2014 in Gaming (For me)

Well here we go. A yearly blog post I guess? Gaming update for 2014.

  • Bioshock Infinite
    • Finally got around to playing this. Was a good story. Nothing special about the mechanics really. Haven't got the DLCs still waiting for the price to come down. (Still $10 each on the Steam sale)
  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
    • Continued playing this for a few months into the year. I ended up stopping. But I'm looking forward to Heavensward.
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2
    • Only got a few hours into this. But it was released on Steam (along with XIII. Lightning Returns should be out soon) so I will hopefully get to it eventually.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles
    • I never did finish this and want to get back to it before X (WiiU) comes out.
  • Minecraft
    • Still pick this up in short bursts.
  • Dark Souls; Prepare to Die Edition
    • Did at least 2 more playthroughs of this. This is my GotD (Decade)
  • Dark Souls 2
    • Played quite a bit of this as well. It's good but lacks much of what makes the first so good.
  • Darksiders II
    • About half way through it but got put on hiatus. Will finish soon.
  • World of Warcraft
    • I got back in to WoW (I know) in September. Just before the Draenor patch hit. Played solid from mid Sept to mid Dec but have been tapering off. It's a great expansion but it's tough to not see the flaws in WoW now. Probably will play it on and off as content patches get released but we'll see how busy I am with other games.
  • Final Fantasy VIII
    • Got released on Steam, bought it immediately and played through it. Still classic.
  • Shining Force
    • Played through this on the Genesis Emulator on Steam. Never actually played the first the full way through. Was pretty good. Got about 10 hours into the sequel but stopped. Will have to continue.
  • Spelunky
    • Got into this for a while. Raged. Played some more. Raged some more. Loved it.
  • Papers, Please!
    • Depressingly good.
  • Call of Juarez: Gunslinger
    • Short but sweet.
  • Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
    • Played the crap out of this game. Arkham combat with LotR lore? YESSIR! Just got the season pass on sale and can't wait to continue slaying orcs! Probably my GotY.
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
    • Started this after picking it up on the Steam sale. From what I heard it's much better than Unity. Seems ok so far, still early on.

I did keep true to my word and got a PS4. Got the GTA5/TLoUR bundle. Traded GTA5 for Destiny. I'm about 5 hours into The Last of Us. Seems good so far, but frustrating for me since I'm not used to playing shooters with a controller. The story/acting is amazing. Haven't touched Destiny yet. Looking forward to Bloodborne, FFXV and KH3.

My WiiU is still collecting dust. Waiting for Zelda and Metroid pretty much. Star Fox might be good. Also I want to get Bayonetta 2 and MK8.

Steam Holiday sale killed my wallet so I have TONS to play this year. But the only 2 new PC AAA games I'm really looking forward to are GTA5 and MGS5.

Onward to 2015!

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2013 in Gaming (for me)

Here's my list of games I played in 2013. They might not have actually been released this year, but I just finally got to them. I dabbled in a few more but haven't put in enough time to put them on the list. Maybe next year.

  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
    • Nice to see that Nintendo still know how to make a Zelda game. Now if they could only apply this game design to the 3D installments... I would call this my GotY.
  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
    • Solid MMO. Different enough from WoW to justify playing it. Extra value if you enjoy the FF series.
  • Final Fantasy XIII
    • Finally got around to this. I have mixed feelings about it still and it's been about a month since I've finished it. The story was solid but the world design and battle system could have been better. Will be getting to XIII-2 and Lightning Returns in 2014.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles
    • Still not done it but I'm 30 hours in so I think I've seen enough to make a comment. Great RPG, fresh ideas, cool story. Can't wait for the Wii U sequel. Not upset at all that I had to spend $100 on this. Worth it!
  • Minecraft (with mods)
    • Great time waster! This game will be around for years.
  • Tomb Raider
    • What a surprising reboot. I wasn't expecting much from this game. But after rave reviews I picked it up on a Steam sale and WOW. It's a must play.
  • Dark Souls; Prepare to Die Edition
    • Solid grindy action RPG. A bit clunky for me. I'm sure I'll enjoy the sequel much more.
  • Far Cry 3
    • Open world FPS. I was in need of one of them. So sick of military shooters.
  • Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
    • Do I really need to explain this? Amazing game. Only gripe is it's length.
  • Darksiders
    • Decent Zelda clone. I've always liked 4 Horsemen/Apocalypse stories. Will eventually get to the sequel.
  • Evoland
    • Cool little gem. If you grew up playing GB/NES/SNES RPGs you need to play this!

Overall 2013 was a great year of gaming for me. I cancelled my WoW sub in February and haven't been back. Even the next expansion doesn't excite me. I started playing console games again after a long hiatus. I will be getting a PS4 sometime in 2014 and look forward to clearing out my backlog of games and even playing some classics.

Onward to 2014!

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Giant Bomb getting ads?

