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6:37 AM on 11.15.2008

Underworld trailer is so AWESOME

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I don't care what you say - this is so freeeeeekiinn' awesome maaaannn!

In other news - Mirror's Edge is awesome. Getting Tomb Raider early. Will be spamming avatars on this blog
when I try out my NXE tomorrow and the gathering 08 event coverage when I finish up the report.   read


2:00 AM on 10.30.2008

TOMB RAIDER UNDERWORLD DEMO


As we get closer to the dawn of a true next gen Lara Croft, Eidos released a tasty Tomb Raider Underworld demo via Xbox Live. While the demo proved far too short for a veteran raider, fans were getting a look in at the new Lara and how this adventure proves so different from past titles.

After reading around on various Tomb Raider communities one thing is clear - This will be a love it or leave it title. While new fans to the series seemed to enjoy the faster control of Lara, old fans found the new motion cap animations too edgy to deal with. I myself have always been fascinated with how previous Tomb Raider titles have been hand animated so to see how mo cap has ruined a good flow between running around, combat and exploring is particularly disappointing.

You start off on a boat near a Thailand temple. A cut scenes starts and you can see where the motion capture has really come into play. Laraís lips look gorgeous as they talk locations and artefacts and all you can see is sit back and enjoy the delicious visual display on hold in from of you. So graphically Tomb Raider Underworld has a fantastic start, truly next gen and so breathtaking. The style and environments have always been a very important and popular aspect of Tomb Raider and to see it like this is a dream come true. I can only hope I can afford a better TV to run this on soon as I feel I am missing out so much on my tiny 19″ W/s monitor.

The sea water was so impressive that not only does it looks beautiful below, the ambient blues and green drowning the screen, but above was just a sight to behold. The waves a great addition and the reflections from what's beneath really felt like underwater adventure will have such a key part in this game. I canít wait to just swim around for hours in this beautiful blue sea. Ledges and pathways look natural rather than obvious and Lara just looked amazing. She has ages wonderfully and itís great to see her new look hands on.

Animations though are a huge draw back. During the demo, for example, Lara is climbing across a large pit on small thin platforms that require her to keep great balance. Meanwhile she is also being attacked by spiders on the walls but instead of the combat feeling natural and difficult on the balance platform, her arms stretch out in all different directions in seconds making the whole process feel robotic and busted. Her body couldnít keep up with the speed of her arms buzzing around to different targets and the whole act looks ridiculous.

The same can be said during general running around, the sensitivity and speed is just too high if you choose to turn around quickly and it looks like Lara seems to be on some kind of steroid trip. One good thing about Laraís new control is that small obstacles that one would normally vault over no longer requires us to stop against the wall and vault over. Laraís new AI allows us to just hold forward and she will hop over the wall with ease. This looks wonderful and is especially helpful during combat when you just require some distance between you and your target.

She has a huge selection of new moves available. The demo only really showed the new wall jumping skill in which Lara can reach higher ledges by jumping up between two pillars. Timing is key with these moves and Lara usually gets short second grip onto the wall giving you chance to react. This brings out so much more to the exploring aspect of Tomb Raider. Previous titles had really obvious ledges and jumps that after learning the basics pretty much proved the rest of the game a matter of time. The new environment and ways to use it in TR:U are so impressive that even for a veteran TR fan like myself, I had to really think about how I was to get from A to B. Her balancing act is also been tweaked to make it more difficult to just walk forward, previous titles usually had a timer where you would have to straighten Lara up. Now the only reason Lara would waver on the pole is if you are not keeping a straight line on the controller.

Most of her climbing/vaulting animations, minus a few demo bugs, are great and natural. The only one that I did not enjoy was the wall climbing. Her legs stretch out and her robotic style of climbing turns her into this rather creepy looking spider. Itís actually quite a shock at first to watch, I just didnít know how to react.
Combat has never been an important part of Tomb Raider. The run and gun tactic as well as auto targeting has been a simple but enjoyable break from the exploring and puzzle solving. Laraís jumps feel unnaturally fast and her quick targeting skills are a sore sight when stood still. While running around however combat feels much more enjoyable and round house kicking tigers in the face is a fun move to pull off. The slow down from previous legend and anniversary titles has been improved upon once again with a head shot system where while shooting you can press another button to slow the action down and gain a head shot at the right moment. This time to slow down is not as extreme so combat doesnít feel separated into special move sets. New features include dual targets and shooting from walls. While I didnít experience much of either, I can say it works pretty much the same as normal combat. Itís nice to be able to shoot a few pesky critters from afar.

