27/06/2012 - Pandering to the "Gleeks"

My last week at work this week, after Friday I have 17 full days off. I really can't fucking wait. Also on the 9th I go to Tenerife for a week with my girlfriend. Its gunna be amazing 4* hotel, all inclusive, nice weather. Bring it on. Anyway this isn’t about what I will be doing this shambles of a blog is what I have done in the past week.

What Have I Been Watching?

Me and my girlfriend got chance to go to the cinema on Sunday, we decided to watch Rock of Ages. For those of you that do not know the film is a musical set in the late 80’s around a rock and roll bar called the Bourbon Room. In the film you follow the lives of multiple people and see how the club and the music affects their lives. The cast in this film is amazing, Alec Baldwin, Tom Cruise and Russell Brand to name a few of the stars. Overall I loved the film and not even Brand’s piss poor Brummy accent could spoil the movie. I love Russell Brand, I think he is a comedy Legend but I have to say I am starting to wish he would try something a little different. By that I mean that I wish he would play a different role, not just a cheeky chappy englishman. I know that is how he is naturally but it would be nice to see him stretch as an actor and play a totally different part to that he is used too. The film was great though. really good camp acting (it is a musical after all) and I was surprised how great singers all the cast were. Especially Tom Cruise, his rock voice is amazing. I’m not really a cruise fan but is there nothing this man can not do. My only criticism would be that the film (to me) seems to be pandering to the “Gleeks”. The big finale was the terrible Journey song that Glee made famous and to me it seemed to be set up exactly the same as the Glee version (female and male lead parts blah blah blah).

What Have I Been Playing?

I have finally finished Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. This game took me way too long to complete. Especially taking into account that when I first got the game I couldn’t get enough of it. It seemed like such a great tactical shooter, a game where you really needed to think about your moves and not just run and gun. 3 levels in though the game started to become really boring. Nothing really mixing up the missions. A basic stealth section that sometimes just seems like trial and error and then an all out firefight to the extraction point. That is the same for every fucking mission. The only time the game even slightly mixes it up is the second to last mission and all they do is take your fucking teammates away. So its just you following the bull shit outlined above. The gameplay is really tedious and the story is really bloody boring. I don’t actually think I could recall the story I was that bored. Erm something to do with a group of russian arms dealers and oh hell I don’t know or give two shits to be honest. The game looks terrible too and it seems to be on purpose. They have put some sort of interference on top of the image for some reason. I dunno, probably to give the gamer a sense of technological advancement but it just makes everything look shite. I hated this game so much. I could only bring myself to play 1 level for each gaming session. The game was just no fun at all.

Now that Ghost Recon is done I can finally start Max Payne 3. I actually started this yesterday and played through 7 chapters in 1 sitting. Not many games can actually get me sat down and paying attention for 3 hours straight now a days. This game is so refreshing after Ghost Recon. It looks beautiful on the PC running everything on the highest setting. Probably the best game I have seen. I love everything about this game. The darkness of the character and the bleakness of the world and its environments. Max’s narration really adds to this too. The game however seems really hard (playing with free aim) but it seems to be checkpointed really well. Thank fuck because that can be really frustrating. I can’t praise this game anymore, this game is up there with the Darkness 2 so far this year as my favourite game.

The only other game I have been able to put any time into is Forza 4. I got back into this game thanks to Littleg and his upcoming Friday Night Forza Gamenight. I haven’t really participated in any races, I have mainly been playing around with a car to get it up the scratch (along with Littleg’s guidelines). I chose a Civic Type R and have so far put 2 or 3 hours into tweaking it and making it look good (in my eyes anyway). I can’t wait to test the car out properly on Friday, its a real shame that I suck ass at Forza.

So is that it?

Yepp that has been my week. I will hopefully have allot more to talk about in the next one of these (after my 1st week off) because I have allot of stuff planned. Me and my girlfriend are set to go to a zoo and to a theme park as well as going to watch the new Spiderman film in iMax 3d. Then the week after that I will be sunning it up in Tenerife. I can not wait.

