Can you believe it’s September? School has started and I hope you’re having fun in college, because I know I’m having fun while not in college! Either way, we have quite a few games to pick from today, so lets not waste anymore time and lets just jump in right away!
One of the first games listed in this months gameinformer issue is called tropico 4. Now, to be honest, this is the first time hearing of this game for me, but obviously this is the fourth installment in this series, so I suppose that would mean there are fans out there somewhere. From the looks of this game, it seems like it’s a replica of the sims games, except you’re on an island with a volcano on it. To me, this doesn’t seem interesting, but for those of you who are into this kind of thing, September 16th is the day to look forward to!
One thing that did come about early this September is Call of Duty XP! Unfortunately, I missed it this year, but rumor has it, that there will be another next year, so make sure you get signed up for this one, because I know I sure will be!
Next up on our list today is Borderlands 2! Unfortunately I never picked up Borderlands, the first one, but whenever Borderlands 2 is set to release in 2012, you can count me in, because I will not miss this opportunity this time! Graphically, it looks like the last one did, it has a very artsy and creative feel to it, so for everyone who fell in love with that look in the first edition, you should prepare yourself for some more, because Borderlands 2 is right around the corner!
One more upcoming title that has touched the hearts of all Playstation 3 owners is Resistance 3! When the PS3 system originally launched, this was one of the only games out for it at the time, so everyone who jumped on the Sony train early on, have had their fair share of gameplay in the Resistance franchise. So for everyone who liked the previous installments, get out your pens and mark September 6th on your calendars!
As always, there are a couple sports titles being released in the near future. Now, I used to be a huge fan of the NHL games back in the day, but as time progressed, I have evolved into a first person shooter beast, so I don’t play as many sports titles anymore, but I do like to keep a couple on the shelf just encase I need to break out a party game once in a while. Other than that though, I really have no use for any sports titles, for the simple fact that I’m not really a hardcore sports fan. I don’t play fantasy football and I don’t watch any sports games religiously, so as far as sports games go, they just don’t tickle my fancy.
Last, but not least, we have Guild Wars 2. Now, if you’ve been gaming for any period of time, I’m sure that you have got your hands on some MMORPG game and if you’re anything like the rest of us, you couldn’t put it down for years. This being said, when I hear about a new MMORPG being released to the public, I get a little tingly feeling inside and just as the ring called to Froto in the Lord of the Rings, every new MMORPG game calls to me and it’s not easy to resist!
Apparently, Guild Wars 2 is focusing very heavily on their storyline, which should be super interesting to see, because I think it would be fairly difficult to fluidly work in a strong storyline into any MMORPG game, but let’s hope that Guild Wars 2 doesn’t let us down and maybe GW2 will take off and we can all play it together and live happily ever after.
This just about wraps up this fairy tale, so bring up a browser and start researching some of these games a little deeper while you wait for Octobers issue of Gameinformer to be released!
August is almost over and summer has faded away. School is starting up and everyone’s heading out to college, and of course, we all know what that means! Hot freshmen chicks and booze! Err, uhh, I mean, the Holiday season of 2011 is closing in and this is what you have to look forward to this year! So get out your list and start scribbling down some notes, because there are some HUGE titles on the way!
Since I’m back in New York now for a while, I decided to renew my Gameinformer subscription and let you guys know what exactly is in this holy grail of a magazine if you haven’t subscribed to it.
To start out, I’m definitely going to start off and talk about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Now, to be completely honest, if I didn’t start making commentaries, I most likely wouldn’t have even ordered this game. Call of Duty has outstayed it’s welcome in my Playstation 3 and I’m just getting bored of this series, but hopefully Modern Warfare 3 really gives me the wow factor and surprises me, because everyone likes a good surprise now and again!
The next big title that is being released to compete with MW3 is Battlefield 3! Now, BF3 is due to be released on November 2nd, 2011 and after hearing that it’s been built on a different platform and watching the trailer for it, I literally can’t wait for this one to be released! I would highly recommend you to even go ahead and pre-order this title, especially because if you pre-order it from your local Gamestop, they upgrade you to the limited edition for FREE! So don’t forget about this one!
