As I mentioned yesterday, I had some trouble uploading videos to YouTube this round. I had to re-upload two videos in total, which is a big deal when you consider that each upload takes around four hours, give or take.
And I love that I’m writing for my blog instead of a magazine because, like, you can’t complain about trivial stuff in a magazine.
But people kind of like it when you complain in a blog. I noticed that I get more readers and comments for my ranting blog entries.
You people are just weird, aren’t you?
Table of Contents
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine video gameplay
- Time Wasters by Swordplay
- Sacred 2: Fallen Angel
- Terminator Salvation game trailers
- Geek garage sale!
- Results of last week’s contest
- Win an X-Men Origins: Wolverine poster!!
X-Men Origins: Wolverine video gameplay
The game of the week is X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which released yesterday, for PC and Xbox 360.
I’m rather pleased with it. It’s an action RPG not unlike Ninja Gaiden II, but it’s Wolverine! It’s Hugh Jackman! Superhuman regeneration!
Here, I made a video of the gameplay.
It might be hard to tell from the video, but the cinematics are awe-inspiring (although we really shouldn’t expect any less from action games these days). The gameplay is also fun and furious. I love how cut-scenes and gameplay merge seamlessly to give players a cinematically immersive experience.
The autosave points are frequent enough so you won’t have to tell your girlfriend/wife to give you 30 more minutes to finish up (but of course she doesn’t understand so she’s yelling at you to come to bed right now) and you have no choice but to quit the game with the knowledge that you’d have to replay the stage again later because you don’t want to get ear hell now.
Mini missions guide you along the way to completing main missions, which keeps everything fresh and interesting.
The only downside for me so far is that the game tips for new actions/combos/skills sometimes flash away too quickly, before you’ve even had a chance to read a word because you’re too busy trying to save your own ass.
For example, if you watch my video, I had been mystified by spikes in the ground which I knew I could interact with but couldn’t figure out how.
It was only when I was editing the video and watching my gameplay in freeze frame that I saw the damn game tip telling me how to use the spikes. I never saw it when I playing the game.
But that doesn’t happen all the time, so it’s still within tolerance level.
Well, watch the video for more good stuff. Overall, I’d highly recommend the game.
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 recommend one fun and simple web-based game each week.
Today’s Recommendation: Peasant’s Quest
This is a super old-school TEXT INPUT game. It means you interact with the game by typing text commands.
I don’t know what Swordplay is doing playing games like that.
I used to love games like this when I was a kid. But now, my brains will start a mutiny if I attempt to play such a game. It’s annoying when you can’t think of what command could advance the game because it could be ANY command in the world. It could be “lick toe” or “sing barney song” for all you know.
Still, this game doesn’t look half as bad because it’s part graphical and you move around using arrow keys.
It certainly brings back memories. Especially that annoying 8-bit music that clangs noisily when you first load up the game. The moment I heard it I was, like, OMG turn it off.
But it is quite funny all the same, by virtue of it being so old-school you’d feel embarrassed playing it in a public space.
And I like the tone of fun and humour in the game.
If you try it, let me know if you like it!
Sacred 2: Fallen Angel
The Sacred series has quite a following, although it’s not really everyone’s cup of tea. It’s basically fun if you like killing and looting sprees, Diablo-style.
It’s been out for the PC for a while already, but it will be releasing for the Xbox 360 and PS3 on May 15.
Here’s an old trailer, which I’m showing because I love the song in it. Haha. It’s written and performed by metal band Blind Guardian specially for the game. The band even has cameo appearances in the game.
What’s good about the game
- Huge variety of fun quests
- Interesting variety of mobs
- Great audio (music and sound effects)
- Quirky sense of humour
- Beautiful cartoony graphics
- Variety of multiplayer modes (up to 16 players)
What’s not good about the game
- Poor plot
- World too massive with clumsy transport system
- Bugs present
Terminator Salvation game trailers
This is the month of blockbuster movie games! Terminator Salvation the game comes to us before the movie, so we can get into John Connor’s skin before we watch the real thing.
Here’s a game trailer. (I have another better one but it wouldn’t upload properly after two tries, so I finally gave up on it.)
Terminator Salvation releases May 19 for the PC, Xbox 360, PS3 and, can you believe it, iPhone.
Geek garage sale!
A storeroom raid at the Playworks office recently turned up chests full of loot which has been sitting around being of no use to anyone.
If you’d like to buy any of the geek toys listed below, just turn up on Monday to bargain your way to a good deal!
Playworks Garage Sale
1 Stamford Road, #02-04
Date: Monday 4th May
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Note: There are more items on sale than shown in the picture above because the lazy buggers didn’t take photos of everything.
Here’s also a not-very-complete list of stuff on sale:
Assortment of Xbox 360 games
Assortment of PSP games
Assortment of PC games
Assorted software (Anti-virus, backup, utlities, etc…)
Speed pad (Hard plastic mouse pads)
Orange box mouse mats
Everglide mouse mats (Big and small)
GXL Rings (3 sizes)
Plantronics headsets with mic (USB or Audio jack)
Assorted bags, cases, pouches
Wireless Multi-Function Routers
DLink ADSL Eternet Routers
Assorted Loreal beauty products (wtf?)
Knick knacks paddywack give a dog a bone
Check here for updates.
Results of last week’s contest
Today, Mr Randomiser smiles upon the number 9.
Ah, Mr Randomiser, but who is number 9?
We would all like to know, because number 9 just won himself/herself… THIS!
Well, lemme give you a clue.
The winner is… someone who is orange with black stripes and growls and sometimes eats people.
Must be your birthday luck shining on you, whaddya know?
Will the winner, and you better know who you are, please e-mail me? Thank you.
Oh, and congratulations!
Win an X-Men Origins: Wolverine poster!!
I know some people like collecting posters, so I’m giving one away this week!
This poster measures about 16.5″ x 23.5″. And it’s also a little bit dented from being knocked about when it was rolled up. Hope you don’t mind. It looks pretty decent if you don’t scrutinise it close up.
Okay, if anyone wants it, just drop a comment before next Friday. You know the drill!
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Just had a thought that today’s a nice day for this song.
Happy long weekend!