C.O.D.– 2 New Game Types, Injecting Life Into a Dying Franchise!

December 24, 2013

For the first time since buying Call of Duty: Ghosts I tried the second of two new game types today.  Blitz is a team game whereby you must defend your teams zone whilst also entering the opponents zone to score points.

This is a great game which injects life back into the dying franchise, looking through the various game types showed quite a few with very low numbers of players, thus meaning I have to sit and wait for enough players to join the game before it will start.  I really enjoyed this game type though and if it can be tried by more players I think it could become a staple game type for the franchise.  One of the issues however is getting players to try the new game type out.  No matter what time of day there are always lobbies full of players wanting to play the standard team death match, however this can become tedious very quickly after so many years of playing the franchise.

Cranked is another new game type whereby once you kill an opponent you have just 30 seconds to kill another before you blow up.  The idea of this is great for players like myself who hate the FPS scumbags, the ‘campers’ however in reality it just doesn’t work that well in the new maps.  The maps are just so large that you can find yourself wandering around just trying to find someone to shoot at before the time runs out.  Perhaps if they introduce some smaller maps this game type could take off but at this current time, as proven but the low numbers of players in the Cranked lobbies, it just doesn’t work.

I think if Activision can put some real promotion into the new game types, particularly ‘Blitz’ they could find players unsure of the new game coming back to the franchise for at least one more year.

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Dead Rising 3 – Thoughts So Far…….

December 18, 2013

Pre Xbox One launch I couldn’t decide whether to get Ryse: Son of Rome or Dead Rising 3.  I eventually went for Ryse as I had read that DR3 did not really show off the graphics of the next gen console. Yesterday I completed the excellent, but short campaign of Ryse and with no interest in the multiplayer I looked to trade it in at Game.  After some discussion I got a good price for Ryse which gave me the cash for a pre-owned copy of DR3.

I had played the recently released demo on the Xbox One and I have played previous versions briefly on the Xbox 360.  However once installed I have been very pleasantly surprised.  Agreed, the graphics look like last gen to a certain extent, however the sheer number of zombies on the screen at one time has to be seen to be believed.  there can be literally hundreds of the undead on your screen at one time, ready for you to mow them down in the method of your choosing. 

Dead Rising 3–Short Clip of a Zombie Slice and mowing down loads in a car!

Now this feature wasn’t a real surprise to me as I had read reviews of the game however seeing it for the first time is incredible.  A particular section of the game found me trying to avoid the mass hoard of zombies by cutting through a shop, however as I approached the front of the store I saw hundreds of zombies outside wandering the street, I knocked over an object making a little noise and suddenly the zombies attention was drawn to me and they all started to storm the store, creating an intense fight or flight situation.

After an hour or so of playing the game I discovered that this is one of the first few games to utilise the Xbox Smart Glass to it’s full capacity.  By opening the app on your the device of your choosing you turn it into an in game smart phone.  Whereas calls for side missions would normally come through your speakers or headphones, they will now come as phone calls through your device.  In my case I was using my Kindle Fire.  You can reject or answer these calls as you would do a normal phone and it just adds to the immersion into the game.  You can also look at maps, objectives, etc similar to an everyday smart phone which is a really nice addition to the game.

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The game also allows the use of voice commands through Kinect which works well, you can call zombies from across a ravine to make them plummet to their death, it all just adds to a great gaming experience.

I feel that this game should have been promoted better as a great launch title using all of the consoles new features to the max, making you realise just what a powerful console the Xbox One really is, it may not be the most powerful graphically wise, however it is still amazing graphically, but the additional features just add to an all round great gaming experience.

Xbox One: First Week, Mini Game Reviews (Updated 16/12/13)

November 30, 2013

Here is my brief run down of a few of the games available on the Xbox One on day one with comments on their use of the Kinect functionality.

