Monday, March 15, 2010

What's The Point of Blogging???

After writing a blog the past few months I have found that it is pretty useful. Keeping a blog sounded pretty gay at first, but I started to get use to it. It made me look at video games in a whole new light. I found myself looking for new video games to right about, or sitting at my computer and trying to think of some older games that I have played that would be interesting to right about.

I definitely  agree with Douglas Ruskoff when he wrote about how " the internet is not killing off conversation, but actively encouraging it." Social networking can be a useful tool to some people. some shy people could use Facebook, MySpace. or Blogger  to open up to the world around them.

In some rare cases though, it could be destructive. I remember a few years ago, a few girls that went to my local high school got into some trouble over their Xanga page. They wrote some crazy stuff about how they wanted to kill some girl they didn't like and made threats over the internet and some of the other students pretty much snitched them out to the principle. Of course, his job was to confront the situation and when he did it all blew up. One of the girls parents decided to press charges and the girls that started the threats ended up doing some community service.The internet cant be all bad though, at least for me I used a few of my blog posts to take out some aggression I had toward some games i played.

Since a blog is just a online diary, they are easy to write. Some blogs are dedicated to a single topic like video games, or they could be dedicated to a certain sports team. Thats the best thing about blogs, it doesn't matter what you write about as long as you like writing about it. In some cases some people don't care if others read their blogs, they just do it for fun.

Rushkoff, Douglas, "the internet is not killing off conversation, but actively encouraging it" 116-119

What Is Better???

Owning both the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 has sparked some curiosity in the subject of which system is better. People can argue many different aspects of this topic, like which system has better games, better online play, and most of all which system has the better graphics of the two. Since I had just read an article written by Carl Nelson entitled “Ps3 vs Xbox 360:One Year Later” about some of these things it made me think of what I truly think about some of these topics.

Nelson’s article was written several years ago and a lot has changed for both systems since he posted that article. They both have improved in some areas and some areas both systems could use some work. Nelson talked about the price, performance, graphics, game selection, online support, and multimedia of both systems. In each of these sections, Nelson gave the Xbox a “higher grade” so to speak.

The first section in Nelson’s article, he wrote about was the price of each type of system. The Xbox has three different systems, the Arcade, Premium, and Elite. Nelson gives a brief description of all three systems, and how the improvements were not drastic at all. One of his comments made me wonder if he called the Elite System the “New Retard Edition” because of the minimal changes between the Premium and the Elite for more money. The only difference between the two systems is that the Elite comes with a bigger hard drive, so nothing too special. 

this is what the PS3 hard drive looks like
On the other hand, the PS3 only has only two systems compared to the Xbox’s three. Nelson wrote “you can get a PS3’s ‘lower’ model for just $50 more than the XBOX 360’s ‘middle’ model.” In retrospect the PS3 seems like a better deal based on price and memory storage because Nelson also added ”You can’t really look at it that way though, since what sets the Premium XBOX 360 apart from the Arcade is mainly the 20GB hard drive. And the ‘low end’ PS3 still doubles that”. One thing that Nelson did leave out was the fact that the PS3 is very easy to upgrade. You can simple buy any size Serial ATA HD for the PS3, which is the same type of HD a common laptop use. At the end of all the back and forth arguing of which system has the better price and memory storage Nelson said “It’s still the XBOX 360, not just because the respective models are $50 cheaper, but all versions of the XBOX 360 come bundled with some games now.”  The games that come with the systems are pretty much the “rejects” of the gaming world, but nonetheless you still get something to play right out of the box.

In the next section, Nelson briefly touched on the subject about the performance of each system. Nelson noted, “On paper, the Playstation 3’s Cell engine is more capable than XBOX 360’s triple-core Xenon CPU. However, as our developer alluded to last year, the XBOX 360 is much easier to develop for.” Nelson also said that because the PS3 is harder to develop for, most of the cell engine is not being used to its full potential. Even though Nelson never stated which system had better performance, from what I understood, the Xbox is better at performance due to the fact that the cell engine is being used more properly than the PS3. Personally, I can’t wait until a game developer decides to stop being a baby and take a few extra months to utilize the power the PS3 can produce.

