Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Far Cry 4 review


  The Far Cry series has been known for changing immensely from game to game but Far Cry 4 breaks that formula.  I wouldn’t go so far to call it Far Cry 3.5, but it does remind me of the Call of Duty or Assassins Creed series where each game is the same but with new locations, plots, and some new mechanics.  Far Cry 4 is pretty similar to Far Cry 3. It is the same experience just within a new story and location. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing because Far Cry 3 was a good game and as the saying goes: “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”

 The game follows Ajay Ghale as he travels to the fictional country of Kyrat, in the Himalayas. He was tasked with honoring his mom’s dying wish to spread her ashes in a place called Lakshmana, but gets involved in an all-out Civil War. Pagan Min unjustly became dictator of Kyrat and a group of rebels calling themselves “The Golden Path” are trying to overthrow this tyrannical king. Ajay Ghale gets encompassed with this rebellion and has to choose between two Golden Path leaders, Amita and Sabal.  Amita believes in growing Kyrat to fit in a new world, and Sabal believes in sticking to Kyrat’s religious roots.  You will have to make decisions throughout the game which will affect its outcome. 
 One of my biggest complaints about the game is Ajay Ghale who is a flat character with no personality at all. It seems very unlikely that he would join this rebellion because he has no motive to do so.  Then, within a few hours, he becomes a trained killer that can take care of numerous Pagan Min militia without breaking a sweat.  The development just doesn’t make much sense. The other characters are the complete opposite of Ajay because they are filled with personality. Pagan Min is one of the best parts of the whole game.  He has the perfect attributions that make a good villain, and Troy Baker delivers a foolproof performance that drives home Pagan’s sadistic personality.  It’s too bad that he isn’t in the game more often.

 There is much more to do besides the main campaign. Kyrat is an open map that allows you to encounter one crazy moment after another. The world is filled with life from animals roaming around to shootouts between the Golden Path and Pagan Min’s militia. The back of the case states that every second is a story, and that is definitely true.  You will always encounter something new on your travels. There is an abundance of activities to partake in between story missions. You can climb radio towers which offer a platforming sequence in order to reveal more of the map.  The radio towers reveal enemy outposts to take out. Once you take out outposts more side missions will be revealed.  These missions include hostage rescues, animal hunting, convoy protection, and races. There are some other unique side missions to do such as character given quests. These sub stories include missions from a weapons dealer named Longinus and the two burnouts named Yogi and Reggie. Another unique side mission is Shangri-La which lets you discover the ancient history of Kyrat. These missions offer a new “art” style that is different from the rest of the game. It truly is one of the best, non-campaign, things you can do. That’s not even all of it; Far Cry 4 also offers an arena that lets you test your skills. Basically, it just sends a bunch of enemies your way over a certain amount of rounds. If you get tired of the side missions you could go searching for collectibles.  These include propaganda posters, journals, letters, and masks. Lastly you could just explore Kyrat and find new locations. As you can see there is a lot to do. This is both a bad and a good thing. The good thing is that you get your money’s worth, but the bad thing is that they interrupt the flow of the main story.


 A game wouldn’t be good without excellent gameplay and Far Cry 4 delivers.  There are two paths you could take: gun’s blazing or stealthy. Either path delivers a smooth combat experience.  Animals also take a big role in combat.  A rhino could attack you while you are trying to be stealthy and give away your cover, or you could lure dangerous animals towards your enemies to get the advantage.  Elephants are one of the best parts of the game because you get to ride them. What’s better than shooting rockets while on an elephant that’s tossing people around with their trunks? Another addition is the buzzer which is a mini helicopter that can be helpful in traversal and combat. Far Cry 4 offers a variety of weapons to help accomplish your goals. Round all of this up with excellent shooting mechanics, and Far Cry 4 excels with its gameplay.  It’s just crazy fun, and it all happens within breathtaking graphics.  

  Far Cry 4 offers an online component in three ways. Co-op lets you explore Kyrat with a friend but excludes the story missions.  Competitive multiplayer is different from anything else. One side only uses bow and arrows but has mystical powers, while the other relies on weaponry. Surprisingly, this works pretty well. Lastly, players get to make user generated games and there are some cool creations.

