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TP-LINK | TL-841N Wireless-N Router

Good day everyone! I’m so excited this week as I’ve got my hands on my new TP-LINK wireless router, namely the TL-841N. Not to mention, I bought it yesterday, June 2, in PCHub SM Fairview branch, while I was with my girlfriend, for 1820 bucks. Check it out.

Along with the TL-841N Wireless Router, the box comes with its designated adapter, an RJ45/LAN cable, Setup CD and product manual.

The TL-841N is a TP-LINK Wireless-N Router product that is designed mostly for Home & Office use, or the so-called SOHO (Small Office/Home Office). Technologically, it packs with the latest Wireless-N or the IEEE 802.11n, which transmits data for up to 300mbps. A router that is capable of transmitting Wireless-N (IEEE 802.11n) data, which is up to 300mbps, is 6x better than a Wireless-G (IEEE 802.11g) which is capable at a maximum of 54mbps. Also, there exists routers that transmits 150mbps which is what they call as Wireless-N draft routers or Wireless-N lite.

300mbps is good enough in sharing media files and/or streaming HD videos. I have tried watching the latest Girls’ Generation-TTS – Twinkle music video that is stored in my desktop’s harddrive to my ASUS K73SV notebook. It streams the video flawlessly, considering that it is a 1080P mkv video with a file size of not more than 200MB. The TL-841N is still using the currently common 2.4GHz transmitting frequency. In my own test a while ago, it took me 12 minutes to copy a total of 7GB folder from my notebook to my PC, which is quite impressive. Seeing that, I was glad that I can utilize the 300mbps Wireless-N feature of my new TP-LINK router.

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Using Windows 7’s HomeGroup, I decided to connect all my devices, including my Desktop PC, my ASUS notebook, and even my older sister’s Toshiba notebook, so we can share files easily, or stream them on-the-go. I configured the router using my web browser and utilized the MAC Filtering feature so that, only our devices can access the router’s signal, that also includes my PlayStation 3 (I use the internet to access PlayStation Network, sync my trophies, download demos and stuffs, and also to stream my media files straight to my TV) and my older sister’s Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S Android Phone (so she can access the internet).

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The router is placed on the 2nd level of my house, right next to my Desktop PC, near my ISP’s Modem device, and to my surprise, my PlayStation 3 (which is located in the 1st level of my house) can still receive the best signal from the internet. Thanks to the built-in Dual 5dbi Antenna. In a test I made together with my older sister, using her Android phone, we learned that she can still access the router even outside our house, near the residential highway. Take note that it also depends on the receiving device’ capability, and in our test, it was her phone. I wonder if a better device, like a notebook, can reach. Anyhow, we concluded that the router performs very well, more than what it should meet.

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The router is easy to configure, as it comes with a setup CD that can guide you to modify the settings of the router, based on your preference.

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Alternatively, you can access the control center of the router and change the common stuffs, as well as perform advanced features of the device through your web browser, by typing the IP address: 192.168.0.1.

The design of the TL-841N is quite simplistic, mostly made of plastic, but if you can notice, the designers of the product considered that not all countries has cold weather. It comes with light indicators, together with the corresponding symbols so users can easily understand. Check it out, lots of holes for ventilation!

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At the rear part of the router, aside from the un-attachable omni-directional dual 5dbi antennas, comes the Power button, the Factory Reset button, the QSS button, a DC IN, a WAN port for connecting your ISP’s Modem, and 4 extra 10/100 Gigabit LAN ports for wired devices.

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Before I conclude, here’s the Unboxing video of the TP-LINK TL-841N Wireless Router:

In conclusion, the TL-841N Wireless Router is a very good performing full Wireless-N router by TP-LINK. It wasn’t my first Wireless Router, by the way. My old one is a Wireless-G Edimax BR-6204WLG I bought as a bargain (and now I’m selling it) from an old student which is so hard to configure. In that experience, I became sensitive upon choosing which brand to buy, and which model. I wasn’t good in Cisco networking too, back in college days so I have less idea on the technologies used in networking (but learned a lot when I started configuring this device). I’ve been choosing between the 150mbps TP-LINK WR740N or this one. But I was relieved that there’s no regret, I bought a very good product, and TP-LINK also. Check this product out in the official website. Hope to get my hands on another TP-LINK product!

|> 소녀시대 (Girls’ Generation) TTS (TaeTiSeo) – Twinkle

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2011 | Need For Speed: The Run

