Seeing this game coming out is going to make me one happy camper!
Seeing this game coming out is going to make me one happy camper!
I’ve played many games in my lifetime from a number of places, but sometimes I go back and ask myself when I had some of the most fun.
Well……I’ve had fun many different times. Some of my earliest experiences were in the arcades and bars in the town I grew up in. Sometimes it was a mini-bowling game, or pinball, or real bowling. In the late 70’s, I was exposed to some early games, such as Space Wars, Pong, and Space Invaders…….these were the early games that people first found out about and played – mainly because they were such novelties. In fact, watchmojo.com did a great video about the Top 10 arcade games for each decade, so if you get the chance, go check it out sometime. It’s so worth it.
When the home consoles were coming out, many were your typical Pong consoles – tennis, hockey, and the like. Oh sure, some had light guns and other features, but they were pretty basic. Then you had your early systems – the Astrocade, the Odyssey, the Fairchild-F. They all had their features and their games for them, but the one that I, and many others from our generation will always remember will be the ever-steadfast Atari – namely the VCS, or 2600.
When you first look at this console, it’s a pretty fashionable piece with its woodgrain and black facade (unless you got the “Darth Vader version, which was all black), and the switches on top with the cartridge port square in the middle. Once you put the cartridge into the slot and flipped on the power, then the fun really started. Atari came out of the gate swinging, although not all games were hits – in fact, the Atari version of Pac-Man is still considered to be the worst arcade port around (although the Tiger handheld version is still far worse in my opinion). The thing was…….and this is considered to be both a blessing and a curse, was that other companies could make games that would play on this innovative system – such as Activision and Imagic, among others. I remember these two, because they made some of my absolutely favorite games for the 2600, like Pitfall!, Demon Attack, and Kaboom! to name a few. There were literally hundreds of games available for this system, and the setup was very, very simple – just plug in the cartridge, flip a switch, and GO!
I think that was the beauty of these earlier systems – no online setup to wade through, no software updates, no DLC content you had to buy afterwards – it was all there together in one convenient package that was ready to be played and enjoyed. Now granted, these games are not the graphics powerhouses that today’s systems readily boast, but they don’t have to compete – they stand the test of time on their own, and people still pick up a paddle of joystick to have fun with these games of days gone by. I don’t know about you, but to me, the only way to play “Kaboom!” is on an Atari with a paddle controller. You may claim that the anthology is a great way to play, or with an emulator, or even with a touchscreen……..but save your breath. I have tried them all, and they have all failed miserably in their attempts. I will give them props for trying, but sadly, no luck……..you need an Atari console with a paddle – end of story.
The curse of the ability for other companies to make games for the Atari 2600 was one of the main contributing factors to the “Video Game Crash of 1983”, and with good reason – there was no quality control for the games being made! You think Cheetahmen II was a crappy game? Some of these made the “E.T.” game look as good as Fallout by comparison – they were horrible! It took a couple of years for any game console to rear its head out of the ashes and try again, that being Nintendo, and the rest you know of that story. But this isn’t about Nintendo – this is about Atari – the big boy that started the craze in earnest to gain our trust and our money.
Now some of you may scoff and think it’s not worth trying to find one of these consoles to try the games. After all…..the graphics aren’t as pretty, the sound isn’t as dynamic, and there is no voice acting to speak of, so why even try? Because they were innovative. They had to create masterpieces with what meager resources were at their disposal, and some of them did very, very well at it! It’s like the early days of the arcade – they didn’t have huge studios or mega-powerful computers to create the code, graphics, and sound for their games, so they worked hard with what they had, and the efforts did pay off for them that got it done right and made their games popular.
However you might enjoy them, the games from the Atari 2600 did have many good memories – and still do.
I am a relatively new person to playing Fallout, despite the franchise having been out for a while now.
It takes me a while to find a new game to get sucked into, because the story has to be good, the controls have to be manageable, the graphics appealing to me, and something I can soak a bit of time into and not have it be over in just a few hours. For me……..that takes some time.
Fallout didn’t quite hit my curiosity switch until about a year or so ago, when my friends were all playing Fallout 3. They were telling me how wonderful it was, and how much time it takes to play through it. I picked up a GOTY edition and gave it a whirl. The amount of dialogue and talking in the beginning kinda put me off, as I find too much talking a bit tedious unless it has a purpose. I put it on the shelf, and it eventually went away to be sold to buy other stuff. Some time later, people kept telling me about how wonderful it was, and what great reviews it was getting, so………since it was on the cheap for $15 for the GOTY, I picked it up again, but didn’t give it much thought.
