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RAGE: A Game Worth Checking Out

I spend a lot of time during the week on schoolwork and blogging, but the weekends are my time to just zone out and play videogames. I’m not too picky when it comes to games, but usually I don’t dare play anything that has a 7.5 or lower rating. With all the graphics and great story lines, it should be the goal of a game to be the best it can and get a rating of at least 8 or higher. But when you begin thinking about all the money that goes into games and finding the right developers, you can sort of see why some games end up being hits and misses.

I talked about Dead Island for months and ended up loving it, but all the glitches and losing my save data really pissed me off. Techland & Deep Silver finally got it together and released that patch a few weeks ago, but I just haven’t been in the mood to start over. I had gotten pretty far! But since they had bs save issues, I have to start back at chapter two; so not cool. I still love Dead Island and think it’s fun to play, but for right now my attention is on the Sims 3 and RAGE. Two completely opposite games, but they both have my attention right now.

I’ll always been a fan of The Sims franchise, so you know I already pre-ordered Sims 3 Pets. I love just playing the Sims 3 on my Macbook and getting lost for hours! But when I want something way more violent and intense, then a FPS like RAGE is bound to satisfy my thirst for destruction. The game is by Bethesda Softworks (based here in Maryland) and ID(the publisher/developer behind Doom). Bethesda Softworks is developer/publisher who made Fallout: New Vegas & Fallout 3. They also are the team behind the Elder Scrolls & Oblivion series. I’m not a big fan of Oblivion, but Bethesda Softworks had caught my attention with their latest game, RAGE.

The game is set in a first-person format, but the camera switches to third-person view when driving vehicles. The atmosphere of the game sort of reminds me of Borderlands, except this one actually keeps my attention a lot longer. The game is an action shooter with hints of RPG elements that I like. I’m all for shooting like crazy and just causing major havoc, but I do enjoy when there are RPG type missions and character interactions. RAGE is one of those games that is able to deliver the RPG style for those who love them and a violent shoot-em-up style for gamers like me who love to just go buck-wild on the controls.

I haven’t gotten too far into the story yet, but I’m liking what I see thus far. The game is visually stunning on all aspects, which is probably why it has a 3 disc set on 360 and an 8gb install on PS3( I had to take off a lot of Always Sunny in Philly videos just to play.) While the install for us Ps3 users is a big chunk of precious 120gb HDD space, it’s still worth checking out. The story appears to follow this rogue guy who wakes up from an asteroid crash and finds he is the only survivor from the Ark. Apparently the Ark is an “a world-wide movement which took scientists and other significant people, and froze them underground in cryo-pods so they could rebuild Earth” (Wikipedia). Honestly there isn’t much back-story provided to us in the beginning, but as you play you find yourself getting caught up blasting bandits and mutants. The sun never sets, but that just means you have more light to dish out some serious kick-ass destruction!

If you’re looking for a solid first-person action game with some RPG elements and great visuals, then do yourself a favor and checkout RAGE. It got an 8.5 from IGN and a lot of other sites, so at least it pleases the professional reviewers. But check it out and see if you like it. Some may love it and some may hate it, but at least I can say I love it!

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

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Over a Decade of Nautical Nonsense

Lifetime Movie Channel’s pick-a-flick sucks tonight, so I’m sitting here cracking up and watching Spongebob Squarepants. So childish! But I’m the first to admit that I’m a big kid at heart and I love the innocent (sometimes not-so innocent) comedy of Spongebob and his friends.

It’s crazy that I’m sitting here watching the new season of Spongebob; I seriously thought they would have ran out of episode ideas by now. It seems like every episode is so different, nothing is ever quite the same. Of course every episode does have: Plankton always trying to get the Krusty Krab secret, Patrick being an idiot, Squidward being annoyed by Spongebob, and Mr. Krabs usually on a get rich scheme. But the antics of every Spongebob episode always seem to differ, which is why it’s one of the longest running shows on Nickoledeon.

Can you believe its been on since May 1999? I still remember my first time ever watching Spongebob Squarepants. I was intrigued and hooked by his bubbly personality.Spongebob has  a way of getting into so much nautical nonsense, it’s kind of hard not to laugh. I’m a huge fan of Spongebob and his little nautical buddies, so I hope they continue to bring the funny with more new episodes. 306 aired episodes to date and they aren’t showing any signs of quitting.

