Assassin’s Creed IV – Black Flag

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The trailer for this game looks amazing. Even though I have yet to finish Assassin’s Creed 3, I’m already looking ahead to being able to play this one.

This storyline takes us from Colonial America (playing as Connor) to 1715 and the Caribbean – playing as Connor’s grandfather, Captain Edward Kenway.

There just isn’t enough time in the day to play them all.

On a humorous side note, I watched one of the Assassin’s Creed IV trailers on YouTube and saw the videos recommended to watch next. Among the game videos was Don Rickles at Ronald Reagan’s Second Inugural. Seems like a crazy combination to me.

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Shine Runner

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I downloaded Shine Runner from Amazon on Friday night.  I ended up playing it for the next hour or so.  I’m not very good at racing games – I’ll admit that right up front – but this game is so much more than just a racing game.

Yes, you do get to race a flat-bottomed fanboat through a backwoods bayou. However; the whole point is to collect money and purchase items that you can sell (hopefully for a profit) at the next location.ShineRunner

So, there’s a little strategy involved that usually isn’t in a pure racing game.  That’s the part I liked best – trying to guess how the money is going to pay out.  What should you purchase to make the most amount of money, because at the end of the game, the amount of money is what counts.  For the racing part of the game, well, you can’t go wrong.  You get to smash into everything.  Pretty much if you enjoy destroying docks, shacks and outhouses this is the game for you. If you enjoy outrunning the police (and, who wouldn’t?), this is the game for you.  At only $.99 on Amazon, you really can’t go wrong.  But, don’t just trust my opinion, view their trailer and make up your own mind.

Battlefield Bad Company 2

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The horror of it all!  I went to play Bad Company 2 over the weekend and the game wouldn’t work.  I don’t know what went wrong, but somehow the disk was cracked.  I take very good care of my disks, so this had to be sabotage!  No, I’m kidding.  I’m sure it was an accident.  It might’ve happened when I tried to take it out of the case.

Anyway, I went to Best Buy on Saturday, used what was left on my gift card and purchased Battlefield Bad Company 2 Ultimate Edition.  I am really glad that I did.  The Ultimate Edition comes with a code for Battlefield 1943, which is a game I’ve never played.  I can tell you this – I suck at it.  I’m not scoring very high and I haven’t managed to earn one trophy.  However; my lack of skill does not diminish my enjoyment.  I am finding that the scope in 1943 is not as efficent and good as the scope in Bad Company 2.  I’m having a very difficult time shooting people at any distance.  I’ve, also, noticed that it will take three or more shots to take out an opponent while using a rifle, but it only takes an opponent one or two shots to take out me.  But, it might be me.

Also, the Ultimate Edition includes the Onslaught Mode for Bad Company 2.  If you have not all ready downloaded this version of multi-player, I highly recommend it.  This is more challenging and you have to work as a team in your squad in order to win.  You play against the computer AI, but still, it is challenging.  I’ve been playing on Normal and I’m about ready to try my hand at Hard.

I play online using the PS3 – my screen name is BentleyGadget – if you would ever want to join me online.

Bad Company 2 – Quick Review

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I purchased my copy of Battlefield Bad Company 2 today.

Wow! Bad Company 2 starts off in 1944 and the first mission is a little strange.  Flash forward to whatever year this is supposed to be and you’re Preston Marlowe again.  Didn’t we get the gold at the end of Battlefield: Bad Company?  Shouldn’t we be on a beach somewhere drinking a fruity drink? Not freezing our butts off in God knows where? And, where’s Mike 1 Juliet?

This time it is way harder.  Controls are a lot different.  I like these controls better.  And, I’ve all ready died more times than I care to admit.  But, I’ve earned two trophies.  I can see why game informer mag gave it 9.5 out of 10.  I am confused why they went up to a mature rating – I understand the reason it received a mature rating, I was just wondering why EA and Dice went from teen to mature on this series.

Quick Notes (since I haven’t finished the game):

I like the new way to move through your weapons.  The old way of L2 and R2 just didn’t cut it for me.  I like that you can have two different rifles.

I don’t like the fact that the heal yourself is gone – I don’t seem to get out of the way fast enough to survive a head on attack.

Once I’ve either finished the game, I’ll post a better written review.