Editorial digest N22. Grodno and Valkyries

You know, it happens, you live in your own little world (even if this little world is Moscow) and you don't see anything else. You can travel around Asia, America, interesting European countries, but never find out how your neighbor lives. Well, what do I know about Belarus? The economic situation is sad, problems with gas, Lukashenka is a dictator, that's probably all. Oh, I almost forgot - they say it's incredibly clean in the cities. This is in short. Another thing is to see with your own eyes how people live, what is happening in the country, to look at their way of life and various aspects of life. What is there with censorship, with prices, with restaurants. Are there free Wi-Fi in cafes, what assortment is on the shelves. And I just want to talk to people - what thoughts do they have about politics, the state and so on. A million questions. Well, I succeeded - I went to the city of Grodno.

Grodno is one of the oldest cities on the territory of modern Belarus. The first mention of this city dates back to 1005. The official date of the foundation of the city is 1128 - the first mention in the Ipatiev Chronicle. The city of the 12th century, which arose on the site of settlements of the Baltic and Slavic tribes, was located at the crossroads of trade routes and was originally a small fortress with a fortified trading town. Probably, the name of the city came from the words "to fence", "to protect".
(c) Wikipedia

Grodno, as you understand, is a very interesting city. For centuries, he traveled around the states, and every century he left his mark here. The architectural heritage is unique.

The Moscow-Grodno train arrives at the terminal station at 9 am Moscow time or 8 am Belarusian time. The station is practically no different from that in any Russian provincial town. But a morning walk around the city is really impressive - cleanliness and silence around. It is really very clean here, the city is looked after as best they can. The borders are all even, the grass is cut, there is practically no garbage on the streets. This is not to be found in our provincial towns. About three years ago, the authorities began to lay tiles on the sidewalks, so asphalt will soon remain only on the roads. By the way, about them - the route to Grodno, if not ideal, is close to it - the surface is even, there are markings and a clear roadside everywhere. The same applies to the central highways of the city. Poor asphalt, perhaps, can only be found somewhere in the yards. Fuel is much cheaper - immediately after crossing the border it can be found at a price of 18-19 rubles.

The city center endlessly delights with quiet, calm streets, neat two-three-story houses, most of which are of cultural and / or architectural value. The feeling is that the other day there was a major overhaul of the entire city. The plaster does not crumble anywhere, the paint is fresh and so on.

Specially went to the store to look at the presented cell phones and prices. Basically, the price tags are 500 or 700 ... thousand rubles, which is shocking. Later I learned that this figure is the initial payment if you buy a phone on credit. A budget smartphone costs three million. In order to translate this into our money, you need to divide by 265. Further, I will quote the cost of goods and services in Russian rubles, so as not to confuse you.

Prices for mobile communications from local operators (MTS, VELCOM (BeeLine) and Life) are approximately the following - a minute of conversation to mobile numbers costs less than a ruble, and a package for 500 megabytes of Internet costs about 75 rubles.

A decent coffee shop "Coffeemania" was found on Sovetskaya Street, where you can buy a classic latte for 38 rubles. After Moscow, where the average price of this drink is over 200 rubles, it seems insanely cheap. The average bill for a very tasty and hearty lunch is from 200 to 400 rubles. An interesting feature, when ordering an expensive dish, the waiter will certainly recommend paying attention to the price tag. The most expensive thing I've seen - a huge salmon steak costs 400 rubles. And this is outside the city, and in the city the prices are lower. The order of prices for things and items made in Belarus is preserved.

In the central (as I understand it) store "Neman" I saw watches under the Luch brand (known to many as the Luch brand), the prices for which are also extremely low. In the same store, I saw an interesting scene - an elderly man, for some reason, began to curse Lukashenka. The reaction of the saleswomen was instant - “Man, what are you! You can't say that!" Etc. Here, they can really be imprisoned for this, and with consequences for relatives and friends (they will be fired from work, for example). As for the attitude of people to power, I got the impression that everyone here is against Lukashenka, and even if they tell you that they are in favor, it is only because they are afraid.

A walk around the city also surprised motorists with unprecedented discipline. Everyone is fastened, everyone is attentive and accurate. Nobody exceeds the speed limit. Everyone stops at a flashing green, because it's cheaper to be late for 30 seconds than to deal with the police.

You can hardly find Belarusian speech on the streets of the city and on TV - everyone speaks Russian. There is no language barrier in principle.

As for cultural heritage, as far as I understand, Grodno is a unique city in the whole country. For example, the Kolozha Church.

For lovers of history and architecture, this is a paradise, believe me. For example, next to the Farny Church there is the oldest pharmacy in all of Europe and a museum attached to it. The pharmacy, by the way, is still working.

I'll end my story here, because it's already too much text for a digest. As a short summary, I just want to say that I am very pleased with the trip, and now I recommend to all my friends to visit this wonderful city.

2. Igor Soprun. Cartoon "Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn"

Correct me if I'm wrong, but European comic book characters (as opposed to American characters) weren't very popular back in the day. Nevertheless, today I will recommend going to the screen version of the hero of the comic book by Hergé Tintin (well, or watch it on Blu-Ray).

Most recently, a film about the Smurfs was shown in cinemas. Also heroes of European comics. I suppose that at that time they went to the cinema mainly to look at the heroes of the film, the role of which was taken by actors from the famous TV series How I Met Your Mother. The film did not live up to the expectations of many, being too childish.

If the Smurfs didn't flop because of the casting, then Tintina should have pulled the graphics. Spoiled by numerous "computer cartoons", you will surely doubt that there is something to surprise you. Still, you will be surprised: Tintin is impressive.

Animation, movement transfer and world reconstruction, work on the study of details and textures. All this is amazing. Although we have a computer creation in front of us, the creators managed to get away from the cartoonishness. Much of Tintin is extremely photorealistic. Every now and then you switch from the beauty of the picture to an interesting and dynamic plot.

The cartoon (or is it a movie?) setting is a bit like Drake's adventures. In the third part of the game there will also be a large ship, then a desert; the dynamics and passion for the adventures of the main characters are also very similar.

After viewing, a very pleasant impression remains. Leaving the cinema, I was no longer surprised that when creating a story about Tintin with Steven Spielberg, a contract was signed for three films (cartoon) at once.

3. Ilya Tarakanov. Film "Experiment 2: The Wave" (Die Welle)

For a long time I thought about what I should share with you, dear readers, from what I have seen and read lately. As a result, the choice fell on an extremely interesting film, which, rather, should be called a psychological drama. What is the essence of the picture? In a German gymnasium, one of the teachers (Rainer Wenger) decides to conduct an interesting experiment: to prove that such a form of government as autocracy (dictatorship) is possible in modern Germany. It all starts in a playful way, at first the students must stand up when answering, turn to the teacher “Mr. Wenger”, then Reiner establishes a common form for all. A logo is being invented, the name of the newfound movement is “Wave”.

Slowly, pardon the pun, The Wave sweeps over the entire school. What happens next - I do not want to tell, so as not to spoil the pleasure of viewing. One way or another, many unpleasant things will happen, and indeed - the picture makes you think, and does not let go until the very end.

In my opinion, what is happening on the screen can be characterized by a simple phrase: "The road to hell is paved with good intentions." Alas, this is true: the power given to one person, and moreover, the power is undivided, can only become a toy, a means of satisfying one's own whims. The same can be said about various youth movements - the film perfectly shows how a "fellowship", a kind of "brotherhood" is formed from disparate people. Again - at first everything is fine, but only at first. And gradually, with the growth of the scale of the movement, problems and conflicts begin. At the same time, the leader, even an authoritarian one, cannot do anything - the situation resembles a train flying at full speed, demolishing everything in its path.

