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Resident Evil Reaches 2.5 Million Units Sold to Retailers

Resident Evil is a wonderfully horrifying series that has been around since 1996 when the first game launched on Playstation. The newest installment has already shipped 2.5 million copies to retailers this week! This isn’t the official units sold but just the amount sold to retailers like Gamestop, Best Buy, Walmart, and etc. So what does that say about the series future? 2.5 million copies is a HUGE number and I think it is safe to say this series wont’t slow down anytime soon. Personally, I am curious to see how many of those units are the virtual reality copies because that way to play the game is brand new to the franchise and I want to know if it will take off like they had hoped. Also, the Resident Evil movie franchise concluded this past week with their last movie Resident Evil: The Final Chapter so it is a big week for Capcom money wise. I think it is safe to say we will be getting more games in the future from Capcom that I assure you will be creepier than the last. What do you think gamers? What are you wanting from this series?

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4LN Casual Gamer Review – Star Wars Battlefront

As a Star Wars fan, a new Battlefront game has been a dream of mine since Star Wars Battlefront 2 (one of my favorite games of all time).  My friends and I wore that game out in college, so much so that we might as well have gotten a minor in Galactic Studies.  Needless to say, I am thrilled that the wait is finally over – the new game hit the shelves this week and my wife will know what it’s like to be a single mother for the next several days or until she throws the Xbox One off the balcony.

One thing that was worrying to a lot of folks, myself included, is the fact that there are quite a few differences between this game and its predecessors.  A lot of things that made the first games so enjoyable – Galactic Conquest, Campaign Mode, etc. – did not make it into EA’s reboot.  It is important to note that this is not a direct sequel to the first two games though.  It is its own game, and, to be honest, it does what it does really well.  Please note: I am a casual gamer through and through, so take this review with a grain of salt, preferably from this salt shaker:

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After waiting for almost a decade, it’s clear that I had high expectations for this game.  So did it live up to the hype?  I believe it does.  The mechanics of the game are very solid.  The movement is smooth and reactive, although I had to lower my sensitivity a bit to help my accuracy… my thumbs aren’t as good as they used to be in my college days.  Really though, it’s the graphics and level design that make this game so good.  There have been several times that I’ve found myself in one of the rooms from the films and couldn’t help but look around.  Apparently other gamers aren’t as nostalgic as I am because they have no problem lighting me up while I do this.  Over time, you unlock new weapons (all classic Star Wars), secondary weapons like thermal detonators, and character skins that allow you to change the appearance of your character’s face and hair.

As I mentioned earlier, this game scrapped a lot of the fan favorites like Galactic Conquest, but it also offers a lot of great game modes that I imagine most players will enjoy.  Blast, your typical team death-match, is a blas… a lot of fun and probably the most popular game mode, but I also LOVE the dogfighting in Fighter Squadron.  The air combat is even better than it was in Battlefront II, and is absolutely gorgeous.  There’s just something about zeroing in on TIE fighters that makes the soul happy. Another fun mode is Heroes vs. Villains.  In the previous game, there was a Heroes vs. Villains mode, which equated to a Royal Rumble a la Star Wars.  In this iteration, it is a 6v6 game that pits three heroes (Luke, Leia, and Han) vs three villains (Boba Fett, Darth Vader, and the Emperor) along with three regular players on each side.  The first to kill all of the other teams heroes five times wins.  I will say that Luke, Vader, and the Emperor particularly are kind of hard to adjust to after spending so much time shooting things with lasers.  Since this game threw out anything prequel related (for better or worse) this is the Return of the Jedi Emperor, meaning that he never uses a lightsaber and doesn’t flip around like a cackling maniac like he did when he fought Yoda.  He just kind of shambles and shoots lightning, and if you hit the sprint button he kind of speedily shambles… lets just say I prefer playing as the Stormtroopers.

