Wednesday, March 28, 2012

My Best Battlefield 3 Match Ever!

Here's the Battle Report:
battlelog.battlefield.com/bf3/battlereport/show/38422755/2/185265493/
(If you can't go into the Battlelog, check the picture above)

My friend SamLikeCrazy23 and me went into a helicopter multiple times (he was flying, I was the gunner) and basically raped the entire enemy team. Weird enough, our team got stuck on the last MCOM. When we had 2 tickets left, Sam jumped out of the helicopter and planted it, while I covered it after jumping out too. This was by far my favorite match of all time. I just wish I had recorded it. Words just can't describe how awesome it was.
If you play Battlefield 3, what was your favorite match ever?

Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Future (Nostalgia Sunday)

No, this is not a Nostalgia Sunday about a game called "The Future". Right now, I'm running out of ideas for games I played back in the day and would fit in this segment. There are still a few left, I could do in the next weeks.
Also, I finally got an internship in a company, where I will also start an apprenticeship in a few months. It will get tough to write these blogposts, but I'll try my best. Maybe I'll reduce the amount and post a Nostalgia Sunday every two weeks. I don't know, how it will work out. Time will tell and I'll keep you informed.
What I'm certain about though, is that I'll post more gameplay videos. The recording setup looks good and I play more games recently (that's definatly cool). So look forward to that.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Battlefield 3 Gameplay - Me Testing a New Recording Setup

Here are two rounds of Battlefield 3 Conquest on Operation M├ętro and Grand Bazaar. I was trying a new setup and I think it worked out pretty well. I think I didn't play that bad either. Enjoy!
I'll try to do more gameplay videos or something like that in the future. Depends on how much I record and how much I play.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Prometheus - The New Movie by Ridley Scott (Trailer)

I can't say I've been this excited for a movie in the last few years. The trailer looks awesome and seems like a worthy sequel to the "Alien" movies. Ridley Scott still seems to be able to make huge movies, with a compelling story. But, before I get to excited here, watch the trailer for yourself. I'll definatly watch it in the cinema when it comes out in Germany. It will release in the USA on the 8th June.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Nostalgia Sunday: EyeToy: Play

EyeToy: Play
I thought this was so revolutionary back in the day. Well, it kinda was. The whole camera thing and without a controller was new and innovative. Alone this game was not so much fun though. Playing with friends and fooling around made it awesome. But I guess playing with friends is always more fun.

The Story:
Pictures of EyeToy: Play are hard to find, so take this Asian screaming as excuse.
You're looking for a story in this game? Ha! There is none! Only the one, you make up for yourself.

The Game:
The game had 13 mini-games to choose from, including "Plate Spinner" pictured above and "Kung Foo" pictured in "The Story". All these games were different from each other and concentrated either on your reaction or your speed. The camera made the controller useless. Everything was controlled by yourself. Apart from the mini-games, there were also a simple video recorder, or a "picture distorter", which was no real game, but more like a test for the game mechanics. It would spawn balloons for example, which reacted to your movements. This was basically all of the game, but it was fun. Atleast for a few months and ofcourse with friends.

Prequels and Sequels:
EyeToy: Play was pretty successful, so why not cash in on the whole thing and make several sequels, which all featured new games, but were practically the same. No, not really. EyeToy: Play 2 improved on the first game and the third did on the second in small parts. I only had the first one, so I can't talk about the others. It's easy to see, that Microsoft wanted to do something like EyeToy themselves, which resulted in the Kinect. The Kinect though is way more advanced, since it can detect the room in 3D, while the EyeToy only did it in 2D. I don't even have a Kinect, so I can't talk about it much either. I'm such a competent blogger.

PS2 is gone. There's no way to emulate this. I think I don't even want to. The game looks pretty boring to todays standards.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Movies I Just Watched: The Green Mile

The Story In One Sentence (from IMDb):
The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.

My Opinion:
It's a shame I didn't watch this movie earlier, but I just didn't find the time, or it wasn't on tv. While it sometimes can be disturbing, depending what kind of person you are, most of the time, you are feeling with the characters. You can tell, why they do, what they do. The whole movie is suspenseful, even though it's over three hours long. You'll never feel bored.

Would I Recommend It?
Yes. It's a wonderful movie, told well, with great images. It's definatly worth a dvd buy, or watch it atleast, when it's on tv. It's worth it.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

14.000 Mass Effect Fans Want an Altered Ending to ME3...Really?

Are people really this stupid now? Here are two links to the twitter and facebook pages:
https://twitter.com/#!/RetakeME3
https://www.facebook.com/DemandABetterEndingToMassEffect3

So you bought this game and didn't like it, or specifically the ending. Alright, that's your opinion. Others propably enjoyed it. But now you want Bioware to create a different ending just for you, so you are satisfied? Come on!

I hate how people nowadays always create a petition for everything, just because they don't like something. The ending of the game might suck, but it's not your personal right, to basically get a refund for the game. Sometimes you just have to accept it.

Note: I never played a Mass Effect game in my life.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Nostalgia Sunday: XIII

XIII
This was a great game for me back in the day. The comic look was cool and multiplayer was really fun, even if only two people were playing. The story was interesting and compelling. I would have finished the game, wouldn't it have been for a part in the game, where I had to hide and always got spotted, making me hate this game. Weird.

The Story:
You, XIII, wake up on a beach, with no memory of anything. While trying to recover, people arrive with a helicopter and guns, trying to kill you. The only thing to do, is to defend yourself and find out, what has happened, that erased your memory. If I told you more, it would destroy the meaning of finding out, what XIII forgot. The story is good and is adapted from the comic book series with the same name "XIII". The game though only consists of the first 15 issues of the comic book.

