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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

What's Wrong with Current Gen

I've been mulling this over for a while now. It came around the time when the specs for the next gen (now current gen of consoles) was being talked about and I didn't feel much like talking about it too much. But then the news about Watch Dogs resolution came and after the otherwise less than ecstatic news about it (frankly it was even borderline offensive, just not 'writing death threats to members of Bioware after Dragon Age 2's release) from the general public, I decided to put my words on paper... or on the internet I guess technically.

As far as I'm concerned there's two types of games: Good and Bad. Sure, there's bits and pieces in between, but what it really boils down to is a certain 0-5 grading scale. 0-2 is Bad and 3-5 is Good. What I try to do in my reviews is not harp on about small minute details and if I do they're usually in the 'Meh' section. Resolution is definitely not something I feel the need to talk about because those numbers essentially mean nothing. Simply put, I'd rather play a Good game on the Atari 2600 rather than a Bad game on the PS4 or Xbox One. The reason I bring this up is because its insane that people were, almost literally, pissed that Watch Dogs doesn't look exactly like the first trailer. Understandable in the sense it could be disappointing but I don't think its enough to completely write off the game. See, when a console first comes out, every developer (even the developers working as close as conjoined twins with the company who releases the console) has no idea what to do with the console when it first releases. The most sensible thing to do is to start building the game and then port it to the system. 'The sky is the limit' is a really apt term. See, the game maker knows what the specs are for the console, but they just don't know what small problems or after effects the console may have. For instance, no one could have predicted that a few people who bought the Xbox One would have white fluid leaking out of it. Of course, as far as I know, the problem itself wasn't detrimental to the system's life span but you kind of get my point. You don't know where a ball will land when you throw it, just until it hits the ground and stops rolling.

Usually what happens is that a game company will do one of two things. First, they will try to make the best game possible that will attract a large number of people using the new console's functionality, hardware and gives a nice thing we haven't seen before as a final nail in the coffin of "Should I buy this game?". The other is the game that is working 100% to show what this game system can do, whether graphically or otherwise. The game is essentially kind of shovelware for you to have it when the console is released to show you what to expect or otherwise be a game you'll see in the bargain bin a year later. I can see why the second one will get messed on but not the first. In some cases, the first is usually an outside company who didn't get the time to work with the console's developer while the second is usually one that worked closely with the company... usually.

Personally, I've played Watch Dogs and I can't see any major graphical differences between what was first advertised and the final product. Maybe its just because I'm having so much fun with the game, I don't see a need to harp on small things or the game just seems decent enough to where minor things don't get in the way. My personal feeling is outside game developers need about a year to see what can fully be done with the system their given, which makes Watch Dog's release all the better considering that the game has come out a little over six months since the system has been released. The point I'm trying to get at here is its you... the player, the customer, the perfectionist. You are what's wrong with the new consoles. Look I'm not trying to be an asshole but you have to understand perfection is an impossibility. All you can do is hope for the best and pray you get decent. This generation's consoles are just a few steps up from the previous ones. We're not at full virtual reality, we're not at the point where my wildest fantasies are going to become gaming reality and we never will be. You can't have every single genre piled into one 'Frankenstein's Monster' without having a few mix ups and a few patch jobs. In short, shut up and play the game. Thanks for your time.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Kirby: Triple Deluxe 3DS Review - 10/10

I've been giving this a lot of thought. I bought this game on its release date and immediately I loved it. My last review has been my worst ever for this site and since Kirby is one of my top four favorite Nintendo series... I had to wait a bit to see if it was either my nostalgia, the fact I haven't played a game this good in a while or just simply the fact it was actually good. And I have to say my first impression was spot on. I haven't given a single perfect score to any game I've reviewed, and rightly so. I feel a perfect score is for the perfect game. A game where I can see no faults. The game itself is like a love letter to all the fans of the past and present.

