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This is my “Official Review” of Call of Duty Black Op’s Declassified for the Playstation Vita. The game was released on November 13th but I received my copy from Amazon.com on November 17th. Waiting four days for the game was killing me so next time I want a game really bad I will just pre-order it from Game-stop or somewhere locally so I will have it on “Day one Confirmed”.
I want to start with the Campaign Mode and my initial reaction to this mode. Well 1st off with Nihilistic making this game I felt right from the start like I was playing Resistance Burning Skies (and to me that wasn’t a bad thing). There were even time when I thought I seen Chimeran on the screen, in both the campaign mode and on the Multi-player mode. The graphics of the game at first glance were very good to me and the game-play was just outstanding. I do have an issue with the Artificial Intelligence in the Campaign Mode. They are as I heard from other people “retarded”. There are moments when you are advancing and the AI is stuck at a wall or some other type of object.
There are two different game play modes in the Campaign and they are Operations and Time trials. The Operations are similar to Spec Op’s in Modern Warfare2 and when you complete a level you get a star rating depending on how well you did. This could be something you could get back to at a later date after you’ve played and completed some other stuff. Everyone wants to three star levels so they can brag about it to there boys. I am not a big fan of Time Trials in any game so I didn’t get a chance to play this game type.
There are 10 levels in the campaign mode that are open after you complete the prior mission. Like I said before I think it felt like Resistance Burning Skies and also a little bit like Unit 13. Being the “terrible gamer” that I am it took me a couple tries to get through some of the levels and the bad thing is if you die during the level you have to start over at the beginning. There are no saves or objectives reached in this mode. This may be a killer for some but hopefully you can also get more enjoyment from the other modes as well.
The game mode Hostiles is sort of like a Horde mode with five levels and star rewarded based on how many kills you get during the match. 1 star= 30 kills 2 stars= 80 kills and 3 stars= 150 kills. Now that the Vita has group party’s and chat this could be a fun mode to play with all The 40cast fellas who pick this game up. I didn’t dive into this mode to much but I played enough to get a feel for what was going on.
The Multyiplayer Mode was a very big shock to me and I’m gonna tell you why here in a minute. You can find a Public Match as well as Party matchmaking. It has the things that make Call of Duty what it is like create a class. You can create up to five classes and of course you get better weapons, perks and equipment the more you rank up. The starter weapons are pretty good so when you start at a level one you can jump right in and start blasting fools. True to all COD games you gain rank very easy in the early stages to keep you competitive. The “near” classes is a pretty cool thing to. You can share your classes with people on Near and also get others from Near to. This is a very cool thing and should be looked into.
I mentioned that Nihilistic produced the game for Activision and everyone knows about all the problems of Resistance Burning Skies having to do with the multi-player but Declassified has none of those problems. The servers are up and running and there are plenty of people to play on-line with. The games do tend to take a while to start but you can arrange your classes while your waiting. I haven’t had any problem during game play with freezing or getting bumped out so far so lets just hope it stays that way.
So as you can tell by my review I am a “Big Fan” of this game and all that is has to offer. I do want to mention that this is a handheld game on an awesome device that not a lot of other devices can pull off. The Vita is at the top of the charts in my book for everything good a handheld device is supposed to do. I want to mention a fella that put out a review for Ign before the game was released and this guys name is Anthony Gallegos. I think his review was wrong and to me it just showed that he has bitterness in his heart. For everything that this game is he made it seem like it was supposed to be the console version and it is not. He needs to realize that there are a lot of people that take these “commercial/ large” websites at there word and there are gonna be a lot of people missing out on a solid game because he has bitter feelings be it Nihilistic or just the Playstation name. So do yourself a favor and consider purchasing this game for yourself and not just based on my review of the review from Mr. Anthony Gallegos.
On a scale from 1-10 I’m giving Call of Duty: Declassified a solid 7.
Please join Eric “GloveBox” Glover and Chris “Holy Headshot” Maeurer from the Everyday Gamers podcast while they discuss their personal experiences and the affects from the day the United States was attacked by terrorists. Eleven years have past, but we will never forget.
