June 7, 2005

Impressions - Destroy All Humans

This game is hilarious and great fun! You're Crypto, and alien invading Earth, who must destroy all the humans. The whole game takes place in the fifties. You've got a bunch of powers in just the first level (Expect many more in the full game). You can read minds, fly a UFO, use your Zapper gun and, my favorite, move stuff with your mind! I love throwing cows, and people for that matter, into lakes or throwing them into the sky until they disappear from sight! You can also smash people with cars! Once you kill a human you can extract their brain for DNA.

I also love the UFO! It's fun blowing stuff up with the ray gun, or setting people on fire, but the real fun is in the tractor beam. You can pick up trucks and use them as wrecking balls to demolish buildings! You can also throw people with it, but things are more fun.

I love this game and can't wait for it's release later this month! Definitely get this one and waste away your summer playing it!

Impressions - Darkwatch

I've been wanting to play Darkwatch for a while now, and I finally got the chance. I have to say this game is great! Basically it's an old western game with zombies... and you're a vampire. The whole concept is pretty cool.

The first level I played was a graveyard. You have to cleanse it of the undead. You start out with a pistol and later get a crossbow that shoots exploding arrows. It's pretty hard to hit anything with the crossbow because every time you shoot it everyone runs away. The melee attacks are cool as well. That guy twirls his gun in true old west stile! You also have the ability to double jump- really, really, high! The last move you get is your vampire power. You can look through walls and see if any undead are nearby. It's kind of like heat vision. Anyway, getting back to the level. After you mash your way through undead, you come to a hill where the moral system comes into play. A woman has been poisoned and you can either kill her, or suck out the poison. Depending on which you choose, you'll get a different special attack. Be good and you get powered up guns, be bad and you get super melee. It actually pays to be bad here because if you save her she comes back as a banshee that tries to kill you. Either way, you'll have to fight a bunch of fat guys with swords that spit goop out of their backs. This was a pretty challenging level.

The second level was really cool. You start off riding a horse along side a moving train while shooting down undead. You then board the train and clear it too. Somewhere along the level you get a sniper and a shotgun- both very effective. Most of this level is just a blast fest; kill everything to survive. When you get to the end, you get to operate a giant double-barrel turret. You basically just gun down everything- not that that isn't fun.

Overall, I like Darkwatch. There are some problems with the controls, one of which is switching weapons, which you can't do unless you lean sideways (?). There is still some time to iron these issues out before the games release in the coming weeks.

PSP ~ Intec screen protector Vs. Pelican screen protector

Let's face it. The PSP has a beautiful screen, but it scratches way too easily. You'll need a way to protect it. So I'm here to set the record straight. Which screen protector is better?

The first protector I got was the one by Intec. I opened it up to put it on and realized something: there was a little tab stuck to it to remove the screen protector from the backing. Problem was, that the tab was stuck to the protector itself. I had to carefully pull the protector off of the backing by myself, and then remove the tab from the protector, which left glue residue on it. Great, already ruined. But it gets worse! When I put the thing on, there were air bubbles everywhere! I tried to smooth them out with the included "Intec squeegee" but all that did was scratch the screen protector. Fed up, I pulled it off. Only to find that the very thing that was trying to protect the screen had scratched it! I then threw it out.
BOTTOM LINE: The Intec screen protector is a piece of crap! So was the cleaning cloth it came with!

Next, I tried the Pelican screen protector. This time the tab was on the backing and it peeled off easily. I aligned the screen protector with the corner of the screen and let go. It fell right into place... WITH NO AIR BUBBLES!! I didn't even need to use the the included smoothing thingy! What a pleasant surprise! I booted up the system to find out how the picture looked. Unlike the Intec one it was pretty clear and lost little sharpness. It even hid the scratch from the Intec screen protector! Even the cloth was nice!
BOTTOM LINE: Get this one! It's sooo much better! Plus it's anti-glare, has a three year warranty, and comes with a console protection guarantee which states: If the screen protector damages your system through normal use, Pelican will repair or replace your system at no charge.

Massive Viewpoint update!

Okay, so it's not that massive. I've got up a review and some impressions. Check 'em out!

June 5, 2005

Where can I get me some of those?

Check this out: http://www.studiooxmox.com/sites_e/frame_life.html Life sized replicas of your favorite videogame characters and super heroes! Too bad they're not for sale...

Now there's an idea

Are you cheap and want a way to protect your PSP UMDs? Here's an idea. Go out to your local CVS pharmacy and buy a tin of Altoids. Enjoy the Altoids, then, when they're gone, use the empty tin to store you'r UMDs. It's cheaper than just buying the UMD cases, plus you get free candy!! http://www2.staging.oddcast.com/altoidumd/altoidumd.html