Dear Diary… [v. 0.0.13]

♠ The last couple of days were all about having fun and studying.

♠ Played and finished Layers of Fear.

♠ Played and finished Layers of Fear: Inheritance.

♠ Played and finished Bioshock.

♠ Played Freedom Fighters and Mirror’s Edge.

♠ Studied Economy [basic concepts, its utility, daily usage of it, its roles, micro and macro-economy, needs, rarity, types of consumer goods, services, inflation, unemployment].

♠ Worked on a new design on this blog and some articles which obviously you can find posted here.

♠ Bike-riding with my girl, watching movies and TV series, cooking together, etc.

♠ I still have some days off-job and I must continue studying and playing when I get the chance, also have some walks outside, be in the fresh cold air, since outside got pretty cold this last days of summer.

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Pokemon TCG [Useful Links]

So this morning I woke up thinking about the good old Pokemon Trading Cards I used to collect when I was younger. There was Pokemon on TV, it was summer and me and all my friends were collecting these cards and these coins and even figurines.

MewtwoBaseSet10There were croissants with Pokemon stickers, chewing gum, sodas, envelopes with cards and Pikachu-shaped erasers – all these having something Pokemon-themed attached. But what I enjoyed most were the Trading Cards. Too bad I don’t have any of them anymore – only the base set which I printed myself at my job. Aaaaand – because I kinda obsessed with Pokemon – and I am not the only one out there [despite my age] I wanted to give you some useful links which can help you find info and images of the Pokemon Trading Card Packs.

And I am writing this post while listening to a Pokemon Podcast from The National Dex.

The Pokémon Trading Card Game (Japanese: ポケモンカードゲーム, Pokémon Card Game), often abbreviated as Pokémon TCG or just TCG, is a tabletop game that involves collecting, trading and playing with Pokémon themed playing cards. It has its own set of rules but uses many motifs and ideas derived from the video games. There are Pokémon cards for every species of Pokémon, as well as Trainer cards featuring characters, items and other themes of the franchise (each with a different use) and Energy cards to power various actions. The artwork for the cards is provided by numerous artists.

The Pokémon TCG is a popular and steady aspect of the Pokémon franchise and is played and enjoyed by many fans. 23.6 billion Pokémon Trading Card Game cards have been produced worldwide in 12 languages, and being sold in 74 countries and regions.[1] The game is part of the Play! Pokémon organized play along with the video game series and is also used in the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online.

PokePlayer is maybe the best looking database on Pokemon TC

Pokemon Cards

Bulbapedia has some very well organized pages on the trading card decks

Pokemon Trading Cards – Bulbapedia

PokeGym is a forum filled with information and images and also scans of the TC

Trading Card Sets

pkmn cards [dot] com

TCG Set Listing

Other Links:

TCG Player

Pokellector

Pokebeach

Serebii

Pokemon Archive

Bioshock: 10 Years Anniversary

In August – 10 years ago, you were introduced to the wonder situated on the bottom of the ocean – a place where there would be no rules, no restrictions and no peace – Rapture. Bioshock was released.

This year – celebrating the 10th anniversary of the game, there has been released a special edition that includes all the Bioshock games and their DLCs along with a Big Daddy and Little Sister figurine – for a total of 200$.

The games Bioshock, Bioshock 2 and Bioshock Infinite come remastered – the work of Blind Squirrel Games studio.

The figurine is 11-inch tall, emits light and sound, the drill of the Big Daddy is motorized, voices of the characters are from the original game, also the design comes from the original box-art of the first Bioshock game.

The release is limited-edition.

Age of Empires IV – Trailer

If you consider yourself a gamer – then you probably played at least one strategy game, and probably back in the days you had fun with Age of Empires. I personally enjoyed Age of Empires 2, played like hundreds of hours, and sometimes I still play it. And now the fourth installment in the series will be published by Microsoft Studios.

The game is currently developed by Relic Entertainment.

Also the previous games, Age of Empires, Age of Empires 2 and Age of Empires 3 are currently re-made and they will be published as Definitive Editions, which is a complete high-quality remaster of all the titles.

Freedom Fighters – Guide/Play-through [ver. 1.0.0.]

I remember back then when I was enjoying different games, old games, good games, filled with action and interesting stories and since I missed some of them, I decided to look up some of my old favorite games and replay them. One title that is situated among them is Freedom Fighters. A good story, graphics look a little bit terrible, but I don’t seek only graphics in games, therefore – games should be enjoyed.

