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    • A DiRTy Game.

      6 days ago

      DeadmanGT

      Now everyone has their favourite game series. My girlfriend's are Resident Evil, Tomb Raider and Mortal Kombat. My best mate has Bisohock and Fallout. 

      Now those of you who know me will know that mine are Halo, Gears of War, Crysis, Forza Motorsport and WWE. But there is one more, that is very special to me. DiRT.


      I have a lot of motorsport heroes, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Ayrton Senna and Jenson Button are just a few. But this series involves a hero of mine called Colin McRae.

      Colin McRae was a rally driver who started his career in the early 1990s. His father Jimmy and brother Alistair were also rally drivers, and all three won titles around the British Isles. But Colin went even further and became the first British driver to win the World Rally Championship in 1995.


      He was spectacular to watch with his pedal to the metal, all or nothing style. so when Codemasters, who make some of the best racers today, announced that they were making a Rally game endorsed by the man himself for the PS1, I was immediately interested. Colin McRae Rally was released in 1998, and I got to play it in a Virgin Megastore, as they were having a contest for its release. I set the fourth fastest time of the day, but it was so much fun, I wasn't really bothered by that.


      I finally got the game that Christmas, and I played it to death. Throwing that Subaru World Rally Car into the turns and sliding around was great, and in my estimation, was the best rally game ever at the time.


      So you can imagine, when the sequel, Colin McRae Rally 2 was announced, I was more than willing to get it. And I wasn't disappointed. New cars and new modes, it improved on the original in many ways.


      The third and fourth games came out for PS2 later on. As good as they were, they would be surpassed by Colin McRae Rally 2005, which even my mates, who mostly weren't rallying fans like me, enjoyed playing too. One of my memories is my mate Mike taking a Peugeot 205 Group B car round a stage and losing all his tyres and finishing the stage on four rims!! I had a great time with it. You could even rally a Ford Transit Supervan!!


      With the release of the X-Box 360 and the PS3, the series received a makeover. As well as rallying, the new game would incorporate Rallycross, Hillclimb and other off road racing such as buggies and trucks. The new look would bring a new name for the series: Colin McRae: DiRT.


      I actually didn't own this game until a couple of years ago, as I was playing a lot of other stuff at the time, but it was an instant classic, as the new off road disciplines added a new depth to the gameplay. Stadium trucks, Dakar trucks, buggies, hillclimb cars and trucks, and Rallycross cars along with the different classes of rally cars which had been a staple of the series, made this a must play.


      But then, a couple of years later, tragedy struck. Colin McRae sadly died in a helicopter crash in 2009. It was a terrible blow, as another British rallying hero, Richard Burns, also a WRC champion, had died a few years earlier. For me, another of my racing heroes was gone.


      However, at the time, Codemasters were working on a sequel to DiRT, enlisting Ken Block and other X-Games personalities to appear alongside the man himself. Sadly, McRae's death changed those plans. Ken Block became the new face of the series, but the game retained the Colin McRae name as a tribute. Colin McRae DiRT 2 was released in 2009 and was a fantastic game to play. More new disciplines and cars, and the new personalities made it a fun game, but Codemasters also made it their tribute and thank you to the man who helped start it.


      By 2011, DiRT 3 was on the way. It would be the first game to not feature McRae's name in the title, but to everyone, it was still the Colin McRae series. The introduction of Gymkhana, which is fast paced stunt driving, was a fun if challenging addition. DiRT 3 is in my top four games of the series, as I just couldn't put it down.


      A year or so later, the series had it's first spinoff, DiRT: Showdown. This was very different to the other games as there was no rallying present. In fact, the only link to any of the other games was the inclusion of Gymkhana. It was mainly off road style racing with banger style cars, demolition derbys, and a lot of goofy style stuff. While I had my initial doubts about it, it turned out to be great fun. 


      The series went on hiatus for a few years after that. As fun as Showdown was, many thought that the series needed to be about rallying, not hooning. So you can imagine when I heard that a new game, simply called DiRT Rally, was out on Steam on early access, I was eagerly anticipating it's full release on console. (I don't have a decent gaming PC yet.) That day came in May 2016.


