Monday, June 29, 2009

:: Transformers - Revenge of the Fallen ::


Finally the movie is out and BEHOLD, it was released in my city. That alone is a great feat :P . Plus, we have new movie theaters here. Great plus indeed.

Transformers - Revenge of the Fallen have beaten my expectations. I was expecting a movie that would be at least as good as the first one, but it is more. OK, I know people who said the movie sucked, that the first one is better. OK, OK. Everyone has the right to opinions, I respect that. So... all you will see here, as usual, is MY OPINION about the movie. Nice action, good actors, great FX, very nice robots, etc. Does the movie has problems? Of course, more than two or three. But that doesn't make it suck, IMHO.

Points I didn't like (and hey, there are some minor spoilers bellow):
  1. No need for the scene where the little robot humps Mikaela's leg;
  2. No need for the scene of Mojo (the dog) humping the other dog;
  3. That Autobot fighting the Fallen? Too quick for my taste. It (the fight) deserved to be longer;
  4. Too much time spent around the romance between Mikaela and Sam;
  5. I think it is odd that one of the robots was able to desguise as a human. Laaaaame, why all the others couldn't? :(
  6. Again Ironhide, Ratchet and other Autobots showed too little. I would like to have seen more of Sideswipe (or will I have to wait for Transformers 3?)
  7. The "faces" of the twin autobots. Lame to portray them that way.
Points I did like:
  1. More Megan Fox;
  2. More robots (either side);
  3. More Megan Fox;
  4. The story is good enough;
  5. Nice they put Arcee in the story, but she shouldn't be "the Arcee twins" and I would like that appearence to be better explored. Will we see Elita One on the next movie? :P
  6. Have I already said more Megan Fox?
OK, the movie is not going to compete for Oscar of Best Movie. But it is good, damn it. Yes, I would like some battle scenes were shot with a "more open camera/lens" so that we could see the robots better. But at least this was improved since the first movie. Another thing... now we can see the real Optimus Prime in action. Oh, sure! Looks like we have two sets of Constructicons. In the cartoon series from the 80's, the Constructicons were Decepticons which when united formed the huge robot Devastator. We can see the Constructicons (at least they were very alike them) in the movie, landing (more like crashing) on Air Carrier. Later we see another "constructicons like" vehicles merging to form the Devastator.

Ah... and the Devastator participation was... weak too. But not bad.

OK, OK, perhaps I am too much a Transformer fan to rate this movie. Anyway... the movie is good and I think it is one to be seen in the movies. I did that, now I will wait for it to come out in DVD :)

Autotobs, transform and roll out!

Friday, June 26, 2009

:: X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Game) ::

A nice game, indeed. Good graphics, good playability, easy controlls and a good story. Don't be fooled by the game's name. It is based on the movie, but it's not loyal to its story. Not that it will spoil the fun, not at all.

You can improve Logan's abilities, increase his damage, find new powers/moves, etc. However, the game has some flaws. First, the environment/scenario doesn't let you go anywhere you want; second, the game is VERY linear. It is quite clear they used one of the Unreal (remember the FPS games?) engines. The engine they used is not bad. But the other night I was thinking they could have used something like Assassin's Creed engine. Or perhaps just the game's idea.

What am I talking about? Logan/Wolverine wandering around places which would be populated, not empty scenarios in which some enemies are spawned. Ok, that is not the story of the movie... so this could be used on another game, right? What about another Wolverine game or even an X-Men game? Something along the lines of Spiderman: Web of Shadows, but with much more interactivity. A place (city) where the heroes would face challenges/dangers/enemies but they would have to be careful to not harm innocent people or destroy all the buildings around ;)

Am I dreaming too much? I don't think so. Look at what people did with Prototype (will talk about this one on another post).

Anyway, the game is good. However, to make it more interesting, you will have to finish it, then you will get the chance to play it in HARD level. That's another flaw of the game: I found it to be too easy. I usually play games on the hardest level possible. In this case, I had to choose the "normal" level. Eaaaaaasy. After finishing the game I got the Hard level unlocked, so I decided to play again on that level. Ah! Now you will need to be a real Wolverine. The game spawns more enemies and they are harder to kill. Too bad my friend lent me another game (Prototype) and that's why I quit playing Wolverine (I had finished it already) on the hard level. I think I was almost on the middle of the story :(

OooooK, next stop... who knows? My wife and I are planing to watch Transformers 2 this weekend. Let's see if a movie review pops out ;)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

:: Missing In Action? ::

Na verdade não. Apenas as coisas andam bem corridas no trabalho, bem como tenho gastado mais tempo com a família. Pra verem só... até a jogatina diminuiu drasticamente :( hehehehehe

Não tive tempo/saco para testar o Beta do KDE-4.3.0, nenhum deles. Talvez agora semana que vem eu meta ficha no KDE-4.3.0rc1. Sim, sai semana que vem :P

Fora isso... andei testando (e agora usando oficialmente) o FreeNX para acessar meu desktop remotamente. Conforme depois mais detalhes sobre as experiências.

Mas.. é isso aí. Ainda "vévo" e continuo nerd ahahahahahaha

Ah sim, diz lenda que a(s) sala(s) de cinema do Royal Plaza serão inauguradas neste final de semana. Eu pretendo dar uma tentiada, principalmente para assistir Transformers 2 - Revenge of the Fallen (aquele filme que tem a Megan Fox e parece que rola uns robôs também aahahahhaahah)


Monday, June 15, 2009

:: More RAM ::

OK DOKEY! So now I have 8GB of RAM. Ok... not a "I have", more like a "my PC has", but... you get the point, right. So now I will be more generous to my VMs and give a bit more of RAM to those in need *LOL*

And to those who don't know much about computers... no, having 8GB of RAM won't do any good to general usage (like surfing the web, reading email, watching videos, ... things regular users do).

I can almost hear my VMs clapping their hands and saying "Hurraaaaaay!" *ROTFL*

I am such a nerd! ;)