In my opinion, the film is worth watching for anyone who wants to think a little. There are no unexpected discoveries, The Wave does not show anything new - but nevertheless, it is worth spending a little less than two hours on it. When you watch it, you don't think about the acting, special effects or budget. And this is very important in our difficult time.

4. Alexander Zubkov. Valkyria Chronicles

In the modern world of video games, there is a concept of content exclusivity, that is, on each platform there are some unique games that are not available from competitors. Manufacturers of gaming systems are trying by any means to get hold of exclusive games for their platform: they negotiate with developers for fabulous fees, sometimes they completely buy game studios. We can say that it is exclusive games that sell this or that game console, because multiplatform toys can be played on any console or even on a computer.

If you ask a person who understands modern games to name the brightest console exclusives, games for which they buy a particular console, then most likely you will hear something like this: for the PlayStation 3 it will be God of War, Uncharted, Heavy Rain , Killzone, Gran Tourismo 5, Resistance; for XBOX 360 the list will be: Halo, Gears of War, Alan Wake, Forza Motorsport. But there is one game, exclusive to the PlayStation 3, that hardly anyone will remember: it came out very quietly, did not rattle at exhibitions, and was not sold in millions of copies. Yes, and genre affiliation is clearly not mainstream, now action rules the ball, refined blockbusters that tickle the nerves and overload the brain regions responsible for the speed of reaction. The hero of today's story is not like that at all, meet: Valkyria Chronicles from the famous SEGA.

The genre of the game is not easy to define, perhaps the most correct definition would be: tactical turn-based role-playing game with real-time combat. But first, let's talk about the strongest, in my opinion, part of the game: the story. He is here. This is a rarity today, the main emphasis is now on multiplayer, graphics, special effects. I will not reveal the intrigue, I will describe briefly: an alternative history, Europe during the First World War. For territories, and most importantly, for the rare and most valuable mineral Ragnit, the Empire (similar to a mixture of Tsarist Russia and imperialist Germany) and the Federation (European countries, especially similar to England) are fighting. Between the two fires is a quiet and peaceful Gaul, rich in the same Ragnit. It is clear that the flames of war will overwhelm a small state, Gaul is a very tasty morsel for both warring parties. For the inhabitants of this country, fighting against superior enemy forces, we will play with you, more precisely, for a small detachment formed from former militias, that is, recent civilians of various professions.

This game has a lot of plot, so to speak, after passing it, you will feel that, at least, you have read a solid fantasy novel. There is everything your heart desires: secret knowledge, mystically lost civilizations, intrigues of royal houses, fantastic weapons, the "Nietzschean" superior race (those same Valkyries), love, betrayal, friendship and much more. The plot is presented very interestingly, as if you are leafing through an illustrated book, and each of its pictures is an event: either an animated story clip or a combat mission. This book is divided into chapters, that is, several cutscenes combined with a couple of combat encounters and form a separate chapter, it is very convenient: you can "jump" into the game for an hour, go through one chapter and postpone the game until the next time, like a book. Also, through the menu, there are screens for improving the characteristics of the fighters of your squad (you recruit them from recruits yourself, they have different appearances, as well as their pros and cons, unique features), equipment, uniforms, this is the RPG component of the game. After a completed combat operation, it is very pleasant to distribute the earned experience points among your subordinates, improve weapons, and improve armored vehicles.

Combat missions are the main part of the game, in fact, this is the game itself. At first, you are given a task, short explanations of the area, and so on, everything is very harmoniously connected with the plot and is not taken out of context. A tactical map is shown with the locations of your troops and the enemy, reference points, and landscape indicated on it. You place the fighters at the proposed points. I’ll tell you a little about the classes, there are 5 main types of fighters: scout (a large number of movement points, armed with a rifle, weak in battle, priceless on forced marches), attack aircraft (walks close, armed with a machine gun, deadly against infantry in close combat), sniper ( slowest unit, one shot - one kill if it doesn't miss the head), spearman (moves close, armed with a spear - this is a local bazooka, strong against armored vehicles), engineer (runs almost as far as a scout, refills infantry ammo and equipment, repairs armored vehicles, armed with a rifle, the weakest unit in battle). Also in the game there are armored vehicles and unique types of troops. Having placed the units on the map, you get into the combat menu, here you need to select a fighter and the game switches you to direct control of a soldier or a tank, depending on your choice.

Controlling a subordinate from a third person perspective, you can freely move around the battlefield, like in some action game, but you will attack in pause mode, after the attack you will be back in real time. Each fighter, depending on the class, has a movement bar of different lengths - this is an indicator of how far your unit can run, it can only attack once per turn (or throw a grenade, use a first-aid kit or special equipment, etc.).< /p>

The turn system is very interesting, the fact is that you are given a certain amount of command points in each of your phases, and you are free to distribute them as you like. For example, you can go several times with the same fighter, sending him behind enemy lines in order to later arrange sabotage or capture a stronghold and call for reinforcements with it, thereby opening a second offensive center. Your phase is followed by the opponent's phase, the principle is the same: he receives command points and spends them as he sees fit. There are a lot of tactical moves and tricks, each battle can be won in different ways, as well as lost, artificial intelligence can be very insidious here. Attacking the enemy head-on and winning the battle will not work: your small squad will simply be crushed, you will have to correctly calculate moves, hide fighters in cover by the end of the turn, use landscape features, etc. The game has a wonderful training mode, it will tell you about all the intricacies of control and interface.

Graphically, the game is beautiful, you won't find another like it: everything looks like it was painted with watercolors, the animation is smooth, the story clips imperceptibly flow into combat missions, in general, this is a must see. Sound accompaniment organically complements the picture, orchestral music, depending on what is happening on the screen, changes from light and cheerful to dark and heavy. Particularly pleased is the opportunity to include the original Japanese voice acting and English subtitles, this makes it possible to join the original, because no one can convey the subtleties of intonations and emotions better than Japanese voice acting masters. There are no trophies in this game, as this system was introduced to the PlayStation 3 later. I recommend that you make an optional installation of game data on your hard drive: this will significantly reduce the loading time of the levels.

A rare representative of a dying genre, this game deserves to be in your collection, especially if you like an interesting and complex plot, as in a good book, as well as measured tactics and New Laptop Dell 4GB Intel Core I5 ​​SSHD (Hybrid) 500GB strategic tasks, although there are also real-time battles that add good portions of adrenaline to the blood. Here you can see the love of developers, a reverent attitude to details, because of this, the soul is felt in the game. I consider Valkyria Chronicles the gem of my small collection, it just "sold" a game console from Sony, give it a chance: download the demo version on the PlayStation Network, and maybe you too will want to go to the aid of little Gaul, because in this proud fairy tale such real people live in the country.

P.S. Valkyria Chronicles is still available in stores, but hurry: new copies are out of print, and a platinum edition is not expected. An ideal option for the price is an order from the English shopto.net, then the game with delivery will cost you about 600 rubles.

