Author Archives: James Corbett

About James Corbett

One part writer, one part psychologist and one part musician (don't ask me to play an instrument though, I'm more interested in theory and composition), my professional dream is to teach college level music theory and write about video games. Aside from music and games, I consider beer, chocolate and cheese among the finer things in life.

A Post Valentines Day Look At Soul Blazer

Originally I planned to write this piece earlier, in time for everyone’s favorite romantic holiday.  Shit happens though, and here I am a few days late.  You’re probably wondering why I’m writing about love in a 22 year old game, one that goes out of its way to deliver the happiest ending possible.  You see, I thought about it a little after finishing my recent stream/playthrough and realized that there’s something pretty fucked up in there too.  Before I go there though, the obvious warning : I’ll be spoiling the shit out of the plot.

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Rise of the Triad Reboot Free Goodies w/ Preorder, Possible Blake Stone Followup?!

The folks modernizing Apogee’s classic shooter, Rise of the Triad are not only making an impressive looking game, but if you pay attention to the Destructoid comments section, you can clearly see the team getting involved and spreading the word on top of that.   I love it when I see development teams really put extra effort into selling their game and getting the word out.

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For those who don’t know, the original Rise of the Triad started out as an expansion for Wolfenstein 3D, even using the same engine, until id software had the project cancelled shortly before Doom was to be released.  The project survived on a modified engine and independent story.

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6:00 Inferno : Ni no Kuni (Part 4) I got a boat.

Periodically I run a live stream called 6:00 Inferno.  Things don’t always burn, but I play games both new and old, and I’m always in for the long haul.  I might live in New York, but I like to pretend I’m from the west-coast, so I run on pacific — not eastern time.  Stream details on top of page!  

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Last time I almost became an Oliver sandwich and obtained a boat.  Watch me sail around to places I probably shouldn’t go before I get my ass kicked enough times to continue the story in Hamelin.  I really like the sailing song actually, so I hope to be able to do a lot.  Inferno starts in 5 or so minutes, be there!

6:00 Inferno : Ni no Kuni (part 3)

Periodically I run a live stream called 6:00 Inferno.  It hardly ever starts at 6:00 and things don’t always burn, but I play games both new and old, and I’m always in for the long haul.  Stream details on top of page!

Last time on Inferno :

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I obtained my second party member and the ability to summon familiars.  After an hour of fighting or so I also managed to capture the elusive Bananaman pictured above on the left for a quest.

Tonight begins with a volcano and preventing certain disaster.  See you on Inferno!

6:00 Inferno – Ni no Kuni (Part 2)

Periodically I run a live stream called 6:00 Inferno.  It hardly ever starts at 6:00 and things don’t always burn, but I play games both new and old, and I’m always in for the long haul.

Previous games include Pikmin 2, ZombiU, the bulk of The Legend of Zelda : Majora’s Mask (an ongoing project), and the online games I play with friends.  My current game is none other than the recently released

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The party at Ding Dong Dell is over, and I’m up to date both in sidequests and bounties killed.  Tonight we head south for the desert!  Hope you’re ready for the heat, cause 6:00 Inferno starts in about 5 minutes!

PC Engine Discussion/Review : Bonk’s Adventure

While I’m still writing an article lamenting my childhood ignorance of the Turbografx16 partially because of the shitty marketing and naming that went into its American console, let’s talk about one of the first games I was able to experience thanks to the wii’s virtual console, Bonk’s Adventure!

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Heellllp, I’m falling off the title screen!!!

The first in a trilogy, a spinoff and some ports here and there, Bonk was brought back into the spotlight recently with news of his revival.  We’ll probably never see that revival because Hudson went under soon after the news broke, but considering their half-assed multiplayer in the revival of Dungeon Explorer it might be for the better (More on that game in a future post). Continue reading

Be Careful if You’re Buying the 3DS Version of Zero Escape : Virtue’s Last Reward….

 

It’s strange enough that I’m writing an article instead of streaming, but I can’t stream either cause a hurricane’s about to hit.  Bummer.  Instead I’m here to help get out a really big issue that’s apparently affecting 3DS versions of Virtue’s Last Reward.

So I spent about 15 hours going through three paths worth of dialogue and 7 or so puzzle rooms, encountered a room that crashed my game costing about an hour of reading because I don’t save often.  To make sure it wouldn’t happen again, I saved while inside the puzzle room — the game crashed again.  Upon reloading I discovered that my saved data was corrupted and I have to delete it because the fucking game only has one file you can save data to….

Apparently I’m not the only person that came across either the game crashing bug or the save corrupting bug.  Also, the bug seems to be present in the Japanese version, so if they haven’t patched over there yet, I wouldn’t expect a US patch anytime soon.

While I cry for my lost 15 hours, you guys be careful where you save if you plan on playing the 3DS version of Virtue’s Last Reward.  The biggest culprits seem to be the PEC room which is where my game went to hell and Crew’s Quarters, but after this I’m not taking chances with any room.

