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Cheap Thrills and Triple Kills

Posted in Gaming on January 9, 2009 by mfabre

This Christmas was pretty fine as gaming goes. I had a lot of time on my hands so this let me experiment with my modest repertoire of game I haven’t played for awhile. I TRIED playing KOTOR again (knights of the old republic) with a lot of trouble since I am not one to play a storyline again, even if their are multiple alignment option. I was able to beet Saints Row 2’s storyline with only 60% completion of the game.This must mean a ton of activities that I have yet to do. I also got Rockband 2 and had tons of fun jamming with my friends on guitar, drums, bass, and the all-holy mic. Near the end, I decided to get a new video card for my computer and I was enticed to buy a 9800 GT Geforce card (much more than I actually needed). For a pretty cheap $15, I was able to buy The Witcher, which was a fantastic game, from Electronic Boutique. so far this game has been a joy but a huge time consumer. I could literally spend 2 hours just walking around and doing nothing. The only problems I would bring up with this game is that it can get a bit glitchy at times, excruciatingly long and frequent load screens, and the fact that everything happens at night which prompts me to either kill time until then or to pay for a room and sleep till that time. The alchemy takes a long time to get used to since it plays a major but slightly boring role in the game. The graphics are near stunning if you have a decent graphic card. Since this game came out in early 2007 I believe, it is a shame it didn’t get the publicity it deserved. Well, that’s pretty much it. Have fun kids!

Fable 2

Posted in Gaming on December 18, 2008 by mfabre

I want to begin with the statement “Fable was the only game that truly introduced me to the world of gaming”. I had to say that Fable was one of the great original xbox rpg games that stood with the likes of “Star Wars: KOTOR” and “Elder Scrolls”. The huge landscapes, excellent fighting, witty humour, and the immense customization made the first game one that I could never forget. Then, I saw the trailer for the sequel in early 2006. My jaw dropped the moment I saw it. I waited for two and a half painstaking years for the game, and when it came out, I couldn’t of been happier. I rushed out to get it and had the most fun in two and a half years….for about twenty hours. I was a fun game that was built just like the predecessor, except with a few things like land ownership which I ( and many other people) could care less about. The quests were fun and, staying true to the first game, incorporated a hilarious sense of humour. The clothes were numerous and fashionable. However, the side quests got a bit repetitive and and unimaginative. The only way to actually earn money in the game is to do a boring job such as pressing the x button at the right moment to pour a bear that earns you four gold. Quests don’t earn you money anymore, which is a huge downer. The introduction of co-op play is a huge step forward, and it is very well done. The only thing about this game that I would really drill is the incredibly short storyline. I had no joy to barrel through it in such a short time and *Spoiler Alert* The boss fight is the stupidest one I have ever played. But, this game left me a lasting impression which I will never forget. You must play this game if you are a fan of the first one or just like rpgs, but make sure you rent it or borrow it from a friend, since you will be done with it in less than a week. I would like to thank my good friend Gordon for co-oping me through some of the harder parts haha!

Saint’s Row 2 (a little bit late, I know)

Posted in Gaming on November 25, 2008 by mfabre

Very similair to the first one.

Very similair to the first one.

Hey everybody! I recently got Saint’s row 2 on the weekend and had fun playing it with my two friends Kevin and Justin ( shout out). If you have played the first saint’s Row and enjoyed it, this is nothing short of a must have.The game plays like its older brother to put it simply. The controls are familiar and the creators haven’t ruined it by some new, wacky, over the top concept. There have been some pretty fun additions to it like the cruise control function. Doing a drive-by in the first game took a bit of skill since you had to control your car’s acceleration, steering, and where you aim your gun. In the second one, you press a button to that keeps the acceleration at an even, controllable speed without you having to step on the gas. There are some new activities and options like the wicked gang customization (changes the style of your gang members). Quite a few weapons are introduced such as pepper spray, katanas, tasers, environmental weapons, and others. Unfortunately, the trailer promised shock paddles (which would lead to hours of hilarity) but the game replaced the idea with tasers (which in all fairness, isn’t a bad trade). The story line starts off 5 years after the end of Saints row 1, where your character wakes from a coma. There are three new gangs to take over, so the storyline is in every way a sequel to the first game. You struggle to rebuild the remnants of your former Saints gang in the hopes to find out who betrayed you. This game was tons of fun to play with, and even though it lacked the indepth storyline of GTA, it more than makes up for it in its funny gameplay.

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Fallout 3

Posted in Gaming on November 12, 2008 by mfabre
Example of V.A.T.S mode

Example of V.A.T.S mode

Hello everyone!

