Posted on: December 1st, 2008 by
Game front cover

Title:
Dead Space (PC)
Publisher:
Electronic Arts
ASIN:
B0019840GW
Rating:
1 out of 5 stars

Can’t remap the controls to my preference. This wouldn’t be a problem for most people, but I find it annoying and unnecessary for a PC game to dictate to you what the mouse buttons must do. No amount of remapping would improve the unresponsiveness of the controls, though.

The view is a rather nasty drunken-over-the-shoulder one and your character is drawn so large it’s really hard to look around. Being honest, I didn’t actually play long enough to judge how scary the monsters and stuff are, because if I struggle to follow some people down a corridor and open a door, I don’t need stuff jumping out on me.

Graphically it looks quite nice, but they ruined it with sluggish controls and your stupid big immersion-breaking head covering up where you want to look.

Posted on: December 1st, 2008 by
Game front cover

Title:
Far Cry 2 (PC)
Publisher:
Ubisoft
ASIN:
B0010DX5L2
Rating:
3 out of 5 stars

Nice-looking but not quite as jaw-dropping as the footage that’s been around for a while promised. Playing it, it’s a bit lonely – it is basically sporadic outposts of people with nothing in-between – I was hoping to be like Bear Grylls and kill some wild animals for no reason.

The fire effects are pretty, but makes the game crash if I get too carried away. The map/monocular thing is a bit clumsy, but the driving is way better than the first game (so a million times better than Crysis) but the view is a bit restricted in the jeeps.

While there are interesting advances, it doesn’t really feel like a sequel to the original Far Cry – that dubious accolade probably goes to Crysis. While all three games are pretty much tech demos with a game built around them, it’s Crysis that shares the ludicrous plot diversions which define the first Far Cry.

But Far Cry 2 is certainly the better game, everything in the other two felt rather a slog. It works pretty well most of the time, although you sometimes get murdered through a wall, if it’s flawed it’s that the missions are all pretty similar and you really have to get creative yourself if you want to keep your interest going.

Posted on: December 1st, 2008 by
Game front cover

Title:
Madden NFL 07 (Wii)
Publisher:
Electronic Arts
ASIN:
B000IMBUL8
Rating:
1 out of 5 stars

As wonderfully incomprehensible to non-fans as the actual sport. Woefully inadequate tutorial for the neophyte. Disappointing amount of Wii-interaction, involving a little flick at the right time, rather than a throw. Played for a full twenty minutes before discovering I was actually “controlling” the other team to the one I thought I was, though my performance actually dropped after realising this.

Posted on: August 19th, 2008 by

Writing about web page http://maps.google.com/

Interesting name.



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Posted on: August 18th, 2008 by

I’ve been quite interested in this game for a while now, and having played with the creature editor, it’s interesting how little has changed since some early demos.

GDC 2005 (35m)

E3 2006 (18m)

I’ve avoided looking at anything more recent, as I’m quite looking forward to discovering this game when it’s released in a few weeks. If it was just an RTS where you can design your own units, it would be interesting enough – and this still seems like the meat of the game to me, but it does promise quite a bit more.

I’ve recently been playing Sins of a Solar Empire and while conquering solar systems is always fun, doing so with my own creatures I’ve designed since they were only cells and dealing with recalcitrant species with Death Star-like powers is pretty much everything a supreme galactic overlord could ask for.

Posted on: July 11th, 2008 by

Windowsy Live thingy that does blog posts.

Not as immediate as Twitter, but does let you add thingies:

Map image

I just went on holiday here, and it rained.

http://aberffraw.org/

Posted on: April 28th, 2008 by

Twitter is a place where I can post small bits of text, rather than full blog entries. There should be a feed from it over there somewhere ->

It can be done from phones and stuff, so is quite easy, but it remains to be seen whether it can overcome my laziness.

The full list of micro-entries are here: https://twitter.com/fatherjackz so you can sign up yourself or stalk me.

Posted on: October 1st, 2007 by


Hmm, I really need to play some of those games a bit more, and increase that gamerscore thing.

Posted on: September 20th, 2007 by

This was a go I had at a logo.

logonot

Since I have no actual talent, I used a Photoshop tutorial page which has a range of interesting text effects.

Posted on: September 20th, 2007 by

These are the introductions to the levels present in the TF2 beta, this one is Dustbowl:

Also showing on YouTube are 2Fort, Granary, GravelPit, Hydro and Well.