Thursday, July 20, 2017

Telltale's Summer Update 2017: My Thoughts

Hey Guys, I know that I'm a day late on this, but I didn't see this until I got home last night. Anyways, this was a surprise as I didn't think they would make any kind of announcement like this for another couple of months or later. I'll have a rundown on what they announced and give you my thoughts on each of them.

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The Walking Dead is finally coming to a close! Yes, the fourth season will be the last entry in the franchise from Telltale. While I have yet to play the third season myself, I have spoiled the whole season to myself and realized that it was arguably better than the previous seasons. There was some bullshit moments especially for those of you who remember the ending for season 2, but I feel like there was a lot more memorable characters in this season as well as a lot more choices to make compared to previous seasons.

While I might be a bit upset that it's coming to a close, I'd rather have it end where it's at in order to go out with a bang rather than have it get dragged on. Additionally, it would just be more work on their end to get choices to carry over this many seasons.

Never played the Batman Telltale game series, so I really can't commend on it. Doesn't catch my interest, but I guess it's great for fans to know that another season is on the way next month.

What made me really happy was the announcement of the Wolf Among Us Season 2. The Wolf Among Us is one of the most underrated games in recent memory. I don't know a whole lot of people who played it, but the people I met who have played it have nothing but good things to say about it. I really want to read the comics, but I saw that there was 150 issues.

Nonetheless, I'm curious to see what this upcoming season is going to be about. I hope there is a similar concept from the first seasons because I was just a fan of the noir style fable based episodic game. If you haven't played The Wolf Among Us, do yourself a favor and play it.

That's going to do it for me today. Destiny 2's open beta is starting tomorrow and I will give it a try. I know that I said a few years ago I would never talk about Destiny, but I want to at least give the sequel a try.
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Monday, July 17, 2017

Ataribox: My Thoughts

Hey Guys, I understand that we don't know much details about Atari's new product, Atairbox, but I still feel inclined to say something about it based on what information was provided.

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It's clear that with the success of the NES Classic Edition that Atari is going to try and cash in on some of the action. Do I care about this? No. Atari is a business after all, so what business wouldn't want to take an opportunity like this to get as much money as possible?

I like the design of this console. While you can easily tell that it's not going to take Atari cartridges, it's probably going to contain Atari classics in a digital format much like the NES Classic. It will support retro classics and "current gaming content". Whatever "current gaming content" means is beyond me. Maybe it'll support ROM files, so you can add more games. It has an SD card slot for a reason, but this is my own speculation.

I guess the real question should be which Atari games will be featured? Will we just get 2600 games? 7800? How about the Atari Jaguar? Besides, this product will be useless if the games are lackluster or unappealing.

We just need to see what else this product could do. However, if it does what I think it does in the sense that you could add more games to it then it's already doing something much better than the NES Classic and the SNES classic.

Would I pick this up? If I feel like it's going to sell like hotcakes or become a rare item, then I would buy one. Otherwise, this is just another retro console being re-released.
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

NeoGaf Responses #2

Hey Guys, it's been a while since I have done one of these, but I guess now's a time to have a discussion on the things I find interesting.

1) Do you think Anthem will get a downgrade graphically?
Even though Anthem is a damn good looking game, there is no way in hell it's going to look that way by the time it releases. I want the game to look the way it did in that E3 trailer, but remember that this game is being published by EA. The same company other than Ubisoft that is known to either release games too early and to downgrade their graphics.

Additionally, I agree with one of the comments on this post. It's a modern day game, so of course there is going to be downgrade. However, it's still going to be a good looking game especially on Xbox One X and PC.

2) 4k gaming TVs to Target on Prime Day?
The problem with discounted 4k TVs is that they aren't the good ones. All of them are going to output true 4k no matter what anyone says. However, it's the HDR that is going to make you get the most out of a 4k TV. The OP makes a great point that you have to do some research before you buy a 4k TV especially during a sale like Prime Day.

The Samsung KS8000 series is arguable the best set of TVs for 4k HDR gaming. However, they are difficult to find. You can go on Ebay to find one of them, but they are either overpriced or faulty is some way shape or form.

