Category Archives: Videogames

Sick new FIFA 10 Commercial

I don’t usually post random videos, but you just need to watch this. It’s awesome. (Watch it in HD)

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Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Edition Xbox 360!!!!!

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Thats right. Check this baby out. $399 USD will get you this nicely done up xbox (I prefer the Halo 3 one), with a 250 gb hard drive,  two controllers AND THE GAME. Considering a normal Xbox 360 Elite, with a 120 gb hard drive and one controller will run you $299 USD, plus an extra controller ($49.99), another 120gb hard drive ($149.99) and the game ($59.99)….the Modern Warfare 2 bundle seems like a pretty crazy deal…you basically get $560 bucks worth of stuff for $399, and you get a limited edition xbox.

Downsides. (If you’re really diehard), the bundle comes with the standard game…not the collectors edition, and not the prestige edition..so sorry, no night vision goggles. Also, the controllers will just be standard controllers…(wireless, not wired)…there will be no modern warfare 2 trimmin’s or special colours on the controllers. (My favourite part about my Halo 3 edition Xbox was the army green controller).

Ok. I need to stop blogging now. I’m starting to feel maniacal. Overdose of the Daily Dale today. Hope you guys enjoy. I’m going to bed.

Like the idea of hitting zombies with things? Read on…

For anyone who has played Left 4 Dead, I can safely assume you are quite aware that this is a game that doesn’t take itself too seriously. For those that haven’t played it, I should explain. Left 4 Dead was a game released last year by Valve, in which you are part of a 4 man squadron of randoms (An old war veteran type with a beard, a black version of Shaun of the Dead, a hardcore biker looking dude and a random girl), who are the last human beings in a world overrun by zombies. You basically have to fight your way through “scenes”, in which literally hundreds of zombies try to own you, and you are given random guns and explosives to take them out. You have to work as a team (so this game is not conducive to single player play, although it does offer it), and killing the zombies is gleefully violent. Appendages and heads go flying, especially when using the shotgun or the explosives. There is a zombie that vomits all over you, and his vomit attracts other zombies. There is another zombie with a ridiculously long tongue that can lasso you from hundreds of feet away and suck you in then rip you apart. Anyway, I digress.

This is actually a post about the upcoming sequel, appropriately titled Left 4 Dead 2. Valve released the first Left 4 Dead almost as an experiment, to see how customers would react to this simple but incredibly violent co-op zombie fest. Needless to say, it was one of the hottest games out last year for every single platform it was released on (PS3, 360 and PC). So Valve took into account what people loved and didnt love about the first game, and incorporated it into the sequel. Now, amputating zombies is even MORE graphic, and we can expect to see bones and ribs and pieces of skull when we unload on one of the undead. But the most exciting new addition, in my opinion, is the plethora of melee weapons. The idea of beating the living (or unliving) shit out of a zombie with a random household object sounds just great. Now Valve has released the list of melee weapons we can expect in L4D2. And the list of melee weapons is longer than the list of guns in the first one. Amazing.

  • Baseball Bat
  • Cricket Bat
  • Crowbar
  • Electric Guitar
  • Fire Axe
  • Frying Pan
  • Katana
  • Machete
  • Tonfa (police baton)
  • Chainsaw
If hitting an undead bastard in the face with an electric guitar or a frying pan isn’t appealing to you, then you need to take a look at your life, rethink your priorities and seriously contemplate expanding your philosophical horizons.

Motion Control vs. 3D…which will become the next generation of gaming? (hint: who cares)

There has been alot of news in recent months, ever since E3, from Microsoft about Project Natal. For those who dont know what that means, its the codename for Microsoft’s new motion controlling peripheral, due out sometime next year. When plugged into the current Xbox 360, it allows full control of gaming without the use of a traditional controller. Basically it looks like a whole lot of awesome. The motion of your body is replicated on the screen, and according to Microsoft, it is incredibly accurate, virtually (pardon the pun) 1:1. Take a look at the video below if you still cant wrap your head around the concept.

