GGF#7: Games to play this week

[Gamer Girl Friday]

Welcome to another edition of Gamer Girl Friday! To those of you who have been supporting this little project of mine (silently or vocally), thank you very much! The reason I’m still going strong is you!

I haven’t had much of grand editorial plan for GGF so far. Like, I don’t plan my issues ahead and I just kinda write whatever appeals to me at the moment.

So, I know I’m not producing the best work I can, but I can only get better with your help.

Writing quality content, while having fun doing it, is my ultimate goal.

Thank you for being with me on my journey!

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Table of Contents

  1. Have you created your Spore?
  2. Playing Battlefield: Bad Company
  3. Don’t play this alone in the dark
  4. Adventures of Sheylara the Barbarian Part 6
  5. Xbox Live Gold Subscription Card goes to…
  6. Ask Sheylara
  7. Want a cool PS3 keychain?

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Have you created your Spore?

Hewwo! I’m a cute purple blob!

Bweek! Fweek!

Oooh! My creator just gave me pincers!

I look weird. =(

Snip snip!

Yippeee! I have eyes and legs!! And a tail!

Look ma! Hands!!!

Oh, OOH! We’re going into the painting room next!

Aww, why am I still purple? I like yellow!

Aniwehs, I love being a freak!

Oookies. You can go to EA to download the client to make your own freak!

Like, you can stick body parts anywhere on your blob and adjust sizes and angles for everything! You can give your creature a zillion eyes if you want to!

I’m glad I don’t have a zillion eyes. I wouldn’t know what to do with them.

I can be found in the game called Spore, created by The Sims creator Will Wright! But the game won’t be released till September. =(

Aww, don’t be sad. I will dance for you, okie?

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Playing Battlefield: Bad Company

Pretty cool game. There’s a lot of humour in the cutscenes and the gameplay dialogue. Funny storyline. Feels like you’re watching a movie. Nice graphics, with cinematic effects at times.

Here’s a video of the demo gameplay, played by the Goonfather.

Yup, it’s as good as the reviews are saying!

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Don’t play this alone in the dark

Because, as the game title suggests, you’re Alone in the Dark. And playing this game alone in the dark is going to be freaky, especially when zombies jump out of nowhere to try and eat you.

I uploaded a funny video of it more than two months ago. (Filmed it at the Xbox 360 party where we were given a sneak preview of the game.)

It has finally launched (only on the Xbox 360 for now) and I am alerted to that fact by the sudden influx of comments I’m getting in YouTube for the video.

So, I’m embedding it once more for my newer readers. It’s worth a look because it’s a funny video to the theme of “pwned by a zombie chick”!

Anyone getting the game?

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Adventures of Sheylara the Barbarian Part 6

Sheylara couldn’t wait to bop enemies on the head with her new hammer.

“HWAH!! Come to momma!”

Excitedly, she wandered off in search of an enemy.

The ditzy barbarian girl came upon a one-armed man who looked rather like a statue.

“Hi!” Sheylara said chirpily. “Are you an enemy?”

“Um, no,” said the man. “Why should I be an enemy?”

“Aww, are you sure you’re not an enemy?”

“Quite sure.”

“Are you very, very, absolutely sure?”

“Lady, see here now! I’m a one-armed man who looks rather like a statue, for goodness’ sake! Why would I be your enemy??”

“I don’t know. I just thought, maybe.”

“I quite assure you that I’m not an enemy.”

“Alright, then.”

Dejectedly, Sheylara wandered off to see if she might not find an enemy before too long.

Soon, she came upon a muscular red-haired man.

“Are you an enemy?” Sheylara asked doubtfully.

“Nope,” said the man. “I am the famous Captain Redrik, scourge of the southern coasts. If I have slain one of yer loved ones and it’s revenge ye seek, then a duel to yer death it is!”

“Well, you didn’t exactly…”

“If ye have business with me, speak!”

“Kthxbye.”

Fortunately for Sheylara, she possessed at least half an ounce of brain matter, which advised her that she’d better leave well (and beefy captains) alone.

She decided to get on with seeking her destiny, as the lady in white in the previous episode had told her.

As she plodded along in search of the island in the south, a dodgy character pssted her.

“Psst!”

