My Top 10 Backlog

I thought this would be kind of fun to do tonight, since I was sitting here re-organizing my game shelves. I realized that there were a lot of games that I have that I have never even taken out of the wrapping, or finished. Those that I consider close friends of mine will not see that as a BIG surprise. I have many games that stretch the many different consoles throughout the years, and over that time I have many, MANY games that I have never finished. We all have them. Maybe we had to much to do at home, or we worked a lot of the time, school work to do, or just had the good ol’ fashion, “I have to many games I am trying to play through and finish” and before you know it, another game comes out that you want. I have that alot.

We all have had this feeling!
We all have had this feeling!

After going through my games, I have decided to compile a list of my (personal) games that are still in my backlog of games I NEED TO COMPLETE OR START! I would love for you to share yours as well! Let the embarrassment begin!

423909-ninja_gaiden___xbox10. Ninja Gaiden (Xbox)
I am a HUGE fan of this franchise, and upon hearing about the games resurrection on the Xbox I was extremely excited. What I was not expecting was the level of difficulty the game had. This didn’t make the game bad by any stretch of the imagination, however one of the greatest challenges that I eventually gave up on. The game was beautiful, and as I said before, CHALLENGING! I never did finish this game, although after looking at a few Youtube videos I am pretty close, and considering that I still have my original Xbox, and my original copy of the game I bought on launch day I may dive back into this one last time to finish it off. Ironically enough, I did finish Ninja Gaiden: Sigma, which was the same game just a little easier that what tormented me on the Xbox.

201328b29. Assassins Creed 3 (Xbox 360)
This franchise had a little bit of a variation of my feelings towards it. The first entry into the franchise was a bit weak and left me a bit disappointed. The second, however, left me wanting another one! I was spoiled by the Ezio story-line that I was fearful to break off of that beaten path. When we did, I only got about half way through the game before I was distracted away from it. I cant remember what game it was that took me away, but I have never gone back into the world of Assassins Creed 3. Not because it was a bad game, but just because I got pulled away by another title. Sorry Ubisoft!

270173b8. Metal Gear Solid IV: Guns of the Patriot (PlayStation 3)
I do not know for the life of me why I never went back in to finish the story of Snake but shamefully I did not. It is still sitting on my shelf collecting dust, however I did play and FINISH Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain that came out late 2015. Dont ask why, as i will again state….. I DO NOT KNOW! Ive slapped myself a couple times for not completing it. I may dive back in to try and finish it, however as I look at this list. . . It could be a while.

200989b17. Elder Scrolls: Skyrim (Xbox 360)
Anything that Bethesda has ever put together I played through completion. Oblivion took me a while but I was able to beat it. When it came to Skyrim I completed about 75% of the main story-line before being sidetracked by work, and a job re-structure that had me quite busy for a little while. Never was able to jump back in to finish but I may have to now that Fallout 4 is completed and my RPG games are clear. For the most part.

116983b6. Fallout: New Vegas (Xbox 360)
When I said that my RPG games are clear with Elder Scrolls, I was partially correct. I still have yet to complete Fallout: New Vegas. I do not know why but New Vegas didn’t quite hook me like Fallout 3 or most recently 4 did. I don’t know if it was possibly the setting or what, but I just didn’t get hooked. I did enjoy most aspect of it, just couldn’t keep me hooked for a long period of time. I suppose this title is one of those games you take in spurts and finish over a long, and in my case VERY LONG period of time.

201748b5. Dark Souls 2 (Xbox 360)
HAHAHA and I thought my number ten title was challenging. I was dead wrong until I started playing this franchise. Demon Souls on PlayStation 3, and Dark Souls were among some of the most enraging games that I have played in a long, long time. I still have yet to complete the first title and YES I know its not on this list, but HELL! Dark Souls 2 is still in shrink wrap and I still plan on buying the third. Ironic?

281437b4. Final Fantasy XII (PlayStation 2)
I have never considered myself one of the biggest Final Fantasy fans, but for some reason I always buy every version of a Final Fantasy game that comes out, and NEVER play it. I still have this version of the collectors edition wrapped and never played. I have heard great things about the game and would love to sit down and play through it but I never seem to get around to it. I have some many RPG’s on my list that I need to get back into and finish before start another one that I KNOW I WILL NOT FINISH!

