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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Hahaha silly me, I wasted my time and money.

So, a few great games came out recently that I've been looking forward to for quite a while. One of them being FarCry 2, and the other, Fallout 3. So of course, I would be the type to go buy both. So, on Saturday, I ended up buying FarCry 2 off of Steam, and I was very satisfied with the game, which incidently, I'm still not finished.

However, I had the "smart" idea of also heading off to BlockBuster and renting a copy of Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, Colonies Edition, even though I just BOUGHT a game, and added with the fact that Fallout 3 was to come out only three days later.

Now, this wouldn't have been a problem if FarCry 2 was a short game, then I could have just beat it, then beat Lost Planet on time to pick up Fallout 3 and start playing that. But this wasn't the case, since FarCry 2 turned out to be not only a really good game, but also ridiculously long, seeing as I've been playing for 23 hours overall and I'm only 54% done.

So, now I have both an unfinished, great FPS, AND a shooter/RPG that's supposed to have over 300 hours of gameplay, and an xbox game which I still havn't played enough to get far in (I did however get quite far in the game in the normal version, though I never beat it).

So, I'll probably end up keep playing FarCry 2, and Fallout 3, and not touch the rental game till its return date.

Well, that's 8$ wasted for ya.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Game Review - Dead Space

Throughout my days as a gamer, I've there's an abundant amount of recent sci-fi/horror shooter games out there, but the majority seem to have more use when you use them to level that short table leg than as actual games.

There -IS- a few games that stand out, however, such as Doom 3, but the most recent one I've come across is the multi-platform (Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC) game by EA Games, Dead Space.

You take the role of Isaac, a ship engineer sent with a small crew sent out to investigate the lack of communication from the U.S.G. Ishimura, the largest planet cracker built, which in essence is a gigantic spaceship that pulls out gargantuan chunks of a planet, and collects the resources from that chunk. However, it seems it's more than a mechanical problem as the player finds the ship littered with the mutilated corpses of what used to be the crew, along with something not entirely human.

For a games like this, one would have expected it to be yet another first-person shooter, but instead, it stands out as one of the greater third-person shooters, like the widely-known game, Gears of War. But, as opposed to Gears, aiming your gun at the enemy's head or body isn't the best way to take out the mutated, hellish creatures, the crew of the Ishimura named 'Necromorphs', due to the fact the majority of the monsters are created by a certain type of creature taking the dead corpses of the crew and re-forming them into other necromorphs.

Instead, the most effective way to dispose of the necromorphs is to cut their limbs off with whatever gun you have. Whereas taking one out uses about 15 or so shots from your plasma cutter, a few shots to sever their legs, then two more for an arm is enough to kill the basic monsters. It takes a bit of getting used to, but once you un-learn the headshot, you be making as many creature corpses as those of the planet cracker's crew.

The arsenal given may be small, being about seven very differing guns, but their effect is oh-so satisfying. They range from your first tool- turned-weapon, the plasma cutter, which fires a quick and strong line- like shot, which can be shot as a horizontal shot, or a vertical one, to the shotgun-like force gun, which fires a powerful cone-shaped blast of air with high damage and high knock-back, to the ripper, which is basically a gun that shoots a floating, remote-controlled circular saw blade.

The game also features a few weapons we all know and love, such as the flamethrower, and the pulse rifle, whose 360 degree bullet sweep secondary fire is quite devastating. My favorite, however, is the line gun, which fires a thin, but very wide laser, able to cut through multiple enemies in a hallway.

The story is quite developped for a game like this, involving religion, law, and betrayal. You don't have to pay attention to the story to have fun, but it helps understand what happened before and during your stay on the Ishimura.

The gameplay proves to be always-pleasing, featuring multiple abilities, such as zero-gravity areas, where you can jump from wall to wall, air-less areas, the object-moving kinesis ability, and the stasis ability, which freezes you enemies in a slow-motion-like state. Also features including vending-machine stores for supplies, ammo, weapons, and upgraded suits, and automated work benches where you can upgrade your health, abilities, and of course, weapons, by using objects called power nodes that you find throughout the complex spaceship.

The game not only excels in gameplay, but also in sound and graphics, with clear, realistic sounds, extremely detailed character models, and near-perfect lighting. Even with all the great visuals, the game doesn't seem to lag at any point in the console version.

With plenty of things to try out, things to upgrade, and of course achievements on the 360 version (such as the One Gun achievement, which requires you to go through the entire game with only your plasma cutter), the game proves to have plenty of replay value. I would suggest this game to anyone a fan of sci-fi or, shooter games. A definite buy, or rent if you're uncertain.

Graphics: 9.6

Sound: 9.0

Story: 8.8

Gameplay: 9.5

Overall: 9.4

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Iron Maiden fanboy? Pretty much.

