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.

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.

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.
This screenshot isn't exactly representative of how the game looks. You have to play it for yourself to admire how good it looks for a 12 year old game...

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!!

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.
                                                                       If you have The Witcher 3, please play both the DLC

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.
Till Next Time!!

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.
Till Next Time!!

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.
Till Next Time!!

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.
Image Provided by Major Nelson's Blog

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.

Xbox Live: Free Games of March 2017- A better month....

Hey Guys, it's been almost two weeks since I posted anything. Not much was going on and I've been busy with school to be keeping track of anything. I'll do a double post this week as I actually got my tax refund a week ago and picked up a couple of games. Anyways, it's time to get into the free games that will be given to Xbox Live users for March.

Image Provided my Major Nelson's blog

After months of disappointments, things are looking solid for Xbox in March. Specifically, Xbox One users will be given significantly better games than previous months.

I've heard mixed reactions for Layers of Fear. I like to play horror games, so this might be up my alley whether it's scary or not. It's free, so how can I argue against it?

Evolve. Where do I even begin? Even though I've never played the game, I've heard the fanbase pretty much was DOA. Seriously, I remember this game being on almost Destiny-level hype and by a week the player base was dead. Why this wasn't already free to play on consoles is beyond me, but I guess it doesn't hurt to play the game for myself.

What the hell is Heavy Weapon? Maybe it's good? Maybe it's not? It just doesn't appeal to me, so I'm going to hold my judgement.

I literally can't say enough about Borderlands 2. Why they couldn't make the Xbox One version free doesn't make much sense to me. It's a shame that I played the game already and don't have the time to go back and replay the game from the beginning.

Before I close out, I want to mention that I'm looking forward to Horizon Zero Dawn and reviews came out a week in advanced. It wasn't under my radar, but so far I'm caught up in the hype. I just need to make the time to even play the games I currently have to play Horizon.
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Friday, February 10, 2017

Should Retailers Sell Your Games Early?

Hey Guys, before I talk about today's topic I want to mention that I just started the For Honor open beta yesterday. I'm going to have an impressions post on it within the next couple of days or maybe Sunday depending on how long I want to be playing the game.

In addition, I want to talk about Destiny and Call of Duty, but that'll be on a separate post I'll make in the near future. Anyways, let's get to the topic for today. Yes, this is just going to be a wall of text.

I was going through IGN articles and stumbled upon an article that they are reporting on in which some website claims that retailers are discussing with publishers to release physical copies of their games early, so people can get their hands on them earlier. The catch? The games are locked until the game release date.

I'm going to say it like it is, this is one of the most unnecessary ideas that I've ever heard. The website that I linked does a relatively good job of providing the pros and cons of this idea, but it general why in the world do we need this?

We live in the 21st century! People could pre-order their games digitally and pre-download it, so they could boot it up the day it comes out. They are already locked out of the game since it hasn't released yet.

Literally, I don't see anyone going to the story to buy a physical copy of their game early and going home to just have it laying around. People can just simply use their controllers to pre-order whatever game they want and have it ready to download.

I imagine people who only buy physical copies of their games and don't have the time to be picking up their games during store hours due to work or whatever would be happy about this, but that's still a small number of people that this idea would actually benefit.

If any of you can see the good in this, please try to convince me otherwise. Hell, I'm sure none of you would be buying your games this early knowing you can't even play it.
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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Ghost Recon: Wildlands Closed Beta Impressions

Hey Guys, after spending a good chunk of my weekend binge playing Ghost Recon while also getting my taxes done, it's time to finally give my impressions of the closed beta. Before I say anything, I must mention that I played the Xbox One version of the game.
Even though this is on Xbox One, it's still a good looking game...

If you haven't noticed, this is a good looking game. I literally spent a good 10 minutes just looking around when I first got into the game. When Ubisoft said this is one of the biggest games they have ever created, they really meant it. Even though this is just a beta, there is quite a bit of land for you to explore and interact with. I'll get into the bad later.

