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Tech Review: Facerig

review-facerigFacerig is a very unusual program where you can actually have a lot of fun. So much fun in fact, That I have literally spent a few hours alone on it, just talking to myself and learning the software so I can make some funny videos later.

However, I’ve found a few notable problems with the software and after a quick Google search I’ve learned that they are either still working on fixing them, or that the developers have stopped caring about fixing them.20131215151557-FaceRig_alpha-stage_03_-_Copy

When I first tried recording with the software, I was met with a loud hissing and static noise that made it impossible to hear my own voice. The problem was that the software doesn’t auto-detect your microphone/headset, rather it sets its own default (even if it’s disabled). This was odd, but regardless I set it to my headset and moved on. But even after doing that, recording with FRAPS was also pointless because it still detected the audio input according to the earlier settings.

But after trying LoiLo I was finally able to clear up the audio for recording and it was pretty great. I really enjoyed it overall, however after restarting the program I found out that the software does not save all of your settings and you must manually reset your microphone and headset each and every time you want to use the software.FaceRig Games

Now this is what I meant by the developers not fixing the issue yet after a quick Google search I learned that this has been a persistent problem for the software and even after a year you think they would fix it but they haven’t so far.

But let us move on to the actual software, it does have a lot of variation and once you do get your webcam working and microphone working for lipsync the animations you can do are incredible, however this all goes without saying that you got to make sure its all probably being detected by the software each and every time you use it.

Their exporting feature also for video and audio is a little disappointing which is the reason why I am relying heavily on using Loilo or FRAPS for the software to get better results, they even have a green screen feature for the software which is amazing for editing the images into other videos but if you are using AVS or other software it won’t be as good as you would hope.maxresdefault

All in all by its own right the software is remarkably fun and I have literally killed a bunch of time on it and the bugs I have encountered although widely known has not stopped people such as myself and others from using it.

I recommend you pick up the software and give it a try sometime it’s really amazing.

-Daniel Clatworthy-

Haven Review: The Bug Butcher

BugTitleFirst up is our disclaimer. We received this game for review purposes only, and as such all opinions in this review are our own. No money has been exchanged for this review.

When you hear the term “shoot-em-up”, your first reaction isn’t to take it literally. Well, it is now! Introducing The Bug Butcher, developed and published by Awfully Nice Studios. In this fast-action arcade blaster, you start out with a basic pulse gun with which you shoot at monsters falling from the ceiling. It’s literally a shoot-em-UP! These bad guys are essentially large, mean rubber balls that bounce and careen around the room. This means you must run back and forth across the floor to keep up with them, while not getting crushed in the process.
Picture1When you are positioned directly beneath a foe, fire your weapon. This will split the spherical denizen into two separate, smaller monsters. These smaller ones are less tough, but they move faster. Shoot them again until they turn into gold coins that you can pick up and spend later for special perks and weapon upgrades.
JuiceDuring combat, strange things can happen. A ceiling snake suddenly descends, grabbing a hapless NPC. Quickly shoot it down and the NPC returns to duty, albeit a bit dazed. Also, useful power-ups appear on the floor. One power-up, for instance will grant you extra running speed, while others increase your gun’s damage and rate of fire. Be sure to grab these!

Upgrade1After you complete each round, you’re able to spend collected coins on various weapons, power-ups and perks:

Weapons include machine guns, lasers and rockets; a marked improvement over your basic pellet pistol.
Power-ups include temporary invincibility, homing missiles and elemental grenades.
Perks include speed boosts, protective shields and combo attack enhancements.

The game is fast; very fast. I therefore recommend using a controller, rather than mouse and keyboard. In fact, I would go so far as to say it’s virtually impossible to beat the game with the latter.

There are three degrees of difficulty from which to choose: Easy, Medium and Hard. There are also three distinct “game modes”: Arcade Missions, Panic (Single Player) and Panic (Local Co-op). All this variety provides a welcome degree of challenge within an otherwise repetitive arcade experience. The difficulty levels are self-explanatory, so let’s examine the game modes:

LaserArcade Missions starts off with a quick tutorial and a training stage. After that, there are five story stages with six missions per stage. Coin-redeemed upgrades are persistent throughout the story and can be removed/replaced after each stage.
Panic (Single Player) is an endless survival variation of the Arcade mode, and monster waves are more intense here. To compensate, you can press ESC at any time during a stage to redeem coins for upgrades! Unfortunately, these upgrades do not persist; they are good for the current stage only.
Panic (Local Co-op) is identical to the Single Player, except that another player can join you in battle. What’s more, you can actually revive your partner when they fall!
FireAll in all, the game is a heart-pounding bullet-fest. The enemies, while similar in bouncy proclivity, sport unique effects when shot. You’re certainly in for a few surprises as you make little ones out of big ones.

So is The Bug Butcher worth it? For fans of arcade shooters with healthy doses of dodging, rolling and running, the answer is yes. Priced on Steam at $8 (USD), it’s a good value. Add its 31 Steam achievements and it’s even better. If, however you’re a staunch PC user who’s not inclined to plug in a USB controller, you may opt for a different game. But before you do, I’d recommend investing in an XBox/PS compatible device and giving this title a try. It’s simple, repetitive action. But for that reason it’s great for learning how to use a controller.
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Haven Review: Way of the Samurai 4

First up is our disclaimer.  We received this software for review purposes only, and as such all opinions in this article are our own. We have not been paid in any way to review this product.

Ever watch Rurouni Kenshin? (Samurai X) the story about Himura the Battousai is a ronin who travels around helping people with his unique fighting style. This game is nothing like that although you can make yourself look at Kenshin.

The story starts out with you disembarking from a tiny row boat only to find the place where you moored your boat has a fight breaking out between some Europeans and group that hates Europeans and also some local officials. Right from the start you have to pick a side but don’t worry you can apologize about it later if you think you choose wrong!2015-07-29_00002

Once the game starts it gives you a in game tutorial on how to draw your sword and kick a lot of ass by slicing people into pieces! You can even reverse your sword and not kill people just like Himura but tragically this won’t beat everyone so you actually still need to kill people.

Which kinda makes me a little bummed out I want to play through the game not having to kill anyone kinda like Deus Ex but its just not possible.

Now as you progress through the game you can slaughter random citizens for fun or traveling Samurai and other Ronin however if you get caught you are sent to prison. But don’t worry, even prison is amazing in this game as you get tortured by the emperors daughters for their and your sexual arousal.2015-07-28_00006  I am not joking when this happened my jaw dropped and my wife began to laugh hysterically. I was not expecting this and it even got stranger from there when I found out you can have a lot of one night stands with Geisha’s and other women in the game.

An the game isn’t even picky on the people you can seduce you can literally sleep with some guys wife, a elderly grandma and all the young girls and whores you want. 2015-07-28_00003It even keeps track of the people you have slept with and tells you their blood type!

Overall the game is a port from its PlayStation 3 counterpart from a little while back but that doesn’t mean it has lost its charm if anything having it on the PC (Steam) just gives a whole new reason for people to play it. Ultimately it is a very enjoyable title and I had a lot of fun playing it despite how awkward it made things for me at times.

-Daniel Clatworthy-