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 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.
By now most people that are going to play Bloodborne have done so,so this review is less about convincing people to play and more about the fact that i simply love the game. Put simply its Dark Souls with slightly different play style and story, both are even made by the same people.
The visuals are great and have a run down Victorian vibe to them and are all around dark and dreary which work well for the game itself. Combat is fast paced and mistakes are generally severely punished as would be expected from a soulsborne style game. Various weapons with vastly different play styles are also present, from quick cane and whip style weapons to massive broadsword type weapons. defensively there is only one shield unlike its predecessor Dark Souls and Demon Souls,and admittedly as far as i can tell its pretty much worthless. Instead, and it sounds weird, your defensive weapons are a selection of gun. Timing a shot right will stun or stop most enemies attacks and leave them open for a visceral attack that it will help you immensely to at least become competent with using.
When it comes to difficulty Dark Souls has a reputation as being some of the hardest ( and earlier iterations broken ) games out there, and Bloodborne is no exception. The 2nd boss in the game, which is also the first required boss has made many people put the game down and never pick it back up. I personally know a guy that it took at least a month to beat, and others I have known did it on their first attempt. I wont say its easier or harder than dark souls 2 or 3, but I will say there is still debate over it. I’ve included some more screen shots below, and until next time happy hunting, and may the gaming gods bring you glory.
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.
Elite Dangerous has been out for years on PC and Xbox One and is finally coming to PlayStation 4. Now many of you probably never heard of this, and that doesn’t surprise me, only reason i know of it is a friend told me about it. How did he hear about it? You guessed it, someone told him about it. Now i am not going to lie to you, this game is one hell of a grind. The tutorial can take legitimately hours to to do just enough to have a solid foundation to play the game. Now that sounds like a lot, but when you look at what the game is it is unavoidable. It is a MASSIVE space simulator, an ever changing economy, wars between multiple factions and a 1:1 galaxy to explore. Yes that is right, there are billions of stars and planets to visit once you get the hang of the learning curve where you can see beautiful views such as the ones below
Now don’t let these views fool you, the world is as dangerous as it is gorgeous, not just NPC pirates, other players can and will attack you to steal your cargo and if you have a wanted tag on you its basically one huge bulls eye on your back. That being said the galaxy is so immense you may never see other players, in my 25 hours with the game I have only seen 3, one of which was my friend showing off his far more advanced ship. There are also player groups within the game that basically started themselves. One that damn near seems like a secret society do nothing more than Explore the galaxy investigating rumors of alien artifact and wreckage, which you are free to do on your own. A different group known as the fuel rats are probably the heroes for the explorer. Run out of gas, get in touch with the fuel rats and they will bring you some fuel. I’ve never needed them but I am told they have a website that you can visit and request help.
The Elite Dangerous community is at time very hard to approach for new people on PC, at least that is the rumor, however on Xbox I have never had an issue with griefers or people just being a pain i the ass. There are some things you have to be warned about, and i do not mean to scare you off. I have already reserved my copy of the game and will be starting all over again on PS4 when it launches June 27th.
So here is the cold hard truth, this game requires a large time commitment to truly enjoy. Between the tutorials and getting the hang of things easily the first 20 hours is training just to upgrade your ship a bit and learn to stop crashing while trying to land. Jumping from system to system us easy, but traveling in the system to planets and take some practice and patience. Upgrading your ship from the standard sidewinder to something with greater traveling ability, combat skill, mining ability or whatever else it is you want will takes hours, and that’s just to get a decent ship, the higher tier ships can take closer to 100 hours and many even longer. This is not a game for people that want a quick to play game. You can play it for an hour here and there, absolutely, but there is no quick route to new ships or locations.
With all that being said I do think it is one of the more ambitious titles in recent memory, that any sci fi fan should at least check out on Youtube. I highly recommend either Scott Manley or Obsideon Ant, both of which i will link video for at the bottom. As always, thanks for joining me, and may the gaming gods bring you glory.
Look, i don’t much know what to say about Nintendo. They came out swinging from the word go. New Kirby game in 2018 that appears to offer plenty of multiplayer fun as well as a new Yoshi’s woolly world which honestly looks amazing. Another huge game offered up with no details beyond its being developed is for the first time there with be a core rpg version of Pokemon will indeed be on the switch, however with nothing to really show with it i think its safe to assume that it is at least a year maybe closer to 2 years away. Now this next statement is 100% opinion and i have ZERO evidence for this, so don’t go spreading this around as fact. It would not surprise me to see some sort of Pokemon go type mechanic to it where if you are far enough away from the docking port new stuff shows up, but again that’s just something I am personally expecting and would like to see,
Another very good-looking game they showed off is Xenoblade Chronicles 2 that will be releasing this holiday season as well as Fire Emblem Warriors, another classic Nintendo series many will be excited to see on the switch.
