Saints Row 4: I’m laughing right now and I can’t stop

The Saints Row series has always given us games where you are a hardcore gangster who spreads his terror on the streets, and that has always been the core concept of the game. However the Saints Row IV trailer was a look at the game that will throw it all away. For one, you play as the president of the United States (a gangster of another sort). So we’re already off to a bad start, sacrificing the street for the oval office, which turned me off immediately but i kept watching anyway. The second is that there is an alien invasion. That doesn’t need explaining  for how this is an insult to Saints Row 1-3.

When I first saw the trailer, I laughed and laughed, thinking it was a fake and the real game trailer was waiting somewhere else, but no. It was the real trailer and I wrote the game off my buy list. I watched the gameplay and recoiled. Saints row is taking it’s outrageous to the extreme with the new guns and moves, and especially the super powers.

Now the reason for this, I think, is that the previous saints row games were far too similar to Grand Theft Auto, and Saints Row IV attempted to Remedy that.

Don’t get me wrong; the game looks fairly fun to play with it’s open world and freedom, but it just doesn’t look like a game that should be called Saints Row… There is just  to big a gap to jump. It truly seems like a mildly juvenile game, but I may get it in years to come and test it out!

 

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Total War Center

Back in my PC gaming days, I was very interested in the Total War series of games. These are turn-based strategy games set in different periods of time. My favorite was Medieval 2: Total war, which contained mods for Lord of The Rings. If you haven’t already tried out some of the Total War games, you should do it, then check out this site!

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This is just a shout-out to the past! I recommend trying Third Age Total War.

 

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G155: Hardware From My Dreams

Boxshot: G155 Sentry Personal Gaming Environment by GAEMS

During my vacation, I happened into a GameStop and a piece of hardware caught my eye. I talked to the clerk and he told me all about this Console carrier, and I instantly fell in love with it. Though I lack the funds to buy it, it is definately on my wish list!

I don’t know how long this thing has been out but I am definitely interested in it now

The G115 Sentry Personal Gaming Environment is a case with a 19” 1080p screen and an area where one can store any console: Xbox, Wii, or PlayStation and even the Next gen versions as well! There’s two plugs that require an outlet (there’s no battery like a laptop) but maybe sometime in the future it will come!

If anyone has used this I would like to hear it in the comments. Gamestop.Com had only great reviews and I am looking forward to using the device!

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GTA: A Look Back

While browsing YouTube, I happened across this video detailing the history of Grand Theft Auto and I found it extremely interesting.

 

I never knew, thought, (or honestly cared) about GTA’s history but I found the video very informative. I actually played the old 2D versions for a few hours and they’re still entertaining. (http://www.rockstargames.com/grandtheftauto/)

But what do you all think about the media saying that it trains criminals and what not? do you think they have a point? Check out my other posts regarding video game’s effects on the mind.

 

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Back From Break: Performance Increase???

Lately I’ve been at the beach on vacation, chilling and being away from video games. At first it was hard but a few days relaxing in the sun and I was ready for more. Upon my return this morning, I immediately streamlined for my PlayStation and put in Call of Duty. When I played, I experienced a sharp increase in my combat prowess and continued to test my luck on Battlefield 3 with the same results; then Uncharted 3; the same! The streak is currently still going and I  will update when it is gone. I guess that a week an a half of vacation can drastically improve my skills! Maybe it’s the salty sea air making me a better player or maybe its a coincidence but whatever it is, i hope it doesn’t stop anytime soon!

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Battlefield 4: Amazing

I’ve been browsing around YouTube and found something I overlooked: At E3, Battlefield 4 was debuted, and shortly after, multiplayer gameplay was released.  The gameplay features an awesome battle in Shanghai:

Just amazing right?! This game features almost fully destructible environments and large scale UI system. I recently bought BF3 and am currently getting familiarized with the game and it’s mechanics. So far I am enjoying it as much as I did with Call of Duty. As I already pre-ordered the PS4, I will soon pre-order Battlefield 4 as well. I’m tingling with excitement for this Next-Gen era with processors several times faster than the previous generation and games that take it to the extremes!

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Terrible Games: What makes them terrible?

So I am sure you all have played some games where you simply threw the controller on the ground and actually yelled out, “This is the shittiest game I’ve ever played!”  and never look at the game again. I know – I’ve done it too. But what actually makes a terrible game? What is so repulsive that pushes someone away from a game? For some, it is the graphics, for others it’s the storyline, for others it’s the gameplay. Even I couldn’t exactly put my finger on what makes a terrible game.

