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The Call of Duty in me has been dying for many years now, however I’m still looking forward to Black Ops 3. Gaming in general has died down a lot, though with all the new exciting releases coming up over the next bunch of months that should see a slight change.

I don’t have many expectations for it, but I do at least hope it’s a lot better and more fun than Advanced Warfare (not that it was horrible). There a lot of other games I look forward to play a lot more than this title though, especially The Division.

Let me start off by saying that I do enjoy and like the game already. It is much, much better than Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis. But I will start off by saying a short message to Codemasters. Why in the world would you not allow us to utilize ALL of the advanced options when starting a co-operative game? Seriously, the wait time if you happen to die from BULLSHIT while in the game is absolutely ridiculous. To top that off, if all of you die in co-op, you have to start the entire mission again.

Seriously Codemasters, what were you thinking? Why the hell even advertise that checkpoints have been reached if in co-op it does not count? Lazy coding to you “codemasters”? Ugh. I could totally deal with spawning right away with no checkpoints or vice-versa checkpoints with spawn wait time.

Anyways, I will move on to the actual game. These maps are huge. Now I do not exactly remember Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis size maps but I do remember they were fairly large but these maps are HUGE. With the lack of vehicles too, you find yourself walking/running a lot. Forget even crawling in the grass at any point, it will not even matter to your enemy A.I.

What about your team A.I.? Not the greatest. Sometimes they are smart, sometimes not. Half the time I find myself wondering where the hell did my teammates go? So if you are going to buy this game, make sure you have someone to play co-op with. Remember you can play up to 4 players co-op. Thank god, cause some people will need that.

You can command your teammates to do various commands from having them flank left to having the move fast or suppress fire. Now do they always do this? I found it works pretty well but since each mission is at least an hour long, if you do NOT die (especially in co-op) then you may find yourself using this less and less so you can move on since each level is not only huge but there are fairly small simple missions.

Now I have been playing on Normal so far which is the “easiest” and even then, do not think it is that easy. You can not run and gun in this game, it is pretty realistic but you will die in a few shots, depending where you get hit. You can heal yourself or get healed. Driving controls in this game are absolutely terrible. I have yet to get to any flying missions so I hope to god it is not as bad as driving vehicles.

Well that is about all I will continue to say, I have said enough. This game is not a terrible game, but it may just be that rental for you rather than purchasing it. Unless you are picking it up for maybe $15 and have interests in it. It could of been much better, especially if they were to make use of stealth, no point in having a knife you can’t use 99.9% of the time.

It has now been a little bit over a day since I have bought Mercenaries 2 and played quite a bit out of it already. Now to let you all know, I am a huge Mercenaries fan from the previous 1 title they had of it. So I have been looking forward to this game for quite a while now.

It is a great game in my opinion. Now I won’t say it beats GTA: IV on everything GTA had but it does a pretty good job at it. I actually think Saints Row 2 actually will be the new “GTA” that we missed out on and probably will continue to miss.

If you have played Mercenaries before, you will love this one. The game is also very similar to Just Cause if you have played that.

Now this game in my opinion has many bugs many bugs that need to shorted out and fixed. You can even head over to the Pandemic Forums and see lots of bug discussions going on there. I highly doubt we will see most of them fixed though, a lot of the major ones though I am sure will be fixed. A lot of times these days developers don’t seem to go back and patch their game. Especially since most games are patched only once. Though I can see it being understandable as to why many developers don’t go back and patch their games, it is also not acceptable for the price we pay and especially if there is ever DLC for that game.

What bugs am I talking about? Well there are many to list, mostly small ones I have noticed over playing the game. To list a few, some are like driving your boat through objects that should not be able to driven, which is not necessary a big deal but things that should not happen. Another is just random enemies either being killed and floating or already floating and shooting at you. My brother and I have experienced some pretty hilarious stuff. When creating a route to a location, it tells you to drive on the incoming traffic side. This could be confusing to new comers when driving over a bridge lets say and then turning around thinking they are going the wrong way when they are not. Other times when creating routes it just does not do it or gives you a really long route instead of a short one.

More bugs are just stuff is just stuff like not getting into a boat vehicle when you press the (Y) button or it taking a while. Or when you get in some of the bigger boats that are docked, they can’t go in reverse because the water is to sallow? Seriously? I have not experienced any freeze issues though as some people have been reporting across system wide neither have the friends I have played with.

Though not a bug, the draw distance REALLY needs to be upped a little. I think it is absolutely terrible. A few times already I have found myself going at high speeds and then all of a sudden a damn road block appears and we or I crash into it. Also, I would love if they fix the moron drivers doing u-turns in the middle of the street for really no apparent reason? They would be cool too. By this I don’t mean the ones that are enemies, I am talking about those who are friendly and just do a u-turn as you are almost about to pass them and may or may not crash into them while they do so.

