CAN-YOU-DIG IIIIT??


                Yes we can!   I know, I'm hilarious.
 
I've recently been getting myself a pretty crowded backlog on my shelves, though none of them new releases or even anything from this gen. With me usually only having enough cash for one full price game per month, the rest otherwise goes towards classic DVDs or PS2 games. With Dead Space 2 being the only full time purchase for me until, well, March for my eagerly anticipated Dragon Age 2 it's left a lot of spare change. Heaven Forbid I decide to save all that up instead! 
 
The most notable PS2 game I've finally caught up with Rockstar's own heralded tribute to the movie, The Warriors. I haven't seen the movie, yet, but since the game's mostly set up as a prequel there's no harm done. 
Despite that, though, I've only put in about 4 hours and it's going to stay that way until I do watch the movie. The game holds up surprisingly well and is a ton of fun, but I want to be able to watch and listen to these characters in all of their originality back in 1979. Not to mention that the game will eventually play through the movies plot points, and I'd rather witness the story unfold in the movie - Bluray of course 8D 
 
Deceased father of Dexter Morgan by day, muscle bound Warrior by night.
 

Before There Was Mass Effect, There Was The Suffering! 

The Mass Effect and The Suffering franchises: they have little in common with one another. Mass Effect is a sci-fi epic; a, sometimes, RPG built around a massive fictional Galaxy influenced by your decisions. The Suffering is a 3rd person/first person shooter, centred on criminal psychology, with morality choices forced upon you, but nothing that'll change the fate of Galaxy. So again, they're completely different games, but the one thing they do happen to share is the save import ability. 
 
As this point it's hardly ground breaking with such a mechanic being made very mainstream by the Mass Effect franchise, but back in the early decade of last, The Suffering was already allowing such incredible transitions between games. 
Now I only recently found out myself, since I never owned the sequel, though I did still enjoy the original very much. So much that I decided to buy the sequel, but with the incentive of having my own decisions cross over--while obviously no in the same league as the Mass Effect series, I've decided to also put that on hold until my copy of the original arrives along side it. (I've gone through a lot of PS2 casualties, and The Suffering was one of them back in the day, hence why I need to buy it again). 
 

The Lord of The Rings AKA The Master of The Fucked Up Hit Detection. 

The Lord of The Ring games based on the movie are some of my most precious (LAUGH WITH ME!) PS2 games from back in the days of when practically anything could hold my attention to the TV screen. I only played The Two Towers and The Return of The King, though I absolutely adored both of them, playing for them hours on end. Games didn't need replay value for me to still enjoy playing them over and over.. I miss those days.. 
 
In any case, they too were added into my Amazonian cart, but unfortunately haven't aged nearly as well as the previous gems of the PS2 era. The Two Tower's specifically is almost downright broken, with your light attacks seeming to ever hit, and with some levels bombarding you with a non stop array of fire arrows. Your only dodge manoeuvre limited to a small hop back with the lack of a targeting function meant trying to avoid attacks was meaningless as well.  Fuck, that game is tough!  
Game would of been so much better if it had a PO-TA-TO QTE minigame, too. 
 
  
   

 
Fortunately, The Return of The King managed to improve upon its predeccesor incredibly. My attacks could actually hit my enemies, and that alone made the game seem completely refreshed. Some of the same issues applied, and the enemies themselves would have attacks that would register before the animation was finished. But on the other hand: playable Gandalf. Overall, though, it's a much more tolerable game, and one I still enjoyed playing. The neat extras you get fitted well as a quick diversion, and for when I was waiting for the movies through these games, I ate that shite up with a spoon!  
The Two Towers, however.. if only I could of just kept that as a distantly fond memory. 
 
                                                                                                                                                    R.I.P 
 

Good News Everyone! 

I completed Dead Space 2! on Survivalist! First Playthrough! Who Wants to Touch me!
 
Now I'm not going to spill my keyboards guts and repeat what everyone has already said about this months hottest game, so in short; it's pretty great. Not as good as the original, though, as it seemed to focus far too much on loud and brash action set pieces than I would of liked. 
I missed the creepy allure and mystery that the original gave me so much of. And as for Isaac; just because he now has a voice doesn't make him much more of an interesting character. Matter O fact the entire story and its cast was a complete wash for me, personally. 
 
 It's the suit that's made Isaac so iconic, more than the character itself, unfortunately.
I really loved the ''less is more'' aesthetic from the first Dead Space, and the sequel with its back talking protagonist, a whole history book for the necromorphs and Unitologists around every corner, it kinda lost me.
It's a great game, no doubt about it, but I don't hold the same love I have for Dead Space 2 that I do with the Isaac's original, non-spoken ventures into the Ishimura. 
 

And Then There's Also My 9,999 Posts!

What a great number: 9. The one number before 10, which can signify launchs, explosions, hide and seek countdowns and so much more! The number 9 can potentially be one of the most terrifying numbers out there, and the transition from 9 to 10 can feel like a lifetime with the right circumstances. As such, I kinda sorta maybe done a dumb lil tribute to actually keep my post count at that state, just for a little while until I could actually make the effort with this here blog! 
 
And thus, here's to another 10,000 pointless posts on the only forum I'd care to post so much stupid rubbish. <3 
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Bah Humbug and a Happy New Year to all!

Holy mothertrucker of a fucker... the past three or so weeks has been a constant uphill battle against an army of little shitty soldiers all trying to overcome what little spirit and optimism I have to begin with.  
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In The Beginning... There Was A Flood... 

