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Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2009-06-01 07:31:42
So, Punch-out!!. It's good. Just like it was good TWENTY TWO YEARS AGO. It's essentially the same game with slicker presentation and some unlockable variation in the boxer weaknesses. You could crank up your NES or emulator and have just as much fun.
The new "Title Defense" mode is brutally punishing, and your reward for slogging through it is a match against Donkey Kong. Oh shuddup, that is NOT a fucking spoiler. A spoiler is telling someone who hasn't seen the films that Rosebud is a sled and that Vader is Luke's father. This is a monkey. Big whoop. Are you at all surprised by his appearance?
Instead, Nintendo should have done everything in their power to secure Mike Tyson, and bring back the original Punch-Out!! end boss. And I'd want crazy ex-convict face-tattooed ear-chomping Mike Tyson for the contemporary feel to match the updated visuals. Now that would have been an awesome secret character. Not this guy.
[Edit: I just asked my non-videogaming wife if she'd ever played Punch-Out!! as a kid, and she responded, "You mean that one with Mike Tyson?" WHY didn't they make this happen?!"]
I'm also a touch annoyed that Nintendo is spending so much effort marketing this rehash that would've sold itself anyway. There are FINALLY a handful of good, new Wii games that Nintendo is completely ignoring. It's like they're ashamed of them. I'll have a review up shortly, but I am totally digging on Excitebots: Trick Racing. It's a whimsical racing game that I enjoyed more than the creatively bankrupt Mario Kart Wii. I've started on Deadly Creatures and so far so good. Boom Blox Party is another recent quality Wii release.
Try one of these instead of Punch-Out!!. I like it, but you'd be better off waiting until it cools down. Believe me, there will be plenty of slashed price used copies in the pawn stores (GameStop) as summer runs its course.
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David Kang: (ktuna717-deleteme[at]-deleteme-yahoo [dot] com) 2009-05-30 17:02:43
Diplomacy III - Fall 1903 (updated with builds)
England - War has been declared against Russia as Vargas has determined that Russia poses a greater threat to his interests than Germany. The Royal Navy has begun to spread out to take position around Scandinavia against a smaller and divided Russian fleet. The smooth cooperation with Germany to partition France continues to give it a steady supply chain with potential for an easy take in POR as well. While an immediate breakthrough in Scandinavia is unlikely, a coordinated attack with the Germans may overwhelm even Russia's vast resources.
France - Danny has thrown in the towel and is all but a speed bump to various ambitions. Of serious hilarity was Army SPA being supported by Army GAS to stonewall Italy.
Germany - Steve successfully repelled the initial assault on his eastern frontier and now has an ally in England that can attack where Russia is weak: On the high seas. As long as they can trust each other (highly suspect), coordinated Anglo-German maneuvers can methodically push back the Great Bear. However, Germany's forces are still spread out from the Western campaign and will need a couple of turns to form up for the Eastern campaign. Of great fortune, Russia retreated an army and now sits in a defensive formation. The Kaiser now has a chance to regain the initiative and turn momentum in his favor.
Italy - A very bad turn for Bill as he was stabbed in the liver by the treacherous Hapsburg swine and stonewalled in Spain by their less decadent cousins. Italy is in serious trouble as its forces are far from the homeland while Austrian forces are about to exploit the breach of Venice. The only hope Italy has to survive is to flip Russia on Austria, but that is unlikely as Russia cannot afford a 3 front war.
Austria - Dee executed the first real and serious stab of the game and looks to be a critical strike. As the Turkey campaign wraps up with high Russian cooperation, Austria took advantage of a slow and foolish Italy that left two paths into Italy uncontested (ION & VEN). With a few sharp moves and no foreign intervention, all of Italy will be crushed in short order, at most 4 turns. Adding to the good news, Russia has vacated RUM and remains respectfully distant from the Austrian homeland.
Turkey - Mike is off to make trouble by poking at SEV from ARM. While taking SEV is not possible, it is pinning a Russian army down that could be more useful elsewhere. For what options Turkey has left, this is actually a strong move. Petty and efficient!
Russia - Linda made a mix of odd and smart moves that continues to bewilder me. The defensive maneuver in Scandinavia was slick, but disengaging from the German front was very odd. Instead of taking SIL and pressing her case, Russia backed off (again) and now sits in a defensive shell formation. Whether this is a prelude to a stab of Austria (way too roundabout) or just a case of nerves, Linda has ceded the initiative to her enemies. In the short term, Russia has a big problem with the English fleet. Her northern fleets are divided while the Royal Navy can concentrate their attack, not to mention the powerful salient position of DEN. While Russia cannot afford another front, her partner in crime Austria is growing without impediment and will soon prove to be a liability rather than a reliability.
Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2009-06-01 08:10:26
In my defense, (because this is my blog and I can write whatever I like with impunity) I had to slide my dirk into SOMEbody's exposed ribs. And Italy sent me such signals as, "I want Greece," "I want the Ionian," "England and I agreed not to fight," and my personal favorite, "It's cool with you if I build in Venice, right?"
Bill, I freely offered you Greece in exchange for your help against Turkey. You bailed, and after I handled the dirty work without you, you ask for it? I asked you why you needed the Ionian. You responded, "Leverage." That's pretty consistent with your "request" for Greece! If you're not going to fight England, and you're looking to build in Venice, asking for my hard fought supply center, and the water passage to it? You made it pretty easy for me to pick seizing Venice over Munich.
Plus you tried to stab me into the Ionian! lol