Developer: EA Black Box, Firebrand Games (Wii/3DS)
Publisher: Electronic Arts, Sega (Japan)
Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Wii, 3DS, Mobile
Genre(s): Street Racing
Mode: Single-Player; Multi-Player
First Released: November 15, 2011
Played on: Microsoft Windows

2010 is done with Need For Speed Hot Pursuit and for 2011, we have EA’s street racing game Need For Speed The Run. In The Run, you play as a guy named Jack and you are a made-man, chased by some rich people for having so much debt, and there goes a racing competition that will take place from San Francisco until you reach the outskirts of New York city. Having heard of the competition, Jack decided to get in and settle all of his debts once and for all as his last resort, racing 1st. In the game, aside from driving, you will meet story sequences that will make you press something in your machine in accordance to what is shown on the screen. It is a Need For Speed Hot Pursuit game added with a story.

I finished the game just last week, and the number one thing I have noticed so far is that, the game is short, specially the Story mode. You race from San Francisco to New York from being the 200th placer and once you reach 1st, then you’re simply done. But anyway, before I tell you the real conclusion, let’s take a look at the graphics first. Below are some screenshots of the game while I’m playing Story mode, using none other than our favorite recording utility, Fraps.

Here is a screenshot of a Porsche 918 RSR in an ongoing Race:

If you have noticed, the car detail is quite impressive, a little better than how the cars in Hot Pursuit was presented. Lighting is quite nice too, making the terrain and the environment look much more captivating, also better than Hot Pursuit. If you have read my Hot Pursuit review, I told there that the game flawlessly works well, except the heavy loading times and the framedropping encounters during cinematic cuts. Well The Run loads faster but unfortunately, framedropping is still present and believe it or not, much more disappointing. There is also a large complaint by most hardcore gamers about the game.

The Run is heavily capped to render up to 30 frames-per-second only, so if you have Fraps installed and running, you’ll see “30” on your screen most of the time, plus the framedropping issue, even if you have the fastest GPU out there. Well, if there is a fix, then that could do but it sounds impossible for a release. Here is a video of a race with Mila and her sister (opponents in the game):

Anyway, going back to the graphics, there are so many cinematic cuts in the game. One is the presentation of the stages, let’s say San Francisco, wherein the game shows how the stages will look like, just like the picture below:

It looks good at first as it is just an image, but sadly, the real thing is that, when you are actually playing and watching the cinematic cut, you’ll experience a lot of framedrops, resulting for you to get annoyed and skip the scene (if you could, but there’s no way!). In fact, the scene is made in low resolution, lower than your native resolution, and I believe, lower than 1280×720 (coz’ that’s the resolution I’m using while recording with Fraps).

Next, other scenes like the ones below,

looks much better, with almost no framedrops and the likes. Good thing coz’ that’s a real rendering of your GPU, not a video being played in the game or something like that. Actually there are a few scenes like this in the game, so cherish every moment you’ll see heavy effects like this, ok?

Back to the cinematics, I am so sorry I haven’t had any Jack-moment videos. But why? Well, simply because those scenes are really made up of crappy rendering, heavy framedrops and… well, annoying storyline, so leave it just like that if you don’t wanna see a disappointment. Sigh, they even used Frostbite 2.0 for rendering the physics of the scenes, but looks like EA Black Box forgot about the quality of the PC port (good for you console gamers).

Sounds. I turned off the music and played my own playlist in Windows Media Player coz’ I thought EA messed up with the EA Trax since the release of Need For Speed Carbon, loaded with crappy music. Sound effects are satisfying. However, if you were watching the cinematics, because of the framedrops, you’ll end up with the word “disappointing”.

Other than Multiplayer, you can still play the game in solo in Challenge Series, which is also present in most recent Need For Speed games. There, you’ll race to complete lots of objectives and earn rewards or earn experiences so you can level up your profile.

