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What Are You Playing?

Posted by Gentlemen Death on Saturday, December 27, 2008

So, the topic explains it all folks. What are you playing right now? Right now, I just finished the new Call of Duty: World In Flames and it was good. It was nice going back to playing a WWII game after playing other FPS for the last couple of months. One of the things I did not like about the game was that it felt short. After finishing the final chapter and the creditcs came up, I sat there thinking," That's it.....?" And well, it was. Multiplayer is good but of course if anyone else has played CoD4 will know it gets very frustrating at times. Overall I would give it a 8/10

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Posted: 10 years 46 weeks ago

Yeah, that seems to be a big problem right now...You can set up some hot keys with the directional pad but even then, let's say I need to heal myself, I need to stop.....(while zombies are attacking me).....hit Y, select the spray can, then space over to the USE button, then it sprays, then I can start shooting again....

Other then those things, it is still a good game. The boss battles in this game are epic, almost along the lines of boss battle in RPG type of games; the battles are usually 30min long at some points so you do get to kind of enjoy a challenging boss for once in a game...

Still have not beat it though.....I am almost there....

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Posted: 10 years 46 weeks ago

Let's see this weekend I finished Bioshock, played a ittle bit more of Half-Life 2, played around in Oblivion for a while, and picked up Guitar Hero Aerosmith for $10.

Oh yeah….I also bought a little game called Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena. GameStop just happened to have it on their shelf this weekend, so I couldn't resist picking it up. I played a couple hours of the Escape From Butcher Bay segment last night and quickly got past the part I had made it to on the original Xbox (which turned out to be not as far into the game as I thought).

Incidentally, I watched about half of Pitch Black on TV the day before….Vin Diesel needs to make another Riddick movie. Riddick is his best character by far.

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Posted: 10 years 46 weeks ago

yeah I finished COD:WaW this weekend and played a little of the online stuff. I like having new maps and stuff, but I found myself still going back to COD4. I guess I just like the modern setting more than WW2.

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Posted: 10 years 45 weeks ago

Well I believe Modern Warfare2 is hitting the shelves sometime in November...maybe even before that. I like to consider WaW a guilty pleasure because there are a few things wrong with it but for some reason, I keep on going back to it.

I am on the last level of Resident Evil 5 and I have to say that this has some of the coolest boss battles on a game. They are not extremely hard but hard enough to kill. It usually takes almost 20min to kill a boss and the feeling after you finally do, is satisfying.

Not sure what I am going to try out next. I was thinking of going back and finishing The Godfather on the 360. I beat it on Xbox and meant to finish it before Godfather II came out......However, I really do want to play the new Riddick game. The first one kicked so much ass!

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Get the Riddick game! I am about 2/3 of the way through the new Dark Athena campaign, and it is awesome. I finished the Butcher Bay campaign before moving on to the new stuff, and it holds up very well. The updated graphics certainly help. The character models from Butcher Bay look a little bit old, but the environments look *very* good. If nobody told you, you wouldn't know that the game was a spit-shined version of an old one.

The Dark Athena campaign has been a blast so far. I plays exactly like an extension to Butcher Bay. I really don't get all the reviews that claim Dark Athena has more shooting (as opposed to stealth) than Butcher Bay did as I didn't find that to be the case. I did just as much sneaking around in Dark Athena as I did in Butcher Bay, and it's not like Butcher Bay was devoid of shooting either. There's actually quite a bit of it, especially towards the end.

There are also some multiplayer modes that are actually pretty fun to play. I wanted to try the "Pitch Black" mode this weekend, but there were only a few deathmatch games running when I was playing (fairly late at night...at least on the east coast).

The game (both old and new) does a great job of making you feel like a total badass, especially during hand to hand combat. Sneaking around in the dark has never been so much fun.

Anyway, Riddick has been totally worth the $60 to me, but I am a big fan of Riddick's universe.

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Posted: 10 years 44 weeks ago

I have completely finished Dark Athena now, and I kind of see where the reviews have been saying that it is more shooter focused, but I think it's only because the last section of the game is played that way. It must have been fresh in their minds or something. I still found that I did way more sneaking around than I did running and gunning.

I also played around some more in Oblivion recently. I've now finished all the Thieves Guild missions, and I've started in on the Dark Brotherhood stuff. After that, it's onward to the Shivering Isles.

