lets kick it off to say a big well done to Far Cry . For those who remember the first , the second – which nearly killed the franchise . They have came a long way.
I will now look forward to future projects they do as you know what your going to get , hopefully you’ll see what I mean.
Far Cry have a way of putting almost humours twists on serious things .. like setting a camp on fire you would normally feel bad by doing this but in Far Cry you laugh … or is that just me ?
The main story and objective in short is for you to help rebels overcome a dictator of whom has connections with you from your past in the nation of Kyrat. There is an element of choice of which rebel leader you help and that determines what missions you can do.
Lets start off with the Good section.
The graphics in the game are of what you would expect at least from a Next Gens consoles point of view. But the world they have created has some pretty specular views. the range from snowy misty mountains to rolling plains where lots of animals are found.
The enemies are of plenty in Far Cry. If its not different types of Military Men trying to kill you be sure it will be the wild life . Each unit gives certain challenges , some charge at you , others have heavy armour and weapons and they even introduced a new “hunter” enemy’s who are fast , deadly with a bow and can set animals on you.
The Hunting in this game is almost like the main aspect with the story being second fiddle , but its something I enjoyed. There are many animals within the game and all have different locations to be found across Kyrat. Bears , Yak’s , wolves rhinos and the tenacious honey badger are just to name a few. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xap0if0UalA
The Crafting system ties hand and hand with the hunting , and for the syringes (powers, ability’s and health) with the skills menu. You craft set items by killing animals and skinning them , an example would be to increase the amount of arrows you carry you have to kill 3 pigs. If you use a bow or your knife to kill the animal its considered a clean kill and you get double skins , unlike using grenade to kill them but that’s more fun… For syringes , once unlocked you find plants for the effects you need like green plants for health.
The exploration in this game is on a big scale. The world is big , ridged and beautiful and there are many ways to get around Kyrat like cars , quads , boats , gyrocopter (awesome) and obviously an elephant… There are also certain ledges that you have to use your grapple to overcome which is a fun aspect of the game as well as using your very own wing suit .
There is a slight element of kill moves or known in the game as take downs. Very much the same as Far Cry 3 where you can take down enemeys from , overhead , cover , behind and underneath. The array of weapons which you unlock after missions give you choice in the destruction department.
There are never ending things to do in this game. Theres the main story , hunting , racing , side quest after side quest after side quest .. and not to mention some aspects of co-op and pvp multplayer where you can create your own maps.
Now for the bad
Theres not much to say here … but the driving system is very .. very awkward but the argument being you can use the auto-drive system , which when used will drive to either the maker or mission available. Also you can shoot and drive , or even drive and do take downs so its really just me admitting I cant drive !
And if I were to through out to other bad points then it would be the AI is a little dumb but you don’t really take much notice and the game has glitches but there very funny and amusing .
So to wrap it up guys , it would be on my top list for getting a game this Christmas as its full of fun and rewards , ive tried not to give to much away as its best when you discover things on your own.
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Nostalgia, Nostalgia, Nostalgia !
This what I repeat inside my head continuously whilst creeping around the space stations eery corridors. (And even this its just whisper!)
Because if I say it allowed there is no doubt I’ll get ripped apart by making too much noise from either the Alien or The stations many hostile party’s.
“ Reasons don’t matter , the only thing that does matter is Survival..” – Ricky Steven ( After playing the game for 5 minutes.)
I had to keep the faith with this game , as the last Alien game was a wreck. I love the Alien franchise as I grew up watching the movies and playing the games through-out the old consoles. This one is the best by far in my opinion and reminds me of the Alien: Resurrection game for the PlayStation 1 . Which at the time was very scary and gave you a drive to complete it due to its challenging nature like the games past did the time!.
Story and Setting
The game setting’s takes place after the events of the first Alien movie which I suggest watching first then playing to capture what the atmosphere would be like. I personally watched the box set but then again I love the movies.
You are Amanda Ripley , Ellen Ripley’s daughter who is the main character through-out the movies and games. The Nostromos flight recorder was picked up and held at a space station called “Sevastapol” – (Pretty sure this is a Ukrainian city).
