This is one of the games that isn’t on my list for 2014 because I only spent about a month playing it. I feel that there is a need to explain the back story of this game. I was playing World of Warcraft for years and I was more about gold making than anything else so when a mate got into Eve he asked why not give it ago? The reason for this is because quite a huge part of Eve is to do with economy and making the in-game currency isk. For the first month I had a bet going with a mate that I wouldn’t be able to make enough isk to buy a plex, but I managed to do it. After that though the game fell off because this mate, that is quite typical he got bored and moved onto other games so being left in the universe on my own I kind of let it slip.
So I hear you ask why are you considering going back? Well my mate hasn’t wanted to go back but while realising I need to get on with reading the book series of Ice and Fire it dawned on me while playing Eve I made huge progress reading the first book Game of Thrones. So with that in mind I started to watch a few streams and remember although my mate wasn’t playing I did meet some nice people in the game as well and probably didn’t give it a good enough chance after completing the bet and my mate leaving the game.
Although it’s not something that you want from a game but it is possible to multi-task in Eve because you can mine safely enough and make isk while reading or doing something else. This isn’t the only reason for going back though because if I do I am going to try to experience more of the game other than just mining. That being said though with my list of games that need my attention and the fact it is a subscription based game I don’t know whether I really want to commit to it.
What are your thoughts on Eve? Or any MMO at the moment?
I went into this movie thinking it was a sequel to 300 and for the most part it is but don’t think it will carry on from where 300 left off. Trying not to give too much away but it is kind of showing the events of 300 but from a different view and gives even more depth to 300.
The movie itself though is really good, even though it added depth to 300 you can watch this movie even if you haven’t seen 300 because it gives you enough to understand what is going on. I have to say I really enjoyed the movie I haven’t got many faults with it, because it was just an awesome action movie. That said it has a strong enough story that means that you don’t have to be happy with just blood and fights but it always helps.
The acting was on par with the original as well. I thought Eva Green performance was 10/10 but the lead role Sullivan Stapleton I didn’t feel the connection as much with his character like I did with Gerald Butler in the original.
Would I say this movie was worth it? Yes I would quite happily give this movie a 9/10 because the few problems I have with the movie wasn’t anything really but pulls it away from 10/10. Those negative points would give too many spoilers so I will leave it there but see if you can guess what the negative points were for me.
While sat here in the sun with my Jack Russell and a coffee. I had a look at my domain statistics just see when it was due for renewal and it amazed me to realise I have owned totalreach.co.uk for 7 years this month.
While thinking back through the 7 years that I have had this domain and what I have done with it, I had some mixed emotions because things have been and gone. The problem with me is that I have to have the latest and greatest, I have the urge to try new technologies and yes that is good but it also has its drawbacks. In those 7 years I have always been doing one project or another but it hasn’t always been on Total Reach or it has been trying different platforms on Total Reach. While Total Reach itself hasn’t really changed over the years its always been for the most part my blog, its just I’ve had down time from it deciding to go with other platforms like Blogger and Tumblr. Or changing system wide things that has meant I’ve lost my content.
With this reflection I’ve made me decision and that is to make sure to stick with WordPress and Total Reach for the future. I don’t know how long for but make an effort just to stick with it so I can look back and have something that shows the changes in my life, or the difference in content I was producing over time. I know that for a prime example Total Reach started off with Technology news and then went into current affairs. Nowadays its game related but although I know the stages I went through I think it would be quite cool just to see the content. With that trip down memory lane I think its time to sign off as Jake (the Jack Russell) is chewing something he shouldn’t :p
This was quite interesting last night after saying that I was burnout. I had to try this game mode as it is in beta for the next couple of days and I have to say I am really impressed.
Although I wasn’t sure when they mentioned it because I thought that it took away some of the flexibility the game has when in champion select. That said after playing some games with both loses and wins I have to say it does seem to be more positive. The toxicity doesn’t seem to be there as much, because out of the 5 games I played I think that I had one toxic player. That sort of thing means I am happy with the game because you’re not going to be arguing who’s playing who and where. It seems to put people in a better mood, because they have the champion in the role that they want.
Queue times wasn’t too bad early on but towards the afternoon they started to get a little longer. For me though it doesn’t matter as much because your going to get a more positive experience when playing and if Riot decide to use this instead of Normal Blind Pick I would it would decrease times because there will be a higher volume of players using the new function. The only thing I would like to see in the new way of forming teams is the ability to do a mixture of party and randoms because at the moment it’s either a full party of 5 invited or randoms no in the middle.
Overall the beta for me has been a positive experience and I really do hope that Riot implement this permanently just with the addition of being able to do a mixture of pre made and randoms because I know myself that it is hard to get a full team together.
I might be behind the times, but Alan Wake was the first game on my list to complete for 2014. After the MMOs and MOBAs which have taken a back seat due to the time that they take to do.
All I have to say about this game, I now understand the hype that it had when it was first released. The gameplay is ok, I have to admit I played it on easy because I am not much of a gamer I am trying to change that as you will see with my progress through the list that is mentioned above, however you don’t play this game for the gameplay in my opinion its the story where this game exiles. This game just has one of the best story lines that I have experienced in a game it is almost as if your living the story with the character. I think this is due to how simple the game play was. I admit that I haven’t completed everything I just concentrated on the main story and didn’t purposefully go around for the collectables and I would say it took me about 12 hours in total. This is definitely one that I would recommend picking up you will not be disappointed.
