Posts Tagged ‘Xbox LIVE’

Best boxart

August 20, 2012

Now I don’t know whether or not this is the officially confirmed boxart for DmC, but if it is, it’s one of the most epic ones I’ve seen out there together with Borderlands 2.

What do you think?



Battlefield 3 impressions

October 30, 2011

I’ve now spent quite a few hours on Battlefield 3, and countless more are coming. I’ve experienced the battlefield first-hand (hae hae) with many of my friends and we already have had some nice classic moments together.

Thus far I’m really enjoying the game. Hands-down the best game of the year at the moment, and the only competitor I see is Star Wars: The Old Republic. The console era has ended for sure and I won’t be needing my Xbox 360 any longer. Battlefield 3 is here to stay for many years.

The game isn’t perfect, and no game is. There are some minor flaws like no ping indication, no queue options if the servers are full, etc. But other than that, it’s fantastic. It’s the best looking game I’ve ever seen. No doubt. Is it real or is it Battlefield 3? Tough call.

My review should be up next week around the weekend. Got quite the hectic school schedule next week.

The first and only game that has made me feel like I’m participating in a war on a battlefield.

Soulcalibur V Fightstick

October 26, 2011

There’s another Soulcalibur V fighting game coming out early next year, and that means of course, a new fight stick will come out along with it. Enough talking. See for yourself:

Dear Santa…

More betas?

September 13, 2011

It seems that September will be a beta-friendly month for Europe. It looks like we are finally getting The Old Republic testing several months after the States, but better late than never, right? Also Dota 2 has been rumored to appear this month. Then we have the highly awaited Diablo III and Battlefield 3.

So what can we expect? Well, if it all pans out and rumors are proven true:

  • Battlefield 3
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • Diablo III
  • Dota 2
When I look at the list, really, only Dota 2 is the one without confirmation for September. But as you know, these developers are famous for keeping their release dates or promises, so take it with a big fat scoop of salt.
Battlefield 3 will be the game that kills the console era and begins the PC era. October 27. I’m ready.

“Games are too expensive!”

August 30, 2011

It saddens me to see these statements. “Games are too expensive.” or “The $14.99 monthly fee for MMORPG:s is outrageous!” are really simple-minded statements with no thought process whatsoever.

Why am I talking about this now? Well, because I read about it in the The Old Republic forums and it got me thinking. It also got me angry, but I realized that it’d be a suitable topic for my blog.

Let’s look at the numbers, shall we?

  • $49.99 – 59.99 + tax for the game with 30 days playtime included
  • $14.99 monthly cost

So let’s say that the initial cost is $75 plus roughly 7-10% tax in the United States and that gives you 60 days of unlimited access to the game servers and the game itself, of course. Now keep in mind that not all players play like this, but some do: ten hours per day for 60 days is 600 hours of entertainment for roughly $75. Of course only the extreme hardcore gamer devotes this amount. But even if we cut the playtime to 2 hours per day it far exceeds all others examples below. Now you want to go see a movie that’s over $12 for less than two hours. And with that you’ll want popcorn which is an additional $12, if not more depending on what you get. Of course you don’t have to get treats, but still, most people do. A lot of people go out to clubs and restaurant and spend way over $100 in one night or one dinner which lasts anywhere between 2-9 hours. Already there we have exceed the cost of the video game by a large percentage and only reached 1% of the entertainment time. Still think games are expensive? Think again.

Let’s take Star Wars: The Old Republic as an example. The development cost is estimated between $150-200 million. That’s no little sum of money. Add to that that EA/BioWare will need to pay employees to be available 24:7 with in-game support and phone support as well. Add to that having a massive amount of servers up and running online all the time which certainly isn’t free. Still think it’s expensive?

Naturally the formula doesn’t only apply for MMORPG:s, but regular console games as well. There we have $59.99 + tax but no monthly fee. Let’s say you buy Call of Duty which you can game online for months and months and hour on hour daily. Not really expensive is it now? So stop being cheap and face facts: games are more fairly priced than a vast majority of products and other entertainment media.

