Saturday, April 30, 2011

More Mau5, Portal 2(the cake is still a LIE), and White Castle Breakfast?

Have you ever eaten breakfast at White Castle? Was it a Slider? Well today I had one of their breakfast sandwiches.... it was awesome... It used real egg instead of a frozen omlette puck thing.... It was Delicious. Like, I enjoyed it more than my first McGriddle, which was awesome, EXTREMELY AWESOME. So, White Castle! I approve of your delicious deliciousness.... may it stay delicious as long as it can stay PROPERLY pronounced in the english language.

Next, Portal 2 review:

The original portal was a critically acclaimed masterpiece of puzzle and FPS gaming. Built around using portals to solve various puzzles, Portal 2 expands on the groundwork the original laid and manages to innovate, captivate, and entertain all the way to the very end. The gameplay consists of some standard FPS fare in terms of controls, but from there it manages to become an entirely new beast.

Built around the concept of "thinking with portals" that valve laid in the original Portal, Portal 2 manages to find more and more new ways to keep you guessing. Whether by throwing in "light bridges" or "excursion funnels" early in the game, or the Repulsion, propulsion, and conversion Gels later on, Valve gives you countless opportunities to experiment to find the solution to your puzzle, or just screw around with infinite loops.

Co op mode expands on this premise even further by adding in a second set of portals and setting the players as 2 robots: P-body, who appears to be a modified turret, and Atlas, which appears to be a modified personality core. The puzzle solving requires teamwork and communication, and is quite often incredibly satisfying upon the completion of a particularly difficult puzzle.

In terms of graphics:

The game is pretty, even on a near decade old game engine. The animations in the game are often truly something to behold as many of the game's larger set pieces are quite spectacular. So spectacular in fact that that some effects such as Glad0s reassembling in the beginning of the game, or even the crushing/imploding neurotoxin generator going south will often leave your jaw on the floor. Wheatley in particular is quite well animated. While essentially just a talking metal ball, the team at valve went the extra mile in terms of making sure that metal ball was nearly as expressive as a human could be.

Sound:

The sound design and music in this game are truly something to behold and quite often set the mood so well you may occasionally forget that portal is just a game. Helping to convey the current situation in the game at all times, whether it should be creepy, frantic, or even a tad silly, It will not disappoint.

Story:

The writing in this game is once again typical, topnotch Valve Fare. The writing is often hilarious, and always manages to help keep you immersed. Wheatley and Glad0s are both perfectly realized in terms of dialogue and voice acting. ( i will not divulge anything else about the story other than it is absolutely worth it to play through single player MULTIPLE times)

 positives:
-Great graphics
-Well written dialogue
-Amazing animations
-Smart level design that encourages thought.
-Co op mode is fantastic
 Negatives:
-Single player mode is incredibly short
- Portal physics occasionally go out of whack
-there aren't enough negatives... this game is that good

Overall i give the game a 10 out of 10.
Valve has outdone themselves, and portal 2 is the new posterchild for animation, level design, and puzzle gaming.


Time for some Mau5:

Finally, I came across a facebook post by Deadmau5. It explains why he will not be doing any shows in japan. Now at first I said "douchebag". Well until i read it. I then realized he wants to wait till everyone is back on their feet. Till everything is cleaned up, fixed, repaired, whatever, or however you want to put it. He doesn't want to bum out his fans that can't go because the earthquake and tsunami affected them, instead optting to wait till things are better so he can have a nice gift for his fans....(best way i could put it). Interesting side note, he Auctioned off his "Diamonte" Mau5 head and donated all proceeds to japan.




Now that i've finished saying what i had to say, I'ma go play DJ hero or something.... only had it about a week and already playing on expert!

This is Nait
(or as my buddy jimbo calls me.... "DJ Randosity")

later!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Jobs, anime, and Music OH MY!