Three Tuesdays ago, the day went like any other. I was awake surprisingly early, though like hell can I remember why, then at around 10am-ish, I noticed puddles forming around the T hallway that connected the bedrooms and the toilet. At first I thought little of it and figured the cat's bladder exploded. I went to fetch the usual Cat Cleanup Crap to notice that the water was slowly making progress throughout more of the hallway. At first I figured my Cat was fucking with me (not really, but don't tell my brain I said that!) to only did I notice the pattering sound of what is usually accompanied by rain. I went outside and found no rain to be found--plenty of snow to paint a beautiful portrait of a white christmas, though.  
Heading back towards the hallway now the water was flowing into the bedrooms themselves now. I was mostly confused at this point but when I opened the cupboard in my nans room to find water pouring through like a monsoon then the panic started to settle in a little. First I grabbed all the towels and tried to contain most of the water and least stop it flowing, and then decided to check upstairs. Soon as I left through the front door I was greeted by the upstairs neighbour who for the life of her couldn't say a single sentence without the acknowledgement of 'luv' in there. 
 
She explained what happened and I checked her flat to find her living room a complete and utter disaster. The ceiling was literally covering most of the place with water pouring at an alarming rate. Seems her tanker blew due to the winter, and of course with it gushing down like working class waterfall it didn't take long for it seep down into me nans flat. 
The woman, as annoying as she was, I still felt sorry for her as she clearly panicked by the whole ordeal. The worst part was of the effort she put into contacting the council yet they still only arriving four... motherhugging hours... after the first notice was given about her flat. She phoned them around maybe 4 times; she visited the council building three times and even I gave a rang to hope that another victim of this mess might speeden things up just a little... and whether they did or not, we still had to wait till 1:45 in the afternoon for those sods to arrive. What I found funny with their reaction time is when they did give us a definite time they'll arrive at around 12pm, they said they'd be here at 1:30pm...not only did it take them around three hours to give a time for their arrival, the lazy fucks where late!) 
 
By the time they did reach her, the wallpaper was beginning to peal off on my living room ceiling and the water coming from the cupboard in my nans bedroom had marked all three rooms as its own by this point. Fortunately the electric was off before it lead to that, but the carpet had enough water to probably begin inflating and the water level itself seemed fit for a toddlers swimming pool. 
 
Anywhoo the mum arrived, followed by the nan, who had the right to be pissed still overreacted to intolerable levels. After seeing the mess upstairs, our flat was dandy. The most terrible thing about all of this is that the woman upstairs didn't even have insurance. My nan did but, again... her flat looked like a scene out of Saving Private Ryan. 
 
In any case, that's where me and my nan where forced to move into my mums for the not very fashionably late council cunts to do whatever. 
 

And this is where I soon became ready to tear off my hair with my own DEEEAD HAAAANDSSS. 

I've never had much of the opportunity, nor reason, to say so.. but my family; tolerable bunch when I see them every so often for sunday dinner or what have you, abso-fucking bunch of loud mouthed, slobbish, cigarette smoke spewing knobheads when I'm forced to live with 'em. My nan's also an ignorant dope who always loves to make a fuss out of everything aswell, but when it's just me and here back at the flat I have my bedroom to seal off all that silly noise and keep to myself <3. 
At me mums, I don't even have a fucking bedroom! It's not down the house being small, either. It's got 2 floors, four bedrooms, two living rooms, two toilets and a sizeable kitchen. The people that inhabit it, however, still make a potentially sweet spot for a living replacement into an unknown level of hell that is too torturous to even be publicly known. 
To start off there's: 
 
Nan - Again, fucking moron who knows nothing about everything and is plenty willing to make mountains over molehills... or a slight crease in the carpet. She's also annoyingly childish who has humour that rivals a braindead 12 year old. The type of person to find jokes involving penises, farting ect to be gut bursting material.  
 
Mum - Always pissed off and astonishingly ignorant, she's a smoker who seems to find the best way of communicating for the most part is through constant yelling. The type of mum who found the best way to discipline her kids was to simply take away the TV. Such predictable quotes from her would be ''kids, why'da bother? ''Men, they're all the same!'' ''OOOO a love me sex n the city, me!'' 
 
Sister (Katie) - Generally a fuckup since she went to secondary school, I pretty much predicted the many kinds of stupid shit she'd get into. Smoking at age 12, hanging with chavvy scum who 'like her the way she is' eventually becoming a slag, who also is very akin to burping outloud, smoking wherever and whenever she wants no matter the company and also abit of a idiot, too, if that wasn't already obvious. 
 
Brother (Bradley) - Brad I get along with, because he's gradually been molded by me through the years. His gaming habits are my most precious work <3. The problem is, though, that he's also a complete slob. Sleeps in his clothes, practically only leaves the flat when he has to go to school and is also susceptible to gamer-rage which has before resulted in him punching his fist into his PC monitor. His room also hangs of that god awful ''teenager'' smell. BO with yesterdays BO... beautiful. 
 
Brother (Tyler) Only 3 years old, he's a lovable lil chap. He's also been spoilt like he's freakin' royalty so not getting what he wants will result in the usual ear bleeding wails and screams. 
 
Sister (Rebecca) A year younger, Rebecca screams and whinges like it's her own form of breathing. There's always 'something' for her to whine about, and with mums voice clashing against it also, it can make the house sound like some sort of distorted noise metal. 
 
Cats (6 of em..) - Mums household on its own has four, with the other two tagging along from me nans. They're not much of a bother, though the stench of cat shit can be very strong, as you'd expect, sometimes. 
 
Lily (Dog) - Lily's awesome. Incredibly friendly and a great friend to have as a pet. Though her tail is like a whip, and with that tail never ceasing to wag she'll accidentally smack Rebecca or Tyler causing baby screams which then causes Mum to scream which then causes my head to explode. 
 
Rabbits (Fuck knows how many of em there are in total) - Truly one of the most useless pets I've seen. Least in the way I've seen them managed over at Mums. They're all kept in cages in the back living room giving the room the lovely aroma of rabbit shit, while the rabbits themselves mostly just sit there in their own pebble stone feces. 
 
