2011 March

March 31, 2011

Crysis 2… Second Take

You all have prob­a­bly read my ini­tial impres­sions of Cry­sis 2 and it’s Mul­ti Play­er demo and I was very harsh on it.  My ini­tial com­plaints were the con­soliza­tion of the title and the lack of effort showed with­in the demo. Against what I thought was my bet­ter judge­ment I decid­ed to pick up the game from Intkeys.   I made the assump­tion that the final prod­uct would be just as bad.  If there is one thing I’ve learned from work­ing in the IT indus­try for the last 6 years its to NEVER assume things.  That being I am forced to take back what I said about the demo.  Is Cry­sis 2 a con­solized title?  In a way yes… it has been heav­i­ly stream­lined to appeal to con­sole audi­ences but that does­n’t make it a bad game. Cry­sis to PC gamers is whatRead more…

March 27, 2011

Crysis 2 DX11 Patch Tomorrow?

Accord­ing to pcgamers.de they have rea­son to believe that Cry­tec will be releas­ing the much sought after DX11 patch that was not includ­ed with the game release.  In addi­tion to includ­ing DX11 sup­port the patch will also be include advanced graph­ics set­tings such as motion blur, AA, AF and sev­er­al oth­er graph­i­cal set­tings.  This is a PC exclu­sive patch and this should make PC gamers quite hap­py who were dis­grun­tled at the announce­ment that the PC release would be DX11 only at release.  I just fin­ished Cry­sis 2 and am cur­rent­ly in the process of writ­ing my review.  I may per­haps delay it and replay the game with DX11 turned on and com­pare.  Lets hope these rumors pan out to be true.

March 27, 2011

Our Favorite Games

No mat­ter how long you have been in the indus­try, whether it be 5 years of 25 years there is always that one game that holds a spe­cial place in your heart.  It could be the lat­est release of Halo: Reach or back to an old Atari game that nobody has played in two decades.  I got to think­ing about this the oth­er day real­iz­ing that most games bare­ly hold my inter­est for more then a few months before I shelve them to most like­ly nev­er play them again and to most like­ly to for­get after some time.  I prob­a­bly own of 400 games across mul­ti­ple plat­forms includ­ing the PC, Wii, PS3, PS2, Xbox360, N64 and so forth.  How­ev­er there is always that one game that stuck in the back of my head years after I had  played it and I stillRead more…

March 27, 2011

Japan Week Day 6: Nintendo

As I end my ded­i­ca­tion week to Japan, there is one com­pa­ny that stands above them all in the land of the ris­ing sun, Nin­ten­do. Say what you will about their cur­rent con­sole strat­e­gy, but no one can deny the influ­ence they have had on the indus­try since the late 80’s. They have cre­at­ed some of the world’s most pop­u­lar games, defined hand­held gam­ing, and brought video games back from the crash. On the eve of the 3DS launch, I am hon­or­ing Nin­ten­do and four of the most impor­tant peo­ple to come from Nin­ten­do (again this is the writer’s opin­ion). Satoru Iwa­ta joined Nin­ten­do in 1993 at HAL lab­o­ra­to­ry, inc. a sec­ond par­ty devel­op­er of Nin­ten­do. Dur­ing his stay there, until 2001 when he become the CEO of Nin­ten­do, he had a hand in some of Nintendo’s sta­ple fran­chis­es; theRead more…

March 25, 2011

Japan Week day 5: Tecmo/SquareEnix

Next to the last day in my ded­i­ca­tion to Japan­ese devel­op­ers and we are going to take a look at two com­pa­nies with two dif­fer­ent styles. Tec­mo is known for the DOA series, Nin­ja Gaiden, and the Tec­mo Bowl series. Squa­reEnix on the oth­er hand has had a run­ning track record of great RPG’s that includes ChronoTrig­ger, Final Fan­ta­sy, and the Drag­on Quest series. Tec­mo cre­at­ed two series of games for the NES that hard­ly ever left my con­sole, the Nin­ja Gaiden tril­o­gy and Tec­mo bowl. Tec­mo Bowl is still a clas­sic and Bo Jack­son was the ulti­mate cheat. Nin­ja Gaiden was a dif­fi­cult game but yet some­thing I real­ly enjoyed. (See peo­ple I was about 8 when I played these and they are still con­sid­ered tough games, I encour­age chal­leng­ing your kids no mat­ter the age.) Hiedo Yoshiza­wa wasRead more…

March 25, 2011

Heroes of Newerth: $10 Account Weekend!

