Tuesday, May 17, 2011

First look: L.A. Noire

So I did end up staying up till midnight, by 11:00 I almost didn't make it because of the stupid movie my hubby picked out for us to watch. It was suppose to be a comedy but I didn't laugh at all, the whole time I was thinking wtf.. why is this a move..

But ANYWAYS I made it to gamestop for the midnight release of L.A. Noire and there was a pretty good amount of people there, but since the store is so small I waited in the car till I saw people walking out with the game. Although I got the game at midnight I didn't play it till this morning (I think all the anticipation wore me out).

This game is amazing, I love how they made the characters more realistic. When the characters talk their mouths go with the movement, no I mean like real people talking, not just their lips moving up and down, and their facial expressions are also easy to read. Knowing that this is a detective game and all it was really important to have that element in the game to make it fun for player and I think Rockstar did a really good job on that.

In the beginning of the game you play as   Cole Phelps who was an ex- marine (the game shows pieces of his past after certain events in the game) who became an LAPD officer and later a detective. The whole point of the game is to go around solving cases by finding evidence, and questioning witnesses. One thing I like is that that game gives you certain ques to when your done with the scene and what is a clue. For example when the investigation music stops that means you have found all the clues. When you here a faint chime sound or your controller vibrates that means your near a clue and you can pick it up and manipulate the object by using the L stick(and you do have the option of turning off those features if you want a little challenge). Of course you don't have to remember what you found because you are supplied with a notebook that keeps track of everything you found and everyone you talked too, and later that can help you question others. Another thing I am so happy about is when your driving to your destination you can ask your partner for directions. He will tell you to keep going straight or take the next left, etc. I love that so much, I can't tell you how lost I got when playing Grand theft auto or Mafia II.

When you interview or interrogate people you have the option of telling they they are telling the truth, lying, or you doubt what they are saying, and the cool thing about that is paying attention to their reaction, I caught a guy who wasn't looking me in my eye when he answered my question so automatically I was like hmmm this dude is lying. When you level up you get intuition points which is like a cheat. You can use it to help you find all the clues, or eliminate some of answers so you can say the right answer more accurately

When your riding around with your partner there will be times where cops will radio in certain investigations, you can choose to take the call  or not depending on how you want to play the game, but it is a good way to get some experience and up your rank.

This game reminds me so much of Dick Tracy, the narrator in the background the scenes... just the overall look. when solving cases it becomes serious, and you have to pay attention very closely. I feel so glued to the t.v. when playing this game, I see nothing else around me when I'm playing this game. I love solving puzzles, and CSI type stuff so I will have so much fun with this game.... let's see if I can platinum it.

Monday, May 16, 2011

My first midnight launch game: L.A. Noire

I've read and heard about this game in magazines and on the radio so I decided to go reserve this game. As I'm reserving this game the employee tells me there will be a midnight launch for the game. Now usually I blow it off because most of the time its hard for me to stay up to midnight, but my hubby suggested we pick it up at midnight because it was something we never did before. So I thought for a minute and I was like yea.... yea why not... I can do this. So I designed this plan to help me stay awake: I'm gonna jog around the block for 30 minutes then I'll go home and do like 100 pushups with one hand.. (or maybe 1/2 a pushup) next I'll eat a bag of gummy bears, 4 chocolate chip cookies, and drink a red bull every hour... BETTER. a shot of 5 HOUR ENERGY, and hopefully I last till 12 a.m.... just kidding. I know my body will be shocked and crash till Wednesday, but I do want to stay up till midnight. Have any of you stayed up for a midnight launch, and if so got any tips?

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Mass Effect 2 Arrival

Before purchasing arrival I read alot of reviews that rated this a very mediocre DLC for Mass Effect 2, but since I'm a huge Mass Effect fan I still gave it go.

Arrival is all about stopping the reaper invasion. Dr. Kenson (the person we must rescue) is held captive in the bararian space and is being interrogated for presence on their territory. So automatically Shepard is nominated to be the hero because everybody knows Shepard is a bad mutha.