The last section of the demo offers a short puzzle using the new Pole system. You can pick up objects from the environment and use them to help climb ledges for example. You can also use the pole to attack enemies as well which will be interesting to see what kind of objects will be available to use as potential weapons during the course of the game.

It all ends abruptly after solving the puzzle and pulling the leave however. Just as I was getting used to the new controls and animations the game fades out to the start screen. Initial impressions? I am not sure. I have been waiting for this game for a long time but I am not blown away. Itís just the animations that have put me off and if they can be quickly tweaked I will be a happy lady. Until then I can only grind my teeth during the irritations and enjoy the puzzle solving action that will hopefully unfold in front of me.   read


5:35 PM on 10.23.2008

Opinionated Idiots and rant


So I've been receiving some really stupid messages. This guy sent me a few stating that I knew nothing about games and that because I don't have a high end pc and a 1080p tv etc etc I am not a true gamer etc etc. Crysis is the best game evar!!1onoeneELEVEN

Frustratingly I replied saying that I didn't enjoy Crysis that much and thought the story was a bit generic. Though my PC runs games like Half Life 2 and Team Fortress 2 and I was happy with that. I went back to playing Fable 2 and enjoying my evening.So I get this sent to me. What is this man on about? So instead of arguing with him via text I sent him a voice chat invite.

Some 29 year old man was sat there telling me how he's played ALL the AAA titles and he knows everything. I know nothing. If he knew I was a GIRL he would not of contacted me (even though the inside xbox has a picture of me on it...) and that because my bio said that people should not contact me for COD5 keys (as I am being asked for them) that I am a vein person and think I know everything about games. /sigh

I tried to reason with him. Telling him it's his opinion to enjoy Crysis but he was having none of it. Team Fortress 2 is apparently an over simplistic game. Fable 2 is not free roaming (urmm?) and is too scripted.... it's... a RPG/Action? .. aren't they supposed to be scripted to some degree? I tried to say I just prefer things like Fable etc and then he went on about how COD5 is nothing on Crysis and how Crysis has the best physics ever and that no game for 5 years will beat it etc. While I don't know much on in game coding and physics all I know that Crysis is famous for is the fact when you pile barrels up and knock them down it looks cool. Oh and that there is an awesome LEGO mod for it....

Am I wrong to not thing Crysis is the greatest thing ever? Or am I such a simple person and should go get a better job and buy a 1080p tv and high end pc and every console ever because this guy does.

Also if you have time tell your opinions to that guy ;-) Just don't let him know I sent ya! hahahaha~   read


7:57 AM on 08.24.2008

Team Fortress 2 Remix Album

Got this forwarded to me this morning and if your a Team Fortress 2 fan you will enjoy the fun remix this guy has to offer. As well as an awesome BOINK and GRUNT version of Portal's "Still Alive".

There are 15 tracks altogether and all of them are using the in game sounds of TF2 and some original music. More for fans of dance and trance music but worth a listen non the less!

Anyway you can download it for free from: http://rockingfortress.wecreatestuff.com/

Also if anyone needs a TF2guest pass please add "atheistium" to steam and send me a message for a guest pass. First will get it!


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1:40 PM on 08.03.2008

Possible images of 360 Avatar creator


360 Fan Boy claims to have official screens of the up and coming 360 Avatar Creator. While they do look pretty good I don't really understand how the creator is really going to work or if these are just sub menu's. I tend to like being able to see my avatar while creating a style for it and both these shots so no full avatar.

Real or fake? What do you think?



