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Second Impressions: Fallout 3

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I had once said I am not a big fan of RPGs. I know that Fallout 3 is considered an RPG, but the scars from Mass Effect (the original) aren't burning as they did when I first started this game. As I'd suspected, hours of gaming made all the difference. A fun fact about Ramadan (if you follow my twitter, you already know this), when you're fasting, there are no pesky food breaks. You stop to use the little charmander's room or pray and that's the day. Weekends are a breeze, in that sense. Saturday and Sunday, I found myself playing an obscene amount of time, burning through levels 4 and ending on level 8. I grant you I lowered the difficulty to easy when I kept dying in the first few hours, but now it seems like a breeze, of sorts. This may be my new Vice City.

Fallout 3

For those of you who don't want to drudge through all my previous blogs, Vice City is one of the few games I enjoyed to the point I replayed it. I doubt I'd replay this one, but I'm doing everything I can in it. The world glitches every once in a while and the NPCs say the same tired things when I speak to them. It doesn't feel tiresome or old. I am finding myself burning through the game and the side missions. I won't say Im sold on RPGs, this is taking up a ton of time, but I'm enjoying said time and that's what matters. I spent a good chunk of Saturday trying to get through the first mission when I realised I stumbled upon the next section of it while doing the Survival Guide for that nut Moira. I realise almost every mission feels like some sort of fetch mission, but it isn't boring me to tears, like say, AC3. I am about half-way through the main story and have finished a good number of the side missions. I'm hoping to keep good karma as I move through the game, but we shall see. I think part of the draw for me is it is set in DC and I live in DC.  Thank goodness for weekends!

Any more 'must-do things' are appreciated!

Gaming Question: Silent Hill Book of Memories

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Thanks to @Uesugi-dono I am always checking out the new games in the PS+ collection. While this one isn't free, it is $7.50. The review on Gamespot was a 6, but for the price, I'm still debating it. I'm happily slogging through Virtue's Last Reward, which is slow going, a bit, but is still fun. I'd also like to point out that I am more excited to play my Vita over my 3DS...does that mean anything? So, should I make the plunge? Do you think they'll have this SH game free in the not too distant future?

I also preordered this at Gamestop:

Tom Clancy!

I know, I have issues.

Is EA on the Right Track?

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It is hard to ignore the news completely, but as a sports fan, I generally watch EPSN over the regular news channels. Several weeks ago, after a body and car rented to Aaron Hernandez were found, the star tight end for the New England Patriots was arrested. That same day, the team released him. On the surface, and based on countless other recent arrests, I thought that was a rather knee-jerk reaction. The evidence continues to mount and now I find myself applauding the Patriots for taking a major financial hit, to the tune of about $3M, not counting a $10M bonus that's been paid over several years. The salary cap hit also has implications as they move forward. The fact that Hernandez was arrested may allow them to void the contract in its entirety, but only time will tell and the legal system isn't timely, to say the least.

Aaron Hernandez in cuffs


What was more interesting for me, as a gamer, was when I saw at the bottom of the screen on the ESPN ticker that EA would be removing Aaron Hernandez from Madden NFL 25 and NCAA Football 14. This took me by surprise, more so when I read this article from the Daily Mail with the number of NFL players that had been arrested since the SuperBowl. That number is twenty-seven. In that time, I don't believe any other league has that number of players in criminal trouble. Some of the charges are not as heinous as other. Let me be clear, murder isn't the same as a DUI, but none are good. I could take a side-step and talk about what terrible role models athletes are and how society has made us idolise both athletes and celebrities for living in excess, but that isn't what I set out to do here.

EA did the right thing, but did they do enough? I look at the list and I see another player who was charged with attempted murder. I grant you, he didn't succeed, but does that make it better? What about sexual assault? Should we have Ben Roethlisberger removed as well? Where is the line that EA is drawing? Where is the line that the NFL is drawing? Roger Goodell will never be a popular commissioner, and it isn't for our approval that he gets paid. His job is to ensure that the NFL can sell itself, the question is, what are they selling right now.

