List of Games I Want to Finish

I have decided to make a list of games I need to finish. I am listing each game by platform, then a list of completed games, then a list called “Rubbish”. These are games I tried to finish, but didn’t like or enjoy. It’s not worth playing a game if it isn’t fun – games are for entertainment! I’ll also put games on the “Rubbish” list if there is a game breaking bug that prevents me from completing it.

PC

  1. Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines, Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty, Commandos 2, Commandos 2: Men of Courage, Commandos 3: Destination Berlin
    I was playing this as co-op with my friend. It’s quite interesting and very difficult. This will take forever.
  2. DCS: Black Shark, DCS: A-10C Warthog
    I think they has co-op. I’d like to go into complete nerd mode with my friend and finish these sims. 
  3. Heretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders
  4. HeXen: Beyond Heretic, HeXen: Deathkings of the Dark Citadel, HeXen 2
  5. Tachyon: The Fringe
  6. Thief 2
  7. Doom 2
    Wanting to go through the Doom series co-op with a friend or friends. 
  8. Descent, Descent 2, Descent 3, Descent 3 Expansion
  9. Evolva
  10. F/A-18E Super Hornet
  11. System Shock 2
  12. Euro Truck Simulator 2 ¬_¬
  13. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
  14. Age of Empires II: HD Edition
  15. Amnesia: The Dark Descent
  16. Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition
  17. Evochron Mercenary
  18. F-16 Multirole Fighter
  19. F-22 Lightning 3
  20. MiG-29 Fulcrum
  21. Assetto Corsa
  22. Receiver
  23. Worms Revolution
  24. Worms Reloaded
  25. Aquaria
  26. Darwinia
  27. King Arthur – The Role Playing Wargame
  28. Legendary
  29. Nail’d
  30. Penumbra: Overture
  31. Tropico 3 – Steam Special Edition
  32. Uplink
  33. VVVVVV
  34. Worms Armageddon
  35. Worms Blast
  36. Worms Crazy Golf
  37. Worms Pinball
  38. Worms Ultimate Mayhem
  39. Wing Commander 3
  40. Crusader: No Remorse
  41. Command and Conquer Red Alert, Couterstrike and The Aftermath
  42. Command and Conquer Tiberian Sun & Firestorm
  43. Command and Conquer Red Alert 2 & Yuri’s Revenge
  44. Command and Conquer Generals and Zero Hour
  45. Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars & Kane’s Wrath
  46. Command and Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight
  47. SimCity 2000 Special Edition
  48. Theme Hospital
  49. TERA
  50. Witcher 3

