2011 January

January 23, 2011

Crysis 2 Gets a Demo… Only on Xbox 360.

In an announcement that is likely to make the entire PC gaming communities blood boil Crytec announced that Crysis 2 will be getting a multi-player demo.  However, that demo will only be available to Xbox 360 users and Gold subscribers at that. 

“The Crysis 2 Multiplayer Demo will feature the ‘Skyline’ map, and two game modes: ‘Team Instant Action’ and ‘Crash Site,'” EA said on Friday. “‘Team Instant Action’ pits two teams against each other as they kill as many opponents as possible to earn higher ranks. In ‘Crash Site,’ players will battle for control of alien drop pods, earning points by guarding their pods and keeping enemies at bay.”

Crysis 2 is still on track to be released on March 22, 2011.  EA says the multi-player component of Crysis 2 will feature six game play modes and 12 maps based on real life New York City locations.  The game will also include 50 levels that players can advance too and acquire a number of weapon and armor upgrades as well. 

This is saddening news indeed as Crysis was one of the last exclusives that PC gamers held on to and now they aren’t even getting a demo of the game before consoles do.   This is likely to upset a large number of PC gamers who have been playing Crysis for years. 

It should be mentioned that EA is not delaying the game, porting the game or otherwise doing something that would offend me as a PC gamer so I am going to give the game the benefit of the doubt and wait for the release before I pass my judgement.  I must say however that this game really reminds me of Halo when I watch it being played.  I really don’t like Halo mutli-player so here is to hoping it doesn’t turn out to be a Halo clone. 

So what do you guys think?  Is this an offense to the PC community or does it really not matter?

January 14, 2011

Initial Thought: DC Universe Online

Well DC Universe Online came out earlier this week and my inner comic geek couldn’t pass up a chance to wash away the bad taste of City of Heroes. So I bought a copy for my PS3 and I am actually pleased thus far. Now keep in mind I have not gone through all the content, I am not level capped and I only have one toon so far. Like the title says these are my initial thoughts.

Ok lets take it from the start, character creation. The creation process is really simple and straight forward. You can start from scratch and completely customize a hero or villian, or you can start with a template of an already known hero or villian. From there you select a couple of different powers and items. You pick a movement ability, a fighting ability and weapon. It works like this: I chose super speed for movement, fire as a power and my hands as the weapon. Basically I am a speedster with the ability to shoot fire from my hands. Now they are many other combinations to go with such as flight and acrobatics for movement. Ice, nature, sorcery, and martial arts for abilities and guns, swords, staffs, and bows for weapons. Each with their own role for use (example: Nature powers are mostly healing and support powers.) Now after you get them looking cool with sweet powers and that badass hammer for a weapon, you get to choose a mentor. Since I played the hero side I got to choose from Superman (genetic powers), Wonder Woman (Nature and World powers), or Batman (gadgets and technology). Since I picked super speed, I went with Superman. As your mentor they act sort of like a quest guide/giver. They contact you about missions and help you from time to time. After your character is finished your on to start your superhero story.

Now I am only level 6 out of a level 30 cap. I am only about 3 hours into the game and it’s a fun game. It plays more like a 3rd person hack and slash then a typical MMO. There is no auto attack. If you stop hitting buttons, you stop fighting. There are no cooldowns on abilities but you do have a mana-esk bar which your abilites use. So you can spam your favorite attack but will run out of power quick. I can’t imagine trying to play this game with a keyboard and mouse. It really seems to cater to the controller wielding player. The action is pretty fast paced and the environment is not short on enemies. Every street corner has another mission and baddies waiting for you.

Will DCU be the next WoW killer? No. Will DCU stand the test of time? Probably not. Is DCU a fun and not so serious outlet for MMO players? Very much so. This game is not for everyone. The hardcore MMO players who’s job in life is to get all the shiney purples and have the highest gearscore will laugh at this game and say it’s kids stuff. Well why are you reading this? Don’t you have a raid in like 5 mins? Let me know when you find a girl who is impressed you got level 85 in less than a day you chinese gold farming whore……..Sorry…….struck a nerve…….DC Universe…….. right. It is simply a fun alternative to the usual MMO that we all have become accustomed to. The fact that it is DC just adds to the lore because you now get to fight along side your favorite heros. I have already had missions with Superman and The Flash. This game is for the laid back, causal gamer. So far so good.