The House - What could of been a kingdom amongst the working class is now like a house shaped chimney with every breath bringing in 2nd hand smoke, and I'm not even exaggerating. Every room seems to have its own yucky, unique smell to its own, aswell, and not to mention carpets with stains on them, and enough kids toys (all of which have to make some sort of brain damaging jingle or noise) to make the house look like an obstacle course. 
And again, I didn't even have my own room for all this. My PS3 was set up in the back living room, with its wonderful shitterific atmosphere. Of course I was only allowed to hang in when it fit the family, too. It's been known as the 'kids room' since all of their bright and noisy toys where in there. I could still, for the most part, just sit and play, but with the rabbits and the kids and the noises and the screaming and KIIIIILLLL THEMMMM ALLLL constantly being repeated in my head, it was a chore. The internet aswell, it might aswell as not exist, least not for me. There where three computers, all of which where located in a bedroom. The only one I had access to was my brother, Bradley's, but his internet was criminally slow it made me laugh out loud. A 2 minute video on youtube would take around 40 minutes to completely buffer. Even the fuckin' adverts some videos had prior I'd have to wait to load.
I did least get some gamage while I was there: 
Mostly my Hard Mode playthrough of God of War 3. My quick verdict? That game really does have a lot of tits
Final Fantasy IX also. Which is still fantastic and undoubtedly my favourite Final Fantasy from the ones I've played.  
I was forced to sleep on the couch in the front living room anyway, which is surprisingly comfortable at least, but always had me thrown out of slumber of course when everyone else was awake. Kids screaming at 6am is the kind of alarm clock that breaks you, mentally. 
 

IT'SSSSSSS CHRIIIISSSSSSTMASSSSSSSSS!!

 
All holidays, including Christmas, are never much of big deal for me. Like every other I was surrounded by my family who, on occasion, I like to imagine I axe murder them all, aswell as the traditional christmas dinner which was least as tasty and appetite satisfying as it always is. Far as gifts go, I received a watch and a pair of headphones. Headphones didn't fit in my ears too well and my watch broke after around 12 seconds of wearing it. The back living room was also near inhabitable with the amount of spoil those walking pair of lungs got for Christmas, either. Why does every single freakin' kids toy also has to come complete sort of sound with it, aswell?!? There's so many teddy bears that proclaim they love me that I was beginning to fear going to bed afterwards. 
 

I bought Dead Rising 2 Case West literally within the first 15 minutes of when it is on Xbox Live <3 

 
But only now, today, have I actually had the chance to play it >=/ I was at my mums when I first made my purchase, but of course the said internet over there, least my brothers side of the internet, had me literally sitting there for an hour to witness my eagerly awaited download to hit 5%. 
 
By that point I also just thought 'fuck that' and went on abit of a verbal fit with frustration. Arguments and other such joyous Christmas activities arose and once all the fires where put out, I was to be shipped to me Uncles. 
I loved how much fear my mum and nan tried to put into me with living with my Uncle, over how strict they are with the electric and what have you. Long as I can breath indoors without coughing back someone else's cigarette smoke then it's all good! No animals, kids and family that cleaned up after themselves! The ''chores'' and other kinds of vile tyranny my mum tried to chill me with was mostly just... well cleaning up after myself. Yah know, rubbish in the bin, dishes in the dishwasher, but I suppose that would count as labour to most on my side of the family.
 
And frankly, I enjoyed my time at my Uncles to be honest. I had to sleep on a coach bed, and most of my time was spent watching DVD's on like a 12" TV. But since I actually appreciate the company of my Uncle and his family then it was all so very bearable. I still had no access to the internet with my 360, either, since they had it all set up via wireless connection, and who'da guessed the 360 needs an attachment for a wireless connection?!? 
 
OK, I understand it's an old piece of hardware; it was just more of the terrible timing for me to find it out. So, still Case West-less, but again with all my time chatting my with Uncle about movies, TV and media crap in general is sa'lll guuuud. It also gave me the chance to get back into Demon's Souls via my cousin's PS3, which is still fantastically addictive. 
I also least had the occasional bit of access to the internet ^______________________^.... least when the overly paranoid aforementioned cousin would allow it. He's the type of person that frets that google itself will ship a few dozen viruses into his computer. 
 

And it all comes full circle! 

 
Anywhoo only now have I been forced to move back into my flat, which is still polluted with this vile and downright vomit inducing smell from all the dampness. Not by my Uncles decision, rather it's my mums because she doesn't want to pay to support me over there. Not even with my own job-seekers allowance that usually went to bills, rents and other blaarg when I was in my flat??... 
Fortunately, though, the place has improved, and the yukky carpet in my room has been taken up... along with everything else mind you, of course. Moving back in I'm greeted with most of my possessions making up the dump in the living room, with my own bedroom carpetless but still still having a bed, my precious computer, internet (<3) and my consoles (now) set up and ready! Annoying thing is, after having no choice but to live with 3+ people for the past three weeks in one household or another, with me now alone back at the flat, it's oh so awfully quiet. =/
 
So I'm more or less back to my old routine, just now with a few dozen hours worth of GB video content and bombcasts to catch up on. 
 
And despite all the rage I've afflicted over my family through all of this, I don't necessarily hate them as much as I just happened to recently. It's all down to living with the bastards that turns them into a physical manifestation of the plague, complete with 2nd hand smoke. They still brought me plenty O food and delivered me my DVDs over during my stay at my Uncles. My mums usually pretty supportive and helpful, but holy hell does she have a terrible lifestyle for herself. 
 
My nan, though, really is a fucking brain-tard. 
 
And the moral of this blog? NEVER HAVE FRANK WEST UNPLAYABLE IN THE SINGLE PLAYER PORTION OF A DEAD RISING GAME!
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All These Superheroes And Not A Single Comic!

