Tag Archives: PC Gaming

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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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

Amnesia: The Dark Descent Review

Written by Micah Messer

I don’t play a lot of horror games, but Amnesia: The Dark Descent is, far and away, the scariest game I have ever played. It’s not hard to tell that true survival-horror games are hard to come by these days. After this year’s E3, which showed off Resident Evil 6’s explosion tsunami and some of Dead Space 3’s more action-centric gameplay, triple A survival-horror games seem to be on their way out. So what is a true survival-horror enthusiast supposed to do? Well, you can turn to a small indie developer named Frictional Games. Amnesia focuses so much on scaring the crap out of you and immersing you in its world that, for better or worse, there’s little else to the game at all.

The story here is actually pretty decent and well told. You play as Daniel, a man who wakes up on the floor of a room in the absurdly creepy Castle Brennenburg, with no memory of past events. The story revolves heavily on you recovering your memories, usually through notes written by your past-self, or conversations that come back to you after visiting certain areas. As I said, the story is pretty well told, albeit somewhat reliant on you finding and reading the majority of the notes scattered throughout the castle. But as long as you’re opening drawers and searching desks (which you’re going to want to be doing anyway) you’ll find enough of them to keep you in the loop.

Get used to this level of vision.

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Diablo 3 Review

Written by Nathan Love and Micah Messer

Every Blizzard release is one of the most hotly-anticipated games of the year, and Diablo III certainly was no exception. Blizzard didn’t even need to promise a lot for the expectations of gamers worldwide to be through the roof- the teasers, trailers, and beta leaks were more than enough to whet the appetites of Diablo fans and new players alike. We here at IPGR simply couldn’t wait to see what kind of pointer-finger-tiring fun we could get into- and it turns out, it’s quite a bit.

The gameplay is no surprise to anyone who played Diablo II (or, realistically, even Torchlight, or other point-and-click action RPGs). You click to move your character around, you have a variety of spells and abilities at your disposal based on your class that you can bind to your mouse buttons and keyboard, and you use them against vast hordes of monsters to turn them into delicious monster jelly. Monsters drop gold and loot, you equip what you like, disenchant what you don’t, craft more loot, kill more monsters, lather, rinse, and repeat ad nauseam. Diablo III is, like its fellows in the genre and its previous installments, not much more than a loot grinder at its core, but there’s still quite a bit of fun to be had reducing thousands of demons to a fine red paste. Read more of this post

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.”

League Of Legends Review

Written by Forrest Messer

You’re in a distant land, one in which bushes will spin and scream at you, a little girl is your worst fear, and that guy who said he’s on your side just ran into an enemy tower. No, you fools, not Antarctica! It’s League of Legends. The advent of what is now coming to be known as “Multiplayer Online Battle Arena” games or M.O.B.A began back in the days of Warcraft 3, a time wrapped in nostalgia and dial-up connections. I’m of course talking about Defense of the Ancients. However, Riot has taken the basic DotA formula and cleaned it up a bit, essentially taking the genre and making it much more accessible.

Xerath has one of the coolest taunts.

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Team Fortress 2 Review

Written by Forrest Messer

It’s hard to believe that Team Fortress 2 has been out for nearly three and half years, I still remember first hearing about it in a ventrillo server while my friends laughed hysterically at the larger than life characters the game featured. Despite being out for so long, Valve has managed to keep Team Fortress 2 as fresh as the day it came out with a near constant stream of un-priced content patches that have fleshed out the game even to the extent of redefining it, and now, It’s free. That’s right, there is now absolutely no reason to not completely lose yourself in the finely tuned multiplayer experience that is Team Fortress 2. The game is comprised of nine mercenary classes that have been hired by competing corporate interests. These nine classes are then broken into three subclasses; Offense, Defense, and Support. There is truly something here for everyone, with each class performing vital but different roles.

This big guy isn’t gonna let a little ‘arrow-to-the-hand’ stop him.

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