Fallout 3 Question #1

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I've no doubt I will be bombarding all of you with random questions as I trudge through Fallout 3. I have started exploring the area and wow, everyone shoots at you no matter where you go, what is up with that? I started a couple side-quests, the beginning of the survival mission, which I didn't get the meds, but did get food. There were too many Raiders and I restarted way too many times. I'm doing the one with the fire ants and what I've discovered is there are a ton of things to pick up, but there seems to be nowhere to put them and no one to sell them to. What am I supposed to keep and what should I discard?

Right now, I just got the key for the rocket launcher, but I can't carry it as I'm at my weight limit now. I have a ton of food and other odds and ends, but my repair isn't high enough to fix anything. Is there a junk dealer I can sell to, or a place I can put things safely? Anyone?

Also, I need to catch up on E3, I decided to play Fallout 3 last night over watching my computer. I think it was time well spent. Keep Calm and Game On!

First Impressions: Fallout 3

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I took a left turn at Albuquerque, as Bugs Bunny would say. After thinking about this long and hard, I decided that while I could just jump all over the queue, the fair way of getting through the games would be to bounce between the top and the bottom. The last game I played, Hitman Absolution, was on the bottom. The game on the top, Fallout 3. Yes, I know. "But Hina, you dont like RPGs all that much."  Since I bought the game, I'd like to learn this lesson the hard way.

So far, I am amused, but not feeling all that invested. The game guide is massive, which can be both good and bad. So far, I feel like I just have done a lot of fetch quests. I realise there is karma involved and choices that will impact the story as you move on. The story-telling is good, but the dialogues seem to go on and on and I know, like ME, you need to talk to people to get more XP, right? Or is that wrong and I just waste a couple hours last night talking to NPCs for no particular reason.

I know there is a growing trend to talk about E3, but honestly, my expectations, after the Sony and MS presentations, I'm just not sure what more I want to hear from the gaming industry. The XBOX One, there really isn't much to say that hasn't already been said. I have prematurely decided I will probably get the PS4 and skip the XBOX for next gen. I wonder how this will impact games I've been playing for some time. I'd hate to have to do what I did with Dead Space and replay the earlier games on a different console so I can build from a previous save. My ME play are on the XBOX, so if there is an ME4, then Im toast.


Other than that, I had dental surgery, a gum graft, a few weeks ago and everything is healing good, which is a good thing. Im planning on seeing The Purge tomorrow, and posted reviews for Pain and Gain, Fast 6 and Now You See Me.

Keep Calm and Game On.

2013 Gaming Update 16

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I must be really focused or something, because another game bites the dust!  Hitman, good, not great, added the review below.

The queue, what can you say?

  • 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
  • Dead Space Ignition
  • NHL 11

Next upwell, we shall see, but after the glitch-happy Saints Row, I might just surprise you.  Also, since Last of Us is out not this week but next, that gives me an entire week to play something else.  Keep your eyes peeled!

 

Keep Calm and Game On.

First Impressions: Hitman Absolution

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My first Hitman game was the second one for the PS2.  The first time I played it, I was struck by how many different ways the game could be played.  Each assassination had a myriad of ways to get to your target.  In this next gen sequel, the look and feel of the game holds true to what I remember.  The variety of choices is really refreshing.  There are so many games that are linear in execution, punishing you if you deviate.  It is nice to play a game however you like.

This might have been a good choice for the next game.  I'm hoping to make some decent progress tomorrow, thank goodness for federal holidays.  I am still blown away by Square Enix and if anyone has any recs for any of their other franchises, do let me know!

Keep Calm and Game On.

2013 Gaming Update 15

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Another week, another game down, though, to be fair, gum graft surgery kept me out of work and somewhat out of my mind.  I'm sure that had nothing to do with the technical issues I had with the game.  I stopped taking pain meds days ago, so what is the games excuse for that?  Exactly.

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
  • Hitman Absolution
  • Paper Mario Sticker Star
  • Phineus and Ferb Ride Again
  • Phineus and Ferb in the 2nd Dimension
  • Dead Space Ignition
  • NHL 11

I've already started Hitman.  Since Last of Us comes out in a few weeks, I thought, Hitman might be a quick play-through, especially with another two days off from work.  So far, I'm enjoying the beauty of another Square Enix game.  Man, can they do stunning visuals or what?  First Deus Ex, then Tomb Raider and now this, I might have to convert to playing more of their games, just because.

Keep Calm and Game On.

First Impressions: Saints Row 3

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That queue is just monstrous.  I can't believe I've actually picked up so many games over the course of a few years.  I mean, it just stares back at me, taunting me, telling me I can't do it.  But I made the plunge to a game that could be very involving.  I had thought, again, about New Vegas and Binary Domain, but with SR4 coming out this summer, I thought, Hina, if you don't play SR3, how can you know if you'll like SR4 enough to pre-order it?

 

I haven't gotten very far in, I'm trying to understand the map and have resorted to stealing cars for the car challenge while I try to figure out whats going on.  I've also stumbled across a few collectibles too, you know the ones.

