Archive for November, 2009

Purchase For Tuesday, November 17, 2009 (Modern Warfare 2)

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items, Initial Impressions, New Releases on November 18, 2009 by Matt

It’s currently 12:18 a.m. so I am going to refer to this as still being the 17th. Anyway, today I was down to Waterloo to spend a bit of money. I wanted to pick up Modern Warfare 2 for the Playstation 3, and so I did. I didn’t buy a special edition or anything though. I decided it wasn’t really worth it.

I played through the first four missions of the game, and I must say that time flies when you play it. I meant to sit down and just try out one mission, not four. It didn’t take long to get used to, as the control scheme is fairly similar to other games I’ve been playing in the Playstation 3 lately. I’m playing through the game on Hardened difficulty, and I haven’t found anything too frustrating so far. There’s almost constant action throughout the game, like you’d expect from a Call of Duty game. It’s essentially the first Modern Warfare game, but polished up a bit. I’m enjoying it so far. I wonder if that will last, or if I will just get bored. Guess we’ll see.

Aliens vs. Predator 3 Will Rock Me Hard.

Posted in News on November 14, 2009 by Matt

If you played the original PC game by Rebellion or are interested in the upcoming release of Aliens vs. Predator 3, then please check out the AvsP3 Forums for all sorts of information on the game. There’s also a petition that everyone needs to sign here. Don’t let what happened to Modern Warfare 2 happen to Aliens vs. Predator 3!

Also, this picture made my guts hurt. Enjoy.

I’m Still Alive!

Posted in Currently Playing, Gaming Sessions on November 12, 2009 by Matt

It’s been a few days since I posted last, so I figured it’s time to finally make another one. I’ve been playing a few games, and had a friend over last night. I finally got my copy of Resident Evil 5 back as well. I haven’t really been reading any news, so I have nothing up-to-date to share with you this time around. Maybe later I will make another post.

I’ve primarily been playing Borderlands and Torchlight.

Since I am on dial-up internet, Torchlight is a bit of a bitch to actually play. It requires that I be online with Steam, and Steam doesn’t always want to cooperate. Sometimes the game won’t even open, and that royally pisses me off. I wish they’d release a version of Steam that is a little lighter. Anyway, when I finally get it to open, Torchlight is wonderful. I am still enjoying it quite a bit. I have a level 21 Berserker, and he kills stuff very well. I am so proud of him. I am playing through on hard, and I do die occasionally, but the game really isn’t that hard.

Borderlands is slowing down finally. I am level 48 with my Berserker. Need two more levels for the trophy. I’ll need to play online for most of the remaining trophies. I hope Laynix is up for it.

I had my friend Trevor over last night and I introduced him to some games on the Playstation 3 (and he also brought me back my copy of Resident Evil 5). We played some split screen Borderlands (starting new characters in the process). After getting to level 6 and finishing up a few quests, we had a duel. I used a soldier class, and he was a berserker. It came close, but ultimately I won. After showing him Borderlands, I threw Uncharted 2 in for him to play. I am pretty sure that he will be buying that game. I am sure anyone that has a taste of either of those games will buy them. I feel kind of like a drug dealer.

That’s pretty much it, in a nut shell. Not really all that much going on over here. I really need to get back to some other games. Uncharted 2 is drawing me back, as well as F.E.A.R. 2 and possibly some Dawn of War 2 (mind you, it totally depends on Steam being cooperative with me). BlazBlue and Demon’s Souls are also other possibilities. There’s so many games. FUCK! And Modern Warfare 2 is something I may pick up soon. I can keep typing about all the games I want and should be playing, but I think I will end it here. Like…right…here. There. Done.

Purchase For Thursday November 5, 2009 (Torchlight)

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items, Initial Impressions, New Releases on November 6, 2009 by Matt

I’ve been hearing a lot of exceptionally good things about Torchlight, and I decided I’d purchase it off of Steam while I am at Magic’s for my personal trainer certification course. I must say that this game is definitely worth $20.

I have played through to the second way point so far, and I find the game to be highly addictive. If you loved Diablo, then you have to own this game. Everything will remind you of it. Identify scrolls, town portals, way points, the music, and the item drops. There’s even socket items and you can put jewels and other items into them. It’s fucking INSANE!

There is one thing that everybody may find extremely odd at first, and that is that there is no multiplayer option in the game. To be honest, I don’t even miss it. You have a pet to keep you company in the game, and that’s good enough. Your pet levels up with you, has it’s own inventory pack to carry extra items, and can be sent back to town to sell and unload it’s items. It can also learn two spells, and wear two rings and a neck lace. Lovin’ it!

I am currently playing as the warrior. I am specializing in the Berkserker skill tree, and am using dual wield a lot. I am currently level 10, and playing through on hard difficulty. I recommend this game to anyone looking for a cheap gaming fix. I even gifted it to Magic. I knew he’d love it.

Check out this small article on Torchlight. This is what sparked my interest. I found this article while reading Digg.

News For November 3, 2009

Posted in News on November 3, 2009 by Matt

Some of it is a bit old, and has been sitting in my browser for a couple of days. Just read it.

Microsoft says “happy Halloween and fuck you!“. Don’t use your modded 360s online. Are you fucking retarded?

If you have the internet, and any sort of interest in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, then you have likely seen the leaked videos. Well, some of the content in the leaked videos has caused a stir of controversy, and now the ratings may be getting reconsidered. The game might even be banned in Australia. Sorry mates.

