This may have been asked before, but as the holidays are fast approaching and I’ve never gotten a huge amount of responses, so I’m hoping to really stir up a good debate this time and hear how you guys feel about this year’s FPS war.
Call of Duty has been on top of the FPS world for several years now, with annual editions putting up insane sales numbers. I’m a huge fan of the series myself, and I still find myself playing the multiplayer and Zombies mode with my friends. However, this fall sees the arrival of its biggest competition to date in the form of Battlefield 3. I’ve never personally tried Battlefield, but I hear great things about it and I really want to also give it a shot. However, many gamers are feeling divided over these 2 amazing FPS. Some are being SUPER protective of their favorite franchise, and others don’t get what the fuss is about - why not try both?
Now, the big question: Where do you stand in the upcoming FPS war, and why?
Be nice, gamers: I know 99.9% are well versed in the art of trash talking, but please try to keep your comments civilized instead of turning this into a giant flame war. Not trying to hurt feelings here, but to shed some light on which direction gamers are leaning. Which one are you going to buy? Are you going to get both? Or are you sick of FPS dominating the gaming market and are getting neither?
Share your opinions, gamers!
If any of you gamers are like me, achievements really count and are an important part of playing. There’s something extremely satisfying hearing that familiar sound and looking up what you unlocked. Of course, achievements aren’t everything when it comes to gaming, but it adds a fun and competitive element to whatever it is you’re playing.
So for all you fellow achievement hunters out there, you’ll be happy to know that all of Batman: Arkham City’s achievements have been listed.
Website xbox360achievements.org has the list, and I assume it’s the same for PlayStation 3’s trophies as well.
THE LIST BELOW HAS SPOILERS, SO DON’T LOOK IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW!
I’m Batman (10) – Become the Bat
Acid Bath (10) – Save the damsel, but is she in distress?
Savior (10) – Save the medical volunteers
Chimney Sweep (10) – There is only one way in
One Armed Bandit (10) – Hammer the point home
Communication Breakdown (10) – Clear the airwaves
Gladiator (10) – Last man standing
Wrecking Ball (25) – Stop the unstoppable
Lost And Found (10) – Uncover the secret of Arkham City
Sand Storm (25) – We are legion
Hide And Seek (25) – A deadly game of hide and seek
Ghost Train (25) – Fight for survival
Freefall (25) – Don’t look down
Exit Stage Right (50) – All the world is a stage
Forensic Expert (10) – Collect enough evidence to locate the gun for hire
Contract Terminated (25) – Stop the contract operative
Serial Killer (25) – Track down the serial killer
Mystery Stalker (15) – Reveal the mystery watcher
Distress Flare (5) – Answer the call for help
Broken Toys (25) – Destroy it all
Ring Ring (5) – Answer a ringing phone
Dial Z For Murder (25) – Stop the phone booth killer
Stop the Clock (15) – Time is running out
Bargaining Chip (15) – Reunite the separated couple
AR Knight (25) – Complete all augmented reality training exercises
Fully Loaded (10) – Collect all of Batman’s gadgets and upgrades
Aggravated Assault (10) – Stop all assaults in Arkham City
IQ Test (10) – Solve the first riddle
Conundrum (20) – Rescue the first hostage from Riddler
Mastermind (20) – Rescue the second hostage from Riddler
Puzzler (30) – Rescue the third hostage from Riddler
Intellectual (30) – Rescue the fourth hostage from Riddler
Brainteaser (40) – Rescue the fifth hostage from Riddler
Genius (50) – Rescue all the hostages from Riddler
Bronze Revenge (10) – Obtain 24 medals on the original Arkham City ranked maps (as Batman)
Silver Revenge (20) – Obtain 48 medals on the original Arkham City ranked maps (as Batman)
Gold Revenge (40) – Obtain all 72 medals on the original Arkham City ranked maps (as Batman)
Campaign Bronze (10) – Obtain 24 medals on the original Arkham City ranked maps (as Batman)
Campaign Silver (20) – Obtain 72 medals on the original Arkham City campaigns (as Batman)
Campaign Gold (40) – Obtain all 108 medals on the original Arkham City campaigns (as Batman)
Flawless Freeflow Fighter 2.0 (5) – Complete one combat challenge without taking damage (any character)
Twice Nightly (75) – Complete New Game Plus
Gotham Base Jumper (5) – Jump off the tallest building in Arkham City and glide for one minute without touching the ground
Pay Your Respects (5) – A moment of remembrance
Story Teller (10) – Have 12 murderous dates with Calendar Man
Catch (5) – Find someone to play remote Batarang catch with
50x Combo (5) – Complete a combo of 50 moves (any play mode, any character)
Perfect Freeflow 2.0 (5) – Perform a perfect combo including all of Batman’s combat moves (any play mode)
Gadget Attack (5) – Use five different Quickfire gadgets in one fight (any play mode)
Perfect Knight: Day 2 (75) – Main Story, Side Missions, Upgrades, Collectables, New Game Plus and Riddler’s Revenge (as Batman)
Question, gamers: Do you like looking at achievements early to know what exactly you need to work toward while you play, or just find out as you go along? Why or why not?