Recently, I have been seeing people clamoring for Fallout 4. I thought “Is this going to be a decent game, or as boring as the first one?”, so I waited until some reviews came out. This game was getting glowing reviews for the size of the game, how great the story was, and how much you can do in it, so after talking with my local game store guys, I decided to plunk down the sixty bones to give it a shot. After all………I have spent more on much less (yes……..I see you over there looking at me, Duke).
I gave this disc a spin, and I found myself very glad that I did pick it up, because from the very beginning (installation), I could tell this game was crafted with love and care! If you have not picked up this disc, you are treated to 50’s-style propaganda films that tell you about the “seven different ways you are S.P.E.C.I.A.L.”! This was a very nice touch, and made me even more curious. The story sucks you right in and keeps your attention, so I went and played a while. After some time, I thought…………
“Maybe I should go back and get back into Fallout 3!” So I plopped the disc into my system, started it up, and after getting through the choices in the vault and making it outside, it got muuuuuuuuuuch better. I thought to myself “Dang…….you gave up on this too soon!”, so I found myself playing for a few hours in this game as well.
Okay…….this game could be just as addictive. Well……….now I have two worlds of the wastelands to play about in now! Double your pleasure, double your fun……..but yeah……..games like this tend to suck up a lot of time if you don’t watch yourself. Yes…..you can easily lose a day or more at a time galavanting about the wastes, so if you are time-conscious, be sure to set an alarm or something so that way you can still take care of those responsibilities that are also a part of your life.
Are these games worth the cost of picking up? Most definitely! Fallout 3 Game Of The Year is down to bargain-basement prices, so best snag a new copy and lose yourself – or just dive into Fallout 4 and pick up a season pass. Either way – or both – your choice. These games are worth your time and bottle caps in enjoyment. Oh Bethesda……..you just love making our holidays S.P.E.C.I.A.L.!
As many of you know, the new wave of Eon’s Elite figures has finally arrived – with a bit of mixed feelings on the subject. At first, I was excited to hear about this new set, as perhaps maybe, after all this time, some of the figures that have never seen a re-release since the first game would get a little Eon love to them. The first set was very well put together – nice metallic paint, collector box, stat cards and stickers showing off how cool these characters were – these were the cool factor going into this set. Well, with the new set, there are some dark spots in the Skylanders kingdom.
The first of these figures to be released was Voodood, which is a pretty cool magic character that has some abilities that come in very handy! He was one of my personal favorites, so I was stoked to hear that this character was coming out as an Elite!
Well………..this series of figures isn’t quite as epic as the first set, and there are some reasons why….
First of all, the first series of Elite figures were painted in this nice, metallic sheen, which really made the characters POP. With this one, the weapon is a bit different and metallic, but the rest of the figure is the same matte finish as the regular figure from game 1!
This is a really cheap move on Activision’s part. I would have thought for sure that these were going to get the same attention to detail and awesomeness, but I guess I was sadly mistaken. Also, there is no stat card or stickers with this set, as there was with the last one.
Cost-saving move on your part, Toys For Bob/Activision? This was not a great move to make.
Also, with this series of Eon’s Elite figures, they have only announced SIX figures in this series.
Not eight to cover the elements – not ten to count light and dark – but just six.
Four out of the six are ones that have not seen a re-issue since Spyro’s Adventure – Voodood, Dino-Rang, Boomer, and Ghost Roaster – but……………what about Sunburn?? Sunburn was the one of the fire characters from the first game – came with a level pack, and had some pretty cool abilities, but sadly……..this fiery phoenix was left out in the cold – forgotten and forlorn. Wow………that character deserves some re-issue love, since the other four received at least some attention (although not as much as I would have thought).
If you pick up this character, it is cool that it’s been re-posed with a bit different weapon, and I’m sure it has the same buffed stats that all other Elite figures has, but it’s just lacking the wow factor and pop appeal that I had hoped would continue with this line of figures.
Sorry Activision and Toys For Bob……….but you done messed this one up badly.
There are many different schools of thought on what it means to be a gamer, and all of it is subjective.
You have those that are masochistic enough to try every single game they come across on the most brutal, gut-wrenching difficulty they can muster. I guess they figure their machismo is measured by how stressed out they can get twitching their controllers in a frantic pace trying to outwit the enemy that is put there by the developers to best them. Some of those games get downright sadsistic – even to the point of proclaiming how hard it is on the box art (yes, we see you, Dark Souls). Granted, there is a sense of accomplishment that comes from beating a game set as hard as the programmers and developers can possibly make it, but it depends on how much of your sanity you want to have left once you have finished. For myself, I have tried hard difficulties, and it just ends up stressing me out way too much to even enjoy a game most of the time.
