Tuesday 29 October 2013

GRID 2 New online trainer for latest update/patch [29nov2013]

After 3 months GRID 2 finally released yet another update / patch.
.exe version is now so old trainer stopped working and i had to write a new one, so it still works and still works online :)


+3 Trainer for online and offline use, giving you 3 awesome options:
Weight - increase or decrease weight, if you increase, then it won't affect your acceleration, instead it makes cars grip a lot better, making it perfect "grip hack"
Nitros Speed Boost - simple as that, with 3 options on its own, forward boost, backwards boost and super forward boost, giving you ability to go over 700km/h and then some (i've done 1200km/h with it)
Timer Freeze - just as it says, freezes any timers you have, in checkpoint or time trial modes its very useful.

Video Demonstration:

Sunday 27 October 2013

Which is the Best Screen Recorder?

Here we will compare 4 different screen recorders and see which one is best (if there is such thing).
I will be going thru complexity, quality, performance, framerate drop, features and filesizes.
First things first, I tested all of them in Far Cry 3, using the following two graphics presets:
1. Absolute MAX @ 1920x1080 (38-41fps without recording)
2. Everything as before, except Anti-Aliasing turned from 8x to 2x (54-78fps without recording)

Tests are done on a PC with following specs:
CPU - FX8350 Vishera 8-core @ 4.1ghz
GPU - nVidia GTX680 Phantom
RAM - Corsair Vengeance 16gb @ 1600mhz
HDD - 3tb Seagate External USB 3.0, 7200rpm with 215mb/s read/write

nVidia's ShadowPlay

Filesize: 5.5mb/s average
Framerate AA-8x: 30-35fps
Framerate AA-2x: 44fps average
Complexity: Beginner
Unique Features: Shadow Mode Recording into RAM, Free to use
Bad things: Does not record external audio (such as microphone)

Mirillis Action!
Filesize: 15mb/s average
Framerate AA-8x: 33-37fps
Framerate AA-2x: 47fps average
Complexity: Moderate
Unique Features: Audio Balancing, Youtube Upload, Video Player, Converter, CUDA Powered!
Bad Things: can't split the files automatically

Filesize: 45mb/s average
Framerate AA-8x: 30fps
Framerate AA-2x: 43fps average (@60 fps)
Complexity: Easy
Unique Features: Automatic File Split
Bad things: locks your framerate to recording framerate, forcing you to record on higher framerates which requires more HDD space and better PC (CPU, RAM and GPU)

Filesize: 65mb/s average
Framerate AA-8x: 33-35fps
Framerate AA-2x: 53fps average 
Complexity: Expert
Unique Features: Streaming, Split files between HDDs, Codec Options
Bad things: Very hard to setup, codecs are a mess, multichannel audio doesn't seem to be working, huge file sizes with default codec settings.

If you have any questions or doubts, leave a comment and I see if i can help you out.
Here are some videos regarding ShadowPlay and other recorders.

ShadowPlay Preview and First Test

ShadowPlay vs Fraps vs Action! vs Dxtory

If you ask me, i would stay away from Dxtory and go with Action! or ShadowPlay, depending on your game style and recording needs. Fraps is ok too, but i just don't like fraps because it locks you down to recording FPS, i always like to record @ 30fps (don't need more than that for youtube videos), but fraps would lock me to 30fps and playing @ 30fps is very, very bad.
Dxtory can be very good, but it's a real hassle to set it up, but biggest issue is audio, i never got it to record game + microphone at once, which brings me to ShadowPlay, it can't capture microphone either, but it's super easy to setup and it always works fine. All this still leans me towards Action!, because it works just the way i want, with little annoyances, for example i can't use Action's default output files and load them straight into Camtasia (this is what i use to edit my videos and produce them), i have to use Action's video converter (It's CUDA powered and fast, but still takes about 1h on a normal 20-30m video to convert all clips)

However something tells me that in near future nVidia will add microphone support to ShadowPlay, making it the best recorder for sure.

ShadowPlay Preview!

nVidia's new software called ShadowPlay is scheduled to be released within 48h, however i have already got my hands on a beta version that is not even released by nVidia yet.

What is ShadowPlay?

