No New Games

Video games press is a tough business to stay on top of. New games are constantly releasing, and there are tons of websites and streamers covering those games immediately. I would love to buy every new game on day one and cover it, but I simply can’t afford to, nor do I have the time. Therefore, I’ve decided to let them have those games (unless there is one I feel I just can’t miss.) Instead, I will pick thru every clearance bin I see, and grab games I have never heard of (or have always wanted to play), as well as finally finishing up the games I already own. Some I will review, some I will stream, and some I will Live or Snap Look. We’ll see how I feel that moment. Please check back in, as I will be adding more as time goes on…

 

Very good game.  I recommend playing it with at least one other player at or around your level, though.  I started to get very frustrated playing by myself, so I opted to wait for reinforcements.  I would also like a few more options for customizing my character, as well, other than simple skins…and for God’s sake, shut that damn robot up.  The shooting feels really good, though, and the loot is addictive as hell.

 

 

Another really good game.  I’m a huge fan of Far Cry 3, and this is that on steroids.  The shooting feels good, and the environment is wonderful.  The main missions are captivating, as are the side quests.  I wish the skill trees were more inviting, though.  Overall, there were only a couple of skills that really enticed me.  That’s easily overlooked, though, as the gameplay is a ton of fun.  Those damned eagles are a menace, however.  They must be stopped.

 

Darksiders 3 Announced

A day late, and a buck short. That’s me. Well, I’ve been under the weather, so this one slipped by me yesterday. But I found it today!

THQ Nordic announced…yesterday…the return of the Darksiders franchise with Darksiders 3 for PC, PS4, and XB1. When it will be available to the public is unknown, minus a vague 2018 date.  The company did mention, however they have teamed up with Gunfire Games for the project.  GG is largely comprised of many of the original creators of the Darksiders series.

Lars Wingefors, Co-Founder and Group CEO of THQ Nordic AB, had this to say,

“As promised, we have taken our time to ensure that this next Darksiders will be everything action-adventure gamers and especially Darksiders loyalists could dream of and more.”

I sure hope so. They could do some wonderful things with current gen tech.

They went on to say this,

“The Gunfire team brings an intimate involvement with every aspect of the Darksiders franchise since its inception,” said Reinhard Pollice, Director of Business and Product Development, THQ Nordic. “There is simply no team better qualified to create Darksiders III, beginning with our unpredictable and enigmatic hero FURY – a mage who is considered the most powerful of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse!”

The plot:

Return to an apocalyptic planet Earth in Darksiders III, a hack-n-slash action adventure where players take on the role of FURY in her quest to hunt down and dispose of the Seven Deadly Sins. The Charred Council calls upon Fury to battle from the heights of heaven down through the depths of hell in a quest to restore humanity and prove that she is the most powerful of the Horsemen. As a mage, FURY relies on her whip and magic to restore the balance between good and evil. The expansive, Darksiders III game world is presented as an open-ended, living, free-form planet Earth that is dilapidated by war and decay, and overrun by nature. FURY will move back and forth between environments to uncover secrets while advancing the Darksiders III story.

Well, there you have it.  Darksiders 3 was officially announced, and I’m ready.  I was actually just speaking with my wonderful wife about the series the other day while playing the 1st one (it was free with Gold).  I like the series a lot. I think it’s clever, pretty, and I like the controls for the most part.
You can meet the new character, FURY here.

For more information, please visit the Darksiders website here.

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As always, stay tuned to CCC for more news, pictures or whatever else I can scrounge up.

TTFN

Red Dead Redemption 2 Announced 

***UPDATE***

Red Dead Redemption 2 DELAYED until Spring 2018.

Yes, you read that right! Red Dead Redemption 2 is officially announced for Fall of 2017 for PS4 and XB1.  Oh yeah.

After a quick Twitter tease on Sunday (Oct. 16th, 2016) which simply showed the Rockstar logo in red, RS gave this press release this morning:

Rockstar Games®, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), is proud to announce that the highly anticipated  Red Dead Redemption 2® will release worldwide in Fall 2017 for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment systems and for the Xbox One games and entertainment system.

Developed by the creators of Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead RedemptionRed Dead Redemption 2 is an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland. The game’s vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience.

“With  Red Dead Redemption 2, the team is working hard to push forward our vision for interactive entertainment in a truly living world,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games.  “We hope to deliver players an epic experience that builds upon everything we’ve learned making games.”

Watch the  Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer at 11:00 a.m. Eastern, Thursday October 20th at  www.rockstargames.com .

