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Xbox One Mini Game Reviews 2

March 23, 2014

Since my post back in November 13 I have had the opportunity to play many of the Xbox One releases, (note to the wife I haven’t bought all of these so don’t worry).  I therefore thought I’d continue my mini reviews on these more recent games.

Need For Speed Rivals

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I have enjoyed most of the need for speed series that involved the police, often enjoying the police role more than the criminals.  I didn’t look to play this in the first few weeks of the console release as the previews I have seen did not look particularly spectacular when it came to the graphics.  I have since had the opportunity to play this and I have to say I am a little disappointed.  The game unfortunately relies on playing on the server along with other ‘real’ players, this however means that it can take what seems like ten minutes to join games.  This is incredibly frustrating as I rarely get to have a quick game as it takes so long for the game to get started.  The gameplay is your standard NFS affair, it is fast and fun, however on a next gen console you expect it to sparkle more, the game just feels like a last gen game.  It is fun don’t get me wrong but it just doesn’t feel like it warrants the full purchase price on the latest gen console.  The multiplayer is also flawed.  After waiting ages to be thrown into a random lobby there is up to 6 other real players, however they can be any variation on number of cops to criminals, therefore you can be outnumbered 5 to 1.  Also there is no real placement near to the other competitors and you can spend ages trying to track down the other players so there is no real sense of multiplayer.  Overall this game is fun to play if you treat it as a solo player game but the multiplayer aspect just outright fails and this game is a very last gen game.

Rating 6/10

Titanfall

TF-Panoramic-Overwatch (1)This game was the triple A, Microsoft exclusive title many Xbox gamers were waiting for and also the game that has persuaded some to buy the Xbox.  It won a record number of awards at E3 last year and had many chomping at the bit to play.  Created by the new development team ‘Respawn’ which was made up of many ex Call of Duty developers.  With this team behind it, it was always going to create a lot of interest.  I have to admit I was not entirely excited about this game initially, to me it just looked like COD from the trailers and reviews I had seen, however this all changed with the release of the beta.  I like many millions played the two maps available in the beta and I was hooked.  It plays and looks very much like COD but it is just better.  Whilst not as ground breaking as many had touted, it’s fast pace and fluidity was something that just worked.  The merging of the mech robots with the standard pilots works extremely well and it is just fun to play.  Unlike the elitist nature of COD the inclusion of two levels of AI competitors in this multiplayer only game make it accessible for pros and noobs alike.  If like me you are not that great then you can rack up the points killing this AI.  It is not too complicated to set up your player load outs as there are no where near as many guns/settings to choose from but this just makes it better.  They have tried to incorporate a multi-player campaign but this basically consists of a mini story to go along with just playing the random game types across a number for the available maps.  Whilst this is a nice addition, once you have played as both the IMC and Militia (the good guys and the bad) there is no real need to return to the campaign.  This game doesn’t necessarily look like a new gen game but it most definitely plays like one and is probably why the game has been the cross platform number one for the past few weeks.

Rating 9/10

Rayman Legends

This review is very short, this is basically the addictive Rayman game we have come to love over the years, been under a rock for the past two decades, then it is a cutesy colourful platformer.  This game is still addictive as ever and is a relatively low price on the new gen raymanconsoles.  I absolutely love it but as a new gen game I have to say, it looks barely any different to the last gen version and the gameplay is no different to Rayman Origins, however if you liked that then you will like this too.

Rating 7/10

Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare

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This game has been a real surprise to me!  I liked the look of it after seeing many previews but I thought “This is just a first person shooter for kids” and with me owning a few FPS’s already I didn’t want to own another.  I have however today had the opportunity to play this game after it was named as the next Frugal Gaming Xbox One game night game and I have to say it is brilliant.  The characters are funny, and yes whilst it is obviously aimed at the younger generations it is being loved by the older generations too.  It is basically a defender game where as the plants you must defend your garden vs. the ever increasing numbers of Zombies.  Unlike the mobile version of these games it is more like a first person shooter with a mix of hoard mode thrown in for good measure.  What raises this game though is the fantastic multiplayer where you and up to 24 others can all play in the defending battle to take supremacy in the various gardens.  A highly enjoyable and  funny for all ages.

Rating 8/10

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.

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

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.

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.

Call Of Duty Elite iOS App Review

January 10, 2012

After nearly two months of delays the COD Elite iOS app has finally been released this morning.  I must say after an initial review I am pleasantly surprised at the amount of functionality the app provides.  There are already people complaining some functions are missing, but what you must remember is that this is purely a stop gap for when you are away from you PC.  With this in mind you have to be impressed with what they have crammed into this app.

Upon launching the app and logging in you are brought to this home screen which takes you to each of the functions.  As with the website I did find on occasions that my data would not load, however this was simply a matter of restarting the app and logging back in.

 

 

 

 

 


1.  Career Summary

This is a page I often log in quickly to the website to view to see if my k/d ratio has increased after a good session.  On the app it is impressive just how much of the career summary they have fit onto the app.  From your current rank to total k/d ratio it is all included here, and displayed very nicely on the small screen.

 

 

 

2.  Recent Matches

This page has a nice display of recent k/d charts with bars that can be selected to get more info on that match.  Considering the size of the iPhone screen it is impressive how much of the website has been crammed into a user friendly display.

 

 

 

 

 

3. Custom Classes

Now this is a feature that will probably impress most people as you can now change your custom classes when out and about.  Say you are out and you read something about one of the weapons or your friend suggests a new setup, you can now set it up on the go so that it is there ready to play with when you return home to your console.  This includes the full suite of class change functionality including the ability to rename the classes.  Simply make your changes then send to the game (as per the website).


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.Challenges

This screen enables you to track your challenges and see where you stand in reaching pro statuses on perks, or next levels on weapons.  Any challenge can be added to a quick access list (denoted by the number in the top right of the screenshot).

 

 

 

 

 

Whilst there were a couple of times I had connectivity issues I am very impressed with what has been included in this app.  As long as their well publicized testing of data loads has been stress tested and these apps do not affect the main website I think gamers will be very please with this free offering.  Yes it does lack the clan functionality but the majority of users will not be too worried about this, plus this may come over time.  Whether you want to change classes or just prove your bragging rights to friends this is a very comprehensive accompaniment to the game.

Android version is due for release next week.