Prepping up for holidays! Part 1

Yeah, yeah, its not even past Halloween and I’m talkin’ Christmas right?!  No one wants to hear about the long-ass lines to see Santa/Black Friday/parking/food/decorations/slash (lol!), do Christmas cards or deal with the family events.  But if you’ve got little ones, getting your shopping (or a planned out lay-away) over time is the way to go.

Personally, Louie and I went to Toys R Us and got it locked down last week.  Frankly, its a good strategy if you haven’t done it before and really doesn’t cut a hole in your wallet/purse.  That and we dodge all of the BS, while still ACTUALLY DOING the shopping.  Sure, I could do everything online and get a sweet deal.  But it just doesn’t feel the same.  Actually doing the legwork for me, seems to have a weird sense of self accomplishment to it.  Go figure on that one.

I know, ZERO care factor from ya’ll!

Overall, Grace is getting a pretty nice haul for her presents from us.  Most notably, she’s getting a 2DS with a few Mario games.  (With me quietly getting Smash Bros for it!)  🙂  Right now, I do feel she’s pretty young for it, but it seems that she gets on the phone a bit and plays Mario Run too much, along with the usual My Little Pony and Learning games.  But that is where we’re putting a limit on our mobile/gaming time to rainy/cold days, when we need a break or half hour here or there.

As of now, we’ve been pretty light on enforcement with the rule.  But I’d rather she spend her childhood outside, doing activities and less gaming/phone time.  Hopefully it will turn out that way, as I’ve always been a good balance of outgoing and a homebody.

But I really didn’t get any inspiration to write anything down about making a list until I read about the upcoming Wolfenstein: The New Colossus.  Which is one of my must-plays for the upcoming year.  For those that haven’t been following any of the upcoming titles, I’ll give a few bits about them.

1)      Wolfenstein: The New Colossus

If you grew up playing PC games, there is NO WAY you’ve never heard of Wolfenstein 3D.

It was the game that started the First Person Shooter (AKA FPS games) genre and got its reputation for its kill all Nazis gameplay.  The New Colossus is a direct sequel to both Wolfenstein: The New Order and The Old Blood.  (I know, confusing.  The latter is a DLC expansion that is just as good.)

What’s so special?    –  Well, The New Order is a phenomenal game that plays very simplistic.  With its single player only, story driven, shootfest that gives you the option to go stealth until the shit hits the fan.  Its gameplay barely penalizes you for just doing a kill em’ all type of run-through.  It plays just like it used to, when it came out way back in the 90s but runs smooth and combat is tense and satisfying.  That and the story is great take on an alternate-reality of the World War II.

The New Colossus is a clear continuation of that story and gameplay.

This isn’t Call of Duty, I assure of that!

Why am I excited?  –  The new setting and how the events changed things that happened from the previous entry.  It has a brand-new engine by Id Software, which is known for making some powerful engines that rival Unreal and Crytech.  (Which are what MANY of the games we play, run on.  In case you didn’t know.)

That and killing Nazis in Wolfenstein is way better than CoD:  Zombies, without question.

Also, I enjoy a truly mature gaming experience.  Which is where the title has no censorship, the violence, gore and nudity/sex is used correctly and not forced or thrown on a canvas like a trashy painting.  Wolfenstein did that.

Release Date October 27th

2)     The Evil Within 2

The sequel to the former director/creator of Resident Evil, Shinji Mikami.  The Evil Within was a pretty frightening game to experience.  Although it seemed to rely way too much on the mechanics of one of his older titles:  Resident Evil 4.  Which is a classic survival horror game, but most people saw TEW as a clone.  In response to that, The Evil Within was a GOOD CLONE gameplay wise, that did have its moments where you had more bullets than the enemies you were fighting.  But had MANY twisted, tripy and frightening moments.  The first game made me feel tense and on edge throughout my first playthrough.

What’s so special?  –  The first game left a lot more questions than answers, which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.  It just left everyone that enjoyed or cared about the story, with a big fat, SO WHAT’S NEXT?!  Most likely, survival horror fans will pick this up, especially if Resident Evil 7’s move to 1st person didn’t sit well with you.  Which was a solid and well executed move for that series.  The Evil Within plays like Resident Evil 4, except on acid.  So you’re in for a wild ride!  It’s release is THIS FRIDAY THE 13th, so it’ll be a no-brainer for a great Halloween title.

