Archive for January, 2012

TheBustedCouch Comic Strip: Skyrimming

Posted in Comic on January 15, 2012 by Matt

Back a while ago, my girlfriend and I played a whole bunch of Skyrim. The result is as seen below.

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Skyrimming - Click Here

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The Beginning Of Something Great: TheBustedCouch Comic Strip

Posted in Comic, News on January 14, 2012 by Matt

Recently, I started dieting. It’s a low-carbohydrate diet, and it’s really damn annoying. I’ve done one before, and lost a lot of weight, and I’ve gained some back. Time to lose it.

Anyway, this comic reflected a small thought I had the other day. I sort of pity Pac-Man. Poor guy.

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13.01.12 - TheBustedCouch - Diets Suck

This is the beginning of a comic strip I plan to do at least once a week. Soon there will also be a fully functional website (thebustedcouch.com), since I purchased the domain name yesterday. This means that, in another month or two, I’ll likely be leaving Neverending Gaming. I’ll save the proper goodbye for when it’s actually time.

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Today on Kongregate I Played: Outpost: Haven

Posted in Initial Impressions on January 13, 2012 by Matt

If you’re looking for something to play and don’t have any money, head on over to Kongregate and try out Outpost: Haven. It’s a top down corridor shooter, and you kill giant alien insects in an overrun colony. It’s very awesome.

You’ll collect health, ammo and money pick-ups, and also run into supply consoles that you can buy stuff at (kind of like in Dead Space). It’s straight forward, and you also earn ranks. As you go up in rank, you earn access to new weapons and upgrades. It’s nice to play a game that is so good, and not have to pay for it!

Review: Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine (PS3)

Posted in Reviews on January 11, 2012 by Matt

Recently, I’ve been making an effort to catch up with some of the games I purchased a while ago. Space Marine was one of them.

Warhammer 40,000 is a table top collectible hobby game that revolves around futuristic battles using miniatures. There have been a few games released that have attempted to capture this grim future, most notably is the Dawn of War series. Space Marine is the first game to take on a third-person shooter perspective. There are some first person shooter games, like Space Hulk and Firewarrior, but that is it.

My play through of Space Marine took roughly 9-10 hours on Normal difficulty.

What did I like? What stood out? Atmosphere and Story, Combat, Pace

If you’re a huge fan of the Warhammer 40,000 universe, then you’ll appreciate the atmosphere that the game sets for you. Battle is raging all around you for the most part, and you fight wave upon wave of Orks as you move to your next objective. The character interactions are true to what it would really be like, and the story is fairly well done for this type of game. You play as Captain Titus and he is one tough Space Marine. Your objective when you are landing is to secure the weapons on the forge world before the Orks can get to them. There are some plot twists and, if you have ever read any of the lore from Warhammer 40k, you’ll definitely enjoy it. New people to this universe may or may not like it, but I think it’s excellent.

Combat in the game really makes you feel powerful. It’s basically a hack and slash with some shooting mixed in. Some of the weapons are not as I would have imagined them to be, but otherwise it’s well done. It really gave me that feeling of what it would be like to be a Space Marine.

The games moves along at a fast rate for the most part, and that is a good thing. It doesn’t seem like there is too much combat between plot points, but there’s enough. It’s good to keep a good pace so that the combat doesn’t get boring or drawn out.

What did I dislike? What could have been better? Slightly Repetitive, Refilling Health, Extremely Straight Forward

The game’s combat isn’t really all that amazing. It’s awesome in the beginning and you do feel powerful, but it wears on you a bit later on. Not much variations in deaths or execution maneuvers. It would have been nice for there to be an upgrade system for weapons or some new moves to learn. I’ll be expecting something like that to be implemented into future Space Marine games, if there are any.

Regaining your health in Space Marine is a bit different. There are not health pick-ups, and your armour is the only thing that regenerates (it’s power armour, so it makes sense), but your health does not regenerate. It requires you to do a special execution move on enemies to regain health. This doesn’t really make any sense to me. I guess it could account for adrenaline, but that’s about it. I would have expected either regeneration or health pick-ups of some sort. It can be a bitch if you have no health left, and are expected to kill a bunch of Orks or a boss. Mind you, when you die, you restart from your last checkpoint with full health.

This game is linear. Extremely linear. There are no puzzles, and there are no experience points. You find new stuff as you move along, but there’s no real upgrade system. It’s a straight up third-person shooter, and that is all.

Overall

I didn’t get a chance to play the multi-player yet, but it sounds like it’s pretty fun. There is team based capture the flag, and death matches, and a co-op mode where you do a horde mode kind of scenario. I would suggest this game to fans of Warhammer 40,000 more so than those who are not. Fans should get it, non-fans can wait for a price drop. It’s a solid game, but hopefully they can do a lot more with the next installment.

Purchase for Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012: Eschalon: Book 1 (Steam), Crysis (PSN)

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items, Initial Impressions on January 11, 2012 by Matt

Recently, I’ve been really getting into Avadon: The Black Fortress, and other games similar to it. I tried the demo for Eschalon: Book 1 and loved it, so I picked it up.

In it, you actually roll your character’s stats and pick different skills that you want to be proficient in. It’s a turn-based combat system, and it’s not the best looking game, but I like it nonetheless. These kinds of games take me back to the first Fallout and Baldur’s Gate days.

Crysis is reduced to a little over $10 now for PSN Plus members, so I snagged it. I already have it for PC, but I wouldn’t mind playing through it again. Other than the graphics being a little muddy, and the pop-up, it’s a pretty good port.

With this purchase, I am announcing it as my final one until mid February. Basically, I’m not buying anything until the PS Vita launches.

Recent Purchases: Condemned: Criminal Origin (360), Ys: The Oath in Felghana (PSP), Twisted Metal Head-On (PSP), MotorStorm Arctic Edge (PSP), and More!

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items, Initial Impressions on January 10, 2012 by Matt

Here are a few games I picked up the past Saturday and Monday.

Condemned
Condemned: Criminal Origins is a first-person horror/mystery game. I first tried the demo years ago and liked it, but I never picked it up. It was only $5 at GameStop, so I decided to grab it up. It’s a pretty cool game, but I’m already stuck…which is kind of embarrassing.

Ys Oath of Felghana
Ys: The Oath in Felghana has been sitting in the store, staring me down for a long time now. I picked up the premium edition for $19.99. I’ve never played the Ys games at all, and I may pick up Ys Chronicles 1&2 so I can get the back story on it.

Twsited Metal and Motorstorm Dual Pack
Twisted Metal Head-On and Motorstorm Arctic Edge were sold in a two-pack for $14.99. Now I can play Twisted Metal anywhere! Yay! Motorstorm wasn’t really on my list of must-have titles, but I’ll keep it in case I find time to play it (years from now, likely).

There was also a PSN Plus member exclusive over the last week. The entire Back to the Future series of games was free. I picked up episodes 1-5 for free! Nice!

Also free were the Syphon Filter games (1-3) on the PSOne classics. And I picked up Silent Hill as well for $5.99 (regular price). Now I can play Silent Hill on my PSP. It’s amazing how many games I have been able to fit on my 1 GB stick.

Free PC Game: Stealth Bastard

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items, Initial Impressions on January 5, 2012 by Matt

Recently, I was informed about a 2-D stealth platforming game called Stealth Bastard. It’s free and you can download it here. It combines elements of Super Meat Boy with Splinter Cell. It’s pretty awesome, and it’s free. Definitely get it.