A while ago, after playing Run To The Hills by Iron Maiden one too many times on Rock Band, I decided to listen to a few of Iron Maiden's other hit songs, such as The Number Of The Beast, and The Trooper, and to say I didn't like them would be a lie. It's been a while since I've found a decent metal band (just metal, not HEAVY metal), and I havn't heard anything like the oldschool, brilliant band that is Iron Maiden.

I soon found myself buying two albums from them off of iTunes, being Number Of The Beast, and Iron Maiden, the self-named album. Both of which were remastered versions. It wasn't too long after that I found out my sister's boyfriend was in fact a big Iron Maiden fan as well, and not only gave me an Iron Maiden t-shirt with the artwork of their album, Brave New World, printed on it, but also copied his Iron Maiden CD collection, which included Brave New World, Powerslave, Piece Of Mind, Fear Of The Dark, A Matter Of Life Or Death (my favorite so far), Dance Of Death, and No Prayer For The Dying.


So I've found myself listening to them constantly, only periodically moving to a song made from a different band, but I think with the selection of songs I've recieved at once, it may be a while till I get bored of them. It's just too bad none of their songs were included in Rock Band 2, except for the one you can download from the song store, being Number Of The Beast.

And, with today's crap-tacular bands, I don't think there will ever be another band like theirs. But for now, run to the hills, and run for your lives.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Lottery? For me?

No, not really. But it'd be nice to win the lottery at one point, even if I'm not the type to go out and buy tickets for the event, since I have little luck and barely win contests like that.

But let's pretend I did.

Knowing me, I'd probably go out and buy a crapload of gaming stuff, the obvious result with me. Something like all the best parts for a PC computer, along with an HDTV and surround sound. Either that, or I'd actually do the smart thing, depending on the sum of money I'd recieve, possibly putting about half of the winnings into a bank account to let interest increase it over time. I'd probably use the rest to get myself an apartment, condo, or possibly even a small house.

I've never really been inclined to learn how to drive, but I suppose I could try and give it a shot, just to actually have a car. Though, knowing me, I'd probably get a motorcycle instead, if I just wanted something to go places.

And hey, who knows, I'd probably invite a friend to come live with me, and even pay the rent for the both of us, if I end up just getting an apartment. It's all a matter of location, and the amount of money that I'd get from winning the lottery. Who knows what amount of stuff I'd be able to get with about 30 million $. It'd probably have me and my kids set for life.

Too bad I've only got 30.24$ to spend instead.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Hate the game, not the player

Just another quiet night by myself at my computer, playing yet another game whilst using the 360 controller I bought specifically for PC gaming. The game I happened to be playing at that time was Assassin's Creed, which seems to be a love/hate game, from the opinions from people I've seen. Some people love the game, some despise it. I myself enjoy the game quite thoroughly, though this is possibly because I'm easy to please when it comes to games or such. Either way, during the middle of heading for a view point in the city of Jerusalem, something very unneeded happened.

You see, I run Assassin's Creed off of the program Steam, which acts as a gaming community thing. It allows me to chat to my friend while in-game, and find out what games they're currently playing by the game name being displayed under their screen name. So, as I was making my way from rooftop to rooftop, not one, but TWO new conversation window come up from two different people, both complaining, "What the hell are you doing playing that crappy game?" Of course, I then reply, explaining my point of view. "Well, I like the game, so... I suppose that's why." "How the hell could you like such a shitty game?" "I find it fun, and anyways it just depends on the person's opinion whether you like it or not." "Well if you have an opinion that you like it, then you're retarded."

Now, I respect people's opinions on games, and I won't bash them if they like a game or not, but that doesn't seem to be the situation for others, as anyone could obviously see as they enter the gaming universe. I usually ignore it, since I couldn't give a rat's ass whether they disagree with me that certain games are good or not. But what bothers me is when they continue to complain about a game for no real reason, or they flame the game or stupid little assumptions without even giving the game a chance. Another thing is when they claim a game is bad just because they didn't like it, and give no real facts to back up their claim.

I admit I will disagree with someone on certain games if they claim they're good, like Doom 64, or the Halo series. But, on the contrary, I actually have points to back up my claim, like how Doom 64 bastardized the Doom series by remodelling everything horribly, having bad level design, replacing the great rock soundtrack with boring ambient synth sounds. Halo, on the other hand, is a good game, but it does get boring and repetitive after a while. I found it near impossible to bring myself to play the original a second time. In my opinion, the cream-of-the-crop feature of the game relies in its great multiplayer.

I've probably proven to be a hypocrite in one or two sections of this text, but my point stands clear. Don't be an ass unless you have a reason to be. And another thing, is if you're going to complain about a game to me, don't do it while I'm playing the game. Because no one, especially not me, gives a two shits about your whining. You might as well just leave me be and bitch at yourself how bad the game is, since the only person who'll give a crap about what you have to say is yourself.

Another rant done, which I'm quite happy to say. And seriously, stop complaining about games to others like a dick if there's no reason.