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Published on November 25, 2011

Editorial digest N22. Grodno and Valkyries

You know, it happens, you live in your own little world (even if this little world is Moscow) and you don't see anything else. You can travel around Asia, America, interesting European countries, but never find out how your neighbor lives. Well, what do I know about Belarus? The economic situation is sad, problems with gas, Lukashenka is a dictator, that's probably all. Oh, I almost forgot - they say it's incredibly clean in the cities. This is in short. Another thing is to see with your own eyes how people live, what is happening in the country, to look at their way of life and various aspects of life. What is there with censorship, with prices, with restaurants. Are there free Wi-Fi in cafes, what assortment is on the shelves. And I just want to talk to people - what thoughts do they have about politics, the state and so on. A million questions. Well, I succeeded - I went to the city of Grodno.

Grodno is one of the oldest cities on the territory of modern Belarus. The first mention of this city dates back to 1005. The official date of the foundation of the city is 1128 - the first mention in the Ipatiev Chronicle. The city of the 12th century, which arose on the site of settlements of the Baltic and Slavic tribes, was located at the crossroads of trade routes and was originally a small fortress with a fortified trading town. Probably, the name of the city came from the words "to fence", "to protect".
(c) Wikipedia

Grodno, as you understand, is a very interesting city. For centuries, he traveled around the states, and every century he left his mark here. The architectural heritage is unique.

The Moscow-Grodno train arrives at the terminal station at 9 am Moscow time or 8 am Belarusian time. The station is practically no different from that in any Russian provincial town. But a morning walk around the city is really impressive - cleanliness and silence around. It is really very clean here, the city is looked after as best they can. The borders are all even, the grass is cut, there is practically no garbage on the streets. This is not to be found in our provincial towns. About three years ago, the authorities began to lay tiles on the sidewalks, so asphalt will soon remain only on the roads. By the way, about them - the route to Grodno, if not ideal, is close to it - the surface is even, there are markings and a clear roadside everywhere. The same applies to the central highways of the city. Poor asphalt, perhaps, can only be found somewhere in the yards. Fuel is much cheaper - immediately after crossing the border it can be found at a price of 18-19 rubles.

The city center endlessly delights with quiet, calm streets, neat two-three-story houses, most of which are of cultural and / or architectural value. The feeling is that the other day there was a major overhaul of the entire city. The plaster does not crumble anywhere, the paint is fresh and so on.

Specially went to the store to look at the presented cell phones and prices. Basically, the price tags are 500 or 700 ... thousand rubles, which is shocking. Later I learned that this figure is the initial payment if you buy a phone on credit. A budget smartphone costs three million. In order to translate this into our money, you need to divide by 265. Further, I will quote the cost of goods and services in Russian rubles, so as not to confuse you.

Prices for mobile communications from local operators (MTS, VELCOM (BeeLine) and Life) are approximately the following - a minute of conversation to mobile numbers costs less than a ruble, and a package for 500 megabytes of Internet costs about 75 rubles.

A decent coffee shop "Coffeemania" was found on Sovetskaya Street, where you can buy a classic latte for 38 rubles. After Moscow, where the average price of this drink is over 200 rubles, it seems insanely cheap. The average bill for a very tasty and hearty lunch is from 200 to 400 rubles. An interesting feature, when ordering an expensive dish, the waiter will certainly recommend paying attention to the price tag. The most expensive thing I've seen - a huge salmon steak costs 400 rubles. And this is outside the city, and in the city the prices are lower. The order of prices for things and items made in Belarus is preserved.

In the central (as I understand it) store "Neman" I saw watches under the Luch brand (known to many as the Luch brand), the prices for which are also extremely low. In the same store, I saw an interesting scene - an elderly man, for some reason, began to curse Lukashenka. The reaction of the saleswomen was instant - “Man, what are you! You can't say that!" Etc. Here, they can really be imprisoned for this, and with consequences for relatives and friends (they will be fired from work, for example). As for the attitude of people to power, I got the impression that everyone here is against Lukashenka, and even if they tell you that they are in favor, it is only because they are afraid.

A walk around the city also surprised motorists with unprecedented discipline. Everyone is fastened, everyone is attentive and accurate. Nobody exceeds the speed limit. Everyone stops at a flashing green, because it's cheaper to be late for 30 seconds than to deal with the police.

You can hardly find Belarusian speech on the streets of the city and on TV - everyone speaks Russian. There is no language barrier in principle.

As for cultural heritage, as far as I understand, Grodno is a unique city in the whole country. For example, Kolozha Church.

For lovers of history and architecture, this is a paradise, believe me. For example, next to the Farny Church there is the oldest pharmacy in all of Europe and a museum attached to it. The pharmacy, by the way, is still working.

I'll end my story here, because it's already too much text for a digest. As a short summary, I just want to say that I am very pleased with the trip, and now I recommend to all my friends to visit this wonderful city.

2. Igor Soprun. Cartoon "Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn"

Correct me if I'm wrong, but European comic book characters (as opposed to American characters) weren't very popular back in the day. Nevertheless, today I will recommend going to the screen version of the hero of the comic book by Hergé Tintin (well, or watch it on Blu-Ray).

Most recently, a film about the Smurfs was shown in cinemas. Also heroes of European comics. I suppose that at that time they went to the cinema mainly to look at the heroes of the film, the role of which was taken by actors from the famous TV series How I Met Your Mother. The film did not live up to the expectations of many, being too childish.

If the Smurfs didn't flop because of the casting, then Tintina should have pulled the graphics. Spoiled by numerous "computer cartoons", you will surely doubt that there is something to surprise you. Still, you will be surprised: Tintin is impressive.

Animation, movement transfer and world reconstruction, work on the study of details and textures. All this is amazing. Although we have a computer creation in front of us, the creators managed to get away from the cartoonishness. Much of Tintin is extremely photorealistic. Every now and then you switch from the beauty of the picture to an interesting and dynamic plot.

The cartoon (or is it a movie?) setting is a bit like Drake's adventures. In the third part of the game there will also be a large ship, then a desert; the dynamics and passion for the adventures of the main characters are also very similar.

After viewing, a very pleasant impression remains. Leaving the cinema, I was no longer surprised that when creating a story about Tintin with Steven Spielberg, a contract was signed for three films (cartoon) at once.

3. Ilya Tarakanov. Film "Experiment 2: The Wave" (Die Welle)

For a long time I thought about what I should share with you, dear readers, from what I have seen and read lately. As a result, the choice fell on an extremely interesting film, which, rather, should be called a psychological drama. What is the essence of the picture? In a German gymnasium, one of the teachers (Rainer Wenger) decides to conduct an interesting experiment: to prove that such a form of government as autocracy (dictatorship) is possible in modern Germany. It all starts in a playful way, at first the students must stand up when answering, turn to the teacher “Mr. Wenger”, then Reiner establishes a common form for all. A logo is being invented, the name of the newfound movement is “Wave”.

Slowly, pardon the pun, The Wave sweeps over the entire school. What happens next - I do not want to tell, so as not to spoil the pleasure of viewing. One way or another, many unpleasant things will happen, and indeed - the picture makes you think, and does not let go until the very end.

In my opinion, what is happening on the screen can be characterized by a simple phrase: "The road to hell is paved with good intentions." Alas, this is true: the power given to one person, and moreover, the power is undivided, can only become a toy, a means of satisfying one's own whims. The same can be said about various youth movements - the film perfectly shows how a "fellowship", a kind of "brotherhood" is formed from disparate people. Again - at first everything is fine, but only at first. And gradually, with the growth of the scale of the movement, problems and conflicts begin. At the same time, the leader, even an authoritarian one, cannot do anything - the situation resembles a train flying at full speed, demolishing everything in its path.

