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Kastrenzo

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I play a variety of games, I don't really stick to a single game for long. I used to work on the Shattered lands mod for Men of War Assault squad, but I "left the team" a long time ago because I simply lost interest in the game, and didn't have the time to put towards a huge project being done by a small team. If I find mods that have content that is without a shadow of a doubt, stolen from another game or mod that did not give permission for it to be reused, I will report it. you don't have to like it, but I don't care. Read the fucking TOS

Blog RSS Report abuse 5 years Later, Finally Comparing PS3 and 360

0 comments by Kastrenzo on Jul 12th, 2013

I decided to get a Playstation 3 last night, completing the holy trifecta of 7th generation video game nerd machines alongside the 360 and the console I keep forgetting I even own, the Wii,  But I'm not going to talk about that

First and Foremost, I'm still a PC gamer at heart, I just want to keep my options open if I want to play a lot of games, and as far as I was concerened, the PS3 was always a better console, but there are still some things it lacks. So here I am, with a PC, PS3, 360 and Wii all on the same desk, remarkably it has not created a singularity, nor have the machines sprouted limbs Transformer style and tried to blow each other up

History is repeating itself with me it seems,  I bought a PS2 in 2004 for Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, because it wasn't coming to Xbox immediatley back then,  And this year Rockstar are playing hard to get, Only releasing GTA 5 on PS3 and 360, primarily the PS3,  And they are refusing to comment on the PC, It's fairly obvious it's coming, for a number of reasons,  but it's a question of time.

I didn't want to wait, and besides, back to my original point of "I think the PS3 is better to have"

The two machines I have are the Xbox 360S Halo *Gaylo* Reach Edition 250GB Hard drive, and the Playstation 3 Super Slim 250GB Hard drive,  Both of them are effectivley the "last generation" of their respective product lines.

Before I go into giving my opinions,  I need to stress that the games I'm playing have just as much affect on performance as the hardware, Since my PS3 only has one game, plus two games that I have access to for one year through PS Plus, Saints row 3 and battlefield 3,  I'll use 3 Xbox games to draw my conclusiosn as well

INITIAL THOUGHTS
Appearance - 360, The PS3SuperSlim was designed not to improve the console, but to reduce costs, it's all you can buy now, and it leaves me with the feeling that I've got an underpowered machine, maybe im paranoid. It's virtually identical to the 4th generation PS3's, except smaller, draws a little less power, and is quieter and less heat *which is actually a very good thing*

Pricetag/Value - PS3,  Both machines are evenly priced, but I was utterly shocked to find that I could get some AAA games for -FREE- and keep them for a full year, even if they aren't games I like, I can still use them to test the hardware and get used to the controller.

Online features - PS3, No required paid memberships, need I say more?

Ease of Use - 360, The PS3 has an incredibly long list of options and settings, hard to get used to on a console.
 
Ergonomics - 360, Controller is comfortable and decent sized, don't have to fuss with my big hands. PS3  lighter, but I don't really care about that

PERFORMANCE

Graphics Quality,PS3 Slightly better than 360, will explain below
Graphics Playback *FPS*, PS3 again, slightly better, because...
Heat/Noise, PS3 As mentioned in appearance,  Console is much quieter because of how the optical drive works,  still makes that funny Playstation gear shifting noise though when playing off a disc

Conclusion - We're comparing Oranges to Tangerines here, both machines have their ups and downs. both machines you make sacrifices

The 360, Is easier to use, more comfortable to use, and a little cheaper, but in return, it's very loud, has heating problems, has a shitty online service with zero incentives, and it's hardware is slightly inferior.

The PS3 on the other hand, I beilve is a better machine in the hardware and performance department, but the price that is paid is that it's operating system is complex, and it's controller is horribly uncomfortable for a grown adult, you are basically trading experience for comfort with this machine.  As for the "cost reduced cheapyness of it", I'll find out in september if it stands up to it's "last generation" title,  and I'll also find out if cramming hardware into a smaller case will result in heat issues, it seems to be ok so far.

Games I was playing most often on the consoles

Xbox - Red Dead Redemption, Midnight Club Los Angeles, NHL 13
PS3 - Uncharted 3, Saints Row 3, Battlefield 3 **

sr3 and bf3 I got for free, SR3 ran like shit, but that's the game's fault,  and BF3 it's not fair for me to judge the PS3 on it's "poor" performance, it's 30 FPS cap, considering I played that game on my PC at 150 FPS. Changes my perspective. I hate that game anyway,

Report abuse Why DMS is a terrible company, And Why I've stopped giving a **** About them

3 comments by Kastrenzo on Jun 4th, 2013

Warning. There is a little foul language in this rant, so if you are offended by F-Bombs and other four letter words. Please stop reading now.

