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I created this comic using screenshots from my own game in Granado Espada. I hope you enjoyed it even if it’s kinda silly.

Of course, the game isn’t anywhere near as silly as my story. It’s a very stylish game with a great soundtrack that inspires while it immerses you in the environment.

Into its fourth year now, Granado Espada has just released another expansion, Version 5. It’s like a totally new game with a whole new map set in the period between the 1500s and 1700s.

I must say I enjoyed the game a lot more than I did when I first played it three years ago.

 

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I used to not like the fact that you had to control three characters at once, even though that’s supposedly the selling point of the game. I guess I’m the kind of person who likes to focus on one thing at a time.

But I actually enjoyed it this time. It does help that you can defeat an encounter because you have two other party members with different skills you can either control manually or set on auto mode so they fend for themselves.

After three years, Granado Espada is still one of the top grossing MMORPGs in the region, with about a million registered players (280,000 in Singapore alone).

Besides the three-character feature, I think players love the beautiful designs of the costumes and equipment, as well as the world itself. There are also very frequent events and activities to keep things exciting. Sometimes, players are also allowed to contribute to designs and content!

 

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If you haven’t tried Granado Espada, this new expansion can be played as a new game. You don’t have to have played the older versions in order to enjoy this one. Of course, you’ll need to spend a bit of time exploring and learning all the features from all the NPCs scattered around town, but you have to do that with most games, anyway.

If you’re not new to Granado Espada, you’ll probably love the new stuff in this expansion.

 

A new land — Castilla Island — brings with it new quests, monsters and missions as well as a new medal system for prominent bragging rights.

 

A new roulette system for item rewards which ensures fairness in loot division.

 

Valeria, a new recruitable scout NPC with better recovery and longer range healing. Sister to Princess Gabriela, leader of the Royalist faction, Valeria was confined in the deepest part of Prison de Jaquin since birth. She’ll be very useful in PvP battles and raids!

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Premium recruitable NPCs are now free! You have to earn them through completing quests, but that’s still better than paying money for them, right? Time to get those dudes you’ve always wanted!

 

New expert stances that deal higher damages.

 

The best thing of all is that this game is totally free to play!

Download the Granado Espada client here and you’ll be on your way to many hours of fun!

Play Rappelz with Sheylara

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Once upon a time, not so long ago, restless Sheylara ran off to a distant land in search of new adventures. It wasn’t her first time. She can’t seem to keep still, that flighty lass.

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After some time running about aimlessly, she stumbled upon a strange place called Trainee Island, where they told her that she had lost her memory but, to help her along, here’s a cute outfit to wear!

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Whee!

On Trainee Island, she met many strange folks who made her run errands and kill monsters.

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Uh… okay.

There were also those who raved nonsensically.

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Woah.

It took a while to get used to all the strangeness, but Sheylara decided after a while that she liked the place and would stay put for a while. Although people were strange, they were friendly.

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Fighting was fun. There were big chicken-like things to kill for dinner, so Sheylara didn’t mind so much being told to kill this and that.

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And, like, cool effects danced across her eyes every so often. It was all quite impressive to the fun-loving girl.

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Before too long, Sheylara met a pretty blue-eyed girl who told her something strange.

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Her memory stolen? How awful!

In order to investigate this mystery, Blue Eyes made Sheylara kill zombies and other icky things. Well, apparently, that was how the world worked, so Sheylara set to work.

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It was really tough work. She even got killed in the process. But the neat thing about this world was that when people died, they didn’t really die. They only lost some experience and popped back into town.

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Anyway, since things were starting to get challenging, Sheylara decided to recruit an ally. She was taught how to summon a pet and make it fight alongside her!

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The town people also told her that when she got stronger, she’d be able to have up to three pets at once fighting together with her, and the pets would grow up and get stronger as they fought battles.

A personal pet army! How nice! For now, though, it was just Mr Cat.

But it was getting late. Time to retire for the night! The zombies would probably wait. They had nowhere to go, anyway.

As Sheylara slept, she started dreaming of the many exquisite adventures that awaited her. There was a huge world outside of Trainee Island to explore! How would her life unfold? Would she get her memory back? What pets would she get next?

And where could she buy this sexy number that the town summoner was wearing?

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You want to know what happens next, right? Well, you can wait for Sheylara to find out. But then, she may or may not tell you.

So, how about you find out for yourself?

Yes! You can visit the same world and go on the very same adventure!

Introducing… Rappelz by EagleGame!

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Okay, I’m coming out of third-person narration to talk about this game from a reviewer’s point of view. It’s easier and a bit less retarded that way.

Rappelz is a free-to-play fantasy MMORPG. For a free game, it’s actually very good. The story seems quite simplistic in the beginning but it gets deeper as you play along. There are one-off simple quests as well as quest series that follow a story arc.

