Plenty of people seem to rag on the ME3 Multiplayer but I personally love it! At this point though bronze matches are a bit of a joke and I just use them for testing new builds out while soloing. So the new challenge for me is trying to find the best build for each class to meet any challenge. Right now I just tried a Turian Soldier with maxed out Marksman, Proximity Mine and no Concussive Shot. I’m using a N7 Hurricane I and I’m absolutely loving it. With one use of Marksman you can solo a Atlas on Bronze and come quite close on Silver. With a damage maxed Proximity Mine you can destroy most unprotected enemies quickly. Marksman and maxed out damage/stability makes the Hurricane quite usable. Any thoughts?
Alright, let’s purchase Premium Spectre packs!
Krysae Sniper Rifle VII
Reegar Carbine VI
Male Quarian Ilfitrator
And my last PSP had a Scoprion II and Wraith III in it. I’m pretty sure it’s trolling me with kindness.
So far after three PSP I have nothing from Rebellion DLC. Instead I seem to be getting lots of Asari Justicars and Drell Vanguards. Kinda sad about this.
I frequent GameSpot.com a lot (sometimes more often then I might like when I’m busy) and I just watched the first “Quoted for Truth” which is a new weekly video. I would highly recommend checking it out. One piece of the show especially interested me. Most people have probably heard of Microsoft’s new offer for a $99 Xbox 360 if you subscribe to XBL for two years at $15/month. The comment that really hit home to me was about consoles becoming more like cell phones where you get the console cheap and pay every month for it. As a PC gamer I’m glad that I don’t have to deal with console crap. However, a $400ish console doesn’t seem so bad compared to my $1000+ computer. I know that my computer does a lot of stuff other than just play games (at least I think it does).
As a side note to anyone who wants to run of and by a new Xbox 360 for $99 please don’t do it. It actually cost more (Gasp! Microsoft didn’t give an awesome deal that saves you millions…).
Anyway, yay for PC gaming. I wonder what the next generation of consoles will be like. (Fear it as well)
I’m not a genius but I get good grades. I go to a good college (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) and I do fairly well there (3.77 GPA as of right now). So when I saw this article it really astonished me: http://www.mercurynews.com/education/ci_20506332/cheating-controversy-grows-into-angry-national-dialogue-about?source=pkg. One sentence in particular bothered me deeply. It reads, “School kids — including those with top grades — not only cheat with great regularity, but they express trouble understanding what’s the big fuss?” So what’s my big problem? I don’t cheat. I’m not a perfect person and I’m sure that I’ve probably copied a homework problem once but I don’t cheat. So maybe this was a one time case for this kid and he just had bad luck and got caught. Tough luck for him. But the fact that most, or at least some of the top students cheat a lot scares me. And while I’m not sure it’s completely true and there is no real data to back this up, it’s still scary. What is wrong with my generation (whether college aged or middle school I’m counting that as ‘my generation’)? Because according to this there is a whole lot wrong with people.
Even if cheating weren’t against the rules I still wouldn’t do it. While I feel miserable when I get a bad grade it at least represents that I didn’t know the material. Cheating is just lying to myself, to everyone else who I tell my grade to, and to the professor. I know personally when I take an exam I have a fear of even accidentally looking at the exam of another person for fear I might see something. Even as tempting as cheating might be sometimes I could never bring myself to do it. So how are so many other people doing it so casually.
I love Mass Effect 3. If you asked I could list a hundred things are so amazing about the game. But I’m not going to do that. Instead, I’m going to take a look at the reason why I rage quit Mass Effect 3 before even entering a multi-player match. It’s all about credits, or the lack of them. And when I spend my well-earned credits and get a new appearance for my male human adept I feel like I have bad luck. But when my credits disappear into the infamous hole of Bioware’s pocket I get annoyed. “Purchase failed to process” has become a nightmare whenever I go to upgrade my multi-player arsenal. I just lost 100K credits just to day. I don’t have an exact count but I’m around 1,000,000 credits total. And thank god I don’t spend my money of Bioware points only to see them disappear the same way. For such a good game, a couple of annoying bugs are starting to make the game no so fun. Not impressing me Bioware.
