Friday, October 23, 2009

Exclusive PS3 games that MUST be played in 2010

Sooo this is supposed to be a companion to the 360 post I just made earlier. With 2009 coming to a conclusion, I expect many happy gamers in the next year. Happily, I'm stuck in the crossfire of the 360 and PS3. With this generation of consoles in full swing, only the gamers are winning. With this in mind here is my top 10 of MUST own games for the 2009/2010 calendar year.

1. GOD OF WAR III --- March cannot come fast enough for PS3 owners. Kratos is the ultimate B.A. and this game alone has sold many,many PS3 systems.

2. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves --- Any PS3 owner that's worth their salt has played the first game. Just recently unleashed, this game is quickly becoming one of the best selling game in years.

3. God of War Collection -- Both God of War I & II remastered in HD and put on a single Blu Ray disc. Basically answering the prayers of ALL PS2 owners....not only are the games remastered in HD, but they now have trophy support for trophy collecting whores such as myself.

4. Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time -- Another universe, another mission with the dynamic duo of this long running, fan favorite series.

5. Massive Action Game (MAG) -- Recruiting people for battle in January, this is basically a Massive Multiplayer Online First Person Shooter. With WARS of over 200 players at once, this game will be the most immersive online shooter EVER to date.

6. Gran Turismo 5 -- Seemingly in development forever, the latest and greatest launch date is for March of 2010. We'll see.

7. Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 -- Debatable of whether or not this is actually an Exclusive or just a fancy Remake of the 360 version. If you like/love the Ninja Gaiden series and only own a PS3, this game is a must have.

8. Demon's Souls -- Sneaking into the limelight like a ninja hellbent on killing someone, this game is selling out all over the world and getting great reviews across the board.

9. Final Fantasy XIII --- Exclusive and guaranteed to be absolutely B.A. 'nuff said.

10. Deux Ex III --- Not much is known about this prequel, but I guarantee that if Eidos drops the ball on it there will be riots, rapes, and murders across the planet.

Where here is my list of the 10 Must have games of late 2009 and early 2010 for the PS3. Love it, hate it, whatever.

Exclusive 360 Games that Must be played in 2010.

With the 2009 X-mas season approaching REALLY fast I think its time to make a tally of the games that all 360 owners should at the very least rent. Most of these will be releasing in the next couple of months, but some others are scheduled for later in the 2010 calendar.

1. Mass Effect 2--- This game is going to be aces all around. I still have fond memories of spending late nights with the first game. Hopefully some of the bugs from the first game will be fixed, but either way I look forward to resuming missions as Commander Shepherd once again in January.

2. Alan Wake --- Yes, this game is still scheduled for release. Hopefully the last 5 years in development Limbo make this game worth the wait.

3. Halo 3: ODST -- What teenager/ Master Chief fanboy doesn't know about this game??? Already released, this game sold over 2 million copies in the first couple of weeks so I'm sure its on a lot of X-mas wishlists.

4. Forza Motorsport 3 -- The biggest racing game on the 360 is ready to deliver on Oct. 27th. The early reviews of this game are already pretty darn good, and it looks like not just an awesome racing game, but a great game overall.

5. Fable III --- This game is planned for late 2010, but the franchise fans area already counting down the days.

6. Left 4 Dead 2 -- The first game was a smash hit!!! Loyal players of the first game are gearing up for the sequels' release just before X-mas.

7. Splinter Cell: Conviction -- Sam Fisher is back, and the creators promise something truly amazing. Touted as the 360's answer to Metal Gear, Sam Fisher's exploits have revolutionized how stealth action games are supposed to be.

8. Crackdown 2 -- The GTA clone's first exploit was nothing short of awesome. This sequel should be nothing short of more awesome for fans of gangbanging sandbox games.

9. GTA IV: Ballad of Gay Tony --- Exclusive DLC for GTA IV coming out on October 29th 2009. 'nuff said.

10. Halo: Reach -- I know, a Halo game that isn't first on a list??? Well, I'm not sure what to expect out of this prequel other than I believe it will be awesome. Time will tell.

