Archive for February, 2010


Lunch!, originally uploaded by mdelamerced.

Kimpura is now open in Trinoma.

Packing for a weekend

Packing for a weekend, originally uploaded by mdelamerced.

This is just half of what I was carrying around last week. It does not
include my Mac Book Pro. This also includes the Canon G9 which took
this picture as well.

Man on top of billboard

Man on top of billboard, originally uploaded by mdelamerced.

Firemen have arrived to try to get the guy to come down peacefully.

Almost home!

Almost home!, originally uploaded by mdelamerced.

Only a few hours until I get back to the city and post some pictures
from this morning. Yesterdays pictures are on my Flickr page now.

In the middle of nowhere

In the middle of nowhere, originally uploaded by mdelamerced.

I have a 3G signal in the middle of the forest. Mosquitoes have been
feasting on my blood the whole morning. Trekked 500 meters downhill to
this point. Now to climb back up.

Weekend warrior

Weekend warrior, originally uploaded by mdelamerced.

I decided to join my father taking pictures. I will post more when I
get back to the hotel.

Yogurt of the day

Yogurt of the day, originally uploaded by mdelamerced.

Frutti Froyo
Katipunan Ave. QC
Self serve type
11am – 11pm
Php 18/ oz

Mass Effect 2 is back from the edge of the universe

BioWare | Mass Effect 2

Mass Effect 2 Trailer

When I picked up Mass Effect 1 on launch day in November 2007, it was quite a dissapointment. I’m sure I was not the only one. The first game was honestly boring. I fell asleep while walking the Citadel for the first time. The music wasn’t something that I would even listen to at all. I spent too much time in elevators, waiting for the game to load and so on. I just basically gave up playing the game up until the release of Mass Effect 2.

I read the previews and the videos and decided to give the series another shot. The game did not disappoint. I played Mass Effect 1 again from scratch and went through the traverse searching for Saren. I painstakingly went through the whole game, Mako and exploring and all. I realized that once you get beyond the first 3 missions and once you have the whole team, the game gets much better. So, armed with my character from Mass Effect 1, I imported my character to Mass Effect 2.

So the first five minutes of the game just floored me as I died. Yes I can say I died because it’s in the first five minutes and like Lazarus I came back to life. You’ll have to buy the game to see how that happens.

The action is much much better. I prefer the biotic powers here than in the first game. There is no inventory. Character stats are more streamlined and much easier to read. You are no longer flooded with weapons, amps, upgrades and so on to improve your character. But then why call this an RPG if it doesn’t have the level grinding, inventory management and stats management.

I call Bioware’s take on RPGs the “American” way of RPGs as it features none of the qualities of a Japanese RPG which is the level grinding and the massive inventory and boss battles. Mass Effect 2 has been called Gears of War with character development and rightfully so. Bioware has been master in creating memorable characters. In the previous game, you could only romance 3 charcters and only two at a single playthrough. Mass Effect 2 allows you to romance practically your entire crew which unlocks a host of new dialogues and possibilities.

But the main draw I think here is the world that Bioware has created. If you’ve played the first game, you’ll be well aware about the threat to humanity and the whole galaxy and your ragtag team of fighters must stop them. There’s so much depth and story and rightfully shows the galaxy is vast. It almost reminds me of Farscape.

Farscape Introduction

There’s so much to do in Mass Effect’s galaxy that I can see the series going beyond the story of Commander Shepard. But one things for sure. Bioware did good on Mass Effect 2 and I can’t wait for Mass Effect 3 to come out.

I’m Commander Shepard and this is my favorite store on the Citadel.

Is Heavy Rain the future of entertainment?

How will we get our entertainment in the future? Will it be sent directly to our heads via helmets that allow us to see, feel and hear things? Will it be as Star Trek envisioned in the form of the holodeck where we literally experience virtual reality of a world of our own choosing. These are all great ideas but we’re not exactly there yet.

For now, Heavy Rain will try to steer us into that direction.

It’s hard to classify a game like Heavy Rain. It’s adventure game but it’s more like an RPG. But there’s more backstory than your usual RPG. So what is Heavy Rain?

French Studio, Quantic Dream brings together an adventure you are on the hunt for a serial killer. You sit in the role of four protagonists, each with their own reason for hunting down the “Origami Killer”.

My initial impressions. Moving is a bit clunky. It reminds me on why I don’t play any of the Resident Evil games. Getting used to the controls takes time. Be sure to set your screen gamma correctly or else you’ll be wandering around in the dark, frustated that you can’t see anything. Oh and you’ll be using the sixaxis control quite often. Don’t worry, it’s one of the better uses of the technology in a long time.

But I never thought of pressing sequential buttons be very stressful and exciting. It reminds me of that part in Brain Age where you have to say the name of the color of the text and not the text. It affects that part of the brain. The mystery surrounding the Origami Killer has that Silence of the Lambs atmosphere. Even the music is almost the same.

The demo doesn’t show much other than learning the dialogue trees and the controls but it doesn’t say much about the story other than a string of murders.

Official Website

Heavy Rain HD Gameplay – 720p

Will I get the game? Most probably. I love a good story and will post a full review once I get my hands on it.

Heavy Rain will be released in North America on February 22.

Yogurt of the day

Yogurt of the day, originally uploaded by mdelamerced.

Greenbelt 1,Makati
Self serve yogurt place.
Price based on weight.
Php 75/ 100g