The GeeksFTW – Episode 297

The GeeksFTW – Episode 297

We are back for another episode. We had to rip the audio from the youtube stream so the quality is not as good. We hope you understand and we are working to More »

The GeeksFTW – Episode 296

The GeeksFTW – Episode 296

We are back for another episode. This week we talk about a variety of topics. We have a great show for you to enjoy. If you are looking for more from us More »

The GeeksFTW – Episode 295

The GeeksFTW – Episode 295

We are back for yet another episode of the Podcast. News is slowing down as the games are starting to release. If you are looking for more from us then check out More »

The GeeksFTW – Episode 294

The GeeksFTW – Episode 294

We are back for another episode. This one isn’t too long and we talk a lot of Blizzard topics as well as Anime games. If you are looking for more from us then More »

The GeeksFTW – Episode 293

The GeeksFTW – Episode 293

We are back for another episode. We are trying to get back to a normal schedule, but life keeps getting in the way. If you are looking for more from us then More »

 

Van Redd Reviews: Metro 2033

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Metro 2033 is a weird game. It is rare in the sense that it is based on a novel rather then a comic book or movie. I’m not sure if this works in favor of the narrative but for better or worse I had some memorable experiences. It gets stranger as the novel in question is from Russia and came out in or around 2005.

This game really feels like the Russian counterpoint to Fallout as you exist as a young person in a ruined world. Life as we know it has been burned away by nuclear fire and all that is left is a mutated wasteland with the buildings serving as tombs. I think Metro actually upstages Fallout as it makes the surface world seem like an absolutely horrible place and you ARE risking your life anytime you go up to it. You see the air itself is poison so you have to wear a gas mask at all times when outside, and too bad for you that the mutated life that survives up there is not going to just let you waltz by.  Neither are the various factions that control various areas just going to let you go by. Life for the most part exists underground in the old Metro stations. You get the feeling that Russia did not have a Vault program so this is the best they could do. Life is cramped and bleak but people are trying to make the most of it.

Your character will only speak in monologues between levels and realism is at a premium here. You get no map, there just aren’t any. You get a flashlight you have to manually pump up with a generator. Money is worthless, you buy things with bullets. Your gas mask can break, and if it does you either find another or you will die. It gives it a very Half-Life you against the world vibe that I sort of dig.

If that sounds harsh don’t worry, it never is too much to bear and the game seems to know just when to let you take a breather to recharge. These little things really help immerse you in the world of the Metro in the end and make for a unique experience.

The game also takes from Bioshock in a way as there is a mysterious “other” faction that seems to speak to you. Something supernatural is going on while all the human vs. human vs. mutant drama goes on. I found it mostly uninteresting though and ultimately this thread never gets quite enough explanation to really make much sense.

The graphics for the game are passable, but nothing is going to WOW you here. This is not to say the game looks bad it is just that nothing really looks that good either. Character models look very much the same and have “dead eyes” like some games from last gen. The lighting effects are nice and the texture work is good, but again, nothing is going to knock your socks off.

The voice acting is pretty good buy WHY do Russians always have to sound so stereotypically Russian in games. I salute games like Metal Gear Solid 3 for not doing what Metro does. The main character is not so bad but you literally will feel like you are talking to the spies from Rocky and Bullwinkle at points of this game. The pacing is excellent. but I was hampered by some very unclear objectives at certain points but nothing even close to game breaking. The game is fairly short though, and once you beat the game there is little reason for a repeat play. The game has a very weird morality system that never seems to come into play enough to make any sense and really should have probably just been scraped.

Bottom Line: Metro 2033 offers some great atmosphere and some unique takes on realism without being annoying, but the short length and general “Meh” -ness of the graphics places it in the rental category.

Halo Reach Achievements Leaked

According to Bungie.net Halo Reach will have 49 achievements total. Twenty-three are campaign specific achievements. They have been seperated into different groups.These are the following: Campaign (23), Firefight (7), Multiplayer (4), Training (6) and Player Experience (9) Below is a list of achievement and how to obtain them. Enjoy!