“What’s with this city and psst?” asked Sheylara rhetorically.

“Lady,” said a man with a strange cape that covered his chin and a bit of his nose.

“Hi,” Sheylara responded.

“I am Idogbe. Heard of me?”

“No.”

“Aww, dang,” lamented the man. “Do you think I should start a blog? Bloggers seem to get famous quite easily these days.”

“I suppose,” said Sheylara. “I will read your blog if you tell me where the island is.”

“Awesome! The harbor is just right there! Leave comments, too, will ya?”

“Sure, if I’m not too busy. I gotta find some enemies to bop on the head, as you can tell, seeing as I got a bigass hammer and all.”

So, off to the harbor Sheylara went. She spotted a grouchy guard standing guard.

“Oh, hello!” she waved.

The guard ignored her.

“Hellooooo,” waved Sheylara again. “Tell me about the harbor!”

“Harbor’s not your business, stranger. Leave me alone.”

Sheylara considered momentarily hitting the surly guard over the head with her hammer, then thought better of it. He did have a silly-looking spiky thing on his head and she didn’t want to break her new hammer.

“You people in this city aren’t very friendly,” she told the guard. “I shan’t bother with the lot of you anymore!”

It was then that the disillusioned barbarian girl decided it was a good time to go for a midnight swim.

After all, what was a swimsuit for if not for swimming in?

“Last one in’s a rotten egg!” she cried to no one in particular and jumped into the water.

“Ahhhhhh,” Sheylara luxuriated, all the stresses of the day washing off her.

She swam and swam.

And swam.

And enjoyed the caressing waters.

And swam.

And suddenly found herself on an island.

“Ooh, I found my island!”

First order of business was to take some touristy camwhore photos.

“Nice! Now, what shall I do on this island?”

Wandering around, she spotted an old man sitting by a campfire.

“Ooh, maybe that’s an enemy I can try my hammer on!

Happily, she ran towards the old man.

“Are you an enemy?” she asked.

Startled out of his reverie, the old man said, “Of course not, you dumb blonde. Now sit down and listen to my story because I’m part of your destiny quest.”

“Oh, alright.”

While listening to a somewhat long and tedious story, Sheylara camwhored. She was kinda getting into it.

Before long, the storytelling old man lulled her into a drowsy daze and she eventually fell into a dreamless slumber, all thoughts of quests and hammers and camwhoring forgotten.

Once again, Sheylara wasted another episode of Adventures of Sheylara the Barbarian not doing anything very exciting, but that’s the way the story goes.

At least, she felt, her life is a little bit more fun than that of the old man whose grandfather story put her to sleep.

(To be continued next week…)

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Xbox Live Gold Subscription Card goes to…

Dexter Tiah!!!

Congratulations! You win this for simply posting a comment in last week’s GGF! Hope you have fun with Xbox Live! I will be contacting you by e-mail for the delivery of your prize!

Those who didn’t win this time, don’t be disappointed. There will be more in the future, I’m sure!

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Ask Sheylara

Ask me any gaming-related questions! Post them in the comments or e-mail me, I don’t really care. I will try to answer all questions (unless I get like 500 questions a day).

Alex Tung asks a general question:

If I had to decide between Nintendo Wii and a PSP, which one should I get? I am not into cute games… not much of a Guitar Hero fan too… I like RPGs with fantasy/magic/dungeons & dragons themes and stuff. The last time i bought a console (PS2), it ended up rotting in my storeroom after a year. So… any sort of advice is appreciated.

Sheylara Says:

See, the thing is, if you really like RPGs, you wouldn’t have let your PS2 rot in the storeroom because the PS2 was, like, famous for its great library of RPGs (e.g. Final Fantasy). So I’m going to assume that the reason that happened was because you didn’t have time to play games.

If that’s the case, then the PSP will be a better choice because it’s portable. You can play on the go, while waiting in queues, while waiting for your girlfriend, or whenever. Well, of course, the PSP also has more RPGs than the Wii.

Wii has the monopoly on cute games. So if you’re not into cute games, your Wii will just rot in the storeroom together with your PS2, I think.

Wishbone asks a camwhore question:

For a person who isn’t that photogenic, how would you tell him/her how to pose for photos?

