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Gamespot: review Integrity

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First let me say that I Love Gamespot. I have been an active member since 2002 and I dedicate allot of time on here. With that said I have gone through the ups and downs of reviews also the inconsistencies within the scoring system. For example let's take the latest 2 games that are going head to head.

Battlefield 3 vs Modern Warfare 3

Let me say as of right now I have not played MW3 but will be getting it later today. BUT!!! I have had BF3 for 2 weeks now. Personally the Online is great and the single player campaign is horrible. But it scored 8.5 none the less but I am getting ahead of myself. Let's see what Gamespot has to say.

Battlefield 3:

The Good

  • Deep and varied multiplayer competition
  • Awesome array of vehicles
  • Many attractive environments
  • Rewards teamwork handsomely.

The Bad

  • Campaign is disappointing and dull
  • Only six cooperative missions
  • No way to practice jet flight outside of multiplayer.

Modern Warfare 3

The Good

  • Climactic campaign
  • Lots of varied and challenging Spec Ops action
  • Exciting and entertaining competitive multiplayer
  • Spec Ops profile spreads the satisfaction of leveling up.

The Bad

  • Multiplayer sticks closely to familiar formula.

So you see with Battlefield three it has its perks but it has some negatives like a horrible single player. Which I fully agree. So Gamespot decided to score the game just on Multiplayer so it seems which is confusing. They gave it an 8.5 which translates to "Great".

MW3 (which I haven't played yet) has no gripes, complaints or any issues from Gamespot except for being a familiar online which is still incredible (According to Gamespot). They say the Single player is fantastic and the multiplayer is fantastic and they scored the game as an 8.5.

How can this be? These games are basically going head to head and Gamespot does not have the nerve to score it properly which is confusing and questions their integrity as game reviewers. Why does it matter what GS thinks? Because they are one of the top sites for gaming if not THE top site. So in essence it matters what they put up.

This frustrates me. The first questions I came up with was "Is Gerstmann back". Then I could only conclude that there are a couple reviewers that are trying to play it safe and that's why the scores are even… Rise up Gamespot. Break free from being persuaded from the money that gaming companies are putting into your site and honestly review the games.

Gaming Industry Rant - COD: Elite

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Here is my Video game Rant. Probably my Fav series of all time is the Call of Duty Series. I have played every one of them and have been a faithful supporter. So when MW3 was announced I was so excited. I can't help but watch the video's and read the stories.

Now I am a Husband (14 years), a parent of 2 boys and I work full time and run my own Photography business http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/John-Paul-Photography/216823158338700 (Shameless Plug) pay my taxes and such. I have bills, like everyone else and since I am not rich or well off I live paycheck to paycheck. My only guilty pleasure is gaming which I have done since the early arcade days which I say for me was 30 plus years ago.

Gaming has become so expensive. Some games costs 69.99 plus 14% taxes. All because the GOVT wants their cut on any fun that I might have. Mind you the majority of the games cost 59.99 and that's what the COD games usually costs me. Now here is where I am getting at. If I am paying so much for a video game shouldn't I get all the perks that come with choosing their brand for free? Any new initiatives shouldn't I already get that since I have chosen them?

In comes Call of Duty: Elite. This is a service to coincide with the COD gaming experience. For an "Additional" 50.00$ I can get this service. Or I can pay 100.00$ for the MW3 Hardened and get Elite with it. And now the recent reports say that it's eventually going to be a Necessity. That's code word for soon to be Mandatory.

Why can't it be free? Look at this: As of November 27, 2009, Call Of Duty games had sold 55 million copies for $3 billion in revenue. Now let's look further. Within 24 hours of going on sale, COD: Black Ops sold more than 7 million copies, 5.6 million in the U.S. and 1.4 million in the UK, breaking the record set by its predecessor Modern Warfare 2 by some 2.5 million copies. After six weeks on release, Activision reported Black Ops had earned $1 billion in sales. That's just 6 weeks and the game has been out for almost a year.

Are you kidding me? So now they are saying that MW3 is going to break 1 Billion dollars on the first day. So I ask again why can't they give back to the fans and make Elite free. Why not, there will be a new COD game every year for the next 10 years or so. So that's at least 10 billion throughout the next 10 years.

