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Halo 4 Remix Contest


Halo 4 recently announced a Remix Contest. For musicians like myself, we are allowed to remix a supposed soundtrack of Halo 4. I haven’t looked into the details of this but I’m checking it out! The official website is here:



The contest ends October 29th, at the end of this month. I will post when I have something.


Playstation 3 Slim Announced

Playstation 3 SlimSome news today, the Playstation 3 is getting a “slim” version of the console, similar to the PS2 getting a slim version several years ago. I thought I would write a quick blog about this. In my opinion, this thing is NOT worth it. With an entry point of $300 USD and a 250GB, I don’t think it’s worth picking up. Why?

In the next year, there are rumors for the next Xbox system, code named “Durango” to come out. Also in another month the next generation Wii U console will come out (which I also do not think is worth buying and I blogged the reasons being the other day). So with the next generation of systems coming out, whatever flavor of gamer you are, why would you want to drop all that money on a current generation system? Well before judging it based on that, is there really any sell points to this thing?


Well, the new design, it is slim. It’s said to be much smaller than the current PS3. About 20% smaller and lighter. Also, a major sell point for Sony, it’s currently the only gaming system that can do Blu Ray. In fact, some people say it’s the best Blu Ray player on the market because it’s connected to the internet and can play pretty much all the Blu Ray movies out there with the necessary updates. So we can chalk that up as a sell point. But what else?

Well the real appeal of this, Sony is catering now to the general gaming market and trying to compete with the new Wii U. The new package with the slim console comes bundled with Uncharted 3. For Sony fans and gamer’s alike, this is quiet a nice package to pick up. And if you don’t already own PS3 (including myself), maybe this is finally time to get the console.


I was a huge Playstation fan back in the day. But I don’t see much in Playstation these days. The titles aren’t that great and although the online is a free, clunky online system that doesn’t compare to what Xbox Live has established.  Personally, for the next generation of consoles coming out, I’m going to pass. But will you pick it up?


Borderlands 2 Review

Borderlands 2 Review
My quick review for borderlands 2

Borderlands 2 came out last Tuesday. When it came to the original game, I got the impression that the game was a blow off, budget game. But that was not the case, and the game hit surprisingly high with a cult fan of followers years after. Borderlands has exploded into one of the biggest gaming titles out today. And the sequel is officially released with all of the core elements that made the original game popular are all back with new characters a a new storyline!

Borderlands 2 returns to Pandora, the funky sci fi world planet that was introduced in the first game. This time around, Handsome Jack is in charge, the main antagonist who took over the Hyperion Corporation. His goal is to prevent you from stopping him from taking over Pandora. Throughout the game Handsome Jack is in an attempt to mine “Eridium”, a rare element that can give Jack the ultimate power he needs to take over Pandora.


Overall, Borderlands is a game. The story line is good but a little bland at times with repetitive side quest. Borderlands 2 though, was never really about a theatrical experience. The true fun of the Borderlands franchise lies in the co op gameplay. Four players can group together to beat the entire game, and the whole game is a blast from start to finish. Visuals, the game looks just like the first, but with some improvements. The game’s cartoon-style graphics are fun and make Borderlands 2 the iconic game that it is.

Sound effects, the game still has rocking original music and fun sound effects along with the quirky and hysterical chatter and slang you heard in the first game. Also, our favorite side-kick Claptrap has returned, and just as in the first game, he adds a huge element of comedy and enjoyment to the game that no other game really matches.


Final Verdict: 5/5

I’m giving Borderlands 2 a 5/5 rating. I think that the Borderlands franchise is something that a gamer over any stripe should try, whether they are a fan of the franchise or not. The graphics/premise of the game is weird to some as well as newcomers, but if you give it a chance this game has silky smooth, fun game play that is simple to pick up and a blast to play with friends.


Borderland 2 Max Settings Game Play

I got Borderlands launch night and made this quick video yesterday of the game running on max settings with max FPS. Of course, not the most demanding gaming in the world on a PC but still looks great and is a blast to play!


Halo 4 Limited Edition Worth it?

I was checking out Amazon last week and seen that Halo 4 is now available for pre-order. For those who have never pre-ordered on Amazon, you do not get billed until your product is processed and shipped. Anyway, when checking out the game I noticed that there is a $60 standard version of the game and then a $100 limited edition version of the game. But for the steep price of entry, is it really worth it? For one, that is most likely the definite price, I doubt the price will drop under $100 unless hardly anyone is pre-ordering the collectors version.

