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Quick Post – Alliance of Valiant Arms

Posted by haunt506e on November 30, 2009

I was surfing around the net for free games (as I always do every now and again) when I came across an FPS by the name of Alliance of Valiant Arms (developed by ijji).  So I downloaded it, and, after being forced to install like 3 other programs, started up the title.  If you’ve ever played the free game Combat Arms before, AVA is quite similar.  It’s a free FPS so don’t expect anything crazy in terms of graphics, but as far as free games go, the graphics are above average.  It’s gameplay is highly reminiscent of any other online FPS title, with your standard deathmatch-style game types.  The game plays out fairly smooth, and you’ll be able to get a couple hours or two worth of enjoyment without paying a cent.  However, the game’s longevity depends on whether or not you’re ready to shell out money in its item shop.  You can use guns and items in the game without paying money, but if you really want to customize your character or differentiate yourself from other players, you’ll have to use ijji’s points system (and thus, cash).

AVA is a nice game to get in a couple of hours of fun, but I can’t see myself getting addicted to it for any length of time.  If you’re just looking for something to do on a rainy day, give AVA a try.  You can check it out here.

Are you a fan of any other free online games?  Leave us a comment and let us know.

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Now Available – Borderlands DLC

Posted by haunt506e on November 27, 2009

Borderlands, Gearbox Software’s hit FPS/RPG hybrid, has just been expanded even further with their first DLC.  Running for about $10.00, Dr. Ned’s Zombie Island packs in new zones, enemies, characters, missions, guns, and more.  Players can expect a couple hours of gameplay to be added, and for ten more bucks Borderlands’ appeal has gone even further skyward.  Borderlands is already one of my favorite games of 2009, and this DLC is a must buy for me.  Expect a review to be posted soon!

Check out Borderland’s official web site for more information.

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Open Discussion – Facebook on Xbox Live

Posted by haunt506e on November 23, 2009

A recent update has added several new features to Xbox Live, available exclusively to Gold Members, as far as I am aware.  This bundle of apps includes access to Facebook, Twitter, Zune HD, and Last.fm.  But my question for you is this: Are these applications even useful?

Obviously they’re a marketing ploy to get more potential users to become Gold Members, but does putting Facebook onto the Xbox add that much to its value?  Ordinarily, if the developer team had set it up “correctly,” I would say yes.  However, Facebook on the Xbox 360 is too cumbersome and overall useless to make Gold Members look like they’re getting an even better deal.  For starters, players may only access the four new features from the dashboard.  So, if you want to check statuses, you will have to exit out of the game you’re playing and switch over to the Facebook app.  All total that ordeal will blow anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes of gaming time.  You can just as easily stand up, walk over to your PC, open up your web browser and navigate to Facebook, all under 2 or 3 minutes.  In addition, the Xbox 360 app is incredibly limited, allowing you to do very little in the way of navigating friends’ posts, pictures, etc…

What would I have done?  I wouldn’t have tried to add Facebook, Twitter, or Last.fm.  The Zune thing isn’t as bad as the other apps, but is still a waste.  If I absolutely had to add any of these apps, I would certainly have made them accessible through the Guide Button.  These four new apps will be appreciated for a few days or weeks, then quickly forgotten, along with all of the work that went into making them available.

What do you think?  Is there any potential for these new applications?

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Quick Post – Lag Infects Left 4 Dead 2?

Posted by haunt506e on November 19, 2009

Last night after work I picked up Valve’s sequel to Left 4 Dead.  L4D2 came out this Tuesday, November 17th, and has since been rated consistently high on numerous gaming sites.  The game follows in its prequel’s foot steps by confronting a team of 4 player controlled characters with hordes upon hordes of bloodthirsty zombies.  Players must progress through several unique “Campaigns,” or levels, making their way from check point to check point while trying to stay alive.  It’s a pretty simple formula that plays out impressively well.

Thus far I have enjoyed my single player experience of the game, but trying to take Left 4 Dead 2 online is an entirely different story.  It appears that somewhere, somehow, due to some unforeseen circumstance(s), Valve’s L4D2 dedicated servers are having troubles.  What little research I have done on the subject seems to suggest that their system is networking players with servers that are no where near their location, and this malfunction has been unfortunately causing massive amounts of lag in L4D2’s multiplayer games.  The game even becomes unplayable when too many players are present.  I’m fine with waiting for the problem to get fixed, but don’t please don’t keep us waiting too long.

L4D2 isn’t exactly the definition of a PGN supported title, but it’s a great value nonetheless, in terms of what you receive for your cash.  The game features an approximately five hour long single player experience, with each one hour segment replayable in several unique multiplayer modes.  If you like zombies and multiplayer titles, it’s a must buy.

Left 4 Dead 2 will be covered in this week’s episode of the PGN Podcast.

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Freebie – League of Legends

Posted by haunt506e on November 17, 2009

Defense Against the Ancient (DotA) Fans will have no doubt have heard of its creators’ newest standalone game entitled League of Legends.  If you have never heard of either game, however, you’ll be happy to know that you can download and play League of Legends for free.  The game features an addictive blend of RPG and RTS, having players control one hero character and guide them around the map, using skills to aid their computer-controlled minions in battle.  The game is surprisingly deep for as simple as it might sound, and an incredibly great deal for the amount of content that free accounts receive.  You can, of course, pay money to receive more characters and champions to use, but if you’re just looking for a simple game to pass the time every now and again, you won’t have to pay a cent.

Head on over to their website, download the client and try a game or two.  League of Legends is free and enjoyable, just the type of games we support here at the PGN.  Thanks for reading, and be sure to check back often!

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