Tuesday, July 22, 2014

One & Done Episode 2: Entwined

Here is the next episode of One & Done.  Enjoy!

In this episode I take a look at Entwined for the PS4.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Destiny Beta Gameplay Footage

Here is some footage of the Destiny Beta.  This video covers the intro mission for Destiny, so if you don't want to be spoiled about anything in the campaign do not watch this video:  I've also included links to videos from the Devil's Lair and the Shores of Time.

First Campaign Mission:

Strike: Devil's Lair:

Crucible: Shores of Time

So... Doom 4 gameplay reveal

Today at Quakecon, gameplay footage of Doom 4 was revealed.  Although it is not being called Doom 4 since it is meant to be a reboot and is instead being called "Doom".  To be honest I thought Doom 3 was the reboot since it followed a different setting than the first two games.  Unfortunately there is no video footage to go along with this news. 

The new Doom is described as being very visceral in terms of the violence and gore.  This also includes reports of enemies being able to tear limbs off of the player Dead Space style.  I imagine this function will only come into play when the player runs out of health but there is no confirmation of that.

With any luck there will be an official press release with the gameplay footage for everyone who wasn't able to attend Quakecon but time will tell.

Friday, July 11, 2014

One & Done Episode 1: Octodad: Dadliest Catch

I've decided to do a new video series called One & Done over on YouTube.  In this series, I will take a look at a video game and after playing it for awhile I will give my initial impressions along with a verdict on if I recommend that people get the game or not. 

For the first episode, I take a look at Octodad: Dadliest Catch.  You can find that here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wH8RH8oHfew

Feel free to leave any comments there, and also let me know if there are any games you want to see on One & Done. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

GUNNAR Glasses PPK Review

I have seen my advertisements for these so called gaming glasses from GUNNAR.  I did some research and it sounds like they did provide some benefits for the people who use them.  What do these glasses do?  It is said that GUNNAR glasses protect the users eyes from drying air currents, and that the lens reduces eye strain while improving contrast.  It can also reduce glare and improves detail to help give the user clearer vision.  On paper, it seems like these glasses are good for people who spend a lot of time staring at a computer screen.

I purchased the PPK model and figured I'd give it a try.  Although they took some getting used to, I have noticed some of the difference they provide.  While you would think that the amber colored lenses would be distracting, it isn't.  The glasses do in fact improve contrast and get rid of glare.  Even after being on the computer for the better part of the day, my eyes feel significantly less strained than they would normally.

At a glance, the glasses were very light and thin.  To be honest, it looks like any amount of weight put on these glasses would destroy them instantly.  Yet so far they have held together really well and they fit perfectly on my face.   

These glasses are not without issues though.  When I tried walking around with them on without looking at a digital screen, my eyes felt strained by it.  Also, these glasses do seem to get finger prints on them really easily even if you are careful.  Just lightly grazing the side with my finger resulted in a big blurry spot that took some effort to clean off.    

If you spend a lot of time in front of a computer, I would advise you to visit the GUNNAR website and see if there is a pair that suits you.  Alternatively you can get them from Amazon, but then there are no options to get prescription lenses if needed. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Bungie Day And New Destiny Information

Among the Bungie Community there is a day known as Bungie Day.  Due to the companies love for the number seven, Bungie Day takes place on July 7th.  In the past this was a time of new information for upcoming games, a free map for Halo 3, and a whole variety of things.  There was even an event where players could win Steaks, but that is a story for another day.

So what have we learned from this year?  Lots of info for the Destiny Beta, a trailer, and the announcement of a collector's edition for Destiny.  There are three versions: the Limited Edition, the Digital Guardian Edition, and the Ghost Edition.  I've included a picture of the Ghost Edition below:

The Limited Edition contains the following: 
-Limited Edition SteelBook Case
-Guardian Folio, containing a field guide book that will list various weapons in-game, post cards from the "Golden Age", and a star chart.
-Collector’s Edition Digital Content:A unique Ghost Casing, and an exclusive player emblem, and an exclusive ship. 
-Destiny Expansion Pass for the first two DLC expansions: The Dark Below and Den of Wolves.  If you get the regular version of Destiny the Expansion Pass will cost $34.99, and each individual expansion will cost $19.99.   

The Digital Guardian Edition comes with everything but the physical items listed above.

Then finally is the Ghost Edition which comes with everything in the Limited Edition along with memorabilia from the game like pictures of first contact with the traveler, and a full scale, motion sensing replica of the Ghost.  It lights up and will even talk, so if you ever wanted a robot that is voiced by Peter Dinklage on your desk, this is for you. 

More information was given on the beta as well.  As you may know from E3, the beta will start on PS3 and PS4 on July 17th.  Then the Xbox 360/Xbox One beta will start on the 23rd.  See the chart below for more information:

Not only that but everyone who pre-orders Destiny will receive early access to the Vanguard Armory which will consist of weapons, armor, and an emblem.  It is unclear if this is exclusive gear or if this is gear that can be earned in game without the Armory.  

Here is a trailer for the beta, with a few new snippets of footage.  Enjoy!

No word if there are any more announcements coming from Bungie today, but I'll keep you posted.  Stay tuned and be sure to watch IGN for coverage of the beta this week. 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Final Fantasy XV: Can Square Enix Salvage This Situation?

As most of you are probably well aware, Final Fantasy XV was first announced back in 2006 alongside of Final Fantasy XIII. At the time it was called Final Fantasy Versus XIII and was intended to be a parallel world using only terms and some amount of mythology from Final Fantasy XIII. Of course, then the game just vanished into the endless oblivion of development hell. Or more like it was Square Enix pushing it aside to work on other projects that should never have existed, like pretty much every Final Fantasy XIII game after the first one and the original version of Final Fantasy XIV. 

Final Fantasy XV has the potential to be the game that Final Fantasy XIII should have been.
 So after all these years, there is one question I had on my mind that I've been thinking about for some time. At this point, is Final Fantasy XV doomed to be a failure? At present, I kind of worry that it will be. Even if it ends up being an insanely fun game that was worth the wait, it will be forever tarnished by the bad reputation it is burdened with, combined with Square Enix constantly saying “please wait a little longer, please keep waiting patiently”. In short, Final Fantasy XV is suffering from what I like to call Duke Nukem Forever syndrome.

What is that? Duke Nukem Forever syndrome is a condition where no matter what the developers do, the game will never live up to the expectations of gamers. Unless the game somehow holds the cure for cancer or some other kind of miracle, that game is almost inevitably doomed to receive terrible review scores across the board and be thrown into $5 or less bargain bins with the rest of the garbage software that is forgotten within weeks.

So what can Final Fantasy XV do to avoid this fate? Hard to say, but Square Enix has a serious uphill battle ahead of them. A lot of people have just simply lost interest in this game, seeing it as nothing more than vaporware sitting next to The Last Guardian in the realm of non-existent games. Square Enix needs to get that interest back. They need to start promoting this game heavily to the point that it generates a massive hype train. But more than that, they need to make sure to deliver on all the things they say will be in the game.

On a conceptual level, Final Fantasy XV sounds awesome. Interactive cutscenes, an overworld, intense action combat that makes Kingdom Hearts look easy, and all sorts of things. It can be a highly successful game, but Square Enix is going to have to kick development into overdrive to have any hope of pulling this off. Most importantly, Square Enix must never allow something like this to happen again. Not only can it hurt the reputation of a game, it can also hurt the company itself. Despite some of the questionable decisions they've made in the past, Square Enix is capable of making incredible games and I would hate to see them go down in flames. Especially since Kingdom Hearts III is still in development.