What the F*ck, Chuck!!

Mild Spoilers for the game Dead Rising 2

For now, I put a temporary halt on finishing that Zombie Genocider Master achievement in lieu of just playing the damn game.  I did need to go through and complete the survivor notebook, so I made another save and ran through the game, saving survivors and such.

While doing so, I got a chance to re-experience the Dead Rising 2 story.  It made me think of how I am as a father and how Chuck is to his daughter Katie.  This got me thinking, “what would it be like if I was in his situation”.  Take note, that there are HOARDS of zombies infesting Fortune City and quite a few dozen psychopaths running mad killing people.

Chuck has a lot of stones for doing what he has to do for his lil’ baby girl.  I’d do the same and I share that same feeling, that I’d do anything by ANY MEANS NECESSARY, to make sure she survives.  After all, it’s our natural instincts to ensure our offspring survive us.

But to make sure that happens, Chuck has to cut, shoot and bash his way through the gauntlet in order to give his girl her dosage of Zombrex. (Medicine she needs to survive)

My conflict is, should I somehow end up surviving that madness, would I be the same?!  All the killing, the rotting stench burned into my brain, the brutality of everything that occurs during the course of the game; would I be ANY different than the psychopaths I killed in self defense.  Probably not and I’d imagine ending as zombie food eventually; I feel bad for my daughter if we ended up like that.

So, here are some questions for you guys.  (Answer ANY ones you like)

  1.  If you were in Fortune City, knowing how and where everything is.  How would go about surviving the incident?
  2. Knee deep into the 72 hours in Fortune City, you’ve saved quite a few survivors. (we’ll say 30)  How do you feel?
  3. The 72 hours is up, the military ISN’T coming and there will not be AN ATTACK TO STERILIZE the city.  What’s your next step?
  4. What’s your weapon(s) of choice?!
  5. You’re exploring Fortune City, you want to have a good time, where to?!  (Zombies included or NOT)
  6. You’ve gone crazy!!!  How are you today? And what are you wearing to dinner??

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Artist Showcase – CaptainBerunov

Today’s showcase is something of a treat for me, as I’m an affectionato historical fiction and American westerns.  CaptainBerunov takes the same things I love and turns them into a well-weaved tapestry of color and brings life into his works.  Many of the effects he creates, seem to make you feel that fire which emanates from the skeletal creations.  (which he clearly has an appreciation for Marvel’s Ghost Rider and Ubisoft’s Assassin’s series)

Take the time to appreciate this artist’s work, have a few chuckles at my commentary and enjoy the show.

Open Discussions

As a way to bring some stimulating conversation that you normally wouldn’t get on this page.  I’ve started a few off-topic discussions on MY REDDIT to get the ball rolling and hopefully a good quality time killer for everyone!

Feel free to say anything there so long as I can read it and it makes sense.  If it’s not English, there is always Google Translate.  If you got a few minutes, stop on by!

The Grind – Zombie Genocider

For the last two weeks I’ve had an itch to play Dead Rising again.  I have the original, the sequel and Off the Record that I want to go back to.  For the couple hours I had free today, I restarted the game with my maxed out stats and made sure I had access to the items, along with the SUV in order to rack up 72,000 zombie kill counter.  Fortunately, I can finish this so long as I keep up the pace within the allotted in 4-day counter.  (the extra mode, Overtime adds some additional time to accomplish this

The only RIGHT way to smoosh a metric fuck-ton of rotting flesh

Apparently, it takes a total of 7 hours to complete this.  Which pales in comparison to surviving seven days (12 real life hours) in Infinity Mode from the first Dead Rising.

This is gonna be a long, frustrating process.  Here goes nuthin!

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Guns are dangerous!  But they sure are pretty to look at!!

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been indulging with my inner “gun nut” and looking through the Internet Movie Firearm Database!

The Joker (Heath Ledger) an RPG, in the Dark Knight

By far, this is one of my favorite sites, right now!  It’s just put together SO DAMN WELL!

There, you can look up ANY film, video game, TV series and anime series and WILL find every firearm used and seen during it’s duration.  Personally, I love the overall attention to detail the writers have here, as they make sure the weapon matches what is being depicted.

For example, in Call of Duty: Black Ops, they call out that a lot of the weapons used are anachronistic (meaning-that never existed before the set time).  Such as an MP5K (shown below.

