Friday, October 26, 2007

Untold Legend Dark Kingdom ~finished!

After countless hours that I spent, I finally beat the Untold Legend: Dark Kingdom for PS3.

I play this game for on and off for couple of month. Even with mostly bad review, I had high hope for this game. Me being Action RPG fan, I really wanted to try and experience what PS3 can do with Action RPG game.

For price I paid for this game, it is not that bad game but this game is far from PS3 game as it can get. This game looked more like PS2 than PS3 game. Bad camera, uninspired graphic, generic story line, and etc. there are simply more bad than good about this game.
I did enjoy using magic and doing combo attack. Action is fast and I did enjoy it for little moment here and there.

Also, I wanted little more RPG in this game. This game is hack n’ slash disguised as Action RPG game. I wanted more stories and more variety.

If I paid $60.00 for this game at PS3 launch, I would be one disappoint and angry PS3 owner by now. However, since I got this at discount price, I am somewhat better-off.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

World in Conflict PC Review

I just finished playing “World in Conflict” for PC. I haven’t play RTS game since “Lord of the Ring Battle for Middle Earth II” for PC and that is a while ago. Even RTS games are not my favorite genre, I do enjoy from time to time.

World in Conflict looks great with one of best explosion effect I seen RTS games. Those smoke from explosion looked real. I wasn’t running this game at full capacity (Direct X10) but even without all the graphic features turned on this game still manage to impress me.

Control was easy to learn but only thing I did not like was that camera view was little hard control. Panning and zooming was little off. It’s one of thing that a lot of games are still having problem with and this game is no exception.

Also, I thought voice acting was top notch with Alec Baldwin as narrator. Cut scene between the mission showed human side of story in war and made me care about the characters and game story more.

Playing single player campaign (story mode) was little on short side as it took me about 2 weeks. Actual game time was about 10 hours. But I enjoyed every last minute playing this game.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The Top 7 WTF Ending

Something interesting I found on, just click the title for link.

Very interesting read although I do not agree with some of them.

Just don't get confuse with worse ending.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Hellgate London PC Demo

Hellgate” demo is available today and I downloaded as soon as I could.
It’s supposed be one of biggest PC release this year. It’s basically 3D Diablo as developers are former Diablo creators.

It could be THE game for my friend John. Every time I talk to him on the phone, he just can’t stop talking about Hellgate.
Hellgate is important game for PC as it is one of few AAA titles that are exclusive to PC that is not MMORPG.

Upon playing demo for about 1 hour, I can tell this game is going to be huge. I was very interested to see how they could bring Diablo to 3D and looks like they have done it and then some.
It took some time for me to get used to interface but game play is great and graphic is good also. Depend on character type you choose you can play as FPS type or hack n slash action type game. It could be 2 totally different game if you choose to be.
There was small nick-pick such as collision detection not being too solid and small problem with interface but overall it’s very solid game.

I guess I need to have better PC with DX10 to experience full graphic but it does run pretty good on my P4 pc.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Children of Mana Nintendo DS review

Although, I did play Secret of Mana for Super Nintendo, it was more than 10 years ago and I don’t remember too much. However, I do remember having fun and was probably the best Action RPG game I played than beside little game called Zelda.

Even I didn’t have chance to play any other Mana games for various reason, when I found the Children of Mana for Nintendo DS on sale, I knew I had to get it.

Playing this game bring me back fond memory of sleepless night. Now I want to track down and play other Mana games for other systems. (Come to think of it, I think I have Sword of Mana for Gameboy Advance somewhere in my collection).

To my surprise, this game was little different from what I expected. Instead of Action RPG, this game was more in par with Diablo, not that there is anything wrong with it. Dungeon crawling game is all fun and good but when it’s not done well, game could get boring and repetitious very fast.

Since you can have up to 4 players with Wi-Fi option, I would figure this game is better play with friend. However, for me that’s not the option. Not because I do not have friend, I don’t have friend who has Nintendo DS.

