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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!

Thanks Dude!

Well my room just got a whole lot less shitty thanks to my dude PatrickMJones!

So I finally got around to buying up some frames to put the Artwork you got for me in. I didn’t realize how hard Frame Shopping is. I didn’t want a cheap looking frame and I am cheap so I also didn’t want to pay a ton for them, I mean its 9X whatever. But I finally found some nice ones for a decent price and even though they were not very very cheap in price worth every penny after it was all up and looking good.
Might be a little uneven but I eyeballed it and laid it out myself and got them all in one nail each, not too shabby.

The images I took suck so I might take a video later to show it more to scale but its looking very nice now and I am glad I finally get to look at it instead of it all sitting in my closet. I was the most worried it would get ruined somehow before I got a chance to put it up so I kept them on lock down top shelf in the closet.

Anyway, I am enjoying it very much man, I still can’t thank you enough for these man, good looking out!

Thanks Dude!

Well my room just got a whole lot less shitty thanks to my dude PatrickMJones!

So I finally got around to buying up some frames to put the Artwork you got for me in. I didn’t realize how hard Frame Shopping is. I didn’t want a cheap looking frame and I am cheap so I also didn’t want to pay a ton for them, I mean its 9X whatever. But I finally found some nice ones for a decent price and even though they were not very very cheap in price worth every penny after it was all up and looking good.
Might be a little uneven but I eyeballed it and laid it out myself and got them all in one nail each, not too shabby.

The images I took suck so I might take a video later to show it more to scale but its looking very nice now and I am glad I finally get to look at it instead of it all sitting in my closet. I was the most worried it would get ruined somehow before I got a chance to put it up so I kept them on lock down top shelf in the closet.

Anyway, I am enjoying it very much man, I still can’t thank you enough for these man, good looking out!

Bring on the New Year 2016

Brace yourself because this is a long post.

So 2015 is done and when it comes to years past I am mostly looking at the year of games because its what I look forward to most. 2015 could have been a more productive year for me all round but it could have been a lot worse. I tried my best to clear out some old 360 games and also I got on the New Gen Train by getting a PS4. I played a lot of PS4 games even if the majority were PS3 game remasters and Indie Games, I still had a lot of fun on my new toy. And I was slacking off quite a bit near the end of the year when it comes to clearing out my old 360 games. November brought quite a few PS4 games I just needed to get and play so It couldn’t be helped.

So there were quite a few games that came and gone and I feel I will make a list of my top 15 favorites of 2015 that I played. Please note that just because a game is high up on the list doesn’t mean its terrible, its just a preferred order, these were all great games.

Number 15.

Deception IV The Nightmare Princess.

Deception IV is an updated version of Deception IV: Blood Ties that released on PS3. Only slight changes were made but I never played the PS3 version so this was quite a fun game as I haven’t played a Deception game for a while. I missed the version on PS2 called Trapped so this brought me back to the crazy ways of the old PSX days.

Number 14.

Far Cry Blood Dragon.

It was such a weird thing when this game released shortly after Far Cry 3 and received positive feedback. It looked crazy and I wanted to try it, I bought it on sale after and was backed up with games and couldn’t get around to popping it on. This year if I didn’t I probably never was going to so I di and it was quite fun, a smaller map then Far Cry 3 but still a nice sized Arcade title. It was made in old retro feel, it was like playing an NEW game in current gen technology, it’s the only way I could explain it. You must try this one.

Number 13.

Resident Evil 4 HD.

Although I did beat this one PS2 during its launch, I been buying up all the HD remasters and this was one of them. Even now this game was still pretty hard but still pretty fun. To me Resident Evil 4 was a staple not only in the Resident Evil series but how games could be pushed and made to appear much larger with a few tricks on limited technology. Although primitive by todays standards it could very well be the game that inspired current action games since so many still use Quick Time Events.

Number 12.

Goat Simulator.

A game I should have played when it came out but literally just played and beaten New Years Eve. This game is a crazy Physics Sandbox. You don’t die in it you just try your best to accomplish the games Goals, I feel this is one game were it was made for Achievements/Trophies. Pick this one up if you want to experience something crazy and randomness.

Number 11.

DarkSiders.

Darksiders was another game on my way wayyy back burner. So this was the year to finally play and beat it and it was pretty nice. With the Mechanics of God OF War and the crazy story of the 4 Horse Men of the Apocalypse this makes for one crazy game with some nice boss battle to boot.