In-game screen

“An MP5K Prototype is featured in the game. Its appearance is massively anachronistic: the MP5 itself was developed in 1966, but the MP5K appears in the game in a level set in 1963, while the first MP5K prototype with wooden vertical foregrip was developed in 1976. It would have been more accurate to see the HK54 prototype of the MP5 which lacked a vertical foregrip. An MP5K appears as the fifth weapon tier in Gun Game (as can be seen in the bottom image).”  – IMFDB.ORG

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Which is kinda cool and isn’t really intended to be a buzzkill, as most of these articles written are intended for those that have finished the said media.

WISE WARNING!!!  EXPECT SPOILERS ON THIS SITE!!

But if you’ve finished that game or movie and wanna look back at the COOL hardware used, be sure to set aside an ass ton of time, cuz there is plenty of info here!

Another thing that is cool, is that they will show you how many of the sci-fi weapons from movies like Blade Runner and Aliens were made, using the real guns!

Hope you enjoy the site, like I am!

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DLC WHY IT IS AND ISN’T WORKING!!!

Since the introduction of the Xbox 360 (maybe earlier?), gamers and players alike were treated with little bite sized snack add-ons, we call DLC or downloadable content (for those who’ve been living in a bunker for the last decade) At first, it started as an avatar picture for your profile, a new weapon skin or an new character to play with.

Then came major add-ons from games like The Elder Scrolls Oblivion, which added totally new areas to explore, which was pretty cool, but most of it was just REALLY short.   The Shivering Isles expansion was a MUCH larger world that took the same game and placed into an “Alice in Wonderland” kind of world.  Fans LOVED it and companies steadily picked up on the fact that additional content AFTER a retail release was a GOOD thing!

 

Mass Effect, Gears of War, Street Fighter IV, Resident Evil 5 and many others began launch their own content MANY months following the release of a successful title.  (BIG HINT:  SUCCESSFUL TITLE!  More on that, later.) Fans that bought the add-ons were left salivating for another release or add-on.  Some were given what they wanted, others sorely disappointed by stale sequels and poor expansions.

Currently, the market is FLOODED with DLC content!!

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Okay everyone!  Put on your rose-tinted glasses!  – link

 

Most releases are GUARENTEED to have expansions, regardless if the game is successful or not!  Games are given shorter production windows and made smaller in value.  It seems like we’re getting the short of the stick with many of our games.  (At least, the Playstation and Xbox owners are, not sure about the Nintendo crowd.)  Recent releases such as Destiny, carry a heavy price tag for players that just want the FULL experience RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX!!  Will this ever be the same?!   No, probably not.  Unless community mods become a welcomed staple on console games, it’s not going to.

Which brings me to whole purpose of writing this shit today, I’ve decided to weigh what’s truly good about DLC and what isn’t.  Maybe this will encourage you and others to be more mindful DLC purchases or just plunge into a really great add-on!

 

BAD – IT COSTS TOO MUCH!!  A prime example, is the expansion for Fallout 4: Far Harbor.  Following a price increase on their “season pass” from $29.99 to $49.99 Bethesda (Fallout 4’s developer) released Far Harbor with a $25 price tag!  (WTF right?!)  Many fans believed this was due to it being a massive addition to the game, extending play for many hours.  What most people got was an add-on that was short, but sweet, lasting up to 10 to 12 hours.  It left many fans with a sour taste in their mouths, if they ended up paying the full price for that DLC.  (Opinions may vary)

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THIS!!!  (Points finger at picture and circles picture)  I don’t want… THIS!   (P.S. THIS only happens by buying DLC, Guns, LOTS of booze, and “tips”)

On a note with season passes, many of these are going for the price of FULL RETAIL purchase!  Many of which, are being announced at PRE-RELEASE/PRE-ORDER times.  (Talk about counting your chickens before they hatch!)

GOOD- YOU GET MORE STUFF FROM THE GAME YOU LOVE!  Many will complain about the price of DLC.  But in all honesty, IF YOU LOVED PLAYING THAT GAME, wouldn’t you want more content when everything is all said and done?!  SURE!!  DLC does this, with it, you’ve got new modes, weapons, skins, customization options, stories, areas, maps, etc.  For example, I love playing Mortal Kombat X (or XL as it’s described with all of the content added), the new characters like Jason Vorhees, the Predator and other classic characters folks asked for and got.  DLC works out great when it works for you!  Hell, I’ll even admit, Call of Duty’s zombie maps ARE creative, with their easter eggs, new weapons and guest characters with one liners tossed in for good humor.

