Living Life to the Fullest

Ramblings of a diverse female

Red Dead Redemption = Fantastic Game! June 5, 2010

I have a new favorite game of all time; Red Dead Redemption. With the exception of a few glitches here and there, this game is absolutely awesome! There is so much to this game…main story missions, side missions, challenges, mini games, multiplayer challenges, that I’ll never truly finish it.  I wonder if anyone will?

Story starts with this beautiful scene of a paddlewheeler.

The story begins with John Marston getting off a paddlewheeler in Blackwater. Some of the people you see in the crowd you will run into again later in the story.

Once off the boat, John is being escorted to a train by federal agents. They are forcing him to search for his old gang of outlaws by holding his family hostage and threatning to kill lthem if he doesn’t bring members of his gang in.

On the train, John overhears a conversation between a young woman (Jenny) and a minister. Later in the game, John will meet Jenny at an odd location. There are several people on the train the he will eventually come into contact with one way or another.

His journey ends in the New Austin frontier town of Armadillo. This is where you gain control of the character and begin your adventure. Pop ups in the corner of the screen tells you how to move your character along with other information.

Inside the saloon, you meet up with the guide (Jake) that will take you to Fort Mercer, where Bill Williamson, a member of your gang, is holed up.

Of course, things don’t work out like John expected and he gets shot. Which amazes me because throughout the rest of the game, he draws his weapon quickly and shoots accurately.

After being left for dead, Bonnie MacFarlane comes along and has her hired hand pick John up and load him into the wagon. And so it begins…


Playing Red Dead Redemption for Charity May 24, 2010

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My gaming club organized a 24 hour gaming event to raise money for the Child’s Play charity. The charity improves children’s lives with toys and games. Since Red Dead Redemption had just been released and over 40 of us owned the game, it was decided that it would be the game to play.

It started at noon on Saturday, May 22 and ended at noon on Sunday, May 23. We had lots of people participate. Some of our members, probably about 8 or 9, played for the entire 24 hours. I played about 12 hours total. My eyes were bugging out and my hands were hurting, and ached for days afterwards. Not used to playing that long.

Anyway, we raised $1800. Not bad for a first time charity event. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any screen shots of game play during the event. But everyone had a great time, got a bunch of trophies and played for a wonderful cause.


RDR First Impression May 23, 2010

I received Red Dead Redemption on Friday. I was thrilled to find it in the mailbox, but surprisingly, I resisted the urge to tear open the packaging and pop the game into the PS3. Instead, I ate lunch and read through the user guide. By the time I was done reading, I couldn’t wait to start playing. This game is going to be fantastic. 

Red Dead Redemption Map


I unfolded the map that was included and was amazed how huge this open world game map is. I think I read somewhere that it’s the largest open world map to date. All those places to explore! With names like Bear Claw Camp, an area where bears are abundant, and The Hanging Rock where a noose hangs from a tree on a large rock. 


I put the game in, it went through the installation process and then downloaded an update. I watched the opening story and was very impressed with the graphics. I played through the first 3 or 4 tutorial type missions that introduce you to navigating and interacting with the environment, people and animals. Then it was time to go exploring. I set a waypoint and galloped off. 

A saloon


I found flowers that you can pick and then sell them to a doctor. Animals that you kill for meat and skin then sell those to a local shopkeeper. I found people to interact with along the trail. Some need help in one way or another and others are sitting around a campfire and will tell you a tale. That’s just the beginning. There is so much to do in this game it will take months to finish. And I’m glad. 

Bonnie MacFarlane - owner of MacFarlane's Ranch and the first person that John works for.


Red Dead Redemption May 17, 2010

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Rockstar will be releasing their new game Red Dead Redemption tonight at midnight. This is a third person, open world action-adventure western game set in the early 20th century.

Quite a few people in my gaming group have pre-ordered the game. Some of them will pick it up tonight at midnight. I’ve also pre-ordered it, but it won’t arrive until May 24th. At least that’s what the retailer said. I’m going to be optimistic and I will see it in my mailbox on May 20th.


