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How’s it going?

I’m a Supreme Commander prodigy.

Haha maybe not, i did win on easy though, so watch out world. I’m serious.

I decided i don’t like the Cybran anymore, i only like thier experimentals, so i’m with Aeon at the moment, who seem much better 🙂

I’m currently on a 1 vs 1 on a 20km map, Aeon vs Aeon on medium. I’m currently in the lead on points, however he does have a much larger military than me after i scouted him out, but thats cool, i have some vision if he chooses to attack (some, around 1 minute to react).

Lastly, my Trackmania Nations Forever review should be up tomorrow!

BenGaming.

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Supreme Commander


Hell yeah Sup Com arrived today.

I’m going to play a huge skirmish tomorrow so we shall see how that goes, and i will report back 🙂

Probably a 1 vs 1 we shall see, i need to get used to the massive amount of options available.

ALSO, i think i’m going to play as the Cybran, as i really like their experimentals (Monkeylord win), and they are more skirmish rather than full on attack.

I’m listening to Glee live at the x factor.

What the hell is wrong with me.

Turtling supreme commander starts tomorrow, as well as the loss of my social life and hygiene.

I’m joking, but i love supreme commander. More than my friends.

HAHA, no really, about the same.

Roll on tomorrow 🙂

General Updates.


What an eye catching title. It was the best i could think of haha.

Right then. Results day today. Oh man. I’m so nervous haha 😦

But hopefully i’ll be fine. Not sure if my results are going on here. Depends how things go haha.

ALSO, Supreme Commander is arriving tomorrow! I have played it before but not for long, so i look forward to start a new massive skirmish 😀

It really looks like the best RTS i’ve ever come across, with LOADS of base building and massive armies, so i reckon i can spend a whole lot of hours playing it.

I have alse been playing Trackmania Nations Forever (review coming soon), as well as completing the 2nd mission of Republic Commando; now on Kashyyyk with a bunch load of Wookies and slavers fighting.

Got into uni 😀 Going to portsmouth so i’m happy with that 🙂

If you have any suggestions of games you want me to review then please leave a comment as i would be happy to review them for you 🙂

BenGaming.


I’ve been playing Trackmania for around 3 years (i think) now, and so i thought i would document my progress 🙂

Hell yeah.

I’m a decent driver; nothing special but i like to think i’m above average 🙂

For all you TM drivers out there, you know what i mean when i say drive for Dedi (if not, its the top 30 online times driven on each track), so getting them is hard, but fun 🙂

I drive VeryShort maps at the moment (if you didn’t guess, it means they are very short maps, e.g. below 20ish seconds), which provide a dedent challenge so i’m happy haha. Good old ending a poor sentence.

Right then, back to a bit of driving!


Another committed effort to the Republic. Job well done.

Still searching the assault ship, and keep bumping into some sort of frog alien (they do have a name..), who seem to love running at me with swords drawn, which is fine by me.

Until i run out of ammo….

I did resort to using anti armour against frog men. It is suprisingly effective, apart from the fact i only have 4 shells, so not effective for too long.

I did meet a big armoured frog man, who had a sort-of minigun (like the clone commander for Battlefront 2), who was pretty hard to kill, especially with a blaster pistol (boo yah).

I managed to find and recover all of my Delta squad (who specialise in dying), and then take out the jammer that was stopping transmissions to my team (it was a super battle droid haven in that hanger), and i’m currently searching for the enemy drop ship.

Its going pretty well, i’m going to put it back up to medium i think haha, i’m way too pro for easy 😉

Good Game Star Wars. Epic stuff.


Star Wars: Republic Commando

I have just started to play Star Wars: Republic Commando, and i have just reached the second mission. The first mission was Geonosis but i have completed that just before i started my commentary so here we are 😀

Here we go with my insane (ly bad) FPS skills. I’m coming CIS.

Hell yeah i did it. And i didn’t turn it down to easy..

Ok i did.

I managed to do the Geonosian mission although i did die a fair amount on it, i am good at that part of the game. Thank you.

I’m currently on the 2nd mission which includes an abandoned Republic assault ship and me scouting it. The annoying thing however is the small droids that silently kill you. I nearly did die just because i was paying very little attention and my health was disappearing. Not good.

Anywayy, for once i am enjoying a FPS and so far it is going so badly. So overall, i like it 😀


Portal 2: (09/08/2011) — Valve

Who knew a portal gun could be so much fun.

Portal 2 is a new sequel to ‘Portal’; originally released on ‘The Orange Box’.

If you do not know what Portal is, it is a unique puzzle game, where you shoot 2 portals, and when you walk into one you appear out of the other. This presents a large array of puzzle challeges that a presented to you by GladoS (and others..), which can go from the very simple, to complicated, although you still over complicated every single level anyway (Its true).

