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X-Men Legends completed; Maximo is back in action

I beat X-Men Legends a couple nights ago. What a great game. The ending was a little shorter than I expected, but it was still worth it. The final boss gave me a little bit of trouble at first, but I soon figured out how to beat it with ease. Most of the game was pretty easy, but it's still a lot of fun to play. They should've put a difficulty selection in the options menu.

Now I'm back to Maximo. It's been quite a while since I've played it and I forgot how freakin' hard the game can be. I'm about half-way through the game at this point. I think what frustrates me the most about it is that sometimes there is just no freakin' way to get by an enemy without getting hit. Hell, usually the bosses are easier than the regular enemies.

Last night I put a bid on ebay for X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse for the GBA. I need a new GBA game since I just got a GBA Micro for my birthday. Yeah, I already own 2 other GBA's (a standard GBA and a GBA SP), but I think it's only fitting to get a new GBA game to go along with my new Micro. I also did a "Buy It Now" for X-Men: Mutant Academy 2 for the PS. I heard that game was a lot of fun. I'm on an X-Men binge right now I guess, LOL.

Also for my birthday my girlfriend got me Shadow of the Colossus. I haven't played it yet because we rented a bunch of movies over the weekend and I also wanted to beat X-Men Legends first before I started a new game. I'll probably start Shadow of the Colossus this weekend and I'm sure I'll put Maximo back on the shelf, LOL. Not that Maximo isn't fun, but a dude can only take so much frustration from the challenge it provides, LOL.

So here's the usual:

Movies lately:

The Good Shepherd - This movie totally sucked. I think I was expecting something totally different (more action), but instead the movie was really slow and dry. I'm sure some people loved it, but I guess I was expecting something else.

Blood Diamond - This movie was AWESOME! Lot's of action, great story, and loosely based on true events. You've gotta see it. The only thing I didn't like was Leo's accent in the movie.

National Treasure - Pretty good movie, but some of it was cheesey and some of it was so cliche. Still very entertaining though.

The Pursuit of Happiness - It's a wonderful movie, but it will drive you nuts because of how depressing it can be at certain points.

Gone In 60 Seconds - I own this one, but friends wanted to watch it the other night. It's still one of my favorite movies.

Music is nothing new this time around

Bored at work; Loving X-Men Legends

So it's Friday, and I'm really bored at work. I brought my GBA today and I've been playing Crash Bandicoot: N-Tranced and Super Puzzle Fighter Turbo. I also have the original Zelda for my GBA and I'm on the 7th dungeon, but I just don't feel like playing anymore of that today. I even have Mario Golf for the GBC (GameBoy Color) and I might play some of that later. It's a hella fun game. Lastly, I also have Mario Kart for the GBA. Actually, I own two Mario Kart's and two GBA's and my girlfriend and I love to play Battle Mode. She's really good at it too, but I've figured out her strategies. LOL

So last week I beat Final Fantasy X-2 finally. I got the good ending, but I didn't get the perfect just because of a few things I didn't do at the beginning of the game. Oh well, I was still at 95% complete. Also I few weeks ago I beat Medol Of Honor: Frontline. What a fun game. The last level was kinda tough at first, but I soon got the hang of it; Fighting 100 guards all at once seems overwhelming at first.

Now I'm playing X-Men Legends. I must say that I haven't played a game this fun in quite some time. I also had my friend Ryan jump in and help me, but I think it actually makes the game more difficult like that. The reason being you have one player trying to go one way, and the other player trying to go the other. I can only imagine how frustrating it would be if you had 4 players at once. Thank God it allows the AI controlled characters to move off the screen. The game is really an exact clone of BG: Dark Aliance, but just with different items, characters, and environments. However, I find it much more fun than Baldur's Gate: Dark Aliance. Maybe it's just because the story is much better.......and it's the X-Men! So I've been playing it for like 15 hours almost, and I still don't think I'm anywhere near the halfway mark. In fact, I'm at the part where the Brotherhood just freed Magneto. I'm sure there's plenty more of the game to be played. I heard that it can be up to 40 hours of gameplay just through the story mode. WOO HOO!

So here's the usual:

Movies Lately:

The 40 Year Old Virgin - This movie is a classic. It's just too damn funny!

