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Top 10 Games of 2011

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Figured I'd throw together a list.

1. Dark Souls

2. Skyrim

3. Portal 2

4. The Witcher 2

5. Magicka

6. Battlefield 3

7. Infamous 2

8. Sonic Generation

9. Little Big Planet 2

10. Orcs Must Die

Note that I only own a PC and PS3 so any 360 or Wii exlusive did not have a chance to make it in. I also currently own Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Saints Row: The Third, Batman Arkham City, and Crysis 2 but have not played enough of any of them to consider them for my Top 10. Of course after I play them I'd assume my list would be changed but I am just letting you know hwy those games are absent from this list.

New Box

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Did an upgrade to my PC in the loom of Battlefield 3's release. Added a second HD6950 and got a next case (NZXT Phantom)

*Picture removed*

The whole picture won't fit in this blog but this is pretty much shows all that is new. The case is much more spacious than my NZXT Apollo

New PC

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So I finally made the jump into the glorious world of PC Gaming. After weeks of uncertainty and feelings of inadequacy I managed to order all of my parts and assemble them without any major problems. These are the specs that I currently am using

  • CPU:Intel Core i5 2500k Sandy Bridge
  • GPU: MSI HD 6950 Twin Frozr ll
  • Motherboard: Asus P8P67 LGA 1155
  • Memory: G Sill Ripjaw 8GB (2 x 4GB)
  • Cooling: Coolermaster V8
  • HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB
  • Power Supply: Corsair TX 750W
  • Case: NZXT Apollo
  • Monitor: Asus VW246H 24" LCD 1920x1080
  • Mouse: Logitech MX518
  • Keyboard: Thermaltake Tt Challenger (Red Backlit)
  • Sound: Logitech Z-506 5.1 Surround Sound

So far the games I have bought include:

  • Crysis
  • Just Cause 2
  • Fallout 3 GOTY
  • GTA4 Bundle
  • Metro 2033
  • Painkiller Redemption
  • Mass Effect 2

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I would also like to note that if you are considering PC Gaming, do it. I found it somewhat intimidatng at first since I have played consoles my whole life but it really is better. As far as assembly goes, there are TONS of great walkthroughs online which will tell you exactly hwo to do it. I am TERRIBLE at putting things together and I was able to do it pretty effortlessly.

Well that pretty much wraps this up. Hope you all are enjoying your summer so far 8)

-BPoole

Current Game Collection

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I felt like listing the games that I own currently, so here we go:

  1. Army of Two
  2. Assassin's Creed
  3. Assassin's Creed 2
  4. Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
  5. Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  6. Bayonetta
  7. Bioshock
  8. Borderlands
  9. Burnout Paradise
  10. Call of Duty 4
  11. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  12. Call of Duty: Black Ops
  13. Dead Space
  14. Dead Space 2 (CE)
  15. Demon's Souls
  16. Devil May Cry 4
  17. Enslaved: Odessey to the West
  18. Fallout 3 (CE)
  19. Fallout New Vegas (CE)
  20. God of War Collection
  21. God of War 3 (CE)
  22. Grand Theft Auto 4
  23. Gran Turismo 5 (CE)
  24. Heavy Rain
  25. Infamous
  26. Killzone 2
  27. Killzone 3
  28. Little Big Planet 2
  29. Lost Planet 2
  30. Mass Effect 2
  31. Medal of Honor
  32. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
  33. Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit
  34. Ninja Gaiden Sigma
  35. Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 (CE)
  36. Prince of Persia
  37. Red Dead Redemption
  38. Resident Evil 5
  39. Resistance Fall of Man
  40. Resistnace 2 (CE)
  41. Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection
  42. Tekken 6
  43. Uncharted: Drakes Fortune
  44. Uncharted 2: Among Theives
  45. Unreal Tournament 3
  46. Vanquish
  47. X Men Origins: Wolverine
  48. Warhawk

Am I missing any "Must Have" titles?

Vacation 8/15/10 - 8-24/10

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I'll be going to the beach from the dates mentioned above so I will be absent from GS and PSN.

Hope you all enjoy the rest of your summers! 8)

Fighting Tao

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If someone says, "Is this okay?", you say:

Fade To Black- Metallica

How would you describe yourself?

Bullet With Your Name On It- Scars of Life

What do you like in a girl?

Monsters- V Shape Mind

How do you feel today?

Lost- Avenged Sevenfold

What is your life purpose?

Shadow Zone- Static X

What is your motto?

Come As You Are- Nirvana

What do your friends think of you?

Enter Sandman- Metallica

What do you think of your parents?

Et Al- HURT

What do you think about very often?

Love The Way You Lie- Eminem

What is 2 + 2?

Du Hast- Rammstein

What do you think of your best friend?

Same Song and Dance- Eminem

What do you think of the person you like?

Down and Out- Tantric

What is your life story?

Pitiful- Sick Puppies ... (HA)

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Succubus- Five Finger Death Punch

What do you think of when you see the person you like?

I'm On Fire- Bruce Springsteen

What will you dance to at your wedding?

Beautiful- Eminem

What will they play at your funeral?

No Jesus Christ- Seether

What is your hobby/interest?

Still Counting- Volbeat

What is your biggest fear?

Cruel Melody- Black Light Burns

What is your biggest secret?

Like A Stone- Audioslave

What will you put as the title?

Fighting Tao- HURT

1. Put Your iTunes (or other music player) on Shuffle.

2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.

3. You must write down the name of the song no matter how silly it sounds!

4. Put any comments in brackets after the song name.

5. Tag at least 10 friends.

6. Anyone tagged has to do the same, because fun pointlessness spreads like a virus

WTF A Blog?