So while my fav past time of playing video games gets more and more expensive and I will continue to pay 650.00 a month in Rent, 130.00 a month for utilities, 160.00 a month for phone & Internet, 110.00 a month for car insurance, 60.00 a month for Life Insurance. Don't forget about food, gas, misc spending of needs and other monies that I forget about right now.

New Skyrim Perks & Racial Abilities

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This just came out a few minutes ago and I had to post for those that care.


Racial Abilities - ORCS: Berserker
- REDGUARDS: Adrenaline Rush
- WOOD ELF: Resist poison, resist disease, command animals
- NORD: Battlecry
- KHAJIIT: Night-eye, claw attacks
- IMPERIAL: Voice of the Emperor, find more coins when looting
- HIGH ELF: Regenerate Magicka more quickly
- DARK ELF: Ancestor's Wrath (surround self in fire), resist fire
- BRETON: Dragonskin (absorb spells), resist shock
- ARGONIANS: Histskin (regenerate health quickly), resist disease, breathe underwater

Note on racial stats: each race starts off with different stats.
- Argonians start with 25 in Lockpicking, 20 in Pickpocketing, Sneak, etc...
- Orcs start with 25 in Heavy Armour, 20 in Enchanting, Smithing etc...


Perk Trees Speech - Buying and selling price 10% better (5 ranks)
- 10% price buying from opposite sex
- Invest in shops and increase available gold permanently in invested stores
- Master Trader - every merchant in world gains 1000 gold for bartering
- Buy and sell from any merchant regardless of what they normally buy and sell
- Intimidation attempts twice as successful
- Persuasion attempts more likely successful

Alchemy - Potions 20% stronger (5 ranks)
- Potions for restore health, magicka or stamina are 25% more powerful (maybe ranked)
- Poisons 25% more effective (maybe ranked)
- Poisons last for twice as many hits
- Two ingredients are gathered from plants
- 50% resistance to all poisons
- All negative effects removed from potions and all positive removed from poisons
- 2 effects of an ingredient are revealed when testing it for the first time (instead of just one)

Illusion - Dual casting overcharges effect for more powerful spell
- Cast Novice spells for 50% less magicka
- Cast Apprentice spells for 50% less magicka
- Cast Adept, Expert, Master etc spells for 50% less magicka (more levels this time around)
- Spells work on higher level animals
- Spells work on higher level people
- All spellcasting (from ANY school) is done silently
- Spells work on undead, daedra and automatons
- Fear spells work on higher level enemies

Conjuration - Novice for 50% magicka etc (up to Master)
- Dual casting overcharges -> greater spell effect
- Bound weapons do more damage
- Bound weapons cast Soul Trap on target
- Bound weapons banish certain creatures
- Reanimate undead with 100 more health
- Summon 2 Atronachs or reanimated zombies
- Summon Atronachs at twice the distance
- Summoned Atronachs twice as strong

Destruction - More damage for each school (fire, frost and shock) - ranked
- Novice for 50% magicka etc.
- Shock damage chance to disintegrate targets if their health is under 10%
- Frost damage chance to paralyse targets if health low
- Fire damage chance to make low health enemies flee
- Place runes 5x farther away


Restoration - Healing spells also restore stamina
- Novice for 50% less magicka etc
- Healing spells do 50% more healing
- Recharging healing spells
- More is recharged with each hit with healing spells (unclear)
- Spells more effective against undead
- Once a day chance to autocast 250HP restoration when health drops low
- Magicka regenerates 25% faster

Alteration - Novice for 50% less etc
- Alteration spells have greater duration (ranked)
- Absorb 30% magicka that hits you

Enchanting - Enchants are 20% stronger (ranked)
- Enchanted armour 25% stronger
- "Soul gems provide extra magicka for recharging" - again, dodgy recording but that's what I heard, even if it doesn't make much sense
- Death blows to creatures but not people trap souls for weapon recharge
- Health, magicka and stamina enchants stronger
- Extra effect on already-enchanted weapon can be applied
- Shock, Frost and Fire enchants 25% stronger (individual perks for each element)

