Current Backlog April 2014

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  • Uncharted 2 & 3
  • Metal Gear Solid 1-4
  • Ratchet & Clank HD
  • God of War 2 &3
  • Sonic & All-Stars Transformed
  • Okami HD
  • Dishonored
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Fallout New Vegas
  • Crysis 2 & 3
  • Catherine
  • Sleeping Dogs
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • Malicious
  • Kingdoms of Amalur
  • Shadow of the Colusssus
  • Ico
  • Mafia 2
  • When Vikings Attack
  • Jak and Dexter Trilogy
  • NHL 12
  • F1 Race Stars
  • Demon Souls
  • Flow
  • Dead or Alive 5
  • Infamous 2
  • Dead Island
  • Hotline Miami
  • Guacamelee
  • Motorstorm RC
  • SSX
  • F1 2013
  • Devil May Cry
  • Borderlands 2
  • Dragons Dogma
  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Metro Last Light
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Fifa 13
  • Sly Cooper Thieves in Time
  • Brothers a Tale of Two Sons

360:

  • The Beatles Rock Band
  • Mark Of the Ninja
  • Dust: An Elysian Tale
  • Prototype
  • Gears of War 2 & 3
  • Street Fighter X Tekken
  • Lego Star Wars: Complete Saga
  • Borderlands 1 & 2
  • Skate 3
  • Fable 2
  • Ridge Racer: Unbound
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
  • Tekken 6
  • Halo 3 & Reach
  • Syndicate

Vita:

  • Gravity Rush
  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss
  • Stealth Inc
  • Sine Mora
  • Hotline Miami
  • Guacamelee
  • Dragons Crown
  • Jak and Daxter trilogy HD
  • Motorstorm RC
  • Oddworld HD
  • GTA Liberty Stories
  • Assassin's Creed Liberation
  • Soul Sacrifice
  • Blazblue Continuum Shift
  • Dynasty Warriors Next
  • Final Fantasy X-2
  • Modnation Racers
  • Super Stardust Delta
  • Moto GP 13

PS4

  • Contrast
  • Battlefield 4
  • Mercenary Kings

Games finished last month:

Final Fantasy X HD and Dragonball Z Budokai 3, Battlefront 2,

The clear directions of Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony

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With the three big games of these companies pretty much out, we can see the big focus from all of them. Microsoft has Titanfall and they are focusing on multiplayer. Nintendo focused on the co-op with Mario 3D World and Sony is focusing on singleplayer with inFamous Second Son.

There were signs last generation when Microsoft made it mandatory for online with Live and having multiplayer third party games as a focus. Like Call of Duty for example. They also focused on online with Gears of War and Halo. Even Forza had a big online community aswell. It's clear they want to grab the multiplayer audience now more than ever with Titanfall and other shooters. They want to capture most people that play online on consoles. It's been clear since the launch of the 360 and even more so with them focusing even more on shooters this time around. It doesn't look like the singleplayer experience like Fable is even a priority. They want to make that a multiplayer experience aswell with 5 players.

Nintendo are trying to capture the co-op crowd with games like Smash, Mario 3D World and Mario Kart. All of these games do have singleplayer and some games from Nintendo also have online. But it's clear they are going that route in the future and they aren't going to focus solely on singleplayer or multiplayer. But on the co-op experience when it comes to the exclusive games. With co-op on the couch you can experience you else wouldn't. But they should focus on online co-op aswell though.

Sony are clearly gunning for singleplayer. We saw the clear focus with indie games and and a lot of the exclusive last year and during the last part of the generation. Sony will try to bring in the guys that like stories and unique experience that you can get in singleplayer. Sony knows that most hardcore gamers appreciate a good singleplayer and the hardcore will buy games that only have singleplayer experiences

Do you think this is what we can expect from these companies mainly? We will get a mix of everything from all of them, but i think this is where we are heading when it comes to the main directions of the companies

The big mistake Microsoft and Nintendo have done this generation

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During the last generation, Nintendo cashed in on the casual market and it paid off for them by selling a lot of consoles. But it hurt their games in a big way. Because most of the people that bought their games, were casual gamers and only bought something like Wii Fit or something similar. But they still managed to sell well by doing something different and being a new thing on the market with their motion controls.

