Sunday, November 21, 2010

Food: Cheez-it Hot & Spicy

Absolutely the best of the Cheez-it brand. They are already delicious, but the hint of Tabasco really adds just the right flavor. The great texture and the great flavor make the Hot & Spicy one of my favorite snack foods.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Emma Watson's hair mistake.

Still very cute, however she went way too short on the hair. I like short hair on women, but very few can pull off the little boy look. As it turns out Emma is not one of them. Hopefully she lets it grow out a bit. She would look stunning with a Rhianna style bob cut.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Drink: Minute Maid Light Cherry Limeade.

Taste 3/10

In an attempt to discover something new to drink from a can I stumbled across this beverage. I love a Cherry Limeade from Sonic every once in a while, however this does not resemble one, taste wise, in the slightest. It may only be 10 calories per can, but the health benefits are not worth the taste. With 3% juice and less than 1% of all other ingredients, it can barely call its self anything other than flavored water. If you have ever had sugar free flavored water it tasted almost exactly the same. However I could not in good conscience give it below a 3/10 simply because I can think of much more disgusting liquids to drink.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Game: Fable III

Developer: Lionhead Studios
ESRB Rating: Mature

This game has so many flaws and unreached potential that at times you want to smash your controller. That being said I have played for about 35 hours. Despite the glitches and the repetition this beautiful game is very addicting. It is like buying a giant wheel of cheese and finding it covered in mold. Once you scrape all the mold off you still have a ton of delicious cheese. While a lot of people would just see the mold and throw it away I would recommend keeping it because it is good cheese, or rather a good game.

First off you get to choose your gender. Unlike the previous games your character will not dramatically change physically. So no massive she hulks running around because you like melee weapons. There is plenty of customization though as you go through out the game you obtain outfits, tattoos, hair styles, and makeup. You can mismatch and dye all of these to your hearts content. The downside here is that there are not a ton of color choices and you must progress a ways into the game to unlock them all. The thing that really gets me is that they took four dye colors (black, hot pink, cream, and turquoise) out of the game and are charging one dollar to buy them as DLC. This seems to be a problem that is cropping up more and more, but I digress.

I love to use exotic weapons in games, such as scythes and spears. In Fable 3 you get to choose between hammers or swords and rifles and pistols. You get one "hero" weapon of each and as you increase you skill with the associated category (ranged or melee) the weapons grow based on the actions you have taken so far. I love this feature it makes some really neat weapons and adds diversity between play throughs. The downside to this is the "hero" weapons are some of the worst weapons in the game and the other weapons all look the same in every play through. My last gripe about the weapon system is in an attempt to promote socialization only a handful of randomly selected weapons will appear in each game. Like hammers but the best hammer isn't in your game, get on live and trade someone for it or start over.

I personally don't have XBOX Live so I have to miss out on black dye (sigh) and quite a few of the achievments (meh). Also some of the the objectives to improve weapons require Live. None of this has really deterred from my experience, but it is a bit annoying that I am missing out because I am not paying Microsoft a yearly sum (that just increased).

When it comes to Fable the thing that sticks out most is the ability to make moral choices and have them impact game play. In this installment while you can still make the choices the impact is barely noticeable. Lionhead said they made the game a little easier for evil characters in an attempt to get more people to experience the other side of the game. However the main story is scripted for a good character. Did you just spend twenty minutes killing an entire village, well to progress in the story you still have to gain their trust and promise to help them later. I played through as good first and loved the story, but on my second evil run the story is for the most part the same. There is just not enough of a difference for me to play through it a second time.

Interacting with people is not fun anymore. They have removed the option of picking how to interact with someone and now you get one option for each morality. Also you don't start with evil option, you have to unlock it about a third of the way into the game. Only then are you able to be truly evil, which just amounts to you farting in peoples faces over and over. You need to make gold in this game, but the only real way to do it other than being evil is to become a real estate mogul. The problem with this is (surprise a downside) that the houses degrade over time and you must repair them, one at a time. When it gets to the point that you own every property this takes five to ten minutes.

Ignoring all the glitches and poor designs this game is worth the purchase if only for the story. Well written and dramatic it really keeps you playing, and many of the side quests are quite fun. Over all Fable III, much like it predecessors, had amazing potential but fell short. I think that if someone that sees the potential of this game series took this out of Lionhead's greedy hands and truly finished it the next one could be the greatest game of all time.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Movie: Splice (2009)

Directed by: Vincenzo Natali (Cube)
Starring: Adrien Brody
Sarah Polley

A movie about two geneticists who in an attempt to save their research "splice" a creature with human DNA. The movie follows the development of the relationship the scientist couple have with the rapidly aging intelligent creature. And while it is a little slow at times, there is just enough drama to keep one watching. Above all else the movie has a sense of dread that lurks in the background. One can almost predict how events are going to turn out (I was kinda surprised). The last twenty minutes or so kinda shifted away from the creepy and seemed to try more for the horror genre, but the rest of the movie, and the ending made up for that.

The film touches a bit on the morals of the actions the characters take, but I would have liked to see a little more development. It seemed that the characters slowly shifted personalities over the course of the film. I was really crept out by the creature, and that does not usually happen.

Overall I would recomend this movie to, well anyone that enjoys watching movies. I am glad I did not pay to see it in theaters, but I do not regret watching it.