  The game offers an average story in a dense world, but the best part about Far Cry 4 is the craziness of it. You never know what will happen next.  Far Cry is rated M and is available for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Ps4, Xbox one, and PC.
Far Cry 4 gets a 9.6

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare: A new frontier

Advanced Warfare won our game of the year but does it deserve the title?

Call of Duty has always been criticized for being the same thing every game but this new installment has changed the series in a big way. The futuristic setting is the key for this change and its a big relief to see something new

Campaign

The campaign follows Jack Mitchell who is recruited by Jonathon Irons (Kevin Spacey) to join Atlas, a private military force. The best part of the story is Kevin Spacey who brings a stellar performance as the government hating Jonathan Irons. This guy is the perfect character because you can understand his motives and has a certain spark in his personality that makes him interesting. It is great to see how Irons evolves throughout the story. The campaign also brings many other remember able characters  such as Gideon, Cormack, and Ilona. All of them are presented well and I can't wait to see more of them. The gameplay changes the formula with the exosuit which lets you dash in any direction, double jump, and have incredible strength. All the futuristic technology is really what makes this game and it is fun to experiment with all the new toys. My favorite is the grappling hook which offers an all new movement style never before seen in Call of Duty. One of my favorite missions is a stealthy one when you get to use the grappling hook. What makes this mission great is that you are free to go about it how you want. For the most part Call of Duty is a linear experience so this type of mission was great to see. You have all these new tools but I wish you were free to use them how you like instead of following a particular path. Besides that the campaign has a lot to offer.

Multiplayer and Score

The multiplayer follows the same formula as past games but that exosuit is the game changer. It adds a level of verticality that has never been seen before in a Call of Duty game. The dashing lets you escape enemy fire and gives you a fighting change and you feel accomplished every time you get a kill. There are all types of customization options and unique maps to play on. There is also the exo survival which tasks you and friends against waves of enemies. Each wave offering a new surprise.
Call of Duty Advanced Warfare gets a 9.6 out of 10

Pictures coming in a year or so

Game of the Year Winners!!!

Most Anticipated Game

Uncharted 4 A Thief's End

Biggest Letdown

Thief

Best WiiU Exclusive

Mario Kart 8

Best PlayStation Exclusive

Infamous Second Son

Best Xbox Exclusive

Sunset Overdrive

Best Action/Adventure Game

Infamous Second Son

Best Multiplayer

Destiny

Best Remastered Game

Grand Theft Auto 5

Best Shooter

Destiny

Game of the Year

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare

http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2014/05/02/call-of-duty-advanced-warfare-trailer-reveals-kevin-spacey-exo-armor.aspx

Thanks to those who voted! Lets hope that 2015 will be a great year for games!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

You do know that

They was going to make a Bioshock movie but for the good or bad it was cancel.We all know how bad video game to movies can be.I think it was a good thing.Maybe they could make a PC made movie like they done with Resident Evil which are better than the movie with human in them.
Here are some art pics from the Bioshock movie!












Monday, December 29, 2014

Please Vote on Game of the Year(update)

We only have 3 votes so far and really want more! I added some more time on the survey so hopefully we can break some ties.

Here's how the survey is looking so far:

Game of the year

Call of duty Advanced Warfare- 1 vote
The Evil Within- 1 vote
Destiny-1 vote
Dragon Age Inquisition-1 vote

Best Shooter

Wolfenstein The New Order-1 vote
Destiny-3 votes

Best Remastered game

The Last of Us- 1 vote
GTAV-2 votes
Tomb Raiser-1 vote

Best Multiplayer game

Destiny-2 votes
COD Advanced Warfare-2votes

Best Action Adventure

The Evil Within- 1 vote
Infamous Second Son-3 votes

Best Xbox Exclusive

Sunset Overdrive-2 votes
Master Chief Collection-2 votes

Best PlayStation Exclusive

Little Big Planet 3- 1 vote
Infamous Second Son-2 votes
Last of Us Remastered-1 vote

Best Wii U Exclusive

Mario Cart 8- 1vote
Super Smash Bros Wii U- 1 vote

Biggest Letdown

Assassins Creed Unity-2 votes
Thief- 2 votes

Most Anticipated

Uncharted 4 A Thief's End-3 votes
Quantum Break-1 vote


I extended the survey to 1/7/14 so please vote for you favorite(lest favorite) games. If you don't then AlbertO will have to be the tie breaker and you don't want that!




