This is the first time I've been here in nearly 2 weeks.
11 years agospartanimo
I was going on my usual wiki safari that I undertake when I get bored enough earlier. I went from this to that and eventually ended up at First Person Shooters, which I followed to Red Faction.
Now, Red Faction was one of my all time favorite games. It is one of the few games that I deeply regret trading in (Along with MGS2: Substance. What an ass I was.) when I traded in practically every game I owned. The story was really cool. The characters were all pretty cool. And the game was just damn fun to play. I played Red Faction countless times and the Multiplayer got its fair share of uses. Even my little brother, who only really likes a handful of platformers and racing games, loved it.
So, it's not bizarre to think that I was excited about Red Faction 2. Another Red Faction? The first was awesome, but where can the story go!? Down the shitter is where. I really did not enjoy Red Faction 2. The story sucked. The characters sucked. The gameplay sucked (And they totally fucked over the GeoMod from the first game. You could practically build a city of tunnels in the first, in the second you could barely scratch a wall before it stopped working). And the multiplayer sucked, at least compared to the first. Stand alone it wasnt that bad. Nothing ground breaking, but it passed the time.
So, back to my wiki safari. When I went to the Red Faction page I noticed that it had a mention of Red Faction 3? What you say? Apparently they announced in February that they would be undertaking a sequel to Red Faction II. No other details there aside from 2008 fiscal year release.
It's hard to be hopeful after 2, it really is. But, I would be the happiest person on the face of the earth come RF3 release day if they made it as awesome as the first one. I suppose I'll have to keep my eye on this one.
11 years agospartanimo
Well, despite my earlier misgivings about the title I got the book today and finished about 20 minutes ago.
In short, I loved it. It was a very fitting end to the series and finally answered questions and confirmed/denied theories that had been floating about.
I raise my cup to Rowling, I think she did a great job at the end here.
12 years agospartanimo
The three major console companies have come forward and presented their information to us, thanks to G4 being able to cover it (which is my only way to see it). Of course each wants to make the point that they are the best and give the reasons why they are the best. Honestly, the console giants are what I was really looking forward to because, as much as I love my PC and the games I play on it, I've always been a console gamer first and foremost. So what are my impressions of the Big Three and their Presentations? Well, if you care here you go:
Microsoft didnt really start out with a big bang. I had come to the table primarily to see what Halo 3 had to offer and whether there would be any shocking news about ports or new games. Instead, they give me some bullshit fans playing the theme song to Halo. Good for them. Get off the stage. Then, they bring out Rock Band. Now, Rock Band looks interesting and I'm sure if will be a hit, but the song was obnoxious (maybe it was just the woman singing) and I was grinding my teeth 15 seconds in. Then more unremarkable information. The stats on why they are big and better, to be expected but nothing I havent already read about. Then a lot of old trailers I've already seen. And then finally the only a few things that stand out in my mind.
First, the least significant one to me. The PC version of Gears of War. No, I won't be getting it because I don't have Vista and don't really care. Though it was cool to see that they finally did something with the Brumack (I didnt even know it was called that until now) because I was disappointed when it appeared in a cutscene and then nothing more came of it. The second thing I liked, the Assassin's Creed demo. It looks really fun and I'm looking forward to playing it. Shame they had the nice floating body glitch and how the remarkable city AI didnt respond to the character leaping off a building into a pile of hay. That was just funny though.
And lastly the Halo 3 bits. Not sure I'm supporting his connection that it is the new Star Wars. In fact, I'm sure I said bullshit the moment he made the connection. And that live action thing just confused me. It was neat, but what was the point? The new footage though did look pretty awesome and got me a little more excited about the game. They cut it off last night, but played it again today. Looks awesome. Call of Duty 4 just came to mind. While the level they showed didnt exactly excite me, it does look nice. Also, while I'm thinking of it, the fact that Grand Theft Auto 4 will only be complete if you get some shit off of the Xbox Live marketplace kind of pissed me off. So is that how it is going to be? We pay money for your game, but you're just going to milk more money out of us for the rest of the game? I'm sure it isnt anything like missing story, but I hope it doesnt become a trend.
Oh, and Resident Evil 5. Not really surprised because I havent been following it so I didnt even know what consoles it was coming to in the first place. But when they first started showing it I almost had a heart attack. For the first handful of seconds I thought maybe they were revealing MGS4 for the Xbox 360 (Which would probably result in me drifting into the 360 camp. At least the edges of the camp). Though I was hoping for zombies this time and it looks like we may be getting more Las Plagas-esque enemies. Not a big deal, but zombies are fun. Mass Effect looks neat to.
Overall, nothing real impressive. Some nice footage, but nothing to spectacular or shocking.
