Saturday, November 29, 2008
Like a devoted groupie I rushed to the store to pick up my copy of Rockband 2, once I got home the first thing I did was jump on the PS Store, buy the $5.00 "key" and transfered the 55 out of 58 songs from RB1 along with all the songs I had purchased from the Rock Band Store (DLC) then I entered the promo code for the additional 20 free DLable songs that are available from RB2. The game comes with 84 brand new Rock songs from such bands as AC/DC, The Allman Brothers Band, Alice in Chains, Beastie Boys, Bon Jovi, Fleetwood Mac, Foo Fighters, Greatful Dead, GnR, Journey, Kansas, Linkin Park, Metallica, Motorhead, Nirvana, The Offspring, Paramore, Rage against the Machine, Soundgarden, The Who and so many more!
Rockband 2 keeps all the deep customization for your avatar and adds a few new additions. In fact the game keeps all the aspects that made the first so great and builds on them like, Band World Tour, this time around the solo tour is replaced and now World Tour can be played online or local. This is an improvement as many people may have friends who aren't local but wanna join a band and play together. Score Duel, Tug of War, Quickplay, Tutorials. Some new additions to Rockband are Tour Challenges, and Battle of the Bands, Tour Challenges are exactly what they sound like, my wife and I have just started doing these as we've been so focused on completing the world tour and reaching 1 billion fans that we haven't really explored the new aspects of RB2. Battle of the Bands is the focal point of RB2 and is showcased in the games intro, this is a really cool feature that allows bands to compete online in limited time tournaments. The tournaments are posted on the world tour at different venues around the world and each has unique criteria to perform, bands meeting the criteria perform the tournament and have their scores posted and any other bands that participate can see their score versus others and their rank within the tourney.
Since I got Rockband 1 the strummer on the Fender Stratocaster style guitar crapped out and I had to buy a new guitar for my wife. I hope they improved the durability of the equipment as I've read alot of sites that offer DIY repair walkthru's for the Fender Stratocaster guitar. As I said in my Rock Band 1 review The game is great fun for parties and individuals alike and has infinte replay value especially when DLC is factored in. For those players looking to expand their Rock Band experience even further check out http://www.rockband.com/! The site offers some really cool things for the Rock Band communinity like you can design your own band T-shirts, and have custom figurines of your band made!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Happy Thanksgiving from Free Swim...see ya when I come out of my food coma!
Monday, November 24, 2008
The match comes to an end and the dull sounds of the crowd flow back into the room, Krog cheers me on as he drops his quarters in to challenge me, the experience starts again but now the trash talking ensues…
That is what it was like during the early 90’s when Street Fighter II rejuvenated the US arcade scene.
Come tomorrow Capcom will launch SSFIITHDR on the PSN. I have waited a looooong time for this game to be playable online. Why do I love Street Fighter so much? I don’t know but there’s a competitive spirit that burns in me every single time I play Krog, it drives me and makes me play harder than usual. The best analogy is the competitive nature between Ken and Ryu seen in the story line and the anime’s. And in the end it’s pure fun.
So Krog I’ll see you in the streets… ^_^
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Anyway before I go off on a tangent please enjoy the mega man teaser with Dr. Wily and Dr. Light...no wait...the dig dug trailer...oops I mean the Astro boy trailer!
I have but one question for whoever is responsible for this, WHY!???
Friday, November 21, 2008
Look at what you get for $14.99!!!!
