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#1  Edited By MGSolid86

With my girlfriend home and for all intents and purposes living with me, it's hard to find a decent chunk of time to dedicate to gaming, especially when I blow a Saturday looking for a new TV.  I picked up a 42" Vizio LED LCD!  Here's what I'll be playing this weekend if I find the time:

  • Dirt 3 (360):  I've only spent a couple hours to Dirt 3 so far, but I'm in it for the long haul.  The new environments and racing surfaces are just what I was looking for coming off of a 20 hour tour (and 2nd playthrough) of Dirt 2.  I'm not convinced by the current set up of how you tackle races though.  I also need to get some time in with the gymkhana events, a lesson taught to me after I got my ass handed to me online.
  • L.A. Noire (360):  I picked this up last week and solved a few cases, none of them perfectly.  The car AI is poor, with cars constantly running into me or not pulling over for my siren.  Also, the interrogation gameplay doesn't seem to fit the purpose of interrogation.  The purpose of an interrogation is to get someone to talk a lot and hope they reveal some information.  The game continuously pauses and forces you to decide whether the character is lying or not.  The facial animations are amazing, however, and the performances are great.  As with Assassin's Creed, I love getting a history lesson while playing L.A. Noire and checking out the famous L.A. landmarks make the driving bearable.
  • Marvel vs Capcom 3 (360):  Jimmah7 and I will be playing some of this on Saturday and I'm sure he'll be destroying me since I haven't played it in weeks.
Go Bruins!!
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#2  Edited By MGSolid86

Patrick, Giantbomb couldn't have hired you at a better time.

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@Ubik:  I love Assassin's Creed II!  How is Max Payne holding up these days?  I haven't played it in a while.  You picked up Max Payne 2 as well, I presume?
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@iam3green:  I've gotta get back into TF2 at some point.  Maybe next month.

@tracerace11:  Bad Company 2 is so good!  Have you been playing the Vietnam expansion?  What version of Portal 2 were you thinking of picking up?

@JJOR64:  How good are you at SSFIV?  I typically get my ass handed to me and I've been looking for someone on my level to play against.
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#5  Edited By MGSolid86

I wrapped up Dragon Age II earlier this week and I've been thinking about posting my thoughts on it.  'Disappointing' is the first word that comes to mind, but more on that later.  Here's what I've been playing and will be playing over the next few days:

  • Borderlands (360):  Jimmah7 and I have both dinged Level 20 with our Siren and Hunter, respectively.  Now we're planning on finishing the Fyrestone quests and checking out some new areas over the weekend.  Time to start maxing out my bird.  Shit's about to get REAL.
  • Marvel vs Capcom 3 (360):  It's Mahvel Baybee!  Now that I have 2 Hori EX 2 fight sticks, I decided to pick up MvC3 last weekend.  Jimmah7 and I have been trying to figure out which characters we want to start working on.  We'll be playing this on Sunday and perhaps with Rampersand as well.
  • Dirt 2 (PC):  I'm planning on playing through most of this over the weekend (second play-through).  It just might be my favorite racing game of all time.  Give me a little time to think about it.
  • Dawn of War II (PC):  This is a great pick up and play game with fairly short and focused missions, so I'm going to try to squeeze in a few here and there.  I'm addicted to leveling up my squad of space marines!
  • Sam and Max: 105 (PC):  In an attempt to finally finish the first season of Sam and Max, I started playing this Wednesday night but didn't get very far.  I plan on playing through the rest of it while watching some NHL playoff games.

I'd play some NHL '11, but I'll just watch the playoff games instead.  Go Bruins!

Also, I just started watching Breaking Bad (I know, LTTP) and it's really good so far!

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#6  Edited By MGSolid86

I think you're going to be disappointed when I let you borrow Dragon Age II.  It looks a lot better and I think you'll enjoy the combat more, but the setting is a letdown.  Enjoy the DLC!

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My girlfriend is home for the weekend, but I'll still manage to fit in some gaming while she studies.  I'll keep my entry short this week though:

