Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Xbox Live: Free Games of May 2017- Not for everyone...

Hey Guys, I know this news is late, but I guess it's better late than never. I know there was a lot of important news in the gaming industry like the discontinuation of the NES Classic Edition and the announcement of the new Call of Duty. I'll be giving my thoughts on the new Call of Duty game once the world premiere occurs. Anyways, let's continue with my worthless opinion.
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It's been a while since I played any Tomb Raider game. The last one I played was Rise of the Tomb Raider and I have yet to complete that. I think I got stuck on one of the optional tombs and haven't returned to it. Maybe I'll check out this Lara Croft game, but I'm not a fan of the gameplay style of this particular game.

I seriously hate when games people have never heard of are made for free. What the hell is Gianna Sisters? Why not make another game for free that is around the same price!?

Lego games are actually pretty fun. However, not everyone is going to like the Lego games even if is Star Wars themed. I might check this out once it releases, but I don't know anybody who is willing to play it with me. Believe me, the Lego games are so much fun when you are playing with someone else.

I never played any of the Force Unleashed games. I heard the second one was a mixed bag. I'm not sure if I'm going to touch it since I didn't play the first one when it was free. Could be that I'm not a big Star Wars guy or I just don't have as much time as I like to be playing video games.

Before I leave, just know that Xbox One owners got scarred for May. One of them looks decent enough, but this is really divisive. Some people are going to like the gameplay others are not. I'll see you guys next time when the new Call of Duty game is revealed.
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Monday, April 17, 2017

Star Wars Battlefront II: My Thoughts

Hey Guys, the gaming community as well as Star Wars fan are buzzing about the recent announcement of Star Wars Battlefront II, which will be released on November 17th, 2017.
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I'm going to start off with the positive. It's a cool idea that pretty much every character from both the new and old Star Wars films will be appearing in the game. How they'll be balanced is beyond me, but fans are going to be happy about this nonetheless.

The visuals just capture the Star Wars feeling. This is just a game that looks and feels like Star Wars much like the original game.

Additionally, no Season Pass! I was surprised to even hear this especially when it's coming from EA. However, they want to try something "different". Who the hell knows what that means? Honestly, the DLC should be free and the game's longevity would be prolonged. The original game's playerbase dropped significantly around the three months it originally released.

What disappointing me was the amount of players that could be on one server, which is 40. This is Battlefront! Why couldn't we get 64 players?

However, this game is going to be class based, so it's possible this is going to a lot less causal than the original game where a lot of the criticism was drawn at. While I prefer to not see a Call of Duty approach to it, I don't want this to be a reskin of Battlefield.

The one thing that has to be mentioned is the inclusion of a campaign mode! Finally! Even though DICE is the developer, it's great that EA is giving them time to actually work on both. I do hope the campaign is actually good.

Before I go, I just want to give a PSA to NOT PRE-ORDER. Even though it looks like DICE is doing what they can to improve the game, this is still being published by EA, so anything could happen.
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Monday, April 10, 2017

Update: RIP Wallet, Xbox Scorpio, and Stuff

Hey Guys, just wanted to make an update post since it's been a while. Today, I'm going to talk about the Xbox Spring Sale, the price of the Xbox Scorpio and something unplanned.

Xbox Spring Sale
Anyways, the Xbox Spring Sale starts tomorrow and I really can't buy anything at the moment since part of my tuition bill is due next week, so I'm incredibly pissed about that. I would have loved to catch Watch Dogs 2 on sale as I beat the first one about a month ago. Maybe I'll get one game that is less than $20, but I can't be spending anything more than that.

Xbox Scorpio
With the specs finally revealed for the Xbox Scorpio, I see a lot of negative feedback about it mostly from PC elitist. Look, it's a console. A very powerful console. It's not going to compete with a PC that is installed with a GTX 1080. However, it is impressive that the console is going to be running games at native 4K at 60fps. I thought that would be a stretch, but I guess Microsoft is going to pull it off.

I'm not a graphics whore or anything, but 4K at 60fps is just erection worthy. I don't think every game will run like that, but it's still impressive nonetheless from a console.

A lot of speculations are being made about the price. I've seen price predictions from $400 to $900. Keep in mind that when the Xbox One initially released with the Kinect it was $500. The PlayStation 4 Pro is only $400. Assuming that the Xbox Scorpio is being released without a bundle, I would imagine that $500 is a fair price point. If that son of a bitch is going to be $400 or $450, then you bet it's going to sell like hotcakes.

Persona 5 Streaming Situation
This has got to be one of the most controversial moves that Atlus or any game developer has made so far this year. To make a long story short, Atlus worked their asses off on Persona 5 and don't want Western players to be spoiled on the game's plot, so they are going hard on people who stream Persona 5 story gameplay.

