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Capcom has done it again...

Personally I feel the latest Halloween DLC from Capcom is a Huge slap in the face, and here’s why.

It wasn’t a few months ago Capcom started coming out to address their short comings with Street Fighter V after vocal fans finally giving them honest feedback. A long time coming. I know before they had the backlash but there wasn’t enough of us to where they gave a shit. Now the numbers gain and they have no choice but to listen. There are still the Capcom Apologist out there that will defend everything and that’s their prerogative but there were real concerns with the release and slow improvements to Street Fighter V.

It seemed slow but at least they recently started to pick up the pace a bit in fixes and support. Most recently with the Urien update and quick (Quick by Capcom standards) fix for their PC update that caused security risks in Windows. I feel at this point they really should still be making it up to the longtime supporters that got what they got at launch and add if not Free content at least hold off on the Premium stuff for a while. I really like the Fight Money idea but at this rate Fight Money will only pay for garbage and before you step in Defenders, with the whole, “You can buy characters with FM” that’s good for this Season but come season 2 they will be able to do what they want and at this rate they will probably make season 2 premium only.

So where is this slap in the face? Well we want cool shit for SFV. A lot of us are hanging in there trying to find things to keep us coming back. But the first wave of fun themed DLC is Premium Only? Already? I mean the story crap aren’t even unlocks and now this? And what about that Halloween stage? One of the worst stages is now covered in pumpkins? $2 or 40K FM. No thanks. Where is the old package price you guys use to do? And the cherry on top, you can never get them again after November 29th. Now I have no choice but to buy it, Kappa.

This is coming from a guy who had pretty much all costumes from SF4. I bought them to support the franchise I love and in hopes they would give back but instead they seem to have gotten worse with the fans. The Halloween Costumes aren’t even that great, they went with a basic red and black motif for most of them and they are not very inventive.

This is just very disappointing after they did a nice Urien release with Easter eggs and background finishes (Something we all thought the game would have at launch) but then they took a step back. I will be passing all together on this one and I really hope Capcom can try to do better in the future. There a lots of fighting games in the sea these days…

Feel free to leave comments and let me know how you feel and to all you defenders out there you can just fill out this convenient Bingo card from EventHubs.com.

Capcom has done it again...

Personally I feel the latest Halloween DLC from Capcom is a Huge slap in the face, and here’s why.

It wasn’t a few months ago Capcom started coming out to address their short comings with Street Fighter V after vocal fans finally giving them honest feedback. A long time coming. I know before they had the backlash but there wasn’t enough of us to where they gave a shit. Now the numbers gain and they have no choice but to listen. There are still the Capcom Apologist out there that will defend everything and that’s their prerogative but there were real concerns with the release and slow improvements to Street Fighter V.

It seemed slow but at least they recently started to pick up the pace a bit in fixes and support. Most recently with the Urien update and quick (Quick by Capcom standards) fix for their PC update that caused security risks in Windows. I feel at this point they really should still be making it up to the longtime supporters that got what they got at launch and add if not Free content at least hold off on the Premium stuff for a while. I really like the Fight Money idea but at this rate Fight Money will only pay for garbage and before you step in Defenders, with the whole, “You can buy characters with FM” that’s good for this Season but come season 2 they will be able to do what they want and at this rate they will probably make season 2 premium only.

So where is this slap in the face? Well we want cool shit for SFV. A lot of us are hanging in there trying to find things to keep us coming back. But the first wave of fun themed DLC is Premium Only? Already? I mean the story crap aren’t even unlocks and now this? And what about that Halloween stage? One of the worst stages is now covered in pumpkins? $2 or 40K FM. No thanks. Where is the old package price you guys use to do? And the cherry on top, you can never get them again after November 29th. Now I have no choice but to buy it, Kappa.

This is coming from a guy who had pretty much all costumes from SF4. I bought them to support the franchise I love and in hopes they would give back but instead they seem to have gotten worse with the fans. The Halloween Costumes aren’t even that great, they went with a basic red and black motif for most of them and they are not very inventive.

