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!
Nowadays, people are more and more into going online to play games in multiplayer mode. They say this is to encourage more interaction and have fun with others online. That all sounds pretty on paper and in concept, but the truth is far uglier than some may be led to believe.
When I play games, I play them to immerse myself in an online world where I can be the hero, the villain, or like the picture I used for this article – the vigilante. I play games to be encompassed in a story that I can have fun with, and not have to worry about some bully ruining the experience.
There are many ways this happens, but the most common are those who prey on the newbies. These people have high-level characters or monsters that can easily obliterate the new characters, so they go out purposely stalking out these people and pounding them into as many component pixels as possible. What fun is a game where you can get smashed repeatedly by some overpowered buffoon before you even have a chance to get your feet wet in the game? All this does is just cause hurt feelings and make people want to rage quit the game to play something else.
You leave – they win – they brag and get a bigger ego. Sorry……….I would just rather play something else than let this waste of effort get a bigger chip on their shoulder.
“But why don’t you practice and get better so you can beat them?” Why would I be interested in just getting in some pissing match with somebody who has been playing longer – or worse yet, exploited the system so they can’t be beaten, just to have them wallop all over you again. If that is your cup of tea, then fine………have fun. Go at it. Maybe you might actually beat them. I guess that is what competition is all about. It’s also why I quit playing games like Destiny, and refuse to ever install World of Warcraft on my computer – it’s not fun when you have to spend all of your time fending off overpowered monkey-brained fart-trumpets all the time you’re online. In fact, one of my favorite games – Watch Dogs – has an online component where you can hack into other people’s games and they can hack into yours. The problem is………people there cheat as well. They find some exploit in the system that gives them a place to hide where they can get at you, but good luck getting to them. I just turned off the online feature after that. Maybe I’ll turn it on again someday if I play through again……….maybe.
Anyone who knows what games I play knows I go for single-player games with good stories and fun gameplay. These days, along with the aforementioned Watch Dogs, I am playing Shadow of Mordor, Fallout 4, Witcher 3, and GTA V (I know GTA V has online – I just haven’t done much with it). I don’t do Battlefront at all, even though I love Star Wars. I probably won’t even do No Man’s Sky, but that one is for other reasons (you can’t build bases and you would probably never even find your friends if you tried). Maybe I’m just getting picky in my tastes as I approach the half-century mark – or I have just lost the patience for stupid……..which tends to pop up a lot in online multiplayer. I’ll just stick with what I like, and leave the battles to those who have more time and patience for it.
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.!
I may be a bit slow on the uptake from time to time, but I eventually catch up with current events. One of the cool things that has come out this year for people who own a Playstation 4 is a sweet new Media Player that has more capabilities than the PS3 version did. NDTV did a nice article about this app here.
The thing I am eager to try out about this is……just how many different movies can I play on this? It does say it plays more file formats than the PS3 version, so it’s worth putting it to the test to see what it can really do. What’s also nice is that if you upgraded your hard drive to something wild – say 2TB or more, you can put your nice music collection on there as well and have some tunes to play through your TV. No one can say the Xbox is the go-to media hub for everything as much as it tries to.
The cool thing about gaming systems in recent years is that they are more than just a gaming system – they stream, browse, store, and play so much more than gaming systems of years gone by. Don’t get me wrong – I still enjoy hooking up my SNES for some Mario action – or my Saturn to creep out to “D”. It’s just nice to have some options available for what my gaming system can really show off doing, and this little addition seems to fill the bill quite nicely – and what’s better is that it’s free from PSN – you just download it and go! Not too shabby, Sony……….not too shabby at all!
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.
There are two types of schools of people who play the Skylanders games – those who just play through and don’t really care about what all characters they have, as long as they have at least the bare minimum to unlock every path through the levels, and then the ones who enjoy the collecting thing – getting all of the various characters, accessories, and random power-ups that come along with the packs that are being sold by the metric ton.
I used to be of the latter school. In recent times, it’s become a bit of a frustrating, tiresome mess.
“But why, Midnight?” you might ask. Well………sit back by the fire and let me tell you a story about how this game empire has rendered people from normal humans into slobbering trolls.
Skylanders has a simple premise – collect figures of various elements to get into various parts of levels in order to complete quests and liberate Skylands from the forces of the evil Kaos – the main antagonist of every single game to date. How he manages to get away each and every time to come back and haunt Skylands and other enchanted lands is beyond me. Their prisons must seriously suck. There are eight elements in total for the first 3 games of the series, which are life, water, air, fire, earth, tech, undead, and magic – the new game bringing an additional two – light and dark, bringing the total to 10 elements. Each element has a cadre of characters to choose from that you can make your army out of in order to beat back the bad guys.
The main problem is that the characters are just too darn cool looking. The people at Toys For Bob are very artistic craftsmen, who make superb figures that appeal to a wide audience. The funny part is that the part of the figure that actually matters is not that big. On the whole, it’s a silicon RFID wafer that sits on top of the base, and it holds all of the information for that character – powers, stats, upgrades, accessories, loot……..everything that makes that character unique is stored on this wafer of information – the rest is just window dressing (the exception being the “Swap Force” characters, which are two-piece characters that have this information in each half, which allows them to be combined in up to 256 different combinations).
