A Xmas blog pt2

And low, on Karate day* I played video games.

And it was good.

So yeah, lets get through it…

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

A couple of months back I got to see one of the guys behind the game (Tameem Antoniades) talk in a BAFTA presentation about Enslaved’s design, aesthetic and inspiration. I was instantly caught up in the presentation- for one thing I recognised the mythologies behind it from a childhood TV show. And then there was Tameem’s overwhelming attention-grabbing on stage swagger. He appeared as an ‘Autor’ deeply engrossed in the finer elements of his creation. And/or slightly drunk. On like the cheapest wine.

CHILDHOOD TV SHOW LINK!

But he caught my attention none the less. If there’s anything that will catch my attention aside from playing video games, its someone that’s talking about video games as if it were important. It was clear that the team behind Heavenly Sword had put some heart into this game, its got character, a heart and a soul.

And upon playing it this Christmas I/they were proven right. Playing Enslaved, makes me feel like I’m in an 80′s Jim Henderson’s adventure film. Yup.

To continue, its bright visuals, tough guy/independent woman archetypes and animal-istic scary robots feel straight from the cells of an 80′s fantasy adventure. The kind of thing missing in modern day Cinema.

But here it lives on, in a video game. A third person adventure is something itself missing from modern day gaming, thanks to the blockbusters of Halo’s and Blops’es.

I’ve managed to get to chapter 3 thus far, which I believe is quite early on in the game. 3 being a low number is my biggest indication of this. And having only played so much, I am quite welcome to include this as a personal nominee for best game of the year.

The Unreal engine looks pretty and fresh as opposed to the grim and greys of its founding Gears. The combat flows like a God of War. And there’s a looming twist that smells like Assassin’s Creed.

At around £17 its a steal. Rent/ buy if you like cool things.

Goldeneye (Wii)

I’ve had mixed ideas about this game from day one. First there was the annoying ‘ZOMG GOLDENEYE, IZ COMING BACK’ E3 trailer, which was kinda annoying Nintendo. Don’t do that again.

And then there was the fact that it would not actually have the same maps and or levels as its original, muchly over used title name, N64 classic.

But then there was some cool stuff. I got to play a little multiplayer Golden gun mode at Gamescom and it was fun.

Then came the know how that the guys behind Dead Space: Extraction are behind Goldeneye too. I heart DS: Extraction.

And then Craig Harris gave it a 9/10.

So, yeah, expectations kinda. raised. a. little.

After a few hours of play however, I’m fairly undecided on it. The single player just doesn’t feel like it has any ‘umph’ to it. COD4 had ‘umph’ in its single player, The Darkness had ‘umph’ in its single player, Chronicles of Riddick. ‘Umph’.

There’s the odd moment of ‘hey look, I kind of recognise that dam from the original Goldeneye, if I tilt my head and squint and drink lots’ And then there’s the ‘ooooo, nice intro with a Diana Ross sound-alike ‘Goldeneye’ remix’ . But other than that I was mostly left with ‘hmm, there’s a guy to shoot, there’s another, and another, oh hey…a guy. shoot’.
Yup, it seems there isn’t much to do other then shoot dudes in the face, which I guess isn’t a bad thing for a FPS to do, but I wanted more.

Like a neat laser watch.

As for the online multiplayer to my surprise… it works. No lag, quick matchmaking, full 8 player games. And it’s fun. Reaching that ‘Goldeneye’ nostalgia feels a stretch however, and you’re left with just enjoying a decent multiplayer game. This once again, is not a bad thing for a FPS to do.

Further impressions needed before final comment.

IN OTHER NEWS…

I have finally decided to use my free EA online pass trial on Hot Pursuit. And boy did I get my bum handed to me. But the ride was fun whilst it lasted. I can’t decide whether or not it’s more fun to be a Cop or a street racer. I think a Cop.

Karate Day* The day after Boxing Day, which is the Day after Xmas Day. Known as the day to watch The Karate Kid or to commence in some sort of Karate with an elder sibling.

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A Xmas blog

As I sit down and watch John McClane arrive in LA airport, with a stuffed belly and shot of whisky by my side, I write this blog, hoping I can finish it quickly so I can open the remainder of my presents.

But there is a wee bit of blogging to do on this merry night.

First up!

