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    Feb 23rd, 2007 at 13:46:04     -    Soul Caliber III (PS2)

    Session II:

    So I lost my first battle with my friend and thus I decided to choose another character. I chose a girl, Seong-Ni Ma this time. During the first round while I was using Raphael, I noticed that my friend continuously mashed the buttons to attack and therefore I wanted to try if mashing buttons really helps. Apparently, the faster I mashed the buttons, the more attacks and damage I made to my friend. During the gameplay, blocking is one of the most important things to do because it gives you a chance to counter an attack and you don’t get hurt if you block correctly. Also, if you are able to power up (pressing R2), your attack can cause superior damage to your enemy, but powering up takes around 3 seconds so it can be quite risky if your opponent attacks you.

    One thing I did not like about this game is the advantage that long range attackers have. They are good and strong characters but I think they sometimes can be considered cheating. For example, Raphael, he’s strong and fast, but the player can repeatedly push “triangle” (it does a fencing move sort of thing) and KO your opponent very fast, if he/she does not know how to counter the attack, or block.

    This game definitely requires a lot of strategy and practice before you can become a pro in it. You definitely need to know the moves of the character and when it is the best time to counter an attack or perform an attack on your enemy. Even if you chose a weak person, you still have a chance of winning if you perform the appropriate moves at the right time. So overall, this game is not just all about blocking, but about how fast you can perform a move or block an attack, and I think this is what makes this game very outstanding and enjoyable to me.

    This entry has been edited 2 times. It was last edited on Feb 23rd, 2007 at 14:00:13.

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    Feb 23rd, 2007 at 13:42:41     -    Soul Caliber III (PS2)

    Gamelog #5
    Session I

    This is my first time playing Soul Calibur III and it got me hooked for quite awhile. This game is a 3D fighting game, just like street fighter and mortal kombat, except with more characters to choose from in the versus mode, based on my opinion. The graphics in this game is amazing and all the characters looked very real and well developed. I found this game more interesting and enjoyable compared to other fighter games because of all the unique characters in the game. Every character has their own special characteristics: different taunts, move, agility and attacks.

    During the first versus round, the player I decided to choose was Raphael and I used his Queen’s Guard. My friend has already unlocked many of the weapons, thus I got to experience the stronger and better weapons. I never played this game before so I had no idea of what buttons to push. When the battle started, I just randomly pushed buttons, just like what most people do at arcades and I successfully made some good attacks. I noticed that Raphael is a very good long range attack person and his agility is very fast. He would definitely have an advantage over short range characters.

    Basically, during the gameplay, your goal is to inflict as much damage upon your enemy with attacks until he/she has no more health. You must KO your enemy for two rounds consecutively or else a third round would happen for the tie-breaker. Some levels allow you to ring your enemy out the stage and that instantly KO’s that person. Also, right before the battle starts, you are given 5 seconds (or maybe a little more) for a small taunting competition and I think that is what makes it very fun and enjoyable.

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    Feb 8th, 2007 at 20:09:34     -    Mario Kart (Wii)

    Session II

    Even after an hour of player Mario Kart, I still feel attached to the game. My favorite character in the game is Yoshi because I think Yoshi is average in everything and the engine speed I usually choose is 100cc. (50cc, 100cc, or 150cc). When the race starts, there would be a person sitting in a cloud counting off with a traffic light and as soon as the light hits green, you press the accelerate button to give yourself a head start boost. My most favorite item is definitely the thunder because it shrinks everyone and if you run across them, they would be trampled over. However, the better items such as the star and thunder are mostly for ones who are last (probably 5th and after out of 8).

    My favorite stage is the rainbow road stage in the Special Cup. Although the stage is long and difficult, it creates a lot of fun and excitement for the players. During the gameplay, there will be a monster like creature that will attack you. If you hit the monster, you will crash and flip. This will give a chance to others to pass you. The thing I don’t like about this game is that if four players are playing, the screen splits into four quadrants and it sometimes makes it really difficult to see what is coming or when to turn.

    Overall, this game can bring tons of enjoyment for players of all ages and I definitely noticed a lot of difference and improvements in this game compared to Super Mario Kart for the SNES. I really liked their idea of allowing players to hold their items while driving at the back to act like a shield to prevent them from being hit with shells from other players. You can also shoot things backwards =)

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    Feb 8th, 2007 at 20:08:32     -    Mario Kart (Wii)

    Gamelog #4
    Session I

    Mario Kart is one of my all-time favorite Nintendo 64 game and I would always get hooked on it for a few hours. The game itself is really repetitive but it gives a lot of enjoyment to the player, whether single player mode or multiplayer mode. The game is three dimensional, but characters are 2D, and up to four players are allowed to play the game. There are eight characters you can choose between: Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Toad, Princess, Donkey Kong, Wario and Bowser. Each character’s speed is different and the items they get from the item boxes during the gameplay would be different. For example, Toad would have a better chance of getting mushrooms than shells.

    There are four modes you can choose from:
    - Mario Grand Prix – all players play and compete against computers in groups of 8 through four stages per cup. At least one player must be 4th and above to go on to the next
    Battle – up to four players can play. The players each have 3 balloons attached to them and the goal is to use items to hit other people until their balloons are all gone.
    Versus – up to four players can play with no computers.
    Time Trails – Single player. The player basically races against computers and try to get the fastest time to complete a course.

    Four different cups in the game:
    - Mushroom Cup: Easy
    - Flower Cup: Normal
    - Star Cup: Hard
    - Special Cup (Diamond): Harder than star

    In my opinion, this game is very easy and pretty easy to master. Just know which button is accelerate, brake, shoot and jump for drifting. The buttons can be set based on your own preference. When four people are player, this game creates a lot of challenge and pressure because everyone wants to win and when you are pressured, you often do something wrong (fall off the road). This game really keeps the players interested because if players are competing in the Grand Prix (GP), everyone would want to win and get the trophy after completing a cup.

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