Monday, December 15, 2014

Assassins Creed Unity review: Starting all over agian

Assassins Creed has seen many characters and settings from Ezio Auditore during the Renaissance to pirate, not really assassin, Edward Kenway. Each installment would build on the last by adding new features but not really changing the core gameplay. Assassins Creed Unity is the complete opposite and reinvents the whole Assassins Creed formula. This reinvention is very welcome but sadly it is overwhelmed by a plethora of game breaking bugs.

Story

You are recruited by the present day Assassins to relive the life of Arno Dorian during the French Revolution. This time around the present day stuff takes a step back to focus on Arno's story. Most people like this but I'm one of the few that enjoyed the convoluted sci-fi story. I am very happy that they finally created a semi-likable person. Arno is confident, but is always ready to make a humorous smart ass remark. He is indeed the best character since Ezio. Arno simply wanted to get revenge for the death of someone close to him but gets thrown into a whole Templar plot. The story also follows the love life of Arno and Elise who is a Templar. This story element is fine because both characters have a good script and are acted out pretty well. Elise is a very strong and likable character. The only problem is that when Elise is on screen  during gameplay she can be annoying. When you don't do what she wants she will constantly repeat it until you do. Kind of like the Call of Duty AI. She also runs head first into problems and I felt like I had to chase her around for half of the game! These are  the only two developed characters in the whole game. There's Bellec, your Assassin trainer, who seemed like an interesting character at the beginning but was then forgotten until his climax. The other characters don't really get a lot of attention. Even the main bad guy is just a generic Templar. The plot has its ups and downs but it isn't cringe worthy. It's just the average story that you would come to expect from Assassins Creed.

Free Roam

The game lets you run around Paris and it's the best free roam that an Assassins Creed game has offered. The city is very alive and there can be thousands of people on screen at once. This is a good and bad thing. It gets tiresome to run through these people especially since you can't shove them out of the way anymore. You can't do anything with the civilians besides the side activities. One of the best parts about free roam games is messing with the stupid AI. I miss being able to shove and punch them. I guess that's not really the point of the game but its still fun definitely when they get annoying, like when they get in your way!!!!! The map of Paris is amazing and a perfect representation of the real place. The beautiful graphics also supplement the setting. This truly is the biggest and most filled Assassins Creed playground in history. Outside of the campaign you get to collect a bunch of stuff. This includes cockades, chests, and artifacts. If you get tired of collecting things you can solve the nostradame riddles. These are a welcome break from the constant stabbing and will give you a new outfit after completing all of them. If you want to get into action do the Paris stories side missions. These are very plentiful and offer a new mission type every time. They are not like the Assassin contracts from past games. You also get a change to solve LA Noire style murder mysterious. You have to gather evidence and accuse the right person. Lastly you get to manage your cafĂ© which includes exclusive missions, renovation, and buying shops around the map. Once you finished all of these the most amount of income will available to pick up every few hours. This is the type of free roam I have been looking for in an Assassins Creed game.

Gameplay

Now lets talk about the actual gameplay. This is where everything has been redesigned. The climbing is a lot easier and more fluid but still faces some of the same old problems. The most noticeable addition is descending which makes going down buildings as easy as going up. This is rarely as cool as they advertised it to be but it works well... most of the time. Most of the time is the key with Assassins Creed gameplay.  Most of the time Arno will jump where you want him to jump. Most of the time Arno will kill who you want to kill. Most of the time isn't really a good representation. Most of  the time means about 50 % of the time. You will find yourself saying: " I didn't tell you to do that!" I have said that many times throughout my gameplay. The next component of Assassins Creed is stealth and it has been improved immensely. Now there is a cover system which is something I have been asking for. This is very welcome but overall feels clunky. This installment is more stealth centered and there are many options of how you want to go about doing something. Now stealth doesn't mean hide in tall grass; it has grown into something much more which is a very welcome sight.  Lastly is the combat which has seen many different forms across every installment but this is the most drastic change. I really enjoy this new combat system because it brings back skill and timing. Arno's fighting style is very graceful and fluent Unlike someone like Conner who is very brutal. This also brings many new kill animations which are satisfying to watch. Arno also brings new tools to the arsenal like the phantom blade which basically shoots hidden blades. This is pretty cool but not much different from other projectiles from past games. Its helpful in tough situations if you have the ammo! Missions are now more open and lets you pick your path. Now you can complete optional objectives to open up different assassins opportunities.

