Last thoughts on E3

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I’ve been thinking about what was revealed at E3 last week, the good, the bad, the great, the things that made us go hmm.. (puppets)  and It’s led me to this decision.  Video games are art, they’re entertainment, and they’re here to stay.

Let me start by showcasing my favorite reveals from E3.

Cuphead on Xbox One’s ID@XBOX
When it comes to the argument of video games being art,  There were a few games at E3 we can now point to  and have validation in that argument.  Cuphead is one of the games.  You play as Cuphead a cartoon character who much like Micky Mouse’s Steam Boat Willy is a cartoon come to life,  and it’s one of my favorite games of E3.  
ReCore on Xbox One
ReCore was a breath of fresh air during an E3 that was full of reboots, sequels, and retro games.  It’s actually great to see Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune’s creative influence set free from Capcom,  If you listen to our podcast you know my thought’s on Capcom lately.  But just to see him creating new games and properties is great to see, and this game looks fantastic.  It’ll be neat to see how each robot can be changed with each core, and how the environment changes with each storm.
The Last Guardian on Playstation 4
Another case can be made as a video game as a work of art,  This game was announced at E3 in 2009 for the PS3, it was all but forgotten by Sony.  This was one of the reasons I purchased a PS3, the game never came, however Sony says that the game was so graphically intense that they needed to push it to the PS4, Will I get a PS4 for this game,  I may eventually but with the other line up that Sony had it’s making me want a PS4 
Horizon Zero Dawn
Another strong candidate for Sony,  The only thing with Sony’s press conference was that most of the games that were announced have a release date in 2016, Which is great for people who don’t own a PS4 yet because we get to wait and not miss many new games that are made by Sony.  Horizon is one of the games that has that quality that makes me want a PS4, much like The Last of us was a clincher for me buying a PS3.  Giant robotic dinos and animals being hunted by bow and arrow in a stealth game sounds great and looks amazing by the early look we got at E3.  
Mario Maker on the Wii U
Mario Maker is something I’ve always dreamed of doing since I was a kid,  In fact, I always would draw levels like the creators of Mario used to do when the planned a level out.  I did it with Mario, Mega Man, Donkey Kong you name it.  I don’t own a Wii U, but this game makes me really want one.  I do have a 3ds, so I might just bide my time and see if they announce anything for it instead.  But with no Zelda on Wii U it makes me question if it’s worth buying a Nintendo system.   This game was definitely a bright spot for Nintendo along with Star Fox and Yoshi’s Wooly World.  Since they announced the new system would be coming out, I’m not sure it’s the right time to jump into a Nintendo Console.  
With all the games that were announced at E3 these were my favorites.  There were way too many to mention all of them, but I was slightly disappointed in the lack of Red Dead Redemption.  Maybe Rockstar will see that Red Dead lead the way as far as what gamers wanted to be backwards compatible on Xbox One,  Maybe it’s time for a new Red Dead game.  Maybe next year… Maybe later this year some news will come… Till then I’m going to happily play what games I have and what’s coming down the pike this year.  

Microsoft E3 Press Conference Roundup

This is Brother Sorg and I will be bringing you Highlights of announcements and details from Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference.

Halo 5 Guardians

343 started off showing a new Campaign trailer for the new Halo as well as showing off some gameplay. You can watch the whole thing here.

Also announced was the Warzone Multiplayer mode that will have 25 player co-op.

Halo 5 Guardians is set to release on 10.27.2015

 

Xbox 360 compatability

Microsoft announce that they will be adding backwards compatability with select Xbox 360 games, ass well as adding several to the XBox one store at no additional cost. The new feature will roll out this Holiday

 

Xbox Elite Controller

They also announce a new pro controller that will have More Precision and More Buttons and swappable components.

 

Fallout 4

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After a recap of Betheseda’s demo from yesterday, they announced that Xbox will be getting an exclusive feature. They said that mods made for the PC version will be able to be used on the XBox One. A first for Microsoft Consoles. Also announced was the Inclusion of a token to get Fallout 3 with the purchase of the new game on 11.10.2015.

