Monday, December 5, 2011

I'm back!

    Hey guys, it's been a while since I have even been on this site, but I am glad to be back.  It seems highly unlikely that any of my followers even remember me, however I'm looking forward to getting back to writing and hopefully gaining some more followers.  I very much enjoy sharing my opinions and discussing them with other people, and Blogspot seems like one of the best places to accomplish this goal.  Other than writing, it is also rather entertaining reading all the other people's blogs as well, I really have learned a lot from you all!

     One thing that I am planning to change with this blog is the content I will be writing.  For those of you that enjoy video game reviews and other game related topics, do not fret because I do not plan on getting rid of those.  I am however, going to start writing about other subjects that catch my interest or that I feel strongly about.  What these are I am not sure about yet, but I hope you will enjoy my blog and what the future holds.  You guys can probably expect another post sometime tomorrow.         

       See you guys later!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Jak and Daxter

Hey guys!  Spooge here again and since you guys said you wanted to see some older games reviewed, I’m going to do just that.  The game series I am going to talk about today is a Playstation 2 series Jak and Daxter.  This is one of my favorite game series of all time.  It was one of my first games for the PS2.
 Jak and Daxter

                Jak and Daxter was a fucking awesome game.  It was made by Naughty Dog, the developer behind the classic platformer Crash Bandicoot.  Jak and Daxter follows a young boy named Jak and his friend Daxter, who is transformed into a squirrel like creature by falling in a pit of dark eco.  Daxter sits on Jak’s shoulder the entire game.  The gameplay is pretty basic, you have two types of moves in combat, spinning and punching.  Throughout the game, you can find different types of eco, which temporarily grant you special abilities.  You collect precursor orbs and power cells to progress further in the game.  The orbs are like collecting gems in Spyro, they are scattered around the world.  You get Power Cells by either finding them, or performing certain tasks.  The game took place over multiple different environments, like beaches, jungles, underwater levels,  and snow levels.  Jak and Daxter was a wonderful adventure game, but it is pretty easy.  I remember beating the entire game in 1 day before, of course that was after I already played through the game once before.  Jak and Daxter was a fantastic game, but nobody expected what the second game had in store.
 Jak 2

                Jak 2 was completely different than Jak and Daxter.  It took place in the future, in a place called Haven City, so the world was completely different.  In this game, Jak was actually able to talk, and he was pissed.  The whole mood of the game changed.  Jak now had an ability that if he collected enough dark eco, he could turn into Dark Jak, which made him faster, stronger, and also gave him access to more powerful moves.  Another major addition to the game was the open world environment, similar to Grand Theft Auto.  There were now hovercars you could use to get around the city, and Krimson Guards that acted sort of like police.  Jak now had access to guns, which really changed the gameplay a lot.  Now instead of just relying on two melee attacks like the first game, the combat was more focused on using the guns.  This game was very long, and I don’t think I could ever beat it as fast as any of the other Jak games.  It was definitely the hardest game in the series by far, some missions are almost impossible.  But I think the challenge makes the game great, which is why Jak 2 is my favorite game in the series.  It may not be easy, but that makes it 10 times more rewarding once you beat it.
 Jak 3

                Jak 3 was another great game in the series.  The game starts out with Jak being banished from Haven City and being thrown into the wasteland.  He is rescued by Damos, the king of a nearby city called Spargus.  Not only can you run around the desert city of Spargus, but you can unlock vehicles to take with you out to the wasteland, a huge open desert to explore.  Each of the vehicles has a unique ability, and they are a really great addition to the game.  But there is even more to explore.  You can go back to Haven City, which is in the middle of a huge war  between the Krimson Guard, the Metalheads, and the Deathbots.  Haven City is being destroyed and it looks a lot different.  They also added many weapons upgrades in this game, which are basically like whole new weapons.  Dark Jak has some new powers and there is also a Light Jak ability now.  Light Jak has a ton of new abilities like the shield, and the ability to fly.  The game was somewhere in between Jak and Daxter and Jak 2 in difficulty, not too hard, but not too easy. 

                Daxter was a game released on the PSP that let players control Daxter for once.  It takes place between the first and second games.  This was another great game.  Daxter was an exterminator and killed metalhead bugs.  He had a bug spray gun, which got upgraded with new attachments as you got further in the game.  This game wasn’t made by Naughty Dog, but it is one of the few games that was still good after the original developer moved on. 

