To Be Judged

Posted: October 15, 2011 in Film/Video, Gaming, Reviews, School
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Welcome back friends and followers! I’m going to flip the script for the main topic of this post. Voy a hacer(I’m going to do) a couple of game reviews. This blog is about my life, my interests, and the things that make me tick; and video gaming falls into a couple of categories. But that’s later, this is now, let’s load you up with some Updates and New News.

I probably should have mentioned this in my last post, but it had slipped my mind then. I finished my first script. Some of you might be familiar with a story I came up with around 2007, named “Last Call“. When I got to TCC I started converting it into a movie script. I finished my first version of the script by about the time I got into TCC’s script writing class, and realized then that it had a lot of problems…lot’s of things that needed to be fixed. At that time, my script was 57 pages long. After a number of corrections, revisions, and new additions, I have a new finished script at 135 pages long. It’s felt like such a long process in the making, I’m not sure what to do with it now. I’d love to do like my ex-girlfriend, and make some serious efforts to try and get this thing made. It would be an ambitious project. Maybe I’ll put the wheels in motion some day.

I might be back on track with mi español class. I got a 96% on my oral interview the other day. My homework has all been on point. I’ve got the final coming up on Monday for the first half of the class, so we’ll see if all the effort will pay off.

Alright, meat and potatoes time. Game Reviews. The first game up on the chopping block is Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The game, thought to be the sequel to Deus Ex, the PC/PS2 game released in 2000, but it is actually the third game in the trilogy. The second game being Deus Ex: Invisible War, released on PC/Xbox in 2004. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is actually a prequil to the other two games, so you don’t need to have played the other two to hope to keep up with the story, which is nice. The story follows Adam Jensen, security consultant for Sarif Industries, one of several technology companies that pioneers the field of human mechanical augmentation. The story opens with an attack on Sarif Industries by a group of black ops augmented soldiers. Adam Jensen is near fatally wounded by one of the groups leading trio of highly trained soldiers. Adams life is saved by having Sarif Industries high military grade augmentations installed in his body. The story follows Jensen in his pursuit of the elite black ops team that assaulted Sarif Industries and the answers behind the research that was halted, and stolen in the assault.
The story will pull you in all the way to the end. The story is powerful, and doesn’t rely on cheap gimmicks to keep you involved, it holds it’s own.
The gameplay elements feel like a synthesis of styles from several different games. The first element is the inventory system, it feels exactly like the inventory system from the Resident Evil series. There are even certain items that you can combine in the inventory. The gameplay itself felt very reminiscent of the Metal Gear Solid series. Gameplay seemed to favor the stealth approach; bodies needed to be hidden when possible or sentries would be alerted, and there was lots of memorizing of patrol routes. The gun work switched back and forth in between first person and third person depending on whether you are in cover or not. The upgrade system felt like Mass Effect. You get upgrade points every now and then, and you must decide for yourself how you use those points.
My only complaint is that the game in places requires you to have certain upgrades in place for optimum efficiency. There always felt like 2 or 3 ways to get things done, but it would have been nice to know a little bit more about what you were up against, and been able to plan accordingly.
Nothing in this game feels forced. The gameplay and the story are solid, and stand on their own 2 legs. This is a definite recommend for any fan of stealth games with powerful story lines. I give it a 4 out of 5.

I would like to also review Gears of War 3, but I’ve only gotten through the campaign. There is a substantial multi-player element to it, and a co-op campaign mode that I have yet to try out, so my review would be incomplete. I’ll hold off on that until I can get the full experience.

Hopefully I’ll be back on here within a week to complete my report on Gears. That’s my slice of life right now. Gotta get back to studying for the español final.

Footnote: I actually started writing this post last night, and got wildly distracted when a fight nearly broke out, outside my window. I went out to my front porch to investigate, and one of my roommates filled me in. Supposedly, it came down to an alcoholic altercation over wanting some pussy, and pursuing it too aggressively. I guess this is the price I pay for sticking myself back in a college town, in a college live-space: the majority of the people here are 4-6 years to my junior, and still carry around that drama and brash inhibition that disappears with a several years of being out of the nest. I remember what those days were like, and was glad to see them go. Ugh, welcome back drama, I’ve got a year lease here, I’m sure you won’t be a stranger. I’m keeping the doors locked.

Keep your heads up, your minds sharp, and your hearts open.

– The Outlaw


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