Great minds drink alike
Starting off. I recently got a job working at a rather awesome bar called "Beer Geeks" (see banner at the bottom of the page). It's a rather off center bar built around serving off center, microbrewed, or craft beer. The walls are littered with paintings of famous historical, fictitious, and REAL geniuses, smart guys, and geeks, Each of them enjoying a beer ( the painting of yoda is especially awesome!). Now, they don't serve beer like Bud, Miller, Coors, Busch, etc. Instead they serve microbrewed beers like Three Floyeds, Boulevard, Peoples, and many others. One characteristic of the place is that the tap is CONSTANTLY rotating as certain kegs run out and are swapped out with new ones filled with different kinds of beer. Every tuesday is Bluesday, as well as having a free buffet of HOME MADE authentic food of whatever type of food the owner chooses. Every saturday as well there is live entertainment. (by the way i am the bar back... .aka bus boy only more awesome)

I HATE YOU I HATE YOU
I HATE YOU WESTERN
DIGITAL!
Next.... I just lost a hard drive with FUCKInG 150 GIGABYTES OF ANIME ON IT. I am angry. Very angry. Does it matter? Not really. It was an expensive hard drive, and it sucks that I have to replace it, because that fucker was VERY expensive. (what a 500 gigabyte hard drive went for in early 2010 anywho). that's what i get for buying western digital. So i need to buy a new one. it will NOT be western digital. Thank you. (SEAGATE FOR THE MOTHERFUCKIN WIN!)




Now for a short music review!
Deadmau5 "4X4=12" really i can't think of anything else to say other than it's a really GOD DAMN FUN album, and it's VERY worth the buy, and it WILL KEEP YOU ENTERTAINED!


rating.... it doesnt need one because it's awesome

this is nait signing out.... because i need to do stuff





Saturday, April 2, 2011

Guess what time it is? TIME FOR MORE ANIME REVIEWS!

I've been on a massive DL spree lately, so I figure I may as well post a review or two before my brain melts from all the anime I've watched. Now, before I get to the actual reviews, note this, the following anime may not be safe for children, and I take no responsibility if you or anyone else are dumb enough to let children watch it.... Same goes for any children reading this, BE WARNED, THESE CARTOONS MAY RUIN YOU!

That aside let us begin

First up is Panty and Stocking With Garterbelt:

It is safe to say after viewing this anime you will want to yell "Fucking SHIT!" at EVERYONE... Believe me, it is not a bad anime, in fact it is downright hilarious. IT IS NOT SAFE FOR KIDS. Foul language, innuendo, and over the top slapstick are the norm for this japanese jab at american cartoons... The series was created by Gainax(known for Gunbuster and Neon Genesis Evangalion), so, aside from the general lazy looking art style it has occasional moments where the animation exceeds expectation(in an extremely good way)

Now, down to story, which is: aside from a few major plot points there is no overarching story between episodes. The inherent lack of story is far from a bad thing, infact, the sheer randomness is enough to keep one laughing at the antics of the Anarchy Angel Sisters: Panty (the blonde one pictured above, a complete whoreface, bitch, what have you) and Stocking( the black and pink haired one, with a massive sweet tooth and very questionable taste in men). Don't forget the Preacher Garterbelt( an apparantly gay preacher with a thing for young boys...) and chuck ( a "Zipper Dog" bearing a remarkable resemblance to Gir from INVADER ZIM). As for what all of them do... .well, they fight ghosts. Their weapons? (prepare for a laugh) Panty's panties turn into a gun.... and Stocking's stockings turn into swords(it works... trust me...) and... well, EVERYTHING EXPLODES!.

summary: While appearing lazily animated from time to time, the anime is downright HILARIOUS at all times. Which is why I score this anime quite highly.... on it's hilarity alone...
Overall rating: 9/10
 (btw... .the final episode will make you shit bricks after the credits.....)



And this one is a short update on Strike Witches.... (Still not safe for kids.... but still damn good)

I've noticed strike witches getting more and more hardcore..... but well... yea.... it's damn good...

I'm too tired to say more..... later all!