Thursday, January 29, 2009
It looks like the PS3 finally has that killer FPS that has been missing. I know some people would say that the Resistance games are worthy, but to me (and I've only played the first one) they are average at best. I feel like I'm qualified to say that after playing many shooters on consoles. I don't think Resistance is a bad game. It's just not great or incredible. Obviously I haven't played KZ2 yet, but it's getting some great review scores, and it looks amazing graphically. This might actually be a buy eventually. If it were on the 360 it would be a buy right away just for the multiplayer modes. Sony just hasn't figured out how to give gamers the perfect online multiplayer experience yet. Untill they do I probably won't be buying many games for the PS3. The 360 has spoiled me as far as online games go.
Watch The IGN.com KIllzone 2 Review
Monday, January 26, 2009
If you like/love the Resident Evil series the demo for Resident Evil 5 is now available to download on Xbox Live to gold members. Silver members will have to wait a bit longer. I just downloaded it, but haven't played it yet. You get the first two levels of the game to play through. I've already looked at some comments on some gaming message boards. I've read quite a few comments from people saying they found the levels difficult. I have no idea the skill level of these people, so I guess I won't know what to think untill I play it. Part of me doesn't want to play the demo because I want the game to be a total surprise when it is released. The other part of me says play it now because I've been waiting forever to play it. RE4 is one of my favorite games ever, so I'm thinking that OH HELL YEAH I WILL BE PLAYING THIS DEMO TONIGHT!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
After streaming unlimited Netflix movies to my HDTV for a small fee of about 9 bucks a month I see no need to ever visit a video store ever again. Of course Netflix doesn't have every new release movie streaming, but they do have over 12,000 to choose from, and that enough for me. How long before dvds are obsolete and consumers download all of their movies? It might be sooner than we think.
I beyond thrilled with Gamefly. I really should have signed up a long time ago. Gamefly is going to save me so much money it's unreal.
Speaking of saving money...I've been putting all of my extra cash in the bank instead of mindlessly spending it on bullshit. This is a new concept for me. It's weird to look at a bank statement and actually see money in my account. Of course I'm only saving it for my mid life crisis Mustang, but that's besides the point.
I've been getting kinda burnt out on posting to this blog. It doesn't help that I'm blogging for thisxboxlife. I feel like whatever I create for that blog has to be a million times better and way more creative. In reality it's probably not though. HaHa
I'm just a gaming nerd with too many opinions.
Man, I hope Sony gives me a reason to want to turn on my PS3 and actually play games on it. Killzone 2 could be that game. I really hope that's the case. Right now it's just a blu-ray player that doesn't get used very often. Which reminds me that I need to watch RAMBO one of these days. I saw it in the theatre, so I'm in no hurry.
NHL All-star weekend is approaching, but I really don't care. I never really have. I'm happy that Mike Modano is a part of it as well as Stephane Robidas, but beyond that I couldn't care less.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Back in the 80's and very early 90's there were some rap songs that I was into. I'm big into Metal and 80's pop music, but here and there I do like some old school rap tunes.
Back in the day I was really impressed with some of the music that RUN DMC was creating. Sure it was rap music, but it also had some killer rockin' beats and heavy guitar. I've bought very few rap albums in my life and "Raising Hell" and "King Of Rock" were two of those albums. I currently own "King Of Rock" and "Ultimate RUN DMC" on cd. Songs like "Rock Box", "King Of Rock", and "Raising Hell" are all classics in my opinion.
I also think that the Beastie Boys "Licensed To Ill" album is a really solid album. The songs are catchy as hell, and way back when everyone I knew was playing this on cassette. I'm sure most people would say it sounds dated now, and it really does, but there are still a few songs I can listen to now that are on this album.
Another favorite of mine is 2 Live Crew. I was digging these cats before they were "banned in America". When you're 14 years old songs like "We Want Some Pussy", and "Do Wah Diddy", are comedy gold. Their lyrics were over the top perversion, and damn it I liked that about 2 Live Crew.
A few other rap songs that I dig are as follows...
Tone Loc - Wild Thing
Young MC - Bust A Move
Wrexx N Effect - Rump Shaker
Naughty By Nature - O.P.P.
Positive K - I Got A Man
There may be a few more, but you get the idea. Some of the old stuff is good to my ears. I was never big into rap, but there were a few songs that made me take notice.
This one cracks me up. It's 2 Live Crew's "Hoochie Mama"
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Here in south west Michigan we're getting hit with an artic blast. It's beyond cold. You can feel your nose hairs freeze when you inhale. That's cold! The other day I was thinking about how certain songs remind me of winter. Songs that remind me of winter are generally songs that I was listening to during winter time. Here are a few songs that come to mind that remind me of freezing cold days.
