Posts Tagged ‘Game’

Changing some routines for next generation

October 10, 2013

For the upcoming generation I will shift around my gaming habits and routines dramatically. Why? Because I want to. I feel it’s time to do some adjustments and prioritizing and that’s always fun.

The first change, which perhaps is the biggest one, has multiple purposes, both environmental and convenience. I’ll be switching from disc based games to digital games. This has, like I said earlier, numerous reasons behind it. Though I do like to have a physical disc and box from time to time, I also don’t like it. Going fully digital is better for the environment. It saves me time and energy of going to the store or waiting for the mail to arrive. It removes disc swapping when I want to change games. It’s a natural evolution as I have been enjoying digital media such as movies and TV shows for over a decade now exclusively.

Second is that 99% of games that are out on the PC and next generation platforms will likely be purchased for the PC. PC gaming isn’t only cheaper, it’s more beautiful and smoother in performance. Some games I’ll still get for the console as they feel like console games, such as The Evil Within, that game is meant for the 46″ big screen instead of the 21″ computer screen. Of course there will be more of those types of games. But in general, I’ll prioritize games such as Destiny for my next generation machine to maximize the efficiency of it. It just feels more logical since I have a beast computer. Games like Thief look significantly better on the PC and that’s something I want to take advantage of, whilst Destiny won’t even be out on the PC, so this to me, makes complete sense.

Third and final is that I won’t be buying games that look “Okay” or “just good” anymore. I have had too many experiences that were mediocre or okay on my Xbox 360 that I don’t ever want again. Games like Ninja Gaiden 2, Crackdown 2, Ninja Blade, Tekken 6 and several others. These games scored around 7 or low 8 on average and I think they are even lower than that. During my play-trough of Ninja Gaiden 2 I just rushed the last three levels entirely without killing anyone because I was falling asleep of the repetitive grinding mechanics and shit story. I bought it because of the dismemberment and gore, but ultimately, it wasn’t worth it. If a game isn’t looking to fantastic with depth and an immersible enviornment, I am no longer interested. Take Destiny as an example, that game looks like a clear 10/10 with a world that I want to live in. These are the types of games that will be in my focus. Not 6-7:s. I don’t care if I miss out on a few “good” or “decent” games in the run, because I know I will get all the masterpieces and those are the ones that count.

The gore was the only good part about Ninja Gaiden 2. No more mediocre games for me.

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Is it game over for Nintendo?

February 23, 2013

Now that the real next generation has been announced due to the PS4 unveiling, I thought I’d analyze what this means for Nintendo who once again will be “competing” with Sony and Microsoft with last generation hardware.

When the Wii came out, it was on-par with the first Xbox in terms of power. This resulted in it missing out on all multi-platform titles that were in HD such as Assassin’s Creed franchise, Call of Duty franchise, BioShock, Final Fantasy, Devil May Cry, Resident Evil, well, you get the point. Basically only Nintendo provided AAA-titles for the Wii. And now with the Wii U being only as powerful as the PS3/Xbox 360, history will repeat itself.

However, this time, it will be different. This time consumers seem to have learned that Nintendo’s hardware is ancient. Sales are slow, sales forecast has been lowered, and it’s generally looking dark for Nintendo. They will miss out on massive AAA-titles once more. Their hardware is inferior 2 GB, where only 1 GB is available for gaming, compared to PS4’s massive 8 GB. That’s 1/8 the RAM for gaming in comparison. 1/8. Think about that.

Wii U’s strength was their tablet controller with the secondary screen. Something that was very expensive and upped the price for the Wii U a lot. How did Sony solve this dilemma? They will make a free app for smartphones and you can use them as your secondary screen or your PS Vita. Genius. This will allow them to compete with Nintendo’s ancient Wii U immediately at launch with superior online features, hardware and games. If I were Nintendo, I’d be very, very scared of what the future holds. Already Sony are looking to be vastly superior and I can’t wait to see what Microsoft will do, surely, it will also be vastly superior to the Wii U in every possible area. Especially online, perhaps the most important area.

Even though I don’t like that the Wii U will be included in the next generation’s console sales, PS4 and the new Xbox, it will be very interesting to see how it sells because really, what arguments can they use? Oh yeah, another Mario and Zelda game. How original and interesting. Not. I am sick and tired of them and have zero interest in them, although I know millions of people still do, so it will be interesting if they crave another Zelda/Mario game for the cost of an inferior gaming experience in every other sense of the way. Is Mario worth it? To sacrifice much more beautiful graphics in all other games, better online features, better social features, and missing out on massive AAA franchises from third-party studios? To me, it certainly is not.