I’m sometimes reluctant to play a game that is overly popular. Maybe I like to be that person who almost brags that at least they don’t do that. I should probably accept the fact that for the most part, when a lot of people like something, it’s generally good. Of course, after saying that I think about the music, books, and movies most people like and I’m not so sure I should trust the public opinion on games. However, there is a big difference. The gaming community, despite its blemishes, is much better about having a good opinion. Often, when I don’t like a song or an artist I can’t quantify exactly what is wrong. I might stop reading a book because it just doesn’t quite draw me in. However, when it comes to games I can usually pick out the pick positives and the big negatives that either keep me attached to the game or send me reeling. I’ll keep believing that this fact leads to better opinions from other gamers, and I’ll have to remind myself that the popular game might be just as good as the unknown.
In other news I just keep loving indie games more and more. I was replaying Terraria recently and it still keeps me entertained. For anyone who hasn’t tried out the tower-defense/FPS mix Sanctum, do yourself a favor and give it a try. It’s a simple game that challenges you but also lets you just have fun. Plus the graphics are really enjoyable. I also, finally, got around to picking up Minecraft. If you’re curious why it took me so long read the above paragraph. Needless to say that I’m hours in and loving every minute of it.
Bioware: I don’t care about my Commendation Pack. I don’t care much about my upgrades. If you told me I couldn’t unlock anything else from now on I’d be angry. But that angry is only a piece of the anger I have right now. Anger caused by the fact that I can’t even play your game right now. It’s not that it’s buggy or anything, it won’t let me. So do yourselves a favor. Fix this now, and maybe the rest of your fan-base will stay loyal. Because I have a feeling this may be the last straw for some people. For me, well I’ll stick around. But don’t count on any more of my money until you shape up.
Call of Duty is a series that evokes strong emotions from all gamers. Some love it and others hate it but we can all agree that it has sold well and been incredibly successful. I personally remember playing the original Call of Duty for PC. The gameplay was unique (for its time) and led to a fantastic game. While it had a multiplayer component, it was a single player game at heart. So what happened to Call of Duty. With the announcement of Call of Duty: Black Ops II (the ninth entry into the series) I feel like the game has stagnated. It is now all about the multiplayer and I personally won’t even buy the newest one.
Despite my disdain for the series I did pick up Modern Warfare’s one through three. I did wait for sales and deals but I still sent along my money to Activision. I’m personally a big single player person but I logged countless hours in each of them until MW3. At this point, I’m getting a little tired of the same old things. Between obnoxious players to glitches and cheats, the game quickly lost interest. I’m not saying that it’s a bad game, I’m just saying that I’m tired of it.
So how do I feel about Black Ops II? Well after seeing the trailer from yesterday, I’m intrigued. But I can’t say that I’m going to buy it. It looks slightly innovative but I can’t help but relate slightly to the comments of it being Modern Warfare 4. However, the most numerous comments are on the graphics. They look outdated, the textures aren’t great, and overall it doesn’t look great. But why does that matter so much. Plenty of games don’t have great textures and they still have great gameplay, a great story, or just a solid all-around game. I’d rather play a good game than a bad game that looks good.
At the end of the day I just see Call of Duty and move on. It might be news today but I personally won’t pay much attention to it. It will sell like crazy and everyone will be happy or angry to play it but I can’t care less. I’ll hold out for a game that delivers what I’m looking for and it isn’t a multiplayer twitch shooter. I’m hoping that Crysis 3 is excellent. I’m hoping for an E3 announcement about Half Life. And I can’t wait for the Skyrim DLC to be announced in full. But I’m not waiting for Black Ops II or the next Call of Duty games that are sure to follow the current ones.
I have to say that I’m super excited for the new Battlefield 3 DLC. While I didn’t love everything about Back to Karkand I have still supremely loved BF3. My main issues with the BtK DLC were that some of the maps didn’t seem to play as well as the original maps on BF3. I would point out specifics but at the moment my brain is a mush and I can’t come up with the right names for each of the different maps. I did love the weapons and especially loved the Assignments that were included with BtK. Have extra things to challenge you while playing an excellent game leads to even better gameplay.
