Indeed. Why wouldn't you know, you've landed at CheeseEaters blog! Fancy that?
Well....it is all about first impressions, and atm, I gota say they are good.
Started off with the single player mission...very disapointed that it gave you a side scrolling film reel to choose what you wanted to do (not much to set a mood). But once the single player missions hit off, was actually quite enjoyable, felt just like cod 4 (minus the left and right lean...which is good and bad) and it gave you a fair few new toys and mods of the old toys to play with.
Missions also mixed it up a fair ammount, the story line is a little more loose than the last, but still well put together, giving you all the fun of shooting stuff, blowing stuff up, loosing all your weapons to run onto a chopper while being shot but hundreds of guys, trying to identify civilians to the enemy, and more.
Something i did enjoy was the way you could shoot people in the leg and then they would crawl for safety (generally for no other point than to live). And yes...I played the airport mission, which was a bit weird doing, but it does help to make the game actually mean something....until i started finding so much fun shooting baggage...is awesome how the clothes go flying
OK....this leads me to multiplayer......
After playing the single player missions for a few hours, I thought it would be wise to see just how disapointed I was going to be with multiplayer. The first time i tried to load in, I got the message "server disconnected"......everything deserves a second chance I thought..... Loaded into a second game...this time I had a small wait in a lobby as host after host dropped from the room and it took a while to get a host that would stay, and then we started.
Now....I don't know about you but the leveling up system in COD was very overrated...I always just enjoyed playing Pro-mod with the set abilities to keep it all fair and even. YOU HAVE TO UNLOCK SnD!!!!!! Basically you are forced to start playing TDM or DM or some other crap....NOT HAPPY JAN!!!.....in the end it was a quick way to level up and when you come out of a pub match with 30 kills for 1 death you seem to get a fair few awards for doing so
Now...you might have noticed I said lobby. Yes, with the new COD system you find yourself in a lobby full of players waiting for a match to start (either pub lobby or the private lobby, and of course can't use the private yet and no one i know owns the game yet). Now this isn't actually a bad system (yes i said it), the only thing that is lacking is a chat box for the players to communicate with eachother, as in my opinion, using this new server system does reduce the communication between players, which does help cut the smack talk down, but it also means I feel like a stranger in a war (the lack of a warm dedicated server me thinks).
Another thing which is going to make compeditive games almost impossible is the lack of a lobby list. Now generally with HoN or DOTA (which runs of SIMILAR - not the same systems) you can make a title of your game, so people know who is hosting, and what you are hosting. In MW2 you have to connect to people directly....aka if a Clan A wanted to vs CLAN B they would need to have the captain of CLAN A on the Captain of CLAN B's steam friend list, as that is the only way you can connect to a game, through invite for a private game (which is just the invite system on steam). Making either massive friends lists to get compeditive games up and running, or IW pulling a patch out of their arse to change this to be user friends, and not just pub friendly.
A quick word about the maps you get to play....alot of them are pretty cool, close combat with the option for range, and most could be played in a compeditive scene (the ones i played at least)...and I was also please to see when i loaded into one of the maps that it is almost a direct copy of Brecourt (if you don't know what that is....then you probably should not be posting a responce).
All in all...game is very well built, plays nicely, developers have done a good job, and IW can shove their servers up their arse and fix it so we can use it for competitive play.
And a after thought: Yes...not being able to modify your own settings is a pain in the arse, and I want that power back, the game is still playable without it tho, just depends how far you want to expand your comfort zone.....on the bright side, if there is ever a compeditive game of this at LAN it wont takes weeks for players to setup their configs
22Feb 09First I was angry, then I was sad, then I saw the light. You see, Fallout 3's incessant crashes aren't a mistake. They're an intervention to break me from my post-apocalyptic scavenging addiction. I kept on fast-traveling back and forth from locations all over the map, selling things that didn't really belong to me and making insane money ("feh, this power armor isn't in my favorite color. You can have it!"). Then something broke deep within the bowels of the game -- I swear it has something to do with Dogmeat as it started to happen when the mutt suddenly disappeared in the middle of a battle -- and ever since that fateful moment the game crashed every time I fast-travelled.
My solution? More exercise; more walking. The challenge level went up a bit as I didn't lightspeed back to a bed somewhere when the going got tough. I also was a bit more careful about the size of enemies I took on. I was working around the rules of the bug and adapting to the game's unfortunate crash system. Alas, then the crash AI evolved. Now Fallout 3 crashes when I get close to Vault 101... and a few other locations North and West of Megaton. Even on foot! My immediate thought: only a horse can save me now. Sadly, neither horse nor horse armor seem to have survived the end of the World. So here I am. Stuck in a wasteland filled with nasty monsters, radioactive lakes, and an invisible crash curtain that could strike at any time.
As I was working out the new rules of the game and charting an invisible no-go-crash-zone, it struck me. I have other games.
If someone told you videogames aren't addictive, you have my permission to scoff loudly. Not only did I want to play Fallout 3 at the expense of the rest of my game catalog, I actually started to tolerate its negative effects. Well, no more. Until Bethesda releases a patch to fix this nonsense, it's time for some World at War, Gears 2, and Left 4 Dead again.
