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How to get the collector’s edition from Amazon while it’s out of stock
1: Have chrome or firefox installed.
2: Get this addon for firefox http://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/imacros-for-firefox/ or this addon for chrome http://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/cplklnmnlbnpmjogncfgfijoopmnlemp
3: Go to any item on amazon or your account settings, and make sure 1-click ordering is turned on.
4: Open iMacro and press record, and then press stop. It should make #Current.iim appear in the list of macros. Right click on it and press edit and then copy what is below into the script.
VERSION BUILD=7401110 RECORDER=FX
SET !ERRORIGNORE YES
TAB T=1
WAIT SECONDS=7.5
TAG POS=1 TYPE=INPUT:IMAGE FORM=ID:handleBuy ATTR=ID:oneClickBuyButton
WAIT SECONDS=7.5
REFRESH
5: Go to the Diablo 3 collectors edition amazon page, and set imacro to loop 99999 times on the above script. Make sure it’s the first tab.
This will refresh the page every 15 seconds and click the 1-click ordering button if it’s in stock. Once your order is successful it will keep refreshing the order confirmation page, you wont buy multiple copies.

Refresher course of what diablo is about

Diablo 3 – the basics

Make sure to uninstall the diablo 3 beta client

Remember to create your battletag now by logging in to your battle.net account

download link for diablo 3 installer.. it will unlock 8:00 AM PDT on May 14 http://us.media.battle.net.edgesuite.net/downloads/d3-installers/589acdb4-c660-318a-b993-01528fad7da6/Diablo-III-8370-enUS-Installer-downloader.exe

D3 CPU Benchmarks http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/diablo-iii-performance-benchmark,3195.html

Make sure to prepare your PC, do all the usual stuff like clearing hard drive space, defragging, downloading the latest drivers for your video card and possibly some voodoo to improve your internet connection.

Don’t forget to visit the game’s official website so you can use the skill calculator and check out the progression for each class as well

When eating cheetos or any other junk food during your marathon gaming session, put them in a bowl and use chopsticks so you don’t have to wash your hands after finishing them.

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Toy Soldiers: Cold War Review

Posted: August 22, 2011 in games

Toy Soldiers: Cold War is the last offering from Xbox 360’s Summer of Arcade, featuring such awesome games as Bastion, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet and to a lesser extent Fruit Ninja Kinect. I wasn’t able to play the original Toy Soldiers game but when I saw TS:CW’s core gameplay, and being the huge tower defense fan that I am, I immediately bought it when it was launched last week.

So basically Toy Soldiers: Cold War is a tower defense game set during the World War II era, but unlike most tower defense games the amount of towers you can use in a game is very limited but more importantly you can control a single tower any time you please.

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Bastion Review

Posted: August 10, 2011 in games


Sony might have the leg up on Microsoft with it’s first party lineup for 2011 but the 360 is definitely way ahead of the PS3 with it’s downloadable offerings. One of the first games to come out in this year’s summer of arcade is a game called Bastion, which was released last July 20, 2011.

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Get the demo for Heavy Rain right now!

Posted: February 6, 2010 in games

 

After MAG the next big PS3 exclusive is Heavy Rain which is going to be available on Feb 23, 2010.  The demo is set to be released on Feb. 11 but it turns out you can already download the demo if you succeed in the Heavy Rain Four Days Challenge.

If you wanna get the demo now follow these instructions:

1) Head on over to this site  for US players and this site for PAL players in order to register.

2) After registering login here in order to participate in the challenge.

3) If you wanna play the game and wait for the email instructions then stop reading, else continue to number 4.

4) The correct choices are:

a) Coffee Shop C “Diner”

b) short cigarette – click on cigarette butts and choose 1117/B

c) 1117E The origami bird – well duh he’s the origami killer and finally

d) Tyre Tracks – click on tyre prints and choose 1117H the ones that seems to be  an import.

5) Input your code under account management -> redeem codes in the PS3 XMB.

6) Download the game demo (roughly 1.4 GB) then turn off the lights and enjoy your Heavy Rain demo!

Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time

I’m choosing this game as my first review of the year for a few reasons:

1) Nobody needs to do another Uncharted 2 review we all know its awesome, all I’m gonna say about that game is its the best game I’ve played in 2009 and I actually feel honored to have played such a masterpiece.

2) RnC:ACiT isn’t selling well, at least based on the NPD results on its release so I thought I might shine the spotlight on this gem that gets snubbed because of the triple A fall titles. It’s kinda like Demon Souls, anyone who plays it gives it two thumbs up but unlike Demon Souls, RnC:ACiT doesn’t get the support of the hardcore because its ‘too easy.’

3) This is the first game I finished for 2010 and like most gamers I put off buying this game to make way for Uncharted 2, Modern Warfare 2, Assassin’s Creed 2 and even GoW: Collection.

4) I feel that this is a great recommendation because it caters to a wide audience. If you’re a hardcore gamer you might be a bit tired from all the gory action you get from all the shooters or beat em ups that have come out almost every other week for the past few months. And if your a casual player, you’ll appreciate the great cartoony graphics this game offers and a learning curve that even my six year old niece can handle.

