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Friday, 20 February 2009

Mirror, mirror on the wall…

...who has the shittiest website of them all?


Wait what?! No you’re not supposed to include us. Let me rephrase the question. Stupid mirror.

Mirror, mirror on the wall what game studio / publisher have the shittiest website of them all?


Yep, that’s a shitty website.
On Rockstar’s website the navigation menu is hidden. Only by hovering the mouse over the menu will the menu be displayed. Opening the page for the first time you think there is an error and the page didn’t load correctly.
Couple that with the fact that they use a font that is nearly the same color as the background makes Rockstar’s website win the award for the shittiest game studio website.

There is a saving grace however. Rockstar made some of their older classic games available as free downloads. Good Rockstar, that’s a good Rockstar.

Get the classic and very fun game GTA2 at:
HINT: the menu is just above the big R on the background.

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Free stuff

This is another one for people that likes free stuff.

A site called s60 is giving away a free N-Gage game to everyone willing to become a s60 Ambessador.

It works like this: you register as a user on the s60 website:

Once joined you join the N-Gage level 2 campaign.

They then give you an activition code, to ANY N-Gage game of your choice. Well almost any, there are lots to choose from.

All you have to do then is play the game, tell other people about the game and write a report about what other people are saying about the game.

It took some time before I received my activation code, (i waited for a day before i got my code).
BUT! i just received my code in the mail and i am on my way to go and collect my free game! o yes.

Friday, 13 February 2009

Prince of Persia 2009

When the release Prince of Persia was announced, it was like the anticipation mounting before Christmas. You hear the sounds of tearing gift wrap, only to find,
Knitted underwear of some kind. The dream of a bicycle shattered for all time.
Santa you dog.

The intro was as exciting as the day I went to get my wisdom teeth pulled.
These fellows can go for extra classes on intros at: in life.

The game started and I was transported back through the sands of time to Roger Wilco and his alien cronies.
There was no continuity from the intro to game play.
It was sudden as that rich Greek halumi cheese sneaking op on my stomach lining.
Not only was I surprised, but also my visual tentacles were numbed by this anime character staining the stylish landscape.
I thought to myself, Dragon Ball Z rocks, but this, she is but a pebble on a British shore line.

This random chickazoid ran ahead, I tried to follow, my hands they bled.
What the hell, my alter ego said.
We discussed this at length, about the time we had spent
installing this game,
Too little Heineken down went.

The game progressed into sudden nothingness, to the first scene of fight.
My mood by then, to fridge thy flight,
For Heineken I need, my boredom to feed.

Characters talk rubbish; this you can’t skip, as if the creators find pride in annoying you with nonsense said between characters.
Whilst fighting, I was banging my keyboard and mouse like my 5 year old nephew,
Not sure what’ll happen but dandy, at least by hammering the controls, it makes a progressive sound.

The scenes and the story line stop and go like a 59 Ford in need of a tow.
Irritating enough, I can’t but shake, bring back Prince of Persia 2D, mate.

The previous 2, Sands of Time and Two Thrones, was enjoyable and you felt that you wanted to succeed.
I had to fasten the straight jacket on my alter ego, to prevent him from uninstalling this mid way.
Verdict - Don't buy!

Great news for Zombies...

...and people that love to kill Zombies.

the people over at Capcom must really like Zombies because they recently made 2 announcements regarding zombie games.

The Xbox demo for Resident Evil 5 has been released. Resident Evil 5 caused an uproar because the game is set in Africa and features black zombies. No shit.

A sequel to Dead Rising has been announced by Capcom. Dead Rising 2 promises lots more zombies and new weapons to kill them with.

Resident Evil will be released during March this year. No word on when Dead Rising 2 will be released yet.

Monday, 9 February 2009

Immortal Throne – Titan Quest expansion pack

Immortal Throne – Titan Quest expansion pack

Thomas Malone once said that there are three things that motivate us to play games: curiosity, control and fantasy. A player loves the control they have in games, curiosity drives the player to find out what is going to happen and games gives players the opportunity to live their fantasies. These powerful motivation forces will cause players to play hour after hour.

How do these motivational forces come to play in games such as Titan Quest (TQ) and Diablo2? These click-and-slash games do not offer much in the way of game play and you play the same areas over and over again. It must be the fantasy of becoming the most invincibly strong hero that can kill the toughest bosses in the quickest time.

To become the strongest character you need to play the game for hours, accumulating experience points and searching for rare and valuable items that will give your character the necessary super powers to become the toughest and the strongest. Immortal Throne offers gamers plenty more opportunity to gain experience and acquire brilliant new items.

Immortal Throne (IT) starts off immediately after the end of TQ, you have defeated Bane of the Titans but the world is still covered in monsters. You set off to discover why, following a set of clues, and with following a set of clues I mean walking around killing monsters. IT just like TQ, does not offer much in the way of game play other than click and kill. The clues leads you from the land of the living across the river Styx and into Hades itself and then onwards to the Plains of Judgment. From there you trek to the mythical fields of Elysium.

Depending on how thorough you want to play the game, this extra act will take you roughly 10 hours to complete. That is a lot of extra game play but what will make this expansion pack worth it is the inclusion of the artifacts. Artifacts are powerful objects that will give the carrier awesome new powers, but to create an artifact you need certain ingredients and to obtain the ingredients will take hours! To complete a divine artifact will take a lot of searching or farming (fighting-all-enemies-in-sight) as some gamers call it. You can literally play for days on end looking for the right ingredients to complete a certain artifact.

Additional to the artifacts, the creators also added a new class to Titan Quest called the Dream Mastery. Combining Dream Mastery with the other classes means that there are 8 new different combinations to try out for the game fanatics, significantly increasing the time it will take to play the game.

The inventory system have also been upgraded a bit and it is no longer necessary for the player to stop every once in a while to rearrange his inventory so he can pick up other items. Another nice addition for pack rats is the caravan in big cities. The caravan can be used as an extra storage space for items that you don’t want to sell but don’t want to lug around.

Another new character you will find in the big cities is the enchanter. The enchanter, for a fee of course, can retrieve relics from items so the either the item or the relic can be reused.

Other nice additions include extra monsters, items, scrolls, relics and charms. The level limit has been raised to 75 so players can take on the tough new bosses in the expansion pack.

Iron Lore has also tweaked the graphics a bit although technically nothing has changed. The new areas in IT have been beautifully crafted and walking through Hades is a particularly haunting experience.

The sound effects of the game have not changed much from the previous games.

One big problem with IT is the rubber banding effect that some players experience while playing the game. The game slows down and seems to hang when suddenly the game speeds up again. This effect was not present in the original Titan Quest and players experience it for the first time after they installed IT. Some players claim the rubber banding that they experience is so bad that they can not even play the game. The creators of the game have not yet a released a patch for this problem but instead released a workaround. I tried this workaround, but you pretty much have to be Zero Cool from Hackers to get this to work.

The banding problem aside however, IT is a very enjoyable expansion pack and I would say if you enjoyed TQ you definitely have to get IT. All the extra items, the artifacts and the higher level cap will help you go a long way to fulfill your fantasy of becoming the biggest, meanest monster killing machine.

Verdict - Buy!

Find Titan Quest on Amazon