I suggest doing your own research to see which TV will satisfy your needs. After doing my research, I'm looking into the Sony XBR49X900E. I'm not a big fan of big TVs for gaming and I know that a big TV will show 4k a lot better, but it suits my needs.

3) What current gen game would you introduce a first time gamer to?
This is a hard question to answer. Why? Because a first time gamer doesn't really have a genre that could keep their attention. You all know how big of a fanboy I am of The Witcher 3, so if the person is into fantasy then it's right up their alley.

If they like cooperative games, then I would say Overwatch.You could have fun with the game on quick play without the toxicity and even when you're on a losing streak you could still have fun.

If they want a story, then they'll have a long list of games. First one to come to mind would be The Last of Us, but even that game is not for everyone due to its violence.

As I said before, it all depends on the person. What's the point of recommending a game that I know they wouldn't be interested in?

4) Series in which you went from rabid fan to having a casual interest. What lost you?
Before you raise your pitchforks, please understand where I come from. I was a mega fan of Resident Evil. Literally, I was all into the lore and characters. However, after the release of Resident Evil 6 I just turned into a casual fan.

In retrospect, Resident Evil 6 wasn't a bad game. It just happened to be the downfall of Resident Evil as a survival horror genre until Resident Evil 7 came along. I love Resident Evil 7, but wouldn't you have loved to see zombies and our beloved characters again? I get that these changes were made in Resident Evil 7 in order to be more terrifying, but I guess it's just a new generation for Resident Evil.

Additionally, I've grown apart from a lot of single player games because of the amount of time I spend on online games nowadays.

5) LTTP: Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection - Is it worth to play?
I was in a similar boat as the OP. I've never played an Uncharted game before I got into Uncharted 4. What a big mistake I made to play Uncharted 4 before the previous games because I wasn't familiar with a lot of the characters in the game.

You don't necessarily need to play the other games to play Uncharted 4 since the plot doesn't revolve around the past games other than a couple of references.

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is great for new players and old players alike. I can agree with OP that the first Uncharted game didn't age very well and is weak compared to the later games, but I guess this is a genre that not everyone is going to get into. I can also agree that the climbing sections are linear and simple.

However, nobody can deny that Uncharted's gameplay has remained relatively unchanged, but it more than makes up for it in the story department.

Nonetheless, the collection is probably around $20, so I don't see the problem with picking up a copy today if you want to experience or go back to the story of Nathan Drake. I would definitely say that all PlayStation 4 owners should own a copy of Uncharted 4 and ideally have The Nathan Drake Collection.

Sorry for not posting in a while. I'll post as much content before July comes to a close and am looking forward to the upcoming Fall season of gaming.
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Monday, July 3, 2017

Five Nights at Freddy's 6 Canceled: My Thoughts

Hey Guys, remember Five Nights at Freddy's? If not, then I apologize for reminding you of this series. I can't believe this series is almost three years old. It seems like yesterday that everyone on YouTube was posting 20 minute speculation videos and gameplay with them overreacting to the jumpscares.

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Okay, I'm not saying the series is all bad. The story behind the games was actually interesting. It's great to share theories around the game's story. However, did we really need a flood of 20 minute speculation videos? We have forums for a reason, so why try to profit off a fad by making cringe worthy clickbait videos? I'm just glad it's over. Otherwise, we would have more LispyJimmys in the world.

The first game was great. It was a unique idea at the time, but it got old very quickly. The fact that over 4 games followed after it really burned out the franchise's spark.

If you want to know the reason why FnAF 6 was canceled, read the statement here. If you were too lazy to read the statement, all you need to know is that Scott Cawthon is tired of being demanded to be popping out these games. He's not necessarily done with the franchise, but don't expect to see the sixth game to be released anytime soon.

The fanbase consists of 12 year olds, so that explains why he's tired of continuing the main games. Think about it, wouldn't grown adults care about this man's time?

Personally, I feel like the franchise should have been over a long time ago instead of just being forced out the door. The games are essentially the same in terms of gameplay. Seriously, the over reliance on jumpscares make the game a lot less scarier, so what's the point? I get the fifth one tries something different, but it's still full of jumpscares.

