Games that I want this year!

Here is the list of games that I’m most interested in playing this year. I don’t yet own a Nintendo 3DS but I will still include the games. 🙂

* The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii)
* The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (3DS)
* Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PS3)
* Sonic Generations (PS3)
* Sorcery (PS3 Move)
* Uncharted 3 (PS3)
* Alice in Wonderland: Madness Returns (PS3)
* Portal 2 (PS3)
* Dragon Age 2 (PS3)
* The Witcher 2 (PS3)
* LA Noire (PS3)
* I Am Alive (PS3)
* Nintendogs & Cats (3DS)
* Mortal Kombat 9 (PS3)
* The First Templar (PS3)

Hopefully this might inform you of some games you didn’t know about! To check them out in more detail, I recommend Gamespot and IGN.

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Tomb Raider Trilogy

Today I purchased Tomb Raider Trilogy for PS3. It’s a great little collection comprising of Tomb Raider Legend, Tomb Raider Anniversary and Tomb Raider Underworld, all on one disc! It was £19.99 but because I part exed the 360 version of Underworld that I had and a Wii game, I got it for only £12. The box states that the games are remastered in HD. So far, I have played Legend and it looked good. It seems to not have the blurry effects that are on the 360 version, but the text is clearer to read and so are the symbols. I remember on the 360 version a symbol would come up to tell you press Y, but you could hardly, if at all, see the Y on it. On this version it’s a very visible triangle icon. Little thing, I guess, but attention to detail is important. So far impressed!

I won the Computer Music CM-Factor Competition!

I just found out my song is gonna be on the next Computer Music Magazine DVD, so I’m absolutely delighted! I’m really thankful to everyone who voted, and I hope you all buy the magazine! 🙂 It will be good to see my name in print! I once entered an eJay competition when I was a teenager where I came 4th. That was in PC Planet magazine.

My song is called ‘Just The Same’.  It’s a catchy lighthearted electropop tune featuring my vocals.  I’ll let you know when you can buy the magazine! 🙂

You can listen to my song HERE > http://www.facebook.com/mikecartermusic

Charging Chaos

Is technology becoming too tedious, or are people becoming too lazy? Lots of us have more than one portable device these days. Mobile phones, digital cameras, laptops, game controllers, iPads, iPods. They all need charging. It seems there isn’t a minute of the day where you haven’t got something “on charge” somewhere. One might run out of sockets in their room and have to share a double socket with your dad who is charging up batteries for his blood pressure machine. There you go, another use!

It’s almost like a race against time. You notice your phone is low on charge in the morning as you’re about to leave the house. Now you’re fighting for a socket just so you can get it done, whilst nearly legging yourself up on grandpa’s portable shaver charging wire. See my point? I don’t know how large families go on. I bet it’s not too welcome on the electricity bill either. This isn’t the first time I’ve been annoyed by this. It seems to get overwhelming sometimes so I just thought I would share my thoughts.

Something which aims to help this annoying situation is a “charging mat” and they do look like a good fix for at least part of the problem. Just plonk your phone on the mat and it shall feed on the supplied electricity. Don’t ask me how it works.

Buying one, though, might be trickier than you would think. For example you can presently find the mat on play.com, but then it informs you you need to buy a separate receiver (which they don’t have on the site.)

Anyway, I’ve gotta go. Gotta charge up my phone. My iPad’s probably gone down a percent or two whilst writing this as well. Might go on the playstation but then I should find the charging cable as the controller’s running low. Or perhaps we should all go live in a field.

Goodnight.

IPad!!!

First post from my new iPad! I absolutely love it!! 😀

Dragon Age II Demo – My Thoughts

Well, I’ll start by saying that I haven’t completed the demo yet. It is not for want of trying. I attempted to get back into the game after “alt and tabbing” out of it…but it wouldn’t let me. The I was installing the Darkspore beta and when it had finished patching files, it took me out of the game and I couldn’t get back into it … again. It’s a demo, though, I’ll let it slide.

Impressions from what I did see? Well, the graphics were ok. Shame it was set in such a boring environment. One of the things I liked about the first Dragon Age was how pretty it looked. This new ‘desert wasteland’ look was offensive to my eyes. Though, if the first impression I got of Elder Scrolls IV was the realm of Oblivion then I’d probably say the same thing.

I actually liked the new combat system. I found it a bit weird at first, but I started to get into it. I didn’t like the sheer amount of “hurlocks”, they all looked the same and I felt like I was playing an old arcade game. At first, I thought the menu’s were a bit too basic looking, but I suppose they work well.

I didn’t like some of the cut-scenes. The whole ‘man sitting on a chair looking like Inspector Gadget’s nemesis’ reminded me too much of a gangster-game.

I hope the finished game gets good reviews, and that this demo is just a bad example of what’s to come. It would be nice to think it goes back to its roots more, in terms of visual style and story.

My Facebook Music Page!

I’d just like to inform you all of my ‘Mike Carter Music’ Facebook Music page! Here you can check out my latest tracks. It’s a work in progress, and I hope to upload more tracks soon. I make electronic music, melodic, radio-friendly, with vocals. My main styles are synthpop, trancepop, bits of electro in there too. See what you think!

To listen: just click the picture to the left and be transported to my Facebook page!