Three new Madden 10 screens

Every year I get hopeful for Madden, and every year I feel a little deflated by the product. But hey, this year they’re showing off my favorite team in the new screens, so it’s about time I start getting suckered in. As long as they refrain from images of that evil team out in Foxboro, the love fest I’m currently having with Madden 10 can continue.

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Look at Ronnie Brown running that Wildcat offense. It’s a thing of outright beauty! I really hope that the Wildcat works well in Madden 10. I mean, I want it to be effective, but not so overpowered and broken that it becomes taboo to use online. I imagine it can’t be the easiest thing to integrate into an NFL game, as it’s a pretty strange twist. I also hope that Tom Brady’s terribly unhealed knee is accurately represented in the game.

Ghostbusters Ultra Spendy Collector’s Insane Edition

One of my most anticipated games is Ghostbusters, if only for the awesome franchise that it’s based on. Ok, so the game actually does look like a lot of fun, but buying the limited collector’s edition that Amazon is offering is going to set you back a quite a bit. While it does come with some cool little collectibles, there is no way that they’re worth doubling the price of the game. Here’s what you get, directly quoted from Amazon’s product listing:

  • An exclusive 10″ Slimer bust designed and created by the original movie sculptor, Steve Johnson. Comes complete with a certificate of authenticity signed by the sculptor himself.
  • Exclusive Ghostbusters Minimates. Only be available with the Slimer Edition.
  • Exclusive Ghostbusters Gamer Graffix Console Skins.
  • Exclusive Ecto 1 Key Chain with lights and sound.

Oh, and of course you’ll also get the game. The Xbox 360 and PS3 versions will run you $129.99, and the Wii version will run $109.99. For the serious Ghostbusters collector, I guess it’s a no-brainer, but for the casual fan, the price is probably a bit much.

Link to purchase : Ghostbusters: The Video Game

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 trailer and official site revealed

Here’s the trailer, and the link to the official site is after the embedded video.

Official Site: http://modernwarfare2.infinityward.com/

Just so you know, the official site is just showing the trailer, but that’s where a lot of info will be appearing over time. I am a huge fan of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and I really can’t wait to find out more about the sequel. This is going to be a huge holiday hit when it drops in November.

First Madden ’10 screen is shown

On Peter Moore’s official blog, the first Madden ’10 screen has been released. It’s really hard to tell much from a single screen, but it looks pretty nice to me. Peter talks a bit about the game on the blog, so check out the post, here: http://itsinthegame.ea.com/archive/2009/03/23/fight-for-every-yard.aspx

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It will be nice when we can get some in-depth details of all of the gameplay tweaks and improvements that are going into this year’s version of the game. The last few years have been pretty disappointing for me, and I’m usually left wondering just how much work goes into the title year to year. At some point, however, EA is going to have to start matching the quality of the releases that we saw during the past generation of consoles, when Madden was really in its prime as a series.

Pearl Jam’s Ten hits Rock Band next week

Of all the complete albums that have been released on Rock Band so far, this is by far my most anticipated release. On Tuesday for Xbox 360 owners and Thursday for PS3 owners, Pearl Jam’s Ten will be available for download. For those youngsters that don’t know how great of an album Ten was, hit up your torr–er, uh, Amazon.mp3 and get the album and give it a listen. Nirvana who? Here are the tracks that will be made available either as a whole or individually:

  • Once
  • Even Flow
  • Why Go
  • Black
  • Jeremy
  • Oceans
  • Porch
  • Garden
  • Deep
  • Release
  • Master/Slave 
So yeah, download it and enjoy one of the best albums of the ’90s. Just don’t send me the bill when you kick over your subwoofer during the guitar solo in Even Flow. 

Street Fighter IV ticks me off!

Disclaimer: The following rant is purely the opinion of me (Brad Mosbacher) and is not reflective in any way of the opinions of Jeff Rivera, anyone else affiliated with Stupid Gamer, or the millions of SFIV fans that will maul me when they find out I posted this little rant. Now it’s time for me to rage.

This story starts out fairly innocently. I was at Target yesterday, to purchase some necessities that were long overdue for me (clothes, pillow, new shoes and the like) , so i decide while I was there that I would go ahead and purchase Star Ocean: The Last Hope for 360. But those hopes were dashed on some rather sharp rocks when they didn’t even have a slot open on their shelf for the game. So I wander about the store for a while more, picking up various items and  just looking around before coming back to look at games again. This time I notice they have Street Fighter IV in stock and I decide on a whim that I was going to buy the game, even though I know next to nothing about it, aside from what was told to me by word of mouth. I end up purchasing the game and then I check out and leave. Fast Forward to 11:30 PM: I pop the game into the 360 and install it to the hard drive, then fire it up, not knowing what to expect. I enter the game, go into options and set the difficulty to easy, then I enter arcade mode. I pick the character I want to play as, which was Ryu, and start a match, then the game does something unexpected. It comes right at me like a seasoned  pro gamer and completely annhilates me, again and again. So I pick a new character, Chun Li this time. I manage to win a couple times and was starting to feel pretty darn good about myself when it happens again. The AI goes into kill mode and wipes its electronic ass with me. Needless to say I am absolutely and totally pissed off right now, simply because of the cheapness and overpowering nature of the game’s AI, even on the easiest difficulty.  As it is now, it is absolutely impossible for me to learn how to play this game even if I wanted to (yes I know there is a training mode, but I dont like those modes). Long story short I think I made the biggest mistake of my life buying Street Fighter IV and I will probably never bother with the series again.

Pictures of the next Fallout 3 DLC – The Pitt

I won’t pretend that a lot of people didn’t feel that Operation: Anchorage was a bit of a let down (I personally loved it), but it was certainly a departure from the regular style and pacing of the rest of the game. With The Pitt DLC coming our way, Bethesda is promising that it will be much more like the main quest and will not only give gamers access to a new city (Pittsburgh), but it will also introduce new weapons, quests, and a chance to interact with the Wasteland Raiders in a more personal manner. Here are some screens that Bethesda released.

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New red Xbox 360 bundle unveiled

Red has never been a popular choice for console colors, but that’s not stopping Microsoft from creating a pretty solid bundle with a red Xbox 360. The bundle will include a 120GB hard drive, Resident Evil 5, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, and your headset and cables.

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It’s expected that the bundle will cost $399 when it arrives here in the United States. I haven’t seen it written anymore, but I’d expect that you also get at least one month of Xbox Live Gold included with the bundle as well given the choice to include Street Fighter and Resident Evil 5.

The Stupid Gamer Street Fighter IV Guide

At times I try to convince myself that I’m actually pretty good at Street Fighter. I mean, I probably gave local gas stations and arcades every quarter I owned from the moment Street Fighter II hit the US up until the late ’90s.  As Street Fighter IV has caused a lot of hype and attention, I have noticed that many popular message boards are filling up with newcomers asking why the series is so difficult. There are also quite a few old-timers that walked away from the game around the time that Capcom started focusing in on the Alpha series.  Well, I’m hoping that our Street Fighter IV guide will be useful to both of those groups, as well as the longtime casual player that’s never really been able to delve into the deeper bits of the battle system.

You can find the guide here: http://stupidgamer.com/street-fighter-iv-guide/

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A link to the guide is also available just below the site header. Please feel free to email me anything that you think would improve the guide at jar155 [at] gmail.com. I also welcome any and all criticism about my strategies or conclusions about the game. Thanks for reading!