Games

Too Many Games Part 5

Games are starting to get crossed off the list at this point. They keep coming out faster then I can get to them.

Completed

Here are the games I have finished since the last update. It was a pretty long time ago, so this list has an interest list of old and new. I know I am forgetting some stuff, but here are at least the main highlights.

  • Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
  • Duke Nukem Forever
  • Singularity
  • Battlefield Bad Company 2
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
  • Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Vanquish
  • Gears of War 3
  • Assassins Creed II
  • Dead Space 2
  • Modern Warfare 3
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
  • Portal 2
  • Halo Anniversary
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Uncharted 3
  • Bulletstorm
  • Rage
  • Battlefield 3
  • Red Faction: Armageddon
  • Medal of Honor

Games In-Progress (Tier 1)

These are the games I am actively working to complete. These games take priority before I start new ones.

  • Diablo 3
  • Assassins Creed Brotherhood
  • Max Payne 3
  • F.E.A.R. 3
  • L.A. Noire
  • Batman Arkham City

Games In-Progress (Tier 2)

These are the games that I have started and got pretty far in. For some reason I stopped playing them and moved on (See Tier 1). However I would like to go back to these and finish them at some point. I might start new ones before I hit the ones on this list and below.

  • Torchlight
  • Defense Grid
  • Far Cry 2
  • Grand Theft Auto San Andreas
  • Dead Rising 2
  • Aliens vs Predator
  • Fallout New Vegas
  • Section 8: Prejudice
  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • Beyond Good and Evil
  • God of War Collection
  • Skyrim
  • Orcs Must Die

Games In-Progress (Tier 3)

These are also games that I have started, and in some cases nearly finished. However it has been so long since I last played them that if I were to pick them up again I should probably start over. For that reason, these are games that I likely wont get to. I am not ready to write them off completely, but the chances of me finishing these games are slim.

  • Brutal Legend
  • Resistance 2
  • Mercenaries 2
  • Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway
  • Wolfenstein 3D
  • Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
  • Psychonauts
  • Return to Castle Wolfenstein
  • Painkiller Black
  • World in Conflict Gold Edition
  • Borderlands
  • Prince of Persia
  • Burnout Paradise
  • South Park Lets Go Tower Defense Play
  • Red Alert 3
  • Tomb Raider Underworld
  • Red Dead Redemption

Games In-Progress Written Off

These are games that I started playing, but have no plans to ever go back and finish them. Its nothing agasint the games themselves. In many cases they were pretty fun, but I have since lost interest in playing them anymore. These games will not appear on future lists, unless they somehow get bumped to a different category.

  • Dark Messiah of Might and Magic
  • Bionic Commando
  • Penumbra: Requiem
  • Zeno Clash
  • Frontlines
  • Lost Odyssey
  • Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard
  • Universe at War: Earth Assault
  • Saints Row 2
  • The Club
  • FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage
  • Lost Planet 2
  • Just Cause

New Games (Tier 1)

These are games that I have not started playing yet, but plan to get around to eventually.

  • Hitman Blood Money
  • Overlord
  • The Witcher: Enhanced Edition
  • The Witcher 2
  • Wolfenstein
  • Too Human
  • Fable 3
  • Dragon Age: Origins
  • Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
  • Super Mario Galaxy
  • Bastion
  • Limbo
  • The Darkness II
  • Dead Island
  • Just Cause 2
  • Trine 2

New Games (Tier 2)

These are more games that I have but never tired to play. Maybe I will get to these, but not before I make a big dent in the Tier 1 list of New Games.

  • Ninja Gaiden II
  • SWAT 4
  • Sacred Gold
  • Fallout
  • Fallout 2
  • AquaNox 2
  • Zombie Driver
  • Bionic Commando: Rearmed
  • Company of Heroes
  • Freespace 2
  • Titan Quest
  • Nexus: The Jupiter Incident
  • Alpha Prime
  • Alpha Protocol
  • Braid
  • Cave Story+
  • DarkStar One
  • X3: Terran Conflict

So that is more or less the current status of my gaming. I left a bunch of older stuff of the list that I don’t think I will ever touch again. It is mostly games that I bought  or last played it so long ago that they are not even really worth mentioning. If you are curious, examples include games like Alone in the Dark. I also have a list of 25 or so Xbox Live Arcade Games that I never touched (like Monday Night Combat), but I don’t feel like going into that list at the moment. Lets just pretend those games don’t exist.

Tech

New Monitor and PC Fans

So I decided to do a little upgrading on my PC again. The first thing I did was swap out some stock cooling fans on my radiator and go with a pair of Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition High Static Pressure 120MM Fans. These fans are designed to be used with radiators, and actually keep my temps cooler while making a lot less noise. I am very happy with them so far.

The second upgrade was a new monitor. I went from an old Acer AL2216W to a Asus VG236H 23″ 2ms 1920×1080 Full HD 3D LCD Display. The 3D is pretty cool, but I am more excited about the fact it is 120Hz. It might not sounds like much, but it makes a pretty big difference.

Games Video

Tribes: Ascend Update Adds Another Classic Map

I am happy to see more classic maps making it into Tribes Ascend. The familiar terrain and bases are a great nostalgia trip, and they play very differently with the new gameplay mechanics. It is just unfortunate that Stonehenge and Miasma are only on custom servers for now. Oh, and they also poorly implemented a first person spectator perspective. Step up your game HiRez, that feature has been needed for ages if you want the game to take off as a competitive eSport that people actually find interesting to watch. Do it properly or don’t do it at all.

Tech Video

Microsoft Surface Revealed

Microsoft showed off their surface tablet PC yesterday, and it has everyone talking. I have never really been a fan of tablets in general because they feel limited to me, but this is pretty different. It is basically a Windows PC in a tablet form factor, so it runs all of your normal Windows apps. It also has all of the connectivity people have come to expect with a laptop, such as USB, HDMI, and Display Port. It also has one of the most ingeniously designed “cases” of any tablet with a built in kickstand and a detachable cover that doubles as a full multi-touch keyboard and touchpad. There are two versions of the tablet, one that runs on an Nvidia ARM processor, and one that runs on an Intel i5 processor. The i5 version of the table is called the Surface Pro, and I could see it replacing my laptop easily.

Check out the video below to view the full announcement and demonstration Microsoft gave yesterday. If you want to skip to the good stuff, Surface makes its appearance at around the 9 minute and 30 second mark. If it lives up to the presentation, it might just be better then the iPad.

Games Video

Battlefield 3 Videos: Kit Switch

I have been watching this series of videos on YouTube called Kit Switch. These videos give you a nice breakdown of the various weapons in Battlefield 3, and when one weapon might be better then another. Since the weapon pages on Battlelog don’t give any damage statistics, and since damage drops and different rates over distances, it can sometimes be hard to compare one weapon to another. These Kit Switch videos can be helpful at knowing what the best situation is for each weapon. I found the comparison between the shotguns and ammo types particularly interesting. You can see some of the videos below. Be sure to subscribe to the channel if you find them interesting.

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