The Nostromos was Ellen Ripley’s ship and as “Amanda” also works for the notorious “Weyland Yutani corporation” the opportunity is passed to her to go pick up the flight recorder and piece together what happened to her mother and the ship. Everything else I will leave to yous to find out. Mostly because I spend most my time running away and screaming rather than listing to whats happening!. But also because I encourage people to go out and buy this game it’s a classic in the making.
Level design and Atmosphere
The game’s levels , looks and feels are what the people in the 70’s interpretation of what the future would be like. For an Alien fan I really think they have nailed the look and feel for the game. If I had to imagine the Alien universe and how they would make ships and stations look this is pretty much it. In most games you can tell where they have regurgitated the same things over and over with a slight difference where as in this just great from the outright.
The levels are mostly very tight corridors that are either barley lit or have flickering lights as the stations power has been cut off and requires sub-stations to be tuned on in each area. Even something simple like opening a door , using a console or a tool to0 unlock a area has suspense as it takes a few seconds to do so. There is an evidence of a panic has broke out through-out the station also. There is debree lying everywhere , broken doors , bashed in systems and vents. Water dripping from burst pipes and fire not to mention sparks of electricity which may be the only source of light if you have ran out of flares and battery’s!.
The horror survivor side of the game is really gripping. I for once would say this is the most scariest game I’ve played. Every spark , every flickering light and every creek you don’t even feel aware you feel lost and clueless with fear . Knowing that at any moment if you make too much noise or even flash a light in the wrong distraction it could alert the Alien or attract a hostile is really intense. You also have to craft items for your self to help fight back or to be more accurate help you run away!.
The Alien can be herd running over head , or when your in a shaft/ vent you can hear it in the next room or passing by. You can hear it breathe and hear it make its huff sound as it try’s to sniff you out. The Alien’s size can be undermined at times in the past but this Alien is HUGE and has to be feared. the game does have some scripted events but most of the time it isn’t. you could play easily for 5 – 10 minis and then wham ! you get dragged away.
The games noises and music add deep chilling effects like any great thriller movie you have seen. They create a sense of panic and make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up!. This does this at any point through the game not just at the intended parts that you would think.
So when you take all of that and combine it for instance.. A very eery room with a swinging light, which just illuminates the room slightly due to its sparks then the thrilling horrible music kicks in that creates suspense . Then you hear the thumping sound of something moving and your tracker goes wild . The movement is rapid and swift and by the time you home in on it RARR its a cat ! .. well not really you’ll be dead via a hole in the head or punctured chest.
Now this I have to say takes a bit to get used to. The sensitivity of the looking to running can be a little juddery and I had to turn it way down as it didn’t feel natural. But after a while you get used to it and makes the game that slightly more difficult. The way you craft items is also annoying and they really should have made it more simpler but like I said it’s probably is meant to be like this to make it harder. Through out the game you are required to open doors via a maintenance jack , plasma torch and also the computer side of things with codes and such . They require either a sequence of buttons to perform or some tricky fiddling. Sneaking via crouching will be how to play this game as if you run it will create too much noise.
I played this for the PS4 and if the PS4 camera is available to you then it can be used to enhance your game via your movements or even background noise you create. I tried this with the DLC “expendable crew” which takes place on the “Nostromo” and by god I paid for it big time as I died because I sneezed too loudly and got ripped out of an air duct.
The game is truly going to be a classic and I would recommend playing after watching the Alien movie , play at night and with good headphones.
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The first Two questions that hangs deadly above this game and surrounds it with mystery are.
1) Is it like Skyrim ?
2) Is it worth Paying for the game then a subscription?
The first question is an easy one as its not like Skyrim. But the second question is a little more difficult.
I was sitting playing ESO “additively” for around 8 hours on the Friday beta test opening. And every little thing I compared to Skyrim within the game.
The game lets you pick which faction you wish to join and what race you want to be within that faction. And rather boringly and stubbornly I picked a “Nord” and made him part of the “Ebonheart pact”. And as a class I picked the “Templar” (by mistake) This gives your character an ability to fight well but also dwells in some magic ability’s such as fire and healing. Ended up a great mistake I like this class!.
The faction lists are :
- The Ebonheart Pact which has the Nords, Dunmer, and Argonians from the Northern and Eastern regions.
