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Review of RE6 “Survivors” DLC

Gears of War 3 with a bad cover system and cheap reaction shots? Seems legit.resident-evil-6

That pretty much sums this mode up, minus some of the Resident Evil nuances. It’s a three on three or free for all affair which involves the not-so-precise third person shooter mechanics of RE6 versus other humans. Sound like a recipe for irritation? It is. Quickshot noobs are in the highest of quantities at the moment, swarming the online servers like bees attracted to honey. Worse yet, quickshot noobs are seemingly in cahoots with the equally noob-y sliders. These people don’t fire a single shot, barely playing the game at all, until you get struck by someone. Then, out of nowhere, they slide their boots five feet up your ass and *BAM*, you and the guy attacking you are boned. I get that the lack of a decent cover system or quick controls (damn you, snail moving while aiming) requires people to come up with cheap alternatives, but currently things are just out of control.

The actual mode of survivors isn’t half bad. The team death match and regular death match modes are fun at their core, and the gimmick of playing as both agent and creature is interesting. See, after you die as a human, you come back as a weaker creature. If you’re lucky, you can kill off someone who is still a human and return to the game as a human yourself. Actually succeeding in this is pretty hard, and takes a lot of creatures ganging up on one human at a time. But this is where the noobs ruin it: These people outright STOP you from  returning to the game once you first die due to their inability to not play like pussies. They will disperse like a swarm of gnats and hopelessly avoid your pitiful attacks, and the mode is ruined due to their noobish actions.

In conclusion, do I actually recommend the Survivors DLC mode? Yes, but only if you buy the map packs. I’ve found that people who invest that little bit of extra cash in the game don’t play like noobs, whereas the standard maps (Urban chaos, Steel beast) are filled to the brim with virtual trolls. The mode is actually pretty fun and does a good job at being a Gears of War clone, it’s just the occasionally cumbersome controls and not-so-great community that stop it from reaching its full potential.

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Top 3 Unsung Heroes of 2012 Gaming (Xbox 360)

After deliberating long and hard, I keep feeling the need to make an honorable mentions list. Sure, the top 5 list was full of quality games, but there were a few other titles that came darn close to win my GOTY as well. As I see the “best of 2012” blog post season is still in full swing, what better a time than now for me to acknowledge the runners up of this year’s gaming highlights?

3.) Max Payne 3

This game rocked my socks, to the core. I actually enjoyed the story of this more than any other video game I’ve played to date, and that’s something worth mentioning. When a game gets you emotionally driven and encourages you to continue the balls-to-the-wall gameplay just to see the next cutscene, you know something is good. Really good.            

2.) Alan Wake’s American Nightmare (Xbox Live Arcade)

Even if it doesn’t make you sh*t yourself quite as much as the original Alan Wake, it still serves as a frightful reminder to how good an arcade title can be. It takes a lot for an arcade game to impress me, and most just sink to the depths of my Xbox’s hard drive, relatively unloved (Trials Evolution review coming soon). Yes, Wake’s adventure was something to be marveled at this year, delivering the content of a full retail release and the quality of a triple A title within the price and data constraints of an Xbox Live Arcade title.

1.) Resident Evil 6RE6-21512-15

I was REALLY on the fence as to whether I wanted this as my #5 GOTY or TC’s: Ghost Recon, and we all know who won that battle (and if you don’t, be sure to click this link to see my Top 5 Games of 2012). Although Ghost Recon got the title by a hair, RE6 is nothing short of outstanding. With four intertwining campaigns, fantastic co-op, fun multiplayer and all-around great atmosphere, this game deserves its title as best honorable mention game of 2012.