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FALLOUT: NEW VEGAS - STEALTH SUIT MKII PRESENTATION   *   30.01.2012
Dead Money was an absolutely dreadful expansion for Fallout: New Vegas. It was the reason I decided to wait for a price drop on all the following DLC packs for this game.

Honest Hearts was a completely different experience. It had a nice story, a fully open world to explore, and it simply felt like Fallout to me.

Old World Blues is definitely the best DLC for both Fallout 3 and New Vegas. Robots and technology are what I love the most in Fallout. Very cool and dark locations to explore, where we can find some really nice stuff. And one of those items is the Stealth Suit MkII, which as of now is my number one armor in the game, I absolutely love it.



I wanted to find a video that would showcase all the things the suit is saying, to show to my friend, but I was unable to find one, so I decided to put one together myself.

The suit is so cool, especially the things it says before and after combat, and of course the misc stuff about its relationship with the player. The first time I heard it, I could not stop laughing.

I forgot to capture the words it says when it automatically uses Med-X and Stimpaks, but fortunately (or not) they are not really funny. That is actually the one thing I do not like about the suit, that it uses Med-X before every fight. You get addicted very quickly, so I had to drop all my Med-X altogether. I rarely used it anyway, it was much more useful in Fallout 3 against Overlords and such.

Anyway, I think the video shows all the other stuff the suit says to us, I hope you like it just as much as I do, and if you have not yet played Old World Blues, it might be the reason to pick it up.


TWITTER AND FACEBOOK   *   26.01.2012
If you would like, you can now follow me on Twitter and Facebook for latest updates.

Notifications about new videos will be posted automatically by YouTube.

Cheers.



By the way, I will probably upload a new video tomorrow.


MICROSOFT ARE SCUM   *   26.01.2012
I have four words for you - I ... hate ... this ... company. Yeah.

Can you believe, that after a few months the XBL account break-ins are still going on? There are cases everyday. Of course we cannot say for sure who is to blame, but Microsoft are at least partially.
Why? Because all these break-in are associated with FIFA 12, which uses an EA Account. This EA Account (also used for other games like Need for Speed or Battlefield) is created automatically when we play our first EA game. The problem is that the e-mail address and password for that account are set automatically, and they are identical to those used for your LIVE ID. You cannot change them using your console, you have to do that with an internet browser on your PC.
Now, I guess there are some exploits in FIFA 12 that allow hackers to retrieve our EA Account login data, and if they are identical to those used for XBL, they can log into our XBL accounts and change the password.
If they hack your e-mail account as well, they can even change the LIVE ID, which is pure madness.

Neither Microsoft nor EA want to take responsibility for those break-ins, and that is really pathetic. Instead they claim we do not protect our login data well enough, that we lose it through phishing or some other bullshit. They could not really get any lower.
There is actually a really simple protection solution for those who have not had their accounts stolen - change your LIVE ID and password. Microsoft could do a global password reset, and send everyone an e-mail asking them to change their LIVE IDs to increase their safety. But why would they do that? It is better to blame us, and make us look like idiots for not protecting our accounts. Way to go.

Anyway, I did not really want to talk about that. What I wanted to say was that I have been battling Microsoft for almost three months now.
Okay, they resolved my case very quickly, I got my money back and everything, but they also promised to remove FIFA 12 achievements from my profile. After several phone calls, and several promises on their side, I finally got a definitive answer - "we don't do that anymore". In the same sentence they also told me they did not offer account migration anymore as well, but why would I give a fuck? Was that supposed to make me feel better?

Well, they have screwed me over nicely. After three years of playing games and collecting achievements (no, I not play for them, but yes, I do like to get as many as I can) my profile is now wrecked with a lowly 85 GS for FIFA 12. I do not care about gamerscore, I care about completion. Even if I get the game eventually (you could say I am interested in football, and I played FIFA a decade ago), I will never get the minimum I always aim for, which is 800 GS or more. FIFA 12 has terrible achievements, unless you play the game all the time until the next one comes along.

I was really mad about that, I actually still am. On the other hand, I should probably thank them. This has cured me from trying to get all achievements in every game. I will not play BF3 co-op on hard, I will not buy car packs for DiRT 3, and I guess I will save a lot of time on future insane achievements, and probably some MSP on DLC which I would only buy for achievements (just like I did with Onslaught for BC2).
Thank you, Microsoft.


THAT'S HOW I ROLL   *   12.01.2012
BF3 Stats offers detailed Battlefield 3 gameplay statistics, with features like history graphs and comparing stats to other players.
It also offers a very good signature engine, and the ability to create your own signature graphics.
That is what I decided to do, because I was unable to find one that would truly show my gameplay style.

I love Battlefield for vehicles, and not much else. This is how I love to play, that is why I created my own graphic showing the amount of kills with each vehicle type, kills with rocket launchers, knife kills (sort of a "if your vehicle fails, take out your knife" thing), and the number of destroyed vehicles. This how I play most of the time, when I am not doing some specific task, or playing either Metro or TDM for unlocks.

THU31

I have not published the graphic yet, as it is not the final version, but if you wanted to use it for whatever reason, you can manually edit the graphic ID of your sig.