New players will find it quite easy to get into the swing of the game by doing the tutorial quests on Trainee Island. Once you’re around level 12 or 13 (I can’t remember), you can leave Trainee Island and venture out into the main world (which is very big), although you’d still have outstanding quests on Trainee island, so you can choose to stay there till level 20.

I like the look of the avatars. You can see many cute girls and handsome boys in the game! Avatars are customisable. You can choose your face and hairstyle and even facial markings. I also like the music in the game. The different soundtracks go with the environment very well!

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But what’s more important to know are the two unique features of Rappelz.

I) Unique Pet System

You get a pet early in the game to help with battles. Depending on your class, you can have a maximum of three pets. As your pets level up, you can customise their skills and give them equipment to make them stronger.

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II) Dungeon Siege

Guilds will get to participate in player-vs-player dungeon sieges after competing and winning in the qualifying raid levels of killing two big bosses in the shortest amount of time.

These events happen on a weekly basis. Fame and fortune await the best guilds on the servers!

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Since Rappelz is a free-to-play game, don’t act shocked or anything if you find it not as polished as some of the more popular subscription MMORPGs. For example, while the environment and character art are pretty, the textures won’t be as detailed.

There are also a few minor things such as quest descriptions not being as comprehensive as I would like them to be. But these things don’t stop the game from being fun, and I have no trouble at all figuring things out.

Rappelz has me hooked for now. The gameplay is complex enough to provide enough suspense and challenge but not so complex as to require uber gaming PCs, which will suit casual gamers.

Compared to other free MMORPGs, Rappelz has good character customisation features. There are only three main classes to choose from — Deva, Ashura and Gaia — but each class branches out to more specialisation classes with their own unique skill trees.

Here’s an Ashura, a master of the dark arts with distinct offensive skills and high evasion:

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So handsome! Awww.

Doing quests and killing monsters don’t only give you experience points and money. You also get job points, which you spend on class-specific skills. Common sense is required to spend your points wisely.

I didn’t get a chance to reach the higher levels yet, but it supposedly gets more fun and challenging, with more storyline quests, cooler monsters and even cooler pets!

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Open beta for Rappelz starts tomorrow!! That’s August 6! Yay! Everyone can register for an account and try the game out for free, so there is no reason not to do it!

REGISTER and DOWNLOAD Rappelz here.

If you don’t want to download, you can request for a free DVD installer via the website, or SMS [RZ] space [name] space [NRIC] space [address] to 9002 8065 (normal SMS charges).

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Oh, one more thing. Very exciting thing! There will be a Rappelz launch event next Saturday, August 14, 2010.

Three lucky gamers will win an invitation to attend the event as Sheylara.com VIPs!

Will it be you? :D

As a VIP, you will be admitted to a private gaming area to play the game together with me! Food and drinks will be served!

Me:

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SO COOL RIGHT!

To be one of the lucky three, e-mail the following:

1) Your name
2) Your NRIC number
3) Your phone number
4) Game(s) you’re currently playing

To: E-mail

Closing date: Wed, Aug 11, 2010, 2359 hrs.

Winners will be picked by good ol’ Mr Randomiser! Whee! Don’t y’all miss him? =D And you’ll be notified by e-mail after the draw if you win.

Now, even if you don’t win, you can still attend the launch party! I took a screenshot of the announcement. :D If it’s too small to read, you can see it at the Rappelz site.

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Key info:

Rappelz launch party
14 August 2010 (Saturday)
3pm to 6 pm
@ E2MAX Orchard Cineleisure, Level 9

All guests will enjoy free goodie bags, free gaming and a chance at the lucky draw! Register before Aug 11 to receive limited edition goodies.

Okay, good luck, then! Remember to send me your entries for VIPship! If I don’t see you at the event, I’ll see you in Rappelz!

GGF#42: Everyone has slitty eyes in Chinatown Wars

[Gamer Girl Friday]

The game of the week is Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. I was quite surprised to see poster ads of the game at various bus-stops in Singapore.

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This is the first time I’ve seen ads for a DS game in Singapore. So it must be quite something, huh?

Maybe it’s because the game features a Chinese main cast and all the characters in the game have slitty eyes. And Singapore, as everyone knows, is in China.

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  1. GTA: Chinatown Wars first impressions
  2. Time Wasters by Swordplay
  3. Singapore’s Biggest Halo Fan (video)
  4. Funny quests in Guild Wars
  5. Results of last week’s contest
  6. Win 5 boxes of Norton AntiVirus 2009 Gaming Edition!!

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GTA: Chinatown Wars first impressions

I’m happy to get a new game for my Nintendo DS. I’m tired of playing Puzzle Quest on it. (Playing Puzzle Quest on the Xbox 360 is a lot cooler.)

So, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars shall be my new MRT companion for the next few months. Yeah, it’s probably gonna take me at least that long to complete the game because I don’t take the MRT a lot, these days.