Moving on, for many years I enjoyed buying collectors versions of games. For an extra $10, you would get some nice bonus features, a cool tin case, and some other goodies.  Most recently my favorite collector’s purchase was Mortal Kombat that came with two awesome book case holder statues that now stand on top of my PC speakers. It was a little costly but I got something extremely awesome out of it, and I am a huge Mortal Kombat fan. Back in the day, Halo 2, Gear’s of War collectors edition, even Modern Warfare 2 came with the original COD arcade game. The price’s were always reasonable. $70, even $80 which is asking for alot but still do-able.


But now Halo 4 Limited Edition is set to release on November 6. And 343 Industries wants us to pay $100 for it. But what does it come with?

Halo 4 Limited Edition Contents

  • War Games Map Packs: The Limited Edition includes access to nine maps – three future competitive multiplayer map packs, each including three locations, available for download post-launch on Xbox LIVE.
  • Bonus digital content through Xbox LIVE: Unique in-game Spartan IV armor skin, unique in-game weapon skin for the Assault Rifle, an exclusive in-game emblem, Xbox LIVE Avatar prop, and Xbox LIVE Avatar Spartan IV armor set (requires Xbox LIVE Gold Membership that is sold separately).
  • Specializations: Receive early access to six Specializations, available at launch on Xbox LIVE, and use them, one at a time, to achieve higher ranks in your Spartan career. In addition to gaining access to new ranks, Specializations unlock new customization options.
  • The Special Edition of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, a 90-minute extended version of the live-action digital series which will take fans back to the terrifying beginning of the Human/Covenant war, when the Master Chief inspired a young cadet who would eventually become a leader aboard the UNSC’s greatest vessel ever: the UNSC Infinity.
  • The UNSC Infinity Briefing Packet includes a Spartan armor customization schematic, information about UNSC weapons, and an introduction to the massive ship UNSC Infinity.


Let’s get one thing straight. I don’t place ANY value on Xbox Live avatar items. I think they are a gimmick and an excuse for them to jack the price up on things like this. But what about the rest? In game armor skin, weapon skin, and emblem. Great. But why am I not already getting this? Is this really worth paying an extra $40 bucks for? Not if you ask me. And the briefing packet and and digital series are hardly sell points for me.

What’s really of any value to this? Well number one, the “map packs” that come with it. Nine maps that contain three future-competitive map packs. And each is set in three locations. So… what does this mean? If you ask me, I would say they are selling us three big team/forge style maps that are going to be broken down into small maps. 343 Industries hasn’t really been clear about this. But the point is, these are going to be DLC down the road and (most likely) are going to have a steep price, somewhere between $15-20 based off of what other map packs cost today. But those that make it worth spending any more money on? I don’t think so.

Halo 4 Limited Edition is Not Worth Buying

I’m a die hard Halo fan. And I get paid decent, I don’t care about paying an extra few bucks for some nice bonus features/DLC. But here’s several reasons why I don’t think this Limited Edition version of Halo 4 is worth it and why I think you and no one else should buy it. This is all opinion based and comments are welcome, but I don’t think this version of the game is worth buying.

  1. There’s no value to the “limited edition” part. If there was only 10,000 copies made out of millions, then maybe it would be worth trying to snag it. But the point of limited edition value to ANYTHING in the world is in the RESALE value. How valuable will your limited edition copy of Halo 4 be five-ten years from now? Let’s take a look at Halo 2 collectors edition which I own. It’s nearly a decade old and used copies of it are selling for a measly $12 on ebay. Unless you plan on keeping your copy in the shrink wrap, it’s worth about as much as the standard issue of the game when there’s no limited production on it.
  2. Limited options. There’s only a standard and a limited edition. Previously, Reach and Halo 3 came out with multiple versions of the game. Reach came with an impressive, hand-done statue of all the noble characters. Halo 3 came with master chiefs helmet to hold the game in. It seems they got lazy and stuck a high price on a mediocre version of a limited edition version of the game.
  3. Major game studios are getting too greedy. We live in a world where prices of games are dropping dramatically anymore. Smash hit games like “angry birds” that people spend a buck or two on and they can play anywhere versus a $60 game that takes a small hunk of cash for the month is alot more attractive to the general market. Plus games like Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Rock Band Blitz are only $15 from major studios. At one point $100 is just asking for too much for a video game, regardless of it being “limited edition” or not. But if “fan boys” keep milking over the cash, then the studios will never learn to drop their prices.
  4. Let’s take a step back. We haven’t seen Master Chief in nearly five years now, and this game is being made by an entirely new studio that most people haven’t even heard of before. I’m sure it’s not going to be a total flop, but will it shine as Halo 2 once did? Will it be a success online again or are people going to fade out of it like on Halo: Reach? I don’t think it’s worth investing such a huge hunk of cash into a game that could potentially not be that great online. And it’s more than the game. It could be poorly designed maps (again), a broken matchmaking/ranking system (that sticks social/party players into serious slayer matches)(again), and other things that could steer away the online appeal.
  5. Besides downloadable maps, as I’ve stated above, there’s zero value in avatar items. And the rest, in game armor, skins, who really cares? And is it worth all that extra money just for a tin case that will be worthless in years? And when it comes to the maps, you can buy them as DLC, most likely for half of what you are paying the extra cost for on the limited edition.
  6. In the end result, what you are paying extra for? Paper and plastic. I just like to be a financial adviser to other gamers out there. You don’t need to break the bank to play the game. And if you care that much for the limited edition version, it’s price will most likely drop in the future.

