Episode 38: Gaming Addiction

We discuss the controversial topic of gaming addiction in this somewhat distracted episode (listen to find out why) discussing the causes, symptoms, as well as some of the games associated with addiction.  Here's the notes:

00:00;37 Nibblebits:

00:01;14 Will - New Multiplayer DLC for ME3 and new ending DLC – Joe Danger coming iOS – Gamestop is selling Skylanders toys now – Resurrection, Lazarus and Cerberus

00:06;55 Eric - Madden 13 cover vote finalists – Resident Evil 6 Platinum Edition – Legend of Dragoon

00:09;00 Corey – Release dates for Lost Planet 3, Resident Evil 6 and a Wii U price rumor

00:11;29 Dan - Civilization Revolution on Windows phone and Sid Meier Pirates on iPad - Skyrim 1.5 patch

00:13;00 How was our weeks (Including some NHL playoff predictions)

00:24;24 Music Break: 2nro8ot – “Crash of the First Interstellar Channel”

00:27;23 Main Segment: Video Game Addiction

We don our psychiatrist’s hats and diagnose video game addiction, the symptoms and discuss if we might be victims of the disease.

01:03;17 Music Break: 2nro8ot – “Look Back”

01:06;34  Feedback

We discuss EA’s victory(?) as worst company in America.

A listener asks us our favorite video game soundtracks.

01:20;30 News

Eric and Dan discuss the Better Business Bureau deeming Mass Effect 3’s marketing as false advertising.

01:25;50 Corey and Will discuss the new study detailing the characteristics of successful online competitors

01:33;14 Music Break: 2nro80t – “The TV Asteroid”

01:36;30 What We Played

Will - Pokemon Soul Silver

Eric - Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 and FIFA.

01:41;11 Dan - Civ 5, Civilization Revolution and Mass Effect 3 online

01:51;25 Corey - Xenoblade Chronicles and Infinity Blade

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Episode 32: Mass Effect 1&2 Recap

We spend this week's episode doing a somewhat disorganized recap of the first and second Mass Effect games with the help of our first return guest Billy.  To warn you ahead of time, SPOILER ALERT, we do a full plot recap of the two previously release games.  Here's the notes:

00:00:37 Quick Hits

00:09:00 Our Weeks

Will’s after school floor hockey team keeps rolling, Dan finally receives his tax return and orders his computer (Acer Predator). He also expresses some disappointment with Tiger Direct. Eric shares his racquetball adventure and subsequent injury. Finally (and thankfully) Corey’s homemade deodorant seems to be working pretty well.

00:18:45 Music Break

00:19:45 Main Segment – Mass Effect Recap

We dive headfirst into the Mass Effect Universe only to face plant on the concrete of its myriad details.  With the help of Wikipedia, we persevere and enjoy reminiscing about Mass Effect 1 and 2.

01:05:31 Feedback

Eric and Dan are faced with a weight loss challenge.  In turn, they offer up an amazing reward.  We are asked about our nerdy backgrounds which leads to a story about stealing Magic the Gathering cards from middle schoolers.

01:22:40 News

Dan and Will talk about the massive success of the PC Gaming Wiki.

Corey brings up Canada’s biggest controversy in years, the selling of video games in Scholastic’s book catalogue for students.

Eric brings the topic of naming video game characters to the table. He also discusses the IGN article concerning the best year in gaming.

01:40:47 Star Wars Mad libs

01:50:00 What we Played

We had a Halo Party!

Corey gushes over Freebird’s indie retro/RPG, To the Moon. He peppers in some discussion of Rocksmith and NHL 12.

Will revisits last year’s shooters by playing Gears of War 3, Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3.  He also compares Dream Heights to Tiny Tower. Will concludes his part by finally talking FF7.

Dan revisits Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning and Star Wars: The Old Republic on his brand spankin’ new computer.

Eric tries out the demos for SSX and Little Big Planet 2. He continues kicking arse in UFC Undisputed 3.

