Play Station 4: Level Up!



YES! I’ve waited for so long to have my very own Play Station! I guess 15 years? Yeah, the very first play station I had was the jurassic one, Play Station 1. It was the grey one, which was somehow heavy, had huge buttons and memory card, and invented the Dance Revolution craze. haha.  As a guy who grew up being addicted to playing games, it is definitely a dream come true to have my own PS4. Those days where I go to my friend’s house to play or when I go to a shop to rent is over! Now since this is the “latest” version of the Play Station saga, there were very huge changes I never thought that I should’ve checked before buying.

We went to SM North EDSA’s Toy Kingdom to purchase PS4. Well, it is given that PS4 is most of the time black, so I never thought of looking for another color. Well black is classy and gives me that “gamer” feel. What I didn’t know was there were different storage sizes. The sales lady asked me if I wanted 500GB, and I was just there standing unsure what to say. She told me the biggest were 500GB and 1TB, however the 1TB wasn’t available, good thing. I knew it was gonna come with just one controller, so of course, I asked for another one, which is kinda expensive. There were also 2 free games, and if you want to extend your gaming experience, bring more money to buy P2,000 worth of PS4 games. Yes the games are worth a fortune! She’s pitching some more accessories like a stand which I didn’t need but I was, of course, curious of. Ultimately, I was already satisfied with what I have. She plugged the PS4 to their TV and wanted me to check it out, but I didn’t know what to check so I told her it’s fine and we’re gonna pay it. I just wanted to go home and start playing!

Well my suffering didn’t end when I came home. I was so ready to play my free game, Callimg_9725 of Duty: Infinite Warfare, but when I turned on my PS4, it asked mo to setup a lot of things, and yes, internet is required, I was doomed. Our internet connection is badly slower than a snail. Well, I already expected that, of course, my friends have it. So I just followed the prompts and led me to a mandatory update, which was good for 6 hours. Fast forward evening, I was already bored, then the update finished. It didn’t stop there, and told me that I couldn’t enjoy more features if I don’t sign up for a Sony Play Station account. I find that cool, however upon signing up, there was no Philippines in the list. Bummer. So searching the internet, it wasn’t really a big deal and my cousin instructed me to put Singapore instead. Unless I’m gonna be buying something from the Play Station store, then it’s gonna be a big deal. Moments after, I was finished setting up, I even made some user accounts for personalization. It was cool. Then it was my time to play games!



I started with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, because, of course, it looks cool! As it was loading, the geeky gamer kid inside of me was dying in excitement! The visuals were so amazing! Since I’m the only one playing, I started with the campaign mode. All I can say is, this game was the best way to start my PS4 experience. The graphics are surreal, the animation is very realistic, everything is detailed, from papers to huge ships, the movement and precision of the characters are so overwhelming, the effects are just so superb! I’m very very satisfied with this game, it’s definitely a dream come true. I may be overreacting but I’m just enjoying my very own PS4 experience, and I just can’t believe I would have more fun playing on my own. I’m just really impressed. I didn’t feel like I was playing, it’s as if they were real people and places. They did an amazing job! The game also have multiplayer mode, which is more like Counter Strike, and zombie mode, which reminded me of Left For Dead. This game is just out of this world and I love it! I will not get used to this!

The second free game I have is called The Super Robot Wars OG: The Moon Dwellers. The name sounds cool, eh? So upon choosing this game, I was thinking that it might be like Transformers or Real Steel, or some robot game based on western movies. I don’t know. It looked cool. But when I started playing it, it was a big disappointment. The visuals were very confusing, there were a lot of options and choices that I didn’t understand. The gameplay was also boring, something for kids maybe. You would have to select a number of steps for your robot to fight and wait for your turn to walk again until you get to fight your enemy. Something like that, and was very annoying. I didn’t give it any chance and gave up. I’m not gonna play that game anymore.



So, to make up for the mishap that my second game gave me, me and my friend bought a new one, which was expensive. The game was Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4. I didn’t want to buy this game. Let’s say, it was a result of peer pressure. haha. But who knows, this is Naruto and I thought, I may enjoy. And I wasn’t wrong. I did enjoy. It was almost similar with Call Of Duty, the difference is with the multiplayer one, we get to fight with each other, and there are no zombies, haha. We get to choose our favorite characters from the anime series, ranging from, Naruto, of course, to the Hokages and the Uchihas, and relive our childhood memories. It was true! I didn’t enjoy the concept of the game but I love how I remember the characters and the story. The story and adventure mode were also very fun, it was like watching a movie and was very interactive. You get to go deeper with the anime’s story and experience the story itself by being the characters. A very good game, I must say, especially for the Naruto fans, and I will definitely finish the story and adventure modes.

img_9722If I have one complaint about PS4, it’s that the games keep on updating, I can still play while updating, but the though if it updating is just annoying. I remember those days when I just turn on my PS, put the CD and play. It was as simple as that. But as they say, LEVEL UP! That’s the disadvantage when I skip from PS1 to PS4 haha. But all in all, this experience I have with PS4 is very amazing. PS4 is the very reminder that there is nothing constant in this world, but change. We change for the better, we change to become developed and innovative, and that’s what they showed. With my PS4, I have everything, I get to play surreal games, use wireless controllers that have speakers on them, I get to surf the internet and play YouTube videos with it, and the best part is, the graphics are so wicked! There’s nothing more I can ask from this PS4, it has all that I need. Sony, please don’t release PS5 yet, it will kill the fun.


