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I’ve been an Age of Empires fan since I came across the second game. I lost interest after all the expansions and moved on to other games like Total War and the Warhammer 40k series. After tumbling upon the free to play game on Steam, I decided to give it another look. 6 hours later the sun was coming up, I hadn’t slept and my buddy and I couldn’t wait to hop back on the next day. A good chunk of the game is free to play. However, if you want more units and weapons you need to purchase them. Still, there is a wealth of free content regardless. I… (more…)

diabloIII07202012

There’s no denying that Diablo III had an extremely shaky launch. Blizzard Activion’s sequel to the cult class PC title Diablo II promised highly touted new features—but they failed to launch on time. Diablo III’s auction house, a system that allows players to sell in-game weapons for real world money, launched late and a player vs. player mode still hasn’t been released. Many gamers weren’t even able to play Diablo III at launch because Blizzard’s servers went down shortly after its release. Fans are also angry about the title’s somewhat intrusive DRM that requires the player to maintain a constant internet connection in order to play the single player campaign. But the big questions is,… (more…)

TotalWarRome07032012

I’ve been a Total War fan for a very long time. The first game I played in the franchise was Medieval II and then Rome Total War. After those two titles, I was hooked and bought almost every other game in the series. Before Shogun II was announced, I was really hoping to see Rome II, much to my disappointment though, this was not the case. Now, however, it’s a different story. For those of you that don’t know, the Total War franchise is a PC strategy game that combines turn based strategy and resource management, with real time battles. It also portrays a more realistic setting than most strategy… (more…)

thewalkingdead07032012

The Walking Dead Episode 1 surprised a lot of gamers. A million-seller based on only one episode, TellTale Games had a hit on their hands that was going to be hard to follow-up. Can they manage to top the stress and difficult choices from the previous episode? They did in so, so many ways and by the end of the game, I felt bad for some of the things I said and the actions I made. The Walking Dead: The Game – Episode 2 Starved For Help starts off three months after the first one. Lee, Clementine and the group of survivors (including newcomer Mark) are all bunkered up around… (more…)

DayZ-mod

What would you do if a zombie apocalypse actually happened? I’ve thought about it a lot, talked about it with friends, and kept myself busy thinking about it when I’m bored. DayZ allows you to test your survival skills and create your own unique story and experiences. Playing with other people and friends certainly makes the game much more interesting though. DayZ is a zombie survival mod (currently in alpha development) for the military shooter ArmA II. Created by New Zealander Dean Hall, this mod has managed to breathe new life into ArmA II. Thanks to the Day Z mod, sales of ArmA II have shot up dramatically since its release. Don’t worry, even though… (more…)

ghostrecon

When I first started playing online games, Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 (GRAW2) was one of my favorites.  In fact, getting the Ultimate Defender achievement in GRAW2 was a memorable journey for me and my friends.  We spent countless hours playing through the MP and downloaded every DLC pack there was to offer.  As with most games, our interest started to dwindle over time, but we were sure there would be another installment of this great game and we figured it would only a year or two away. Fast-forward 4 years from 2008 and we have the release of Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (GRFS). I had such high hopes for… (more…)

maypaynereview05212012

It’s been nine years since the release of the first Max Payne. I loved the original as well as the second installment and I am happy to report the third game doesn’t break the mold. Max Payne 3 looks different than its predecessors. Although there are flash backs to New Jersey, the game is much brighter and a whole lot of Portugese is spoken by your enemies because Max Payne 3 is set in Brazil. You’ll always be able to make out what enemies are trying to say though – bullets and bombs have a nack for breaching the language barrier. One of the most striking visual aspects of the… (more…)

diablo3-2

Last week’s Diablo 3 launch was one of joy and heartbreak.  After twelve long years the sequel to one of the most addictive and revered multiplayer games was released into the world, but sadly not in the capacity that longtime fans wanted. For many, launch day was spent battling the game’s login screen as a dialog box displaying the now famous error 37 greeted players. Although many believed this problem would be fixed, it wasn’t, and the error persisted for a couple of days after launch, due to Diablo 3 requiring a constant Internet connection and much to the ire of eager fans. So those looking to play single player were… (more…)

GTAIV130512

There’s been an insane amount of speculation surrounding the Grand Theft Auto franchise lately. With a speculative launch in the near future, most analysts speculate that Grand Theft Auto V may hit store shelves sometime in 2013. Some have even said that Rockstar will be releasing the title late this year. I’m a bit of a skeptic though. I can’t tell you when GTA V will be released, but I would be surprised if it was sometime in 2012. I can, however, tell you exactly what I want from this heavily anticipated game. I’ve been playing the GTA series for a while now and in this story I’ve noted features… (more…)

Elder Scrolls Online Logo

The recent announcement of The Elder Scrolls Online set the gaming world ablaze. My first reaction was to imagine completing quests and hunting dragons in Tamriel with friends, but as news about the game trickles out, my excitement about the game is pretty much gone. I’m a big fan of The Elder Scrolls series; I’ve put over 120 hours into Oblivion and Skyrim and I’ve enjoyed both games extensively. The reason I, like many others, enjoy Elder Scrolls games, is because they present a comprehensive, well-written single player experience that is matched by few games (except maybe other Bethesda titles). The story of each Elder Scrolls game is focused around… (more…)

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