Review: Xbox: Urban Chaos: Riot Response

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I posted a review of the game Urban Chaos: Riot Response for the original Xbox. I finished the game a week or so ago, but just didn't get around to writing the review for it. GameSpot's: Link and Mine: Link. I was actually going to post the review here for anyone that was interested, but it went a bit long, lol. So, any interest and/or comments and/or review ratings would be awesome.

Oh, and I got the Best of 2009 emblem today, so that makes me feel pretty special.

Peace everyone!

Job Update

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I haven't posted a blog for a while mainly because I haven't been getting online nearly as much as I used to. I've been working almost full time at my new job, and when I get home, I'm drained. As I stated in the last blog, I'm a Switchboard Operator at my town's hospital, and it's amazing to see the volume of calls that come in. I'm officially off of my training for the daylight shift, and yesterday was my first day on my own. And, of course, at 8:30 in the morning, I had to coordinate a Trauma Code, which is called when bringing in an accident victim in really bad shape. People don't realize how much of an organization is run through the switchboard, but if the operator steps away from the console for a few moments, people could die.

But, overall, it's decent job. The pay isn't as high as it should be, and with a degree from Bucknell University, I feel I should be doing something more, but it's a start. Once my probationary period is over, I would be able to bid over to other positions in the hospital before the jobs are available to the general public. And, with the other employees in my department, I might be able to pick up some more hours.

And, because everyone knows that it's hard for me to go a post without listing more games I've gotten, these are the ones that I got through Steam during the holiday sale. They had some awesome prices. I hate digital download in theory, but for a cheapskate like me, it's hard to beat. Now I just have to get DSL so I can play the games...

  • $4.99..........Portal
  • $9.99..........Torchlight
  • $4.99..........Mass Effect
  • $4.99..........Sacred Gold
  • $14.99........Sam & Max Complete
  • $6.69..........Deus Ex: Game of the Year
  • $3.75..........Jade Empire: Special Edition
  • $8.74..........Painkiller: Collector's Edition
  • $4.99..........Dark Messiah of Might and Magic
  • $9.99..........S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl
  • $4.99..........The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition
  • $6.79..........The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
  • $85.89

GaneStop #21: 7 More Games

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I'm sure everyone will be thrilled to read, but here are the lastest games froma visit to GameStop. Hopefully in this next week or so, I can get to f.y.e. and pick up some non-sport games. At this point, my addiction is too great to turn down any Xbox game I don't already have.

  • $0.00..........Madden NFL 06
  • $0.00..........NBA 2K6
  • $0.00..........MVPBaseball 2005
  • $2.69..........MVP 2006 NCAA Baseball
  • $6.29..........FIFA Soccer 2006
  • $11.69........FIFA Soccer 2007
  • $2.69..........Red Card 2003

I Have a Job!

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So, some of you may have noticed that have been online here virtually not at all for the past week. This is because I recently got a job! I've been working 7 AM to 3 PM this week, so when I get home, I just want to sit on the couch and relax. Over the summer, a lot of the time I spent online was when my parents weren't home, and this past week, Mom, Dad and I have been riding together to work to save gas since we all work the same shift. Next week, I'll be riding with Dad as my mother will be on a slightly different schedule.

Anyway, more details about my job. I recently was hired at Lewistown Hospital here in Lewistown (shocker...). I've put in several applications there, and was excited to hear that I had an interview. I nailed the interview (or at least I want to believe I did) and I was hired as a part-time Switchboard Operator. This means that I answer the phones for all the people calling in on the main trunk line of the hospital. Which is a lot. Add to that all of the internal requests for paging doctors. And requests for Security and Maintenance. And handling the Consent Forms, Pharmacy Charges and other miscellaneous paper work. There is a lot of responsibility with the job, but I'm actually having some fun with it. I've had three days of training so far, and it's amazing how many of the extensions that I've memorized already.