Number 10.

Darksiders II.

I beat these games one after the other. I kind of wish I played this one on the PS4 but I already had it for 360 so whatever. Darksiders II gets Number 11 Because I liked this one the best. The mechanics felt like its own game and not a God of War clone and having Rare loot drops made it that much more fun.

Number 9.

Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below.

I haven’t played a Dynasty Warriors game in a while so when I saw this was coming I had to check it out. The game ended up being a lot more fun then I thought despite a lot of problems I had with it. Even though I had fun with it, I don’t think I will be to hard up for the upcoming sequel as the Story falls short. I would rather wait for a new Real Dragon Quest game.

Number 8.

The Order: 1866.

Although this game received a lot of complaints about its length and repetitiveness, just based on how it looked, I had to try it for myself. I am so glad I did because I thought this was a fantastic game that tried its best to show of the power of PS4 earlier into the consoles life cycle and at the same time give us an original story that was really interesting and cool. A great take on Werewolves and Vampires.

Number 7.

The Evil Within.

The guy who brought us the original Resident Evil Games tries a new take at the Horror Genre and Delivers. This game is so twisted and was what I been wanting in a new Horror game for quite some time. This game will bend your mind and challenge you in Survival. I need to go back and try the DLC for this one.

Number 6.

Call of Duty Black Ops III.

Blops is back and looks to take the gameplay of Call of Duty to another level. This game greatly improves on one of the best COD games, Advanced Warfare but looks to add a lot more elements to expand the gameplay further. I am having a lot of fun with this one and I am not a big COD fan. I feel there is a lot of depth to the Multiplayer this time around.

Number 5.

Beyond Two Souls.

I am so glad I got a second chance to play this game because it was well worth the wait. This game had such a cool story and so well performed by fame actors Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe I just… wow.

Number 4.

Until Dawn.

A game in which the trailer doesn’t do it justice, this game was a really amazing Horror Point and Click Adventure game. They did so many things right all around. Graphics were great, controls were great, everything was. It was probably the best game to do choices that change your experience, not many people will have the exact same playthrough and outcome. A real masterpiece.

Number 3

The Last of US.

After beating this game every which way, I can see what all the hype was about. This was a fantastic game. It was high in game play and Story so there was a lot to enjoy. The remaster differences were big too. The graphics are much better, and the game runs at a smooth 60FPS, what more could you ask for? This was a lot of fun.

Number 2.

Mortal Kombat X.

Mortal Kombat X easily became one of the best all around fighting game packages in years. Netherrelem really put all their heart and soul into this game and made it their most refined Mortal Kombat game ever. The bar has been set, the question is will anyone be able to raise it.

And of course, my Number 1 game of 2015…

Fallout 4.

It kind of sucks that this game turned out to be one of my favorites because I been playing so many good games all year and just the title alone had me thinking it would be the game I like most, even before it came out. I was kind of hoping to be wrong for some reason but it couldn’t be helped. Even with all the games problems, Fallout 4 was a such a cool adventure that had me screaming, WTF! So many times. In just a month of playing it I have so many WTF gaming moments and memories so I had to make it my number 1 game of the year. Well worth the effort getting the Platinum Trophy!

So that wraps up my favorite 15 games of the year, but I am not done, there was one game I played that wins the award of worst game of 2015. This award belongs to… (Drumroll)

OMEGA QUINTET!

They did a fantastic job showing screenshots of the game to make it appear to be a fun classic RPG game but after playing it for only a few hours it was clear that it was one of the worst RPG games I ever played. The battle system seemed good at first but was just a more annoying variation of a classic RPG battle system. But the dialog, ohhh man, that was the killer for me. Just annoying back and forth ramblings that went up for 20 minutes every mission. The tutorial system that makes you wish you killed yourself. And it looks like a 480P game with black bars all around. I can’t believe it’s a retail game on PS4! Ugh, terrible.

Lastly is a small thing I wanted to cover. Now I went the whole 360 Generation with my Gamerscore but this year I kind of traded in my Gamerscore for Trophies (But not permanently). One cool thing I been liking about Trophies is of course, The Platinum Trophy. It’s a bonus Trophy you get that commemorates you getting all the Trophies in the game. With that one Trophy you symbolize you 100% a game.

