All posts by chrisw92

A long time moderator for blazebyte and a generally relaxed guy.

New James bond game

I proved it once and I can prove it again Bigbondfan (more likely know as BBF08 now) has nothing on me, I own every bond game since goldeneye even the terrible goldeneye: rouge agent. Now this game is next on my list… with improved graphics and hand-to-hand combat system this game should live up to expectations.

Called James Bond 007: Blood Stone, this new bond game looks amazing with the teaser trailer I viewed about three minutes before writing this blog post. It features Daniel Craig’s voice (and looks of course) as Bond unlike Adam Croasdell that was previously rumoured, the game also features Judi Dench and Joss Stone (whom also performs the title song) in this totally original story made especially for Blood Stone.

The trailer also implies there will be loads of diving modes/missions within this game which could backfire bad like on the Agent under fire game but I’m hoping its more like Nightfire game where the driving mission were a pleasure. Blood Stone will also include 16 player multiplayer which hopefully would be a lot better than quantum of solace’s passable attempt and fingers crossed Activision would have listened to players and will include a split screen mode.

More lush looking images below…

P.S. expect a review from me of this Video game shortly after release.

Source: MI6.co.uk

The 92nd Review of – Ski Air Mix

Hi, before I start this review I would like to say that I’m thinking of doing these type of reviews as a “regular” feature. Anyway back to the game review…

The video game I am about to review today is called Ski Air Mix, (sounds thrilling doesn’t it) for the PlayStation one. I don’t really know how I got this game but I think it was in a bundle of some sort with many of my other cheap PS1 games which will most likely gain there own spots on this blog, you can tell the type of games that will cost less than the CD that they are printed on when you see the words Pocket Price on the label (I’m guessing this is a company because all my bad PS1 games have this little label on but I am too lazy to check)

So as I vaguely remembered this game I know what I was going to be in for, and started up the game once again. Man I love the that old sound of the PS1 boot. Oh and If your wondering why It looks like I am trying to fill up space in this review, its because I am the game is really that dull. There is not much too it all you do in the game is slide down a snow covered hill and that’s it.

Graphics:

I have now found the lead for my camera so you no longer have to take my word on it. The graphics are terrible sure they may look okay on viddler but that little video player is not exactly a decent 32” TV. Zooming past badly texturized rocks and trees at around three frames a second makes you want to accidentally leave the disc in a microwave if you get what I mean.

You can’t even see where the track sides are half of the time, you can however choose the course track and costume before playing but its utterly pointless, the tracks seem almost identical only with different corners to throw you off course and a different colored house now and then. And the costumes are just to change the colour of the block that sort of resembles a man figure. For this abomination the graphics are only going to get a 2/10.

Sound:

If you haven’t watched the gameplay clip I suggest you do so now before reading the rest of this review. Saw it? Good. The sound is even worse than the graphics with a “boo” every time you jump on a high point and a “cuhuh” every time you hit the side of the track (unfortunately not heard in the youtube video). I will give the sound guy some credit though because he made it possible to play your disc in a normal CD player and listen to the same repetitive tracks over and over again no mater how far away you are from the PlayStation. And because repetition makes everything more fun I am going to give the sound a 4/10 just because I can. PS that’s not my camera making that horrid white noise its the game.

Gameplay:

You may have thought this game couldn’t be any worse and you would be wrong the controls are very simple you have your left and right buttons on the D-pad, the X button to jump and the up button to crouch (although this is never needed). Seems simple enough but only the game decides when you actually press the buttons not you so you spend most of your time shouting “turn, turn!, %?@*$&! TURN!” at the screen hoping that the game would hear you and actually make use of the buttons you press (or at this point smashing). Because of the game never paying attention to you you can actually play levels without ever touching the controller, as you are always on a hill your character will eventually make its way down to the bottom and to the end of the level. Its even worse with split-screen because its the exact same single player experience but only doubled, which means its guaranteed your eyes and ears will hate you for the rest of the day. Only 1/10 for the gameplay because I am not going to give any game minus points.

One thing I found amusing:

I don’t know if you noticed but the circle button is actually to select (which confused me twice trying to play this game) but unlike nearly every other game made in the world the controls say the circle button is to decide not to confirm of select, just decide.

Final score:

I would recommend buying this game just to destroy it so no one else has to suffer but other than that Ski Air Mix gets a final score of 2.5/10.

So thanks for reading this review and don’t forget to post a comment below or in the forums, the more you comment the more I will review and you may even get me on my old dance mat again in the future.

PSP go with free games

Okay, some of you may have already noticed from other sources but I think it could mean big news especially with E3 just around the corner.