When we talk about a terrible game, it is obviously an opinionated judgement, and cannot be proved by facts. It greatly depends on who’s playing it and their expectations for it. For example: While walking through GameStop, I found a game called Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy. I had never heard of it but it looked , if I did I would probably call it a terrible game. However, a six-year-old child who loves this kind of stuff would call it an awesome game. But if got a highly acclaimed game, say God of War, and had high expectations for it, it is far more likely that if it doesn’t meet those expectations than I will see the game as a ‘terrible’ game. It’s all relative.

Another factor that may contribute to one’s opinion of game is the difficulty. Most gamers want to be challenged, but not face the impossible. When playing a game, we want to feel like we are badass at the game but we don’t want to feel like it was handed to us on a silver platter. Most games have difficulty changers that make things easier for weaker gamers. I, myself, for first time games set it to medium. This also applies to the multiplayer versions of games. Some games have gameplay that suits more hardened players, leaving the rookies to slowly acclimate themselves to the game. However, multiplayer versions are generally constructed to suit everyone, but there are some that are for hardcore elite.

Knowing this, I have learned to put a stopper on my instant opinions and analyze them. For example, when I played Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, I was less than impressed, but I never explicitly expressed that the game “Sucked”. Instead, the words I used were “The worst in the series,” because in my opinion, it was. I mean it was entertaining for the most part, but got extremely repetitive fairly quickly. My point is not to be so quick to judge a game.

I mean we can all agree that there are some games that are just terrible…

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Xbox One: Changing their ways?

In the war between next gen consoles, the public has chosen the PS4 as their winner, leaving the Xbox One behind. This is mostly due to the Xbox One’s requirement of an internet connection every 24 hours in order to use the device and the PS4’s lack thereof. However, Microsoft announced that they have changed the properties of the Xbox One

So, today I am announcing the following changes to Xbox One and how you can play, share, lend, and resell your games exactly as you do today on Xbox 360.

~Don Mattrick, President, Interactive Entertainment Business

What does this mean for the Next Gen War? The PS4 still has a price edge but will that be enough? Microsoft’s desperate attempt (let’s face it, that’s what it is…) to reclaim it’s fans may prove to be a turning point in the war.

I, personally am still siding with Sony because of my great experiences with the PS2 and PS3, but others may not feel the same. I would be shocked to see if Microsoft lowered the Xbox One’s price by $100 to compete with the PS4 but i wouldn’t put it past them.

 

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Star Wars Battlefront 3 leaked gameplay

I’ve been searching the web for information about the previewed Star Wars Battlefront 3 and I stumbled across this YouTube video with leaked footage of Battlefront 3 gameplay:

“This video shows leaked alpha footage of Star Wars: Battlefront III, which was to have been the third video game in the Star Wars: Battlefront series. Although LucasArts never announced the game, Free Radical Design developed the game from 2006 until 2008. The video gives you an example of how vast the battles would have been: all the Republic’s Cruisers you see on the video are piloted by full crews of real players.”

The game seems pretty cool although it is development from nearly half a decade ago! The trailer I showed a few days ago was most likely new CG for E3. It reminds me of the Battlefront Elite Squadron game released on PSP a few years back what with the characters X1 and X2 fighting and all but it did have some more twists in it.  The game has probably been heavily modified to be up to next gen standards. Though there is virtually no information regarding this game, I will be watching for more news on it!

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A hole in the Assassins Creed Story: Can’t Un-See it

Ok so I love the Assassins Creed games and enjoy both the modern day storyline as well as the historical era story, but there has been something that caught my eye a while back and it is something that shakes the whole foundation of Assassins Creed world.

The main underlying premise of the story is using the Animus to relive the memories of your ancestors. These memories are stored in your DNA, and the Animus can access it and bring it to life. While thinking about this, I realized that that made no sense what so ever! If the memories of your great grandfather are in your DNA, how would they tell his whole life? Assuming your gandfather was not conceived post patris mortem (after the death of his father), he would only have his grandfathers memories up to the time he was conceived. The DNA could not transfer future memories of his father  Same for your father and then you! The chronology just doesn’t add up. Therefore, Desmond could not possibly have the memories of Altiar to his death because he had a son who possessed the extent of the memories of Altiar that would exist throughout the subsequent bloodline. I know this is difficult to understand so here’s a visual aid.

AC fail

I doubt this botheres anyone else, and Assassin’s Creed is still an awesome game; one of the best, and this minor annoyance will do little to change my opinions!

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