230771b13. Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii)
I have always Prided myself on completing Zelda games that I start, and after the long period of time that I spent on Twilight Princess I never did jump right into Skyward Sword. Maybe because I never completed Twilight Princess until Skyward Sword was a few weeks from release. HAHAHA I might have been a bit Zelda burnt out. So YES, I never have started Skyward Sword. 😦

281248b2. Resident Evil 4 (PlayStation 2)
This is one game that I have played on multiple platforms and have never completed on each platform. I got this for the PlayStation 2 when it originally launched and have never completed it. I later picked the game up on the Wii and never completed it there. It is extremely disappointing that I have never finished his game, but I do still have bother versions and would love to complete it. I enjoyed what I have played up into the point I stopped, however I am afraid that when I jump back into it I will have no idea on where I am or what I was doing before.

280214b1. ICO (PlayStation 2)
Sadly enough ICO is another one of those titles that I have on multiple systems and never completed. I have completed Shadow of the Colossus but I never did finish ICO. I loved the game but I can not remember what it was that left me to not completing this one. I bought the collection on PlayStation 3 later on and never did get the chance to take it out of the shrink wrap. It is sad and I know this is one game I need to complete, and with “The Last Guardian” “coming this year” I may need to jump on the ball.

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Minecraft: Education Edition Announced

If you thought that playing to much Minecraft was problematic for your child, you may want to re-think it. Microsoft has announced that they have purchased MinecraftEDU and will release a new version of Minecraft, “Dedicated to learning”. MinecraftEDU was a program created by teachergaming used in 40 different countries to help children learn and be creative using the tools and world of Minecraft. Those who purchased MinecraftEDU will get the first year of Minecraft: Education Edition for free.

“Of course, every Minecraft player learns essential life-skills like tree-punching and good Creeper-defense but, when used in the right way, Minecraft can help people around the world to learn lots more,” Mojang’s Owen Hill said in a new release

Minecraft: Education Edition can be purchased by schools, libraries, museums, and those in nationally recognized home-school programs. Further eligibility details are available here.

A Free trial for the game will be available this summer. The games vast landscape of MODS will not be available for the Education Edition.

“It’s going to be a collaborative thing,” Mojang said. “Development of Minecraft: Education Edition will be shaped by a community of educators thanks to education.minecraft.net. The site will host lesson plans and give Minecraft: Education Edition users somewhere to discuss ideas and provide feedback. We know teachers can be a rowdy bunch, so we’re looking into the best ways to moderate the forums as I type. Wish us luck.”

Gears of War 4 Release Date Moved Up!

Those of you, like me, that are BIG Gears of War fans will be very happy to hear that during a live stream, a Microsoft representative announced that Gears of War 4 will move from a “Holiday 2016” title to a “Fall 2016” title. This means it would move out of the holiday window of October, November, and December and possibly into a late August or September time frame. Either way I am excited as this is my most anticipated game of the new year!

Top 10: Most Anticipated Games of 2016

We are a couple weeks into the new year, and we decide to take a look at the upcoming year and some of the most anticipated games of the new year!

Here is what we have!

113480b10. Street Fighter V (PlayStation 4, PC)
Street Fighter V carries on the side-scrolling fighting gameplay of its predecessors, in which two fighters use a variety of attacks and special abilities to knock out their opponent. The game features the EX gauge introduced in Street Fighter III, which builds as the player lands attacks and can be used to either power up special moves or perform super combos known as Critical Arts, although the Focus Attacks from the previous game have been removed.

102033b9. The Division (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC)
In the game, a pandemic that spreads on Black Friday causes the United States Government to collapse in five days; basic services fail one by one, and without access to food or water, the country quickly descends into chaos. In the wake of the devastating pandemic that sweeps through cities across the country, including New York City, it is discovered that the disease is transmitted through germs on banknotes.[8] As a last resort, the player is part of a classified unit of self-supported tactical agents, known as the “Strategic Homeland Division (SHD)”, or “The Division” for short. Leading seemingly ordinary lives, SHD agents are trained to operate independently of command when all else fails. This group is established to combat the threat brought about by the outbreak and are given direct authority by the President of the United States to do whatever it takes to prevent the fall of society and piece the city back together. Throughout the game, the agents will find themselves caught in a worldwide conspiracy and will be forced to combat both the threats of the virus as well as those who unleashed it.

