Firedragon

Firedragon

I'm Creative & Nerdy. I'm passionate about Video Games, Star Trek, Superheroes, Food, Movies & Music. My favourite game types are RPG's and action/adventure. I also enjoy photography, video/photo editing & writing, dragon-slaying, and of course, I'm a writer for Epic Gamer Girl :-)

Jan 312014
 

Gamer Photo A Day is back and is starting tomorrow! Are you up for the challenge?

How to participate:

  • Look at the Daily Topics and take a picture of something that resembles it.
  • It doesn’t matter what you take a picture of or how you see the “topic” just have fun with it! There is no “right” or “wrong” way to participate.
  • Upload and hashtag your photo using Instagram, Facebook, Picasa, or Flickr.
  • Use the hashtag #GamerPhotoADay. Once you tag your photo, it will automatically be displayed on gamerphotoaday.com.
  • It is also a good idea to also hashtag the daily topic so your viewers know what the topic is.

Anyone and everyone is welcome to participate in the #GamerPhotoADay challenge! Have fun!

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Jan 252014
 

It’s snowing in Gotham, the attempts at joyful decorations mask a city that has unimaginable darkness. Criminals are hiding in the shadows, the cold air penetrates their skin. They are waiting to strike, they unite to achieve one goal: to kill the Batman. It’s Christmas Eve but there are no children singing, no bells ringing, only the screams of the innocent. Alfred has a delicious meal prepared at the Wayne mansion, but Batman doesn’t take a night off. Nor will he ever.

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Batman: Arkham Origins is the third installment in the Batman Arkham series. I admit I was skeptical to play this since it was a different company making this game from the others, and that it was an Origins story, not a continuation of Arkham City. But since I’m such an avid Batman fan how could I refuse all the hype?

Let’s start with the positives. I quite enjoyed the story and the cut-scenes. I liked the malicious intent of the Joker and how they portrayed his character. I enjoyed the cut-scene of Joker and Harley when they first met, and the part where you briefly get to play as him. There was good tension between the Batman and Joker, and the final showdown between them. The development was good, from Batman not knowing who he is, to discovering a man with such a disturbed and evil nature, not soon to forget.

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The boss fights are epic. I’d say they were my favourite part of the game. The cut-scenes gave it that action and intensity it needed. In particular I enjoyed the Deathstroke and Bane fights. I want to know why the Dark Knight Rises didn’t make Bane like this?

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The graphics are top-notch. Gotham City is beautiful, and the map does seem slightly bigger than the 2 previous games. The details on Batman are great. Was it just me or did he get beefier?

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The Bat Cave and Bat Jet are awesome. I like that they added the combat training and the Bat Suit chamber. The conversations with Alfred were delightful.

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I liked the new enhanced detective mode. Being able to review the crime scene, rewind and forward through it, was a neat feature.

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Now with the negatives, Arkham Origins was more like the expansion of Arkham City. The gameplay & combat system is almost exactly the same, there are only a few minor differences. It was a safe bet, but I was disappointed in the lack of originality. This game had no lack of glitches either.

I didn’t like the voice actor of Batman as much as I did Kevin Conroy. The same with the Joker, it just wasn’t the same without Mark Hamill.

There are new villains, some unknown, and a different story; but I felt like the whole thing was too short. I felt like I got more out of Arkham City.

The side missions were good, but could have been better. I didn’t like that the Enigma one never really went anywhere, and that the collecting of the data packs were exactly the same as collecting the Riddler trophies. Some tasks got really monotonous. What I want to know is how many bad guys Batman beat up in one night! I also didn’t really understand the police being against Batman thing, I mean it was clear he was trying to help stop the bad guys right? Silly Commissioner Gordon.

I really didn’t care much for the multi-player. I had high hopes for it but it really wasn’t that great. I personally like co-op multi-player’s such as in Mass Effect 3. Never been a fan of getting my ass kicked several times repeatedly by a 10 year old who has a personal vendetta against noobs. Capture the flag and so forth is so not my thing.

Overall, while this game lacked originality, I still enjoyed the action it gave, the story and the character development. It wasn’t as good as Arkham City, but it’s still worth playing if you enjoyed the other two games and are a Batman fan. My advice would be to wait for a major price drop since it doesn’t have a lot of replay value. I give it a 7.5/10.

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On a side note, I’m interested to see what the DLC coming out this year is going to be. An edition to the story perhaps? I think another origin story with a different villain would be neat. There are rumors it might have to do with Mr. Freeze!

Join the conversation! Did you play Arkham Origins and what did you think? What would you like to see in the new DLC? Comment below or on the Epic Gamer Girl Facebook Page. You can also find me on twitter @firedragon1087.

