Sam’s Rant – I Am Holding Down Triangle!

29 04 2015

Far Cry 3

Recently, I have been replaying Far Cry 3 on my PS3. It’s been an enjoyable experience, replaying one of my absolute favourite games and re-experiencing the story and re-interacting with the characters along with the fun of exploration, hunting, crafting and of course; shooting bad guys. There is one thing however that really perturbs me: Healing.

Far Cry 3 Syringe

Healing is a very important thing of course. I can’t possibly count the number of times I have found myself in combat and needing to heal because I (as in the character I am playing) am losing health. Most of the time, when it comes to healing, all I need to do is hold down the triangle button and I either perform self first aid on myself or more likely stab myself with a healing syringe in the arm. Healing myself though for the benefit of staying alive is not the thing that perturbs me about healing; it’s being asked to hold down triangle when I already am holding down triangle to heal myself when in a certain situation of needing to heal. This usually comes in the form of me being on fire.

Far Cry 3 Fire

Fire is something that is hard to miss in this game, especially when so many villainous characters carry around Molotov Cocktails and Flamethrowers, as well as the number of fires in camps which I always end up walking past that burn me, but not the other characters for some unexplained/unexplored reason.  Anyway, in the cases that I find myself on fire, I instantly know this fact and hold down triangle to heal myself/put out the fire. At this point though the game tells me to hold down triangle to put out the fire. As I am already holding down triangle to heal myself from being on fire, I would assume the game would automatically do what it is prompting me about. Unfortunately however, it does not and so to put the fire out on me, I have to release triangle and hold down again.

PS3 Controller

So, I am on fire, and cannot heal when it tells me to put out the fire; and when you are in the middle of a firefight with a bunch of guys who probably prefer it that you are on fire, and therefore lose health; it’s probably not all that helpful prompting me to do things even though I am already doing that thing in the first place, but still require me being told to do and redo that in order to heal myself and no longer be on fire, and not do that until I do so. It’s a complicated issue, and one that being kind of obvious happening to you, even if it is not actually real, you should be able to do without being prompted to do it. So, being the case, as the game is made, I cannot possibly count the number of times I have found myself in a firefight and mildly shouting under breath at the game saying “I am holding down triangle!”, but still have to redo all of it to accomplish it. It’s sort of like finding yourself in a situation where you have a broken leg and need to ring for an Ambulance, which you do, but then get prompted by some text in front of your eyes (or maybe more likely someone passing you by telling you that you should ring for an Ambulance) telling you to ring for an Ambulance and then not able to ring for the Ambulance (even though you already are) until you ring for an Ambulance.

UK Ambulance

Anyway, I completed Far Cry 3 for the second time on Sunday and so for the time being I don’t necessarily have to worry about holding down triangle whenever I get burned by a camp fire.

Far Cry 3 AK-47

GENEPOOL (While I do consider this one of my favourite games, this is not the first time I have raised a complaint about it).

Sam’s Rant – Multiplayer Games; Re-Post

23 03 2013

Multiplayer Games (eHow)

To celebrate reaching my 250th Post, I thought that for my 251st I would re-post my very first post (which was actually written 1 year before I started the blog). I have also updated the posts with Links and Pictures for both your viewing pleasure but also to show you how much I have advanced since I started way back in November 2009, Enjoy.

SNES Controller

Before I start this rant I would like to point out that I actually love games and do buy them and have a lot of fun with them.

My Week

Multiplayer games are something that can get on my nerves. Mainly online multiplayer games. The biggest problem for me is that everyone that I play against is better than me, bully me and try to lower my self-esteem. This is also the case when playing Super Smash Bros Melee on the Game Cube in K101 (A room at my previous college), that is if I can play at all because some people hog the console and don’t allow anyone else to play it.

Super Smash Bros. Melee (Nintendo - 2001)

All right SSBM is not an online game but it is a multiplayer game. One major problem about online multiplayers is the game modes are the same and when playing with other people they use the same tactics over and over again (but they won’t allow me to do that). Let me tell you that I like playing Unreal Tournament 2004 after college and it can be quite fun hearing other people moan for a change when they get killed. Some people do a thing called camping (why is it called that?). As far as I see it there is nothing wrong with it, it’s just like sniping in other shooting games. So why do these people who moan about campers, when at points in the game they do it themselves. Also they do something called boosting (why is this also called that?). Boosting involves pushing someone on your own team forward. Surely if it makes the player move quicker you could finish the game more quickly. This could also be used to cover by pushing your friend (or ex friend after playing the game) forward, they get shot and you take out the baddie.

