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08
May

Let’s See…Wolfenstein…Factories…Nazi Robots? Wahhhh!?!?

Haha…it’s a bit hard for me to know what to make of this yet. Some reimagining of the series with good ol’ B.J. taking on a future where the Nazis are branching out from the occult and getting into the robot army business? I’m intrigued to say the least…been a Wolfenstein fan for as long as I can remember now. The original 3-D is classic PC gaming bread and butter and is STILL making it’s rounds on devices to this day. The last Wolfenstein had a pretty good single player campaign though the multiplayer was a bit of a steaming pile. Multiplayer is really not important to me anyways when it comes to Wolfenstein (or some other titles for that matter…call me crazy, but I love the campaigns of Call of Duty Black Ops 1 and 2 ALOT more than the multiplayer…though I was never big on CoD multi, but that’s for another article). Just give me a solid single player please. The way things look so far, Hitler in a robot suit was just a humble beginning apparently…

With this and the new Rise of the Triad coming SOON we have the basis of another resurgence on our hands that with all hope should bring us the fun we loved about these classics to a new age of gaming.

Now if only we could get that next Doom as well…

5/9/13 EDIT : HOLY BALLS! Just heard about a new Shadow Warrior title as well through ROTT’s facebook.  The titles keep coming…

– DGM-payne

08
May

Still here…

I’ve been neglecting…Terraria on Xbox 360 probably hasn’t helped much either (seriously addicting) which I’ve probably put more time into than the Steam version by this point.

One important site update though:

-KeyCAPTCHA has been installed to hopefully cut back on spam. It’s required for all registers, logins and comments from this point on.

Has anyone else been playing the whacking day event on Simpsons : Tapped Out for iOS? Ahhhhhhh…what a time suck also, almost over now though.

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I’ll try to get back to some more substantial posts, like my most recent one on BF3 multiplayer.

Until next time…

– DGM-payne

10
Sep

On this eve of Battlefield 3 Armored Kill…

Hello there Riskening true believers! We’re here today on the brink of a add-on release for a little game called Battlefield 3, for all you Xbox 360 premium subscribers out there (I see you…) waiting for Armored Kill. As I’m sure most of you know already (Battlefield 3 fans?), an add-on came out a couple months back that promised frantic and fast paced gunning that went by the title of Close Quarters. I’m going to take a moment to reflect on the previous expansion, which was the first true expansion to this game (the redux-fest Back to Karkand, while having some of the best maps IMO, doesn’t count because it came out VERY shortly after release and was included with copies of the game for quite some time). So without further adieu, my look back at Close Quarters…

First of all, there’s a reason why many were calling this add-on Call of Duty-ish at release because, for all intents and purposes, that’s basically what it all boils down to. I’m sure this is quite intentional too (and if it somehow wasn’t then you could have fooled me), trying to tap into some of that ravenous Call of Duty fanboy market *money, money, money*, right? I had my worries when details first surfaced for this add-on, after hearing about how the vehicles would be left out and the new maps would be a turn to more claustrophobic tendencies. Yes, the vehicles which I very much consider to be the bread and butter of Battlefield 3 and what ultimately sets it apart from Call of Duty games of late (and I’m sure I’m not alone in this sentiment…I know at least one other person that I regularly squad with that agrees) have been completely ripped out of these maps. This was the first red flag that popped in my mind. I was having alot of fun with Battlefield 3 multiplayer though so I said what the hell and bit the bullet with a premium subscription so I could dive into the first of 4 add-ons to come to BF 3.

One of the big (probably biggest) features of these new maps are highly destructible environments. I believe the lobby scene from the first Matrix movie was part of the inspiration for this destruction. It’s kinda neat sure, and they really played out this feature in the trailers leading up the release (big selling point), but ultimately doesn’t make up for all the frustrations I have with this add-on. I’ll be talking about the new “Conquest Domination” game mode that debuted with this add-on since that’s where I had the biggest beef. It’s certainly a beast with a very different nature from the Conquest game mode that I had spent most of my time with up until this point. Does it still have flags? Yes, only the range that you need to be near it to cap has been greatly diminished (I’ll get to this more later). Is it run and gun from one flag to the next? No doubt about that, it’ll keep you on your toes. Is it frustrating? You bet. I’ll cover this last one in much detail.

I remember in my first game playing this mode being simultaneously knifed while spawning in my second or so life and looking back now I think that about sums up how I feel about this add-on on the whole : like being stabbed in the back. The spawn system leaves a lot to be desired here. It seems they took the already awful random spawn of Team Deathmatch and ramped it up to the Nth degree for this add-on. If you like spawn-die-spawn-die as much possible though then by all means it doesn’t get much better here. You can still save grace with your kill to death ratio with a slew of cheap trips though, so don’t fret. How about this one : do you like planting C4 or claymores on objectives and waiting for some unsuspecting enemy? Well step right up to the plate! You’ll be right at home here since you need to be about 2 inches away from the flag to cap it. Or how about this one : do you like rocketing someone in the face point blank? Bust out that RPG, buckaroo! How about hiding in the corner of a room and waiting for someone to pass by or spawn? The fun never stops! The funny thing is that the new assignments that came with this add-on seemed to cater closely to this behavior too since they required kills with many of the aforementioned, such as C4, claymores and RPGs (how about that…).

Between the cheap tricks and endless shotguns never have I been more pissed off at the end of a match…even the ones that my team had won. I’ve played the newer Call of Duties online with their smaller maps and my playtime nowhere near compares to my time with Battlefield 3. The other new game mode, Gun Game, I really didn’t have too much complaints with. It’s pretty much just your typical gun game ala Counterstrike. The immediate switching of weapons between levels is a bit slow which can kind of fudge you in certain situations, but whatever. It does have one thing going for it though…it makes me feel much less like putting my controller through the TV by the time the match ends. The best part of this add-on are the new weapons, but not much else I’d voluntarily spend much time on.

So here’s to Armored Kill : a hopeful return to the Battlefield I know and love. More vehicles and bigger maps are a dish best served delightful. I’ll also pray everyday that as details of the last 2 add-ons (Aftermath and End Game) emerge that they don’t further tarnish the competitive multiplayer that I can truly call my favorite.

See you on the battlefield regardless, pardner…

– DGM-payne

04
Jun

This makes me hard…

…but seriously, getting excited for Resident Evil 6. Might just have to make it an early birthday present to myself…

22
Apr

Have you played the Ghost Recon : Future Soldier beta yet?

Ghost Recon : Future Soldier’s beta started a couple days ago, grabbed my copy on Splinter Cell : Conviction for Xbox 360. Seems pretty wonky that I got stuck on loading screens the first couple days I tried to play it, finally get through today and it freezes up on lobby before the second match I played. Haha…jeez. May be cool if I could get multiple games in.

Anyways, the real point of this post is that I have 3 Xbox live codes still for the beta that runs until early May. Shoot me an e-mail at DGMpayne at gmail.com if you’re interested and I’ll see you on the battlefield…

 

UPDATE (4/23/12, 1:20am EST) : Got a couple responses already for beta codes right after posting this…down to 1 left now




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