Off. The. Fucking. Chain.(more…)
Batman: Arkham City has restored my faith in adventure game ports from the console to the PC. The game plays so intuitively and fluidly that I’m inclined to believe it’s actually quite a bit better suited to playing with a keyboard and mouse than it would be with a game controller. While Batman: Arkham City is a spectacularly entertaining game on its own merits, the sheer playability of the PC version puts it over the top for me.
Just a quick note, I played the Game of the Year Edition, which in addition to the base game, includes a Harley Quinn’s Revenge expansion, a Nightwing bonus pack for the challenge modes (non-campaign), and other sundries. If one were considering purchasing the game, I would suggest this is the version you would want (especially if you can pick it up for $7.50 on Steam, as I did).(more…)
So I’m moving this blog onto a semi-annual schedule. ha ha.
Well, yeah, it’s clear that I no longer have any will to keep this blog regular updated, but I’ll post a few things just for the hell of it, and because there are maybe two people out there who might actually care.
Drive (2011) Rating:
I think I’m one of the last people on the planet who still isn’t talking shit about Michael Bay, especially in light of the Transformer films (the last two of which I haven’t seen). I do feel a little bit cheated by the trajectory of his filmmaking, because after The Island, I really thought we’d see him exercising more of his storytelling chops, but he seems to be moving further and further away real characters and cohesive plotlines.
Anyway, it kind of made me laugh when I saw a commercial for the new Need for Speed game the other day that began with the prominent statment, “A trailer through the eyes of Michael Bay”. The guy already has the reputation of making films with all the reality of a video game, so I suppose it’s a natural fit for him to direct a trailer for one, though I don’t know it’s necessarily the best career move. Regardless, I went online to check out the full trailer.(more…)
So as part of the ramp up to the release of Star Wars: The Old Republic in December, BioWare have begun inviting pools of temporary testers for what they’re calling “Beta Weekends”. I think it’s largely an opportunity to stress test their servers, but in the process, they get more feedback than they can possibly know what to do with about the early game experience.
Anyway, long story short, I’ve been invited twice. So I’ve had the opportunity to spend a fair amount of time with the game. This weekend that just ended, in particular, I played the shit out of Star Wars: The Old Republic owing to the fact that my wife and daughter are in Europe. Seriously. Played the shit out of it.(more…)
You know, it may seem as though I’ve completely given up on this blog. And I have!
Well, not entirely. I did mean to write a couple of short reviews of The Unknown and Black Swan, but I’ve been pretty lazy lately. So instead, I thought I’d just share a few of the character portraits that I’ve worked up in the EVE Online character creator. Does anybody care? No, probably not. But I’m just in awe, really, of how great this thing is.(more…)
So back in 2008, I purchased the Xbox 360 Arcade Bundle, which included what was at the time the standard Xbox 360, which came with absolutely no hard drive. Even then, I knew that was really dumb, because hell–even the original Xbox had a hard drive, and it was very useful.
Fast forward to a few years later and while toying with the notion of purchasing the Kinect for my birthday, I discover that not only does it require that you have at least the 4GB Xbox 360 (which now is the standard–as far as I can tell, they don’t sell the console anymore without a hard drive…because basically, you need a hard drive for everything now), but my Xbox 360 console doesn’t even have a proper power supply to support the Kinect. So…basically, my Xbox 360 is a huge piece of crap and kind of useless for the next generation games. It’s kind of equivalent to owning the original Xbox at this point.(more…)
Following up on the comments thread from the last post, I just discovered that Age of Conan is going free-to-play this summer, so it might be worth having a look. It IS a fun game, though maybe I’ve overstated things saying it was better than WoW half a year after their respective launches.
It sounds as though the free-to-play option will allow you to experience much of the game up to level 80, which is really the best stuff anyway. After you reach the level cap, it kind of sucks, because the PvE becomes incredibly tedious, and the PvP is really just dominated by overgeared players.(more…)
You know how the troopers in the original Star Wars trilogy were supposed to be awesome, but they couldn’t hit the broad side of the barn? I think Star Wars: The Old Republic is going to redeem them even more so than the prequel trilogy did. Granted, this game occurs during a different time period…
This is a trailer showing the alternate progression tracks you can take as a Galactic Republic trooper in the upcoming game.(more…)