Customization

Unity adds an RPG style customization system which lets you add new hoods, chest pieces, pants, and gauntlets. You also get to choose from a vast array of color choices. There are 4 weapon types: one handed, long, heavy, and rifles. Each offers a new play style in combat and each weapon has their own stats that greatly effect its usage. For the first time you get to upgrade your character. This ranges from more lock picks, health, melee, items(poison bombs), and agility. It works like any other upgrade system but is easy to use and not overwhelming.

Co-op

The biggest thing for Unity was the new co-op mode but this is a big let down. If you can find a match you will see the most un- assassin like gameplay ever. People run around like crazy people and it's not at all as organized as the demos. This can be fixed by working with a friend but co-op still encountered an overwhelming amount of glitches and lagging. Sometimes to the point of unplay ability. ( Random story: Me and 3 other people swim out to a distant boat to find it filled with cats! It was kind of freaky. To bad I was stupid enough not to take a screenshot of it.) Co-op is only available through certain missions and includes heist which lets you try to still treasure. The more silent you are the more money you get but this incentive doesn't really work for most people.  I have talked bad about co-op but I have to be honest: it is really fun. Just watching the stupidity is a blast. When you get a good partner and actually play like an assassin its still a blast. So Co-op is not that good but that's what makes it fun LOL

The Big Problems

1. The frame rate is bad

2. The glitches: This is just unacceptable. The game should not have been released in this type of state. You have the same old AC problems which should have been fixed after six installments on top of new problems. Problems like falling through the ground, civilians walking in air, and not being able to kill people. It's just ridiculous and I bet Alberto could write a long essay about what his thoughts are on this issue. Ubisoft has fixed many things through numerous patches but its the idea of releasing the game in the first place that bothers me. I understand minor improvement patches but the future of gaming looks bleak if we have to rely on patches to fix broken games. Ubisoft has offered a free DLC for those without the season pass and a free game for those with the season pass.

Rating

Underneath all the problems I really believe Unity is a gem. It could have been game of the year worthy because there hasn't been this much improvement to the franchise since AC 2. Sadly it is bugged down by game breaking bugs. So I'm going to give this game two ratings: one if it didn't have these bugs( to show that underneath everything it is a pretty good game) and one with the bugs

Without game breaking bugs: 9.0 out of 10

With game breaking bugs: 5.5 out of 10- The game is still good; its just the idea of releasing a game with so many bugs that bothers me. Some bugs are ok but this many is unacceptable

What a disappointment. It really bothers me because I love this game but Ubisoft had to go on their yearly schedule to release Unity. I really don't understand, because the testers should have recognized this therefore making the game be pushed back. I'm ready for Ubisoft to spend a long time (atleast 2 years) and blow us away with an Assassins Creed game. It works, just look at the many other developers out there. But this probably won't happen since the next AC has already been leaked.

Entering the Assassins headquarters for the first time

Entering another time period



A cover kill

                                   
                                         You can see the number of people on screen at once


                                                       


                                                             These guards are so stupid


                                                   I enjoy the new combat system


                             An example of a glitch: this guard saw me then just froze in that spot


Sorry for this huge delay in posts, we have been busy and missed being able to write about some big video game announcements. We will start posting more often. Next is the Assassins Creed Unity review, Advanced Warfare review, another section of news( trying to catch up on what we have missed), and 2014 video game rewards!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Star Wars the Force Awakens Trailer