Why am I excited?  – Years back, Shinji Mikami made a claim, that he was, “going to bring survival horror, back to its roots”.  Personally, he didn’t really do that in the first game.  Hopefully, he pulls this off and the second one is a phenomenal experience and succeeds on the market!

3)  Star Wars Battlefront II 

Two years ago, DICE released the first Battlefront and the gaming community went apeshit in the WRONG WAY!  Sure, it was DICE’s Battlefield sort of gameplay with everything done up in a beautiful Star Wars fashion.  But a large majority of its gameplay was focused on the multiplayer aspect.  Which is great and all for a military shooter, but this is STAR WARS we’re talking about here!

Seriously, where the HELL was this in the game?! Oh wait, it wasn’t.

The fan base for the series is MASSIVE with only Trekkies and comic fans being the only groups to rival that demand!  So they completely failed in catering to casual gamers that just wanted to boot it up and play a story/reenactment of the series.  That, and it lacked in content or was paid DLC.  (Albiet pretty good DLC)

I’ll admit, there was a lot that was done right about the game, too.  Walker Assualt was pretty cool and the Death Star DLC is pretty badass.  All of the content that was present was faithful and true to the series.  Space and X-Wing/Tie Fighter dogfights were a blast! (Pun intented.)  Battlefront II is set to surpass this in spades and remain true to fans of both shooters and the Star Wars series.

What’s so special?  –  Well it’s Star Wars, with plenty of vehicles, blasters and gadgets to use.  Also, it’s going to be a clear improvement over its predecessor.  Not only will it cover ALL three Star Wars generations, (prequel, original and sequel) it will feature a new story campaign that will cover the period between Episode VI (Return of the Jedi) and VII (The Force Awakens) using an original character.

Yesterday, I sunk my teeth into the Multiplayer Beta.  From what I saw, it looks to be a solid improvement.  The content has been TRIPLED and it seems that EA/DICE is doing away with paid DLC for this.  (SOURCE)  All of this covered by a teaser video featuring John Boyega (AKA Finn)

Why am I excited?  –  The beta is kinda making me a Day 1, which is NEVER what I do.  But this may be the Star Wars/Battlefield experience I was looking for in the first!  I’ve been a Battlefield veteran since Bad Company and Battlefront 1 was the only DICE title to let me down.  (But the DLC did make the game better!)  It comes out November 17th

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MORE TO COME ON PART 2

 

 

Resident Evil 7 – Welcome?! My Ass!!

The time has come…Resident Evil 7 in all of its 1st person goodness, is here! If you’re a fan of the series like me, you’ve run to the toilet bowl to go throw up a few times because of its move into 1st person. (Trust me, I NEVER wanted this and somehow Capcom has gone and done something that may ruin the series.) But after putting 4 hours into the game. I’ve gotta say, Resident Evil 7 is a GOOD GAME!! It plays well, it’s a fun and enjoyable experience. Still I’m not convinced yet, being a purist fan of the series. Let me explain.

First off, in regards to the story canon of the series being blended into the game, I’m not seeing it. Save for a few familiar names mentioned in files, it’s just not there yet. I know, I know, it gets better as I move along, but for now…nothin.

Cutting to the chase, combat is smooth and tense, but movement and reaction is paced in order to balance the tight quarters you fight in. All of the Resident Evil elements are here to accompany the game: blind corners, well-placed scare moments, old-school RE item management (limited inventory with a storage box), very limited ammo with more baddies than you can unload on.

So far…Resident Evil 7 is disturbing is a good way. Scenes are so vivid in their portrayal, I kinda of feel It’ll be hard trying to forget them. Encounters are designed to make you feel uneasy, keeping you on your toes and never leaving you comfortable in your surroundings. It’s kind of like a bloody glove that fits you, it feels nice but the
blood on your hands isn’t getting off by itself. Lucky for you the cops are banging at the door..so what do you do?!  That’s what it feels like!

Gameplay wise, this reminds me a little of Clock Tower, which was a game that kept the player running and hiding. Except here, you can fight back most of the time, even if you’re in a losing situation; which is essentially WHAT survival horror is. That is why RE7 hits its mark so well, as it goes back to it’s core purpose.

