Tuesday, 16 August 2011

New phone

I recently picked up a Samsung Galaxy S2 and I have to say so far I'm impressed. Although I prefer HTC's sense UI Samsung have definitely done something right with the S2 and touchwiz. Its speed and smoothness makes it simply a joy to use, no fumbling around with missclicks or annoying waiting while it loads. From what I've read it's the best Android phone on the market and I certainly wouldn't argue with that.

The 1.2 GHz processor realy shows through with everything you do. From streaming movies to web browsing everything is just so darn fast. The AMOLED screen is crystal clear even outside and the battery life is more than acceptable for me - I found the battery to be lasting around 2 days with moderate use.

You might be wondering why I chose Android over the increasingly popular iOS on the iPhone 4. The reason is that, as far as I'm aware, you cannot develop apps for the appstore unless you have a Mac, whereas Android apps are Java based and allow me to develop for the platform on my Windows computer. This, along with the slightly-larger-than-most 4.3" screen, is what made up my mind.

Now I haven't owned an Android based phone before so don't have many apps yet. Does anybody know any must-have apps that I should be getting? It seems like it's got everything I could possibly need already installed, but I'm sure it will have double that installed on it by the end of the week!

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Counter Strike: Global Offensive announced

The rumours about the next game in the Counter Strike series have been confirmed by Valve. The game will be entitled Counter Strike: Global Offensive and will be on PC, Mac, Xbox 360 and PS3.

"CS: GO promises to expand on CS' award-winning gameplay and deliver it to gamers on the PC as well as the next gen consoles and the Mac" says Valve's Doug Lombardi.

Little is currently known about the game but it will be multiplayer focused and we will be seeing some remakes of classic maps; 'de_dust' has been confirmed for the game. I am certainly excited about this news but the fact that it will be appearing on the Playstation Store and  Xbox Live Arcade (typically the home of smaller releases) might mean that it won't be competing with the heavyweight shooters, on console at least.

I'm back!

Hi all, after a long rest due to uni exams and my holiday I am now back and ready to roll out some fresh content! I will be trying to post daily with news, reviews and opinions on all things related to gaming and technology.

I've started playing Starcraft 2 again and have gotten pretty hooked. Got placed in diamond 1v1 this season and slowly making progress on my quest for masters. My plan is to play a lot of custom games to get back into shape then go on a mass laddering spree when I'm in tip top form.

My current progress:

I'll be putting up my thoughts on Starcrat 2 soon. See you in master league!

Monday, 11 April 2011


I'm sure most of you have at least heard of minecraft by now, and if you havn't, you can check it out at www.minecraft.net.

I am still yet to jump on the bandwagon and buy the game and am wondering if i should. I've played the free sandbox online (not even sure if thats still available) and although it was pretty fun, it got boring after a while.

Just wanting to see what peoples opinions on it are. Have any of you bought the alpha/beta? Played it? Still madly addicted?

Some of the things people have made are truly amazing. Heres a fully programmable 8 bit CPU! I can't immagine what else people will create!

Friday, 8 April 2011

Keyboard / Mouse

I've been thinking about getting a new keyboard and mouse soon and have been looking around quite a bit. I've taken a liking to the Steelseries 7G for its mechanical switches and the Razer Deathadder as i've read countless times it's an outstanding mouse. They are so tempting but i'm just not sure if i can justify spending that kind of money on a keyboard and mouse (close to £100 just for they keyboard).

Does anybody recommend a good keyboard and mouse for heavy gaming use? Whats your opinion on this kind of overpriced 'gaming' equipment? Anybody got either of these and think it's worth the money?

Wednesday, 6 April 2011


I recently stumbled across an old gameplay montage from counter strike source that sparked up my interest in it again. The vid is called Synced 2 and I love just about everything about it - the music, the editing, the slomo effects timed with the tune. I've been playing a bit of CSS again thanks to this video. Anybody else watch videos that realy inspire them to play an old game again?

Tuesday, 5 April 2011


I was persuaded to buy a game on Steam called Magicka earlier this week and I have to say it's pretty good considering the price. It's a third person top down RPG with 4 player co-op, but what makes this game super sweet is the spell casting system.

The player has 8 basic elements to cast spells with (water, life, protection, frost, lightning, arcane, earth and fire) with which he/she can press combinations to cast a huge variety of spells. Each spell combination has a targeted version and an area of effect version and some elements combine into others (water + frost = ice). The co-op allows players to combine beams for extra power and beams containing opposing elements crossing cause explosions. On top of this you can unlock special spells throughout the game like teleport and raise dead.

A personal favourite of mine is to soak all enemies with a water AOE and then use a lightning-frost spell to chain-freeze them all in place. The game is a lot of fun and I still don't think i've seen all the spell combinations yet. It's definitely worth checking out.

Friday, 1 April 2011

April Fools Roundup

Hey all, sorry I havn't had an update in a while been busy with things and playing ALOT of Crysis 2 and got into the top 100 on wins globally. Anyway heres a fun roundup of all the gaming related April fools tricks i've heard about.

- Minecraft’s over-priced “macrotransactions store.”
- Blizzard announces Starcraft with motion controls.
- Diablo’s Horadric Cube for the iPhone.
- The darkest Warcraft dungeon yet.
- WoW’s new dungeon helper.
- EVE Online gets mounts.
- The new Guild Wars class, Commando.
- EA prepping new M-rated Harry Potter game.
- The world’s first gaming exo-skeleton.
- First look at Halo Dance Central.
- Sonic the Hedgehog franchise discontinued.
-  Mass Effect 3 set entirely on one planet.
- Grand Theft Auto V teaser trailer.
- The Old Republic Wookie localization.