Released on July 19th, 2011 was the new addition to the Call of Juarez series, which was named, Call of Juarez: The Cartel. It came out on the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC and although the series does look fun, it’s just not on my must buy list. I would suggest, that if you’re into the series and have enjoyed the previous releases, go ahead and pick this one up!
For all of you who are Assassins Creed fans, November 15th is a pretty big day for you, because this is the release of the next game in the Assassins Creed series and it is also the last game to feature Ezio Auditore and Altair. Now, in the past, I’ve said that the Assassins Creed series tends to bore me after some hours of gameplay and I think this will still stand true for Assassins Creed Revelations as well. Even though the graphical design in these games is literally jawdropping, we all know that graphics alone don’t make a great game, so I’m going to have to put this on my maybe list.
At this point, most of you know that I really despise Microsoft and do all that I can to stay away from their products, but every time another Gears of War title is released, it makes me reconsider that choice for just a split second. On September 20th, 2011, Gears of War 3 is due to be released exclusively to those of you who own a crapbox, or, I mean Xbox 360. If I did own a 360, I would probably have this one on my launch day list, so those of you who are taking notes, you should write this one down and make sure you pick this one up ASAP.
Now onto the bad ideas part of this overview, now don’t worry, Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo are all coming up with crappy ideas at the same time, so nobody will be left out on ways to waste their money on their favorite companies trash.
First up, we’ll start with Sony and go over the Playstation Vita. Now what exactly is the reasoning behind releasing, yet another hand held console that does the same things as all the previous ones? Well, because they finally implemented the dual joysticks idea that we have been custom modding into our PSP phat models since day 1. Now, it’s awesome when companies listen to their consumers, but after 4 years, it’s a little late to implement something that their consumers have been shouting for since before time began.
Next up in the stupid ideas club is the Wii U. To be completely honest about this one, I really have no idea what the reasoning behind this is. I mean $60 for a controller is bad enough, but when the controller costs nearly as much as the game system itself does? If that doesn’t make you stop and think about what’s wrong with this picture, then you should just go back to playing Wii Bowling or something.
Not to completely bash on the Wii U, I think this is a cool concept, but I just don’t see it being practical. I really don’t see the need to have another screen built into your controller that’s the size of Mt. Everest. I think the only way to save this new device is for developers to really work hard on some creative ideas on how to make this work, because otherwise, I’m calling it now, the Wii U is going to flop.
Last, but not least, let’s end on a good note and talk about Batman: Arkham City, which is due to be released on October 18th, 2011 in the United States. In my humble opinion, this is going to be one that I would most definitely recommend you to buy. I will most likely not be purchasing this on launch day, but I do plan on picking this one up eventually, because I think they just got this series right. They have the perfect amount of everything, for every type of player and it really doesn’t get boring very quickly.
Other than that, there are a few more games that we will have to keep up with, but check out next months Gameinformer Overview for the updates on those!
It’s that time of year again and that time is the Holidays! Can you believe that it’s December already? This is just mind-blowing to me, but anyway, the point of this article is to show you my updated room tour for the 2010 season! So without further ado, let the desk/room tour of a geeks desk/room begin!
If there is anything that you saw in the room tour that I didn’t talk about long enough, leave a comment or send me an email and ask me whatever you were wondering about that specific gadget or game and I’ll be happy to answer you and even point you in the direction as to where you can purchase one for yourself to start making your room “tour worthy” just like mine!
One more note, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year! This time of year really gets me reflecting on what I’ve accomplished over the past 12 months and what my future plans are for the upcoming year and I really enjoy hearing feedback from all of you guys about what you like/dislike and any changes or suggestions you have that you would like to see implemented in the future. So again, have an awesome Holiday season and spread the Holiday spirit to everybody you see!
After almost three weeks of grueling testing, I have finally formed my opinions on the Nox Specialist gaming headset. Before we get started, let me just say that I have put off buying a nice pair of headphones for quite a while now and now that I have finally got around to it, I am extremely satisfied with my purchase and I could bet you would be as well if you choose to purchase a pair!
