A Weekend with friends (Warframe and Diablo 3)

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Co-Op — has always been interesting to me, I don’t like PvP and competitive battling I simply don’t, what I like is coordinating with couple of friends and taking on challenges and so far none of my douche friends has ever played something I found I wanted to play until this weekend, on Thursday night me and a buddy of mine tackled down Warframe, a free to play 3rd Person action game which is available on both PC and PS4, While I played the PC version for a few weeks last summer I didn’t get hooked because I wasn’t playing with actual friends, and now am playing with a friend of mine and it is a blast, we coordinate and accomplished missions and also we ranked up, I think in order to enjoy this game to the max I would need to spend $20-$50 on weapons and suits but right now am not doing that.

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Diablo 3 on the other hand was a different experience in a good way too, my friend who never played RPGs before wanted to play Diablo 3 so we downloaded the Starter edition and played the campaign in a cafe, I went with Demon hunter and he was the Barbarian, the difference now was when I played it alone it was a boring to easy game with a little reason to play it around but with a friend it was such a blast and the enemies were more and stronger even though we did not strategically plan our team and we both chose DPS we still enjoyed the hell out of it and played 4 hours with no stop, and am looking forward to buy the full game soon and get back on the game. 

In summation, I think Destiny will be an awesome game since I will be playing it with a bunch of friends and we are hyping up for it already 😀

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What Marvel should do next?

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Marvel — is BIG and by BIG I don’t mean “BIG” I mean “Humongous” in a short time of 6 years they have released 9 Movies to gross over 6 billion dollars and start a legacy that will expand for the next 10 years, they recently became the biggest film franchise in history and that is not all their movies are plain and simply good, but they need to make a few changes to keep audience interested like the following

Give Nick Fury the F-word
Seriously Sam Jackson is awesome as Nick Fury but sometimes I feel like he is about to say “God damn motherfucker” yet he end up saying “what!?” that is not cool!!!

Cross overs are cool yes sometimes…
it just make the movies feel unrealistic I mean the whole worlds goes down in Thor the Dark World but Iron Man is nowhere to be found, he should pop up at one point and start blasting things, and further more they don’t give a realistic explanation why he is no where to be found, and am just giving that as an example they should find a way to fill these holes.

More Black Widow

ImageThat ASS!! and she should have her own movie in Phase 3, she does feel like kind of a glue who holds these movies together and I feel like her movie is not going to be such a smash hit because she does have a band of haters (Women!!) still I think it be awesome to add more depth to her.

and Move to games!
as a self proclaimed DC comics fan (and by that I mean I love Batman) I feel like Marvel has beaten DC when it comes to movies at least for now but DC is far better in games (again Batman) so I would love for them to get more into games and make some decent games around these characters, Hawkeye game please!

the first 24 hours with PlayStation 4

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PS4 — without a doubt at least currently is the leading console in the market (you never know WiiU might pick it up) so I picked it up with Infamous Second Son and after 24 hours here are my thoughts on the console :

Likes :

– DualShock 4
the first controller I have ever touched was the Atari 2600 and that was in 1992, until recently XBOX 360 controller was pretty good in my opinion and it was a favorite of my last gen but Sony did make a good effort improving the new controller, the touche pad and the new grips is really good and I personally really love the shoulder buttons they feel like they are made to shoot stuff with it 😀

– Remote Play
I just want to play Elder Scrolls Online on my PS Vita under a blanket, and it does feel like am going to be able to!

– Graphics, Sounds and all that crap
Improved…what else do you want me to say?

– PlayStation Plus
1 free game per month? here is my $50 per year!

Dislikes 

– Dualshock 4’s light
For Jesus’s sake give me an option to turn this thing off!

that is the only thing I have a problem with, I am expecting couple of good years with this machine and I do really like it, having said that I will also pick up other consoles as well (Preferably the next Nintendo Console) and maybe a gaming PC down the line too

What is Next for Nintendo?

