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  • Infamous Second Son Review

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    While dashing through the air as a puff of smoke, you look down to see a man restrained in a yellow vest being attacked by a crowd of anti-bioterrorists. You land on a building near the attack, contemplating what you will do. The neon from a nearby sign... More
  • Irrational's new game predictions

    I love Irrational Games. Game Informer's segment on them a few months ago was brilliant, and it makes me want more from them. I loved Bioshock, and I hope that whne it does get around to making a third one, I hope that Irrational handles it, and make... More
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  • 365/365 Day 70: Writing About Writing

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  • Obscure Games - Rambo: Last Blood

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    Today I'd like to talk about a very strange, humorous, and - in a sense - extremely obscure game. What game might that be you ask? Rambo: Last Blood ! Rambo: Last Blood is a free PC game, released in 2012 and created by Naughty Dog game designer,... More
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order Review (PS4)

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    World War 2 games have been a running trend for the first-person shooter; it was until only a few years ago the steam had settled. Developers understand the fatigue in the era, which why if a game takes place in this time period than there is most likely... More
  • What makes a great game?

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    When you think of a great game several things come to mind.  In this blog we will look at what makes a great game.  There will be three games that most of the GIO community in some shape, form, or fashion is familiar with.  You may be asking what inspired this blog.  Several things: 1. it's been on my mind for a while, 2. I had to be done eventually, and 3. I think you will like what I have to say. 

    You maybe are wondering which three games and what criteria I will be using.  I'm not going to tell you so soon.  I will say whatever you're thinking it may or may not be discussed in this blog. 

    Here are the criteria that I am using:

    Storyline
    You may be wondering why I started with this & not something else.  This is what makes or breaks a game, imho!  The storyline has to interesting enough at least for a quick playthrough.  What separates a good game from a great game is the storyline.  Some storylines are cookie cutter.  You know the type.   It seems as though you could have written the background story for the game. 

    You may be wondering what a cookie cutter game is, the majority of the military shooters are.  I hear the comment section now.  Hear me out!  Battlefield has its pros/cons.  I'm not referring to them or the Medal of Honor games.  I am referring to those COD games that were created by the Infinity Ward team.  Yes, those guys.  They did an ok job; the formula never changed from game to game, just the location changed. 

    Now, that we have what makes a good game, let's look at what a great game is.  An example of great, with no questions asked!  The Mass Effect series is an example of what constitutes a great series.  As for the game, it would be a tossup for me between Mass Effect 2/3.  They used a storyline that was threaded through three games with minimal changes made in between each game.  If there was a change it wasn't so MAJOR that it took away from each game let alone the overall series. 

    Character Interaction
    Character interaction means a lot in certain games.  This especially holds true within the RPG, (role-playing games).  Many games have good character interaction.  The genre that comes to mind is fighting games.  They do a good job at showing character interaction through a backstory of some kind. 

    As for the RPG genre its ripe for the section of my blog.  RPGs have well developed character interaction.  This can be evidenced in both Max Payne 3 & Mass Effect 2.  The character interaction that is seen within both of these games is unparalleled & in my humble opinion, very few games stand up to their respective bodies of work. 

    With Mass Effect 2, you can see the character interaction starting from the opening scenes of the game.  It only gets progressively better as the game speeds along.  There are moments when the dialogue/character interaction gets stale.  Those moments are few & far between. 

    If anyone disagrees, please share your viewpoint or opinion in the comments section.

    Weaponry
    Next topic of discussion is weaponry.  There are several games that come to mind when discussing this topic.  I will stick mainly to the first/third person shooters, and the RPG categories.  They each have their own set of weapons.  Between, first/third person shooters, I would say that the better weapons are with the third person shooter games.  Especially when talking about both Max Payne 3 & Mass Effect 2/3. 
    The wealth of weapons in ME2, like the Javelin, the particle arc gun, or even some of the sniper rifles are cool to work with.  With weapons it's just nice to have some choice and diversity in which weapons you can choose for which mission you're going on.  The same can be seen in the Max Payne 3 game. 
    I think that weapons speak for themselves.  It depends on the game and how you react to each level or mission which is key in how you choose your weapon(s).  Anyone else agree with me?

    Controls
    There's not much to say here.  I will say that controls like character interaction can make or break a game.  For example with the Battlefield series the controls can be confusing at times for some people.  This will cause them to get frustrated and not continue with said series. 
    Unlike, on the other hand, with Max Payne 3, or Mass Effect 2, those controls were easy to learn from the beginning and if you had any issues you could configure the controls to your liking.  Most shooters only give you some many options to customize your controls for playing said game. 

    Gameplay
    Where do I begin?  Gameplay is one topic that can have several different directions for a blog.  For our purposes we will be sticking with the generalities.  Gameplay consists of length of game, options, various missions, etc.  Length of game is something that is dictated by the options that the game gives you within the constraints of the game.  The various missions can make or break a game.  For the most part the missions help add to a great game.  They also give more light to what the creators of the game were going for.  Gameplay can bring out all types of emotions in people.  Be it, anger, frustration, happiness, joy, etc.  The range of emotions that gameplay encompasses is endless. 

     

     

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  • VITA - Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate first impressions

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    Hello all ! Wanted to post my initial thoughts on Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate for the Vita that I started on Friday night. Hope you enjoy. So far, overall, it is a good game. Comic style story scenes are excellent. They remind me quite a bit of the... More
  • Day 18: I'm Going to Ramble

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    I'm feeling rather scatter brained at the moment so I guess we will see where that takes us. I guess I should start with Ashaman3000's comment yesterday about what I'd like to see in the future. Well for starters I'd like to see the majority... More
  • 5th games I play next pt. 4 the semi-finals

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    Were back once again, seeing who goes on. Now, we are seeing who you guys decide to go on to the championship. We have are final 4, but who will go on top? Who will advance to the championship? Remember you can head over to forum and vote twice if you... More
  • (Possibly) Saying goodbye to Xbox.....

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    The reveals are done. After talking with many of my friends face to face, and online, it sounds as though many of them will be switching to PS4. That's too bad, because I really prefer the Xbox live set up. It's also unfortunate, because I think... More
  • The "Total-Copy-Of-What-Reiner's-Doing" Week One

    So I've decided to try hard to do what Reiner is doing with his "Currently Playing" series of blog posts. Welcome to Week One of what I'm playing, reading, and watching. At the end is a segment called "Protip of the Week."... More