There are a handful of other game types that a different variations on games Capture the Flag and King of the Hill as well, so there really should be something for everybody.  Battlefront also offers a death-match and a survival mode for single player/splitscreen so you can enjoy it with a friend or loved one without buying a new console, TV, and another copy of the same game (looking at you Halo).  The death-match is very similar to the “Instant Action” game type in the previous games, but there are fewer maps and no green or red capture points.  They make up for the limited amount of maps (there will be more available later) by making them stunningly detailed, so it’s worth it.

All in all, Battlefront is a success for EA and for Star Wars.  The game is a heck of a lot of fun, the levels are incredibly detailed, the game modes are fun and diverse, and the game-play is fantastic.  I think it’s clear that EA took their time on this game and put in a lot of work to craft an entertaining reboot to some of the greatest Star Wars games ever made.  If you are a Star Wars fan and think you can handle a controller then you need to get this game.

Instead of filming a reaction video, which would just be me making the same happy face for ten minutes at a time, have a look at a much younger me playing the Sega Genesis for the first time – it’s pretty much the same:

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Casual Game Review: Mad Max

Mad Max was easily my favorite film of 2015. Everything about it was perfect, and I’ve seen if five times, and each time I watch it, I see/catch something new. Not many movies can keep showing you different things after that many viewings. A couple years back at E3 (the annual gaming convention) the game was announced, and I was instantly excited. I grew up watching Mad Max, I remember when USA or TNT used to always play those movies, and my brother and I would be glued to the screen, and fascinated by the post-apocalyptic world that George Miller brought to life. Mad Max is actually the series that started my love for the post-apocalyptic film genre. To this day, my brother and I will watch any movie that falls in that genre, no matter how bad or cliche it is. But luckily, Mad Max: The Game, doesn’t fall into that category of bad or cliche.

According to MadMaxGame.com the plot to the game, is as follows:
In a world gone mad, only the savage survive. In the Wasteland it’s every man for himself. Playing as reluctant warrior, Mad Max, you must embark on a treacherous journey to build the ultimate war vehicle, and leave the madness behind.

Overview:
I would say that I have logged in at least 15 hours of game play in the last two weeks. I’m not a hardcore gamer, and that will show in the review, hence why I’ve only logged 15hrs of gameplay. But, in those 15 hours, I have had a blast playing as Max Rockatansky facing off against the savages that occupy the wasteland. The game is a fun “sandbox” game, which means it’s open world and has a ton of activities that you can partake in, besides the main story quests. The main objective of the game is to build the ultimate “Magnum Opus,” which is the ultimate war vehicle. After your Interceptor was stolen/destroyed and you were left stranded and forsaken in the desert by a group of Warboys, (run by Immortan Joe’s son Scabrous Scrotus) you meet a character named “Chumbucket,” (no, he’s not Plankton from Spongebob…) who is a zealous blackfinger (mechanic) and believes you are the chosen one to harness The Angel of Combustion. He then helps you rebuild your car, the Magnum Opus, in order to make the Wasteland a better place, you must team up with survivors and defeat the warlords of the Wasteland on your journey to the Plains of Silence.

Gameplay:
The gameplay is awesome. As I said above, I have been a Mad Max fan for years. Honestly, I never dreamed of the day when I could play an open world game as Mad Max. As a kid, I always pretended that my Hot Wheels were either cars from James Bond or Mad Max, so it’s a special feeling to be 22 and playing a video game that you imagined at 8 or 9 with toy cars. The gameplay reminds me a lot of two previous video game franchises that I think people will be able to relate too: Twisted Metal, and Batman: Arkham.

I mention Twisted Metal because of the vehicle dynamics. I would dare say you spend about 75% of the game driving in your vehicle, and waging war on patrolling vehicles, and war parties. The further you go into the wasteland, the more powerful the vehicles become. So, it’s very important to always level up your vehicle. The way of leveling up consists of destroying enemy vehicles, or enemy building, and collecting the scrap metal from explosions. The more scrap you collect, the more you can upgrade your Magnum Opus, and Max himself. Most upgrades cost between 300-600 pieces of scrap, which can take anywhere from twenty minutes to an hour depending on where you are searching, or how many vehicles you encounter in the wasteland. Like Twisted Metal, this game is all about destroying the enemy’s vehicle. From using the Harpoon Gun to rip them out of the vehicle, throwing boomsticks at enemies, and
sometimes being forced out of your vehicle and fighting in hand to hand combat with Warboys.