Are you happy with Nintendo’s Ambassadors Program?
Share your thoughts, I’m super curious how people feel about it.
Beautiful cover, as always. Even though I’m not totally into Dishonored, can still appreciate the artwork. :)
I always look forward to reading what Andy McNamara, the editor-in-chief of the magazine, has to say on page 4. This particular entry had me feeling a bit disheartened. It started off nice enough, with Andy talking about his early love for gaming and how astounded he was to find others who shared his passion when he was growing up. I remember when I felt that way when I finally met other people who liked to game too. There’s just this mutual respect that gamers have for each other that is just magical. As Andy says, gamers are “better, smarter, ans faster than normal humans who didn’t share his passion.” In short, gamers rock! :)
Now here’s the sad part.
Andy goes on to lament that he never thought he could ever be appalled by another gamer. He talks about how disgusted he is by the way gamers interact and behave by the anonymity of the Internet. I completely agree with this. Now, don’t get us wrong: Andy says he loves to trash talk a bit, and even I like to partake in it sometimes myself. Teasing my friends when I’m kicking their butts in a one vs. one match or making smartass comments to other gamers is just part of the camaraderie and fun of gaming. You have to be able to take a joke and laugh at yourself. However, far too often gamers use online gaming to insult and bring down people on a personal level regarding their race, sexual orientation, or even just how they speak. Other times, people are just being plain obnoxious by blasting music or moaning into their microphones…seriously, do I want to hear you masturbate over Xbox Live? Not really, no.
I mean, I game basically with all guys. When I first started getting involved with live matches, they all used to trash talk like crazy. It was funny at first, but it used to make me feel really uneasy when things would get a little too intense…although I must admit, the stuff they would come up with was pretty creative. Nowadays, we’re all older and they don’t really engage in that anymore. We stay in our parties and talk amongst ourselves. Once in a while it happens (hey, 99.9% of the time other people start it), but we’re mostly cordial. The last blow up I heard of would be when one of my boyfriend’s friends really ripped this guy apart because he said he sucked when playing Halo. He really made the guy feel bad: he looked up his stats and saw the reason he was so good was because he seemed to play ALL the time. He rubbed in his face that he was in an Ivy League school and was obviously doing more with his life, and while it was hysterical hearing the guy say, “I don’t care, man. I’m applying for Harvard right now!” it probably did make the guy feel horrible…even my boyfriend’s friend felt a little bad afterward. =p
This is really sad behavior, and probably one of the reasons people can look down on gamers. It makes us look like bullies, especially when people pick on other gamers who are clearly way too young to even be playing the game (that’s another rant for another day). How people can get such satisfaction in making a 10 year old child cry, I’ll never know. But I know not everyone acts like this - most gamers are just average Joe people just looking to blow off some steam in a match. They have respect for themselves and other gamers. The Internet gets a lot of bad news already: so many people are using it as an easy way to abuse others. Let’s not bring that crap into our gaming. I know it won’t stop overnight, and some people are just jerks. But I do hope it can get better.
What do you guys think? Message me your thoughts! Do you think Andy and I are right, that trash talking gets a little too personal and obnoxious? Do you have a personal story of when you were attacked?
That’s right, I’m going there. After all of the information and gameplay videos that Activision and Electronic Arts released during E3, I want to know: Which are you more excited for, Battlefield 3 or Modern Warfare 3?
If you want, share why you’re psyched for which particular game. I’m still loyal to the Call of Duty franchise and I want to see how Modern Warfare 3’s story will unfold, but I’m excited to see what Battlefield 3 has to offer with DICE’s emphasis on wide open maps, vehicular combat, and greater class variety.