At the end of the day, it's Cawthon's game. It should be up to him if he wants to continue the series or not. Personally, I don't much care for it anymore, but it's wrong for people to be pressuring him to make another one of these games.
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Xbox Live: Free Games of July 2017- One of the worst months...

Hey Guys, I know that I shouldn't be expecting much from these free games, but we've actually been having decent games in the past two months. However, I guess that streak has been broken for July. Holy Shit. I don't think I've ever facepalmed harder over free stuff in a long time.

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Xbox One users, as usual, got the short of the end of stick. What the hell Xbox? You know E3 was just a couple of weeks ago? Why not make Wolfenstein, Metro, or even The Evil Within free for this month? There are a lot of options that could have been made, but I guess they decided to piss off members this month. I don't understand why even make these indie games free. At least, I think they're indie because I've never heard of these games before.

Kane & Lynch 2 sucks. Like, really bad. If you want to play it, then go ahead. However, just be warned that you're not going to have a good time with it.

The Lego games are decent, but they usually tend to be the same game with different designs. Maybe this is the only game that is somewhat worth a try if you're into Lego games.

Seriously, this month is a joke compared to PlayStation's free games for July. PlayStation users are getting Until Dawn for God's sakes! That game is actually good and has some pretty good replay value. Don't know about the Game of Thrones game.

I'm now considering canceling my Xbox Live membership and moving to outer space. Maybe in the far future we'll get something decent.
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

SNES Classic: My Thoughts

Hey Guys, this is something that I'm kind of late on talking about. I saw the announcement on my way to work yesterday, so I wasn't able to talk about it at the time. Anyways, most of knew this was coming due to all the rumors surrounding the SNES Classic. Let me get into my thoughts.

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I already liked the idea of the NES Classic. It didn't come with a whole lot of games, but the games it came with were great. The portability also made it a great gaming console on the go if you were on a business trip or something like that. It was great to be able to experience childhood memories in an HD port that performed well.

The main issue with it was the amount of units that were produced. Every time that they went up for sale they were already gone. Even if you wanted to go to a midnight release, there was a good chance that the store didn't have enough units to sell anyways.

A good amount of people took this as an opportunity to be a scrapper and sell their NES Classic at outrageously high prices. Shit, to this day people are still doing it.

I have the same opinions on the SNES Classic. However, it's a lot better than the NES Classic. The standout title from the SNES Classic is Star Fox 2. Before you could only play it through ROMS, but now it's getting an official release from Nintendo! Sure, it's not going to age well, but it's a Star Fox game that should be good!

I like the other games featured in the SNES Classic, but I feel like there should be other games included. Some of them being Chrono Trigger and Donkey Kong Country. I've seen a lot of fans wanting Chrono Trigger, but I personally wanted Donkey Kong Country more because it was one of the first games that I've ever played.

This is slightly more expensive than the NES Classic because this comes with an extra controller. It's even improved with the cord size and the game quality. Sure, the SNES Classic has less games, but the games featured are objectively a lot better.

I'm hoping the price tag will prevent people from buying it since it's releasing very close to Broketober. In case you want to know, it's releasing on September 29th for $80. According to Nintendo, there will be a higher stock of SNES Classic systems produced. However, it's still going to sell out just as quickly as the NES Classic.

Guaranteed Nintendo is going to discontinue this within a month after release and then we're on the N64 Classic.
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Monday, June 19, 2017

Assassin's Creed Origins: My Thoughts

Hey Guys, I think we all knew that this was coming. Personally, I'd prefer if Ubisoft just left the license alone, but I'll give them a shot at how they can improve the franchise after sales of the games started to decline. After seeing gameplay from Microsoft's E3 conference, I have quite an opinion on the game a lot of you may not expect.

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At its core, this is pretty much the same gameplay style that Assassin's Creed is known for. However, the combat is something that I am optimistic about. You can tell that it's no longer button mashing and is very reminiscence of another game that I know that stars a professional monster slayer who loves playing cards in his spare time.