As a part-time position, it'll mostly be 3 PM to 11 PM and 11 PM to 7 AM shifts, but that's fine. There's a shift differential for 2nd and 3rd shifts, so that works out fine for me. During training, I'm working three to four days a week, but once training is over, it'll be two to three days. The problem with this is that I'm working partially to cover the student loans that have now entered repayment. The total for loans comes out to about $600 a month. Which is a large part of the reason that I'm still living at home. If I work only two or three days a week, I'm not sure how much of the loans I'll be able to pay, which puts more pressure on my parents. They've been great so far, letting me bum around the house during the grace period, but it depresses me to make them pay for some of my loans. The good thing about paying so much per month on the loans is that in 10 years, they'll all be paid off. Hopefully, before long, I might be able to go full-time or something.

On the games side of things, I finally started playing some more. I recently finished playing through Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge on the Normal setting and played through partway of a second time, enough to upgrade all of the planes. For some reason, I think my favorite plane is probably the Pirana. I'm going to start working on a review, probably, though it won't cover the online component. I finally popped in Urban Chaos: Riot Response, about which I've heard a lot of good things. I played the first level a couple of times, and it was pretty solid, pretty fun. I'm looking forward to sinking more time into it. However, there may be some trouble with that. I've had a copy of Phantasy Star Online: Episode I & IIfor probably almost two years, but I've never been able to play it as I haven't ever gotten Xbox Live on my Xbox. Friday night, a friend copied an account to my harddrive, and I've started playing PSO. Ah, so much fun. I'm currently running a RAmar, just to get back into it (I used to play with a couple of friends a couple of years ago).

So, that's most of what's up with me, and if you've read all of this, I'm impressed. You have my thanks.

Review: Xbox: Voodoo Vince

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I finished the game around a week ago, but I just got around to writing the review. Anyway, my user review of Voodoo Vince is now posted online. The game Voodoo Vince and my review of Voodoo Vince.

I do have some other good news, but I'm going to wait a little bit until I know for suer how it's going to turn out. My car is still being a pain in the ass: the entire fuel lines need to be replaced, the gas tanks needs painted and rehung, the power window motors also need replaced.

Please leave any comments about the review or anthing else.

Thanks!

GameStop #20 (8 More Games)

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Anyone who actually reads my blogs is probably tired of hearing about the games I get, but it makes me feel good to add games to my collection and brag about it, lol. I'm still getting some games just for buffering my collection, but also, the stores around me are getting fairly well picked over. I need to go to Selinsgrove to check out the f.y.e. there. It's a special clearance store, and they have great deals on new Xbox games. But, my parents are starting to get more and more upset at the amount of money I'm spending on games. Student loans are due, and I don't yet have a job...

  • $6.29.......NBA 2K7
  • $5.39.......NBA Live 2007
  • $0.00.......FIFA Soccer 2003
  • $5.39.......FIFA World Cup 2006
  • $0.00.......World Soccer Winning Eleven 8 International
  • $7.19.......Metal Slug 3
  • $0.00.......Powerdrome
  • $0.00.......Defender

Review: Xbox: Malice

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Hmm. My last blog got even fewer comments than usual... Oh well.

I just posted my review of Malice for the Xbox. The game Malice and my review of Malice.

Other than that, there's not a whole lot going on in my life. Job applications and getting my car up and running.

Please leave any comments about the review or anthing else.

Thanks!

GameStop #18 and 19 (14 More Games)

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For the first time in about a month, I went to GameStops again! My parents and paternal grandmother and Iwent down to Harrisburg on Saturdayin order to attend a viewing and funeral for her late brother-in-law. So, since we were the whole way down there, my parents relented and allowed me to stop into a few GameStops. I had called the stores on Friday to make sure that they still had original Xbox games, and I wrote down the addresses. Then, after leaving the church where the services were held, I pulled them up on the GPS and led my parents there. I went to two different stores a couple of miles apart and got some games I wanted, as well as a couple more to buffer the collection. Oh, and they're still doing the Buy 2 Get 2 Free Xbox game deal. It's awesome...

