Friday, December 14, 2007

The Matrix: Path of NEO - Game Review from a Fan Perspective

After the disappointment of Enter The Matrix, Shiny takes a shot at The Matrix: Path of Neo. It is currently taking a beating by gamer magazines and online reviews while fans are still buying and appreciating the continuation of the franchise.

True gamers will hate it. True fans will love it. If you are both, then you will have mixed feeling.

It is only 8-10 hours of game play. A decent gamer might be able to beat the game in a day and a half depending on the level of difficulty that they start off with. Level of difficulty is determined by a dream sequence that NEO has. The dream begins with relatively easy to beat security guards trickling into the lobby scene and continues to crank out harder and harder opponents. Ten measly hours of game play is a major let down for the hardcore gamer who wants to get fully immersed in a game.

It is hard to complain about the fighting in the game as it is very cool. As in Enter the Matrix, the player can use focus to enter "bullet time" and do amazing super-human feats. Neo eventually learns to hurl objects using his mind. THERE IS NO SPOON. He can also reflect bullets back at shooters. Give Neo a katana and he gets feudal on your buttox using deadly Japanese sword fighting techniques. Code vision is another cool power.

Fans will appreciate the additional story that features Neo saving people that are targeted by the Matrix. Neo's zen like silence to other characters banter in Path is true to his on going enlightenment. Although fans will enjoy interacting with their favorite scenes in the movie, they may find the mixed up edits from each movie in need of structure.

Some of the graphics do not do the game justice as the rendering seems like it is from the late nineties. The gun control is also somewhat wacky. Although the overall game play is much better than Enter the Matrix, the graphics do take a little from the game.

The final scene is a great surprise for fans as it is different from the actual movie.

Despite the terrible reviews it has received, a true fan will appreciate The Matrix: Path of Neo even if it is too short to buy.

True gamers will do better to let this one be a mystery as they will fine no depth on par with 21st century gaming.

Hopefully, the next game will be the one that can go toe to toe with games like Metal Gear Solid or Halo.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Working for the Video Gaming Industry

Young people are totally hooked to gadgetry and the seemingly endless virtual possibilities nowadays. Due to the advancement of modern technology, countless modern gadgets and services are now created to cater to the needs of this new breed of people. One of the most exciting developments, especially in the field of animation, virtual entertainment and online gaming is the creation and the continued popularity of video games.

A video game, also known as a computer game, is actually a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe. Being a computer game where a video display is used as the primary feedback device, video games enable players to interact with each other to achieve a goal or set of goals.

Because of the popularity of online gaming, more and more people, especially teenagers are getting hooked into this online craze. With the growing demand for more interactive, bold, challenging and entertaining video games and programs, a growing demand for excellent and innovative video game jobs have emerged.

For those who became addicted in playing video games, it is only natural if they have developed an ambition to work in the video gaming industry. But, what does it take to delve into the video gaming workplace?

Whether you would want to work under a Playstation, XBox, or Nintendo platform, there are some basic things you should know. These include:

What is the video game industry and the extent of the business? Being a big fan of video games is not enough for you to decide if you really want to push through a career in video gaming. You need to know and be updated on the latest news about the field.

It is actually a multi-billion dollar industry that was able to outsmart and outgrow many other industries in just a short span of time. This means that being in the industry, as a video game worker can be a lucrative career because it opens a lot of opportunities.

Since it is a big industry, it is also a competitive environment, so it is a must that you familiarize yourself with the latest trends and updates. Employers will expect you to produce more innovative and brilliant work that would appeal to the younger generations. This industry can be complicated and you must be prepared to meet the challenging demands of times.

You also need a high stress tolerance level. Deadlines can be frustrating especially when it’s near. So if you are faint-hearted and can be stressed out easily then you better prepare yourself for the worst environment you can be in. All in all, you will get rewarded if you are willing to put in the effort and tenacity the video gaming industry demands.