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  • Just received the Call of Duty Black Ops 2 steelbook ...
    By on November 13th, 2012 | No Comments Comments


    A few days ago, I received an email from Futureshop about offering an exclusive Call of Duty: Black Ops II SteelBook case as a BONUS gift with purchase to all customers who pre-order the game and how they extended this offer to all customers who pre-ordered before September 7, 2012. Obviously I was excited because I did not expect to receive it in the first place.

    Funny thing is, I got the steelbook case today and the actual game has not arrived yet (assuming it will be tomorrow based on online tracking) when the actual game was processed BEFORE I put in the order for the bonus case . Oh well, I guess I will just have to wait one more day before I can get my hands on the game.

    What a tease…..

  • I just lost more than 20 million gold in Diablo 3, fa...
    By on July 19th, 2012 | 2 Comments2 Comments Comments

    Yesterday night was suppose to be a happy night, but it quickly turned into an epic disappointment. No, the game did not crash on me, nor did someone hacked into my account. It was my fault and I’m pretty sure I have learned from this mistake. I have accidentally sold the most expensive item I have ever found in my entire Diablo 3 career – Plan: Hallowed Armaments. This legendary plan is currently going for more than 20 million gold in the auction house right now.

    My friend suggested me to contact a GM to see if he/she can actually retrieve for me but after checking out the Battle.net support page I figured its hopeless.

    Quoted directly from the support page:
    Customer Support cannot assist in restoring sold, destroyed, or lost items. Items that are salvaged for crafting materials are permanently destroyed.

    The 12 most recently sold items can be recovered from any vendor through the Buyback Items tab. The Buyback Items tab is cleared when your character leaves the game. Sold items that no longer appear on this tab are permanently lost.

    Point of this post? Please, please watch what you are about to sell because the buy back only holds 12 items and after that whatever you want to buy back is/are gone for good. From now on, I think I’m going to teleport back to town whenever I find something really rare. Otherwise? I’m just going to forget about it, go right click happy with the vendor and boom sold for a mere 200 something gold instead of 20 something million gold.

    Yup, I failed, failed really really badly. Bash me all you want because I deserve it.

  • Diablo 3 – A bit disappointed with the Auction ...
    By on June 17th, 2012 | No Comments Comments


    So it has been a month since the release of Diablo 3 and the game is still going strong for me and my friends. Though the game is still highly addictive but it is not without any problems. One major problem would be the annoying error code/messages that we used to get during the first week or so and the randomly getting kick out of games. That was fixed after doing some port forwarding on the router.

    This next one has been annoying me since day 1, the Auction House, or simply AH in short. I KNow some people are going to bash me and say AH is one of the best things ever added to the game. In my opinion, again I’m not speaking for anyone else but myself here, that the AH actually makes the game less enjoyable. The first time I checked out what others had to offer in the Auction House I was impressed. The items available for purchase with game money (gold) or real money were simply amazing and the stats the items give were godly. Then I realized that wasn’t really a good thing wasn’t it? Now whenever you get stuck because your gears and/or level are not strong enough, you just head to the Auction House, grab some uber gears and your character has now turned into this godly monster killing machine. What is the fun in that being able to “one shot” anything you see?

    I think a lot of people rely heavily on purchasing good items from the Auction House just to eliminate the challenge they are facing (specially kids with no patience?). I personally prefer finding my own “drops” or “loot” from killing monsters as oppose to getting the them the much easier way (you still have to have enough gold to buy them, unless you buy them outright with real money). To me the series its all about finding items, sort of like treasure hunting. The level of satisfaction when buying items in the Auction House is no match to when finding them yourself.

    That is the reason why I have never bought anything on AH, I still sell unused items though. I have also stopped receiving items from my friends as well a long time ago. A bit overboard? Perhaps. But I would rather enjoy this game to its fullest (minus the AH).

    I will stop here and get back to my item hunting in Inferno.

  • Log Entry 022: Deadlock 0.3.0 released
    By on February 29th, 2012 | No Comments Comments

    Deadlock version 0.3.0 is online and available to all Spearheads and Frontliners. This version continues our commitment to Open Door Development which provides access to Deadlock, while it’s being developed. Remember that you can get access to Deadlock as well as support the development of Interstellar Marines by upgrading your profile to Spearhead or Frontliner in our Shop.

    This update includes, among other things, the ability to shoot each other in multiplayer, new dynamic weather/game modes, new impact effects and lit particles system and weapon aiming with RDS (Red Dot Scope). Watch the video and read on for a detailed changelog.

