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Game Reviews / GoldenEye 007 - Wii
« on: Monday, November 22, 2010, 21:06:22 PM »

First, I would like to start by comparing this game to the revolutionary original that was released for the Nintendo 64. Goldeneye Wii is in no way revolutionary, but what it is is a spectacular game that can stand on its own. This game is NOT a direct remake of the N64 version. I will not be comparing this game to the original all that often because the only thing they have in common is the storyline and guns. I would also like to address that they used Daniel Craig as Bond in this game and in my opinion, it is better that way. The voice acting is pretty good so far and it adds a lot to the game. Voice acting can make a game great if done well. Now with that out of the way, on to the review.

GoldenEye is a fast paced FPS game that puts you in the shoes of MI6 agent 007, better known as James Bond. You go through many missions that are well though out and very engaging. I have yet to play a boring mission. The campaign is about 11-12 hours long. There is some stealth elements to the game, but a lot of the time you may find it impossible to keep from having the alarm sounded on you. Objectives vary and each level feels new and completely different. The mechanics feel great. The guns feel like they have some kick to them and the overall shooting mechanics work very well. The controls are great. With a lot of customizations at your disposal it is easy to find the right control scheme for you. The main controls would be Wii + Nunchuck but the Classic controller as well as the gamecube controller is also supported. In my experience, the Wii + Nunchuck controls are the way to go.

The graphics are OK. that is the best I can describe it. They are definitely not the best the Wii has to offer, but they are also definitely not the Worst. The graphics do not hinder the game whatsoever and do not take away from the overall fun of the game. I would like to add that I find the grenade explosion animation to be awful, but it is not something you see a whole lot. The game has highs and lows graphically, like most games. Some areas look great while others look not so good. The most important thing though is that they in no way take away from the fun.

The sound effects are great. AK47s sound like AK47s. Helicopter have a realistic sound as well as the rest of the environments. The music is OK, but not anything special.

GoldenEye supports up to 4 players split screen and 8 players Online. Let's start with the local multi-player. You have a varied selection of guns and a nice number of characters to choose from. Unfortunately, the map selection isn't so large. You get about 5-6 maps to choose from that vary in size and complexity. It is fun to go against your friends but the lack of bots really drags the experience down. The online multi-player is fun. You can say it is some what call of duty like. You unlock guns and perks. (that's not what they are called, but they're the same thing) I guess you could say that the online is a feature stripped Call of Duty game in terms of structure. But the game feels much different while playing. The game is much more balanced than a CoD game. My major complaint with the online multi-player is the lack of voice chat. Call of Duty Black Ops came out exactly a week later and had voice chat support. I am left wondering why they decided to not use it in GoldenEye seeing as Activision published both games.

I would consider this a must have for any Wii owner. Controls work well, it has a fully loaded campaign and a decent multi-player. GoldenEye stacks up to Call of Duty Black Ops, and even beats it in a lot of areas. On top of all that, the game is simply fun. It is one of the best shooters available for the Wii and shouldn't be overlooked.



Feedback & Suggestions / shoutbox pop up
« on: Tuesday, November 09, 2010, 17:28:28 PM »
Whenever I click the space to type text, I get this. I can just x it out and everything is fine, but it is a bit annoying.

Games & Programming / StarCraft 2 Guest Pass
« on: Sunday, October 24, 2010, 14:17:25 PM »
My StarCraft 2 just arrived and I got a guest pass if anyone wants one. You get like 7 hours of game time. Just let me know if you want it and I'll PM you the code.

Game Reviews / Sins of a Solar Empire
« on: Tuesday, October 05, 2010, 22:14:37 PM »

Platform: PC
Developer: Ironclad
Publisher: Stardock Games
Game type: RTS

    I have recently been playing a lot of Sins of a Solar Empire. Sins of a Solar Empire is based around the player capturing planets and creating huge armies. First off, let me say the scale of the game is incredible. It is HUGE. The best thing about it is that with its enormous scale, it has more customizations than most RTS games. There are 3 factions to play as. The TEF, Advent, and Vasari. I am only familiar with TEF but each faction has a different look while keeping the game fairly even for the most part. Each factions has it's advantages and disadvantages. For example, the TEF has the least expensive ships and can gain the most powerful economy, but later in the game their military power is weak compared to the other two factions.   There are a ton of upgrades to purchase. Whether you want to upgrade a part of your civilian infrastructure or upgrade your military, there are tons of options for each. You can build ship factories and research labs in the gravity wells of your controlled planets. You need a certain number of research labs to gain access to certain technology. For example, you need three military labs to gain access to the Javelin LRM frigate. A planet can only support so many structures so it is important to expand your empire. you can upgrade your planet's civilian infrastructure, emergency shelters, and the number of building slots available. You also receive taxes from your controlled planets as well as from minerals you mine from asteroids. There are metal asteroids and crystal asteroids as well as credits, which serves as the main currency for the game. Certain buildings and ships cost certain credits and resources.