In any case I did want to announce Awards for Trophies I earned this year. The 3 categories are, My Favorite Trophy, Most Annoying Trophy and Dumbest Trophy.

Dumbest Trophy.

Benevolent Leader – Fallout 4: Reach maximum happiness in a Large Settlement.

I feel this trophy was dumb because it relied on an un-finished mechanic of the game. The game has Settlements with Happiness Meters. You must fill this meter to 100%. Even finding tips online there is no way any of the stuff you have to do to achieve this makes any sense. There is so many things left in the game I feel they could have made a Trophy instead of these one.

Most Annoying Trophy.

The FlapMaster – Goat Simulator for PS4: Score 10 points in Flappy Goat.

If you like Flappy Bird, then you might like this? It’s a more brutal version of Flappy Bird. Thank god they set the score to 10. 45 minutes staring at Flappy Bird -.-

And my Favorite Trophy of the year goes to…

Completed Grounded Mode Plus - The Last of Us™ Remastered.

I was going to put the Fallout 4 Platinum for this but my favorite trophies for me are the ones that mark me beating something very difficult. You probably could tell this if you ever read my stuff were all I ever mention is my Mass Effect 2 100% which includes beating the game on Insanity. Well move over Achievement from years ago because beating The last of us on Grounded was not only optional but proved to be very difficult. And if that’s not enough, the Trophy is for Grounded Plus which means I had to beat Grounded twice to get it. Was it ever hard but satisfying and great to look back on, good times!

OK so this is becoming a very long year end review of games so I am going to post one last thing, a list of games I am looking forward to playing in 2016. This list is not finalized and I am sure there are a lot of games that haven’t been announced but these are the ones I currently have my sights set on.

  • Detroit: Become Human.
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
  • EA Sports UFC 2.
  • Dead Island 2.
  • Final Fantasy XV.
  • Far Cry Primal.
  • Nier: Automata.
  • One Piece Burning Blood.
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider.
  • Star Ocean V: Integrity and Faithlessness.
  • Doom.
  • Street Fighter V.
  • Dead Island 2.
  • The Walking Dead: Michonne - A Telltale Games Mini-Series.
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda

Well good bye 2015, it was fun, and I am looking forward to 2016. I hope everyone had as much fun as I had. Feel free to leave a link to a Blog Post if you have a New Years Post.

Bring on the New Year 2016

Brace yourself because this is a long post.

So 2015 is done and when it comes to years past I am mostly looking at the year of games because its what I look forward to most. 2015 could have been a more productive year for me all round but it could have been a lot worse. I tried my best to clear out some old 360 games and also I got on the New Gen Train by getting a PS4. I played a lot of PS4 games even if the majority were PS3 game remasters and Indie Games, I still had a lot of fun on my new toy. And I was slacking off quite a bit near the end of the year when it comes to clearing out my old 360 games. November brought quite a few PS4 games I just needed to get and play so It couldn’t be helped.

So there were quite a few games that came and gone and I feel I will make a list of my top 15 favorites of 2015 that I played. Please note that just because a game is high up on the list doesn’t mean its terrible, its just a preferred order, these were all great games.

Number 15.

Deception IV The Nightmare Princess.

Deception IV is an updated version of Deception IV: Blood Ties that released on PS3. Only slight changes were made but I never played the PS3 version so this was quite a fun game as I haven’t played a Deception game for a while. I missed the version on PS2 called Trapped so this brought me back to the crazy ways of the old PSX days.

Number 14.

Far Cry Blood Dragon.

It was such a weird thing when this game released shortly after Far Cry 3 and received positive feedback. It looked crazy and I wanted to try it, I bought it on sale after and was backed up with games and couldn’t get around to popping it on. This year if I didn’t I probably never was going to so I di and it was quite fun, a smaller map then Far Cry 3 but still a nice sized Arcade title. It was made in old retro feel, it was like playing an NEW game in current gen technology, it’s the only way I could explain it. You must try this one.

Number 13.

Resident Evil 4 HD.

Although I did beat this one PS2 during its launch, I been buying up all the HD remasters and this was one of them. Even now this game was still pretty hard but still pretty fun. To me Resident Evil 4 was a staple not only in the Resident Evil series but how games could be pushed and made to appear much larger with a few tricks on limited technology. Although primitive by todays standards it could very well be the game that inspired current action games since so many still use Quick Time Events.

