Sunday, September 27, 2015

Fallout 4 Xbox One HDD Space Revealed

Hey Guys, it's been finally revealed that Fallout 4 will take up 28.12GB of hard drive space for Xbox One users. Don't believe me? Well, check out this screenshot I took from the Xbox Store.

This is actually very surprising. I was expecting anything between 30GB to 50GB for Fallout 4 considering the amount of content the game will have on its release date. However, 28.12GB is pretty small for a game this large.

However, I'm pretty sure this number will just increase even more when the updates and DLC start rolling in. Believe it or not, there is a large portion of storage that was used for the dialogue for the game.

I'm willing to bet that this game will take up at least 40GB by the end of this year just by updates alone. I call it first.
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Xbox Live: Free Games of October 2015 - This kind of sucks....

Hey Guys, I know I'm kind of late on the reveal of which games will be free for Xbox Live Gold members on October. However, I did it intentionally because I was pretty disappointed to see which games are free.

Image Provided by Major Nelson's blog

Before I go on to my thoughts, I need to announced the games. Xbox One users will be able to download Valiant Hearts: The Great War and The Walking Dead: Season 1(This will come with 400 Days as well). Valiant Hearts will be free all month while The Walking Dead will be free from October 16th-November 15th. Why that long, I'm not sure.

The Walking Dead: Season 1 will also be free for Xbox 360 users starting on October 16th. It will be free until October 31st. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will also be free for Xbox 360 users starting on October 1st and ending on October 15th.

Okay, time for my thoughts. Wow, October's Games with Gold really sucks. Realistically, you're only getting one new game. If you have an Xbox One, then you would know that Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes was free back in July! Personally, I have The Walking Dead: Season 1 on Xbox 360, so I really don't see the need to have it on Xbox One.

Yeah, it's cool that both consoles get to experience the same game, but what about for people who have already played The Walking Dead or Ground Zeroes? If you've played Ground Zeroes on Xbox One, maybe you would download the Xbox 360 version just to try it out of curiosity. However, Ground Zeroes is not meant to be played on a last-gen console. People would be turned off of the idea to even buy Phantom Pain on last-gen consoles, so why even bother?

I've never played Valiant Hearts before, but I've heard good things about it. I'll give it a try, so I guess this moth isn't that bad, but it still sucks nonetheless.
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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Review

Hey Guys, it's been about 3 weeks since Metal Gear Solid V released. Critics are praising this game like it was the second coming of Jesus. However, does the game really deserve perfect scores? To be completely honest, no it doesn't. Please, just be sure to hear me out and understand where I'm coming from. I will keep this Spoiler free as I'll have a spoiler talk in a separate article. Anyways, onto the review!

Story: 7 out of 10
That's right, I'm giving this story a "solid" 7 out of 10. You want to know why? Well, the game does have strong voice acting, despite the fact that Big Boss barely talks in the game, and the story rarely has a dull moment during Chapter 1. This game will keep you on the edge of your seat. However, this game lost 3 whole points due to the fact on how weak Chapter 2 was. Please, don't even get me started on that ending. If you've beaten the game, then you'll know what I mean. This has to be one of the most polarizing endings I've seen all year. The ending is both genius and disappointing. Essentially, the second half of the game is a huge slap in the face. Most of the missions are just challenges from older missions once you get to Chapter 2. Just enjoy Chapter 1 for as long as you can. The story will keep you busy though. I think I put in above 40 hours worth of gameplay once I finished the story.

Graphics: 10 out of 10
We all already know how awesome the Fox Engine looks! This has to be one of the best looking games on current-gen consoles. I played this the Xbox One version and I have to say that it can stack up the PlayStation 4's level of graphics.

Gameplay: 10 out of 10
It's clear as to where all the focus was at. This is an open-world stealth game. It's similar to Far Cry, but it's so much different in every way at the same time. You don't even have to play stealthy either! The game doesn't penalize too much for going guns-blazing other than making it more difficult to survive and a lower score, but most of us really don't care about the score.

I would also recommend taking full advantage of the buddy system. D-Dog and Quiet are especially helpful buddies that can really help you out if you're feeling stuck. D-Dog is more for stealth-players while Quiet is pretty much versatile. The more you use them on the battlefield, the more your bond with them grows. Once they reach a certain bond level, you can unlock new commands for them as well as new outfits.