I’m first going to start by going over the build quality and durability of the Nox Specialist gaming headset. Let me inform you that these headphones have traveled from Pennsylvania, to New York, to Florida, to Michigan, to Las Vegas and they’re still not broken or worn down in any way. This pair of headphones aren’t too bulky, but they hold their own when it comes to durability. These little guys can take a fair beating before they’re going to crap out on you, so you’re going to have to intentionally try and break these if they’re going to break at all.
Next up is, of course, sound quality. Now I was doubtful about this aspect, because they aren’t built for noise canceling, so I figured, if there’s outside noise, it doesn’t matter how good the sound quality is, if you can’t hear it, there’s no use for it. Thankfully, this wasn’t the case with the Specialist headset. These things can really pack a punch and they really have THE BEST sound quality I have heard in a long time. The sound sounds like you really have speakers all around you, they did an amazing job with these things and they are well worth the money.
The next aspect to cover is the comfort. I know a lot of people who will sacrifice a little bit of sound quality and even durability as long as the headset is comfortable. Well, the Specialist headset has memory foam earcups that just feel like clouds on your head. These are extremely comfortable and don’t squeeze your head and don’t even make your head get all hot because of them heating up your ears. There’s nothing here I can complain about, so that is a very good thing!
Were almost through, one of the last things I’m going to bring up are the features of this gaming headset. There is some really awesome designing that has been implicated with the Specialist Headset that I am really intrigued with. On the right ear cup there is a volume rocker and a mute switch for the microphone, which, by the way retracts on the left side so that when it’s not in use you can retract it and nobody would even know it’s there! The microphone by the way is also has amazing sensitivity and pics up so much sound so crisp and clear that it almost gets to be a pain, but better more than less. One other very cool feature is the ability to remove the wire, so that if the wire goes bad, the whole headset doesn’t get junked, all you have to do is replace the wire and the headset will continue to perform!
Compatibility is last, but for no specific reason. Nox advertises that the specialist headset can be used with Xbox 360, PS3, PC, iPhone iPods, Laptops, and many cell phones and other mp3 devices. This ability alone adds a TON to the value of this headset as far as I perceive it. I love gadgets that have multiple uses and this headset hasn’t let me down yet. These work great with everything mentioned above and they do their job just as you would hope they would.
Overall, I would say if you’re considering purchasing a higher end pair of headphones and maybe even considering a Turtle Beach headset, I would say give the Nox Specialist headphones a try, just see how you like them, because I know I sure am happy I gave them a shot!
So if you guys know anything about me, you know that one thing I am willing to spend a few bucks on is a decent set of headphones. Well, that time has come once again and I purchased a pair of Nox’s Specialist gaming headsets, so this is just going to be the unboxing.
My first impression is that the packaging is a big confusing, but it is very unique and I like how it was designed. I really like the case that was included, they didn’t cheap out on you for once, this case is made to last and it will protect your Specialist Headset and make that last too and that’s what counts.
One thing that is a big turnoff to me is all the wires that are needed to connect this thing to the PS3. There are just so many different wires running all over the place that it just looks like a mess whenever the Specialist is in use. That being said, one of the main reasons that I purchased the Specialist Gaming Headset over Turtle Beach, was because Nox is a brand new company and also I thought that the Specialist would have less wires, but I think I was wrong on that.
One thing that is worth mentioning is that right out of the box, when you hold the Specialist Headset, you feel the body to them. They feel like a full 100 dollars worth of headphones and I really mean that. These things feel like they’re built to last with the gamer in mind.
One other huge plus to these headphones is that they don’t constrict your head during extended gaming sessions and the ear pads are the most comfortable ear pads I have ever felt. They really do make it feel like you’re just wearing a hat, they feel like they were made for extended use and you forget that you’re even wearing them.
I really think another awesome feature is the retractable microphone that enables you to get the mic out of the way for when you use these with your iPod or hand held gaming device.
Overall, right out of the box my only complaint would be that these are not wireless headphones, which for me would really make me willing to pay $400 for these things if only they were wireless.