Monthly Archive for October, 2010

Games I’m playing now…..

About two years ago ( February 0f 2009 to be precise ), a former co-worker sold me his X-box 360 system and a whole bunch of games included fo about 200 dollars. He said that he recently bought a Playstation 3, and was going to concentrate his time on playing that game console / platform .
I myself was planning on getting a Playstation 3 as well, but now I sem to be in the Microsoft camp now with this X-box 360. Here are the games that I’m currently playing on this console platform:

DEAD RISING

Dead Rising’s story centers on Frank West, a photojournalist who ends up trapped in a shopping mall in the fictional town of Willamette, Colorado, that is infested with zombies. Frank must defend himself from zombie attacks, rescue survivors, contend with crazed psychopaths, and stay alive while still attempting to uncover the truth behind the incident.”
I started playing this game in February 2009, and stopped, then started playing the game again in July 2010.And stopped when I got to the crazy clown ( one of the “crazed psychopaths ” ) part. The seqel came out last month, “Dead Rising 2″,and it looks pretty good.
I’ll try to finish this game next year, hopefully. I’t pretty good, if you like Zombies.

BLAZEBLUE : CLAMITY TRIGGER

BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger is a traditional 2D fighting game. It also now has a recntly released sequel. I got this game around the end of last june, and I constantly played it all the month of July.
I stopped playing the game when I could not beat Hakuman in the ” Vs. Mode, no matter what character I had. MAybe I was just burnt out on it, and needed a break. Planning to continue playing the game again sometime next year.

ONECHANBARA BIKINI SAMURAI SQUAD

The hack and slash gameplay involves the player controlling Aya, a Japanese cowgirl in a bikini who wears a scarf and wields a katana. The player is pitted against hordes of zombies and nightmarish boss creatures, who spill torrents of blood when they are attacked.
Aya is often accompanied on her adventures by several other warrior women, such as her younger sister Saki, who appears in most titles in the series
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This game got very bad reviews in the American game magazine and shows when it came over from Japan recently. It is from a series of popular budget game titles , which this one is the third or fourth game.
Haven’t really played the game much, but I will try to play it more early next year. it looks like lots of fun.

DEAD SPACE

Dead Space is a survival horror third-person shooter video game, developed by EA Redwood Shores for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows . The game was made available on Steam on October 20, 2008.[3] The player takes on the role of an engineer named Isaac Clarke, who battles a polymorphic, virus-like, alien infestation which turns humans into grotesque alien monsters called “Necromorphs”, on board a stricken interstellar mining ship named the USG Ishimura.”

I heard of this game since it was announced years ago, and always wanted to get this. Fortuantely, I got this game when I got the X-box 360! I was actually afraid to play this game at first, and when I actually did, I tended to die alot.
It looks very good though, I plan to finish it before the sequel, ” Dead Space 2 ” is released next year in January.

MASS EFFECT

Mass Effect is an action role-playing game developed by BioWare.
The game takes place in the year 2183, with the player, assuming the role of an elite human soldier named Commander Shepard, setting out to explore the Galaxy on a starship, the SSV Normandy.

Another game I heard lots of good things about. I actually wanted to play Mass Effect 2, but I have to play the first game first. Now I first heard of ME when the whole “Sex in videogames”
controversy happened around the time of it’s released. So far, I only got to play the very first introductory campaign. Another game I plan to really get in to in the coming year.

GEARS OF WAR

Gears of War is a third-person shooter video game developed by Epic Games and published by Microsoft Game Studios. The game focuses on the troops of Delta Squad as they fight to save the human inhabitants of the fictional planet Sera from a relentless subterranean enemy known as the Locust Horde. The player assumes the role of Marcus Fenix, a former prisoner and war-hardened soldier.”
Like Mass Effect, I really haven’t gotten much into this games so far, but it looks really great, It lives up to the hype I’ve heard so far.Another game that I plan to be playing alot more inthe coming year.

LEFT 4 DEAD

” Left 4 Dead is a cooperative survival horror first-person shooter video game that follows the story of four survivors of an apocalyptic pandemic. Set during the aftermath of an apocalyptic pandemic, the game pits its four protagonists—dubbed the “Survivors”—against hordes of the infected.”

THIS is the game I’m playing now – I’m so hooked! I finished the game a week or two ago, and I just recently downloaded the DLC ( down loadable content ) “Crash Course”, and “The Sacrifice “. This was one of the games that I got with the X-box, and for the longest, I didn’t play it because I thought it would be too scary and hard to play. I also downloaded the game on Steam for the PC, and also plan to play the sequel ” Left 4 Dead 2 ” soon as well.
I love this game! :)

That’s about it, these are the “console” games I’m more or less playing now.
As for the games I’m playing on the PC…. That will be for another post!

New York Comicon / NYAF 2010!

First, I want to wish you all a happy 10 /10 /10!!
( This unique date only comes along once a century! )

I managed to actually get into this years’ New York Comicon! I ordered the ticket online, got it a few weeks ago.

This year the organizers decided to combine the New York Comicon and the New York Anime Festival into one giant convention.

One would think that a huge convention hall would be more than enough room for a convention like this. But there were just too many people for my taste. I could hardly move around in the Dealers room.

I think the organinizers of this combined convention are trying to hard to make it like the San Diego Comicon, which unlike this one, had 40 years to grow naturally and gradually, with the resulting increasing organization.

I personally prefer small conventions, the huge ones are too overwhelming at my old age – Most of these con goers are around twenty years younger than I am. As it stands now, I really don’t know whether or not I will be attending next years’ New York Comicon / New York Anime Festival.

Here are some of the many pictures I took at the New York Comicon:

Witch “Special Infected” , from the video game ” Left 4 Dead

Yoko Littner from the Anime ” Gurren Lagann

Lenalee-Lee from ” the Manga and Anime D Grayman

The Joker from the movie, ” The Dark Knight

…..And, my favorite : ) , Princess Leia in her slave outfit from ” Return of the Jedi

I may or may not go to next year’s con, I have to see how I feel ( not to mention if I have the money and time then ! )

New Left 4 Dead DLC, ” The Sacrifice “

I’ve recently gotten really into playing the Zombie Apocalypse Shooter Left 4 Dead ( a game I’ve had for almost two years now before just playing it now.. ). I’ve recently played all of the original four campaigns ( “No Mercy”, “Death Toll”, “Dead Air”, and “Blood Harvest” ).

Recently, the folks at Valve ( the people behind ” Left for Dead ” ) just announced a new ” DLC ” ( Down Loadable Content ) for the game that takes place sometime after it’s last regular campaign, “Blood Harvest”.
The DLC for “The Sacrifice” was already available ( not to mention free! ) on my steam account ( along with other PC users using Valve’s Steam Network ) on October 5th , but I had to wait a whole day for it to also come on X-box ( Well into the following day, October 6th ).

The game was pretty good, I actually had set the Character assignment to “Random”, and I was playing as the “Zoey” character. It was this character that I actually “sacrificed” at the end of the campaign ( The goal of which was for any charcter to sacrifice their life for thier fellow teammate ).

Below is the trailer video for “The Sacrifice”:

“The Sacrifice” Trailer

Guess who bites the dust? Well, if you’ve played L4D2″ own recent DLC “The Passing”, you’ll know…..Since the cat’s out of the bag for months …..

RIP Bill…