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The Best Games of 2014

The Best Games of 2014

I am the Law!

It’s that time of the year. The time we enjoy with our family, friends, and stuffing our faces with pie. This year left a painful scar on many gamers eager to play their 8th generation console on Christmas day. Both PSN and Xbox Live were hacked (DDoS) and taken offline. That means, no console updates, no digital downloads (sorry bundle owners) and no multiplayer. It’s come to the point where we need to institute a new law regarding those responsible for cyber crimes. You get caught, you get your ass beat hard. No questions or trial, just a good old fashioned ass whuppin and public humiliation.

Plays out like this. Haxor in the basement of his moms house drinking 64oz monster and eating doritos. Window smashes in and tiny black canister rolls into the room. What follows next is the sound of Mjolnir’s hammer dropping and the power of 7M candles burning your eyes. You can’t see and your disoriented crawling on the floor. Your head feels like it’s going to explode from the pressure, but you mange to stand. BAM! Your hit square in the jaw and fall back to the floor HARD. Your body is taking blows from all angles as your struggle to maintain consciousness. You fail and your drift into a black abyss. You finally open your eyes and realize your sitting in the middle of town, without any clothing on. There is a sign on your neck. “I’m a hacker that was caught. EPIC FAILURE”.

OK, back to reality. Normally, I would have been impacted by this outage because Christmas is a great time to scratch my gaming itch. This year was different not really by design, more like chance. Typically, I’m a console gamer and logged on PSN trying to rack up the trophies. So, it’s a shocker that my #1 GotY goes to…

#1 Game of the Year (Multiplayer)

Titanfall (PC)

I have a pretty big exam that I’m studying for and that’s taken up much of my cycles. The little time I have, I spent playing Titanfall. Not on the xbox, but on the PC. You see, I’m not going to bore you with a list of FPS games in this post, just get right to the point. My #1 MULTIPLAYER game of the year is Titanfall. The reason? It’s simple really. It’s more fun then throwing Hans Gruber off the 30th floor of Nakatomi Towers and it has everything (sans a good campaign)! Red balls level twitch shooting, balanced gameplay, great sound, amazing graphics on the PC (Ultra settings, never dropped below 60fps), awesome weapons, and brilliant execution of mech/pilot cat/mouse mechanics. Perhaps, I’m biased here. I can remember playing Mechwarrior 2 on the PC back in the day for an excessive amount of time (we are clan wolf, arcadia is our destiny and our right). There is something short of magical piloting a 100 ton mech and hunting your pray. Find them and send a barrage of guided missiles with 40mm shells for good measure up their steel butt. They try to escape, you pull the pilot from the mech and squeeze them like fresh oranges on a hot Florida morning. If John Wyane’s your thing, then hop on top of a mech while you rodeo your way to success. If your not with me on this, then perhaps we can agree that a sexy female AI voice is all any good shooter needs. <GRIN>

For the record: I built a new gaming rig with the intention of playing PC exclusives I missed over the years. Titanfall was only $9.99 during black friday. Not only is it my multiplayer GotY, it’s also my “kick ass bargain” game of the year. PC gaming, oh how I missed you!

PC Specs: i5 4690k, 16G of DDR3 2133MHz, GTX 970 superclocked, gigabyte sniper G1.M5, Samsung EVO 840 pro SSD, and xbox 1 controller.

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#1 Game of the Year – Single Player Campaign 

Bayonetta 2 (Wii U)

Is there really anything else I need to say about this game other than the title? Just look at these amazing in-game “graphics”. Feast your eyes on that and if you haven’t played it, do yourself and go buy it NOW! My only complaint is that the game is over too quickly.

Rodin says, Merry Christmas! Now go buy this game or He’ll (get it?) come looking for you.

 

Best Fighting Game

TIE: Super Smash Brothers (Wii U) & Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (PS3)

Best Racing Game

Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)

Most Surprisingly Awesome Game

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (Multi-platform)

Best Exclusive Game

Infamous Second Son (PS4)

Biggest Disappointment of 2014

Destiny: Become Grinder (Multi-platform)

I’ll wrap this up with the biggest disappointment of 2014. I’m not upset with you, just disappointed…

 

Remember this is simply my perspective and opinion. We’re all entitled to one. If there is something BIG I missed out on, sound off in the comment section below.

VIRL is HERE!

VIRL is HERE!

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VIRL is HERE along with a new logo.

Dec 1st (aka Cyber Monday) brings us many good deals, including $50 off (virl50 at checkout) the $199 personal edition price.

If you have not seen my previous posts on CML, basically VIRL is the same as CML without TAC support and limited scale (15 nodes). If you don’t want to read through my previous posts, I’ll summarize inline.

http://www.4g1vn.com/2014/07/virlcml-update/ 
http://www.4g1vn.com/2014/09/cml-1-0-first-impressions-getting-started/

 

What is VIRL?

VIRL enables users to rapidly design, configure and simulate network topologies. The VIRL virtualization framework provides a platform for high-fidelity network simulations that can be used for hands-on training, education, testing and development.

  • VIRL provides the ability to design network topologies with a GUI
  • VIRL Personal Edition provides IOSv, IOS XRv, CSR1000v and NX OSv!
  • You can integrate real network environments with your virtual network simulations

 

More information about VIRL

  1. VIRL website: http://virl.cisco.com
  2. VIRL Community Support: http://virl-dev-innovate.cisco.com/
  3. Pricing:
    • $199.99 for VIRL Personal Edition Annual Subscription License
    • $79.99 for VIRL Personal Edition Academic Version (students & teachers)  Annual Subscription License
  4. Other promos: First 25 purchasers of Personal Edition and the Academic Version will get free VIRL t-shirts

Requirements

Verify that your PC or laptop meets the following minimum requirements:

• Host system must be able to access the Internet periodically

• Four CPU cores and 8GB of DRAM – more resources allows for larger simulations

• Intel VT-x / EPT or AMD-V / RVI virtualization extensions present and enabled in the BIOS

• 50GB of free disk space for installation

You must purchase and install one of the following supported Hypervisors in order to run Cisco VIRL.:

• VMware Fusion Pro v5.02 or later (including v6.x or v7.x)

• VMware Workstation v8.04 or later (including v9.x and 10.x)

• VMware Player v5.02 or later (including v6.x)

• ESXi 5.1 / 5.5 using the vSphere Client: ESXi 5.1U2 (Build 1483097) or ESXi 5.5U1 (Build 1623387)

These Hypervisors are not included as part of Cisco VIRL and must be purchased separately.