The Patriots organisation is one that doesn't tolerate players that create distractions. To call Odin Lloyd's death a distraction would be doing him a disservice, not to mention the other two people Hernandez is charged with killing in 2010. NFL players have been continuing this downward spiral and while this is hardly the venue for this, but sports and fame are two areas that we, as a society are fascinated by, simply by the fact that they have so much and in comparison, we have so little. I have embarked on the annual holy month of fasting, I'm Muslim, and I can't help, but reflect on the teachings from all our religions, highlighting being thankful for what you have and not living in excess.

Aaron Hernandez is a rare case, perhaps. If you look at the trend, it seems to me like every professional sport is filled with thugs. Those thugs are trained at an early age that their physical superiority gives them a right to carry handguns, use weapons and drugs at leisure because they are better than the rest of us. What EA has done is made a stand on a bit of a non-issue, following the Patriots, in distancing themselves from a young man who made some very bad choices. But what about all the other young men in football that are making choices that are little better? I may be taking this to an extreme, if EA removes every player with a criminal past, there would be no one to play in the game, but isn't that saying something profound right there? Football needs to clean up their act, and being in EA's game should be an honour, a privilege, not a right. If EA wanted to play hardball, they'd remove all the players that have issues, making the game impossible to sell or enjoy. In the end, EA is going to make an insane amount of money off of a few players that deserve to be in jail. If ever I needed a reason not to buy any EA sports game again, this is it.

2013 Gaming Update 17

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This should be update 17 and 18, but for the first time ever, I finished two games on the same day, from the same publisher no less! While watching the Nationals game, I finished Uncharted Golden Abyss. It took me countless tries, but I also finished Last of Us before dinner last night. After not finishing a game in over a month, it felt good to complete something. I have both reviews posted, links below. Can't complain about either. Uncharted was uncharted, can't say more than that, good or bad. Last of Us had my head spinning a bit, SPOILERS following. If you haven't played the game or haven't gotten it, stop reading the paragraph here. I honestly don't know if I would have done the same thing. I mean, I get why Joel would do what he did, but if they'd given the gamer the chance to choose, and that is all I'm saying, would they all choose the same outcome? It reminded me of a game I didnt like for poor gameplay, Prince of Persia (not the Jake Gyllenhaal version). At the end of that game, the prince basically does the same thing. I know these are just games, but to think that everyone would save the girl and sacrifice the world seems like a broad assumption. I'm still not sure how I feel about it

Finished games this year:

The queue

  • Fallout 3
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare Pack
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Game of the Year Edition
  • Uncharted 3
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Demon's Souls
  • Dragon Age: Origins - Ultimate Edition
  • Dragon Age II
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Metal Gear Solid HD Collection
  • Dance Central 2
  • Just Dance 3
  • Driver San Francisco
  • Dark Souls
  • Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • Catherine
  • Binary Domain
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Ninja Gaiden 3
  • Resident Evil Racoon City
  • Silent Hill Downpour
  • Red Faction Armegeddon
  • Spiderman Edge of Time
  • Need for Speed: The Run
  • Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep
  • Darksiders 2
  • Sleeping Dogs
  • Super Mario 2 (3DS)
  • Borderlands 2
  • Dishonoured
  • Rocksmith
  • Phineus and Ferb
  • Paper Mario Sticker Star
  • Phineus and Ferb Ride Again
  • Phineus and Ferb in the 2nd Dimension
  • Vanquish
  • XCOM Enemy Unknown
  • Virtue's Last Reward
  • Dead Space Ignition
  • NHL 11

Ah, the queue, I've added more games than removed, so that was kind of a fail, wasn't it? Some of the games never made it on the list but are now above. I'm going to try to juggle Fallout 3, Vanquish and the Zero game. That last one should be a quick play through. More thoughts to come.

First Impressions: Uncharted Golden Abyss

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The Playstation Plus account is really paying for itself.  I've downloaded two games for the PS Vita and two for the PS3 .  All of which I'd wanted, but hadn't wanted to pay actual money for if I could help it.  I finally got around to playing the Uncharted game I can't say that this one disappoints.