                I haven’t gotten a chance to play the newest game, The Lost Frontier, but I really want to play it.  I will probably do a review once I get a chance to play it.  Hope you guys enjoyed, have a nice day! J

Friday, July 22, 2011

Update and I need help

Hey guys, Spooge again.  I'm just here to tell you I will be leaving tomorrow morning and won't be back until Monday, so no posts for a couple of days.  What I want you guys, my followers, to do is leave a comment below and tell me what game you would like me to talk about next, because I really don't have any idea what to write.  I would really appreciate it guys, and as always have a nice day! :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Spyro Series

Yo guys!  Spooge here again, and today I'm going to talk about the Spyro series.  Most of you have probably heard of it, or grew up playing it.

Spyro the Dragon

Spyro the Dragon was the first game in the series, created by Insomniac, the same developer behind the Ratchet and Clank series.  This game was pretty simple.  You went to different levels, rescued dragons, collected gems, and took back dragon eggs from blue thieves.  The combat was pretty basic too.  The square button was used to preform a charge attack and the circle button made you shoot flames.  Jumping was pretty unique though.  Since you were a dragon you could glide through the air to reach different areas.  This game wasn't that challenging, and the final boss was rather disappointing, but it was still very fun to play.  At the time, these graphics were really good compared to other Playstation games.  The soundtrack to this game was actually really good, probably one of my favorites in a video game.  It was composed by Stewart Copeland, who used to be the drummer for The Police.  Here is one of the songs from the game:

Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage

Ripto's Rage, or Gateway to Glimmer as it was known in Europe, was the second game in the series.  It took place in a whole new world called Avalar.  This game added many new gameplay mechanics such as swimming, climbing, hovering, and head bashing.  This time you had to collect talismans by completing levels, orbs by doing certain tasks for characters, and gems by picking them up just like the first game.  Gems serve a new purpose with the addition of Moneybags.  Moneybags is a bear that will charge you gems to do certain things, like learning new abilities, or unlocking a new level.  The combat is basically the same in this game.  I guess you could say this game is a little bit harder then the first one, but still not incredibly difficult.  The boss fights are more challenging this time around, and actually feel like boss fights.  Stewart Copeland did another fantastic job composing the music for this game.  One of the things that really changed the game was the double jump glitch.  This allowed the player to jump higher by preforming a charge in the middle of a jump.  The glitch resulted in players sometimes being able to get outside of the map, or skipping certain parts in the game.  Here is a video that shows the double jump glitch in action:

Spyro: Year of the Dragon

Year of the Dragon was the third game in the series, and the last one developed by Insomniac.  Most people also label this as the the last good Spyro game, and they are right.  Year of the Dragon was very similar to Spyro 2 in many ways.  One thing that changed though, was that they removed the double jump glitch.  Instead of collecting orbs, you collected stolen dragon eggs.  Moneybags is back, and this time he can sell you new playable characters.  These characters add a whole new style of gameplay.  Each one of them has a unique ability, and their own unique levels.  For example, Sheila is a Kangaroo and can jump really high.  Sgt. Byrd can fly and shoot missiles.  Bentley wields a giant ice club and can deflect projectiles, and smash things.  Agent 9 has a gun and can take out enemies from long range with his sniper mode.  Stewart Copeland returns once again to compose the music, and while it isn't terrible, it doesn't live up to the first 2 games.  One complaint I have about this game is the level design.  The levels just aren't as fun to play as the older ones, and the settings aren't all that cool either.  Overall, this was a good game, just not as good as the first two in my opinion.  If I had to pick a favorite, it would probably be the second game.  Insomniac knew the series was getting old and went to work on a new project, which would become Ratchet and Clank on the Playstation 2.  

The Death of Spyro

When Spyro went to the PS2, it all went downhill from there.  People were expecting Spyro to be really good on the PS2, but what they got was a laggy, glitchy, boring, piece of shit game with bad level design.  This was the last game Stewart Copeland composed the music for, and may be the only redeeming feature about this game, although the soundtrack still has nothing on Spyro 1 and 2.  Then they started releasing a ton of shitty Spyro games afterwards, which was strange because nobody seemed to like them.  They made The Legend of Spyro in an attempt to make the storyline seem serious.  They also messed with the combat system which wasn't a good idea.  The least shitty game out of all these new Spyro games was probably A Hero's Tail, but it's nothing spectacular, and some of the things in that game just piss me off.  Spyro was starting to get old when the third game came out, they should have just left the series alone.  I also heard they were making a Legend of Spyro movie, but I don't know if that is actually going to happen.