I'm sure everyone has seen Jeff's post by now. (Incase you haven't)
Epic speech I must say, even if you guys were kinda off the deep end during E3. (Understandable) 
Personally, I paid for "the previous website". I did it because of the people there, I wanted them to be getting my hard earned money directly (although I'm sure CNET (or whoever it was) saw most of it. But for GB, I'm sure you guys would see 100% or near that of the profits. Why not try a subscription model instead of ads and paying a corporation for your success? I get that you may not want to segregate people based on their income, but if you at least give an option of ads, fewer ads + $5 a month or just $10 a month or something like that, I think it could work. 
Just my 2 cents though, good luck guys and keep the info coming! 


You know what they say about curiosity...

Not sure why that quote came to mind. But if you can name a game that mentions it, I'll give you a cookie! 
The GB Questing system has been released as you probably know. This is bad for me because stuff like this is part of the reason I'm addictied to WoW! 


Merry Christmas!

Hey all! Just wanted to say Merry Christmas!
I'm working tonight but have the next 3 days off to relax and enjoy the season!
I got a new 32" Bravia so it's time to get some AC2 and of course extra WoW in.
Hope you all have a good holiday!


Back into the swing of things!

Well, after a very long hiatus, I'm back. I've been very active on Giantbomb, but only in a lurking sense. Quick looks and reviews mostly. But after going through my previous blogs here, then somehow ending up on Gamespot and reading all my old ones there, I felt I should start blogging again. (Or at least do one now!)

One thing I miss about game spot is the Collection aspect. I know there is a List function on this site. It feels really clunky to me. I think I may make a post on the forums about upgrading that.

As far as gaming goes. I am still playing World of Warcraft. Yes, I know, how sad. But I'm sorry, while it is addicting, it is a great game. You can't deny that. Patch 3.3 just hit and my guild is already 4/12 in Icecrown Citadel, woot!
Also we finally downed 10 man Anub hardmode, double woot!! I know I always say this and nobody has every done it, but if you play or are going to start or transfer servers, look me up!

Kainz on Kilrogg - US is currently my "main".

Now that I've gotten that out of the way, On to more game talk! I finish MW2's single player. I thought the story was ok, but a little over the top. The online is amazing, just as the first game's was. I suck, but still have fun. I'm also about 30 hours into Dragon Age and have only scratched the surface. What an amazing game! Assassin's Creed 2 is still on my to get list, maybe for Christmas?

Looking forward, with the recent quick look for Dante's Inferno, I'm really excited. People are calling it a God of War ripoff, which obviously it is. But still, I find myself more excited for that than the actual third game in the series. Also Darksiders is looking promising as well. I love the idea of playing out the Apocalypse, as one of the Four Horsemen! Other than that, FFXIV looks interesting as well as The Old Republic and even Star Trek Online. I love me some MMOs!

Ok I'm gonna call it, I'm oscar mike!



Back to the Bargin Bin

Well I'm finally out of my WoW addiction. Not to say that I'll never play again because Wrath of the Lich King looks awesome. But I'm at least taking a break for a few months.
The first game I've bought in months was Metal Gear Solid 4. I finished that in about 20 hours in the span of a week or so. It was ok but I think I need another playthrough for the full effect and I haven't touched the multiplayer either.  Audiosurf was the next, which is a great little game I'd recommend to pretty much everyone. But a big recent purchase for me was an Xbox. Yes, a regular old Xbox. Since Microsoft decided to forget about backwards compatibility. I had to get one to play some of the games I missed out on. There are a few series I mean to play on it. Which I will be doing soon. They include the Brothers in Arms and Splinter Cell games. Although there are a few single titles I feel the need to play as well.
Today I hit up a local department store's bargin bin and picked up some gems for a total of about $70. Once GB fixes the collection list bug I'll be sure to finish my whole 200+ game collection. Until then here is a brief list of what I've bought and will soon be or already am playing.

Whew that's a big list and that isn't even everything. I also picked up Blood Omen 2 and Defiance. I've always wanted to play the Legacy of Kain games. Now I just need to get the rest of them. I will also be getting the first Jak game so I can finally see what that series is all about. It'll be the first platform game I've played in years. Other than that there are a few other odd games in there. Men of Valor which I've heard is pretty good. Also Deus Ex: Invisible War. Which means I'll have to play the first in that series as well. Damn that's a lot of games! I have no excuse to be bored for the next few months, that's for sure. All of these pluse the fall lineup.I need help!

I've been Surfin'

Maybe I've seriously been out of the loop (WoW can do that), but I've just recently learned about Audiosurf. It's a fairly generic rhythm game. But man is it addicting.
If you are wondering, you can pick it up on Steam for only $10. Easily worth the money. It let's you take any mp3 and turn it into a level. You take control of a ship gliding along the track which is affected by the song. There is a bit more to it, but it's really best to try it  yourself. (Or at least watch a video) I find it to be a nice break from Rockband and Guitar Hero.

Some cool songs I recommend  you try out are:

M.I.A. - Paper Planes
System of a Down - Chop Suey
The Killers - Mr Brightside
Greenday - Brain Stew

My steam account is xBlitzerx in case anyone wants to add me. It does keep track of scores for songs with a similar to XBL ratings system.