Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Pretty fly for a guy in a mech suit - Titanfall controller!

Take a look at this beauty! I get home from work after some overtime and what does Dan, (my other half) have in his hands? A Titanfall controller! They had a couple of controllers in stock in Leeds GAME when he was having a browse, so he picked one straight up!

It took a few seconds to open that little circular clear sticker at the bottom of the box - of course, I opened it carefully... But I was pretty excited, so I might have rushed it a bit. Inside the box, it came with 2 AA batteries and some health & safety information.

The controller actually feels a bit better than the original Xbox One controllers. One of the problems I have with the original Xbox One controller is that the seaming around the back of the pad is a bit raised and uncomfortable to hold for long periods of time. With the Titanfall controller, it feels a bit more rounded and smooth rather than seamed. The panels of plastic on each controller handle don't feel at all loose either, which is a problem I've seen on a few of the Xbone controllers during play and testing.

I'm pretty sure that I play Titanfall 300% better on it too.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

I am addicted to this game

I have a confession to make. I am addicted to Threes!

Threes is a game about numbers. And sliding tiles. 

There's an iOS version, which is right here!
There is also a browser version, right here. This one is my favourite, but it's a bit not official..
And in the past few days, an Android version was released... And that's right here.

No Windows Phone version though.... That sucks.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Jim Lee - Master of the comic book!

Hey everyone! It's been a while since I've written anything here. I've taken a step back from twinstickgaming.com for a while whilst I focus on weddings, my career, being short and other general Hollie things. I still want to continue writing however, so here is a little article about my favourite comic book artist.

So... Jim Lee.

Jim Lee is another comic book artist maestro, (I wrote about Fiona Staples some time ago on this very blog) most known for his pencilling and inking work with DC comics - specifically Batman: Hush. He started in the industry with work in Punisher War Journal and The Uncanny X-Men, where he hit it big and co-formed Image Comics, a publisher for independent comics. Image Comics is a fantastic concept - a platform for publishing where independent comic book artists and writers are not as restricted with their content.

He also designed and drew some comic book covers for the Gears of War comic series (notably #19, pictured left).

Jim Lee, top notch geezer
Batman: Hush is probably one of my all-time favourite Batman story arcs, panning a total of 12 comics (Batman #608-619). The series was pencilled by Jim Lee, with inking from Scott Williams, writing from Jeff Loeb and colouring by Alex Sinclair.

Jim Lee has a degree in medicine. His study of anatomy and muscle structure within his degree may have something to do with his passion for drawing heroes -well, I would definitely use a knowledge of the human body to my advantage if I were an artist!

He uses an F Lead pencil for the majority of his pencilling work, and a quill for inking.

Truly a master of his art!


Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Goodbye to Official Rock Band DLC

Hey! I'm new here, and wanted to introduce myself - I go by DarrenIndeed. I've been playing games for years, in fact my first memory is of playing Global Defence on the Master System back when I was about 2 or 3. I'm a huge SEGA fan, and I usually write for http://www.segashiro.com if you want to e-stalk my writings.

Since just before Guitar Hero 2 launched, I have been hopelessly addicted to the various music games Harmonix has put out, so it makes sense to me to use this for my first post here.

Yesterday was the last official release of Rock Band DLC, and after 271 consecutive weeks of music and over 4000 downloadable songs, I am sad to see it end. Harmonix have made this little video about Rock Bands' 5 years of releases and DLC. For now we still have RBN releases though, so there will still be new songs coming.

XBLA Microsoft Studio sale

Hey folks - another sale from Microsoft with Xbox LIVE, this one looks a bit better. I've taken this from Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson - I've added links for each title to the Xbox LIVE marketplace.

ContentOriginal PriceSale PriceSavings
Forza Horizon December IGN Pack40020050%
Trials Evolution120080033%
Trials Evolution: Origin of Pain40020050%
Magic 201380040050%
Castle Crashers120080033%
Pinball FX2 Tables
Trials HD80040050%
A World of Keflings80040050%
Full House Poker80040050%
Hydro Thunder120060050%
Dust: An Elysian Tail120060050%
Mark of the Ninja120060050%
Nike+ Kinect Training Upper Body and Core Workout40020050%
Nike+ Kinect Training (Games on Demand)?£24.99?
Magic 2013 Expansion Pack40020050%

These are on sale until Monday 8th April. Deal of the Week is still on, will be posting this up shortly.

(P.S - Castle Crashers and Deadlight are great!)

Sunday, 31 March 2013

April Fools! No, these are actually the deals for XBLA tomorrow...

    Happy Easter all!

    There's a one day sale on Xbox LIVE to celebrate April Fools tomorrow. I honestly don't know if they're real or fake - because to be honest, it is a pretty shocking sale. Unless you're looking for DLC for nearly 5 year old Fallout 3, then you're in luck! 

    Here are the deals as copied from Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson. Please note that some Microsoft Point prices might differ a tad, as these are the American prices.

    Spring SaleOriginal Sale PriceSavings
    Assassin’s Creed 3 Season Pass 2400160033%
    Battlefield 3 Aftermath120060050%
    Fallout 3 : Point Lookout80020075%
    Fallout 3: Mothership Zeta80020075%
    Fallout 3: Broken Steel80020075%
    Fallout 3: The Pitt80020075%
    Fallout 3: Operation Anchorage80020075%
    Dishonored – Dunwall City Trials40016060%
    The Amazing Spider-Man GonD$49.99$19.9960%
    *Prices and availability will vary by Xbox LIVE region. Prices for Games on Demand titles are show in US $
    Please check your local dashboard or Xbox.com for specific content pricing and availability.

      Here's for hoping that this is indeed an Easter/April Fools joke, and loads of egg-sellent Games on Demand games are on sale for super cheep. Oh no I didn't!

So I realised I've not done enough articles on Comic books or Art...

...So lets combine the two!

I've recently got hooked on a comic book series called Saga. It's an independent series, published by Image comics - so might sadly get overlooked by the casual comic browser. It's written by Brian K. Vaughan (writer and producer for multiple series of Lost, comic series Ex Machina and Y: The Last Man, the latter of which is currently being adapted to film) and Fiona Staples (various art in comics over the past decade).

Saga is a unique epic fantasy/science fiction story, reminiscent of nothing you've ever read as a comic book before, with hints of Star Wars with Shakespearian mystical character design (on drugs). So far, the basis of the story is following that of a child, and their parents Marko and Alana, a pairing of 2 soldiers united by the wars of their species. The artwork is simply flawless, and some of the best I've seen around in a comic book. There are some explicit scenes in the comic books, so mature readers suggested.

I've got the urge to spew loads about this story and the characters it involves, but you really need to find out for yourself why it's so good. After all, there is a race of people with televisions for heads...

You can feast your eyes on the first issue of the comic here, I definitely recommend it!

Also, if you get reaaaaaally hooked off of that first comic, and you're left wanting more, here is the link to the Amazon page. You can pick up the first 6 comics as a graphic novel currently for a mere £6.75.