Casino Royale - I've actually seen better Bond movies, but it was still pretty good.

The Departed - A great movie, but it's really messed up. You'll just have to see it.

Reign Over Me - GO...SEE...THIS...MOVIE! It's absolutely great! And it's even got the game "Shadow of the Colossus".

One Fine Day - Watched this one with the g/f (you gotta watch chic-flicks with them every once in a while) and it was actually pretty good.

Music Lately:

Amity Lane (Trust Co. broke up, but two of the members, including the singer, formed Amity Lane); Beastie Boys; Adema; Linkin Park; 50 Cent

 

I'm still here

YO! I'm still here everyone. I know it's been over half a year since I last posted.

Well let's see, I've played through Ace Combat 4: Shattered Skies about a million times in the last month (well ok, it was only 5 times), but I had to beat it on Ace Mode (which is the highest difficulty). Let me tell you, it's not easy. One hit from a missle and it's mission failed. But I finally beat it and AC4SS is probably going to be on the shelf for quite some time now.

I also got College Hoops 2K7 for xmas and played that quite a bit, but it's on the shelf for now, but I'm sure once college b-ball ends after March, I'll be back to playing it to get my fix of college hoops.

Now I'm playing Medal Of Honor: Frontline (yeah, and can you believe this is my first time playing through the game?!) and also popping in Tiger Woods '07 occasionally. I'm getting really addicted to MOHF though. The graphics are a bit outdated, but the game is still a blast to play.

I also was playing Def Jam Fight for NY quite a bit in January, as my friend from Kansas City left it here for me to play when he was visiting. I beat the game twice, once on the hardest difficulty. It was very difficult, but it was beatable unless you were getting double teamed, in which there was no point in trying if that was the case.

So that's about it, except for the usual..........

Movies lately:

Music and Lyrics - Took the girlfriend to see it for Valentines Day. It was actually pretty damn funny.

World Trade Center - Not as good as it could have been, but still pretty good.

Invincible - Great movie, but it ended too early

Beerfest - H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S

The Guardian - Great movie, maybe one of the Kevin Costners best. And who knew that Ashton Kutcher could do drama AND receive good reviews for it ALL IN ONE MOVIE!

Music lately:

Red Jumpsuit Aparatis; Dave Matthews Band; Breaking Benjamin; Papa Roach

Maximo to the rescue!!!

So I've been playing "Maximo: Ghosts to Glory" lately. It's a pretty damn good game, but it's certainly very challenging. I haven't played a game this hard in quite sometime. However, as of right now I'm totally into the game and I've barely even been frustrated from it's difficulty. Maybe that's all because it's so much fun to play. It seems like it's just a hack and slash game, but really it's more than that.

So last night I'm playing "MVP '04" with my roommate Lonnie. The first game was too easy. We had the fielding set to "manual" and apparently Lonnie can't handle that (I guess it's just too much for him to comprehend , LOL). I was St. Louis and he was Detroit. I spanked him 8 - 0 and Matt Morris pitched a complete game-shutout. WOO HOO! But that wasn't the end..........we then played another game with the fielding set to "assisted" (Lonnie is such a wuss). So in this new game, I'm still St. Louis, but he switches to Boston. The game is very tight the entire time until the bottom of 7th inning when I get one run (I had a base hit with Marlon Anderson and then Anderson stole 2nd and 3rd base with only 1 out). Edgar Renteria hit a sacrafice fly to shallow right field and drove in Anderson just barely. But then Lonnie tied it all up with a home run in the 9th inning, so we went on to the 11th inning where I put him away with a 2 out single that drove in the winning run. WOO HOO! So the final in that game was much closer, 2 - 1.

Anyway, that's been my gaming lately. I need to play some Tiger Woods with Teresa again.

Movies lately:

Annapolis - Good movie, but in the 2nd half it starts to focus mostly on one specific plot (you'll have to watch to find out)

Super Troopers - God this movie is just so hilarious! GREAT MOVIE!