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Always customize your Magnum Opus, so you can fight effectively.

This is when the Batman: Arkham series tie into the game. The fighting combat is very similar to Batman, where you are prompted before counters and the flow is very similar to the feel of that game. The fighting scenes can be absolutely brutal in the game. There are moments when Max will pick a character up and drop him on his head, causing his neck to snap, other moves involve your iconic sawed off shotgun being pressed into someones stomach and you just blow them away. One of the most painful moves would be the bone breaking counter, which snaps the bone out of a warboy’s arm and leaves them stunned for a moment, and while stunned you can stab them in the back of the head with a shiv, similar to something you would see in one of the prison scene on Sons of Anarchy. The game is absolutely brutal when it comes to fight scenes and when Max reaches Fury Mode, all hell will break loose. And leave all enemies dead on the ground.

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Final Thoughts:
If you have seen Fury Road, or any other Mad Max films, this game is a must have for a fan of the series. The game takes place somewhere between Beyond Thunderdome and Fury Road, so seeing Fury Road isn’t a requirement for the game, but it will seriously make things flow easier for you. The game is very much like the movie where it’s all out crazy and far from sanity. From one of the first cutscenes to much deeper in the story, my stomach has turned and I’ve witness gross things in the wasteland. This game truly takes a savage to survive. From eating maggots in rotting corps to stay alive, to fighting warboys and vultures, you will always be left wonder what’s going on, and wandering the wasteland. Two final notes that are worth mentioning, since the game takes place in Australia, the driver side of each vehicle is on the right side of the vehicle. EVERY TIME I enter the vehicle, I get in on the wrong side, and chumbucket was mentioned this multiple times in the game. Also, always keep a spare thing of guzzoline in your magnum opus because the vehicle WILL run out of gas. It’s a very neat, but also frustrating aspect of the game. But, in a world where guzzoline rules the land, if you don’t have it, you won’t survive.

4LN E3 Coverage

Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, is an early christmas gift to every gamer in the world. I myself am not a huge gamer, and really, none of us here at 4LN consider ourselves “hardcore gamers”. We all casually play games though. Cam, Stephen Andrew, and Robbie all have the XBox One, and I’m loving my Playstation 4. Since we are all casual gamers here, I figured this would be a somewhat casual coverage of this event. The three things that will inform you on are the presentations from three companies: Bethesda Softworks, Microsoft/X-Box One, and last but not least (my personal favorite), Sony/Playstation.

What Is E3?

E3 is the San Diego Comic Con for gamers. It’s a early event held in Los Angeles showcasing all the great games that will be coming in the near future. Most games revealed at E3, will be released by Christmas time, but this is not always the case. Tom Clancy’s The Division was revealed at the 2013 E3 conference, and this year it was finally given a release day of March 8th 2016, though I personally believe this isn’t a real game and will just continue to be announced every year.

With every year, E3 is getting larger and larger and attracting more and more viewers. On Sunday-Tuesday you could log onto YouTube and watch live coverage of all the events taking place at E3 including Sony, Microsoft, and Bethesda. Besides YouTube you could have used Twitch.tv and IGN to watch live coverage. In 1995 when E3 started, I don’t think they had any idea that they would become Mecca for anyone who can find joy and happiness through a video game.

Now, lets get to the good stuff already. Instead of listing everything that was announced, it would take a long time to read, I’m just going to hit in the major/impressive things that were announced.

Bethesda

 

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Bethesda gave us Fallout 4. I have been waiting since 2009 for this game. Words can not express hows much this means to me. My social life will disappear and I won’t leave my room for days. I invested over 300 hours in Skyrim, so I know Fallout 4 won’t be a good thing for me. Oh, and DOOM was announced. It looks brutal and disgusting. If I wasn’t such a baby and terrified of everything, I would be all over that game. I mean, come on, the engine it runs on is ID666! How can you not love that? Be sure to jam Danzig while you slaughter demons with a chainsaw!

