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Portal

16 Mar

I finally got The Orange Box today, earlier than expected actually. I put it in and fired up Portal! I wanted to try the rest too, but my grandparents are visiting this weekend and it’s harder to play games on the TV with so many people around.

Portal I already know so can jump right into with no sound or anything. Though sound always makes it much better, it’s not the same without GLaDOS talking at you.

Portal is a superb mind bender and puzzle-platformer. Using a Portal gun you must make your way through Aperture Science Laboratories’ testing site. Portals allow you to make doorways to move instantly from one flat surface to another to travel through the levels and solve puzzles.

Portal is also the game where the phrase, “the cake is a lie” comes from. After doing the basic testing levels you bust out and explore Aperture Science while learning a bit about why you are here and what’s going on.

I also played Portal 2. Another fantastic game where you learn even more about the situation, and it has such a great ending. I love the Portal games, they are some of my favorite games and I have no qualms about playing them again. Though I look forward to play so many other highly acclaimed games. The Portal games are for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. I recommend them to anyone who likes to think about their games.

Using portals to sneak behind a turret

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Shopping

10 Mar

I have a little extra money lying around, so I thought I’d look into getting a video game. I kinda felt like playing Portal again, and I have it on my mac, but I remembered everyone loved all the games in that Orange Box thingy.

Now I bought Portal through Steam, so it was only like $8 or something, so I don’t feel too bad getting it for the 360. Generally when I can get a game on a console instead of a computer I do.

So with The Orange Box comes Portal, Half-Life 2, and Team Fortress 2. I have heard good things about these games from friends, so I’m looking forward to them, as well as doing Portal on the big screen. Then I’ll probably have to do Portal 2 again.

I’m a sucker for Super Saver Shipping on Amazon, so of course with The Orange Box being only $15 I set off to find something else I needed. I checked my game list, and I got a lot I wanted for Christmas, so it’s getting thin. Some games I have wanted for a long time are the Phoenix Wright games. I have the first one and absolutely love it.

This I do not understand! Phoenix Wright for the DS is so expensive!! The second one is $30 used, and up to $80 new! This game is 10 years old! This is the same for all the games, used is from $30-$50, while new is from $60-$100. I really want someone to explain this to me. I have never seen games hold onto value before, increase really. The first one I bought for $20, and it’s an 11 year old game.

Well while fuming about Phoenix Wright I kept looking for other games. I looked into a few new ones I wanted, but they were too expensive, just looking for $10-$15 purchase to get me free shipping. I eventually decided on a few HDMI cables since I’m having trouble fitting all my stuff into my TV with only RCA connectors.

That’s it for now, and I think I’ll go play Connections.

Mass Effect

8 Mar

So recently I started up Mass Effect again, let’s see how I do this time. For anyone who doesn’t know I’m a huge Nintendo fan-boy, I have only played all their systems. I am trying to become a video game designer though, and to do that I need to branch out.

I saved up some money and about a year ago purchased an Xbox 360. I then proceeded to gamestop and picked up all the famous titles I’d ever heard of. That is an advantage to getting into a new console that’s been out for a while, a lot of the best games are dirt cheap by now. I don’t think anything I bought cost over $15.

Since then I have tried it off and on, but never really got into any of the games very much. And learning a whole new controller scheme can be hard. The game I liked most was Batman: Arkham Asylum. Not being able to handle the controls as expertly as a Wii’s is discouraging, so I did not play a whole lot.

Recently I’m back into trying Mass Effect. I like it and get used to it more every time I played. Anyone who does not know, Mass Effect is a sci-fi RPG shooter. Though the third in the series is now out.

I have gotten more used to the controls, but I still don’t have a handle on the equipment and equipment management. I find it kinda confusing. Though I love the Journal and assignment notes system in the game. It takes away a lot of what I don’t like about sidequests; trying to remember and manage all the menial tasks every guy you meet on the street asks you to do.

I got further in Mass Effect than I ever have before. So I’m encouraged, but I was also killed over and over again in the same spot, so discouraged. I have yet to figure out if I’m doing anything wrong, or if I just suck. Time will tell.

Not much of a review or a first impression since I am so new to the console and this type of game. Lets just see how I do.

On another note watch this video for a good cause!

Mass Effect