Killer Instinct

killerinThis is a free to play Beat’em up available from the Xbox Live store.  I downloaded this as it was free, I am not really a major beat’em up fan.  I have of course dabbled in the worlds of Street Fighter and more recently the Mortal Kombat update.  When I downloaded this I didn’t expect much, it was free with one character and the option to purchase more as time rolls on.  This game looks very clean, crisp and the frame rate is perfect.  It is extremely fast and from the little time I have had with it I think any beat’em up fans should definitely look into it.  With more characters coming as time goes on (for a fee) this may be the only beat’em up you need. 7/10

UPDATE: After having played this a lot more I feel that this game is very good however there does not seem to be a career mode so until all the characters are released I cannot see this game keeping anyone’s interest.

Kinect Sports Rivals: Preseason (Demo)

sportsI owned both the Kinect Sports games on the previous Xbox360 and they were probably the best Kinect games you can get, I was therefore very interested to see what the new Kinect could achieve with this edition of Kinect Sports.  The demo consists of just the wake racing (jet skis to you and I) and I have to say it is very impressive.  The Kinect controls are very responsive, it looks great in it’s amazing bright colours.  You also have to be very impressed with the tech, a simple clasp of the right hand accelerates with a pull of your right and left hands to turn, plus a lean to make a sharper turn.  If the other sports that will come with this release next year are anywhere near as fun and accurate with the Kinect, then this will be the Kinect title to own, with an avatar created from a quick scan of your body the future of this tech seems endless. 7/10

Ryse: Son of Rome

ryseThis Xbox exclusive game when seen in numerous gaming shows appeared to be a just a game full of quick time events.  Whilst there are quite a few quick time events, this is not a bad thing.  The game looks amazing, the fighting is smooth. quick and gory.  The quick time events are interactive and I feel are great.  The game also has a decent story.  If you are looking for a game to show off the graphical capabilities of next gen, then this is the game for you.  I have yet to try the multi-player aspect of this game but from reading numerous reviews I think this will raise my feelings of this game to an all new level, competing in massive roman colleseums against other online players sounds amazing.
Kinect:  This game has the choice of using voice commands along the way, there is nothing major being used here but it is a nice addition. 8/10

UPDATE: After having played almost all of the story mode I have to lower my original rating. The story mode is compelling and is one of the best stories I have played through, however the fighting is too repetitive.  The graphics and story I feel are just enough to keep you playing but if it wasn’t for the story you just would bore of the gameplay.  Therefore I am dropping my rating to 7/10.

FIFA 14

fifaNow this game was a surprise to me, having owned it on the Xbox360 I wasn’t expecting much, other than to continue my perhaps unhealthy addiction.  However upon first booting up this game I could not believe what I was seeing.  It felt like a completely different game.  The players look real, the stadiums look amazing.  The menus and loading is so much faster.  There are many new player animations all adding to the already great game.  The whole game just feels better, it is perhaps hard to explain exactly what is different, apart from the graphics of course, but the game just feels better.
Kinect: As with the 360 version you can use Kinect voice commands to make formation changes, substitutions, etc.  While not major it feels good to not have to exit to the menus every time you want to make a change and it is particularly useful whilst playing online when pauses are limited. 10/10

Forza 5

forzaI have always had an interest in driving games, but I have never been a fanatic or motor head.  Forza Horizon on the previous Xbox however got me to take an interest in this iteration of the Xbox exclusive franchise.  I was not a fan of Forza 4 as I felt whilst supposedly a simulator, it just wasn’t fun.  However in this generation the game feels amazing. from the vibrating triggers to the super shiny metal of the cars.  There is a lot to showcase the features of the new Xbox, from the utilisation of the cloud power, creating real drivers to race against based on the Xbox community (even when they are not online) to the head movement of Kinect.  This games just has the wow factor.  I can see this game getting the interest of non gamers interested in cars thanks to the realism and also the association with BBC’s Top Gear program.
Kinect: In Forza, Kinect can be used to get a better view to either side of you by simply turning your head to the left or right.  This can feel a little weird, looking forward whilst turning your head but once you get used to it, it is a nice little touch to an already very comprehensive game. 9/10