Sheylara Says:

Everyone has a good side. Just take tons of photos, try all kinds of angles and all kinds of smiles and expressions to find the best one! Yes, it may sound strange, but looking good in photos requires practice just like everything else.

If that’s not working, then wear makeup, or wear a mask.

Apoorv Khatreja asks a comparison question:

If you had to choose a favorite, which one would you choose – GTA IV or Super Mario (The classic version for SNES)?

Sheylara Says:

Definitely GTA IV. I’ve never been much of a Super Mario fan, although I do like some of the characters like the mushrooms and goomba.

But GTA beats everything else hands down, anyway!

junkie asks a Super Mario Bros question:

Did you play Super Mario Bros (the wildly popular one in the 90s), and if so, did you ever finish (I couldn’t because mum would yell at me to STOP PLAYING NOW before I even came close!)? If so, what happens at the end? I was convinced that this game was programmed to go on forever.

Sheylara Says:

Eh, what’s the fascination with Super Mario, you guys? The only Super Mario games I like are the party games! Hehe. Like the one on the Wii where it’s like a board game (Mario Party 8) and also the board game one on the DS.

I don’t generally like 2D side-scrolling games, and I find endless coin collecting very annoying.

What a shame your mum never let you finish it, though. You should have told her that she needs to let you rescue Princess Peach if she ever wants to have a daughter-in-law and cute grandchildren.

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Want a cool PS3 keychain?

This keychain is very cool!! I would keep it for myself if I’m not already using a Tiffany & Co keychain which I got for Christmas last year.

Anyhoo, here’s a picture of it!

Mouse not included! I only put the mouse in the background so you can have a size reference.

You can open up the keychain to reveal a secret compartment! Oooh!

It’s to store a Sony Memory Stick PRO Duo for your PSP! How cool is that?!

Aww, I’m almost sad to part with it!

But one lucky you is gonna get it! So…

HOW TO WIN THE KEYCHAIN?

Answer these questions:

  1. What content(s) do you like in Gamer Girl Friday?
  2. What content(s) don’t you like in Gamer Girl Friday?

Most useful/helpful/constructive/impressive answer wins!

Closing Date: July 3, 2008

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Fridays used to mean nothing to me since I don’t have a regular job and, like, every day was a weekend to me.

But now that I’ve suddenly gotten very busy with activities and freelance work, I’ve had to specially put aside weekends for friends and family and fun. Now I look forward to Fridays (and weekends) very much!

Hey, don’t forget to go to VivoCity tomorrow for the UEFA EURO 2008 PS3 tournament! It’s happening from 12 pm till 7 pm at the East Court. I will be there from 12 pm to about 3 pm! Come say hi to me if you spot me!

And, as always, have a great weekend! Love ya!

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Exclusive peek at coming Xbox 360 games (April-Dec 2008) – Part II

This is the second part of my preview of the 10 most anticipated games coming out on the Xbox 360 this year.

The first part can be read here.

All the games were shown to us at the Xbox 360’s 2nd birthday party at The Screening Room on April 3rd. Well, some only had trailers because the games weren’t done being developed. But here’s a peek at the stuff we were shown.

Alone in the Dark

More gory zombie slasher survival thriller goodness coming your way!

[Alone in the Dark screen 1] [Alone in the Dark  screen 2] [Alone in the Dark  screen 3]

It seems a common enough theme in games for heroes to wake up disoriented in an eerie, perhaps threatening, environment, posing a challenge to the player to figure out what’s happening and to get the hell out of there.

But Alone in the Dark has the privilege of being a pioneer in the survival horror genre (first released for the PC in 1992), so you can’t exactly accuse it of being unoriginal.

This remake has some potential stuff to look forward to, not the least of which is the episodic treatment of the game. It’s made to look like a TV series, with each episode unfolding just like a TV drama complete with recaps and plot synopses.

There is a lot more interactivity. You can pick up just about anything that’s sitting around and use it like you might in the real world. You can even combine items to help you get through obstacles. Brains and logic count for a lot in this game.

For instance, you could grab a coffee maker and beat a zombie over the head with it. Okay, that’s a no-brainer, but I mentioned that because that’s what you’ll get to see in this funny video. I filmed it as an Atari representative played game for us.