Microsoft on the other hand cashed in on the arrogance that Sony had riding off the PS2 and Wii going for an entire different audience compared to the 360. They did a lot of things right by introducing great exclusives and letting indie developers thrive. They tried something new and it paid off, combined with their cheaper price and the great third party games.

Sony went after the gamers, but were too arrogant and thought gamers would pay anything to get their console. That was not the case. With the 360 being cheaper, having better games for it and being the overall better choice. It made them struggle. They were too arrogant and it didn't pay off for them.

We all know the story now. The 360 kind of went 180 and became the PS3 in the early years, while PS3 changed and gave gamers exclusive and the hardcore gamers value and games.

In this new generation Microsoft and Nintendo did a big mistake each. They relied on the casual gamer from the release of each console. They both want to appeal to the masses. Nintendo has a lot of issues, like naming the new console Wii U instead Nintendo U or something similar. People think it's an addon for the Wii U and Nintendo though it would be a hit like last time. Third party dissapearing and not having a lot of games the first 9 months tells a lot of the story unfortunately.

Xbox One has a lot of the same issue. They want to "conquer the livingroom" with the console. But they have also overestimated the demand that casual players. Even though it is selling well, it is still apparant that PS4 is selling better and it is catering to the core gamers overall. It also did not help in the matter with the DRM and used games issue last E3, which is a lot of the reason it's not selling as well as the PS4.

What i think is the case is that you should cater to the core gamer from release and try to capture them. The Wii was more of an accident, than it was a success really. Xbox should have made that clear from the beginning aswell with the Xbox One. All three consoles are great and have good exclusives. But you can't deny the fact that the PS4, 360 and PS2 all sold well because they sold something gamers wanted at the start of the generation. Both of them should change their focus to that, because it is still not too late for that. Am i wrong here?

Current Backlog March 2014

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  • Uncharted 2 & 3
  • Metal Gear Solid 1-4
  • Ratchet & Clank HD
  • God of War 2 &3
  • Sonic & All-Stars Transformed
  • Okami HD
  • Dishonored
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Fallout New Vegas
  • Crysis 2 & 3
  • Catherine
  • Sleeping Dogs
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • Malicious
  • Kingdoms of Amalur
  • Shadow of the Colusssus
  • Ico
  • Mafia 2
  • When Vikings Attack
  • Jak and Dexter Trilogy
  • NHL 12
  • F1 Race Stars
  • Demon Souls
  • Flow
  • Dead or Alive 5
  • Infamous 2
  • Dead Island
  • Hotline Miami
  • Guacamelee
  • Motorstorm RC
  • SSX
  • F1 2013
  • Devil May Cry
  • Borderlands 2
  • Dragons Dogma
  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Metro Last Light

360:

  • The Beatles Rock Band
  • Mark Of the Ninja
  • Dust: An Elysian Tale
  • Prototype
  • Gears of War 2 & 3
  • Street Fighter X Tekken
  • Lego Star Wars: Complete Saga
  • Borderlands 1 & 2
  • Skate 3
  • Fable 2
  • Ridge Racer: Unbound
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
  • Tekken 6
  • Halo 3 & Reach
  • Syndicate

Vita:

  • Gravity Rush
  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss
  • Stealth Inc
  • Sine Mora
  • Hotline Miami
  • Guacamelee
  • Dragons Crown
  • Jak and Daxter trilogy HD
  • Motorstorm RC
  • Oddworld HD
  • GTA Liberty Stories
  • Battlefront 2
  • Assassin's Creed Liberation
  • Soul Sacrifice
  • Blazblue Continuum Shift
  • Dynasty Warriors Next

Current Backlog February 2014

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  • Uncharted 2 & 3
  • Metal Gear Solid 1-4
  • Ratchet & Clank HD
  • God of War 2 &3
  • Sonic & All-Stars Transformed
  • Okami HD
  • Dishonored
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Fallout New Vegas
  • Crysis 2 & 3
  • Catherine
  • Sleeping Dogs
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • Malicious
  • Kingdoms of Amalur
  • Shadow of the Colusssus
  • Ico
  • Mafia 2
  • When Vikings Attack
  • Jak and Dexter Trilogy
  • NHL 12
  • F1 Race Stars
  • Demon Souls
  • Flow
  • Dead or Alive 5
  • Infamous 2
  • Dead Island
  • Hotline Miami
  • Guacamelee
  • Motorstorm RC
  • SSX
  • F1 2013
  • Devil May Cry
  • Borderlands 2
  • Dragons Dogma
  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Metro Last Light