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Posted: 10 years 44 weeks ago

So I've finished the Dark Brotherhood missions now, and I have to say that I enjoyed them quite a bit. I especially like the section that has you locked in a house with several other people, and you have to knock them off one by one. I had two people left when one guy decided to kill the other one, making my job that much easier.

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Posted: 10 years 44 weeks ago

Damn I need to finish Fallout and GTA so I can start playing the DLC for them.

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I briefly played some of the new Riddick game and it had me sold right away. I just dont feel like shelling out that much money quite yet but the next game I buy will be that one! The online Pitch Black is awesome!!

For shits and giggles I decided to go back to the first Godfather game and try and finish it off. I started sometime ago and just left it alone, now I am back with a vengence and ready to steal money from hard working individuals.

Also, you can download some free content of Left for Dead at the marketplace. Two new campaigns and a new mulitplayer game are available.

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Posted: 10 years 43 weeks ago

So far this week, I've played through the Red Faction demo (lots of fun), the first section of Too Human (a lot more fun than I was expecting, especially after getting the hang of the unique control scheme), and the first section or so of Bully.

If you've never played Bully, I say that you should give it a chance, especially if you like sandbox games. The characters are hilarious, the combat system is pretty fun, riding around on a bike is great, and the music is awesome. You can find Bully for pretty much any system now, and it is pretty cheap if you can find it.

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Posted: 10 years 42 weeks ago

I bought the Cop & Robbers pack for Burnout Paradise this weekend. I was happily surprised to see that it comes with about 30 cop cars that you can drive whenever you want in addition to the new game mode. Cops & Robbers itself is insanely fun, especially when you get 8 people going at it. Get a lot of good drivers in there, and there will be a lot of crazy chases and big pile-ups as everybody tries to get the gold. Once, I was literally 20 feet from delivering the gold to my base when I got taken out at the very last second. Playing capture the flag is a lot more intense when you're doing it at high speeds.

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Posted: 10 years 39 weeks ago

I've been playing Plants vs Zombies lately. It is a perfect example of a "just one more level" kind of game. There is a large variety of plant types and zombie types in the game, and there are a bunch of other modes to play other than the normal Adventure mode. PopCap seems to have a knack for creating these simple, yet very addictive games.

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Posted: 10 years 35 weeks ago

I finished Fallout3, not sure if I am going to get the DLC.

Went and got Red Faction Guerrilla. I am loving it. I played it until dawn last night. There is something so much fun about smashing shit with a big sledgehammer. Combat is a little hard, it's something hard to find who's shooting at you. Might just be because I am not playing on an HD tv, and it's hard to see. Still, it's alot of fun.

We were watching Al-Quaeda, and all this time our security services should have been keeping watch on Jakester's throbbing nutsack!-Dalton's chin dimple
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Posted: 10 years 35 weeks ago

Ghostbusters!!!!!!!!!

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I recently finished Prototype (lots of fun and lots of carnage), and I just bought Red Faction and The Conduit yesterday, so I'll be putting some time into both of those soon.

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Heard that Red Faction was a lot of fun, nothing but positive reviews for that game so I will probably pick that one up next.

Still going through Ghostbusters right now and enjoying the fuck out of it! The feeling of capturing ghosts with your proton pack is amazing! Voicework is ok and the graphics are really clean. I would suggest picking it up ONLY if you are a fan of the movies.

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The destruction in Red Faction is just insanely awesome. Of course, I've spent quite a bit of time wandering around and knocking down random structures in single player rather than completing the missions. So far, I've played the first little bit of the single player campaign (freed the first area from EDF control), and a couple MP matches. Having completely destructible buildings gives the multiplayer a fresh feel to it, and all the different backpacks add several layers of strategy as well. I can see myself playing this one for a long time.

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So far, I pretty much agree with most of the reviews for The Conduit out there. It is a pretty generic shooter that has a great control scheme. I keep being reminded of Perfect Dark for the N64 while playing The Conduit. The story hits on some similar themes, and The Conduit feels more like a shooter from that era than a modern one. Depending on your perspective, that could be a good or a bad thing. For instance, one thing that really bugs me is the extreme lack of destructability in the environments. You can shoot computer monitors with a rocket launcher, and they will emerge unscathed.

Still, I've had fun with the game (only got a couple missions left). It plays very well thanks to the good controls, but the graphics aren't really that impressive, despite all the hype they've been churning out on that front. The weapons look pretty nice (especially the alien ones), but the art design is kind of dull, and the environments are mostly corridors and offices. The few times that the game lets you outside are the coolest and best looking by far. The control scheme is just as good as Metroid Prime 3 (perhaps better due to tons of customization options), but High Voltage could learn a thing or fifty from Retro about environmental design (so could a lot of studios for that matter).

