Crossout Review

cross out

Up until now I have been trying to keep my reviews mostly positive but this time i can not do that. It is moderately fun and pretty simple to start. But the controls are pretty bad, using the same analog stick to not only accelerate but to steer and it simply does not work for this game. Another issue is while the game looks pretty good it is far from impressive which normally isn’t a problem, you will have to either spend a lot of time or  lot of money to dig into the impressive amount of customization. There are hundred of items to upgrade and even build your own combat vehicle which sounds amazing, except that people won’t likely ever see or use. After about 10 hours i still haven’t much done anything to improve my very basic truck and guns. This is luckily a free game so there is no harm in trying it, but everyone deserves the warning that unless you feel the need to spend real money or plenty of time on it you won’t see most of the game. As always thanks for joining me and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Take Two kills GTA mod

GTA COVER

Now for those that are not a PC gamer or simply don’t keep up on news, recently Take-Two has decided to put an end to what is basically a mod that allows for modding of the grand theft auto game, you can learn more here.

I have pretty mixed feelings about this personally even tho it doesn’t have anything to do with me as a console gamer. On one hand i feel like its their property, if they do not want you messing with it that is on them and it’s their right as the owner. Then I start to finish the thought, while all of that is true they did for years allow the modding community to flourish. To suddenly decide they no longer wanted to allow that they have effectively slapped an entire section of their fan base across the face. I don’t know what goes into making a mod, but i imagine it no different from making a video game on any RPG maker or even writing a blog, both of which can take hundreds of hour. That is no small amount of time or dedication, and while games like Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption will sell regardless but I have to wonder if they aren’t playing a very dangerous games with their PC sales. I suppose we shall see, as always thank you for joining me, and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Pokemon Sun and Moon review

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Pokemon Sun and Moon, the newest installment of the ever lasting hunt to catch them all. I am pretty partial to the series, I’ve played them all since the release of Red and Blue and have enjoyed them all with varying degrees of excitement. I picked up moon shortly after launch and while the graphics are nice as always and the fun of catching new creatures and having what amounts to virtual dog fights with other people never gets old the game quickly felt unfinished. As you progress through a much more story driven adventure than normal, which I loved , you come across a Pokemon Snap style mini game where you are given a camera to take pictures that seems like an add on gimmick instead of a full fledged part of the game. You will also notice gyms have been completely removed and replaced with island challenges that largely feel pointless and just get in the way of story progression. I really think there is room for both the challenges and gyms in the game. The quick and easy training system is also gone and is sorely missed. its still there n a fashion but it also does not feel the same.

Points to the good however is it possible to catch the majority of Pokemon from the series  and many of the gym leaders show up in post story play s do Red and Blue from the original game. It is a good game that I’d still recommend picking up, it just feel less like a Pokemon game to me than id like tho many will appreciate the changes. As always thanks for joining me, and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Violence in video games.

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Lets be honest for a minute. Violence in games exist, has always existed and will always exist. It has also evolved since the days of the original Mortal Kombat where the “blood” looked like someone spraying a can of paint into the air. I remember my parents giving me a big old hell no to buying it. Of course one faithful day the kid down the street got it, my mom agreed to watch us play a few rounds ad decide. So he comes over, explains the blood code and pops it in then proceeds to kick the crap out of me and rip my Scorpions head off with Sub-Zero. To which my mom laughs and since it was time for a new game anyway buys it for us a few day days later.

Violence comes in many gaming forms however, like the much blamed for stupid peoples actions Grand Theft Auto, of which i have owned pretty much all of.

GTA

It has also come a long way from top down killing sprees to banging hookers in the front seat , which in real life never goes so smooth. This series however was the bane of my existence in my time at game top since at least a few times a month i had to explain to some unknowing and lied to parent you indeed were not the cops fighting crime and you could indeed murder the hookers to get your money back, which i imagine is also not so easy in real life.

There is also the good old fashioned lets shoot everyone war games like the 2nd most blamed for everything game, call of duty.

COD

As you may be seeing a pattern, i owned this to, and in case you live under a rock its pretty much a war simulator where people with guns shoot other people with guns and occasionally decide to drop a damn nuke on your head when they are winning by around 80 points just to be a special kind of asshole.

Mario is a different kind of violence, and yes since I am indeed  human, i played this to.

Mario 1

Look we all know the drill, you take a plumber and jump on turtles heads. Tho weirdly I have never in my life heard someone blame the game for crushing the family pet while wearing some work boots. Moving on.

This last piece of violence has ended friendships and marriages probably and is probably the only violence in gaming that deserves the bad rep it gets..Yea you nerds know whats coming.

