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20May/120

Star Trek Online (video collection)

By McAkomx The mighty Don and I are players of Star Trek Online since the beta of the game. We both own a lifetime subscription and we are still active players, as far as someone can say "active".  Now I could write pages and pages about the game, but instead of words, I like to show some videos we have created in recent years about the game. These videos are not always the most amazing but they're made by fans like us, for fans like you. And even if you are not a fan of the franchise, you might enjoy them. Have fun watching!

 

A) The very first video and made without the demorecord feature of the game (at that time we did not know that there is such a thing). The HUD was disabled and the movements of the camera were made with a combination of mouse and xbox controller. The video is entirely inspired by the awesome music from Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan by James Horner. There is not much action, only a galaxy class spaceship that flies around the earth.

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15Feb/120

Mass Effect 3 (demo walkthrough)

By McAkomx Yesterday was the official public release of Biowares "Mass Effect 3" demo via XBL and Origin (later today also on the PSN) and the first impressions are very promising.  At the beginning of the game you have now a choice of three modes for how you want to play the game.

The first is the "Action" mode which focuses on the combat. Moral decisions are already determined and the conversations play as cut-scenes. In addition, the player is using a "prefabricated" Commander Shepard instead of a self-created toon. The combat difficulty is adjustable in this mode. The second is the  "RPG" mode, which is the classic ME experience.  The player makes his own decisions in the conversations and he can create his own character. The combat difficulty is adjustable in this mode. And last but not least the "Story" mode. In this mode, the gameplay focuses on the story. The player can make his own decisions but the combat is very easy. I chose the classic RPG mode, and the game plays like ME2.  Now, one could write a lot about whether this is good or bad but I just say that I had a lot fun.

What I never expected was the emotional explosion that knocked me while I was running through the first level. Not to spoil anything, but there is a particular scene in the demo where I had to cry. Imagine that, a grown man like me starts crying over a video game. But that moment when it happened was just incredible. For this experience, I thank you Bioware!

But enough talk, here's the video walkthrough for the Mass Effect 3 Demo, just for you, dear readers. Have fun watching!

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29Jan/120

The Darkness 2 (demo walkthrough)

By McAkomx Soon, on Febuary 7, 2012 the sequel of the 2007 action-game "The Darkness" will be released for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. While the gameplay remains true to itself, there are some changes in the presentation. A new graphical style, more on the original comic, and a new voice actor for Jackie.

Like the first "The Darkness", the sequel is very brutal and violent and by no means suitable for minors. There are new finishing moves and blood and guts and other body parts, flying around like tinsel on a parade. And all the carnage is commented by "The Darkness" aka Mike Patton, who once again performed an excellent job with his voice.

The new graphic style is well received but the change of voice for Jackie is controversial for fans. It will probably remain a mystery why actor Kirk Acevedor (Charlie Francis from FRINGE), no longer lends his voice for Estecado but as so often, it was probably a question of money.

Brian Bloom is now the voice of the Don. Mr. Bloom is no stranger to the genre of video games. Star Wars: The old Republic, Call of Duty, Dragon Age, Kane & Lynch...you named it, he was involved in all of them.

That said and because we had such a fun with the demo, we uploaded a mini-walkthrough to our YT channel just for you, dear readers. Have fun watching.

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14Dec/112

Intel Core i7-2600K and encoding with VirtualDub

A couple weeks ago I retired my old 3GHz overclocked Q6600 and upgraded to Intel's new flagship CPU i7 2600k. Now before I start writing up my very short opinion and review, those are the settings I still use in VirtualDub. Virtually nothing has changed. Even after more than 2 years, those settings are still the best in terms of  "filesize:video quality"-ratio.

Encoding speed is measured in (average) frames per second. The more, the merrier. It's also important to know that there are, what I like to call, "motion-heavy" and "motion-light" scenes.

This is, like the name suggests, a scene in-game (or anywhere for that matter, but I'm talking video gameplay specifically here) in where there's either very much motion / moving happening on the screen or the opposite. Why is that important you ask?

20Sep/110

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine (walkthrough)

By McAkomx A new game, a new walkthrough. WH40k for the first time in 3D, as a third-person shooter.  It was developed by Relic Entertainment, which are known for their real-time strategy games in the Warhammer universe, and released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 5, 2011.

A few month ago they said it will become a "Gears of War" in the Warhammer universe. Well, it is not what it should be. There is no cover system, no health packs, a modest selection of weapons and a too strong "Fury" system.  Too much fighting and too little story. Nevertheless, it has become a good game with a gripping story (especially for Warhammer fans) and a nice battle system for long-distance and close combat and a decent playtime of about 6-10 hours, depending on the difficulty.

And despite the flaws we made a walkthrough in 1080p FULLHD.  Just for you, dear readers. Have fun watching!

4Jul/110

Steam – Summer Camp Sale – Singularity (walkthrough)

By McAkomx - Only today, Steam offers "Singularity" for a discounted price in the "Summer Camp Sale" promo. If you like action and want an interesting story, then this game is worth a recommendation.

It stands out from the classic shooter with an interesting topic. Playing with time. Through a item that you get in the game, it is possible for the player to turn back time and thus to change the future. This opens up an entirely new possibilities of gameplay.

We had so much fun with the game back in 2010, that we had create a walkthrough. So if someone is unsure whether he should buy the game or not, he can simply watch a few of our videos. Have fun!

(In Singularity, you will fight your way through an ever-shifting environment haunted with time ravaged creatures, while sudden time waves hurl you back and forth between 1950 and the present day. Use your wits and the perfect weapon - the Time Manipulation Device - to unravel the conspiracy on the remote island of Katorga-12)