On the weekend I went over to a friends house with the promise of being able to try out Fallout 3 on his computer. For awhile I was pretty anxious to try out the game, even though I haven’t even heard of the previous games. Really, this game was very fun for me since I greatly enjoyed the revamped Oblivion game style. Like thousands of people before me have said this, it is essentially Oblivion with guns. Sure, there are a lot of new features such as the improved buying/selling method, the Pip-boy (which acts as your inventory, skill recorder, and overall status screen), and the V.A.T.S system which allows you to freeze the game in the middle of combat to target the different body parts of your enemies. To go further in depth with the V.A.T.S system, you would freeze the game at any moment when you fight. From there on, you can choose the different body parts to target which shows the percentage of your chance to hit and receive a critical. Once you choose which parts you would like to target (you have a limited amount of points which determines how many times you can do this), it goes to a slow motion cut scene where the camera follows the bullet into a mutant’ head or zooms in on you beating the crap out of a security guard with a baseball bat ( my personal favorite). The graphics in the game are stunning to say the very least. The American wasteland that is the environment goes on for miles, The characters are a huge improvement from Oblivion’s gender ambiguous npcs, the voice acting for the characters are very good ( I heard some familiar voices from Oblivion, and the colorful costumes and intimidating armor are near-endless. I couldn’t see anything wrong with this game except for the fact that it was a bit difficult at times for me to play in general (maybe because I’m more of a console gamer as opposed to a computer one). Even on easy mode I suffered at times since bullets are very hard to find for me. As a hardcore Oblivion gamer, this style of exploring the huge maps seemed long and boring since there wasn’t a mutated horse to ride in sight. Occasionally a heard of two-headed mutant cows would pass, which resulted in me putting on my brass knuckles to give them a proper beat down. Unfortunately, I was quite promptly owned. On a side note, I got motion sickness from watching my friend play and not when I played it myself……yes…..quite odd indeed. On a FINAL note, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to one of my best friends Leo, who coached me through beating security guards and children with a bloody baseball bat. THANKS REO! *Secret Azian Handshake*

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Game made my Bethesda

Rockinrolla Games

Posted in Gaming on November 4, 2008 by mfabre

Hey everybody, I just wanted to give some quick thoughts on the development of rhythm and music based games through the years. With huge names such as Rockband, Guitar Hero, and the new Rock Revolution, one can’t help but wonder where it all started and why they are becoming popular now. Well I can say that as a young child in a mostly Asian community, the flashy arcades were rife with games like these. Though I can’t remember the exact names of the games that made you play a guitar or drums at very high speeds( “Super-Happy-Awesome-Music Time” would be a good guess), I know they were extremely popular. Even older than those games were karaoke programs that rated your pitch and accuracy. Uhhhh… I guess Dance Dance Revolution would apply to this topic. I mean, it was a very popular game in terms of following a rhythm. Now onto the newer games! I have played the first rock Band, and I can’t say much more than its a great party game, but not something I would really play by myself. There’s nothing wrong with playing it solo at all, but to me, its innovation really shines when more than one person play it. Guitar Hero is the opposite to me where its a lot of fun by yourself or with a friend. The newcomer Rock Revolution had fairly mediocre reviews and from what I’ve seen of it, I don’t think many are going to go for it. Im curious as to what it has to offer that Rockband and guitar hero don’t have however. Well…..That’s pretty much it!

Gimme your thoughts!

P.S. I did not create any of these games, they belong to their respective creators.

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Ive seens so many Asian kids tottaly wale on this bad boy. Its Crazy fo reals...

I've seens so many Asian kids tottaly wale on this bad boy. Its Crazy fo reals...

Oh, herro prease!

Posted in Gaming on October 31, 2008 by mfabre

Hey everyone who is interested in my blog…..*cricket chirps*. I’m just doing this for a school project, but I figured I can still have a little fun with it. I am an avid gamer to put in bluntly. I love games. Why don’t you take a guess on what I’m going to be blogging about? I will be the first to admit that I am not a professional critic at any level. I am a teenage guy who likes games, has opinions, and also has a blog. From time to time I might just talk about my day or whats happening, but, most of the time it will be about my anticipations for new games, thoughts on current games, and look backs on old games if I feel nostalgic. I will never say a game is bad or good If I have never played it or haven’t done a considerable amount of research on it (I have a lot of free time). Another thing is, I will never say a game is a knock-off of another game unless it blatantly copies every single aspect of the game it intends to copy. People infuriate me when a new game hasn’t even come out yet, and people start accusing it to be a copy because the game is designed in the same genre as it predecessor. When both Saints Row 1 & 2 (Both made by Activision, I have to give credit to the companies of the games i mention) came out, hundreds of fanboys jumped on the opportunity to call it a knockoff of the Grand Theft Auto Series (Made by Rockstar). I hope that, whoever has enough free time to read this, we become good friends. Feel free comment on anything, just keep it appropriate,and by appropriate, I mean use your judgment. Bye!