It’s hilarious how the crazy zombie wretch just refuses to die. Watch it to the end. I promise you you won’t regret it.

Alone in the Dark releases on June 24, 2008.

Official site on Atari.com.

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Mirror’s Edge

I like this one. We were shown a CG trailer highlighting the plot and special features, and I hope the game will be as good as the trailer looks. (Sorry, we’re not allowed to share the trailer.)

The protaganist is Faith (that will be you), a spunky neo-Asian chick who works as a courier in a sterile city set in the future.

[Mirror's Edge]

She’s no ordinary courier, wouldn’t you know. Faith is faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.

Oh, wait. That’s the wrong superhero.

But she sure does kick ass, all the same. And her mode of transport is leaping tall buildings. Really.

Because the government monitors everything that goes on in the city and strictly controls the flow of information, there is a need for talented, gravity-defying individuals to courier sensitive information above the prying eyes of the government.

Yes, if you can leap from rooftop to rooftop, you can make a bid for Faith’s job.

So you get to do Matrix-like stuff in the game as you go about your business. You grab objects on the fly to use as weapons to help you overcome obstacles. According to the developers, the game is not about brute force. It’s about outhinking the man behind the gun.

The game camera is free-flowing in the sense that it follows your movement more realistically than most other first-person games. Real-time momentum is built in, like, you can’t come to a sudden halt in the middle of a sprint. And you will actually feel woozy when looking down or leaping off tall buildings. Unless you’re a daredevil with no heart.

[Mirror's Edge screen 1] [Mirror's Edge screen 2] [Mirror's Edge screen 3]

Mirror’s Edge releases late 2008.

Official site on Mirror’s Edge.

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Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon

So, like, the tables are turned and the human race gets obliterated by a retro disco-era zen alien going by the name of Crypto.

In the words of the trailer: “To attain enlightenment, you must expand your mind, master time and space and blow the living crap out of everything.”

Sounds like everything you ever wanted to do, doesn’t it, you sicko? Especially since you get to destroy all humans, as the title of the game strongly suggests.

What the heck, this brand new exclusive trailer says it all:

Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon releases May 16 (UK, Australia) and September 15 (USA), 2008.

Official site on Destroy All Humans.

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FaceBreaker

Personally, it’s kinda worrying to me that there’s an actual sport revolving around beating people’s faces in. But if that’s what people like to do for leisure, who am I to object?

FaceBreaker takes arcade boxing up a whole new level with real-time facial deformation.

Yes, it’s not enough for people to see cars getting pounded in and smashed up in racing sims. People want to see people get pounded in and smashed up now. Oh, and let’s top it off with a cherry, why don’t we.

Put your photo on your avatar. Put your worst enemy’s photo on your opponent’s avatar. Uh huh.

We were told that your photo will get 3D’ed nicely so your boxing avatars will look just like you and your good friend, Billy Wanna Get Punched In The Face.

How about that?

[FaceBreaker screen 1] [FaceBreaker  screen 2] [FaceBreaker  screen 3]

Official site on EA Sports.

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UEFA EURO 2008

You can probably tell that I know nothing about sports or sports games, so I’m naturally biased and won’t be talking at length about this title. Haha. That’s just how it is, unfortunately.

All I can say is that the developers promise highly authentic stadiums and teams. And the game interface has been made easier for casual players to get into it.

Die-hard fans can check out the Be A Pro mode, in which you zero in on one particular player and develop his career from scratch.

Oh, and there’s this cool feature you can invoke when you score a goal. It’s called a celebration scene, during which you can make the scoring player perform celebratory dances while your enemy watches. And you can do it as much as you want, disrupting the game for as long as you want, to really rile your opponent.

Coolness! I like that, even if I won’t play this game.

[UEFA 2008 EURO screen 1] [UEFA 2008 EURO screen 2] [UEFA 2008 EURO screen 3]

UEFA EURO 2008 releases on April 11 (Europe) and May 19 (USA), 2008

Preorder is available here.
Official site on EA Sports.

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That’s all for upcoming games this period. If you liked my previews, tell me and I might do more. If you didn’t like them, what the heck, I still might do more because I like playing games and talking about them. So there.