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Game Rental Service in Canada

So its no secrete that I don’t have a lot of money and I know there is a lot of people out there in the same boat so spending a huge chunk of change on a game that might or might not be for you is a tough decision. It will all come down to what kind of gamer you are and you would have to decide from there. I mean if you only play a couple games a year it might be no issue but if you are on the opposite end of the spectrum and you’re the guy who has to play anything that remotely looks entertaining. But for all of the above there is a service for us Canadians (Not to single anyone out but this article will be mostly useful for Canadians as the US has their own Online gaming rental services) Its called GameAccess. (All prices mentioned in this post are in Canadian Dollars, please apply your own Tax, PST, HST to the cost per your State)

You might have heard of Game Access if you googled Game Rentals in Canada or something similar. Game Access hails from Montreal but ships anywhere in Canada. The way it works is you make an account and sign up for a few different plans they offer. And of course you can try the service at no risk free for 30 days. They will put a $50 Holding fee on the card for the Trial Period but is in no way an actual charge but DO make sure you have enough on your card before considering this option.

Also note that the free trial, like most other trials, will automatically turn into a plan after 30 days so its best to set a Calendar Reminder somewhere for 29 days. They do not charge late fee’s in any sense so even if you decide to mail it back on the day you cancel you will not be charged if it shows up at their office the following week.

Now this is no ad for a service this is just me passing along detailed information for anyone who would need such a service but are uncertain how everything works. As an 8-year member of the site I can go into great detail about how it all works, what you get, what the service is like and more and if I miss anything your concerned about feel free to leave a comment below or even send me a tweet at @switchblade1984.
So here is how the plans and service work and I am going to get as detailed as I can. Game Access offers 4 plans. 

1 Games Out = First Month = $0 (If you Start with the Free Trial) $18.95 (+Tax) 
or
 First Month = $10 and renews at $18.95 (+ Tax) onward. (Better to start with a free trial ether way)
2 Games Out = $15.95 and renews at $25.95 (+ Tax) onward.
3 Games Out = $33.95 (+Tax)
4 Games Out = $40.95 (+ Tax)

(Prices may vary, increase or decrease from the time this article was posted)
These price are all on a monthly cycle and there are no late fees to worry about. Now as you can see by the price they are set up in a way where you get a slightly better value the more games you have out.
Now as far as how the mechanics go, this will be the most informative part of the post to show how exactly the inner workings… work.

So Game Access has a huge library of games to select from. The company launched back in 2005 and has titles covering the Xbox 360/ PS3 era of games (Yes they also have Nintendo games) Surprisingly they even offer classic games from PS2/Xbox/Game Cube as well. But that’s about as far as their catalog goes and you can go to GameAccess.com and browse it before even signing up.

The way it works is you build up a queue of games and they send whatever is available in your queue to you in whatever order you specify. Game Access recommends having more then 10 games in your queue (Excluding unreleased game) to ensure you have a game shipped to you at all times. This system works well if you are not picky about newer titles and have more then 10 games in queue. But it can get a bit frustrating if your only out for the newest games, this is where the service can be very slow but its also due in part by additional features you can sign up for so let me dive into that.

You can add additional feature to your monthly account to help the service move along a little better called Service Upgrades. They have 2 of these and they are around $2 to $3 a month before taxes (Not sure on the exact price as I am already signed up and can’t see the price anywhere) and are as follows.

FAST RETURN

“With Fast Return, as soon as you've dropped your game into the nearest mailbox and it's on its way to us, you can hit the "Fast Return" button next to the game in your queue. This notifies us and we'll get another game out to you immediately, before we get another one back. This means you'll be getting more games, quicker!”

GAME RESERVE

“Is the game you're looking for already rented out? Reserve it! Reserving a game puts you higher up the rental priority list and ensures you receive a copy sooner. If you've reserved a game, you'll also be able to see your position on its rental priority queue.”

Sadly, if you want a continuous flow of the games you want and also newer ones you would have to add these features on top of the plan cost. There IS however a way to get these features for free and that’s by signing a 1 Year contract. This contract gives you the features for free and if you already plan to at least keep the service for a year this might be for you. The contract stipulations are that you need to have at least a 1 Game out plan a month. You can upgrade your plan and they will adjust your charge per cycle but you can only downgrade to a 1 Game Out Plan on this contract. Also its set to Auto Renew come the next year as of the date you signed it. In order to get out, like most contracts, you can inquire to see how much to buy out of it. Also to cancel after the first year, you will have to call in a week or more before your contract expires, they have no feature to turn off Auto Renew manually unfortunately.

I will now go over personal experience’s with Game Access. 
So of course putting everything together gets you a nice flow of games but only theoretically. Unfortunately, it won’t work the way you imagine such a service working perfectly. I wish there was a way to just put games on the queue and get the ones I want but I don’t dabble a lot in older titles and I try to play all the newest stuff. The older stuff I end up buying on sale. So for someone as picky as me, that needs all the month’s latest games, requires a bit more planning with the service upgrades.

Now with Game Reserve, you can Reserve a game but depending on when you got on that Reserve on upcoming titles, you might still not get it in the first few weeks. Game Access doesn’t always buy enough copies to accommodate every single person on Reservation and the higher up you are the worst your chances but still better then not being on Reservation. And if you are NOT on a Reservation at all its slim to none that you will get the game that month because there will still be lingering people who didn’t get the first batch on Reservation and anyone that comes in to Reserve afterwards will still be in priority above anyone who doesn’t Reserve. The queue system has a visual bar that is only suppose to give you an idea of the stock they have but ultimately isn’t useful at all. Its just not very accurate as a lot of times I have put games at full bar and it still took a week to get.

Let’s say a game is very popular and anticipated. There might be upwards of 60 people or more on the queue. Game access will often get half that the first day and order the remainder based of how many is left and its not always a copy for everyone so the top 10% of large lists like that might still have to wait a couple weeks before they see it. Its all up to how many people return their when they are done.

Because the feature only lets you reserve one game at a time going off the list and going back on will shuffle you to the bottom of the deck. So you really got to plan ahead to get the latest titles. I feel this is where Game Access suffers in their service. Its nearly impossible for someone to sign up and get a game that came out that week on a simple 1 Game Out Plan. 

But if you are just trying to play whatever games I feel you have better odds if they are a month old or older. Again with the trial you can see how it would work first hand.

The Fast Return 

One good thing is included in your plan (all plans) is Free Shipping for all game Rentals. They send them in discrete letter envelopes and Disc Sleeves. One other thing to note is as soon as Game Access gets their games in for distribution the games retail box is kept in pristine condition along with manuals and codes so when you go to “Keep It” The disc might be worn (Depending on how much its been rented) but the box is almost mint condition and comes with whatever DLC codes the game originally did. That brings me to the next useful feature, the Keep It feature. Every plan has it but the longer you are a member the cheaper it becomes. All games costs are reduced the longer you have it out. This feature isn’t without its draw back though. For one, sending it back, getting something else, then renting it again reset the discount and you start over. The other thing with Keep It is there is no Guarantee that you will be able to Keep It in the future. Game Access has a certain threshold of games they allow people to keep. Once they reach that untold Threshold they will disable the Keep It feature. I had a game for 5 – 6 months and it was well under $20 (from the retail $79.99) only to have it removed the next day I wanted to keep it. Doesn’t happen all the time but its in the deck of possibilities.

One last factor that detracts from the service is something that seems to be out of their control. Thanks to Canada having sub-par postal service, Canada Post. With all the striking and delays its really hard to predict exactly when games will get to you. The best possible time for a game to be shipped to you is Monday or Tuesday and it might come that week. Don’t expect a game to arrive to your place if it has been shipped on a Thursday or Friday. But its all dependant on Canada Post. I had games very rarely show up next day. Sometimes in 2 days. But its often 3 – 5 days. That why your queue will rely on a lot of planning by filling up your queue, just don’t fill it with game you really don’t want.

