Friday, November 23, 2007

Mass Effect & Uncharted

So we're some of the first to get our hands on Mass Effect for the 360 and Uncharted for the PS3. Mass Effect is a TPS/RPG hybrid and Uncharted is an AA game. If I had to think of a simple way to compare them to other games it'd be something like: Mass Effect is like Knights of The Old Republic has a lovechild with Star Trek and Uncharted is like Tomb Raider and Indiana Jones got into a blender and made a videogame smoothie. Both with very unique outcomes.

I know a lot of people have short attention spans so I'll sum up everything I'm about to say right now: Buy Mass Effect, definitely at least rent Uncharted.

Mass Effect
While Mass Effect is not my usual cup of tea, it a wonderful game that combines superb graphics with an innovative combat system, great voice acting, fun gameplay, a convincing musical score, a well told and well thought out plot, and  best of all it stays true to Bioware's style of letting you choose whether to be a good guy, neutral, or a total dickhead. My only real complaint is that I'd rather not cross genres when it comes to my RPGs.

Uncharted has got some of the best environmental effects I have seen ever. If you jump into a lake your clothing becomes visibly wet. If you pull out your pistol and shoot at a toucan it will squawk and fly off in a panic. The gameplay is fun, which is all you can really ask for. The game's NPC intelligence is top notch. Enemies will duck and cover in reaction to your offenses making it a real challenge to take them out. The voice acting is good as are the ambient effects around you. My only real complaint is that the game is much more muscle than mind. As fun as slaughtering can be, sometimes a challenging puzzle is equally fulfilling.

Much to my dismay both games suffer from "next gen" syndrome -- being too short. But! Don't let that deter you. Uncharted has a lot of replay ability through unlockables and though the main story of Mass Effect can be completed in around 17 hours that does not include side quests, hidden content, or varying scenarios, all of which you will definitely want to uncover.


First and foremost I'd like to say Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. I hope the holiday finds you all in great spirits and good health.

Secondly say what you may about the origins of this holiday, the ideal is a worthwhile celebration: being thankful. If my Native American grandfather can find a reason to celebrate this holiday, so can you.

Be thankful. Do not take anything for granted! I am aware of how fragile life is and how easily things can slip through your fingers until you've got nothing left to hold onto. I realize that a person could be there talking with you today, and dead tomorrow. The future is uncertain so make the best of your life daily.

I am thankful for everything. I have a roof over my head, I never go hungry or thirsty, I sleep in a warm bed, I am loved. What more do you really need? Anything more would simply be excess -- a bonus but not a necessity.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

anata wa watashi no Pocky

Yay life!
Much to my delight our city now sells Pocky. That means I no longer have to import it expensively through the mail. I can buy it box by box whenever I wish! While they only sell the two basic flavors, strawberry and chocolate, that's good enough for me