Friday, September 30, 2011

Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection: Playstation 3 Game Review

Review up on a remake of a classic on Kidzworld:

Originally made for the Playstation 2, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus were the forerunners in the "games as art" movement. Both games featured beautiful graphics and a story that provided the player with an amazing experience. Now the games have been remade for the Playstation 3, complete with updated graphics. While one two games has aged gracefully, the other has problems that have only gotten worse over time.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers: PC Game Review

Old game, but I just reviewed it for Kidzworld:

Are you ready for the ultimate collectible card game? Duels of the Planeswalkers has arrived! Read Kidzworld's review for more details.
Magic the Gathering is one of the first collectible card games and people who liked collectible card games while growing up often will try Magic and enjoy the hobby. Magic is a worldwide phenomenon, with its own pro tour and even a weekly event called Friday Night Magic. However, with so many cards and complicated combinations, getting into Magic can be quite a challenge. Luckily, Duels of the Planeswalkers is here to help you get started!

Canadians Invade Tukwila, Washington! 4-2 Battle Roads Report - Part 2

Lunch Break - Jasmine's BR Report
It seems that every time we doing a Pokemon tournament, we wind up eating Subway. This was no difference as we ended up sharing a footlong meatball sub (Happy Gilmore's favourite!) and sharing the details of our matches so far. Jasmine was running a troll deck that she called Bomberman. It was an all or nothing deck that was relatively stress free. After World's, Jasmine decided that she didn't want to play competitively anymore and had started helping out by judging the local tournaments. But since we were outside our area, I had built a "it's no big deal if I lose" deck for her.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Canadians Invade Tukwila, Washington! 4-2 Battle Roads Report - Part 1

Last week we had our first battle roads in Vancouver and I went a terrible 2-3 with my ZPST. For whatever reason, the deck (which set up T1 or T2 90% of the time during testing) decided that it only wanted T3 and T4 set ups, which ended with me racking up a wonderful losing streak against two Reshiphlosion decks to start the day. To make the matter worse, a Kingdra/Yanmega (no Magnezone) deck, which was an autowin for me, took first place.

Deciding that the deck had failed me for the last time, I rebuilt my fragile Gothitelle deck. I was planning to run it during the next local BR in October, but then Christian mentioned that there was going to be a couple of BR events in Washington this weekend, just three hours south. Since Christian was already planning to make the trip, my wife Jasmine and I decided to tag along for the fun.

We left the house at 6am in the morning to make the trip and arrived at Tukwila with plenty of time. We ate a quick breakfast at Jollibee's, which I was familiar with from a business trip to the Philippines last winter, and bumped into a local family of Pokemon players: Joey and his father Jonathan. Joey was a top ranked Canadian player as a Junior and still did consistently well as a Senior, having earned an invite to Worlds last season and having won BR in Vancouver last week. His father Jonathan was more of a casual player, but he's no slouch, having won at least one BR and top cutted in other premier tournaments.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Kirby Mass Attack: Nintendo DS Game Review

Got a review up on Kidzworld:

If you like Kirby, you'll like 10 Kirbys! Kirby returns to the DS in Kirby Mass Attack. Read Kidzworld's game review for more details.
The traditional Kirby game is a side-scrolling platformer where you can use Kirby's ability to inhale and copy enemy powers to help you get through the level. Kirby Mass Attack, however, changes up the formula by presenting a new game play mechanic — one that will have you playing with only your stylus and the touch screen!