Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Upcoming Games I'm Waiting to play

Dark Souls 2 looks to be more punishing than the first 
So now that 2014 is finally here it is only a couple months that there are some games that are coming out: Dark Souls 2, Fable Anniversary and Dragon Age: Inquisition. The first game that really pulls me in is Dark Souls 2. I got into Dark Souls when I friend introduced me into it in May 2012 and ever since this has been one of my favorite games of all time. With Dark Souls 2 coming out in March and a new director leading the game I have been cautious and patient now it is almost here and the all the new gameplay features have actually interested me and work well in the game. The second game that is coming out is Fable: Anniversary. Fable Anniversary is the remake of the first fable game and includes several new additions that were not in the original Fable because of technology limits at the time. I got into the Fable series when I got my first Xbox 360 and Fable 2 was one of my first games for that console. I am really looking forward to this remake of Fable 1 because it was the best in the series and the sequel being the second best for me. Fable Anniversary comes out on February 4.
A comparison of the original Fable and the
remake version
The last game that I'm excited for is Dragon Age: Inquisition. While I'm a bit wary of this game because of the god awful Dragon Age 2 the story looks better and they said that they weren't going to repeat the mistakes they made in Dragon Age 2. I got into Dragon Age years ago and I loved the first one it not only had a fantastic story but the combat was pretty good and tactical and unique and interesting characters. I'm hoping that the new Dragon Age will recapture the essence of the first game and add in new things without the bad story telling and recycled locations they used in DA2. These three games are the ones that are on my radar and I'm going to keep up on info and learn of changes or development issues.
The game itself looks gorgeous, but will it
stack up to the first?
   

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Old Republic: The Sith Inquisitor

The Sith Assassin can buff their weapons with
lightning and other elemental effects.
The Sith Sorcerer uses primarily lightning as their
long range attacks.
Since trying out the Sith Warrior I say a lot of players playing the Inquisitor, so I decided to try out this class myself. The Inquisitor instead of being melee based, like the warrior, this class focuses on using force powers. The Inquisitor story starts in the same location as the warrior, but instead of being a hopeful acolyte you start as a slave who either completes the trials or dies. The side quests in the area are still the same with a few different pieces of dialogue, and the story line itself is different and your rise to being an apprentice is different. Once you finish the first planet and reach level 10 you get to chose the Inquisitor's advanced classes: Sith Assassin or Sith Sorcerer. The Sith Assassin focuses on close combat and stealth to destroy enemies, and have abilities that buff light saber attacks. The Sith Assassin also can take a good amount of damage being that it is close combat style. The Sith Sorcerer focuses on long range damage and support. The Sorcerer uses AOE attacks and healing abilities to help other players and is not meant to be in close combat. The Sorcerer is meant to stay in back and let others fight enemies in melee. I chose the Assassin because I wanted to use the double bladed saber, and the melee buffs plus the stealth aspect of the class made me want to play it. I also didn't want to be support is because while the ranged attacks of the Inquisitor are useful in letting you not be in extreme danger, but I like being up close and personal.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Old Republic: The Sith Warrior (my impressions of this class)

The Sith Juggernaut can take a lot of damage

So last time I talked about the restrictions of the F2P model of the The Old Republic and nothing else. I have been playing the game a lot since then and now I want to talk at least the sith warrior story of the game. Now the sith warrior is a powerful warrior using mostly melee attacks and some force powers that obviously relate to being either a tank or DPS specialist. The sith starts on the ancient sith home world of Korriban and you have to prove yourself through trials assigned for you. Along the way you will pick up your first companion and also your first light saber, and this all takes place in the span of at most 3-4 hours. After the final trial you leave to go to the sith capital of the galaxy Dromund Kaas. If you are level 10 when you leave Korriban you can become an advanced class: either the Sith Marauder or the Sith Juggernaut. I chose the Juggernaut because I wanted to be more of a tank and have a shield generator, but I would not be able to use two light sabers. The advanced classes have their own abilities and skill tree for which I will have to start another character just to test out the Marauder. So far I have been trying the tanking strategy and using defensive buffs to help with that, but that hasn't been working out so well until I got the second companion who is just a mad medic with his healing abilities and his very small cool down times and I have been using him more than my first companion. I have been enjoying this class thanks to the healing companion and it is fun looking like a Darth Vader look a like with black armor and a cape.
The Sith Marauder deals out massive damage 