SPOILERS/HINTS/DETAILS/GUIDES from this point further.

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Developed in 2003 by IO Interactive and published by EA (Electronic Arts) – Freedom Fighters takes you into an alternative reality and an imagined historical period – in which the Soviet Union occupied New York City. You are a simple plumber, Chris Stone working along with your brother Troy, when you have to take a job inside Isabella Angelina’s apartment, an activist from a group fighting against the soviets.

Another crappy Monday it seems at first, until you reach the apartment and find it empty. Not long after that, a group of Russian soldiers led by General Tatarin enters the building asking about the female activist.

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– [game starts here] –

  you have the third person view of your character, you can move around, crouch, jump and attack. [keys W, A, S, D, Ctrl, Space bar].

– you are equipped with a wrench [default item/weapon in various games like Prey, Bioshock, Half Life, Doom].

This is the very first weapon you find in the game, you first use it to beat a Soviet soldier to death in a Apartment Block hallway, freeing many hostages, along with the mysterious ‘Mr Jones‘. It has a good attack and can be used for more stealthy kills, but loses almost all use later in the game except for opening manhole covers and prison gates.

General Tatarin orders the destruction of the apartment – you will have to hide not to be hit by the bullets storming down from one of the helicopters outside. Exit the apartment building and take down the soviet soldier in the hallway. You save the civilians and one of them – Mr. Jones – will take you to a safer place, assisting you in taking down the soldiers that will attack you.

– gained Pistol [8/15 rounds] on the rooftop after exiting the hallway.

After you escape to the roof along with Jones, who kills an unsuspecting Soviet Soldier allowing you to climb up and claim the pistol for yourself, as soon as you run along a second roof a Soviet Helicopter deploys troops, allowing you to kill them at your leisure. It is a fairly weak weapon, useful only in tight situations in the game were you may run out of ammunition for a specialized weapon. It holds a 17 round magazine with a maximum carrying capacity of 60 rounds and resembles the Beretta M9 pistol, a side-arm that is not standard issue in the Russian military.

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At this point you can climb up on different parts of the rooftops and observe the panic below – people running and trying to hide from the tank attacking the street and the helicopter creating frustration and distress.

By climbing down some stairs you will have the chance to take out a group of three soldiers. You can use the environment to your advantage. Shooting a barrel will cause and explosion and the death of the enemies. Also shooting cars will have the same effect.

– gained Medic Kit – restores health points to the character, also can be used to heal a wounded person or a wounded recruit. By healing other NPCs you gain charisma points and with more charisma that you have, the more squad members you can recruit – with a maximum of twelve.

– exit into the street and move along the distresses NPCs, following Mr. Jones. 

– rescue Bagzton and receive +25 points of charisma.

– gained Molotov Cocktail before exiting the next building.

First used by the Finnish against the Russians during the Russo-Finnish War (Also known as the Winter War), the Molotov Cocktail is the first explosive used in game, and is the most common explosive in the whole game, its only other explosive being the hand grenade and the C4. It works fairly well, able to burn enemies (as well as the player if he is caught in its flame) to death with 1-2 Molotov’s. It is only used by the player and one Freedom Fighter during the opening invasion of Governor’s Island. The total number of Molotov cocktails carried at a time is 10.

By eliminating the rest of the soldiers in your way – you end up in a dead-end with a manhole which can be used to get to safety into the sewers under the city. You can open manhole covers to get to the underground base, to quick-save or to change locations on your map.

You assist to the first news broadcast after the recent events – from which you learn that the soviets and here to restore peace and stability to the troubled country that America is in the game’s present.

– enter sewer base. This is a safe zone, used for planning the next moves and storing equipment. You get your first two missions.

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– gained Assault Rifle after entering the Post Office Area.

A standard issue kit piece found with both rebels and Russians alike, the assault rifle is a direct descendant of the original AK-47 and serves as the standard infantry rifle of the Soviet Armed Forces. It is either an AK-74, the 47’s replacement in Soviet service starting in 1974, or an AK-101 or AK-103, both of which were designed and adopted in the 1990s’s. A reliable all-purpose rifle, the assault rifle can be found at the Post Office and the Police Precinct early in the game, and appears constantly until the end. The assault rifle has a magazine capacity of 30 rounds and a carrying capacity of 180 rounds. Fully available to the player for use, it is used almost universally by regular Soviet troops, while stolen and captured stocks are also frequently being turned against the Soviets by Rebel forces. A few Soviet Security Forces members are seen carrying it, along with two Soviet Commandos in the cut-scene that plays when Chris Stone returns to find the main Rebel base captured.