ShadowPlay is a screenrecorder by nVidia, built into drivers! However ShadowPlay is included only in 600 and 700 series drivers.
ShadowPlay looks amazing, it's very easy to use and performs very well compared to other recorders like Fraps or Mirillis Action, however downside is that it can't seem to capture external audio input, such as microphone, so you can't add commentary live, but you can always use simple audio capture and leave audio always on. Audio streams don't take much space at all.

What really makes ShadowPlay good, is the "Shadow" mode, where it always records the gameplay and is able to save last 1 - 10 minutes of gameplay with just press of a button!
Filesizes are from 375mb (1min) to 3.8gb (10min), making it very great for recording long gaming sessions!
Filesize to Quality ratio is amazing, because recording quality is perfect HD @ 60fps, its really amazing how well ShadowPlay works!

Screenshot of nVidia's ShadowPlay

I will soon make a comparison (vs) video and compare ShadowPlay against Fraps, Dxtory and Mirillis Action (these are top 3 screen recorders).

Preview Video and Testing

Where to download?

There's no official release yet, Driver i have is R331.65. Wait 24-48h and check on nVidia's website (nvidia.com). They should release it very soon.

Saturday 26 October 2013

Review: Kuroko no Basket Season 2 Episode 4

Listed as 29 on Crunchyroll, the episode was full of great moments.

If you're a fan of Kuroko no Basket, then you're probably up with the latest episode of it and have been waiting most for the Winter Cup to begin. In short, the Episode 29 of Kuroko's Basketball was simple Awesome!

In this Episode we see yet another member of the team to which Kiyoshi belonged to. We see Midorima in his greatness throwing those 3 pointer baskets. We see Kagami going against Midorima, Kuroko going against the members of Shutoku.
As soon as the match began we all knew what was gonna happen, the contest between Midorima and Kagami or between Kuroko and Takao. We saw the latter first where Takao stole ball from Seirin and then Kuroko did the same for Shutoku.

            Takao Vs. Kuroko

After this we saw face off between Midorima and Kagami, about which I will not post. I am leaving it on you go on Crunchyroll right now and watch the Episode if you haven't already!

On next episode we will see the continuation of the match it will definitely be as tense and awesome as this episode if not better!
As for the Episode 29, I rate it a 10/10 for introduction of a new very skilled character and for the great game between the teams in the 2nd half of the episode.
Go ahead and catch up to the latest episode if you haven't and remember, the best of Kuroko no Basket is yet to come!

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Thursday 24 October 2013

TDU2 Ultimate Stats Editor Trainer / Cheat / Hack for Unofficial Patch !

As some may already know, an unofficial TDU2 Patch has been released that adds new vehicles, features and fixes lot of bugs, read more about the patch HERE

But what about the Ultimate Stats Editor Trainer? Does it still work ?
YES ! it still works with unofficial patch and it still works online.

TDU2 Ultimate Stats Editor Trainer v2.0 for online and offline use.

Demonstration Video


I have tested and it works on all new vehicles. Enjoy the awesomeness of the trainer.

TDU2 Unofficial patch released! Adding new cars and fixing bugs.

On 18th Oct, 2013 Unofficial Test Drive Unlimited 2 (TDU2) patch was released (TDU2:UP v0.3).
Patch looks cool,  but as usual that patch has no actual home page and "kids" have hosted the files all over the place and its difficult to find a working download so i've uploaded it on my site. Read below about features, new content and bug fixes. ..oh yeah and .. it works online :)

TDU2 unofficial patch adds HotRod and lot more


> TDU2 Unofficial Patch v0.3 for unpacked game
> TDU2 Unpacker with GUI

Note: Make sure to read notes about the patch and how to install. This patch is for unpacked game only! You must first unpack your game file using the TDU2 Unpacker.

