Jeff’s Thoughts on Gaming #5

Back at it again with some thoughts on gaming!

Will Kingdom Hearts 3 live up to the hype?

Great question eh? Kingdom Hearts 1 released in 2002. 3 years after 2005 Kingdom Hearts 2 releases and is a masterpiece also. We waited a real long time for a third installment in the series and we are inching much more closer now. Due to the years apart between releases I do think it will now capture a different type of players to it. Nothing against them now I honestly hope they enjoy the game, I do feel that their voices will be the more bigger influence now though than the older gamer who played the game way back in 2002/2005. So we shall see!

EA has failed at Star Wars games

2013-2019 Has brought us only 2 Star Wars games, Both Battlefront games and both seriously lacking in all areas of the game. Even their online portion was very dry. EA has canceled the open world Star Wars game. It’s severely disappointing to us fans who’ve waited so long and in return we have gotten very little back. How much trust now do you put into EA? Sometimes a picture just does it more justice. img_2798 Ouch…I remember being real excited when EA was doing the next Battlefront, I even had it pre-ordered. When I got the second one and I think it was more empty and dry, There just are no words for the huge let down.

Crowdfunded video games seen a decline in 2018

I’d figure at some time or another this was bound to happen. How many times have you seen a game get the funding from the consumer and then just have it come out with broken and empty promises? We seen it happen all too much. It’s just unfortunate because then the ones out there that are holding true to their word won’t get the support that they deserve. Personally for me I can’t do it as unfortunately I have been on the wrong end of it too many times. Tabletop games seemed to be what took over on the kickstarter.

Thinking gaming 2020

Yes, the year 2020 is coming up. A new decade. This may be early to talk about but right now I think we should be enjoying the last of what this decade has to offer. Then you have to think how has this decade been gaming wise? 4K was on the rise, Games like GTA, Skyrim, PUBG, Breath of The Wild, Mario Odyssey, Kingdom Hearts 3, etc there is beyond so many games to even mention. I also think too has it changed video gaming for the better? That is the question we shall find out closer to the end of this decade.

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Things we dislike on modern gaming!

A few things here and there, Some of these things drive us crazy also. Lets dive into some things we dislike!

Downloading a game from the disc

Our consoles don’t really have all that much room (especially if you have a 500GB model) kind of wonder too why the head of companies didn’t see this either. Though I don’t get why we just can’t play the games right from the disc? A disc holds a lot of space too so I don’t get it. This would make a lot of things easier and we could just skip those long downloads and play right off the disc! How is this not a thing?

DLC

I cringe a lot of times hearing DLC. I hate when you have to get DLC to complete a game that should already be completed. I’m fine with extra DLC after to ADD to the game experience. Though to COMPLETE the game experience? That’s not cool. Some of the things too that are locked behind the game like extra costumes, weapons, a different mode, etc like come on this wasn’t a standard in the generations before. How does this come up in a board room meeting? “Alright crew DLC some downloadable content for our extra buck…..what do we add? Oh make the consumer buy this costume and buy this map so the player can knock off their friend in this costume on this new map they bought” Yeah, That’s probably how it went down too.

Broken or Incomplete Games

This one is high on my list here and it’s starting to really make me mad. I don’t like the fact that this is starting to become a new industry standard. If a company wants to release a testing or beta of the game that’s fine. Charging the consumer and then completing the game after is not fine. What ends up happening is a lazy effort and you don’t get a quality game that you paid a heck of a lot of money for. We can go to the recent Fallout 76 as an example. No Man’s Sky wasn’t worth the top price for it being plain, I appreciate though they are adding to it with no charge for more DLC or whatnot. Ubisoft has been notorious in the past for putting out games like their Assassins Creed franchise while not quite ironing out the main bugs they should. Destiny was one of the most incomplete games I’ve ever played and wasn’t even worth full price for such an empty game. My last point here will be those funded games which I have no issue with but you do have to be careful. I’ve been duped into a couple, (Ouya was an adventure also) I purchased Wild West Online and yes it was still in development but nothing ever came in friction with the game or anything I had purchased. They totally changed the landscape of the game now and my money is long gone.