I've never read a comic book... besides the many editions of the classic Beano and Dandy, but I'd hardly have them count as they where of course mostly for merchandising the innocent souls of the young British public. 
As far as superhero comics go, ala Marvel and DC, however, I've never even held one in my hands... my COLD, DEAD HANDS! But even with my distinct inactivity concerning comics I still find myself to be quite enveloped in everything to do with the franchises that the comics have created. For the past couple of years in fact, I've learn a fair bit about many of the comics greatest through games, movies and/or just scrolling through never ending wikipedia pages. 
 
As such I just figured I'd blog up some my more recent endeavours (or my familiarising with most on my list) involving all of this comic book nonsense! 
 

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 for the 360:

 
 
I've always been a fan of the MUA/Legends series, yet I didn't decide to get MUA2 till mid this year. I don't know what took me so long; maybe I just wasn't up in the craze at that point, but in any case I did eventually get in my grasps and it no doubt is what set me off on my Marvel binge soon after! 
 
MUA2 could well the weakest of the series, but it's greatly improved combat was able to counter against the watered down RPG mechanics from past games, shorter story length, the story being much more serious and less goofy at that, lame simulation side missions, three alternate costumes dropped to one and it's overall roster while large still didn't match against what the original MUA gave you. Plus Iron Man was terrible in this game and far too underpowered =(
 

Marvel Ultimate Alliance for the 360: 

 
The predecessor off the game above, MUA was the first of the series that I played back in 2006 on the PS2 and it had me hooked throughout around eight playthroughs. I particularly liked The Thing with all his crowd clearing awesomness! <3 It was made up of complete fan service with an astonishing variety of heroes, villains and heroic/villainous environments. It was pure cheese poured over a solid stack of corn, but I still loved it all, and it give me a fair share of knowledge within the insanely expansive Marvel Universe. 
I recently bought it for my 360 just to get back into it again, and figured I might aswell get me a current-gen copy for the additions of Colossus and Moon Knight. Unfortunately while this was one the apex of the series for me it's also the one that has aged the worst of them all. Slippery combat, awkward graphics and animations that long lost their charm without all the cell-shading from the Legends games had me push a long tedious uphill battle to the finish.  
Playing as a Nolan North voiced Colossus was still pretty sweet, though.  
 

 NEED A BREAK, OR DID I JUST GIVE YOU ONE?? HA-HA-HA

 

X-Men Legends 2 for the PS2: 

 
Despite me remembering the original MUA game being the height of the series, that place now definitely lies with X-Men Legends 2! It hasn't aged nearly as bad and playing through with more gaming experience behind me it's now placed as the best the series has to offer. The character roster is obviously not as large or expansive but it's still significantly large that can last you along many playthroughs. It's even what helped build up Deadpool's popularity with him appearing as a cameo as a brainwashed boss, and then eventually unlocked after the completion of the game. 
 

 

 I'd also like to know why they didn't keep those animated faces, over those inanimate portraits in the later games =/

Everything to do with Legends 2 just feels more refined, more fun, over MUA. The cell shading graphics makes the game still look pretty decent even after all this time, and the cutscene graphics definitely impress when considering how old it is. The nifty quirk of also building teams of both X-men and their arch nemesis' is a cool one, but suffers from the actual lack of Brotherhood characters. Out of the overall 18 or so characters available, only four are members of the Brotherhood! There's plenty of them amidst the story but they the majority act as NPCs. Magneto, Toad and Juggernaut are worthy picks, but why the hell did we need Scarlet Witch? We're left without Pyro, Blob, Sabretooth and Mystique, yet Magneto's daughter was an A-OK? Not to mention.... Sunfire??? Again if they wanted a fire specialist character, what was wrong with that Australian asswipe, Pyro?? T.T 
 

X-Men Legends for the PS2: 

 
Pretty weird why I decided to go through the series backwards, but that's how it happens.. 
 
X-Men Legends is also still a really great game, but didn't obviously had a little polish to test curses of time as much as its sequel. It does still have a pretty good story with a hella lot of famous voice actors than I recalled, after playing through it again. This is where Steve Blum first stuck his own claws in the character of Wolverine, there's Patrick Stewart reprising his role as Professor X from the movies, Cree Summers plays the lead character Alison Crestmere, famed english VO Robert Atkin Downes provided the vocal chords for Cyclops while the incredibly baritone voice of Tony Jay fitted Magneto perfectly. 
Even still, the gameplay was a little iffy with you suffering from a number of cheap deaths at the beginning with it eventually becoming a complete cakewalk as the game went on--The backwards mentality isn't as uncommon as I thought it seems =P 
 

X-Men Origins Wolverine for the 360: 

 
 Wife Beating Just Got Cool!!
The movie was pretty ass, no doubt about it. So much so that the game really didn't have all that much of a pedestal to leap over. Even still, 'the game based on the hit movie' actually turned out to be gosh darn alright, and by movie2game standards an A-star extravaganza. Even with such standards to surpass this doesn't make X-Men Origins an all round great game, though. The combat was repetitive, the story even worse than the movie, flaky animations.. but still it had some brutal and eviscerating combat, a story that was good enough to pit you against some fun boss battles, and animations that made the game feel like a casual breeze to mess around with. The age old trick of just running rapidly in circles on the spot is still something I like to in games that give you that possibility.   
 
Next Blog I'll carry on my superhero gamage with Justice League Heroes for the PS2!.. just need to wait till the fucking thing arrives -_- 
 
I also plan to touch on the comic book adapted movies and cartoons I've been watching. And as if ya'll weren't excited enough already!!!
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If you were a Dead Rising psychopath...

The Dead Rising games are mostly known for the wonders of testing out all multitudes of weapons against the shambling undead, be them new toys of dismemberment or just more ways to instead embarrass aforementioned shambling undead. 
 
