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  1. I'm in and will be playing once we're back next week from holiday. I was terrible at the first game. I didn't finish the game and maybe levelled to 23? I found some areas and specific bad guys incredibly hard. Still, I far prefer a tactical shooter like this over the COD's. Ray and @BrewGuy are also on XB1. If you haven't played with Brewguy you are seriously missing out.
  2. Here's another review from GameSpawn that was posted today. 9 / 10. I get that games like these are tougher to review thoroughly. And in the media there's always pressure to be the first to market to get the ever so precious clicks. These reviews certainly cite the same criticisms as others do. It just makes me wonder, you know?
  3. The past few days have seemingly brought a bit of new, positive coverage of Anthem. Thumbculture's review posted last Thursday. WellPlayed posted this article yesterday. XboxHub gave it 4/5 in a review posted March 3rd. Even CNet has positive words in an article posted last Thursday. GameHaunt gave it 4.5/5 in a review posted last Thursday. Ulvespill gave it an above-the-Metacritic-average 7.6/10 in their review dated March 3rd. Even our friends at COG Connected had a positive article about it (again posted on March 3rd) Coincidence? Are opinions changing now that people are digging in to the game a bit more? Has EA been trying to influence opinion? (It happens. I've experienced it personally.)
  4. In 2005 podcasting was really in its infancy (Apple began adding podcasts to iTunes in June of that year). Always ahead of the curve, a few of the Smurfs decided to try their hand at podcasting. In this first episode the guys discuss the (at the time) new Xbox 360 console. There's a lot of great moments throughout. Right around the 16:05 mark Havoc refers to the OG Xbox as the "Xbox 1". Prophetic? Listen to episode 1 here.
  5. That's cool. I like that sort of detail, especially when it comes to a game's sound. I've long thought that how a game sounds is one of the most important elements in making a game immersive.
  6. On July 1, 2003, it was suggested on the official Xbox forums that a bunch of Canadians get together online to celebrate Canada Day with a big game of Midtown Madness 3. The game was a big hit and spawned its own MSN group sites two days later. On July 3, 2003 Xbox Canadian Live (XCL) was born. Xbox Live was hardly 8 months old at the time. While the novelty of playing online against real people was thrilling, XCL took it to a whole other level. With a trove of incredible memories and real life friendships that endure nearly 16 years later, XCL introduced me to the positivity that video games can create. Heck, GameCanadian wouldn't exist today if it weren't for XCL. XCL existed several different forms over the years. This is my attempt to preserve as much as I can of it. If you have photos, videos or anything you want to contribute please get in touch.
  7. I've only played Apex a couple of times now, right in the first week of it being released. I never really enjoyed the building aspect of Fortnite, never got proficient at it and therefore never really used it while playing other than building a set of stairs to get somewhere or clumsily throwing up a wall if being shot at. I like that Apex's focus isn't on that. I did hear an interesting comment from another player the other day. They said they thought the guns were too loud. If you get in a skirmish with another squad it tends to attract a bunch of other squads looking to swoop in and maybe pick up the scraps. Maybe that's by design?
  8. @Qwazyd0gg, we're working on improving our blog section to allow us to feature and promote content we think is good and fits within our concept. The type of thing you're doing here would be perfect for it. Would you be interested in posting these types of things there if we set it up for you?
  9. Kingdom Hearts fans have been waiting a long time to finally get some closure since the series began back in 2002. Announced back in 2005, has the decade long wait for this anticipated sequel lived up to all the hype? Click here to read Xbox Addict's full review.
  10. Why such a slow up? Telus' fibre connection here is the same up as it is down. That's why I ask.
  11. I understand there's a certain level of expectation when a game has been in development for as long as this one has. All the delays have created a negative perception of the game that is impossible to overcome. Reading many of the reviews, they seem to compare the game to current open-world and looter-shooter designs. I think that's missing the point with Crackdown. This game is fantastic. I'm not a big nostalgia guy but this on brings back all the fun feel I remember from the original. I don't think it needs to be more than that.
  12. I always thought this was something with my mobile browser? You're saying this is on purpose for people to get more clicks? Ugh.
  13. I played it when it first came out. There wasn't much to it and you were left to figure out a lot of stuff on your own. From what I understand now, the updates and DLC have increased the things you can do and improved the game greatly. I even read it recently took over being the top-viewed game on Twitch.
