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  • Siren: Blood Curse Chapter 5 Review
    By on August 3rd, 2008 | No Comments Comments

    Since its a long weekend in Canada, I had more time to play and enjoy the next chapter, chapter 5. This time you gain control of Sam Monroe’s ex wife, still remember who’s Sam Monroe? :) She actually has to deal with something harder than her ex. Talk about being fair!

    Anyway, I think as we progress in each chapter, it gets slightly more difficult or at least that’s how I felt. Thus chapter 5 took me longer than I anticipated and yes I died a few times trying to experiment and figure things out. One thing that makes the game more difficult is you don’t keep your weapon when you die. So whenever you restart, you will have to play safe and hope that you get a weapon, anything, even a tea pot is better than bare fists.

    Chapter 5 is by far one of the hardest chapter I’ve played. And finally, this chapter will throw at you a few puzzles here and there this time, nothing that will make your brain explode but still takes a bit of time.

  • Siren: Blood Curse Chapter 4 Review
    By on August 3rd, 2008 | No Comments Comments

    Yup, its the 4th of the 12 chapter series of Siren: Blood Curse Review. Chapter 4 has introduced a new game play, not completely new but with this new character you can “snipe” or zoom-in/out with the rifle. While its nothing compare to first person shoot like Call of Duty 4. It is “enough” for this game. The crosshair is a simple transparent white circle which is adequate since its not a shooter game but a survival horror game.

    This chapter’s characters all have weapons so dealing with shibitos are relatively easy now. The feeling of “survival” is not as strong with weapons, spcially unlimited ammo. The feeling of “survival” was felt strongest when I played Sam Monroe’s daughter Bella, basically you have to be completely stealthy most, if not all the time and she does not have any weapons.

    And don’t forget if one of the objectives is to escape to “location a” with “someone” make sure that “someone” is actually following you. Sometimes with some incident, either scripted or by your actions, you will be separated with that “someone”. Make sure you reunite with them before proceeding. The mission objective will add that in so most of the time you should be fine but I thought I would point that out.

  • Siren: Blood Curse Chapter 1 Review
    By on July 30th, 2008 | No Comments Comments

    Once I have it installed and I started the game right away. First impression, at least on the music, CREEPY. I started the chapter right away, my character was a high school guy for some reason in this maze looking forest somewhere in Japan. From the first cut scene, he was trying to save a girl from being killed by the dead people, or possessed people and ended up running for his own life. Ok I think I should not spoil the whole story.

    Onto the game play.

    Siren: Blood Curse Chapter 1

    The control is somewhat easy to get used to like any third person shooter. After another short cut scene from the first, I was controlling the high school kid and running for my life right off the bat. I picked up a “sake” (sake is Japanese alcoholic beverage made from rice) bottle, I was exited that I found a weapon and I jumped onto the dead person right away. Bad move, since he had a gun, I was dead after a few shots. The environment was really dark actually, I should have turned up the brightness a bit but I didn’t expect to be this dark. So after dying a few times trying to run away from the dead, I managed to find the escape path by fluke. :)

    Dead nurses from Japanese horror games/movies are still sexy, even if they kill. :)

    The chapter was rather short, I would say 15 minutes or even less if you could manage to find the path right away. Therefore I cannot comment much about this chapter. The next chapter is actually from the demo where you get to use the man with glasses and I expect it to be longer.

    Stay tuned!

  • I don’t understand HD ready labtop!
    By on July 30th, 2008 | No Comments Comments

    Maybe I am missing something but I don’t get why someone would want to watch HD content on a labtop, even equipped with a 17 inch wide screen monitor. What or how much HD content will you actually notice? It is like buying a 24 inch LCD screen with 1080p capability (just an example, I doubt there is any 24 inch LCD with 1080p). I have a 40 inch Sony Bravia W3000 with 1080p capability. I honestly cannot find any difference when running Call of Duty 4 in 720p and in 1080p.

    Based on the article, there are two models offered, one from Sony ($2,599CAD) and the other from Toshiba ($2,679CAD). With that price, you can get a very good 46 inch Sony LCD with 1080p AND 120hz refresh rate (only new models are 120hz, anything else are 60hz).

    I still believe the purpose of a labtop is to provide mobile access and perform tasks you

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    normally perform with a desktop. It was built based on the idea of mobility. But high end labtop, like the two mentioned in the previous paragraph, has either Blue-ray or HD-DVD drive. I understand being able to watch movies on the go is almost a must if you travel alot, I don’t think I can live without my PSP if I am on a 15+ hour flight on the plane. But do you actually notice the quality difference between HD and non HD movies on a 17 inch monitor? I have never seen on a 17 inch but I’m pretty sure I won’t.

    Just a thought.

    Source from: thestar.com

  • Siren: Blood Curse review for PS3 (all 12 episodes)
    By on July 29th, 2008 | No Comments Comments

    And I thought August doesn’t have any games that will amuse me. I was half right, nothing on the shelf can but there’s one game on Playstation Store can, and that’s Siren: Blood Curse. I love Japanese horror style games so much I don’t think its right to miss this game.

    Say tuned for reviews on all 12 episodes. Not all at once! But as I progress on each episode.

    And by the way, if you are planning to buy the series, I strongly recommand buying all 12 at once for $39.99 to save some money (each 4 chapter set is $14.99).