The load times need to be improved, if they can be. I am pretty sure they can be it has been done to other games such as GTA: IV if I remember correctly. The load times for single player seem to be okay, maybe I just have not played enough single player to see. I don’t think the problem is there. But when playing co-op you can really notice it, especially since sometimes you are constantly loading. It just seems load times are bad more so for your buddy playing co-op with you.

For example, you and your buddy arrive at your HQ, enter (loading), then either go do a challenge (more loading and waiting) then finish it (they are usually short) then once you’re done say you want to go out and do a mission/take over an outpost/whatever else. You then have to load to get to that point if you take a helicopter, so more loading there since you do not always feel like driving across the map. That was just a long, example of what seems like constant loading (which is fine) but when load times take forever, it’s not.

That being said, this game is still great. It is definitely worth buying in my opinion. The bugs are not that big a deal but are noticeable sometimes. Pandemic Studios is most likely already working on a patch for some of the issues. You are going to be able to play the game without any serious problems most likely. If you experience any co-op problems most the time a simple restart or reconnect can fix that problem. The co-op for it makes it even better.

I give the game an 8 out of 10. That is only because so far the story seems pretty short, kind of lame and not well done. Which is not the biggest deal but they could of done more of it and better I think. Also what the characters say is repetitive and always the same. They could of at least recorded a few different lines to say each time you meet up with your friends, contacts and whatever else and then randomized it when you meet with them. What I talked about earlier with load times factor in a little too with my score.

Finally had a chance to play Iron Man The Game for Xbox 360 (long wait at GameFly). It’s not as good as I wanted it to be or could of been but it’s not an absolute terrible game. I did find it better than other games that have been made from a movie though. If saying that is worth anything. Achievements are very easy in this game. You can easily get around an 850 GS increase in 4-6 hours.

The story does not really follow much of the movie. Which is a good thing because it would then be a quite boring game and I could never even justify buying it for $60 if that were the case even though I rented it. I really cannot justify paying $60 for this game either though at its current state. It starts you off pretty much the same (slightly different) from the first time you see Iron Man in the movie in the caves. There a few villains in this game that you fight but for the most part, you are destroying tanks to your weapons that are in the wrong hands to missile silos and so forth.

The game is pretty short too. Can easily be beat in a few hours and returned next day if you wanted too. I skipped all the cut scenes too, just did not interest me what so ever especially already knowing pretty much what they are going to say because of the movie and anything else I could really careless for because this game doesn’t really draw you into loving it, caring or anything.

Weapons in this game are alright. You are going to use Iron Man’s repulsors most the entire game. Though he does have alternative weapons such as firing missiles or grenades I did not enjoy them too much and the “reload” times for them were just enough to forget about them most the time because of constantly firing my repulsors. Though they do help in blowing up tanks, helicopters and whatever else necessary to destroy though. So they do come in handy.

You are in the air 99% of the time so you never do come melee in this game as you are able too (excluding the first level). You don’t need to be in the air 99% of the time though, so it is not forced on you but not sure why you would not want to be though because I find the melee system absolutely terrible. It’s useless.

The game has its flaws though, there were times where the games just seems a bit buggy. It took me a while to get use to the flying. I could not find proper flying invert controls? When I changed what I found, it just messed me up further and on the ground so I just kept them how they were and just did my best to what I was sort of getting use too. Like I said, it took me a while but not too long. Just long enough to get frustrated to what I am use to with all other games.

There are other small things as well that I cannot remember or whatever and you will see if you decide to play the game. None of these make the game in playable though. Just annoyances I guess?

Graphics were absolutely terrible for pretty much everything. It’s not the worst I have seen but for games we see today, they were terrible.

I really enjoyed the ability to change up your suit and upgrade certain abilities from how powerful your weapons are and armor to how mobile you are as well. They balance it out though so you are not really going to be super powerful and run through the game on Formidable difficulty. You can even use different older suits such as Hulk armor or other early designs or colors of the Iron Man if you know its history. So that might be cool to you, I thought it was cool to add but that was it.

Overall, decent game. Worth checking out as a rental. I would stay away from purchasing this game though. There is no replay value in this game so do not waste your money. I give it 2 stars and if I were to go any higher it would just be 2 1/2.

I finally had a chance to play LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga. My first LEGO game to play too. Wow, I was amazed by the game not too far into it and even more by the end of the game. I can not believe how awesome of a game this is. I am sure the same goes for the other LEGO games, I will be renting them as well soon.