Okay, you can even argue that the combat is similar to Dark Souls. No longer will a group of guys try to fight you one-on-one. They're going to attack you at the same time to make sure you're dead. I guess they're trying to go in Assassin's Creed Unity's direction in terms of making the game more difficult. Assassin's Creed Syndicate was way too easy despite enemy difficulty being based on what level you are.

Do I even have to mention the visuals? This easily has to be one of the best looking games shown at E3. I am a bit disappointed that I haven't experienced the gameplay in 4K with HDR. Seriously, the environment just looks so alive especially with wildlife just doing their own business.

There are two major issues that I have with this game that I do want to talk about: the story and the open-world environment.

If you haven't noticed in recent years, the story for Assassin's Creed hasn't been strong. Some people like the story and others hate it. Personally, I haven't found them to be interesting since Assassin's Creed III. The future story got fucked up so bad that it just seems to get worse every time it "progresses". Seriously, does anyone even remember the story from the previous games? Honestly, I feel like they need focus their attention to the future timeline since it used to be interesting at one point in time!

Personally, I thought Assassin's Creed IV had a solid story in the past timeline; otherwise, it was the first game that saw the decline in quality in the future timeline. However, I would be happy if Origins has a solid past story and shit future story rather than a shit past story and shit future story.

This is an Ubisoft game. Do we really trust them with an open-world game nowadays? I can already see this being similar to Ghost Recon: Wildlands. A huge open world with not much to do. You're probably going to end up doing the same activities that were featured in Assassin's Creed IV. Hell, the eagle mechanic looks like something from Far Cry Primal if you think about it.

One way I feel like they can avoid an empty open-world is to add an ass load of interesting side quests. Yes, that's the second time I referenced The Witcher 3 in one post. However, I'm being dead serious. At least that can justify having a world as large at this one.

I really don't want this game to be bad. I desperately want it to rejuvenate the franchise, but I just can't trust Ubisoft to make it work. After all, they are the reason why most of their open-world games end up being criticized.
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Friday, June 16, 2017

Why Sony's E3 was Underwhelming

Hey Guys, guess we're going to talk about Sony's E3 conference. I've been on PlayStation for six months now because I want in on that Sony exclusive orgy. Before anything was said, I was really looking forward to seeing more of Death Stranding as well as The Last of Us Part II.

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When it was announced that Death Stranding wouldn't appear at E3, I was pretty upset. I don't if it's because I'm still butthurt about Silent Hills being canceled, but Death Stranding could be that one piece of victory that Kojima could have if Death Stranding is a hit. However, we still have no idea what the hell that game is all about. For God's sake, even Kojima's team couldn't understand it when he first explained it.

I was also upset about there being no Last of Us Part II. It's been some time since we've seen the trailer for the game's announcement. Personally, I feel like development should have been nearly completed when it was announced, so we could get the game a lot earlier.

What made Sony's E3 most underwhelming was the fact that we didn't get anything particularly new. What I mean by that is the fact that we just seen more of the new God War, Days Gone, Uncharted, Horizon: Zero Dawn DLC, and a Shadow of the Colossus remaster for the PS4.

Sure, we got a lot of announcements for the PSVR, but how many have actually bought that thing? It costs just as much as a PS4 Pro, why buy the PSVR if you can just pay for an upgraded PS4?

Before you raise your pitchforks, just know this is my own silly opinion. I'm not interested in the new Spider-Man game. There was a trend that most Spider-Man games after Spider-Man 2 are usually bad. Additionally, I'm not big on Superhero games based on comics. Judge me if you want, but that's because I was raised on comics.

We even seen Call of Duty: WW2 and Destiny 2 during the conference, but those aren't exclusive games. Remember, I already made a vow to never talk about Destiny on this blog again after the disappointment I felt after playing the game. Maybe I'll rent Destiny 2, but I'm on edge about it.

Before I wrap up, I forgot to mention Detroit. Say what you want about David Cage, but I actually liked Heavy Rain and Beyond Two Souls. I'm looking forward to the game, but I'm not sure if I'm 100% going to get it day one.