You can show certain parts of the story, but not much else. If you do stream more of Persona 5's story, you're going to get hit with copyright issues.

Fair use is literally being ignored by the world. However, a lot of scumbags in the world are going to try to find a loophole in the system, so they can abuse content creators for this kind of bullshit.

Are they going to censor websites that discuss the game too? What about Wikipedia where you can literally read the game's plot? This kind of thing will literally make you want to give up hope in humanity because of how little respect we have for one another.

Now that I have my ramblings out of the way, I'm done for today. Not sure what else is going to be new for this week, but I'm going to try to have six posts this month.
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Friday, March 31, 2017

Should we get another Witcher game?

Hey Guys, I don't believe I ever mentioned this, but the Witcher 3 is one of my favorite games of all time. Hell, I've been a fan of the franchise ever since I played the Witcher 2 on the Xbox 360. Just last week I "completed" the Blood and Wine DLC for Witcher 3 and now have a feeling of emptiness ever since I finished it. Anyways, I stumbled upon an article on how the Witcher developers are considering another Witcher game.
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Before I say anything, it's important to know that Geralt of Rivia's story was meant to be a trilogy, so it's impossible for him to have any other game in the franchise that continues his story. Witcher 3 was a satisfying conclusion to his story, so I really don't see where his story could go if there is another entry.

In addition, how could Witcher 4 top Witcher 3? Yeah, there are plenty of ways Witcher 4 could improve upon the mistakes of Witcher 3, especially when it comes to the gameplay, but what about the story and characters? We've been with Geralt for the longest time, so could we get a compelling character whose as interesting as Geralt?

To answer the question, I do believe there should be another Witcher game, but I want to see it release years from now. I want CD Projekt RED to work on Cyberpunk 2077 before they even try to come up with ideas for another Witcher game.

Personally, I think CD Projekt Red deserves a break from The Witcher. If you haven't played Witcher 3, please do yourself a favor and get the complete edition. You will spend hundreds of hours in the game trying to do side quests and collecting things. The game is literally overflowing with content. Of course, if you don't have the time then this game may not be for you. It's obvious that CD Projeckt Red worked their asses off on the game, so why not have a break?

While it will be a bit depressing that we won't see Geralt anymore should there be another Witcher game, but I guess it's time for a fresh start with a new character and story.
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Monday, March 27, 2017

Video Breakdown:" 5 years + $40M = Mass Effect Andromeda"

Hey Guys, Crowbcat has recently made a montage pertaining to the controversy of Mass Effect: Andromeda ranging from its facial animations to its glitches. I posted the video below, so you could check it out. I have quite a bit to say about the video.



The original Mass Effect Trilogy was just amazing. To be honest, I started off with Mass Effect 3 and started the series backwards from there. Nonetheless, I put in hundreds of hours into Mass Effect 3 alone. I just loved the game so much. Sure, the ending was seriously garbage before the extended ending was added into the game, but the game was still good in my opinion.

Anyways, with the way Mass Effect ended where could the series possibly go? Just ask yourself that. Did we really need another Mass Effect game? I'd prefer the franchise to just stay a trilogy and that would be it. There isn't a need for a spin-off, sequel, or prequel.

If you didn't already know, EA's tight schedule for the release of Mass Effect 3 led to its god awful ending as well as cut content.

What I'm trying to get at is that this just stinks of EA's corporate bullshit. They are trying to milk one of their most successful franchises of all time. Even though it's been 5 years, there is no doubt that this game was still released way too early based on all its current problems. The fact that there was no day one patch from the get go to fix the facial animations is inexcusable. Hell, it shouldn't have released in its current state.

It may not be as bad as Assassin's Creed Unity since the game was almost unplayable when it initially released, but this is a close second.

I hear the game itself isn't so bad, but I don't believe people should be paying full price for a game with lousy animations and a shit ton of bugs. It's going to kill the experience for people who were invested into the original trilogy.

The only solution I could see to this is if EA puts Mass Effect to rest. The original trilogy was near a masterpiece and still holds up to this day. Please, just go back and play the original trilogy then play this spin-off. I refuse to call this a part of the main series.
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Friday, March 24, 2017

Xbox Live: Free Games of April 2017- Good enough...

Hey Guys, yesterday the free games for Xbox Live members have been announced. Of course, I'll be giving my opinions on the games even though I've played two of them.

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I heard Ryse: Son of Rome was more of a tech demo rather than a video game. Seriously, I remember just looking at the game in awe. However, the gameplay just seems too monotonous. Maybe I'll give it try, but I'm probably going to forget about it.

The Walking Dead: Season 2 is a great game. If you have not played it, please do yourself a favor and download it as soon as it becomes free. If you loved the first season, you're going to love the second season. Season 3 is available as well, so it wouldn't be a bad idea to buy it.