      The game was a return to the series rallying roots. Out went Gymkhana, land rush and other off road racing, in came pure rallying, hill climb and the FIA World Rallycross championship. The handling was also tweaked, to give it more of a simulator feel. In short, this game is tough, but it's tough in a very fun way. I finally got it for my last birthday from my parents. I watched some of the gameplay videos on Youtube by guys like Kurt J Mac, Tiermetmarduk and Conedodger, and it looked pretty easy. Oh boy, was I wrong!!! But I didn't care, and still don't. It's a fantastic addition to the series, and I love it. But there was more to come.


      I'd heard about DiRT 4 a few months back, but due to the fact that money is a bit tight, and I still Had DiRT Rally to play, I thought "Sounds good to me, but I'll wait." So you can imagine my surprise when my girlfriend, Hayley bought me a present for our first anniversary: DiRT4!

      This one brings back buggies, trophy trucks and some aspects of Gymkhana, but still manages to concentrate a lot on rallying. You can even choose between gamer or simulation handling. The best part is that you can build your own team, which builds on the team concept from DiRT Rally. I've been having a great time playing this, and I've barely scratched the surface.


      This series is one of my absolute favourites. I love playing it and I love the fact that they have kept the McRae name in through the inclusion of cars, championships and liveries. Would the man himself approve? I think so. The series hasn't missed a step. I still own all of the titles, except the first Colin McRae Rally, Colin McRae 2003 and 2004. I hope one day that I can find some replacements for them. My overall favourites in the series are Colin McRae Rally 2, DiRT 3. DiRT Rally and DiRT 4. But all the games have been great fun and as far as I'm concerned, are a fitting tribute to one of the greatest racing heroes of all time.


      'Til All Are One.

    • Reunion.....

      3 weeks ago

      DeadmanGT

      I guess life can still surprise me sometimes. As the old saying goes, 'What a difference a few days can make.' Well, it has.


      A day or so ago, I thought that my relationship with my girlfriend was over, finished, done. I was down all week and looking at the single life once more. So imagine my surprise when I get a text message from her saying that she's sorry for what she said to me, and that she still loves me. 'Wow!', I think. How do I approach this? I suggested meeting to talk about things.


      Well, we met, and it was surreal, as when we'd talked for a while, she suddenly hugged me, crying, saying that she missed me. Which is good, because, despite what took place, I missed her too.


      So, we're back together, and I hope that we never fight like that again. It's too painful.


      And @ninjacake and @ailsarocks, Thank you so much for your support and kind words. It meant a lot. You guys are the greatest!!!!


      And another thing, for a long time now, I've ended my journals with the ol' Master Control Program's tag, End Of Line. I've been making some subtle changes to myself the last few days, so this is gonna be another. Some might recognise it.........



      'Til All Are One!!!

    • A pretty shitty weekend.

      4 weeks ago

      DeadmanGT

      It's Monday night, and I'm personally glad that this past weekend is dead and buried. Why? You may ask. Well over the course of the weekend, my girlfriend dumped me like a sack of potatoes.


      Why? Again you may ask. Well to cut a long story short, she didn't trust me, she didn't believe me and I don't really think that she loved me that much either, and I gave her no reason not to. Plus every time we disagreed, it was always MY fault! Yeah, it's shitty, but there's nothing I can do now, shes gone.


      So as you can imagine, I've been pretty low for the last day or so, as this is another mark in the loss column for me. And to be honest, at the age of 37, I'm pretty much ready to give up completely on the L word, as it never works out. And yes, @ailsarocks, I know I said the opposite to you not so long ago, but you have more going for you. As a slightly overweight, broke, bearded bloke in my late thirties, I'm not exactly a catch.


      Yeah, my confidence has taken a huge hit. I'm trying to cheer myself up by watching some of my favourite movies and stuff, but it's gonna take a while.


      Anyhow, just keeping you guys up to date. @ninjacake, I'm happy for your news, mate. I hope it goes well.


      End Of Line.

    • I. STILL. FUNCTION!