In my opinion, the film is worth watching for anyone who wants to think a little. There are no unexpected discoveries, The Wave does not show anything new - but nevertheless, it is worth spending a little less than two hours on it. When you watch it, you don't think about the acting, special effects or budget. And this is very important in our difficult time.

4. Alexander Zubkov. Valkyria Chronicles

In the modern world of video games, there is a concept of content exclusivity, that is, on each platform there are some unique games that are not available from competitors. Manufacturers of gaming systems are trying by any means to get hold of exclusive games for their platform: they negotiate with developers for fabulous fees, sometimes they completely buy game studios. We can say that it is exclusive games that sell this or that game console, because multiplatform toys can be played on any console or even on a computer.

If you ask a person who understands modern games to name the brightest console exclusives, games for which they buy a particular console, then most likely you will hear something like this: for the PlayStation 3 it will be God of War, Uncharted, Heavy Rain , Killzone, Gran Tourismo 5, Resistance; for XBOX 360 the list will be: Halo, Gears of War, Alan Wake, Forza Motorsport. But there is one game, exclusive to the PlayStation 3, that hardly anyone will remember: it came out very quietly, did not rattle at exhibitions, and was not sold in millions of copies. Yes, and genre affiliation is clearly not mainstream, now action rules the ball, refined blockbusters that tickle the nerves and overload the brain regions responsible for the speed of reaction. The hero of today's story is not like that at all, meet: Valkyria Chronicles from the famous SEGA.

The genre of the game is not easy to define, perhaps the most correct definition would be: tactical turn-based role-playing game with real-time combat. But first, let's talk about the strongest, in my opinion, part of the game: the story. He is here. This is a rarity today, the main emphasis is now on multiplayer, graphics, special effects. I will not reveal the intrigue, I will describe briefly: an alternative history, Europe during the First World War. For territories, and most importantly, for the rare and most valuable mineral Ragnit, the Empire (similar to a mixture of Tsarist Russia and imperialist Germany) and the Federation (European countries, especially similar to England) are fighting. Between the two fires is a quiet and peaceful Gaul, rich in the same Ragnit. It is clear that the flames of war will overwhelm a small state, Gaul is a very tasty morsel for both warring parties. For the inhabitants of this country, fighting against superior enemy forces, we will play with you, more precisely, for a small detachment formed from former militias, that is, recent civilians of various professions.

This game has a lot of plot, so to speak, after passing it, you will feel that, at least, you have read a solid fantasy novel. There is everything your heart desires: secret knowledge, mystically lost civilizations, intrigues of royal houses, fantastic weapons, the "Nietzschean" superior race (those same Valkyries), love, betrayal, friendship and much more. The plot is presented very interestingly, as if you are leafing through an illustrated book, and each of its pictures is an event: either an animated story clip or a combat mission. This book is divided into chapters, that is, several cutscenes combined with a couple of combat encounters and form a separate chapter, it is very convenient: you can "jump" into the game for an hour, go through one chapter and postpone the game until the next time, like a book. Also, through the menu, screens are organized to improve the characteristics of the fighters of your squad (you recruit them from recruits yourself, they have different appearances, as well as their pros and cons, unique features), equipment, uniforms, this is the RPG component of the game. After a completed combat operation, it is very pleasant to distribute the earned experience points among your subordinates, improve weapons, and improve armored vehicles.

Combat missions are the main part of the game, in fact, this is the game itself. At first, you are given a task, short explanations of the area, and so on, everything is very harmoniously connected with the plot and is not taken out of context. A tactical map is shown with the locations of your troops and the enemy, reference points, and landscape indicated on it. You place the fighters at the proposed points. I’ll tell you a little about the classes, there are 5 main types of fighters: scout (a large number of movement points, armed with a rifle, weak in battle, priceless on forced marches), attack aircraft (walks close, armed with a machine gun, deadly against infantry in close combat), sniper ( slowest unit, one shot - one kill if it doesn't miss the head), spearman (moves close, armed with a spear - this is a local bazooka, strong against armored vehicles), engineer (runs almost as far as a scout, refills infantry ammo and equipment, repairs armored vehicles, armed with a rifle, the weakest unit in battle). Also in the game there are armored vehicles and unique types of troops. Having placed the units on the map, you get into the combat menu, here you need to select a fighter and the game switches you to direct control of a soldier or a tank, depending on your choice.

Controlling a subordinate from a third person perspective, you can freely move around the battlefield, like in some action game, but you will attack in pause mode, after the attack you will be back in real time. Each fighter, depending on the class, has a movement bar of different lengths - this is an indicator of how far your unit can run, it can only attack once per turn (or throw a grenade, use a first-aid kit or special equipment, etc.).< /p>

The turn system is very interesting, the fact is that you are given a certain amount of command points in each of your phases, and you are free to distribute them as you like. For example, you can go several times with the same fighter, sending him behind enemy lines in order to later arrange sabotage or capture a stronghold and call for reinforcements with it, thereby opening a second offensive center. Your phase is followed by the opponent's phase, the principle is the same: he receives command points and spends them as he sees fit. There are a lot of tactical moves and tricks, each battle can be won in different ways, as well as lost, artificial intelligence can be very insidious here. Attacking the enemy head-on and winning the battle will not work: your small squad will simply be crushed, you will have to correctly calculate moves, hide fighters in cover by the end of the turn, use landscape features, etc. The game has a wonderful training mode, it will tell you about all the intricacies of control and interface.

Graphically, the game is beautiful, you won't find another like it: everything looks like it was painted with watercolors, the animation is smooth, the story clips imperceptibly flow into combat missions, in general, this is a must see. Sound accompaniment organically complements the picture, orchestral music, depending on what is happening on the screen, changes from light and cheerful to dark and heavy. Particularly pleased is the opportunity to include the original Japanese voice acting and English subtitles, this makes it possible to join the original, because no one can convey the subtleties of intonations and emotions better than Japanese voice acting masters. There are no trophies in this game, as this system was introduced to the PlayStation 3 later. I recommend that you make an optional installation of game data on your hard drive: this will significantly reduce the loading time of the levels.

A rare representative of a dying genre, this game deserves to be in your collection, especially if you like an interesting and complex plot, as in a good book, as well as measured tactics and New Laptop Dell 4GB Intel Core I5 ​​SSHD (Hybrid) 500GB strategic tasks, although there are also real-time battles that add good portions of adrenaline to the blood. Here you can see the love of developers, a reverent attitude to details, because of this, the soul is felt in the game. I consider Valkyria Chronicles the gem of my small collection, it just "sold" a game console from Sony, give it a chance: download the demo version on the PlayStation Network, and maybe you too will want to go to the aid of little Gaul, because in this proud fairy tale such real people live in the country.

P.S. Valkyria Chronicles is still available in stores, but hurry: new copies are out of print, and a platinum edition is not expected. An ideal option for the price is an order from the English shopto.net, then the game with delivery will cost you about 600 rubles.

Aleksey Ikonnikov ([email protected])
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Igor Soprun ([email protected])
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Ilya Tarakanov ([email protected])
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Alexander Zubkov
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Published on November 25, 2011

Editorial digest N22. Grodno and Valkyries

You know, it happens, you live in your own little world (even if this little world is Moscow) and you don't see anything else. You can travel around Asia, America, interesting European countries, but never find out how your neighbor lives. Well, what do I know about Belarus? The economic situation is sad, problems with gas, Lukashenka is a dictator, that's probably all. Oh, I almost forgot - they say it's incredibly clean in the cities. This is in short. Another thing is to see with your own eyes how people live, what is happening in the country, to look at their way of life and various aspects of life. What is there with censorship, with prices, with restaurants. Are there free Wi-Fi in cafes, what assortment is on the shelves. And I just want to talk to people - what thoughts do they have about politics, the state and so on. A million questions. Well, I succeeded - I went to the city of Grodno.