 

EA

EA started with EA Access, mentioning that the service will be getting several games coming to the service ahead of release, such as Madden 16. Also announced coming to the service was Titan Fall, coming this week, and Dragon Age Inquisition in the near future. There will also be an exclusive free week this week, exclusively on Xbox One.

 

 

Tom Clancy

A new trailer was shown for The Devision announcing an exclusive beta on Xbox One.

Rainbow 6 Siege was also shown off and announced Vegas and Vegas 2 will be added to Backwards compatability upon Siege’s release, coming free with the game on 10.16.2015

 

ID@Xbox

They showed off a few games in the ID@Xbox program.

-Tacoma

-Ashen

-Beyond Eyes

-Cuphead

Also announced with the games was Xbox Game Preview, Microsofts version of Early Access announcing Sheltered, The Long Dark, Elite: Dangerous, Day Z as well as the newly announced Ion. These will be available later today.

 

 

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Crystal Dynamics Showed off Gameplay of the new Tomb Raider, showing Lara climbing some snowy mountains with a friend, ending with a new trailer. The game will release 11.10.2015

 

Rare

Rare first announced that they will be releasing Rare Replay, containing 30 classics from the developer starting all the way back with Pro AM Racer. It will release 8.5.2015

Also announced was Rare’s new Ip. An open world multiplayer game called Sea of Thieves.

 

VR

Microsoft announced Partnerships with both ValveVR as well as OculusrRift, providing their XBox One Controller. They also moved on to show off HoloLense, playing non other than Minecraft. You can either play normally, watching gameplay from a window, or take a table and bring up a piece of the world. Amazing stuff

 

Gears of War

Coalition first announced Gears of War Ultimate Edition, the remake of the original for the new hardware. It will be relased 8.25.2015

The developer also showed off their new game, Gears 4, giving us gameplay in the brand new Unreal Engine 4.

 

I think Microsoft has a strong lineup to end the year now, and with the inclusion of backwards compatibility, they just grew their library for their newest system exponentially.

 

Also shown during the press conference:

Recore

Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2

Forza Motorsport 6

Dark Souls III

Gigantic

Ion

Fable Legends

Destiny Review: FINALLY!

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You know, before the BETA came out a month or two ago, I didn’t have any inkling on playing this game. I sat here and thought to myself that this was going to be a waste of money and that Peter Dinklage was the only redeeming quality to playing this “very expensive piece of garbage”.

The beta was free for the public at that time and, you know me, I sure do enjoy a free game once in a while, and that test changed the way that I thought about this game. It had all the things that I wanted in a video game and more. So much so I went out and downloaded the game DAY ONE in order to play this game that I was totally proven wrong on, after having ZERO interest in the game from the beginning.

However, going into this game with the knowledge of playing the first few sections in the beta I had to make sure that all of my thoughts and hopes and dreams and reviews on the beta were going to be in this game and, yes, the story itself is generic but if we’re going by story, here, LA Noire should have won all of the awards (Academy Awards) but it didn’t, because that game had a great story but it fell short in the gameplay.

Destiny is a piece of visual nirvana, no matter what console you are using. That’s the only way I can put it. It’s beautiful. There are times where my character just sits down on the edge of the Tower and look out into the skyline. I didn’t really play anything for the first…hour after doing the first mission. Call it ADD but I like the shiny colors of Destiny.

As stated in my beta, the only downside that I had about this game is that every time I go to a different side of the map (no matter what planet I am on) they always, ALWAYS, start you off right in the same spot each time. That’s the only thing. I didn’t care for the comments on being “the same missions over and over again” because, honestly, that’s a stupid term to use. MMO’s have the same missions over and over again. Video games overlap multiple times during the game. Saying that you don’t like Destiny because they do the same missions is just being stupid because EVERY GAME YOU HAVE EVER PLAYED OVERLAPS! GTA? Assassin’s Creed? All have similar missions.

Overall, there’s still a few kinks left in the land of Destiny to be pounded out before I give this a 5 out of 5. There are some bugs that are still present but the good outweigh the bad and I can not wait to see how far Bungie goes with their new IP.

I’d give it a solid 4, with the opportunity to gain that extra point for the different stuff that we have left to prove to The Darkness.