Now I must admit I did not have many expectations for the game, did not even check any reviews on the game. I partially was going for achievements, yes, guilty. But I really wanted to finally check out the game. Even finished the game for 1000 GS too (annoying having playing the Bonus Super Stories for that 100% and not being able to skip scenes).

Just as the title of the game, the story does follow the complete Star Wars saga. I enjoyed the game even more by turning on Extras which in order to do that, you need to find certain power bricks for that particularly Extra that can be turned on which names are not shown so do a search on Google for the name and locations of those if you are interested. Extras are basically Cheats ranging from being able to use the Dark Side with Jedi’s to Health Regeneration and much more.

Throughout the game I found myself laughing at little things here and there. Not absolute hilarious things but just funny for the developers to have done. An example of this would be the LEGO characters faces and their reactions to whatever is going on at the moment. This might be funnier though and more obvious if you have watched all the Star Wars movies before and know what to expect.

I never found the game too difficult what so ever. There is no difficulty setting however there is a setting that you can turn off called Adaptive Difficulty in the pause menu. Turning this off will make the game quite easier and not adept on how good or bad you are doing to make the game harder or easier, etc. Plus, as I said earlier, turning on Extras aka Cheats will make this game even more easier if you some how enjoy that, find the game hard or whatever the reason may be.

If you were ever interested in checking out the LEGO games, I really recommend doing so already. Even if you were not interested, it is a good game to check out or something different to play depending on what you play. If you are a Star Wars fan, you should really check out the game.

I bought Metal Gear Solid 4 last Thursday night and ended up finishing it around 4AM (6AM if you count the hours of footage after the final boss) on Saturday morning. I just could not put it down and was drawn into it. Without checking the stats, I ended up with around 20 hours? of game time. Remember this includes watching the 8+ hours? of just movie footage. Hours of footage could totally be wrong as I just threw this out there, never counted or checked anywhere online.

Now I have never played the MGS series before, I have known about it and seen my brother play some levels here and there on some of the previous installments but just never got into it. I wasn’t much a PS/console gamer back than either.

If there was a possible score higher than a 10/10, this game would get it. I have never played such a game where not only am I drawn into the game but everything they did to make the game, gameplay or actual movie footage and so much more. I have just never experience what I have experienced in this game before. I’m no way comparing GTA4 to MGS4 but I do not think after playing this that GTA4 really deserves a 10/10 at all.

My brother keeps telling me to try some previous games of the series. I doubt I’ll do it, there are too many other games to play, those that I have not finished yet, have yet to play or have not come out yet. Plus, I love how MGS4 is, I doubt I’d dislike how the game is in the previous title or two but I’m not sure if I’d have a lot of fun (but I doubt it, I probably would still) because I love the little things that I don’t think previous installments have like how you can just buy weapons and customizations on the fly and everything else.

Anyways, In conclusion, this game exceeds 10/10 (if were possible). Now as any game out there, it has its flaws so it’s not absolutely perfect. But I still think it would deserve a score of 10/10 or higher if that were possible. Rarely do I ever find a game like this. Though I didn’t know the entire backstory behind MGS, only knew a little going into it. In the end I understood a lot, maybe not everything but I think you can definitely just jump in this game without playing previous. It helps you out, they could of done a LOT better with the story line, explaining it to you, cutting down the movies so they are not so long but it’s alright in the end. I also learned more by searching the net and/or using wikipedia.

I would not consider it awesome enough to resort to going out and buying a PS3 just to play this game unless you have other games you plan on playing on the PS3. Which are not many at all, still better off with an Xbox 360. Yet, this game is definitely worth having a look at if you do own a PS3. Yes, you may have to update your PS3’s firmware before you can play the game. You will have to install a few files before you can start playing the game (took like 8 minutes to start with) and then every so often, little installs of a few minutes or less will take place. I am not going to say it was fine and not annoying but it’s also was not a problem to me to walk away for a minute, you will probably not like being taken from the gameplay to watch movies that most of the time, last around 15 minutes or even longer as you get into the game. You will not want to skip them though unless your on your second or more play through. It’s still a good game to buy or at least, rent. Definitely beatable in most rental time periods if you have the time or get GameFly.

Here on my thoughts on the following GTA: IV article on ‘8 Things We Want to See in GTA‘.

