Archive for the ‘ Gaming Observations ’ Category

MP 45%

Here’s a question for you: Is a game with added multiplayer actually better than one which just offers a singleplayer? If you weren’t reading this on a blog, you might now rush to fill a pad of paper with a full thesis on the subject, either that or go throw a stick for a dog (As you are, you’ll probably just switch tabs to that video site about what happens when goats and dogs learn to fly) The reason I bring it up is because of something I noticed when I couldn’t remember what year Snowblind came out for the review I was write it. I looked at Wikipedia (Fountain of knowledge that it is), found the release date, and looked at the critical reception because I was bored. Apart from Deus Ex fans going ‘WAH! IT ISN’T DEUS EX BUT IT IS EVER SO LIKE IT AND I WANT A PROPER DEUS EX SEQUEL’ (Not that I’m cynical and think DE fans are babies), there’s a comment about how it was slammed both for a short length and a rubbish multiplayer. Continue reading

2009 again

I’ve been thinking about how little of 2009 I played. Most of what I played was in my list that was a few weeks ago, which makes me quite sad really. I missed out on an awful lot of 2009. Dragon Age didn’t show up until last week, L4D2 lies un-played. Does this make me a bad person? Seeing as I already was, probably not, no. However, I still slightly worry about the lack of new gaming I’ve done. Am I running the games industry into the ground? Are there poor programmers out at EA who are currently crying at the fact that there isn’t a poor blogger not playing the latest game from them? Again, I highly doubt that. Was 2009 just a bad year for gaming? Or was it something else? Continue reading

Rage Against the Machine

Me trying not to talk about hateful DRM when I used to get hit by it is like the Daily Mirror trying not to talk about Diana: It just doesn’t happen. I generally try to keep my anger subdued when I write on here, mainly because it feels like you shouldn’t see me when I’m that riled. But it’s impossible to not get annoyed when you get to the pile of crap that is Games For Windows Live. Continue reading

Games of 2009

After suddenly realising that the end of the last decade has appeared, a whole load of gaming blogs, from Gaming Daily (Who’s writers have decided that they should each do one) to GameSpy. So, in a desperate bid to seem cool and part of the crowd, I’ve decided to do a list of my games of 2009. Before you look down and think “Hold on, why isn’t [insert big release here] on the list?”, I either didn’t enjoy it or haven’t played it. Without further ado, here are my shout outs, in no particular order, for this year’s games. Continue reading

You got a friend

Thanks to the wonders of my grandparents, I’ve already told you all that I own the THQ complete pack. One of the big things for me was Dawn of War 2, which I didn’t already own. However, my brother did own it, but because it was a Steam game, I had no idea how good the game actually was. Lucky for us, we can now play it together. I say lucky for us, I mean lucky for me. I don’t know how far he actually got with it, but he was a damn sight further on than I was. After the fun and joy of getting it working (I started the download at half one and we only started playing about half nine, thanks to various errors, like Steam telling me it was updated when it actually wasn’t. Grrr), he and I started having a play of the campaign together. We’ve played through the first 4 levels or so, and I’m now conflicted about how good an idea it was. Continue reading

This means WAR!!!

In a vague attempt to actually pay attention to the current gaming situation, I’ve actually stopped playing Dungeon Keeper and loaded up Team Fortress 2. The past week has seen the beginning and end of the WAR update with the focus of this update being the Soldier and Demoman. Those who haven’t ever played Team Fortress 2 really should stop reading now and go and buy it on Steam, but they might also be interested to know that the Valve updates are usually an interesting affair. Continue reading


With the incoming tide of Christmas and the fact that I will then have 18 games (God help me if it turns out to be more) to play, I decided it’s time to knuckle down and finish Giants. I remembered again why I’d decided to take a break. If you were to hack my PC while I was playing Giants and listen to my microphone, not only would you be a stalker, but you’d hear me shouting and screaming words that if this were a family blog, I wouldn’t repeat. They usually involve cursing the parents of the programmers and designers, because Giants does just one thing wrong: Damage. Continue reading

Package Delivered

Although it is nowhere near Christmas, my present from my grandparent arrived last night. This present arrived in the form of an email and I now know what the present is. This isn’t an issue, since I asked for it. This was the THQ pack on Steam (Available here for the nice price of £51.99). One might wonder why I decided to talk about a christmas present, but bear with me here. Look at the price of the actual product, and look at the cost of buying everything individually. By buying that pack I saved about £150. It makes me wonder why I didn’t do it earlier. Continue reading


When doing a trawl throughout a my various forums I noticed a link to one of my friend’s blog. This is one that I used to read, and I thought it would be fun to look over his few posts, and thus I found this one. For those few of you who decide not to click that link (Why not? He’s more affluent than me), he talks about the fact that demos are somehow non-existant. Even though he’s give his two cents, I felt that since I’ve started this blog, I think its fairer on him to just give him a pingback on a post instead of attempting to condense my feelings in a comment.   Continue reading

First Place

There are several people in the world who are currently using Steam. When I say several, I do of course mean several thousand. Who knows how many are playing and working towards something that helped tip Steamworks as one of the greatest indie resources available: Achievements. Continue reading