Nov 262014
 
Kore ga saikyo-ryu da!

I’ve written a lot before about some of the issues I’ve had over the years when it comes to Street Fighter 4 – and these days I’d add that I really don’t like the later-discovered flaws in the engine like plinking, and I have an insane hatred of near universal defensive option selects like ‘crouch-tech’. The current incarnation, Ultra Street Fighter 4, pretty much has most of the general SF4 problems intact sadly, although the character balance feels a little better to […Full Story…]

Jul 172009
 
Confessions of a Whore

“If you have something to confess, do it now. Give yourself some peace“. Last night I Achievement Whored. Well, sort of, as we’ll see… however more accurately I helped out a friend by setting up his attempt to ‘glitch’ Left 4 Dead to allow him to get an Achievement that is very difficult to unlock under normal play conditions. I actually only agreed to do this, because this particular glitch would only affect him – only he’d get the Achievement, and […Full Story…]

Feb 152009
 
Ultimate Achievement Unlocked: MACROSS Gamerscore

I WIN!!!11! olol Far more fun than racking up a huge pointless gamerscore… 😀 This historic moment deserves to be captured for posterity: It doesn’t get much better than this in Gamerscore land. MA KU RO SU Special thanks go to an unlikely set of games that made this possible: Sonic the Hedgehog (original XBLA), Doritos Dash of Destruction – both of which I got free, and Senko No Ronde (Wartech) which I’m actually rather enjoying at my utter newbie […Full Story…]

Nov 252008
 
4TW!!!11one

First off, let me say I love achievements. The reason why I’ve moved from being a rabid PC gamer to a sell-out console gamer has a lot to do with the lusty lure of achievements. They change the way we perceive games, they give a lasting physical presence to the time that we’ve wiled away mashing those 4 colourful buttons on the controller. However, in game design terms, they have to be vary carefully written. A single achievement can add […Full Story…]

Nov 242008
 
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to Achieve

Well, the release date is now known and even the Achievements for Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix have been leaked which makes this an ideal time for me to discuss some more of my thoughts on XBox Achievements. When I first got my 360, my first reaction was “what is the point in this?”. But the more I’ve played with them though, I have come around to liking them; but only when they are actually fun. I like […Full Story…]