360:

  • The Beatles Rock Band
  • Mark Of the Ninja
  • Dust: An Elysian Tale
  • Prototype
  • Gears of War 2 & 3
  • Street Fighter X Tekken
  • Lego Star Wars: Complete Saga
  • Borderlands 1 & 2
  • Skate 3
  • Fable 2
  • Ridge Racer: Unbound
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
  • Tekken 6
  • Halo 3 & Reach
  • Syndicate

Vita:

  • Gravity Rush
  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss
  • Stealth Inc
  • Sine Mora
  • Hotline Miami
  • Guacamelee
  • Dragons Crown
  • Jak and Daxter trilogy HD
  • Motorstorm RC
  • Oddworld HD
  • GTA Liberty Stories
  • Battlefront 2
  • Assassin's Creed Liberation
  • Soul Sacrifice
  • Blazblue Continuum Shift
  • Dynasty Warriors Next

PS4

  • Contrast
  • Battlefield 4

Games Finished:

  • Need For Speed Hot Pursuit PS3
  • Need for Speed Most Wanted Vita
  • Touch my Katamari
  • WWE 2K14
  • NBA 2k14
  • PES 2014
  • Persont 4 Golden

Xbox Live and its paywall

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So i have had discussions about this before, and i am not trying to troll or anything of that matter. I have a 360 and used to pay for live, before i switched over to PS3 and found out how much was actually behind this paywall in Live. I had the 360 as my main console until 2012/2013 when i bought the PS3 in 2012 and slowly changed over to the PS3. The 360 had a lot of great games that kept me interested in it like Forza, Dust An Elysian Tale, Mark of The Ninja, Trials and more.

The reason i am posting this is, people i have had discussions with justify the paywall for apps and features that are free everywhere else. But they charge you to use them on the Microsoft platforms. With the latest even being Elder Scrolls online which now requires you to pay for Live and the subscription. Yet this is free on the PC and PS4. Also apps like Netflix and similar ones have a double paywall just to use them on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Personally i don't see why this should even be a policy. I don't have any real issue with them or Sony charging for online, because it costs money to do that even though it is free to play online on PC. But i don't see why anything should be behind this paywall on the Microsoft consoles at all.

So can anyone genuinely tell me why this is even a thing. And please refrain from using "It's Microsoft, they do it because they can." I just can't justify the whole service with the way it is now or in the future the way it is now to be honest.

Does anyone feel the same way or can Microsoft justify this?

Worst Generation yet to come?

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I have been reading and watching people that think the upcoming generation will become the worst generation ever. I personally disagree with it The last generation was perhaps the worst when it comes to business practices overall, but i still think it was a generation filled with good games. The shady microtransactions and taking content out of the game, only to put it in as DLC on the store.

Personally, i think games have grown a lot this generation with great storytelling, improved gameplay and overall better games. There are still games that rip the customer off, but it's much clearer in my opinion who actually does that kind of bad business. You should vote with your wallet when you buy a game, about what you find is good business practices and what is a good game.

The gaming industry also has grown when it comes to games overall. With indie games and even blockbuster games trying new things. We also have a bad side to gaming, milking games to extreme lengths. Guitar Hero, sports games and Call of Duty unfortunately. But we also have loads of new ip's that gave us amazing stories this generation.

Coming to the end of this console generation we experience a lot of sequels, because of the long generation this was not unusual. I really hope the new generation will give us a breath of fresh air with new original ideas and perhaps reviving old franchises that we love.

I hope bad games and bad business practices will not be as big this generation and i also believe it won't be that bad. I try to be positive with looking forward to good games and voting with my wallet. Does anyone feel the same?

