Monday, April 30, 2012

Game of Thrones (show)

     Game of Thrones is by far my favorite show of the last few years. It starts off strong in the beginning scenes and keeps going with one of the greatest stories a show has ever had, thanks to the books in the series called A Song of Ice and Fire written by George R.R. Martin, which the show was adapted by. Game of Thrones Pulled me in immediately and kept me in the story constantly interested in what was going on, making me want more and more and never wanting to stop watching it. I watched the entire first season and the first 2 episodes of the second in 2 days and the only reason I am not watching it right now as I am typing this is because of internet problems which is causing problems with HBO's streaming service on Xbox Live called HBO GO.

   Game of Thrones has made me feel for the characters in all emotions especially my hate for the Lannister family, except for Tyrion, and my love for the Stark family which I am sure is exactly what the show's creators aimed for.

     The acting is so great show-wide that you forget you are watching a show and instead think that you are watching something that is actually happening since everyone is so believable. Every actor gets their character's personality perfect and it is easy to figure out how they are, until they surprise you with a twist to reveal their true intentions.

     The visuals are something to marvel at. All special effects look completely realistic and the settings always look magnificent. From the snowy forests of the north to the city streets of King's Landing, the areas the show takes place in couldn't be more perfect to help tell the story.

     If you have yet to see Game of Thrones I extremely highly suggest you start watching it especially if you love the fantasy genre.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Ninja Gaiden 3

I played the demo for it and one word that would describe it is boring. I don't know why but for some reason i always thought that the Ninja Gaiden games were stealth games, probably because you're a freakin ninja. Nope I was wrong, it's just another one of those boring mash the x button and slash a guy 6748635 times to kill him games. Probably the worst part of the demo, and the part i turned it off, was when I go into an area completely covered in smoke and the helper woman or whatever tells you "This smoke should shroud you from the enemies" or something along those lines, then you constantly get hit by enemies with rocket launchers that shouldn't be able to see you. You can't do anything because every time you try to move, attack, or jump you get hit by 3+ rockets that do a lot of damage to you and knock you to the ground. So I'm never touching a Ninja Gaiden game ever again, and honestly I'm not sure why it's been around for so long. I really hope for the developer's sake that this is just a the bad egg in the series.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Diablo III Beta

This passing weekend, Blizzard had the open beta for Diablo III. It let you play as any of the classes until about level 10 when you kill the main boss of what I am guessing is the starting quest line.

The Graphics were great and added to the dark and evil feel of things going on in the game, though I had to turn them down because the beta was very laggy for me.

 I only played as the Monk and already found the class I want to use in the full game. The Monk uses a combination of martial arts and holy powers to take down his/her enemies. The abilities of the Monk were really fun and easy to get a handle on, probably because you can get by by just constantly clicking the left mouse button for single enemies then click the right mouse button when surrounded by enemies for an area attack. I'm certain that it would get a lot more complicated as you play the game since I of course only played the beta.

The areas and dungeons are so fun to explore and as I was getting closer to the end I had to constantly stop myself from exploring so much since the end of the beta would reset everything no matter what I found. An added awesomeness is that for every character you have, the dungeons are randomly generated so you never have any two playthoughs exactly the same.

Another thing I got a great look at is the endless amounts of glorious loot that you can get by killing enemies. In the full game they will have an "auction house" for buying and selling equipment, items, and characters for either real or in-game money.

There is also people you can recruit to help you in either battle or crafting. You can equip, level up, and assign skills to your battle companions and level up your crafting companions to make you new armor and weapons.

The last thing I'll touch on is the story. From just the small sampling of story that I got from the beta, I can tell that the story will be epic. If you have ever seen the cinematic trailer then that is the exact point where your character comes in. He/She comes to town looking for a fallen star that landed in the chapel, and adventure ensues.

I didn't really care that much about the game before i played the beta, but now I cannot wait.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Sniper Elite V2

      Both me and my dad have played the demo that came out yesterday 5+ times each. Does that answer your question as to what I think about it? The game is one of the best WW2 games I have ever played, and that's just the demo we experienced. The whole thing will of course bring even more greatness.

      In the game you play Karl Fairburne, an American OSS agent as he stalks behind the enemy's lines in Berlin 1945 looking for scientists behind the German's V2 rocket program. Of course as the title says you are an elite sniper (big shock) so your main weapon is a sniper rifle. just about everything in the game is based around your skills as a sniper. The coolest thing I experience in the game was the bullet cam where at certain key moments, the camera will follow the bullet as it flies through the air and rips through your enemies' bodies showing how it damages the body whether it be breaking through the ribs, cracking open the skull, or shooting out someone's eye. The best thing was when I pulled off a shot that ripped through one German's skull, flew through the air then ripped through another skull. It may sound strange but me and my dad cheered and high-five at that moment just from the shear awesomeness. Both my mom and brother ran down the stairs thinking something amazing happened on TV but came to realize it was just a game. They just didn't get it.  Both my dad and I cannot wait until Sniper Elite V2 comes out because we are 100% sure that it will be pure awesomeness.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Magic: The Gathering

      For the past two weeks I have started to really get into playing Magic. I have been having so much fun with it and I am so happy that i meat my new friends that play it with me. I have always wanted to get into playing, but never bothered to buy any cards because i never had anyone to play with. Now thanks to my friend who introduced me to his group of friends, I have really cool people to play with.

      I have loved trading card games since I was young, going through the Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh fazes when they were at the height of their popularity (when they started). I also currently collect World of Warcraft cards, but I just collect them because I love everything WoW and love the cards' art, and of course for the off chance of getting and selling loot cards to buy more cards. Hopefully I'll end up meeting people that play WoW TCG then I'd definitely get into playing that too.

      I've only played a couple days, mostly today (for most of the day) and I absolutely love it. The wide range of cards lets you have many different strategies and deck types for taking down your opponents. There are even different game types for added challenges and fun. The satisfaction of taking down your opponent after a long drawn out match is second only to getting very lucky and pulling off a perfect sequence of cards that ends the match early. The game is really easy to learn and everything that your cards do is spelled out to the detail on the card itself. With some cards the description can, however, be a little confusing but simply looking up the card on the internet or asking a Magic veteran will clear it up.

      I love Magic: The Gathering, and I am certain I will continue to play it for years to come.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Bitcoins (2)

And to nobody's surprise, including mine. I have given up Bitcoin mining, at least for now. My GPU running at 16.5 Mhash/s made me a whopping 0.13472335 BTC which is about 62 cents in about 2 weeks. Maybe I'll get back into it when I get a better graphics card... probably not.

30 Minutes or Less

OK after this point I am no longer going to state the obvious fact that for a lot of movies it takes me forever to watch them. I laughed hard throughout this movie all the way to the final line. It is basically constant hilarity plus a great story, which is really rare to find since film makers seem to be sacrificing story for comedy for the past however many years it has been. From the beginning of the movie the story is set up perfectly to inform you about the characters: what is going on in their lives, what their flaws are, and what their personality is like. Thanks to that, you feel like you know them and feel for them when things go wrong. When it comes to the comedy, There were no pathetic attempts anywhere in the movie unlike my last review. Every joke they made was great and made me laugh. Everything fit perfectly with the movie so it didn't feel like a joke was out of place. I find it really hard to think of any criticisms about the movie. After a couple minutes of thinking since that last sentence, I'll just have to say the movie was hilariously amazing.