Give Destiny a try? What are your thoughts on the game? Leave it in the comments below.

Is It September Yet? Destiny

As talked about last night on Boss Battle, Chachi and I both went on quite the amazing journey this weekend. Destiny released the beta of their game just so that they could see how well the servers did for a big load. I know that I was very skeptical about Destiny, with all of the news stories coming from it (big money being spent and certain voice actors not doing a good job explaining moon wizards). The only thing that it had going for it was that the beta was free so…what could possibly go wrong?

GOOD:

Graphics: Damn! Where do I begin with this? For something that is only a Beta,Destiny already looks astonishing. Everything is in full detail, EVERYTHING. There’s nothing that Bungie has to do to make this game look even better, but knowing Bungie they will try to make it even better in two months. Just take a look at these pics, tell me what you think. Oh wait! I know what you will think. “HOLY CRAP! LOOK AT THOSE GRAPHICS!”

Character Selection: Normally when the only thing that you get to choose and edit is the face of your character, it sucks. However, in Destiny you are going to have a fun time just by doing this simple task. There are three classes in Destiny to choose from: Human, which is what you think humans to look like. Awoken, is like an Avatar-like blueish-gray person. But I believe if you looked at the entire group of Beta, you would actually find out that most of the people who played the beta will probably choose the Exo class. Why? BECAUSE YOU GET TO BE A ROBOT! There are more selections inside those three choices that make your selection YOUR selection. Just by doing the head and choosing Titan, Warlock and Hunter, it helps make you express yourself and it will be highly unlikely to find the exact same character.

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Fun: Fifteen minutes in this beta, something that was going to be closed Sunday night, I didn’t do any missions. None. I was going to. I really was. However, when you tell me there is a button for me to press to have a constant dance party with whomever is around me, I am going to go out there and say that pressing the right button, going away from my game console, coming back only to find out that I’m still dancing and gained two on lookers in the hub is something I can get behind.


 

BAD:

Peter Dinklage: As much as I want to get behind The Dink (who is one of the better actors in the world), I just can’t understand one thing: during the game, Dinklage was a emotionless AI that follows you around, I can understand that. However, changing the way he talks during the game is kind of awkward, as he does get emotional during the boss battle yelling “IT’S COMING THROUGH THE WALL!” before going back to being emotionless is just awkward. AIs are either like EDi in Mass Effect or Wheatley in Portal 2, I don’t think mixing the two would work and it looks like Peter was trying to find his niche in the AI world.

Multiplayer: I like the fact that this is a multiplayer in the sense of something like Borderlands, I like that you can either play single player or grab some friends and play multiplayer. The only thing that I have a problem with is if I want to play as a single player, I want to play single player. Seeing other players around me is kind of nerve racking. Not to mention that if you are by the start of the game and there are enemies around, those enemies will indeed regenerate and THAT is annoying.

Simplicity: This one could just be me but when I chose a new location to start a mission in and they plop me down at the same exact spot I just left at. It had me thinking back and forth about if I did do this mission or not. I know this is just the Beta but it’s the same exact level. I’ve seen that reservoir before, those hideouts are the same hideouts and in the same spot, I have to go up the same ramp and into the same dark corridors, it’s the same level…but suppose to be different.

Overall, you should at least try and play this game. The pros totally outweigh the cons and it’s going to be an awesome September…even though NOW we have to just…wait…for the full game. Now what?

Boss Battle 94: Ticket Blasted

Boss Battle 94: Ticket BlastedThis week on Boss Battle, we have our the cast of  Bobby (@bobbyfjtown), Chachi (@chachisays), and Mike Sorg (@sorgatron).  On this weeks show:

  • We discuss our gaming achievements from the past week.
  • In Across The Net…net…net…net…net: Chachi talks about a gaming hemorrhage, Street Fighter/Pete Holmes and a Mario Bros. rap.
  • We talk about news items like Battlefield: Hardline having cops and robbers, Lego Batman 3 being in space and The Order 1886 is delaying until 2015.
  • We discuss Rizz’s article on Chuck E. Cheese’s ticket blaster with Oculus Rift.
  • We talk about Nintendo sharing ad revenue with Youtubers.
  • In our Final Round discussion, we talk about our expectations for Microsoft at E3.

