Review: Company of Heroes Opposing Fronts

Company of Heroes Opposing Fronts

It’s probably no secret that I enjoy playing Company of Heroes when I’m not working. πŸ™‚

And it was only recently I figured out how to successfully install the expansion pack on my hard drive. And there you have it – my review on Opposing Fronts. This game was released almost the same time last year and while the game engine, Essence Engine, remained the same, Opposing Fronts see 2 new sides added – the ‘potty-mouth’ British of the Commonwealth forces… and the mighty German Panzer Elite.

I also figured out how to fuse both the original Company of Heroes with this Expansion Pack together, so I could play any of the 4 sides anytime in Skirmish games:

ALLIES – American or British
AXIS – Wermacht or Panzer Elite

Game Play: RTS (Real Time Strategy)

The Plot: Based in the settings of World War II, the player can play either side i.e. German Panzer Elite or British Commonwealth forces. (This is unlike in the original CoH where you can play only the American side).

The German campaign focuses on Kampfgruppe Lehr’s struggle to repel Allied forces in Operation Market Garden, the largest airborne invasion in history. The British 2nd Army will see the liberation of Caen, but not without a big cost in lives.

Why This Game Rocks: if you’ve been playing the original Company of Heroes, you’re going to be in for a surprise. Depending on how you see it, of course. Because the 2 new factions require a different school of strategies to fully tap into their offensive and defensive advantages.

For example, the British Army is totally unlike the rest. Your mobile HQ (yes I said mobile) is portable and you can set up your HQ anywhere on the field. And if you’re taking control of the Panzer Elite, your grenadier infantries are totally multi purpose – they can build base structures and repair vehicles.

I have to hand it that their unit speeches – especially the British units – are more hilarious and uhm… foul mouth. πŸ˜‰ (The Infantry Section sounds like Ewen McGregor and the Cromwell Tank sounds like Professor Utonium from Powerpuff Girls, lol)

And Why Not: There’s been quite some changes to the newest version of CoH and Opposing Fronts that rendered my past gameplay knowledge and strategy obsolete. For example, the T-34 Sherman Calliope is no longer capable of firing its main cannon and used solely for artillery (why not BOTH?!) and the commander points have been changed a bit depending on which commander tree you choose in your faction. Might upset people who don’t like certain changes, like me. πŸ™

Overall: I give it a 7 out of 10. While I’m excited about the new changes, the new factions, the new missions, new skirmish experience, and what not… at the same time, I couldn’t forget some of the nice ole’ ways I grew accustomed to when playing the original CoH. But if you’re into CoH or a WWII history buff, don’t miss this game for sure. By far the best WWII game I’ve played.

Review: Crysis and Crysis Warhead

I’m leaving for KL in another 9 hours or less. And since I’m taking a break from ‘graveyard hour’ business, thought I’d better chalk out some quick reviews on some of the games I’ve been playing lately.

I can’t go into much detail this time so I’ll throw out a quick blurb with an overall personal rating for each of the games I’ve tried out lately – on the scale of 10 – starting with Crysis and Crysis Warhead.

(Other games will be covered in subsequent blog posts…)

Crysis

Crysis

Gameplay: First Person Shooter

The Plot: Set in a near future, a mysterious alien spacecraft hit the surface of the Earth – near the coast of Korea, to be exact. Since then, the Koreans have guarded the island in which the spacecraft landed and kept their activities there a secret even from the United States.

The player assumes the role of Nomad, a Delta Force member who wears a multipurpose nano suit that allows him to cloak, maximize his strength, increase his speed, and increase his armor depending on how the player uses the suit’s energy, and the ability based on the combat situation.

In the first half of the game, the player battles through the waves of Korean soldiers to uncover the truth behind the heavily guarded island only to discover that the aliens within the spacecraft are very much active and prepped for invasion (as seen in how they commandeer the Exosuit and the designs of the flyers). In the next half of the game, the player will battle the aliens as they are fully awake then.

Why It Rocks: There’s a variety of configurations you can do to your weapons, like adding the tactical attachment to shoot ‘sleep bullets’ (good if you run out of ammo) or switch to the grenade launcher and wipe your foes in a sweep. Your shotgun can be tweaked for precision shot or spread-out approach. And how you utilize the suit in combat situations will decide how you’re going to survive since it’s a one man vs. the whole army and a fleet of aliens kind of game.