First impressions of the game: Excellent.

Everything you love about Grand Theft Auto is there. Well, except for a few little things, such as graphics. But this is a DS game, so if anyone wants to complain about the graphics, I will shoot him in the legs and run him over with my Rhino.

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Yes, you can buy all kinds of funny vehicles in GTACW.

Even a hearse. LOLOLOL.

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And a go-kart.

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A bulldozer!! Hahahaha.

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I’m sorry. I just find this very funny.

Of course, there are tons of speed demons you can buy, too.

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Unfortunately, I’m only 3.6% into the game right now and can’t afford to buy anything. I have, like, $350. Most of the vehicles are still locked at this point, anyway.

In any case, the GTA series started off as having crappy graphics in the first place, so this DS instalment is no major infraction against the franchise.

It takes a bit of getting used to the top-down view, though, if you’ve been spoilt by the next-gen versions which last stopped at GTA4.

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But the gameplay is as top-notch as you could want.

As in GTA4, you start off as an out-of-towner brought to Liberty City by fate. There, you unwittingly get entangled in a life of crime. Before long, you start to lose all morals because its so easy to steal cars, kill people and make a fortune being a criminal.

All the usual GTA goodness.

In Chinatown Wars, you play Huang Lee, a Chinese dude possessing the Western stereotype of Asians with slitty eyes and a funny forehead, but speaks with Western wit and sarcasm.

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Most of the time, you use the D-pad to move around and fight people. Occsasionally, you get to enjoy the touch-screen capabilities of the DS.

For example, jacking a car requires you to poke at your screen to hotwire it.

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To progress missions, you’ll sometimes be required to use your stylus (or your nails, if you have very sharp, pointy ones). One of the first things you’ll get to do, for example, is tap at a car windscreen to smash the glass and make an escape.

All that is rather cool. Who doesn’t love touch-screen? But I do find it mildly annoying having to pick up and put down my stylus repeatedly over the course of a game. (GTA games require a lot of coordination to drive vehicles or fight — there are even combos moves for combat — so it’s better to put the stylus down altogether when you don’t need it.

What’s great about GTACW, compared to other GTA games, is that you can teleport to a location if you’re doing a mission for the second time. That means, if you fail a mission and want to redo it, you can skip the cutscene and the travelling, and zip to the needed location instantly.

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That saves a lot of time.

Oh, another thing different. When you get cops on your tail, you can lose your wanted level by ramming into police cars or forcing them to crash themselves, effectively taking them out of the picture so that there’s no one left to chase you. Then you’re off the radar.

Well, I can’t say a lot more about the game since I’ve only spent maybe two hours on it. Reading some of the reviews out there, there’s a lot more fun stuff I haven’t uncovereed. But what I’ve seen so far is already good enough to keep me going.

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Time Wasters by Swordplay

Swordplay is my pesky li’l bro who spends all his time playing time-wasting games. To make him a little bit more useful, I’m sitting on him and making him find and recommend one fun and simple web-based game each week.

Today’s recommendation:

Cursor Chaos

Here’s a schizophrenic little game that will give you a few minutes of insane entertainment… if you’re good.

If you’re clueless, you’ll die within 42 seconds.

In Cursor Chaos, you’re given a series of simple tasks to do using only the four arrow keys and spacebar. You have to complete the task within about six seconds (which includes the time you need to spend figuring out what you need to do to complete the task).

If you fail, you lose one life. You have seven lives to get through 42 levels.

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If you die prematurely, you get insulted by the game.

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Haha.

My best score for now is 459. Can you beat my time? (Lower score = better.)

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Singapore’s Biggest Halo Fan (video)

Here’s the video I said I would make a month ago. =P The finals of the Singapore’s Biggest Halo Fan competition. See what each of the five finalists did to convince us that they’re the biggest Halo fan in Singapore!

I thought they were all equally impressive but, as in all competitions, there can only be one winner, so.

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Funny quests in Guild Wars

I’m really surprised at how good Guild Wars is. I was never so impressed when playing the beta in 2003.

What I like most is the rich story and the way the game makes you feel part of it. At strategic points of main quests, you’ll get cutscenes in which you’re the leading character.

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Whatever your character is wearing (or not wearing) at that moment is reflected in the cutscene, giving you a real sense of belonging in the story. If you’re grouped up with friends, you’ll see your friends in the cutscene, too.

The quests and dialogues in this game are actually worth the time reading. In fact, no other game has actually made me feel something for the NPCs and want to find out what happens to them next.

I also love the humour.

There’s this quest where I was supposed to help a city officer dispatch aid to homeless villagers.

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He gave me a bunch of mirrors and made me look for three homeless villagers to give them to.

My first beneficiary wasn’t too grateful.

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LOLOL. Ultimate funny.