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Boss Battle 93: My Dad Killed a Bear With It.

TFirst Gen XBoxhis week on Boss Battle, we have our the cast of  Bobby (@bobbyfjtown), Chachi (@chachisays), Rizz (@theerizz) and Mike Sorg (@sorgatron).  On this weeks show:

  • We discuss our gaming achievements from the past week.
  • In Across The Net…net…net…net…net: Chachi talks about a realistic Yoshi, a realistic gaming trailer to Star Fox and an unrealistic Kim Jong Un!
  • We talk about some of the news and happenings at E3.
  • Is Candy Crush crushing Grand Theft Auto?
  • A Rizz Rant: On Flappy Bird
  • Upcoming releases like: A Night Trap rerelease? Halo 5 and Farcry 4.
  • In our Final Round discussion, we talk about if Youtube buying Twitch will effect us in any way.

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Titanfall Review: Get Ready, It’s About to Get Heavy

You know this was coming, right? You knew that one of us was going to pick up the new game for the Xbox 360. What you probably didn’t know is how well this game looks.

The fact is this game is, like I said HERE last week on Boss Battle, this game is if you take the best things about the best Call of Duty game and just add water, in this case…mechs. It’s an all out war between two factions and it’s up to you to protect it.

Damn right, I just said that.

When I’m talking about the “best part”, I’m also talking about you’re paying $60 dollars for a straight up multiplayer experience. There are no single-player missions, there are no weird “you killed my father, no wait you ARE my father” type storylines, it’s just multiplayer all day every day. Which, let’s face it, is the only reason people have played games like Call of Duty in the past. I can’t tell you what half of the single player missions, but I know Domination, Team Deathmatch and all of the other match types in multiplayers and, yes, I paid $60 for that on release, as well.

The gameplay is quite simple and it’s easy to pick up and play. It’s like any other multi-player FPS, it goes through a good bit of training (learn double jumps, different techniques, wall running and evading maneuvers). It also goes through the thing that makes this different…you know…the…floaty things, the no fall damage, the double jumping and the kicks, OH THE KICKS (btw, melees are still one hit).

Oh…and also the giant metal structures of total destruction that just destroy everything in your way and that shoot rockets out of their arms? Yeah, that too. Oh boy, are there giant metal structures of total destruction and they are just as awesome as you would imagine. Yes, pilots can take out titans but, unlike soldiers v. helicopters in COD, it takes more than one lucky shot….in fact, it takes about…50 or 60 good shots and good luck hoping the Titan doesn’t see you and squish you like a bug.

One of the things I didn’t like about this, and one that I almost wish this game had a semblence of a single player mode is the fact when you do want to do a campaign mode, you’re still at the mercy of someone’s crappy internet service. Meaning you’re going to get hop, skips, jumps, and lag up the ass.

Also, I guess you can say that you’re paying $60 just for a multiplayer experience. However, within that multiplayer experience you’re getting something totally unexpected and totally fresh which looks, for the most part, very crisp. It’s WAAAY better than Ghosts and could be (if not already is) one of the biggest multiplayer experiences the Xbox 360 ever had.

Have a thought about Titanfall? Like it? Dislike it? Make you want to buy it? Leave it in the comments below.

Praise the Sun! The Dark Souls 2 Review

You know, I normally don’t say this about a game, but holy hell this is a strange game.

By “strange” I don’t mean confusing, bad or anything in between. This is a strange game because no matter how hard this game is, it’s one of those games you can’t put down. You can die one thousand times before knowing where to go, but Sun willing, you’re going to go and find out where to go.

Oh…and also the Last Giant is strange, as well.

Dark Souls 2 is that strange game. It makes you want to go out and complete this game in spite and still have a damn good time playing this game. I just got by the first main boss and after ten or twelve times, as I started to get drained from this game, I stopped and a little birdie in my head started to tell me to “keep going, you’ll feel better.” This little birdie hasn’t come out in a while for me.