The unique gameplay offers a 1st person view, where you are a human ‘tester’, who is supposed to complete an infinite string of challenges for GladoS, the AI controlling the facilities. The setup and controls are very easy to get used to (2 different mouse buttons, 2 different portals.. you get me?), and so if you haven’t already played Portal it won’t take much time to ease yourself in.

The graphics of Portal 2 are perfect for the game; not too over the top, but enough to allow for some visual pleasure. The gel and blue tube (hover tunnel thing) are nice effects in the game, as well as offer your character dynamic buffs to allow for special abilities needed to complete certain challenges. This is an effective way to keep you immersed in the game, as well as add a bit of diversity to the levels, so they aren’t all jumping and shooting portals 🙂

You are not limited to just ‘testing’ over and over throughout the entire game however, with varied enviroments, from GladoSs’ test chambers to running scared from Wheatley. This makes the game much less monotonous, as well as much more involving as it really gets you involved with Portal 2s’ storyline. The enviroment changes so much throughout the entire game, which is awesome as you’re always expecting something new (you can see some plot twists coming, others not so much). The transition from GladoS to other AIs’ changes your whole outlook on why you want to progress through the game; from completing tests for GladoS, to trying to get out of Apeture Science Labs.

On a side note, the AI keep the game incredibly entertaining. GlaoS with her ‘witty’ one liners, which can be mildy offensive at times (i nearly cried) to Wheatley with his lack of intelligence (i’m NOT an IDIOT!) will make you laugh as you attempt to complete this engrossing story. There are a few other minor characters along the way who will also add to the games story, but you will mostly be involved with the main 3 (GladoS, Wheatley and… just play the game..).

The puzzles. The main part of the game is using the portal gun to solve puzzles presented to you through the game. These get progressively harder; however you will be eased into Portal if you didn’t play the first game. Some levels will have more than one way of doing them (whether thats intentional i don’t know), but i do know that you will over complicate some levels that turn out to be so simple. Trust me haha.

As i said earlier, various items are used to help you complete some levels (i say help, but i mean complicate), such as repulsion gel (for jumping) or some sort of funky hover cylinder of blueness (which suprisingly, makes you hover). Spoiler alert just there. Is that too late? These expand the options you have in the game so far, and you will not always just use them for testing…

ALSO, this game even has a Co-op, for when you have finished the single player! When playing co-op there are 4 different portal colours and so you won’t get confused. The thing i personally like most about the co-op is that all the levels that you play are completely differnt to the single player, which gives the game a hell of a lot more playability, which i like.

Overall, Portal 2 is a really, really well designed puzzle game. It is ideal for casual gamers as well as induviduals who want to challenge their cognitive ability (you know you want to). I would reccommend this game to practically anyone, due to the awesome story as well as the unique gameplay which will keep bringing you back to play some more 😀

Portal 2: 9/10 — A very unique and perfectly designed game, its just a shame it had to end!


Crysis 2: (19/07/2011) Crytek Studios

Who hasn’t heard of the Crysis franchise? Crysis was one of the most demanding; CPU intensive games ever created, and even modern day PC’s still fear the ridiculous high graphics that will eat your GPU and spit it all over the floor. Crysis 2 however, i feel has not quite followed the same route.

Crysis is known for its insane graphics, and amazing in-game versatility; where if you want to snipe a guy from 100m you can, go right ahead, shoot his head clean off; or you can run in with your crazy suit and punch men 10m in the air. Who cares what you do, its still super cool. That’s what kept me going in Crysis; the sandbox. Whereas in Crysis 2, you lose that free rome feel to a point. This may be because of the new setting in a city, so closed streets and cars obstruct you, however i felt more limited.

This doesn’t mean to say however that Crysis 2 is not versatile. One minute you can be sniping a soldier from a distance, to then running in to the heat of battle with a HUGE turrent in your hands (those guns are badass, i tell you now). Also, the weapon selection was wide enough, with plenty of ammo and some exotic guns is enough to keep for pinned to the screen till my eyes won’t open properly. Running invisible with a sniper rifle will get you on the edge of your seat; it did for me, but my seat in tiny, so its down to you on that one.

Vehicles aren’t as plentiful, and the only ones i really used were the ones assigned to you for missions, however driving a huge truck with a massive gun is always fun so i’m not complaining :)

Furthermore, the graphics are still pretty amazing in high settings, however you will need a high spec PC to run this smoothly. I have a mid range PC and running it on medium works fine for me :) The visual effects of a broken New York are incredible, from shattered buildings to walking past the Statue of Liberties head (spoiler, kind of, it has no real relavance). This gives an immersing gaming experience for which you can really get to know your character, which in my opinion, i really like. Also, the feeling you get later in the game when you’re fighting to save humanity also makes you feel deeply involved with the game, and makes you cry when you see a soldier die. Ok, it doesn’t, i had something in my eye, ok?     Got out of that one….