    In-Car View. I was disappointed myself not to see this view when I first started playing this game. This can’t be that hard to have done. I wouldn’t play with this view 24/7 but sometimes I’d like too and mess around. They sort of already did this view when you are in the taxi.
    Fully Modeled Interiors for All Buildings. This is something I would like to see in the next GTA. I was not surprised at all not to see this in the current but it would of been nice to see a little bit more. Now, there are some buildings (mainly those shitty apartments around each city) that you can just go into and get to the top of the building but that’s mainly it. This is completely ignoring missions where this happens too.
    Multiple Cities. Not a big deal to me and totally understand if Rockstar would not be able to do it but I’d rather see other things added before this, personally.
    Destructible Environments. This is something they should of done at least a little in the current GTA. Now I understand that this would take a lot to be done and even if they only allowed it to certain buildings would of been fine because being able to destroy the taller buildings would just be wrong, especially it being based in NYC, it wouldn’t feel right being able to take down the taller buildings.
    More Realistic Crash Physics. Another that is not a big deal to me. I think what they’ve done so far in GTA: IV with car crashes is pretty good enough. Especially with showing the damage done to the part of vehicle on where it gets hit at and such.
    Robberies. I can’t believe they didn’t implement this yet. Especially after Saints Row did this, they still have yet to do it? There’s no way this is that hard to add, it just isn’t.
    More Moral Decisions and Consequences. They already started something good with this in current GTA: IV. I’m sure they’ve heard many many positive things on this already, if not, here’s another positive from me because I would like to see not only more of this but go even more in-depth.
    Co-op Play. I think I can speak for mostly everyone this is probably the most wanted feature of them all. Especially if they were to implement very well such as described in this article.

GTA: IV was released a week ago now. I’ve played it a lot this passed week. 77 hours, 11 hours and 51 seconds to be exact. I love this game, it’s a great game but I am upset at Rockstar for how much content they took out of the game among what was shown on trailers over the past year and how you can’t do most of what was shown.

I am just going to list them, not in any particular order. This is not a complete list as I’m not going to remember or think of everything that I have noticed. Also, I am NOT hating on GTA: IV, like I said, it’s a great game and I still love it. Though please Rockstar, give us DLC by August? :)

    * Weapons seem to have disappeared from this game. There are few to use but still great, M4 for the win. Silence Weapons? What happened?!?! Flame Thrower? Nightstick? Katana? Desert Eagle? Remote explosives? (Yes, you can get 1 for 1 time use till a few hours runs by from Packie but that’s not cool) Mini Gun? Heat Seeking Rocket Launcher? (It’s already pain to hit a helicopter with the RPG) The parachute? (Why?! You really need one with helicopter most the time)
    * Vehicle modifications and customizations.
    * I had around 1.3 million after having completed the story line and completing all of Stevie’s car missions. What am I suppose to do with it? Other than pay my hospital bills when I rarely die and buy cheap ammo from Jacob.
    * Mansions, Houses, etc. Why? Why take them out? I don’t understand. Let us purchase something! If you have not played the game yet or got to Playbox X, kill him, you get his suite.
    * Dealerships. I already know about the 3 dealerships in Algonquin and Alderney. Those you steal from, not buy. Turismo’s at Grotti in Algonquin a block from your safehouse on Albany Ave. NRG900’s in Northern Alderney on the corner of Lemhi St. and Sacramento Ave. Few different vehicles at AutoEroticar in Northern Alderney as was located at the corner of Kencekie Ave. and Lockowski Ave.
    * Fighting seems to have taken a hit in this game, thank god you only really fight in like 2 missions at the beginning.
    * I love the radio stations and the content on them but it doesn’t seem as if there’s a lot of different content on each station, it’s usually always play the same thing I listened to not too long ago. I expected not having to hear the same thing said 10 minutes ago on the same station?
    * While collecting the pigeons, nearly every damn time the cops come after you for firing your weapon, right? For when this happens, why do they know EXACTLY where you are (while you are on foot getting away) while not having seen you? Yes, I hate it. PLUS, why is the radar so damn large for just firing a weapon? Sigh. Each crime should determine how big the radar is, I don’t want to have to travel across town for something small town, like nicking a police car, which brings me too….
    * Seriously, everytime you BARELY nick a cop car, they still have to come after you? I can understand flying into one and what not but you barely hit one purely by accident, you now have to get away. Radar size? Psh, come on.
    * Not that we need money, seems the only real smart way to make money if needed after the story line is done is to collect the expensive best cars for Stevie. What happened to gambling? I wonder what happens (as to I never have found out) When you have $0 and you die, what happens to the bill?
    * The weapon aiming system I do love, it is so much better but why is it that everytime I go to aim at a cop in front of me, you either flip me around or move me to a cop or a civilian that is further away from that cop in front of me or someone behind a wall? :(
    * In trailers you showed us throwing people into trunks among other things, where did that go? Not cool.
    * When our weapon runs out of ammo, maybe I don’t want to throw it on the ground and have to spend $5,000 or more on it again. Stop.