But that’s the worst of the worst with this service. After a little bit I just had to plan ahead and I would go on to receiving a lot of newly released games. It’s almost impossible to receive 2 games that release on the same day mainly because you can only reserve one game at a time. What I do is plan around them. Look for new release games I want that are around 2 weeks apart. Make sure you have something your playing before that so you are not paying for empty slots. Reserve one, if its sent immediately get on the next game coming out in a couple weeks and so forth. You can also utilize the Fast Return feature if you have it to father optimize your Game Flow. If you’re in a nice low spot on reservation and have max games out you can fast return a game to send back the day before the new one releases and they will still ship out the newly reserved one while the other is in transit.

Another feature is a loyalty rewards tier system where you can receive discounts on game Purchases (Not rentals) This includes “Keep It” Prices.  They have 3 loyalty tiers you can achieve after a steady membership. Remember its better to downgrade to Silver to keep this going if you decide to pause.

•    ROOKIE = 10% discounts.
•    VETERINE = 20% discounts.
•    HALL OF FAMER 30% discounts.

Its better to set your plan to Silver Membership if you want to take a break from the service to maintain the Loyalty Status.

This service is also useful if you just aren’t sure about that game coming out. I mean if you rent it and find you hate it right away and send it back it beats being burnt the full retail price. Also keeping the game after a while if you are able too frees up slots for newer games and you are no longer making payments on the game you kept.

One of the best parts of the service is the Customer Support. The Email Support has been very good for me and I will get a response within the day’s business hours. I only had to call a few times but that solves problems even fast. Game Access is good about making you happy and can address any concerns with the service you might have. They get an A+ in customer service from me.

Overall I have kept getting burnt on games to a minimum over the years. I am also playing a lot more games then I would be able to afford otherwise. I am subscribed to a 4 Games Out plan and find it hard to downgrade because I just want to play so many games at a giving time. Its cool that if you are on a High Games Out Plan but no longer need that many you can simply downgrade to Silver and keep your Loyalty Rewards and simply come back after months and start it up again.

I highly recommend Game Access to all gamers of Canada. I hope you read all of this first as it will help a great deal to understand what you’re getting into. Game Access themselves can answer anything I didn’t cover and you can head over to GameAccess.com to find out more.

Game Rental Service in Canada

So its no secrete that I don’t have a lot of money and I know there is a lot of people out there in the same boat so spending a huge chunk of change on a game that might or might not be for you is a tough decision. It will all come down to what kind of gamer you are and you would have to decide from there. I mean if you only play a couple games a year it might be no issue but if you are on the opposite end of the spectrum and you’re the guy who has to play anything that remotely looks entertaining. But for all of the above there is a service for us Canadians (Not to single anyone out but this article will be mostly useful for Canadians as the US has their own Online gaming rental services) Its called GameAccess. (All prices mentioned in this post are in Canadian Dollars, please apply your own Tax, PST, HST to the cost per your State)

You might have heard of Game Access if you googled Game Rentals in Canada or something similar. Game Access hails from Montreal but ships anywhere in Canada. The way it works is you make an account and sign up for a few different plans they offer. And of course you can try the service at no risk free for 30 days. They will put a $50 Holding fee on the card for the Trial Period but is in no way an actual charge but DO make sure you have enough on your card before considering this option.

Also note that the free trial, like most other trials, will automatically turn into a plan after 30 days so its best to set a Calendar Reminder somewhere for 29 days. They do not charge late fee’s in any sense so even if you decide to mail it back on the day you cancel you will not be charged if it shows up at their office the following week.

Now this is no ad for a service this is just me passing along detailed information for anyone who would need such a service but are uncertain how everything works. As an 8-year member of the site I can go into great detail about how it all works, what you get, what the service is like and more and if I miss anything your concerned about feel free to leave a comment below or even send me a tweet at @switchblade1984.
So here is how the plans and service work and I am going to get as detailed as I can. Game Access offers 4 plans. 

1 Games Out = First Month = $0 (If you Start with the Free Trial) $18.95 (+Tax) 
or
 First Month = $10 and renews at $18.95 (+ Tax) onward. (Better to start with a free trial ether way)
2 Games Out = $15.95 and renews at $25.95 (+ Tax) onward.
3 Games Out = $33.95 (+Tax)
4 Games Out = $40.95 (+ Tax)

(Prices may vary, increase or decrease from the time this article was posted)
These price are all on a monthly cycle and there are no late fees to worry about. Now as you can see by the price they are set up in a way where you get a slightly better value the more games you have out.
Now as far as how the mechanics go, this will be the most informative part of the post to show how exactly the inner workings… work.

So Game Access has a huge library of games to select from. The company launched back in 2005 and has titles covering the Xbox 360/ PS3 era of games (Yes they also have Nintendo games) Surprisingly they even offer classic games from PS2/Xbox/Game Cube as well. But that’s about as far as their catalog goes and you can go to GameAccess.com and browse it before even signing up.

The way it works is you build up a queue of games and they send whatever is available in your queue to you in whatever order you specify. Game Access recommends having more then 10 games in your queue (Excluding unreleased game) to ensure you have a game shipped to you at all times. This system works well if you are not picky about newer titles and have more then 10 games in queue. But it can get a bit frustrating if your only out for the newest games, this is where the service can be very slow but its also due in part by additional features you can sign up for so let me dive into that.

You can add additional feature to your monthly account to help the service move along a little better called Service Upgrades. They have 2 of these and they are around $2 to $3 a month before taxes (Not sure on the exact price as I am already signed up and can’t see the price anywhere) and are as follows.

FAST RETURN

“With Fast Return, as soon as you've dropped your game into the nearest mailbox and it's on its way to us, you can hit the "Fast Return" button next to the game in your queue. This notifies us and we'll get another game out to you immediately, before we get another one back. This means you'll be getting more games, quicker!”

GAME RESERVE

“Is the game you're looking for already rented out? Reserve it! Reserving a game puts you higher up the rental priority list and ensures you receive a copy sooner. If you've reserved a game, you'll also be able to see your position on its rental priority queue.”

Sadly, if you want a continuous flow of the games you want and also newer ones you would have to add these features on top of the plan cost. There IS however a way to get these features for free and that’s by signing a 1 Year contract. This contract gives you the features for free and if you already plan to at least keep the service for a year this might be for you. The contract stipulations are that you need to have at least a 1 Game out plan a month. You can upgrade your plan and they will adjust your charge per cycle but you can only downgrade to a 1 Game Out Plan on this contract. Also its set to Auto Renew come the next year as of the date you signed it. In order to get out, like most contracts, you can inquire to see how much to buy out of it. Also to cancel after the first year, you will have to call in a week or more before your contract expires, they have no feature to turn off Auto Renew manually unfortunately.

I will now go over personal experience’s with Game Access. 
So of course putting everything together gets you a nice flow of games but only theoretically. Unfortunately, it won’t work the way you imagine such a service working perfectly. I wish there was a way to just put games on the queue and get the ones I want but I don’t dabble a lot in older titles and I try to play all the newest stuff. The older stuff I end up buying on sale. So for someone as picky as me, that needs all the month’s latest games, requires a bit more planning with the service upgrades.

Now with Game Reserve, you can Reserve a game but depending on when you got on that Reserve on upcoming titles, you might still not get it in the first few weeks. Game Access doesn’t always buy enough copies to accommodate every single person on Reservation and the higher up you are the worst your chances but still better then not being on Reservation. And if you are NOT on a Reservation at all its slim to none that you will get the game that month because there will still be lingering people who didn’t get the first batch on Reservation and anyone that comes in to Reserve afterwards will still be in priority above anyone who doesn’t Reserve. The queue system has a visual bar that is only suppose to give you an idea of the stock they have but ultimately isn’t useful at all. Its just not very accurate as a lot of times I have put games at full bar and it still took a week to get.

Let’s say a game is very popular and anticipated. There might be upwards of 60 people or more on the queue. Game access will often get half that the first day and order the remainder based of how many is left and its not always a copy for everyone so the top 10% of large lists like that might still have to wait a couple weeks before they see it. Its all up to how many people return their when they are done.

Because the feature only lets you reserve one game at a time going off the list and going back on will shuffle you to the bottom of the deck. So you really got to plan ahead to get the latest titles. I feel this is where Game Access suffers in their service. Its nearly impossible for someone to sign up and get a game that came out that week on a simple 1 Game Out Plan. 

But if you are just trying to play whatever games I feel you have better odds if they are a month old or older. Again with the trial you can see how it would work first hand.