Here’s some of the haul-

What has become some what of a common present, a comic/narration from the ‘Serenity’ universe. (I don’t just have me wearing the hat on my profile pic just cause it makes me look good ya know)

and also Goldeneye and Enslaved! w00t! … which I also have not opened yet. So seriously, I gotta finish this blog.

Another reason for a quicker then post haste write up would be that I also need to try this years attempt at Sonic 2 on the Master System. But rather then filling you with more sentimental detail. Here’s a pretty video.

So until tomorrow,

Cheers.

Oh and wish me luck with Sonic 2 

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Tron Legacy review

my Tron facebook status review – epic visuals that reeked of ‘Tron’ neon cool, thumping Daft Punk score that could not of reflected the visuals better, decent sub standard adventure plot that delivered, Bridges on top dude-ism form, most comfortable 3D glasses yet although 3D still not blowing me away, plus Olivia Wilde’s pretty big animé eyes. 4/5 from a hardcore Tron fan.

And now, to expand. Kinda…

my very cool Tron XBL avatar gear.

Now Tron Legacy is not my favourite film of the year, as predicted. But it was my most highly anticipated, being a Tron fan. Not to mention a Daft Punk fan also.

Narratively it was basically a sub standard, fairly predictable adventure, but yet it delivered thanks to, well thanks to everything else in the film.

EVERYTHING ELSE IN THE FILM POINTS-

Jeff Bridges being a dude, the awesome neon CGI revving across the screen, Olivia Wilde’s BIG anime eyes, the very hip updated art style, Daft Punk’s score which could not of mirrored the awesome visuals better-it was like jam on toast on a cake.  oh and did I mention Olivia’s … eyes? they were pretty big. And pretty, well pretty.

my very comfortable 3D shades, which I got to keep this time

As a kid I used to watch Tron being almost completely mind blown by its visuals. The blue lights, the whizzing Frisbee’s and of course the light cycles (le sigh).

With Tron Legacy, although I will barely, just about agree with all the nerdz online that criticise its ‘simpleton’ story, I will however be mind blown by all the points mentioned above. And because of that, I look forward to the possible chance of a threequel.

Plus hey, we do need more Tron.

I may have worked at the Tron Legacy premiere party. And I may have met Jeff Bridges. And… I may have left the camera on film mode. Without flash.

And that’s it for this slightly larger then my Facebook review, … review. I’m about to head off to midnight Xmas mass, WHERE I shall be taking my DS with me. You know, just in case the priest dude starts to ramble about religion or something.

I shall hopefully be doing another cool blog post tomorrow, so until then, Merry Xmas gamers =]

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i'm going to a MANGA MARATHON!!!!


Its pretty cool when your randomly invited to something thats awesome, just out of nowhere, to something you didnt even know exists. In my case it was to a manga all-nighter.

4 films, 1 Full Metal Alchemist preview, in a cinema, free energy drinks, coffee, DJ playing J-pop,snacks,and goody bags. And it ends at 7am.

So yeah, should be a good night. In about an hour I'll head off, Dr Who is just finishing off on BBC1, I'm doing this quick blog, get a bite to eat and then BAM. Let the marathon begin. Well after me and friend meet up before hand to game abit at the arcade.

Now, my plan to stay awake between the times of 12am-7am involves making use of the complimentary energy drinks and involving myself in any of the dancing that may happen in the disco (why does using the word 'disco' make me feel like a dork?) room during intermissions. If there is one. You know to keep the heart pumping. That plus a red bull or two before me and my buddy head in.

As for the films themeselves heres the list-

REDLINE (Japan 2009, 101 mins, Dir: Takeshi Koike)

MUSASHI: The Dream of the Last Samurai (Japan 2009, 72mins, Dir: Mizuho Nishikubo)

BLEACH THE MOVIE: The Diamond Dust Rebellion (Japan 2007, 92mins, Dir: Noriyuki Abe)

FATE/STAY NIGHT UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS (Japan 2010, 107mins, Dir: Kenichi)

You guys heard of any of these? Well I'm guessing you've all heard of Bleach right?

Here's a link to the site with the full details- LINK

Other then that, you guys all seen the trailer for CoD Black Ops? for a Treyarch game its looking pretty good. Almost up to Infinity Ward status

I'm really hoping it's gonna be something akin to the first mission in CoD4 and the sniper mission. Those were awesome and Spec Ops esque.

