Friday, September 17, 2010

ShellShock 2: Blood Trails review (Awesome, Good, Not Bad, Pass, Boring or Lame?)

ShellShock 2 got me hooked after I read the back cover.
Eidos has developed a game beyond the stories of World War 2. Instead of recapping what happened in Germany during WW2, they decided to make a game out of the Vietnam War against the VietCong Army.

To add to the twist of background, zombies are added into the story!
I read the back cover and I thought to myself, "Nobody has ever done that!" so I purchased it for... 2 USD from a local store. So those this game live up to my expectation?

Story:
The story is pretty engaging as you try to find the cause of the plague that is turning everyone into zombies. The Spec Ops team who were sent to Vietnam was never seen again until one of them was found by your army. He turns out to be your brother, Cal but he doesn't look right. He is behaving like a crazy wild animal and is detained by the US Army. And of course, he escapes and you have to look for him. as you pass through stages, you will find out more about the war, key people who wish to use the virus as a weapon, etc.

Graphics:
The graphics is serious shit!
Everything still looks very fake and is not up to par to new gen games. It is much worse than Halo 3 even though I consider Halo 3 as "Bad". It is like a PS 2, Wii, X-Box game. If you are a person who looks at graphics (like myself), then avoid this game at all cost, I had to finish the game and everytime I finish a stage, I just wish that the next stage is the last or this stage is the last.

Presentation:
The stages are pretty linear. All you have to do is get from point A to point B with the mandatory requirement that you kill everything that stands and attacks you. They tried to diversify the surroundings by adding temples, different kinds of houses. But... it's all still the same and boring.

Gameplay:
If you have played other first-person shooter games, then this game should be the same. Wrong! In fact, this game is way back in the line. Sometimes, graphics may suck but if the gameplay is good, I won't mind. As an example, Terminate Salvation graphics are okay but the gameplay is amazing!

This game on the other hang, sucks like crap! Their AI is so dumb that they will only walk towards you and would rather hit a wall on their way, giving you free shots at them. But this can be one of the good points because for some reason, Eidos made these zombies Super-Powered zombies!

You basically die in 5 hits by these zombies and you can hardly survive when 4 or 5 zombies attack you at the same time. Sure, you have the ability to heal on your own (like all new modern shooting games) but you don't have time to heal! Everytime you run away from the pack of zombies, for some reason, they can run faster than you! Which means that you can't run away unless the dumb AI just walks.

You should be able to run through a door even with all those zombies chasing you but the game forces you to kill all zombies first before the door opens. Now this is quite normal in a lot of games. That means that a lot of games are simply... not realistic.

Conclusion:
This game is seriously dumb. Unless you wanna make love to a zombie and is crazy about blood, please avoid this game at all cost!

My rating: Boring

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Transformers: War for Cybertron review (Awesome, Good, Not Bad, Pass, Boring or Lame?)

No, this is not the game of the classic Transformers.
This is a game older than the classic Transformers!

Don't you want to know how Cybertron became paralyzed, causing its inhabitants to escape in their rocket ships to other planets and stars? If you are a Transformers fan, this is a freaking good treat for you!

In the cartoons, we never really get to see how Cybertron was destroyed by Megatron but with the release of Transformers: War for Cybertron, we get to answer questions like:
a) Are Megatron and StarScream gay?
b) Is Optimus always a "Prime"?
c) What on Earth happened to Cybertron?
etc.

Let's start with the story.
So the story takes place before the Transformers G1 where they explained exactly what happened to Cybertron. There were snippets on what exactly happened to it but this game basically seals the story.

Cybertron is basically destroyed by the very power that gave life to all of the bio-mechanical life forms: Energon. However, this Energon is not like any other Energon, it is more powerful and unstable and when you mash it up with a tyrant villain like Megatron, all hell breaks lose.

You get to play as either sides, the rebel Decepticons or the original faction, the Autobots. However, if you are a fan like me, I will go with the chronology which means you start as a Decepticon, discovering the Dark Energon and befriending StarScream.

Next is the voice acting.
You know how bad the voice acting is for SoundWave in the 2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen movie? They did not use the original cast for SoundWave, making him sound like any other Decepticons out there. But in this game, SoundWave sounds like SoundWave (talking without any emotion or intonation). Everybody is fine, they sound like themselves from the cartoon, even Megatron.
Let's talk about the gameplay.
The gameplay is nothing new, it is pretty much the same as any other Transformers game where you get to the change weapons, shoot enemies, kill them physically and stuff like that but it is in a more fluid, flexible and easy-to-control way. The gameplay is ever more fluid compared to older Transformers games which is just hard to control, slow and plain silly.