 

 

So, what did Microsoft have to announce this year?

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I think the one thing that really impressed everyone was the announcement that the X-Box One would be Backwards Compatible. Now, what this means is, you will be able to play X-Box 360 games on your X-Box One console. Unfortunately the 360 disk will not be playable in the hard-drive but will promptly trigger a download for the game on your hard-drive for a compatible file. This is big news, and one of the coolest thing announced. So, those of you who never played 360 will get to relive some great classics via the X-Box One. This is expected to begin in the final quarter of this year, so keep your eye out for an update in late fall/early winter. And way to go Microsoft for listening to your fans, and giving them what they want.

I joked earlier that Tom Clancy’s The Division wasn’t a real game, but we all now know that to be a false and unfunny joke. It was announced this year that it was being released early next year and that this is “Tom Clancy’s Destiny,” and that got me excited, I love Destiny (even though it’s a money pit that will exist for 10 years…) In December the Beta for this game will role out so I think that will help rocket the hype train out of orbit (That analogy didn’t work but F**k it).

Electronic Art’s, better known as EA, seems to get a lot of hate, but they don’t really do all bad. I mean, we get Star Wars: Battlefront and we have been waiting YEARS for this game. I’m not going to tell you about this game, because I can’t do it justice. So here is the trailer for it.

Electronic Art’s also announced EA Access, so for $4.99 (What I pay for Spotify Student) you can “Binge on a growing collection of great games. Play pre-release trials. Get exclusive discounts.” So, you can”t really go wrong with that. With such titles as Titanfall, Battlefield 4, Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, and NBA Live ’15, it would be a mistake to not hope on this new service.

 

How about Sony?

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My Facebook feed blew up Tuesday night and Monday morning with the news of everything that Sony released. I think the biggest announcement that Sony had was Final Fantasy VII: The Remake. The crowd went absolutely wild when this was announced. It was like when an all time favorite wrestler walks out, the crowd just popped and went wild. I had a fiend say on Facebook that he actually cried when he saw this. That’s how happy video games can make someone.

Along with FF VII, Sony announced the return of Agent 47 in the new Hitman game, and the every changing, ever evolving No Man’s Sky. This is an open world that is ever changing, ever evolving and expanding universe. They say that no two planets are the same, and to make things even greater, you can leave your ship and actually explore and discover EACH planet you find. In theory, this game has endless possibilities and endless outcomes. It’s easy to believe that it’ll be a shoe in for a Game Of The Year award.

Playstation also announced that they were welcoming Star Wars to their line of Disney Infinity. You will be able to play in the prequels time with the game Twilight of the Republic and play during the originals with the game Rise Against The Empire. Playstation 4 players get the exclusive playable character, Boba Fett. I’m totally getting Disney Infinity just for Boba Fett. Though it will be fun to play as Luke Skywater.

 

With all this being said, it’s been a great year for video games and this is just a small portion of news that has been released this week. Good luck gaming, and let us know in the comments below what games you are most looking forward too!

Star Wars: Battlefront Multiplayer Gameplay

As most people know, the Comic Con for video games, E3, is taking place this week in Los Angeles. We have scene AMAZING things in the less than 24 hours since the convention started. From Fallout 4 and the next Doom game to Star Wars Battlefront 3. Anyone who played the previous Battlefront games has been waiting years for the next installment. And today, we are one day closer to owning Star Wars Battlefront 3, which releases November 17th of this year. Below, you will find gameplay from Star Wars Battlefront 3 taken from Playstation 4.

Mad Max: Fury Road Sequel, and Video Game News

If you saw Mad Max: Fury Road, it probably left you wanting more, and, if you are a Mad Max fan in general, you have been waiting close to 30 years for more adventures in the post apocalyptic world. Well, good news fans! We have two major Mad Max updates for you, and you are going to be excited to hear what’s coming up!