Another not so heralded aspect of the series are the psychopaths: people that have either plainly cracked under the chaos they find themselves surrounded by, or where nutjobs to begin and are just using said chaos to their advantage. The psychopaths themselves were wonderful characters with most of them being equally full of character and memorability as they were fucking annoying on a gameplay standpoint.  Again though, there was no denying how colourful they all where and their appearances and stories still managed to act as one of the franchises highlights.  And with the new info regarding the upcoming Case West download, it placed Dead Rising right back on my hot list.

 
As such I found it fun just to wonder how I'd be represented in a Dead Rising if I myself was one of the psychopathly psychopathic boss battles. (Also for locations sake I'll go with that I'm in Fortune City whilst Chuck does his thaaaaaaaang)
 

Reason for the Crazy: 

 
I'd be too busy trying on womens clothing (what, all the DR heroes do it!) to notice the zombie that would bite on me the arm, making me become engulfed with fear and anxiety. Mission would be caaalled 'Boys do Cry'.... reference to the Hilary Swank movie.
 

Entrance Cutscene: 

 
I'd still be wearing the womens clothing, most likely a summer dress, and will most likely be found at the chemist in the first area. Scrambling for some zombrex, I'd encounter Chuck and demand he pities my situation and helps me find zombrex. Chuck's reluctant at first with his daughter needing it ect, and while he did plan on helping me I wouldn't give him the chance and judge prematurely that he won't help and then BOSS FIGHT BEGIN!! 
 

Boss Battle: 

 
For starters, like any other DR2 psychopath, you'd need to be around LV 50000 to even stand a chance. My design would have me as a squirrelly little shit that's runs around rapidly and scurries all over Chuck when close enough. Weak point would be when I occasionally witness the gauging bite on my arm which makes me begin to sob uncontrollably. 
 

Defeat Cutscene:

 
Despite having been shot with dynamite via a bow, stabbed multiple times and wacked around with a number of blunt objects I'll only appear to have a few bruises in the cutscene. It'll then forward to me lunging at Chuck to have my arm just completely fall off and me scurrying around in panic trying to stick a mannequin limb in place of my armless...arm. Eventually I bleed to death and unlock my snazzy summer dress for Chuck to wear!! 
 
So yeah, there's that... I'm not expecting many to post their own interpretations of themselves as a DR psychopath, least of all go in as much detail as I did; but at the same time I'm just glad I put my expressed thoughts into words before I lost this silly idea altogether =P 
 
Oh also anyone else looking forward to Case West?????????????
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How many Shepard careers do you have/have had?

I know plenty of people have opted to stick with their one and only Shepard to have more attachment to their character and the storyline. But for me personally, ME2 is so rich with replay value that I find it near impossible to not constantly head back in with a new look, origin, gender, class and to play with a varying personality. 
 
So far I've currently got four Shepards: 
 
Vincent Shepard - My Ruthless Vanguard who's mostly renegade but still has shown some compassion at points. Love interests where Liara and Tali.
 
Jane Shepard - My Sole Surviving Infiltrator who's a total girl scout. Love interest was Liara and still is <3. Though she's had a few lapdances from Kelly.. 
 
Janet Shepard  - My Ruthless Adept who is also my Queen Bitch Shepard but I've played her in a way she's simply making the harsh choices to get the best out of the upcoming war. Love interest has only been Garrus, who also died during Janet's suicide mission =( 
 
John Shepard - The War Hero himself, initially played through as a Soldier but then headed back in as a Sentinel for my Insanity run. John's sort of the opposite of Vincent, very compassionate and sensitive though only having so much patience and has made a few rash choices. Love interest was Ashley, then Jack during my 1st ME2 playthrough, but now with his Sentinel lifestyle I think I may have him stay faithful this time. 
 
Even with those four I still plan of creating at least another Shepard, who'll be an Engineer, in ME1 to port over to ME2. If ME2 has shown anything it's that how every minute choice you make may still have just as minute repercussions in ME3 - which are still surprising to find even with them being as uneventful as they are. 
 
So I'm curious if most have also gone this route, trying out multiple Shepards and also how different they try to vary one Shepard's character from the other, instead of just, say, one for the Paragon choices and the other for the Renegade.    

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In-depth potential Dead Space movie discussion.





Daniel: "Oh look mommy, it's the transformers/power rangers!"


Me: this one is going for a more action orientated route i'll bet


Daniel: I hope not 
that's what happens every goddam time 
 

Me: it'll definitely be atmospheric, though like they keep mentioning this is all about Isaac making his retaliation
Because this time...IT'S PERSONAL!
Isaac just took it...TO THE NEXT LEVEL!


Daniel: psh...


Me: He's holding back...NOTHING!
He's doing it all....FOR FREEDOM!


Daniel: for freedom?
which reminds me wasn't his goal to get the fuck out of their presence in DS1?
"They let him kill them once, so now it's PERSONAL!!!.... cause you know.... people hate succeeding."
don't tell me it's because of that nichole chick


Me: "He killed them... but not BEFORE they killed his girlfriend... so now, he'll kill them AGAIN!!! Because it's PERSONAL!!"
Now with the aid of his trusty talking squirrel sidekick...Isaac will make sure they pay...WITH BLOOD!


Daniel: "He got the hell out of there safely once... but now he's going back in, because it's PERSONAL!!!"
 they should've just said that he was paid to do it


Me: Isaac Clarke, a merc without a country!
Getting paid for what he does best...KICKING NECROMOPRH ASS!



Daniel: He did it once to survive, but now it's FINANCIAL!!!! "Isaac, we need your services, you have the most experience in-","Get bent","We'll reward you","In money? Cause I like money, like, a lot". Don't miss it, Isaac Clarke *BOOM!!* goes financial.


Me: Financially....PERSONAL!
God we should write our own dead space movie
our trailer alone will warrant billions over the summer season


Daniel: Some people kill Necromorphs to survive... others, do it for MONEY!! "Listen to me, I'm receiving a bonus for this 
  

Me: DAMN IT, SARGE THEY'VE GOT MY DAUGHTER!!!!!! 
This is supposed to be my last job but once my family were involved..it got Personally PERSONAL!


