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  • Donncha 4:08 pm on October 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Armor Lock Fail 

    One of the new features of Halo Reach are armor (or “armour” if you live in the old world) abilities. I’m not so gone on them, except for the drop shield in a game of Firefight.

    • The jet pack makes you a sitting duck for other players.
    • Sprint gets you around quickly but it takes an age to fire afterwards.
    • Holographic Decoy was fun the first time I tried it but now everyone know what they are.
    • Active Camo scrambles radars telling everyone you’re around.
    • Drop shield is great except other players will of course target it.

    And then there’s armor lock. This ability is really useful if you’re playing with a team that’s cooperating and communicating but if you’re playing the lone wolf “Call of Duty” style you’ll probably be out of luck. Even against a noob player like me.

     
    • dvotee 12:11 am on October 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Nice one, thats how to use grenades 😉

      • Donncha 5:25 pm on October 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, did pretty well in that game. I strung a bunch of clips together for a longer video that I’ll hopefully upload in a day or so!

  • Donncha 11:29 pm on October 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bad Company 2 Conquest went well tonight. First with Mike and then with Duck. We didn’t win every game but they were enjoyable and that’s the main thing isn’t it? Got the “Flag Attacker Pin” 3 times too. Capture 4 flags in a round.

    The other night my brother called over and we played some split screen Halo Reach. Good fun in Firefight, and Duck joined us again. We were slaughtered when we joined a game of Swat Magnums. Ouch. Tye joined us just as we were logging off, so hopefully we’ll get a few games in another night.

    Congrats David on getting 1000 subscribers to your channel. Great achievement and a testament to the entertaining videos you upload!

    I rendered a Halo Reach game and while I did upload it to show a few people, I want to add some sort of commentary on it before I make it public. Here’s a tip for Linux users, who have a remote server and who render videos on Bungie Pro. Download the video from bungie.net on to your server. I used wget in an ssh session. It downloaded the full 515MB in a matter of minutes. Then launch Chrome, Firefox or your favourite browser from your server and display it on your desktop machine using the remote desktop ability in X and login to Youtube. Now hit the upload form and when you browse you’ll actually be browsing your server’s home directory! I uploaded that 515MB file in about 2 minutes. My home broadband would have been there all night doing that as the upload speed is much slower than download!

     
  • Donncha 9:42 pm on October 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Is the lag in Halo Reach coop as bad for anyone else as it is for me? Conor got himself an Xbox 360 and even though we’re separated by a matter of 20 miles or so the lag in Firefight and campaign coop was terrible!

    Good game of Swat though! Skill matching rocks when you’re a noob! 🙂

    Edit We’re not alone. 1, 2, 3 and many more. *sigh*

     
    • TimoleagueDuck 9:58 pm on October 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      hi donncha i havent been on to notice the lag but by the sounds of it, it is bad.
      so hows life treating you?
      wait majorlynch got an xbox 🙂

      • Donncha 10:10 pm on October 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, just add 360 to get his XBL gamertag 🙂

        • TimoleagueDuck 10:12 pm on October 17, 2010 Permalink

          cool cool also do you get achievements for the co op campaign as i havent compleated it yet?

    • Donncha 10:10 am on October 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t remember. I think there is an achievement for finishing the game in coop, but I could be wrong.

      All the posts I’ve seen about the lag make excuses for it saying the game is so complex with so many enemies and vehicles on screen at the same time but I think it’s a cop out. Net code doesn’t need to send that much data and with only 2 players there shouldn’t be any problems. Grrr.

  • Donncha 10:46 pm on October 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    I finished the single player campaign of Halo Reach and it was very enjoyable. Ending was…. well, good actually. Bit sad though, but it’s unlocked now for coop play. Make sure you watch through the credits. It’s worth it.

    In other news, the lag monster attacked and destroyed a few games of Call of Duty WAW that myself, Mike and Conor had this evening. Sasben, hope the lag in MOH was better. Still, Mike and myself had one decent game of domination.

    Everyone, leave a comment encouraging Mike to do a commentary. He’s a beast of a player and I for one would love to see him make use of that new PVR he has! 🙂

     
    • Alex M. 11:53 pm on October 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Was there something at the end of the credits? I don’t remember anything. Hmm.

      • Donncha 12:38 pm on October 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, another level to play with a stark, brutal objective. I didn’t last long but the level is unlocked now so it could be fun in coop 🙂

        • Conor 9:01 am on October 15, 2010 Permalink

          Played a deathmatch no teams level afterwards with the MP40 and health instead of stopping power and got a K/D of 15/9, I’m definitely sticking with that for a bit. Also no-one was using their mike, which added a touch of class.

    • SasbenJr 12:21 am on October 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah mate, lag was fine in MoH… Sorry about the WaW invite, don;t have it on me for the PS3 anymore.

      Cheers!

    • getcrackin 4:56 am on October 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Mike! Do a commentary. 😉

  • Donncha 5:00 pm on October 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    You buying Medal of Honor? 

