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What’s Killing My Social Life This Week – Far Cry 3

Oh yeah, thats going to attract some sharks...

Oh yeah, thats going to attract some sharks…

It’s high noon Evil Geeks.  Back in the Old West, that usually meant that someone was about to get shot, but today… well chances are these days someone’s still about to get shot, but it’s 12 o’clock and that sounds like the perfect time to talk about What’s Killing My Social Life This Week!  Today we’re going to be going over Ubisoft Montreal’s epic ode to 90’s HBO Thursday Night Prime movies, Far Cry 3.  Get out your water shoes and Bermuda shorts, because you will get tropical on this ride.  I highly recommend powdering your junk with some Gold Bond first though; with all this heat and humidity there’s bound to be an epidemic of chafing!

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What’s Killing My Social Life This Week – Jurassic Park Builder

Hey now, Evil Geeks!  When it comes to gaming, I’m mainly a console man; but every now and then a mobile game will sink its hooks into me, keeping me completely distracted from whatever I”m supposed to be doing at the time.  Lately, theme park logistics and the care/feeding of previously extinct reptiles has been keeping me up late at night or checking my phone constantly at work, as I’ve been pretty addicted to Jurassic Park Builder by Ludia.   I’ve torn myself away from my iPad for a little while to be able to write this, so let’s get into the review because I’ve got some animals to feed!

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What’s (Not) Killing My Social Life This Week – Resident Evil 6

Greetings Evil Geeks.  Normally I like to start out articles with a nice, big, warm greeting, but damn it…I’m not in a very welcoming mood right now.  I’ve been really hungry for a great game to play lately; something that wall completely envelope every single waking moment of my a life, spending days at a time sequestered in the Evil Lair locked into a depraved orgy of gaming.  When I got my hands on a copy of Resident Evil 6, I was hoping I had found that game.  With 6 playable campaigns, how could I not spend dozens of hours playing the game to accomplish each and every ending possible?  Well, read on and I’ll tell you exactly how that didn’t happen.

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What’s Killing My Social Life This Week – Call of Duty: Black Ops II

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It’s been a while Evil Geeks, but we’re kicking off 2013 with a brand new What’s Killing My Social Life This Week!  Today we’re looking at the latest entry (at least for the next few months until they release a new one) in the Call of Duty series: Black Ops II.  This game dropped back in November, so I realize I’m behind the crowd on this review, but I’m only just now getting around to checking it out.  The reason for that delay has been Halo 4.  I’ve been pretty hardcore hooked on that for the past few months and it’s taken a herculean effort to tear myself away.  Was it worth it?  Or should I dust off my Spartan armor, fuel up my Ghost and hop back into the Halo universe?

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What’s Killing My Social Life This Week – Halo 4

Thanks for stopping by the Evil Lair again, Geeks.  Right now, you’re probably wondering what that funky stench emanating from the Evil Gaming Room is?  No, we weren’t hosting another “Bring a Zombie, Get In Half Price” party and the toilets are no longer backing up ever since we banned Evil Taco Night, so it’s neither of them.  That earthy, acrid, and full-bodied aroma would be Yours Truly after emerging from a week and a half-long gaming coma, just long enough to write this.  What’s been keeping me in these filth-ridden footie pajamas you ask?  Well, you may not be aware of this, but I have it on good authority that Halo 4 was just recently released on November 6th.  I’ve forgone sleep.  I’ve neglected friendships and important Evil duties.  I haven’t spoken with a human being without the use of a headset in over 8 days.  Yeah… it’s pretty safe to say I’m hooked on this game.

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What’s Killing My Social Life This Week – Dishonored

I, Ninja Von Doom, rule all of Latveria with a stealthy, iron fist!

