2011 May

May 31, 2011

Random though of the day: Insert Battlefield 3 into the “What-if” machine…..

Dur­ing my long and bor­ing morn­ing I was read­ing an arti­cle on the Call of Duty’s stat site dubbed “Elite”. I love how they pass off some­thing that Halo has been doing with Bungie.net for years, as new. Any­way, I recall read­ing that EA is putting 100 mil­lion behind Bat­tle­field 3 to top­ple Mod­ern War­fare 3, they want BF3 to be the bees knees of the “mod­ern” FPS bout. Well let’s jump back to 2005 when EA had anoth­er con­tender in the ring chal­leng­ing their beloved Mad­den fran­chise. ESPN foot­ball 2k5 is still wide­ly con­sid­ered one of the best foot­ball games to date. 2K went ball­sy on 2k5 and priced it right at $19.99. 2k5 went on to crush Mad­den that year in terms of sales and crit­i­cal acclaim. It pushed EA into a cor­ner and made them shell outRead more…

May 31, 2011

Hands-on Preview: Dungeon Siege 3…..

I wasn’t always a fan of RPGs or ARPGs, but that has been chang­ing as of late. I have enjoyed Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance and its sequel, all of the Bethes­da games (Elder Scrolls (start­ing with Mor­rowind), Fall­out 3), the Fable series if you want to call them RPGs of some sort, Torch­light (which I may start my sec­ond play through here short­ly) and of course any­thing that comes from that great place in the sky called Bioware as of late (yes, I am still cur­rent­ly enjoy­ing Drag­on Age 2). Nor­mal­ly my key gen­res of choice are action/adventure, rac­ing, FPS, and some sports titles here and there to round it my gam­ing port­fo­lio. As I grow old­er though, dun­geon crawl­ing, gath­er­ing large amounts of loot like swag at a con­ven­tion, and stat and skill track­ing are becom­ing more and moreRead more…

May 26, 2011

MASS EFFECT WINNER!!!!!!!!!!

And we have our win­ner for a FREE STEAM COPY OF MASS EFFECT.….….….….….….….….….….….….….….….….….….….….….….….…..ZERO_19 is our win­ner this go around!!! Con­grats ZERO, hope you enjoy it! youll be get­ting an email from me in the email account asso­ci­at­ed with your gamers blog acct. with instruc­tions on how to claim your game. Let us know how you like it 😀

May 25, 2011

If you know the ending why bother playing?

*(Read with cau­tion, spoil­ers abound)* I final­ly did it. After putting it off and off again I final­ly bought The Leg­end of Zel­da: Twi­light Princess. I know, I know the game has been out since 2006 and I am on my sec­ond Wii (sold the first); but I always thought shelling out $50 for a five year old game was kind of absurd (at least since it was still read­i­ly avail­able). Well, on Sun­day Nin­ten­do released their “hits” line in the form of “Nin­ten­do Selects” and Twi­light Princess just hap­pened to be one of the four titles they released for the right price of $19.99. So with a coupon and $15 gift card I got the game for free (tech­ni­cal­ly), and start­ed to play it. The only thing about this sto­ry is I have seen and played the end­ing ofRead more…

May 25, 2011

Random thought of the day: why do numbers mean so much?

Thought I would try some­thing new and just write some­thing lit­tle to get our minds as a com­mu­ni­ty going and hope­ful­ly have a good dis­cus­sion in the com­ments, so this may turn into a dai­ly thing, who knows. Good phi­los­o­phy, try before you buy, so we are going to try damn it! K/D spreads, win per­cent­ages, head shot coun­ters, stats galore; that is all I hear about in com­pet­i­tive mul­ti­play­ers and frankly, I am sick of it. I play my fair amount of mul­ti­play­er gam­ing, putting in a cou­ple of hours each night on top of what else I played that day, but for the life of me can under­stand why peo­ple get up in arms about point­less num­bers that have no effect on my expe­ri­ence. I play Bat­tle­field, Halo, Gears of War, Home­front, Medal of Hon­or, Brink, and Sec­tionRead more…

May 25, 2011

Gamer Chat? Nope, This is Gamer Rant!