Xbox 360

  1. Forza 4
  2. Gears of War 2

Playstation 3

  1. Final Fantasy XIII
  2. Gran Turismo 5
  3. Wipeout HD
  4. inFamous 2

Completed Games

  1. Counter-Strike: Source, PC, December 28th 2012 (got the last weapon achievement)
  2. Crysis 3, PC, March 9th 2013
  3. S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Clear Sky, PC, March 10th 2013
  4. Torchlight, PC, March 24th 2013
  5. Dirt 2, PC, May 12th 2013 (not really, but GFWL problems meant that I could not launch the game and continue. I’ve backed up my saves, but it’s too much trouble getting GFWL to work, which is needed to launch the game. Such a shame.)
  6. Dirt 3, PC, May 27th 2013
  7. S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat, PC, May 28th 2013
  8. Gorky 17, PC, May 31st 2013
  9. DLC Quest, PC, June 6th 2013
  10. Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad, PC, June 22nd 2013
  11. The Last Of Us, PS3, July 2nd 2013
  12. Saints Row The Third, PC, July 6th 2013
  13. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, PC, July 13th 2013
  14. Arma 2, PC, July 19th 2013
  15. Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead, PC, July 23rd 2013
  16. GRID 2, PC, August 3rd 2013
  17. Hitman: Absolution, PC, September 7th 2013
  18. Hammerwatch, PC, September 13th 2013
  19. Metro: Last Light, PC, September 22nd 2013
  20. Prototype 2, PC, September 28th 2013
  21. Judge Dredd: Dredd vs Death, PC, September 29th 2013
  22. Just Cause, PC, November 1st 2013
  23. Call of Duty: Ghosts, PC, November 7th 2013
  24. Just Cause 2, PC, November 10th 2013
  25. Risk of Rain, PC, November 15th 2013
  26. Battlefield 4, PC, November 15th 2013
  27. I.G.I. 2: Covert Strike, PC, November 22nd 2013
  28. The Walking Dead Season 1, PC, November 28th 2013
  29. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, PC, December 1st 2013
  30. Red Faction 2, PC, December 18th 2013
  31. Splinter Cell: Blacklist, PC, February 4th 2014
  32. XCOM: Enemy Unknown, PC, February 15th 2014
  33. Red Faction: Guerrilla, PC, February 21st 2014
  34. Serena, PC, April 5th 2014
  35. Freespace, PC, April 12th 2014
  36. Freespace Expansion, PC, April 20th 2014
  37. Freespace 2, PC, May 4th 2014
  38. Watch_Dogs, PC, June 29th 2014
  39. Mini Motor Racing EVO, PC, July 6th 2014 (I completed the first 3 championships, this game is too terrible and repetitive to finish the final 4th championship)
  40. Sleeping Dogs, PC, July 19th 2014
  41. Tomb Raider, PC, August 24th 2014
  42. Thief, PC, September 7th 2014
  43. The Walking Dead Season 2, PC, October 5th 2014
  44. Batman Arkham Asylum, PC, October 11th 2014
  45. Borderlands: The Presequel, PC, November 23rd 2014
  46. WRC 3, PC, November 25th 2014
  47. Batman: Arkham City, PC, December 14th 2014
  48. Batman: Arkham Origins, PC, December 19th 2014
  49. Light, PC, December 21st 2014
  50. Shadow Warrior, PC, December 24th 2014
  51. Saints Row 4, PC, January 8th 2015
  52. Dead Space 2, PC, January 16th 2015
  53. Alien Breed: Impact, PC, January 19th 2015
  54. Alien Breed 2: Assault, PC, January 20th 2015
  55. Alien Breed 3: Descent, PC, January 20th 2015
  56. Guild Wars 2, PC, January 24th 2015 (max leveled a character).
  57. Gauntlet, PC, February 7th 2015
  58. Dragon Age Origins, PC, March 1st 2015
  59. Dragon Age 2, PC, March 25th 2015
  60. Forza Horizon 2: Fast & Furious, Xbox 360, March 29th 2015
  61. Blur, PC, April 19th 2015
  62. Halo 3, Xbox 360, May 3rd 2015
  63. Bejeweled 3, PC, May 11th 2015 (completed the quest mode and unlocked all other modes)
  64. Jolly Rover, PC May 22nd 2015
  65. Alien: Isolation, PC, June 12th 2015
  66. Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, PC, June 25th 2015
  67. Far Cry 4, PC, August 15th 2015
  68. The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, PC, August 20th 2015
  69. Syndicate, PC, August 23 2015
  70. Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 1 & 2, PC, August 29th 2015
  71. Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 3 & 4, PC, August 30th 2015
  72. Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 5, PC, August 31st 2015
  73. Tales From The Borderlands, PC, October 21st 2015
  74. Batman: Arkham Knight, PC November 8th 2015
  75. Dragon Age: Inquisition, PC December 13th 2015
  76. GTA V, PC, December 26th 2015
  77. Dead Effect, PC, January 9th 2016
  78. Command and Conquer Renegade, PC, January 16th 2016
  79. Path of Exile, PC, January 17th 2016
  80. Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2, PC, January 31st 2016
  81. SWAT 4, PC, March 2nd 2016
  82. Magic 2015, PC, March 6th 2016
  83. Tom Clancy’s The Division, PC, April 3rd 2016
  84. Doom 2016, PC, May 18th 2016
  85. Mad Max, PC, June 17th 2016
  86. A Story About My Uncle, PC, June 17th 2016
  87. Fallout 4, PC, August 9th 2016
  88. Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst, PC, August 15th 2016
  89. Zuma’s Revenge, PC, September 2nd 2016
  90. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, PC, September 5th 2016
  91. Mafia 3, PC, October 22nd 2016
  92. Shadow Warrior 2, PC, November 6th 2016
  93. Titanfall 2, PC, December 24th 2016
  94. Need for Speed (2016), PC, December 28th 2016
  95. Dead Effect 2, PC, August 13th 2017
  96. Sniper Elite 3, PC, September 2nd 2017

