In the past couple of weeks, two much-anticipated and high-profile games in the US have been pirated before their release dates, the codes leaked into the Internet. The games include Halo 2 by Bungie for the Xbox and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for the PS2 by Rockstar Games.
Of course this has created a big hubbub in the US, with both companies announcing that they are going to pursue the thieves to the full extent of the law.
This brings the number of big-name pirated games to four- Halo and GTA join the company of Half Life 2 and Doom 3. This kind of occurence is a big issue in the US and Europe, where the authorities really enforce the intellectual property laws to the hilt. Well, that should teach game companies to hold onto their beta copies and master-ROMs a lot tighter.
I picked up several games recently- Dynasty Warriors: Empires is yet another game based on the Romance of the Three Kingdoms tale of warlords and warriors in ancient China. This time however, the fighting extends to a bit of strategy and conquest as you take the role of various generals and seek to take over the whole of China one province at a time. It's still essentially the same game as every DW game, with the same cast of armoured guys and spunky gals duking it out in soldier-filled battlefields. It looks fun and when I get to have some real down time I might try to carve out an empire or two.
Shadow Hearts: Covenant is a PS2 RPG that's pretty quirky and unusual in storyline and design. Set in World War I, you take the role of a youth who can absorb demonic powers as he is attacked by a beautiful German agent and her allies. Soon though, enemies become allies and the heroes come together to expose an evil plot to take over the world. The unusual character designs (one of the playable characters is a pro-wrestling vampire!), superb translation and quick gameplay makes this almost an equal to the more high-profile Final Fantasy RPGs. I'll try to check this out when I can.
Only 5 days to the release of Dead or Alive Ultimate!!! There's still a chance for me to get the game before the Todos Los Santos holidays.... Crossing fingers... Crossing fingers!!! AAAAAHHHHH!!!!