Tuesday, October 13, 2015

My Reaction to the Star Wars Battlefront Beta

  EA had a three day long beta for the highly anticipated Battlefront 3, at which 9 million people participated making this the biggest beta ever for EA. This beta reinvigorated my hopes for the series, but highlighted a few problems that will ,hopefully, be fixed before the game is released on November 17th.

  The beta gave players a change to try out 6 rounds of survival(split-screen or online co-op) and two modes each featuring their own map. Drop Zone has players fighting for control of escape pods on the planet Sullust, and Walker Assault has rebels trying to stop the empire's walkers before they can blow up the shield generator in Hoth.

  The first thing I noticed was how beautiful this game is. It is breathtaking and may offer the finest graphics for the Ps4 and Xbox One.

  Secondly, I noticed how satisfying the gunplay is. Everything works right when firing lasers at your enemy. This extends to all the equipment such as the  jet-packs and grenades. The idea that there is no iron sights bothered a lot of people, but the exceptional mechanics quickly overshadowed that complaint.

  There are a few small problems that can easily be fixed. One of which was spawning issues. I found myself being placed in front of the enemy in multiple occasions. Another issue was the buddy spawn mechanic,because it doesn't establish a fair playing field. Imagine shooting at a stormtrooper then his buddy appears out of now where to blast you down. Another critique would be balancing. The problem comes from walker assault on Hoth. The empire has a clear advantage which originates from the structure of the game mode. Rebels have to capture these beacons to call an airstrike on the walkers. After the airstrike, the walkers can be weakened by attacks. Just destroying one walker takes forever therefore giving the rebels a huge disadvantage.

 Another thing that fans are looking forward to is the ability to play as characters like Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. It's a blast to become these characters and have control of their vast powers. It's also a huge thrill to see one of the iconic characters on the battlefield and choose to either take them down or run for your life. I just wish they could have handled it a little differently. You have to pick up a token thingy to become one of your favorite Star Wars heroes. I think it would be more rewarding and fair if you became these characters by accomplishing a set goal, such as killstreaks or objectives.

Everything above are small issues that can easily be fixed by the time the game is released. What follows is a list of things I am still unsure about; not just from the beta but the game in general.

1. No Space Battles: This was a huge success from Battlefront 2, so it's a big surprise and disappointment that we won't be able to see the heights this could go with current technology.

2. No Campaign: I understand just focusing on the multiplayer since that is the main aspect of the game, but I am a campaign enthusiast. They could have had someone else do the story mode or I would even be happy with co-op missions.

3. Nothing from the Prequels: The original trilogy is 100 times better then the newer movies, but they did have some cool characters (Darth Maul, General Grievous) and planets. I wish we could have experienced this through Battlefront 3... even if it means having to play as those stupid droids! Maybe Jar Jar could have been a hero character.

4. Missing original Battlefront style modes: Battlefront needs to be its own game, not battlefield with Star Wars characters(Battlefield Hardline anyone). They are doing a good job with this, maybe to good of a job. How many of you miss good old conquest mode? How many of you miss 64 v 64 matches(Battlefield 4)? How many of you miss getting into vehicles anytime you want( in Battlefront 3 you can enter vehicles by finding a token thingy). I enjoy all the new, interesting, and diverse modes since they are a blast to play, but they should keep some of those original Battlefront game modes. Not saying they won't, I haven't played the whole game after all.

 You may get the impression that I disliked the beta. On the contrary... I loved it! Everything I have been talking about would improve the game in my mind, but the game gets a few things right. It's fun and its Star Wars. Aren't those two things what people are looking for? EA has done something spectacular, which is dragging that inner Star Wars within all of us, and putting it on the screen for all to see.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Deadpool Movie Trailer

See how I timed that Deadpool review with the movie trailer! I'm good.......actually it was just a coincidence! Viewer discretion advised

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Big Changes Coming to Destiny (No more Dinklebot!)

The biggest news is that Dinklebot is no more! It's true Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) is getting completely thrown out of the game. Dinklage played the ghost, the robot that would follow you around, and open doors. He is getting replaced by video game voice actor legend, Nolan North. This isn't only for the Taken King DLC, but for the whole game. Nolan North re-recorded every dialogue in the game! The other news is that the leveling system is getting revamped. After you reached 20 leveling focused on armor, and items. Not anymore! Now it will be back to normal; that means you level up by killing things, and doing missions.You will get XP like this until you reach the max level of 40.