The next section Nelson wrote about was about the graphics of each system. This subject always gets pretty heated whenever I talk to someone about video game graphics. Fact of the matter is, no matter what game anyone can talk about, the Xbox has better graphics. Nelson wrote “The Xenos GPU on the XBOX 360 is superior the RSX on the PS3.”  Any computer nerd will tell you that the Xenos has, more power, higher pixel processor power, higher vertex processing power, and higher memory architecture. I don’t know what all that means, but it sounds impressive when you throw that out during an argument. I’m not sure how I feel about those facts, just because I have my PS3 hooked up to my TV via HDMI cable and my Xbox hooked up with the regular component cables, so the PS3 looks better then the Xbox on my TV. To me, my PS3 seems like it has better graphics.

The next section that Nelson wrote about was the game selection. At the time the Xbox had a one-year head start on the PS3, so naturally it would have more games than the PS3. Nelson noted that the Xbox had exclusive titles like “Gears of War, PGR3, Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, F.E.A.R., Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter, Dead Rising, Burnout Revenge, Fight Night 3, and Rainbow Six: Vegas, all of which were either titles exclusive to the 360, or weren’t made available on the PS3 until some time in 2007.” That just goes to show how hard developing for the PS3 was at first. Since that article came out, it seems that developers have gotten a little use to PS3 engine. Now the PS3 has several good exclusive titles, such as Heavy Rain, MAG, and God of War III. Even with titles like those, the PS3 still falls short with game selection.

The second to last section Nelson wrote about was the online features for both systems. I personally think that this is a no brainer. Xbox Live (without a doubt) kicks the crap out of the Playstation Network. Nelson did give the Ps3 credit for one aspect of online play; it’s free unlike Xbox Live.  Nelson wrote, “Playstation Network has the sole advantage of being free for the most part (game makers are still allowed to charge for online play if they want, such as MMO games, etc). However, to play any game at all on XBOX Live, you must subscribe at $50 per year at its cheapest.” One thing about the PS3 that kept frustrating me was some of the online features that Nelson touched on, like “One drastic disadvantage of the Playstation 3 is the fact that you cannot send messages to your friend from within a game.” It is very frustrating when your playing a game and a friend sends you a message, and some games wont let you read them until you quit the game. I think this was one of the very few points that Nelson made that I actually agreed on.

Finally Nelson wrote about the multimedia feature of both systems. This section was my favorite one out of the whole article. First and for most, Nelson liked the PS3 better because it is a Blu-Ray player. Even thought the Xbox could play HD-DVD’s when HD –DVD’s were made it didn’t seem like a good idea to me. Nelson wrote, “ The XBOX 360 with HD-DVD player will cost at least $530”.  Now-a-days Xbox Live supports HD movies, which is a lot cheaper than $530, but the movies take up a lot of memory. At the time when the PS3 launched, people were buying them just because it could play Blu-Ray movies (that’s pretty much the reason why I bought mine) and they were about $300 cheaper than a standard Blu-Ray player.

The main reason why Nelson didn’t like the Xbox is because he wrote, “it is excruciatingly LOUD”. I can say from experience that the PS3 runs like a hybrid car and the Xbox is like a diesel truck. Sure the trucks have more power, but the loud noise gets annoying especially when you’re trying to watch a movie. For anyone who loves to watch movies, the PS3 is definitely the way to go. Unlike the PS3, the Xbox doesn’t allow you to save your own movies to its hard drive, unless you get them from Netflix, or Zune from the Xbox Live Marketplace, which cost money. For many reasons the PS3 completely dominates the Xbox in terms of Multimedia features.