List of features

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 (model by StarGT)
Chrysler 300C SRT8 Police (model by StarGT)
Ferrari F12berlinetta (model by Minime891, sound by Jorgemodek)
Ferrari F430 (model by Reventon09)
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 (model by StarGT)
Nissan R34 GT-R (model by Vitality997, sound by shadee43)
Saleen S5S Raptor (model & sound by StarGT)
Saleen S7 Twin Turbo Competition (model by StarGT, sound by shadee43)
Spyker D12 Peking-To-Paris (model by StarGT)
Lamborghini Countach 5000QV - available in Italian Classics Dealership on O'ahu (model by Xarlith)
Shelby GT500KR - available in World Classics Dealership on O'ahu (model by StarGT)
Chrysler 300C SRT8 - available in U.S. Cars Dealership (south) on O'ahu (model by StarGT)
Hot Rod - available in World Classics Dealerships on O'ahu
Spyker C8 Aileron - available in European Cars Dealership (south) on O'ahu
Audi R8 4.2 FSI quattro - available in Audi Dealership (south) on O'ahu
Nissan 370z Nismo - available in Asian Cars Dealership on O'ahu
Ford Mustang V6 Premium - available in U.S Cars Dealership (south) on O'ahu
PNJ Clothes - NPC clothes store on O'ahu
New plates
Polish translation of DLC2 content


All vehicules paintable
All vehicules stickerable
Rearranged all vehicles placement in salons
Intro movie disabled
Carwash fee reduced to 20$

Bug Fixes

bike tire grip (patch 0.2 issue)
profile switch freezes (patch 0.2 issue)
Audi Q7 - collapsing into tarmac when above 230kmph
RUF RGT - hitting tarmac
Lotus Evora - gearbox ratios
Ferrari F40 - bouncing on small bumps and when above 250km/h
Ferrari 250 GTO - bouncing on small bumps and when above 200km/h
Audi R8 V8 - everything fixed
VW Beetle - hitting tarmac when turning
Lotus Evora - hitting tarmac when turning on high speeds
Lancia Stratos - loosing too much speed when sliding
TVR Sagaris - bouncing on small bumps
Aston Martin v12 Vantage - bouncing on small bumps
Viper ACR - bouncing on small bumps and when above 250km/h
AC Cobra - unable to control in slide
Caterham CSR260, R500 - hitting pavements and curbs
Pagani Zonda Cinque/Tricolore - collapsing into tarmac when braking in some circumstances
Lotus 2-Eleven - goes under tarmac after series of fast turns
RUF RGT - hole in the cockpit (fix only for unpacked game)
Ford Mustang V6 - white bumpers
Aston Martin V12 Vantage - rear left wheel offset (fix only for unpacked game)
Spyker Alieron - wheel offset
Audi RS5 - indicators and shadows
Audi S5 - indicators and shadows
VW Golf - indicators and shadows
Spyker D8 - exhaust
Ginetta F400 - bumper gauge not calibrated
Hot Rod - gauges not calibrated
Mercedes-Benz ML 63 - speedometers not calibrated
Lotus S3 - exterior tachometer not calibrated
Harley Fatboy Lo - tachometer not calibrated
Corvette ZR1 - DLC car but visible in UCD
Lancia Delta - jolty rear cockpit camera

Known Bugs

Corvette ZR1 - car stats are from Z06 (like huh? too noobs to get ZR1 stats??)
Caterham CSR260, R500 - light gleam starts before reflectors (WIP)
Caterham R500 - exterior gauge dials are hardly readable
Gumpert Apollo - exterior gauge dials are hardly readable
Audi 4.2 FSI - unable to choose paint color at dealership
Aston Martin V12 Vantage Carbon - greyish paint color but can be re-painted in sticker shop
inverted tire thread (WIP)
bikes grip issue (done)
automatic transmission for TDU2UP cars (done)

They seem to be having some very odd website here:
and some topic on some forum here:

Well what can i say, good work on patch, but get a proper hosting and upload it so people can download without problems, i wasted like 2 hours trying to get it from those dumb-hosts and it kept failing and giving errors, then i gave up and asked my friend to send it. Now it sits nicely on my site, so anyone can download with just 1 click :) Enjoy.

Monday 21 October 2013

Luigi's Music (Soundtracks)

I've been sorting out loads of playlists, one of them being Luigi Auriemmas soundtracks / music. I uploaded 3 more of his Soundtracks with cool and calming background videos.

There are about 70 tracks in total and i will try to upload them all and add them into the playlist so you can listen to them from YouTube.
So check out the playlist right here:

If you like to download original AXS or mp3 files, you can do it here:

You can use Luigi's music on your videos or elsewhere as long as you give him credit and link to his site as original source.

