Archive for December, 2015


Another month, another Loot Crate comes my way. As I continue with what will possibly be my last blog post of 2015, I have come up with a tentative name for these sort of things: “The Crate Chronicles.” Since Loot Crate is probably one of the more popular things in terms of nerd culture, this is more of a personal archive for myself, since most of the stuff inside is already well known on the web.

So let’s tackle this month’s Loot Crate…

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I almost didn’t get this crate, I found it in the trash. My dad had accidentally put it in there, thinking it was just an ordinary package. Thankfully there was no signs of damage on the box, so I was able to recover it before it would’ve suffered an untimely demise.

Oddly, the box is in a different shape this month compared to last month’s, I wonder why…

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Oh, this little thing. An ammo box advertising the UNSC, the main military group of the Halo franchise. As part of the Galaxy tie-in for this month, there’s a bit of Halo 5 stuff in here. There’s also a code for some unlockable items in the game, but alas I’m still stuck in the Xbox 360 world so it’ll have to wait until I actually get an Xbox One and have some interest in the Halo franchise again. My experiences with Halo involve playing a leaked beta build of the PC port many a year ago, and co-oping through Halo 3 with a friend, which was interesting in itself, that’s all I’ll say here.

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The rest of the goodies are inside the box, and it’s a bit more galaxy-themed: A Funko Pop! figure of Han Solo from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a pair of socks featuring BB-8 from the same film, and a patch of the crew insignia from Galaxy Quest.

I’m not super big on the Funko Pop! Figures. I don’t have a lot of space in my house for collecting stuff like that. However is a nice little figure. While I like socks with designs, I don’t know If I’d be wearing these ones around.

I have a shameful confession to make: I’ve never really seen the Star Wars movies in their entirety. Well, except for one: The Phantom Menace. (It was part of an eighth grade field trip. I barely remember it.) While I am familiar with some of the tropes and quoted lines of the iconic series, I’ve never really seen the other movies outside of clips here and there. Hence why I wasn’t as excited for The Force Awakens compared to my friends.

I will likely rectify this problem soon. If anything, so I can at least feel like I’m not completely out of the loop. It’s one thing for the younger generation to not seen Star Wars, it’s another for a grown man like me to have never seen it!

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Because of course I have to do my best “triumphant pose”.

The last thing that came with this was a cool shirt by artist Drew Wise. I did my best (worst) triumphant pose with it on, because of course I would.

This is a pretty nice crate. While I may not be super-interested in all the things featured, it’s a nice Christmas gift. Thanks, Loot Crate. Can’t wait to see what you got in store for 2016.

It’s the holiday season, and what better way to celebrate than playing something Christmas-related? How about a game based on one of the best damn action movies of the 80s, Die Hard?

I don't care what anyone says, this is a Christmas movie in my book.

I don’t care what anyone says, this is a Christmas movie in my book.

Okay, I may be stretching it a bit here. But it’s better than trying to find some Christmas-themed game involving Santa Claus. It’s also appropriate, considering Die Hard‘s legacy.

There have been many Die Hard games over the years. There was the top-down action game for the NES that’s been featured by the Angry Video Game Nerd and Games Done Quick, the multi-genre Die Hard Trilogy, even the Sega brawler Dynamite Deka which was rebranded as a Die Hard game when it hit stateside. But we’re gonna be talking about a little-known budget shooter that featured our old pal John McClane, Die Hard: Nakatomi Plaza.

Love how they don't even bother to show not-Bruce Willis' face.

Love how they don’t even bother to show not-Bruce Willis’ face.

This game had an interesting history. Starting out as a “Die Hard TC” for Duke Nukem 3D, it eventually made the leap from the aging Build engine to the new GoldSrc engine in 1999. Development on Nakatomi Plaza went silent in 2000 as rumors went around 20th Century Fox did a cease and desist on the project. Eventually the game got re-announced the following year with the license proper, as well as another upgrade, this time on the fancy new Lithtech Engine. The engine that was used in The Operative: No One Lives Forever, and… lots of budget games I’ve actually talked about before. We’re talking CTU Marine Sharpshooter, Vietnam: Black Ops and…

But enough about that. Let’s get into the game itself. Nakatomi Plaza is a loose retelling of the original Die Hard‘s story. If you’re reading this and you’ve never seen Die Hard, stop reading this and watch the film NOW. Alternately, you could read the book the movie’s based on, Roderick Thorp’s Nothing Lasts Forever, which I heard is actually a good book. If you have seen Die Hard, then continue. Preferably read this while listening to that GuyzNite song about the Die Hard franchise.

Since this game’s hits all the famous parts of the original movie, I won’t go into a play-by-play of the game, only for some of the changes. Because I’m going to assume, like before, that you’ve seen the film already.

The game starts out exactly the same as the film: John McClane arrives at Nakatomi Plaza thanks to Argyle the limo driver, meets up with Mr. Takagi, Ellis and Holly Gennaro, before Hans and his terrorist buddies come in and wreck stuff, leaving John with his 9mm Beretta, shoeless.

It's weird to be playing an FPS with a left-handed protagonist. What is this, Counter-Strike?

It’s weird to be playing an FPS with a left-handed protagonist. What is this, Counter-Strike?

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