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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Halo 5 Guardians a Beautiful Game

I've played through the campaign of Halo 5 Guardians and my first impressions of this game it is beautiful, it looks and feels like a next gen game. The graphics are crystal clear and gorgeous. Whether it’s the refresh rate, the design the programmers all working in sync together this game is just right. If you have an Xbox One, go out and buy Halo 5 for the visual feast alone. If you don't have an Xbox One, go out and buy one with Halo 5.

Game play is fast & responsive. Extremely playable, the game keeps you immersed regardless of what is happening around you. The weapons feel just right. The speed, responsiveness, feedback all work to give you the best experience in a shooter. Driving the warthog in Halo 5 has never been so much fun. Again the improvement in responsiveness of the controls just makes everything feel right.

I love the Halo series so my review was always going to be slightly biased in favour. However it is well worth having a look at this game. I just feel sorry for the people that don’t have Xbox One’s right now because if they try Halo 5, they will want to buy one, period.
 I said Halo 4 was a love story, I really only played the campaign and I did really enjoy it.  Halo 5 is a love story by its developers of the franchise. Staying true to the Halo story, with a great story through the campaign, mind blowing visuals. And for me, the multiplayer really works in this game. I love shooters thanks to Halo, I didn’t say I was any good at them but I do love playing them. So for me Warzone is a nice addition, more of a Battlefield meets Halo. There is the Arena for hard core Halo fans but I find my scores in the arena are better than ever (not bad for an old fart).  

My only complaint about the game is lack of split screen for co-op campaign. That seemed like a proper Halo tradition that is worth bringing back.

Next time more on Halo 5 Multiplayer.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Destiny 2.0 The Taken King

After a massive update (17gb), I have been playing the new Destiny 2.0. Unfortunately the same evening  Battlefield 4 also had a large update. So I gave up the idea of gaming and let the Xbox One have some bandwidth

 I have nothing against Nolan North as a voice actor, but I do miss Peter Dinklage's voice and his take (sarcastic) as the voice of the Ghost. 
Leveling up makes more sense. You now can level  up based on activity in strikes or the crucible and not just "light" and gear beyond level 31. I was stuck at 31 for ages, but since the update I am now at level 34.

The  Inventory the new Bounties and Quests screens are improved.  And you can track 4 quest or bounties so you are updated when parts or all of the quest/bounty is completed. I look forward to reviewing the complete update..


Friday, 22 May 2015

Quick Takes

Some quick takes from the last few months.

I've been playing Destiny for awhile now. I wanted to write a review of the game, but the design of Destiny makes it difficult to simply review after a few hours, days or as with me a months of play.

Had  I reviewed the game after the first week,  I would have opened with  "If you've played Halo before, you'll realize that Destiny, although it has a familiar look and feel is not Halo, even if at times it feels like it." And Destiny does feel a bit like Halo, until you've played it for a week, then you'll realize its a brilliant game on it's own, and it's not Halo, quite. Is it an mmo? The public events feel like an mmo but beyond that I am not sure. I have never been on a raid. It is more fun to play Destiny with friends.Going on strikes, story missions etc are definitely better with friends. Some day I'll get to go on a raid.

Say g'nite Windows 8. I personally love Windows 8. Why people had issues with the charms bar (They're after my lucky charms) or the start screen is beyond me. But Windows 10 looks like a step in the right direction for Microsoft.

The HP Stream revolution with Celeron and Atom processors is off to a great start. Windows 8 is so efficient HP could make a tablet, the HP Stream 7, with Atom processors and it's actually usable. The stream 7 may not be sleek & light, but if want to carry a full version of Windows 8, install your choice of apps (chrome) run office 365 then for a low entry price you can't go wrong.

The HP Stream 11 comes with Office 365 for a year so for students etc it's perfect. The build quality is very good and thanks to Windows 8 it is great to use. For a complete review of the HP Stream 11 head to

I have been using a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for the last 2 years. It has been a great phone. I am desperate to move to Windows Phone but I am waiting for a successor to the Nokia Lumia 1020 with a Purview camera.  Otherwise I am very tempted by the new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. I am also very tempted by the Apple iPhone 6 plus. I have been a fan of mobile photography for ages, the note 2 fulfilled the promise of a portable camera masquerading as a mobile phone. 

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Returning to form

I've just had my birthday so I thought it's a good time to post some reflection on the year behind me.

I quit smoking. So it's been over a year since my last cigarette. I can't say I haven't been tempted over the year to start again, but I do know myself well enough that I am either smoking 10-20 a day or not at all. So for me there is no having just 1 cigarette.

Its been just over a year since I had surgery to remove a benign tumour that took out my pituitary gland(pituitary adenoma). I had cut down smoking prior to the operation, after, well, let's just say I didn't want anything irritating my nose, and I may have been slightly afraid of the nurses had I gone out for a cigarette.

The surgery went great and  I feel better than ever. Thank you NHS. I have had access to the best doctors and treatment possible. I had some time off work while I was ill, and since then made it through a whole teaching year (phew).

Although I was active on Facebook & twitter, I haven't posted to my blogs in a long time. I am planning  to move to a single blog, rather than a personal and a professional blog. So as I figure out the best way to combine and go forward with blogging I will keep posting on