What I like about the game;

-Graphic is good and game plays well.
-You can go back and play any stage again for more EXP, $$$, and treasures.-Easy to play and get into.
-Gem system, you can find or buy different gems, which give you extra boost, and equip them to give your character extra boost.

Here is what I don’t like about the game;

-There is only limited option to change your equipment and magic during actual game play, you can only change between missions or in town.
-Sometime, game feels repetitious, same dungeons and enemies after one other. It can get tedious after while more of choir to play the game.
-When you swing at enemy with different weapon, such as Hammer, they bounce and crash back to you and it’s very annoying.-Magic is almost worthless.

I am big fan of portable game, it beats reading newspaper or magazine in the restroom, and love Japanese style RPG games. What started as perfect marriage of Mana series, Nintendo DS and Action RPG ended with disappointment. This game ended up being most disappointment game I played this year.

I give this game 5/10 if you are not fan of Mana series than 4/10.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Lair PS3 and how it almost cut my arms off

Finally beat the infamous 11th mission “Deadman’s Basin” in PS3 Lair.

It took me a week but I finally done it!

Last mission in this stage, I had to shake the wireless sixaxis controller up and down like maniac for seems like 5 min to destroy the dam. After this mission I couldn’t feel both of my arms.

I do have to say this game’s graphic is incredible and story is well played. But I just wish developers included analog control option. Sometime, sixaxis motion control makes me so mad; I wanted to throw control against the wall.

Well four more mission to go… I hope there not hard as mission 11.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Day Break TV show

Finally finished watching the now cancelled show “Day Break”.

It took me really long time to gather all the episodes but I watched all the 13 episodes.

Even show was cancelled, this one had ending that satisfied me in such a way, I do not know how they could do second season. This was better as close end series than regular series.

This show and his previous show “Kevin Hill” plus “Rent” definitely Taye Diggs on my list of actors that I love.

Just wish ABC would bring this on DVD.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

I got HALO 3 (regular edition)

"I would love to have one, I just don't have the $$$"

Just like the other million people I picked up the HALO 3. I used to be one of those hard-core collector who buys all the collector edition and toys. However, as I got older and wiser, reality has hit me hard with wallet. I can no longer afford extra cash require for collector’s stuff. I also kinda grow out of it.

Anyway, the game is great. I am scream like little girl while playing this game. Can’t wait to finish the fight ;)

Monday, September 24, 2007

HALO 3 Exclusive Contoller is UGLY!

I can't wait for to play HALO3 and finally finish the Fight.
This weekend I had chance to take a look at the HALO 3 exclusive Controller at one of retail store and I had confirm I suspicion.
"This controller is Fugly"
Is it just me? Todd McFarland's art is great and all but just look at that!
That is one ugly arts on that controller. Exclusive figure that comes with controller is nice and all but no where worth the price they are asking for.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

King of Fighters.. Run!

Just something I found while browsing...
Cool.. isn't it?

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Tabula Rasa.. too much.. no money

I am really interested in playing new MMORPG PC game "Tabula Rasa" but I just found out that It will cost me $14.99 per month.

That's $14.99 I can't afford to spend.

I guess I will keep playing Dungeon Runners for FREE (or $5.00 per month for premium content but that is still better than $14.99)

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Wii global sales overtake 360

Although, I do play XBOX360 most, when I play with my friend, and espically with my wife, you really can't beat the Wii for FUN factor.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

My adventure in Untold Legend Dark Kingdom PS3

So, I decide to try another PS3 game, “Untold Legend: Dark Kingdom”. I played PSP version of Untold Legend, I got pretty far, until my save got corrupted and I did not want to play from beginning again.

So Far, I am having little better time than I had with Genji.

Would I pay $60.00 for this game? No no no! I am having decent time playing this game but I am no where pissing pant like when I played Bio Shock demo. That’s the game that is worth $60.00. (only if I had $$$) This game’s graphic is not PS3 worthy.. to me it looks like I am playing B-C rated PC game and I do have pretty low standard compare to other gamers.

