Update

It’s been a while since I last updated here, mainly because their hasn’t been much to say and because I’ve been enjoying the sunshine or being too tired in the evenings to do anything. A quick what I’ve been up to:

Oblivion

I stopped playing shortly after getting Jade Empire. I was getting to the point where I didn’t have the motivation to continue. I was thinking of creating a more evil character and looting houses, joining the Dark Brotherhood etc. but then I thought what’s the point? I could amass a fortune in ‘lewt’ but then two problems arise. As I mentioned previously, this isn’t an MMO so it’s not like I can show it off or use it competitively, and it isn’t Baldur’s Gate and there are not a million different swords or spells to buy. So back on the shelf it goes!

Jade Empire

I was really enjoying this game, but I got a point where I realised I was steaming through it and was nearing the last couple of chapters, so I decided to slow down. I did that so much I stopped playing! I’ll get back into it soon, but with a restart no doubt.

Command and Conquer

I can’t put my finger on it, but I’m not quite ‘getting’ the game. Completed the GDI campaign which ended a bit to quickly. I’m half way through the Nod campaign but don’t have the need to complete it. I’m sure I will eventually…

GTA: San Andreas

I had an urge to play this as I’ve never quite completed it. I thought I’d run through the ambulance missions to boost my health. Got to level ten and hit the mission key by accident, ending the mission. Extremely annoying, so I remapped the key to the other end of the keyboard. Tried it again, got to level 12, bounced off a lorry and handbrake-turned over the final patient. If the keyboard wasn’t wired it would have gone out the window :D. Back in the box it goes!

Defcon

There is a concept I’d like to coin as a ‘Wikipedia wander’. You go on Wikipedia for one article and end up clicking on one of the related links. This repeats itself for a few hours until you are reading up on a completely unrelated topic. I think I started on the history of Aesops Fables, and ended up on technical articles on the workings of atomic weapons! A bit sadistically, this lead me on to play Defcon for an afternoon. The game is very simple to play, but is horrible in its plain depiction of the deaths of hundreds of millions of people. Its only a tenner and worth a play.

Dark Angel

I’m about a third of the way through the first series, it really takes me back to when I was younger and watching through the first time on Sky. It has its quirks, lame acting and action here and there, annoying streek speak, but on the whole its an entertaining piece of TV. Amusingly it would seem that half the cast of Battlestar Galactica starred in it at some point. So far I’ve only seen Gaeta as ‘random Latino-looking Jam Pony messenger’ but looking at episode guides online I think I also spot Dee (as Joshua’s blind girlfriend), Crashdown (as a cultist) and Boomer/Athena (as an x? Manticore subject).

Real life!

So as you can see much of my free time has been half heartedly playing computer games and watching TV. I have actually been outside however! I’ve been to see a few mates for birthdays and meets etc. and have really been enjoying the beautifully sunny weather. Maybe this global warming malarkey isn’t so bad 😉

Kane Lives: Command & Conquer 3

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I downloaded the hefty demo of Command & Conquer 3 last night and gave it a bash this morning. I mentioned before that I had my reservations about it, but I am glad to say that they are mostly unfounded. The game seems much better than Generals (too ‘War on Terror’ for me) and its great to be back in the true C&C universe. Although the demo is short it does give you chance to play with staples such as the Ion Cannon and a new version of the Mammoth Tank. It seems like a solid game but it’s not going to win awards for originality. It may be superior in visuals to the voxel-powered Tiberian Sun but its still the same game underneath. Fine with me to be honest. I’m also pleased with the nods to the previous game, including a description of what happened to the behemoth Mammoth Mark II down to the familiar architecture of the walls and gates. I’ll no doubt pick it up once I have some more cash as I just bought Jade Empire, even though I have yet to play it. Oh and the best bit of a C&C game: hammy cutscenes!

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I’ll end the post with a before and after shot of the wonderful new Ion Cannon in single player.

Before:
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After:
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Casting for Command & Conquer

I just read the casting line-up for upcoming Command and Conquer 3. Quite a bunch:

  • Joseph D. Kuncan: He's always played Kane, he IS Kane.
  • Billy Dee Williams: Yeah, Lando from Star Wars.
  • Michael Ironside: You might not recognise his name, but chances are he's been in a movie you've seen. I remember him most in Top Gun and for his role as the incompetent bad guy in Total Recall (well he was up against Arnold Schwarzenegger).
  • Tricia Helfer: Number Six from Battlestar Galactica. She seems to be filling the part of the blonde evil woman that the previous C&C games have had. My money is on her being asked to put on an 'evil' accent, perhaps Russian, German or even perhaps Middle Eastern (as in movies Russians are KGB spies/or torturers, Germans are Nazis and people from the Middle East are terrorists).
  • Grace Park: Sharon from Battlestar Galactica.
  • Josh Holloway: Lost's Sawyer.

There are some very talented actors there, but I bet that the acting comes out all hammy for two reasons. Firstly, this isn't a Hollywood production, and secondly as a rule C&C games must have hammy cut-scenes.

I'm still sceptical about the game as a whole as the series really went down hill after Tiberian Sun, and has become another EA franchise. Yeah I'm one of those many people who have a distinct dislike for all things EA. The game looks like the latest graphical revision of a stale genre. My money is on Supreme Commander, but I won't pass judgement until I've at least played a demo of it.