A few months back, I read an article about how The Evil Within was nothing but a Resident Evil 4 sequel under a different name. At that time, I’d disagreed with the author’s stance and believed that The Evil Within was it’s own experience despite it’s similar gameplay. As you played it, the game did play and feel like Capcom’s Resident
Evil 4. (After all, the director of the Resident Evil 1-4, Shinji Mikami helmed the production.)

The story had an overall feel that was grander than anything Resident Evil 4 had been. Sure, the similarities were there, but it was it’s own game. What struck me the wrong way, was how the company and Mikami were trying to sell the game. He and the company tried to say that it would bring survival horror, “back to it’s roots.” Now looking at Resident Evil 7, I truly believe that The Evil Within failed in doing that. Resident Evil 7 feels like Survival Horror’s return to form. 1st person view or not, this feeling different, a good different. As a fan, I’m not welcoming it into what I consider a true continuation of the series or a respectful sequel, UNTIL I’VE FINISHED IT!
But for now, it’s good, tense and frightening; which is GREAT!!

I’ll keep you posted!

VG Music?! Nerd! – Soul Calibur

Following the launch of the Sega Dreamcast back in 2000 (I believe?!), Namco released the awesome fighting game Soul Calibur. (The sequel to the underappreciated game Soul Edge)

Not only was this game phenominal demonstration in the use hand-to-hand weapon combat.  It was also musical masterpiece, which only got better with every installment.

Every stage had its own piece that accented the character that it represented.  Here are a few examples.

Cervantes, The Undead Pirate

 

Mitsurugi, The fearless Samurai

Ivy, The Cursed Noblewoman

Xiangua, Princess of destiny

 

The music literally takes you on a world trip, very much like the characters in the game, as they journey to find Soul Edge.

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Nightmare wielding the cursed sword   Soul Edge  SOURCE

 

If your interested here are a few links to check out the rest of the games and their sountracks.  I HIGHLY recommend that you play the games yourself to get a full immersion of the astounding quality while playing them.

SOUL CALIBUR WIKIA

For all the details about each game from the series (including music)

SOUL CALIBUR MUSIC

Site with many Youtube links of a summary of the series from Soul Edge to Soul Calibur V

ENJOY!!

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Getting prepped for Fallout 4 mods!!

Following the release of the most recent Fallout 4 DLC, Besthesda released the new mod creation kit or GECK (Garden of Eden Creation Kit).  Which means almost EVERYTHING can be modified.  From new weapons, locations, quests, animations, creatures; YOU NAME IT!  This time around, consoles will be getting access to mods, but they will only be available through Bethesda’s screening process.  Which means, no ADULT CONTENT, which is kind of obvious.  (But it might mean, that they will filter out the more unstable mods).

Regardless, are undergoing beta phase for XBox One and will be available in June for PS4.  I’M SUPER EXCITED and CANNOT WAIT!  For the time being, CHECK OUT THE LINK!!!

This is a taste of what Fallout mods are like!

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If you want to mod Fallout 4 for Xbox, you can browse the mods catalog HERE!!!!!

Witcher 3, Even Dr. Phil can’t cure lycanthrophy

WITCHER 3 SPOILER FOR THE WHITE ORCHARD AND VELEN AREAS!!!!!

Right off the bat as me and old guy trotted into White Orchard, I felt like crying my eyes out. (not really but I felt petty bad) Houses are burnt to the ground, people are hanging on tree branches like fucking ripe apples, kids and women crying over dead family members, etc.  It was really depressing, Jesus.  But I got over it for now at least, rest assured I realized that this game is gonna get depressing.  (In a narrative manner)

Once, I began doing some menial questing a learning the basic, I did my first ghost hunt.  It was good and reminded me of Batman’s detective mode, only Witcher-style

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Credit to Gardaw

More or less, the ghost was exercised and I moved on.  Yet it turned out later, that the small village and the surrounding areas, were all interconnected.  Various quest and NPC conversations, later paint a picture of why such tragedy has struck White Orchard, sans the recent battle that crushed the local army into pieces.

Turns out the women that hung herself in the town well, was a tragic victim of a much larger scope.  She was to marry the local lord’s son, but before they could be married, the man, whom just happened to be rolling around in the hay with another man.  Mind you, is fictional feudal 12th century, social acceptance of homosexuality is at the bottom of their list.  So how is a prince to handle it, he kills himself as well.  (He does it before her, thus setting off a chain reaction.)

