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The beginning of the new year means a fresh start to do something for yourself. Gamers will usually resolve to stop doing some bad habit they have that effects their video gaming.

I have three myself and the first one is to complete games. I have the bad habit of drifting from one game to the other without actually completing them. This is why I havenít completed Oblivion, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Saints Row 2, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, Grand Theft Auto Vice City, Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, the list goes on. So I resolve to complete games I start.

So far this year, Iíve focused on three games: Grand Theft Auto IV (which I got in the Winter Steam Sale), Secret of Evermore on my SNES emulator, and recently L.A. Noire. GTA4 and SoE have fallen by the wayside a bit but I have stuck with L.A. Noire. I plan to spread my attention to all of these games this weekend since Iíve been busy this week. But these are the three games on my list that I figure I need to complete before I start another. I just bought Borderlands and BioShock through the Xbox Live Marketplaceís 2k Games sale but I wonít touch them until these three games are done.

So do you have trouble finishing games like me? Leave a comment below and let me know.









Wouldnít it be cool if Electronic Arts released a collection of games they made for the Sega Genesis? The early 90s was one of the most creative periods for EA and they certainly werenít the evil mega publisher they are today. The made some hardcore and weird games during this time and I would love to see a collection of them all in one place. If they were to assemble a bunch of games for this, hereís what I think should be in that compilation:

King's Bounty
Blades of Vengeance
The Immortal
Road Rash
Road Rash II
Road Rash III
Budokan: The Martial Spirt
General Chaos
James Pond
James Pond 2
James Pond 3
The Aquatic Games
B.O.B.
Fatal Rewind
Desert Strike
Jungle Strike
Urban Strike
Haunting
Toughman Contest
Lotus Turbo Challenge
Lotus II: RECS
Risky Woods
TechnoClash
Mutant League Football
Mutant League Hockey

One thing I should address: I donít know if including old sports games from that time, like Madden NFL Ď94, NHL Hockey, FIFA International Soccer, NBA Live Ď95 and PGA Tour Golf, would be possible. I know EA still has the licenses to these sports but I donít know what the deal is with the players, older team designs and other semantic issues. If they can include these games, I would say include one per sport.

Anywho, what games would you like to see on a collection of EA Genesis games? Remember: they have to have been released on the Sega Genesis. If thereís a port of it on another console, thatís fine but the Genesis version will be the one used! Leave your suggestions in comments down below!
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Esteban Sky Cuevas
11:24 AM on 01.08.2013

2013 is here and many people are attempting to predict what the year will hold for us gamers. That sounds like a good idea so I will do the same. Just for fun, some of my predictions will be serious while others will be in jest. See if you can spot which is which!

1. Microsoft will show the Next Xbox at E3 and will be released in November of this year.
2. Sony will show the PlayStation 4 at E3 and will not be released it until holiday of 2014.
3. The Behemothís new game, Battle Block Theatre, is finally released.
4. THQ goes completely under and all of their assets are sold.
5. Warner Bros buys Vigil Games and announces Darksiders III.
6. The Wii Uís library comprises mostly of ports of games and struggles with lower than expected sales.
7. The Nintendo eShop will continue to release inventive titles for both the Wii U and 3DS.
8. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 4 will be released but will fail to surpass the sales record Black Ops 2 set. It will still make a little over 400 million dollars at launch.
9. After the lukewarm reception to Assassinís Creed Revelations and III, there will be no Assassinís Creed title this year.
10. Electronic Arts will give up on the NBA Live / Elite series and instead will release a new NBA Jam or Street title.
11. Electronic Arts will release Battlefield: Bad Company 3 this year and will give the option to purchase only the multiplayer online for $20.
12. Remember Me will be a surprise hit for Capcom but will receive some questionable DLC.
13. There will be no word on Tekken X Street Fighter.
14. Konami will finally announce a new Contra gameÖas a downloadable title.
15. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will struggle to find an audience and go free to play.
16. Downloadable titles will grow in popularity and will more or less be just as prevalent as retail games.
17. Dead Space 3, The Last of Us and BioShock Infinite will all disappoint critically.
18. Sega will continue to release retro releases and will gain back some financial ground.
19. Capcom will release a Street Fighter Alpha 1 and 2 collection and announce a HD remake of the third game.
20. Sony will stop supporting the PlayStation Move.

