Friday, February 26, 2010

Dante's Inferno, PVZ

Dante's Inferno (360) (30 min)

I rented this yesterday and got to play a little bit of the game and so far it is God of War on the 360. Reviews say that the game does get repetitive later but so did
God of War to some degree. Part of the story is shown in a comic book drawn form that I like. They do go for shock value though which could get old later but for now it's a good beat'm up until GOW 3.

Plants Vs. Zombies (Iphone)

I wish this version had all of the mini-games of the PC counterpart because the game plays perfectly on the Iphone. The touch control are perfect and I haven't had any instances of misplacing my plants. The sound effects are one of the best parts of the game and they are all there in your hand. So if you have an Iphone then pick this up.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Silent Hill

Silent Hill (Wii)

I through playing. I was already frustrated with the recent puzzles and the last chase sequence I was in where I died 4 times because my actions didn't register with the controller were enough to push me over the edge and yell, That's It, I Quit!!!

RE5, Silent Hill, Steam Beta

RE5 (360) (4hr)

Steven and I started playing last night, it's the 4th time for me and it's still enjoyable. We are playing on Normal and it seems too easy, we have died only a couple of times and the bosses have been easy to take down. I hope to get some more achievements but those medallions are really hard to find so unless I get a faq I won't get any more costumes.

Silent Hill (Wii) (45 min)

Been playing this during lunch and about half way through the game. I've ran into some challenging(frustrating) puzzles you really need to use the environment to solve them but a couple of them I was thinking how was I ever going to solve this without a faq. I've had some problems with my Wiimote, when you get a phone call the sound comes from the Wiimote speaker and at first the sound was really cracking and I thought it was just the game but when I replayed the message it was clear so something is interfering with it but they aren't that critical to the game.

Steam Beta

They are introducing a new layout for Steam and so far I like it. You can add categories to games then filter on them that makes searching for your games easier. They also keep track of the last time you played and the overall time you've played a game. I had trouble with the store page till I made a change to the IE options and turned off the automatically detect settings.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Heavy Rain, Borderlands

Heavy Rain (PS3) (2hr)

I played the demo over the weekend and from that was excited to play the real game. There are a lot of quick time events but they are well integrated into the story and make for some exciting gameplay. I tried not to read much about the game to avoid spoilers but I knew from Indigo Prophecy the game should be good as that game had some neat ideas as well.

I almost don't want to play the game as it does mess with your emotions. At one point in the game my character was arguing with his son about TV and I accidentally hit the wrong button and turned the TV off instead of changing the channel. They had an arguement and the kid got mad and ran off and when I went to console him he said that he hated me. I almost went back to replay that scene but in this game you should live with your choices and mistakes that you have to in life. In a lot of the situations you know that it could end badly so you do feel pressure in making your choices and it gives you many choices so their isn't a correct one.

You play 4 different characters which play differently. I really like the FBI agent you play as he has some virtual reality glasses he uses for finding clues, taking notes. and researching cases. They do some neat things with those that makes you want one of them now.

I am enjoying my time and don't want to play it all at once. It's around 10 hours so hopefully I'll have it beat within a week but will probably replay again since there are some choices I'd already like to see how they change the game.

Borderlands (360) (2hr)

I downloaded the new DLC and tried it with my 2nd play thru option which my character is lvl 43 and the enemies were 50 and above and all weapons required lvl 48 so I will need to lvl upto 50 before starting that so I should have that by this weekend. I did get to see the new cars and one new enemy. The graphics looked a bit sharper to me maybe because the download was 1.6G. It supposed to be a huge DLC and it looks that way.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Since I got my new PC I've been playing quite a few PC games to test out my rig and it is quite a bit better than my old one so I am able to play Crisis at 1900x1080 with almost all options maxed out. The machine runs really quiet and having the audio go through the HDMI makes it easy to connect to my Projector and TV along with the wireless built in I'm happy with my purchase.

I took a hard drive out of my old PC to put in the new one and when I tried my old PC of course it wouldn't boot so I spent an hour trying to find out why. The MB had something go wrong about 2 months ago as 3 of my USB ports went out so the problem with booting was I could only boot from the 3rd Sata port, it would recognize the HD in any port but only allow booting form the 3rd one so by luck I found that.