This is just very disappointing after they did a nice Urien release with Easter eggs and background finishes (Something we all thought the game would have at launch) but then they took a step back. I will be passing all together on this one and I really hope Capcom can try to do better in the future. There a lots of fighting games in the sea these days…

Feel free to leave comments and let me know how you feel and to all you defenders out there you can just fill out this convenient Bingo card from EventHubs.com.

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!

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I am not OFTEN impulsive when purchasing new games, I mean that’s why I rent games online. But sometimes I will be sitting there wanting to play something new and a little different and I like to experiment with games I know the least about. So I heard the title Firewatch, looked up screenshots, didn’t read anything up on it, saw that the game was asking for a whopping $20 (Which is becoming somehow a standard price for the little guys somehow) and that’s all I went on, I was ready to roll the Dice.

I will say this about the game it had me. All the way up to the end. But after that I kept thinking… okkkkkk… $20?

But let me break it down. Firewatch isn’t a terrible game my only problem with it is that it is one of “These Games”. And I think “These Games” are great but need their own Genre title. I suggest the name “Walking Simulator” A game that requires little conflict, just that you walk to said destinations and the game will be over eventually. I don’t think it should be called “Walking Simulator” in a derogatory Sense but just so people understand exactly what to expect while playing.

The game starts off interesting and continues down that path. The games main point I found was the dialog. Its not so much the story I enjoy but the amount of writing in the form of banter between you and on of the only other characters in the game. You sit at your Firewatch Post and keep contact via walkie talkie and she even points out her whereabouts which is in some watch tower miles away that overlooks his post. You play out your job in this game as Firewatch and are tasked with small things such as investigating fireworks in the distance and smoke stacks. The game will later take a more mysterious turn while you investigate other stuff but before you know it that game will be over. There is a lot more interactions in this game then a few other Walking Simulators I played, they have you picking things up and getting to locations manually, even having to harness yourself to get there.

Visually the game looks great for the style they went for. Kind of Team Fortress or No Man’s Sky. But the game does lack in surrounding wildlife. I mean forests generally have wildlife and you can literally count the number of animated models on one hand.

By the end of the game I felt it was OK just not a great game. I feel the price is what makes it hard for me to recommend, if it was a $10 game I wouldn’t have felt as bad but I just didn’t get $20 worth. The game looks nice, and someone went to great detail modeling things, writing and making nice scenes but I feel it didn’t have to be this short for the price point. A few extra days where I had to do different things to do with the job would have much better IMO.

My ultimate recommendation comes down to how you feel. I play lots of games but if you don’t and you just want an experience and the price doesn’t bother you then by all means. But there is no replay value in the game and even if you’re not great at games I can’t see this one lasting past the second day of you getting it.

DLC Follow up.

So the game recently released free DLC that adds trophies for a few unique things that happens in the game. I wish they just did this from the get go but at least they are there now. It also has an Audio Trail (Which is the name of the DLC) where you can listen to interactive commentary throughout the game in the form of cassette tape you pick up. It is really nice to listen too and see where the ideas came from, I quite enjoyed this bit.

 

 

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Alien Isolation Review

Alien Isolation Review

I always wanted a really decent Alien game and almost gave up after seeing how bad Aliens: Colonial Marines was. But then this game came out and I really didn’t have a new console at the time so I kind of missed it and decided now was the time. Heard many great things about it so I was very eager to get my hands on it.

Right off the bat the game seemed very authentic to the sets of the movies. The story is about you being Ripley’s Daughter, Amanda Ripley, and come across a transmission that could have information about her mother on it. But we all know what’s really waiting on the Station.

So you are pulled into a whole thing you could not prepare for and must improvise and survive an unknown enemy. And if that wasn’t enough most of the humans on the station have gone into survival mode themselves and are prepared to fire on sight.

The graphics I would say are decent. I wouldn’t call them pushing the bar on the platform at the time it was released but it was a multi platform release and it wasn’t at all an eye sore it just wasn’t amazing. But the art work was. I mean everything was modeled great, nice and detailed with lots of variation even though it’s a station where everything fits the same motif it still feels like a lot of work was put into the design and made the game itself feel very big.

