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Vic B’Stard’s week in review: Xbox Live and Windows 8

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Microsoft finally sort their act out!

So I finally sorted out a tech issue that I’ve been living with for nearly seven years.

The UK launch of the Xbox 360 happened just before I moved to New Zealand. Buying a new console to drag half-way around the world was the last thing on my mind. So I waited for the ANZ Xbox 360 launch and picked one up at the midnight launch in Auckland. Continue reading Vic B’Stard’s week in review: Xbox Live and Windows 8

Vic B’Stard’s week in review: Tomb Raider, Metal Gear Rising Revengence and SimCity

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Secret Squirrel!

Holy shit, I’ve been biting my tongue all week. I got an email last week from Square Enix’s Australian reps telling me that I could pick up a copy of the new Tomb Raider game as long as I don’t speak a word about it to anyone until 26th February.

I’ve finish the game and the verdict is… well…check out my review either here on the pages of State of Play or over at Shane the Gamer, here. Continue reading Vic B’Stard’s week in review: Tomb Raider, Metal Gear Rising Revengence and SimCity

Vic B’Stard’s week in review: more on the new PC, SimCity, Arma 2, Planetside 2 and Hitman: Absolution (again)! **UPDATED**

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Did you miss me?

Welcome to a massive “week in review”, which should really be called “the year so far”. A mixture of recovering after the pre-Christmas period and tidying up other writing jobs has left me with little time to shoot the shit on VicBStard.com (formerly known as stateofplay.co.nz). So, my apologies all round.*

One of the great things about building a new PC is deciding what to re-install on it. Continue reading Vic B’Stard’s week in review: more on the new PC, SimCity, Arma 2, Planetside 2 and Hitman: Absolution (again)! **UPDATED**

EA’s SimCity beta goes live on 26th January, applications open now!

 

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The king of city builders returns!

Sim City, oh how I’ve missed you.

Sure we’ve had some pretenders trying to fill the city building void since 2003’s Sim City 4. We’ve had the the fun to play, but hellishly unoptimised Cities 2011/2012 and then there was EA’s own awful Sim City/The Sims hybrid Sim City Societies.

In 2013 the king of city builders returns with the simply monikered SimCity. Continue reading EA’s SimCity beta goes live on 26th January, applications open now!

Vic B’Stard’s State of Play: a post-christmas PC upgrade

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New year, new PC

Well I’m back again after the Christmas break and some much-needed rest. The last six months has been a roller coaster ride that saw me moving across the Tasman, from New Zealand to Australia, and yet again just before Christmas to a leafy suburb of Sydney.

I’ve also introduced myself to the local video game publishing circuit, resulting in copious preview invites and being inundated with game review opportunities, which have been published on the Game Console pages of Techday.com, www.shanethegamer.com and the pages of this site.

I’ve spent the holiday mopping up the likes of Assassin’s Creed 3 and Far Cry 3, as well as enjoying the budget delights of Valve’s annual Christmas Steam sale. I’ve also started the transition of Vic B’Stard’s State of Play from the NZ focused www.stateofplay.co.nz to the more global www.vicbstard.com. You can reach the site using either URL, but expect the a bit of re-branding in the future. Continue reading Vic B’Stard’s State of Play: a post-christmas PC upgrade

Vic B’Stard’s week in review Assassin’s Creed 3, Need for Speed Most Wanted, Halo 4, Hitman Absolution and F1 Race Stars

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The furious and the fast

Last week I finally put my reviews for Medal of Honor Warfighter and Assassin’s Creed III to bed. As I mentioned last time, both games got a bit of a roasting by the media, with Assassin’s Creed III coming away only slightly singed and Medal of Honor Warfighter getting burnt to a crisp.

It was a shame really. I awarded Medal of Honor Warfighter a decent 75% in my review on Shane the Gamer. The game was good, if uninspired, modern warfare first person shooter. The game’s comparison in other reviews to the iffy Medal of Honor Airborne were total bollocks. Even I couldn’t bring myself to finish Airborne. Continue reading Vic B’Stard’s week in review Assassin’s Creed 3, Need for Speed Most Wanted, Halo 4, Hitman Absolution and F1 Race Stars

Vic B’Stard’s week in review: Assassin’s Creed 3 and Medal of Honor Warfighter

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Expectations and disappointment

I‘m currently reviewing two of the year’s triple-A titles, both of which seem to be garnering some negative press.

EA Games’ Medal of Honor Warfighter continues the series modern combat setting from 2010’s rebooted Medal of Honor. The follows the exploits of a group of elite “Tier 1” special forces operatives as they travel around the world searching for a terrorist leader known only as The Cleric. Their investigations take them to various combat hot-spot each of which ends up in a shoot-out. Continue reading Vic B’Stard’s week in review: Assassin’s Creed 3 and Medal of Honor Warfighter

Vic B’Stard’s week in review Dishonored, Doom 3, Medal of Honor Warfighter, Prometheus 3D and Avatar 3D.

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Game on!

So I’ve finally finished Assassin’s Creed Revelations to the point that I can feel comfortable embarking on Assassin’s Creed III.  A review is copy coming my way, but I intend on savoring the experience this time, so expect a review…just not straight away.

Assassin’s Creed III and Far Cry 3 are the two games that I’m actually up for purchasing on day one during the pre-Christmas release schedule. And, to that end, I’ve secured myself a copy of the posh Assassin’s Creed III Freedom Edition from my local EB Games. Expect a detailed unboxing article very soon. At the same time I’ll be dropping some cash to secure an Insane Edition of Ubisoft’s other triple-A game, Far Cry 3 which I’ll be out at the end of November. Continue reading Vic B’Stard’s week in review Dishonored, Doom 3, Medal of Honor Warfighter, Prometheus 3D and Avatar 3D.