Madagascar - Very funny (so far), but I haven't finished the movie yet. I like how they have David Schwimmer do the voice of the neurotic, paranoid, germ freak giraffe. It's a perfect fit. LOL

Music lately:

Nothing new really: Smile Empty Soul, Thousand Foot Krutch, Korn, Skillet, Yung Joc, Lil' Jon, Lil' Wayne, Nelly. I need some new music.........

Wow, its been a long time!

I haven't posted for quite some time. But I still check out Gamespot when I get the chance. Anyway, here's what's been happening lately:

My girlfriend, Teresa is becoming a huge fan of the Tiger Woods '06. THAT IS SO HOT!!! We play that game anytime we get a chance. She has picked the game up and learned very quickly. I'm really impressed. So that's all I've pretty much been playing lately. I started to play Maximo: Ghosts to Glory a few weeks ago, but I haven't played much of it since then.

Anyway, so Teresa is really competitive, because one night her and I were playing Burnout: Takedown, and she loved it, but she was getting pissed because the other cars would shove her into a wall and wreck her. It was so funny seeing her get pissed because she wanted to win so badly, but her opponents were just crashing her left and right.

Hey, I finally beat Destroy All Humans! and I would have to say that it was a pretty decent game. I enjoyed unlocking all the secrets too. It was over a month ago that I beat it.

What I still can't get understand is why EA went cheap and didn't put Tiger Woods in progressive scan. I love playing games on my big-screen. If any game has progressive scan, I like it even more because my TV can support that. But when (probably) the biggest video game-producing company can't even add that to one of it's more popular series, I get a little pissed off. I'm sick of cropping Tiger Woods to 4:3 and looking at some nasty edges because it's not in progressive scan. BLAH!!!

Anyway, I'll try to write more often, but I've just been busy with the new g/f. She's such an awesome person, way better than that b**** I was dating back in February. LOL

Anyway, here's the movies lately:

Assault on Precinct 13 - A pretty damn good action movie

Walking Tall - Another good movie, but it was WAY TOO SHORT! Only an 76 mintues, and that's including all the credits

The Break Up - Funny as hell. Vince Vaughn is hilarious

Team America -  REALLY FUNNY! I couldn't stop laughing. DIRKA DIRKA!!!

The Ringer - Pretty good movie, but not as hilarious as I thought it was going to be

Waiting - Another HILARIOUS MOVIE! This is one of my favorite movies now!

Mission Impossible III - Great movie; good action, but the 2nd one is still my favorite

And the music lately:

Yung Joc, Big Tymers, Dem Franchise Boys, Eminem, Cassie, DMX, Nelly, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Dave Matthews Band, Six Stigma (local band)

Destroy All Humans! still in progress; NEW TV!!!

So it's been quite a while since I've posted. I usually try to post once a month at least, but I've just been really busy lately. Where do I start? G/F dumped me, but that's all ok now, she just either needs to tell her ex-husband that she is still in love with him, or she needs to just MOVE ON! Oh well, not my problem anymore. Then the same day she dumped me, my close friend, Mike, had a heart attack. He's doing fine now, he's made a great recovery and he quit smoking. I think it made me open my eyes a little more and I now have a better insight on life. So I've ditched smoking as well. I'm on 3 weeks now of not having a cigarette. Then I moved into a new home with my friend Lonnie and his g/f. I absolutely love the place. It's very nice and very big. I'm finally all unpacked.

So anyway, I haven't had much time for games lately. I also met a new girl recently and I've spent a little time with her. But I did get a brand new Hitachi 57" CRT projection TV. I know that CRT projections are phasing out, but they are still a great product and I just love mine. I don't even go out as much as I used to because someimtes I would rather stay home and watch TV (or play games) on my new big screen.

So anyway, just last night I picked up where I left off on "Destroy All Humans!". I noticed that some of the missions are becoming a little more involving and different from one another. It's still a lot of fun. I've also found a little fun in searching for the little robots in each level. I'm hoping to collect all of them eventually, just to see what happens.

I've played a little bit of Tiger Woods here and there, but not a whole lot. I've been online a few times recently as well, but I still hate the fact that the server sucks and it doesn't always give me my wins. Oh well, the main reason for playing is just to have fun anyway, right?

