Thursday, December 31, 2015

Xbox Elite Controller Supplies Limited: My Thoughts

Hey Guys, remember those Elite Controllers for the Xbox One? Yeah, I actually forgot about those because it did not interest me and I thought it was a stupid idea. Seriously, this thing is like $150 which is half the price of the Xbox One itself.

Image Provided by Geek Daily

In the grand scheme of things, this really doesn't matter. However, I really love to get mad over trivial things such as overpriced controllers. I really do not see what is so special about these Xbox Elite Controllers!

These controllers are not as customization as they are advertised to be. Sure, you can switch buttons and triggers around, but does it have to be $150? It's not like the controller comes with seat belts or something like that.

I will admit that I can be a cheapskate. I will not pay more than $70 for a controller. I consider myself to be a causal gamer, so there really is no need for me to get a controller that allows me to play better. These Xbox Elite Controllers are meant for competitive players.

However, you could get a Scuf controller for around the same price or less. You can actually customize those controllers entirely, so it makes sense those cost around $150 or even $160.

What really made me perplexed is the fact that supplies of the Xbox One Elite Controller are going to be limited until March 2016. Microsoft expected sales to be low! They even knew that this was going to be a terrible idea, but it turns out people were buying these controllers like hot cakes! Why!?

Why would you buy this controller!? Why not a Scuf or something like that? Oh well. In the end, you are not obligated to listen to me as it's your money. However, just know that you are pretty much advocating for overpriced controllers.
Till Next Time!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Update:Games I'm currently playing & my new review format

Hey Guys, I wanted to let you all know that I am doing the best I can on spending as many hours as possible on all the new games I have. However, there is one game in particular that is holding me back from playing my other games: Rainbow Six Siege.

I just can't stop playing Rainbow Six! I won't say much about it in this post as I'll have a full review up for it as soon as I put in enough hours. I'm having fun with Halo 5 and Assassin's Creed Syndicate as well.

This brings me to my next topic. I will no longer be using scores in my review. Instead, I will talk about the game in certain categories then come up with a verdict to either buy it, skip it, price drop, or don't buy. The reason why I'm changing up my review format is because I just hate giving out scores as it's too much of a chore. 

I know it's been over a month since I said I would have the Fallout 4 review up. I'm still working on it and actually have to do it over in order to accommodate for the new review format. 

Expect to see a review for Rainbow Six Siege first as I'm just spending every waking minute playing that game. I might try to get Halo 5 next, but that might take a while.
Till Next Time!!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Games I'm looking forward to in 2016

Hey Guys, can you believe that 2015 is almost over? I feel like I'm getting older by the second. There have been a number of great games this year as well as some disappointments. I didn't play enough games to make a "Top 10" list of either the best games or worst games. However, my personal game of the year is Metal Gear Solid V.

Anyways, this is my list of games that I am looking forward to. This is in no particular order and is based purely on my own opinion.

Friday the 13th: The Game

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This is a game that I just went nuts over when it was announced! I felt like I was being sexually harassed but in a good way. Okay, that may not be a good simile, but I think you get my point. I am a big fan of the movies. The idea that you would be able to play as Jason or run from him is brilliant! This game has so much potential and the developer promises that there will be brutal kills.

However, the game is indie developed. There is a chance the game could be disappointing or even terrible, but there is a chance that this will be one of the best survival-horror games of 2016. Either way, my hopes are very high for this game.

Quantum Break

This is an Xbox One exclusive...

I've heard of this game back in 2013. That was a really long time ago or it at least feels like it's been a long time. Regardless, I'm really excited that this game is finally coming out in 2016! I think the time manipulation powers is what got my attention. It's something new!

Sure, there have been games that involve time travel, but Quantum Break is also choice driven. I guess I'm a sucker for any game that lets me have my own choices. Additionally, there will be puzzle elements in the game, so it will be a fresh breath of air.

Much like Friday the 13th, there is still a chance that this game will be disappointing, but I will give it the benefit of the doubt for now.

Gears of War 4

I am uncomfortable with the new characters...

Although I was not a big fan of Gears of War: Judgement, I am exited to see where the franchise will go to. As soon as I saw the first trailer, my love of the series was reignited because of all the fond memories I have from Gears of War 2 & 3. Yeah, I didn't start off with the first one.