How could I forget to mention Mother Base? It's amazing getting to upgrade Mother Base while progressing through the game. You have to gather resources in order to do this as well as recruit some soldiers for your base. You can even play as some of them as part of your Combat Unit! FOB Mother Base really isn't that good. I think it's just there just to be there. However, make sure to upgrade Mother Base as it allows you to develop new weapons and new weapon upgrades. The Fulton device is a huge help, so make sure to upgrade that, so you're able to capture vehicles and larger weapons such as turrets and mortars.

VGT Score: 9 out of 10
Look, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain does not deserve a 10 score. However, it doesn't change the fact that this game is awesome. This game has an insane value for only $60, so I would highly recommend that you get this game at full price. Trust me, it's worth it.
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Friday, September 25, 2015

Black Ops 3 will not have a campaign on Last-Gen consoles: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Hey Guys, it's been recently announced that Call of Duty Black Ops III will be lacking a single player campaign on PS3 and Xbox 360. I know some of you may be angry about this, but I'm pretty sure most Call of Duty players really won't care. However, there are pros and cons that I believe should be addressed about this.

The Good: I think this would encourage more people to actually buy the current-gen version of this game. It sure doesn't warrant buying a new current-gen console, but Call of Duty: Black Ops III is best experienced on a PS4, PC, and Xbox One. There really is no reason to be buying this game on last-gen console unless you don't have a current-gen console or don't want to pay full price for the game for any number of reason. You'll still have multiplayer and Zombies, so be happy about that. Did I forget the $50 price tag? I believe it should be much lower than that to be honest.

The Bad: According to a blog post by Activison, "The ambitious scope of the 1-4 player coop Campaign design of the PS4, Xbox One and PC versions could not be faithfully recreated on old generation hardware". I wish I could facepalm so much harder. Everybody knew that the 4 player co-op mode would not be possible on last-gen consoles ever since the game was announced, but did it really mean that the campaign had to be removed? You could still play Borderlands by yourself and it really wouldn't effect the story. I guess Activision was too cheap to make sure the game's campaign can still function even if a player is playing on his/her own.

The Ugly: This game is no where near the technical hardware limits that Grand Theft Auto V or even The Phantom Pain have reached. Black Ops III is not really a next-gen looking game. Sure it may have a buttery smooth framerate, but it doesn't mean that it's really that beautiful. The game looks good, but not THAT good.

Honestly, I wish I could say more, but then I'll just be rambling. However, I will say that last-gen users have to understand that they are getting left behind each year when a new game releases. I anticipate by next-year that most AAA games will not be releasing on last-gen consoles and most of the games on last-gen will probably be kids games and sports games.
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Monday, September 21, 2015

Why I'm waiting to pre-order Fallout 4

Hey Guys, it's been some time since I posted anything. I'm kind of working on The Phantom Pain Review and Awful Craigslist Sellers #7. Additionally, nothing major has been going on the gaming industry except for the whole Konami stopping all their console based games besides PES.

It's something I don't feel like talking about because I really didn't play a whole lot of Konami games other than Silent Hill, Metal Gear Solid, and Contra. However, I will say that Konami is pretty much digging their own grave. Anyways, back on topic.

As you may know, I'm really looking forward to Fallout 4. As a matter of fact, who isn't besides hipsters, people who don't care, or people who don't like Fallout. Ironically, I didn't pre-order Fallout 4 despite how excited I am for it. Why?

The only place I really pre-order my games is GameStop. I know it's an awful place to shop at, but it's literally the closest place I can buy video games without having to wait. I will only buy video games on Amazon if it's cheaper to get than at a store.

But Eddie, why don't you just download your games through the Xbox Store? I don't like digital games. The only times I will download games is if they are free or they are digital only. Additionally, digital games take up a lot more space on your hard drive then you think. Either way, I prefer that I have a game that I can hold in my hand.

Anyways, GameStop is the only place I can pre-order games at. Most of the time, I will only pre-order if I'm getting an incentive for pre-ordering. However, I guess this is the best they can do,

You can check out the offer here.

