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Battlefield 3: The Epic Showdown Is About to Begin!

Q4 (quarter four) is shaping up to probably be the best quarter for game releases. In Q3 (quarter 3) big name games such as Dead Island, Gears of War 3 (duh, you already know,) and RAGE brought their A game. Of course Dead Island had major slip ups with launching, patch issues, and just a bunch of annoying problems, but it still satisfied a lot of gamers need to slash zombies. Following Dead Island, you’ve got the Gears of War 3 craze (still haven’t played it) and RAGE, but now Q4 is here and it’s time for the epic gaming showdown to begin; Battlefield 3 vs. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

The anticipation surrounding the release of Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3 is driving us gamers crazy! Well it might not be driving all the gamers, but for a die hard first-person shooter fanatic like me, it’s driving me bonkers! Every gamer has their preference in regards to gaming, which explains why some gamers are crazy excited about Skyrim and other gamers are in chiming in on the B3 vs. MW3 debate. I personally have never been a fan of Elder Scrolls, MMORPGs, and other fantasy driven RPGs. I love the fast-paced high octane vibe of playing first-person shooters, but I think Battlefield 3 is going to seriously pump up the adrenaline.For the past year the game industry has been slowly building up the debate on how Battlefield 3 will compare to Modern Warfare 3. I’ve always been more of a Call of Duty gamer, but Battlefield 2 wasn’t that bad and the graphics in Battlefield 3 look insane! It’s hard to say that I will take sides in this overall debate because both games bring something unique to the table. While MW3 takes us into World World III and the question of who will dominate the globe, Battlefield 3 gives us a realistic-looking military setting that could give MW3 a run for it’s money.

The October 25th release for Battlefield 3 is only a few days away, and I’ve already placed my pre-order through Amazon. I got sick of Gamestop and them telling me I hadn’t pre-ordered stuff in store, even though I did; so now I just pre-order through Amazon and it shows up at my doorstep the day of the release. But anyways, like I was saying, Battlefield 3 is about to be released and the new “Mission Launch” trailer is reminding us why Battlefield 3 is a must for gamers to get. The Multiplayer Beta had already sold me, but the latest trailers and screenshots are the reason why I went ahead and placed my order; this game has some killer graphics that you can’t pass up!

The game is built with the Frostbite 2 engine, an engine that is better in rendering superior animation, realistic lighting and special effects, and incredible sound design. The engine upgrade is what makes this game stand out in comparison to Modern Warfare 3, but I think MW3 will still be able to wow fans with some graphic upgrades and a compelling story line. MW2 was pretty great in my opinion, but I think the 3rd one might be a pleasant surprise and also be a big competitor for Battlefield 3.  For me, it’s not too much of a big debate or decision to make because I’m getting both games. But the fact that Battlefield 3 is getting released in a few days and Modern Warfare 3 isn’t getting released until Nov. 8th does make me more anxious to get my hands on Battlefield 3.

This rivalry between Battlefield 3 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is probably going to be a big epic showdown this holiday season. It’s hard to decide which one is better, so it’s probably wise to just admit that both of them are good in their own ways. But of course once both of these games are on the market at the same time, the debate is just going to grow and professional gamers and reviewers are bound to chime in; so I’ll be keeping my eyes open and looking forward to hearing some more professional critics on which game is the better contender. But for now, it’s looking like Battlefield 3 is going to wow the fans with it’s killer graphics.


©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

RAGE: A Game Worth Checking Out

I spend a lot of time during the week on schoolwork and blogging, but the weekends are my time to just zone out and play videogames. I’m not too picky when it comes to games, but usually I don’t dare play anything that has a 7.5 or lower rating. With all the graphics and great story lines, it should be the goal of a game to be the best it can and get a rating of at least 8 or higher. But when you begin thinking about all the money that goes into games and finding the right developers, you can sort of see why some games end up being hits and misses.

I talked about Dead Island for months and ended up loving it, but all the glitches and losing my save data really pissed me off. Techland & Deep Silver finally got it together and released that patch a few weeks ago, but I just haven’t been in the mood to start over. I had gotten pretty far! But since they had bs save issues, I have to start back at chapter two; so not cool. I still love Dead Island and think it’s fun to play, but for right now my attention is on the Sims 3 and RAGE. Two completely opposite games, but they both have my attention right now.

