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.

Mar 062013
 

The PS4 has been announced, and early reports show that it will not be backwards compatible. Of course, this led to a social media backlash, with gamers declaring that not having backwards compatibility is a huge faux pas, and some even saying that they won’t buy the PS4 unless it is backwards compatible.

For me, these responses are, simply put, overdramatic. Backwards compatibility has only reliably existed for one generation of Sony consoles (the PlayStation 2 played original PlayStation games), and as technology advances, I find it hard to believe that the gaming community didn’t see this as simply a temporary perk.

Original consoles used cartridges, so of course they weren’t backwards compatible, since each cartridge was different from the last. Then consoles switched to using disks, and of course they wouldn’t play any cartridges. The Wii was the first Nintendo system that had backwards compatibility in that it would play GameCube games, and the Xbox 360 only has backwards compatibility with certain Xbox games (which I discovered when I bought an older game a few months ago that won’t work on my 360). Even the PS3 is not backwards compatible with PS2 games, minus a few consoles made at the beginning of its cycle.

For the most part, the PS3 wasn’t backwards compatible either.

While it’s easy to understand why gamers would crave backwards compatibility (who doesn’t want to play an old favorite game over again?), I don’t think it should be the biggest concern when it comes to new consoles. If we want our consoles to get better, we need to release them from the stricture of being backwards compatible, because at some point that’s going to hold them back in terms of overall capability. I think that we need to let go of our desire for backwards compatibility and look towards the future of gaming and not its past.

Jun 022011
 

I love it when Xbox decides to feature Rock Band as “Deal of the Week”. You need to get these awesome deals before they’re gone!!

Judas Priest for 800 MSP (regular 1200)

This pack includes:

Bloodstone

Devil’s Child

Fever

The Hellion/Electric Eye

Pain and Pleasure

 

Riding on the Wind

Screaming For Vengeance

Take These Chains

You’ve Got Another Thing Coming

 

Motley Crue for 880 MSP (regular 1280)

This pack includes:

Dr. Feelgood

Slice of Your Pie

Rattlesnake Shake

Kickstart my Heart

Without You

Same Ol’ Situation

Sticky Sweet

She Goes Down

Don’t Go Away Mad

Time for Change

 

All That Remains for 320 MSP (regular 440)

This pack includes:

Chiron

This Calling

Two Weeks

 

 

 

 

 

Avenged Sevenfold for 320 MSP (regular 440)

This pack includes:

Nightmare

Scream

Seize the Day

 

 

 

 

 

Ozzy Pack 1 for 560 MSP (regular 800)

This pack includes:

Crazy Babies

Diggin’ Me Down

I Don’t Wanna Stop

Let Me Hear You Scream

No More Tears

Soul Sucker

 

 

Mar 172011
 

“Review An Arcade Game”

If you are old enough, you will remember hanging out at the arcade feeding game machines quarters so you could play. My biggest addiction was Tetris. I loved connecting the pieces and building up rows of 4 so I could get a “Tetris”. Bonus points and massive skill required (when the pieces are falling fast).

I bought the Tetris Splash arcade game for Xbox 360 about a year ago. It had some under water theme and cheesy music. It was Tetris-ish… but I was (and still am) a fan of the classic game.

On the PS3 I saw a Tetris game available for download. It was an arcade game, so I bought it.

Classic game!! ... let's see how the arcade for PS3 is 😀

The PS3 version of Tetris has your classic Tetris pieces AND music! I can’t explain the music in text, but if you’ve played it… you know!

The game play is fantastic! There are different modes for multiplayer games (local and online), as well as solo games. You can have battles, races, and even work together by sharing the middle. The pieces that you save (by pulling the trigger R2) can be used by either player. Team work is wicked…or not, depending on your team mate! Of course, the best part about Tetris is playing “battle” and slaughtering the other person with your clever placements and mad skillz 😉

Basically, it’s a brilliant arcade game and totally worth buying  for $10 and playing. That is, if you were a fan of the original Tetris games and if you’re not looking for trophies (achievements).

Overall arcade game review 9/10 …it’s TETRIS!

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