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Great Halo Reach Vid

I just had to post this, I think we are in for a great game.

Halo Reach
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Final Fantasy xiii will be released march 9 2010 for the Xbox 360 and PS3. Final Fantasy is well known for its graphics but for a lot of people the Battle squence is the most important part. The way battles are handled in Final Fantasy xiii seems like it is much better than a turn based system.
The Battle system this time uses a battle gauge and as you use your points as you play, the better the attack the more points used. The meter fills up over time so it could be depleted depending on your play style.  One of the advanced techniques you can summon an eidolon to fight next to you and you could also ride the eidolon for direct control over it.

Of course setting up your party is very important. Final Fantasy xiii using a paradigme stystem. The paradigms are commando, ravager, synergist and medic. Paradigms are you characters  style of play and these can be changed in combat, for example if you are not doing so well you could switch your member to medics to heal everyone.
In between battles you will want to upgrade thing such as hit points, so Final Fantasy xiii uses a crystarium which is kind of hard to explaing but it is visualy pleasing, check out the video for more details:


Darksiders Secret Achievements

Here are the secret achievements for Darksiders:

Secret Achievement: Slayer 10 GS

Kill 666 Demons

Secret Achievement: River of Blood 10GS

Shed 3000 gallons of demon blood, accumulated while fighting demons.

Secret Achievement: Horseman 20G

Horseman -
Kill 150 demons from horse back.

If you dont have this achievement before you go towards the final boss, there are a couple of good places for this.

The Ashlands, there is a rideable passage in the North North East corner that goes between the ashlands and the Arena(just before Stygian's area). This has clusters of about 5-8mobs, ride through killing each group, there was about 4 groups. For some reason these groups tend to respawn by the time you get to the end of the area, just turn around and ride back through.

The Crossroads/Scalding Gallows.
Goto the Crossroads, mount up and kill everything in this area, should be around 20ish mobs. Use the serpent hole and goto Scalding gallows, kill everything here. Once everything is dead go back to the Crossroads and keep repeating till done.

Dark Rider -
Ride for 100 miles

If you start running on Ruin, then press RB(for the Ruin's Charge) and all use all 5 of them once the previous fire effect from charge runs out .
20 second from the time you start running till all the Ruins charge abilities(x5) are back, this will equal around 0.33 of a mile.
Should be able to do approximately a mile a minute,
Approx 1hrs 40mins to get achievement.

The other way is move to the centre of the arena, press the thumb stick back and to the left and then weight it down in place (this will make Ruin run circles, you want to be in the middle so that you dont run over the fire traps and end up dieing.
In about 45 minutes you will gain approximately 32miles
Approx 2hrs 40mins to get achievement

Another way, is the arena where you get Ruin, there is a locked door on the north end, plant your horse to the left of this door and push forward on the stick, even though the horse is cantering on the spot you can check the distance travelled and it is still going up.
Just find something that puts a little weight on the stick to keep it pushing forward, and go and do something for a few hrs you'll get this achievement while being productive on something else.
Only use this way if you have about a day to spare as you will only get around 5miles in about 45mins

Secret Achievement: World Raider 30GS
Collect all 27 Artifacts.

Collect all 27 artifact and this achievement will be yours.
Now how do you get all these artifact well here is the locations of every single one of them.

First area you meet Vulgrim, head to west side of map, head down into the subway, jump into the water and swim down and to the left. Artifact is here.

Choking Ground, once you see Vulgrim shop area in front of you, head right there will be 3 large grave stones. Drag the middle and head down into the catacomb, clear the area and claim your artifact

Choking Ground, once you see Vulgrim shop area in front of you, head left, head down into the catacomb, clear the area and claim your artifact

Enter the broken Stair, up the ramp go right into the ditch, artifact is at the end on the right.

Twilight Catherdral
After you push the statue down to break a hole in the ground, follow the path until you come across 2 slide/hand rails with growth at the end, move all the way to the top left of the growth and jump outwards to get the artifact.