Unreal Tournament 2004 (Epic Games - 2004)

Also why are multiplayer options (apparently) better than the normal single player in major BIG GAMES? OK in SSBM the single player is the biggest problem of the game, in fact it’s BORING. But in a game as big (or in my opinion PANTS) as HALO 3, surely the single player is better. Well according to most people, it’s not. This is also the case in Gears of War and maybe even Gears of War 2 (POO). I like playing multiplayer games with my friends; this is because for most of my life I live as a loner (at least I did back in 2008). In fact I hardly ever get to play a multiplayer game with friends because they might be doing something else. In some circumstances it maybe they have a job, this is fine, they have to make money one way or another.

Gears of War (Epic Games - 2006)

Most people playing online see me as either some new boy or someone to pick one, so they all target me (Mario Kart Wii).

Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo - 2008)

You may still be saying to yourself “why is HALO 3 PANTS”. The multiplayer is the same game every time you play it; people target you in multiplayer and its PANTS. Put some new characters, weapons, vehicles and levels in it. In my opinion one of the best multiplayer games around is 007 Nightfire on the Game Cube. There are multiple modes, multiple characters, multiple levels and the multiplayer is actually fun. It’s a good laugh with friends and people don’t moan when you are camping (oh wait that’s a different game).

007 Nightfire (Electronic Arts - 2002)

Fighting games are actually a lot of fun. My Favourite is still Mortal Kombat because it is fun and it has a range of funability and isn’t ruined with university grad students all over the internet trying to ruin your day. TEKKEN 4 was a good multiplayer game (I don’t have it; I was playing the free version in GAME). But games like SSBM and Soul Calibur ruin some of that funification by adding lots of stupid combos for players thinking it will be even more fun, but in actual fact it ruins your day by practicing for a full day in the practice mode and you have to memorize all of these.

Mortal Kombat (Mortal Kombat Series Logo)

Racing games are the best multiplayer games because it is just racing, and all you have to do is go faster than everybody else, EASY. OK here I go and you are not going to like this one little bit but the thing after it is going to be worse.


OK, MMO’s are RUBBISH (apart from the new Animal Crossing on Wii). MMO’s are all the same; well to be far most are the same. Fantasy Medieval World with spells and swords. If you want to see how rubbish watch the Fable and Fable 2 reviews on Zero Punctuation. In order to be the best you have to get skill points and get more skill points but even if you get all the PANTS skill points there are there is still going to be someone better than you. I thought SPORE was going to have something of an MMO in it but NOOOOOOOOOOO. Also World of Warcraft is the same in every PANTS expansion pack there is. Be the hero and kill the Lich King for the one Millionth time. You could just form a group of friends but if they are at work (or down the pub going YAY or COME ON YOU BROWNS to the football, Drinking or pursuing Women) you can’t play and get killed for the one Gillionth time (a Gillion is a new number that I created about 7 years ago). EVE Online is really the only game I have thought about playing because it looks like it’s the only one that works. Why doesn’t someone make an MMO about Pirates, that could be FUN?

World of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment - 2004)

In all seriousness I like playing multiplayer games but other people can ruin it by being mean to one another. Here’s my tip, ADD SOME FUNIFICATION TO MULTIPLAYER GAMES AND LEAVE THE COMPETITIVENESS FOR THE CGS.

GENEPOOL (I was about 19 Years Old when I first wrote this)

Sam’s Rant – Curly Wurly Price Increase

6 02 2013

Cadbury Curly Wurly

It has been a long time since I did a Rant, but there are major reasons why that is. Mainly because it involves having to split the ones which are safe to do and those that are too personal. Another reason could be that there has not been much to (safe) Rant about. That was until the other day when I was at University and wanted to buy a Curly Wurly.

Kelloggs Nutri-Grain Elevenses

Well I had just had lunch and was going to do some work in the library, so I went to buy a drink and a snack. After looking through all the cake bar things and finding absolutely nothing that seemed edible, in particular I was looking for one of those Nutri-Grain Elevenses Bakes things which have the bad marketing scheme of aiming it at the Elevenses market because most people (like me) would buy them any time of the day therefore beating their purpose completely pretty much like what people do for After Eights but when you think about almost any time of day is after eight because even 5 am is after 8 yesterday. When it says After Eight, which eight are they talking about, although you could see it as a pun for after you ate, hahahahahahahahaha.

