Thursday, May 30, 2013

Kate Reviews: Bejeweled Blitz

Commercial break? Time to Blitz!

 I played this game on: Apple iPhone 4S          I bought this game for: FREE

  • Quick playtime
  • Great graphics & audio
  • Good updates
  • Occasional freebies
  •  It's not perfect but I don't think there's any "cons" 

Monday, May 27, 2013

Kate Reviews: Far Cry 3

Dip your toe into the crazy-end of this shark-infested pool.

You'll thank me later.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

$10 Store Credit- XBOX ONE Promo from Microsoft


Click HERE to go to the Microsoft page that will let you enter your email for a $10 Promo gift.

Here's what it says:
"For a limited time, get a $10 online store credit when you sign-up for pre-order notification*"


XBOX ONE Reveal 2013

     The XBOX ONE Reveal just ended at just over 1 hour long.  There weren't too many surprises, but I was glad to finally just see what the thing looked like.  It's a sexy beast that I will be happy to have on my gaming desk.  It reminds me of what the 80's thought "modern" looked like.  Not a bad thing in my opinion. 

Release Date: "Later This Year"-  Well, isn't that just a crock of shit.  I have anticipated that it will release with the PS 4 "this holiday" at least.  Maybe this means it will be sooner.  Lots of details were teased to be releasing at E3.  I hope the release date is one of them.

Specs: 8GB RAM, USB 3.0 and Wifi Direct, 300,000 servers, 1080P HD Camera on the Kinect, Cloud Content Saves

The gist of The Reveal:

Monday, May 20, 2013

Spring Cleaning Challenge!

I was inspired by the Raptr contest called

Raptr Spring Cleaning Challenge: Tame your 2012 pile of shame

 I'm a pretty organized person so instead of a pile, I have a shelf of shamefully yet-to-be-played/finished games.  Some of the them are still wrapped.  There are reasons.  There are always reasons. I have imaginary rules for everything and I feel uncomfortable and unsettled if I break them.

The Raptr contest is basically this: you get one entry for each game on the list that you complete within the time frame.  For a game to be considered complete, you have to have earned the story-ending achievement.  

Since I have several games on the list, I thought I might be able to bang a few out before the deadline.  I have completed The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, Far Cry 3, The Darkness II during the challenge, and am currently finishing Lollipop Chainsaw, Halo 4, Borderlands 2, and Call of Duty Black Ops II.  Unfortunately I finished Dishonored a few days before the contest started :(
The other games from the Raptr list that I have and could complete to get an entry:
  • Borderlands 2
  • Black Ops II
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2 (I seriously thought I had finished this one!)
  • Halo 4
  • Journey
  • Lollipop Chainsaw
  • Mass Effect 3
Most of those are tough and/or massive.  For instance, I accidentally deleted my super-complete Mass Effect 1 &2 save file when I started Mass Effect 3, and  I haven't been able to bring myself to replay them because it makes me furious at myself! And according to The Kate-Rules of Gameplay, I HAVE to replay them in order; ME is not going to happen.  I'm really glad I saw this challenge as I was inspired to play some of these great games that I have been putting off while I was working on other projects. Spring cleaning has never been so much fun!

If you want to join me on Raptr for this challenge or just to buddy-up,
Here's my Raptr Profile Page

Leave me a comment on this blog and let me know how your spring-cleaning pile is coming!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Kate Reviews: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings


 The hottest guy on the block takes out whoever stands between him and his past.

The Pros
  • Interesting storytelling and lore
  • Stellar cutscene animation and dialog
  • Unique playstyle and mechanics
  • Several ways and difficulties to play
  • Different scenarios unfold depending on your choices
 The Cons
  • Rendering and sound issues for the first second of many cutscene animations
  • Setting selections are unclear and default settings are crazy-weird
  • About 5 seconds of -LOADING- for nearly every door opened
  • The invisible aiming reticule makes for haphazard loot pickups

     This was a lusty introduction to The Witcher series for me.  I am somewhat intrigued to play the first iteration in the franchise and try out The Witcher 3 that's currently in development.  I had no idea of what to expect when I bought The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Version on sale for $9.99 at Best Buy.