Continuation of Gaming!

I've been playing the crap out of my latest gaming additon Dawnguard for Skyrim. Definitely one of the best expansions I've ever played! Sadly enough those of you on PC can't play for another week or so... SORRY!

But hey, I'm sure you'll survive.

Best of luck to those of you exploring the newest content from Bethesda! Peace!

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Dawnguard!! WOOOO!!!

DAWN GUARD IS FINALLY HERE! Many of you have been waiting for this day since it's announcement a few months ago! Well wait no longer! Finally a DLC package for an amazing game like Skyrim!

SKYRIM is an absolutely amazing game all by itself. But this isn't a review on the basic game. Instead, about the newest DLC, Dawnguard! For the manageable price of 1600 Microsoft Points (20$), you can have it downloaded in a matter of minutes from XBLA or at the main menu of the game under "Game Addons".

Sadly this content won't be available for those of you gamers that sit in the PS3 or PC section of the world. Sorry guys, you just have to be patient.

The only requirements for beginning the Dawnguard questline is a minimum level of 10. ( And having bought it of coarse)Warning! ! ! --- [May contain spoilers for the beginning quests]

Once you set foot into a capital city talk to a guard and he/she will tell you about the reconfiguration of the Dawnguard; a vampire genocide group that has just reestablished in Skyrim. But before you can talk to a guard the Orc Durak may walk up and attempt to recruit you. Either way you are told to go to Fort Dawnguard which is located south of Riften.

The beginning starts out like any other where you just become familiarized with new people, factions, and any extra specialties added to the game. In this case you firstly learn of the uprising "vampire menace" and how they are a special breed; more powerful than the rest. Basic Elder Scrolls storytelling techniques are used heavily to get you on your way to adventure. You barely share many words with the leader of the Dawnguard Isram before he has you investigating a potential lead in a mysterious new cave! Even though most of us have heard the same thing a thousand times while playing this franchise, I'm not any less excited to begin.

After slashing your way through many a vampire you enter a dark room with a massive circle of pillars atop a round slab of rock in the center. Simply dispatch a few more blood suckers, and you are ready to solve a classic Skyrim puzzle. Because it only took you a minute or two to figure it out, naturally, you're excited about yourself. But nothing could prepare you for what happens next... You get to meet a pretty little vampire with a pretty not so little Scroll upon her back.

After a quick little introduction you are told to take her home. Her "home" just so happens to be the infamous Castle Volkihar. Home to many of the deadliest and most ancient vampires of Tamriel... And her father is the Lord of them all! For saving his daughter he gives you the opportunity to be rewarded with the gift of vampirism; which is where you make you choice of allegiance. Dawnguard= NO Gift l Vampire= YES gift

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This new form, the Vampire Lord, doesn't take no for an answer.

Both story lines, vampire and Dawnguard alike are both very similar. They only vary at a few quests in the earlier game play and a few different choice selections can be made to differ. For that I am a bit saddened. Many people really wanted both stories to be nonlinear in most respects. Don't get me wrong, they're both amazing. Just in the same way.

Any Skyrim player will rejoice at the new quests and territories given to us through this DLC. Some of the new areas are the most beautiful in the game! And what a better way to appreciate fine video game art than with the ressurection of the crossbow!? If you focus on your ranged combat skills then you'll be happy with this new toy. It's nothing to special damage wise but overall the crossbow may give you a breath of fresh air.

One of the newest baddies.

The story telling itself is flawless as usual when it comes to The Elder Scolls lore. Just the fact that I'm enjoying a game that's about vampires and werewolves and it's not Twilight makes me very happy indeed. Though it is unoriginal, this basis of lore does make the game any less fun. I'm sure everyone will take away something different from their adventures. Considering the massive amount of new content and quests, it carries much replay value!

OVERALL the game is a huge success and everyone should play it!

These are a few new additions to the game

Death Hounds- A feisty little vampiric dog Gargoyles- Stone defense creatures that serve the vampires

Armored Trolls- ...Self-explained Vampire Lord Form- The "gift" of the Vampires

Arvak the Soul Horse- A new mount found in the Soul Cairn Dragon Bone Weaponry- Can now be crafted

Dawnguard and Vampire Armour Sets Werewolf and Vampire form Spec Trees

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Skyrim: Dawnguard Review

Awful... Terrible... Boring... These are just a few of the words someone may use to describe the newest Elder Scrolls DLC... IF YOU'RE STUPID!! Yes folks, Dawnguard is here! And oh man, is it booming!

Early yesterday morning I woke up to the sight of the Dawnguard DLC package ready to be bought from XBLA. The awesome thing is, it can ONLY be bought on XBOX, for a few days, so haha to all of you other platform gamers. (:P JK) For the small price of 1600 Micro-points (=20$), you can buy the DLC. A funny part about it is it's only like 500 megabites or something crazy like that. So for those of you lacking hard drive space, this won't take much of a toll.

WELL! To begin the journey into this new series of questlines you must talk to ANY guard throughout the major cities. They should mention something about the new Dawnguard cult uprising. Only restriction is you must be at a minimum of level 10 to begin. I recommend being 20 before you start it because of difficulty purposes. You may also be approached by a member of the group, but I personally just started a conversation with the infamous "Arrow in the Knee" cheerleaders. After that you are told to head off to try and get into the Dawnguard at their home base which is located south of Riften.