I tried to play the multiplayer stuff in The Conduit, but I have yet to connect to a game. Once I made it into a game and my character was frozen, and another time I gave up after sitting in the lobby for five minutes watching people connect and disconnect. I'm hoping it's first-week jitters or something because it looks like there could be some good stuff in there (although the small thing of not being able to back out of a game lobby when you're stuck there without turning off the system is a bit annoying).

So do I recommend playing it? If you want to play through a shooter with an old school vibe and great Wii controls, then I say at least give it a rental. In fact, the main campaign is pretty short (about six hours or so), so you could easily blow through it in a weekend.

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Okay, I've put some more time into The Conduit now, and my opinion of the game has gone up somewhat. The later levels of the game are *much* better than the first two, and the multiplayer is a ton of fun. I played for a few hours this afternoon, mostly in the "Capture the ASE" mode. The excellent pointer controls make the multiplayer feel a bit different than anything elsewhere, and the modes are all pretty fun. If you only have a Wii, this is the online game to get. You can quickly jump into a match and have a lot of fun. A match I played with rocket launchers on a small map was particularly fun.

The multiplayer doesn't do anything that you couldn't find somewhere on the 360 or PS3, but the fact that it does it on the Wii and does it well is certainly welcome.

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The last few years of my life has been fully pillaged by World of Warcraft. Great game but damn does it take up some time.

Wish I still had my PS3 I loved Oblivion on it, even if it was a partial stepping stone for me to WoW. Currently the only console type system I have is PSP, my gf has the Wii though, but she's also hooked on WoW so it's gathering dust. I usually play the first Socom FTB online on the PSP, as far as the Wii the only game I've really enjoyed was Raving Rabids, Carnival Games was fun, but the system just feels too gimmicky for me to really enjoy it much.

But yeah WoW is my addiction for now.

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Posted: 10 years 31 weeks ago

I just bought a few older games this weekend that I decided needed to be in my collection, namely Halo 3, Dead Space, and Mercenaries 2. I didn't have much time this weekend to play them (although I know exactly what I'm getting with Halo 3), except for an hour or so of Mercs2. I liked it well enough, but I'm barely past the intro.

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I loved Merc on PS2, and was really looking forward to the sequel but it was pretty badly reviewed all around, so I skipped it. Let me know how it is.

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Really? I thought it got fairly good reviews. I know that GameTrailers seemed to enjoy it despite several flaws (they gave it a 7.9). I haven't played any more of it, but it seems like it will be enjoyable enough, especially for only $15.

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it got about a 7/10 on gamerankings, but gamespot really panned it. For 15bucks it's probably worth it :)

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I've now played about an hour of Dead Space so far, just long enough to start figuring out the control setup. This was made slightly more difficult since I don't have the manual for the game, and it doesn't have a button layout in the game menu that I could find.

However, I have played several hours of Mercs 2, and I must say that I'm having more fun with it than I thought I would. It was sort of the "free" game that I threw into the mix because I thought it would be a nice diversion, but I've played it the most out of the three games I bought. I would say that it has totally been worth it, but only after the first couple hours are past and the world opens up a lot more. I started having a much better time once I recruited a helicopter pilot into my crew.

Mercs 2 has a bunch of flaws, not the least of which is repetitive voiceover. If I have to hear "I shall call you Louisa. Let's go kill a lot of people Louisa." one more time, I might just have to go punch someone at Pandemic. It was kind of funny the first time I picked up whatever rifle that triggers the line, but when it says that every single time you pick up that type of weapon, it gets old REALLY quickly.

There is a lot of stuff to blow up, and tons of vehicles to get ahold of. Unlike Red Faction, all destruction is made up of canned animations....or at the very least a canned number of parts, so the third billboard that you detonate with C4 will look pretty much the same as the first. Speaking of billboards, why is it that I can ram a pickup truck full speed into one and the only result is that the pickup flips over backwards. Perhaps Red Faction's robust physics system (that allows you to knock down billboards with even small vehicles, among other things) has spoiled me...

Anyway, while it may not reach the highs of Red Faction, Mercs 2 is still a fun sandbox to play in, despite its flaws.

I am also slowly picking my way through Halo 3's campaign, but I'm not in any hurry to do so.

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