Over-hyped

This is also seemingly becoming too much of the same also. Here comes the next game the trailer showing as much as it can without spoiling the game. If your Final Fantasy 7 Remake we have zero idea or any clue if you will even exist or come out, I was myself excited for it and the hype was all real. Red Dead Redemption 2 I’ll say I wasn’t all that hyped. I think it’s a great game though. I can’t really dive into it cause it’s so overwhelming its pretty in depth. Anyways games like that, Fallout 4 and then all the other add on’s that came started to get old also. Most of the games you see your seeing a lot of the good parts in the trailer and the rest of the game doesn’t quite live up and ends up being pretty short as well. I say with the way games are these days some just don’t quite live up to that hype.

 

Now of course there are more things that bug us, That’s why I love to hear from you fine readers! What are some things you dislike in games?

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Consumer Report #1 Why did the PlayStation Classic Fail, Should you buy or pass on it?

My thoughts on the Sony PlayStation Classic in this very first edition of Consumer Reports

Welcome to my new series about you the consumer. These articles are important to me as it will help the regular consumer get the best and most bang for their buck on various gaming and technology that is out there today.

So today we are looking at Sony’s venture into the classic edition market. Is it too early to call it a fail? Well it’s dropping price fast and there is little to no interest on it’s device.

What is it?

The Sony PlayStation Classic is a small little device representing that of an original PlayStation that debuted back in 1995. Included were 2 controllers notably the very original controllers that did not have analog sticks, A USB Micro A-Standard USB-A Cable, Also a standard HDMI cable. Notably an AC adapter was sold separately. The device features 20 games and vary depending on the region you are in. (North America, Europe, Japan) The games ran on an emulator specific to the PlayStation. The device itself playing games from the original PlayStation with a setup of today’s technology ex, having save states and ability to suspend the game play to return to it at a later point.

Cost?

In Canada the PlayStation Classic retailed at around $130. The United States for $100. In Australia the device cost $150. The PlayStation classic can be seen on sale in Canada for about $79.99, About a $50 difference from the original price. The USA you can find it now at about a price for $45-$50 resulting in a a difference of about $50-$55. The PlayStation Classic released on December 3rd, Less than a month it was dropped in price.

How is it?

Well, The most notable thing was it’s questionable gaming lineup. I won’t get into every game but there were some huge omissions including some of Sony’s classic games that made the PlayStation the console of choice back in 1995. The console library was lacking. The controller using the original controller didn’t really help them as some games it is challenging using a D-Pad for various movements. The overall software also is questionable. The device playing the games uses ROM’s. Most of the ROM’s are PAL (European Region) and therefore do not fully optimize or work on a North American TV. Those are 3 massive blows already. I have seen game play of some of the games affecting the frame rate and struggling to help emulate the game.

FINAL THOUGHTS

It’s just very disappointing, Sony could have really knocked this out of the park. I am not 100% sure on how the licensing of some of the games would work, Though what made the PlayStation as great as it was back in 1995 was it’s great library of games. Crash Bandicoot games, Spyro, Tomb Raider, etc. I mean the NES Classic and SNES classic have been on the market for a real long time, One of Sony’s biggest competitors also. Couldn’t have someone bought any of their devices and done some research on it before they started to make their own? The NES and SNES classics have been a huge success. Then you have the issue with the lack of the analog stick. So the couple games they have like Metal Gear Solid and Syphon Filter would have been way more better with an analog stick as opposed to the d-pad. The issue of optimizing, The ROM’s being PAL where in North America is only optimized to NTSC. Personally also payin $130 (Canadian Dollars) I would rather them add an AC adapter rather then having to buy it separately, I get the idea but when your concerned about voltage and stuff like that, Maybe you aren’t too informed on that subject so it would just be better to have the adapter included. I’m giving the Sony PlayStation Classic a 2.5 Stars out of 5. It is nice to go back to the past and relive it, Though at what cost and paying for what your hoping is at least an optimized device for your region.

Jeff’s Advice

If you really want one just keep on waiting because the price is going to keep on dropping. Keep your eyes open you never know either there may be a sale somewhere and you’ll be able to pick it up for real cheap. I wouldn’t spend more than $25-$35 on the device. I don’t think it’s really worth that much, Don’t forget you will have to buy an AC adapter also. Lets just hope this doesn’t become a standard for Sony.

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The Variety Bunch

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Having some variety in your life is always good. Having a good variety of games is pretty cool, Your immersing yourself in other aspects of a world of gaming. I touched on this in my Goemon article when I mentioned that the game was different than the other games out there. Just before I get into this too, As you all know I respect everyone’s gaming preferences and all that. Some folks only like a certain type of games and have fun with that, I love it they enjoy what they like. This article is in a way some homage to those type of games that you may have not heard about or anything about the series etc.

