F.E.A.R. 2 Project Origin


The problem with EVE is that it can sometimes take a lot of time to accomplish something when you log in.  So lately given the fact I’ve been so swamped with work I’ve only been able to mess around with games that give a shorter term payoff.  I’m a pretty big fan of the original F.E.A.R., so getting the new one was a no brainer.

In terms of genre, this one’s a sci-fi anime-inspired j-horror first person shooter.  It’s something any nerd would love to play really.  It even has a very well done version of bullet-time, which makes the ultra-violent shooter action all the more sweet when you have the edge of slow motion.

It’s been oh… since Bioshock I think, when I’ve played a shooter this atmospheric.  The city got blown to hell at the end of the first game, and making your way through it in this one is extremely well presented.  The streets are totally screwed, with debris and dust everywhere.  And as typical of the series it’s scary as all hell with all the horrific madness happening because of Alma.

Multiplayer’s nothing too out of the ordinary which is probably not a good thing, but if you’re looking for a solid single player scarefest in a sci-fi shooter form you should check this one out.

Dell Inspiron 1420

Inspiron 1420 ClosedSo as promised, I figured I’d do a little writeup of my new Dell Inspiron 1420 laptop, which shall see some field use at Fanfest this year.

One of the main reasons I went with a Dell as a laptop is that I’ve had a lot of experience with them in the past through work. They’re pretty solid units overall, so it wasn’t a big stretch to go with one. I’d considered picking up a Toshiba or something through Best Buy, but found the experience there to be too much of a hassle.

14″ seemed to be the perfect size for portability, I really don’t have any need to go much higher than that. This isn’t intended as a desktop replacement rig, since my custom built one is far more than adequate enough for gaming as it is. The high res glossy screen is pretty damn nice, and made for a worthwhile upgrade to the basic matte display.

It came with Vista Home Premium, and once my initial nausea subsided I’m finding I’m liking the OS more than I thought I would. The silly hardware requirements and extraneous CPU use no doubt impact battery life though, but I got a second battery to help with that. My only complaint was that Dell doesn’t provide physical OS media, you only get a restore partition on the drive. Thankfully they’ll courier one upon request, something which I’ve already done.

So far I’m extremely pleased with the purchase. Price wise this is pretty much at the ideal price point for someone who needs a laptop but doesn’t want to spend a kajillion pesos to do so.

Inspiron 1420 OpenInspiron 1420 Keyboard 1Inspiron 1420 Keyboard 2

Basic Specs:

  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo T5450 @ 1.66 Ghz
  • Mem: 2 gigabytes
  • Disp: 14″ high resolution glossy

The Orange Box

The Orange BoxI’ve extolled upon the virtues of Team Fortress 2 already here on this site in a previous post, but now finally Valve’s ‘The Orange Box’ is available for play.

If you’ve already preordered this, you’ve played most of what TOB has to offer. Half-life 2 and Episode 1 have been out for months already, and the Team Fortress 2 beta has been nothing short of mind blowing. Now we finally have our hands on Portal and Episode 2.

Episode 2 is quite a bit longer than Episode 1, and provides a ton of setpiece combat sequences. I won’t spoil any of the details obviously, but there’s a ton to love here if you’re a fan of HL2, and the storyline continues in riveting fashion.

Portal is nothing short of a breath of fresh air. More of a puzzle game than anything, you’re tasked with traversing various environments using a portal generating gun, letting you warp around via the blue and orange portals you can throw around at almost any surface. It’s pretty mind bending, and is a totally hilarious experience thanks to some brilliant narration. The game also has one of the best end credits ever.

All in all, Orange Box is a ridiculous value for the money. Highly recommended.