9 years later
So...9 years have passed since the last time I posted, sure time does fly when you're having fun. On the personal side of things, the company is starting to take off, I'm getting married in less than a year from now. If I don't die in a flood today...
Anyway, we are on the verge of next gen, with Series X and PS5 upon us I have nothing but excitement going forward. What do I expect of the next gen? to be the definitive generation I don't see much going forward as these machines seem top notch and the difference isn't ground breaking when compared to a Xbox One X, sure there are improvements here and there but that's about it.
By next Gen I guess I'll be around 40 years old which is something that amazes me (when I first posted here I was 24 years old, sure time does fly.
Gaming wise I'm currently looking forward to Ubisoft's AC Valhalla, the announcement of the Mass Effect Trilogy remaster and last but not least the imminent drop of Cyber punk 2077.
I hope I can update this blog in less than 9 years this time, but if it isn't the case...Currently I´m reviewing games for the Spanish site Area Xbox, and I am colaborating with a Latin American group of friends in Geekologia Cuantica....who knows maybe my 40 year old self might laugh at all this one day.
Btw, it ain't sandmanarenas anymore, nowadays the name is Citiz19n so....
A gaming blog, sandman's countdown V3
2 years later and before massive releases the latest countdown
Top 5 Racing Games
1. Forza Motorsport 3 (Microsoft Game Studios)
2. F-Zero X (Nintendo)
3. Mario Kart 64 (Nintendo)
4. Project Gotham Racing 2 (Microsoft Game Studios)
5. F-Zero GX/AX (Nintendo)
Top 5 sandbox games
1. Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar)
2. Saints Row 2 (THQ)
3. Grand Theft Auto San Andreas (Rockstar)
4. The Godfather the game (EA)
5. Grand theft Auto IV (Rockstar)
Top 5 Adventure games
1. The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time (Nintendo)
2.The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess (Nintendo)
3. Assassin's Creed II (Ubisoft)
4. Prince of Persia the Sands of Time (Ubisoft)
5. The Legendo of Zelda the Wind Waker (Nintendo)
Top 5 RPGs
1, Mass Effect 2 (EA)
2. Fallout 3 (2K)
3. Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic (LucasArts)
4. Deus Ex Human Revolution (Square Enix)
5. Mass Effect (Microsoft Game Studios)
Top 5 Platform games
1. Super Mario 64 (Nintendo)
2. Super Mario 3 (Nintendo)
3. Banjo- Tooie (Rareware)
4. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Nintendo)
5. Limbo (Playdead)
Top 5 Action Games
1. Splinter Cell Chaos Theory (ubisoft)
2. Resident Evil 4 (Capcom)
3. Resident Evil 2 (Capcom)
4. Star Wars Battlefront 2 (LucasArts)
5. Star Fox 64 (Nintendo)
Top 5 fighting games
1. Super Smash Bros. (Nintendo)
2. Super Smash Bros. Melee (Midway)
3. Super Street Fighter IV (Capcom)
4. Mortal Kombat (WB Interactive)
5. Street Fighter II (Capcom)
Top 5 FPS
1. Battlefield Bad Company 2 (EA)
2. Borderlands (2k)
3. Halo Reach (Microsoft Game Studios)
4. Rainbow six Vegas 2 (Ubisoft)
5. Metroid Prime (Nintendo)
Top 10 games of all
1. The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time
2. Mass Effect 2
3. Splinter Cell Chaos Theory
4. The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess
5. Resident Evil 4
6. Fallout 3
7. Resident Evil 2
8. Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic
9. Super smash Bros.
10. Assassin's Creed II
A Gaming Blog, Gameface!
Hola! sandman here reporting from the lines! well the past 2 weeks I made my iron man of gaming....(say what?) I played likenever before...which means....I played a lot, so this might be a long blog. The background for this Iron Man of Gaming is...I worked nonstop for almost two months and Itook a couple days off (that's why I wanted to be away from my PC and my office) so the aftermath.....man I felt like I was 15 years old again!