 

I can't say my impressions are too detailed at this point.  The controls for driving are more intuitive than I expected and the shooting mechanics are good as well.  The story hasn't drawn me in just yet, so I may go for the main story mission and try to understand what I'm seeing on the map.  I'm treating this like a GTA game and I probably shouldn't.  I've always found collecting all the extras first gets you started better.  I haven't figured out how to clear the shields and I'm not sure what the pink stars are.  Considering I have the guide, this is just me not bothering to flip through it at this point.  I do like the customisation for the character, but I might change it already.

 charmander on plane

I also added another review, in case anyone saw the free app of the week last week at Starbucks, it was Where's Perry.  A fun game, and since it was free, that much more enjoyable.  My sister leaves for Bosnia today (she works for the State department).  I can't say I'll miss her as much as I'll miss my neice, who invites her 2 yr old self into my room and claims all things in it are 'mine.'  It is adorable as all get out, until she touches the charmander.  I bought her a charmander and flew it out to AZ when they lived there.  They stuffed him in a box and sent him to Bosnia.  Anyway, /ramble.

2013 Gaming Update 14

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Can you believe it? Another week, another game down! I would have had this done sooner, but this past weekend I was home to sleep and that was pretty much it. Bulletstorm was well worth $2 - which I suppose sounds like a backhanded compliment, but I did enjoy it. The game was quick to burn through and I can't complain about anything. Even though the sophomoric jokes were lewd, at times, that just fit with the rest of the game.


Wow, I'm way ahead of where I was last year:

  • 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
  • Saints Row the Third
  • 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
  • Hitman Absolution
  • Paper Mario Sticker Star
  • Phineus and Ferb Ride Again
  • Phineus and Ferb in the 2nd Dimension
  • Dead Space Ignition
  • NHL 11


I'm going to play this one close to the chest, if you follow me on twitter, you'll see the auto-update as I play. Otherwise, I'll update my now playing here and then post the usual first impressions. I have no idea what I'll pick, but I will see what mood strikes me at the time and go from there.

 

Keep Calm and Game On.

First Impressions: Bulletstorm

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I was really conflicted this afternoon.  I was home after my physical.  I don't want to be obnoxious, but my doctor actually told me not to lose any more weight.  I was hoping for a trophy, but not so much.  I almost choose Fallout New Vegas or Silent Hill and thought, 'you bought Bulletstorm used, you need to make sure that game works,' so, that's how the cookie crumbled.

The game is straight-forward, there really isn't much to it.  The story is flat, to some degree, but it sucks you in quickly and keeps you engaged with easy to understand controls.  The thing about shooters, and this game is a first person style shooter, is that the controls and weapons have to be good or I get easily turned off.  I still recall an unfavourable reception to a Medal of Honour game because of this and I've never forgiven a game that makes it inaccessible.

I think the larger issue I'm facing right now is that the queue is 40 games deep and I did stare at it blankly earlier today.  No one game jumped out at me, and I find that troubling.  I almost pulled two games up, but then thought, Binary Domain has been raved about as well as the Dead/Dark Souls games.  I might feel a little meh just because I finished two games so quickly, I might give New Vegas a go, but I've said that a few times now, haven't I?

What I'd love is for one of you to pitch a game to me and tell me why I can't miss it.  At the same time, I realise that I generally do whatever I feel like anyway, so I think it might come to the point that I do print the queue and put all the names in a hat and call it a day all hail the magic conch!

2013 Gaming Update 13

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Another game done in days?  Maybe I should play all the mobile games first?  No, we all know I can't manage that.  Gave RE Revelations a mostly positive review.  I did enjoy the game, though there were points I kept thinking, is it over yet?

The gaming 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
  • Saints Row the Third
  • 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
  • Hitman Absolution
  • Paper Mario Sticker Star
  • Bulletstorm
  • Phineus and Ferb Ride Again
  • Phineus and Ferb in the 2nd Dimension
  • Dead Space Ignition
  • NHL 11

Another moment of truth.  I have tomorrow off, going for my physical.  I dropped 30 pounds in the last year, so I'm expecting a mostly positive outcome.  This also means I should have some extra time tomorrow.  Even though I have major edits and a story re-working to do, I think we all know how my day will go tomorrow.

Keep Calm and Game On.

First Impressions: RE Revelations

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I know, why do I bother polling about what game to play next if I just choose arbitrarily.  But, RE Revelations was the next 3DS/DS game in the queue, and while I was watching the Penguins choke against the Islanders last night, I thought, why not play a game while you're watching this game?  I feel like I play the 3DS every once in a while, so when Im feeling it, I better play!

 

The look and feel of the game is very RE4.  The quality of the cut scenes are actually quite good.  The graphics within the game play are limited by the 3DS itself and are no better or worse than any other game on the console.  The controls with the added circle pad make it a slightly easier to play.

 

RE Revelations

 

The story is episodic, much like RE6 and allows the gamer to play as different characters through similar environments.  Some sequences look very Scooby Doo like in its repetitiveness.  The game play itself is easy to understand.  As in other RE games, you can either fight or run.  Ammo is in limited supply, so you have to be careful when aiming.  So far, I haven't been so overwhelmed that I can't manage, but Im only a little ways in.

 

The game is quite engaging.  On the small console, it delivers a decent look and feel for the horror that most know of the RE series.  I can't say I'm blown away by any of the elements of the game, but it is keeping me entertained and somewhat engaged.