Digressing from the visuals, you will be amazed by the character creator. This is a major improvement from The Division. As a matter of fact, The Division should have had a similar character creation tool. The actual facial configuration is minimal, but the clothing options are just amazing! Everything from jackets to backpacks, you can create a unique looking character. I was genuinely surprised by the amount of clothing customization, so A+ to you Ubisoft for actually taking feedback from The Division.

The graphics and the customization are easily the strongest points of the game. However, everything else is just hit or miss. I'll talk about my thoughts on the story as well as the gameplay.

I'm not going to lie, I couldn't pay attention to the cutscenes. The dialogue didn't feel normal as everyone talks as if they were disinterested and the lip synchronization just feels off. I'm not sure if I'm the only one who experiences this.

The story isn't anything special based on what we got. Seriously, this is something that has been done before by different video games.

The gameplay is reminiscent of Metal Gear Solid V in the sense that you are able to choose stealth or go full assault. However, this is a game that relies on going through sub-missions that are virtually the same in order to unlock main story missions.The design just feels so cheap that way. While it makes sense in game why you have to go through these sub-missions in order to gain information of how to progress to the story, more effort could have been done to the variety of types of missions.

My last point that I want to make about the game is the co-op. Is it good? Yes, this is game is best played in four player co-op. You can have a great time playing with a couple of friends, so if you can avoid it try not to play this game alone as it's a total letdown to do so.

Overall, the game is enjoyable, but it's not a game for everybody. Imagine The Division, but it's slightly better. Otherwise, this game doesn't do anything that we have never seen before. Because this is a beta, I imagine that some of the problems I address will be fixed. Honestly, if the game had a more compelling story as well as an improvement to the gameplay, then it would be a great game.
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Friday, February 3, 2017

Update: Ghost Recon: Wildlands Closed Beta

Hey Guys, I wanted to make a post on the first day of the month, but I just didn't have the time to. I thought it would be a good idea to make a quick update post about what to expect within the upcoming week. First off, I got this in my e-mail today.
I got extremely lucky to even get access...

If you received this in your e-mail, then make sure you click on the link to access your Beta key because the beta code was not included in the e-mail itself. For Xbox One users, I logged into Ubisoft Club using my Xbox profile and downloaded the key from there. If you want access to the beta, let me know as I can only invite three other people to the beta.

I'm going to be playing this game all day tomorrow and a good chunk of my Sunday to have my impressions out early next week. I wish I could start playing today, but I have to work late tonight. Hopefully, I'll have my impressions up on or before Wednesday.

If you didn't already know, this game is supposed to have the biggest map that Ubisoft created and am sure that not all of it will be accessible in the beta.

Before I go, I wanted to add that Nioh is coming out Tuesday and early reviews are looking good so far. I would pick up, but I want to get Resident Evil 7 before anything else.
Till Next Time!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Xbox Live: Free Games of February 2017- I question my existence...

Hey Guys, this may be totally irrelevant to the topic at hand, but Resident Evil 7 recently released yesterday and the reviews are looking good. I'm doing my best to avoid watching gameplay from it because I think it would be best to play the game blind. Not sure when I'm going to get it, but I'm sure I'll have it within the next two weeks.

Anyways, Xbox has announced its free games for February and my God are they bad. I mean it's much better than what we got this month in terms of Xbox 360 games.

Image Provided by Major Nelson's blog

I don't understand why Xbox One users are the ones to suffer in terms of game quality. I'm sure there are plenty of good games that are a couple of years old that can be made for free. Hell, why not make Rocket League free for Xbox One users? I own the game and feel like more people should be playing the game due to its cross-play features.

I'm not much into racing games, so Project Cars isn't going to appeal to me. What in the world is Lovers? How many 2-D Xbox One games are we going to get? Well, the world may never know.

I've heard The Force Unleashed was a good game, so it can't be all bad this month as usual for the Xbox 360 games. I am definitely going to try to play it, but I need to finish Uncharted 4 before I go start on another game.

What's up with Xbox and this Monkey Island franchise? How many of these games are going to be free? I literally have no interest to be play anything Monkey Island related. Seriously, has anybody been downloading any Monkey Island game? If so, then I hope you reconsider your life decisions because that's only going to give Xbox the idea to keep putting more Monkey Island games in Games with Gold.

