Well let me get to the meat of this blog. I was playing Mass Effect oh say an hour ago...I had just landed on a world which held the objectives to the sidequest I was actively engaged in. I noticed that the game had been loading alot more, taking brief pauses everytime I entered a new area or went onto the galaxy map. The game had just given me the reigns of the game after a cutscene...that *sigh*...was when it happened. Not a second after I resumed control, everything went dark, my tv shutoff, and up came 3 red lights that I prayed I would never EVER see.
Yep. I caught the 3 Lights of Death....my reaction was instant, vulgar, and very loud. What's mind boggling is that my 360 is an Elite, everyone I talk to is surprised that my Elite got the 3LD (3 lights of death). I asked everyone why and supposedly the Elite somehow is "unable" to get the 3LD, and if that's true how come I was so lovingly graced with those deathly red illuminations. Well I powered down, and turned the 360 back on and it seemed to be fine, but I know "fine" is just an illusion...I honestly don't know what to do right now...I really don't want to send my 360 in to be repaired for obvious reasons...and I don't know if the elites are still around for purchase...I wonder what effects will happen if I ignore it and continue to play like it never happened.
If anyone can give me some insight as to why the Elites supposedly can't get the lights of death, please let me know.
It literally is the Galaxy. Yes all who have played the game will know that Mass Effect is a really, really, really, REALLY big game. You'll travel across our entire galaxy playing this game. It's the scope...the magnitude of this game can sometimes...well most times cause these graphical distortions. It's funny actually, the game is so huge, so epic, that sometimes the game needs to catch its own breath. Oh well...the sooner you move past the glitches the more you'll enjoy the experience.
Tuedsday night the Sci-Fi channel had this show about Mass Effect. It was called Sci-vs-Fi, and it was about comparing the elements found in Mass Effect with the elements of space in real life. I didn't watch the entire show...actually I watched probably about 3 minutes worth of it. And in those three minutes, it was a bunch of people from the gaming community (developers in Bioware, magazine editors, those idiots over at IGN, even someone from G4 *shock*) talking about how big the game was, how different it can be for different people. There was one quote that caught my interest. I forget who said it but whoever it was, was referring to ME's combat system, and the statement was: "You can play the game different ways, you can play like a chess player, or you can play...like a Halo player." This sentence...is the biggest LIE. I tried it...I tried to fight in Mass Effect like I would fight in Halo...and guess what...I got murdered everytime I even THOUGHT about trying to run and gun. No, to succeed in combat you must play as the chess player, strategizing each and every move, then executing them with startling efficiency.
Besides those two lil'...nitpicks aside, Mass Effect is excellent, it's a fun new experience. I truly appreciate that BioWare made this game so epic on a grand scale.
Well we can always depend on Ubisoft to make a great game. I picked up my limited edition Assassins Creed last wednesday, and I just gotta say that Ubisoft has managed to outdo itself in every aspect. I don't know how they did it but Ubisoft crafted a world that truly does feel alive...perhaps even more alive than Grand Theft Auto. Every little thing you do can juice a reaction from the people of the game, whether it be benign or not. Creed manages to maintain the familiar control that Prince of Persia did oh so well back in '03 when it burst onto the scene. But Creed...Creed just, makes it evolve...I don't know how but if you've played it you'll know. Ubisoft truly has created a masterpiece. Perhaps Eidos should take a page from Ubisoft, and learn how to deliver a great experience when you promise one.
Well back in August is when I got it, my HDTV set. Yep, it's a Sharp AQUOS, 37 inches, and althought it doesn't do full 1080p it does do 1080i. It's not the exact model TV I wanted, but I am in no way complaining. So yeah that was one of the highlights of this past summer for me. And as if the Gods of Gaming knew I had just gotten my HD set they had blessed us with Bioshock and its heavenly goodness. Bioshock...that game alone totally ate up August for me. You can damn well believe that I put my set through it's paces popping in all my 360 games to check out what each and every one had to offer on extra resolution that my TV pumps out. I popped in Gears of War which is just plain Sexy on an HD set. It's definetly safe to say that an HDTV is an awesome investment, especially these days since all the consoles are moving into the fabled "HD" Era.
Then came September Ohh September. Nothing interesting for the first couple of days then came my birthday where I was appropriately greeted by more games. My buddy got me Metroid Prime 3 which in my humble opinion blows the other two away for miles. Pops got me Stranglehold which is incredibly fun. Mumsy actually shocked me and graced me with Guitar Hero II. And to top it all off I treated myself to one more game, The Godfather. I honestly didn't have high hopes for The Godfather, but it actually turned out to be pretty decent. A while later I picked up Eternal Sonata after playing the demo, and although my RPG days are long behind me, Eternal Sonata...was Great. Yeah it's really fun to play, and it looks absolutely stunning on said HD set.