I’ll always been a fan of The Sims franchise, so you know I already pre-ordered Sims 3 Pets. I love just playing the Sims 3 on my Macbook and getting lost for hours! But when I want something way more violent and intense, then a FPS like RAGE is bound to satisfy my thirst for destruction. The game is by Bethesda Softworks (based here in Maryland) and ID(the publisher/developer behind Doom). Bethesda Softworks is developer/publisher who made Fallout: New Vegas & Fallout 3. They also are the team behind the Elder Scrolls & Oblivion series. I’m not a big fan of Oblivion, but Bethesda Softworks had caught my attention with their latest game, RAGE.

The game is set in a first-person format, but the camera switches to third-person view when driving vehicles. The atmosphere of the game sort of reminds me of Borderlands, except this one actually keeps my attention a lot longer. The game is an action shooter with hints of RPG elements that I like. I’m all for shooting like crazy and just causing major havoc, but I do enjoy when there are RPG type missions and character interactions. RAGE is one of those games that is able to deliver the RPG style for those who love them and a violent shoot-em-up style for gamers like me who love to just go buck-wild on the controls.

I haven’t gotten too far into the story yet, but I’m liking what I see thus far. The game is visually stunning on all aspects, which is probably why it has a 3 disc set on 360 and an 8gb install on PS3( I had to take off a lot of Always Sunny in Philly videos just to play.) While the install for us Ps3 users is a big chunk of precious 120gb HDD space, it’s still worth checking out. The story appears to follow this rogue guy who wakes up from an asteroid crash and finds he is the only survivor from the Ark. Apparently the Ark is an “a world-wide movement which took scientists and other significant people, and froze them underground in cryo-pods so they could rebuild Earth” (Wikipedia). Honestly there isn’t much back-story provided to us in the beginning, but as you play you find yourself getting caught up blasting bandits and mutants. The sun never sets, but that just means you have more light to dish out some serious kick-ass destruction!

If you’re looking for a solid first-person action game with some RPG elements and great visuals, then do yourself a favor and checkout RAGE. It got an 8.5 from IGN and a lot of other sites, so at least it pleases the professional reviewers. But check it out and see if you like it. Some may love it and some may hate it, but at least I can say I love it!

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

Zombies & Chimera

The countdown to the first two major releases of the anticipated Fall 2011 game lineup is only one day away. I’ve been obsessing over zombies and closely following the news surrounding Dead Island, but I’m also looking forward Resistance 3. I know I’ve been blogging about my excitement about the impending release of Dead Island, but Resistance 3 is going to be one of those must-have games in my collection.

I’m a Sony kid at heart, so I try to support PS3 titles that aren’t multi-platform, which is why there isn’t a doubt in my mind I will be picking up Resistance 3 on Tuesday. While I’m still a fan of Xbox 360 and plan on getting Gears of War 3 for my 360, I tend to spend 85% of my gaming time on the Ps3. All the games I pre-ordered this fall (Battlefield 3, COD:MW3, and Dead Island) are all on Ps3. The only game I will be getting on 360 this fall will be Gears of War 3. Everything else will be strictly on Ps3, especially Uncharted 3 since it’s strictly PS3.

The first Resistance was pretty awesome and the second one was good (had flaws of course) but the third installment is a major graphical improvement. As a gamer, geek, and artist, I can be very picky when it comes to the graphic superiority of game. They have the capability to push a game to the limit, so why not? Even with the limited budgets and/or the lack of funding, I’m sure if the concept was great and a big developer got behind it, then a game can push that limit and provide us gamers with stunning visuals that aren’t just cut-scenes.

I used to get so upset when a game had breathtaking cut-scenes, but then gameplay visuals were nowhere in comparison to the vivid cut-scene that provoked me to play the game. I felt as though it was false advertising, sort of like wearing butt pads or layers of weaves hiding super short hair underneath, it just didn’t seem right to me. The game developers and engineers seemed to place more emphasis on the cut-scene in order to sell the game, but then the gameplay was lacking in epic proportions. Some games are still like that, but with so much next-gen technology, it’s a bad idea to focus on visually stunning cut-scenes and not implement that technology into real-time gameplay. Resistance 3 is one of those games that realized it’s flaws in the past and decided to step up the pace with a whole new look.

The graphics are visually stunning! I was playing the Online Multiplayer Beta yesterday and was blown away by the noticeable difference between the second and third installment in the Resistance franchise.  The Chimera don’t look as cheesy as they often did in the second game and the environment is consistent. I’m not if they used a different engine (sort of how Mass Effect 3 is on a different engine than Mass Effect 2,) but whatever they did worked. I wasn’t too sure if I was going to buy Resistance 3 on the day it came out, but how could I not? Great graphics, a great story line, online multiplayer, and a few laughs while playing around with the pronunciation of Chimera.