Rumored Avatar Customization Options

Hats:

* Black Baseball Cap
* Baseball Cap
* Flat Cap

Hair:

* Side Parting Hair (and with hat)
* Slicked Parted Hair (and with hat)
* Clean Cut Hair (and with hat)
* Compact Hair (and with hat)
* Crew Cut Hair (and with hat)
* Slicked Hair (and with hat)
* Ponytail Hair (and with hat)
* Swept Hair (and with hat)
* Flat Hair (and with hat)
* The Captain Cut
* Old Hair (and with hat)
* Bun Hair
* Thick Hair
* Pig Tails
* Hair Layered with Fringe Hair Tied On Top
* Bob with Fringe Hair
* Spiked Hair
* Studious Hair Number 66
* Shaped Hair
* Basin Hair

Eyes:

* Happy Eyes
* Sharp Eyes
* Half Moon Eyes
* Focused Eyes
* Harmless Eyes
* Passive Eyes
* Relaxed Eyes
* Surprised Eyes
* Soft Lashes
* Restful Eyes
* Monday Morning Eyes
* Bold Eyes
* Soft Eyes
* Funky Eyes
* Wild Eyes
* Comforting Eyes
* Droopy Eyes
* Content Eyes
* Slim Eyes
* Excited Eyes
* Eagle Eyes
* Polite Eyes
* Rested Eyes
* Puppy Eyes
* Rounded Eyes
* Strong Eyes
* Boxed Eyes
* Thin Eyes
* Studious Eyes
* Tranquil Eyes
* Dark Eyes
* Dot Eyes
* Tilted Eyes
* Delicate Eyes
* Almond Eyes
* Wavy Eyes
* Thick Lashed
* Eyes Wide
* Awake Eyes
* Calm Eyes
* Slender Eyes
* Kind Eyes
* Drowsy Eyes
* Acorn Eyes
* Sunset Eyes
* Genial Eyes
* No Features

Eyebrows:

* Normal
* Straight
* Arched
* Studious
* Curvy
* Large
* Familiar
* Thick
* Small
* Angled
* Big and Flat
* Delicate
* Small and Thin
* Short and Thick
* Straight and Thick
* Half Moon
* Soft
* Strong
* Monobrow

Ears:

* Fantasy Ears
* Butterfly Ears
* Round Ears
* Elven Ears
* Long Ears
* Prominent Ears
* Shapes Ears
* Small Ears
* Spiked Ears

Nose:

* Define
* Boxer's Nose
* Curved
* Drooped
* Angled
* Hooked
* Bulbous
* Large
* Sharp
* Perked
* Rough
* Rounded
* Small
* Straight
* Long
* Tiny
* Wide
* Soft

Mouths:

* Spiked Puzzles
* Gentle
* Small and Rounded
* Curvy
* Deep Lips
* Smirk
* Grin
* Vibrant
* Unhappy
* Cheeky
* Lined
* Cute
* Fearsome
* Tongue Out
* Teethy
* Full
* Happy
* Open
* Bunny
* Vampire
* Wide
* Small
* Locked Teeth
* Glamor
* Thin Lipped
* Square
* Thick Lipped

Chins:

* Jaw Stubble
* Large
* Thin
* Long
* Chiseled
* Rounded
* Sharp
* Square
* Small
* Wide

Accessories:

* Funky Shades
* Hip Watch
* Sports Wristband
* Gold Ring
* Silver Ring
* Watch With Leather Strap
* Plain Bracelet
* Pink Bling Ring
* Green Bling Ring
* Cool Earrings

Tops Etc.

* Zip-Up Jacket with Chain Power T-Shirt (Green)
* Power T-shirt (Purple)
* Red T-shirt
* Polo Shirt
* Studious Checkered Shirt
* Blue Shirt Black Jacket with Zips Alt T-Shirt
* Manly T-shirt
* Cheap T-shirt
* Green Flowered Vest
* Tight T-Shirt (Orange)
* Tight T-shirt (Blue)
* Move T-Shirt Open Neck
* Navy Top
* Grey Shirt
* Yellow Cardigan with Green Vest
* Cowgirl Shirt
* Black Crop Top with Sweat Bands
* Short Brown Jacket Tight
* Green Flowered Vest

Bottoms Etc.