After reading Nelson’s article, it is clear that the Xbox is more superior compared to the PS3. Since the Xbox did “win” 4 out of 6 topics, the PS3 has a lot of things to fix if they want to out sell Xbox. From the developer issue to the online features, PS3 has a long way to go. Even thought the Xbox did get a better score than the PS3, it still is not perfect. The major issue with the Xbox is the fans in the system itself. I agree with Nelson on this matter completely. The system is ridiculously loud, not just when watching movies, but during playing games as well. Xbox released an update that allows people to install games to the hard drive to fix that problem, but what happens when gamers run out of memory space. If Xbox could fix the fans it would be the ultimate system. 

Video Games Do Help

There have been times when I have used video games as an outlet. Sometimes I play them if I am upset about something, or just in need of a break from everyday life. Sometimes it works, and other times it just adds on more stress. One example of how video games actually made my day just a bight brighter happened a couple of days ago. That day I had to go to work early in the morning, which I was not too thrilled about since day shift sucks at my work. I was so tired I felt like one of the zombies from Left 4 Dead walking around without purpose.

 As soon as I got to work everything started to go down hill. I got a really bad headache, which made me grumpy, in turn made everyone else in a grumpy mood toward me. I remember I thought to myself "damn I need to go home and kill some people on Call of Duty to get rid of this aggression"   Sitting in a bush waiting for lower level players to walk by me always makes me feel better, because as soon as they do I jump out and knife them in the back, then go right back to my hiding spot. It seems a little disturbing but its Call of Duty where sometimes you have to embrace your dark side if you want to win. Since I knew that wasn’t an option I had to just suck it up.

Half way through my shift I remembered that I had a three o’ clock class. I almost had a breakdown right then and there, but I quickly pulled myself together, drank some water and immediately started to strategize how I was going to make my class. Since I was supposed to be off work at two-thirty I tried to talk to my Supervisor about going home early, but she wasn’t having it. That was just another thing that pissed me off, so I just gave up and took off twenty minuets early. My management usually doesn’t pay attention to me anyway so they probably didn’t notice that I left, but looking back on it that probably wasn’t the best decision because I could actually get in trouble by the Director of Food Service for the Hospital if my Supervisor decided to rat me out, still it needed to be done.

As soon as I left work, traffic decided to just hate me. I don’t know if there was an accident or something else but I was moving like fifteen miles an hour. I started to day -dream about how if I was in Grand Theft Auto I could fix this problem real quick. I would just get out of my car and find the car that was holding up traffic, punch the window out and just beat the crap out of them. Next I would take their car instead of walking back to my car. Since I had to come back to reality, I had to sit and wait. I was going so slow I’m pretty sure I saw a ten-year-old girl on a bike pass me. After a few minuets of road rage, I finally started to drive at a normal pace. Imagine that, a school bus decided to pull out in front of me, which is the one thing in the world that pisses me off more than anything else. School buses always drive too slow and they make way too many stops when I have to be somewhere, it never fails.

When I finally made it home, I rushed to my room and threw on the first shirt I saw and a pair of jeans. When I came out my dog started whining. I knew if I just took off she would probably take a crap in my house then my dad would go nuts on me for not letting her out. I thought to myself “Awesome I already had everything else screw me over, what’s another?” After about ten minuets of waiting for my stupid dog to walk around in a circle just to find the perfect spot to squat, I headed off to class.

Amazingly I didn’t encounter too many problems on the way to class, but when I got on campus I knew my class was in the Reese building but I drew a blank on what room it was in. I yelled “SON OF A…” out of pure frustration, and the old lady at the front desk just looked and me shaking her head. Sometimes I wish I were in Saints Row 2 because every time you push the Y button (at least I think it’s the Y button) your character yells out some random cuss words, and no one pays attention. Since I wasn’t in Stilwater, which is the city where Saints Row is set in, I was compelled to apologized to her for cursing, and while I walked passed her I said, “it’s just been one of those days.”

I took a few deep breaths, and I had an epiphany, and realized that I had my schedule in my book bag. I felt ridiculous for flipping out like that for no reason, but sometimes you just have to let it out. I found my class with a couple minuets to spare, but that wasn’t really a good thing. The only seat left was in the front by the creepiest dude I have ever seen. He kind of looked like Mario from the Super Mario Bros games, but he smelled like piss. I couldn’t really say too much about smelling awful since I didn’t get a shower after work myself, but in any case it was still pretty bad.