      1 month ago

      DeadmanGT

      Yep, I'm still here, I'm not dead yet! Just been all over the place for the last little while, finishing my course and not being able to get the job I trained for, moving house and everything else that drives people stark staring bonkers!


      So how you all been? What's that? Dude, that's not something you talk about in polite conversation!!!!!


      Me? Yeah, I'm ok. I'm still standing!(Hey, I think there's a song there somewhere!) Currently battling a very irritating cold, as cold season has started in Melbourne. Still not used to it being close to Winter in May. Still, better than being sunburnt, which is what happened to me at Albert Park! It was a good day at the F1 though, even if the McLarens sounded awful as they changed gears. I even managed to get to Adelaide for the Clipsall 500 a couple of weeks before, and that was great to watch. Adelaide's a nice place, I would recommend going.


      My girlfriend Hayley and I are still together, we're coming up to our first anniversary soon, so we're planning something for that. We've been playing through Guns, Gore & Cannoli , Mortal Kombat X, and she has even started Alien:Isolation. Me, I'm on Halo Wars and my usual list of crazy stuff. I'm even giving Black Ops 2 another shot, since it's on Backward Compatibility. Although I have now gotten rid of Destiny. I dunno, I just never felt like I enjoyed it as much as Halo or Gears. i just felt like it was a constant grind to play it. Anyway, its gone now, and no, I am not interested in the sequel, no matter how cool Cayde is!!!


      Has WWE improved? Has it hell! 


      Did anyone see the live action version of Beauty and the Beast? I went with Hayley as she wanted to see it. She hated it, but I thought it was pretty well done. We're currently looking forward to Alien:Covenant, so we've been watching the director's cuts of the first four and Prometheus., But I have discovered a couple of new movies that I really enjoy this year, The Conjuring 1 & 2. I watched both and I really enjoyed them. I even saw Titanic last week for the first time. I still don't like DiCaprio, but it was a good movie.


      My diet has gone to hell during Easter! I got a fair bit of chocolate, so it had to be eaten!!! Really, it did!!!


      Anyway, that's another journal done. First in a while, I know. I'm hoping I can get one in a bit more often now.


      End Of Line

    • "Well, opinions are like assholes, everybody has one!" - Clint Eastwood, The Dead Pool, 1988.

      3 months ago

      DeadmanGT

      I've just been watching the Know's video about the Jim Sterling review of The Legend of Zelda; Breath of the Wild. I also watched the video about the Metacritic scores from a week or so ago, and I have only one thing to say......Really?


      Now I will say that those who know me also know that I take absolutely NO NOTICE of game or movie reviews. I make up my own mind. But I have to say, this is a bit over the top. I mean, really? People taking a silly review that seriously? Going so far as to DDOS the guy's site, and even call for him to be hanged? Joking or not, that's not good.


      I'm not a fan of The Legend of Zelda. I'm not a big fan of RPGs at all. But I don't hate on them. I watched a friend play Final Fantasy 7 some years ago, and while it wasn't a game I would play, I was impressed by the visuals and gameplay.


      I've seen a lot of video of the new Zelda. I'm not going to buy it myself, even if I do get a Switch, but I reckon it looks very impressive. Still, I'm surprised by all the reviews and all this backlash.

      If someone likes, or dislikes a game, movie or otherwise, then that is up to them, not anyone else! Condemning someone because they don't think like you, or like the same things is stupid.


      Another thing is this overzealous fanboy behaviour. I'm a big fan of Halo, and Transformers, but I know where the line is drawn. The people who have been hating on this game, or on the people who have given it high or low scores for whatever reason, are going too far. I mean, come on, it's a video game for crying out loud!


      Everybody has their own opinion about games. I HATE Ecco the Dolphin, but I know that there are people who love it. I'm not gonna tell them to hate it or demonise them. As far as I'm concerned, they like it, that's cool. I'm just not going to recommend it to anybody.

      On the flip side of the coin, I really like Aliens:Colonial Marines, and everyone knows what happened there!, But after the patches were done, I thought it was ok. Doesn't mean that everyone has to agree with me, and I know that they don't. Let's face it, that game will be the butt of jokes forever!