Jan 122014
 

My 2013 Gaming Review:

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Another year has come and gone, and the gaming resolutions begin!

The main games I played in 2013 were: Just Dance 4, Bioshock Infinite, Red Dead Redemption, LA Noire, Midnight Club, Grandtheft Auto 4 (Episodes from Liberty City), DC Universe Online, Diablo 3, Batman: Arkham Origins, Fallout: New Vegas, Lego Marvel, and Injustice Gods Among Us.

The best game I played in 2013 was definitely Bioshock Infinite. While I thought Arkham Origins would be the winner, Bioshock won due to its excellent story-telling, graphics, gameplay & originality. If you want to see my full review of it, see my previous post 🙂

The Rockstar collection pack was an excellent buy in 2013. It included Red Dead Redemption, LA Noire, GTA 4 Episodes from Liberty City & Midnight Club. I hadn’t played any of them so it was a good deal. I wasn’t sure if I’d like Red Dead Redemption, but when I started playing it I couldn’t stop! It was so enthralling, and there were so many missions it kept me busy for a good long while. The graphics & gameplay were great. The story & characters kept me interested, and the ending was quite surprising. I quite enjoyed the online multi-player as well. I could see why this game was a best seller. LA Noire wasn’t quite as good as Red Dead, but I enjoyed the dark storyline and it kept me interested. I couldn’t quite connect with the main character, I thought he was kind of an A-hole. But I thought the investigations were fun, even though I was terrible at them. In fact I think I would be the world’s worst detective. No really. Not kidding. Just terrible. Overall it was entertaining and unique. Midnight club & GTA4 episodes were just fillers, but were fun to play in-between other games. The online multi-player in both those games were pretty fun.

Speaking of online multi-player, I started playing DC Universe Online again. It’s a really fun game to play for free, as long as you don’t mind the hours of waiting for the install & updates! I loved both the characters I made, one good one evil. It’s definitely not perfect, there are many glitches and things that can be improved upon. This is why I’m excited its out on the PS4, I’m hoping a lot of those problems have been fixed. I’ll definitely go back to playing it once I get a PS4.

I was thrilled when Diablo 3 came out on the PS3, I waited so long to play it! I’m addicted to dungeon crawlers, and the fact that it has both local & online co-op is great. I highly recommend this game to any RPG lover. I think it’s a shame some people won’t play it just because it has a top view. It’s great to play with friends (you can play up to 4 characters on the same screen). It’s well worth the money because there’s so much replay value in it.

The most anticipated game I waited to play in 2013 was Arkham Origins. The bottom line is that it was a great game, but it wasn’t as good as Arkham city, and way shorter. It lacked originality. So I was a little disappointed after all the hype; my excitement was gone after a week of playing. But with that being said there were still some good things about it, which I’ll discuss in my full review coming soon!

Another good buy was Fallout: New Vegas. I didn’t know too much about it, but based on the good reviews I gave it a chance. Honestly I was lost when first playing it, and it took me awhile to get into. But once I did it was actually pretty fun. Just like the Elder Scrolls it’s an open world game, and there are tons of missions to do and places to explore. I sunk quite a few hours in it, and I’m still not finished. Good value for the $20 (Cnd) I paid for it, which included all the DLC’s!

As the end of the year drew near, game sales were pretty attractive. So I got Lego Marvel half price on the PSN store, and Injustice God’s among us on sale for $20 (Cnd). Both were a great buy. I’m still playing Lego Marvel, and I’m really enjoying it so far. I love that it has an open world concept in New York, and the missions are super fun. Who wouldn’t love Lego Hulk? Hulk crush puny Lego men! This is actually the first Lego game that I’ve really gotten into and that I’m going to play the whole way through.

After finishing the story-mode in Injustice Gods Among Us I have to say it was the best storyline I’ve ever seen in a fighting game. I usually don’t expect much story wise in those kinds of games, but it was really like watching a movie. I love the “super moves”, and the interactive environment. Best fighting game in 2013!

I’m not sure what the future will bring for gaming. I wondered if 3D or virtual gaming would get more popular. With today’s technology I’m excited to see what comes.

2013 was also the release of the highly anticipated PS4 & Xbox One! In 2014, I’ll be looking forward to next gen console gaming. Never before had I seen such controversy over two competing consoles. I decided to stick with Playstation though, so I plan on getting a PS4 this year. My PS3 has served me well these past few years, but soon it will be time to move on. And the fact I barely have any space left on my hard drive! My favourite games of all time that I played on the PS3 are: DragonAge Origins, Mass Effect 2 & 3, and Elder Scrolls: Skyrim.