Call of Duty:Ghosts

codWell having owned this on the 360, and being a massive fan I was unsure how I would feel about this version of the game.  All I can really say is that if you like COD you won’t be disappointed, but if you are expecting anything particularly ground breaking, you will be disappointed.  I immediately jumped into the multiplayer as I always do these days and it does look much better than the previous gen, the level of detail of the characters, buildings and dogs is fantastic.  All helping to make this a great game.  The campaign also looks great and from what I have seen so far it is a standard COD affair with amazing set pieces and explosive moments.  However with all COD games the premise is starting to wear a little thin so I am unsure how this will sell.  The new gen version does have the advantage of dedicated servers, meaning no more lag due to others internet connections, or game migration as the host has quit, which is a definite benefit of moving to the new gen version, however apart from this there is no real difference from the last gen, but there was nothing wrong with that so you can’t complain. 7/10

UPDATE: I am inclined to drop my rating of COD due to the poor maps, they are all of a similar colour bar one and it just doesn’t feel as exciting as previous editions.  At this stage I have no desire to sign up to the season pass unless there are some signs that the new maps will introduce something that looks different from the other maps.  Also compared to BF4 this just feels like a substandard game, so with great disappointment I am lowering this score to 6/10.

Battlefield 4

bf4Now battlefield has always been a beautiful looking game and like COD there isn’t a huge difference between the current gen and last gen versions.  However the graphics are amazing, unlike COD there is such a look of realism it is astounding.  With the term ‘Levolution’ being used to describe the massive events that can occur during multiplayer games this is a game that will just astound, whether playing or watching.  The campaign has been criticised yet again, however I am enjoying what I have seen so far and just see it as another great feature of this game.  If you want a quick game I will always revert to COD but for when you have more time on your hands I will always revert to battlefield for a truly epic game.
Kinect: Kinect is used very well in this game, whilst not intrusive it provides some nice little touches for a more enjoyable experience.  Team commands can be said, which get spoken by the in game characters, and whilst aiming down your sight, a slight lean to the left or right will make the character lean, useful when looking around corners, overall these are nice little touches to this great game. 9/10

Xbox One Happy Chappy!

November 29, 2013

Well it has been a week now since I received my nice shiny new Xbox One, today also being the release of the PS4 in Europe I thought I would give my thoughts on the Xbox.  I have now got to grips with all the new tech and have played a fair bit (mainly FIFA14) on the console so I thought I would share my thoughts on my new toy.

machineThe first thing you notice when opening up the box is the sheer size of the thing.  It is approximately an inch or two larger all round, but this is hardly surprising with the hardware beneath this outer shell.  The Kinect is of a more solid build than it’s predecessor, in part due to the removal of need for movement.

Once set up the expected software update began which didn’t take long at all.  This update apparently removes all of the ‘always online’ and other stuff Microsoft quickly changed after initial public uproar at the original Xbox One announcement.

Next I logged into my existing Xbox Live account.  This brought over all of my existing records, friends, etc. and now with the use of Kinect I am automatically logged in when in front of the camera.

Whilst no Kinect specific games are available at launch (well, worth mentioning) the Kinect is used in a number of launch titles and I have to say there is a massive improvement in the speech and movement recognition which is near perfect, as I had hoped.

The first place I looked at was the apps store.  This is currently limited to a few apps but they are pretty good ones.  Upload studio for example enables you to use the DVR recordings of your games and edit the clips for upload to Xbox or your own Skydrive to share with anyone you wish.  There are also a few TV ondemand apps, plus the Twitch app, although this is only for viewing other  broadcasters at this time (streaming will be available via the Xbox without additional hardware early 2014).

The store also contains full games, available from day of release and after a quick view the prices are thankfully very similar to buying from Amazon and much cheaper than in store prices unlike Xbox 360 games which sold games over a year old at full RRP.  Within this part of the store was also the ‘Killer Instinct’ free to play beat’em up (you can pay for more characters) and the Kinect Sports ‘preseason’ demo which is a good introduction to the power of Kinect 2.0 in full use prior to the games release later next year.xb1

Next I looked at a couple of the cards that had come with the Xbox, one was a Day One achievement, whilst a very minor benefit the new way for entering codes or gift vouchers is brilliant.  Simply hold up the code to the Kinect camera and it automatically reads it into the system.