By: Sethioz

Saturday 19 October 2013

Review: Kuroko no Basket Season 2 Episode 3

Tonight Kuroko no Basket Season 2 Episode 3 aired! Crunchyroll lists it as Episode 28 instead, so you can look for that when you want to watch it.

The Episode is titled "START!" and just from the name we know that it is the beginning of what everyone has been waiting for - The Winter Cup. Well not really the winter cup but it is the beginning of the preliminary matches which will result in 2 teams entering the Winter Cups.

The Episode is all about Kiyoshi Teppei , we get to know his way of playing basketball and a little about his past. We are told that (Minor Spoiler), he belonged to the team who were feared almost as much as The Generation of Miracles back in their time of youth. Kiyoshi's skills are put to test when Seirin plays against a team in the preliminary match. Though that team is entirely useless against Kiyoshi. Not only does Seirin win the match but completely destroys them with a good difference in the number of baskets, most baskets scored by Kiyoshi and Hyuga. The episode ends with a basket score by Kagami, who did not do anything in the game until now or more like he need not do anything in the game since Kiyoshi had everything under control.

At last, we see a message of some type saying how Kagami has reached the level of the members of The Generation of Miracles. This message appears after we see the last basket by Kagami with the help of his inhuman high jump. The Generation of Miracles is now kind aware of the fact that someone has caught upto them. At this point we see a screen with the faces of all the members (As shown below) while still hiding the face of Akashi since he has yet to make a proper appearance in the Anime.

Overall the episode was focused on Kiyoshi only but it has also noted the start of the most awaited, Winter Cup. 8 teams entered the Preliminaries and after today's episode if we don't see the remaining matches then only 4 teams will remain one of which is Seirin. The next match will be between those 4 teams and the 2 winning teams will enter the Winter Cup thus we are only 1 more match away between Seirin and one of the other 3 winning teams, after that we will all the great teams show their skills in the Winter Cup itself!

Did the episode live up to expectations? Was all the hype for the episode before it was aired worth it?
In short, YES!
The episode marked an start of Winter Cup and showed us a lot of information on Kiyoshi but not only that, it also somewhat declared that Kagami has reached upto the Generation of Miracles at this point and so for all these reasons there is no way to say that the episode was bad, it gets a 9/10 from me only because I was not happy about the music used in the 2nd half of the episode. Season 1 had amazing music, compared to that the 2nd season is lacking bits of that awesomeness but guess it is only a preference and some might love the music in 2nd season over the first one! So go ahead, watch it on Crunchyroll, own it on dvd when it comes out and your money will all feel worth it!

Next Up - Hajime no Ippo: Rising Review and First Impression

Monday 14 October 2013

Sunday 13 October 2013

Does SSD need defragging and how does HDD work

How does HDD (Hard Disk Drive) Work ?

In order for you to understand what defragmentation is and how it works, you must first understand how HDD (Hard Disk Drive) works. Lets take a look inside of the HDD:
Inside of HDD (This pic is not made by me, so it may have some false terms)

Ok what you need to know:
1. Platter is where your data is written / stored on.
2. Actuator arm (i call it magnetic arm) is what writes the data onto platter using a very powerful magnet.
3. Actuator (this is powerful magnet, i took few out from old HDDs and if you have 2 of them it has enough power to break your skin if you pinch your skin between them. That power is focused into the head of the slider's head (that's how data is written onto platter)
4. As you can see, magnetic arm is on axis (actuator axis) so it can move on the platter (it floats over the platter, not touching it)
5. Each time data needs to be written or read from/to HDD, the magnetic arm will move onto right position to write/read the data.
6. HDD starts to write data from inside out (maybe some hdd do it other way around, but i doubt). Meaning it fills the inner circle of platter first, then moves onto next line...etc

Right, now that you know how HDD works, lets move on!

What is defragmentation / defragging ?

Now that you know how HDD works we take a look what is fragmented data, how and why it occurs and what exactly defragmentation does to improve your HDD speed and life.

Best way to explain what fragmentation is, how it occurs and how defragging can help, is to look at the next picture:

Visualization of Fragmented HDD (this pic is not made by me)

1. Blue / purple bits represent empty space
2. Orange bits are currently in use by some application
3. 2 Olive green (yellow-green) bits on right are unmoveable data (usually some system data that is always in use and cannot be moved without removing HDD from PC)
4. Green bits on bottom to right belong to one application and are not fragmented.
5. Red bits belong to one application and are fragmented all over the place.