Lastly, the gameplay itself is very smooth, with very little or no bugs, which allows for some epic firefights with humans and aliens alike. Enemy A.I is smart, and will run for cover and call in reinforcements when under heavy fire (seriously, get the turret gun), which will challenge even the best FPS players on a hard difficulty (normal difficulty FTW).

Overall, Crysis 2 is a sleek, well designed immersing game, which will keep you at your screen for hours. Even after completing the awesome single player, multiplayer is available and at this moment seems very popular and always has a good number of people online (i SUCK at multiplayer/ragequit). I would definately reccommend Crysis 2 to anyone who has already played Crysis 1, and also any FPS fan, as it offers a more diverse gameplay experience to that of something like CoD (i went there, i’m sorry).

Crysis 2 —– 8.5/10. New style of game, smooth, sleek, however not as free roam as i expected.


Civilisation V: (22/07/2011) Firaxis

The Civilisation Series is one of the best stratergy series ever made. No seriously, if you haven’t played these games you really should try.

Civilisation V brings to the table a whole new design compared to Civilisation IV. The main difference being the hexagonal shape tiles rather than square, which allows for different tactical options, such as more armies attacking.

To start off, Civ V is a very user friendly game. Tutorials and advice are available throughout the entire game, as well as having 6 ‘advisors’ whom give you tips when you request them. This is helpful to the newer Civilisation player; as well as the experienced player as information on the other players is also given.

The visuals in Civ V are very pleasing. The terrain is simple yet suits the game perfectly, from groups of mountains to the transition from pastures to barren deserts. The units are well designed. and can be easily told apart even without the symbol above their tile. Also, fighting animations (explosions etc) give the combat some depth, and is also aesthetically pleasing (nuke everything, its amazing).

Everything in this game is about upgrades. On marathon game length, it can take 1000’s to turns (a hell of a long time, trust me), to research all the technologies, which allows for a VERY tactic heavy game. This is amazing for RTS fanatics who love to spend hours planning what they’re going to do (me); although if you do not like drawn out games the length can be reduced to pretty much whatever you want. The technology tree works well also, with a very simple layout which displays what technologies you have and what is currently being researched.

There are several ways to win on Civ V, however some are overshadowed by others. Due to the overly aggressive AI, you will normally be pushed towards a military victory. This can be fun however seems to limit the game somewhat as there is no way to reduce the agro of the AI (bismark, i hate you). Other ways of victory include a Science victory, in which the first player to launch a rocket into space wins; cultural victory where you adopt a certain amount of policies to win; or the diplomatic victory (which is next to impossible i think, maybe i’m just a bad player..).

Combat help is displayed as you asses whom you want to attack. You are given a guideline of what the outcome will be (beware, this is not ALWAYS what will happen), which helps you decide on your tactics for battle. Ranged units attack other ranged units without them retaliating however, which i find quite strange (in my opinion, it makes sense for return fire. Maybe thats just me). Combat units are easily upgraded (done in home territory) which allows for a simple transition to the new tier of units without buying a whole new army all over again, which is nice.

The amount of options available for the type of game you want to play are immense. There are 7 or 8 difficulty levels, from easy to insane, and i promise you will find a difficulty level to challenge you. You can choose the way the land falls e.g. a pangea (a large land mass); or continents (where large islands are seperated by sea) etc. Also the amount of AI can be changed so you can decide how much space you want in between factions. Also the map size can be changed so if you want a close arms map then you can select it to be small; whereas if you prefer a huge map with loads of space to expand then you can select a large map type.

The AI throughout the game are easy to communicate with; when talking to a faction leader you go to a seperate screen and have several options which are simply presented. There are also many state capitals (the amount can be changed in the options) who you can ally with or declare war upon. This can give you a chance to share their resources or destroy their capital for extra expanding room (capitals tend to be easier to take than other faction cities). However BE WARNED, if you do this, many other factions will denounce you as you are picking on a weaker target (this seems to happen a lot no matter what you do. Don’t worry too much if you get denounced i just do it right back :D).

Overall Civilisation V is a very enjoyable and very addicting turn based stratergy game, with many different tactics and factions, as well as pleasing gameplay. The only niggle i have with this game is the aggressive AI who just want to destroy you even if you’re nice to them for 50 turns. As it turns out however, this just makes crushing thier empire that bit more pleasing.

Civilisation V: 9/10 — Very addicting game, prepare to lose a lot of sleep!


Back on the blog 😀

I have changed the blog somewhat so it incorperates my interests so updating it daily will keep me interested 😀

There are sections about Card Magic, Game reviews and Games that i am playing 🙂

The style of my writing is somewhat random sometimes, and so if i go offtopic sometimes i am very sorry..

BenGaming. Boo yah.