Category Archives: Video Games

Ready Player One Challenge in Hollywood

Yesterday was the first day of the Ready Player One Challenge in Hollywood. For those of you that don’t know, Ready Player One is a book by Ernest Cline that came out in 2011.

As a gamer I naturally read the book, and at the time I had no idea it would become a film by Stephen Spielberg a few years later.

The experience is 20 to 30 minutes long, with many photo ops and opportunities to take photos. In fact it’s encouraged. The retro feel to the experience brought back a lot of childhood memories for me and I loved it.

In the experience you are tasked with finding keys on your way to the Oasis. You are encouraged to play, search and take a leap. It’s fun and looks amazing.

Yes, they built the stacks where Wade Watts calls home. However they do not take everyone into the stacks. It is here that I believe there is a Virtual Reality experience.

All in all it is a great experience, reminiscent of a Comic Con experience. When you’re in line Fandango is out there asking trivia questions where you can win a multitude of prizes. I personally won 2 Fandango tickets to see the film. One person I was with won a hat. They made it fun from start to finish. If you get a chance and are in the Hollywood, California area, take advantage of this free experience. They do take walk ups, and you can also secure a specific time on the website, ReadyPlayerOneChallenge.com

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How E3 2017 is Different than Years Past

E3, the coveted video game convention that is held every year at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  It’s previously been industry and press only, until this year, when the public was granted access to the convention for a hefty $249.00.

I have been attending E3 for the past 6 years and I must say this year there was a complete 180 on just about everything.  You would think that having actual paying attendees that they could go all out, yet just the opposite happened.

I felt as if the show floor didn’t pop.  Usually you walk in and your awed by some great display from an upcoming game that you have never heard of or played before.  The year the giant Titan was out front of the convention center for Titanfall comes to mind.  Now that blew me away.  Or walking in and seeing the plants vs zombies dancing.

This year I don’t think I saw one game that I either hadn’t heard of, played previously, or had an amazing display area.  Sure Wolfenstein looked pretty cool in the diner where they would make you a milk shake, but other than that, I just felt the show was bland, boring, and quite frankly useless.

If you really want information about upcoming games, watch the briefings.  I found out more there than I did walking the show floor.   The convention didn’t even have any swag, which is in my opinion is what makes it fun.  The year they gave out Skylanders, or Disney Infinity figures, simple tee shirts or awesome pins.  I am seriously talking nothing.

Want to play a game?  Oh get in the longest line you can possibly think of and wait for 4 hours.  That is, if the line isn’t capped in 20 minutes. You may be saying to yourself, but your press.  Sure, I am.  But even as press, I have to “make an appointment” and again come back later.  At this point if I want to play games, I might as well go home.

I had the most fun outside across the street at the Devolver site.  It was for press media, they had meetings, food, drinks and good genuine fun, without all the millions of people.  If you are press and are reading this, don’t miss out on Devolver.

Sony was outside as well, but the store, for the first time ever had a line so long, that I just couldn’t wait in it.  I figure I can get it all online if I really wanted it.  Nothing seemed to be exclusive.

All in all I think that opening E3 to the public was not the greatest thought out plan.  It should have had all the bells and whistles of a top notch technologically advanced video game convention.  It had none.  Unless they either give the press and industry a day or two before letting in the public or just eliminate them completely, I will never step foot back in E3 again.  Everything is streamed and I really would have found out more if I had stay tuned in rather than trying to get a hands on look at anything.  Very disappointed.

E3 didn’t even provide the normal day 1-3 guides nor were there industry magazines available.

Photo by Caprice Conley

 

For Honor Open Beta

I remember being on the E3 show floor and watching the big screen they had playing above us.  It was a game that showed a viking who was in battle, with some the most amazing weaponry and gear i’ve ever seen in a video game.  I watched, and finally the name of game scrolled across the screen. For Honor.

That has been over a year now, and I’m so happy about playing the open beta on Feb 9-12.  I chose to play as the Samurai and it is a game that I could find myself playing this for many hours.

The release date on For Honor is February 14th.   Will you be picking this game up?

Here is the first 15 minutes of gameplay, brought to us by IGN.

Playstation Plus Games For January

It’s that time again, where we get our free games each month for Playstation plus.  The lineup is a fantastic one, and if you are reading this you should head on over to Playstation and get these games now!

On PS4, Hardware: Rivals.  Normally $19.99

Grim Fandango Remastered.  Normally $14.99.  This game is amazing, and should definitely be played in its newest format.

Dragon Age: Origins…PS3, Normally  $19.99.  If you have ever played a Dragon Age game, you’ll know that this is a game that stands the test of time.  They just keep getting better and better.

Also on PS3 is Medal of Honor Warfighter.  Normally $19.99, and this is a game for those of you that need a break from Call of duty.

Lets not forget PSVita where History: Legends of War: Patton, and Grim Fandango Remastered are available for free.

No matter what platform you have these are all pretty stellar games.  Check them out!

Battlefield 1 vs Call of Duty Infinite Warfare

I’ve been playing video games since I was a wee tot.  It was about 7 years ago or so that I decided to try my first shooter, Call of Duty.  I’ve been a loyal  player for years with the occasional dabbling in Battlefield.  I did enjoy Battlefield Hardline, story mode, but a glitch with it on my PS4 put that at an abrupt halt.

The excitement for Call of Duty Infinite Warfare was very present at E3.  IT was hyped up and looked promising.  As always I went to the midnight release and picked up my copy.  It was soon after that I realized that fighting in space wasn’t exactly the makings of good game play.  Running on walls, the cheating, the same old simple maps, were just not impressing me.

