Friday, August 31, 2012

Games Completed

I’ve previously stated I’m really bad about not finishing games, I tend to burn out fairly quickly. However this past Steam Sale I made a concerted effort to finish a few… and I did! Maybe even more than a few. Bear in mind when I say ‘finished’ I mean single player campaign is over with credits rolled, I generally have no interest in any MP as I suck.

Crysis, Crysis Warhead and Crysis 2
That’s right I finished all three. Crysis and Warhead are just about perfect and I highly recommend them to anyone with a passing interest in shooters. Crysis 2 is an odd beast. It’s obvious it was dumbed down a bit to work on consoles and doesn’t quite stack up to the original. However, mission structure aside, there were vast improvements to the nanosuit controls that make it hard to go back to Crysis. Let’s hope Crysis 3 keeps the control improvements with the original’s more open world. And doesn’t require a new video card.

Transformers: War for Cybertron
Was a fun game though I do think a few of the fights can be a bit cheap. I might suggest a run through on easy to prevent some aggravation and still get the story. Lots of shout outs to old school Transformers. I remember distinctly seeing one level where Warpath was a playable character and wondering if he shouted POW. Yes, damnit, he does!

Portal and Portal 2
I’ve had Portal forever but was stuck. Well I broke down, watched a youtube video and finished the game. And Portal 2. Now I get the potato jokes from last year. Yay!

Battlefield: Bad Company 2
This was actually of Origin, they had a 1 year anniversary free game and I picked this. Graphically looks great and I thought they did a great job with the squad dynamic, for the most part. The squad is useful without doing everything for you. There are a few points where you really get a sense of how squad tactics work when your buddies lay down covering fire and you move to flank.
There were two things I did not like though. One was weapon selection. The rifle you start out with is just about perfect and I rarely felt any reason to change to one of the other 20 I picked up. There was one level I thought might shake things up a bit. I was stripped of all weapons ‘cept a pistol with a single clip. Well, one dead enemy later and there was a friendly supply crate giving me full access to my entire arsenal.
Also, after being the freakin’ Predator in Crysis it was jarring being a regular ol’ human. A few bullet holes and they drop dead quite quickly. Often deaths felt cheap with seemingly random explosions and bad guys that seem to spawn from nowhere.

Well those are what I finished. I’ve been also playing Saints Row The Third. Game is an insane sandbox. I think I may have burnt out on doing random crap. Little of the story has actually been done.

I’m pondering what to do next. Assassin’s Creed, Dead Island, Dead Space maybe…

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Vita gets PSone Support

Sony FINALLY updated the Vita to support PSone classics. I swear if I’d realized support wasn’t out of the box I wouldn’t have traded in my PSP and games. Oh well, trade in paid for Lumines VITA and Sly Cooper HD.

Sony it seems can’t do anything good without screwing up part of it, so while we got PSone support, only 9 games are ‘officially’ supported with promises of regular updates. Seriously? Ah well, UNofficially it seems the vast majority work anyways. I’ve run Castlevania SoTN (still awesome) and Legend of Dragoon (never played it before, doesn’t appear to have aged well). Final Fantasy VII works as well, though I notice Sony was damn sure to make sure that was officially supported.

As far as how it actually works, looks great. Vita’s screen is gorgeous and the size is very nearly the PSone’s original resolution. What looks blown up and blurry on my 32” TV looks sharp and clear on the Vita. The missing buttons L2, R2, L3 and R3 are covered with the rear touch pad. Works fine. Curiously enough when a PSone game loads we get a PSP warning screen, looks like they’re emulating the PSP, not a PSone. Weird.

My only complaints are for the Vita itself; memory cards are to expensive and my thumbs have a tendency to rest on the speakers muffling sound.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Things That Piss Me Off

I hate it when a webpage is loading and I immediately see the link I want. A split second before I click it a goddamn toolbar loads shifting the page making me click the wrong link. Now I have to wait for the new page to load so I can back to the page I was just at and re-click the link I already clicked!

Pisses me off.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

End Credits

So, who actually watches these things anyway? Out of the 500 name sin that list we recognize what, 10? The director, composer, main cast, possibly a special effects person though since Stan Winston died…

So what’s it take to watch this stuff? Of course we always have to watch during Marvel movies to catch that end tease. Even Daredevil had one. Pixar plays bloopers that aren’t actually bloopers. Seriously that’s not actors flubbing a line, they animate screwups – and it’s awesome. Of course having a great score during the credit crawl helps a bunch instead of some generic instrumental.

Which brings me to the point of this post – I just watched the credits for War for Cybertron. Yes, that 2 year old game. I booted it back up because Fall of Cybertron marketing made me want to give it another spin. While fiddling with setting I accidently hit ‘Credits’, and then Soundwave started playing Stan Bush. Holy crap how did I miss this?

Got me thinking, what other credit sequences are noteworthy? The only other game that sprung to mind was Bayonetta (the pole dance starts at 3:35).

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Baby Got Back–Movie Edit

Mad props to the editor. I can’t imagine how long it took to find all the appropriate sound bytes.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Lord Stark and the Iron Throne


Buawhaha, I love this.

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I just realized…

The Olympics are always in an election year. For some reason this blows my mind.