The second villager said:

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And the third:

“I appreciate you delivering this, but can you not see we have no need for such things? All of us have basically given up on the ministry when it comes to matters of survival. Thankfully, the emperor is much more attuned to the people and manages to provide for us.”

That’s not the end of it.

I went back to the officer to report my mission and he said:

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Haha!

I love Guild Wars!

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Results of last week’s contest

I guess the haiku contest was a little too tough. Only one person managed to do it correctly so, like, I didn’t have to do any judging~!!

Thanks, RN1209, for doing it correctly, and writing a pretty witty one, too. As a reward, you get an Xbox 360 laser pointer LED light keyring! Congratulations!

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Here’s the winning entry:

No loot, you say, girl?
I suppose that’s no surprise…
Sneaky you are, yes?;)

— RN1209

I’m overlooking the smiley. And the dig. Cos it’s kinda funny. lol.

Please e-mail me about your prize! Thanks!

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Win Norton AntiVirus 2009 Gaming Edition!!

WOAH WOAH WOAH!

I have FIVE boxes of Norton AntiVirus 2009 Gaming Edition to give away to five savvy gamers, courtesy of Symantec!

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From protecting gold earned in MMORPGs to keeping malware at bay, Norton AntiVirus 2009 Gaming Edition is designed specifically for gaming. It’s fast and light on system resources, and never compromises the gaming experience.

How cool is that? An anti-virus software made specially for us! Each box has a commercial value of S$65, which is quite a reasonable price for one year’s worth of protection.

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But, hey, you don’t have to pay even that because we’re giving it to you free! If you pass the tests, that is.

FIRST TEST

Answer the following questions correctly.

1. At the German Games Convention 2008, 16% of participants said they’d had a game account stolen by hackers.

a) No way!

b) True.

2. What exactly is Gamer Mode in Norton AntiVirus Gaming Edition?

a) The opposite of a younger brother: Won’t bother you while you’re in the middle of a game, but keeps you protected throughout.

b) Something that automatically suspends updates, alerts, and other background activities when the system goes into full screen mode.

c) All of the above.

3. What did I give the homeless villagers?

a) Mirrors.

b) Tin cans.

c) Food.

SECOND TEST

Prove that you’re a gamer.

I don’t care how you do it. Use words, text, image, video, sound or whatever you can think of. I’m quite flexible. Just do it!

THIRD TEST

Post all your answers here by April 2, 2009, 11:59 pm.

Five winners will be picked and announced next Friday. Good luck!

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YAy! It’s done!

[Gamer Girl Friday]

GGF#11: A gamer’s lot in life is to wait

[Gamer Girl Friday]

I am drooling at upcoming games while my current games lie untouched.

Because a gamer is greedy. She wants to play all the games available now and she wants to play all the games not available now.

Her brain has suffered a slight permanent damage from having to endlessly wait for games that refuse to come out of development phase. (For example, can you believe that Warhammer Online has been in development for eight damn years?!)

But I’m not going to talk about WAR today; it’s overhyped anyway. I’m introducing a few of my favourite upcoming games. (Only a few because I don’t have space for everything.)

Don’t complain if your favourite isn’t mentioned. I can’t possibly read your mind, wot. So, if you want to read about or see a particular game in action, tell me. I’ll do my best to humour you.

Rock on, baby!!

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  1. Guitar Hero World Tour drums special
  2. Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe
  3. DC Universe Online
  4. The Goonfather plays Happy Tree Friends
  5. A game that forces you to walk
  6. Invitation to beta test FIFA Online 2
  7. Ask Sheylara
  8. Win a Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 USB headset!!

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Guitar Hero World Tour drums special

Celebrity drummers Travis Barker (Blink 182) and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) are co-conspirators in the making of the drumset for Guitar Hero World Tour!

Watch video!

I love Travis Barker. He’s my second favourite drummer next to Lars Ulrich (Metaliica).

See, I have his drumsticks!! *blush*

These are Travis Barker signature sticks from the Zildjian Artist Series. But they’re just for show. I can’t use them (to play real drums) cos they’re too heavy for me.

I mean, I could technically use them, but then I wouldn’t be able to play very well.

Back to the game.

Guitar Hero World Tour seems all set to kick Rock Band off the music charts! (Of course, there is Rock Band 2 brewing in the wings, so don’t lose your stock options yet.)

Travis Barker says about the GHWT drums: “Especially on the expert levels of Guitar Hero, where you’re nailing every note for note, it’s absolutely like playing what the drummer in that band is playing.”

That’s some incredible endorsement.

I’m ready to jump ship from being pro-Rock Band to being pro-Guitar Hero.

Who’s with me?

Guitar Hero World Tour is slated for an October 28 release for Xbox 360, PS3, PS2 and Wii.

Not sure when we can expect to see it in Singapore, though.

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Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe

There’s something very attractive about seeing a bunch of wholesome, sunshine, role-model superheroes thrown into a dark and violent place.

