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Thank you for visiting my Scooby1970 blogspot. I update whenever I can and when I have something interesting to share. You will also find published work of mine at Gaming Illustrated. Gaming Illustrated is where most of my work now takes place, but I will transfer some of my more popular articles from there over to this blog, in extended format.

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:) Mark

Thursday, 22 March 2012

House Of The Dead Overkill PS3 Review

Let's get one thing straight. "House Of The Dead - Overkill" on the PS3 is one Mother F**ker of a game. It's best played with the Playstation Move controller, and is a straight forward on-the-rails shooter.

You play as Agent G or Detective Isaac Washington and basically plough through wave after wave of Zombies.The PS3 version is a HD version of the Wii game, but with a couple of extra levels added on, plus a few other extras such as the awesome Directors Cut Mode. Other characters in the game you'll meet are Papa Caesa, Varla Gunns, Candi Stryper and the odd Warden Clement Darling.Let me just point out though, these guys (and gals) are not your everyday heroes or villains. Nope! They one f**ked up bunch of Mother F**kers who help propel a superb story along at a great rate.

Erm... You may have noticed some swearing in this review. That's because if there's one thing in this game in abundance, its swearing. This game is an 18 certificate, and the language shows it. It's also extremely sexist, and you'll get semi-naked women, big boobs and typical sexist remarks every few seconds in the game. But, that's what makes this game good, or should I say Fantastic! The script of the game is B-Movie material, and the game does not take itself seriously for one second.

So, how does the game hold up? Well, as an on-rail-shooter it stacks up pretty well. There are lots of things to shoot, great locations, great animations, great action sequences and so much over-the-top game play that your brain will melt and your trigger finger will be super-sore. Overkill is a brilliant game with a lot to do, you can collect money to upgrade your weapons, you can unlock character models, comics and music.

Talking of music, this game is an aural treat. The soundtrack is funky and it just feels damn right down and dirty, just like the rest of the game. Dialogue is quirky, and sometimes downright outrageous, and because the game doesn't take itself seriously, it feels perfect for the target audience.

House Of The Dead Overkill has some mean little boss sequences, but once you find their weak spots, it becomes a piece of cake. The game is paced superbly, and the difficulty is about right on the normal level. Directors Mode has longer sequences and more baddies on screen at once, making it even more of a challenge.

Overall then, I would highly recommend anyone with a PS3 to buy this beauty of a game. It's easy to pick-up and play, fun and most of all a blast! Every PS3 gamer should get this game now while it's dirt-cheap.

Monday, 5 March 2012

My Sponsored Weight Loss

[Updated 4 April 2012] It's been a long time coming, but the time has come when I have to take the plunge and lose weight. I jumped on the weighing scales the weekend and I was not happy with what they showed me, so I have developed a plan to lose weight in a sensible way.

At first I was going to try and take the fastest route to weight-loss, however, after much thought I now think a serious and more long-term plan is needed.

I am doing the weight-loss program for myself, as well as hopefully  raising money for the Chemothearapy Unit in my local hospital. I intend to lose one and a half stone in the first 45 days, and then a further half stone sometime after.

So, my starting point is an embarrasing 17stone 12pounds.

My target weight loss in the first 2 weeks is 3 to 4 pounds per week. I will update the below chart with my weight-loss target and weight-loss target. I will try and achieve this loss by cutting out all chocolate, all fizzy drinks, all fast-food and any eat-out food. I will drink more water, and do moderate exercise on a daily basis.

Start Weight= 17stone 12pounds.
Target Weight Week 1= 17' 9
Actual Weight Week 1= 17" 7 - Very pleased with this result. 5pounds is more than I hoped for!
Target Weight 2= 17" 4
Actual Weight Week 2= 17" 5 - Not as much as I wanted, but the weight of a bag of sugar!
Target Weight Week 3= 17" 2
Actual Weight Week 3= 17"5 - No weight loss, just one of those weeks I guess!
Target Weight Week 4 = 17" 2
Actual Weight Week 4= 17" 2 - On target, and feeling good!
Target Weight Week 5= 17" 0

Weigh-in's will take place on Sunday evenings and this blog will be updated at the same time.

Wish me good luck. Any donations for charity can be sent via paypal to scooby1970@sky.com. I will acknowledge any payments on this blog. Even if no-one does donate to my cause, I will give all savings saved on buying junk-food for the period of the diet.

Please spread the word.

:) Mark Adams