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COD4, FO3, Helvetica

Journal Entry: Sun Dec 28, 2008, 9:23 PM
Call of Duty 4



Maybe the most enjoyable single-player FPS experience I've had since Goldeneye and Half-Life 2. Sure, it's full of scripted events -- as usually is the case w/ the CoD series -- but they're all too good. Don't pass it up.

On the downside, it is shorter than your average FPS. When it's this jam-packed and spares you the drone of repetition of other FPS'ers, you must forgive it, especially when it gives you one of the biggest jaw-dropping 'wtf' sequences in a game and leaves you satisfied by its end.

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Fallout 3



Big fan of Fallout 2 way back when and a fan of Oblivion, so when I heard the Oblivion guys were on the Fallout license I couldn't wait! And I'm not disappointed.

What people say is true: (1) you need to plug in several hours before most start to enjoy it and (2) blowing heads off does not get old.

Downside? Character animations are horrid, as they were in Oblivion, especially when attempting to play in third-person view. Come on -- is that how people look when they hop around? And I really hoped they would retain that Fallout 2 humor and cultural reference abuse.

Still, an amazing experience. Yet to finish, so I'll spare a star-rating.



Helvetica (movie)



I'd say pretty much a must watch for designers. The film offers interesting perspectives on Helvetica's mainstream use and history. Helvetica</b> (the typeface) is pretty much everywhere. This quote from the documentary sums it up:
It's air, you know. It's just there. There's no choice. You have to breathe, so you have to use Helvetica.
I use it all the time, almost as a necessity where I work, both fortunately and unfortunately.

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  • Listening to: DJ Jay-R - Sweet Sovereign
  • Reading: Predictably Irrational
  • Watching: Wanted
  • Playing: Call of Duty 4
  • Eating: peanut M&amp;Ms
  • Drinking: tea
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:iconmick-mick:
mick-mick Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hard to say if I like CoD4 or CoD5 better. The dogs in WoW are a nice touch but sometimes I do miss the copter.
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themozack Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I had a go with CoD4 from start to end a long while ago, and many of your earlier comments already summarise my views of the entire game. The presentation of the entire storyline in particular does a good job immersing you in key plot points. Quality directing, I must say.
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Skull-X Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Totally agree with your CoD4 rating. I was a Clancy man before, but the game was really awesome. You actually got introduced (in a way) to the characters, the story flowed well and game play is good.. but the multi-player... I could be on that forever!
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DanielRabjerg Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Have you given Call of Duty: World at War a go? It's brilliant, imo, just as good as MW.

Fallout3 is absolutely brilliant. Finished it a while ago and I've replayed it 3 times now in various karma gradings. :D
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halfliquid Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
I have not given it a go yet, but from all the positive things I've been hearing I might give it a try eventually.

Congrats on the replaying on the FO3. I might go back as a bad guy next time around seeing as I've always played the goodie-two-shoes. It just feels so wrong otherwise. Even in games like GTA I'd feel bad hitting innocent people. Not so much when I steal their cars though. I suppose I assume their insurance will cover it?
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likeanoutlaw Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008
HELLS YEAH!
fallout 3 rapes. finished it the other night.
as youve not finished it let me say this: do as many side quests as you can, look em up on the internet.
i say this because after the last mission you cant go around exploring so anything youve not done goes to waste.
other than that, such a good game (except for the animations sometimes haha)
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halfliquid Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
Ah, yes -- so I've been hearing to make a save point before the last mission so you can continue doing the side-quests, etc. That's sort of a bummer at the end of any game. Maybe it falls into the context of the FO3 ending -- no idea! -- but still a bummer.
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solitarystars Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
what about fabllllllle2?
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:iconhalfliquid:
halfliquid Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
No Xbox!
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solitarystars Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
turd!

maybe i'll send one for your next birthday....i'll save a dollar a day; $363 should cover it.

lulz.
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halfliquid Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
You are to kind! I wish more people had your tendency to 'save' intelligently!
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solitarystars Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
psh. i'm terrible at saving money.
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lemontea Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
CoD4 has an excellent single player, but the multiplayer is downright perfect. I've spent days (literally) playing it.
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halfliquid Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
The amount of hrs I clocked into CoD2 was pretty ridiculous. I'm too afraid to even touch CoD4 multi for fear I won't be able to play anything else for months! Heard nothing but good things about it. People are still playing like crazy.
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sugaroo Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never actually played fallout, but I've definately spent many hours watching it. so bad-ass lmao
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halfliquid Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
Watching it is on par to playing it, sure!

