Monday, August 27, 2007

Gifts to me!

I lost my internet for a few days so I wasn't able to see if I could play Tabula Rasa yet, soooo I bought a couple of games to congratulate myself for getting into school!

I bought the Capcom Classics Mini Mix, here's a description from the Capcom website:
* Bionic Commando®: You play as a commando outfitted with an incredible bionic arm that allows you to navigate levels by latching onto and swinging across various parts of the environment.
* Mighty Final Fight: Play as Haggar, Cody or Guy, and fight through Metro City in order to rescue Haggar’s daughter, Jessica, from the Mad Gear gang.
* Strider: Take Control of Hiryu, a member of a global organization of infiltration specialists called Striders and battle to keep the world safe from evil forces.
I've already tried out all three, Bionic Commando is the same as the NES, I'm glad no one tried to alter it (like they did with my River City Ransom *cries*) I have to compare it with my Game Boy cart and see if it's the same as that too... I think it's pretty similar...

Mighty Final Fight is a side scrolling fighter game, but a super deformed version of it. It's pretty repetitive, but good if you just want to play a "beat-em-up" game.

I'm not too familiar with the older Strider, I've played Strider 2 for PS1 and I vaguely remember Strider 1 included with it and me not liking it very much... when I loaded Strider it was a little frustrating and confusing.

The other game I bought was Rogue Galaxy. I heard it was good so I picked it up, I'm itching for a new RPG. I didn't get a chance to try it out yet though.

Oh and I recently wore my Megaman costume again at the CNAnime Con. I also saw George Romero going for a smoke upstairs, but I didn't realize it was him until my friend pointed it out lol.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Trying to play Tabula Rasa

Ah! After so many patches I still can't play the game! Apparently, there are play session hours, which I am assuming is when the open beta is.... either that or my video card is not as great as I thought it would be... never go on the minimum requirements folks....
Playsession hours are:
US: Tuesday and Thursday night 5pm central until 2am Central and all weekend starting at 5pm central on Fridays.
EU: Monday and Wednesday night 5pm GMT +1 until 2am GMT+1 and all weekend starting at 5pm GMT+1 Fridays.
Anyhoo, maybe I'll install Sword of the New World and try that, if not back to the console for me....

In other news, might be getting another LCD monitor to replace my CRT one, annnnd possibly a new (bigger) tablet, the one I have feels too small.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Tabula Rasa Beta

So I was able to put down a pre-order on Tabula Rasa (Richard Garriott AKA Lord British of Ultima Online, Lineage II, City of Heroes/Villians) and got a nifty pre-order disc! I was scanning the minimum requirements and was worried that my computer wouldn't be able to run it!

For the curious....
# Microsoft Windows XP
# 2.5GHz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent
# 512 MB RAM
# 5GB available HDD space
# ATI Radeon 9600 or NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700 series video card with 128 MB of VRAM
# 16 bit sound card
# Broadband internet connection
# Keyboard and mouse
# DirectX 9.0c

# Microsoft Windows Vista/XP
# 3.5 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent
# 5 GB available HDD space
# ATI Radeon x1800 or NVIDIA GeForce 7800 series video card
# 16-bit sound card
# Broadband internet connection
# Keyboard and mouse
# DirectX9.0c
Anyway it took about fifteen minutes to install and now I'm just uploading the patches... I'm still waiting but I'll give a small review of the game when I've had a chance to try it out, I've been hearing mixed reviews on this game so it'll be nice to actually give it a go and see for myself.

In other news, I started playing Kingdom Hearts, I didn't get far in that game and pretty much forgot half the story so I'm gonna try and get through it this time.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Back for a bit!


Long time no posts! As explained in the last post I am organizing everything for school, (paperwork, tuition, schedule, etc) catching up with a lot of friends I haven't seen or won't see for a while, cleaning up the house and packaging up stuff for donation and am generally still pretty busy, but it's exciting stuff! Two weeks left!

As for gaming related experiences I was able to play some Wii, mostly Mario Party 8, Wii Play and Wii Sports. I brought the Wii to two different parties and we all played MP8, so I'll have to share that experience in another post.

I wasn't able to play too much DS as I sent it with my brother to NYC to get it engraved at the Nintendo World Store, only to find that they have discontinued that service! BOO!!! But, in the meantime I found some neat software that helps the user learn to write and translate Japanese (you have to import it though) find out more from this handy dandy link to! Who says games can't be educational?

I've been playing a lot of Guild Wars, but not as frequently as I am waiting on the expansion. I've also got demos of Tabula Rasa (NCSoft) and Sword of the New World: Granado Espada (IMC Games) that I have to try out.

I also got a bunch of new Nintendo stuff from my friend who traveled all around Europe! When he asked me what I wanted I said "Nintendo stuff" and I actually got some, sweeeeeeet! :D

Oh yeah, and I'm re-reading the Doom series I'm also reading Making Comics by Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics and Reinventing Comics, his works are extremely helpful, easy to follow and very detailed (not to mention fully illustrated!)

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Guild Wars: Eye of the North

This past Sunday I've been able to put a pre-order down for the new Guild Wars Expansion, Eye of the North. My friend was able to pickup my pre-order disk and I've just added the new key. What is in the pre-order you may ask?

Early access to the game (sneak peek weekend Aug 24-26)
Three Exclusive Weapons: The Glacial Blade, Hourglass Staff, and the Darksteel Longbow
A free 10 hour/14 day trial

Yeah, it's not a whole lot. At least with the Nightfall pre-order I got an extra character slot AND weapons. And what's with the free trial? Since this is an expansion I'd have to already own one of the other GW campaigns to play it. So, I suppose it's for my friends who haven't joined. Ah well, that doesn't mean I'm gonna be canceling my pre-order, I just wish I got a little more with it since the game is $44.99 CDN.

In other news, I have been let go at work, and am taking the opportunity to go to school full time for Animation. So, the updates may not be as frequent and there might be some ranting about school lol. So heads up.

Also, I've finally finished Eldest and am on the new Harry Potter book, and half way done. Which adds to my New Years Resolutions of reading at least ten books this year. I'm on number six. Wewt.