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Since the day Borderlands 2 came out I had a case of the Con Crud, I took off from work and played it with Trev in between naps and doses of dayquil. Yay con crud!
In any case, I feel that Gearbox really out did themselves with this game. Where they were restricted in the first due to money and an industry who isn’t to accommodating to new things anyway, for this one they sem to have really been given full reign. Also, little to no tutorial! YUSH! Although I am guilty of switching back to Borderlands 1 controls. I LIKE FAMILIAR!
I decided to start the game at Axton since everyone else seemed to be going as Zer0 and Trev was determined to do Maya. I happily do not regret my choice. Where I could not get into Roland’s character, I am loving the little tidbits of Axton that we have gotten, I love how he talks to his turret, and so far I’m enjoying the tank type roll.
Not to mention that turret is so much more bad ass then the previous one.
The environments are much more varied and crisp and the people are vastly more interactive. I have been in some cities, deserted towns, bandit camps, ice areas, and desert like areas. It is certainly a change from the all brown out look of the Pandora from Borderlands 1. It is a very nice change. So far I have encountered Nomads, Rakks, Skaggs, Bullymogs, and bandits. One top of three boses. Fast paced game is also fast.
Even farther than all this, I’m loving the background you are getting on all the characters. That was something with 1 I felt we were missing was a real connection to the characters. SPOILER ALERT BELOW
SERIOUSLY DON’T READ IF YOU DON’T WANT SPOILS!
Too late now, I’m going for it.
Axton has this rather intense backstory where we found out he was going to be killed by firing squad for being a bit of a rouge solider. His commanding officer warns him so that he can go AWOL the night before and warns him to escape to the border planets. She also leaves him her wedding ring, telling him that she never really like diamonds anyway. I felt for him at this moment! This woman that he loved was telling him to leave, presumably because at some level she still loved him as well.
We can end that spoiler now.
But no really…I have a few little qualms with this game, but I’m going to give it time until full review to see if they still sit. Definitely worth the pick up and play, particularly if you have friends to play with either online or sitting next to you.
Now go, have fun, and get you some loot!
(Originally posted here: http://reithena.wordpress.com/ )
I feel like it’s my mission right now to write review on Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. Most reviews out there have given this game a real beating, and I agree with a lot of it. Capcom clearly wanted this game to stray away from the main series and be different and the developers Slant Six Games sure maid it different.
Operation Raccoon city takes place during the same time period as Resident Evil 2 (one of the best titles in the whole series if you ask me). With this I was expecting to get a lot of back story to what happened back in that game, what did Umbrella do in the background of the outbreak. You take control of the Umbrella Special Service unit: Wolfpack, or rather you decide on which character you want to control in the beginning of every mission.
The different characters have different abilities and after completing missions you get XP that you can spend on enhancing their skills and buying new weapons, all of the characters having different kinds of roles. Sadly you never really care for the different Umbrella characters; they have a few one liners but not much more depth than that. But they look cool! …
Sadly… like many others out there, I did my first play through of this game, alone. The reason this game is getting a lot of hate, is because you can’t play it alone. You need to have a few friends to make the experience worth it. That is a huge problem seeing as we all look at this and think: Oh Resident Evil, I wonder how they will evolve the story this time. We already had a co-op Resident Evil game, and if we’re expecting the same kind of deal here just with more action.
Let me tell you what we actually got.
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City gives us a FUN multiplayer game when you get some friends together. You help each other out, you shoot monsters, you complete the objectives and you scream at each other when not getting the health items. Much like some people dislike playing fighting games alone, this is a game that needs to be experienced with friends.
Okay, I’m still not saying that the game itself is great, it has some flaws. Like outdrawn boss battles that are less exciting than part of the mission. Silly enemy and ally AI that makes you scratch your head and think: did that monster just jump … past me? But overall the game is FINE, don’t freak out just because of all the Resident Evil fans that are disappointed that this game is not like Resident Evil (people have been complaining since the 4th Resident Evil game anyway).
Try it out with some friends and understand that the game is okay and gives you a moment of FUN. Don’t expect a deep engaging story and don’t think that this is like the previous Resident Evil games. It’s all about mind set.