So here are the latest movies:

Inside Man - It was ok, but I guess I was expecting more thrill and less trickery

Johnny English - really dumb, yet really funny

Walk the Line - GREAT MOVIE! Very entertaining, very interesting. Some would say, "Oh, it's just another movie about a famous musician". I disagree! Go rent it or buy it right now on DVD if you haven't already seen it.

Pulp Ficition - I had never seen it until recently. Don't make fun. I thought it was really slow to start out, but it got really good in the 2nd half of the movie.

And here is the music lately:

Breaking Benjamin, Brand New, Limp Bizkit, Fuel, 30 Seconds to Mars, Hawthorne Heights, and Halifax.

Pandora Tomorrow finished; WOW, the 360 produces fantastic visuals

I finished Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow. It's a great game, lots of fun, but it just doesn't have the same feel as the first one. I can't really put my finger on what it is, but something is missing. Don't get me wrong, it's still a lot of fun. The online play is fantastic.

I'm now playing Destroy All Humans! Probably the best feature of the game is it's comedy. You'll definitely be laughing a lot. Another thing you might be doing a lot is wondering where the diversity is in each individual mission. Too many of the missions feel the same. The only stand out mission that I've come across so far was the 2nd level, you get to act as the mayor and speak to the fellow citizens about the recent alien sightings. That mission is by far the most hillarious mission I've come across so far.

So now that I've seen what the 360 can do, I'm pretty impressed. Perfect Dark Zero and King Kong look spectacular. Tiger Woods also looks great. There is a chance that I might buy the 360 before I buy a PS3. That's just because that the 360 is more likely to come down in price before the PS3. Who knows, I may change my mind.

Anyway, here's the movies lately:

Rumor Has It - I was forced to go see this one by the g/f. It was still pretty good for a chick-flick, comedy is included.

Fun with Dick and Jane - WOW! Frickin' hilarious. Jim Carrey is much more mature these days, but he can still shell out the laughs, it's just in a more adult manner.

The Last Samurai - I didn't think it was going to be that good. I know it's been out for quite a while now (like 3 years almost), but it was great.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith - The comedy, the action, the Angelina Jolie. Who needs more? Great movie.

And the music lately:

Lil' Wayne - Fireman; Nelly - Grillz; Bubba Sparxxx - Deliverence; Chris Brown - Run It (I know, it's been a lot of hip-hop lately)

Burnout Conquered, on to Pandora Tomorrow

Well Burnout 3: Takedown is done. I finished everything with gold medals, but there are still a few Signature Takedowns I didn't get, but oh well. The game was an absolute joy ride. I even bought the game for one of my friends for xmas, and he loves it just as much.

Now I'm on to Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow. I'm once again addicted to Splinter Cell. I remember playing the first one, and I totally loved it. This one is just as addicting, but it's missing a little bit of the spice that the first one had. Overall, it's still a lot of fun to play. I got the game for xmas from my brother.

I also got Destroy All Humans from my mom for xmas. It's still in it's wrapper (as several of my games are, even though some I've owned for well over a year now). However, I think I'm going to play it next. It looks like a lot of fun and I've also heard that it's down right hilarious too.

Tiger '06 is once again back on the shelf because I'm sick and tired of winning 6 games, but only getting credit for 2 of them. The server really sucks. I still don't have an online game to play that I'm decent at. Oh well.

I was playing Madden for about a week. I was having quite a bit of fun because I was doing the franchise mode. I ended up trading Priest Holmes to the Browns for a 1st, 3rd, and 4th round draft pick. So now Larry Johnson is my star running back. Hopefully the Chiefs will do the same thing in real life.

After a few seasons though Madden, I was starting to get a little bored, so that's why I had to quit playing. However, I still play the game at least once a week with my friend Lonnie. I would say I beat him around 70% of the time, but he's still pretty good. The only reason why he loses is because he only uses like 4 or 5 different plays the whole game.

I still need to go back to Star Wars Battlefront and beat the rest of the Historical Campaigns and then I'll have beaten it, but I'm having too much fun with Splinter Cell right now. There are also a few other games I need to finish. Riding Spirits is one, I've only got 5 or 6 races left, but I haven't played the game in over year though. Also, Tiger '06, I'm on the last era, but I just haven't gotten around to playing the rest. I know that if I pop Tiger in to beat the rest, I'll end up playing online instead and then I'll just get frustrated at the crappy server.