      The new Zelda looks awesome and if I was was a fan of the series, I would definitely get it and a Switch to play it on. But I'm not. I have no plans to get a Switch right now, and Zelda, despite looking great, is not on my list. I'm not gonna give it a recommendation, or a high score. I know someone who will, as he is getting a Switch soon, but we're not gonna declare war on each other over this! (We reserve that for when we play Halo!!!)


      So, RT Community, am I now expecting a torrent of abuse, death threats, DDOS attacks and other shit from you because of my opinion? Of course not! Because you have brains in your heads and are not batshit crazy fanboys and girls who have no grip on reality. So why should people like Jim Sterling and others have to put up with abuse from these idiots because of what they said about one game?


      Think about it.




      End Of Line.

    • Older or wiser......probably just older!

      4 months ago

      DeadmanGT

      Well, I had my birthday 3 days ago. So what did I get up to? I went into the city with my girlfriend where she bought me my first pair of Converse All Star sneakers. I love them! Then we spent an hour in an arcade called Playtime, which is awesome. I even won a plush Wile E Coyote for her!!! We had lunch and then went and watched Resident Evil:The Final Chapter.


      I won't say it sucked, but I'm not gonna rate it as my favourite movie of all time either!


      So after I got home, I had a nice dinner with my family, and then had my cards and presents.


      Then the following day, it's my nephew's 8th birthday, and mayhem commences!!!!!

      He had a great time though.


      Currently preparing to move house this week. Our new house is really nice. I'll have slightly less room than now, but that's ok. It's a bit cavernous here anyhow.


      Then yesterday I spent a fantastic day and evening with my girlfriend, watched the original Nightmare on Elm St, and I thought that sucked. Then we watched The Conjuring. That was very good. I'm looking forward to seeing the second one soon.


      The new Resident Evil. I actually like it. I've played it round my girlfriend's and I actually enjoyed it. It looks and sounds good, and plays very similar to Alien:Isolation, which I also enjoyed.


      Anyway, I'm now 37. Yeah, sooooooo.........meh.


      End Of Line.

    • 1st of 2017!!!

      5 months ago

      DeadmanGT

      RT COMMUNITY, HOW IN THE HELL ARE YA???????


      Ok, don't all shout at once!!


      So, I hope everyone had a great Xmas and New Year. Me? Mine was awesome. I have now added Gears of War 4, Titanfall 2 and WWE 2K17 to my growing backlog of games!!! My nephew even got me a Hot Wheels Halo Warthog!! How cool is that?


      I spent New Year's with my girlfriend at her sister's house. We had great fun, I get on great with her and her husband, and we even got to see some of the Fireworks in the city. Spectacular!


      So, I'm still looking for a job. Some promising stuff has come to my attention, but we'll see how that goes. I have to go back and finish off my college course in early February, so that'll be an interesting couple of weeks.


      We're also moving house........again. We've managed to get a nice place just literally around the corner from where we are now. It'll be good, as it has working air conditioning, and a better landlord for a start. Don't get me wrong, I've loved living in this house, but our landlord, to put it politely, is an absolute asshole!


      So Rogue One........all I can say is, AWESOME!!!! I saw Assassin's Creed too, and I was impressed. Anyone who knows me knows that I ignore critics, so I was glad that I liked it really. My girlfriend is treating me to a day of Arcade gaming and a movie for my birthday in a few weeks. We're seeing the new Resident Evil. Good timing as she's preordered the new game and been playing the original remastered game. She's encouraging me to have a go. I have and it's.....maddening really. The lack of ammo and item spots pisses me off, but I can see why it is so popular.


      Oh yeah, she also picked up Mortal Kombat XL. She challenged me to a vs battle of course. Now I hadn't played MK in over 20 years, the last one I played was Mortal Kombat 2 or 3, so I knew she'd kick my ass.

      I won 6 matches to 1. I was sorta in the doghouse for a bit afterwards!!!


