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JUST A SERIES OF RANDOM REVIEWS AND THOUGHTS BY A NORMAL (OK, SEVERELY ABNORMAL) UNEMPLOYED COLLEGE STUDENT.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Puss in Boots

Another movie that has been out for a while but i finally got around to watching it. I expected this movie to not be good at all but I was happily surprised at how it was actually pretty funny. The story didn't really pull me in very much and I really didn't care about the characters or what happened to them. One thing I was really confused about was whether the story is supposed to be before, after, or completely separate from Shrek, and I was really hoping for some kind of reference to Shrek in the movie. The movie was funny and had a lot of great laughs but there were a lot of weak attempts at a joke that i was really disappointed at. They tried way too hard at times when a simpler joke would have been great. Overall i do think it was a good movie and if you like the Shrek movies than it would definitely be a movie you'd like.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Surrogates

I know it has been out for a while, but I finally ended up watching it. I think that a lot of the reviews I saw for it saying it was complete crap was way too harsh. I enjoyed the movie, and thought it was a really cool look into a weird version of the near future that I have never seen before. Although I enjoyed it I still had the constant feeling that there was something missing. There wasn't really much of a mystery going on except about the gun that kills surrogates and their controllers, but it seemed like they tried to add more to it. That key word of course being 'tried' since they really didn't accomplish it. The last part I really didn't like was how the ending was really abrupt and really didn't make me care about what happened. I was really hoping for it to be a good movie, but I guess every great looking movie can't fulfill the hype.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Family Guy Online (2)

Well 2 betas have gone by and I got into both of them, but ever time I tried to log in, the servers were full. I did however see that there were some new videos of the game and watched them. The game looks like it is really funny, and just as I said before, it makes me really want to explore the town which this game lets a long time fan like myself do. I am really started to get excited for it. I'm really not expecting it to be a great game, I am really just in it for the hilarity. I'll have another post about it if I do get into the next beta, or when the game comes out.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Bitcoins

A couple of months ago I read an article in a magazine, I think it was Wired, about Bitcoins. It is a legitimate Internet money system that can be easy transferred into your money of choice. The way that you gain Bitcoins though is unlike any other way. This will probably be a crappy description since I don't get the full idea of it but lets give it a shot. You get Bitcoins by committing your CPU or preferably your GPU to "mining" which is constantly figuring out mathematical equations until you discover a "block" which will give you 50 Bitcoins (BTC). On average it would take someone as of now two years to get a block, so people have come together and created "pools" which are groups of people who each get smaller, easier mathematical equations and when a block is found, everyone gets a fair share of the Bitcoins. My desktop currently has 2 fairly powerful GPUs and one of them isn't used much so for the past two days I have committed that second GPU to mining Bitcoins in a pool called Slush's Pool. Since it is a GPU that I do not use, I can go about my daily videogaming and internet surfing without problems. As of writing this I have made a whopping confirmed amount of 0.01033337 BTC which is equal to about a nickel. Not much, I know, but if I had more powerful GPUs and more computers to commit to mining, than I would be making a lot more Bitcoins. I'm not sure if I'll continue with mining since I have really just been experimenting with how it works, but we'll see.

To get a better description of Bitcoins and mining than you're probably better off just googling Bitcoins.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Jet Set Radio HD remake


Sega had a teaser a bit ago with the Jet Set Radio emblem.
Recently they came out and said they are releaseing an HD remake of the game for XBLA and PSN.
I am extremely excited.
Unfortunately it's not coming out until the summer.
Pretty much all I have to say about it.
Can't wait!

The article I read about it is here.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

I Am Alive

I played the trial for the game, and I have to say that it really intrigued me. It's another post apocalyptic game. There really isn't much information as to how the apocalypse happened, and I'm sure it is explained later in the game. I like how it seems to be an apocalypse that you usually font see in a game. There's a lot of talk about earthquakes and dust but what it was caused by wasn't told in the trial.

The only thing in the story that is given in the trial is that the man you play as, didn't really catch his name, nor did I care, was on the east coast of the US and traveled west for about a year to find his wife and daughter. When you get to his apartment they of course aren't there but a letter was left from a year earlier. So what i can gather, the game is about a man finding his family in a post apocalyptic world.

The game play seems pretty cool with some OK combat mechanics and travel methods. It has the climbing mechanics that you see or the saboteur (pretty good but not as good as Assassin's Creed's climbing), but with a stamina bar that slowly drains or goes faster when doing more tiring things like jumping from one ledge to another. There is also a rope that you can use, which isn't in the trial, to swing from one ledge to another. The combat comes down to basically just threatening people with a gun with no ammo, shooting them if you find A bullet (emphasis on the 'A' on purpose), and cutting people up with a machete. It's nothing special but works for the game.

The visuals are dreary as it should be with a game that has such a theme. As much of the game I saw, almost everything is in black and white with faint color showing, which looks really cool. That's about all I have to say about that.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Zeno Clash

Now this game is..interesting. There really isn't much of an introduction to the game so it's really confusing as to what is going on, but the most i could gather is that you have killed your father-mother, whatever that is, and you are on the run from your brothers and sisters..and there are a lot of them. I'm not quite sure what to say about the game except that from the 30 minutes i played it, I didn't like it, and I'm happy I payed very little for it. It is very confusing and the combat isn't that great. at many times it is aggravating because you take so much damage from a few hits and it is very hard to defend yourself. Now granted it is a indie game and i did compare it in my mind to bigger games, but from what it is I still think it is a good job by it's creators. The one thing i loved about it is the art of the game and it's graphics which are very distinct from other games and everything looks great.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Mass Effect 3

So after 26 hours of playing Mass Effect 3 since midnight launch (not playing straight without sleeping) I finally beat Mass Effect 3. Only one word can describe it..."AWESOME!" This game is truly amazing. Bioware has finished the trilogy with the greatest game yet. I could not have wished for a better end to the trilogy except for two parts (see spoiler for part 1 if you dare). and part two, it leaves a lot of questions.

The story pulls you in so much that all you want is more, and it constantly gives you an amazing story that you feel keeps going (in a good way) but of course must come to an end. you tie up a lot of loose ends with people you have met and learn a lot about things that have happened in the background of the games.

The combat has been greatly improved since the last two games, and no longer feels like a purely RPG game which the second game tried to do but in my mind didn't fully accomplish. The weapon selection is great and adds more with the weapon mods, but I found myself using the same exact weapons and mods for my character and squad members. The powers have also been greatly improved and are more effective than the last games giving you more options to take down you're enemies. The last couple of games I always found myself using only my weapons and occasionally my powers, but in this game I was always using a combination of them both to effectively take down my enemies.

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OK so the first part that I didn't like is that no matter what you do, shepherd dies, everyone loses the advanced technology including the citadel and mass relays. in a way I hate it, but also when I thought about it, its something different, in a good way of course, and the endings are quite poetic. but in any case, shouldn't have left so many questions.
SPOILER EDIT: so it ends up shepherd can survive, you just need your military rating thing at over 5000 which requires a combination of single and multi player. soooo... mass effect 4?