  • A Monument to All Your Sins – Complete each Campaign Mission on Legendary – alone.
  • Banshees, Fast and Low – Hijack a Banshee during the Reach Campaign.
  • Yes, Sensei – Earn a First Strike Medal in a Matchmaking game.
  • A New Challenger – Complete all of the Daily Challenges in a given day.
  • Make It Rain – Purchase an item from the Armory that requires the rank of Lt. Colonel.
  • If They Came to Hear Me Beg – Perform an Assassination against an Elite to survive a fall that would’ve been fatal.

Source Bungie.net

Dead Rising 2 Practice

If you can’t wait for Dead Rising 2,like me, and you prefer traditional slow moving or shuffling zombies which take a shot to the head to go down then you’re in luck.

I have put together a list of 10 Xbox 360 zombie games which is more than enough to keep you occupied until the zombie fest that is Dead Rising 2!!!

Bare in mind these games are put in order of how well I think the zombies are portrayed and how the overall experience of killing them…… again is.

To give you an idea of how I think zombies should be portrayed here’s a list of what I think zombies should and shouldn’t do:

1. Zombies can’t fly, climb buildings or anything else supernatural for that matter. Think of the human body as a tool kit. A virus only has the same tools we have at its disposal. So there is know way for a zombie to fly unless the human it used to be could fly

2. The only way to kill a zombie is to “shoot em in the head”. The brain is the engine which drives a zombie without it the zombies can’t function.

The however can live without limbs and internal organs as their reanimated body no longer needs them

3. A zombie’s brain power is similar to the slime which first crawled out of the ocean. They operate of pure instinct and not by using intelligence

So now you know the rules I hope you enjoy my video sorry if you don’t like the order or disagree with it remember it’s just my opinion

I’d love to hear your favorite zombie game or what your top 10 list would be so feel to comment =]

Episode 14- The Dark Passenger Returns

After a longer then expected holiday break we are back! In this episode we get up to date with Dexter. We talk about season 4 in detail as well as make predictions about season 5. We welcome back Matt aka Patriot1030 from OpenForumRadio.com . So sit back and relax with a shorter episode of GeeksFTW! Expect a much longer episode next time as we discuss season 5 of Doctor Who.

Help OFRN Help Veterans

As a Part of the Open Forum Radio Network we support our brother podcasts. Below is a Message from Open Forum Radio:

Open Forum Radio would like to invite you (or your community) to participate in help welcoming returning veterans from the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

As you may know, Miller High Life will be donating up to $1 million to Miller’s High Life Experiences. Each pull-tab or Miller High Life bottle cap will add 10¢ to that goal of $1 million.

Starting the night of Friday July 23rd through the Sunday July 25th, the Open Forum Radio Network will be hosting numerous game nights all the while enjoying Miller High Life in support of our returning veterans. If you are interested in participating here’s some of the need-to-knows.

Participants must of current legal drinking age as of July 23, 2010.
Collect & Pool however many pull-tabs / bottle caps and mail them to:
Open Forum Radio Inc.
739 Ashland
River Forest, IL 60305

Included activities: Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Red Dead Redemption, NCAA Football 11, many more titles for both the X-Box 360 and PS3.

As an official Open Forum Radio Network community event, participants include the co-hosts of “Open Forum Radio” as well as “The 40 Cast”.

Also scheduled to participate will be other gaming communities…

If you need any information or questions please feel free to email Open Forum Radio at: OFRFeedback@gmail.com

Thank you for your consideration and participation!

Plants Vs Zombies 2?

Found this image on PCGamer.com and not much else is said. This could be many things, but the popular rumor is a sequel to the popular tower defense game Plants vs Zombies. I do know a XBLA version is suppose to come out. Maybe that has something to do with it. Another rumor is it being released on Android(Yes,Please!). Almost a month away from the date. I know now I’m looking forward to August 2nd.

More Red Dead DLC


I just got an email from Rockstar talking about their future with Red Dead Redemption DLC packs. I figured I’d share that email with you.

