Checkpoint: New Host Edition

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It took longer than expected but QSF5 is now officially moved to a new host. Now let’s get back to your regularly scheduled nonsense.

I wrapped up The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between World. I’ll be writing up my thoughts on that game after my Killzone: Shadow Fall review but here’s a hint: it’s on my top 10 of 2013.

What have I been playing as of late? I started Call of Duty: Ghosts which, if you can believe it, a surprisingly fun experience in spots. I think it has something to do with Killzone: Shadow Fall setting my expectations so low. I’ve also been switching into Resogun on a regular basis after finding new life in the game with the included Trophies.

As for what’s next? It’s Super Mario 3D World which many have already deemed one of the best of 2013. It’s the palette cleanser that I need after all this first person shootin’.

Checkpoint: Break in the Action 2012 Edition

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I’m I between games at the moment. I wrapped up Final Fantasy XIII-2 and thoroughly enjoyed Journey (review of that in a few days). And now I have a lull to fill. Since I took advantage of a Call of Duty: Black Ops II promo, I decided to mop up the remaining BLOPS trophies and replay the campaign. I doubt there are any substantial links back to this game, but it is worth replaying because it’s just a COD campaign. It is still a fun romp despite Mason’s awkward voice acting.

The setting still piques my interest and they do a good job with the pacing so that it isn’t just non-stop action. Most importantly, though: they do a fantastic job framing each mission. That is the key differentiator between Black Ops and Modern Warfare 3 for me — I’ve bought into the numbers and Cold War sleeper agent set up.

Why lies beyond this lull? Halo 4 lands on Tuesday. I’m looking forward to it. The first non-Bungie Halo game seems competent under the direction of 343. I’m specifically interested with how the new game engine pans out.

Checkpoint: End of Summer 2012 Vacation Edition

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I chose a pretty good week to not be at work. It freed up a lot of time to witness some amazing feats live but also to sit around and wait for phone calls.

XXX Olympiad

I spent the last week or so watching a bunch of Olympics coverage. Not much during primetime but live. Watching Usain Bolt & the Jamaicans win the 100m, 200m and 4 x 400m live were my personal highlights.

Mars Science Laboratory’s Curiosity Landing

All we were able to witness were the reactions of the experts over at command center but their elation was more than enough realize what feat this was for mankind. Landing the car-sized was immensely complex but it was successful. In fact, the Mars Curiosity has already produced some amazing high resolution color photos.

I can’t wait to see what else the rover sends back.

Not So Amazing

Not so amazing this week were my brushes with customer service representatives. They’re quick to serve and sell you things but slow to react when it comes to post-sale customer support.

I was hoping to wrap up any customer support related affairs during my week off but none of it panned out. Furniture stores and home builders are such clods.

With Nier done, I’ve gone back to Uncharted 3 to wrap up some trophies. I should have a Nier review by Wednesday but it’s a weird game to review because it’s all over the place.

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