  • NHL '11 (360):  Still working on my Be A Pro career mode.  My Phoenix Coyotes are 14-4-1 and my pro is leading the league with 17 goals, 14 assists, and a +/- of  +23. Of course I'd rather be playing for the Bruins, but I'll stick to the team I was drafted to for now. It's sad that nearly half of my goals are scored after my Coyotes are up a goal and the opposing goalie has been pulled at the tail end of the third period. Oh well, a goal's a goal.
  • Dirt 2 (PC):  After checking out some more coverage of Dirt 3, I'm getting pretty excited for its release next month. Since I fixed my PC last weekend, I've started playing Dirt 2 again to temporarily satiate my desire for rally racing and double up on Dirt 2 achievements in the meantime.
  • Fight Night Champion (360):  I'm really enjoying the story-driven Champion Mode. The story itself is rather predictable so far, but I still respect that they're trying something new with the series. Initially I wasn't a fan of the new punch control system, but it's starting to grow on me. I still prefer the old style from Fight Night Round 3 and Round 4 though.
  • Borderlands (360):  GB user and real life friend of mine, Jimmah7 and I have started replaying Borderlands after I picked up the GOTY edition for $20.  My level 17 Hunter and his Level 17 Siren are tearing up the Arid Badlands and ready to move on to big and better areas. I'm hoping he'll be down to play on Sunday night after my girlfriend goes back to school. I can't wait for a sequel!

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Telling myself that I'm going to update my blog has become a running gag that only I'm in on, so what better a day to start posting again than April Fool's Day?  The last time I updated this people were looking forward to the release of Call of Duty Black Ops and eating leftover Halloween candy, so here's a list of games I've completed over the past 5 months followed by what I'll be playing this weekend:   

November 2010 - March 2011 Completion

Here's a list of games I completed since my last blog post, in order of completion.

1. Call of Duty: Black Ops

Purchased for 360. Beat on Hardened.

2. Pac-Man Championship Edition DX

Purchased on XBLA.

3. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Purchased for 360.

4. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

Purchased for 360. Beat both racer and cop campaigns.

5. After Burner Climax

Purchased for XBLA.

6. Castle Crashers

Purchased for XBLA.

7. Doritos Crash Course

Free on XBLA.

8. Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus

Purchased The Sly Collection for PS3.

9. Sam & Max Episode 3: The Mole, the Mob, and the Meatball

Purchased on Steam.

10. Game Dev Story

Purchased on Android Marketplace

11. Mario Kart Wii

Gifted for Wii.

12. NBA Jam

Gifted for 360. Finished the Remix Tour.

13. F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin

Free pass on OnLive.

14. Sam & Max Episode 4: Abe Lincoln Must Die!

Purchased on Steam.

15. Super Street Fighter IV

Purchased for 360. Beat on "Hardest" difficulty.

16. Dragon Age: Origins

Purchased for 360 (Ultimate Edition).

17. Elite Beat Agents

Purchased for DS.

18. Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening

Purchased for 360 (Ultimate Edition).

19. Picross 3D

Purchased for DS.

 
 

This Weekend in Gaming:

 
  • Dragon Age II (360):  So I found out that when I have a huge backlog (pile of shame) of games to play, I'm a huge fan of streamlined RPGs.  I'm really enjoying Dragon Age II, and I'm fine with the fact that it won't take 90 hours to complete like Dragon Age: Origins did.  The less time I have to spend in menus, the more I get to enjoy the actual game.  Dragon Age II seems to handle armor for my companions, so I can focus on my character and get back to the action faster.  Speaking of action, the flow of combat is sped up (mileage may vary, I'm playing as a rogue) and the game feels much more action-oriented, rather than queueing up attacks like an MMO.  I'm planing on delving into the depths of the Deep Roads this weekend.
  • NHL 11 (360):  The AI doesn't seem as smart as previous versions.  The opponent skaters seem to have strange pathing on some plays, and the game overall seems easier.  Maybe I'm just playing more of it than any other previous version.  I'm scoring 1.06 goals per game with my Be A Pro created skater, which may not seem high for some of you, but is high for me.  I'll mostly be playing the Be A Pro mode this weekend.  I've tried my hand at Online Shootout and gotten my ass handed to me a few times, but I'll certainly be coming back to it.
  • Battlefield Bad Company 2: Vietnam (360):  I've been playing a lot of BFBC2V over the past 2 months and I'm loving it.  While simply enjoying the objective-based Rush mode, I've been slowly plugging away at getting gold medals (100 kills) for all of the Vietnam weapons and I finally completed it last night!  Four of the five maps are a blast to play on, but Vantage Point feels very unbalanced.  Being able to shoot down the Vietnam-era helicopters with any weapon introduces a balance that was much needed to the multiplayer component of BFBC2.  Ace operators are no longer absolutely dominating the skies.  The Huey can certainly dish out some damage, but a few clips of ammo from any weapon can take it down, including pistols.  I'm currently Rank 25 online.  Hit me up if you see me on this weekend: JMoney156.

I might also jump into Fight Night Champions, but we'll see.  I feel like I should squeeze in some time on something that isn't made by EA!
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#9  Edited By MGSolid86

Commander Kahn during the Material Girl intro cracks me up every time.

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#10  Edited By MGSolid86
@KaosAngel:   Meant to say B-spec, sorry