    It all seemed so easy in the last year or so to pick what games to buy.

    1. Modern Warfare? Check.
    2. Modern Warfare 2? Check.
    3. Bad Company 2? Check.
    4. Halo Reach? Check.

    Medal of Honor? I don’t know yet. I’m waiting to see what Mike thinks of the game!

    Meanwhile, videos have started to appear on ye olde Youtube..


    Geoff likes it. +1


    NGT likes it. +1


    d0n7bl1nk likes it. +1

    So, thumbs up from a number of Youtube commentators. Apparently lag has been pretty bad on all versions, particularly the consoles. Hopefully they’ll get that sorted out.

    I’m actually enjoying Halo Reach and wishing it was multi platform so I could play in a game with my friends on the Playstation 3, but maybe the next Bungie game will give us that opportunity. I briefly considered buying a PVR as all the cool kids are doing that, but Bungie Pro is cheap enough, and you can render 50 minutes of gameplay for US$5 which won’t break the bank. If I feel motivated enough to try that, add a voice over and upload it, then I’ll splash the cash. It’s not as if I get amazing gameplay all the time but I do have my moments.

     
    • Gavin 9:30 am on October 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’m a fan of the previous MOH games so I’ll be buying this. Thanks to you I got to play the beta version but needless to say I didn’t like the look of it, I thought it looked to much like COD. Dont get me wrong, I love COD but I believe games should have their own unique look and feel, unless its a sequel.

      I wont be playing it on-line for while though as new games tend to have a lot of lag until the infrastructure gets upgraded to take the load. I’m more interested in the single player for this game.

      • Donncha 12:40 pm on October 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Geoff/Sasbenjr replied to my comment on his video above recommending the single player game too so it’s looking like a “buy” for me too, but possibly not straight away.

        • Conor 9:03 am on October 15, 2010 Permalink

          Yeah? Let me know if you think the multiplayer is worth it and I’ll get it. But from the reviews and what you showed of the multiplayer it might be best to wait one month and see if we’re up to our necks in BC2 Vietnam and COD.

        • Gavin 9:39 am on October 15, 2010 Permalink

          Well I got a copy last night and played a few hours of single player and not much of the multi-player.

          Single player has some impressive moments but in general it has a very cheap feel to it. Explosions are not what you expect from a fps these days and it actually reminded me of playing a very old shooter before the days of consoles. I thought with Dice involved we would have seen some nice destruction like we see in BC2, nah no where near it.

          Another thing, my PS3 struggled to keep up with the graphics, sound kept dipping in & out and there was some lad (on single player too). It could be just my console because we have an Xbox here and there was no signs of those issues.

          As for multi-player, I don’t like it but there again its early days for me. Games are approx 7 minutes long with lots of kill, die, kill with no real structure in the battle. There again this because I was probably a newbie and it could be down to the game mode I was playing. I really cant see me spending much time playing the multi-player, it just didn’t give me excitement that COD or BC2 did.

          I try and write up a review of it but the above is my first impressions.

    • Donncha 9:47 am on October 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Mike emailed me and David last night to say that we shouldn’t buy the game so I think I’ll hang on to my pennies for the Vietnam expansion and Black Ops.

      Gavin – do you have Reach? I can’t remember if I saw you playing that. I had one multiplayer game of it last night and had my ass handed to me. It’s no fun playing without friends on the team…

      I also rendered 2 minutes of an earlier game so I might try throw a commentary over it over the weekend if I find time (and energy, weekends are exhausting).

      • Gavin 12:02 pm on October 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Halo never appealed to me but I am getting bullied by others to start playing it. We have a copy here for the xbox so I might give it a try, are you on PS3?

        I have loads of footage that needs to be rendered but like you its finding the time to get it done, there is only so many hours I can sit in-front of the computer every day.

        • Donncha 12:07 pm on October 15, 2010 Permalink

          Am I on PS3? Yes, I’m on your friendslist as “donnchaoc” remember? 🙂

          Even if you’re not a fan of Halo, Firefight is fun with a few friends. Maybe I’ll persuade you to come join us some evening for a game.

        • Gavin 3:34 pm on October 15, 2010 Permalink

          lol No I didnt mean it like that, I should have said are you on the PS3 with Halo? cause I know you have the xbox also. I’ll give it a whizz on xbox sometime and if its something I like I’ll buy it for the PS3.

        • Donncha 3:42 pm on October 15, 2010 Permalink

          Ah! Nah, Halo is Xbox only unfortunately. MOH is out the window, so there’s nothing really grabbing me on PS3 right now.

    • Ryan Markel 12:56 pm on October 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      MoH isn’t happening for me, mostly because of a combination of shooter fatigue, lack of time to play anything, and the pretty ridiculous replayability of Reach multiplayer. (And a little thing called Rock Band 3.)

      I even traded in all my CoD games recently because post-Reach I’m pretty sure I won’t subject myself to that particular brand of torture anymore.

      • Donncha 3:43 pm on October 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Saw you on last night in Rock Band! I’ll have to drag you screaming into another game of Firefight 🙂

  • Donncha 11:47 am on October 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Halo Reach Mythbusters 

    Mythbusters return to shatter and confirm myths surrounding Halo Reach.

     
  • Donncha 8:54 am on October 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    The Halo Obsessed 

    (via)

     
  • Donncha 2:01 pm on October 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Halo Reach: Death in pictures 

    I previously mentioned watching Paul as he ran away from big hulking monsters in a recent game of Firefight but it was actually his pal, Valkyr1e, who was last man standing in the game I was thinking of. Paul’s time came in a different game!

    Halo Reach allows you to play back any of your recent games in it’s Theatre mode. You can render videos from games if you give them money but you can take screenshots for free, so…


    This is me. Facing a bloody huge monster who fires green bolts of fire every few seconds. Oh no! I’ve got my assault rifle, threw my last grenade behind this huge guy a few seconds ago. What to do? Back away, back away, back away!

     


    Brown Pants Time! Fire! Fire! Fire!

     


    Blood spurts everywhere as I go flying backwards after being brutally punched by this huge armoured alien. In the background you can see Valkyr1e, a moment too late to save my ass.

     


    Unfortunately with Paul and myself out of the game Valkyr1e was up against some tough competition. We watched over his shoulder as he made a tactical retreat out of danger.

     


    It was hopeless. He dived out of cover and made a break for it going for the weaker enemies down slope.

     


    No sooner had he dispatched one of his foes when he was struck cowardly from behind and fell under a hail of blows and laser fire. The objective had been lost.

     

    Thanks for watching. Don’t forget to rate, comment and subscribe. Oh wait. This isn’t Youtube.

     
    • getcrackin 8:18 pm on October 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      When I was a boy, my friends and I would go to watch the picture shows for a NICKEL! ;P

      • Donncha 8:22 pm on October 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Haha, now all you need to do is fire up Youtube. Instant entertainment at your finger tips!

    • getcrackin 8:33 pm on October 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      What a wondrous age we live in… 8-o

  • Donncha 4:56 pm on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    I’m sorry Paul, watching you run away from huge giants firing green blobs at the end of that game of Firefight last night was really entertaining. Myself and VALKYR1E of course were ghosts watching over your shoulder, hoping you’d succeed but the odds were against you.

    I played a few games of Halo last night, and unfortunately they were really laggy again. It may well have been Paul’s wireless connection. If you have any suggestions for him, check out his blog post above!

    Rocketfight is such good fun isn’t it? 🙂

     
    • Donncha 5:45 pm on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hang on! I just took a look at the game I was thinking of and it was VALKYR1E who was being chased by the green monsters. Must post some screenshots I took 🙂

      • dvotee 8:10 pm on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah he was as well and got himself trapped but I too was being chased by 3-4 of them during my uber lag stage ;( Even though I had that still had fun !!!!

  • Donncha 10:00 am on October 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    More good games of Halo Reach last night, but the lag in Firefight was really bad. Nice to finally play with Damien (Hey DOD, get your mic fixed, I want to hear if you’ve lost your Cork accent out there in Texas!)

    The “skill matching” seemed to help, and in one game of SWAT we were matched with a team with at least one other noob. I got quite a few headshots in that one! I must try to get a few more screenshots.

    Thanks Paul, Damien, Tye, Nick and nadrojb for playing! Check out Paul’s post about his Halo experiences!

    PS. Hi XxHIBBERT23xX!

     
    • dvotee 10:08 am on October 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Just mentioned it on my blog but thnx again for the invite, had a great time 😉

      Hey – don’t knock us noobs – we gotta start somewhere but sorry I didn’t do better!!!!

      • Donncha 10:11 am on October 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Haha, I’m firmly in the noob class myself so I’m not knocking anyone! It was great to play against people who didn’t have eyes in the back of their heads and an aim that could take down a bird in flight 😉

        That said, I did shoot down Damien at least once or twice when he ended up on the other team. Jetpacks really are useless, you’re a sitting duck up there in the sky!

        • dvotee 10:14 am on October 4, 2010 Permalink

          Yeah but hey….I can fly 😉

          May try medic next time, seems to be more resourceful

        • Donncha 10:19 am on October 4, 2010 Permalink

          LOL, I Just read your post. I never noticed you flying at all so you must have been using it well! Damien flew right into the middle of that wood-panelled level and was a sitting duck a few times.

          The drop shield is dead handy, suits my gameplay, and I think I got a few points when other players recharged inside it during a Firefight game but I could be wrong about that.

    • dvotee 10:21 am on October 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Well I didn’t use it much tbh in that particular one, I used it more in the ‘open’ ones as in the wood panelled one, they were a really good team and I was dead through most of it

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