* Blue Jeans
* Grey Skirt with Thread Detail Three Quarter Length
* Camo Trousers
* Short Frilly Black Skirt
* Layered Black Skirt with Belt Denim
* Short Shorts
* Hawaiian Hotpants
* Grey Jogging Bottoms
* Turn-up Surfer Shorts
* Fitted Black Trousers
* Polkadot Skirt
* Jeans with Pattern Detail
* Jeans with Side Stitching
* Beige Chinos
* Brown Trousers
* Faded Jeans
* Navy Jeans
* Brown Camo Jeans
* Surfer Shorts

Shoes:

* Formal Shoes
* Orange Sneakers
* White Trainers
* Hiker Trainers
* Brown Decks
* Light Loafers
* White and Red Trainers
* Orange and Blue Trainers
* Dark Brown Decks
* Sky Blue Decks
* Orange Decks
* Pink Decks
* Brown Sandals
* Black Boots with Buckle
* Sports Trainers

Gender and Basic Options:

* Male Body
* Female Body
* Male Body Head
* Texture Head

Neutral Animations:

* Closet Examine
* Lower Closet Examine
* Shoes Closet Examine
* Upper Closet
* Spin Animation
* Creator Walk On
* Creator Walk Off
* Creator Look Down
* Creator Look Left
* Creator Look Neutral
* Creator Look Right
* Creator Look Up
* Creator Turn Left
* Creator Pick Me Start
* Creator Pick Me Stop
* Creator Pick Me
* Generic Clap
* Generic Stand 0
* Generic Stand 1
* Generic Stand 2
* Generic Wave
* Generic Celebration

Male and Female Animations:

* Angry
* Confused
* Idle Looks Around
* Idle Check Nails (female only)
* Idle Shifts Weight (female only)
* Idle Stomp Spider (female only)
* Idle Stretch (male only)
* Idle Turn Around (male only
* Laugh
* Sad Cry
* Shocked Surprised
* Yawn

[Copy pasta of list from here]   read


3:48 AM on 07.28.2008

A DLC Debate

With consoles being connected to the internet, DLC is the next big thing. However are we getting ripped off or are we just getting a great service?

While Halo 3 continues to produce fantastic DLC which also becomes free over time, a lot of titles are not going under the same umbrella. I talked to Fourzerotwo yesterday while playing COD4 and he said "no new maps are coming", while he could of just been saying that to surprise us later.. I really don't see any new maps coming.. and that makes me a sad panda. So many great titles are just getting one update.. .and then bam.. that's it. Like Mass Effect, only one download has come after all that fuss about plenty of episodes. They even put a DLC section in the main menu! It seems a little pointless to just come out with one DLC pack when everyone makes a big deal about it at launch.


DLC should be something awesome they think of adding after the ship date. I don't like the fact that Samba De Amigo (coming to the Wii) has "DLC FROM LAUNCH"... which means we are basically paying for content we should of gotten with the game. I feel like I am getting ripped off a lot of the time. There should never be DLC from launch, it's an obvious cashwhore.



Plenty of music games do this and even Beautiful Katamari cashed in by requiring the user to purchase an extra level to get a complete 1000 gamer score on the title. I am a sucker for purchasing online content, so much so that I will need to upgrade to the upcoming 60GB xbox hardrive as my 20gb is running out of space.

Soul Calibur 4 is offering characters as DLC who should of remained exclusive to the consoles they released on. Why am I paying for a character they got boxed? And visa versa. All this is confusing and frustrating. The games cost enough as they are not to mention the content I will end up having to purchase.

So what do you guys think? I am fed up with paying for content that should of been boxed from day one. The fact that I cannot even be FEMALE in metal gear online unless I pay for the DLC.. it's ridiculous. I am all for extra content, but developers and the console companies them selves have got to realise it's turning into a rip off market.   read


7:13 AM on 07.19.2008

Official Tomb Raider Teaser

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Okay, Okay. I have a serious Tomb Raider fetish and I apologise that my blog has become the new Tomb Raider exclusive page. However now this trailer is out I can calm down and just wait for more game play trailers (that I'll try not to spam you with) on the count down to Lara's November release.

You gotta admit though, it looks pretty awesome. Yes yes it's all CGI but so was the God of War 3 teaser so stfu.

So yeah that will be my last Tomb Raider update for a while (until tomorrow when a new trailer gets put up), stop partying!! Keep your eyes peeled on the official website and tombraiderchronicles.com.

Note: Been playing God of War: Chains of Olympus on PSP and it's pretty awesome.
Note 2: I tried PS3 FNF last night, you guys turned up an hour later so fuck you :P   read


3:23 PM on 07.15.2008

First ever Tomb Raider Underworld Footage

VIDEO TAKEN DOWN, GO HERE FOR NEW FOOTAGE
Up before the E3 footage tomorrow, and up before the debut trailer on spike TV. Gametrailers presents the first public look at Tomb Raider Underworld.

