Downloadable Gaming Options Have Me By The Left Testicle

I caved, folks.  I got Battlefield 1943 and A Kingdom for Keflings this week, as well as Demons of the Badlands for Red Faction: Guerrilla.  How did all of this come to be?  Well........ 
 
After buying a 4000 point card this week, I realized that I would be waiting until the 13th and the 19th in order to spend 2000 of those points.  After all, how could I pass up Red Faction DLC and Shadow Complex?  I've been holding off on Battlefield 1943 for two reasons: 

  • I didn't know if my boss was going to be buying the game for all the Xbox stations here at work or not
  • I know how most people who play Battlefield actually PLAY Battlefield (insert plane ramming into singular player at the flag here)
 
Therefore, it was a tough choice.  After perusing for at least a good three or four hours, I finally said "fuck it" and pushed that "Confirm Download" button.  Without a doubt, I'm not disappointed by the game.  It feels a lot like Bad Company in terms of controls, the updates to the three maps in the game give them a bit of freshness and increased strategic needs (since you can destroy the buildings and treelines), and it's a much more authentic style of BF game for the consoles.  The fact that there are only three classes may piss some people off, but I have no issue with it.  Having everything streamlined so I'm not sitting around forever trying to pick a class is nice, and all the weapons...dare I say it...feel much better than ANY of the previous BF games (aside from the pinpoint accuracy of amazingness that is an LMG-style gun on 2142).  I've found myself akin to the Rifleman class more than anything, as the "iron sights" for the Infantry (short-range fully auto) class doesn't suit me well, and I'm a relatively shitty sniper, so Scout just isn't up my alley.  The addition of Air Raids to the formula are a nice touch, as it gives you a strong reason to go for at least one of the bases on the map on a consistent basis.  This ability will have you take control of three airplanes looking to drop a heavy load of mass destruction on some folks.  The cooldown is so long on it that it doesn't make it overpowered.  Nonetheless, I went 21/3 in one round of Wake because people were idiots and clumping up together.  Overall, 1943 is totally worth the 1200 points, if not just for some easy achievements and an extra S rank. 
 
Nonetheless, the frustrations of 1943 drove me out to the dashboard a few times, and the anger rising in me was reminding me why I quit playing BF2.  I remembered someone saying that A Kingdom for Keflings was an incredible game for relaxing and getting rid of that anger, so I picked that up.  Needless to say, that motherfucker was RIGHT!  Talk about becoming the most peaceful dood on the planet!!!  Within minutes, I had gone from "ZOMFG IDIOT TEAM IS IDIOTS" to "My building needs what?  Whatever, man, I'ma go pound on these rocks and take 'em to the Stone Cutter".  Very chilled out game.  Watching the town grow was far more satisfying than most "God" games that I've played...if you can consider this a "God" game.  Being able to play as myself was a nice touch also.  If you're wondering what you do in the game, you build stuff for the Keflings.  That's it.  There's a simplified style of addiction that comes with the territory, and I found myself crawling off the Xbox around 6 in the morning.  LOL  If you're needing to vent some frustrations from all the noob tubers and assholes online, Keflings really hits the spot like a cold glass of tasty beverage on a hot summer day. 
 