As I like my game easy, I choose easiest mode and selected Mage as my character. I read from that Mage is easiest character to beat the game with. Usually, I play as Warrior character but I guess I will try some magic.

Anyway, here is my fictional story as Mage in Untold Legend: Dark Kingdom,

My name is TigerHan and I excel in both Dark and Light Magic, sometime I mix little bit of both to create mix special..

Ok anyway, I am a new member of fabled Dragon’s Shade along with Scout(she hot) and Warrior(he dumb). Dragon’s Shade usually does not allow member that does not excel in weapon combat but I prove myself worthy before Commander, along with little bribe ;)

Along with Commander, Warrior and Scout(what does she scout anyway?), and elite soldiers, We were sent to stop the Barbarian Uprising. We soon arrived at small town where those barbarians are invading.
While I am getting used to my new staff, I found out that It shoots fire! Cool, I knew I got a good deal at shady magic shop. As I am killing barbarian left and right without mercy with my fire shooting magic staff, more and more of them attacked me. I finally defeated them I exited the town to chase after more barbarians.

By the way, where the hell is Commander, Scout and Warrior?

Right outside town gate, I found a few of barbarian just hanging around and I summoned my Fire magic to create big fire ball and hurl toward them. Crispy! One shot kill!

I am still going around killing barbarians and sometime they drop armor and stuff which I can use to better myself although I felt kinda dirty using used goods from dead barbarians. (I wonder if these stuffs are clean, after all if they are all clean all the time, they wouldn’t be barbarians)

As the battle’s getting harder, now they are throwing Axe at me and it hurts a lot. I am wondering where the hell Commander, Warrior, and Scout went. If they went ahead of me, I wouldn’t have to fight all these barbarians.. Hmm.. I hope they are not slacking off. Maybe they are testing me? I understand the test aspect. But, I suspect Warrior and Scout have things between them. It must be because she won't answer my phone call or letters.

Oh, there is girl from village getting attacked!
I rush to help her and after I beat the hell of those bastard barbarians, she thanks me by giving me a so called “Rune of Sensing” I tried to get her number but she told me she does not know what the phone is… I suspect she is lying. I think I saw brand new iphone in her skirt pocket.
It’s has to be my face… I know I am only 30 but my face looks of 70… It’s the price I had to pay for studying black magic. I should listen to my mother and stick to white magic….

Getting back to “Rune of Sensing” It show me where the enemies are so there is no surprise ambush. I guess it is good enough and she was ugly anyway. I hope barbarians come and steal her iphone x(

This group picture was taken with Commander's digital camera right after we killed all the Barbarians in the village. That's me in the center and to left is dumb Warrior and to right is pretty Scout. And other elite solders in the background.

***to be continued...

Genji Days of the Blade PS3... played for 30 min

So, I have finally played and finished my first PS3 game, Resistance: Fall of Man, I was looking for my next challenge.

What I want to play is some Nintendo Wii game but until “Rayman Raving Rabbids” ,which I trade with Resistance online with someone, arrives in mail, I need something to hold me till then.

In stand of going back to XBOX360 games, I decide to pop in “Genji” for PS3 and play around little bit.
Hmm.. Graphic is ok, not too shabby, Story looks interesting.. and this being sequel to one on PS2, kinda make me want to that one also.
Add to that this game is suppose be Sony’s answer to Onimusha series which is one of my favorite video game series. (It’s one of a few series that I finished them all)

After about 30 min of playing with 2 different characters, here are my thought,
- Graphic is good and I like the story.
- Is it me or control is hard to get used to.
- Benkei, a giant club wielding monk, second character that I used, is slow as snail.
- I would not paid $60.00 for this game. (I got this one used for around $30)
- And last but not least, Camera, Camera and Camera… bad camera angel and It won’t let you change them.

I will get back to this game some other time in the future but I am going to play something else…

Monday, September 03, 2007

Resistance: Fall of Man PS3

I just finished the Resistance: Fall of Man for Playstation 3 over Labor Day weekend.