The Civilian Tech tree. Each tab has a tech tree like this.

    A very important aspect to this game is the ability to build ships and get into battles with opposing armies. You have a frigate factory, where all of your regular ships will be built. There are a wide variety of ships to make ranging from scout frigates to carrier cruisers. Then there are capital ships, which are more heavily armored and have all types of support options. You will notice their very large size. There are different types of capital ships that do different things. You can have carrier capital ships that are primarily used for support or capital ships that are heavily armed for direct combat. Each capital ship has certain abilities that you can get with points the ship receives from being in battle. You really want a diverse army to be able to take down an opponent. Among the three factions, each faction has a different names as well as model for each ship.

A Large scenario map.

    The game does have some sort of a story but it is told through a series of singleplayer scenarios that I never really tried out. The game does have multiplayer but average games take a LONG time so it is not the best thing to play multiplayer unless you have a large amount of time to commit to a game. I mainly just play single player skirmished. You can have up to 10 players in a game and can make teams to face off against each other. However, the alliance system is very flawed. When you create teams you start friendly with your teammate and hostile against the enemies. Players in the game will give you missions to do to gain respect from them, but if you do not do them, you lose respect. Each missions has a time limit and this is a problem because sometimes they give you impossible missions. I one had my ally give me a mission to destroy 10 civilian structures within the first five minutes of the game, which is an impossible task in the 20 "game" minutes it gives you. I ended up losing too much respect and he turned hostile against me.  You can lock the teams when you play, which gets rid of the need for missions but completely kills the diplomatic part of the game. It especially sucks with the new Diplomacy expansion pack which focuses around peace and the inclusion of a diplomatic victory, you must have the teams unlocked. You still get the impossible missions and it is very annoying. That is really my only big complaint about the game.

large battle I ended up losing.

    It is really difficult to explain everything about this game because there is just so much in it. It is an RTS that is not only focused on war, although that is a major part of the game. It has very deep tech trees on top of upgradeable units and planets. I have played the hell out of this game and it has yet to get boring or repetitive. It is one of those games where you says "let me just do this and I'll quit," but you never want to.

A very large fleet.

Graphics 9/10
Sound 9/10
Gameplay 9/10
Controls 9/10

TOTAL- 9/10

I really recommend people try this game, there is a free demo that gives you a fairly large amount of playing time.

Media & Art / Charles Woodson
« on: Saturday, September 25, 2010, 23:19:41 PM »

Took me about 30 minutes to an hour to draw.

Game Reviews / Super Mario Galaxy 2
« on: Friday, September 24, 2010, 19:49:48 PM »

WARNING- I will be comparing this game to Super Mario 64, if you haven't played Super Mario 64 I suggest you get off this site and go buy it.

Who am I kidding? It is the same as every other Mario game. Princess gets kidnapped and you have to go through Galaxies to rescue her.

Same good old 3d platforming gameplay we saw in in the 3D Mario games since Super Mario 64. In some levels, it makes you play 2d, as in Super Mario Bros style gameplay. It usually only lasts part of a level though, never the whole thing. Here is the frustrating part, anyone remember how in Super Mario 64 you traveled through the castle to get to certain worlds? It has been like that in every 3D Mario game, until now. They have replaced the system with a very linear "select level" style system, probably in an attempt to make the game more user friendly. Also, remember how in Super Mario 64 you got to go to big areas where there were a lot of stars? Not any more. Now you go to a ton of small galaxies that have only 1-3 stars. The worst part is, they have made the game frustratingly linear. In the previous games, they would tell you the objective and you would have to go through a big level and find out what to do. So far in Super Mario Galaxy 2, I have yet to have to "search" for anything. Most of the stuff is just handed to you and you are shown where to go most of the time. The game is also VERY easy at this point, the same problem I have With Super Mario Galaxy 1. I remember having quite a bit of trouble on Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine. It seem they have made the Wii Mario games too easy.

We have our standard Mario characters, gommbas, koopas, mario, luigi, toads, dry bones, bullet bill, thwomp, bowser, peach, and a lot of others I cannot remember as of now.

They are some of the best the Wii can offer. Smooth edges, colorful levels, excellent scenery. Truly a beautiful game. Super Mario Galaxy 2 sports the same great quality of music you come to expect in every 3D Mario game.

Despite the game being some what linear, there are a ton of stars to get (120 I believe). Playing through this game again would be just as fun as the first time through.

Graphics- 10
Sound- 9
Gameplay- 7
Replayability- 8
Overall- 8.5

The Lounge / Ahmadinejad
« on: Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 17:22:26 PM »
Is this guy completely fucking retarded or what? For those of you who do not know he is the president of Iran. He constantly goes on rants that make no sense and go against logic. I don't know if even he believe half the shit that comes out of his mouth. this is a good example.

He has made hundreds of speeches like this, most of which Western diplomats walked out on. Anyone who keeps up with current event know that this guys is often in the headlines saying something ridiculous like the U.S. should fear Iran and that everyone in Israel should be wiped off the map, ect. Anyone else agree with me?

