Checkpoint: Replaying Resident Evil 5 Edition


So I decided to replay Resident Evil 5. I gave it a tough time when it released, but with a free rental coupon and lots of time to cope with the disappointment as Resident Evil game, I thought it was time to play the game people loved: the co-op game.

No split screen this time. Both players will have their own screens and we’ll be chasing after the Trophies which I hear can be quite the riot on subsequent playthroughs.

Let’s see how this game fares a year later. I’ll be posting impressions next week, but I thought it was worth a mention. Plus, the cover art was neat.

I’ve finished Heavy Rain, but there’s a lot more to see. Multiple paths, perfect runs and even intentional blunders. Some of the choices are truly gruesome.

In other news, I won my first Civilization IV game. It was on Warlord difficulty and it was a Cultural victory, but I finally did it. All I had to do was ween myself off the desire to waste turns on military techs and bee line towards culture. I also began the game with Queen Elizabeth which made things very easy with her financial trait.

My next goal? Space race victory which I don’t think is possible in a “normal” game. Who knows? Perhaps I’ll go back to Noble difficulty after getting a hang of this.

Checkpoint: 2009 Game of the Year Edition

goty-2009It’s time to sit back and reflect at 2009’s wealth of games and highlight some of the most notable titles of the year. This year’s GOTY post was heavily influenced by GiantBomb’s own deliberations — these guys have the best GOTY awards in all of gaming media, in my opinion. However, you’re not here to read about GiantBomb’s awards, your here about mine and here they are.

Top Game from 2008

Winner: Persona 4

There are so many games which are released within a year — especially at year’s end — that there will undoubtedly be a number of titles which I will be playing later in the next year.

Persona 4 was the first title which came into mind when I thought of this category and it’s easily the winner. One the last great PlayStation 2 role playing games and one which I will remember fondly for years.

Runner-ups: Dead Space, Valkyria Chronicles, Yakuza 2
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Resident Evil 5: DLC Episode 1?

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When Capcom announced Resident Evil 5: Alternate Edition would have additional content, I thought it was simply more areas and that was that. I had no idea that this would be the first of multiple downloadable content episodes. The first episode seems to be a throwback to the first Resident Evil — they couldn’t have been more obvious with Moonlight Sonata playing in the background. Needless to say, I’m intrigued by this. I wonder what other throwbacks they’re going to do through these “Episodes”.

I’m guessing we’ll hear more about the DLC in the new year. In the meantime, I’ll reflect on how disappointing Resident Evil 5 was.

April U.S. NPD Numbers In: The Sky Is Falling

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It’s reminiscent of last year’s April, but worse.


  1. DS – 1.04 million
  2. Wii – 340, 000
  3. Xbox 360 – 175, 000
  4. PlayStation 2 172, 000
  5. PlayStation 3 – 127, 000
  6. PlayStation Portable – 116, 000


  1. Wii Fit w/ Balance Board – NOA – 471, 000
  2. DS – Pokemon Platinum – NOA – 433, 000
  3. Wii – Mario Kart w/ Wheel – NOA – 210, 000
  4. Wii Play w/ Remote – NOA – 170, 000
  5. 360 – The Godfather II – EA – 155, 000
  6. 360 – Resident evil 5 – Capcom USA – 122, 000
  7. DS – New Super Mario Bros – NOA – 119, 000
  8. DS – Mario Kart DS – NOA – 112, 000
  9. 360 – Guitar Hero Aerosmith – Activision Blizzard – 110, 000
  10. PS3 – The Godfather II – EA – 91, 000

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