Posts Tagged ‘video games’

roguelegacy

The Steam Summer Sale has come and gone, and it cut a bloody swathe through many a wallet. I managed not to spend much money at all but ended up with quite a few new games by the end, and not just on Steam. Just before and during the sale, I had some coupons and free game codes from another gaming site called Arm Chair Empire and those paired well with some of the daily and flash deals that were running during the sale. I ended up with a bunch of loot for very little money, and I decided to compile a list of all the new gaming acquisitions here. The purpose of this post is to give myself a reference so that I won’t forget and actually will play all of the stuff I got, but I’m also interested in getting comments from my friends to see what games you all ended up with and what you think about them. Here’s my rundown, on Steam and off:

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LaraCroft00

Tomb Raider is a franchise Celeste and I both are into but that she especially loves. As such, we have a whole bunch of Lara Croft stuff on display around the house. This is one of the best, the premium format figure from Sideshow Collectibles based on Lara’s costume in Tomb Raider: Legend. As with all the premium formats, the figure is sculpted from polystone resin, and her outfit is sewn fabric. There are a lot of great details on this one, from the texturing of the base to her boots to the intricacies on Lara’s backpack and gear.

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DeadIslandRiptide

Hey, I uploaded something onto the Yoo-Toobs! Deep Silver sent a copy of Dead Island: Riptide to Fandomania for us to review. I covered the game with a text review yesterday, and today I uploaded my video review. Check it out, and watch me chop up the undead.

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Songbird00

Celeste and I are big BioShock fans, so we preordered the Ultimate Songbird Edition of BioShock Infinite as soon as it went up on Amazon, before we knew anything about the game. We weren’t positive we wanted to drop $150 on the game, though, so we also rented the regular game from Gamefly so we could play through it before we decided whether to keep the ultimate box. Suffice to say that the decision to keep the uber edition wasn’t a hard one to make after we each finished our first playthroughs of the game. The biggest selling point of the collector’s edition is a big statue of Songbird, a key character / monster / thing in the game, and I’m really glad we’ve added him into our collection. We are planning to put together a separate BioShock collectibles display area in our living room, but for now we have this guy hanging out in the Buffy library playset, which we kind of are pretending is Elizabeth’s library.

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Omerta

I reviewed the new Kalypso game, Omerta: City of Gangsters, this week on Fandomania, and to supplement the written review I recorded myself playing the first 45 minutes of the game with commentary. It’s a gangland strategy game set in Prohibition era Atlantic City. Or, as I like to call it, it’s a Nucky Thompson simulator. It doesn’t quite reach the dramatic heights of Boardwalk Empire, but it does provide some silly fun. You can read my full review over at Fandomania, or you can just check out the gameplay here.

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FTL

What’s this? A non-collectibles post?! I’ve been messing around with some video capture software and techniques in order to make video reviews of games for Fandomania. After professing my addiction to FTL numerous times on Twitter, Facebook, the podcast, and elsewhere, I decided to make a test video of myself firing up the game and taking it for a spin. This video is my first run at a gaming commentary video and isn’t as polished as the official stuff I’m doing for Fandomania will be. Still, it turned out decently for a tech demo, and it might turn some new players on to one of 2012’s best games, so I decided to go ahead and post it. I plan to follow up with some additional videos to follow the rest of my progress through this game session of FTL. For now, here’s part one.

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Time for a nerd milestone! Back in November 2005 my friend Keenan and I sat outside the local Best Buy all night long so that we could each get a then-brand new Xbox 360 on launch day. With a little time share help from my parents, we made it through the night and eventually stumbled home the next morning with our shiny new game systems. I can’t remember which games Keenan picked up, but my first batch was Perfect Dark Zero, Amped 3, and Condemned: Criminal Origins.

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The end of each year is a bonanza time for video gamers. The biggest and best games of the year tend to release in the final quarter, just in time to hit stores for Christmas, and older games released prior to that quarter usually see some pretty steep price cuts as holiday promotions. These price cuts usually happen on Black Friday, again on Cyber Monday, and then once more during the final week of the year, but in 2011 the bargain gaming deals ran all the way from Black Friday through the first day of 2012.

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It’s been a pretty harrowing few days. You can read my original account of what started the craziness in full detail in my previous post, but I’ll recap it here for those just joining us. Someone stole my Xbox Live account on Saturday and charged up a bunch of Microsoft Points on my credit card, which they then used to buy downloadable content for their FIFA 12 soccer game. When I reported the theft to Microsoft, I was told that it would take them 25-30 days to investigate the matter, meaning that I’d be without access to my Xbox and without my stolen $125 during that time. This is the busiest video game release season of the year, so being out of gaming for most of November and December was most definitely not a cool prospect.

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Friday was Celeste’s birthday, and we had a great weekend with my parents, who took us out to dinner that night and with Celeste’s parents, who took us out to dinner last night and stayed at our house until today. After all the celebrating was done and everyone had gone home, I decided to hop on the Xbox for a little while. I fired it up and tried to log into my account, only to have it tell me that my account was invalid and needed to be recovered to my console. This has happened once before, due to what I had assumed was a technical glitch. I selected to recover the account and entered my username and password… and they came back as invalid. Confused, I went to the computer and tried to log into Xbox.com. Same thing… invalid password for my account.

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