This is the first glimpse of what J.J Abrams has done with the Star Wars brand. I am really impressed and cant wait to see more. At the beginning we see a guy in a storm trooper outfit that looks like he is on the run. He might be discussed as a stormtrooper like Luke and Han did before. Then we see a new droid that looks like a soccer ball??? A woman gets on a stupid looking speeder, this may be Han and Leia's daughter, maybe? We also get a glimpse of who may be the new sith or apprentice with a lightsaber that has two little daggers coming out of each side. These may be hand guards. We all know this is needed because people always seem to get their hands cut off in star wars. The end of the trailer is the crown jewel as we see the milleniun Falcon flying through the air.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Some Walking Dead stuff!!!This week and last week show! and other thingy!

I think the guy that was with Daryl is  Noah ,he runs into Daryl and Carol and they come up with idea where Carol pretense to be hurt,so she would be inside.Beth was going to take out the Doc whom I wouldn't trust at all.Until she see Carol ,I think the two would join together and kick some ass! Carol has show us she can deal with stuff without guns and etc,she will used what she find around!
Ok last week show where they get rid of Gareth,they had too.Rick is a guy of his word and kill Gareth and his little group. Like I said in many place Bob was bitten and the terminus people eat tainted meat.But since people are already infected I don't know if it made any difference eat tainted meat. I forgot what I was going to said...I think Glenn and Maggie got a little upset when they saw Rick,Sash Abraham Ford, and Michonne kill the terminus people in that away.I think they deserved to be kill that away. I knew what Father Gabriel Stokes done.He kept the door lock up at the church and heard his people getting kill.I wouldn't trust him because he might lock the door on Rick and his group somewhere else.I would leave him there and leave because he is none good,he get freak out when they kill the walker,so if he can't kill anything what good is he? Would you allow him to be with you? But I think Rick would allow him to come with them if he want too, because he show them where to find food!
The next show clip. I think the people in the hospital just grab people like they done with Eugene Porter,now Abraham group will run into Ricks group after Both Carol and Beth already took care of everyone!!AHAH LOL.Because in clip sometime ago,it show the bus crashing.around the 2:14 time line on the clip and they are after Eugene to save him!!
There might be more or not!???

Monday, October 27, 2014

The News

1. Assassins Creed Unity season pass
This includes a single player story called Dead Kings that takes place after the game. It should be the darkest story in Assassins creed history. There is an underground labyrinth to explore with new outfits and a gun that shoots explosives. It also brings new missions and 30 new weapons, items,and outfits. Lastly it will offer a downloadable title called Assassins Creed Chronicles: China. It is a 2.5D  action platformer set in 16th century China.


2. GTA 5 
It is coming to ps4 and xbox one on November 18th with a PC release date on January 27th. The additions will be better graphics, movie making, new animals, new tracks, new easter eggs, and more random events around the city. It is rumored that the game will offer a 1st person view when on foot and driving.

3. Playstation 4 update
This new update gives new ps4 additions that sony promised a long time ago. You can now customize your background and listen to your music while playing games(about time)! It also adds better organization to the whats new section and new features to the friends list. Lastly it will enable share play which lets you virtually pass the controller to one of your friends even if they don't have the game. They will not have to download the game but it will be a timed session. This update is coming October 28th 2014

4. Microsoft dropping Xbox One price
Microsoft is already preparing for Christmas by dropping the price of the Xbox One on November 2nd. This is a $50 price drop for every type of system and bundle. So far there is an Assassins Creed, Sunset Overdrive, and Cod Advanced Warfare bundle. This discount will last until January 3rd 2014.

5. Xbox One achievement art can be your background
You can choose out of any achievement you have unlocked. This comes with a November update that also adds many more features like sharing your game clips on twitter. The full list for the update is here: http://news.xbox.com/2014/10/xbox-one-november-preview 

6. Far Cry 4 gets new trailers   
Far Cry 4 comes out November 18th








6. Avengers 2 Age of Ultron trailer
The first trailer for the 2nd Avengers is here. Quicksilver and Scarlet Which join the team. James Spader plays Ultron which is really awesome because Ultron is a cool villain and James Spader can deliver great bad guy role.


Whats your favorite part of the news?