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Back To Console

Since January 2013 I have spent more time gaming on my PC then I have my Consoles. It’s not that I don’t want to play on them but I can’t until my family is asleep. This means gaming on the PC is easier and I can do it once my son is tucked up in bed. Games seem cheaper too on the PC which is a huge bonus, and my friend base has grown a lot over the past few months.

Well what has changed? Not a lot really but after spending £460 on a PS4 and 4 games plus a second controller and the camera I kind of feel I wasn’t playing enough so much so that my console friends thought I had disappeared 😀

Since February I have tried to to split my gaming between the two and to be honest I feel better. I play enough on all of them to warrant them and the guys I play with are cool about the time I spend on each.

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My First Night In Chernarus

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I’m a console gamer, the best military game for realism I have played is the Operation Flashpoint series. During my time playing I was often told Arma 2 was its bigger better brother, Last week (22nd Jan) I finally built my cheap gaming rig. After doing the plethora of updates for Windows 7 (god damn you Microsoft) I had a chance to test it. On Saturday I downloaded a few free to play games from Steam along with Minecraft. I was pleasantly surprised at the speed and quality of the gaming on a machine that cost around £300.

Come Sunday and after watching a dozen more YouTube videos about Arma2 I bit the bullet and bought it from Steam for £25. I wish I had of bought it over Christmas when it was only £15 but that here nor there now.

As it was my first time on Arma 2 I did the basic training, if you’re going to play Dayz or just Arma 2 I would recommend jumping into the basic training first to get a feel for the game. The basic training will show you all the keys you will need to know. What I didn’t see in the basic training were a few basic keys to keep you alive in Dayz.

Commonly used keys
G = Gear/Inventory
Numpad Enter = 3rd person view
V = Vault over obstacles
F = fire mode/throwable objects

Keys I had to look up later into my first/second Dayz game
K = Compass
M = Map
N = Night Vision
Right Ctrl+M = GPS

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I spawned just outside Komarovo which is a small town that contains a few Residential and industrial buildings. As it was my first time playing I basically picked up everything I could see engine parts windscreen car wheels you name it I picked it 😀

I spent the first 20 minutes looking for weapon thankfully I found a Hatchet in an industrial building. I then spent the next 5 minutes trying to equip it, after the first 4 minutes I had thrown it half a dozen times and decided to right click and remove from tool belt rage quit style. Then I realise I have it in my hands 🙂 after a reload, yes people you have to reload a Hatchet, I was ready to womp some zombies.

I made my way East following road signs to Balota, weighed down by my car parts and no water or food I was exited to finally be playing DayZ although I had no idea what I was really doing. A made it to the airstrip taking down a handful of zombies on the way with my trusty hatchet. It was all a bit too eerie but I pressed on slowly moving from cover to cover trying not to startle any zombies. Across from the airstrip was two hangers and a tall building, I thought they must contain guns or at least a vehicle for me to drive around in. I ran across the airstrip killing a cow on the way then there was a snap a bullet whizzed past me, I took cover behind a burnt out vehicle and press caps lock shouting friendly. Waiting there was nothing but silence. I then typed friendly at the airstrip again there was no reply. I looked around but couldn’t see anyone. Then another shot and I was down. Ending my first life on DayZ.

After a few minutes of messing around in the menu trying to figure out out how to respawn. I spawned just outside of the Balota Airstrip where I had just been killed. I slowly made my way around the far side of the airstrip knowing someone was there. This time I decided only to take things I might actually need to survive, in tche hangers I found a watch, compass, box of matches, soda, tinned food and flares. I made my way into the building in was sure I was shot from this time not talking on the mic or via chat. I used the ladder on the bacnk of the tall  building and inside I found a Hatchet, Makarov Ammo and bandages. I came back down crept around the back of the hangers and followed the road East with my trusty Hatchet in hand.

I soon came to a small petrol station just outside chernogorsk, I was surrounded by Zombies so I had a look around to see a good way into the city. A train track looked like the best way in, I slowly made my way along the tracks and into a industrial building looking around there was nothing useful. I followed the coastline and entered into the town, crossing a road I came to a small shop. Inside I found more food, water and M1911 ammo, i continued to search and on the loading dock i found my first gun an M1911. Continuing into the town I walked closer and closer towards the fire station. I was in ghost mode, trying not to startle any zombies as well as keeping in cover from any other survivors. Getting to the fire station I walked in looking for another gun. Once in the building in started to walk up the stairs I could hear footsteps and groaning. I made my way back out of the building, at the back of the building was a ladder, I climbed it and could still hear movement. I climbed down a second ladder and could see someone waiting at the top of the stairs I had just came up. I pulled out my M1911 ready to kill, I pressed caps lock and said friendly, there was no reply I moved into a corner and typed in chat friendly, again there was nothing. I had to make a decision this guy had an assault rifle and I had a pistol if he wasn’t friendly I was dead anyway. I shot, I couldn’t stop I just kept shooting, I had hit him but only just the window frame took most of my ammo, I now had a guy hunting me with an assault rifle.