What are your predictions? Leave a comment and let me know!









Iíve been playing a lot of games as of late. Christmas was good to me as you can see by my two previous entries and I even managed to get Sleeping Dogs, and RAGE during the last day of the Steam sale and Red Dead Redemption for $20 at Walmart. However, the side effect of all that is I havenít been able to focus on many of them, if at all. However, there are two games I have managed to stay with among the mountain of games I have to play.

I got Grand Theft Auto IV with some Christmas money I got and Iíve sunk a good 10 hours or so into it. Iíve played GTA4 before; Iíve actually owned it previously when I had another Xbox 360 but I could never get into it. Now that Iíve really spent some time playing it, Iím find myself enjoying myself. The car controls and physics that Iíve never liked before are growing on me and Iím getting the hang of how to drive in this game. I still prefer the more loose controls of GTA III, Vice City, and San Andreas but at least I can controls my cars now and enjoy myself while doing so. I really enjoy the shooting in this game. Having lock-on and free targeting mapped to the same trigger is strange but the guns feel good. Killing someone instantly with a bullet to the head is extremely gratifying and for that reason, I try to stick to just my pistol since it usually enough.

However, so far I donít care too much for the story and itís mostly because of the characters. Niko isnít very sympathetic to me and I canít find another way to care about him. All the others so far have been either overly crass or excessively annoying with maybe Dimitri being the exception. The only character I can actually say I like is Roman. He was eye roll inducing in the beginning but I like the reactions heís been giving to the situation, as heís essentially what many of us would be like. I like sincerity in that although heís full of shit with his boasting and lies, he did make his life by himself, whatever little it may be. At least the missions I go on are pretty fun and varied.

Another problem is while Liberty City feels big and alive, there isnít much to do. Thereís some places to go, to eat, drink, buy clothes, and stuff but for the size of the place, there really isnít much. I think itís because the city feels so active that I notice more that I canít walk into most of the buildings. Still, Iím enjoying myself, though not as much as the other GTA games.

The other game Iíve been playing is one I actually didnít buy. Via my SNES emulator, Iíve been playing Secret of Evermore, a little known action RPG on the SNES from SquareEnix, then Squaresoft. Made by the companyís North American team, it follows a boy and his dog as theyíre sucked into another world with various sections based around different periods in time, such as prehistoric, Rome, the future and more. The game plays similarly to Secret of Mana and utilizes an item based Alchemy system as magic.

So far, Iíve been having fun with it although right now Iím in a section of the game that dragging a bit. Iím not crazy about the Alchemy system since I donít like having to constantly buying ingredients that the closest alchemy seller may not carry. The story isnít very engaging either. So far, itís just been ďthis happened, then this happened, now this is happeningĒ. The overall goal is to get home but so far, the in-betweens have been just various random crap. The combat is fun though. Charging up your weapon to unleash a super strong attack is fun as is leveling up your Alchemy and weapons. Also, your dog is a badass. Best dog ever.

Thatís all Iíve been able to focus on. I played Sonic Adventure 2, Red Dead Redemption, Sleeping Dogs, Dead or Alive 4, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, and Phantasy Star II via the Sonicís Ultimate Genesis Collection with none really sticking but thatís okay. Theyíll be there for later. Iím just going to focus on GTA4 and SoE for now. However, Iím playing GTA4 and Secret of Evermore on the PC. I should be playing something on my Xbox 360. Hmm. L.A. Noire is just sitting thereÖ
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