The gaming landscape changes a lot. You can look back through the decades and just see how far we’ve come and what games have evolved to today. Mostly too what I’m getting at is games that don’t really come to North America, Goemon was one an action adventure game. It’s the story and how you go about the game-play is what isn’t what most of the west world is used to. Konami has said themselves too that the series is too specific for Japanese culture and that’s why they aren’t (weren’t) released worldwide, Which is unfortunate because it’s another game we can add to our gaming library. Japanese games add other elements that some of the rest of the world may not understand, or get a grasp of. I recall a game Mischief Makers on the N64. Honestly I didn’t have the slightest clue (even when playing all these years later again while I get more of the idea now though) It combies platform gaming with puzzle gaming. It was noted too that when it originally came out that the game was too confusing and most criticized the game as whole. I’m happy to say though years later the game has been labeled as an underrated game and hopes of a revival have quietly been around.

Japanese RPG games are know to have lots of depth in their games. They can also be quite hard games when you have it on the most hardest difficulty also. One of the games that come to mind is the Persona series from Shin Megami Tensei series (Persona is a sub series to the Megami Tensei series…confused yet? there’s also another in the series called Q and it features the cast from Persona 3 and 4) The story of the persona games are very deep and more in depth to say your traditional Final Fantasy games. The Persona games you can say are a totally different element than the others. Persona 4 at times I feel plays like a simulation game as well, Romancing characters, Bonding and building friendships, Even working and going to school all while embarking on an adventure already going on.

I feel that RPG’s are some games that provide lots of depth. Then you do have some games that do try and do different things that just really don’t work out. Fallout 4 is a good example. Taking everything out of what it built it’s series on and tossing that. The building elements of Fallout 4 too totally lost me and lots of other fans as well. Dark Cloud 2 on PS2 utilized a building aspect of the game. The mechanics of how they did it for us was real fun though and we enjoyed it. Lots of games have that extra something not totally related to the story or movement of the game but they are fun. Sonic Adventure 2 Battle featured the chao garden where you are raising the chao babies. Honestly I was kind of hooked on this and it was some little fun and break in the action of the game. The Legend of Zelda series featured across many games all the extra things you could do that didn’t count to any fashion of completing the game, It just counted to the players overall experience of the game. Some things don’t really work out and the odd time the extra things you do in game are actually more fun than the actual game itself.

Dragon Quest series has been more open to North America these days (as also mentioned in this article I read) Fatal Frame was a pretty cool concept on a game that I wish got more notoriety in the West. Also as mentioned in the article one that me and my friends had a particular interest in as well, The Mother Series. Mother 3 in fact that was slated for a North American translation that all but disappeared as the years went on. Check out this article of the 25 best Japanese games that didn`t see the light in North America 

I guess in some little way I can understand that they can`t bring every single game out in North America based on so many factors. I recall one time playing around with some emulators and roms my friend caught his eye on SMT (Shin Megami Tensei) we knew of the name from the Persona series and all. He was curious and checked it out. We were blown away that we had just found the very first game in the series. It was translated too (not sure if fan made translation or something else) still though we were in awe playing. The game was pretty fun also my friend was more into the RPG`s of the time and I was the one watching and helping out. I would love to own an original copy of the game, Of course with such as the game is in Japanese I wouldn’t  know how to read it unfortunately.

I love gaming, I love to play all sorts of games and immerse myself in world of fantasy, adventure, excitement. I have fun with so many games out there that I add a variety and have fun with what I have. Again this doesn’t mean not having variety is bad, I guess though without knowing what other types of games and such aren’t out there then you wouldn’t know. Oh for the love of gaming so many games of so many varieties and such little time. Did I miss any games or the odd games such as Attack of the Mutant Penguins? I missed so much because there is an abundance of so much out there. That’s why hearing from you, Teach me and tell me about other games that I may not know or didn’t cover in this article today.

~Gamer Jeff

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Jeff’s Thoughts on Gaming #3 1/8/19

New year, Time for some fresh thoughts and quick takes on whats shaking up and happening in the deep thoughts of my gaming mind!

Sony’s PlayStation Classic has reduced it’s price

Well sadly that didn’t take long. Sony just really missed the mark on a great opportunity here. It still really baffles me how they messed this up. Even worse too seeing those that have hacked into the UI and found all sorts of things, Like other games that were to be on the system, Other features that folks would have liked to have, They even found NTSC format for the games. I mean I guess I get they wanted this out for the holiday season. I honestly don’t even know one person that picked one up over the holidays or even now at a reduced price.