6th- champion
the room with the bomb plant and teeth plant hanging from the ceiling, when you go into the next room, turn left to see the shadowflight blue org, use this and go there is one off to the right in the air.

When you get to the room with the 3 lady statues that require the swords, head west.
Room has a lot of lava, cog platforms, and a head with lava flowing from its mouth.
As you move across the to the middle. the artifact is on the lower right hand side.(north on the map)
Jump down, then climb up, artifact yours.

8th Once you get to the drown pass, jump down into the water and head as though your are heading back out of the area(north direction) youll find another artifact.

9th- once you get to Drowned Pass area, swim into the first house on the map(the northern one) find the stairs on the western side, swim up and collect your artifact.

10th- The Hollows, after the first puzzle using the gas pipes/fire, youll come to a room with a big hole in the floor and water(also a blue glass puzzle door) swim to the bottom for another artifact.(This is teh room before you meet the fish crawlers for the first time/room has 6 vents 3 either side of the room.

11th - The Hollows - after the second beholder door, in the room with the 3 train rail that can move up and down. Jump onto the 3rd one, look south, and jump over to receive you next artifact.

12th - the hollows, where the final beholder door (long corridor with 3 gas pipes a red puzzle door. After destroying the red puzzle door go up the stairs into the next room. Head north into the water, down and north into this pipe. once at the end swim up into a secret room and your champion artifact awaits.

13th- After handing in Grievers heart to Samael, and completing your first chrono puzzle, climb up the wall and jump onto the tracks, the artifact is right next to you.

14-th South Road - head to the SW corner for another artifact

The ashlands, once you solve the mini puzzle and lift the drill head up out of the ground, jump down the hole into the water and swim directly down, it will be right next to you.

16th - after recieving Ruin, and defeating the small sand worm, the next expanse of water you find, swim down and this lays directly under the horizontal rock

17th-iron canopy, when you come to the room where you first encounter green flaming skull skeletons after clearing out the air, go up the first flight and up to the top of the next broken set, look across to see artifact, double jump and glide to your prize.

iron canopy - When you are working your way back through and you come to the room with the 3rd spider symbol, there are two doors leading out of this room to the west. Go through the lower of these 2 door, and use your abyssal chain to swing up , round the corner for your next artifact.

After beating Silithia, use your crossblade on the stone in this room and quickly grapply on, when it flys up one level, jump off collect a soul chest and an artifact.

20th- once you have the abyssal chain and you have defeated Silithia, you will end up back in ashlands.
Head to the platform where your turned the drill off. Climb back up the top , use abyssal chain to swing over to the next one. Turn off machine, climb down hole, and follow path for next artifact

21st - when going after the 3rd power golem in the black throne, once you leave azrael room , the netx room has a void walk on the ceiling and one on the wall. Put one on each, jump through then glide to the ledge(this may take a little practice) but another artifact will be yours.

22nd 0 after the beholder door, heading toward 3rd golem, after you are done with the outside part, youll hit a room that has what looks like a tall generator column electricity flowing around it, go down the stairs on the right, and walk ahead to a small pool of water with a void design and crossblade activation item. Swim down for another artifact.

23th - Making the return journey after beating 3rd electric golem come back over the outside and into the next room. You will see a floating pilled drop down, you need to place a void on the top of this, and one somewhere else, once you jump in, you will be thrown straight up and auto collect another artifact.

24th- The Ashlands
About Half way up on the eastern side is a patch of land (sort of looks like a boot). Head to the north end and turn on your shadow mask.
Shadow flight up onto the platform, just down on the left (as your heading south) is some growth, climb this for another artifact

25th - Leave the Choking Grounds via the tunnel (where the door golem was) following this through till you come across the shadowflight orbs. Right next to these is a blue puzzle door, use your Tremor Gauntlet and collect another artifact.

26th- Go to the Crossroads, enter the library, up the stairs, down into the hole and climb the growth on the right side (theres the pools of water you can swim through on the left). Do a 180, use the Abyssal Chain to swing up onto the platform and then follow to the right. Run double jump and glide to your 26th artifact, only 1 more to go.

