syafeerul: My 2010 (June-Dec) Game Review

Demon's Souls

Demon’s Souls
Genre: RPG
Gameplay: pure RPG, hit and slash. create a character and develop from time to time to become the best demon slayer. u need to be good with button smashing with this game.
Graphics: old. not as good as i expected.
Worthiness: i must say this depends. if you’re into rpg, this might be very good. im not into pure rpg like this and its tough as hell.
Rating: 1/5
Why not 5?
haha.. have u ever read any reviews on this game? its always like 8 or 9 out of 10. amazingly high for such a game. somehow it was pretty bad for me. the graphic was way below my expectation. the gameplay was seriously tough. if im someone who have like 24-hours for gaming, perhaps i might enjoy this. but im a casual gamer. at times i might need some difficulties in playing but this is simply for the hard-core. bad game for me..  sorry.

Assassin's Creed II

Assassin’s Creed II
Genre: RPG
Gameplay: impressive upgrade from the previous AC. the gameplay was superb. this time we play as Ezio Auditore, descendant of Altair. there’s so much you can do in this game. we can play it high profile or perhaps quieter on certain situations. the word is open for you to play. haven’t really complete the game although the main mission is already done. there’s still templars and feathers to collect. impressive sequel to the previous game.
Graphics: awesome. if AC was excellent, this is even more.
Worthiness: 100% worth buying no doubt.
Rating: 5/5
Why not 5?
its 5..

Modern Warfare 2

Modern Warfare 2
Genre: FPS
Gameplay: strategy shooting. the storyline was awesome. the control was nice and smooth. sound was superb all over.
Graphics: impressive graphics. detailed enough.
Worthiness: worth buying as its very good for online gaming.
Rating: 4/5
Why not 5?
its offline was quite short. despite having such impressive storyline yet it was too short. the online was impressive.

each game was given a rating. that was my rating from my own point of view. i played the game and i judge how i felt about them.

5: best game i’ve played. i’m totally satisfied with gameplay, graphics, in-game control and cut-scenes.
4: a nice game but lacks at least one of the quality mentioned above.
3: considerable game but too much flaw on either of the qualities or maybe lacking at least 2 of that.
2: quite ok game but not up to my expectation in many ways.
1: regret buying the game as it lacks so much of my expectation.

two games completed in the run of 6 months. not bad i guess. the other was dump quarter-way. MW2 and AC2 was awesome buy. DS was too hard for me. then i decided to let it go. so now im left with GT5P which is yet to complete. and i’ve purchased NFS: Shift. GT5P might need few more races before i completely finish it. Shift is already half-way. both game have been impressive so far. with my G25 already in action with a new table setup which is more stable and firm.

my Xbox 360 is now back in action. Microsoft sent out the unban update to all hdd banned earlier. so now im back with gaming on that console. any new games completed? none.. still playing the FIFA11 now. perhaps next 6 months i’ll update on this.

next on my wishlist:

  1. Gran Tourismo 5
  2. Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
  3. Call of Duty: Black Ops

Ferguson works familiar magic against Black Cats to extend dominant spell

The year is almost at an end and a familiar old devil finds himself atop the tree once again.

Sir Alex Ferguson will turn 69 on Friday but there is still time for three more points tomorrow against Birmingham City before he blows out the candles on another 12 months in the job. He might have lost his grip on the Premier League title in 2010 but, as has so often been the case, Ferguson once again finds himself surveying the rest of the division from the top.

There have been so many afternoons for Ferguson like this one in his 24 years at Old Trafford when his side have proved too accomplished, even for one of the league’s emergent teams, and coasted to a victory that never looked in doubt.

United have a two-point lead as well as two games in hand over Manchester City in second place and Arsenal and Chelsea collide this evening with both of them trying to stay in touch with Ferguson’s side. United are still unbeaten in 17 games in a record that stretches in the league back to that defeat to Chelsea in April. No wonder Ferguson is smiling.

Against a Sunderland side with seven first-team players missing, there were occasions yesterday when United really should have racked up something like the seven they scored against Blackburn Rovers one month ago.

It was Dimitar Berbatov who scored United’s two goals, the second a hefty deflection off Anton Ferdinand, which proved the difference. Berbatov has 13 league goals this season, the Premier League’s top goalscorer, and although this was one of his better afternoons he was not his side’s most eye-catching player.

That was Luis Anderson, a dominant figure in midfield who was substituted just after the hour and afforded a standing ovation. He showed his usual indifference to authority when substituted by wriggling out from under the arm that Ferguson laid around his shoulder and heading straight down the tunnel. On the basis of this performance he can be forgiven most things.

