Official Starcraft 2 cheats with a movie twist

Starcraft 2 (Image taken from Blizzard/Battlenet/Starcraft2 blog)

Who can resist a game cheat once in a while especially when you tried to beat a level/map dozens of times yet you failed?

Blizzard has announced some cheat codes that based on some famous phrases and elements or references of movies or games. For example, “HanShotFirst” that disables the cooldown on spells and “EyeofSauron” that allows you to access all cinematics.

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Audio Surf – Ride your music!

This is an interesting game. Audio Surf is like a Tron inspired racing game but it doesn’t stop there. The race track and the speed of your, um “race ship” is determined by the music of your choice: the tempo, the bass, vocals and the length. Oh yeah, the faster the beat, the faster the speed and the longer the length of the music, the longer you race. Duh.

Too bad it doesn’t support lengthy music or else I would have pop in a 50 minute Ministry of Sound track and race the hell out of it.

Very addictive and too many songs to choose.

 

 

Silent Hill The Arcade

This is the only arcade game that I actually bother to finish it at an arcade centre. This Silent Hill arcade game was firstly discovered when I was in Japan. At that time I paid no attention to the box as I thought it was just another shooter. But wherever I go there is an arcade centre at every corner of Akihabara, Shinjuku and Shibuya, and it mesmerised you. Finally succumbed, my mate and I finished the game. Not once, twice.

 

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Plot is not consistent with the Silent Hill timeline and corny English dialogues. However I enjoy killing these monsters than the common zombies. The good thing about the game is, there is no time constraints (Time Crisis), losing health/time when killing a hostage (House of the Dead) or impossible-to-kill bosses. Probably that made me wanted to play for the third time. Oh yes, the last victory was yesterday. To mark my 27th birthday, I had another go at the Crown arcade. More costly than the ones in Japan, but heck it’s my big day: I do what I want.

Total wins: 3
Total spend: ~$20.00
Total time wasted: ~2 hours
Arm injuries: Constantly

P.S. I did a comparison of the difficulty settings between the ones at Crown’s and Japan’s. The bastards at Crown really made my life hard.

A Night In Fantasia 2007 : Symphonic Games Edition

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Another well spent evening at the Melbourne Arts Centre with the gang. This is the third time I’ve attended a symphonic concert from Eminence (concert details here), a local orchestra group that devoted themselves in anime/game music.

Unlike my previous visits where they usually held at little town halls and concert rooms in university, this one is going big; they go for the Hamer Hall at Melbourne Arts Centre. They have invited more famous composers from Japan as guests (though they don’t perform except giving a brief introduction during the concert).

One of them, Hitoshi Sakimoto (FF12 composer) gave one the funniest opening line during his speech. I don’t remember every single word he said so I can’t print it in verbatim, but here goes:

I love Australia and F1. I watched the F1 races in Albert Park on TV back in Japan. It’s so beautiful and lively. Yesterday, I went to Albert Park and I was disappointed. There’s nothing. Next time, if you (Eminence) want to hold a concert, please do it in March (when there’s F1 races)

My favourite pieces are the retro Mario Brothers Rhapsody, Legend of Mana and Metal Gear Solid.

By the end of the performance, we requested an encore. Forgot what games they were but Eminence sure gave a one hell of a closing to the audience. 

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(Having culture is so expensive)

The Eminence group is bigger now with more musicians and they added a group of choir boys for choir/vocal. This is one of the best and breathtaking performance so far. Still new as a group, I noticed some irregularities in their notes, unbalanced sound and they were not playing in unison/ unsynchronised on certain ocassions. The sound system they setup was slightly irritating with frequent high decibels and pitches during the climax of their pieces. It sure put your mood off sometimes. Anyways, kudos to them for trying.

The “A Night in Fantasia 2007″ comes in two edition; The Gaming Edition (this one) and the Anime Edition which is scheduled some time in the middle/end of the year. I may attend the latter if the music pieces they pick is not so repeating from the previous years.

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We forgo the autograph session when we saw the long queue in the foyer. After all, there’s no cute chicks sitting behind that autograph table so we left for coffee at the EQ Cafe Bar next to the Hamer Hall. Oh, we met one of Harju’s cousin there. Forgot what’s her name since this is the first time I met her.

 

 

Hitman: Blood Money

Preview_hitman_blood_money_3 The baldy guy,yes, the anti-hero is back! Time to arm the double Silverballs and do some John Woo action move.! This time he’s going to hit hard on the United States baddies.

Click here for the game website.

With the same concept, gameplay and the same Glacier engine yet refined, I’m ready to assassinate some capitalists! Well technically, as we’re are bound to morally-right society, we can’t have good guys dies. The bad ones have to instead hence I can’t kill the good people to win unless you play Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto San Andreas. But the again, no one is looking. The good side is not necessaroly you need to shoot to kill. You can rig accidental deaths as if they died of natural causes or unfortunate events. I prefer the gun. Up, close and personal.

I started the first mission with a tutorial, apparently I’m suppose to kill a drug trafficker and a Snoop Dog look-a-like kingpin. So basically, it’s whacking the entire American African gang. Since it’s tutorial, it’s pretty easy and guided to win this mission so it’s a stroll in the park. Oh ya, you can’t disguise yourself here. Guess you won’t pass for a nigger if you are dressing up as one of them. Sheeesh. And I was called a cracker by one of them.

