Working My Way Through The Call of Duty Campaigns

19 04 2017

Hello my fine feathered imaginary Internet friends!!! I hope you are all doing well this Spring day.

So I thought I would update you all on my current gaming accomplishments. I have been working my way through the Call of Duty titles that I own on the XBOX platforms. Completed so far are Call of Duty 2, Call of Duty 2 – Big Red One (the most underrated Call of Duty title in my opinion), Call of Duty 3 and as mentioned in my last blog post, Call of Duty: World at War. I have started the campaign of Call of Duty Black Ops. I have also started the campaign on Call of Duty 4 – Modern Warfare. And just because, I purchased Call of Duty: Their Finest Hour for the original XBOX via EBay, and am awaiting it’s arrival.

I have to say that I have really been enjoying this stint of Call of Duty gaming, and despite most of these titles being quite old, I found that for the most part the games and the game play held up admirably. The lack of a run button in the earlier titles took a lot of getting used to – if I actually did get used to it, but I got by. I found myself enjoying the the non player characters (NPCs) that I was sidled up with – especially in Call of Duty 2 – Big Red One, where you are the same character, with the same group of guys through the whole campaign. you kind of build a virtual bond with these guys…

So yeah, that’s what I’ve been doin and am doing at the moment. What about you? Why not leave a comment below and let me know if you’re a Call of Duty fan and what your favourite title and/or moments are from the  series.

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Holy Crap: I Finished the Campaign in Call of Duty – World at War

25 03 2017

33485952842_a46ecf331b_z_dMan… I have to post here more often.

So, while it may have taken me seven or eight years, but I have finally gotten around to completing the campaign in Call of Duty – World at War. Having been recently been added to the backwards compatible titles for XBOX ONE, the game has recently been brought back into the limelight somewhat.

For those that are not aware of it, World at War was the last Call of Duty title to take place in World War 2 and the third Call of Duty title developed by the folks at Treyarch. This is the game that quickly became (and remained), my favourite of the series. Yet despite being my favourite, I barely touched the campaign, having been sucked into the online game play.  It wasn’t until earlier this month, when I agreed to play some multiplayer campaign with some of my fellow old fart gamer friends that I decided that I needed to revisit the game’s campaign.

Man-o-man, am I glad I did. The game is intense and engrossing. The campaign has moments of brutality one moment and and elation the next. The graphics, at least to these tired eyes, still look good for a game pushing nine years of age. The pace is frenetic… This is war – the final pushes in the West and East for the allies.

This is such a good  game…





Something Crazy Happened: I Completed a Game. Rebel Galaxy Rocked

22 10 2016

Holy crap folks, I did something I almost never do: I played a game to completion. Not since Gears of War 2 (and never before), have I completed the main campaign/story line of a game. In fact, with most games I never play more than fifteen or twenty minutes before never playing them again. It’s both weird and cool to be saying that I have just completed Rebel Galaxy on the PlayStation 4. Actually, I did something bigger: I managed to complete every single Trophy (on XBOX they call them achievements), as well as the main story line. For me this is absolutely unheard of.

Rebel Galaxy is a space combat/piracy/trading/exploration game by the two person studio, Double Damage Games. To me the game feels like I’m Han Solo in something like the Firefly universe – a great combination. You start with a beat up old ship and a mission and go from there. As you gain credits you update your ship and load outs as needed/wanted. There is the main story line as well as countless side missions that earn you credit and gain you points with (or lose points with) various factions in the game depending on who you’re helping and who you’re blasting. You get to choose whether you want ally yourself on the side of the “good guys” (Citizens, the Militia and the Traders) or a Space Pirate. Admittedly it doesn’t have the deepest of story lines, and the game is played on a two dimensional field (a little weird for a space game), but damn it, this game is fun. Also, it’s only freakin’ twenty dollars, and if you have a PlayStation 4 and are a PlayStation Plus member, you may have it already, as it was the give away for Plus members in August, 2016. It might not be for everyone, but if you want to zip around space and blast enemy ships out of existence, then Rebel Galaxy might be for you. You can probably get through the game in about sixty hours, but I stretched it out because I was having such a good time that I didn’t want the fun to end. I say give it a try.





Forgotten Gem: Call of Duty 2 – The Big Red One on the Original XBOX

22 07 2016

Yesterday I started playing Call of Duty 2 Big Red One (BRO) on the original XBOX. Released in 2005, BRO was development house Treyarch’s first entry into the Call of Duty universe. You may be more familiar with Treyarch’s later, hugely successful Call of Duty titles, World at War and the Black Ops series. Let me say right off, if you are a fan of Call of Duty: World at War, then you owe it to yourself to play BRO.

