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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Saints Row: Gat out of Hell: PC Review 9/10

Saints Row is one of those games for me that I like and seemingly everyone else likes. You might say that's pretty commonplace but you'd be surprised how often I like something others don't or hate something others adore. Its also one of those games that can't really do too wrong. The least interesting game in the series has to be The Third which seemed far too formulaic and didn't really do too much other than an ascetic change as well as a kick up in the humor department from the previous titles. In its own way, that sort of made it better than a GTA knock off, becoming its own thing rather than a cheap imitation. The series has been progressively getting more and more ridiculous over time and this game doesn't do anything to change that.

The Good:
First off, the game looks really good. Putting aside the copious amounts of red that is in this game world, it looks good. There's a definite style to it that puts it apart from the other games like how Gat has basically an infected arm that looks blackened by fire and with purple glowing veins going through it. It looks really good. I just wish this could be applied to Kinzie's model as well as she is a playable character too. Kind of unfortunate considering Kinzie has to be my favorite female character in the series so far.
The powers are really cool. Most of the previous powers have made a comeback. Super jump, strength, blast and stomp powers. But what I really love are the new ones. Blast now has a homing attack as well as the ability to turn people to stone. While you get this new power to summon imps to help you take out bad guys. You now have wings so you can kind of sort of fly in the air. In the fourth game, all you could do was a sort of glide whereas this is closer to flying. When you charge up a jump, you get these charred wings.
Of course, Saints Row has some cool weapons to choose from, though some of them less and more cooler than others. My personal favorite so far is a tie between the Exodus 10 sub machine guns or the Sloth weapon. The Exodus 10 shoots out homing locusts to slowly damage your enemies while the Sloth weapon is a motorized chair that has miniguns and rockets on them. There's a few other weapons that go with the seven deadly sins, though I haven't unlocked them yet.
One of my biggest problems with Saints Row 4 was that in order to upgrade your super powers, you had to pick up these floating things around the world. It was a chore to get through so it was a nice addition to see that you can pay in game money to get a few yourself. Rather than a massive scavenger hunt, I can simply spend a few bucks once every few levels and not have to deal with some annoying hunt. They've also added some new abilities to purchase which makes the game seem less like a redo of the previous game and more like an addition.

The Bad:
The game itself is its own stand alone game like Far Cry: Blood Dragon, so it shows up as its own title in my Steam library rather than a DLC for the base game. This means whatever progress I make in this is null to the main game. Basically I've just bought a dumbed down version of the game with less missions and presumably less content. I didn't like that idea in Far Cry, and I sure as hell don't like it here. The reason it worked for Far Cry was it was basically just an entirely new game with new plot, graphics and some retooled features. Both games look completely seperate to each other, while we've seen in the DLC for Saints Row that it can make the over world almost completely different to the final product of the game. Essentially, you've basically just been given a few hours of gameplay for twenty bucks and none of that content will be able to be on the original Saints Row 4. Another example would be the Cold Cold Heart DLC as well as Harley's Revenge for Arkham Origins and for Arkham City.
There are no clothing options to choose from as far as I've seen. Just weapons and playing with your standard character. One of the things Saints Row does better than any other game in its genre is the fact you have almost complete control over the look of your character. Take that away and you still have a solid yet somewhat hollow feeling game.

The Meh:
Why Gat and Kinzie as the main characters? Don't get me wrong, they are my two favorite characters. The psychopath who seems to only want murder and mayhem, Gat. And the paranoid ex FBI agent who's fetishistic at times while being completely straight faced and unabashed about what she likes and dislikes as well as the hacking genius, Kinzie. The plot is that its Kinzie's birthday after the events of the fourth game. They use a Ouji board and the president is sucked into a portal into hell to marry Satan's daughter. Gat and Kinzie go into rescue him. I really wish we could play as the other characters to see how they'd react. While the two actors who play the main characters do a fantastic job, its a shame that we don't get to see more of the other members in the cast. Or maybe even play as a different character altogether.

Definitely glad I bought this. A crazy fun game that in someways is better than the previous game. Though I wish it was a proper sequel, if this is what we can expect from the franchise to come, I have no qualms about that. Just maybe we could have a full game next time? Clothing options and all?

Sunday, December 28, 2014

What can I expect from Star Wars as a gamer?