I stayed on the roof cowering in the corner with nothing but a Hatchet for defence. My luck had just got worse the guy I had shot at had a friend. I now had two people hunting me and little to no experience in the game. After about 10 minutes of them running around the building and up and down the stairs they made there way out of the fire station taking everything they could carry. I waited little then climbed down and made my way back in hoping they had left some scraps for me to collect there was nothing.

All of a sudden I heard a shot and a voice shouted friendly, two guys rushed into the fire station, following then was around 20 zombies I made a decision to help them in the hope of becoming a companion of there’s, this wasn’t to be. After we had killed most of the zombies more and more came flooding in from all directions. After a long battle we had finally killed them all and so they continued to say friendly I replied yes but unfortunately this whole time my mic volume was on its lowest setting. I typed yes into chat and started to loot the zombies bodies, I was bleeding I moved and put a bandage on but all of a sudden I was down. They had fooled me, lesson learnt don’t trust anyone in DayZ this was the second life down in just one night.

I spawned just outside Chernogorsk where I was fooled and shot, Making my way west back towards my body to hopefully collect my stuff i got lost. I crept in and out of buildings trying to find the fire station, I heard flies the sound made by a dead body and went into a small hotel/hostel. I searched the cafe on the ground floor finding some food and drink and made my way upstairs, the sound of flies on the dead body getting louder there it was a body with a fresh Czech Backpack so i quickly swapped it for my Coyote Patrol. This guy had it all Toolbox, Watch, Binoculars, Hatchet, Box of matches and a hunting knife. I found probably one of the rarest guns you could find on a dead body a M16A2 M203, I continued to search the upstairs finding ammo useless to me 2Rnd Slugs, 2Rnd Pellets, .45 Revolver round and Lee Enfield mags. Moving into the last room they were there the two guys who fooled me, I opened fire only to find I only had a single shot. I turned and ran getting shot at while running, I made my way to a statue in the middle of town and went prone. It was night time I could hardly see infront of me but could just make out the shadows of a few random zombies along with movement in the windows of the building I had just been in a crawled my way out of Chernogorsk and into Prigorodky searched for a little then made my way to a lighthouse just outside of Elekrozavodsk.

It was 12pm and I had been playing for 3 hours so I decided to quit and start again tomorrow, I enjoyed the server and set it as my favorite. Rejoining on Monday night i started where i had left off freezing cold but with all my nice loot.

If you havent played DayZ its probably one of the most additive game i have played matched only by Minecraft.

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PC Build Finished

Ok i cancelled my order with the original company and went with aria.co.uk ordered around 3pm Friday 18th January and received Monday 21st January. I decided to put it together on Tuesday 22nd of January and a PC was born an hour later. I had a few issues with the Power button and reset switch cables as they just reached where they had to go. I was on for almost 4 hours just doing all the updates for Windows 7 as my disk was a release version.

Anyway i can say for a low spec PC its great for gaming and for general use just what i wanted. I spent most of Friday and Saturday downloading games and messing around with all my apps from my old PC.

Yesterday i spent the day with my son and the night in Chernarus (DayZ) i will be blogging about it tonight and have it up tomorrow 🙂

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PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection FTW

It was my birthday in may and as usual I couldn’t decide what I wanted, so I asked for a couple of PSN/SEN vouchers, looking on the PlayStation Store I found myself drawn to the PS+ page more out of curiosity rather then anything else. As I looked through the games on offer I thought to myself you have the credit and although there isn’t much you want that is available there might be in the future. A few weeks later at E3 the instant game collection was announced, seems I had joined at the perfect time.

 

The first games available were:

Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine

Chime Super Deluxe

Darksiders

Renegade Ops

Outland

Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD

InFamous 2

Motorstorm Apocalypse

LittleBigPlanet 2

The great thing is you add them all to your cart and can download any time you wish, as long as you have a PlayStation Plus Subscription.

Between June when the Instant Game Collection and today there has been 3 games changed every month the other free games have been.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Lara Croft & The Guardian Of Light

Saints Row 2

Dead Space 2

Rock Of Ages

Just Cause 2

Borderlands

Retro Grade

Red Dead Redemption

Machinarium

Scott Pilgrim Vs The World

Double Dragon Neon

Starhawk (Single Play Campaign)

Hell Yeah! Wrath of Dead Rabbit

Bulletstorm

Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition

Crysis 2 (Free to PS+ in November)

All of the above have been or are currently free to PS+ users in the UK, the value is well over the £39.99 that PlayStation Plus costs and with 3 more games each month is great value for money.

Other features of PS+ include automatic update, which requires your system to be on standby constantly and will turn on and off to update, 1GB of online saves storage and discounts every week.

Are you a PlayStation Plus user, have I missed anything above? Are you interested in becoming a PlayStation Plus user but but feel there is value to you, leave a comment below.