Daniel: With every breath in my body, I promise you, PROMISE YOU, that I'll bring her back in your arm!.. 
 *arms


Me: don't EDIT IT!
ISAAC ONLY HAS ONE ARM!
he lost the other during the 'war'
his best friend and teammate betrayed him and cut it off


Daniel: yes yes 
then it is revealed that his friend is actually his TWIN BROTHER!!
"I have to kill him, it's *looks at camera* PERSONAL!*



Me: no....his best friend is actually HIM! He created a whole new personality to adhere to him cutting off his own arm!
we'll find this out when Isaac looks in the mirror and see's his best friend staring back at him


Daniel: "No, Isaac listen... Chuck, he's... he's your twin brother!! *hangs up*"
"NNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO"

yes yes 


Me: that'll be saved for the prequel movie


Daniel: "How can I beat the enemy... when it's MYSELF!!! this... THIS IS PERSONAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL"

woah!
a little piece of heaven
love that song 
 

Me: that's the DEAD SPACE: Personal Revelations! theme song
yes, it'll also have a musical number


Daniel: how about
A Little Piece of Dead Space
Must've stabbed the necromorph 50 fucking times, I can't believe it 


Me: remixed for the credits with some rap solo's


Daniel: can't go wrong there
it's all coming together quite nicely


Me: should also get some toys ready, too
will help the marketing fund all the more


Daniel: imagine this 
the Clarkemobile


Me: As long as it's personal



Daniel: has lazers on the sides


Me: some snakes going through skulls on the hod
hood*
license plate 'PRSNL'


Daniel: or 
Underwater Isaac
with fins and gills on the suit


Me: Oh yes.
and of course have these different suits available to kids of all sizes


Daniel: yes yes 
obviously goes without saying
get this medievel isaac clarke
huh? huh? pretty nifty


Me: his ancestoral ancestors who must travel through time to warn him of the impending doom of...SPACE CANCER!


Daniel: it's a race against time


Me: to save himself, his daughter....and the WORLD! HIS WORLD, HIS PERSONAL FUCKING WORLD!
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Kitten's dead..

And yeah...it kinda sucks. Charlie was his name and he was only around a couple of months old. Had some nasty bowl problems that had him shitting everywere, and what made it the most shocking was how before hand I was shrugging it all off saying it was probably down to something he eat. Turns out he had a really strong infection and otherwise had to put down because of him being too young and small to have any chance of fighting it off. 
 
First hearing it I was genuinely saddened. I even let out a couple of tears when I headed into the bathroom where he was being kept during his illness. I'm more surprised more than anything at how much of an impact it had one, though. Cat's in general annoy the motherfuck out of me, for the most part, yet still just hearing about something that lived along side me in my flat was dead, it really put a dark lens over everything. 
 
In any case, look's I'm currently hiring for a new Xbox 360 guardian. =/ 
 

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My Late Game Completathon V2!

Now lately I've had plenty of gamage to keep me active and away from all the entries in my, recently established, Long Forgotten Collection. I recently bought The Sims 3 which is assured to keep me busy for many a month. I'm still switching on RDR aswell, mostly over the hype for the upcoming DLC packs. Plus I really want to get me a damn bull mount.. 
 
I've even taken back to Mass Effect 2. The why? I have no idea. I just had a random compulsion to get back in there and carry on my aim to complete it with 6 different Shepard's, all imported from the original, to then have ready for Mass Effect 3. Currently playing through as my all Adept Queen Biotic Bitch Shepard, I've still got the Engineer and Sentinel classes to get through. But other than that... I've still gone back onto a few more others I've missed among my years of gaming due to one reason or another. So to start my second list off I have: 
 
BioShock 2 for the ps3. 
 

 

 It's no wrench though, that's for sure.

 
 
Why it took so long? -
Largely over the story to be frank. It's not bad but that whole Sophia Lamb character really was tough to view as anything more as a quickly tucked in piece of story advancement just to give this sequel its reason for being. BioShock 2 is still a great game but without the allure of the original to pull me through complete with caffeine breaks, bloodshot eyes and a bladder of steel it left me leaving this game as a very distant afterthought. Though when I put it like that with how I played the original, maybe I should be glad.. 
 
What I thought - Like the general consensus tells you it's a better game than the original but its atmosphere and storyline don't deliver on the same mystique and chilling themes as the original BioShock did. But again the gameplay is now vastly improved upon with the ability to duel wield firearms and plasmids making it a much more accessible and admittedly fun game to play than the original could only hope to be at this time. It gives alot more of the same but now refined and honed as a incredibly satisfying shooter. Playing as a Big Daddy is a brilliant experience also with his lumbering footsteps and monstrous cries. Having him so easily bested by splicers, though, can take a little getting used to. Sure its for the games sake but still, it should take far more than a few bullets off a six shooter to take me down, even during the first few stages. 
 
So while it took me a fare few months to actually get stuck in, much like the original, once I was firmly placed I didn't want to leave completing the rest of what I left over the next two days. 
 
Will I play through it again? - Absotively. With so many possible plasmid combinations to play around with and a huge host of collectibles, not to mention multiple endings, this BioShock entry will fortunately stay playable for me long after even the 2010 year is up. 
 
Gears of War 2 for the 360.  
 

 Is that how you greet an equally over-proportioned, generic meatbag?!?

