Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday the 13th: The Game Release Disaster

Hey Guys, just wanted to make a quick update as to what I'm doing with Friday the 13th. As of right now, the game is live for Xbox One users, but it's a shit storm of a release because some people can see it in the store while others cannot.
As of writing this, it's not on my Xbox Store...

Okay, I got home at around 12:40 in the morning hoping to download this game to play when I do wake up. What do I find at the Xbox Store? No Friday the 13th. The game was supposed to release at 11:00pm Central Standard Time, so what the hell happened?

After going back and forth on Twitter, Microsoft fucked up. I don't know what the hell they were doing, but it took them hours before the game became live. Even though the game is live, I couldn't find the game on the Xbox Store! It's on the Microsoft Store, but I guess the website is flooded because I couldn't even get on the fucking page!

The only reason I was fortunate enough to buy the game because some dude on Twitter shared his gamercard for people to find the game on his profile, so they could see it in the store.

The game is less than 4GB, so it shouldn't take too long to download. I'll be playing this as soon as it's finished. I also hope that Microsoft could get its shit together, so more people know that this game is available to download. How the hell is it fair that different regions are getting the game while others are not? The game should have been released for everyone, but I guess Xbox Support doesn't give a shit about the customer.

I'm sure the game is available for everyone on the PS4 verion. If you're having problem trying to download this game, please send me a message and I'll give you my gamertage, so you get the game from the store.
Till Next Time!!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Xbox Live: Free Games of June 2017- One of the better months...

Hey Guys, I know I'm a day late to this, but I literally had to go to work as soon as these games were revealed. I really wasn't expecting much for next month, but I was pleasantly surprised by the games that are being offered for free.
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How come Xbox 360 users are getting much better games than Xbox One users? I'm not saying that the games we're getting on Xbox One are garbage, but I mean we should be getting some more better quality games than last-gen consoles.

What the hell is Speedrunners? I see that it's a racing game, but why the hell are most of the games we're getting for free on Xbox One are side-scrollers? Admittedly, I'm picky when it comes to side-scrollers because they really have to be something innovative in order for me to be interested in. I know that sounds vague, but it's just to show how picky I am.

If you never played Watch Dogs before, then please play it as soon as it becomes free. It's a pretty fun games once you get past the initial disappointment of the games back in 2014. Sure, there are much better open world games, but this is free and a pretty damn good game at free.

I've never heard of Phantom Dust, but I like the idea that free DLC is a bonus offer to gold members. Honestly, I feel like this should be done a lot more often.

Assassin's Creed III is a great game. Sure, when I first played it I was still upset over the fact that this marked the first game where Ezio wasn't the playable assassin, but I still loved this game. I'll personally play it again because the game still has some great features like hunting that I've never really explored when I initially played it.

Dragon Age: Origins maybe an old game, but it's also a good game. Dragon Age as a series is a pretty good franchise. The last Dragon Age game I've played was Inquisition and that released back in 2014.

That's it for me today. June is a promising month. I'm not sure how July is going to look like, but I'm going to be busy playing a shit load of Overwatch and Friday the 13th.
Till Next Time!!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Update: Rambling and Friday the 13th

Hey Guys, been a while since my last post, so it's time for an update post for my blog. I'll label each of my sub-topics I want to talk about, so it isn't messy to know what I'm talking about.

Friday the 13th: The Game
This is something that I have been looking forward to for a very long time. Now that the game is releasing this Friday I simply can't hold in my excitement. Although I didn't get a chance to participate in the beta, I was hyped to see other people playing it and what Gun Media has done with a small budget.

Even though I do protest about getting games day one, I will be getting this game day one. I'm a big fan of the Friday the 13th franchise and need to have this game.

I'm not sure if I could release a review because I hate making promises I can't make. We'll see how it turns out, but I know I will have an impressions post for the game and maybe release the review after putting in over 10 or so hours into the game.

Patreon
Even though I do have ads on my blog, I literally only made a $1 for the time they've been up. Now, I'm not making a single penny off of this blog. Honestly, it doesn't really bother me since I do have a job even though I'm broke most of the time due to school expenses.

I would like to open up a Patreon page to get some extra income in order to be able to do more with this blog and cover living expenses. However, I don't think a lot of my audience would make a donation and my audience is usually above 400 page views a day. I'm grateful that people are reading my content, but also I rarely get comments on my posts.

Until I grow a much larger audience or even if that's possible, I'm not sure I would open up a Patreon page. If I ever did, I'll be sure to let you guys know. It would be a dream come true if I opened up a Patreon page that provided a good source of income, so I'll be able to blog full-time and just be able to do a lot more.

Far Cry 5
If you didn't already know, I'm a big Far Cry fan. Even though the game has been confirmed, we won't be getting a reveal trailer until May 26th, 2017. I'm looking forward to watching it.

