Sunday, September 19, 2010

Excessively Bloody games: what's the deal?

I have noticed that 3 out of every 5 games I play are so excessively bloody. I don't know if blood is a turn-on for people, or it keeps them focused, but for me I don't need all the extra "graphics" just give me an option to turn it off. I know the outcome when someone gets stabbed I don't need it overly expressed. One game caught me by surprise, Fairy Tale Fights on PSN. I thought it was a little innocent game, and that maybe I can let my 3 year old watch me try it out. So when I started playing and got a hold of my first weapon and started attacking..... GUSH! GUSH! GUSH! SPLASH! Half my screen is covered in blood:

Dang, I'd hate to play a Bambi game, lol.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Dragon Age Origins: It's a little better but I'm still pulling out my hair.

Things have gotten a little better with this game. Since my hubby played this on the ps3 he told me what I was doing wrong, here it is: The game pauses (if you click that option for it to do so) when you have entered battle and from there you choose how you want to play this battlefield. I didn't know I could click on other characters and choose their actions and most importantly who to attack because once a battle began everybody just attacks whomever and everybody dies off quickly. So once he told me that I was like "heeeey now i might enjoy this game....... halfway enjoyable.

There are still a few things that stress me out:

1. The lack of potions or poultices that a merchant sells- its so hard to contain a good amount of poultices because my character use them up so fast even though I set their tactics to (health < 25% use poultice). We are able to make our own poultices but you only find so much supplies when exploring, and it doesn't help that a merchant only sells 3 or 4 poultices and an infinite of everything else you don't need much of. I guess they expect you to make your own stuff, but to make better quality items you have to highly skilled in that area.

2. When in battle my characters "miss" so dang much it doesn't make sense- I understand you have to level up that certain attribute to improve that area but I hate it when I have 4 people fighting one enemy and they are down to a drop of life and they all miss like 7 times in a row, WTF SOMEBODY KILL IT ALREADY!

3. I hate that there is a recharge time on magic- so once you find a mage with a healing spell your like YEEEESSSS! but once you cast that spell there is a certain amount of time before it recharges so when someone else is dying your like hurry up, hurry up, hurry up I don't want to waste my poutice and BOOM your character is dead, son of a..........

4. I hate that you only get one point to level up a skill when there are so many- if your not highly skilled enough to pick a lock your out of luck, you can't get high quality items if your not skilled enough, you can't disarm traps or make any traps if your not skilled enough (geez what can I put this one point to )

Now I'm in this dream world where I'm by myself fighting off abominations and such, somehow I must save the others. I have a decent amount of poultices and I'm trying my best the make the most of my rogue abilities.

I like this game but it still stresses me out. I'm upgrading everything as I go and I'm trying to use the items I have to my ability. I stick with my "everybody attack the same person" strategy so enemies can go down faster, and I'm still pulling out my hair over battles. I have to take a days break playing this game or I might end up throwing my laptop across the street. Hopefully it gets better.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Dragon Age Origins: ???????

I love RPG's to death and I love Fantasy but I just can't seem to get into this game. I'm only at the beginning of this game and I am dying like mad....... I don't die early  in RPG's...... I don't think anyone else dies early in RPG's either.

You only have 3 classes to choose from (warrior, mage, or thief). I chose thief because I wanted to do something different, being the one in the background shooting arrows and crippling people with my shots. NOT!!! Half my arrows miss while everyone comes and attacks me, and the only healing available is my starter 4 potions. My other characters die super fast and it always leaves me, and if I happen to make it, my other characters come back to life instantly but they have conditions now (bleeding, head trauma, or whatever). I can't stand up close and fight because I have a bow and arrow.... WHAT AM I SUPPOSE TO DO!? I have been giving this game chance after chance after chance for a week now and I am about ready to give up. It just sucks that I bought it for PC.

I did try to start over and I made a mage this time so I can have some healing magic....... that didn't even work. I had to go through some mage trial by myself and some lighting thing was attacking me. It was all good until it started running and found another buddy help with the ambush.... BASTARD!

The other thing I can't stand about this game is the excess blood on my characters:

look at the blood on that dog for killing some rats.... c'mon now.

I know its part of the game and you do have an option to turn it off (which I did) but is this really necessary? The blood only goes away after you change armor or start another fight.

Everything else about the game seems cool and it seems like I would like this game but I'm really starting to regret buying this game. I'll give it a couple more tries.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Mass Effect 2: The other stuff

Other than the different species of characters, weapons, there are the odds and ends of Mass Effect 2. A couple of things you have to do frequently in the game is hacking, and bypassing. Hacking looks alot like this:

At first it seems cool because you seem like some really smart tech person but after a few times it gets kind of annoying. First of all your timed and if you don't get it right or happen to land on one of the red x's then your locked out forever, so you will miss either some money or an upgrade, and you don't want to miss an upgrade. Bypassing looks like this:

This gets annoying too, its like playing but your being timed as well. The last of the "other stuff" is exploring the galaxy of course.