MAG – SVER Faction April 22, 2010

On Monday I deleted my Raven soldier then joined the S.V.E.R faction. Starting at level 1 was painful. No skill points, no useful gadgets and forced to use the default weapons. But surprisingly, the default assault rifle is pretty lethal. I got more kills in one game with that than I ever did using the Raven default AR.

One thing  that I noticed  after a few games, teamwork is better. Yesterday I played an Acquisition mission. It was the Corvus Research map attacking Raven. The squad leader announced right away what the plan was. He FRAGO’d everything as we went along. We made a quick sweep, taking every bunker, destroyed the Mortar Battery, AAA and Sensor Array and acquired both vehicles. It was amazing. Everyone worked together. People resuscitated you when you got hit instead of running past you like you weren’t there.  I have not experienced that at all after playing for nearly 3 months. Not even with the BPC. Yes, we all rez each other, but we’ve never swept through the map like that. At least not on the nights I played.

I’ve made it to level 17 in just 3 days. Right now my load out includes the Medical Kit with full resuscitation. I have the AG-94 assault rifle as my primary. I’m just shy of 400 kills to get my Assault Master Specialist Medal. I already got the Machine Gun Master Specialist Medal. You receive these medals by killing 1000 enemies.  And with my measly kills, it takes awhile.

There are 58 medals and 40 ribbons to achieve. I doubt I’ll get them all, but I’ll certainly try. I would imagine you’d have to play the game for a very long time to get every one of them. There are 38 trophies to be gotten. As much as I’d love to get the platinum, I doubt it will happen. But you never know.


MAG – Level 60 April 17, 2010

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Yesterday I reached level 60 in the Raven faction. I can now switch to the  S.V.E.R faction which is the one I belong in, according to the short quiz I took on the Shadow War recruitment website. So we’ll see if my stats improve once I start playing.

I dread creating a new character. Starting over isn’t appealing. You lose all your skill points and have to use the default weapons until you get enough skill points to acquire better ones. But before I get a better weapon, I’ll get the medical kit and the ability to resuscitate. That’s the way to get lots of XP, resuscitating the wounded.

So on Monday, I’ll delete my Raven soldier and create my new S.V.E.R soldier. No other members of the BPC have switched to S.V.E.R. from Valor yet.  Some are waiting for others to reach level 60 and then switch. I may get a head start on them, but a handful will surpass me because they are better players than I. Doesn’t matter though, that’s one of the things that makes the BPC so beautiful, you don’t have to be an awesome player, we just enjoy playing together.


GTA IV Fun April 16, 2010

Last night me and some of the boys from the BPC got together online and played Grand Theft Auto IV. It didn’t start out well. A few weeks ago, Rockstar released a patch that was supposed to fix the friend list issue where you can only see 50 people on your list. What we at the BPC did was create a new user account with _gta at the end so only those people would be on our friend list. We had some new players join us, so they had to set up their account before we could start playing. So an hour later, we actually started playing.

You would think that after all this time since the game was released that they would really fix that issue. I haven’t checked their website yet, but I’m sure they have been flooded with complaints that the issue is not resolved.

Despite that, we played one game of Car Jack City, then went into Free Mode, where you can wonder around Liberty City doing whatever you want. It takes a lot to kill each other in this mode, so we mostly drove around doing crazy stunts. Took helicopters to the top of the highest building and base jumped. And while the boys were jumping a helicopter at the airport, I practiced rolling cars so that I can go for the Rolled Over trophy. It’s one of the last ones I need in single player and it’s been a pain to get.

At the end of the night, we all flew in a helicopter to the statue of Happiness and jumped out to see the beating heart inside. A couple of the guys haven’t seen it yet. There is a trick to seeing it though, and it’s not the easiest thing in the world to do. You have to align the helicopter just right and then jump from it and land in a particular spot. Av, one of the youngest in our group, made it on the first try. I died 3 times jumping out, missing the mark and so did others. They were still trying when I logged out. My headset died and it’s no fun playing if you can’t talk. I’ll ask them today if they saw it.

Free Mode was fun, but next time I’m ready for objective based missions. I like those best.