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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C64 – James Bond – The Spy Who Loved Me


Haaaa…just a few days after I complained about the Bond games of our time, Nintendo announces a new Bond game for the Wii. It bases on the best Bond games of all times – Goldeneye for the Nintendo 64. Though the trailer starts a bit boring, everything else you can see there looks very promising. If you think that it looks ugly, you´re right, but don´t mind. The gameplay will make you forget about this.

(only in german – sorry)

Ich weiß nicht mehr wie, aber irgendwann im Laufe des Tages dachte ich an den guten alten Brotkasten aka C64. Und als alter James Bond Fan war der Weg in meinem Hirn nicht mehr weit zu dem James Bond Spiel auf dem C64…dem…ja wie hieß das noch gleich ? Daran konnte ich mich nicht mehr erinnern, aber zum Glück gibt es ja Google.

10 Sekunden später wusste ich immer noch nicht mehr, aber ich stieß auf wo diverse Videospielmagazine als PDF hinterlegt waren und auch Lotek64, Nr. 3, Oktober 2002 – mit einem C64 James Bond Special (S. 22 – 24).

Nach kurzer Lektüre fand ich heraus, dass es The Spy Who Loved Me war was mich damals so begeisterte. Der Artikel bestätigt meinen in der Erinnerung nicht mehr ganz so frischen, aber guten Eindruck des Spiels – bis auf die Steuerung.

Ich denke ich werde mal den guten alten C64 EMU herauskramen und schauen, ob ich das Game irgendwo finde und gestartet bekomme (ähhhh “Load,8,1”).  Mal schauen ob die Steuerung wirklich so grässlich war, wie beschrieben.

Ach ja…warum gibts eigentlich in der Neuzeit nicht ein vernünftiges James Bond Spiel ? Kann doch nicht so schwer sein, eins auf die Beine zu stellen was so spannend und gutaussehend ist wie Uncharted 2 zum Bleistift.

Download PDF – Lotek64 – Nr. 3, Oktober 2002 (1,28 MB)

Hier einige Screenshots, allerdings von der Atari ST bzw. Amiga 500 / 600 Version (die ich beide nie gespielt habe):


I decided to get my hands on a modded Nintendo Wii. Well – sounded good for bying one – completely modded and ready for gaming. That was on the 4th of april.

Today it was my 4th time calling flanders to find out, if it will ship within this century. I got the exact answer I got the last 3 times. They are out of chips, but mine would be the next one done and it will be here on Monday.

I send them a fax with a deadline for wednesday. Otherwise just another case for my lawyer. Too bad…

Update :

What a fax can do…I got my Wii, perfectly modded and ready to rock on the 5th of May right after some very interesting calls from – out of chips, problems with the mod and stuff.

At least they cared after threatening them with a lawyer. Nonetheless I wouldn´t recommend them for further shopping.