BAD-LACK OF CREATIVE CONTENT!   Sadly, when we get a fantastic game, that universally, fans love.  We find a yearning for some extra continuation of that same gameplay and feel.  But the expectation is pretty much a letdown once the real content arrives.  Borderlands 2 did this with its second season, which seemed to have its team already exhausted from ideas on expanding the current game as is.  Most likely, a lot of the material was more director’s cut, stuff that really didn’t need to be resold to us.  (They were bit sized add-on that were cheap, admittedly and were SORT OF fun, if you weren’t already bored with the game.)

GOOD- ADD-ONS BREATH NEW LIFE INTO MULTIPLAYER SESSIONS.  Electronic Arts and Activision have always been pretty good at putting out map packs.  Premium members on both tend to get an expansion once every three months, which is clearly intended to EXTEND its server life.  This usually keeps its loyal fans in sessions and constantly in competition.

BAD – ONLINE GOES DEAD WITH EXCLUSIVED SESSIONS.  Battlefield Hardline and Arkham Origins were perfect examples of this.  One or two months after an expansion was released, the exclusive servers focused on that particular expansion were GHOST TOWNS.  Think about how many times, you’ve seen a session like that!!!  IT HAPPENS A LOT!!  Fortunately, EA has been catching onto that with Hardline and has been gradually been offering their DLC free during certain weeks.  Does it change anything???  Not that I’ve noticed, as too many players have moved away from the game.  (Battlefield with less vehicles and small maps, makes for a less interesting game!)

Go on Hardline’s “Betrayal” maps and this what you get…forget having 64 players.

BAD – DEVELOPERS ARE FORCED TO MAKE DLC!  Street Fighter V is the prime suspect with this crime!  The title was marketed out as a retail release with the competitive players in mind.  BULLSHIT!!  Capcom, you shortened the window because you thought that making a earlier release would boost sales.  Well, they were right!  But the barebones presentation burned a HELLUVA LOT OF BRIDGES with the fans.   The ONLY thing that might have saved SFV was that the eventual content was made free.  Personally, I passed on this version, as there WILL be another version released at one point.  Put simply, give us a finished product, THEN release new content.  That seems fair.

YEAH! This is what I wanted to see…oh wait, this never happened.

GOOD – IT TIDES US OVER UNTIL SOMETHING BETTER COMES ALONG.  You’ve got the content and DLC and you’re loving it more than Mickey D’s.  Then, BAM!  The game you’ve been waiting for has been released.  Hardcore gamers can identify with this, yet that’s what a game backlog is for!  Either way, you’re good to go.  (Personally, I don’t fall into this category and just play my older games in my spare time.)

GOOD – FANSERVICE IN A GOOD WAY!  An honorable mention is Batman: Arkham Knight.  As much as people bitched and hollered about the season pass for that game.  If you got the discount, you ended up with a SHIT TON of bat goodies:    6 playable short stories w/characters to use in the challenges, 50+ outfits and vehicle skins and 1 major story add-on.  I was lucky and paid $20 bones for it, but I admit it would’ve been a value at full price!  DLC does this really well most of the times; sure it should be stuff they add as unlockables from the retail game.  But sometimes, you wouldn’t get to see that content without DLC, after release.

BAD – MOST DLC IS EITHER FUN OR A CHORE – I can’t count how many times, I’ve played DLC that was poorly injected into the game or story of something I was playing.  This just SHOWS the developers laziness and poor efforts in planning the additional content.  It bothers me knowing that have to expect this when I get DLC for a game.  It shouldn’t be that way.

 

Thanks for reading this lengthy rant on how DLC MAKES or BREAKS a purchase.  I may be preaching to the choir with some of you guys, but maybe some of you were stuck on being indecisive about it.  Hopefully, I helped today!

Upcoming Games Share – Get that Christmas list done EARLY ladies and gents!!!! SOURCE (Gamespot.com share)

Was browsing through Gamespot and the many other game sites and noticed a very nice new upcoming games list!!  This also kind of coincides with me and Louie’s urge to get ALL of our Christmas shopping for us and our daughter NOW!  (With gradual amounts spent each month, vice the mad stacks EVERYONE puts down now!)

I haven’t made my wishlist YET, but here is a MASSIVE LIST, as of today!

 

All links will take you to each respective game page.

Hopefully, this will simplify everyone’s early wishlists for any holidays, birthdays and Christmas.  It sure as hell will be useful to me and I hope it does the same for you!