As I said before, E3 itself was disappointing this year. Nintendo won E3 because their games are gold most of the time.
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Was Bethesda's E3 2017 Conference THAT Bad?

Hey Guys, I know that Bethesda's conference was a couple of days ago, but I wasn't sure if I was going to talk about any of the conferences. To be honest, this has to be one of the most disappointing E3 conferences in recent years. Out of all the companies that were at E3, I noticed that Bethesda has been getting shit on the most. I didn't see the conference day one. I went back to watch it to see what the fuss is about. Was it that bad? Well, let's go over what happened during the conference.
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Let's address the elephant in the room. Why the hell are we getting another Skyrim port? I get that it's a way to increase the library of games available for the Switch, but there are so many superior versions of Skyrim available. If you have the options of playing Skyrim on either PC or the Nintendo Switch, I'm 100% sure you would say PC.

Skyrim is a great game, but Bethesda can't rely on Skyrim ports to win over fans. Hell, at this rate we might be seeing Fallout 4 getting ported as well. I'm just hoping that Skyrim doesn't end up going the Resident Evil 4 route in terms of porting.

Fallout 4 and Doom are getting the VR treatment. You see a trend right? So far we are seeing games we have played before, but they are getting updated. While it's cool that Fallout 4 and Doom are getting VR upgrades, I really don't want Bethesda to keep going back to its older games. Doom is a year old and Fallout 4 is going on two years in November.

As a side note, can you imagine playing Doom in VR? The fast movement is easily going to cause motion sickness, so how the hell is it even going to be playable unless they slow down the game's pace?

The Evil Within and Wolfenstein are getting sequels. Great. I'm not being sarcastic at all. I liked The Evil Within and am happy that we are getting another game. It does have its faults especially for the lead character who seems to be nonchalant about everything going on in the game.

Wolfenstein: The New Colossus was an unexpected announcement. The New Order is a criminally underrated game. I liked the gameplay as well as the story. If you haven't played The New Order, you can pick it up at a dirt cheap price.

Do you really want me to go into the Creation Club? I don't know if those credits are going to cost real money or not, but I'm sure they are. Paid mods have never been okay to me. However, there are people who pour their hearts and souls into these mods that do deserve to make a profit. I prefer to not come to conclusions yet as we still have to wait to see what comes of this.

I have yet to finish Dishonored 2, so it does suck that I won't experience the new DLC until I do complete the main game.

So was Bethesda's conference that bad? Well, it wasn't good. However, I wouldn't say it was a trainwreck. There were some good announcements made during the conference, but I guess the Skyrim port and the Creation Club is what really killed their show.
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Metro: The Underrated Franchise

Hey Guys, with the announcement of Metro: Exodus I feel like it's time to have a talk about the series as a whole. Personally, I wasn't expecting to see another game in the franchise due to the events of the previous games, but anyways let me get back on topic. I'm going to speak broadly because both Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light have the same gameplay.

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Metro has to be one of the most immersive post-apocalyptic, first person shooters of all time. When was the last time you played a game where you played a survival horror game where your character can fight back, yet feel so hopeless at the same time? This game isn't full of jump scares, but it gets your adrenaline pumping when you have to deal with overpowering foes with limited ammo.

There are horror elements in the game. You spend most of your time alone either navigating the underground Metro or out in the open with dangerous creatures. Yes, you have to deal with both human and mutant enemies. Stealth is an option and is strongly recommended to use stealth if you are playing on higher difficulties.

This is one of few games where you should be playing at the highest level. You're not going to have the same experience of this game by playing it on easy compared to playing it on hard mode. In hard mode, you don't even have an HUD that tells you where to go. Additionally, you have to think about every move and action you make because it's incredibly easy to be killed on the higher difficulties.

On levels when you're on the surface, you have to worry about both your health and air filter. That's right, you should always be keeping your eyes out for air filters; otherwise, you're going to suffocate to death due to the radiated air outside. While it can lead to some frustrating moments when you are caught outside without any more air filters, it provides an incentive to explore the area around you.

