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Cblogs of 06/28/13 and bbainisms

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I've been playing XCOM: Enemy Unknown this week, which I got for free from PS Plus. I always thought the game looked interesting, or at least I thought it was very visually appealing, but the strategy genre always scares me away. Since it's free though, I figured, why not? After playing for a few days, I think I can safely say that this is the first strategy game I've ever really enjoyed playing. The strategy combat was very easy to learn and become comfortable with. Trying to manage funds back at the base can be a little more difficult and confusing, but I don't think I'm doing TOO bad. Although I did recently cause Germany and South Africa to back out of the Council, so that's probably not great. I'm still not sure exactly what that means for me, if it's a really bad thing or not, but oh well. Who needs Germany anyway, right?

I probably spent way too much time customizing all of my soldiers, and I've grown a bit too attached to my main four (Major Joshua Sisco, Colonel Dallas Multipass, Captain Thaddeus Grope, and Lieutenant Harry Sack). Multipass is the best member of my team; she's an assault class, and has miraculously only been wounded once. Sisco, on the other hand, seems to get very injured every time I use him, although he still dishes out tons of damage and manages to stay alive. He got the nickname "Doomsday" which I figured means he's always in the hospital.


Wait a second... who is Haugen?

I'm at the part of the game where you use a skeleton key to infiltrate an alien base. Not sure how far into the game that is, but I feel like I'm just scratching the surface. It also makes me want to go back and give some other strategy games a second chance, like Valkyria Chronicles. I wasn't really feeling the genre back when I tried to play that game the first time, but now I think I might enjoy it a bit more.

Anyway, in terms of recaps, this Friday was kind of meh. Not sure what everyone was up to today that kept you from blogging, but I'll assume you were all busy having fun with Friday Night Fights or Animal Crossing or something. 



No topsauce today :(

A - CoruptAI125 wrote up a cool blog about temporary party members! They may not stick around too long, but they can sure leave an impact.





C - Dale North would like your opinion on the site's MOBA coverage!

F - Friday Night Fights on the PC + Heavy hearts!

F - Friday Night Fights on the PS3 + Clickers!

F - Friday Night Fights on Nintendo + Why isn't anyone hosting Animal Crossing?

D - POStudios translated a game called Face Noir for English audiences.

$ - June 28th UK releases and bargains!





C - GreaterThanGaming hates BioWare, which clearly means he is a homophobe.

C - PopetheRev discusses Asuka 120%, but still needs to brush up on his grammar.

C - Say hi to CrazyPrince! Not a fail, but could use some work. Get rid of that first sentence, fix those tags, and tell us a bit more about yourself!

C - Someone is upset about the score on a Jim Sterling review, as if it really matters.

F - A copypasta video blog... gross.

F - Not a good first blog. Try telling us about yourself next time! Write more than a sentence!

F - *sigh*



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Is there a holiday or time of the year more indulgent than Thanksgiving? I mean, we cook a turkey that weighs as much as three newborn babies, whip up about a billion sides consisting mostly of carbs and butter, and top the whole thing off with nine different pies, all featuring the main ingredient of "excess." It's equal parts disgusting and awesome, and is definitely my second favorite holiday behind our dearly departed Halloween.

But we were so occupied with whether we could eat six pounds of food in one sitting, that we didn't stop to think if we should. That brings us to November's Bloggers Wanted prompt: Overstuffed.

Playing through Horizon Zero Dawn really got me thinking on this topic. Don't get me wrong, the game has a really cool and fairly unique sci-fi story, the combat is fun and engaging, and the art direction uses vibrant color - a concept that largely died out near the end of the PS2 era, but man, is it long. The map is huge and stuffed with nooks, crannies and collectibles, and boy, by the time I wrapped the story and collected my Platinum trophy the game had really worn out its welcome. It's a shame really, as I truly enjoyed the game for its main components; but by the time I had picked off my ten-thousandth evil villager and performed my ten-billionth stealth kill on a Ravager, I found myself wishing the game would end soon.

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Modern gaming is great in that developers tend to pack in a metric shit-ton of things to do in their games. Modern gaming is also horrible because developers tend to pack in a metric shit-ton of things to do in their games. This tendency to overstuff their games with content is often overwhelming and can cause an otherwise excellent experience to drag. It was less of a problem when I was 18 and had all the time in the world; at 30 with a day job and a family, it's a complete game-changer.

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