2011 September

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.

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