Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Perhaps all the amazing games coming out in the 4th Qtr of 08 will spur the gaming industry into overdrive and perform a pheonix down on the world economy...maybe not.
I need to catch a few episodes of the original Knight Rider! My childhood memories of this show can't be that biased? For many of us the 80's are synonymous with the A-Team, Transformers and Knight Rider, a lone warrior out to protect the innocent and fight injustice with the help of Bonnie, Devon and KITT.
I missed the pilot episode a few months back but from what I heard it was better than what I suffered through the other night.
Nostalgia is the only reason I sat thru this show, and much like the Star Wars prequels this did nothing to support my memories. This was definitely NOT must see TV, in fact it was cringe inducing failure in my opinion! KITT is now a Mustang Cobra, that's fine, Kitt has double red lights compared to the originals one, KITT still has a stuffy male voice, Kitt still has Turbo Boost.....that is all the positives I can give this show. Some executive must've sat down after the pilot and suggested the following ideas to "boost" ratings...who ever thought these were great ideas needs to be fired!
Michael Tracer, military guy losses his memory and is now working with Knight Industries, no longer a secret company but a large corporation that works with the FBI or the CIA...I must've zoned out. Gone is the small team that supported Michael and Kitt now we have a Devon look-a-kinda-like, a bunch of hot scantily clad women and the stereotypical dork. KITT's transport is no longer in an 18 wheeler which makes SO MUCH sense compared to C-17 military aircraft! WTF???!
Some new additions to KITT is a touch screen windshield that also has multiple web cams so Mike can access AIM w/ flicker....FAIL!
So Mike and some chick escape from a mission to retrieve some "files" just as the chick is about to be injected with the neon juice from reannimator but during their escape KITT gets hit with a missile and is engulfed in toxic flames, to save themselves they strip down instead of using KITT to find a car wash or a thunderstorm or a lake....
Next mission Mike has to find the "package" which turns out to be some dude with a "key" in his DNA *UGGHHH*
Some hot chick with huge "headlights" driving an Aston Martin steals the dude with a key in his DNA and cuts off his thumb...things are serious now, time for KITT to transform O.o
Yep KITT transforms *FAIL* into a pickup truck and somehow doesn't kill the people inside! And KITT also transforms into battle mode *BARF*
Anyway Mike Tracer gets double crossed and shot, everyone thinks he's dead and changes his name to.........Michael Knight duh duh duuuuhhhh!
If this show lasts 5 episodes I'll be shocked, KITT = Knight Industries Total Turdfest.
Monday, September 29, 2008
At the conclusion of Macross Frontiers 25th and final episode it was confirmed that the series will also be having a full length feature film!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Nothing groundbreaking here but there's a little update to the PSN that you might not be aware of. It's called Life with Playstation, if you've never used the Folding @ Home program on your PS3 nows a good time to check it out.
Life with Playstation incorporates Google news with a realtime global view so if you want to know what the local weather in Taipei is or what's new in Sydney all while listening to your tunes stored on the PS3 HDD and Folding you can. So cancel your subscription to the Daily News and get a Life with Playstation maaan!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Back at Gallia IV Alto hovers in orbit as we see a third of the planet is gone from the dimension eater. Alto takes the prototype fold booster left by Mikhail and rushes back to Frontier.
The Macross Quarter launches and transforms while all SMS and NUNS forces deploy to fight the Vajra forces, Sheryl wakes up to find Mikhail unconscious as they're valkyrie hangs onto the Vajra capital ship they hitched a ride on, she attempts to pilot the Mikhails Valkyrie remembering her lessons she took while at Mihoshi. That doesn't go so well as she bounces off the hull of the Vajra capital ship and is pursued by some vajra, Luca spots Mikhails Valkyrie and goes to help but before he can shoot at Sheryls' pursuers he is disarmed by a Vajra and Mikhails VF-25 is shot down. Sheryl and Mikhail float defenselessly and Luca is about to be attacked when Alto arrives just in time to dispatch the Vajra in the area!