Be on the lookout for teaser trailers that will be releasing as we get closer to the full reveal trailer for the game. Based on what we have now, the game may be set in America. However, it's best to just wait for that trailer before assuming anything.

Overwatch
I've been playing the shit out of Overwatch for the past couple of months. It was something that I played occasionally, but now it's turned to daily. I've been playing Competitive a lot in order to rank up to Diamond before the season ends this Sunday.

The anniversary update is releasing tomorrow, so I'll be playing the game a whole lot more in order to get these god forsaken, frustrating loot boxes.

That's all I wanted to talk about. Thanks guys for visiting my blog on a daily basis. You have no clue how it makes me feel to have an audience read my content. Sure, I may not get a whole lot of interaction, but I still appreciate the traffic.
Till Next Time!!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Could a Witcher TV Series Work?

Hey Guys, it's been officially announced that Netflix will be producing a TV series based on The Witcher novels with Andrzej Sapkowski serving as a creative consultant. While I am a fan of the Witcher series, I am a bit skeptical about this idea. Let me explain.

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Netflix has produced some pretty decent shows. However, there are a good chunk of shows and movies that they have produced that are complete and utter horseshit to say the least. I haven't seen a Netlfix original show in a long time. Whether it's due to my lack of interest in most of their shows or just plain disliking them, I just don't watch them.

Keep in mind that a TV series and movie based on the Witcher novels have already been well over 10 years ago. Both were just terrible.

However, this project is involving the author of the original novels, so there is hope that the show will stick true to its root with the help of a bigger budget with Netflix producing it. The length of the series is also questionable because seeing how The Witcher is this show could go on for a while.

There is an audience for this show. The Witcher has a pretty big fanbase thanks to The Witcher 3, so a lot of people who have either read the book or played the game will be more than willing to watch this series. Hell, people who are into fantasy in general are going to watch this.

If the casting is right and the writers are staying true to the source material, I have no doubt that this series will be successful.

Going back to the length, I do hope that this show does not have to go on longer than it has to. Even though no other detail were revealed, there is going to be at least one season if things go well. I feel like there should just be one major problem that should keep the show going for a limited amount of time. There is no need to put this show in a Dexter situation.

To make a long story short, a Witcher TV series can work if put in the right hands. Seriously, if they fuck up the plot and most importantly cast the wrong actor to portray Geralt then there is no way in hell this series is going to last more than a season.
Till Next Time!!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Assassin's Creed 2017 Leak: My Thoughts

Hey Guys, if you didn't already know we didn't get a new Assassin's Creed game in 2016. Instead, we got the movie, which turned out to be pretty bad. Ubisoft already stated they were going to skip a year in order to have time to make the next game in the series better. Well, apparently a screenshot from the new Assassin's Creed game has been leaked on Reddit. Get this, the image is legitimate. Have a look at it yourself.
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I guess the question we all have what is the setting this game will take place in? It's kind of difficult to say based on this screenshot alone. It could be Egypt based on all the speculation that has been made for a while now, but that doesn't look like a desert to me.

My main concern is the fact that you're back on a boat. Don't get me wrong, I loved Assassin's Creed IV, but I think Naval combat should just not return to future games. If people really wanted it to come back, then just go back to Assassin's Creed IV. I don't mind there being a traveling system done by boat, but I don't want this to be a huge open world to the point where you're going to be spending most of your time on a boat.

Knowing how Ubisoft is like, I don't know how they are going to handle the open world elements in this new game. Please, just add side quests that aren't repetitive nor involve tailing people! I don't care if it's a carbon copy of Witcher 3, try doing something to justify the open-world gameplay.

Even though this is just a screenshot, I'm already thinking about the story. If you haven't noticed, the recent entries haven't been doing so hot in the story department especially the future storyline. What the hell happened?

After scrolling through comment sections of websites where the leak was shared, it's a mixed reaction. For the most part, I can sum it up as "wait and see". I can agree that maybe there should have been a much longer break for the series. Since the series became annual, it's clear the quality of the games had deteriorated. The original story line with Desmond was actually interesting. Imagine how great the series would be if it just ended at III?

I guess we'll have to wait until E3 to hear more about this, but I already feel like this game is going to be a rehash of Assassin's Creed IV.
Till Next Time!!

Monday, May 8, 2017

In Retrospect: Resident Evil 4

Hey Guys, it's been a long time since I did one of these. However, what better time to write a post like this while I wait for something else to talk about? In all seriousness, Resident Evil is one of favorite video game franchises of all time. Resident Evil 4 is one of the best games of all time and arguably one of the most innovative.
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If you didn't know this, Resident Evil 4 was one of the first games to popularize the "over the shoulder" mechanic that we see in a majority of third person shooters. Mix that with tank controls and you have the foundation of what made Resident Evil 4 so great.

