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Learn all there is to know about games and the people who make them by Roberto Campos.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Killzone 3 vs. Bulletstorm

With the multitude of games coming out in 2011, which ones are really worth buying?

With the recent release of "Killzone 3" and "Bulletstorm," on the same day, are these games really worth your time and money?

Developed by People Can Fly and Epic Games, creators of "Gears of War" and "Unreal Tournament," "Bulletstorm" is a game that takes killing to a whole new level.

For every kill you get in the game, you earn a certain amount of points.

Easy enough. Maybe at first glance, but this game allows you to get creative with your kills. The more creative you are, the more points you earn, which then can be used to purchase upgrades and ammo.

To help your creativity, there are two weapons at your disposal: the leash and, well, your foot.

The leash pulls enemies towards you in slow motion to allow you to strategically kill with bullets or to just pull the enemy into an environmental kill, like a cactus.

Kicking enemies works like the leash, except, instead of your enemies coming towards you, they are pushed forward in slow motion.

Overall, "Bulletstorm" has a great gameplay experience but lacks where it really counts.

The story mode is great and has the oddest, but hilarious, dialogue.

The online experience for the game is good too and allows you and your friends to fight waves of enemies, but it gets old after a while.

"Bulletstorm" is worth playing, but is a game you should rent, not buy, because it gets boring after a while. Still, I give it an 8/10.

It is available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

"Killzone 3" is one of the most anticipated games for PS3 owners this year.

Developers Guerilla Games know how to make a shooter and "Killzone 3" is testament to that.

Gameplay is amazing. Everything has weight, which enhances combat.

When you shot your gun, the recoil from the gun feels real, as real as it can feel. Every aspect of this game works and feels right.

The story supplies loads of action and will put you in situations that are epic.

Graphics are amazing and "Killzone 3" fully utilizes the capabilities of the PS3.

The story is the only thing that falls short in the game.

"Killzone 2" took the opportunity to expand on the universe of "Killzone" and its characters.

But in "Killzone 3," you almost forget about the characters, playing off the fact that you’re provided with great gameplay.

Still, it is a must own for PS3 owners with a 9/10.

So, to sum it all up: "Killzone 3" is a game you will be playing until another great shooter comes out for PS3, while "Bulletstorm" is a cool idea, but lacks replay value.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Cool Discorvery At Local Comic Book Store

Going to my local comic book store, Comic Carnival, I stubbled upon a new game that I really enjoyed.
South Side Indy if you're wondering

It's a deck building centered around the Resident Evil universe.

Table top gaming is probably one of my favorite ways to game, seeing as there is a huge variety of them.

There are miniture figure games, card games, and so many more.

But I've played few games like the Resident Evil Deck Building Game.

Made by Bandai, who also makes the Naruto Collectable Card Game, the game focuses on exploring "The Mansion" which of course has zombies in them.

To explore "The Mansion" you have to pick a character from a roaster of 10 characters. The roaster includes characters from Resident Evil such as: Leon S. Kennedy, Albert Wesker, Chris Redfield, and Ada Wong.

In the game you have to purchase items such as guns, health, and more ammo, to kill each type of zombie.

Each time you purchase an item it goes in your deck, hence building your deck.

So your deck is you inventory and the better your inventory, the more likely it is that you will survive.

Everytime you kill a zombie you obtain that zombie as a decoration. After your character obtains a certain amount of decorations you gain special abilities that can be used to help you in gameplay.
Everything in that tiny box

The Resident Evil Deck Building Game has many different game modes to play like its video game counterpart. Game modes include Story Mode, Mercenaries, and Verus Mode.

It is a game geared towards playing in a group of 2-4 people, but there is one single player option, Story Mode.

For $30 you can purchase the entire game, that means you wont have to buy ANYTHING else to play. Which I think is a sweet deal.

There will be expansions to the game that you will be able to purchase later on that will expanded the game and include story arcs from the Resident Evil video games.

It is rumored that Raccoon City will be the next expansion.

Overall I would give the Resident Evil Deck Building Game an 8/10.

If you're in the Indianapolis area and comic books and table top gaming are things that you enjoy I highly reccomend checking out Comic Carnival.

With four locations around the Indianapolis area, Comic Carnival sells an aray of things that have to deal with comics and their culture.

The location I visit is Comic Carnival South, which is near Greenwood, Southside Indianapolis.

Their staff is very knowledgeable about everything in the store and are very friendly.

The store host a variety of events for games like, Heroclix, Naruto, to name a few. Just ask the staff for the date and times that they hold the events.

So if you're in the area check it out, it is worth the visit. 

