Its shameful, but I enjoy it

August 5, 2008

Total Drama Island.  All the jokes and the plotline have been culurally irrelevent for about five years now, yet I still enjoy the show and it entertains me.  The jokes are stupid, the plot is lame, yet the show manages to entertain me.  Darn Canadians.


The X-Files: I want to Believe

August 4, 2008

So I went and saw this movie the other day.  I have to say, I like it.  I can’t call it the greatist movie of the year, but it was still good.  And for what the other sites have been saying, that it didn’t feel like an episode of “The X Files,” I disagree.  Its no secret that this film isnt about alein abductions and cults, but it still has that classic X Files episode feel.  And thats what the film is.  A long episode.  The fact that the movie deals with “closer to home” issues, doesnt mean it doesnt feel like the out-there comspiricy is gone.  The tracest of “true” paranomal also are present, this also keeps the feel of the film at an apopreate level.  I din’t want to give to mch away, so I wont, I’m just gunna say that if your a fan of the X Files, this is definatly a good move to see, and even if you are not, the only thing you miss out on are some of the “fan service” jokes.  Its still accesable given that all the characters are re-introduced and they don’t play off the main plot line that the saries carried.  All in all, ee this film.


Conflict: Denied Ops Review

February 9, 2008

I’ll just use the transcript for my review that I sent into The Tactical Gaming Podcast

Conflict: Denied Ops is a First person shooter developed by Pivotal Games and Published by Edios Interactive.  Its set to be released on the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.  The Game is rated “M.”  If you’ve played any of the four previous games in the conflict series, you will notice an immediate difference, namely the drop from four player co-op, down to two players.   While this makes it simpler for the person playing by themselves, it makes for a much less dynamic multi-player experience.  Now it’s less bothersome to work together, making it a much easier game.  And that isn’t necessarily a good thing.  The game, as far as the demo is concerned is that a dictator is opposed to the U.S. Troops occupying Venezuela and threatens to nuke his own people to rid them of the U.S. forces.  But first he sizes control of a petrol plant, where you and your partner have to get to . But to get there you must make your way through a monastery, steal some information, and then blow something up.  And that’s the demo mission.  And that mission is very linear.  You really only have one door to go in, and you follow hallways and make this big “u” shape to get to the end.

Graphically, the game is up to par, but its not all that good looking.  Also, some of the effects it uses get annoying.  Like when weapons are being switched or reloaded, everything that’s more than a foot away from the player become blurry and out of focus, but when the action is complete, everything instantaneously snaps back in focus.  There are also a few clipping and shadow issues that pop up, but those exist in most any game.

The controls on the other hand, feel very clunky.   In order to use cover you stand by the object and you can lean left and right with the d-pad or you can look over the object by pressing up on the d-pad.  If you press down, you stop, stand up, and take about a second to flip you night vision on or off, and that can lead to a very undesirable circumstance.  The bob in the camera is slightly annoying and the guns just plain don’t feel right.  The two that you get to use in the mission.

They call this game a tactical shooter, but as far as I can tell, for them it just means they hide the health bar.  The previous installments in the series were much more tactical and required more co-operation to be successful.

The game also has adversarial matches, but the demo won’t let you try.

I would have to say this game is worth a rent.  If you’re a fan of the conflict series (like I was somewhat) you’ll probably be disappointed.  The game is set to be shipped February 12th.


Condemned: Criminal Origins

January 28, 2008

I know its old, it was a 360 launch title, but I just got the demo.  Its prettty sweet.  Intense as crap.  I suppose its definitely worth a rent, or if you can find it for 10 bucks at wal-mart or somewhere, worth it.  Intense, dark, creepy, jump out at you.  It also feels arecade-ish (thanks alot sega) but you will get over it.  Good graphics, and alot of fun.


Turning Point: Fall of Liberty

January 25, 2008

So, this game demo also recently appeared on the XBLA. It’s… very reminiscent of the Medal of Honor series.  In both game play style and graphic style.  And if TP:FOL was going for a realistic feel, they failed miserably.  the controls work for what they are trying to do, but not much more.  Very much run and gun style FPS.  And unless they pull out the stops, and make multiplayer truly awesome, its probably not worth it.


Devil May Cry 4

January 25, 2008

So the Devil May Cry 4 demo was released yesterday on the XBLA, so I though it needed a download. So I figure, might as well let you know what I think. (For those of you who care.) So, here we go.

DMC4 is very Capcom. It has the feel of many other Capcom games, and by that I mean it feels like something that should be in an arcade. The game is quite easy, as it looked in the preview. I will admit that I died once, but that was from some move that could take away 3/4 of your health. But if I was to make a comparison, I would say its like Ninja Gaiden. With guns. That you can actually beat.

Personally, I’m not going to buy it, but I’ll defiantly rent or borrow it.