Not much has been said about the game, but the beta should be releasing sometime in the spring. Hopefully, this game will bring the franchise back!

Mirror's Edge: Catalyst 

The only EA game I will buy this year

I didn't play Mirror's Edge until 2012. Although the game was linear and relatively short, I loved every minute that I played the game. The art style was cool and the parkour system was amazing! The games does hold up today, but it's still too short.

My hopes are still mixed here since EA is running the show here even though DICE is developing the game.

I know what most of you guys are thinking, but there really is not too many games that I want to play in 2016. Additionally, I really wanted to put The Division on this list, but I keep hearing news that this game is becoming more disappointing.

I got another post coming up soon that might be interesting for you guys to read! Let's just say that it involves Grand Theft Auto V.
Till Next Time!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Was Advanced Warfare Disappointing?

Hey Guys, I guess it's time for another post like this where I look back on games which may have been disappointing for most players when it was released, but I feel was a bandwagon situation.

I did a post like this for Titanfall a couple of months ago as well as a post about why most of us continue to play older Call of Duty games despite the fact people talk so much trash about it.

Let me get this straight, I actually liked Advanced Warfare. I thought that the Exo Suits were a cool addition to the game, but I also hated them in the sense that most players would just spam the A button most of the time. I think the Exo Suits are a mixed bag for most people.

I was not a big fan of the story as I said in my review of the game almost a year ago. I think most people are only disappointed at the game because of the story. Personally, I think the campaign in new Call of Duty games are becoming more lackluster. Yes, I'm also talking about Black Ops III, but that's something to talk about on a different day.

Exo Zombies was pretty fun, but I hated the fact that you had to pay to play it if you only bought the standard edition. However, I got bored of it once the third DLC pack released and that's only because I got sidetracked by other games.

The multiplayer was still the strong point of the game! I had a lot of fun with the time I spent on the multiplayer portion of the game. Sure, there were a ton of people who kept jumping around the map with the Exo Suits, but it made the gameplay much faster. It was a big improvement since Ghost's multiplayer!

I can understand why Advanced Warfare may be disappointing for some. However, there is no denying that this game is a lot better than Call of Duty: Ghosts. At least now the games are getting better. It may not be by much, but nobody can argue that it's a rehash series anymore.
Till Next Time!!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Xbox Live: Free Games of January 2016- Guess what? It sucks.....

Hey Guys, I'm not dead! I've been working on an article for a couple of days now, so expect to read it within a day or two. Hopefully, you'll find it interesting! I won't be posting on the 24th and 25th since I have to spend time with loved ones for the holiday.

Anyways, the new free games for Xbox Live users have been announced today! However, I found it to be another disappointing month, but it does not suck that bad. Let me explain.

Image Provided by Major Nelson's blog

Killer Instinct: Season 1 Ultra Edition will be free for Xbox One owners for the whole month of January. Then, Zheros will be free from January 16th to February 15th.

On Xbox 360, Dirt Showdown will be free from January 1st to January 15th. It will then be replaced by Deus Ex: Human Revolution on January 16th to January 31st.

Now onto my thoughts. I personally believe that Xbox 360 users have the better game lineup. Honestly, I never got into Killer Instinct. However, I was somewhat surprised they put a $40 game for free even though the game is free to play, but I guess it comes with extra content. If you love Killer Instinct or are eager to try something new, then I suppose you'll love this.

I never heard of Zheros before in my life. What is up with Microsoft putting games that most people don't know about for free? There is only a slight chance that it's a hidden gem, but there is a bigger chance most people will get bored of it.

I won't be downloading any of the free games for Xbox One. I am just not enticed to play any of those games.

I am not a big fan of the Dirt franchise. Although I heard that a lot of the games are good, it's just not my cup of tea.

I always wanted to get into the Deus Ex series. The only game that I will download for this month will be Human Revolution which is why I said this month's free games don't suck that much. Besides, I really want to know if I'll like Mankind Divided.

Hopefully, we'll get better games for February. There is still a chance that month will suck as well. At this point, my expectations are not high.
Till Next Time and Happy Holidays!!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

DICE Confirms Development on next Battlefield game: My Thoughts

Hey Guys, I have some mixed thoughts right now. I am happy that we are getting a new Battlefield game, but I am also mad that we are getting a new Battlefield game. I know it may sound contradictory, but allow me to explain.