- The Aldmeri Dominion consists of the Altmer, Bosmer, and Khajiit from the South and South West regions.
- The Daggerfall Covenant group is the Bretons, Redguards, and Orcs from the North West regions.
Each race has there own ability’s and speciality’s and also dependant on which class you choose it can make for a really interesting choice or a difficult decision. thank god there’s up to 8 character slots available.
http://uk.ign.com/wikis/elder-scrolls-online/Classes this explains alot of the characters creation and the classes.
Also when you join factions like the “fighters Guild” you can then get skill points in-which to gain ability’s from that faction.
But I wont dwell on that stuff there’s bountiful content on you tube , blogs and websites for that. I want to tell yous my honest opinion and hope it helps you’s make your decision.
What ESO is like in my eyes.
I would say its very much like word of war craft. There is loads of content in the sense of quests and enemy’s and it seems to have a freakishly addictive nature to the game. Always saying to yourself ” I’ll Finnish this quest” , ” Just after I level up I’ll stop”. You don’t , you continue on playing!.
What I like about the game is the vast amount of quests and the fact you can go on these quests with your friends. Games are more fun playing with your friends there’s no doubting that. Its not about making it easier its about sharing all those adventures with your fellow Amigos.
I also like the fact that you don’t feel over powered in the game. Your no longer the mighty dragon born your just a slightly better commoner within this game. It means that when your fighting enemy’s at your level or slightly above your never just always in total control there is always that “what if” moment. Thats why when playing with a group or a friend makes it more rewarding when you do kill the bad guy or when you level up by fighting you feel like you have earned it. Rather than dragon shouting an opponent on fire by calling a dragon to aid you in battle as you use your duel over enchanted two handed battle axe which destroys and knocks a wolf into oblivion… “or use the exploding chickens mod”
The restricted way in-which you level up is good as well it means you have to actual pick what you want to be and what your aim is with your character. pre define what paths your willing to make. Don’t get me wrong if you haven’t researched the game its quite daunting what to selected when levelling up so its always worth having a look online.
Its also alot harder to make things within the game. The perfect example is being a blacksmith and making swords . In skyrim this is done easily buy acquiring or buying ore / or ingots and then making daggers or whatever to level up and its safe to say its done quickly . But in ESO you cant buy ore , ingots or level up quickly. You have to look for small deposits I.E iron is a small brown rock. when you acquire / harvest the iron you get 3 ores and then the brown rock vanishes. This will disappear from everyone within the game for a while and wont spawn back for a few minutes so it can be very frustrating. You must have 10 ores afore you can smelt it down into iron ingots before making items and you also must buy your races smiting element which for the Nords is “corrudium” which you obtain from the blacksmith. The weapons/armour you make can be then de-constructed and you might get some of its elements back or you might not but this also puts up your blacksmithing skill which is hard to budge up.
This is the same for the cloth making (killing animals) and the woodwork’s( small falling over logs).
The enchanting within the game is also very different from Skyrim. you have to collect 3 different types of runes and combine them to get an enchantment. Most of these runes are placed at random throughout the region and the combinations give out different results which can be frustrating to say the least. But they need to make it harder so not every person will be master at making all things.
What I don’t like within the game are things that’s good about Skyrim. Like being able to walk around and look and pick up everything (being a hoarder), there’s not a lot of content you can pick up or look in and when you do its always the same crap. Its pretty pointless looking through things like urns , if you want cash just do quests.
I also think there is no uniqueness to you character. I love being different even if its just a hide armour but they have 10 different versions of it I would be happy. You can unlock rewards by doing quests and gaining armour and things but in my opinion they look quite generic. The same apply’s with the weapons I always had a mod in skyrim for more weapons and clothings and magic.
And lastly I’ll be honest I am disappointed in the graphics. It looks like world of Warcraft and feels like it to. Jumping from Skyrim ( specially with mod enhancers) feels like a step down. The graphics are ok but just compared to skyrim there not that good but its nothing to be concerned about after all I forgot about it !
I would say its worth buying if. You like a challenge (have free time) like being part of a team and don’t mind the fee which I don’t personally agree with but there’s plenty to play in this game and does keep you griped.