Anyways, I'm done here for today. Maybe there will be more hope next month. This month there was only one major AAA game that released and I think most people will be talking about Resident Evil 7 until the next couple of PS4 exclusive games come out next month.
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

This is why the Resident Evil 7 season pass kind of sucks...

Hey Guys, with less than a week to go until Resident Evil 7 releases there is already a season pass that was listed on Steam. I came across this news as I was looking for more Resident Evil 7 news to calm down my hype. Well, this season pass did more than just that. I'm only saying it kind of sucks just because there isn't enough information, so my opinion can change. Let me continue...

You can view the details on the official Steam page

There is no release date nor price that was listed with the season pass, so I can't really be too critical when it comes to the value of the content in the season pass. However, why they didn't have a release date listed is beyond me.

It's already confirmed that there will be free story DLC available sometime in the Spring, so I guess this "additional story episode" will be something entirely different. I'd rather have it being a side-story rather than it continuing on from the main game that way you wouldn't have to pay for it.

These "banned footages" are probably those VHS tapes you could pick up and play. Whether they have any impact on the main plot or not is unknown. Even if they did, then why would they charge the players for it? That would just be a scumbag move.

As I said earlier, this is still early. Maybe there will be more content available in the season pass, so that might explain why there is no price available for it yet. If it's $40 or less, then it might be worth the price if it's adding story content rather than cosmetics or something similar.

However, the game has to actually be good before a season pass is even worth purchasing in the first place. Personally, I'm looking forward to Resident Evil 7, but I can't get it day one due to time constraints. I hope it turns out to be good and doesn't go into Resident Evil 6's identity crisis.

Sorry for the short post today, I'm trying my hardest to find the time to write at least once or twice a week. Sometimes time management between work and school can get in the way of hobbies.
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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Nintendo Switch: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Hey Guys, I know that it's been a while since I made my last post, but I recently started school again, so my schedule is going to be tight once again. I'm a bit late on this, but I think it's time to talk about the Nintendo Switch. While there are a lot of good things about the Nintendo Switch, it's important to still discuss the bad parts.

Still coming out much earlier than expected!

The Good
I'll start off with the good. The actual capabilities of the console are neat! If the motion controls are precise
and actually have "HD rumble", then the amount of creative ways to use them would be interesting to see. It's a pretty powerful console, so the fact that they can make it into a handheld is impressive for sure.

The games themselves are a mixed bag. However, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild as well as Super Mario Odyssey are easily the two games that are system sellers. Hell, Breath of the Wild is most likely the game that people are going to start off with once they purchase a Switch.  I'll go more into the problems that I have with the games a bit later.

I'll also mention the price point. $300 is a fair price point for the console. I really was looking forward to $250, but $300 is good enough.

The Bad
Ok, the launch titles. What the hell was Nintendo thinking? Literally, I believe it was a huge mistake to have to release Super Mario Odyssey at a much later date rather than have it released alongside Breath of the Wild. Personally, I would buy the Nintendo Switch just for Breath of the Wild, but it's still just one game.

1, 2, Switch is easily the biggest rip-off that I've seen from Nintendo in a while. Seriously, that thing is a tech demo. I imagine people would probably have only a couple of hours worth of fun from that game then people would just get bored. I don't know why they would charge $50 for the thing. Honestly, I hope they have a change of heart and just package it with the Switch because nobody with a brain is going to pay $50 for a tech demo.

The battery life is pretty bad. Depending on the game, that battery is not going to last. Breath of the Wild is already confirmed to drain the battery out in about 3 hours. I'm not going to totally complain about it since it's a very large game running on a powerful console, but what can you accomplish in 3 hours in an open-world game?

While the Joycon controls have some neat features, I think the main question I have for it is whether or not it will be comfortable for all users. I have some pretty large hands, so I think it would easily cause some cramping in them as well as for people with large hands. This console already seems like it was designed for children. I think there should be an option to purchase Joycon controllers that can fit for people with large hands. Then again, what if you need to put both controllers on the tablet?