I would give this a 8/10 because I really enjoyed it the story kept engrossed in the game but I felt the gameplay was quite repetitive. With that being said I now can’t wait to move on to the American Nightmare. I didn’t put this one on the list because it comes under the Franchise.
This is something that I am considering because lately due to the game list that I want to do I haven’t been getting the practise I need to constantly produce performances on summoners rift. That being said I want to play a game and not worry too much about the result.
At the start of this season that was going to be the attitude I was going to take anyway but I have found I have been caring about my performance because I want to get out of bronze. The problem with this is I am putting pressure on myself and finding that I am playing more and more toxic players so I am no longer enjoying the game. Not saying that Normals will not have the toxic players when the game goes wrong but once I’ve played that game that I don’t really care about I can try another with no real consequence. Not only that playing other games, you kind of see just how bad League can be with the way players can be on the rift, I say on the rift because outside the game I have found the community to be really nice. It’s just when you’re in a game that want to win consumes players and with that you see an ugly side to these people when the game starts to go the wrong way.
I know I am generalising but I just don’t want the pressure at the moment so I might just play Normal Draft as a substitute while I am working through my gaming list. Just because I feel burnt out right now as far as League of Legends is concerned, I do get the urge to play the game just half way through I start to think why?
Have you ever had some games or period of time where you need down time from the game?
This was one of the movies that I went to the cinema not expecting much, even though it has Liam Neeson in. As we all know Liam Neeson has this ability to make a movie that is probably really bad and turn it around just to be awesome in my opinion.
He didn’t disappoint in his performance for this movie, I really enjoyed it and although it was all set in the same place and there wasn’t much movement in the movie. I never felt bored or thinking this needs to hurry up. The suspense was well-built up and the mystery become bigger and bigger. That all said I don’t know what it was about this movie but there was something that stops me giving it full marks. I guess it was limitations that the movie had with the storyline, however I felt the character development was good.
Overall I really enjoyed this movie and would suggest its worth catching with a respectable 8/10
Me and my mates are planning to make a list of games we want to complete in 2014 due to my backlog here is my list. Times taken from http://www.howlongtobeat.com/
- Guilds Wars 2 – Guardian to level 80 and possibly a Thief
- Keep up daily win on League of Legends
- Alan Wake Entire Franchise – 16 hours
- Bioshock – 12 hours
- Bioshock 2 – 11 hours
- Bioshock Infinite – 11.5 hours
- Crysis 2 – 9 hours
- Dead Island – 18.5 hours
- Dead Space – 11.5 hours
- Deus Ex – Human Revolution – Director’s Cut -27.5 hours
- Skyrim Legendary Edition – 31 hours
- F.E.A.R. – 9 hours
- F.E.A.R. 2 – 7.5 hours (have the expansions but might not do them not a priority)
- F.E.A.R. 3 - 6 hours
- Game of Thrones – 21 hours
- Just Cause 2 – 18 hours
- Metro 2033 – 9.5 hours
- Risen – 23 hours
- Risen 2 – 25.5 hours
- Sleeping Dogs – 14.5 hours
- The Walking Dead – 12.5 hours
- The Witcher 2 – 24 hours
This could be an expanding list throughout the year and the times are an estimate not how long it will actually take me. This is also a reference to the backlog I have to get through thanks to my love of playing MOBAs and MMOs
House of Cards Season 2 is upon us and I have to admit I have only watched the first episode but thought it would be a good time to get this blog post out.
I must admit I really enjoyed Season 1 it was really quite refreshing being able to watch the entire season of something back to back as soon as it came out. Along with being really well done, this season seems to be going the same way but there is one major flaw I would say is that they didn’t do a recap on the first season at the beginning. I watch House of Cards Season 1 when it first came out, and its been a while now so although I really enjoyed it and remember certain things about it, to jump straight back into the story without a recap was a little jarring.
For the most part though as the episode went on I quickly started to remember what was going on. Obviously missing out details, that being said though if your going to watch House of Cards Season 2 then you do have access to Season 1 in full because it’s all Netflix based. So I guess its me not wanting to re watch season 1 which is what I really should have done over the last week.
How have you found House of Cards season 2 so far? Try not to give any spoilers though.
I have to admit I haven’t seen the original Robocop to the amazement of friends, and when I say I haven’t seen it I’ve seen bits of it just not been able to watch the whole movie all the way through. Never fear though its on my Netflix to watch list, and I will get around to it.
However back to the movie in hand I have to say I really enjoyed this movie. I thought that it was really well done, it gave you the plot and action. It also dealt with some interesting topics because of the developments in robotics in reason years, I would go more into this but I don’t want to give too many spoilers away. The acting was ok, bordering on good. As I said in the beginning of this post I don’t have the original to compare it to, to say whether it did it justice.
Overall I would give this movie 7/10 I really enjoyed it and would recommend going to see it and although there isn’t any negatives in the post I don’t feel that it deserves much more than that. I guess it was some sort of feel good movie and just showed that you can stick the middle finger up to the system.