As I was sitting in class I started to daydream once again. I was so bored in class that I thought of the Russian terrorist group, (in the second or third level from Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 ) breaking in the back door of the room with their huge guns, and taking hostages. Everyone started freaking out except me of course because it’s my daydream. One of the terrorists walked up to me and pointed his gun in my face and spoke something in Russian, I said F you and snatched the gun right out of his hand then started blowing all his little buddies away.  

what i pictured when i thought of speeding home

When I finally decided to pay attention class was about over.  That little event made me want to rush home as if I were driving a Nissan GT-R from Need For Speed, weaving in and out of traffic just to get home and finish off my horrible day with a little R&R on Call of Duty with some of my buddies, and I did just that. When I got home I went straight to my fridge, grabbed a drink and headed off to my room. The only thing that went right the entire day, was the fact that I had put my rechargeable battery into its charger. As soon as I as I saw the green light by my battery (meaning that it was fully charged) I felt as if all was right with the world again and I could finally relax.

After putting my battery in my controller I made sure I had my Modern Warfare 2 disc in my Xbox. For the first time that day I had a good feeling about what I was getting ready to do. I was right because my first game I played, I used all of my built up frustration and just totally annihilated the other team single handedly. My finally score was 28-5 (meaning I had 28 kills and 5 deaths). I think the person who was in second place on my team had only 9 kills. After all of the crap I went through that day I knew if I could just make it home my Xbox wouldn’t let me down, and I was right.


One of the most anticipated games of the year is the next installment of the Halo series, Halo: Reach. This game takes place as a prequel to the first Halo game that was released in November of 01. Instead of playing as the Master Chief, (like in Halo 1,2, and 3) you take the role of the sixth character on a Spartan III squad called Noble team. They are the badass group that the military sends on suicide missions and somehow finds their way home every time.

Not a lot of information has been released yet about the main campaign, but a few multiplayer videos, and trailers have been uploaded to youtube and various video game websites. After watching some of those videos, I could tell that the graphics were definitely amped up.

Of course, Bungie has made a few changes to the multiplayer and not just new maps, but actual changes. The first thing that I noticed about the multiplayer beta video i saw, was the fact that you can now have jet packs. Sounds kinda weird to have jet packs in a game like Halo, but the video i saw on youtube was kinda cool. Hopefully, like the Banshees, you can lock on to the jet packs with a rocket launcher or the new grenade launcher, to quickly destroy your flying opponent or you could just put on a jet pack yourself and fly after your opponent with a pistol, like in the video i have a link to.

Since most of the articles i have read about the new features didn't reveal too much about multiplayer, I had to go on pure observation of the videos on the official Halo website, youtube, and Xbox Live. After watching a gameplay video of the beta a few times, I noticed that a Spartan busted out a barrel roll. I immediately thought "its about damn time you can dodge." If your like me, im sure you get pissed when someone gets in a ghost and just trys to run over people the entire game. Now instead of trying to jump over them, you can now just roll out of the way.

One of the best features that I took note about, was the fact that you can now assassinate your opponent. Unlink in all of the other Halo games, when you hit the melee button while being directly behind someone your character goes into a animated assassination. In the older games your character would either hit the player with his gun or just straight up take a swing at the player, it just depended on what type of gun you were holding at the time.

Personally, I'm still on the fence about getting this game, just because I was a little disappointed with ODST.  I do have all of the other Halo games, so I will probably keep the tradition and get it anyway. The graphics look incredible, and I would like to see how the multiplayer works out with all of the "upgrading" Bungie made.

Sunday, March 7, 2010


This is a pretty unique game. At first i was hesitant to try it out, but i was bored one day and just went for it. The main thing that kept me from getting it when it first came out was the graphics. They are not like most games these days, they are kind of look like a comic book come to life. Everything has some sort of shading technique or outlining to it and since I wasn't use to it at first it started to grow on me.

