibur IV, Ninja Gaiden II, MGS4, We Love Golf!, Civilization: Revolution
 

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Guess they just missed the NGII review.


Gears 2 and Bioshock PS3 details worth mentioning not already known?
 

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SuperSonic1305 said:
Rumors:
- Sony working on peripheral for PS3 that transforms into different things. One of which is perfect for FPS games.
It transforms into a keyboard and mouse? Awesome!
 

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Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard - A, B+, B
Good: Improves on first EO in every conceivable way
Bad: Can't shake that "expansion pack" feel
Yay, great score. The negative point was expected, though. I got that feeling from looking at videos, too.
 

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SuperSonic1305 said:
Rumors:

- Killer Instinct 3D: Death, Destruction, and Doom underway
- Next Medal of Honor for 360/PS3 will be grittier, and more realistic as well as not a WWII shooter
- Sony working on peripheral for PS3 that transforms into different things. One of which is perfect for FPS games.
- Animal Crossing Wii 2009 for NA
- Spec Ops coming back as co-op shooter set in Dubai
- Sega bringing Top Skater and Ollie King to Wii for use with the balance board
- Sony launching video service around E3
It begins.
 

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Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift - B-, B-, B
Good: Immeasurable depth and custiomization
Bad: Borderline meaningless plot
This is exactly what I expected. FFTA2 has fantastic SRPG gameplay, but the story just isn't there. I think people who really care about SRPG gameplay are going to have a great time with it. I sure did.
 

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Thank god Medal of Honor is being made grittier and more realistic.
Shooters now are where fighters were a few years ago. There's only so many more directions the genre can go. For every TF2 or CoD4 there's a mountain of crap.
 

TrueReligion

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This is exactly what I expected. FFTA2 has fantastic SRPG gameplay, but the story just isn't there. I think people who really care about SRPG gameplay are going to have a great time with it. I sure did.
Yep. I don't really care about stories when it comes to SRPGs, but this one looks like a keeper in terms of gameplay.
 
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Effing Boomblox, so overrated.
And then what? GTA IV was and still is the most overrated game in the history of humanity, so as long as it remains like that, at least don't give it the monopole of the overrating.
 

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Lego Indy sounds solid and shame on my for expecting better scores from Krome-made games.

Wasnt this month supposed to have info about Infamous?
 

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Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard - A, B+, B
Good: Improves on first EO in every conceivable way
Bad: Can't shake that "expansion pack" feel


Space Invaders Extreme - A-, B+, B+
Good: Addictive, stylish, value priced
Bad: Some PSP backgrounds are a bit too busy
Pretty sweet month.
 

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Hmm, I might have to buy this EGM for the other feature stories, usually I don't care
SuperSonic1305 said:
Cover Story: Gears of War 2 multiplayer

Features/Previews:

- Online play on Wii blows, but does Nintendo even need to care? Don't think so
- Multiplayer done right (and wrong) Is it possible to post some details?
- Nintendo and the industry depend on WiiFit Wat?

Rumors:

- Next Medal of Honor for 360/PS3 will be grittier, and more realistic as well as not a WWII shooter COD4 syndrome incoming
- Sony working on peripheral for PS3 that transforms into different things. One of which is perfect for FPS games. Please please please be true


Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift - B-, B-, B
Good: Immeasurable depth and custiomization
Bad: Borderline meaningless plot

Might get this game, but I'm not sure I like the judges system in the first game, didn't get too far into it

Space Invaders Extreme - A-, B+, B+
Good: Addictive, stylish, value priced
Bad: Some PSP backgrounds are a bit too busy

Can't you turn off the busy backgrounds?
COD4 syndrome: look for every war franchise that's still relevant to take place somewhere in the modern day middle east, expect lots of brown.
 

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Space Invaders Extreme - A-, B+, B+
Good: Addictive, stylish, value priced
Bad: Some PSP backgrounds are a bit too busy
Nice. Day one purchase for me.

Edit: I believe that you CAN turn the backgrounds off on the PSP version. I'm not sure why you'd want to though. Then again I'm a raging fan of Lumines.
 

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interesting to see how bioshock ps3 looks...I played it on highest settings on my laptop, and didnt see anything that couldnt be pretty much exactly replicated on consoles, minus the AA of course...
 

Y2Kev

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Is there infamous in this issue? If not, EGM needs to seriously be called out for teasing this game month after month.
 

McHuj

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I agree with the Boomblox review.

It is a really, really fun game. Unfortunately, I too don't have a very steady hand (too much mountain dew?) so those jenga like levels really are a pain.
 
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It is a shame that Boom Blox is that good and the rest of Third Party Wii games are crap. I mean: Steven Spielberg is a well known man in movie's industry, but this is its first videogame, and it surpassed the 98% of every other Wii's game that was produced by people that work in this industry since years.

It's a **ing shame for the industry.
 

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Sony working on peripheral for PS3 that transforms into different things. One of which is perfect for FPS games.
Sweet a controller that transforms into a keyboard & mouse.
Sega bringing Top Skater and Ollie King to Wii for use with the balance board
MegaTon!!!
 

Valkyr Junkie

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I could've sworn the last issue of EGM said the issue arriving the first week of June would have their MGS4 review. Guess not.
 

Vinci

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Mithos Yggdrasill said:
It is a shame that Boom Blox is that good and the rest of Third Party Wii games are crap. I mean: Steven Spielberg is a well known man in movie's industry, but this is its first videogame, and it surpassed the 98% of every other Wii's game that was produced by people that work in this industry since years.

It's a **ing shame for the industry.
Granted I'm sure EA, you know, helped.
 

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Hopefully this will spark conversation: it's amazing how rapidly and efficiently the industry has adapted to the success of games like CoD4, but the Wii continues to flabbergast virtually everyone but Nintendo.

Why do people think this is? My initial hypothesis is that things like CoD4 are fairly direct and clear evolutions of already well understood genres, while the Wii really does take a completely different direction than the rest of the industry. However, I'd be interested to see what other people think. Am I just making this up? Is this simply a matter of perception?
 
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Xbox 720 launching with Call of Duty 8:Future Combat confirmed due to the fact by the time this gen is done the Middle East will be butthurt from all of the fps taking place there