Anderson, who signed a new contract this month until 2015, is again threatening to become the kind of player Ferguson always hoped he would be when he signed him in 2007. But United have been here before with their stroppy little Brazilian midfielder. He could potentially be a star of the next five months but he could also fade away.

It will be Alex McLeish, another of Ferguson’s old boys, whom he faces tomorrow and it is the fate of the elder statesman of English football that he keeps running into those men who once played for him. Given that yesterday was the 17th occasion as a manager that Steve Bruce has failed to beat Ferguson’s United, it is no great hardship.

Ferguson mentioned after the game the fact that McLeish’s Birmingham City will be “nice and fresh” for tomorrow’s game after yesterday’s against Everton at Goodison Park was postponed and it seemed to be on his mind all afternoon. He substituted Anderson and Ryan Giggs, another impressive performer, with little more than an hour gone and Berbatov a few minutes later.

Before they go to St Andrew’s, Ferguson will watch the outcome of tonight’s game at the Emirates with interest. Chelsea need to win if they are to stay within touching distance of United and City, and failure to do that will again put a very different accent on the title race. It is hard not to feel that, as things stand, the pieces seem to be falling into place for Ferguson.

Bruce declined the offer from the Stretford End to give the home fans a wave – a wise choice, given the battering his team took in the first 20 minutes. He got himself in trouble with the Birmingham City supporters a few years ago for waving at the United support during another defeat and this was one of those occasions when Bruce knew early on there was unlikely to be anything in this game for his team.

In defence of Bruce, he played the same attacking 4-4-2 formation that earned him a 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge this season, although this time it did not work so well. By his own admission he was “naive” to hope that a system that included two wingers and two strikers might plunder something at United, although there were some extremely poor performances among the away side.

Yesterday it was Darren Bent who partnered Asamoah Gyan in attack and the England striker was embarrassingly anonymous. The suspension of Lee Cattermole meant that Bruce had to play Cristian Riveros in midfield and he too struggled.

For the first 10 minutes of the game, United set about their work as if they intended to see Sunderland off before half-time. It was a reminder of those days of the triple title-winning team that starred Cristiano Ronaldo when visiting teams found themselves caught in a whirlwind.

The goal came in the fifth minute. Giggs surged forward from midfield and, having found his way past a couple of challenges, passed responsibility to Wayne Rooney in the right channel. He weighted his chip to the back post and Berbatov forced in his header from close range.

United were breathtaking in those first few minutes and it was not hard to imagine Ferguson cursing every chance that went begging. Berbatov hit the post with a shot, then Anderson struck the bar. The Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon did the most to keep his team in it with a save with his feet from Giggs in the 20th minute. At 1-0 his side still had a faint hope of something.

That expired just before the hour when Anderson played a ball out to the right – complete with the extravagant Ronaldinho-style look in the opposite direction – and Berbatov hit a shot with the outside of his right which cannoned off Anton Ferdinand and deceived Gordon.

Sunderland face Blackpool tomorrow and, with that in mind, it was telling how quickly Bruce gave up any hope of a point from the game yesterday. He even gave his young substitutes David Meyler and Jordan Cooke a run-out and risked a third goal. This was United’s afternoon and Bruce has seen enough of them in his time to recognise a defeat when he sees one.

Match facts
Subs: Manchester United Gibson (Anderson, 63), Macheda (Giggs, 63), Hernandez (Berbatov, 82). Sunderland Meyler (Bent, 69), Cook (Malbranque, 82), Angeleri (Zenden, 88).
Booked: Sunderland Bardsley, Meyler.
Man of the match Anderson. Match rating 6/10.
Possession Man Utd 50% Sunderland 50%.
Shots on target Man Utd 10 Sunderland 2.
Referee P Dowd (Staffordshire).
Attendance 75,269.

and that was an awesome game. the second half wasn’t as great but was a nice watch. anderson was at his best last nite. his passes was exquisite. berba was sharp although rooney was picking up his pace still. nicely played by the lads. there’s another half season to go. let’s hope we’ll get the treble this season! owh by the way, loved the anderson pass for berba’s 2nd goal. nicee.. article from The Independent.

syafeerul: Gran Turismo 5

Officially Official: Gran Turismo 5 on sale Nov. 24 in U.S.

Gran Turismo 5 fans, it’s time to rejoice! On the U.S. Playstation blog, the manger of the public relations team has posted a North American on sale date of Wednesday, November 24. Fingers crossed that this doesn’t get pushed back yet again! We have a feeling this date is going to stick, though, because Kazunori Yamauchi, the President of Polyphony Digital Inc. has added this statement:

“Gran Turismo 5 is an ambitious project, with challenges and complexities which have made it our version of the Apollo Space Program! When we created the original Gran Turismo back in 1997, we wanted to set a completely new precedent for the racing genre.

