Don't get me wrong I was gonna get one next week.
But then I thought is 500Gigs really enough?
Really, at this point in the consoles life 500Gbs seems alright as I imagine most people aren't going to be buying every available game and unless these games are somehow bigger than most AAA, graphically epic PC titles then it should be fine.
@Vodoo: Although he wasn't tactful in the response desktops are generally recommend because of their lower cost for better performance and (mostly) easily upgradable/replaceable parts.
However, looking at the specs of your laptop I'd say your good to go for most modern games, on at least high settings.
Like I say should be good but remember when using the TV as a monitor, the higher the resolution the more power you'll need to run it, keep it in mind as it could be the difference between 20 and 60 frames.
So basically don't be worried if you've gotta go below 1920x1080 for the most part you shouldn't see a big difference especially if you've been console gaming this generation.
@cammby: No matter what generation or console or even when I'm on PC I always, always prefer physical copies if possible.
@drekula2: I'd like to imagine that is what most people will be doing when PS4 & Xbone come out.
On Wikipedia they list the PSVita & 3DS as a generation eight handheld which I guess makes sense.
As it was brought up in a previous post, I am actually interested to know how frequently this happens to people of other ethnicity's and if this a problem of racism or shop clerks harshly judging people by outward appearance, I mean c'mon you'd think if this was only happening to black men and women it would of been something brought to public attention in some way a lot sooner than this and certainly would be far more of an issue.
I just like to be sure before calling the, "EVERYBODY IS A RACIST BECAUSE SOMEBODY DID SOMETHING AGAINST A BLACK PERSON" - argument is all.
Also something else to look into is if there have recently been a lot of credit card thefts where large single item purchase's have been made, in the store itself or at least if it is fairly common if it hasn't just been happening far more frequently lately, leading to shops asking employee's to try and be more vigilant when it comes to judging if a customer is legit.
I don't know, I'm not saying these are all definite things but would obviously correlate and explain a lot about why this is suddenly becoming such a common occurrence.
@Shottayouth13-: I don't think anybody believes its completely gone just that almost all normal people don't give two shits about people's race anymore and for the most part it isn't an issue.
Just seems like these particular cop/s where being arseholes.
Its bloody hard, it definitely comes down to Oddworld: Abe's Odyssey and Sonic Adventure 1 or 2...
But if I'm forced I will say Abe's Odyssey.
Almost everybody played Blue, Red or Yellow at some point or even possibly some of the newer generations and even if that's the case this game is likely to appeal, at least that was what Game Freak seem to of been going for, for their latest installment of Pokémon, but have they succeeded in this goal?
Put shortly, I believe it has made a pretty good in between for new and old players with changes that both will enjoy and only a few choices that would be negative for older players.
Want more friends?
Well for the most part, if you've played one of the previous titles you'll be used to the proceedings, you will start off as usual in your little home town where you will subsequently meet your rival, who also (again as usual) appears to be your neighbor, however a little twist is added to this edition as you will have three other friends who will occasionally accompany you throughout the game and although this isn't a major difference it does make the journey a little less lonesome, that's not to say you aren't alone a majority of the time however so if you prefer it that way then no worries.
I hear this game's easy!
There is a lot of talk about X/Y being easier than previous titles in the series and I'd like to disagree to a point, I've always found that Pokémon, as well as any JRPG for that matter, is usually more difficult the less time you put in to grinding - so the important distinction here is that while you can level your whole party far quicker than in previous titles that doesn't specially mean you will easily ace all of the gyms or even some of the random trainers dotted around, assuming you've put very little effort into leveling your party that is. What I'm trying to say, boiled down to its easiest form, is that the game requires less time to level but still requires some effort to keep up on a consistent basis.
Taking it slow or charging on through
Personally when it comes to Pokémon I generally like to be above and beyond the expected level required for gym leaders and trainers in the area and I make a goal to be able to ROFL-Stomp most anything in my path, so for people like me that are focused on keeping up a high level you will indeed breeze through gyms and trainers alike, with a wealth of generous EXP given by wild Pokémon and trainers no matter what stage you are in the game. As for those who enjoy the challenge of moving from place to place as quick as possible, this approach seems more possible than before, again due to the generous EXP from wild Pokémon and trainers as well as this, to keep these kinds of players on their toes there are more battles with rivals than previously as well as places like the Battle 'Maison' to get an extra boost of EXP as well as a nifty title.
Hey, here's a free Pokémon!
So something else you may of heard is that you are basically given a good amount of Pokémon while playing through the game and I can say that yes, this is very true and actually one of the worse changes made to the series for new players, as said in the Gamespot review you are given ample help with catching your own Pokémon however it would be very easy to just not bother and pick up the frankly very good Pokémon that the game hands you and in some cases with very poor excuses for the handouts.
