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…





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:





Some Game Play Videos I’ve Recorded Over The Last Few Weeks

6 05 2015

I have been a bad blogger and completely ignored this blog for too freakin’ long. I’ll try to be better, but no promises…

In the meantime, though, here are some game play videos that I have recorded over the last few weeks.

Donkey Kong For the Gameboy

NHL 94 For The Sega Genesis

NHL 94 “Anniversary Mode” In NHL 14 (PS3)

 

Hope you enjoy the videos!





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:





Great Promotional Video For The Bally Astrocade System From 1982

5 01 2014

Found a link to this on Reddit a few minutes ago (thanks for the great link, Canada_Bacon_Beer why not go click that link and give him and “up vote” or two for both the link and the awesome nick name), and had to share it with you. It’s a promotional video fro one of my favourite obscure consoles, the Bally Astrocade. Check it out:





A Fantastic Intellivision Haul…And More!

5 01 2014

I decided to peruse a local online buy and sell site to see if there was any retro treasure to be found… There was! I bagged a boxed, great condition Intellivision, a crap load of great games, the Intellivoice add-on. But that, my fine feathered Internet friends was not all. No indeed, it is not. Included with the Intellivision was the extremely rare Educational Computer System (ECS) add-on, with the also ridiculously rare Music Synthesizer keyboard add-on. Pretty crazy, eh? Well, wait – there’s even more: the guy also threw in an Atari XE computer/console, matching joystick AND light gun,some Atari paddle controllers, a Kraft joystick, and the really cool button controller for Track and Field.

I got this entire haul for a total of $85 Canadian. The ECS and the XE didn’t come with power supplies, but I tested the XE with an existing power supply from the XE I already have and it works great, as does the ECS as I was able to test it using a Nintendo Entertainment System power supply.

Freakin’ awesome!

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