Now as you may have guessed, or been wondering about that huge number 4 up top, a surprise that probably 10 years in the waiting, Metroid Prime 4 is confirmed to be coming to the Nintendo Switch, while there is no official release date for it you can be sure it will be a huge deal when we finally get one. We also know why Nintendo got so pissed over the fan made Metroid game a little while back, turns out Metroid: Samous Returns will be launching September 15th of 2017 which was one of a few surprises after their event ended.
To no surprise at all, new Breath Of The Wild content will also be released, a sort f last man standing mode that eventually will get you an indestructible Master Sword, which I am sure players will love, tho there will be more content beyond that.
Other news included Splatoon 2 coming to switch in July as well as Rocket League this holiday season that will cross play with Steam and Xbox One tho Sony is still hesitant to join which to me is understandable. While id LOVE to play cross-platform (tho i own an xbox anyway) it doesn’t really benefit Sony to join something they started years ago that companies avoided.
Now last but certainly not least was…well let the Trailer speak for itself below.
Yup, that is the new Mario game and I have to be honest, it looks rather weird but at the same time i want to play it. Mario in the real world just seems off to me, but hey I am willing to give it a try. So until next time thanks for reading, and may the gaming gods bring you glory.
So after spending, some time with the demo i have to say my mind is changed on this one. I didn’t much care one way or the other about this game. Don’t get me wrong, I love Marvel, and i enjoyed Mega man as a kid and love me some Resident Evil, I am just not a fan of fighting games.
First lets get this out of the way, the game looks beautiful on my Ps4 pro running on a 4k T.V. This however is no surprise as both items are designed to do this. i didn’t notice any frame rate dips even when there were explosions and characters everywhere. the explosions looked and sounded amazing as well.
This brings us to the playable characters themselves, and the number you play as in the demo is nice and includes the likes of Mega Man, Thor, Captain America, Rocket Raccoon, Chris Redfield and quite a few others. All of them were smooth and easy to control and feel different enough to make it worth switching between them in the 2 on 2 battles. It i also super easy to pick up and play but it is far from easy to master. My first fight or 2 was basically me smashing button and switching between Mega Man and Captain America, but by the time i was using Thor and Rocket Raccoon i was intentionally using special moves and countering attacks. Now i will openly admit most of you will beat me at basically any fighting game, but there this one is absolutely designed to be played by noobs and seasoned vets alike and very much think we will see a ton of competitive play on this one. So as always thanks for reading, and may the gaming gods bring you glory.
Yesterday as another pretty big day from E3 with plenty to talk about. I obviously won’t be covering it all, for example as we speak the Marvel vs Capcom 3 demo is downloading on my PlayStation 4, which i will talk about more in coming days.
For better or worse one of the big talking points is publisher Devolver, not because of anything they showed but because their hour was largely one long joke at the expense of E3 itself, which while a complete dick move, was well done and hey they did pay their money. My personal opinion is i wouldn’t have them back next year, but their Twitter is hilarious.
Now we should probably get into the meat and bones of all this, which is my way of saying skull and bones looks phenomenal. Now for those that didn’t see the big reveal this is somewhat of a spiritual spin off of Assassins Creed Black Flag, they even mention it during the reveal itself. a Massive pirate simulator may be the best way to describe it. The trailer showed 3 different ships with 3 different roles in the game itself. After a long battle pirate hunters showed up that didn’t even seem possible to defeat and the pirates retreated. My only fear i that this beautiful and seemingly massive game will end up like For honor,and be one of the best games most people don’t care about.
Another game that needs nothing said about it is Far Cry 5. This i wont go into to much detail about, not that it doesn’t look great or have an amazing concept because it does indeed have all of that. However, there is a ton of controversy surrounding it and very much plan to discuss the game and my opinions of the game in a future post.
Possibly the most interesting choice in game design, and obviously an exclusive to the Nintendo Switch is Mario+Rabbids. The basic idea is that somehow the rabbid end up in the mushroom kingdom with their usual comedic selves. Obliviously the bad Rabbids join the koop troops and what follows is just so awkward i did not know i wanted it until i saw it. This game is essentially a tactical RPG similar to Final Fantasy or X-Com. The reveal showed destructible environments in the battlefield as well a an assortment of skills and controllable characters That vary from Mario and Peach to Rabbids dressed like..well Mario and Peach. Now i know this sounds all kinds of wrong, but it actually seems to work.