That's my list of "10 Must Have" games for the 360 I'll post my list for the PS3 soon.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

What is going on with Hulk???

So we have an interesting crapfest going on with Hulk. We have an upcoming World War Hulks coming soon. Yes, plural for TWO Hulks. I tried to read and keep up with the recent Rulk storyline, but it got a little to darn crazy for my tastes. Here's a little 411 for some of the peeps that are trying to figure out what's been going on in the past couple years with Hulk.
A while back some of the Marvel super heroes got tired of Hulk smashing and breaking things. They also thought it would be a good idea to load him up in a rocket ship and send him on his merry way to a unpopulated planet so he wouldn't get angry and smash stuff. Well, that's boring so the writers imposed fate that his ship got off course and he landed on a savage planet full of gladiators and smoking hot aliens.
Hulk started to have some fun partaking in his favorite hobby--Smashing everything in sight. After much ass-kicking he managed to become king and bag one of the hot alien chicks. Of course, she got pregnant. Somehow the rocket blew up killing the wife and the child...Hulk was not happy. Hulk came back to Earth to talk through his emotions with some of the people responsible for his trip. Well, Hulk isn't a fan of small talk so this really turned into him breaking a LOT of stuff and kicking everyone's teeth in. After the fact, his accomplices, the Warbound informed him that the superheroes actually weren't responsible for the explosion so he wasted time smashing stuff. He then turned back into Bruce Banner and turned himself in.
Shortly, after Hulk started blowing things up and kicking major asses, and killed some people. Turns out this Hulk was red, smart, and could burn stuff. He was cleverly named Rulk.

This is where I left off with the reading. After reading 8 episodes of the Rulk books I got bored of the "who is who, and what is going on?" and gave up. But, here's a breakdown of what I have confirmed, or sort of confirmed, on what is possible going on right now and in the near future with the Hulk-verse:
There is now 2 Hulks
There is 2 Hulk bastard children
There is at least 2 She-Hulks
And there have been too many personality types to mention and describe.

At the very least I'd recommend buying and reading the first World War Hulk TPB because the art and story are amazing.

Monday, August 17, 2009

My Top 5 Batman Stories

Yes. I am a Batman fanboy. He's always been one of my favorite comic characters. I can't really explain why he sticks out so much to me other than he's the world's greatest detective. He's a billionaire, expert martial artist, and a chick magnet. There's the great popcorn TV show from the past, there was the great movies from the 80's that starred Michael Keaton (followed by several crappy movies), and now we have the fantastic reboot of Batman that stars Christian Bale as the Dark Knight.
As of late I've been reading a lot of the latest DC big story arc -- the Blackest Night, which evolves around the new Black Lanterns and how they are going around terrorizing the DC universe. With this, my interest has been re-sparked and I've been re-reading some of the great Batman storylines. Well, here is my current top 5 reads. While they may not be everyone's favorites, they are mine and these are what I've been recommending to others when they ask about what good Batman stories there are.

5. Batman: The Man Who Laughs --> Any respectable Batman fan knows the story and background of his most famous arch nemesis --the Joker. Ed Brubaker re-tells the story of the very first battle between Batman and the Joker. This is Batman's first sample of Joker's crazy games, and well, he's not up to it at first and has to re-think his methods in order to defeat him. Up to this point Batman has only been battling the gangsters, thugs, and murderers. But after this there is no turning back, and this is just the beginning for what is in store for Batman and Gotham City.

4. Batman: A Death in the Family --> Jason Todd (Dick Grayson's replacement for Robin) finds out that his mother is still alive when thought to be dead for many years. Jason runs away from home to find her. The Joker steals a nuclear missile to sell to the highest bidder. In this whole mess Batman runs into both of them and during so the Joker ends up killing Jason Todd. Batman goes after Joker and in a fit of rage/revenge, comes close to killing Joker only to be stopped by ---Superman. While not many people liked Jason Todd as the new Robin this is one of the most significant moments in life of Batman/ Bruce Wayne.

