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Videos, pictures, reports are flying in. We are heading back down to that city under the sea, Rapture.  Bioshock 2 is coming, so get FUCKING PUMPED.Let’s go over some bullet points about this sequel, shall we?

  1. This takes place several years after the first Bioshock.  Rapture is falling apart before your eyes.
  2. You play as a Big Daddy.  Not just any Mr. B, but the first.  Which means you have access to guns, plasmid powers and that badass drill.  From the footage I’ve seen, this shit is gonna be bloody.
  3. We have a major villain – the Big Sister.  Rumor has it she’s a little sister from the first game, and she’s been stealing little girls from the surface world to turn them into her own twisted little sisters. The scary part about her? She’s fucking fast.
  4. We’re going to be traversing the ocean floor!  With Mr. B’s breathing apparatus, we’ll be able to take short cuts through the city by using the bottom of the Atlantic.
  5. DUEL WIELDING. That’s right ladies and gents, we’re going to be able to shoot guns and use plasmids at the same time.  Why are we going to need this? Well, picture Splicers coming at you in large waves…
  6. If you recall in the first game, we could either Save or Farm ADAM from Little Sisters, and the similar choice is found in this one. But you don’t just save, you can adopt.  You put the little sister onto your shoulder and go about your business, but when you come across a body on the floor, you can have your Little Sister farm the corpse for more ADAM. The downside? Well, when she farms corpses, Splicers tend to want to hurt her. Save her, Mr. Bubbles!

I’m pretty excited about this sequel.  Granted, I haven’t finished the first one (I just got my “shoot bees at people” power) but I plan on finishing it before the second one rears it’s head.  You can find a ton of videos over at Gametrailers.com.

What are your thoughts about this?

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3.1 is coming extremely quickly, so I figured this might be a great time to talk about all the cool new changes and updates.  This might be one of the biggest patches to hit, giving everyone, hardcore, casual and hasual something new to do.  So let’s get to it.

RAIDS

Ulduar

We’ll hit the raids first, because, well, this is the biggest addition.  The raid of Ulduar is coming in this patch, which brings you 14 all new bosses for both 10 man and 25 man raids. On top of this, 10 of the 14 bosses will have “hard modes” that, when triggered, will give you better loot.

The lore of the zone is quite simple – Ulduar is an undiscovered vault of the Titans (large, powerful beings that shaped Azeroth) and we are going in to investigate.  Upon further investigation, we realize that the Titan vault is not holding vast treasures or superior knowledge, but rather the Old God Yogg-Saron, a ruthlessly evil entity whose vile influence has infected not only those who guard Ulduar, but a fair amount of Northrend (which we, the players, have come into contact with in various zones).  Because Yogg-Saron has broken free, Algalon the Observer is attempting to contact the Titans about his lack of imprisonment, which could cause Azeroth to be destroyed in order to save others.  The quest line has us going after Algalon to stop the transmission, and can only be completed when defeating most of the boss modes in their various hard modes.  Sound pretty badass, right?

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Hi everyone – I’m super busy this week so you may see a slowdown in midday updates (but I’ll still try to get you some original content each night) but I didn’t want to leave you guys hanging. 2008 was a pretty good year for games, but 2009 has some wicked potential. We’re getting killer sequels like God of War III, Godfather 2, CoD Modern Warfare 2, Street Fighter IV, both Halo Wars and Halo: ODST and some pretty cool originals like Ghostbusters and Brutal Legend.

I wish I had time to preview these for you myself, but alas I don’t get paid to do this and the paper is piling up at my desk. So, instead, check out this article for a solid preview of everything we have to look forward to in the coming year.

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As another week kicks off and The New York Football Giants are the #1 team in the NFC, I thought it prudent to start off the short holiday week with a little teaser from everyone’s favorite company, Blizzard, with a “shoutcast” featuring some mouth-watering Starcraft 2 content. If you either didn’t play video games 10 years ago or grew up in the backwoods of the Pennsylvania Amish, Starcraft is one of the more revolutionary games of its kind and generation. One of the first RTS’s to have three seperate factions with unique abilities and strategies, Starcraft also blasted its way onto the Multiplayer scene. If you think a Zergling rush was the most fun this side of a Protoss beacon, well, check out the following gameplay video courtesy of YouTube:

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For Star Wars fans out there, and my guess is that you probably like Star Wars, there has to be one thing more disappointing then George Lucas’s dialogue. Rewatch any scene with Hayden Christensen or Jar Jar if you need any example. But I’m not talking about bad acting or cheesy lines, I’m talking about the lack of quality games out there for Star Wars fans. There’s been a lot of Lucasarts games. Sure, Shadows of the Empire rocked. So did Rebel Assault I and II, and Tie Fighter. And I’ll definitely give you Knights of the Old Republic (I and II) and The Jedi Knight Series. But really, what have you done for me lately, Lucasarts? Other then KOTOR (which was mostly Bioware), I am struggling to think of any recent Star Wars game that truely fulfilled its potential. I’m look at you, The Force Unleashed…