2011 IN GAMING   *   02.01.2012
The new year is here, so it is time to summarize what it had to offer when it came to gaming.

It was a pretty good year. We had many good games, some surprises, and of course some major disappointments.

The first of this year's games I played was Portal 2. While it is not as original as the first Portal was back in 2007, it is a proper sequel. Big, spectacular, and challenging at times. I did not expect this game to be this good, and I think most people were fully satisfied with what it offered. I only played the singleplayer so far, but I am planning to go through the co-op campaign with a friend, so I will get even more out of this amazing game.

Next came LA Noire. While technically it is not a Rockstar game, they had significant impact on what the final product looked like. And it came out amazing. It is something completely new. In this case, I love the fact that playing the game feels like watching a movie, which we are also directing in a way. The cutscenes are great, so are the interviews with all the motion-scanned faces. Driving is not a vital part in this game, and I like that too. Some cases were better than others, and the homicide desk was terribly boring, but the general story of the vice and arson desks was very intriguing. All in all a superb game, and I really thought it would make the top of my GotY list last year, until a few months later.

DiRT 3 was a racing game I was really looking forward too. I absolutely loved DiRT 2, and expected this to be at least just as good. Well, it was, and it was not.
The graphics in DiRT 2 are amazing, it is still one of the best looking racers to date, and one of the most beautiful games ever. DiRT 3 offers very similar graphics. The car models have been improved, so have reflections, but the general look is pretty much the same. That is good, of course. I do not really expect games to look much better in the coming years, and I do not really have any complaints about that.
What I can complain about, is that the game was supposed to focus more on rally. I did not. We only got four rally/trailblazer locations, and even though all had a few variations and different weather conditions, it felt like we had to drive on the same stages over and over again. Even the addition of Monte Carlo did not change much, as those stages were very similar and short as well.
The addition of gymkhana was very nice, but we had too much of this. It is nice to play that mode from time to time, but it was rather repeatable in career mode. I loved the multiplayer Joyride, though, and the singleplayer D.C. Challenges too.
For me DiRT 3 was a bit disappointing compared to DiRT 2, but it was still a great racing game, miles in front of creations like The Run.

Then we had E3 in June, and it is not really worth mentioning. Wii, Natal, Move, well that was pretty much it. The PSV looked nice, but so far there are no games that would interest me. Waiting for some good racers, and something from Rockstar Games, maybe then I will consider buying the console.

In July I decided to play Crysis 2. I have already written a few words about it, so I will be brief - worst game of the year, a total disappointment, a game I would not even take for free after having completed it. A disaster.

Now is the time for Dead Island. This is the game that gets the Game of the Year title from me, but for one thing mostly - co-operative play. I completed the entire game with my friend, and it was an amazing experience. So long, so fun, so intoxicating. It did not get boring at all, it was too much fun all the time. This game shows what co-op is supposed to look like. I really hope this is the future, and more and more singleplayer games will built around a co-operative story. Some games will always be meant for singleplayer, like GTA or Fallout, they are just too expansive, but more simple games like shooters with RPG elements are perfect for co-op. I would love to play Far Cry 3 with a friend, and this is just one title that comes to mind.
Again, well done Techland, I cannot wait for the sequel.

Forza Motorsport 4 is a yet another amazing game from Turn 10. I do not like the multiplayer in games like these, so I judge it just by what the singleplayer offers, and that is a nearly perfect experience.
You decide what and how you play, and that is brilliant. Still a lot to improve, though. Hopefully, not on the 360. Number 3 this year.

I like Battlefield 3 more every time I play it, but it is still far from I would call an amazing game. It is just too random, too much depends on other people. You can either play with noobs, or against them, or some noob punishers who do not let you live for more than 10 seconds. I usually love and hate this game simultaneously, and that is just sick. Plus, there are too many bugs, DICE should really focus on that instead of nerfing everything and fixing ladder or bipod sounds. I will probably play this for a long time, but I do not think I will ever be fully satisfied.



There were other games I was thinking of playing, but I decided to put them off, or skip them altogether.

The Witcher 2, the still-PC-exclusive was a well received game with very good graphics, but it was just not for me. I do not like fantasy, or the middle ages, and unfortunately most RPGs use that setting. A pity.

RAGE was one of the most hyped up titles last year, but it was still a bit of a disappointment. Yes, it offers very good shooting mechanics, and very good graphics in general, but the most common bugs and texture problems were very annoying. Plus, the PC version was a failure, which Carmack himself said. This sounds pretty much ridiculous coming from id Software.

The Run - a few hours of singleplayer in a racing game? Well, at least that is something new.

Batman: Arkham City - a very good looking game, on consoles, and especially on the PC. Very good use of DX11, of course it came at a price. System requirements for DX11 are ridiculous (yes, I like that word), but I guess they would not bother making it if it would not help sell high-end GPUs.
Batman's gameplay is completely not for me, so I will never play it. I enjoyed watching gameplay videos, though.

I have not played Hard Reset yet, but I got it on Steam during the Holiday Sale. I will wait for a good PC, though.



I think I mentioned all the major games, at least from my point of view. I played some other games, as well as some indie titles, but nothing really made an impression on me.
Still, a nice year. Now let us see what 2012 has in store for us.
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