Welcome to Oddworld: A distant jungle planet which feels like the dumping ground for all of Mother Nature's more interesting flights of fantasy. Its a world teeming with life or all shapes and sizes, but always weird and wonderful. Its an awesome sight to behold...but wait, there's a game in here somehwhere too, its not all eye candy. In fact, there is ONE HELL OF A GAME IN HERE! Do you like tough puzzlers? I do mean TOUGH puzzlers because Abe's Odyssee is one of the toughest and most rewarding of its kind that I have ever seen grace the Playstation. You do? Well you come to the right place brother...let me show you around...
You play Abe, one of the most clueless and adorable characters seen on the computer screen. He looks like a..like an, I-dont-know-what, kinda like a green bent-over goblin type alien figure who narrates through the story with a voice sounding like a goblin with a heavy cold. Abe is very cute..and very dumb. But not as dumb as his counterparts whom it is your task to save. You see Abe is a slave, as are 99 of his Mudokin buddies who work for the vicious Glukkons in their meat processing plant known as the Rupture Farms. These corporate reptiles are suffering from something of a problem right about now - their 'aggressive marketing strategy' means that the current Scrab and Paramite population is falling to epedemic levels - in short they have pretty much wiped out the source of the meat they are processing. They need an alternative and one night whilst staying late to get in a bit of extra cleaning Abe overhears just how they intend to overcome their meat shortage - by changing the menu to include Mudokins!!! Horrified, Abe sneaks off and the rest of the game is devoted to a run through of Abe's attempts to rescue his 99 bretheren from the farms before they are all turned into hamburgers...well 'mudburgers' maybe...
This is no ordinary game. The attention to detail is awesome and its a joy to even watch someone play it(my first experience of it). The cut scenes are some of the best I have seen in a game. They are not just space fillers to move the story along, but blend seemlessly in with the gameplay, even with the last frames freezing into the actual gamescreen so that you take over where the cut scene leaves off. You spend half your time admiring the gorgeous backgrounds, even if the foreground is the usual Playstation fare. Its great stuff. Great too is the attention to the characterisations. Abe is so dumb that he is cute and the voice effects are just perfect. The narration is often done in the for of a poem, which when delivered in the nasally congested voice of a drunken goblin just sounds wonderful - you can't help but fall in love with Abe. All of which makes it all the more imperative that you keep him and his buddies safe throughout the numerous levels which await you...
...which is less that easy. You may be able to complete the game, but rescuing all 99 of the Mudokins is many, MANY times harder. You begin in the Rupture Farms, with a number of Mudokins to lead to safety past the cybernetic sligs, and then out into the real world of Oddworld which is the most carniverous, dangerous place you'll have ever seen. Tough luck then really that you have very little in the way of actual weaponary at your disposal...in fact, you have ZERO weaponary at your disposal but instead must rely upon you it and guile to get past your opponents...and Abe's shamanistic powers of course. You see, Abe is something of a God amongst his people, given special power by 'Bigface'(don't ask) which allows him to not only be pretty much immortal(you just go back to where you were before you died) but also with the power to possess your opponents by chanting mystic hyms and manipulate your surroundings in much the same way. You will have to learn how to utilise these abilities and others to best effect if you stand any chance of completing this game. Trust me, you are going to end up very dead, and very often in the course of trying.
You'll also end up with quite a few casualties on route as well because your buddies are pretty dense. When you see one mopping the floor etc. you can run up to them and tell them to "follow you" (in the cutest accent known to man) and they will. Tell them to "wait" and they will go back to cleaning...of course they'll follow you right into the path of danger and get killed, they'll also wait until something comes along and eats them...hmmm.
Each section of the game IS completable without the aid of a cheat but you'll be very tempted to go hunting for one - don't!
