Monday, October 3, 2011

L.A. Noire review

L.A. Noire is a third person detective game set in 1947. You play as cop named Cole Phelps who is promoted to a traffic detective shortly after the beginning of the game. Through the course of the game Cole is promoted to the homicide desk. While on his new job he is given the opportunity to investigate very iconic real world cases such as the black dahlia murders. As the game progresses you are transferred to vice, being moved around to different jobs makes for game play that’s fun and stays interesting.

RockStar (the game’s creator) always make good games and this is definitely no exception. But L.A. Noire is a bit strang for RockStar and for games in general. Using mocap technology to capture real actures faces and expressions gives the witnesses and suspects depth rarely seem in a video game. L.A. Noire combines action and detective work in suck away that you don’t feel as if you are only looking for clues and talking to suspects, but at the same time it isn’t all guns and bombs like so many other games are. This game will keep you thinking, very few games have as much problem solving with out getting boring.

I’d give it 9.5 and would strongly recommend it to any one wanting some problem solving and action set in beautiful 1940’s Los Angeles.

Trip To Chicago

Recently a few of my friends and I went downtown Chicago together. For most people this would have just been a normal train ride and a walk through Chicago, but to me it means more. To me it’s a sign that I’m leaving childhood and becoming an independent adult. This was my first time riding the train without an adult and my first time in the city without my parents.

While we were in the city we went to a few differnet places. Once me and my friends got off the train we started to make our way towards Millenium park. After hanging out there for a while we started to look for a place to get some food. We finaly decited to stop at Subway. By the time we finished it was time to get back on the train and start heading home.

Not having any one there to keep track of time, where we are going or how to get back definitely forced me to rely on my self much more. I found my self paying much more attention to street names, what time it is and when the next train is coming. It was a very fun day and I hope to do it again soon.

Rockford World War 2 Reenactment

I recently attended the Rockford World War 2 reenactment. Every year in Rockford ,IL hundreds of reenactors meet up in full World War 2 uniforms, complete with blank firing guns and all of the other standard 1940’s military gear. There are also many tanks, trucks, jeeps, motorcycles, and tons of other pieces from the period.

From the first moment you enter the reenactment you feel as if you have been sent back in time to the 1940’s during World War II. There is several sections at the reenactment: in the middle you have a town, to the one side you have the American forces and to the other you have the German army. As you walk around you are able to stop and talk to the reenactors, ask them questions and get very interesting answers back. Through out the day small battles are held between the Axis of power and the Allied forces. These skirmishes are typically fought by five to ten Americans and five to ten Germans. But at the end of the day there is the big final battle. This final battle is all out war, hundreds of soldiers running across the field, artillery guns being fired and massive tanks rolling through the field.

It feels like you’re watching a movie being filmed, it looked and sounded so good.