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Ziedrich’s Diary 5 – Event Plannings

February 28, 2011 Leave a comment

 

I have been planning for loads of events recently, two of which is my wedding which will take place next year, March 3rd 2012, it’s been a really stressful time trying to keep things under wraps, we have booked the reception by paying for the deposit and we also booked the photographers. The photography costs £1150, which sounds alot but when you think about it, the prices have barely changed in the last 10 or 15 years so in the long run, it’s pretty decent, we had to pay £300 deposit to book them for the event, my grandma is giving us money towards it, my mother is paying for the rental car and cake, my father is paying for the flowers (Bless him, lol), and we have had money from others too which was generous of them but hopefully we can keep a lid on it all.

The second major event we are going to is the London Expo or Memorabilia as it’s called this year, the event will happen at October 29-30th so it’s a all weekend event, hopefully I can visit both days but it has been considered official just recently that I am going to the event so if anyone is going this year, not the May one, the October one, you might be able to bump into me. I’m mainly going there to visit a load of my friends from facebook and forums, I won’t name any but they know who they are, it’s going to be a good event!

Other planning includes my trying to get more gaming reviews made, due to my lack of free time, posts have been a little scarce but I should be able to get something done this week at least, I was thinking of making a Bulletstorm review since I’ve pretty much tried everything and completed the game so I have enough experience to get a decent review made on it.

I’ve recently been talking about classic games and underrated games from my friends on facebook, we were talking about games what we thought should’ve done well, like The Bouncer, Chaos Legion and Hogs of War and those games we don’t want to see anymore such as Armoured Core. Seriously, Armoured Core series needs to be put to rest due to it being over the top and becoming really repetitive, the amount of expansions to them also is unbelievable aswell as annoying.

I will be making a post soon about games that I thought were underrated and those games that need a sequel a bit later on, along with the Bulletstorm review, thats it for another week, see ya!

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My opinion on the Dragon Age II Demo

February 22, 2011 Leave a comment

 

The demo to the upcoming game of the year, Dragon Age II, has been released today on Xbox 360 and will soon be released on PSN. Here is what I thought of the demo to what could be 2011’s RPG of the year!

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The demo starts off with a cut-scene at the beginning with a seeker of the chantry finding her way to one of the player’s companions and demanding answers to the story and whereabouts of “The Champion” aka your main character, as he tells the story, you are thrown right into the action. The demo itself is actually surprisingly long and it’s looking very promising indeed, I’m actually looking forward to purchasing and playing the full version for when it comes out on March 11th!

The gameplay itself has been polished and the battle system re-vamped, and I mean, seriously re-vamped! The action is no longer target choosing, blocky, slow-paced fighting, this time, you can manually venture to a target of your choosing rather than picking one and watching it all unfold, you are more involved in this battle system, it’s more button-bashing madness this time, rapidly hitting the A button when near/next to a target while pressing the other buttons (X,Y,B) to cast magic/use special moves. The action itself is alot more faster and much much more exciting!

The darkspawn themselves have changed since the first game, they no longer look like orcs from Lord of the Rings, which is a refreshing change. You will face Darkspawn (Melee, Ranged and one Mage), Ogres (2 of them), Raiders (Melee and Ranged) and a boss battle at the end, you will also get to experience the leveling up system and perks, since this is a demo though, you are limited to what perks you can purchase but there is still a fair few to try out.

The disadvantages of the demo version is that you can’t change the difficulty (Stuck on Normal) or your equipment (But you can switch from the first corpse you find when you have compete control of your characters after the first battle) which can make the demo slightly difficult, especially against the Ogres but thanks to the new battle system, you can now go around a target without being randomly hit from your attackers even though you aren’t infront of it anymore, and strike your enemy from behind, this allows better planned strategies during combat and boss battles.

When choosing your character, you can be one of 6 characters, 3 male and 3 female, these are technically the base of your character’s fighting style, Warrior, Rouge and Mage, each class now feels more useful than they every did, the attacks and powers feel more dramatic and it suits the new turn to the game.