 

AUGUST

Game Platform Release Date
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Xbox One, PS4, PC August 23
Hue Xbox One, PS4, Vita, PC August 23
The Huntsman: Winter’s Curse PS4 August 23
Inside PS4 August 23
The King of Fighters XIV PS4 August 23
Madden NFL 17 Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3 August 23
Metrico+ PS4 August 23
Prominence Poker PS4 August 23
Valley Xbox One, PS4, Steam August 24
The Other 99 PC August 25
Assetto Corsa Xbox One, PS4 August 30
Attack on Titan Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Vita, PC August 30
The Final Station Xbox One, PS4, PC, Mac, Linux August 30
Champions of Anteria PC August 30
God Eater 2: Rage Burst PS4, Vita, PC August 30
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X PS4, Vita, PC August 30
Nebulous PS4, PC, Mac August 30
Resident Evil 4 Xbox One, PS4 August 30
Strike Vector Ex Xbox One, PS4 August 30
The Turing Test Xbox One, PC August 30
Verdun Xbox One, PS4 August 30
World of Warcraft: Legion PC, Mac August 30
RunGunJumpGun PC, Mac August 31
Shiny Xbox One, PC August 31
Tahira PC, Mac, Linux August 31

September

Destiny: Rise of Iron
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Game Platform Release Date
Just Sing Xbox One, PS4 September 6
Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet PS4 September 6
XCOM 2 Xbox One, PS4 September 6
MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death Vita September 13
Nascar Heat Evolution Xbox One, PS4, PC September 13
Never Ending Night PC September 13
NHL 17 Xbox One, PS4 September 13
Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness PS4, Vita September 13
ReCore Xbox One, PC September 13
Adr1ft Xbox One September 16
Dragon Quest VII 3DS September 16
Air Conflicts: Double Pack PS4 September 20
Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors Vita September 20
Destiny: Rise of Iron Xbox One, PS4 September 20
NBA 2K17 Xbox One, PS4 September 20
Darkest Dungeon PS4, Vita September 27
Forza Horizon 3 Xbox One, PC September 27
Shantae and The Pirate’s Curse 3DS Retail September 27
Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice 3DS September 27
Yo-Kai Watch 2 3DS September 30

October

The Last Guardian
The Last Guardian
Game Platform Release Date
Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 1 Xbox One, PS4 October 4
Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 2 Xbox One, PS4 October 4
Warhammer: The End Times – Vermintide Xbox One, PS4 October 4
Mafia III Xbox One, PS4, PC October 7
Paper Mario Color Splash Wii U October 7
Rise of the Tomb Raider PS4 October 11
Gears of War 4 Xbox One October 11
Dragon Quest Builders PS4, Vita October 11
WWE 2K17 Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3 October 11
Moto Racer 4 Xbox One, PS4, PC, Mac October 13
PlayStation VR PS4 October 13
Rollercoaster Dreams PlayStation VR October 13
Thumper PS4 October 13
World War Toons PS4 October 13
Disney Magical World 2 3DS October 14
Exist Archive: The Other Side Of The Sky PS4, Vita October 18
Battlefield 1 Xbox One, PS4, PC October 21
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI PC October 21
Darksiders Warmastered Edition Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, PC October 25
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Xbox One, PS4 October 25
Farming Simulator ’17 Xbox One, PS4, PC October 25
The Last Guardian PS4 October 25
World of Final Fantasy PS4, Vita October 25
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 PC October 28
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition Xbox One, PS4, PC October 28
Titanfall 2 Xbox One, PS4, PC October 28
Yomawari: Night Alone Vita, PC October 28

November

Call of Dury: Infinite Warfare
Call of Dury: Infinite Warfare
Game Platform Release Date
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Xbox One, PS4, PC November 4
Mario Party Star Rush 3DS November 4
Dishonored 2 Xbox One, PS4, PC November 11
Gran Turismo Sport Xbox One, PS4, PC November 15
Planet Coaster Xbox One, PS4, PC November 15
Pokemon Sun / Moon 3DS November 18
Killing Floor 2 PS4, PC November 18
Watch Dogs 2 Xbox One, PS4, PC November 18
Final Fantasy XV Xbox One, PS4 November 29
Star Trek: Bridge Crew Rift, Vive, PlayStation VR November 29

December

Game Platform Release Date
Gravity Rush 2 PS4 December 2
Dead Rising 4 Xbox One, PC December 6
South Park: The Fractured But Whole Xbox One, PS4, PC December 6

CREDIT GOES TO GAMESPOT.COM, Matt Espineli (the author of said article)

LINK TO ORIGINAL PAGE  HERE

Final Fantasy XIII-2: The fastest RPG I never beat!