Despite having Call of Duty 2 in the title, this is a completely separate game made by a completely different team. This game tells the story of a real group of American soldiers that went by the name “The Big Red One” – a title they got due to the red armbands they wore to identify their group. Unlike most Call of Duty titles, you play as the same character throughout the game (except in a few airplane scenes/missions). If you loved Call of Duty: World at War, you should like this. It really feel like, to me at least, a prototype of World at War. While more primitive than later titles for later consoles, this game feels like they just about had it all nailed down. Not as pretty as the later releases (come on, this is an old system now), it’s still gripping, and the story is damn good. Hell, the cut scenes are actually interesting. With me not being a fan of Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty titles, it is nice to know that even at the beginning, Treyarch was doing Call of Duty games well.

So, if you are looking for something different to play while you are waiting for Battlefield 1 to be released (don’t lie – you know you’re getting Battlefield 1), why not look for this baby on Ebay and give it a shot. Nice bonus: it will play on your XBOX 360 (you still have your 360 don’t you?).

Check out some of my game play footage below:





Kiss Colexions.com Goodbye

23 10 2015

Game over ColexionsWell it looks like it is time for us to say goodbye to what was for the longest time my favourite gaming site on the net, colexions.com. I found colexions quite some time ago when I was searching for some way to to catalogue my growing retro gaming collection. I joined this then tiny community of like minded collectors, and aside from a weird time when there was an issue with the site’s URL, I’ve been a member since. Created and curated by Corey Buckner, a guy that quickly became a personal friend, colexions brought together some great folks. Heck, it even eventually became what I was looking for when I found the site: a way to catalogue my collection. Then there were the “Show and Tells” where a bunch of us would get together via Google hangouts and show off our collections and talk about gaming and other collecting topics, and generally have a great time. I met some great people and made a few good friends there. Unfortunately a change in management led to a change in the overall feel of the place. It didn’t feel as fun anymore so I started hanging out there less and less. That said, I never gave up on it, I just didn’t hangout as much.

Earlier this week I noticed the site wasn’t loading, but just thought it was a server issue. Well, after a few days it was announced that the site was no more. This is unfortunate, as it was a good place for a long time. I don’t know exactly why Corey decided to shut the site down, but I have a few ideas that I will keep to myself as they are nothing but conjecture. Ganx, the “President” of the site made some general statements regarding the end of colexions that gave no clarity, though to be fair, I believe that Corey may have not told him. I will say that Ganx telling the now ex members of the colexions community to look at ourselves when trying to figure out the reason as to why Corey may have shuttered the site was asinine. Ganx, you won me over as a friend a long time ago, but lost that when I realized how much of what we all were hearing was nothing but smoke and mirrors. There’s the mirror you should look into.





Recent Pick Up: Game Boy Advance And Mortal Kombat 4 For The Game Boy Color

8 04 2014

Went to one of a couple local flea markets here in Calgary last Sunday (April 6, 2014) and grabbed this Game Boy Advance and a copy of Mortal Kombat 4 for the Game Boy Color. Nothing fancy, but I did need an original Game Boy Advance since mine went missing several years ago, and as for the Mortal Kombat 4 cartridge… well, it was included. Got both of them for $20 Canadian.

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Had An Awesome Time Hangin’ With My Retro Collector Friends From Colexions.com

7 04 2014

My buddy and fellow Retro Gaming fanatic Corey Buckner has put together a great community of fellow minded collectors over at colexions.com. Well, not only has he put together a great site to show off your own collection and geek out over fellow collectors treasures, he also hosts a monthly “Show And Tell” on Google Hangouts. What it is is a group of us collectors having a great time, showing off our stuff and talking about retro gaming and what ever else might come to mind. This was the third monthly get together and boy did we get to see some amazing stuff. We represented five different countries and three different continents but the distances just made the conversation better. It’s really cool to be able to meet like this. We had Corey Buckner (of course) from just outside Chicago and indie game developer Gary Brafford in West Virginia and lifespiller79 from…um sorry man, Texas (I think), all three in the U.S. of A,  We had Gabo representing Argentina, Mark in the U.K, Paul in Australia and little ol’ me up here in Canada. Everyone pulled out all the stops and showed some real stunners from our collections. Checkout last Saturday’s get together below: