The GeeksFTW – Episode 290

The GeeksFTW – Episode 290

We are back for another episode! This one took a bit to edit because we had some technical issues while recording. Halfway through we had to stop and start again. The quality More »

The GeeksFTW – Episode 289

The GeeksFTW – Episode 289

We are back and this time the audio quality is a lot better! If you are looking for more from us then check out our YouTube Page for game reviews, quick looks More »

The GeeksFTW – Episode 288

The GeeksFTW – Episode 288

We are back for yet another episode of the Podcast.  I want to apologize for the audio quality. We had a few issues and had to rip the audio from YouTube. Next More »

The GeeksFTW – Episode 287

The GeeksFTW – Episode 287

  If you are looking for more from us then check out our YouTube Page for game reviews, quick looks and more. We want to know what you think of this episode More »

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Episode 1

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Episode 1

Score: 9 out of 10 TellTale games are beloved. They are considered some of the best when it comes to storytelling. They have adapted many different franchises and most have been considered successes. More »

 

Reach for the beta

Captain Mal calls sniper

Thursday April 29 was when Bungie opened up the Halo: Reach Beta to their friends and family or some quick people on Twitter. It wasn’t until the follow Monday, at approximately 1:00 EST (according to my clock when I first saw the “IT”S LIVE” tweet.) Bungie pressed the button to open up the beta to the public. By public I mean the people who still have their Halo 3: ODST campaign disc. After about a half an hour of downloading, depending on internet speed, we were able to finally play the first matches of Halo: Reach multiplayer. Or so we thought. As it so happened the Reach Beta servers were having issues. Whether Bungie didn’t expect the 1,000,000+ people logging on of day one or the there was a “fire in the server room,” whatever the problem was it was just a pain to try and find a match in those first few hours of the beta. Later that night once the servers were up and running the fun really began.

Halo: Reach plays similar to Halo 3 with a couple button swaps. For instance the default controls the melee is on the right bumper and the equipment is on the left, the reload is on the X button and the switch grenade is on the B button. At first I was happy to see the X button was once again on the X button, but for some reason my mind kept telling me that I was playing Halo and the reload and pick up weapons button was on the right bumper. Lucky for me there was the Recon button layout, which swaps the reload back to the right bumper and the melee to the B button and the switch grenades to the X button. other than that it controls just like all the other Halo games.

OK enough with the controls time for weapons.  Jumping and grenade arcs are lower due to the ‘increased gravity of a large planetoid like Reach.’ The Halo CE zooming pistol is back to the delight of many Halo fans, I’m not one of those people glad to see it’s return. There is no Battle Rifle (BR) because it hasn’t been invented yet so in it’s place we get it predecessor the M392 Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR), which is a one shot medium to long range rifle. There are also a couple of weapons new to Reach that we all are wondering “Why the hell haven’t we seen these weapons before?” The Human and Convenant got a couple new weapons like the Needle Rifle (and DMR that uses needles from the Needler instead of bullets), the Plasma Repeater (a Convenant version of the Assault Rifle), and a Focus Rifle (reminds me of the Sentinel Beam only with multiple zoom).  along with new weapons the epuipment from Halo 3 were removed and replaced with armor abilities. Some of those abilities include jet pack, active camo, sprint (Spartans only), dodge (elites only. the roll move that the elites use in the campaign), and armor lock (Spartans only. A pre-evolved form of the bubble shield, you become immobile and the shield only covers you.) You pick this abilities and weapon loadout every time you spawn. Spartans and Elities also play differently. Elities are larger, faster, and have regenerating health which the Spartans do not.

New game modes were also introduced. One of those modes was Headhunter, once one player kills another s/he drops a flaming skull. And that player has to drop the skull off in one of the designated locations, which periodically moves. But if that player is killed before they drop off the skull s/he drops the skull s/he was carrying plus their own skull. That means a player can carry multiple skulls to drop off. If a player drops off ten skulls at once that’s a Skullamonjaro and an instant win. Another one of the modes is Stockpile. It is a new version of neutral flag only instead of one flag there are multiple flags. The player takes the flag to their base but the points will only count is if the flag or flags are in the teams scoring area once the countdown reaches 0. This gets teams chances to capture multiple flags at once or steal flags from the other team. One other mode is Invasion, a multi stage tiered battle. This battle is Elites vs Spartans (as it should be). The objective is for the Elites to steal a data core from the Spartans, but to do so the Elites have to open two gates and gain access to the data core. Once one gates falls more loadouts more weapons and vechiles.

At the time of typing this there have a been three maps released to play, a fourth should be available soon. The map Powerhouse is an outdoor map on the surface of the planet of Reach, this map reminds me a bit of High Ground with a wall separating a human base and the wilderness, Swordbase is a indoor map devised of three levels, this is a very vertical map which makes the jet pack very useful on this map when you want to get around fast like on objective based games. The third is Boneyard, a large map with a huge human base on one side. Boneyard is only played on the new Invasion mode.

I really like the Halo: Reach multiplayer beta, playing this beta makes me want to go out and pre-oder the game. The problems I have with the game is that the pistol is way over powered, in my opinion it shouldn’t outpower the DMR but it does. The only other problem I have is that Invasion is way too short. The last problem I have is not with the game or Bungie but Infinity Ward, the bungie.net web tracking is the coolest and best i’ve ever seen and to add to it it’s instant. As soon as a game is over you can hop online and see the stats of the game you just played less than a minute ago added to your own personal stats. I know that Infinity Ward is tracking all this information why won’t they let us see it. I recommend getting Reach when it comes out if your a fan of FPS just from playing this beta.

