Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas from Catalyst King!


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Game review: Halo 4

I initially began playing Halo simply because it wasn't Call of Duty. I played Reach, ODST, and Halo 1. The thing that stood out to me the most in all three was the enthralling campaign. 343 Industries continues this tradition with Halo 4.



Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Halo 4 Release, my YouTube channel

Thought I forgot? I was unable to make it to the midnight release, and as such, I still haven't picked Halo 4 up, but you can expect a lot of Halo 4 content coming out here very soon.

Also, as you may have noticed, I haven't had much on my YouTube channel lately (that's youtube.com/catalystking23). I'm waiting for December, so I can buy a new sound card for my PC. My current one doesn't record sound. When I get that and FRAPS, I'll get to work on some Skyrim, Total War, and DayZ content. Not sure if I'm going to get a capture card for my Xbox any time soon, but it's on the table for future plans.

Skyrim: Dragonborn DLC

A new DLC has been announced for Skyrim. We're going back to Morrowind.



For me, this is like coming home for the first time in 10 years. Morrowind was my baby, my favorite game of all time. And now, to return in Skyrim...

Ahem. Well, from what I gathered in the trailer (which, mind you, wasn't much, considering I was so excited I couldn't focus) the DLC at the very least takes place in Solsthiem, the "snowy hell" from the Bloodmoon expansion for Morrowind. However, I saw some telltale signs that the DLC will also be in Morrowind, such as the Telvanni mushrooms and some Morrowind creatures. Whether it will be back in Vvardenfell or mainland Morrowind, I don't know, but I'm leaning toward the second option.

The story has something to do with "The First Dragonborn", who is a dragon priest, if the trailer was any indication of it.

Oh yeah, did I mention that you get to ride dragons?

This DLC will be available on Xbox on December 4 for 1600 Microsoft Points (that's $20). PS3 and PC release has not been announced.

And yes, I will be getting this on day one. I will drop Halo 4 for a while to play this. Speaking of which...

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Game Review: Assassin's Creed 3

Assassin's Creed is certainly a unique series. I remember renting Assassin's Creed 1 from Blockbuster when it first came out. The sheer scope of the game amazed me. And now, with Assassin's Creed 3, that feeling has returned.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Assassin's Creed 3 release, Star Wars episode 7?

As you may know, Assassin's Creed 3 was released yesterday. Thanks to Hurricane Sandy, I haven't been able to get down to GameStop to pick up my pre-order, though I plan on it today. Look for a review in the near future.

On a side note: Disney has bought LucasFilms and will release a new Star Wars movie in 2015. The world truly is ending.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Dishonored

I'm gonna be honest, when I first heard of Dishonored early in the year, I barely paid any attention to it. It just didn't pique my curiosity. I didn't get a chance to see much of it at E3, though I did read about it in Gameinformer, when caused me to bookmark it for later. But now that it's come out to shining reviews, I will definitely add it to my list of game this year.

By the way, I will be picking up Assassin's Creed 3 at launch, so I'll give my first review of the holiday season on that.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Borderlands 2 release

So Borderlands 2 has been released. I'll be holding off on a review til I get the game, which will probably be around the same time I get Halo 4 and Assassin's Creed 3. Most likely, I will wait until December has passed, then give my reviews over the next month. In the meantime, stay tuned to hear more of my opinions :)

- Catalyst King

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Skyrim: Hearthfire and Mass Effect 3: Leviathan

So, two major DLC announcements this week, Hearthfire for Skyrim and Leviathan for Mass Effect 3. I've decided to bundle them both into a single post.


Hearthfire for Skyrim gives console gamers what PC gamers have been able to do for years: the ability to build your own house and adopt children. I'm not even gonna touch this DLC, since I can get an identical mod on PC for free.




Now, on to the meat. Leviathan for Mass Effect 3 is the first real DLC (I don't count From Ashes or the Extended Cut). I'm unsure of what exactly the plot is yet, but from the trailer, I do know that there will be at least one mission that takes place underwater in an Atlas. Pretty cool sounding, but the price sure doesn't. Guild Wars 2 just took a huge toll on my wallet, so I'll hold off on DLCs for a while.



