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August 6, 2010

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Changing Servers

August 4, 2010

Excuse the mess! I’m currently transferring this blog from wordpress.com hosted to self hosted. The transition is going smoothly apart from one thing: The Domain!

There is an issue with the domain provider’s Name Server switch admin page which means I’ll have to wait until someone fixes this manually for me. For now you can visit DailyGirlPanic.Com and keep up with it all. LaurenWainwright.com will redirect to the new blog soon enough and I apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please don’t do anything stupid! YOU HEAR ME!

In other news: If you enjoy the LIKE button on Facebook then you should click it on the Daily Girl Attack Panic Super HD Remix Page! I’d love you forever and you’d get your glorious mug on the facebook widget on the side bar. Getting your face on said widget will make you famous and rich beyond your wildest dreams*.
*It won’t. I’m a terrible lier. Don’t sue me please.

There is a massive post coming up soon about Survival Horror games. I hope you will all enjoy it and there are more things to come from LaurenWainwright.com/DailyPanicGirl.com soon.

Hands on with 3DS

July 27, 2010

While I’ll be holding back a more detailed account of my time with Nintendo’s 3DS for my written preview, I just couldn’t resist blogging about the latest upgrade. I mean, it’s 3D without the glasses. The future in our hands and everyone is getting excited.

I wasn’t initially happy with it when I first stood up in front of a panel of pretty uniformed Nintendo girls. It was suddenly 3D and my eyes just didn’t like it. It took some time to adjust the 3D screen, even after playing around with the depth meter. My main issue was switching between the two screens. It’s like your eyes begin to adjust to the new depth of field and then you look down at the touch screen, which is still in 2D, and get used to that which means when you look back up at the 3D screen your eyes go all out of focus.

Now, I’m sure this is something you will slowly get used to but I know this will turn a lot of people off instantly. I got worried and decided to walk around and check out some of Nintendo’s upcoming line up for the Wii and DS before returning to the 3DS and giving a final judgement. It wasn’t until I returned to watch a trailer for Resident Evil and Metal Gear Solid on the 3DS did it all start to come together and become practically mind blowing. It’s 3D maaaaaannn!

There was a bunch of other stuff on show such as Just Dance 2, Epic Mickey, Wii Party, Metroid Other M, Goldeneye and Kirby’s Epic Yarn which turned out to be the show stopper! As much as I dis Nintendo for staying safe with their own IPs, I can’t deny the games they produce with them are not enjoyable or unique gameplay wise. Kirby’s latest adventure looks adorable and the co-op was fantastically addictive. I think I played the demo more than five times with several different journalists, jumping around arts and craft inspired levels. Again, more details for the preview but I just wanted to mention how amazing it was.

StarCraft II Launch Party

July 27, 2010

It’s about time StarCraft II released because I was starting to get fed up with people practically orgasming over each and every tiny morsel of news being revealed onto the net. Not that a little hype did anyone any harm but we’ve been waiting bloomin’ ages!

I was also getting a little twitchy each time someone replied “it’ll be out when it’s ready” whenever someone was stupid enough to ask for an estimated release date. That single statement has now become the “so Blizzard” thing to say about any future title they intend to release and I know it’s going to keep driving me insane. Actually it might drive me to the point where I just smash a sledge hammer into the face of any smug arse hat who feels the need to say it.

Breathe. It’s okay now, Lauren. StarCraft II is out. PC gaming is no longer dead and Korea can now evolve. Thank goodness.

I’m actually looking forward to playing some more StarCraft II. I managed to nab a copy at the launch party Blizzard held in London last night. The games press gathered in a swanky central London bar, sipping on Zerg cocktails and excitedly commenting on the StarCraft II light show that was projected onto the walls and tables. Everyone looked generally excited to get their hands on with the game and it wasn’t until walking down to GAME on Oxford Street did the buzz really kick off.

I felt a bit guilty walking past the crowds of fans who had been lining up since 10am to grab the game. I just walked on in, grabbed my press bag with the game and some goodies and stood around commenting on the stores décor, the poor model in the Queen of Blades costume – who looked amazing by the way – and how much I wanted that amazing collector’s edition.