What do you think? Do you think that video games are too expensive and should be cheaper? Or should they be more expensive?

Eating a family dinner for 1 hour is more expensive than 600 hours (or more) of gaming goodness.

Perfect tens

July 17, 2011

There are a lot of nice games coming out this year. Around 20 maybe, I’d say. But the number of those that are potential 10/10 is significantly lower than that. Here are some of the ones that I believe have the potential to be that perfect match for you.

Rage, Id Software

Coming out for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 this beast promises to be the “best looking console game ever” and runs at an impressive 60 FPS. Hardcore gamers know of course, that if this game will be that good-looking on the console, it will be even more unreal on the PC. Rage looks to be a relatively fresh breeze in the FPS genre with focus on vehicle racing in multiplayer and like I said, fantastic graphics and soundeffects. If Id Software truly work hard on the multiplayer and make it stern, stern but fair, I have no doubt this game will be a blast. Here’s hoping that we finally get a decent FPS with amazing vehicle combat online.

Dark Souls, From Software

The sequel to one of the toughest games to ever hit mankind will be even harder than its predecessor. Sounds good, right? Add improved graphics, co-op gameplay, and so much more and you begin to see why this game has a lot of potential to clinch that magic ten points on my review scale. Just the thought of running around being a Knight and slaying monsters, dragons and invading other people’s games with my friends is getting me hard. I have no doubt that Dark Souls will be one of my most played games on the Xbox 360 this year.

Battlefield 3, DICE

Though Rage might be a graphical beast on the consoles and the PC as well, Battlefield 3 looks like the graphic king. It is without a doubt the best-looking game that I have seen in my life. Add to that that it will support an impressive number of 64 players online and have that world-class Battlefield online quality to it. Real authentic weapon sounds and a deep and engrossing singleplayer campaign and Battlefield 3’s greatness is obvious. Modern Warfare 3 honestly looks like shit compared to this behemoth and it is undoubtedly my most anticipated game of the year, that is, unless Diablo III gets confirmed for this year. I would be shocked if it turns out that Battlefield 3 doesn’t become my most played game of the year and crowned Game of the Year.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Eidos

It certainly looks like Deus Ex franchise is back and stronger than ever. Impressive graphics, gameplay, and a lot of cyber goodness is packed into this baby and it will be interesting to see what it feels like being a badass in the future feels like. Players looking for that complete singleplayer experience with stealth or guns blazing will get their fix in Human Revolution and the amount of detail they put into this game to make it feel like a real world in the future is amazing. You bet your ass that I will be playing this game.

L.A. Noire

June 15, 2011

Prepare for a different kind of game. Prepare for Los Angeles in 1947. Prepare for corruption and violence. Prepare for a real America. Prepare for L.A. Noire.

You take on the role as detective Cole Phelps, a rookie in the police force but slowly work your way all the way to the top in a great thriller story.

Graphically speaking, the game offers some world exclusives. Team Bondi has used new facial technology to be able to produce the most accurate and impressive interpretations of the human face ever. All the details like twitching, the eyes, and so much more is there and it is vital to the gameplay as you often have to read the suspects body language and determine whether they are lying or not. A very impressive achievement for Team Bondi and L.A. Noire. Other than that, the game looks good but fairly standard for a sandbox game and it will not wow you or anything like that.

In a game where you conduct interviews a lot and that is driven on conversations, voice acting has to be top-notch and I am glad to say that it is just that. All the voice actors are doing a fantastic job and it feels believable and realistic. The gunfire sounds accurate and heavy and the music is authentic to LA and truly old school. One thing that I thought was a rather huge miss was the fact that there was no radio station to cycle through music while driving and the same tune over and over gets old eventually, even though it is very good.

The innovations continue with the gameplay. Doing detective work is a lot of fun although it can get repetitive for some I am sure, but that’s just real life. You investigate, shoot, and question. That’s the essential life of the game and it works great and is a nice change from just running and gunning or hacking and slashing.  One key ingredient is missing though to truly perfect the game. Kinect support. You will be lifting up one million things and turning and twisting them, and I can only imagine how much cooler and smoother it would be with Kinect while doing the actual motion with my hand in real life. Kinect support in the future? I’d play through the game once again just because of that, but like I said, it was a huge miss according to me.