Mad Max: The Game
“In the Wasteland it’s every man for himself. Playing as reluctant warrior, Mad Max, you must embark on a treacherous journey to build the ultimate war vehicle, and leave the madness behind.”

The game is being developed by the team behind the Just Cause series and will be an open world survival game focusing on staying alive in the wasteland. The objective of the game is to build the best “magnum opus,” also known as your car. After being left for dead in the dessert, you must decide how you will survive and what you will do to help save, or doom the remaining humans in the wasteland.

Check out the gameplay trailer from Playstation, and it features footage that is in-engine, comprised of actual gameplay and in-game cinematics. The game will be for current generation systems, PlayStation 4, X-Box One, and PC.

Pre-order the game today and get the exclusive Ripper Magnum Opus vehicle!
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Mad Max: The Wasteland

Director and series creator George Miller has announced that he has a title for next chapter in the Mad Max series, Mad Max: The Wasteland. Miller stated that with the release delays for Fury Road this gave him time to work on a script and novella for the next film, Wasteland. The title is actually interesting since the universe that Mad Max takes place in is called The Wasteland, so this title doesn’t explain much, but it gives a hint that we may see more of the vast realm that is the Wasteland. With as crazy and insane as Fury Road was, this can only mean we will see more madness and insanity in the universe this franchise takes place in.

 

Sources:
Video Game: MadMaxGame.com 
Movie: ComicBook.com

Disney Inifinity: Is It Worth It?

Disney excels at making money, and Disney Infinity proves it.  If you are unfamiliar with the toy your kid is probably begging you for, let me get you two acquainted.  Disney Infinity is a 2-player, multi-platform videogame that involves the purchase of multiple peripherals to get more characters, levels, bonuses etc.  The game is centered around the portal, which is used to place both the game world and the playable characters (in the form of figurines).  This means that in order to play as more characters you need to shell out more cash to purchase more figurines, and to play more game worlds you have to purchase those too.

That’s a lot of stuff to buy… is it worth it?

First off, my kids are too young to play it, and lack the vocal faculty to beg for it.  My wife, on the other hand, wanted it for her birthday, and who am I to argue with a wife who wants videogames for her birthday?

No one, that’s who.

So on her birthday we went to Sam’s Club and purchased the Disney Infinity 2.0 Starter Pack.  The starter pack includes a copy of the game (make sure to get the one that corresponds with your particular system), the Avengers world, and three figurines – Thor, Iron Man, and Black Widow.  We got our for around $55, which really isn’t that bad for what you get.

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Where you start to find an enormous leak in your bank account is the inevitable desire for more and more characters and worlds.  We got lucky with the starter pack because my favorite Marvel character is Thor and Paige’s (at least in the LEGO games) is Iron Man, so we started with the characters we already wanted.  That being said, the next day we bought the Guardians of the Galaxy combo pack that comes with Star-Lord, Gamorra and the GotG world, and was another $35.  Then a couple of days later we bought Hulk because Charlie, our 2 year old LOVES Hulk (and to smash things).  Each of these characters run between $10-14 and are pretty hard to find used.  We were fortunate enough to have a friend give us Captain America, but we still bought Rocket Raccoon.  There is also a Spider-Man world and set of characters, but neither of us really care for Spider-Man or the characters playable in that world so there’s some saved cash there… Being the completionists that we are, we still have to get Hawkeye, Groot and Drax so that’s another $30-45 right there.

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Yes, let the money flow through you.

What I’m trying to say is that our sons are going to have a whole lot of Disney Infinity to play with because their parents got a little carried away and had a little disposable income at the time.

