Lack of Posts

Dear Readers,

Sorry for the abscences of posts lately. I’ve been contributing to another website and so far, I’m enjoying it greatly. If you want to check it out. Follow this link.

http://www.thumbactive.co.uk/

I will also be posting here on A Recreational Gamer’s Critique but the posts will be fewer. Mostly, I will be posting articles from thumbACTIVE that I have written (mainly links to the page) or I will post movie and television reviews.

Hope you all have a wonderful day and I do hope you check out thumbACTIVE.

Keep on gaming!

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My Latest Obsession

I don’t know what it is. I’ve abandoned all games I’ve been playing. Assassins Creed: Brotherhood, Mass Effect 2 (going for my final achievements) and Skyrim are sitting on the shelf, collecting dust. Why you ask. Why would I put Skyrim on the shelf. A very addicting game with so much depth to it. Why would I do that? I have rediscovered my love for the Halo series. It has become my obsession.

I had never hated the Halo games. I remember back when I was in seventh grade, my friend (who had wealthy parents) bought him the original Xbox and for those who don’t know, the Xbox cost $300 back in 2001. We would stay up all night playing multiplayer, inviting friends over and having LAN parties. I never got an Xbox until 2004 which I did end up playing through Halo and Halo 2. It was then that I began getting into different games. I eventually got a Xbox360 in December 2007 and played Halo 3 and being disappointed with it. After that, I stopped playing Halo. I got into Call of Duty, Guitar Hero, etc. It wasn’t until the end of last year that I started playing Halo again. Mainly because of Halo Anniversary. I played through and it I loved it. I immediately went out and picked up Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3 ODST, Halo Wars and Halo Reach. I love each one of those games.

I think part of the reason why I like Halo so much now is that I like engaging stories. When I was younger, all I wanted to do was shoot things up in video games and now that I’m almost half a decade old, I look more for engaging characters and interesting stories and Halo has both of those.

Halo also has quite a few different adaptations. There are books, graphic novels and an animated movie. I can say the books are excellent. I just finished “The Fall of Reach” by Eric Nylund was excellent and its Master Chiefs origin story which is very interesting. Another contributing factor to my recent Halo obsession would be my love for science fiction. I like the Star Wars games and movies, my favorite television shows are Firefly and Battlestar Galactica. I think that is a huge contributing factor.

I was a little worried when bungie had announced that they weren’t making anymore Halo games and that 343 Industries was taking over the next part of the story. Then I played Halo Anniversary and saw how they stayed true the original game and only tweaking graphics and the controls. After that, I know 343 Industries loved the original games and wouldn’t do anything to ruin it. I look forward to Halo 4 (and hopefully an HD remake of Halo 2?). It’s on my list of most anticipated games of 2012 list (which I am working on getting out to you guys) and I will be at Gamespot at midnight to buy it.

For those of you who haven’t seen it, here is the trailer for Halo 4. GET PUMPED!

The Best of 2011

This is the same post that I posted in “Jake In A Box.”

Another year has gone by and we are left to reflect on the things of 2011. We had lots a great music, films, books and video games and a lot of stinkers. I will be going over what I felt was the best of the year.

Music

This was the year where I discovered a lot of great bands. I found some really good Indie rock bands that I liked such as Death Cab For Cutie, Real Estate, Band of Horses , and Bon Iver. There were a lot of good bands that put out another great album to add to their collections of great music such as Switchfoot, Owl City, MuteMath, Falling Up and Metallica. All of them had some great music this year but I would say my favorite album of the year goes to Puscifer with their album “Conditions of My Parole.”

First things first, I am a huge Maynard James Keenan fan. I may not agree with all of his ideals but he is a genius when it comes to music. Tool and A Perfect Circle rank high in my favorite artist lists. A Perfect Circle is in my top five. By saying that, When I first listened to Puscifer, I was not impressed. It just sounded like he was goofing off with other musicians and doing something different from Tool and A Perfect Circle. After that, I didn’t give much thought to listening to Puscifer ever again. A guy I knew who went to my church had told me that Puscifer had come out with a new album and that it was really good. I told him I would check it out but I didn’t until last month and I was really impressed. It had that Tool/A Perfect Circle sound to it while going off doing something different.