At this point you will need C4 to destroy the fuel tanks in this area.

The C4 is a very useful weapon, however its only purpose is in demolitions objectives. These targets include, yet are not limited to helipads, bridges, and generators. You can carry only 4 on your person.

Visiting the Police station area you will encounter a group of cops battling some snipers. By blowing up the fuel tanks you will also get rid of the snipers. By using the subway tunnel in the Police station area you will manage to fight your way into the station, eliminate the soviet soldiers and rescue Isabella.

A good strategy here is to hide around a corner and use Molotov cocktails on the soldiers coming your way, since they tend to form groups and then come towards you. This way you can eliminate multiple targets at once. Also using the environment seems to help you complete the mission.

– gained shotgun inside the Police station.

The strongest weapon in the game, the Combat Shotgun has a magazine of 8 shells and a maximum carrying capacity of 80 shells. Its weapon spread is the highest in the game, reducing accuracy greatly with range. The weapon is the first two handed weapon the player can get from his sewer base. Both the player and rebels use it. Only Soviet officers are seen with it, though occasionally a Soviet soldier can be seen with it too. It is modeled off the SPAS-12 shotgun.

I don’t quite use this weapon in this game, but I prefer it when battling zombies in some other titles [Half Life, Left4Dead]. After clearing the underground parking lot, the main lobby and the first two floors of the Police Station, you get to rescue Isabella Angelina and rise the American flag on top of the building, completing the mission. Below are my stats of the mission.

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Continuing with the game you will have to regain control, over the region of the Post Office. You can recruit two Freedom Fighters and order them to attack the soldiers ahead. High places are good for strategic maneuvers and also for observing the actions of the enemies, observing infiltration points and making routes for a better counter-attack. In this mission you also save your brother who was taken hostage.

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Completion of each mission takes you back to the safe house in the sewers.

[to be continued…]

10 Days…

You might think that this is some sort of The Ring Sequel – in which the phone rings and your hear 10 days… as in your last days. Nope. Not at all. Just a personal-theme article on this blog. And I am talking about how I have 10 days of leave – in which I can just don’t-give-a-fuck.

Explaining this – I will say that I took 10 days of leave, to clear up my mind and not to have to talk to anyoneeee :))) since I am always at the job.. doing who-the-fuck-knows-what. I really needed a break. And I finally got it. I have these days for myself, to indulge myself into my passions, to read, to play video-games, to study since I am beginning school in October (note-to-self: I should write an article regarding this experience).

As far as this blog is concerned.. I’ve decided that everything I write – and I am talking about the reviews and guides here – for everything I am experiencing (anime series, movies, games, other stuff) to be filled with details. I will not write a single article regarding  a matter but a series of articles – stating and explaining the chosen subject. I know – you might think is irrelevant – but it is just a personal point-of-view and that is how I want this blog to work. I will not write very much – since the really busy days are about to come, and I don’t have quite the time and the mood to do everything I used to do. Been ages since I last saw an anime, movies now and then, the only thing I constantly get to taste – are the video-games. But not every time I want.

You know – getting old, having responsibilities, looking at existence differently, you have to give-up on soooo many things. I know it sounds childish, but all the work, and the problems, and the serious stuff, and doing whatever-the-fuck needs to be done and solved and shit – gets to you – at some point. I don’t say that you start changing these things and never work again or stuff, but you need breaks – you need to get out of the world and into your head.. to find some peace and some… hmmm what is that smeeeell – ohh.. I am making some fries to go with these days off-job ;).

Back to the subject – I will use these days to gain some peace, some sleep, to forget all the stress and the ridiculousness at the job. It is very hot being summer, and I fucking hate summer.. need autumn.. the colder days – in which you can actually think and not slowly melt away…

But anyways.. I started to re-play Diablo I. Classic. Masterpiece. I will write an article about it. Been playing yesterdays quite a few hours, I am currently in the catacombs – level 6. Also saw Annabelle Creation yesterday with my girl. Quite an experience. Today I played and I will continue playing Layers of Fear. I plan an article with lots of screenshots. I also want to re-watch my all-time favorite anime – Elfen Lied. I also want to start reading Metro 2033 and Frankenstein, one of these days. And I have to study economics – like really hard.

But until then – fries awaaaaait for me. Peace.