Sorry about the last post. Weird stuff going on... Anyways, I thought I'd talk a bit about my favorite series of all time, Star Wars. Being a gamer and a huge Star Wars fan don't gel together well often. "What, are you kidding?" most of you will say. "Knights of the Old Republic was a MASTERPIECE." Lets go ahead and say why that doesn't count. Yes, Knights of the Old Republic (Kotor) IS a masterpiece. Its a well thought out game with a narrative that basically screams "this is why the extended universe kids ass at times" and its garnered its own devout fan base and rightfully so. Bioware is a company I hold dear to my heart as being both well rounded, conscious of their fans but also delivering a solid and sometimes movie worthy narrative in their video games. Why doesn't it count? It was a one time deal. See after that, not much else. Kotor 2 came out and... it wasn't good. Sure, it wasn't terrible. But it was buggy to high hell and there's so much cut content it'd be like if I took the B, L or T out of a BLT. B, L and T make up 33% of the actual sandwich and it wouldn't be the same without one. Fans have gone through the content and released mods putting that content back into the game. And this isn't like on the level of side mission, rather important parts or otherwise things that only made the game better. So, Kotor was lighting striking once. Great game that unfortunately didn't gain momentum.
Sure, there are other games that are decent with Star Wars attached to them but they never really did anything for me. The Jedi Knight series I hear is good, but ultimately I've only played one game of it and I thought it wasn't bad. Of course, there was the mess that was Star Wars Kinect but that's a cheap shot. Personally I don't hate Force Unleashed because I really like the actor who played the main character. "But what about Battlefront!" Ah yes, Battlefront. Good game that boils down to little more than a Team Fortress shooter. Sorry, but it is. The most you can get is the campaign and that does little more than send you around to different battles. Sure, the battles are epic but there's not much variety. When it comes down to it, space battles are the only thing I feel really gets me going for those games. The lightsaber combat is just as clunky as it was in the Knight series but somehow with even less of the depth. So sue me. I'm not really looking forward to the new Battlefront game, most of all because EA.
Oh, EA. Punching bag of the industry. I'm not going to get into this too much. EA can certainly do a good job at being a good company but when it really comes down to it, their track record speaks for itself. I still play The Old Republic from time to time, which is EA's wet dream basically. Star Wars plus MMO. I've probably quit the game at least twice now for a bunch of reasons but they're usually the same. What's to stop them from making Battlefront into a FPS MMO? I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt and say, no. Its going to be more like Battlefield and Titan Fall. Just pay and you've got the game. Of course there will be DLC, which I'm fine with to be honest. I think EA is handling DLC better now and in fact, handling it better than Steam in their own ways. With Steam I have to jump through a few hoops to see if I've got the DLC and then get puzzled if I don't have it. Then I need to go on some forums to see that the DLC I didn't get with my Season Pass doesn't include that, which sucks a whole lot. Origin has their DLC in a nice secluded window and you can see what's downloaded, what can be downloaded and what has to be purchased all with a simple click of the button. Don't get me wrong, I still prefer Steam if only the fact that Steam has at least a thousand games for sale as well as programs while Origin probably has just barely hit the triple digits in their library of games.
The hope I had for Star Wars games was punched in the face when Lucas Arts was dissolved and 1313 died along with it, kicked on the ground when I heard EA would handle all Star Wars games and thrown into a grave when I found out that there was going to be a Darth Maul game that was going to be dark and focused on stealth. I just feel like I'm never going to get another Star Wars game I can be proud of. Bioware is sure to be at the helm of any further Star Wars games so I have a sliver of hope. Oh well. I just hope the movies are good.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Lionhead! READ THIS

