Final Fantasy Tactics: The War Of The Lions (PSP) Review

November 28, 2007 at 10:55 pm (Game Review, PSP, Reviews) (, , , , )

I borrowed my friend’s PSP for a day. All just to play Final Fantasy Tactics. I find the game addictive because it’s not like the PS1 version of the Final Fantasy Tactics, this one really has more things to look out for and definitely an excellent time killer.

So hence, here’s what I think of the game.

The War Of The Lions

Genre: Strategy/RPG/Turn-based Strategy

Graphics: 8/10 – Ok lah, still better than PS1 though, the edges were smooth, the graphics were clean, maybe because it’s PSP?

Sounds FX: 7/10 – After a while, the songs and the sound fx gets a little boring.

Gameplay: 9.5/10 – Definitely worth warming up your seats, watering your eyes and cramping your fingers. I still can’t get it off my hands! Even when I’m writing this post!

Overall: 8/10 -Worth your money, if you’re looking for a good game, with good storyline. Well have you ever heard of any RPG with bad storylines?

Verdict: Got extra cash to spare? Get this one. Definitely will be one of your classics in years to come. Definitely has a very high replayability value since it’s game schematics was really in-depth. Lots of things to explore, lots of things to try, lots of things to see! Definitely a good buy.

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New bassist???

November 27, 2007 at 11:59 pm (Band progress, Dermapthera) (, )

We had auditioned a new bassist last month.

Well, thanks to Fate we were forced to start looking for a new one. But honestly speaking, I don’t know if Fate still wants to play or not.

This newly auditioned bassist called us up earlier today just to let us know that he can’t commit to such a big band like us. He’s afraid that we might treat him like a small kid. But hey, I can’t blame a new talent like him. If I were him, I might also back out cause it’s such a big step to take.

But hey, no matter what you do, we’ll always support you from behind. Hehehe 😀

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Beowulf Movie Review

November 27, 2007 at 11:45 pm (Movie Reviews, Reviews) (, , , )

Today I watched Beowulf with my darling hehehe… Well I got 2 complimentary tickets from a close friend, so I called her up to catch a movie. At first, we wanted to watch Enchanted but she turned up 10 mins late, so I decided to watch Beowulf (NC16) instead.

Overall, it was a nice movie, an interesting plot, but rather predictable storyline.

Beowulf Poster

I would rate:-

Graphics: 9/10 – Still can’t make a 3D real life. I guess, the graphics were nice and gore, but well, maybe could be a little more “realistic”, especially the facial expression. Overall, it surpasses my judgement of what 3D would be in the near future.

Sound FX: 9/10 – Fantastic sound effects. Really stunning. Well maybe my cinema isn’t as big as in VivoCity so maybe the sound effects doesn’t really burst my eardrums. But overall it was good.

Storyline: 8/10 – I would say, it was rather linear. It was wayyy too direct for it to be interesting, but everybody seems to know what’s going to happen next. Especially in the ending. Not my kind of storyline I’d expect from a good story like this.

Overall: 8.5/10 – Well, it was a nice 3D movie, good storyline… And not forgetting the hard 3D body of Angelina Jolie 🙂

Verdict: If you have complimentary tickets like me to spare, why not catch this great animated movie. Afterall, it’s nice to catch such a serious and gore movie once in a while.

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Countdown to ORD!

November 26, 2007 at 7:36 am (Personal) (, )

I can finally count down the number of days I have left till my ORD!

Although I find it hard to leave my current unit, maybe because I put my heart and soul into every little thing I do when I was in this unit.

I hope my new CQ would surpass me and leave an impact too.

Farewell, 3 DISCOM.

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Unprepared Stores

November 26, 2007 at 12:06 am (Personal) ()

I was so disappointed by the standards shown by my fellow storemans. But I couldn’t blame them. There was no authority around (my encik, myself) to emphasize on the preparation of the stores.

But they didn’t at least show any form of professionalism. I mean, how many times have we done this? Don’t tell me this is the first time?

I’m just so sad…

Having to ORD will definitely leave an impact onto my fellow mates. I hope they can pull their act together and do a better job in the near future.

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3GP Converter

November 25, 2007 at 10:37 pm (Technical Stuffs) (, , , , )

When I first got hold of my N-gage at that time, I was looking around for a nifty 3GP converter so I can convert videos from my music videos and put it in my phone.

So I did my fair share of my searching and used Nokia Multimedia Converter 2. The quality sucks, but well I can’t be expecting a high end quality with my N-gage since it only supports 3GPP/AMR (h.263) formats.

After that I got hold of the recent Nokia 6300 and I found out that it’s able to run 3GPP/AAC (h.263) and MP4/AAC (h.264, the same used in PSP). But to my disappointment, it didn’t live up to it’s name. The version I was using couldn’t read 3GPP/AAC formats, it just shows black screens with sounds. So I had to upgrade the firmware.

Now it’s able to view 3GPP/AAC formats of up to 176×144 (that’s QCIF format that supports for most handphones nowadays) with AAC (low bitrates seems to work well, I only used 32kbps). But when I tried using 320×240 (QVGA format), my phone will not play. I’m so upset about that. Hopefully future firmware upgrade will correct this problem.

Back to topic, the tool I used to convert is 3GP Converter (download here) but the program runs in Japanese! But not to worry, they have english translation so you can still use it. If you have some programming background, you can mess with the transcoding codes or even write a new one. It’s so easy to understand once you know how it works.

Well just try it out and see if it works out for you. It works for me though, and it needs a lot of tweaking.

I might post some of my “working” transcoding codes to share in the near future…

Screenshots:

3GP_Converter main

 From here, you can choose the settings you desire

3GP_Converter app

 Just drag and drop video files and make sure you set the destination folder.

 

Sometimes, there are just some videos which you can’t convert. Those are the really “technical” stuffs which only experience can help. If I have the time, I’ll try to explain how to get a workaround for it. Or maybe if you want, you can leave a comment and I’ll get back to you asap.

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Funny Wheel Of Fortune Clip

November 25, 2007 at 9:47 pm (Funny, YouTube videos) (, , , , )

There was this Ellen Degeneres show and she features videos she saw on the internet. One of my favourite was this lil clip, of a Wheel Of Fortune contestant blooper.

You’ll definitely have tons of laughter after seeing this.

I had mine… LOL!!!

You should see the “priceless” face on Pat Sajak. He was totally dumbfounded! 😀

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Torn Mime – Johan Lippowitz (feat Natalie Imbruglia)

November 25, 2007 at 9:42 pm (YouTube videos) (, , , , , )

I found this nice clip from YouTube on an old time favourite song, Torn. Natalie Imbruglia makes her debut in the later part of the clip, enhancing the whole clip’s atmosphere.

Enjoy!

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Dermapthera – Broken Hearts In A Crowd Of Riot

November 25, 2007 at 8:35 pm (Dermapthera, Original compositions, Previous Gigs, YouTube videos) (, , , )

Place of performance: Celebrations Pub @ Hougang
Name of song: Broken Hearts In A Crowd Of Riot (Original composition)

Song mainly composed by Fix, Fate and Lee. Lyrics composed by Yusry and Ace. This song is about a love tragedy. Original idea came from various emo lyrics but we weren’t so much into emo, so we decided to write a unique one instead. Currently the fav song of the band (2007).

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Slipknot – Eyeless (Cover)

November 25, 2007 at 8:26 pm (Covers, Dermapthera, Previous Gigs, YouTube videos)

Place of performance: Celebrations Pub @ Hougang
Name of song: Slipknot – Eyeless (Cover)

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