First off some info on my latest blog, I'm almost done with Gears of War 2, might try to rank up a bit more this upcoming weekend but I'm not sure, Halo 3 was left unplayed sadly, never found anyone who would help me get those cheevos I'm missing, Castlevania...just got back to my collection yesterday (same with Mass Effect 2)on Red Dead Redemption I'm level 48 in Multiplayer which is really close to getting to level 50!
On the oldies front two games came back from the grave.....Bioshock 2, which I used to play a lot, and got to play the heck out of the Multiplayer (ranked up all the way) the multiplayer awakes mixed feeling in me, while I ifnd it fun and somewhat original with the plasmids, hacks, tonics, traps, Big Daddy suits, all sums into an interesting mix...that lacks polish, the game tends to be fast paced, but it has some lag and connection issues that will mostly get you killed a lot, sometimes you shoot someone in the face to no results, hack and research from time to time take a long time to give you the prompt to perform them, and well by level 35 you get all things to create a douche character, which somewhat broke the experience as 7 out of 10 players use the almost same loadout.
The other game that got another round is Battlefield Bad Co. 2, I like this game a lot, and used to play it with friends all the time, then my friends moved on and I was left unmotivated to play, until recently, getting some DLC (onslaught and SpecAc weapons) on deal of the week I popped the game on my xbox again, still is a blast, and I got to meet some really nice people there that got me back into playing it a bit more recently, oh man these guys got me somewhat pumped for Battlefield 3.
Also I played the heck out of Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, the campaign was really good (although not as good as ACII) the game was solid all around, the story was compelling although a bit shallow by the end, then I got to play the Multiplayer and maxed the ranks, the game idea itself is fun, but it has some game breaking mechanics that makes it lose some of it's bright, for example, the game keeps telling you to stay hidden in crowds and other palces, but there is a skill enemies can use called "Templar Vision" tells them exactly were you are and whjo you are, whcih makes hiding pointless, even if you spot your attacker the stun ability (which allows you to knock out the enemy and escape) has really low priority over the killing, which means even if you spot your attacker your options are so limited run or run. While on hunting, your preys can be really douches running only of rooftops which means you have to go into high profile for the kills (higher the profile, lower the points) meaning if you're really far in the score there is no way your catching up no matter how many enemies you kill this way, and there's the teammates that like getting all the kills...by runing all around making themannoying because of the low score they get.
Now on the new games, let's start with thearcade games, I got Perfect Dark Arcade (aport of the n64 game with abetter graphic detail) the Online component is fun, and there are the CO-Op and Counter-Op modes (counter mode is a mode more games need) the other game is Dead Rising2 Case West, the game is fun for coop but somewhat boring and nanoying on your own, I got a good idea of the gameplayfor Dead rising 2, which I'll keepaway from (for now) as I can get my Zombie kills here.
Fable III is a good game, just that not as epic as Fable or asgreat as Fable II, the game got simplified, shorter....but more detailed, the art direction is superior to the previous, the online got improved, andthe king part is a good idea but really really short, I was expecting more for this part, I still have afew achievements to go, whichI might go for, Ihaven't made my mind on a score for this game as it shineson some fronts but get really shallow on others.
Darksiders this was a nice surprise, it's not the greatest game out there but it still has some really nice things going for it, the Zelda-like progression(which my360 needed) the game is hard for me on Apocaliptic (as I seem to get a lot of damage) the combatfeels ok, the story seemsinteresting to see me play it to the end,I haven't finished thsi but I'll get toplay it throught.
Now the cherry of the pie Deus Ex Human Revolution, not once I played and finished a game back to back that is in the25-40 hour long, I started the game knowing nothing about the franchise, I started the game with a stealthy mind, got to read everything I found on my way (and most often than not out of it)the stealth works fine, your augmentations allow you for some really nice customization on gameplay, you can be as sneaky asit gets with invisibility, or avoid guards with acrobatic augmentations, I never used a single gun till I got to a missionwith a boss fight...imagine that. For my second run was made guns blazing, and I got to explore every nook and cranny this time, I killed most of my opponents, and the game in the end felt really different, cutscenes and some details changed based on some interactions with other characters, Deus Ex Human Revolution is the most impressive game I played since Red Dead Redemption, it's doesn't stand out as the best in any aspect, btu the sum of it all makes it really great.
So this is it, next week Gears of War 3 comes out so I might play that!