Basically this'll all come down to the type of player and if they are looking to have a specific party of their favorites or with the best stats/moves but I can see this being a bad trend and it can even make it difficult sometimes to keep a Pokémon you like in the party or to just stick with the clearly more powerful by design hand out Pokémon, which kind of sucks but I suppose isn't to big a problem in the long run.
Something I like rather a lot about X/Y is PSS, the new online component that lets you trade, battle and chat with friends and strangers from around the world, it makes the game feel a little more sociable and from what I see opens up some cool possibility's in future, for example maybe a tournament created by players that they can fight and gain rewards from.
Another awesome feature that comes with PSS is the Wonder Trade, a random trade between two players who are both participating, the new Pokémon could be bog-standard or possibly even rare, it all depends on what you and other players decide to put up, here's hoping I can trade a Weedle for a Staryu!
Buy yourself some new shoes
Okay so let me just say I love that you can now edit your character, alright it's fairly light edits but enough to get a unique feel for your character and to make him/her feel like your own rather than just running around as the same avatar as everybody else.
As of the time I'm writing this you can currently edit:
- Hair length
- Hair colour
- Eye colour using contact lenses
- Hat (As well as minor accersories)
You are given three choices for skin, hair and eye colour upon starting the game but while traveling Kalos you will find new cloth shops and a hair dressers in Lumiose City.
So as I said, the alterations you can make to your character are limited to say the least but are still enough to give yourself your own look and frankly after being forced into one appearance for five generations of games, this is a welcome change indeed.
Push it to the limit, walk along the razors edge...
The new 'Super Training' for Pokémon is somewhat odd and could be a little irritating for some as if you're like me you'll want to max out all your Pokémon's stats rather than leaving it and not getting the most out of them.
While Super Training is a nice idea for those who want to alter the stats of specific Pokémon in weird and wonderful ways it's really more a distraction for people like me who aren't to interested in messing around with stats, don't take that to mean I find it a feature we could of done without, I like that its a feature focused on the slightly more hardcore audience but at the same time the feature itself is torn between making the improvements easy enough to attain for those who aren't hardcore and still making it a worth while and more to the point, less irritating way for hardcore's to alter stats - I feel it fails in the later but frankly that's subjective.
Look now it's in 3D!
Well for the most part anyway, everything is rendered in 3D now, Pokémon and all however what you will notice upon starting up the game is that it still conforms to the grid standard of the previous games, I suppose you could say the ability to move diagonally makes this less noticeable but frankly it still feels very much the same to me, don't get me wrong I don't really dislike the grid movement, I think it's just worth letting people know is all.
So other than that little gripe, the graphics, at least for the 3DS are fairly nice to look at and its pretty cool to see your favourite Pokémon properly rendered now, what I enjoy most about the graphical update to the series is that it really does remind me of Pokémon Stadium, a personal favourite of mine on the N64.
Frame rate drops... something you'll hear from most who have played the game, not to shocking considering the platform with which the game plays but all the same a bit strange, something of worthy note is that the game's frame rate is fine basically 95% of the time when 3D is turned off, something you will be used to when playing as the only parts of the game that use 3D are far and few between however when 3D is activated the frame rate tanks to near unplayable levels, or at very least to a degree you wouldn't expect from a thirty pound exclusive to the system, not to mention a AAA series such as this, obviously indicating that Nintendo and Game Freak are rather ironically uncaring about the demographic who care for 3D, understandable as that demographic is probably rather tiny but still rather odd from the guys who created the '3DS'
It is rather clear however that this lack of care is due to the game's target audience who most of which shouldn't even be using the 3D functionality in the first place, thus the 2DS I suppose, oh deary me Nintendo.
And much more...
There are a lot more little changes that don't need to much discussion, at least not in a less detailed review like this, well that or they are a bit to superfluous to the core experience to bother mentioning, for example Pokémon Amie, a nice addition but nothing note-worthy.
I'm still not sure about X/Y
If you are in this position where you really don't know if you want to play X/Y then just evaluate a few things...
- Have you played and more over enjoyed one of the previous games?
- Do you enjoy JRPG's that don't require too much grinding?
- Do you want a trip down nostalgia lane?
- Do you want to literally catch them all?
- Are you alright with just enjoying the experience over a well written story/characters?
- Do you like turn based combat?
- Do you want an official Pokémon game you can use to have battles with real random players?