Nestle After Eight

Any way I was looking for a Nutri-Grain Elevenses Bakes and upon finding nothing went into the mainstream chocolate collection and decided to buy a Curly Wurly. I knew it would only cost me 20p because they have always only cost 20p, un less you think of those extra-long ones which are only available to buy in Bath at the Cadbury’s Shop or Kraftwerk shop if you want to be pedantic and cost something like £1.40 which does not make sense seeing as a Curly Wurly is only 20p and so the Extra Long ones should only be 40p, it’s simple math’s KRAFTWERK.


Anyway, now that I had my Curly Wurly and a Strawberry Milkshake bottle thing, so not exactly a Milkshake, more like bottled milk, which is pretty much how it comes in the first place, after the cow that is. I went up to the checkout and discovered that the Curly Wurly was 35p, not 20p. Why? Why did you change the price Kraftwerk? Fine, you bought Cadbury’s but why did you then decide to increase the price of something cheap and popular. Well there could be many reasons, and while we are on the subject of Riesen’s, why do you not make them anymore, they were fantastic, Bring back Reasons and perhaps Spira’s too, thanks.

Riesen and Spira

Anyway, there maybe several reasons why they increased the price of Curly Wurly’s, including Money problems and buying out Cadbury’s in the first place. Well in that case it could be understandable. I know we are all in a Recession Thingy at the moment but still, WHY OH WHY DID YOU INCREASE THE PRICE OF THE CURLY WURLY BY 15p? This Rant is probably going to be just filled with more ways of saying the same question over and over again. But still, the point stands. Why do I have to pay an extra 15p for something that was originally and long lastingly just 20p? Bring Back the 20p Curly Wurly I say.

GENEPOOL (It’s Good To Be Back)

Sam’s Rant – Film Awards 2011

18 04 2012

Yes it is that time of the year when Good films are given Awards. The awards season has passed but who cares. It is time for the awards that matter to be handed out. So Let’s see who has won this year.

Best Actor – Nominations are: Aaron Eckhart in Battle Los Angeles, Andy Serkis in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Chris Hemsworth in Thor and Robert Downey Jr in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

The Winner is: Chris Hemsworth for playing Thor in Thor.

Best Supporting Actor – Nominations are: Idris Elba for playing Heimdall in Thor, Anthony Hopkins for playing Odin in Thor, Stephen Fry for playing Mycroft in SH:AGOS (simple form) and Scott Glenn for playing the wise man in Sucker Punch.

The Winner is: Idris Elba for his fantastic performance as Heimdall in Thor.

Best Actress – The Nominations are: Natalie Portman as Jane Foster in Thor, Elle Fanning as Alice Dainard in Super 8, Noomi Rapace as Madame Simza Heron in SH:AGOS and Michelle Rodriguez as Elena Santos in Battle Los Angeles.

The Winner is: Elle Fanning for her performance as Alice Dainard in Super 8.

Best Supporting Actress – The Nominations are: Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis in Thor, Jaimie Alexander as Sif in Thor and Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler in SH:AGOS.

The Winner is: Kat Dennings as the teenage like Darcy Lewis in Thor.

Most Disappointing film of the year – The Winner is: Sucker Punch. It looked good but the film was all over the place, it was harder to understand than Inception. It has some nice bits and good characters but it’s not as good as it could have been.

Best Improvement of the year – The Winner is: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Seeing as Part 1 is the Worst Film in the history of cinema part 2 was a good improvement and a nice end to the series, I am just so glad it is all over (if there was a ninth one I probably would have gone insane).

HP7P2 (Warner Bros. 2011)

Trailer of the Year – the Nominations are: Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Thor, Battle Los Angeles, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Super 8.

The Winner is: Super 8 for both the original trailer and its main trailer (preferably the original one).

Best Special Effects – The Nominations are: Super 8, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Battle Los Angeles, Thor and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

The Winner is: Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Super 8 (Joint Winner), The battle scenes and the robots in Transformers were amazing but Super 8’s camera work, lighting and effects as a whole cannot be ignored so that is why they hold the title together.

Super 8 and Transformers 3

One to Watch in 2012: at his point it is unlikely that the Legendary Pictures Godzilla film will be getting released this year and there is still no news on The Host Sequel, they would be the ones to watch but for now they are not. This award goes to a film I did not see coming and have already seen. I am looking forward to its home media release more than seeing any other film at the cinema this year. It is quite possibly my Favourite Non-Godzilla film (I will find out when it gets released on DVD). It is the Incredibly Fantastic film known as The Hunger Games.

The Hunger Games (Lionsgate - 2012)

Best Original Idea – The Nominations are: Super 8 and Battle Los Angeles

The Winner is: Battle Los Angeles for bringing back the Alien Invasion idea to the 21st Century and making it awesome once again (OK it is not as Good as Independence Day).

