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Finally Close to Home

Finally Close to Home!

Well where do we start? Close to home is a favorite of ours. Huge band with amazing music! Sharing the stage with bands like Dance Gavin Dance and The Air I Breathe these guys have a road set out and they are tearing it to shreds. Coming from Ohio building up fans up to 20k on Facebook letting other bands they mean business and to take some notes. Close to home playing for the fans, the beers, and the great times to remember! Listening to the band just makes you have goosebumps wanting more music to put on your iPod. Releasing two EP’s Close to Home are nearing their debut album Never Back Down (Out Now!!!). Having troubles in the beginning didn’t stop this band but it made them stronger to get in the recording studio to hit up the demos with Tom Denney. (Formerly with A Day to Remember) Ever since then the band had no where else to go up and that they did into a major record label and fans ready for another unforgettable night!

   Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

 Genre: Hardcore

  Members: Nick Stiens – Vocals, JJ Cooper- Guitar, Vocals, Josh Wells – Guitar, Vocals, Travis Hartman – Drums, Derek Foust- Bass, Brad Andress (RIP) – Bass, Vocals

Record Label: Artery Records

SikDailyFavs– Close to Home: Nothing Lasts Forever(2011)

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Special thanks to Artery Records and Close to Home!



BattleField: Bad Company 2

Review of Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Fighting for that game for best shooter against the crazed game Call of Duty, Battlefield Bad Company 2 has come for another head to head match for the gamers. This realistic masterpiece starts in a wintry valley, with a stunning view of mountains and beautiful snow covered trees. After amazement settles blowing up the trees, buildings, and vehicles gets you in the gaming mood! Infiltrating a small village you find yourself in a heated firefight. From slightly hearing footsteps muffled beneath the snow, to being way to close to an explosion setting of your ears to ring as you try avoided death.

O S!#%!

The graphic engine running the game is simply wonderful and catches every detail to a crisp. The intensity of this game is well seen in the campaign and multiplayer as you will quickly find that technique and strategies will be needed.

Eye candy for this game is tastefully powerful as you jump into a tank and ride through the country side. The ATV’s in the game make the vehicle sequences great as you speed around leaving your enemy shooting, just don’t drive around to much if you keep up with your kill to death ratio. Humor in Battlefield throws many of laughs to the gamer that play it. Dallas Cowboy’s fan Haggard is hilarious to listen to while he gives commands in Spanish.

Online in the world of battlefield has been amazing in the past and gamers have long awaited another go around. Earning points online unlocks weapons, specialization, gadgets, and attribute boosting customizations. You are able to choose from four classes before going into battle. Soldiers with assault rifles,grenade launchers, and ammo kits; engineers that are pretty stealthy while they sabotage or repair; of course the camping class, snipers with close demolition; and medics with machine firing power. Up to 24 players in a match makes it pretty tough to keep a good K.D spread as you rank up online against the world. Minor hiccups are found in the campaign and online but nothing to bring the fame down to rubbish.

 Vehicles rock in battlefield:BC2

Whether your finishing up campaign, blowing whatever up online, or ranking up with your buddies for bragging rights, Battlefield Bad Company 2 really lives up to the hype of Call of Duty as it challenges the game for being extremely realistic. This team will go far keeping this hype up will attract more gamers that are looking more than a shoot em’ up or run and gun type of games. Greatly imagined, and put to work is now the contender for the right to be one of the best shooters of all time.