There are so many solar systems to explore to keep you busy in the game. The main reason to explore planets is to get your minerals for upgrades. Other reasons are to find extra missions which may have extra upgrades as well:

If you scan a planet to the "t" then you will get sooo bored easily, but once you get into it you'll find a way that is comfortable for you.

The last thing in the "other stuff" category is romance, and being a human you don't get many choices with other humans. If your character is a guy then you get 3 human options (1 female character you have to download). I hear some guys wish a girl like jack was real:

don't ask why. IF your a female you have 2 human options (1 male character you have to download, but I wouldn't bother because he looks like he's 50 years old.... unless you like 'em old). My character's love interest actually happens to be an alien but to me he's like a sexy alien.... yes the assassin Thane Krios:

You can flirt and fall in love, and maybe get them into your commander's quarters........ that's about it.

I already beat this game and I'm on my second time around  with the added bonuses and some downloadable content I bought online, that's just how great this game is. I'm so high off this game its like my drug, ask my hubby, he always tells me I should take a nap because I stay up late playing this game, and he see's how tired I look, I know he's right but I can't. Does anyone else feel me? What are your addicting games?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Mass Effect 2: My beginning

I started playing Mass Effect 2 last week and can I say I am so hooked that I haven't seen sunlight in days until yesterday. This action RPG is everything I love in a game. It has tons of missions, the ability to create the personality of your character, on top of creating your character (I just wish they had more character building options, like hair, clothes, etc). The main character of the game is named Shepard but Shepard can be male or female so you are able to give him/her a first name. Mya Shepard is my character

an infiltrator that specializes in Sniper Rifles, Sub-Machine guns, Heavy Pistols, and Heavy Weapons. There is the Soldier specialization class that specializes in almost every weapon  but since I always seem to choose that option for games I wanted to be different, besides I love using the sniper and giving enemies a shot to the head. You can choose whether your character is nice (paragon) or ruthless (renegade) you have the choice to make options during conversation when the option pops up, either one you choose you get points to get additional conversation option later. For example a reporter wanted to interview me but since she made me look bad last time I chose a renegade option and punched her in her face (no sissy hit either). I'm nice when I feel its the need but don't cross me. I will be quick to kill you.

Characters also have different powers they can use ( upgrade, and eventually evolve to a much stronger version)  while in battle. For my character she used disrupter ammo which does extra damage with shields and barriers, cryto ammo which freezes your enemies and when shot they break to pieces, a flame power (forgot the name already) which is my favorite it burns through the shields and barriers of enemies and when evolved it can hit multiiple targets or burn through anything it touches, AI hacking that lets you take control of an enemy mech and turn it against its allies, and my last power makes me invisible to enemies for  a certain period of time and increases my power.

The other cool thing I love is the different alien species there are so many, and they act too human. Tell me would you be interested in an alien stripper?

The Asari

Me and my  team about to break someone off
The graphics of this game is just out of this world. I think this is the best I ever seen graphics.

Along with everything else you recruit different people and can pick who you want to go on a mission with (unless its a loyalty mission). There is more to the game but I will save that for another post. This is only the beginning.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition: Review

First of all I would like to say that is was a fun Resident Evil to play, because my heart was in tact the whole time. I have heard in forums where people say that Resident Evil needs to go back to its roots (I guess the zombies, and the darkness) which I can understand that is what made "Resident Evil" and that is what people want but I catching heart attacks all the time am glad to have some relief.

Let's get into some pros:

1. The graphics were excellent.
2. If you like stories and the history of games I can say this is a good one. Playing "Lost in Nightmares" taught me that this whole virus thing started because some old guy was trying to prevent his aging, and with all this history of viruses it just made me want to play the other Resident Evil games (the ones I haven't played besides the first second and fourth resident evil games).
3. I liked that the Gold Edition was well worth 60 dollars with all the extra content and online play. I got so hooked on playing the mercenaries reunion that I decided not to sell the game back now. I loved playing with Excella she is such a diva, lol.

Check out this diva kick
And who didn't like playing as Chris Redfield with the gatling gun.... uh huh don't act like you didn't use him to get the extra levels open, I know I did.

