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...and at the End

Greetings, for the last time!

After more than seven years, I decided to give this blog a closure. I think it deserves it, as it was my journal and my soapbox through out my beginnings with games, online communities and Internet in general. In over 70 posts, it holds many memories.

At the time GameSpot was still interesting and had an amazing community, mostly thanks to all the Unions. However, GS didn't really support the Unions, and they degraded, until GS finally dropped them with the new design. I completely stopped coming to GS by then. Thanks to the redesign, I almost lost all of my game ratings, which got me paranoid. So I copied whatever ratings I still got, and now I'm officially leaving GS for good.

For a while, I tried continuing the blog on Giant Bomb, but it also didn't hold up. If you're still interested in whatever I do, you can find me on my website (worldisacube.net). If not, well, ... Enjoy your life. Goodbye!

Rokin

Bunch of Games

I wanted to use most of the time being sick by playing games. The recently-released ones, mostly. So I stockpiled a bunch of them, and started playing.

First on the list was Crysis. It was fun, at the start, but as I progressed further, all I wanted is to complete it already. Graphics were as expected; amazing. Nano-suit was fun, but I expected more. So I gave it a 8.5, and now I'm looking where to get Warhead.

Next is Assassin's Creed, which I very much wanted to play. It turned out to be pretty satisfying, but nothing more, as it got repetitive later in. And the story was hard to follow. 8.0 for exciting moves. But I hate cliffhangers (especially as stupid as this one).

And Far Cry 2. I think I see a pattern in these "Cry" games. Cool new tricks (why no one used them before?), amazing graphics (for uber-hyping up), and then disappointing gameplay (mostly just frustrating) and sucky story (let's not forget awful voice acting). But Far Cry 2 was a really frustrating experience for me. Most of the missions are completely alike, moving trough the world is long and tiring, and the story is almost non-existent. Very disappointing (6.5). But there are some nifty tricks with graphics (like your eyes adjusting to the light) and gameplay (repairing cars and gruesome healings).

On the to-complete list are also Red Alert 3, Witcher, Giants: Citizen Kabuto and Psi-Ops: Mindgate Conspiracy. I also purchased Left 4 Dead (thanks to UpInFlames' blog post), which I'm now playing 24/7. I'll write about it next time, now I have to go kill some Infected (and maybe few Survivors :))

Oh Noes... I'm Sick

Looks like I got pretty sick. Nothing serious though, I just have to rest for a few weeks (maybe months). Sucks anyway. I'm stuck in bed, can't work on the PC, even worse, can't play on the PC. And I just installed Assassin's Creed...

So, just to let you guys know, I'll be away for a while. I hope you can do without me :)

Using All of the New PC

Hey there! I've been busy trough the summer with a lot of things, but mostly with the new PC (see the previous blog post). I finally completed Unreal Tournament III, which was somewhat disappointing, but still very good (8.0). I also decided to go all the way with the new configuration... and try Crysis. Oh yeah, Crysis. It mostly played very smoothly at high settings. Yes, the game is very beautiful, concerning the graphics. Other than that, it wasn't disappointing, though I didn't expect much from it. Basically I expected Far Cry with Nano-Suit. Crysis seamed more linear and shorter, and I didn't get any urge to re-play it, but it was pretty satisfying (8.5)

Next on the list is Assassin's Creed and Gears of War. In the meantime, I'm still playing World in Conflict and Team Fortress 2 online. And re-playing GTA: Vice City for the x-th time.

Oh yeah, and the new Gamespot is here. It's not bad, though it's still unfinished. Unions are still the same, as well as the PM system. I hope they will fix that soon. It looks simpler this way. All I have to do is to get used to it :)

New PC!

So, I got my PC. I've been installing software for the last few days, especially... games. First thing I installed was Unreal Tournament III, and started the campaign. And boy, this is a big improvement. For my PC, not the UT franchise, I mean. Everything is so... shiny. :D

Like I said before, the configuration; I changed this:

Intel Pentium 4, 3000 MHz (15 x 200)
ASRock P4V88 (5 PCI, 1 AGP, 4 DDR DIMM, Audio, LAN)
Radeon 9600/X1050 Series Secondary (Omega 3.8.442) (128 MB)
ST380011A (80 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/100)
DDR SDRAM 2x1Gb + 2x256MB (upgraded before)

for this:

Gigabyte EP35-DS3 V2.1, s775, intel P35+ICH9, FSB 1600 O.C./1333
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 , 4x2.4GHz, socket 775, 8Mb G0
DDR2 2048Mb ( 2Gb ) PC6400 Kingmax MARS , 800MHz, CL5 x2
Gigabyte Radeon HD 4850 512MB DDR3,256bit, DVI-I / D-sub / HDTV
HDD Seagate 500GB, Serial ATA II,7200 rpm,Barracuda 7200.11 32Mb
PSupply CORSAIR 550W, VX Series CMPSU-550VXEU, 12cm vent., ATX
Pioneer DVR-215DBK, DVD±RW, 20x DVD±R ,12x DL

(Note: I just copy-pasted this, cause I don't know **** about hardware) All for less than 4800kn (cca. 664,90 Euros or $1,050).

So right now, I'm playing games like crazy. I have to beat UTIII campaign, get back on World in Conflict's ladder, catch up with achievements on Team Fortress 2... Lots to do. So, if you want to play with me, let me know. Contact me any way you can, I'll probably be in-game.