:slow:
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Jpp Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
Hm...I haven't being playing games for a while now...damn faculty:P but I liked morrowind :nod: so I might like fallout...maybe it's a bit toooooo futuristic :slow: I really like elfs and those things :giggle:

Glad to hear from you, mister!
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:iconhalfliquid:
halfliquid Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
Robots are the new elves.

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:iconjpp:
Jpp Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
:lol:

Indeed...hope all ok with you=)
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:iconhalfliquid:
halfliquid Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
Things are dandy. Could be better. Could be worse. Not complaining. How've you been hanging?
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:iconjpp:
Jpp Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
Fine, mostly, almost time to go back to uni for another 3 months :noes:
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TheRyanFord Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
CoD4 is definitely fantastic.
My buddy $bionikdesign bought CoD:World at War (the newest one). It's okay, but it's severely lacking in what CoD4 brought to the table (probably because a different studio made this one).

No matter. Infinity Ward is working on CoD4-2. Should be a good game, considering their track record.
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halfliquid Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
I'm at the point where I'm basically done w/ WW2 related games, at least for a while. Not that I don't enjoy the setting but it gets pretty tiring reliving the same 'story' experience (even when they're from different perspectives). W/ that said, might still check it out for checking outs sake if it goes on sale for I heard many a good things.

Frankly, CoD series seems over-saturated w/ yearly releases. But I'm excited to see what they come up w/ for CoD4-2.
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baKIN Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
Well, CoD4 brought creativity to the table and WaW brought along that same creativity. I dunno what's wrong with the game, I really like it, to be honest. ;p
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halfliquid Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
How's the single-player campaign, `baKIN?
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baKIN Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008
Like CoD4 except it's got a very good story and it keeps you glued to the tube.
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halfliquid Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
Are you in turn implying that CoD4 had a "bad" story?

:P
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baKIN Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
It had a lesser story than CoD:WaW does. :D
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TwistingMyArm Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008
I think I shall watch this "Helvetica". It piques my interest.
Fallout 3 was awesome, and I definitely agree with you on the hopping around. :lol: Quite interesting. Too bad they took down the posters for it in D.C. Metro. :slow: Apparently, they scared people. Whatever.
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halfliquid Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
Oh, did they take down posters for it? Ha. I could see it from their point of view but, come on -- it's a game here people, not a view of things to come!
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TwistingMyArm Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
Yeah, it caused a shitstorm in the D.C. stops. :slow: But it said FALLOUT 3 in the biggest letters ever.
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miksago Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008
Nice reviews, and Helvetica was an excellent movie. I haven't yet played COD4 or FO3, but they're on my list to get to.

I don't suppose you'd have put the two game reviews on napalmriot.com?
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halfliquid Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
Thanks. I vote for more movies about type!

Did not hear of napalmriot until 1 minute ago, heh.

;)
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miksago Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
hmm... I seen a few good movies recently, the best being Amelie, then after that, probably Pulp Fiction, but that was just weird and confusing.

And napalmRIOT is good for find other gamers to game against and stuff like that too ;P
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halfliquid Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
Joined.

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Amelie was amazing, and Pulp Fiction is one of my favorites. There are some confusing aspects to it but, trust me, they all make sense. One of the mysteries is what was in the actual briefcase. Lots of theories for it, but no one knows the answer. I sort of like that. Leaves it up to speculation.
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miksago Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008
Sweet, what's your NR nick? And in Pulp Fiction, you're right, we do never find out what's in the brief case.

What other movie's have you seen?
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:iconhalfliquid:
halfliquid Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
What movies have I not seen by now? Just watched Slumdog Millionaire. Good stuff.

It would be 'halfliquid' on NR.

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miksago Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
ah, okay.. also, if NR isn't quite working for you, It will soon, we're in the middle of a html/css rebuild... There's more info in the forums.
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