If you aren't familiar with the plot of Metro, all you really need to know is that there was a nuclear war that devastated the world leading the survivors taking shelter in the underground Metro system in Russia. That's right, Russia. Imagine nuclear winter. It's amazing how any of them are even alive. I guess this also created the main enemies of the game "the Dark Ones". The name may be generic, but the dark ones don't play around. Those guys will tear you to shreds if you don't play your cards right especially on those higher difficulties.

The plot itself isn't half bad. I'm not going to spoil anything, but if you haven't played the game or the novels you're in for a treat as this game has a surprise behind the main enemies. You're just going to have to play the games to know what I'm talking about.

If you missed these gems from the previous generation, you can get them both on Xbox One and PS4 with Metro: Redux. I highly recommend you play them to really understand what I'm talking about. It's dirt cheap and is usually put on sale digitally, so there is no excuse as to why you shouldn't play this game unless you're not into this kind of genre.
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Monday, June 12, 2017

Friday the 13th The Game: Review

Hey Guys, it's been a long time since I did a review for a game. What better time to release a review for Friday the 13th The Game? Okay, before I go to talk about the game itself, let me tell you about the current situation.

Friday the 13th: The Game is a mess. I would be dishonest if I didn't tell you how broken this game can be at times. Server issues are still plaguing the game as of writing this, so good luck getting into a quick match. I'm not sure how it's like on the PC and PS4 versions of the game, but Xbox One servers are just garbage at the moment.

If you're on the Xbox One version, always join a private match via the "looking for group" function through the game hub. Private match is peer to peer connection, so if the host has quick internet then you should experience less lag and less disconnection.

Okay, let me go to the review.

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What I Hated
Normally, I like to start off with what I liked, but I'll start off with the negatives.

The number of maps you could play on this game is extremely limited. There are only a total of three maps you can play on. Maybe it was done on purpose, but we don't necessarily have to stay true to the movies. We could always have more camp related maps. It's something they could add in a future update, but it would have been more beneficial to include more maps.

Rolling perks can be extremely frustrating. I understand that it's done to keep the game balance, but understand that it takes a while to earn points in order to roll for a new perk. While you can sell back the perks you have, you have a chance of still getting duplicate perks after selling them. I've never been a fan of random drops, so naturally I'm not going to enjoy them in any game.

Even though the game was patched, there are still a few bugs and glitches. However, they are more hilarious than exploitative. Before the game was patched on the Xbox One version, there was a glitch where you could place a bear trap very close to a cabin door that can prevent Jason from entering the cabin. Nothing is more annoying than seeing a player use a glitch in order to win the game. Where is the honor is using glitches to win the game?

The progression system doesn't feel rewarding in my opinion.You only receive extra counselors, more clothing options for the counselors, and extra Jason skins. You also get credit points in order to purchase perks and Jason's executions. It's standard stuff.

What I Liked
Despite the fact that Jason has all these abilities, the game is pretty balanced. Yes, Jason can pretty much kill you instantly if he grabs a hold of you, but taking the time to search around the map for a pocket knife will lead to a counter.

It's great that the game forces you to explore the map for the supplies you need to survive and/or escape Jason. The amount of time it takes to escape depends on the coordination of the counselors. You can even have some funny moments. There are some hilarious ways of getting murdered by Jason such as randomly running into him by turning a corner or something.

I love the fact that Jason can hear you and you can hear him. Nothing is more enjoyable than having a trash talking Jason. It just makes the entertainment a whole lot better.

Teamkilling is extremely helpful. Before you gasp in shock, hear me out. It gets rid of the trolls. If I remember correctly, people were able to block cars from moving by standing in front of it. It's just a godsend to be able to kill someone who is trying to screw you over.


Final Thought: Price Drop
If you are a fan of the Friday the 13th franchise or like the cat-and-mouse style of game, there is no reason why you should miss out on this game. It's just a great game at its core, but it's just plagued with connection problems and bugs.

It's nothing a patch can fix, but at its current state it's not worth rushing out and getting it. This is a type of game that can benefit from updates, so I'm sure that a couple of months from now it'll be a lot better than when it initially launched. There is even a story mode that will be added to the game sometime in the summer, so that's something to look forward to.

