my current games wish / play list


4 months and no update…I´m getting a bit lazy on this. Today I´ve updated the list and need to comment on some games.

I got Heavy Rain (PS3) as a present from my girlfriend and it is great. The story is amazing, the characters do not only look good, they are well designed, their whole behaviour is amazing. And it´s a totally new interpretation of the video game genre. Go get it ! I was really looking forward to the remake of NBA Jam (Wii, XBOX 360) but I got heavily disappointed because it´s not a good game at all. Just a bad remake. And Mafia 2 (PC, XBOX 360, PS3). Another disappointment in some ways. Read this article (only in german, sorry) I wrote about it.

Last but not least here are the new games on the list.

  • Duke Nukem Forever (XBOX 360, PS3, PC)

Well what to say about this game ? 14 years of development, several times vaporware winner and Wired created the Vaporware Lifetime Achievement Award exclusively for DNF and awarded it in 2003. And in May 2011 it will be released. Unbelieveable but true. You need to get this baby !

  • WRC – FIA World Rally Championship (XBOX 360, PS3, PC)

If you don´t like Dirt 2 (maybe because of its american styled presentation) and if you´re more into the real rally scene then this is your game (and mine too). It has a lot of flaws. The graphic looks as if it is 5 years old, the sound is really not great and you´ll find strange things in the statistics as well as in the career design. But it features a full WRC license (WRC, PWRC, JWRC, etc.) and a really great driving model along with all rallyes from the WRC calendar. The tracks are not a 1:1 rebuild of their real world counterparts but they are pretty well designed. In case you´re still playing RalliSport Challenge 2 on the good old XBOX (like I do) you may give WRC a try.

  • Velvet Assassin (XBOX 360, PS3, PC)

This is a classical stealth action game situated in the scenario of the 2nd world war. You´re playing a british (female) secret agent behind enemy lines. I own this one already and it´s a great game. It´s so dark and scary (it´s also brutal and bloody) and the whole presentation is haunting. But it is not an easy game so expect some frustrating moments although the checkpoints are fairly distributed.


Today and for the first time I have 2 games for mobile platforms on the list. And hell yeah, the most funny basketball game of all times…

  • GTA Chinatown Wars (Nintendo DS, iPhone / iPad)

This is the first “real” game (not a minigame, or a just for fun game, no a real fulltime title) that I spent hours with on my iPhone. Though the controls are a bit fuzzy cause of the touch controls it´s the best game for the iPhone I´ve played so far. The story is amazing, the graphics are really great (look at them on an iPhone 4 or an iPad and you´ll know what I mean) and it´s simply so much fun.

And – if you don´t like the fuzzy controls there´s also a Nintendo DS version available. I played this one on my oldschool 1st generation DS and yes, the graphics is not so good, the resolution is worse and sometimes even the framerate drops heavily but you got to the point controls and the same great story and gameplay as on the iPhone / iPad.

So what´s the better platform to play ? If you own a Nintendo DS, go get this version for very little money at Amazon or eBay. Having real controls is the big advantage of this version. But if you´re fine with the touch controls in iPhone / iPad games then go get this version. It looks much better and is also available for cheap money at the Appstore.

You can also play the game on the Nintendo DS emulator for PC. See this YouTube video of mine I shot some weeks ago: (iPhone) (Nintendo DS)

  • Duken Nukem Critical Mass (Nintendo DS)

Well since Duken Nukem Forever won´t see the daylight soon (or ever :-D) the Duken Nukem fans have to look for alternatives. And what we have seen so far from Duke Nukem Critical Mass seems like the game will bring a lot of fun to the DS. I´m still a little bit unsure if a shooter will really fit well into the controls and look & feel of a Nintendo DS (and I mean in concerns of really being a very good game, not just a 0815 shooter). But very soon we´ll know more.

  • NBA Jam (Wii)

You know what ? I hate sports games, except motorsport. But I loved NBA Jam on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). It was the perfect game for people like me. Easy controls, fun gameplay, nearly no rules and big bam slam dunks. Because on TV, NBA is fun and still today I switch to a game from time to time. The remake of NBA Jam for the Wii does nearly the same, what the remake of Goldeneye (originally on N64) does.  1:1 copy of the good old gameplay, add some features, improve the graphics a bit (well I´m not so sure on Goldeneye) and release it for the Wii. It´s pretty arguable if this is a good concept or not. Some say it´s simple money making. And yes, they are right. Other say, a good copy is better than a worse self-made – and they are right too.

If I look at 2 statements by big publishers of the videogame industry from the last days (Ubisoft: “We will only focus on the (already established) money making titles.” THQ: “People who sell or buy used games are criminals and doing harm to the industry.”) I can´t see any revolutionary development at all and we all know that there are some “only for the money” players in this game (did anyone shout E.A. ?). So doing remakes of some classic titles can´t be that wrong, though it looks like they asked some consultants from the music industry what to do.

Anyway…here are the videos. Enjoy them !

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Splash 2010


Splash 2010 has been a blast !

Situated in the beautiful landscape of FERROPOLIS – a renaturalised mining area surrounded  by the Gremminer Sea in the east of Germany between Leipzig and the capital Berlin – it is one of the biggest hiphop festivals in Europe. The line-up was quite promising with US superstar Missy Elliot, dancehall mastermind Mr Vegas and german rap superstar Samy Deluxe along with aspiring artists like US rapper Fashawn.

We – my photographer and I – arrived on early friday morning. Check-in and press registration was fast, easy and comfortable. The tent (yes, no hotel) was set up fast and we used the very practical but sometimes overcrowded shuttle to the festival site. Entering the site was easy too, slick security, no nagging. With one main stage and short walks between the 2 smaller stages (one directly on the gritty shore of the sea) and a mere dozen of beverage and food stations the festival site was well designed and ready to be rocked.

We tried to see and hear as many acts as possible but got a bit distracted by the skateboard, freestyle and dance contest.

The best performance delivered the following acts:

+ Missy Elliot (the lady at its best)

+ Blumentopf (likely intelligent hiphop, everbody was there and everybody was jumping)

+ Exile (with Fashawn who´s still aspiring, but this time his DJ rocked the crowd)

+ Kool Savas (evil and bad guy attitude, everybody was there and jumping too)

+ Casper (the emo rapper with band, quite aggressive but intense)

Worst performance:

– Nas & Damian Marley (Nas was bored, me too)

Conclusion – the Splash was definitely worth a travel and hopefully I´ll get the chance to be back in 2011. My photographer did a whole bunch of pictures. Due to stipulation I can´t show you all, but I´ve added some of them to the gallery. Enjoy !

(This article is an edited and shortened excerpt. The full story was published in the september edition of the American HipHop Magazine.)