So I’m writing this in hopes that more people at least rent the game if not buy it. Naughty Dog is getting accolades left and right for UC 2 and it is definitely well-deserved but Insomniac deserves some recognition too! With the way the economy is, a studio’s track record might not a whole lot if their current release tanks, so support Insomniac so that we can get Resistance 3 this year and possibly a new IP by next year!

This game is purrty!REVIEW

The story picks off where Tools of Destruction left off or more accurately Quest for Booty, Ratchet is still searching for Clank and if you’ve never played the two games I just mentioned you can still pick this game up because the intro (install) interview with Quark will help you get up to speed story-wise.

Clank Gameplay: Puzzle Galore!

The game starts off real well by putting you in Clank’s shoes and then after you finish that level you get to control Ratchet. This is really good game design because you’ll never get bored doing one thing, the gameplay changes drastically between Ratchet and Clank’s segments. Ratchet offers you the classic gameplay we all know and love, run around killing weird looking aliens with weird looking guns and a few platforming elements now and then, but mostly its run and gun. Clank’s segments are where most of the new things come from, like ToD its platform heavy and you get to control time (limited compared to ToD) but the new puzzles are really cool. You get to solve puzzles where you have to record multiple copies of yourself to perform several tasks at a time (my most favorite addition to the game), and once you get your staff you also get to fix time anomalies on planets. To sum up the differences, with Ratchet and his wrench you mostly destroy stuff while Clank uses his staff to fix things that are broken.

Once you get Aphelion fixed you’ll now be able to upgrade her everytime you collect 3 zonis, you know those weird flying gremlins that used to help Clank control time. This is a really nice addition to the game because we all love to upgrade stuff however I feel that its impact isn’t as good as it could have been due to the lackluster space battles. This ‘improved’ version of Ratchet’s travel from planet to planet is definitely more robust compared to the previous game and its nice to be able to move around more in space but the space battles are so boring. I loved the hectic space battles in Tools of Destruction it felt like a was playing a really pretty 3D version of Gladius, but in ACiT the more powerful weapon upgrades for your ship falls flat because the battles are too easy and repetitive, even the boss battles didn’t feel challenging. This is probably my only complaint and by the last galaxies I was just running away from enemies because I didn’t feel the need to deal with them anymore.

But its not all boring space battles,Oh hi there Aphelion. galaxies also offer mini adventures ala Mario Galaxies where you can land on a planetoid for different challenges in order to get gold bolts, zonis or weapon upgrades.  This was a welcome addition to the game, the planetoids vary enough, from killing all enemies to solving puzzles that you don’t get bored completing all of them and their short enough that they don’t stray you away from the main story too much.

Any fan of the series knows that weapons are one of the things that make or break a Ratchet and Clank game. You’ll be pleased to know that there are a lot of weapons, old favorites like the Negotiator and Buzz Blades make a return but you’ll also have new weapons like the Sonic Eruptor at your disposal. And even if you’re new to the game you’ll never be overwhelmed because you’ll be treated to a cool instruction video whenever you purchase a weapon. There are three constructo weapons that you get, Bomb, Pistol and Shotgun and these are fully customisable weapons that you.. uhm, customize by whenever you find constructo mods. I really like this new feature because any particular mod you apply really changes the way you use a weapon and its performance. However I do miss the old upgrade system from Tools of Destruction where you spend raritarium in order to upgrade weapons and you get a special attribute as a last upgrade. I wish this way of upgrading was still present for other non-constructo weapons on top of the traditional levelling mechanic by using them. I was kinda sad that my favorite nano-swarmers didn’t return, but I do like most of the weapons this time except for the Tesla Spikes which I didn’t even get to max level and the RyNo V, which is not worth getting in my opinion but you’ll probably get it anyway. Some gadgets also got promoted to being weapons, so remember to use them a lot so that they get upgraded as well.

You’ll also get a few items that’ll help you with platforming elements Ratchet-wise the omnisoaker replaces the gelanator and the best item is of course the hoverboots. Once you’re comfortable with its use, the hoverboots will make it a lot easier to travel and they help a lot when you’re trying to catch zoni’s that run from you. However, a lot of my deaths did come from sharp turns on planetoids where you need to use the hoverboots to go from platform to platform, but thats ok it wasn’t THAT frustrating.

As for the graphics, its a PS3 exclusive and Insomniac knows the hardware well, it looks better than Tools of Destruction and the animation from destroying crates to enemies’ movements all look great. The cutscenes are georgious and the environments really come alive, each planet feels distinct from the next and floor on Clank’s subconscious levels is pretty mind-blowing. My only issue with the graphics were with the lighting, some of the shading seemed to tear up a lot in areas like the arena.