Friday, December 6, 2013

The things on the free to play Old Republic game that annoy me

During the last few days I have been playing The Old Republic on the free to play model which is essentially the same as the subscriber model except with some very annoying things about it that really try to force you to switch to the subscriber model. The first thing that I noticed is that you can't equip purple items. Purple items are the best equipment you can find in the game because of how many stats are on it. You can still equip green, white and blue items white being the most common and blue being almost as good as purple items. Another thing is that you are limited to which kind of species you can be a for a class for example when I was starting making my Sith warrior I was limited to two species out of four. When I move my cursor to the species that were greyed out it said, "Become a subscriber and unlock this species for you to play as."
The next thing I noticed was that fast travel ability has a cool down of forty-five mins. while subscribers have a much reduced cool down on fast travel but you can still use taxis without penalties or restrictions. F2P players do not start out with a bank storage when they reach a certain part of the story like subscribers they have to pay using cartel coins (which are near impossible to obtain in F2P unless you have actual money to spare) by which buying them online. F2P inventory space are restricted to thirty slots and you can only expand them by purchasing cartel coins and buying more inventory space.
 Also, you cannot buy speeder training until level 25 and then buy a speeder for a total of 45,000 credits (in-game currency) which is reduced for subscribers. Another thing is that you can only do 3 space missions and 3 flash points per week unless you buy a weekly pass. You also are restricted to 5 medical droids until you purchase more using, yet again, cartel coins. These are the just the things that I noticed while playing the Free to Play model of The Old Republic. Even though these things bothered me while I am playing it I encourage people to play it to people who wanted to play it when it wasn't Free to Play. For a full list of the restrictions check here:http://www.swtor.com/free/features.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Future of Video Games

The future of games maybe closer than you think, because of technological advantages games are turning into virtual reality again and moving your whole body now. The Kinect and Wii were the first to step in this direction and now we are using secondary screens incorporated in gaming such as the Wii U. The Oculus Rift is a new gaming tool that is going to be implemented in gaming that is virtual reality, which you put on your head and when you move your head the camera moves in the direction of which way your head. Also, more touch screens are trying to be incorporated in gaming but in the past it has failed because of consumers not liking it and prefer controllers. In general I am in the middle of the future of gaming but the immediate future of the PS4 and the Xbox One I am leaning more towards the PS4 than the Xbox One because of the really crappy decisions that Microsoft has been making and even though they're trying to correct that mistake the new Xbox still doesn't look that appealing.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Potential video game job market

How hard is it to get a job in video game design? Securing a job in the gaming industry can be competitive, and those with greater gaming experience usually earn the highest salaries. According to PayScale.com, the middle-half of all video game designers made a yearly salary range of $32,268-$85,257 as of May 2011. Those with 1-4 years of video game design experience earned a median wage range of $40,521-$60,082 annually as of May 2011. While individuals with 5-9 years of experience made a median salary ranging from $48,977-$74,211 as of May 2011, according toPayScale.com. If you have a bachelor or master's degree you definitely can get a job in game designing and there are now more jobs for game design than before because of the success of games and how much people buy video games. The skills you need to have in game design are computer-programming and communication, to work with other people, and  liberal arts. If you have all of this then getting a career in game design is almost secured all you need is just to do is a job interview. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Are videogames too violent?

Do I think video games are too violent? I think some are yes an example that comes to mind is the God of War series. This game series is very bloody and features a lot of slicing monsters' and peoples' ligaments off and other brutally killing methods. Some people say that video games are also the source of criminal activity. I don't believe this I believe that video games can play a part in it. Most people just blame video games because it is the only thing that looks like it causes these problems but, they just don't really do anything while it should be the person's mental health and gun laws we should be looking at. Also, normal people who play video games say they don't want to be associated to people who have done criminal acts. These people don't want to be associated with these criminals it's also the same if someone who listens to a band and that person commits a crime. In short somewhere in the middle some video games yes and others no.