Posts Tagged ‘games’

E3 2016 – My Highlights (Xbox)

July 2, 2016

Well another E3 has passed, people have been wetting themselves with excitement.  Amongst all of the hype and bling here are the few things I’ve taken away from the event focusing on the Xbox presentation:

Battlefield 1 is looking better and better with each trailer, this is one game on my definite buy list for the year.  I am hoping this may be the year BF kills Call of Duty which has grown more stale and less fun each year since it’s glory days.bf1

Titanfall 2 – This looks awesome and with free DLC maps this is sure to be a hit.

Dead Rising 4 is coming, I liked the original but this probably won’t be a purchase for me.

Forza Horizon 3 – This looks amazing, another game I would like to purchase.  I just hope the music soundtrack falls more in line with FH1 than 2 as  that was a great soundtrack.

ID@Xbox – Always like to see what comes from here but there is a lot of crap to  sort through to find the gems.  However ‘We Happy Few’ really has taken my interest, this game looks very creepy but exciting.

xbox-one-sXbox One S – Don’t get me wrong, this looks great and I love the fact the size has been reduced and the power pack is in built.  I however have very little interest in 4K TV at the moment so it’s not for me, although I do know many people foaming at the mouth in anticipation of it’s release.

Project Scorpio – This was the big news for me, what is going to be the next generation of Xbox console for Microsoft and boy have they made it powerful.  They clearly stated it would not be the death of the Xbox One but Iscorpio-2 assume it will be purely backwards compatible with games as opposed to being able to play Xbox one players with better graphics.  The cost is an unknown at this stage and also it makes me wonder if this will just push Sony to delay their next console until the can make it better, however history has shown (as with the Xbox 360) that first out of the gate can gain a massive market advantage, so here’s hoping.

 

 

 

The Gaming Addictive Personality

May 16, 2015

addictI have been a gamer for many years, spending much of my teenage years piling money into my gaming hobby.

As I have grown older, and responsibilities have grown my spending has reduced drastically but there is still always the desire to get the latest games.  I am not alone in this and I am sure many gamers would agree.

No matter how many barely played games you have sitting on your console shelf/hard drive there you find yourself looking for the next game to buy.  This can lead to serious problems if you have a weak mind-set.

There are however alternatives to spending your life away on gaming:

Deals, if you spend just a little time searching you can quite easily find large discounts on most games, it just takes a little time and effort.  You can easily get discounted credit from sites such as www.cdkeys.com (e.g.. £50 Xbox credit for around £41).

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I however have found the solution that meets my needs in Boomerang game rentals http://www.boomerangrentals.co.uk/.  The majority of games I play I will get tired of in a very short space of time, there are only a few that I come back to time and time again so rentals are a great solution to my desire for the latest releases.  Boomerang offer various packages and I currently have the Priority 2 package, this gives me access to latest releases and I can have two games at a time.

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Whether it be trying out 3DS games or getting the latest Xbox One releases I have found the service excellent. 

Some people have had issues with fraud on their accounts in recent months which many have blamed on Boomerang.  Boomerang did handle these accusations in a very poor manner, despite the fault lying with a 3rd party vendor they were very lacking in their responses to queries and still have not admitted any responsibility, although in my opinion this is more the responsibility of the 3rd party vendor to make customers aware, but either way no one had given a conclusive message to the customers.

I myself was not victim to any money loss as my bank’s fraud systems stopped any transactions leaving my account however I am aware of people I play games with having lost £1000 from their account for a period before the bank would refund it which is a horrible situation to be in when you have bills to pay and mouth’s to feed.

However personally I cannot fault the service I have received from Boomerang, from their speedy responses on Twitter to queries to sending me games on day of release, they have saved my bank account and my sanity and I would highly recommend them to anyone, who like me has a burning desire to play new games and is always looking for their next fix! 

If anyone wants to join Boomerang please let me know via twitter @SXFoxstar as any recommendations I make help build up loyalty points!

Gaming An Outlet Not Just For The Geeks!

April 3, 2014

For years the gamer has been seen as the geek, the young men who sit at home alone playing on their consoles until the early hours of the morning.  Often depicted as an overweight spotty kid with no friends.

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Over the last couple of decades gaming has become more socially acceptable with console’s such as the Wii enabling older people previously unable to understand the complex control systems to play with their families.  Last year games exceeded film revenues, evidence that gaming had become more mainstream.

However there is still an essence of the stigma of gaming that is prevalent still today.  Whilst I understand where some of the gamer stereo-types come from, it at times it can be a little ignorant.

I by no means expect to change many people’s minds,  however I wanted to highlight what I find so appealing about gaming in general and why I can easily waste a good few hours at the weekend on my console without worrying what people may think.

Firstly I’d like to make the point that gaming is now very social, yes you can still play single player games, but more often than not games today contain multi-player elements.  Yes you can find yourself in a lobby of young, idiots or aggressive hormone driven teenagers but I find the ability to simply mute this small faction means they have little impact on me.

For me what makes gaming so appealing is the ability to get lost in a game, completely forgetting any stresses of the outside world, much like a book or a film can do but there is just more interaction in gaming.  For instance I can come home from a hard day at work, angryperhaps someone has wound me up, simply switch my console on and lose myself in a Premiership football match, go to war against others joined by a band of teammates trying to become the leaders of the lobby.  It is just this variation and removal from the trials of everyday life that can bring so much fun.

Don’t get me wrong, this does need to be balanced with everyday life, we still need to get exercise, earn a living and socialise in face to face situations, but when there is not enough time for that type of socialising, an hour or two playing a game can give you that stress relief you need.