    Changelog
    ADDED: Marine damage system (early iteration – 3 shots to die!)
    ADDED: Marine death & respawning (‘K’ to suicide)
    ADDED: Weapon consumes ammo (Ammo counter in bottom center of screen. Automatic unlimited reloads when depleted.)
    ADDED: ‘Warzone’ weather mode
    ADDED: Weapon aiming (early iteration – Hold Right Mouse Button)
    ADDED: Lit particles support
    ADDED: Network support to Lights (‘E’ to toggle on Playground)
    UPDATED: Divided world/character/helmet rendering into multiple compositing cameras
    UPDATED: Mainline with a performance overhaul
    UPDATED: Dynamic weather system and modes
    UPDATED: Weapon firing loop tech & sounds (1p and 3p)
    UPDATED: Impact effects for all physical materials on Mainline
    UPDATED: Stabilization of marine animations for a steadier camera
    FIXED: 1p character mesh flickering when looking down
    FIXED: 3p Marine “floats” above the ground

  • Finally SD Gundam Capsule Fighter Online is here in N...
    By on January 23rd, 2012 | No Comments Comments


    Two days ago, my friend messaged me and asked if I wanted to start having sleepless nights by playing SD Gundam Capsule Fighter Online. At first I thought it was a hacked message judging by the, in my opinion, weird URL – http://sdgo.ogplanet.com/, but I soon dismissed that and so I clicked the link. Once the page was loaded, I then realized this was the exact same online Gundam game that I wanted to play years ago but it was only available within Japan at the time.

    He was right, we will be losing a ton of sleep because I’ve only been playing for a day or so and I am already addicted to this game. SD Gundam Capsule Fighter Online is basically an free-to-play MMO third person shooter game where you get to pilot SD, or super deformed, version of mobile suits. If you have played any other shooter games on PC, be it first or third person, you will be able to jump right in and start blasting enemie mobile suits AND mobile suit carriers.

    One of the elements that makes SD Gundam Capsule Fighter Online so addictive is the fact that you can use your points that you obtain from quests and battles to buy capsule fighters from the capsule machines. For those who doesn’t know what I am talking about here is one example. There are more than a few dozen capsule machines for you to choose from, each machine contains 6 different mobile suits that you can potentially get from playing (using your points). The mobile suits are ranked A, B and C with C being the lowest class of all. Obviously you want to aim for Class As. But just like the real toy capsule machine, its all based on chance (minus the fact that real toy capsule machine owners might take out the good ones and sell them separately for higher prices leaving all the worthless ones in the machine). It took me more than 10 tries to obtain the class B Blue Flame.

    The game starts you off with tutorials covering the basics, then you will receive a random capsule which is your very first capsule fighter. It will probably be either a class C Zaku or GM. I got the GM and my friend got a yellow GM. Yes they are pretty bad but they are really just your starter MS (mobile suits). You can quickly obtain your next capsule fighter by completing quests. You will also earn the points mentioned above so you can try out your luck on one of those capsule machines. You and your MS will gain experience as you play. As your MS’s gain more experience and “rank” up, they will obtain abilities like the “special” move as well as passive / active abilties like increased attack or speeds up consecutive rate of firing when HP is below 40%.

    There are different servers as well that suit different players (trainees, beginners and more advanced players) to do your co-op missions (up to 4 players) for completing quests or just in general. There are also single player missions, tutorial missions as well as PVP servers where human players clash with each other in free for all or team PVP. I don’t suggest you go into the PVP servers as most of the players, at least I’ve seen so far, all have high end capsule fighters (mostly class A) and chances are you will get killed in one shot easily.

    In terms of graphics, its not Battlefield 3 quality obviously. But it doesn’t have to be since its a cartoon to begin with. The graphics is smooth and fluid enough and I did not suffer any framerate drops on my desktop but I did try it on my labtop and I did notice a lot of lag but probably because my labtop does not have a video card, but mind you its still playable on the labtop.

    There are still a lot of features that I have not yet fully explored, such as the blue print system where I suspect you can build MS instead of trying out your luck, customizing the MS with stickers and paint of your choice and so on. There seems to be many different customizations for each MS.

    Unfortunately I cannot record this game while I play but there are a bunch of gameplays on youtube and here is one:

    If you are a Gundam fan, this is a must try! What’s there to lose? Its free!
    Again here is the link: http://sdgo.ogplanet.com

  • Asura’s Wrath Demo Review
    By on January 10th, 2012 | No Comments Comments

    As soon as I heard the demo for Asura’s Wrath was out today, I stopped doing whatever I was doing, turned on my PS3 and downloaded the demo. I was so excited because this is one of those over-the-top games that you don’t see that often. The last one was Bayonetta in my opinion and it was a great game. But unfortunately Capcom’s Asura’s Wrath disappointed me, a lot.