Grodno is one of the oldest cities on the territory of modern Belarus. The first mention of this city dates back to 1005. The official date of the foundation of the city is 1128 - the first mention in the Ipatiev Chronicle. The city of the 12th century, which arose on the site of settlements of the Baltic and Slavic tribes, was located at the crossroads of trade routes and was originally a small fortress with a fortified trading town. Probably, the name of the city came from the words "to fence", "to protect".
(c) Wikipedia

Grodno, as you understand, is a very interesting city. For centuries, he traveled around the states, and every century he left his mark here. The architectural heritage is unique.

The Moscow-Grodno train arrives at the terminal station at 9 am Moscow time or 8 am Belarusian time. The station is practically no different from that in any Russian provincial town. But a morning walk around the city is really impressive - cleanliness and silence around. It is really very clean here, the city is looked after as best they can. The borders are all even, the grass is cut, there is practically no garbage on the streets. This is not to be found in our provincial towns. About three years ago, the authorities began to lay tiles on the sidewalks, so asphalt will soon remain only on the roads. By the way, about them - the route to Grodno, if not ideal, is close to it - the surface is even, there are markings and a clear roadside everywhere. The same applies to the central highways of the city. Poor asphalt, perhaps, can only be found somewhere in the yards. Fuel is much cheaper - immediately after crossing the border it can be found at a price of 18-19 rubles.

The city center endlessly delights with quiet, calm streets, neat two-three-story houses, most of which are of cultural and / or architectural value. The feeling is that the other day there was a major overhaul of the entire city. The plaster does not crumble anywhere, the paint is fresh and so on.

Specially went to the store to look at the presented cell phones and prices. Basically, the price tags are 500 or 700 ... thousand rubles, which is shocking. Later I learned that this figure is the initial payment if you buy a phone on credit. A budget smartphone costs three million. In order to translate this into our money, you need to divide by 265. Further, I will quote the cost of goods and services in Russian rubles, so as not to confuse you.

Prices for mobile communications from local operators (MTS, VELCOM (BeeLine) and Life) are approximately the following - a minute of conversation to mobile numbers costs less than a ruble, and a package for 500 megabytes of Internet costs about 75 rubles.

A decent coffee shop "Coffeemania" was found on Sovetskaya Street, where you can buy a classic latte for 38 rubles. After Moscow, where the average price of this drink is over 200 rubles, it seems insanely cheap. The average bill for a very tasty and hearty lunch is from 200 to 400 rubles. An interesting feature, when ordering an expensive dish, the waiter will certainly recommend paying attention to the price tag. The most expensive thing I've seen - a huge salmon steak costs 400 rubles. And this is outside the city, and in the city the prices are lower. The order of prices for things and items made in Belarus is preserved.

In the central (as I understand it) store "Neman" I saw watches under the Luch brand (known to many as the Luch brand), the prices for which are also extremely low. In the same store, I saw an interesting scene - an elderly man, for some reason, began to curse Lukashenka. The reaction of the saleswomen was instant - “Man, what are you! You can't say that!" Etc. Here, they can really be imprisoned for this, and with consequences for relatives and friends (they will be fired from work, for example). As for the attitude of people to power, I got the impression that everyone here is against Lukashenka, and even if they tell you that they are in favor, it is only because they are afraid.

A walk around the city also surprised motorists with unprecedented discipline. Everyone is fastened, everyone is attentive and accurate. Nobody exceeds the speed limit. Everyone stops at a flashing green, because it's cheaper to be late for 30 seconds than to deal with the police.

You can hardly find Belarusian speech on the streets of the city and on TV - everyone speaks Russian. There is no language barrier in principle.

As for cultural heritage, as far as I understand, Grodno is a unique city in the whole country. For example, Kolozha Church.

For lovers of history and architecture, this is a paradise, believe me. For example, next to the Farny Church there is the oldest pharmacy in all of Europe and a museum attached to it. The pharmacy, by the way, is still working.

I'll end my story here, because it's already too much text for a digest. As a short summary, I just want to say that I am very pleased with the trip, and now I recommend to all my friends to visit this wonderful city.

2. Igor Soprun. Cartoon "Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn"

Correct me if I'm wrong, but European comic book characters (as opposed to American characters) weren't very popular back in the day. Nevertheless, today I will recommend going to the screen version of the hero of the comic book by Hergé Tintin (well, or watch it on Blu-Ray).

Most recently, a film about the Smurfs was shown in cinemas. Also heroes of European comics. I suppose that at that time they went to the cinema mainly to look at the heroes of the film, the role of which was taken by actors from the famous TV series How I Met Your Mother. The film did not live up to the expectations of many, being too childish.

If the Smurfs didn't flop because of the casting, then Tintina should have pulled the graphics. Spoiled by numerous "computer cartoons", you will surely doubt that there is something to surprise you. Still, you will be surprised: Tintin is impressive.

Animation, movement transfer and world reconstruction, work on the study of details and textures. All this is amazing. Although we have a computer creation in front of us, the creators managed to get away from the cartoonishness. Much of Tintin is extremely photorealistic. Every now and then you switch from the beauty of the picture to an interesting and dynamic plot.

The cartoon (or is it a movie?) setting is a bit like Drake's adventures. In the third part of the game there will also be a large ship, then a desert; the dynamics and passion for the adventures of the main characters are also very similar.

After viewing, a very pleasant impression remains. Leaving the cinema, I was no longer surprised that when creating a story about Tintin with Steven Spielberg, a contract was signed for three films (cartoon) at once.

3. Ilya Tarakanov. Film "Experiment 2: The Wave" (Die Welle)

For a long time I thought about what I should share with you, dear readers, from what I have seen and read lately. As a result, the choice fell on an extremely interesting film, which, rather, should be called a psychological drama. What is the essence of the picture? In a German gymnasium, one of the teachers (Rainer Wenger) decides to conduct an interesting experiment: to prove that such a form of government as autocracy (dictatorship) is possible in modern Germany. It all starts in a playful way, at first the students must stand up when answering, turn to the teacher “Mr. Wenger”, then Reiner establishes a common form for all. A logo is being invented, the name of the newfound movement is “Wave”.

Slowly, pardon the pun, The Wave sweeps over the entire school. What happens next - I do not want to tell, so as not to spoil the pleasure of viewing. One way or another, many unpleasant things will happen, and indeed - the picture makes you think, and does not let go until the very end.

In my opinion, what is happening on the screen can be characterized by a simple phrase: "The road to hell is paved with good intentions." Alas, this is true: the power given to one person, and moreover, the power is undivided, can only become a toy, a means of satisfying one's own whims. The same can be said about various youth movements - the film perfectly shows how a "fellowship", a kind of "brotherhood" is formed from disparate people. Again - at first everything is fine, but only at first. And gradually, with the growth of the scale of the movement, problems and conflicts begin. At the same time, the leader, even an authoritarian one, cannot do anything - the situation resembles a train flying at full speed, demolishing everything in its path.