Ok so Gamer Rant is going to be my lit­tle out­let to unleash the frus­tra­tion in the gam­ing world. This rant is about good ol’ Call of Duty. First things first. When I played Call of Duty 4: Mod­ern War­fare I was blown away. That game raised the bar and set a new stan­dard for first per­son shoot­ers and it was a fan­tas­tic game. There I said some­thing nice. We fast for­ward to now and we have Mod­ern War­fare 3 on the hori­zon. Here is the prob­lem, with the excep­tion of zom­bies (great idea) what exact­ly is new about the next Call of Duty titles? You get a new sto­ry right? Run through maps shoot­ing every­thing and blow stuff up. Mul­ti­play­er is dif­fer­ent? No…you pay for a glo­ri­fied map pack real­ly. My point is since Call of Duty hit gold withRead more…

May 25, 2011

Portal 2 Review Part 1: Single Player

^MC Esch­er and Por­tal. Both hand-in-hand with mind-blow­ing­­ness. This game is so huge, I’m going to have to split the review into two arti­cles. Now, I know I’m quite late on the scene here, but this isn’t a review for peo­ple who want­ed to know whether the game was buyable instant­ly. Rather, this is my opin­ion on the game as some­one who was hes­i­tant and forced to wait, and it goes out to oth­ers who were also hes­i­tant and/or forced to wait. So, here it goes. Graph­ics: Shame on you for even inquir­ing about this. Graph­ics, in my opin­ion, real­ly bear no per­ti­nence to game qual­i­ty. How­ev­er, I must say that Por­tal 2 is beau­ti­ful. The atmos­phere of the sto­ry in every area is per­fect­ly matched by the col­ors and tex­tures of your sur­round­ings. Even on low res­o­lu­tions and graph­icRead more…

May 24, 2011

Qwop Challenge Winner!

Although it was tech­ni­cal­ly four days late, I still did receive one sub­mis­sion to the QWOP Chal­lenge! With a grand score of 101 meters (metres if you’re Euro­pean), and TWO rule bends, our win­ner is.… Dr. Pix­el! He request­ed that I write an arti­cle about “indie games in gen­er­al”. Pret­ty broad of a top­ic, but I’ll def­i­nite­ly nail togeth­er an arti­cle for him. I’d like to thank every­one who attempt­ed QWOP, and I’d like to encour­age every­one to get in on my next chal­lenge! I’ll give you three hints as to what it is: It involves sig­nif­i­cant amounts of luck. It involves a con­sole that is not cur­rent-gen. It will give me a chance to prac­tice my cast­ing skills. I’m cur­rent­ly fair­ly busy (I grad­u­ate the 11th of next month!), but I’ll have plen­ty of time to post the chal­lengeRead more…

May 24, 2011

The Witcher 2: The Review

Back in Octo­ber 2007 rel­a­tive­ly unknown devel­op­er, CD Pro­jekt with Atari released The Witch­er.   The orig­i­nal pro­vid­ed one of the most authen­tic, orig­i­nal and cap­ti­vat­ing RPG expe­ri­ences ever to land on the PC or any plat­form for that mat­ter.  The game was not with­out its prob­lems how­ev­er as it con­tained many graph­i­cal glitch­es, extreme­ly long load­ing times between sequences and a cen­sored ver­sion released in North Amer­i­ca.  The com­pa­ny respond­ed to these issues by not only releas­ing an updat­ed ver­sion of the game but adding in new quests, graph­i­cal enhance­ments and reduced load­ing times but pro­vid­ing it free to cus­tomers who had already pur­chased the game.  In fact CD Pro­jekt spent over 1 mil­lion dol­lars resolv­ing the issues its cus­tomers pre­sent­ed to them.   Ever since The Witch­er was released fans have been anx­ious­ly await­ing a con­tin­u­a­tion of the epic sto­ryRead more…

May 20, 2011

L.A. Noire

Ok so L.A. Noire came out last Tues­day and I dove right into it. Now I am sure peo­ple see the Rock­star Games and go “Ok, more GTA and Mafia type games.” Well here is what I say to that person…Shut up. Yes Rock­star pub­lished the game but L.A. Noire only bor­rows dri­ving and com­bat from GTA, after that it is a com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent game. Noire goes back in time to L.A. in the 1940’s (1947 to be exact).  The premise is pret­ty easy to grasp. You’re a cop and you’re solv­ing crimes. The best thing about this game is the sto­ry telling. As you play you feel like a detec­tive and you start to run the out­comes through your head try­ing to solve the case. You start as an aver­age patrol­man and work your way up the ranks toRead more…

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