Monday, January 9, 2012

The Mod List: Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising

Mods are pretty essential for this game, as the original game isn't the strongest. I have never agreed with the internet vitriol against this title, and I always felt that there was a glimmer of goodness at the heart of this game, and mods help reveal a little of this (wasted) potential. It's no ArmA 2, for sure, but with mods it manages to offer up a decent bit of tactical infantry action and it both looks decent and runs smoothly, too, which is more than its competitor can say.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Mod List: Lock-On: Flaming Cliffs 2

A look at my recommended mods for LOCK-ON: FLAMING CLIFFS 2
Flaming Cliffs 2 is the second paid-for 'expansion pack' (basically a new game) for Lock-on: Modern Air Combat. It brings the graphics and performance in-line with the DCS games, which is a huge improvement over the original game, and includes a slick new front-end.

I'm not exactly a flight-sim buff, but I have to say, I think this game is worth a look if you're interested in combat flight sims. I've heard that Thirdwire's Strike Fighters 2 is considered the more entertaining survey sim, though it lacks the more advanced avionics model of Flaming Cliffs 2. However, I was less-than-impressed by their earlier Wings over Europe and Wings over Israeland Strike Fighters 2 seems to be only an iterative update from the Wings series with the same flat object-less terrain and simplified controls. Flaming Cliffs 2 seems to have much better graphics, especially terrain details, and to be a more complex simulation in general. If you're a flight-sim noob (as I am), get the training videos, and keep a small journal nearby as you watch them to write up a reference guide for all the controls.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Evangelion: Rewatch: Episodes 7-9

Well, it's 4 AM and I can't sleep, even after a glass of bourbon on the rocks. So, time to watch Evangelion.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Mod List: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

A look at my recommended mods for SKYRIM

How good is Skyrim? I've played it for 104 hours so far. It's the only game on Steam that I've racked up more than 100 hours in (correction: Total War: Shogun 2 is also up there) . Heck, it's one of the very few games I've racked up more than 50 hours in. The only other game I've probably played that much is Arma 2. I uninstalled Morrowind after the first town, I never understood the fuss about Oblivion, but Skyrim is the real deal. Buy it. Now.