All in all, the game is good, if you’re into a street racing game like me. Played the game first on my 2-year old custom Core i7 Rig equipped with a “still kicking former beast” ATI Radeon HD 4850, with very good performance (videos were taken using this machine), and then transferred all my savegames and finished story mode using my new 17.3-incher Core i5 and GT540m-equipped ASUS K73SV multimedia notebook (works flawless too!) the night when my girlfriend also finished the game called “Life Quest”. The contradicts are the 30fps limit, the heavy framedrops and very short Story mode, however, I still enjoyed playing the game for an estimated 3 days. It might sound like another disappointment to EA Black Box (after failing to attract audiences in 2009’s Need For Speed Undercover), but it’s a good attempt to try combining a racing game and an action game into one. Good game! Crappy features…

Again, here’s another video of the game, with Porsche 918 RSR and Shadows Fall playing in the background:

|> Shadows Fall – Redemption

2010 | Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit

Developer: Criterion Games, EA Digital Illusions CE, Exient Entertainment (Wii)
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Wii
Genre(s): Street Racing
Mode: Single-Player; Multi-Player
First Released: November 16, 2010
Played on: Microsoft Windows

This is Electronic Arts’ street racing rendition of the Need For Speed series for the year 2010, just before the Christmas Eve. Also, this is the 4th game by Criterion Games (who were famous for making the Burnout series which I really liked). Need For Speed games developed after Most Wanted, from 2006 to 2008, including Carbon, ProStreet and Undercover, were all huge disappointments, atleast for me. After the fresh success of Shift back in 2009, EA decided to bring back the street racing and action together in a Need For Speed title, and because the Burnout series’ became famous for the “bumping and busting cars” element, EA put Criterion games to develop the new game instead of EA Blackbox. So what they did is bring a police story aside from the usual street racers chased by cops. This means that we play both as a cop and a street racer, and chase each faction to gain level and unlock new cars, missions, race locations and most importantly, race weapons.

It’s true. This Need For Speed game will let you drive the famous REVENTON car by Lamborgini. As you can see, the REVENTON looked exactly as what we can see it in real life (if you can really see it in real life). Great details and lighting effects. Aside from cars from Lamborghini, there are also real and concept cars by Porshe, Pagani, Dodge, Chevrolet (including the 2010 Camaro used for Bumblebee in the movie Transformers), and many more. But these are just cars. Let’s take a look at the graphics during a race.

Up there is a screenshot of the game during a Gauntlet race, wherein you are solely chased by cops. What I’ve noticed during gameplay is that, the game can render graphics as fast as how we enjoy a race. I cannot see any major bug in the game. AI is great because: your enemy racers are good enough to beat you at times, that makes you throw your controller or smash your keyboard down; your enemy cops can make you annoy most of the time. In short, enemy AI is well produced. I have no complaints on it. My GPU is ATI RADEON HD4850 with 512MB memory, and I can play the game at the very maximum settings at a screen resolution of 1360×768. I had no lag or framerate drop issues, and I believe I can still play this game in maximum settings with 1920×1080 screen resolution.

Next thing I noticed are a few bugs that, well, not really frustrating but just can make you laugh at times. There was a time when I was playing a Duel race and then my enemy racer crashed his car and stuck in an edge and after that, it does not move again. Weird but funny.

The game, as I’ve said before, made me play as both a Street Racer and a Cop, both with different profile management, both with some different exclusive cars as well as weapons to use. Weapons you can use during the game are: EMP – makes you fire the opponent in front of you; Spike Strip – if you’ve played Most Wanted, you know this already; Jammer – a Street Racer exclusive that can distract the race, turn off your opponents’ gps and weapons for a short period of time; Helicopter – exclusive to cops, can help you chase cars and deploy spike strips; and Turbo.

The console version (PS3, Xbox 360) have the ability to use custom music/playlist saved from the system’s hard drive, but the PC version lacks that feature. In anyway, that is not a problem for PC users as we can always turn off the in-game music and turn on our favorite media players, just make sure to reserve more RAM.

Also, the game includes Autolog system which basically is the menu of the game, features Online capabilities, specially if you have Facebook, it can send information in your wall feeds regarding your recent race, etc. Good idea? of course.

Because of these almost-flawless features of Need For Speed Hot Pursuit, I will, without a doubt, buy myself the PS3 version, just for trophies. Too bad there’s no 2-player split screen, oh well there’s online multiplayer anyway.

Below is a race footage I just recorded with Fraps earlier. It is a Gauntlet match and I have Slapshock’s Carino Brutal and In Flames’ Reflect the Storm playing in the background. Take a look:

Final Score: 9.5
Final Commet: “Action, Racing, Adrenaline Rush. All combined.”

|> Oasis – Some Might Say

2007 | Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune

If you’re looking for games that will see what and how powerful your PlayStation 3 is, try this game out. It’s a game from Naughty Dog, yes the guys behind the super popular platformer games like Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter. You might see this game as a platformer game but aside from that, it combines Action-Adventure and Third-person shooting elements into one epic game.