Great game! Not too long, not too short and best of all you can jump. Somehow when it comes to FPS, I like to jump.

Story is good enough to believe it can happen, if you believe alien can invade earth during WWII that is. I want to see battle takes place in Russia, US and other country in sequel.

Control was tight, however some time during the game, it will go forward or stop
automatically for couple of second even I am not using controller. It might be the game or just wireless signal messing me around.

Only thing I find annoying was the loading time between the level, large hard drive space and Blueray disc. It PS3!! What is loading time doing in my game?

Great Graphic, Not too easy, not too hard difficulty, tight control, and not too long not too short length, and most of all great fun. It’s not the game that will make me a PS3 believer but it’s best PS3 game I have play so far.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

God of War 2

Upon returning from trip to New York, I really needed exorcise all the stress I got from driving for six hours plus work related stress.

So, I pop in the God of War 2 for Playstatino 2 and I went ape kaka-poo-poo. I took a dinner break and did some paper work for couple of hours, then got back to finish this hard-hard-hard game.

Come to think of it, I have not played PS2 games in…. I don’t even remember when last time I played PS2 was.

I been playing B-C titles for a while and just playing this game makes me shiver with joy. However, even on normal, game was hard enough for me to curse at the Kratos for repeat death.

Only disappointment was the ending… I was expecting for final big battle and then… to be continue.I hated it when Halo 2 pulled that stunt and now it seems more and more titles are using it as sorry excuse for not having great ending.

+1 point for my wife Jun looking at half-naked female character on the screen and saying “what the?” ,

Priceless…. ;)

Saturday, August 25, 2007

End of Eragon, Beginning of God of War II

Finally, I finished the game Eragon. The game was not all that bad as what other people said, but it wasn’t that great either.

Anyway, I am happy to finish this game and move on to next challenge. By the way, I tried to rent the Blueray disc at the Blockbuster and it’s all rented out. They even had all the new release titles on Blueray but stinky Eragon that I want to watch is not. Such a irony.

I am going to finish the God of War 2 that I stopped playing a few months ago.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Eragon the Dragon pt.2

I finally got pass the stage where I had to play as Sephira the Dragon. I had to play on easy to get by…

Now I am back to playing on foot and kicking some ass. (on hard mode as I might add)

I am going to Blockbuster video and rent "Eragon" on blueray this weekend.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Eragon the Dragon

I been playing Eragon for XBOX360 that I got it for cheap price about a month ago. Even I did not watch the movie or read the book, I figure I will have decent fun and maybe collect some achievement point too.

Also, who does not like playing as Dragon?

I think I am about mid section of game and although, I am having somewhat fun playing as human character, I just do not like playing as Dragon. I know I suck at almost all flying or driving games but at least I do have fun in some of them. Is it me or Eragon is pain to control always bumping into the wall or tree and she gets hit far too easy.
And... It's female Dragon named Saphira...

I guess I will try to go back and play on normal or easy to finish the Dragon level quick.
I shall rent the movie soon as I am done playing this game. All the Reviews tell me movie is nothing special. However, I do love cheesy, nothing special kinda movie.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Getting back to reality...

It’s getting harder and harder to face the fact and accept the responsibility. We all must face reality sometime… sooner or later.

It’s such a hard reality we live in… we sometime create fantasy world to escape all the problems we are having. We indulge ourselves with such distraction that we seldom remember truth, fact and problem that we all must face in real world.

It’s hard, it’s very hard, it could seem like its almost impossible. However, we all must stand up and face what it is that we all must face. As I always tell my friend, “Sometime you must stand and take a shit like a man” I hope I can act on what I preach.


I have been playing “Eragon for XBOX360”. Riding on Dragon was not all I expected. Somehow I like the game more when I am fighting on ground instead or using Dragon. (why do I suck at playing anything that has to do with flying and driving?... I have no sense of direction :-])