That's it for now, Roll out! and have an awesome weekend!

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My Nathan Drake cosplay- Photoshop blueprint.


Waking up to this...

...is pretty awesome.

Thanks to my mate Emily, who's blog can be found here - GINGER WOOKIE

Its probably the coolest thing I've seen for a long time.

If you have NO idea what this is about, then PLEASE check out my facebook album - NATHAN DRAKE COSPLAY

Its deffo a blueprint of things to come

In other news, if you don't have Kotaku on Twitter, THEN DO! cause it saves you visiting their site and you would of got to know that the next CoD is called CoD Black Ops! LINKY

Heres hoping for swat team missions akin to theSAS boat and sniper mission on CoD4! Keep eyes peeled on www.Gametrailers.com for the first trailer which should be up soonish.

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ODST. GOT YOURS?


Yup, here is mine. Arrived the other day. But this isn't the game I actually want to play.

As you've probably guessed, the real game I got this for is Halo: Reach. Yup, the beta is out next Monday May 3rd, and I CAN NOT WAIT.

I really like the gritty look of Reach, plus hey, everyone loves jetpacks. Halo 3 is STILL one of the most played multiplayer games on Live, and I myself can account for that. It's a ballad of vibrant eye poptitude coupled with explosions and badass vehicles.

One of my faves is Sand trap on Big Team with several friends and the Mortal Kombat soundtrack on in the background. A great Sunday game.

My first experience of H3 came when the beta was released back in May 16th 2007 alongside Crackdown. I myself had just got in during the last weekend of the beta as I was for first time setting up my Gold account, but man what a great weekend. I felt like I was part of an exclusive club despite the beta being available to the public, it added to the overall enjoyment, everyone in the game was having a good time.

Later on there was the COD4 beta and much can be said about that experience too? I guess a lot of what makes a great beta is the game itself being awesome. Obviously.

Reach...looks awesome.

So if you don't have your copy yet, hit EBay or Gamestation (in the UK for £12), grab ODST and wait impatiently till Monday. Cya on the green

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MY SIGNED FF13- 'EBAY OR KEEP?'- votes are in!

First of all I've got to get THIS out of the way...

...cause its awesome and relevant. AND I almost counted it as a vote, but it wouldn't of made a difference as you'll soon notice.

HERE IT IS!

EBAY/KEEP/(EBAY LATERS)

Gamespot: 1/2/1

IGN:2/4/2

GiantBomb:8/13/5

1UP:2/1/0

Twitter/FB:1/1/0

PlusXP:0/2/3

TOTAL:14/23/11

 

KEEP WINS!

-These votes were shared across my Gamespot, IGN, Giantbomb and 1UP blogs along with votes from social networks and the site I contribute to PlusXP.-

Now there were ALOT of people whom didnt give a straight answer; something along the lines of- if you like it, keep it, if not sell it. Therefore I couldn't count it as a vote, despite how much sense it makes. But thanks anyhoot.

Now onto the results themeselves. I am pretty damn surprised! Considering the general online consensus, I thought it was gonna be a landslide for 'EBAY'. BUT of course theres the fact that it is signed by important dudes, which has become the main factor behind peoples votes.

As you can see theres also another category here 'Ebay Laters', which was recognised under the popular suggestion of waiting for it to gain value over time. And a damn good point too. I can't help but wander that if I had that as an original category along side the others, would it have gotten more votes...

So yup thats that. I'm keeping FF13.

I have to say thanks for your votes guys, I was REALLY indecisive about it. Like literally today there were moments where I was hoping that the votes would be 'KEEP' and then an hour later I was wishing it would be 'EBAY'. So yeah, I is indecided on stuffs. In terms of whether or not am I going to play it still? well I guess seeing as I'm keeping it, thats a no brainer. Here's looking forward to that 30 hr cross over point into awesomes ville =D

 

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The other films Im looking forward to...

 

Now that 'Kick- Ass' is pretty much out everywhere I thought I'd post up on the other films Im really looking forward to. Oh and YES I loved 'Kick-Ass', if you haven't already read my post film blog.