The gameplay is actually pretty good, which surprised me. For some reason i think that if i don't like the graphics the gameplay will be complete garbage.

At the beginning you get the choice of four different characters, (sort of like how you can choose classes and different species to play as in games like Oblivion and Fallout 3) which are a hunter, soldier, a berserker, and a Siren. Each character has unique powers and weapons only available for them. Sure its cool, but i can never choose which character i like most since all of them have certain abilities that i like. for instance the hunter can use snipers and has a crazy pet named bloodwig that runs around and kills people who attack you. the berserker is really strong with melee weapons and since most of the enemies run up on you that skill would come in handy. the soldier is really good with assault rifles and can throw down a turret if too many enemies attack him, finally the Siren, she is pretty much like a witch. she has an ability called Phasewalk. When she uses that she can run around in like fast motion and everyone else stands still. So naturally i had to think about who i wanted to use, and who i would have fun using the most.

I think the best feature of all though, is the multiplayer. You can have up to four of your buddies playing your campaign at a time. Since most of my friends already had the game they were much higher levels then i am, which brings me to my next point. If you have a friend with a higher level then you, he can join your game and pretty much dominate. The games difficulty works on how high your level is. at the time i was about a level 7 when one of my friends joined me game and he pretty much did half of my missions for me. every time he shot someone they would explode because his weapons were so strong. If you have friends that will help you out, like i do, they can drop expensive weapons for you to sell or keep until you can use them. In a way i guess its kind of cheating since you don't have to earn money if you have some friends willing to help you, but oh well some times you have to cheat to win.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Ultimate Team

FIFA 10  just recently released an update for a new game mode called Ultimate Team. For any guy who use to collect sports cards as a kid or still does, this is like a dream come true. It's essentially the same soccer game before the update, but now instead of spending money on players you spend tokens on six types of cards, bronze, bronze premium, silver, silver premium, gold and gold premium. The different colors represent the overall stat of the player, so a player with a rating of 75 and higher would be in a gold pack. The difference between the regular and premium packs are that the premiums come with three rare cards and twelve normal, while the regular only comes with twelve normal and one rare card. The cool thing about that is you don't always get players, you can also get, new jerseys, stadium perks like home field advantage, and healing cards that help you players recover faster.

At first you start of with a all bronze team which the highest rated player is like a 50. It would be easier to have most of those people from the same nation of club because the chemistry would be pretty good and that would make winning games a lot easier, but mostly all of the players are from all over the world. After winning a few tournaments you should have enough tokens to buy a silver pack, or you could use gamer points from the Xbox Live Marketplace and buy a gold premium pack for 120 points. Thats what  did since I had a few points left over from a previous download.

this is how you set your formation and where you want your players to be

I found the best strategy I found was making sure that your teams chemistry is fairly high. Even if you don't have good players, as a team they will still play good. Since I already had had a few players from three different countries I used that as a template for my team. I run a 4-4-2 squad so that means I have four Spaniards four my defense plus my goalie, two Italians and two Americans for my midfield, one Italian and one American for my forward positions. So all of the people from the same nation or if you use a formation that most of your players like to play with your team will have a strong chemistry, which makes any team pretty much unstoppable. I currently sit 18-0 with four tournament trophies.
You can either play tournaments online against other ultimate team users or you can play offline against the computer (which is what i do because I don't want to mess up my perfect record against some online.)
This is an example of how to search for players you want to trade tokens or other cards for, it can get pretty detailed

The biggest feature about this mode is that you can actually trade cards with other people online. Its cool because you can take any card that you have a duplicate of or that you just don't want and sell it for tokens. There are two ways you can trade, first you can just straight up sell the card or you can offer another card plus some tokens. The second strategy might come in handy with some of the more expensive players. I checked some players a few days ago and I found the Wayne Rooney, (a English forward) was selling for 200,000 tokens. When I saw that I thought the guy was crazy since you only get a few hundred tokens for each game you win, but if you win tournaments then you get a little over a thousand. Even though you still find some outrageous offers like that its still a awesome mode to play when you get bored with the original modes.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Project Natal