The five runners up are:

Switchfoot – Vice Verses

MuteMath – Odd Soul

Bon Iver – Bon Iver

Owl City –  All Thing Bright and Beautiful

Falling Up – Your Sparkling Death Cometh

Films

I didn’t see as many movies this year. I usually see a lot of movies but this year, I really didn’t have the money to go out and see a lot of them but the ones I did see were excellent. I think my favorite of the year would have to be “X-Men: First Class.”

After being plagued with two terrible X-Men movies ( The Last Stand and Wolverine), I had very little hope for First Class. I thought it was going down the same road as Wolverine of having awful special effects, characters we wouldn’t care for and end up being a stupid summer action flick (like Wolverine was). I can honestly say now that I was wrong. X-Men: First Class was excellent. It dived deep into the relationship between Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender gave excellent and believable performances that took us into the complicated relationship of these two friends that eventually turn into enemies. It not only is a great comic book movie, its a great drama and time piece film since it takes place in the 1960’s and gives us a look of how the 60’s were. This was by far the best X-Men film I’ve seen. Yes, I’m saying it’s better than X2: X-Men United and I loved that film.

Runners up are:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow Pt. 2

Thor

Immortals

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

I Am Number Four

Television

I didn’t watch too much television this year but what I did watch was excellent. There were a lot of great shows. Some of them were new such as New Girl and An American Horror Story and some returning with another strong season such as Community, How I Met Your Mother, The Walking Dead, Entourage and The Big Bang Theory but one show stood out among them all and that would be HBO’s A Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones is about the violent struggle to control the iron throne by the kingdom’s noble families. While this is happening, a new threat arises from the northern snow and ice covered region and from the eastern continent. The show has multiple storylines following certain characters from different families. The show is an excellent drama with a great, complicated plot. The show also follows the book really well (which I’m only halfway through but i’m getting there. I want to start the second one before season two starts). I don’t want to say too much about the show because I think everyone should give it and try and if you get into it, it has some nice surprises.

Runners up:

New Girl

Community

An American Horror Story

Entourage

Mad Men (I’ve only seen seasons 1-3)

Books

Well, I didn’t do too much reading this year. I started reading A Game of Thrones this year but since that came out quite a few years ago, I won’t count that towards this list. Same goes with graphic novels. I read some Thor and Amazing Spider-Man Collections. The one thing I read that came out this year was Locke & Keys Vol. 4: Keys to the Kingdom.

This was recommended to me by a friend so I started reading volume one and it was amazing. I went through all four volumes this year and I can say that this is one you don’t want to miss. It’s about a family the Locke family that moves into their Uncles place, called the “Key House,” after the rape of their mother and murder of their father. They are trying to move on with their lives but are unaware that the evil behind it all is located in the Key House and wants the location of special keys that allows strange things to happen such as removing memories from ones head and having your soul leave your body. Again, I will not say to much about this story because I don’t want to ruin the story for anyone who is going to read it.

Video Games

This section was quite difficult for me. I had my favorite game picked out but then another one came out at the end of the year that made me question my choice but I stood strong. My favorite game of the year is “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.”

I loved almost everything about this game. It did almost everything right (except for one or two hiccups here and there). The thing I liked best about Uncharted 3 was the relationship between Drake and Sully (don’t get me wrong, the action and set pieces are awesome too). There story is told very well and executed very well. If you want all my thoughts on Uncharted 3, check out my review which can be found in a previous post. The game that almost changed my mind was The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The only reason I didn’t pick Skyrim is because the large number of bugs and glitches that sometimes ruins the experience for me.

Runners up:

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Batman: Arkham City

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary

Battlefield 3 (Multiplayer Only)

That conclude my list of The Best of 2011. So now i’m curious, what is your Best of 2011? Comment below and let us know what was your favorite book, album, film or video game of the 2011. Now I leave you with a few of my favorite songs of 2011.