Another of the new features is the snap function, this didn’t seem to be that great when announced but I have since enjoyed this functionality by playing FIFA whilst having the live Barclays Premiership goals streaming to the side.

You can also snap your TV to the side but as my Xbox is not connected to our main TV this was of no use to me, however I have since used my Kindle to stream live TV to the Xbox and therefore can now watch TV at the same time as playing games, which whilst isn’t that exciting in my mind, could be quite cool say if you wanted to check up on sports whilst playing a game.

As with the PS4 the Xbox One has gameplay recording facilities, enabling you to upload gameplay videos to Xbox Live or even to your Skydrive to share with your friends or perhaps on to Youtube.  As an experienced gaming Youtuber I often found it inconvenient to have to connect my laptop up to my Xbox360 to be able to record it, also to keep deleting clips I didn’t want so that I just had the golden moments.  Now with the XboxOne this is all a dream.  Some games such as FIFA14 will automatically record the last 30 seconds of gameplay for particular events, what triggers these I do not know, however it seems to have a mystical sixth sense to know what goals I actually want to record and which to ignore.  If it doesn’t notify you it has kept a clip you can always simply say “Xbox Record That” and instantly it will save your last 30 seconds of gameplay to the drive.  If you want slightly longer clips of up to 5 minutes, ytyou can use the snap feature of game DVR, which is constantly keeping your last 5 minutes and you just instruct, via controller or voice how long to keep and when you want to keep it.  Later on you can review all of your clips using the upload app and save any you want to keep for editing or that you don’t want auto deleted as the hard drive feels up.  I am loving this feature as I simply edit the clips afterwards and then upload to my Skydrive where I can then edit them on my laptop for uploading to Youtube which is far superior to the nightmare of my old 360.  Those wanting to record longer clips will need to use a capture card, or join numerous of clips together using the in built software but so far I have never really felt the need for longer clips.

Now to the main event, the games.  In the week leading up to launch I started to get very nervous with all reports of the PS4 managing 1080p but the Xbox only having 720p for the games Call of Duty:Ghosts and Battlefield4.  However now that I have played them, it does not bother me in the slightest, they all look and play amazingly well.  The Xbox One does play at 1080p but the aforementioned games developers made the choice to keep it downgraded to keep the frame rate high with the tight launch deadlines.  As developers get more time with the hardware they will be able to code them to a higher resolution which will bring the (hardly noticeable difference) between the two consoles on par.

So if you couldn’t already tell (did you not read the title) I am over the moon with my new console and I am looking forward to many years of gaming fun!

See my next blog for brief reviews of the games I have played so far on the Xbox One.

COD:Ghosts Same Old Story…….But Still Great

November 17, 2013

Well another year and another Call of Duty release, this year the two team baton passes to Infinity Ward who developed Modern Warfare 3 just over two years ago now.  I downloaded Ghosts onto my Xbox 360 after waiting a week as I was able to get a free upgrade to the Xbox One so thought why not get it now.

Starting off in multiplayer (as I now do since MW3) I struggled, it was a case of getting used to the game mechanics, the game feels different to Black Ops 2 and it takes a little time to get used to the controls for some bizarre reason despite them being the same.  Perhaps it was the switch to a normal controller after selling my Scuf controller in anticipation of the Xbox One release next week.

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The game does look beautiful, the graphics pop off of the screen, some have said the colours are dull but I have to say I have not found that the case.

As always there are new loadouts, from a new perk system where you must earn squad points to unlock them and then you get to choose a number of them based on their value and also whether you carry a secondary weapon or not.

Even to a COD veteran like myself it can all seem a little overwhelming at first with so many options to choose from, but after just a few games things did seem to fall into place and I was quickly gaining an understanding of which perks best suited my gameplay style.