These are two very welcome changes to the game. Peter Dinlage's delivery was criticized by fans, so a replacement should make people happy. Nolan North is also one of the best in the business. The new way to level up will ease many frustrations, for leveling via armor caused confusion, and patience as you wait for the right loot drop.

Thanks to Gameinformer for the information 

Xbox at Gamescom 2

1. Attendees got to see a new Halo 5 map called coliseum. At the end the Halo 5 Guardians World Champions was announced and will start winter with millions in rewards.

2. Halo Wars 2 is coming to Xbox One and Windows 10

3. New Rise of the Tome Raider gameplay

4. Bloodstained presentation brings a new character and cross play with Xbox One and Windows 10. This is a new game coming from the Castlevania series producer. It will come out on Xbox One, Ps4,WiiU,Vita, and PC on March 2017

5. Forza Motorsport 6 trailer

6.  A trailer for Timbleweed Park . This is a point and click adventure game from Ron Gilbert, and Gary Winnick 

7. Cities Skyline will come first to Xbox One. This is a city management game.

Thanks to Gameinformer for their spot on coverage! 

Rainbow Six Siege at Gamescom

Xbox at Gamescom

1. Scalebound is an Xbox exclusive that features a dragon type creature named Thuban, and 4 player co-op. It releases summer of 2016

2. Quantum Break trailer reveals a release date of April 5th 2016 and the voice actors for the game.

3. Announcement of a free DVR service for TV. You can record something and play it back on any Windows 10 device.

4. Xbox chatpad announced. This is a little keyboard that can be placed on your Xbox One controller

5. Crackdown 3 first look

6. Backwards compatibility will be available in November, and all games with gold will also use this feature.

7. Killer Instincts season 3 is coming in March 2016

8. Cobalt is an action platforming from the developers: Mojang and Oxeye. 

9. Minecraft coming to windows 10, and the beta is available now. 

10. Homefront: The Revolution showed off a new trailer and announced that Xbox One will be getting a beta this winter

11. Xbox Game Preview was announced at E3. At Gamescom the first two games available for the program were shown We Happy Few and Ark: Survival Evolved. This means that these games can be played before they are released.

12. New Dark Souls 3 trailer 

13. If you buy Just Cause 3 on Xbox One you get a backwards compatible version of Just Cause 2

There is so much Xbox One news that I'm getting tired, and will continue to show more in a later post!

Thanks to Gameinformer for their spot on coverage!

Mad Max at Gamescom

1. New Mad Max trailer! It will be released September 1st for Ps4, Xbox 1, and PC

Friday, July 31, 2015

Old Game Review 2 Deadpool- This Is Not Your Normal Review!

Deadpool, just like the character himself is a game you don't take seriously. If you buy this expecting a Last of Us level plot then you will be disappointing. You have to understand that this game is meant to be a joke to fully enjoy it. So here is everything about this game: you go around shooting and stabbing people while listening to stupid yet funny jokes. That's all this game is, there is nothing much to it. When I say stupid jokes, I really mean stupid. Just take a look for yourself:

See, what your getting yourselves into! Now lets explore all the bad things about this game:
It's very repetitive, graphics are not that good, and gunplay is awkward. The only good thing about this game is Nolen North's voice acting who is able to make three different voices for the same character. Now I have listed 3 cons and 1 pro. That 1 pro being voice acting! You may think that merits a 2.0 out of 10! But there is a something here that makes me like this game, and I can't put my finger on it. It's not a 9.9 out of 10 type of like, for sure, but it's something. Maybe I'm not giving this game a 2 because I understand what it's supposed to be. It's supposed to be Deadpool making a game. If you know Deadpool that game will be something very very odd. If your asking for a game made by Deadpool then this game is perfect for you, because they got his character as accurate as can be. You will enjoy this game if you know that Deadpool made it! That way you know what type of shenanigans are coming. Now I'm going to take a note from Conan: If a 9.9 is Wolverine and a 2 is squirrel girl, and you rate this game based of off Under the Dome then this game gets a score of a Barbie added with creepy alien thing Christine added to a drunk Big Jim and Julia then this game gets a Monarch Butterfly out of 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'll leave with this note: This game is not worth $60 and I give it a 4.0 or maybe a 6.0, wait that may be to high a 5.5. I don't know! What about a 5.925678678983 out of 10. That sounds kind of good.

This is ridiculous, maybe I've been playing to much Deadpool!