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XBOX 360: Games with Gold: April 2015 Games Notes 30 MAR 2015

Officially kicking off way back in July 2013, Microsoft’s Games with Gold programme has since then steadfastly been rewarding gamers who fork out their monthly XBOX Live subscription with two or more free games a month – a pretty decent reward in my book.

microsoft xbox 360 games with gold call to action banner

Some months are certainly better than others in terms of the free games being given away,  but if you are an XBOX 360 owner with an active XBOX Live account in April 2015, then you’ve most definitely got some pretty decent freebies to look forward to!

(To be fair though, March 2015 was pretty damn good too – the superb Tomb Raider (2013) from Crystal Dynamics was available for the first half of the month, followed up by the excellent BioShock Infinite (2013) the latter!)

To celebrate the Games with Gold programme as a whole, Microsoft is giving away an unprecedented four free XBOX 360 titles for April, three AAA releases and one hit indie title.

This is the list as it stands right now:

As it turns out, I’m scoring big time because I haven’t before played any of the four!

army of two the devils cartel guns blazing

I’m not particularly interested in Terraria (in other words, I don’t bother with Minecraft), but I am VERY interested in Gears of War: Judgment and Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel for their co-op value (time to lock and load, Ryan!) – and then of course there is the pirate-themed Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag… seriously, what’s not to love, based on setup alone!

So yes, it looks like my backlog is about to grow a bit again…

assassins creed iv black flag pirates walking

Gaming Update: Army of Two: T4D | LOTR: War in the North | Just Cause 2 Games | My Reviews 05 JUN 2013

I have been a little on the slow side when it comes to giving my thoughts on the various games I’ve played over the last couple of months, so I’m taking the shortcut with a quick round up of the last three titles that I tackled on my trusty old XBOX 360.

Army of Two: The 40th Day (2010)

Army of Two: The 40th Day is a third-person shooter video game developed by EA Montreal as the successor to the original Army of Two release. As with the last game, the focus is on two-player cooperative play and employs a pretty well thought out cover and distraction system. It features Tyson Rios and Elliot Salem as the two protagonists (who also fronted the original game), combatant partners who, with the assistance of their handler Alice Murray, must fight to survive and prevail over invading forces that have engulfed Shanghai, China in a devastating terrorist attack.

I have to admit, I thoroughly enjoyed this game. First off though, if you’re playing it with an AI partner then you’re missing the whole point. Army of Two is made to play with a friend over XBOX Live and with Ryan in tow, the two of us blasted our way through a very satisfying and action-packed campaign that had a great deal of depth in terms of gameplay elements, the correct difficulty level, an intriguing story and just delivering on plain old explosive fun.

There are a variety of very customizable guns to select from, a lot of varied mission objectives, pretty decent if bloody graphics, an excellent musical score, and the addition of some silly ‘bro actions like high-fives, rock paper scissors, not to mention a lot of wisecracks and one-liners, makes for quite the addictive gameplay as you battle through horde after horde of enemy soldiers.

A very satisfying and enjoyable third person shooter to play, especially if you have a willing buddy to join you online!

army of two the 40th day screenshot

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Army_of_Two:_The_40th_Day

The Lord of the Rings: War in the North (2011)

Another game that I picked up purely for the cooperative play, Lord of the Rings: War in the North is your run of the mill action RPG that sees you control one of three characters in a group tasked with taking out a dangerous enemy that is slowly conquering the North in Sauron’s name. The story cleverly intertwines with the original Lord of the Rings story and your paths will often cross with the more well known characters as you go on your quest business.

Each character is of a different class, Eradan being a human Ranger with stealth abilities, Farin a dwarf Champion with excellent melee abilities, and Andriel a Elven Loremaster who makes use of magic for her combat abilities. As you progress through the game and defeat enemies and complete sidequests you receive XP and ability points which you can then use to uprade your characteristics as well as build up a skill selection via the abilities tree.

The varied enemies that you face and the gorgeous landscapes makes for a very enjoyable journey and the game itself delivers a compelling storyline and some memorable battle sequences.

The cooperative aspect makes the gameplay particularly enjoyable and combining all of this with some great visuals and a really fantastic musical score does make for a very worthwhile game to pick up if you are a fan of action RPG – and even more so if you are a fan of the Lord of the Rings fantasy realm!