The buffers:

  • $1.79.......World Championship Poker
  • $0.00.......NCAA Football 2007
  • $0.89.......Xbox Music Mixer
  • $0.00.......World Series of Poker
  • $0.00.......World Series Baseball 2K3
  • $8.99.......World Soccer Winning Eleven 9
  • $4.49.......Madden NFL 2007
  • $0.00.......NHL Rivals 2004
  • $0.00.......College Hoops 2K6

The good ones:

  • $0.00.......Quantum Redshift
  • $17.99.....Ninja Gaiden Black
  • $11.69.....AirForce Delta Storm
  • $11.69.....Dynasty Warriors 5
  • $5.39.......Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel

As I've said before, I fully intend to play through my entire Xbox collection... eventually. And, I've just recently decided to attempt to obtain a copy of every Xbox game that was released in North America. Yay. Damn my collector-ness.

Tomorrow I'm going to attempt to be motivated and write reviews of Total Overdose: A Gunslinger's Tale in Mexico as well as Malice. It might have been too long for me to write an accurate review for Rogue Trooper, but I might try it. And, hopefully, I'll have Voodoo Vince finished before long so I can play Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel.

Alright, enough for now. Best wishes to all!

GameStop #17

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I know, I know. I need to start having something different for blogs soon, or I'll lose the few people who are actually interested in my blogs. Also, I know that many of you will realize that I'm blowing though an extremely large amount of money lately, and I still don't have a job. I'm not completely sure how my game addiction, student loans and savings account will work out together...

Anywhere, the heart of this post:

  • $0.00...........NBA Jam
  • $0.89...........World Series Baseball
  • $0.89...........MVP Baseball 2003
  • $1.79...........NHL Hitz 2003
  • $1.79...........ESPN MLS ExtraTime 2002
  • $8.99...........Eragon
  • $7.19...........SVC Chaos: SNK vs. Capcom
  • $7.19...........Samurai Shodown V
  • $0.00...........GunGriffon: Allied Strike
  • $0.00...........Xyanide
  • $16.19.........Scarface: The World Is Yours
  • $0.00...........Red Ninja: End of Honor

Oh, and if anyone is interested, a couple of days ago, I posted a review of Legacy of Kain: Defiance for Xbox.

GameStop #16

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So, yeah. I have an addiction. No arguments. But GameStop is doing Buy 2 Get 2 Free on the used XBox games. How can I turn that down? Despite that, I managed to drop $100 bucks overall on the following games. Not completely a good idea, seeing as how I have $600 a month to pay on student loans and no job as of yet. The future is lookinga mite week, but I go Thursday to try my driver's test for the third time. If I can parallel park, I've got it beat. And then I can start looking for a job that I'll be able to go to.

As usual, thanks for any comments you people leave!

  • $2.69.......ESPN Major League Baseball
  • $4.49.......College Hoops 2K7
  • $4.49.......NBA Live 2006
  • $4.49.......NBA Ballers: Phenom
  • $2.69.......NBA Street Vol. 2
  • $0.00.......NFL Street Vol. 2
  • $0.00.......NFL Head Coach
  • $0.00.......NASCAR Thunder 2003
  • $0.00.......ESPN NHL Hockey
  • $2.69.......NCAA College Basketball 2K3
  • $0.89.......NCAA Football 2003
  • $1.79.......NCAA March Madness 2004
  • $0.00.......NCAA March Madness 2005
  • $0.89.......NCAA March Madness 2006
  • $0.89.......Madden NFL 2005
  • $4.49.......Group S Challenge
  • $2.69.......Ford Racing 3
  • $0.00.......Reservoir Dogs
  • $0.00.......BlowOut
  • $0.00.......Metal Slug 4 & Metal Slug 5
  • $0.00.......Tron 2.0: Killer App
  • $8.99.......The Godfather
  • $0.00.......Stacked
  • $8.99.......Dead or Alive Ultimate
  • $13.49......Moto GP Ultimate Racing Technology
  • $8.99.......The Simpsons: Road Rage
  • $8.99.......Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix 3
  • $0.00.......Capcom Fighting Evolution
  • $0.00.......Pirates of the Caribbean
  • $8.99.......Total Overdose: A Gunslinger's Tale in Mexico