Enjoy the game.
Until next time Nurglings, take care.
Hello my Nurglings!
And happy first December to you! The next 24 days I will be posting something very Christmas-e and nerd-ish every day. The idea just popped in to my head, so this very first day may not be so fun. But as I always say: it’s something!
I will try and find better and more fun stuff to show the days to come, I promise! For now:
Until next time, take care!
Hello my Nurglings!
”Hey, I’ll boost you.”
“Wait wait wait, I just survived a small nuke, took several bullets to the face, jumped down a cliff and healed in a matter of seconds, and I need your help to get over this wall that’s maybe one foot taller than me?”
“Okay boost me.”
Come on game creators all over the world, we’re tired of walls blocking our path. Especially the ones that makes one of your buddies walk up to it and say: I’ll boost you. For me it’s one big: oh come on really? – moment. I know you guys don’t want us to run to far forward, and we need to complete the objective in the spot, but that “boost wall” is starting to get to me.
Until next time… wait that wasn’t about card games?
You know what, there’s been a lot of Magic The Gathering the last few days so I thought to myself, let’s talk about something else (before the 2-3 posts about Magic appears again, yes there’s a lot to talk about from Magic 2012 still.
Anyway! You know those guys that worked on Infinity Ward and the Call Of Duty games and so on and didn’t really like the situation there? They moved on and created Respawn Entertainment that’s been awfully quiet for … well since ever?
They have a sneak peak for us, oh yes magnificent sneak peeks ahead sir!
No… it’s just as dull of a sneak peak as it looks. I’m sorry everyone I’ll be back with news when news are actually posted! But at least you can check out the new website, to be honest, it looks great.
A small little list of my 5 favorite female characters of all time, the fifth one still being a bit iffy. There are just tooooo many cool characters out there, but still, here they are. Enjoy!
Game: Parasite Eve 1
Reason: like one would actually need a reason to love a woman that lives in New York and work as a police officer. She can have a t-shirt and jeans and just as well a long evening dress and still kick ass. Most often I tend to love female main characters that don’t need to have a huge sex appeal, instead, they are well written characters with a depth. The fact that Aya is in one of my favorite games of all time just improves her standing with me. Sadly in her latest games, they “sexed” her up a bit, not the way the character should go, and please oh please do a remake of Parasite Eve 1 for the next gen consoles.
Game: Resident Evil 1
Bad lines, B-movie tendencies, graphics that are old forgotten, and still her pixilated self carries her through the story of one of the best horror games of all time. I recently posted that Resident Evil 1 still makes me jump in my seat, and I still love to play this character that has been with the series for so long. She the master of lock picking, like many others on this list will kick your ass if you come in her way. She was a bit more girly in the first game, but throughout the story of Resident Evil she has grown to become a self independent warrior that work hard to stop Umbrella’s bio-weapons.
LARA CROFT (YOUNG)
Game: Tomb Raider
Believe me, Lara Croft would not be on this list normally, she’s a kick ass character and everything, but she’s always come off as a bitchy type of character. That mixed with tight clothes and the horny teens of my generation, I just don’t see it. Like the games, like the style, but she as a character is more of a name then a character that carries me forward in the story.
That was the old Lara, now with the rebirth of her character with the new Tomb Raider, I’m seeing a lot of potential in her. She’s younger, not as brave and her adventures are something new to her. Even though I haven’t seen the new Lara in action, trailers and in game videos is already making me wish I could through her story tomorrow.
Game: Mirror’s Edge
Is this really that hard to understand? She delivers messages in a futuristic world where the government is the enemy. She jumps between buildings, does awesome parkour moves and avoids bullets all in a days’ work. The only thing that makes this a hard character to justify for this list, is the fact that her story isn’t that huge yet. There are rumors of a Mirror’s Edge 2, and I would love to see more of Faith and who she really is. Right now, she here is here because: she is awesome, Asian and lets’ us play one of the best games every (in my opinion).
And the fifth place being *drumroll*:
I DON’T KNOW!
