Sparky's Update gets shot. Repeatedly.


Spread the holiday cheer!  Get out the rolls, the stuffing, the turkey, and the gravy, baby, because Sparky's in yo' house.  This week, Gaming Update is one sad little puppy, because I've been playing Modern Warfare 2 and, well, I suck.  I also talk about Smackdown vs. Raw 2010, my new 120 gig hard drive (so many dirty jokes involving the term "hard drive" that I don't even bother anymore), and I'll briefly touch upon movies and such.  I'm also changing the name (probably temporarily) of the blog to Sparky's Update, since I"m no longer limiting myself to games.  Hey, I might get crazy on here and review root beer barrels, which are without a doubt proof that God exists and loves me very, very much. 
 
Modern Get Shot Repeatedly-fare, Part Deux!
 
Let me get something absolutely clear first off.  The single player campaign (what I've played of it) is absolutely freaking amazing in Modern Warfare 2.  There are "holy shit" moments beyond just every bend, and I've really just started on the fourth or fiftth mission.  Although I disagree with Fox News' tactics in bashing the game, I can definitely see why the media and parents would be concerned about the content of this game.  One level in particular almost had me offended - that's damn near impossible to do in a video game.  That being said, I think this game is definitely at least worth a rental if not the price of admission for its superb single player. 
 
However, as has been the case in most Call of Duty and Battlefield games, I'm coming to dread my inevitable forays into multiplayer.  I tried out about an hour's worth of multiplayer today, and yes, my craptacular vision problems are still a terrible factor.  Let me put it to you this way - enemies 50, Sparky 0.  I have NO kills to my name, simply because I cannot see the enemies.  Ever.  Even on free-for-all, it's damn near impossible for me to score a kill, let alone get enough of them to make it seem like I might ever have a chance.  I do give a big Sparky seal of approval to IW's ideas on deathstreak perks, which are a fantastic idea for those of us armed only with major suckage. 
 
Overall, I want to really like Modern Warfare 2, and I do for the most part.  But until my eye specialists can figure out a surgery for my eyes, I simply cannot play the multiplayer.  Damn. 
 
Know Your Damn Role 
 
The Sparky Buzzsaw wants to know one thing.  What's your opinion on Smackdown vs. Raw?  Wait... it doesn't matter what your opinion is!  OK, I'm done with Rock quotes for the moment. 
 
Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 is probably the best in the series to date.  Bear with me for a second.  The Road to Wrestlemania modes are a riot, with surprisingly decent voicework by the wrestlers involved.  Having the career mode take a "back to basics" approach is greatly appreciated, as I wasn't ever really a fan of the General Manager modes.  But the crowning jewel of this year's game is the user created content.  Having such a basic, yet extensive, tool at my hands just makes the inner wrestling fan in my geek right the hell out.  Sure, the game might be light on Legends (and it is - Bob Orton?  Really?), but you can download just about any number of created legends from other players.  I've had no trouble finding any wrestler I want, save for Raven, and even that's just a matter of time.  This is a FANTASTIC addition to the game, and justifies the price tag entirely to me. 
 
However, it's still not without its flaws.  S v. R still needs a serious overhaul, both graphically and engine-wise.  I think the core wrestling mechanics are fine, and I'd keep most of the control scheme as is.  But the same collision, hit detection, random graphic quirks, and animations that you've seen in the last seven games are still here, and there's just not any excuse for it.  It's laziness on the part of developers and publishers alike.  There should be no excuse for the odd sudden jumps in animation in this day and age, and there definitely needs to be some AI work done under the hood.  
 
So check out SvR 2010 if you enjoy having user created content at your fingertips, but beware - this is still Smackdown vs. Raw.  If ya smell what the Sparky is cookin'.
 
A Hard Drive Down to Center Field 
 
See?  I really am being good about the hard drive jokes.  Nary a dirty one to be find in this week's blog.  I can do this.  I can refrain myself from making jokes like, "Oh, baby, your-"  Ahhhhh, you almost got me there, sneaky blog reader. 
 