What does does it all mean?

1. If program is not fragmented (like the green bits), then magnetic arm does not have to move to read it, HDD platter simply spins and magnetic arm remains in same location, just reading the bits in a simple row.

2. However if program is fragmented all over the HDD, like the red bits, then imagine what will happen if magnetic arm tries to read the program from HDD platter? See the point already? If fragmented data needs to be read from HDD, it results in many magnetic arm's movements, therefore significally slowing down the read process.
Also this reduces the lifespan of HDD, because any type of movement = wearing. So the more magnetic arm moves, the more it wears obviously.

So defragmented HDD will perform faster and better than fragmented HDD

Does SSD need to be defragmented / defragged ?

Short answer, NO!
You do not need to defrag SSD (Solid State Drive).

Because SSD (Solid State Drive) does not work like HDD, you do know what a USB stick is right?
It's pretty much the same, just a lot faster than USB sticks.
In short, flash memory works pretty much the same way as HDD (data is being stored onto a microchip instead of platter), however there are no moving parts, meaning that data can be read/written onto/from any location without any type of movement or speed reduction.
In flash memory instead of magnetic force, electricity is being used to store data. it is complicated process, but in short, you can visualize it the same way as magnetic arm writing data onto HDD platter (just no moving parts, it is done by straight up wiring to the location)

So SSD has no moving parts (this is why its Solid State), therefore it makes absolutely no difference in what location data has been stored, because it can be accessed instantly without any type of movement, so defragging of SSD is just waste of time, in fact it reduces the lifespan of SSD, so don't do it.

Because SSDs can be used only limited time to write data onto it, for example if you take HDD and SSD and constantly write data onto them (lets take security camera system for example, where camera overwrites the previous data on HDD when full), then SSD will fail a lot sooner than HDD, HDDs can last 10 years easy, i have some HDD's from like 2005 or so and they still going strong.
Most nowday SSDs don't just fail, they just reduce in size, they will know if they have flash cells that have failed, so they mark it as failed and data will never be written there again and SSD reports the max size little bit smaller than it is, so SSD will probably last easy 10 years, but size will be reduces. I've had mine over a year and haven't noticed any reduction at all (and i use my PC every day, for at about 5 - 20h a day).

How do i defrag my HDD  / Best way of defragging ?

I recommend using "Auslogic Disk Defrag", it is very easy to use and does good job. I do not recommend using any software that comes with your hardware (hdd, motherboard, whole pc or with windows), those are crap.
Auslogic is free to use, simply type "Auslogic Disk Defrag" into google and im sure you'll find it, or get it from filehippo.com

Saturday 12 October 2013

Grand Theft Auto V / GTA 5 Cheat Codes for PS3

Here are all the known Grand Theft Auto V / GTA 5 Cheats (Cheat Codes) for PlayStation3 (PS3)
If you know any cheat codes that are 100% working and not listed here, leave a comment, i will check and update if it's true.

Character / Player Related

Ability Recharge
X, X, X, R1, L1, X, Right, Left, X
Explosive Bullets
Right, Square, X, Left, R1, R2, Left, Right, Right, L1, L1, L1
Flaming Bullets
L1, R1, Square, R1, Left, R2, R1, Left, Square, Right, L1, L1
Drunk Mode
Triangle, Right, Right, Left, Right, Square, Circle, Left
Explosive Melee
Right, Left, X, Triangle, R1, Circle, Circle, Circle, L2
Fast Run
Triangle, Left, Right, Right, L2, L1, Square
Fast Swim
Left, Left, L1, Right, Right, R2, Left, L2, Right
Right, X, Right, Left, Right, R1, Right, Left, X, Triangle
Max Health and Armor
Circle, L1, Triangle, R2, X, Square, Circle, Right, Square, L1, L1, L1
Lower Wanted Level
R1, R1, Circle, R2, Right, Left, Right, Left, Right, Left
Raise Wanted Level
R1, R1, Circle, R2, Left, Right, Left, Right, Left, Right
Slow Motion Aim (x3)
Square, L2, R1, Triangle, Left, Square, L2, Right, X
Super Jump
Left, Left, Triangle, Triangle, Right Right, Left, Right, Square, R1, R2
* Flaming and Explosive bullets can be used at same time.
* Invincibility is only for 5 minutes (you will see timer on bottom right corner)
* Slow Motion aim enables 3 times, each time it goes slower, 4th time is to disable.

