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Monday, August 30, 2010

Mafia II - Personal Review: 8.5/10

Mafia II - An action-packed action game (with a good flavor)!

I successfully finished Mafia II today, and let me tell you: I'm impressed. And I'm not easily impressed. Overall experience: very satisfied. This game will immerse you into the unforgiving world of the Mob, with a unique style and brand of story telling and acting.

Story

The story is kind of linear and has some twists that the player doesn't expect. But all-in-all it's a good story, going from growing up in the slums to becoming a real-time gangster, despair, loss, drama, comedy, everything you could want from a game. The main character that you're playing, Vito Scaletta, starts out as a boy from Sicily, who immigrates to Empire Bay in the US, and tries to start a life there, along with his parents. Later on he starts robbing stores and finally gets caught, and sent in the Army to war. After coming back on leave because of a wound, he reunites with his family, and his friend, Joe, who arranges for him to be pardoned. They start on small-time jobs, from stealing cars to beating up people, until Vito gets caught selling Federal Gas Stamps and gets thrown into jail.
In jail, he makes a friend, who is a very influent person on the outside, and who helps reduce his sentence and gets him out of jail quicker.
Once on the outside, he starts doing jobs again, and becomes very successful at what he's doing, and, together with Joe, they go on a rampage of jobs, ranging from deliveries to 'whacking' people in broad daylight. But all is not well in Empire Bay, and the player finds out what kind of twists and turns the plot reserves for him. But that's to the player to discover, not for me to spoil (more than I did).
Overall, I give the story (including ending) an 8.
I purposely left out details because you have to play the game to get the feel of it.

Gameplay

From the way the cars feel, to the way the game runs, it's one good piece of work. The controls of the cars are simple, the feeling when driving is great, the sounds are authentic, and everything is dandy. The game runs very good on a GTS 250 (aka. nVidia 9800GTX), and can run on lower end systems. The physics are realistic, and when you shoot walls, glass or wood, they will start to break into tiny little pieces or holes will remain in walls, and rubble will fall off. It helps if you have a good GPU to get to the eye-candy.
There were some graphic glitches sometimes when driving or going into some zones (big black textureless lines), that will disappear when reloading a checkpoint or going out of that zone and coming back again.
When you get into a vehicle, you can access the radio, which has three radio stations, playing either the music of those years (1940-1950), or the news of the latest jobs you pulled. The track listing can be found at the following address: http://www.2kgames.com/mafia2/community/us/features_song_list.php.
The weather effects are dazzling, and when it's snowing, raining, it feels vivid. Also, it affects the handling of the vehicles very much, the cars being a lot harder to drive on a snowy or rainy day.
There are bonus things you can collect, one of them being Playboy magazines. You can collect them, as well as artwork, and visualize them in the main menu.
With all these things in mind, I give the gameplay a big 9, because of the authenticity.

More of the review I will leave to you, the gamer, or the player, because trust me, I have to recommend this game to you.

Good luck!

- David aka. Tassadar over and out.

Friday, August 27, 2010

I Won! (Metro 2033 and Just Cause 2, via Steam, courtesy of Palit Microsystems)

PALIT MICROSYSTEMS

Well today was my lucky day. I entered a contest on Palit USA's Facebook page, and won. The task was: "Whoever can name the most Graphic Card brand(discrete or onboard) by end of today. 5pm Pacific Standard Time. We will give that person 2 Full game on Steam. Just Cause 2 and Metro 2033. Looking for 2 Winners!"

I was one of them, and I got the two License Keys via PM on Facebook, to activate on Steam. Here's an idea of the games I got, and their respective trailers:

Just Cause 2



Metro 2033



- David aka. Tassadar over and out

Thursday, August 26, 2010

ERROR ?!? !*(^@*!&%^#!*(%

RDS FAILED
RDS Failed.

- David aka. Tassadar over and out.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

There was a problem installing this hardware...

Windows: Will Install Needless Data Over Whole System

Windows sure knows how to crap all over the place. Just check this picture out:

Windows: The modern version of hell

- David aka. Tassadar over and out.

Facebook integration in progress

Since everyone's using facebook these days, I've decided to integrate my blog into facebook, and vice-versa. As such, some new plugins might pop up on my blog and a page has been created on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tassadars-Blog/148841808468211). Be sure to "Like" if you like something, and spread the word. I know there aren't many readers here, and this is just a hobby, but I have fun doing it. More and more articles will be added, hopefully.

Good day!

- David aka. Tassadar over and out.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Google has Inside Information

'Nuff said, this picture demonstrates how Google will translate "dick" with the romanian "police officer".


Police officer?