The story progressed very well just like the movies tend to do (The good ones.) And just when you are beginning to feel Closter phobic you get to do space walks for a few minutes and get an amazing view of outer space! Its fantastic!

The game also does a great job of making it a Survival Horror game but not only limiting your defences but making you use stealth over anything. If Alien see’s you and you don’t have a flame thrower you are just dead. This is all happening while you are trying to follow your objective to get off the blasted station.

From beginning to the end I had a lot of fun with this game and it was worth the wait. I finally got to play a really good Alien game and I hope they make another one down the line.

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Goat Simulator Review

Goat Simulator Review

I finally got around to playing and beating Goat Simulator for PS4. This was the last game I played in 2015 and it was quite fun. Very simple craziness but just an open world Physics sandbox to play around in. I been following this game since it was Greenlit on steam and I watched a lot of Lets Plays on it. Watching so many did kind of spoil a lot of the game for me so I didn’t get to enjoy that Surprise after things happen on my own sadly. It looks like a lot of stuff was added since to make it feel like a more complete game. I say the game is worth its money if you just want to dick around in some crazy physics sandbox for a good laugh. It doesn’t last long even if you are going for Achievements/Trophies ads you can complete it in a day or 2. There are a few Trophies that are pretty tough and require looking up as they are so specific. Also be warned for the most pain in the ass Trophy, Flappy Goat, but you might also get lucky and get this one fast. Took me around 45 minutes.

Overall it was as much fun as I saw people having and I didn’t see a whole lot of gameplay for the second level so I had quite a bit of fun out of it. It might not be for everyone though so watch a couple gameplay videos before deciding.

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Beyond Two Souls Remastered Review

Beyond Two Souls Remastered Review

I missed the entire PlayStation 3 ship being an exclusive Xbox 360 user. Although I had one of my best console generations with 360 I felt there were those handful of games I never got to play. Fortunately, most of them are being remastered on PlayStation 4 so I get a second chance. So a game that got a lot of buzz like The Last of Us was Beyond Two Souls. And I finally got to play it, here’s what I thought.

Heavy Rain was probably the only PlayStation 3 game I got to beat. That and Metal Gear Solid 4. But Heavy Rain was a really good story and I really wanted to play Beyond Two Souls by the same team. I recently just finished Beyond Two Souls and it was as fantastic as I hoped.

In the same style as Heavy Rain its main attraction is the great story telling but in a unique point and click fashion that has been refined for play with a controller, Quantic Dream really puts their own flavour on the genre. The main story is told out of order in this game but seems to do good by what chapters you play. You follow the character Jodie throughout her entire life from birth to adult and get to see it from different points. You also control an entity that is bonded to her, its like a Ghost no one can see but can manipulate the world in many ways. This creates a unique story element and also a game mechanic.

Unfortunately, I cannot comment about the differences in the Remaster from the original like I could with The Last of Us and Heavy Rain Remastered. I am assuming its all it could be without remodeling everything from scratch. From comparison images it looks like the game has a better clarity for stuff in the background and on the surface of models. They didn’t do anything from the framerate as its still 30FPS but that’s just because it’s a cinematic game. They also added a remixed mode that allows you to play the game in Chronological order right from the start and also you get the DLC add-on from the PS3 version. Its just a small little mini game but its still cool.

This game does a great job giving you a really interesting narrative while making you feel like a part of it as linier as the game is. The performances of the actors in this game is really what helps pull you into the whole adventure. Its some of the best I have seen.

The levels are really good in this game because they literally take you places you wouldn’t have thought and maintains its connection to the main plot the whole way through.

The only bad things I could say to this game come from a technical stand point is that at this point even if it’s a point and click style adventure game, I expect the ability to skip most cut scenes. I understand the first playthrough this being locked but if after you should be able to skip whatever.

Overall I felt this game was really great and I am glad I finally got to play it because I really like these types games and was worried years ago that they would die out to the age of FPS but thankfully they are going harder then ever and I can’t wait for the next Quantic Dream game and its coming soon!

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