My Backlog January 2014

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  • Uncharted 2 & 3
  • Metal Gear Solid 1-4
  • Ratchet & Clank HD
  • God of War 2 &3
  • Sonic & All-Stars Transformed
  • Okami HD
  • Dishonored
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Fallout New Vegas
  • Crysis 2 & 3
  • Catherine
  • Sleeping Dogs
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • Malicious
  • Kingdoms of Amalur
  • Shadow of the Colusssus
  • Ico
  • Mafia 2
  • When Vikings Attack
  • Jak and Dexter Trilogy
  • NHL 12
  • F1 Race Stars
  • Demon Souls
  • Flow
  • Dead or Alive 5
  • Infamous 2
  • Dead Island
  • Hotline Miami
  • Guacamelee
  • Motorstorm RC
  • WWE 2K14
  • SSX
  • Need For Speed Hot Pursuit
  • F1 2013

360:

  • The Beatles Rock Band
  • Mark Of the Ninja
  • Dust: An Elysian Tale
  • Prototype
  • Gears of War 2 & 3
  • Street Fighter X Tekken
  • Lego Star Wars: Complete Saga
  • Borderlands 1 & 2
  • Skate 3
  • Fable 2
  • Ridge Racer: Unbound
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
  • Tekken 6
  • Halo 3 & Reach
  • Syndicate

Vita:

  • Gravity Rush
  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss
  • Stealth Inc
  • Sine Mora
  • Hotline Miami
  • Guacamelee
  • Dragons Crown
  • Jak and Daxter trilogy HD
  • Touch my Katamari
  • Motorstorm RC
  • Oddworld HD
  • GTA Liberty Stories
  • Battlefront 2
  • Need for Speed Most Wanted
  • Assassin's Creed Liberation

PS4

  • Contrast
  • Battlefield 4

Games Finished:

  • Sonic Racing All-Stars Transformed Vita
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
  • Resogun
  • Walking Dead Vita

This is what it looks like for games i have to finish 2014, do you guys have as big or bigger backlog?

Fee-to-Play aka Microtransactions

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Jim Sterling adressed this pretty well. More and more games are going the Fee-to-play model. Requiring more money for things that unlock or require money for something that is already in the game is despicable. I am not personally against microtransactions for costumes or things that doesn't effect the outcome or the enjoyment of the game. But games like Ryse, Gran Turismo, Forza and other games have put a grind in the game AFTER you pay 60 bucks to play it. Making the game a grind to get the car you really want, but giving the option to buy it to give some players some sort of advantage by giving them credits with real money is stupid. It should not be that diffucult in the first place.

This kind of business practice has to die. The gaming industry can't move forward if they keep milking games even after you pay full price for it. I understand these business practices for actual Free-to-play games, because they are free and have to make a profit somehow, But with these big games that actually get full price when you buy them is a really bad idea and they will hear it. People should vote with their wallet by not buying these games and not buy into these microtransactions aswell.

This trend is not new, the last generation we had the on disc DLC and leaving in game content out of the actual game and selling the content as DLC is a business practice that happend last generation and it doesn't seem that the publishers want to stop this money milking from their loyal fanbase. Online passes, on disc DLC, DLC left out of games, the introduction of microtransactions, Exclusve content for preorderes, DRM games that launch and don't work, Season Passes, Day One DLC and overpriced DLC for games. This is something that will continue as long we allow these practices to happen by buying either the game or the additional content for those games. Because as long as we as gamers support these bad business practices this stuff will be there

GOTY list: The_Last_Ride

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GOTY 2013:

winner: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Runner up: Tomb Raider

Best Exclusive Game

winner: Resogun

Runner up:Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Best Handheld:

winner: Guacamelee

Worst game:

winner: SimCity

Biggest surprise:

winner: Battlefront 3 getting announced

Runner up: Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

Best downloadable:

winner: Resogun

Runner up: Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

Studio of the year:

winner: Ubisoft

Runner up: Konami

Best voice actor:

winner: Matt Ryan

Runner up: Camilla Luddington

best music:

winner: Metal Gear Rising: Reveangeance

Runner up: Assassin's Cree IV: Black Flag

Most anticipated game:

winner: Battlefront 3

Runner up: Mass Effect 4

Top games not played in 2013:

winner: The Last of Us

Runner up: GTA V

Those are just games i have played, i haven't played a lot of other good games that have come out this year sadly. What do you think of this list? Remember this is just an opinion.