Friday, August 6, 2010

Comedis - KK-Maka (Imnul Crizei) - AKA. Cum sa faci haz de necaz... din nou

 


Din nou, Romanii pe primul loc cu hazul de necaz


Deja ne-am obisnuit cu manifestarile noastre originale, de fiecare data cand nu ne convine ceva. Deja ne-am obisnuit sa facem haz de necaz, sa ne complacem in ceea ce se numeste cacatul asta de tara. Nu ne convine, ne plangem la vecina, la vecinul, la mama, la tata, injuram, scuipam, dar in final, la fel facem: ne complacem.

Asta face si melodia asta, intr-un fel. Incearca sa sensibilizeze (sau sa "faca misto") de situatia noastra actuala ca popor si ca tara. Insa in afara de a indrepta degetul spre ceea ce cu totii stim, nu face nimic. Si nici nu va avea vreun efect asupra nimanui, decat a fi ascultata de cateva ori prin trecere si de a ramane o amintire.

Mai tineti minte melodia lui Smiley si Alex? "Am bani de dat?"



Sau cumva, cea a lui "Eduard CRBL", "Romanu' n-are noroc"? (la care pana si videoclipul este furat de la o melodie straina).



Si daca melodiile sunt varza, prostitutia muzicala isi incearca norocul, facand haz de necazul unui intreg popor.

Concluzie: Sa-mi bag **** in ea de tara si tot poporul care traieste-n ea! Amin!

- David aka. Tassadar over and out.

Zilele Aradului (16-22 August 2010)

 
Zilele Aradului

Arad - Bugetul pentru Zilele Aradului este de doar 100.000 lei dar evenimentul va fi susţinut din sponsorizări.


Viceprimarul Aradului, Geanina Pistru, a prezentat ieri programul Zilelor Aradului, finalizat tot ieri de dimineaţă. Din start, oficialul a precizat că, dată fiind situaţia actuală, bugetul manifestării a avut de suferit. Dacă anul trecut pentru sărbătoarea Aradului s-au alocat din bugetul local 500.000 lei, în acest an Primăria scoate din buget doar 100.000 lei. Totuşi, bugetul evenimentului e dublu şi ar putea creşte până la începutul propriu-zis al sărbătorii (16 august). Totul e posibil, potrivit Geaninei Pistru, datorită sponsorilor. Din sponsorizări, s-a adunat până acum 150.000 lei, dar se speră că alte firme vor da şi ele o mână de ajutor pentru reuşita acţiunii.

În pofida problemelor financiare, Primăria nu a dorit să renunţe la eveniment şi nici să taie din numărul de zile de sărbătoare. Ca atare, viceprimarul susţine că vom avea de toate în perioada 16-22 august 2010.

Spectacole de teatru, expoziţii de fotografie şi pictură, decernări de titluri şi premii, plimbări cu Săgeata Verde, cu titicarul, concerte de fanfară, o expoziţie cu trenuleţe, spectacole de marionete, conferinţe, valsuri şi petreceri pe ştrand: acesta este oferta Primăriei pentru Zilele Aradului. Punctul forte va fi dat, ca în fiecare an, de concertele de muzică populară din cartiere (Vlaicu, Alfa şi Micălaca), dar mai ales de concertul de sâmbătă de la Ştrandul Neptun. Pistru susţine că pe scena de la ştrand vor urca sâmbătă seara două formaţii italiene de muzică, dar şi Andreea Bănică şi Direcţia 5.

3.500 de euro pentru Direcţia 5


Viceprimarul nu s-a ferit să facă publice sumele pe care Primăria le va plăti artiştilor: Direcţia 5 va încasa 3.500 de euro, Andreea Bănică undeva pe la 800 euro, în timp ce formaţiile italiene nu vor fi plătite de Municipalitate, acestea venind la Arad cu ajutorul comunităţii italiene de aici.

Târg pe bulevard


De vineri, 20 august, pe Bulevardul Revoluţiei, între Teatru şi Primăria Arad, va fi organizat şi un târg de unde arădenii îşi pot achiziţiona obiecte de artizanat dar nu numai. Modul în care va fi dirijată circulaţia va fi făcut public în zilele care vor veni.

A.B.D.
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Original post taken from aradon.ro

- David aka. Tassadar over and out

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

"& # 8 2 3 8 ;" - The Reversed Reality

Well, today I learned a secret. A special string, more notably "& # 8 2 3 8 ;" (without spaces and without quotes) - will make browsers display all the text you write after it in reverse. Imagine that!

So if I start writing something and I want to make it look interesting, I could start like this:

‮This is a test of the special string

‮This string makes web browsers display the line the string's encountered on in reverse. This makes it fun to use in certain situations. You could try it out as well.

LOL! LMAO! ROFLMAOBBQ!

- David aka. Tassadar over and out