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 Always Online Games (The Bad)

So yesterdays topic was I would consider the good aspects of always online games. Today will be talking about the things I don’t like about always being online. Now, I feel like there is more that I don’t like than I do like, but I’ll try to keep it short-ish and hopefully not ranty or bitter. The first thing that I would say I don’t like would be having to deal with content I’m not particularly interested in. I’ve mentioned before how I feel about being forced in to PVP content, and I feel very similar for games forcing certain online content on me. I’ve talked about player invasions in both Dark Souls 1 & 2 and how I don’t really want to do that since it is essentially PVP. I’m not the least bit interested in allowing other players in to my game in any capacity that is not … Read more…

On Always Online Games (The Good)

Going to try something a bit different today. Namely, splitting this topic in to two posts. But hey, if Peter Jackson can find a way to split The Hobbit in to 3 movies I can make this topic two posts. There have been quite a number of games that have come out over the last few years that essentially require you to always be connected to the internet. Games such as the latest Sim City, Diablo 3, Dark Souls 1 & 2 and Watch_Dogs, just to name a few. Each of these games handles things a bit differently, some obviously better than others. The question really is, why do I really need to be connected to a game that is essentially single player. Today I am going to write a bit about the positive side of always online and tomorrow I’ll discuss the aspects of it I don’t like. The … Read more…

On New Game Plus

So kind of a topic stretch today, I’m doing this a bit earlier in the day than normal (it’s currently 5:45am) because I start my on call week today. This means I may be a bit too busy during the day to type up a long post, so I figure I’d do it before the world came crashing down. I’d say I would hope for a quiet week but that is never guaranteed. That being said, today’s topic is New Game+ modes in games. I’m not exactly sure how many games have done this lately but I know of a few. Namely Dark Souls 1 & 2 and the latest Zelda game A Link Between Worlds. On the off chance you’ve never heard of new game + mode the gist of it is that once you finish the game on normal difficulty it lets you start over from the beginning … Read more…