(at least in the GloveBox Household)
I want to get this out of the way first. Even though I am a primarily console gamer, I love playing PC or computer based games. The problem I ran into was I never had a computer that was good enough or a graphics card that was worthy of running the newest, latest pc games with all the bells and whistles. I recently picked up a gaming rig (the one that runs my emulated ROMs) and I thought I have a top notch pc rig and I should use it. There are many pro’s and con’s related to pc gaming systems but so far it has been a pleasurable experience. I have learned so much about pc’s lately that my mind has been changed somewhat to think this is still a viable platform.
Let me get into some of the pro’s of pc gaming. Usually games are a lot cheaper. I don’t know if it’s because I just spent thousands of dollars on my rig and the developers understand that or what but I welcome the difference in price. Most pc games are around 15 and sometimes even 20 dollars cheaper than console titles. There are many more downloadable services such as Steam and Origin. Steam is constantly “Giving Away” games in my opinion. For instance, I recently picked up Kingdoms of Amular, a 60 dollar console game for 25 dollars digital download. That is an impressive amount of savings. Also grabbed Spec Ops the Line for 12 dollars. Sick right? The discount in price makes me try games I wouldn’t want to pony up 60 dollars for and be disappointed. I’m not disappointed with the 12 dollar price point whatsoever. I am also happy with the line of peripherals that are available on the pc. Like I mentioned earlier, I am a console gamer (Xbox 360…yup I said it) for the most part and I purchased the Microsoft Wireless PC controller adapter. This thing lets me use my Xbox wireless controller as a joystick on my pc. So I don’t have to be restricted to the keyboard and mouse configuration. It basically feels like I’m playing an Xbox with better graphics. And get this….the adapter cost 8 bucks from AMAZON!!! How hot is that!
Now onto the con’s…I would say the biggest con is the PC itself. I think you really need to be computer savvy. Now when I say savvy, I mean…. you can work your way around a computer enough to install a new graphics card or change a jumper setting. I think this is a must because computer settings change all the time and the different setups of the rigs make it especially hard for programmers to get a true standard. Think about it this way….A PS3 is the same (basically) all over the world whereas a pc rig can change with different RAM, storage, graphics cards, etc…etc… and drivers need to be updated constantly. If you’re like me and don’t mind this tedious work then pc gaming is awesome.
I have recently started to get into more MMO type games. One game that really stands out for me is Vindictous. This is a “FREE TO PLAY” MMO game. Yes FREE TO PLAY. This is especially awesome if you look at this video. Sure it loves the whole “Micro Transaction” play style but I have never seen a game that looked this good that was free. Bottom line is….if you are looking to expand out a little from your norm….Try a pc game if you get a chance. You might like what you see…..I DO!!
Over the Memorial Day weekend I took my family on a road trip to Oregon to visit family and friends. We stayed in Portland and visited family and friends in Salem and Beaverton. It was a great trip as it was but I wanted to finally stop in Bend, OR to visit one of my favorite breweries, Deschutes Brewery and tour their facilities. So we decided to take the long route back home (added about 3 hours travel time to the trip back to Boise) and stop at the brewery.
We found our way into the brewery just before 1pm and was able to get into the first tour of the day without even having to reserve a spot (BTW you can call ahead and reserve spots). The tours run on the hour from 1pm to 4pm everyday and are FREE.
We started off the tour outside the very first brew house and receive a nice history lesson about how the brewery got started. The weather was absolutely beautiful so it worked out great. We then went inside and talked about the oldest and smallest brewhouse they use. The aroma of fresh citrus whole hops as we entered the building was wonderful. I could have stood at that door all day. This brewhouse is a gravity-flow 50-barrel system in which most the system was hidden above us.
We then walked into the employee lunchroom where our tour guide discussed the ingredients found in beer. All the fans of the 40cast should know they are water, malted barley, hops and yeast. A couple interesting facts I learned about Deschutes beers…they try to mimic flavors of beer found in an area of England (I believe she said in the River Trent area) so they must harden the fresh mountain water with gypsum in order to get a water close to the English water. They also solely use whole hop flowers in their beer and are the largest purchaser of this type of hop. BTW, the hop cellar smelled wonderful. All the grain byproducts from the brewing process are reused in a number of ways. They use some of them in their food at the downtown Public House for their veggie burger and pizza doughs. They also feed the grains to cattle and then use the meat in the burgers they serve at the Public House. So nothing goes to waste.
