Monday, January 9, 2012

The Mod List: Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising


Mini-Review:
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.

Mini-Review:
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


Mini-Review:
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.