Releasing beginning of August 2010
New active map locations, characters and more
9 New Multiplayer map locations – more than doubling the amount of territories in the Multiplayer Competitive modes
8 New Multiplayer characters – play as characters from Red Dead Revolver
Introducing a new projectile weapon: the Tomahawk, with corresponding Challenges for single player and multiplayer
New Achievements/Trophies
Pricing: $9.99 (PlayStation Network), 800 Microsoft Points (Xbox LIVE)

New Competitive Modes, Multiplayer Mini-games in Free Roam, and more:
‘Attack and Defend’ Multiplayer Competitive Mode and Challenges
New Multiplayer Horse Races complete with mounted combat
Play as the heroes and villains of Red Dead Redemption as well as 8 additional multiplayer characters
Multiplayer versions of Liars Dice and Poker from the single-player game
Introducing a new weapon: the Explosive Rifle, with associated Challenges available in single-player and multiplayer
New Achievements/Trophies
Release date TBC
Pricing: $9.99 (PlayStation Network), 800 Microsoft Points (Xbox LIVE)

Delve deeper into the world of Red Dead Redemption with new Modes, Challenges and Gang Hideouts to discover:
Additional Free Roam Challenges
New action areas and defensive placements
Posse Scoring / Posse Leaderboards
New ‘anti-griefing’ measures in Free Roam
Release date and pricing TBC

Ghost towns and cemeteries come alive in a West gone horribly wrong:
Brand new single player adventure, challenges and quests
8 New Multiplayer Zombie characters
Additional animals unleashed in the world
New Dynamic events
More details to follow…
Release date TBC

Yes that is right zombies are coming to Red Dead Redemption. And the poker games and liers dice are coming to multiplayer, which we were asking for since day one. I will be buying everyone of these packs the day they come out, and I bet so will William, Jbird, and Faitios will be right there with me.

Johnny Depp as the Doctor?

The word on the web is Russell T. Davies is said to have written a script for a big budget movie for the hit BBC show Doctor Who that is set to release in 2012. Actor Johnny Depp has been cast as the role of The Doctor. With that said who is going to be his companion? Why couldn’t David Tennant have stared in it? So many questions that needs and hopefully will be answered soon.

I will not go into full length detail on this post. To find out more you can visit the source below, or stay tuned to our Doctor Who Season 5 episode of GeeksFTW! This episode will most likely be episode 15 so make sure you subscribe to us on iTunes,Zune, or RSS reader.

source Tor.com

Sony Picks Peter Parker

Looks like the new Peter Parker will be played by Josh Hutcherson. Josh Hutcherson is best known for staring in Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant and Journey to the Center of the Earth. This 17 year old actor has been reported to have been cast for the Spider-man’s Peter Parker by Blue Sky Disney.  This seems to leave me with more questions. Who will be the Villain? Who will be playing the Villain? Who will be playing the love interest? Those questions and many more. Looks like we will just have to wait to find out more.

Source Blue Sky Disney

Hulu Plus is on the way

Well, it’s finally come. There are now reports that Hulu plans to launch a subscription service in the near future. It’s been rumored for months, but now there’s confirmation. The subscription will cost $10 per month, and will be rolling out to select users as early as later this month. Obviously, if people are going to be paying for this, they’ll want more content, which is why Hulu is reported to be in talks with CBS, Viacom, and Time Warner to add their shows to Hulu’s already sizable catalog. Along with the traditional computer environment, Hulu claims to have options in the work for iPad and, as rumored, video game consoles, along with set-top boxes. Could this herald the end of cable television as we know it? It’s already happening to music purchasing and movie rentals, what’s stopping it from happening to television as well? We live in the internet age, and it seems that cable providers either need to recognize that and form some kind of counteroffensive, or embrace obsolescence.

Source: Wired.com

UPDATE: It’s been all over the place for the past couple of days, but now it’s officially confirmed. Hulu Plus membership invitations will start going out gradually over the next couple of months, starting now. For $10 a month, Hulu’s prepared to offer you an extended catalog that will be available on iPad, iPhone, and select television services. There will also be a PS3 version rolling out in the next few months (possibly exclusive to Playstation Plus subscribers), as well as an Xbox 360 version available to Gold membership subscribers sometime in early 2011.