Monday, 29 March 2010

Battlefield Bad Company 2 part 3

Here we are it big one (well for these two games). Both of these games are big on there multiplayer but which ones better? well there's only one way to find out...with a complaisant (not a fight).

First of lets start of with Battlefield. Battlefield has been one of my favorite series of game I've loved all of them (well most of them) they've left a big impression on me, the was you haft to use team work to rank up and win it used communication, not a Rambo style of playing. This is still true here, sadly as this game was made for the xbox and ps3 mainly some consolations have come up.

For one the maps have shrunk to almost half there size (Battlefield 2 I'm comparing it to), also there's not 64 size servers anymore which is a big hit seeing how Battlefield made it's name on big 64 player matches. also there ain't as Meany classes in the game, they've all been compacted into four, "Medic","Recon","Assault" and "Engineer". All these classes have been balanced and have a ton of unlocks.

There are two new main game modes "Rush" where one team defends two bombs and the other tries to plant 2 bombs, when both bombs are destroyed you haft to move up and plant more bombs. This mode is fun and is very addicting. The other mode is "squad deathmatch" which is mixed you have a full conquest map to get the most kills, most of the time you can't find anyone the other time your trying to shoot someone from the other side of the map looking for people.

Modern Warfare now. As you've most likely played this, I'll just give you my opinion. The gameplay is unbalanced, one person who has been playing it of every day will always beat the normal gamer and presaging is more useless than drowning (which is better and will put you out of your misery).

So as you can see i like battlefield better, but there both as bad as each other. Battlefield has the better multiplayer and Modern Warfare has the better singleplayer (can't believe i just said that). So if you like your funny stories and good multiplayer pick battlefield if not pick MW 2.

Liam Hackett

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Battlefield bad company 2 part 2

OK this part is very late, mainly because i had to play MW2 again. So what did i think of BFBC2's gameplay and how does it fair with MW2's gameplay? Well that's why I'm here.

Well here it goes BFBC2's gameplay on the single player is pretty bad why? well i was playing it on the PC  and it didn't feel right it felt restricted and unnatural, that's mainly because of a strange aim assist which hinders the gameplay not help it. Meanwhile in MW2 the gameplay is almost perfect the way the guns work and the level design compliments it. Sadly that isn't always try one of the best experiences in that game was the level "Takedown", it's level design was very well made how there's both multiple path's and how you will always be in the same area without knowing. Sadly this only happens in that level the rest is just forgettable.

Sadly BFBC2 has pretty generic nothing seems to stand out and nothing we haven't seen before. The AI is nothing special, your team mates are invincible and do more than fire randomly, and your enemies just eat bullets and there's no challenge. The only challenge is trying to find some cover that won't be gone in five seconds flat.

Unfortunately i have no choose than to give the point to MW2 witch makes it one all, but we have one more subject multiplayer. So I'll see you then and i hope this one won't be late.

Liam Hackett

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Battlefield Bad Company 2 review part 1

So here's the set up. Two star cross game companies. One of which i have mixed feelings about, the other i hate. There fighting against one thing "who can make the best shooter?" (well now they do but in a couple of months time it'll all change). The grunts are MW 2 and BFBC2 and I'm just court in the middle of it and i haft to decide. well...looks like it's time for a comparison.

Story: In MW 2, War is stuck after you go threw a terrorist attack in a Russian airport, you are somehow meant to take him down by joining in (down tell me how that works). You get shot and being an American spy America is therefore to blame (even throw 100 meters back there's a death Russian terrorist). Then world war 3 happens (even throw there's no Europe except for Russia and Afghanistan). Is it me or is this just a cold war lovers dream to have a all out war with invasion and battles on the streets of DC. The sum up the plot, well there's more holes in it than well everything it's confusing and doesn't make sense.

BFBC2 is a loose spoof of the hole war matter. It acts totally serious but you can tell that the actors are here for a laughter. This is also a parent with battlefield's new grenade spam ad (which can be found at the bottom of this review). The actual story, well here it goes. Your looking for a top secret weapon that has bee n hidden for 70 years and has never been rediscovered till now. The plot is pretty stupid but as i think about it, that's kind of the intention.

So far a point goes to BFBC2 for it's funny plot stay tuned for the next part in a few days.