We next ventured into their second brewhouse which is much larger and was state of the art technology for its time. This brewhouse was manufactured by Huppman and processes 131 barrels at a time. All the tanks are made from a single sheet of stainless steel and nearly seamless construction. This system has an automatic cleaning system so prep for the next batch of beer is not as labor intensive. A new batch of beer can be brewed in about 6-8 hours so thats about 393-533 barrels a day or 12000-16000 gallons of beer a day. I was nice to see all the tanks on a single level.
Next on the tour was the cellar or fermentation area. This is where the yeast is added to the wort and the concoction begins to become beer. They had a lot of primary fermentation vessels and secondary vessels. The fresh hopping process was explained in detail as well as the centrifuge process to make the beer clear. We also learned about the quality assurance program and the laboratory they have on site to test the beer at various stages of the process. There is even a “sensory” panel where people go through a year long program to learn how to describe flavors so they can explain what is wrong with a taste of a beer or whether or not the beer tastes as it should.
The bottling plant was impressive on its own. It reminded me of old Laverne and Shirley sitcoms seeing all the bottles move through the conveyor system and finally into the boxes. It was loud and dusty but it ran like a well oiled machine.
The last stop of our tour was in the tasting room. I was able to sample up to four 2oz samples of beers they currently had on tap. I tasted the Green Lakes Organic Ale which was a very tasty beer. Also tried the Chainbreaker White IPA which had a very unique lemony flavor that is ok for a small dose but not something I would drink in quantity. The last beer I sampled was the Hop in the Dark Cascadian Dark Ale. This was very tasty too. They had a bottle of a special Conflux Series No.1 called the Collage that blends fours beers from Deschutes and Hair of the Dog breweries and aged them all in various barrel types. It was a 12oz bottle with a cost of $12 a bottle. Price point a bit steep for me, so I passed on it.
When you are done with your tour be sure to go down the street to the Deschutes Brewery Public House and try some experimental brews. They have 24 beers on tap and I believe at least six of them are Brewers Creations.
I had a pint of the Bale Out IRA (India Red Ale) that was fantastic. The food was good but a bit pricey, so I suggest sitting at the bar and ordering bar food and sampling all the great beer. I had a great time at the brewery and all the people we met were very friendly. I recommend if you find yourself driving through Bend, OR one day that you stop and visit the Deschutes Brewery.
Big thanks to the employees of Deschutes Brewery for making my visit and tour a great experience!!
Thanks to my wonderful daughter Haley for taking all the great photos for the article.
In this special edition of The 40cast myself (Vicjohusmc86) and DeviousMrMatt are joined by a few great guys to discuss the Playstation Vita. Joining us are JVB of Talking About Games, SoldierX and Tg1_eddie of Thats Our Opinion and Talking About Games and Open Forum Radio’s own Chtulu80 from Guide Post.
We get pretty in-depth on all aspects of the new Vita from our initial reaction to having it in our hands to Sony better not mess this up! We talk about the day one game release and our likes and dis-likes of those games. Why the rear touch pad is so hard to get used to and why did they put the front camera right there?
We also get into the Social aspects of the Vita and how awesome Live Tweet is and the awesomeness that is Near. This is Tg1_eddies favorite thing. The fact that the Vita can have cross-game chat and the Ps3 can’t is also something that will probably turn into a long going conversation on future 40cast. What happened to Facebook on day2 of the release and how it miraculously appeared again on Thursday.
To close thing up we all give the Vita a letter grade on the release and of the system itself. The grades are all pretty good but knowing Sony and how they do things I’m sure this grade could change in a couple weeks but they will forever be on this podcast.
Thanks again to JVB, SoldierX, Chtulu80, Tg1_eddie and of course to DeviousMrMatt for taking time out of your busy Beer Drinking Friday to join me in talking about this awesome new device.