Its well worth sticking with this, I have never had such a crowning sense of acheivement at completeing any game on my own merits than I did with this one...its a toughie, but its worth it! The puzzles all fall into the manipulate surroundings/possess bad guy/perform-a-number-of-events-in-perfect-timing-or-end-up-very-dead...kind of bracket but trust me, there is enough variety to keep you amused for the entire length of the game...even if it does have you pulling your hair out at times...most times! Damn, even farting gets you killed here...yes your character passes wind and giggles shyly...which I have often done by misclicking and ended up cut in half by machine gun fire for my attrocious social faux pas, but you can also use it to create a diversion as your enemies even react to sound!
As sideways scrolling platform games go, this has to be the finest of them all by my recogning, the first I have seen to pip the awesome Flashback(on the Amiga) for that crown in terms of its gameplay.
9 years agoDevil_Boy
9 years agoDevil_Boy
I feel like shit...... I am so tired and drunk...I am very sad becasue I want someone to hold me and be there for me.......I want someone to love me and to care for me when i am lonely. I want someone to just want to know who i am and not listen to what other people say. i want someone who is true and not want to ever hurt me. I am angry... no one knows how to treat me how i should be treateded... Im mad because some people take advantage of me.... I so angry because some people just take take take from me.
im cant feel anythin anymore
9 years agoDevil_Boy
Yep, It's me.
Nothing significant's really happened in my life since my last journal back in May.
No job, no girlfriend, nothing. Just music and getting fatter.
So, yeah. I guess I'll start posting on here more often.
Saw "How To Train Your Dragon in 3D!". That was pretty good.
Just looked in my RvB Statistics and noticed that I've had 1,369 views.
Wondering how many of those views aren't just Me.
10 years agoDevil_Boy
Don't know if this is just a sick coincidence but....
2007 - Chinese year of the Chicken - Bird Flu Pandemic devastates parts of Asia
2008 - Chinese year of the Horse - Equine Influenza decimates Australian racing
2009 - Chinese year of the Pig - Swine Flu Pandemic kills hundreds of pigs around the globe.
Has anyone else noticed this???!!!
I'm dreading when it's gonna be the Chinese year of the Cock - what could possibly go wrong?
PROTECT YOURSELVES MEN!!!!!!
10 years agoDevil_Boy
Haven't been on here in a while. Didn't even bother to review Wolverine. (7 out 10, Predictable but Pretty to look at).
PC Crashed. Writing this on my PS3. Need a new PC now, Makes sense, Have had the same one for 6 years now.
Haven't left my room in 4 days now, INTENSE Writing Block. Writing stuff, throwing it away. Wondering how long my strings will last until I have to spend money on new ones. $$$
Living on flat-food diet, eating only what would fit under the door. Pizza, Burgers (layer by layer), Pancakes, etc. Lost 4 pounds.
Performed Drama Exam last week. Went good, Will post the link as soon as my friend can edit the video together.
Haven't socialised with friends since Wolverine. I promise never to film a trip to Cardiff ever again. Sick of trying to be entertaining rather than being myself.
1am now. I need to sleep but my brain won't stop. Can't stop listening to "A Wolf At The Door" by Radiohead.
Can't stop drawing pictures of pointy Wolves eating HER body. She will vitalise them.
10 years agoDevil_Boy
Ã¢â‚¬Å“WatchmenÃ¢â‚¬Â is a film that truly does live up to the hype. It's a brilliant adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name, remaining highly faithful to its source material but still managing to add its own personal touches along the way. Director Zack Snyder has truly outdone himself with Watchmen, his stunning follow-up to 300, and after watching the movie he's definitely gained my respect as a budding and promising Hollywood director. I hadn't even read the graphic novel prior to watching the film, let alone even hear of it until a few weeks ago. Yet the movie still managed to be a highly engaging experience for me; Ã¢â‚¬Å“WatchmenÃ¢â‚¬Â manages to keep audiences gripped for nearly the entire movie, and is rarely boring. This is a feat that isn't pulled off by many movies (well, not to me anyway), and this certainly impressed me.
