Saturday, November 28, 2015

Fallout 4 Impressions #1

Hey Guys, I know this is way overdue. I wanted to release this as soon as possible since the two week mark of Fallout 4's release is quickly approaching. In all honesty, my feeling towards the game have been very bipolar. You have critics praising this game like no tomorrow and you have YouTube reviewers saying things that critics have not been mentioning.

Currently, I am level 34. I know that I am not very skilled at the game. I had my difficulty on normal for the entirety of the main story quest line. I changed it to hard after I completed it. I think I was on level 28 when I changed the difficulty.

Word of advice, if you can handle it try playing the game on hard or even go further beyond. The game is not hard unless you do not have any good weapons or armor. You could go through the whole game in power armor, but you would have to keep searching for fusion cores to keep them going.

Personally, I hardly used power armor in the game. I think I only have about 4 sets of power armor. The reason why I do not use power armor is because I like to have a challenge. If there are moments where I literally am stuck, then I will use power armor as an ultimate last resort. Additionally, I like the look of my character and I just think the power armor just hinders it.

How about the main story? Well, I do not want to spoil anything, but I thought it was okay. The twist was pretty good though! I honestly was not expecting it. However, I really was not satisfied with the ending. In case you're curious, I did side with the Brotherhood of Steel. They have firepower and armor! I may not agree with everything they did, but I got to do what I've got to do to get some awesome weapons.

I do not know if it's just me, but I think Ghouls are a lot more powerful in Fallout 4 then in Fallout 3. Seriously, I remember that I could literally just shoot a Ghoul in the chest and they will go down. In Fallout 4, I try my best to avoid them in pacts! I got this Electrified Chinese Sword that will take most ghouls in a hit or two, but it is pretty much useless if there are too many of them!

However, I do really love the fact that Fallout 4 is a lot more challenging. Well, at least a lot more challenging if you are not using power armor and/or playing on hard.

I think I finished the main story at around the 24 hour mark. I still have a wealth of activities to do, but the problem with that is the fact that you literally have to go on the Fallout wiki to find these side quests if you do not want to have to keep searching the Commonwealth blindly.

I do not know how long I will have a review up on this game. I'm actually going to have to include screenshots for it.
Till Next Time!!

Friday, November 27, 2015

A Response to Samuel Roberts's Article "Why MGS5's ending is one perfect moment in a bad story"

Hey Guys, it's been a while since I mentioned anything about The Phantom Pain. First, I loved the game. It's easily a competitor for Game of the Year! I even gave the game a high score on my review of it. However, I did not give it a perfect score due to the story. Although I may not be a big fan of the story, I would not say it is bad.

I stumbled upon this article and have a mixed response to it. If you want to check out Samuel Robert's article, be sure to click here. If you did not already guess it, but this post will contain spoilers for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Please, do not read on if you plan on playing the game and/or are currently playing the game.

As my usual response posts, I will be breaking down some key quotes made in the article. I will not just be focusing on quotes that I disagree with, but this article does have some valid points that I need to address. Anyways, let me get started,

  • "As someone who's followed the series very closely since the original Metal Gear Solid, though, I find so many of the creative decisions behind the story baffling in tone, approach and content". He does have a good point here, but I would not say that there is a complete loss of creativity is this game. A vocal parasite that effects the English language? That sounds pretty unique to me. However, I did feel that this game really did lack a lot of what made the previous entries in the franchise's story so good. 
  • "Like a lot of observers I was onto this from the start of MGSV's story. In my review-in-progress piece in September, I called this version of Snake 'an anonymous action hero' and ‘an empty vessel'". If you're confused as to what he was talking about in the first part of the quote, he was talking about how most people were already aware of the fact that you were not playing as Big Boss. If you went into the game without knowing that you were not playing as Big Boss, then you would have already caught on to the fact that Big Boss really lacked in character in the Phantom Pain. Seriously, I think Big Boss had like 5 or 10 minutes worth of dialogue in the entire game. Why the decision was made for Big Boss to remain silent is beyond me, but I think it had something to due with the fact that this is not the real Big Boss.
  • "Having lost nine years of his life to a coma, he then gives up his own identity to assume that of his ally for his protection, through both hypnotherapy and plastic surgery, then builds an entire army and forges relationships on an entirely false premise". The Medic is essentially a nobody. Mr. Roberts even addresses this later in the article. If anything, it really makes you want to feel bad for him since everything the Medic did means nothing since most people saw him as Big Boss including himself.
  • "But the story feels deliberately unfinished—Quiet, Huey and Eli (Liquid Snake) all just vanish in various ways throughout chapter two, stripping more and more of Metal Gear’s lore away from The Phantom Pain". Honestly, the game does feel unfinished. Chapter 3 must have been cut from the main game because Chapter 2 was just painful to play through. Personally, I felt it was just filler at that point. There really was no closure to the game, but I feel there is as future DLC that will give this game a proper closing. 
In the grand scheme of things, Metal Gear Solid V is a great game. However, it is easily the worst game in the series in terms of story. Honestly, I do not feel the "ending" was great either. When I found out I wasn't playing as Big Boss, I felt so cheated. At the same time, it was still a genius ending as it was Kojima's way of giving the ol' tip of the hat to fans of the series.