Andy McNamara, the editor-in-chief of Game Informer, opened up their latest issue with an interesting statement: “There is only one chance at a first impression.” We all know how true this is in life. We all want to make good first impressions when making friends, attempting to nail an interview for a job, or trying to get your girlfriend’s parents to like you. Usually if you mess up that first meeting, people don’t forget it - and you have to work extra hard to prove yourself afterward. This concept can also apply to video games.
Andy goes on to say that, “The art of the first level most certainly isn’t lost, but I believe the demands of big-publisher marketing and a desire to have “mass appeal” in a world of casual gamers, have created an environment where opening scenes aren’t an introduction to a world where gamers can discover and explore, but a series of tutorial exercises that far too often bore or handhold to an absurd degree.” Hm, I never really thought about that till now, but he’s right. I was replaying Dead Space 2, and the game must have reminded me 10 times to do certain things, like to shoot the necromorphs’ limbs. I get it, guys: the only way to kill them is to dismember them. I understood that the first time you told me. I get that that may be for people who haven’t played the first game, but come on…it wasn’t so terrible as other games, but I still found it to be a little annoying.
It is great that gaming has gone mainstream so that everyone can enjoy it, from casual to hardcore gamers, but are gamers considered to be so dumb that we can’t discover what to do on our own or to just be told what to do once? I think I could figure out what the left trigger does, or what the circle button’s power unleashes. Now not all games are like this, but some developers do get it wrong. Andy brought up a really fabulous point that these annoying opening scenes can really mess up a person’s first impression of the game itself.
What do you guys think? Do you like those kinds of opening scenes, or wish they would just stop? Which games or franchises do you think are guilty of this? Which developers are getting it right? Answer here or message me your thoughts!
I am most distressed.
‘My Bloggy Wog’ is my primary blog and I don’t want it to be.
This blog is fairly old and not at all well written - in my opinion. It is also incredibly filthy; which is fine, but I have always kept this blog a secret from anyone I know in my non-internet life, with only…
Oh my goodness, I am going through the same thing! I’m glad I’m not the only one who is annoyed by the fact that Tumblr won’t let you change primary blogs. I started my original blog first, ~Tales of a Scandalous Lady~. So if you ever see yourself being followed by this blog or “laprincipessabelladiva” that’s me! I hate that Tumblr says the option to change your primary blogs isn’t allowed yet…why the hell not? WordPress allows you to, and maybe that’s why they’re the more esteemed of all the blogging sites. I love Tumblr because it is simple - but maybe that very thing is becoming a nuisance. Not only does this site crash all the time, but it won’t even allow little things like changing primary blogs. I can’t even just delete that blog - I only use it now to reblog lots of random stuff that I like - without deleting my whole account! I wouldn’t want to do that and lose my Gossip Gamer blog! I’ve put my blood, sweat, and tears into that thing and I love that blog and the people who follow it.
I’m sending Tumblr a message about this. Might not do much, but better than just doing nothing. I suggest you guys do the same thing if you’re angry about this too!
Be patient, gamers - just testing out new page ideas for my blog! So if some of them don’t work or anything, don’t worry about it. Hoping to fix up my blog a bit more. :)
If you have any suggestions for pages, please let me know! I don’t want to clutter my main page too much, but I’m trying to make my blog…evolve, I guess? You know, to make it even better. And I can’t do that without input from my followers, but let’s face it - my blog wouldn’t be as awesome as it is today without you guys, and my first priority is to make you guys happy! :D
Neat, my first page on my blog! ^^
Basically, I took my About Me section on my main page and moved it there so it wouldn’t look too cluttered. Go check it out and tell me what you think!
Also, any suggestions for any additional pages that I should add? I’d love for you to leave me some suggestions in my ask box since I wasn’t sure if there was anything else I should add.
Another new feature I enabled is the ability for you guys to leave me your own submissions for my blog. Please - feel free to post your own material and I’d love to feature it! But remember: please be appropriate or I will kick your ass. I have no tolerance for the obnoxious people on here that like to troll - after I got asked so many sexual questions when I had the “anonymous messages” feature enabled, I had to take i off.
Well, aside from a little shopping I did today (got some new bras at Victoria’s Secret, yay!), I spent most of my day at home gaming since the weather is pretty nasty outside. So feel free to drop by my ask box with anything that is on your mind - I’ll be here to answer it!