The Game:
The picture above already shows the comic book look, or so called cel-shading. When something explodes, or someone is walking towards you, the sounds will be visualised, just like in comic books, with a "BLAM" or "KABOOM". Other than that, it is a normal first person shooter. What most other games might not have, is the type of armor you can wear, being a helmet and a vest, which can be picked up from dead enemies, or other places. The levels vary all from the other, while XIII tries to find out, what has happened to him. Apart from the singleplayer, there is also the multiplayer, giving you the traditional game modes like Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch or Capture the Flag, and console specific game modes like Sabotage (Xbox, PC), The Hunt (PC, PS2, Gamecube)and Power-Up (PC, PS2).

Prequels and Sequels:
While the game XIII got fairly good reviews, it wasn't a financial success, so no real sequels were made. The only thing that came out and called itself "XIII 2", was a cellphone game. Eight years later though, the publisher Anuman released a adventure game under the name "XIII: Lost Identity". Rather than a sequel, it was a reimagining in point and click style. I never knew it existed and most people propably didn't too. I don't know how successful it was, but I think, it wasn't that much.
Check out the launch trailer here:


While I don't have this game for the PS2 anymore, I have it for the PC. I played it some time ago, but haven't since. I definatly enjoyed it.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Happy Birthday to Me!

Me, when not having to write a blogpost.
Well, it's my birthday. So my wish would be, to not write a blogpost for today. You reading this, makes it some kind of paradox...uhm...yeah. Next post on Sunday WOO!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Rumour: Valve works on a Console

Sources: 
http://www.theverge.com/2012/3/2/2840932/exclusive-valve-steam-box-gaming-console
http://kotaku.com/5890275/is-this-a-photo-of-valves-rumored-console 

Rumours have appeared about a console, made by Valve. Nothings clear yet and all is just speculation, but some things are said to be true. For example, the specs of the console have been "revealed", having a Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GPU. This seems to be true, because an employee of Valve posted a tweet on the 2nd November last year, with a picture.
"Built this tiny PC. i7 quad core, 8GB ram, Zotac Z-68 mobo w/ onnboard Nvidia mobile gfx. Runs Portal 2 FAST."
Apparently, the so called "Steam Box" will be made, because Valve wants to establish a new standard in a gaming service, pushing other developers, to create new and innovative gaming devices.

I'm kind of excited for this. Valve pushing boundaries again. But still...couldn't I just buy a normal PC then? It's not a real gaming console after all, but rather a PC, made for gaming. I'm looking forward to more news on this.

For more info, visit the sources mentioned above.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Nostalgia Sunday: Driver 2

Driver 2
This game was definatly part of my childhood. Even though most reviewers didn't like it, I had so much fun with it. Walking through the cities and finding new stuff, exploring new areas was the most fun part. Back then, I didn't use the internet much, so it was a much better experience. Of course the driving was fun too, and I liked the story. But more on that below.

The Story:
The story takes place in four cities: Chicago, Havana, Las Vegas and Rio de Janeiro. The Undercover cop Tanner and his partner Tobias Jones are trying to find and capture a guy named "Pink Lenny", who is the only witness of a shooting in a bar, which he could escape. They find him and ask him about it. He tells them, that the killers were after him and not after the other people in the bar. Apparently he is laundering money for Solomon Caine, one of the highest mobsters from Chicago to Las Vegas. The people he met in the bar were brazilian though, which makes it appartent, that he double crossed him with Avaro Vasquez, who wants to expand his business from Rio to the USA. A huge war between those two is about to explode. 

The Game:
The missions mostly consisted of "Follow that car", "Ram that car", or "Escape the police". You had a time limit most of the time, which could get pretty frustrating. Also there were some "on foot" missions. Apart from the story mode, you could get in a "free roam mode", which let you explore the cities. I don't remember much, because it's so long ago, when I played this game the last time, so I can just hope, you understand, when I say, this was a classic "driving game" game, with on foot segments. It also featured a two player splitscreen mode, which was a nice addition.

Prequels and Sequels:
Before a game with a "2" at the end, there is of course the first one, "Driver". While I never owned the game, I remember going into a shop one time, where the demo of the game was available to play. Now, the demo of course started with the infamous parking lot tutorial. I never got it done, making me not want to buy this game. After enjoying Driver 2, I was looking forward to Driv3r. Smart move by me, I lent it first from a video game rental store. Man, was I dissapointed. It tried too much to be a GTA, rather than to be a Driver. The weapons were unnecassary and I remember it being very glitchy. After that game, I didn't care about Driver games anymore, so "Parallel Lines" totally went under my radar. The latest game in the franchise though, Driver San Francisco, sparked my interest. I played it first on the Gamescom in 2011 and then later tried out the multiplayer demo on XBox Live. It's a good game, with the cool "Shift" feature, which is a nice addition to the franchise. Something you should check out.

I'll propably try this game on an emulator again some time. Might be still good.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Movies I Just Watched: Mad Max

The Story In One Sentence (from IMDb):
In a dystopic future Australia, a vicious biker gang murder a cop's family and make his fight with them personal.

My Opinion:
I actually was kinda anticipating to watch this movie. All I've heard about it was, what the one sentence from above tells: One man against the world. But after watching it, I was disappointed. The story telling was slow and boring. The action sequences were good, but the rest felt so long and there weren't that many action scenes. 15 minutes before the end, then finally something happens. Till then, it's a rather bad movie. Only the end makes it a little better.

Would I Recommend It?
No. While the end is good, the rest of the movie feels dragged out and boring. Some things are fun to watch, but overall, in my opinion, it isn't a good movie, like everyone seems to think.