Developer: Naughty Dog
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform: PlayStation 3
Genre(s): Action-adventure, Third-person shooter, Platformer
Mode: Single-Player
First Released: November 20, 2007 (NA)
Native Resolution: 720P

I played this game very late. I mean, it’s been 3 years already. 2007 was the time this game released and 2010 was the time I played it (my brother actually). The gameplay is a bit similar to Naughty Dog’s earlier games like Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter, however, among these platformer games, Uncharted stayed away from the fictious animals jumping from platform to platform and instead, applied the platformer genre to a more realistic game with a combination of third-person shooting formula. Honestly, I haven’t played Jak and Daxter in console. As for Crash Bandicoot, it’s just one out of many games I’m always looking for, sadly, there’s no more sequels after Naughty Dog handed the franchise to various video game developers.

In Uncharted, basically, you control the protagonist of the game named Nathan “Nate” Drake, for his search for the lost treasure of El Dorado, which was hinted by his great grandfather Sir Francis Drake. You are accompanied by your friend Sully (Victor Sullivan) as well as Elena Fisher (a journalist). As the game progress, you should be able to pass various obstacles such as jumping into platforms, swim from lands, use ropes and wall-climbing. Aside from that, you will have to defeat hundreds of pirates on your way to finding the treasure, that is, by using various weapons/guns that can be found in the area. Also, you can try using melee attacks and execute combo attacks which is really a requirement so you can achieve some in-game trophies.

Graphics, on the other hand, is extremely admirable. You can compare the graphics of this game to 2009’s Just Cause 2. They both have some similarity and the fact that Uncharted is a 2-years-ago game than Just Cause 2, it’s easy to say that the game really is pretty impressive. Almost all the objects in the environment of the game are moving. Trees, the lake, almost all of it. Another impressive thing is the lighting effects, which you can easily tell that the graphics is super realistic.

Naughty Dog just did the right thing to coincide the greatness of the story and gameplay with the addition of its treasure-hunting-themed sound effects. It’s like you’re playing Tomb Raider or watching National Treasure: Book of Secrets. Anyhow, I’m still impressed, that the sound effects didn’t get in the way to the games epic-ness.

Here is something I could show of to you. Just made this video yesterday and uploaded in my YouTube account just a few moments ago:


This video features some story and gameplay scenes from the game, acquired from GameTrailers.com and background music from In Flames’ 2008 A Sense of Purpose release entitled “The Chosen Pessimist”. You can try watching this video directly from Youtube.

The Final Judgment:

Packaging: 10/10 – I love how the cover looks like and best of all, it has an image on the back of the title sleeve. Mine is Region 1, released for North America, same cover as the image above.
Graphics: 9.5/10 – The graphics seems so updated, even if you play it just now. Too bad it is only in 720P. I also noticed that the game loads pretty slow on start-up. Still, a very impressive title for a 2007 PS3-exclusive release.
Sound: 10/10 – I don’t know what to say. It just suits for the game.
Gameplay: 9.5/10 – The game utilized almost the best controls. A bit hard for a shooting game, but if you are used to Analog controls in console game, you’ll probably be one who could kill 10 pirates in just a sec. The game also have a high replay value, although you have to update your game with the latest patch to activate in-game trophies.
Story: 9/10 – The story, so far, is a bit common with the likes of Tomb Raider and the movie National Treasure. Still, the game managed to separate itself by adding some funny scenes.
Overall: 9.6

|> In Flames – The Chosen Pessimist

2010 | Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp

Alright so finally, T-Ara’s Park JiYeon’s recent movie is up on the internet, illegally. I was looking for it since september, waiting and waiting. Thanks to our dearest DVD rippers out there, the movie is now in our hands :]

Other Name: Gosa 2
Directed By: Yoo Sun Dong
Released: 2010
Genre: Horror; Drama
Cast: Kim SooRo, Park JiYeon (T-ARA), Hwang Jeong-Eum, Yoon Si-Yoon , Park Eun-Bin, etc.
Ripped From: DVD
Subtitle: English (.srt)
File Format: DivX (.avi) | approx. 700MB

Download Links:

Movie: Megaupload | MediaFire Folder (001 002 003 004 005 006 007 008 009 010 011 012 013 014)
English Subtitles: Megaupload | MediaFire

*Megaupload Links fully credited to Asianent’s effort.
*MediaFire links are uploaded by me. MediaFire links have password “iamsad”. MediaFire links are split into 14 files, 50MB each file. Use HJSplit to join all 14 parts. Please do not take out these links.