Vehicle Spawning

Left, Left, Right, Right, Left, Right, Square, Circle, Triangle, R1, R2
Circle, Circle, L1, Circle, Circle, Circle, L1, L2, R1, Triangle, Circle, Triangle
Circle, L1, Left, R1, L2, X, R1, L1, Circle, X
R1, Circle, R2, Right, L1, L2, X, X, Square, R1
Right, Left, R1, R1, R1, Left, Triangle, Triangle, X, Circle, L1, L1
R2, Right, L2, Left, Left, R1, L1, Circle, Right
R1, Right, Left, Right, R2, Left, Right, Square, Right, L2, L1, L1
Rapid GT
R2, L1, Circle, Right, L1, R1, Right, Left, Circle, R2
Circle, X, L1, Circle, Circle, L1, Circle, R1, R2, L2, L1, L1
Stunt Plane
Circle, Right, L1, L2, Left, R1, L1, L1, Left, Left, X, Triangle
Circle, R1, Circle, R1, Left, Left, R1, L1, Circle, Right

Weapons and Parachute

Left, Right, L1, L2, R1, R2, R2, Left, Left, Right, L1
Weapons (Tier 1)
Triangle, R2, Left, L1, X, Right, Triangle, Down, Square, L1, L1, L1
- Sawed off shotgun
- Sniper Rifle
- Assault Rifle
- Pistol
- Grenade
- Knife

World / Environment

Change Weather
R2, X, L1, L1, L2, L2, L2, Square
Moon Gravity
Left, Left, L1, R1, L1, Right, Left, L1, Left
L1, L2, R1, R2, Left, Right, Left, Right, L1, L2, R1, R2, Left, Right, Left, Right
Slow Motion
Triangle, Left, Right, Right, Square, R2, R1
* Weather will cycle thru the possible weather conditions with each time you enter the code.
* Skyfall spawns you into air (above your location), so its not a good idea to use this without parachute.
* Slow Motion can be activated 4 times, each time it goes slower, 5th time to disable.

Warning - Usage of any of the cheat codes will disable trophies / achievements and you cannot use cheats during missions. If you want to earn trophies again, you must restart your game (press PS button, Quite game and then start game again).

Wednesday 9 October 2013

PS3 External HDD Mod + Heatsink + Thermal Compound !

This is something new and unique, a Playstation 3 with 3.5 inch external HDD (ok ok that's quite "normal"), with HDD Heatsink and IC Diamond thermal Compound in the middle, to maximize the heatsink's effectiveness !
Check out the pics of the whole process.

HDD sticker taken off, ready for thermal compound

Thermal compound applied and heatsink's sides fitted

HDD with heatsink ready to be fitted to PS3

HDD pressure release hole can still be seen (on the right)
Final result

Saturday 5 October 2013

Inside The Red Hive

Inside of The Red Hive PC

Corsair Power ! (H100 Cooler and Vengeance RAM)

Corsair H100 Cooler with 4 fans
(Red Antec LED fans on the scene & Corsair fans behind the radiator)

Corsair H100 CPU Cooler and Corsair Vengeance RAM

Inside of The Red Hive

nVidia GeForce GTX 680 Phantom, the Power of Gainward
Phantom version is overclocked by default

Full specs of The Red Hive:
Case: Antec DF-85
Motherboard: Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z
CPU: AMD FX8350 8-Core Vishera @ 4.1ghz
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 1600mhz 16gb
GPU: GTX 680 Phantom
PSU: OCZ ModXStream 600w (SLI ready, gaming PSU)
SSD: Samsung 250gb 840 Pro Series
HDDs: Samsung 2 x 2tb EcoDrives
HDD: Seagate 3tb External USB3.0
Monitor1: Acer 27'' IPS
Monitor2: Samsung 24'' LCD
Keyboard: Cyborg V7
Mouse: Cyborg RAT 7
Controller1: Leap Motion
Controller2: Razer Onza 360 Tournament Edition
Controller3: Logitech Formula Steering Wheel
Soundcard: Supreme FX3 7.1 (built into motherboard)
Speakers: Creative T79000 7.1 Surround system + Subwoofer
Subwoofer: Teac 300w subwoofer
Headset: Logitech G930 7.1 Wireless Gaming
Webcam: Logitech C910 HD (1920x1080)
Webcam2: Digital USB Microscope

By: Sethioz

Grand Theft Auto V / GTA 5 ..looks good, but big disappointment

Looks good right? Snow! fully working Tank with tracks !!