In my opinion, the film is worth watching for anyone who wants to think a little. There are no unexpected discoveries, The Wave does not show anything new - but nevertheless, it is worth spending a little less than two hours on it. When you watch it, you don't think about the acting, special effects or budget. And this is very important in our difficult time.

4. Alexander Zubkov. Valkyria Chronicles

In the modern world of video games, there is a concept of content exclusivity, that is, on each platform there are some unique games that are not available from competitors. Manufacturers of game systems are trying by any means to get hold of exclusive games for their platform: they negotiate with developers for fabulous fees, sometimes they completely buy game studios. We can say that it is exclusive games that sell this or that game console, because multiplatform toys can be played on any console or even on a computer.

If you ask a person who understands modern games to name the brightest console exclusives, games for which they buy a particular console, then most likely you will hear something like this: for the PlayStation 3 it will be God of War, Uncharted, Heavy Rain , Killzone, Gran Tourismo 5, Resistance; for XBOX 360 the list will be: Halo, Gears of War, Alan Wake, Forza Motorsport. But there is one game, exclusive to the PlayStation 3, that hardly anyone will remember: it came out very quietly, did not rattle at exhibitions, and was not sold in millions of copies. Yes, and genre affiliation is clearly not mainstream, now action rules the ball, refined blockbusters that tickle the nerves and overload the brain regions responsible for the speed of reaction. The hero of today's story is not like that at all, meet: Valkyria Chronicles from the famous SEGA.

The genre of the game is not easy to define, perhaps the most correct definition would be: tactical turn-based role-playing game with real-time combat. But first, let's talk about the strongest, in my opinion, part of the game: the story. He is here. This is a rarity today, the main emphasis is now on multiplayer, graphics, special effects. I will not reveal the intrigue, I will describe briefly: an alternative history, Europe during the First World War. For territories, and most importantly, for the rare and most valuable mineral Ragnit, the Empire (similar to a mixture of Tsarist Russia and imperialist Germany) and the Federation (European countries, especially similar to England) are fighting. Between the two fires is a quiet and peaceful Gaul, rich in the same Ragnit. It is clear that the flames of war will overwhelm a small state, Gaul is a very tasty morsel for both warring parties. For the inhabitants of this country, fighting against superior enemy forces, we will play with you, more precisely, for a small detachment formed from former militias, that is, recent civilians of various professions.

This game has a lot of plot, so to speak, after passing it, you will feel that, at least, you have read a solid fantasy novel. There is everything your heart desires: secret knowledge, mystically lost civilizations, intrigues of royal houses, fantastic weapons, the "Nietzschean" superior race (those same Valkyries), love, betrayal, friendship and much more. The plot is presented very interestingly, as if you are leafing through an illustrated book, and each of its pictures is an event: either an animated story clip or a combat mission. This book is divided into chapters, that is, several cutscenes combined with a couple of combat encounters and form a separate chapter, it is very convenient: you can "jump" into the game for an hour, go through one chapter and postpone the game until the next time, like a book. Also, through the menu, there are screens for improving the characteristics of the fighters of your squad (you recruit them from recruits yourself, they have different appearances, as well as their pros and cons, unique features), equipment, uniforms, this is the RPG component of the game. After a completed combat operation, it is very pleasant to distribute the earned experience points among your subordinates, improve weapons, and improve armored vehicles.

Combat missions are the main part of the game, in fact, this is the game itself. At first, you are given a task, short explanations of the area, and so on, everything is very harmoniously connected with the plot and is not taken out of context. A tactical map is shown with the locations of your troops and the enemy, reference points, and landscape indicated on it. You place the fighters at the proposed points. I’ll tell you a little about the classes, there are 5 main types of fighters: scout (a large number of movement points, armed with a rifle, weak in battle, priceless on forced marches), attack aircraft (walks close, armed with a machine gun, deadly against infantry in close combat), sniper ( slowest unit, one shot - one kill if it doesn't miss the head), spearman (moves close, armed with a spear - this is a local bazooka, strong against armored vehicles), engineer (runs almost as far as a scout, refills infantry ammo and equipment, repairs armored vehicles, armed with a rifle, the weakest unit in battle). Also in the game there are armored vehicles and unique types of troops. Having placed the units on the map, you get into the combat menu, here you need to select a fighter and the game switches you to direct control of a soldier or a tank, depending on your choice.

Controlling a subordinate from a third person perspective, you can freely move around the battlefield, like in some action game, but you will attack in pause mode, after the attack you will be back in real time. Each fighter, depending on the class, has a movement bar of different lengths - this is an indicator of how far your unit can run, it can only attack once per turn (or throw a grenade, use a first-aid kit or special equipment, etc.).< /p>

The turn system is very interesting, the fact is that you are given a certain amount of command points in each of your phases, and you are free to distribute them as you like. For example, you can go several times with the same fighter, sending him behind enemy lines in order to later arrange sabotage or capture a stronghold and call for reinforcements with it, thereby opening a second offensive center. Your phase is followed by the opponent's phase, the principle is the same: he receives command points and spends them as he sees fit. There are a lot of tactical moves and tricks, each battle can be won in different ways, as well as lost, artificial intelligence can be very insidious here. Attacking the enemy head-on and winning the battle will not work: your small squad will simply be crushed, you will have to correctly calculate moves, hide fighters in cover by the end of the turn, use landscape features, etc. The game has a wonderful training mode, it will tell you about all the intricacies of control and interface.

Graphically, the game is beautiful, you won't find another like it: everything looks like it was painted with watercolors, the animation is smooth, the story clips imperceptibly flow into combat missions, in general, this is a must see. Sound accompaniment organically complements the picture, orchestral music, depending on what is happening on the screen, changes from light and cheerful to dark and heavy. Particularly pleased is the opportunity to include the original Japanese voice acting and English subtitles, this makes it possible to join the original, because no one can convey the subtleties of intonations and emotions better than Japanese voice acting masters. There are no trophies in this game, as this system was introduced to the PlayStation 3 later. I recommend that you make an optional installation of game data on your hard drive: this will significantly reduce the loading time of the levels.

A rare representative of a dying genre, this game deserves to be in your collection, especially if you like an interesting and complex plot, as in a good book, as well as measured tactics and New Laptop Dell 4GB Intel Core I5 ​​SSHD (Hybrid) 500GB strategic tasks, although there are also real-time battles that add good portions of adrenaline to the blood. Here you can see the love of developers, a reverent attitude to details, because of this, the soul is felt in the game. I consider Valkyria Chronicles the gem of my small collection, it just "sold" a game console from Sony, give it a chance: download the demo version on the PlayStation Network, and maybe you too will want to go to the aid of little Gaul, because in this proud fairy tale such real people live in the country.

P.S. Valkyria Chronicles is still available in stores, but hurry: new copies are out of print, and a platinum edition is not expected. An ideal option for the price is an order from the English shopto.net, then the game with delivery will cost you about 600 rubles.

Aleksey Ikonnikov ([email protected])
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Igor Soprun ([email protected])
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Ilya Tarakanov ([email protected])
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Alexander Zubkov
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Published on November 25, 2011

Editorial digest N22. Grodno and Valkyries

You know, it happens, you live in your own little world (even if this little world is Moscow) and you don't see anything else. You can travel around Asia, America, interesting European countries, but never find out how your neighbor lives. Well, what do I know about Belarus? The economic situation is sad, problems with gas, Lukashenka is a dictator, that's probably all. Oh, I almost forgot - they say it's incredibly clean in the cities. This is in short. Another thing is to see with your own eyes how people live, what is happening in the country, to look at their way of life and various aspects of life. What is there with censorship, with prices, with restaurants. Are there free Wi-Fi in cafes, what assortment is on the shelves. And I just want to talk to people - what thoughts do they have about politics, the state and so on. A million questions. Well, I succeeded - I went to the city of Grodno.

