Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

Hard mode vs easy mode – the endless struggle

January 21, 2009

Now I’m not as good with wordage as my partner in crime but this is an issue we debate pretty frequently so I thought best to bring it up here and see what kind of feedback we can get.

In almost every game these days, on starting, you must choose how hard the path ahead will be. More often than not you will be left with 3 simple choices – Easy, medium or hard. (more…)

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The Dark Knight reigns supreme!

July 27, 2008

It was Friday night. The movie was due to begin at 10:15. We arrived at 9:30 for what was possibly the longest 45 minute wait known to man. 10pm rolled around and we were still waiting to be let in. 10:15…. 10:30…. 10:45… 10:50 HUZZAH!!! Only a half hour late! Riots were being organised at this point but in we went to what can only be described as the mother of all cinema screens. If you’ve never been in an IMAX cinema then you have no earthly idea just how collosal this beast is.

We were treated with the Watchmen trailer immediately before the flick began and Sweet Christmas it’s going to be an epic. But then the fimiliar beat of the Batman score began and the theater sat back and watched in awe one of the best opening scenes in movie history. The Jokers introduction was met with applause, laughter and shock, and all three together once we saw his magic trick.

From there The Dark Knight barely gives you time to breathe as you are brought on this ride of such brilliance that you no longer see the actors as Heath Ledger or Christian Bale, but as the Joker and Batman. They become their characters, envelop themselves in the world, and force you into their madness with them. To say Ledgers performance was his finest is an understatement. This IS the Joker. It is perfect. And I do not envy the actor brave enough to try and follow that act.

Simply put, The Dark Knight to me was a flawless piece of cinema. It has become my all time favourite film. That is not hyerbole, it really is fantastic. And as I tye this, I am getting ready to go see it again. With your help we can knock Titanic from its throne!

Bravo Christopher Nolan. Bravo

Feature: All The Small Things

July 8, 2008

We like words here at The Irish Gamers, preferably organised into a nice feature article like this one courtesy of Cory “Lukasa” Benfield. Cory is a student physicist and avid player of games, most notably Team Fortress 2 and Sins of a Solar Empire, but he managed to drag himself away from both to pen a little piece talking about the huge importance of “the little things” in games. Take it away Cory.

The modern gaming world is a varied and wild one. In any month tens of new games are released, for all different sorts of platforms, and most gamer buys at least one new game a month. Somehow, in this veritable jungle of gaming variety, in these floods of new hours of gaming each month, people need to decide which games they love the most. Gamers, like any hobbyists, are incredibly dedicated to their chosen champions: you can find evidence of this by looking no further than the heated arguments about the quality of the Halo series of games. It is rare to find a gamer who has a neutral opinion on a game they’ve played; in general they either love it or they hate it. With all of this in mind, what is it about games that draw people to them? How do people decide which game they like the most of the games they own?

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Remembering Max Payne

July 5, 2008

Over at The Escapist columnist Andy Chalk has got himself on an excellent little bit of a nostalgia trip, reminiscing about the classic Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne.

If you’ve ever played the game this piece is a must read – it’s the kind of writing that’ll make you want to install the game and play it all over again. What’s most interesting though is the point Chalk makes about maturity in games. To quote liberally:

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Early screenings for the Dark Knight!

July 2, 2008

On July 23rd, in several screens across the UK and Ireland, there will be early screenings of the Dark Knight.

Now, I say across Ireland, I mean Cork and Dublin. The Cork Omniplex and several screens in Dublin are showing the movie early. Now, Iam absolutely brimming with excitement over this movie, but I’m not entirely sure that these showings will be in the bigger screens. Although you will get a limited edition poster for the movie, I can’t help but feel that waiting 2 extra days (or one and a few hours if, like me, you are catching a midnight showing) is going to present the film on a larger and more fitting screen.

I could be very wrong in my assumption, but for those of you who just need to see The Dark Knight (and trust me, I’m one of you), just contact one of the cinemas with this offer to find out more. Empire Magazines website has the complete list of cinemas with the offer.

And I will pay good money for that poster 😛

More glorious Dark Knight love!

June 29, 2008

Well, Kevin Smith has caught an early screening of the Dark Knight and more praise has been hurled it’s way. He even goes so far as to call it “the Godfather II of comic book films”.

Zero spoilers here folks and 26 days until we can witness this event of cinema. I’ve got my flights booked to catch the Thursday midnight showing in an IMAX screen in Glasgow and I’m giddy even thinking about it.

More reviews as they show.

New Crysis same as Old Crysis

June 28, 2008

At least, that’s how it seems. The first teaser for Crysis: Warhead has just dropped and aside from some glimpses of new vehicles it all seems identical to its predeccessor. This is not neccesarily a bad thing because, as you may remember, a sizeable chunk of the original (i.e. beating up the Koreans) was roundly awesome. If Crytek manage to at least replicate some of that and find a way to make some ice encrusted alien levels that aren’t boring, well, they’ll be on to another winner.

In other, less pleasing Crytek-related news, their CEO Cevat Yerli has been moaning about piracy again.

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