Rubbish

  1. Joe Danger 2: The Movie – Rubbish game
  2. DEFCON – Nothing to “finish” and the tutorial crashes
  3. Overruled! – Finished the campaign during early access. There might be more after the game is released. Didn’t really like the game as much as I liked the concept though.
  4. Superfrog HD – This game was too boring, I’m not really a fan of platformer games anyway.
  5. Worms Clan Wars – The AI is cheating… Seriously, landing perfect shots every time. Not fun.
  6. Command and Conquer and The Covert Operations – I know it’s an old game, but the AI is frustratingly stupid. I mean they sit there and let themselves get attacked.
  7. World of Goo – Kinda boring…
  8. Worms – Technically unplayable. Frame rate is too low. Downside of older games on newer hardware I guess.
  9. Vertex Dispenser – Not a very interesting game. Trying to get rid of some games that I bought from Humble Bundles.
  10. And Yet It Moves – This game is creepy and annoying. Plus it messed up my save and I can’t be bothered to redo the level.
  11. Gish – Really need to stop buying platformers…
  12. DogFighter – Hate the controls
  13. God Mode – Apparently I’ve already put 8 hours into this game, but don’t remember it. Must not have been good.
  14. Syndicate (1993) – Some games don’t age well
  15. Atom Zombie Smasher – The game crashes, can’t even get to a menu
  16. Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – If you are willing to suffer through the terrible gameplay, the story and voice acting is good. Everything else bad.
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Borderlands 2 Ultimate Loot Chest Unboxing Pictures

Since I played about 6 play-throughs of the original Borderlands and all the DLC except the Claptrap one it’s pretty safe to say that I’m a fan of the game. So when it was announced that there would be a special collectors edition with a god damn loot chest in it, I immediately preordered! I had $10 credit on Amazon, making the final price $130 with free release date shipping. While the price is pretty steep for a collectors edition, I think it’s worth it. There’s loads of cool items, which I’m about to show you, since my friend Fox asked for some pictures. So on with the pics, in no real order.

Borderlands 2 Ultimate Loot Chest Edition Box

The box itself has a really cool design on it, following with the art style of the game.

First opening the box

When you first open the box the custom designed game case (left) and art book (right) are on top.

The front of the Borderlands 2 steel game case
The back of the Borderlands 2 steel game case

The front and back of the Borderlands 2 steel game case.

The front cover of the Borderlands 2 art book.

Inside the Borderlands 2 art book

The front and the inside of the Borderlands 2 art book.

Panoramic poster thing showing Borderlands 2 enemies

Panoramic poster thingy of the enemies in Borderlands 2

A panoramic poster thingy showing all the enemies and things in Borderlands 2. It reminds me of my penis, it’s so long I had to take two pictures to show you all of it 😛

Borderlands 2 stickers

These look like a collection of stickers. For whatever reason I like to keep stuff like this in good condition. I’ll probably never stick ’em anywhere, probably, which is why I’ve kept them in their packet. I still have the GT 5 car model in it’s box. I’m sure if I was rich I’d be a hoarder.

Sir Hammerlock's Almanac
Inside Sir Hammerlock's Field Journal

This is pretty cool, it has some information about some of the enemies. It’s Sir Hammerlock’s field journal. In the game he is composing an almanac of baddies, I guess this is part of it. I doubt it has all the enemies in here, there’s way too many!

Borderlands 2 Cloth map

This is a cloth map, again unopened because I know I’m going to spill my coke/caramel vodka/jizz on it -_-

Borderlands 2 Ultimate Loot Chest Edition Certificate of Authenticity

I wonder who got number 1? I wonder how many will be resales. I ordered back in May, if you wanted this edition and didn’t get one, it’s your own fault 😛

Borderlands 2 Lithographs

I believe these are called lithographs. I guess they’re mini posters. Pretty cool.

Borderlands 2 Loot Chest

Borderlands 2 Loot Chest with Marcus Bobble head as loot!

Aaaand the moment you’ve been waiting for, the loot chest itself. I just realized as I upload these I didn’t really give a side view. I’m not sure if you can get a sense of scale, but it is just a little wider than the average American 😛 It’s made of some quality hard plastic and there is lots of detailing on it like scratches and scuffs.

Marcus Kincaid bobblehead

Once again, I refuse to take things out their box! I still have my android figurine in his box. The bobblehead looks really cool though.

Overall I really think the Ultimate Loot Chest edition was worth it. It had a lot of really cool stuff and really, at the end of the day, collectors editions for for fanboys/girls anyway.

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Welcome to the new Beware of Raj!

If you previously had an account, you’re going to have to register another one, sorry! You can use your old e-mail address.

I hope you like the new design. I wanted to focus more on my portfolio, now that I actually have something to put in there but I have still retained the blogging side. I will post a project review later on when I have the time, homework is really eating up all of my time this semester.

Personally I think the new design is a huge improvement over the old one, and improvement is the key word here. My site is like a software project and has a development life cycle. That cycle never ends, which is why I redesigned in the first place. I am always looking at improving and there are still some features I wanted to add, but didn’t want to let scope creep get in the way.

A few things on the wishlist that I will add later:

  • Responsive design
  • A logo…
  • A few graphics for certain things

Whether you like the design or not, please leave some feedback on what you like, what could be improved and whether you think you’ve found the easter egg 🙂 You can leave feedback in the comments section.

