Friday, September 19, 2014

Destiny Review

We at AlbertO'sVideoGamePlace are usually behind on reviews because we are slow at playing games. All those professional people get the games early and we don't. I'm happy to announce that we are on time for once! This review is being posting about the same time all the other people are posting their's. The servers weren't ready until the game released so the professional reviewers got to play on day one like everybody else. Enough with that(its just so exciting that were on time!) here is the review:

   Destiny reminds me of Uncharted 3 multiplayer. That is an odd comparison and a weird way to start a review but just hear me out. Both games are completely different; there are no similarities at all. Uncharted multiplayer is bad, but Alberto and myself love it. There are glitches, it takes forever to join a match, and you have to shoot people 5000 times. We love it because it is fun. It is fun to see people dancing in the middle of a firefight, people running in circles shooting at nothing, people blowing themselves up, and people that don't die because the rocket you shoot goes in between their legs. That's what games are supposed to be-fun. A great story elevates the game but it will be useless if it's not fun.  Destiny fits this perfectly because the game is a blast to play(definently with friends) but has many flaws.
   Destiny is a MMO with the action of a first person shooter. You are part of the guardians, a group of people that are supposed to fight back the darkness. This mysterious enemy came when humanity found the traveler, a huge sphere that granted us a golden age. A golden age not only on earth but in space as well. We were able to inhabit planets like Venus and Mars. The age of exploration soon ending when the darkness came. That's all a know about the story which is the worst part of the whole game. The story missions are fun but repetitive and don't leave a big impact in terms of story. This is very frustrating because Destiny's world is fitted for one great story. The game would get a very high score not only from us but other reviewers if Bungie spent more time developing the story and the the main missions. This is the main flaw of Destiny but the main point is having fun with friends and the game brings a plethora of ways to do just that.
  You get to travel to Earth, the moon, Venus, and Mars. On those planets you can do main missions, strikes, and patrols. Strikes are co-op only missions that have an extremely hard boss at the end. Patrol is basically like free roam. This is where you can find chests,do side mission, or just rack up on xp. The game is always online so you will always meet up with other players. You can also be part of a fireteam which is basically like your squad. Before you can do all this you have to pick a class. Either Titan, Hunter,or Warlock. Each one has their own set of abilities. You can upgrade these abilities when you get XP. The customization is great in Destiny. You can change your armor, guns, and powers in many different ways. There is even a sub class that unlocks whole new powers and abilities. There are many guns to choose from each one being unique in their own way. You can also visit the Tower. This is basically your hang out area. You can talk to other people,buy upgrades, and edit your vault. Destiny is about exploring planets, finding,upgrades, and shooting the Fallen all with a friend by your side. The gameplay is also spot on. The shooting is top notch as well as the melee, and powers. The best part about Destiny may be how fluent the combat is. The worst part about Destiny is it's story and the repetitiveness of it. If you are not obsessed with the plot then the lackadaisical story can easily be overcome. If you just run around with friends then the game will be a blast to play.
   Lastly Destiny offers competitive multiplayer. This is called the crucible which offers your average game modes. There is team deathmatch,  free-for-all, capture the points, and protect the relic. The stats you get in the story will correspond with the Crucible. That means people can use their powers in competitive multiplayer. This brings a crazy,but fun experience and that's just how we like it.  I just hate it when you run into one of those pesky Hunter who uses their ability to stab 20 people at once.
    If the campaign wasn't lacking this would get a 9.9. But at the end of the line video games are about having fun and Destiny delivers on that account. 8.7 out of 10

Pictures coming soon

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Telltale's The Walking Dead Season 2 Review

