Saturday, November 8, 2014

Palying Alien Isolation on the PS4

By - Stephen Mezo

I just finished playing Alien Isolation on the PS4 and let me tell you it took a long time to do it...
It did have some glitches here and there and was way longer than it had to be, but it was worth the play time. The rest of his yadda, yadda is spoilers all the way through. So please stop yourself from reading further right here if you just want to buy the game and play sight unseen. 

Last chance...

Okay here we go!!!

First I want to start with if you haven't bought it yet, buy yourself a pre owned copy and save yourself a few dollars. Like I said I enjoyed playing it for the most part, but because of some parts that I'll talk about in a second I could have happily bought a pre owned. 

In the game your in the year 2137 as Ripley's daughter Amanda.
This is fifteen years after Ellen destroyed the first and blew up the Nostromo, and 42 years before Ellen is found by a salvage ship.

Amanda is investigating a space station that has possession of the Nostromo's flight recorder. Only problem is Amanda finds out too late that our favorite Xenomorph has put the galactic beat down on the space stations crew... 

When you're playing the game as Amanda you're reminded pretty quickly that she's an engineer and not a Space Marine. So you spend a lot of time laying low and moving a stealthy as possible to avoid run ins with paranoid survivors, homicidal Synthetics called "Working Joes" and the Xenomorph itself.  
Now there are parts of the game where you get all freaked out and are loving it (Especially with the lights off and while wearing headphones) but the game has way too much back and forth. And you figure this out way early on when you find that certain doors need special tools to open them.

And then there's the way too long play time. Don't get me wrong I want my money's worth from a game, but when your replaying the same ares for what feels like the fifteenth time you start to feel a little cheated. Which is why I recommend buying a pre owned copy.  


Talking about Tom Ryans's movie FACES


By - Stephen Mezo 

 Tonight I'm talking about writer/director Tom Ryan's latest release
FACES (2014)

It's really cool getting to see a friend really develop as an artist. I remember when I had purchased Tom's first release "Day 9" about a year ago and really liking it. But then I just watched "FACES" tonight and was beyond impressed!

It had a great story, and I was really blown away by his use of camera angles. I mean most that try to do this go overboard and wind up taking away from getting lost in the movie. But Tom Ryan must have researched and studied the correct techniques for using them because it was the first thing that grabbed my attention.
And as Rob Dimension once said "It's great seeing a filmmaker use the locations as characters themselves". 

Another thing I loved about it is how much it reminded me of the styles of great 80's horror/thriller Video Store finds like Joseph Ellison's "Don't go in the  house", George A. Romero's "Martin" and "MANIAC" starring Joe Spinell that we grew up with. 

Tom Ryan really impressed me with how he actually had you rooting for his character about Frank Walker. I mean you shouldn't be, but you just can't help yourself. And everyone involved kept the story moving and the world of FACES real.

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And tell Tom Ryan that Tattooed Steve sent you!