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!
I’ve been an avid Playstation fan for some time now – ever since the PSX (or PS1 – or PSOne…..whatever you call it), and have had a steady diet of some pretty good games over the years. Yes…..I have the discs to prove that one. Playstation, for some reason, just has the games I like. No, it doesn’t have every game I like – probably why I play Xbox (the first one), Saturn, Dreamcast, NES, SNES…….you get the idea. All of these systems had one thing in common until the latest couple of generations…………
They had physical media to play them from – whether it was CD or DVD, we had the discs to show off that we owned these games. It was that way up until the PS3 and Xbox 360 came into being that something new emerged…………the digital download.
This is getting to be a problematic thing for a number of reasons. If you have a physical disc, you can play it on any console of that particular type you own in your own house – or a friend’s house. You didn’t need anything special to play the game – just the disc. Just make sure that you didn’t put any scratches, burns, warps, or gouges into it. With digital downloads, you run into two major problems (well, at least one – two if you play a lot of them), and I’ll go over each one here.
Problem #1: Disk size
The PS3 and Xbox 360 came out with varying sizes of hard drives, meant to appeal to a wider audience of gamers, because let’s face it……..not everyone is going to download every single title under the sun on the respective online outlet. The first iteration of these consoles had Sony in the lead for one simple reason – it was far easier to upgrade the hard drive in a PS3 than it was a 360. Why? Microsoft had propietary design hard drives. It was a special form factor that had to fit on top (or end) of the 360 so it would connect and allow the extra storage. The PS3? You just popped open a panel, unscrewed the one blue screw, then popped out the hard drive. Any 2.5″, 5400rpm, laptop drive would work wonderfully in upgrading your PS3 to 250, 320, 500GB or more! Why the need to upgrade at all?
Downloaded games…….take up space. Not only that……the games you buy in disc form often have to install game data to the hard drive so they play at a decent rate! You also have the add-ons and apps that you can install as well……….these take up space as well. Eventually, if you buy enough games…..you need more space. What options does that leave you? Either delete games you aren’t playing right now, and then download them again later in place of something else when you want to go back to them – or upgrade your hard drive. Now you know why the PS4 and Xbox One have options for even larger hard drives. Some people have figured out also how to add-on an external hard drive for even more room without having to touch the internal drive, so whichever path fits best for you, have at it.
Problem #2: The Game License Lock
This has caused quite a bit of stir in the gaming community – but why? Well, for one, Microsoft & Sony are exercising their right to limit how many systems you can play a particular game on. I don’t have first-hand knowledge of how the limits work on Xbox 360 or Xbox One, but I can tell you what I have found out on PSN games. In the beginning on PS3, you could have your login on up to 5 consoles, and everyone had access to everything you downloaded on all of them – that limit is now two consoles. The PS4 took this even one step further. You have to have a primary PS4, which gives everyone logged into it access to everything that you downloaded, but any secondary consoles would be limited to just your login for access (no one else on a secondary console could access those games). So if you have, say, 2 PS4’s, then if one is for the family, you would make that one your primary, and then one in your room would then be a secondary unit, since only you would be playing it.
One other thing that has been a new trend since the days of the PS3/360 is the “version updates/patches” that occasionally come out. You can buy a game brand new off the shelf, and you can just bet that there is at least one update just waiting for you to download right away. Sounds almost like a computer operating system update, ya know?
Whatever happened to the days of “insert game and play”? Sadly………those days are long gone.
I used to be one who loved to build computers. I would pick what parts I wanted, take them home, lay them out on the table in their little anti-static envelopes, and then assemble them piece by piece into the case I picked out, and then would hook it up to see if it ticked. It felt like a scene out of Frankenstein…….would it live??
I was always elated when it would purr to life and operate flawlessly. Sometime there were hiccups, but usually those were easily corrected. Over time though, computers seemed to fascinate me less and less on the building end – I just wanted to use one to create stuff with. Eventually I finally had a new one built for me that does what I want it to, and it does it pretty well. I had one of my good friends put it together, and then we put the operating system on it – all legit, mind you, and then fired it up. It was a great feeling.
I found out that sometimes you can do surgery on game consoles as well – mainly the storage, because as we know, games have been getting bigger and bigger, hence the need for more and more internal storage so they can fun efficiently without lagging about. Playstation systems have been really great at making upgrading fairly painless. The first upgrade I ever did was on my fat PS3. Of course I was nervous about the whole thing, but after reading articles online, I decided to give it a go. The system came with a 60GB hard drive, which was not going to be big enough for as many games as I have played, so I felt it necessary to have more room installed. I picked up a 320GB hard drive, which is huge by comparison, so I sat to work and performed surgery on my game system.
