Monday, November 29, 2010

Fable 3 Understone and Black Ops/Microsoft beef

I downloaded and completed the "Understone" DLC for Fable 3. It was nice having something new to do in there but it was short. I need more DLC. I need to do a second playthrough on evil. It was worth the 400 points though.

Treyarch and Microsoft:

Microsoft announced they would be bringing down the "ban hammer" on anyone in Black Ops that creates a Swastika for an emblem. This weekend alone, I came across 2 of them. Then I saw 2 KKK's, one KKK with a black man hanging from a tree and of course the various sex acts, penises, vaginas and forms of bestiality.

I think Treyarch gave too much credit to their fans. Treyarch, I hate to break it to you but at least half of your gaming base...are morons. Yes, I said it. They are the slime in the gene pool. You had a great idea with the customized emblems but you forgot how immature and stupid most of these people are.

My disappoint in the human race is this; these people probably spent a significant amount of time creating that back of a woman with a gaping vagina, anus and semen and I have to ask why? So much creativity and that is what you come up with?

Yes they have the "report emblem" option in game but does it really do anything? Some of these emblems are gross and so offensive the person making them should be put on an island away from society.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Black fun fun

So I have been wasting time on Black Ops messing with the Easter Eggs Treyarch put in it. I love hidden stuff like that.

So by now I am sure everyone knows you can get up from your torture chair at the Main Menu and walk around. Go to the computer and type in Zork to play a game I played way back when called Zork. Best text based game in memory.

Type in DOA to access a "zombie map" called Dead Ops Arcade. This one is way fun and you can play with 4 people just like zombies.

Type in 3ARC UNLOCK to open the 'Five' zombie map without completing the campaign. What's the fun in that though? 3ARC INTEL will unlock all the intel but you can't get the achievement if you do this.

Now even more in depth is the computer itself. It's Unix based and you can access e-mails, pictures and other documents once you figure out the logins and passwords for each person. There is a CIA and Dreamland servers. I think I found a Derriese server too but I haven't been able to figure out the login and passwords for it. It's really interesting and adds to the overall story.

I finished the campaign on Veteran, which wasn't easy but the stupid game said I didn't do SOG or The Defector on Veteran so I didn't get the achievements. Grrrr
Not sure how I could have switched difficulty mid-game but whatever. I will replay those evil levels.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

My love for Treyarch has been redeemed

Thank you to Treyarch for actually listening to the female gaming community and acknowledging us. They fixed the issue for the 2 avatar codes by giving all female gamers free codes. Wow, that is how you go above and beyond. It was unexpected. Honestly, I have a whole new respect for them.

Bungie is still on my list. They still owe me a Banshee code for a female avatar.

Call of Duty: Black Ops and more sexism

First, all of the Treyarch haters out there spewing about how Treyarch ruined the Call of Duty franchise with World at War...why are you playing Black Ops? Oh because you can't admit you're wrong and the game is EPIC! It is everything Modern Warfare 2 should have been but wasn't.

Yes, I love Black Ops like I love my husband. It is WONDERFUL. It's beautifully rendered and it almost looks like the game was rendered in realism mode. I don't know how to describe it other than that. The controls are solid and I love the fact I can buy what I want to play with rather than getting stuck with what the game give me. It makes the game personal, like it was developed for me.

The first thing I did was load an old zombie map. Yes, I bought the Hardened Edition. The graphics are cleaned up and my old buddies are back. I love Dempsey and the drunken Russian. Then I loaded the new map that is unlocked from the beginning. The map is huge. I mean huge. I never did find the electricity and was running around killing and opening doors. Awesome. I hear that more maps unlock as you play the campaign on different difficulties and you can unlock a presidents mode. Nothing like killing zombies as Nixon or Castro.

Online play is fun and not as frustrating. I like the things they put in place to attempt to prevent boosting like not tactical insertion in free-for-all mode. Way to go, stick it to the cheaters. I know I am bloody sick of them. Though claymores next to a tactical insertion was always fun. Yes I am the girl that did that to you over and over. Quit boosting.

I will say that one of my favorite new modes is Combat Training. FINALLY! A way to practice online play without going in and dying a lot in game. It's pretty sweet. You, and some friends if you have any, can load this up. Pick a map and a game mode. The game then loads "bots" for you to play with and against. It names the bots with names form your friends list. The AI isn't stupid either. They make you work for the kills. You earn rank, cash and unlocks just like regular game mode so you can try out different load outs before you go and earn the cash in regular mode. Then you know exactly what you want to buy without wasting money.

The veteran campaign is difficult so far but not so difficult, yet, that I want to chuck my controller through the screen but I am not skipping through it picking flowers like I did on Modern Warfare 2. I like a challenge and I was sorry Modern Warfare 2 had to be dumbed down for lazy gamers.

Okay so you get the idea, I like this game. I haven't tried Wager nor Bounty modes. I'll wait until I have some cash. Hey, guess what, it appears to have split screen too. When I was going into mulitplayer it had "turn on second controller for split screen" option. I guess I could have gotten away with one copy then but no I don't have to share the TV. Split screen turns off options like surveillance cameras and such.

Now for my sexism rant. When I couldn't use the avatar award from my Halo Reach controller, I was angry but chalked it up to a coding error. Well I take it all back, gaming is sexist. I had pre-ordered 2 Hardened Editions and when I picked them up I was given two code for the Black Ops Flight Suit. Great! One for me, one for hubby. I went to redeem code..."sorry this is for male avatars only. Give to a guy you know" message came up. Seriously! Again?! Okay I was mad. I paid just as much money as the guys and I had looked forward to this, part of the reason I flippin' pre-ordered. Then there was a code in the game for a Woods Suit. I went to redeem the code from MY copy of Black Ops and got the same message.

Microsoft, you need to get with the program. Girls play video games. Girls play hardcore video games. We are not sticking cutesy games like Kinectimals and Sims 3. We enjoy avatar crap too. We will dress them up like soldiers if it's from a favorite game. We are not in the kitchen making sandwiches. Geez.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

More Fable 3

I am loving this game. It's like brain candy. There are some glitches but overall, nicely done.

The story is a good departure too. They didn't just pick up the same villain and do another game. Whole new ballpark. The game play is solid and there is a nice variety of weapons. Upgrading means doing the requirements for that gun. No more finding gems.

Expressions? Well I am not in love with the new system. You no longer get to pick which expression you get to do under good or evil. You get what pops up and whether or not you do it, is up to you. This made opening a Demon Door a pain.

There is a mission where you have to find flowers and a mission you have to find books. I have heard grumblings about not being able to complete the flower one unless you are evil due to some sort of programming glitch and that a certain book you need is missing entirely. I haven't run into it yet myself so I'll have to see if it's them or the game.

Getting all the Legendary Weapons is going to be a challenge too. I have collected or have access to all but 12. No one has been trading or willing to sell them so, not sure what I am going to do to get them all.