My dumb blog thing: 12/7/12

Happy Track Wreck day! If you're wondering what Im talking about the VGA's are tonight and its going to be as fun as watching a pile-up on I-70. Will there be teabagging? Will there be awkward skits? Will host Sam Jackson kiss Nolan North on the lips? Okay, so the last one probably won't happen but it be damn funny if it did. Anyways, I'm back with my second round of whatever "this" is. Heh, no surprise nobody responded yesterday wrasslin doesn't seem to be the most liked of topics round these parts. I've been taking a ton of visits to remote tropical islands lately on one there is pirates and the other zombies. Lets leave the pirates for another day and talk about.....

Yay zombies! Everyone loves zombies right? Well, except for the folks trapped on this island. So I managed to dodge this game last year somehow and never picked it up. Wal-mart (also known as my work...bleh) was having a black friday sale on this for a whopping $10! So I decided if there were any copies left when I went on my break that friday I would pick it up and try it out. Turns out that unsurprisingly if you tell people something is $10 they are most likely going to buy it in droves regardless of what the game actually is. So...no copies left. Then I came into work on I think Monday and there in the case was sitting a single copy of Dead Island. Someone in all the black friday fervor must have threw it on a random shelf in the store. Sadly, it was back to the normal 15 bucks but I said FUCK IT! So now here I sit knee deep in the shit with zambies all around me. I actually really like the game and per one Bradly Shoemaker's advice I turned on the analog fighting. At first it is really clunky to get used to but once you do the feeling of slicing off a few limbs is pretty great.

This game is really one example of the systems being what sell the game instead of pretty graphics. There is a ton of interesting things going on in the game with the modding system and skill trees and as mentioned before the game's presentation side is well uh... sorta awful. Models are ugly textures are bad it just looks cheap. I'm glad however that Techland decided to make sure not to sacrifice the game play part of it. I'm only in ACT 2 right now but I'll say I'm mostly enjoying the game albeit playing it in small bursts. Possibly a review in the future if i finish it. We'll see....oh yeah and this happened yesterday....

I'm well... confused. This doesn't look like Star Trek at all. First off the narration instantly made me roll my eyes. I had to double check I wasn't watching the Dark Knight trailer or something again. Okay, ominous voice yes our world is in danger. Oh and now your matrix jumping and all dressed in black? Who is this guy? He is saying he has "returned" as if we should know. Oh and at 0:41 there is the most glorious fake looking scream ever. All of this littered through action shots with explosions and dudes walking slowly with guns drawn. Then more exposition from ominous voice then oh no explosions! Look, I'm not a huge Star Trek fan but I had to sit through enough TNG episodes as a kid while my dad watched them that this is nothing like Star Trek. Hell, I liked the first movie too but again that seemed like... Star Trek. Its just one trailer and obviously they want to make a sizzle reel to pull in people who just like bang bang action so I HOPE there is actual stuff in this movie that is more in line with Star Trek. Ya know... ship battles and space and crazy holo deck shenanigans. Well, I'll appreciate any responses but if not....eh... I understand. Anyways, tomorrow will probably be a recap of the awful awful fantastic-ness that was the VGA's I'll be most likely LIVE tweeting during the train wreck so if you want to follow along give me a follow at @GNT_Josh on Twitter.

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Posted by Demoskinos

Happy Track Wreck day! If you're wondering what Im talking about the VGA's are tonight and its going to be as fun as watching a pile-up on I-70. Will there be teabagging? Will there be awkward skits? Will host Sam Jackson kiss Nolan North on the lips? Okay, so the last one probably won't happen but it be damn funny if it did. Anyways, I'm back with my second round of whatever "this" is. Heh, no surprise nobody responded yesterday wrasslin doesn't seem to be the most liked of topics round these parts. I've been taking a ton of visits to remote tropical islands lately on one there is pirates and the other zombies. Lets leave the pirates for another day and talk about.....

Yay zombies! Everyone loves zombies right? Well, except for the folks trapped on this island. So I managed to dodge this game last year somehow and never picked it up. Wal-mart (also known as my work...bleh) was having a black friday sale on this for a whopping $10! So I decided if there were any copies left when I went on my break that friday I would pick it up and try it out. Turns out that unsurprisingly if you tell people something is $10 they are most likely going to buy it in droves regardless of what the game actually is. So...no copies left. Then I came into work on I think Monday and there in the case was sitting a single copy of Dead Island. Someone in all the black friday fervor must have threw it on a random shelf in the store. Sadly, it was back to the normal 15 bucks but I said FUCK IT! So now here I sit knee deep in the shit with zambies all around me. I actually really like the game and per one Bradly Shoemaker's advice I turned on the analog fighting. At first it is really clunky to get used to but once you do the feeling of slicing off a few limbs is pretty great.

This game is really one example of the systems being what sell the game instead of pretty graphics. There is a ton of interesting things going on in the game with the modding system and skill trees and as mentioned before the game's presentation side is well uh... sorta awful. Models are ugly textures are bad it just looks cheap. I'm glad however that Techland decided to make sure not to sacrifice the game play part of it. I'm only in ACT 2 right now but I'll say I'm mostly enjoying the game albeit playing it in small bursts. Possibly a review in the future if i finish it. We'll see....oh yeah and this happened yesterday....

