Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Black Ops Commentator: WhiteBoy7thst

Who is he?
WhiteBoy7thst is a YouTube commentator for Call of Duty: Black Ops. Not only does he commentate his Black Ops gameplays, he also vlogs daily and listens to his subscribers requests, which is quite rare in the YouTube community. Many of the Call of Duty commentators on YouTube are the same, and just talk about how amazing they are at the game and how epic their 39-1 gameplay is. WhiteBoy, however, is different.

Why is WhiteBoy interesting?
Like I stated above, WhiteBoy is very different from the common kill-whoring commentators that take up 99% of YouTube's Call of Duty commentating community. Unlike popular names like WingsofRedemption, WhiteBoy plays the objective. He generally plays Ground War, and most of his gameplays are Domination. He still gets good scores, but obviously he doesn't post tons of flawless gameplays. His games however are enjoyable because his goal isn't to get a massive killstreak and pwn the enemy team, but to win the game, and has inspired other commentators to also post gameplays where their objective is to win. Although this isn't everybody's cuppa tea, I personally enjoy it a lot more than watching somebody camp in a building the whole game and use a chopper gunner to get 30 kills.

Not only are his Black Ops gameplays more interesting than the average commentator, but he also doesn't just talk about the game. Many commentators will just say “So yeah, as you can see here, I walked around the corner and shot the guy before he shot me, then turned around and got a 360 no scope on some noob because I'm really good” but WhiteBoy doesn't do that. This can be seen as a good or bad thing, but WhiteBoy tends to just talk about everything but the gameplay. He'll tell some story about something interesting or funny or something interesting that happened in his life recently. If, however, you do enjoy him talking about his gameplay, WhiteBoy does something extremely frequently that most commentators do very rarely:

Live Commentaries?!?
WhiteBoy is “famous” for his massive amounts of live commentaries that he posts. He has live commentaries playing Nazi Zombies, he has a Road to Commander series (for those that don't know what it is, it's a live commentary of every/almost every gameplay between level 1 and 50 for some prestige), and he posts live High Roller gameplays all the time. Not only that, but he also has a series where he plays high roller in a fucking gillie suit. Talk about epic. His live commentaries contain a ton of shit talk, all in good fun of course, because he also isn't very serious about the game and likes to pretend to rage often.

If you're interested in a commentator that not only post great gameplays that are mostly objective based, who shit talks up the wazoo, and who talks about something other than Call of Duty (and also occasionally posts non-CoD videos on his main channel, as he also has a second vlogging channel), WhiteBoy7thst is definitely somebody you should check out. A word of warning, however, is that his voice is slightly annoying, but get over it god dammit, give him a try before you decide WhiteBoys style isn't for you.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Assassins Creed Brotherhood: Game Review

Welcome to the Brotherhood 

   I would like to start off by saying that Assassins Creed Brotherhood isn't necessarily the Assassins Creed 3 we have been waiting for. Supposedly Assassins Creed 3 won't even be coming out in the next couple of years. Secretly I'm praying nightly that it's a giant rumor and it's right around the corner, but who knows?

The Story 

   Assassins Creed Brotherhood picks up where Assassins Creed 2 left off. You're still controlling Ezio, however this time you are only in Rome and don't travel around to different places. And, since everyone loved the "town" system in AC2 where you bought and upgraded things for Monteriggioni (I spelled that right on the first try, whaddup?), you get to do the same thing, but instead you're opening shops around Rome and buying all the ancient buildings for some reason. I feel like this was kind of sloppy, correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't remember them really giving a solid reason for having to reopen the shops and buy things like the Coliseum, besides saying "lul da bad guiz taked ov3r ur sity nd u got 2 kill dem to take it bak 4 the ppl." I feel like they just could have come up with some other reason that made more sense I guess. Why would the Borgia people close the shops in the first place and why should a random assassin have to buy them back?

   However, despite some things that seem just thrown in there to make the game similar to AC2, the gameplay is still pretty fun. The story and the things that happen make sense. Ezio has to go through these memory sequences because memory sequence 9 has something important in it. Since they can't randomly access memory sequence 9, you have to "live" through all of them I guess. The first couple are tutorial sequences basically, and get you used to using the Mercenaries, Thieves, and the Courtesans. I really, really like the Courtesans, they're definitely the best out of the three. The story is fun and refreshing because it's not the same place as AC2 was, and I didn't feel like it was boring at all. On a scale of 1 - 10, 1 being Modern AssShit 2 and 10 being The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, I'd rate Assassins Creed Brotherhood at about a 6. And since Ocarina of Time was so epic, it's rare for a game to get in the 8/9/10 range, so really anything above a 4 is worth playing 40-60 dollars for.