There is another option that most overlook – “easy” mode.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that I must be some kind of wimp or “casual gamer” because I don’t want to agonize over how long it’s going to take to get plowed under by the enemies in the game. Actually, I play games to relax – to enjoy the story, and stare in wonder at how gorgeous the game environment is that the programmers and developers have placed me into during the stay in their worlds of imagination. Now, granted, there are some games that will not let you explore everything unless you go to at least “normal” mode, so there are some pros and cons to each one. I played through “Alice: Madness Returns” on easy and really enjoyed the story, and it didn’t diminish the experience in my opinion, and even gave me a “New Game +” option for the next game, so i don’t lose any of the weapons and powers I got the first time. Some games don’t even have that for easy mode (I see you, Batman: Arkham Origins), so……….take away from that what you will.
With each successive generation of games, the graphics get prettier, the worlds get bigger, and the stories get more complex – this is why I play games! Have you ever stopped in the middle of an area in a game and just slowly rotated the camera around to take in your surroundings? I’ve done this plenty of times – most recently, while playing Batman: Arkham Knight, Watch Dogs, and Grand Theft Auto V. You should try it sometime when you’re in between missions – just wander around some and soak it in. Give the game teams the credit for painstakingly constructing this environment that you have decided to dive headlong into. One of the other things that I have enjoyed over recent years, is the change from text dialogue to spoken interactions. That just breathes so much more life into the game than before, because you get to hear the emotions that go along with the different characters, instead of just thinking about how you perceive what they are saying.
So if a game is beating your butt raw, and you are thinking that this is not what you plunked down 60 bones for, try a different approach – start over, knock down the difficulty, and just enjoy the immersive story that has been crafted for you, and relax in the world you have entered on a rainy afternoon while the real world will be waiting for when you get back.
Here is a conundrum I have been faced with multiple times. A cool game comes out, you play it for a while, and the next time you go shopping for games to see what may be out, you see it………that box staring you, making faces from its little perch on the shelf…….
It’s the “Game Of The Year” edition of the very same game you have been playing.
These versions of games come with all the bells and whistles you could want – everything that was in the season pass, all of the DLC content, extras not included in the regular game………yeah…….it’s all in this box that is mocking you, making you regret the day you bought the regular game, when for the same money, you could have waited and bought this one that has everything already included in it.
That’s the trap game developers put people in time and time and time again – they get you into a game, and then slap you in the face with the “you could have had THIS version” syndrome – so then you are faced with this question……….do you buy all of the extras online, or do you sell off your regular version and get THIS one?
Here is the other trap though………the game saves, in many cases, do NOT transfer over between the regular version and the GOTY version! So if you played, say, Shadow of Mordor, and got through a lot of the main story, decided to get the GOTY version since it has all of the DLC – guess what – you have to start………all………over………again. I can see if it transfers over from the regular version, but to not have that option is just another burr that sticks in the horse’s backside. So how do you know if a game is going to come out with a GOTY, or Definitive, or Platinum version of a game? You don’t! Game companies are really not going to tell you if they are going to release one or not, because most of the time, they probably don’t even know if a game is going to do well enough to put the investment into making one of those versions. It may be a big stinker and not do well at all, and you can get they’re not going to make an enhanced version of a game that bombs out in sales.
For myself, I waited to get Skyrim for the PS3 until the “Legendary Version” came out, because it had all of the DLC, and I didn’t even think about Fallout 3 until that GOTY was already out, so that was a no-brainer, but some games you really wish you knew if it would do really well or not, so you knew whether a better version was going to come out at a later time – but you just never know.
For right now……I’m counting the days until Deadpool comes out on the PS4 in November. That may be worth the cost.
A while back, I posted that I was going to be in on an project with my friend, CrashNBurn88, on his channel, “Crash’s Game Corner” on YouTube, to do a “Let’s Play” video. It was my first time being involved with one of these projects, so I thought we should do a game that I had a lot of fun playing, and knew how to play pretty well – so we chose “D” for the Sega Saturn.
We managed to do the video in one take, making it from start to finish in just over an hour. You have a 2-hour time limit, so as to give players plenty of time to complete the quest. I even went so far as to show some of the “jump scare” moments or pitfalls that almost befall you if you make the wrong turn, but we still made it through in plenty of time to get all the way through the ending. Now, granted, we didn’t manage to get all four beetles to get the “best” ending, but there wasn’t much difference between the ending we had, and the “best” one. The video turned out really well, and it’s online for all to see.
I recommend subscribing to “Crash’s Game Corner” for more updates and videos that he does, as he does do a really cool job!