like I’m not already a game junky.
Now, there has been an insane amount of hype about Natal, and it has been touted as the next generation of gaming. This is reasonable, as it does look like an absolutely awesome time. I personally can’t wait until it comes out.
BUT.
Sony has been quietly working away at a 3 dimensional firmware update for the Playstation 3, which is ALSO due out sometime next year. It adds 3d playability to all current and upcoming games (obviously with a few exceptions I’d assume). They have demoed their 3d gaming with the media, and the response thus far has been astoundingly positive. It is supposed to be a truly amazing experience.
I’m excited. I mean, really really excited. I have been contemplating whether or not to finally buy a ps3, as I have always been a loyal xbox user, but this announcement (along with the recent price cut) has sealed the deal for me. I will most definately be buying myself a new PS3 Slim in the upcoming months. But, as with all good things in life, there is a catch. In order to utilize the 3d feature, you must have a TV that runs at 200hz (most run at 60hz), and it MUST run a 1080p resolution. So basically, you have to buy a new TV. Along with this rather expensive catch, you also have to wear 3d glasses at all times to enjoy the experience. Is this a deal breaker? no. I need an excuse to buy a new TV. Is it unrealistic? no. havent you been reading? i told you its coming out sometime next year, as a firmware update, for FREE. Is it going to turn me away from my xbox 360? no. The motion controller is just as appealing to me.
See this is why I said I was really really excited at the start of the above paragraph. Because the two videogame giants both have an incredibly contender for next gen gaming coming out sooner than later. You don’t have to choose one or the other, you can look forward to both! As my interest in the majority of current videogames I play dwindles within days (except for Halo 3), you can understand that something totally new and unique to the videogame world is a welcome refreshment. Even the Wii can be a fantastically refreshing alternative to convential gaming, IF you play the right games (see Wii Sports Resort). With Microsoft taking the concept to a whole ‘nother level, and Sony FINALLY bringing 3d to videogaming, 2010 will be an unbelievably exciting turn in the videogaming world. Bring it on.

Its that time of the year again….

thank god im modding my xbox.

For anyone who knows that they play more videogames than they should, you should relate to this. Every year, at about this time (start of sept.), there is a massive influx of games released for the holiday season. This is all good and fine unless you are a university student, such as myself, who has an even greater influx of assignments, essays and exams in the same period. Now, it would be much easier to resist these games if game developers didnt market the living hell out of their products all throughout summer, a time well known to dorks like me, as the dry season of video game releases. So while I sit there, bored with nothing to do on a warm (or cold, or any weather for that matter) summer day, I read about all these incredible games coming out soon. Naturally, I get excited and look forward to them, but the timing could not be worse. I am absolutely positive that I can blame me falling short of my full academic potential on this seasonal cycle of game releases. It is so much harder to do well in the fall semester with all these distractions than it is to do well in the spring semester, at which point i usually have incredibly resentful feelings towards videogames (I’ll explain that in a minute).

There is also another issue that can, at times, be even more frustrating. During this buildup to the holiday season, developers decided to go head to head with other developers by releasing their games on the exact same day. So each week, you see a sales vendetta between two equally desirable titles, both of which you absolutely feel you need to buy. As you can see in the picture above, I have compiled the must have games that I feel I ABSOLUTELY need in the upcoming months. At 60 bucks a pop, this gets very expensive, very fast. Anyway. the issue I have is that you get to a point where you get flustered with all the new titles you’ve just bought, and you dont even know what to play, and for how long. In then end, none of the games get the attention they need to maximize full fun potential, and 95% of them, due to this reason, are a letdown.
So to wrap things up, not only does this holiday season negatively affect your academic performance, it also assaults your wallet, floods the senses to the point of turning your brain into a mushy clusterf**k, and leaves you feeling disappointed with and resentful of the game developers and their evil plans to takeover christmas.
So have I learnt my lesson throughout the last few holiday seasons? As can be seen in the picture above, I have not. I am still going to be sucked in, like millions of other poor souls, but at least this year, im preparing ahead to take the strain off my wallet by modding my xbox. Don’t tell Bill.