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When Lag Strikes

The number one enemy for any online gamers is lag, this seems to be the consensus between everyone. Casual gamers probably don’t mind lag as there casual gamers but for regular gamers its the bane of your night. Although its not the end of the world, it sometimes feels like it is. Your having a perfect game a few people join and within seconds the game is over and your team has lost. This happened to me last night while I was playing Ghost Recon Future Soldier with a friend. The thing is last night the problem was from the start to finish. We both seemed to be affected by it but I couldn’t help and think after the fourth host migration everyone must be feeling this. I soon thought I must be wrong watching the kill cam replays I was getting shot from two foot from either side and getting one shot killed. I constantly found myself chasing people with my silenced smg shooting them for a few seconds only for them to turn around and one shot kill me :-\ go figure. The majority of the players were American and I think this was the main problem as I’m in the UK, one guy seemed to be having the game of his life 30 kills to 3 deaths. I also found that most of the time a was running into the opposition and before i pulled the trigger i was dead and the kill cam showed me getting shot before going around the corner or even sometimes getting shot through cover.

Ghost Recon Future Soldier like most multiplayer games uses a P2P multiplayer system so we are all connected via each others connections they will them implement a slow down to the host and each player individually so the speeds are matched accordingly. This system in my eyes has never worked and causes more problems then anything else. A triple A title should have its own servers so everyone is connected via a central hub and the latency constantly monitored and changed to make everyone’s connection equal. Doing this will stop most lag and keep all gamers happy. The reason it needs monitored is no one’s connection is 100% stable and if someone in the house starts watching YouTube video’s it will slow the connection causing lag but if it’s monitored and everyone else’s changed it should keep the game flowing smoothly. The other thing is localisation if I’m in the UK let me play with others in the UK or give me an option to only play with people in my local CoD MW2 had this option and I loved it as I never noticed much lag and if I did it was only for a few seconds which suited me fine.

Does lag ruin your gaming nights, or do you think its a crap gamers excuse? Comment below.

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Medal Of Honor: Warfighter ßeta My First Impressions

Well I’ve only had a couple of games on this and to be honest the first game I played I was disappointed but the second I actually had sone fun. The ßeta is only one map and one game mode called Hot spot the players attack and defend randomly selected locations on the Sarajevo Stadium in Bosnia. Firstly the menu seems slow and sluggish, this really does need improved but as it’s a ßeta its not a finished game it may be different in the full game. Graphics wise I was expecting MoH 2010 and it’s no where near as good, it’s graphically on par with most CoD games. The main in-game  HUD is very busy and there is far too much information taking up too much of the screen, the ammo and map should/could be half the size, also the kill cycle takes up around 30% from the left of the screen and is very off putting. My first game was as I said above was disappointing, I’m not sure if it was due to my over expectations. After a few more games I thought this isn’t half bad, I unlocked 3 more classes/soldiers but unfortunately I spent a good 20 minutes trying to figure out how to use as I quit to the menu to try them, they were still showing locked. Don’t think I have any gun unlocks yet but as the menu is so non user friendly I’m unable to see what’s new :-\ although it does show I have something unlocked. It plays very well and is more fast paced then EA’s flagship game BF3, also as most people will say it’s got a more CoD like feel. I find the hip fire to be very poor and as it takes a while to ADS you sometimes get killed before you have time to aim. After a few rounds you soon get used to it and can choose when it’s best to fire from the hip or go for the ADS shots. It has the usual primary to secondary switch speed as most games. Although a few videos on YouTube say there’s no real physical problems like falling through maps or getting stuck I seem to have managed to find a few places where I got stuck.

I found MoH 2010 to be similar in the way that at first it was hard to play and not very enjoyable but after a short amount of time playing it was easier and I found the game to be better to my then favourite Battlefield Bad Company 2.

Have you had a chance to play? What’s your thoughts, please comment below.

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Time for some single player games

After a few months/years of playing mainly online games, with the habit of playing single player now and again, I decided on Sunday that I would actually play and finish a single player game. Now as I have just spent £40 on Battlefield 3 Premium I chose that game.

If I’m going to play a single player game, I always check the Trophies/Achievements, if you need to finish the game on Hard why start it on easy. I also see if there are any mission trophies/achievements too and Battlefield 3 is full of them, some hard and some easy.

 I kicked it off Monday afternoon with a fresh game on hard, I got stuck on Operation Guillotine L there seemed to be an objective I couldn’t do, well after numerous restarts and load last checkpoint, I ended up rushing past the objective and got stuck again L further into the game. Well I called it a day and on Tuesday started from where I got stuck, luckily I got past the part I got stuck on. Well last night I got up to the second last mission and I’m currently trying to get the headshot the wooden target trophies.

 As I mainly play multiplayer I never really thought of the story line for Battlefield 3 until playing it, to be totally honest it’s a bit of a muddle you’re here one minute, there the next, and at some point you’re in the middle. That said I’m following the story and it’s not bad, it’s not the best but it’s keeping me in the game and that what the story line of a game should do.

 After playing this I have decided to try and concentrate more on single player and a little less on multiplayer, I have about 6 games I have either never played or have finished the first mission then only played multiplayer.  

 After paying £80 in total for the game and the add on I can tell you I’m happy, and I still have 3 DLC to get later this year and next.

 The only thing I’m left thinking now is what to play next?

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