Patch Notes v0.02

Video Games Played

  •  Singularity; barely anyone talked about it up until it was released then it seemed like they couldn't stop talking about it, probably because it's one of the better games released this year. A pretty solid story accompanied by gameplay that is familiar to anyone who's played BioShock and some design decisions that feel like they were inspired by games such as Half-Life 2. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.
  • Army of TWO: The 40th Day; I went in not knowing what to expect but came out feeling positive. The game has its faults but most of them stemmed from my decision to play with an AI partner rather than a real human being. Rios & Salem were interesting, their guns a little bombastic and the story fairly bland but overall I enjoyed just playing some rock-paper-scissors in the middle of a firefight before promptly letting bullets fly everywhere. And the multiplayer wasn't half bad either!
  • Wolfenstein; what it lacked in progressive and new gameplay it made up for by being an all round well designed game. If I had to pick any specific thing to complain about it would be that the game's final boss fight and overall length felt like it stretched out a little longer than was really necessary. Otherwise it was a fairly solid shooter that, in my opinion, offered me many hours of mindless fun.
  • Red Dead Redemption; probably the first Rockstar game I've actually finished from title screen to credits. And it's something I'm glad that I did as the game was pretty fun to play given how amazingly well it managed to create an atmosphere to fit the moment at almost every turn. That's not to say it's flawless, the aiming mechanics didn't feel as comfortable as they could have. And the PS3 version definitely had a noticeably inconsistent frame rate in areas of the game. But it was still none the less a quality product and experience to play and enjoy.
  • Valkyria Chronicles; a fantastic game that I enjoyed tremendously for the time I spent playing it because of its bold mix of genres and game mechanics alongside its beautiful visual design. However I could not bring myself to actually finish the game, largely due to the almost painfully slow pace and hand holding the game forces you through. Being forced to view the same briefings and cut-scenes and things you've seen before when retrying a mission after failing it soon became tiresome as did having to continually grind away on the Skirmish mode in order to progress through the actual single player campaign. For now I'm putting the idea of continuing to play it on hiatus but those of you who have yet to try the game should definitely give it a go, it truly is an exceptional game.
 

Currently Playing

 Medal of Honor: Airborne; I missed the game when it originally came out back in 2007 and decided that I'd give it a go to see what it was like. In short I'm finding it enjoyable as far as WW2 games and shooters in general go. I enjoy the whole concept of parachuting onto the battlefield and I have to applaud the game for its somewhat dynamic method of spawning in both ally and enemy AI. Many times I've found myself caught off guard by enemies flanking from all directions instead of coming from a set path or direction. However the game's control schemes feel awkward and some of its mechanics and design choices feel archaic, at least compared to the standards I'm used to in today's shooters. But I shall continue to soldier on, one botched parachute landing after another :( 
 
Dead to Rights: Retribution; on a technical level it's a little rough around the edges in some places, much like the characters and environments within the game itself, which has led me to vocally express my annoyance (note; curse like a sailor) on a few occasions. Ranged combat in the game feels a little more clumsy than it should and cut-scenes have weird lighting issues. But the more I play it the more I feel it growing on me. The gritty visual look of a city on the brink of urban decay helps make Grant City feel like the grimy corrupt place it is meant to be. The overly masculine proportions of Jack Slater and Shadow (note; that's the dog) help emphasise the brutality of the vast array of hand-to-hand manoeuvres in the game. So far the game hasn't lost momentum or my interest, I'm hoping it stays like this until the credits roll. 
 

Off My Mind

It seems lately that the popular subject people keep making topics on the forum about is to complain about the current state of the community and content on the forum itself. So with that in mind I feel obliged to direct folks to this brilliant topic which outlines some very simple steps on how you can help cut back on the Stupid Pointless Annoying Messages that some feel are plaguing the forum lately. 
 
On the other hand I also feel obliged to point out that the Forum Preferences are there for a reason. Use them if you're no longer interested in seeing topics posted in specific primary boards appearing in your Newest Topics feed.   
 

 Click it....


 ...and behold!
 
