Archive for September, 2011

Space Marine has landed

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Back in December 2010 I had Space Marine on my Games Watch and now its finally landed.

I’ve been playing for a couple of weeks now and I’m absolutely loving it.  Its mix of melee and ranged fighting is so much fun I have found it very difficult to put it down.

The game comes with a great campaign with just the right mix of fighting and story, but the big surprise for me is how much fun I’m having in the multi player.

It has two modes, a simple death match mode and a capture the flag mode like TF2. Both of the modes are 8v8, but the teams are shuffled after every round, so if your team gets pwned one round then the next is usually a different story.

The death match is a simple first to 41 kills, very simple but so much fun when tension (and the ingame music) builds as one of the teams gets near to 41. I’m not the best when it comes to reaction shooters, but even with my limited skills I find that I’m contributing to the overall team score nicely and seldom do I feel like the complete noob that I am. :)

The “capture the control flag” mode uses the same maps as the deathmatch but adds three or four capture areas that when taken over give your team a point boosts these point boosts add up untill one team reaches 1000.  The more capture areas you have under your control the faster your points go up.  Again, nice and simple, but very effective in building tension.

In both modes your online persona gains XP for kills, capturing points and earning achievements these XP points add up until you level up.  After every level you gain rewards to make yourself tougher and inprove your weapons.

On top of all this I understand we will be getting a co-op survival mode too in a few weeks, which also sounds like great fun.

Looking at my current play stats Space Marine is not far behind lotro, so its really capturing my attention at the moment.

Myth. :D

PS. Just prior to getting my hands on Space Marine I downloaded Deux Ex, but its not captured my attention and is currently on my digital shelf gathering dust.

Pure Hearts

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
Pure Hearts

Pure Heart

How long has it been since my last update. Time is flying by as both myself and Ame pile hundreds of hours into Lotro. (At time of writing this 1150 hours for me, which is by far my most played game of all time)

Where can I start in describing this awesome game, made more awesome by the great friends we have made.

Here are some of the friends we made in our early days in the Pure Hearts Kin:

Starsphere
Cy
Elith
Hells
Oder
Balingbert
Shorty

I think its fair to say that the increase of awesomeness started around mid May when a fairly normal request of help in evendim from a player called “Steviethesolid” transformed our normal two player gameplay into an amazing mix of 3/6 and even 12 person instances.

Ame and I always felt that instances were beyond our reach, both from a class dedication point of view and also from a skills perspective. We thought that these “raiders” were a bunch of elite gamers and we would never aspire to these giddy heights in our lifetime.

How wrong we were…

So as I was saying, Stevie was asking for some help with her “solid” guardian in Evendim and Ame and I joined her for a few sessions getting to know her and really enjoying the light questing.  During this time we continued to level our characters from their early 40′s until their early 50′s, totally oblivious of what was in store.

As Ame hit 54 on her Lore Master and I hit 52 on my Rune Keeper we were invited by Stevie’s partner Ebron (Ebs) to the “Grand Stairs” Instance.  I hope Ebs wont mind me saying but when it comes to running instances he is soooo patient and is able to not only guide the team but make everyone feel like they are doing a great job.  This type of organisation and patience is a rare skill and something that should not be overlooked. Had it not been for Ebs I’m not sure we would have ever had the confidence to get started down this road.

From the Grand Stairs we then made our way through many instances, mostly run by Ebs, but with a few run by another good friend Lestat.  For the following three months we started to learn our classes much better and are now completely hooked on the whole “End Game”, little did we realise that grouping with friends at max level could be so entertaining.

I’m sure we will continue to group with friends in the future in lotro and hopefully in the upcoming Star Wars MMO (separate post on that to follow).

Hopefully it wont be so long between posts next time.

Myth. :D