Archive for February, 2011

Mass Effect 2


Well, I just beat this game….finally…and so I figured I would write about it. Now, I didn’t stop playing this game because I didn’t like it anymore, it’s because I get distracted very easily. This time it was WoW, then Sims 3 on the PC, then Sims 3 on the console…then I think i played Splatterhouse for a bit, then Dungeon Keeper 2, then a friend of mine got me into League of Legends, which I will still play, but then i was able to rent Two Worlds 2…which i didn’t like, so i finished Mass Effect 2, but it didn’t take me very long because i was near the end anyway.

Enough of that long list of a run-on sentence. I don’t have an X-box, I have a PS3. Many reasons, but on the head of it was that all my co-workers had a PS3, I really wanted a Blu-ray player, and because i didn’t want to pay for internet play. The only thing on the side of X-box for me was some of the games, which didn’t really hold up when most of the good games on the X-box get ported to the PS3, and the others that I really want, I can play on the PC…if i ever get one good enough to support it *cough*.

This brings me to Mass Effect 2. I didn’t play the first one, when I heard that it was coming out on the PS3, I pre-ordered it right away. Turns out it doesn’t matter because after a short intro where the first Normandy gets destroyed, there is an interactive comic that not only explains what happens in the first game, but allows you to make pivotal decisions from the first one. Well, as i played, i discovered that there wasn’t anything much of an impact in your decisions. Yes, each decision i made did show up in the game, but none of them really effected the storyline. Because of this i can’t really compare it to the first, but thanks to the the comic and the Codex, i wasn’t really missing much.

The only things that i didn’t really like, i’ll get out of the way ahead of time. First off, i find it a little annoying that for most games to be popular nowadays, it has to be a shooter. Yes this is a third-person, and the characters had fun powers, but on the basics of elements, it’s a shooter with minor RPG aspects, and a cover shooter at that. I’m not saying i don’t like guns, or shooters even. I do like Call of Duty, and guns can be fun, I’m just annoyed that they come around a lot. I realize it’s the future, but i would have had more fun if melee combat played a bigger role. The other thing that annoyed me was that as an RPG, there wasn’t that much customization when it came to the main character. You are stuck with the abilities and weapons you start with with the only option of adding another weapon around midway through the game, and able to add on a new ability when you become more loyal with one of your crew mates. I didn’t really know what the abilities were from the description, or what I would need in the game (also because i didn’t play the first) so i picked the engineer, and picked up a Sniper Rifle at my first opportunity, making my character a melding of Tali and Legion, which was unfortunate because they were also two of my favorite characters and i didn’t need them on most missions.

Other then that, I really did enjoy this game. The story was great. I have never really played a great sci-fi RPG. No surprise that it reminded me a great deal of KotoR, seeing as it is made by the same people. I also really enjoyed the characters, which was great because just like the KotoR games, they were a big part of the game. Each characters had interesting back-stories, and they all had side-missions that related to them, and they were all important because if you didn’t do them, you wouldn’t get the better ending. The thing that was amusing that the ‘had’ to incorporate to be a current and risque game was to have a love scene with one of your crew mates. For me it was Tali, because she was the more interesting characters, and it made more sense with my character being an engineer they would have more in common. Also, I wanted to see what it was behind her mask…buuuut was disapointed because all you saw was it being taken off, and seeing her pounce on him through it…never getting to see her face. Another fun aspect of the characters was that it bugged me the whole game that i recognized her from something else. It took me until near the end for me to notice that Miranda was voiced by Yvonne Strahovski made famous by the TV show Chuck and was clearly used as a model for the character.

I also enjoyed that despite the fact that like most recent RPs it had a somewhat good/evil part of the story, but it didn’t really effect much, nor was played up as much as in other games. It was never as simple as going either way, your could to both, and they were both accumulated like an experience bar. The higher you were in each aspect, the more conversation options that were given. Another fun addition in this game that wasn’t in others, was that you actually had to pay attention during some of the conversation aspects, because you could randomly interrupt them with a reaction. My first use of this was to punch a reporter in the face that had smeared Shepard in the first game. Bringing up the character’s name reminds me of the fact that in many games where you can name the character yourself, the other character never use your name. You can choose your characters first name, but since the last name is always Shepard, that is what you are called by, and it’s refreshing to have ones character actually referred to.

In general, it had it’s flaws, but It was an enjoyable experience and i don’t at all regret getting it at the full price when it first came out on the PS3. I Do wish it was longer, but i guess that it’s just a tease until Mass Effect 3 comes out. Plus it’s fine because it definitely has it’s replay value.