Final Thoughts: Basically, I can’t wait to get my hands on Dead Island and Resistance 3. I’ve already read IGN’s review of Dead Island and even though it has some faults (all games do,) it promises to be an action packed game of zombie dismemberment and tactical survival skills. Zombies are always a good concept for a game, but I can’t leave out the classic concept of aliens, that’s where the Chimera come in. Dead Island + Resistance 3= Zombie & Alien madness!

©Jasmine McGee



Gas Mask Please

I’ve never really understood the concept of an airborne illness, until today. I have no problem admitting that I’m one of those conspiracy theorist people, I’m currently preparing for the zombie apocalypse that is about to take place on September 6th, 2011. Missed the memo? Well, too bad. September 6th 2011 is about to be the biggest zombie apocalypse ever! Okay, sike! Not really, unless you plan on picking up your copy of Dead Island. That game is going to be some addictive, you’ll seriously start plotting out escape plans for the day zombies actually attack.

Dead Island and Resistance 3 are probably going to be the highlights of my month. All this English school work, geology, French, and more English classes is so boring! I mean the only good thing about it, is the fact I will be graduating with my degree in Spring 2012. All the boring work and loss of my personal time is worth it. But those spare moments I do manage to have to myself, I’m going to save those moments for some good old fashioned zombie killing.

Zombie guts are awesome! I don’t like a lot of horror movies, but I love anything that has zombies in it. Dead Island is going to be some great training for us conspiracy theorist out there. Okay, that sounded crazy. I’m not like this hardcore conspiracy guru, but I like to play around with my imagination and have these outlandish conversations with people. It’s pretty awesome. Even if zombies did ever attack, the CDC probably would deny it and save themselves before letting the community know the seriousness of the situation. It’s probably a good idea to have a gask mask handy, just in case a zombie outbreak starts airborne.

Zombies are an unlikely event, but airborne viruses are real. I was watching an episode of H5O last night and this guy ended up getting really sick after touching this dead guy. Come to find out, the guy wasn’t murdered, he died from a lethal airborne virus. That is so scary! I’m not a germ-phobic like Howie Mandell, but I do take precaution when Fall is around. This seems to be the time of year when everyone gets sick. All the coughing, wheezing, and miserable blurry eyes; it’s such an epidemic!

I’m going to try my best to avoid getting sick this Fall. I have too much school work to do and plus I just moved to a place with a nice fitness center, so I’m about to be dropping major lbs. I want to get in the best shape I can and be uber healthy, so no coughing and wheezing over here. Except, it looks like I’m going to have to start dodging the coughs now. My mom is sick.

She was doing perfectly fine the other day. No signs of sickness at all. We were laughing and joking, even talking about this new hot guy that has a sexy accent and asked me out on a date. My mom and I were having the ultimate girl talk. Then all of a sudden, she comes back home and is horribly sick. I was up all night with her because she couldn’t breathe, was wheezing and coughing all over the place, and she looked a mess. Since I had watched H50 and just watched previews for Contagion, I was freaking out! She got really mad at me and told me to calm down. I’ll admit, I forgot the number one Hitchhikers rule I live by: DON’T PANIC!

I’m not panicking anymore and she seems to be doing slightly better. She got some type of airborne sickness and we made a deal, that if she isn’t better by tomorrow morning, I’m taking her to the doctor. But my mom is the type of person, that even though we have full coverage health insurance, she never uses it. She’s old school I guess. But still, a doctor isn’t the worst thing ever. If she doesn’t get better, then I’m taking her to the doctor even if she protests. I just want to make sure she is okay, but it probably wasn’t a good idea to watch a trailer of Contagion and make plans to see it. Oh my, now I’m panicking again!

I need to calm down. It’s just a movie, a movie that looks pretty good! I know that airborne illnesses can spread randomly, but if you have a gask mask and sanitize then there is no worries. I don’t think my mom is super sick, but I seriously need to stop watching horror movies and planning outbreaks in my head. I’m sure once Dead Island comes, I will use my free time to slash zombies instead of freaking out about germs.


The Return of Always Sunny in Philly

The countdown to September is two weeks away. It’s the time of year when folks are going back to school, people are moving, and some of the biggest video games and television shows debut in Autumn months. I’ve already made it a mission to blog about my excitement surrounding the September release of Dead Island, but there are some other things to be stoked about.

