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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.

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Now, that title may bring all sorts of thoughts into your head, but it’s true. I look at reviews of Triple-A games and it doesn’t swing my opinion back or forth on whether I’m going to buy the game or not. It has no effect on me whatsoever. Especially if it’s a game I’ve followed for a long time. There are many reasons why I still decide to read them, though. Sometimes it’s because of who’s doing the writing, such as Giant Bomb‘s review of Uncharted 3. Other times it’s purely out of curiosity to see what a harsh critic thinks of these games. These are completely irrelevant to my purchasing decisions and they haven’t for some time.

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10 Years of Halo

Like many others, I remember the day I first played Halo. I had gone to a friends house, still in my mind that I wanted a PS2 for my birthday, and just thinking about all the awesome games that came on it. There were a bunch of people playing this shooter that I hadn’t seen before, and it was on a console. (All previous shooters I had seen had been exclusively for the PC). It looked like fun, and everyone was having a laugh, so I joined in. Turns out they were playing Halo, for the Xbox. I didn’t play for very long, but I had a hell of a lot of fun. It even changed my mind completely from that moment. I wanted an Xbox with Halo. Continue reading

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Restrepo was a really interesting movie, and I’m really glad I heard about it. (from the Philip DeFranco Movie club a while back, just one of the YouTubers I regularly watch). It really shows how hard the life of a soldier can be, and really how normal some of them are. Even in the hardest times they still managed to try and keep spirits up and have a little fun, but bad things still hit them very hard.

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