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Whats going on everyone?

It's currently about 3:00am and I'm pretty bored so I thought I'd give you all an update type thing to let you know what I've been up to. I've been pretty busy with the traditional school/work combo but luckily I only have about a month left.

This is my 4th semester in college and it's been going pretty well. I'm taking a variety of ****s including Marketing, US History (1865-Present Day), Speech (like giving a speech, I can already speak properly lol), and of course English

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Well enough about school since that's boring so let's get to the gaming business. I have played a bunch of games since '10 started so I guess i'll talk about those. So far I've bought:

  • Heavy Rain
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • God of War 3
  • Assassin's Creed 2
  • Megaman 10
  • Megaman X5 (PS1)

I'm going to do a quick review pros/cons ****of each game and try to keep them as spoiler free as possible

Heavy Rain

Pros:

Unique - Interesting Story - Does a great job of making you actually care what happens to your characters- Suspenseful- Great graphics (especially facial animations) - Great character development

Cons:

The voice acting is a little off and some of the voice actors are French guys trying to speak with an American accent so some words sound odd - Some screen tearing issues - Minor plot holes - Slow start

Overall, I really, really enjoyed this game. It was unlike anything I have played before and it was really refreshing from shooting and killing things non-stop (although killing things is always fun). I have to keep this kind of brief due to spoilers, but if you're looking for a unique experience and a game that will really grasp your emotions, than Heavy Rain will certainly deliver.

Should you buy it? YES

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (MP Only, even though I have beat the campaign)

Pros:

Better than Modern Warfare 2 (FACT) - Balanced multiplayer - Lots of customizations (Guns, attachments, equipment/gadgets) - Vehicles are effective but far from overpowered - Nice variation of maps - Dedicated servers so lag is very minimal - Excellent visuals

Cons:

Only can speak to your 3 other squad mates, makes it tough when you need to tell someone in your squad to do something - Only 3 game modes (Conquest, Rush, and Squad TDM)

Bad Company 2 is definitely worth a purchase. If you're a fan of FPS and are sick of being noob tubed and commando knifed on MW2, than I strongly suggest picking this up. One thing to consider though is the game to TONS better if you're playing in a squad with friends versus playing by yourself or with randoms. I suggest having some friends get the game as well to enhance your experience with it.

God of War 3

Pros:

The game is ****ing amazing

Cons:

The trilogy has come to an end

My ONLY complaint with the game was the lack of unlockables. Pretty much all of the skins are from pre-order bonuses. I like the different tasks you had to do in GoW1 and 2 in order to have all the skins.

Other than that, any self respecting PS3 owner should have this game in their collection. If you like action games, hell, even if you don't, buy this game. It delivers on every aspect as far as gameplay, story, graphics, music, EVERYTHING. If you're reading this right now and the game is not in your possession, stop reading right now and go buy it. Seriously

Assassin's Creed 2

Pros:

Excels upon everything from AC1 - Great variation in missions - Lots of weapons that are fun to use - Good length (took me about 18 hours to beat the game) - Great depiction of the Renaissance Era - Ezio is a Renaissance version of Nathan Drake - Lots of side missions, things to collect and explore once you've beaten the game

Cons:

Heavy screening tearing - Graphical glitches (some textures to buildings or the ground never pop in)

This game was actually recommended to me from you all from my last blog. I actually got if off Amazon for $15 (they had it for $35 and I had $20 towards any game). I really enjoyed the game a lot and would like to thank all of you for recommending it to me. I think it's actually down to $30 on Amazon now so if you haven't bought it I strongly suggest you get it. I'm really anticipating the third installment of the game as well. I also got the Platinum for it right before I wrote this :)

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Alright so there are some quick reviews for those games in case any of you were on the fence about buying any of them. Hopefully they weren't too terrible since I have very little experience reviewing games. Anyway, thanks for reading and hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Random Song HURT: House of Cards




Gaming Suggestions

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Alright so this will be a short blog just because I need a quick suggestion.

I'm looking to buy a new game but I'm torn between Bayonetta, Assassin's Creed 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Bioshock 2, and Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time. I'm only looking to buy 1 of them at the time (although in time I will probably get them all eventually. Also note that Assassin's Creed 2 is only $40 on Amazon.

Anyway, hope you guys can help me make a decision. Sorry for the cliche blog.

-BPoole

Another Broken PS3

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With just over a year since my last one (previous PS3 broke November 8th, 2008 ), my PS3 has decided to fail on me again. The one I was using was a refurbished 60GB BC that Sony had sent me since my last one was not fixable. I figured that it wouldn't last very long, and I was right.

Yesterday I was playing Borderlands and while I was playing the system just shut itself off. I turned it back on and everything was fine for the rest of the night. Today I turned it on and played for about 15 minutes and then it died for good. This is exactly what happened the last time: power supply failure.

I'm pretty annoyed because I was really enjoying Borderlands, and I think I was getting close to the end of the game. I'll most likely have to redo all of it. I'm hoping that my saved data will still be there when I get my system back.

In the meantime, I already went and bought a new PS3 Slim to fill the void. It may sound dumb for buying for owning 2 PS3's but one of them is a potential gift. If I get my broken PS3 back and all my saved data is there, the Slim will be my brother's Christmas gift. If it's not there, I keep the Slim and he gets the one sent from Sony.

Well that's about it for now. I'll be picking up my copy of the God of War Collection to be playing all weekend. Can't wait to play through those again. I still have Demon's Souls to play through as well as Tekken 6. Borderlands will have to wait since it's trapped in my PS3...

-BPoole

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