The cut-scenes themselves don’t feel so distracted by the subtitles and choice wheel that pops up, the subs are now at the top of the screen instead of the bottom which I think is better and the choice wheel doesn’t look so chunky and your character actually talks in this game which is great stuff, having a mute main character kinda set a bad example so I’m glad that BioWare listened to their fans!

The characters, enemies and environment are more colourful and likeable, you will come across a familiar face in the demo when on the second part of the demo, your characters get surrounded in a cut-scene and the area gets attacked by a fierce dragon which turned out to be a shapeshifter, it turns out to be a old woman, this is none other than the “Witch of the Wilds”, Flemeth and boy has she changed since the first game and I’m sure there are possibly more character cameos from the first game on here, even if their are just talked about, we will have to wait and see!

Overall, the demo shows alot of Dragon Age II’s new changes and it may upset some fans but I think this change is for the better as it makes the game even more involving and dramatic, I just can’t wait for the full game!

Dragon Age II demo is available to download from Xbox Live now but you need to be Gold Membership, if you have Silver Membership, you will have to wait a week or two.

The demo maybe out for PSN either tomorrow or next week, not sure….

The full game of Dragon Age II will be released on March 11th 2011 for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC/MAC, take it from me, this will be huge!!!

Elimination Chamber 2011 Results

February 21, 2011 Leave a comment

 

WWE Pay-Per-View

Elimination Chamber 2011

20th February

Results

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Match 1 – Kofi Kingston vs Alberto Del Rio

Winner – Alberto Del Rio

Match 2 – Smackdown’s Elimination Chamber Match (Edge vs Rey Mysterio vs Kane vs Drew McIntyre vs Wade Barrett vs Big Show)

Wade Barrett eliminated by Big Show

Big Show eliminated by Kane

Drew McIntyre eliminated by Kane

Kane eliminated by Edge

Rey Mysterio eliminated by Edge

Winner – Edge

Match 3 – Santino & Kozlov vs Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel (WWE Tag Team Titles)

Winner – Slater & Gabriel

Match 4 – The Miz vs Jerry “The King” Lawler (WWE Championship)

Winner – The Miz

Match 5 – Raw Elimination Chamber Match (Randy Orton vs John Cena vs John Morrison vs C.M Punk vs Sheamus vs R-Truth)

Punk eliminated by Orton but was later reinstated

Truth eliminated by Sheamus

Orton eliminated by Punk

Sheamus eliminated by Morrison

Morrison eliminated by Punk

Punk eliminated by Cena

Winner – John Cena

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Overall – A pretty good PPV, the Smackdown Elimination Chamber match was just WOW while the Raw one was a decent one, most of the matches was pretty predictable but still good nevertheless. Even though I knew Jerry Lawler would lose against The Miz, I just kept on hoping that he would win, no one knows if he will realize one of his wrestling dreams of being in a match at Wrestlemania 27, we shall see soon enough!

Next WWE Pay-Per-View – Wrestlemania XXVII

Ziedrich’s Diary 4 – Catching Up

February 20, 2011 Leave a comment

 

This week has been a pretty awkward week but ended in a high note, a member of staff quit at work at the beginning of this week, the guy was younger than me and only left on the advice of his father apparently. He came into the reception and told my mother, who is the receptionist, that he doesn’t feel like he is cut upto the job, which was weird that this was one of his dream jobs, being a mechanic, he only plays driving video games and even then he is very strict on those games too.

Been getting back to some of my fan fics recently and thinking about new ones, I’m always thinking, always planning new stories to make. I thought about going back to my Fallen Twilight story which isn’t a fan fic, it’s a original story, I’m normally not good at making them but I decided to give it a shot early last year before I made this blog, after making the prologue and first chapter, while making the second part, I suddenly lost interest for some unknown reason. I really got to get back on it, some people on my facebook have started reading it which re-sparked my interest for it, so at some point, possibly March, I will get back to working on it again along with the Just Cause: Blood of Panau fan fic with my friend.