Natal Sensor

I just recently found out about Microsoft's new product, Natal. The first time i saw anything about this was on one of the episodes of the tv show Smallville. I was really intrigued since one of the characters said it was on the xbox and i wanted to see if it was a real game. after a little bit of research I found that it was first announced at a video game expo called E3 in June of 2009. I must have been living under a rock in June because I didnt hear anything about it, and  if you havent, here it is.

Project Natal takes the technology of Nintendos Wii and pretty much puts it on crack. It is serious one of the coolest things i have ever seen for a video game. It is a sensor, camara, headset all in one. the best part of it is that it makes some of the xbox games no longer require a controller, now your body is the controller. So no more people getting mad playing games and saying "AH this controller is retarded, thats not the button i pushed" now is something goes wrong the persons body is retarded.

right now i think that they have 14 games that will be ready to go at the time of its release but most of them are not known to the public yet. the 3 main games that have been demoed are Ricochet, Burn Out Paradise, and Milo and kate. In Ricochet you have to hit balls at a wall to break the bricks, and is you hit the bonus bricks extra balls will come flying at you. this is the game that will make any person look goofy. which brings up the point if you are not a very out going person you prolly wont have fun playing this with a bunch of friends. the next game is Burn out.  this is a old racing game but it still would be fun with Natal. all you have to do is hold your hands out in front of you and place you right foot forward for gas. seems simple right, well in the jimmy fallon video the game looks like the turning would be very sensitive. for people who like racing games that might be what they have been waiting for. The last demo at E3 was Milo and kate. i wont talk too much about it because it was in my first video i had a link for. the feature i do what to talk a little bit about is the fact the Milo actually recognized the girl when she said hi. the technology with video games is absolutely crazy. the fact that at the end of the video Milo says "hey tomorrow is your mothers birthday" just blows my mind. sooner or later video games will be like the movie Gamer
Steven Spielberg at E3 2009 Promoting Project Natal
if any gamers have doubts about this new technology dont. the biggest thing about Project Natal is that Steven Spielberg helped to produce it, and he would not just put his name on the line for anything. with the exception of some of his earlier movies, most of his work is pretty impressive.

Monday, February 15, 2010

which is better, xbox games or Ps3 games????

There are a ton of great games for the Xbox 360, but occasionally the PS3 will come out with games that dont come out on the Xbox. Even though I have both systems this is the one thing that really pisses me off about the gaming world. It pisses me off because some of the good multyplayer games come out only on the Ps3, or some of the really good single player games only come out for the Xbox. Games like Socom Navy Seals would be more fun on Xbox Live instead of the Playstation Network.

In my opinion games like Socom would be so much better on the Xbox, because all of my friends dont have a PS3. That is why I get multyplayer games for the Xbox and single player games for the Playstation. Since the PS3 has better graphics due to the fact that it can be hooked up to a tv via HDMI cable (which allows my system to have high definition sound and picture) i like having games like Assassins Creed and Fallout on the pS3. it just seems that multyplayer games drop the graphics a bit to add more room for online play. thats not true in some cases but in most games there are a few glitches in the graphics. Although the new Xbox systems can use a HDMI cable, i dont think that the quality is  the same, but ill talk about that in another blog.

One the most amazing games i have played in awhile is Heavy Rain which is only for the PS3. in this title you take control of four separate people, 2 detectives, a photographer and a killer. your job as the detectives, of course, is to track down the killer and bring him to justice, and the other two people are tied into the story as you progress in the game.