There are lots of games I’m looking forward to playing in 2014, but the two biggest ones are Elder Scrolls Online, and Dragon Age Inquisition. Elder Scrolls coming in June on PS4, and Dragonage likely near the end of the year.

Overall, 2013 was an epic gaming year, and I look forward to more games to come!

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Join the discussion! What was your favourite game(s) in 2013 and what game(s) do you look forward to in 2014? Comment below or on the Epic Gamer Girl Facebook Page. You can also find me on twitter @firedragon1087.

May 172013
 

Bioshock Infinite is a whirlwind of intricate plot design, stunning graphics, and intense action. This 3rd installment of the Bioshock series blows the minds of fans & gamers everywhere.

The graphics are beautiful, and attention to detail is brilliant. It being set in the past (1912), the environment is very creative. Columbia: A city in the sky!

There are times when I just stopped to look around because I didn’t want to miss any of the world’s details. I can’t think of any other game I’ve played where there were so many religious & historical elements and cool metaphors. The themes are certainly unique.

The combat is very intense at times and action packed. There are a variety of guns for you to choose from, and a power called a vigor you can use in your left hand. I personally love the combo of magic and weapons; if I get any chance to have both I will. In order to use your vigor you have to have enough salts (which is like mana), so make sure to stock up in between battles. You can loot stuff from bodies, find items and buy supplies in various vending machines. There are also Infusions you can find throughout the game to boost your health, shields, and salts so make sure to find as many as you can as it helps significantly.

My favourite vigor was the Shock Jockey. Zapp!

There are a variety of different enemies in the game. Very unique in their design and all have tricks to beat them.

The huge battle before the ending scenes is crazy intense. It took me a few tries to beat it and definitely requires strategy. Be prepared!

The camera is first person, so people who tend to get motion sickness have caution. I don’t normally get motion sick in games, but this one took me awhile to get use to. The thing that threw me off the most was the wobbly walking and the floating buildings. If it didn’t have that it would have been fine. You do get used to it eventually though. I found about half way through the game I didn’t notice it anymore. Riding the skylines on the gondola rails can make you dizzy too, but I thought it was super fun!

Character development is well structured throughout the game. Elizabeth’s character is definitely a favourite among gamers. She will try to keep you stocked on things you need during battle. Very useful indeed! She also has a depth to her that is unique and has some pretty cool time ripping powers. She kind of reminded me of Belle from Beauty and the Beast. I liked that she was conservative and that her outfits were realistic. I think Elizabeth is an excellent well thought-out character and one of the best female characters in a game.

You also get to learn some things about the main character Booker (which is you), some crazy things, but you also notice changes in him and watch him develop his values. Booker and Elizabeth work very well together.

“”Bring us the girl, and wipe away the debt”. The plot has twists and turns that both surprised and confused me. I was really drawn in about half way and towards the end I couldn’t stop playing. The most confusing part of the plot is the end; there are some crazy things going on in the last half hour or so. Without revealing any spoilers, I’ll just say that my mind was blown when thinking about what the hell just happened lol. However I like that the game has depth and meaning, and a story that you really think about long after. There are things that happened throughout the game I didn’t really understand but when I look back on now it makes total sense. It’s all woven together quite perfectly. A good story is imperative in any game, and this is one of the stronger, most memorable and unique one’s I’ve ever played.

Some people are saying that this is the greatest game ever made. I disagree, but I can see why they’re saying it. For the type of game it is it has some really strong elements. I personally prefer other games over this one, and different styles of game, but I do appreciate all the hard work put into it. It’s really a matter of personal preference. Play for yourself and decide!

Overall in my opinion this game is definitely worth playing, especially if you’re a Bioshock fan. There is no need to play the other Bioshock’s first because the story and characters are completely separate. It was a thrill ride that kept me entertained till the very end. I give it a 9/10.

Mar 072013
 

This DLC was a delightful romp made especially for the fans. It’s the last DLC for Mass Effect 3, thus concluding the trilogy. I have to say my favourite part was the goofy humor. It had great writing, and killer one-liners. I haven’t laughed so hard in a game since Monkey Island. Laughter is the best medicine as they say. This was the comic relief the game so badly needed. The game constantly has you on edge, and is so freaking intense, so this was a nice break from that. Both you and Shepard get to have a little fun.

MINOR Spoilers ahead:

Shepard starts off his/her shore leave with a stellar apartment given as a gift from Anderson. I so want this apartment! It’s huge, sleek, stylish and modern.

Shepard then goes to have lunch with Joker at a popular sushi place, and all hell breaks loose. A warning, then an attack; “Ladies and gentlemen, tonight’s performance is brought to you by random acts of violence.” A new assailant is afoot! I liked that the enemy was unexpected, not whom you’d think it’d be. You find out a little later who it is, but it’s something new and different, and slightly amusing. As the plot unfolds, a surprise twist is revealed. Danger, action, adventure, betrayal, and hilarity ensue!

