skate. 2 achievements listed!

Listed here:

On Top Of The World: Perform an invert on one of the highest points in the city in career mode
Skater Evolved: Get off your board in career mode
I Like To Move It: Move your first object in career mode
That's the Way: Beat all of Danny Way's film challenges
GVR Champ: Win the GVR Contest
Big Air Champ: Win the San Van-a-Slamma
Still Alive?: Win a Deathrace in career mode
Race Hero: Win all races in career mode
Where's my TV show?: Beat all Rob Dyrdek challenges
Meet Slappy: Meet Slappy
New San Van Hero: Call Mikey 10 times
Pull the Plug: Drain every pool and fountain in career mode
Real Estate Mogul: Purchase all property in career mode
Fully Sponsored: Obtain all sponsorships
The Architect: Upload a created spot
The Critic: Rate 10 community videos and photos
Pwn some n00bs: Win an online ranked match
Amateur Skater: Achieve Amateur Rank Online
Graphically Extreme: Add a custom graphic to your skater
Dethrowned: Download and own a community-created spot
Skater's Choice: Win the Skater's choice award in an online ranked match
Juggling Chainsaws: Wipeout at high speed in career mode
Skitched Up: Skitch for 1000 meters or 3000 feet in career mode
Make it Big!: Use Big Black's service 10 times in Career Mode
Running Man: Escape a chase off board in career mode
DIY: Spend 30 minutes moving objects in career mode
Good Samaritan: Knock down a security guard chasing another skater in career mode
Need for Speed: Maintain maximum speed for 5 seconds in career mode
Sandbag: Break at least 15 bones in a single wipeout in career mode
Gender Bender: Change your skater's gender
Grasshopper: Perform one grass gap of at least 10 meters or 30 feet in career mode
Stairmaster: Perform one stair gap of at least 12 meters or 36 feet in career mode
Uninsurable: Break 100 bones in career mode
Playing Nice Together: Complete your first online freeskate activity with your created skater
Cooperation is key: Complete 50 online freeskate activities with your created skater
SBM Cover: Get the cover of The Skateboard Mag
Thrasher Cover: Get the cover of Thrasher
How you like them apples?: Acquire all phone numbers for the pros
Anyone Else?: Beat all the pros at Throwdown challenges
Spare Parts: All Hall Of Meat paths complete
Urban Legend Too: Own all spots in career mode
Active Skater: Successfully complete all online freeskate activities with your created skater
Online Pro: Achieve Pro Rank Online
Perfectionist: Complete all paths in career mode
Online Legend: Achieve Legend Rank Online

Secret Trophies

Taste The Mongo: Mongo Push 5000 times in career mode

No clues as to the worth of each as it was found on a PS3 site, but it gives us an idea of some of the fun to ensue!

Thanks to Basic Elite over at the skate. 2 XBL forums for the find!


Arcade oldies, still goldies?

Arcade games of old, are they still worth it?

I'd be one to argue you they are never worth it. Recently I purchased a few arcade games, because I had never wanted to try them, as I figured my money was better spent at the local Blockbuster or Gamestop picking up a used game that I'd enjoy for much longer. I still think I was completely correct in my assumption. Sure games like Geometry Wars, Puzzle Quest, and PowerUp Forever are fun for a little while, but for those 800 MS points you spent on them, you could have three new maps for Gears 2 which your sure to get your use out of.

Parents, don't buy your children MS point cards unless you just want to give them the 360 equivilant of coal in a stocking. Just get them the AMEX Gift Card.


Gears of War 2 DLC available

The new Gears 2 DLC: Combustible map pack is out on the marketplace for 800 points today.

Only 79 MB though? That's a pretty small size for 3 maps, hmm sounds like some recycled gameplay may be being used.

  • Flood - "Features a rising flow of Imulsion that drives the fight into close quarters."
  • Gold Rush - "Infiltrate an Imulsion factory, where multiple levels and volatile materials guarantee memorable encounters."
  • Fuel Station - "Delivers a dangerous battle around an abandoned refueling facility."


skate. 2

Skate 2: New San Vanalona

'Disaster too gnarly to be named.' That's what they're calling this disaster that's hit San Vanalona in this newest rendition of EA's skate. franchise. Some people are already assuming that perhaps the game itself that is going to be a 'disaster too gnarly to be named skate.'