I couldn't get into Darksiders II. It's just not for me. I don't think it's a bad game by any means, but I'm sure I'm not going to be playing Darksiders.

Assassin's Creed: Revelations is one of my least favorite games in the franchise. While it was satisfying in ending the story of Ezio, I just didn't like the setting and the gameplay was ripped right out of Assassin's Creed Brotherhood. I would say play it if you haven't, but only if you have played the previous games in the series. Otherwise, you're going to be lost as to what's going on.

Overall, it's a solid month for Games with Gold. Will I be playing them? Maybe. Now, if you'll excuse me I'm going to go play some Overwatch.
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

NeoGaf Responses: #1

Hey Guys, I know it's been two weeks since I've put up a post, but I'm not dead. I've been playing some Ghost Recon: Wildlands over the weekend, so I didn't get a chance to make a post. In order to make more content, I'm going to make responses to discussion threads from NeoGaf.

1) Games where the final boss is actually the most difficult required boss
I've played a lot of video games in my day. Coming up with one is already hard enough, but let me at least mention the final boss in Super Smash Bros Brawl. I swear that I spent hours trying to beat that tough son of a bitch. It was one of the most unexpectedly hard bosses that I had to endure. I want to mention Witcher 3, but a lot of people have not played the game on Death March on New Game+.

2) Mass Effect Andromeda Graphical Downgrade
After looking at the screenshots, it's pretty easy to tell that there was a downgrade in the graphics department. To be honest, I don't think this should come as some surprise. I've never been much into graphics, but even with the downgrade the game still looks pretty good to me. Besides, it's not like there is a major graphical overhaul, but even then it shouldn't be a cause for concern except if it causes a delay.

3) I was wrong about Ghost Recon Wildlands and you probably are too.
Okay, I made sure to read what this particular user had to say. For the most part, I see where they were coming from as to why they liked the game, but I don't share the same opinions. I did pick up Ghost Recon Wildlands, but I don't plan on making a review for it, so I'll make a somewhat review here from what I have played so far.

The customization in this game isn't great, but it's much better from The Division. Honestly, I wish there were more options and didn't have to buy in-game currencey to get a good looking outfit.

Little bit of a rant, but the costume packs are way too overpriced. Currently, I am interested in getting the costume pack that comes with a bomber jacket, but I have to pay $20 in order to even have it. Why would I want to pay $20 for a couple of guns and a costume!?

The missions themselves get repetitive quickly. Additionally, don't expect to see a good story or voice acting. For a game like this, I really wasn't surprised the story isn't very good.

The best parts of the game comes from the level of details and the co-op. Seriously, this has to be one of the best looking and expansive worlds I have ever seen. However, the world itself doesn't really have anything meaningful compared to games like The Witcher 3.

Please, don't play this game by yourself. I do recommend you play this game, but do so after a major price drop as this isn't a game for everybody.

4) The Last of Us 2 needs to transition to full RPG gameplay
While I do understand where the user is coming from, I would like to respectfully disagree. Sure, The Witcher 3 may have pulled off RPG elements and a strong narrative. However, The Witcher was already an established RPG. The Last of Us was meant for a strong, linear story. While the gameplay isn't anything special, people really cared about the relationship between Joel and Ellie.

The Last of Us isn't meant to be an RPG. Besides, how many games are becoming RPGs nowadays? We don't need anymore RPGs or open world games in general. It's becoming a crowded market much like the Zombie genre.

Honestly, I feel like The Last of Us 2 should have a longer story or maybe having a branching storyline if we're looking for replay value. Even then, I don't want the game's future to be hampered by a branching storyline or unnecessary filler.

I want to apologize for the lack of posts. I'll be sure to make it all up for this month as I'm way behind schedule. I'll be sure to have six posts up by the end of this month.
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Xbox Game Pass: My Thoughts

Hey Guys, what do you get if you mix merge Netflix and gaming? Other than PlayStation Now, you get the Xbox Game Pass. What exactly is the Xbox Game Pass, let me explain and give my almost useless opinion to you all.
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For $9.99 a month, you get access to "100s" of games available for download on your Xbox One and Xbox 360. However, Windows 10 users will not be able to benefit from this program. However, keep in mind that the games available are time limited, so there are new games avaible each month.

If you have any interest in any of the game you play through the service, you can buy it at a 20% discount. Alright, now onto my thoughts.

I have mixed thoughts on this. Even though there are services like GameFly and Redbox that already allow video game rentals, it's convenient and cost-efficient to be going using this serive. Sure, it may suck that they are time-limited, but a month is more than enough time for someone to tell if they will be interested in buying a game.

The major question is: what games will be featured with the service? Will they be those games nobody cares about that Microsoft usually makes free or will they be games from years ago?

