By NeoZeon 0 Comments
Damn man, has it really been two years since my last blog post? Craziness!
Guess between all the commenting on videos here and just generally trolling around the boards, I may have forgotten to update things around here. We can change that though, it's okay right? Sure it is! So, since every person online is usually an ego maniac anyway, I'm going to use this opportunity to talk about what I've been playing. In particular order, here we go:
Now, I've Already Mentioned my feelings on Thief, but I really do want to enjoy the game so I keep playing it, possibly looking for some part of it, not matter how small, that gives me hope for the IP's future. It is one of my favorite franchises and I just had to try, you know? Sadly it just isn't happening. From the open world that isn't really open to the horrendous load times every time you open a door or window, I can't justify it to anyone. Fans of the series, like myself, will be mad about what has happened to it and people who have never seen a Thief game will just look at it and go "My, what a generic stealth game this is." In case it wasn't obvious, it only broke my heart to go deeper into the game. Such a wasted opportunity.
Battlefield 4 (PS4)
Another illustrious member of my previously linked list, BF4 has actually shown more improvement that I expected. Most matches I hop into run smoothly and, minor hitches aside, I only leave games now by choice rather than when it forces me to. Only problem now, and I have no immediate proof of this besides my own jaded viewpoint, is that the game seems to be a purely "Pay To Win" scenario now. People who have the expansions seem to flat out have better, more powerful weapons than I do. Can I prove that beyond looking at the specs and making guesses? No, not really, but the game just seems to have a hint of BS to it when I get killed by guns I never heard of that just happen to be very accurate compared to my own. Could it be I'm just bad at it? Rest assured, I'm not here to blame it all on the game, but some stuff seems, shall we say, unlikely.
Besides this scenario, my biggest complaint about the game at this point is how mismatched it feels to me in relation to ranked games. Much like the bullshit I dealt with in Titanfall (before trading that "game" in at least), I consistently get paired up against teams who are at least level eighties. Keep in mind, I am a Level 30 so it doesn't exactly seemed balanced in any sense of the word. Could just be me whining instead of trying to get better with the little spare time I have, but either way I'm not enjoying my time with Battlefield 4 these days. Pity.
Watch Dogs (PC)
With a collection of some of the most unevenly scored reviews I've ever seen, I didn't know what to expect from Watch Dogs. It is GTA with a more serious side? A stealth game with some hacking? A total waste of time and money? The proof that the next generation of games is here?
First things first: People really, really need to stop getting their expectations so damn high. How in the name of all that is holy could a game released near the beginning of a console's life be the greatest scion of all that gaming will be on said console? It can't, it won't and people should be ashamed for falling into that trap. Hell, by that logic, Fantavision defined the Playstation 2. Temper the hype folks, it will serve you well in the future.
As for the actual game: I'm enjoying it quite a bit. The story telling tries to make you care and, in my case, actually succeeds so far. The combat is fun, the hacking mechanic is limited but enjoyable and it's always a blast to set up traps using the hack-able objects around the game's world. Are there problems with the game? Naturally, but I haven't encountered one that makes me outright hate playing the game.
Only thing about Watch Dogs that can hamper your enjoyment of it is the economy within the game. If you use your ability to hack into people's bank accounts often enough, you will have more than enough money to buy just about every weapon very early on. Couple that with how simple the starting silenced pistol makes everything and it becomes almost hilariously easy to sweep through the first few hours.
Overall though? I'm liking it and look forward to playing it some more.
Speaking of which, I'm gonna go do that right now. Later people.