 

Rockstar followed up the tease with these Tweets:

Well, I’m excited.  The landscape is beautiful, and it made me want to revisit RDR1. I want to know more (as does everybody else), though. Sequel, prequel, alternate reality (probably not that last one)…Are we kid Marston? John back from the grave? Again, probably not that last one…Please not that last one…We just don’t know yet. But we shall, and when we shall, I…shall…report it to you, so check back!

How do you feel about that trailer?  Thoughts?  Concerns?  Theories?

New trailer!

Dutch, huh?  Fascinating…

No Man’s Sky Impressions and (Moderate) Coverage

*** I have been on vacation in the wilderness of the Show-Me state, and shall be for a spell.  No PS4, which means no No Man’s Sky for the duration, so please be patient, and definitely check back in a week or so. Until then, enjoy the random gameplay, and let me know what you think. ***

As you may have deduced from my No Man’s Sky Preview, I’m pretty damn excited for this game. I know the basics, I’m alone in a procedurally generated universe, and I need to make it to the center of the galaxy.  What I don’t know, is everything else. What will I see, and what creatures will I discover?  I’m about to find out, kiddos! Perhaps I’m hyped for nothing, and it’s not what I think it will be. Perhaps I’m right in the excitement…

*Possible spoilers ahead*

The first fifteen minutes recorded live:

After dying in a space battle yesterday, this Douglas Adams quote popped up:

Being as Douglas is my favorite author, I was naturally ecstatic to see this. But then, about an hour later,Voyageracross this beauty:

The Heart of Gold.  Zaphod must be near by…

I had no other option, than to name the planet, Magrathea.

 

Misc. gameplay footage. No commentary, just me playing the game.

I found a black hole!

…and then, the second before I reached the other side, the game crashed…yep…so I reloaded, and went through again.  Unfortunately, it didn’t record that footage for some reason.  However, I recorded some of where it took me, and I was able to snag some screen shots, too.

I’ve spent quite a few hours in NMS since it’s release, and, honestly, I’ve gotten a bit bored.  Regardless of others’ opinions, I do not blame Hello Games for this.  I blame myself, and my small attention span.  HG has provided me with a space sim worthy of boldly going.  However, it does get a bit repetitive.  Everything I wanted is there, aside from more diverse planets and systems.  Trading is simple and effective, if also repetitive (which is fine.  I don’t need a complex trade system. Easier the better.)  Crafting works very well, and there is a seemingly endless supply of new tech to build and upgrade.  My advice, just focus on what you need to propel your ship, and the rest can be had in any (so far) solar systems.  They all seem very similar, basically only changing the colors of the environments.  Although, on different accounts, I did see rather unique changes in wildlife and vegetation.  I have NOT made it to the center of the galaxy, nor have I solved the Atlas mystery.  I have been distracted by other external stimuli, as it were, and shifted my focus from Sci-Fi to Horror.  The space travel is fun, though, and I do intend to finish the game.  Hopefully before Halloween, as it is drawing near.

*UPDATE*

For the love of everything holy, upgrade your hyper drive. Before my upgrade,  I could only go as far as the next system in a warp jump.  This method takes a loooooong time if you are trying to reach the center, or are following the Atlas storyline. After the upgrade to only the Warp Reactor Sigma, I was able to jump the entire way to the next Atlas Interface…seen below. 

Also, just for kicks:

Following the Atlas path, and not currently heading toward the center of the galaxy, I have been to a system already discovered by another player. It was an odd feeling, I won’t lie. 

Also, being as I’ve decided to play as Tom Paris of Voyager separated from the ship with the Delta Flyer, I’ve had to consider the fact that Tom’s brainwashed. He should be heading toward the center, and back to Voyager.  Perhaps, however, he smelled a rat, and went undercover to expose the possibly evil Atlas…Either way, it has to play out now. It’s the only way…
As always, stay tuned, kiddos…

No Man’s Sky Preview

Let’s say a starship appears above my head one night. The inhabitants offer me the chance to leave Earth forever, and explore the galaxy in search of adventure and knowledge.  I say, “Hell yes.”  I then grab my family, and embark on my dream journey…Sounds good, and all, but that’s not going to happen.  What IS going to happen, is No Man’s Sky for the PS4 and PC.

No Man’s Sky may provide me with a hint of my dream, and I’ll damn sure take it.  Brought to us by Hello Games, NMS is a procedurally generated space adventure/exploration/survival game set in an infinite galaxy, where every planet, sun, animal and star can be visited and observed.  You are alone, and must collect items and materials to trade, in hopes of upgrading your ship and suit enough to survive.  One might ask, “Survive against what?” I may answer, “Who the hell knows.”  According to Hello Games, “Every creature, geological formation, plant and spaceship is unique.”  What are we going to find out there?  I don’t know, and right now, I’m having trouble containing myself…

Your mission is get to the center of the galaxy…MY mission is to pretend I’m Tom Paris of Star Trek: Voyager.  Apparently, while checking the Delta Flyer’s boosters just outside of range of Voyager’s tractor beam, Paris accidentally flew into a wormhole, sending him to the outer rings of the galaxy.  Now he must get back to Janeway…I believe I could also follow the story provided.  Perhaps they’ll mesh together…we shall see on August ni-..er…tenth!..when I actually get my hands on a copy. Until then, kiddos, enjoy some sweet screenshots, and a linked video or two!