Nintendo was far more tolerable. No obnoxious music from fans or from a game. Just facts. Again, a lot of stuff I was already familiar with. And it really continued with that. Since I don't own a Wii, the release dates werent too exciting for me though there are some familiar games (At least new incarnations and sequels to familiar games.) I was hoping to see some Brawl, and possibly a glimpse of Snake in Brawl, but no joy there. Not a big deal though as that was mostly just curiosity. They showed off their new Zapper and a ResiEvil game to go with it (This one has real zombies!) and their Wheel for MarioKart. Plus, the new WiiFit thing. Not a big deal for me, but it had me laughing when they did the bit with Reggie and then had the Soccer contest with Miyamoto.
Overall, amusing and a bunch of new stuff. Super Mario Galaxy looked really nice and fun. Since I'm not planning to buy a Wii though it didnt excite me all that much. I am glad to see they are doing well though.
Sony. Honestly, it's the one I was eagerly awaiting. After my NES I've owned a Sony Console from Playstation to Playstation 2 and loved them (Still love my Playstation 2). I just wish the PS3 wasnt 500 dollars. Still a bit (Actually a lot) more than I want to pay at the moment so it's a good thing I'm still waiting. However, the beginning didnt amaze me. The virtual world deal was cheesy and the PSP information uninteresting. I don't like the PSP from my experience with it and will never buy one. They scored points when they brought Chewbacca onto the stage, but only because it was a wookiee and wookiees are awesome.
The Playstation Network I was looking forward to a bit because I'm not all that familiar with it. All the games presented looked interesting, EchoChrome had the 3D illusion thing going for it. Wipeout looked 'meh' and I couldnt really see what Pain was supposed to be thanks to the way the camera was following the screen. Warhawk also looked neat, but I'm not sure. I've never really played SOCOM that much but from what they showed it didnt look that different. Maybe a bit better graphically, but that's all. The other trailers they showed were interesting, but I was waiting for only one thing.
Metal Gear Solid 4. We finally have a true confirmation from official sources saying it is exclusive and the trailer itself raised a bunch of questions. However, it looked truly amazing and has me the most excited I've been so far about E3. Hopefully, I'll get to see the live demo he'll play later on. This is truly... Continued below.
12 years agospartanimo
Now, I've never been familiar with the Fallout series. Aside from knowing that it took place in the future, involved radiation and nuclear weapons in some capacity, and had guys that were apparently like Space Marines.
So, when I was at my friend's house and saw an article on Fallout 3 in Game Informer my first reaction was "Hey, it's those Space Marine lookin' guys."
Then I read the article...
And now, well, it is the only game that I am seriously looking forward to aside from Metal Gear Solid: 4. I mean, what's not to like? An rpg in the style of Oblivion (At least engine wise) with guns and a post-apocalyptic future? Having your whole life being played out with your childhood as the tutorial and set up for skills?
Sounds damn good to me. And by the time it is out I'll have myself a next-gen console to play it on.
12 years agospartanimo
Well, I've been watching Stargate SG-1 for years now. At least since early middle school, and considering I'm going into my third year of college, that's an awfully long time.
It is, I am happy to say, one of the best science fiction programs that was ever on television. You don't have to agree with me, and I know many do know, but hey...whatever. It has had some of my all time favorite villains (The Goa'uld rock), locales, storyline in general (Always have loved Egyptology), gear (Staff weapons are pretty badass), and of course heroes. The original SG-1 team especially. Right there I have four of my all time favorite Sci-Fi characters. Not to mention a host of other characters that are awesome.
Now that it is over I'm a little sad (Even if I havent really watched 80-90% of the last season or two. I mean come on, you get rid of O'Neill and change the times on me and it makes it harder to watch) but know I've got plenty of repeats to keep watching, the wonder of the internet to allow me to see what I missed on these last two seasons, and a couple movies on the way.
Oh, and that little thing called Stargate Atlantis to watch. Now that it is my only choice I am more inclined to watch it to get my Stargate fix (Too bad I have to wait until September for the end to this season finale).
Good run, SG-1. I'll see you in the reruns.
12 years agospartanimo
So, my last final was Friday. Summer has begun.
I need a job so I can buy a car and probably a new computer. No plans other than that though.
Summer also means I get to leave cable behind for one line dial up. Which means less visits to RvB.
Oh well. Happy Summer!
Also, this was interesting:
Row over Nefertiti bust continues
Two men from opposite sides of the law are undercover within the Boston State Police department and the Irish mafia, but violence and bloodshed boil when discoveries are made, and the moles are dispatched to find out their enemy's identities.
I just got back from seeing this movie and really enjoyed it. Who else has seen it, and what are your opinions on it?
"The adventures of the Lafayette Escadrille, young Americans who volunteered for the French military before the U.S. entered World War I, and became the country's first fighter pilots."
After seeing the trailer I have to say that I'm pretty excited about the movie. World War I aviation has always been interesting too me (though maybe not as much as WWII aviation) and I think it's great to see a new movie coming out based on that part of the war.
Any opinions or other people looking forward to this movie?
2019 years agospartanimo
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