This looks bit better graphics than in game, but indeed that tank is driveable and has fully working tracks ..however...

Here you see SNOW!! finally snow in gta? ... don't get your hopes too high :(

YES! that IS a working submarine and you can go underwater, also there is scuba diving gear..but....

So what's wrong? Here's my list of huge disappointments:

1. There are no missions with tank (where you have to steal one or use one)

2. If you drive over any vehicle with tank, you get instant police on your butt, yes, even if its in remote location and its a wreck ..whaaat? (update: well in some odd places you can run over 1-2 vehicles before you get police chasing you)

3. Whole ocean is detailed and there are sharks, underwater crash sites (ships, planes..etc), they have put lot of time and effort in all this, but made only 1 submarine and no underwater weapons?! (no harpoons..etc) ..WTF!? lame!!!!

4. Story mode + free roaming sucks after completing the game, you have to choose which character will die, after character dies, you are unable to re-buy their property (hangar, airfield..etc), im stuck at 78% completion due that, i did not complete missions that character had left (he died). You can't access any of his features after you finish story mode (could have added a free roaming with all characters)
5. there's no 4th character .. i was hoping there will be another character, but nope. whole story mode is only with 3 characters, even tho you have slot for 4th.
- Update: one option out of 3 will keep all 3 characters alive (option C).

6. there are only about 20 properties in total that you can buy .. very lame!

7. trains are still invincible .. even tank or huge quarry dump truck can't take it out.

8. lot of animation glitches are still there, that existed in gta iv, for example the helmet, where character takes helmet out of nowhere and when you sit in the car with helmet, it disappears like by magic! .. lot of phone bugs, where person is on phone, but not holding it or if you're in a boat and go scuba diving, the air tank on back goes thru boat's seat..lol.. ..etc .. cmon fix them already!

9. Most annoying bug is still there, where sometimes vehicle disappears when you turn around and then turn view back on vehicle and its gone !!! its so fucking stupid! i tuned up a vehicle and it disappeared right behind me.

10. vehicles disappear from house garage, i lost about 10 vehicles during story mode, they just fucking disappear from garage, so annoying .. specially when you have spent lot of money and time on tuning them. 

11. There is only 1 stand-alone garage that can hold 4 vehicles only! .. WTF !??? like seriously. ..this is so dumb. they could put back the old good garage system that existed in gta san andreas, where you was able to have like 10-20 garages, each holding 1 - 6 vehicles + hangar that was able to hold ANY vehicle.

12. Biggest disappointment was snow .. that snow you see on screenshots, exists only during 2 missions, the prologue, which is just drive a vehicle down 1 road with cops on your ass and in one of the end missions where you go back to cemetary, its tiny, tiny area with snow, that's it...so much of snow ...pffffffffffff

13. Actually to think of it (this is edit 1), another very big disappointment is that there are those missions, where you can drive James Bond car (the aston martin db6 i think) with machine guns and spikes, you can shoot on demand and drop spikes, its awesome car, but only in mission .. whaa? ..and then those other mission based things, like that you can pick up a train car with helicopter, but only in mission, outside mission the magnet does not work ... same with some other things, where feature only works during mission, WHYYYY???? why not let us pick up cars with that helicopter and have fun?? why ruin the fun..i mean, feature is already THERE!! you just need to allow us to enable it outside mission. damn faggies..cmon really...i was so disappointed when i tried it outside mission and could not do those awesome things :(

14. Tank is very fragile, you run over about 10 vehicles and boom goes the tank itself ... seriously?!!

15. Tank can't drive underwater .. pfffh...everyone should know that tanks in real life do work underwater, they have limited air supply, but they can be driven underwater.