I don’t like fighter games, but I was immediately drawn to Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, compelled to drop everything I was doing to watch the trailer, because it’s just such an unlikely matchmaking.

Raiden vs. Batman in the depths of hell! If it weren’t really cool, I would have found it immensely amusing.

Will try to get a copy to play when it comes out, even though I suck at fighters. November 3, 2008 is the date. Duh, I hate waiting, but that’s a gamer’s lot in life, wouldn’t you say?

Available for Xbox 360 and PS3.

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DC Universe Online

Yay, here’s another superhero MMORPG, although this one is console-specific (PS3).

DC Comics sure is ambitious, franchising its heroes out everywhichway.

This game reminds me of City of Heroes very much and I had a lot of fun playing that. Of course, we won’t be seeing DC Universe Online until next year, so have fun waiting.

In the meantime, we can dream about the kind of superhero we want to create.

In COH, my character was named The Daughter (inside joke):

I also created a Lara Croft lookalike just for kicks:

Me and my friends shared many good times and many a bloody, violent battle.

Aww, I miss my superhero friends so much. I can’t wait for DCUO!

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The Goonfather plays Happy Tree Friends

Due to my recent busy schedule, I’m turning to Xbox LIVE for quick gaming fixes. LIVE has tons of fun arcade-style games that you can download (for a small fee) and play almost immediately.

Plus you can earn gamerscore and achievement points on them. People can be such sluts for virtual points.

So, I made the Goonfather help me download Happy Tree Friends: False Alarm while I finished up my work. He sampled a few levels before I went to join him (to secretly videotape him playing)! Hehe!

Well, it’s a silly game. But it might appeal to sadistic kids who enjoy seeing cute cartoon animals get mashed to pulp.

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A game that forces you to walk

This is a funny little gadget. I wonder if we’ll ever see it in Singapore.

The Jinsei Game of Life pedometer will beat the couch potato out of you because you can only advance by leaving your sorry couch.

This tiny little gadget contains a simple version of the Game of Life board game we’re all familiar with. The catch is that you have to take 300 physical steps in the physical world in order to spin the wheel and take a turn. If not, the gadget simply won’t allow you to advance.

Pretty neat!

You might not want to buy it for your kids or nephews or nieces, though. It’s not like they’re not already way too hyper. With this, they’re gonna have a legitimate excuse to zip around the house maniacally, getting underfoot unnecessarily and just generally drive everyone nuts.

Buy it for your lazy ass spouse or sibling or colleague, instead.

Releasing end of July.

Source.

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Invitation to beta test FIFA Online 2

Thanks to IAHGames, FIFA Online 2 will be launching in Singapore soonish.

It will also launch in Thailand at the same time, although a date hasn’t been confirmed yet. Other regions — Vietnam, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Brunei, Indonesia and the Philippines — will get it later.

You can sign up for the closed beta test, which commences on August 5. Not much longer to wait!

Thai players can sign up here for the Thai version of the game. But I don’t think I have any Thai readers, so this will have been a few lines of wasted pixels that can never be recovered.

Here’s a photo taken at the recent FIFA Online 2 press conference in Thailand:

I’m sure you don’t really care who the three blokes in the middle are because the models on the sides are grabbing all your attention.

So, here’s a close-up for you because I’m nice!

Awwww.

Well, this is the only picture I have, so stop gawking already and go sign up for the CBT!

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Ask Sheylara

Ask me any gaming-related questions! Post them in the comments or e-mail me, I don’t really care. I will try to answer all questions.

jesse5762 asks an Initial D Extreme Stage question:

Would you happen to know if it works with the Logitech G25 Racing wheel?

Sheylara Says:

It does, partially, which means that the game will only recognise the wheel turn for 90 degrees either way. So, maybe it’s not that good an idea to use that wheel for this game.

sdutango asks a similar Initial D Extreme Stage question:

So I read your blog, you said it partially works with G25. But will that work with 900 degrees? Thanks.

Sheylara Says:

Nope, the Logitech G25’s 900 degrees is wasted on this game, sadly. Like I said above, you can only go as far as 90 degrees.

liting asks a Wii question:

I just bought my Wii 2 days ago, mod Jap set. It was doing fine on the first day but after I tried connecting to the Internet and did a Wii update, I received an error message: “Error Occurred. Press the eject button and remove the disc. Turn the power off and follow the instructions in the console manual.”

When I try to play some games, it only happens to a few games and the rest are not affected. I am sure its not the disc problem cause i was playing it on the first day I bought my Wii. May I know how to resolve this? =((

Sheylara Says:

Sorry, but I wouldn’t know what your exact problem is without being there to see it for myself. My guess is that when you did an online update, you updated a security feature which prevents the console from playing modded games.

If anyone has the definitive answer to the above question, feel free to share in the comments section! :)

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Win a Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 headset!!

