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So, I sat down here, and was going to write out a quick review for the Mafia III DLC “Faster Baby!”, but then it occurred to me! I’ve never even written a review for Mafia III! I had planned on it and had even written it out in my mind, and at the time knew exactly what I was going to say! Somewhere along the line though, something must have happened that made me forget to actually blog it! I apologize! To be fair, that’s not the first game that has ended up getting skipped over. I am a horrible person!

So, let me try to rectify that situation now! What is Mafia 3? It’s an open-world crime saga! If you are familiar with Saints Row, Grand Theft Auto or the other Mafia games, then you know what I mean! It takes place in New Bordeaux(a fictionalized version of New Orleans!) in the late 60’s! You play Lincoln Clay, an African American soldier just home from Vietnam and dealing with a lot of racial tension! He’s also in a criminal organization of sorts! Unlike other open world Crime sagas, this game goes from the standard “Criminal doing crime” story, to a tale of revenge! Now me personally? I love a good revenge story, and this is a good revenge story! The whole game is well paced and has some decent controls.

Here’s the thing about Mafia 3 though, storywise it is an incredible game with decent graphics and most importantly, it has perhaps one of the best soundtracks I have heard in a video game in a long time, including the GTA games! Everything is so good that I really want to say that the game is the bee’s knees, but I can’t! The game is extremely buggy! Sure, there have been updates, and fixes but the game still is plagued with bugs! There are graphic glitches, weird blue flashing lights that appear and disappear and World scenery just popping in and out of the gameworld! It definitely needs a few more patches!

That being said, I still like the game,. and it is playable, it’s just incredibly frustrating and needs to be patched ASAP. If it ever gets patched up completely, we are talking about a 5-star game though in my opinion. I mean the contents not perfect, but they are trying to fix that! For instance, when the game shipped there was no way to customize Lincoln Clay(The main protagonist in the game), which was just stupid! Mafia 2 had the ability to buy new clothes, and other open world crime sagas like GTA or Saints Row provide a LOT more customization to their characters. In this day and age, personalization is expected in free roam games! Not including any such form of customization was just lazy! However, they have since rectified that in a patch! Sort of! There are now a variety of outfits available in a “Closet” found in your safehouses. It’s not the kind of customization I was hoping for, but it’s at least something!

Currently, there is one story based DLC available called “Faster Baby”. It opens up a new section of the city called Sinclair Parish, which is being terrorized by a corrupt and super racist sheriff. Lincoln Teams up with Roxy Laveau to bring this sheriff down!

The DLC focuses mainly on high-speed chases and vehicle stunts that would make the duke boys proud! These stunts include driving up ramps and flying through billboards and signs! Since it does focus on driving there are obviously some nifty cars included in the DLC including my favorite “The Lassiter Nightcrawler” which will unlock as you play through the story. If you are a trophy hunter, then you are in luck, because the DLC offers a whopping 10 new ones for you to try to earn.

In terms of length? The DLC is really lacking! There’s a total of 10 missions, one is optional and a good portion of the other 9 are less like missions and more like cutscenes, which for some reason they decided to make a mission, despite not really doing anything! The whole DLC can be finished in an hour or so, but if you spend some time getting trophies and exploring the surrounding, you can definitely stretch that out! Still, the DLC is 15 bucks, which is a lot for the little that you’re getting! In comparison, the single player DLC for GTA4 consisted of 20+ missions(That were actually missions and not cutscenes) plus side missions and random character encounters! It was almost like a whole game, and only cost 20 bucks! So, yeah! This DLC is way overpriced!

There are more planned DLC releases. We have one coming up sometime in may, and then a final third one later this summer. Here’s hoping the next 2 add a little more content for the dollar.

Duke Nukem Forever 2007 teaser screenshot

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I have to admit, I never thought it would happen. At least not in my life-time! Yet, it’s almost here; The release of the king of Vapor-ware: Duke Nukem Forever(Or as some used to refer to it as, Duke Nukem Forever in development)! June 14th 2011 is the date, that the game will grace PS3’s and Xbox 360’s(And of course PCs).

I have been looking forward to this game release for close to 14 years, and now that it’s finally drawing close, I have to say I am not that anxious. Mainly because, I am fully aware, that no matter how kick-ass this game turns out to be, there is no way in hell it will be 14 years of waiting kind of kick-ass! For 14 years I have been building this game up in my head, and to be honest there is no way in hell that the developers could have come out with anything that will say; “See? Wasn’t it worth the 14 years waiting?”

Anyway, it’s good that it’s finally coming out, and I will definitely give it a play-through, but I don’t have high-hopes for it.


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When I first heard the news that Mafia 2 was being released, I was drooling at the mouth. The screen shots, trailers and everything else seemed incredible! I pre-ordered the game, and loved it as I played it, but ultimately found the game way too short.

However, recently Mafia II has been releasing some Downloadable Content, which is adding extra missions, and more story. This of course is costing you extra, however after spending double the amount of the game on DLC, you end up with a game about as long as a regular game should be.

Obviously, I didn’t purchase any of the previous DLC for Mafia II, because while I like the idea of DLC, I hate when companies ship out a partial game and then fluff it up with DLC at extra cost, just so you can get what should have been included to begin with.

However, when Joes Adventures got released, I did have to buy it, because Joe was my favorite character. So, I bought it! I plopped down 800 Microsoft Points, and I began to download. After the download, I dusted off my Mafia II disc, plunked it in and began playing.

That’s when the problem occurred. After choosing to play Joes Adventures, choosing a save location and then picking a game difficulty setting, the game began to load, and load, and load. Basically, it would keep loading and not begin the game! This ticked me off, and I figured it might be a bug, and thought I would need to wait for a patch or something.

After waiting awhile, I began to get anxious, because I wanted to play what I had paid for. So, I tried clearing the cache of my xbox 360, and then tried playing the game, and associated DLC. After choosing the difficulty, it switched to loading, and then when I thought it was going to stick again, it loaded!

Bottom line: Clearing Cache seemed to do the trick, so if you are having problems with Joes Adventures, try that! It also speeds up some games, like Dragon Age, Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, Mass effect series, Fallout Series, and pretty much any game that relies heavily on DLC. So, it might be worth doing, even if you aren’t having problems with Joes Adventures or other Xbox 360 DLCs