Have you ever heard of Slayer? Lately I have been hooked on it. Coming from the age of Metallica, Slayer possesses similar styles and their music seems to be inspired by well hate. Kick-start your Slayer frenzy with the awesome song, Skeletons of Society possessing even more awesome lyrics and riffs which really gets your head banging:
“Minutes seem like days when fires ruled the skies, the rich became the beggar and fool became the wise! “
The song is about inequality, but what I like most about it is the way the chorus is chanted out. Amidst the heavy guitar riffs almost in a priest like way the vocalist changes tones and seriously chants: “Scenes of death are all I see, Fragments of what used to be”
Now enough of Metallica style music. Heavy metal ain't all about that you know. A must listen to song for all heavy metal nuts is obviously the classic the awesome, the inspiring, the enigmatic, the poetic, Fear of the Dark by Iron Maiden. You shouldn't be born if you don't listen to this song. I would rate it as perhaps the best song made by the BEST heavy metal band in the world. Fear of the Dark is one song, which sets everyone's hearts racing. Starting in a soft way with a legendary intro riff, which gets everyone humming. Bruce Dickinson sings softly,
“I am the man who walks alone and when I am walking a dark road. At night I am strolling through the path, when the light begins to change…”
Then suddenly there is a shift, the guitars all go into overdrive and then the chorus. If the chorus doesn't make you jump out of your seats or doesn't get you head banging I would eat my leg. Fear of the dark inspires I tell you. If you want a couple more Maiden songs to go with it, listen to the balladic, cover song from their new album Dance of Death or something much more soothing, Infinite Dreams from the album Seventh Son of A Seven Son. That's all for today and oh you haven't heard the last of Iron Maiden from me. Up for the greatest band in the world!! Next week we shift gears to something way lighter!
For gaming, nothing beats a PS2 except maybe a Ps3
Now, many of you may have noticed by now that there's something different about the RS centrefold. No, it's not the new 'Girl Power' section. It's that a lot of these game reviews say 'PS2 Game Review' instead of 'PC Game Review'. I've been informed that there's been a significant amount of feedback asking why there are so many PS2 reviews and of course, asking what a PS2 is. So, for every reader that's going to cringe at this article, whining “What the hell? I know what a bloody PS2 is… sod off with the patronising!” there will be many more who will still be scratching their heads, still in the dark about this mysterious 'PS2' thingy. So, for the benefit of all you 'deshi gamers: here's an article that explains the What-Why-When-Where-Who-and-maybe-the-How of the Sony PlayStation 2. More importantly, this article is to help you decide whether you would prefer to invest in the PS2 as your gaming machine over a Gaming PC.
Firstly, I'd like to apologise to everyone since this article comes about five years too late. Also, the Xbox 360 has been released and the PS3 is almost there. However, early 'deshi adopters of the PS3 (and the 360) should be few, if any. Thus, the time is still right for a PS2. Read on.
To make a long and boring history short:
Now, if you really want to know about all this in more detail, just visit the WikiPedia site.
Okay, now for the important bits.
The PS2, on the other hand, is a videogame console. A PC's job, yes even a Gaming PC's, is to be a multipurpose tool whereas a PS2 is a dedicated gaming beast.
You use the intuitive DualShock 2 controller to direct the action and the drama. Every button is where you need it to be and the pressure-sensitive (e.g. hold X harder to accelerate a car faster, tilt the Analog stick farther to run faster, etc.) Analog Sticks give you a level of control that's unmatched by the WASD PC set-up. Many new PC 'game-pads' follow the DualShock 2 configuration. Why? Simply because the DualShock 2 is arguably the perfect controller.
The following points explain exactly what makes a PS2 something that your hard-earned money should be spent on.
1 PS2 + 1 TV + Multitap + 4 controllers + bunch of mates = PARTAAAAAAY!
Play games like Katamari or ICO and see if anything on the PC can even compare (apart from the brilliant Half-Life 2 of course but what's one amazing game compared to hundreds of amazing games, eh)! Another great thing is that once a PS2 game is developed, it's a final decision. Unlike PC games that often need to be patched up, fixed (and in the case, of pirated games cracked); PS2 games are the final product. Since you can't update them, developers go that extra distance to make sure the game actually works. This extra bit of attention goes a long way to ensuring a quality product something that PC games can't always boast about.
Yes, there are stinkers in every gaming library and the PS2 has its fair share of the mediocre, poor and abysmal (but less in proportion to PC and Xbox, mind you). However, the sheer quality and quantity offered by the PS2's top tier titles (and trust me, the PS2 has a lot of those!) easily offsets that fact.
Remember that 'PS2 Games of Winter 2005' list I wrote up? That was just for one month (they came out in November) of releases and I originally started with a list of 36, by the way!
Once again, I'll also admit that the PS2 is a less-than stellar machine for playing your First Person Shooters you can't beat a mouse/keyboard combo for an FPS. While there are few quality FPSs on the PS2, it's the whole multiplayer set-up that once again makes it somewhat superior to the PC. Sadly, if you're looking for Real-Time Strategy games, the PS2 won't help.
And last, but not least… The Price
The PS2 seems to be a no-brainer here.
If you have any queries, comments, suggestions, etc. please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Should you be confused even after reading all this, once again, my e-mail address awaits.
By Le Chupacabra
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