With the introduction of so many new television shows this fall it will be interesting to see what the old shows bring to the table. Television shows are constantly being cancelled and created, but there are those few shows that have the ability to withstand the heat. I think Whitney, the new show starring D.C. comedian Whitney Cummings, might be quite hilarious and it will be nice to see her hilarious opinions on love and dating brought to the big screen. But no matter how funny it is, nothing can top the awesomeness of the FX original series Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Always Sunny in Philadelphia is one of the only shows that I can honestly say I’ve seen every single episode (oh, can’t forget the summer series of Harpers Island). A lot of shows I end up watching and falling off in the middle of the season, but not Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The show is returning for it’s 7th season on September 15th and it promises to deliver those random, outlandish, and often weird situations that the gang always get wrapped up in.

Always Sunny in Philly is one of those shows that you just can’t help to laugh at. I’ve met a few people that didn’t find it funny due to the randomness of it, but it had something to do with the dull personality. Mac, Charlie, Dee, Dennis, and Frank are always getting themselves into hilarious situations. I love how the bar, Paddy’s Pub, seems to be empty half of the time. Instead of focusing on getting more customers, the gang is always chasing after women, coming up with get rich schemes such as kitten mittens, and always finding a way to make Dee feel like crap. I love it!

Not only does the new season have a hilarious promo picture, but the teasers for the 7th season are weird. The teasers are these cheasy emotional trailers that try to bring out the sentimental side of the gang. I’m surprised they didn’t have a song by Rick Astley. If you’ve watched Always Sunny in Philly before then you know about Dennis’ obsession with the 80s singer Rick Astley. He’s that guy who is always wearing a duster (trench coat) and singing these catchy love songs. Thanks to Always Sunny in Philly, I’ve had “Never Gonna Give You Up” stuck in my head for days.

Kitten mittens, Green Man, cracking eggs of wisdom, Dennis and his huge ego, Rick Astley, dusters, rejection, beer, women, and stupidity are bond to be in the 7th season of Always Sunny in Philadelphia. If you can’t wait for the season premiere date, then be sure to check out the riotous teasers.

©Jasmine McGee



Dead Island Introduces a Black Female Character

Dead Island is less than a month away and I’m so stoked! I haven’t really been playing Black Ops nowadays and in between my packing (remember, I’m moving again,) I’ve just been playing the Sims 3 and staying up-to-date on Dead Island. I wish I could just speed up the time and be standing in line at Gamestop, picking up my pre-order copy of Dead Island. Yet, I don’t have the power to speed up time. If you know of anybody that does, let me know! lol

Dead Island looks like it’s going to be a great zombie slashing game. It’s probably great for those days when everyone is pissing you off and you just want to get lost in a game for hours. If I’ve had a horrible day, then I’ll hop on Black Ops and at least get some of my anger out on the zombies. But that gets old afterwhile, so you can understand why I’m so anxious to play Dead Island.

It’s not just about shooting and slashing zombies, there is an actual story at hand. The RPG elements of the game look promising and the chose of characters is bond to make an even better experience. Characters are an important aspect of video games and the story at hand. I like just shooting and dishing out major damage, but it’s nice to have a story that I can grasp onto.

The characters in the game look great so far, but the story just got even better; they’ve introduced a fourth female character and get this, she’s a sistah. You heard it, the fourth character to choose from on Dead Island is a Black girl named Purna. Not only is she representing for the brown skin women, she has a pretty lethal background that will make the story even more interesting.

Purna is a cop turned bodyguard who left her career in law and enforcement after murdering a child molester. The fact she murdered him was a major issue due to his connections and status of being apart of the elite and wealthy, so she wasn’t praised for her “good” deed.

The character art looks pretty sweet and the in game footage of her doesn’t look half bad either. Depending upon her skill-set (one of the  RPG elements of the game,) I will probably make her my character of choice. I always thought it would be cool to have another strong Black female character in a video game and with a name like Purna, sounds like she is not one to mess with.

From the gameplay footage I’ve seen thus far, Dead Island looks pretty awesome! Like most games I’m sure it will have it’s faults and those hard core game geeks that will give it less than satisfactory reviews, but that doesn’t phase me. Dead Island isn’t just another Left 4 Dead zombie slashing game, it relies more on those RPG elements that make videogames more fun to play. I like to feel as though I actually have decisions to make and playing RPG games places me in that role. You never know, Dead Island could be good practice to cultivate your survival skills and be prepared for the day zombies attack. I’m just saying, it could happen!

Check out the First 20 Minutes of the Game, which was released by MTV a few days ago.

©Jasmine McGee