Thursday, 25 March 2010

New Desk, Poster Business

Yes. This post is about me getting a new desk. While it may seem that my Blog posts are getting more and more boring, I should tell you that they are most certainly not. I just don't follow the traditional crowd when I'm writing... I'm too individual, man...
But anyway, I have a new desk. It almost looks like I'm a professional something.



Also, news on the Serj Tankian, Signed Poster Elect the Dead Symphony bundle thing from UKUndercurrent. My poster was supposed to be signed by Serj, but it turned out that it isn't, so as compensation, they rang me up and offered me a free Serj Takian T Shirt instead. I'd prefer a signature, but a shirt is equally as good, considering I was thinking about eventually getting one anyway.
I'll be dingling them tomorrow so I can order it.

Monday, 22 March 2010

Modern Warfare 2

All of my dislike for Call of Duty has been based on two games: CoD 3, (yes, it really did have games before Modern Warfare!) which, incidentally turned out awfully, and Call of Duty 4, which was a good larf to begin with, but once the dreadful campaign (sans that sniper/stealth mission with the Ghilly suits) had been finished, there wasn't anything left to do. The Multiplayer was OK, but nothing compared to games where teams actually matter like Rainbow Six: Vegas.

My definitive review of CoD 4 is: Fun, fun, less-fun, repetitive, tedious. In that order.
*This 'review' will be controversial. If you don't like controversy, don't read. You suck.*
I got to have a goose at Modern Warfare 2 today. I probably had about an hour on it, and I only played it due to curiosity, thinking, it had to be a step up from CoD4, and also I played it in the interest of comedy, and the writing of this award-winning journal.
I played the first three missions on Veteran.
The training was fine. It was in Afghanistan, I shot some targets and was shown how to control stuff. I can't slap a review on this bit. The target-practice/timed assault course sucked in comparison to CoD4.
The second mission involved me shooting blindly into the air with a grenade launcher, trying to hit people on the other side of a river. I got two achievements at once here. Then some guys appeared on the bridge, so I shot them. Then something almost fun happened: I got in a Jeep and shot more stuff, only with a minigun. To sum it up, I drove about, shot stuff, got out of the Jeep, went into a school and killed some more guys, all of which died with the same animation, similar to in CoD4.
Then I met up with some other guys and the mission ended. Not the best opener to a game, I thought, but I soldiered on (I hate puns) in the interest of... boredom really.
Third mission teleported me to some frozen mountain, and I was with Captain 'Soap' MacTavish from CoD4. He isn't called Soap now, and I think he was only Private Soap in CoD4... Anyway, I had to climb up this sheet of ice using awkward controls (RT, LT, LT, RT, RT, LT, LT). I died twice doing this. First two deaths were by falling off a cliff. Whod've thunk it?
Anyway, some more badly scripted 'danger' happened, where I 'almost' fell of again, only to be rescued by Captain 'Soaperman' MacTavish (Sorry, that will be the last one).
After a while he went away and I had to go and put some explosives onto a fuel tank. That took me two tries because apparently people can see through walls when they are driving trucks.
Anyway, I planted the C4, met up with MacTavish and surprisingly, explosions ensued, and bad guys came out to see what the commotion was.
After a bit of shooting, some guys on very convenient snowmobiles came along. A fast bit happened, where I had to shoot people who were chasing me on their own snowmobiles. I seemed to stay in the air for ridiculous amounts of time after going over a jump.
Finally, a badly scripted tree fell over, and me and Captain MacTavish drove away into the sunset.

I realise that three levels of a game probably isn't the best thing to base the whole thing off, but I would expect the first levels to be good so I'd want to keep playing.

☆☆
+1 Star for having really good graphics.
+1 star for having good sound effects
-2 stars for sucking
-1 star for having a disappointing Training Level.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

The End of the Xbox 360 Hard Drive Mess... A bit.

Microsoft has announced that in the next update for the 360 they will allow people to use their own External HDD to save games, store music, videos, Arcade Games, DLC, Games on Demand and everything else that you can get off XBLA. However, there are some conditions that they need you t agree to. Firstly, you can only have up to 16GB of space that the 360 uses. Second, it needs to be set up in the right way, which means you need a few partitions of various sizes for it to save System things to.
All the information I have about it is on here, Engadget. A lovely place.
I've never seen the point of people moaning about the 360 HDD being only 120GB. I would still be quite happy with a 20GB, because all I have on there is Serious Sam, Fallout DLC, Gears 2 DLC and save games. The only reason I have games installed on there is because they load a bit faster. I don't really care about it though if I only had a 20GB.
Anyway, right now I'm downloading the Splinter Cell: Conviction demo. It was released today, and I expect to get it in the 'near future'. Hopefully before it actually comes out.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

The Definitive Review of 'Taken'

It is very good. As good as The Bourne Identity, better than any James Bond film.

Just get it seen.

If you want to sign up to LoveFilm, clicky on the button I made on the right for some extra sign-up goodies (a free month of subscription, £20 of vouchers or something like that) because it'll think I've recommended a friend.


☆☆☆☆☆
I repeat: Very good.

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Welcome Back, me!

It's been quite a while since I posted last, but there is a really valid reason for that: I've been revelling in the joy of faster, more reliable, beautiful, smoother tubes. I have been caught up in trying to hunt down all lost information that I missed out on during those dark times when I was tubeless.
Anyway, the main reason for this sudden re-arrival is I have news on the guitar front. Remember how I got that lovely Vox VT15 amp a while back? Yeah, well I had to take it back to the shop because it didn't do what I told it to do, and it got all uppity when being told to be quiet. So, ampless and tubeless, I suffered. Unable to cry me tears over the internet, I had to weep while using Ye Olde Yamaha to make my noises with. (It's called a Yamaha GA-10. It actually stands for 'Guitar Amp - 10 Watts'. )
I looked at a few other amps; I wanted one that had a few effects built in, and also wasn't rubbish. I have been told to avoid Line 6 amps at all cost, so that really left me with two real options: Peavey Vypyr 15 and Orange Crush 20LDX.
Cutting to the chase, today I got me a new shiny Orange. I'm very impressed by it, and from what I heard of the Peavey when I tried it in Guitarguitar the other week it sounds a lot more 'tubey' despite no tubes being in there. (I sound like I know what I'm talking about... I don't really.)
So that's that.
In other news, I've been playing a lot of Serious Sam. I'm now going through on Serious difficulty, and by the time I've finished that The Second Encounter will be unleashed. Which means Corridor Of Death all over again!

Here's a demo of my new amp: