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Modster Madness !Double Feature! (Sep. 26, ’09)

26 Sep

Hey guys! Welcome to the second episode of Modster Madness. If you’ve seen the Zombie Master review, you know the drill: I tell you about a mod of a game, and if you should get it or not. Simple enough right? Well, today it’s a double feature, so let’s get going quick. It’s time to review:

                                                       

MINERVA is a single player Half-Life 2 mod that takes mod storytelling to the next level, engaging you in most of the stuff that is happening. Maybe not so much as Half-Life 2 itself did, but it dilivers more than you’d expect from a mod. The game begins on an island invaded by the Combine. You’re dropped there by a group that is attempting to investigate the island and find out what’s there. You’re directed by a tezt scroll in the upper left corner of the screen (at least I think it’s the upper left, I haven’t played MINERVA in awhile). It tells you to go to certain places on the island and complete certain tasks. The tasks were a bit hard to follow because it was only text and it went by a little too fast, causing me to have to reload earlier save files to learn what my next ojective was.

                                        

In the beginning, it feels like just anyother mod, walking across the surface of the island shooting Combine soldiers, then going inderground to fight zombies, then going up again to fight more Combine. But then, after some time the observer starts to talk a bit about your past. Basically you learn that you betrayed the humans and they’re using you to do their bidding in payment for his sins. Rough. Anyways, the plot definitely thickens as you learn more and more what your group really needs you for (or whether they need you at all). I startedtp actually feel for the character I was playing as, merely because the writing was so good, and towards the end the player will be fully immersed in the story. It’s gripping, it’s suspenseful, it’s really fun.

                                                  

MINERVA is not flawless though. As I said before, I had to reload save files to read text. I think I had to do it eight or more times. Nonetheless, this is a great mod and you’d be wise to play it ASAP. MINERVA: Metastasis, remember the name, because this mod has an awesome story, and really sinks in at the end (which is nowhere near anti-climactic).

And now, onto our second mod:

                                                    

Another single player mod, Riot Act takes place in a Combine prison that’s being attacked by an antlion horde. Your character, named Jamil, had his cell door left open. You escape, find a crowbar (of course) and an SMG/ammo supplying ally in the beginning. As you progress you will find more allies who you able to recruit as you start your riot. In the process you defeat an antlion guardian and gain control of the antlions, as you did in Half-Life 2.

                                      

According to your supplier, Alyx Vance and Gordan Freeman are the cause of the antlion attack. Don’t know how, but they are. That is not to say that it is a canon mod (though I like to think that it is). It’s merely a neat plot point they put in the story. Even though Riot Act is primarily an action packed adventure mod, it does have a plot twist in it that I won’t spoil for you. It isn’t major, but let’s just say I grew attached to my little party after awhile.

Riot Act is about as short as Portal, but definitely long for a mod. There were moments when I thought it was over when it had merely begun. It provides loads of action sequences that make you feel like a super hero. Oh, and the last battle (which I will also not spoil for you) is a really intense and surprising moment. Overall, you should play Riot Act. You can get it from Steam any time you want for free. It’s fun, it’s exhilarating, hell, it’s a friggin’ riot act!

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And that concludes the double feature for this evening. This is Liak Lienad, signing off.

WARNING: You must own Half-Life 2 to get these mods.

Better than the best…cartoon….ever….

26 Sep

This is actually a musical cartoon rather than a kickass fight. But it’s an awesome musical, in such a way that I like it better than the kickass fight. Check it out here. The cartoon is called Tarboy.

http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/509092

My thoughts on Shane Acker’s 9

23 Sep

I went to see 9 feeling a bit uneasy about it. I knew it would be good, but how good was the question. I guess as the theater drew closer, I just felt less and less easy about it. In all honesty though, it was a nice experience. The first thing that I noticed was how beautiful the movie was. I mean, this movie was GORGEOUS. It felt sort of like a dark Pixar movie, with the grey, Fallout 3 visuals and the attention to detail in the environment. There’s little things hidden around every corner in the background. It really is a great looking movie. But how about I give you my analysis of the real deal, the guts of the film. The stuff that really matters.

                                      

The story of 9 is definitely a nice story. It’s very easy to understand, and could be explained to a 7 year old. However, there’s a reason they say in the TV spots that 9, “isn’t your little brother’s animated film.” 9 is a dark story, and goes somewhere most post-apocolyptic films never dare to go: the actual death of humanity. Many post-apoc’ films have destroyed the planet, or a large portion of it, but never its inhabitants. There was always at least some sign of human life in existence. Even if it’s only one human, or all the humans are somewhere off-planet, there is humans. The first thing you might notice about 9 is that it has guts though and decides, “Hey, you like humanity? Haha! Well, sucks for you then, ’cause it’s gone.”

The story is this: The U.S. used a scientist to build them a special machine that could build other machines in its own image, quickly at that. It was meant to be used as a peacekeeper, but the government decided to change that by using the machines to conquer other countries. When the scientist disagreed and tried to stop the machine from building more of these robotic soldiers, the government captured him, and the creator machine became angry, turning it’s robots against the humans. The entire human race was wiped out, but just before the end, the scientist managed to make a machine with a power unlike any other, and gave nine ragdolls the spark of life. They were created to somehow, someway, protect the future of Earth.

I won’t say too much else (and if I was wrong about the U.S. being the ones, my bad, I kind of forgot that part), but I will say that the end was pretty anti-climactic. It really felt like the build-up toward the real good part movie, but because it was so short it just messed that part up. However, I think 9 was more about the journey than reaching the X that marked the spot.

                                          

The characters of 9 (named after the numbers 1 through 9) are kind of dull in all honesty. Well, it’s not that I didn’t like them, it’s just they had little to no time to develope. A few felt fake and bland, like 8. I never felt him as a character, just as a bully who had no buisness being in the film. However, I will see that what 9 lacked in characters (for me anyway) they made up for in action and even suspense. I was scared for the characters because in all honesty, I didn’t think anyone was safe. It felt like at any moment someone would be killed. I don’t want to spoil anything, but there were quite a few twists and turns in this movie.

The action in 9 was great. Although I think the theater I was in was playing the sound a bit low in volume. I think I’ve watched my TV at louder volumes than that movie. Ah well, the scenes themselves were great. 7, the female badass character in the film, did quite a few great tricks with her weapons, and fought some pretty nasty creatures and the devices the heroes used to fight the machines were very creative and cool. I also enjoyed the creatures themselves. The monsters the nine heroes fought were some pretty nasty creatures.

Overall, 9 was an enjoyable experience. Whether you enjoy it for its stunning visuals, its awesome action, or its simplistic story, it doesn’t matter. You will most likely enjoy it. And if you don’t, well that’s fine too. We’re all entitled to our own opinion, aren’t we?