Do you miss old school games? Ones that guffaw at storylines and character development in favor of pure bullet heaven? If so then I have quite a little game with a big punch for you. It’s called Pester and it’s on the the Xbox Live Arcade. Pester returns to golden aged glory roots of arcades, a day many of us (shedding tears) miss dearly. The days when you would fight over a joystick in order to blast anything and everything within your eyesight and had a killswitch to destroy everything on screen if it got too hectic, and with Pester you will definitely get swarmed faster than Mark Sanchez dropping back for a future interception.
Here in America FPS games tend to rule both purchasing power as well as the online community. From Halo to Call of Duty it seems to be a majority of what people are playing competitively save the first 2 months of Madden and NCAA Football. I enjoyed playing Halo 4 and I did buy it when it came out, but I have reached a point where I am just finished with it.
I enjoy the senseless violence just like any 24 year old college guy and it can be a fantastic waste of hours playing online with a group of friends, but the hidden cost is what ends it for me. Look at games like Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, it has DLC that comes out over the span of months to even a year, but the game itself it complete. They come up with new ideas as well as additional storylines that would enhance the gaming experience. I have no problem paying a bit of extra coin to gain extra weapons, armor, quests and generally between 10-25 more hours of game play. What Call of Duty Black Ops 2, Halo 4 and Battlefield 3 have done is take a game and essentially steal your money and I personally, am done with it.
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Well it is finally here! Call of Duty Black Ops 2 did that thing that CoD games have done since CoD: Modern Warfare 2 where they basically crash the entire damn internet cause 800,000 players want to log on and play now. Black Ops 2 has been highly anticipated for both the multiplayer and the zombies of coarse, but a legitimate question is how is the campaign? Everyone (including myself) has criticized Activision for making a game that literally focused solely on online multiplayer, don’t get me wrong I love online, but I do want to see effort on the storyline. With rival Halo 4 out and having a more concrete storyline to work with and solid online as well, Black Ops 2 needed a bit more bang and it delivered, while leaving you more interested.
Halo 4 has finally come out and after getting rave reviews (9’s and 10’s across the board) everyone is doing 2 things:
- How is the game play and graphics?
- Should I get this or Call of Duty: Black Ops 2?
After playing through the entire campaign (Wow this game series actually has a storyline!) and getting acclimated to the new Promethean weapons, as well as the upgraded UNSC weapons (shotgun and DMR = SEXY) I was ready to jump into the online multiplayer. Now for this review I will do it piece by piece, just to make it easier… and honestly in case all you give a damn about is how the multiplayer is then you can just scroll to the bottom and be done with it. Halo 4 which was given to 343 Industries after Bungie separated from Microsoft and I have to say… damn 343 Industries didn’t just nail it, they obliterated it.