Now let's get to those cons, and alot has to do with the AI:

1. I really REALLY hate "sticking" when I'm shooting, or knifing. C'mon now, realistically, would you see someone stay in one spot when when they are trying to cut somebody it just doesn't make sense. It would be nice if we are able to move when we are shooting or cutting somebody.
2. I can't stand the limited carrying space. No, I'm not trying to carry everything but when you find so much in the level its hard to figure out what you want to throw away. But I guess I can't complain, it could have been like Resident Evil 4 and have the weapons taking up 4 slots.
3. I hate when I go to open the menu and it doesn't pause the game. I know I have to think fast but sometimes you need that extra time to exchange stuff with your partner because they pick up stuff they shouldn't be having in the first place.
4. Here we go, the AI........SUCKS for a single player game. It pisses me off when my partner is wasting ammo. I'm up here trying to use the machine gun thing the enemy was using and they don't give her the sense to move aside and shoot, instead, she is shooting me and have the nerve to say "I'm out of ammo".......................................... YEA I BET YOU ARE. LET ME PICK THE BULLETS OUT MY BODY!!!!!!

In other words if we are gonna play with an AI, make them with some sense, but it is fun when you have someone else controlling the second player depending on who your partner is. Mine was greedy and always like to be the leader but don't know how to communicate..... (I love you hunny).

The enemies were something else. I couldn't stand this one:

don't let them get a hold of you or that's it. I could say I hated the lickers and Gatling gun majini but if you have the right weapons they aren't so bad.......... maybe.

Overall I give this game a 4 out of 5. I would definitely play it again and this time beat it on veteran. Oh and another thing, some of those costumes were wack emphasis on the warrior costume for chris redfield.


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Castlevania Lords of Shadow: My opinion

Although I haven't played every Castlevania game I have been a small fan of this game series. It was the mythical creatures, and the game art that kept me interested, and it has gotten  better with every series made. I remember playing the first castlevania game:

I love how classic the whip is

 Ah my first 2-D side-scrolling game. I don't think I ever beat that game. The main character in this castlevania series don't even look like he's going to fight a Dracula, he looks like a barbarian hunter. Now I wish I could find this game so I can re-live the memories of a highly pixelated  game.

This guy looks like he's going to fight a Dracula:

This is what I like to see. This is what actually made me become a fan and continue to play this series.. maybe even go back and play a marathon of castlevania games.

Now look how far Castlevania has gotten:

At first I was excited but when I saw the game trailer again I couldn't help find that to me ( this is just my thought) it kind of steered away from the previous castlevania-esqe theme. It looked more like a God of War game from the fighting, and the way the character moves through-out the game. The only reason I would play this game is because of the story it seemed interesting "Lords" has an "s" in it and the two masks just makes it mysterious.

Here is the main character in Lords of Shadow:

He looks like a buffer version of the guy in the first Castlevania. Maybe his attire has a slight Castlevania-esqe look but I still feel like the look is dying away. Maybe the creator (Kojima) wanted a change and that's cool... your money, your game, but I still like the old feel.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Greatest Game villain

I was checking out Gamespots choices for "All time greatest game villain" and I was thinking wow, some of these villains I don't even know, and they really go way back into the 90's games. I don't have a long list of greatest villains as I do greatest heroes. Everyone's  definition of a "great" villain may be different,  but to me a great villain is someone who left an impression that I will never forget, someone who says they are going to rule the world, destroy me, and make me believe it. Sure every villain says it but most are not believable, I gotta BELIEVE!! You know a villain is bad when they come with their own theme song like one of my favorites and probably everybody elses; Sephiroth

Who did not fall in love with this one-winged angel. To be one of the Elite members of Soldier he had to be the baddest. Just his look says he's bad: the trench coat, long silver/white hair and the masamune plus a theme
song that says his name. I didn't really consider Sephiroth a bad guy, well wanting to wipe out the human race yes that makes him bad but he wanted to do it for a good reason.... right? Since I'm still playing Crisis Core I also got to add his buddies as being one of  the baddest game villains; Genesis, and Angeal:

It's cool when a villain makes you want to read a  poem called "LOVELESS" by the way he cites it. Not only that but he did seem he could be just as strong as Sephiroth. Now Angeal on the other hand I know he wasn't "bad" bad but I think he was just as powerful as Sephiroth and Genesis.I just wish Angeal didn't have to turn into some freakish looking monster. Why did he have to go out like that?

I don't know if anyone remembers this one but before you see the image.... don't judge a book by its cover. He may seem like he's weak but he packs a punch, and he rides a silver dragon; Kuja (FF IX):

or maybe you will accept him in his trance form:

ok... well it may not have made it better but just Kuja's theme song, and the silver dragon was enough to win me over. He was the one that did most of the work "villaining" ( I know , it's not a word) in the game. I mean the last boss of this game Necron  just showed up at the very end of the game... ummmm who are you, because your name wasn't even mentioned throughout this whole game. It was Kuja who made the game.