Heavy Armour - Increase armour rating 20% (5 ranks)
- Unarmed attacks with heavy armour gauntlets - damage increased by gauntlets' armour rating
- Half fall damage if all in heavy armour
- Heavy armour weighs nothing and doesn't slow you at all
- Additional 25% armour if in matching set
- 25% armour bonus if all in heavy armour (not necessarily matching)
- 50% less stagger if all in heavy armour
- 10% damage reflected back to enemy if all in heavy armour

2-handed weapons - 2h weapons do 20% more damage (5 ranks)
- Attacks with warhammers ignore 25% armour (ranked)
- Attacks with battleaxes do extra bleeding damage (ranked)
- Attacks with greatswords do extra critical damage (ranked)
- Power attacks cost 25% less stamina
- Standing power attacks do 25% bonus damage, chance to decapitate
- Sprinting power attacks do double (critical) damage
- Sideways power attacks hit all targets
- Backwards power attacks have 25% chance of paralysis

Archery - Bows do 25% more damage
- Zoom in
- Zooming slows time
- 10% crit chance
- Move faster with drawn bow
- Recover twice as many arrows from dead bodies
- 50% chance of paralysing for few seconds
- Draw bow 30% faster

Sneak - 20% harder to detect (ranked)
- Sneak attacks do 6x damage with 1h weapons
- Sneak attacks with bows do 3x damage
- Sneak attacks with daggers do 15x damage (end perk on skill tree)
- Noise from armour reduced 50%
- No longer activate pressure plates
- Sprinting while sneaking performs silent forward roll
- Running does not affect detection chance
- Crouching can make hostile enemies lose sight of you and search for a target


Source: http://www.oxm.co.uk/34150/features/elder-scrolls-5-skyrim-perks-and-racial-abilities-revealed/?cid=OTC-RSS&attr=OXM-General-RSS

Christmas Anticipation

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So since its been forever since my last post I felt it was time to start it up again. Now that we are getting into the big game season I would like to share some of my anticipations.

NBA 2K12: I can't wait for this game. NBA 2K11 was amazing and it looks like they are going over the top this year around. October 4th this beauty comes out. My Fav player of all time is Earvin Magic Johnson and always will be. My second Fav is Shaquille O'Neil. I purposed to go to Boston this year to get his autograph but he retired before I could.

Batman: Arkham City: This is going to be incredible. I Loved Arkham Asylum. And I am 100% positive that this is going to be just as good if not allot better. Watching interviews and such they have dedicated all of their time to the story and they purposely left out multiplayer which makes me happy. Not every game needs Multiplayer. Personally I don't care about Catwoman or Robyn but I will use them any way. This Drops Oct 18, 2011.

Battlefield 3: I really like Bad Company 2. It was excellent. But after seeing all of the trailers and gameplay footage I think that this is going to be insane. I am a Call of Duty sort of guy but this could be a huge contender. This comes out Oct 25, 2011.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - This is my number one game for this year!!!! Skyrim is truly going to be EPIC. Oblivion is my second Fav game of all time (Which I spent over 120 hours beating it the first time) and I know this won't disappoint. I hear people complaining that Bathesda is not giving out much information about the game and I will say I love it like that. As Little info as possible is perfect! Release Date: Nov 11, 2011.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Release Date: Nov 8, 2011 – As stated above I am a fan of all of the Call of Duty games. I have played and beaten every single COD game. I can't get enough of these games. MW3 looks like it's going to be incredible and will definitely be a purchase this year.

There are a couple other games like Lego Harry Potter 2 and such but as you can see its going to be an expensive year. Oh well. Looks like I need a way to make some extra money.

It's a new year

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Since it has been almost 2 years since my last Blog I figured that I have some time to whip one up. I have been playing allot of games and it is looking like 2011 is going to be EPIC for gaming.


So what have I been playing?


Currently on a mention from a friend that it was an amazing game I have started Mass Effect. With only playing it twice it is an awesome game. Love the cimematics and the story so far is pretty cool.