Multiplayer Gaming Nights : Sen’s Fortress Edition

It’s good to be typing again!

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been working hard to get my game stream working for the blog and haven’t had much room for articles.  Still learning the streaming process and learning how to use Twitch.tv and exporting to Youtube.  Getting sound to work properly is a bitch, but I’m getting used to it.

My streams are often long and cover every moment I spend playing a game, even the boring parts.  Multiplayer Gaming Nights is where I gather some of our favorite moments and share them.  Remember to increase your video quality in the embed, because I still haven’t found a way to default in HD.

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Online Gaming Nights : WKC2 Wind Dragon, Dark Souls Testing and Operation Raccoon Shitty

I’m back with more awesome moments and bloopers from my time playing games online.  Fellow editor Prota is also present in these clips along with a couple other friends.  Remember to change youtube’s settings to HD, I still don’t know how to get the embed defaulted to HD yet and the standard image looks like shit!

To start, who likes watching epic battles against a generic big monster?  Who also likes watching the local wizard panic at the last second while all her teammates are down and she’s one hit from dead?  Perhaps you also like White Knight Chronicles 2?  While I’ll be the first to say that the single player campaign (for the WKC2 arc) is shit, there’s a lot of fun to be had if you can get some friends online for multiplayer.

We went into this fight waaaaay underlevelled, and what should have been a 4 – 5 minute battle became much more than that.  Personally, I’m the kind of RPG player that prefers an incredible fight at a handicap to being so powerful that the enemy is decimated.  Those with similar taste might enjoy the show, check it out!

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Sly Cooper : Thieves in Time Demo Impressions

Just this week Ratchet & Clank was given the PS3 collection treatment like its cousins, Jak & Daxter and Sly Cooper.  When these three trilogies came out originally, I was getting exhausted of playing so many platformer games and ignored them.  I’ll be honest : I’m still trying to plow through the Jak saga and only bought Ratchet so that I could get my hands on the Sly 4 demo.  That series only caught my attention when I finished Infamous 1/2 and wanted to play other games developed by Sucker Punch, and I loved my Sly Collection ever since.

That brings us to Thieves in Time.  Sucker Punch passed the development baton over to Sanzaru Games, the team responsible for remastering the original trilogy.  This demo is short, and frankly, hasn’t convinced me that I should purchase this game at launch.

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Online Gaming Night : White Knight Chronicles 2 – Death of the Polkan King

While some of you guys were just hearing the shitty news of an iOS port of The World Ends With You, I was in the middle of a great gaming night with my buds.

Because of its lukewarm reception from critics and abundance of other options, we held off playing White Knight Chronicles for quite a while.  It even took a little convincing before our teammate, Soma would buy a copy.  Last night was all about bringing him in for our first night of questing together.  What better initiation is there than finishing a quest that we previously finished illegitimately?

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A Gabriel Knight 2 Slide Show (Part 1)

Here’s something to watch if you ever find yourself bored.  And yes I’m aware this is likely the most shitty video I’ve ever recorded.

Gabriel Knight 2 is a fascinating game.  The acting is often terrible, some puzzles have the most obscure solutions and most of my time is spent snapping shots, trying to find the right ones to publish when it comes time for review.

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Review : Sleeping Dogs

Sandbox games are not typically the most enjoyable experiences for me.  Aside from Infamous 1/2, Red Dead Redemption, Crackdown…. alright, maybe it’s just GTA that I think sucks ass.  Those early trailers got me pumped really fast, and the game was quite well advertised.  There’s no Wei they could fuck up a game like this, right?

Just to get it out of the Wei, the protagonist, his name is Wei Shen, and yes you can expect a bunch of shitty puns in this review.

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New Video Recorder and a Clip From my Darksiders 2 Playthrough

Some people, namely Prota believe that I have a certain fascination with objects of the box variety.  It’s an ongoing joke cause I was stuck playing the Wizard in a multiplayer playthrough of Trine.

For a brief moment, I thought Darksiders 2 was playing with me, the boxes apparently coming to life.  Thankfully I was wrong, but it kinda scared the shit out of me when I spent the whole clip focused on the shaking boxes.

Rise of the Triad Making its Triumphant Return

How the fuck did I miss this?  A reboot of Rise of the Triad?  Dog mode and weird floating platforms making a return?  Graphic killing of Nazi soldiers as they beg for their lives using modern visuals?  Consider me pumped!

Originally intended to be an expansion to Id’s hit, Wolfenstein 3-D, RotT was designed for that particular engine.  When Id dropped that plan, possibly because Doom would be looming around the corner, it was instead developed as a whole new game running on a more modern engine.

That’s good, because Wolfenstein 3-D’s engine wasn’t really suited for outdoor environments which is a big part of this game’s atmosphere.  What resulted is a pretty gory game for its time where people would regularly blow up.  Because height was no longer an issue like it would have been as an expansion, we see a whole bunch of trampolines that take advantage of taller rooms.

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