It dawned upon me, for the first time EVER in a RPG, has the whole world you are playing is interwoven into the SIDE QUESTS.  Overall, I’ve noticed that each area, has its own story.  Which is PHENOMENAL!!!  Not only that, they are very well written.  My focus during my playthrough, is to always see the job through; which the game does give you a few curve balls that will intentionally get you to take the short and easy route.  Which is just take the gold and be on your way.  Nah!  I want to know all the juicy tidbits.

Once I managed to take care of all of my errands, I found myself going to talk to this Bloody Baron guy.  Whom to me at first, I imagined would be a dickhead, I’d just end up fighting after a simple exchange in words.  NOPE, I was completely wrong, perhaps it’ll be a fetch this and I’ll tell you everything.  WRONG AGAIN!!!  This shit is about to get deep, so you better bring waders, goggles and an apron.

First, I talk to this a-hole, and he tells me I gotta find his wife and daughter…sure easy enough.  Easy enough.  First, I tracked down, the area where their horses went missing…nadda.  But it led me to interesting little tidbit, the wife was pregnant and had a miscarriage.  (Sad :(, see I told you…depressing shit)  Turns out the Baron knew this.

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OHHH SNAP!!!

Turns out that his unborn daughter, the dead fetus, was cursed and had turned into a monster.  A monster that preys on healthy pregnant women and kills both the child and women…DARK…VERY DARK!!  But we didn’t kill the monster, instead I had the Baron pick the toddler-sized monster and calmed it so he could carry it.  It was to be buried by his castle in order to free the spirit.  Following a nice little escort with the occasional swordfight with some ghosts, we made it to the castle and buried the monster.  (Well, that was a nice non-violent ending)

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A spirit arises in the middle of the night and guides me towards the missing ALIVE daughter’s last known location.  Turns out she high tailed it to the big city away from drunk ol’ dad and believes he mom is dead.  (Before they disappeared, a large monster scooped up the wife, killing her horse and the daughter escaped)

After that, I had a rumor of where the last location of the mom was.  Turns out she was being held by a blood contract with three evil witches.  The miscarriage was part of the contract with the witches and that they nabbed her scrawny ass, so she could be their slave.   This is some…..

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But I wasn’t about to handle Cindy, Mindy and Sandy, as they may fucking Delta Attack my ass and I’d have to take advantage of their reflect spell.

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WAIT!  WRONG WITCHES!

 

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DAMN!  You sho is UGLY!!!!!!

Regardless, I wasn’t gonna defeat them on my own.  So I take the fatass Baron, that his lil’ girl hated his ass and that she’s off working for dollars in the nearby strip club and his better half is in deep with the witches of Eastwich.

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Minus Jacky of course!!

Mind you, during all this, he fully admits that he was beating his wife because she hated him.  This was because she was cheating on him; while he was out doing what was right.

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Back in our day, raping, murdering and pillaging, is what you did after breakfast!!!

Turns out he killed Mr. loverboy and she hated him.  Which is where all of this came full circle, when he got drunk one night and knocked her down the stairs.

So he’s like, alright everyone, grab your pitchforks and torches, we’re gonna burn some witches!!  So I was like okay, what about your daughter, she’s a stripper.  (Nothin’)  So I haul my ass over to the big city to tell her, that mummy ain’t dead.  Turns, she’s shackin’ up with witch hunters, so low and behold.  GUESS WHAT COMES NEXT!!

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TORCHES AND PITCHFORKS!!!

When its all said and done, the witches aren’t there, so you can imagine the sad faces when we get there.  But a nice welcoming party was there and I was just left with the daughter, myself and the father still alive.

Turns out, the angry mob thing pissed the witches off enough, that they cursed the mother into a monster, which was reverse with a little bit of voodoo magic…stuff.  She reverted to her human form, but was only strong enough to say her last goodbyes.  She died in the swamp and the family buried her nearby.

After this, I was told to meet up with the father at his castle to get my payment for helping him.  What I found was him swinging by his neck on a large tree.   Seriously, sad and deep shit.

Motherfucker!!  Can’t believe he left me hangin’ like!  Now how am I gonna pay for the laundry bills to get this damn swamp stench out of them.