The enemies do repeat itself but let me assure you, the gameplay is not always the same. You get to go on turrets, worms and etc.. The only thing that I did not see if that you get to transform into a head (HeadMasters) or something and attach your self to a bigger robot. I am also pretty disappointed that we did not get to use Trypticon and also Omega Supreme. It would be so nice to fry some puny robots.

If you have XBox Live, then you may play co-op (which will be a lot of FUN) with your friends through the storyline. Each mission takes about 45 minutes to and hour to complete, with a total of 10 missions, you should see about more than 10 hours of gameplay.

The cut scenes are amazing. I have never seen Cybertron in such detail. The details are so good that you really feel like you are in Cybertron, fighting off some goons.

Overall, this game is pretty good.
It is not as enjoyable when you do not have XBox Live but it is still a pretty good game.
Especially those who really want to know what happened to Cybertron.

My rating: Good

- Jackson Teoh
jackson.teoh.sc@gmail.com

Monday, July 12, 2010

Predators review (Awesome, Good, Not Bad, Pass, Boring or Lame?)

The Predator returns with a sole focus: themselves.
Rather than being a part hero from the Alien VS Predator series, this movies goes back to the original concept of Predators who are hunters.
Opens in cinemas now and the question is, "How does it fare off on the big screen?". With the rise of "Eclipse", Predators might suffer a big loss in market shares because for obvious reasons girls love looking at hot guys stripping every 10 minutes of the movie.

Anyhow, coming back to Predators.
The story is pretty simple. A bunch of humans were trapped in an unknown planet and they are being hunted by the Predators. Why? How? What? When? Go watch the movie. The story is very simple as it is about survival of these humans from the Predators who are preying on them.

Graphics and sound wise, considering that this is a remake of a very well-respected film, they have to have great sounds and believable graphics and yes, they do.

Nothing much can be said about the movie due to spoilers but I think I will spoil the party a little bit. There is a scene (must be the focus) where a Predator fights off another Predator. Note that both Predators are of different species. This can only be differentiated by their mouth designs.

The cool part of this movie has to be the hunting parts by the Predators. There were quite a number of strategies and tricks used by the Predators to bait their victims and also tricks used by the humans to kill the Predators.

Is this movie a "Must Watch"?
Well... if you are a fan of Predators then the answer is very obvious.
If you are not a fan but is looking for a dark-toned, alien, action movie, then this is the movie for you. And if you are sick and tired of your girl friend calling you to watch Eclipse over and over again just for the sake of watching Edward Cullen and Jacob shirtless, then you might wan'na reward yourself for going through Eclipse by watching Predators.

It is a fair movie. Not as good as Transformers and stuff like that but it is a totally different genre. In comparison to the AVP series, Predators has more focus and simpler story.

Rating: Not Bad

- Jackson Teoh
jackson.teoh.sc@gmail.com

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

9 Temples: Death Ghost review (Awesome, Good, Not Bad, Pass, Boring or Lame?)


To all those horror movie enthusiast, this movie is the new sensation.
The poster pictures a pretty freaky little boy who looks as if he has been tortured and his organs been ripped off violently by unfortunately, that is not the case. That boy has something to do with the story but doesn't really look like that. He just looks like some kid who has been burnt to crisp.

Let's start with the story:The story is about this girl who is experiencing supernatural things and constantly gets a reflection from her pass life. The story might seem simple but in actual fact, it is not! You will be scratching your head by the end of the movie. It is just so super confusing!

You have this monk who follows them around. He is just some guy who will advise the girl and her boyfriend on religious issues and also respecting the dead and stuff but by the end of the movie, he is the one that actually plays a big role in the movie? Bloody confusing! From what I understand the girl's boyfriend is actually his brother. The monk and his brother were born to a woman who is struck by bad karma. One of her sons will die, but I don't know why did she give her monk son to the temple.

If this case involves these 2 sons and their mother, what does the girl have to do with anything!
It's so confusing!
I wanted to prove myself wrong that ghost movies don't make sense and Drag Me to Hell proved that to me but 9 Temples once again proved to me that horror films just don't make sense. Maybe only horror movies made by Thai people.