My last favorite villain , and it should be yours after you saw that fight scene between him and Raiden..... YES VAMP:

I have never seen.... a vampire..... so bad...... so swift..... so..... smooth. He didn't really show enough in Metal Gear Solid 2, but in Metal Gear Solid 4 he has shown all that he was capable of. If you haven't played MGS4: guns of the patriots yet, I promise it will be a game worth playing.  Gamespot did mention Revolver Ocelot in the running of one of the greatest villains but he is no comparison to Vamp.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

What' up with Activision?

The name Activision has been flying across my computer screen so many times that I have decided to look up why. I have come to find out that people think they supposedly do not support female characters in games. There may be other issues but that seemed to be the biggest issue addressed. I also ran across some other links of them stating that it wasn't true. Sometimes I hear alot of female gamers complain about the lack of a female role in a video game, and others don't care what the character is as long as it is interesting. Well here is what I think:

I remember the first ever female character I ever played when I started playing games:

yes the lovely Kitana and Mileena. I played Kitana more because I thought fighting with a fan was bad-apples. Then I believe the next female character I played with was blade from the streets of rage series:

She was decent of course the guys were alot stronger than her but I still rocked her. I can't remember every girl character I played.... it wasn't many anyways but it soon came to Laura Croft in the Tomb Raider series, the various female characters in fighting games, and any game that let you create a female game character.

When a game comes out that features a female character that doesn't make me eager to buy it because like what most gamers say "it has to be interesting". I do like playing female characters because I feel a female character can be empowering and save the day just as a male character could. Most female characters made are just there for their looks. You know how many times I have read people write perverted things about female game characters. In any role playing or action game a female character always have the low stats or are used for "magic casting" purposes, for instance, yuna from the Final fantasy X and X-2 series, to me they made all three of them look cheesy. I know she was soft and such in the beginning but  I think if they wanted to save the world she could be just slightly more hardcore.

Now I think the baddest mama-jama female character role was the little lady from the "wet" game. Just looking at the cover just made me want to look up game trailers, and it was nice that they gave her some bad moves to go with that look they gave her. That was the best game I ever saw that had a good role for a female. I may have overlooked some other female characters, and if so feel free to tell me.

So I guess my conclusion is I'm not gonna boycott for lack of good female characters, but I do feel like they can make female characters more worthy of a lead role. Why can't they just create a role meant for a male character and slap a females face on it.... sounds simple... unless i'm missing something in the equation.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2011: This is such a hard sport

I'm not big into playing sports games, but I loooooove me some golf. Although I was debating whether or not to get this game because I had a high disappointment for what Tiger Woods did..... maybe I'll just stop drinking gatorade because I can't tear away from this golf game.

This has to be one of the hardest sports to play because there are so many elements to look out for like the wind (which pisses me off all the time), elevation, where the ball is, picking the right club, and knowing how much power and which direction to shoot the ball. Now I got putting down to the tee, and I can do a little driving, but my accuracy SUCKS! I can't hit the ball close to the pin if I wished for it. I'm always doing 15+ feet of putting, or pitching from the sand or deep grass.

  • I tried my first online experience and may I just say I don't need to be playing online I'm just embarrassing myself. I challenged somebody for the first time and this person got an Eagle while I was putting for a triple bogey( I could feel the laughter from the other side of the network). So I guess for the next 10 years or so I'll be doing thumb push ups and brushing up on my what golf club does what, then I'll be ready for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2021

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Blur: One cool racing game

This is our first racing game in years. My hubby downloaded the demo and was totally hooked on it. I didn't know how far a multiplayer demo can go but he made it seem like he didn't need to buy the game... So I went and bought the game for him anyways because I'm 100 percent sure there is more in full game than the demo.

The employee at gamestop told me he thought ModNation racers was better because you get to build your own tracks and characters. I took it upon myself to see the differnce.

First of all if I were to walk into a game store for the first time and saw both of the covers I would have automatically chosen blur because I would have thought ModNation racers was more kiddy-looking but its not as bad as I thought. I played the demo and I thought it was kind of "cute" but that's it.... meaning I wasn't in awe with it. Now blur was a different story. As my husband described it looks like a cross between Mario Kart and Midnight club. I can't find the exact words but Blur has this cool look to it, and I love how laid-back the music is. It's just enough to make me wanna take a midnight stroll. I also like that you get to use real cars with real attributes, and have the ability to use special attacks on other racers. Now don't get me wrong I don't think ModNation racers is a bad game its just that I'm not interested in building racing tracks and Littlebig planet already has won me over with famous game characters .

Here's a little comparison:

Blur Player
ModNation Player

Blur action
ModNation Racer action