Digitalmindsoft, DMS for short. Is a small time German company that somehow took over rights to the Men of War series,  It's original Developer Bestway from Ukraine, doesn't seem to be doing anything with the IP anymore,  and it's parent Russian Publisher, 1C, Tested the waters and got chased away pretty quick after Men of War Vietnam, and how horrible it was.

Before i go any further I'm just going to make it clear that I don't actually care about Men of War anymore,  it was a fun toybox to play around with.  and DMS's MOW:Assault Squad was a polished improved version of the original,  but it hasn't aged well.  And in DMS' hands, they've done little to improve it. I mostly play other games like Planetside 2 now,  But I still occassionally keep up with the MOW Moddb page. Just because like I said, it's a toybox that I come back to once in a while

They're making some kind of modern war spinoff now called Call to Arms,  and it literally looks like Call of duty,  American steamroller faction against obscure unknown rebel faction which is most likley just going to be "ragheads" No racism intended there,  with weak weapons.  Kind of like what Arma 2 Op Arrowhead was like.  

For reasons I forgot,  DMS blocked me from their youtube site,  I don't remember what I said but it was obviously something that got their jimmies in a tussle, I've been dissapointed with DMS ever since they started rolling out updates for MOWAS, Which were horribly prioritized.  One update they released a bunch of high res grenades and rifle ammo clips. which are literally like the size of someone's hand or smaller.  but still hadn't updated the infantry models which are like 6 years old. Or the fact that the USA Faction had an entire new motor pool of fancy HD models whereas the Germans had like, 2 tanks, everything else was also 5 years old.  Anyway my guess was that I called them out on that,  and they didn't like that,  and blocked me.

Then I started poking shit at how they were asking for backers, and wanted something like One million Euros backed soley from their community *which no offense to MOW fans,  but a lot of them seem to be minors, or people who pirated the game*.  so that's a joke too.

Anyway. getting to the point. After discovering I was blocked by their youtube account, I posted the same message meant for YT on the corresponding DMS Forums page. it reads as follows

"So are you ever going to show us what the other faction looks like? or are you only going to show US Weaponry like some kind of bad military geek's wet dream.
Should we all just assume that the enemy faction are just peasants in rags and turbans with AKs?....
Seriously, you've shown us like 11 renders of the same M1 Abrams, and a Million M4s. show some other stuff DMS.
Also, please. this time don't spend weeks making new Grenade models when you still have other models that are 6 years old."

Today "Instinct" the director or CEO or whomever, informed me that i've recieved another infraction for "flaming",  and removed the comment without so much as offering to answer any of my questions.

I've had it with these pansies,  These sorry sacks of shit cannot take any kind of criticism whatsoever, the only thing that is acceptable to them is for you to get on your knees, kiss their ass and praise them for the crumbs they give you.  Anything else is 'flaming" and their little hearts just can't take it.

I'm sorry, and excuse my language.  but how the fuck are you supposed to grow and improve as a video game developer,  as a company, if you are unwilling to listen to feedback and take constructive criticism?

I told Instinct that he can go fuck himself, and to ban me from his website,  Because I have absolutley no respect for a company that acts like that. I already disliked DMS for their lack of fucks given in their own mod forums.  Mods that used to be on this site, which were removed for having stolen content, are popping up on DMS forums, and getting off scot free over there, DMS doesn't give a shit about Intellectual property. But it does give a shit when you aren't drooling over it's 12 different skins of the same M1A2 tank.

Not buying Call to Arms,  Not giving one volcanic shit about DMS anymore.  better things to do

Report abuse The Seven Wonders of the Internet

0 comments by Kastrenzo on Dec 11th, 2012

There are some things in this world that are truly unique, and on the internets this is no exception, in fact it if weren't for the internets. the world as a whole would not know about these great things. And so I present to you, the Seven Wonders of the internet, 2012 edition. Most of these are links to youtube, simply because I've forgotten a lot of the non-youtube websites that I would have considered

Be warned that some of the content may be disturbing, gross, or otherwise NSFW

1: The Yellow Pee pee Monster
Tosh.0 showed me this, Some guy who lives in the Boston area, has been posting videos of himself going into publish washrooms and as the name suggests, Pissing all over the place. Nothing is safe, Not the toilets, nor the sinks, nor the mirrors, toilet paper, not even the baby changing stations
Yppm.removed.us

