I have been ill (flu) most of last week, proper stay in bed flu, but it did give me time to catch up on some Anime DVDs.
I watched Rune soldier vols 2-4 which I enjoyed and I will be on the look out for the last two volumes, a fun anime with a good mix of everything, slightly generic.
I really liked the original Excel Saga DVDs for there bizarre self parody and bonkers plot, so I looked forward to getting the follow up PuniPuni Poemy, but was ultimately disappointed, to weird and above all else to perverted, not funny, not clever I can see why they only managed two episodes.
Over the weekend I have been playing a lot of Half Life 2, this game is amazing, so much is possible with the Havok physics engine.
For instance there is a point the game where you must defend a small corridor from multiple attackers coming from various directions.
I spent 5 mins before the battle was triggered by collecting all the loose furniture, filling cabinets, barrels, tables etc and completely baricading one entrance, thus I had only to defend the other entrance.
The computer AI is also good, most of the soldiers gave up after giving the barrier a push and circled around to the other entrance, but eventually one did push his way through, but was easily dispatched.
The games changes a lot from mindless zombies, clever soldiers, squad based action and controlling a buggy, a crane and hover-craft, with lots of puzzle solving like taking the floating barrels under water and adding them to a cage that raise the ramp that you jump over with the hover-craft to get to the next section.
Nearly everything this game does is VERY good, including the story line characters and locations etc.