Monday, August 27, 2012

Guild Wars 2 - First Thoughts

After playing the game for about 2 hours for my one day headstart, I must say that Guild Wars 2 is the best MMORPG I have ever Played. Quite a statement, I know, but that is pretty much my first impression of the game. I need a lot of time to come up with a full review, though, so I'll leave you with that :)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Magic of Mass Effect


Now, I haven't spoken too kindly of Mass Effect 3's ending. But after about 2 months, I decided to play through Mass Effect 3 again, this time with the extended cut. And I'll admit, now that the initial fury is gone, I can consider this an acceptable ending. I type this while I listen to the Mass Effect trilogy soundtrack, which has definitely provoked an emotional response out of me, and drew me to say this.

Let me be clear - I adore the Mass Effect series. I bought Mass Effect 2, wondering what it was about, and since then I have poured hundreds of hours into the three games. Mass Effect has become one of my favorite game series ever, second only to The Elder Scrolls. I loved the deep, enthralling story, how many choices you have, and how those choices affect the story. I grew to love the characters, all of them, and how they interact with Shepard. Speaking of which, I love Shepard as the main character. He/she is a much deeper main character than you'll find in many games these days, and I personally loved both voice actors. Mark Meer and Jennifer Hale did a hell of a job reeling players in and conveying Shepard's emotions.

Probably the most awe-inspiring thing about the series to me has been the music. Jack Wall and Sam Hullick came into Mass Effect 1 as some relatively unknown composers in the gaming world. But the soundtrack of both Mass Effect 1 and 2 is simply amazing. And Clint Mansell's work in Mass Effect 3 was simply amazing. The soundtracks are what pulled me into the series, and they are a good bit of the reason why I still play.

I still create new characters in Mass Effect 1 so I can experience a completely different journey. And I think that's the greatest part of all. As the stargazer (voiced by Buzz Aldrin) at the end of Mass Effect 3 says, "every life is a special story of its own."

Mass Effect is an extremely special series to me. It feels me with a feeling that I can't explain, that I can't experience with any other game, not even The Elder Scrolls. That mixed in with wonder, inspiration. It's amazing.


I'm going to leave you with the track "Vigil" from the first Mass Effect. It also plays at the end of Mass Effect 3. This song captures the magic of the series.


Monday, August 13, 2012

DayZ

This is the most nerve-wracking game I've ever played.


Yes, I've been out for a while. I have to admit that it was because of DayZ, a mod for the military simulation ARMA 2. DayZ is a hyper-realistic zombie apocalypse simulation. And I mean hyper-realistic. This isn't Left 4 Dead or Dead Island, or even Lollipop Chainsaw. This game focuses on survival. not zombie-killing. You have hunger, thirst, and sickness levels in the game, as well as blood, which determines how healthy you are. You play on online servers with other players, but you are unlikely to run into them on a consistent basis; the map is 135 square miles large. To survive, you must find weapons, food, and water, while fending off both zombies and players. Truth is, the real enemy here isn't the zombies. It's the other players. People do not trust each other in this game, and as such, tend to murder each other and loot their stuff. That's the real problem.

That's the best description I can give DayZ, but you'd be better off looking at the DayZ Official Website.
I'm always looking for people to play with that won't murder me when I turn away. If you want to play with me sometime, add me on Steam (CatalystKing23). I don't kill people I know, only the ones who I deem to be a threat (basically, any stranger with a gun). Such is life in DayZ. Now I must go. I'm currently loaded down with 2 weapons and no ammo - what could go wrong?

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Madden 12 Shenanigans

Here's a video of some kind gentlemen from the Dallas Cowboys escorting an old man across the field.


Saturday, July 28, 2012

Madden physics at work

Just something I recorded at 3am this morning. I'm not saying that it's not physically possible for this to happen. Just that it's 99.9% likely that it would never happen in real life.


Saturday, July 14, 2012

Possible new YouTube series

I may possibly start a new video series on my sadly underused account, CatalystKing23. I got the idea to just play games and record funny and random glitches when I see them. I warn you that I record these on my phone, but here's a couple videos as a sample.




Let me know what you guys think in the comments section below. Don't bother me about the video quality though, there's nothing I can do about it at the moment.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Medal of Honor: Warfighter

Could Medal of Honor: Warfighter set the bar for modern shooters?