2: Angry Tractor Man
This isn't a video par-say, but an audio clip, I don't know by what means some toothless Slovakian farmer came to record the audio for this, but I first saw a parody of it on an ArmA II Fan video, The Angry Tractor man is some Czech or Slovakian *I'm not sure which. The latter I think,* Trying to fix a tractor, and he completley blows his top. I've never heard someone scream so loud in my life,  When I worked with the Shattered Lands mod, we actually wanted to put clips of this man's screaming as an ambient sound effect in our game.
Youtube.com

3: Holy fucking Ducks
This is pretty much Filler, but do I need to explain the title? if not, HOLY SHIT THAT'S A LOT OF DUCKS.
Youtube.com

4: Birgirpall
Some weird Icelandic guy who makes a lot of videos for games, Talks to himself and makes strange noises, and sounds an awfully lot like Mr. Bean, sometimes has another Weird Icelandic friend playing games with him, who shreiks and talks to himself just as much
Youtube.com 

3: John Madden
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Football goes here on moon
Youtube.com

2: Donald Trump Twitter Rage
Mad that the party you supported because they were going to give rich people like yourself more tax cuts lost? Freak the fuck out on twitter and call for a revolution while the world laughs at you making an ass of yourself, and your retarded haircut
Nationalpostnews.files.wordpress.com

1: A Russian with a Video Camera
Give a Russian a video camera, and you will discover things still unknown to the world of man. Just be sure not to go near their roads.
Youtube.com
Youtube.com
*Seriously I could post a thousand of these*
 

Report abuse Mass Effect 3 - Extended Cut

0 comments by Kastrenzo on Jun 27th, 2012

Well, It wasn't perfect, and it wasn't exactly what I wanted. but it was the best they could do, and for what it's worth I'm happy with it now.

I mean, the only issues I had were a few key wtf points in the vanilla game, I'm a wuss so most of my complaints were about my charachter, LI's, and other charachter interactions instead of choice consequences and such.  But it was nice to see a short Epilogue.

Also, however token it was. there was a semi-hidden sequence in the 5000+EMS Destroy ending *Also known as the shepard lives ending*,  I'll just call it the "SLE"

3/4 of the endings show the crew standing around the memorial, saying their goodbyes to Shepard. And Shepard's Romance Partner if they have one is standing in the center with his name for the plaque and puts it on the wall. and then is comforted by a member of the crew, usually EDI

however in the SLE, there is one seemingly token and insignificant  action in my game, and was even more difficult to read because it was Tali that was my partner and of course she wears the helmet, and you can't see her expressions.

Rewind back 30 seconds, Everyone is standing around the memorial sulking and crying, Tali in the center quietley, with the Shepard plaque. Walks up to the board but then hesitates to put it on, And then starts looking up as if shes thinking, and lowers the plaque away from the board as the screen fades to black.  

My thoughts were, "Oh shit. she knows, she knows that he's still alive",

The ship takes off, and then the screen shifts to a pile of rubble and broken shit. Dramatic music suddenly stops, and Shepard wakes up alive. 

Youtube.com 

Closest thing to a rianbows and butterflies happy ending it can get really, So it's good enough, It wasn't what I Expected, but it's better than last time. and while it's highly unlikley, maybe it isnt over.

Report abuse Mass Effect 3 - The End.

2 comments by Kastrenzo on Mar 6th, 2012

I think something died inside of me after my ME3 Ending. I'm not even sure if I ever want to play the game again.

SPOILERSIt's not because it was a bad ending, it's just because it tore my heart out, Shepard died in the end, he gave his life to save the galaxy, but he still died, Garrus and Tali, My long time favorite teammates, the latter being the charachter I "romanced", also died shortly before he did. And likley all his other friends did aswell.

It tears the heart out of me because it doesn't even seem like it's the same game. I mean it's Science fiction and all, but the Reapers thing was still somewhat grounded in feasibliy, In the end it was some kind of Synthetic/Machine God or other entity. it didn't fit and it in a lot of ways, it did ruin the game for me.

I think what hurts me the most is, I knew it was the end of the series, but I was expecting a kind of ending that would result in either, A - Failure or B - The main charachters *who survived* come home and celebrate victory before fading into obscurity, retiring, dying of old age. whatever.

There's just some things I know now, that I wish I had never known, and left it up to imagination,
Like Tali's face, The Protheans,  and obviously, the end of this series.

I'm at a complete loss of words. I don't know what to say about the ending, I'm just in complete shock,
I don't want to say that I hate the ending, but I did not like it at -all-.

Everything about Mass effect 3 was -amazing-, until the suicide run for the Conduit. Which everyone except Shepard and Anderson get killed, your teammates included, Garrus and Tali were incinerated by Harbinger while they were behind me.  I was really looking forward to having more Talks about Calibrations and Drunken Quarian moments.