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Evo 3D One Year Update

Generally about a year (sometimes less) after a phone is released it’s available for free or cheap, and those looking to get a new smart phone but don’t want to spend the coin on the latest thing can get in on some smartphone action. For this reason I have decided to do a one year update for my Evo 3D to see if it’s worth purchasing and even keeping for the next year or two (contracts in America typically last two years and most people buy on contract). I suggest you read my original review to be more informed as I won’t be repeating anything. It’s been exactly one year and one month since I wrote that, and now that Android 4, Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) has been released, now is an appropriate time for a long term update.

My recommendation summed up in one sentence is: the phone is great, but I don’t recommend buying the Evo 3D on Sprint…

Go back and read that again. Yes I said that. Allow me to explain. Besides Japan and Canada, oh and I guess America, it’s mainly 3rd world countries that use CDMA. On top of that Sprint’s 4G isn’t real 4G, it’s WiMax, which is now dying a slow death in favor of LTE. Thank God. Because of this, Sprint is now discontinuing the Evo 3D as WiMax won’t be supported. So really, if you want an Evo 3D, I suggest you live in a country that has the GSM version. My 4G service has been okay, but I hate the idea that it’s a separate antenna that has to be turned on. When I do get 4G service (which is pretty much everywhere except college -_-) the service is pretty decent, especially if the most I’ll do on my phone is watching a YouTube HD video.

In my original review, I stated that the 4G signal was weaker than the orignal Evo 4G. Neither Sprint or HTC has done anything to address this with a software update, which leads me to believe it was just inferior hardware. With that being said, I’d like to repeat I still get a good signal anyway.

As far as 3D goes, it seems to have been a fad. I had hoped that developers might do something with this technology, but either way I’m not bothered as I never bought the phone for it’s 3D capabilities anyway. I’ll leave that to the Nintendo 3DS kiddies to be amazed by this largely pointless technology. The real reason I bought this phone was the huge hardware and performance upgrade over my Nexus One. Even today, the phone rarely slows down and still handles anything I throw at it. Originally, many people complained about the screen size, but I’ve found it to be perfect. Battery life has been okay, but I’ve bought an extended slim battery that gives me an extra hour or three depending on how much I use it.

With the update to ICS comes an upgrade to Sense 3.6. If you’ve never used HTC’s Sense interface, you’ll get used to it and won’t be as bothered by the changes as I am. The one thing in particular I hate is that you can’t edit the lock screen widgets individually, instead they mirror the home screen launch bar. Personally, I think this should be an option. Another thing I dislike is the new Google Talk. The emoticons look rubbish and I prefer the older ones and there is no way to change them.

With all of these great new phones coming out, such as the HTC One series and the Galaxy Nexus, I’m not that bothered about keeping up with them. My Evo 3D still does everything I need and the only thing I feel it’s missing is a true 4G service. I also haven’t had any hardware or software issues (having said that, as soon as I publish this post it’ll break, just watch) so I feel that I’ve gotten some robust software and hardware.

To summarize: HTC hasn’t failed me yet, if there are any major issues with this phone, it’s because of Sprint (slow to update to ICS, poor 4G technology, overpriced bill -_-) and not the actual phone itself. As I said, Sprint has discontinued the Evo 3D , so if you really want one, you have to be on a GSM network and get the GSM version. If you want to buy one for 3D, why? I’ve got maybe one app, one game and one movie in 3D on my phone and all are pretty meh. In fact, 3D in general is pretty meh. The camera still takes great 2D pictures though and I still enjoy that dedicated camera button!

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Splinter Cell: Double Agent is an Awful Game

At least the PC version is. I’ve been trying to complete all the games I own which includes the Splinter Cell series and the one game I hadn’t finished yet was Double Agent. I took advantage of the Steam Summer Sales and decided to buy it, since it was so cheap. Even at this price I regret paying for it. It is one of the buggiest games I have ever played and if you really want to play it, I’d suggest getting it on a console. With that being said I have no idea if the bugs are on the console versions as well, but on the PC version, every mission had some bug that prevented me from completing my objectives or certain animations/actions and sequences just didn’t work correctly. There were times I had to reload saves and sometimes even restart the whole mission. Luckily the game isn’t that long but it really was one of the most frustrating gaming experiences I’ve ever had.

If the PC is the only option you have for playing this game, then forget it. If you’re still considering it then stop, seriously it’s not worth it, especially now that it’s no longer on sale. The game itself isn’t that great either, and this is coming from a Splinter Cell fan. Now that I’ve played all of them, I don’t know which is best, but Double Agent is certainly the worst!