After the briefing of the mission Shepard heads to the planet Aratoht in search of Dr. Kenson. It isn't hard to navigate through the post, a couple buttons here, a few recording there and you finally found her. But- stroke the guards watching her and she's free, easy as making ramen noodles. Of course she's loose everyone is after us yada yada yada , she handles the controls, Shepard holds off the enemies, and we are finally out of there. That sounded a little to easy, but I knew the minute she radioed her people and said "Shepard was with her" that she was gonna' turn on me.

Back at Arcturus Station Dr. Kenson was to show me prove that the reapers were coming in two days , and that they had a plan to blow the Alpha Relay with an asteroid to stop the reapers from invading the galaxy, they called it "the project". After Shepard hears all the evidence yada yada, Kenson decides to be two-sided about the situation saying she wants to see the reapers come and it would be a good thing for her. I had the option to shoot her but since I'm trying to be a complete angel I didn't and now she ran off to neverland and I have to stop her. So we go through the shooting enemies, and obstacles just to get to the controls to launch "the project". Of course it happens and the Alpha Relay is no more. Only bad thing about it is all the batarians are blowed up with it. So should shepard receive praises or face some consequences... I guess we will see on Mass Effect 3.

This DLC was o.k. it wasn't the best there was no excitement to it, it was just a connection between 2 games. I felt Lair of the Shadowbroker was the best because hearing about this "shadowbroker" had alot of suspense. You keep thinking "who is this shadowbroker... I wanna go kick his ass just because I hear his name so much and don't know who he is". To infiltrate his lair and finally face and beat him , making liara the new shadowbroker was very intense... for me anyways. So anyone who is thinking of getting the arrival DLC don't look for a three course meal just look for an appetizer.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Leaked: Another Assassin's Creed

When I logged into Gamespot the first thing that caught my eye was that information on the new assassin's creed game was "leaked" on facebook. C'mon now you just don't "leak" on an accident, you obviously wanted your fans to "leak" in their pants..... and I did. Rumors are that it was suppose to be a spin off with Altair which he was cool and all but Ezio was the main man for me, he was very confident and witty. There is no information on who, what, when, where, and why but I'm gonna' start saving up me coins.

LittleBigPlanet 2:Review

How can you make a game so freakin' cute! and not only cute but super duper uper zuper, buper, cuper fun (I know those aren't words but you get my point).

LittleBigPlanet 2 is dedicated to Sackboy (or girl) to helping Larry da Vinci  defeating Negativitron before  he takes over the cosmos. Of course every level has a different character that needs your help and joins you end the end to help defeat the ultra meanie of the game. Characters you meet in this game are:
larry da vinci

victoria von bathysphere
clive handforth
avalon centrifuge
eve silva paragorica
Dr.Herbert Higginbotham
The gameplay is the same as the first one  except you get to ride new furry creatures like furry rabbits, dogs, cats and a bee. There are also additional toys to play with such as the paint and water gun. Tons of new costumes are added to game to suit your personality. My favorite of all the costumes was the mrs sun costume it was just so pretty and elegant.

Of course the best part about littlebigplanet is playing the different levels that people create. When I first played everyone was making zombie levels since zombies are the thing now. Some were ok and some were overwhelming like someone just threw a ton of zombies in a level that were impossible to kill. I played a demo of a level that was suppose to resemble assassin's creed which was pretty cool with the costume and everything. There was one level that wasn't actually a level to play but more of a video and to me it was entertaining. Someone's sack person was singing "PEANUT BUTTA' JELLY TIME!"

one of my goals is to make my own level. I don't know what to make, maybe I'll start off basic, put something to hop over and call it a level, lol.
Overall this game is one of a kind, and its the one game I can play with my 4 year old without it being so "kiddy", he enjoys it so much. I loved the last level when your going to defeat negativitron, there is a part where  where it looks like an old pixel game...... This game is just FREAKIN CUTE OKAY!

Sackboy is the new teddy bear.