Jerry “The King” Lawler’s mother, Hazel, had her funeral on wednesday, this is very sad news about her death and I can’t blame Lawler for not turning up on RAW the following day. He said he will compete at the Elimination Chamber but, I dunno, something at the back of my mind saying that he might not actually compete due to him being mentally and spiritually broken from the loss of his mother. She died aged 90 which is a very good life lived, most people can barely live beyond 75 these days so he should be happy too, not for living so long but for the fact that her suffering has ended and she can live in peace.

I read up on Sky 1 website recently that Spartacus has found a new home on Sky, since Bravo was taken off air at the start of this year, programs like TNA and Spartacus had no home to show their programs, it took over a month to get everything sorted again. TNA iMPACT, Xplosion and their PPVs are now showing on Challenge, which apparently, is now shown on Freeview aswell as Sky so that’s good for some people who can’t get Sky.

Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena, the second series of Spartacus, is a prequel of the first series and it will start on Monday the 21st March on Sky 1, to see more information on the series, go to http://sky1.sky.com/spartacus to find out more.

Speaking of fighting and wrestling, WWE Elimination Chamber PPV is showing tonight, I will post the results to the Pay-Per-View on monday night, this one is recordable since it will be shown on Sky Sports 1 for UK viewers but incase you miss it, you can just view my blog, tomorrow night, and see the results to the PPV.

Those who have been reading my facebook statuses recently, I have been on a bit of a cinema spree this weekend, reason why is that we haven’t been in over 2 months and we have these cinema cards in which we pay a monthly fee for a year and we can see as many films as we want for free, so we needed to catch up on our movie watching and this weekend was the best chance we had in a long while.

On saturday, me and my fiancee, went to see Paul, a film about a couple of British nerds, who went to america to visit a Comic-Con and see the alien crash sites around Area 51 and Las Vegas, Nevada and bump into an alien called Paul and they try to find a way to get him back home, we loved the film, lots of adult humour and had a few nice twists.

The second film we went to see was on Sunday, called Gnomeo and Juliet, this is one for the kids really but adults will find it good too, it has loads of famous voices in this, such as Michael Caine, Jason Stathom, Ozzy Osbourne, Patrick Stewart, Matt Lucas and Hulk Hogan. It’s basically a gnome version of Shakespeare’s popular play, Romeo and Juliet, good movie but we actually found Paul a better film really.

Thats it for this week, I’ll make another Diary post at some point next week, see ya!

Categories: News

TNA Against All Odds 2011 Results

February 14, 2011 Leave a comment

TNA PPV

Against All Odds 2011

February 13th

Results

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Match 1 – Robbie E vs Max Buck vs Jeremy Buck (#1 Contender match for X-Division title)

Winner – Robbie E (He won by default as both Bucks had travelling issues which led to them no competing)

Match 2 – Kazarian vs Robbie E (X-Divison title match)

Winner – Kazarian

Match 3 – Beer Money + Scott Steiner vs Rob Terry + Gunner + Murphy

Winner – Beer Money & Steiner

Match 4 – Samoa Joe vs The Pope

Winner – Samoa Joe

Match 5 – Madison Rayne vs Mickie James (Knockout Title match, Last Knockout Standing)

Winner – Madison Rayne

Match 6 – Rob Van Dam vs Matt Hardy

Winner – Rob Van Dam

Match 7 – Brother Devon vs Bully Ray (Street fight)

Winner – Bully Ray

Match 8 – Kurt Angle vs Jeff Jerrett (Angle gets custody if he wins, Angle walks Karen does the aisle if Jeff wins)

Winner – Jeff Jerrett

Match 9 – Mr. Anderson vs Jeff Hardy (World Heavyweight Title, Ladder match)

Winner – Jeff Hardy

 

Overall – It was a pretty average PPV, some decent matches and some matches kinda dragged itself but I have seen much worse PPVs. Best match of the PPV was the Kurt Angle vs Jeff Jerrett, plenty of tricks going on and good story between the two.

