Posts Tagged ‘Shooter’

Call of Duty: Ghosts Extinction

October 29, 2013

The new Extinction mode for Call of Duty: Ghosts has finally been revealed and I must admit, it is looking like something that I’d like.

Too bad I won’t support Call of Duty again until they deliver a new engine with impressive graphics like Battlefield did two years ago.

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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.

Battlefield 4 beta impressions

October 5, 2013

I have now spent several hours with the open beta of Battlefield 4 and after going through some horrible errors to play it thanks to DICE’s choice of ancient anti-cheat technology, I can finally deliver some impressions.

If you want to play Battlefield 4, expect DICE to enforce three things you might not necessarily want on your computer:

  1. Battlelog
  2. Punkbuster
  3. Origin

Without these three things you can’t play BF4. Whilst I like Origin, I hate the other two. Punkbuster is an ancient anti-cheat software from the 90:s that doesn’t do shit other than make your unable to join servers and give you no indication that it’s the problem. It complicates things and requires you to update it and it’s full of hassle. I thought they would get rid of it after Battlefield 3, but I was wrong. Insanely disappointed. Battlelog also sucks as you can’t change your settings outside the game and you have to do that in-game and the menus are slow, imperfect and the design isn’t as smooth as it should be to navigate. Just like Battlefield 3.

The graphics are gorgeous, they really are. Although I expected a bigger leap from Battlefield 3, but there’s no contest here. Call of Duty: Ghost can go hide itself back in 2007 where it belongs from a visual perspective. DICE are showing that they know graphics and sound effects, but unfortunately, that’s where my praise will end for Battlefield 4.

I understand the heart of Battlefield. It’s meant to be a war. It’s meant to be huge and immerse you. And it does that. It totally feels as if I am in a war and fighting for my life as a soldier. But that’s not necessarily a good thing. It takes a long time to find enemies sometimes. It’s insanely frustrating when two tanks roll up to you and you aren’t the Engineer class because you can’t do shit against that. It’s annoying that the respawn time is between 7-10 seconds after death. It’s annoying that you run for five minutes without action sometimes only to get shot from the other side of the world by a sniper or gunned down by a chopper. I guess Battlefield’s style of gameplay simply isn’t for me, simple as that.

Not everything is bad though. They finally improved the party joining system and squad system. It feels more polished, although it should’ve been like that in BF3 already, so this is more than two years delayed stuff. Nothing impressive, nothing worthy of praise as every other shooter did this years ago.  It just seems that DICE are not knowledgeable at several basic core things that I have come to expect from a shooter and that’s sad to see as I want to support the Swedish gaming industry but it’s simply not to my satisfaction.

The thing that impressed me the most with Battlefield 4 was without a doubt the jet-ski and water physics. They were incredible. It feel authentic just as if I was on a jet-ski. But should that really be the most impressive feature in a shooter? I don’t think so.

I am thankful for the open beta because it allowed me to save money and cancel my pre-order. I wouldn’t enjoy this game at all. The hours I played it weren’t that fun. I mean, it had its moments that were exciting with my friends and what not, but not nearly enough. I prefer a faster pace that’s more tight and intesive. and I think that Titanfall will simply crush BF4 and CoD: Ghost. So that’s where I am putting my money and time. Bottom line is that Battlefield 4 is looking to be what Battlefield 3 should have been, but it’s two years late and it’s still sub-par on many things even though it’s the industry leader in many other areas such as the graphics, physics, sound and unlimited sprinting. Such a shame. Maybe Battlefield 5 will be more to my liking. But until then, I am waiting for Titanfall.

Gorgeous graphics and great physics cannot save the game from cancer like Battlelog/Punkbuster.

Call of Duty: Ghost

September 17, 2013

Is the Call of Duty franchise all milked out? I mean, it certainly feels old. Old but polished, I’ll give them that. Black Ops 2 was fun and all, but insanely outdated graphics and mechanics were apparent.

Now when they are talking about Ghosts, the biggest stories are about dog and fish AI. Wow. Is that sad or pathetic? Does this imply innovation does no longer exist in Call of Duty? I mean look at how new and fresh Battlefield 4 looks.

I play Black Ops II

September 14, 2013

Call of Duty: Black Ops II multiplayer is free-to-play for two days and I decided to give it a shot, considering I haven’t played it yet and it’s the most popular shooter out there. I can say I was pleasantly surprised.

My last Call of Duty experience was in Modern Warfare 2 and on the Xbox 360, and I loved it. But I did play the single player campaign of the other CoD games, though plus some online on the PC during “try it for free campaign”. But Battlefield 3 has been my main shooter the past two years, although I hardly touch it anymore so it’s not really a fair statement, more like  2011-2012 and then this entire year I haven’t gamed shooters.

I didn’t expect much from Black Ops II, but I was surprised. I remember Modern Warfare 2 being fast and fun, and this is exactly what I got from Black Ops II. It’s so incredible fast, easy, fun, intensive, and quick. Instant respawn, small maps for maximum intensity, no vehicles and fun customization. Now I remember why this franchise is so successful. Compared to Battlefield 3 this game is years more polished in terms of basic features such as joining as a party etc.

However, not everything is gold and roses. The graphics feel insanely outdated compared to Battlefield 3, this game looks like shit. It truly feels like Modern Warfare from 2007 and they need to fucking delete that engine and make a completely new one, not an enhanced one like they are doing for Call of Duty: Ghost.

With being so positively surprised by this, I might actually pick up Call of Duty: Ghost. But the graphics really bother me. Battlefield 4 will be so much more beautiful with stunning effects that I don’t know if I want to support a company that doesn’t innovate in graphics.

Titanfall looks phenomenal

August 21, 2013

Everytime I see Titanfall it just looks better and better. It is without a doubt the most promising shooter out there right now.  Sure, Battlefield 4 looks much better and technologically impressive, but Titanfall just looks like so much more fun and has that insane fast pace that I love.

But enough of me talking. Just check out the trailer yourself and be amazed.

Where are my game purchases?

July 25, 2013

I’ve been getting a lot of questions regarding which games I have been buying. since I used to update about that here on the blog but don’t anymore, it’s a logical question. And there’s a simple reason for that: I haven’t bought a single game in a long time.

I’ve been consistently playing the Dota 2 beta and now the full game for two years. Since that game is free to play, it really doesn’t count as a purchase. My last purchase was actually made in August 2012, that’s almost exactly a year ago. The game that I purchased back then was Guild Wars 2, which I played for a few months and had a blast with, but it didn’t hold up in the long run due to many, many reasons. And I haven’t bought a single game since. Wow.

Console gaming? Not a chance. I’ve said numerous times that I grew tired of the current generation due to old and outdated graphics and AI, so I haven’t touched a console game since like 2010. But that will change this year with the launch of Xbox One.

However, my next game purchase won’t be on the Xbox One, it’ll be a PC title yet again, yes, I am a PC gamer at heart. Which title is my first game purchase in two years? Battlefield 4. I have high expectations for it and I know it will deliver 100, maybe even 200 hours of crazy action in the most gorgeous visuals that I have ever seen. I already have several friends who are picking it up so I know it’ll be some rare and hilarious memories formed. Plus that China expansion pack looks wicked. Very excited for that title, and I hope they fixed all the issues that BF3 had in the sequel.

BF3 was great and gorgeous, but severely flawed.

Star Wars: Battlefront Wish-list

July 2, 2013

There’s finally a really promising Star Wars title coming now that Electronic Arts have the license. The first and announced title is Star Wars: Battlefront which is created by none other than DICE themselves, the creators of Battlefield series. And that, of course, means I have insanely high expectations since Battlefield 3 was great and Battlefield 4 looks phenomenal.

Here are some things that I want to see from the Battlefront:

  • First-person perspective
  • Epic singleplayer co-op campaign
  • Minimum of 32 player multiplayer component with different game modes (CTF, Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch & more)
  • Vehicle warfare with X-Wings and other trademark Star Wars vehicles
  • Some sort of “wave defense” mode as well with minimum four friends
  • Better graphics than BF4

What’s on your wish-list for Star Wars: Battlefront?

I can’t wait to shoot down enemies on Hoth. Or to become a true Stormtrooper on the battlefront.

EBGames poster reveals Battlefield 4 info

April 25, 2013

A poster from EBGames has revealed some yet unannounced information regarding Battlefield 4, amongst them is the release date.

  • October 31, 2013 release.
  • Battlelog 2.0: every bullet and every action you, your friends and your enemies make will be logged with unprecented details.
  • Premium Membership: Exclusive weapons, content and even expansions for premium members. Guess it’s time to throw cash at EA if you want the complete experience.

All seems very reasonable and nice. Or does it? What are your thoughts on having to pay an additional $59.99 for the premium membership to be able to get all of the expansions? Plus the “normal” ones ahead of time? With Battlefield 4 it seems that premium membership will be a necessity if you want to have the best possible game experience, not a luxury. I knew this day would come. So be ready to put down $120 for BF4 to get the same experience you’d gotten for $59.99 just a few years ago.

It will be an expensive experience if you want access to the whole cake.