The last two years of E3 have been pretty underwhelming, I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that way. However, with new consoles coming to us later this year we got to see plenty of new games, and even new IPs. Some games were pretty boring(I’m looking at you, Ryse) but a lot other games look very impressive. One thing I noticed with a lot of next-gen games is that a lot seem to be going open world. Something I welcome with open arms, I love open world games, hopefully these games are packed with content, and easter eggs as well. For once in a long time I enjoyed a majority of the games, like at least 8 out of every 10; I was very impressed. There were three games that stuck out to me the most though, these three are presented in no particular order. Continue reading
I think its pretty ironic how Microsoft, who’ve we all been bagging on for not being about games showed more games than Sony did. Game wise Sony’s conference was extremely underwhelming, and if that wasn’t bad enough they went on and wasted a slot on basketball, I face palmed so hard at that. However while the games were really lacking, they’ve sure made up for with the PS4’s policies. The system will have NO DRM! So you can sell your game, lend it, keep it forever, without ever having to go online. If that wasn’t good enough, the system will also launch at $400, that’s a whole $100 less than the xbone!
There was also some bad news as well though, it sounds like the PS4 will require you to pay to play online, I assumed what they meant by that immersive multiplayer thing was that you needed Plus to use Ustream and all that other video stuff, but a lot of gaming sites are saying that it actually means you have to pay to play online. Well at least you don’t need Plus to use apps like Netflix, Hulu, and others. Very disappointed withe the lack of Vita love, just a bunch of ports of ports and games that we’ve already knew about, at least they didn’t ignore the system like they did last year I guess.Also can I say Destiny was a very poor way to end the show. My god did that game look boring as fuck. The only good “new” games that were shown was from Square Enix, Final Fantasy 15(previously Versus 13) and a teaser to Kingdom Hearts 3(hopefully we don’t have to wait like 6 fucking years for it like Versus). I do wonder though if both FF15 and KH3 are exclusively on PS4, and when do they plan on releasing. Hopefully we don’t have to wait too much longer for FF15.
Let me also add that I find it ironic that Square Enix ended up showing the best game, that FF13 crap is absolute garbage, its such garbage that I have given it its own genre, I don’t consider that series as an RPG, instead I’d label it garbage, plain and simple. One thing I’m interested in is The Elder Scrolls Online(which will have an exclusive beta on ps4), I want to know if its going to follow Guild Wars 2 route where you pay $60 and you play the game for free after that, with an added cash shop where you can buy cosmetic items that doesn’t affect the balance of the gameplay of if it’ll follow the really shitty pay for the game then another $15 every month OR the much worse free to play route where its basically pay to win. Hopefully it goes by the first route. I officially hate the Mad Max game. Since they showed it after Elder Scrolls and it began with a man lying there in the middle of a waste land you know what I thought of, right? I was beyond pissed when the car showed up because after that I immediately knew it wasn’t my precious Fallout 4.
So, we still don’t have a concrete release date on the PS4, but it’s supposed to be coming out in the Holiday season so I believe that’s October the earliest. Between Microsoft’s and Sony’s conference there is no doubt that overall Sony definitely won E3, they absolutely destroyed Microsoft with the Ps4’s price and stance on used games. But at the same time I feel that Microsoft definitely showed much better games, but also many of the ones that blew me away are third-party and will also appear on Sony’s system. Hopefully the gaming media is wrong about paying to play online for the PS4 and it’s actually the Ustream stuff that’s behind a pay wall because if so, Sony has won the whole fucking generation, I don’t care.
Well folks, E3 is tomorrow and many of us are excited and worried about it. Will Sony fuck up as badly as Microsoft did? Hopefully not. Will Microsoft’s games outweigh their anti consumer tactics? Not in a million years, they can go on stage and say Fallout 4 will be exclusive to XB1 forever and I’d still tell ’em to fuck off. Also we’ll finally get our first glimpse at the next installment of Smash Bros, hopefully we also see the 3DS version as well which the the creator of Smash Bros has said he wanted to add RPG elements to that version to make it feel more personal so I’m be interested to see how that turns out. So, without further adieu here are the things I want to see at E3:
1. Sony doesn’t do some bullshit anti consumer tactics. – Do I really have to explain? If they do that I guess the only next-gen console I’ll own will be a Wii U
2. Pokemon Snap 2 – Seriously, with the Wii Pad? come on, it just makes far too much sense to not be in development.
3. Vita games – Not ports, not spin offs. Original games(like Gravity Rush) or new installments(like how Birth by Sleep is a main entry in the KH series.) I still don’t understand why Sony completely ignored the Vita last year, hopefully they don’t do the same this year. Also let’s hope they announce a hefty price drop and some bundles, It would be nice if the Vita picked up some steam so more 3rd party publishers jumped on board.