Shock value is also very low.
I was expecting a lot of shock value and will make me close my eyes all the time but hey! There are so little shock value that it doesn't seem worth it to even buy the DVD! And I spent RM 10 on the tickets too! What a waste of money!

In conclusion, this movie sucks ass!
Don't watch this movie and for the love of god avoid it at all time!
This movie sucks so bad that I am so lazy to continue typing.

Rating: Lame! Lame! Lame!

- Jackson Teoh
jackson.teoh.sc@gmail.com

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Electro Choc - a City Under Siege (Ballad of Gay Tony)



Another one of my many favourite songs from the club, "Maisonette 9" in the game "GTA 4: The Ballad of Gay Tony". Really kept me jumping but less than the Stickin'!

- Jackson Teoh
jackson.teoh.sc@gmail.com

Electro Choc - Stickin' (Ballad of Gay Tony)



This is the music from the game Grand Theft Auto 4: The Ballad of Gay Tony
The name might not sound much but it is an awesome game!

This music is played in a club in the game called, "Maisonette 9", reflecting the real "Bungalow 8". I got this song stuck in my head since I finished playing The Ballad of Gay Tony. I just had to look for it online! Glad that I found a torrent with this song in it. Just have to wait for a day or two for it to finish downloading.

Anyways, I kept playing the beat in my head and it can't seem to come out!
Glad that I found the OST and now I can listen to it!

- Jackson Teoh
jackson.teoh.sc@gmail.com

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Barney Stinson (The Path to Awesomeness)


Barney Stinson!
The awesome one and also the character that gave life to How I Met Your Mother?

Just want to post this video up to show his transition from a hippie to... wait for it....
Suit-Up!

Notice how the antogonistic music plays and also the chair getting up, reminds me a lot about Darth Vader in Star Wars Episode 3! Awesome! Maybe I will be like him and always suit-up!

And he actually has a pretty good advise at the beginning of the video:
"To succeed you have to stop being ordinary and be legend... wait for it... dary!"

Contact:
Jackson Teoh
jackson.teoh.sc@gmail.com

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (Awesome, Good, Not Bad, Pass, Boring or Lame?)

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
If you have seen the movie, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, this game is NOT based on the movie. That is good because games based on movies suck for some reason.

If you are a Prince of Persia fan, you would most likely followed the series. The Forgotten Sands sets during the 7 year gap between Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Prince of Persia: Warrior Within.

In Warrior Within, the Prince (not Dastan, apparently there are several Princes of Persia and up until now, there are 3 different Princes. Each of their stories are not related in any way.) has a serious personality 7 years after the events in The Sands of Time.

What made him a grumpy-grouchy?
This game and also the PSP version of this game (same name, different story) are one of the few events during the 7 year gap.

In the 360/PS3/COM version, Prince visits his brother, Malik at his kingdom, finds it being attacked by the rival, Malik escapes into the castle, releases the Solomon army but things went wrong and everyone died. That's the beginning, you go play the rest of the game to know more.

This is Prince:
Nameless as usual (except for the movie).
Character design?? Erm... he looks as if he hasn't fully gone through the last stages of evolution. He totally looks like an ape-man.

I have quite a problem with the number of characters in this game. This game is very focused and character development is there but come on... using only 4 characters throughout the whole game?
There are only 4 characters that you actually interact with = yourself, Malik (your brother), Razia (friendly Djinn) and Ratash (Djinn sent to kill King Solomon). Everybody else are like soldiers and monsters.

The game is okay, I guess.
It's not like God of War quality. There isn't much variety. In fact, if you think that Dante's Inferno is too repetitive, wait till you play Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands.

The gameplay is so repetitive that it gets boring. No doubt that the Prince's movements are very fluid and fast but the repetition made the Prince repeat himself and repetition is just plain boring. You go through the same traps, same jumps, same running on walls, same freezing of water, same enemies, same mini bosses with different skin, everything is the same. Not enough variations to kill an enemy.

And did I mention that most of his climbing moves are from Assassin's Creed?
Yes, almost all of his climbing moves are from Assassin's Creed. But hey! That is good because Prince of Persia is kind of like Assassin's Creed except with monsters and linear gameplay. It would be cool if Prince of Persia is a sandbox-style game but then it would just be another Assassin's Creed. But then again, if it is linear, it will be something like an inferior God of War. Okay, Sandbox-style is better, but it might break the progress of the story.