Hello all. Hope you had an excellent holiday before we all inevitably have to go back to work. Sorry for reminding you.
Steam sale! So awesome. I love these things. I get to pick up a lot of games I would have otherwise overlooked. One of the games I picked up was Fable Anniversary. A game that was panned across the board on its 360 exclusive release which was then ported over to PC when they realized it was a stupid idea to keep people from giving them money. The ironic thing about this being that when it first came out, Fable pretty much flopped. Peter Molyneux, for all the crap I give him a lot of it deserved, was pretty much the sole reason this game both succeeded and failed. Giving grandiose lies about how advanced the game was at the time, which if all of what he said was true then the game would still be advanced to this day, which ultimately got people interested in it. Eventually we all played it and it was not the experience we were hoping for. It was generic, with a bit of humor, but all in all it wasn't terrible. About a 7 for me. Somehow, and thank god, the game got a sequel... and then another game. Weirdly enough, the games were endearing. Garnering its own following by a select few that even got it a terrible Kinect game which cannot nor should not be forgotten.
So I got a game that was an HD remake of a game panned and the remake ITSELF was panned by critics and some fans alike. I am a Fable fan, and I can't tell you why because its impossible. Since I was not of age to buy the first game, I had to get it later knowing full well the scrutiny and I liked it. Liked the second game too and... I loved the third. Don't get me wrong, the series has its glaring problems. I'm not going to list them because anyone who's played the games will immediately see them. The games have been polishing themselves as time went on... save for the Kinect game. Every game afterward came with some new improvement that changed the last. Fable's arrows and crossbows were slow, so in came guns. Guns were pretty much just flintlock and rifle, so they became better. Instead of buying new weapons that quickly became useless, you bought the next best one or found a better one and got rid of the other one. Eventually that got old hat too so they added the ability to have a weapon that got better as you used it. Story was a bit thin and bland first game so it stretched a bit in the second game and became even greater in the third game.
If you want to become a game designer, I really suggest you look at Fable as a series. There's a lot of bumps in the road for a somewhat decent series. Eventually what it comes down to is progression in both good and bad ways. As the games went on, even the morality choices (which people have a problem with in this day and age for some sensible but most stupid reasons) got less Black and White (wink wink), making for a more sensible game. Of course, they are black and white for their own reasons. Steal from your treasury which will basically allow your citizens to live from an impending attack, obviously that's bad.
But really, why am I talking about this? The answer is simple: Why can't I buy Fable 3 on Steam? Pretend I said that loudly because I'm sort of mad. No seriously, I am. My favorite game in the series is no longer there because of that stupid Windows Live. Can't use my 360 anymore because its broken and I'm not going to sink money into a basically dead console or buy a new one either. I want to give them money for something I like. Its weird when I can't give money to people. Windows Live, you are the bane of my existence. I either can't play a game because you are doing something so idiotic it either makes it impossible to play or my patience can't handle you, you annoy me constantly and even after your death you take things away from me that I like. The only use I found for you was in Dark Souls, making it so I could send hateful messages to people who invaded me.
"But, by your logic, shouldn't Fable Anniversary be the best of the series? Since it came after 3 and therefore has learned from its mistakes?" No, its not. Its an HD remake of an inherently broken game which didn't really fix any problems. Can't get to the extra content cause you didn't kill your sister and take the evil path? What the hell, why would I still want that? It makes no sense. Combat is clunky, magic is... well its decent. Pretty good actually. Enemies are cheap and stupid. Had a guy literally juggle me into an inescapable combo of me getting totally fucked. I only got out of it because of a spell I had the foresight to buy.
What am I trying to say? Its after midnight, after Christmas and I'm being weird. I just want Fable 3 I guess. I would pay 20 bucks for the game, not including the DLC. Weird of me? Eh. People have their favorite games. Some bad, some good. This game isn't even my favorite, I just love it a lot. So, put it back up, I will give you money for it and we all walk away happy, right? Also is there a Fable 4 soon? I'd definitely buy that. Call me up, I've got a few tips for you.

Have you got any weird games that you love secretly or otherwise? Why not tell me about them. Or you can rant and rave about how this post makes no sense.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

This War of Mine PC Review - 8.5/10

Merry (almost) Christmas! You know what I need? Some depressing games! Wait no... that's not what I need. Its kind of weird. I never heard much about this game. I saw a preview for it and I knew I wanted to play it. Luckily I had some left over cash after Christmas shopping and it was pretty cheap.

