I was so excited for Titanfall months leading up to its release. I basically bought an Xbox One for TF alone. So when it finally came out I took the day off work and dove it fulling expecting a Modern Warfare type of experience, only modernized with all these new ideas. After all a new take on a competitive FPS is exactly what I've looking for. And I had a lot of fun with it for a few weeks, but then my excitement began to peter off. The game was missing certain hooks that I realized I need in a competitive FPS. And because of that I pretty much put the game down for months without going back to it.
For starters, the stat tracking isn't useful to me. Sure it's detailed but I was hoping for something more in line of what I can get from a COD game. Another point that really got to me was the bots in the game. I understand why they're there but the way they blend into regular combat has me shooting at them while being shot at by other human players all the time and it's frustrating, and last and probably most importantly, I realize how I play COD doesn't work too well in this game. Titanfall is about speed and agility, I play COD very slow, I don't rely on quick reflects as much as I do on instinct and knowing player tendencies. That's hard to do when TF makes games so unpredictable because of how many directions a player can go in at any given time.
Well last week while playing through the Destiny beta I chose the Hunter class and received a sniper rifle as my special weapon. Now, I always liked the sniper class, I like how clean a one shot kill can be, but like a lot of people it wears on my patience and I eventually need to move to a different gun, but in Destiny it's really fun and waiting for the right shot is almost a game unto itself with the smart AI. That thought process carried over into Titanfall when I decided to picked it back up a few days ago and changed my primary gun to a sniper rifle. Oddly enough slowing TF down by using a sniper rifle has got me back into it in a big way. Picking a spot, waiting for a few targets to come my way, predict where they'll land and letting off a few shots before running off and finding another place has been a lot of fun. Also, slowing the game down allows me to see bots for what they are before popping them off. Stat-tracking still isn't exactly what I want but I'll live with it until the sequel.
So I'm having a lot more fun with Titanfall now and it's because of Destiny.
So my fellow duders, I'm looking for something and wanted to know if anyone had an idea. If I wanted to go to a website that showed me pictures, semi-professional or amateur of different parts of the world, say with a described of what I'm looking at, what site or sites should I try? I'm basically looking for a virtual site seeing service. If there are none someone needs to make it. I've tried going to places like Flickr, and 500px but the way they're organized can be very cumbersome for some relaxing virtual site-seeing.
Hey Patrick, this is why you are one of the best journalist in the industry. Small stories like this are way more interesting than the dozens upon dozens of stories of BS other sites push through. And for the record you responded to my questions when I PMed you about EGM a few years back. Kudos.
Edit: Oh and regarding the story, I agree with @make_me_mad it's nice to see people talking on Twitter rather than simply reacting.
@white: This is what I do. I preorder games off Amazon all the time, it doesn't cost a thing and reviews usually come out before release or in the case that they come out on launch, if the game is shit I just return it back. Easy system for me.
If I catch my trains when I arrive I can be home from the city in about 25 to 30 mins. I'm only 3 stops away from the last stop off the L train so sometimes go the other way until I hit the end of the line on the train so I can have a longer ride back home, lets me finish a podcast or read a few more pages in my book.
Most of us know whats on the shelves at your average game shop but that's not always the case. Have you ever bought a game simply because you picked it up off the shelf and liked what you saw? What's your best experience with that?
For me it was Syphon Filter. I bought it at my local EB back in the PSX era simply because the cover art was interesting and I'm so happy I did, I was blown away by his awful running animation but fantastic action sequences.