Comic Carnival South Info- Address - 7311 U.S. 31 Indianapolis, IN 46227
 Phone- 317-889-8899 
Hours of Operation-    
Monday through Thursday
11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
12:00 PM –6:00 PM
An Interiew with Bandai Rep that explans the game Resident Evil Deck Building Game-

Friday, March 11, 2011

Xbox 360 Vs. PlayStation 3

Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, which is better? 

With both systems having constant increases with memory on their hard drives and many games being multiplatform for both systems, it's  hard to distinguish what system to buy and which is better.

It comes down to the small details on each system.  

The 360 and PS3 cost the same amount of money and come with an enormous amount of memory that you will never fully use.

With those two qualities being identical, you have to pick apart each system and what they offer.

The PlayStation 3.

The PS2 was the powerhouse console of the last generation. But in this generation of consoles the PS3 has had its work cut out for it for dominance in the market.
So, what makes the PS3 worth it?

This generation of gaming is all about the connecting players and allowing them to play together. 

The PlayStation Network, PSN, is the PS3 online community that connects gamers. It is offered free of charge, you just have to have the Internet, so indirectly you have to pay for it.

PSN has many different things that you can do on it. You can play games like Call of Duty: Black Ops with other gamers, you can access PlayStation Home which is like Second Life, and you can compare trophy scores with your friends and entire PSN community.

And there is more to the PSN that I didn't cover and you get all of that for free.

The other area besides the online community that is crucial is the games themselves.

With there being a multitude of games on both the PS3 and 360, it's the exclusive titles that really define the systems.

PS3 has many good titles that are exclusive like Little Big Planet, Killzone, Uncharted, and God of War to just name a few.

With a better graphics than the 360 these games look amazing and really bring you into their world.

That would drove me to buy my PS3.

Now time to look at the Xbox 360.

Xbox Live, XBL, is the 360's online community. With out a doubt Halo 2 and XBL on the original Xbox kick set the trend for the next generation of gaming.

Unlike PSN, you have to pay for XBL. Which is a disadvantage in some ways, but XBL offers a lot of perks that makes the money worth it.

XBL's annual updates always brings something new to the table like incorporating  ESPN, Facebook, and Netflixs.

The 360's dashboard is more attractive than the PS3s and is much simpler to use.

XBL also makes it easier to keep track of what your friends are doing. It really focuses on playing with friends.

With a chat room that you can have up to eight friends in, XBL never wants you to feel like your gaming alone.

With an avatar system you can play games with the community while using your avatar, playing games like 1 vs 100. The Kinect also allows you to use your avatar in some of their games.

The community can also create games and put them on XBL for free. Driving the idea that it really is a community driven by you and your peers.

Microsoft has really tired to make XBL something where gamers can come together and collaborate to make something new and amazing, not just play games.

Which makes it worth your money.

When it comes to exclusive games the 360 has many titles that wold drive you to by it.

Of course you have Halo: Reach which is an amazing game and is probably one of the best shooters of all time.

Then you have Forza 4 and Gears of War 3 coming out this year, which are going to be titles that are amazing.

Decision time.

My pick is the Xbox 360.

It may not have the best graphics and it may not offer its online service for free, but Xbox offers quality and quantity.

I would rather pay for a better service than get free service that is just alright.

When it comes down to it, I'm going to play Call of Duty on my Xbox rather than my PS3 because XBL is better than PSN.

XBL makes it easier to play with my friends, chat with my friends, and have fun with my friends.

And that's what this generation of gaming is all about.

Playing with people, finding new friends from all over the world, and putting your skills to the test against an actual person.

Gaming has evolved to a global scale. And gaming has always been something driven by its players, the fans of the games.

The people who follow games while they're being developed, go to conventions dressed up as their favorite characters, and live to game.

XBL allows games to get involved with their games and voice their opinions on where XBL should go next. It is a community driven by the gamers, unlike PSN.

That is why I think Xbox 360 is the better system. Because in today's gaming is about the players and how they play the games. And the 360 compensates for that.

Feel free to comment and tell me what you think, which system is better in your opinion?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

If There Was a Zombie Apocalypse

I'm sure all of us wonder from time to time, if there was a zombie apocalypse what would you do and who would you want with you?

With all the recent movies, games, and TV shows dealing with zombies we all know that a zombie apocalypse is inevitable.

So, where would you hideout to wait out rescue or the zombie apocalypse?

Vital Info in the Book
After consulting my Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks, which I highly recommended, I would choose to hold up in a Gander Mountain or a Dick's Sporting Goods.

Honestly those to places have like everything you could ever need to hold of zombies. Except for things like food, those two places would be an oasis in a land full of zombies.

Besides having a place that contains tools that will make the dead, well deader, the most important question is, who are you going to survive with?