The Fast Return 

One good thing is included in your plan (all plans) is Free Shipping for all game Rentals. They send them in discrete letter envelopes and Disc Sleeves. One other thing to note is as soon as Game Access gets their games in for distribution the games retail box is kept in pristine condition along with manuals and codes so when you go to “Keep It” The disc might be worn (Depending on how much its been rented) but the box is almost mint condition and comes with whatever DLC codes the game originally did. That brings me to the next useful feature, the Keep It feature. Every plan has it but the longer you are a member the cheaper it becomes. All games costs are reduced the longer you have it out. This feature isn’t without its draw back though. For one, sending it back, getting something else, then renting it again reset the discount and you start over. The other thing with Keep It is there is no Guarantee that you will be able to Keep It in the future. Game Access has a certain threshold of games they allow people to keep. Once they reach that untold Threshold they will disable the Keep It feature. I had a game for 5 – 6 months and it was well under $20 (from the retail $79.99) only to have it removed the next day I wanted to keep it. Doesn’t happen all the time but its in the deck of possibilities.

One last factor that detracts from the service is something that seems to be out of their control. Thanks to Canada having sub-par postal service, Canada Post. With all the striking and delays its really hard to predict exactly when games will get to you. The best possible time for a game to be shipped to you is Monday or Tuesday and it might come that week. Don’t expect a game to arrive to your place if it has been shipped on a Thursday or Friday. But its all dependant on Canada Post. I had games very rarely show up next day. Sometimes in 2 days. But its often 3 – 5 days. That why your queue will rely on a lot of planning by filling up your queue, just don’t fill it with game you really don’t want.

But that’s the worst of the worst with this service. After a little bit I just had to plan ahead and I would go on to receiving a lot of newly released games. It’s almost impossible to receive 2 games that release on the same day mainly because you can only reserve one game at a time. What I do is plan around them. Look for new release games I want that are around 2 weeks apart. Make sure you have something your playing before that so you are not paying for empty slots. Reserve one, if its sent immediately get on the next game coming out in a couple weeks and so forth. You can also utilize the Fast Return feature if you have it to father optimize your Game Flow. If you’re in a nice low spot on reservation and have max games out you can fast return a game to send back the day before the new one releases and they will still ship out the newly reserved one while the other is in transit.

Another feature is a loyalty rewards tier system where you can receive discounts on game Purchases (Not rentals) This includes “Keep It” Prices.  They have 3 loyalty tiers you can achieve after a steady membership. Remember its better to downgrade to Silver to keep this going if you decide to pause.

•    ROOKIE = 10% discounts.
•    VETERINE = 20% discounts.
•    HALL OF FAMER 30% discounts.

Its better to set your plan to Silver Membership if you want to take a break from the service to maintain the Loyalty Status.

This service is also useful if you just aren’t sure about that game coming out. I mean if you rent it and find you hate it right away and send it back it beats being burnt the full retail price. Also keeping the game after a while if you are able too frees up slots for newer games and you are no longer making payments on the game you kept.

One of the best parts of the service is the Customer Support. The Email Support has been very good for me and I will get a response within the day’s business hours. I only had to call a few times but that solves problems even fast. Game Access is good about making you happy and can address any concerns with the service you might have. They get an A+ in customer service from me.

Overall I have kept getting burnt on games to a minimum over the years. I am also playing a lot more games then I would be able to afford otherwise. I am subscribed to a 4 Games Out plan and find it hard to downgrade because I just want to play so many games at a giving time. Its cool that if you are on a High Games Out Plan but no longer need that many you can simply downgrade to Silver and keep your Loyalty Rewards and simply come back after months and start it up again.

I highly recommend Game Access to all gamers of Canada. I hope you read all of this first as it will help a great deal to understand what you’re getting into. Game Access themselves can answer anything I didn’t cover and you can head over to GameAccess.com to find out more.

Site Update: Game Completionist Updated

Finally got around to updating my completionist section. I went nuts with games and couldn’t stop! My list was backed up from January so it’s about damn time after almost a year. Played a lot of good games and had a lot of fun and hope to play more before the end of the year is up.
You can check out the section by clicking HERE or by using the navigation at the top and selecting Game Completionist. Feel free to comment on whatever one and share your own experience with the games.

Site Update: Game Completionist Updated

Finally got around to updating my completionist section. I went nuts with games and couldn’t stop! My list was backed up from January so it’s about damn time after almost a year. Played a lot of good games and had a lot of fun and hope to play more before the end of the year is up.
You can check out the section by clicking HERE or by using the navigation at the top and selecting Game Completionist. Feel free to comment on whatever one and share your own experience with the games.

Working on New Site and other crap

So my last post was quit a while ago. This is at least for a good reason. I bought a domain a while back and lost momentum due to most of my domain issues I had with my hosting company. Now that that’s resolved I got a second wind on a project I wanted to at least attempt.

So I been working of a Video Game Strategy Guide website. I know there are a lot of them but I grow tired of having to get pieces of info from everywhere. I just want ever single little piece of info for a game I am playing (Or at least close to every single bit) and I also wanted to be able to pull it up on the phone. I play games these days to 100% completion. I won’t be listing every single game on the planet for now. I will start by focusing on Guides I can fully cover on my own. And as much as I can cover on a game there will always be something someone knows that can contribute. So this is the other half of the site. A community component where users can contribute to the main guides so they will always be updated as much as possible.

I been working around the clock on it almost a month now and I am liking how its going. As long as I get it out I could care less about it being a hit. I really just want to commit to one project and complete it and I will this one.

The site will be called CommunityGameGuides.com If you somehow found this Blog post and this sounds good, follow me on Twitter @Switchblade1984 and let me know and stay up to date.

Aside from that I have also been buried in a couple games I am almost complete. Every now and then games come along I get obsessed with and want to get all the Trophies for.

Recently I been a slave to Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness for PS4. I really love this series and can’t wait to post my review on this one.

Another game that’s even more recent is No Man’s Sky. I just Platinum’d this one and look forward to also reviewing this game.

Unfortunately, these are just a couple games I have been playing and I played a lot more that I have yet to review and will release a bunch of review maybe in the next couple weeks.

And there are so many more games I am waiting to play. King Of Fighters XIV, Worms: W.M.D, Deus Ex, man I am up to my neck and can’t wait!

Stay tuned for updates, as always feel free to comment below!

Working on New Site and other crap

So my last post was quit a while ago. This is at least for a good reason. I bought a domain a while back and lost momentum due to most of my domain issues I had with my hosting company. Now that that’s resolved I got a second wind on a project I wanted to at least attempt.

So I been working of a Video Game Strategy Guide website. I know there are a lot of them but I grow tired of having to get pieces of info from everywhere. I just want ever single little piece of info for a game I am playing (Or at least close to every single bit) and I also wanted to be able to pull it up on the phone. I play games these days to 100% completion. I won’t be listing every single game on the planet for now. I will start by focusing on Guides I can fully cover on my own. And as much as I can cover on a game there will always be something someone knows that can contribute. So this is the other half of the site. A community component where users can contribute to the main guides so they will always be updated as much as possible.

I been working around the clock on it almost a month now and I am liking how its going. As long as I get it out I could care less about it being a hit. I really just want to commit to one project and complete it and I will this one.

The site will be called CommunityGameGuides.com If you somehow found this Blog post and this sounds good, follow me on Twitter @Switchblade1984 and let me know and stay up to date.

Aside from that I have also been buried in a couple games I am almost complete. Every now and then games come along I get obsessed with and want to get all the Trophies for.

Recently I been a slave to Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness for PS4. I really love this series and can’t wait to post my review on this one.

Another game that’s even more recent is No Man’s Sky. I just Platinum’d this one and look forward to also reviewing this game.

Unfortunately, these are just a couple games I have been playing and I played a lot more that I have yet to review and will release a bunch of review maybe in the next couple weeks.

And there are so many more games I am waiting to play. King Of Fighters XIV, Worms: W.M.D, Deus Ex, man I am up to my neck and can’t wait!

Stay tuned for updates, as always feel free to comment below!

Domain issues finally solved.

OK so maybe my issue with my Domain wasn’t the biggest problem to have but it was enough to bother me and make me feel a bit self conscious.