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Wing Commander


I’m not sure if anyone bothered to remember this movie. I barely remembered it when i came across it on Blockbuster Online, but i thought i would give it a shot. As I was watching it, I was having a hard time remembering what was so bad about it. Until it came to the space scenes that were really crappy, and they also played the typical annoying sci-fi mistake of making noise in space that only Firefly/Serenity managed to avoid. They also had the really horrible alien puppets that only moved their eyes and mouths. It might have been a better movie, or at least more popular, if that hadn’t cast Freddie Prince Jr an Matthew Lillard in a Movie that was ‘supposed’ to be based on a video game. Yeah, let’s put Fred and Shaggy into space and have them fly around shooting aliens. Oh and just for kicks, lets have the goofy guy (Shaggy) have a dramatic situation that makes him all sad-faced. In the original game Mark Hamil did one of the voices. Gee, I wonder if Luke Skywalker would have been a good casting choice for Nerds.

What’s that? This movie was based on a game? Why yes it was. Not a game I’ve ever played, because it was a flight simulator made in the 90s, and i wasn’t really that much of a computer gamer until a while after it was released, and even then i really didn’t stray far from games that were made by Blizzard. I was also more of a console gamer, and the computer was in the basement, where it was cold.

Back to the game though, It actually had cut scenes that had actual actors and were FMV. This was actually a common practice in that time done by other games like Myst and Star Wars Dark Forces. So, in my eyes, a better movie would have been if they had just made a longer version of one of those.

The thing that I really did like about the movie was the Pilgrim Side-story. Pilgrims were the first to explore the galaxy. It wasn’t very well described but to jump from one point to another, they would travel close to spacial anomalies like quasars and black holes and just the right point. The Pilgrims developed a sense that allowed them to do this naturally, but then an A.I. was invented that could do this without the pilgrims. It wasn’t really explained well or elaborated upon, other then some minor racism because Freddy was half-pilgrim, and he was the only one that could jump in certain situations and save the day! I would have really appreciated more on this story. They even had their own version of the Cross, that had a thin blade that popped out at the bottom. It just screamed being stabbed into a console or something making technology work better….or something, I don’t know, but they showed it off without really describing what it does.

A fun scene was a prequel to the bullet dodge scene in the matrix where the camera swings around which happened when the world seemed to freeze in the moment of the jump. Obviously this one was poorly done. Choppy and clearly just thrown in as an afterthought. To bad it was done better later in the same month in The Matrix.

Really though, it was fun to watch. There aren’t that many sci-fi movies, and usually they are really good/innovative, or really bad/funny. Guess what kind this movie is.

Introductions


Gamer, dork, nerd, geek, I wear all these titles with pride. What is this blog going to be about? I don’t quite know yet, but It’ll likely mostly involve me talking about movies and games, seeing as that is the main focus of my entertainment.

As for a bit of back story, i grew up in the 90s, and even though my cousin had a Nintendo, it didn’t ever have one, but i do still have my Super Nintendo and original big-ass gray Gameboy, and all my games and because they’re both Nintendo products, they still work. I played the crap out of my SNES, but i mostly remember playing RPGs, my favorites being Final Fantasy II, Final Fantasy III (or FFIV and FFVI as they were known as outside of the SNES) Secret of Evermore, Chrono Trigger, and Earthbound. When I wasn’t gaming, I enjoyed watching TV and Movies, but aparently not enough to remember my favorites other then the TV shows Star Trek TNG and Voyager and the Star Wars movies, and The Matrix. Sensing a theme here? Oh, I also read a lot in Junior High and High School authors being Robert Jordan, Orson Scott Card, R. A. Salvatore, Terry Goodkind and a whole lot of Star Wars books.

Coming up to present day stuff about me. The only current gen system I own is a PS3 that I got just last year, but I play a lot of games. So much that even though i have only had it for a year and am lvl 12. To put a bit of perspective on that, i have trophies in 66 games. There are a couple of other games I have that don’t have trophies like Saints Row 2 and Lego Star Wars Complete Saga, but there aren’t that many. Now, that doesn’t mean that I am skilled, just that I play a lot. It also doesn’t mean that I buy a lot of games, I just rent a lot. On that note, I rent a lot of movies. I don’t see them in theaters often but I rent most of the big title movies when they come out on DVD/Blue-Ray. This being the case, i can and will likely talk a lot about movies and games, although i will also likely talk about tv shows, anime, books, tabletop RPs, or anything else I find interesting to talk about.

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