The resurrection of Medal of Honor began when Danger Close brought the series to modern day. Simply dubbed "Medal of Honor", it was criticized quite a bit, though you'll hear no complaints from me. I rented the game from Gamefly once and loved it so much, I held on to it for months. Then last week, I bought the game used from Gamestop, and my passion for the game was reignited. The game stands apart from other shooters in nearly every aspect, from campaign to co-op to multiplayer. I'll be honest, I don't see why everyone hates on this game so much. Danger Close revived the series and gave it a much need change of scenery (World War 2 got boring after 12 games of it). Sure, most shooters are now set in modern times, but Medal of Honor was different in the fact that it is set in 2002, during the still ongoing War in Afghanistan, and that you play a Tier 1 Special Forces Operative. The game was also unique in that the characters, locations, and events were based off real people, locations and events. Medal of Honor just had everything I look for in a shooter.

Now, the sequel is just on the horizon.

Medal of Honor: Warfighter is scheduled for release in October. And I can't wait.

The game supposedly features even more characters, locations, and events based off real life. The multiplayer is said to be even better as well, with Danger Close taking the reins from DICE. After seeing trailers and gameplay at E3, I can honestly say I will be keeping a close eye on this game, and odds are at some point, I will go buy it. Probably not immediately - remember my love for cheaper, used games? - but I will buy, play, and review it when I can.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Independence Day!

For those of you in the States, Happy 4th of July! Today we celebrate the birth of this great nation. Time to get patriotic!

 I'll probably put something up tomorrow, but I have decreed today to be my day off. So enjoy the fireworks and hamburgers, and see you soon!


Twitter and Google +

Just a reminder that you can follow me on Twitter and Google +. I try to post the less important things, or stuff that doesn't take an entire blog post to explain. I'm trying to start Tweeting more than anything, so don't miss out on anything just because you only come to the blog!

Twitter:
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Duty Calls: A Call of Duty parody

Just a gem I found on Youtube a while back. It's a funny, but sadly true, parody of Call of Duty, and was used as a marketing campaign for Bulletstorm (which also flopped)/ I thought it was pretty good, so here it is.


Monday, July 2, 2012

Rome 2: Total War Announced

I'm a huge fan of the Total War series, particularly Rome. And now that Sega has announced Rome 2: Total War, I now have a reason to hope the world doesn't end in December. That is, assuming The Creative Assembly doesn't screw it up. But I have yet to see a "bad" Total War game, and so I have high hopes for Rome 2.

Here's the live action trailer:

Sunday, July 1, 2012

How to save money on games

Alright, let's be honest. Times are tough. The economy's not the best, and you may be looking to save money. As we all know, buying games and consoles can get expensive. $60 for a new game is outrageous to me. But lately, I've begun looking for new ways to save money on gaming. Of course, buying used games is a given. But before you do, you should look for more opportunities to save.

I walked into GameStop yesterday with $30, looking to pick up a used game. I walked out with $5 left and 3 games. This may not be new, but it was somewhat of a revelation to me. First off, I had previously acquired a GameStop PowerUp Rewards card a few months prior. That meant I got 10% all used games. Then as I walked in, I noticed the sign saying "buy 2 used games, get 1 free". That was when I knew I wouldn't be walking out with just 1 game. I grabbed Gears of War 2 and Medal of Honor and took Halo 3: ODST as my free game. So I ended up spending $25.69 on 3 games instead of $30 for 1.

I'm not by any means the type that has to buy new games and the latest games all the time. Sometimes when I get bored, I like to look through history and see what gems I haven't touched yet. Perhaps not everyone shares my attitude for one reason or another, but this way of thinking has saved me money without giving up any of the entertainment value.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Skyrim: Dawnguard Released

Dawnguard was officially released today. I was selected for the beta, and have played through it 3 times already. I don't want to give away too much on the first day... but let's just leave it at this: if I didn't get the beta and had to pay for the DLC... I would consider it money well spent. So go get it!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Madden football... and stuff