Even though you play the game with an AI partner at all times, there is no co-op or online capabilities whatsoever. Normally, I would have bashed the game all the way to the stone age for that, but in this case, I truly understand and see the game as a true single-player experience. Would it been nice if they had some special co-op missions where you and your partner share 50/50 on the questions etc? Yes, it would have been very nice. I’m not going to lie. Even though it was a great experience to play through it by myself, I don’t see myself playing any more single-player games that span more than 10 hours. I just don’t have the time or energy for it anymore.

Closing Comments

L.A. Noire is a phenomenal game that offers a new and fun gameplay style. A true thriller with a long and deep story spanning over 20 hours if you do nothing but the main plot. Add to that that there are great side missions with variety and more cases coming in form of downloadable content, the game’s value is undeniable. The face capture motion scanning is unrivaled and I am sure that we will see it in other games as well as it truly is the best facial animations and expressions available. If you are looking for some amazing detective work in a top-quality game, look no further than to L.A. Noire.

Rating: 9 out of 10

Duke Nukem: Forever

June 10, 2011

After 14 years Duke Nukem: Forever is available to gamers. The game that has been somewhat of a joke and at the same time a legend. The game no one thought would ever be released but now it is. And I have had to fortune to spend some time with it.

Immediately when the game comes on Duke’s macho attitude is shown and I get the feeling that I am back in Dreamcast days. With other words, it feels very, very old and outdated. I didn’t expect the graphics to be good, but this is just ridiculous. The gameplay is off, buggy, slow, and just… old. It feels once again, like something that came out in the Dreamcast era. The AI is terrible and the sound effects are horrible. Not a good start for Duke.

But there is good in this terrible game. The humor is spot-on and Duke does what is expected from him. He charms the ladies, he is alpha, the gets laid and has a nice attitude. But unfortunately that doesn’t justify a $59.99 pricetag to be honest. No, Duke Nukem: Forever should have been released on Xbox LIVE Arcade for $19.99 instead and then it’d been fair and a fun thing. I am sure that this game will not score above 60% on metacritic and GameRankings, but people still will buy it for the legend that is Duke.

Duke is the definition of alpha male.


May 24, 2011

Activision just released a teaser trailer for their next Call of Duty installment, Modern Warfare 3, and it is looking good.

One aspect that aroused me a great deal was the WW3 text that transformed into MW3, of course meaning World War 3 <-> Modern Warfare 3. Wicked sick. We are experiencing world war 3. Amazing. I can’t wait to play it.

Wait a minute! Didn’t I just recently write a blog about MW3 fighting BF3 and picked BF3? Absolutely. I have no doubt that BF3 will be my choice online with my friends, but that doesn’t mean that I won’t play MW3 and go through the singleplayer etc. But bet your ass that I will be gaming BF3 online religiously, but MW3 just impressed me a bit.

World War 3 sounds promising. Can the story beat BF3? 

Five hours with L.A. Noire

May 18, 2011

I’ve spent five hours in 1947 Los Angels as Detective Cole Phelps and they have been five glorious and highly entertaining hours.

For those that don’t know, L.A. Noire is the latest product from Rockstar in the open-world. A third-person thriller game with a slight touch of action. There is significantly more investigation and questioning witnesses and suspects than there is shooting, but there definitely is shooting in there as well. But the may attraction is investigating and solving cases. I get strong from Phoenix Wright and that is really magical.

Add to that that L.A. Noire has the best lip sync and facial expressions that I have ever seen in a game and the experience becomes quite realistic. Right now I am very, very impressed with the game and have high expectations for the end. It’s supposed to be 30 hours of main story if I’m not mistaken and that’s an impressive number. I’ve done quite a few side quests as well and most of them have been highly entertaining and unique. Now it’s time for me to return to Los Angeles.

It’s looking like the best game of the year thus far.