113924brp8. Doom (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC)
Doom will be a first-person shooter which has “badass demons, big effing guns, and moving really fast” as key principles, according to id Software executive producer Marty Stratton.[6] The game will feature a large arsenal of weapons, which can be collected and freely switched by players throughout the game. Many classic weapons, including the super shotgun and BFG 9000, will make a return. In addition, melee weapons such as the chainsaw, which can cut enemies in half, are also featured. Many enemies from the original games like the Revenant, Mancubus, and Cyberdemon return as well, some of them redesigned.[7] As the combat system of the game puts emphasis on momentum and speed, the game allows players to perform movements like sprinting and double-jumping. A combat system known as “push forward combat” is featured, which discourages players from taking cover behind obstacles or resting to regain health.[8] As a result, the game will not feature any cover mechanics or a health-regeneration system. Players can collect health and armour pick-ups scattered throughout levels, or kill enemies to regain health. A new mechanic introduced in Doom is the melee execution system. It allows players to perform a melee-takedown when players deal enough damages to enemies. Enemies available for melee-takedown will be highlighted

254855_wii_b7. The Legend of Zelda (Wii U)
Pre-release reception was positive after the game’s reveal. Before the announcement of the delay, GameTrailers ranked the new Zelda title number one in its countdown of most-anticipated upcoming video games, citing its freedom of exploration and “design philosophy that both reinvents what a Zelda game can be while simultaneously bringing it back to its roots.”[16] In the website’s community poll, released a week later, The Legend of Zelda was the second most-anticipated game, beaten only by The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

the-last-guardian-box-art6. The Last Guardian (PlayStation 4)
The Last Guardian ’​s story follows that of a boy who is trying to escape from a setting resembling the ruins of a large expansive castle.[5] The boy has been kidnapped “under mysterious circumstances” according to Ueda, and comes to discover a giant, feathered creature, resembling a griffin, named Trico (トリコ Toriko?).[6] The game will revolve around the developing friendship between the boy and Trico.[7][8] The name of the creature can be taken to mean “prisoner” (虜 toriko?), “baby bird” (鳥の子 tori no ko?), or a portmanteau of “bird” (鳥 tori?) and “cat” (猫 neko?).[9] Trico has spears and arrows stuck in its back, and is initially bound by a chain. Later, it is freed and is shown attacking an armored soldier. Screenshots, along with the E3 trailer, show the boy attempting to sneak past and attack other soldiers.[10] Trico will at first be hostile toward the boy, but during the course of the game, the two will develop an emotional attachment to each other.[11] Ueda suggested there may be similar creatures like Trico in the game, but could not confirm this.

119732b5. Overwatch (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)
Overwatch is set in a near-future version of Earth, years after the resolution of the global-scale “Omnic Crisis”. This crisis put humanity under threat of the “Omnic” artificial intelligence.[8][9] This led to the uprising of robots all around the world and a massive conflict on the global scale.[9][10] To end this conflict, an international task force called “Overwatch” was formed by the United Nations to protect humanity, ending the Crisis.[10][11] In the years after, Overwatch remained as a peacekeeping force, but after multiple incidents of criminal activity popped up around the globe,[11] accusations of corruption and sedition[12] began to surface. The people turned against those who had saved them. Once regarded as heroes, members of Overwatch were now looked down upon with suspicion.[10][11] Then one day, the headquarters of Overwatch were suddenly destroyed– apparently by accident. Officially, the attack took the life of Overwatch leader Jack Morrison and second-in-command Gabriel Reyes.[10][11] After this event, the task force was eventually disbanded.[13] It is believed by some that the cause of the downfall of Overwatch was due actually to an elaborate conspiracy by those who wanted to see the end of the organization, although nothing has been confirmed officially by the UN.

113544brp14. Dark Souls III (Xbox One, PlayStation 4)
Dark Souls III is an action role-playing game set in a third-person perspective, similar to previous games in the series. According to director Hidetaka Miyazaki, the game’s gameplay design “follows closely from Dark Souls II”.[3] Players are equipped with a variety of weapons including shortbows, explosives like fire bombs, greatswords and dual-wielding swords to fight against enemies, and shields that can be used to deflect an enemies’ attack and protect the player from suffering damage

horizon_zero_dawn-fan-made-box-art-13. Horizon: Zero Dawn (PlayStation 4)
Horizon Zero Dawn is an action role-playing game in which players take control of Aloy, a hunter and archer, as she progresses through a post-apocalyptic land which is ruled by mechanized creatures, such as robotic dinosaurs.[1] The game is set in a future 1000 years from the present, in which human civilization has long abandoned Earth due to the world being dominated by robotic creatures, which have since become the strongest creatures in the world.[2] The component of these creatures, such as electricity and the metal they are composed of, are vital to Aloy’s survival, and she can loot these creatures’ corpses to find these useful resources.

