Posts Tagged ‘Games’

First results between PS4 vs. Xbox One are in

October 29, 2013

Digital Foundry has made a world class article where they compare the quality of Battlefield 4 between PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. I strongly recommend you go and read this behemoth of an article as it’s the most qualitative I’ve seen. It gives you a very fair and objective analysis of each version and there’s no surprise which ones are the best ones.

PS4 takes the lead from X1 quite substantially.  Battlefield 4 runs at 900p on the PS4 and 720p on the X1. This was to be expected as X1 has weaker hardware and more complicated ESRAM to work with. Sad facts if you will be gaming primarily on an X1 next generation for sure.

Though the X1 version by no means looks horrible or bad, it falls short and is inferior to the PS4 one by quite some mileage. It is expected to be like this for at least the first two years of the console cycle, perhaps even always as the PS4 simply has more hardware to work with. And when Sony’s first-party exclusive start coming out, well then there will be no doubts as to where the most stunning games are.

Add on top of this the rumors that Call of Duty: Ghosts will be running at 720p on the Xbox One and Titanfall also, well, then it’s certainly not looking good for Microsoft.  There are also other rumors circulating that the Xbox One has strong issues with party drops and server allocations as they are separated now instead of unified as with Xbox 360. It is said to be “months away” before that will be resolved.

Judging by these comparisons, rumors, facts and pre-order numbers, the Xbox team at Microsoft must be in chaos and despair. I predict the PS4 out-selling the X1 by at least 20 million units this war because of this. And that’s me being generous I feel.

The PS4 has a bright future ahead with a superb start in both hardware, software and reputation. 

 

Top 5 for 2014

October 12, 2013

Some of my readers have been asking me what my most anticipated games for 2014 are, so I thought I’d share it with y’all.

5. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Kiefer Sutherland. Next generation hardware. Solid Snake. Open world. Tactical espionage. I mean, come on. How can one not be excited for this? All the MGS have been masterful.

4. The Evil Within
Shinji Mikami, the father of horror returns for his next generation debut and it is looking beyond scary. I am certain I will get an heart attack from this game and that my hands will be dripping sweat.

3. Titanfall
Titanfall looks to be the best shooter in… forever? I can’t foresee any other shooters other than maybe Battlefront being anywhere close to rivaling Titanfall. Forget Call of Duty and Battlefield, a new king will emerge.

2. Thief
The new trailers look so amazing. The gameplay looks amazing. The slogan is amazing. Everything about Thief looks amazing and they just keep putting out these amazing trailers and my hype keeps rising.

1. Destiny
Destiny remains unrivaled at first place. It is looking like game changer and that’s a huge deal. I am certain I will easily invest 500-1000 hours depending on the support Bungie gives this game. I cannot wait.

What are your top 5 for 2014?

What’s yours is mine.

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.

Xbox One Dashboard Fall 2014

October 7, 2013

Oh, the Kinect 2 and NSA spycam rumors never come to rest. And now with Microsoft talking about options to opt-in to specialized targeted ads based on Kinect data and whatnot, things aren’t getting any easier for poor Microsoft.

Here’s a fun prediction of how the Xbox One dashboard might look like in the future.

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Steam Controller

September 28, 2013

Valve’s third and final announcement for this week as the new Steam Controller. This, of course, is in-line with their previous two announcements being Steam OS and Steam Machine.

Valve are officially entering the living room and will now be competing with Sony and Microsoft in a way.

The Steam Machine will be open, hackable and fully digital. Valve will make a premium console whilst others can make cheaper and modify them as they see fit.

Valve’s new controller is supposedly really good in the sense that it truly captures the essence of keyboard and mouse for RTS and FPS games.

I myself think it looks very, very cool, although a bit uncomfortable.

Difference between PC and Console

September 27, 2013

Nvidia has said cockly stated that their $1000 GPU is more powerful than $399-499 consoles. Shocking news, to say the least. Also breaking news is Ferrari cars are apparently faster than Prius cars. Oh wait.

Either way, it seems as if consoles have finally risen really high and will indeed be delivering 1080p glory and higher than ever before textures. It will be very nice owning a next generation console for sure as both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be vastly more powerful than any other console.

This is the biggest leap in a decade for console graphics. Niiice.

South Park: The Stick of Truth Collector’s Edition

September 27, 2013

Ubisoft have announced a December 12 release date for South Park: The Stick of Truth and a Collector’s Edition with a juicy Cartman figurine to collect.

I like it. I will definitely pick it up as I love South Park more than any other show and I want to give them as much money as possible.

Origin > Steam

September 22, 2013

I know I will be frowned upon after this statement, but I don’t care. I actually prefer Origin over Steam, any day.

Origin has a fresher and cleaner design in my opinion. It offers 24-hours refund policy for EA titles. Steam does not offer this. They have a vastly superior customer service with 24/7 chat service available, for Steam it takes me on average 2-3 business days to get a reply.

