Archive for February, 2012

Review: Asura’s Wrath

I’m gonna do my best to keep this spoiler free, however there is one slightly spoiler-ish aspect I will mention but there will be a warning.

Okay, time for my review of Ancient Aliens: The Game Asura’s Wrath. It’s totally Ancient Aliens: The Game. The game’s story is about Asura, a demigod, who is set up to look like a traitor prior to having his wife murdered and his daughter kidnapped to supply power to some serious ancient alien technology. All of this makes Asura very angry, and spurs him on his quest to quell his outrage.

Pros:  There were a lot of awesome aspects to this game, I shall list them all.

You don’t have to listen to villains’ speeches if you don’t want to. When I first discovered this in the demo, I near vidyagasmed. You have the option of shutting them up in the middle of their speech and can even earn achievements/trophies for doing so.  Every game ever needs this feature.

Super epic battles. Some of the stuff in this game was so insane, I couldn’t comprehend it as it was happening. Fighting on the moon for no apparent reason, fighting guys 3x the size of the Earth, fighting a boss with six arms, fighting a boss with no arms, continuing to not die after everything, it’s insane.

The characters and Voice Acting. I really liked the VA’s in this game, I didn’t like all of the charters but there were a few that I loved enough to make up for the rest.  I’m gonna fan-girl right now and say that Asura in particular has a damn sexy voice.

The music. The music in this game was a mix of original compositions (I’m pretty sure at least, I couldn’t confirm), classical music and some classical remixes. It was key in making the battles and cut scenes more moving.

A hint of male exploitation. Just a tad, there was a little female exploitation… but I feel like the bit of male exploitation was enough to make it almost even. I do think they had women in mind with the one part I’m talking about 😀

.. I couldn't resist. I don't count this as a spoiler because it reveals nothing about the story line 😄

Feeling Empowered Afterwards. Not all of the game is like this, but a fair amount leaves you feeling absolutely awesome afterwards. It also really helped me relax, ironically enough.

Cons: If you’ve been reading my blog you should know I can find problems with anything… here we go.

The price. Now although I had a lot of fun with this game it was way too short to be worth $60. This game would be totally worth $40.

You can’t read the text on a non-HD TV. This really pissed me off. I hate this about a lot of games. It wouldn’t be so bad if there weren’t text based plot fillers in between episodes. And even on an HD TV, they have a thing for picking backgrounds that the text blends into. It was a bitch to read, but they aren’t that important.

***** SORT OF SPOILER WARNING******

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Playing as characters other than Asura, and the bromance that ensues. The name of this game is Asura’s Wrath, not “other guy being a loser” or “Asura’s Bromance.” I did not pay to play as some other dude. I payed to play as Asura and rage against everything. Normally I like bromances, but the one in this situation didn’t really make sense seeing is how Asura is such an angry guy and not a friendly one with friends/bros.

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****SORT OF SPOILER WARNING OVER******

Final thoughts: I enjoyed this game, but it’s overpriced considering its length. I will replay it, but I wish it was longer. I recommend it but I suggest waiting for the price to drop or going halfsies with a friend and sharing it.

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My Belated Valentine’s Day

So Valentine’s Day was a bit over a week ago.  Since Scott and I were both busy at the time we went out last Saturday to celebrate.

First we went to see The Secret World of Arrietty. It’s Miyazaki’s newest movie based on the novel The Borrowers (which I never read). The animation was great, and most of the voice acting was pretty good. It’s basically about these little fairy like people, “the borrowers” who “borrow” things from the humans. They claim that they aren’t stealing because they take only what they need, but they’re totally stealing.  I mean you’re not going to notice or care if someone steals a sugar cube from you but it’s still stealing. I liked this movie and would recommend it.

It also reminded me a little bit of Roald Dahl’s book The Minpins. I recommend reading it. It’s an illustrated children’s book and a very quick read.

After the movie we walked to Veselka for pierogies.  We wanted to go there ever since trying some of their pierogies at the dumpling festival this September, going there was well worth it.  I got their take on a veggie burger, a beet burger. It’s made from lentils, beets and kasha… all things I love. This was the most interesting veggie burger I’ve ever had. It was really awesome.

Scott got their cream cheese and lox breakfast pierogies. They were so damn delicious. I cannot even describe how damn delicious these were. It was $10 for the plate. Totally worth it for the amount you get and the taste.

Scott also got a side order of latkes because he’s never had them, and I couldn’t let him go on like that.

All of the food was delicious, and our meal even came with complimentary sparkling water. I definitely hope to go back and try more of their pierogies.

While we were in the city we stopped at the Union Square Green Market and bought some apple cider because it’s damn delicious. We also checked out Paragon because I was told they had a lot of camping supplies. They did, that store is *huge*I even found a pair of boots with a triforce on them.

I can’t wait to go back there before we go camping this summer to stock up on supplies.

In other news, I don’t want this break to end. I started playing Asura’s Wrath and I started playing Pokemon again. Gotta catch ’em all. And by all I mean the first 252. The rest don’t really count except for a few cool ones here and there.

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I Finally Got My New Medicine

So roughly two months ago my doctor recommended I go on Humeria because the inflammation spread to my small intestine. My current medication only treated the large intestine. Why it took my insurance company two months to approve the medicine, only for me to end up getting Cimzia, I will never understand. I wish I could sue those imbeciles for pain and suffering because of the two times I got sick while waiting for the medicine.

Anyway, Humeria and Cimzia are two medications used for Crohn’s disease as well as arthritis and psoriasis. They stop the inflammation from happening and in my case, will prevent scar tissue from forming in my gut as a result which would cause a blockage, which would cause me to need surgery down the road.  I was unhappy about learning that they’re both injectable only but I was convinced that they’d be helpful to me. Today I got my first shots. They hurt a little but weren’t terrible. I wasn’t able to look at myself being injected let alone inject myself. Cimzia needs to come out with a pen. As far as side effects go, one of my legs was somewhat sore for a while, but it wasn’t terrible.

I’m feeling optimistic. My doctor says it’ll take a few weeks for me to notice if there’s a change.  He says every time he’s put Crohn’s patients on these drugs they normally call him back 6 weeks later saying they didn’t realize how sick they were because they’re so well now. I am so eagerly anticipating for that to happen.

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