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Project Review: Dean Letts Portfolio & Blog

View website: Dean Letts Portfolio & Blog

As I am finishing up this site I thought I would write a short review about the project, and of course give my friend some exposure at the same time. I think writing reviews on future projects is a good idea too, kind of like a self evaluation.

Dean’s new portfolio and blog web site actually looks better than mine! Though this has always been inevitable, as I discover new technology, software and resources and as I learn more about them, it’s only natural that my next project or web site will be better than what I’ve made previously. There are actually a number of things that made this project really good and it was not only the resources provided and used, but the site had a pretty clear goal which really helped in saving time in decision making situations.

I’m no design nerd, I’m actually better at the programming. Give me what you want the site to look like and I can make it. However I think the look of the site turned out good. Most notable is the “Portfolio” section, which is the main purpose of the site. The WordPress theme I used had a built in way of making a portfolio page and for what Dean does, the way it manages portfolio entries is perfect. With the portfolio being the main focus of the site, I wish I could have found a way to make the home page reflect this idea a little better, but I don’t think it turned out too bad. Keeping sliders to a minimum is always a better idea, but I think the pictures of Dean at work add a bit of personality to the page. I took some time in getting a logo up too because again, design isn’t my strong suit, especially not with images. I don’t care if the logo might look cheesy either 😛

The theme I used had a lot of customization options built in to the back end of WordPress. It’s not entirely perfect and certain things, such as shortcodes I had to look up in documentation, instead of it being part of the GUI of the options, but otherwise a relatively easy theme to work with. I made code changes by making a child theme and most things were editable, but I felt like it was a bit clunky in allocating the right files to edit when making certain changes. For example, the social icons on the top right of the site had to be edited in the parent theme itself. I have no problem with doing this, but when best practices usually state it’s a good idea to use a child theme, it should be made easier to work with and I think that’s mostly the theme’s fault. One final complaint about this theme is that I’m not sure on how good the SEO features are, if there are any. Other than that, this is actually a really great theme with lots of features. I might use it again, but I’ll also look into other themes with similar functionality.

Overall this is the best project I have worked on to date. I learned a lot about WordPress I didn’t know, especially in establishing best practices for certain tasks. I think the site turned out great and of course, the client (yeah I called you that :P) is very happy with the end result.

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Max Payne 3 Review

Before I wrote this review I had actually completed the game twice! That may not seem like a lot, but the second time took me only about six hours, this game is incredibly short. Not to mention half of the game are cut scenes! No, I’m not joking, seriously, if you were to turn this game into a movie there wouldn’t be much work to do. All of the scenes are already laid out and the actual gameplay, the gun fights actually sometimes feel like an interlude for the next scene. This game feels more like an interactive movie than a game and I almost got frustrated at Rockstar for making an “ungame”.

As far as the actual game play goes though, it’s really quite good. There are plenty of weapons for you to shoot in slow motion bullet time and each one is satisfying to use. If you have the cross hair set to “white dot” though, be prepared to squint a lot. I recommend setting that option to “weapon specific” because, I don’t know, maybe it was because I played the game on 1920×1080 but a tiny white dot is really hard to see, especially on graphics this amazing. This time, bullet time is recharged over time as opposed to getting kills for it and new to Max Payne series is the ability to hide behind cover, which is incredibly useful. Beware of the slow motion dive though – if you decide to do a shoot dodge and if that means you’ll end up flying over a railing and into a canal, or off the edge of a building, it’ll actually make you fall off. Basically my advice is, literally look before you leap. Max can also sprint, but quite frankly I don’t think it adds any speed and is probably the most useless sprint feature I’ve ever seen, I wouldn’t bother using it.

Payne is also limited in the number of weapons he can carry. He can use two one handed guns at the same time, but he’ll have to drop any two handed guns he is carrying. He can also holster one of the one handed weapons and use only one, but also carry around a two handed weapon. Basically the most you can carry is two one handed weapons and one two handed weapon. This changes the game play as it makes it more realistic (because you know, the crazy stunts that Max pulls off is what someone would do in real life) and it has you searching for ammo all the time. Ammo is not exactly hard to come by, but you won’t have bags of it either. In fact, before you move on to the next room it’s best to search for a weapon with the most ammo and refill before moving on to the next room. Which will  most likely start off with a cut scene, where sometimes Max pulls out one of the one handed weapons you are carrying. If you previously were using a two handed weapon like an AK, and in the cut scene Max pulls out a Desert Eagle, for instance, you’ll start that next section of the level with that weapon pulled out. So make sure you have ammo for it, or remember to switch back to your two handed weapon. This can sometimes be a real pain (sorry).