I don't wish to really give many spoilers so I'll just let this be it. But I will be releasing a full review of the DLC once I play through both sides; Vampire and Dawnguard. I've already beaten the Dawnguard storyline on my main character. So I should have the review later today or tomorrow.

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Praise to Athene and all of his accomplishments!

Hey everyone!

Just wanted to type out a quick little blog in honor of the legendary gamer, Athene. Athene has been on the frontlines of gaming since I can remember. From getting world firsts to uploading the best class guides the internet has to offer, he has given back so much more than anyone could ask for. Yes he's a douche sometimes in his videos. But that's only to keep his title of "King Of Trolls"!

ALL HAIL THE KING!!

Personally, I'm so happy that he is working for a notable company like Razor. They have provided him with the best of the best gear. One can only be jealous with all he has received from them as "gifts". Athene also does press conferences and the sort at large events; like the past E3! I for one enjoyed watching the content he put out over that week.

But back to the main idea of this! Athene is a great person and quiet the role model in the gaming industry. I just wish everyone was as passionate about gaming as he. Of coarse it's a job and a large portion of his "job" is to entertain. So I'm not saying that I know the guy personally, but there's no way someone could fake so much passion so well.

Athene. Thank you.

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GHOST RECON: FUTURE SOLDIER- Why it is (and maybe not?) a must

Just a quick little blog about a game I can't get off my mind! GHOST RECON: FUTURE SOLDIER------- 8/10 for me.

I've played my fair share of shooters. But nothing, and I mean NOTHING, compares to the experience you will get from GHOST RECON: FUTURE SOLDIER!

Now I say this with both enthusiasm and confidence. Simply put, it is truly an awesome game! Though there are some cosmetic and yes, some game play flaws, the game is no doubt fun. But if you're the type that enjoys lone wolfing a shooter or you seek to be the "hero", this game is sure as hell not for you.

After many hours of online multiplayer I've seen just about all the game has to offer, to some degree. Intense fire fights, engaging teamwork, and fluid-like movements are just a few of GR:FS's peak entertainment values. Some of these don't work out how you want ALL the time however. Of coarse all of us shooter fans are guilty of blaming faulty mechanics or a lag spike every now and again, so the game isn't all wrong. An example of this is when sometimes you may try to move about the field of battle quickly. Bad Luck Brians will sometimes get caught on objects or maybe your cover system isn't working as well as you'd like. I have had this happen a few good... well... BAD times.

The third person angle is somewhat sad. At least to me. It is in fact something new, but I prefer a first person shooter like Tom Clancy's: Rainbow Six Vegas II. With the exception of a game like Dead Space or Gears of War, third person doesn't belong in the genre. But hey, it's a preference.

All of these positives (and negatives) translate into the campaign.

BUT! The campaign is 10x better than any other I've played in a while. Even though it lacks a stable, consistent story and the horrid facial graphics during the almost pointless cut scenes make me want to puke, the game play is so far more advanced, and different, I'd say it's just about amazing. And the fact that you can share this awesome experience with 3 other people with a few difficulty modes just makes it that much better.

Oh, and don't get me started on the replay value of the thing.. You will actually want to go back and play levels again just to reach a certain grade of precision and stealthiness.

So basically what I'm saying is: Go out, buy the game, play the online for a bit (if survival is your thing, then try Guerrilla mode), then turn your attention to the campaign. Because it is truly something to be appreciated.

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Torchlight- And so it begins!

As of last night, I am amazed astounded in awe of addicted by the game Torchlight. I have heard a few things here and there about the game in general but as usual I thought nothing of it. However, I grew tired of listening to my friends banter on about how much fun they were having with Diablo 3! So! I did what any other console gamer would do and looked for a game similar to Diablo. And what do you know?! Torchlight is actually developed by some of the same people responsible for Diablo! I hopped right on that. For a decent price of.. What was it? 1200 Microsoft Points? Bought the game, downloaded from the Marketplace, and began my quest!

Because I've never played an action rpg before, I knew more about rocket science than this... But, I learn fast.

I looked over the 3 playable classes and quickly chose the one that fit my play style; the Berserker. This juggernaut of a character specializes in melee combat and also has a defensive spec tree. When it comes to video games, I am intent on never dying, so I like to get the best gear, health, and defensive stats as possible. Other than that, I had no idea what to do.

After a short little dialog intro you're thrown into the mine town of Torchlight. With little more than a thirst for adventure I barreled through the "Tutorial" part of the game. Which surprisingly, is almost nonexistent! You actually have to learn how to play the game instead of having your hands held through the first hour or so... Props to the DEV team on that!

Anyway, I was just slugging my way toward glory and fame when all of a sudden... I realized that I needed some sleep.

I absolutely cannot wait to play this game again! I would recommend it to anyone looking for a change in pace or atmosphere. Torchlight is well worth the money and time. I'm already looking forward to the newest Torchlight release this summer!

I will keep a blog going throughout my adventures! SO please come back for more, if you're interested! Thanks!

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