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I’ve just finished this game within a week, playing it casually an hour or so per day. Story is intriguing but very few missions. Hitman Blood Money is the fourth instalment of the Hitman Series, and unlike the previous predecessor you gotta earn your keep. With the dough earned, you can buy/upgrade your assets or keep it to yourself, though the latter is an useless option. I kept it the money, selfishly. More importantly is the performance review. You get more money if:
a. your face is not captured by cameras or being witnessed by someone (though you can always kill that witness hence you lose more money)
b. leave no trails such as handgun clips (in other words, shoot less and don’t reload)
c. wear back your suit instead of disguise (ok, your suit cost tens of thousands)
d. kill no innocents (sometimes you really had to, especially the annoying public kept nosing around).

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With that, a newspaper will be published along with the statistics, weaving it into a nice story in the front page. They’ll describe you based on the performance you made. If you kill too many they called you a mass murderer (I was called a terrorist bacause I blew them up), if you fired too many rounds and killed a few, they’ll call you a hitman with limited skills (ouch!), and the list goes on.

With an arsenal of weapons available, I adore no other but the Silverball (a handgun). A silencer and a crap load of ammo is all I need to accomplish my missions.The challenge is to make a silent killing without the need to alarm the public nor the baddies’ minions. Simple and straightfoward method: Be inconspicuous, find isolation and make the kill. This mostly applied in most missions until I met a few annoying ones:

1. The target lies in a jacuzzi pool with a bunch of babes and bodyguards peppered everywhere and he simply won’t budge. (Solution: It was a fluke. All the time I was surrounded by bodyguards at the rooftop. But during that moment, I was left alone. Without hesitation, I nailed the sucker on the spot. I even stuffed him a few more rounds on the head and the chest to satisfy my patience after restarting the missions a dozen times)
2. A bodyguard that always follows the target anywhere he goes. (Solution: Stop being a nice hitman and shoot both pricks)
3. A target that just won’t come out of the room with bodyguards inside. (Solution: buy ammo that penetrate doors. Shoot through it and run away!)
4. Infiltrate and kill the vice president in the White House. (Solution: find a nigga woman as scapegoat *Whoa, a racist game*)
5.A flirting babe fondling you when it turned out to be a rival assassin looking for you. I got killed by just being clobbered once. &%$$##@!

Alas, a game is always come with a flaw (or flaws). Yes, this time bodyguards are alerted to blood stains. What can he do when I hid the body and I stayed away from him? Within 30 seconds, he’ll go back to his routine patrol and act as if nothing has happened. He didnt even bother to alert everyone. A hitman’s dream kill. There’s always a video camera where your captured face is recorded. Dress as one of them and they won’t bother to stop you when you stole the tape right in front of their noses. Another hitman’s dream. Last but not least. No matter where and when you run around and you won’t raise a single suspicion, not even after you killed a target.

The ending is the best part. Spoilers ahead! If you do not wish to know how it is ended up like, stop reading now!

When I finished the last mission, I was betrayed and poisoned but revived eventually. At the end you are lying on top of a coffin-like table with the ending credits appears. I was like WTH. That’s it? End of the game?  I was expecting to wake up the moment the credits are finished, so I waited. The moment the credits are gone, the chaplain pulled the lever and six feet under I went. OMG. Restarting the final level a couple of times with the same ending results made me to search the forum for help. Found out that I have to keep pressing the "up" key to revive him. So I woke up with a my dual Silverballs in my hands, surrounded by unsuspecting baddies and an escaping final target. To spice up the fun, they gave you a Matrix slo-mo effect for a few seconds for you to have a headstart to start shooting. I think I’ll replay this again a few more times to find new ways to kill that chaplain (He shoots too, religiously!).

Let’s Rag-n-Rock!

Watch out Ragnarok fans, it is true that you are no longer need a broadband to play your fav kawai heroes now. Oh, before you start pulling the plug away, here’s a catch; it’s not a MMOPRG. Ha!

Created by the same dojin soft developer French-Bread (boy, the names are way beyond us these days) as Glove on Fight, this time they are making a spoof out of Ragnarok Online (RO). *drums rolling* Here comes Ragnarok Battle Offline (RBO)!.

Unlike an isometric view with 3D-like game of RO, RBO is a platform style brawling game with a selection of your RO identical heroes (mind their blank eyes) to play with. Each class (heroes) has its specific skills and moves. Just like Double Dragons or Final Fights, you need to fight a number of familiar monsters from RO to clear a level in order to move on to the next and there’s a few scenarios to play in the original that are loosely based on the world in RO. Currently there’s 2 expansion with extra scenarios. Feeling nostalgic, RO fans?

You can play with your mates up to 3 persons all at once either with your keyboard or gamepads, but I would like to see how the heck you going to squeeze 3 pairs of hands on a keyboard itself.

Here’s a Flash version for the trailer:
http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/70113

More Info:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ragnarok_Battle_Offline

I’m not much into RO since many many eons ago and my last hero was barely level 8 or 10. All I did those times was spending days poking the cute jellies bouncing around. Suddenly it hit me with a "I can’t kill them anymore! it’s too cute!" trauma. I stopped.

With the RBO game available for download via BT, I guess I gonna give it a try. Along with the expansions, the game is about 1Gb. At the time of my posting, it’s 47% complete… patience is the essence of virtue.

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