Meanwhile Ranka wakes up aboard the Vajra mother ship with the Queen looming over her, within her prison the interior of the mother ship fades as she finds herself alone in space, she spots Frontier off in the distance, suddenly the Vajra mother ship defolds behind Frontier, Leon pushes Howard glass to authorize the use of reaction weapons, once the Vajra mother ship defolds behind them the situation becomes desperate and he authorizes it. Alto recognizes that the ship behind them as the one Ranka is being held prisoner on as requests to rescue her, Capt Wilder authorizes Alto and Ozma to use fast packs and reaction weapons to save Ranka.
Back within the Vajra mother ship Ranka has another vision, this time of a woman who begins singing Aimo, Ranka recognizes the song and begins singing Aimo also and as the battle outside rages on the Vajra begin to react to the song, Alto unleashes the reaction warheads and pushes towards the mother ship, blowing a hole in the hull. The VF-27 suddenly shows up and flys past Alto into the mother ship to free Ranka, Alto follows and once inside the Queens lair unleashes all his missile's at the queen, the purple VF-27 contacts the Frontier fleet and announces he is Brera Sterne of the Macross Galaxy fleet and he has rescued Ranka and will assist Frontier. Once Alto killed the Queen Ranka reels over in pain as the remaining Vajra appear to fall in disarray. The Macross Quarter fires it's cannon destroying the Mothership and Frontier forces go on the offensive exterminating the remaining Vajra as Brera holds Ranka. As she witnesses the battle she begins to cry and Brera questions why.
Episode 14 concludes with Grace awakening and mentioning the little queen, she most likely is talking about Ranka, This episode was all about the mecha porn and seeing Sheryl attempt to pilot a Valk was funny....apparently she can't do everything she puts her mind to. The vision Ranka had is most likely her mother based on the episode title. With Brera's announcement we have to wonder if this is all part of Graces plan, speaking of Grace she's gonna have some explaining to do on how she escaped Gallia IV!
There have been plenty of rumors of Gouken being in Street Fighter all the back to the glory days of Street Fighter II, with EGM's Sheng Long april fools joke. From that april fools joke Akuma was born, his first appearance in Super Street Fighter II turbo, when Street Fighter 3 was announced the rumor resurfaced but it was again a joke.
Even in the Alpha series Gouken was not introduced, which would be the most fitting time in Street Fighter continuity.
With Street Fighter IV rapidly approaching release the mysterious legend who learned from Goutetsu along side Gouki has returned! Here is the first pics of Gouken in Famitsu.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
EVO masters Tetsuya "INO" Inoue (playing the Dictator) versus the legendary Daigo "the Beast" Umehara (playing Ryu). Impressive...most impressive.
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Chun Li kicking Kens ass ^^ (this ones for my friend CJ)
Monday, September 8, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Issues I've noticed so far;
1. Occasionally I get a big red X with two arrows pointing in opposite directions on the top center of the screen which mean the game is trying to stableize your connection.
2. The game did take unusually long to load, I'm sure Slant Six is working on the servers so no big deal.
3. For the most part the lag was non existant, but one game was so bad that I lost mic capability and framerate dropped significantly. I logged out switched to a secondary account and viola problem solved.
4. Radar in upper right corner didn't seem to be working
~Controls are a bit different from OS SOCOM, I kept bringing up the taunt menu by accident, but like I just gotta get used to the button config.
~I like the map, lots of detail, lots of nooks and crannies, and heat distortion in the distance is a nice effect. This new Crossroads map is amazing the tower diagonally across from the lion is sweet! The new areas and slight changes make it feel like a brand new map.
~Gameplay speed is good, faster than MGO, slower than COD4 I think it lends itself to tactical gameplay.
~Character movement is smoother than I expected, the characters tend to float when near edges though. Jumping seemed very limited but that may be due to my encumberance ratio.
~Guns sound terrific and those with 5.1 or better surround sound systems are in for an audio daydream. The other really evolutionary aspect was the proximitty speach system, members on the same team will be able to communicate the traditional way via the mic by pressing L2 or you can speak freely and if a teammate is nearby (above, below, infront, behind) you'll hear them thru your surround sound system from their location in relation to you, distance and objects also affect the volume of their voices! VERY COOL feature! But be careful what you say or the noise you make in the comfort of your living room because you could be heard by an enemy in your vicinity!
~Once they iron out the kinks I think this is gonna reignite the SOCOM community!