Liam Hackett

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Rise of Prussia

Well here we are a RTS set in one of the most over use places ever Prussia or now Afghanistan. As we know RTS's have become more and more complex ever since Total War came along.In some ways this is a bad thing. I loved when you could just load up a map and play a simple skirmish, but sadly that doesn't happen anymore.

Story: Well this is intresting, The story tells the ups of Prussia and all it's major battles (if you know them). However it's only a setting there's no voice acting only texts which can only give an expericance to some small level. So the story is not that good.

Gameplay: Ok this is where it gets generic. Lets put it like this, copy and paste every line of code in from Total War change how it looks and the interface and you have Rise of Prussia. The new interface is more confusing to me than any other RTS. The reason why is because the buttons are tiny on my 18 inch screen and the text that explane it, is small and gave me a headace reading it. Apart from that it's pritty basic, take over the map anyway you want to.

The map is huge and the levels takes hours to compleat this is all good but sadly the game gets repetative and way to well familiar, i've played it before and played better. All in all the game is way to familiar, everything else well it can be fixed but then are you willing to pay £24  for a game that you have already played. Buy it if you haven't played Total War if you have consider it.

Liam Hackett

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

My Thoughts: World of Warcraft The Movie!?

Movies based on games hardly ever work,this should be an obvious fact to everyone. The same could be said for games based on movies, but anyway. The movies hardly ever keep to the plot of the game, insisting on making it artsy or changing things that just end up making it suck. I mean, what do we go to see these movies for? Loyalty to the brand name and to see out favourite video game characters on the big screen and so we can poke our friends knowingly when they reference the game in some way. The other problem is that people tend to make movies based on games with almost no plot like Hitman. But to delve into the infinate suckage, we need to look into our friend Uwe Boll. SIT BACK DOWN!

Let's look at some of the movies he's made shall we?

House of the Dead
Far Cry
Bloodrayne 2 (and an upcoming 3rd one)
Alone in the Dark
Alone in the Dark II (yes there's a fucking sequel)

Any of those any good? Erm...NO! And you want to know why? Alot of reasons, but my point is that they don't stick to the source material in any regard. Take House of the Dead, first of all it was an arcade game so why make a movie about it? What would be the point? There's only so many things you can do with an arcade game before it stops being the game and turns into it's own movie with the same name. So what did he do? Gave it a plot, a shitty one. And in movies like Bloodrayne and Alone in the Dark he disregarded the plot of the games entirely! And I'm STILL pissed that Nightwish leant their music to his shit, maybe they thought it would give it an iota of awesome? But really, there are plenty of video game movies which suck the big one hard simply because they take nothing and give it something shitty or takes something amazing and disregard it entirely. If you make a movie out of something that already exists you must stick to the souce material like glue, take these movies for example:

Silent Hill
Resident Evil (all 4 of them)
Super Mario Brothers
Double Dragon
Tomb Raider
Dead or Alive

Were any of those decent? Well, Tomb Raider stuck to the material I guess but face it the only reason anyone watches them is to stare at tits. The same could be said for movies based on books but I won't get started on them. But by now you're probably wondering what the hell does this have to do with WoW? Well all of this was just to establish that I don't like Game Movies.

Now, don't get me wrong WoW is ok, not my type of game but it's ok. But come on man, what's the plot? Almost all of it revolves around Arthas and his attempts to firmly cement the fact that he is EEEEVILLLL. What movie could you POSSIBLLY make out of that? Well, I suppose a good fantasy film but apparently it will be live action, doesn't that conjur up some funny images to you? Hundreds of extras wielding massive sword that look more dorky than the foam buster swords people make who stand around for about half a minuit waiting for thier attack to charge. Mage extras stood on hill tops throwing out buff spells for no apparent reason other than to look good, paladins healing half way through fights. Rediculously busty women playing Night Elves in skimpy clothing....actualy, keep that in there. My point though is in games those epic weapons and hot characters are awesome but if you try to re create them in real life it all ends up looking stupid, royally so. Now, I may be wrong, the movie may kick ass but think about it, can they really afford for it to go wrong? WoW has one of the biggest fan bases in gameing kind and if they fuck up in any regard they will have millions of angry fan boys smashing down their doors casting protect and fireball at them. But now I' on the subject, I heard they're making a Bioshock movie too and an Assassins Creed movie, those could be ok except for one thing: THE MAIN CHARACTER IN BIOSHOCK DOESN'T TALK. You'd have a silent lead, how nice. As for Assassins Creed...meh that could be awesome if they stick to the material. But bottom line is, if you want a WoW movie watch Tales of the Past or MMovie when they finnaly release part 2.