Commence fapping :D

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While short and sweet we get an interesting look at how Lara's new look and actions take place in Underworld. While the 'slow motion' scene seemed a little odd I am really happy with the way Lara is now motion captured! Finally. Anyway, enjoy the new Lara and expect a huge post from me with tomorrows full E3 Tomb Raider coverage!

If they have taken it down then a replacement is here.   read


8:47 AM on 07.05.2008

Comp: Win 1 Month free XBL Gold!


Want to win 1 month free of XBL Gold? It's very simple. Make me a new header images. I am growing bored of my current header and require something new, awesome looking and not full of fail and loose!

Anything can be in the header image but it's got to contain the word "atheistium" at least. Make it clean looking and purdy, no crappy and stretched (ie use photoshop and use the right resolutions). Apart from that your free to make as you please. Multiple entries are allowed and I will pick the best 3 that will go into a public vote (unless there is one amazing one I just have to have).

So yeah, get shoooopin' away!   read


6:23 PM on 07.02.2008

A cast of thousands: Feena


I am sure many of you were expecting me to talk about Lara Croft, but sadly I am not a athletic busty brunette who travels the world with my vast fortune, though Lara is some one I can relate to strongly - I am going to talk about Feena from a little RPG known as Grandia.

A rather miraculous thing happened recently, something that really only happens very rarely for gamers today. About ... 2003 or 4 I sold my copy of Grandia (2001, Playstation) on ebay for around £50. I was extremely sad to see it go as I had probably completed the title over 100 times and had gotten all my characters 100% levelled up with all the spells at max - and that's a feat on it's own! I needed the money pretty badly and after a little ebay browsing found that Grandia was the one title that would get me the most money. It sold, I had money and that was the end of it.. or so I thought. 3 weeks ago I was looking around on ebay and suddenly had the urge to see how much a used copy of Grandia would cost, off to ebay I go! After some browsing I came across a nice little £7.99 buy it now listing. Checking out the pictures on the listing I saw something very curious. The casing was dented and cracked in the same places my original copy was when I sold it back in a day. I brought it on the spot thinking it could be my copy and when it arrived in the post the cracks, creases and apart from a few new creases and disc scratches it was obvious that my copy had returned to me! I know crazy huh!



So Feena, what is so special about her? First of all she's in a jRPG and she's not a wimpy female character. I know it's not very rare to have strong female leads but Feena is one of the most colourful, emotional, interesting and influential I've come across in a jRPG. Not only is she already a fully fledged Adventurer (lol) she is also someone respected and adored by the public in game. A legend if you will. She's boyish and daring, yet had this dramatic past you cling too and throughout the game her real emotions come through. From the moment I saw her climb onto the ship for New Parm with her treasure and the crew surround her with a warm welcome I knew she was going to be awesome. Another big thing to point out that when I was playing Grandia I was the same age as Feena who was 15 in the game, the things she was feeling in her life and her struggles to become grown up and womanly I could really understand and its these many different qualities that drew me to Feena.

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A lot of the Grandia RPG is a happy story, which is why I love it so much. The game is so colourful and Feena herself is awash of colours. She's adventurous and cheeky and really takes things in her stride and learns from them. Her character and the world work together so well and watching her go from strength to strength brought me a lot of happy moments. I'll also be a bit honest here... I am a little romantic at heart - as much as I like to see sweet head shots, zombies and blood, I also like to see some romantic goodness blossom in game. Only if it's done well of course and in Grandia you see Feena and Justin get closer and closer. It's so adorable and I love that!

If you have never played Grandia before then please check this link out. Enjoy the gallery below of Feena goodness.   read


5:24 PM on 06.21.2008

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/end of spam I do apologise   read


6:30 AM on 06.21.2008

Tales of Vesperia Demo on XBL


Fans of the upcoming Tales of Vesperia games will be happy to know that Japanese Silver accounts have access to the ToV demo today! For those without a Japanese account here is a how to.

Initial impressions are good. While the voice acting is obviously not the best in choice it's not that bad. The character expressions make up for it however, and the simple environment looks are beautiful. Fans of Eternal Sonata will like the general style the game is sporting and even though I had to sit for a few minutes to work out the whacked out Battle system (press Start during a battle to see the controls).

It's very adorable though and a nice demo to check out if your looking forward to the game.   read





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