So what makes Battlefield 3 great for those of you who still don’t play it. I’ll get the whole Call of Duty vs. Battlefield argument out of the way first. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 is a well-done game. The multiplayer is exactly what it is supposed to be (I assume) and plays excellently. However, it’s not a super realistic shooter and it can feel overly quick at times (for me). I don’t have anything against people who play COD (unless you’re an asshole to other people playing) but on the other hand I just don’t have as much fun. I bought the game, played the single player, played some multiplayer, and now I mostly just play spec-ops. It’s a really good game but it isn’t the best game out there by a long shot. BF3 on the other hand almost feels a little more like a tactical shooter versus the twitch shooter.. The big differences are the vehicles, the more realistic weaponry, and the lack of kill streaks. I would say that the focus on objectives over kills is a difference but there is a Team Deathmatch and Squad Deathmatch in BF3 and besides that a lot of people focus on kills anyway. Also, Rush and Conquest both reward you for kills (except attacking in Rush but you still have to kill them…).
What I like best about BF3 is that it looks fantastic and it plays fantastic. There is a good about of balance in most areas (flares can seem unbalanced sometimes) but overall it excellent. Whether playing in a tank or running around with a sniper rifle I always feel vulnerable. Also, unless you are playing a squad based match, teamwork is often keys (working with you squad is important otherwise but I’m trying to differentiate between the two). If you’re defending in Rush and you all cover one objective the other objective will get taken very easily. This will make it more difficult as a team and you’ll soon find yourselves falling back to the next set of objectives. Combine the open maps (for the most part) and the variety of weapons the game is excellent to play. Bullets drop so you have to judge where to put your shot. On a wide-open map, you can see an enemy and not just instantly kill them. The ability to mark them provides a simple way for the inexperienced player to help his team in a simple way beyond killing people.
Overall I’m excited to see what Close Quarters will do for Battlefield 3. I hope it isn’t just a twitchy, kill everyone you see type of map pack but at the very least it will offer new weapons and assignments. I’m very excited for Armored Kill which should bring some exciting new, open maps as well as new vehicles. Here’s to Summer 2012 which will bring us new BF3 DLC as well as ME3 DLC (which will be free) as well as E3 2012 where as always, I’m hoping to see Vale and Gordon Freeman make a stellar appearance.
So I’ve only looked through the Valve Handbook for New Employees very briefly but it seems like everything else Valve puts out it’s entertaining and fantastic. I hope this is the handbook they actually give to the new employees (I don’t see why not but I could see one of them writing the whole thing as a joke). It’s an excellent look into Valve and with recent events (that leave me hopeful despite the fact that disappointment is likely) I think we all need a look into what Valve does. No they’re not working with Apple to make a new console. But they are working on Ricochet 2 (my last post about this was meant to be humorous). So for all of us waiting for Vavle to release Half Life 2: Episode 3 (or Half Life 3, etc.) we should keep waiting. When it’s ready they’ll release it and when it’s not they won’t tell us anything about it. And despite the fact that we’ve been waiting for a long time (I’ve lost count) there seems to still be hope. And in the meantime we can all play a lot of Ricochet to show them that the gaming world has realized it’s brilliance and they can start loading up that shelf on the 5th floor with trophies. Ricochet weekend sometime?
Oh and if you haven’t read through (or at least looked at the manual) do so sometime soon.
I love Valve, but despite that, they sometimes seem to come out of nowhere and disappoint. Like with a possible hint at a Ricochet 2. Who wants a Ricochet 2 you ask? I don’t know. All I know is that their fan base is begging for Half Life 2: Episode 3 (or Half Life 3) and they still won’t come through. I get it that they aren’t about forcing things and if their staff wants to work on one concept that’s what they do. But at what point do you keep ignoring your fans and make a sequel (Valve can handle sequels apparently, just not trilogies) to a game that was honestly not very good. I mean how many of us have actually played Ricochet (I’ve probably logged 15 minutes in the game before quitting). But at the end of the day it’s still Valve so we can only hope they will do what is best. And by that I mean release information about when Half Life 2: Episode 3 will be out. Because Valve, if you don’t make it, you’re going to disappoint everyone.