In case you have not seen the tweet, here it is,
You can check it out here.

Battlefield is easily one of my favorite first person shooters to play online. However, Battlefield 4 was very disappointing when it came out because of how soon it was released. I have not played Battlefield Hardline, but I did not play it because I just did not like the fact that it was not the Battlefield game I am used to. I am not the only one who feels this way; it's clear that Battlefield Hardline is just a mixed bag.

My biggest concern here is the fact that it's too early for a Battlefield game to be announced. Couldn't they have waited until next year or maybe a couple of years to make an announcement?

I know it's not a formal announcement, but EA is planning for a release in 2016. Keep in mind that Battlefield Hardline only released back in March of this year. Additionally, Battlefield 4 was not even 2 years old at that time when Hardline released. I really hope this sets off red flags for you guys.

I could be wrong though. It is not clear if this will be Battlefield 5 or even another Bad Company game or something else. Maybe the release date could be pushed back a year or two.

It's cool there is another Battlefield game! However, I do not want another rehash of Battlefield 4 or Battlefield Hardline. Last time I checked, there are more active players on Battlefield 4 than on Battlefield Hardline. You know why? Because Battlefield 4 was a lot more fun to play because the game has been improved since the day it released. You can even still have fun with Battlefield 3 despite the game being about 3 or 4 years old!

I'm being paranoid right now, but I will give this the benefit of the doubt. I do hope that more effort is put into this next installment in the Battlefield franchise.
Till Next Time!!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Censorship in Video Games....just why?

Hey Guys, I really did not want to have to talk about this. I thought that maybe if people just didn't care what was going on then maybe all of this would just go away. You would not believe how bad I facepalmed when I heard that Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 wouldn't release in Western territories. Ever since I heard that some parts of Street Fighter 5 was censored, I just went bonkers!

You know who really is to blame for this? Social Justice Warriors. SJWs are possibly the worst the internet has to offer. I swear these people just look for anything to get offended about! I can kind of understand why they would be so angry, but unless they are directly being effected or have been through some kind of traumatic experience then they have no reason to be offended.

However, even though SJWs are a bunch of low-life ignorant, instigating a-holes, video game companies are not exactly innocent either. Want to know why? Well, they are quick to give in to SJWs' demands. Seriously, unless there is a universal boycott against a game then something has gone wrong. Even then, it's still a video game, so people have the right to play it if they so choose.

And that's the thing. It's a video game! So what if it's objectifying women? Is it changing the way men treat women? Well, that depends, but it does not change anything for the most part! It's not okay to objectify women, but if it's purely for fiction and does not effect how women are treated in real life then I really do not see the problem.

If an SJW is reading this which I'm positive there will be since they love to get offended, then why do you feel the need to complain about something like this? There is a very simple solution to this: DO NOT BUY THE GAME! If you do not like the way a game is, then don't buy it! Who are you to say what games should be censored or not!? I'm a consumer myself, so I would really appreciate if the game I play are not censored as I paid to get the full product.

I'm not really interested in Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 nor Street Fighter 5. I do not plan on buying either game. Well, I can't buy Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 since it won't even be available here in the US. You don't see me complaining about the sexual nature in each of these games because I'm already familiar with how each game is.

I don't think we'll see an end to this. 2015 is just full of people looking to get offended. These people just offend me by getting offended by anything.
Till Next Time!!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Why Rainbow Six Siege is alarming for the future of Gaming

Hey Guys, I'm actually posting on a Monday! I do not know how many times I have to apologize, but I really have nothing to talk about when not much is going on. Additionally, there is no way I can do my own "Top 10" awards for video games because I did not play 10 new games this year. I literally just do not have the time to really invest in all of them and give honest opinions on them all. The only games that I have just sunk my time into were Fallout 4 and Metal Gear Solid V. I did not really put in much time into Black Ops III nor Gears of War: Ultimate Edition.

I actually do not remember what new games I have played this year. However, I know for a fact it had to be less than 6. The holidays are coming up, so I know that I am going to get a couple of more games, but I really am not sure which ones actually interest me enough to play.