The Ugly
The pricing of the accessories are insane! If you want both Joycon controllers, they are going to run you $80! What the serious fuck!? If you want to buy them separately, then it's going to run you $50 a piece. What about the pro controller? It'll run you $70.

Seriously, this has to be the only reason why I wouldn't want to buy a Nintendo Switch. The controllers cost more than an Xbox or PS4 controller. I have no idea what kind of sense that makes. Maybe they just cost more to make?

If I'm going to being paying that much for a controller, then those controllers better be able to grill something for me or something.

Those are my final thoughts for the Nintendo Switch. I would pre-order one, but I have school tuition payments to be making, so it wouldn't be a great idea to be buying one anytime soon. I hope for the console to be a success. So far, it's a massive improvement over the Wii U.
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Friday, January 6, 2017

Nintendo Switch Leaks: My Thoughts

Hey Guys, it's been a while since my last post, but not much has been going on. However, just today leaks have emerged from a UK retailer, GameSeek, the possible release date and price of the Nintendo Switch. Keep in mind that this might not be completely accurate.

The possible release date is March 17th and possible price point is $245

Before I say anything else, I want to say that I want to see the Nintendo Switch become a success. The Wii U proved to be a failure to Nintendo. Even though there were some great games released on the Wii U, it just couldn't sell well. The Nintendo Switch might be Nintendo's saving grace.

We're supposed to see the Nintendo Switch in-depth presentation on January 12th. Maybe they will have the exact price for the console as well as the release date. We know for sure it's supposed to release it March, but we're still unsure about the games for it.

If the leaks are true, then I am extremely glad that Nintendo made the right choices. I'm still surprised that the Nintendo Switch is being released this early.

Even though there wasn't enough demonstrations for the Nintendo Switch, I still feel like it's going to sell like hotcakes just based on the price alone. $250 is dirt cheap for a brand new console especially from Nintendo. Then again, I do see there being more versions of the console being released at different prices based on the storage.

Nonetheless, it's perfectly fine to remain skeptical. Until more games have been announced or more models are announced, I could see why people are either not buying the console or not seeing it being able to sell well.

Either way, the Wii U had a launch price of $300. It's not bad, but there wasn't a whole lot of games people wanted to purchase to warrant a purchase for the console. I hope everything turns out great for Nintendo.
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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Overpriced Collector's Edition: My Thoughts

Hey Guys, I hope you guys had a wonderful New Year's Eve day or whatever. First day of 2017 and I'm already tired. Anyways, it's been a pretty slow weeks in terms of gaming news, so I think it's time to have a discussion about something that has been on my mind for a while. Collector's Editions.
Image Provided by GameSpot

Okay, I am aware that people are allowed to buy whatever they want since they worked to get their money, but there is no denying that these collector's editions are getting way too pricey. This For Honor Collector's Edition is literally $220.

This particular collector's edition comes with the Gold Edition of the game as well as a big ass statue, which probably adds that extra $100 to the price tag. The Gold Edition itself includes the season pass. Everything else is just physical merchandise.

Personally, I never buy games that have a collector's edition. For one, they are pretty expensive. Second, they only appeal to a certain group of people. I'm not a fan of these collector's edition that includes steelbook cases and lack of physical merchandise. The Titanfall 2 Vanguard Edition or whatever it was called is easily the coolest collector's edition I've seen since it includes a wearable helmet. However, even that was a bit too pricey.

Remember Amazon's Battlefield 1 Collector's Edition? One of them didn't even include the game, which could either be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it.

What I'm trying to get at is that these collector's editions are getting way too expensive. The cheapest collector's edition I've seen in a while would be Dishonored 2, which was only $100 and came with a replica of Corvo's mask. Video game companies or retailers should allow collector's edition that either include the game or not to knock off the price a bit.

An even better solution would be to just move on and not buy them at all. Hell, some of them lose their value overtime, so you could probably find them a lot cheaper online or something.

I apologize if it sounds like I'm rambling. I'm still exhausted and am going to lay in the bed most of the day after this. Seriously, I want to thank you all for reading and waiting on me to continue writing.
Till Next Time!!