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Battalion 1944: A FPS Going Back To Its Roots

Finally a game where its not drowned by perks, how many prestige’s you’ve accomplished or how many weapon skins you can unlock.  Battalion 1944, developed by Bulkhead Interactive has gone back to how first person shooters should be played; purely skill based.

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Bulkhead Interactive wanted to create a similar experience to early Metal of Honor and Call of Duty games, where game play is solely skill based and not unbalanced with unlocks.  However, there are unlocks for players including weapon engraving, insignia’s and character customization.   All of witch do not effect the game play.

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I’ve been waiting for an FPS like this to come back and perhaps trump today’s Call of Duty (probably wont happen) but I think its a step in a good direction for future First Person Shooters.  Even executive producer of Bulkhead Interactive, Joe Brammer thinks its time to bring back a great WW2 shooter:

“It’s been a decade since we last saw a great WW2 First Person Shooter and I think the genre’s resurgence is long overdue. We’re focusing on community driven development. We want to work with passionate community of players who have a strong connection to the genre like we do.”

There is no release date yet for Battalion 1944 but you can help Bulkhead Interactive on their Kickstarter page.

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Microsoft Annoucments for the Week of November 9th

  backward compatible  Microsoft announced this week, all of the backwards compatible games for the Xbox One. All of the games are going to be available on November 12th. If you digitally purchased a backwards

compatible game you can download it to your Xbox one. If you still have a disk version of a game you need to insert the disk and download it to your Xbox One.

   Some backwards compatible games are the Gears of War series, Assassin’s Creed 2, Borderlands and Rainbow six: Vegas.  And If you preordered Fallout 4 you get Fallout 3 that is backwards compatible for free. This is only an initial release of games and Microsoft is planning on releasing more backwards compatible games in the future. Get the full list of games like Fallout 3, on Major Nelson’s page.
   With backwards compatible games coming to the Xbox One on November 12th; Microsoft is updating a new user interface for the Xbox One on November 12th as well.  With this update Avatars from the Xbox 360 are going to have a lot more improvements and more interaction with the new Xbox One.  Customization of clothing style and items are back like you would expect.  Your Avatar will now show up in multiple location on the Xbox One including your profile, activity feed, game hubs and more.  

   With this update Microsoft is also improving the OneGuide.  The OneGuide now makes it easier to find something to watch with content you already own and providing content that you might not know about.  A new feature to the OneGuide is a preview into your video apps without having to actually going into the app itself.  Microsoft also made more improvements to things in the OneGuide including picture-in-picture to check TV listings and Live TV listings coming up instantly.

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Fallout 4, What you need to know before November 10th.

   fallout-4-logoPossibly the best game announced by Bethesda, and it’s not even out yet!  Fallout 4. Ever since Bethada had their own press conference back at E3 it’s been the most widely talked about and most anticipated game this year.  Here’s some things to expect on November 10th, just in case you’ve been living under a rock these past months.

   Fallout 4 is going to take place in a post-apocalyptic Boston and feature a wide variety of new features to the series. Everything from a new combat system in V.A.T.S. (Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System) to crafting and customizing your own weapons and armor, to building your own house all of which you have a choice of doing or not.

   As in every fallout game there are factions you can choose to help, join or destroy.  The Brotherhood of Steel are going to be a major presence in Boston along with The Commonwealth Minute Men. There are some factions you might want to stay away from like the raiders and the Super Mutants; back from Fallout 3 and looking tougher than ever.

   They’ve also added settlements where you can build defenses to defend your village from raider attacks. Upgrade turrets, recruit NPCs to defend your settlement and have Brahmin caravans between multiple settlements for trade. All of which you can choose to do or not.

   Bethesda also added a new dialog system.  With this, interaction with other NPCs is more fluid and conversational.  If you’re a pacifist, you can play the entire game without killing anything and talking your way through a conversation that would otherwise end in bullets flying through the air.