Typically, not many games are released over the summer. At least, not any games I would play. The one exception would be the sports games. It's been a while since I bought a Madden game (really, what's the point? EA never changes anything), but I'm thinking about buying Madden 13 and possibly NCAA 13. Maybe it's because I want to see how my Dallas Cowboys stack up against other teams in theory. I take my Madden seriously, despite not buying it often. I still play Madden 11 often, since that's the only place the Cowboys can actually do well. Madden 13 seems to have changed some things though. For instance, the commentary has been updated, and the physics engine has been completely redone. EA needs to just slap Unreal Engine 4 on there and call it a day, they really can't seem to grasp the idea of physics. Maybe that's just my passionate hatred towards EA talking. Maybe it isn't.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

More on Minecraft


Even as I wrote my review for the Xbox 360 edition of Minecraft, I knew that it wouldn't be the last time I speak of it. After weeks of playing, I have only fallen more in love with Minecraft. It seems impossible to get bored when there is so much to do and create. My favorite creation yet was a tower that was so tall it reached the maximum block limit. I then built 2 more of those towers right next to it and connected them. I then named it after myself.

Playing with friends is fun, as long as you choose the right people. That is, people who won't trash your house and steal your stuff the second you leave the game. It can be hard to find good people to play with at times, and that's when I just work alone, which is fine by me. I usually live on the opposite side of the island as everyone else even when I play multiplayer.

Of course, the PC edition has much more to offer, what with mods and more features, but I can honestly say that Minecraft is one game I don't want to play with mods. I just want to build stuff, nothing more. Besides, the vast majority of my friends are on Xbox Live anyway, so it works out pretty well for me.

I honestly can not believe that I never bothered to play Minecraft before it came out on Xbox 360. There is just so much to do. Once again, if you haven't picked up the game yet, do it. You might be surprised.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Announcement and Acknowledgments


I have an announcement for all you loyal readers out there, so please bear with me.

I realize that this is supposed to be a blog, and as such I am entitled to give my opinion on anything. Lately, I've been treating this like a gaming news site, which wasn't my primary goal. And as you can probably see, it hasn't worked out as well, with maybe a couple posts per month. So from now on, I will be treating Catalyst King Gaming more like an actual blog. If you like it or don't like it, that's fine. But this is the road I had intended to go down and now I'm getting back on track. 

The site still hasn't taken off yet, but I plan to change that with more activity on Twitter (@Catalystking23), Youtube (CatalystKing23), and of course, right here on Catalyst King Gaming.


And now on to some acknowledgements.

Thank you to everyone who has visited this site for their support, you have given me the motivation to continue moving forward. I realize that I have some loyal readers who constantly check in here, and I'd like to give a big thank you to those people. 

Some specific acknowledgments include: 
Fliggerty, owner of Great House Fliggerty, for so much. I don't even know where to start. Fligg's site was the first site that I ever became really involved in, and the first site I ever moderated. He has shown extreme patience with me at times, and he's always willing to lend a helping hand, such as putting the link to my site on his homepage. I definitely would not be where I am without him.
Some members of GHF who have shown support to Catalyst King Gaming include: 
Kiteflyer61
Teclis
Chazz of Blades

Thank you for your support when I was trying to get the site on its feet.



Some other acknowledgments:
My friend Eric, for voluntarily creating the background for the site, and always showing support for all of my ideas through the years

Everyone who has inspired me to do this in some way, shape or form, including
Neil Pasricha
Notch

and every blogger out there, trying to leave their own mark on "teh interwebs."

Thank you so much for your continued help and support, and I hope you've had as much fun along the way as I have. May the good times continue!

--Catalyst King

Thursday, June 7, 2012

E3 2012 Overview






I didn't get a chance to watch E3 live or all the way through as I had planned - life got in the way - but I was still able to see a lot of the new stuff. The Xbox 360 SmartGlass? Mediocre. We have enough tablet wannabes. Black Ops 2? Bleh. TES Online? I'm not even going to go there.

However, there were some good things there. Halo 4 looks pretty great, and so does Medal of Honor: Warfighter. Assassin's Creed 3 looks like a solid addition to the series that has a lot of new features.

Honestly, I didn't get a chance to take a look at anything on the Sony or Nintendo side of things (which does not bother me too much). However, there is one thing I think Xbox did right at their press conference. They added more channels to their new TV feature, including Machinima. That was pretty much the highlight of the Microsoft press conference to me.