Next TNA PPV – Victory Road

Jerry Lawler’s mother passes on

February 14, 2011 Leave a comment

I was reading PWTorch today and I am sad to say that the mother of WWE Hall of Famer, Jerry “The King” Lawler, has passed away.

Hazel passed away on Sunday evening, aged 90, she was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for about 6 years and it rapidly got worse over the past several months.

Funeral plans for her has been planned for Wednesday in Memphis. This might mean that Jerry Lawler won’t be in the Live WWE RAW program tonight, our prayers  are with Jerry Lawler and his family, condolences to him about his mother, rest in peace Hazel.

Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep + 358/2 Days OST

February 7, 2011 1 comment

This is a big album that involves the soundtrack to Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep: Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days and Kingdom Hearts Re:coded.

I got this from http://www.sonixgvn.net/, to avoid claiming it as my own, just sharing it as this would be great for many Square-ENIX and Disney fans and of course, Kingdom Hearts fans, especially those who own the Nintendo DS and PSP versions of the games.

Here is the track list to the album with the links further below

Disc 1

01 Dearly Beloved
02 The Key of Light
03 The Promised Beginning
04 Future Masters
05 Shaded Truths
06 Tears of the Light
07 Terra
08 Xehanort
09 The Worlds
10 The Secret Whispers
11 Risky Romp
12 Innocent Times
13 Drops of Poison
14 Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo
15 Castle Escapade
16 Peaceful Hearts
17 Extreme Encounters
18 Dearly Dreams
19 Dice and Shine
20 Unforgettable
21 The Silent Forest
22 The Rustling Forest
23 The Tumbling
24 Ventus
25 Enter the Darkness
26 Radiant Garden
27 Black Garden
28 Black Powder
Disc 2
01 Eternal Moments
02 Mickey Mouse March
03 Up Down Adventure
04 Hero or Heel?
05 It’s a Small World
06 Dessert★Paradise
07 Fresh Fruits Balls
08 Go! Go! Rumble Racer
09 Big Race
10 Cheers for the Brave
11 A Date with Fate
12 Hau’oli, Hau’oli
13 Mákaukau?
14 Daydream upon Neverland
15 Neverland’s Scherzo
16 Keyblade Graveyard Horizon
17 Unbreakable Chains
18 The Key of Darkness
19 Rage Awakened -The Origin-
20 Aqua
21 Dismiss
22 The Key
23 Enter the Void
24 Destiny’s Union
25 Birth by Sleep -A Link to the Future-
Disc 3
01 Dearly Beloved
02 Results and Rewards
03 Mystic Moon
04 Critical Drive
05 Sacred Moon
06 Musique pour la tristesse de Xion
07 Xemnus
08 Secret of Neverland
09 Crossing to Neverland
10 At Dusk, I Will Think of You…
11 Fight and Away
12 Vector to the Heavens
13 Another Side -Battle Ver.-
14 Dearly Beloved
15 On the Debug!!
16 Wonder of Electron
17 No More Bugs!!
18 Wonder of Electron -Bug Ver.-
19 No More Bugs!! -Bug Ver.-
20 Pretty Pretty Abilities
21 Dark Impetus
22 Monstrous Monstro -Arena Ver.-
23 Night in the Dark Dream
24 Night of Tragedy
25 Hunter of the Dark
26 Master, Tell Me the Truth
27 Forze dell’Oscurita
Here are the links to each part of the album along with password that the website offers since the files are password protected (I’ve chosen the megaupload links as I use it the most)
Part 1 – http://www.megaupload.com/?d=9734UWQI
Part 2 – http://www.megaupload.com/?d=HDUV39FZ
Part 3 – http://www.megaupload.com/?d=KJJJSUMG
Part 4 – http://www.megaupload.com/?d=UU28Y10L
Part 5 – http://www.megaupload.com/?d=8O1IHPEP
Here is the password to open up the files – sonixgvn
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If anyone wants to view the original website, use this link: http://www.sonixgvn.net/2011/02/kingdom-hearts-birth-by-sleep-3582-days.html
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