By Wittyreviewer

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Wittyreviews: Suzumiya Haruhi No Yuutsu 2009/The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 2009

Oh go f**k yourself

I feel your pain Mikuru,I really do.

Imagine, if you will, that you had waited about 3 - 4 years for the seccond season of one of your favourite animes to come out. You finnaly hear that it will be out in about a month or two. You'd be excited right? Finnaly more of the good stuff. The episodes start up nice and what do you get? The exact same thing over and over and over and over again. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Endless Eight! The greatest trolling event since My Immortal!

Before I get into anything let me just say I am assuming you have seen the first season at least because I'm going to talk like you know what's going on. Remember Tom Bombadil from Lord of the Rings? The guy that nobody likes? The chapter that everyone skips? That's the Endless Eight arc in the nutshell, anyone who has read anything to do with Haruhi usualy skips this chapter entirely, so why did KyoAni decide to make about 60% of the series about it? Because it prints money bitch! Aaaaawww snap!

But seriously, it eats. The basic gist of it is that the summer holidays have come around and Haruhi, in all her infinate God wisdom, has come up with a nice long list of activities for the S.O.S Brigade to do during their final week, homework unfinished Kyon is roped into it also. Now, the first thing I feel the need to draw attention to is the pool scene, I won't deny I drooled over the swim suit Haruhi the first time I saw it, the FIRST time, you'll know what I mean in a moment. Over the course of the week the brigade spend all of their time doing Haruhi's activities regardless of whether they want to or not, by the end of it she is still not satisfied and the episode ends. Boring, pointless and stupid even by this shows standards. So, yeah next week rolls along and the next episode comes out. You sit down to watch it's exactly the same episode. Was I the only one who thought the subbers got it wrong? As it turns out NO! The group are suddenly supprised when Mikuru finds out a serious problem, she is suddenly unable to return the future. Almost as though it's not there anymore. Through the due course of plot and time they find out Yuki knew that all along, why? Because this isn't the first time this has happened. As it turns out, the last week of the summer break is stuck in an endless loop doomed to repeat over and over again and Yuki remembers it all. If they don't find out why Haruhi is causing this in time, things will reset and they will forget again. They do this for a number of episodes even I don't have the stomach to count untill they find out what the problem is, Haruhi was...bored. Basically the get together to do their homework and things continue on fine. FUCK.ME.

I gotta explain something now, if you struggled on like I did through Endless Eight you probably only did it for one reason, loyalty to the brand name. It was Haruhi! It had to get better right? And...well, it did. The final arc of the series is actualy pretty awesome. The making of the Adventures of Mikuru Asahina, that wierd episode from season 1 that made no sense, you know the one. It's actualy pretty funny and worth struggling through Endless Eight to see, in my opinion anyway.

Final thoughts on this series, it was bad. Very VERY bad. All that time for this? What a rip off! Did KyoAni even try!? And now they ehave the balls to try and make up for it by releaseing a movie? Hell no! I'm going to watch it expecting a let down, if it turns out to be good I will very supprised. And you know what else? My sources (who wish to remain anon) tell me that even the cast of the show were sick of Endless Eight by the end of it. They weren't even looking at their lines by the time they got to the final episode because they'd been saying them over and over again for so long. The final arc is just barely, barely enough to keep it floating.

Final Score: 2/5

You know what? I'm not really satisfied with this review, so allow me to address some common Haruhi viewer comments. Some people some to believe this anime is a harem anime, erm why? What you mean the Mikuru meido and bunny girl thing? Well yeah I guess but compare it to Girls Bravo, no where near as bad. So yeah, ECCHI COMEDY > HAREM big difference people. But personaly, I like Ecchi Comedys, I find that kind of thing funny.
The characters are one dimensional, no really? I would never have guessed. If you want involving characters go watch an anime that takes it self seriously. Ok that was harsh, my real point is that they aren't meant to be!
if you or anyone else have these issues just stop and think would ya? If this show isn't your cup of tea than take it in good stride, in fact why are you even reading this if you DON'T like the series?

By Wittyreviewer fro Feral Entertainment.

P.S The only reason I explained Endless Eight was to save you the torment of watching all of it.