In fact, the last time I felt relief while beating a boss was while playing Majora’s Mask on the N64. Dark Souls brought me back to my youth in playing the game. Yes, you get frustrated and yes, you die a lot while playing this game.

BUT IT’S WORTH EVERY BIT OF IT!

That’s not including the fact that if you have, like, more than 1,000 Souls (used as currency in the game) far from your last save spot, it’s probably going to be very unlikely that your going to get those souls back, because you’re probably going to die before then.

However, when I feel like it’s a lost cause, I notice that there are multiple paths and multiple little trinkets that I normally didn’t find when I first played it and, honestly, that’s one of the nice things about this game. It’s open enough to have more than one path and one way to take out your foes and gain cool things.

Also, this game is very strange in the fact that it uses a multiplayer function but still a single player game. It uses online to show you other players’ paths and notes and unsuccessful attempts at different things, which was a pretty cool feature, even though most of the deaths that I have clicked feature most of them just jumping off the edge into their untimely death.

Overall, this is one of the games that makes me proud to be a gamer. It’s a game that, albeit difficult, wants me to beat this game and wants me to succeed in playing this game (even though there has been more than twenty million deaths recorded). It’s a game that will be one of those games that I will play over and over again in different ways and have fun all over again…while dying…hopefully not as much as I am now.

Lock and Load! World of Tanks Xbox 360 Review

For two weeks, I have been on an adventure.

At the beginning of this adventure, all I had to do was sit there and wait for World of Tanks to load EVERYTHING it needed to load for it to work. When I mean everything, I meant everything. It took me about a few hours for the initial setup. It wasn’t one of the best things I wanted to see during installation, that’s for sure.

After the installation that made the credits at the end of Assassin’s Creed IV tame, you are taken to the main screen where (if you are smart, you would follow this next step) there is a training section to show you all the cool things you can do with a big tank. Shoot, run things over, etc. It shows you the basics, which are really helpful.

So when I saw that I got to use a big tank in the training session, the first thought that went through my mind was “SWEET! I GET TO USE THIS BIG ASS TANK AS MY PRIMARY TANK!” I was proven wrong when I was met with three small tanks, one from the U.S., one from England and one from Germany. Then the fun began.

When I started, I sucked balls. Let’s call a spade a spade, my tank was easy pickings by the guys who had been playing this game for a long, long time (as this was an online game before a 360 exclusive). It took me a while, as well as thoughts that this was as good as this game was going to get for me, before I realize that I was getting slightly better each time. So much so that I realized that even if I died first with 0 kills, I was still getting silver points to update my tanks and purchase new ones.

After a while, I realized I was lasting longer than I used to, and seeing enemies and friendlies go faster than I am, then I started surviving, then I started winning, then I started blowing more and more tanks up and then I felt something that I would of thought I would feel while playing this game…and that’s fun!

Fun and me wanting to purchase more and more tanks. Then I realized I was supposed to purchase gold in order to purchase more slots for more tanks…or sell the lesser tanks for the spots. It only gives you five spots to fill tanks, which kind of sucks.

However, it is a freemium game, folks. What else can you expect? World of Tanks is something that everyone should, at least, try. If it’s not for you, it’s not for you. If it’s for you, you’re going to like this game.

I would be really interested to see if WarGaming will produce more of there “World of” line of games for the console. It’s going to be interesting.

Boss Battle 77: Mario Ecstasy Party

Boss Battle 77: Mario Ecstasy PartyThis week on Boss Battle, we have our the cast of  Bobby (@bobbyfjtown), Chachi (@chachisayspgh), Rizz (@theerizz) and Mike Sorg (@sorgatron). On this week’s show:

  • We discuss our gaming achievements of the week.
  • In Across The Net…net…net…net…net: Chachi talks about Nintendo themed Ecstasy, a band that plays songs with a video game flair and the NHL Hockey Bird.
  • We talk about the Nintendo World Championships Cartridge and video game buying blunders.
  • We discuss Epic giving up the Gears of War franchise to Microsoft.
  • We predict the Super Bowl outcome just like Madden and Tecmo Bowl did!
  • In the Final Round we discuss games you might have missed that you should play.

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