My Experience with Playstation 4

First off let me share how I got my PS4, I didn’t pre-order the system in time so they were all sold out. Thursday, the day before it came out Spike was airing a PlayStation 4 launch event with “jaw dropping” announcements.(spoiler alert: all announcements were pretty lame, also Infamous was quietly delayed to March) After the event I went I logged onto Amazon to check on my ps4 game orders(they had a buy 2 get 1 free deal, I picked up Knack, Killzone and Need for Speed which I’m still waiting on) and then I just went to look up the PS4 just to be saddened that I won’t be getting one anytime soon and to my surprise, they had the system in stock, I couldn’t believe my eyes but I immediately ordered one, if it was an error and it gets cancelled, eh I was expecting that, but if it actually goes through…. happy day! And it did go through, so my ps4 arrived here on Saturday, the day after its launch, and not only did I get the system but I also got the day one edition as well(the one that contains $10 psn credit, 30 day music unlimited trial & 30 day ps+ trial!

Now since I don’t have Amazon Prime & I wasn’t expecting to get a ps4 so soon I didn’t have my games yet, they arrived the following week on Tuesday, so what I mostly played during Saturday to Monday were free to play games, Resogun & revisiting Sound Shapes. I also had Call of Duty Ghost, the free $10 were used to upgrade the ps3 copy to the ps4 version. But, I’m not a fan Call of Duty, it was for my brother, according to him Ghost is the weakest CoD game so he didn’t play it much. The game I ended up playing the most was Warframe and Resogun though. Even after I got my games most of my time still goes to Warframe. I’m pretty sure that game has some kind of story but I have no idea what it is. The reason I play it so much is because it’s practically the only game my friends and I can agree to play together. Hell, sometimes I don’t even know what the objective is, I just keep walking forward, killing aliens and cracking some jokes. Oh, and before I forget, the Dualshock 4 is just pure sexy. it only has one flaw, the d-pad isn’t as good as the Vita’s. Personally I think they should have just gave the DS4 the exact same one just a bit bigger, but it’s still a good d-pad. Currently the ps4 isn’t in my room(even though I paid for it :P) for two reasons: one, I don’t have a wired connection so I have to use wi-fi, which normally isn’t a problem since everything in my room uses wi-fi but for some reason the wi-fi on the ps4 is just absolute trash. it took more than an hour to download a 350MB file. and two, with the Fall semester almost coming to an end I’ve been receiving a lot of work to do so I have almost no time to play anyway. However when I do have time to play, my brother is normally sleeping so I can’t play the ps4, oh wait! I have a Vita, don’t I?

Let me just say that the internet in my home is pretty crappy & very inconsistent, even when connected via an ethernet cable so your experience might be a lot better than mines, but even with all the issues my internet has remote play works VERY well. Normally I play Knack or Resogun on my Vita before I go to bed and it’s really good. Sometimes I lag which leads to death(especially in Knack since I’m playing it on hard) but like I said, I believe that’s cause of my connection. So back to the ps4 itself, a lot of folks seem to be having hardware problems with their system(especially people who ordered through Amazon, like me) but luckily mines works perfectly fine. There was only one time that I had an issue with the system; no game was starting up, it would just sit in the loading screen so I turned off the system and booted it back up but for some reason I wasn’t getting no display. disconnecting and reconnecting the hdmi didn’t do squat but when I disconnected the entire system and reconnected it was back to its former great self. I’ve had no issues with the hardware since then. The UI for the system is really great as well, so good that I would love to see the Vita get an update that gives it a similar UI as well, as I’ve shared before I’m not a huge fan of the current Vita UI.

Although one thing that I don’t quite understand is the recording feature of the ps4. I’ve tried to use it before but it doesn’t record what I want. I thought that once you press the record button it would automatically save the last 15 minutes of game play, but most of the time it either takes a photo(I have almost 30 random photos on my ps4 already) or it records something really dumb that I didn’t want, the menu of a game or something. But besides that minor issue I’m really enjoying my ps4. The games are great, the system is fast, really I don’t got much negative things to say about this bad boy. I hope if you’re reading this and also have a ps4 you’re enjoying it as much as I am & if you don’t have one I hope you get one soon.

