Archive for January, 2012

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

Posted in Games, PS3 with tags , , on 29/01/2012 by arthur1977

I downloaded the Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning demo and enjoyed completing it.

It’s a great demo and gives you a nice little introduction to the game. The graphics are sharp and bright and kind of remind me of World of Warcraft in art design. The combat let’s you switch from your primary and secondary weapons as well as magic seamlessly which adds to the fun of combat. There is a nice amount of character customization allowing you to personalize your avatar. The introduction to the story is solid and does not over do it with too much instruction or information.

On the down side there were some graphical glitches while I played the demo. I have faith that they will be solved by the time the game is released.

Playing this demo has really opened my eyes to this game. I will not be getting it when it is released in a week and a bit but that is due to SWTOR and my 60 days of game time left. However It will be one of my first pick ups when I inevitably cancel my subscription.

Next up (time permitting) is the Final Fantasy XIII – 2 demo.

All the best everyone!


Dungeons & Such

Posted in Games with tags , , on 24/01/2012 by arthur1977

I am addicted to this game. It’s probably the sole reason I have not blogged this week!

It’s a dungeon crawler where you work your way down floor buy floor trying to save the Princess. You can build you character any way you want by increasing different attributes when you level (Strength, Agility, and Intelligence). How you decide play your dungeon crawler also determines what weapons, armor, skill and spells they can use.

I played thought the lite version of this game as an agile fighter focused on dodging blows rather then absorbing the damage. Since then I have gotten a strength fighter with heave arms and armor to level 30 before starting over again as a Mage (currently level 57).

If you like a good old fashion dungeon crawler pick up Dungeon & Such Lite, or just drop the 3$ and get the fully version (it’s well worth it).


Republic vs. Empire

Posted in SWTOR with tags , , , on 15/01/2012 by arthur1977

I have been exploring both sides of conflict in Star Wars: The Old Republic. I now have a Level 13 Scoundrel (Healing) and a level 12 Sith Sorcerer (DPS).

I have enjoyed playing my Sorcerer a little more than my Scoundrel because I have been partying with my cousin (a level 27 Bounty Hunter). We ran “The Black Talon” last time we were on and I really enjoyed the experience. I am use to the style of play with the Sorcerer because I normally play Mage or long range DPS classes in MMO’s.

As for my Scoundrel, the class story is very interesting. I generally do not play short range DPS / Healers so I am just getting use to this style of play. This guy is in a guild with friends from back when I played SWG, the problem is that on average I am 20 levels behind then so grouping has been difficult.

Soon I might have to make a big choice. I don’t have a lot of free time to play so to get one character to max level I have to pick. The one bonus is that my cousin might be willing to roll a character on my Scoundrel’s server.

Hmmmm… Purple Lightning or Blasters and Medpacks…..

Its going to be a tough decision! What side do you prefer?

SWTOR Podcasts

Posted in SWTOR with tags , , on 10/01/2012 by arthur1977

Well as it turned out I did stay home Friday night and the rest of the weekend because my family got hit with a nasty little bug.  Luckily all of us were over it by Monday night and things have returned to normal.  I used my forced down time over the weekend to get caught up on some podcasts that had been falling behind on, mainly the three Star Wars: The Old Republic ones.

Here are the three I listen to:



Darth Hater






The Instance: The Old Republic






MMO Reporter: Star Wars: The Old Republic



If you have any other suggestions about other podcasts that you think people should listen to please leave a comment and share your opinion.

Now its time to try to get my Scoundrels space ship back!

Level 10, Decision time!

Posted in SWTOR with tags , , on 05/01/2012 by arthur1977

Gunslinger or Scoundrel?

Monster DPS or Healer / Stealth / Support DPS?

Well I finally made it to level 10 with my newly minted Smuggler last night and soon it will be decision time. I am still working my way through the beginner world so there is no rush on the decision between my advanced class options. I am strongly leaning towards the Scoundrel for its multipurpose usefulness, even though I love playing DPS classes (usually Ranged/Magic users). The thought of being able to heal, stealth, and cause some damage in this case is just to appealing to turn down, and I also think will help make me more valuable in a group.

I am really enjoying playing Star Wars: The Old Republic, almost to the point where I was tempted on canceling plans for Friday night just to run with my guild mates to fight some world bosses (I still might be a little low for that though). For a MMO this game so far has done a really good job building an interesting story as it teaches you about the game. I am looking forward to grouping with some people soon to try the Heroic 2+ quests that are on the beginning planet then head out to explore the rest of the vast universe BioWare has created.

2011 in review: Thanks to everyone who stopped by!

Posted in Life with tags , , on 04/01/2012 by arthur1977

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,000 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Happy New Year!!

Posted in Life with tags on 01/01/2012 by arthur1977

I just wanted to wish everyone a safe and Happy New Year!!