We all had Ocean Eyes for Owl City’s first major album, and began to see All Things Bright And Beautiful after his secoand, is it time to pay a visit to The Midsummer Station? Adam Young of Owl City has revealed the cover art for his new album that is yet to be released. He did so in an odd but fan favorite way, he let them reveal the cover bit by bit through a challenge he presented them. The cover is now public and of course the fans are in awe of the majestic beauty derived from the scene on the cover for his next album. The date is set and August 14, 2012 the world will be able to enjoy yet another journey provided by the tunes created by Owl City.
A lot of people are wondering if they should trade their old PSP systems for the Vita. In my opinion, the Vita will be a huge upgrade and is worth every penny of the 250$+ that it will cost you. There are different models of the PS Vita, some with WiFi only and some with 3G + WiFi. As of now, in order to use the 3G model, you have to have 3G service through AT&T. Another thing to think about when getting your Vita, is memory cards. You will have to have one in order to update, save and etc. The memory cards start out at 25$ for a 4gb and go all the way up to 100$ for a 32 gb. As of now, they are only four different memory card choices. Your best choice, for the average gamer, would be an 8gb memory card for 35$.
So what all can it do? The Vita allows cross play between the PS3 and itself. This means that you can pause a game on your PS3 and pick up where you left off on your Vita and vice versa. Also, You can use your Vita as a PS3 controller and play multiplayer games with your friends as long as said game is Vita compatible. All trophies earned on your Vita games will show up on your PS3 for you friends to see, so you can add more ammunition to your bragging rights.
The Vita also has front and rear cameras and uses augmented reality. Incase you do not know what augmented reality is, I will tell you. Augmented reality uses your cameras to put your games into your home environment. Example: If you are playing a duck hunting game in your living room, you’ll see your living room on your screen and it will look like ducks are flying around in your living room!!
Don’t worry, you will still have Dual Analog sticks and even built in microphone and speakers. It also has Six Axis Motion Sensor technology. This allows you to tilt and steer your Vita to make your gaming experience seem as real as possible. If that doesn’t impress you, maybe the 5” OLED touch screen will. OLED works without a backlight and is even clearer than LCD. It emits less light, using less battery power, yet it displays over 16 million colors. Did I mention the back of the Vita is also touch compatible? I’m not sure if a system yet has given you as many options to have so much control over your games.
The game cartridges are not at all like the other PSP disks. They are designed to not break as easy. This also means that any game you have currently for your PSP will not work with your Vita. This may upset some people, but honestly, I do not think it is a big deal. The PSP 1000, 2000, and 3000 model could play the same games, yet the PSP Go did not even use game cartridges. (The Vita will not be as fail as the PSP Go so please do not think that). You will have to buy new games, but the reason for this is, the games are designed to fit this system. The Vita offers many different ways to control your games and uses things that no other system even has, so of course, the games would have to be made different than any current PSP game.
The Vita will be released on February 22, 2012. The basic model is 250$. Here are some games that are being released for the Vita: Fifa, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Ridge Racer, Resistance: Burning Skies, Ben 10, Galactic Racing, and much more of many various categories. I think that no matter what type of game you are into, you’ll find a game for yourself on the Vita. (This list does not include any DLC from the PSN, nor it is a complete list of games that will be released). While the Vita will most likely set you back around 350$ to get the system, memory card, and a game, I believe that it will be well worth it and will revolutionize gaming.
People always say to me, “Angie, which game is better for online play: Modern Warfare 3 or Battlefield 3?” My answer is Black Ops, but for the sake of this article, I’ll stick to the two previously mentioned. I hate to say this because I, myself, am a CoD fangirl, but MW3 did not meet the standards that many players wanted in their online play. Nearly everyone was in love with Modern Warfare 2 and, to be honest, Modern Warfare 3 is just not as good. Another issue with Modern Warfare 3, apart from broken spawns allowing you to be spawn killed dozens of times in a row, the graphics looking a little odd, and the play just not feeling right, their was a manufacturing error in the disks. This error caused the majority of the Xbox 360 disks to throw an error, “Disk Unreadable”, even though the games were new. If the place you purchase your copy from allows you to purchase a warranty, I suggest doing so. Take it from the girl who was only able to play one match before receiving the error. Luckily, I had a copy for PS3 as well.