 I know this blog is suppose to be about Xbox games only so here it is. Heavy Rain is made by the same developers who once made a similar game for the Xbox several years ago called Indigo Prophecies. both games have a similar storyline where 2 detectives search for a killer, and as the killer you try to prove you innocence. Since this game did come out on the original Xbox, the graphics are a bit sketchy and the controls are not as smooth as they should be. other than that overall it is still worth getting based on the story and creativity of the game itself. which brings me to wonder if the game developers chose the PS3 to fix some of the bugs they had the first time around. Visually this game is fantastic, as you can see from the picture on the right. the graphics are that good throughout the whole game. the best part of all is that the controls are very  smooth, even in the fighting scenes.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Scene It ?

 So i recently got a new game called Scene it? which is a movie trivia game for the Xbox 360. it sounds gay but its actually pretty fun, if you like movies and think you know everything about them this game is for you. It has a ton of achievements for any type of gamer. Whether your a hardcore gamer or just want to chill with friends and play a game just for fun, Scene it? is a great game. 

the main reason why i wanted to get it was because my Supervisor at my work told me a little bit about it and he said that the game comes with these crazy looking controllers that really make the game fun. which mad me really made when i went to Gamestop the other day and found out that they have been discontinued for some random reason.This game surprised me a little bit, since I'm not really into those types of games i was hesitate to buy it. but i maned up and just went for it. I thought since i like watching movies it couldnt be too bad. the creators (in my opinion) did a good job with a few aspects of the game, graphics and difficulty.

It is a bit cartoony but it adds enjoyment to the game. for example if your not doing to well the host will say something stupid and make fun of you, but because he is a cartoon he does it in a goofy way  which makes it easier to forgive him, opposed to a more realistic character making fun of you which would just make someone mad and want to quit playing.  The graphics are still pretty sharp and and movie clips(depending on the type of Tv) are in High Def.  i would give the graphics a 9/10

some game modes are pretty difficult like Sequential. in this mode you have a list of like six movies from different years and you have to put them in the order of which came out first. sometimes they have movies range from the 30s to current year, it thought it sounded pretty easy when my Supervisor told me about this mode but when i tried it i was mistaken. other game modes are a lot easier like POP Quiz. in this it will be focused on one actor, which makes it pretty easy if you have seen some of their movies. for difficulty i would give it and 8.5/10

over all this game is pretty fun. if you like to get a lot of achievements or just like to play for fun this game has over 2,800 questions not including up coming downloadable content, so you never get the same question twice and if you do, well you must be playing it too much.
 for an over all score i would give it a 9/10.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Mass Effect

So I recently bought Mass Effect 2 and it is amazing. Everything about it really is flawless. The graphics are ridiculously good, and the story line is pretty deep for a video game. In the first Mass Effect you play as a human soldier for the Alliance Army in the year 2183 and your job is to make sure that humanity isn't totally whipped out by an alien race called the Reapers. Essentially it is a suicide mission that most really good action packed movies are about. Which I think makes for a really good game.

One of the key features i loved is that the decisions you made in the first game affect how people react to you in the sequel. It takes the saved game data, (if you have completed the first game) and transfers it over. i have know idea how it works but it does. At the end of the first game you can choose to save the Alliance council members or let them die and have a humanity take over. Since i had already beaten the game as a "Good Guy"I let the council die. So in the Sequel I went back to the Citadel, which is were the council resides, and i was labeled as the human who let the council die, and most stores wouldn't give me business until I proved that I made the right choice. So every major decision i made actually had a consequence. Since I haven't tried to start a new game without using my old game data I'm not entirely sure how the game would play out.

 Another feature I found out about was in a article I read in a monthly magazine I get called  GAMEINFORMER. The article said the game has over 40 hours of gameplay. Which is crazy to think about because thats like almost a day and a half of nonstop gaming. The best feature of all in my opinion is when you finally beat the game you can start over and still use the same character and continue to buy equipment and upgrades to make the ultimate soldier. If you love to play role playing games for the 360, Mass Effect is a must have.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Movies and Games

I recently watched some pretty good movies and i couldn't help thinking why movie based games are without a doubt a complete waste of time. Take the Iron Man movie that came out a couple of years ago or pretty much any of the superhero movies like Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk, Batman, and Superman Returns, which were are great movies in my opinion, but the games were a big let down.