Now, we get to the creme-de-a-creme:  Demons of the Badlands, the DLC add-on for Red Faction Guerrilla.  I've been dying to play it, and now that I have, I feel a bit indifferent.  This is some pretty thin DLC, as it is a prequel that plays out some many years before the events of Guerrilla.  Be warned, there are ***SPOILERS*** ahead for anyone who has played the game.  Then again, Demons of the Badlands itself is a spoiler, so eh.  Anyways, in Guerrilla, you end up finding out that Samanya's sister, Vasha, is the leader of the Marauders.  Well, this DLC puts you in the shoes of Samanya before the Red Faction started rising up against the EDF and trying to get rid of their tyranny.  There are only three missions with span the course of maybe two hours maximum...if you keep dying.  Otherwise, clock it down to about an hour.  It basically shows that Samanya was a flat-out Marauder, but Vasha got bloodthirsty for revenge on the EDF and Red Faction, killing guilty and innocent folks.  Samanya doesn't like it, so she ends up going to the Red Faction and Vasha all but disowns her.  Frankly, this story could've played out over a MUCH larger scope, with at least 6 or 7 missions.  Unfortunately, this 875MB add-on will have you scratching your head at what the Hell they used that 875MB for.  Mariner Valley, the environment you explore, is a decent size, about as big as any given territory in the base game.  Nonetheless, it's kind of boring to look at.  The vehicles and weapons are pretty damn sweet, and they will have you begging for them in the base game.  There are a handful of Marauder Actions (like Guerrilla Actions in the base game) for you to complete, but at least half of them are just Demolition Master missions and a couple of Transporter missions.  There's a new walker that you don't really get to do much with outside of a mission and destroying a building (if you choose to get it and use it).  Overall, when I look at the size of Battlefield 1943 (500+MB) and then look at this add-on, I just don't see where all the content is at.  Does the GeoMod 2.0 engine use that much space?!  I just don't get it!!!  If you are an RFG die-hard, you'll want this for the ability to get 250 more achievement points as well as to see the narrow events of Samanya going to the Red Faction play out.  Otherwise, I hate to say it...but you could spend 800 points somewhere else in a much more worthwhile manner. 
 
Until next week, folks... 
 
P.S. - No pictures in this blog this week, as I'm running a little behind on some things here and there.  =  /  BIG WALL OF TEXT FTW!!!
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Posted by jakob187

I caved, folks.  I got Battlefield 1943 and A Kingdom for Keflings this week, as well as Demons of the Badlands for Red Faction: Guerrilla.  How did all of this come to be?  Well........ 
 
After buying a 4000 point card this week, I realized that I would be waiting until the 13th and the 19th in order to spend 2000 of those points.  After all, how could I pass up Red Faction DLC and Shadow Complex?  I've been holding off on Battlefield 1943 for two reasons: 

  • I didn't know if my boss was going to be buying the game for all the Xbox stations here at work or not
  • I know how most people who play Battlefield actually PLAY Battlefield (insert plane ramming into singular player at the flag here)
 
Therefore, it was a tough choice.  After perusing for at least a good three or four hours, I finally said "fuck it" and pushed that "Confirm Download" button.  Without a doubt, I'm not disappointed by the game.  It feels a lot like Bad Company in terms of controls, the updates to the three maps in the game give them a bit of freshness and increased strategic needs (since you can destroy the buildings and treelines), and it's a much more authentic style of BF game for the consoles.  The fact that there are only three classes may piss some people off, but I have no issue with it.  Having everything streamlined so I'm not sitting around forever trying to pick a class is nice, and all the weapons...dare I say it...feel much better than ANY of the previous BF games (aside from the pinpoint accuracy of amazingness that is an LMG-style gun on 2142).  I've found myself akin to the Rifleman class more than anything, as the "iron sights" for the Infantry (short-range fully auto) class doesn't suit me well, and I'm a relatively shitty sniper, so Scout just isn't up my alley.  The addition of Air Raids to the formula are a nice touch, as it gives you a strong reason to go for at least one of the bases on the map on a consistent basis.  This ability will have you take control of three airplanes looking to drop a heavy load of mass destruction on some folks.  The cooldown is so long on it that it doesn't make it overpowered.  Nonetheless, I went 21/3 in one round of Wake because people were idiots and clumping up together.  Overall, 1943 is totally worth the 1200 points, if not just for some easy achievements and an extra S rank. 
 
Nonetheless, the frustrations of 1943 drove me out to the dashboard a few times, and the anger rising in me was reminding me why I quit playing BF2.  I remembered someone saying that A Kingdom for Keflings was an incredible game for relaxing and getting rid of that anger, so I picked that up.  Needless to say, that motherfucker was RIGHT!  Talk about becoming the most peaceful dood on the planet!!!  Within minutes, I had gone from "ZOMFG IDIOT TEAM IS IDIOTS" to "My building needs what?  Whatever, man, I'ma go pound on these rocks and take 'em to the Stone Cutter".  Very chilled out game.  Watching the town grow was far more satisfying than most "God" games that I've played...if you can consider this a "God" game.  Being able to play as myself was a nice touch also.  If you're wondering what you do in the game, you build stuff for the Keflings.  That's it.  There's a simplified style of addiction that comes with the territory, and I found myself crawling off the Xbox around 6 in the morning.  LOL  If you're needing to vent some frustrations from all the noob tubers and assholes online, Keflings really hits the spot like a cold glass of tasty beverage on a hot summer day. 
 