How is this maddening? I can sum it up in one term: short-supply
When stores get shipments of characters (and in the latest game – traps), they purposely proportion them to where some figures and traps are widely available, and some are so hard to find, you spend days driving all about town and looking online just to find ONE, and often times, the only place you can find it is somewhere like eBay where some scalper has already scoped them out, scooped them all up, and are selling them for a profit.
These people suck, and they know they suck…………they want your money though, and people will give it to them willingly.
Sometimes, the company doesn’t even release the last figures or accessories until the next game comes out, which is even worse for those who collect. For example, the “LightCore Hex” figure from the Skylanders Giants game was not even released until Skylanders SwapForce came out! How much you want to bet the last traps for Trap Team won’t even come out until after SuperChargers comes out? Yes, I know……….”why do you still collect them then? Why not just play something else?”
That……is a valid point.
The other part that I really don’t get is why they re-release a few figures in a new pose every single game, yet some characters that people would want to see a re-pose or re-issue of will never get their wish! Are they that much in love with Stealth Elf and Gill Grunt? Seriously??
Another fun topic – exclusives! You can find some figures only by pre-ordering at certain stores, or they are only sold through certain stores when they come out regularly. The most absurd example of this is when Swap Force came out, there was a “UFO Hat” that was only available if you pre-ordered it at Target – and it wasn’t even a plastic figure – it was a chip on a card!! Seriously???
So now we come to the new game – SuperChargers, and they introduce a new wrinkle – console-exclusive characters! Yes! Now you can get Donkey Kong and Bowser – each can be combined with their own vehicle, but……you can only play these two characters/vehicles on the Wii U! They will not work on any other platform! They also have a switch on the base that switches them from being a Skylander to an Amiibo, so there’s another nail Nintendo threw into that coffin. So if you have any other platform than Wii U, then do not get these two characters, because they will not work on anything other than Wii U!
So will I even bother getting this new game? I have no idea just yet – probably, but will need to find space for the figures if I do. Will this be the last game? I’m starting to really hope it is, because one of the things that sucked when they announced SuperChargers is that the traps from Trap Team will not be used with villains – in fact, the portal doesn’t have a slot for them. You can use them to buff up vehicles, but that’s it – those traps were pretty much for one game only, and there was a buttload of them made!
For one game?? Really? That was a pretty pathetic game mechanic.
Let’s hope that they do better with SuperChargers than they did with Trap Team……although I’m not holding my breath.
I’ve discovered that there is a trend with how I like to play video games. I’ve often found that if I go into an area with guns blazing or kicking tail, that I more often than not end up getting my own butt kicked or worse – shot, so I have often opted for an alternative – sitting back and taking out my enemies from a distance.
I guess I’m a wannabe sniper. I say “wannabe” because I wouldn’t be one in real life. I say that those in our armed forces who do this for real every day are a small select bunch that I would not envy for the world…….and I thank you for your valuable service to our country and to the world. Since I am not military material, I have happily settled for the electronic equivalent – taking out computer-generated bad guys by any means necessary.
There is one small issue though…………I’m not big on military games, so I find other games that have this mechanic in them. Luckily, I have found some good stealth alternatives – stealth is another game mechanic that I really like. SO……….here is my list of games that I enjoy sneaking around in.
This was one of the first games I played that had this particular mechanic in it – best of all was the zoom scope that let you really zone in on your target………breathe………and then “plink!” – down they went. It’s a game where sneaking about really pays off more than just going in and announcing to the world that you are there while unloading the clip in the weapon of choice that you happen to be carrying.
Assassin’s Creed series (Multiplatorm)
This is the game that introduced me to the stealth mechanic – and a wonderful job it does of it too. Your whole goal is to take out your enemies while remaining undetected. In fact…….some missions, it’s absolutely vital that no one sees you, otherwise you are pretty much toast. Once you get used to sneaking around the city, it’s a lot of fun figuring out ways of taking out the Templars without getting yourself shish-kabobbed.
Infamous Series (PS3/PS4)
While not really a sneaking game or a sniper one, it does feature some mechanics that really allow you to take your enemies from a nice comfortable distance. You get time-slow mechanics, precision shots, and other weapons that you can really cause some damage with in order to complete your missions.
Watch Dogs (Multiplatform – best on PS4, Xbox One, or PC)
This game allows you to REALLY take our your enemies from a LONG ways away via the hacking mechanic used in the game. You can surf security cameras and use your hacks to burst steam vents, blow junction boxes, explode electric terminals, and more. The city really is your weapon in this game. You do get a nice arsenal of conventional weapons to play with as well, from sniper scopes to IED’s, and more. The “Bad Blood” DLC also lets you take our your foes with a nice, handy RC car. Oh, the toys that we enjoy………….
Grand Theft Auto V (Multiplatform)
For a game that focuses so much on mayhem, robbing, being a thug, shooting, and trying to be as much of a badass as possible, there are some very nice weapons options in this game – some of which have sniper scopes, and some that even have infrared capabilities! You’re not tied down to any specific mission though, so feel free to be a thug around Los Santos as much as you wanna be, popping your targets off from far away vantage points.
So not every good sniping game is a military game (even though I’m sure there are many that are – they’re just not my cup of tea), so have fun choosing your weapons and honing your skills. Just keep them in the electronic realm and off the streets. ENJOY!