3. Batman: Gotham by Gaslight --> This is one of the DC Elseworlds stories that I have grown to love over the years. It takes place during the Victorian-era Gotham City and pits Bruce/Batman against none other than Jack the Ripper. In this story Jack the Ripper continues his murder spree, but decides to move to Gotham City for fresh blood. In this book, Bruce returns from England and his timing is perfect--his arrival coincides with grisly murders within the city. With Bruce Wayne as the prime subject, time is of the essence as Bruce must not only prove his innocence, but stop the Ripper from killing more people.

2. Batman: The Long Halloween --> This story takes place during Batman's early days in his crime-fighting career. This story emphasizes Batman's ability as a Detective as he struggles to find the true identity of a serial killer--who kills his victims on National Holidays. This story also has Batman battling the mob and is one of the benchmark stories that every Batman fan should own in their collection. Tim Sale and Jeph Loeb are the masterminds behind this story (I call them the dynamic duo because they have such a fantastic history of working together) and create a legendary story that the recent movies pull a lot of inspiration from.

This was so hard for me. It was so hard to decide from 1 & 2 that each day I could pick one over the other. Next week I think I'll post a list of honorable mentions just to emphasize difficult this list was for me to compile.

1. Batman: Hush --> This book was written by Jeph Loeb (see a pattern??) and drawn by the great Jim Lee. This book flipped the Batman universe upside down and spun it around. In this year-long story, Batman begins dating Catwoman, Jason Todd's (Robin) body is found missing from his grave, Two - Face gets plastic surgery to fix his face, and ---oh yeah, fights every villain in the Batman universe. No, I'm not kidding. He starts off going toe to toe with Killer Croc, then moves onto the Joker, Riddler, Poison Ivy, and Superman. Yes, I freaking said Superman. And on top of all of this there is a new villain introduced, perhaps the most destructive and dangerous one yet.

Well, there it is, my top 5 Batman stories/books of all time. Let me know what you think and/or if you agree or disagree. Remember, these are just my favorites, and I plan on listing the top noteworthy mentions later this week.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Some New Stuff

AWESOME!!! I'm officially 10 days left at my internship!!! Then graduate. Hopefully I'll be able to find a job real quick like. Here's a quick update on what is going on in the nerdy Star Wars collector's world:
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Monday, June 29, 2009

Summer of Suckage

So far this summer has been very un-inspiring as far as movie going goes. It started out in May with Wolverine, which to me wasn't that bad, but at the same time not so great. Then it was followed by Angels & Demons that I found very un-fulfilling in comparison to the book. Terminator: Salvation followed suit in peaking my interest, but fell on its face in the end. I really wanted to love the movie, and was 100% prepared to ignore the stupid crap in it...but I couldn't do that when I walked out of the theater. Now, I have seen the crappiest of the crap--- Transformers 2. This movie was just fucking retarded. When I view a Michael Bay movie I expect nothing but a special effects-fest with not much added to it. This movie takes that and adds 100 pounds of stupid into the mix. Between explosions around every corner, to the boring robot designs...which gets even worse when almost all of the robots look the same, to the stupid dialogue between Shia Lebouf and Megan Fox (who still looks like a total whore throughout all of the film).

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Another Day, Another Dollar

I know, I know. It's been another long time since the last time I posted. I've been super busy and I guess everything non-essential got pushed to the backburners. Since the last post I've moved back to Tampa and have started working my internship at the hospital. Of course, I have been catching up on my reading...I've read the first Dexter book titled "Darkly Dreaming Dexter" that the show is based off of. The book is just as exciting as the show and of course, given the media it gives a much more thorough development of the characters and stories. Also, I finally managed to track down a copy of Daredevil Yellow that is the famous Reboot of the series by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. This book is awesome!!! Great storytelling and it really puts you into the mind of the Daredevil himself. Its great because afer reading this book I finally put it together and read the books that gave most of the inspiration for the movie. Since reading that I have ordered another book by this dynamic duo titled "Spiderman: Blue." Here's to hoping it'll be as good as Daredevil.
Some other news is that I have made a couple other preorders including the Hot Toys Marcus Wright, Billy (from Preadator), T-600 1/6 figures. Tonight I ordered the Sideshow Collectibles T-600 1:1 scale bust. The bust looks awesome and very intimidating. I'm hoping that it'll compliment the other three busts that I have and the upcoming Admiral Ackbar and Iron Man bust. I guess this is about it for now so I'll just post a couple pics of the bust before heading out.
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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Long Time, No Post

I know I've been promising an actual update, but I've been so busy with the semester wrapping up and getting ready to move. So here's my mini-update until I get settled in back in Tampa next week. Classes went well and I feel like I did really great, but I'm still getting really nervous about the beginning of the internship. It is good to realize that I'm at least getting paid for my time, but I'm just anxious because I feel that I don't know everything and that I should've dedicated more time to reading and learning. I have decided to write off one of my best friends...He isn't the same person I knew from 9 years ago. Since he moved up here back in 2004 he has changed entirely. He is so pessimistic and opinionated I cannot stand to be around him when he starts to open his mouth. He does nothing but sit on his ass all day long and bitch about everything. I find it humorous that he is constantly berating others, but cannot claim responsibility for his own faults and failures. For a good part of five years he has been working on finishing his Bachelor's degree since getting his Associate's degree and moving up here to Tallahassee. In that same amount of time I completely started over with school and have received my Associate's, Bachelor's and soon my Master's degree while he still claims to have "One more class" to finish and graduate. He has such a shitty outlook on life and constantly starts arguments with people just to start arguments. And when he fails his classes he concocts some ridiculous excuse about how his professor is an asshole, or his professor didn't like him, or even the most recent one that I've heard--"She's a damn socialist and I can't stand to hear her talk. So I haven't shown up to class in three weeks." Wow, that's one way to show your teacher how much you dislike them. And then completely disregards that his failing the class is his own doing. I hate to wish this upon him, but I hope that he gets kicked out of school and his father cuts him off because then he might just realize that he is the only person responsible for his position in life....Angry, miserable, and soon lonely. Well, enough venting about that, but enough is enough. I can only sympathize for someone for so long before I feel its time to move on. I'll post again in a few days because the new Hot Toys Iron Man MK II figure should be arriving shortly and I'll have to take some pictures of the new living arrangements.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

More Hot Toys Goodness

Wow...so it seems Hot Toys doesn't want me to have any money. Every time I get a newsletter from them or read on the forums about their latest announcement its a grand slam. Tonight is no different. I got home from class just to find out that Hot Toys was gonna hit me below the belt with the new Cop Joker....but instead of just releasing a single figure they are starting a new line of "double" figures I guess. Essentially what this is is one figure, but with two (or more) head sculpts, costumes, and multiple hands/guns/accessories to compliment it. Now, at first I said no thanks with the Cop Joker because I already own both their previous Joker and Bank Robber Joker. Oh well, I guess it depends on the money situation when it comes time to pay. Here's some pics to show how awesome Hot Toys is making this figure:
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Sunday, March 22, 2009