The Multiplayer 

   Wait, ACB has multiplayer? It seems like it would be weird to have multiplayer for this kind of game, but hey, multiplayer accessibility sells and I'm sure Ubisoft knew that. They, however, didn't just make some strange wanna-be Call of Duty with assassins, they made an entirely knew multiplayer experience which is just downright fucking awesome. I don't want to talk too much about what exactly is in the multiplayer, but if you click here you can check out a YouTube video by the one and only WiNGSPANTT which is a video of one of the game modes, and he commentates and gives a lot of tips and tricks. This multiplayer is definitely one of the most fun multiplayer experiences I've ever had. I'm pretty sure I've played more ACB online then Black Ops, because this multiplayer really doesn't get boring and it's different every time. It's much more relaxed too and not as competitive, you don't have try-hard caring about things like KDR and people trying to make cool montage clips for their pathetic YouTube channel.

All in all, buy this game despite the fact that your friends may say "but wat abot black opz?", because it's totally worth it. And also, if you don't buy it you will die a slow, painful death from my slow-acting poison. 


Friday, February 4, 2011

PSN Game Review: Castle Crashers

I never really got into PSN Games much until pretty recently. And since most of the games are small, the reviews will be small, but hopefully they will provide enough information for you to be able to decide whether or not you actually want to buy the game. First on the list...


   Castle Crashers is made by The Behemoth, a developer I had never heard of before. This game originally was only out on the Xbox, until August 2010. As soon as it game out for the PS3, I bought it right away, and it was $15 dollars well spent. Castle Crashers is a side-scrolling beat-em-up type game with many unlockable characters.

   The game is set in a medieval world, and you play as a knight saving some princesses stolen by some evil guys (what else is new?). Although the back story is kind of basic, simplistic, and done a million times before, that still doesn't stop the beating up of monsters from being really fun. The game features up to 4-player Co-op, and also can be played online with other people.

   This game does have replayability unlike a lot of PSN games have, because when you beat the game with one of the four starting characters, you unlock a new character depending on which starting character you used. And there's also a third 'tier' of characters to unlock by beating the game with the character you unlocked after being the game the first time. Wait what? If you're confused, just click here for a playable characters flow chart to make both of our lives easier.

   For $15, this hack and slash cartoon-y game is well worth it. The developers definitely had fun with this one, as there are quite a few funny scenes/bosses/levels that you have to go through. Trust me, you'll know what I mean when you play the game. Oh, and I'd also like to mention that it isn't the easiest game in the world. Some of the bosses can be quite difficult, especially if you play alone (Although sometimes playing with others can make boss fights more difficult... cough cough bad connections cough cough). And the game also features an Insane Mode, which is extremely difficult. But hey, you get a trophy/achievement for it, so it's great for the trophy whores such as myself. Definitely go out and buy this game now, you won't regret it.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Black Ops: Tactics (Part 1)

Going from Casual to Hardcore - Tips to Up Your Game

Alright, everybody who plays video games knows (or should know) that there are casual players who play for fun, don't care about things like KDR or achievements, or about the game mechanics. Then, there are the players that usually are pretty good at the game- they know a lot about the game, they play it often, they have good KDRs (or at least care about what their KDR is). Also, many people want to make the jump from casual to hardcore, yet they still suck at the game. Well, I'm going to give a few tips to possibly help these people get at least slightly better at this game (And these tips will apply to games outside of Black Ops as well).

I myself am not a pro at Blops, but I still have some tips to help people out:


If you really want to get good at the game- Learn the gun stats. I talked about this briefly in my other rant/review of Blops. It's very easy to find the gun stats for any of the Call of Duty games online, because people with the PC version just go into the files and search them for these gun stats. Learning the actual damage the gun does (Not what the little damage bar in-game says) and its range is a great help and will definitely improve your game. You will learn that some guns are just simply way more effective with certain attachments, for example the M16 with an ACOG scope has much less recoil than without it. After learning that, I tried it out, and sure enough, I was much better with the M16 and it was more usable with the reduced recoil.


Learn the maps. This is a tip that is universal for any multiplayer games. It sounds like a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised at the amount of people that still don't know their way around the maps after playing for a long time. Go into Combat Training, look around the map and learn it. Learn spots to snipe from, learn where you can be sniped from, find good spots for hiding, and all of that good stuff. You will be much better at the game when you know the maps better then you know the back of your own hand.