If you have never upgraded a hard drive on a PS3, it’s actually pretty simple. You prep a jump drive with the system update you will need, and then you do the physical part – you pop the panel, unscrew one blue screw, and then the drive slides out. You remove the old drive from the tray, insert the new one, slide it back into place, replace said blue screw, replace the cover, and then make sure the jump drive is plugged in……..and fire it up! It pretty much sets itself up, and then all you have to do is re-enter your settings. Now, granted, it is a bit more involved if you backed up the system to an external drive (or cloud save if you have PS Plus), but the bare bones part of it is pretty straightforward. Once the system does its update and you re-enter your settings, your system is ready to go.
The PS4 upgrade is pretty much similar. You pop off the cover (they made this WAY easier), unscrew one screw, and then slide out the tray. Replace the drive with the new one, slide it in, replace the screw, and then pop the cover back on. Put in your formatted jump drive with update, fire it up, and then let it do its thing! I was amazed at how easy it was! Wow……..it’s not rocket science after all! I went from a standard 500GB drive in my PS4 to a full-on 2TB drive, which will leave me room for some time. Now, I have heard since then, that Nyko is making a new “data bank”, which is an add-on to the PS4, which allows the use of 3.5″ internal drives (rather than 2.5″ for standard installation), and allow drives up to 6TB in size!
I may have to use one of those someday, but I am happy that this procedure went as well as it did! I started the download of the games, add-ons, and game saves, so once that is all said and done, then I’ll be off to continue the adventures I began before the swap. If you do not have PS Plus, I highly recommend you get this, as it makes part of the process soooooooooo much simpler. Happy gaming, everyone!
I’ve been playing games for a very long time. Yes…….I remember when Pong was an arcade game – that’s how long it’s been. One of my main reasons to play games is to relax and escape into some make-believe world where I can live out adventures that would otherwise not exist in the real world (although some games are just a little too real to life, if you know what I mean).
One of the biggest annoyances I have when it comes to videogames is when you try to enjoy a game, and then someone else butts into your game and then ruins the experience. Remember playing the original Mortal Kombat, kicking the computer’s butt, and then some butt-brain comes up, sticks a quarter in to challenge you, beats you, and kicks you off the machine? Yeah……..people like that just piss me off. Leave me alone to pit my skills against the pre-programmed enemies. I don’t need you boosting your ego at my expense.
Ever play one of those online multiplayer games and someone blows you away, and then camps over your corpse, continuing to blow you away every time you re-spawn? Yeah……..those people piss me off too.
I just don’t need that type of aggravation – really! I play games to unwind, escape, and take out some frustrations from daily life in a safe manner that doesn’t unduly affect anything out in the real world.
World of Warcraft? No thanks! Not only is that built around multiplayer, but you have to pay a monthly subscription fee to continue playing! To me, that is just not worth it. I guess to some, they enjoy that sense of community – that sense of belonging to some group that goes after a huge beast just to share some massive amount of loot that comes along in the end – providing some butthead doesn’t come in and swipe up all the loot and kill everyone else off, that is.
One of the biggest games to come out last year for the PS4 – Destiny – was supposed to be a real blockbuster, mind-blowing, life-changing game that would rock your world. I guess it does……..if you like multiplayer. The single-player campaign is really short and is not all that interesting. To me…….just not worth staying up for the opening day launch and shelling out the $60 to play it. Sorry guys……..I had way more fun playing Watch Dogs, along with the Bad Blood DLC add-on – even though others were dissing it because it wasn’t good enough for their standards.
I guess peoples’ standards differ based on what you expect out of a game.
Sometimes I listen to reviews, and other times I tend not to listen to anyone at all. Sometimes I am pleasantly surprised, like when I picked up inFamous back in 2011 during the PSN hack when they gave away two free games as part of their “I’m sorry” promotion. I had no idea what the game was about, but it looked dark, gritty, and could be fun.
Oh yeah……..me and Cole McGrath had a grand time around Empire City.
I played every single game of that franchise – even though it bugged me when they changed the voice and character model for the 2nd game. The PS4 titles were awesome as well…….and this started out as s game I knew nothing about! I’m left hoping there is another inFamous title in our futures to come!
The only games I like playing with others are the party games and some race titles – mainly those from Nintendo. I enjoy the Mario Party games, some of the Mario Kart series, and also Wii U Party is a lot of fun. I play those with my family, and it’s a sort of bonding time for all of us, and allows us to share something together that we all enjoy – even if our youngest kicks our butts at the kart races most of the time.
One of the other surprising games was Grand Theft Auto V. I tried San Andreas, and was not impressed, but GTA V was a real surprise at how much fun it was. This game does feature an online mode, but sadly, I wasn’t too much into that whole experience. I guess if you know a bunch of people that you enjoy playing with, then have at it – I just didn’t get that much out of the whole multiplayer thing.
So maybe I’m a loner when it comes to playing games. Maybe I’m selfish and want to keep my experiences all to myself. That’s how I play. It may not be how you play, but that is your choice. For me……..this is my time to escape into another world – another place – another time. Leave a message at the beep and I’ll get back to you, but this trip is all me.