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Evolve Gameplay Preview

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From the same people who brought us Left 4 Dead and Counter-Strike comes the next evolution in multiplayer gaming. Rather than the typical team-vs-team gameplay, Evolve is team-vs-monster, and the monster is a human controlled creature.

In what looks like a copy from the Left 4 Dead series there are 3 men and 1 woman. But is a shift from Left 4 Dead each character in Evolve has a special skill – assault, tracker, medic and support.

The monster evolves be eating other creatures on the planet. The more he eats the more he grows. The more he grows the more skills he gets. When the game starts the monster tries to avoid the hunters until he has evolved enough to defeat them. This puts pressure on the hunters to kill the monster before he evolves into something stronger.

Evolve is in the Steam store, but is not available for pre-purchase. I plan on ordering the game as soon as it becomes available. The release date is estimated to be 3rd quarter 2014, which is around July – September. I suspect Evolve will be postponed until the holidays 2014, maybe early November.

Regardless when Evolve becomes available on the Steam store I plan on getting my pre-order in.

The Draw Of Left 4 Dead

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There is something about the Left 4 Dead series, something that draws me to it, something that id difficult to describe.

Maybe its the team work, maybe its the atmosphere, maybe its mowing swarms of zombies down with an AK-47?  I don’t know what it is, but for some reason I just can not get away from Left 4 Dead or Left 4 Dead 2.

When I first heard about Left 4 Dead I was a little sceptically, but then again, valve software has a reputation of making great games.  It seemed that everyone on my Steam friends list was raving about how awesome L4D was.  I took the reviews with a grain of salt.  After being burned with Quake 4 and Doom 3 I promised myself not to buy games until after the reviews came out.

Best Buy in Beaumont Texas was the  first place I saw that put Left 4 Dead on sale, so that is where I bought the game from.  The first map I played was No Mercy.  Lets just say I was hooked right off the bat.

Left 4 Dead was released November 2008.

Left 4 Dead 2 was released November 2009.

One of the really cool things about Left 4 Dead is that you get to play mutated zombies. In most zombie games players usually play survivors. In the Left 4 Dead series players can play between several zombies that have mutated special abilities. Its being able to play the special infected that helps make Left 4 Dead what it is.

How To Spot A Cheater In Left 4 Dead 2

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How can you tell the difference between a cheater and a legit player with real skill? Honesty, its not that difficult.

The first thing you want to do is look at their steam profile. In game its shift + tab – view players – view profile.

1. If the persons profile is private, we have to assume they have something to hide.

2. How old is the account? If the account is less then 2 years old, then we have to assume they are creating new accounts after their old account received a VAC ban.

3. Only 2 or 3 games on their account. When the hacker receives a steam ban, they create a new steam account, buy the game again, and keep on cheating.

4. VAC ban registered on their account. The VAC ban will be listed on the top right of the steam profile. VAC bans are visible if their account is private or public.

5. High win rate. This is one of the main reasons why we want to look at the steam profile. Click on “view stats” under the game name, then click versus stats, then look at the win rate. A win rate above 60% or 65% is above average. A win rate above 70% rate is outrageously high. There is no way someone can have a win rate of 60% – 70% by playing random public games. Either they only play with stacked teams, or they are cheating.

6. Spectate the player while you are waiting to respawn as the special infected. If the player is tracking infected through walls, then you know something is wrong.

7. Skill level way above their playing time. Skill comes with experience. If someone has 100 hours and playing like a pro, chances are they have multiple accounts. Why do they have multiple accounts? Because their other accounts have a VAC ban.

8. If you have someone on your team that you think is cheating, ask. Some cheaters are proud they cheat and like to brag.

VAC = Valve Anti-cheat. Its a program that is ran on secure servers. If a cheat is detected, the person is banned from playing on VAC secure servers.

DayZ First Impressions

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During the Steam 2012 – 2013 holiday sale I bought ARMA II: Combined Operations just to get DayZ. After spending about an hour trying to figure out the error messages with ARMA II and DayZ I finally got the game to launch.

First impressions, man oh man is this game hard. For one thing you do not start with any weapons, so you have to sneak around zombies to find supplies.

Unlike games like Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2, in DayZ the way you move may attract zombies. If you crouch and walk, the harder you are to see. If you stand up and run, this makes you easy for the zombies to see.

I found this video on youtube to give people an idea what DayZ is like.

Unlike the Left 4 Dead series, DayZ is not a run and gun type of game. Its more like STALKER Shadow of Chernobyl with zombies.

I Will Not Buy Diablo III

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Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalistI will not be buying Diablo III, and neither should you.

Unlike the vast majority of zombies that bought Diablo III, I played the original Diablo and Diablo II “back in the day”.  The day Diablo II was released, and was standing in front of Best Buy in Beaumont Texas 15 minutes before the store opened.

Diablo was an epic game for the time period.  When the internet was new, and a lot of games were using IPX/SPX, Diablo came with built in TCP/IP support, and game making through battle.net.

Up until the release of Diablo you had to either have a dedicated server (like quake and quakeworld) or host the game on your computer and your buddies connect to your game.  On dial up, hosting a game on your computer was a nightmare for everyone besides the person hosting the game.  Diablo changed all of the rules for multiplayer game.  No more having to lease a server, no more having to keep the server updated, no more security issues,,, and everything else that came with running your own server.

What kind of digital rights management did Diablo have?  You had to have the CD in the CD player to play the game.  When Diablo was installed, there was only about 30 megs of data stored on the hard drive, the rest ran off the CD.

Diablo had 3 character classes – Rogue, Warrior and Sorcerer. For the time period, having three different characters was awesome.

Diablo II was a good game for its time period.  Diablo was an epic game, Diablo II was a good game.

Diablo II had 5 character classes – Amazon, Necromancer, Barbarian, Sorceress and Paladin. The Druid and Assassin were introduced with the expansion Lord of Destruction. 5 new character classes was a nice improvement over the 3 classes from the original.

The graphics of Diablo II left a lot to be desired. When graphics were moving to 800X600 and 1024X768, Diablo II was released with 256 color display at 640×480 resolution. LOD expenasion upgraded to 800×600, which was still behind current trends for the time period.

Diablo II DRM was having the CD in the drive, and having to log into battle.net to play multiplayer.

Diablo III has 5 character classes? Why do Diablo II and Diablo III both have 5 classes?

The absolute reason why I will not be buying Diablo III is because of the always on internet requirement. Even to play single player you have to be connected to the internet. That is intrusive DRM, and I do not support such stupid ass decisions such as that.

I understand a company trying to protect its digital products in an era of piracy, but requiring an always on internet connection is just stupid.

Once again blizzard is behind the times. Why not develop a program like Steam? Where is the Blizzard solution to Steam? Why not have a program that manages all of my blizzard games in one location like Steam does?

I can start Steam without an internet connection and still be able to play my games. Why cant we do that with Diablo III?

As with the release of Diablo II in 640X480 resolution, Blizzard is behind the times in DRM.

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