The Good:
The ascetics of this game are really superb. Background noises of artillery fire, bullets being shot. A drab and dreary look to all of the graphics. Really brings home that this is in the middle of a war. Instead of being 'White-Man McProtagonist Bullet Sponge', you're a random person. Actually you're not even a person. Sort of like the godlike creature that controls The Sims where you tell people where to go and what to do. Makes for a better sense of 'outside looking in', where people aren't constantly babbling on about the horrors of war, more or less talking about their shared experiences. A few times I walked into a building to scavenge and a character had a personal story about the place. "I used to come here with my parents when I was a kid," or "I heard that when the bombing started the children were still in class." No character really has a 'woe is me' mood, more just trying to drive home these are normal people simply trying to survive.
Each character has their own thing that makes them better at something than others. I had a guy who was good at cooking, a guy who could run fast and a woman who was a decent barterer. It wasn't that they were stuck in these roles, more that I had a better idea of who to send to scavenge if I wasn't sure if there were enemies and who to send to barter.

The Bad:
Combat is really bare bones. The one time I really got into it was when I sneaked into a place where there were enemies and I got caught. I got taken out pretty quickly as they had guns and I had only my fists. Basically, all you can do is click to hit someone. Click, click, click. As weird as it is, I wish there were some elements of stealth combat. At least being able to take out people if you are unseen. It would add a different layer to the game.
All characters have the same stats. Like there are static characters and their stats won't change if you have a new game. This doesn't seem really sensible to me. Some characters will arguably have better skills while some have 'Loves Children' which probably does absolutely nothing.
There's not a lot of choices to be made. More or less its just what are you going to do during the day or night. There should be a lot more choices in my opinion. Say, since my home keeps getting raided maybe there should be a new crafting choice that allows you to rebuild and fortify your home. Or perhaps, since you've already searched your home you could move your group to another. Or maybe when you've searched the entire area you can go to a new location with new places. I know its to force me into making more horrible decisions as a commentary on war, but its kind of messed up when I have to go ahead and murder the old man and wife just to get at their precious food supplies. I wish there was a way to get replenishable food, say a garden or a nursery for animals.

If anyone knows anything about my reviews is when I have a lot to complain about the minute details about a game, it usually means I like the game itself. Its a good game, don't get me wrong, but it could have been better.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Cheap Tablets are Never Good

Everyone secretly wants an iPad. No matter what people say, they would gladly take and use a free iPad, if given one. Unfortunately for most people, an iPad's price is not reasonable enough. Corporations know this and have taken advantage of this market, thanks to Google's open-source operating system, Android.

A co-worker at work asked me to take a look at her Coby Kyros MID1125 tablet because it won't turn on for her. She told me about how she bought this tablet about two years ago and it worked for about a week then suddenly stopped. She said she contacted Coby to get a replacement, but Coby told her that she'd have to pay $15 and ship it herself to get a replacement. She never went through with it because it wasn't worth it to her. But since meeting me, she felt like maybe I could fix it for her. I agreed and took it home tonight.

I'm going to let you guys in on a secret of mine, but when people come to me with issues with their electronics, I usually first Google (Bing) the device's name, model number and/or name, and the issue I'm experiencing. Unfortunately...there's not a lot of information on this particular tablet model and many more Coby tablets like it. No manuals, and not much other information such as rooting, but lots of people with similar stories like my co-workers'. It's really aggravating, to be honest.

I found a lot of other people who are seeing the same issues with their Coby tablets and them just not turning on. There's a reset button on a lot of these tablets that's supposed to fix issues like this, but it does no good for me or many others seeing these issues. Knowing about Android devices and button combinations, I tried a few button combos as well as long-pressing buttons for 5+ minutes with zero luck. I'm guessing the issue must be hardware-related and my friend said I could open it, so I opened it.

Boy oh boy...by looking at the price tag on these things (not cheap cheap, but cheap for tablets), I wasn't expecting a top of the line processor or other hardware, but mannnnn, this is some straight up garbage! Wires are taped all over the place, with stationary tape, no less, old, sticky glue stuck all over the place and my hands, a battery that's soldered onto the board...just crap on top of crap on top of crap...

Feeling sorry for my friend, I decided that I'd personally see if Coby would make an exception and give her a replacement for free. I was going to raise hell even for a 2 year old device because I think their business standards are pretty crummy. I Bing'd "Coby" and came up with, what appears to be their official website, www.cobyusa.com only to find this:
There's absolutely nothing else on the page except this logo. No links, nothing. And after inspecting the webpage, there's no other designs or links, even hidden in the page. So I did some extra digging.