Although, perhaps there's a way to spot the crashes coming from afar. A twitch in a texture or flicker in the sky texture... Hmmm. Let me go check that out.
Been meaning to update my blog more and pledge to do so in the coming days and weeks. Got a few minutes to spare and thought I'd quickly post some random links that I find fascinating.
Mystery Glow in Ocean
Sweet. The ocean apparently glows white across segments the size of Connecticut. But only sometimes. And scientists don't really know why. That's not disturbing in the least!
Ultrasound Adds Haptic Feedback to Games
Wii killer? Probably not for a decade, but holy hell, there's a lot of promise here. Imagine gripping your hands around thin air and feeling positional feedback. Weird and awesome. We'll probably all die of cancer, but the games will be surreal.
Combined, these happenings are almost as cool as Zed from Zardoz.
Addendum: After I linked this picture of Sean Connery as Zed, I was struck again at what an amazing costume he donned for that role. I mean, really? I get it. It was 1974. Lots of the old nose powder going 'round, if you know what I mean. Wouldn't even be surprised if the cast broke every two hours for orgies. But, seriously? Look at that effin' outfit! He's the star of the movie, for crying out loud.
According to IMDB, Zardoz's "wardrobe master" was a fellow named Jack Gallagher, whose previous credits included such acclaimed films as The Viking Queen and Steptoe and Son Ride Again. I don't care what Mr. Gallagher may have worked on. He could've come from the gutters. All that matters is that he somehow got Sean Connery to wear that spectacular costume for one hour and forty-five minutes of pure, sexy, masculinity-filled heroism. I can just picture the unveiling of that beauty.
Gallagher: "Here she is, Mr. Connery. Right. So, now -- well, if you wouldn't mind shaving your groin region, we'll get you fitted right in there."
Connery: "Well, I have to say, it's a little unorthodox. I've just finished shooting Diamonds are Forever and You Only Live Twice, where I played James Freakin' Bond. But if you say that these leather hooker boots and orange diaper do the trick, who am I to disagree? This is a very bold, new future indeed. My hat is off to you, wardrobe master."
And then there were jumping high-fives.
And if you don't think that costume is sexy, feast your eyes on a few choice excerpts from the movie:
Zardoz: The gun is good.
Exterminators: The gun is good.
Zardoz: The peniz is evil. The pen!z shoots seeds, and makes new life, and poisons the earth with a plague of men, as once it was. But the gun shoots death, and purifies the earth of the filth of brutals. Go forth and kill!
And here's another:
The Tabernacle: You have penetrated me.
The Tabernacle: You are inside me.
Rent this movie.
Oh, and on a side note, I once again (like every other blog post, made a new sig! ) 8)
Cheers guys, have a good one.
Fantastic new TF2 Signature I just made for myself.
Took me ages to get the correct Print Screen of the Sniper.. Well worth it in the end though.
Oh...and on a side note, I managed to get demoted back to level 27. How fantastic is that! When GameSpot glitch's on you, leaving you with no text in your post, some little nub comes along and reports you. Thus, you get a serious warning and a loss of points. GlitchSpot...you've pretty much lost all my repect. No offence, but I truly do have to get this off my chest, because I've been on this site for so long, and seen it's numerous changes over the years...
In recent times, GameSpot has managed to screw up so many times. From selling there once respectable reviews to the money that Publishers are willing to spend on there games to get them above average scores (Cough, Kane and Linch, and most recently, Mercs 2, cough). Sacking Editors over fair judgement of Games, cough, Jeff, cough. Have managed to stuff up the coding of there website, to the point where every second post of mine appears as a blank message . And have obliterated the online community this site once had.
Gamespot, I first came on here this incredible website back in 2003...with good ol' Greg K and Alex N. It's 2008...and as a fan of this website...I'm sad to say that it really, really, has gone down hill terribly...
I hope the future holds much better results than the present...
(Once again, I was forced by GameSpot to copy my entire blog, and re-post it when I got the message saying that my "post was blank" :twisted
I finally made it to level 28 , Bionic Commando. Pretty funny I think when you tie in the fact that Bionic Commando Rearmed just got released on the consoles and PC (a fantastic game btw).
Well, hope your all enjoying the new GameSpot WIDE, I think it's bit of alright.
CheeseEater, signing out!
It's sweet and all, but I can't help but think there's a layer of hostility in there somewhere...
(http://img147.imageshack.us/img147/7136/conduitps0.jpg">Here's a link so you can actually read it, silly Gamespot *rolls eyes*)
On a second note, I'm currently playing Anno 1701. I series in which I have just enearthed and am truely pleased with. I highly recommened that anyone with a decent computer (even 4/5 years old) check's out Anno 1701 on the PC. A deeply engrossing experience .
Until next time all, see you on the boards (if you still visit GS anymore :cry, CheeseEater.
The Associated Press is reporting that President Bush has signed off on $45 million to explore the possibility of designing a maglev train from California's Disneyland to Las Vegas. Here's the article:
Levitating train from L.A. to Las Vegas gets boost
WASHINGTON (AP) - Plans for a levitating train from Las Vegas to Disneyland can move forward under a transportation bill signed by President Bush on Friday that frees up $45 million for the futuristic project.