    Asura's Wrath Demo Review

    The demo gives you two episodes (5 and 11) to play with and you are controlling the main protagonist Asura. In episode 5 you will fight against a big fat deity (one of many deities in the game) and in episode 11 you will fight against your ex-master. Let me cut it short and tell you that, this game, or at least the demo, is nothing but a combination of button mashing and quick time events. Most of the time you will be clicking or mashing the circle button until your Burst gauge fills up and the scene continues when you release the Burst by pressing R2. There is barely any time where you will actually be playing the demo as an action game. You are basically watching an interactive movie, mind you, a pretty good anime movie to be honest because it reminds me of Dragon Ball Z, one of my childhood all time favorite. But then again, would I buy this interactive anime movie/game for the full $59.99 price tag plus tax? Hell no!

    I really hope the full game offers more than what the demo did for me as this is quite disappointing as I have high hopes on this one based on the trailers so far. But if all I did was pressing buttons while watching an anime, this one wouldn’t go well in my opinion.

    Latest trailer from GameTrailers.com:

  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance – looks like ano...
    By on December 12th, 2011 | No Comments Comments

    Its been a while since we last saw the trailer for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, or what most people thought was called Metal Gear Solid: Rising. The VGA 2011 showed us another trailer, a more accurate presentation of what the next MG game is going to look like. Based on this latest trailer, its pretty obvious Metal Gear Rising: Reveneance is going to be an over the top action game similar to Bayonetta. This should not come as a surprise since the game is developed by PlatinumGames, the maker of Bayonetta, another over the top action game where you played as a sexy office lady looking witch.

    So what’s so special about this button mashing game? First of all, it has Raiden in it and he’s the main protagonist this time. Another major selling point of this game will probably be the ability to slice and dice your enemies with precision as shown in this and one of the very first trailers where Raiden was slicing things into pieces in slow motion. Aside from these, the graphics look amazing! We will need to see more in game trailers before we can find out if there is anything, game mechanics wise, added to this game.

    One of the older trailers:

     

    I’ve read some of the comments from people and how they are complaining about this game is ruining the MGS series. Keep in mind this is not MGS: Rising but Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. To me this is a new series and not a direct continuation of MGS but a branched out one. I believe MGS is done because Snake is probably dead by now with his aging problem. Some are also complaining about its another Devil May Cry / Bayonetta clone, well so what? So therefore game developers should stop making over the top action games that require button mashing then? I have faith in PlatinumGames and Kojima.

    I have high hopes for this one and so far it looks like a winner to me. Let’s just hope it comes out next year and not 2013.

    See for yourself:

  • Battlefield 3 vs Modern Warfare 3
    By on November 23rd, 2011 | No Comments Comments

    You’ve probably seen this comparison thousands of times. And its normal to see these two games being compared over and over again as new versions come out. There are fanboys from both sides bashing each other similar to PS3 vs Xbox 360 fanboys. I originally bought Battlefield 3 because I wanted a change (been playing the MW series for more than 3 years). And just yesterday I could resist but bought Modern Warfare 3 as well after trading in another game at EB Games.


    Modern Warfare 3 is nothing special on the single player side, same graphics but new story (picked up from where last game left off), weapons and its still action packed. I was able to get back in the “game” almost right away after getting re-used to the controls. I have yet to play the multiplayer but I can imagine its the same fast pace, arcade-ish feel like previous titles.

    So now comes the comparison, in my opinion, there’s none. Battlefield 3 is a slower paced and more realistic first person shooter with more players, bigger maps and you can drive vehicles. On the other hand Modern Warfare 3 is faster paced and less realistic, noticeably much less recoil from firing guns. But Modern Warfare does come with zombie mode (World at War and Black Ops) and this time there’s a survival mode where you fight off waves of enemies, buy/upgrade your weapons similar to zombie mode but without the zombies. This is the one feature I’m looking forward to after I finish the single player.

    I think that both games actually compliment each other because they provide two distinct styles of game play for us gamers. When you want to get totally serious, play Battlefield 3. When you just want a few quickie games then play Modern Warfare 3.

    Now can we just shut up and play the games? Both are great games with their pros and cons. So in the end, you cannot argue which is ultimately better. And guess what? They are both best sellers in the first person shooting genre.