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Sunday, 30 November 2008

New Black Mesa Trailer Two



Just now the Black Mesa team released their new "almighty" second trailer and I gotta say...I expected amazing things but they went to the next level and this isn't fanboyism speaking.

What impresses me the most is the NPC's...or rather the variety and the scripting...It's generally also the amazing video editing that gives it that EPIC proportion.

Here is the link to watch it:

http://www.monkeyjunkie.co.uk/BMS/

And here are some screen dumps I made for the blog :D













The quality is outstanding and I can't wait to play through it. Also since I get a lot of PM's asking me why I haven't uploaded any videos of me playing HL1...I guess I will record this instead!

It really motivates me to go back to some of my mapping projects...That or it puts me off :D

(Source: Black Mesa : http://www.blackmesasource.com/ - Date Accessed - 30 November 2008)

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Monday, 17 November 2008

Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO



It's been a while now since the game was finally announced and all we have so far are a few in-game screenshots and lots of concept art.

I really enjoyed the last two KOTOR games mainly for the deep story, character relationships and the slightly satisfying RPG styled gameplay. The word "story" seems to be their catch as they said something along the lines of "an MMO has three points such as killing, gaining xp and levelling up" but they claim their MMO will have a fourth element which is "story."

Now don't get me wrong I am excited to hear they are focusing on the story however, every MMO I know has used "story" as their "attracting" word and all have failed to deliver a strong narrative that works with a large amount of players. Although I am glad to hear that they aren't going to have a "Collect 25 [items] to complete the quest."

So what side will I be you ask? Well if I think the game is going to be good then I'll defiantly be fighting for the good, friendly, SUPER HAPPY side. It's boring being evil because no one likes you and it's harder to survive and being good always seems to reward you more.

Still we have a long way to go before it'll be finished and I have my doubts...Making an MMO is difficult especially with a decent story that caters all the players.

Check here for media so far: http://www.swtor.com/

The art style is meant to be slightly "cartoony" and they said they are going to resize the lightsabers 'slightly' but they will still remain 'large'...I'm not liking that idea but we'll see.

I do hope it turns out good, I always love being a Jedi walking in brown robes and owning everything :D

(Source Image: http://cdn-www.swtor.com/sites/all/files/ca/CA_20081114_JediEnclave_full.jpg - Date Accessed - 17 November 2008)

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Thursday, 6 November 2008

Left 4 Dead Demo = Awesome



Oh ho ho ho, the demo came out at 3PM and as it reached that time I was getting as much of my report done as possible.

So the time came and it started to unlock, took ages and for some reason my friends beat me to the unlocking despite the fact I have 20 MB and they do not.

Anyway we started a game and couldn't even launch it, some error about no dedicated servers and what not and if we wanted to LAN but a LAN means "Local Area Network" so we never tried that.

But eventually we couldn't figure out why we couldn't start an online game so I tried the LAN thing and it worked, we were playing together :S

So we've all seen videos and knew what to expect and since it's on the Half Life 2 engine + improved L4D exclusive tech, we felt used to it.

We thought we'd try the hardest difficulty because an old interview said "The Witch" would only be in hard mode. Well we got raped the first time, we shat ourselves as 50 odd "infected" ran towards us from all directions.

To sum it up, I haven't laughed so much in ages, I danced next to the Witch to which my friend then shone his light on her causing her to jump on me and rip me to pieces. Oh good laughs.

The full game is out Nov 18th but if you pre-order you can play the demo so I'd really suggest it but you really need to play with friends as from what I read, there are a lot of people who don't work well together.

Here's a pic of my friend on the toilet:



P.S - I want to add I was glad we could choose our characters, I wanted to be Louis (the black dude) cause he reminded me of Obama. OBAMA APPROVES.

(Source Image:http://www.rchsgamingreviewers.com/left-4-dead.jpg)

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