Review your theater clip matches. Did you go 20-35 last game, and wonder how you could suck so much? Go into theater mode and look it over. Did you do that poorly because of lag, or because you can't aim for shit? Did the guy who killed you find a sneaky way to flank you? Being able to see what other players do can definitely help improve your game. And also, if you're in a match where somebody had a really good game, you can check out what they did to achieve that and maybe pick up a few strategies like where to go at the start of the match. There's much to learn from watching other people play, which brings me to my last tip for now...


Watch commentators on YouTube. Just search for Black Ops gameplay, and I'm sure you will find a lot. My personal favorite is WhiteBoy7thst, but there are hundreds. Generally these guys are good at the game, and commentate about strategies they use and certain things that they did in that gameplay. I've picked up countless tips this way, and it significantly helps you get better at the game. There are also people on YouTube like zzirGrizz who have videos on map tutorials. Essentially he spends his time finding spots to throw tomahawks and shoot ballistic knifes from to hit certain flags on Domination or certain bombs in Sabotage/SnD, and watching those map tutorials can give you an extra edge. He also shows some 'secret' places, where you've probably seen people before but had no idea how to get there.


Now it's your turn to go out and try out what you've learned. These tips have helped me greatly to become a better gamer, and things like learning the maps and watching YouTube commentators can help you with any multiplayer game. Personally I also love Assassins Creed: Brotherhood (A review for that will be coming up soon), and learning the maps helps a lot in that game although there's no bots mode to do it in. And there are plenty of YouTube commentators (Such as WiNGSPANTT) who make gameplay videos that also include tips for many games, and I'm sure there's a commentator out there who you will enjoy.

Thanks for reading this post, if you actually find them helpful please leave a comment.

Ninjalemon (

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Black Ops Review/Rant

Alright, well this blog is new, Black Ops is relatively new, so I may as well write a review about this game first.

Black Ops is by no means a bad game, it's fun to play for me. However Treyarch (aka 3arc) seems to have done a pretty sloppy job in the technical aspects of the game. Sure, the game looks nice, and the multiplayer has a whole new Wager Match mode and all of that good stuff, but the games non-visible aspects seem to be lacking.

For example, the anti-lag. The anti-lag coding has been the same ever since Call of Duty 4, and this is definitely a bad thing. Anti-lag itself is a good thing, there is some lag compensation so you don't actually have to lead a lagging target to get hit markers, but the anti-lag that this game uses is just old. I know that 3arc can do a better job with it, because they should know that there is always going to be lag and it's always going to piss people off, and it really shouldn't be too hard of a problem to fix with a patch.

Next, the gun stats. Now, most people don't care enough about games to actually learn how much damage each gun does over what range, and it's RPM and all of that. However, if you look at the stats (Found here:, a majority of the guns are exactly the same. Just as an example, sniper rifles. Every single sniper rifle is 70 damage, 50 with a silencer. The only differences are very small: Recoil, clip size, and damage multipliers, and possibly other subtle differences other then the way the gun looks in-game. Oh, they also have different looking scopes (However, you can only actually see this if you're outputting in HD for some reason)

Gameplay-wise, I have to say this game is still fun. Although the Call of Duty series has become very noob-friendly, they seemed to have balanced out things like grenade launchers and flamethrowers. I thought when I first bought the game that those 2 objects would still be crazy overpowered, but the "Noob Tube" has been nerfed from the Modern Warfare 2 version, and is just like the grenade launcher from World at War (And is also called the 'Pro Pipe' by some, definitely a more appropriate name). For some reason though, when I first bought Modern Warfare 2 I played it for 3 straight months every day for hours on end before I got bored of it, Black Ops however, it took me 3-4 weeks before I stopped playing it, and to be honest I haven't put the game into my PS3 since before Christmas. The only time I have played it since then is at friends houses, and I really don't know why. I have a lot of interest in the game, and I watch YouTube commentators like WhiteBoy7thst ( who only play Black Ops, but I just don't have the motivation to pick up the game again and play it. Maybe I will though after writing this little review/rant.

Well anyways, if anyone actually reads this thanks for reading. I should probably give Black Ops an actual review eventually, because this was more of a rant and didn't talk about the actual game very much. And, if anyone actually sees this, leave a comment and let me know if you like this type of review/rant, or if you would like more of an actual review that talks more in-depth about the game and its pros/cons.

The First Blog Post

So, I'm not even sure if anybody will ever find this blog or look at it or anything. I really don't care though, I just thought "Why not make a blog?" I mean, I play video games religiously, and I'm not horrible (Read: I'm not casual and despite how much I try, I still care about my KDR), so why not make a blog about it? I'll be looking into games I'm very familiar with and already own, and then I'll probably start giving some opinions about upcoming games and such. Anyways, if anybody does actually see this, I hope you continue to look at my blog and enjoy what I'm posting.

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