Posted on Friday, August 1 @ 14:25:12 Eastern by Blake_MorseWith some free time on my hands, I thought I would take the opportunity to finally play the Ghostbusters: The Video Game demo. It was a brief section of an early training level, not enough for a full preview, but the game looks great and handles wonderfully. I had some trouble figuring out how to use the Sixaxis controller on the PS3 to bash around the ghost I had caught in my proton stream, but once I had it explained to me, it was a breeze. I still prefer to use an analog button, though, since holding down the two buttons necessary to maintain the proton stream while flailing the controller around is pretty awkward.
The brief grapple with the Sixaxis was my only complaint, though. I love Ghostbusters and was glad to finally get my grubby little hands on it. The game is shaping up really well and they got a great crew working on it. Hopefully, we'll get to see more of what this game has to offer soon.
Once the convention had died down, I was off to a club called "Jade" in downtown San Diego for the Darksiders preview event. I got about one or two hours of playing time and will be giving you my impression soon in a full-fledged preview. But for now, I'll just say that the game looks phenomenal graphically and has a ton of potential.
While at the Darksiders event, I had the opportunity to speak with the game's creative director, Joe Madureira. Joe is a cool guy and he put up with all my questions like a champ. You can hear my interview as well as some other guys asking way better questions than mine in the SDCC'08 podcast special.
At the same time as the Darksiders Party, G4 was hosting their big Comic-Con party in the top floor of the same club. I figured I'd stop in and scope the scene, since superstar geekcore rappers MC Lars, MC Frontalot, and YT Cracker were all on the bill. But I hit a snag - turns out the doorman was douche, and for reasons I won't go into here, was not going to let me into the party. But being the resilient intrepid reporter I am, I knew what had to be done. I went back into the bottom part of the club where the Darksiders party had been and simply walked up to the top floor from there... completely bypassing the long lines and jerk-off doormen
Much to my suprise, the party kind of sucked ass. The drinks weren't free, like they had been on the bottom floor of the club, and none of the rappers played more than four songs. Really, G4? Maybe I'm spoiled after watching The Who play at the Rock Band event at E3, but I know you guys can do better than that. Maybe there was something cooler that happened later or maybe there was an announcement about some great new show, but I wouldn't know, since I left after the music stopped.
The next morning was big for me. It was time to interview the cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Only Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, and Jim Mallon were there, but they had the Corw T. Robot and Tom Servo bots hanging out beside them. My time was limited and the interview was brief, but it was a spectacular treat for me since I grew up watching the show and still watch episodes on DVD.
After I was done with my questions, Joel and Trace started asking me all sorts of things about video games. Trace wanted to know what system he should buy to play Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, and Joel wanted to know what I'd seen at E3. Everyone, make sure you go out and buy their new 20th anniversary DVD set and check out www.cinematictitanic.com. You can also check out the interview on the podcast.
My next interview was with some of the guys over at Telltale Games who are working on Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People: Episode 2. You can always tell when someone loves what they do and really gives a crap about their product. And these guys are in that group for sure. It was a good interview and you can listen to it on the podcast. You might even hear something about their newest IP...