Army of Two Review

Army of Two Review

My wife and I just finished Army of Two on Friday night. I am very glad I decided to pick it up last minute. Sometimes I rely on reviews too much but after seeing a gameplay video of this one I was willing to take a risk. I am very satisfied with my decision and my wife agrees with me that this game is awesome. We had a great time with it.
As I wrote in my initial thoughts of the game, the visuals were sweet. The cut-scenes were top-notch, better than any I’ve seen thus far. I also really like when games are bright, that is one thing that really makes me enjoy a game and all of AoT’s levels were nice and bright. I don’t enjoy games that are dark and dreary and AoT keeps that to a minimum if any at all. Overall it’s a great looking game. It’s hard to believe but, the story was actually interesting. I’m not one to follow game stories closely but this one pulled me in enough to care. At one point I thought it would be cool if one of the two playable characters was in on it and you had to fight each other at the end. I thought that would have been an amazing twist, I’m just not sure how they could have pulled it off.

The length of the game is perfect even though I never really did want it to end. We haven’t gotten a chance to try the online modes yet but we will eventually. I highly recommend this game to anyone who specifically knows someone they could play it with. This game goes right along with my other favorite sleeper hits.

List of Downloadable Rock Band Songs Available on XBox Live

Downloadable Rock Band Songs on Xbox Live

Despite its astronomical price tag of 170 bucks for the game and bundle of instruments (guitar, drums, and mic), Rock Band has become a best-selling game in no time for the XBox 360 and Playstation 3. Read my review on the game here.
Rock Band is the ultimate party game with its emphasis on team-based play and ability to replicate the real-life experience of playing in an actual rock band, but after a while the experience starts to get a little stale because of the way the World Tour mode makes you play the same songs over and over again.

That’s why developer Harmonix decided to put in exclusive downloadable content for the game, however, and many more songs are either available now on XBox Live or on the way. Some full albums are even confirmed and on the way.

To download the songs, simply go to the XBox Live Marketplace and enter a code from a Microsoft Points card you buy at a store like Target or GameStop and then you will get the points in your account. Go to “All Games” and find Rock Band then choose from a list of songs. Each download takes about 2-5 minutes and the songs are stored on your hard drive. They will be available immediately on the game on the song list for quick play as well as in the World Tour mode for when you make a song list at a venue or are given random songs during a gig.

Here is a list of the songs and 3-song packs currently up for download online:

Queens of the Stone Age Pack- 440 Microsoft Points ($5.49 price tag when broken down to U.S. dollars)

“3’s and 7’s,” “Sick, Sick, Sick,” and “Little Sister” are included in the pack. Each song is available separately for 160 points ($1.99). Other song packs also have each single song available for 160 MSP.

Black Sabbath Pack- 440 MS Points

“N.I.B.,” “Sweet Leaf,” and “War Pigs.”

Metallica Pack- 440 MS Points

“Ride the Lightning,” “Blackened,” and “…And Justice for All.”

The Police Pack- 440 MS Points

“Roxanne,” “Synchronicity II,” and “Can’t Stand Losing You.”

David Bowie Pack- 440 MS Points

“Moonage Daydream,” “Heroes,” and “Queen Bitch.”

Punk Rock Pack- 440 MS Points

“Rockaway Beach” by Ramones, “I Fought the Law and the Law Won” by The Clash, and “Ever Fallen in Love?” by The Buzzcocks.

Note: A Grateful Dead Pack is also rumored to be in the works. Full albums rumored to be coming are “Who’s Next” by The Who, “Nevermind” by Nirvana, and an album by Metallica to be determined.

Single Songs Available for Download (each 160 MSP):

“Fortunate Son” by Creedence Clearwater Revival (cover song).

“Juke Box Hero” by Foreigner.

“Bang a Gong (Get it On)” by T-Rex.

“My Sharona” by The Knack.

“Cherry Bomb” by The Runaways.

“My Iron Lung” by Radiohead.

“Buddy Holly” by Weezer.

“Brass in Pocket” by The Pretenders.

“Joker amp; the Thief” by Wolfmother.

Songs for Download for 80 MSP (.99 Price):

“Attack” and “The Kill” by 30 Seconds to Mars.

“Move Along” and “Dirty Little Secret” by All-American Rejects.

“Song with a Mission” by The Sounds.

Star Wars: The Old Republic – the Classes

If you have played any of Bioware’s previous titles, you understand all too well their unmatched ability for story-telling. Now, Bioware has stepped into an entirely different ring: the Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG). Star Wars: The Old Republic is in development and the character classes available to players has finally been released in all of its wonderous glory.
There are 8 classes, divided amongst the Republic and the Sith Empire. The four classes for the Republic are the Trooper, the Smuggler, the Jedi Knight, and the Jedi Consular. For the Sith Empire, you have the following to choose from: the Bounty Hunter, the Imperial Agent, the Sith Warrior, and the Sith Inquisitor. Here is a brief description of each of these classes.

