Friday, 26 March 2010

Anime: Black Cat

I'm not quite sure how to start about this anime, It got many good aspect and few bad ones.

First of all it has an complex story, or rather its hard to follow because it jumpes from scene to scene and leave some details for yourself to figure out. Now i know you are better off reading the manga and have everything spelled out for you, but that they expect you to do a little thinking work or that they where to lazy didn't matter to me, i liked the story anyway.

The action, the battles and your characters are well thought off, the only bad aspect is that you don't know how strong every one is, for inctance: The chrono numbers seems to be special people with a talent for combat and are highly trained, sweepers (people who make money by tracking wanted criminals) are just normal people hardend in battle sometimes these sweepers seems to be at an equal lvl and other times just plain amateurs.

I think this anime is a must see if you like some good battles and some wicked personalities of antagonists(creed disketh is truly and idiot). Against others this anime doesn't really stand out or has something that makes it famous but i think seeing this anime is something that is not a waste of time, just be sure to rewatch it later to understand what is going on.

Review: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2

To be honest i'm not fond of shooter games, that doesn't mean i don't enjoy a good shooting.

I have played Call of Duty 4, so it was nice to some familliar persons again, but what was a nice improvement where the missions. In CoD 4 the missions was about 90% shooting people or fragging the hell out of them and 10% either running around or sitting in a slow car shooting people, In CoD MF 2 that is slightly diffirent, now its about 75% shooting people and 25% in awsome events like chase the enemy on a snowscooter that at least gains a lot of speed or that feeling when you need to rescue those civilians by breaching the door, storm in and take out all hostiles. Those changes made it all more enjoyable and left me some memorable moments.

The gameplay itself didn't change anything, the only thing was that it became smoother and more realistic. It's a great addition to the call of duty series and it left me with a rather good feeling, now because i don't play shooter much i'm unable to check the multyplayer but the Special ops missions are good enough to give a try with a friend. I tested it and was fairly convinced that it is more than fun, it's plain awsome if you both breach the doors at the same time and start shooting the hell out of those enemies.

At one point i was all alone and needed to fight myself up trough the slums in chase of a target only to find the target captured before my eyes making my climb and all those dead enemies in my wake a useless sacrefice, but it reminded me of Medal of honor, the older series where you alone killed hundreds of nazis alone, making you that useless private a one man army. Well at least you have here some 'special' training so it wouldn't be strange for you to be able to kill 89249842 people.

Now i understand that a lot of people are against this game because you can (not need to) shoot civilians in a certain mission, i think some people need to learn that games don't reflect reality. If someone who is out of their mind starts shooting people, such things are unavoidable(that they are out of their minds), for inctance there are about 6800 Million people on the planet, it would be impossible for all of them to be in their right mind. games are games, not reality so all those people complaining about it sets people to kill other people, that is completly wrong, sometimes violent games do have some effect, but mostly games are used to relief that stress you have. I'll be honest, if i can't enjoy a good game where i can beat the crap out of my opponent, i would probably be some boring asshole who would have nothing better to do then to annoy other people.

Overall this is a good game and you can definitly enjoy it if you play multiplayer, i recommend the campaign mode because you get to see some awsome places. If you have a friend , play the special ops missions, if you are alone then go out and make friends.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Hints and Tips: Final Fantasy XIII

A little what to do list when you are starting to play final fantasy XIII
This wil contain spoilers about the game, so if you want to be suprised (in a good and a bad way) stop reading here.

The first thing you need to know is that the game really starts when you are able to cast magic and that will be about 3 hours from the intro cutscene. In that timeframe the only thing you can do is attack and blitz (aoe dmg melee attack) your enemies will not drop anything usefull if they are humans, only some potions and phoenix down (those are worth to get but rarly drops) if you encounter non human enemies they will drop usefull things, the game will advise that you can sell these items, DON'T SELL THEM, they become very usefull in the game later on.

Second is that until you know how to cast magic you wont gain any exp and so you don't have any use on battles, if it is your first time in final fantasy 13, i suggest you fight them all, if not try to avoid the human enemies only battles as much as possible, they only will slow you down anyway.

If you get into a new area because of a cutscene, try to search the area where you came from in the cutscence, most of the time some items spheres will be there.

when you can cast magic, don't be afraid to encounter every damn enemy you come across, the more exp you can get the better, plus if you succesfully research every enemy (kill them often or use libra twice on them) you come a across you can get a trophy called loremaster, its 100 different kinds of monsters, in about chapter 9 or 10 you should reach this and you will get a gold trophy (its utterly easy for a gold trophy, i can ony imagne that they did this on purpose to increase the ff13 trophy values)

read your enemies info, this can be extremly usefull, its good to know were that goddamn boss his weaknesses lies, to make things extremely easy they even spell out what the enemies are able of and what you can use to defeat them.

