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#1 Posted by Drumtasticnick (20 posts) -

I've only recently got into the first game, and still got a copy of the second in it's wrapper on my shelf.

Loving the first one, and I've only heard good things about the second.

Hoping to get it all done before the release of 3.

Erm...better get cracking then.

#2 Edited by Drumtasticnick (20 posts) -

Erm...bought a Kinect system with 4 games: £130.

Skyrim: £40.

Gunstringer: £12.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution: £10

WWE: Allstars: £10

Nintendo Wii and 5 games (pre-owned): £50

Battlefield 2: £12

Gears 3: £30

Xbox Elite: £70

Modern Warfare 2: £8

Assassins Creed: Brotherhood: £7

Dead Space 2: £8

That's all I can remember at the moment...

#3 Posted by Drumtasticnick (20 posts) -

I'm brand new here, so have no idea who chose what.

So, I just thought of my favourite games of 2011 and hoped they felt the same :)

#4 Posted by Drumtasticnick (20 posts) -


Seemingly, I am one of the few people on the planet that hasn't been raving about the release of Modern Warfare 2 earlier this week. I am in an even smaller minority of people that pretty much 'haven't given two **** about it.

Now, you may think I am a few sandwiches short of a picnic for saying this but it's not the first game that I haven't 'got'. By that I mean that I haven't understood why certain titles are so hyped by the press and games alike. Don't get me wrong, I love video games, have done since I was a kid, but there are some 'classics' that have come along that have been very similar to the genre of games I've been playing at the time and yet I have failed to see the appeal.

So, I have compiled a very small (but concise) list of all the games that I have come across in my gaming life that I simply haven't understood why pretty much everyone would give their Granny's right arm to have a glimpse at. These are the games that I have given the highest accolade of…'meh'.

Final Fantasy VII

Even though the first Final Fantasy game in the series was released since 1990, it wasn't until the 7th instalment that people really sat up and took notice. For one, it was the first Final Fantasy to feature 3-D graphics and in doing so, put it streets ahead of it's ancestors. It also helped sell loads of Playstations as initially it was only available on that console. The soundtrack - epic and the gameplay was groundbreaking. Not for me though, I never could get my head around the appeal of FF VII as the whole world went mental for one guy with a massive sword and beating enemies in turn based combat.

On the face of things, it all looked great. At the time of release, I wasn't really into RPG's, having only played around with a few early adventure titles which had RPG elements. But even now, with my experience with World of Warcraft and its competitors…I still couldn't understand why FFVII had sold over 10 million copies worldwide. It's not just the seventh one though, I've NEVER been able to get into it and when I told people of this plight they looked at me as if I had two heads. 'Maybe it would be better on the PSP with slightly better graphics?' I told myself. Why did I ever think having it on a tiny screen would make it BETTER?! Madness, I tell thee.

Legend Of Zelda

Another confession here, folks. I don't, and never will like anything to do with the Legend of Zelda. From it's cutesy, flute wielding pansy protagonist (which as a matter of note, I never wanted to aspire to) to the endless searching through bush after bush after sodding bush for that illusive heart when I know I'm just going to lose them all trying to cross that gap which is just…too…far…away.

Once again, the whole catalogue of Zelda games were in the same vein of similar games that I loved in the adventure category, but I just couldn't get my head around that once again…the world went mental from what is basically the Nintendo version of the Final Fantasy Series but without the turn-based jiggery pokery that made me so mad so very, very often.

Metal Gear Solid

This is a different choice than the last two titles that I have mentioned so far. In those, I liked the elements and other games in the surrounding genres. However, I cannot stand stealth games (which is probably why Gears of War appeals to me so much) and never have. The reason for this is that I think I'm just too damn lazy to wait and hide for that illusive guard to forget that I was ever there after I went into the first level with all guns blazing. Don't get my wrong though, after all the hype got too much for me…I gave it another shot with my sensible trousers on and still got frustrated with Metal Gear Solid. They don't call it Solid for no reason, y'know.

And finally...

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Ooooooh, either this is a complete surprise to you or has been blatantly obvious, but alas, probably one of the games that I am the most annoyed that I don't 'get'…is Modern Warfare 2. This is 'hype-not-getting' in it's purest form, folks.

Once again, I love First Person Shooters; if you look at my collection you will that it's clearly my favourite genre. Not only that, but I have loved a lot of the Call of Duty titles that have preceded MW2, but since they have split and formed Infinity Ward the Modern Warfare series has failed to spark my interest. Or maybe getting killed all the time over Xbox Live was the final nail in the coffin. I admit, I haven't played this game yet, but the advertising around it has failed to spark my interest to play it. The feel of the series since Call of Duty 2 has never appealed to me a much as the later games. In its first DAY of release it's manage to reign in over $910 million in the US and UK alone. Am I missing something here, or is there something wrong with me?

There we have it, I hope some of you understand why I haven't been able to get my head around what everyone else seems to be dribbling over around me and I wonder if you have felt the same at one point. Saying that, there are a load of there games and series' that have been brilliant. The Halo's, World of Warcraft and pretty much all the Street Fighter's I have loved, but as I have demonstrated, we all have different opinions and you can't hate on someone just because they haven't gone the same way as the general populace and followed the norm. Are they any games that I've missed out that you just simply haven't understood the mega-hype? Let the world know in the comment section below.

