I am not a professional reviewer, but I am an avid gamer. I play games for fun, not for competition or online bragging rights. I grew up playing games for fun and got hooked. I say that to give a glimpse into how I am going to review this game. It will be much like my Windows Phone 8 review where it’s from my point of view and how I receive the content. I will keep it a bit vague as to not accidentally spoil anything but some things are inevitable so read with that in mind.
So to start, it’s a fantastic game. It’s exactly what I would think a current generation Wolfenstein would be. But there are some flaws that take away from the experience, but only slightly. Let’s begin at the top, the introduction to the events that are about to unfold set the stage for a game with a serious tone. That is until you eat dog food to regain health. The story, I feel, is pretty good and I enjoy the premise. If I were looking for a believable story, this ain’t it, but I buy it as it is presented with enough depth that it works for the game. It won’t change how you view shooters from now on but it moves the action along and keeps you entertained. You will shortly find that the story is also a bit dumb, but that’s by design it would seem. It has enough funny or stupid moments and comments to interrupt the serious tone that it all feels like it works.
My first tablet was some cheap android tablet I bought off the Staples website way back when I used to work for them and their Rewards Card was actually useful. It had a resistive touch screen which worked ok as long as I wasn’t trying to scroll with it. A stylus worked great but I could never find a good case for it that would hold both the tablet and stylus.
I soon graduated to an iPad 2 when the iPad 3 came out and the 2 took a price cut. I loved it. In fact I sold my netbook after two weeks with the iPad once I realized it did everything I needed in a mobile solution, or so I thought. It would play YouTube, Netflix, Hulu and even work as a Word Processor in a pinch. The web browser was fairly robust for a tablet I though and rarely encountered anything it could not do.
However after a while I was missing being able to use websites with Flash, type with any sense of speed and print directly from it. I told myself I could love without the flash if I could solve the other issues. I tried using different print utilities with varied success and never could find a case with a keyboard that would still be slim enough for my liking.
So I have had the 8.1 preview for about a week now and feel I’ve used it enough to talk about it at least semi-intelligently. I am not a power user but I do use my phone all day for various tasks. This isn’t a full review of all the new stuff on WP8.1 but rather my experience with it as it pertains to me and how I use my phone. So I will break this down into the areas that have impacted me.
Internet Explorer 11
The most used app on my phone is Internet Explorer and with WP8.1 you practically get the full blown IE11 which comes in very handy. I enjoy using the internet on my phone and rarely encounter a web page that it will not load. Adobe Flash is still an opportunity for it but youtube, NHL.com and other websites that use video all load fine and play fine. It loads HTML5 content without any issues.
My favorite part about IE11 on Windows Phone is that you can load the desktop version of the websites by default, which may not seem like a big deal at first as most phones do that, but with IE11 they actually act like the desktop sites. A big win in this area is that Youtube will block some content from being able to play on mobile devices even if viewing the desktop version of the site, at least that has been my experience on Android phones and tablets and the ipad. But on IE11, I just load the desktop version and that video is no longer blocked. It even plays in browser if I want instead of auto-full screen just like on a real computer. It’s a little thing, but it makes a huge impact with how I use my phone. Continue reading Windows Phone 8.1 Preview, my time so far.→
Be sure to check out our playthrough of Army of Two: The 40th Day! It is recorded in SD as we only have an SD capture device but it’s just old school enough to be awesome! Actually it looks… ok, but hell we are just getting started. 🙂
Army of Two is a great mindless 3rd person shooter that will keep you entertained and wanting to come back for more. Stupid dialogue, fast paced action and just a back-to-basics feel keep this franchise moving along. I was skeptical at first but after I played the first one I was hooked, the second was even better. The third game made me pause because it wasn’t Salem and Rios as the main guys anymore but it was still a blast. They did the series justice, gameplay wise. I’m still on the fence about the story of the 3rd, but at any rate it still serves as a great game.
I opened my front door, walked down my way too steep driveway and opened my mailbox. To my surprise there was my new Game Informer. The cover story was for Metal Gear Solid 5, I immediately did not read it. I had only a passing interest in the series. I own MGS4 and in 2008 played it for 20 minutes, well by that I mean I played 2 minutes and watched for 18. The long cut scenes turned me off so I put it on the shelf for good I thought.
Fast forward a few years and I started to play it again but not because the new one was coming out but because I wanted to see what happens next. I am a fan of watching “Let’s Plays” on YouTube where a gamer will record themselves playing a game and add commentary to it as they play. My favorite, ok the only one I watch, is OverTheGun and I have watched him stream MGS1, MGS2 and currently he is streaming MGS3. His real name is Liam, he is British and hilarious. Just listening to him react to the game as he plays it has me hooked on it. So I wanted to get a taste of it for myself and began playing MGS4 again. Continue reading Metal Gear Solid, where have I been?!→