OMFG. Yes, yes, yes. Battlefield 4 has been announced!!!! I mean, I thought I was excited about another Call of Duty game coming out in Fall (hopefully its better than Black Ops 2,) but now I’m insanely ecstatic upon hearing (and seeing) Battlefield 4 revealed.
As one of the biggest publishers for Electronic Arts, Battlefield 3 was an extraordinary experience for us FPS junkies. The single-player campaign mode was impressive, but the online gameplay was perhaps the main attraction of the title. And with it being such a success, I’m sure that Battlefield 4 will go above and beyond the call of duty (haha, it might actually be better.)
Running on Frostbite Engine 3, the17 minute gameplay of BF4 will surely blow your mind. Wow, those graphics are insane! Makes me want to wait for the PS4 just to it (or is it going to only be on Ps3, PC, and 360?)
Either way, I must say the ”Fishing in Baku” gameplay has caught my attention and I will be following the updates of this game closely!
Hopefully in the next coming weeks and months we will see more gameplay and hear more details of what to expect. Do you think it will be as epic as BF3? Hmmm…it just might be!
Even though the PSN can get on my nerves sometimes, I’m still a die hard Sony fan. The only time I ever lost my trust in Sony was when the PSN was done for weeks in 2011; I almost lost my mind! But following that embarrassing incident, Sony has kept my interest and I still play PS3 on a daily basis. So with the news of the PS4, I’m proud to be an avid supporter of PlayStation.
Unless you are totally unaware of the happenings in gaming culture, then you have no excuse not to be aware of this week’s Playstation 2013 meeting; official confirmation of the Ps4 and the future of gaming.
Yes, yes, yes! The next step in the Playstation series will be the Ps4. In the tradition of Playstation, there is no need for a new name. Might as well continue the series of Ps1, Ps2, Ps3, and now a Ps4. And as the fourth generation system in the Playstation franchise, it seems that this will be the best one to-date.
Of course the Ps3 is quite spectacular and the free online play is a huge perk, but the Ps4 has a lot of new features that will take gaming and interaction to new heights.
I could go on and on about all the new features, but that is boring! Especially when you can watch it for yourself. But here is a few of the new perks, as well as the confirmed titles that will be on Ps4.
P.S. this console is slated to be released in the Holiday season of 2013. No
So many good games coming to the PS4. The makers of Halo, Bungie, have even teamed up with the folks behind Call of Duty to make an epic adventure called Destiny. The game I’m most excited for is Watchdogs. Looks so good!
Today is a very special day. No, the Robocop remake is still coming out, Hollywood’s still producing heaps of regurgitated garbage, Michael Bay still has a career, and IGN is still releasing game reviews. Yet this is still a special day regardless. You see, the little remake that could has finally stepped out of hiding and onto our moist and wanting computer monitors after 8 years in development. Fuck yes; Black Mesa. Previously known as Black Mesa Source. The independently developed remake of the first title in Valve’s beloved, cherished and obsessed-over Half Life franchise. Okay, so technically it went live yesterday, but I’ve only begun playing it today.
Let’s backtrack just a second and introduce the Half-Life series. If these are games you’ve never played, you should be ashamed, embarrassed, and apologize for sullying your family’s solid reputation. I’ll offer a few quick reviews for those less informed -
Half-Life 2: Beyond perfect.
Half-Life 2: Episode 1: Almost perfect.
Half-Life 2: Episode 2: Perfect.
While fans of the series have no doubt struggled to cope with Half-Life’s absence since 2007, eagerly anticipating a reveal or announcement of Half-Life 2: Episode 3/Half-Life 3, first person shooters have evolved into one of the most recognized genres in modern gaming. Granted, most of these new titles lack depth, character development, or cohesive story. What has been released in this 5 year time-frame? Well, about nineteen iterations of Call of Duty. I’m not much a fan of the Call of Duty series. The campaigns are short, with over-the-top action sequences, and empty characterizations of war-hardened soldiers. Let’s not forget to mention the clear absence of ANY female characters, let alone central female figures; but that’s an argument and discussion for another time. The multiplayer seems to be bogged down by perks, upgrades, and the elitism of “prestige”. The game feeds you little pellets of these perks and upgrades to keep you playing. It’s like you’re Pac-man and every other player is Inky, Blinky, Pinky, or Clyde. The games can be fun for short bursts, but I just don’t feel they offer any depth. But I’m not here to discuss the merits of Call of Duty, I’m here to tell you about something in the fucking Half-Life universe!
The Freeman returns to the Black Mesa Research Facility and things are looking…well, better. No surprise there. The game looks precisely how I expected it to look; not overly-flashy considering it’s running on an aging engine. Now this is certainly a remake. Things are quite different for this trip back to Black Mesa. After your first step off the tram and the security doors are opened for Gordon, you’ll be greeted by some new scenery (not that the trip on the tram didn’t already offer some of that). There are some really nice touches here in the opening chapter. I caught an Office Space reference in which, after discussing his disliking of the “TPS” reports, one scientist is told he’ll be needed to work over the weekend. The first security guard that greets you references Barney from Half-Life 2 and his drinking problem. Dr. Kleiner and Dr. Vance are here this time around, and we see what I can only be led to believe is a budding, young Lamarr. Scientists discuss their own issues with working at Black Mesa and with each other as you roam the halls prior to the cataclysmic Resonance Cascade. Some really nice flair added to the opening chapter here.
One thing that hasn’t sat too well with me is the ability to bring up iron-sights with the Magnum. It’s largely unnecessary, the animation is exhaustingly slow, and it only seems to serve as a modernizing of the game. It’s a very small gripe, but just something I’ve noticed so far. I’ve only put about two hours into the game so far, so think of this as a first impression or a precursor to my inevitable review (soon to come!). If you’ve never played a Half-Life game before, I’d still urge you to start with the original (the Source updated version or otherwise), but this looks like a nice little piece to hold us uber-fans over a while. Full review to come.
Download Black Mesa here: http://release.blackmesasource.com/
Even though I just sold my Xbox 360 (it was just an old arcade version & I needed the extra cash,) I still plan on getting a newer 360, especially after hearing the news of Gears of War: Judgement coming out in 2013.
I can honestly say when it comes to video game franchises, I’m a huge fan of Gears of War and Call of Duty. Both of those franchises are my top favorites (well, can’t forget Mass Effect). Of course, Mass Effect came to an end with an awe-inspiring trilogy, but at least Gears of War and COD don’t show any sign of quitting anytime soon.
This years E3 Convention starts tomorrow and will last until June 7th. There are a lot of big name games anticipated by fans, designers, developers, and other game enthusiasts, but it seems that the Gears of War: Judgement trailer shows us a quite promising future for the franchise.
Of course, this is just a preliminary trailer being shown at E3, but it still does give us some details on what to expect. The main focus of the game…Baird. Okay, not just Baird, but his squad and their unruly actions. Should make for an interesting plot, and of course, I’m looking forward to slashing locusts with a Mk 2 Lancer Assault Rifle. Seriously, it looks so beautifully disgusting on my 48inch HDTV, guts going everywhere!
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