$$$Expensive 2009 Year $$$$

So I was going through my Bento invoices while backing up my computer today and I came to the crazy realization that 2009 is already shaping up to being an expensive year for collectibles.... and its only freaking March!! I will admit that most of the items I have on order aren't coming out until the 3rd and 4th quarter, but this is the first time I've ever had this much stuff on order this early on in the year. So here's the breakdown of everything I have as of yesterday:
HOT TOYS IRON MAN MKIII
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HOT TOYS TWO FACE / HARVEY DENT
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SIDESHOW COLLECTIBLES OBI WAN KENOBI EPISODE II VERSION
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HOT TOYS "DUTCH" from PREDATOR
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HOT TOYS PREDATOR 1
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HOT TOYS JOHN CONNOR FROM T4
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SIDESHOW COLLECTIBLES CAPTAIN AMERICA LEGENDARY SCALE "EXCLUSIVE" BUST
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SIDESHOW COLLECTIBLES SCOUT TROOPER PREMIUM FORMAT
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SIDESHOW COLLECTIBLES ADMIRAL ACBAR 1:1 FULL SCALE BUST
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And the worst part is that this is just the stuff I have on order. Sometimes I end up buying other stuff that I didn't order after I see pics that others post when they get them.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Obi Wan Kenobi-- A New Hope

So it is pretty easy to figure out that I am indeed a Star Wars nerd/fanboy. Since I was a kid and saw that epic battle between Obi Wan and Darth Vader I have been hypnotized. Darth Vader was such a badass!!! He was and still is one of the most menacing villains ever to grace the screen. The first time he strolls into view in A New Hope you just know he's the villain and is up to no good. But that's not all, Obi Wan-- the "crazy old wizard" has the same powers that Darth Vader has. And shortly into the movie he discloses that Vader murdered Luke's father, who was a good friend of Obi Wan. Now, he's either pitching the best sale ever or he's just praying on the naivety of young Luke by telling what he wants to hear. He also tells Luke that he needs to come with him to start his training to become a Jedi Knight like his father...at the same time failing to mention that Vader is actually his father who turned from hero to villain at the drop of the dime and is personally responsible for destroying the Jedi Order as well as the Galactic Republic (with some help from Palpatine).
From his first appearance on screen Sir Alec Guiness' presence engulfs us with Obi Wan's "classical" representation of an extinct order. He is dressed as a common beggar with his large and tarnished robes as well as his seasoned appearance. Obi Wan takes Luke in and begins teaching him the basics of the Force. He mentors the young apprentice and carries the burden of knowing that Luke is the last hope to destroying the Empire and defeating Darth Vader. He knows all too well that if rushed, Luke can turn to the dark side and become a Sith just like his father did before him. Obi Wan has witnessed first hand what it is like to see the wrath of the dark side of the Force.
Here I'll get to the actual figure. I have before you the Sideshow Collectibles Obi Wan Kenobi from A New Hope in the Jedi Order line. Sideshow has produced Four versions of Obi Wan as of now. In this version we get an exact replication of Sir Alec Guiness' face, but in 1/6 form. Of course he gets the standard setup: Outer Jedi Robe, Inner and Outer Tunic, Lit and Unlit Lightsaber, Several hands for multiple displays, and a Star Wars stand. The detail on this figure is incredible. I can't capture the correct words to describe how awesome this figure truly is. If by any chance you are trying to decide which version of Obi Wan to get---this is THE one to get. I have yet to receive the Episode II figure, but as of now the likeness of Alec Guiness blows away any previous version of Ewan MacGregor. And if you plan on getting the forth coming Darth Vader 1/6 from Sideshow you NEED to get this figure to accompany him on your shelf.
Sooo, without further ado here is a picture of him. Please forgive my phone camera as I do not have a proper digital camera yet.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Bank Robber Joker

After looking at pics of Hot Toys' second version of the oh so popular Joker from The Dark Knight I decided I needed to get one for myself. I thought the first Joker was totally insane, but this figure totally blows the first one away. The new head sculpt looks like Heath himself jumped out of the screen and onto my shelf. The newest figure is a variant that is in the form that we first see the new Joker. This figure comes armed to the teeth with a: machine gun, machine-gun pistol, duffel bag, and a slew of grenades. The absolute best part of this figure are the TWO head sculpts. One version is meant to be coupled with the included clown mask and the other is just an awesome portrait of the Joker. Of course, I did the insane thing and gave the machine gun and the regular head to the original Joker that I have. This figure has to be the best of The Dark Knight figures yet. So I cannot wait until they give us the upcoming Two Face and the recently announced Police Officer Joker.