Anyway guys, I hope you enjoyed reading this!  Let me know what you think in the comments section, and if you enjoyed it, you can follow me.  Have a nice day guys! :)


Saturday, July 16, 2011

My Take on the Call of Duty Franchise and the Future of COD

Hey guys! It's your boy Spooge cumming at you with a new post.  This one is about Call of Duty.  I don't really play that often anymore, I'm trying to play different games.  Call of Duty isn't all that bad.  I thought Black Ops was a pretty good game.  Everything before it was pretty good too, although I'm not very fond of Modern Warfare 2.  I just think what Activision has done to the series is wrong.  They basically ruined Infinity Ward, Treyarch is probably next.  I hope they don't do the same to Treyarch because I <3 them.

Call of Duty 1

I've only played a little bit of the original Call of Duty, and from what I can tell, it is drastically different than any other Call of Duty game.  For one, the health system is way different.  Instead of your health regenerating after a while, you actually need to pick up health kits.  COD 1 was a PC exclusive game, which is strange seeing as the PC versions of COD are usually ignored now, like MW2 not having dedicated servers or modding tools.  I guess you can blame Activision for that one.

Call of Duty 2

Call of Duty 2 was an amazing game.  Definitely my favorite Call of Duty game.  No kill streaks, leveling up, or unlocks, just straight up gun vs. gun.  Call of Duty 2 gave birth to quickscoping, a type of sniping that most hardcore COD players know about.  The single player was great too, it was one of the few games that actually lets you play as the Russians during World War II.  I highly recommend checking out this game if you haven't already, because most people that play COD today haven't played COD 2.

Call of Duty 3

Call of Duty 3 wasn't as bad as everybody said it was.  I really enjoyed the single player, Treyarch is very good at creating characters that you really get attached to.  I can't really say much about COD 3's multiplayer seeing as only like 3 people actually play it and I can't find a game.  But the multiplayer brought some cool things to the COD franchise, things that would make their way into COD 4.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

  Call of Duty 4 is usually everybody's favorite COD game, but I disagree.  Don't get me wrong it has an awesome multiplayer and an awesome single player, but it doesn't beat Call of Duty 2 in my book. It was the first Call of Duty game to not be during World War II, which was pretty cool.   Although I enjoy World War II games a lot.  COD 4 also featured a ranking system, unlockable weapons, attachments, and perks, challenges, and killstreaks.  This was very cool, but it seems every COD game after this was just trying to copy Call of Duty 4.

Call of Duty: World at War

  World at War was almost exactly like COD 4 in the multiplayer aspect, except that it takes place in World War II like the first 3 COD games.  But what really makes World at War stand out is it's Nazi Zombies game mode.  Treyarch did a great job in making something completely new that has never been done in the COD series, which is great because COD is lacking innovation right now.  Nazi Zombies also has a rich backstory that most players don't pay attention to.  Regardless of what other people say, I think Treyarch is great.

Modern Warfare 2

Well, now it's time to talk about good old Modern Warfare 2.  What a mess.  There were so many glitches when this game came out.  The javelin glitch, where whenever you died, a missile would fall from the sky and kill anybody near you.  They fixed this, but of course there were the hacked lobbies.  Every time you tried to play online you would be put into a lobby with 17 other people on the smallest map (Rust) and the game would never end.  After a while, that went away too, but people still hosted 10th lobbies, where anyone could instantly get the highest level and every weapon and camo.  The gameplay was just as fucked up, seeing as there was a setup that could give you unlimited explosives.  There was commando that could let you knife somebody from a mile away.  Overall, the game was pretty bad, but there were chances to have fun.  Going into Search and Destroy with a party of your friends running around with Riot Shields.  They also added some cool new features, like customizable killstreaks and pro perks.  The single player was alright.  It wasn't very well written, but it had some epic moments.  I have some good memories about this game, but that doesn't make it a good game.  Not in the slightest.  During this disaster of a game, Infinity Ward lost most of its employees, as they went on to form Respawn Entertainment, who is now working on a new game with Activison's rival, EA.

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Call of Duty Black Ops features probably one of the best written First Person Shooter campaigns.  Gary Oldman returns to Black Ops as the voice of Viktor Reznov, one of the most badass video game characters ever created.  The ending to this game will blow your mind.  Nazi Zombies returns with 2 new maps: Kino der Toten (Theater of the Dead) and Five, which takes place in the white house and features Richard Nixon, John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro, and Robert McNamara as playable characters.  They have since released 3 new maps including Ascension, Call of the Dead, and Shang Gri La.  They have added some new mechanics to the zombies game mode, like monkeys and some new perks and powerups, but it is the same Nazi Zombies we have grown to love in World at War.  The multiplayer in Black Ops is nothing special.  It is definitely more balanced than its predecessor, but other than that the gameplay is still pretty similar to COD 4.  The new currency system is a nice addition, but its not game changing.  Wager matches are fun as hell too and add something new to the game.  I also really like the ability to make custom game modes, sort of like Halo but with less options.