Not to mention the annoying freezing water tactic:
The cool thing about this game is that you get to freeze water and climb on them like a wall or even trap enemies in between these waters but when it comes to jumping from one water wall to the other water wall behind the water wall next to yours (bloody confusing, I know), it is really a pain in the aschenholler.

You are "O"
Water wall that you must freeze and jump from is "{"
Water wall that you must unfreeze immediate and jump through is "|"
Water all that you must freeze immediately after jumping through "|" is "}"

So here is the mapping:

{O | }

What's worse is that sometimes the mapping will be like this:

{O | }{ | }{ | }

And you got'ta jump like hell!
I got through that part out of timing, seriously... timing is the key to winning this game. You have to jump precisely, have to go through traps precise, everything has to be precise in this game. It's a challenge and it would be fun if the traps are varied but no! The traps are all the same! Boring!

Graphics: Great!
The graphics are great! Characters look believable and the surrounding is just amazing. BUT the surrounding became so bloody repetitive, it is no longer that amazing. There are some variations but overall, they're all the same when you come face to face with the traps. The sound is great but still prefer God of War sounds. They just sound more powerful.

Bosses: Bad...
God of War had giant Monsters and creative ways to kill them and slash them in half or beat their brains out of their heads. Dante's Inferno had giant Monsters and creative ways to kill them and cutting off their heads with a scythe. Prince of Persia had a giant Monster and a creative way to kill it which is to destroy the medallion.

Unfortunately, Prince of Persia only has ONE giant boss monster. No decapitating, no immoral ways to kill somebody (extremely explained in God of War). There aren't any bosses actually. The first time you meet Ratash, his attacks are like one of those mini bosses except with a different skin.

Replayability: None
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands does not really have any replayability. Beside obtaining all of those statues that give you tonnes of EXP, there is nothing much to do. There is no cinematic mode where you get to watch the cut scenes again. There is only one challenge in challenge mode. Basically, not much can be done after you have finished the game.

One good thing: Rewind
Like in the movie, the Prince gets to rewind to his previous state with the sands of time! This is really cool and pretty fun to play with and also a life saver. Whenever you fall off and die, the game gives you 2 to 3 seconds to hit the button to rewind the whole thing (even the music rewinds!) to the time before you die! That is the fun part of it! If let's say that you lose too much life, just hit the button and everything will rewind to the state before you lost those lives (depending on how long you hold the button and the limit).

You get to use Ezio Auditore de Firenze though... but you have to have XBox LIVE and go to UPlay to download the content. Damn!

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is not such a fun game to play. The story is not that good, too few characters, repetitive gameplay, enemies and bosses. The graphics are good but the gameplay just made the whole game pretty bad.

My verdict: in between Pass and Boring

There is a lot of room for improvement. Maybe open-world as a fresh start. But because fans want to keep the Prince of Persia "sacred" with the same gameplay, you might want to start off with a new character.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Bioshock 2 review (Awesome, Good, Not Bad, Pass, Boring or Lame?)

If you are a fan of the first BioShock then BioShock 2 will give you quite a ride. In fact, even if you have never played BioShock 1 (Like myself), you will still enjoy the ride! You might get lost in the storyline due to the constant tension whenever you find any insane human beings in the underwater city, but the gameplay will keep you going.

Story:
I got lost in the story but here it is. You are an advanced Big Daddy called "Alpha" who was hypnotized to kill yourself a long time ago. Your Little Sister was then left under the care of somebody and you must find where she is because the Little Sisters are the ones that will provide you nutrients to increase your power.

I got lost in the storyline in the middle of the game, so I kinda not care what happen and just keep going through the game. Big Daddies are big robotic-engineered people whose brains are reprogrammed to always protect their Little Sisters from harm. Little Sisters are kids who are programmed to collect ADAM (the source of Big Daddies' power) from corpses.
The environment is definitely an A because everything just looks so f-ed up!
Some of the things included in the environment are not even relevant to the story or the gameplay but they are added just for the sake of adding the atmosphere for the players. Cans that can be knocked off, lamps, tables, chairs, they don't add anything into the story but they do add something into the environment.