I started playing Oblivion again. I love that game and since the announcement of Skyrim I am extremely happy. So here is what I have played in order since the first of 2010 until now:

Mass Effect - Just started it but it seems to be a cool game.
Oblivion - AMAZING One of my fav games of all time
Call of Duty Black Ops - A good game. I have a blast online
Force Unleashed II - SO AWESOME!! I don't care that it was short
FAMILY GAME NIGHT 3 - Allot of fun. Not as good as part 1
Kinect Adventures - Tired and sore after playing this fun game
Fight Night Round 4 - Solid Boxer
SplinterCell Conviction - Fun and Hard
DW: Strikeforce - Hated the Demo. Bought the game cheap. It's not too bad
NHL® 11 - Best Hockey yet
Madden NFL 10 - Impulse buy. Not bad.
Kinect Sports - A blast with people
Modern Warfare® 2 - Loved it. The spec ops were my Fav
NBA 2K11 - Best basketball game I have ever played!!
DYNASTY WARRIORS 6 - Love these games
Halo: Reach - Not bad. Really not a Halo fan
LEGO® Harry Potter™ - Love Lego games. I just need to find one more brick
Call of Duty: WaW - Amazing COD game!
Call of Duty 4 - One of the best shooters!
Scene It? BOS! - Fun Party game
Brothers in Arms: HH - Really liked this game.
NBA 2K10 - Good times. Very Glitchy
Fallout 3 - Very quick if you stick to teh story
Red Dead Redemption - This was great. Online Fun
Alan Wake - WOW creepy game but very good. Very Inovative
NHL® 09 - Solid Hockey game
Call of Duty 2 - Good for its time.
Scene It? LCA - Great Party game
Transformers: WFC - Meh! My boy liked it
LOTR: Conquest - BOOORRIIINNGGG
Halo 3: ODST - Meh again. Very easy
Skate 3 - Cool game. Enjoyed it.
LEGO Batman - Awesome lego game.
TC's RainbowSix Vegas - good for its time
Just Cause - Not bad. The demo for JC 2 was way better then this game
Game Room - A Solid, down to earth Rip Off!
Battlefield: Bad Co. 2 - Amazing game. The online play was fantastic
Pure - Not bad
LEGO® Indiana Jones™ - Lots of fun
NBA 2K10 Draft Combine - It was good for what it was
3 on 3 NHL® Arcade - Really didnt like this game. but my boy loved it.


Games that I am anticipating this year?


Dynasty Warriors 7
Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
Lego Star Wars 3
MW3 (Just rumoured)
There are a few others but these are the ones jumping out at me.


So that's it for now. Hopefully I will post a few more than this in 2011.

E3 for me!!

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If there is one time in gaming that i am excited for that would be for E3. I am always excited to see whats coming out for Microsoft and Nintendo. So My countdown on Monday was awesome until the actual moment when Gamespot started to brodcast the live Microsoft show and all it was for me was a white screen. I refreshed and refreshed but still nothing. SO i had to go to IGN where the audio was choppy but it worked and no video which bittered me. Then i found Gametrailers.com where you could watch a minute of the video and then stop and you had to refresh the screen. I was so angry.

So i watched the brodcast on Tuesday on Gamespot which worked and i must say I was super excited for what Microsoft is doing. Modern Day Warfare 2 Stole the show. Thats going to be an amazing game and I can't wait for November. But I must say that I was in awe when i saw Project NATAL!!!!!! I watched that bit several times. I showed my son and my wife. The only thing that i could compare it too is a Star Trek Holodeck program. WOW. That was amazing how the girl interacted with Milo.

So I couldn't wait for the Nintendo show because I am also a big Nintendo fan. So my countdown was on and the exact same thing happened where it was a white Screen. Again super bitter. But i went to Gametrailers.com again and there was no issue with that site this time. Nintendo put on the worst show that i have ever seen. It was so dissapointing. There was really nothing that was exciting about the show. It was borring and no big announcements. A very casual approach to the biggest gamming convention of the year.

I didnt realize that the Sony show was on after the Nintendo disaster so i had to wait until today to watch it. It was good they had some big announcements and their Wii remote knockoff is looking way better then what the Wii has done. MAG is looking so fantastic I couldn't believe it. I didn't know anything about that game until this morning. Imagine 256 players all at once????

My final thoughts are that Modern Day Warfare 2 stole the show and then MAG looks liek a pant load of fun. As for innovation PROJECT NATAL was incredible. Well onto the Tokoyo game show and then anticipte some awesome releases this year and then E3 2010. Thats it for now.