The cut scenes themselves are incredibly long too. Luckily the game auto saves at the right moments so if you die, you won’t have to watch it all over again. But to prevent yourself from dying, you take pain killers, just like in the previous games. The main reason for you dying would probably be because an enemy decides to walk up to where you are hiding behind cover and attempting to shoot you. Enemies stay behind cover a lot and take pot shots at you, but they also move around, forcing you to also move around and move from cover to cover. Enemies also throw grenades, which I didn’t actually find any in the singleplayer, only the multiplayer had grenades.

The multiplayer also isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. It’s like the third person equivalent of Modern Warfare, complete with XP, achievements and customizable loadouts, kits and appearance. All of which can be unlocked through playing the multiplayer and the singleplayer modes on higher difficulties. Bullet time is also in multiplayer as well and it actually works quite well. Completing singleplayer on harder difficulties unlocks more things, but there are other singleplayer modes, like arcade, where you try and rack up as much points as you can in each level, and New York minute returns, where you must complete every level in under one minute, gaining extra time with each kill and even more time with head shots.

The multiplayer however is really secondary, especially if you’re a Max Payne fan. What you really got the game for was the story. If  you haven’t already, I recommend you play the first game. You don’t really have to, but it’s quite interesting to watch the character development. In the third game, Max finally gets the chance to grieve for all the people he lost in the previous two games, including his wife and baby girl. As a result, a lot of the cut scenes are quite dark and even depressing and he drowns his sorrows in alcohol and a mid life crisis. Payne takes the job as a bodyguard (a word of advice – don’t hire a drunk for a bodyguard) for a rich family in Brazil and is recruited by a new character by the name of “Passos”. He is actually quite a likeable character, since not only Max likes him, but they also share the same sense of humor. There are plenty of wisecracks in the game and the dialog, although painfully (okay, I’ll stop) cheesy is very well written. This game is pretty much an interactive movie and I think even the scripting is very well done. The story is also no longer told through a graphic novel. Is that good or bad? Not really sure, I miss the graphic novels, I don’t really know of any other game that tells the story this way, but the cut scenes, despite being incredibly long are still really good.

Voice acting is really well done too, in fact everything to do with sound in this game is perfect. The soundtrack is really amazing and really sets the tone for the theme of the game. I feel that Rockstar really went above and beyond in using sound to create an authentic atmosphere. The weapons also sound beefy enough, even in slow motion and it makes them a joy to use.

The graphics look amazing too. The levels have lots of variety, which you’ll have a lot of fun shooting the crap out of. Environments aren’t as destructive as say Battlefield, but you’ll find that certain points of cover don’t last long as they get shot up by your enemies. Going into slow motion lets you see bullets traveling through the air and also makes them easier to dodge.

Despite how good it is, I’m not particularly interested in the multiplayer and I wish Rockstar had spent more time on making the singleplayer experience longer. Although the different modes do offer quite a bit of replayability and so in all honesty I’m not really ready to put this game away yet. If you were worried, like me, that this game wouldn’t live up to the standards of the previous ones in the series, then don’t worry, Max fills those concerns with bullet holes with amazingly fun gameplay, despite that only feeling like it’s half of the singleplayer experience and for those who want it, the multiplayer is well worth the money too. Overall a very fun game.

8.5/10.

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The Zombie Game You’ve Always Wanted has Arrived

If you are reading this right now, it means you didn’t get Diablo 3, or you’re simply taking a break from it. I really would like that game, but I just don’t have the money right now. In any case, I want to tell you about a zombie game, well actually it’s a MOD. But it’s the zombie game you’ve always wanted, but never got because we either never had the technology to support it or no one had attempted it. Fair warning: this is a pretty long post with no TLDR.

I know what you’re thinking, the perfect zombie survival horror game would be a huge open world, perhaps an MMO with millions of players from around the world, simply moving from city to city just trying to survive, either by finding food and drink to eat, and a place to stay. Or looting from passers by to get weapons and ammo to put a bullet or crossbow arrow through the brain of a few undead. Unfortunately even though we’ve pretty much had the technology (for the past two years) to pull off something like this, it’s never been done… Until now.

I present to you, Day Z! Yes, I already told you it’s a MOD for Arma II. It requires you have the game and the expansion pack Operation Arrowhead. This means, if you were to buy it on Steam, you’d be paying $30… For a MOD that it’s in alpha stage. On top of that it’s built on top of a game that already has a pretty clunky interface and control system. Installing the MOD isn’t that hard, but it’s a bit more clunky than it needs to be. But that’s all the bad stuff out the way for now, let me tell you about this sweet MOD!