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Big N — like it or not is a player in the gaming industry, no matter how many times you try to act like they don’t exist they will proof over and over that they do and you can’t do much about it, they found Success with NES and SNES and lost a little with N64 and GameCube, came back on top with Wii and now looks like the Big N is living it’s worse days, WiiU is a huge bust and they are losing money for the 2nd year in row, Iwata is in trouble and he might get fired this summer, the 3DS is doing “Okey” but definitely not as good as DS did and it had the best year in 2013 so no one really knows if the console will pickup any more steam in the coming months, so what now? well reports suggest a new console in works, Bandai Namco recently put out a posting for over 80+ more people to join the Super Smash Bros. team and not for the 2014 Smash Bros. but rather for the 2015 Smash Bros. game, with a code name Smash Bros 6, now we know so far there has been 3 Smash Bros. games (1, Melee, Brawl) and 2 more in works that will make them 5, so what is this new Smash Bros. 6? it is a standard Nintendo policy that they will not make more than one Smash Bros. game per console, so if the new Smash Bros. 6 does exist is it going to be for the next Nintendo Console? I really hope so, persoanally I wish they make a PS4/XBOXONE Contender and bring the Nintendo franchises back to the hardcore gamers who has been missing them since the Wii launched, most 3rd parties love to work with Nintendo especially the Japanese and if they can support an HD System they could go very well with PS4 side by side, am not saying they will win the war all am saying there doesn’t need to be a war, they could just exist and to each his own, but I really do hope the mistake they did with GameCube doesn’t happen again, being 3 years behind Sony is what killed GameCube, bring the console to the audience now the core Nintendo Audience will buy it for sure and with 3rd Party software and a little price reduction over PS4 and XBOX ONE they can bring back the Nintendo that we Love and Miss….Dearly! 

 

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Persona 4 Golden Review

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One — of the main reasons that I bought a PS Vita for was to play Persona 4, as a very active RPG player and someone who really loved Persona 2 and Persona 3 on the PSP it is natural that I have sink over a 100 hours in the excellent and some might even say best Persona title yet – and boy were they right! 

Persona 4 starts as any persona game, with you arriving to a new town and stumbling on some very weird events, in P3 those events were the Dark Hour and in P4 they are Midnight Channel and weird fog and murders, you meet a very interesting cast of characters and then you decided how to befriend them and how these actions will effect the way you fight in the game and even how the game will end for you, everything you do in this game is connected and related to the way you spend your days with these characters, I have decided from the beginning to make sure I unlock the best ending of the game which is Golden Ending and therefor my play through was a lengthy one and I also maxed all of the S.Links and so on and if you do so as well you will find Persona 4’s story a remarkable physiological journey that dares to scratch some of the most debated philosophical topics to date and it is amazing when a game tries something like this.

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accompanying this beautiful tale is a deep and rewarding jRPG style battle system which puts you in a party of four and you get to chose how do you approach these battles, one thing Persona games is well known for is the Tactics Option which lets you chose how your party behave in battles and I took full advantage of that I did not want to fully control my party during every battle so I had one heal and support the party while three others went full offense and it was a very successful basic battle style, for bosses I took full command and I took a good strategic approach to them, by the end all my main party members (Chie, Yukiko, Kanji) were level 99 without grinding at all which was very pleasant, and I have discovered 87% of the personas without focusing on that aspect of the game at all, and the reason why am mumbling about this is because most people are annoyed by jRPG’s battle style and the hours of grind that it takes but here I was very comfortable with it all.

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in the end I guess Persona 4 has everything good going for it Music, design, gameplay, story and Chie…I really like Chie! therefor I give Persona 4 a remarkable score and a must play for everyone who wants to enjoy a great jRPG.

South Park : The Stick of Truth (Review)

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South Park — A Show that started in 1997 Created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone currently celebrates its 17th Season, the show become well known for its absurd comedy and gained a massive following and it is, but just like everything other property licensing it and adapting it to other forms and mediums is a heavy task, usually with Licensed material we end up with a mediocre take on an established world rarely we come across a game that dose the source material justice, lately we saw the Batman games doing so, and in the past there was the Capcom Disney games and a Reddik game was pretty good too, and of course we also get the Spider-man games, the Superman Games, and the other horrible games based on movies and TV shows that we love, South Park had it’s share of bad games with the first game came out in 1998 which was a first person shooter, then there was the party game, the Kart Racer and the tower defense game which they all did a terrible job capturing what South Park is all about which I think drove the creators of the show to make sure that they make a South Park game for the ages, Enter : The Stick of Truth