I think the important thing to remember  as I played the Vita was how vibrant the colours  and how crisp the picture is.  It is just unreal.  The quality, in contrast to the 3DS, is striking.  I can't even begin to imagine how Nintendo considers this competition with Sony.  After playing RE Revelations, I look at Uncharted and I was really just blown away by the graphics.

I haven't gotten far into the game.  There are a lot of little mini-games that are unique to the Vita, interacting with the touch screens on the back and front of the device.  The story is what you'd expect from Naughty God and so far I'm just along for the ride.

I also downloaded and started Virtues Last Reward.  This is a sequel to 999 and so far it plays about the same, but I may have a First Impressions blog for that.  I do hope to finish it in a decent amount of time, but we shall see.  Much to my own surprise, last night I opted to play Fallout 3 over Last of Us.  Tells you something, doesnt it?

Daily Deal: June 25 2013

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so, here we go again...I told myself to wait a week, and for $20 more and with less memory, we have the Uncharted 3 bundle on today's Amazon deal of the day...


Yes, I know I have this game too, and it is more, but I think the need to hurry is really lessening.  If only I could find time to play!  The days just get eaten up.  I took my dad to the baseball game Sunday, the Nationals, that ate up half the day and we lost.  Keep Calm and Game On.

Daily Deal: June 17, 2013

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okay, I either have serious spending issues, or these deals are just finding me!  I swear, I was so doing work, then I checked slickdeals and saw this:



Yes, I know, I hated AC3 too, a bit, but a 500GB PS3 for $230 is a good deal, right?  and shipping is free!  I need help...

First Impressions: Last of Us

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I have been really enjoying my new PS plus membership.  Downloaded three games since I got it, had to clear out a ton of the hard drive to do it, but free games are well worth it!  If I understand this correctly, I can re-download games as long as I keep my membership up, so thats pretty spiffy.  In the meantime, Last of Us came in the mail, but as many of you may have seen, I played Fallout 3 over it.  Tells you something right there, doesnt it?

Last of Us has a pretty engaging story from the very beginning.  The staples of Naught Dog are there, the strong male lead, the supporting female characters, great visuals.  What is lacking is some polish.  Some of you may say, Hina, for the love of Pete, are you never okay with games?  That isn't it, but Joel's hand goes through solid objects and Tess has walked through him many, many times.  Those kinds of issues take me out of a sort of zone while playing, as I'm sure it does for you as well.

I did get the post-pandemic edition of the game, and let me tell you, the statue is worth the price, by itself.  I mean, wow.  The detail is great, very well done.  The rest of the extras are nice, for sure, but that one takes the cake.

I hope to do some solid gaming today, but I'm not sure what I want to play.  I also saw The Purge last week, pretty good.  Saw This is the End today, decent, not great, review of that coming after I finish this blog post.  Also, need to do some editing, that doesn't end, but after seeing this article, I feel more focused than usual.

Keep Calm and Game On.

Fallout 3 Question #2 and PS3 Memory Question

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wow, two Fallout question posts tells you I'm engaged, but confused about what is going on.  So I don't have enough experience in explosives to defuse the bomb in Megaton, but I'm not far from the next level.  I am debating doing the next Survival Quest for Moira, but it requires me crossing most of the map.  Is this a good/bad idea?

ordered the Vita yesterday, should be here today/tomorrow - got the extra memory and thanks to @Uesugi-dono, I also upgraded to Playstation Plus.

And this leads into my next question/issue, which I am sure I've broached before.  I have a 40GB Metal Gear Solid PS3.  The system says I have about 2000 MB free.  I have cleared out the utitilty data, but I'm not sure what else I can remove before I free up several gigs of space.  I did see online that I can buy an external hard drive and format it and I'm good to go, is that true?  Is there anywhere else I can see what's eating up space?  I cleared out the Blu-ray data too.  I wonder if I can delete Netflix as well.  Thoughts, ideas, cookies?  It is as black as night here, and it is 9.30 in the morning.  We are getting hammered with rain on the East Coast!!

Daily Deal - June 12, 2013

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this may be a silly post, to some degree, but I've been following the price of the PS Vita and Target just dropped the price another $25.


Do I get it or wait it out?  $200 for a PS Vita isn't bad at all!!