Off this topic, I am somehow sad about our T-Ara Jiyeon’s latest controversy. I know you guys you would say that Jiyeon really looked like the girl in the video. To be honest, I agree. I can’t deny it and it’s bothering me. Jiyeon is my favorite in T-Ara and she’s the reason why I started to love this idol girl group. Still, I’m waiting yet wishing that this controversy was just a hoax. I will still believe in Jiyeon. The fact that the company, Core Contents Media, T-Ara, Jiyeon’s family and friends, and even Jiyeon herself admitted that the girl in the video wasn’t her but a look-a-like, I feel more energy and hope to keep on believing her side. I hope this controversy will be resolved as soon as possible. We at TIARAdiadem are feeling depressed. 😦

Anyhow, please enjoy this horror movie from JiYeon and the rest of veteran actors/actresses present in this movie. As far as I know, this would be Jiyeon and Kim SooRo’s second project together. First being the KBS2 TV series, God of Study, which I have finished watching a while ago, back in May 2010. Please do thank the original uploaders and sources of this re-blogged topic. Thank you Asian ENT. I will watch this movie well 🙂

|> The Clash – Death or Glory

Finished Amnesia – The Dark Descent? Check this out…

Today, I have finished “2010’s Most Frightening Horror Video Game” Amnesia – The Dark Descent. I am satisfied. I have acquired the Good ending. I used a walkthrough by Adenosine from GameFAQs.

I found out that after finishing the game, you can access to some exclusive contents of the game such as Art, early concept designs, alpha stage gameplay videos and demonstrations. To access it, here’s what you do:

-Go to Program Files\Amnesia – The Dark Descent\redist folder. (In my case “Program Files(x86)” since I’m using a 64-bit version of Windows 7.)

-Find super_secret.rar. This file can be opened by programs such as WinRAR,
WinZIP, or 7Zip.

-Try to extract it. It will ask for a password.

-Copy and paste this password: lke271tyr299odn314

-The password is actually assembled. Each part of them, lke271, tyr299, and
odn314 are given at the end of the credits when you finish a game. You
get one of these depending on the type of ending you get. (I got odn314, since I have finished the game in Good ending.)

* If you downloaded your game from Steam and you don’t see the file called
super_secret.rar in the redist folder, they say you just have to restart
steam and Amnesia will be updated with the file.

-The super_secret.rar file contains concept art, designs, documents, and
videos involved in the game’s development.

Credits to Adenosine.

Anyway, here are the photos for the concept art, designs and the videos:
Here are the photos that you’ll find in the C:\Program Files (x86)\Amnesia – The Dark Descent\redist\super_secret\super_secret\art\creatures & characters\ folder:




Here are the photos that you’ll find in the C:\Program Files (x86)\Amnesia – The Dark Descent\redist\super_secret\super_secret\art\environments\ folder:









and I also uploaded the Videos through my YouTube channel:




|> BoA – Dangerous

13,000 Hits!!!

Oh God, this is totally awesome. I’m starting to feel like everything is great. 13,000 hits after a couple of months ^^ Thanks to all of you guys, those that view my weblog once and those who always keeps in touch with it. I will try to work harder. I will try to not disappoint you guys. I have a lot of ideas coming in my mind and here are some things I will be working on the next few months:

-Programming Tutorials
-Software development news
-More Music reviews
-Better K-Pop information
-Wii (Dolphin) reviews