Now, we get to the creme-de-a-creme:  Demons of the Badlands, the DLC add-on for Red Faction Guerrilla.  I've been dying to play it, and now that I have, I feel a bit indifferent.  This is some pretty thin DLC, as it is a prequel that plays out some many years before the events of Guerrilla.  Be warned, there are ***SPOILERS*** ahead for anyone who has played the game.  Then again, Demons of the Badlands itself is a spoiler, so eh.  Anyways, in Guerrilla, you end up finding out that Samanya's sister, Vasha, is the leader of the Marauders.  Well, this DLC puts you in the shoes of Samanya before the Red Faction started rising up against the EDF and trying to get rid of their tyranny.  There are only three missions with span the course of maybe two hours maximum...if you keep dying.  Otherwise, clock it down to about an hour.  It basically shows that Samanya was a flat-out Marauder, but Vasha got bloodthirsty for revenge on the EDF and Red Faction, killing guilty and innocent folks.  Samanya doesn't like it, so she ends up going to the Red Faction and Vasha all but disowns her.  Frankly, this story could've played out over a MUCH larger scope, with at least 6 or 7 missions.  Unfortunately, this 875MB add-on will have you scratching your head at what the Hell they used that 875MB for.  Mariner Valley, the environment you explore, is a decent size, about as big as any given territory in the base game.  Nonetheless, it's kind of boring to look at.  The vehicles and weapons are pretty damn sweet, and they will have you begging for them in the base game.  There are a handful of Marauder Actions (like Guerrilla Actions in the base game) for you to complete, but at least half of them are just Demolition Master missions and a couple of Transporter missions.  There's a new walker that you don't really get to do much with outside of a mission and destroying a building (if you choose to get it and use it).  Overall, when I look at the size of Battlefield 1943 (500+MB) and then look at this add-on, I just don't see where all the content is at.  Does the GeoMod 2.0 engine use that much space?!  I just don't get it!!!  If you are an RFG die-hard, you'll want this for the ability to get 250 more achievement points as well as to see the narrow events of Samanya going to the Red Faction play out.  Otherwise, I hate to say it...but you could spend 800 points somewhere else in a much more worthwhile manner. 
 
Until next week, folks... 
 
P.S. - No pictures in this blog this week, as I'm running a little behind on some things here and there.  =  /  BIG WALL OF TEXT FTW!!!
Posted by PeasForFees

Good Read, I was disappointed with the Badlands DLC as well, Red Faction was boring to look at anyway (Apart from Geo Mod) so I was no surprised.

Posted by Origina1Penguin

Kingdom for Keflings has a strange "I just consumed 5 hours of your time without you realizing it" quality to it.  I'm just bummed out that there is an item limit.  I was making a grand castle-town and suddenly I wasn't allowed to build any more :(
 
I'm avoiding 1943 because I got may fair share of 1942 + expansions + Battlefield Vietnam (which I may actually enjoy more).

Posted by jakob187
@Origina1Penguin: I'm still trying to figure out whether I should destroy the workshop I made in order to make the Mayor's Office or whatever it was, as that's the only time that I've made it at all.  I could really use that Kefling for some more appropriate work.  I've only gotten to the point of making the Dye Maker or whatever it's called right now, so I'm about halfway through my village.  I've mostly just been kicking back, chilling, and formulating strategies to usurp Metroid545's leaderboard position.  = D 
 
As for 1943, get it.  As a BF veteran (1942, DC mod, BF2, 2142, BC), it's refreshing to blow up that building at the AA Village on Wake Island and keep people from hiding out inside that fucker while they cap the flag.  LOL
Posted by StarFoxA

I thought that the Demons of the Badlands was pretty decent for 800 points. I think the 870+ MB comes from the fact that you're basically downloading an entire sector.

