Sunday, March 22, 2009

No, We're Not Dead...

Well it's been a while I know... but I really want to start showing up here more often. I'm hoping my fellow "writers" here will come along as well. Tag and I have recently become income challenged (damn you economy!) and still haven't posted. I recently took a trip to Austin and Tag and I spent some time discussing things pertaining to this site. First and foremost we agreed that while having absolutely nothing to do, not posting is completely unacceptable. So, here I am! It's my belief that most of what should be on this site will not only be gaming related... but will aim to get ourselves and others excited about playing games. So it's not likely that you'll find full extensive reviews... though I'm sure we will give our opinions... I think most of what you'll see will be our gaming experiences: how we felt about a game or a description of the fun we had with one (or lack thereof... War World).

So to get to current events, we've been playing a lot of Left 4 Dead lately. For those who don't know, the game puts you in the middle of a world that's been infected by a type of zombifying virus. You play one of four survivors who must make their way from safe house to safe house enroute to a rescue vessel. In addition to the normal infected that attack you from every angle, there are four types of "Special Infected". These are the Smoker who attacks from long range with a tongue that chokes your character while dragging them. The Hunter which jumps on you, pins you, and mauls you. The Boomer which vomits on you. And, the Tank who resembles The Hulk and punches really hard.

We finally got Poops to make the purchase... which was really just the trigger for the rest of us to go out and buy it. Well, that is everybody but Fenris because his roommate apparently likes to leave their router wide open for all to use. This has recently made it difficult for him to maintain a constant internet connection. Anyway, It's damn near impossible to just get Poops to buy a game... he's not as blantently irresponsible when it comes to his game spending. Well, I thought this was the case until he bought 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand... it tuns out that Fiddy does in fact get his skull back. Thank the Lord for that. But, I digress. With Left 4 Dead finally in our posession I have taken on the full responsibility of delivering as much friendly fire as possible to my teammates. This is not a task I take lightly as I constantly make sure to send random rounds flying squarly into the backs of my teammates. Some might say it's my fault... I say they're a bunch of stammering idiots who should know how to stay out of my GD way... I'm looking righ at you Poops.

In all seriousness, the game is a ton of fun. It is obviously running off of a very old engine, but somehow that thing still holds on and manages to produce a lot of fun (Orange Box anybody?). I do however recommend playing with 4 actual people and not letting the computer AI control one of your teammates. You can't communicate with them, therefore they don't really stick to the plan. Last night, we had 3 human players and one AI. First we all decided to try for the achievement which requires you to avoid the witch through an entire campaign... Louis (the AI player) screwed that up right off the bat. At the end of every campaign mode you're required to make a run to an escape vessel... If one player is left behind and beyond rescue, the best method is to just make a run for the escape (in this case a boat) and be done. However, the computer AI stands firmly behind the "no man left behind" credo. So, when Tag was pinned down, Poops and I made a run for the boat... Louis did not. The level won't end until all remaining survivors are on the boat.... I should also add that a giant horde rush usually accompanies the arrival of the rescue. So, Poops and I were standing on the boat trying to keep the muphuggers away while Louis "Forrest Gumped" his way into a failed rescure of Tag... and then limped his sorry ass back to the boat. Actually, now that I think about it... and AI player at least makes things more interesting all the way through. Plus he'll sacrafice his med kit to heal you rather than himself... and how do we repay him? We let smokers drag him off and kill him while we make our stand. Dude needs to learn how to be a team player.

Left 4 Dead is an A+ in the fun department... buy it.

In addition to L4D I started up Bioshock again yesterday... I'm way behind. With the sequel being announced already I figured I should finish the first one. So far so good.

Lastly, Tag and I have co-oped Halo Wars and HAWX all the way through... we even did HAWX a second time a few nights later when Fenris bought it. I hope to recount our adventures in HAWX some time soon (or at least talk about new adventures... we need to play that some more). I'll give Tag a chance to talk about Halo Wars since he's spent the most time with it.

Alright kids, that's all for now!

Also, if you're actually reading this, comment or something... this includes you fellow Axis members.


Tagurit said...

You can be my wingman any time... unless you're holding a gun, then turn the other way.

AirstrikeRhino said...

Consider yourself on my "stammering idiot" list.

Stix said...

It's a good thing one of you finally posted. I was starting to think y'all got sucked into one of these oh so popular games... or just decided to forget the outside world. Either way, glad to see you guys are back!