I hope you enjoy the show!
This segment can be found in Episode 84 Of The 40cast released on Feb. 9, 2012.
The week after Super Bowl I read an article tweeted by the Beer Goddess (Erin Peters) that was posted on TheStreet.com website. The article was titled “Why Craft Beer Doesn’t Have A Super Bowl Ad.” When I first read the title I thought the answer was pretty obvious, but I found the facts stated very interesting.
So this year’s game was no different than other years…the beer commercials were dominated by Budweiser products. As I sat there watching the game I kept asking myself…why? Who are these ads targeting? Is the money spent worth it? Will these companies get a return on investment equal or greater than the cost? Overall I was very disappointed in the ads viewed and thought…”what a waste of money.” So why aren’t smaller craft breweries using the big game as an opportunity to reach out to 100 million people? It’s simple…
Despite the recent growth in the craft beer industry the simple fact is the big beer companies still own 95% of the beer sales in the United States. Anheuser-Busch is the largest with over 100 million barrels produced per year compared to Yuengling & Sons and Boston Beer Company producing 2.5 million and 2.3 million barrels respectively. Craft brew sales increased 11% by volume and 12% by dollars in 2010 and jumped 15% in dollars the first six months of 2011. These numbers at first glance appear very good, but remember a small percentage increase of a small volume is still negligible. Craft beer needs to see 200% increases over a few years to really be a formidable competitor in the US beer market.
I originally had a lot of stuff to say about this topic, but over the past 4 weeks I have lost my drive and just can not seem to finish the write-up for this Brew Buzz. Although the audio portion of this Brew Buzz was kind of impromptu, it still has some good conversation on this topic. So forgive me for putting out a half-assed article, but I need to move forward with the other Brew Buzz segments.
Listen to the audio segment of the Brew Buzz below:
This segment can be found in Episode 82 Of The 40cast released on Jan. 29, 2012.
This week I want to spotlight a brewer from the Pacific Northwest that may not be known to many people, and that brewery is Full Sail Brewing out of Hood River, Oregon. I first came across this brewery in 1998 when I purchased a 6-pack of their 10th Anniversary Very Special Pale Ale. This beer rocked my socks off and I drank cases of this stuff because I was worried it would not be around for very long. Luckily they continued brewing this beer for a few more years, so I didn’t have to start hoarding it.
Full Sail Brewing opened in 1987 and became one of Oregon’s first commercially successfully micro-brewery to bottle their beer for retail sales. Their first beers produced were a Golden Ale, an Imperial Porter, an Amber Ale and their Wassail Winter Ale. In 2007 they produced 130,000 barrels of beer, which made them the 2nd largest craft brewer in Oregon and the 9th largest in the United States. During their first year of production, four employees were able to produce 287 barrels, followed by 2,200 barrels in 1988. In 1999 the 47 employees decided to become a completely employee owned independent company, which is still the case today.
Full Sail Brewing produces a wide range of brews and have won numerous awards. They have won 12 Gold Medals for their Amber Ale, 5 Gold Medals for their India Pale Ale, 4 Gold Medals for their Pale Ale and 3 Gold Medals for their LTD01 at the World Beer Championships. Needless to say, they make good beer. In 2005 they started producing Session Premium Lager, a pre-prohibition tribute beer, bottled in an 11-oz stubby bottle. The success of this lager motivated the production of a additional “premium” limited release lagers with the label LTD stating in 2007. So far they have released an LTD01, LTD02, LTD03, LTD04 and LTD05, all having different characteristics. In 2009 Full Sail started selling their Session Black Premium Lager in the signature stubby bottles.
My favorite Full Sail beer of all time is the 10th Anniversary Very Special Pale Ale with the Wassail Winter Ale coming in at a close second. Most of my friends claim the Amber Ale is their best, but that’s their opinion. I will comment quickly on the LTD04 which is the latest one I have tried . As you all know, I am NOT a pale lager fan. In fact it is my least desired beer of all styles. So I will say this…the LTD04 American Pale Lager (single malt, single hop) is a good tasting pale lager. Reminds me very much of the domestic pale lager found at NASCAR events around the country, but with a smoother flavor and higher kick (7.0%). Still not a beer I want to drink often, but a pleasant surprise that not all American Pale Lagers will make me puke in me mouth.