I'm surprised that this service is only $9.99, so that's what is making me a bit nervous as to the quality of games that will be featured in the service.
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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Update: My Recent Game Pickups #6- Tax Refund Edition

Hey Guys, I promised to have three posts this week, so I'm gonna give it to you guys. I didn't buy as many games as I wanted, but I'm still happy with the purchases that I did made. Well, here's a photo of the games that I did end up buying.
The lack of PS4 games though....



I wanted to buy a couple of more PlayStation 4 games, but I'm surprised by the amount of PlayStation exclusive games that aren't priced at $20 or lower. Additionally, I don't play my PlayStation 4 as much as I want to. I've wanted to play Infamous: Second Son for the longest time, so I got a chance to buy it. However, I literally beat the whole game in just two days. I wanted to the get the Uncharted Collection ever since I got Uncharted 4.

I have no idea what possessed me to even get Dark Souls III. I put in a couple of hours into the game and keep getting my ass kicked. The game is fun, but I literally have no idea how to "git gud".

XCOM: Enemy Unknown was addictive as crack to me. The game is pretty hard, but I think that's what attracted me most to it. I wanted to get XCOM 2 when it was ported to console, but I didn't feel like paying full price for the game.

Mafia III has been on my radar for some time. I haven't got the chance to play it, yet. I heard mixed feelings about the gameplay, but I hear good things about the story.

Currently, I am playing Resident Evil 7. It may be different from past Resident Evil games, but so far the game is pretty fun to play through. I want to take my time with the game, so I'm trying my best to avoid playing other games at the side.

I didn't just buy video games. Here's a little bonus I got....
Yes, Witcher Memorabilia....
I may not be big on collecting POP! figures, but how could I not get these Witcher figures? Seriously, if you are a fan of TheWitcher, you should get these babies. I got these as a bundle on Amazon for about $58, so I would say that they were totally worth it.

I didn't have a shelf to use for these figures, so I decided to just put them in my small collection of PlayStation games. If my PlayStation game collection gets any bigger, then I'm gonna need a new shelf.

That's all for me today. I'm glad that I was able to have three posts for this week. Horizon Zero Dawn is upon us and I plan on getting it in the near-future.
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Overwatch Toxicity: My Thoughts

Hey Guys, guess I'm going to be doing a triple post this week. This is a thread that I happened to stumble upon on NeoGaf that is sharing information from a MIC article based from a Reddit thread. Essentially, Reddit user "neutrondamage" has been sharing her online sexual harassment horror stories while playing Overwatch and this sparked a number of Reddit users to share their harassment stories.


I want to mention that this specific Reddit user(neutrondamage) has been playing on competitive. A lot of the users who have experienced harassment have mentioned they've played in competitive mode or haven't mentioned it. Nonetheless, just reading through these horror stories is enough to make you want to lose faith in the Overwatch community.

Should this come as some surprise? This has been going on for a while, but we are now just starting to take it more seriously. Want to know why a lot of people don't use game chat? It's because of toxic adults and teenagers who just want to shit talk other players online.

Personally, I've rarely experienced this on Overwatch casual. The competitive mode of Overwatch is where all of the toxic assholes are at. Even though I'm playing on console, there is still a number of people who do still use the in-game voice chat. You're only going to get two kinds of people, one will actually be focused on the game and want to peacefully bring the team together and the other who will criticizes people for not being good with a hero or playing the objective. Hell, some of them will just bring up racial or gender slurs.

I cannot count the amount of times that someone will bring up season rank when they want to argue against you. If you're one of those assholes that actually take the time to look at someone's stats and bitch about them, then you really need to evaluate your life. Not everybody takes the game seriously.

I get it though. People will get mad if they feel like they are on the losing side, but it doesn't mean they have to bitch about it through their mics. They just need to suck it up and take their lose like an adult.

Constructive criticism exists for a reason. Instead of saying something like, "Genji you suck", PROVIDE SOME FUCKING FEEDBACK. It's not that difficult! How the hell is someone going to get better at the game if they have some toxic manchild bitching at them rather than helping them!?

More importantly ,other than just skill, I'm just shocked that grown-fucking adults will make fun of someone based on their gender or race. Why? It's a concept I'll never understand, but assholes like these shouldn't be allowed to even breed. Why should it matter that a woman is playing Overwatch? She's just trying to play the game just like any other man could. Why the hell would you call someone a "nigger" if it has nothing to do with how they're playing the fucking game? People are just stupid.

The Overwatch community was regarded as being kind at one point in time, but it's when competitive mode was introduced that the toxicity level has grown. That's not to say the entire community is toxic. I still like to believe it's a lot friendlier compared to Call of Duty or League of Legends.

Before I wrap up, I want to add a final takeaway. It's okay to trash talk, but there is a certain boundary that shouldn't be crossed when trash talking.
Till Next Time.