As I have said, I have a lot of things in my mind and those things listed are just four out of many of it. Just relax guys, I will be working on ’em soon ^_^ and thanks again 😀

|> 동방신기 (TVXQ) – Love in the Ice

2010 | Dante’s Inferno

Alright, so yesterday, I had a very good training day in ACI. Around 3PM, I was searching TipidPC for almost all my interests (PC parts, programming, and PS3 games). I found something really interesting. That is, someone is selling off his Dante’s Inferno! I got excited coz’ he’s selling it for 1.2K only. It’s Region 3 and the greatest thing is, it’s a Death Edition one. So i rushed up, sending the seller a message, inquired about the blu-ray game and ta-da! deal set. Around 6PM, training’s done. I remember I told the seller that the meeting place should be in Gateway Mall. He said he’ll be a little late so I should wander around the mall for a moment. I tried windows shopping at Odyssey record bar and saw a lot of my favorite K-Pop artists’ CDs. Also, I saw a lot of my favorite metal and punk bands in that record bar, and there’s even Lamb of God’s latest release, Wrath. There’s also some copies of Trivium’s Ascendancy, Faith No More CDs and other rock n’ roll bands. I told myself, isn’t it 7:30PM already? So, I came out of Odysey and tried sending another sms message to Sir remotecontrolweekend of TipidPC. Later on, I started to feel like I should pee for a moment. On the way to the nearest comfort room, I received remotecontrolweekend‘s sms message, and he told me that he’s already in Gateway Mall. So after pee-ing, I rushed to the Lacoste shop in the second floor. There, I saw a guy wearing an Almost shirt. It was him. No, actually, it wasn’t him, but he’s Sir remotecontrolweekend‘s younger brother. He gave me the Blu-ray then, I gave him my money. We had a little chit chat then…deal’s over. It was fast, and thanks to sir remotecontrolweekend of tpc again for the game. I was really happy back then and I really want to go home already.

Around 8:30PM, finally I’m home. I setup my PlayStation 3, took some caps of the game, and then tried playing it for a bit.

DANTE’S INFERNO


Developer(s): Visceral Games; Artificial Mind and Movement (PSP)
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Writer: Will Rokos
Platform(s): PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360
Genre(s): Third-person hack and slash, action-adventure
Mode: Single-Player
First Released: February 4, 2010 (AUS)
Native Resolution: 720P
Played On: PlayStation 3

My copy is Region 3 and is a Death Edition one. Dante’s Inferno was released with another special edition called “Divine Edition”, but it wasn’t a big deal though.

So back to the game, Dante’s Inferno is a hack n’ slash game similar to God of War series that is based on the poem The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. Believe it or not, I’m very interested of the poem, since 4th year high school. It was one of the “many” topics I presented back in that moment, that’s why this game will be very familiar to me. I’m so familiar with the story, and the Nine Circles of hell and some other things involved in it. It combines Greek myths, ancient Italy, Islamic and Christian beliefs as well as the Arabic ones. So it was really a twist to me seeing Dante in this game, killing the devils instead of just passing it by (as depicted in the poem) to save his wife, Beatrice with the help of is co-Florentine poet, Virgil.

This game was heavily compared to fellow hack n’ slash games God of War 3 and Bayonetta. Well, I won’t say anything since, I’m good with GoW series will love Bayonetta once I bought my copy. All I can say is that, Dante’s Inferno tried its very best, and I’m satisfied with it. I guess, it’s just that it’s hard to make competition these days, especially, GoW has already achieved a strong fanbase.

The Death Edition includes the Blu-ray game, redeemable code, digital artwork, commentary and interviews, digital English copy of the whole poem and some other minor things like the box art. I love how the packaging looked like. It was satisfying, though it was just a box.

Lastly, here’s a Youtube video of Dante’s Inferno together with Slayer’s Raining Blood playing in the background:

And now it’s time for my personal ratings:

Packaging:
8/10 – it would be better if they use material other than paper. If ever the Death Edition was spilled with some water, well, it’s ruined. So my advice is, to keep your box out of your sight a.s.a.p.
Graphics: 8/10 – not the best graphics but still it’s enough to satisfy the current taste of the gamers out there. It has a native resolution of 720P, unfortunately.
Sound: 9/10 – I love the background music, I think it’s just “OK” and appropriate with the game’s atmosphere. It wasn’t perfect coz’ I think the developer’s can still give us a better one, it’s just that they’re lazy (as said in other forums…). And it would be better if the thrash metal band Slayer is featured in this game, i’m sure this will rock, right EA?
Gameplay: 7.5/10 – the gameplay is a bit too simple, that Dante can only use that never-get-some-rust Death Scythe.
Story: 9.5/10 – The story is the number one thing that made me buy this game first over Bayonetta. Coz’ I’m a fan of The divine Comedy, although some people, and somehow me, thinks that the game ruined the story, still, it’s worth the watch.
Overall: 8.4 – Dante’s Inferno is a great game for you hack n’ slash fans. I’ really sure you would enjoy it, even for a while.

|> Slayer – Hell Awaits

Samsung F480 – A Quick Review

Hi all..! Today I’m gonna let you join me unboxing and checking out my newest mobile phone, the Samsung SGH-F480.
Basically, this is considered one out of many iPhone killers in the market, and of course, if we say “killer”, that means there’s some killer features this phone has.