A couple years back, I’d finished Final Fantasy XIII and it left me with a pretty sour taste in my mouth.  (I puked a little in my mouth watching the ending…so yeah.)  Those that finished it, shared that same feeling.  Beloved characters were left in limbo and there wasn’t really a finite ending to a game that is supposed to be “FINAL” (Square-Enix seriously needs to get a real understanding that damn word)

Sure enough, we got a sequel in the form of FFXIII-2.  So I popped this baby in, hoping to get a true continuation and conlusion to the story.  Nope!!!!!  I got hours and hours and hours of time paradoxes and alternate universes of boring gameplay.

I’ll be honest, Final Fantasy XIII-2 NEVER grew on me.  The characters Noel and Serah are almost completely new to the story.  (Serah is a f*cking person in cystal stasis for almost all of the first entry, save for the flashbacks.)  Here, she doesn’t provide much more likable qualities than before and Noel, well he’s just as dull as a butter knife.  (He’s pretty much a carbon copy hero, trying to protect a person…blah blah blah.)  He would’ve been interesting if he’d not been so two-dimensional.  (I know, I shouldn’t talk…I’m not writing for a AAA title nor am I qualified in how to design a better game.)

Also, word of advice, if you hated the battle system from the previous game…just add monster companions and that’s XIII-2 in a nutshell.  Fair warning.

At one point, I got stuck and realized, this game was going no where.  So…F*ck it!  I stopped playing it, went on IGN’s Final Fantasy XIII-2 wiki guide and searched for the next step forward.  Then it hit me, why don’t I just skip the bullshit, watch the videos, endings and save myself the grief.  MY GOD!  I’m so glad I did!  Cuz this is what I saw at the end of it…

Yep!!!  I’d have to admit though.  The normal ending wasn’t bad, I did like the twist, despite my dislike of the FFXIII-2 main characters.  The alternate endings were pretty good and probably would’ve been satisfied with seeing it any of those ways.

Regardless, I now have the last game in the trilogy to go through.  FFXIII: Lightning Returns.  For this, I’m going to ford the river and just finish the game regularly.

RACCOON DADDY!!

 

Alright everyone, from suggestions of changing my blog to be easier to find.  The new page site is Raccoon Daddy!!  Why the hell would name the new page that?!  Because I’M F*CK’N CRAZY!!!

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Prove me wrong, GO ON! – SOURCE

Nah, actually there are a few things to why.  One, raccoons are AWESOME!!  Honestly, I’ve always dreamed of having one for a pet.  (Just with rabies shot, I’m not trying to go down like Edgar Alan Poe!!)

Second, how many of you remember the raccoon leaf from Mario and the Tanooki suit, it was BADASS!

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Third, I’m an uber fan of Resident Evil (Racoon City and Forest are the main settings for most of the series)

Last, raccoons are cooler than you, me and well everybody!  Provided they’re not rummaging through the garbage!

 

Be sure to change your links to raccoondaddy.wordpress.com (Formally P2D2721)

OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW!!

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Damn!! YOU FAT! SOURCE

Poke-Zombie Infestation!

Today, Louie, Grace and I headed to the mall.  1) to buy some new clothes 2) To get a bite to eat and have a good walk  3) To catch some motherf*cking Pokemon!

As we pulled into the parking lot, we noticed that for a Tuesday, it was oddly busy.  Clearly, knowing that what’s been happening this week we imagined there would be droves of people mindlessly POKE-WALKING.  In the parking lots you could see a few here and there.  But as we got to the sidewalk and looked out to the parking lot, we could see a number of people walking aimlessly.  Immediately it dawned upon me…

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Credit – IMAGE comics

How?  Think about it, Pokemon Go! started out as a solid viral hit within a couple days.  People were going in random ass places point cell phones and tablets and swiping up!  Now when you go outside, you’re seeing it more and more, which seems to me kind of how a zombie infestation plays out.

For example, if you’re familiar with the show “Fear the Walking Dead”, you’ll know that it starts out with a few infected, that bite people and so fourth, until they’re EVERYWHERE!

Now, I’m not a fortune teller or anything, but I have a feeling that more and more people will continue to become GO-WALKERS.  (Which isn’t a bad thing!  After all, I’m enjoying the app as well.) But it’s pretty funny to see more people out and playing it.

Back to us being at the mall.  Louie was able to catch about 7 or 8, which was cool.  Unfortunately for me, I didn’t have enough juice to play.  But I remained observant, trying to see how many people were playing.  Surprisingly, there weren’t as much, despite the mall being kind of busy.

How many has everyone caught so far!  Personally, I’ve only gotten ten or so.  As my attentions have been more focused on work, playing my brand new “Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2” and being the usual family man.

Also, as an additional bit of information.  Here is a Kotaku article about Pokemon Go! as it spreads into Australia!

You can read it HERE

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