Don't worry, I'll still be around ;)

Adventures and Shooters

I think I should start this blog post with a conclusion for a last one. I finished S.T.AL.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl (a long time ago), and gave it a 6.5. The game was rather disappointing. Although it had some fun moments, I've been mostly frustrated playing it. Long, dull levels, even longer loadings and constant enemy respawns really ruined the game. Also, I was actually surprised how linear the game is. It has an open world, but almost all the missions for the main... quest (or goal or mission) are underground and pretty straight-forward.

I also played some other games as well. LucasArt's Full Throttle (8.5) and Telltale's adventure Sam & Max Episode 104: Abe Lincoln Must Die! (7.5). Yeah, I've been "experimenting" with adventures. I'm also planning to try to complete all the Monkey Islands. Beside the adventures, I remembered Red Faction (guess why). I played it before, but never finished. So... I did it now (8.5). And it was worth it. The game reminded me so much on Half-Life, that it got me back actually playing games, not just playing around with them. I missed real shooters.

Speaking of real shooters, I was unable to play any of The Orange Box games, due to my computer's drastic performance decrease. I don't know why, cause I take good care of it. So now, I decided to dump it and get a new one. I figured it was about time. I'll write the configuration next time, when I'll probably be writing the blog on the new PC. Anyway, I have to go now, off to Brač on a little vacation. Bye!

Blog Update

I thought I should update the blog. I haven't been playing much games lately. As usual, because of school. I'm lagging behind with it, but fortunately I'm catching up. Also I'm not at home very much, so it leaves me little time to work on the PC. I hope I will have more time soon.

Well, in the meantime I completed The Orange Box (9.5), XIII (6.5) and Call of Cthulhu (7.0). I don't have anything to say about The Orange Box that wasn't already said. It's awsome, and I'm spending the little time I have to play on Team Fortress 2. XIII was a little disappointing, while Call of Cthulhu was a pleasant surprise. The game is not so good as it is innovative and has an amazing atmosphere. Right now, I'm playing S.T.A.L.K.E.R.. Actually it's on hold, but I should get back to it in a week or two.

I really don't have much to report. I'm sorry that I haven't been around so much lately, but I'm sure you understand. So don't expect a new blog post very soon. I just posted this one so you know I'm still around. I visit the site regularly, I just don't post as much

New in New Year

Hey, I guess it's been a while... Erm, happy holidays to you all, by the way. My have been a little slow. I've been playing World in Conflict most of the time, earning medals and getting ranks with the rest of the clan. We are doing pretty well. Also I completed the singleplayer campaign few times already.

Also, yesterday I completed Half-Life. On Difficult. Again. I just can't get enough of that game. I beat it in 5-6 hours this time, which is pretty fast, considering the size of it. I'm thinking about doing a speedrun, to see how fast I can really go. How long do you think it will take me? :)

And my pre-ordered copy of UT3 is on it's way to me. Yay. I tried it already, and it really didn't impress me. Not just the graphics (which I can't fully enjoy anyway), but the SP campaign and the whole gameplay in general. It feels more Gears of War than UT. Yes, the gameplay. Oh well, I should get a new graphic card soon, so I hope that it can improve the experience a bit.

So that's pretty much it for me. School is starting soon, and life hopefully will get a bit more exciting. Bye!

Beta Tryouts

I got my pre-ordered copy of World in Conflict. But the disc was damaged, so I returned the game, and now I'm waiting for a new copy. Meanwhile, a friend who has a copy that works, borrowed me his disc. So now, I can at least play the multiplayer (since it doesn't require dics to play). And I'm doing quite okay, you can see in my profile here. Also, the friend and I started a Croatian clan, but for now only the two of us are in it. So I invite whoever is interested in joining. The clan is basically open for anyone, though you would need to speak Croatian to successfully communicate with others :)

I also tried out CoD4 and UT3 Beta demos. Call of Duty 4 looks pretty good, but nothing very special (like it's prequels). I expect a short singleplayer and a solid multiplayer. I do have to say that the models and their animation is surprisingly well done. Unreal Tournament 3 kinda disappointed me, so I'm glad that it's just beta. The menu sucks, both main and in-game. Hoverboard is almost useless. Weapons still need some balancing. The gameplay is good actually, and I expect it to be even better when the game gets out. If the things get done right, this will be a superb game. Hopefully even better than it's predecessor.

Now I think I'll go take some more sleep. I got kinda wasted last night on a triple birthday party. I don't have a hangover, I'm just really tired. I've been sleeping like 20 hours total this week, mostly because of the school. And insomnia, as it seems. Well, I'm off. Hope to see you in WiC servers sometime, it seems that I really got into the game.

I'm Disabled

School started, for those of you that want to know. Nothing much changed though. I've been playing World in Conflict DEMO like crazy (34 hours!), and I got some really nice rankings. Too bad it all got erased when the game was released. I'm still waiting for my copy of the game to come knocking on my door, so I can start some real ranked matches. :twisted:

I haven't been on my PC for the past few days. I'm not on it right now, but on my mother's laptop. Lying in bed. I hurt my foot last weekend, so now it's all wrapped up in bandages. I can't walk or sit. I just jump around and lie in bed, wasting batteries on my cell phone and mother's laptop.

Fortunately, I got something useful to do. For a couple of weeks now, I've been working on a little San Andreas project. Now, because I have a nasty habit of not completing my projects, I won't talk about it now. Hopefully, all of you will get to see it, soon. Right now, I'm working on whatever I can that doesn't involve my PC. Less options gives you chance to focus more on the ones you have. So that's about it.

Oh, and I have to show you my new plates;

Nice, eh?