- All new 1080p high-definition art for Street Fighter characters and backgrounds created by Udon Entertainment, creators of the Street Fighter comic books
- Features all 17 of the original Super Street Fighter® II Turbo characters including Ryu, Guile, M. Bison and Akuma
- New optional "Rebalanced" Mode: massive changes across the board to all Street Fighter characters as created and tested by some the world’s top-ranked professional Street Fighter players
- One to two player head-to-head play either offline or online
Single player vs. CPU
Player vs. player over the same console
Player vs. player online
- Training mode helps fighters hone their skills
- Improved network code for the best possible online fighting game experience
- Numerous online features:
In-game voice chatting between players
Matchmaking flexibility through multiple options
Personal and friends statistics tracking
- Quarter Match Mode - this spectator-based system allows online competitors (2 competitors and up to 4 spectators) to use a "virtual quarter" to "buy into" heated two player matches
- Comprehensive worldwide rankings and leader boards by character - tracks overall wins and losses, number of throws, perfects, highest combos and more
- Widescreen support with option to select classic 4:3 mode for SF purists
- Choose from either classic Super Street Fighter II Turbo music or optional newly remixed tunes
- Option to play as the original Super Street Fighter II Turbo 2D sprites for traditionalists
I'll admit I've enjoyed the first two Ice Age movies, it's a really clever formula that Shrek began, create digital fluffy animals that kids will enjoy as they do silly things and add adult humor that totally flies over the kids heads and in comes the box office numbers!
Besides the obvious historic flaw that the Ice Age came before the Jurassic era this move looks to continue to be as entertaining as the first two. The economy better turn around so I can afford the "value" combo when this hits screens next summer.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
By now most of you have seen the new Star Trek trailer, I'm not a huge fan of the franchise but I'll tell ya one thing, it's obvious why they wanted JJ Abrams, the franchise needs a jump start and who better than him, with shows like Lost, and Fringe, the guy seems to know what we want to see.
The trailer was cool but Winona Ryder as Spocks Mom???? And John Cho (Harold) as Sulu….meh.It’ll be cool to see Capt. Pike before the futuristic motorized wheelchair! I’m still on the fence with this one, I think Trekkies will enjoy it for all the trek universe fanservice, but it doesn’t look as intelligent or emotional as TNG.
The trailer below is what I saw when I watched the trailer....
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
You gotta love the choice of songs for this first trailer, LOL!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
In other ROTFLOL rumor news a team of six decipticreeps will build a significant relationship and when they "get together" something BIG is gonna happen ^-^....
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
So yeah I was first on line with my bud Krogenar and my wife at the Ziegfeld for Star Wars Episode 1, we saw the line grow and the trully terrible costumes ...yeah I'm looking at you tin foil Boba Fett, and some that looked prossional, we talked to the news reporters and avaoided getting trampled by the stampede once the velvet rope was unhooked....stairs will beat an escalator every time >.-
Well none of the movies lived up to the hype but it sure was a fun time.
It's scary to think it's been ten years!
Sunday, November 2, 2008
The scratching sound is getting closer.
I leap out into the sewer intersection, raise a sledgehammer over my head and time suddenly slows down -- grimacing, I slam the hammer down on chitinous back of a 'radroach' - a giant, mutated cockroach. With a single satisfying crunch, the radroach is dead.
Radroach meat tonight, mmmmm....
Welcome to the world of Fallout 3, probably one of the best games I've yet to play on the PS3 (also available on XBOX and PC) to date, maybe the single best game overall that I've played on any system.
The backstory is that around 2077 the world underwent a nuclear holocaust rendering the world an irradiated wasteland. The only surviving humans are those that were fortunate enough to be sealed away in vaults. Each of the Fallout games of the past detailed the adventures of the 'Vault Dweller' - a character who is (through circumstances) thrust out of the sterile, rigidly-controlled vaults into the wasteland that the world has become.
The hallmark of the Fallout series of games is the heavy dose of black, sardonic humor injected into the story lines and artwork. Before the nuclear holocaust the world (America, at least) had achieved the 'Golden Age of Science Fiction' - the time dreamed about in the 1950's and 1960's -- a world in which androids clean the house for mother, men work on their own personal flying cars -- it's the DisneyLand view of what the future was going to be like. Or was, from the perspective of the Fallout games.
So, whenever the game gives you information about how it's important to stay hidden from enemies, it will do so using an illustration of a man in a 1950's-style suit hiding behind a boulder, while mutants pass him by, while he smiles amiably. Think of the old film reels your parents watched in high-school advising them to 'duck-and-cover' in the event that a nuclear bomb were to land in the school's playground.
Fallout 3 continues the franchise's weird blending of apocalyptic horror with dark comedy.
