Hey there, Recapketeers! I hope you all had a pleasant weekend. I made good on my promise and began working through Gears of War. I'm actually quite impressed: the game still looks great, and I can definitely see the "destroyed beauty" I've heard so much about in the environments. This was one of the first games to do the whole gaussian blur thing, but it seems appropriate. It's a drab, depressing world where enemies can come from any patch of ground, grenades all have chains and spikes on them, and you can call in a satellite airstrike as long as there isn't a crumbling roof over your head. I've been impressed by John DiMaggio's vocal range-- I keep waiting for him to revert to Bender or Randy but it just never happens. The cover system works well, though I may have been spoiled by playing Uncharted 2 first. I do rather enjoy the satisfying THWACK! as Marcus slams into cover, though, and the reloading mini-game is something I'm kind of surprised hasn't been implemented in other genre titles yet. Anyway, long story short you guys haven't steered me wrong, and I thank you for it.
I've been working on reusing the parts from my old computer now that my current system has achieved the ranking of tiny god. With the help of a friend, I've managed to cobble together a very reasonable media box that now sits alongside my TV. I've never had cable, and having access to Hulu and South Park pretty much ensures that I'll never need it. Plus, Failblog videos are great at a party. No, really. So that's what I've been up to this week, how about the rest of you?
It seems many of you decided to kick off the week by writing up your Monthly Musings. There's also some forum brofist shenanigans and some shiny, shiny blue lights. Don't forget to find this week's Simpsons quote. Let's go!