Don’t buy if your poor and don’t have the money or also If you like to power through games and level up quickly. And if your easily frustrated I extremely advise not to buy because it does get like that.
well I hope yous gained a little insight and I have helped with you opinions/thoughts.
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The new franchise launch of Ghosts comes with more hype and expectations than the last few releases as this is amongst the Launch titles for the New Generation’s. And for DNA Game Reviews it hasn’t failed to impress. It’s always a must buy at Christmas and this one’s no different.
The Call of Duty’s story modes can be compared to the safety lighters that come with fireworks. We have all herd of it. We all know the jist of it. And it’s put to the side with the box and the wrappings never to be seen again. They know this and we know this that’s why there story/campaign mode struggles to last 4/5 hours which to be fair is the trend for AAA titles these days.
The Story in Ghosts has a new enemy which is known as the federation and they are the alliance of South American countries. The change in “bad guys” is a welcome scene from it being Russians and the newly emerging / future predicting / tarot card readings that the Chinese will rise and take control of the world. I have no idea why they have picked the amigo’s to mess with but at least it’s different.
But this isn’t like the last few franchise releases where America is doomed and struggling and you’re just holding off waiting for the game changer. Instead Ghosts gives the setting that the federation has taken a good whack at America and controls the southern states but it’s a stalemate and each holds their own.
But for once you don’t feel that it’s all doom and gloom and in this story they give off a real feel of it being more personal than an all-out war. The personal aspect comes from the main settings within the game. You begin the game as 1 of two sons of an army lieutenant who tells the tale of the infamous ghosts who made a final stand against the great enemy. It’s not exactly a spoiler but as you can guess from the title you pretty much end up as a ghost with your brother. So the main story is fighting the Federation taking control and taking out facility’s to change the tide of the war and the side story is the infamous ghost are being hunted. I won’t go in to any other details but the game also has a dog called “Reilly”. You can’t get any more personal than saving your dog. “I nearly broke my controller saving this dog“. You can control Reilly with in mission’s which is a nice touch.
The game play within this game is great. Ghosts has the nice free flowing movement as you would expect in this game along with the fluent feel as you run jump and gun. They have adopted two features from Battlefield which is the ability to shoot round a corner/cover and have fixed there jumping over obstacles so it looks more effortless and more of a hop-over. You can jump in and play for any length of time. Also there are a few missions in space and underwater and I am really surprised they made them feel so different and great to play as well! And as for the controls it’s the same as before. The bench mark for FPS and after an hour you’re a pro.
The graphics within the franchise are always solid and have a good standard. This combined with the new gens makes the game more appealing than ever. From character faces to debris all the little touches are significant and stand out. As for the map layouts I still maintain that the Call of Duty maps are the best maps you will ever encounter wither its online or in a story mode. Just walk around and check out things. “Safety first” … “Try not getting killed” and you will see what I mean. There maps have a great layout, style and are executed fantastically. They seem like real places where something bad has happened than opposed to having the same model placed here there and everywhere.
The GUI’s and Menus are very easy to follow and look at. The big thing for me is not to have it complicated or too many shiny things while changing class and call of duty has always kept this simple.
Their New Features. One thing I will have a rumble about is there new online Squad member feature. You now level up squad members if you choose so and give them a specialized class for example spec ops. This gives them perks tailored to their suitability even if before you are the required level. All members are levelled up individually and guns / equipment are bought via coins. The good part is if you like to customise then there is a chance but you have to unlock all of the things like helmets, uniforms etc. The bad part you have to pick you squad member you play as before finding a match which is a pain if he’s a spec ops so is stealthy and you need an ass kicking assault dude. But this is my opinion it’s a good twist but I would like to switch member rather than backing out to do so. The other new feature is the new Extinction. Play against rolling and raving aliens wave after wave taking down there nests. This Gets pretty intense after a while and has its own levelling up system to tailor your “shoot it in the head” needs. They have also made bot matches much better and against all kinds of map modes from hardcore domination to the new modes like blitz.
This game has major replay value and I recommend that you grab a copy , grab a controller , grab a head set and grab a beer and play .
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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 !.
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 .
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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