It’s set on the 25km x 25km island that comes with Arma II. Yes, it’s huge. It supports up to 60 players online and from what I’ve seen, it’s surprisingly not that laggy. Although it does take a while to join servers because it looks like it has to connect to one master server to retrieve your data. What data? The persistent data about where you left off from last time. That’s right, it’s a persistent world – you can join any server and it will save your health, ammo, what weapons you had, location etc. However, you may want to choose your server carefully. I decided to try out this MOD at close to midnight and the servers have a 1:1 time ratio. This means that it was midnight in the game too and in Arma II, that means pitch black. Which quite frankly was one of the scariest moments I’ve had in a FPS recently.

You start off along the south cost of the island. I couldn’t see anything until I threw a flare down, the bright red glow helped me find my way to a main road. So far all I had to get a sense of direction was the stars and the moon. Armed with this knowledge – I was absolutely useless, because I have no idea how to find the North star -_-

So I just headed down a road, occasionally throwing another flare. Eventually I learned you could pick them up, which I thought was a much better idea, since I only had 10 flares to start with and who knows where I might find some more. Although, since it was pitch black it would mean if anyone, or anything was near me I would be the only thing they saw. That might not be a good thing, because you know, zombies, but also if certain players kill other players too much, they become bandits and their player model changes appropriately. I really didn’t want to be seen, but at the same time, I needed light, so I decided to risk it until I could get to the nearest town or something. What happened next, would be the consequences of my decision…

The whole time I was actually on Skype talking to friends. I was trying to explain that I was just following a road and some railroad tracks to see where they’d lead, but all of a sudden I just stopped talking. I heard a noise, like a moan. The next thing I know, out of the pitch black dark a zombie comes running towards me! I panicked and it made me jump! I really felt a mix of fear and excitement as my adrenaline kicked in. The clunky control system didn’t help either but I managed to pull my starting pistol out and put a few rounds in him! Then, before I could calm down, more moaning! More of them! I had very little ammo so I decided to run. But where to? I headed in the opposite direction on the road that I was on. I also decided to drop the flare, as that would probably bring more, but unfortunately this meant running into the dark into who knows what!

So I kept running and running and they were still chasing me! I think I ended up around some docks and decided to try to find somewhere to hide. I tried to throw a flare far away from me and I’d hoped that it would draw them away and I could escape. Unfortunately, you make a lot of sound when you run too and the zombies heard me. I was surrounded and then the inevitable happened – they ate me! Munch!

Game over – meant I had to start again, respawn with 10 flares and about 2 Makarov pistol clips. This time I managed to avoid more zombies and found a barn. I got really lucky with this barn, there was a shotgun, a sniper and a crossbow. I could only hold one weapon, in addition to my pistol. I went with the shotgun – the other players had told me that there is more ammo for the shotgun, the only drawback is that it makes noise. The crossbow is silent, but you don’t get a lot of ammo and you have to reload after each shot – not a good thing when ten zombies are running towards you. The sniper seemed cool, but I don’t think it would have been a good idea because I’d be screwed if any zombies got close. I also found food and water in this barn, which was good for obvious reasons. You need to eat and drink. Drink comes in the form of pepsi cans and you can visit a river or ocean to fill up your water bottle. Food comes in cans, but I also heard you can kill animals and cook them.

If I were to increase my chances of survival I thought it would be best to meet up with my friend. Fast forward to him installing and finally getting in game we decided we’d find a place to meet. This was a bit difficult for us as we had no map. To use the map in game you actually have to find one first. We cheated a little and used a map online as well as road signs and landmarks to figure out where we are. We never met in game, because I got tired a left (2am), but getting to another city isn’t that easy when you’re avoiding zombies. It doesn’t help that if you actually wanted to drive there, you’d need to be able to get the tools to fix up a vehicle first, not to mention refueling it. Moving slowly and watching the zombie’s path is the key to avoiding them. They seem to have about a 30 degree field of vision so sometimes you could feel like you’re a real Sam Fisher (side note – Sam Fisher > Snake).

Overall I think this MOD has the groundwork for something potentially amazing. It’s unfortunate that it’s built upon a game that sometimes feels really clunky, but hey I don’t care, because it’s enabling something awesome to happen. Maybe the clunkyness is a good thing, after all, just look at the success of Resident Evil! If you ever needed a reason as to why PC gaming is better than console gaming, Day Z is your answer. It may be in alpha stage, but from what I’ve seen, it’s better than than any CoD clone to date and it’s all made by gamers who enjoy games, not want money. I think it would be years before something like this ever comes out on a console. I really hope development for this MOD continues, especially now that it’s getting more publicity. Looking forward to the apocalypse!

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Guild Wars 2 – First Impressions

I like RPG’s but I don’t play them that often. They generally require you to put time into them to get anywhere and whilst I have no problem doing that, I generally don’t find any that I feel like I want to put my time in. On top of that, the way games are released these days and the fact that I generally have money to buy them when they come out – there’s always something else to play, that won’t require me to invest any time. As a result I stick to my favorite genre – FPS.

