50 Subscriber giveaway: Half Life 2! [Closed]

Well, that was quick! Thanks for all the support and encouragement, guys! It’s been much appreciated. You’re all great. ūüôā Also, hello and thank you to the new subscribers for pushing it over the 50 subscriber mark. I hope you’ll stick around and see what else I’ve got in store for you guys! Now, it’s time to get this started!

First of all, I could not praise Half Life 2 enough. It truly is a seminal game of our time. It’s also one of my personal favourites and sits firmly at no. 3 of my favourite games of all time list. Also it’s for the PC, which is arguably my favourite platform as well, so now I’m just ¬†throwing my favourite things at you left, right and centre.¬†For more info on HL2, check out the list¬†here.¬†

If you want a chance to win this game, just subscribe to my blog if you’re not already and leave a comment to this post saying ‘I want Half Life 2!’ The only other requirement is that you have Steam. If you don’t have it, just go to their website and download it for free. The giveaway will end noon on Monday (GMT) and I’ll be picking the winner randomly after that. Good luck!¬†

UPDATE: And the winner is… drumroll please … Toastie!

Congratulations! I’ll be emailing you at the email address you provided to ask for your Steam ID, so watch out for it! For everyone else, better luck next time! Watch out for more giveaways that I’ll be doing in the future. I’ll be looking to give away awesome indie titles as well as AAA titles (when I’ve got the cash to spare), so hopefully there’ll be something to suit everyone!

50 subscriber giveaway!

Yup, I know it may not seem like a huge number to some, but hey I think it’s really exciting and I love all of you guys so I want to give you a little something back for supporting me thus far! I haven’t been blogging very long, but the support from the community and all of you guys has been awesome. I’m currently on 49 subscribers, but I thought I’d go ahead and announce it now anyway. Many of you probably have this, but the gift I got was Half Life 2 for PC. I wanted to pick something from my favourite games list and Half Life 2 is way up there as you can see. If you haven’t played it, you’re seriously missing out and so hopefully I’ll be able to rectify that! I’ll announce more details when I hit 50 subscribers, but essentially you’ll just have to be subscribed or subscribe if you haven’t already, probably leave a comment indicating you want in and have Steam. Anyways, more information will be coming soon!

Dota 2: Well, there goes more of my life…

As you can tell from the title, this is going to be a positive review in a sort of resigned way, because I know how much time I’m going to be spending on this game in the future. I can’t really believe how much I like it. This isn’t even the kind of game I usually play. My experience with RTS is fairly limited. I was into Warcraft III and Age of Empires, but generally speaking RTS as a genre doesn’t appeal to me too much. I like things to happen fast in games and a lot of the time there’s all this painful (at least for me) base-building to get through before you can even begin to think about attacking the enemy. You can’t just stroll on over and shoot someone and be done with it or rather you could try, but you’d probably die a quick death. There’s nothing wrong with RTS of course, that’s just my personal¬†preference¬†and my lack of patience for and experience at it. However, Dota 2 is a major exception to this. It’s an RTS game that doesn’t feel like pulling teeth to me. It’s fast and action-packed and has zero base-building. The only character you control is your own hero and it’s all about upgrading your skills and buying the right equipment and of course strategising. The best thing though about this action-RTS game? It’s free-to-play. ¬†That’s right, this incredibly involved, dynamic and addictive game is totally free (unless you want to pay for some completely optional and purely cosmetic items). For $0 you immediately get the full range of over 90 heroes, all with their own unique appearances and combination of skills and over 60 items. I can tell you now, this is possibly the best free-to-play game I have ever played. How they can sustain this, I have no idea, but I’m not complaining.

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Left 4 Dead 1: Zombies Galore Part 1 of 3(?)

I know I said I’d get a Portal 2 co-op review out, but since I haven’t managed to get a capture card for my Xbox yet, how about a game about zombies instead?¬†And survivors. Though mainly lots and lots of zombies.¬†

L4D is a co-op action horror game with 4 game modes: single-player, co-op campaign, survival and versus. My focus is on the 4-person campaign mode, which is essentially the same as the single-player mode, except that for single-player the other characters are AI-controlled. The game uses the Source engine and is available on the Xbox 360, PC and Mac. As you can see, I’ve titled this Part 1 of 3, because I’m planning to play L4D¬†2 and 3 if it comes out (it has been promised by Valve, but you know… it’s Valve) and do a comparison. L4D came out in 2008, so it’s not new, but I’ve only just got round to playing it at last and my verdict? I wasn’t disappointed.

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Someone got up on the wrong side of bed this morning…

I must confess, I’m a huge zombie fan. Zombie games,¬†books, fanfic, movies, anything to do with zombies I’ll devour (pun intended). However, that also means I’m generally pretty picky about what I consider to be quality. After all, there’s a lot of rubbish out there. The question then is, what makes a good zombie game/book/movie anyway? It’s certainly not complexity. I wasn’t particularly impressed by Dawn of the Dead, despite generally loving Romero’s¬†Living Dead series and that covered some pretty heavy themes including the effects of excess consumerism on American society. On the opposite side of the spectrum, one my favourite zombie games of all time is actually a simple little Flash game called Rebuild¬†2, which you can and should check out here. That game was incredible and even though it’s only a simple turn-based strategy game, it somehow managed to hit all the right buttons for me. There was less focus on gore and action and more on characters, plot and the deeper societal issues that we all know lie beneath the surface of everyday life and that an apocalyptic setting is often used to bring out in full colour. That’s what really draws me into the zombie genre I think; the dark, gritty atmosphere and way that all your human flaws are reflected back at you in an unforgiving light, forcing you to examine what it means to truly be human. To an extent, L4D has all of these elements and more.

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