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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I Hate Pokemon because I Love it too Much!!

Gah ever since I bought Pokemon X & Y(which I was so excited for I went out of my way to go down to Manhatten before school started to get it three days early) I haven’t played any other game. I bought Killzone Mercenaries and the game is awesome but then I got GTA5 so I didnt play it as much anymore. I’m halfway through GTA but then Pokemon came out… All my time has been dedicated to Pokemon since then. I even bring my 3DS(the special edition pokemon one which I recently purchased just for this game) to school everyday just so I can play some more on my ride to and from school. Haven’t touched my Vita and I rarely play my ps3 now since Pokemon. The game is just soooo awesome, plus all the starters are amazing. I dare say these are the best starters we’ve ever had. My only issue with the starters is Delphox or however its spelt, the design is too feminine to work for both genders imo, but its still good imo.

Game is so great and for the first time ever I actually won an online match(quite a few of them actually)!! I gotta put the game down for a while though.  I got a test coming up this Monday for my computer class, I can’t fail this since we only get three tests including the final so this one test counts for 33% of my grade ;(. pretty annoying since most of it is basically remembering a bunch of computer codes off the top of your head.

Sony E3 Conference Impression

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.