So yes, it definitely costs more than the average videogame when you factor in all of the peripherals that aren’t necessarily required, but will be bought anyway.  The upside is, the game is a lot of fun and the figurines make a perfect addition to a nerd-shelf, which is something I recommend all homes have.  The game itself is basically an open world “sandbox” style game that has a simple RPG style system used to level up your characters.  The more you play as a particular character, the more powers they can unlock.  We have had a lot of fun flying around New York, trying to put an end to Loki’s nefarious schemes and keeping Ronan the Accuser away from Knowhere, and the replay value is off the charts.  The Avengers storyline is relatively short, but the missions are entertaining (who doesn’t love smiting Frost Giants with Mjolnir, am I right?), and the characters maintain their level when you start a new game, so you can continue playing through the story to level up the characters completely.

Final Say

If you and your kids love the Marvel universe, this is definitely one of the best games available.  The missions are engaging, but short enough that they don’t start feeling like a chore (a common problem with the LEGO games), the gameplay is relatively straightforward, and the storyline is fun.  Ultimately, I think this game is worth it, but I would definitely pick and choose which properties you think you and yours would like the most, at least at first.  For us it was the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy, for you it might be Spider-Man.  Either way the game is entertaining for both kids and adults, and is definitely one of the best games out there as far as Marvel is concerned.  It’s worth it.

All New “Batman: Arkham Knight” Trailer

Just launched was the new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer for next generation consoles (that’s the X-Box One and Play Station 4). This trailer takes place in ACE Chemicals which is fairly iconic in the Batman mythology and also in the previous installments of the games. Scarecrow has taken over the plant, but Batman plans to liberate the works still stuck inside. This is the first trailer in a gameplay series called “Ace Chemicals Infiltration.”

In this trailer we see a much more intense Arkham Knight (who is the new villain introduced in the game), the badass Batmobile, which looks amazing, and the extended gameplay in the trailer looks flawless. I have been super excited for this game and after seeing this trailer, and I hope you are as excited as I now am.

Check it out here!

The Superman of Call of Duty – CoD: Advanced Warfare Review

(Editor’s Note: This article was written by our good pal Shane. Amateur gamer, professional badass.)

 

Do you want to fly around and shoot lasers at people while having Kevin Spacey cheer you on…… Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the game for you. I read a lot of reviews on this game prior to its release and I have read some since the release and they are all written by pro’s and hardcore gamers. I myself run with about a .85 KD. For those of you that don’t know, Call of Dutiers(?) are measured by the size of their KD (Kill /Death Ratio), in case you’re wondering mine is average for my size, anyway, my review of the game will be based on the casual gamer’s gameplay and thoughts on how the game is set up as opposed to past COD’s.

Let me first say that I bought the day zero addition, which means I got the game one day before everyone else, let me also say that the game was unplayable until yesterday due to server lags on the call of duty server locations. So, if you have read bad reviews about the game freezing and grinding to a halt after kills…well that is kind of fixed now and should be completely fixed by next week.

For me I really enjoy the color schemes they used to highlight players and map features. The main problem people had with COD Ghost, was the maps were very dark and big and encouraged camping…which is sitting in a dark high traffic corner and shooting as players ran by. This game almost completely eliminates camping. The colors contrast so well and they have taken out perks that control your blind side. This forces you to get out in the map and engage other players in a gun slinger type game play.

I also am really digging the EXO suits and the abilities. For this game COD wanted to go vertical, you now have the abilities to double jump in mid air, hover, boost side to side to avoid bullets, and once earned you can go invisible for a short period of time (like 3 seconds). For me this makes the game so addictive, there is so much new stuff to master and the vertical aspect of the maps keeps you guessing as to where the enemy will be coming from.

This brings me to what I perceive as developmental designs. In COD Ghost you could play alone and be fine. You have IED’s and if danger was close you could plant on your blind side and by yourself, you could hold down a whole room or building. I believe this game was designed for you to party up and engage the other players. Playing as a team will have huge advantages in this game since you can not protect your blind side alone. Also this game was designed for you to use add-ons, such as Scuff controllers and Kontrol freeks. Scuff controllers give you the ability to jump, aim and shoot without moving your normal finger placements and Kontrol freeks allow you to quickly and precisely follow jumping moving targets. They have also cleverly added what people once used to have to cheat to get… For those of you that have every played COD and wondered how people could see you through walls and kill you, well it was called wall hacking and it cost 60 bucks a month to buy and maintain so Sony can not detect it and ban your console. This game will give it to you for a short period of time, as a perk, after so many kills. Like I said, they designed this game for you to move and experience the whole map.

