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A blog about life in general, in as many languages as I can manage. Ενα ιστολόγιο περι ζωής, πολυγλωσσο - σε όσες γλωσσες εχω μεράκι να γράψω.

Dubioza kolektiv - Free.mp3 (The Pirate Bay Song)

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Εντάξει, δεν είναι και ρετρό μουσική, αλλά μου έχει κολλήσει στο μυαλό αυτή την εβδομάδα ;-)


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Battlefield 4 | Done!

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The other day I wrapped up the campaign part of Battlefield 4 (which is really the only part of most games I play).  I was originally thinking that it would pick up from Battlefield 3, but this game seems to be (more or less) self contained.  With the exception of meeting "dima" in one of the stages in the middle part of the game.  Dima being one of the characters involved in the previous game.

The game does, in theory, build upon the world that was setup by Battlefield 3, but since this game takes place six years after the events of the original you don't follow your original team.  Instead  you follow the exploits of Tombstone, your new team of Marines, and you are in the role of Sgt. Recker.  In this world, the world of "the war of 2020", the current Chinese military regime suppresses one of their elected leaders, and make the claim that the US assassinated him.  With that, they start war, and it's where you start.   You exfiltrate some dude and "his wife" (who is really this elected official and the soldier that is protecting him), and things keep going from bad to worse as the world is at war.  In the end, you end up saving the politician, the Chinese stop the war, but their General is on a suicide mission going after the aircraft carrier you are assigned to, so you need to make a choice - who will drop down the Suez canal to detonate the C-4 on the side of the General's ship?  Your tombstone teammate?  Hannah (the Chinese soldier who's been fighting with you all this time), or do you let the ship sink? I chose to have Irish (my teammate) do it even though it meant certain death.  In the post-game sequence it sounds like he made it, but we aren't sure.  I am wondering why the game developers didn't consider option #4:  have Recher detonate it.  Yes, killing the protagonist is not that great from a game point of view (you've developed an attachment as a player), but it makes for a good story. As an aside, it was interesting to see the Fulton surface-to-air recovery system used in a game (it was part of one of the stages) other than metal gear :-)

The story itself seemed short, but it progressed without feeling like it was a little long in the tooth.  Even on the hard setting that I played the game, I was able to complete it in about 10 days playing it part-time. The game play really built on Battlefield 3, and there were some interesting new features which made this game feel like an improvement over Battlefield 3. I don't know how much of an aim assist exists in this game at the hard level I have either gotten better at military simulations, or this game has a better aim-assist at hard mode than I was expecting (I guess I was expecting that I'd need to fine tune my aim more than I actually did).

As far as achievements go, I ended up earning 14 achievements (or 18% of the total amount of achievements). I guess I could back in the future and try to earn more points, but maybe it's something for the future.  Overall I'd say that this game is an 8/10.

Have you played it? What do you think? (oh yeah, plot synopsis can be found at wikipedia)
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This week in France

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Seems like the #1 song this week in France (according to Billboard anyway) is a song I've heard before, so I dropped won to #5 to see something new to me.


Chocolat by feat. Awa Imani
Verdict: I was prepared to not like this song (autotune seems a little overdone), but I rather liked it. Something to add to the playlist...




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Sev Trek: The infernal frontier

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LOL...The one where they meet God?

(original archive here)


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Sour grapes, gamer cat!

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I agree that the VR stuff costs a lot of money, but given a compelling game, and a compelling price, I'd play those games :-).  From last week's gamer cat comic.


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MBA-speak, with John Oliver

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Seems like a good week starts with John Olive and Last Week Tonight.  I've queued up the video to the part that I found most funny (Dumbo Heights!!!), but the rest of the video is definitely worth a watch.


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Backstreet Boys - Everybody (Backstreet's Back)

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Αλλο ένα  που κλείνει τα 20 χρόνια φέτος...γεράσαμε;  :p


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Battlefield 3 | Done

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Once I finished off Max Payne 3, I dove deeply into another game of a similar genre, Battlefield 3.  The campaign side of the game (which is basically what I play since I am not a networked player for most things) was rather short comparative to other games, but if I were to compare the game to games of the same genre (such as the previous two Battlefield games I played and the Call of Duty games I've played thus far).

In the game you take on the persona of Sgt Blackburn, who is running (away from something?), seeing a train and jumping off a bridge onto the train. Boards it, and starts taking out enemies (terrorists?).  Wait. How did we get here?  Oh yes...here comes the flashback...now where did I see this used before?  That's right, the last game I played...

Anyway, most of the game is a flashback from Blackburn's perspective, as you play the missions that he is narrating to his captors (the FBI?) about what went down in the various places he's fought against the PLR (fictional no-good organization out of Iran). For some of the game you also play the Russian side of things, basically Blackburn's equivalent also trying to stop nukes from being detonated in major cities of the west.  The game has a mix of ground/street combat, tank combat, and airplane combat. It's mostly ground, with other vehicles sprinkled on top.  Overall not a bad game, it was sort of like watching an interactive action movie.

As I've played more and more xbox games over the years I haven't focuses as much on obtaining achievements.  I ended up with 11 achievements (or 14% of the total).  Maybe some of them I can earn on a replay at some point down the road, in the far, far future ;-)

Overall the game was an 8/10 for me.  Good campaign, with a story that kept you engaged.

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This week in mexican music charts

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I don't think I've explored the mexican charts before.  Let's see what they have in store...


Adiós Amor by Christian Nodal
Verdict: Interesting, but definitely not my kind of music.




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Sev Trek: There be whales here

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Poor Scotty...

(original archive here)


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