I’ve met a lot of people who think Spongebob is a stupid show, but if it’s so stupid then how come it’s the longest running animated show on Nickoledeon? Can you imagine the crazy amount of money the voice actors have saved up? I’d imagine that the entire Spongebob operation is quite lucrative. It must be pretty cool to be a voice actor on an animated show that always seems to bring the funny. Spongebob Squarepants is surely a pop culture reference in my eyes. I’ve spent the past 10 years watching the hilarious nautical antics and when I was younger I loved having Spongebob merchandise. I no longer collect Spongebob themed items (I’m all about being grown and sexy now, especially in decor items,) but I still enjoy a dosage of life in Bikini Bottom.

I may have seen every single episode of Always Sunny in Philly, but Spongebob is one of those shows that I doubt I will see every single episode. 307 episodes is a lot to take in, so I’d rather enjoy the nautical nonsense one random episode at a time. I’m not ashamed to admit that I still watch Spongebob Squarepants here and there; at least I’m not playing the Spongebob video games on Ps2 anymore (that feels like ages ago thanks to next generation systems). Now I’m a Sims 3 junkie on my Macbook Pro and Ps3. I love the Sims 3! But that in itself is truly another discussion for another day.

So for now, I conclude a basic period. Or shall I say, the end! Perhaps this would be the perfect moment for one of those random Spongebob time cards. You know the ones with the nasle voice guy saying “three hours later.” That is one of my favorite voices to do, cracks me up each time. I just can’t help it, I’m truly a big kid at heart.I like absurd nautical nonsense and I love the raw abrasive adult comedy of Always Sunny Philly; what a combination of humor!

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

Dead Island Introduces a Black Female Character

Dead Island is less than a month away and I’m so stoked! I haven’t really been playing Black Ops nowadays and in between my packing (remember, I’m moving again,) I’ve just been playing the Sims 3 and staying up-to-date on Dead Island. I wish I could just speed up the time and be standing in line at Gamestop, picking up my pre-order copy of Dead Island. Yet, I don’t have the power to speed up time. If you know of anybody that does, let me know! lol

Dead Island looks like it’s going to be a great zombie slashing game. It’s probably great for those days when everyone is pissing you off and you just want to get lost in a game for hours. If I’ve had a horrible day, then I’ll hop on Black Ops and at least get some of my anger out on the zombies. But that gets old afterwhile, so you can understand why I’m so anxious to play Dead Island.

It’s not just about shooting and slashing zombies, there is an actual story at hand. The RPG elements of the game look promising and the chose of characters is bond to make an even better experience. Characters are an important aspect of video games and the story at hand. I like just shooting and dishing out major damage, but it’s nice to have a story that I can grasp onto.

The characters in the game look great so far, but the story just got even better; they’ve introduced a fourth female character and get this, she’s a sistah. You heard it, the fourth character to choose from on Dead Island is a Black girl named Purna. Not only is she representing for the brown skin women, she has a pretty lethal background that will make the story even more interesting.

Purna is a cop turned bodyguard who left her career in law and enforcement after murdering a child molester. The fact she murdered him was a major issue due to his connections and status of being apart of the elite and wealthy, so she wasn’t praised for her “good” deed.

The character art looks pretty sweet and the in game footage of her doesn’t look half bad either. Depending upon her skill-set (one of the  RPG elements of the game,) I will probably make her my character of choice. I always thought it would be cool to have another strong Black female character in a video game and with a name like Purna, sounds like she is not one to mess with.

From the gameplay footage I’ve seen thus far, Dead Island looks pretty awesome! Like most games I’m sure it will have it’s faults and those hard core game geeks that will give it less than satisfactory reviews, but that doesn’t phase me. Dead Island isn’t just another Left 4 Dead zombie slashing game, it relies more on those RPG elements that make videogames more fun to play. I like to feel as though I actually have decisions to make and playing RPG games places me in that role. You never know, Dead Island could be good practice to cultivate your survival skills and be prepared for the day zombies attack. I’m just saying, it could happen!

Check out the First 20 Minutes of the Game, which was released by MTV a few days ago.

©Jasmine McGee

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