If you’re interested in the God of War III collector’s edition box, then take a look at this. I will still likely get it, considering I am a complete sucker for special edition shit.

Yay. Muscle sensors. I find this to be quite interesting and look forward to it. I know I said I am not a big fan of motion controls, since I don’t really want to sweat or move around when I am trying to relax with a game, but muscle sensor technology has quite a few applications and possibilities.

Seriously, fuck off. Less violent video games? There are heaps of games out there that have little to no violence in them. There’s variety for everyone. I enjoy all games, but I don’t think there needs to be any less violence. There needs to be less garbage games for the Wii. That’s about my only complaint.

There. I hope you’re happy.

Borderlands (PS3) Complete

Posted in Currently Playing, Reviews on November 3, 2009 by Matt

As I mentioned in my last post, I finished Borderlands once through as a Berserker. I have been continuing to play it a second time through, and I am still not tired of it. It is likely one of the most addictive games I’ve played in a long time (maybe since Diablo 2).

Graphics: I must say that the graphics in this game are definitely different. I enjoy the fact that everything seems to be hand drawn, and it has a cell shaded look to it. The shadows and lighting are well done in contrast to this effect. It seems like a lot of work went into the game’s character models as well. I am very satisfied. The only thing is that there is quite a bit of slow down at times. When there are any sort of lightning or fire effects, and lots of enemies, the game can get quite jerky.

Sound: The game’s sound effects are well done. The sizzling of corrosive acid, the booms of explosions, and the crackling of electricity are great. The crack of a bullet exploding an enemy’s head is there and wonderful. Voices and dialogue are alright. They don’t always sync up with the lip movements, but oh well.

Controls: They do take a little getting used to at first, but work well once you know them. They respond well, and I had no issues with the control scheme. I maybe would have rather had a different button for the melee attack, rather than R3. That’s about it.

Story: The story is simple. You’re a vault hunter, and you’re on a quest to find the mysterious vault. The vault is told to hold great wealth, powerful technology and weapons. Whoever finds the vault will obtain great power. You make your way through the game, completing the various quests and finding hints to the location of the vault. There is someone else after it as well, and it turns into a rush to see who gets there first. The story isn’t all that deep or anything, but there are some funny elements to it if you pay attention. I enjoyed it, but it’s nothing overly special.

Innovation: Well, this game has a few elements that spice up the fps genre. It’s sort of like Fallout 3 with different graphics and skill sets. That and up to four-player co-op. Two-player split screen is nice, if you have a buddy over. The graphics are a bit different then you’d expect, as I explained above. There are so many weapons in the game, it almost never repeats. They all seem to be randomly generated. Same with any shield you pick up (armour).

Difficulty: It’s not really all that difficult. If you run into a tough spot, just got an level up a bit and find a better weapon. When you die, you just respawn at the last check marker. You lose a bit of gold, but nothing overly distressing. The second play through, the enemies are higher levels to present more of a challenge. It’s really just fun, and I wouldn’t really call it a difficult game at all.

Replay Value: The game, as I said, let’s you continue on after you finish it. The second time through, the enemies are higher levels. There are a few trophies that require the second play through, or else you won’t be able to obtain level 50 and whatnot. There is also the multi-player aspect of the game. You and 3 friends can enjoy this game for quite a while, if everyone tries out each character. That and each character has many different ways of playing, depending on the skills you choose to upgrade. There is also player vs player arenas in the game, if you get bored of killing monsters and want to turn on one another. It has some good legs to it, and I’ll likely be playing it for a while yet.

Overall, I’d say that this was the best $40 I have ever spent. I managed to get it at Wal-Mart when they first released it with that sale price. I’d still say it’s worth getting, regardless of the price. Get some friends together, and travel forth into the waste lands. Enjoy your trip to the vault.

Gaming Session(s) With Magic and Matt (Part Two) And A Purchase!

Posted in Gaming Sessions, In The Mail/Purchased Items on November 1, 2009 by Matt

During the week, I happened to drop by Block Buster in search of some horror movies. They carry games, and I just happened to check out their used selection and made a purchase. The next day, I made my trip to London to visit Magic and do some gaming.

The purchase I made was F.E.A.R. 2 for the Playstation 3. I’ve been meaning to get it, and I finally did. It was only $25, and works fine. There were some marks on the bottom of the disc, but seeing as how Blu-Ray discs are durable as hell, it didn’t have any adverse effects on the game disc. I just wiped it down, and it looked fine. No scratches.

Now, the gaming session. I got down there on Thursday (with my PC, PS3 and 360), and stayed until Saturday morning. Magic had purchased Borderlands for the PC. We both agreed that the game was addictive and really a great game. We pretty much just played it single player until we finished the game. It was me on my PS3 and him on his PC. That was day one. We played for likely…six to eight hours. On day two, we decided to get a bit of Counter-Strike: Source in on the old PCs. Wow, I am a completely useless n00b. It’s been over a year since I actually played it. I miss being able to game online. We only played that for maybe half an hour to an hour, and we stopped.

Other than that, we ate (Magic made a good supper Thursday night for sure), watched tv and did very little sleeping. We actually went out and did some stuff on Friday, so our gaming was limited to just those two games. Nobody else showed up, and I am very disappointed in all of them. They knew that this was coming, and bailed. Not cool. I expected more from you, Dino.

I also downloaded the demos for Brutal Legend and NFS Shift. I will likely own both of these games in the future.

As I mentioned, we did complete Borderlands. Expect a review very shortly. There really isn’t much to say otherwise.