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Playing Games?

September 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Yes, I have been playing games. I know it’s been a while for any type of update here on Player 2 but I’m back to do a little chit chatting about what I’ve been playing and some of my impressions on them. In my last post I’ve said I was really excited about Darksiders 2. How did that turn out? What else have I been playing? Also, I’ll give some WiiU thoughts from a person who doesn’t like Nintendo really at all. Keep reading for one of my first updates in weeks.
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Transformers: Fall of Cybertron


Transformers: Fall of Cybertron is a direct sequel to Transformers: War of Cybertron. Unfortunately I never got to try the first one, time flew by and I can’t even recall ever being curious about it. Which I feel may have been a mistake. I’ve been able to get a sample of gameplay with Fall of Cybertron and I’m really impressed with how everything works with the game. This game has done something that even the Transformers movies weren’t able to do, an occurance of flashbacks of my childhood sitting in front of the television watching rented VHS of Transformers kick in, and I can’t help but feel within the short time I’ve had with this game, it may be better than watching the movie.

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Summer Gaming – A Kingdom of Boredom

The Walking Dead: Episode 2 – To chop or not to chop?

Here I am deep into the summer with one major problem. There  has been nothing of enjoyment to play. Honestly, it’s the time of the year where I seem to have the most free time, yet no games are out. I played the next chapter in The Walking Dead but beyond that its slim pickings. So, what I’ve been trying to do is play games which have been on awesome summer deals that I skipped over during the busier times. I’m going to talk about them, and mostly how I’m happy I didn’t pay full price because I simply cannot get into anything. It’s becoming frustrating, but I’ll give some impressions on things anyway.
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Diablo 3: First Impressions

You’ll have to excuse my absence from the blog. I have been very busy playing games, well, for you guys. I mean, I wasn’t really interested in Diablo 3. Diablo 2 was great– any Warcraft game is great– but I decided to play Diablo 3 just for you, the reader…

So here we go. There are a few things I want to mention before we even start Diablo. After the login screen, you will be presented with the In-Game Menu. From here you have a few options to select.

Start/Resume Game – From this option you can start your game or resume a game that you previously left with an unfinished quest. If you are going to log out, try and make sure you have reached a checkpoint. The game will resume according to the last checkpoint reached.

Change Quest – Any previous quests you have completed, you can come back to thanks to this option.

Public Games – Complete some quests with the aid of another player. There is a level lock to these quests. For example, you can’t be level 30 and join a public game with a player who is level 1. However, you are free to join a friend’s game regardless of level.

Auction House – Here you can buy, sell or bid on equipment and items. To redeem the item that you bought, click the Complete tab and you will find a button that says Send to Stash. There will be an option to use real currency, but due to Diablo 3 launch day server issues, the plan to bring that option live has been delayed.

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Getting Back in the Groove

It’s been a while. The last time I wrote anything related to gaming was my review of The Darkness 2 almost two months ago. I’m disappointed in myself for not finding the time to write more, but I’m looking to change that.  I’m glad to be back, though, and I look forward to challenging myself to be writing as often as I can and giving you feedback on the games I’m playing. Since I’ve been away for quite some time now I figured I would write a little bit about what I’ve been playing over these last few weeks. This article won’t have any formal reviews, but I’m just going to discuss my impressions on two games I’ve played (and am currently playing).

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To Whom It May Concern

February 15, 2012 Leave a comment

I purchased Dear Esther on a whim today (having read Eurogamer’s thoughts on it earlier this morning), and I must say I’m really impressed with it. I’m not normally one to fawn over indie titles (in truth I think they frequently sacrifice substance for style), but this particular game (if it can indeed be call that, so thoroughly does it test the limits of the medium) deserves special recognition for its startling originality and its unflinching vision.

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Bastion Impressions

January 17, 2012 Leave a comment

In preparation for my upcoming essay on Bastion (and to help me gather my thoughts on the title), I will be posting some of my preliminary impressions of the game. You may notice that this post will be more akin to a series of notes than to a formal preview, so I apologize in advance if it appears to be disjointed. I hope it proves to be an interesting read nonetheless!

What strikes me most about Bastion, a title I had only vaguely heard about thanks to the critical acclaim it had garnered, was not its unique visual style (though that is certainly beautiful in its own right), but rather its soundtrack. From the outset, the music displays a clear western influence reminiscent of something like Trigun (and the dusty timbre of the narrator’s voice only reinforces this comparison). This was surprising considering the game’s art does nothing to evoke this imagery, but it adds a unique feel to the adventure and helps differentiate it from any other title I’ve played. What’s even more impressive is how beautiful each piece is, from the guitar-driven title theme to the haunting melody posted below, making it one of my favorite game soundtracks of the past year.

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