Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Prototype 2 - PS3

My thoughts on...
[Prototype 2] – PS3

Prototype is a game about James Heller a regular GI Joe who goes home to find his family slaughtered by a man made zombie virus he then get infected by said virus and turns into a super mutant. Cue mindless bloodshed and angry shouting as you chase after the originator of the virus Alex Mercer and a military group called Blackwatch. That said the story is just about strong enough to pull you through the game but the real motive for offing the bad guys in this game are the awesome powers you receive as a reward.

This game is all about the gameplay it just puts you in situation showcasing your awesome powers like ripping the turret off a tank and smashing it with it. No matter how you play the game (as it is open world) theres always a new power just round the corner . You can also consume humans to take on there appearance and later in the game when you take the appearance as a top military dude this comes into its own putting you in tanks and helicopters to destroy waves of infected. I managed to get the platinum on this in one playthrugh, its pretty easy even on hard and in my opinion it never gets boring. Repetitive yes but no matter how many times you pull a helicopter outta the sky and use its cannons to levell a base… it never gets boring!

The graphics are much improved over the first game and for the size of the citys I was quite pleased with how good it looked. It must be said the art style of the game has a lot to do with this, each area clearly having its own theme wether infected, military or civilian.

There is a Few down points to the game, though the powers are plenty but no matter what ones you use the enemies all die the same, also the combat inside buildings isn’t the best, the camera and lock on seems to go crazy not that it matters, Heller can tear apart a room in seconds. The good and the fun bits outweigh thes bad by far and I wouldnt hesitate to recommend this to anyone.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Max Payne 3 - PS3

My thoughts on...
Max Payne 3 - PS3

I havn't really written much on my blog before but i've been quite into my games lately and just through i'd write a little about each one. So here's the first one Max Payne 3 that I got on PS3.

I was looking forward to this game since I heared it was in prodution and to be fair it doesn't dissapoint. It contuines on in the hard-boiled Max Payne style of a good guy getting knee deep into trouble.The story is gritty and dramatic following Max's change from washed up has been cop to a human weapon of mass distruction.  It constantly drives the game forward at every step and with Max narrating his own story you never feel seperated from the story. Theres a reason your pumping lead into these bad guys...

The gamplay is sharp, the guns meanifull though your pistol the default weapon seems as a good all rounder for most situations. Bullet time is back but in my opinon yes it looks awesome but is no substute for taking cover behind a nice sturdy wall.

The graphics are amazing with immense detail in everything from background items to the characters shocked faces, all done in its unique style. This is a quality game and so far the best of 2012, Max is definatly in the top tier rubbing shoulders with the likes of Nathan Drake and Marcus Fenix.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Civic Roar!

A little vid of my civic  (b16a turbo on a basemap) just going up and down my street, cant believe how loud she is! :P

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Hellaflush Civic Turbo Anyone???


So as ever with the civic, im changing the look again... to be honest im getting fed up of the carbon clad look. i think its just tooo.... excessive, mabey on a track spec GT-R or a drift spec S15 but not my humble little civic.

I know, they need a clean

So step one on the Hellaflush ladder was my ultra rare Cusco split rims with super aggresive 15x7 with 25 offset and 1.5" lip wrapped in 195 50 15 yoko advans. I had 185 40 15 nankangs on before but it handled like a boat and was waaay too low :( looked good but un driveable (especially when you think im running a turbo b16).

JDM Y0!!!

 Because of the width of the wheels and the offset its bumping the tyre on the back if i go over agressive bumps so im thinking ill have to get some camber arms soon. Its not being driven at the moment so no major rush.

Clearance is fine on the front

Perfect offset for the car only not too practical and this is the coilovers wound right up

Now to accompany that (and get my car round corners) i opted for the d2 coilovers. Now as im running a 3" downpipe and live in Wales (all hills, speedbumps and potholes) and want the car as a daily theres only so low i could go with it. At the moment its at the highest possible  

As you can see barely a couple of inches clearance

And not much room on the back to play with either.

I bought a already smoothed rocker cover and also managed to pick up a flushed rear boot recently which ive put on but still needs to be de locked and sprayed.

Smoothed rocker cover.