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Posted by jakob187
@StarFoxA said:
" I thought that the Demons of the Badlands was pretty decent for 800 points. I think the 870+ MB comes from the fact that you're basically downloading an entire sector. "
Still, though...look at that entire sector, and then look at the 4 full maps on Battlefield 1943!  Then again, part of me thinks that a handy amount of stuff for the Battlefield games is held on the servers you are accessing, but regardless, I expected a bit more for 875MB.  =  /  Plus, those three missions were not that enthralling...until I kicked it up on Insane on a new game.  Those three missions, then, become fucking hostile!  lol 
 
I need to get my 100K XP already.  =  (
Posted by StarFoxA
@jakob187: The third mission was good, but the other two were kinda eeeeh...
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Posted by jakob187
@StarFoxA said:
" @jakob187: The third mission was good, but the other two were kinda eeeeh... "
They just didn't feel very lengthy.  I got to thinking about it, though:  for $60, RFG had 20 main missions plus all the additional shit and the multiplayer.  For $10, this has 3 missions and additional shit.  In the end, the logic of it all makes some sense.  I hope that the future DLC will feel a bit beefier, though. 
 
Nonetheless, I've decided that I'm going to S rank this fucker.  Decided that in the past 30 minutes.  Right now, my sole dedication in gaming is to S rank this game.  Period.  I need a good game to have an S rank on, and this seems like as good as any.
Posted by DanielJW

I saw the word testicle and had to come into this thread.  
 
Nonetheless twas a nice write up. The more I hear about games like Battlefield and Fat Princess the more I'm being pushed to buy a PS3. I'm really excited to give Battlefield a shot whether I end up with a PS3 or not.  
  
I just recently got into Guerilla and had a lot of fun. I'm not near done yet but I have been convinced the DLC is no good. I'll stick to beating people over the head with my sledge hammer in the disk version of the game, thank you very much.

Posted by StarFoxA
@jakob187: Yeah, that was my thinking as well. RFG itself had around five main sectors (Eos, Oasis, Badlands, Dust, and Parker) for $60, and this gives you another full sector for $10. And an S rank was definitely part of my motivation for purchase as well. I still need four more Guerrilla actions, 150 ore, 800 or so kills online, and another 100 wins though... :( Not to mention the transporter pro times D:
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@StarFoxA said:

" @jakob187: Yeah, that was my thinking as well. RFG itself had around five main sectors (Eos, Oasis, Badlands, Dust, and Parker) for $60, and this gives you another full sector for $10. And an S rank was definitely part of my motivation for purchase as well. I still need four more Guerrilla actions, 150 ore, 800 or so kills online, and another 100 wins though... :( Not to mention the transporter pro times D: "

Have you already gotten all the power cells and the totems in the DLC?  If not...I think THQ has answered our prayers for that.  Nonetheless, only 800 kills to 5,000?!  Fishy business, StarFox!  LOL  Only four more Guerrilla Actions, though, is BEAST!  I've only done, like, 52 of them...only one of which was a random pop-up Action.  However, I need far less ore than you (about 50), about 100 wins as well, but kills...man, I need about another 3,000.  Plus, I still have half of the pro times for Demo, all the Transporter times, and I need two more hidden challenges.  I've got some work ahead of me, but I think I can do it within a week if I get on the grindstone with it...and a guide for that fucking ore. 
 
*EDIT*  I also need Wrecking Ball.  Only 12 million to go on that, though.  Won't take too long.
Edited by StarFoxA
@jakob187: Metroid has 102/104. Those radio missions are a pain, dude. There's a good interactive map for the ore/radio tags that I'm going to use when I'm ready to waste a lot of time finding ore.
 
Edit: I've already found all the totems, but haven't started on the power cells.
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Posted by Origina1Penguin
@jakob187:  More important: can you still destroy the aircraft carrier if you shoot it enough with the seawall battery?
Posted by jakob187
@Origina1Penguin said:
" @jakob187:  More important: can you still destroy the aircraft carrier if you shoot it enough with the seawall battery? "
Ummm...no?  I can't say that I've tried, nor seen anyone try, to destroy the aircraft carriers yet...outside of planes bombing the shit out of the airplanes on it. 
 