Overall, E3 2012 was... underwhelming, at best. Hopefully there will be more to show at PAX and Gamescom.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

E3 So Far

Honestly, I'm not too impressed with anything I've seen at E3 so far. Assassin's Creed 3 did impress me, though, as well as Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Otherwise, most of the stuff shown so far has been underwhelming.
The Xbox SmartGlass seems like just another tablet, and Black Ops 2 seems mediocre at best. Still not much info on TES Online, either. I'm going to keep an eye out for anything good as E3 comes to a close.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Dawnguard Trailer

It seems that I was mislead about more information not coming til E3. The Dawngaurd trailer just came out.


So, a new transformable race, crossbows, a lot of necromancy, and it appears that there are two sides to choose between. Sweet. Still no exact release date, but this is good enough for now.

E3 Preview



E3 is the biggest gaming expo of the year, and developers like to show off what they're working on there.


E3 is fast approaching (it starts on June 5), so I'm going to give you the run-down on what I specifically will be looking for.


  1. Info on Dawnguard for Skyrim - E3 is supposedly going to be where Bethesda finally reveals more about Dawnguard, including (hopefully) a release date. 
  2. Info on future consoles - Supposedly, we won't be seeing the Xbox 720 or PS4 for another year or two, but since Bungie spilled the beans about it already, maybe Sony and Microsoft will change their minds and just show the next-gen consoles now.
  3. Assassin's Creed 3 - I am extremely hyped for this game, so hopefully Ubisoft will release another trailer or something.
  4. TES Online - Yeah, I don't much care for TES Online, but I still want to know a little more about it.
  5. Halo 4 - I'm very much looking forward to seeing what 343 has in store for the Halo series
  6. Will Minecraft for Xbox 360 get an update soon? - Pretty self explanatory. The PC version still definitely has the upper hand in Minecraft.
  7. New games to be revealed - there's always a decent looking game that is revealed at E3. I'll watch closely.

By the way, if you have Xbox Live, E3 will be streaming live on there. Of course, I don't see the point in me doing that since I have a DVR, but it's there as an option if you so choose.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Game review: Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition

I had never played Minecraft on the PC, but when it came out on Xbox, I couldn't resist trying it out. I did not regret it. Minecraft is an immensely fun game that has had me hooked for 4 days and counting. The sheer amount of things you can build and do is unbelievable, and while the graphics are definitely what some may call "outdated", it fits the feel of the game. There's nothing particularly complicated about Minecraft, which is what makes it beautiful. You just gather resources to build whatever your heart desires. The game allows lots of player freedom so you can do whatever you want.

While there are monsters in Minecraft, such as zombies and creepers, combat is not the focus of this game. Notch and Mojang managed to pull off a game that is not 100% combat oriented, yet is still endlessly entertaining and has a very high replay value. If you haven't played Minecraft before, whether on PC or Xbox, now is the time to give it a shot. You will not be disappointed.

Catalyst King's Rating
10/10

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Elder Scrolls Online

Yes, I'm a little slow on this one, and yes, it was on purpose. I'm none too happy with this whole MMO idea for TES, but this is going to be pretty big anyway. As you have probably heard, Bethesda announced The Elder Scrolls Online, developed by Zenimax Online, with Bethesda's help. I don't hate MMOs in general, but TES is my favorite singleplayer series of all time, and I feel like this MMO will hurt the integrity of any future singleplayer games. Even so, here's the announce trailer:


I'm done ranting for now, though this isn't over. Bethesda is playing with fire here.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Black Ops 2 announced

Normally, I'm not big on Call of Duty. But the recently released Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 trailer had me... let's say "intrigued". Black Ops 2 will be set in 2025, and the protagonist, David Mason, son of Black Ops protagonist Alex Mason, will be defending the president against a rogue robotic drone army. Alright Mayans, you win. The world really is ending in December.



Here's the trailer for those of you who haven't seen it: 


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Morrowind 10th year anniversary and Skyrim Dawnguard DLC











10 years ago, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind was released by Bethesda. That game has brought joy and happiness to my life since day one. It may not look pretty by today's standards (without mods, of course), but Morrowind was still the best, most complete and immersive game I have ever owned. And mind you, I've played many games over the years. I simply cannot quantify what that game means to me. And remember: it's never too late to give Morrowind a try.





