Archive for May, 2011

Purchase For Monday, May 30, 2011: Frozen Synapse (PC) (Steam)

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items, Initial Impressions, New Releases on May 30, 2011 by Matt

Frozen Synapse is a game I was humming and hawing about for the last two days. Obviously, that is now over and I’ve purchased the game. Two copies of the game for $19.99 on Steam (you don’t have a choice here…).

The game is a plan and execute strategy game. You set up your people with way points and commands and press play. It has single and multi-player options and it’s pretty cool. I’ve only played through the tutorial so far, but plan to play some more very soon. Check out the videos provided on the Steam page for an idea of what the game is like.

Post Number 400!

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items, Initial Impressions, New Releases, What's Up. on May 28, 2011 by Matt

Alright, so it’s been over a month since my last post. I’ve been busy with a few different things and didn’t really feel like writing by the time I got home from work and whatnot. Excuses aside, this post is number 400. I’m going to play catch up with this post and tell you all what’s been goin’ on.

I’ll start with some purchases that I’ve made in the past while, starting with the games I actually took pictures of.

I’ve completed Mortal Kombat’s story mode (covers the first three games’ story lines), and played through Arcade mode a couple of times, and I’ve finished the first 25 challenges. It’s a fantastic game, and I highly recommend it. It can handle up to 4 players on one console, or you can take everyone online and play with up to 8 players in a tag match. If you’re worried about the online stuff at all (since you cannot redeem the kombat online pass codes), Warner Bros has released Mortal Kombat to not require the code until the PSN store comes back online. Don’t hesitate to pick this up.

3rd Birthday is actually a pretty decent shooter/rpg. I play it here and there, but have not finished it yet. Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky I have not played yet at all. I’m not sure when I’ll be getting around to that. I just saw a collector’s edition and picked it up.

Portal 2 is a pretty fun game. I’ve played through a little bit of the single-player and tried out the split screen multi-player with my girlfriend. It’s going to sit around like the first Portal game did, and I’ll likely finish this a year or so down the line.

You Don’t Know Jack is a game I played the demo for back on Playstation One. I figured that it was only $20 when I purchased it, and may as well get it. I’m not very good at trivia, but it’s still a fun time.

So…that covers all the games I actually took pictures of. Here are the rest of the games I purchased during my hiatus.

L.A. Noire (PS3)
Lost Planet 2 (PS3)
Armored Core For Answer (PS3)
The Witcher: Enhanced Edition (PC)(Steam)
The Witcher 2 (PC)
Magicka (PC)(Steam)
Plants vs Zombies: GotY Edition (PC)(Steam)
Mario vs Donkey Kong: March of the Minis (DS)
Ace Combat 04 (PS2)
Celebrity Deathmatch (XB)
Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit (XB)
Splinter Cell (XB)
Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow (XB)
Brute Force (XB)
Crimson Skies (XB)
Tron 2.0 Killer App (XB)

I also got rid of 3 X-Box 360 games, since I owned doubles of them for the PS3, and I also took advantage of a deal at work that was on near the beginning of May (traded in my old 360 for a newer model 360 4 GB console). I’ve replaced my 2 black PS3 controllers with two brand new ones (White and Green), and I purchased an AfterGlow controller for my X-Box 360 (blue). The AfterGlow is a wired controllers, but I wanted it more so for my PC than the 360. If you were wondering about it before, AfterGlow X-Box 360 controllers definitely work on Windows 7.

The more note worthy titles in the above list are definitely L.A. Noire and The Witcher. I haven’t played The Witcher 2 yet, but I’ve been playing through the first game at a decent pace. L.A. Noire, when I do play it, sucks me in for many hours at a time. Both are fantastic games.

Crimson Skies for the original X-Box console is a damn good game as well. It’s a game about sky pirates, so you’re doing a lot of dog fighting, so if you enjoy arcade style airplane games, get it. It’s really cheap if you can find it. I purchased it at Microplay for $2.

Magicka is a game I had over-looked previously. It has it’s frustrating moments, but is well worth it if you have friends you want to play with. It’s also compatible with a controller, so you can play up to 4-players on the same PC. Check out the demo for the game on Steam.

Plants vs Zombies is a great little time-waster game. If you enjoy tower defence games, and don’t own it, there’s something wrong with you. Mind you, it did take me until just very recently to pick it up. There was something wrong with me….but I’m okay now….

Ace Combat 04 has some good reviews, so I plan to give that a try soon.

I tried out some demos for some games I’ve been curious about. Mount and Blade on Steam has caught my attention, and I plan to buy the bundle pack for it soon. It’s basically a historic battle RPG. You have open-field battles and gain stats and skills as you fight. I’ve had limited experience so far, but I can see why these games have such a huge following.

I’ve put pre-orders down for the following games:

Hunted: The Demon’s Forge (PS3)
Duke Nukem Forever Balls of Steal Edition (PS3)
Red Faction: Armageddon (PS3)
Dead Island (PC)
Shadows of the Damned (PS3)
Catherine (PS3)
Alice: Madness Returns (PS3)
Dark Souls (PS3)

Hunted comes out Tuesday, so expect a post about that. It’s a fantasy action RPG, and it will have split screen multi-player. Cannot wait. Yet another game for me and the girlfriend to mow through.

Skipping ahead to Dead Island; Dead Island may be another zombie game, but I believe that it is going to be a lot different then the other games in the overcrowded zombie game bin. Guns are rare (and when you do find them, you only get the ammo that comes with them), use what you find (and not goofy shit like in Dead Rising), and the game will be difficult. The only thing that I don’t really like is the one weapon they described. It;’s basically a knife with a battery attached that you use to zap stuff with. Seriously….no.

Changing the topic from game purchases and pre-orders, I’ve re-arranged my apartment a little bit and now have a lot of my older consoles set up in my bedroom. It’s great playing SNES while laying in bed. I’ll take a picture and update my post soon.

I’ll try to post on a more regular basis, but we’ll see how busy I get with work and if I remember to make posts. I’ve been reading a lot of game news also, so there’s potential for some news posts soon.

If you read this post, let me know what games you’ve been playing. Make a comment!