This is "Alpha" with a Little Sister:
The beautiful thing about this game is that it shows how much a father (Big Daddy) cares about his little girl (Little Sister) and would protect her whenever she is in danger. Adding to the beauty, the Big Daddies and Little Sisters converse in a very father-daughter tone. Little Sisters will complain to their Big Daddies when they are threatened and will sing while collecting Adam. Adding to the beauty as well, Big Daddies cannot talk but can only groan and make noises.

The picture above shows one of the many enemies in the game.
These people who look like creatures are called "Splicers". They are humans who have gone insane and would rely solely on animal instincts which means that if you go too close or if they see you, they will shoot you or attack you.

They are a pretty easy bunch. The next enemy is the pain in the ass:
As you save more and more Little Sisters, this enemy will appear (Above) - Big Sister!
Big Sisters are older Little Sisters and will pop out after you have saved 3 or 4 Little Sisters. These Big Sisters are a pain in the ass because they are very agile and their attacks are nuts. They can be beaten but it does put your skills to the test.

You will find out that you are also associated with a Big Sister but that it later in the game, you got'ta play it to find out.

This will always happen when your Little Sister collects ADAM from a corpse. It will take awhile and during that time, she is vulnerable. This is the time when endless waves of Splicers will attack the Little Sister. As a Big Daddy, you have to defend your Little Sister by killing all of the Splicers that come.

As you can see from the picture, the graphics are great. It makes you feel like you are indeed in an underwater city and once you get to see the sunlight by the end of the game, what a relief! Details are also added including words on posters (eventhough most of them are blurred out), smudges on walls, chairs, closets, tables, etc.. It just looks like a rundown city which it is.

Gameplay:
It is a first person shooter which means you can't see your character but only both of your hands and the weapon. However, the gameplay is smooth and everything is pretty fluid but you can't expect it to be fluid all the time because Big Daddies are not exactly small, they are big, bulky and heavy, so there is a certain amount of speed that you cannot achieve and also you have to hear the big foot steps all the time but that is good because it adds that whole feeling to the game.

Overall, this is a very good game. I am looking forward for BioShock 3. Things might get a little grumpy some times but you have to face it, nothing is very beautiful when your world sunk into the deep sea.

This game gets: Good

- Jackson Teoh
jackson.teoh.sc@gmail.com

Friday, June 18, 2010

Dante's Inferno (Awesome, Good, Not Bad, Pass, Boring or Lame?)

Dante's Inferno *Spoiler Alert!*

First of all, let's go through a little bit of background about Dante's Inferno.
Basically this game revolves around the poem known as "The Divine Comedy" but twisted in a way that makes it more dramatic. Rather than a poet being guided through hell, this story is about a Templar knight who goes through the underworld in search of his wife, Beatrice.

This can be said to be another rip-off from God Of War but hey, don't complain because people have been copying each other since the beginning of time. How many times have you played different versions of Final Fantasy?

Let's go to the "Goods" firstYou are Dante, a Templar knight who has committed countless sins and is finally killed by an assassin in the beginning of the game. Death comes to take you away but you cheated death by killing him and taking his Scythe, the source of your power of evil. Later you will find a cross once belonged to your wife, Beatrice and is bless with the holy power.

Those 2 weapons are basically, your weapons to slice or purify a demon. By killing demons or souls with the scythe, you gain unholy powers which unlocks more unholy abilities and by killing demons or souls with your cross, you gain holy powers which unlocks more holy abilities. I personally liked killing demons with the cross because I can say, "May the power of Cross heal you!" and stuffs like that rather than just ruthlessly killing them with the scythe.

Anyways, coming back to the story, you found out that your wife is dead and Lucifer (Satan) has her spirit and decides to marry her. You get pissed off at Satan and decides to travel through the 9 stages of hell until you reach the final stage: Treachery to God, where Satan freezes in his icy prison. While going through the 9 stages, reflections of your past come to you in the form of memories, reminding you of your sins while you were a Templar knight, one for each stage of course.

Now for the design, you will be facing off against giant enemies, specified enemies for each stages of hell until they fuck it all up through the middle stages where they used generic enemies and also enemies from previous stages of hell which did not make any sense to me, as an example, the naked lady with a mutated "down there" which should only be present in the "Lust" circle is suddenly present in the "Wrath" circle. So enemies are always repeating themselves, using cheap recoloring but this is very normal in games these days, should not be such a minus.