Number 12.

Goat Simulator.

A game I should have played when it came out but literally just played and beaten New Years Eve. This game is a crazy Physics Sandbox. You don’t die in it you just try your best to accomplish the games Goals, I feel this is one game were it was made for Achievements/Trophies. Pick this one up if you want to experience something crazy and randomness.

Number 11.

DarkSiders.

Darksiders was another game on my way wayyy back burner. So this was the year to finally play and beat it and it was pretty nice. With the Mechanics of God OF War and the crazy story of the 4 Horse Men of the Apocalypse this makes for one crazy game with some nice boss battle to boot.

Number 10.

Darksiders II.

I beat these games one after the other. I kind of wish I played this one on the PS4 but I already had it for 360 so whatever. Darksiders II gets Number 11 Because I liked this one the best. The mechanics felt like its own game and not a God of War clone and having Rare loot drops made it that much more fun.

Number 9.

Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below.

I haven’t played a Dynasty Warriors game in a while so when I saw this was coming I had to check it out. The game ended up being a lot more fun then I thought despite a lot of problems I had with it. Even though I had fun with it, I don’t think I will be to hard up for the upcoming sequel as the Story falls short. I would rather wait for a new Real Dragon Quest game.

Number 8.

The Order: 1866.

Although this game received a lot of complaints about its length and repetitiveness, just based on how it looked, I had to try it for myself. I am so glad I did because I thought this was a fantastic game that tried its best to show of the power of PS4 earlier into the consoles life cycle and at the same time give us an original story that was really interesting and cool. A great take on Werewolves and Vampires.

Number 7.

The Evil Within.

The guy who brought us the original Resident Evil Games tries a new take at the Horror Genre and Delivers. This game is so twisted and was what I been wanting in a new Horror game for quite some time. This game will bend your mind and challenge you in Survival. I need to go back and try the DLC for this one.

Number 6.

Call of Duty Black Ops III.

Blops is back and looks to take the gameplay of Call of Duty to another level. This game greatly improves on one of the best COD games, Advanced Warfare but looks to add a lot more elements to expand the gameplay further. I am having a lot of fun with this one and I am not a big COD fan. I feel there is a lot of depth to the Multiplayer this time around.

Number 5.

Beyond Two Souls.

I am so glad I got a second chance to play this game because it was well worth the wait. This game had such a cool story and so well performed by fame actors Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe I just… wow.

Number 4.

Until Dawn.

A game in which the trailer doesn’t do it justice, this game was a really amazing Horror Point and Click Adventure game. They did so many things right all around. Graphics were great, controls were great, everything was. It was probably the best game to do choices that change your experience, not many people will have the exact same playthrough and outcome. A real masterpiece.

Number 3

The Last of US.

After beating this game every which way, I can see what all the hype was about. This was a fantastic game. It was high in game play and Story so there was a lot to enjoy. The remaster differences were big too. The graphics are much better, and the game runs at a smooth 60FPS, what more could you ask for? This was a lot of fun.

Number 2.

Mortal Kombat X.

Mortal Kombat X easily became one of the best all around fighting game packages in years. Netherrelem really put all their heart and soul into this game and made it their most refined Mortal Kombat game ever. The bar has been set, the question is will anyone be able to raise it.

And of course, my Number 1 game of 2015…

Fallout 4.

It kind of sucks that this game turned out to be one of my favorites because I been playing so many good games all year and just the title alone had me thinking it would be the game I like most, even before it came out. I was kind of hoping to be wrong for some reason but it couldn’t be helped. Even with all the games problems, Fallout 4 was a such a cool adventure that had me screaming, WTF! So many times. In just a month of playing it I have so many WTF gaming moments and memories so I had to make it my number 1 game of the year. Well worth the effort getting the Platinum Trophy!

So that wraps up my favorite 15 games of the year, but I am not done, there was one game I played that wins the award of worst game of 2015. This award belongs to… (Drumroll)

OMEGA QUINTET!

They did a fantastic job showing screenshots of the game to make it appear to be a fun classic RPG game but after playing it for only a few hours it was clear that it was one of the worst RPG games I ever played. The battle system seemed good at first but was just a more annoying variation of a classic RPG battle system. But the dialog, ohhh man, that was the killer for me. Just annoying back and forth ramblings that went up for 20 minutes every mission. The tutorial system that makes you wish you killed yourself. And it looks like a 480P game with black bars all around. I can’t believe it’s a retail game on PS4! Ugh, terrible.

