I wanted to step up to the plate and give you some of my own thoughts regarding State of Emergency. As many of you know I'm a big fan of old school gaming. Some of my favorite games of the past were games like Streets of rage, Double Dragon and Final Fight. Old school brawlers have a special place in my heart. I think that is why I loved and continue to love Zombie Revenge so much. I mean that is a game that takes all the best stuff about a side scrolling brawler and "kicks it up a notch". When I first saw SOE at E3 last year I thought I was in for more of the same. After playing the game I can see that is not the case. SOE is like a brawler without the stuff that makes a brawler good and a mission based adventure game without the stuff that makes one of those good. You get lots of great weapons and plenty of people to beat up. However there is very little progression. Mission after mission has you running around in the same mall doing basically the same thing. Or China town which, lets face it is pretty much just the mall with pagodas. I mean I like shooting people with shotguns as much as the next guy but it's just more fun to do in a game like zombie revenge where you are progressing through different environments. When you play zombie revenge you'll be all like "ooh I'm in the sewer", "ooh now I'm on a fucking train", "ooh fuck ya now I'm in a goddmaned haunted house." Whereas with SOE you'll be all like "ooh I'm still in the mall, why won't Jesus just take me back home and end my suffering." So maybe SOE wasn't trying to be a brawler. Maybe they were trying to strike out and form their own genre. Well more power to them in that case. The problem is their genre is really boring.
Why. Why in the name of God would you show off these screen shots. If your game looks like ass keep it to your self. I don't understand why a company would do this to themselves. Maybe their Bruce Lee game will rock, I don't know. The fact of the matter is when ever I hear the name from now on I will think "oh that is the game that looks like shit." That is the message they have delivered to consumers. What PR guy thought that showing this crap was a good plan? I would suggest that it's better to release nothing at all. Hell that would probably get people talking about it. You know, keep it all mysterious and shit. Then once people actually buy it they can find out that it looks like a Playstation one game. I have decided that I will offer my services to all game developers to help them determine whether or not to release a screen shot. Simply send it to me first and I will tell you whether or not it looks like ass. If I like it you can even put a quote on your game box or magazine ad stating "Gabe doesn't think it looks like ass!"
A lot of People mailed me complaining about the IGN message boards being moved to their insider service. I honestly don't care since I stopped visiting IGN after their latest re-design anyway. It's like they had a meeting where they tried to decide how best to fuck over their site and make it impossible to find any content. As for their forums being a part of insider now, I can't say I blame them. They are just trying to pay their bills. Not to mention the fact that there are plenty of free forums around for you to talk about how the Gamecube is for kiddies or the x box suxorz.
Anyone out there have a Metal Slug 3 AES cart or a Sengoku 3 AES cart? Well I can draw. Lets talk trade.