Maybe I haven't given these games enough time, should I sit down with all the above and really commit them to my subconscious and give into the mass peer-pressure. No. I have no inclination, as they failed to grab me at my first exposure to them, and therefore I am perfectly happy continuing to love the games that have.

*EDIT* I wish to make it known the readers of this particular blog is that my commentary is merely on games that I have played (or even owned) in the past that have, through various means, failed to grab my attention as much as other games in the series or genre. It is not a commentary on the subject of over-hyped games at all, it is merely trying to get some insight as to why I haven't 'got' the games that so many others have.

#5 Posted by Drumtasticnick (20 posts) -



To commemorate the first year anniversary of the release of the frankly brilliant Gears Of War 2, Epic have got together with Xbox Live to host a 10 day event packed with loads of goodies and special modes...guaranteed to nail you those tough achievements that so far have been eluding the grasp of your clammy and blood-stained hands!

The event runs from Friday November 6th (last Friday) to a week on Monday (November 16th)...that is 10 days of chainsaw-duelling awesomeness and will have the following modifications:

> Triple experience (!!!) for all game types.

> All games will be in the new Tactical mode. Tactical scenarios feature increased weapon damage, decreased ammunition, and longer bleed-outs.

> A separate playlist with every game type listed, allowing you to choose a specific game types.

> Public horde will now be set to the Hardcore difficulty.

So now there's no excuse for teaming up with all your buddies and fragging the hell out of wave after wave of bad guys for those ever-illusive gamer points and push on to rank 100!

I only found out about this today, so will be nailing it for the remainder of the event. I could probably do with the help so please free to add me as friend on Xbox Live (Gamertag is Latrelus), spam with me invites, pop your headset on and we'll have a good ol' chinwag about carving up the opposition. Also, you can check out the Gaming Sessions on TrueAchievements to see who is boosting what and when.

Good luck, and I'll see you out there!

#6 Posted by Drumtasticnick (20 posts) -
@Ineedaname: That will remain to be seen.
#7 Posted by Drumtasticnick (20 posts) -


Right, since I am about to be back in full-time employment at the end of the month, I thought I would get done some of the things that I've wanted to do for a while. I'm talking about achievements, people. In a sort of continuation from my 'Addicted…' blog a couple of months back, I am going to get as many achievements done and dusted by the end of the month. The reason why I'm doing this now is that I don't feel so damn guilty playing 360 when I haven't got a job, but now I have…it's totally fine. As I write this my gamerscore is 8,445 (I can hear the laughter) and I want to break the 10,000 mark. I start my new job at the end of the month, so I have roughly four weeks to get this done.

What inspired me to do this, and why should you care?

Well, recently I've been browsing a fantastic little site called 'TrueAchievements'. The way the site works is that you register using your gamertag. It shows your gamerscore and then it gives you a 'weighted' score dependant on how difficult the individual achievements were to…erm, achieve. For example, completing Halo 3 on Legendary earns you 125 gamerpoints (not sure if that's one or two words…ah well, never mind) which is akin to 175 Trueachievement points as this is a fairly difficult achievement to obtain so it is 'weighted' by 50 points. Other achievements such as the 'Chicken Kicker' from Fable 2 are weighted the same as their gamerscore counterparts, being quite easy to nail. This may sound like over-analysis, but there is a method behind this madness.

Due to the dynamics of the site, I can see what achievements are worth the most, and how difficult (or easy) it will be to achieve them. You have your own homepage which tracks what you've been playing as well as what has netted you the most gamerpoints, which you can then showcase to the world in your very own trophy case. You can treat TrueAchievements as a sort of Xbox Live social network as you can add friends and track what they've been doing, send them messages and arrange meet up times to 'boost' each other through those achievements which just seem a little out of reach on your own. There are also forums and message boards where users can discuss what games they have been playing recently and what achievements have had the most satisfaction upon completion. Guides and opinions on both games and the achievements that are within them make for a comprehensive gaming companion.

The presentation of TrueAchievements is excellent with clear and precise information to help you see what you have done, and what is still yet to be in your collection. Your actual Xbox avatar is used as is your profile photo, direct from your Xbox Live account. There is a wealth of detailed information too in the form of graphs and tables, detailing your every achievement and what it is worth. In a reflection of what Gamespot offers here, there is an emblem system which shows you various information including your percentage to completing every achievement of every game in your collection…I am hovering around the 40% mark so I am hereby banning myself from adding any more games to my shelf until I at least get my score above 50%.

All in all, TrueAchievements is a fantastic accompaniment to this very site, which if run side by side with your game information and reviews from here, and your achievements from there, can make for a very thorough and enjoyable gaming experience. Plus, you feel you are getting the best value for your games as you are getting the very most out of them, and in these tough economic times…isn't that what we all want?

This site has given me the inspiration to hit that 10,000 gamescore mark by the end of the month as I can now see where I can get my achievements from and how much they will earn me, plus I will probably meet a few friendly people on the way as they help me reach my goal.

Check out TrueAchievements here. Don't forget to tell them that Latrelus sent ya!