As a final thought, I think this is a game that the critics got wrong. This is not one of the most disappointing games of 2017, so I just get pissed whenever I see this game get labeled as such.
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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Xbox One X: My Thoughs

Hey Guys, wow it's been probably over two weeks since I've written anything. Well, I promise I'm going to make up for it this month due to E3. I've been busy playing some Friday the 13th and actually wrote a review. I'll be sure to post it sometime this week, so look forward to that. Anyways, let me continue to share my thoughts on Microsoft's new console.
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Look, I'm not going to get in on Xbox's E3 briefing. Even though I saw the whole thing live, I was really paying attention to the amount of times that "Exclusive" has been said. I'm joking, but I was looking forward to the Xbox Scorpio reveal, which is now known as Xbox One X.

At a glance, this is a pretty good design. While I am not a big fan of the black color on this console that we'll be getting at launch, it's still a beautiful console. It's great to know that this is going to be a tiny console. Well, it's most likely smaller than the PS4 slim and maybe a bit smaller than the Xbox One S. Regardless, its size doesn't hold up the amount of horsepower this beat has.

While it's impossible to experience the true 4K capabilities of the console unless you've been at the show yourself, you can tell that the games just look a hell of a lot better than they would on the standard Xbox One. However, I feel like 4K has been overly stressed during this presentation rather than the performance of the games. If you watch gameplay of Anthem, you'll know what I mean by this. Are these games going to be able to run at 4K 60fps that it's been said it could?

The price is something that I consider fair. $499 was the launch price of the standard Xbox One with Kinect, so I would say that I'm quite surprised that this console isn't way over $499. Good on you Microsoft!

Honestly, we didn't really learn anything new. about the console other than the price and the release date. It's great we've seen gameplay, but I don't think we've seen what this console is truly capable of. All these numbers, but we didn't see enough games that are graphically demanding.

I'm not going to give my thoughts on the conference itself, so that's why I'm not going super in depth about what Xbox did right during the show and what they did wrong. All I'm doing is going over my thoughts on the console itself.

Maybe I'll make a post talking about the conference, but we'll see what happens. You can pick up the console on November 7th, 2017. This isn't a bad console, but I just wish that we could see what this bad boy can really do.
Till Next Time!!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday the 13th: The Game Release Disaster

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, May 22, 2017

Update: Rambling and Friday the 13th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That's all I wanted to talk about. Thanks guys for visiting my blog on a daily basis. You have no clue how it makes me feel to have an audience read my content. Sure, I may not get a whole lot of interaction, but I still appreciate the traffic.
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Could a Witcher TV Series Work?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Assassin's Creed 2017 Leak: My Thoughts

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, May 8, 2017

In Retrospect: Resident Evil 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The State of Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Xbox Live: Free Games of May 2017- Not for everyone...

Hey Guys, I know this news is late, but I guess it's better late than never. I know there was a lot of important news in the gaming industry like the discontinuation of the NES Classic Edition and the announcement of the new Call of Duty. I'll be giving my thoughts on the new Call of Duty game once the world premiere occurs. Anyways, let's continue with my worthless opinion.
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It's been a while since I played any Tomb Raider game. The last one I played was Rise of the Tomb Raider and I have yet to complete that. I think I got stuck on one of the optional tombs and haven't returned to it. Maybe I'll check out this Lara Croft game, but I'm not a fan of the gameplay style of this particular game.

I seriously hate when games people have never heard of are made for free. What the hell is Gianna Sisters? Why not make another game for free that is around the same price!?

Lego games are actually pretty fun. However, not everyone is going to like the Lego games even if is Star Wars themed. I might check this out once it releases, but I don't know anybody who is willing to play it with me. Believe me, the Lego games are so much fun when you are playing with someone else.

I never played any of the Force Unleashed games. I heard the second one was a mixed bag. I'm not sure if I'm going to touch it since I didn't play the first one when it was free. Could be that I'm not a big Star Wars guy or I just don't have as much time as I like to be playing video games.

