Category Archives: Miscellaneous

DayZ: The Zombie Survival Game I’ve Always Wanted


Written by Micah Messer

For some reason it’s always seemed like developers are been afraid to create a realistic zombie survival game, instead relying on goofy zombie kills and silly weapon crafting. I don’t want to see how many zombies I can kill, I want to see how long I can survive. I don’t want to craft an electric chainsaw that zaps zombies to death. I want a game that forces me to scavenge for supplies that are essential for my survival. DayZ is that game– well, mod technically. Created for the game Arma 2, DayZ is a mod that puts the player in a massive open environment full of zombies and other players. Arma 2 being a realistic military simulator, naturally it turned out to be the perfect game for a hardcore zombie survival mod.

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Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut

The Mass Effect trilogy is one of the most memorable and character-driven experiences in gaming today. The first game came with massive potential, with developer Bioware promising an epic sci-fi tale with lasting choices that would carry over from game to game. This kind of thing had never really been done before in games. However, the ending to Mass Effect 3 left most people feeling short-changed. In response to an overwhelming number of people asking for clarification on the events of the game’s ending, Bioware has released the Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut.

If you don’t want the ending spoiled or just don’t feel like reading the article, know that the extended cut fixes some problems, but not all. It takes the ending from abysmal to acceptable.

[SPOILER WARNING]
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DOTA 2: Rubick Spell Steal Video

Rubick, The Grand Magus, is one of the funniest heroes to be added to the Dota 2 beta so far, so I decided to make a montage of some of my experiences with him. His ultimate allows him to steal the last spell cast by the target hero. So, as you can imagine, hilarity ensues.  Enjoy!

-Micah Messer

Best of E3 2012

Here at IPGR, we watched E3 with the glee of children in a candy shop. Every year, new games and systems are shown off, the Internet is abuzz with video game talk, and people get very excited for the coming months. However, this year, our overall elation at new public video game announcements was punctuated with disappointment at the abundance of sequel announcements and general lack of focus on gaming. It certainly wasn’t all bad, though, and in fact, we’re very excited for some of the upcoming games! It’s no secret that some games and companies “win” E3, so without further ado, here are our winners in various categories:

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Nintendo Direct Pre E3 2012 Impressions

By Thomas Read

Just a few hours ago, Nintendo finished their Pre E3 Conference, offering some new details and clarification on the Wii U. Some interesting and innovative new features and details were announced for the tablet controller, now named the “Wii U Game Pad.”

Before and After

Iwata stated that the Game Pad could also be used as a “social window” to communicate with other players independent of the system’s activity. I’m anticipating a Facebook channel on the Wii U. The camera can be used in a webcam-type experience, allowing players to see and talk to each other using the Game Pads. This is a cool feature that we’ll hopefully get more details on. For example, can more than two people have a conversation with their cameras as once? Can you chat while in-game? Could you see someone on your controller while you play a co-op game online with them? Could the Wii U use the image of the person you’re chatting with as a live in-game graphic?

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God of War Ascension: What can they Improve?

Written by Micah Messer

Greetings friends! With the recent announcement of the new PS3 exclusive, God of War: Ascension, being developed by Sony Santa Monica Studios, I made the decision to play through God of War 3 again. In my opinion, the game is a total mixed bag, but despite its flaws, I enjoy it quite a bit. With a new installment in the God of War series on the way, I thought I might give my thoughts on what I feel they got right, and what they can improve on.

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Has EA Changed its Ways? Probably Not

Written by Micah Messer

 

As you may have heard, on April 4th 2012, Consumerist readers voted Electronic Arts the worst company in America. With the Golden Poo award under their belts, it seems as though EA might be trying to change their image. On April 10th 2012, the Resurgence multiplayer DLC pack for Mass Effect 3 was released for free, as well as the promise of additional free story-based DLC in the future. The Rebellion multiplayer DLC pack is also set to come out on May 29th for no charge. This is a massive change from EA’s standard policy on DLC releases. Whether this will be a permanent change in attitude or just a temporary “Look, we’re being nice!” remains to be seen, but my bet is on the latter.

Bioware and EA are notorious for their horrible DLC track record. The Legacy DLC for Dragon Age 2 is a perfect example of their average release. Of course, they do have their moments, but usually they try to get as much money for as little content as possible. Well, EA’s customers have voiced their opinion, and they’re sick of it. Signs point to EA listening, but there’s nothing stopping them from switching back to their old ways in a couple months. While it seems unlikely, it sure would be nice if EA turned into a company that actually gave a crap about their customers.

Dota 2 Hero: Lifestealer

Written by Micah Messer

There he is… Isn’t he beautiful?

Even though N’aix the Lifestealer looks like the kind of creature that would devour my soul with a smile on his face, I’ve still been enjoying him greatly. It’s been hard for me to get into strength heroes recently, but Lifestealer is special. Instead of taking the front line like most other strength hereos, he actually spends a lot of his time hiding behind his team mates. Did I say behind? I meant inside. Lifestealer’s ultimate ability is called Infest. The ability’s description is as follows:
“Lifestealer will infest the body of the target unit, lying dormant and undetectable inside. When he reveals himself, he deals damage to all nearby enemy units. Lifestealer can gain experience from units that die while he is infesting a unit. If the unit is a creep, he will devour it first, gaining health equal to the unit’s current HP. Does not work on enemy Heroes.”

Super Mario World Speed Run

Today we’ve got a speed run of Super Mario World for the Super Nintendo. While it’s not a perfect speed run, it’s still the best I’ve done to date. We hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed playing it.

-Thomas Read

Uncharted 3 Kill Montage

Even though it seems I am incapable of achieving anything greater than some generic grenade kills, here is a kill montage from the Uncharted 3 Multiplayer.

-Micah Messer