GT3 and GT4 are not 100% complete, but because I beat all of the main races, I got to see the ending credits, so that's kinda like beating them, just not conquering them.

Karaoke Revolutions is not beat either, but that's because I'm stuck on a level where I'm not familiar with ANY of the songs to choose from, so I have no idea how to sing them.

Any-hoo.........Here's the rest of the stuff:

Movies lately:

Peter Jackson's King Kong - Great special effects, but nothing too spectacular about the script or plot. I think we all know how it ends.

Shark Tale - HILARIOUS!!! Great movie.

The Italian Job - I had only seen like 10 minutes of it before, so I asked for it for xmas and I got it. It's a great movie, very clever, great cast.

Music lately:

Korn - Twisted Transistor; Hawthorne Heights; Autopilot Off; SR71 - Last Man on the Moon; more Amber Pacific; more Sugarcult

Xmas Presents:

Destory All Humans - PS2 - Mom
Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow - PS2 - Brother
Mr. and Mrs. Smith - Movie - Mom
Ghostbusters 1 & 2 Gift Set - Movie(s) - Mom
Short Circuit - DVD - Mom
Apollo 13 - DVD - Brother, Rachel, & Nephew
Happy Gilmour - DVD -
The Italian Job - DVD - Mom
Dior - Higher Energy Cologne - Mom
DVD Tower - it holds 175 DVD's - Mom
$10 - Aunt Debra and Uncle Donald
$10 Gift Card to Best Buy - Grandies
M & M Glass that lights up - Aunt Debra and Uncle Donald
Holiday 5 pack of Bud Light - Thanks Ginger!
Star Wars Trilogy IV thru VI - Thanks E!
Weezer - Make Believe - Elizabeth (E)
Albert Pujols xmas tree ornament - Lonnie
Chiefs trading cards - Lonnie (one is signed by Tony Gonzalez)
Avon - I'm Perfect Cologne - Cousin Brenda
Bottle of Wine - Kristy and Vince
KC Chiefs Day by Day Calendar - Mom

Burnout ROCKS!!!; Xbox 360 pondered

I finally bought one of the Burnout games. I got Takedown at Walmart for $10 brand new. Not bad, eh?

This game is a pure blast. Even though it may be very frustrating at times, you still never want to put down the controller because you know you're still going to have fun, no matter how many times you have to repeat the same level over and over until you finally get that gold medal.

I'm not even halfway through the world tour yet, but I've been playing the game just about every other day now for the last 3 weeks. I think it might have a lot to do with the fact that me and buddies play it a lot too, so we don't spend all of our time on the world tour mode. We usually always play Road Rage or Crash mode.

Tiger Woods was put up for a while, but it's back in action again. I would like to say "thank you" to my buddy Mike for showing me the ropes on the certain parts of putting that I didn't fully understand. I now can make just about any putt.

If it wasn't for him teaching me to putt better, I might never have played the game again. I'm sure I will get back online now that I'm much better, but I'm still going to get a little frustrated with the lag.

I played the demo PC version of King Kong (Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie). WOW! The game is lots of fun. The first person part of the game seems well executed, especially with the use of throwing spears and other pointy objects. Of course the real fun is being Kong. He just beats the crap out of beasts. This game should not be missed.

Among other demos I've played recently, Far Cry for the PC is a great game as well. I can't believe I had never tried it out before. I'm hoping to get that one for x-mas. I also played F.E.A.R. and it seems pretty good, but the demo level just doesn't do much for me to judge the rest of the game.

I had many people ask me in the last week if I was going to buy an Xbox 360. Of course my response was quick and blunt. "No."

Now I will remain loyal to Sony for as long as I possibly can, but I'll get back to that. First lets talk about the games (or lack there of) that are now available for the Xbox 360. I'm sure I would have a great time with 2 or 3 of the games, but I just don't see the point in wasting $400 for a machine that has just been born.

Now the real question is will I buy a PS3 as soon as it comes out? It's a possibility, but I cannot be certain. Let's recap on the last 2 times I bought a system:

I bought the PS1 just 2 months after it came out back in the mid 90's. I ended up selling it 5 months later due to lack of (good quality) games. A year after that, I bought another one because great games and more games were starting to pop up.

My PS2 purchase was about a year after it had been out, and even then there still weren't a whole lot of great games available yet. Thankfully I can still think of the first few games I owned that were great enough to keep me from ditching the system (Gran Turismo 3, Twisted Metal Black, Metal Gear Solid 2, and Red Faction). And once Grand Theft Auto III was released, the PS2 never had to look back.

Now about me being loyal to Sony, I will remain that way for now. However, I have owned 5 PS1's (two of them broke, one was sold, and the other 2 I still own) and 2 PS2's (one broke, the other I still own). So the craftsmanship still needs a little work and I would not hesitate to experiment with Microsoft if Sony continues to fail in the quality of their product.

Movies lately:

Empire Falls (HBO film, based off the novel. GREAT MOVIE!!!)

The Girl Next Door (pretty funny movie)

Music lately:

Sugarcult, New Found Glory, Finger Eleven, Amber Pacific, Reggie and the Full Effect, The Ramones (A couple of these bands I found thanks to the Burnout 3: Takedown soundtrack)

Old school games, BTW: Lag is SATIN

Ok, lately I've been taking my PS1 (with the piggy-back LCD screen) to work because we've been so bored and slow. So I played two different games in that span.

I started with Silent Hill. I don't really know why I picked that, but I would have to guess it's because I hadn't played it since 1999 or so, and I wanted a refresher of the story so I could then dive into Silent Hill 2 and 3 (and eventually 4 if I ever buy it).

So I played all the way through Silent Hill, and while it was still fun, I kinda noticed that it wasn't as intense as it was the first time around. Maybe it's because I've already experienced the game before and I knew what to expect. However, there were still certain times where the game just seemed really creepy. Especially when I played the game at home with the lights off and used Headphones. My favorite is when you really get to experience a large portion of the alternate (hell) Silent Hill world for the first time at the school.

So hopefully I'll feel up to playing Silent Hill 2 sometime soon, but because my recent experience with the original wasn't exactly what I expected, I don't know if I'm motivated enough to start the sequel.

Ok, so the next game I played and beat was Metal Gear Solid. Let me just say, "WOW!" I think I had more fun playing it this time around than I did the first time (which was also like 1999 or so). I know for a fact that I found the story much more interesting than I did the first time I played the game. It makes me wanna start playing MGS 2: Sons of Liberty. Problem is that loaned it out to my brother last week, so I'll have to wait a while. I've already played and beat MGS 2 once, but the story was so confusing. I'm hoping that the next time I play, I will make better sense of it.

So Tiger Woods '06 is still getting played, but let me just say that the online play SUCKS!!! The server has yet to give me half of my wins, the lag is horrible (which was never an issue in any of the previous Tiger Woods games), and the putting is just something that I must be incapable of comprehending. I think that the first 10,000 copies of the game that were sold came with a book called "How to putt like a pro in Tiger Woods '06" and I was customer #10,001.

Everything else I'm good at, but I just really get killed on the putting. I don't like to lose, but I've learned to deal with it. My biggest complaint is not the fact that I suck at putting, but rather the fact that the lag is just awful. WHY!?!

Maybe I need to update my wireless adapter to 802.11G. Yes, I'm still using 802.11B, but it never gave me problems before when I used to play Socom, Project: Snowblind, or any other shooters. Maybe I'll bust out my 100 ft. network cable tonight and see if I still get lag problems.

So now that the Tiger Woods online experience has been tainted, I'm torn between just accepting the fact that it sucks online, or going out and buying Socom 3 now that it's out. Basically, I just need to find an online game that is going to satisfy me (I did have the perfect online game, Tiger Woods '04. But they shut the server down back in June).

Movies lately:

Dennis the Menace - (don't make fun, I think that move is hilarious)

Can't Hardly Wait - (pretty funny, even though it's got all of your typical
cliche characters)

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (great movie; lots of
details about the Galapagos Islands, which actually relates to my job)

Music lately:

Nickelback, Trapt, Disturbed, All-American Rejects, Weezer, Cold

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