The first game won many awards because of its emotional tale of Clementine and Lee's journey. This second season is more about Clementine and no one else. That being said Clementine is a great character and her personality will change based on the way you play. Season 2 is not as good as season 1 and it's hard to pinpoint why. Maybe its because season 2 didn't bring anything new to the table. In fact it took away most of the gameplay elements. Now the whole game is character development and quick time events. Now it's just like reading one of those interactive books where you get to choose out of many options. I wanted more exploration,puzzles,and combat tied together with that character development. I want to kill the zombie the way I want! Many people may say that its not about the gameplay but the story.This is true but you must remember it's a video game not an interactive book. You don't even have a connection with any of the other characters except for a few. I only like Luke, Jane, and Kenny. So when people die (which happens a lot) it doesn't really hit you like it did last season. I have been negative so far but I still liked the game. I enjoyed playing through each episode but something is a little off that makes me lose that connection to the game. Now this is not true with the last episode. No Going Back was a great finale. The best part is that there is actually multiple endings. This makes it feel like your decisions really matter. Both the endings and Clementine as a character will be different for everybody. This last episode is so good that it makes the whole season ten times better. It really makes the player realize that season 2 is all about Clementine.

Telltale's The Waking Dead Season 2 gets a 7.5

Friday, August 29, 2014

Infamous First Light

Infamous Second Son's first standalone DLC gives an origin story for the neon wielding conduit:Fetch. It narrates the events leading up to Second Son and gives a deeper look into the troubled conduit. The story is told in flashback form as Fetch retails her journey to Augustine in Curdan Cay. Fetch is a much more likable character then Delsin, and her voice acting is spot on as Laura Bailey gives an emotional performance. You return to Seattle but only have one island to explore. Neon Clouds are all over the city which gives Fetch a speed boost when running through them. This makes traversal a little bit more exciting giving you small objectives while racing across the city. Some new powers include neon missles(my favorite), melee finishers, and a singularity that completely destroys anything. This singularity creates a "magnet" in the air that brings everything to it then explodes. All these new powers are awesome,but I was hoping for more. To upgrade these powers you most complete tasks around the city. Tasks that can be completed easily and don't add anything to the game. Come on Sucker Punch did you forget how to make a proper free roam game! You have to collect Lumens(blast Shards) around the city. These are placed in hard to reach places but it only takes seconds to figure out how to get them. There is neon painting which is exactly the same as spray painting in Second Son except the things you draw are not as cool.  You also have to find police camara drones. The best side activities are the races but they don't last very long. Most of the free roam stuff is just as dull as they are on Second Son. Sucker Punch needs to take a hint from the Arkham free roam. The story missions are pretty good but not anything special. The best thing is that they brought back riding on top of vehicles while you protect that vehicle. Those sections are really fun. There are also some arcade style sniper missions. The story is pretty emotional but predictable. The best part is actually the ending missions. I felt they were put together really well and were fun to play. Last but not least are the battle arenas. This is a very welcome addition to the Infamous universe. It is basically survival but it fits really well with Infamous. This is because the gameplay is so fun and easy. It also gives you something to do after you beat the game. If you still have Second Son you can play as Delsin. I just wish it could be online co-op or split-screen. Wouldn't it be great to have 2 people playing; one as Delsin and one as Fetch!

First Light is a pretty good DLC offering 4-5 hours of gameplay. Although it is plagued with the same thing that made Second Son have a lower score: a very bad free roam. You should get this if you are a Infamous fan because it is a good game but could have been so much more. First Light gets a 6.5

Coming Next: Telltale's The Walking Dead Season 2 review

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Some Really Bad News

It saddens me to talk about this but the video game industry has suffered an attack today. PSN has been down. At first it was a simple DDoS attack but it escalated to much more.Sony has stated that no personal data has been stolen. It looks like the hackers are after much more. Sony president ,John Smedley,  was on a flight from Dallas to San Deigo when he got a bomb threat. Luckily the flight was diverted to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and no one was harmed. But now Xbox Live is experiencing issues by the same people. The FBI is working on this and hopefully those responsible will be caught and no one will be harmed. We will update you when more information is available.

Xbox issues are now resolved, PSN is back online

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sony at Gamescom

1. Ps4 system update will bring new additions to sharing. Playstation Plus members can invite other players to play with them cooperatively and competitively even if they don't have the game. They also won't need to download the game. The update will also let you share to youtube.

2. In Space we Brawl was announced. It is a indie that is kind of like asteroids but offers couch co-op

3. Micheal Ancel announced a new game called Wild

4. This game was announced a long time ago for the ps3 but is now coming to ps4: Until Dawn

5. Media Molecule is bringing Tearaway to the ps4. It will be the same experience as on the Vita but with some new locations. You can also use the controller in cool ways like using the light bar to light up a dark area ,and use motions and movements to change the landscape of the game. An example would be using the touch pad to summon a wind storm

6. Destiny announced some new multiplayer modes. It would be easier to show the video then to explain them. They also announced that the first expansion will come in December.