January 14, 2011

We Now Have Ventrilo!

We now have Ventrilo available to the TGB community!  Anyone here is welcome to come use our channel for their gaming needs.  We are always happy to accept donations to help cover the costs of running the channel.  We want to thank the TGB community for helping make hosted servers a reality for us.  We have received a great amount of support from our viewers and readers and we can’t thank them enough.  If you, your clan or guild would like to use the channel for a large group on a regular basis we may be able to upgrade the channel.  Please send any channel questions to thsoundman@thegamersblog.com

You can access the TGB channel by going here:

Server: vent18.gameservers.com

Port: 4591

January 13, 2011

Possible release date for the 3DS?

So we now have a hint at least to when the 3DS is coming out, but nothing concrete and still no official price point. Though rumors are saying $299.99. However we now know that the 3DS will be on sale in Japan on Feb. 26. They have also released a list of upcoming titles to be released in Japan. Here they are:

Winning Eleven 3DS Soccer – Feb. 26
Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition – Feb. 26
Samurai Warriors: Chronicle – Feb. 26
Tobidasu! Puzzle Bobble 3D – Feb. 26
Nintendogs and Cats – Feb. 26
Ridge Racer 3D – Feb. 26
Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D – Feb. 26
Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle – Feb. 26

Asphalt 3D: Nitro Racing – March
Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2011 – March
BlazBlue Continuum Shift II – March
The Sims 3 – March
My Garden – March
Dead or Alive Dimensions – March
Shanghai 3D Cube – March
Super Monkey Ball 3D – March
Naruto Shippuden: Nin-rittai Emake! Saikyou Ninkai Kessen!! – March
Virus Shooter XX – March
Steel Diver – March 17
Nikori no Puzzle – March
Gundam The 3D Battle – March 24
Pro Yakyuu Famista 2011 – March 31
Tom Clancy Splinter Cell 3D- March
Rabbids: Time Travel – March

Cubic Ninja – Spring
Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights – Spring
Kuukan Ryoku Training – Spring
Fish On – Spring
Resident Evil The Mercenaries 3D – Spring
Super Black Bass Fishing Soul – Spring
EST – Spring
Fishing – Spring
Bikkuriman Kanjyuku Haou – Spring
The Legend Of Zelda Ocarina Of Time 3D – Spring
Pilot Wings Resort – Spring
Sudoku and 3 Puzzles – Spring
Deca Sporta 3D Sports – Spring
Tales of the Abyss – Spring
One Piece: Unlimited Cruise SP – Spring
Animal Resort – Spring
Tank Beat 3 – Spring
Me de Unou o Kitaeru: Sokudoku Jutsu 3 – Spring
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon – Spring
Driver Renegade – Spring
Runabout for Nintendo 3DS – Spring

Now as any gamer will know about half of these titles may not even make it to the U.S. Half of those probably won’t even be top sellers. However it seems the United States could be looking at a late spring or early summer release.

January 11, 2011

I’ve got a Golden Ticket, oh wait it’s a fake…

So with a new year brings a new E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo). As all gamers are aware its the place to see all the newest and upcoming games and projects from all the companies in the business. Wouldn’t it be awesome to actually be there though? That answer is yes. However E3 is not open to the public. Only people who work in the industry or press can get access. So the people decided to fight back in a way. Some of the samller websites who were fortunate enough to get one of these golden tickets decided to sell them off. Some of these passes sold for as much as $700 and that’s hoping you didn’t get a fake copy. E3 heard about the black market E3 pass trade and decided to do something about it. To do this instead of getting the actual pass in the mail, you will recieve a barcode. This barcode will be redeemed at the doors of E3 where they will be giving out the pass itself. It won’t completely get rid of the problem but they hope it will help.