4. PS4 doesn’t charge to play online. – I don’t mind if that extra stuff is behind a pay wall but I shouldn’t have to pay to use my router.
5. Fallout 4 – Please not a modified Fallout 3 engine like what Skyrim used. Please, use a brand new stable engine that is also able to accomplish much more. Don’t make modders do your job.
Also none of the Microsoft exclusive shit, fuck that crap.
6. Steam Workshop like feature on consoles. – Seriously, mods are the fucking best. One of my top 3 favorite features about gaming on PC. I don’t know how it’ll work, but Sony might be able to do it with Steam’s own workshop. After all, we have seen steam integrated on the PS3 with Portal 2 so it might be possible, or so I assume.
7. New 3DS model with a built-in 2nd analog nub. – Why this wasn’t part of the original design and has to be sold as a separate accessory is beyond me. Touch screen cannot substitute a second analog nub.
8. A reason to own a Wii U. – I played a Wii U this weekend. It was garbage. I didn’t like it, games sucked(I played NintendoLand, ZombiU, and New Super Mario Bros.), UI was also trash, and there doesn’t appear to be anything of interest coming out anytime soon with the exception of Smash Bros, which leads me to the next thing.
9. Mewtwo In Smash Bros. – Why would you take him out in the first place? Whats next, going to replace Lucario with Zoroark or whatever Pokemon will replace Zoroark in the next Pokemon gen? Just give me the original badass back, please. Give him some actual good moves while you’re at it.
10. New IPs. – Sure sequels are great, but I also love some new IPs as well, I’m sure we all feel the same way about that.
Tomorrow I’ll post my impressions of the first day of E3, I might post different ones for each show or I might just do one at the end of the day and lump them all into one post depending how motivated I am. 🙂 Until tomorrow, friends.
The Last of Us demo was finally unlocked today, though a bit later than it was supposed to, no problem for me though since I just decided to play some God of War: Ascension multiplayer for an hour assuming it would get fixed by then(which it did). The demo downloads very quickly, first its the launcher, then it downloads the actual demo once the launcher is complete. Once I got into the game the very first thing I noticed was the resemblance to the Uncharted series, I don’t know if Joel’s animations are brand new or if he’s using the one Naughty Dog used for Drake but they both look like they share the same ones, or at the very least they share some. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though, the animations from Uncharted are very good. Luckily for us though that appears to be the only thing both game share in common.
The demo’s setting was a pretty dark and moody one, it reminded me of some areas in Fallout 3. You can clearly tell that shit has went down in the area, buildings collapsed, gaping holes all over the place, nature slowly but surely reclaiming the area. It’s very beautiful. Unlike Uncharted, this is more or less a stealth game. See, supplies are limited, there is no regenerating health, plus there is an enemy known as Clickers(more on them a bit later) who can kill you in one hit. Another thing that is also interesting is that ammo is very scarce so you’ll want to be very careful with it, also you must take into consideration the sound’s the gun makes as well because it WILL alert other enemies. This is obviously out of Naughty Dog’s comfort zone and even if the game doesn’t sound appealing to you(I recommend you give it a try though, ND is unarguably one of the best developers of this generation), at the very least you got to give them credit for trying something they’ve never done before.
For you newbies the game also has an option that lets Joel see through walls when standing still to help you out, don’t fret though you hardcore gamers, this option can be turned off completely, though if you plan on not using it I recommend you play with some really good headphones. The demo was fun and definitely made me a bit excited for the game, the problem with it though was that it was far too short. It can be completed in like what, 15 minutes? The Clicker’s also disappointed me. You only meet two in the demo and one is handled through QTE(seriously, fuck the person who thought of QTE, laziest mechanic in gaming), you only get to handle one of them your way. One thing I really like about the Clickers though is that they’re blind so they won’t be able to see you, the way they find you is by listening, so to distract them you throw bricks and bottles around to divert their attention somewhere else(this is possible with all the enemies). There wasn’t much to fight in the demo unfortunately, as a matter a fact, there were only like 8 enemies. It’s a demo though so whatever. All I’m saying is that if you plan on buying/renting GoW:A only for the demo don’t even bother, if you do that, buy it for God of War, not the demo or else you’ll feel disappointed.