I have recently joined a gaming forum (Frugal Gaming) which I originally just joined for the cheap game listings and email offers, however this has since given me even more opportunity to meet like minded people for game nights, which makes the multiplayer games even more fun.

Whether you have never played games before, are a casual gamer or you spend a lot of your time playing games, don’t view these ‘gamers’ with any misconception.  They are just like you, they just have another outlet for all the stress of daily life.

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

Xbox One & The Propriety Headset Connection

February 11, 2014

Since the Xbox One’s launch back in November I have loved the console.   I had never had a console from launch before so it was a special time for me. 

3 Months on and I am still loving the console, however one thing has really annoyed me, the propriety headset connection!

I own a less than one year old Turtlebeach XP500 headset.  At the time of purchase I looked into the compatibility with the upcoming 417RqdCulALXbox One and most websites indicated that an adaptor would be needed for in game chat, but that the game sounds would work as per the 360, but the chat adaptor would come out soon after release.

3 months on and still no adaptor, I contacted Turtlebeach a couple of times over the past few months to see if there was any news on the adaptor as there were rumours it would be out in February but I received the response

“Microsoft has not, at this time, licensed the sale of a standalone control unit”. 

I feel this is an obvious money making initiative on behalf of Microsoft, whether it be to direct gamers to buy their own accessories (of which I’ll come to an issue with that) or whether to push the bidding up for external companies to gain exclusive rights to create the accessories.

xbox-one-logo-wallpaperThe Xbox One did come with a communications headset, however this is purely for chat, no game sound comes out of it, you are either left with playing with the TV sound on and the chat headset, this not being an option for me as the wife watches TV in the same room, or you need to wear two pairs of headsets, which is uncomfortable to say the least.

Why can’t Microsoft put the gamers first, with no real first party headset, they are not making any money out of holding out on the licences and it just leaves gamers like me not being able to make the most out of what otherwise is an amazing piece of hardware.

UpdateSince 07/03/14 the adaptor has finally become available, I now am able to freely use my XP500 headset to chat, I am very happy but why has it taken this long?

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.

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.

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!

Microsoft and the Xbox One – The War Isn’t Over Yet

August 27, 2013

blogLet me start this blog by making it clear that no matter how hard I try this blog will be a little biased as I am undeniably a bit of a Xbox fanboy.  However give me some credit as I have owned a PS1 & 2 and I am also trying my best to stay unbiased.

So over the last few months I have driven my wife, my friends and work colleagues mad with my thoughts on the next gen consoles.

Just a month ago I would have stated that I was well and truely now in the Playstation camp, almost certain I was going to pre order a PS4.  However a month on and that has all changed (yet again).

After the initial Xbox One launch I like many others thought this is ridiculous, how can they not allow indie games, or the sale of preowned games etc.  I also was strongly swayed by the number of friends (real life) who have always been and have stated will still be Playstation.

I had to agree with them, after the initial Xbox One launch, some of the messages coming from Microsoft HQ and the followiing comi-con annoucnments there wasn’t a lot to be excited about.  Microsoft also had made themselves look like money hungry fat cats.

In hindsight I can’t actually remember why I was drawn to the Playstation other than more of my friends would be on it and that it was much cheaper.  I am not a fan of the controller and the exclusives that appeal to me are few and far between.  Many of the Playstaion exclusives are often Anime/Japanese style games which do not appeal to me.

However in the last couple of weeks, particularly after gamescom in Germany I have started to swing my allegiance back towards the Xbox (all be it not fully).  My reasons for this change of heart are due to a number of reasons which I list below:
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The extra £80 on the Xbox is really caused by the inclusion of Kinect, whilst not a huge fan, I did like some of the functions of the v1 Kinect and so wouldn’t mind it being made a staple part of the Xbox, thus making it more worth while for developers to include Kinect functionality in their games.  I have since read on various websites that the PS4 would benefit from the use of their own camera for many functions and this itself would cost currently £50.  Firstly this would bring the cost of the PS4 within just £30 of the Xbox but without the full backing of developers as it is not necessarily going to be on every machine their game is played on.

Now mainly due to my friends all being Playstation fanboys I was desperately trying to find reasons to be excited by the PS4, however I could only find a few items (even on the Official Playstation magazine website) that even warranted a second look.  According to many sources (however yet to be proven) the PS4 is supposedly more powerful, Microsoft have tried to blind people with jargon to argue this case but nothing is yet concrete proof.  Microsoft say that their 500,000 server data centre will compensate for this slightly lower power, but surely this is dependent upon your internet connection?

They also state that the PS4 will be much faster than the PS3 for multi-functioning as they have allocated a large percentage of the RAM to background processing thus making friends list access quick amongst other things.  This however when judged against what is commonly reported as a very slow background processing PS3, which many claim is why the 360 won the current gen war makes you have hesitation about any real excitement by this announcement.

So the reasons for my swing back to Xbox has been caused by the following factors:microsoft-xbox-one

The launch game exclusives on Xbox One have taken my interest much more, perhaps it is because they are more western developed games but games such as Forza, the exclusives for FIFA and Battlefield all have taken my interest.

Microsoft seems to be listening to feedback and have quickly U-turned on many of their original decisions, this makes me think of Microsoft no longer as a corporate fat cat (which I know they are) but of a company that actually listens to the fans.  They have always seemed to listen to feedback and have kept their Gold service running very smoothly over the years I have owned a 360.  This would appear to be continuing into the next gen with the massive data centre investment and all of the new functionality to be available at launch.

I am however, contrary to popular belief no fool, and will not take any reports as concrete evidence at this stage.  I am going to, as hard as it is, wait until both consoles have launched and wait for the consumer/independent reviewer feedback.

Until the consoles are both in the hands of the gamers we cannot be sure of anything, only time will tell.