As per usual feel free to leave some constructive feedback in the comments below. 
 
Love Hamz, XOXO
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Posted by Hamz

Video Games Played

  •  Singularity; barely anyone talked about it up until it was released then it seemed like they couldn't stop talking about it, probably because it's one of the better games released this year. A pretty solid story accompanied by gameplay that is familiar to anyone who's played BioShock and some design decisions that feel like they were inspired by games such as Half-Life 2. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.
  • Army of TWO: The 40th Day; I went in not knowing what to expect but came out feeling positive. The game has its faults but most of them stemmed from my decision to play with an AI partner rather than a real human being. Rios & Salem were interesting, their guns a little bombastic and the story fairly bland but overall I enjoyed just playing some rock-paper-scissors in the middle of a firefight before promptly letting bullets fly everywhere. And the multiplayer wasn't half bad either!
  • Wolfenstein; what it lacked in progressive and new gameplay it made up for by being an all round well designed game. If I had to pick any specific thing to complain about it would be that the game's final boss fight and overall length felt like it stretched out a little longer than was really necessary. Otherwise it was a fairly solid shooter that, in my opinion, offered me many hours of mindless fun.
  • Red Dead Redemption; probably the first Rockstar game I've actually finished from title screen to credits. And it's something I'm glad that I did as the game was pretty fun to play given how amazingly well it managed to create an atmosphere to fit the moment at almost every turn. That's not to say it's flawless, the aiming mechanics didn't feel as comfortable as they could have. And the PS3 version definitely had a noticeably inconsistent frame rate in areas of the game. But it was still none the less a quality product and experience to play and enjoy.
  • Valkyria Chronicles; a fantastic game that I enjoyed tremendously for the time I spent playing it because of its bold mix of genres and game mechanics alongside its beautiful visual design. However I could not bring myself to actually finish the game, largely due to the almost painfully slow pace and hand holding the game forces you through. Being forced to view the same briefings and cut-scenes and things you've seen before when retrying a mission after failing it soon became tiresome as did having to continually grind away on the Skirmish mode in order to progress through the actual single player campaign. For now I'm putting the idea of continuing to play it on hiatus but those of you who have yet to try the game should definitely give it a go, it truly is an exceptional game.
 

Currently Playing

 Medal of Honor: Airborne; I missed the game when it originally came out back in 2007 and decided that I'd give it a go to see what it was like. In short I'm finding it enjoyable as far as WW2 games and shooters in general go. I enjoy the whole concept of parachuting onto the battlefield and I have to applaud the game for its somewhat dynamic method of spawning in both ally and enemy AI. Many times I've found myself caught off guard by enemies flanking from all directions instead of coming from a set path or direction. However the game's control schemes feel awkward and some of its mechanics and design choices feel archaic, at least compared to the standards I'm used to in today's shooters. But I shall continue to soldier on, one botched parachute landing after another :( 
 
Dead to Rights: Retribution; on a technical level it's a little rough around the edges in some places, much like the characters and environments within the game itself, which has led me to vocally express my annoyance (note; curse like a sailor) on a few occasions. Ranged combat in the game feels a little more clumsy than it should and cut-scenes have weird lighting issues. But the more I play it the more I feel it growing on me. The gritty visual look of a city on the brink of urban decay helps make Grant City feel like the grimy corrupt place it is meant to be. The overly masculine proportions of Jack Slater and Shadow (note; that's the dog) help emphasise the brutality of the vast array of hand-to-hand manoeuvres in the game. So far the game hasn't lost momentum or my interest, I'm hoping it stays like this until the credits roll. 
 

Off My Mind

It seems lately that the popular subject people keep making topics on the forum about is to complain about the current state of the community and content on the forum itself. So with that in mind I feel obliged to direct folks to this brilliant topic which outlines some very simple steps on how you can help cut back on the Stupid Pointless Annoying Messages that some feel are plaguing the forum lately. 
 
On the other hand I also feel obliged to point out that the Forum Preferences are there for a reason. Use them if you're no longer interested in seeing topics posted in specific primary boards appearing in your Newest Topics feed.   
 

