Posted: August 18, 2011 by CelestialEssence in Video game

oohohoho, for you that have preordered through steam, we get the demo eeaarrrllly!!! ūüėÄ … except for UK .. and other parts of the world … >.> oh well … less blood for the blood god I presume?

psh who cares I just want to jump around and chainsaw people in the face ūüėÄ


Ohhh boy, and summer is over

Posted: August 12, 2011 by CelestialEssence in update

So, for that one person, and 20 spam bots that frequently visit our humble little blog, you probably have noticed that it hasn’t been updated in quite a while, and thats because it was SUMMAH TIME.

Ahh, yes summer time, when going to the beach, staring at bikinis, and eating watermelons all at the same time don’t get frowned upon by the general public, and its also when I don’t have a great computer or internect connection, and a job .. so I don’t do reviews or anything, hell that’s what kotaku is for.

But, just to let you know we’ll be up and running in a short week, and plenty of new reviews will be out for the curious spam bot to comment on, otherwise to my roomate, I have no idea what I’ll be doing for the next year!

Stay tuned for some Space Marine, Battlefield 3, Guild Wars 2, and many other reviews to be coming out shortly .. and for our wallets to be significantly lighter.

Nintendo Trying to be like Square Enix?

Posted: January 28, 2011 by CelestialEssence in Uncategorized

Well, I was reading this Kotaku article:

and then I just went onto the website to see if there was any Japanese that could be translated to English for me .. and well .. found this:

I mean, will it turn up to be another final fantasy rip off? because from the picture, and looping calming music in the background, and idk what¬†Japanese¬†words that were said, to me .. it kinda looks like it. And well, seeing how final fantasy has kinda taken a turn for the worst lately, perhaps it is Nintendo’s time to come in try scoop up some of that player base? Probably not, as we all know the wii completely sucks in a graphical game, but you never know right?

Perhaps there will be more to discuss after Nintendo reveals more than just a picture, words, and some piano music that I can’t seem to figure.

2011 Personal Excitements As A PC Gamer

Posted: January 23, 2011 by silentdaunt in Uncategorized

So 2011 has officially kicked off and if you have looked at the the list for PC gamer over at Rock,Paper,Shotgun you would probably wish it was the end of 2011 already so all the exciting new titles and franchise sequel has hit the shelves.  2011 truly looks to be an awesome year with exciting games for all genre but here is a few personal favorite that has me throughly excited for the months to come. In no particular order:


It really seemed just yesterday to me that the team at ArenaNet, maker of my favorite ¬†mmo that I still play consistently today, have announced the long rumored sequel and wow’d us with their new design manifesto vowing to move a genre plagued with staleness and rough edges forward. Now with a few character profession reveals and the showcase of playable demo at gaming conventions worldwide, Guild Wars 2 is finally taking a solid shape and looks just to be on the not too distant horizon. Sure there is still the phase of beta, whether close or open, which would take sometime to complete but all the evidence suggest that the next big mmo is probably landing later this year.

The title has garnered so much hype and high hopes largely through the careful reveal of information and the artful/stylish way it is done. As a GW veteran and fan of Anet I have been throughly hooked by the promise and examples shown from demos of the new open world design, dynamic events, team oriented skill combinations, story driven personal tale, and the¬†gorgeous¬†landscape. I just can’t wait till I dive into this one with some of my friends and do some fun stuff.

THE WITCHER 2: Assassin of Kings

The first Witcher was a commendable debut effort by polish studio CD Projekt Red. It was a non-linear dark fantasy tale with an intriguing story containing a surprising amount of moral ambiguities tied to your actions and ripple effect impacts on the story. It also had a very engaging and action oriented combat system with animations that really makes you feel like you’re playing an expert killer (1 vs 5? group style steel and it’s just not fair for the five). While it had it’s faults in design (horrible and often loading times and messy inventory system for ex.), CD Projekt Red was terrific in it’s support of the game and garnered alot of respect from the pc community. And now they promise to deliver a sequel worthy of our attention with improvements in almost every front. The Witcher 2 continues the original’s non linear storyline with expanded scope, more breathtaking graphics, more tactical combat with environment sensitive actions and perhaps my favorite¬†improvement¬†– next to none load screens! And as a PC only game, CPR has taken care to make this game as optimized as possible so a wide range of machine will be able to run it so fret not if you have only a dual core machine like me and prepare for a treat if you have a good rig. You gotta appreciate that if you’re a PC gamer.




Might as well do something whilst sitting and waiting away

Posted: December 26, 2010 by CelestialEssence in Review, Video game

So I’m stuck in Indie international airport and without much else to do (seeing that I do want to save the majority of my entertainment for the airplane ride) I’ve decided to do something useful and review some stuff that I’ve been putting off

There’s a slightly heard of off the shelf mmorpg called “Pirates of the burning sea” that Sony or something rather has made, and to be honest I’ve spent more time playing that the past week than all of my other games combined .. of course you could say that yes I tend to do the same with moat other recent games, but I think that is one is a keeper … I suppose for the moment though. (what an awesome run on sentence there huh?)

Anyway, the game itself is focused around the Carribeans In the 1700s .. Right around the time where the great European powers were mass producing ships of the line and all that great historical warfare crap. But I digress. To put it simply, being the captain of some so called ship, much like master and commander, has a bit of a exciting and tense air around it, making you come back to upgrade your 6 gun POS to a full fledged first rate with 100 something brisling 12 pounders so .. Well at least we hope they bring back those first rates.