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Rise and shine maggots! Are U E? The SOCOM Confrontation Beta has begun today! Did you reserve you copy at Gamestop? I'm DLing the beta as I type so I hope to see your sorry ass on the battlefield tonight! That is all, DISMISSED!
The latest trailer for FF:Dissidia is out and it's impressive! If you still don't own a PSP you may want to get one simply so you can play Final Fantasy Dissidia. Think of Dissidia as Final Fantasy's answer to WrestleMania. For Final Fantasy Fanatics seeing Kefka fight Sepheroth each with there own trademark attacks is a dream come true. This trailer is over 5 minutes long but it's simply amazing to watch!
Call of Duty World at War is incoming! Mark your calenders, November 11th...right on time for the holiday spending frenzy! Like most I'm a bit tired of the WWII scene but I'll most likely check it out. CoD:W@W is being made by Treyarch not IW, I expect we'll see CoD 6 from IW some time next year.
CoD: W@W will feature 4 player online coop mode along with the online multiplayer. Also like CoD4: MW the story mode will be split between US troops in the Pacific and Russian troops on the European front.
Man I'm still working on getting my golden AK47 >.<
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Alto and Sheryl defold at Gallia 4 and enter the planets atmosphere. As Sheryl disembarks from the shuttle she collapses and Temjin calls off the cease fire. Meanwhile aboard the Frontier Nanase, Luca and Mikhail hang out on the steps of Mihoshi, Nanase wonders how Ranka is doing after getting stood up by Alto, Ranka surprises them when she shows up at school, Elmo gave her the day off before her debut live concert. Here Nanase meets Ai-kun and Ranka makes her swear not to tell anyone. Suddenly Luca yells over to the others, he's received news of a hostage situation on Gallia 4, Ranka shows her concern for Alto but because of the distance Mikhail tells her they'd never make it in time. Luca mentions their might be a way...
Back at the SMS hangar Luca shows Mikhail a working prototype of a new fold booster that theoretically could reduce the size of the galaxy by a 1/10th of what it is now travel-wise.
Back on Gallia 4 Sheryl lays bed-ridden as Alto looks over her, he questions why she'd go if she was this sick and Sheryl explains she wanted to show Alto a real sky.
Alto asks Grace to watch Sheryl while he's gone, across the airfield Temjin rallies the troops in his rebellion reminding them of their glorious past, as he stands infront of a reaction warhead storage facility. During his rousing speech he gets a call from an informant...
Alto sneaks across the airfield in an attempt to reach his valkyrie, just as he fires it up Temjin shows up and holds him at gun point. Ogotai gives his troops the ok to open fire to give Alto cover and the two factions open fire on each other. Just as Ogotai gives the command to fire the main guns on the capital ship Mikhail arrives with Ranka in his retro fitted VF-25G complete with speaker pods. Ranka performs her newest song, Seikan Hikou (Interstellar flight)and the Zentradi troops begin to be distracted by Ranka's song, Temjin hops aboard one of the Queadluun-Rea and targets Ranka but Alto slams his VF-25 into him and draws his attack the two have a breif dog fight where Temjin taunts Alto about the true nature of the Zentradi, this reminds Alto of what Yasaburo told him about the the actors blood that flows thru his veins which throws Alto into a rage. The fight ends with Alto driving his PPB blade into Temjins Queadluun-Rea, as he plumets out of the sky he tells Alto the galaxy isn't large enough for both species to co exist. Meanwhile back at the hospital Sheryl sits in her bed as Ranka is signing Aimo and Grace comments on how great Ranka's voice is , Alto returns and runs to Ranka concerned and asks why she came all the way to Gallia4, Ranka replies to give him his birthday gift. Later Alto and Ranka fly across the Gallian sky aboard the VF-25, Ranka signs a bit of Neko Nikki (cat diary). Alto thanks her and tells her her gift was the best of all the moment is interupted suddenly when Alto's Valkyrie stalls and they make an emergency landing in the jungle, the episode ends with a huge surprise as the two stand on a precipice looking out at what appears to be the SDF Macross!
This was a fun episode with some nice homages to series past, Temjin certainly resembles Quamzin! And what a surprise at the end, seeing the SDF Macross was a unexpected to say the least!