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Checkpoint: X-mas Holiday Gaming Edition

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Christmas came and went and so did Boxing Day. I did not buy any new games aside from Torchlight from Steam for a measly $5. I don’t know when I’ll get to that since I’ve been playing a bunch of other stuff.

I finished Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time earlier this week. It’s easily the best Ratchet & Clank game I’ve played and the best Insomniac game on the PlayStation 3. I’m just about done with the review which I will be posting on Monday for those who are interested.

I wanted to focus on Assassin’s Creed 2, but it seems like there’s a whole lot of game for my brother to go through. So instead of buying another copy or waiting my turn, I started the God of War: Collection as well. God of War’s gameplay still holds up and the 720p resolution and silky smooth 60 frames per second makes it easier than ever to pick up and play for newcomers. If God of War looks this good, I can’t wait to see God of War II.

I’ve also made a bit more progress with PixelJunk Shooter. I was considering playing it solo, but then we tried co-op and realized how fast an efficient we could complete the game. So now we’re going to perfect the entire game via co-op.

Of course I’ve been appreciating Modern Warfare 2 with its new batch of new players. I have yet to reach level 70 though. I’m still focusing on Killstreak reward emblems. I can’t believe how addicting unlocking titles and emblems can be. Damn, Infinity Ward and their genius copying of Street Fighter IV.

Lastly, I’ve given Uncharted 2‘s multiplayer some love. The latest patch reduced load times and improved matchmaking considerably. Kudos to Naughty Dog and their continued dedication!

That’s it for now. Next week’s Checkpoint will most likely be the Game of the Year one. I will also be making a “Deal of the Year” post highlighting the best gaming deals of 2009. It should be fun.

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