I came on this news website that had some shocking details for me about the company: http://www.wcpo.com/money/consumer/dont-waste-your-money/coby-electronics-warranties-now-worthless
I suppose that it's not entirely shocking or surprising, but it was pretty disappointing. A company as disgusting as this was allowed to just go away under bankruptcy and leave all of these disappointed customers with broken devices and no hope of any reimbursement or replacement. Another company buys the brand name but doesn't have any obligation to take over the concerns and complaints of the prior company.

Coby isn't the only company out there like this. There are many more companies out there making cheap tablets and poor design and quality isn't the only concern, unfortunately.

Over the past holiday after Thanksgiving came Black Friday and Cyber Monday which are supposed to offer great deals on various products. Many of these products were cheap tablets from makers like Coby and it seemed like each of these stores had their own cheap brand.

News media outlets got wind of the news and spread it like wildfire during the two deal-days. One of the other concerns besides these being poor quality devices is that they also pose security risks. Not to sound discriminatory, but a lot of these cheap tablets are made in China and Chinese electronic devices aren't known to be made well or to be trustworthy in not containing some sort of malicious software like adware that either spams you with advertisements and/or attempts to steal your identity. It's the price you pay for a cheap device. The company feels like they need to make their money back and then some.

The next time I see my co-worker, I'd like to recommend to her, and to anyone else considering these cheap devices: do not purchase these. Save up for a more decent one or choose to safely buy a used device from Craigslist. And if you do buy a cheap device, use it cautiously and don't rely too heavily on it. Use it just for gaming and light web browsing. Do not ever use it to log on to your bank account, to make any purchases of any kind, and I wouldn't even recommend you to log into any e-mail accounts or even social media websites like Facebook.

The cheap tablets were a nice idea to help customers who want an iPad but can't afford the price tag, but the execution is extremely flawed and ends up hurting these people who just wanted a little premium entertainment.

Monday, November 24, 2014

[Review] Far Cry 4 (PS4) (Single Player campaign only)

(I will not be discussing multiplayer and the map editor in this review. This review only discusses the single player campaign of the game.)

A little background before I begin this review, I have played Far Cry 1 and 2 on Xbox 360 and Far Cry 3 on Xbox 360 and PC. I want to get that out there so you guys can understand a little bit more about how I will go about reviewing this. I will be reviewing it based a lot on how it steps up the game on its previous installments more so than how it plays as a game in general.

Also, before I begin, I would love to thank Sony for allowing use PlayStation 4 users to be able to upload gameplay videos and pictures very easily without additional, expensive software/hardware! This is, the first?, console game review that I'll be able to do including pictures and videos from the actual game thanks to software within the PS4 that allows gamers to do so.

Lately, it's sad but game developers and publishers release one solid game and then release a bunch of sequels to that game that should really be released as $30 DLCs, not full length games that they charge users $60 for. When Ubisoft began to unleash trailers and teasers for the newest installment in their Far Cry series, I assumed this would be just another one of those cheap releases to get some extra cash out of gamers hungry for new action. I was wrong and right. Allow me to explain.

In the beginning of the game, I felt like this game was just an expensive DLC for Far Cry 3. There didn't seem to be too many new additions nor anything else except a new map and a few new ways to play in the FC universe. But me, enjoying FC3, continued playing to see what else was in store. My initial perception was absolutely wrong.

Graphics wise, the game does not meet expectations many of us had expected of the title. Being the first title in the Far Cry series on a next gen system, we'd assume it would take advantage of this new hardware; however, sadly, it doesn't seem to be much better than Far Cry 3. Take a look for yourself below.


Now, of course, do keep in mind that there will be a difference depending on the screen that you are viewing this picture on versus how it appears within the game. Also, keep in mind that I am using the PS4 version and that the Xbox One and PC versions may have differences too.

I took this picture in the way that it is to show you how human NPCs (non-playable character), the scenery, and shadows all play together. Unfortunately, it appears that the screenshot did not capture what I had seen on the screen in terms of shadows. As I had seen on the television, the gun had a shadow over half of it and light over the other half to show how detailed the shadows would be. But it seems that the PlayStation 4 was not able to capture this in a screenshot for me. The same is true of the videos I will show you as well. Playing them on the PlayStation 4 as a video versus actually playing the game shows that the quality has been degraded most likely to keep the file size small and allow for as long of a time as it can. I have not found a way to change the quality as I wouldn't mind to take up some space just for the best quality for reviews so please forgive me.