103729brp12. Uncharted 4: Thief’s End (PlayStation 4)
Uncharted 4 is set three years after the events of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception with Nathan “Nate” Drake, now retired as a fortune hunter, has settled into a normal life with his wife Elena Fisher. His world is then turned upside down when his older brother Sam, long believed to be dead, suddenly appears seeking Drake’s help. Together they embark on a globe-trotting journey in pursuit of a conspiracy behind Libertatia, a long lost pirate colony, and its fabled pooled pirate treasure. Naughty Dog outlined the game’s plot as “his greatest adventure yet and will test his physical limits, his resolve, and ultimately, what he’s willing to sacrifice to save the ones he loves”

gears-of-war-4_2650931. Gears of War 4 (Xbox One)
Gears of War 4 is an upcoming third-person shooter video game developed by The Coalition, and published by Microsoft Studios for the Xbox One.[1] The game is set to be released in 2016.[2] It will be the fifth installment in the Gears of War series and the fourth main installment. It will be the sequel to Gears of War 3.

Top 10 Games of 2015

2015 is coming to a close in the next couple days and we thought that we should close out the Top 10 list of this year with a TOP 10 Games of 2015! Seems like a no-brainer right? We had a lot of games to keep us busy this year and a few games that took us a lot more hours than we have anticipated or knew would destroy our social life. This is just my own personal list so this may not reflect your own personal liking so don’t murder my choices! With that being said, here is the Top games of 2015!

108128b10. Splatoon (Wii U)

Splatoon is a third-person shooter video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii U, released worldwide in May 2015. The game centers around characters known as “Inklings”—beings that can transform between humanoid and squid forms, and hide or swim through colored ink sprayed on surfaces using gun or brush-based weaponry. Splatoon features several gamemodes, including 4-on-4 online multiplayer and a single player campaign.

113520b19. Destiny: The Taken King (PS4, Xbox One)

Destiny: The Taken King is a major expansion for Bungie‘s first-person shooter, Destiny. Released on September 15, 2015 (a year after Destiny) as the third expansion of Destiny, it revolves around Oryx, The Taken King and his plot for revenge after players slayed his son Crota in Destiny’s first DLC, The Dark Below. Players must face the “Taken”, Oryx’s army of corrupted aliens forced to fight for him. The Taken King adds content across the game, including new missions, a Player versus Environment location, Player versus Player maps, player gear, and weaponry. Upon the expansion’s release, retailers also issued Destiny: The Taken King Legendary Edition which includes Destiny (base game), The Taken King, and the previous two DLCs.

Rocket_League_coverart8. Rocket League (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Rocket League is a physics-based vehicle soccer video game developed and published by Psyonix, released for PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows on July 7, 2015, with versions for OS X, Linux, and Xbox One also in development.[1] It is a sequel to 2008’s Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars,[2] and features single-player and multiplayer modes which can be played both locally and online, including cross-platform play between the PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows versions.[

113168b7. Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox One)

Set one year after the events of Tomb Raider, Lara Croft is struggling to explain her experience of the supernatural on Yamatai. Looking for answers, she turns to her late father’s research into the lost city of Kitezh and the promise of immortality. Her father’s partner Ana attempts to warn her off as his obsession with Kitezh drove him to ruin. Lara ignores her and organises an expedition to Syria, hoping to uncover the tomb of the Prophet of Constantinople, a key figure in the legend of Kitezh. Although successful, the tomb is empty, and Lara is interrupted by Trinity—an ancient order of knights that now exists as a paramilitary organization investigating the supernatural—and their leader Konstantin. As she flees, Lara discovers a symbol etched into the tomb that she links to a book on Russian religious history in her father’s study. A Trinity assassin steals the book, prompting Lara and her friend Jonah to give chase in Siberia. When the two are separated after an avalanche, Lara is forced to go on alone.