The weapons as usual where a strange one for me, as usual I started by choosing SMGs based on their stats but soon found that just experimenting with some of the other ones I found I played better with perhaps the not so powerful weapons, as time goes on the weapons will be tweaked to nerf the over powered ones so you should never get too comfortable with just one weapon.YurI

This year they have introduced squads, this is a system where you can loadout up to ten soldiers which can be used in multiplayer or in the new squads mode.  To be honest at this stage I do not really understand the point of this but I am sure time will tell if this is actually a worthwhile new feature so I reserve my right to change my opinion at this stage.

The maps as I have said look great, however they are much bigger, perhaps trying to compete with the massive maps of Battlefield however, this is not always a good thing.  I found at times I was wandering around the maps without bumping into enemies for what seemed ages.  Particularly with the new gametype, ‘Cranked’ whereby once you kill and enemy you have 30 secounds to kill another or you will blow up.  The maps really need to be smaller for this type of game.  There are some great maps though, particularly the Uk based map which looks like some old medievil castle grounds which is particularly great for Domination matches.

The campaign I am yet to play as I will wait to download it on the XboxOne as campaign progression (unlike multiplayer) will not transfer to the new console.

I am sure as time goes on I will form new opinions of different aspects of game as I learn more but at this stage I have to say the game is a minor improvement on previous years, but if you like previous games you will love the new one, if you don’t then don’t expect anything new hear to change your opinion.

Console Wars – Be Happy For Each Other

November 7, 2013

Call of Duty:Ghosts was released this week with devastating reports that when released on the next gen consoles it would be native 1080p on the PS4 but only up-scaled 720p on the Xbox One. 

This is obviously a marketing disaster for the Xbox, however can they ride the storm and get through this.  The answer should be yes to the informed but it is the uninformed that could be the issue.  The issues are apparently that whilst the PS4 is a little more powerful than the Xbox, this is not the main contributor to the downscale.  The PS has not come out unscathed either, in the last few days it has been reported that the PS4 version has dropped frames, hinting that it is struggling to cope with the 60 frames per second at the native 1080p.

XboxOne1As with every generation of new consoles, it takes time for the developers to get to grips with the new operating systems and patches are sure to be rolled out overtime fixing these issues.  We are still seeing ground breaking games being released on the current gen of consoles just going to show that developers will constantly improve what they can achieve from the hardware over time, the Xbox360 being over 8 years old.

The thing I don’t understand is all the arguments between each camps fan boys.  The Xbox guys will always refer to the PS accounts being hacked and the PS guys will always refer to to the early versions of Xbox 360 with the red rings of death.

Currently it is a fact that the PS is more powerful than the Xbox one, however there are many things that in my opinion are a benefit on the Xbox.  However whilst I feel my choice of pre ordering the Xbox One is the best decision, it does not at any stage make me hope for PS4 people to have issues or to be disappointed with their decision.PS4_lg

However looking over social sites like Twitter, various forums and particularly some friends it seems to be a common theme to feel superior by stating their choice is the right one and that others should be ashamed if they do not agree.

If it wasn’t for competition neither Microsoft or Sony would continue to work on adding things to try and make their device the more desired.  Therefore all gamers should embrace the other, acknowledge when the other has something good “The Last Of Us” looked amazing on the PS3.  But lets just as gamers be happy for the other side.  It gives us something to talk about.  Owning one does not make you superior to another, lets face it you just handed over cash for it, you had no input into it.

Just game and have fun and stop all the bitching!

Next Gen Console – Why I Have Finally Settled on the Xbox One.

September 16, 2013

Let me start this blog by making it clear, I am an Xbox fanboy, I have owned a PS1 and 2 but my last few years have been spent with Microsoft.

