Congrats Gamers, We Won!

So it looks like Microsoft has caved and has officially taken off the online restrictions off of the Xbox One. Not only that, but it’ll also be region free now too! I got to say that I’m very impressed. I thought they would’ve been too proud to change their policies. Now that that’s taken off I can start taking the Xbox One a little more serious. Of course I still have my doubts about the system. It’s full of ads, requires Kinect, Microsoft’s IPs don’t interest me much, it’s $100 more expensive, and I don’t trust them in supporting the Xbox1 with core games in 3 or so years from now. How do I know that they’ll keep releasing games that I like and not go full on casual like they did with the 360, lastly how do I know that they won’t add the always online thing later on in the console’s life? Personally I have not trust or faith in Microsoft, you have to earn that shit and they certainly haven’t earned mine. But regardless, looks like Sony’s main selling point has just been taken off. Now that Sony charges for online the only thing that’s giving them the leg up is is being $100 cheaper. Now I hope this  causes Sony to react and change their policy  for multiplayer, you know, online play being free and to make up for that have different tiers of PS+(I’m already a PS+ member but still). Maybe Microsoft would do the same, you know? 😛 Seriously, multiplayer should never be behind a paywall, its annoying.

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Top 3 Games I Saw at E3

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

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.

What I Want to see in E3

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.

Xbox One Still Disappoints

I was literally expecting nothing good from that conference. In fact the only reason I was even semi interested was because as a hardcore gamer I can’t help but get even the slightest bit interested for gaming hardware, even if I have no intention of ever buying one(Oyua for example, thats a piece of shit but when it was first announced I was quite curious about it.) So basically anything could’ve excited me, but I still ended up disappointed. Holy crap they spent SO much time talking about sports, SOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH TIME! first the fantasy football crap then EA and then even more sports crap. Personally I don’t like sports, well, what I mean is that I don’t watch them or play video games about them. If I wanted to play sports, I’d go out, and you know, actually play sports. More of the Call of Duty + Microsoft exclusive timed DLC, EA also cuddling with Microsoft with some exclusive DLC and so on. Does timed DLC really make people buy said game on 360? If anything it makes me simply rather not buy the game at all since apparently to Activision my money isn’t worth enough to receive content the same day as 360 users. But I don’t care much about that since I tend to ignore games with timed dlc or simply just have an excessive amount of DLC. Microsoft also seems to be biting the hands that feed them, blocking used games, requiring internet connection, kinect required and maybe one or two things that I’m missing. Oh yea, apparently you still need to pay to play online as well. Well fellow consumers, I hope you make the right choice and not buy the Xbox One. It’s clearly designed for publishers instead of consumers, which I don’t get the point of that since its us that they’re trying to sell the One to, not the publishers.

 

Oh yea, hey Sony, I just thought of the best slogan for you guys: 4 is better than One. You’re welcome. 😛