Ahoy-hoy Evil Geeks!  Welcome back to our regular feature “What’s Killing My Social Life This Week”, where we discuss which video games are currently keeping us from seeing the light of day.  This week I’ve been playing Dishonored (Xbox 360) from Bethesda, the good folks who’ve brought us other neo-classic RPG titles such as Fallout:3 and The Elder Scrolls series, most notably Skyrim.  In case you haven’t played those games and are thinking of checking them out, let me offer you a word of advice:  Clear your schedule, settle all of your business affairs, and tell your loved ones that someday you will see them again, because these games will consume your entire life.  The worlds in Fallout and Skyrim are so expansive and vast, that you could spend months if not years exploring them (especially with Skyrim’s system of never-ending side quests, you can beat the game, but there will always be new side missions to accomplish).  With a game pedigree like that, I was definitely hyped to play Dishonored.  I expected another complex and wide open RPG world full of secrets and surprises waiting to be discovered.  The fact that there were all sorts of powers and upgrades available for your character completely sold me on the game.  I couldn’t wait to spend an entire months worth of Saturdays with my phone off and the blinds closed, wallowing in my own filth whilst in the middle of a gaming marathon.  What I got though was a reverse Transformer – Less than meets the eye.

These guys take Risk tournaments REALLY seriously.

I was really shocked to find that Dishonored plays less like it’s RPG brethren, but more like a cross between Rage (another Bethesda title) and the Metal Gear  series.  Like Rage, the world the game is set in seems ripe for an RPG, but there is no leveling system leaving the game feeling hollow.  You can acquire powers, but I was expecting more of a system like Fallout where I could pick and choose how I wanted to develop my character with different abilities.  Instead there’s about 8 or 10 abilities, each of which you can upgrade twice.  I was expecting some unique powers and the game delivers on this.  I particularly like the teleporting ability, which lets me blink around an area while plunging the business end of my sword into some poor schmuck’s neck (not going to lie, I like pretending that I’m Deadpool whenever I do this) and the ability to control ravenous swarms of rats.  It’s really comical to unleash a swarm right behind one or two unsuspecting guards and watch them get devoured.  The graphics are pretty good, overall the game looks very similar to Rage, except in a Victorian steampunk era.  The part that I really don’t like so much is the emphasis on stealth.  Damn it, I have cool powers, crossbows, pistols and a sword!!!  I don’t want to sneak around, I want to kill some shit!  I was expecting more of an action game, buts it’s not that at all.  Some parts of it can be really slow-paced.  There’s an emphasis on reading various books strewn about the boards, with some of them giving you valuable information and the rest giving you background stories of what’s happening in the world.  I’m at the point where I’m just picking up the books and immediately exiting them without reading since any important information is automatically saved into your objectives.  I was also expecting more of a selection of weapons too, but everything you get is pretty much standard issue stuff.  I do like that you can rewire some of the machinery that guards have set up at the various checkpoints across the game.  There’s something really satisfying about leading a guard through an electric force field that will fry him the second he touches it.

Oh man, when Gary got vaporized, did anyone else smell burned burritos and Mr. Pibb?

The gameplay is a little clunky too.  All combined, you have about a dozen different weapons and powers, but only 4 quicksave slots so you’re constantly flipping back and forth between the full menu and what you’re doing in the game.  However, if you have to switch to a new weapon in the middle of a fight because it’s out of ammo, when you switch into the menu it doesn’t pause the action in the game.  So while you’re selecting a new weapon, you’re also getting the crap kicked out of you by whatever you’re fighting.

Overall the game has been pretty good, but I’m still disappointed by what I was expecting it to be.  It seems like a shallow encounter that would probably be way more enjoyable if it were given more of a body with an RPG leveling system.  I’ve said this about other games before, I think it applies to this one too:  It’s a game that’s ok, but it seems like it will have a really good sequel.  If you’re looking for a game involving stealth and sneakyness then you should probably check this out, but if you’re in the mood for some straight up action, then save your cash.  Personally, I know I’ll be trading this title in towards my purchase of Halo 4 in a few weeks.  That’s all I got for now Evil Geeks, check back again soon for more gamer action!

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