Some of you may remem­ber the arti­cle I did a while back about the Future of DotA. One of the games I men­tioned, Heroes of New­erth, is cur­rent­ly on sale. While any­one can down­load the client, you need an account (usu­al­ly a one-time fee of $30) to play. Accounts are cur­rent­ly on sale for only $10! If you’re like me and excit­ed for Dota 2, this is the game to prac­tice on. Almost all of the game is a direct port of DotA, with only a few minor bal­ance tweaks and upgrades. Get it at www.heroesofnewerth.com The sale ends this Sun­day, March 27th, at 11:59 PM EST. Don’t miss your chance to get in on this game. Com­ment below if you did just pur­chase an account. We’ll link up and play! Trust me, this is a game where you don’tRead more…

March 25, 2011

Full House Poker Raises the Stakes on Avatar Games

Well Full House Pok­er is in full swing after being released this week on Xbox Live. Now I was a big fan of 1 vs. 100, so I had high hopes for this and I believed it deliv­ered. Full House Pok­er is a sin­gle and mul­ti­play­er pok­er game that allows you to use your Xbox Live avatar at the tables. Now of course with sin­gle play­er you play the CPU and build up a bank roll play­ing either stan­dard games or tour­na­ments. Along the way you earn XP and rewards such as out­fits, pok­er room chairs, play­ing cards, and oth­er pok­er items. When you make a cus­tom game you can select from the dif­fer­ent unlocks to make your very own pok­er room. Now Full House Pok­er real­ly shines in mul­ti­play­er. You can choose to play at a sin­gle table forRead more…

March 24, 2011

Japan Week Day 4: Konami & Namco

Today we con­cen­trate on two com­pa­nies with great lega­cies rang­ing back to the NES and beyond. I know that I have been tak­ing one com­pa­ny per day but I have so much mate­r­i­al that I will not fin­ish in a week if I don’t com­bined some and I am sor­ry if there are ones that I should have includ­ed it was hard nar­row­ing down to just a week’s worth of mate­r­i­al; I could have eas­i­ly done a month. But back to busi­ness, Kon­a­mi has two indus­try greats that I am going to focus on and Nam­co has one. Hideo Koji­ma, the mas­ter of great games with con­vo­lut­ed plots, Koji Igarashi the Castl­e­va­nia 2D expert, and from Nam­co Toru Iwan­tani, the father of Pac-Man. Pac-Man is a game I could spend hours play­ing and nev­er tire. I should own a PacRead more…

March 24, 2011

Games for Gameless Situations: Pokémon

Brace your­selves. We’re going back on a trip to the mid-to-late 90’s. A lot of you were prob­a­bly play­ing ear­ly FPSes or RTSes at this point behind good old CRT mon­i­tors, ball mouse in one hand and “gen­er­ic-old-com­put­er-beige” key­board under the oth­er. Did any of you have a lit­tle broth­er? Maybe even a lit­tle sis­ter? If you were born between 89 and 94, or had a sib­ling who was, chances are you were EXTREMELY famil­iar with this one word. Poké­mon. Prop­er­ly pro­nounced Poke- EH (like a cana­di­an)- Mon, but fre­quent­ly pro­nounced Pokey­mon or Pokeuh­mon. It was a game. It was a TV show. It was a toy fran­chise. It was my entire world for so many years. The grip that Poké­mon had on my gen­er­a­tion was uncan­ny, almost unholy. It was a reli­gion, a sci­ence, a job, a sport, aRead more…

March 24, 2011

AND THE WINNER IIIIISSS!!!!

THE PROMOTION FOR THE METRO 2033 GAME ENDED LAST NIGHT AND THE DRAWING HAS BEEN DONE. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED AND FOR CONTRIBUTING TO THE SITE, WE CONTINUE TO GROW AND ITS BECAUSE OF OUR MEMBERS AND CONTRIBUTORS THAT WE DO SO 😀 THE WINNER IS IFINNERS IFINNERS WHERE DID YOU HEAR ABOUT OR COME ACROSS THEGAMERSBLOG.COM? THE NEXT STEP IS FOR IFINNERS TO SEND ME HIS/HER EMAIL SO I CAN DELIVER THE GAME, IF YOU DONT WANT TO MAKE YOUR EMAIL PUBLIC YOU CAN SEND IT TO gamersblg@gmail.com, IT IS A STEAM GAME SO IF YOU DONT HAVE STEAM YOU WILL NEED TO DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL IT TO RECEIVE AND PLAY THE GAME. YOU CAN DOWNLOAD STEAM HERE http://store.steampowered.com/about/ AGAIN CONGRATULATIONS, IM HOPING WE CAN DO THIS AGAIN IN THE NEAR FUTURE 😀

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