I have spent the last few months agonising over which console I would be going for.  I did a large amount of reading on both consoles and a couple of months back I would have said I am going to get a Playstation.  This decision at the time was purely based upon the rumour that the Playstation was going to be more powerful, the cheaper price and the fact that more of my friends would be going for the Playstation.microsoft-xbox-one

However, a few months on and I have made my decision and actually pre-ordered the Xbox One.  The reason for this complete 180 is down to a number of reasons which I will go into below.

1.  Price – The Playstation is cheaper however if you purchase the Sony camera to go with the console, thus taking advantage of the tech, the prices are almost identical.  This however is not as good as the Xbox One Kinect camera and also not being a mandatory part of the console also means that it will follow the way of the Kinect and thus games using it will be limited as developers are not going to waste money on camera development if only a small percentage of the gamers have it.

2.  The specifications of both consoles are now much closer, particularly since the Xbox’s recent upgrade in GPU means that there is not a significant advantage to go with the Playstation.

3.  Despite my friends being likely to get the Playstation I have found that the fact I play in the same room as my wife watches TV means that I rarely talk to players and therefore playing against friends is such a rare occurrence it cannot justify a console purchase.

4.  Microsoft appear to be listening to their customer base.  At the original launch of the Xbox One, things could not have gone worse, Sony took advantage of that and took as many shots at Microsoft as they could.  They had good reason too, the used game policy, the always online although not major concerns to me were seen as a major issue by many.  However Microsoft (no matter what the reason) quickly did a u-turn on these decisions.  Therefore I feel more comfortable knowing that Microsoft will make further improvements as time progresses.

5.  Perhaps the biggest reason I made my final decision was due to the games.  With both consoles being very similar with regards to specs, Microsoft development is slightly easier as most developers will be programming on windows systems, therefore making the transition between PC and Xbox ports much easier.  I have also found that many of the PlayStation exclusives are directed at the Japanese market, ie anime style games which just isn’t for me,I realise this is not all they offer but it contributes to my feelings on this.  Also the exclusive titles, earlier releases etc on Xbox are more my style of games.  Do not get me wrong, games such as ‘The Last of Us’ on Playstation looked amazing but I felt that these games that actually grabbed my attention on Playstation 3 were few and far between, therefore my decision has been led by the type of games already being shown for the Xbox.  Also the massive server investment Microsoft has invested in the Xbox looks to provide a better gaming experience, yes Playstation are also making a large investment in this area, but in comparison they are a few years behind on this and therefore it will take some time for them to match the power house behind the Xbox One.

6.  It is only now, with the PS4 that Sony are focusing much more RAM on the operating system, I have heard many complaints from Playstation gamers regarding slow friends lists, etc on the PS3.  Xbox had this mastered in the 360 and this looks to continue into the next gen.

So this is why after month of boring my friends on Facebook I made the decision to stick with Xbox.  The discussions will, as with the current generation continue for many years as to which console is best, but I am going to remain an Xbox fanboy for the next 7 years at least.

Far Cry 3–Greatest Game Ever?

September 14, 2013

So after many months I finally completed Far Cry 3’s main storyline today.  This is a game that for some reason dropped in price very quickly, it received many great reviews but I can only assume the sales were not as expected and thus the price fell quickly.

pnl_mex_farcry3In my opinion this game contains everything you’d want from a game.  The game is taken from the first person perspective of Jason Brody.  The game consists of many different elements, each of which is done to an extremely high standard.

The story is gripping, drawing you into ‘just playing a little bit longer’.  The story also has a few branches with choices you can make which will affect how the story plays out.

The game has elements of first person shooting, some truly exhilarating driving, hand gliding all across the beautiful island.  When I say this game is beautiful I have to reference ‘Red Dead Redemption’, that game at the time was an amazingly picturesque game.  Far Cry takes that beauty and cranks it up another ten notches.  Checkout my Youtube channel for clips of the island.

Not only does the game have a compelling story line but there are also numerous side missions, plus tasks you can come back to during or even after the main story is completed.  I quite often will complete a game’s main mission and not bother with any of these tasks but with Far Cry, it is just another excuse to explore the island.  There are also numerous hunting missions, with numerous animals you can hunt and kill which can then be used to craft items to help you in the game.