The Lounge / Detroit
« on: Sunday, September 12, 2010, 02:13:28 AM »
Detroit, Michigan

As most of you know, I live about 30 minutes from Detroit. Downtown Detroit is beautiful. There is no trash, nice fountains, and nice people. you can walk around the city and always find great places to go. Downtown Detroit is very nice, but unfortunately that is where nice ends in Detroit.
If you dropped someone off in downtown Detroit who has never been there, they wouldn't know how bad it gets after downtown.

Downtown Detroit

As most of you know, and commonly joke about, Detroit is mostly a big shit hole. But if you have never seen it in person, you don't know how bad it really is. I had to drive through northeast Detroit on my way to Gross Point and it is a very sad sight, even from the highway. It completely ruined my day. I would love to go and take pictures myself, but the only concern I have is the obvious security issue. Unless I have a gun, I'm not walking around Detroit's east side. So I settled for some pictures from google.

It is quite sad seeing all of the abandoned buildings and factories that at one point, looked fine and had a ton of workers in them.

A lot of the areas in Detroit look like they would belong in Pripyat.

My grandpa grew up in Detroit and he always talks about how nice it used to be. It is just sad to think about how far the city fell and how bad it actually is now. Just seeing the buildings is enough for you to feel uncomfortable. I don't know why I posted this, I just felt like I should.

Games & Programming / Crysis Screens
« on: Thursday, September 02, 2010, 20:22:58 PM »
I felt the urge to replay through Crysis for some reason, so I downloaded a few mods and decided to post my results here.

Let me remind you that this is only on high. I am underwhelmed by the results, although I love the new lighting they added in. It makes Crysis' lighting on par with STALKER Call of Pripyat's. Funny thing is that the game suggests very high as optimal settings but I can't play that with a decent framerate.  :-\

Hardware/Software / AMD ditching the "ATI" brand
« on: Monday, August 30, 2010, 17:14:41 PM »
It seems that AMD is getting rid of its ATI brand in favor of a more central naming system. Future graphics card products will be under the name AMD Radeon and AMD FirePro. Not a big change, but it is bound to create some confusion. I say it is about time, carrying two names seems useless.

Games & Programming / Pokemon Water Blue
« on: Sunday, August 29, 2010, 02:13:18 AM »

Hack of : Pokemon Fire Red
Created by: AJ and Alex
Storyline: 10 years after red's famous journey, a new star from Pallet town emerges. Embark on an epic journey in Kanto and venture to mysterious islands.
Things added: We are editing the cities as well as the routes. Adding in new stuff like weather, trainers, and pokemon to get.
In-Game Screenshots

Editor Screenshots

Programs Used:
Advance Map - Map Editor
YAPE - Pokemon Editor
XSE - Scripting

This is still a work in progress and all of the screenshots you are seeing is from a very early version of the game. There is still a ton of work to do.

Games & Programming / KiLLaMaN's PC games
« on: Friday, August 06, 2010, 22:55:53 PM »
These are the PC games I have gathers over the years. After realizing all of the money I wasted, I managed to snap a picture of them.

Digital Downloads
Battlefield Bad Company 2
Sins of a Solar Empire
Pro Evolution Soccer 2010
Need For Speed Most Wanted
Diablo 2

I prefer to buy hard copies of my games. I downloaded those games because they were either on sale or I got them for free.

Games & Programming / X-Fire sold.
« on: Monday, August 02, 2010, 21:32:02 PM »
Viacom has sold X-fire. While there is no official press release or information as to who has bought it at this time, an ex x-fire team member has said that Titan Gaming has bought X-fire. Remember, the buyer is unofficial, but X-fire was definitely sold.

Games & Programming / Battlefield 3 goes Multiplatform
« on: Friday, July 30, 2010, 20:33:20 PM »
Remember when DICE promised that they were working on BF3 and that it will "blow us away"? Apparently they meant console owners. The limited edition of Medal of Honor is coming with a Battlefield 3 beta key, for PC, 360, and PS3. Well, looks like consoles got the best of DICE. I guess we won't see a true sequel to Battlefield 2.  :'(


Not that anyone really cared that it was illegal, I'm just pointing out that these are now legal.

You can crack your PC games, but there is a catch.

Video games accessible on personal computers and protected by technological protection measures that control access to lawfully obtained works, when circumvention is accomplished solely for the purpose of good faith testing for, investigating, or correcting security flaws or vulnerabilities, if:
(i) The information derived from the security testing is used primarily to promote the security of the owner or operator of a computer, computer system, or computer network; and
(ii) The information derived from the security testing is used or maintained in a manner that does not facilitate copyright infringement or a violation of applicable law.

Who the hell cracks a game they own for security reasons? It is either to play without a disc or to make it to where you don't always have to be online to play. I feel they did not go far enough with this ruling because the DRM that some companies like EA, and worst of all, Ubisoft put in their games should be illegal.

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