HP Notebook: An Empowering Experience



       HP Notebook boasts its capacity to be “Empowered to do More”. Most likely released one year ago, HP Notebook 15-ay041wm is a good addition to the growing family of HP products. The design is very stylish, with textured linear grooves on the surface, colored in turbo silver, making it look elegant and classy. It is empowered by incredible features that’s definitely useful for an affordable price. With its touchscreen capability and huge storage, we can consider HP Notebook as a megalaptop that everyone must have.

             HP Notebook is packed with amazing features, it has a huge HD touchscreen display with 1376×768 resolution that boasts clarity. The screen is 15.6 inches with HD Graphics for optimal performance fit for gaming, photo and video editing, and streaming HD videos. It is also powered with a dependable performance, having Intel Core i3-6100U CPU with Intel HD Graphics, a whopping 8GB system memory and 1TB storage, enough power and capacity to run most gaming, editing or tough softwares. Running several apps or tabs won’t be a problem as the HP Notebook is backed up with a huge system memory. With 1TB of storage, you can also store thousands of pictures and music, large multimedia and huge gaming softwares won’t be a problem, too. Other features included are its ethernet LAN port and wireless connections for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, it also has a dependable DVD drive, and HDMI port to expand its display. It also comes with 3 USB ports (one USB 3.0 port and two USB 2.0 ports), it also has a full size keyboard and lastly, it runs on updated Windows 10.

Complete list of features:

Product number X0H86UA
Product name HP Notebook – 15-ay041wm (Touch) (ENERGY STAR)
Microprocessor Intel® Core™ i3-6100U (2.3 GHz, 3 MB cache, 2 cores)
Memory, standard 8 GB DDR4-2133 SDRAM (2 x 4 GB)
Video graphics Intel® HD Graphics 520
Hard drive 1 TB 5400 rpm SATA
Optical drive SuperMulti DVD burner
Display 15.6″ diagonal HD SVA WLED-backlit touch screen (1366 x 768)
Keyboard Full-size island-style keyboard with integrated numeric keypad
Pointing device Touchpad with multi-touch gesture support
Wireless connectivity Intel 802.11ac (1×1) and Bluetooth® 4.0 Combo
Network interface Integrated 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet LAN
Expansion slots 1 multi-format SD media card reader
External ports 1 USB 3.0; 2 USB 2.0; 1 HDMI; 1 RJ-45; 1 headphone/microphone combo
Power supply type 45 W AC power adapter
Battery type 3-cell, 31 Wh Li-ion
Webcam HP TrueVision HD Webcam (front-facing) with integrated digital microphone
Audio features DTS Studio Sound™ with 2 speakers
Operating system Windows 10 Home 64
HP apps HP Connected Photo; HP ePrint; HP Games by WildTangent; HP Support Assistant
Software included McAfee LiveSafe™
Pre-installed software CyberLink Power Media Player; CyberLink PowerDirector; Dropbox; Netflix; TripAdvisor; VUDU

              As it is boasting a lot of powerful features, I find some very untrue. HP Notebook is said to be built with immersive audio through its two speakers, however I find the sound very weak compared to others even at high volumes. The touchpad is also very inconsistent, it made me prefer using a mouse rather than the touchpad. The laptop also sometimes confuses itself between the touchpad and the touchscreen. It is also heavy, not very advisable for people on the go. Most likely, it is a PC used only at home or at work. Lastly, HP Notebook boasts more hours of usage without charging (up to 6 hours), however in my experience, I am only able to use it in 2-3 hours, fewer hours than my previous ACER laptop. It will always depend on individual usage, but of course, I expected exceptional battery life.



              Overall, this HP Notebook is one of the best I had. With its reliable system memory and storage, and its touchscreen display, with dependable performance from its Intel Core i3, what more can I ask? Definitely, it is a basic laptop for someone who’s always working or for someone who’s looking for entertainment. It is truly dependable and empowering, with its powerful features, I can do everything, except of course stay longer without charging. But nonetheless, with its revolutionary features and performance, it’s still worth the price and experience.

Movie Experience: Unfriended


Unfriended, 2014

I’ll simply say I wasted time and money for this film. The trailer was more thrilling than the actual movie. All the best scenes are already shown in the trailer, and I was expecting a mind-blowing twist, but then I was given a lame ending. It was a great effort to surpass Paranormal Activity, it was risky, but if more effort was given, a better story would’ve been developed.

Film rating: LIMITED

Limitless Movie Experience: Edge Of Tomorrow


Edge Of Tomorrow, 2014

I was actually expecting the film to be a boring, all-action movie, but throughout the film, my perspective changed. The effects, the costume, the mechanical suits, they were all astonishing. There were no dull moments, every scene is either funny or jaw-dropping! Emily Blunt is, as always, amazing and edgy! The film had a similar premise with the film “Source Code” starring Jake Gyllenhaal, the difference is that Edge Of Tomorrow is a big budget film that hunts aliens, while Source Code is a simple action movie that aims to find the terrorist. Both films are great, but Edge Of Tomorrow has a modern take, and is visually stunning as well. The only flaw it has is it’s dull ending, it can be forgivable, but other than that, it’s one of the best action and sci-fi films this year! So move over X-men and Avengers, this time, after failing with Oblivion, Tom Cruise wins!

Film Rating: LIMITLESS