PVS Pokemon Black 2 Review

Pokemon Black 2 boxartHiya Players! Over this past holiday period I was fortunate enough to be gifted one of the latest in the Pokemon series, Pokemon Black 2. I don’t often like to admit it, but I’m a Pokemaniac. I may have taken a break for a bit, but with the quality of this game it’s not a wonder it’s sold so well. Let’s jump into the review.

For those who loved the old Pokemon gameplay the simplicity of starting off with a Pokemon and fighting your way through to be the best, you’ll be in luck. BW2 follows this same formula that we all know and often love. Given this is the first direct sequel Pokemon game though, it’s a little different but not enough to feel out of place. Of course with any Pokemon game, we need a Team of antagonists to get in the way of our seemingly simple rise to power. With BW2, we get another shot at Team Plasma, and the involvement with them plays through pretty well. In addition to the gym crawl and fighting back Team Plasma there was an additional amount of story content, even compared to the first BW, which was more than welcome. Comparing it to the first BW, Black 2 added enough content to the initial story for about 10 Pokemon levels before you beat the Elite Four (putting the Elite Four’s Pokemon around level 60). This change was great considering how short and easy the first BW was end-game. Read more about PVS Pokemon Black 2 Review

PVS SWTOR: Why I Want To Love SWTOR, But Just Can’t

Star Wars Broken Heart Let me preface this by saying I really wanted to love Star Wars: The Old Republic. Honestly, I gave up my consistent weekly raiding group on Warcraft in hopes I’d find my new place in a Galaxy Far Far Away. This was supposed to be my own personal ‘WoW Killer’. Unfortunately as entertaining it was for the first month, I wasn’t able to find that. There are amazing elements to SWTOR, but it’s not enough to keep its subscribers. I don’t think this is just me either, as they’re not keeping people with end-game exceptions according to most sources.
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PVS MMOs: A Quick Look at Rift

Today’s game of choice is going to be Rift. I know it’s been out for over a year now, but I never really got around to it. Unfortunately, when it was first popular I was raiding six nights a week and didn’t have much time to throw another game into the mix. Now that I have some time, let’s see how it stacks up.

Initial Impression: It’s like the bastard child of World of Warcraft and EverQuest II (or any other Asian MMO game) with a dash of Bible lore.
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PVS MMOs: A Quick Look at EverQuest II

With the decline of things to do in Warcraft and the disappointment in SWTOR, I find myself in the position to jump around and find a new game. More specifically, find a new game on a shoe-string budget (less than $20 being ideal). Over the next few days I’m going to test out a few of the free trials/betas out there and see if any of them peak my interest.

Initial Impression: Umm, what is this crap?
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