Listen to the audio segment of the Brew Buzz below:
This segment can be found in Episode 80 Of The 40cast released on Jan. 15, 2012.
I believe I first came across this brewer in 2006 when I saw a uniquely labeled six-pack with a big black label across the front with the word “CENSORED” on it. Great advertising ploy, because of the bad boy in every one of us, we will be forced to buy it just because we shouldn’t. At the time I had never heard of this brewery and I was taking a chance on a beer from a company whose name I could not even pronounce!
Well I am glad I did. The Censored beer was actually a Red Ale (actually a Rich Copper Ale) that was very tasty and caught my attention right away. I then made it my mission to try other beers from this brewery. I found their IPA and it became my go-to beer for a long time. When I came across an Imperial IPA called Maximus I swore I just entered hophead heaven. This is still a beer I will pick up randomly as I pass by it in the store. Needless to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. Before long a flood of different beer styles started arriving in Boise and I found myself in craft beer ecstasy.
Lagunitas is currently based out of Petaluma, California, but got their humble start in 1993 in Lagunitas, California, a small unincorporated community in Marin County. Their flagship beer is the Lagunitas IPA, and has been regularly rated as the best selling IPA in the state of California. Lagunitas is known for their clever beer naming and descriptive text found on their labels. One I like in particular is the “Wilco Tango Foxtrot – A Malty, Robust, Job Recovery Ale.” Also the 2011 winter release of the Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale was a fitting label for the Brown Shugga’ lovers who were thinking just that thing. It is refreshing to find a brewer who is not afraid to poke fun at themselves and continually provide high quality beers to their fans at a reasonable cost.
Currently Lagunitas Brewing Company is undergoing a huge expansion, costing roughly $9.5 million and raising their capacity to about 600,000 barrels per year. This is fantastic news because this will allow them to create all our favorite beers on a regular basis. I absolutely love every beer I have consumed from this brewery, and I have tasted almost everything released outside California. I can’t wait to get more beer distributed to my area and out to all my friends in other states. Currently they distribute to 32 states, so go out and find some of their beer. I guarantee you will enjoy it, unless you are not a craft beer drinker.
Some of my favorite brews from Lagunitas:
- Lagunitas IPA
- Lagunitas Maximus
- Lagunitas Brown Shugga’
- Lagunitas Lil Sumpin Sumpin Ale
- Hop Stoopid Ale
- Cappuccino Stout
- Lagunitas Lucky 13 and Lucky13.alt
- Wilco Tango Foxtrot
- Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale
- Our Own Bavarian Doppel Weizen Ale
- Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale
- All the Frank Zappa collection
I have a lot of brewers I really enjoy and will be spotlighting on the show in the coming months.
Listen to the audio segment of the Brew Buzz below:
This segment can be found in Episode 78 Of The 40cast released on Jan. 1, 2012.
So a few weeks ago I went over the Winter Warmer beer style, so it is only appropriate to finish out the year covering the other winter ales.Everyone is probably aware of the Christmas style ale…usually has some strange ingredients and flavors, is often a dark beer, but can also be copper colored. As I mentioned, these styles of beer often are heavily flavored with spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, spruce tips, cloves and various fruit flavors. They have a unique taste you either love or hate, or are like me and tolerate them in small doses.What are some of the best Christmas/Winter Ales? Well the most famous ones in the US are Great Lakes Brewing Christmas Ale and Anchor Brewing Christmas Ale. I’ve had others, but since this is not my prefered style, then I am biased in a negative way. I’ll say Samuel Adam’s Winter Lager and Old Fezziwig Ale are two to try if you are interested in this style of beer.
I also mentioned the Wassail Style beer and I said I would research it because I was not familiar with it (except for my love of Full Sail Wassail Winter Warmer). Well it turns out this wassail stuff is a little bit complicated because the style is wide open to the brewers (or cooks) taste. The only thing common is the time of the year it is made…when its cold outside and typically during the holidays.