Far Cry 3 did set the record for me, personally, in terms of water texture. In many games, it seems so difficult for developers to capture the true beauty of water. Even in superb games like the Grand Theft Auto series, it seems that they can get everything to look amazing except when it comes to water. Far Cry 3 was the only game to convince me the most that there was actual water in front of me. Far Cry 4 does an even better job at creating lovely water effects.

The quality of the sound with the water also has been done exceptionally well. I noticed the sounds of footprints as I walked from forest into a swampy areas into water. The sounds are extremely accurate when you pay attention to the detail. The squish sounds different with each step taken. One true difference from many other games I've witnessed. The gun physics play nicely as well as did in FC3.

Driving behind the wheel of vehicles feels much better than in FC3. Here are some screenshots and a video detailing two of the vehicles, a truck and dune buggy, and fighting with some of the local scumbags of the Royal Army.








The game's mechanics have been improved when it comes to combat. Players are given many new options to use in addition to the many others that Far Cry has been known for and what Far Cry 3 had introduced to gamers two years ago.

I'd be wrong to not highlight that this game finally allows players to deal damage to enemies from behind the wheel. In the video below, you can see a bit of the action as I fight off some enemies while driving and flying. It was one of the things that I wanted most of FC3 because it just seemed so odd to have never been introduced into the game in the first place.

In the first video, we see the newly introduced vehicle, the helicopter and how it's used.

The helicopter was in all of the previous Far Cry games; however, players were never given the option to fly one until this game showed up. The helicopter seen in Far Cry 3 is seen in this one; however, a smaller helicopter, piloted by one person, seems to be the only available one to players looking to fly across Kyrat. Perhaps we'll see new ones in DLCs? ;)

In addition to using a helicopter, I also demonstrate how a player can fight ground units and also die from the helicopter.



I guess you could call them vehicles, but they're back from Far Cry 3. The parachute and wingsuit make appearances in this game as well.



What I love most about these is that they are available to the player from the start of the game. My, how it was annoying to wait so long to be able to "fly" through the map. Ubisoft finally got it and made it available to players from the start of the game...for a fee, of course. In the game's digital currency. It's not a DLC either, thank God.

Far Cry 4 has your standard vehicles too, of course, as I had mentioned earlier but with two twists. I showed you guys the combat from a helicopter earlier, but now here's a video demonstrating the combat from car to car.


As you guys already saw, the game also uses a new system that allows for "auto-pilot" which is, you guessed right, allowing the player to move from one point on the map to another without having to actually drive themselves. This is good for many reasons. One such is that the map is sometimes so huge that it can literally take you hours to go from one end to another especially if you need to get a vehicle from one point to another. There is fast travel, but it doesn't work if you need to take a vehicle with you. Another reason is that it makes vehicular combat much more easier because now you don't have to be focused on the road. Instead, you can focus your entire attention on the person you're trying to kill! While unrealistic, I have found the auto-pilot function to be quite helpful.

As can be seen in the video, the downside is that auto-pilot, while safe, is slower than what you're used to driving if you drive yourself. It is safer because you can go around corners knowing you won't fly off the road and that it will get you somewhere, but it's not so great for catching up to people, trying to get away from something, or trying to get somewhere in a hurry.

I honestly don't know what to classify this under, but the game has elephants that you can ride (after upgrading one of your skills).


The poor guy was killed shortly after this video was taken :/ Although, fear not! I avenged his death :)

In addition to the combat between humans, there is also combat between humans and animals and animals and animals.

A good game will allow players the opportunity to not only engage in the world before them but to also sometimes take a minute to sit back and watch things unfold on their own. This is why Grand Theft Auto and Watch_Dogs are so entertaining for some players. They enjoy the thrill of exploring a world and seeing what's going on around them. Far Cry 4 has that for gamers.

It's not uncommon to be strolling through the trees and to suddenly hear gunfire in a particular direction. If you have enabled surround sound, your ears will be blown away and you'll know exactly where to go to catch the action that's unfolding on the other side of the map. Often times, you may be called upon to help the rebels fight off guards or some sort of animal or even the cries of a civilian who's being attacked by a wild animal. Helping these people will yield you some points towards the Karma system within the game which I'll dig into in a minute. But first, I wanted to highlight some of the action between humans and animals.