So I made the switch to 1&1 from godaddy. If only I listen to people sooner but I had no idea that for around the same price I can have hosting, that even though shared, doesn’t feel shared or limited at all.

While I was at it I thought I would keep everything in one place and transferred my domains as well. Thought everything was fine and was just working carefree. My bro Patrick tried to check out my site and told me it says my domain doesn’t exist on his end. I tested a lot on my network couldn’t see what he was talking about. He told me he uses Google DNS like a lot of people do. So I tried it, sure enough my domain didn’t exist using google DNS. So weeks of probing lead me to find that there were serious issues during the transfer and after around 8 to 10 months of going back and forth with 1And1 I finally have LabSwitched.com working properly with Google which is a huge relief. I have had to host my site on a backup URL so it was a huge pain.

So I know this problem took wayyyyyyy too long to be corrected by 1and1 and I should be posting my rage for how long this took but I got it solved and was compensated some credit for the inconvenience and this blog is meant more to talk about an issue that could very well be plaguing a lot of users and they are just unaware of it. Now I know I have just a lowly blog that gets very little traffic and there is probably no one even reading this post but I don’t care. I can’t keep wondering if I might be missing traffic or not. Or if someone asked me about it and wanted to check it out but couldn't.

So who cares right? Works with everything else. Well yeah and no. The main problem the domain was having was with DNSSEC. And google looks like they just straight up don’t see domains with most of their tools that have an improper DNSSEC. So how can you find out if this is happening since transferring your domains?

Well first go here. I can post 1 scanner to make things easier but I will post 2 so that if you don’t have the issue you can move on.

So first head over to https://toolbox.googleapps.com/apps/checkmx/ and put your domain in there and see what happens. If it comes back with 1 line giving an error along the lines of not found or something, then there is the problem (Unfortunately I forgot what the exact error told me) But if you see several lines mostly with green checkmarks then you should be fine. There might be a couple of small issues with yellow exclamation marks but they are minor stuff.

If your domain cannot be found, then head over to here http://dnscheck.pingdom.com/ this will tell your explicitly what your error is. At the bottom it might say a problem with DNSSEC then you are where I’m at and if anyone is using Google DNS then your site WILL NOT LOAD. It might even effect indexing.

So if it is DNSSEC you must call 1And1 support (they will not be helpful in live chat for this kind of issue) Don’t let them tell you they can’t do anything to fix this because they can and they have with me. In fact, I am kind of hoping its just something they go around fixing for everyone after bringing it to their attention but you but be persistent and demand that they get the Google Toolbox to see the domain and not to tell you its fixed until it does. They might say its fine using their tools so just be persistent and say you need Google Toolbox to see it. They can fix it!

I am just glad I am running at 100% and I can go about my work. Has this happened to you? Let me know, feel free to leave comments below.

Domain issues finally solved.

OK so maybe my issue with my Domain wasn’t the biggest problem to have but it was enough to bother me and make me feel a bit self conscious.

So I made the switch to 1&1 from godaddy. If only I listen to people sooner but I had no idea that for around the same price I can have hosting, that even though shared, doesn’t feel shared or limited at all.

While I was at it I thought I would keep everything in one place and transferred my domains as well. Thought everything was fine and was just working carefree. My bro Patrick tried to check out my site and told me it says my domain doesn’t exist on his end. I tested a lot on my network couldn’t see what he was talking about. He told me he uses Google DNS like a lot of people do. So I tried it, sure enough my domain didn’t exist using google DNS. So weeks of probing lead me to find that there were serious issues during the transfer and after around 8 to 10 months of going back and forth with 1And1 I finally have LabSwitched.com working properly with Google which is a huge relief. I have had to host my site on a backup URL so it was a huge pain.

So I know this problem took wayyyyyyy too long to be corrected by 1and1 and I should be posting my rage for how long this took but I got it solved and was compensated some credit for the inconvenience and this blog is meant more to talk about an issue that could very well be plaguing a lot of users and they are just unaware of it. Now I know I have just a lowly blog that gets very little traffic and there is probably no one even reading this post but I don’t care. I can’t keep wondering if I might be missing traffic or not. Or if someone asked me about it and wanted to check it out but couldn't.

So who cares right? Works with everything else. Well yeah and no. The main problem the domain was having was with DNSSEC. And google looks like they just straight up don’t see domains with most of their tools that have an improper DNSSEC. So how can you find out if this is happening since transferring your domains?

Well first go here. I can post 1 scanner to make things easier but I will post 2 so that if you don’t have the issue you can move on.

So first head over to https://toolbox.googleapps.com/apps/checkmx/ and put your domain in there and see what happens. If it comes back with 1 line giving an error along the lines of not found or something, then there is the problem (Unfortunately I forgot what the exact error told me) But if you see several lines mostly with green checkmarks then you should be fine. There might be a couple of small issues with yellow exclamation marks but they are minor stuff.

If your domain cannot be found, then head over to here http://dnscheck.pingdom.com/ this will tell your explicitly what your error is. At the bottom it might say a problem with DNSSEC then you are where I’m at and if anyone is using Google DNS then your site WILL NOT LOAD. It might even effect indexing.

So if it is DNSSEC you must call 1And1 support (they will not be helpful in live chat for this kind of issue) Don’t let them tell you they can’t do anything to fix this because they can and they have with me. In fact, I am kind of hoping its just something they go around fixing for everyone after bringing it to their attention but you but be persistent and demand that they get the Google Toolbox to see the domain and not to tell you its fixed until it does. They might say its fine using their tools so just be persistent and say you need Google Toolbox to see it. They can fix it!

I am just glad I am running at 100% and I can go about my work. Has this happened to you? Let me know, feel free to leave comments below.

Toryuken 5: My First Outing

Came back from my first Fighting Game Tournament and it was a lot of fun. I have never been to one of these things in my life but I always wanted to. I didn’t go there thinking I could beat anyone this was pretty much a trip for experience and learning and I learned a lot. You can only picture how things are so much but you need to know how the whole scene is 1:1 and there were many things I discovered for myself that is good to know now for my future doing this type of thing.

First I must state that the following opinion is only my own and I am merely writing this post for anyone who wants to know what its really like. Although for the most part people at these places are nice in the sense that they won’t bother you they are not the most welcoming bunch for new guys.

I personally could deal with this kind of thing because I keep to myself and don’t talk much anyway. But seeing it was my first time doing something this big I figured I would try the, put myself out there, approach. Even though nothing terrible happened with this approach I feel I would have been better off not doing it and I feel from now onwards I will be keeping to myself.

So I will get this little bit out of the way because it wasn’t the highlight of my fun time out its just something I feel people in my position need to know before heading out.

Also its important to note that I am not calling anyone specific out and saying this applies to every scene in the world but for most of them, from stories I heard, and applying it to my own, I came up with a very clear picture of what the actually scene is and how it works.

Unless you very young and pro level, don’t expect anyone to even care you are around. I even tried making friendly banter at opportunities that presented itself but very few people will want to engage and that’s cool, its something I need to know first hand.

If you watch streams and see groups of people and players having a great time with one another this isn’t because of the event bringing nice people together. What you see are just large clicks. Some that are friends. They are all part of their own circle. I don’t think any of these people could care less if you try to say what’s up. Its like a club. I am sure if you happen to beat a couple people they might want to chat but its highly unlikely. Again that’s cool, I prefer not talking to people myself, this was just me trying something new, I’m really not looking to make friends just trying to create less awkward environment. There were probably one or 2 guys there that were really cool and talked with everyone. I feel this is the most you can expect until you are there regularly and people warm up to you.

My advice for anyone here by themselves looking to make friends is to just play and have fun the first couple of times. Wait for someone to say something to you. Beat a few people the more you go then people might chat you up. I probably wouldn’t chat with people who are talking to me just because I beat someone but that’s just me.

Just go man. Even if you go to a small event a $5 tournament. Go, play when your done just go home its cool, keep coming back. Its all about playing living players. This is a luxury not everyone has so in that case its important to go play and keep coming back. If you are worried about confrontation, don’t. That’s an issue I didn’t have. It was just all about the awkward vibe I got from a lot of people. For the most part as long as you’re being respectable to other players they won’t bother you and if they do, fuck that place you were at and find another one. Sometimes people are just assholes and not worth the strength trying to fix.