As a superhero fan I always cant wait for those type of movies to come out. Even though I know the game will be garbage I still rent them just in case the game designers finally did something right. Usually the story line of the game barely follows that of the movie, which I have no idea why they feel compelled to change or add things to a already great story. just the story isn't always a deal breaker for me, part of it is based on the controls. If the controls are too simple or the fighting technique is lame, i immediately trade the game in for something else.

All movie games are not complete garbage though, Xmen Origins-Wolverine is by far the best movie based game that has come out. The story line has a few extras in it but I think it adds to the story line. the difference between this game and the others that came before it, is that the game designers did a fantastic job on incorporating the extras into the main missions. instead of just throwing in random robots to blow up, the extras seem to make sense. unlike many of the other movie based games this game is not meant for kids. There is a lot of gore so it stays true to the Wolverine character. This game is incredible if anyone hasnt played it they need to.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Newest and Greatest

There are a lot of great games coming out soon. Games like Halo Reach, Dark Void, Star Wars the Force Unleashed 2, and UFC Undisputed 2010, but what I want to talk about right now is Red Dead Redemption, a set in the old west where the only type of justice is justice served with a bullet. Since Red Dead Redemption is the sequel to Red Dead Revolver, which came out in 2004, Rockstar Games has made a lot of improvements since then on the title, in my opinion. 

The two games are similar in the aspect of, you dont really have to finish your mission right away. It has the same playing style of Grand Theft Auto 4, which i think is the best type of gameplay. If the main story line of Red Dead Redemption has not surfaced yet but some of the key features have. One of the main features is very similar to that of Grand Theft Auto, the ability to do side missions while still doing a main mission, which makes sense because Rockstar makes both titles. I think that is the best way to make games these days. Sometimes the main missions are crazy hard, and you need a little break without having to start all over again.

Rockstar has released some of the features besides the side missions. In this Red Dead title the player has his own horse unlike the first one where you could just take whatever horse you wanted as needed. The significance of this is that you can train your horse to be loyal to you. They gave an example of how the character was riding in the desert and a person came up to them asking for help. As soon as they got off of their horse, the man started to laugh and tried to ride off with the characters horse. Since the horse was loyal, all the character had to do was whistle and the horse bucked the bandit off and trotted back to the character.

The best feature of all is, the decisions that you make in the game changes the way the direction of the game goes, and what people think of you. You can either do good deeds by helping people out for money, or you can be a criminal and rob banks and things like that. This games has all of the makings to be incredible, and i cant wait to buy it.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Xbox Live

I was playing Call of Duty (or as hardcore gamers like to call it COD like the fish), and it seemed like every time before a game started someone would talk trash for no reason. In one particular match i played in It started out as joke. A few that's what she said, or some your mom jokes, but then it would get personal real quick, and the game turned into a crazy, uncontrollable rage filled grudge match.

It's not like it was just one person trying to piss me off in that game, it was the entire team saying some of the most ignorant unnecessary shit possible just because my gamertag is Santos 007. Since the other team was a clan some of the people on my team already had it in their minds that we would lose by saying stuff like "man we are done for sure." Being in a clan did not help that team out one bit. Needless to say I kicked some serious ass. I think my ending kill to death ratio was something like twenty-three to five. Which definitely pissed the other team off. They started saying how I was cheating, and had a modded controller, which I have no idea what that means. All I said back to them was scoreboard. For me thats my nicest way of saying fuck you ass wipe when I play online.

Im not sure why most people feel like they have to be such an internet tough guy, but at least one person in every game i have played comes out of no where and feels compelled that he has to talk trash. I personally think that whoever starts crap is over compensating for something.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Here it is

Hey everyone my name is Chris and this is my first time blogging. This blog is directed towards  video games that i currently play, games that i look forward to coming out and some games that i was disappointed with and daily occurrences while playing online. Whether I'm playing Call of Duty on Xbox Live or just hanging with friends playing RockBand, you're going to hear about it.