Why It Doesn’t: For some reason, the storyline just doesn’t grab me. Fighting Koreans and then aliens from outer space? πŸ˜‰ In spite of the multitude of configurations, I think the player could use some more new weapons. Maybe that’s just me.

Crysis Warhead

Crysis Warhead

The Plot: Not to be confused as the 2nd part in the trilogy the developers planned for, Crysis Warhead is rather a stand alone Expansion Pack, running on the same time line as the events in the original Crysis.

This time, the player assumes the role of Psycho, another Delta Force member working with Nomad, the hero of the first game. Like Nomad, Psycho utilizes the same armory and nano suit – except that his adventure on the other side of the island is… more aggressive, and not to mention new weapons too, like the dual SMG. πŸ˜‰

Overall Rating: 7/10 – worth getting both of them if you’re a die hard FPS player.

Meeting of the Minds, KL

It’s been almost 2 weeks since I last updated my Personal Blog. I had been busy with launching PLRGold: Videos and later wrapping it up, even though the Early Bird special ended in just 4 days.

My partner, Stephen Luc and I thank all the Joint Venture partners and affiliates who have contributed to the success of the launch – YOU ROCK!

After wrapping up the launch and minimizing the support issues from our customers, I decided to call a couple of days off to party a little bit in KL and take this opportunity to meet up with some people. πŸ™‚

The “Meet Edmund Loh” 2nd Anniversary

At least, that was what Khai called it.

On November 9th 2 years ago, I met Khai Siung for the first time through his younger brother, Khai Lee. In Khai Siung’s own words, I came full circle with his family when I finally met him since I knew 2 of his other brothers back in high school years earlier.

Long story short, Khai Siung had just came out fresh from several years of experience with Network Marketing or MLM and I introduced him to the world of Internet Marketing. Admittedly, I was not in the business of coaching people 1-on-1 (and I still haven’t yet so far, at this time of writing) so I advised him to invest in a couple of books from the nearest book store on the same topic, that I believed would really, really help him.

Khai Siung and his then girlfriend, Yuenn (now wife) started everything from there, and I have every reason to believe they shouldn’t be looking back ever since. In fact, I’ll let Khai tell you in his own words here.

Since I was in PJ, I thought might as well catch up with both Khai and his wife again and for nostalgia appreciation, why not have dinner at… guess where? πŸ™‚ A&W!

On a side note, it wasn’t safe that night we went out – the roads were blocked by several police officers, armed with guns, batons and shields. And we also saw a lot of people wearing the shirts with quotes like “NO to ISA” “I’m with RPK” “No holds barred” etc. probably marching to a group protest against the government. (Or had the crowd already dispersed?)

Dinner at Starhill Gallery, Bukit Bintang

Mindvalley was hosting a dinner for all of the SMART Seminar speakers and entrepreneurs from a variety of other fields at Feast Village, and I’m glad I could make it on the short notice. It was great catching up with a few folks as well as getting acquainted with new leaders and enthusiastic entrepreneurs over a scrumptious meal. πŸ˜›

Bukit Bintang

An interesting encounter before I arrived: I was taking the KL Monorail to Bukit Bintang when I noticed one of the Monorail doors was out of commission.

The Spoiled Door in the KL Monorail

Even though the sign was clearly displayed on the door in both Malay and English, it surprised me how long a reaction it took people to realize the door was spoiled at every station stop! And I mean, they actually wait – as in more than 10 seconds – for the door to open even though the sign was clearly pasted in front of them in both languages! Either people’s reaction in general are growing less sharp or there are still a lot of illiterates in our society?

The train ride wouldn’t be half as fun without mentioning how a group of young Malay boys played a hilarious prank just before they finally got off: they stood behind the spoiled door as if it was still working, thus fooling the incoming passengers to expect that the door would naturally open! πŸ™‚

Okay it’s picture time from here on…


Tarbush

With Vince Tan

Gobala Krishnan

Mike Reining & Patrick Grove

L- R: Gobala, Ewen, Vince, Edmund Loh

Drinks at Luna Bar

The conversations and socializing resumed in Luna Bar, just near the KL Tower. View was breath taking! My second time here… πŸ™‚

View from Luna Bar

I could sense a “shift in the gear” when talking to these seemingly ordinary individuals, for what’s backing them is extraordinary achievements. There was absolutely no room for small talks, and in spite of their massive success in their respective fields, I am more impressed by how humble many of them actually are. If I had to pick out only one most important lesson I learned that night, this is the one.

