OCMS News October 2009

Left 4 Dead 2 Demo Impressions
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Last night I got a nice little surprise. I managed to score a copy of the demo for Left 4 Dead 2. I don’t think I could have been happier if I had found the lost city of Atlantis. Okay, maybe that’s an overstatement, but still, it’s an awesome find. Xbox 360 owners supposedly have to pre-purchase the full game to download the demo, but that may not be so for PC gamers. Since OCmodshop has a press account for Steam we were able to download it when it was available, but I’m not sure if it’s available for everyone. So I installed and played the content that was available. And I liked what I saw.

Saw: The PC Game: The Review
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I couldn’t think of a better game to review on the eve of Halloween than one based on torture devices and cringe-inducing deaths at the hands of the infamous Jigsaw killer. Zombie Studios and Konami, the marvelous guys behind Silent Hill, have brought the Saw series to life in the third-person survival horror game SAW. I’m kind of glad they didn’t do some ridiculous spin on words for the title. Those three little letters are still enough to send shivers down our spines when we think of all the painful ways that the creators of the Saw franchise have come up with to kill those undeserving of the lives they were given.

Otterbox 2600 Airtight PDA Case Review
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Like most Armor series cases, the 2600 PDA case looks very hardcore at first glance. With the bulk of this thing, you’d think one would be carrying some diamonds or a kidney. There is a heck of a lot of case here, which is most likely due to the fact that the 2600 case is designed to fit 99% of the PDAs on the market.

Brutal Legend Review
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Mixing action, humor, and heavy metal, Brutal Legend makes a statement as one of the most enjoyable and unique games in recent years.

Players take on the role of Eddie Riggs, a roadie who after an accident winds up a in a bizarre heavy metal themed world where demons and other deadly creatures run amuck and have enslaved the human race.

Undaunted, Eddie armed with his trusty battle axe and deadly guitar sets off to battle the bizarre demonic hordes and save the day. When not cleaving them with his axe or launching deadly guitar solos, Eddie can summon objects and awesome cars which he can use to mow down legions of bad guys as the metal music plays on.

Rosewill RCM-8163 Web Camera Review
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
So what’s the hype on this webcam? Well, it can take still pictures with a resolution of five mega pixels (when used with the software)… which is definitely better than most of our lame camera phones. Also, for the consumer on the move, this webcam is plug-and-play, which means you don’t have to install any of the drivers unless you want to use some of the more advanced features of the webcam. If you do want to use the drivers, they are available on the included installation disk as well as downloadable from www.rosewill.com.

Obscure: The Aftermath for PSP
Monday, October 12, 2009
In 2008, Hydravision Interactive released the next installment of the game called Obscure II: The Aftermath. Set two years after the events of the first game, Aftermath takes place at a college nearby known as Fallcreek University. Everything seems to be normal here except for a new drug that is becoming increasingly popular, made from crushing and inhaling the fumes from a flower that is appearing all over the campus. While at a party one night, the plant’s effects turn deadly, and monsters start appearing everywhere. The students from the original game are now taking medication to fiend any effects from killer plants, and it doesn’t seem to affect them when they inhale the fumes.

Other students, however, turn into giant beasts and kill those who don’t. The scene outside the house where the party is located is very gruesome, bodies are ripped apart, one girl is even impaled on the sharp spines of the outside gate. The graphics of the game carried very well from the larger console version, no detail was spared.

Need for Speed: Shift (PSP) Review
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
When I saw an online ad for the PSP port of Need For Speed: Shift, and watched some gameplay on Youtube, I had to check it out. Street racing, time challenges, drifting… all in one? Had to be pretty sweet, and the graphics looked great even on the small screen. So I scored a copy of it, got it home, and with high hopes and a full battery I gave it a good run. I found excitement and disappointment alike, but who doesn’t with most games today?

The PSP was just one of the many gaming options that Shift was made available to. It also came out for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3. Retailing at $39.99, you can purchase it at any gaming location or from the official EA store. I strolled on down to Gamestop and got my copy for the retail price and proceeded to do most of my testing in the parking lot outside. I got some strange looks from the people in the Subway next door, but screw ’em

Sharkoon Magnetic Anti-Vibration Fan Gasket Review
Monday, October 05, 2009
The design of the case may constrain effective airflow strategies. For example, some home theater cases use several smaller (and therefore noisier) fans because of the small dimensions of the box. Other cases intended for overclocking may not have enough airflow, and would benefit from additional fans in strategic places. Upgrading your system’s cooling beyond the case’s original design may require physical modification, such as drilling holes and cutting the case.

But what if you could add a fan virtually anywhere without reaching for the Dremel? Sharkoon has an innovative product that not allows you to stick a fan anywhere while making your case more silent at the same time. This product is the Sharkoon Anti-Vibration Magnetic Fan Gasket.

Guitar Hero 5 Review
Sunday, October 04, 2009
Following on the success of its preceding title, Guitar Hero World Tour, Activision brings gamers Guitar Hero 5. Building on the popularity of playing in a four-person band experience, GH5 opens up opportunities not just to play a new, if somewhat eclectic, playlist, it also gives players the freedom to play lead and bass guitar, drums, and vocals in whatever combination they want. If your little brother won’t give up lead guitar, have a band with two leads. Or two basses. Whatever!

The game is available as a standalone title, allowing players to use existing compatible instrument controllers, and as a bundle that provides these controllers. The new GH5 guitar sports an all-new faceplate and rebuilt neck slider for a completely new guitar experience.

Verbatim Quad-Interface 500GB External Hard Drive Review
Saturday, October 03, 2009
I don’t know how many times I’ve needed to back up my hard drive for a reinstall of my OS and been left wanting because I didn’t have any place to put all my pictures and data. I’ve had to rewrite several articles and reviews do to exactly such a scenario. It’s a sad fact, but if you store your most valuable data on your main HDD, there’s a good chance you’ll lose it. My only problem with external HDD space is that even with USB 2.0, it’s still slow as Hell when it comes to large file transfers. Ever had to move 50 Gig of video files over a USB connection? It’s like dial-up, man. But Verbatim has stepped up to the plate and served a little more than a homerun. Try four of them.