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Don’t do that Xbox One!

I can’t stand it anymore… I can’t… gah… ***purchases Dragon Age: Inquisition on mobile phone***

With all these updates, it’s making purchasing of games for my Xbox One easier. Like today, I found out Dragon Age: Inquisition was available for pre-download and I purchased it straight away – on my mobile phone. This month is expensive, I’ve already bought Forza Horizon 2, Sunset Overdrive and Dragon Age: Inquisition. There’s also Halo Master Chief Collection and Lords of the Fallen that are on my to buy list. I’m going to have a huge backlog of games to play come Christmas. Will there even be enough time to go through all these titles? Not forgetting November is the month I’m getting the Atrox Arcade Stick for my Xbox One.

I’m going to be spending a lot of money in November….

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Forza Horizon 2 – Bucket List challenge 13

After repeatedly failing this challenge, I finally managed to beat it – albeit very closely. Hopefully, this video will give others some pointers to help them succeed as well.

There were a few lessons to be learnt here. Read the title being the obvious one. In my first couple of tries, I literally followed the sat-nav and was nowhere near my destination as time ran out. So I decided to drive as straight as I can. It was difficult learning which gaps in the trees I can actually squeeze past without loosing too much speed. This took a while to learn as every time I learnt where I can go, I would be able to reach closer to the goal and every time I’d discover new territories that I did not explore before hand.

It also took me a while to notice the terrain. Laugh if you want, but I thought simply holding down the accelerator will be the best way to get me to the check point. I was so wrong. The terrain is so uneven so sometimes, your car will end up flying in the air after reaching the top of hills for example. The faster your car was travelling the higher you will go, which increases your chances of being flipped upside down. So I had to ease of the accelerator at certain points to prevent this from happening.

The final hurdle was getting enough speed and entering the road to the check point at the entrance. If you literally go straight without turning. You’d end up hitting some concrete slabs so just before you get to the check point, you have to start travelling at a half past 10 direction (if the check point is at 12 o clock). This will align you to the entrance or at least some options on how you’d like to approach the entrance.

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2

Its back. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. second season was aired last night on Channel 4 at 8pm.

I followed the first season which had a slow start (agent May and Skye was enough reason to continue watching) and it gradually became better, especially towards the end of the season but it still wasn’t a “must watch” contender for me. So naturally, I wasn’t exactly hyped for the second season, I wasn’t sure whether my invested time in another season of AoS would pay off. Especially when they had a spoiler for Captain America 2 in the first season.

Luckily, I caught the first episode. It was very impressive. Full of action and goes straight into the main story. I guess now that we’re familiar with the characters and story, the second season was able to just dive right into it. The first episode set a very good expectation for the rest of the season. I really like how much Skye has developed as a field agent (and her suit); the scene between her and Ward was really good too – can we trust him, can we not? The only thing I think is real is his feelings for Skye. But the best bit was the big reveal about FitzSimmons. I won’t ruin it and I will only say it was a brilliant move and makes me look forward to future episodes to see if anything changes.

Love the new hair and suit

Love the new hair and suit

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Tomb Raider 1.25?

So I’ve read the new Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortal novel by Dan Abnett & Nick Vincent and have mixed feelings about it.

To be fair, the authors did have a tough task at hand as they’re supposed to pick up the story from the end of Tomb Raider, yet their story can’t contain events or characters that are so important that it would have a great effect on the upcoming game (Rise of the Tomb Raider).

I thought the book spent a tad too much time setting everything up in this adventure, it may have been necessary though. When I got to about a third of the book, I was hooked. It was like reading about something straight out of the Bourne Identity movies. This was also the point when some cools characters appear – they’re not quite fully fleshed out and used in the whole book though (*spoiler and reason below). About 65% through the book, I think there’s just too many adversaries in the equation. Frankly, one of the parties could’ve been absent from the book.

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Lydia was so cool, she used her amazing parkour skills to traverse the rooftops of Paris to track down the escaping Lara and then the authors easily kill Lydia off and replace her with lots of generic thugs in the end.
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I did, surprisingly, enjoy how the tales and legends unfolded through Lara’s conversations. How there were multiple views on just one artifact and it provided leads to her next location.

Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals isn’t a master piece but it was a fun read. It was restricted in how much Lara can actually develop as this is canon material. As a result this felt like a Tomb Raider 1.25.

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Watch your fuel!

On a lazy Sunday afternoon, I was flicking through channels until I saw a still racing car that was on it’s roof! It happened very recently as there was talks of the safety of the driver and a safety car coming out to play.

I don’t watch motorsport racing much, but I was hooked onto this scene. Not due to the accident, but because something felt very familiar about what I’m seeing. As if I’ve been there before but just looking at it from a different angle. Then it hit me, its the race track where I’ve driven hundreds of digital miles over and over again just to try beat my own time by 0.1 second. Yep, it is of course Bathurst race track from Forza Motorsport 5. This is when I can fully appreciate just how much work Turn10 Studios has put into replicating the tracks. I was looking at a close up of a corner and it was enough for me to recognise where it was!

I continued to watch the race and I was genuinely excited by how fast and skilled these drivers were. The race was filled with drama, at several points, I was sure of the winner only to be greeted by surprises where small differences, changed everything. These drivers were really pushing their cars to their absolute limits. What an amazing race.

This is the race I was watching:

http://www.v8supercars.com.au//view/videos/supercheap-auto-bathurst-1000-top-10-moments

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Ghost in the Shell movie starring Johansson? Yeah baby!

Right now, Scarlett Johansson is one of my favourite actor in action movies. She’s proved herself as a powerful ally in Captain America 2 and capable of kicking bad guys butt as the leading role in Lucy.

I’ve always loved anime and manga, they’ve got over the top stories and some amazing action. Johansson has had a very good record of depicting fictional/sci-fi characters of recent years. So I’m really looking forward to their collaboration and see what they can produce. I’m sure Johansson will be able to bring a lot to an anime/manga adaption and the nature of the story will be a good base for creating some amazing (and hopefully artistic) visual effects. Ghost in the Shell is very popular, my friend has instructed me to watch it over the years but I’ve yet to get round to it. This may motivate me to pick it up and see what all the hype is all about.

Anime + Johansson = Hell yeah baby!

Source: http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-10/17/scarlett-ghost

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New place for news – Polygon!

I’ve been using Joystiq for most of my gaming news for a while now. It was fine when I was young, but the material just seems like a tabloid. The layout of the site feels dated and lazy. It’s not very inspiring. Then I discovered Polygon! I was very impressed with how the site looks and that everything is organised into different sections.

I was particularly impressed with their reviews. They come across as fair and they’re quite extensive. I like how it resembles a magazine review in that they will pull out quotes from their critique and overlay it over a screenshot. It’s very nicely put together.

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