Grodno is one of the oldest cities on the territory of modern Belarus. The first mention of this city dates back to 1005. The official date of the foundation of the city is 1128 - the first mention in the Ipatiev Chronicle. The city of the 12th century, which arose on the site of settlements of the Baltic and Slavic tribes, was located at the crossroads of trade routes and was originally a small fortress with a fortified trading town. Probably, the name of the city came from the words "to fence", "to protect". (c) Wikipedia

Grodno, as you understand, is a very interesting city. For centuries, he traveled around the states, and every century he left his mark here. The architectural heritage is unique.

The Moscow-Grodno train arrives at the terminal station at 9 am Moscow time or 8 am Belarusian time. The station is practically no different from that in any Russian provincial town. But a morning walk around the city is really impressive - cleanliness and silence around. It is really very clean here, the city is looked after as best they can. The borders are all even, the grass is cut, there is practically no garbage on the streets. This is not to be found in our provincial towns. About three years ago, the authorities began to lay tiles on the sidewalks, so asphalt will soon remain only on the roads. By the way, about them - the route to Grodno, if not ideal, is close to it - the surface is even, there are markings and a clear roadside everywhere. The same applies to the central highways of the city. Poor asphalt, perhaps, can only be found somewhere in the yards. Fuel is much cheaper - immediately after crossing the border it can be found at a price of 18-19 rubles.

The city center endlessly delights with quiet, calm streets, neat two-three-story houses, most of which are of cultural and / or architectural value. The feeling is that the other day there was a major overhaul of the entire city. The plaster does not crumble anywhere, the paint is fresh and so on.

Specially went to the store to look at the presented cell phones and prices. Basically, the price tags are 500 or 700 ... thousand rubles, which is shocking. Later I learned that this figure is the initial payment if you buy a phone on credit. A budget smartphone costs three million. In order to translate this into our money, you need to divide by 265. Further, I will quote the cost of goods and services in Russian rubles, so as not to confuse you.

Prices for mobile communications from local operators (MTS, VELCOM (BeeLine) and Life) are approximately the following - a minute of conversation to mobile numbers costs less than a ruble, and a package for 500 megabytes of Internet costs about 75 rubles.

A decent coffee shop "Coffeemania" was found on Sovetskaya Street, where you can buy a classic latte for 38 rubles. After Moscow, where the average price of this drink is over 200 rubles, it seems insanely cheap. The average bill for a very tasty and hearty lunch is from 200 to 400 rubles. An interesting feature, when ordering an expensive dish, the waiter will certainly recommend paying attention to the price tag. The most expensive thing I've seen - a huge salmon steak costs 400 rubles. And this is outside the city, and in the city the prices are lower. The order of prices for things and items made in Belarus is preserved.

In the central (as I understand it) store "Neman" I saw watches under the Luch brand (known to many as the Luch brand), the prices for which are also extremely low. In the same store, I saw an interesting scene - an elderly man, for some reason, began to curse Lukashenka. The reaction of the saleswomen was instant - “Man, what are you! You can't say that!" Etc. Here, they can really be imprisoned for this, and with consequences for relatives and friends (they will be fired from work, for example). As for the attitude of people to power, I got the impression that everyone here is against Lukashenka, and even if they tell you that they are in favor, it is only because they are afraid.

A walk around the city also surprised motorists with unprecedented discipline. Everyone is fastened, everyone is attentive and accurate. Nobody exceeds the speed limit. Everyone stops at a flashing green, because it's cheaper to be late for 30 seconds than to deal with the police.

You can hardly find Belarusian speech on the streets of the city and on TV - everyone speaks Russian. There is no language barrier in principle.

As for cultural heritage, as far as I understand, Grodno is a unique city in the whole country. For example, Kolozha Church.

For lovers of history and architecture, this is a paradise, believe me. For example, next to the Farny Church there is the oldest pharmacy in all of Europe and a museum attached to it. The pharmacy, by the way, is still working.

I'll end my story here, because it's already too much text for a digest. As a short summary, I just want to say that I am very pleased with the trip, and now I recommend to all my friends to visit this wonderful city.

2. Igor Soprun. Cartoon "Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn"

Correct me if I'm wrong, but European comic book characters (as opposed to American characters) weren't very popular back in the day. Nevertheless, today I will recommend going to the screen version of the hero of the comic book by Hergé Tintin (well, or watch it on Blu-Ray).

Most recently, a film about the Smurfs was shown in cinemas. Also heroes of European comics. I suppose that at that time they went to the cinema mainly to look at the heroes of the film, the role of which was taken by actors from the famous TV series How I Met Your Mother. The film did not live up to the expectations of many, being too childish.

If the Smurfs didn't flop because of the casting, then Tintina should have pulled the graphics. Spoiled by numerous "computer cartoons", you will surely doubt that there is something to surprise you. Still, you will be surprised: Tintin is impressive.

Animation, movement transfer and world reconstruction, work on the study of details and textures. All this is amazing. Although we have a computer creation in front of us, the creators managed to get away from the cartoonishness. Much of Tintin is extremely photorealistic. Every now and then you switch from the beauty of the picture to an interesting and dynamic plot.

The cartoon (or is it a movie?) setting is a bit like Drake's adventures. In the third part of the game there will also be a large ship, then a desert; the dynamics and passion for the adventures of the main characters are also very similar.

After viewing, a very pleasant impression remains. Leaving the cinema, I was no longer surprised that when creating a story about Tintin with Steven Spielberg, a contract was signed for three films (cartoon) at once.

3. Ilya Tarakanov. Film "Experiment 2: The Wave" (Die Welle)

For a long time I thought about what I should share with you, dear readers, from what I have seen and read lately. As a result, the choice fell on an extremely interesting film, which, rather, should be called a psychological drama. What is the essence of the picture? In a German gymnasium, one of the teachers (Rainer Wenger) decides to conduct an interesting experiment: to prove that such a form of government as autocracy (dictatorship) is possible in modern Germany. It all starts in a playful way, at first the students must stand up when answering, turn to the teacher “Mr. Wenger”, then Reiner establishes a common form for all. A logo is being invented, the name of the newfound movement is “Wave”.

Slowly, pardon the pun, The Wave sweeps over the entire school. What happens next - I do not want to tell, so as not to spoil the pleasure of viewing. One way or another, many unpleasant things will happen, and indeed - the picture makes you think, and does not let go until the very end.

In my opinion, what is happening on the screen can be characterized by a simple phrase: "The road to hell is paved with good intentions." Alas, this is true: the power given to one person, and moreover, the power is undivided, can only become a toy, a means of satisfying one's own whims. The same can be said about various youth movements - the film perfectly shows how a "fellowship", a kind of "brotherhood" is formed from disparate people. Again - at first everything is fine, but only at first. And gradually, with the growth of the scale of the movement, problems and conflicts begin. At the same time, the leader, even an authoritarian one, cannot do anything - the situation resembles a train flying at full speed, demolishing everything in its path.

In my opinion, the film is worth watching for anyone who wants to think a little. There are no unexpected discoveries, The Wave does not show anything new - but nevertheless, it is worth spending a little less than two hours on it. When you watch it, you don't think about the acting, special effects or budget. And this is very important in our difficult time.