There are several awesome female characters out there, and deciding on a fifth one was harder then I actually thought. A lot of the characters that came to mind were from Resident Evil games. So I’m sticking with that idea.
Game: Resident Evil 2
She is mysterious, appears when she see fit and helps (?) Leon on his quest in the second Resident Evil game. You can never be sure where and when she’s about to appear and her reasons to be there always seem to be her own. Is she working for Umbrella or some other undercover agency? She’s strong, sexy and can handle a gun, what more do you need from a mysterious character in a horror game? Ada brought a lot to the feel and story of Leon’s side of Resident Evil 2, and she deserves a spot on this list.
Magic the Gathering, one of the biggest trading card games in the world is now released as a easy to use and fun game (again) for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. So yes, this is not a downloadable pack for the earlier version, this is a complete reworked Duels Of The Planeswalkers.
WHAT WE KNOW
If you’ve played the first Duels Of The Planeswalkers you will have an easy time adjusting to the new style of the game, the way you play cards, use abilities and even how you make a quick pause in the game is all the same. If you’re a completely new player, this game gives you a lot of help on the way. Before the game starts, it asks you if you’ve played Magic before, this change how hard the AI plays against you, a welcomed feature for any new player out there. There is also a tutorial stage at the start of the campaign mode, and the game will keep giving you small tips as long as you decide not to stop them from popping up.
For all of you single player people, there is a campaign mode with three different campaigns. There is the normal campaign where you fight your way through several of the different Planeswalkers and decks in the game. By defeating the different opponents you unlock new decks, cards and the next step in the campaign. There is also a multiplayer campaign where you and several other work together to defeat a joint enemy. This mode is called Archenemy, and it gives your opponent powerful scheme cards that activate at the start of his every turn, making the tide of battle change rapidly. There is also the Revenge campaign where you face the Planeswalkers again for a second time, I’m not sure what the difference, but I’m guessing they’ve armed their decks with better cards the second time.
One weak spot of this game, which is odd when the controls needed to play a card game on a console is very limited. It is how you move around your “marker” to select cards and activate their effects. It keeps moving around in a very odd way, jumping around the cards in a very random manner, which is confusing and at times, time consuming. This is mostly notable in the multiplayer format of the game, when the cards start adding up and you want to look around. It’s not a huge issue, but sure enough an issue nonetheless.
WHAT WE DON’T KNOW
There are quite a few changed when it comes to overall design and content so I’m just going to make a quick checklist of these.
– New Decks and Cards (Not earlier seen even in the Trading Card Game)
– The whole deck is now adjustable, you can remove/add any card from the deck instead of just the few extra ones you win.
– New game mode – Archenemy (3 vs 1)
– New design
I must say, I loved the rework of this game, they fixed one of the biggest complaints about the first game: not being able to edit your deck properly and the overall design got a fresh new look. If you’re a big fan of the Magic The Gathering Card Game, you will probably love to this. There are a few points I wish I didn’t have to mention though, one is that the design is now less friendly to new players, in the past we had all steps of a player turn lined up in the middle of the screen, this is now visualized as dots next to your avatar picture instead, not a big deal if you know how a turn works, but it was probably useful in the past for new players.
The weird controls flicking your marker around to weird locations, I’m guessing this is a console issue and should not be a problem for PC players. My last real problem with the game… is the fact that we still can’t build our own decks, come on? Why!? Don’t make it so obvious that you want us to move over to Magic the Gathering Online, we want to use what we have and what we have is missing a vital part of what a card game is.
On the plus side they’ve actually added story parts to this game, no not cut scenes, no not voices telling us what’s going on, but awesome artworks that tells us something about each Planeswalker. The further you get in the campaign, more information will be told in these text boxes, be aware though that the picture is at times the same but the text changes, so read up before pressing ready!
WITH DUELS COME GREAT SUCCESS
I just want to mention a quick little story about a woman that started playing the first Duels Of Planeswalker and ended up playing the actual card game. She ended up winning a trip to Japan.
Can you do what it takes to recreate her story?
Read more about it here: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/eventcoverage/ptnag11/featureCar