Monday, February 23, 2009

The Joker

Alright, so now that the Oscars have come and gone I will say that I'm really excited about Heath Ledger winning the best supporting actor award for his Joker performance in The Dark Knight. Of course I am a super fanboy of the new Batman movies and ended up seeing it 6 times in the theater and countless times at home on Blu Ray. In my opinion the Joker was the main show and Batman and all of Gotham were just along for the ride. For a character that claimed he isn't someone who makes plans he certainly showed how well they work for him. Also, I plan to do a quick product review for the Hot Toys Bank Robber Joker that I have on the way. I can't guarantee when exactly, but it will get done.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Leverage

I started watching this show on a whim. Never knowing anything or hearing anything about this show I had no clue what I was getting into. When I read that Christian Kane was going to be in this series I quickly perked interest and decided to give the first episode a viewing. What an extremely pleasant surprise I found after just the first ten minutes into the pilot episode. The best way to describe this show is to just come out and say that it is like a weekly Ocean's 11 tv show. They have the planner, master thief, computer geek, ex-military spy for the muscle, and the incredibly beautiful actress for pulling the cons. Basically the main character, Nathan Ford, used to be an investigator for the big insurance company. And his main job was to "look" into their best intersts by tracking down the thives and con artists that threaten to steal from the company. Now he is working with some of the people he used to chase down. The ragtag group now works as a new age "Robin Hood and his merry men." Because Ford is the only honest man in the lot, he requires to take on the charity cases that help good people get "Leverage" and payback on the corporations that have wronged them in any way.

One of my favorite aspects of the show is the chemistry between the team members. In the beginning of the pilot they all claim that they all prefer to work alone and wish to keep it that way. When you mix them all together is when the team shines. They all have their expertise, but yet when they are working they all have fun with each other and it translates extremely well. 

I recommend watching the first episode and giving this show a chance because I think you'll be quite hooked by the end of the show. Next thing you know you're on the fourth episode waiting to see what next week's show will bring you. 

Monday, February 16, 2009

Ridiculous

As a movie fan I am a member of various different movie critic forums and visit them quite frequently. To pay for the costs of maintenance many of the sites have memberships that you can pay for in return to certain perks that the regular non-paying member can't see. Well, in my personal opinion if you are going to operate a site like this you need to maintain a level of professionalism just like a normal business establishment. They have administrators and moderators that monitor all the posts, site maintenance, and anything else. In a recent visit to a forum by the name of High Definition Digest Forums there was a thread created for the recent review of a movie. The movie isn't really important, but the behavior of the moderators and staff members that really annoy me. To sum it up several of the regular members expressed that they disagreed with the reviewer's opinion of the movie, and from the beginning they were respectful and didn't attack or harass the reviewer himself. Shortly after the review was posted a staff member posted in the thread and expressed how much he hated the movie and also attacked the members by saying that he was "disgusted in the fact that anyone likes the movie at all." Hmmm... I know it might sound really childish to make an issue about this, but I really found it un-professional and completely void of objectivity (which is when I found it insulting). Thankfully many members called him out on this back quoting his statement and adding the dissapppointment that a staff member would act so inappropriately towards other members. Next that same staff member continued to blast those members that questioned him and also continued to say some ridiculous statements about the movie and foolishly attacked the book that the movie was based off of. After reading through all the posts I was really surprised that none of the other moderators made any attempt to intervene or lock the thread, but actually encouraged the staff member's attitude and opinion. At this point I was really offended by not only the original person's attitude, but the fact that the other moderators supported him and added to the problem by attacking some of the members. So I decided to bring this point up I made a comment on how shocked I was at the level of unprofessionalism in everyone that represented the site and that it's really pathetic that they are attacking the members that are paying to support the site. Later I logged in to see if anyone had taken note of my points I find that I have been banned from the site for "Attacking the moderators and/or staff members." This is completely absurd, and plan on confronting the moderator responsible for the ban as to how I attacked anyone and why nobody has seen fit to keep the lapdog staff members in check. After I'm finished with this situation I feel I will no longer visit the High Def Digest Forums and will look for another site to visit and contribute to. I suggest others to do the same by avoiding this site like the plague.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Funky Fresh