Derided by critics as pie in the sky, the train would use magnetic levitation technology to carry passengers from Disneyland to Las Vegas in well under two hours, traveling at speeds of up to 300 mph. It would be the first MagLev system in the U.S.
The money is the largest cash infusion in the project's nearly 20-year history. It will pay for environmental studies for the first leg of the project.
The money had been delayed by a drafting error in Congress' 2005 highway bill, which was corrected along with some other changes by the legislation signed Friday by Bush. The delay had allowed a competing and cheaper diesel-electric plan to emerge as an alternative, but with the money now freed up supporters hope to move forward with the MagLev plan.
Above: Shanghai's Maglev train, capable of speeds in excess of 300 miles per hour
The train is meant to ease traffic on increasingly clogged Interstate 15, the main route for the millions of Southern Californians who make the 250-plus-mile drive to Las Vegas each year. There is no train on the route - Amtrak's Desert Wind between Los Angeles and Las Vegas was canceled in 1997 because of low ridership.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., praised passage of the law, saying the MagLev project "will safely and efficiently move people between Southern California and Las Vegas."
For the record, the distance between Disneyland in California and Las Vegas, Nevada is about 270 miles. In a car, with traffic and pit stops, you could probably cover that in about four hours, give or take a half hour. The maglev train can theoretically do it in less than an hour.
Of course, it's important to remember that maglev trains and tracks are apparently ridiculously expensive to build. $45 million probably wouldn't cover 10 miles of track, let alone 270-plus.
. Awesome. 8) I'd so love to ride that!
Doesn't that title just bring such a enourmous sigh of releif to the human body. This ones a quick blog, very short.
I did well, very well as a matter of fact. I'm pleased greatly by my results.
Have a good day all.
Until next time, ta.
Uh-huh. I'm all outa space! No more blocks. None. I've deleted all N64 games. All Genesis, Turbografx and NES games. Holding on -- stubbornly, it would seem -- to a few classic S-NES titles. But if I want to download another WiiWare game -- a grand total of three -- I'll need to clean out the fridge again.
EDIT: And NO, that's NOT me in the picture bellow. 8)
Seriously, Nintendo. We've moved well past the point of mere frustration and now I'm just offended that you continue to downplay and ignore this huge oversight and problem.
Thing is, you're only hurting yourself -- you're losing money. I'm not buying as much as I would be because it's a hassle. Other gamers are in the same boat.
OPEN UP THE SD CARD OR OPEN UP THE USB PORTS. FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY.
Now that my rants over , I can tell you that that was fueled greatly by the sheer amount of Exams I've had, and have upcoming over the next few weeks. I've battoned down the hatches and am very anoyed at the work load. There's barely any time for gaming at the moment, but I cannot wait till the kufufle is all over and done.
Anyway, hope to return to my usual self on the boards soon, have a good one.
Today was a fine day in Melbourne Australia, the weather was fantastic and the sunset put on a stunning show. I really don't think it could have gotten much better for Mothers Day. As the title suggests, I am very curious as to what suprises you gave to your mother today. I for one, totally caught mum (Australian spelling) by surprise. Presenting her with a "suitcase" which had the words "Wii Fit" printed on it. At first, I must say that she was very tentative. In the balance, one might have said. From first impressions with the "back of the box" readings, Mum couldn't figure out if the package really suited her.
The whole family gathered around as we set the pieces into play, and booted up Wii Fit. Within 20 minutes, the expression on her face was priceless. She rapidly became overjoyed and highly impressed with the product, Mum was in fits of laughter when my the old man grumpily received the weight category of "overweight". The joy procided into crying herself with laughter as she failed the push up exersise miserably.
It's now 11:54pm, Mothers Day (Sunday) right now, and I'm going to bed knowing that my mother had one hell of a time with her present, mum's super hyped to continue what she now calls her "intense training exersise".
Wii fit had flown off practically all the Electronic stores I could find in my area. Luckily though I managed to snag myself a copy, the last one in the store! I leave you fellow mate, with these final words:
What a great buy.
P.S. What did you give to your Mother for Mothers Day?
Need I say more?
P.S. - If you want to play me in Mario Kart for the Nintendo Wii, please feel free to post your FC's so that I can race you sometime in the near future. I will send you my FC as soon as possible.
Indeed indeed. The 1st of May is the CheeseEaters big day . (Don't you love it how everything rhymes with May? )
Anyway, this Sunday with my mates were going to be seeing the new flick Iron Man, hopefully it lives up to the hype surrounding it- It certainly looks promising..
Anyway, I'll try leave save some chocolate mud cake from my party to give to the rest of you.
Cheers, have a good one,
In celebration of their masterpiece of a game, I've created a new signature--
For anyone wondering, Mario Kart Wii shall be mine on the 1st of May (it's my Birthday! ), so if you want my FC you'll have to wait 'till then. It's getting really cold down here in Oz, darn Winter...Summer is the greater season (don't argue, you know full well that Summer brings the win).
Anyway, thanks for reading, have a good one.