P. S. The soundtrack, provided by 65daysofstatic, is damn good.

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Tune back in, as I’m sure I’ll have some more thoughts & rambles about this game.

For more information, please visit the official No Man’s Sky website here, as well as Hello Games here.

 

Batman: Arkham Knight

I held off getting a current gen system until I was certain there would be enough games to keep me busy and entertained.  With the release of The Witcher 3 and Batman, that time came.  I finally decided to go for it. I put all of my chickens in one basket, and took them down to the local game store.  Turns out they don’t take chickens, or baskets, so I had to bring my poultry back home and conjure up adequate currency.  Once I ascertained the console (thanks, Amy) Batman: Arkham Knight proceeded to envelope the remainder of the month, along with some of the next.

As with the rest of the “Arkham” games, the graphics and acting are top notch.  The writing could have been better in some aspects, but overall, pretty good, as well.  What I didn’t like, storywise, seemed to work just fine for other people, so I’m probably just picky.  However, I will not go into specifics, to avoid spoilers for those of you who haven’t played it.

 

What didn’t work for me is a very short list, comprised mainly of the combat, as it seemed a little chunkier than the previous games.  It still worked fine, but it seemed to take a bit more to get a good flow.  Perhaps it was the use of a new controller in my hands (although, the PS4 controller is the top of the market for me), but counters were troublesome throughout the duration of the game.  I also had issues when encountering thugs with shock sticks in a large group.  Regardless of when I pressed what button, I would usually just attack, instead of stunning or jumping over him.  This broke up the majority of my combos, resetting my meter.

One thing I thought was just silly and unnecessary, was the way that all of the good guys (Robin, Alfred, Oracle, Fox and even Batman) haphazardly threw around classified information, i . e. secret identities.  Throughout the game, Batman will communicate with his cohorts through a very large video screen projected from the arm of his suit.  He and they all assume that no one is around to see this, but there were several instances where Alfred and Lucious called him, “Master Bruce” and “Mr. Wayne” in front of five or six thugs hanging out by a light poll on a random street.  If any of them had been paying attention, it would have all been over.

 

My, “what did work for me” list is bit longer:

1) Gotham looks gorgeous. The shadows, the lights and the sounds all mesmerized me.

2) The Batmobile.  Not only does it look good, it drives well, too.  It handles like you would expect it to in Pursuit Mode, then maneuvers even better with incredible accuracy in Battle Mode.  Gotham is rather sizable, and although Batman’s gliding abilities are still there, having the Batmobile to cruise in takes travel time down considerably.

3) From time to time, you will meet and team up with various characters.  When you do, you can now swap between them, controlling the other character via a “dual takedown”.  This takedown is activated by an on-screen prompt, and utilizes both heroes in one brutal assault.  It flows nice, and works extremely well, generally taking out whatever thug you choose permanently.

4) The acting is, again, stellar.  Never did I wish for a better performance from any of the actors.

5) The levelling up process (skill points earned are once again spent in different skill trees, enhancing combat, the suit, the Batmobile, etc.) does not require hours of grinding, and can be mastered fairly quickly by simply doing all quests available.

6)  Lastly, the little things really caught my eye.  When driving in mud, said mud collects on the Batmobile as you create tire tracks behind you.  Batman’s suit progressively gets more tattered and beat up, the further the game goes.  In GCPD, holding cells are set aside for different gangs.  As you eliminate threats to Gotham by taking these thugs out, they will appear in the cells. Finally, the rain.  This blew my mind, and continues to do so.  The way it puddles on the street and runs down Batman’s cape and cowl is fantastic.  Perhaps it is my noobness concerning my recent PS4 purchase, but I’ve raved about the rain enough that my friends are no longer taking my calls.

 

Rocksteady’s lastest addition to the Arkham franchise, Batman: Arkham Knight is a great game for a Batman fan.  It follows and ends the story nicely, and produces some great gameplay (chunky combat aside) and visuals along the way.  The acting is wonderful, and the cast of characters is superb.  Whether you have been waiting for a game to warrant the purchase of a new system, or you are simply looking for a new game to buy, I highly recommend this title.

 

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