No, the only thing that’s better with Steam right now is their library, it’s much broader. Also, their seasonal sales are very, very enticing but Origin has begun doing this as well.

I just bought FIFA 14 and pre-loaded it on Origin and realized that Origin will be my primary DRM for the coming years. FIFA 14, Battlefield 4, Titanfall, Star Wars: Battlefront, Mirror’s Edge 2 and are just a few of the Origin exclusive titles I will be playing between 2013-2015. What does Steam have that exclusive? At the moment, nothing really.

Origin, just like Steam, will need time to improve, but it’s doing so at an insanely impressive pace.

GTA V generates $1 billion in 72 hours

September 21, 2013

The title says it all. It’s currently the fastest-money maker out there, ever, from an entertainment perspective. I imagine that the Christmas sales will add a few millions to that as well.

Congratulations to Rockstar, well deserved. The game is absolutely fantastic and if you are the only person out there who hasn’t bought it, be sure you do. You won’t be disappointed.

Hot biki babes with smartphone sell games. It’s proven.

My most anticipated games

September 19, 2013

As you might know, I’ll be getting the PlayStation 4 console exclusively for my living room entertainment. I have owned at least one console each generation since I was born and I don’t plan on leaving the console gaming scene any time soon. Although I am changing my policies around.

This generation I will only buy console exclusives for my PS4. Games that will be available for the PC as well will always be bought for the PC. Naturally I will pick up PS4 exclusives as well.

So what are some of my most anticipated games for the next generation?

Deep Down (PS4 exclusive)
This looks to be Capcom’s answer to the insanely successful Dark Souls/Demons Souls franchise and it is looking very, very impressive so far. I kind of get the vibe of Dark Souls / Assassin’s Creed touch with the story and that’s very interesting. Add to this that this is an exclusive title only found on the PS4, and well, I am hooked. I can’t wait to start exploring dungeons and adventures as a knight in glorious next generation graphics.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Console exclusive)
The fifth installment in the highly masterful Metal Gear Solid series can’t come soon enough. I remember picking up “the first one” for PlayStation One as a little kid and enjoying it more than anything I’ve enjoyed in life at that time. It was magical and the fifth installment will make it a bit more special now that I am back on the PlayStation team. The game itself looks better than all the previous installments with realistic graphics, an enormous open world to explore and Kiefer Sutherland voicing Solid Snake. Day one purchase and I’ll even pick up the Collector’s Edition should there be one.

The Order 1886 (PS4 exclusive)
I love the olden days. 1886 seems like a very appealing year for me but with a twist in The Order. Although we’ve only seen a vague trailer revealing the setting and story, I was hooked immediately. Set in London makes it even better as there are too few games that take place in that fascinating city.

Destiny (Console exclusive, PS4 exclusive content)
Destiny looks to be a game changer. It’s basically an MMO FPS with gorgeous visuals, deep gameplay and customization like never before. It’s an open living world that changes constantly and reacts to you. It will be an absolutely magical adventure with all my friends. Expect me to disappear from reality once this game comes out. I am sure it will forever change how we play games.

Final Fantasy XV (Console exclusive)
The upcoming Final Fantasy game looks fresh, fast and severely more adapted for the western gamer than any other in the series. I love this. With excellent animations, in fact, better than any other I have ever seen in my life, and superb voice acting and a deep story, Final Fatansy XV is a must have for me.

The Division
The first gameplay video we saw of The Division blew my mind away. The amount of detail and realism in portraying New York CIty was without a doubt the best one I’ve seen to date. Add to this that it’s a cooperatively focused shooter with online focus, and I am drooling. Expect me to take my crew out for adventures frequently.

EA Sports UFC (Console exclusive)
I love MMA. It’s my favorite sport. Although we’ve only seen alpha gameplay from this game, I can say I will love it. I loved their first MMA game without any of the UFC licenses and now with a new modern next generation engine and the UFC license, it can’t go wrong. This is my most anticipated fighting game.

Titanfall
Titanfall looks to be a fast-paced shooter unlike any other. With unique concepts and methods. Since it’s coming out for the PC, I’ll be getting it for that. Also, it has won basically every single award from every single convention it has showed up on. I mean, can every single journalist in the world be wrong? I doubt it.

Star Wars: Battlefront
A FPS Star Wars game created by DICE running on Frostbite Engine 3. I mean, do I even have to say another word to sell it? I didn’t think so.

The Evil Within
The Father of Horror returns with his new original IP and I am sold. Investigating mental institutions is something that sounds like an incredibly smart idea and I can’t foresee anything going wrong. Or scary happening. Or am I out on thin ice here? Either way, I am sure this will be the scariest game I have ever played in my life.

Runner-ups: Star Wars: Visceral Games Project, Mirrors Edge 2, Kingdom Hearts 3, The Witcher 3, Dragon Age 3, Dying Light

I’ve got a gut feeling that Destiny will change how I perceive games and that I will spend more time with it than any other console game ever.