So I’ve never been a huge Halo fan and there is a single, simple reason why. I don’t play Xbox/Xbox 360. I own a nice PC and prefer to play games on a PC. However, occasionally this comes back to bite me. Despite the fact there have been some really good PC exclusive releases recently I can’t help but wish I played Xbox. Especially since “The Witcher 2” was just released on Xbox 360 (which is such a good game). But because I play PC instead I miss out on some games that I would love to play like Gears of War 3 and Halo 4. I’m aware they’ve released some of the Gears of War and Halo games for PC but it doesn’t amount to the same thing when it happens years after (especially if it doesn’t happen for later games in the series). Instead, you just wish you had the next game in the series, the next installment to the story. I don’t know about everyone else, but Halo 4 looks really good and I’m pretty damn excited for it despite the fact that I will likely never play it.
So why release a game for a single console. I know that it takes work to make the game for multiple systems but isn’t the reward also much greater. Despite many PC gamers complaints of games that are only ‘console ports’ isn’t it even worse when the game doesn’t even exist on PC? While I do find it annoying when a game has an element that was obviously designed for use with a console. It is especially annoying when it actually hurts the game whether it is just a menu or the entire control scheme.
However, rather than getting angry every time there is a good game release that appears to be ported from a console I just get excited when you find a game that was developed for PC. It generally looks better, it plays better, and in most cases, it has the devotion from the developers to make it stand above the rest of the games. Like it or not, modern PC’s kick any console’s ass when it comes to graphics. Look at a game like Crysis and you’ll understand that this is something you would never see on a modern generation console. Even the port to Xbox 360 for “The Witcher 2” contained a slight loss in graphical quality (although it may still be the best looking console game to date). Anytime there is PC exclusive from a big developer means that the game likely will be a standout. That doesn’t meant that a game that is released for console and PC at the same time won’t be good. Most big titles are released on all three platforms simultaneously.
So why am I left wanting some of the Xbox 360 exclusives so badly. The better question is why Microsoft and 343 don’t make Halo 4 for PC. I don’t mind a later release date and at this point I won’t even be surprised by the $60 price tag (Remember when PC games were $50 and console games were $60). I just want the damn game and I want to play it how I like to play it: On a PC! And if you get the chance, bring over Gear of War 3 as well (I’m sure there are other games that wouldn’t be such a bad idea either). PC gaming brought you the Witcher 2 so can you please bring us Halo 4.
So I finally broke down and bought “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” a little while back. There was a sale on Steam and I decided that it would be a good idea to play it. I never played Morrowind but I did play some of Oblivion. To be completely honest I didn’t enjoy Oblivion too much. So I had reasonable expectations for Skyrim but I was still hesitant. I knew that if I did start playing it and I enjoyed it, I would get lost and find myself later with 60 hours of gameplay and no life at all. On the other hand I wasn’t keen to throw away $50 if I wasn’t sure I would enjoy it (despite all the great reviews it got). But I bought it anyway.
The result: I loved it. I don’t know if I just didn’t give Oblivion enough time (I might return to it). However, I can say that the graphics definitely helped with Skyrim. If the gameplay isn’t perfect (and I have some issues with it) then at least the game looks great. Maybe it’s not Crysis but still a great looking game. But it still did have some issues. I personally can’t stand the basis for the Skyrim combat system. First person melee combat doesn’t work unless the game assists you with it. You have no depth perception. There are still times where I attack with both of my swords (I use a bow/dual wielding rogue Khajitt) and miss my opponent entirely. Of course, I don’t have a great solution for the combat system so I won’t complain too much. It might not be perfect but it definitely works.
Bugs and other minor issues are also something that can plague a game like Skyrim. It’s difficult to test every scenario in an open world game because the user could choose to do almost anything. So I give Bethesda a break for these issues as well. This leaves me at the end of the day with a great game that I enjoyed where I can still put many hours in for even more enjoyment. So what’s the big problem? Well, it might not be a big problem but I’m still a little annoyed that Skyrim got the game of the year award. It was a great game but in my mind it wasn’t the game of the year when you look at so many other great games out there.
Personally, I feel like game of the year should have gone to Portal 2. Actually, I can’t come up with a single reason as to why it wasn’t given to Portal 2. And while I understand my opinion is exactly that, my opinion, I still think that Portal 2 was a perfect game that delivered an incredible story, unrivaled characters, and engaging gameplay. The especially big thing about Portal 2 is that you won’t find gameplay like it anywhere (except the original Portal). Valve doesn’t release a lot of games but when they do the game is awesome.
