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BATTLEFIELD 3 - ARMORED SHIELD CONQUEST GAMEPLAY   *   10.10.2012
I recorded this match a few weeks ago, and I finally got around to uploading it.

Nothing epic really (although I do have something like this waiting to be processed), but it was a very enjoyable match. One of my first matches on this map, so I was driving around a lot exploring the map.

I spawned as a recon by mistake, which lead to a small fuck-up after destroying the first enemy vehicle.

I wanted to repair my destroyer (01:40), but I deployed the spawn beacon instead. This forced my to drive around in a quad for a while.

My friend was unable to spawn on me because of the beacon, so I decided to pick it up (07:40). I knew that the moment I did it, I would be blown to pieces by something, and I was. Although I have no idea how the driver managed to kill me, as he supposedly did not have the guided missile unlock.
That is Battlefield for you.



Anyway, I managed to get the LAV-AD from our base, and that was when the real fun started.
You cannot really say that this vehicle is overpowered anymore. Yes, it is very powerful against aircraft, but that is its purpose. It can be easily destroyed by a capable soldier, whether in another vehicle or on foot.
I rarely have a chance to stay alive in mobile anti-air for so long.

You can see that I was getting out of my vehicle from time to time, it was to allow my friend to spawn on me.

The rest of the gameplay pretty much speaks for itself. Instead of commenting on it, I will focus on the expansion itself.

To be honest, I really hope this is the last big Battlefield game for consoles (I would not mind an XBLA title, though). Current consoles are so obsolete, that it is simply ridiculous sometimes. Armored Kill was created for PC, and that is where it shines. The maps are way to big for 24 players, and the graphics are bad, especially on the PS3. Terrible aliasing, even more terrible pop-up, plus constant frame-drops and tearing (which is even more noticeable in recorded video). If someone still believes we do not need the next generation of consoles after seeing this expansion, they are out of their mind. Come on. There are many cases where developers can squeeze out all they can from that hardware, but that is mostly the case with singleplayer games. Multiplayer suffers horribly from all those restrictions, and I really hope that is it.
They have already announced the BF4 beta for next fall, which has me worried. Do they know something we do not? Will BF4 be a launch title for next-gen consoles? Because I sure as hell will not buy another Battlefield game for Xbox 360. After seeing what the PC version offers in terms of gameplay (graphics, destruction, the number of players and vehicles), it makes me sad that M$ and Sony still believe their consoles are enough. They are not, not at all.

Armored Kill is a great expansion, and I would love to fully experience all it can offer. It is still enjoyable on consoles, but I thought I would be playing it all the time, and frankly, I prefer going back to the old maps, which are packed with intense action. We shall see what Aftermath brings.


As for my video, I am still trying to work out the technical difficulties I am having with voice recording on my PC. I would like to comment on some of my videos, but I get lots of buzzing and other noise in the background when I record my voice, which would be really annoying. I hope I can figure something out, because watching long gameplay without commentary is not that enjoyable. On the other hand, my voice could make it even worse, but hopefully not.


BORDERLANDS 2 - COLLECTOR'S EDITION   *   08.10.2012
I am a huge fan of all kinds of gadgets related to games, so I could not simply walk by the collector's edition of Borderlands 2.

The Ultimate Loot Chest Edition was immediately sold out via pre-orders in the US (people are now selling them for 500-1000 $, that was the only reason they bought it), it was not available in the UK, and it was way too expensive here in Poland. That is why I decided to get the Vault Hunter's Edition from Amazon UK.

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It has pretty much everything I love seeing in a collector's edition. Everything is tightly packed in a relatively small cardboard box. Inside you will find the following:

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A Marcus bobblehead inside a cardboard ammo-shop-styled packaging, and a pretty big map of Pandora.

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An artbook, with pictures and descriptions of pretty much everything you will find in the game - all the characters (including NPCs), all the enemies, many weapons, locations and various concept art. It really is a great collection of artwork, in my opinion. Below are a few photos of random pages.

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A total of 158 pages of Borderlands eye-candy.

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Four stickers, 12.7x12.7 cm (5x5 in).

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And of course the game box in a nice slip-cover, with two codes for both the pre-order and collector's edition DLC.

For me it is nearly a perfect edition. It was a bit expensive (41 GBP, which is around 65 USD), but it was still worth it. If you are a Borderlands fan (I became one just two months ago), and you manage to find this edition somewhere, do not think twice about buying it, or someone will beat you to it.
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