TRON LEGACY TRAILER

I'm a huge fan of the original Tron. As a kid I only appreciated it for its awesome visuals and gaming refs. Today... well I appreciate it for those same reasons, BUT with a far more serious outlook on them. Cause I dunno... the visuals are arty... and stuff. In this trailer we see the main protaginist dude, whom I believe is Flynn's son visit the Flynns arcade from the first film and approach the Tron arcade machine. Anticipation building much?

The Expendables TRAILER

This film has pretty much every major action star from the past 30 years in it. Need I say more?

IRON F'IN MAN 2 TRAILER!!! MO FOES!

I've actually booked the tickets for this today at the IMax, hence the idea for this blog in the first place. Now the first film surprised me. It was tons better then I thought it might be. Downey Jr ownes the role so well and thats what made it. Not sure if this one is gonna top the first, but still looking forwad to it LOADS. More pop-up stripper poles on planes please.

INCEPTION TRAILER

Out of all the trailers here, this is probably the one you should watch. Why? Because you may not have heard of it and it looks pretty cool. p.s. Its made by Chris Nolan.

SCOTT PILGRIM

Now for any of you awesome people that did read my earlier blog on Kick-Ass, youd be surprised to see Scott Pilgrim on this list. Why? cause the trailer doesnt really do anything for me (other then the pixal sword and 'K.O.' sound). BUT its Scott Pilgrim. And its Edgar Wright. Thats a combo right there. Im more curious to see how it will pan out then anything else. Fingers crossed.

Ok so thats it. These are my most anticipated films of the year. Along with Kick-Ass which is out and watched of course. Now there are other films Im looking to see such as Prince of Persia, Toy Story 3 etc. But these ones are at the top of my list and am genuinely excited about. Oh and I forgot to mention another film I watched this year which I really enjoyed 'The Lovely Bones' by Peter Jackson. Apparently if your a fan of the book you won't like the film, but luckily for me I don't read much.

OK THATS IT FOR NOW!

HOWEVER! I shall be doing a special blog post later on tonight WITH the result of my signed FF13 'EBAY OR KEEP' VOTE post, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

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'I interviewed Sonic and he got drunk and dissed Nintendo'- READ

Over the past couple of years Ive met quite a few big names from the gaming industry. There was the time that Hideo Kojima signed my DS, when Tommy Tallarico told me that he likes my t-shirt and when me and Jessica Chobot would take the tram together on the way to the Gamescom expo.

All great memories, but theres one guy I was never sure Id ever be able to meet. My favourite video games character of all time. Sonic the Hedgehog.

But alas, yesterday I fullfileld my dream. And here it is the interview- CLICK HERE FOR AWESOME SONIC INTERVIEW

In other news...

I downloaded and played the Kasumi add-on today. Kasumi is a great add on. Short but sweet at round 500 micro points, but a great character with an Oceans 11 twist.

-yes, thats the statue of Liberty.

Also theres a real cool vid on Inside Xbox right now about narrative in gaming. If your into narrative driven games like myself (which there prob aint many of you around considering stories in games mostly suck), then check it out

ROLL OUT AND HAVE AN AWESOME WEEKEND!

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SHOULD I SELL MY SIGNED COPY OF FF13? vote now!

 

-Yup here it is. My signed collectors edition of Fantasy 13. I got it at the end of a fantastic game launch which I covered (VIDEO HERE) . My friends whom were'nt in the queue actually bought me the game and then handed it down to me so I could get it signed. Not only this but out of this years releases Fantasy 13 has been one of my most anticipated games to look forward to along with Alan Wake and Dead Rising 2.

And yet I want to sell it. Why?

YOU GUESSED IT! Cause it kinda sucks.

If your on the internet for longer then 15 minutes youve probably already heard about what the gameplay consists of - walk down a narrow pathway, battle sequence, press A (X), Walk down narrow pathway, cutscene, REPEAT.

And its true.

Screw this 30 hrs it gets better crap, I dont really wana go through that to get to the supposed good stuff.

Or do I? See Im kinda tempted to see if it REALLY does magically get better. Hence one of the reasons im in this dilemma. Plus theres the fact that ITS SIGNED by the producer and writer/director (not sure), which is a pretty cool thing to have. My first actual signed game I believe.

So in comes you guys, my fellow gamers. GAMERS OF THE WORLD UNITE! I reach across to you, across the highway of the interwebz for your input. Across four gaming blogs. VOTE!

EBAY OR KEEP?

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