This week has been pretty darn awesome. Classes are going great, got some spare cash in the bank, and the new demos for Halo Wars and Killzone 2 were released. My first impressions of both are very good, and I look forward to playing both full versions of them. Halo Wars' skirmish mode is gonna be great, especially with the co-op online feature. I also really like the concept of the campaign co-op in regards to being able to collaborate with your ally to plan attacks. One person can build quick recon strikes to distract the enemy while the other can build the formidable attack force to bring the pain. I freaking love RTS games!!! Killzone 2... what else can be said except for WOW. Finally after roughly 5 years, yes 5 years of development we get to see Guerilla's masterpiece in full motion. The demo is a 2GB download and depressingly short playtime. The animation is really great, but nothing that hasn't been seen before (Metal Gear Solid 4 quality). The sound is what sticks out the most to me...you can tell that this game is meant for full Dolby goodness. The beginning part of the demo is a beach invasion and you can hear the blasts, shots, and yelling in each part of the 5.1 with great, rich detail. I read somewhere that campaign co-op is NOT included in the game right off the bat, but you need to download a patch for it. I'm not sure if this patch is ready for day one or if it will be shortly after release. The MP is already getting great rants and reviews based on the Beta users so I'm not even stressing that part at all. I'm more concerned about the overall Single player and co-op campaign. Hopefully it won't fail to impress like the first Killzone.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Playing with the Car

So the past couple of months I've been spending a little bit of time doing small things to the car. I haven't really done a "Big" install project since I put the exhaust on it back in April. Since then I've been contempt with the way it is. Well now I'm looking into the overall feel and look of the car so suspension, aesthetics, and random things are where I've been putting my time towards. For Christmas I got a little crazy and bought some "presents for the car." This list includes: a new Shift Knob, Front and Rear Shift Bushings, LED kit for the entire car, Sub Frame Bushings, and Tranny Cross Member Bushings. Here are a couple quick pics of some of them. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures of some of the installs.
Front Grill Repaint:

New Shift Knob:

And the Car at the park the day before painting:

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Firefly Quotes

Firefly is definitely one of my favorite shows around. Since I'm re-watching it again for the 20th time I will compile a list for you of the best quotes:

Shepherd Book:"If you take sexual advantage of her, you're going to burn in a very special level of hell, a level they reserved for Child molesters and people who talk at the theater."

Simon to Jayne -"How did your brain ever master human language ?"

Wash: "Oh, no. What could it be? We're all doomed!! WHO'S FLYING THIS THING?!?! Oh, right. That would be me."

Wash: "were i unwed, i would take you in a manly fashion...."

Mal: "If someone tries to kill you, you kill them right back."

Mal: "I aim to misbehave"

Mal: "We are just too pretty for God to let us die."

Jayne: "Do you know what the chain of command is?, its a chain i go get and beat you with till you learn whos in ruttin' command"

Jayne: "Ten percent of nuthin' is…let me do the math here…nuthin' into nuthin'…carry the nuthin'…"

Batman Vs. Daredevil

Ultimate Showdown Number 2!!!!
Batman and Daredevil are Marvel and DCs intelligent crimefighters. Each of them are highly skilled fighters, both are acrobatic junkies, and both possess insurmountable deductive reasoning abilities. I'm gonna give a quick rundown of both characters to compare and contrast to decide which one can achieve victory in battle.