If you register your PSP Go before November using the Playstation website you can get ten games at no extra cost, let me say (write?) that again… You get 10 games for free!

The games aren’t bad either quite a few of them are some of the best you can own for the PSP system, they are as follows:

  • LittleBigPlanet
  • MotorStorm Arctic Edge
  • Need for Speed Shift
  • Assassins Creed: Bloodlines
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
  • Gran Turismo
  • James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game
  • Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice
  • 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa
  • Wipeout Pure

Not too shabby, some great games there im sure you will agree. but why just now, why didn’t Sony do this offer earlier to shift some more PSP Go’s at launch? I have a theory and that is that I think Sony Computer Entertainment are going to announce something big at E3. Not necessarily a “PSP2″ system but I do think it will have something to do with the Playstation Portable.

my advice would be if your thinking about getting a PSP and you don’t already own one, get a PSP Go but if you have a PSP already don’t bother, you probably own half (if not more) of the games stated above. Also this offer is for the AE, AU, GB, IE, NZ only, USA on the other hand only get three games so…

[source: http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2010/06/01/buy-a-new-pspgo-and-get-10-free-games/]

what’s your thoughts? leave a comment below or post in the Forums.

mflow – a revolution or a gimmick?

As some of you may already know I’m a music guy, I just love anything about technology music especially if its something new and totally different… oh and a bit weird. So when I heard about this program called mflow from a friend, I just had to try it out…

screen-shot of mflow

okay what is it already? Good question, its (to my understanding) a whole new concept of music stores such as the one built into the popular iTunes and the likes of amazon. Instead of having a section where people/the store can recommend other songs and albums you may like and instead of having a “what other people who liked this bought” there is nothing. It replaces this rather boring feature of these stores with something called flows, I will explain in a moment.

I have had access to the beta for around a day now, as the full program comes out on the 15-4-2010, and its a great concept that could be built into existing stores (with some sort of licence I guess). The easiest way I can describe it is that it is like twitter and the iTunes store bundled into one, you search for tracks and when you find a one you like and think the people who are following you will like you click the “flow” button and it sends that track to there flows inbox with a full preview of that track that they can listen to and buy if they want. if they do deicide to buy the track (for 79p or some certain tracks are 99p) then 20% of the money that bought that track goes to you, which basically means you get paid to say “hey look at this cool song I just found” to all your mates.

if you are just wanting to buy the track you can have the usual 30 second preview of the song, but you can choose which part of the song to play that 30 seconds and you can play it as many times as you like. for instance if you listened to 30 seconds of the verse and are still unsure you can just click to when the chorus kicks in and play 30 seconds from there. Also if you do deicide to buy the song it will download as a DRM-free format (which means you can put it on whatever you want, not just your Zune)

flows

you can follow whoever you want and anyone can follow you, so if someone likes the type of music im into and want to hear more, some that they may not have ever heard before they can simply follow me and get the latest songs im “flowing” straight to there flow inbox and vice-versa. unfortunately it is only available in the UK at the moment but hopefully it will arrive in other contries like other programs have done such as the great Spotify.

The official website is at http://www.mflow.com/ where you can request an invite into the beta, also if any of you want to follow me to see what type of music I enjoy my user name is chrisw92, the same as it is here on blazebyte.

Don’t Google with Google[.com]

Yes I know, its a confusing title. Its not like I don’t like Google, its a great search engine and its name is knowing by more people than Chuck Norris’s. [fact]

But there are better websites for searching out there, no im not talking about Bing or Yahoo. im talking about the Google, you will see what I mean. Here is a list of my top 8: [no particular order]

1: http://www.google.com/intl/xx-hacker/

- Its just Google with a “hacker” language, sort of an an easter egg.

2: http://www.google.com/intl/xx-pirate/

-again its just Google but this time with the great almighty pirate language, another easter egg by google.

3: http://www.mysterygoogle.com/

- its just random searches, nothing what you type into the search at all. little thing I found: type in hello

4: http://web.archive.org/web/19981111183552/google.stanford.edu/

- the first version of google. not much to tell about this one.

5: http://www.searchkindly.org/

- gives money to charity for every search, so why not? you just use it as a search engine, nothing more and it uses the Google search engine

6: http://www.blackle.com/

- it is said it uses less power having a black screen but for LCD monitors its about the same, but if you still have a CRT monitor be green and give it a try.

7: http://www.helpuu.com/

- another charity Google powered website, looks more user friendly. all you have to do is search…

8: http://ripple.org/

- man doesn’t it feel good giving stuff to charity’s for doing nothing other than changing from searching from Google to searching from Google.

see you don’t have to Google with Google :D