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For RJ sonia

For Sonia from Radio indigo who thought i was a drug addict ; )

Gmail themes

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A surprise was awaiting when I opened my mail . A gmail themes tab was present under the settings ! . With atleast 20 new themese like the ones they introduced for orkut , G adds a bling !

‘nother 30 min

New Xbox Experience is just 30 minutes away ,if they tend to release the same across all the countries. The previews in Major Nelson’s blogs have been pretty neat and the only thing I crib about is the best service i won’t be able to subscribe to – Netflix .Apparently they don’t deal in India 😦

Will update in 30 min !

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Gears of War 2 – a hit or a miss ?

A Crunchgear bff page review as in the site by moi 🙂 . Click here

It’s natural that any sequel would succumb to the highest sort of pressure when the original is claimed as a “console-seller”. Gears of War 2 was one game which most of the gaming fraternity waited for due to the unimaginable success of the GOW-original all around.
As it was announced “ it would be Bigger , Better and Badass “ . Well, “SLIMIER” too ;)The limited edition merchandise was definitely a great add-on.

1.Game disc and manual
2.Flashback map pack
3.Steel Book Case
4.Bonus DVD
5.Beneath the Surface: An Inside Look at Gears of War2
6.Photo of Dom and Maria
7.Golden Lancer assault rifle for multiplayer 
8.A custom 1 GB USB Flash drive with Gears of War 2 labels. ( Didn’t see this in the official list , though my vendor game me that )

Gears of War 2 takes place six months after the detonation of the Lightmass Bomb at the end of the first game .Jacinto , the last resort of the humans is getting attacked and the Delta Squad is sent in to investigate or should I say clear ‘em all. The witty one liners from Marcus still gave me a chuckle even when I was trying not get squished by the locust attack. Dominic Santiago seems a bit irritated all the while. And as always the Cole-train makes a loud appearance. The game play is pretty neat and the tutorial has been added as if you are training a new soldier into your squad , Benjamin Carmine . The use of an enemy locust as a shield once it’s wounded was a nice thing to add. Well, you always the rush in and kill style. As the achievements mentioned, there were at least 2o ( if I am not mistaken ) ways to kill them. My personal favorite – squish ’em.

The game adds a new one to the list of heavy duty weapons- a Flame Thrower. Though it doesn’t have a great range, it is impressively effective against the smaller creatures in the game and in close encounters.

In a teaser, I read Marcus saying to Dom “ If they can ride ‘em , so can we “. Well , YEAH . They have added vehicles to the game and take my word for it – It doesn’t affect the game badly as many suggested. It just adds some more fun. Killing some locusts with the least effort after you were literally mauled by an army of ‘em in the earlier chapter makes it sweeter a revenge 😉

At the later part of the game , there comes few references on Adam Fenix – Marcus’s Dad . And the locust-queen ** Yeah , there is a queen ** states the same as she asks if he is Adam’s son. This infact made me wonder if there would be another one in the series , one dwelling into the past of Marcus ?. Though the game finishes with nothing in place for a sequel , I wish they did put something in the story line that made that possible. You never know 🙂

Some among the list of enemies you fight –

1.Maraulders
2.Bloodmounts
3.Brumaks
4.Reavers
5.The Hydra – Reaver of Skorge , the queen’s accomplice.
6.And the usual small creatures , the names of which I forgot.

Pros:

1.The game is a visual delight as you can clearly see that they nearly drained everything out of that Unreal 3 Engine.
2.“If it aint broke, why fix it or change it? “. The same goes for the game play which Epic stuck to. The game play was one factor which put me and many I know into a trance in the original. And they seem to carry it off very well with the sequel too.
3.The game’s background score was absolutely terrific. Steve Jablonsky delivers it so big that you realize the effort they put in to the various aspects of the game these days. Waiting for the same to hit the stores.
4.Meat shields – Don’t you love ‘em.
5.More and more chainsaw action
6.John DiMaggio
7.The camera angles in the multiplayer mode has been improved .

Cons :

1.Reported to have frame rate issues in the multiplayer, which I am clueless since I always have a lag due to the condition of broadband here 😦 .
2.Though the game progresses well with the story line, the ending seemed to be a big letdown.
3.The game when loading flashes the message “Hammer of Dawn can be used only in good lighting conditions ** or something similar** “and so I was waiting to hear ‘em ask me to use it whenever I got out into the open. Was a bit disappointed to use it only at the end and that too for like a sec or two.
4.AI seemed to be lost sometimes. As a friend mentioned about getting killed numerous times on a stage when he was crawling and screaming to his squad to revive him. They stood still it seems.

I would still give the game a 9/10 as the ones in the cons list don’t seem to bother you once start playing. **Ironically, the end does **.
A must buy for any one – a hardcore FPS gamer or a casual gamer who loves to play along his buddies.

It’s the first review I am writing for any game and so please pardon me for the style or the way it’s written.

Abhay Deol

Time for my opinions on movies which many consider weird .
I still feel that Abhay Deol is one of the most underrated actors now in Bollywood. He has grown from his first film for which I wanted to kill him 😉

The two releases lined up :

Dev.D

Oye Lucky Lucky Oye

Kungfu Panda – The secrets of the Furious five

We all have seen Jack Black in his recent hit : Kungfu Panda . Now comes the sequel of sorts : This short animation is about Master Po teaching Kung Fu to a group of young bunnies.It tells the story of each of the Furious Five, and a virtue that each has learned through Kung Fu. The bunnies are cute and the way they pester Jack is so cute 😉

If you loved the original , you would love this for sure. Jaycee chan rightfully replacing Jackie as his younger self . 🙂

A friend sent the movie and it was adorable !.Just like the original .

Caught or not ?

Raaz .. The mystery continues .. The trailers of which hit the small screen yesterday ( I saw it only it yesterday.Period.).

He has a gift ..He can see her future ..and guess what..” he paints “..Emraan Hashmi playing the role of an artist ( phew ) who can see the future ?. .Haven’t we seen this somewhere ?

Isaac Mendez anyone ?

Here goes the trailer :

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Unfinished business

Darkness prevails
Over life
Over mind
Pathetic souls drenched in fear
Running around in dreamy eyes
For he has risen
Taught by devil in person
Inside the dark doors of Scholomance
Where the devil claims the tenth as his due
Drakul,
The bravest of the sons
Of the land beyond the forest
His three brides follow suit
Screams and smell of garlic fill the air……..