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Modern Warfare 3 single player review

 

by Will Murtha

 

The Call of Duty series is seeing great success, but mainly for its multiplayer gameplay. However, what the franchise does really well is its single player campaign. Picking right up from the ending of Modern Warfare 2, Modern Warfare 3 starts out with a bang. The first two missions titled “Black Tuesday” and “Hunter Killer” have you trying to stop invaders from taking over New York City. From there the game never really slows down. This fifteen mission campaign has you traveling all over the world, across London, Paris, Berlin, New York City and Sierra Leone, among others. The storyline revolves around two main characters, Captain Price and Soap, and a new character, Yuri, trying to take out Vladimir Makarov, the leader of a Russian terrorist group called the Ultranationalists. With part of the campaign focusing on Price, Soap and Yuri, the other part has you playing as America’s Delta Force and Britain’s SAS forces trying to counter the terrible acts of terrorism by the Ultranationalists.

 

While the campaign is hard to follow at times because of the constant jumping around from place to place and faction to faction, Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer seemingly created the best campaign in the series. The constant battling you face during each mission keeps the adrenaline pumping especially while the difficulty is set on veteran, the highest it can go. Seeing acts of terrorism, along with the destruction of cities such as New York and Berlin, helps you rally behind your character and the team you’re fighting with, which is good because not caring what happens in any story of any game can ruin anyone’s experience. This game offers up two of the most epic first person shooter missions around in “Blood Brothers” and “Down the Rabbit Hole.” Overall, though, all the missions are very good, and enjoyable to play through. But, like other Call of Duties, the campaign is very short. I beat it in five hours and twenty minutes.

If you don’t want to play the campaign or you’re tired of multiplayer, you can sit down to play Spec Ops. This mode, returning from Modern Warfare 2, has you executing missions alone or with a friend in which you must complete an objective together. Your tasks include killing a specific target, freeing hostages, or quietly sneaking into an area to take some intel and escape.

 

As you continue down the list of missions they become increasingly difficult. A brand new mode added to Spec Ops is the Survival mode. You and a friend are put up against endless waves of enemies. Like Zombies in Treyarch’s Call of Duties, the survival mode gets harder as you increase in rounds. The enemies you face are different each round. You could fight helicopters, dogs, the regular infantry or the heavily armored juggernauts, which are a real pain.

 

Spec Ops is a great change of pace from the multiplayer. It’s something that allows you to kick back, relax and enjoy. Playing through the missions won’t get your blood boiling like the multiplayer will. Survival is a great addition. It adds something for people to keep coming back to. You can only beat the campaign and the Spec Ops missions so many times. Survival will have people coming back, trying to get into higher rounds than before. The players also can try different strategies then the last time. The ability to purchase kill streaks such as sentry guns and predator missiles helps you deal with the massive amounts of enemies and aircraft. Survival mode ultimately gives the player more replay value in a game with a ton to begin with.

 

The graphics are not too different from Modern Warfare 2. Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer utilize the same engine as before, with only minor improvements. Granted, everything looks cleaner, especially the environments. Guns also look better with much more detail.

 

Single player is often lost in the shuffle in Call of Duty games. But the roller coaster campaign tosses you between very intense moments of all-out war and discreet stealth objectives in a matter of seconds. This campaign brilliantly wraps up the story that began with Call of Duty 4. And if that’s not enough, Spec Ops is a great way to spend more time with the game. Regardless, the single player portions should not be ignored.

 

Singleplayer/ Spec Ops score- 8.5 out of 10

Episode 16: Catching up with PS3

In this latest episode we invite Sebastien into the studio to fill us in on some of the newer PS3 games including Uncharted 3.  He also lists his top 9 favorite games and we talk about some of the differences between the XBox360 and PS3.  "What we played" consisted of some Modern Warfare 3 talk, and the whole episode reeked of the impending Skyrim release.  The music was provided by the band Really Old Airplanes.  Get it on iTunes and Zune or listen below!

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