West End Girls - Petshop Boys
Land Of Confusion - Genesis
In A Dream - Tiamat (Basically the entire album "Clouds" has a winter feel to it)
Stop Draggin' My Heart Around - Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty
Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley (RICK ROLLED! No seriously it does.)
Walk Like An Egyptian -Bangles (This video was on Mtv a lot during the winter)
For Whom The Bell Tolls - Metallica
Tom's Diner - Suzanne Vega
Consequences - Iced Earth
Electric Crown - Testament (As well as all of "The Ritual")
Love Song - The Cure
Nothing Compares To You - Sinead O'Connor
I could probably think of more if I tried hard enough. What songs remind you of winter?
IN A DREAM!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
I don't generally throw around the word "amazing" to describe things that entertain me. I probably don't because I don't find many sources of entertainment amazing. "The Wrestler" is definitely in the amazing category though. Often times I'll watch a film and will find a bunch of things that flat out just don't work or are just too far fetched to be believed. "The Wrestler" is the story of a "washed up" wrestler starring Mickey Rourke who has seen better days. This isn't one of those over the top cheezeball wrestling movies that makes you roll your eyes and reach for the remote to turn off your television. This is a film that even if you know absolutely nothing at all about wrestling or just plain don't give a shit about wrestling you will enjoy it anyway. Rourke's portrayal of Randy "The Ram" Robinson is perfection. Not once did I think I was watching someone who was trying to act like a wrestler. I saw someone who was a wrestler. Rourke nailed it! During the course of this film "The Ram" goes through so many roadblocks. At times it was gutwrenching to watch. I just felt so bad for this guy. He was alone. His body was broke down. He didn't have anything. He didn't have anybody. The only thing he had was wrestling and the few fans who cared about him. I think this is a film that anyone with half a heart needs to see. It's dark. It's depressing. It's one of the best films I've ever seen.
The Wrestler Trailer
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Opinions are like assholes or so I've heard. According to many people I apparently have bad taste in movies. Hey, in my opinion I don't have bad taste. I just have my taste. I was at work listening to a gaming podcast where they started discussing movies. The hosts were ragging on the lastest RAMBO movie saying it was one of the worst movies ever created. Have these people ever watched the Police Academy series or Shakes The Clown with Bobcat? It's obvious to me that I have a lot of years on these people or they just haven't watched many movies. I'm not saying RAMBO is a masterpiece because it's not, but it's far from being one of the worst movies ever created. I saw RAMBO in the theatre and enjoyed it. It was a guy movie. There was blood and guts with heavy artillery and not much of a plot. What the hell do you want from a Sylvester Stallone movie anyway? I like Sly. I always have. He's done some great action movies, and really in my mind not much can touch most of the Rocky movies or Rocky Balboa the character. The same goes for John Rambo. I'm starting to to think that the generations of "men" after my generation are just a bunch of pussies. It's simple to me...if you have testosterone you like ROCKY and RAMBO. If you don't like either you're a momma's boy who should be named Nancy while wearing a skirt. CASE CLOSED!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
This game is cheap. I'm pretty friggin' irritated with this game. I get to the very end of one of the levels and get destroyed by a "tank" and a horde of zombies. I was irritated even before that because I went to shoot one of those puking zombie bastards and my gun didn't go off. I just don't understand why so many people love and praise this game. If anyone reading this wants a copy of Left 4 Dead I'll sell it to you for half of what I paid for it. The first 30 bucks takes it. Maybe someone out there will appreciate it. I know I sure don't. This is the most overrated game of 2008. If I don't sell it I may just use it for skeet shooting practice. PULL!
I'd rather play E.T. on Atari 2600!!!!!
Monday, January 5, 2009
I definitely enjoy blogging about video games and old pop culture junk. Now I'm going to be blogging here and over at http://thisxboxlife.com
Obviously I'll be submitting articles and reviews based on everything Xbox 360. I'm looking forward to that. I've been listening to the This Xbox Life podcast since the beginning, and well before when they were doing another show. The hosts of This Xbox life are nice down to earth people. I think it's really cool that they asked me to be a part of their blogging community. If you like what you read here make sure you check out the This Xbox Life site as well.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Today while I was updating my Gamefly Q there was a little message asking me if I wanted to upgrade my account from 1 game to 2 games for less than 25 cents a day. I swear I have no willpower. I of course had to upgrade. No matter how you look at it it's a damn good deal though. For 23 bucks a month I can rent two games at a time and have them untill I'm done with them. At my local Hollywood Video it costs me 8 bucks for five days to rent just one game. That's 48 bucks a month for one game plus late fees if I bring it in late. On top of that their selection isn't nearly as extensive as Gamefly's is.