As was the case in Far Cry 3, players are encouraged to hunt prey. However, in FC3, it was more so for the thrill, prize, and to craft usable items for the character. In Far Cry 4, players now hunt for more such as getting bait to hunt other animals. Any animal that is killed and skinned (I believe Demon Fish and other fish are excluded from this) leaves behind skin as well as bait for the player to use.



Unfortunately, if you want to hunt non-carnivorous animals like pigs, it doesn't look like there's any sort of bait to lure them in. Instead, you just have to rely on your old fashioned ways to catch them. I am really puzzled by what I captured in this next video.



In the video below, I have a little bit of fun and use a Light Machine Gun to hunt two of the toughest animals in the game. In the video, you can also see how the world affects the player in attacking him at will and without much notice.



Honestly, there is so much to do in this game and I haven't even covered half of what's going on! I've barely done any of the story but I've taken over much of the map and still have a long way to go. I covered the most important parts that I found most interesting, but there is a lot more that I have yet to do and a lot more that may be more interesting to you.

I'd like to leave you guys with one last video that I'm proud of myself for and that's of me taking down Varshakot without being detected. Along with regular outposts, FC4 introduced players to fortresses which are a bit more complicated to conquer. The game recommends that players only attempt the fortress if they've gone through the campaign, but I wasn't ready for that so I went ahead and tried my luck and did it. I guess it may be helpful to some who are having difficulties not completing it.


Overall, I love the game. I would definitely recommend it to others. In the 13+ hours of playing the game, I've come to see it as more than what I originally thought of it. It's got a lot of new features and new things that make it a much different game than Far Cry 3. I have a difficult time justifying the $60 price because it honestly does feel a bit like a more complicated DLC for Far Cry 3. I suppose that's because this is the same engine with some new additions. The game is good, definitely a favorite for me and one that I'll invest lots of time into.

I apologize for not being able to discuss multiplayer. I don't have any friends that own a PS4 and Far Cry 4 yet so it's kinda difficult to do. I also was unable to discuss the other multiplayer parts and the map editor because I've been focusing all of my time on the single player. The map editor was fun and was something that is a nice edition for console players much like the one included for my Far Cry 1 & 2 disc for the Xbox 360.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Thanks, Bing

Yesterday, I was feeling a bit hungry with some friends and none of us really wanted to pay for some food cause we're broke (the holiday season coming up, yatta yatta) so we all decided pizza sounded good. I remembered that I could redeem my Bing Rewards points and get some coupons for money at Domino's Pizza and that's exactly what we did.

I had a little over 2,000 points available to be used and since I'm a gold member, I only used 1,900 points which equaled to $20. At the end of everything that we got, I only ended up paying a little more than $2 for tax. We were able to get one large 3 topping pizza, one order of bread sticks, two dipping sauces, and a 2 liter drink. And today, I still had enough left over for 2 $5 gift cards at Burger King!

To be like me and see how this program works, head on over to http://www.bing.com/ and click in the upper right hand corner for Bing Rewards. There, you can sign up for a Facebook and/or Microsoft/Outlook/Hotmail/etc. account to get started. In the beginning, getting points becomes quick and fast, but after some time, you accumulate points mostly by just getting online everyday and searching whatever is trending to keep your points and gold membership up. Every 2 searches, you acquire 1 point. Some special searches will yield you 1 point too. Bing also does special giveaways where doing an action like sharing them on Facebook or Twitter will get you 25-200 points.

There are other cool redeemable gifts there as well which can range from other gift cards at popular places like GameStop, Amazon, Sephora, and even the Microsoft Store. You can also enter giveaways for things like Xbox Ones or Nokia smartphones or even use your points to donate to charities.

I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get free stuff every now and then. I mostly use mine for Xbox points or gift cards when I'm a little broke. It works well and is great because you sometimes forget they're there! But take advantage of the system while it's still here because who knows how much longer they'll keep doing this. As I've always said before, remember that this isn't something that will make you rich, just something to add to whatever you have. It may be useful for one of those days you're buying something and don't want to use your money.

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