Ooh, I’ll bet you want!!

I’ve used it and I really like it. It’s comfortable and sounds good and is so easy to use (just plug into USB port).

I used it to record my song for the shower singing video!

No, no, I’m not giving out a used set. The winner of this week’s contest will receive a brand new Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000, never before opened and touched by human hands.

HOW TO WIN THIS BABY!

Starting today, up till July 31, vote for me DAILY in the S’pore Blog Awards!

(You knew that, somehow, I would work this voting thing in, didn’t ya?)

Then, post a comment in my blog each day to let me know that you’ve voted for me!

One vote per day, one comment per day, until July 31!

You’ll go into the draw for the prize if you do that!

Note: If you don’t live in Singapore, please agree to bear the cost of postage and packaging if you win the prize. This thing is heavy and I’m going broke mailing out prizes every week!

Feel free to e-mail me if you don’t know what the hell I’m talking about.

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Woot! I love GGF!

Oh, wait. That didn’t sound right.

I mean I love writing about games for my GGF column! I love games.

Don’t you?

Now, you have a whole weekend ahead of you to devote to gaming. How nice for you!

Happy gaming!

[Gamer Girl Friday]

GGF#2: Age of Conan special edition

[Gamer Girl Friday]

Oh, gosh, is it Friday already? While people are thanking god it’s Friday, I’m raising the panic alarm for a worrying number of deadlines unmet.

Nevertheless, Gamer Girl Friday is still in business, even if I have to sacrifice my Age of Conan game time.

In fact, I only had time to play for one measly hour since receiving my AoC registration key on Wednesday. But that’s enough to talk about AoC at great length because it gave me enough lasting first impressions to fill a book.

You’ll want to read my “Adventures of Sheylara the Barbarian” series because it’s funny!

And don’t forget to take part in this week’s contest. I’m giving away a Grand Theft Auto IV game! Ooh!

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Table of Contents

  1. Playing Age of Conan on dual-monitor setup
  2. Adventures of Sheylara the Barbarian Part 1
  3. Age of Conan first impressions
  4. Ninja patrol squad terrorizes Bugis Junction
  5. Results of last week’s contest
  6. Ask Sheylara
  7. Win a Grand Theft Auto IV game!!

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Playing Age of Conan on dual-monitor setup

Here’s a quite useless and self-indulgent video showing you Age of Conan played on dual-screen mode.

I was on a dual-monitor setup when I logged in to Age of Conan for the first time and found that I couldn’t force the game back to one screen, so I decided to play it like that just for the heck of it.

Of course, the game world looks incredibly beautiful spread across two screens, but it was a pain to play because of the gap between the two monitors, where your character is stuck the whole time.

So, bad idea. Next!

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Adventures of Sheylara the Barbarian Part 1

Once upon a time, onboard a slave galley, there lived a kind-hearted and innocent barbarian girl by the name of Sheylara.

[The galley slaves couldn't get entirely coordinated]

Sheylara had been kidnapped from her hometown in Aquilonia to be sold into slavery. Her talents include looking cute and owning an outrageously daring bikini (for that era).

[She often got teased for her birthmarks]

One day, as luck would have it, the ship got wrecked by some fearsome squall or something and everyone got thrown overboard. Sheylara passed out before washing up on some scenic beach shore, just like in the movies.

Shortly after, a strange old man, who just happened to be hanging out at the beach, came along and tried to wake her.

Amazingly, Sheylara wasn’t dead and even managed to wake up looking like she just stepped out of the latest issue of Swimsuit Illustrated.

[How is this pose? She asked]

The strange old man said to Sheylara, “Since you’ve washed up on the shore anyway, I might as well make you do some work. There’s this cute little thing got herself captured by an evil man. Go save her, would you please, if you’re not in a hurry to go anywhere.”

Sheylara, being kind-hearted and innocent and, in fact, not in a hurry to go anywhere, agreed to the old man’s request even as she coughed out the last drops of seawater from her lungs.

Now, it didn’t take her long to find the cute little thing that needed rescuing.

[Help!]

“Help!” said the cute little thing, whose name is Casilda. “You look like you have the stomach for a bloody encounter (even if you resemble a swimsuit model). Wouldn’t you please kill that meanie over there and get his keys to free me? Please?”

“Okay,” said kind-hearted and innocent Sheylara, and off she went waving the broken bottle that the strange old man had given to her to use as a weapon.

[This pose I'm sure you like, she said]

Incredibly, Sheylara managed to kill the meanie with nothing but the broken bottle and her charms.

[He was surely afraid of the broken bottle]

She returned to Casilda and freed the bimbotic wench. Then, the two ladies had a nice conversation about the latest trends in swimwear.

[The girls had a fine time chatting in the jungle]

Casilda said, “Hey, you know what? The city of Tortage has some really nice shopping spots. Why don’t we walk there together and I’ll show you around?”