Xbox Game Pass needs WAY MORE LOVE

Lets say at $79.99 for a new game, 2 new games that’s about $159 so lets say $160+ taxes all that stuff you know. So what if I told you that you can get over 100 games for less than that? I know your probably laughing at me. Well take a look at the Xbox Game Pass. It has a variety of so many great games and even some great classics. PUBG, Sea of Thieves, Forza Horizon 4. They are always adding more games too. You can even score a deal and get the pass for JUST A DOLLAR!

I tried Nintendo’s Online service

Well…. it’s a good start. Cool how they have the NES stuff added and can play online with friends. I gotta admit it is a bit dry. Honestly online hasn’t really been Nintendo’s thing and I’m fine with that. It will be interesting to see what else Nintendo will do with this service and what they may add. For the price of it honestly it’s a lot better than PS Plus and if we are talking price I’ll give it an edge over Xbox Live also.

Are spoilers becoming a problem?

Why ruin the fun for someone else? Seriously it disgusts me. It seems like too looks like it could be a reviewer who is leaking out the spoilers. Well if that the case then it ruins it for everyone, Even the good reviewers. Super Smash Ultimate was leaked and spoilers ran around, You think Nintendo will let this slide? Oh believe me they won’t. Upcoming Kingdom Hearts 3 was also the subject to leaks and spoilers. Personally myself too I have been waiting years and years to be able to play the game. I just hope by the time I get to it that I won’t have it spoiled for me. This just ruins the experience and the person leaking the spoilers too makes them look like a fool. I just hope that future games especially those that fans have been waiting super long for that they don’t run into any leaks or spoilers!

 

Oh there is still so much gaming goodness on my mind! Though of course with all great things I must hold it to there right now. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments. Giving a shout out to my buddy Steve today! Thanks for enjoying my blogs, liking, commenting, and then messaging me after complimenting my work. Means a lot and I love hearing about it.

~Gamer Jeff

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Jeff’s Thoughts on Gaming #2 11/29/18

November 29th Gaming thoughts!

Few things to discuss today, Unfortunately some news that’s not as light, Though I will try and compensate that in this posting for today.

Fallout 76 CE Ripoff?

Oh no, The ever plagued Fallout 76 with it’s latest shot to themselves. The collectors edition of the game included a power armor helmet with a nice little canvas bag. Retailing at about $265 (Canadian Dollars) If your asking me that is quite a steep price to pay for a collectors edition for any game. Well unfortunately that is not what customers received, They received a cheaper nylon type bag. As with everyone who purchased this must have been very confused as to why they didn’t get something they got. Bethesda cleared up the issue stating that they didn’t have enough materials for the bags. Alright that happens fine, Though they knew this in advance. It was already known and yet they still shipped it out knowing that they will probably receive this backlash. So now to make matters worse Bethesda has offered a type of in game currency to compensate those who purchased the collectors edition, Problem is the in game currency being offered is little to nothing. I must say if I was a consumer of the game this would lose a lot of my respect. We as consumers these days have been let down a lot and it sadly seems to be getting worse. That will be an article for another time, Though right now those who were consumers of the collectors edition must feel like they got nuked by Bethesda. (Full article here: Kotaku on Fallout 76 CE Issue

Did Sony even try with the PlayStation Classic?

Well here’s another somewhat messy situation. Granted not as bad as what Bethesda is facing right now but Sony seems to have dropped a great opportunity here. It’s interesting cause literally there are 2 other classics that are on the market, It happens to be one of Sony’s rivals also. NES Classic and SNES Classic. Nintendo did it fine. We questioned the games that were coming out with the PS Classic, Hmm alright guess can’t add everything, Though with some notable omissions that made the system what it was. Games like the Crash Bandicoot Series, Spyro, Tomb Raider. Really? I was more surprised to see Crash not added, Granted that the series had released a new remake of the game, Still though it was an iconic franchise for the beginnings of the PlayStation. A small thing that the price ($100 USD & $130 CND) I get it’s common now but why couldn’t an AC adapter be thrown in? The not casual consumer would probably be turned off by this, Also for us Canadians like me. $130 and no AC adapter? Easy pass. So quickly diving in more it seems that lack of features. The classic is meant to hook up with modern tv’s of today and folks want all the up-scaling and stuff so it is bearable to see for their tv. Alright I mean the NES and SNES classic has that. Strange that Sony didn’t. The roms used for Sony’s Classic are also all in PAL format. Maybe not strange for PAL users but for North America you can get into some technical problems there. Some games won’t work as optimized for that causing game delays and game-play issues. The lack of an analog controller also hampers game-play with some of the games they have for the classic. Why did Sony get so lazy with this? Prime opportunity and for a first go around? That’s not very good yikes.

