In five days the xbox One will be one year old, and to conmemorate I'm going to write a big entry for A Gaming Blog, but to make this entry worthwhile, some gaming stuff.
Recently I've been traveling due to my job and I try to take a console each trip (alternating between Xbox 360, Xbox One and 3DS) so this trip I took the good old 360, and have been replaying some of my favorite games, I just did my second ever Dragon Age Origins playthrough, because when watching the tapestry from Dragon Age Keep I couldn't recall most of the situations of the game, and well I enjoyed this playthrought quite a bit trying something totally different from what I use to play as (human male warrior 80% of the time) this time I did a Female Dwarf Rogue and had a good time and marvel at how good is Bioware to make stories and characters for their games, on the other hand I reckon Dragon Age Origins looks awful, but I kind of got into the game world and I enjoyed my time with it..
On the other hand I started Season 2 for The Walking Dead game, and while I enjoy the first one I'm having a lot of problems with the framerate dropping and the game freezing with each with every transition, so I moved to play again Deus Ex Human Revolution and it is as exciting and refreshing to me as the first time I played it.
I just finished my stacks for gaming through years since 1997, and while it proved somewhat challenging to recall most of
the games I'm satisfied with the results, I can compile my gaming habits, and be able to observe a few patterns and really
get to actually see from the outside what my favorite games and kind of games are, the generation that is just ending
brought the most gaming for me and I got to experience a lot of different games and genres.
First of all, my favorite franchises, MAss Effect games were the best each year that they came out, Splinter Cell has
been always among the best of them with each iteration, and so has Halo main games (wars, ODST and Anniversary are
the ones I'm not to fond of), and I got to be a huge fan of Bethesda RPGs, Assassin's Creed got two games that came on
top on different years, but also had good (butnot that good) games, Batman Arkham games were also among the best with
each new entry, both Rainbow Six Vegas games were the second best each year they came out (so naturally I want a new one)
and Far Cry has been also one of the most propositiveshooters out there, and Crysis made some interesting cases with
their new iterations, I also see that I enjoy new franchises and IPs every thime they come out, and well last but not
least, Stealth games, and RPGs are my favorite genres out there.
Also, Call of Duty marked a huge trend this generation, but I did not enjoy but the first couple modern warfare,
after that I kind of got done with the series, the reboot from Tomb Raider and Devil May Cry, drew me to try the newest
installments, and enjoy them more than the predecessors, Battlefield brought me great joy in the Bad Company iterations,
but failed in the console versions for part 3 and 4.
Finally, I can safely say that my most played game of the past generation was Skyrim, it brings a lot of fun and immersion
to me making me try different things all the time, and taking the time to explore and amaze at the scope of the game, most
of my game time was made in the 360 (although I owned all the consoles at some point), and well I just have to feel
happy for all the gaming I got this generation and I also got to knew some nice folk (mostly gamespoters) because of this
So far, I've played 6 games for Xbox One, Ryse: Son of Rome, Dead Rising 3, Battlefield 4, Killer Instinct, Killer Instinct Classic and FIFA 14, after the first day game installing got way smoother and faster, and I actually got to kid around with the voice commands, so far they are not perfect, but they seem to work properly 95% of the time, and well the transition between games/dashboard,/apps is seamless, which makes it very convenient, one point I have to say I dislike is how achievements are now in the backrow of a game experience, get to the Achievements screen takes a lot longer than it should and is not as esasy to browse them, on the plus side the DVR works like a wonder.
Man this is kind of tiresome, first an update, then the installation after that if one wants to play you have to wait for the game to be installed, so far I'm not happy Microsoft, and why would I need an Xbox live connection to install a game on a disc?
Man this is kind of tiresome, first an update, then the installation after that if one wants to play you have to wait for the game to be installed, so far I'm not happy Microsoft, and why would I need an Xbox live collection to install a game on a disc?