In skate. 2 a 'Megacorp' has come into to destroyed San Vanalona and built everything up from scratch but made everything unable to be skated. (More unlocking things? Think Tony Hawk.) So now we've got museums with quarter-pipes, beaches with bowls, and streets with 15 ft. kickers. Definitely keeping the realistic front, aren't we EA?

How about the new 'Hall of Meat' system? I really want to touch on this because as biased as I'd like to stay... this new feature makes me want to slap Blackbox in the face. So now some of you are wondering, "What is Hall of Meat?"

Basically Hall of Meat is a new feature of gameplay in skate. 2 where as you're bailing you can control your body and try and rack up points for getting the 'gnarliest' bail possible. Obviously people who fall want to hurt themselves more, right? This is just one more step away from the realism factor that hooked so many players to EA skate.

So I really just wanted to touch on these two main subjects here. The fact that everything has been taken over by a monster corporation, we get to shred in museums, and now you can rack up points for breaking bones. While possibly only a few small factors in a giant release from EA coming up on January 21st, we will have to wait and see what comes out of Blackbox's studio for the sequel to skate.


Ben Heck releases his newest Xbox 360 Mod

Ben Heck, crazy, ingenious, and pretty far out on a limb. He's created his newest Xbox 360 mod of the Xbox Portable series.

New Xbox 360 Portable

It differs from my past Xbox 360 laptops in several ways:

  • Removable standard Xbox 360 hard drive for easy profile/data swapping
  • Both memory card slots accessible, same reason.
  • No keyboard! Really, they have those chat pads, what’s the point? (Besides looking cool)
  • Simplified layout of ports and buttons.
  • Internal wi-fi module, no external antenna. Antenna is strung out inside unit like other consoles/laptops.
  • Beveled edges! Countersunk screws!
For more information about Ben Heck's new Portal Xbox visit his website.


Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Well it's been some time since I've made a post here, but it seems the right time to start updating this once again!

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Or perhaps Star Wars: The Story too Short?

Left Trigger - Block
Left Trigger + B - Force Repel
Left Trigger + X - Saber Throw
Left Trigger + Y - Force Lightning
Right Trigger - Force Grab
Right Trigger + X - Force Grab Saber Impale
Left Bumper - Force Dash
Right Bumper - Lock Target
Left Analog - Move
Right Analog - Camera Controls
R3 - Center Camera
DPAD - 'Action Camera'
Y - Force Lightning
X - Saber Control
B - Force Push
A - Jump
Back - 'Player' Options
Start - Options

The Force Unleashed (TFU) is all in all a great bash 'em up, throw 'em around, and make sure they end up dead sort of game, but does it have the story we've come to expect from the Star Wars Franchise? I believe not. While you do play a pivotal role in the Star Wars universe in TFU, it doesn't give the feel that you're doing anything significant. You bash up some baddies, save some good guys, and earn a few Achievements along the way.

You start your adventure as Darth Vader in the prologue mission. You can earn an easy five achievements here by killing 15 Storm Troopers along the way, and sitting on the wooden bridge killing two hundred Wookies. You can also earn your frenzy bonus achievements by simply letting the Wookies pile up and continually using your saber attack with some Force Repel.

The prologue mission is pretty straight forward, run through a settlement on Kashyyk, kill some Wookies, and then kill little you's Daddy. That's about it. No grand story here, you kill an old Jedi who is running away from the Empire and find the Apprentice.

After this you get a cut scene where you're supposedly 18 to 21 and ready to kill some Jedi. Basically the entire game is kill a bunch of little guys, get to the boss, and then win. There is no puzzle solving, no real story during the missions, and nothing that really screams "Wow! I'm doing something of importance here!"

While it was fun for a few hours (It only takes about 5 hours to beat this game on the Medium difficulty,) it definitely gets old just using your super force powers and leveling up.

Over all the game has great graphics even in stretched 1080p, and has some really cool effects when you mess with the environment due to the Euphoria engine. Alas there is no great story telling and and no great feeling of the massive Star Wars universe.

Graphics: 9/10
Gameplay: 7/10
Replay Value: 4/10
Sound: 8/10
Controls: 8/10

Overall Score: 7.2 out of 10.

madlulz out until next time.


Ok, well I got done editing the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare review earlier than expected, so here it is! Hopefully a start to a good long running.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Review.

Let's just start this off by saying 'WOW!' This is one of the best single player games I've ever played, and multiplayer is just off the charts on the incredometer. If you're looking for an epic story with some incredible replay value this is the game for you.