      I have been getting into more horror vids on Youtube. There's a genre which are (apparently) true stories sent in by subscribers. Most are brilliant, and I've been enjoying listening to them. There's loads of them around on Youtube now. I actually watched The Exorcist for the first time a few weeks back. I actually enjoyed it, although I can see why Linda Blair lost her shit after she made the movie! There's another one my girlfriend wants me to see that's about a demonic St Bernard. Hmmmmm, yeah right.


      So, movies wise, I've added some more over Xmas, and am looking forward to this year's releases. My girlfriend and I have joined a couple of cinema chains' rewards programs as we've been to a lot of movies since we've been together. And there's a good lineup for us this year, Guardians of the Galaxy:Vol 2, Transformers:The Last Knight, Cars 3, Spiderman:Homecoming and Rings to name a few.


      So, it's been an interesting few weeks, the next few will be more of the same. I'm turning 37 on the 2nd of February. Man, I am getting old!


      End Of Line.



    • 2017!!

      5 months ago

      DeadmanGT

      HAPPY NEW YEAR, ALL YOU CRAZY PEOPLES!!!!!!

    • Merry Christmas to one and all.........oh alright, you too!!!!

      6 months ago

      DeadmanGT

      Well, December 25th has dropped on us from a great height once again. Copious amounts of turkey, chocolate and other food is in abundance and everyone is broke again.


      Great isn't it?


      I've had a great day this year, my whole family has. My girlfriend and her family have also had a lovely day at their BBQ, while we had our usual turkey dinner. One of the highlights of my day, that.


      I hope that you all have a fantastic day, that you enjoy your time with your friends and family and that you have decent antacid tablets for the indigestion afterwards!!


      Merry Christmas, RT Community! Have a good one!!!!

    • Journal! New, fresh, not seen before!!!

      7 months ago

      DeadmanGT

      It's November!! We've just had Melbourne Cup Day. It's the day where everyone gets a day off for Horse racing!! Crazy, I know, but it works!! So I spent it in the best way possible. I sat my fat ass on my sofa and played Forza Horizon 3!!! (It's Horse POWER after all!)


      I'm really looking forward to this Saturday as I will be attending PAX Australia for the very first time. I have attended a gaming show before back in the UK called Rezzed, where I played Alien:Isolation and scared the hell outta myself!! I'm hoping that Gears 4 and Titanfall 2 will be on show, and maybe Resident Evil 7 for my girlfriend. Yeah, not content with beating ALL the Tomb Raiders, she's done all the Resi Evils too, so she's looking forward to this one. I have to confess though, I'm seriously getting into Tomb Raider myself, and might even give Resi Evil a go.


      Who's started their Xmas shopping? ME!!! Only have three people left to sort. I'm especially pleased with what I have for my nephew, Liam. He will go nuts! I'll explain.

      We are all fans of Monster Jam, and Liam has a sizable collection of the toy Monster Jam trucks, and he has the majority of all the big names. Except one truck has eluded us for some time: Madusa. Now we actually met her last year at the Melbourne Monster Jam show, and she was really nice, and we are all fans of hers, me especially as I followed her WWE career. We have looked for the Madusa truck for ages, but could never get one.......until now.

      I managed to grab one in my local Target store, and these will now be rarer than rocking horse shit as she has announced her retirement. He will go ape shit with delight!!!


      Go see Doctor Strange!!!! I said it would be the dark horse this year, and I was right. it was brilliant. I really enjoyed it. Bring on Rogue One!!!


      I am nearly up to date with NCIS! I only have one disc of Season 13 left and then to wait for 14 to start here. Took a while, but it was very enjoyable.


      Well, enough horsing around(A lot of horse in this one!!!) Laters, people!


      End Of line.

  • Comments (7)

    • SnakeTron5M FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Snake/Robot Hybrid

      1 year ago

      Hey dude! What's your GT? Maybe we can play Halo some time :)

    • Thom

      2 years ago

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      Happy Warm Fuzzies day, Phil. Stay awesome.

      • DeadmanGT Spartan 065

        2 years ago

        You too, fella!

    • Raf FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold ShimmySham Gaming

      3 years ago

      Thanks for the friend request!

      • DeadmanGT Spartan 065

        3 years ago

        You're welcome!

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