If you tick most or all of those than go for it, if none of it sounds to appealing give this one a pass and frankly I'd say avoid Pokémon altogether as the series continues to stick to the same format, which in many ways works out well but certainly hasn't done a good job convincing anybody who didn't like the original games to give the new one's a try.
My personal experience and thoughts
As of this time I'm nearing the end of the game, as such anyway, I'm at the eighth gym and ever so close to fighting the elite four of Kalos, my whole party are almost all level 70 and frankly I think I'm ready to take them on.
Despite the game constantly pounding the idea of having a good and memorable journey into my head, seemingly trying to make such a thing impossible it has indeed happened and I have no doubt I'll look upon the photo's I'd taken in each area and see how I progressed, mostly marked by my change in cloths but still nice mementos of the fifty one hour journey I've partaken in, in the last two weeks. I think I'll continue to play a little from time to time after I 'beat' the game but at that point will consider my need to play Pokémon sated and done.
This is a series that holds a special place for me from my childhood as I'm sure it does for many other people who decided to pick up X or Y this October and it has let me re-live the old day's to a certain degree, but obviously with some nice modern bonuses attached, I've enjoyed my time in Kalos and I can safely say it was worth my time, money and effort.
The problem is that backwards compatibility requires one of two things, either the console can emulate the console via software (like you can on PC) or that has hardware from the previous generation console that will allow it to play the games from said generation.
Both have their problems, the Hardware side of things is difficult because its expensive to integrate into the new console and would bump up the price, as it did with the original PS3 and the software side requires the console to be powerful enough to run itself and whatever is required to of ran the older generation console to, so lets say for example that the PS3 is probably five times (or more, it's a guestimate) more powerful than the PS1 which is why it can emulate it so easily using software.
There is also the idea of using similar architecture in the console design which would make running games from previous console just a natural capabilities but evidently that is hard to do while still upgrading the architecture enough to run the new system optimally.
Maybe I'm just talking rubbish but as you can see, backwards compatibility is a bit a shit-sandwich for console manufacturers, sadly.
Now-a-days Gears is very generic however its important to remember that it really created the boom of third person shooters with the cover mechanic.
The only Killzone game I've actually played was the PSP exclusive which was alright to some degree but frankly showed the signs of being fairly generic - I was interested in the multiplayer for Killzone 2/3 though but apparently it wasn't that great? as I never hear anybody talking about it anymore.
I own the game without the DLC and found it great but frankly paying for slight improvements like better boss fights and directors commentary is not really content worth paying for, not on this small scale at least.
I am a numb-nuts, I can't believe that, that had to be pointed out to me and I still hadn't realised what you meant until my brother pointed out, "There's only eight gyms?" and I was like... oh.. yeah.
I'll explain the title, this game is of a good quality, at least when it comes to modern AAA games and frankly I like the game but it does have its problems as a sequel to Halo 3 at least where the story is concerned.
What I will say for Halo 4 is that it feels exactly like a Halo game should, which is great considering it wasn't made by all of the original team from Bungie. I'm willing to admit that when I first heard about Halo 4, prior to its release, I was sure it would be terrible and phoned in to get Microsoft some more money from the Halo cash-cow but in time I cooled down on the matter and decided to give it a chance and even bought it day one.
There is little I can say about the good parts of the game that others haven't talked about yet, seeing as this review is a year to late so what I will cover here is my reason why I don't believe this game to be anything better than a 7/10, please remember this is just my opinion and if you disagree then fair enough.
So, my main reason for not giving this one a perfect? well because basically no game is perfect but more to the point I felt the story was almost on the level of fan fiction when it came to the relationship between Chief and Cortana which disappointed me thoroughly as the impression I'd always gotten from the two was an aged mutual respect and camaraderie not that just because she is visually based on a woman that they had to become sexually attracted and act like they would of liked to be a couple in some way.
It irritated me because it really dumbed down both characters and made them more one dimensional, which is quite easy to do when it comes to Chief, sadly.
So there it is, my main problem and it sucks too because I loved some of the set-pieces in Halo 4 and they were fantastically epic on occasion which just made the sappy ending all that more frustrating to people who have followed these two from the very beginning, compare Chief reuniting with Cortana in Halo 3 with the ending of Halo 4 and see how much more subtle and less forced it felt that these two characters felt good to see each other again.
I dunno I guess I'm rambling now, but that's my gripe - but I'd still give a play for multiplayer any day.
Psst... but I still preferred Halo 3's multiplayer ;)
Oh I love Call of Cthulhu, but I don't have a copy at the moment, I suck so hard at the game though xD
As for the game I'll be playing - I might try out Penumbra again as I've never completed it or maybe I'll just watch a scary movie on Netflix :P