 
Why it took so long? - Quite a few factors, actually. Though the most glaring is how dissatisfying it is to play solo. The Gears franchise is built upon the cooperative gameplay concept and it definitely shows when you try to solo the game yourself. Not having a GOLD membership either, I was left with having to go splitscreen at that which if course limited to just how often I could play because of whenever my lil brother decided to pop over. I did play through the last few chapters on my own, though, just to get it out of the way. Besides that there's also my opinion of Marcus Fenix not being very high. He's got one damn annoying voice, even if his voice actor is legendary, and is as generic as most tough guy marines can get. I just wish you could least play as Dom while still first player, as he's definitely the more interesting character who a somewhat memorable personality. 
Finally there's also my disliking of the games movement. It just feels pretty slow and sluggish to me, personally and while still fun and gruesome it doesn't match the Uncharted series fluid speed and pacing of the gameplay. I mean you can't even jump down off ledges onto solid ground in Gears 2 O.o Though that was more noticeable in Horde mode. 
 
What I thought - Despite my complaints over how the game...well...plays....it's still really fun, with friends, and has some great environments that are well detailed and full of destructive potential. Again I don't so much care for Marcus, with every other character you tag with being far more interesting. I'd rather have Carmine take the lead role. Any of 'em will do. Some genuinely memorable set pieces and great implementation towards the cooperative aspect, it's one of the best ''buddy cop'' third person shooters to be found. 
 
Will I play through it again? - More than likely. If not to get the whole campaign under wraps this time through coop but also to try and control any increasing hype I admittedly have for Gears 3, Which I will totally get a GOLD subscription for alone. Plus Horde Mode still makes for some casual enjoyment with a fellow splitscreenin' chaparooney. 
 
Kane and Lynch: Dead Men for the ps3. 
 


 

 

 We did what now to that poor journalist???

 

 
  

Why it took so long? - lol...have you played K&L recently? 
 
Ok fine it's really not as bad as its reputation has broadcasted it to be. Least not for me, but besides it's underrated impressions it's still an unpolished and sloppy 3rd person shooter. The shooting itself is serviceable and satisfying on occasion, though sidearms are fuckin' useless in a game where everyone in the world can apparently feel no pain. Like Gears of War 2 aswell, even more so actually, this is one game that has to be played cooperatively. And again with conflicting schedules for me and my brother, since K&L doesn't even have online cooperative play available, it mostly left it unfinished awaiting the perfect combination of motivation and convenience to through it. Not to mention the game being pretty damn hard, too! 
 
What I thought - It's alright to be perfectly honest. A gritty and black coffee dark story with a pair of protagonists you don't usually expect to be pulling the strings of unless it's a Rockstar game. The shooting can take some getting used to but is good enough to get you through. It's more towards the sheer insane amount of enemies and how Godly their accuracy is to what brings forth the games frustrating difficulty. With your own squad mates AI not being nearly as effective, either, this explains a little of why playing with a friend is a must to simply complete this game let alone have fun while doing it. And yes, the game can actually be fun at times. Such as situations that has you running down crowded streets fighting cops at every turn all with an appropriately pulse pounding soundtrack. 
 
It's story is decent with great voice acting for where it counts, even if he script does make use of the F word far too loosely. We get it, you're hardcore badass criminals. Doesn't mean you need insert a ''fucking'' in every sentence. The graphics and animations are all really mucky though so as you may of guessed K&L is a hard game to recommend to most. 
 
Will I play through it again? - Maybe...but only the final chapter just to check out the multiple endings. And oh my christ do I not want to even mention how ridiculous it is if you decide to ''head to the village''. When I do, though, no doubt I'll be putting it on the easy difficulty complete with my tail tucked between my legs. 
 
Games I'll soon be adding to my Late Game Completathon: PS1 edition. 
 
  • Oddworld: Abes Odyssey
  • Vagrant Story
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The Late Game Completathon V1!

I'm not so much of a completionist, but I do tend to at least get the main focus of the game all under wraps. Be it the main storyline, that high score and ect. Some games though really tend to slip by my attention and stay stuck on THE ''to play'' shelf trapped in the past and becoming more and more invisible by the day. With such a gaming drought however, least for me, that called upon to finally bring forth those games...and complete these once forgotten stowaways! 
 
First I have: 
 
The Saboteur for the ps3.  
 

 Aye, chew you up I will!

 
Why it took so long? - I was nearing the end of The Saboteur once during the days of my phatty Mc butterpants 60GB ps3. Once that was replaced and I didn't archive my saved files that obviously left me with having to start from the veeeery beginning...which for some games is not so bad considering how enjoyable the ride can be anyway, but The Saboteur unfortunately isn't really one of those games. With the act of destroying Nazi installations and listening to Irish cliche' being the draw point, it's a pretty tough attempt to keep myself stuck in once I've basically saw all this already.  
But thankfully...I completed it. The main campaign anyway, to which I did also do my fare share of freeplay sabotage and reached alot of the Gold Perks aswell, along the way.
 
What I thought - The Saboteur is a really fun game...for its first playthrough. It has the potential to really standout with its combination of 1940s style, an Irish protagonist and an open world game but with stealth playing a key part within its world. The shooting's great, the drivings tolerable (least until you have to go through those free-play races to which the driving reveals itself to be terrible) but the stealth is absolute shite as the Irish charmer himself would put it. So undeveloped and pointless in some aspects, it's incredibly frustrating when missions do promote the use of stealth but fall short because of how clumsy the stealth mechanics are to begin with. 
The story is also really enjoyable and the main motivation as was to what kept me going. Sean's a raging stereotype but you can't get any better than an Irish stereotype. Plus he's a well voiced one with alot of character and hilarious lines. And much like Ryan states on his review, the ending mission for Saboteur really is a haunting experience I'd advise everyone make the push to get to if they are playing through The Saboteur or plan to. 
 
Will I play through it again? - Ar ya outa ya fkin moind mert? The gameplay got repetitive before I even reached its conclusion and I've just about blown up my last Nazi sniper tower for a long while. 
 
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 for the ps3.  
 

Hay if I can have natural purple hair, then I damn well should be able to fly too! Have you not been to Japan??

