Archive for November, 2009

Let’s be honest, I am not the expert of Black Friday shopping and deals – and there are TONS of deals available right now –

Check out www.techbargains.com for your full source of games/accessories/hardware –

But one that struck be is Borderlands for $20 – now that the PC version is fixed, great price on this very fun (especially with other people) game. I think Gamestop is offering it for the same price as well.

I promise I’ll have actual content in the next day or two 😉



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At long last, the final Star Wars: The Old Republic classes have been fished out, and they look to be a Mage-like and Healer-like class.

Good info here:

Also, for those not aware, Steam is offering Plants Vs. Zombies for $5 limited time. Worth a looksee.



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Pretty amazing deal through Dell Home – this awesome team based zombie shooter $20 off so close after release.

This is cheaper than the Steam 4 pack offer as well.

Click HERE for the deal. (Not sure how long it will last, so forgive me if it’s out of date if you wait 😉 )



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After suffering through a lack of good co-op titles this past summer, my gaming cohort Brian and I are suddenly overloaded with games to play. Some brief thoughts and a recap:

NBA Unrivaled: (http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/n/nbaunrivaled/)

It’s never a good sign when a game is released, and by afternoon, Metacritic still shows 0 reviews. No one said a peep on the 1UP user blogs, and there were 200 user reviews on Xbox Live itself, giving the game 2 out of 5 stars. Despite this, we gave the trial a download. Touted as a 5 on 5 NBA Jam, Unrivaled offered some quick get in/get out sports action that tends to be missing from more modern full licensed sports games. I think there IS a market here and this is a good idea, but all in all, Unrivaled is a missed opportunity. The 5 on 5 action is decent, though the controls feel a big sluggish and everyone seems to be moving at half speed until you press turbo. The repetitive “ACTION ZOOMS” could have used a bit of touching up, and the lack of any fun announcer voice yelling “IS IT THE SHOES?!?” would have been appreciated as well. Priced at $15, we just can’t justify a full purchase – It feels like a $5 game, though I do hope they learn from this one, touch it up, and come back with a sequel, because the idea and foundation for a good fun game are there.


It looks better in freeze frame.

South Park Tower Defense: (http://xboxlive.ign.com/articles/103/1031444p1.html)

Co-Op gaming is a huge part of what makes my purchasing decisions, and it’s a huge part of why I game to begin with. Sure, I love a good one player game, but almost all of my best gaming memories involve other people with a controller by my side or a computer nearby. Finding good Co-Op titles is hard enough, finding great ones is an incredible challenge. SPTD would be a fine single player game, though probably a bit too hectic and frustrating for some – But add 1-3 buddies, and if anyone is remotely a South Park fan, they will enjoy this game. It’s funny, paced well, chock full of South Park goodies, and get this, it’s a good game. I know Tower Defense isn’t for everyone, but if your goal in gaming is to have a good time and play with some friends, this is a fantastic bargain title. The end boss surprise was amazing as well, and now the phrase “PERFECT WAAAAAVE!” has entered into our daily gaming vernacular.



Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2: (http://www.1up.com/do/reviewPage?cId=3176856)

Brian is a way bigger FPS fan than I am. I like to do my FPSing on the PC when I can, I prefer mouse and keyboard control – But he loves ’em on his 360, so we play all the Halos, the GoWs, the CoDs, the Rainbow Sixes. Modern Warfare 2 doesn’t offer local campaign co-op, but it does offer “Spec Ops” which is a pretty awesome idea – Bite sized COD missions with tough but attainable challenges that can be done in a reasonable amount of time and offer great replayability. If you’ve played a recent CoD or MW1, you aren’t going to be shocked with newness, but this is a good looking, easy to play fun title that definitely offers some Co-Op goodness. There seemed to be at least 20 of these Spec Ops missions, and we only dipped our feet into the water, doing about 6 of them and at only the first level of difficulty, but we had a blast doing it.


Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2: (http://l4d.com/)

Left 4 Dead 2 is coming out in about a week, and I definitely have given the demo a couple runs. I love the new physics engine, the new enemies, and the new guns, I am pretty excited to see the full title. I think the game looks and feels “right” and if the demo is any indication, this is going to be a smash. Similarly, I never felt I got all I could out of my L4D, so I’ve spent a majority of my homing gaming time playing IT, and I finally got to try the VERSUS mode, which is a ton of fun!! 4 players play the survivors, the other 4 player various spawning zombie specials, and you go at it. The long respawn time for the zombies may turn off some, but if you are hanging out with buddies and chatting via voice chat – strategizing, playing, and making fun of eachother, you’re going to have a good time with it. I am looking forward to getting more versus mode in with L4D2. But if you’re into shooters and or Zombies, and are looking for something a little different, it’s hard not to get behind this little franchise that could.


Borderlands: Unfortunately, we haven’t gotten to play much more Borderlands, but I expect we’ll get a couple long sessions in in the next couple of weeks. I’ll update you more on that when we do, though 1UP.com reported that a Borderlands sequel is a “No Brainer”. Let’s hope they work out the kinks next time around.

World of Warcraft: I have sadly decided to finally inactivate my WoW account which had been draining my bank account slowly for the last 7-8 months. Maybe I’ll come back to it someday, but I doubt it. I don’t like a lot of the changes they’ve made, most of my friends have moved on, and at the end of the day, it’s a game that’s showing its age with repetitive gameplay. Still tough to say goodbye after being there since launch.

Super Mario Deluxe/Heroes of Might and Magic II: Oh yea, on my DS (which will get a work out this weekend) I’ve been obsessed with Super Mario Bros. Deluxe, which is still awesome – And on my Retro PC – I’ve been rocking some Heroes of Might and Magic II. The game still has too much of a “going fine until you’re screwed” curve, but it’s still addicting and a lot of fun even today.

The IT Crowd: For those with Netflix access, I strongly urge you to check out a British sitcom called “The IT Crowd” we catch a couple episodes on Instant Queue every gaming session, and the nerd set will love it. The show is hilarious, and the female lead is quite a babe.


Not the best shot of her, but she's a babe.

I also plan to have my booty on the couch for The Prisoner premier this Sunday night. Early words on it are encouraging.


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