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Texting of the bread

November 25, 2010

One of the first posts I made was about Typing of the Dead. I was wondering why there was no mobile version of this game. It would be a fun and easy way to improve your typing skills on modern day smartphone. Last week I stumbled upon a game called Texting of the Bread. It was released on the iPhone and iPad last month.

Check out a video below.

You can find more at http://textingofthebread.com/
Keep your fingers crossed for an Android version

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NO MORE TURNS!

October 5, 2010

Well Civ 5 came out and already scared the crap out of me. To cut a long story short, I started a match at about 21:00. Next thing you know my girlfriend entered the room and asked me why I was still awake at 02:00. Realizing that I was playing non-stop for 5 hours I still replied with “Just one more turn….”

I just signed up for Civilization Anonymous at http://www.civanon.org/. NO MORE TURNS!!! NO MORE TURNS!!! NO MORE TURNS!!!

Perfect ad campaign. Hits the nail right on the spot.

Most anticipated games of September 2010

September 2, 2010

Every month the editors of The Bossfight Gaming Blog list their most anticipated games coming out for that month. We start with a alphabetically sorted list of interesting games, followed by our personal picks.

Notable games:
Civilization V
Dead Rising 2
Fifa 11
Final Fantasy XIV
Halo: Reach
Metroid: Other M
Plants vs Zombies
Playstation Move
Shank
Quantum Theory

Awadizzler
You missed us last month but here is the recap:
Starcraft II
Super Mario Galaxy II

The only two games i’ve been playing.

As of this month the games rain has started both downloadable and regular games! Man are there good titles coming out this month!
Of course there is Playstion move that catches my eye, but with that it is all said.

There are a few games in there that I already had in my radar for quite sometime now. Plants vs Zombies is going to be a must buy. I have absolutely no problem with giving those guys my money. Same goes for Metroid: Other M very interrested in that one since it has been anounced on E3.

Than there is Dead Rising 2 i’m interested, the game promises a lot but can it hold up? That’s the question.
Not to mention one of the biggest releases this year: Halo:Reach. Will leave space for other games to sell?

And since hearing and seeing CIV V I can’t help to like that game as well, guess Í’ll have to check that one at Funk’s place as soon as he get’s it. And the same goes for Shank and Scott Pilgrim which I recently tried the Demos from.

Shank

Funk Docta
Here is how the last few weeks have looked for me: DLC, DLC and more DLC. In the last few weeks I have only been playing downloadable content/games and God of war II (yes II, not III…). I picked up Limbo, Mass Effect DLC, Scott Pilgrim and Lara Croft. There won’t be any change this month. Plants vs Zombies is going to be a day-1 purchase. I’m probably also gonna buy Shank, but that will depend on my progress/playtime of PvsZ, Lara Croft and Scott Pilgrim.

I’m not interested in any of the Big hitters. So no Fifa, Halo or Move for me. Just like my lack of interest for Starcraft 2 last time. It’s kind of weird to skip all these huge titles. The only full retail game I want to play is Civilization V. The last Civ game I played was Civ III, but the coverage and excitement for V got me interested in the game again.

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Gamescom Aftermath

August 25, 2010

So we visited Gamescom in Germany last weekend and had a blast there. Here are my impressions of the event.

THE GOOD

Rage
Game of the show! This game blew me away. The demo was played on a Xbox360 and it was by far the best looking console game I have ever seen. Texture detail, animation, particle effects and the draw distance were all spot on. I didn’t see any framerate drops and no texture pop-in. Technically this game was amazing and running on a 360! The gameplay looked solid, as we can expect from id, and the creepy atmosphere in some sections made it real intense. The only downer was the car combat section. The vehicle animation looked really stiff. With the game not coming out until September 2011 there is no doubt in my mind that they will improve this. This looks like it’s going to be id’s best game since Quake 3. Can’t wait to get my hands on it at next year’s Gamescom.

A lot of playable titles.
Rage wasn’t playable at Gamescom 😦 Neither were Portal 2 and a few other titles we saw. Thankfully we were able to experience most games with a controller in our hands. Fallout: New Vegas, Motorstorm Apocalypse, Infamous 2, TERA, Dragon Age 2, God of war: Ghost of Sparta, Super Scribblenauts, Hunted, Civilization V and The Fight just to name a few. And there were a ton of other playable games present that we didn’t get to play, because of time constraints or ridiculous lines. Think of titles like Zelda, Diablo, Assasin’s Creed, Halo and all the Kinect games.

Valve Software
On my first day of Gamescom Valve was handing out vouchers with codes at their booth. The next day I received another voucher during the Portal 2 presentation. Turned out the vouchers were for free copies of Left 4 dead 2 and Half life 2. This is a really good way to promote their older games. Valve itself is held up in high regard by the fans and things like this really add to their reputation.

THE BAD

No Shows
Where the hell was the 3DS? For some reason Nintendo had a ton of regulars DS’s there, but there was no sign of a 3DS anywhere. On the software side Gears of war 3 was missing. Halo and Fable were there to represent the hardcore Microsoft exclusives, but I really wanted to get my hands on Beast mode.

Playstation Move
I can’t say that I wasn’t expecting this. It was basically a confirmation that the responsiveness of the Move doesn’t come close to that of a DualShock controller. The Fight didn’t seem to register most of my punches and had me all tired and sweaty by the end of the match. Time Crisis also had some problems with my cross-hair vanishing from the screen at times. Even tough the environment wasn’t as controlled as Microsoft’s Kinect platic bubble, it was still having way too many problems in my opinion.

3D
I don’t think there’s going to be a 3D TV in my house anytime soon. My eyes were tired and in pain during most 3D presentations. Most of the times it was because there was too much going on. During a Metro 2033 presentation there were monsters everywhere on the screen. My eyes couldn’t pick something to focus on and the constant readjustment was hurting. Nvidia also showed Mafia 2, which was fine until the  driving section came on. There was something off about the color of the car. My brain started melting as soon as it was shown and I could hear that I wasn’t the only one having the same issue.

3D isn’t all bad tough when it’s subtle. I thought Gran Turismo 5 and Just Cause 2 looked really good. The 3D effect was nice and there were no focus issues or pain. Awadizzler played some Killzone 3 in 3D and thought it looked great.

THE UGLY

Blizzard booths
I’m a huge Blizzard fan and I love their games. Diablo 3 is one of the games I had to see at Gamescom. As soon as we entered the hall where Blizzard had their booths we were stopped by a wall of fans blocking the way. My jaw dropped when I saw the sign that said “3 hours” indicating the time you’d have to wait in line. We decided to try again the next day. The next day the line was 4-5 hours long and we decided to give up on trying to see a Blizzard product.

Crysis2
While standing in line I saw someone in front of me playing Crysis 2 on the PC and it looked really good as expected from Crytek. Crytek has been hyping the console version for the last few months tough. Claiming it looks almost identical to the PC version. When I finally got the chance to play the game I picked up a 360 controller and was unpleasantly surprised by what I saw on the screen. The textures looked awful. It’s not an understatement to say that it looked like a launch title of the current generation. Nice little details that I saw on the PC version were completely missing, the textures were all blurry and there were numerous framerate drops. After seeing Rage on a 360, Crytek really dropped the ball on this one.

Generic WoW-clones
On at least 3 different occasions I asked Awadizzler why the hell there were so many people playing World of Warcraft at the MMO hall and each time it turned out that it wasn’t WoW at all. The amount of shameless WoW-clones present was insane. The art-style, the menu’s, the fonts and even the loading screens were exact copies. Originality was really hard to find…

Who said Gears is full of muscleheads?

July 21, 2010

Epic released some new Gears of War 3 screens and one of them made me chuckle. Take a look at the size of Carmine’s bulking arms and then take a look at the girls arms. The fact that she’s lifting up a Locust makes it even better 🙂

How to play Kinect

July 19, 2010

Came across a funny feature on GamesRadar

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Most anticipated games of July 2010

July 10, 2010

Every month the editors of  The Bossfight Gaming Blog list their most anticipated games coming out for that month. We start with a alphabetically sorted list of interesting games, followed by our personal picks.

Notable games:

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift
Crackdown 2
Limbo
Mass Effect 2 DLC: Overlord
Need for Speed World
Starcraft II

Awadizzler
I think I can be very short about my pick this month. The game we’ve all been waiting a shit load of time for and that is finally here:

Starcraft 2

Don’t think I need to say more..

Funk Docta
Judging by the hype surrounding it, it’s weird not picking Starcraft as a pick for this month. Most of my friends are super psyched about it, but I never cared much for the franchise. Total Annihilation and the C&C series were my thing back in the day. The whole RTS genre lost my interest to be honest. I haven’t even touched the last couple of C&C games. Even tough it’s made by Blizzard, Starcraft isn’t going to make me start playing RTS games again.

It’s downloadable games for me this month. With Mass Effect 2 still being my favorite game of this year the Overlord DLC is a must-buy. The art-style of Limbo caught my attention as soon as I saw it. I’m a bit worried about the trial and error gameplay. If the reviews are good it’ll get a spot on my 360.

Korean gaming at insane speed

July 6, 2010

I was visiting a blog recently and saw a clip of a documentary about Korean gamers. I knew RTS games are extremely popular in Korea and that they are regarded as the most skillful in the genre, but I was completely blown away. Check the clip below

To see the complete documentary go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCncvc3ASN8

My thoughts on Sony’s E3 Press Conference

June 15, 2010

3D, 3D and more 3D. With 3D Tv’s going for prices as much as $3000 I won’t be jumping on the bandwagon for a while. Since I know I’m not going to play these titles in 3D, the presentations didn’t really do anything for me. I was surprised at the number of 3D supporting hardcore games.

Move, Move and more Move. Just like with 3D I was surprised to see so much support for hardcore titles from both 1st and 3rd party developers. With titles like Crysis 2, Mortal Kombat, Killzone 3, Deadspace Extraction, NBA2k series, Tron Evolution, Socom 4 and Resident Evil 5 they really showed some strong backing for this product. I was expecting a lot Wii like titles and maybe 2 or 3 hardcore titles. The thing to worry about though is that I saw some notable lag between the player and the screen during the Tiger Woods demo.

The surprises kept coming with Sony securing a tone of exclusive content for Assassin’s Creed, Medal of Honor, Mafia II, Dead Space and Portal 2. Did they open up their wallet? My jaw dropped to the floor when Gabe Newell walked out on stage. Valve actually developing the PS3 version of one of their titles themselves?

Kevin Butler’s performance was as great as in the commercials. He came out and stole the show. The jabs at Microsoft and Nintendo were hilarious and fit the character perfectly.

My favourite games shown were LBP2 and Infamous 2. The LittleBigPlanet 2 demo got me even more hyped than I was after seeing the announcement trailer. The possibilities seem endless. That Soldats clone looks like it could be a great time sink. I knew they had to do something drastic to change up the gameplay in Infamous. Water/Ice and electricity seems like a great combo to start with.

This press conference was all about showing titles which is exactly what you want at E3. Even the PSP had a strong line up with tons of new games releases in the coming months. It’s just sad that almost everything besides Portal 2 was already announced in the last couple of weeks.

My thoughts on Nintendo’s E3 Press Conference

June 15, 2010

Wow that Zelda demo was a bad way to start the conference. The Wii motion plus wasn’t reacting accurately at all. A lot of the times Miyamoto swung his swords and Link didn’t react at all. Other times Link would swing his sword in a completely different way. They tried to blame it on the wireless signals and it’s probably an Alpha build, but starting of your conference by showing of a AAA Wii title with controls that don’t come close to 1:1 really puts a damper on the rest.

The Golden Eye announcement made up a lot. The nostalgia has me all riled up, but something in me wonders if a game like that will hold up these days. And Daniel Craig is in it!

Nintendo definitely brought their A-game showing off 1st party titles. Mario with multiple sports games, Zelda is back, Kirby with a great new art-style, Metroid done Team Ninja style, Donkey Kong with (what looks like) co-op play and Kid Icarus in 3D. This was truly a fanboy’s wet dream. I know I blew my load….

I’m not a handheld gamer, but that 3DS intriged me and I really want to experience it 1st hand. The always on Wifi was expected with Apple taking a big part of the handheld gaming market. The 3D picturetaking was a real nice surprise just as the Metal Gear announcement.

This really was a great show. They made up for the last 2 years with a really great conference showing the true gamers that they haven’t forgotten about us.


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