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Star Wars: The Old Republic

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Although I didn’t spend as much time as I would have liked during the weekend Beta event that Bioware ran for Star Wars: The Old Republic, I did manage to have an extremely good time playing what I did. This is just a blog to round-up my experiences during that time and generally give across my impressions on what I think, is the most fun I’ve had in an MMO for a very long time.

Update 18/12/2011: After playing the full retail version of the game for a couple of days now, I’m actually loving the Sith Juggernaut class and I am right now, focusing solely on that character. I have no others at the moment and for the time being, I’m keeping it that way. I can see myself, in the future, trying out the other classes as well, but my main will be my Juggernaut. I’m already level 21 and having a blast, so you can look forward to hearing more about my exploits in The Old Republic soon enough.

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It’s that time again. The last month of the year is about to being and we have a chance to look back and see what this year has brought unto all of us. There has been a lot of amazing things these year, as well as some not so great moments. It’s the time of Game of the Year awards, Oscar nominees and general discussion about what the future may bring (if we even get past next year, silly end of the world.)

For entertainment in particular, the end of the year has boomed (especially in video games) with a lot of the major and better received releases coming in just this past month, let alone the latter half of the year itself. Some of these have come so late that they aren’t being considered for their awards for this year, and it’s a shame. Thinking about that after talking at the Square Go AGM, it was actually really surprising to hear what games actually still came out this year, such as Dead Space 2. It was one of my favourite games of the year, yet it almost missed a vote from me purely because I forgot about it, being so early on this year.

Even Portal 2 almost didn’t manage to get a mention, if it hadn’t been so commonplace in the media ever since it came out. It really is shocking to look back at all the fantastic games that have been released. The quality, especially since they’re all mostly sequels or threequels is outstanding to the most part.  (Though there has been a common share of disappointment.)

It has definitely made me excited to see what the coming year will bring. There’s a load of games I’m looking forward to not only at the end of this year (Especially after playing the beta of Star Wars: The Old Republic) but early and later in 2012 as well. Not only in games, but movies as well, with the release of The Avengers in the Summer and The Hobbit at Christmas time.

I definitely think next year will be better than this year has been.

I recently, against my own thoughts, bought the new Call of Duty game last week to see them wrap up the story and try out the multiplayer changes I felt may improve the game. While having fun with the multiplayer, I also enjoyed the campaign and finished it on Veteran after around 8 or so hours play. Although I was not disappointed, or regret my purchase, I do feel that I need to talk about my feelings about  the single-player campaign.

Warning to those that care, this will be full of Spoilers. You have been warned.

Call of Duty

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