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Usagicast Episode 1

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

usagicast

Introductions, Top 10 Best Video Games, Talking Speakers, and Zombie Plans in the premiere episode of the Usagicast.

Retro Console of the Day: Neo Geo Pocket Color.

Hope you have as much fun listening as we did recording!

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WR: Gears of War 2 (360)

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Mmm.... character models

 
Developer: Epic Games
Publisher: Microsoft
Players: 1-2 (10 online)
Console: Xbox 360
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)
TestFreaks Score: 10/10
Hours Played: ~ 15 hours
Progress: Beat game on Hardcore, played lots of online

Well, we didn’t kill all of them critters last time, so here we are again.  An instant flagship title for Microsoft, the Gears series has made quite a name for itself in the gaming world.  Known particularly for ridiculously tasty visuals and plentiful gore, can this game possibly live up to the ridiculous standards set by the original?  (All screens in this review can be clicked to be enlarged and are all taken from IN GAME action.)

 
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Web Review: Club Nintendo (North America)

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Ha ha, I'm uber-platinum

Well, Club Nintendo has finally been implemented for North America.  Does this long-awaited turn of events live up to all of the hype?

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Left 4 Dead (PC)

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Developer: Valve (Turtle Rock Studios)

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Players: 1 (1-8 online)

Console: PC/Xbox 360

ESRB Rating: M (Mature)

Hours Played: 16 hours

Are you ready for the zombie apocalypse? Have you ever seen George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead, made way back in the 80’s? How about the latest remake? You know the movie where the zombies actually run at the people instead of sleep walking and groaning about back pains? Well, Left 4 Dead is a lot like the new Day of the Dead, it has zombies, blood, guns, and a lot more zombies! The zombies charge at you at full speed, none of that sleep walking business. You and your three other teammates (either humans or bots) will have work together and learn how to coordinate extremely well on the higher difficulties if you plan to survive.

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Video Review: Left 4 Dead (PC)

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

Here’s the latest video review from GameUsagi, enjoy.

Game Usagi Meta News – Nov. 25th

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

November 18th-25th

Are you ready for the Game Usagi Meta News? Grab your stuffed animal and bunny slippers, its feeding time!

Nintendo DS

Nintendo has announced they are releasing two new DS bundles for Black Friday, this Friday November, 28th. One of the bundles comes with a red DS with a Mario “M” on the bottom right of the front and will come with Super Mario Bros. The other bundle has a ice blue DS that comes with Brain Age and a carrying case. Both bundles will be priced around $149.99. Hopefully this can tide you over until the new DSi comes out.

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The Witcher: Enhanced Edition (PC)

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Developer: CDProjekt RED
Publisher: Atari
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)
Players: 1
Genre: 3rd-person real-time RPG
Hours played: A Ton

The original Witcher game received many awards including RPG of the Year from IGN, PC Gamer, GameSpy, and GameSpot.  CDProjekt, hoping to further this great success, recently released an entirely updated version of the game with improvements covering essentially every aspect of the game.  80% faster load times, vastly improved graphics, new quests, and all-new dubbing in 8 different languages are just a few of the improvements that were put in to enhance the original award-winning game.  This is all quite impressive, but does the game fare well under the Usagi’s metaphorical gaming microscope?

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Usagi News! Nov. 15th

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

It’s food time! It’s also time for your weekly dose of cute cuddly gaming news which comes in the form of Usagi Meta News. The highlights this week are:

Halo 3 Recon

Halo 3 Recon has a shorter single player campaign and price tag. The campaign is said to be around three to five hours and the price tag should be under $60. The Recon armor which is pretty well exclusive to Bungie staff members and a few select others will now be available when you purchase Recon, so be ready for everyone to look like you once Recon hits shelves.

Source: http://www.joystiq.com/2008/11/12/game-informer-halo-3-recon-3-to-5-hours-earn-recon-armor/

Gears of War 2

Gears 2 has sold an incredible two million worldwide on its opening weekend. Not only were Gears of War 2 sales incredibly high but also the amount of people who were logged into Xbox Live on Gears of War 2’s opening weekend, 1.5 million users to be a little more exact. Were you really that shocked?

Source: http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3171273

Console and Game sales:

Though Gears of War will come close to the top in game sales this month, Fable 2 (360) took its piece of cake and ate it too with almost 800,000 sold in October.  Wii Fit was choking on dust in 2nd place at about 487,000 sales and Fallout 3 taking 3rd with 375,000.

Console wise, the Wii is the little bunny that could.  Wii sales have gone up just over 100,000 since September when it sold 687,000 units. Last month the PS3 sold 190,000 units, 360 with 371,000 units and PSP with 193,000 units, combined they could not overcome the tiny console; it appears size doesn’t matter.

Since we are on the topic of sales, Ubisoft’s Far Cry 2 has sold one million copies Worldwide over three weeks. Looks like Fallout 3 isn’t on everyone’s mind for open world gameplay.

Source: http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3171305 / http://360.kombo.com/article.php?artid=15069

Blizzard’s new MMO:

World of Warcraft’s developer Blizzard has announced they are working on a “next generation” MMO. I’m curious to see if this means they could be working on an entirely new IP, because it sounds like they are moving away from producing another Warcraft title. Check out the interview between Blizzard COO Paul Sams and VG247 for the full story.

Source: http://www.videogaming247.com/2008/11/12/blizzard-coo-our-new-mmo-is-cool-new-different-next-generation/

That’s it for this weeks gaming update! Come back next week for some oh so sweet information.

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