Deadliest Warrior


I write this review while finishing up my marathon of SPIKE TV’s Deadliest Warrior. As a Geek I have always thought about Ninja vs Pirate, Samurai Vs. Knight, and other variations. This show answers so many of those questions. Using Science they take two warriors and they measure how lethal each weapon can be as well as any defense the warrior might have. It is truly entertaining to watch these warrior’s weapons be tested. When the testing is done they input all the data in a computer program that gives results on who will win. The end of the show is a battle between the two warriors to reveal the winner. There are many shows that test out weapons, but this show is by far my favorite since it puts two warriors against each other. Some of my favorites were Pirate Vs Knight, Irish Republican Army(IRA) Vs Taliban, and SWAT vs. GSG 9. The show has recently started its 2nd season. Its on SPIKE TV frequently so DVR owners can truly catch up fairly quick. I would truly say this is a must watch show for any geek. I would strongly recommend this show. With that said I am truly looking forward to the XBLA game to come out. If you have already watched it before then leave a comment. I’d be curious to hear what you think.

What do you Think?

Here at The GeeksFTW we find this to be a hobby mainly, but just because its a hobby doesn’t mean we don’t want to put out the best quality content we can. So Help us by commenting on this post or send us an email at TheGeeksFTW@gmail.com Let us know how you like the site, any suggestions for shows or the site, or anything else you might have to say. We encourage constructive criticism. We look forward to hearing from you

Super Street Fighter IV

Well got a chance to play SSFIV some more today.  Here are my thoughts on this game so far with the limited amount of time that I have had with it. The game seems much more balanced from character to character which is a huge plus. Playing ranked games have been a mixed bag. Sometimes it works flawlessly without any lag and other times it is unplayable. I have a pretty good connection but I need more time to know for sure if it is Comcast or the game. Also as of now my defense is way  below average; meaning I am sucking(I hate sucking in fighting games). With a good amount of new characters I need to put in some more time to learn all the moves and how to defend against them. The bottom line here is SSFIV for $40 is a steal I only wish I would not have purchased the first game because now that has officially become a $60 paper weight. Anyone who would like to play add me to your friends list my gamertag is theprophet209. If enough interest is there I would like to set up gamenights on the weekends.

Pax East Swag Bag Contest

In Honor of our New Site we are extending our contest.

Following the rules below are ways to get entered in our Contest for a Special bag from PAX EAST with a bunch of special surprises in them. The Prizes in the bag will remain a surprise.We might mention a few things on the show or twitter.
Rules:
1)Leaving an iTunes review gets you 1 entry into the contest
2)Leave a comment or send an email with your show topic suggestion to TheGeeksFTW@gmail.com for 1 entry
3)Send us proof(email us a link where we can see) of you spreading the GeeksFTW! name across other sites/forums you might participate in regularly(without spamming) for 1 entry.
4)Contest will Run till June 6th and we will pull one random entry(using random.org) to win our Big PAX EAST Swag Bag

Episode 8-Buffy Talk

This episode we are joined by Scarfinger to discuss Buffy the Vampire Slayer. We mainly discuss the Television show and touched on season 8 that is in comic book form.We try to start at season 1 and go in order but soon find out thats not possible. We talk about our favorite characters,episodes, and moments in the show.

Episode 7-This is Us

On this episode we take the time to share a little about ourselves individually. We talk about who we are in real life as well as our interests. This is truly a “Get to Know your Host” show. We hope this helps you learn what type of people we are and our personalities.

Episode 6.5-C2E2

On a Special episode we discuss some of the announcements that were made at the Chicago Comic Entertainment Expo(C2E2) with Matt aka Patriot1030 from OpenForumRadio who attended the convention. We discuss all kinds of geeky announcements.

http://geeksofdoom.com/2010/04/17/c2e2-2010-disney-xd-to-air-new-animated-ultimate-spider-man-avengers-series/

http://geeksofdoom.com/2010/04/17/c2e2-2010-marvel-producing-four-anime-series/

http://geeksofdoom.com/2010/04/17/c2e2-2010-two-new-captain-america-series-coming-your-way/

http://geeksofdoom.com/2010/04/17/c2e2-2010-super-hero-squad-show-iron-man-armored-adventures/

Episode 6-Fantastic Geeks

Yet another episode with another guest from OpenForumRadio. This week we are joined by Lary aka BlueManRule to talk about the Fantastic Four and What is a geek?

Related Links

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fantastic_Four_%28film%29

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120667/

http://marvel.com/universe/Fantastic_Four

Episode 5-True(Geek)Blood

In this episode we are joined by two very special guest to talk about True Blood. We are joined by Jason aka GolfRat from TalkingAboutGames and Anthony aka TinPanAlley from OpenForumRadio. We talk about the first 2 seasons as well as Anthony about the differences from the show and the books.

True Blood related sites

http://true-blood.net/

http://www.trueblood-online.com/

http://truebloodfansite.com/

http://fangbangers.com/

http://trueblood.fannook.com/