Medal of Honor: Warfighter Review

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Release Date: October 23, 2012

Like the seasonal flu, every fall blatant copies of popular titles are shoved down the consumer’s throats right in time for the hopeful holiday rush. What’s popular enough now to be the topic of conversation between the kiddies at the playground? Military first-person shooters have been this go-to cash grab for years now and usually titles lacking Call of Duty in the title fall on a suicidal land mine. This year we have Medal of Honor: Warfighter, a first-person shooter touting “realism” (remember, THIS IS INSPIRED BY ACTUAL EVENTS) set in a modern military world. 2010’s Medal of Honor was terrible in its own right and Warfighter does little to better the name. It’s about as forgettable and poorly constructed as most of its competitors.
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Platinum Hunt: Uncharted: Golden Abyss

Difficulty: 7/10
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It’s a lot like Nathan Drake to hunt after treasure, so I channeled my inner Drake and hunted down the Platinum trophy for Uncharted: Golden Abyss. This extraordinary Vita title completes my Platinum hunt for this series, it’s just too bad that a few of them are some of the most tedious busywork I’ve had to do for these digital rewards.
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Dishonored Review

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Release Date: October 9, 2012

Video game characters don’t usually get stuck with boring day jobs, but if I were to choose out of all the digital professions, I’d easily gravitate to being an assassin. Hiding in the shadows, stalking your prey, then driving a hot iron blade into their neck is the fantastical escape that I like to see within the confines of video games (and only video games), so any title with that premise already has my ears perked up. Dishonored is such a game, with an assassin fueled on revenge being the main tagline. A simple label such as that is a reductive way of looking at this game because of the vast array of choices it offers the player. Dishonored is not only one of the most interesting games within the past few years, but it manages to be the most well-designed title complete with multiple ways to approach any situation. This is a recipe for success.
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Platinum Hunt: Borderlands

Difficulty: 3/10
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In a game about hunting vaults, it’s only right to go after the treasure myself. Chasing down the Platinum trophy in Borderlands felt right and, after seeing the list, was made quite possible due to its ease. I’m not alone either. Borderlands is in the top ten list of most Platinumed games on the PS3. Judging by the game’s quality and relatively achievable list, this isn’t exactly a surprise.

If you like doing all of the stuff, you’ll be getting trophy dings left and right. Doing all the missions and just playing the game will net you more than a fair share of these rewards. Hitting certain level thresholds, selling items, gathering weapons, and the like will come to your naturally so stop panicking over there. Seriously. Keep yourself in check.

Upside down Pac-Man?

Some won’t come naturally, but, as long as you have a couple controllers or a co-op partner, you’ll be in the clear. I’m not one to tell you how to live your life, but co-op is the way to go anyway. Besides that, the Mario related trophy for murdering an enemy by jumping is definitely thoughtful and is probably my favorite on the list.

If we lived in a world without trophies or achievements, I bet most players would have unknowingly achieved 100% without even trying to. Playing Borderlands almost became about the meta-level gaming of doing everything, something good achievements/trophies capitalize on. Borderlands was full of good treasures and loot, including the Platinum trophy. Except what was actually in the vault. Boy, was that stupid.

Sony Sues Nolan North for His Many “Drake-like” Roles

Hot off the heels of the lawsuit between Sony and Jerry Lambert, whom gamers know as Kevin Butler, Sony has decided that they can’t stop there. Sony has thrown down the judicial gauntlet and announced that they are suing Nolan North. Nolan North is a famous voice actor who popularized Nathan Drake in the Uncharted games, and such success has jettisoned him into almost every game’s list of actors since. Sadly, this seems to have now bitten him in his nicely paid ass. A New York musical scholar named Christopher Wallace once stated “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems” and this rings true to Mr. North.
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Friday News Recap: 10/6 – 10/12

Playstation Store Set for an Overhaul

Tired of the old Playstation Store? Might as well start getting weary of it, because it is set to change soon. By October 23rd, the UK and North American digital stores will see a makeover, as shown by the screen above.

Besides just the UI, the functionality has been improved as well, as searches will be better and the game area will inform you on what else the game has to offer, including DLC and related items. Pages will scroll from left to right (called the “carousel”) and it will focus on “Heroes” from other games, as people like Connor from ACIII and Shepard from Mass Effect 3 will be prominently displayed.

I was fine with the current layout, but change is usually for the better. I’ll have to admit that it looks pretty sexy.
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Borderlands Review

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Release Date: October 20, 2009

Ideas come forth every few years that make me ponder why something like this hasn’t happened sooner. Borderlands was one of those brilliant ideas, nestling itself nicely within the center of a Venn diagram with Fallout 3, first-person shooters, and Diablo as its labels. This first-person shooter and cooperative loot fest is a well oiled machine, complete with just enough parts of each camp to attract nearly everyone.
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Darksiders II Video Review

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Anyway, if that is or is not you, we still recommend you check out our first video review of Darksiders II below.

That was pretty good, right?

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