Lastly is a small thing I wanted to cover. Now I went the whole 360 Generation with my Gamerscore but this year I kind of traded in my Gamerscore for Trophies (But not permanently). One cool thing I been liking about Trophies is of course, The Platinum Trophy. It’s a bonus Trophy you get that commemorates you getting all the Trophies in the game. With that one Trophy you symbolize you 100% a game.

In any case I did want to announce Awards for Trophies I earned this year. The 3 categories are, My Favorite Trophy, Most Annoying Trophy and Dumbest Trophy.

Dumbest Trophy.

Benevolent Leader – Fallout 4: Reach maximum happiness in a Large Settlement.

I feel this trophy was dumb because it relied on an un-finished mechanic of the game. The game has Settlements with Happiness Meters. You must fill this meter to 100%. Even finding tips online there is no way any of the stuff you have to do to achieve this makes any sense. There is so many things left in the game I feel they could have made a Trophy instead of these one.

Most Annoying Trophy.

The FlapMaster – Goat Simulator for PS4: Score 10 points in Flappy Goat.

If you like Flappy Bird, then you might like this? It’s a more brutal version of Flappy Bird. Thank god they set the score to 10. 45 minutes staring at Flappy Bird -.-

And my Favorite Trophy of the year goes to…

Completed Grounded Mode Plus - The Last of Us™ Remastered.

I was going to put the Fallout 4 Platinum for this but my favorite trophies for me are the ones that mark me beating something very difficult. You probably could tell this if you ever read my stuff were all I ever mention is my Mass Effect 2 100% which includes beating the game on Insanity. Well move over Achievement from years ago because beating The last of us on Grounded was not only optional but proved to be very difficult. And if that’s not enough, the Trophy is for Grounded Plus which means I had to beat Grounded twice to get it. Was it ever hard but satisfying and great to look back on, good times!

OK so this is becoming a very long year end review of games so I am going to post one last thing, a list of games I am looking forward to playing in 2016. This list is not finalized and I am sure there are a lot of games that haven’t been announced but these are the ones I currently have my sights set on.

  • Detroit: Become Human.
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
  • EA Sports UFC 2.
  • Dead Island 2.
  • Final Fantasy XV.
  • Far Cry Primal.
  • Nier: Automata.
  • One Piece Burning Blood.
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider.
  • Star Ocean V: Integrity and Faithlessness.
  • Doom.
  • Street Fighter V.
  • Dead Island 2.
  • The Walking Dead: Michonne - A Telltale Games Mini-Series.
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda

Well good bye 2015, it was fun, and I am looking forward to 2016. I hope everyone had as much fun as I had. Feel free to leave a link to a Blog Post if you have a New Years Post.

The Time Is Now: Tomb Raider

As many games as I played (And it’s a lot of damn games I played in my life) there are and always will be those games everyone loved that slipped through the cracks for me. Today’s story is about Tomb Raider. Tomb Raider was just one of those games I never got my hands one. I had very little games for my PSX and Metal Gear Solid was one of them. That’s the game that took up most of my PSX hours. By the time I got into other games Tomb Raider III was out and I was far behind discouraging me from ever playing. I think the most I played was a PlayStation Demo that came in a magazine. I didn’t get much enjoyment out of it so I just never though of Tomb Raider ever.

Then the Tomb Raider Reboot hit a couple years ago and I fell in love with it. Of course its not the Tomb Raider people known growing up but it was a fantastic game made with current technology. But the games of the past would always linger in my brain and I always been curious.

Steam recently had a sale (And its still going on as of the date of this post until January 4th) where they had every single Tomb Raider game in a neat little pack. This is also including the first part of the Rebooted one and all its DLC. For $13 ($CAN) I couldn’t resist.

So my plan is to try my hardest to beat every single one on top of all the current games I am playing. I know juggling this many never works out for me but its not going to stop me from trying. I am going to start with Part 1 but I don’t think I will beat the Reboot again as I already recently did that but we will see. I will even try to stream my suckyness on Twitch at http://www.twitch.tv/switchblade1984 if your curious stop by check it out. Feel free to leave your comments on this post and let me know of your Tomb Raider experiences and wish me luck!