When it comes to the top players, these guys are the nice ones, and why wouldn’t they be? People watch them and respect them. Probably a few that won’t be approachable but for the most part you can ask them stuff and they will answer you. Just remember they are people so try not to do anything that might annoy YOU.

My experience was very positive overall and nothing I stated meant I had a bad or uncomfortable time. It was just stuff I learned that you can’t understand unless you go yourself and I am fine with how it is. The whole event was pretty hype watching everyone one play, getting excited. That’s something that’s a little different in person then if you were watching on stream.

The greatest part of the whole thing was that nothing fucked up. In my life I get a lot of bad luck so I was expecting my stick to malfunction or for me to be nervous but I had no technical problems other wise I would have been a little bothered. There for I was able to play without second guessing if I was just nervous or not. I was able to get real data on how people really play and that’s exactly what I went for.
My match results.

I was entered as "Switchblade" As luck would have it in a couple of my games if I won my first match I had to go against a top fighter. They didn’t complete the bracket fill outs for Toryuken 5 as of the date of this post.

Mortal Kombat X.

I entered MKX for fun, it’s the game I played the least but I do like it. I am really bad at it so I wasn’t expecting to win any matches.

So I won my first match then I got to go up against Cr HoneyBee. Hahahahha. It was so crazy, like going 0 to 60 playing someone not very good and then one of the best. I was laughing in my chair but I tried my best. I chose Alien Acid Variation to deal with zoners so I should have played keep away best I could because you need someone with some better tools to deal with close pressure.

First round was flawless then most of the other rounds where just be getting 20 30% before getting murdered. It was a lot of fun playing such a guy, he’s actually very nice, I have attached a clip of him saying whatsapp… I mean what’s up, unfortunately most of him is cropped but still cool. Very cool guy. Was watching other games for a second after my match only to hear screams in the back as he was sent to losers after my match. Pretty shocking but he fought his way back to win 3rd place. Awesome!

In losers I had to fight MTL Jer, he used Sonya Demolition. This was a pretty messed up set. I think I was doing good the first game. Then some asshole didn’t disconnect his PS4 pad and the screen popped up. So had to restart it. This would happen 2 more times before we could actually have a sanctioned set. I couldn’t learn Sony’s high low high combo fast enough to defend against it. Once I was in the corner the guy had my number. So I lost my losers match and that was it for MKX but honestly I didn’t think I would do as good as I did.
Moving on to my next game, SFV.

This game I been playing a lot but not as much as everyone else and also not against the type of players that play here.

Street Fighter V.
 

So once again I win my first match and then have to fight FOX | Julio Fuentes and have to deal with his Ken. Ken is a tough character for me and having to play one of the top Ken players was rough. There are a lot of characters in SFV you just have to play patiently against and lame out, a skill I have yet to learn. So needless to say I was murdered and sent to Losers.

My opponent in losers was more my level and it was a close match but I didn’t pull it out so I was out in SFV but had a lot of fun.

Street Fighter II Super Turbo.
 

As much as this is still such a fun game to me I am not very good at it but I can’t stop playing it even if its against killers.

My first match was against the dude who set the whole Super Turbo game up at Toryuken and made it happen. These guys are very good I think I was only able to get a round off them. Guess I should have practiced or got a game of casuals in, not that they would let me… Moving on the next dude I played a specific cheese Deejay which I am use to but couldn’t figure out in time to get a come back but I tried.

And after that I was out. Was pretty cool seeing Justin Wong just come and kill people with Sagat. Cool to watch LordJimmyBones as well, dude is pretty crazy. Another hype dude to watch was PGH Klimax with his crazy Boxer.

So day one was done. And I had a lot of fun, had to come back for SF4.

Ultra Street Fighter 4.

They deleted the pools brackets there isn’t much to see I lost both games right off the bat. That was on my I was not playing patient so I got picked apart. I have no excuse in this game as I was very warmed up playing some nice casual sets before hand. Just need to step it up next time.

And with that my whole weekend was done and it was a blast. Had a lot of fun. I will have to check out future events because I really want to go to more.

Check out the images and Videos tabs to see my gallery’s. Thanks for reading and feel free to leave comments below!

Toryuken 5: My First Outing

Came back from my first Fighting Game Tournament and it was a lot of fun. I have never been to one of these things in my life but I always wanted to. I didn’t go there thinking I could beat anyone this was pretty much a trip for experience and learning and I learned a lot. You can only picture how things are so much but you need to know how the whole scene is 1:1 and there were many things I discovered for myself that is good to know now for my future doing this type of thing.

First I must state that the following opinion is only my own and I am merely writing this post for anyone who wants to know what its really like. Although for the most part people at these places are nice in the sense that they won’t bother you they are not the most welcoming bunch for new guys.

I personally could deal with this kind of thing because I keep to myself and don’t talk much anyway. But seeing it was my first time doing something this big I figured I would try the, put myself out there, approach. Even though nothing terrible happened with this approach I feel I would have been better off not doing it and I feel from now onwards I will be keeping to myself.

So I will get this little bit out of the way because it wasn’t the highlight of my fun time out its just something I feel people in my position need to know before heading out.

Also its important to note that I am not calling anyone specific out and saying this applies to every scene in the world but for most of them, from stories I heard, and applying it to my own, I came up with a very clear picture of what the actually scene is and how it works.

Unless you very young and pro level, don’t expect anyone to even care you are around. I even tried making friendly banter at opportunities that presented itself but very few people will want to engage and that’s cool, its something I need to know first hand.

If you watch streams and see groups of people and players having a great time with one another this isn’t because of the event bringing nice people together. What you see are just large clicks. Some that are friends. They are all part of their own circle. I don’t think any of these people could care less if you try to say what’s up. Its like a club. I am sure if you happen to beat a couple people they might want to chat but its highly unlikely. Again that’s cool, I prefer not talking to people myself, this was just me trying something new, I’m really not looking to make friends just trying to create less awkward environment. There were probably one or 2 guys there that were really cool and talked with everyone. I feel this is the most you can expect until you are there regularly and people warm up to you.

My advice for anyone here by themselves looking to make friends is to just play and have fun the first couple of times. Wait for someone to say something to you. Beat a few people the more you go then people might chat you up. I probably wouldn’t chat with people who are talking to me just because I beat someone but that’s just me.

Just go man. Even if you go to a small event a $5 tournament. Go, play when your done just go home its cool, keep coming back. Its all about playing living players. This is a luxury not everyone has so in that case its important to go play and keep coming back. If you are worried about confrontation, don’t. That’s an issue I didn’t have. It was just all about the awkward vibe I got from a lot of people. For the most part as long as you’re being respectable to other players they won’t bother you and if they do, fuck that place you were at and find another one. Sometimes people are just assholes and not worth the strength trying to fix.

When it comes to the top players, these guys are the nice ones, and why wouldn’t they be? People watch them and respect them. Probably a few that won’t be approachable but for the most part you can ask them stuff and they will answer you. Just remember they are people so try not to do anything that might annoy YOU.

My experience was very positive overall and nothing I stated meant I had a bad or uncomfortable time. It was just stuff I learned that you can’t understand unless you go yourself and I am fine with how it is. The whole event was pretty hype watching everyone one play, getting excited. That’s something that’s a little different in person then if you were watching on stream.

The greatest part of the whole thing was that nothing fucked up. In my life I get a lot of bad luck so I was expecting my stick to malfunction or for me to be nervous but I had no technical problems other wise I would have been a little bothered. There for I was able to play without second guessing if I was just nervous or not. I was able to get real data on how people really play and that’s exactly what I went for.
My match results.

I was entered as "Switchblade" As luck would have it in a couple of my games if I won my first match I had to go against a top fighter. They didn’t complete the bracket fill outs for Toryuken 5 as of the date of this post.

Mortal Kombat X.

I entered MKX for fun, it’s the game I played the least but I do like it. I am really bad at it so I wasn’t expecting to win any matches.

So I won my first match then I got to go up against Cr HoneyBee. Hahahahha. It was so crazy, like going 0 to 60 playing someone not very good and then one of the best. I was laughing in my chair but I tried my best. I chose Alien Acid Variation to deal with zoners so I should have played keep away best I could because you need someone with some better tools to deal with close pressure.

