Game of the Year 2013 Day 3 of 3

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Here we go, my favorite soundtrack, the best 2012 game I played in 2103 and my top 10 games of 2013 are here.

Please enjoy!

Best Soundtrack of 2013

Winner: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

I’m still finding myself humming tunes from the 3DS game. It’s a mark of a fantastic soundtrack if it manages to burrow itself deep into my brain. Every time I recall that Lorule theme, I want to pick up my 3DS and revisit that game.

Runner ups: FarCry 3: Blood Dragon, Guacamelee

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Checkpoint: Extra Long Weekend Edition

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It’s been awhile since I had some time off. I took an extra day (May 21st) so I could just do nothing.

I wish I had a weekend project to work on but the one thing I want to work on (new home server) isn’t possible at the moment. So what will I do? I already spent a day at a wedding and I suspect one of these days will be spent charring meats.

The game(s) of the weekend will probably be God of War: Ascension and Mechwarrior: Online sprinkled with some Luigi’s Mansion 2.

I guess I’ll continue working on my Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon review and perhaps that Unreal Engine 3 feature.

You know what? It may also just be filled with Star Trek: TNG episodes. The important thing is I’m earning money and not working.

Checkpoint: Certified Linux Admin Edition

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I’m now a Red Hat Certified System Administrator. It wasn’t something I sought out; I was offered the opportunity and said: why not? Even after this first certification (going to take the RHCSE in a week) I’m still not a big fan of Linux in a role other than server.

User friendliness and compatibility with games I care about is a big road block for me. Red Hat, Fedora and CentOS distributions are just not very user friendly. Ubuntu is superior in the friendliness department but it too doesn’t supplant Windows or Mac OS X in my books. As for game compatibility? That’s a huge issue at the moment — even id Software who were big supporters of Linux in the past didn’t release a version of RAGE on Linux. If I were to pick a Unix based OS to switchover to, I would choose Mac OS X. At least Apple’s operating system is actually on the radar of high profile game developers.

I haven’t incorporated a Linux distribution into my home network and I don’t have any plans to do so. If/when I go through with my VMWare project, I’m planning to run it with FreeNAS, Mac OS X and Windows Server 2012 but since Plex Media Server is working so well with Windows Server 2012, I don’t know if that’s going to happen any time soon.

I just finished the last level of Rayman: Origins but I’m not 100% done with the game. It’s one of those titles that I’m going to 100%. I have Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, God of War: Ascension, Tomb Raider and a copy of BioShock: Infinite coming but I’m still playing Rayman.

Oh and Mechwarrior: Online. I can’t put that down either.

Mechwarrior Online Report #2

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My interest in Mechwarrior Online has not faded which is a good sign. The developers continue to improve all areas of the game with overhauled user interfaces and balance tweaks.

Bring in the Mercenary Playlist

I’ve played to the point where I can immediately pick out the outcome of a match within the first 20 seconds. The lack of quality matchmaking and the inclusion of groups within the mix of individuals makes for many lopsided games.

They should borrow a feature from the Call of Duty games and create a “Mercenary” playlist which does not allow premade teams. It would not alleviate all of the matchmaking issues but it is a giant step forward in my opinion.

Beginner’s Zone?

Again borrowing from Call of Duty: Black Ops II, the developers should consider creating an area for new comers. It may not always be populated with new comers but perhaps it could be skewed towards bundling new comers with other new comers.

Improve the Night

I don’t mind the poorly lit night time maps but they should improve the night vision and thermal imaging views. Night vision is oddly bright and thermal imaging is far too blurry. Even after all this time I sometimes become disoriented in the heat of battle.

So Far So Very Good

Other than those items above and tough initial learning curve, Mechwarrior Online is great. A strong foundation keeps players and if they manage iron out all the issues in the periphery, I’m sure they’ll be able to draw more players in.

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