south park stick of truth screen 1Made by the RPG masters Obsidian Entertainment, written and directed by Matt and Trey themselves we end up with a game that is so true to the show which almost makes it feel like one of those 3 Episodes Story Arcs, a Turn Base RPG with a battle system very similar to Paper Mario series casts you as the new kid in town, you gotta make friends, kill Nazi Zombies and perform abortions in this 12-15 hour long RPG in order to make sure the Stick of Truth will not fall into the wrong hands, the game is very well written, and every frame of the game has an easter egg for the fans of the show, this is truly a love letter to the those who has watched every episode and they know it by heart (like me) but if you are a newcomer to South Park it might appeal to you as much which is in itself is a good news because now you have an excuse to watch the show which is free here! now back to the game

2435995-stickoftruthAs a South Park fan when they announced this game I was very excited and after all the delays and development bumps the game had because of the THQ Bankruptcy and Obsidian layoffs, there was a time where I felt like we might never get this game but am glad we did, due to its perfect graphics and sound this game will never go out of date and I think years from now when Matt and Trey decide to end the show and move on we will always have Stick of Truth and a way for us to explore South Park anytime we want and this is really good, having said all that if this game was based on any other property or if it was a new IP I don’t think I would have played it, but the fact that it is a South Park game made it a must play.

True Detective Season One Review (No Spoilers)

ImageSopranos — laid down the ground works for modern drama TV, ever since that show there has been a number of amazing shows to name the few Breaking Bad, Lost, Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Dexter, Masters of Sex and House of Cards are all good examples that TV is not something people watch to kill time in fact a lot of these shows are better acted and written than most high budget Hollywood movies, and on top of this pyramid of awesome TV shows is the Home Box Office Channel (HBO) with the boldest, scariest list of shows that no one else would even dares to produce, Enter : True Detective

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from the image above you realize that this show comes packing some real star power, Oscar winner and the actor who changed his career from Romantic Comedies to doing Scorsese and Nolan to winning awards and really taking names Matthew McConaughey who in my opinion currently did his best performance ever, he did win the Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club but he sure did his masterpiece here, his character is very interesting and I think very hard to pull off since his dialogue well is filled with things like this

“I think human consciousness, is a tragic misstep in evolution. We became too self-aware, nature created an aspect of nature separate from itself, we are creatures that should not exist by natural law. We are things that labor under the illusion of having a self; an accretion of sensory, experience and feeling, programmed with total assurance that we are each somebody, when in fact everybody is nobody. Maybe the honorable thing for our species to do is deny our programming, stop reproducing, walk hand in hand into extinction, one last midnight – brothers and sisters opting out of a raw deal.”

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“If the only thing keeping a person descent is the expectation of divine reward then, brother, that person is a piece of shit. And I’d like to get as many of them out in the open as possible. You gotta get together and tell yourself stories that violate every law of the universe just to get through the goddamn day? What’s that say about your reality?”

it is almost hard to believe that he can say paragraphs like this, and pull it off in a calm soothing way that you just can’t stop yourself from wanting to replay that part, and also there is Woody Harrelson, Woody is such a terrific actor but he doesn’t get to do much of that on his latest roles like Now You See Me and The Hunger Games movies, he does bring it home with this one though he plays a messy Don Draper like character whose heart is in the right place, maybe not as complex as Matthew’s character (Rust) but certainly a very interesting character, and together they have an amazing on screen Dynamics that is just a pleasure to see.

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unlike most detective shows True Detective does not rely on Moster of the Week formula, instead they shake up the genre and come up with a wide range broad scale case to be solved throughout the course of the season and next season they will start with a new cast and a new story and a new setting, it will still be close to the formula of the show but they won’t be connected, which means next year when they show season 2 we won’t see Matthew or Woody go after another killer no, and that is really bold of HBO since establishing characters and making people watch the show for it is one of the fundamentals of success these days

Imageone of the many other things that make True Detective such a wonderful show is how consistent it is, and I think that goes back to the fact that this show was written by Nic Pizzolatto and he did write all the 8 episodes, and it was also directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga who directed them all as well unlike most TV shows which they have a team of writers and everytime one of them write an episode and someone else directs it and for that you might feel a little disjointment from some episodes. With a production value that screams quality and Cinematography which can be an art gallery itself I can’t stop praising the show enough and give it the a Perfect Score and look really forward to the future episodes.