Assassins Creed: Brotherhood

Review of Assassins Creed: Brotherhood

The ancestor of Desmond Miles, Ezio is not the only important one in this story. The submissive bookkeeper Claudia Auditore is now wielding a sword and is very good at it too. Then the pale sister of Cesare Borgia as she has a few sharp words. These to women play a huge role in Ezio’s world as you go along. After a battle in Monteriggioni, Cesare Borgia steals the Apple of Eden a well known important artifact. Ezio has no other choice but to retrieve the artifact, but with some old friends and Caterina. The heartfelt flashbacks just take you back does it not? You will venture back as a younger Ezio in a set of side missions, seeing what charm he did have back in the old days.
*sigh “I told him not to wake Ezio up with water.”
Spending most of your time in Rome whether it is rooftop to rooftop, walking into the cathedral or getting a glimpse of the stunning huge detailed city your time is never wasted. Walking through the streets of Rome you will notice that people are really interactive with each other. Flirting with each other, carying candles and even munching down into a apple. As in Assassins Creed II you will notice hidden glyphs on rooftops and walls. These glyphs are pretty hard to find as at first they will seem like a breeze to find. There are few Templars in the game but instead of Templars we now have Romulus followers to worry about in their lairs as seen on Assassins Creed II.
The soundtrack to the game is wonderful and syncs in perfect with some of the things you will be doing in the game to follow the story. Opera and French horns makes you feel as if you right in real time Rome, if they only had the pizza to come along with this joyride. Beautiful music makes a game perfect for story mode gawking.
Blacksmiths, Doctors, and tailors will have a certain way you have to gain their shops. You have to spend money to make money. So purchasing and renovating their shops will give you more supplies plus it gives you a income to look forward to. Also eliminating Borgia’s influence in the city of Rome gives you access to many other vendors. Looting corpses and pick pockets can leave you with some pretty weird things, but take them to a vendor and some of those weird things can be traded for some bigger items you might like.
You will not be disappointed by the sights

Overall this game is a great buy! Other than the glitches at times and the disappointing story line the joy of roof platforming, new gadgets, assassinations, and finding new vendors never gets old. Rome on the big screen on top of a tower is a sight to see as your surrounded by the musical orchestra soundtrack. It really takes a toll on you as you play throughout the game as no other but Ezio.


Fable III Game Review

Review of Fable 3

If you thought being good or evil in Fable II has anything in Fable III then your wrong. The Albion hero in the last adventure is now a beloved monarch. He also has had two children, both to overlook the kingdom one day. The oldest son is gone mad with power and makes the poor, even more poor. The youngest child you can choose to be prince or princess, escapes from the kingdom. Your out to find and build up a huge army to overthrow you evil older brother out of the seat of power. As you venture out into the game you start to realize that you can not do everything evil, matter of fact most of the things you do are good deeds so it is kinda difficult to become evil.

A mans best friend. Your treasure hunting dog makes finding goodies a piece of cake, sometimes. Standing and barking and not going for the treasure to show me where exactly is it at helps a lot. Even more when you point in the wrong direction, or get stuck on rocks and trees. You might get a treat when we overthrow the castle.

The interactiveness in Fable II was amazing! Now? Fable III has taken a some away when it comes to interaction. You don’t choose what interactions you do it randomly chooses for you. Good and bad are the only expressions that you can show off. Patty-cake, whistling, and showing off a heroic pose are some of the randomly chosen good expressions that your character will do. Spending your own money, Fart, scary-face, or breaking a promise are some of the bad expressions.

These aren’t the droids your looking for.

Magic, melee, and ranged are required for certain button mashing, then watch as you bury your enemy. The powerful magic is way overpowered but is needed when you get surrounded the many of time that you will. One Area of effect spell and you just cleared yourself a path. Melee does damage but not as close to magic spells, but more the ranged shooting. As for gaining guild points this will be done by completing quests, killing enemies, and many other things. Collecting enough gold can get you some pretty cool visual effects added to you weapons such as gilded handle for your sword. The new killer take downs are awesome to watch the first 20 times you do them. After it just seems like your wasting your time and going in slow motion.

Customization in the game is pretty cool and humorous as well.
From being the guy showed to the right to having a whole chicken
outfit. Instead of being thrown into a menu you get to your sanctuary.
When there you can walk into different hallways to change the type of weapons you have, your clothing, or even check on that huge pile of gold you have been hording to get the key at the top of the room.
Playing through the game has been a wonderful experience. Roaming around town to town exploring the rick landscape of the city of Albion. There are slight tweeks and jitters but nothing to big to complain about. Exploring the world with a friend is even better just don’t have a kid, enjoy!
Game Rating: 9.5