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Archive for October, 2007

Cool Massive Attack Drake’s Fortune Trailer

Posted by deckard47 on October 31, 2007

So I still don’t know if this game will amount to anything good, but this latest Drake’s Fortune trailer has some awesome music in it. It is way to early to be awake and blogging, and yet…As always, thanks to Gametrailers.

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Shameless Self-Promotion, I Believe

Posted by deckard47 on October 30, 2007

I’m not going to beat about the bush on this one. If you enjoy my writing, and would like even more punishment, the newspaper I write for has a website which can be browsed. Look for my name on an article, in the Life and Style section, if you feel so inclined. I love myself, obviously.

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Mario Galaxy is Crazy

Posted by deckard47 on October 28, 2007

I know video posts are boring, but it’s Sunday and I have two midterms soon, so too much of the worky right now. Still, I came across this rather alarming video today. That is one of the scariest little creatures I have ever seen. I wish I could play this game.

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Jericho, Painkiller, UT3… So Much Gritty Futuristic Stuff!

Posted by deckard47 on October 26, 2007

Well, I just played through 3 demos, so I thought I’d let you in on what sucked and what didn’t.First off, Clive Barker’s Jericho, a supernatural super-horrific (supposedly) squad-based shooter. In the demo, you control three members of the squad, and through a ghostly gameplay mechanic, are allowed to jump between them on the fly. Your three characters are two Sexy Goth Girls, and one chunky heavy weapons guy. Isn’t original character design great? They are all horribly voiced, as is the narration. My favorite bit was about the Blood Scribe character: “she first learns of her powers as a blood scribe when she attended her local church.” Hey, thats how I learned about being a Blood Scribe!Anyway, the shooting mechanics are alright, each character has one to two weapons, and one to two supernatural powers. These can actually be pretty cool, with one of them including the ability to guide a bullet into three different enemies. So far it sounds silly, but it could be fun, right? No, actually, it isn’t. For starters, I am SO tired of Super Dark Bloody Medieval Magic Horror bad guys. Every enemy looks the same, and they all have Totally Evil stitches in their eyes or face or spleen. Plus, they rush at you extremely fast, and are hard to shoot. Luckily for you, your teammates couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn, let alone enemies who are literally in their faces.Finally, the scary factor is seriously lacking. F.E.A.R. did a better job at startling me, and Boshock did a better job at making me tense and genuinely scared. Isn’t Clive Barker supposed to be the master of horror?So, stupid enemies and companions, bad writing, plot and dialogue, tired and cliché art design… whats not to like?Next we have Painkiller Overdose, the newest in the Serious Sam/Doom knockoff series. These games succeed by throwing tons of guys in your face at one time, and having interesting environments and weapons, hopefully. Unfortunately, Painkiller fails on all of these levels. The graphics are dull, brown and uninventive (oooh, undead Civil war enemies!), and the levels are so drab and dull I couldn’t believe I was spending the time to play through them. The weapons are a mixed bag, with some being fun (I enjoyed the laser eye skull and the spinning knife), but you only find ammo for a few of them, so you’ll end up using the “Biogun” (a shotgun) and the “Bonegun” (also a shotgun, but with bones?).So, this is another dud, mixing terrible elements all across the board to craft an experience you’ll be trying to forget soon. Oh, and it wouldn’t let me take screenshots, so it annoys me a little extra bit in that way.Now, on to Unreal Tournament 3. I knew my computer wouldn’t run it well, but I spent so many hours playing UT2004 I practically owed it to myself to play this game. To be honest, the game hasn’t changed much. Some of the weapons do a few new things, some look different, but the real change is the graphics. Kinda sad huh?Really though, the graphics are incredible, screenshots don’t do them justice. True, the art direction has moved in a very “chunky gritty space guys fighting” direction (it looks like Gears of War, but with colored armor), but I still like the look overall. Gameplay-wise, what can I say, if you liked UT2004, you’ll love this. It’s fast-paced team-based shooter gameplay, with a very arcade/sports feel, including Deathmatch, Team DM, and CTF (and that is just in the demo). In the full version, there will be loads more. It’s fast and fun, and very solid feeling.So, I suppose you could get Jericho for cheap from Gametap , definitely skip Painkiller, but pick up UT3 when you can. If you can run it that is…

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Totally not game related: LOLcats Bible

Posted by deckard47 on October 25, 2007

Alright, all of you have to look at this, if only to think how this website would affect your Bible lit studies teacher. Essentially, it is the entire Bible translated into the hideous English of the LOLcats. My favorite term has to be the changing of “God” to “ceiling cat.”Also, check out this picture of ceiling cat.