Modern Warfare 3 and the Future of Call of Duty
COD is dying

Now Modern Warfare 3 is on the horizon, and I'm not buying it.  Call of Duty is starting to go downhill, and MW3 looks identical to MW2.  The series needs something new, but I don't think that will happen.  As long as it makes them money they don't care.  Call of Duty is becoming the Madden of First Person Shooters, a new game every year with zero innovation.  I fear COD is heading down the same road as Activision's Guitar Hero series.  In a few years it will be dead, but Activision doesn't care, they'll just find another series to milk.
I hope Bungie doesn't go down the same path that Infinity Ward has when they release their new game with Activision.  But hey, Battlefield 3 comes out soon!

Anyway guys I hope you enjoyed reading this, I had fun writing this.  Let me know what you think in the comments. I might do another one of these for the Halo series.  Here is some Black Ops gameplay I recorded a while ago:
 LOL, ignore me and my friends in the background the dazzle I had didn't record audio for some reason and so it recorded from my microphone.  Hope you enjoyed! Have nice day!  :)


Assassin's Creed

Hey guys, Spooge here and today I want to talk about the Assassin's Creed series, mainly Assassin's Creed II and Assassin's Creed Brotherhood because well, I haven't played the first Assassin's Creed yet.
Nothing is true, everything is permitted.
Assassin's Creed II is a massive improvement from the first game from what I hear.  It still features Desmond Miles using the animus to relive the memories of his ancestors, but this time he escapes Abstergo Industries with Lucy, who reveals herself to be an Assassin.  Instead of following  Alta├»r Ibn-La'Ahad during the crusades, it takes place during the Italian Renaissance and follows Ezio Auditore da Firenze.  He is born into a family of Assassins.  It isn't until his family is betrayed by his dad's best friend Uberto Alberti, that Ezio begins to follow in his fathers footsteps as an Assassin.  He goes on a long journey to get revenge on the people that killed most of his family.  This game is fantastic, but the game has one downfall.  It has no multiplayer.  The single player gameplay sets itself up for some awesome multiplayer, but unfortunately there was none in Assassin's Creed II.    

Assassin's Creed Brotherhood fixed that problem, and also added some awesome additions to the single player.  There are a ton of side missions in Brotherhood, and a ton of items to collect like Borgia Flags, and feathers.  You can also buy buildings all over Rome to earn money, much like the Villa in Assassin's Creed II.  However, in Assassin's Creed Brotherhood you only have Rome to explore, unlike the previous game where you could visit multiple cities including Florence, and Venice.  I believe Rome is big enough for its own game though.  It's really cool to see landmarks like The Coliseum and The Pantheon.  The ending to this game is even more suprising this time, and it will leave you saying, "What the fuck?".

The multiplayer in this game is intense.  Especially when you are following your target around and waiting for the perfect moment to kill them.  Here is some gameplay for the multiplayer:

Another thing I wanted to talk about is the upcoming Assassin's Creed Revelations.  The cool thing about it is that you get to play as Altair, Ezio, and Desmond.  Instead of Italy, the game takes place in Constantinople.  Ezio is a bit older in this game, but it doesn't look like his age has slowed him down.  Another cool thing they added is the hook blade, a new attachment to Ezio's hidden blade.  They also added a bomb crafting system where you can make tons of bombs to use against your enemies.  If you haven't seen the trailer yet, you should.
... and here is some single player gameplay:

Anyway guys, that was my article on the Assassin's Creed series, I hope you liked it!  Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think!  Have nice day! :)


PC Gaming

Hey guys, Spooge again and I want to take some time today to talk about PC gaming.  I have been a console gamer all my life, ever since I first got my first Playstation.  I always thought console gaming was better, but now I'm starting to think otherwise.

PC gaming seems better in every possible way.  Better players, better graphics, and mods and other user created content.  I've also heard from others that using a mouse and keyboard for first person shooters is easier than using a controller.  PC also has some great games.  Team Fortress 2, Portal, Left 4 Dead, Half Life and Battlefield are just a few games that were originally made for PC.  After seeing videos for Red Orchestra 2 it really makes me want to buy a PC.  Steam is a huge advantage of PC gaming.  It allows you to buy a ton of awesome games and has great sales too.    The one downside to PC gaming is that Computers cost a lot more than consoles.  That's why so many people have Xbox 360s.

If you haven't seen the Star Wars Mod for COD 4 yet you should probably check it out above.  The video also has some great information about mods.   That is one of the great things about PC gaming.  Free mods.  Anyway guys, I hope you enjoyed reading this, and as always have nice day! :)