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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.

Vic B’Stard’s week in review: EB Expo, XCOM launch party, NBA 2K13, Dishonored and Indiana Jones!

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Crazy, mad gaming week!

I’ve had the craziest, maddest and, without a doubt, busiest couple of weeks since I first started regularly churning stuff out about video games. The EB Expo, game launches and exclusive hands-on with top upcoming games are just some of the delights that have been offered to me since moving across the Tasman to this fair city of Sydney.

Moving from sleepy Wellington, New Zealand to Sydney, Australia has dumped me right in the middle of video gaming central. In a few short months I’ve have a hands-on with EA Games’ fantastic Need for Speed: Most Wanted,and sat spellbound by Ubisoft’s glorious Assassin’s Creed III in the presence of the games creators. You can read about how I got on with Assassin’s Creed III at the hands-on hosted by the game’s associate producer, Julien Laferrière, and mission director, Philippe Bergeron on the Games Console pages of techday.com, here and at Shane the Gamer, here. Continue reading Vic B’Stard’s week in review: EB Expo, XCOM launch party, NBA 2K13, Dishonored and Indiana Jones!

Vic B’Stard’s week in review- Telltale’s The Walking Dead game, The Walking Dead comic-book and The EB Games Expo

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Sorry, been busy!

Busy. Not a very good excuse, but nevertheless true. The chaotic mixture of moving country, playing Sleeping Dogs and getting back into Skyrim has taken its toll on my ability to knock out a decent bit of content for this website.

Then there was The Walking Dead. The last couple of episodes of Telltale Game’s The Walking Dead serialised game has been sitting on my hard drive for a few months (thank you steam for yet another great deal). I’d dabbled a bit with the first part, and wasn’t really in the right space for a retro-ish point and click adventure with zombies in it. With the recent release of the third episode, I though I’d have another bash as it, else The Walking Dead becomes another game in my, ever-increasing, backlog. Continue reading Vic B’Stard’s week in review- Telltale’s The Walking Dead game, The Walking Dead comic-book and The EB Games Expo

Vic B’Stard’s state of this site

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Normal service has resumed!

Just a quick word. During the move from NZ to Oz an enterprising bastard Russian hacked this site.

Not only was the site sending out loads of spam emails, but there was also some malware code in the WordPress theme header file. I’ve cleared it out now and everything is running fine. I apologise for not noticing and getting on to it earlier. Continue reading Vic B’Stard’s state of this site

VicStard’s Week in Review- Aussie, Aussie, Aussie. Oiy, oiy, oiy.

Waltzing Matilda

So I’ve successfully hopped across the ditch and I’m now bedding down nicely here in Sydney, Australia.

Dare I say it, I’m now closer to the action, what with (apparently) the worlds biggest IMAX screen on my doorstep, all those locally based ANZ games publishers and October’s fantastic EB Games Expo only a few train stops down from me. It’s all good. Continue reading VicStard’s Week in Review- Aussie, Aussie, Aussie. Oiy, oiy, oiy.