What do you think the best prank has been this year? Any of the above or somthing else I have yet to hear about?

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Crysis 2 Multiplayer thoughts

I finally picked up Crysis 2 today after rushing through some coursework so I could go and buy it. I decided to go for the PS3 version simply because more friends are getting it for PS3. Haven't had a chance to play single player yet so can't comment on that, maybe in another post. For now here's my thoughts on the multiplayer.

First of all I can see a definite improvement from the demo; the frame rate is generally solid and network problems seem to have been sorted out. It's got a functional party system, voice chat, mute - all the usual. One nice feature is an option to auto mute all, so when I'm on skype or vent I don't have two groups of people shouting in my ear, and don't have to manually mute everyone one by one.

I have to say at first i was a little disappointed by the choice of weapons. They are broken down into 5 categories which are something like: SMG, Assault Rifle, Sniper, Shotgun and Heavy. Each category has around 2-3 choices and a variety of weapon unlocks are available as you progress. The higher unlockable guns definitely seem to be better overall which I'm not really too keen on, but I'm ranking pretty fast so not my problem I guess =D.

The nanosuit gives you 3 classes of abilities: Armour, Stealth and Power. Armour and stealth can be activated at any time proving you have suit energy (both drain energy while activated) , and power gives you the ability to sprint and perform higher jumps to scramble onto ledges around the maps. I have to say I'm more of a run and gun kinda guy, I tend to sprint around with an SMG and pop armour when I see someone. Stealth can be incredibly frustrating when used against this kind of play, it is hard to see without the right perks and you often get jumped from behind.

The perks are also split up into these categories, with a lot of them being similar to games like CoD. They upgrade as you complete challenges for them to provide additional bonuses. There's some pretty cool little ones like the ability to see players footsteps for a short period, so you can track them when they run off.

The game has customisable images to display when you kill others called dogtags. When you kill another player you have to run over their body to collect their dogtag which counts towards your killstreak. I used to find this really annoying because I would never get streaks when sniping, but now I have an awesome perk to automatically collect them for me. I guess this features helps to discourage camping and forces you to move at least a little if you want your rewards.

The maps all seem kind of city focused, lots of buildings to run in and jump on. There's a particular one which stood out to me where you play in a collapsed building. The rooms and corridors are all slanted and it makes for an interesting looking map. Whether it makes for good gameplay or not I cannot comment yet as I haven't played enough, and what I have played has been at low level. The game has also got this funtastic feature where you can crouch behind cars and kick them away from you. My friends and I had so much fun pushing cars around a parking lot map and using them to one shot kill unsuspecting victims.

The gamemodes I've seem so far seem pretty standard team based games - except one. There's an interesting mode called Assault where one team gets full use of the nanosuit and only gets to use pistols, while the other team can use other weapons but no nanosuit. The pistol team have to attack and capture designated points to win, defenders must stop them. I thought this was quite a cool idea and I haven't seen similar things in many games.

Overall I think the game is definitely worth a look. It's got a little bit for everyone really - fun features like kicking cars and air stomp (jump downwards from the air and kill people below) as well as solid gameplay for the more hardcore players (assuming you can accept the fact that stealth is a legit way to get kills). Decent community features as well as extensive stat tracking make it suitable for most, and if you are into the FPS genre it's well worth picking up.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Portal 2

Just came across this amusing little Portal 2 trailer  and thought I would share.

I personally, just like alot of others out there, thought Portal was a fantastic game. The uniquie and innovative gameplay made it stand out from all the rest, which is why I wonder can Valve do it again? In my experience sequels are usually never as good as the origional. Whether it be the developers losing sight of what made the game great, or nostalgia creating the illusion of epic past games, it just nearly always seems to be the case.

Valve have added alot more gameplay mechanics and thrown in new environments to keep things fresh this time around. I'm realy looking forward to playing Portal 2 and hope valve can pull it off once again and give us a treat. What do you guys and gals think? Will it be as good? Better? Or is it destined to live in the shadow of the origional Portal?

Dino D-Day

Hi all, I just found out about this ridiculously awesome sounding game called Dino D-Day. When I read the first line of the description on steam I could not contain my laughter. It read:

"The year is 1942. Adolf Hitler has succeeded in resurrecting dinosaurs."

I'm so intrugued by the obscure idea behind this game that i'm thinking of getting it. And if that description wasn't enough, this picture should give you an idea of the insanity of this game.


 I missed the beta for it so won't get a chance to play until April 8th when it is released. Looks like it will be a bit of fun and far more relaxing than the competive gaming I have been doing recently.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Crysis 2

This week we see the release of the long awaited Crysis 2 on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. The release goes ahead on time despite EA and Crytek having huge problems with the demo, resulting in it being cut short for 'damage mitigation'. Obviously the developers didn't phrase it like that, but it is clear the demo was putting more people off the game than persueding them to buy it.

I managed to try the PS3 version extensivly in the few days the demo was running. While the game did suffer framerate issues and it is obvious from the graphics it is bad 360 port, the gameplay was actually quite fun. It definately feels like a Call of Duty rip off with a few extra gimicks from the nanosuit, but it still kept me playing for hours.

The developers claim the network and framerate issues have been fixed for the final release, and stated that the demos were old builds with the new game looking a lot better.

I will be picking the game up on friday (UK release) although i'm still undecided on the platform. We'll have to wait until then to find out if EA and Crytek have kept there word and sorted out all the problems in time.

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I decided to create this after seeing a friends and thought "Hey, I could do that!".

I consider myself an avid computer gamer (mainly PC but a little PS3 aswell) and will mostly be posting updates on any news that interests me and my opinions on gaming related matters. I am also interested in all kinds of computer technology and will occasionally post about anything else I stumble across and feel like sharing.

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