However, they did make it to where if you start sniping people on the aircraft carrier from the shore, you won't get any points for the kills.  They are definitely doing everything possible to frown upon uncap-raping.
Posted by Origina1Penguin

Eh, I'll think about it.  BTW, I know someone that can help you with expert runs on L4D.  She and her husband helped me.  We played three campaigns on expert in about 4 ½ hours.  All I need is Zombie Genocidest to get my S rank.  I'm hopping between 'Splosion Man, L4D, and RF:G, so just throw me an invite if you want to play and I'm online.

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@Origina1Penguin said:

" Eh, I'll think about it.  BTW, I know someone that can help you with expert runs on L4D.  She and her husband helped me.  We played three campaigns on expert in about 4 ½ hours.  All I need is Zombie Genocidest to get my S rank.  I'm hopping between 'Splosion Man, L4D, and RF:G, so just throw me an invite if you want to play and I'm online. "

Zombie Genocidest isn't that hard, man.  It's just time-consuming.  Just throw it on the lowest difficulty for the finale to Dead Air.  Hit that mounted turret and blast through them.  Don't bother finishing the level.  Just kill kill kill, even once the plane it taking off.  = D  That's how I got mine, plus a lot of honest-to-goodness Versus action. 
 
Otherwise, I've got some buddies that come up here and I play with over system link.  We just haven't played in a while.  One of these days, I'll do it...but I'm not too super worried about it at the moment.  By all means, though, if you ever want to for the Hell of it, I won't say no.  Just know that I've got a lot of multiplayer commitments that I'm still trying to hold up to already (BigVic and The Darkness, Metroid and 'Splosion Man, Metroid and StarFoxA and Red Faction Guerrilla, my buddy JR and Street Fighter IV, etc etc etc).
Posted by RHCPfan24

Yeah, Battlefield 1943 is definitely worth it. I can't believe it, but a downloadable game has been the one multiplayer game I actually play. It is very strange but I find it highly addictive and more fun than a game like COD4 or Halo 3. To anyone who has yet to buy it, BUY IT!!
 
I have not even beaten Red Faction: Guerilla yet but I am glad that the DLC is not worth it actually. I have so many other things I want to get (especially more Rock Band songs) so more points in my digital pocket is always a good thing.

Edited by natetodamax

I actually feel that Battlefield 1943 is better than Bad Company.
 
So Demons Of The Badlands isn't that good, jakob? That's a disappointment, because I was hoping for something that would bring me back to that game.

Posted by jakob187
@natetodamax: I wouldn't say that it isn't good.  I would say that it feels a bit thin.  Maybe I'm just a little invested in this franchise.  The first two were a big thing for me back on PS2.  Guerrilla was something I was really looking forward to.  It didn't disappoint me at all.  Nonetheless, I thought that while the story was a little thin at times in the base game, it still served very well, and I liked the arc that worked for Samanya in that.  I guess I was just hoping that they would offer a little more to Samanya's story of leaving the Marauders than just "oh, I fell for the EDF's trap of rescuing Vasha from them, and then Vasha gets all bent and pissed off to the point of wanting to kill everyone that isn't a Marauder, and because I don't want to kill innocent people that are also oppressed by the EDF, so Vasha turned her back on me".  =  /  I mean, three missions and that's it?  Over the course of an hour?  =  /
Posted by The_A_Drain

I'm about ready to cry right now, I caved yesterday and wasted my last 1200 points (reserved for Shadow Complex) on Trials HD after being impressed by the demo. 
 
Now, i'm really enjoying it and ordinarily I wouldn't bat an eyelid I have so much disposable income, but now i'm jobless i'm literally penniless until october. I'm gonna have to get myself down a trade-in shop and flog enough stuff to pay for Shadow Complex and my pre-order of MUA2. Unfortunately it comes out 3 days before my loan is due, and there's no way i'm buying a non-pre-order version, I want Juggernaught dammit :\ 
 
I'm so spoiled lol, but i'll scrape up the cash somehow.
Posted by GamerGeek360

Don't worry, even though it was a big wall of text I still read all of it lol. That's disappointing for Red Faction. I still haven't played it but I was hoping the DLC would be good so then once I do end up getting Red Faction the DLC would be fun to get. As for Battlefield 1943, I completely enjoyed it as well.