 Click it....


 ...and behold!
 
As per usual feel free to leave some constructive feedback in the comments below. 
 
Love Hamz, XOXO
Posted by MB
@Hamz: I have Off Topic turned off, and it's awesome.
Moderator
Posted by natetodamax

Glad to see I'm not the only one that at least somewhat enjoys Medal Of Honor: Airborne. It was my first Xbox 360 game and I had a lot of fun with it. Control scheme is definitely really awkward, especially after playing Call Of Duty for so long. I just wish it was a longer game.

Posted by Meteora

I was wondering what that Preference button was for. Its so obvious, yet so devious. :3 
 
I wish I can play Valkyria Chronicles. I have a thing for tactical strategy games.

Edited by MarkWahlberg

The one thing about RDR that bugged me was that the dialogue was really well done at the beginning, but then as the game went on it seemed like they stoppped putting any effort into it; I swear, starting in Mexico, Marston doesn't say anything other than 'I'm looking fer two dudes', and then up north, it's just 'where mah family at'.  I almost avoided missions just so I wouldn't have to hear him explain his life story to every single person he meets. 
 
Also, boo spam.

Posted by ATrevelan

I just picked up Airborne earlier in the summer and I'm really enjoying it. Still haven't quite figured out how to stick a landing, though.

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

I enjoyed Wolfenstein right up until the point when I hit a gamebreaking bug that caused my character to go into the "no guns, no other weapons" mode you'd usually go into when visiting the arms dealers... except it happened right in the middle of a gunfight.  Even worse, I couldn't fix it by loading or any other means.  That wasn't pleasant, to say the least, and since it was a borrowed game, I decided right then was as good of a time as any to return it.  I'd like to finish it, though, as the Wolfenstein games have long been a sentimental favorite and the Nazi occult stuff is pretty fun, if already done a thousand times over in this and other mediums.

Moderator
Posted by neoepoch

If it is any help, in Valkyria Chronicles, you can save in the middle of a battle if you want to. It pops you back up in the middle of battle after you reload, but VC had slightly long load times, even when installed, but it did save time on having to restart the entire mission. (Also, if you relied on something for luck, like the lancers auto-resupply or dodging).

Posted by Claude

Did you play Singularity on a PC or a PS3?
 
I looked back and Off-Topic is a part of my home, so I'll leave it alone.

Posted by Hamz
@Claude said:
" Did you play Singularity on a PC or a PS3? "
I played it on the PS3. 
 
@MB said:
" @Hamz: I have Off Topic turned off, and it's awesome. "
Haha! I'd do that except I have far too much fun posting the video below into all the relationship topics.... 
 
   
          
 
@MarkWahlberg:
 I'd definitely agree with that. The back and forth discussion with Bonnie set the bar high but eventually once you finished up the missions there and headed to Mexico and onward to West Elizabeth there was a noticeable deterioration in the quality of the dialogue. Mexico really was simply "Where can I find Javier Escuella & Bill Williamson!?" all the time. 
 
@Sparky_Buzzsaw: You should give it a second chance, perhaps you were just unfortunate / unlucky to come across that specific issue. The game could have been patched since last you played it perhaps? 
   
@natetodamax: Definitely an awkward control scheme that feels archaic in design. I thought by 2007 we had already established that having one button to specifically equip grenades and another to throw them was dated. Regardless though it's fun none the less. 
 
@Meteora: You should check it out. PS3's aren't that expensive these days! 
 
@neoepoch: I did try that but my biggest annoyance came after multiple attempts to complete the mission where you encounter Maximillian for the first time. Going through all that exposition and then being unable to skip the enemy AI's troop movements only to find I needed to grind out more XP and Gold in Skirmish mode to have any chance at winning just wore away at my patience. Generally the game and the content in it is solid, the pacing and momentum leaves a little to be desired though. 
 
@ATrevelan: Yeah it doesn't really do a great job at explaining how to not botch your landings. Still plenty of fun though :)
Posted by Six

I haven't played any of those.  I have thought about adding Red Dead to my gamefly q though.
 