Ahem. Anyway, as I wipe a tear from my eye.... the new Skyrim DLC has been announced by Pete Hines (finally)! It's called Dawnguard, it's due for summer 2012 on Xbox... and yeah, that's pretty much it. More details to come at E3. However, last week's update brought with it some game files referring to "Snow Elves" and "crossbows". Well, the Falmer were once the Snow Elves before they were driven underground. And I don't think I need to explain the crossbows part....



Dovahkiin looks pretty intimidating in this picture, doesn't he?







As per the agreement with Microsoft *cough* corporate bastards *cough* Dawnguard will be released on Xbox 360 at least 30 days before PS3 or PC. But PC gamers have mods... so the only ones who are really losing here are the PS3 players. Sorry PS3 players.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Skyrim Kinect implementation

Remember that big thing Bethesda promised would come in April? I thought it would be the DLC we've been waiting for. But instead, Bethesda is pulling a Bioware and adding Kinect voice commands to Skyrim. Available commands include Shouts, follower commands, and menu navigation. Bethesda also announced that a new DLC won't appear until the end of May at the earliest.



Yep. Thanks, Bethesda. If they hadn't spent all that time working to please Microsoft, they would probably have been able to finish a DLC and release it now...

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut

Bioware has finally answered fans' outcry against the Mass Effect 3 ending. It will be delivered in form of a free DLC known as Extended Cut. It will not offer additional endings, but there will be new cutscenes added to the ending.

Some fans will be satisfied by this solution, while others will still protest... but I don't think Bioware will do anything more than this. As long as there are a whole lot a cutscenes that address a whole lot of questions, I will be satisfied.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Wasteland 2 in development




Wasteland, developed by Interplay and released in 1988, was the grandfather of the Fallout series. Now, Brain Fargo, the founder of Interplay, is working on the sequel. The game is being developed by InXile Entertainment, who are currently trying to raise funding for the project. As of right now, there are 11 days left to contribute, and over $2 million have been raised. That's most of the information I have right now, but more details can be found on the Wasteland 2 website and the Wasteland 2 fundraiser.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Rumors and releases for April

If you've been wondering why I haven't posted anything lately, it's because there really hasn't been much to say. The gaming community has been pretty quiet since Mass Effect 3.  However, April is looking to be a fairly busy month for gamers, with a few notable releases and some DLC rumors (one of which I have previously covered but will reiterate here)

Let's start with some new releases for this month.
Kinect Star Wars was just released today, and it may give me a reason to dust off my Kinect and actually use it, since I'm a huge fan of Star Wars. I still hold out hope that Kinect will live up to its potential and won't be a complete waste of my money.
The Walking Dead: The Game will be released on April 30th. It will then join the other 250 zombie killing games already out.
The Devil May Cry HD Collection was also released today. I've never been really into that series, but fans of Devil May Cry have a reason to be excited.
The Witcher 2 is coming to Xbox 360 on April 17th, after having been out for PC for nearly a year. I've heard great things about The Witcher from PC players, and it will likely get a similar reaction out of Xbox players.

Now, on to DLC.

Bethesda has promised big things for players of Skyrim, which will hopefully come in form of a DLC, possibly titled "Dawnguard."

Bioware may be releasing a new ending for Mass Effect 3, after last months uproar by fans. Nothing is solid, but they have promised to "address the issue," so either the Indoctrination Theory is right, or it isn't and Bioware's writers really did drop the ball. Either way, it is likely the ending will be fixed, either through a patch or a (hopefully) free DLC.

April looks to be the last good month for releases for a while as far as I can tell. Summer releases are few and far between, unless Guild Wars 2 is released early.

However, I want to get away from games for a moment here. The movie "The Avengers"  is coming out in May, and I am pretty pumped for it. It will feature Thor, Captain America, Hulk, and Iron Man as the heroes. After seeing all of the movies except Hulk, I'm really looking forward to this movie. I'm also hoping for another Green Lantern movie in the future.