This leads me to my last point about the multiplayer aspect of this game. The maps are brilliant so far. They are tight maps with few lanes, they are one level vertical and there are very few dark spots. So far I haven’t seen too many places where I could not see who was shooting me. This was a big problem with Ghost, you could get shot from across the map and have zero chance to engage. I also feel like they put a lot of thought into how the maps are laid out, the cover and jump spots are not so plentiful so you can shoot and duck, but they are enough so you can reload safely and continue gun fighting.

The rooms and building all have multiple entrances and windows and they all have very unique game play patterns. As far as I can tell two have dynamic map features which means the map changes as the game plays, one of them floods with a giant tsunami that you can watch roll in and the other erupts with a volcano.

The other thing I have really enjoyed is the campaign mode…this is a single player mode played in a story format. If you didn’t already know, Kevin Spacey plays a leading role in this game play as Jonathan Irons, leader of the Atlas Corporation who is responsible for the “Advanced Warfare”. There is just something about playing this and having Spacey talk directly to me that makes the game feel more enjoyable. My son and I have been tag-teaming the campaign mode and it is just as enjoyable as the multiplayer modes. After the first couple of hours of Ghost’s campaign I felt like I had already played out the whole story line. The Exo abilities and the robotics aspect of the game, as well as Kevin Spacey, make you feel like every scene and game selection are new and building towards something climactic.

The Stuff I don’t like…… The swearing in campaign mode. The F word along with others are used regularly. I am still a little miffed that I paid for Day Zero and couldn’t play it until day 9. This is kind of a neutral point but for casual players, it is very hard to unlock attachments and perks, Double kills and hip fires are hard to do, but they make the game interesting and challenging. Playing this game makes it very difficult to go back to previous CODs, since now I want to Double jump onto building but instead I just jump into a wall and look like a total Noob looking for a secret door.

Over All the game is great, very fun, very challenging and fast paced.

Shane Davis
Played BO1, BO2, Ghost, & Advanced Warfare…and I still get merked by 13 year olds.
PSN Tag – SootedAA

Is It Worth It? Destiny (Video Game Review)

 

With the cost of newer video games being nearly $70 , the great inventions Gamefly and RedBox help the cautious gamer like myself to review a game before really investing in it. It’s a great way to rent a game, test it out, and make sure you really want to own it for later consumption. For some, these great companies allow more serious gamers the ability to play a game all the way through at about 15% of the cost or less.

Clever Gamer!

Clever Gamer!

Recently I was at Wal-Mart (this is usually the beginning sentence to a horror script), and low and behold there was a Red Box kiosk at the front door staring me in the face. Begging me to come and look at it’s inventory for rent. They can be so much like those cigarette commercials where they bully you into doing something you may not want to do.

RedBox-“Come RENT SOMETHING NOW!”

Me- “Okay, just don’t hurt my kids.”

This kiosk was differnt as it had an add for the brand new game Destiny plastered all over, more so then when Captain America: Winter Solider came out. I had seen the awesome commercial that reminded me of guardians of the galaxy, and honestly it got me. I wanted to check it out because it looked awesome. If you haven’t seen this commercial check it out below. Now… on to my review.

 

What is it?

Destiny is a mythic science fiction, open world, online shared first person shooter that was developed by the makers of Halo, Bungie. Is that not a tongue twister or what? It was released on September 9th, 2014, and is available on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.  Here is the setting of the game for the Destiny Wiki page.