For those who have no idea what the hell the movie is about, then here's its story in a nutshell: the Watchmen are a band of 'superheroes', as such, who prevent crime and uphold justice in New York City; at first, the movie sounds like a typical 'superhero' film, but it's far from that. The film is set years after the Watchmen have disbanded and retired, but they're forced back into action once again after one of their own, The Comedian, is attacked and killed by an unknown assailant. An investigation ensues, one that involves intense action and a highly intriguing plot, and it's extremely hard not to be drawn in by the highly unique and compelling plot.
Furthermore, his direction in 300 didn't exactly impress me but Zack Snyder's vision in Watchmen completely blew me away; the film is a near-masterpiece when analysing its technical brilliance and Snyder's virtuoso, and this makes Watchmen completely different from the 'superhero' movie that we've been exposed to so many times in the past decade. Comparisons can most definitely be drawn to The Dark Knight, a superhero movie that also managed to defy its conventions Ã¢â‚¬" Watchmen does just this.
It's not perfect though, as much as I'd like it (and every other movie) to be; but the positives far outweigh the negatives, and the only large fault I can think of is the plot getting convoluted towards the end of the movie. It's here where the identity of The Comedian's assassin is revealed, and the whole plot is laid bare for the audience to comprehend. It's an excellent story to say the least, and because of this it's highly unpredictable.
I especially loved its references to pop culture and the use of historic events (as well as an alternate history) to drive the story forwards; one example being the inclusion of Richard Nixon as a pivotal character in the story works surprisingly well and this only made me adore Watchmen's story even more. Despite never reading the graphic novel, I can understand why it's so revered and celebrated by the masses.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“WatchmenÃ¢â‚¬Â is a fabulous start to my 2009 cinema year, and is a brilliant comic-book adaptation and a near-masterpiece. I'll definitely be following Snyder's career in the future and hope that his next films can be just as good (or even top Watchmen). I also hope that the rest of 2009 will provide us with movies that are just as good. If this holds true, then it'll be one hell of a year for film.
10 years agoDevil_Boy
Killzone 2 is quite possibly the most hyped game ever released for the Playstation 3. Four years ago, Sony wowed E3 with Killzone 2 footage that looked too good to be true. At the time, it was. Developer Guerilla Games later confirmed the "trailer" was a target render of what they hoped to accomplish on the Playstation 3.
That the final product realizes the promise of that early footage is a testament to the power of the PS3. That it improves upon said footage is a victory for Guerrilla and Sony. That its gameplay rivals its design is great news for PS3 owners.
Killzone 2 is, put simply, the best looking game I've seen on any console. The game takes place on the planet of Helghan, whose dark design screams evil, with random electrical charges coursing through its decaying frame. Little details, such as lazily-floating particulate matter and blowing dust breathe life into the dying landscape. And the color palette, while muted, is well-suited to a crumbling urban center.
That is NOT CGI, It's a real time location, Halo's got NOTHING on this!
The Killzone 2 campaign is a burst of adrenaline, propelling you to overcome insurmountable odds in a short period of time. I finished in around 10 hours, but that included a bit more exploring than the average gamer is likely to do and all sorts of fail on the challenging final mission.
The plot, a continuation of previous Killzone games, is serviceable, but it works best because it's straightforward and doesn't draw players away from the action. It's possible to get to know some of the characters, but if it's your first experience with the series, they'll likely remain strangers.
The flow of the campaign is excellent, with intense opening missions giving way to more refined and varied gamplay in the middle sections only to return to an epic firefight at the game's conclusion.
Opening missions find your character Tomas "Sev" Sevchenko smack dab in the middle of one vicious firefight after another. These skirmishes are part of a large-scale troop movement in Helghan's capital, Pyrrhus, toward Visari, the tyrannical ruler of Helghast who escaped 2006's Killzone: Liberation with a healthy supply of nuclear weapons.
Middle and later missions slow the pace down ever-so-slightly and introduce some much needed variety: On The Cruiser, you man an AA gun to protect Colonel Templar's ship; and in Maelstra Barrens, the second-to-last mission, you make up for Sev's diminutive stature by manning a massive robotic EXO.