Still, the ability to fuse basic mmorpg mechanics with a game that utilizes the 1800 naval warfare is something that I’ve only experienced in empire total war. That feeling you get while obliterating a smaller ship with a full broadside barrage is comparable to going on a 20 killing spree with bfbc2. Of course it’s a lot easier since the majority of the game is pve, but somehow even when I think the excitement is coming to an end, it really isn’t … Somehow that game just really draws me it

(pictures to come once I’ve gotten back to my regular computer)


Posted: December 20, 2010 by silentdaunt in Uncategorized

If you or someone you know are into video games, now is probably the perfect time to buy something off steam for yourself or a friend because the savings are huge right now.  Whole packs are on sale  in addition to individual games. Love a particular developer? Like Rockstar or Valve? Now you can get their entire catalogue on steam for the price of a normal retail game! Some new games are also on sale like Fallout New Vegas and Bad Company 2 (which is ONLY $6.79!), so be sure to check it out even if you have no interest in old games or whole packs!




Bioware has certainly been busy, with Dragon Age 2 and SWTOR coming  they decided to test our patience yet with the Mass Effect 3 debut trailer:

Yes there is no gameplay footage but who can ¬†really not enjoy some quality CG action that hints at the grandeur of what is to be ME3. So let’s take a look at the trailer together and do some wild speculations just as Bioware wants us to do.


The trailer begins showing an ordinary Alliance marine, injured and taking cover in an elevated position. He sets the tone of deep despair immediately with the old “millions dead in a short time everywhere” technique. The marine painfully injects himself with some futuristic powerade (or could this be the new medigel?) and start to survey the situation beneath with a sniper rifle. He quickly acquires a target and fells it. His rifle ejects a thermal clip so it appears that mechanic will remain in the game. ¬†The target appears to be humanoid, but shrouded by smokes from the ruins beneath, whether it is a human or an agent of the Reapers or perhaps both is unclear. It does not look like a Collector, or any other previously fought agents of the Reapers in the ME universe. Personally my money is on Reaper engineered vampires or Nazis. The Reapers can do just about ANYTHING.

The marine continues to reveal more about the gravity of the situation, particularly how he has no idea on the¬†identities¬†of the enemy or any of their motives or plans. This is simply facepalm. It without a doubt implies that the threat of the Reaper has indeed fell on deaf ears with the Alliance ¬†and now they’re paying the ultimate price. As the marine marvels in awe at the arrival of the Reapers we finally get a good look at the bigger struggle happening outside his post. The marine was actually perched on the Big Ben and striking out from it’s broken clock face, all of future London is in flames and¬†Reapers, descending in plain overkill numbers, are leisurely destroying future London unchallenged as we come to expect. While¬†reapers¬†certainly take the spotlight they are not the only forces on the field. Dozens of the ubiquitous gunships we’ve seen from ME2 and new high speed fighter crafts are zooming about. Some of them futilely engage the Reapers with petty missiles while others appear to be on evacuation orders. The alliance fleets are all but destroyed with the remnants in hiding. As the atmosphere¬†climaxes¬†the marine bets all hope on Commander Shepherd who just so happens to be orbiting Earth. This is¬†chillingly¬†reminiscent¬†of Distress Call TV spot for ME1. Shepherd walks away from the viewing bridge still donning his favorite N7 armor (which I assume will be immediately replaced in game after 10mins of gameplay) and the trailer ends. Will Shepherd answer Earth’s distress call? Will this be a choice?

Now, if you are new to Mass Effect you probably think this is another Reach or Halo clone, and you will probably be flamed to death for expressing so. If you’re a Mass Effect veteran and a fan of the story you will realize immediately what’s happening on Earth is probably happening everywhere else. ¬†Your imagination is probably going into overdrive thinking of all the other shitstorm happening on places visited like Illium or Tuchanka . ¬†Earth no doubt will be a key point in the game but humanity is not alone in the hurt, knowing Bioware the decisions and stakes will be higher than ever before.

The Reapers have finally shown themselves in force, this will not be a hunt like the previous game. This is will be a ¬†fight for survival with time window collapsing fast if Shepherd hopes to save even a fraction of all the intelligent organic life form. Earth is important but is it the most important? ¬†I could care less about the Turians or the Salarians (their lives are pretty short already) but the Asari and their blue tits are worth saving damn it! ¬†Still, before any saving could be done Shepherd must have a way to combat the Reapers or a even more stealthy ship. By the end of ME2, Shepherd’s team still has not discovered any solid method of combating the inevitable Reaper invasion. In ME1, we’ve seen that a Reaper can be destroyed if you can penetrate it’s shielding and hit it in a critical location much like how they took out the alien ship in Independence Day. In ME2, a Reaper is found permanently disabled or derelict by an ancient mass effect accelerator weapon. Said weapon was discovered by Cerberus but there is no clue to it’s operational capacity at current day. Even if the weapon was repaired, will that be enough to counter an entire invasion? Is it possible to discover some way to bypass the Reaper’s powerful kinetic shield? Or will there be some ¬†new weapon to be discovered? Depending on player choices, Shepherd might have saved the Collector Base in ME2 for ¬†future use which will certainly impact ME3. ¬†Any of the case, Shepherd and his team will be sprinting all the way with the occasional sex with team member ofcourse but¬†possibly¬†shorter in duration. But chatting up old Dr. Chakwas is probably right out (“How are you Commander?” “NO TIME WOMAN NO TIME! GOTTA GET TO DA SYSTEM!”).

Well I’m probably a little too worked up after just one debut trailer. Still all the possibilities and the impossible scale that we will likely see in ME3 is too much to be ignored. Now you can say I’m totally making all this shit up in my mind because that trailer showed little to nothing of actual gameplay or anything in game. Well guess what, I think there will be a multiplayer portion too. ¬†Actually it will be a MMOFPS.