The Last of Us releases June 13, 2013 in the US, so be sure to check it out if you’re interested.
As I said in a previous post, I’verecently completed Sleeping Dogs and moved on to the DLC “Nightmare in North Point,” and lets just say that add on wasn’t was what I expected. Sure, it was funny and added some extra missions, but it was really short. I completed the entire thing in like an hour and a half. But I can’t complain much, after all, I did buy the game and the dlc back during Steam’s Spring Sale pricing error so in total I believe it was like $6 something. I got 18 hours of gameplay in total so I’d say I got more than my money’s worth.
I know I said I was going to go back into Soul Sacrifice but I’ve been rage quitting a lot in that game recently. I’m up to the mission where you have to solo a Cyclops, the most I’ve done was gotten it’s health to orange before I died. It’s the god damn spider’s and their annoying web skill that keeps fucking me up; the Cyclops’s spinning move doesn’t help neither. So instead I’ve decided to just tackle another game on my Steam backlog, I decided on playing Bastion, a game I picked up during a humble bundle deal(by the way, the game plays like ass with mouse and keyboard in my opinion.) I don’t think I’ll be playing much this weekend because I have my final scene due Tuesday for my acting class and I still don’t got my lines memorized, plus there’s also some writing work I got to do as well for that class.
On another note, RIT finally got my transcript so all that’s left now is for them to review my application. I don’t think I mentioned it before but I applied for game design and programming. I spend most of my time doing game related things, so I figured I might as well make a living out of making games. Yes, I know making games and playing them are two completely different things but honestly nothing else inspires me so yea. Hopefully I get accepted, it’s a really expensive school, plus I’d have to move and live on campus since I live in NYC, but I’ll worry about that once I know if I got accepted or not, NYU already rejected my application so I’m pretty bummed out about that.
I’m about two missions away from finishing the main story, boy what a ride it’s been. The game does have some weird little issues, like a few bugs here and there and the “girlfriend system” which is nothing more than little awkward missions(and one makes Wei look like a stalker). Luckily I have one of the DLC’s, the zombie one. Which I’m happy I bought since I’m not quite ready to move on from this game. Most likely what I’ll do afterwards is give Soul Sacrifice my full attention as I’ve been neglecting that game recently. Two of my friends are already max level so I’m way behind(If I remember correctly both my levels combined equal about 40).
Oh yea, I just found out there’s only two more weeks of school left, when I originally thought there was actually 3 so you could imagine how excited I am about that. 😀
Well not much going on this weekend. Most likely I’ll continue playing Sleeping Dog & Soul Sacrifice. I must say, Sleeping Dogs is quite a surprise. The story is really enjoyable and there’s a lot of content in the game. Unlike other games that has a bunch of collectables that do absolutely nothing Sleeping Dog actually does, either by rewarding you by increasing your max health or finding new clothing. Pretty sweet, really underrated game if you ask me. Soul Sacrifice just continues to be amazing.
I still haven’t completed the main story, I’m up to the Cerberus boss, I forget which chapter it’s on but its amazing. The story is great and pretty sad. My favorite story so far are the side stories though. The one about the man raised my a monster is both depressing and sweet. The reason I’m not that far in story mode though is because I’ve been play a lot of co-op with my friends. As soon as I get on my Vita the first thing I do is check if my buds are online. Currently I’m level 32 light and 7 dark, my friends are nearly max level though so I tend to be more of a burden on the team but it’s all good. They help me level up and I keep the heat off them, I react quite quickly so it’s not like they revive me much unless I get 1 hit ko’d. Lately I’ve also been having an itch to get back into LittleBigPlanet Vita again, been feeling like getting my creative juices flowing and making a level. I’m not sure on what exactly, but it’ll hit me once I start playing. Most likely it’ll be a challenge level since those are the easiest and my favorite to make.