Above is King Minos, a king who will judge what sins you have committed and send you to the pits of hell:
Like Kratos from GoW, King Minos pisses you off by not telling you what you want to know and tries to kill you. In retaliation, you fight him and he is 100x your size. You impale him to his own gear with spikes used to send souls to the underworld and pulls the lever, mutilating his head upon the gear.
Again you will be fighting demons much bigger than you. But sometimes you get to control these giant demons to destroy smaller demons or to destroy a city. Similar to GoW but the setting makes all the difference.

Talking about the setting. Everything sets in the 9 stages of hell where they bring you through graphical environments, bodies being hung up in the air by spikes through their guts, bodies pouring down like a waterfall of dead bodies and sometimes you will find souls of famous people like Genghis Khan. Some will even be a boss battle like Cleopetra who has a pair of sickening mouths for nipples which produces unbaptized babies (yelk!!).

Some stages are specially made environmentally but some are just plain repetitive. Climbing through the same old chains but with different background colour scheme, jumping over rocks, etc. So things do get repetitive as you progress through the game.

And have I mentioned how sick it is to hear Dante say "Beatrice!" in every single sentence? I know you are looking for your wife but EVERY SINGLE sentence??

So the bad: frequent repetitive stages, repetitive enemies, some enemies just don't belong there, hardly any replay value.
The goods: Fluid gameplay, amazing graphics, some stages are just jaw-dropping, there is a sequel!

If you were to ask me if you should buy or rent. The answer would be a RENT!

This game is a good game, it really brings you into hell and makes you feel like you are fighting these goons in hell, the story gets kinda boring after awhile because the entire game is centered in saving your wife and looking through your pass sins. Things do get repetitive and especially the 8th stage where you have to go through arena matches which gets very very very very repetitive.

I am giving this game a Good.

No doubt GoW is much better in terms of.... almost everything, but this game deserves a chance and a lot of room for improvement.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Alan Wake review (Awesome, Good, Not Bad, Pass, Boring or Lame?)

*Spoiler alert*
Alan Wake is a pretty interesting game. After going through a barrage of first person shooting games, Alan Wake comes with a third person shooting game. However, the highlight of this game is not in the weapons or combat, but a lot of emphasis on storyline and eerie gameplay.

You are Alan Wake:
A best-selling book author who hadn't had any new ideas since his last book 2 years ago.
He and his wife travels to the small town of Bright Falls, a mysterious place with a lot of history. At first everything was normal, but after Alan encounters The Dark Presence (In the form of an old woman, later revealed as...) in the diner, everything changed. Moving into their new vacation home in the middle of a lake, the darkness dragged Alice into the lake and Alan jumps into the lake to save his wife which lead to a series of might-be-nightmare incidents until the ending where a big portion of the mystery was solved.

Alan in Bright Falls:
Throughout your journey to find your wife and also the kidnapper, you will unlock a series of history which will put a sense into all of the mysteries that you were encountering, from the identity of The Dark Presence to another writer in the past who had the same experience. During the course of the game, you will find out that everything that you have been through are already written into your "latest" book called, The Departure.

Is it a sandbox-style game?
It would be cool if it is a sandbox-style game. Then it would be like GTA. However, if you look at it, making it into an open-world game destroys the pace of the story. If it is an open world game, we would go exploring around first before going to the "point of interest" and we will drag the story to an extent that we have forgotten what the story really is!

Battle system:
You are a normal person, armed with a flashlight and also very minimal options of guns ranging from revolvers, shotguns, sniper rifles and also the "bomb" of the game: a flare and also a flash bang.

You are a normal person against an army of dark people covered by the shadows of darkness called "Taken". These supernatural beings are covered with darkness and are impervious to attacks until the darkness is lifted from around their bodies which you will use the flashlight to do so. After their defensive cloak is lifted, they are vulnerable to your attacks. You will not only be attacked by these beings known as "Taken" but also by other things possessed by darkness, mainly, crows and also unanimated objects around you.

And then there is the main boss:
The "Tornado".
You will encounter the tornado throughout your journey in-search of your wife and also the mysteries behind the Bright Falls lake. This Tornado will hurl objects at you and try to get close to you to kill you. You will have a final encounter with the tornado in which you will have to find a way to allow light to go inside the tornado. (Go figure that out yourself :P)

Overall, this is a pretty cool game. Very different from a lot of games as it focuses on the supernatural and the story is just amazing. You can't put the controller down due to the amazing story, filled with suspense and mystery. Some reviewers said, "This is one of those games where you enjoyed it like a cinematic movie".