I also bought a 23" Samsung LED monitor XL2370 because I wasn't happy with my old 27" Viewsonic. Recently Nvidia and ATI changed their drivers to act differently with monitors connected through HDMI that when you set the max resolution you would have overscan and the text would be blurry. You could make some resolution change to get it to fit but was still left with blurry text. I was able to change the NVIDIA drivers to get it to work with my VS but I didn't want to keep doing that and they might fix that loophole later. I did have the same problem with my new monitor but it has a setting that allows you to choose PC/TV on the HDMI port that fixes the issue.

I really like the Samsung monitor, it has an LED screen so it has some really nice black levels and the whites really stand out. It has a 2ms response time so no lag that I could see. I did go down in size but the better picture and colors make up for that plus I can hook my PC upto my other TV's. They have MagicTune software that allows you to calibrate your screen from the PC instead of messing with the controls which is nice but for some reason it doesn't work with my ATI video card.
The monitor is the thinnest I've seen and only weighs about 8 pounds, it has a nice look to it as well with touch screen controls.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Silent Hill, Crackdown, Heavy Rain Demo

Silent Hill (Wii) (1.5 hr)

Curious story, no combat, and an intense flashlight adventure game. Does that sound appealing, would you buy that if it had this on the box? If you wouldn't then you need to turn around and go back and give the game a try. The game is supposed to see how you play and adjust accordingly. You start out trying to find your missing daughter after a car wreck and the story jumps from there to you being in a psychiatrist office answering questions. You keep going back and forth so your not sure when each event is taking place. This does add a layer of intrigue and so far the office visits have been unique and the questions and actions you perform make you wonder how the answers effect the story.

The gameplay is broken up into two parts adventure mode where you look for clues and the running part where enemies are coming after you and you must run for your life while throwing enemies who get to close off of you. The action is intense as the levels are setup so that you can backtrack and get lost and they give you a good feeling of being helplessly chased. This game should be played in the dark and has given me some pretty good scares.

Crackdown (360) (2hr)

I finally beat all the bosses but still have room to upgrade my character but I probably won't. I really enjoyed the game and can't wait for the second one which should have 4 player co-op.

Heavy Rain Demo (Ps3) (30min)

I have this game pre-ordered and glad I did after playing the demo. There are some neat control ideas which work well and even though you are just reacting the fight scene was well done and intense. The story seem very mature and it is a detective game so I should like that. I should have the game tomorrow.

Dragon Age Origins is $40 this week or $30 if you are a game club member and use your coupon.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Crackdown, MW2

Crackdown (360) (2hr)

I thought I had most of the game beat but I keep finding bosses so I'll keep playing. This game is just a lot of fun it does get frustrating at times but just having super hero abilities with guns create a fun atmosphere.

MW2 (360) (4hr)

More and more of an enjoyable time sink. They fixed the exploits so it is back to playing. The hardcore modes are the way to go as they are not too fast with people moving slowly which really adds to the experience.

Heavy Rain is out next week.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Darksiders, Shiren

Darksiders (360) (2hr)

About 8 hours in or about half way through and still enjoying the game. I have a
better feel for the combat in the game and am able to take out enemies much easier.
There have been some nice puzzles and I am still waiting for the portal gun to see how that device works out.


I've been playing this game late at night before bed to calm down and I almost fall asleep playing it. I started around 11:00 and by 11:30 I was barely able to keep my eyes open and so I went to bed the earliest I have been in about 3 months.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Stalker Call of Pripriat, Bioshock 2

Stalker (PC) (1hr)

This is the 3rd Stalker game and I buy them even though I don't play much of them and not sure why. It is a mix of an RPG/FPS that can be difficult which is why I think I only play a little bit of these games. I am on the normal level now and probably need to goto the easiest level but even that isn't that easy. The graphics are nice and it has a good setting in the Chernobyl wasteland which does feel like a lonely place.

Bioshock 2 (360) (2hr)

I am facing a tough decision, I am playing the game on the hardest level and not using the vita chambers which bring you back to life if you die so that I can get more of the achievements but not sure that I am having fun. I don't want to use the vita chambers because the enemies you face keep the damage you've dealt so you can die and keep wearing them down which takes some of the anxious moments out of the game. Since I am not using them I have to remember to save and if I die it takes me to the title screen instead of instantly reloading from my last save which I don't understand as it's punishing me for playing this way. As far as the difficulty I haven't died too much so not sure what decreasing that will do. I just need to try.

