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Richard's Ramblings

Just because sometimes my mind overflows its brainpan. Figured this would make as good of an outlet to catch those overflows as any. No set theme, topic, or schedule, just whatever and whenever. :)

Author: RJCox

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Posted by RJCox Sunday August 26 2012 at 5:39PM
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Ok, I admit, it's been a couple days *cough*weeks*cough* since I've updated this thing. I blame Mr Murphy, he's been keeping me busy reviewing stuff which leads to less time to game for pleasure. I tend to not talk so much about the games I'm playing for review purposes as I do about the ones I'm playing for fun. Therefore, less gaming for fun = less talking here. Ok, now that I've come up with a reasonably believable (at least to me) excuse for my slacking, lets get on with this.

Not that I really have much that I planned to talk about here in this entry, hence the title... I just felt like blogging, so here I am.

What am I playing currently?

Well, when not working on one review or another, I've been spending a lot of time playing Sleeping Dogs on the 360 and Orcs Must Die 2 on Steam. I'm still subscribed to The Secret World, tho admittedly I haven't logged in in a couple weeks, so I don't know how much longer that sub will last. I really like the game, and really want to keep playing, I just haven't been able to bring myself to do so lately. I can't really put a finger on why. But anyway, back to the games I have been playing.

Sleeping Dogs: Truly a blast. Fun to play open world shooter with a good amount of side stuff to keep you busy for hours above and beyond the story. They've caught a bit of flak for their first round of DLC, which is basically all "cheats" and boosts. Basically you can buy money and XP bonuses and such, there's no real content to speak of. Some of the talking heads out there have given the devs flak for "doing DLC wrong." Personally I don't agree. No one is forcing anyone to buy this particular DLC. It's not a competitive or even co-operative game, so this isn't a case of "paying to win." This is simply the devs giving people who value their time more than their money a way to speed things along. Building up money is not hard in the game at all. Complete all the auto-theft and armored truck missions and you'll have several million bucks in no time. And the Devs have promised actual content type DLC in the near future, which I'm looking forward to.

Orcs Must Die 2: Just a great tower defence action hybrid type of game. I loved the first one. I thought the sequel seemed to have been announced a little too quickly after the first one, but in the end I'm loving it as well. Basically you run around in third person view placing traps to prevent the incoming waves of orcs and ogres and kobolds and such from reaching your rifts. In addition to the traps functioning like towers do in most tower defense titles, you also have your character running around fighting the mobs either hand-to-hand melee style or from a distance with ranged weapons. It's just great fun and a nice mindless break from pretty much anything. I find myself often running through a map between sections of an article I'm writing or such just to give my brainmeats a break.

Other than that I've gotten into a couple betas that I'm enjoying here and there.

I'm sure I'm one of the very few people on this site who hasn't jumped on the GW2 bandwagon yet. I'm interested, sure, and I'm sure I'll pick it up sooner or later, especially since there's no sub. I'm just not all gaga for it like most people for whatever reason.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have some Orcs to go kill. One of these days I may even try the multi-player co-op in OMD2, but for the time being I've been having enough of a blast playing solo.