Before I leave, just know that Xbox One owners got scarred for May. One of them looks decent enough, but this is really divisive. Some people are going to like the gameplay others are not. I'll see you guys next time when the new Call of Duty game is revealed.
Till Next Time!!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Star Wars Battlefront II: My Thoughts

Hey Guys, the gaming community as well as Star Wars fan are buzzing about the recent announcement of Star Wars Battlefront II, which will be released on November 17th, 2017.
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I'm going to start off with the positive. It's a cool idea that pretty much every character from both the new and old Star Wars films will be appearing in the game. How they'll be balanced is beyond me, but fans are going to be happy about this nonetheless.

The visuals just capture the Star Wars feeling. This is just a game that looks and feels like Star Wars much like the original game.

Additionally, no Season Pass! I was surprised to even hear this especially when it's coming from EA. However, they want to try something "different". Who the hell knows what that means? Honestly, the DLC should be free and the game's longevity would be prolonged. The original game's playerbase dropped significantly around the three months it originally released.

What disappointing me was the amount of players that could be on one server, which is 40. This is Battlefront! Why couldn't we get 64 players?

However, this game is going to be class based, so it's possible this is going to a lot less causal than the original game where a lot of the criticism was drawn at. While I prefer to not see a Call of Duty approach to it, I don't want this to be a reskin of Battlefield.

The one thing that has to be mentioned is the inclusion of a campaign mode! Finally! Even though DICE is the developer, it's great that EA is giving them time to actually work on both. I do hope the campaign is actually good.

Before I go, I just want to give a PSA to NOT PRE-ORDER. Even though it looks like DICE is doing what they can to improve the game, this is still being published by EA, so anything could happen.
Till Next Time!!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Update: RIP Wallet, Xbox Scorpio, and Stuff

Hey Guys, just wanted to make an update post since it's been a while. Today, I'm going to talk about the Xbox Spring Sale, the price of the Xbox Scorpio and something unplanned.

Xbox Spring Sale
Anyways, the Xbox Spring Sale starts tomorrow and I really can't buy anything at the moment since part of my tuition bill is due next week, so I'm incredibly pissed about that. I would have loved to catch Watch Dogs 2 on sale as I beat the first one about a month ago. Maybe I'll get one game that is less than $20, but I can't be spending anything more than that.

Xbox Scorpio
With the specs finally revealed for the Xbox Scorpio, I see a lot of negative feedback about it mostly from PC elitist. Look, it's a console. A very powerful console. It's not going to compete with a PC that is installed with a GTX 1080. However, it is impressive that the console is going to be running games at native 4K at 60fps. I thought that would be a stretch, but I guess Microsoft is going to pull it off.

I'm not a graphics whore or anything, but 4K at 60fps is just erection worthy. I don't think every game will run like that, but it's still impressive nonetheless from a console.

A lot of speculations are being made about the price. I've seen price predictions from $400 to $900. Keep in mind that when the Xbox One initially released with the Kinect it was $500. The PlayStation 4 Pro is only $400. Assuming that the Xbox Scorpio is being released without a bundle, I would imagine that $500 is a fair price point. If that son of a bitch is going to be $400 or $450, then you bet it's going to sell like hotcakes.

Persona 5 Streaming Situation
This has got to be one of the most controversial moves that Atlus or any game developer has made so far this year. To make a long story short, Atlus worked their asses off on Persona 5 and don't want Western players to be spoiled on the game's plot, so they are going hard on people who stream Persona 5 story gameplay.

You can show certain parts of the story, but not much else. If you do stream more of Persona 5's story, you're going to get hit with copyright issues.

Fair use is literally being ignored by the world. However, a lot of scumbags in the world are going to try to find a loophole in the system, so they can abuse content creators for this kind of bullshit.

Are they going to censor websites that discuss the game too? What about Wikipedia where you can literally read the game's plot? This kind of thing will literally make you want to give up hope in humanity because of how little respect we have for one another.

Now that I have my ramblings out of the way, I'm done for today. Not sure what else is going to be new for this week, but I'm going to try to have six posts this month.
Till Next Time!!

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.
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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.
Till Next Time!!

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.
Till Next Time!!

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.
Till Next Time!!

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.