16. Tank has no useable turret / machine gun, even tho tanks in military base have m160 or similar machine gun on top, but you can't use it, yet another lameness ... i mean WHY? they have ALL the features in game to make it useable, in-vehicle weapon swap = check (in buzzard helicopter you can choose between 2 weapons), machine gun = check (hand-held machine gun would do fine or minigun). animation, bullets..etc = check (all exists) .. so why not make it useable?

17. Hangars can only hold 1 vehicle at a time .. if you choose from stored vehicles, it will only show the ones you have bought via internet (game internet, not real) .. so you can't even have more than like 5 vehicles in hangar, few planes, tank, truck..and blah. I managed to get fighter jet into hanger, but now if i want to swap to tank or other vehicles, i would lose the fighter. its so lame system...

18. Tuning is back, but only very few vehicles have cool visual details..kind a sucks. would be cool if you can tune armored truck and make it even better than it is, with a nice scoop in front and all, like a zombie apocalypse truck or something .. but naaah .. they couldn't bother :(

19. No monster trucks .. yet another very cool and awesome thing they haven't included .. there is one offroad truck that has quite huge wheels and quite high, but its far from real monster truck size. Monster truck was one of my favorite "toys" in san andreas.

There are more, but those are the ones that popped in my head right away, it's really very lame, i was expecting so much more out of this game.
Don't get me wrong, its a good game and surely worth playing, but i was just expecting a LOT more. I was hoping there is underwater combat, mountains have snow (like in Just Cause 2, where you have rain forests, deserts and snow on higher places, like on mountains) .. but yeah, i was soooo disappointed. Also almost no cool missions, only cool mission was the bank robbing, where you was able to use armored suits and a minigun to take out cops, it was quite cool mission, but rest just sucked. maybe also the big one at the end, where you steal 200 million worth of gold, it was quite awesome.

By: Sethioz

Wednesday 2 October 2013

Is Game of Thrones similar to Skyrim?

Is the TV Show GOT (Game of Thrones) similar to the video game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim? Are they connected or inspired from each other? We will find the answer in this post. If you saw trailers or episodes of GOT and wondered that it kinda resembles the environment and atmosphere from Skyrim then it is not just you, it really is the same. I've seen all 3 Seasons of GOT and have played Skyrim long enough to tell you the similarities between the two. 
(There might be minor spoilers below, continue if you don't mind it.)

1. The first and the foremost similarity between the two is, "Dragons". Well we can't say that they are really similar, there are many other shows or games with dragons in them and that does not make them similar. But since we are talking about all the similarities, we cannot ignore that both includes dragons and also Giants (remember the space journey in Skyrim?)

2. The names of the places / Cities / Capitals are very similar in GOT and Skyrim such as: 
Whiterun, Riverwood, Winterhold in Skyrim compared to Winterfell and Riverrun in GOT.

3. There is a war going on in both for the crown. GOT have a on-going war about who is going to take the throne of the king. A similar war is going on in Skyrim between the Imperials and the Stormcloaks about who is the true high king.

4. Magic. As many people have noticed, there is black magic in GOT and well Skyrim is full of magic ranging from spells such as healing, shotting lightning or fireballs from your hands etc. to Summoning demons to fight for you. GOT have such magic too and also to note Ned Stark in one of the episodes mentioned that thousands of years ago, magic existed in the world in abundance but then one day it suddenly disappeared.

5. Walkers. GOT have walkers who go by the name of White Walkers and similarly Skyrim have walkers who are called Draugrs. It is said in Skyrim as well as GOT that White Walkers / Draugrs have been asleep for thousands of years and have now awoken from their sleep. The reason white walkers are not sleeping anymore as said in GOT is that they sleep for thousands of years and then wake up to destroy. As for Draugrs, the reason is unknown.

Apart from these similarities, Game of Thrones and Skyrim are unique in themselves are absolutely not a copy of each other. These similaries are the one's which makes us get the similar feeling from both and thus we consider them to be connected but in actuality there is really a huge difference between the two and both are worth watching / playing. So a quick answer to,"Is Game of Thrones similar to Skyrim?" would be a YES but at the same time the answer to, "Are they connected or inspired from each other?? would be a straight up NO.