The first game I got from Gamefly in the mail was Mercenaries 2. I had already rented it a while back and even had some fun with it. This time around I just wasn't enjoying it at all. It's going back to Gamefly Monday. Mercs 2 is basically a JUST CAUSE clone. JUST CAUSE is actually more fun to play. As far as "sandbox" games go it's just not that good. I also think that after playing SAINTS ROW 2 it just made Mercs 2 feel like a really bad game. Strange how a "sandbox" game like SR2 can make Mercs 2 seem like a really bad game.
Speaking of Saints Row 2...I actually went back to play the original Saints Row. When I bought it it kept freezing up on me constantly. I decided to see what would happen if I installed it to my Xbox 360 HDD. I'm happy to report that I haven't had a single problem with it after many hours of game play. If you ask me the best feature on the NXE is installing games to your HDD. I've already had two dvd drives die on me, so this should save my dvd drive. On top of that my 360 is so quiet while I'm playing a game from the HDD. It's also not even getting warm after being on for 5 hours.
I thought about firing up the Wii today. That thought came and went quickly though. After owning a Wii for close to a year I just don't understand why these things are STILL flying off the shelves. It's a mystery. It's also a mystery why I can't just bring myself to sell it. Though my wife and daughter use it once in a while, so I guess it does get some use in my house.
You know what else doesn't get much use? My PS3 doesn't get used much. I've played some Little Big Planet. I'm really not finding that game to be all that fun. If the controls were precise and not floaty the game would probably be really fun. I find it more frustrating than fun though. I find it especially frustrating playing local co-op. This game was so not made for local co-op. It's a headache. I mean it's an actual headache. Playing this game with another person gets so irritating that it seriously gives me a headache. Can you say overrated? This game is. Getting back to the PS3...I've only bought a handful of games for it. Of those games I've finished one. Uncharted: Drakes Fortune happens to be that game. It's great game that every PS3 owner should play. I also own a handful of blu-ray discs. I just can't bring myself to pay the prices that blu-ray movies are going for. I know there are deals out there, but I'm not even willing to pay for sale priced blu-rays. Now that I have instant streaming on Netflix I don't even want to buy movies on dvd or Blu-ray. I am however looking forward to using my PS3 this year for a few exclusive games. It may get some use yet. Of course I'm sure I'll have to blow the dust off of it before I start it up. After that there is sure to be an online update that will take forever to download and then install. Let's not even talk about HOME. Sony, will you ever get it right? If they ever do get it right I'm afraid it may be too late.
Meanwhile I have nothing but good things to say about the Xbox 360. They gave us a brand new dashboard with a bunch of new features that actually work. They also continue to pump out amazing games and give us a great reliable online service. Hell, the red ring of death problems may even being a thing of the past for the most part because of the new Jasper 65nm chips.
I've been listening to podcast after podcast with hosts talking about there not really being many games to look forward to this year. That's nonsense! There are a lot of games to look forward to. Here are a few games I'm looking forward to in 2009.
RESIDENT EVIL 5 (I've been looking forward to this game for a long time. Hopefully it lives up to my expectations.)
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin (I really enjoyed the first F.E.A.R. game, and from the previews I've seen of this sequel it looks like it will be even better.)
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned (Sure it's only DLC, but it should be fun to go back to Liberty City.)
Street Fighter IV (I'm a pretty big fan of the early Street Fighter games. This is a game I definitely want to check out.)
Killzone 2 (It looks like the PS3 will FINALLY get an incredible exclusive FPS. This game looks beautiful.)
Madworld (This might be the only Wii game that I'll care about this year. This looks really good. Lots of blood and unique black and white art style.)
Infamous (The PS3 gets another exclusive that looks like it's going to be a lot of fun. It looks like 2009 could give PS3 owners something to finally cheer about.)
These aren't even all of the games scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2009. These are just the ones I'm most looking forward to at this moment. By the looks of it gamers will still have plenty to look forward to this year...and that's only the first quarter of the year.
KILLZONE 2 (Beta) Gameplay Footage
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- ▼ January (11)
- Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
- I'm 38. I'm addicted to Xbox 360 gaming and Dallas Stars hockey. I make a decent living at a boring job where I run two autoclaves and do various other tasks. My escape from this boring as hell life is video games, hockey, and music. I generally listen to Metal music, but I also love 80's tunes as well as 70's tunes. I have an unusual love for the band Overkill. They do it for me for some reason. Blitz is GOD!