 
Why it took so long? - As anyone who's played the NG games might think it was down to difficulty, though anyone who has also played NGS2 could easily cross that excuse off. NGS2 having a strong departure from its initial blood boiling difficulty opted for a somewhat challenging setting but still accomplish-able by most players. NGS2 just couldn't keep me stuck in, however. The combats fast paced with plenty of combos, even if I relied on only a handful. Great assortment of weapons, responsive controls though it still would get a little repetitive. The environments that look like they're out of a ps2 game complete with non-interactive (minus the dreadful platforming abilities) and barely detailed areas to hack through didn't tempt me back, either. The story also is silly, but not on the DMC kind of silly, more just the nonsensical ''Wut??'' kind. There's plenty of melon boobs but other than that the cutscenes might aswell not exist. 
 
What I thought - Is nosa bad. I was kind of glad that it was over, though to be truthful. It drags on for maybe a couple of hours too much, and while there's some decent enemy variety the ending segments just give you uber powered versions of enemies you've already faced. And again, graphics are bleh and washed out, the environments are shoddy and the story is stupid. But gameplay wise it's a fine hack n slash game. I prefer my Dante to Ryu though ;P 
 
Will I play through it again? - Maybe...After some time. There is still plenty of weapons I barely even tried, let alone made use of. The unlockable costumes are neat too, and who knows...maybe I may try out the cooperative missions one day. 
 
Darksiders for the Xbox 360.  
 

 Seems Ganon can turn into just about anything these days! Noo wait a sec..

 
Why it took so long? - Have you seen the amount of collectibles it has?? I can only search the entire world once before I'll give myself a break. Plus...those...damn...portal pistol puzzles! Also I strangely started the game straight from its hardest difficulty, I think from an advisement off the GT review so there might be a segment I was stuck on just for a little. 
 
What I thought - It's fuckin' great! Despite starting off kind of shallow and button mashy, it then leads to you gaining a new ability per every dungeon and not to mention with a ton of combo abilities to purchase aswell. Colourful graphics, an entertaining storyline and then of course a horde, as large as the army of hell itself, of crap to hunt down and find made this game well worth the £10 I bought it for ;P. Will perch itself on my top 10 for 2010 list too more than likely and I'll storing a special selection of hype exclusively for its inevitable sequel aswell <3
 
Will I play through it again? - Since I started the game straight from its highest difficulty, it's very doubtful. Rather I'll just load up my 2nd save file right before the end and try and collect the few missing pieces. Shame there'll be no DLC =/ 
 
Games I'll soon be adding to my overdue completathon! 
 
  • Gears of War 2.
  • Kane and Lynch.
  • BioShock 2
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I HAVE ENTERED THE BLOGOSPHERE!

I practically never blog here, and well that also means I don't blog...period. Mostly with a strong ultra-combo of lazyness and difficulty to actually find something to blog about. 
 
But faaaaak it! I'll just reach into the inner emptiness of my brain and see what I can pull out. 
 
So first off there's the boner inducing priced games I've been purchasing lately. 
 

BONER INDUCING SALES!! 

 
They go from the likes of me getting the Alan Wake collectors Edition for £31, Darksiders for a sweet £10 aswell as another sweet deal with me ordering Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 for £15. I can't be bothered giving the equivalent of all that to dollars for our much larger US community, but safe to say that it would be still a BONER INDUCING cheap price. 
 Barry, WHERE'S BARRY!?!...Oh there he is.

 
So Alan Wake is probably the highlight of it all, even with me not having played MUA2 yet, I can just tell. Alan Wake is an fantastic game and one that truly surprised me with its quality and how effective it is at really sticking you to your pad. I completed it through 2 sittings purposely just so I don't get this game over with so soon. During my second sitting though, the gameplay did start to feel a little on the repetitive isle of things and I was really pushing myself to reach the end...to which didn't satisfy as much as I was hoping at that. An obvious ploy for the upcoming DLC packs, but still least its story was intriguing and deeply engaging to start off with. 
Having the collectors edition too that also snagged with Alan Wakes beasty soundtrack. To which actually only has around a 1/4 of the songs to be found in Alan Wake. The fact that War by Poets of the Fall was excluded really left me perplexed. That along with some small novel which I haven't read through yet but looks like a worth while lie in bed at night for, and some bonus discs to which I also..haven't checked out yet. 
 
In any case it looks to keep me busy for a while and despite me hardly even caring for Trophies let alone achievements I may still aim for the full gamerscore just as an excuse to get as much out of Alan as possible...(no homo) 
 
Darksiders on the other hand is more complex with how my enjoyment fairs. It's...fun and hurling cars at everything is really fun. I've opted to play through on the ''apocalyptic'' difficulty for some unexplainable reason though so I'm admittedly having a tough time getting through it. Overall it's pretty clunky I find and I reeeally wish the block and dash abilities weren't mapped to the same button >=/ 
 

Games Abyssfull is looking forward to!...BONER...

 
There's not really all that much I have on my radar come July. I'm least somewhat anticipating the next piece of DLC from the never ending story of Dragon Age: Origins, Leliana's Song.  Other than that there's little much. I tried the Crackdown 2 demo...it was alllriiiight I guess. Not something I'd be willing to pay full price for. Especially since Crackdown 2 only has to offer its single player since I'm still too cheap to go for GOLD on Live.  
 
  
  
 
I'm mostly just waiting on my preorders for Mafia 2, Fable 3 annnd Dead Rising 2 more than anything. Other than that I've got my cheaply priced classics to keep me very well occupied! 
 
And that's it really...whether I could be bothered to keep up some sort of routine blog is..unlikely. Maybe if some kind soul could create me a blog banner titled ''Impressions from the Abyss'' I'd least pile on some more consideration O=) 
 
Oh and yes this was totally for the quest. GYUCK GYUCK GYUCK!
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