Eidolons apears before your characters at a point in the story and most people have troubles defeating them, there are different ways to sumbit them to your will. The first way is to do what stands in their info when you cast libra twice, Ther will be something like yields to those who heals his allies, meaning you will fill the gesthal bar faster when you asume the roll of medic and start healing your allies. Now from personal encounters i know that being medic sucks, i will place a eidolon guide later on or you can look at achievement hunter on Youtube or on the site Rooster teeht. Now the second way is to hit them with their elemental, not all eidolons have elements, but the most of them have some elements that fill the gesthal bar faster than normal attacks. for the first eidolons i suggest you use the element attacks, so be sure that snow and lightning know some magic attacks.

Now the use of items, as i said before don't sell the items you get from battles or find in spheres, the only thing you can sell to my opinion are the spare armlets and stuff, you can dismantle them, bu that is a waste of money, you can get a stupid item from it and when you sell the armlet you can buy almost 5 of the items you can get out of it. Now there is a diifrence between electrical items and natural items, electrical are things like integrated circuit and natural are Chipped fangs or things like that. You can upgrade your gear in this game, and every lvl needs an good amount of exp, you can increase the exp with the electrical items and so lvl up easy, the natural items doesnt give much exp but when you add enough items to it you can get multiplier bonusses, i have only got to 3 times multiplier but i dont know if that is the limit. If you have an electrical item that gives a lot of exp and you got lots of that item, be sure to get a 3 times multiplier first, otherwise it will be a waste. As example you have an item that gives 800 exp and you have 5 of them, that would give 4000 exp but when you have a multiply by 3 bonus, that would be 12000 exp, i would know what i should choose.

Try to think tactical, most of your allies will have usefull jobs or paradigms. Out of all the final fantasy games, this would be the first where i use the buff spells and the debuff spells, you also need them because some enemies wil be that powerfull you can't go without it.

Eidolons are useless, i think they are only flashy things that do minimal dmg. I never used any eidolon on a boss, only onn some enemies that are sligtly superior than me. This could also be becaus i only summond odin and the shiva(s) and they didn't do much dmg. I have to admit that they are cool though.

dont use you deceptisol, fortisol, etc immidiatly, they can make battles easyer, but are hard to get, so save them for battles you have difficulties to get past them.

phoenix downs are your friend, they aren't usefull at the start, but later on your allies will die frequently because they hev a low hp max and/or make retarded decisions (like healing an ally who have 60% when they are on 30%).

Thats about it for now, i will try to find some good tricks and/or tips later on.

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Anime: Hunter X Hunter

This anime is very special is the first thing i need to say. The series are just that awsome when you follow Gon, Killua,Kurapica, leorio and many others throughout the hunter exam to Greed Island. You gradually see Gon learn more about his own abilities and talent. The only lesser part of the series in my opinion would its loose ends, for instance when the jyonen user (nen excorsist)joins with Hisoka to release the spiders Boss (kurorro) of Kurapica's chain, there is no follow up story. I am aware that the Manga is still releasing in japan and that the story has found no end yet, but the last episode dates back to 2004, about now there has to be a follow up ova series or something.

The story is well defined and the characters have their distinct personality, i certainly come to like Killua and Biske (who joins in greed island). Later in the series you get to see the world of nen and that completly trows everything around, you see how Gon and Killua develeop and learn their nen skills.

This anime is definitly something you have to see, it wont leave you dissapointed

Review: Final fantasy XIII part1-2

Lets continue with the review. At this moment i'm in chapter 11 and i can clearly feel that my enemies surpass my current strenght, so i'm busy grinding myself some serious amount of crystanium (used to upgrade your charachter)


When i put the disc in my playstation 3 for the first time with great anticipation , i was utterly stunned by 2 things.
First the graphics were of the charts for me, normaly i wont rate a game on his graphics but this time it was different, it was like a part of the game and story.
Second was that my playstation 3 was lagging at the intro cutscene. seeing that my playstation is a 1st generation of its kind (20Gb) it was something to think about: Just how hard is the strain of the game on my playstation?
In conclusion the graphics are so good you will need some sunglasses :p.

Character development (Background story, reactions, personality, etc..)