I certainly enjoyed it and can easily recommend it.

lord of the rings war in the north screenshot

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lord_of_the_Rings:_War_in_the_North

Just Cause 2 (2010)

I was a huge fan of the original Just Cause sandbox action game that hit the PlayStation 2 a couple of years ago and needless to say I was quite excited when I finally got around to picking up Just Cause 2. The story boils down to special operative Rico (who you play as) entering the tiny nation of Panay in order to track down a fugitive agent as well as cause some much needed chaos in order to shake up Panay’s new dictator regime which seems intent on breaking all ties with the United States.

Armed with your parachute, grappling hook and a variety of upgradeable weapons, you are let loose on a huge island nation that features just about every landscape imaginable, from barren deserts and snowy mountain tops, to big cities and tropical forest villages. As in the first game your primary trick is your grapple gun, which you can use to launch yourself into the air, jump from vehicle to vehicle, catch faraway enemies and pull them down, and scale insanely high structures. The acrobatic aspect of the gameplay is its biggest strongpoint, as you skydive out of helicopters, hook onto a plane and then drop off on top of a speedboad kind of thing. It’s an absolute adrenaline rush in other words.

There are hundreds of locations to discover and attempt to complete by finding collectable upgrades, assassinate arm colonels and destroy military property. Each time you cause a ruckus you alert the authorities and as you cause more and more chaos, the response gets heavier and heavier. The range of vehicles to hijack and make use of is astounding, and includes a full range of two wheelers, four wheelers, boats and aerial craft!

The story missions are particularly entertaining and combined with an engaging storyline there is very little not to enjoy about Just Cause 2. The voice acting is strong, the musical score sublime and the graphics particularly good, especially the gorgeous landscapes, weather effects and time of day sequences you’ll experience during the course of the game.

Brilliant location designs, a massive world to discover and almost guaranteed non-stop action makes for a really enjoyable sandbox title that will keep you occupied for hours and most certainly entertain you.

Highly recommended!

just cause 2 rico in a helicopter screen shot

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Just_cause_2

A Better Late than Never Update My Life 19 FEB 2013

I’ve been a little absent from these pages the last little while, so sorry for that.

Other than the little bit of rain we enjoyed two weekends ago, it has been pretty uncomfortably hot and humid here in Cape Town over the last while, meaning that I haven’t exactly been quite as active as what I maybe could have been.

Nevertheless, I have over the last couple of weeks visited with both my folks as well as my in-laws, I’ve discovered HeroClix at Ryan’s pad, I’ve enjoyed Panarottis with Ryan and then marvelled at Jenna Viva with Chantelle for a Valentine’s Day luncheon. I’ve battled Robert in Blur and Ryan in FIFA, fought alongside Ryan in Army of Two: The 40th Day, and not to mention caught the awesome History Channel documentary entitled “South Africa: Miracle Rising”, which was enough to make my chest swell up in pride at what we’ve achieved, but in the same breath also cringe with sadness when confronted with some of the dark acts that South Africans are sometimes capable of doing.

I ran a successful Hathersage market while Chantelle stayed home to bake (not to mention collect a speeding fine or two on her many travels through Stellenbosch to Franschhoek), and on the Touchwork work front, I’ve pretty much not had a lunch break in who knows how long now, so much is my current workload! (Though I did get a small raise which of course was mucho appreciated.)

south africa versus pakistan - proteas test match at newlands cricket stadium

I’ve watched Wreck-it Ralph with Chantelle on a date night and then enjoyed a day off from Chantelle and Jess by spending a Saturday at Newlands watching the third day of South Africa versus Pakistan test match in the company of Ryan, Dad, Andre and Jean-Chris. I’ve braaied, gone out for ice cream on the beach, bought Lollos and Barney the Dinosaur DVDs from the mall for Jess, not to mention the fact that I switched gyms back to the Virgin Active in Somerset West in the hopes to spur on a few more sessions than what I’m currently capable of doing, thanks to all my paying work!

And I assume that I’ve already mentioned just how much Army of Two I’m currently playing with Ryan every night. (It’s a good game. Seriously, seriously addictive and enjoyable. Just in case you were wondering…)

So not particularly active when looking back at this list I suppose, but one thing that is certain is that you really can’t accuse me of just sitting around and doing nothing, now can you? :P

Wreck-It-Ralph

valentine day dessert at jenna viva

(Oh, and I’ve even gone and tinkered a little with my blog layout again! Sorry if anything broke.)