Archive for December, 2010

Sucker Punch

Friday, December 31st, 2010

If you don’t know anything about Sucker Punch yet, its time to do your research.

This movie has just about everything that makes a good comic book (yet its not based on one).  We have robots, ninjas, dragons, nazi’s and kick-ass heroines with guns… All directed by the awesome Zack Snyder, who if you didnt know directed Watchmen and 300.

Here is a taste of this freaking top drawer movie which will be out in March, I’m sooooo going to the cinema to see this one.


Games Watch #3

Friday, December 31st, 2010

A couple of action games have fallen under my gaze over the last couple of weeks.  Both of which are looking like 2011 release, but it does no harm to keep watching.

Warhammer 40k Space Marine

How can this image not instil in any human the dread of battle and the horror of galactic war:

Space Marine

Space Marine

I’ve not seen a lot on this game so far, but what I have seen looks pretty darn good. See trailer below:


This is a team based action shooter that really captured my imagination, it has some common elements to the Space Marine game about, in fact that rocket jump is a move almost identical to the 40k Dawn of War RTS game I played. However it also has a look and feel similar to Borderlands which was a bit of a RPG shooter cross-over.  Definitely one to keep my eye on in the coming weeks. Here is a look at the cinematic trailer:

This is a trailer showing some of the gameplay, looks pretty shiny to me. :)

More details can be found at the Firefall official website

Will be keeping my eye out for more info on these two.


Where have I been…

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Its been ages since my last post.  I feel like I’ve really neglected the place.  A couple of reasons for this, firstly I have been quite busy playing games and didnt really feel motivated to post, but then over Christmas I’ve been quite ill.

I managed to get the worst flu ever and it really interupted both my work and leisure time. I’ve actually been too unwell to use the computer at all which is not like me.

Anyway onto lighter things, I’ll do a quick update on what I have been playing these last few weeks.

Guild Wars

Guild Wars

Still playing guild wars quite a lot, although I seem to have hit a bit of a brick wall in terms of progressing with both Cantha (Factions) and Elona (Nightfall).

As far as Cantha is concerned me and Ame have reached the final mission to defeat Shiro.  This is proving to be quite tough and I hate the bits in Guild Wars that are quite tough.  I just wish I could go away and level up a bit then come back and kick his ass, but alas I hit max level months ago.  I really don’t want to have to spend ages reading wiki pages and customising my party and build in order to just finish the darn thing.  So with frustration setting in I had a chat with Ame and we decided we would move on to Elona and come back to Shiro at a later date.

We completed another few missions of Elona content and reached the mission where you have to close the rift gates in the Grand court of Sebelkeh, I’ve now had a couple of goes at this and its proving to be another challenge.  Not sure I can really be bothered to put the effort in to research what to do, so again I’m at a bit of a block.

My choice is to knuckle down and get these missions done or move on to Eye of the North for a while to see how that goes.  With the other games I have at the moment I don’t think I can cope with the effort needed. :(  Lets hope I change my mind as I really really like guild Wars.

The Lord of the Rings Online (Lotro)

The Lord Of The Rings Online

I’ve been putting off looking at Lotro for some time as I didn’t want to distract myself from Guild Wars, but the free to download and play temptation finally took its toll.  I’m trying out several classes and I’m not sure which one to play.  I have the following at the moment:

a level 8 Burglar (Man)
a level 10 Champion (Dwarf)
a level 12 Minstrel (Man)
a level 13 Lore Master (Elf)

The Lore Master is dedicated to playing with Ame and the Champion is dedicated to playing with a group of friends, but my fave character at the moment is the minstrel as he is the only class that allows for an effective self heal.

I’m loving the game so far, but still not sure if it will become my main game, I guess it depends on whether I get totally stuck in Guild Wars.  Time will tell on that…

One thing I do like about Lotro is the environment, its just plain gorgeous, the controls are not as snappy as GW in combat as I often have moments where I swear I clicked on a skill but the skill just doesn’t activate.  I guess I’ve been spoilt on that score because of how responsive Guild Wars is.

Loving the crafting of Lotro though, its made me wonder why there isnt something similar in Guild Wars, I’m sure the chaps at Arenanet are paying attention and something will get included in GW2.

All in all Lotro is a great game and no-one can complain with the price of it. :)  Will keep updating as to whether GW or Lotro becomes my MMo of choice.

Burnout Paradise

Burnout Paradise

Picked up this awesome game in the steam sales.  I actually already own this on the PS3, but these days that only gets booted up when I want to watch a DVD with the family.  You see the PS3 is attached to the big tele and thats not in our computer room, so to play Burnout meant leaving Ame playing in the study and going into the main room.  I found this to be totally anti-social, so with Burnout on offer for £3.75, yes thats right less than four pounds for one of the most fun driving games I have ever played I had to buy it.

Been flying round the city totally loving it.  Got my money’s worth out of this one already. :)

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Another great value steam sale item.  This game has been on my list for some time, but I have been reluctant to pay full price for it as I was unsure if it was going to be my type of game.  When it came down to £7.49 it was a must buy.  I’m only a couple of levels into it, but I’m really enjoying it so far.  There have been a couple of technical issues with it as I occasionally get a freeze of the graphics and I have had a couple of crashes, but its not stopping my enjoyment.  I’ll have a look sometime and see if there are updated drivers required for my graphics card.

The story I’m finding to be really entertaining and the Joker and Harlequin characters are particularly well done.  Combat is responsive and fun, particularly the slow motion last action you get when you defeat a mob.  Not really got the hand of the combo system yet, but I’m playing on easy so I might not bother with that unless required

Well, thats about it for an update.  Its taken me a while to finish this post, but at least I got there in the end.