Edmund with Brian Wong

Meet Brian Wong. He alone is proof that the world is truly connected; Brian knows some of the people I personally work with! And to give him some praise, he looks younger than he is. πŸ˜‰

He had also put up a set of photos on his own blog here.

Kenneth Yu and Kuda Laura

Haven’t seen Kenneth Yu and the rest of his Mindvalley gang in ages – in fact the faces I saw that night were like 90% different from the last year I saw them at the same place. I’m happy to tell you that Kenneth had seen exponential growth in his copywriting business and ventured on to become an expert with Twitter as well. πŸ™‚

Lisa Zahran

Here’s Lisa Zahran, Kenneth’s apprentice and upcoming online copywriter too! She hails from Penang.

With Vishen Lakhiani

The head and co-owner of Mindvalley, Vishen. I’ve met him for the first time 2 years ago and this is the first time I’ve taken a picture with him. Finally! Thanks for the wonderful dinner and the brilliant idea on organizing the Meeting of the Minds, Vishen!

Mark Joyner!

Hey, what do you know? It’s Mark Joyner! While Mark needs no introduction, a brief 5 minute conversation with him convinced me that he’s not only a more-than-highly-successful figure in the Internet Marketing and Self Improvement arena, he’s also very down to earth and there was no air of aloofness.

Oh boy, Edmund, you’ve got TONS more to learn from these big guys…!

Patric Chan

Patric Chan who hails from Penang. (his wife Emily was there too) I’ve seen him spoke on stage a few times and had reason to believe he’s a very serious individual… until I got to know him informally. LOL there are many facets to a person! πŸ™‚

Stuart Tan, Matt, Mark Joyner

L-R: Stuart Tan, Matt Harty, Mark Joyner
Stuart originally invited me to this dinner, thanks! πŸ™‚ Will be seeing him again in Singapore in a few days from now to attend the SMART Seminar event at Expo Hall.

Jacklyn Ker

Jacklyn Ker, flanked by both me and Vince Tan. πŸ™‚

The Group

L-R: Vince Tan, Gobala Krishnan, me, Vishen

More photos on my FaceBook photo album:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=48910&id=753058206

Meeting Calvin Woon & Patricia Lin

Finally! After a couple of postpones and ‘almost got to meet up’, I finally got to meet Calvin Woon and Patricia Lin in person.

I rarely get visitors in Johor Bahru. It’s usually me who goes down to Singapore or up north to PJ/KL when there’s a function or something important going on. So it’s a good change to have someone from Singapore come over instead.

In fact, I was there only the day before to pick up some copies of Secrets of Millionaire Students from Stuart Tan‘s office and boy, were they bulky! Each book has 369 pages! This is the thickest book the AKLTG publishing house has ever produced to date. Hmm… must be Dylan Loh‘s ‘stories’ that added to the weight. πŸ˜›

Anyways, I arrived on time to meet up with the couple outside McDonald’s, City Square. (why do I always make appointments to meet for people at McDonald’s?) Then we had lunch at Vivo’s. It was nice of Pat to treat me. πŸ™‚ I used to refuse offers to treat every time I had a meal with a new acquaintance or an old friend. I always prefer to pay my own way (and at times, counter-treat!) But I already wised up and gave in this time. Ha ha!

Okay, I think I did well in the first impression department. At least I think so. I mean, Calvin still awarded me the copywriting contract. Good thing he didn’t change his mind. πŸ˜‰

Calvin Woon & Patricia Lin

That’s Calvin and Pat.

Edmund Loh

Me.

Scribbling About…

Scribbling notes… only to realize how much my handwriting hasn’t changed since kindergarten. πŸ™‚

City Square

The City Square.

So what can I tell you about Calvin and Pat? Friendly and down to earth is how I would describe them. Calvin got his first start at making money on the Internet some 2 years ago. And did I mention that my website, Resell Rights Mastery, was one of the earliest sites he used as a resource for learning? πŸ˜‰

Okay the self praise aside, the truth is that the only person that can make you succeed or go on to achieve greater heights is yourself. And Calvin knew that. And he did just that. He’s now got a healthy progress in business and is joined by his girlfriend Patricia, and 2 other close partners from other countries, Jonathan Teng and Venkatarama. Singapore, you have another rising star. πŸ™‚

It was also interesting to listen to how they both got to know each other in the first place. Something you can never pull off in Malaysia, for sure. πŸ˜‰

Thanks for coming over and looking forward to see you both again! Have fun in Maritius. πŸ˜‰

Pictures from Patricia Lin.