Left Trigger - Zoom (scope/ironsights).
Left Button - "Special Grenades" (stun, flash, smoke.)
Right Trigger - Fire.
Right Button - Frag Grenades.
Left Analog - Move.
Left Analog Press - Sprint.
Right Analog - Aim.
Right Analog Press - Melee (knife).
DPAD Up - Night Vision.
DPAD Left - Perk Items. (RPG, C4, Claymore, M203 Grenade Launcher)
DPAD Right - Kill Streak Bonuses. (UAV, Airstrike, Helicopter)
DPAD Down - None.
Y - Swap Weapons.
X - Reload.
B - Crouch (press), Prone (hold).
A - Jump.

Single Player:

Imagine you are an SAS recruit, fresh out of training and with little to no experience. Now imagine your commanding officer is one of the biggest bad asses in the world. You now are Soap McTavrish.

You start off on the SAS training grounds learning the ropes of gameplay, if you are familiar with FPS games, you can just breeze through this. You shoot a couple targets, learn to shoot, quick target, melee, etc. Then you do a run through of a mock up of the next mission you are assigned to. This is more or less another quick tutorial and test of your skills to find which difficulty is best suited for you.

If you are fairly good at FPS games I would recommend starting off on Hardened, even if you think you can do Veteran. It will give you the game you want - you can get the achievements after your first play through. If you are a normal player, well - normal!

Without giving anything away the basic gist of the story is Russian Madman with crazy weapons stocks, and Middle East insurgent fighters with ties to this Russian. It all plays out very cinematically with some control inbetween! It honestly feels like you are playing the key rolls in the next big blockbuster movie.

The single player will keep you on the edge of your seat, and drive you to complete it in one gaming session if you have the time. The delivery is ten out of ten and deserves praise for years to come. Intense firefights, ties to your squad, emotional turmoil, and stunning graphics makes Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare a must have.

Graphics: 10/10
Gameplay: 10/10
Replay Value: 8/10
Sound: 10/10
Controls: 10/10

Overall Score: 9.6/10


Now for the bread winner. With over 150,000 players on at peak times as of this Holiday season, you can't go wrong with this purchase. If you are a FPS fan - Call of Duty 4 is a must have.

To start off, multiplayer delivers great gameplay, what we've come to expect from Infinity Ward. With a huge selection of weapons, 16 different maps, and 605 attainable levels (yes, 550!) it will never leave you 'wanting for more' as you will never leave your sofa!

Each map brings something new to the table, be it a city map, rural, or abandoned Russian trainyard. It is quite possible to feel as if you're playing a different game each time. Some maps are only playable in certain 'playlist' due to size and style, which gives a reason to play as many game times as possible.

The playlist are very broad, and give something to everyone. Spanning from classic Team Deathmatch to "Domination" all game modes are great fun. When you first begin you will notice not all game modes are available. This gives new players a chance to 'ease' into the game and learn the online basics.

A broad variety of weapons are available in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Assault Rifles, SMGs, LMGs, Shotguns, Snipers, and Pistols are all choices in game. Twenty Six weapons in all, not including perk items which would bring the total to 29. This amount of weaponry gives all player types something to drench blood from their enemies.

Another great thing about Call of Duty 4's online is the leveling system. Fifty Five levels per 'prestige.' Each level requires a certain amount of 'experience' which can be gained by killing enemies, capturing points, and winning games. As you progress in your leveling you will gain new weapons, perks, and challenges. The best part about gaining all 55 levels? Once you hit 55, you get the option to do it all over again in 'Prestige Mode'. Give up all of your weapons, camos, and perks just for a shiny new emblem! While this may not be for everyone, it does add a fun factor for some (myself included).

Challenges are well... challenges. Examples are getting 25/75/150 kills with the M-16A4 assault rifle, each earning a different amount of 'experience'. (250, 500, and 1,000 respectively) There is a broad range of challenges from winning certain game types to humiliating your enemies in fun fashion.

Overall multiplayer for Call of Duty 4 is a great experience for any FPS lover. With in game stat tracking, some clan support, dozens of weapons and maps, and a huge fun factor - this game will be populated for years to come.

Graphics: 10/10
Gameplay: 10/10
Replay Value: 10/10
Sound: 10/10
Controls: 10/10

Overall Score: 10/10

madlulz out!

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