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My last week at work this week, after Friday I have 17 full days off. I really can't fucking wait. Also on the 9th I go to Tenerife for a week with my girlfriend. Its gunna be amazing 4* hotel, all inclusive, nice weather. Bring it on. Anyway this isn’t about what I will be doing this shambles of a blog is what I have done in the past week.

What Have I Been Watching?

Me and my girlfriend got chance to go to the cinema on Sunday, we decided to watch Rock of Ages. For those of you that do not know the film is a musical set in the late 80’s around a rock and roll bar called the Bourbon Room. In the film you follow the lives of multiple people and see how the club and the music affects their lives. The cast in this film is amazing, Alec Baldwin, Tom Cruise and Russell Brand to name a few of the stars. Overall I loved the film and not even Brand’s piss poor Brummy accent could spoil the movie. I love Russell Brand, I think he is a comedy Legend but I have to say I am starting to wish he would try something a little different. By that I mean that I wish he would play a different role, not just a cheeky chappy englishman. I know that is how he is naturally but it would be nice to see him stretch as an actor and play a totally different part to that he is used too. The film was great though. really good camp acting (it is a musical after all) and I was surprised how great singers all the cast were. Especially Tom Cruise, his rock voice is amazing. I’m not really a cruise fan but is there nothing this man can not do. My only criticism would be that the film (to me) seems to be pandering to the “Gleeks”. The big finale was the terrible Journey song that Glee made famous and to me it seemed to be set up exactly the same as the Glee version (female and male lead parts blah blah blah).

What Have I Been Playing?

I have finally finished Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. This game took me way too long to complete. Especially taking into account that when I first got the game I couldn’t get enough of it. It seemed like such a great tactical shooter, a game where you really needed to think about your moves and not just run and gun. 3 levels in though the game started to become really boring. Nothing really mixing up the missions. A basic stealth section that sometimes just seems like trial and error and then an all out firefight to the extraction point. That is the same for every fucking mission. The only time the game even slightly mixes it up is the second to last mission and all they do is take your fucking teammates away. So its just you following the bull shit outlined above. The gameplay is really tedious and the story is really bloody boring. I don’t actually think I could recall the story I was that bored. Erm something to do with a group of russian arms dealers and oh hell I don’t know or give two shits to be honest. The game looks terrible too and it seems to be on purpose. They have put some sort of interference on top of the image for some reason. I dunno, probably to give the gamer a sense of technological advancement but it just makes everything look shite. I hated this game so much. I could only bring myself to play 1 level for each gaming session. The game was just no fun at all.

Now that Ghost Recon is done I can finally start Max Payne 3. I actually started this yesterday and played through 7 chapters in 1 sitting. Not many games can actually get me sat down and paying attention for 3 hours straight now a days. This game is so refreshing after Ghost Recon. It looks beautiful on the PC running everything on the highest setting. Probably the best game I have seen. I love everything about this game. The darkness of the character and the bleakness of the world and its environments. Max’s narration really adds to this too. The game however seems really hard (playing with free aim) but it seems to be checkpointed really well. Thank fuck because that can be really frustrating. I can’t praise this game anymore, this game is up there with the Darkness 2 so far this year as my favourite game.

The only other game I have been able to put any time into is Forza 4. I got back into this game thanks to Littleg and his upcoming Friday Night Forza Gamenight. I haven’t really participated in any races, I have mainly been playing around with a car to get it up the scratch (along with Littleg’s guidelines). I chose a Civic Type R and have so far put 2 or 3 hours into tweaking it and making it look good (in my eyes anyway). I can’t wait to test the car out properly on Friday, its a real shame that I suck ass at Forza.

So is that it?

Yepp that has been my week. I will hopefully have allot more to talk about in the next one of these (after my 1st week off) because I have allot of stuff planned. Me and my girlfriend are set to go to a zoo and to a theme park as well as going to watch the new Spiderman film in iMax 3d. Then the week after that I will be sunning it up in Tenerife. I can not wait.