Now thats all good and fine but I gotta ask, why not open the doors for at least a day to the public? There is nothing to lose from this. Here E3 let me help you help us. Step 1: Open for 1 day to the public Step 2: throw a price tag on those public tickets ($50-$100), that’s easy money to make and people would probably pay more than that. I don’t understand the issue here, people get to come in and play the new demos and see all the new stuff while E3 makes money off us and gets all kinds of  publicity. After all, the people are what drives those sales anyway, why not get real feedback?

January 7, 2011

Send this user to be de-rezed….

I loathe user reviews. I cannot even begin to describe how much I hate them. Watching some idiot put up a review that goes “I luves this game iT’s wicked awsome, lets blow up some n$$bs”, is enough for me to break all my games and slowly gouge my eyes with the pieces while listening to Lady Gaga, all while looking like a hipster and slowly tearing off my tattoo with a cheese grater. Pull out the soap box and stay clear because I may spit on this one.

Working in retail for the past 4 years has taught me that society as a whole is brainless. Everyone thinks that their opinion matters and if one person hears another talk about how much they like something, that automatically makes them an expert on the subject. I dread consumer reports and the thought of people talking the time to even compile that information into a monthly magazine makes me sick. The internet has become a breeding ground for the anonymous to become instant experts on whatever subject they see fit.

My huge mouth stays shut on subjects that I don’t have a profound amount of knowledge on. I don’t work out. The most exercise I get comes from one of two places; standing in front of my T.V. with Kinect and Kinect Sports, or walking my dog. If someone asked my opinion on exercise equipment or what diet they should be on, I would reply with “I don’t know” or “You could ask an expert”. See was that really that hard? If someone asked my opinion on the video game crash of 1983 or if Call of Duty Black Ops had the worst voice acting of the year, I could answer them with a reasonable and intelligent answer.

I was looking up the availability of some DS games at work; due to the weather and time of year I have a lot of down time at work, hence this article, and came across some interesting user reviews. Super Mario 64 DS had one where someone pointed out the game was boring, hard, and never got why it was praised so highly. There’s a solution to your problem user! Take your DS and return it! If you have a problem with the seminal Mario title that ushered in the era of analog control, please return everything and go pick up a great issue of Consumer Reprorts. Another example was with Super Scribblenauts. The comments made were again boring, and didn’t know why everyone loved the game so much. The tech alone is impressive, write anything and it comes to life, now with adjectives! You determine how creative you are at solving the games puzzles, I can use a pink shot gun to take down a zombie then fly into the air with my polka dotted jetpack to reach the starite, and that’s just one of the thousand ways to solve puzzles in that game and you don’t know why it’s popular? Sell the game, your DS and go take an art class and learn to be creative.

One last example is for a game I hate with the passion of a thousand suns, Just Dance. It is not a game of any sorts just an instructional video with an interface and the mindless drones love this dribble. Looking at the case makes me want to stroke out and convulse on the floor. 46 user reviews and it holds a 4 out of 5. IGN blasted it and gave it 2 out of 10 and is one of the few publications to touch the game and I use that term loosely. I will put on some really crappy dance music, a strobe light and watch you dance badly for less than 40 dollars. How could this game hold anyone’s attention or be entertaining for that matter? Someone even had the gull to write it was the best dance game ever, really? Ever play a little game called Dance Central or one of the thousand DDR iterations? Guess not, that’s why your IQ is the same number as my shoe size.

The internet is full of self proclaimed experts that need their opinion broadcasted on every site known to man, and I am just sick of it. There is a reason some of us get paid for our opinions, because we know what we are talking about, our lives are dedicated to the subject. So pray to the internet god’s and hope the user report will be abolished. Now back to work and playing Super Scribblenauts.

Editor’s note – Went to go see Tron Legacy again on Sunday, hearing the sounds of the arcade machines made a tears come to my eyes. Oh and the movie is good too.

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