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Microsoft E3 Conference Impression

I must say that Microsoft really impressed me with their show. They brought the games and talked about the CLOUDZ a lot. Really smart choice to open with Metal Gear Solid, that was fucking AMAZING! I loved how dynamic it all was. Also laughed at the quick forwarding part in the beginning, maybe a little joke about how people complain about MGS’s length.  Up next was World of Tanks, tanks are pretty neat I guess, same goes for Dark Souls. The first exclusive game they show for Xbone was Ryse.

Visually it was beautiful, but my god does it look boring gameplay wise. It was riddled with QTEs for everything. Last time we heard of this game it was a Kniect game and has been switched over to controller, which is great because that means it won’t be on rails; but if its going to basically be a QTE scripted game why even bother? Killer Instincts was niceeee! I’ve never played the previous ones but I really liked how over the top the narrator was. Then Insomniac back stabs Sony(joking, business is business), with making an exclusive for Xbone, Sunset Overdrive. I wish I could share my impression about what I think about it but instead we’re given CGI garbage that shows us absolutely nothing about the game, not even its art direction because as Insomniac as shown us with Fuse, don’t trust their announcement trailer as an indication as what the game will look like. By the way, I hate CGI trailers, they’re a waste of money, show me the game instead. CGI trailers just lead to misunderstandings on what the game will look like and play.

For you racer fans Froza looked cool, I liked how they brought in that car to the show. I don’t know about cars but it looked really cool. Project Spark was very interesting. I’m a huge fan of LittleBigPlanet, and this seems to resemble it a lot but in a wider scale. For starters its fully 3D(please do this LBP3) and it looks like it has super powers as well. Can’t wait to see more of it; also, Roch Mech ftw.  Microsoft announced a partnership with Twitch for live streaming which makes a lot of sense now. No wonder we didn’t hear about Twitch at Sony’s announcement, guess Microsoft got to them first. Crimson Dragon was just lol,  that looks boring.Dead Rising was fascinating, it looks like their shifting the tone of the game. I’ve never played DR but from what I’ve seen they look pretty silly and have some humor. This seems to be a different case, seems more gritty, disappointing since we have enough of those but regardless the game looks amazing.

One thing I liked about it was the realistic zombie count. By realistic I mean the city is actually crowded with zombies like how real life is crowded with people. I guess you can say they have way more in the game but whatever, it looks great. I did notice that the frame rate dropped every now and then plus that bomb drop with Smart Glass at the end was just really stupid but I’m sure that can be fixed before launch. Was disappointed to hear that it was only on Xbone. Battlefield 4’s live demo had some technical issues  in the beginning and showed that xbone will receive dlc first, I don’t know why, that’s just plain fucking stupid but whatever. Once the demo finally started it was just more of the single player, why? I wanted to see some more of Below, it look different from what Microsoft usually offers.

Then we were up to the game that would end the show. I’m sure everyone was expecting Call of Duty, I certainly was, Microsoft loves CoD. But no, instead we’re given the gameplay premiere of the Call of Duty creators next game TitanFall which is being published by EA. Certainly was interesting, looks easy to play and the mechs looked fun, I like how the mechs go on auto pilot when you exit it. I can definitely see this being the next big thing; again, very smart of Microsoft to lock this down. Overall it was a very impressive show, and a welcome surprised since Microsoft’s past couple of E3s have been garbage. Yes, the games do look impressive but I cannot look passed the anti consumer tactic on the console. Oh, I forgot to mention that the console will launch this November at $500, that’s really expensive, wonder how thats going to pan out.

Season Passes Are Stupid

Why are people so willingly to spend +$20 on season passes? The publisher  is basically telling you “Hey give us some extra cash and you’ll get the DLC when it comes out, but we’re not going to tell you what the DLC is.”  why, WHY would ANYONE buy one!? Do you have so much disposable income that you just don’t care and buy it anyway? In recent example, the Injusice season pass just came out with the first of the four characters(with Bat Girl being the second character that I believe still hasn’t been officially acknowledged. Why the fuck is it so god damn hard for publisher’s to tell you exactly what you’re paying early for? The only logical explanation I can think of is that people might not like what the DLC is and won’t buy the pass. But to be quite honest that’s no excuse. Note, that my issue isn’t the season passes themselves(which I don’t ever purchase, I’ve already spent $40-60 on the game and already you want more? As Cartman would say “haha, suck my balls.”) But that they want our money and don’t even tell us exactly what we’re buying. What makes it worse is that people bend over and buy it. -_-