First round was flawless then most of the other rounds where just be getting 20 30% before getting murdered. It was a lot of fun playing such a guy, he’s actually very nice, I have attached a clip of him saying whatsapp… I mean what’s up, unfortunately most of him is cropped but still cool. Very cool guy. Was watching other games for a second after my match only to hear screams in the back as he was sent to losers after my match. Pretty shocking but he fought his way back to win 3rd place. Awesome!

In losers I had to fight MTL Jer, he used Sonya Demolition. This was a pretty messed up set. I think I was doing good the first game. Then some asshole didn’t disconnect his PS4 pad and the screen popped up. So had to restart it. This would happen 2 more times before we could actually have a sanctioned set. I couldn’t learn Sony’s high low high combo fast enough to defend against it. Once I was in the corner the guy had my number. So I lost my losers match and that was it for MKX but honestly I didn’t think I would do as good as I did.
Moving on to my next game, SFV.

This game I been playing a lot but not as much as everyone else and also not against the type of players that play here.

Street Fighter V.
 

So once again I win my first match and then have to fight FOX | Julio Fuentes and have to deal with his Ken. Ken is a tough character for me and having to play one of the top Ken players was rough. There are a lot of characters in SFV you just have to play patiently against and lame out, a skill I have yet to learn. So needless to say I was murdered and sent to Losers.

My opponent in losers was more my level and it was a close match but I didn’t pull it out so I was out in SFV but had a lot of fun.

Street Fighter II Super Turbo.
 

As much as this is still such a fun game to me I am not very good at it but I can’t stop playing it even if its against killers.

My first match was against the dude who set the whole Super Turbo game up at Toryuken and made it happen. These guys are very good I think I was only able to get a round off them. Guess I should have practiced or got a game of casuals in, not that they would let me… Moving on the next dude I played a specific cheese Deejay which I am use to but couldn’t figure out in time to get a come back but I tried.

And after that I was out. Was pretty cool seeing Justin Wong just come and kill people with Sagat. Cool to watch LordJimmyBones as well, dude is pretty crazy. Another hype dude to watch was PGH Klimax with his crazy Boxer.

So day one was done. And I had a lot of fun, had to come back for SF4.

Ultra Street Fighter 4.

They deleted the pools brackets there isn’t much to see I lost both games right off the bat. That was on my I was not playing patient so I got picked apart. I have no excuse in this game as I was very warmed up playing some nice casual sets before hand. Just need to step it up next time.

And with that my whole weekend was done and it was a blast. Had a lot of fun. I will have to check out future events because I really want to go to more.

Check out the images and Videos tabs to see my gallery’s. Thanks for reading and feel free to leave comments below!

New Section added and Update

Its been way too long since I posted anything but I been really busy both playing games and preparing more content both of which are more of the same. Got over a dozen game reviews I am going to release and more. And I still have tons of games I am playing

This post is mainly for the new section. I know I had TV Show Reviews section already but I lumped it into my other reviews that review one thing per post. I didn’t have a whole lot of show posted here because at first I wanted to just review TV Shows I have watched as a whole but because shows can go on for a while and each episode varies I figured this wasn’t good enough coverage so I wanted to be a little more thorough then the other reviews like Games and Movies.

I will have the entire series review in this section only if I have completed the whole series or completed most of it. But more importantly I will also have a run down of each episode so I can look back and remember stuff I can easily forget as references. This will be a lot more work then the other stuff but its something I want to at least try and hope it works.

The section is live but I just started (As of the date of this post) so it’s a work in progress, you can check it out here http://labswitched.info/reviews/items/7-tv-show-reviews or from the top nav under Reviews. Its also worth mentioning that the listings portion of the site isn’t really mobile friendly yet. If you click the title of an episode the article will be mobile friendly but for now the whole section looks better in a PC Browser.
That’s all for now, I am trying to post all this stuff real soon within the next couple of weeks and try to keep things steady. The only reason why its taking me so long I am on a shoe string budget so doing all my editing and stuff is a little tight.

Check back soon for more updates!

New Section added and Update

Its been way too long since I posted anything but I been really busy both playing games and preparing more content both of which are more of the same. Got over a dozen game reviews I am going to release and more. And I still have tons of games I am playing

This post is mainly for the new section. I know I had TV Show Reviews section already but I lumped it into my other reviews that review one thing per post. I didn’t have a whole lot of show posted here because at first I wanted to just review TV Shows I have watched as a whole but because shows can go on for a while and each episode varies I figured this wasn’t good enough coverage so I wanted to be a little more thorough then the other reviews like Games and Movies.

I will have the entire series review in this section only if I have completed the whole series or completed most of it. But more importantly I will also have a run down of each episode so I can look back and remember stuff I can easily forget as references. This will be a lot more work then the other stuff but its something I want to at least try and hope it works.

The section is live but I just started (As of the date of this post) so it’s a work in progress, you can check it out here http://labswitched.info/reviews/items/7-tv-show-reviews or from the top nav under Reviews. Its also worth mentioning that the listings portion of the site isn’t really mobile friendly yet. If you click the title of an episode the article will be mobile friendly but for now the whole section looks better in a PC Browser.
That’s all for now, I am trying to post all this stuff real soon within the next couple of weeks and try to keep things steady. The only reason why its taking me so long I am on a shoe string budget so doing all my editing and stuff is a little tight.

Check back soon for more updates!

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Street Fighter V

Street Fighter V

Street Fighter V is finally here and I will spoil this review right off the bat by stating how painful of a burn this one was. This is not only a sub par release in terms of a retail release but in just video games in general.

So there were a few games that made me decide what console would be my first New Gen experience. I carefully weighted the ones I am most anticipating and would ultimately play the most. Street Fighter always took the most of my game hours from me on whatever console I had. So Street Fighter V being a PS4/PC exclusive made the decision for me. I just never could imagine how big of a disappointing release it was.

Let’s start off with a retail video games main selling point for me. FEATURES! Street Fighter V has arguably the least amount of features in a fighting game at release. A fake Story mode made from pretty crappy art. No challenge to it at all its just beat 1 or 2 AI that don’t do anything. You have just completed Story Mode. There is also Survivor Mode. This mode is the most appealing offline Mode but its so basic I can’t even boast about it. They got offline Versus, Online Ranked, Online Casual, and Online Lounge. The Lounge is for setting up private matches with A friend. I mean A friend, this game launched with no multiplayer lobbies. A feature that by now should be in every fighting game at launch. And that’s it! No I am not kidding; this game doesn’t even have a tradition Arcade Mode!

The main gameplay is actually not bad. It’s a simplified Street Fighter but enough to expand on yet ultimately made for balance and looks to try to take most of the cheap SF4 stuff that made the game boil down to the nothing but option selects and other things that just shouldn’t be in such a game.

I really like the new characters as few in numbers as they are. I was kind of hoping for a few more brand new dudes but I am kind of use to Street fighter being littered with past combatants by now but overall I feel it’s a great launch roster.

The stages in the game are pretty bad. I feel they have not come very far from the designs of SF4. Not only are they simple and overall bland but they animations in the background animate at such low framerates and quickly loop. It was totally not what I was expecting from the first level they revealed with the expanding sides and that is the best stage in the game. Its really too bad it’s the only dynamic stage and seems like a huge miss from Capcom. I mean I am going to be looking at these stage for the next 8 years +.

Graphically overall this game looks pretty bad. It wasn’t what I was hoping a PS4 Street Fighter game would look like. Its got weird shaders that look terrible at 1080P. The hair looks like playdough. The stages again look bad graphically and I don’t understand why. This game is running in unreal Engine 4 on a PS4 it should look Wayyyyy better and perform wayyyy better. Mortal Kombat X Looks 1 milllion X better, performs a lot better, and runs on Unreal Engine 3. Gotta step it up Capcom.

The audio and UI are not bad at all I think I like the majority of the music and sounds in Street Fighter V and the UI is pretty clean but there are a lot of technical issues in menus that are just major oversights such as button assignment overwriting the same button to blanks instead of overwriting whatever you press and also training options not saving.