In the first 6 houres i had already made a choise of who i liked in my team and who were just some tagg alongs. the first one who jumped on the black list was snow villiers, seeing him as a total retard i was eager to drop him out of the team (not that i had a choice to drop him at that point in game) His background was well defined but his reactions in the story and his conclusions made me think that he was better off death. Next was lightning who i liked and disliked, she has a good amount of badass personalit, but sometimes that goes a little of the charts, if you ignore that then she is a good char for story and battle.
Vanille had a little annoying voice, but i got used to that. The little 'dark secrets ' made her at least interesting. Hope estheim was my favorite at that time, he is a kid so he don't need a lot of background story.
Sazh was the most normal person of the team, that is if you ignore the chocobo chick living in his hair. Fang who later joins the team looked like a decent person to me.
come to think of it, most background story is explained in the 13 days before the game began, and your story line gets interrupted sometimes for a backflash.

Thats it for the part 1 review, when i finnish the game i wil review everything in whole. I will also post some little tips about the game, what you can do and what is best for certain enemies and eidolons.

Friday, 19 March 2010

Youtube: Tom Mabes Call of glory

While i was surfing around youtube some months ago, i happend to find this little vid. At that time i was horribly stressed about many things and this little vid made that all go away.

To be honest, this man is a pure genius, not only does he a good act, his words are suprisingly well chosen. Keep this vid when you feel stressed/annoyed, it can help you feeling better.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Review: Final fantasy XIII part1

At this moment i'm busy fighting my way troughout cocoon and the world pulse, so i haven't finished yet; So here is my impression so far. This can contain a little spoiler on battles, i never post spoilers about the story.

The battle system.

This new system is annoying and interesting at first, i'm a old school final fantasy fan (note, i have played ff6 to ff10, ff12 was the worst in history, never finished that one due to boring battle system)and so i'm used to turn based battles. this new system was a bit hard to start with because it has a point based system on how fast you finish the battle.
The part that annoyed me first is that i have almost no control of my allies and that i am at the AI's mercy when i'm in a big pinch. After the 6 first houres i was finaly able to effectively kill my enemy in a good time frame. The Paradigms makes you able to control the allies AI in a rough way by switching the roles(roles are like jobs: magic users are ravangers, fighters = commanders, medic = healer), setting the paradigms makes you able to create a very tactical team, for instance i found the commander (leader, means you) medic ravager a very good combo.
In this system it will be wise to know how you can stagger the enemy, stagger increases the dmg you deal by % value, you can also interrupt enemy moves (staggerd bosses moves will not be so easily intrerrupted). Getting the enemy to stagger is very easy, you need to attack him, only melee attacks will hardly fill the stagger bar but it will drop slowly, you need magic, but with magic that bar will easily drop back to 100%, so you need to find a good team so it will stay up.

Overall the battle system is something you need to get used to, after you succeeded in that, most battles will become easy to finish unless the enemy is to strong.


So the story is divided in chapters, altough i don't see the use in that
My first impression of the story was "a total mess", most things were hard to follow because you don't have the knowledge. As i played longer the story wouldn't increase much in intrest, it didn't feel final fantasy to me at al. But then i reached a certain chapter, it slowy turned around and i got a good feeling of it.

That's it for now, i will point out other points in the upcomming blogs.

The Use of this Blog

As my first blogpost, i will say a couple things that i would talk about.
  • First, if my spelling is bad, you can point it out not flame at me or something.
  • Second i will post about my points of intrest and things i come across that i want to share. most of these points will be games, anime and youtube vids.
  • Third, it will be reviews, viewpoints and some usefull ( and useless) info.

About some 'rules' i have set for myself for online gaming in almost any community.

If you play online and someone of your team is bad or he is not able to do something usefull in the match, don't start to 'flame', call him noob or do anything that will insult him in any way possible. that not insult rule will be dropped if they persin in particular starts to 'flame' at you, starts to become a total ass and is trying to let the enemy win, etc. being polite is a way to get people to say, "wow, you're good".

Don't brag about your 1337 skillz but compliment others when you die. Seriously, the best way to have a good game is when you can have a good chat with the enemy, so when i play a shooter game (team fortress 2 for instance) and i get killed in a one on one battle, i can compliment the enemy by saying : "wow gj you got me :p", most of the times they will reply back in a positive way. If they don't reply in a positive way, but rather start saying : "ur so n00b" , that is your que to start hunting him down, and not by saying something insulting.

I agree that insulting others feels good when you are 'owning' them, but try to be so polite as possible, mostly when they start owning you, you can swallow their insults.

This will be all for my first blog ( and will probably never be seen by anyone :p)