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Slicing and dicing

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2012 by sosideways

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So it was time to replace my old EDC (every day carry) knife, which was a CRKT M16-12LE that is no longer available.  It was a good knife, and it has served it’s purpose, but between me being a complete n00b at sharpening knives and not knowing how to do it properly, and professionals that work at a cutlery shop that actually sells the knives not knowing how to properly sharpen it, the profile on the cutting edge of the blade is pretty messed up, and at this point I doubt I can bring it back to a decent enough profile and get it razor sharp anymore.

In comes the new knife: the Spyderco Tenacious. Continue reading

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Review: Battlefield Bad Company 2 – Revised

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , on January 24, 2011 by sosideways

OK, I know I gave it a bad review the last time, and to this day, I still maintain that the controls for the game are slow and clunky compared to the COD series games, but after learning more about how I am supposed to play the game, and playing it with an open mind, I have come to like the game a bit more.

First, the sniping is actually kind of realistic in the sense that, if the enemies are real far away, the bullet actually drops due to gravity, so you’ll have to use the mil dots on the scope to account for the bullet drop.  Only problem is, there is no range finder in the game, so you can’t really tell just how far the enemies are, thus the first shot on your enemies will more than likely end up missing them low.

Proper headshots with most sniper rifles will kill the enemies, it’s just that before, I wasn’t hitting all my enemies with a headshot due to the bullet drop.

The iron sights on the assault rifles, light machine guns, and even sub machine guns all kind of suck though, and you don’t get the red dot sight or any other scopes until much later, which sucks, because all I want to do is to stay with my recon class, which has everything unlocked now, so it’s pointless for me to keep it there, and I am not paying to unlock anything on this game.

Overall, I give it a 4 out of 5 now.  IMO it could use a slightly better leveling system, so that things get unlocked a bit quicker.

Pro Gear Acquired

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , , on August 10, 2010 by sosideways

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So my friend Eric and I have been oogling over this camera for awhile, and I’m very happy to have found a deal with this one.

The camera is a Nikon F100 film camera, with the optional MB-15 power grip and the 50mm f1.4D lense included in the auction. It came with an OpTech USA strap too.

This camera is absolutely fantastic. LOVE IT!!!!

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Sideways Review – Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , on July 27, 2010 by sosideways

So I got Battlefied: Bad Company 2 on Sunday, started the first player campaign to get used to the controls at around like, 9pm, got stuck on one part at around 1am and was too tired to figure it out so I called it a night. Picked up where I left off last night at 6pm, and was done with the game at 6:45pm. Wow. What a short game.

I also didn’t like the controls for it. Felt really numb and slow compared to Modern Warfare 2. The programming for the controller stick would make it not do anything if you moved it a small amount, but once you went past a sort of threshold, it would start moving, which made it very hard to make small adjustments when you’re trying to snipe.

The knifing absolutely sucks on this game. It is absolutely garbage. The damage from the guns are also very unrealistic. How can I use a sniper and hit someone barely 10 meters in front of me, center mass on the chest, and only do 50 damage to them? Or the 20 meter head shot to this guy doing only 70 damage to them? I love how those guys get shot by me, turn around, and make a quick 3 round burst on me and I’m dead.

I played probably an hour total online last night, and I have never been so frustrated with an FPS type game that much, to where I almost threw my controller at the TV. MW2 can get frustrating at times, but it never gave me the level of frustration that I got from BC2. The game is non-intuitive, and very unrealistic in the damages. The controls are numb and non-linear, making it hard to aim at stuff with any kind of accuracy.

I think my best score in the team deathmatch last night was like, 7, but I died probably like 20 times or more. I couldn’t take the game anymore so I popped in MW2, jumped in a free-for-all with my Intervention + Rafficas class and immediately went like 18-10, with a best 4 kill streak. I’m not that good at MW2 yet, still getting used to aiming with the controller and all that, but it was an immediate improvement in game play for me, a much needed breath of fresh air.

To summarize, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 for the xbox360 gets a 1 star out of 5 for me. I absolutely hated it. I might give it another try tonight just to see if I have a better experience after tweaking some stuff, but I highly doubt it, especially when the first headshot doesn’t kill someone for me.

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