If Killzone 2 is going to sell consoles, it's going to do so on the strength of its warzone multiplayer mode, which features eight maps, five game types, six unlockable character classes and up to 32 players.
The maps vary in size and scope, but they have several things in common: They're beautiful, vertical and feature very few spots where you aren't at least partially exposed to danger. Corinth Crossing, a personal favorite, takes place on a bridge that is necessarily straight and narrow, but its multiple vertical levels make it an exhilarating challenge, a supercharged version of Wet Work from Call of Duty 4.
The game types in Killzone 2 multiplayer Ã¢â‚¬' Body Count, Assassination, Search & Retrieve, Capture & Hold and Search & Destroy Ã¢â‚¬' are par for the course, but game creators have myriad customization options. The biggest bang for your buck is an all-mission 32-player game, which cycles through each of the five game types seamlessly without load/wait times. By stringing five games together, you're guaranteed a respectable kill count and can efficiently rack up rankscore points.
Warzone puts a premium on these rankscore points and requires significant work to unlock some of the game's best content, but as you progress you'll earn multipliers that speed up your ascent. It isn't until you reach a rankscore of 200 that you begin to unlock content Ã¢â‚¬' a shotgun and SMG Ã¢â‚¬' to add to your initial stock of two standard assault rifles. Five hundred points will earn you a light machinegun and 1110 will get you a rocket launcher,etc.
Controls remain consistent with the campaign mode except for the ability to use cover, which is removed completely. It's an understandable adjustment (constant hiding = snooze fest), but it can make for an awkward transition from the campaign and lends a separate-and-not-quite-equal air to the major modes of Killzone 2.
The lack of cover ability speeds up the game and places an increased emphasis on precision shooting on the move. While the x and y-axis sensitivity seemed a bit sluggish but playable in the campaign, you'll want to crank the sensitivity up for multiplayer. Almost a week in, I continue to tweak my settings, but that may just be an excuse I make after particularly brutal rounds.
Killzone 2 also offers a handful of cool new features that set it apart from its console multiplayer peers. In particular, the ability to spawn at your squad leader is particularly useful, but seems to be underutilized at this point by most on the Playstation Network.
If you have a PS3, why the F**K don't you have this game?
2nd ever 10/10
10 years agoDevil_Boy
In what is a baffling move, Microsoft has banned a woman from its XBox Live, after she noted herself as lesbian in her profile with the Xbox Live community, according to the reports from the Consumerist.
The woman, identified only as Teresa, complained about the suspension of her account and all the harassment she faced as she mentioned herself as a lesbian in her profile with Microsoft Xbox Live.
The woman notified that she was harassed by other players of the community, and she kept on moving across various maps and games in order to avoid all the harassment and the gamers kept on following her and even informed other gamers to report to the Microsoft as they didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t wish to see Ã¢â‚¬Å“that crap or their kids to see that crapÃ¢â‚¬Â.
How someone's sexual orientation can effect a gaming is puzzling!!!!!!!!
10 years agoDevil_Boy
Voice acting has always been a big thing for me. Wether it be when I'm nailing the voices of Louie Armstrong, Kermit the Frog, Marvin The Martian, Movie Voice, various celebrity people, etc, to actually meeting Don LaFontaine, the voice of movies (who unfortunately died last year, So glad I got to meet him)
Due to be in need of some form of income to pay rent and basically LIVE, I've finally become a professional voice actor.
Let me tell you about how it works:-
I registered at voice123.com and sent out some demos to agents and talent companies. These agents can then e-mail me and ask me to narrate, act or advertise their media.
As of this month of starting. I've only had two "gigs" where one was the information touring narration for a museum in Houston, Texas and an advert to advertise the popularity of the voice123 site.
So far I've made Ã‚Â£200. Ã‚Â£150 from Houston and Ã‚Â£50 from the site.
It really is just like playing make believe with a microphone.......for enormous amounts of money $_$
My Voice Profile can be viewed here:- HERE! CLICK IT QUICK!
So now you know....and knowing is half the battle!
Geeee Iiiiiiii JOOOOOOOOOE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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