Anyway, I've rambled on long enough. That about sums up what April will have to offer us gamers. Enjoy it, because it may be the last big thing until E3.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Possible Skyrim DLC: "Dawnguard"

Last week, Zenimax Media, the parent company of Bethesda, trademarked the name "Dawnguard."  This could hint at a possible upcoming DLC for Skyrim. The name Dawnguard could refer to the Mythic Dawn, which were one of the main enemy factions in Skyrim's predecessor, Oblivion. The supposed remainder of the Mythic Dawn was present during a quest in Skyrim, but this DLC could potentially extend their story.

Could the Mythic Dawn play a part in a future Skyrim DLC?


Or it may not.

Dawnguard may have nothing to do with the Mythic Dawn. It may not even have anything to do with Skyrim. But it's a sure possibility.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Guild Wars 2 preview


Guild Wars was the first MMORPG I had ever come into contact with. The large game world, different monsters & professions, and the decent storyline caught my attention right from the get-go.

Now Guild Wars 2, years in the making, is due to be released in 2012. ArenaNet has slowly but surely released information about the game, including the new professions. These include the mesmerengineerthiefguardiannecromancerrangerwarrior, and, last but not least, the elementalist

A new feature of Guild Wars 2 is the selection of playable races. As you may recall, you could only play as a human in Guild Wars 1. Now, you can choose between the Sylvari, NornCharrAsura, or the traditional Human

Combat is said to be more World of Warcraft-esque, with tons of new skills and weapon options. PvP seems to be fairly similar to Guild Wars 1, though that isn't particularly a bad thing.





The Collector's Edition of the game looks very intriguing, indeed.
The Collector's Edition of the game was also unveiled. It will cost $149.99 and will include several extras, both physical and in-game. The base edition of the game will cost $59.99 and, like its predecessor, will require no subscription fee. 

ArenaNet has released a limited beta for Guild Wars 2. Since I wasn't able to participate in the beta, I can't say for sure what the game is like, but it sounds pretty sweet right now.









Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Skyrim: The Siege of Markarth

I'm going to take a step back from Mass Effect 3 for a second. The creator of "The Great Battle of Skyrim" has released a new video, this one called "The Siege of Markarth." Like the last video, this battle is pretty epic. Check it out!



Monday, March 19, 2012

Rumored Mass Effect 3 DLC "The Truth"





I am still a bit shell shocked over the ending of Mass Effect 3. But according to this article, Bioware may be working on a new ending. If this rumor is true, it will be released in April, will include a new multiplayer map, presumably new single player missions... and it will be free.

As a dedicated Mass Effect fan, I was devastated and confused by the current ending of the game... but some hints suggest that nothing is what it seems.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Interesting explanation of Mass Effect 3's ending

I came across a video yesterday that seeks to explain the truth behind the ending of Mass Effect 3.
Without much explanation out of fear of posting spoilers, let's just say it seems to make sense.

This video contains spoilers. You have been warned.



Sunday, March 11, 2012

Game review: Mass Effect 3




I've played Mass Effect 3 through thoroughly, and can now give a full review.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Mass Effect 3: First Impressions

The third and final installment of the Mass Effect series was released yesterday in North America. I played the game for a few hours, to get the feel of the game

Monday, March 5, 2012

Friday, March 2, 2012

Mass Effect 3 Launch Trailer

Mass Effect 3 is due to be released in 4 days in North America. Bioware recently released the launch trailer for the game, and if the trailer is even slightly accurate, this game is shaping up to be the best in 2012.


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Borderlands 2 preview

When Borderlands 1 first came out, I was the first of my friends to buy it. A few days later, my shining endorsement of it compelled my friends to buy it as well. Borderlands was a very entertaining game, especially for those who like to occasionally take a step back from the hardcore role playing, strategy games, etc. and just kill stuff. Lots of stuff. Then take all the loot that they can find. Borderlands was surprisingly very good at this, despite a shoddy story.

Now, Gearbox has decided that Borderlands 2 would be a much better idea than another failed reboot of an outdated game (*cough* Duke Nukem). A trailer was recently released, revealing the new characters and classes. The game once again takes place on Pandora, presumably some time after the events of the first game. It appears to have maintained the elements that made the first game great, and perhaps even improved upon some. Apparently, as if "870 gazillion" guns wasn't enough the last time around, Borderlands 2 will feature even more guns. But hey, I'm not complaining. 4 player co-op will be included, as well.