I can completely understand avoiding whole sections of forums.  I have practiced that at another site.  Some forums just aren't worth the traffic to find the one good topic in 500.
 
If you find a way to block whiny brats at Walmart, please let me know.  Every day, almost all day...  wwwaaaaaahhhhhh....  and it is rarely an infant crying(which isn't as bad and usually gets attention)

Posted by Fallen189

It's annoying that preferences doesn't turn off threads on the main page.

Posted by Green_Lantern_Batman
@Hamz said:
"Valkyria Chronicles; a fantastic game that I enjoyed tremendously for the time I spent playing it because of its bold mix of genres and game mechanics alongside its beautiful visual design. However I could not bring myself to actually finish the game, largely due to the almost painfully slow pace and hand holding the game forces you through. Being forced to view the same briefings and cut-scenes and things you've seen before when retrying a mission after failing it soon became tiresome as did having to continually grind away on the Skirmish mode in order to progress through the actual single player campaign. For now I'm putting the idea of continuing to play it on hiatus but those of you who have yet to try the game should definitely give it a go, it truly is an exceptional game."
the fuck? CONTINUE PLAYING VALKYRIA CHRONICLES NOW!!!!
Posted by MKHavoc
@Fallen189: Just try adding some boards to your favorites.  That'll get rid of all the off-topic threads on the main page.
Posted by Meteora
@Hamz: I'd rather not funnel down another +$250 dollars. I already spent $120 for a card and now I may need to spend another $250 for a new motherboards and a computer case. <_<;;;
Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw
@Hamz:
I just played it two weeks ago.  I'll give it another go eventually, but for now, I've got plenty of other games to keep me entertained.
Moderator
Edited by jakob187
@MB said:

" @Hamz: I have Off Topic turned off, and it's awesome. "


It's good to know that a moderator has one of the boards turned off.  I mean, just saying - it would seem like a pertinent thing to have ON in case something needs to...be locked? 
 
Anyways, dammit Hamz!  Your blog title is fucking great!  Also, great breakdown on some games.  I still haven't gotten to play Singularity.  Really want to check that out. 
 
It's good to see that you are enjoying Airborne.  I just couldn't get into that game, as the shooting mechanics themselves felt a little broken on hit detection at times, and the animations seemed a little to last-generation-Xbox for a 360 game.  The parachuting stuff was pretty cool, but it got a little pointless later on since there was always one place that was the best place to drop in and start your way through the battlefield.  I do wish that someone other than Battlefield would offer a better sandbox game style, which is the one thing that I thoroughly enjoyed in European Assault.  Let us know what you think when it's done, as I know that I would like to hear.
Posted by Rokin

Wait, so you never finished any GTA game?  I think they are worth completing at least for the story, if nothing else (okay, GTAIV not so much...)

Edited by gbrading

I'd be interested in playing Singularity, but I have a feeling it's going to get heavily discounted come the Steam Winter Sale, so I'll pick it up around then. :)
Posted by Bigandtasty

I agree about the complaining. In addition, I'd say that some of the best ways to keep the bad stuff out involves making good stuff yourself. Quality content encourages positive responses and inspires others to make more.
 
I have not made any such content lately, for which I will conveniently blame my class schedule.

Posted by Hamz
@Bigandtasty: A great point as well. 
 
@jakob187: I'd agree with that assessment now that I've finished up the single player campaign. As I said above there are aspects of the game that felt archaic even back in 2007, let alone compared to today's standards. My biggest frustration comes from the lack of mobility when in iron sights and the health system which cause the flow of combat to be broken up and slowed down while you search for health packs. There isn't much of a story either but honestly I can't knock it too much for that, plenty of shooters released today seem to lack a viable and decent plot. I guess even with its dated design and mechanics it was packed with a good couple of hours worth of entertainment in my mind. 
 
Glad you enjoy the blog, it took me a while to find a format and title I was comfortable with. I don't blog often, usually once a month, so I try to keep it full of variety but with a sense of brevity. No one wants to have walls of text, I've learnt that much from previous blogs :P