If you had five people who would they be? It is a very difficult choice and one that could decided if you lived or died.

So, with that in mind I'm going to pick my top five. Keep in mind I'm going to pick fiction characters too. If zombies are make believe, I can have make believe characters with me too.

1. Markus Fenix
 I would take Markus Fenix with me. First, he has a chainsaw on his gun. that would be very useful in a lot of situations.

Secondly, Markus is a tank, nothing can or has stopped him yet in Gears of War. Why would a zombie apocalypse be any different.

Plus, I'm pretty sure Markus juices more than the average baseball player so he would be an all around good guy to have around to survive.

The man makes me ROFL

2.Daniel Tosh

Lets face it, when the zombie apocalypse hits its gonna be a tragic day.

Everyone is going to be depressed and it's going to be grim.

To have someone around to make your group laugh like Tosh would be essential to keep moral up.

I don't know how useful he would be for killing zombies, but he would definitely keep me, killing zombies while I laughed.

3. Charlie Sheen

If you can't tell I'm going for the dream team here.

Charlie Sheen has the tiger's blood and he's always winning. When you add Sheen to this awesome team that I have assembled that equals a winning team.

He may have gone off the deep end, but I'm not going to give up on him yet.

And who knows maybe he'll bring his goddess with him.

4. Liam Neeson
Have you seen Taken?

If Liam Neeson and Chuck Norris got into a fight, I think the world would explode!

With that said I want the man who I think would win on my team.

Plus, Liam Neeson can use the force and he trained Batman.
That's all I need to know to put him on my team.

I mean the man practically told Yoda he was wrong and was like "I'm gonna train Anakin!" Most people can't get away with telling Yoda no.

Liam may have found Darth Vader, but we all have our bad days.

5. Ada Wong
I had to add some eye candy to the team that could kick some serious zombies butt.

Ada always keeps everyone guessing in Resident Evil and I don't think it would change here.

Even though she is a rouge in the game I think she would be a huge asset to the team.

That is my top five people I would have with me to survive a zombie apocalypse.

With a zombie apocalypse on the horizion this is an important subject that we should all have on our minds.

Who would you bring with you, where would you survive?

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

If You're Sad Why Not Watch YouTube?

YouTube, it contains some of the funniest and most entertaining videos around, and there have been a few known to be informative. 

But I know when I'm stressed or down I find myself on YouTube. Finding the people who somehow find a way to make me smile because they are making fools of themselves.

Remi Gaillard probably has some of the funniest videos that I have seen. If you have never seen any of his videos I would check out his channel. -

Remi playing alittle Mario Kart - Saving Private Ryan Spoof

Major Slack and his channel called MajorSlackVideos is a channel geared towards gaming walk throughs. His walkthroughs a very detailed and helpful.

Adding halarious commentary to his videos, you will never be bored with a walkthrough.

He mainly deals with PC games but if the the games are multiplatform like Boaderlands, then you'll be in luck.

College Humor always makes my day. In these two videos College Humor makes their own engery drink called PowerThirst.

The videos are ridiculous and maybe a little offensive, depending on who you are, but if you are into their humor these videos will make you laugh.

We all need to relax sometimes and have a good laugh or two.

YouTube has the most diverse array of videos that you could ever find.

I use YouTube to find funny videos and laugh and these are some videos I have found over the years.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Oh How the Oscars Failed Me

Colin Firth and Director Tom Hooper
So my predictions were wrong.

Against the Academy's better judgement, they didn't listen to me when I said that The Social Network should win Best Picture. The King's Speech did.

Yea the King's Speech is a great movie, but The Social Network is a movie that is relevant to the time we live in.

Facebook is the biggest thing since the Bible and that's saying a lot.

After watching The Social Network, it became my favorite movie. Everything about that movie was done right.

Well except the artificial breath that was used when the characters were out in the cold. That kind of bothered me.

Trent Reznor
But the movie was as close as you can get to perfection in my opinion.

The Social Network did come away with some awards though. Winning Best Screenplay and Best Original Score.

The score was composed by Trent Reznor, from Nine Inch Nails, and Atticus Ross. Nine Inch Nails is one of my favorite bands so I was glad to hear that the two won that award.

The rest of the night and who won the awards were very predictable and with no surprises.

I may have been wrong but I stand by my statement that The Social Network is a better movie than The King's Speech.

The King's Speech was tailor made for the Oscars, The Social Network was ground breaking, edgy, and was relevant to the time we live in.

 I mean when The Dark Knight was up for best picture it LOST!

That is like one of the best movies ever!

Hopefully when The Dark Knight Rises comes out, the sequal to The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan will have his shot at winning his Oscar that is long over due.

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