I also extremely enjoyed the Witcher 2 and thought that it was a good contestant for game of the year. I can understand not awarding it game of the year, as it was a PC exclusive. I know that many people pointed to Battlefield 3 or Modern Warfare 3 as other possibilities for game of the year. Despite the fact that I highly enjoyed these, I wouldn’t have considered them for game of the year for a couple reasons. First of all the single player campaigns are both short. Also the stories and characters don’t compare to a game like the Witcher 2 or Portal 2 (especially Battlefield 3). While the multiplayer gameplay is fantastic I still feel like the single player should have been better done to deserve a game of the year award.
At the end of the day, I can’t say I’m disappointed with Skyrim. In fact I am incredibly impressed with Skyrim. It deserves all the hype it has gotten and it is a fantastic game. However, I would advise anyone who plays Skyrim to at least look a little further to other games out there. There are games, that while very different, are just as good if not better than Skyrim (and I think this is almost always true for any game ever released). So expand your sight and enjoy everything gaming has to offer.
I’m not a professional game reviewer. I wouldn’t even consider myself an amateur game reviewer. However, I do believe I qualify as an avid gamer. I read a review for almost every big game that comes out for PC and even plenty of those that won’t be released on PC. I spend plenty of time playing through games as well whether an RPG, an FPS, and RTS, or anything in between. I would have told you that at one point, I had narrow tastes in games but now I’d say it’s a bit broader. While I’m sure you can name some big titles that I haven’t bothered to play (mostly because playing every game out there is too expensive for those of us that don’t pirate) I am still going to make the claim that I am at least decently well versed in the gaming world. Plain and simple: I am a gamer.
So when I read a review for a game and notice first, the game is rated 4 out of 10, but also that the reviewer states early on that he found the game difficult to enjoy, I have to ask myself a question: How do you keep playing the game? I know personally I have started some games and just not been able to get into them. While I might return to the game after some time, I would find it difficult to finish the game on a deadline. I’m quite impressed at reviewers for being able to do this. Granted, they do have some time prior to release to actually play through the game so as to review it but they still get the reviews out on time (or close to).
My biggest concern about my own judgment when I’m reviewing a game is that I sometimes need a second look at the game. I played “The Witcher: Enhanced Edition” and found it to be difficult to manage. The gameplay mechanics seemed off. I was also hurt by the fact that I was returning to the original only after playing “The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings” so the graphics were obviously sub-par in the original. However, given some time I returned to the game and thoroughly enjoyed it, almost to the point where I was surprised. It was well worth my time as I finished my play through just in time for the release of “The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition,” which is a completely different topic.
Another slight concern is that I can’t judge things well enough and with enough knowledge. While it isn’t a bad thing to have a differing opinion, it is a problem to miss issues or perks altogether. I might not agree with the consensus whether a game is good or not. In general, I feel like I do and that I read a review for a game I’ve already played and think to myself: “That’s what I was thinking.” However, in some cases I come to an utterly different conclusion. Where many reviewers found a game to have intuitive gameplay, an intricate and engaging story combined with deep and moving characters, I sometimes only see a weak game. Is this a flaw in my review of the game or am I developing my own sense of what makes a game good? Am I at a point where I can accurately judge the merit of a game?
Video games, despite the negative cultural feeling, are a form of artwork just like a play, a novel, or a movie. While the newest member of this group a good game can draw you into a world, immerse you in realistic characters, or provide riveting gameplay. So what are the qualifications to judge a video game as opposed to judging artwork.
I have always been a big fan of classic rock. I enjoy all different bands from the Beatles to Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd. However, like many others, I have always had a ton of respect for Bob Dylan. It was through Bob Dylan that I first heard of Levon Helm. This legend of a musician was a member of the Band, a group that played alone and with many other famous figures including Dylan. While I can’t say that I am overly familiar with their work I have come to have a lot of respect for Levon Helm. I can also say that he will be sorely missed. The world is an emptier place without his incredible musical talent and without this incredible person. For those who are unaware, Helm passed away on April 19th after a long battle with cancer. R.I.P. Mark “Levon” Helm. May 26th, 1940 to April 19th, 2012