On Refunds, Co-op and Story Modes

So yesterday was an interesting day gaming wise that started off trying to do some co-op and ended with playing the new story mode for Street Fighter 5. So, when having a specific person that you play co-op games with it can be a bit difficult to find a game that you’re both going to enjoy. Thanks to the Steam summer sale I finally got around to picking up “7 Days to Die” 2-pack. I had been wanting to play the game for a while, and it certainly seemed interesting. Survival/Zombie game combined with Minecraft. Seemed like an interesting game that would be fun to co-op. The problem is that it spawned me and my friend at opposite ends of the map and proceeded to be a farce of spawn, die, spawn, die. I spent an hour trying to get to my friend and with no way to easily identify … Read more…

On Overwatch

So here’s the thing, I didn’t plan on getting Overwatch. Mainly because I was concerned about the price vs the amount of time I would spend playing it. The base version for PC costs $40 (US) and the Origins edition with all the bonus goodies costs $60 (US). I subscribe to a $1/hour belief that if a game costs me $40 then I should get a minimum of 40 hours out of it. While Overwatch is described more along the lines of cooperative team based shooter, it is still a first person shooter. Those types of games have typically run their course for me within a few hours. Now that isn’t to say that I won’t get bored with Overwatch before I get 60 hours out of it (I did get the Origins edition). I just think that if it is like Hearthstone where you can play it every once … Read more…

On catching up.

So I guess it has been over a month since my last post. Honestly I haven’t really felt all that motivated to write much. Been pretty busy time at work which is usually where I do all the writing. So just to give a few updates I guess. I bought a new computer, and it took almost a month for it to actually come in. I wound up getting an Alienware Area-51 desktop, 4 TB hard drive, 16 GB ram and an NVidea Geforce 970 with 4GB Ram. It’s a beast, and I’ve barely had a chance to use it. Within the first couple of days I started having issues with the network card telling me it was missing registry entries or something. I haven’t had time to really dig in to it, so the only solution I’ve managed to get working at this point is turning the PC off, … Read more…

On Dark Souls 3

So, I’ll start off with saying I’m not the biggest fan of this series because I had a pretty rough experience with the first Dark Souls. No, not Demon Souls, which is technically the first in the series. I’m referring to the first Dark Souls game that came out for the PS3/XBox 360/PC several years. That game has the single honor of making me either nearly break or actually break a controller. I can’t remember if it actually broke, but I feel like I did. Now if you don’t know anything about this series I will just say that the first Dark Souls was probably the hardest, and most frustrating, game I’ve ever played in my life. The games in the series are designed to kill you, but in the process make you better at the game. It’s all about trial and error and learning what works. If you’ve played … Read more…

On Hitman: Paris*

*On what is currently available to play. Not all the content is out yet because is releasing episodically. I’ll start off by saying that I’ve only ever finished one Hitman game before the latest installment had it’s first round of content released. Prior to this game I’ve only completed Hitman: Absolution, which I liked. It was criticized for being different from the original Hitman trilogy because of how small the levels were and how it wasn’t as open ended as they were. Like I said, I never finished those so I was fine with what I got. The new Hitman game is a return to how the old games were, for the most part. The game, and what are essentially tutorial levels, starts off 20 years before the first game and covers how Agent 47 joins the agency he works for and how he gets the name “Agent 47”. The … Read more…

On A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Dark Zone

So lately I’ve been playing The Division on PC and while I’m not doing a full review just yet I just wanted to share a “funny” story that happened tonight while playing. To give a bit of background here, the Dark Zone is the area in The Division where you will run in to other players, and is supposed to be where you go for end game content as well as trying to find the best gear in the game. The problem here is that if you kill another player you get marked as a rogue agent, and can then be hunted down by other players and killed. Upon dying you lose experience and all the items you picked up in this zone. So realistically speaking why would you want to do that unless you’re just a jerk? So today I was playing co-op with one of my friends and … Read more…

On Street Fighter 5 – Initial Impressions

So last night at right around 11 pm CST my PS4 digital pre-order unlocked. The problem was, it couldn’t connect to the online servers. Now this isn’t a big deal for me as I’m not really sure how much online matchmaking I’ll be doing, even if that seems to be the focus of the game. What was funny was all the people losing their minds online. I mean, they must never have played ANY MMO at launch. Besides that, for me it was really late and I have to get up for work every morning so I wasn’t planning to play a lot anyways. I did a little training mode and called it a night. The problem with the server being offline, is that the way you earn money/experience is through playing the game, but it won’t work in offline mode. I simply don’t understand that. I can understand online … Read more…

On The Hitman Beta

This weekend was the “beta” for the new Hitman game that is coming out early in March. Anyone who had pre-ordered the full version of the game had access to the beta. The thing about it is that the game seemed pretty polished, which is why I used quotes on the first use of beta. I think that this was really a test of the online system to see how their servers handled it. The beta itself consisted of two training levels that I think are going to be the first two missions in the full game. Both taking place 20 years before any of the other games in the series and establishes how Agent 47 joins the ICA (International Contract Agency). The first time that you play through either of the missions they are fairly guided, in that the game tells you how to get through the level using … Read more…

On Busy Gaming Month

So, this is not me complaining that there are to many games coming out in the next month or so. In fact I’m going to be happy to have so many things to choose from. I’m just glad I’m at a point in my life & career that I have a little bit of extra money to be able to get to enjoy my hobby in the way that I do. So short rundown on what’s coming up that I’ve got pre-ordered. I think there are PC versions for all of these but I’m mostly a console person at this point so all of these will be getting played on my PS4. Street Fighter 5 Street Fighter 5, which comes out next week, is a game I was really on the fence about. I’ve played several iterations of this series ever since Street Fighter 2 on the SNES back when … Read more…

On Ultimate Chicken Horse

So, I’ve mentioned this on twitter already but one of the games I demo’d at Pax South was Ultimate Chicken Horse from Clever Endeavour. I would honestly say that this was my favorite game from Pax and I’m looking forward to it coming out. Before I get in to it though here’s a video from their Youtube page. I think we came across this game some time on Friday and I watched some of the guys I was there with play, but I didn’t. We walked back over the next day when our friend Rae and her brother were there and did play that time. I guess we were playing on party mode where you and your opponents get to choose from a limited number of object to put down in the level to try to prevent other people from finishing. I wound up getting killed by my own traps … Read more…