The game has a number of features that make it a contender for top game of the year. For starters, the game is completely open-ended - it's like Grand Theft Auto in that you can wander in any direction you like. It all takes place in what is called the 'Capital Wasteland' - the environs surrounding the Washington D.C. area. Which brings up the game's visuals, which are astounding - the imagery is well-done, eery and creepy and lonely. Looking at the Capital Dome in ruins, the Washington monument really had an effect on me.
Also, the game presents you with moral decisions, and the ability to make your character either a saint, a devil, or anything in between -- and the game world reacts to your decisions. Kill someone inside a town, and the townspeople will attack you -- this is a desperate world filled with desperate people, they stick together! Fallout 3 presents some of the most desperate NPC's I've ever seen in a game - I encountered a man dying of thirst. My possible responses were to help him, or tell him that he's 'not my problem'. You even get a chance to detonate a nuclear bomb and destroy an entire town.
In my case, I reported the man who offered to pay me to do the deed to the local sheriff. The sheriff insisted that I go with him to confront the man, and I did. The evil NPC calmed down the sheriff, who turned his back. Before I knew it the man pulled a gun and started shooting at the sheriff! Naturally, being a Boy Scout, I pummeled the evil NPC on the spot, killing him.
But the sheriff was dead, which left the town at the mercy of another, even more cruel NPC.
The point is, this game keeps you on your toes. The sheriff didn't have to die, if only I had been more careful.
The combat system is also interesting. When encountering the various irradiated fauna of the Capital Waste, be it a mutated molerat, raiders straight out of Mad Max, or rogue military robot still searching for communists, the game resembles a first person (or third person) shooter. The weapon selections are what you would expect in a post-apocalyptic world: sledgehammer, plywood with nails in it, lasergun, brass knuckles, hammer, wrench -- including conventional firearms.
But what really makes the game a guilty pleasure is VATS (Vault Assisted Targeting System) -- which allows you to stop time and make split-second decisions about where to aim at your opponent. You can choose the head, the limbs, even the weapons that your enemies are holding. In some cases there are specialized parts of the creature that are more vulnerable, or result in special behavior if struck -- such as a military droid 'combat inhibitor chip' or a ceiling-mounted turret gun's targeting system.
In my earliest use of VATS I was on a quest to raid a SuperDuper Mart not far from a city. I went into the parking area and was immediately attacked by a Giant RadScorpion -- my bullets were bouncing off it, so I used VATS and used a baseball bat to pummel it to death. I then dragged myself into the store.
And another thing: this game plays dirty -- just like you'd expect in a gritty, hellish world. You'll spend a lot of time sneaking around. Early on, at least, staying hidden from your enemies is crucial. Did I mention that the evil NPC who killed the sheriff earlier used a silenced handgun. It was mine now, as I slinked around inside the SuperDuper Mart. A raider was walking along the tops of the shelves, a sentinel. Using VATS I was able to snipe him from very close. Then I noticed that there was another enemy nearby, so I moved in to take that raider out.
I waited for the raider to walk past me, then jumped out -- but kicked over a bottle, and that raider whipped around, along with a second raider I hadn't even noticed. This second raider was a woman, and she was right behind me. Using VATS I targeted her head once (since she had a tire iron as a weapon) and then targeted the chest of the original raider three times.
So from my perspective, the game is frozen, with an enraged, very scary woman attacking me from behind, and another raider firing his handgun at me. I accepted my targeting choices and hit the button. What you see then is a slow-motion video of the results.
My handgun shifted right, and my single shot took off the woman's head. My jaw dropped. My remaining three shots dropped the second raider. But keep in mind -- the game spares you nothing. You see the head separate, the blood, the head flying, rolling, bouncing off things. It was so horrific I could hardly believe what I was seeing. This game is absolutely not for children.
Despite my luck, the rest of the raiders showed up in force, and I could not escape.
Go buy Fallout 3 now, and get started -- the game combines sneaking, an open environment that is visually spectacular, character customization and creation that is incredibly detailed, problem-solving, and very hardcore action. If you're a fan of the earlier games you will not be disappointed -- if you've never played any other Fallout game, this is the one to get. You do not need to have played the other games.