“Awesome plan!” said Sheylara.

The two provocatively-dressed ladies then proceeded to leisurely stroll through the jungle, chatting and giggling as if they’d known each other forever.

Suddenly, Sheylara was attacked!

[There had to be a better way of donating blood]

“What is this?!?!?!?!” she screeched. “You didn’t tell me there were more bad men around!”

“Oops, sorry,” said Casilda as she scurried off to hide behind a tree. “My bad.”

Just as Sheylara was about to get slaughtered good and proper, a strange feeling overcame her.

[Dance Dance Revolution v200]

A fascinating blue light descended upon her, like a deus ex machina, and infused her with the strength of a panther and the courage of a man who’s about to get a root canal treatment without anesthesia.

“I can take on the whole world!!” she declared. “Come and get me if you dare!”

[Nobody was going to mess with her]

With that, the thug in front of her dropped dead with fright. He also dropped some loot just the way mobs are supposed to, when they die.

“Cool!! A new bikini!!” enthused Sheylara, as she changed into her new outfit right there and then, never considering prying eyes hidden in bushes.

[It was quite cooling]

Casilda ran out of hiding.

“Aww, pretty!” she crooned. “I told you, didn’t I? There’s a lot more of that where we’re going!”

Sheylara blushed before rolling her eyes and said, “Yeah, okay, let’s go. But next time, warn me before I get hacked almost in two pieces again!”

With that, the two happy maidens went on their merry way.

(To be continued next week…)

[She's a little of the shy wallflower]

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Age of Conan first impressions

Like I said, I could fill a book with my first impressions, but I’ll just pick a few things because I’m sure you don’t want to read a book.

Impressing me right at the outset was the character creation screen. It’s so dynamic I thought it was another intro video sequence.

[Character Creation is a game in itself]

As the story goes, you’re a captive on this ship on the way to being sold into slavery. The character creation screen shows you being on a ship, surrounded by oarsmen busy at work rowing and making a frightful din.

It’s a dark and stormy night and all that and you’re alone and frightened, but you have work to do. You have to choose a gender and race and class, following which you have to choose hair colour, eye colour, body shape and size, and all the rest of it.

[Never has such a beautiful slave been born]

From here, you have the option to go into an advanced customisation mode to tweak every single last detail, from boob size to eyebrow angle. Never has character customisation been so detailed since Star Wars Galaxies.

Past the character creation stage, the game world is truly a sight to behold.

[She thought perhaps the gate needed a good whacking]

The colours are vibrant, the landscape is lush, the avatars so detailed. Everything is just so beautiful it makes your heart sing with joy.

Once in a while, you get these cutscene animations when you initiate contact with an NPC.

[Hello, pretty!]

These are pretty cool. Makes me feel like I’m playing a console game. And the voice acting is really good. The only complaint I have here is that the character animation seems a little blocky, lacking the natural fluidity of real-life motion.

Not that I’m expecting a lot. Remember Beowulf (Angelina Jolie)? Even that didn’t achieve 100% fluidity. So I don’t expect any better from a game for which cutscenes are only a minor feature.

Age of Conan is not a game for MMORPG newbies. There is no newbie-friendly tutorial such as you would get in World of Warcraft and EverQuest II. You do get guides that pop out when the game feels you need some, but they are not as intuitive as those in aforementioned games.

But that’s fine because I’m not an MMORPG noob and I managed to get a quest and kill some mobs right away.

AoC is very bloody, which is a first for an MMORPG.

[Ouch, that hurts, you dope!]

It’s very tantalising. If you’re playing a female avatar, you’re staring at a pair of perky butt cheeks 95% of game time.

[Ooooh]

There’s also the option to disrobe your avatar almost completely but I’m not showing it here!

Oh, did I forget to mention spell animation?

I totally love it! If it’s so beautiful even at starting levels, I can’t wait to see what I’m going to get at higher levels.

[She felt a sudden chill]

I took a video with the built-in video recorder (also an MMORPG first, I think) but it’s in a weird resolution (1274×992) because I was playing in windowed mode and, somehow, YouTube isn’t able to play that.

I love the built-in video recorder, except that it doesn’t capture sound. I have no idea why.

Well, I think that’s enough AoC for a day. If I talk anymore about it, I’ll never be able to get out of my house and I do have an event to attend in a couple hours.

If you’re in Thog, look me up!

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Ninja patrol squad terrorizes Bugis Junction

There are only two days left to the Ninja Gaiden II preorder promotion and the current preorder figure stands at 327 (needs 174 more for the release of the second tier freebie of the NG2 notebook).

For such a popular long-running game series, I’m surprised the figure isn’t higher.

But then, it’s not my job to worry about preorder sales figures. My job is to worry about properly terrorizing random folks in the streets with my scary Ninja demeanor!

[Scary shit!]

As you can see, we were completely and utterly menacing.