  Unlike most other games Fallout is an open world, and you get to make choices in the world at your own discretion. Whether it’s good or evil. How ever you plan on playing Fallout and those decisions you make, makes Fallout a one of a kind enjoyable experience that tells the story on how you make it.

   

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What makes Fallout so S.P.E.C.I.A.L.

  fallout-4-special If you’re wondering what S.P.E.C.I.A.L. is about in Fallout; It’s your character’s stats in the game.   There are several combinations to fit any play style that you put points into at the start of the game.  Here are what each S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stat does for you in Fallout.

 

-Strength- Determines how much equipment you can carry while walking through the wastes. As well as having the strength requirements for certain weapons and how much melee damage you can deal.

 

-Perception-Knowing what’s around you in your environment. Having a high perception lets you see enemies before they see you. It will also have an effect on your accuracy in V.A.T.S.

 

-Endurance-Overall physical fitness of your character. Endurance has an effect on your health and action points and determines how long you can sprint for.

 

-Carisma- Having high Charisma, you can charm and convince other NPCs. You’ll be able to have a chance to persuade others in dialogue and for bartering prices.

 

-Intelligence- Affects several things including medicine, repair skills and science skills. Having low intelligence allows unique dialogue opinions in game towards other NPCs. It will also determine how many skill points you can get after leveling up.

 

-Agility- Overall reflexes and fitness of your character. Agility also determines the number of action points in V.A.T.S. and how well your ability is to sneak.

 

-Luck-Having high luck will give you better chance on critical hits and how often it recharges. When you’re scavenging you have a better chance of finding more caps and/or better loot.

 

   Enjoy creating a character in Fallout 4. Hope this gives you a little more insight on S.P.E.C.I.A.L. statistics. Have fun exploring the wastes.

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Why video games are awesome 

video-gamesSome people might question why video games exist, and might even say they’re a big waste of time. However that’s far from true.

Video games come in all sorts of shape and sizes. Games entertain us just as many movies entertain others. They tell a deep story that makes us feel something for the characters that we play. Solve problems that challenge a player. Connect with friends and other people from around the world on a common love for a particular game.

Everyone has a reason why they play whether it’s for making the time go by, to getting submerged into a story. Gamers spend countless hours on several games, to accomplish what? It could be a number of things.

Self-worth? Attaining a simple or complex goal? Good triumphing over evil? It varies from gamer to gamer weather they play for an hour a week or ten hours a day. The passion is still there for the game because it’s visually stimulating and the story leaves you wanting more.

If you’re doubting yourself, just pick up a game and get yourself immersed and lost into a world that is not your own.  Pick any from defeating an alien army on a different planet to building and constructing your own city making your own laws and budget.  Video games can have an impact on you that sticks with you throughout your life and has made an impact on the society as we know it today.

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Ten games you should get for last GEN consoles

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With new consoles here to stay, a lot of people might have forgotten last generation consoles and all of the amazing games on them.  Here are ten games you should get for last GEN consoles.

10. Borderlands
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Love pumping bullets into several enemy’s and explosions every second? this is a game just for you.  Cartoonish  graphics but I think it makes borderlands a very unique game.

9. Red Dead Redemption
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Long story short, its GTA, in the west, with horses.  Whats not to love?

 

8.The Last Of Us
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A big hit for the PlayStation 3, with very good game play and a story line like none other.

 

7.Diablo III
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A MMORPG, breathtaking cut scenes, and overall great story and game play.

 

6. Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
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This is how it all started,  all first person shooters now days have derived from this very game.  Above and beyond campaign, but the multiplayer aspect really sold on what this game was, and changed FPS as we know it today.

5. Mass Effect Series
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This is a action role-playing third person shooter game; with  unique game play and a unique story.  There isn’t a game quite like this.

4. Halo 4
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Breath taking graphics and very good game play and multiplayer.  Continues on a great story already from previous Halo games, and gets a little more emotion out of the game play.

3. Skyrim
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Open world game play, lore and something new around every corner.  You can spend hours upon hours in this game and still find new things .