The game did not launch pretty and was foreseen given the past failures of the Beta. I know you are reading this far and wondering why I am being so hard on a game when they promise this and that. Here is why, because if the game is not finished you should not be selling it as a finished game. I hear people saying over and over that they are releasing “Free DLC” in the future which if you believe that you are the biggest moron on the planet because it is NOT free its what should have been in the game and they are just marketing it as Free DLC. It’s the same thing if the game launched without a UI and they said we are releasing a UI DLC in about 6 months and its FREE!

Street Fighter is one of my favorite pass times so its very annoying that Capcom makes me write such a review when they could have just delayed the game and launched when all the features were ready. I have to review the game as it launched and I even give most games a week or so to get fixed but we won’t be getting the Story Mode for another 4 months so I feel as a retail pack this is way overpriced. If they weren’t ready they should have just released the game in season releases or something or at least mark the packaging as a Pre-Release game so you know what your getting.

Final thoughts. Decent core game, very little and lackluster features that might be improved over the coming months and years.

Because this will be a supported and updated game over the next few years I will be checking in every year for an update. Not an update to this Review directly. This score is locked in as a core game Review. I will post blog posts in the future as the game updates but I will not change the score I give it here today.

 

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Resident Evil Zero 0 HD Review

Resident Evil Zero 0 HD Review

All the way back in 2002 there was a console I never owned. This consoles name was GameCube. Even though I was not a fan of this machine it did have a handful of games I wish I could have played but never could. Resident Evil Zero was one of these games along with the Resident Evil 1 Remake. These games maintained the classic game play of the original games but had way better graphics and I just wanted to play them.

14 Years later I finally got to Play Resident Evil Zero and an amazing HD version of it and this one isn’t a cheap up res, the game actually looks really good in HD. There are a handful of Pre-Rendered Cut scenes they had to upscale that look rough. And its crazy because pre rendering cut scenes benefits were to make some cinematic moments look better then what the game could render but now that the game has been remastered the engine graphics are a lot better then the Pre Render ones.
This is the Prequel to the original Resident Evil and maintains a lot of the classic feel of that game. You play the role of Rebecca Chambers, a field medic part of the group STARS and after getting separated will have to try her best to Survive and regroup with the Surviving Members. On her way she is confronted by an escaped convict convicted of murdering 23 people. I thought it was pretty dumb how fast Rebecca warmed up to this dude after knowing exactly who he is but I guess teaming up with a murderer beats getting mulled by monsters. So you will eventually be partnered with Billy Coen in this Resident Evil Adventure.

The story is a little week in some parts, cool in others and the voice acting is atrocious but it is on par with classic RE games in that sense. You will be happy to hear that most of the classic gameplay you love (If you loved classic RE games of course) are intact including Tank Controls (Which I love and use in these games) But they also have an Alternate Control for people not use to Tank Controls, just don’t complain when you are walking in weird directions due to the fixed camera changes.

The only annoyance is the Item Management in this game. You have 2 characters that can hold a maximum of 6 Items each. There are no upgrades for this so juggling your inventory in this game is very tricky. There are no chests ether, instead you have the ability to leave your crap lying around almost everywhere, you will just have to remember or search the maps for those important items you need all of a sudden. At least the Map lists all the items in every room that you put down, that does help a lot.

As far as the enemies go, I feel this game out of all the classic style RE games has the most Fucking Asshole enemies ever! Some of the ones in question are Giant Cockroaches that will lash out at you and deal good damage and are just fucking disgusting, everything from the look and sound, errgg! But the ones I hate the most are the fucking Baboon/monkey (Whatever they are, IDGAF) fuckers. They are small and hard to hit and if they corner you in numbers they can just infinite combo you to death. And last but not least the leech monsters or what I call them the Poo Poo monster’s because they look like a dude made from piece’s of shit stuck together. It even steams like shit and when this guy grabs you wave good by to your health.

The one thing you got to get use to that’s very new to RE is having to control 2 characters simultaneously. This is done but getting use to commands. You will also have to recognise right away that Rebecca is a weak girl and can’t take many hits no matter what weapon she is using. You will have to use Billy as the shield when dealing with serious enemies especially bosses or you will find yourself dying a lot because if one character dies in this game its Game Over.

Overall this was well worth the pre order and I guess it was well worth the wait getting to play it for the first time in HD. I had a lot of fun but in hindsight I probably shouldn’t have put it on Hard for my first run, I just barely beat the game, hahahah.

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Fallout 4 Review

Fallout 4 Review

I haven’t played Fallout 3 in a while but I had fond memories of it. I am not the most Hard-core Fallout fan but I did like a lot of stuff they did with 3. I sadly never got to play New Vegas but I found myself on the edge of my seat waiting for Fallout 4. Now that I destroyed the game here is what I thought.

This game does a good job of setting the pace and giving you an idea of why you are in the wasteland with the short prologue you play. After about an hour when you are done creating your character (J/K, but not really) you will eventually leave your vault and venture out into a crazy post apocalyptic world. (I think Apocalypse man tried to save a cat) From here what you want to do is up to you. You can head out and do main story quests. Talk to people in the world and decide to help them or not. This is a very open ended game where you can play how you want, what you cannot avoid however is having to kill people.

Visually I think the game looks very good. It’s a huge step from Fallout 3, its bigger and looks much better. They do some very nice effects with the weather. One of the first things I noticed when I played my first hour was Dynamic Wind. I don’t think I even seen it in a game. I walked down the road, saw a dead dog, heard the gust of wind and saw the dogs rag doll move from the gust of wind. Another thing I love is the Radiation Storms. They are so earie and nice looking at the same time and also soak you with Rads. A lot of people out there are complaining about it but I don’t see how this game doesn’t look good and that’s on PS4. I seen it running on PC and it looks even better on that running at 60FPS. The amount of work they put into this is obvious halfway through the game when you have seen so much and barely scratch the surface.
Its good to have VATS back. This mechanic made Fallout for me in Fallout 3. It slowed the pace dawn and gave it that RPG feel making it more then just a mindless shooter. Its back, its not tampered with. In fact, nothing about what you loved in past Fallout games is tampered with. It’s a new world, with a new story with all the same Fallout goodness.

There is a lot of Story to the game if you branch out and do all the side stuff. There is so much so you might forget your main objectives at times. It really does piece together the stuff that happened in the past 200 years Post Apocalypse. The main story itself is pretty interesting and has its own twists and turns. One thing that seemed to stand out for me this game compared to FO3 was the main character has his own voice so you’re not just selecting reply’s in the game and having to picture yourself talking.

This game has a good variety of enemies, some new, some returning from FO3, there are also a lot of variations of them too. There are a few Large enemies but the game is lacking in epic large scale Boss Fights.
In past Bethesda games most of us had a problem with Hording junk. In this game Junk is very useful as you can extract its raw components to rebuild your settlements. The whole Settlement mechanic is pretty cool, its like they added their own mini Minecraft stuff to the game and its totally optional, its not fully necessary to beat the game so its just there for people who want more.

I spent a good couple hundred hours in Fallout 4, beat it, and also got the Platinum Trophy and had nothing but fun with the game. It might take up a lot of your time but those hours will be pleasant memories. I cannot wait for the DLC and might edit this Review to accommodate it later.

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Until Dawn Review

Until Dawn Review

Since Monkey Island Special Edition released on Xbox 360 back in 2010 my passion for the simple point and click adventure games was reborn. It is now a Genre I play very often. I been following the development of Until Dawn since before I got my PS4 and was very interested in how cinematic it looked. Now that I finally got to play it and get that Platinum Trophy here’s what I think of this game.

If you ever wanted to play a Horror Movie and feel immersed in it, then this is that game you been looking for. The game is about a bunch of collage kids returning to a cabin after a tragedy last year and end up having a pretty rough night. The gameplay might not appeal to the most hard-core shooter enthusiast but it will appeal to a large amount of people due to its accessibility in controls. One thing I recommend doing is setting up the Motion Controls. As long as you put it in your head that its not 1:1 (One to One) Motion Tracking and that you should make settle movements then you will get the hang of it. It adds a level of Immersion IMO, at the very least you should try it. This game isn’t about shooting things as much as its about making tough choices, choice that will always leave you thinking, what if…

For most Adventure games its all about the Story and thats all you remember such as with the Telltale games, you never think of those games as having great visuals but this game packs both. An amazing unfolding story with many a turns and astounding visuals with real life actors playing the motion and voice of the characters. You almost forget your watching a game and instead feel you are inside a Horror/Suspense movie. Hayden Panettiere (Clair from Heroes) and Rami Malek (from Mr Robot) only to name a few of the great actors this game has. They even capture their likeness so there is no disconnect.