Nintendo is doing well

The launch of Super Smash coming and the success right now with Pokemon on the Switch. Nintendo is doing well. Staying true to gaming, Sticking by themselves it’s really great to see them doing so well. I will definitely be a consumer of both games. (I have some questions on super smash but will see) Mario Party on the switch has even surged back to some prominence. I am pleased with their online services as well. To those complaining that it used to be free but are praising the likes of PSN and Xbox Live, Must I say more? FREE on PC on EVERYTHING. It’s just a breath of fresh air after all what Nintendo has been through to be coming out on top like this.

 

Leave me your thoughts and comments below, What games have you been playing lately? Something else on your mind? Feel free to leave me a comment.

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Overwhelmed with Red Dead Redemption 2?

Has Red Dead Redemption 2 Overwhelmed me?!

So I along with many other folks picked up Red Dead Redemption 2 on launch day. Actually I waited until the next morning I wasn’t in rush and the game was pre-ordered for me anyway, I could wait. It was an 8 year waiting in the making. I popped it in and started it up. Memories of when I played the first Red Dead Redemption flowed back into my mind. Thinking back on that as I type this up now I do wonder if I over-hyped myself, Something I rarely do these days. Anyways I’ve played a good 2 hours into the game? Let me dive in to some thoughts so far.

Graphically wise it is what it is for me, I’m not that big on graphics. Unless like the game looked real bad or something then perhaps I’d have a comment on that. Though for now the game looks pretty good. 

Graphically for me it is what it is, I’m not one of those graphic enthusiasts, If the game is good then I’m good. Unless like the graphics were noticeably very bad then I would have some things to say about it. The game looks real nice. I am playing on a standard model PS4, So 1080HD is all I’m getting. I did have to axe out a good list of my games though just to install it on my hard drive and I was not very happy with that at all. As with a lot of new games now I feel it just starts slow, Gotta do these little things and listen to lots of talking while watching cut scenes.  

When I did finally get to control something I dusted off my controller and did what I had to do to progress the game. Not bad controls, pause menu, movement are consistent and feel good. The little icons on the map are a bit odd to see, I think it’s the way I have my tv but anyways. I did the little things the game wanted, Then did a few more things. I feel that the couple things I did for the game, See we are riding our horses and talking, This makes these parts real slow. I noticed too a couple times for a mere 5 seconds the game shows another camera angle and takes control of the game? Kind of like a scene in a movie. Weird, Nothing wrong with it but just weird to me. 

So finally after a couple hours into the game and I got all setup and know more what to do now. Wow, There is so much to do and what the game wants me to do. In a way with all that I have been overwhelmed with I feel it has thrown me off the game a bit. Looking at what others have been saying, They feel the more environmental parts of the game are throwing them off as well. Now in no way do I think this is a bad thing, More control and whatnot for the player, The more interaction and ways to immerse yourself into the world of the game. 

*This part will contain some spoiler alerts across the Red Dead Redemption Games* 

The other thing that has sort of thrown me off in the game, It’s in a way a prequel to the original Red Dead Redemption, So we know the fate of John and Bill already. I don’t have any issue with the game following in that order, It’s just in a little bit of a way how they have the story and for me I feel like I’m just backtracking in the game. The gangs are similar to that in the games. I guess it’s just a weird feeling for me, If you are usually watching what you know is a prequel to something, Then you know most of the main story or the outcome of what will happen. Example Star Wars prequels. We knew Anakin was going to become Darth Vader (shocker!!!) in a way sometimes it’s like you already know how the story will play out in it’s entirety. 

 

*Spoilers end here*

Video games are becoming more vast environments and what you can do in games. PC games like simulations, Added with so many mods can totally overwhelm you with the point you have no idea how and what your doing. I like the emergence of what Rockstar has done with Red Dead and I look forward to continuing the game, Let me know your thoughts and opinions on the game or something about the series in general!

~Gamer Jeff

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