Here is the trailer for those of you who haven't seen it




Thursday, February 16, 2012

Malukah does it again -- Cover of Skyrim's Age of Oppression

Malukah, who I wrote an article about earlier for her work on a "The Dragonborn Comes" cover, has released a new cover for the "Age of Oppression". She also previously released a cover of the "Age of Aggression" as well. I'll post both up here.




Age of Oppression:




Age of Aggression:







Mass Effect 3 demo review

The Mass Effect 3 demo was released on Tuesday, February 14, and it did not disappoint.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Playstation Vita

Sony is giving the handheld industry another try, with the release of the Playstation Vita. While not having a Vita myself, I have read about the new features it supposedly brings the handheld consoles.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Skyrim Creation Kit released

Today, Bethesda released the Skyrim Creation Kit on PC. The CK is the toolset used by Bethesda to make the game, and can be used to make mods. As a semi-active modder, I am quite pleased with how the CK looks and feels, though it can be a bit on the slow side. Bethesda also released a free high-res texture pack alongside the CK.

Bethesda and Steam got together to create the Steam Workshop, which is basically a way to host your mods on Steam, but I would recommend against it. Instead, I would recommend third-party sites like Planet Elder Scrolls, TES Nexus, and The Holds of Skyrim, hosted by Great House Fliggerty. These sites have stood the test of time, from the time of Oblivion and Morrowind mods, and I would trust them much more than Steam.

Bethesda also conveniently released a CK tutorial. It's quite a handy guide for newbies and experienced modders alike.


Monday, February 6, 2012

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind 10th Anniversary



Some may remember Morrowind. To me, it is THE best role playing game of all time, and certainly the best Elder Scrolls game.

Mass Effect 3 demo coming February 14

Mass Effect 3 is only a month away, hitting stores on March 6, but you don't have to wait that long to play. The Mass Effect 3 demo is coming out February 14. User with an Xbox Live Silver membership who download the demo will temporarily have their accounts upgraded to Xbox Live Gold. The demo will feature some heavy action missions to give the player a feel for the game.

I'll play the demo when it is released and write my review for it.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Will Apple try to break into console gaming?

Apple could possibly be looking to break into the console market. According to this website, Apple has hired former Xbox Product Marketing chief Rob Burrowes and named him head of App Store Marketing. The article then goes on to talk about Apple's mobile gaming market, but I believe they may be looking to do even more. And with the rumored Apple iTV, this looks to be possible in the near future. Some say that Apple and their casual gaming market will eventually end the age of consoles, and that games like Temple Run will be the only types of games available. This is a possibility. But the possibility that Apple may just throw in their lot with the other console developers should not be ignored. With the next generation of consoles quickly approaching, Apple may be looking to make some waves in the console market, and challenge the Wii U, Xbox 720 and Playstation 4, bringing the console war to a four-way struggle.

I'm not saying that this is for sure, but recent events may suggest that Apple is making a move against consoles, one way or another.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Game review: Saints Row: The Third

I had been looking forward to this one since the day I finished Saints Row 2 for the third time. It took Volition 3 years, but they came out with the game I had been hoping for.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Amazing cover of Skyrim's "The Dragonborn Comes" and main theme!





This video has already been mentioned on several other blogs. But I simply have to put it up. This girl can sing, no joke. Her covers of several Skyrim songs are amazing when put to her soft, soothing voice. Check her videos out and give her some support. 

Matter of fact, I'll put the link to her channel up here:
http://www.youtube.com/user/malufenix

As I understand, Malukah also has a website, so I'll link that here. Check it out, folks.
http://www.malukah.com/ 
 





Sunday, January 29, 2012

Game review: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim



I am a long time fan of the Elder Scrolls series, playing every main title in the series. I thought that Oblivion had been a step down from the expectations set by Morrowind, so I was a little unsure when Skyrim was announced back at the 2010 Spike VGA's. But, as I read more and more about Skyrim online and on Gameinformer, I became very excited. I had hoped that Skyrim would find the perfect balance between Oblivion's oversimplification and Morrowind's awe-inspiring, massive game world.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Well, here we are. I'm starting a gaming blog for any and all games I play. I'll play anything ranging from shooters to puzzle games, and post about it here.