Updates

Nothing much today, not that there isn’t anything to say. I’ve been a tad too lazy to write an article on Color in Modern Video games, based on a presentation I did in my Color Theory class as well as some interview questions to send out.

Anyways, let’s begin the way we usually do:

New Games

 Lots this time, partially because its been so long since my last post but I’ve also been finding a few ways to stretch my budget (buying clearance items, downloadale games, etc) so I have a few things

 

  • Bit. Trip Beat(WiiWare)
  • Bit. Trip Core(WiiWare)
  • Cryostasis (PC)
  • Doshin the Giant (GCN) (EU Import)
  • Fallout 3: The Pitt & Operation Anchorage (360)
  • Fallout 3: Broken Steel & Point Lookout (360)
  • Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings (Wii)
  • Klonoa (Wii)
  • Psychonauts (PS2)
  • Sherlock Holmes vs Jack the Ripper (PC)
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Wii)
  • Tales of Monkey Island – Chapter 1 (PC Download)

In addition, I have two games on the way:

  • The Conduit Special Edition(Wii)
  • Cursed Mountain Limited Edition(Wii)
  • Valhalla Knights: Eldar Saga (Wii)

Yes, I to was surprised that a Limited Edition existed for Cursed mountain, but one does apparently. I bought it from an Amazon vendor along with the Conduit SE. I might even go pick up a Wii Speak at Fry’s Electronics as they have them for only $10 new.

I’ve actually already finished Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings and despite the horrible reviews the game has gotten, I’ personally enjoyed it, as evidenced by my review of the game on Game Observer. I found the game to be an authentic and satisfying Indiana Jones experience, much moreso than Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls.

Anyways, this is all and good save for one thing

My Poor Wii

 Well, I was playing through Force Unleashed when my system suddenly froze for a few minutes before finally booting me with a Disc Cannot be Read error. Then it seemed the Wii would no longer load the game and any other dual layer games.

I bought a Wii Lens cleaner to see if it helped but no luck. The Wii’s condition has since deteriorated further and now no longer reads any game discs, including Gamecube games. Fortunately, I do have 2 GameCubes in the house, as well as a second Wii, so my gameplay won’t be terribly affected. Still, I’ve gone ahead and set up a repair through Nintendo (with funds from a recently sold digital piano) and I’ll probably ship it off tomorrow after I’ve had a chance to backup all of my game saves to my SD card.

Fortunately, I’ll probably have it back by the time I move into my new room.

Anyways, just a little more

School Progress

 Last week was my week off in between school quarters. I really enjoyed my first quarter and I did fairly well with about a 3.8 GPA.

My next quarter officially begins today but I don’t have any classes on Monday so my first day is tomorrow. My classes this semester are:

  • Typography
  • Principles of 3D Modelling
  • Drawing and Anatomy
  • Drawing, Proportion, and Perspective
  • College Algebra

Most of the classes are fairly self explanitory. 3D modelling has us working with 3DS Max and our quarter-long project is to model a tank in an environment, which should be pretty fun.

The quarter after this however looks like it will start getting difficult as I start really diving into my major with classes like Game Design & Game Play, Character & Object Design, Life Drawing, Game Modelling and Animation. After that, I’m pretty much 100% in my major and just about every class will involve modelling, animation, scripting, or development. Definitely looking forward to it, but also dreading it a bit.

and the last bit for today:

Tales of Vesperia Special Edition

 Included:

    • Tales of Vesperia
    • Special Edition Manual
    • Tales 10th Anniversary Soundtrack Vol. 1
    • Tales 10th Annviersary Soundtrack Vol. 2
    • Tales 10th Anniversary Soundtrack Vol. 3
    • Steelbook Case

Tales of Vesperia:

      Your copy of the game disc

Special Edition Manual

      : The manual for the game is different from the standard manual. For one, the standard artwork is replaced by art by series artist, Kosuke Fujishima. At the end of the book, after the credits page begins a small artwork section, which includes two images by Fujishima (including the cover image), a couple of pages of promotional work (including the standard cover art), a map of the game world, some enemy art, and screenshots.

Tales 10th Anniversary Soundtrack Vol.1

      : This soundtrack included with the game contains tracks from many of the Tales games of the past 10 years. The disc contains a total of 22 tracks from the games Tales of Vesperia, Tales of Phantasia, Tales of Destiny, Tales of Symphonia and Tales of the Abyss.

Tales 10th Annviersary Soundtrack Vol. 2 & 3

      : I bundled these two together because they do not technically come in your box, so if you bought this edition at the store, you wouldn’t recieve these. Instead, the game comes with a code for an added bonus. The added, revealed almost 9 months after the game was released turned out to be Vol 2. If you were very lucky, however, Namco sent you both Vol 2 & 3. Vol 2 contains 21 total tracks from Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, Tales of Symphonia, Tales of Destiny, Tales of Eternia, and Tales of Vesperia, while Vol 3 contains 21 tracks from Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, Tales of the Abyss, and Tales of Vesperia. There is some overlap in the tracks covered in these two discs.

Steelbook case

      : A steelbook case with Fujishima’s cover art that holds the manual, track list, game and vol 1 of the soundtrack.
      Overall, this would be fairly standard Special Edition right off the self as you’re basically just getting the case, a slightly different manual and a soundtrack CD. The mail-in offer adds significantly more value by throwing in an additional soundtrack disc, two for the very lucky.
      I say very lucky because Namco seems to have a really horrible set-up for the mail-in offers. As I mentioned above, it took 9 months before the added bonus, vol 2 of the soundtrack, was even announced. I registered for the soundtrack the day of the announcement (you could not register before) and three months later (as opposed the 7-8 weeks I was told) I had to contact Namco and remind them to send me my disc.
      Vol 2 was the standard mail-out so I was able to get that, but vol 3 seems to have been made if far more limited quantities and much fewer people recieved it. I had to track mine down online, where they are very rare.
      The artbook section of the manual is not terribly impressive as it only has a handful of images and far too many pages of screenshots as it takes up roughly 5 of the 15 extra pages.
      This Special Edition was originally $70 at retail, the now fairly unusual $10 mark-up on premium editions, but given Tales of Vesperia’s overall limited print run, copies are a bit more difficult to find now. There is one Buy-it-Now listing on ebay for $130. There are actually more copies for the Japanese PS3 version than the 360’s Special Edition. Amazon is worse with the listing for a new copy at $160. The Amazon Marketplace has new and used copies for $90 all the way up to $250.
      If you got this at retail and were able to get the 2 bonus discs for free, then you got yourself a hell of a deal. If you only got 1, its still good. At the price its going for on the grey market, you’d have to be a huge fan of the series to pick it up and I wouldn’t expect to get the bonus discs from Namco at this point, though I wouldn’t recommend that you quote me on that. If you find a copy on the cheap with a good registration code, I’d definitely try it out.
      And that’s about all for now, I think. I’ll try to unlazy up, write my articles and get some actual content up. For now, just wish me luck in school.
      Until next time!