Destiny is set seven hundred years into the future in a post-apocalyptic world. The setting follows a prosperous period of exploration, peace, and technological advancement known as the Golden Age.[17] In a universe where humans have spread out and colonized planets in the Solar System, an event known as “the Collapse” saw the mysterious dissolution of these colonies, the end of the Golden Age, and mankind teetering on the brink of extinction. The only known survivors of the Collapse are those living on Earth, who were saved by “the Traveler,” a white, spherical celestial body whose appearance centuries before had enabled humans to reach the stars.[18] The Traveler now hovers above the last safe city on Earth, and its presence allows the Guardians — the defenders of the City — the ability to wield an unknown power, only referred to as “The Light.”

Upon mankind’s first attempt to repopulate and reconstruct after the Collapse, it is discovered that hostile alien races have occupied mankind’s former colonies and civilizations and are now encroaching upon the City. The player takes on the role of one such Guardian, and is tasked with reviving the Traveler while investigating and destroying the alien threats before humanity is completely wiped out.

 

 

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First let me say that I still have the PS3, like most of the population over the age of 25 that has kids like I do. The installation and download time for this game took about 45 minutes before I could jump into it, partly because I didn’t have enough space on my hard drive so I had to clear some stuff out. I want to also clear the air that I am a casual gamer at best, so I don’t have the most ridiculous internet speed for online gaming(this is important to Destiny). Once I had cleared enough space to install the game, it still took about 30-40 minutes to get it up and running. So if you have something to do while you wait(like dishes, taking a jog, answering some emails, or calling your Nana) I suggest you do it and save yourself the migraine.

Graphics

In the opening scenes for the game, the graphics are on par for any opening title scene. I will say, that it’s obvious this game is designed for the latest console as it’s nothing special to any other opening scene. Big worlds, new creatures, explosions, it all looks the same simply because the hardware is limited. I’m sure this game is freaking ridiculous on the PS4, but I wasn’t overly impressed once the game play started. It still seemed very pixelated, and the PS3 doesn’t have the power to handle the detail this game deserves. So, if you’re renting it for a visual orgasm, don’t expect your eyes to melt out of your head (because that’s impossible unless you’re that guy from Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark). If you are on one of the newer systems, Destiny uses a new game engine that really you won’t see the true beauty of unless you’re on a PS4. The take away here is that the graphics are great, but even greater on the new consoles

Look at it with your PS4 eyes, not your PS3 eyes.

Look at it with your PS4 eyes, not your PS3 eyes. It’s beautiful, isn’t it?

Game Play

I’m not sure any other game (outside of WoW and other PC games) has done this, but the game play in Destiny is constantly online. Even if you are following your own story line, other people are simultaneously weaved within yours following their own. Confused? You shouldn’t be. The main focus of Destiny is to meet other online players and join forces to go and achieve tasks together. You could be facing a hoard of aliens (that’s what you’re fighting the whole game pretty much) and about to die, and another online player could jump in to help you conquer the beasts (The developer, Bungie, likes to call this a “Shared World Shooter” verses the traditional tag “MMO” or Massively Multiplayer Online). I’m the equivalent of a hermit when it comes to online gaming, simply because I just want to play and be left alone. For those of you that enjoy “meeting” online strangers and playing games together, Destiny is full of that. For the most part, Destiny is a first person shooter game with a constant online presence. It is open world, like GTAV, so there is a lot of exploring you can do and missions you can accomplish. If you have the dedication, after level 20 the game takes on a different feel and changes. I didn’t make that far… let me explain in the overall review

Overall

Overall… if you’re not huge into online tag team games, the story telling of this game does not make for much of a adventure if you’re playing alone. Simply, each mission feels repetitive. You travel to a world, defeat some aliens, collect some things, and move on to the next one. If you want, you can make it interesting by going around and shooting other online players, but I’m not a complete dick so I stayed true to the course of playing the missions. On a rating scale of “Boo” to “AWESOME!” I give Destiny an even keel “Meh.” Personally, this is a renter. I don’t think this is worth the $65 dollars. I thought this game might be more set up like a mix between Drake’s Uncharted and Batman Arkham Asylum, but alas It was more like Halo. If you enjoy Halo and WoW you’ll probably love this game. As for me, I wasn’t that impressed.

 

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