M.A.G. : EXPLOSIONS! EXPLOSIONS! *yawn*

MAG: Massive Action Game? Well they got the massive and game part right. I was hoping that this game was going to blow my socks off. I imagined rooms filled with 256 players being in total chaos. Well, they were in a sense. In the sense that people were just running around and there was no real direction.

The game starts off with you having to decide which faction you are going to fight in the “Shadow War”; VALOR, RAVEN, or SVER. Each group has its pros and cons and neither out powers the other. It really boils down to how you want to look. Careful though, once you choose the group, that’s it, you fight for them forever. That can be a pro or a con. Pro because it can really develop some online loyalty. Con because you might get tired of that group and just want to freshen up a game.

There is a leadership and command structure that I really do not want to get into. It basically allows there to be leaders of squads that call the shots.

Let’s just cut to the bottom line : The game has decent controls but the switching of weapons can get annoying. Huge maps that will have you running a lot. It looks good but the sound is so bland. Mines explode and sound like balloons popping. Guns sound like BB guns and are about as powerful. I kept wishing that I was playing Battlefield : Bad Company 2. And that is what I am going to do.

Rent M.A.G. if you have some time to kill. Just keep in mind that there are better FPS Multiplayer games out there.

Godhead : At the Edge of the World

Okay, first off, this album came out in 2008. I just found out that they had released it about a week ago. I first saw Godhead in 1999 at DragonCon in Atlanta. Their mix of electronica and metal just struck a chord in my heart. I purchased their first three albums and then did not hear anything from them until 2003 when they released Evolver. Let’s just say I was not a fan of that album.

Let’s all thank Steve Jobs and iTunes. Without iTunes I would have lost track of a lot of bands. Godhead being one of them.

Godhead released At the Edge of the World in 2008. This is a perfect album from this band. Dark, moody, and emotional at points. Nothing gets too busy, it can make you drive fast. By the end of the album, you want to start the ride all over again.

People have described the music as gothic rock, At the Edge of the World should be described as a damn good hard rock album. Nothing against gothic rock, I just can not hear it as that.

Godhead is supposedly in the studio working on a 2010 release. I hope that they are working in the same direction as this album. If so, they could become a household name. It pleases me that Godhead have been around for so long and have not thrown in the towel. Sure, I forgot about them for a couple years, but they still made an impression on my ears in 1999. Thank goodness they still are in 2010.

PS – Pick up their 1998 release Power Tool Stigmata

Killzone 3 slated for 2011!

Guerrilla Games has shown off an amazing piece of work with 2009’s Killzone 2 and plans on topping it with Killzone 3. We all knew that the game was going to come out. So there was never really a secret on that part. The main secrets are also pretty obvious, such as: full single player campaign, multiplayer, and co-op modes.

Development started right after Killzone 2. Guerrilla Games is taking inspiration from Uncharted 2 and God of War. In fact Uncharted’s Naughty Dog will be assisting in the development of the games engine.

Guerrilla Game’s is stating that there will be more diverse environments (snow, jungle, etc.) as well as fully destructible environments. That makes sense considering that if one is firing a massive rocket launcher, you would expect the wall to be blown apart. From what I am reading there will be more weapons. Some almost seem very Ratchet and Clank-ish. Weird? Sure.

Things I hope to see with Killzone 3 : I want Rico to shut up, Sev to man up, and Helghast to smarten up when being shot at.

Heavy Rain : It will get in your head!

I knew that Heavy Rain had already received good reviews. Mainly due to the unique gameplay and mature story line. Everything you read about the game is true. It is that good!

Mind you, if you are a person that has a hard time making split second choices, you might have a very short game. Your characters will die and the killer gets free, simple as that.

The story revolves around a city with an unique serial killer known as The Origami Killer. The killer only strikes during the rainy season and only targets 10 year old boys. The main character that you play is Ethan. His son was kidnapped and he is desperately trying to save him. His own past is haunting him, which only makes things tougher. Along the way he meets Madison who helps him in her own way. The two other characters are Shelby (Private Eye with torrid past) and Jayson (FBI Agent trying to do good).

If you are expecting running around like Laura Croft or Modern Warfare, forget it. You are playing the lives of these four characters. If you choose a wrong move or do not press the right buttons, they die . . . forever. You will not know how their story plays out. At least not until you decide to play through the game again and again. I played through 4 times and received 4 different endings ranging from very sad to moderately happy.

The beginning is slow, but needed to understand parts later in the game. It introduces the controls and basic gameplay. Getting you use to the button configurations and timing aspects that are needed through out the game.

I give Heavy Rain 10 Stars of Awesomeness. It broke the basic routine of playing a video game, introduces fresh ideas of story telling and gameplay. I would rent it and see if it is your thing and then buy after it sucks you in.

Deftones : Diamond Eyes

Let’s step away from the games for a moment and applaud the Deftones. The past 6 years has been riddled with discouragement, band failure, and tragedy within their ranks. Each album since 2003 has been filled with experimentation that had not hit the mark. We knew what they were doing but it never seemed to fit together.

With Diamond Eyes, they hit it. Every note, every word, every thing is exceptional. It has been a long time since I have heard a band with this much raw passion for the music they are creating. It is truly inspirational.

The Deftones have always created an unique sound, they have now created a new bar for themselves.