I decided that maybe the single player game would be full filling.  Again I was wrong.  There was nothing new here except location.  The “rigs” we got to wear but nothing gripping.

Now I was absolutely adamant about not playing Battlefield 1.  Even though I was very impressed at E3, I always considered myself a COD person, ya know?

I was wrong.

Battlefield 1 has a beautifully written storyline, an engulfing world which takes you back.  The guns are not these high tech blasters, they are the older, real used guns you saw back in the war.  The real war, not the one we are fighting in space.

I think COD needs to get back to basics.  Back to what made them what they are today.  I defiantly think that all the cheating, and if you don’t think there is any going on your severely mistaken, has to be regulated.  Really, put people in rooms based on how they play, how they rank.  Similar styles.  I always get put in with clans who talk to each other, run on walls, have altered guns, and really it just makes the experience, well, not fun.

I still think there is hope for COD.  I know there will be another installment.  Let them follow Battlefield 1 and give us an engrossing storyline.  WIth epic gameplay.

 

Gamestop Expo Begins Tomorrow in Anaheim.

For all you gamers out there if you are a Gamestop patron, what better way to connect with games than by heading to the annual Gamestop Expo, tomorrow in Anaheim CA?  It is a really fun expo, not like E3 or Comic-Con where it is more serious, and a lot of business going on.  This is truly an expo for gamers.

It begins at 11am and ends at 6pm at the Anaheim Convention Center.  It is also right across from Disneyland.  After you game, you can go have a night at Disney.

I’m hoping to see a bit more from Titanfall 2.  I was impressed with the first game but it really fizzled out for me after  few months.  This is one game I will be seeking out.

Virtual reality is a no brainer.  Of course I want to get my hands on some of it.  In particular, Playstation’s Morpheus.  E3 was just too hectic to get in for me.  I did however manage to do some VR on a Galaxy phone.  Loved it.

I’ll definitely be posting on my Facebook and I will recap tomorrow the days findings.

Happy Gaming!

Lego Star Wars the Force Awakens is Here

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Tonight if you pre-order and download games, within just a few minutes you will be able to play Lego Star Wars Force Awakens on your PS4 or XBOX One.  Both are available to download and play at midnight EST, or 9pm PST.  I happen to be in California, so it’s 9pm for me!

I did play the demo today, it surprisingly fun.  I find some Lego games to be confusing, but not this one.  It gripped me and brought me right in to the game with familiar characters that I know and love.  A great things also is that many of the main characters are voiced by the actors in the films.  I think that is pretty cool.  With 200 characters, it’s totally going to be worth it.  I purchased the deluxe edition.  It was a mere $10.00 more and I figure I will want them later so might as well get them now.

I know we had Battlefront come out last year, but that game for me just didn’t have the dynamics in a game of Star Wars that I needed.  Lego definitely does.

BB-8 is playable, which adds to the fun!

Who is going to be playing tonight?

 

Day One E3; Thoughts

Today was the first day of the E3 show floor.  I’ve gone a couple of different years now and it seems like it is has changed drastically from last year.  Yet I still love it.  We had an easy entry into the venue, no problems what so ever.

One of our first games we played was the upcoming Ghostbusters game which is going to be releasing as the movie comes out. Its a continuation.  I played it and as a Ghostbusters fan, I think it was great.

We also watched a small video on Battlefield 1, and then were able to take some hands on time with it.  This was one of my most surprising games since I tend to be  a Call of Duty player.  I will say this, Battlefield 1 will be pre-ordered and I will be playing.  It was a pretty solid game.

We were able to try out some meditation VR.  Which I thought was super relaxing.  It was just a Samsung phone put into a VR headset.  With headphones.  I was literally transported to another time and place as a voice guided me through a meditation.  The VR headset also took my heartbeat.  This was right behind the Oculus Rift booth.

 

Uncharted 4 is a Breath of Fresh Air


Uncharted 4 came out this week and it was refreshing to play.  It looks amazing on the PS4.  It felt like seeing an old friend, Nathan Drake, Sully.  

It’s rare these days to be taken on an adventure that you can enjoy and want to be a part of.  It’s not all run and gun.  The environments are elaborate and detailed and are brought to life right before your eyes.

Even if you haven’t played any of the Uncharted games, Uncharted 4 is easy to pick up, play and enjoy.

Tom Clancy’s The Division

Tom Clancy’s Division is a game that has grown on me.  It isn’t the typical game that I find myself playing.  I am an ultimate “run and gunner”, and subsequently die’r.  Yes, I play Call of Duty, and I’m to very good, but I love playing it.

I picked up The Division when it was released earlier this year.  I had been familiar with it at the previous E3 show.  Since then I couldn’t wait for it’s release.

I will say it does have some difficulty to it. You have to take time to build up your command center.  Which is a nice break to have from mindlessly shooting people.

I’m still at the point in the game where we don’t know what happened.  As I look around the world I am in, I can’t help but wonder how it used to be?  There isn’t many people left far as I can tell.

The world is amazing.  Very detailed and that is big draw for me.  What better way to enjoy yourself than by being in a world you can truly explore.  So far I can tell a lot of time was put in to recreating Manhattan.

I like that I can go at my own pace.  Sometimes in the COD’s single player you have to follow where they tell you to go. You can’t take your time and just explore or maybe sneak up on some bad guys.  If you don’t proceed, they don’t proceed.

Tom Clancy’s Division is a solid game, and three are many things to do, from the main quest to the many side quests.  If you have some time to dedicate to a great game, give the Divison a chance.