4. Alexander Zubkov. Valkyria Chronicles

In the modern world of video games, there is a concept of content exclusivity, that is, on each platform there are some unique games that are not available from competitors. Manufacturers of game systems are trying by any means to get hold of exclusive games for their platform: they negotiate with developers for fabulous fees, sometimes they completely buy game studios. We can say that it is exclusive games that sell this or that game console, because multiplatform toys can be played on any console or even on a computer.

If you ask a person who understands modern games to name the brightest console exclusives, games for which they buy a particular console, then most likely you will hear something like this: for the PlayStation 3 it will be God of War, Uncharted, Heavy Rain , Killzone, Gran Tourismo 5, Resistance; for XBOX 360 the list will be: Halo, Gears of War, Alan Wake, Forza Motorsport. But there is one game, exclusive to the PlayStation 3, that hardly anyone will remember: it came out very quietly, did not rattle at exhibitions, and was not sold in millions of copies. Yes, and genre affiliation is clearly not mainstream, now action rules the ball, refined blockbusters that tickle the nerves and overload the brain regions responsible for the speed of reaction. The hero of today's story is not like that at all, meet: Valkyria Chronicles from the famous SEGA.

The genre of the game is not easy to define, perhaps the most correct definition would be: tactical turn-based role-playing game with real-time combat. But first, let's talk about the strongest, in my opinion, part of the game: the story. He is here. This is a rarity today, the main emphasis is now on multiplayer, graphics, special effects. I will not reveal the intrigue, I will describe briefly: an alternative history, Europe during the First World War. For territories, and most importantly, for the rare and most valuable mineral Ragnit, the Empire (similar to a mixture of Tsarist Russia and imperialist Germany) and the Federation (European countries, especially similar to England) are fighting. Between the two fires is a quiet and peaceful Gaul, rich in the same Ragnit. It is clear that the flames of war will overwhelm a small state, Gaul is a very tasty morsel for both warring parties. For the inhabitants of this country, fighting against superior enemy forces, we will play with you, more precisely, for a small detachment formed from former militias, that is, recent civilians of various professions.

This game has a lot of plot, so to speak, after passing it, you will feel that, at least, you have read a solid fantasy novel. There is everything your heart desires: secret knowledge, mystically lost civilizations, intrigues of royal houses, fantastic weapons, the "Nietzschean" superior race (those same Valkyries), love, betrayal, friendship and much more. The plot is presented very interestingly, as if you are leafing through an illustrated book, and each of its pictures is an event: either an animated story clip or a combat mission. This book is divided into chapters, that is, several cutscenes combined with a couple of combat encounters and form a separate chapter, it is very convenient: you can "jump" into the game for an hour, go through one chapter and postpone the game until the next time, like a book. Also, through the menu, screens are organized to improve the characteristics of the fighters of your squad (you recruit them from recruits yourself, they have different appearances, as well as their pros and cons, unique features), equipment, uniforms, this is the RPG component of the game. After a completed combat operation, it is very pleasant to distribute the earned experience points among your subordinates, improve weapons, and improve armored vehicles.

Combat missions are the main part of the game, in fact, this is the game itself. At first, you are given a task, short explanations of the area, and so on, everything is very harmoniously connected with the plot and is not taken out of context. A tactical map is shown with the locations of your troops and the enemy, reference points, and landscape indicated on it. You place the fighters at the proposed points. I’ll tell you a little about the classes, there are 5 main types of fighters: scout (a large number of movement points, armed with a rifle, weak in battle, priceless on forced marches), attack aircraft (walks close, armed with a machine gun, deadly against infantry in close combat), sniper ( slowest unit, one shot - one kill if it doesn't miss the head), spearman (moves close, armed with a spear - this is a local bazooka, strong against armored vehicles), engineer (runs almost as far as a scout, refills infantry ammo and equipment, repairs armored vehicles, armed with a rifle, the weakest unit in battle). Also in the game there are armored vehicles and unique types of troops. Having placed the units on the map, you get into the combat menu, here you need to select a fighter and the game switches you to direct control of a soldier or a tank, depending on your choice.

Controlling a subordinate from a third person perspective, you can freely move around the battlefield, like in some action game, but you will attack in pause mode, after the attack you will be back in real time. Each fighter, depending on the class, has a movement bar of different lengths - this is an indicator of how far your unit can run, it can only attack once per turn (or throw a grenade, use a first-aid kit or special equipment, etc.).< /p>

The turn system is very interesting, the fact is that you are given a certain amount of command points in each of your phases, and you are free to distribute them as you like. For example, you can go several times with the same fighter, sending him behind enemy lines in order to later arrange sabotage or capture a strong point and call for reinforcements with it, thereby opening a second offensive center. Your phase is followed by the opponent's phase, the principle is the same: he receives command points and spends them as he sees fit. There are a lot of tactical moves and tricks, each battle can be won in different ways, as well as lost, artificial intelligence can be very insidious here. Attacking the enemy head-on and winning the battle will not work: your small squad will simply be crushed, you will have to correctly calculate moves, hide fighters in cover by the end of the turn, use landscape features, etc. The game has a wonderful training mode, it will tell you about all the intricacies of control and interface.

Graphically, the game is beautiful, you won't find another like it: everything looks like it was painted with watercolors, the animation is smooth, the story clips imperceptibly flow into combat missions, in general, this is a must see. Sound accompaniment organically complements the picture, orchestral music, depending on what is happening on the screen, changes from light and cheerful to dark and heavy. Particularly pleased is the opportunity to include the original Japanese voice acting and English subtitles, this makes it possible to join the original, because no one can convey the subtleties of intonations and emotions better than Japanese voice acting masters. There are no trophies in this game, as this system was introduced to the PlayStation 3 later. I recommend that you make an optional installation of game data on your hard drive: this will significantly reduce the loading time of the levels.

A rare representative of a dying genre, this game deserves to be in your collection, especially if you like an interesting and complex plot, as in a good book, as well as measured tactics and New Laptop Dell 4GB Intel Core I5 ​​SSHD (Hybrid) 500GB strategic tasks , although there are also real-time battles that add good portions of adrenaline to the blood. Here you can see the love of developers, a reverent attitude to details, because of this, the soul is felt in the game. I consider Valkyria Chronicles the gem of my small collection, it just "sold" a game console from Sony, give it a chance: download the demo version on the PlayStation Network, and maybe you too will want to go to the aid of little Gaul, because in this proud fairy tale such real people live in the country.

A rare representative of a dying genre, this game deserves to be in your collection, especially if you like an interesting and complex plot, as in a good book, as well as measured tactics and New Laptop Dell 4GB Intel Core I5 ​​SSHD (Hybrid) 500GB New Laptop Dell 4GB Intel Core I5 ​​SSHD (Hybrid) 500GB strategic tasks, although there are also real-time battles that add good portions of adrenaline to the blood. Here you can see the love of developers, a reverent attitude to details, because of this, the soul is felt in the game. I consider Valkyria Chronicles the gem of my small collection, it just "sold" the game console from Sony, give it a chance: download the demo version on the PlayStation Network, and maybe you too will want to go to the aid of little Gaul, because in this proud fairy tale country live such real people.

P.S. Valkyria Chronicles is still available in stores, but hurry: new copies are no longer in print, and a platinum edition is not expected. An ideal option for the price is an order from the English shopto.net, then the game with delivery will cost you about 600 rubles.

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