The main games mechanic is the Butterfly Effect. It works similar to a few Telltale games only its more visual and you can see in a menu how your choices effected certain situations. The game has a lot of different endings, so if you and someone you know played on your own you would most likely share your experience’s and realize that you both had tremendous amounts of different outcomes. You can make it to the end and save everyone, or have everyone die and everything in between. Its all about the choices you make and might make you want to play this game multiple times.

The game does have a few things they could have worked on. Every game by now should have Skippable cut scenes, I think we gotten that far in gaming to know that’s important for time consumption. Even if you have to beat the game to unlock such a feature or do something complicated like hold 2 buttons down for a few seconds, that’s fine, but in this game you can’t skip one cut scene and every chapter has a “Previously On Until Dawn” sequence that shows a reel of stuff that happened so far in your game. Even though they are not long they did get in the way of seeing alternate endings and getting all the Trophy’s. Just a needless speed bump I feel they could have done without.

As far as the bad goes that’s pretty much all I could think of. This game was great overall and I look forward to DLC or more of the same style game from these Developers because this shit was awesome.

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Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Review

Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Review

I am a huge Final Fantasy fan and have been since playing my first on SNES, Final Fantasy 3 (Officially Final Fantasy 6) but there are quite a few games I missed so I am going back to play and beat them. One of which has been Remastered in HD. I will be reviewing both games as a package.

Final Fantasy X and X-2 are quite different from each other. Both share the same connecting world and a few main characters but can be easily identified from one another. I know its not fair to have NOW thoughts on games of the past that had limited technology to make the game but I have no choice because I am playing it on a NOW console. I will start off with...

Final Fantasy X.

Final Fantasy X was probably the last game in the series to keep with a traditional turn based style combat system, a system I grown to love and wish they had just stuck with instead of the many horrid experiments’ that would follow (I am looking at you, shitty paradigm System!) But would be the staple in very complex story telling from the series. Going beyond the “We need to save the Kingdom” Narrative it has become a crazy world in which is almost impossible to fathom living in. You take control of a character who has been washed away from his home city and wakes up on a shore only to find out he’s about 1000 years in the future. The story moves on from this craziness and continues to unfold on your journey as you try to piece together where you are and what happened to the place you once called home. This games story is crazy all the way up to the end but I was kind of taken back by the world after it was all said and done. It was a place that never gave up hope in the face of utter destruction.

The game play will have you questing and joining new people on your journey. The game introduces Overdrives, an attack that sounds like it should do some damage but doesn’t really. Summoning is back but even this doesn’t seem to give you an edge like past games. I feel they put all this stuff and then nerfed it before the game was released in fear that it made it too easy. If that’s the case, fair enough as the game itself isn’t all that challenging, but I don’t play Final Fantasy games for a challenge anyway.

Now I will talk about the games worst feature aside from the whiny voice acting. BLITZ BALL! Fuck this stupid mini game, it sucks, it’s a dumb waste of time. Just a game about random stats you have very little control of. Luckily I only had to sit through one game, I set it to auto pilot and made dinner as it played in the background.
Overall I felt it was a fun adventure. Not close to my favorite Final Fantasy experience’s but I don’t feel like I wasted my time ether.

Now let’s cover Final Fantasy X-2.

I was actually looking forward to this one because I didn’t hear anything about it and wanted to see how X continues. Unfortunately, they tried too hard to make this into a completely different game. I feel all the new mechanics were just experiments gone wrong.

They evolved the class based game play of older titles and thought making them over complex would add a new level of gameplay but only adds a new level of frustration. They branch out to so many classes, which are called dresses, and its almost impossible to focus on one because of how the game is designed. By the end I would just use the secrete dresses because they would stage off dying better. It was a lot more work then playing to me. The Pokémon System they tried to shoe horn into the game just further complicated the game to the point where you couldn’t keep track of your team. In RPG games your party is suppose to be the main protogenos in the game not random monsters and stuff.
The story was what kept me going. I needed to know how it would go on and was very disappointed with how everything turned out in the end. One thing I did like was the whole Girl Power thing they where doing. You don’t see enough of it in games (Now the whole Dress Class makes sense huh?). Overall It was a mess of a plot with no Climax.
Ultimately I am surprised I made it the whole way through and could have gone the rest of my life pretending this game didn’t exist so for the most part I will do just that.

So as a complete package I feel all this game had was Final Fantasy X. It didn’t need to pack X-2 and I feel its just there so they could sell it for more or to appeal to those 2 guys that actually liked it. I can’t recommend this game at full price, maybe if you see it for $10 or something and are curious other then that there are a lot better games to play.

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The Last Of Us Remastered Review

The Last Of Us Remastered Review

When this game came out on PS3 it made me wish I had a PS3 but I never could play it, I never thought I would play it. Thankfully they made a better version of it for PS4 so I finally got to play it and I can honestly say it was worth the wait.

To get it out of the way for people wondering how it compares to the original, I was able to do kind of a side by side comparison. I got PlayStation Now and loaded up The Last of Us, this service is almost 1:1 playing a PS3 if you have the bandwidth. So I played the Prologue on the PS3 version. Then I loaded the PS4 version and played it. The difference was clear. On the PS3 version even though the game still looked very well the only way they could achieve that was to use a graining filter where you could not see clear detail. That plus it ran at 30FPS on the PS3. The Remastered version, the complete opposite, you can see clearly everything in full detail, skin texture, veins, arm hair, dust falling. And it runs at a clean 60FPS and that’s what makes it better in terms of visuals. This game is very cinematic and the 60FPS helps capture that a lot more.

So now let’s go into gameplay. This game is a lot more Survival then Horror, most of the scare comes from the feeling of you actually don’t want to die in this game, you really role play the Survival part. The game play is pretty sleek once you master the controls. Your character’s aim might seem off but it’s just stuff you got to upgrade, once upgraded you can take off heads easily. What makes this game hard is the fact that conserving your supplies is the only way you can beat this game. You need to collect as much stuff as possible and try to use as little ammo as possible. It’s probably the most Survival game I ever played in that sense.

You will not be facing off with just one enemy type but 2. In the sense it feels like the Walking Dead. You got to deal with Infected and at the same time deal with Psychopaths (Or that’s how I refer to them) People who are just killing because there is no more law. The Infected have a few variants and all have their own things to look out for. Runners (Hahaha, The Walking Dead calls them Walkers…) are the normal Infected and won’t cause too much trouble on their own but are tough in packs. Clickers are a next level infected that can’t see and go on a sense of sound. If they get a hold of you you better have a shiv crafted. And the Bloaters. Probably the games main boss. He only comes out a few times in the whole game but can be tricky to deal with. The human enemies don’t have much variation other than having Helmets that make headshots tough and Melee enemies vs shooting enemies.

The game had a few pretty tough parts to get past and unfortunately there are no real bosses in this game so these are as close as you get. This game never allows you the chance to be a good guy, this was something I had trouble with. I know the role is survival and you got to kill to survive but there were a couple spots (Namely the end) where I wanted to get passed it without killing anyone and I couldn’t I spent an hour in the end part and finally said fuck it and just took off every head in sight, that was the only way I could beat it. The game doesn’t give you the moral choice like most games with similar stories so you are just along for the ride but it was still a great experience, I felt there were some intense levels and just terrific acting I mean some of the best mocap, and voice acting I seen in games. Unfortunately I didn’t feel the story gave me closure when the game ended, I felt they could have written something better. My only hope is they have something planned for a new Last of Us game for PS4. But I had too much fun playing through for it to be a deal breaker in anyway.

This game is the complete package so you will be able to use all the DLC from the PS3 version including a side story of Ellie that takes you into her past. And also all the additional MP DLC. I haven’t tried the MP yet so I have no opinion on it but I will update their post when I do, this is a highly recommended game, especially the PS4 version if you want the best experience.

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