The Time Is Now: Tomb Raider

As many games as I played (And it’s a lot of damn games I played in my life) there are and always will be those games everyone loved that slipped through the cracks for me. Today’s story is about Tomb Raider. Tomb Raider was just one of those games I never got my hands one. I had very little games for my PSX and Metal Gear Solid was one of them. That’s the game that took up most of my PSX hours. By the time I got into other games Tomb Raider III was out and I was far behind discouraging me from ever playing. I think the most I played was a PlayStation Demo that came in a magazine. I didn’t get much enjoyment out of it so I just never though of Tomb Raider ever.

Then the Tomb Raider Reboot hit a couple years ago and I fell in love with it. Of course its not the Tomb Raider people known growing up but it was a fantastic game made with current technology. But the games of the past would always linger in my brain and I always been curious.

Steam recently had a sale (And its still going on as of the date of this post until January 4th) where they had every single Tomb Raider game in a neat little pack. This is also including the first part of the Rebooted one and all its DLC. For $13 ($CAN) I couldn’t resist.

So my plan is to try my hardest to beat every single one on top of all the current games I am playing. I know juggling this many never works out for me but its not going to stop me from trying. I am going to start with Part 1 but I don’t think I will beat the Reboot again as I already recently did that but we will see. I will even try to stream my suckyness on Twitch at http://www.twitch.tv/switchblade1984 if your curious stop by check it out. Feel free to leave your comments on this post and let me know of your Tomb Raider experiences and wish me luck!

The Time Is Now: Tomb Raider
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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.

Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Review

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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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Resident Evil 4 HD Review

Resident Evil 4 HD Review

So I get to go back and play Resident Evil 4 in HD. It wasn’t my favorite Resident Evil game but I do appreciate what it did for the series, it’s too bad most of its predecessors couldn’t keep up with it.

Just to get it out of the way for people who are wondering what’s the difference with the HD one compared to the original, this is not a Remaster like the ones for GameCube where they completely remade it. It’s the exact same game ported but with a few enhancements. The HD is just up-scaled. The added Anti-Aliasing and filters so the models looks less jagged in HD. The textures are still all the same resolution so they are just stretched. That being said it doesn’t look terrible and looks a lot better than it would if you hooked up a PS2 or GameCube to your HD monitor. It is also ported to work with 360 so options are changed up and of course Achievement’s. Now there isn’t much they could do to hack into the game to make interactive achievements so it’s basically just completionist achievements for games modes, etc.

Nothing really has been added in terms of gameplay but this review is reviewing the game as a whole so if you already played it you probably could stop reading now. Resident Evil was a pivotal Turing point in not only the Resident Evil Series but in video games in general. Before it no one could imagine putting so much game on the platform at the time. The first chapter’s levels are pretty simple and boring but as the game progresses it gets a lot better. This game offered up some puzzles and keeps a bit of the classic level design in older RE games where you got to figure out what you need to progress. Even during the annoying babysitting missions where you got to protect the AI controlled girl I felt it worked pretty decent. A very simple, Wait/Follow Me commands so you can keep them out of danger, once you get the hang of it it’s not so bad. The controls will be very hard for people who never played it to go back and use but once you get the hang of it you will be fine. The enemies are the toughest RE has ever seen. No more slow moving zombies, you are fighting against infected humans that can think and attack like anyone else, they have weapons and some can even kill you in one hit. It really makes you have to run away a lot if you can.

This game was one of the first games to push a game forward with QTE (Quick Time Events) to make the cut scenes less of a movie and make you feel like you have some control. This by today’s standards has run its course but at the time was really innovative if used correctly, I feel this game even though it used QTE a lot that it used them well. The bosses are pretty fun and can be really hard too and really pushes the Resident Evil series. Most games you can’t wait for the next boss but in this game every boss you get to you hope you never have to fight another one for a long time.

The story probably wasn’t the greatest one I ever experienced but it did introduce some nice enemies though. I felt the dialog was very cheesy and kind of took away from making it a series game with a series mission. After beating this game again after 8 years I was pretty surprised how long it was, it’s at least 20+ hours for a normal run but the game does a good job of making you want to finish it. It might not appeal to newer gamers but any old school Resident Evil fans that haven’t played this game yet might be able to appreciate it and it’s a decent port.

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