Maybe I’m just starting to get old. But when I was a teenager, Halo 2 collectors edition was $60, the price of a “standard” version of a game today. And downloadable maps? I don’t remember paying more than $5-10 bucks for a map pack. These days they charge double to triple that. I know they cost time/money to develop, but I don’t like forking over so much cash to these major game studios.

The end result, it’s just not reasonable. $70 to $80 is steep but would have been fine. But these extra “digital” items, like skins, avatar props, I don’t place any value on that. Some games like Mortal Kombat and even COD sell you memberships or “seasonal passes” to get the rest of the DLC for the year free. But we are only getting one set of maps with this DLC. And even the season thing pass… at what point do I just have to pay ONCE for a game anymore to enjoy it? This is one reason I’m an avid PC gamer more than a console gamer anymore.


Wii U Pre Order Now Available – Too Little, Too Late?

Is Wii U worth it? Today I woke up to the chime of my phone getting an email. The email was from none other than Gamestop offering a pre-order offer on Nintendo’s new Wii U system. Being the gamer I am, I had to check this out. From past experience, I learned game systems on launch day are nearly IMPOSSIBLE to pick up without a pre-order.

I had no idea Wii U was coming out this year already (I hardly keep up with Nintendo’s news these days). But I just had to check it as I am a big fan of the Wii despite it being a system lacking in any serious titles. First off, the technical specs, according to sources on the web, these are the technical specs of the Wii U.


 Wii U Technical Specs

  • Tri Core, 3 GHz PowerPC-based 45nm CPU with 2 MB cache, 1 MB for Core 0, and 512 KB for cores 1 and 2
  • 1.5 GB of unknown memory, to be shared between the CPU and the GPU
  • Custom 40nm AMD GPU with 32 MB embedded eDRAM and unified shader architecture
  • 25 GB Blu-ray based disc
  • 8 GB internal flash memory
  • Custom, Nintendo-made Wii U operating system that runs on a separate, ARM-based processor.
  • Dedicated 120 MHz audio processor, 6 channel audio for console, 2 channel for controller
  • 512 MB separate on-board flash storage for the OS only
In terms of technical specs, I find the Wii a bit lacking. The technology is a huge step up over the Wii, but it still seems like Nintendo is catering to… hell, I don’t even know what they are catering to anymore. But these stats, they are pretty sad. The CPU speed is mildly impressive along with the blu ray style disc support. Also the six channel audio channel support is very attractive (and I’ve always found Nintendo to be the dominator of the surround sound market). Lastly, this system fully supports HD out of the box, so no more third party peripherals for 1080p support! But the rest of the specs, they just look too much like stats of the current generation of systems (360 and PS3. The current generation systems are six years old now. What gives? Shouldn’t we be focused on the future? The GPU isn’t that impressive and trailers/gameplay footage of games so far seems a bit… dated.
Also, the main storage system of “flash memory” is available in a $350 version with 32GB and a basic version of $300. I don’t mind the “flash” memory concept as it provides extremely fast load times similar to SSD technology. But the main quail I have with it is that it’s internal. There’s no removing it and there’s no upgrading it. What happens if my Wii U breaks? What happens if I want to play my games on a different Wii U without a dumb memory card? I’m stuck doing things the old fashioned way.

Most of the average user of the world though don’t care about technical terms, or even the flash memory. And the true experience of gaming (at least what it should be) is the game itself, not about the ultimate experience nor the graphics.  So let’s look at the line up of launch games.

