Sunday, May 3, 2009

Grand Theft Auto

During most of the huge gap that I didn’t post anything about gaming, I was usually playing Grand Theft Auto 3 and GTA: San Andreas, which I got in a big Steam package for like $29.99.  Now I understand why everyone thought those games were so revolutionary and awesome.

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FarCry

I picked up FarCry from Steam for $9.99 a couple weeks ago.  It’s pretty cool, but it’s not blowing me away.

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Bioshock

I downloaded Bioshock from Steam for a measely $19.95 a while back.  If you're one of the six or seven people who haven't played it already, it's a very cool game.  Definitely a five... out of five.  It's not a very long-lasting game, though, as is typical of the gaming industry these days.  And it's not the hardest game in the world, either.  I played it on all three difficulty settings, and on the hardest setting, it started out kind of hard, but I got used to it after a while and it became rather easy to beat down the splicers.  On the easy setting, it was ridiculously easy.  Fun to whack everyone with the wrench, though.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

EVE Online Impressions

Before I wasted my money on WAR, I toyed with the idea of getting EVE Online instead.  The idea of a spaceship-based MMO is fascinating -- it harkens back to the golden age of TradeWars on the local dialup BBS -- and I've wanted to try it out for, well, years.  So now that WAR is gone, I went ahead and downloaded the 21-day EVE Online free trial through Steam and played with it over the 3-day weekend.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Gears of War Installed

I installed Gears of War for the PC this past weekend.  I bought it about six months ago... and only now experienced just the right combination of boredom and lack of creativity to turn to a video game.

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Monday, January 21, 2008

TF2 Griefing

I probably shouldn't be rewarding this kind of annoying pub server behavior, but Team Roomba's "More Team Fortress 2 Griefing" YouTube video might just be the funniest thing I've ever seen, especially at the end with the trivia questions. (Warning: I wouldn't recommend watching with minors present.)

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Portal

So I picked up Valve's Orange Box, which includes Half-Life 2 Episode 2, Portal, Team Fortress 2, and some other mini-games that nobody cares about. I got Orange Box for basically three reasons: 1) I wanted to play HL2 Episode 2, the continuation of the Half-Life 2 serial saga, 2) I've heard a lot of good things about Portal, and 3) I enjoyed the amusing TF2 trailers, plus Yellow said he'd played it, which I assume means it can't be all that bad. In any case it's a good value for three games, and it's downloadable so I didn't even have to leave my chair. (That part kinda rules.)

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

CoD4

I've been playing Call of Duty 4 for a few days. I played Call of Duty 2, but did not play Call of Duty 3 (since it was only available for consoles).

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Painkiller

I also downloaded Painkiller from Steam the other day for 9.95. I hear a lot of people complaining about the Steam platform, but I have to say that the concept of impulse buying quality games without even leaving your chair is pretty cool. :) I've never had any problems with Steam, although admitedly I haven't used it all that extensively.

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Half-Life 2: Episode 1

I downloaded Half-Life 2: Episode 1 from Steam a couple weeks ago for 9.95. Overall it was a quality game and I enjoyed playing it, but I'm glad I got it when it was on sale, because it was really, really short. It only took me a couple of days to go through the entire game. It wasn't quite as good as the original Half-Life 2 mainly because I thought it was just too quick and easy. With Alex tagging along the whole time you don't even have to do much. Sometimes you can literally just stand around while Alex shoots all the bad guys for you. The parts where you have to watch dialog and story elements play out can get a little tedious, too, but that also happened in Half-Life 2. But I still enjoyed it... what little there was of it. I give it a 3... out of 5.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Oblivion Review

Here is a very brief review of Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion: It blows. Hard.

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Oblivion Review

Here is a very brief review of Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion: It blows. Hard.

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Oblivion Redux

I've been woefully negligent in reporting my gaming activities here.  Not that anyone reads this anyway. :)

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Oblivion Redux

I've been woefully negligent in reporting my gaming activities here.  Not that anyone reads this anyway. :)

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Monday, October 23, 2006

World of Warcraft

Inspired by the recent episode of South Park, and being bored with FlatOut2, I finally installed my trial version of World of Warcraft yesterday, which I'd gotten with a video card about a year ago I think. I've been trying to stay away from MMORPGs because, as South Park indicated, you really can't play them competitively unless you're willing to join some kind of guild and give up your life, and really, what's the point in playing a game if not to win? :) But I've heard repeatedly that WoW was particularly good for so-called "casual gamers" and people who liked solo adventuring, so I gave it a shot.

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