Monday, 10 December 2012

The Last of Us Release Date!

So the game has been announced to be released on May 7th, 2013!
I am so pumped to here this news! Now I just want this week of exams to be over.
Wonder when pre-order will be up... hoping soon because I would go do it right now.

Here is the latest trailer from the VGA 2012

Well, later guys! :D

Thursday, 6 December 2012

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Over the past two weeks, I've been playing XCOM: Enemy Unknown on the PS3 like crazy. When I was a child, I loved tactical strategies games. Fire Emblem (GBA, Sacred Stones, Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn or whatever), Final Fantasy Tactics (all variants), Tactics Ogre, Suikoden Tactics, you name it.

In XCOM, you are a commander of a project called The XCOM Project (yeah, that's right). You will lead a small unit of 4 (base) to 6 soldiers to take on various mission throughout the game. These missions include abduction, terror mission, UFO Crash/Landing sites, VIP Escort, deactivating a bomb, and others. Soldiers are promoted or "level up" as they kill a certain amount of enemies. Once promoted, you can select a 1 ability out of 2 of the rank you unlock. Each soldier you command are categorized into 4 classes. The four classes are Assault (front-line soldiers), Support (Various duties based upon situation), Heavy (Offensive class), and a Sniper (self explanatory). By balancing which classes to bring for certain types of alien encounters can highly effect the outcome of your mission.

It is important to note that certain missions also affect countries likely-hood of leaving the XCOM project. This is shown once you are in HQ and going into the Situation Room. Certain missions such as abduction for example provides three different sites to save, which each place offering different rewards (money, soldiers, engineers or researchers). Now here is the catch. You can only choose ONE of the three sites. In doing so, the ONE you choose will have a reduce of panic while the other two sites you didn't choose will have a rise in panic. Tough choices to make, with varying consequences.

All activities other then mission are at HQ. In the HQ hub, you can buy or build weapons, ships, armour at the Engineering Lab. You can research specific items for additional bonuses, weapons, armour, or aircraft at the Research Lab but some require a certain amount of days to past. Barracks is where you can view all your soldiers, change their equipment, customize their appearance or hire new ones. There is also this antfarm like structure where you can build facilities that either create more power, allow more satellites to launch or reduce the amount of days to research things. 

I've been on a massive rage about this game as it brought back old memories. The best part is that the games is very unfriendly on Impossible Mode (the highest/toughest difficulty). It can be very punishing if you don't know how to take on certain missions without a based knowledge of what is coming up.

Overall, I love this game. From it's cool art style, to all the death of my squad-mates (you get attached to them... trust me) to considering long-term rewards to short-term rewards. XCOM keeps you on your feet as you struggle to balance all of it's component as you save the world.

10 out of 10

Gaming List

Gaming List

So here is the gaming list that I currently want. This was composed back in 2011 or early 2012? I can't remember.

- Nintento 3DS Black ($199.99+) + Miscellaneous 3DS items
- Memory Card VITA16GB ($59+)
- Happauge HD PVR ($200+)
- Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 (2013)
- Phantasy Star Online 2 (PC/VITA)
- Final Fantasy Versus XIII (TBA)
- Tomb Raider (March 5th 2013)
- Mirror's Edge 2 (TBA)
- Far Cry 3 (December 4th 2012)
- Splinter Cell Blacklist (Q1 2012)
- The Last of Us (March 5th, 2013)
- Watch Dog (TBA)

Games out that I Want:
- Halo 4 (360)
- Hitman Absolution (PS3)
- Assassin's Creed III (PS3)
- Dead or Alive 5 (PS3)
- Saint Row The Third $29.99 (PS3)
- Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (PS3)
- Metal Gear Solid HD Collection VITA ($39.99)
- Vanquish (360)
- Kingdom Hearts 3D $39.99 (3DS)
- Tales of the Abyss $39.99 (3DS)
- Final Fantasy Threaterhythm (3DS)
- Pokemon Black/Black 2, Diamond (3DS)
- Golden Sun: Dark Sun (3DS)
- Uncharted 3 (PS3)
- Portal 2 $19.99 (PS3)
- Valkyria Chronicles $19.99 (PS3)
- Bunch of PS3 games I can't name at the moment
- Bunch of Xbox360 games I can't name.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Life Update 1.02

Bah, I should be doing my homework that is due tomorrow... hahaha, but I'm writing this entry so...
Currently, today (December 4th) was my last day at my placement for my 1st semester. I'm going to miss the children there dearly. Will always remember them and hoping that they don't forget me too quickly haha.
They also made me a small book with all their hand prints which I thought was the cutest thing ever, and I balled (yes, I cried my ass off, I really enjoy where I work. shows commitment).

Here it is, I will always keep it.

2nd Semester starts in January, so I believe I will have time to actually write on my blog site. (Kinda need a better hobby and avoid feeding my gaming addiction).

On the topic of gaming addiction. I believe I am addicted to video games. As in I "have" the need to get every game and I do sometimes (not at full price). I able to restrain myself from buying like 10 brand new games and spread them out. I just have so many games that I'm unable to beat them all. Its horrible, I know.
But I can deal with it, I know I should not let get out of control. Plus I have my girlfriend and my extremely close buddy who care for my health and watch over me. (love you guys if you are reading this.)

Well, that is it for this partial update. See you guys later.