Anyways, let me go on to the point I am trying to make on this article.

This was a screenshot I took back in the beta. I meant to use it in my impressions post that was never made.

Rainbow Six Siege has to be one of the most decisive games of the year possibly second to Star Wars: Battlefront. Why would I even mention both of these games in the same sentence? Well, these games actually only give more reason why lack of content is just seemingly acceptable for the public!

Okay, let me get this straight. I loved Rainbow Six Siege! I played the beta back in September or whenever it was released during the closed beta state. I thought it was a great idea. Sure it was merely Search & Destroy from Call of Duty, but team work was the emphasis of the game! If you have been reading my content for a while, you will know how much of a fanboy I am for the Battlefield franchise.

I really do not know much of the difference between the beta and the "finished" game because I have not played the "finished" game. However, the game does not feel much different from the beta, but that is both a good and bad thing. Why good? Well, all of the awesome game mechanics from the beta are still in the "finished" game! The customization is pretty cool especially when it comes to the character you are using. Why bad? The beta was free. If not much has been done to the game and there really is not a lot of maps, then why even charge $60!? Look, I know a lot of betas are like this. However, this games does not have a campaign! Additionally, Rainbow Six is known for its co-op campaigns.

Regardless, I think it's a good game, but I do not believe it should be $60. I think it would be worth $60 if the DLC were free in order to compensate for the lack of content the game released with. However, I guess it would be worth $60 if you were into multiplayer games, but it still does not excuse the fact that you are paying a video game company full price for a video game that feels partially complete.

I could say the same thing about Star Wars: Battlefront! The game lacks maps and a single player campaign. Both Rainbow Six Siege and Star Wars: Battlefront have a ton of replay value. However, it doesn't matter because both games were launched incomplete and are receiving DLC you need to pay extra for.

I really can't say much about Star Wars: Battlefront. I only played the beta and feel that not much has been done to the "finished" game much like Rainbow Six Siege. I'm not saying either are bad games. As a matter of fact, I really loved my time I spent with these games. However, quality does not necessarily come over quantity.

If you enjoy these games, then great! However, this kind of behavior from video game companies should not be condoned. If you are paying full price for these multiplayer-only games with lack of content, then you are only asking for these companies to bend you and your wallet over.
Till Next Time!!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Game Awards 2015: My Thoughts

Hey Guys, the Game Awards were on Thurday! I did not hear of it until last week, but I thought I check it out to see how bad it was going to turn out. Remember VGX 2013? Yeah, that was pretty bad. I didn't get a chance to see the Game Awards 2014, so I really can't give a fair opinion.

What can I say about it? Well, I thought it was okay. It wasn't great, but I did find some things from the show pretty cool.

I really loved the tribute to Satoru Iwata. They could have done a little more, but what they did was still honorable to Iwara nonetheless. I really wished more would have been said rather than just having sad music played for him.

If you were on the livestream or watched the Game Awards a little later, remember the the Best Performance winner announcement? I thought that was hilarious! I forgot who presented it, but she said Witcher 3 won, but then Viva Seifert from Her Story actually went up to the stage to get the award. It was a minor mistake, but it was pretty funny.

What I took away from the show was Rocket League coming to Xbox One! It won't be coming until February 2016. However, I really was disappointed that cross-platform play will not be allowed on the Xbox One version. You can blame Microsoft for that.

Okay, let me go on about Game of the Year. It was obvious that Mario Maker and Bloodbourne would not win due to them being console exclusive games. I already knew Fallout 4 wouldn't win because it hasn't even been out for a month. Additionally, it would be a pretty boring show if everyone knew it was going to win since the game would obviously win if it were released earlier in the year.

It was between Phantom Pain and Witcher 3. You should have seen the comment section during the livestream. You had people just typing angrily of who would win. I wanted Phantom Pain to win, so you could imagine how disappointed I was to find out that Witcher 3 won. However, I'm not going to complain about how MGSV should have won.

What I am going to complain about is the fact that Hideo Kojima wasn't allowed to be at the Game Awards! Konami is only proving itself to be the lowest of the low in gaming companies. I don't even think EA would pull off something like this!

Overall, I still enjoyed my time watching. You can find the livestream on YouTube, but I think the audio was messed up when it was processing.
Till Next Time!!