Story-wise this game feels a bit more mature because it deals more with both Ratchet and Clank’s past than before. The story actually drives the gameplay because you spend most of your time playing Ratchet and Clank separately, this allows us to explore their character individually which of course makes us more invested in how the story turns out. Ratchet tries to find Clank while also possibly reuniting himself with the rest of the Lombaxes while Clank’s interesting past is revealed through the Great Clock. The jokes don’t always get a good laugh but they maintain a light-hearted feel throughout the whole game. Twists are easy to predict but one thing I wasn’t sure of while I was playing was whether or not the game will end with Ratchet and Clank still going on adventures together, and I won’t spoil it for you don’t worry.

Yup, Nefarious has that effect on people

Overall this game is a must buy in my book because it delivers on all fronts, gameplay, graphics, story you name it! I do recognize the criticism that this game is more of the same but its a freakin’ sequel what did you expect?! It has enough new things in it that the game stands well on its own but of course it has to give a nod to the series. I hate hearing words like ‘this game won’t reinvent the wheel’ on reviews because it just doesn’t make sense to use it on a sequel. Sure I like innovation but I’ll leave that to new IP’s, I’d rather have a consistenly good and improving series rather than one that keeps experimenting and failing to build a fan-base.

If by more of the same you mean having fun, then yeah its more of the same.

And if you’re don’t want to read all the details here are my scores:

Gameplay – 9.8

Story – 8.5

Graphics – 9

Now if you’ll excuse me, I gotta go back to playing so I can get my first platinum trophy!

 

 

 

 

How to buy PSN games from the US

Posted: January 16, 2010 in games

Obviously this guide is for people like me who live outside of the United States and can’t enjoy all the latest stuff the PSN has to offer. Europe’s PSN is actually on par with the US but the south-east asia PSN is severely gimped, we don’t even have Shatter! If you have access to the US PSN you can download the latest demos, subscribe to Qore and even download game videos like some Uncharted 2 interviews that weren’t even on the game CD. So here are some steps in order to access the US PSN.

The only reason to subscribe to Qore.

 

1. The first step is to register a US account over at the US Playstation site. I thought of doing this because I purchased the GoW collection and the code for GoW III’s demo wouldn’t work on the Asian PSN.

US Release Date July 23,2009, its already 2010 and its still not available on the Asian PSN!

2. Now here’s a nice little tip, when you’re thinking of your imaginary house in the US, try to pick out a state address that has no online sales tax e.g. pick Connecticut over New York. Doing this will save you a few bucks whenever you need to purchase PSN content.

3. All you have to do now is get yourself a US PSN top-up card load money into your wallet. If your lucky enough to have stores that actually sell US PSN cards then by all means use them but if you don’t know where to get em might I suggest maximus cards I’ve bought all but my first US PSN cards from this site and their service is extremely reliable. They offer a lot of game cards including XBLA and iTunes but I’ve only used them for PSN stuff so far. Their rates are a bit steep, but hey if you wanna play games like Matt Hazzard: Blood Bath and Beyond the same day it gets released in the US you have to pay a fee.

Maximus rates are as follows:

  • PSN $10 = $12.49
  • PSN $20 = $24.95
  • PSN $50 = $58.95

and if you wanna do this same technique to get access to the French PSN the rates are:

  • French PSN Card 20 EURO = $ 29.99
  • French PSN Card 50 EURO = $ 64.99

4. Once you get the codes sent to your email just login to your US account and load that amount into your wallet to buy the games you want.

Hope this was helpful, I’ve been using this method to build up my songs collection in Guitar Hero 5 as well! Post a comment or a suggestion if you have sites that offer US cards at a lower rate.

 

 

Whats better than one Starcraft 2 games? How about, THREE Starcraft 2 games!

Fans were stunned when Blizzard made the announcement that we wont be getting the next Starcraft game in one package and instead will be released as three separate expansions, so thats one for each race. The 3 expansions, according to release, will be Wings of Liberty (Terran), Heart of the Swarm (Zerg), and Legacy of the Void (Protoss). Blizzard VP of Game Development Rob Pardo explained that separate expansions will allow for more in-depth and longer campaigns for each race rather than a truncated version that would occur with a single release. This news of course has gotten mixed reactions from the community, on one side, people like me who trust Blizz are happy that were actually getting enough content, I mean when Blizzard really feels like their game truely is on an epic scale they really do something about it. This move to me is the only thing Blizzard can do short of actually releasing an mmorpg for Starcraft (but there have been rumors that Universe of Starcraft is in development already).  And on one hand some fans feel that this along with the announcement of a Battle.net 2.0 with paid subscription is just Blizzard’s way of squeezing every bit of revenue they can from gamers. Also fans who have specific races that they want to play are also upset by this news.

Blizz shows wizard class in Diablo 3

Check out more info and videos of the wizard class here.

World of Warcraft

  • WoW will have paid customizations options, however details weren’t announced
  • Warcraft IV may still come out.. in the next 5 to 10 years
  • WoW might put Pandarens in the game, however Blizzard is hesitant because it may ‘upset’ the Chinese market
  • You’re mounts will learn how to swim
  • Blizzcon goodie bags are now available on eBay