With the technological leap onto PlayStation 3, our objective with Gran Turismo 5 was to create another great revolution which would not only satisfy our own high expectations, but would meet or even exceed the anticipation of the fans.

Satisfying the loyal Gran Turismo followers is at the heart of all of our efforts, which is why it was such a difficult decision to delay the release of the game, and one which we did not take lightly.

I can only apologize to everyone for making you wait so long, and I hope that when you try out the wealth of driving experiences available in Gran Turismo 5, you will not be disappointed.”

He wasn’t kidding when he says GT5 offers a “wealth of driving experiences.” Even though it’s still two weeks away, we can’t decide if we want to hit the WRC courses or the street courses first. Regardless, our Thanksgiving celebrations just got rearranged. Top tip, Martin!

its a late announcement yet i still want to post this. hm.. its out there already. here in malaysia the launch date was Dec. 3rd. this was the main purpose of me buying the PS3. i guess now is the time. but still after two weeks the game launched, i have not made the purchase yet. waiting for the best price. still considering either to grab the R1 collector’s edition with the keychain fob, and the GTR or the R3 limited edition with sls amg or just get the normal edition which should cost much cheaper. still thinking. perhaps a month would be nice before i decide on anything. soon enough.. anyone wanna give me this as a gift? i’ll act surprise i promise.. 🙂

article from Autoblog.

Facebook’s facial recognition knows who your friends are

The first thing you probably want to know about Facebook’s new “tag suggestions” — which uses facial recognition technology to suggest which friend is probably featured in which photo — is that you can turn it off.

Facebook announced “tag suggestions” yesterday, explaining the upcoming feature thusly: “When you or a friend upload new photos, we use face recognition software — similar to that found in many photo editing tools — to match your new photos to other photos you’re tagged in. We group similar photos together and, whenever possible, suggest the name of the friend in the photos.”

Anticipating the inevitable freakout that accompanies every Facebook change, the world’s largest social network is giving users an ample heads up — tag suggestions isn’t available now, but will be rolling out across the United States in the following weeks.

The feature is an upgraded version of the facial recognition technology you may already take for granted when you upload and tag images on Facebook. The square that magically finds faces in a photo will now suggest the name of your Facebook friend it’s identified through your profile, thus streamlining the process. Anyone who’s ever attempted to tag a photo on a slow connection may quickly come to appreciate this feature — especially if you’re the type of user who likes to upload huge sets of photos. As Facebook explains:

Now if you upload pictures from your cousin’s wedding, we’ll group together pictures of the bride and suggest her name. Instead of typing her name 64 times, all you’ll need to do is click “Save” to tag all of your cousin’s pictures at once. By making tagging easier than before, you’re more likely to know right away when friends post photos.

This next part is important, and you really need to pay attention — especially if you’re concerned about this new Facebook app tagging your name on potentially embarrassing images. According to Facebook, “for any reason you don’t want your name to be suggested, you will be able to disable suggested tags in your Privacy Settings. Just click ‘Customize Settings’ and ‘Suggest photos of me to friends.’ Your name will no longer be suggested in photo tags, though friends can still tag you manually.”

Currently, you have the option of untagging photos you’ve been tagged in by friends. Simply go to the photo and click your name to do so. There is no option to prevent friends from tagging you in photos, but you can prevent others from seeing the photos via your tagged name. Here’s how you do that:

  • From the Account menu in the upper right corner of your profile, chose Privacy Settings.
  • Underneath the list of your current privacy settings, click “Customize settings.”
  • Scroll down to “Things others share” section.
  • Next to “Photos and videos I’m tagged in” click “Edit settings.”
  • From the “Edit settings” prompt that appears on your screen, use the drop-down menu to choose “Customize.”
  • In the “Custom Privacy” prompt that appears, you will see a drop down menu next to “These people.”
  • From the “These people” menu, you have the option of choosing who can see photos via your tagged name. You can set it to “Only me” or you can add specific Facebook friends who are permitted see those photos via your tagged name. Here, you also have the option of preventing specific Facebook friends seeing photos via your tagged name.
  • Save this option. As with other Facebook privacy settings, you can change it at any time. You just have to do it.

Helen A.S. Popkin is always going “blah blah blah” about online privacy, then she asks you to follow her on Facebook and/or Twitter … because that’s how she rolls.

hoho.. yet another privacy issue on fb. but seems like everyone likes it. so there’s no issue on this i guess. anyhow i need to ensure myself will not be tagged unnecessarily.. haha.. article from Technolog.