The number of weapons is also huge with various customisation options.  There are also many side missions of differing types, from taking over enemy bases to allow your allies to set up camp (plus providing you with a new area of the island to fast travel too), wanted poster missions located at the taken over sites, medical missions consisting of driving at extreme speed through check points in buggies and quad bikes plus many more.Far-Cry-3-hangglider

There are also missions to take down radio towers which not only are fun and challenging but also give you awesome views of various sections of the island.

Never have I played a game that has such a wide range of activities done so well and in such a great setting.  Similarities can be drawn with GTA and Red Dead Redemption but this game just seems to do everything in a more crisp, gorgeous way.

After having finishing the main story and still wanting to continue playing this game I can not recommend a game to friends more highly.

My Call of Duty Music Video – Project

September 3, 2013

I finally got round to making this video which I had envisioned for sometime now. I think it came together pretty well, if you like it click the like button and show some appreciation, thanks!

I found it hard work to get all the clips and time them to the music but it came out pretty well.

DLC The Good, The Bad & The Downright Ugly!

August 29, 2013

Further to my post a couple of months back regarding DLC (downloadable content) I thought I’d revisit the subject after the latest Call of Duty DLC “Apolcalypse”.

DLC is thriving and is an obvious way for companies to wring even more money from gamers.  There are many differing opinions of DLC and I thought I’d share my updated thoughts on the subject.

The Good

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The DLC for Call of Duty has always been good in my opinion, yes there have been times I wished they would have more maps instead of Zombies but it has always had a positive affect on my gaming.  The reason I feel the Call of Duty DLC is such a positive thing is due to it’s staggered release schedule it constantly rejuvenates my love of the game.  If you’d asked me just last week about the game I would have told you that I had tired of the game and was no longer playing it that often and so much so I wasn’t even considering buying the new version “Ghosts” being released in November.

However the final DLC dropped including 4 maps and a Zombies game and my love of the game has been resurrected.  The 12 maps released over the past nine months have been a bit hit and miss with fans but I feel the final four are extremely good and I have really enjoyed playing them.

This type of DLC released sometime after the initial game release I feel is perfectly acceptable, time has been spent by the developer creating the new content and it injects a new lease of life into a flagging game.

Many developers use this staggered release to keep the excitement about their game going, which in turn benefits them as it keeps the excitement for the next full game release in a continuing series.

The Bad

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Now some DLC I find particularly hard to swallow, to show I am not biased towards Call of Duty I refer to the camo DLC that is released fairly regularly.  All these releases are just different designs to put on your weapons when playing multi-player online.  Yes these are very cheap and it is purely down to the buyer whether they want them or not however I feel these should be included in season passes which entitles the gamer to all map releases for that year.  Season passes often can cost as much as the original game so bunging extra DLC on that is not included just seems greedy.

Another example of this is Forza and Need for Speed, you can pay to have extra cars.  Firstly these can give the player an advantage over people not able to afford to purchase these cars but also, should this not been included in the original game.  It seems that items that would normally have been included with the original game in the past are now purposely being held back to rake in a few more pounds/dollars!Forza_Horizon_boxart

Any DLC which give the gamer an advantage over other players should be banned in mu opinion, or at least make them a segregated, walled pool of players.  If little rich kids can pay to power up their avatar making them over power their opponents then this just isn’t fair to the gamers struggling to afford the game in the first place.

The Downright Ugly
I mentioned this in my previous post but it still continues and therefore must prove that people are still willing to purchase.  Day 1 DLC.  This is a pure money grab from the companies.  Content which should have been included on the original disc held back to cost the gamer more.  Now pre-order bonuses are ok, they encourage people to put their orders in early which is just good business sense, but to have content available on day 1 can be nothing more than greed.

With the introduction of day 1 game downloads coming on the next generation of consoles, will this mean a dilution of day 1 DLC or will it continue as it has done on the current generation of disc based games?  We will have to wait and see!