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Soldier of Fortune Looks Childish, Has Dumb Advertising

Posted by deckard47 on October 24, 2007

Hey, remember Soldier of Fortune II? Yeah, I bought it because I could blow off a Russian terrorsit’s leg and watch him crawl around. I was young, and stupid, and not creeped out by the alarming pro-imperialist/gun activist/macho American mustache-guy overtones.This new game looks so much better than the old ones: set in a Vague Middle-Eastern place, a Vague Asian Jungle place, and a Vague African Village place (Yay!), full of creepy bald white guys killing lots of people who are less white. Plus, the Evil forces of darkness scream as you shoot off their left big toe or whatever. The icing on the cake is this trailer, which says something at the end that is kinda like “no girly men need apply.” I love gamers, and I love how stupid and racist they can be. Magnifique!Thanks to Kotaku and Gametrailers for links.

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NO!

Posted by deckard47 on October 24, 2007

So apparently that news post I put up has nothing to do with a new Psychonauts… There are no plans for a new Psychonauts. Crappy.

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Hype/Videos : Exploding Robot Wombat Team

Posted by deckard47 on October 24, 2007

If you don’t pay attention to the ludicrous music, the new Ratchet and Clank game actually looks really cool. Now I just need about 700 dollars to throw away on a game system. Blarg. This is what happens when I do thesis research, I start wandering the internet looking at random stuff, and then realize I have to go back and read boring letters about Forster, written by D. H. Lawrence. Aaaaargh!

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Hype: More Psychonauts!…. Maybe

Posted by deckard47 on October 23, 2007

Wow, check this out. Here is the page that Kotaku references. I hope this is true, I hope it so much. Although if it really is going to be a simple Wii port of Psychonauts, I don’t care, I can get the original for next to nothing on Steam. Obviously, we need a sequel.

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Impressions: TF 2 and Bad Engineers

Posted by deckard47 on October 22, 2007

Ok, this is a bit random, but it’s time for a TF2 rant:Why is it that on maps where offense is needed, people suck as engineers. I mean, I know that Well and Granary can be fast, assault based maps, but a sneakily placed turret or teleporter can turn the tide of battle in your favor. Two teleporters are easy to set up, and then your team has a fast way of getting to the front. They need this support!Why is it that I see engineers building turrets in the base on Granary, when their team is doing some heavy fighting for the middle checkpoint? Half of these people build a base turret, and then proceed to stay in the base, instead of going to fight! Yeah, that turret might be helpful, if we were losing, dumbass.If you are going suck, play a soldier or heavy, that way you can be sucky and cause some actual damage. Also, medics rule.

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Difficulty: Portal is so mean

Posted by deckard47 on October 22, 2007

I can’t beat those stupid time challenges in Portal. The second map insists I can beat it using just two portals. This is a lie. Oh, and if you have ever had to deal with the bowel movements of a cat, go check today’s Penny Arcade out. Finally, Remington Steele kicks a whole lot of ass, in case you were wondering.

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Hype/Videos: Betazoids in Mass Effect

Posted by deckard47 on October 18, 2007

Ok, I know this is the second video link post in a row, but if you wait untill just under 2 minutes into this video, you find out that Marina Sirtis, aka Deanna Troi, will be playing (and I swear this is true) “Matriarch Benezia.” I’m not good enough to make that up.I think that there must have been some planetary alighment for her to play a part in this game. Plus, she is so serious about that “Asari commando unit.” Really though, I love video games and all, and I would be an awful voice actor, but it must take some guts to speak those lines and still be able to look at your face in the mirror.Now we just need Jonathan Frakes as a sexy younger man who rocks an awesome beard and totally doesn’t have a big belly. Seriously, guys, he’s in shape. Also, note the presence of Lance “I am scary” Henrikson.

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Impressions/Hype/Videos: Back to "Work"

Posted by deckard47 on October 17, 2007

So, after that rather silly blogging yesterday, here we are with some very serious stuff… Video links!

First off, Unreal Tournament 3, which looks like it will play exactly the same as it did a few years ago. Which is alright, I loved that game, but seriously, when will I have a computer that can run this game?

Next, more awesome daring-do in Acre. I love all of the animations, but that combat looks kinda silly. Each guy takes his time, letting you duke it out with other guys? But, you look like a total badass, so maybe it will work out.

Finally, I wish I had a Wii, cause Mario Galaxy looks rocking. Too bad that kid playing looks like an idiot. Still, really cool.

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Random: Hugh Laurie IS Gordon Freeman

Posted by deckard47 on October 16, 2007

Also, I know that this is kind of ridiculous, and some of you might not get what is so awesome in this picture, but it amused me.

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Impressions: Episode 2 (of Half Life 2!) Awesome

Posted by deckard47 on October 16, 2007

I just finished Episode 2, and I have to say, that was one of the coolest final battles I have ever seen in a game, very epic. Also, the ending (ooooh, secret!) was great, Valve really beats everybody else when it comes to meaningful storytelling. Well, I guess it’s time to go fill out those achievements. How long till the next one?

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