150055b6. Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4, Xbox One)

One year after the death of the Joker during the events of Arkham City, Batman is struggling to come to terms with the absence of his nemesis and the uncomfortable feeling that the pair shared a bond deeper than either could admit.[4] Without the Joker’s chaotic presence, Gotham’s citizens have never felt safer, and crime in the city has dramatically declined. However, this gives Batman’s enemies, including Penguin, Two-Face, and Harley Quinn, a chance to unite with the singular goal of killing Batman

150046b5. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt concludes the story of the witcher Geralt of Rivia, the series’ protagonist, whose story to date has been covered in the previous versions.[9] Continuing from The Witcher 2, the ones who sought to use Geralt are now gone. Geralt seeks to move on with his own life, embarking on a new and personal mission while the world order itself is coming to a change

102040b4. Bloodborne (PS4)

Bloodborne takes place in Yharnam, a decrepit Gothic city known for its medical advances using blood as a primary tool.[5] Over the years, many travelers journey to the city seeking the remedy to cure their afflictions; the player’s character journeys to Yharnam seeking something known as Paleblood for reasons unknown.[5] Upon arriving in the city, however, it is discovered that the city is plagued with an endemic illness that has transformed most of its citizens into bestial creatures. The player must navigate the streets of Yharnam during the night of The Hunt, and overcome its violently deranged inhabitants and horrifying monsters in order to stop the source of the plague and escape the nightmare.

102173b3. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4, Xbox One)

In the aftermath of the events of Ground Zeroes and the destruction of Militaires Sans Frontières (commonly abbreviated as MSF), Big Boss (Kiefer Sutherland/Akio Ōtsuka) falls into a coma.[53] Nine years later, he awakens and helps lead a new mercenary group, Diamond Dogs.[54] Adopting the codename “Venom Snake”, he ventures into Afghanistan during the Soviet–Afghan War and the AngolaZaire border region during the Angolan Civil War to track down the men responsible for MSF’s destruction. Along the way, he becomes reacquainted with his former rival Ocelot (Troy Baker/Satoshi Mikami) and encounters Quiet (Stefanie Joosten), an assassin and sniper with supernatural abilities. While he and Kazuhira Miller (Robin Atkin Downes/Tomokazu Sugita) are initially driven to exact revenge, Snake soon unearths a plot by the Cipher organization to develop a new model of the Metal Gear system known as the ST-84 “Sahelanthropus”

111959b12. Super Mario Maker (Wii U)

Super Mario Maker is a game creation and publishing tool and video game, which allows players to create their own levels from the Super Mario series using the Wii U GamePad, and then publish those levels to the Internet. Players can base their levels on the gameplay and visual style of Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and New Super Mario Bros. U, with their corresponding styles of physics, gameplay mechanics, and enemy behavior. Some elements are limited to specific game styles while others can be added to game styles that previously did not have them in the original game, such as Boos in Super Mario Bros.

113224b21.Fallout 4 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)

The story begins on the morning of October 23, 2077, with the player character and their spouse (Nate/Nora) preparing for an event at the Veteran’s Hall when a Vault-Tec representative comes to inform them their family is approved for admittance into Vault 111. Moments later, a news bulletin warns of an imminent nuclear attack, forcing the family to rush to the vault, where they are temporarily trapped outside when a nuclear bomb detonates nearby. The platform below them lowers, and the family and other residents of the town are tricked into being placed in cryosleep.

My Issues with Rainbow Six Siege

111276bI am sure that if you are one of the thousands of online gamers in the community trying to play Rainbow Six Siege (we are playing on Xbox One) then you are having a lot of issues connecting to the servers for online play. Since the game launched I have had nothing but connectivity issues. From connecting to the game servers, to getting kicked from games randomly in the middle of gameplay.

Now I know this is not a connectivity issue on our end, but rather an issue on Ubisofts end (mostly because the error message says unable to connect to Ubisoft Servers). This is such a major disappointment for a series that prides itself on its online multiplayer. Now we have not reviewed this game, and for good reason. If we reviewed it right now I would score well below an average score. Not because the game is horrible, but rather there are a lot of bugs and online connection issues. We know it could Funny-angry-babyscore much better if they can fix the online issues, but until then we are keeping this on the shelf.

If you are, or have gotten Rainbow Six Siege, we do try and play every night, have even tried on our live feed Twitch channel, just have had a lot of issues connecting. When we do connect and get playing it does pretty well, and it is fun. Please, for the love of everything holy, if you have a MIC, TALK TO YOUR TEAMATES! This is a game that is based on communication and when your in a game and only 2 out of 5 team members are communicating, it can make for a very frustrating night! TALK! ENGLISH MF . . . DO YOU SPEAK IT? If you don’t catch the movie reference shame on you! Just leave your party chat and jump into game chat so everyone can communicate!