The Good:
I love the art style. It just does it for me, let me say.
Sound design is excellent. I've heard no hiccups or anything thus far and they all sound like they fit.
I said 'love letter' and I meant it. If you're a person who's played the first Kirby, you'll find something here that you can remember. From that game all the way to Epic Yarn, you'll collect these little medals throughout the game and can recollect if you play any level over again and pick them up. These medals are unlocked just as a small thing for you at the end to just look at. Each medal has either a boss, a Kirby powerup or some other image on them. You can collect them on your wall and get little accolades for the varying percentages you've obtained. I was skeptical at first when I saw that you could trade in play coins for them, but honestly I haven't done that once and I am more than 50% done with collecting them. They don't do anything, as far as I've seen, yet. They're just a nice little nod to all the fans of their previous games.
Powerups are definitely nice. There are a bit fewer now, but they've also added some like the Archer or the Whip. You can also get a special powerup every so level that allows Kirby to have an infinite suck power (much less dirtier than it sounds) which adds to some unique playthroughs. You'll be taking on things that could be classified as bosses and bosses themselves (near endgame) and kill them in just one hit.
Physics? Yes physics. This game has them and they work beautifully. Not only do you solve puzzles using the 3DS' inner gyroscope (which is very cool and works surprisingly well), you can also use your infinite suck power to pull certain blocks, hit enemies and even pull other objects in varying ways. It was one of those things that gave me a nice little surprise and I still love it after almost a week of playing this game.
One other thing that surprised me was the endgame content. Like most of the previous games, you have a new mode unlocked after you beat the game. Usually a boss speed run. You can also play a speed run of the game with King DeeDee Dee later as well. One feature that caught my eye was like a mock Super Smash Bros. clone... that was really fun. You can use just about any of the powerups and battle through about 8 different stages against varying difficulties of opponents and I think you can even fight your friends with this mode.

Short review, yes. But honestly, I can't find any faults with this. Its a great game and I am thoroughly enjoying it. If you own a 3DS, you should definitely pick this up. I don't think you'll regret it.

Netflix Upping Prices by $1

Netflix sent an e-mail to all current subscribers to their service informing them of a price increase in the service. Below is the e-mail in full that I received from the company:

In order to continue adding more movies and TV shows, we are increasing our price from $7.99 to $8.99 for new members. As a thank you for being a member of Netflix already, we guarantee that your plan and price will not change for two years.
You can review your membership details at any time by visiting Your Account. As always, if you have questions, we are happy to answer them. Please call us at any time at 1-888-357-1516. 
–The Netflix Team

In summary, current subscribers will not see an increase in their membership price for 2 years, guaranteed by the company. The digital-only price for instant viewing through the web has been $7.99 for a few years at the same price for Hulu Plus. The new price will increase by one dollar. Netflix says that they are doing this to "continue adding more movies and TV shows".

Personally, I never minded a price increase in the service if it meant getting more content especially releases coming sooner. But with this announcement, subscribers should see new content and/or less content being removed from the service. Otherwise, users will feel cheated in the new price.

This is not the only change the company is making. The company is also teasing a new logo with its newest releases.

Netflix has been making waves in the last half decade as they continue to make ground-breaking original series exclusively for their service. House of Cards season 2 gained just as much acclaim as the first season had and it is expected that its other series', Orange is the New Black, will be just as popular when season 2 releases on June 6, 2014. Could we see more new series in the next two years or perhaps some other changes within the company with this added revenue?

What do you think of this increase? Nobody wants to pay more, but if it means more content at one dollar extra per month/$12 extra per year, does it seem worth it to you?

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Young Justice: Legacy 3DS Review - 2/10

Every single person who has ever been a gamer has played on game they felt was the worst game ever. About a year or so ago, I thought it was DARK the game. Boy, did you show me up Little Orbit. Would you like to know what games these developers have under their belt? Monster High: 13 Wishes, Barbie Dreamhouse Party and a mobile game of Falling Skies... and that's it apparently. They don't seem to have a Wikipedia page and I only found those three games on their website. God this game is awful. Kalypso Media, I apologize. DARK is gold compared to this. "No, GameStop employee. I won't need the preowned copy for this game." Regret doesn't begin to describe the 21 dollars I wasted on this crap. Lets get this shit started.

The Bad: (Because there is no good)
The graphics are shit, even for a handheld game. Just god awful.
Who in the hell thought it was a good idea to put superheroes in a tactics game? Yes. A FUCKING TACTICS GAME. I wish I read the box before I bought this game. 2D sidescroller is what I thought this was. Would have made sense and have actually been playable. No. It isn't, and its not playable. Its terrible, so terrible. The tactics in this game are also shit. Every animation seems choppy. It lacks 'omph' because there is none. I attack someone and they just... wait... for... something... to... happen!
Sound design. There isn't any! Sure there's a grunt from characters when they're hit... and that's IT. No music as far as I've seen, no simple sound design. NOTHING. HOW DO YOU DO THAT??? NO SOUND, ARE YOU SERIOUS????
There is a complete lack of originality here. Hey fans of the show, do you remember the infamous enemy: Katana Ninja? No? WELL NEITHER DO I. Seriously. Minion, Red Ninja. SOMETHING. Gun Ninja? Are you fucking serious????
And everything else.

WORST. GAME. EVER. When you hear about the worst game ever, don't put this on the list. Let this game fester into nothingness. Let no one remember it and let it sink into a pit of nothing. I am literally considering chucking this game into a ravine, but that's littering. So, might as well burn it and throw it into the trash and hope no one ever picks up this piece of shit.