We can't help but feel bad for the medic since his story is pretty tragic. Although we are not playing as the real Big Boss, it does not take away from core gameplay. As I said before, the story isn't bad in terms of video games in general, but I would say it's bad in terms of Metal Gear standards.
Till Next Time!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Xbox Live: Free Games of December 2015 - This also sucks....

Hey Guys, I'm still working on that Fallout 4 impressions post, so keep your eyes out for that. I have completed the main quest line, but there is still so many activities I can do in the game.

Anyways, the list for Xbox Live's Game with Gold for December has been released today. Usually, I would say if it sucks or not, and this is no exception. Want to know why it sucks? Well, I'll let you know as soon as I actually show you which games will be free.

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing will be free for Xbox One owners for the entire month. Thief will be free for Xbox One owners starting December 16th to January 15th.

For you guys still on Xbox 360, CastleStorm will be free beginning December 1st to the 15th. Sacred 3 and Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising will be free on the 16th up until the 31st of December. All of these games will be backwards compatible for the Xbox One.

Now onto my thoughts.

I will give Microsoft this, they had the kindness to give one extra game. However, was anyone asking for any of these games?

As a matter of fact, wasn't Thief free on Xbox 360 a couple of months ago or something like that? Technically, we really are not getting an extra game. I think they were aware of the fact that they made Thief free already, so they decided to give us an "extra" game as a way to cover it up.

I guess it's better than nothing. I never played Operation Flashpoint, so I might as well try that. Additionally, I personally find it more appealing than the other games. I tried getting into Thief, but it couldn't hold my attention. It literally felt too much like Dishonored.
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Saturday, November 21, 2015

PS2 Games on PS4: My Thoughts

Hey Guys, it has been a little over a week since backwards compatibility released on Xbox One. Although the current Xbox 360 game line-up is about 104, there are more to come as time goes on. I am little disappointed by the fact that most of the popular requests were not made backwards compatible. I actually wanted Black Ops II to be backwards compatible, but I guess we all have to wait until that day comes.

Anyways, I'm here to talk about Sony's announcement of a PS2 emulator for the PS4. It's going to work the similarly as the Xbox One's Xbox 360 emulator. Right now, not much is known as this announcement was only made yesterday.

Do I think this is a bad idea? Well, it's totally opinion based. Most fan-favorite games have been remastered to both last-gen consoles and current-gen consoles. The Metal Gear Solid: HD Collection and Silent Hill: HD Collection come to mind. I am not going to lie, but there are some PS2 games that still hold up to this day. However, it will be a very small list.

A PS3 emulator would have been the smarter move. I never owned a PS3, but I do plan on getting a PS4 purely for console exclusives. Imagine a person who has never owned a PS3 or has a PS3; they will want to buy a PS4 because they have more options on what games they can play.

I can give Sony this, they manged to actually make an emulator for the PS2. Microsoft has been talking about making the original Xbox games backwards compatible, but they have not done so, yet.

Sorry it's been a while since I posted anything. It's kind of hard to juggle time between video games and real life. I'm still working on the Fallout 4 impressions post, but I need some screenshots without spoiling the game. I'm kind of stuck on a quest as part of the main story, so I'm in the middle of doing some side quests to get more supplies.
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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Call of Duty: Black Ops III Impressions #1

Hey Guys, it has been a week since Black Ops III released and I really did not make any progress in the campaign. Realistic difficulty can easily make even the most season player quit in anger. I'm not going to lie, but I did not even make it past the second mission.

Even though I did not put the time in for campaign, I have put it a lot more attention to the multiplayer section of the game. What can I say about the multiplayer? The "old me" would have said nothing has been done to the multiplayer and it wasn't fun.

However, I really could not find the will to actually say that Black Ops III sucks. The multiplayer is enjoyable! It's best to play with friends though.

I can't recommend the XR-2 enough

Although the multiplayer is fun, I feel that it's not balanced. The XR-2 is easily arguably the best weapon in the game but overpowered.  I consider myself to be a causal player, but I can get kills supernaturally fast with the XR-2.

If you want to get as many kills as possible, use the XR-2. The KN-44 is pretty good as well, but I swear I feel that most of the weapons of the game do not have recoil. I'm sure it's just me, but recoil needs to be increased for most of the weapons. By the way, the perk system is pretty much similar to Black Ops II.

I was disappointed by the character customization. There is a limited number of options you can choose from. However, I am not too worried about this feature.

Hopefully, I will get around to playing the campaign and actually getting a review out for the game. However, I am so busy with Fallout 4 because of how awesome it is. Black Ops III has a fun multiplayer mode, but I would not say to rush out and buy it.
Till Next Time!!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Update Post: Fallout 4 and Black Ops III

Hey Guys, sorry it's been a while since I posted anything as there really wasn't anything major going on in the gaming industry.

While I was gone, Call of Duty: Black Ops III released. I need to beat the campaign and put in at least 20 hours into the multiplayer as well as play the zombies mode to actually put out a review. However, I don't even know if I'll even have the review out in time because Fallout 4 is coming out this week.

I might do impressions for Black Ops III and Fallout 4 as a way to build up for the reviews for each game even though there is a strong possibility that Fallout 4 will just get a 10.

So far, I'm actually liking Black Ops III. I'm kind of playing on Realistic difficulty, so it might take me a while longer to beat the game.

I might even forget about Black Ops III because I'll be too busy with Fallout 4.
Till Next Time!!