When I first played the game, I was terrified of it. I was young when I first played the game, so re-playing it as an adult was so nostalgic. However, I also noticed that this game isn't as much of a masterpiece as many fans like to claim. Before I get any kind of judgement, let me say that anyone who says this is a bad game is clearly an idiot

I first played the game on PS2 and re-played it on my Xbox One. The first thing you will notice is the visuals. For a game that was made in 2005, the game still holds up. Sure the textures may not be great and the draw distance is god-awful, but the character models and the environment don't look bad in 1080p. There are a couple of cutscenes I assume were forgotten to be remastered, but for the most part the cutscenes are improved visually as well.

For the remastered version of the game, there are a couple of framerate issues, but they are pretty rare. I only ever encountered them twice in my playthrough.

One thing I haven't noticed about the original release was how long the loading was. In the remastered versions, the loading is a lot faster. Imagine dying a consecutively and having to wait for the game to load back up to start again. Those were the days.

My major issue with this game is the camera. How the remastered versions of the games couldn't offer options to adjust the cameras is beyond me, but I see why the camera was done the way it was. Having limited control of the camera adds to the tension of being surrounded by enemies especially if you can't see them coming at you from any direction. It can lead to some frustrating deaths, but if you know how to counter enemy attacks then you should be fine.

Aiming is probably the most frustrating mechanic in the game. Out of all the platforms that this game was released on, the Wii version has to be the most superior due to aiming being a lot easier. I can't tell you how terrible it feels to use a sniper in this game with a joystick. It feels stiff and uncomfortable.

The voice acting is mediocre at best. It's a Resident Evil game. Voice acting in the series isn't known to be anything extraordinary. However, it doesn't kill the likeability of the characters in the game. Leon has always been a badass and fan favorite character.

If you didn't already know, but the story is essentially an escort mission. I'm sorry, but I had to say it. The story isn't anything special, but that's okay because the gameplay more than makes up for it. Seriously, the events in this game really have no impact on the main storyline other than the introduction to parasites. We see these fuckers again in Resident Evil 5.

Nonetheless, Resident Evil 4 is still a damn good game. If you haven't played the game before, then what are you waiting for? It's literally on almost every platform available. Want it on PS3? It's there. Xbox 360? Yep. Wii? Hell yes! PS2 or Gamecube? Don't know why, but sure! PS4 or Xbox One? Yes, mate. You get the idea.

Sure, Resident Evil 4 may have been the first game in the series to implement action in it. However, it still at a core a survival horror game. Please, go back and play this game if you can.
Till Next Time!!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The State of Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3

Hey Guys, before I actually share my thoughts on this particular topic I have to mention that I have never played any of the Sniper: Ghost Warrior games before. While I may be seen as unreliable due to my lack of experience on the games, I still can have an option based on the number of issues being reported. Anyways, let's get this going.
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Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 is the first AAA game from CI Games. Well, in the sense of having a much bigger budget. The other games were obviously very linear and the gameplay itself was relatively simple due to not having much of a budget.

Both of the previous games were pretty much ravaged by critics, but it somehow sold well. According to CI Games, the series sold around 5.5 million copies. I don't know if this number is right, but I'm guessing the games have gained a cult following despite critics not liking the series as a whole. Hell, I'm surprised that the whole series did sell this much despite there being a lack of promotion for the games.

Anyways, you'd expect with a bigger budget that Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 would be the best game in the franchise. Right? Oh boy.

While the game is generally getting mixed reviews from bigger gaming news outlets, a lot of small YouTubers are giving honest reviews about the game especially around its technical performance. Just looking at gameplay videos of the game makes you want to cringe because of the amount of framerate drops, bugs, and glitches.

What the hell did CI Games do with the budget? Did they spend most of it on the visuals and open-world environments? Did they even playtest this shit!? Seriously, where are the testers at? Either they're not using them or didn't bother hiring some for this game.

Even when you get past all the technical stuff, all you get is a generic story as well as subjective gameplay. By that I mean that the gameplay has potential, but it's going to depend on the player's preferences. Actually, it's heartbreaking to think that this game did have potential, but this game was clearly rushed out the door due to its poor performance. This is happening on PC as well, so imagine how bad this game must run on consoles.

Do I have any intention of playing this game? Probably not. Imagine how much better this game would be if the developers took the time to polish it.

Battlefield 4 and Assassin's Creed Unity were already prime example of what happens when they are rushed out the door way too early. However, this shit is still happening. Not on a grand scale, but it's still happening. Will it ever stop? No. These publishers especially are the ones to blame. Keep in mind that the publishers are the ones to make these deadlines, so it's mostly their fault that games are not given enough time to be polished.

Before I end this, I just watched the Call of Duty WWII trailer and will post my thoughts tomorrow. Right now, I just want people to takeaway the lesson here. Publishers are to blame for all these buggy launches.
Till Next Time!!

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.
Till Next Time!!

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.
Till Next Time!!

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.
Till Next Time!!