The House of the Dead 3 review: Suffer like G did?

The House of the Dead III

[originally posted at Total PlayStation]

Now in its tenth year of existence, The House of the Dead III is much like a zombie itself. After its original arcade debut in 2002, the game has been reanimated in the years since on the original Xbox, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Wii, and finally yet again on the PlayStation 3 as a downloadable title. I guess you really can’t keep a zombie shooter down.

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LittleBigPlanet 2: Special Edition review: Take the plunge

LittleBigPlanet 2: Special Edition[originally posted at Total PlayStation]

Yes, we already have an excellent review of vanilla LittleBigPlanet 2 by our very own Scott. Not to sound lazy, but I’d  rather not retread such well-trodden ground, so you can refer to his review to learn about the basics and content of the original release. This review is for LittleBigPlanet: 2 Special Edition, and will cover only the newly added content to the already superfluous LBP package.

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Year In Review: 2011

[originally posted at Total PlayStation]

My 2011 tale is one filled with regret and shame. I’d love to regale you with a long list of magnificent titles like everyone else preceding me, but the sad fact is that I hardly beat any games last year. And the list of games I even bothered to play at all is not much longer. Sure, I was busy with work, writing, and other mandatory components of life, but I don’t want to make excuses.

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Make Ultima 7 more readable with new fonts

These are instructions for replacing the fonts in Ultima VII: The Black Gate and Serpent Isle to make them more readable, especially to those of us not familiar with medieval typeface.

This guide works with the Good Old Games release of Ultima 7: The Complete Edition. I did not test other versions.

Disclaimer: I did not create these files. I found them on the Exult Discussion forum, and the project was apparently started by a fellow named Ken Kato and completed with help from other forum members. I’m simply rehosting these files for posterity and including cleaner instructions because poor instructions peeve me.

  1. Download files FONTS.ZIP and FONTS-SI.ZIP.
  2. Back up FONTS.VGA in each of the Ultima VII static directories. You know, in case you want to go back to the original fonts someday. Here are the locations of these directories in Windows 7 x64:
    • The Black Gate:
      C:\Program Files (x86)\GOG.com\The Complete Ultima VII\Ultima7\STATIC
    • Serpent Isle:
      C:\Program Files (x86)\GOG.com\The Complete Ultima VII\Serpent\STATIC
  3. Extract FONTS.VGA from FONTS.ZIP to The Black Gate‘s static directory.
    Extract FONTS.VGA from FONTS-SI.ZIP to Serpent Isle‘s static directory.

That’s it! See the results below.

Ultima 7 - Original fonts

Ultima 7 - Original fonts

Ultima 7 - New fonts

Ultima 7 - New fonts

Payday: The Heist review: Four guys walk into a bank…

Payday: The Heist

[originally posted at Total PlayStation]

Who are you? Who do you want to be?

All video games are about role-playing. Not just RPGs, the eponymous genre that typically involves fantastic locales and lots of statistical exchanges. In every game you play a role. Maybe it’s a plumber in a mushroom kingdom, or a grizzled marine in outer space, or a psychopath in a cape and cowl. In any case, a large part of a game’s appeal can come from the role you inhabit and the locations and situations that role will experience.

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