Most game modes in MW3 allow the players to be somewhat independent and allow players to spend more time trash talking. On BF3, you actually can choose from classes that will help your team win, rather than everyone running around with noobtubes and submachine guns. Battlefield 3 is much more team based than MW3. Also, BF3 has a destructible environment (which I LOVE). While they are both shooters, they are almost entirely different. One thing that I wish both these games would adopt is a concept brought to us by Homefront. In Homefront, if you spawn kill, the kill would not get added to your kill streak, nor did you receive any points for doing so. Personally, I think spawn camping ruins the games for a lot of players, especially new players. Adding this to these games would reduce the amount of players who rage quit and/or throw their controller through their TV screen.
So, based on the differences that each game has, and with the differences being so major, I say “No, it is not fair to compare these two games”. All in all, Modern Warfare 3 had an amazing campaign. It even brought tears to my eyes, but don’t worry, no spoilers will be given here. If you want your journey with Price and Soap to continue, play the campaign. Even if you hate the online play, you will love the storyline. I mean, don’t you want to know who, if anyone, kills Makarov? As for Battlefield 3, it is a beautiful game that I highly recommend giving a try if you want that real army experience without leaving your couch (and without having to be as in shape, of course).
Everything is bigger in New York City-the buildings, the crowds, the traffic congestion, and now Apple’s newest retail store. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple opened a new store in the Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan, New York last week at 10am on Friday, December 9th. This makes the fifth Apple store in New York City and one of three-hundred worldwide. It overlooks the main concourse on the east and northeast balconies. According to Apple, 2,500 people awaited the store’s grand opening and had received nearly 4,000 visitors before noon. To date, this is the biggest of Apple’s stores; spanning 23,000 square feet.
While the store itself has all the necessities of your typical Apple store, aesthetically it’s conformed to the style of the historical landmark. One feature very unique to this store would be the fifteen minute” express classes” on the use of Apple’s products. These classes are intended for commuters who are looking to kill time between departures. Also offered through iPhone apps are self-checkout and personal pick-up services for the customers on the go.
Even though Apple is not sharing revenues (unlike other venders in the building) with the Metropolitan Transit Authority- the company owning the Grand Central Terminal- they believe Apple’s presence quadruples rent and will strongly increase foot traffic to other retailers in the same area. Apple is shelling out $180 per square foot over their ten year lease on the space. Apple’s bill for the commercial space also includes paying $5 million to buy out the lease of the prior tenant, $1.1 million for yearly rent, and $2.5 million for construction. This is certainly a big bite for the big apple! The next time you’re experiencing the enormous grandeur of the city that never sleeps, stop by Grand Central and see Apple’s huge new store for yourself!
On November 8, 2011 the long awaited Modern Warfare 3 is coming out for sales at many stores around the country. Being the third game in the Modern Warfare series it has a lot of hype, and expectation behind it. Some games don’t live up to that expectation but Infinity Ward never fails us. Sledgehammer Games and Infinity Ward are working on the game together in hopes that it will turn out great. Chart sells for the pre-orders of the game are around three million, which breaks a pre-ordering sell history.
The reviled locations in the game are United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Africa, India, Russia, and Czech Republic. The variety of areas you can visit in this game is wide and gives you a since of how the war is affecting the whole world. There is four main Act’s in Modern Warfare 3 and that is Black Tuesday, Mind the Gap, Hunter Killer, and Iron Lady. The Campaign isn’t very long though no Call of Duty game has a long story, it has an effective one. Price and “Soap”return to the third game of the series after being in both the original games.
The Multiplayer part of the game has some mixtures of Call of Duty 4, and Modern Warfare 2 but have some changes to it as well. There is 80 levels in prestige mode, new and removed perks, two new game types, there is 16 maps on the disc and there bringing back split screen multiplayer online. The two new game types are Kill Confirmed and Team Defender. Kill Confirmed is like Team Deathmatch and the objective of the game is to kill the enemy and collect his dog-tags. The objective of Team Defender is the team grabs a flag and the team defends the person who has the flag. The team holding the flag gets double points, the winner is the person with the most points at the end of the game.
Modern Warfare releases at sixty dollars and there is a midnight release at Gamestop at 12am. All true gamer’s will be attending this event and getting their copies first. Much sleep will be lost that night just be prepared for class.