27- Head west out of Scalding Gallows, run to the big fan, equip the Abyssal Chain, instead of jumping off into the first area, there will be a small gap down below just to the left. Run and jump, jump then glide and use RT to use the Abyssal Chain. Use the shadowflight orb and collect your final Artifact.

Secret Achievement: Ultimate Blade 20GS
Forge the Armageddon Blade.

This is received after you collect all 6 pieces of the armageddon blade and go to Ulthane at Anvil's Ford.
This will pop after the cutscene duting the story.

The final secret Achievement is BFA for 30GS that you get when you have completed all other achievements.


Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction

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Splinter Cell Conviction is the latest installment in the Tom Clancy series, it is yet another stealth based game but it looks like they have made it a little easier to be stealthy. They based some of the movement on Rainbow six vegas, so it is cover based. The story is based on Sam being part of a conspiracy against him and now Grim, one of the higher ups wants him to overthrow a plot to save the president. Which has been done in many movies.

The interesting part of the game to me is the co-op, it takes the single player story and lets you play cooperatively another part that links to it. The single player is about four EMP bombs that threaten to blow up Washington and co-op is about how those EMP's came to the US. So co-op isn't just single player with two people it is whole other expierence.

There is also a mark system, sam can mark targets while hiding and then execute a move to take out muliple targets, this is a good way to do it. Some people might think that it dumbs down the game and I would agree but it must be easy enough for the average player to be able to enjoy it.

There are some online modes for Splinter Cell Conviction such as Huner: Two players team up to take out the enemies though the map. (sounds like terrorist hunt to me). Then there is Infiltration: Similar to Hunter but Stealthy. Last Stand: Similar to Horde, there is an EMP in the middle and two players must defend it against waves of enemies. Face off: basicaly one on one but with some bots to help out the players.

Overall I think the game looks interesting and will probably buy it but I don't think it is a must have even though I am a fan of the series.

Here is some information about from the Ubisoft website:
Coming exclusively to the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction is the highly anticipated sequel in the multimillion-selling Splinter Cell series and one of the most critically acclaimed Xbox franchises of all time.

An investigation into his daughter’s death unwittingly leads former agent Sam Fisher to discover he’s been betrayed by his prior agency, the Third Echelon. Now a renegade, Fisher finds himself in a race against time to thwart a deadly terrorist plot that threatens millions.

Uniting revolutionary gameplay enhancements with a high-octane, no-holds-barred storyline, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction arms you to the teeth with all the high-tech weaponry and lethal skills of an elite operative and invites you to enter a dangerous world where justice means making your own rules.

Key Features:


A full arsenal of cutting-edge innovations allow you to outflank foes with the Last Known Position™ system, tag and eliminate enemies using the Mark and Execute™ feature, and much more.


A unique storytelling style keeps you on the edge of your seat as you navigate the explosive world of a renegade agent where trust is impossible and justice requires you to go above the law.


A revolutionary new graphic direction delivers an utterly seamless gameplay experience that’ll keep you totally engrossed in the story of Sam Fisher.


Brand-new addictive multiplayer modes amp up the dramatic intensity like never before.

E3 2009 Awards and Nominations


PC Best Action Game (WINNER)

Best ACtion Game

Special Achievement for Technological Excellence

Special Achievement for Innovation

360 Best Action Game

360 Special Achievement for Technological Excellence

360 Special Achievement for Innovation

PC Best Action Game


Best Action -Adventure Game

Best Xbox 360 Game (WINNER)


Best Console/PC Game

Gamespy: Xbox 360 Game of Show (WINNER)

Kotaku: Best Console/PC Game (WINNER)


Best 360 Game (WINNER)

Best Action Game


Best of E3 2009

Crispy Gamer:

Top Ten of E3

Best Xbox 360 Game (WINNER)

Most Improved Game


Best of Show

Best X360 Game

Biggest surprise

Gamefocus: Best of Show

Gamespy: Action Game of show

Gameblog (FR):

Best E3 Game

Best Action Game

Best Graphics