September 30, 2011
Video Awesomeness: Battlefield Edition
To kick off the open Beta for the highly anticipated release (BY ME!) of Battlefield 3, I thought it would be cool to visit the Lineage that the Battlefield series has brought to the gaming community from PC to console this is a strategic thinking man’s shooter! So instead of me rambling on about the past here’s Adam Sessler (one of the only good things G4 TV has to offer). He basically sums up the series through Battlefield 1943 in three minutes: PC Games — E3 2012 — Battlefield 3 When Battlefield: Bad Company came along I totally got into the series (sorry PC guys Dice mussed up not putting this one out for you!) The story was a modern day version of Kelly’s Heroes, one of my favorite World War II movies from back in the day, which addedRead more…
September 29, 2011
Battlefield 3 Beta Starts Today and Costs How Much?
By now everyone knows that the beta for the upcoming release Battlefiled 3 is now available for everyone to play on PC, Xbox and PS3. I decided to first download it on my Xbox and went to the dashboard to download it when I run into the picture above. I was mildly shocked when I was told it was going to cost me 429,496,795 Xbox 360 points. That comes to a grand total, at $19.99 for 1600 points of $5,360,025.58 dollars. I don’t know, that seems a bit pricey, especially for a beta. But you know, we are in a recession, gotta do what it takes to make ends meet. We all know EA is hurting for money these days. In all seriousness it will not cost anything to play the beta but you will have to pay for the full game. The beta release will feature feature 2 mapsRead more…
September 27, 2011
War Never Changes… Just Our Games.
There are more than a few differences between the Capital Wasteland and the Mojave Wasteland. This stems from a different development team for each game, both of which fall under the Bethesda Softworks umbrella. Obsidian Entertainment added some interesting new elements. Honestly, I would like to see most of them worked into a Fallout 3 update/overhaul. First off, hardcore mode is brilliant. It adds a level of realism, challenge, and complete immersion that just isn’t there in Fallout 3. I find that, when I’m playing Fallout 3, I tend to get bored as I progress through the game. With so many inventory items like ammunition, and a few others being completely weightless, it’s far too easy to be able to afford absolutely anything your heart desires. It also keeps me aware that I’m playing a game at all times, atRead more…
September 23, 2011
Dawn of War II Retribution Review
I’ve been on a roll of playing Warhammer games lately and Retribution hasn’t made it easier to stop doing so and if anything it’s made it harder. I recently purchased the THQ pack which contained all of the Warhammer titles *Space Marine excluded*. I must admit I love the Warhammer universe. I had never touched it before I picked up the THQ pack nor had I played any of the tabletop games or even heard of it for that matter. I find myself getting more and more immersed as time goes on and now I’m even purchasing the books and reading them non-stop. One might expect that after so many releases that the content might get dry or the universe boring. I’m proud to say that this is not the case with Retribution and in addition to bringing a good story to theRead more…
September 21, 2011
In the News…..
In the News….. We here at ATheGamersBlog like to do things a bit different and put out original content instead of post after post of the same regurgitated headlines strewn throughout the interwebs, but in case you miss anything here’s some headlines that have us stoked. Don’t hate the picture, it was made with love. Sorry I am not a artist. Battlefield 3 beta FINALLY gets a date. The BF3 beta is almost upon us. DICE always hinted at a September release for the beta and it will still make it albeit at the end of the month. The beta will officially begin on September 29th. Anyone still holding on to their Limited Edition Medal of Honor or has a pre-order from Origin will be given early access with the beta beginning on September 27th for thoseRead more…
September 20, 2011
A Whole New (Old) World for Roleplaying Fans
Not too long ago, there was another post on this same site posing a question that made me think for a very long time. Do the fantastic storytelling and man-versus-machine elements of a single player campaign mode make a good and memorable game, or is it the online and in-person multiplayer experience that allows us to interact with others in an entirely new way? This question bugged me for quite a while, but with the manner in which the internet has influenced society, the answer has become very clear. Single player was once the way to go for a memorable game, but in this day and age, having a “single player only” game closes the player off from a whole different level of experience. (For those of you who caught that last pun, I applaud you. Go eat a cookie.Read more…
September 17, 2011
More Bang for Your Microsoft Buck?
It’s no secret that Xbox Live costs the most of all console networks. Nintendo’s Wifi service is free, PlayStation Network is free and an identity thief’s wet dream, and Xbox Live costs, at best, $50 a year. Is it really that much better? Whether it’s worth it or not, I’m paying. As a paying customer, there are a few features I’d like to suggest, and almost feel inclined to claim a sort of shareholder leverage to pitch First off, I’d like to see adjustable standard headsets. Yes, I am aware that they are already adjustable to a large extent, but they have one major flaw for large-headed individuals like me. I can choose to either have the earpiece centered comfortably on my ear, or have the mic close enough to my mouth to pick up things I say at a naturalRead more…
September 16, 2011
Listen to this: OverClocked Remix
I am a huge fan of the music in video games. I have several soundtracks that have been sent to retail and find it to be one of the most critical points in encompassing a player with that immersion factor I always talk about. Does good music make for a good game; no. I’ll be the first to criticize one of my favorite games; Advent Rising. The music was first-rate to the point I over looked the glaring issues it had, and it had several. The game play was mediocre and there were graphical glitches abound, but the music drove home the struggle and hope of the story that it turned what would have been mess of a game into something serviceable. There have been countless games and soundtracks that have become gaming culture icons. What if you took thisRead more…
September 16, 2011
Learn with Portals
With wonderfully unique gameplay and fantastically brilliant writing, it is no wonder that the Portal Game series has become such a hit. This critically acclaimed series has also gone on to other entertainment mediums, such as a comic book and a live action film. Portal: No Escape However, the creators didn’t want to stop there. Valve has decided to show the value of video games in education through their new program, Learn with Portals. They recognized the potential for Portal to add an entertaining and innovative approach to learning physics and critical thinking. Valve has invited classrooms to join them at the Valve headquarters to work with top of the line programming and to meet some of the brightest minds in the gaming world. The kids get the opportunity to creative their own Portal worlds, learning physics, math, logic, andRead more…
September 14, 2011
Hi, I’m BlackRift– here on TGB, on Xbox Live, on BattleNet, you name it. I’m going to be writing about games I love, and hopefully be entertaining in the process. From classic Nintendo titles, to iOS games, to PC, Mac, and Xbox 360, I’ll be providing some interestingly eclectic content. If you’d like me to dig around and see what I can come up with about upcoming game news, just let me know and I’ll see what I can find. I hope you like reading, and I look forward to hearing from any of you.