Top 10: Tom Clancy Games

We look into one of the worlds most recognizable names in Military lore and the top of the New York Times Best Selling authors! You know him from his series of books and movies surrounding Jack Ryan, and team Rainbow! He has been active in the video game industry for many years and has left us with many familiar and successful franchises. We look at his 10 best games, and yes there will be some in the same franchise, but there are plenty of great games to choose from. Rest in Peace Mr. Tom Clancy. Here is what we put together.

270112b10. Tom Clancy’s End War

A nuclear terrorist attack occurs in Saudi Arabia in 2016, killing six million people and crippling the supply of oil from the Middle East, plunging the world into an unprecedented energy crisis. The following year, the United States and the European Union sign the historic SLAMS (Space-Land-Air Missile Shield) Treaty, agreeing to co-develop technologies for a comprehensive, interlocking anti-ballistic missile system. The U.S. and EU test-launch nuclear salvos against each other, which the SLAMS weapons completely destroy. Emboldened by the success of the tests, the U.S. and the EU pronounce “the end of strategic nuclear warfare,” and the world celebrates a new age of peace.

281006b9. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon 2

The game takes place on the Korean Peninsula, with slight variations between platforms. The GameCube and PS2 campaign occurs in 2007, while the Xbox campaign is set in 2011. Ghost Recon 2 sports an updated graphics engine, the Havok 2 physics engine, new multiplayer options, and voice command ability via microphone.

280447b8. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3

In 1945, two high-ranking members of the Nazi-sponsored Ustaše regime in the puppet Independent State of Croatia manage to escape the country with vast amounts of Croatian Holocaust-era loot, just before Allied troops move into Zagreb and Belgrade with the help of Partisan troops. Croatia ceases to exist as an independent state, and a new Yugoslavia is created by the Partisans. The two former Croatian officials are nowhere to be found.

Sixty years later, in 2005, elite multinational counter-terrorism task-force Rainbow finds itself investigating a series of attacks by neo-fascist terrorists against South American oil interests and European financial institutions. The squadron is enlisted to ascertain their location and find out who is ultimately behind these incidents.

200333b7. Tom Clancy’s Splinter: Conviction

The events of the main game take place three years after that of Splinter Cell: Double Agent. Former Navy SEAL Victor Coste (Howard Siegel) is being interrogated by a PMC called Black Arrow, and recounts the events of Conviction in the past tense.

Sam Fisher (Michael Ironside) is investigating in Valletta, Malta regarding rumors that the hit-and-run death of his daughter, Sarah might not have been accidental. As he investigates, Anna “Grim” Grímsdóttir (Claudia Besso), Sam’s former colleague, contacts him and warns him of the imminent attack by a group of hitmen. Sam kills them, and goes after their contractor, Andriy Kobin, a drug runner who was responsible for Sarah’s death. He infiltrates Kobin’s mansion, kills Kobin’s guards and interrogates Kobin, but Sam is captured by a Third Echelon Splinter Cell team before being able to extract anything useful.

D005531b6. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter

Captain Scott Mitchell commands the fictitious elite Ghost Recon team in an attempt to protect the Presidents of the U.S. and Mexico, recover stolen U.S. technology, and battle the rebellious Mexican forces. Written by Gérard Lehiany, the story unfolds entirely in a realistic and detailed modeling of Mexico City, one of the world’s largest cities. It is this size that allows Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter to provide multiple locations like in previous Ghost Recon games, ranging from heavily industrialized areas to local parks and landmarks to office districts.

tom-clancys-rainbow-six-usa5. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six

Rainbow Six describes Rainbow as an international counter-terrorism operation hosted by NATO and funded by money funneled through the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The base of operations for Rainbow is located in Hereford, England (at the time, home to the SAS), due to the United Kingdom being one of the most accessible countries in the world and having one of the world’s foremost special forces units. Most of the characters in Rainbow are American or British, though the NATO countries of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Canada, and the NATO ally of Israel have at least one representative each.

D005250b4. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell

Infiltrate terrorists’ positions, acquire critical intelligence by any means necessary, execute with extreme prejudice, and exit without a trace! You are Sam Fisher, a highly trained secret operative of the NSA’s secret arm: Third Echelon. The world balance is in your hands, as cyber terrorism and international tensions are about to explode into WWIII.