Best Character – The Winner is: Heimdall in Thor. An absolute beast of a man, an incredibly intimidating and cool character.

Best Cameo – The Winner is: Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in X-Men First Class telling Magneto and Xavier exactly what he thinks (WARNING: Contains Strong Language), it would be good to see him in any future films they do.

Best Director – The Nominations are: J. J. Abrams for Super 8, Michael Bay for Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Kenneth Branagh for Thor.

The Winner is: I was unsure if making a Super Hero film would work for someone like Kenneth Branagh but he has done an amazing job, he picked some of the finest actors who took on the roles just because he was Directing it. It was an incredible film and he has done an incredible job.

Now The Important One

Best Film of 2011: Just like previous years I will show my Top 5 with Number 1 being the best.

5. Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows

4. Super 8

3. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

2. Thor

1. The Best Film of 2011 is

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon

Roundup: Number of Award per film:

Sucker Punch – 1

HP7P2 – 1

X-Men First Class – 1

Battle Los Angeles – 1

The Hunger Games – 1

Transformers: Dark of the Moon – 2

Super 8 – 3

Thor – 5


Sam’s Rant – Fallout 3

14 01 2012

Before I start I would like to point out that I like playing Games and enjoy playing them. Yes, I don’t like the game all other gamers in the world like. You may wonder why, well the reason for that is IT IS TOOOOOOOOO DIFFICULT EVEN ON EASY MODE. I will explain this in more detail later. I really wanted to play this game when it first came out, it looked like fun. The idea of walking around a wasteland and all the things the game showed including a Giant Robot looked like so much fun. In 2010 I was coming home from college and I decided to buy a game. Now it was a difficult choice to make between Fallout 3 and Brϋtal Legend. I decided to go for Fallout 3 and by Brϋtal Legend later. I take it home and started playing it on my PS3.

The initial few levels were good fun inside the vault but then when you had to escape was difficult because you don’t have a decent weapon and people with Really Good Weapons are coming to kill you. After you escape you enter the bizarre wilderness and you walk around pointlessly for a bit until you find this nice small town where you can’t do anything you want to because you need to do jobs for people and don’t have any money: bottle caps. Yes somehow with no major government bottle caps are a form of legal tender. Perhaps you should find something completely pointless and use some major charm offensive and claim to someone it is worth millions of bottle caps. Well you end up doing jobs to get bottle caps. One of the first jobs I get is to go to a local super market and find out if there is anything there. Well I travel there and get attacked several times by some wild mutated Pigs/Dogs. I then get to the super market to discover there is a Giant Scorpion outside. I decide to use my BB Gun to try and shoot it but it only alerts it that I am in the area and it decides to come after me. So I try to deceive it thinking I am somewhere that I am not so I can go around it but somehow it is able to know exactly where I am and no matter what I do it keeps coming so I have nothing to do but to keep shooting at it with my pointless gun and then it kills me. It was at this point that I started to regret buying the game. So I go for an explore down to the riverside and then I get attacked again by some local people with spiked shoulder pads (so they must have been fans of the Road Warriors) and Good Weapons and then I think I got killed again. I then traded some supplies to get some better weapons but they don’t work because somebody thinks that Laser Guns work on batteries so I got killed some more by small Pigs/Dogs. So then I go back to the Super Market and meet a child who says his parents were attacked by Giant Ants and then I said I would help him but I did not get a chance to do so. Luckily the Giant Scorpion was not at the super market but inside were more local people so I avoid them and look in a box. I then go back to the small town and told the woman I checked the whole area just so I would not have to go back. I did some more jobs for her including making myself ill from radiation poisoning and I also had an explore around other places including a nearby empty school and after robbing everything I could find I decided to look through the town near the river to get to the next major objective but I ran into some more local people and a big Yellow Bloke. So I try to get away using a feature on my big green watch to get away but it won’t let me so I had to run away so it would let me do it. Then I decide to do the one thing I was most excited about doing which was blowing up the Nuke inside the town. I had to rig it up using a device and some drugs to make it possible for me to do it. I then had to travel to a nearby hotel to blow it up but on the way I got killed by another Pig/Dog and then I decided not play the game again and get rid of it. After months of trying to figure out how to get rid of it I finally trade it in and Get Brϋtal Legend instead which is a Much Better Game and not a Complete Waste of Time and Money.

There are a few things to like about Fallout 3 like The Robots, The 1920’s – 1940’s Music and………………………………………….. That’s about it really. So Yes, Fallout 3 is not as Fantastic as people were claiming it to be and if you want to play a Good Role Playing Game play Brϋtal Legend.


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