Matching well with the James Bond kind of feel, is the new gun you pick up. The M-11 Suppressor, a heavy pistol that packs a wallop. So badass! It’s my favourite weapon now.

I also liked the music played throughout every mission. Every detail was brilliant.

After kicking some ass in the main mission, you then get to spend some quality time with your crew, and love interest. On the Silversun strip, you also get to enjoy the Arena combat simulator, the Arcade, and the classy upscale Casino.

I liked dressing up for a night on the town. My date with Garrus was amazing; we danced a sensual, tantric tango while everyone watched!

It’s all about the partying in this DLC. The big party (which I saved for last) came next. Wild and hilarious. The best part: Sheppard’s dancing. The morning after parts were great too. And I didn’t mind waking up next to Garrus :-D. It was great having every character there who survived both your Mass Effect 2 & 3 game. A chance for everyone to get together.

This was by far the best DLC for Mass Effect 3 because it was the most memorable, and the most fun. You can also go back to this part of the Citadel anytime, unlike Omega. It’s definitely worth the price tag of $14.99. It was a deserving end for the fans, and I honestly didn’t want to go back to the Normandy. I got that sad feeling like the end of a great vacation.  It then dwelled on me that this truly was the end, and felt kind of sad about it. This was an emotional roller coaster ride for me, but I loved every minute of it.

I give this DLC a 10 out of 10. I don’t know how it could have been better. Well done to the Mass Effect & Bioware team. If you haven’t played it yet and are far enough in your Mass Effect 3 game, play it now! This one’s for the fans.

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Feb 142013
 

Can you fall in love in a video game?

Since it’s Valentines day, I thought I would write a quick post about love and romance in video games! The first time I “fell in love” in a video game was in Dragon Age Origins. Thank you Bioware for creating a world where romance is possible. I love when a game lets you know a character on a more intimate level, and to share something special with them. I’m not just talking about sex, but more about love, and “romancing” a character. So is it silly to have feelings for a fictional character? If it’s real to you, it’s not silly. It makes the game and character you’re falling for that much more special.  If you’re playing an RPG why not give it that something extra to really make you feel like you’re living another life? It’s about really making a connection to someone special. Sappy, I know, but it’s true!

My top 5 favourite video game romances:

1.)  DragonAge Origins – Alistair: This was my first video game romance ever, and it was real to me because at the time I didn’t even know you could romance a character. I genuinely got to know him through each conversation and we took steps towards a romance. Like in real life, it’s a trust you build with each other to get to the next level. Start a friendship, then build a romance. It’s one I will never forget. It’s true Alistair is easy on the eyes, but I loved his personality too. Every romance I had after that in Origins and DragonAge 2 didn’t feel the same; they felt hollow in comparison.

2.)  Mass Effect 3 – Female Shepard & Garrus Vakarian: Honestly at first I was a little bit superficial about Garrus, thinking “eww, he’s an ugly alien, why would I want to hit that?” The first play through in ME2 I romanced Jacob Taylor because he was the only human male option that was good looking. I didn’t feel anything in the relationship though. In ME3, I romanced Kaiden, but again felt nothing. I would have romanced James if it were possible, since he is super sexy and I liked his personality too. What a tease Bioware! I was honestly disappointed in the lack of romance options for the Fem Shep, since the Male Shep had so many! It’s like hmm, aliens or woman eh. Anyway, it forced me to have an open mind about an alien romance. In ME2 the second time around, I romanced Garrus. I have to say I genuinely fell for Garrus as a person. I love their romance because even though he is more on the conservative side, I really felt the connection between them. And it’s great you can carry forward the romance in ME3, where the best parts of their romance occur. “There is no Shepard without Vakarian” – Shepard. They make the perfect team.

The next ones are more so my favourite couples in video games, ones that you can’t choose but are just special.

3.)  Zelda – Link & Zelda: This is such a sweet, innocent romance. They belong together, and every Zelda game makes you appreciate that. They start at such a young age, where it’s cute, and as they get older it gets more serious and beautiful.

4.)  Monkey Island – Guybrush Threepwood & Elaine: I like this romance because it shows a relationship that isn’t always a smooth ride. But it also shows Guybrush’s dedication to Elaine and that in the end they belong together. The humor is a great way to make this couple a light-hearted romance that we can all enjoy.

5.)  Mario: Mario & Peach: I love this couple because of Mario’s determination to save Princess peach every single time. It shows how love can motivate you to do crazy and dangerous things. “Mama Mia! What a beautiful Princess eh?”

What’s your favourite video game romance and/or couple?