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Random Musing on the Cheesiness of Monday Night Combat


First off, I fricking love Monday Night Combat. I didn't think I would when I first saw it, but after downloading it the day it hit Xbox Live Arcade and playing until 4 a.m. when I had to be into work at 8 a.m., it's safe to say I'm hooked.

If you haven't picked it up yet, head on over to the reviews section of Dtoid and read Mr. Sterling's review. It is pretty spot on in terms of what the game offers.

However, a lot of reviewers have pointed out the annoying announcer as being a drag. And you know what, he really is.

After visiting the official site for the game I've been thinking about something. The game obviously wants to throw in some humor and premise. Unfortunately, it comes off as cheesy and bare. The announcer is annoying and the mentioning of players being clones in the future is only briefly visited. And don't even get me started on Pitgirl and her blatant "use for sex appeal" marketing bullshit.

But all of that would have been excusable had I not read the great, creative back story and bios on the Uber Entertainment site.

Here's just a sampling to whet your appetite:

MNC�s Head of Biomedicine, Dr. Karl Pickering, puts it this way: �We at Monday Night Combat believe strongly in the three C�s: character, commitment and cloning. We also believe in the three B�s: breeding, bionics and bioengineering. Possibly the B�s should come first. Whatever, I�m not a goddamn dictionary.�

Anywho, I would have loved more of the humor from the site stuck into the game. Sure, it may have bogged down a game that is meant for someone to jump on quickly, blow some shit up and then go to bed, but I think it would have been a great addition.
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About Louis Garcia12one of us since 7:09 PM on 08.02.2010

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Gaming has just always been something I've loved since I was a wee lad. Ever since I picked up that NES controller and played Super Mario Bros...much like any gamer, really!

Video games were actually the impetus for me going to college and earning a journalism degree. If not for EGM, Nintendo Power, OPM, Expert Gamer, GameNow and countless other magazines I don't know what I would have done after high school! I'd like to think professional footballer for Liverpool...well, a man can dream can't he?!?!

Right now I'm replaying Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2. I keep up with all the big-time releases, (Marios, Halos, etc.) but I'm also always trying to whither down my pile of shame.

I game on all systems. PC is my least played platform, but five years ago I've finally started to play classics after finally buying a home computer. I've now enjoyed games like Half-Life and others I had only read about before having a mouse and keyboard controlled gaming rig.

Some favorite games of mine: Metal Gear Solid series, almost anything Mario, Halo, Xenogears, Fallout series, Final Fantasy Tactics, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Suikoden 1 and 2...Well, pretty much any good game from any genre except for sports released from the NES era and on. Then it is only Mario sport titles and Winning Eleven and FIFA.

Sad fact about me: I'm desperately (perhaps hopelessly) waiting for a new Shadow Hearts game. :(

Update: It's September in Minnesota (getting chilly), and I'm enjoying Borderlands 2.