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22nd September 2012: Battling For Arrakis

Pew pew pew

Pew pew pew

I've just started to play the almighty Dune 2, which was, like many people I assume, the very first RTS I ever played. Back in the early 90s when playing this on the Amiga I got to the last level, but just could not manage to beat it. I'm gonna be woopin' this thing's ass this time though let me tell you.
I actually found a new version of this game online called Dune: Legacy, which has been created by a few fans of the old game and brings it a little more up to date. Only a little mind. But it does seem to be a much better version and even has LAN multiplayer which I might try with the Scoob, who also played it many years ago.

I've actually got quite a vast list of games to get through now. On top of all the old ones like Dune 2 that I want to go back and finish, I've got the other Humble Indie Bundle 5 games, all the Humble Indie Bundle 6 games which I've just bought, The Witcher, Torchlight, Total Annihilation and Total Annihilation: Kingdoms which I've recently got from GOG (and yes, I bought Torchlight from GOG before the HIB 6 came out). I've also just downloaded Lord Of The Rings: Online, after only recently discovering it was free to play, and am also looking forward greatly to the release of Planetside 2, which just looks ace.

20th September 2012: Seeing Off My Nemesis

Hot on the heels (well, not that hot) of completing Resident Evil 2 I can happily say number 3 has now also joined the completed list. Finally got my arse in gear for a second attempt after getting very close to the end back in May sometime. It's a much harder game than its predecessors, which made it more interesting. But I thought it was a bit lazy of them not to include a second character choice, and also to stick you with the Nemesis as the big bad in nearly every boss fight.

I highly doubt this is proper law enforcement attire

I highly doubt this is proper law enforcement attire

Why are Russians always the bad guys?

Why are Russians always the bad guys?

The Nemesis busts a move

The Nemesis busts a move

Also very strange how the very last boss fight of the game is far and away the easiest. Very strange. Still, I don't care. It's done. Yay.

11th September 2012: The War Is Over

Just finished up Transformers: War For Cybertron, and I have to confess I'm rather unimpressed. Yes, I was playing it on the PS3 with its inferior graphics and controls (GIVE ME MOUSE AND KEYBOARD DAMN YOU!), and have no doubt I would have enjoyed it far greater on the PC, but the game itself just wasn't fantastic anyway. This is a shame, as I've always loved the Transformers, and this game got great reviews when it came out. This is one of those times where I just don't agree with all the hype. It really was bog standard average at best.

Here are my main annoyances:

Here are the good things:

This little review sounds harsh. But it's not. It's the truth. Kinda softens the blow of not being able to get the sequel now.

5th September 2012: Operating On The Fleet

So I decided to give Fleet Ops another bash, hopefully this time without running out of patience. I slapped on a 4v4, with me (Klingons), 2 Feds and a Dominion taking on 4 Borgy Borgs. It didn't take long for us to get completely overwhelmed. Just couldn't get my head around how fast the enemy CPU players put out ships versus those on my team. And I could barely scrape up the resources for a decent fleet even though I'd got more than double the mining stations and ships than any other player. Obviously something weird going on with this game in terms of collecting resources.

So I immediately did the same game again, but this time with unlimited resources for all involved, and unsurprisingly this time things were very different. At the start it looked like we would get swamped yet again, with the Borg players bossing the centre of the map. But as soon as I threw out my first 64 Negh'Var ships things started to change. My team mates did very little but distract them while I built up wave after wave of ships to send in to batter those Borgies into submission.

The Borg try an early attack

The Borg try an early attack

The first Borg player gets crushed

The first Borg player gets crushed

The Klingons and their allies pile in

The Klingons and their allies pile in

The Klingon fleet arrives to support their allies in the final fight

The Klingon fleet arrives to support their allies in the final fight

The AI in this mod was supposed to be better than in classic Armada 2, and fair enough it might be in some ways, but is still far from what I would call good. Even with unlimited resources the CPU players didn't even manage to get out their toughest ships, while I ended up with fleets of over 100 at a time of mine. Hopefully my itch to play Armada 2 again has been scratched, as I don't really fancy more games Vs. the AI. Might be interesting if I can get some mates to try some PVP, but other than that...

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