As mentioned, I purchased a new 120 gig hard drive for the 360.  Besides the insane price, I have absolutely no complaints.  It was a thing of necessity, as my old one was obviously on the verge of failing after three years of loyalty.  The file transfer was easy as pie (mmmm... pie, and soon I shall have a veritable shit ton of it).  I guess that's really all there is to say about the thing, except that I'm glad I've got more room for demos and Xbox Originals.  Might even try purchasing a full-size game on there, though I've got plenty to keep me entertained. 
 
It's the Giggle Loop! 
 
I'm not one of those people who obsesses over the TV shows from another nation, nor do I consider one nation's product to be the absolute end-all be-all (I'm looking at you, Japan-o-nerds).  I consider myself pretty open-minded and easily entertained when it comes to ALL television.  I don't consider British humor any more or less funny than our own - it's just different styles, different laughs, and a different mindset.  That being said, two of my all-time favorite shows are Father Ted and Coupling.  If you've never had a chance to watch either, give at least season 3 of Father Ted a go and start from the beginning with Coupling.  Both are pretty widely available on DVD, and Coupling is available on Netflix's streaming services. 
 
I bring that up because I've been rewatching Coupling lately, and it's just as funny as the first time I went through it.  It's a Friends-style format (full disclosure - I actually enjoyed Friends), but with much raunchier comedic bits.  The casting is spot-on, and the actors and actresses are quite good.  Fans of V for Vendetta will no doubt recognize Patrick from that film, and the rest have had minor roles in a few major movies or other TV shows. 
 
Question of the Week 
 
Has there been a game where you love the single player but can't stand the multiplayer?  How about vice versa? 
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Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

Spread the holiday cheer!  Get out the rolls, the stuffing, the turkey, and the gravy, baby, because Sparky's in yo' house.  This week, Gaming Update is one sad little puppy, because I've been playing Modern Warfare 2 and, well, I suck.  I also talk about Smackdown vs. Raw 2010, my new 120 gig hard drive (so many dirty jokes involving the term "hard drive" that I don't even bother anymore), and I'll briefly touch upon movies and such.  I'm also changing the name (probably temporarily) of the blog to Sparky's Update, since I"m no longer limiting myself to games.  Hey, I might get crazy on here and review root beer barrels, which are without a doubt proof that God exists and loves me very, very much. 
 
Modern Get Shot Repeatedly-fare, Part Deux!
 
Let me get something absolutely clear first off.  The single player campaign (what I've played of it) is absolutely freaking amazing in Modern Warfare 2.  There are "holy shit" moments beyond just every bend, and I've really just started on the fourth or fiftth mission.  Although I disagree with Fox News' tactics in bashing the game, I can definitely see why the media and parents would be concerned about the content of this game.  One level in particular almost had me offended - that's damn near impossible to do in a video game.  That being said, I think this game is definitely at least worth a rental if not the price of admission for its superb single player. 
 
However, as has been the case in most Call of Duty and Battlefield games, I'm coming to dread my inevitable forays into multiplayer.  I tried out about an hour's worth of multiplayer today, and yes, my craptacular vision problems are still a terrible factor.  Let me put it to you this way - enemies 50, Sparky 0.  I have NO kills to my name, simply because I cannot see the enemies.  Ever.  Even on free-for-all, it's damn near impossible for me to score a kill, let alone get enough of them to make it seem like I might ever have a chance.  I do give a big Sparky seal of approval to IW's ideas on deathstreak perks, which are a fantastic idea for those of us armed only with major suckage. 
 
Overall, I want to really like Modern Warfare 2, and I do for the most part.  But until my eye specialists can figure out a surgery for my eyes, I simply cannot play the multiplayer.  Damn. 
 
Know Your Damn Role 
 
The Sparky Buzzsaw wants to know one thing.  What's your opinion on Smackdown vs. Raw?  Wait... it doesn't matter what your opinion is!  OK, I'm done with Rock quotes for the moment. 
 
Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 is probably the best in the series to date.  Bear with me for a second.  The Road to Wrestlemania modes are a riot, with surprisingly decent voicework by the wrestlers involved.  Having the career mode take a "back to basics" approach is greatly appreciated, as I wasn't ever really a fan of the General Manager modes.  But the crowning jewel of this year's game is the user created content.  Having such a basic, yet extensive, tool at my hands just makes the inner wrestling fan in my geek right the hell out.  Sure, the game might be light on Legends (and it is - Bob Orton?  Really?), but you can download just about any number of created legends from other players.  I've had no trouble finding any wrestler I want, save for Raven, and even that's just a matter of time.  This is a FANTASTIC addition to the game, and justifies the price tag entirely to me. 
 
However, it's still not without its flaws.  S v. R still needs a serious overhaul, both graphically and engine-wise.  I think the core wrestling mechanics are fine, and I'd keep most of the control scheme as is.  But the same collision, hit detection, random graphic quirks, and animations that you've seen in the last seven games are still here, and there's just not any excuse for it.  It's laziness on the part of developers and publishers alike.  There should be no excuse for the odd sudden jumps in animation in this day and age, and there definitely needs to be some AI work done under the hood.  
 
So check out SvR 2010 if you enjoy having user created content at your fingertips, but beware - this is still Smackdown vs. Raw.  If ya smell what the Sparky is cookin'.
 
A Hard Drive Down to Center Field 
 
See?  I really am being good about the hard drive jokes.  Nary a dirty one to be find in this week's blog.  I can do this.  I can refrain myself from making jokes like, "Oh, baby, your-"  Ahhhhh, you almost got me there, sneaky blog reader. 
 
As mentioned, I purchased a new 120 gig hard drive for the 360.  Besides the insane price, I have absolutely no complaints.  It was a thing of necessity, as my old one was obviously on the verge of failing after three years of loyalty.  The file transfer was easy as pie (mmmm... pie, and soon I shall have a veritable shit ton of it).  I guess that's really all there is to say about the thing, except that I'm glad I've got more room for demos and Xbox Originals.  Might even try purchasing a full-size game on there, though I've got plenty to keep me entertained. 
 
It's the Giggle Loop! 
 
I'm not one of those people who obsesses over the TV shows from another nation, nor do I consider one nation's product to be the absolute end-all be-all (I'm looking at you, Japan-o-nerds).  I consider myself pretty open-minded and easily entertained when it comes to ALL television.  I don't consider British humor any more or less funny than our own - it's just different styles, different laughs, and a different mindset.  That being said, two of my all-time favorite shows are Father Ted and Coupling.  If you've never had a chance to watch either, give at least season 3 of Father Ted a go and start from the beginning with Coupling.  Both are pretty widely available on DVD, and Coupling is available on Netflix's streaming services. 
 
I bring that up because I've been rewatching Coupling lately, and it's just as funny as the first time I went through it.  It's a Friends-style format (full disclosure - I actually enjoyed Friends), but with much raunchier comedic bits.  The casting is spot-on, and the actors and actresses are quite good.  Fans of V for Vendetta will no doubt recognize Patrick from that film, and the rest have had minor roles in a few major movies or other TV shows. 
 
Question of the Week 
 
Has there been a game where you love the single player but can't stand the multiplayer?  How about vice versa? 
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Posted by Sweep

that sucks dude. Modern Warfare 2 is worth fixing your eyes for :D

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Posted by Claude

I've never been a fan of multiplayer games. I remember my nephew playing Perfect Dark multiplayer and I would always decline. I think when Goldeneye came out with it's multiplayer, that's when I realized I wasn't very interested in that type of video gaming. Mario Kart Wii was awesome though, online and off.

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw
@Claude:  Perfect Dark was the last multiplayer shooter I was really any good at.  I still love co-op shooters if I'm playing with patient people, and I enjoy Halo 3 because I'm at least okay at it.  But for the most part, I'm pretty awful at them and can't get much into the multiplayer. 
 
Games like Mario Kart Wii are awesome because the playing field is so level after a short learning curve.  Anybody can be a great Mario Kart player with the right amount of luck and a basic amount of skill.  It's the perfect multiplayer game for me in a lot of ways.
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