Friday, July 30, 2010

StarCraft 2: The Campaign

DID YOU KNOW? Turns out you cant get achievements if you are not logged in!

Hey guys 4 days later and and awful lot of playing of Star Craft 2: Wings of Liberty i can finally write my review. Not that there was any doubt that this game will be AWESOME! But still from the first hour of playign i already wanted to talk about it.

So....i got back home on 27 july i open sadly my normal edition of the game and i start installing right away. While installing im enjoying the wonderfull re-cap of the original game and whats been going on that led to the story in SC2. the game is done installing i download the patches and quickly get started.
Now first what i wanna point out is that the game and the systems are integrated together! There is a offline mode which if you fail t o log in to the internet will be available but i havent tried it. The menu is absolutely gorgeous shit the whole design of the game and are amazing and just hype you upp straight away.
I ignored the online battles and jumped straight into the action.
Lucky for me i had alot of exp with the old SC and some other RTS games so i managed to pull everything pretty quick. Even tho there new units and stuff the game feels surprisingly the same. Mayeb i just spent too much time on it as a kid i dont know. But the same doesnt mean bad. The game rockz! on many levels.
The evolution of technology has allowed blizzard to do amazing things with the maps. And during the capaign there is a great sense of story progress and detail. Buildings and lying cars around. Ppl cowering in fear. Space stations...volcanic planets, jungles you get it all...and its EPIC!
Between missions you get to interact with some of the cast and get yourself involved with the story more deeply. I really feel sad for anybody who skipped talking and clicking around cuz you are just missing out on the whole thing...
You can upgrade your units and buildings and get some passive buffs for your army through research of Zerg and Protoss technology. Now those stuff are exclusive to the campaign but they are pretty cool and add a good sense of progress and even a small RPG element.
Altho for me the best choices were kinda obvious i suppose there are good sides of the upgrades i didnt pick.
On Hyperion your command center battlecruiser you also get an "archive" which gives you the ability to view all your mission progress and the option to replay or even try higher difficulty to get some achievements done. sadly i got disconnected couple of times during playing and didnt get achievements for alot of missions. Took me awhile to figure out that i need to be in to get them. Which doesnt make sense to come the game cant save the stuff you pulled off and then load them to There is only 1 online mode you probably cant use cheats ( i havent heard of any cheats beeing discovered yet) while in offline you probably can...if its not that then i hope blizz had a good reason to cripple ppl witheout internet connection (tho i suspect there wont be that many).
The cinematics....well.....nobody ever needs to say anyhing about the quality blizzard always delivers with its cinematics. Superb as always!
The pretty much a follout of what happened in SC 1 and the brood wars. we get some moving forward but not much. The great enemy......a hybrid race that created the zerg and protoss and wants to kill everybody in the think about it if they created the swarm and the protoss that doesnt make them Hybrid...cuz they came BEFORE the 2 the term is a bit wrong. at least from Xel`Naga point of view. I always imagined the Xel`Naga would be something i was dissapointed when i learned what they truly were.
Overall the sotry quality is mediocre....but the way you get involved in it makes the game shine. Amazing gameplay and EPIC just sucks you right into the action and leaves you breathless.
Since this is gona be a trilogy it wasnt a surprise the missions were concentrated on the Terran. the Protoss had a handful of missions...3...or was it 4? well just a couple. And you dont get to play the Zerg at all....which is an interesting choice....i personally dont mind it ...but for newcomers its gona be harder to get into the zerg in multyplayer witheout ever playing them in the campaign. Oh well....practice makes better i guess :D
In the end StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty lived up to the expectations and turned out to be a diamond. i suspect with its release the market will open up once again to RTS games.....after all blizzard just showed everyone how a RTS game should be made. Cuz trust other RTS game can even be compared to SC2. Its THAT AWESOME!

After i finished the campaign i dived straight into the online battlefront and its super fun!
ive been neglecting my WoW priest alot ^_^ but hey...can you blame me?

Monday, July 26, 2010

StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty!

Its 27 July, 2010! AND...HELL ITS ABOUT TIME!

StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty the first part of the new trilogy by blizzard that will expand the story of the original game is here! And HELL....ITS ABOUT TIME!
I got just the normal edition but i am hoping ill get my hands on the collectors edition from EU. there are bound to be some copies lying around in my country`s game shops that ppl couldnt afford to buy ^_^ Thats how i got the Wrath of the lich king collectors edition ^_^

Im installing the game right now and i just cant wait to start. I also got this brand new limited edition mousepad of Kerrigan vs Zeratul! Its SUPER AWESOME! Ill go buy the Raynor one later cuz there is no way ill go out of my house today :D

With the standard edition you also get a stack of small wanted posters of Jim raynor.....its like Blizz is asking us all to do some propaganda and spread the word :D Ill drop some around mailboxes just for fun :D I mean....there like 50+ of em...maybe 100 but ill leave some for me aswell ^^
Watching my new mousepad makes me feel rly sad...i should have been more serious about getting the collectors edition...i mean i certainly had the money...but i was like meh...i have time :(
The music during the installation is also awesome...and there is a Soundtrack CD with the collectors pack :( gosh i rly screwed myself up -_-`

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Moar and moar manga :D

Keeewl :D
Thx to the super duper awesome folks at Viz Media i finally did it! I got all the current volumes of One Piece :P 54!!!!! i even have 54 in japanese from last year :D
It really feels great. Now im going to stop reading the chapetrs each week and ill just wait for the volumes to come out in english. It looks so awesome on the book shelve :P

And now im going to concentrate on collecting other stuff. I got everything from Bleach too. I suppose i should get the last 9 vols of D. Gray-Man now. And maybe get shaman King. but even tho i love those mangas...ive seen the anime episodes or red the chapters it feels a bit like a waste of money to get so much manga. especially if i know everything that will happen :( thats why im not rushing with buying the 49 volumes of naruto. Besides im kinda angry witn naruto cuz the quality dropped alot :(
I got some more Deadpool comics. Deadpool is shaping up to become my favorite marvel character :D he is just hillarious :D Also i reviewed the Boba Fett omnibus but i actually have 2 more Star Wars omnibuses from Dark Horse and they are all awesome :) just a sucker for star wars ^_^ i mean i grew up with that shit.

I started this sci-fi manga called GANTZ! I remember looong ago a friend of mine mentioned it to me but i never rly researched it. but now since i got access to alot of manga i thought maybe ill give it a shot. Just finished vaolume 2. Its rly interesting and the art altho a bit crude is still very nice. And 400+ pages and im still not sure whats going on....maybe thats part of the authors plan...keep it slow paced in the beggining and then exlpode with insane shit :D Well see...i heard the new chapters come out pretty slow so no hurry anyway :P

got to get more berserk tho. but the damn bookstore just wont re-supply with volume 17... :(((( and i dont wanna get 18,19+ witheout reading 17 -_-`

Oh i also got kakashi,Itachi and Pain PVC figures to decorate my manga shelve :P Kakashi looks especially awesome! CLICK ON PICTURE TO ZOOM!

The Pirate Devlin

Awww i just got myself a bulgarian keyboard setup so im pretty happy. i know ive been slacking alot....well...the stupid facebook is to blame for this. Ive been posting alot there which kinda defeats the need to write here :(
Sry my dear blog!

Well now in celebration of my reunion with the BG language ill post some stuff :D

So first i wanna talk about this book called "The Pirate Devlin" by Mark Keating. Its a pirate book...obviously :D And you know i love pirates and when i saw it on the new arrivals section i got curious so i bought it. Also at the time i have been readign too much manga and i thought i should you know...get back to more serious stuff.
The book is amazing. The author tries to keep everything that happens in the book in...real time. . . and by that i mean that all events and timelines are the same as the real world`s history. And our hero Devlin is just a small fish in the big ocean.
The book has this realism to doesnt make the pirate life all that glorious....actually i learned some stuff that were a pretty big surprise to me....pirate life back in the day wasnt an easy business :X

So wee get to see how our pratagonist Devlin gets screwed up and ends up in a pirate ship. And then for the story`s sake becomes the captain of the pirate vessel where he was forced to "work" on. And then we get to see a single adventure. The whole book is about his first adventure but it is told in a superb manner!
but that also means that the book is not very long. Which is kinda good too cuz its a great weekend read for those hot days where you just wanna sit down and relax.
So im not gona spoil what happens cuz the story is not very long ...but it was very fun and it keeps you interested till the end. And there were some pretty insteresting twists in the end. Altho dont expect stuff the size of the "dark knight".

What i really loved was that tip of the hat tribute to legendary pirate "Blackbeard". Devlin meets Blackbeard in a small bar in some lawless village and gets on the mans deathlist! There was this thing with a candle that blackbeard did which i loved. So it was that moment that really hyped the character for me. Funny thing the whole time while i was reading their encounter i was picturing Blackbeard as the one drawn in the manga One Piece....ive been reading that thing for too long so i suppose it shouldnt surprise me :D

So all in all even tho this is not going to be some crazy bestseller that will blow your mind away. In the end the pirate devlin is a great pirate book that will not dissapoint you! And probably just like me ...will make you want more.
Good news is there will be a sequel somewhere in the future :)