The thing is, I don’t want to spend any more time talking about the ways that Lucasarts has let me down. I’d much rather remain optomistic about the future, and as you may or may not have heard, the future was announced on Oct. 21, 2008. I am referring, to of course, the Massive Multiplayer Role Playing Game based in the Star Wars Universe. Wait a minute!?!?! Didn’t they already do this? Wasn’t it called Galaxies? Well that game was somewhere in between the Matrix Online and my asshole. Seriously. It was awful. I don’t even want to talk about how bad that game was because it makes me sad, angry, and disappointed all at the same time. That’s all I have to say about that.

Instead, lets start talking about Star Wars: The Old Republic.
More on this on the other side

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Phriends!

My apologies, I truly didn’t mean to forget about the Bird Nest. Things are busy-ish at work and I just haven’t felt like writing anything recently. Maybe its the doldrums of summer video game release, and not being a Madden phanboy I couldn’t get that deep behind it. Either way, I can only stumble so much without feeling nostalgic about the Bird Nest (which the Chinese blatantly stole for their 90,000 seat stadium…still waiting for some royalties on that one…) so i figured it’s time for a post or two. Regarding Madden, I respect the game, the people who obsess over it, and what it’s done for sports gaming. I mean, when I can go onto ESPN.com and see every Madden rating it makes me a little happy that ESPN is bearing the Madden torch. What can I say, ESPN is great for what it is, but I never went there first to scope out the newest EA dealios. Granted, the dominance of Madden in pop-culture in regards to Gamers almost rivals World of Warcraft, and I’m not sure I want either one representing the industry. Nature of the beasts, I guess.

Madden aside, I think this Fall is going to have some epic titles to look forward to. The new Tiger Woods (09) looks beautiful in HD, as expected. The gameplay hasn’t changed from 07 as far as I could tell from the demo but there is a more standard three click system (classic timing scheme) for those that are analog stick challenged. Needless to say, its more forgiving then say, the pitching system from MLB2k8 but thats a rant for another day.

I obviously look forward to FIFA 09 and Fallout, as I’ve mentioned countless times. I won’t talk about them now; although I am hoping that FIFA fixes all the niggly issues but leaves the core essentially the same. I want to rescind an earlier statement. That is, that there is nothing to get excited coming out now. Not true. I’ve been vaguely interested in Too Human which was released today. I want to check it out, but will most likely wait until Gamefly catches up with me. See you later Mario Galaxy – I’m still waiting to try Beijing 2008 to satisfy my soft spot for anything that reminds me of the track pad with Nintendo, even if all “athletic” games since then have just been button mashers. Back on topic, Too Human looks fantastic and could be fairly promising. Played as Bauldur, a Norse god in what seems eerily (and awesomely) similar to the PS2-only masterpiece, God of War, take on evil force for the sake of mankind. Cooler still, Too Human is the first of three, so this very well might be the start of something beautiful if it hooks me. At the very least, its something to fill the space between Fifa matches while waiting for Fallout.

Last thing about Fallout, I read a 5 page in depth preview in PC gamer the other day. Wasn’t that mind-altering, but I’ll look for it anyways and try to get it up here for you. They got a chance to do a number of quests and it was an interesting read. Still just a tease though, but the release date is so close I can feel it. Until then…

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Mmmm….beer…

Ok no beer, I am at work afterall. But instead of beer, how bout a small dose of gaming? I thought you’d like that.

Hope you had a chance to check out the E3 site posted before – but let me get one thing straight. E3 is no longer the debaucherous, intense, cutthroat bonanza it used to be. Now, its subdued, with no real buzz being generated, in fact, I think I recognized every game being displayed. That should NEVER happen. There may have been a few that slipped through the cracks, but it’s nothing like the barrage of E3 goodness we were used. Oh, and in the early 90’s when it was really picking up steam in Vegas, it was paired with the porn convention.  Talk about cutting back on transportation costs…

Check this from Will Wright’s newest enterprise, which, if his track record says anything, could change the gaming industry. Get a free trial of the creator here and take a look around the official site since the NPR interview really didn’t give you too good a look at the ACTUAL game.

Now what I don’t understand is this preview from Gamespot. I think I would rather Microsoft work on fixing the bugs in Xbox live, create more downloadable content, and pump out some new games, since well, Microsoft studio really has slacked lately. I was in Gamefly Queue the other day and there just isn’t that much to get excited about until October. Granted, Soul Caliber IV could be great (and comes out tomorrow,) I’m itching for more, especially as PS3 only title Metal Gear Solid 4 is tearing it up right now. Only time will tell how the fall-early winter releases look, but as of right now there isn’t much new to be excited about for the remainder of the summer.

Til the evening pholks…

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