1. Fated Origins.
Both heroes have come from traumatic childhoods. Matthew Murdock (Daredevil)was raised by his father in Hell's Kitchen and appreciated the fact that laws were in place to keep people from acting a fool. To help ensure this he became a lawyer to protect the innocent and send the criminals where they belong. Before completion his father was murdered for refusing to throw a fight, and in retaliation Matt went into action as the "Daredevil" to seek justice. Bruce Wayne (Batman) was born into wealth as his parents Dr. Thomas Wayne and Martha Wayne were rich Gotham socialites. Raised in luxury Bruce never had to want for anything. Until one night on the way home from the theater Bruce witnessesd his parents murdered. At this point Bruce made an oath to rid Gotham of the evil criminals that were responsible.
Advantage: Daredevil

2. Intelligence.
Well, since both are known for their intellect I figured we could see how they stack up. Daredevil is a lawyer during the day and graduated with his "Juris Doctorate" from Columbia law. That's pretty dam impressive considering he's freaking blind!!! Batman is known for his awesome Detective skills. While I don't recall where he went to school, being from Gotham's elite upper class he was highly educated. Since he has no "Powers" he relies only on his own scientific knowledge and deductive reasoning. He's also a super businessman --- like Bill Gates, so he's smart enough to keep the money coming in from Wayne Enterprises.
Advantage: Batman

3. Powers
Daredevil came to be from radioactive chemicals that blinded him, but at the same time enhanced his other senses to super human levels. His sense of touch is enhanced enough to read with his fingers (not just Braille) and detect changes of temperature--body heat detection to the point that he can tell if someone is alive or dead. He can smell people's distinct odors and can track them for up to 50 feet in a crowd of other people. So remember that if you fart in public!!!! His taste enables him to remember the exact ingredients of anything he eats or drinks. And his hearing gives him the ability to hear people through soundproof walls, differentiate others' heartbeats, and possess a Sonar-like ablity that allows his brain to render a 3-D like map of his surroundings.
Batman---ummm....he doesn't have any "Powers"
Advantage: Daredevil

4. Equipment
Daredevil carries his trademark "Billy Club" which doubles as his cane during the 9-5 grind. It contains thirty feet of aircraft control cable, which is connected to a case-hardened steel grapnel. It also has a mechanism that allows it to wind and unwind at the flip of a switch. He also carries two batons that are pretty much the standard baton that you can use to club someone with.
Batman---where to start?? Well, since he possesses the mechanical know-how that makes McGyver his bitch Batman designs and creates everyting in his aresenal. His trademark item is his utility belt, and it has everything from tear gas to handcuffs to condoms in it. Batman also likes to ride around in the Batmobile, and its so fast and furious it makes Vin Diesel jealous.
Advantage: Batman

5. Fighting Skills
Daredevil was taught by martial arts master "Stick" and combining his powers with his sweet bo staff skills he makes Chuck Norris head for the hills. Because of his heightened senses its almost unfair to the point that every time he fights the ninja clan "The Hand" they explode in a puff of smoke before dying. That's badassery right there.
Batman is the "Mutt" of martial arts practitioners. Since he has a grab bag of different fighting styles its not odd to see him doing karate then transitioning from head butts to kicks to the gonads. I would describe this as the precursor of MMA fighting. Maybe he can moonlight in the UFC?
Advantage: Daredevil.

Well, that does it. While I think the fight would be closer than anyone can predict, Daredevil would end up wiping the floor with Batman. Batman would surely use some of his gadgets to his advantage, but Daredevil's heightened senses and abilities would negate this and give him the win.




Battlestar Galactica is Almost Finished

Well it seems that the end is near and the day I've been anticipating AND dreading at the same time is approaching. January 16 is the beginning of the end of BSG's final episodes. Last year the writers / producers announced that they were gonna end the show after season 4 on their own will. I can appreciate this mentality as it shows that they are willing to do what they started out to do and not drag it out to the point that the show is a pathetic version of its former self. Here's the article that confirms it:
http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/10677.html
Hopefully they'll get season 4 onto Blu Ray before summer so I can have all the episodes at my command.