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SimCity: Nazareth

This was the first city I built on day 1 of the game’s launch. I had such high expectations for this game which were shattered by numerous bugs and crippling save issues. Although the game produces some nice screenshots which serve as a reminder of what could have been a great game.

There’s no denying the charm in Maxis titles.

SimCity: Nazareth

Battlefield 4

Battlefield 4 is the latest game I’m playing and I expect this one to last a while. The game offers limitless potential for competitive gameplay and tons of unlocks to work towards. I played BF3 for 376 hours and it was the first game I ever purchased DLC for. In this thread I’ll be maintaining a list of relevant videos, tips, and articles all designed to highlight the games potential and expose the intricate nature of it.

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Grand Theft Auto 5 is here!

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10/9: 100% Completion! Took me about 80 hours. This game was amazing and I highly recommend it to anybody. I enjoyed the stunt jumps the least, and probably had the most fun doing the parachuting. It’s insane the variety of things you can do in this game. Now I’m sad that it’s over, but of course there’s always the online portion. You know a video game is amazing when you feel depressed once it’s over.

10/7:
Beat the game over the weekend. At 95% completion. As with most R* game the story/writing/dialogue was great.

10/2: They added the online portion last night but it was too buggy to play. I did manage to get a character created, however. Right now I’m at 75% completion the single player.

Add me on Rockstar’s Social Club website!

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GTAV: Prelaunch hype!

Game comes out Tues 9/17 and my hype is through the roof. GTA games have always been among my favorite. I’m taking Wed. off from work to play.

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Games on my list to play

I’m starting to accrue a bunch of unplayed games as a result of the recent Steam Summer sale, and from me burning off some of my MS Points. This is what I have on my list which is mixed in with Injustice and Killing Floor:

  • FEZ (Xbox, 800 MS Points) – This is a 2d platformer that can be rotated in 90° increments to alter the landscape. It’s pretty clever.
  • Trials Evolution (Xbox, 1200 MS Points) This game comes highly recommended but I’m not too thrilled about it. You race on a dirtbike for the fastest time and can compete against others on your friends list.
  • Fable 3 (Xbox, Free) – Free game from Xbox Live. Don’t really have any interest in playing it but I downloaded it anyways.
  • Assassins Creed 2 (Xbox, Free) – Another free game from live. I never played any AC games so figured I’d try it out. It’s low on my list to get to.
  • Bastion (PC, $3) – I bought this game knowing nothing about it and am surprised at how fun and innovative it is. As you play through the game it’s dynamically narrated which is a nice touch.
  • Max Payne 3 (PC, $10) – Next on my list. I’ve always enjoyed May Payne games, but I’ve been waiting for a discount to buy this one knowing it wasn’t that long. Took forever to install but it’s now ready and waiting for me to start it up.
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown (PC, $10) – This is another game that’s come highly recommended but never really interested me too much. It’s a turn-based strategy game which has you fighting off waves of aliens. We’ll see, maybe it’s a cool game but I suspect I’ll lose patience with it.
  • Amnesia (PC, $5) – I bought this during last year’s Summer sale but never got around to finishing it. Apparently it’s a very scary game, but I got annoyed with the mechanics of always having to remain in light. I intend to finish it but keep forgetting about it.
  • BioShock 2 (PC, $5) – Another game I bought during last year’s Summer sale but never got around to finishing. I didn’t get too far into it before getting bored. I’ll probably pick it back up again because the first one was great.
  • L.A. Noire (PC, $5) – Acquired during last year’s Summer sale. I got bored with this game because there was too little action. A big part of the game was interviewing suspects and determining if they were lying from their facial expressions, which despite being a unique component to a game was uninteresting to me.
  • Serious Sam 2 (PC, $1) – When unlocking the L4D2 Lvl 5 badge on Steam I got a 90% off coupon for this game. Don’t know a damn thing about it, but for a buck I figured why not?

Grand Theft Auto V comes out in Sept which I’m guessing will consume about a month of playtime, followed by BattleField 4 in October which may end up being the only game I play for several months. Both are sure to be blockbuster hits.

A dramatic reading of GTAV YouTube comments

Injustice: Gods Among Us

From the makers of Mortal Kombat comes Injustice, a fighting game featuring DC super heroes and villains. It comes out on Tues April 16th, and I ended up pre-ordering a copy from GameStop to get the Red Son DLC. Click through for a bunch of links related to the game.

Update 5/8: A month later and I’m still having tons of fun playing. The game is superior to Tekken Tag 2 in terms of smart gameplay mechanics. I spend most of my time in King of the Hill game lobbies. The winner stays on while other players can watch the match and bet on who they think will win. It’s just as much fun observing this game with good players as it is to play. Here’s an awesome game between Reo and Tom Brady, two of the best injustice players out there, during the Civial War V grand finals.

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EA CEO John Riccitiello Steps Down

Article on IGN. One has to wonder if this is fallout from the SimCity disaster that’s dominating gaming headlines. EA is gifting a free game for people who had to put up with all the bullshit. I’ve decided on Need For Speed: Most Wanted which everybody seems to speak highly of. The only other NFS I played which was one on the PS2 which had the same name (dumb move on their part). I really enjoyed it.

EA is notorious for burying customers in endless of DLC or micro-transactions for their games, most of which is already available on day 1. Although that seems to be the trend nowadays. I don’t hate EA so much because they brought us Battlefield 3 which is a quality game.

Some of the comments in that article crack me up.

  • For $5, you can read the full story straight from EA’s website
  • Additional story DLC coming soon.
  • They could gift him with a copy of Medal of Honor: Warfighter.

» Best jokes from Twitter
» What John Riccitiello Was Right About

SimCity the worst game launch I’ve ever been a part of

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The launch of this game has been a disaster, and by far has been the worst launch I’ve ever been a part of. Much worse than Diablo 3 was on day 1. People were already distrustful of the always online requirement and here we are, denied access to what’s by and large a solo game because of server issues.

SimCity was set to unlock at midnight EST on March 5th. When midnight rolls around the game didn’t unlock. For some it did, and for others it wasn’t until hours later they were able to get in following an email by Maxis. Around 12:45 I gave up and went to sleep, which is good because my email didn’t arrive until close to 2am.

Having took the day off from work to play I was eager to get up and play in the morning. Installation didn’t take too long, and I was able to get in a few hours before the servers dropped. I also ended up with a corrupted city because the game crashed when attempting to load a city within my region. I’m now stuck with a bricked city that can’t be loaded at all, and it’s just taking up a spot.

Thankfully I was able to play throughout the day. After taking a break at night and returning to join up with some friends I had discovered all the US servers were too busy to accept new connections and I was entered into a holding queue (2o minutes long). People were reporting that after the timer was up, most of the time it would simply reset and they’d be entered into another 20 minute holding queue. The following day I returned from work, eager to play, only to be met with more server downtime and business. When the game launcher finally opened (it was frozen for most people), I was stuck with a 30 minute queue wait period. Not so bad considering other users are reporting a 3-hour wait queue.

The game is great but it’s an absolute clusterfuck at launch. It’s no wonder why EA earned “The Worst Company in America” award in 2012. And to think I’ve actually been defending them lately.

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SimCity quickstart tips

I’m compiling a bunch of tips for people just getting started with the new SimCity game. I’ll update this over time as I think of new tips for beginners. Click here to read the manual.

Update: New tips added Mon, 3/4

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