First announced on February 2008 and better known by many as the Tocco, this phone kicks off the market with a 5-megapixel camera and touchscreen interface. The 5-megapixel camera can do almost anything as a typical camera has nowadays, such as smile shot, panorama shot, etc. Also, it can record 15fps videos in QVGA resolution, enough for daily uses specially if you’re a blogger. There’s a service called ShoZu wherein you can easily write posts and attach images and videos to your blog straight from your phone.

Although it lacks Wi-Fi, you can still make fast web connection via its HSDPA function which runs at a maximum 7.2mbps bandwidth rate, fast enough to download new multimedia goodies from the Samsung Fun club service. This phone is equipped with HAPTIC TFT touchscreen display, that can render 256 thousand colors, plus a vibration feedback, so you’ll have to use your thumb instead of stylus, and feel the vibration feature.

The F480 uses a propriety software called TouchWiz. It is designed specifically for touchscreen phones so all you have to do is to get used to it. Video-call is there and a second front VGA camera is present, but does not allow you to take photos from it. The Audio player is built well enough. It can arrange your music catalog from Artists, Genres, Albums, Year, and so on, so make sure to always check your tags. The audio player can read MP3s and AACs, at a maximum storage of 16GB, aside from its built-in 226mb phone memory, via its MicroSD slot hidden to the left side of the phone.

The phone is as thick as a AA battery and resembles a lot like a credit/ATM card. This chic design is targeted mostly for female and feminine-like guys. Because of its small size, you can easily slip it in your pocket, just like a wallet. The F480 is generally considered as a younger brother of the SGH-i900 Omnia, as they share the same interface and most features, while the Omnia has a lot more such as Windows Mobile and a larger screen.

It came up with a free 2008 Beijing Olympics backpack. Unboxing the phone will give you a lot more included accessories such as an extra leather case and some more typical accessories such as the PC Suite, stereo earphones, USB data cable, etc.

After all, it depends on you’re everyday use. The TouchWiz has surely something it can show off, but to my experience, it is in fact as easy as what I’ve expected. Everything is user-friendly. The screen response is so great, but if you aren’t satified, you can always modify it via its system option. Although the lack of QWERTY keyboard is a downside, the built-in keyboard is still understandable. It fails occasionally but you can always cope up with it. Sending text messages can surely take you a few more seconds slower than a regular cellphone with a physical keypad. Well, that’s how touchscreen phones does. But at least it is responsive enough. Video playback can be best enjoyed to video files with a file extension of .mp4 and is decoded in Xvid (MPEG-4), with a resolution of 320×240, 400~1000 kbps bitrate, 44100 sample frequency and 192Kbps audio. Of course, there are some other alternatives such as the low-quality 3GP video files. However, the mentioned settings of MP4 video files is still my best advice, specially when watching movies.

The bulit-in web browser, NetFront, can do its thing well. It wasn’t flexible enough. And if you’re not satisfied then you can always download a version of Opera and Opera Mini, which is comercially free. The only installed game is Photo Puzzle, where you can also load your own photo from your memory with a resolution not higher than VGA. If you’re bored then you can try to download games via its internet browser.

What else is there? Bluetooth 2.0, yes. InfraRed? no. But if you want the real goodies, then just plug in your phone to your computer and start copying your favorite MP3 files, as well as good wallpapers and even movies.

The life cycle of this phone can be predicted to 10 years, well atleast for me. The hardware quality is good enough. The silver glossy finish looks so classy, but soon enough, like half a year, it will start detaching and will definitely make this phone ugly. But the time all of those glossy finish detached, soon this phone will completely be colored black, and it’s fine in my opinion. The screen can endure so much that it can resist some scratches and the constant tapping. The overall case is made of stainless steel. The battery which is Li-lon 1000 mAh can let you talk 250 hours until getting drained.

Overall, this phone surely is an iPhone Killer, atleast for now.

|> Slipknot – Gematria (The Killing Name)