Flush boot fitted and number plate re-located

I think once ive got the bonnet on and the car re sprayed and those little extra touches like the awesome little counter sunk washers for the bolts, and a bonnet bra then it will be well on its way to the hellaflush camp :D 

Thursday, 29 December 2011

My Civic EG Turbo

Hi, just want to put down abit about my Civic, story is I bought her just over a year ago as a 1.5 LSI with a B16A conversion already done. She had been stood for quite awhile and needed alot of work to get her how I wanted her to be. Surprisingly she flew the mot once the wiring had been tidied up and handbrake brackets for the rear discs were made up. Knowing that I wanted to turbocharge the already nippy 170BHP B16A motor I knew a good service and strict use of 99 ron fuel was the measure of the day so there started her addiction to Silkolene 5-30 and Tesco 99.
How she was after I bought her

When I bought her she already had a Spoon Carbon Fibre Rear Spoiler the B16A engine Y21 gearbox (OEM LSD) complete with SIR steering rack subframe ARB's suspension LCA's hubs discs calipers and the 2.25" cat back. I went and built on that already strong platform. First few things she got were the rear carbon fibre tailgate Mugen upper strut brace some Apex springs a chipped OBD1 ECU running a DC Sports chip, this had her revving off the clocks and a 4-1 Toyo manifold and 16x6.5 Rays TE37 replicas with Toyo Proxes to go over the 282mm front discs off an MGZR. This got her running as nice as you would want an N/A Honda but that just wasnt enough for me...

Japfest Castle Coombe 2011

My EJ9 Daily

After arduous saving I bought a second Civic a silver EJ9 to run about in whilst the turbo conversion was going on. I had already baught a Garrat T35 turbo .80 AR cast manifold wastegate and 3" downpipe but on reflection and alot of advice off my good friend Chris I opted for a much smaller turbo to minimise lag and concentrated on the chassis and getting the power down and useable as his 400bhp MB6 was a textbook example of overpower. So now its running a T304E Turbo .50AR 525CC injectors a stainless tubular manifold and 3" turbo back exhaust system. We fitted her with a small fmic painted matt black to hide it from view used 2.25 induction piping again to minimise lagand run the screamer pipe under the car again to hide from view. To keep it cool we fitted a 2 core alloy rad and whilst we were at it tidied up the engine bay and fitted a smoothed gold rocker cover, carbon fibre plug cover and Mugen oil cap. We then got rid of the Apex springs for some seriously awesome D2 coilovers and changed the wheels for some rare as hens teeth Cusco 3 part split rims 15x7 and fitted them with Yokohama Advan AD08 tyres 195 50 15 for maximum grip .The OEM bonnett went in favourof a Oem style carbon fibre one though in hindsight I should have gotten a vented one. The granny seats were taken out and replaced with DC2 red Recaros, whacked in a momo steeing wheel and matching gear knob and job done thats pretty much where she is at the moment.


It's the end of a hard road...

Next up I want to get it rolling road mapped for optimum performance/reliability and hopefully she should be looking at agood 250BHP at 7PSI, I dont want anymore power tho I could go higher with this setup. Then I want her painted and her arches replacing but dont know when ill afford it. Or I may even sell it for the right price and start a new project.
All neat and tidy :)

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

My Audi

About a month back when winter started to fall i knew it was time to put my beloved Civic away, and for a daily i manged to pick up this 1.8 non-turbo Audi A4 Avant. Normally i wouldn't even look at a german car but it was my mates and as soon as he baught it i knew i had to have it off him. I've never been in a car so comfortable to drive... theres alot of comfy cars now but thier all boring i just culdnt believe how an R Reg car could feel so new. Everything from the LCD display to the OEM design, even the keys oozed with quality. I knew then that this was my perfect daily. Anyhow being Christmas I'm abit skint and wanted to bring the VIP spirit out of the A4 abit more so opted for some low cost mods that I think changes the car dramatically. First off was a good clean! It's surprising what a difference that made and whilst i was at it de badged the boot of the A4 and 1.8 badges also ordered some flat blades off Ebay and a VIP Fusa knot all the way from Japan. Ok so it's not done what some wheels and coilovers would have but for the money I think it brings extra class to my classy ride .

                                                                 Heres abit of the spec-
1.8 20v petrol
Grey interior with split back bench and armrest
LCD display
Air Con with digital controlls
Leather steering wheel
Central locking

All in all a very practical comfy car and enough room in the back to haul around the Recaros or Rotas in constantly swapping over.