2. Gears Of War Series

Gears-of-WarTittle launch hit for the Xbox 360 with game play and cover systems never seen before in a game.  Awesome story, definitely check this series out.

1. Fallout: 3 & New Vegas
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Finally number one on the list Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas.
Both incredible games and amazing game play.  Open world and play the game however you see fit.  I couldn’t decide between the two so I chose both.

Those are some of my favorite games from last GEN consoles.  I’m sure I missed a few good ones; let me know if I missed any of them.  Thanks for checking this out.

 

 

 

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Xbox Blog Update

Mortal Kombat XMortal Kombat X for last gen consoles has officially been canceled. Released in April for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC; Warner Bros. was suppose to release for the Xbox 360 and PS3 some time in summer 2015. Warner Bros had this to say:

“After months of development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has come to the regrettable conclusion that we cannot release Mortal Kombat X
for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Please know our teams worked diligently to meet the quality standards set by the current-gen versions of the game.
We were not able to get the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions to the quality expected of a Mortal Kombat game and are very sorry for not being able to deliver
the products as originally planned.”
Via Kotaku

Xbox games with gold for September.  For the Xbox One: The deer God, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition. For the Xbox 360 sept. 1st-15th Battlestations pacific, sept.
16th-30th Crysis.

Madden 16Madden 16 released this week on Tuesday with a few new features. Draft champions, Playmakers, Build your own team, and
something new for madden 16: Connected Franchise Mode. In Franchise mode you can make all of the decisions from concession prices to re-locations;
its definitely a different layer.

This has been your Xbox Update.

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Xbox Update Blog

Xbox One UpdateBig news and updates coming from Microsoft and for the Xbox one.  Phil Spencer, head of Xbox stated that the Xbox 360 backwards compatibility to the Xbox One Is set to release this November.  With that, a lot of gamers are concerned that DLC for the backwards compatibility might not work but Phil Spencer says “It should work as expected on the Xbox One.” We’ll just have to wait and see in November.

For everyone that loves to DVR their favorite shows.  In a future update, you can record your shows on your Xbox one while playing your games.   It’s the best of both worlds.

Rare Replay just released show casing games from the past 30 years.  Everything from Conker’s Bad Fur Day to Banjo-Kaooie: Nuts & Bolts.

            The remastered edition of Gears of War coming out later this year, and is coming with all of the games in the Gears of War series when you buy the ultimate edition or the ultimate edition bundle.  That includes: Gears of war, Gears of War 2, Gears of war 3 and Gears of War Judgment.  All are going to be Xbox 360 compatible and include all DLC.

            With more news coming; something new each week from Microsoft and from Xbox one.  I will keep you update on the latest and biggest news from Xbox.  This is Casey Thomson, keeping you up to date with your gaming news.

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Experience at Colorado media school

Colorado Media SchoolAs a student at Colorado media school, I’ve had some amazing experiences here.  Everything from shooting video for a film project to editing audio clips from my gaming show Game On on Go Mile High.com. Every day that I’m here I always have fun and learn something new every day.

Colorado Media School has taught me every aspect of broadcasting.  Everything from radio production, video editing and even building my own website.  I’ve been using programs such as Final cut pro 6, adobe audition, adobe Photoshop and tricaster.

I have gotten a lot of hands on experience at the school alone; operating the audio board for student run radio shows on Go Mile High.com and filming news packages for the school’s News Cast production.

When I first started at Colorado media school I didn’t really have an interest in being on the radio.  But now I sit here Hosting, producing, and directing my own radio talk show (Game On) on go Mile High.com.   And I have to tell you I love every minute of hosting my show and it’s really fun.

If you were to ask me one year ago “do you think you would ever go to college?”.  I would say “no, not a chance.”  And here I am about half way through the course learning a lot of valuable skills and trades.  I believe it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life.   If I had to recommend Colorado media school to any one, I would highly recommend it to anyone I know.

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