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Gaming: March 2011’s Games

April 15, 2011 2 comments

On time for once (and coming straight on the heels of February’s), here we have the March round-up posts. This month we kicked off with the books I read and now it’s time for the games I played:

Squashing twelve separate images into a 425x90 image is kind of difficult. Its also incredibly time-consuming, comprable to the amount of time it takes to write the entire post. In fact I spend a fairly ridiculous amount of time assembling the images for each blog post.

Images sources: Conan, Donkey Kong, Benny, Trip, Kane, a wizard, Liu Kang, Tommy, Nathan, Randy and Father Mother.

I think I’ve got am okay system in place now for gaming, but I’ll cover that in the goals section at the bottom of this post. Let’s get straight to the gaming then:

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Gaming: DC Chronicles Season One

October 23, 2010 Leave a comment

About a year ago I posted the first five episodes of a Fallout 3 machinima called the DC Chronicles, following a man’s search for a water chip for his vault. It’s taken a while but the creator has finally completed all seven episodes of the first ‘season’, so I figured I’d group them all together in one post. The series has been featured in a bunch of magazines and websites since then and they’re worth a watch. Hopefully season two will progress a little more quickly.

The official website is here and the author’s YouTube profile is here.

Part 1 – Supermutant Ambush:

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Gaming: Fallout 3 – The Pitt

July 24, 2010 1 comment

The Pitt

Wikipedia fact: "When initially released, the Xbox 360 version had a corrupt file which caused problems and rendered the DLC unplayable."

The first piece of downloadable content for Fallout 3, Operation Anchorage, made a lot of mistakes. My thoughts about it are on this blog, but essentially it took out everything I enjoy about Fallout 3 – exploration, multiple quests, random encounters, scavenging and trading – and basically tried to make the game into a linear shooter, which the game engine can’t really do. The game’s second piece of DLC seems to be an apology for Anchorage’s mistakes.

The Pitt starts when you answer the distress call of a man named Wernher, an escaped slave from The Pitt, what used to be Pittsburgh. The people in charge there are enslaving everyone they meet and working them to death in a functioning steel mill, the area itself being toxic enough that the people are slowly turning into inhuman troggs. Wernher claims the slavers have a cure and asks for your help stealing it.

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Gaming: Fallout 3 – Operation: Anchorage

February 3, 2010 1 comment
Operation Anchorage: The briefing room.

Wikipedia fact: "The content focuses on a titular event in the Fallout timeline before the Great War took place, in which the United States Army liberated Anchorage, Alaska, from its Chinese Communist invaders."

Year of release: 2009

Available for: PC (version played), Xbox 360 and PS3. In all cases it is available either as an individual purchase or packaged with all the other downloadable content in the Game of the Year Edition.

Summary: The Lone Wanderer assists the Brotherhood Outcasts by entering a simulation of the invasion of Anchorage by Chinese soldiers.

Thoughts: As the first piece of DLC to be released for Fallout 3, Anchorage is a bit of a strange beast. If I were to list Fallout 3’s strengths (in my opinion, at least), at the top of the list would be the open nature of its world, leaving you free to go off in any direction you choose and find enemies to fight, new quests to complete and locations to explore. Following that it would be the survival elements, scavenging abandoned locations for much-needed supplies and never knowing quite what you might find, looting fallen opponents, fixing up your damaged weapons, trading what you’ve scavenged for what you need and taking advantage of a bed in a safe haven to rest away your injuries. It all adds up to an experience I’ve returned to three times now. For Operation: Anchorage, Bethesda decided to throw out pretty much all of that.

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Gaming: Modding Fallout 3

January 24, 2010 2 comments

Pipboy Status

Wikipedia fact: "Fallout 3 takes place in the year 2277, 36 years after the setting of Fallout 2 and 200 years after the nuclear war between the United States and China that devastated the game's world in an alternate post-World War II timeline."

When Interplay sold the rights to Fallout I was sceptical that Bethesda would be able to create something that did justice to a classic series that I adore. In a way I was technically correct because Fallout 3 isn’t really a great Fallout game, lacking a lot of the key elements that made me love the originals. However, it is a great Bethesda RPG and I’ve had no trouble divorcing the game from Interplay’s originals and being able to enjoy it as a game in its own right. It’s from playing Fallout 3 that I’ve finally been able to understand just what it is people like about Bethesda’s other games like Morrowind and Oblivion, two games which I’ve never been able to get into.

After playing through the game twice on Xbox 360 and earning all 1,000 gamerscore available in the base game I now have the game of the year edition with all the DLC, and by the time I’m done with this third playthrough I’ll probably have spent upwards of 200 hours playing the game.

The reason I went with the PC GotY edition (aside from it being much cheaper than buying the DLC separately) was for one thing: mods. A common opinion expressed about Oblivion was that the mod community really transformed the game for the better and I’ve been looking forward to seeing what they’ve done with Fallout 3.  So here is a round-up of all the mods I’m currently running, along with screenshots (when applicable, and those with an image will usually have several more on the download page) and links to download them:

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Gaming: Fallout 3: The DC Chronicles

October 8, 2009 1 comment

It’s a fairly recent machinima (fan-made game video) series set in the world of Fallout 3, recounting one man’s search for a water chip for his vault (a plot similar to Fallout in its basic structure), encountering the horrors of the Capital Wasteland on his quest.  I thought it was very well assembled and atmospheric, with mostly good acting to boot.

I’ll post the first five parts below (fullscreen and HD is best), but the official website is here.  There’s no RSS feed there that I could see, but you could subscribe to the author’s YouTube profile.

Part 1 – Supermutant Ambush:

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