  14. As much as I love Nintendo and Mario, if there is one thing that bothers me about them is that they are masters at repackaging games and hardware with new names at full prices. 3DS, 3DS XL, "New" 3DS XL. Same thing with games like this. After playing AstroBot Rescue Missions I want Mario in VR!
  15. Not a song in particular but lately I've been listening to a ton of Gary Cherone. Yes, that Gary Cherone. Crazy good singer.
  16. The only think you pay for are cosmetic differences for your character. Anything you pay for does not impact how the game it played or give you any advantage. For example, you can buy skin packs, different gliders, emotes and axes (used to mine resources). The game is also broken up into seasons which are about 90 days long. For $13 or so you can purchase a battle pass that earns you greater rewards for earning XP and completing specific in-game challenges. It is a prestige thing. I've been playing Fortnite more and more with Sam. There are plenty of game modes these days. It is not just the last man standing mode from the original. We enjoy playing the team modes which include respawns and you don't lose your equipment. The building part still seems to be beyond my ability though. It's fun!
  17. As much as the fall game releases signify gaming season, in our household so does the start of The Voice! And whenever Janice finds a show that she needs to binge watch...
  18. As smooth as that Performance mode it, in a game like this I prefer the extra resolution and detail of the quality mode. I felt a little ripped off buying the ultimate edition of FH3 and not getting the two expansions as part of that package. It looks like the two planned expansions are included in the price this time though. Makes me thing about getting it.
  19. Sweet, I'm going to try Performance mode tonight. Still HDR in performance mode?
  20. I put significant money on the fact plagiarism is like an iceberg. I bet we see less than 5-10% of how much is really going on. When I was doing the COG thing we had several instances of plagiarism, both with our writers and people ripping us off. When it was one of our own doing it they were immediately let go. Even if the site that was plagiarized wasn't aware they would be sent a note explaining what we'd found and the action we took. That was always received welcomely. Getting offending sites to remove content was much more difficult. it takes zero credentials to create a "reviews" site. We were proof of that (well me more so that @The Outcast...). Too often, actual journalism takes a back seat to revenue generation through clicks. Unless you're absolutely thorough with the content you create you'll get torn apart by today's gaming culture. You need to commit dozens and dozens of hours towards playing a review game. Not that IGN is a hobby-ist site but I'm sure the pressure of committing enough time to properly review a game would have many sites "looking" for material.
  21. I loved both previous games so much I played them through to 100% completion. This one I think I'm going to take a pass on for now. I've got my eyes set on FH4 and Destiny 2's been taking up what gaming time I have lately.
  22. Have you played it yet? I gave it a quick spin this afternoon. Looks terrific in Quality visual mode. Haven't tried Performance mode just yet. I do like the new dash cam that gets rid of the steering wheel but I still prefer the hood view. I just get a better sense of speed from the hood camera for some reason. Definite day 1 purchase. Doubt I will plop the $130 for the Ultimate edition this time. Probably just the standard.
  23. Anything is an improvement over the Orca logo. Vancouver logos don't have to always be indigenous and the fact is the Orca was a corporate symbol for the ownership group at the time way back in the 90's (Orca Bay Entertainment). With the exception of maybe the New England Patriots the most popular and best logos in sports are relatively simple and have stayed somewhat consistent with maybe some subtle stylized changes here and there (the Leafs' logo, for example). If it were my choice I would use the restyled stick-in-rink logo jersey that Vancouver has recently used as their third. The colours look amazing on tv and there's brand consistency there. Make a white version for away games and then use the skate logo jersey or even the V as thirds. Just lose the fucking Orca.
  24. ...does going back and playing nostalgic games again always feel underwhelming? Example. I love Halo. I bought the MC Collection and played through 1 & 2 before getting tired of it. Tried it again now that its on Game Pass and was back to playing Destiny in less than an hour. Too much been there, done that feeling for me. I want to play new experiences. Anyone feel the same way?
  25. 95% of the time I play on my XB1X. For me its a combination of the features the X offers, the controller, online implementation and its where I've built the most of my online relationships. Not that I don't enjoy the other consoles. Own them all. I've always had a distaste for the Playstation controllers but I have to say the PS4 controller was a major improvement.

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