This game is an awesome game. Not much action but it does keep you on your toes with fear by your side and also the suspense-filled story. You never know when will the next "Taken" pop out as you explore the area for supplies. This game is recommended to anyone that enjoys concrete storyline with a unique gameplay instead of shooting all the time. (Note: This game is ONLY for the XBox 360 gamers.)

The end credits hinted that there would be a sequel to Alan Wake. Can't wait!
Anyways, my rating:
Awesome!

- Jackson Teoh
jackson.teoh.sc@gmail.com

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Metro 2033 review (Awesome, Good, Not Bad, Pass, Boring or Lame?)

*Spoiler Alert!*
The world is already dead and as one of the survivors of the nuclear apocalypse, you must save humanity from mutated animals and humans, now known as "The Dark Ones". Welcome to the year 2033, 20 years after the nuclear warfare which destroyed the world and forced humans to evacuate underground to spend the rest of their lives.
Welcome to Metro 2033...

You are Artyom:
A 20 year old Russian military soldier.
Born during the apocalypse that destroyed all of Russia, you spent your whole life underground, in the sewage system of Metro where humans have colonized.

Human colony in Metro:
Metro is divided into stations and your job is to travel to the most well-equipped station known as Polis to tell the council to destroy the Dark Ones.

The Nuclear Warfare in 2013, caused the world to be sucked out of it's oxygen supply. Now, only the Dark Ones and also mutated creatures can roam on the lands of Earth while humans have to stay underground. Being humans, the underground sewage system, Metro is filled with different political beliefs including the Soviet Union and the Neo-Nazi and the war continued. In dark areas, humans are threatened by mutated rats which is the size of a very large dog.

And if you think the future is hi-tech, think again. Everything has been downgraded due to lack of supplies. In fact, military bullets made before the year 2013 packs more firepower and becomes the currency to buy food, weapons, "new" bullets, etc..

The dangerous world outside:
As said previously, humans cannot roam freely on the lands of the Earth now. Everything is contaminated and the air will kill you. You have to put on a gas mask whenever you surface to the Earth. And don't think that your supply of air will be unlimited as you ARE limited to the amount of filters bought/found throughout your journey in which will run out and cause your demise.

The surface is not safe as you still have Neo-Nazis walking around and also creatures wanting to eat you up.

The realism of the mask doesn't stop there. The mask can crack!
Yes, your mask will not stay with you for a very long time if you are attacked by a horde of mutated rats. Your mask will eventually crack and cannot be used anymore which will also cause your demise.

Cracked mask:
This game really teaches you about saving up resources and also using things with care, especially your mask and filters as they are so limited in supplies and if you lose them in the middle of a mission, you will be sure to die.

This game has a lot of atmosphere. The underground world is so nicely done that you feel like you are indeed trapped underground with lamps and dirty clothing. Technology got stuck and you are still using outdated guns and lousy bullets to fend off your foes.

Overall, this game is not a bad game but also not a good game.
The mood of the game is there but it can get a little boring as what you practically do is go from one point to another, shoot the shit out of some mutated rats, flip a switch, run back to the same spot, shoot a bunch of rats again and the story progresses. It does get kinda scary sometimes especially when you are low on supplies and the enemies can just come at you from anywhere! I would not recommend a buy but more of a rent. It is not such a good game but it does have its merits.

My rating:
Not Bad

Jackson Teoh
jackson.teoh.sc@gmail.com

Friday, May 21, 2010

Who is that Handshake?


Just some slides that I made for an overview presentation tryout.

- Jackson Teoh
jackson.teoh.sc@gmail.com

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Kazakhstan National Anthem (Borat Style)

Number 1, I have nothing against Kazakhstan.
Borat is just a funny movie and the song is just so epic! :P


I've also provided the lyrics :P

Kazakhstan greatest country in the world.
All other countries are run by little girls.
Kazakhstan number one exporter of potassium.
Other countries have inferior potassium.

Kazakhstan home of Tinshein swimming pool.
It’s length thirty meter and width six meter.
Filtration system a marvel to behold.
It remove 80 percent of human solid waste.

Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan you very nice place.
From Plains of Tarashek to Norther fence of Jewtown.
Kazakhstan friend of all except Uzbekistan.
They very nosey people with bone in their brain.

Kazakhstan industry best in the world.
We invented toffee and trouser belt.
Kazakhstan’s prostitutes cleanest in the region.
Except of course Turkmenistan’s

Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan you very nice place.
From Plains of Tarashek to Norther fence of Jewtown.
Come grasp the might phenis of our leader.
From junction with the testes to tip of its face!

Hope you enjoy yourself and remember! I have nothing against Kazakhstan.

- Jackson Teoh
jackson.teoh.sc@gmail.com

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Real Death Star in space

File:Death star1.pngFile:Mimas moon.jpg

Aren't those 2 the darnest things you've ever seen?
On the left, you have the FICTIONAL Death Star where Darth Vader sits in his throne of Storm Troopers while on the right, you have the REAL Death Star called, "Mimas" a moon orbiting saturn.

I was going through Wikipedia, reading about planets, dwarf planets and Mars when I bumped into a page, listing all of spaces "beings". The list had information about diameters and stuff like that. When I bumped into the picture on the right, I was like, "Hey... isn't this the Death Star?". Click it and it lead me to another page about it.

I was pretty amazed by it.
But the question is, "Did George Lucas copy the appearance of the moon from Saturn?"
And the answer to that question is "No!"

Shocking, right?
It is a coincident! Or maybe we were lied to :P

I am pretty keen to know more about Mars as well, I read that they didn't discover water back in the 60's but now, Mars does have water! It really reminds me of the early days of Earth when microorganisms start sprouting out.
Is it possible that Mars will be the next Earth?

- Jackson Teoh
jackson.teoh.sc@gmail.com

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Ip Man 2 Review (Awesome, Good, Not Bad, Pass, Boring or Lame?)

Yet again, the new sensation of kung fu fighting, Ip Man returns with a sequel, Ip Man 2.
*Spoilers alert*

Went to watch it yesterday and it was awesome!
People said that Ip Man 2 isn't as good as the first, but I think that it still has the edge. Ip Man 2 is not as simple as Ip Man 1, but it is as dramatic as the first. The environment is different though. The first featured Ip Man struggling during the Japanese Occupation on China but the second featured the suppression of the British upon Hong Kong and also the Chinese martial arts.
It has a whole new set of story and also a whole new set of environment.

It's not inferior, it's different.
And being different can be awesome!

Above: Ip Man and Hung fights on a table

If you are Chinese, this movie will make you feel proud to be a Chinese.
If you are not a Chinese, this movie still rocks!!
So go catch this movie while you still can!

Thankfully, Ip Man 2 did not fall into the category of movies labeled, "The sequel sucks!" which a lot of movies usually do.

My rating: Awesome!

- Jackson Teoh
jackson.teoh.sc@gmail.com

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Jackson makes Onigiri

I was surfing the net yesterday and I don't know how the heck did I get to a page about "How to make an onigiri?" but I did and I read on. I thought to myself, "Hey! Why don't we try it? Looks like fun!".

I tried a simple onigiri since I have like... these strips of green stuff that I don't even know what they are. I pressed some rice in my palm, put pieces of meat in between them and then continue to compress them to hopefully make them stick. And then I rolled them around on a plate of sugar to hopefully, coat it with sugar. Then shape them to make them look like those Japanese cartoon onigiris and that's it!


How did it taste like?
Erm... you got'ta have soy sauce right next to you all the time because I couldn't really taste the sugar, so it's like... plain rice. But the satisfaction of eating something that looks so Japanese really is satisfying.

After eating like... 2 onigiri, I had to stop as I was so full!
It took a lot of rice to make 5 onigiri and having 2 just makes you full!


If you haven't read about the history behind the onigiri, soldiers and samurais at war carried them in bamboo shoots for quick meals in between battles. So the question of, "What happens if they need to eat?", well.... that's how they eat. It doesn't taste good, but it makes you very full.

So yeah... that's my attempt of making an onigiri.
Did I fail because I produced not-so-tasty onigiri? I don't think so... at least I tried. I always tell people, including those who participated in The Adliers 2009 that it's okay even if they fail because they have already given their best shot and they are much better than those who did nothing!

- Jackson Teoh
jackson.teoh.sc@gmail.com