The funny thing about wassail is that it’s not really a beer at all. It is a “beer punch” that uses beer or honey mead as an ingredient, and it is served warm. The typical wassail is made with apples, brown sugar, cloves, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and some kind of alcohol (beer, mead, hard cider or wine). As I list these ingredients, it makes me wonder how does a beer follow the style of a wassail? Is a “Wassail” beer a style that would be good to use in a traditional wassail? That is what I am thinking, because the wassail beers I have tasted have not been spiced beers.
So what kinds of beer would be good for a wassail? It looks like any dark and malty style beer would complement the other ingredients, such as a porter or brown ale. I would stay away the more hoppy ales, such as pale ales and IPAs because the bitterness might overwhelm the flavor.
What is my favorite Wassail? That is easy…it’s Full Sail Brewing Wassail. This is a premium crafted beer with a premium taste.
Listen to the audio segment of the Brew Buzz below:
This segment can be found in Episode 77 Of The 40cast released on Dec. 18, 2011.
So you have probably heard me talking about “cellaring” beer for 6 months to 2 years in order to age it for better flavor. I am sure you are asking yourselves what I am talking about, so here is your explanation.
What is cellaring? When I talk about putting a beer in the cellar for some length of time I mean setting it aside in a cool dry place for a time period in order to enhance the overall flavor and smoothness of the beer. This is not recommended for all beers, but certain beers can really benefit from additional aging prior to consumption.
What to cellar? Typically beers with a higher ABV (greater than 6% and above 8% prefered) will benefit. The reason being some higher alcohol content beers tend to have sharper finishes and may not be as palatable due to the brewer trying (and sometimes failing) to balance the malts and hops and still provide a high octane brew. The hops may overcome the grains, and by aging the brew the flavors mellow slightly. Beers with higher hop concentrations also can stay fresh longer due to the hops acting as a preservative. The exception to this rule is the IPA because typical American IPA styles tend to use flavorful hops which tend to lose their distinct flavors over time. Usually beers with darker coloring are cellar-worthy candidates, although I have had some good lighter colored Belgium Ales. Bottle-conditioned beers (beers that finish off their fermentation process in the bottle) are good ones because some of the yeast is still present in the bottle to continue eating up sugars and actually evolve the beer to a new level. The best beers to cellar are barley-wines, barrel-aged and winter beers (full bodied beers with strong malty flavors and higher hop content).
How to cellar? So you want to find an out of the way, cool, dark and dry place that does not fluctuate temperature drastically (should maintain about 55degrees Fahrenheit). The best places are in crawl spaces, basements and closets…and if you are fortunate enough to have the space and money, then you can build your own cellar room in the basement. Unlike wine, you want to store your bottles upright. This keeps the yeast and sediment at the bottom of the bottle where it will not affect the flavor. If possible try to have at least two bottles in the cellar so you can try one at a predetermined time and another at a later time to compare tasting notes of your work. Oh yeah, you might want to have a log with the name of each beer and the date you placed it in the cellar. Use a label sticker on the bottom of the bottle to index your collection. Another option is to keep your beers in a cardboard carton and write the dates under each beer.
Why cellar beers? The main reason is to experiment. Some might even say it’s a game of chance as you gamble the cost of the beer on the possibility of unveiling a wonderful new beer drinking experience. I think the best reason to try and cellar beers is to attempt to create a smoother and more enjoyable beer drinking experience from a beer that may be hard to drink at a younger age. That is why I almost exclusively cellar barley-wines. These 12-14% behemoths taste horrible until after 2-3 years of aging. Then they become a more deeper flavored and smoother beer to drink. Cellaring beer also is a lesson in patience and self control. Vic himself said he could never keep a beer for 1-2 years, he would just drink it up. As we have all learned over the last few months, craft beer is not meant to be guzzled, it is meant to be savored and consumed for the beer tasting experience.
NOTE: In the audio segment I may have overstated the increase in ABV in my example. Thanks goes out to listener John R. from Seattle for writing in and providing good feedback and explaining the why my statement was not plausible.
Listen to the audio segment of the Brew Buzz below: