Merry Christmas everyone! I hope everyone has a blast this Christmas season. I know I haven't posted in a long time and that really sucks... a lot (sorry). We've been incredibly busy and frankly, have had some weird happenings going on keeping us from blogging among other things. But Christmas is turning out pretty well!
So lets catch up... A few months ago, Borderlands FINALLY made it to our doorstep and we couldn't be happier. The game is an absolute blast! We've logged 45 hours in the game and we've still got a ways to go. We have a few minor complaints, but overall, its definitely one of our favorites.
The following month, Halo 3 ODST came out and we had a blast with that one as well! The campaign really surprised me, I was not expecting such a gripping story and incredible graphics. Its hard to believe its just a tweaked Halo 3 engine. We've also had a lot of fun with Firefight which is definitely way more exciting than survival/horde modes in other games. I really hope Bungie is working on some Firefight DLC, but it doesn't sound like that will happen. Firefight could definitely use some more maps.
Earlier this month, my lovely wife gave me an early Christmas present. Just like last year, we were slaying zombies before Christmas, this time in Left4Dead2. The game definitely has a lot to offer despite all the controversy. Although, I must say, I wouldn't pay full price for it. The survivor AI got dumber and the AI director got tougher. After the fourth time one of our AI buddies spooked a witch, I started getting really annoyed. We left them behind quite a bit because going back for them was usually more trouble than it was worth. Overall, it is a fun game, and I look forward to logging some more hours on it. I'm not sure I want to try the next difficulty without having a full crew of friends though. The AI was just too aggravating and I don't think we stand a chance with them.
Achievements! Wow, I've had fun with achievements lately. I'll just list my recent favorites...
From Left4Dead2: CL0WND, CLUB DEAD, and HEAD HONCHO were all a blast.
From Halo 3 ODST: Be Like Marty (drove my wife around on a 'hog), Vidmaster Challenge: Déjà Vu, Vidmaster Challenge: Classic (way easier than I thought it would be), and Vidmaster Challenge: Endure.
From Borderlands: You're on a boat! (ok, I confessed, I kind of cheated on this one), Facemelter (LOVE corrosive weapons... *sizzle*), and that's it so far. I really want to figure out what the rest of those secret ones are but without cheating :).
I'm REALLY looking forward to Halo Reach. The trailer was fantastic. I'd link to it but I won't because I strongly recommend you download it on your 360 and see it in HD with glorious sound. I've watched it several times now and I'm still all giddy.
Another one on my list is Brink. There are four videos on XBL for that as well. They show off the SMART system of movement which is pretty snazzy. Its Mirror's Edge craziness but easier (or at least the dev made it look easy). The other videos show off a few different classes and the objective system. Brink is really shaping up and six player co-op has me extremely excited. If there's no split screen, I'm going to be extremely bummed.
That's about in on the game front and I don't have a whole lot to add about anything else either. If you see me online this weekend or next week, send me an invite! Tuesday, we're getting together with my brothers for some in-person gaming but other than that, we're pretty free. So again, I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
If you've been following the Borderlands news, you're probably well aware of the crazy promise Mike Neumann made over Twitter last week. To recap, in case you missed it, Mikey promised valuable loot to anyone who could prove they've preordered Borderlands. Of course, I jumped on that offer as fast as I could and earned myself a spot on his list (above... 3rd page, 1st column, 10th name).
I'm very excited about this for three reasons. First, the achievement I previously mentioned which is awarded for playing a co-op game with a Gearbox employee or someone who has the achievement. Obviously this isn't the most important reason, but it would be cool to achieve this one firsthand.
Second, LOOT! One of the best parts of Borderlands is the loot, even better is free loot from a Gearbox employee. That's pure money.
Third, and most important, I just want to chat with a Gearbox employee. That would be really cool. I can't wait for this extremely rare opportunity.
We played a match of Social Big Team - Neutral Assault against a team of eight level 45-50 generals/brigadiers last night. We got slaughtered. I have a message for them:
You are lame. Plain and simple.
If you get a kick out of joining up with eight equally lame friends and exploiting extremely unfair flaws in a map so the other team instantly dies after spawning for 15 minutes straight during an objective game, you need to see a shrink. There is something wrong with you if you think that is fun. You could have won the game in a couple minutes by picking up the bomb and planting it in our base a few times. I even would have forgiven you for T-bagging us a few times. I don't understand why you would want to put your balls anywhere near another man's face but that's at least a little more normal. But no, you carried on slaughtering us as we spawned until we left after seven minutes. I'm not sure why we attempted to put up with it that long but that's not the point. The point is, SEEK HELP.
On a better note, while waiting for one of the next matches to start, one of the kids on the other team felt he needed to share that he figured out how to identify noobs...
You want to know how to tell if someone is a noob? If their weapon of destruction is the battle rifle, they're a total noob.
Right... We then slaughtered their team 100-68. The funny part is four of them had BR as their tool of destruction. It's really silly to label a weapon as a noob weapon. Obviously it is a good weapon and players do well with it, so why would someone pass up a good weapon for an inferior one? I think that kid just sucks.
I can't wait for Halo 3 ODST and Borderlands. Not only because they're both kick ass games, they'll give us a break from the obnoxious kids that play Halo 3. More on those games soon.
Check out the awesome new trailer embedded below and also browse the achievements for Borderlands. I was hoping for more oddball achievements but there are a fair amount of secret achievements so maybe those are the oddball ones. I'm looking forward to a game with Randy Pitchford to pick up this one:
Play in a co-op game with either an employee of Gearbox or someone who has this achievement
However, if I manage to pick that one up, it will most likely be for the "or someone who has this achievement" though I'd just like to play with Pitchford to pick his brain (or any developer for that matter).
My wife (FoxxyLadie) told me to order whatever game I want for my birthday, which coincidentally is the day after Borderlands' release date, so naturally I pre-ordered it. I can't wait for this game. Hopefully we'll see a bunch of new stuff coming from PAX.
Just give it to me! This game looks fantastic. Releases Oct 20th on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. More info at Co-Optimus and the Borderlands website. My only beef is you can't go online with splitscreen! It should still be a ton of fun though.