I'm well... confused. This doesn't look like Star Trek at all. First off the narration instantly made me roll my eyes. I had to double check I wasn't watching the Dark Knight trailer or something again. Okay, ominous voice yes our world is in danger. Oh and now your matrix jumping and all dressed in black? Who is this guy? He is saying he has "returned" as if we should know. Oh and at 0:41 there is the most glorious fake looking scream ever. All of this littered through action shots with explosions and dudes walking slowly with guns drawn. Then more exposition from ominous voice then oh no explosions! Look, I'm not a huge Star Trek fan but I had to sit through enough TNG episodes as a kid while my dad watched them that this is nothing like Star Trek. Hell, I liked the first movie too but again that seemed like... Star Trek. Its just one trailer and obviously they want to make a sizzle reel to pull in people who just like bang bang action so I HOPE there is actual stuff in this movie that is more in line with Star Trek. Ya know... ship battles and space and crazy holo deck shenanigans. Well, I'll appreciate any responses but if not....eh... I understand. Anyways, tomorrow will probably be a recap of the awful awful fantastic-ness that was the VGA's I'll be most likely LIVE tweeting during the train wreck so if you want to follow along give me a follow at @GNT_Josh on Twitter.

Posted by ProfessorEss

@Demoskinos said:

I actually really like the game and per one Bradly Shoemaker's advice I turned on the analog fighting. At first it is really clunky to get used to but once you do the feeling of slicing off a few limbs is pretty great.

I also really enjoyed Dead Island. I didn't beat it (I always plan to go back to it) but I did get 30+ hours of high-level entertainment out of it. And yeah, the analog combat makes this game what it is in my opinion, an incredibly satisfying mechanic that no matter how many times I did it, never got old.

The only thing I wasn't crazy about was the "specials". I know zombie games seem to need them for the sake of enemy variety but I think I'd honestly prefer a purer zombie-ass-zombie game where the only variety comes from the number your facing. With the exception of Left4Dead (1 and 2) "specials" just always feel out of place and the variety they tend to add is trumped by the frustration they add. I think there's also something to be said for "They're zombies. They're all zombies. There's no super zombies, or giant zombies, just regular ass zombie zombies - everywhere". If they really feel the need to add variety, maybe just do some animal zombies instead of these mutated things.

But still, I really enjoyed it. I would kill to play a game that played like this, but had more of a Day Z structure where the goal was simply to explore and survive.

Posted by Demoskinos

@ProfessorEss: Yeah, oddly enough I find myself sometimes getting sort of terrified walking through the city section. Hearing a horrible growl in the distance and wondering if a horde is going to come charging at me. I know people have told me to play with others but damn if there isn't something to being isolated in a city full of zombies with nothing but a pipe wrench and a machete to protect yourself with. I'll have moments of seeing a horde corner another survivor and I'll have to peruse my inventory trying to see if I want to bother potentially wasting all of my good weapons taking out the 6-7 zambies that are surrounding the location the survivor is held up in. If the presentation part of this game could have been brought up to where the game play is I think it would have been on the shelf for GOTY discussions last year.

Posted by Video_Game_King

@Demoskinos said:

I'm only in ACT 2 right now but I'll say I'm mostly enjoying the game

Things are gonna go downhill pretty goddamn soon.

Posted by Ghost_Cat

I don't know if you have read anything on the new Star Trek movie, but to make it short: Earth is in an epic crisis, and the villain is a Starfleet crew member. I have my guesses on who that person may be, but it is still kept under wraps. I still can't get a good feel of what this teaser is going for (it's pretty short), but if the film is going for something else, then I am fine with that. There is enough films and products out there trying to be something close to their origins (or carbon copies).

Posted by laserbolts

I should grab dead island it looks like it could be fun. Not sure ill be able to convince anyone to pick it up though. Are you playing solo? If so is it good enough solo? Too difficult? I will also be watching the VGAs with a bottle of vodka.

Posted by Demoskinos

@Ghost_Cat said:

I don't know if you have read anything on the new Star Trek movie, but to make it short: Earth is in an epic crisis, and the villain is a Starfleet crew member. I have my guesses on who that person may be, but it is still kept under wraps. I still can't get a good feel of what this teaser is going for (it's pretty short), but if the film is going for something else, then I am fine with that. There is enough films and products out there trying to be something close to their origins (or carbon copies).

That is the thing that bums me out then. I want space. They go to earth way to much. Like c'mon aliens and big ship battles. Forget earth.

Posted by Ghost_Cat

@Demoskinos said:

@Ghost_Cat said:

I don't know if you have read anything on the new Star Trek movie, but to make it short: Earth is in an epic crisis, and the villain is a Starfleet crew member. I have my guesses on who that person may be, but it is still kept under wraps. I still can't get a good feel of what this teaser is going for (it's pretty short), but if the film is going for something else, then I am fine with that. There is enough films and products out there trying to be something close to their origins (or carbon copies).

That is the thing that bums me out then. I want space. They go to earth way to much. Like c'mon aliens and big ship battles. Forget earth.

Yeah that was my only fear after learning a bit more about this Star Trek film. But I have a feeling that Abrams and the crew know what they are doing, so maybe there is an ample amount of space exploration. As a matter of fact, the crisis happens while Star Fleet Enterprise is doing planetary exploration.

Posted by Demoskinos

@laserbolts: I am playing solo. Its fun but the first little bit is bit of a drag but once you get a few good weapons and you get used to the controls you can have some fun for sure.