So far since the announce of the most recent generation of consoles, Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo and PC users/gamers, are throwing barrage after barrage of thrash talk against the consoles that they are not planning to pick up, to some extent I understand this, what's the point? is beyond me, as most people go out of their way to make the other consoles look bad, fanboyism and trolling are obvious participants of this "discussions" but my real question is, what's the goal of all this? what's the purpose of this "system wars"? is it to make someone regret their choice? or is it a way to mock other people? or are we doing the PR and marketing job of global corporations and try to destroy the competition? are they to make someone else change their choice?
Hi! a new blog entry for this long forgotten blog, well it's just a few more days until the release of the next generation of console (for microsoft and sony that is) and while I will be making the jump myself, it's going to be a bit weird, because I have so many games to play in my backlog (which continues to grow), for starters I got a couple intergenerational games in NBA 2k14 and Assassin's Creed IV, NBA 2k14 is what you would expect from the basketball franchise, and Assassin's Creed IV was a nice surprise because is the pirate games we always wanted, and also a solid Assassin's Creed game.
Other games that I have played recently worth noting are, obviously GTA V (which at the moment I'm not playing due to the game deciding to erase my game progress after an update), Batman Arkham Origins which I really liked but was a step behind City to be honest and a really surprise in the form of Rayman Legends which is a brilliant game full of fun and great moments.
GS has always been like my gaming mancave, where I could get around the people to talk about games, a couple days ago I tried to publish something, but I was unable to due to Gamespot changes, now I see what they did with the site and I think it's good, feels more intuitive and easier to navigate, anyway, I totally like it.
Oh yes I went there, it's been a long time since my last gamespot blog, but since this si my oldest account I think it's fair I do my take on the next generation and current state in general gaming.
Well first of all my Xbox 360 has seen a lot of gaming, I got into buying games, but haven't had the time to play them all, my backlog is in the fourtysomething, but I have plenty of varierty to play, I have finished a couple games, like FarCry 3, Mass Effect 3, Tomb Raider, Crysis 3, and I'm still on my way through in so many, I recently restarted Dead Space 3, with a friend, and well I have this deep addiction to xcom Enemy unknown, too many games and not enough time to play them, heck I even play the first Borderlands from time to time. And there is the new Splinter Cell and GTA V so theres plenty of gaming
Well I feel like I should properly speak of 3 games, which are FarCry 3, Mass Effect 3 and X-Com Enemy Unknown.
FarCry 3, to me this was one of the best games and my favorite First Person shooter from last year, it had the open map, a ton of gameplay options, a good arsenal, and the random factor of animals (specially predators) also a brilliant cast of characters, I bought Blood Dragon as a way to expand my experience but I haven't find the time to play in all extense.
X-Com Enemy Unknown; this is my first approach to the franchise and I while I am not the biggest fan of Strategy games, this is a game I really enjoy, all progression and desition making, makes this game formidable, the satisfaction to clear a map in perfect condition is hardly match by other games
Mass Effect 3; finally! got to finish the Mass Effect trilogy, after 6 years, I consider this as my favorite game series of all time, and I think my approach to the game was the best possible, since I got all the DLC beforehand and got to experience the whole game and add ons as a unique experience, the gameplay and story was great, and with so many familiar faces and plots, I felt rewarded at every step, this is the best game I have played and I guess the expanded ending helped me appreciated in the best form. Oh! and the citadel DLC is some of the most fun with digital characters I have ever had!
Anyway, there is also the new generation which I havent had time to talk about, after many news and information I decided to move to the Xbox One, I decided to get it for a couple of reasons, over it's closest competitor the PS4, first of all, the controller, I have never liked the Dual Shock I had a PS3 and never really felt comfortable with the controller and the button layout, then the games, I never liked the big exclusives of the PlayStation brand (yeah I enjoyed Uncharted, but it is way too linear for my taste, little big planet is great, but that's about it) I enjoy more the likes of Halo and Fable, there are also games coming to the XO that seem to appeal a bit more to me, and although it is a bit more expensive, I don't mind paying a bit more for the price of entry, and finally if these last 2 generation serve as an example I have been pleased with the way Xbox handles gaming.
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