As midnight approached and fans were slowly buying the first few copies of the game, I wondered outside and walked all the way to the back of the line. I had a spare goody bag and it was for the poor sod at the back who will be enjoying a long wait. After passing a few hundred people, I stumbled on a couple who were excitedly waiting in line and gave it to them. Then I walked back up chucking a few World of Warcraft goodies from the press kit into the crowd. I did keep some goodies for myself though: The game, puzzle, poster, stickers, magnets and other such wonderful SC2 merchandise.

It was a good night all in all. Got heckled by the crowds, questioned on the train and even recognised by people in line… which is still a very weird feeling. If you are a little bored and want to have a few matches on battle.net then my ID is atheistium at gmail dot com. I’m pretty rusty when it comes to RTS, so you’ll lack any kind of challenge for the moment.  Now I just need to work out how to make a ZERG cocktail. They should have just called it a Zerg Rush. Missed opportunity there Blizzard bar staff.

I’m finally playing Dragon Quest

July 26, 2010

I’ve not really been avoiding Dragon Quest but it’s not a game I’ve ever felt compelled to play. Which is strange because I love Japanese RPGs and Dragon Quest essentially ticks all the traditional RPG boxes. So what has stopped me for so long? The art style.

Years ago, when I split my time between school, gaming and animé, I used to watch Dragon Ball Z. I eventually got tired of watching burly, blonde men look constipated for numerous episodes and ended up beginning to hate the series. Sadly this resulted in anything by artist Akira Toriyama getting the cold shoulder.

This means anything Dragon Quest got ignored. I ended up getting a copy of DQVIII as a gift and it was left collecting dust. I’m a huge Final Fantasy fan and it was only after reading an article about the popularity of Dragon Quest in Japan, I decided to give it a go. A little late to the party, I know.

Walking into GAME this weekend, I noticed Nintendo & Square Enix were running a huge Dragon Quest IX campaign. I ended up grabbing a copy at the counter and nervously reading the manual on the way home, hoping I hadn’t wasted the remaining credit on my gift card.

You can customise your own character in DQIX.

Now I understand the hype, the buzz and the total Tokyo meltdown when Dragon Quest comes out. It’s seriously addictive! After seeing modern day jRPGs lose their tradition bit by bit, Dragon Quest holds that tradition up and adds to it.

I think the major selling point was actually being able to create my own hero at the start and potential of multiplayer with friends. I’m a bit gutted that the multiplayer is local wireless rather than WiFi. Now I just need to find a bunch of people willing to quest up!

So my new obsession is Dragon Quest. I’m sorry if I start constantly tweeting about it, I don’t mean to be annoying… I’m just excited. This just means I got a huge back catalogue of games to check out. What are your favourite Dragon Quest games? Let me know so I can check them out.

Lara Croft GOL Trailer 2 looks Amazing

July 21, 2010


If you’re curious as to what Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light will play like then the below trailer will show some more delicious detailed gameplay. Even though it’s very obvious I’d be keeping my eye on this gem, due to Lara’s inclusion, the arcade game is shaping up to be a must have for the summer. Seriously looks amazing!

There looks to be plenty of things to do in the game. Not only will you be working your way through tombs and temples with co-op puzzles but also collecting and upgrading weapons as well as searching out for secret items.

Hopefully a bunch of you will pick this bad boy up when it releases August 18th. I’ll be looking for co-op partners 😉

In other news you can check out my Limbo review over on ConsoleMonster.com. I gave it a delicious 90%.

Stuck in Limbo

July 16, 2010
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Finally! Limbo is out next week on XBLA for 1,200 MS Points but I managed to cheekily nab a code for review. Without going into too much detail (delicious Monday Embargo) the game is shaping up very well. It’s different but familiar. It’s frightening and subtle. It’s god damn exciting and it’s also one of the most interesting XBLA games you’ll play this year. So, make sure you check out the first twenty minutes via Giant Bomb’s Quick Look.

Oh yeah! Limbo is part of Xbox’s 2010 Summer of Arcade. Which means if you buy all five of the listed games you’ll get 1,200 MS Points back. I’d recommend you pick up Limbo and Lara Croft and The Guardian of Light (August 18th). Check the link for more details.

In other news I’m trading in my trusty super elite and joining the slim family. While I’m not a fan of the Xbox’s new shiny look – matte is where it’s at – I’m excited for a quieter, smaller and more streamlined machine. Pictures, blogs and excited pictures of my face will be up soon, so keep an eye out.