I'm pretty sure this isn't Bethesda making this decision. Are they? However, it doesn't change the fact that GameStop is usually cheap when it comes to pre-order bonuses, but they do have some pretty good pre-order bonuses once in a while.

This is a sweepstakes. My chances of winning this are equivalent to my chances of getting mauled by a lion that escaped from the zoo.
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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Impressions #2

**I just finished the game last night, but I will not spoil anything. I will have a review up soon on this game.**

Hey Guys, it's been a while since I made the first impressions post for The Phantom Pain. I finally finished Chapter 1 of the game, but I still have not completed Chapter 2.

For those of you wondering on how many missions there are in Chapter 1, there are exactly 31 main story missions that make up Chapter 1. I got up to mission 43 on Chapter 2 which has to be one of the most brutal, yet most emotional part of the game.

However, I don't like the fact that most of the missions in Chapter 2 are pretty much pointless. Seriously, a lot of them are just difficulty spikes of older missions while only a few of them actually continue on with the story.

My Mother Base has also been making some real progress as well. It might be a joke when compared to people who put in 70 hours or so into the game, but I still feel like I've been putting up more of an effort.

I still can't connect online. I'm really getting frustrated with this because I just want to transfer my save progress from Ground Zeroes into the Phantom Pain, but I have no idea if I will ever be able to do so.

Sorry I couldn't say much more, I can't a whole lot without spoiling the game to you guys. If you have not played the game yet, please go out and buy a copy. It's worth the $60.
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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Dear Last-Gen users, please stop complaining

Hey Guys, this is something that I wanted to talk about for some time. As a matter of fact, this is something I wanted to talk about since Mortal Kombat X was cancelled on Xbox 360 and PS3. What I want to talk about is last-gen console support.

If you didn't know already, Mortal Kombat X was cancelled on Xbox 360 and PS3 due to the fact that Warner Bros. Interactive just couldn't get the game up to standards to its current-gen counterparts. Should anyone really be surprised? Rockstar was lucky enough to even get Grand Theft Auto V on Xbox 360 and PS3! I'm only surprised by the fact that it took this long for Mortal Kombat X to even get axed.

Even if they did release it, the game would receive this massive graphics downgrade. Don't believe me? Have you even seen The Phantom Pain on last-gen consoles? The game is playable, but the framerate is just awful. This is a game that has to be played on current-gen consoles to get the best possible experience.

Guys, last-gen really does need to die because it makes it harder for developers to try to make their games as equal to the current-gen consoles as possible. Last-gen consoles have had a good run, but it's going to have to end eventually.
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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Impressions #1

Hey Guys, it's been officially 4 days since Metal Gear Solid V released and I barely had enough time to play it. I believe I put in around 10 hours into the game and I'm not even at 11% completion of the game. I believe the game only times you during the main story missions, so I'm not sure if side missions are counted.

Before I begin my impressions of the game itself, I want to bring up the server issues I'm having with this game. I'm currently playing on the Xbox One version of the game, but I still can't connect to the servers. Konami stated they fixed the servers, but players will still have issues with it. I really don't care about uploading my scores for the world to see, but I do care about importing my Ground Zeroes save file into the Phantom Pain. If somebody has been able to import their save file, please message me about what it has because I really can't find any hard evidence of what you get if you played Ground Zeroes.

I'm currently on the mission where you have to rescue Emmerich from this base camp and I recently just defeated Quiet. I have to mention that the boss fight with Quiet was pretty cool. It wasn't difficult, but due to the unpredictability of the climate you never know what might happen. I had this sandstorm occur in my session and it was just a stressful fight since I had no idea where I was going or where Quiet was even at.

I haven't really expanded by Mother Base too large. I believe I have the second command post up, the medical bay, and the R&D post up. I'm pretty excited to see what my Mother Base will look like if I spend my materials improving it.

So far, I'm really digging this game. There's just so many activities you can do in this game. I'm pretty early into the story, so I still have some time to put in to really see what this game has to offer.

I'll be doing these updates as long as it takes to beat this game and put up the review to this game. However, I put in enough time to say that this game is worth its price tag. You're going to be busy with this game for a while, but it's mostly due to the stealth element of the game.
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