Monday, February 15, 2010


Shiren (Wii) (1hr)

I've played Shiren on the DS and it finally came out on the Wii this week and they made some improvements that help with the difficulty level. The graphics are okay but they could have done a lot more but I guess they are not sure how popular the game will be so that's okay for now. As a rouge like game it is one of the best with some neat ideas and a pretty funny story.

New PC

I bought a new PC this weekend, a Dell SW 8001. I thought about buying a really high end gaming system but just didn't feel like messing with dual video cards so I went with the Dell and it's a good cheap gaming PC. It has an I7 860 2.8, ATI 5750 GC, 8G ram, 1TB HD, and it's wireless. I priced out upgrading my current PC and it was about the same price and I am tired of putting PC's together, it's easy but just getting to be a pain.

I am able to play both Crysis games at 1900X1200 with High settings something my other PC couldn't do due to my AMD X2 processor. I can still upgrade the dell later if I want so I am happy with the purchase.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Upcoming Releases

2/16 Aliens Vs Predator
2/23 Heavy Rain
3/2 APB, Bad Company 2
3/9 FF13, Resonance of Fate, Yakuza 3
3/16 God of War 3, Dragon Age Expansion
3/23 Just Cause 2, Red Steel 2

Bioshock 2, Modern Warfare 2

Bioshock 2 (360) (2hr)

I liked the first Bioshock and have the same feelings for the second one. I still get the since of awe as I look at the new places of Rapture. The architecture and atmosphere is a welcome change to all the other areas that I have been playing FPS in.

I didn't think the mulitplayer would be very good but I was wrong as I played around 6 matches and had a great time. There are some new game variants that I liked and all of them fit into the world and didn't seem too tacked on. You do level up like in COD2 and have different loadouts so hopefully there will be people playing for awhile.

COD 2(360) (6 1/2 Days)
I played for a total of 6 1/2 days on this game which is incredible. WE've been playing hardcore HQ and I really like that game mode but once again there is a glitch where you can get infinite care packages that ruin the game so until a patch comes out no more.

George and I did play a lot of Spec Ops and that is just awesome. The missions you go on are varied and since we are playing on Veteran they are insane. On so many levels we would get to the end and die about 10 feet from the extraction point so it can be frustrating but very fulfilling.

Friday, February 5, 2010

MW 2

Been back to play some MW 2 recently and have been doing the Spec-op mode with George and we've had a good time trying to get all of the stars for all the missions. You have to play on Veteran and we've had a time on some missions, one in particular, we tried about 25 times and on two of those times got to the very end only to be gunned down. That mode has some neat ideas for levels that hopefully we'll see more of in DLC.

I think all of the playing of ME2 burned me out a little that was a lot of gaming for me in a week's time span.

I watched the first of the two part Lost premier and it pulled me in again, there are so many questions that is raises that I want to know the answer too. It is a well written show that has some great characters.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Mass Effect 2

Wow didn't realize how long ago I had posted. It could be the fact that I've been playing Mass Effect 2 for around 40 hours in a week. This is the first lengthy game that I've finished within a week, I've done a couple of 10-12 hour games but with ME 2 it was a different experience.

I really enjoyed the first Mass Effect even though it had some technical problems. I bought it again for the PC but never really played that version so my memory of the first game was really lacking. The game does a decent job of reminding you of your decisions of the first game but I wish they told more of the backstory because just basic facts about my decisions are that just facts so I was still a little confused.

They really worked on the 3rd person shooting and it shows it is fluid and really makes for an action packed game. They kind of left off the RPG aspects though. There really isn't an inventory system you have to manage there are a couple of choices but no stats for guns so no comparing stats to pick the "best" gun.

The game is gorgeous with the film filter on you feel like you are watching a great movie. The explosions sound and look great with some explosions that shook my walls and the floor beneath me.

If you have a 360 then you need to pick this game up as it's one of the best games that I played. There are a few things I disliked but the overall game was enjoyable and I am already starting a second run through.