 

Double Dragon 2: The Revenge. Technōs Japan. (1988) Nintendo.

Unless you didn’t notice by now, I don’t do reviews on here.  At least, not the usual one, with number scales or letter grades.  (Let’s face it, I’m done school, no more letter grading for me)   As a nod to another blog I like A LOT, I’m going to submit a few of their works when they come up.

Recently, Double Dragon II got RE-released on PSN.  I haven’t tried it since the SNES days, but I imagine its just a direct port with trophies/achievements stuffed in.

Got this off of Gamesrevisited! Check these guys out, if you want a REAL review of a game that’s gonna have you laughing hard! Fair warning some do have MILD SPOILERS, but unless your really paying attention, you’ll won’t notice.  Also, they make reviews based on the fact that you don’t narrow band your attention on the number they give at the end! Good times!

Special Thanks to Game Art-HQ for the title pic.  Which is a MUST if you love cosplay, fanart or concept art!

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I was surprised about this one, as a kid it was a frustrating ballache, with many a tantrums thrown at its behest. So is it a good game? Has father/mother time been fair to it?

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I do like Green Eggs and Arkham Sam I am! – Arkham Knight

Its been a little while, which is due to me handling some family affairs.  This was pretty much adjusting into my new consistent shift at work, vice the constant variable days off/constant shift rotations I was doing for the past year.  Now I have consistent days off, WHICH IS FANTASTIC!!!

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It also meant that I had to take some quality time for with Grace and Louie.  It was worth and was the break I needed.  During that little break, I’m knee deep into both Arkham Knight and the Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt.  Both are amazing games!

But I figured, since they are such HUGE games, I’m being giving impressions piece by piece until I finish each one.

By the time, I’m finished, I’ll be able to give everyone a pretty sweet outlook on both titles, with ALL of the DLC included!!  (Already have the season pass for Arkham, Witcher will be gradual purchases.  (FAMAZING!!)

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As you can see, Pharell cat is happy about it!!

So, let’s get down to it on Arkham Knight!

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The game pretty much is a direct sequel to Batman: Arkham City, which essentially takes some of big events and carries it right into the next chapter.  In a nutshell, Scarecrow is big baddie in Gotham now and along with him, he’s got an army being run by some new faces in the city.  So Batman’s gotta step up his game and brings in the his new batmobile, which is essentially the tumbler from Dark Knight movies.

With it, comes some new gameplay, vehicle combat and constant access to the batmobile-tumbler thingy.

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At first, this was a pain in the ass to handle, as there were already enough button shit I had to remember with combat, using gadgets, detective mode, gliding and grapple, ugh….

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At first, that’s all I was doing was driving around in the battumblermobile, and I kinda felt a little “what the hell”, when am I gonna crack some skulls, solve crimes and take a batshit, without using vehicle mechanics.  But it got better!

Being 33% in, its much better, as they freeflow the car into fighting and exploration.  Also, the parts that have you using combat or doing races are done pretty good.  The challenge is there, but your not required to be an expert to finish in a ton of retries.

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As always, the Riddler is back, (really?! REALLY?!  GET A LIFE!) and his usual trophies are scattered around with riddles, breakable stuff and goons hidden in the city.  But this time he’s a bigger player in the chaos going on in Gotham this time and it fits pretty well.  I have to admit, gathering collectibles can get mundane, but the way the Riddler is implemented in the Arkham series, is cool and does stump you on some occasions.  Although, I’ve yet to come across any puzzle that completely mindfucked me, it would be nice to have a couple like that, at this point in the series.

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Ok, hypno-Einstein I’m officially mindfucked!

On the note of side quests, expect a ton shit to do by the 25% point.  But that’s not it!  My recommendation so far, avoid the little side DLCs unless you want to play as various characters during the challenges sections.  My opinion they’re not really worth the cash, almost all of them are too short, with the Batgirl one being okay.  But the “Season of Infamy” DLC is WORTH IT!  As it adds four major side quests that all relate to a specific villian, adding at least 6 more hours of gameplay!

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If you just laughed at this, you need a swift kick in the ass!
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Oh…right!  That “infamy”!

Overall, so far, its looking good, with plenty to do on the side and with the additional challenges packed in with the game, there’s a lot to do.  And don’t forget to catch my next post on the game, in the near future.

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