A Books & TV Diversion

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I don’t normally talk books, TV or other forms of entertainment outside of the internet and video games, but I’m having an off day where I cannot find anything tech or gaming related to post about.

The Hobbit

I just finished reading J.R.R Tolkien’s prequel to The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Having finished reading The Hobbit, I have no interest in watching the upcoming Peter Jackson epic.

Ever since I started playing The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and reading The Hobbit, I’ve been trying to figure out what kind of fantasy I enjoy. It turns out that it’s not one with wizards and  short people with hairy feet.

I want my fantasy with a bit more grit, morale filth and political turmoil.

The Game of Thrones

I watched first episode of The Game of Thrones via The Movie Network free preview. It was a fantastic first episode. It started off with a bit of a supernatural element and quickly found itself in a whorehouse with a midget.

After the initial shock of violence and nudity, political maneuvering was afoot. Learning the characters, how they were related to one another and what roles they played in the political game was part of the fun that continued after the final cliffhanger.

It’s a shame I’m a wee bit late to this party. HBO produces some great shows, but I’ve only taken to a handful of them. I blame myself for looking into these things.

Does your fantasy title feature whores & whore houses?

This may seem crude, but I guess you can determine if I will enjoy a fantasy title.

The seedy side of man makes these fantasy titles much more interesting for me. Take The Witcher, for example. It dealt with racism and the struggles of every day life during those times.

The history books have documented how medieval life wasn’t a black and white world filled with elves and dwarves against the evil orcs and goblins, so I appreciate it when authors mix in a little gray in their fiction.

What’s in My Backlog Right Now?

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Having just finished my second run through Mass Effect 2, I’m left pondering over what game I should be playing next.

  1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC)
  2. Darksiders (PC)
  3. Shadows of the Damned (PS3)
  4. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (360)
  5. Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate Edition (PC)
  6. Ico & The Shadow of the Colossus Collection

Seven games if you break it down. Seven games that I’ve purchased recently or have upcoming sequels.

The most obvious answer is to start Darksiders because of Darksiders 2 later this year, but I have Skyrim here and cannot let it stay unfinished like Fallout: New Vegas. To avoid this situation in the future, I’m just going to stop buying Bethesda published role playing games. These games cannot keep my attention.

What should I play next then? I haven’t touched the PlayStation 3 in awhile, so maybe it’s Shadows of the Damned? I hear it’s funny and I wouldn’t mind more funny in my gaming right now.

A Couple of GOTY Contenders Get Patches

naughty-dog-logoOk. I don’t know if The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will be on my GOTY list because I haven’t played it yet, but nevertheless, it has a patch along with Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception which will be in my top 10 of the year.

First up? Uncharted 3′s patch notes. It’s quite lengthy and much of it pertains to the multiplayer:

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Checkpoint: Holiday Gaming 2011 Complete?

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I just wrapped up Modern Warfare 3′s campaign which leaves me with just two more “Holiday 2011″ games to “finish”: Dark Souls and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

I’ve been playing Battlefield 3′s multiplayer, Modern Warfare 3′s Spec Ops and pondering revisiting Uncharted 3 after the supposed aiming fix drops.

So far there hasn’t been an outright dud which I’ve stopped playing like last year’s Fallout: New Vegas. Hopefully Skyrim doesn’t become that, but I have a feeling that won’t be the case.

I’ve picked up Dark Souls again and my feelings towards that game haven’t changed a bit. Despite not finishing it yet, I may go ahead with a review.

A 20 Minute Walkthrough of Skyrim

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will be my first Elder Scrolls game. It looks phenomenal which is pretty significant thing for me considering how ugly the art style in the Oblivion was. That and the awkward first person fighting were the reasons why I didn’t invest in the last game.

Below is the 20 minute walkthrough broken up into three parts:

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Checkpoint: Post E3 2011 Edition

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E3 2011 is over.

For me it was a nice E3 filled with pleasant titles and a steady year or so of gaming. Nintendo’s Wii U won’t be out until sometime in 2012 and with what they’ve shown, it’s a bit tough to get excited for it at the moment. Meanwhile,  the PlayStation Vita seems to be in its own little world. Much of it was exciting from the mindset of a $250 handheld, but I didn’t see anything that would compel me to pre-order one as of yet.

This E3 was about games and there were plenty of promising titles — many of which I pre-ordered via FutureShop’s awesome promotion:

  1. Deus Ex: Human Revolution (PC) – Aug. 23, 2011
  2. RAGE (PC) – Oct. 4, 2011
  3. Forza Motorsport 4 (360) – Oct. 11, 2011
  4. Battlefield 3 (PS3 & PC just in case) – Oct. 21, 2011
  5. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception – Nov. 1, 2011
  6. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PS3) – Nov. 8, 2011
  7. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC) – Nov. 11, 2011
  8. Mass Effect 3 (360) – March 6, 2012
  9. Ninja Gaiden 3 (PS3) – Q1 2012
  10. BioShock: Infinite (PC) – Q2 2012
  11. Halo 4 (360) – Q3/Q4 2012
  12. Far Cry 3 (360) – TBA 2012
  13. SoulCalibur V (PS3) – TBA 2012
  14. Diablo III (PC) – TBA – *
  15. Max Payne 3 (PC) – TBA – *

* – Not shown at E3, but part of the promotion

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FYI: PlayStation Suite, PSP2/NGP & More

Headlines

PlayStation Suite unveiled; brings PlayStation titles to Android platform (via Engadget)

  • A hardware neutral development platform
  • PlayStation Store launching on Android
  • Emulated PSOne games coming first
  • PlayStation Certified program will ensure some level of quality for original Android developed games sold via the PS Store
  • PlayStation Suite requires Android 2.3 or higher
  • Xperia and Next Generation Portable are both PlayStation Suite compatible
  • Physical controls are not required; can use on-screen controls

Next Generation Portable (NGP) announced (via PS.Blog)

  • Check all the specifications and planned titles in the link. I’ll only be mentioning additional info.
  • No launch date yet
  • No launch price yet, but Sony is going to be selling at a loss (via Eurogamer)
  • No removable battery (back touch pad is the reason) (via GamePro)
  • No UMD drive; games delivered digitally or via flash carts (via GamePro)
  • Will be available in two models: 3G+Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi only (via Eurogamer)
  • Excellent hardware analysis by Digital Foundry

Release dates

  • SOCOM 4 debuting April 19th exclusively for PlayStation 3
  • Brink debuting May 17th for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC
  • Hunted: The Demon’s Forge debuting June 1st for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC
  • RAGE debuting September 13th, for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC

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