Now last but not least (i will be posting more throughout the week) is probably the biggest announcement from Ubisoft, which i will provide a video for below.
Now i do have one more thing to thing to add, there is a limited edition version of this game that comes with all sorts of things. There will be 999 copies available, with from what I’ve heard only 200 available for North America and it will cost a massive $800. That being said i don’t doubt much of it will be worth some serious money some day.
With that being said there is still a TON of stuff i don’t have time to discuss right now, For example Monster Hunter worlds, God Of War 4 and The remake (or maybe remaster?) of Shadow of Colossus. so until next time, thanks for reading, and may the gaming gods bring you victory.
As we all know E3 is in full swing, and all gamers have something to say. Now obviously i wont be touching on everything from E3 because hey i’m only one man. There is a bit to cover so we should probably get started, and by all means call me an asshole at the bottom if need be.
Lets get EA out of the way early, Madden 18 will be getting a story mode. I’ve never been fan of the story modes in sports games,however i am obviously in the minority here. There doesn’t seem to be a ton of details out there, but basically you are a former 5 star high school football player trying to get back in the game, which i assume is why its called long shot.
Now lets be honest, star wars battlefront 1 was a HUGE disappointment, so many people are rightfully skeptical of battlefront 2. One thing they both have in common is graphically they both look absolutely amazing. The new one seems to have far more content, the trailer showcases both Jedi and Sith heroes from various eras. Darth Maul and Yoda both make an appearance as well as Rey and Kylo Ren. There also seems to be far more weapon variety as well as vehicles and space battles. It definitely appears they have learned from their mistakes.
A major thing with very little info from Microsoft, backwards compatibility for the Xbox one for original Xbox games. How well this goes will depend on the games they release and personally I’m hoping for knights of the old republic one and two but hey i guess we will see.
Now full disclosure, I am a PlayStation guy. That being said i do own and enjoy my Xbox one. Probably the biggest news from Microsoft is the X box one x,( formerly the Scorpio) which by the way the initials spell out X box, Now has a launch date and a price point. The real question here is do you feel the most powerful console ever created worth $499? For me that is a definite no. Feel free to buy me one guys, but i will not be buying it without a substantial price drop.
Not a lot of info is available for this next one, just some people in mech suits flying around and killing stuff in what appears to be one of the most beautiful worlds to exist. Thats right people, Anthem looks that good graphically.
This brings me to Bethesda. I have a soft spot for the people that bring me both Fallout and Elder Scrolls. While the Elder Scrolls will be coming to IOS,Steam and Android and both series will be getting VR support. It is also worth mentioning that Bethesda will continue to milk Skyrim on the Nintendo Switch. We also will be receiving a Dishonored spin off, which i have mixed emotions on. The first one had its flaws but was fun, and i never played 2 at all. That being said the idea of of hunting down the outsider should be fun.
Now we are getting closer to my favorite part of E3, but first one last thing to mention. We re getting a new Wolfenstein. This series is over 30 years old and while it hasn’t always been great it seems to have found its sweet spot. Every game from E3 looks good graphically impressive, but Wolfenstein also seems to have delivered a compelling story about a revolution and killing a bunch of Nazi douchbags.
Now my favorite, and the one game mentioned here to get a video linked, mostly because that would have been a ton of videos. So without further delay, check out my favorite game so far from E3. the sequel to one of the more original game I have played in recent years.
This is my first review, and i am going to make this simple. I will give you the typical 1-10 , 1 being basically unplayable, 10 being damn near perfect and 5 as average.
This game is basically what you would expect. Its the creepy tale of Ethan attempting to save is wife Mia that went missing a few years before. Right from the very beginning all hell breaks out, and without to many spoilers its not long before heads are popping and limbs are lost.
Speaking of not long, the game is short, as in a trophy exist for beating it in under 4 hours. With that being said you would be doing yourself a huge disservice by holding that against it. Sure it will only take about 10 hours to finish but those hours will be well spent.
The game however is not perfect, many of the enemies are bullet sponges even for a resident evil game. Most of the enemies do not respawn but later enemies seem to do so randomly which is rather annoying more than anything.
When all is said and done, the game is worth playing for anyone that loves the horror genre or that enjoys puzzles of which there are many. A solid 7 of 10 that i have zero regrets in buying.