Must Have Figure – Tank

I never saw this coming…

Valve’s hit Left 4 Dead 2 is brought back into attention with the release of this figure – a special infected – the mighty Tank.

This character is the only one that is able to startle me – when his theme begins I know this creature will appear and probably pin me down.

The figure looks quite gruesome – it has that sadistic feeling of trying to smash you – but I really love that miniature shotgun – a great weapon for a great game.

Half Life 2 – Perceptions – part one

Okay, okay – stop it. Because Gordon is back. Well, back on my blog and my mind after spending almost 7 hours playing Half  Life 2. It’s the first time I play this game and probably not the last. Cuz being a magnificent game it already told me that it should be replayed someday.

Story: After the Black Mesa incident, Freeman accepted the G Man’s proposal. We now see Freeman in action. Set in the almost deserted City 17 on a strange Earth, the story talks about Freeman trying to reach some old friends, non-player characters that were seen in the previous HL games – Calhoun, Kleiner and also new ones – the cute Alyx Vance.

After reaching the checkpoint [chapter 2 starts] Gordon Freeman gets his suit and the famous crowbar. Let the battle begin.

Enemies: The first part of the game you will encounter a lot of scanners and man hacks. These flying things can and they will harm you. Scanners do not take life power from you but they put you in disadvantage when they blind you. Man hacks can harm you with their spinning blades.

The guards of City 17 are called Combines. They’ll be seen through the whole game.

My favorite enemies – zombies and headcrabs, each having three different species. The zombies make quite some crazy and scary noises. The crabs can jump on you from nowhere, making the instant kill impossible sometimes.

Environment Interaction: You can talk to different people and you can grab many many things. Just use the interact button to pick up small things. When you receive the gravity gun from Alyx, you’ll manage to manipulate larger things [boxes, furniture, etc].

The graphic quality is awesome. This futuristic scenery impresses me.

The environment is very well defined and everything seems Half Life themed. I say it once more – it’s a great game. Stay tuned for the part two of this article.

Still Alive

I was at work while I listened one of Anigamer team’s podcast covering the Sony at E3 and the announcement that amazed me was that next year we will be glad if we are still alive because as you know the cake was a lie…

I’m taking nonsense – nope – GLaDos it’s still alive and because of that we will be enjoying Portal 2.

So, overwhelmed by memories about Valve’s hit Portal I started to play it again – and I didn’t stop til the credit song.

I don’t know why, but I really really love playing this game over and over again.

It’s just something about the way of playing demanded by the game itself. It’s not some usual FPS that you hurry up finishing it.

NO! For example, every FPS I play must bring me the opportunity of thinking my way to the next checkpoint. I love exploring even if it’s not on the mission list – God knows how must time I spent exploring while playing only Left4Dead.

I’m not that kind of game freak that enjoys only a few game names. Obviously I have my favorite games that I enjoy playing many hours. But I like experimenting everything.

But while playing Portal, I became one soul with the game. I suck it all up, it gives me energy, it makes me want more, it makes me feel amazing. Of course this is a joke, but it’s not a lie. I have today’s gaming session as witness.

I can’t wait to see more exceptional Valve creation and I really want to get Portal 2. When the right time comes…

Portal 2

Recent rumors about this game involve a PS3 version of the game.

Til now, it was announced that Portal 2 will hit the XBox 360, PC and the Mac.

I guess that it could be produced for PS3 since there will be an Xbox version.

Portal 2 will be a sequel to Valve’s hit Portal a SF-FPS Puzzle game. GLADOS is still alive – I told you the cake was a lie, didn’t I?

Portal Update

A while ago I wrote an article about Valve’s big hit Portal [3d action-puzzle game].

Recently there has been brought to life an update that consists in 26 energized radios.

So, you can explore all the gameplay again in order to find these radios. I found very interesting this article on PC Gamer Blog where there are some few hints about the messages deciphered already:

Interior transmission active
External data line active
Message digest active

System data dump active
User back up active
Password back up active

When correctly activated the radios sound like a boot-up sequence for a system [I mean it has to be GLADOS – she is still alive – you see, I was right when I said that the cake is a lie]

So, this brought up the idea of a Portal sequel…which is something I really want to become reality.


Portal

One of the best Valve’s creations was Portal. A SF puzzle where you have to use portals in order to continue your journey.

Welcome to Aperture Laboratories. Here is the place where the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device was created.

This device allows you to open portals in order to reach areas that normally you cannot.

The area that you have to explore is the “Enrichment Center”. 20 levels of think-and-do action. This First Person puzzle features some of the best ideas brought into a puzzle game.

Some levels are very easy…some require some thinking.

What’s really interesting about this game are the choices you must make and of course the Momentum. As we all learned at physics [even if we do not know that anymore] the momentum is the product of the velocity and the mass of a certain object. In our case it’s you..or me…or whoever is playing.

The protagonist is a female named Chell. If you happen to open one blue and one yellow portal near you, you could see the protagonist.

picture property of orange.half-life2.com

About the momentum…as the rule says “speedy things goes in, speedy things come out”. Momentum is what we use in order to gain speed necesary to reach a difficult area. You have just above you a portion where you can open a portal. Next to you is a hole. You jump into that hole and open another portal besides you. Because of your speed, you will come out very fast. If you are slow when entering a portal..you also will be slow when coming out.

Other important elements are the objects [the boxes] you can use to open doors, the turrets and the computer AI [GLADOS]. This Genetic Lifeform And Disk Operating System gives you hints about the level you’re in that time. As you approach the final level, you’ll see that this system will try to kill you.

The most spectacular thing about this game is the final level and the BOSS fight and the ending. It’s a must-play game and it will even have a sequel. [Portal comes with the Valve’s Orange Box].

Next you can listen the ending theme of Portal. And try to remember…the cake it’s not really cake…it’s a BIG LIE! GLADOS it’s still alive.

Half Life: Blue Shift

I recently finished Half Life: Blue Shift. Half Life expansion…main character officer Calhoun. New challenges…new story…new funtime.

Because I was just messin around while playing HL online, I though that I should re-practice my skills in a single player game. So, Half Life being finished, my desire for visiting again Xen made me choose the expansion set – Blue Shift.

I never played BS before…and now I don’t understand why I never tried it sooner. Cuz this game is great. Officer Calhoun arrives at the Black Mesa corporation. It seems that it will be a normal day…till something goes wrong and people start to die or dissapear. The incident that let loose a portal between Xen and the Earth can be felt on the gameplay.

Zombies and other creatures start to appear. Calhoun must deal with them as soon as possible. The main mission is to find a certain scientist and help him to get away. I don’t like to give all the details…so if it happens to bump into this game…I have a message for you…ENJOY IT!

The weapons are still the same…pistol, shotgun, assault rifle, RPG, grenades and of course “my precious” crowbar.

We have scary moments…we have lots of action, we have puzzles and ultimately…some of us have the inner feeling that playing this is so fuckin great…

Other aspects…you just have to walk the Mesa Corp again to really feel what I’m saying. At the end of the game we’ll bump into those soldiers that captured Freeman and we hear the plans of killing him [Body…What body?…<<laughs>>]. Okay…it means that I have to purchase Opposing Forces and play it too. Below are some screens [because of their number I resized all of them].