281180b3. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory

In June 2007, tensions are running high between China, North Korea, South Korea and Japan, due to Japan’s formation of an Information Self Defense Force (I-SDF). Considering this to be a violation of Article 9 of the post-World War II Constitution, and blaming the I-SDF for information warfare attacks against their countries, Chinese and North Korean forces establish a blockade in the Yellow Sea against Japanese shipping. Because Japan is an ally of the United States, and thus the NSA‘s Third Echelon, the U.S. Navy dispatches a highly advanced warship, the USS Clarence E. Walsh (CG-80), to the Yellow Sea with the hopes that China and North Korea will back down at its presence.

200172b2. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas

In the year 2010, Rainbow operatives Logan Keller (Andrew Pifko), Gabriel Nowak (Thomas Michael) and Kan Akahashi (Dennis Akayama) are on a mission in a Mexican border town, assisted by intelligence officer Joanna Torres (Athena Karkanis) and pilot Brody Lukin (Andrew Pifko). Their objective is to arrest Irena Morales (Amanda Martinez), a terrorist ringleader. As the team reaches its landing zone in a helicopter, Logan fast-ropes down first but is separated from his group.

Logan fights his way through the terrorist-infested streets and meets up with Gabriel and Kan at an old Spanish church. After infiltrating a train yard and freeing a group of hostages, Rainbow eventually makes their way to a mine where Irena is hiding. However, after a surprise attack, Irena escapes and Gabriel and Kan are captured by terrorists.

280841b1.Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow

In early 2006, the United States has established a military presence in the newly-independent country of East Timor to train the East Timorese military in their fight against anti-separatist Indonesian guerrilla militias. Foremost among these militias is the Darah Dan Doa (English: Blood and Prayer), led by the charismatic Suhadi Sadono.

Sadono, once trained by the CIA to help fight communism in the region, has grown resentful of American support of East Timor and its supposed interference with Indonesian sovereignty. Sadono orchestrates a suicide bombing and follow-up attack on the U.S. Embassy in Dili, capturing a number of U.S. military and diplomatic personnel including Douglas Shetland, an old friend and comrade of Sam Fisher.

Rise of the Tomb Raider Review

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Rise of the Tomb Raider | Crystal Dynamics | SquareEnix

With the reboot of Tomb Raider from Crystal Dynamics, Lara has been thrust into danger against her will, finding herself on a mysterious island that is filled with danger and even more mysterious secrets. In the sequel, Lara is running head first into danger under her own free will and understanding of the dangers in front of her as she tries to find the key to eternal life. So how many times have you heard this story right? Some of you might even feel that this is a story that you have heard before and played before.

The story of Rise of the Tomb Raider is everything that we would expect since the first game in the franchise. Engaging, emotional and Crystal Dynamics did a good job inner weaving Lara’s emotional, personal battles with the dangers of looking for the Key of Life. No Magic backing this story, however there is more of a mythical feeling and is done very well.

The game environments are very beautiful and I am not just talking about graphically. The game introduces a bunch of new areas, however very smartly lets us go back to areas that we are familiar with from the previous game, it just lets us explore it a little bit further in detail. Many of the games environments are open and will let you go off the path to explore. It’s nice to backtrack as well because it also shows you the strength of Lara and how much she has progressed since her last visit.

Its nice to see that the developer also has increased the amount of actual tombs the game has. The tombs are also very rewarding for what you get out of them, as well as the dynamic of the puzzles. Thank you for bringing back the puzzles, and I don’t mean the cheap, easy to figure out in 5 min. Relying on the survival in this game can also get a bit tedious. At times you will find yourself simple button pressing on cutting wood, starting fires and skinning dead animals for survival. This becomes repetitive and tedious very quickly.

Picking the way you chose to operate in combat is very cool as well. You can choose whether you want to be a more “guns blazing” type of player, or play more of a stealth roll. I chose more of a stealth role, not just because in any game that has that option I always chose it, but because the Bow is stealthy and Love how it feels and the satisfaction of a solid kill shot.

Rise of the Tomb Raider is a very solid game and isn’t just on par with the fantastic previous game, but actually ups the ante a tad. Is it leaps and bounds above the previous version? No, but it is a very solid game and moves the franchise forward instead of backward. That’s what we want in franchises like this and they made Lara relate able and a true survivor who spent time readying herself for the world and now moves as if she owns it.

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