Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Well, the hype has come to judging time. Cru (I'm Good At This), Jessie (Twisted321), and I (Least Deaths) played non-stop from midnight Tuesday until 11p.m. Tuesday night. So since I was up from work on Monday, that puts me at right about 41 hours without sleep. We started off with a couple custom games to explore the new multiplayer maps. After a little bit of that we started 4 player online Co-Op with our friend Kyle. We blew through campaign on normal. It was just walking through the game and watching the story unfold. After that we all played online in multiplayer. The maps are gorgeous. The weapons look fantastic. The gameplay is very smooth. However, all the guns have been dumbed down to basically all the same strength. Bungie was so afraid of people owning online with one weapon that it seems like they took all the power out of every weapon. This HAS to be fixed. If Bungie does not come out with an update to bump some of the weapons power, I will probably stop playing online multiplayer which is like quitting smoking for Halo addicts. Except this isn't like I WANT to quit playing, this is like they took the nicotine out of cigarettes. It's like smoking for looks. Matchmaking is no fun. I couldn't believe it. So disappointed with the one thing that made Halo 2 what it was. I shed a tear for online matchmaking in Halo 3. After the multiplayer cussing and yelling and just pure frustration, Cru and Jessie and I moved on to beat campaign once again, this time on Legendary though. This was definitely not cake walk. It was easier than expected because we were playing 3 person co-op, but it was still hard. Lots and lots of dying and restarting. I will play solo next time on legendary and I'm sure I'll be brought to tears on how hard it is. We also found all of the gold skulls throughout campaign and 2 of the 4 silver skulls. Working on achievements became our priority so we worked on that. I believe I now have 770/1000 achievement points for Halo 3. Pretty good for day of release. Overall, it's an amazing game. If Bungie does not come out with an update for matchmaking, I'll have a better version of Halo 1: phenomenal campaign and decent multiplayer. If they do come out with an update, lord help my addiction.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Every once in awhile there comes an event that is so big that you cherish the thought of being part of it in any way. Tonight at midnight is one such event for me. Tonight is the release of Halo 3. There have been numerous articles bragging that this will be the media event of a lifetime. No other media has had such a pull, such an utter obsession by people. This game has sold over 3 million copies...and it's not out yet. This game has been part of my life for the past 5 years. From the intense campaign in Halo 1, to the ever addicting multiplayer in Halo 2. This trilogy is honestly the Star Wars of my generation. The following is so large, it should probably be considered a religion. I cannot wait to beat Halo 3 tonight in the first ever 4 player campaign and spend the following years owning in multiplayer. Bungie, Microsoft, thank you for taking me to a world outside my own. Thank you for making me feel like I'm in the game...not playing a game. Thank you for putting such detail and attention into something so that I may enjoy it for years, instead of enjoy it until I beat it. Thank you, for if I get no presents for Christmas this year, I will already have Halo 3. Let the countdown begin.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
On Monday, I bought a 2008 Mazda 3 from Ferman Mazda on Hwy 60. I drove up there Monday night after work looking to get a VIN number to give to my bank so I could see how much I could pre-qualify for. Well, I found the icy blue 3 that I had built online the night before. It had almost all the options I added except it didn't have anti-lock brakes. I couldn't believe it. Isn't it the law yet that a car comes with anti-lock brakes? So, the saleslady and I went to the back of the lot where they had about 100 3's. We walked in and out of almost all of them trying to find the one that had all the options I wanted, and didn't have the ones I didn't want to pay for. I ended up test driving the icy blue one with a sport-tronic automatic. While I was driving it I kinda thought to myself that blue was a little too "cutesy" so when we got back we started looking for different colors. I ended up finding the black one with a manual, power-windows, power-locks, ANTI-LOCK BRAKES, and 16" rims. I loved it. We sat down and did all the paperwork which took forever but we finally came to an agreement and worked out a payment I wanted. After the paperwork ordeal I went out to start cleaning stuff out of my old Grand Am and moving it to the 3. Well, I had a Coca-Cola Zero can in the cup holder which the saleslady said "If you don't mind I'll throw that Coors can away for you." I was speechless. I just grabbed the can and held it up to her. She of course started apologizing right away. Maybe she thought I had the can because my driver's license said I was from Riverview. Who knows. But, she was a great salesperson and I absolutely love everything about my new car. A manual is a whole new world of driving. It's great! I also noticed while sitting at work that from the right angle.....the Coca-Cola can does kinda resemble a Coors can :)