Mario Kart

Excuse my language for a moment..fuck this blue shell and the prick that came up with it, may he forever be bare foot and surrounded by legos. For those that haven’t had the pleasure of this eternal torment, basically some person loosing the race gets this and tosses, usually t the last minute,  it enters hyper drive and hits the person in first place pretty much stunning them for a few seconds that see like an eternity until they end up somewhere around 6th place while the person that threw it is still losing but laughing like a lunatic.

All that leads me to this, you will hear a ton of terms like ” desensitize” about how violence in video games creates serial killers or some such stuff. the vast majority of us however have both played these games and grew up in a time where you can actually watch a real war on the 6 o’clock news. These things do not create violence, people with mental disorders do. As always thanks for joining me, and may the gaming god bring you glory.

Dragon Quest 8 review 3Ds

Dragon Quest 8

Ok guys and gals, the review today will be short, it is Friday and i am admittedly a but hung over, so please show some mercy on the mistakes.

Most of you already know I am sure that this is a remaster/remake of the PS2 version. there have been some graphical and story updates as well as some music and voice changes.

All that being said if you are at all into the JRPG genre of gaming this one is really a must buy. The story is relatively simple, generic character that doesn’t speak sets out to save the world from evil sorcerer. Now that is an overly simplified version admittedly but i assume around now most of you have stopped reading. There is of course your friend Yangus an ex bandit that helps you because you saved his life, and jumbo jugs, i mean Jessica, that joins you to avenge her murdered brother and Angelo, basically a womanizing Templar with a mild drinking problem. New t the 3ds version tho is 2 characters you could not recruit  in the original, Red and Morrie. Now admittedly i have not done so but i eventually will.   So that’s it for now, everyone have a great night and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Square Enix E3

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Square Enix for me was very underwhelming and uninteresting, I actually shut the damn thing off after about 4 hours on day one. That being said there is plenty to talk about, so lets get started.

First is the PlayStation 4 Final Fantasy Dissidia  NT, a 3 on 3 fighting game using characters from the Final Fantasy series as  whole. At E3 many battles were fought, one of which saw Cloud, Squall and Zidane fight on one team using an assortment of skills and moves that can be switched in and out before battles. While graphically impressive, the battles are about 5 minutes long and seemed rather simplistic and not in a good way.

This next one leaves much to be desired for me as i see it as one of the Worst numbered games in the series, Final Fantasy 12 The Zodiac Age. And yes that name is long as hell , for me the characters were always bland and Vaan may be the worst hero in Final Fantasy history, and from what I have seen and read they haven’t done much to change that.

Next up, Final Fantasy 14 Stormblood. now i have to say i know nothing about the game or any of its add-ons. That being said it looks nice and it does exist. Another game I don’t know much about beyond it seems like a Final Fantasy 15 inspired fishing game is titles Monsters Of The Deep: Final Fantasy 15.

Last but not least is the much anticipated Life is Strange: Before The Storm. Aside from being Episodic and free this month on playstation plus and sitting on my harddrive waiting to be played i do not know much about this one either aside from it is coming. I know horrible research, but really i’m using this to really accentuate the fact that Square Enix was in my humble opinion the absolute worst part of an otherwise solid E3 this year. Maybe if we get some info on the Final Fantasy 7 remake or They announce some sort of 30th anniversary collection for Final Fantasy you are better off just reading a quick recap. With that being said, thanks for joining me and as always, may the gaming gods bring you glory.

 

Far Cry 5

7mKjKAh7E4gcwa3GpQv9MZ-320-80  Once again a Far Cry game seems to have some controversy surrounding it. Far Cry 3 pissed a lot of people off simply because it was a rich white guy in a seemingly African nation shooting black people playing hero. Which hey i understand the sentiment but its a video game. Chill. Far Cry 5 takes place in America, North Montana to be more specific.

The general plot as we know so far is a bat shit crazy Christian cult is basically murdering people and forcibly converting people. For the first time you play a created character that must save the day. Seems like pretty standard game stuff. Good people fight bad people and away we go.

Now here is where the controversy comes in. Many people are now claiming its an attack an Christianity and making white people look evil and some are asking where all the black and Hispanic people are. Well if you care to look up census data and read through it (it sucks) you will see that about 90% of North Montana is white people. Just like when it was pretty much all black people in a nation modeled after Africa. Its called building a believable world.

The biggest flaw to the claim this game is attacking white people and Christians is i personally don’t know any Christians that behave that way. I will even go further and say i don’t know any Americans that act that way, not personally at least tho I’m sure a few exist. At the and of the day if you see this game as an attack on you and your race or religion the problem is not the game, the problem is with you. People in society shouldn’t act the way the people in this game do and the only reason to be offended is either you do behave this way or you want to behave this way, and that is simply wrong either way.

At the end of the day the gaming gods love us all, and we should endeavor to love each other or at least not be a pain in the ass. So as always, thanks for joining me, and may the gaming gods bring you glory.