However right now is a weird time because I am about to be playing a bunch of RPG’s, something I don’t think is a good idea. I’d rather only play one at a time, but there are three that I really really like at the moment. The first is Witcher 2. With the release of the enhanced edition I actually decided to start playing it and I really like it. The second is Diablo 3. After playing the beta  I really want it, but luckily I don’t think there is a penalty for not getting it right away. Unlike the third game – Guild Wars 2. Since it is an MMO, I want to get in on the action before the community dies. Games like Witcher and Diablo can be played at any time, though I’d like to play the co-op on Diablo 3 with my friends when they get it.

I have played a couple of hours on the beta for Guild Wars 2 and so far I like it. Having said that, I don’t think it has lived up to my expectations. The main reason I am playing it because it’s not supposed to be like other MMO’s, there’s no monthly fee, there’s no grinding and the battles and quests are supposed to be more fun. I didn’t really enjoy WoW, I felt bored most of the time which is why I was attracted to GW2, but the gameplay is very similar to WoW, but something about it isn’t exactly the same… It’s as if they tried to attract everyone to the game.

For a start the combat is similar, but it’s more fast paced. I like it, and I like the dodging and special abilities, but it’s not impressive. The quest system is weird – you have a main quest but on your way there, there are ‘events’ which are like mini-quests that all the other players around you take part in. They’re interesting except too many players try to do it at the same time. Imagine this, you’re walking along the street and you see a shop that interests you. The next thing you know, everyone on that crowded street is also interested in that shop and you all walk in there, exploring and buying and what ever it is you do in shops and it just becomes a clusterfuck of people doing things. Then at the end of it all, you didn’t really felt like you took part. I still like the idea of dynamic events, but it really needs tweaking.

As with most RPG’s it takes a little getting used to and I’m still in that stage of course, but I think if you have played enough WoW, it won’t be any more complex than that. In fact if you liked WoW you might actually like GW2 =/

The system they have in place for temporarily leveling you down is a bit annoying. I think they should only do it when you are in a party, not when you’re on you’re own. I hate entering a low level area and having to spend longer than usual getting through it because my abilities have been nerfed. I understand wanting to create balance but this definitely needs to be tweaked.

As far as performance goes, the game runs great on my PC, just areas with lots of action and towns really lower my FPS. But my biggest issue is the connection – there are so many people playing right now, logging into places takes a while and the server load is suffering. I’m sure these will be fixed when the game comes out and I am looking forward to it. So far, so good.

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Logitech M510 Review

I’ve been wanting a wireless mouse for my laptop for a while now. I’ve tried two already – I went the cheap route and guess what? They were terrible. What a surprise.

So as I was shopping for a headset I decided to look for a mouse too. I’m not sure what are the ‘good’ mice manufacturers (outside of gaming mice manufacturers), but I’ve always liked Logitech’s mice, so I decided to see what they have. I decided on the M510 because it has two side buttons. Not entirely essential but I always like having them and my gaming mice couldn’t live without them. It should be noted, this mice isn’t going to be used for gaming and I don’t really recommend wireless mice for gaming.

First thing I’d like to say is that this isn’t a tiny laptop mouse, it’s simply a regular sized mouse, except with no wires. I honestly didn’t know this before I bought it, however, tiny mice are pretty annoying, so having a regular sized one is actually quite nice. Installing the mouse is incredibly easy on Windows 7. You simply plug in the tiny RF receiver and that’s it. Once you switch the mouse on it will automatically detect it and it works within seconds (from the time you plug in the receiver). No software was packaged with the mouse, there was a manual with it, but I never opened it. It works flawlessly out of the box! I imagine Logitech’s web site might have some configuration software, but out of the box works perfectly fine.

The mouse is also for right handed people. Well, a left handed person could use it, however the side buttons are on the left, which are easily accessible by thumb if you’re right handed, but I would imagine pretty awkward to do so with your little finger if you’re left handed. I suppose if you’re left handed you’re pretty used to being screwed anyway 😛 The mouse has great ergonomics for us righties though and feels perfect. The laser tracking is pretty good too, as long as the batteries are full. The ones that it came with seemed to be depleted (almost) so I replaced the two AA batteries with fresh ones and it works flawlessly.

Finally, I am not sure if this is a “couch mouse” and I have no intention of finding out. Overall I think this is the perfect wireless mouse for a PC and in my case, for my laptop. Some people might prefer something smaller (heheheh) for their laptop, but if you don’t mind a regular sized mouse, this one is great.

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