7. Paradox announces two exclusive games for playstation 4. Hollowpoint and Runmaster. Hollowpoint is a co-op game set in a dystopian future. Runmaster is a tactical RPG that is also coming to PC.

8. Rime is a Playstion exclusive

9.  Ninja Theory announces Hellblade for the ps4

10. DayZ is coming to ps4. It will probably end up on Xbox One too.

11. Volume, a follow up to Thomas Was Alone, is coming to ps4 and Vita. It is set in the future where players have to use stealth to steal from the wealthy to give to the poor.

12. The Tomorrow Children is announced.

13. DriveClub gets a new trailer and is coming October 7

14. Infamous First Light gets a new trailer. It also adds battle arenas to Second Son.

15. Shadow of Mordor trailer

16. LittleBigPlanet 3 gets a new trailer that focuses on user creation.

17. Medal Gear Solid shows off some more uses for the box. This includes standing up in the box which can have different pictures on it to distract enemies. The pictures on the box included a women in a bikini and a soldier.

18. Ubisoft gives more details on sharing Far Cry 4 with ps4 friends. The ps4 version will come with 10 keys to Kyrat. You can give these to people on your friends list to let them play with you for 2 hours even if they don't have the game.

19. One of the most anticipated games for ps4: Bloodborne

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A new Silent Hill

P.T. was a trailer shown at the Sony Gamescom conference, but it was secretly Silent Hill. We don't know if its an exclusive yet, but after the Tomb Raider news anything is possible. It is being headed by Medal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima and film maker Guillermo Del Toro(Pan's Labyrinth,the orphanage). Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) was in Del Toro's movie,Mimic, and he will be in this game too! You can check out the interactive trailer now on PSN.

Microsoft at Gamescom

1. H-rez studios MOBA Smite is coming to Xbox One

2. SuperShot is coming first to Xbox One. All thanks to ID@xbox which was announced at E3. Supershot lets you pay out your Matrix dream and is playable with the Oculas Rift.

3. Another Indie game! Below will be coming out for Xbox One in 2015. In Below you play as a warrior in a remote island. What makes this game unique is the randomly generated environments and permadeath.

4.This is only the beginning of many betas to come. Evolve's open beta will start in January

5. Call of Duty advanced Warfare is getting its own bundle with Xbox One. It is a 1 TB model.


6. Rise of The Tomb Raider is exclusive for Xbox One. Also with no talk of a PC release. This seems really strange to me. I don't know why Crystal Dynamics would do this unless Microsoft gave them a bunch of money. Maybe it's a timed exclusive. I guess Uncharted and Tomb Raider will really be in a competition now! Getting Tomb Raider is really good for Microsoft. We just learned that it is a timed exclusive.

7. Quantum Break live demo. This game looks really good

8. Fable Legends Multiplayer Beta coming on October 16th

9. Screamride is a theme park simulator coming to Xbox One and Xbox 360

10. Ori and the Blind Forest coming this holiday

11. White Xbox One to come with a digital version of Sunset Overdrive. it is $399.99 and is coming out October 28th

12.  Digital pre- orders and pre-downloads are finally coming to Xbox One starting with Forza Horizon 2 and Fifa 15

13. The Master Chief collection bundle with Halo 5 beta will begin on December 29th for three weeks. It will be four on four with customization and small maps. Some content will carry over to the release. 343 announced the evolution of Halo in the Halo Channel. The Halo Channel is a place for live action Halo drama. Lastly they said that the leveling system will be like Halo 2.


Gamescom news(update: TR is a timed exclusive)

Rise of the Tomb Raider is only coming to Xbox! Yes you read it here! They show a trailer at last years E3 show.Come holiday 2015!The game take place few years after with what happen in last Tomb Raider game 2013 the reboot.The trailer show her talking to a doctor of what happen a few years ago on island. We just learned that Tomb Raider is a timed exclusive.