0verhyped

Less than amusing ramblings from a jaded former gamer.

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My Biggest Surprises and Disappointments of the Last Gaming Generation The Runners Up Edition

You can stick this right next to that little league trophy everyone got.

See, you’re not a loser, you just suck at winning.

A.K.A. EVERYTHING ELSE I FORGOT TO MENTION

Seeing as we’re in a new year and possibly a new gaming generation, I figured blah blah blah bullshit bullshit bullshit you get the damn point. I’m sick of that paragraph. I’ve been copying and pasting it all god damn month. Thankfully today is the last day in January and I can finally move on. But seeing as it still is January I feel bizarrely obligated to make one last post in this series. So today is for all the mild disappointments and modest surprises and a bunch of other crap I couldn’t cram into the last thirty days.

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My Biggest Surprises and Disappointments of the Last Gaming Generation Pleasant Surprise: The Beatles Rock Band

Rock and roll all night! ...what? I'm not obliged to make Beatles references. =P

(Insert obligatory Beatles reference here!)

Seeing as we’re in a new year and possibly a new gaming generation, I figured now is a good time to look back on what games from the last few years really defied my expectations. Either because they went above and beyond what I was expecting of them or because they were horrible letdowns that made me feel stupid for buying them. My final surprise for this series is The Beatles: Rock Band, the rock band game born out of a cooperative effort between Harmonix and the Beatles’ music studio, Apple Corps.

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My Biggest Surprises and Disappointments of the Last Gaming Generation Pleasant Surprise: Fishing Resort

It was THIS big!

Throw out a line and hang back for a while.

Seeing as we’re in a new year and possibly a new gaming generation, I figured now is a good time to look back on what games from the last few years really defied my expectations. Either because they went above and beyond what I was expecting of them or because they were horrible letdowns that made me feel stupid for buying them. Today’s surprise is Fishing Resort, a budget priced gem of a game made by Sonic the Hedgehog creator Yuji Naka.

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My Biggest Surprises and Disappointments of the Last Gaming Generation Big Disappointment: Bit.Trip Runner

The horror... The horror...

I’d make a joke about running off a cliff. But he already does that, like, a lot… A lot a lot…

Seeing as we’re in a new year and possibly a new gaming generation, I figured now is a good time to look back on what games from the last few years really defied my expectations. Either because they went above and beyond what I was expecting of them or because they were horrible letdowns that made me feel stupid for buying them. Today’s disappointment is Bit.Trip Runner, the fourth game in the Bit.Trip series, and the only one I didn’t enjoy.

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My Biggest Surprises and Disappointments of the Last Gaming Generation Pleasant Surprise: Excite Truck

Beep beep'm beep beep yeah!

Crank the Molly Hatchet and go to town!

Seeing as we’re in a new year and possibly a new gaming generation, I figured now is a good time to look back on what games from the last few years really defied my expectations. Either because they went above and beyond what I was expecting of them or because they were horrible letdowns that made me feel stupid for buying them. Today’s surprise is Excite Truck, a racing game that was a launch title for the Wii and one my personal favorite games of this generation.

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My Biggest Surprises and Disappointments of the Last Gaming Generation Pleasant Surprise: Boom Blox

"Go head. Make my day."

Forearms at the ready!

Seeing as we’re in a new year and possibly a new gaming generation, I figured now is a good time to look back on what games from the last few years really defied my expectations. Either because they went above and beyond what I was expecting of them or because they were horrible letdowns that made me feel stupid for buying them. Today’s surprise is Boom Blox, the simple yet surprisingly entertaining puzzle game that has Steven Spielberg’s name on the case.

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My Biggest Surprises and Disappointments of the Last Gaming Generation Pleasant Surprise: Endless Ocean

Technically speaking it's not endless, but hey, it's a cool title.

Dive in.
(I apologize for the above pun.)

Seeing as we’re in a new year and possibly a new gaming generation, I figured now is a good time to look back on what games from the last few years really defied my expectations. Either because they went above and beyond what I was expecting of them or because they were horrible letdowns that made me feel stupid for buying them. Today’s surprise is Endless Ocean, a Wii series made by Arika and published Nintendo that is all about exploring the majesty that is the ocean.

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My Biggest Surprises and Disappointments of the Last Gaming Generation Pleasant Surprise: Monster Hunter Tri

How do you know when you're a Monster Hunter? When you're first thought after seeing this beast is "That thing's carcass would make an awesome hat!"

Out there be monsters…
And their hides make for some awesome outfits!

Seeing as we’re in a new year and possibly a new gaming generation, I figured now is a good time to look back on what games from the last few years really defied my expectations. Either because they went above and beyond what I was expecting of them or because they were horrible letdowns that made me feel stupid for buying them. Today’s surprise is Monster Hunter Tri, an installment in the insanely popular Japanese series and the first one Capcom put a heavy marketing push on here in the west.

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Øverhyped Fishing Resort Giveaway Results

Holy Mackerel, a King of Herrings!
(Which is actually a type of bony fish, not a herring in anyway.)

Well it’s time to announce a winner for my Fishing Resort giveaway, a contest where I challenged people to invent or retell a fishing story of their own. Choosing the winner has been made all the easier by the fact that only one person bothered to enter the contest (you know who you are). I guess a tiny blog almost no one reads isn’t the best place to hold contests.

As per my policy of protecting people’s private information, I may change certain details of this story to protect the winner’s identity, but I won’t be saying which. So good luck figuring out what if anything was changed as you read the winning and only entry in the 0verhyped Fishing Resort Giveaway.

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N0t Hyped: Excite Truck (Wii)

Trucks that go so fast that they practically fucking fly! What’s not to love?

A.K.A. BOTTLED SPEED BY THE TRUCK LOAD (PUN INTENDED)

My last couple of weeks here have been more whiny and weird than my usual affair at this place. Picking apart different games over several posts, and talking about the most emotional I ever got playing a video game, and exploring creepy and possibly sexist undertones AND overtones in Other M. I’ve been more pitiful than normal, sad as that is.

But today I wanted to talk about something fun, specifically Excite Truck. Excite Truck was actually a launch game for the Wii and published by Nintendo, and yet not many people seem to have heard of it. It was probably just bad timing. You had things like Twilight Princess and Red Steel hogging all the mainstream attention at launch and Wii Sports monopolizing most newcomers’ time. Poor Excite Truck just had too much competition.

I didn’t buy Excite Truck at launch either, I got it much later when I found it marked way down. But honestly I wish I had gotten it at launch because it’s one of the most fun games I’ve ever played. Seriously, I love this game. It’s kinda hard to explain why, but I’m going to try anyways.

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