I predict a very dark future for Nintendo and gamers that will stick to the Wii U exclusively. Naturally, people who buy all of the consoles have no issues as they can play all the games and enjoy all luxuries across. But there are still loyal fans that stick to only one console per generation – millions of them.  And I would love to hear the logics behind those who pick the Wii U over the true next generation consoles as the PS4. I predict the lifetime sales of the Wii U to be no more than 35-40 million at best. Unless they pull a pricing miracle and cut the price to $199, then, that could change a lot if the PS4 and the new Xbox are priced at $399 or more.

What are your thoughts on Nintendo and their chances of becoming “winners” of the next generation? Did you consider the Wii to be a winner last generation even though it lacked so many games but “won through sales”?

What’s the sales pitch for the Wii U? Six year old hardware? Inferior graphics, online, and old ports from PS3/Xbox 360 as majority of the games? It will be insanely interesting to see how it has sold by 2016 in comparison to PS4/Xbox 720.

LIVE: PlayStation Meeting 2013

February 20, 2013

CrazyBest is proud to be able to offer you a live stream with commentary from the grand PlayStation 2013 event tonight where they will reveal their PlayStation 4 console.

The event starts at 12 AM CET or 6 PM EST and can be watched live here from this blog along with commentary from yours truly.

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PlayStation 4 to be unveiled in February?

January 7, 2013

The rumor mill has begun to spin. This time it’s Sony in the spotlight and the rumors are concerning PlayStation 4 being announced as early as February, 2013. And you know what? They’re not that implausible.

Microsoft released their Xbox 360 ahead of the PlayStation 3 and it proved to be a very clever move financially speaking. It gave the Xbox 360 an advantage that Sony never could dethrone. So with the next generation coming, I am sure that Sony would like to avoid the same scenario.

How can they do this? Simply by announcing the PS4 console this coming February instead of at the E3 event in June. It is believed that Microsoft will announce their next console during their E3 press conference in June, so this would give Sony a little momentum in terms of building hype, pre-orders and some unofficial market shares. Seems pretty logical, right? Indeed.

I really hope that these rumors pan out. I’d love to get a first glimpse at the next generation (the real one, now the Wii U bullshit with six year old hardware) and see what it holds in terms of power and software innovation. Consoles are dramatically changing and becoming media station as well as gaming machines. And the competition in that area is increasing and I think that both Microsoft and Sony would like to get in while there is a little competition as possible.

I’ll definitely be scouting the end of February in hopes of Sony confirming an event. What are your thoughts on this?

Fake concept art of the PS4. What ya think?

Hero: Zeus

May 7, 2012

Hero of the Week is…. Zeus! Ba-dum-tssss. That’s right. The god of lightning. And indeed he is that in Dota 2 as well.

Zeus is a ganker. Well, kind of, in my eyes at least. He has the ultimate ability to kill steal from his allies with his lightning that hits all enemy heroes regardless of where they are on the map. And if they are at low hp threshold, they will die. Playing Zeus right can be very contributing to the team, playing him wrong can make him completely useless so he’s an interesting choice for sure.

My last run with Zeus resulted in a kill/death ratio of 2:0 for me and I assisted in many ganks and had over 20 assists. It was a good run and I will spend more time with him to see whether or not he truly is something for me.

What are your thoughts on Zeus?

“Thunderous applauds!”

Space Alert

April 15, 2012

I recently discovered a new board game called Space Alert and it was a great game that I’d recommend it for all my friends.

This summer I’ll be spending a lot of time outside and away from my beloved computer with friends and being social with board games and great conversations.

Space Alert is a fast-paced team game where you need to work together to survive alien attacks and other dangers that lure in space.

L.A. Noire

May 6, 2011

People who know me know that I have lost my interest in purely singleplayer based games. You know, those ~50 hour games that have no online interaction and have you running around in a massive world doing slightly repetitive missions over and over again? Yeah, those games. But there is one game that has caught my eyes and brought my interest back, at least for now. What game? L.A. Noire.

Rockstar deliver. We all know that. Look at GTA IV and Red Dead Redemption. Both quality games and massive sandbox games that set the bar high and brought it to new levels. Another game that will do this is most likely LA Noire. I have extremely insanely high expectations for this title and it might very well be the game that brings singleplayer back in my house. Add to that that LA Noire has the best lip syncing ever.

May 20 will be exciting. I will go back in time (to better days) and be a badass police officer. I will run Los Angeles my way and I am sure it will deliver a very memorable experience that will stay in my brain for years to come. Be sure to check out videos of LA Noire and pick it up on May 20th.

Hats + suits + guns = real men.