In fact, people had to literally beg us not to harm them.

[Very]

Ferocious Ryu Hayabusa says, “You. Yes, you there. I’m watchin’ you, kid, I’m watchin’ you.”

[Get me a cheese toasted sandwich, please]

That was unfortunately the last of the ninja patrol tourist attraction pose squad, although we will be making a couple of appearances during the launch event on June 3 at Funan, which will be on from 12:30 pm till 8 pm.

There will be a lucky draw going on every hour for people who have pre-ordered the game. An exclusive NG2-themed Xbox 360 Elite will be given away! I wonder who the lucky person will be. Will it be me? (I wish).

You have until Sunday to preorder the game. I swear it’s really fun. Go for it!

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Results of last week’s contest

Last week, I put five Grand Theft Auto IV stickers and three Grand Theft Auto IV coasters up for grabs. The response was really quick and all items were snapped up within a few hours!

[Prizes!!]

Congratulations to the following winners!

GTA4 coasters
tedbear
bedlamite
Aves

GTA4 stickers
Leo
Bartman
modchip
Ayane06
siegeholler

The items will be mailed out to you as soon as I can find some time to zip down to the P.O.

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Ask Sheylara

Ask me any gaming-related questions! Post them in the comments or e-mail me, I don’t really care. I will try to answer all questions (unless I get like 500 questions a day).

BC asks a Wii question:

I wanted to connect to the Internet using my Wii and its in Japanese so I downloaded your site’s translation. However, when I went to press the wrench icon to go to system settings, it gives me an error message saying that it can’t connect to this certain url and that I should check if I typed it right. I have never touched the settings until now. Please help.

Sheylara Says:

This is one of the most common problems faced by users of a modified Japanese Wii set. When you insert a game disc of another region code which contains a firmware patch update, it will overwrite your original menu. You then get an error because the system is trying to locate the Japanese menu with the address “marc:JP/JP/JPN/index01.html” but it’s not there anymore.

This is known as semi-bricking your Wii. You can still play games but you just can’t access the settings menu. In some severe cases, you will get a fully-bricked Wii, in which case your set is totally unplayable.

You can fix semi-bricks by inserting a Japanese game with a firmware update that is higher than your Wii version. That will overwrite the menu again with a valid Japanese one.

Matthew Chua asks a DS Lite question:

I just bought a DS Lite for my girlfriend. But, being a gadget idiot, I’m lost trying to load music into it. Do I need any software to do it? I’m using an ezflash card.

Sheylara Says:

Please note that Gamer Girl Friday does not advocate piracy! But I will answer your question this once. If you’re using EZ-Flash V, it should have an MP3 icon which you can tap to launch the media player. If not, what you need is Moonshell. I can’t explain to you in detail because it’s not exactly legit. But you can Google it.

David Lee asks a console comparison question:

If you were totally unbiased, how would you rank the PS3, Wii and Xbox 360, in terms of games, performance, satisfaction?

Sheylara Says:

It’s really hard to rank them strictly, so I will tell you what I like about each console!

PS3: It’s sleek and shiny and it has Blu-ray capabilities so you save your money on a Blu-ray player.

Wii: It’s cute and the games are a totally different experience. I love the great workout some of the games give.

Xbox 360: For now, Xbox 360 has the best games library and the Xbox Live experience is unbeatable.

You know what, I’m going to open this last question out to all you readers. It’s really hard for me because I do like all the consoles almost equally. But there must be dedicated fans of specific consoles out there. So how would you rank the three consoles?

Post your answers in the comments here.

Best answer received before next Friday will get a small mystery prize!

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Win a Grand Theft Auto IV game!!

YES YES YES. I’m giving out a Grand Theft Auto IV game (Xbox 360 Asian version) because I’ve got a kind sponsor this week. And because it’s a bigger prize, the contest will be a little harder than last week’s (but not that hard).

[Wouldn't you like to take me home?]

This week’s prize is sponsored by The Xbox 360 team in Singapore. (Yaay! Give them a standing ovation!)

Here’s how you can win it!

  1. Write a review of Gamer Girl Friday.
  2. Post it on your blog or in a gaming-related forum (but don’t spam).
  3. Link the post to www.sheylara.com.
  4. Post a comment here when you’ve done it so I can check it out.

Rules:

  1. There is no word limit and it can be any style you like.
  2. Entries will be judged by me! I will pick the one I like best.
  3. You need to be at least 18 to win this prize. (ID verification will be required.)
  4. Closing date is June 5, 2008!

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Oh, my. Today’s issue seems very long. I don’t know if you read everything but thanks for reading!

Remember to take part in both contests! There is one sneakily embedded in the Ask Sheylara segment. Haa.

Okay, Gamer Girl Friday needs to sign off now to go play Age of Conan (after attending previously mentioned event).

See you next week!

[Gamer Girl Friday]