GAMEPLAY!

What’s up fellow gamers? (Prepare yourselves for shameless self advertisement.) I just bought a new capture device so I will be uploading tons of new game play and reviews on my YouTube account. And as far as my Take It Off the Shelf series, well I have just been busy lately. But I promise one in the next 2-3 weeks. I apologize, but high school sucks.  So if you truly miss me, check out my YouTube.

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Game On!

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TAKE IT OFF THE SHELF: LEFT 4 DEAD

Left 4 Dead: it’s a well-known franchise that, to be honest, I had never actually played – until last week, that is. I was with a friend playing some Xbox when my eyes happened to glance over at his video game shelf. His collection sucked, but I did notice Left 4 Dead sitting up there, hardly touched. It took me an hour to convince him to play it, but once we’d started, we were hooked.

This was the most fun I have had playing video games in a long time. The game play is extremely fast-paced; that “edge of your seat” feeling as hordes of zombies rush at you from every angle. But, before I go on and on, let me explain the game a little bit. You’re a group of 4 survivors stuck in Pennsylvania with one goal: survive. Actually it’s more like escape but, with all escapes, survival is necessary. Additionally,  there are a large variety of different, special zombies for you to take on.

You have the normal horde, which can really suck in large groups; the Boomer, which vomits its bile on you that attracts the horde; the Hunter, which sneaks up and pounces on you, pinning you to the floor; the Smoker – he can grab you from far away with his tongue; the dreaded Tank, which screws over anything in its path (this takes all 4 of you to kill); and the Witch. Don’t piss her off, she will mess you up.

L4D is split up into 4 separate modes: Single campaign, Co-Op missions, Online mode, and Survival mode. In my opinion it’s all about the Co-op missions and Online, where you can just grab a friend and get killing. Individual campaign missions take about an hour to complete and are split into 4 parts, each with their own settings and difficulty. Online play is basically the same thing, except other players are given the chance to take the role of the special zombies and attempt to end the Survivors’ progress.

I’ll admit, I haven’t really completed the single player campaign – as you can tell from my crappy game description. Because, to be honest this game is not really about single player at all. Left 4 Dead is 95 percent about team work. In my opinion that is the campaign – learning to not be an asshole. If you’re the stubborn, lone wolf type, don’t pick up this game, because it’s all about communication and sticking together as a group: if you rush ahead, you’re gonna get killed. If you hog the med kits, you’re gonna get killed (if I don’t kill you first.) Stick together as a team, kill as a team, share resources and you will love this game.

I am hooked on Left 4 Dead and I’m sure you will be too. You can still find it at any GameStop for cheap (probably less than 20$), and it is available on the Xbox, PC, and Mac.

Thanks for reading the first edition of  “Take It Off The Shelf.” Got an old Xbox game you want me to try? Email me at:

tristan.haight@gmail.com

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TAKE IT OFF THE SHELF

Hey guys and gals, I have just recently decided to mix up my horizon of video games and take off some of the old games that are collecting dust on my video game shelf and give them one more go. This new series is going to be mainly Xbox games and is just to jog myself and fellow gamers memories of the fun we had with these old favorites.

My using of the word ‘old’ will probably be different  then how you see it. By old I mean games that have passed there hayday or just weren’t given a good shot when they had been released.

Expect the first post within the next week. Game on friends.

ASSASSINS CREED 3

Probably one of the most highly anticipated games of 2012 is Ubisoft Montreal’s new addition to the Assassins Creed series, with Assassins Creed 3.

AC3 takes place during the 18th century, in the early stages of the development of the United States of America. Players will experience 30 years of the dawning of democracy in the New World. This new installment to the franchise comes forward with completely different environments having you jumping through tree’s and climbing mountain tops as opposed from building to building again.

Players take the role of a brand new Assassin named Ratohnhake:ton, but he prefers to be called Connor. Players will go through Connors childhood as he grows up on the American Frontier. Like most assassins,  he goes through a traumatic experience in his life when he must witness his village be destroyed and his people killed by white colonists. But instead of him going into a mad rage and killing everything wearing a military uniform; he is out for the people, to correct the many injustices others are going through. He isn’t out for personal revenge, he wants to help others to make sure they don’t have to go through what he had to.

Your combat style is quite different, it now deals more with momentum and speed instead of just mashing the X button. (Which I am guilty of.) Dont worry, you still get to sneak up behind people and make a stealthy kill – they haven’t changed the series that much. But Connor’s weaponry differs from swords and hidden blades. Connor prefers to either dual wield tomahawks or a tomahawk in one hand a very intimidating  pistol in the other. Like I said, a pretty big difference, but keep in mind this game is set nearly 250 years after Revelations.

If you’re not an American history wiz, then AC3 will surely test your knowledge on the Revolutionary War. You are going to fight in many battles you have probably heard of, such as Bunker Hill, Saratoga, and Valley Forge. You will visit many cities you may have visited in real life, including Boston and New York. And you will experience many events that shaped America like the Great Fire of New York. The supporting cast is also filled with names that many people know such as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Charles Lee.

 

Still know that the game is not based on winning the Revolutionary War; it just so happens that Connor is growing up right in the middle of it. The game is just focused on Connors journey from a child to an adult. You will also notice that your environments will change throughout the game. From as simple as day to night and winter to summer; to fighting in a battle during one point in a game, and later going back to that battle field. The world will change just like it does in real life. Not much has been mentioned about the Multiplayer system, but Ubisoft said it wont disappoint. Assassins Creed 3 is set to release on October 30th.

 

Thanks for reading my first entry. Feedback is appreciated.

-ThatsTristan

Creds to: Game Informer Issue 228 & 232