Wii U Launch Titles

  • Nintendo Land (Available free with the 32GB model)
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
  • Sing Party
  • Wii Fit U
  • The Wonderful 101
  • Pikmin 3
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • 007 Legends
  • Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts
  • Wipeout 3
  • Skylanders Giants
  • Rapala Pro Bass Fishing
  • Transformers Prime
  • Aliens: Colonial Marines
  • Sonic & All-Stars: Racing Transformed
  • Trine 2
  • Tank! Tank! Tank!
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Jeopardy
  • Darksiders II
  • Funky Barn
  • Disney’s Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited
  • Game Party Champions
  • Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition
  • Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
  • Ben 10: Omniverse
  • Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game
  • Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade
  • Zumba Fitness
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii U
  • Game & Wario
  • NBA 2K13
  • Jett Tailfin
  • Madden NFL 13
  • FIFA 13
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Toki Tori 2
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
  • ZombiU
  • Just Dance 4
  • Avengers: Battle for Earth
  • Rabbids Land
  • Assassin’s Creed 3
  • Rayman Legends
  • Sports Connection
  • Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013
  • Nano Assault Neo

Okay, there’s alot of games. But which one’s are actually good or exclusive Nintendo titles? Well, 007 Legends (pictured right) sounded like an interesting possible new take at what Goldeneye was on N64. But after viewing this disappointing trailer and seeing the visuals have hardly left the N64 era, should I really be that psyched about it? Sure, graphics aren’t everything, but the facial modeling/textures, it’s just mind boggling how bad the visuals are. On a plus note, the gameplay looks fun and solid and very similar to Goldeneye. But the main flop here in terms of Wii U is, the game is coming out on both 360 and PS3. So do I need to spend $350 getting the Wii U just to play the game? I think not.

Besides Goldeneye, not many of Nintendo’s launch titles are impressive. There’s alot games on here that are available on Xbox 360. Some of which, I already own including Mass Effect 3. So what real sell points are there to the Wii U? If the launch titles are bad (and the speculated games to come out next year don’t look good), the price is somewhat steep, and the hardware isn’t that impressive, then what’s the point of buying it?


This is just my personal opinions and a guide for people who are thinking about buying Wii U. I say unless you’re a Nintendo fan boy or have kids and like the family friendly consoles better, then you should pass on this. Look, I love Nintendo, and I loved the Nintendo Wii. I loved the hardware, the interface, the motion control games, everything about it, even the Mii characters I liked! My main problem with the system was the games, or lack thereof. I own about 20 Wii games and I got bored of them all. Games I wished would come out with motion controls never came out. Smash Smash Bros. was great but when you played it online a more appropriate title would be Super Lag Bros.. The arcade games got boring after a while and overall, and I got tired of the system.

I feel that Wii U is doomed to follow the same foot steps as it’s predecessor. There is a lack of games for the hardcore audience, the new mini-interface controller is really weird, and the system just doesn’t pack a punch like 360 or PS3. And many titles that would have made the system sell like crack including Super Smash Bros. , F-Zero,  and Starfox to name a few, are completely missing from launch. And are we ever gonna get them? Probably not.


Halo 4 news – new race and weapons

Halo 4

Halo 4 will be introducing a new type of enemy race, called the Prometheans, to the franchise. Along with this new race of enemies, 343 Industries will also be bringing a collection of new weapons that are summoned by this Promethean enemy race.

In relation to this, we have now uncovered a massive detailing of each enemy class that will be incorporated into the Promethean race, as well as a detailing of each of the weapons that this new race will be bringing to the game.

As can be seen in the slide-show above, a total of 15 photos showcase each of the enemy classes and weapons that will be a part of the Promethean race. Fans can see that there are a total of eight classes that will be presented by the Prometheans, as well as seven new weapons that will be introduced as well. The Promethean enemy classes will feature the Knight, Knight Lancer, Knight Commander, Knight Battlewagon, the Watcher, Crawler, Alpha Crawler, and Crawler Snipe. The Promethean weapons include the Boltshot, Binary Rifle, Incineration Cannon, Lightrifle, Suppressor, Scattershot, and Pulse Grenade.

The captain of the Promethean war-forces will come in the form of the “Knight.” As described in the detailed slide-show above, the “Knight” class are “automous and intelligent, they are ancient warriors tasked with defending the artificial world called Requiem. An encounter with a single Knight can turn deadly, as they systematically bring more enemies into the fight. Knights wield weapons like the Suppressor and LightRifle.”

From the looks of each description provided for each class of the Prometheans, it seems that each class will be dedicated to a specific selection of weapons. One example displays the Crawler as being detailed as utilizing the Boltshot weapon when in a respective distance.