To Fallin or Fallout

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I couldn't take it anymore and i had to go out and buy it. I have seen all the talk about it, the rating, the reviews and so Saturday I took several games down to EB Games and traded them for FALLOUT 3!!!!


I came home and played it right away. I haven't got too much time into the game yet but i have to say that its really awesome.


I was a huge fan of Oblivion. One of my fav games of all time and I am sure that Fallout 3 won't dissapoint. I liked the create a character it was a really cool Idea. I must say starting off is not easy. It's hard to get Caps but i am making some head way now. Ofcourse I am starting off cautiously until i get the hang of it.


I had a friend over last night and so i just went looking for a fight to show him the V.A.T.S. fighting system. I discovered a raider camp and so they spotted me and one came running towards me. He climbed up the hill and so i pin pointed his torso and layed a few rounds into him. When V.A.T.S mode was done he was still alive so i just shot him in the head normally and his head blew off!! I couldn't believe it. Thats the first time i saw that in this game. I ran down the hill where the other 2 guys were and in the water was the last guys head floating there. Insane!!!!


So one guy was in the water trying to swim to me. He was just treading water it was rather funny. The water was filled with radiation so i couldn't go to him and he wasn't coming to me so i shot him in the water and his head blew off then as well and the corpse just floated in the water. I couldn't go loot the body which annoyed me but what a crazy game.


Anyways, This is for sure not a kid game. The language is a little much at times and i would like the option to turn that off but oh well.


Anyways thats it for now. Fallout 3 is a good game and when i beat it i am sure that it will be an awesome game.

Star Trek Tonight!!!

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Ok being a huge Sci Fi guy that I am of course I have been super excited for the new Star Trek. It has gotten awesome reviews. 9:20 tonight i will be ready to be Transported into the captains chair and ENGAGE!!!


I also just finished watching FanBoys. It was alright. Lots of language which I am not a fan of. I was expecting more from this movie but over all it was alright. I would never watch it again nor would I buy the DVD.


I have been back playing COD: 4. I can't get enough of that game. The Online Experience is fantastic. I have been wanting to get Fallout 3 but just have't gotten around on buying it.


I have Dynasty Warriors 6: Empires on Pre-Order. I CAN'T WAIT!!!!! I love this series. My son and I play this all the time as well. Great game. Anyways Have a great day!!

New Game Addiction...It never ends

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In my N64 days I played a game and loved I loved it, Its called Harvet Moon 64.Excellent Sim game. I had allot of fun with it and really enjoyed it. Since then i haven't played any Harvest Moon games until last saturday when I went out and bought Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranqulity. I would have to say that its awesome.

Right now the only complaint that I have is that the time goes by too quickly. Other than that its great. I have since in the game been married have a house to level 4 and 2 plots of land with a chicken coop and a barn. I do recomend this game. Its allot of fun. I haven't gotten to the storey line too much but i can go at my own pace.

Anyways, its a good game that I recomend.

The Nookster is not in the house

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Ok so all of you know that i have been playing animal Crossing:CF like crazy and when you spend that much time playing a game you begin to notice things that annoy you.


For instance. Serena is a total Blanket blank blank. You are suppose to throw your axe in and she has the ability to give you a Golden Axe. So everyday i have been doing this to obly have her mock and make fun and annoy me.


This morning she said "Oh how do i look today" and i said great. So she went on how i noticed and that it was so nice that i noticed and she said what would you like? So i told her the Golden Axe (I have to tell the truth) So she said "ok here you go a golden axe.....NOT". She shot me right down i couldnt believe it.

I so want to rip down the fountain and destroy any thing that reminds me of her hehehe.

Second TOM NOOK with NOOKINGTONS! I now have the largest shop which is great. He also has 2 other people helping him. So the only problem is that guy is only open from 9AM to 9P. What is up with that. The best way to make money in the game is to fish and if there is no store open to sell the fish what is th epoint of playing after the store closes. You would think a larger store with help would be open ...I would expect 24/7!!!! GOSH come on.

Anyways i just wanted to rant about Tom Nook. I already have captured all of the differnt kind of fish for the month as well as the different kinds of bugs. So its a snooze fest until March....ZZZzZZzzzzZzzzZzZzzz