The Trooper

Not all of the Republics heroes can wield a lightsaber or the Force. Sometimes it takes a man with courage to pick up a rifle and fight. The Trooper is that guy. This class will be dealing a lot of ranged damaged and maybe do some tanking. They will have plenty of armor and powerful blaster rifles. With abilities like Grenade Launcher to give a ranged opponent an explosive gift or an up close and personal appointment with the butt of his rifle, the Trooper is the epitome of Republic willpower.

The Smuggler

Based the on the “Han Solo” archetype, the Smuggler uses his wits and cunning to defeat his opponents. Outfitted with blaster pistols, this class will be the first to feature a concept new to the MMORPG genre: the ability to use cover. The Smuggler will be able to hide behind crates, barrels, walls, or anything else you can think of, and use it to avoid taking fire. Then he will pop out and blast his opponent with a volley of phaser fire. The age-old question of who shot first: Solo or Greedo will now be obsolete… shoot first or shoot later. It’s your choice.

The Jedi Knight

This class is based on the Mace Windu type, a skilled Force-using warrior. With his lightsaber in hand, he can jump into the thick of battle and go toe-to-toe with the best that the Sith Empire has to offer. Outfitted with leathers and some heavy armor and wielding his lightsaber, the Knight will utilize his force abilities with grace and strength to cut through enemy lines. The Jedi Knight has abilities such as Lightsaber Throw and Force Push. This no doubt will be a popular class.

The Jedi Consular

For those of you looking to be like Yoda or Obi Wan Kenobi, this is the class for you. Designed to be more of a crowd control class, the Consular uses his Force powers to keep his foes at bay. While the Knight would be more prone to rely on his lightsaber, the Consular uses abilities like Force Repulse to send surrounding enemies flying away. This is a crowd control class and quite possibly will be one of the most powerful and interesting to play.

The Bounty Hunter

While the Sith are not quite favorable of Bounty Hunters, this is a class of Boba Fetts. With the ability to use a jet pack and weapons like the flame thrower and rocket launcher, the Bounty Hunter will be a fast paced combatant who relies on his speed and agility to quickly blast his enemies into oblivion. What kind of role this class will play in the group remains to be seen but you can expect this class to be a dangerous, especially to Force users.

The Imperial Agent

The Imperial Agent is a terrifying special skills foe. Essentially, a high damage blaster assassin, the Agent utilizes his special gizmos and gadgets along with his blaster rifle to burn holes through the enemy ranks. Whether it is assassinating a Republic diplomat or a Sith acolyte who crossed the line, the Agent gets the job down silently and quickly. This will no doubt be a terror in the PvP parts of the game.

The Sith Warrior

This class is the equivalent of Darth Maul, a fierce fighter with dangerous force powers. The Sith Warrior leaps head-first into combat and carves a bloody swath of death and destruction through Republic army ranks. His ability to Force Choke and hurtle through the air at his enemies creates a deadly combination with the ferocity of his lightsabers. More than likely, this will become a very popular DPS class.

The Sith Inquisitor

For those of you who have always dreamed of being like Darth Sidious or Tyrannus, this is the ultimate aggressive Force User. The Inquisitor relies on his Force Abilities such as Force Lightning and Force Drain to controls his targets and destroy them. The lightsaber is still an important aspect of the arsenal but like the Consular, it uses the Force as its primary weapon against the Republic and the Light Side of the Force.

Those are the brief overviews of all eight classes for Star Wars: The Old Republic. Go to www.swtor.com for more detailed information.

He’s Finally Getting an IPhone!

For the last year, I’ve monitored every major news outlet and techy site in cyberspace. I’ve even stalked Facebook and Twitter hoping to uncover any sign of the iPhone coming to Verizon Wireless. You’re probably thinking I’m the one obsessed with the iPhone, but it’s not me. It’s my husband, Brandon. He’s absolutely obsessed with all things that happen to have a brand name starting with a lowercase “i” in front of them, created by Apple, and introduced by none other than Steve Jobs.
He’s watched co-workers, friends, and sadly his 11 year old cousin, flaunt their iPhones in his face, all while praying that Verizon and iPhone would become one someday. Well that day is finally here. On January 11th, Verizon made the long awaited announcement that the iPhone will be available to preorder for existing customers on February 3rd and new customers on February 10th. My detective work paid off, along with my begging and pleading, because I convinced my husband to not jump ship and head over to the other guys.

So I’m finally getting peace of mind. My days of hearing Brandon’s infomercials and public service announcements over why he needs have an iPhone are numbered. And he’s finally getting an iPhone!

Which Graphics Card to Get in late 2017?

Upgrading your Graphics card

Graphics cards have been developing very quickly in the past few years. A lot faster than processors, that’s for sure. When I built my computer in 2014 I decked it out with pretty high end stuff, and while most of the components still hold up pretty well, there’s one pretty big bottleneck; the graphics card.

Luckily, upgrading your graphics card it quite easy. However, it is not so easy to decide which one to buy. There are so many that it’s hard to know which one you need. This video helped me out a  lot in deciding which graphics card to buy, maybe it will be of use for you too: