Archive | November 2013

PS4 or Xbox one ?

Platforms

The new age of Next Gen gaming is appon us.

The last great war split family’s in half and tore good friendships to shreds.Which ever Console you buy defines you as a person , and separates us from one another so ….  “Whos side are you on ?”

If this question was asked around a year ago I would imagine that the answer would be well contested and have an even ratio. “Apart from the silly people who play the Wii” “they don’t count”. But now after the console reveals and the general feel , I reckon its pretty much  a one sided event. ” it is calm before the storm ” … Unless you call a lovely refreshing breeze on a hot sweltering day a storm I very much doubt it! –  and boom!

(I am now in the mood for a cold beer and a holiday!) .

The new consoles are out within a week or two and its really starting to hotten up during this bitter winter which is creeping in  here in Glasgow.  If any of yous don’t know the console specifications then here is a link which compares them.  So  this a very boring chart which doesn’t make much sense to any one who isn’t into Techno erotica !.

http://uk.ign.com/wikis/xbox-one/PS4_vs._Xbox_One_vs._Wii_U_Comparison_Chart

I left the Wii U part in for a laugh….

If you skipped it and are a person of action then long story short . Basically PS4 wins the little battle for the hardware side . But I would note its up to the consumer and what there looking for which counts the most within any Market and or product buying. And also if you don’t have a good TV then your not going to even notice the difference in old gen v new gen never mind PS4 v Xbox one !

So for me this is what I look at.

So the PS4 is $399 ,  399 Euros  and  £349  . I live in the Bonnie land of Scotland  so for me its a case of .. £349 + £49 (game) + £49 ( 2nd controller) = £447      ( £44 for the Eye) =£491

And the Xbox one is  $499.99 , 499.99 Euros and £429.99 (including kinetic)  same rules apply .. £429.99 + £49 + £44 = £ 522

Yeah so for a less powerful machine , even if the difference is slight and most can’t tell  I want value for money never mind the fact I am a guy after all who doesn’t want more power ? “arrrghhh Power , Bullets  explosions “!!!  And also the price difference is huge  £75. Which means I could actually buy the PS4’s eye and still have £30 for beer money.

Another thing is I used to be a Playstation man and switched to the Xbox 360 by complete accident as one was bought as a present and the Xbox 360 was launched way before the PS3 and was cheaper. So for the last few years  I have been a Xbox fan. And as tangy cheese goes and  sounds I absolutely adore there controller and because I am that used to it when I switch to PS3 when at a Friends or work I blame that on the reasoning when I get Beat . ” Thats how you blame something else like a pro” .

So when the Initial announcement was made for the new consoles I was all for Xbox one until I herd about there restrictions.

If you decide to get the the Media Device which is Xbox one then you are restricted on sharing games with friends and also a area restriction for games and Media for instance only  Europe or USA . You also have to have the kinect connected at all times. They are supposed to be trying to change this so am sorry if this is false and has been corrected. And also basically said to there customers that if you don’t like the new innovations changes they have made to there console  then maybe its not for you .. Which is one way out of many on shooting yourself dead . NEVER be cheeky to your fans/ costumers if its not for them you don’t exists Microsoft!

So pay more for less , and pay more for to be told what you have to do ? I don’t think so.

here is a great video that also shows the specifications and this man response to there announcements.  It’s a long video but way worth the watch .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPbAlpD7QG4

Its pretty clear what gaming console I will have . But I am also fortunate enough to have a good gaming laptop  the Samsung series 7 Gamer. So the next thing I will put to you guys is .. Is it not just worth saving up for a gaming PC or Laptop ?.  I think so .

Don’t get me wrong it can be very expensive a few £100-£1000 but if you save up and don’t get a console then your going to end up with a more powerful machine compared to the consoles. Also PC gamers are the original gamers , Old school gamers and have the most fun.  For instance everything I speak about ends up Skyrim related but that’s life . If you have a good gaming PC/Laptop then if you have Skyrim there are vast amounts of mods to make the game better . Whither that’s graphics wise or more gameplay, different characters etc and its easily accessible which you don’t get on Consoles as of yet. Also another great thing for PC/laptops is the use of Services like Steam . Where you can buy all cross platform games ( usually on a cheap ) have them on an online/ offline library and al you have to do is plug your HDMI to a good TV and insert your controller and boom ..  Your playing like a console  #

 

Thanks for reading the small aimed rant , But remember its a choice if you like the idea of having a media/gaming device then Xbox one might be for you . I for one think the above mentioned  can ruin them little but Microsoft are loaded anyway so who cares?.

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Kind Regards Ricky

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Battlefield 4 – Consoles (Xbox360,PS3)

BF4Ratting6

6/10

Well there’s no beating around this bush … Or blowing it up in BF4’s case as this game has simply not impressed me at all.  (And I am the guy who is quite happy all day with hitting the goal posts at soccer never mind scoring!)

What did I expect ?

Like all new AAA titles the hype from the get go is frantic and constant. Bigger Bolder and Better , Making you desperate to spend your scrimperd penny’s on the new must have game. Multiplayer ! Maps!  Guns, Bangs and Boooms !

So with this in mind for a game I expected ..

Great gameplay.  Good solid story . Brilliant Graphics , Replay Value ,  Easy Controls.  Simple UI / Menu systems , Well thought maps ,  and the forgotten enjoyment.

Gameplay; For me personally I don’t like the gameplay, Especially online. I don’t think there is a good combination of movement and shooting. And before people go APE shit and say ” its supposed to be realistic” I feel its a bit rough playing it just doesn’t have the same free flowing effect that the Call of Duty Franchise have which is a shame. As for online I kind of hate the gameplay. There are certain times where you can feel absent from playing the game as it can be quite broad.  I also think that the mechanics for the weapons are wrong for example using a sniper rifle to the head and they pistol whip you..  dignity !

Story;  To start with – I like this new driven ideology of having story’s created by Game Devs and writers by making more countries have hatred for USA to be enemies with.  Is it a telling for the future ?. Its cool though our Cousins from across the water (USA) always kick ass! . So in a round about way am saying I am glad were moving away from , Nazis and Russians …. Poor Sergie ! . But The story just didn’t grip me and I never felt excited or sympathetic  towards any characters or actions made.

Graphics; First and forth most I will state that if you have a high end gaming laptop or PC or reading this after the next generating consoles PS4, Xbox one Then Simply ignore.  But as The title suggests I played this on the current consoles. During the Campaign I thought the graphics were quite good, The models well made , character rigging was well delivered , the games environment and world setting had nice visuals and look to them. But I felt the online let it down . Maybe this is due to server issues so I wont be to critical but the game ways a little glitchy but none of the funny kind or the kind that helps you .. they never help you !. Also I feel the shader that is used gives an off -colour which I don’ find realistic or nice to look. Some of the textures used within the game for certain items usually small insignificant items were badly sized and can see little pixel fragments but that’s not a big deal.

User interface & Menu systems; The Gameplay/user interface while playing the game is very simple and easy to follow , you know where everything is on display which is what wee all want ! . The part where I feel the game lets you down is when your playing the game and you which to change your class , gun or find out statistics. I find this a bit messy and not user friendly there’s to much on screen and I feel they could make it alot more simpler to use.  Also I think you should be able to do your customisation at the end of every match without  having to back out .

Easy Controls;  Straight to the point . The vehicle controls within this game are horrendous ! – I killed my self about 9 times with the helicopter before I fired a shot. So aye / yeah if you want to be good at driving your going to have to train yourself so I heavily suggest  using there feature of test range. As for player movement its what you expect its of a alrite quality with diving to cover or over cover but there is a loss of fluency I feel when then running and shooting .

Well thought maps;  Its a tough one to speak of because like most maps there are good parts and bad parts. The Campaign maps are good so there’s that . But the Online maps are Mostly good and have good parts but there are some areas which I think look abit rushed and things were just dropped down and left ( sack it that’ll do )

Replay Value and enjoyment;  Well firstly I have made my mind up , This is the 4th Battlefield I have played and not enjoyed the multilayer with any of them and I know its easy to see that with my tone but I really want to like this game but I am getting fed up of trying. That’s the thing with game you shouldn’t have to make yourself like it . Like art or a great movie you either like it or you don’t. for me there best game was the first bad company.  I get to frustrated at this game and annoyed to sit and enjoy it . like I tried to totally destroy a building but it wouldn’t let me – Major disappointment as I need the office space.

So in a small summery I as in me didn’t like this game its just my opinion but I wouldn’t  recommend this game.

The game has a better feel to it on High end PCs and gaming laptops so if you were to buy it I suggest doing so on these platforms or wait to se what its like on the next generation.

Or you can buy COD.

Thanks for reading it’s just my opinion on a rainy day in Scotland  not to be helped with me having to scrape the ice off my car in between breaks of reviewing this game.

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