Then...oohhh, then came the BOMB! Yeahhh Halo 3 ohh man was that day sacred for me. I wasn't able to get down to my local Gamestop to pick my copy up at the midnight release like I had promised myself when I beat Halo 2, but I did watch the G4 special. It's funny because while I was watching that glorious near 3 hour special I felt like a crack addict in need of a fix. And at first I was dissapointed that I didn't get to my local Gamestop, then I got pissed because I couldve gone to NYC to watch that awesome show they put on with the Mongooses riding around and the Hummer, and the dude in the Master Chief suit aww man I wish I coulda been there...I really could have too man, NYC is a 20 minute trip for me. Ahh well what're you gonna' do.
Well...it's October now, a couple of high list games came out a few days back. Clive Barkers Jericho came out which I gotta' pick up. Ace Combat 6 which is a game I DEFINETLY need to pick up...I've been playing the Ace Combat games since they were on the very first Playstation. I picked up Conan, and it's exactly what I thought it was gonna be. God of War. Yep, Conan derives almost EVERY aspect of itself from God Of War...I still think its fun to play though. I'm on the fence about getting Virtua Fighter 5, the demo was pretty sweet, and there hasn't been a good fighter in a while so only time will tell
Hopefully with the start of this blog I can get back into reviewing more games. I know I've been saying this forever, but I need to get back on the horse here. Oh well...Peace be with all.
As I sit here with my diet Dr. Pepper I type away...returned from a hiatus I hope never happens again. Well fellas things have been kind of slow for me. I finally got my Xbox360 ELITE, so I couldn't be happier....however my HDTV deal has yet to fall through...so much for a graduation present. The last game I purchased was The Darkness. It is now my favorite game on the 360, it has exceeded my expectations to the point where I started a new game, right after the credits finished. I'm thinking of buying Hitman: Blood Money...I dont know. It's getting to be that mid summer game slump when nothing new comes out until the end of august. Ahh man.
I know it's a little off topic, but Transformers was awesome. I know I'm seriously late with this but I haven't been on in a while to express my opinion heh ha. Like I said, it was really awesome it stayed true to the story, it was hilarious, and best of all ACTION PACKED.
I'm gonna see if I have the patience to start up with my game reviews again. I've tried a couple of times but didn't have the gusto to complete any. I know I have lots of work to do reviewing games like Zelda, Gears, Rainbow6 and the like. I also need to update my collection...badly.
Well peace be with you my gamespot peeps. I'm outie.
Howdy fellas. It's been a slow month for me. Mainly because I've only bought two games since the beginning of April. Yup, recently I got Crackdown and MGS: Portable Ops, and I gotta say that Crackdown is alot more fun than I thought it would be. The 360 elite launches in a few days and I gotta' admit that I'm pretty stoked about it. For some reason I knew as soon as I saw it that I had to have it. Maybe it's the Jet black color...maybe it's that hefty 120 gig harddrive. Whatever the reason it looked awesome...and I've been jonesin' for a black 360 ever since they came out. I've also commenced what I like to call Operation: HD. Thats right...operation: High Definition. My plan is to somewhere down the road acquire an HDTV. My HDTV of choice is the 40 inch Sharp AQUOS, which at it's highest runs in 1080p. I've been doing some research on it, and it looks pretty frickin sweet. With some luck I'll be able to get it soon. Of course they don't come cheap...especially if you want quality.
The other day I was visting thelastboss.com and I came across a video clip of Jack Thompson talking about the Virgina Tech shooting. I found it hilarious that that man can be called an "expert" in school shootings, when all he does is rant about how Doom is his famous "Murder Simulator". Honestly the video was no different...he just went on and on and on and on about how games can teach people to kill and maintain a "low heart rate" while doing it. Thompson can spit all he wants it honestly doesn't make him any smarter than he already is. Well...I reckon I'm done for now...how've you guys been?
Yes Kiddies, the Destroyer has returned. After such a long time after so many things have transpired....my god...it's good to be back. Previously my PC was....aahh what do you call it, ah yes FUBAR! My my my my, so many things to do. Well it looks like I stepped in on an important day. I mean....DMC4 going to the 360??? Now that was unexpected....and honestly I would prefer if it did stay on the PS3. It was the reason I was gonna' get a PS3 in the first place. Oh well. It seems that Sony has to ask itself a question....and maybe that question is..."WHAT THE F**K ARE WE DOING!?!?" It seems as time goes on, Sony's console only goes more and more down the tubes. I seriously hope the bigwigs up in the Sony Empire come to their senses and start pumpin out good stuff. That and lower the damn price of their system. Only time shall tell with Sonys situation. On another note, the news of the black 360 has me salivating...it makes it even better that it will supposedly be showing up late April...now that's what I'm talkin' about. Well like I said, I'm back, and here to stay.