Press Start - Battlefield Hardline Beta

So the free public Battlefield Hardline Beta went live on Tuesday night of this past week, and I figured I'd give it a download and try to show what you can expect if you decide to play this when it comes out in about  a months time from now. Sit back and enjoy, and decide if maybe it's something you'd be interested in playing.

Thanks, Rich 


Press Start - Resident Evil HD Remake

While I know I'm a couple weeks late but, I figured I would just throw this up. It's the first 20 minutes or so of cut scenes and gameplay from the new Resident Evil HD remaster with my commentary throw in. Watch as I poorly navigate and forget everything about this game. Thanks for tuning in.



Devil's Lair Nightfall Simple Walkthrough

Still playing Destiny? Nigthfall still has to be completed, but you're short a friend or two? Well I got ya covered. Watch as myself and buddy Justin AKA Jada, tackle the first Nigthfall strike with just the two of us. Every boss encounter has a good strategic holding spot. It can be completed if you have to run solo too. Thanks for watching!


Grand Theft Auto V - One snowball too many

Plain and simple, don't fuck with the Police in Los Santos. Even if you're just trying to have some Christmas fun and have a smidgeon of a snowball fight. They fired something else back.

Battlefield 4 - Get doubled up

That super satisfying, 2 armored vehicles, with 3 C4 type of kill. Taking out the Anti Aircraft gunner along with one of his Superman LAV buddies. Enjoy.

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor - Five Point Review

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor - Five Point Review

I'm a little late to this one, but I've been super busy and have had a decent back log to get through with GTA V, Destiny's expansion, Call of Duty and general human business. But in today's return to the Five Point Review we take a look at Shadow of Mordor and whether or not it's worth your time. I'm not a huge fan of the Tolkien books, but fan enough to see all the movies and be interested in it's games. When Monolith announced this one, I was a bit weary as the past few Lord of the Rings games have essentially been bad, and the MMO hasn't been all that great. But after the game started to get some good press, and good reviews, I figured I'd give it a look. 

Summary -  In Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, you play as Talion, a non canonical character in the Middle Earth universe created by Tolkien. I'm not going to get too much into story, as it's a bit of a spoiler, but the easiest way to put it is that the actions in the game's story give the reasoning behind Talion's abilities as plausible. For example, jumping off of ridiculously tall structures, what happens after you die, using your bow and arrow, and so on, and so forth. The game reminds me heavily of the Arkham series, and Assassin's Creed series and does a really great job at marrying them together. The game does get repetitive, but it's a kind of welcome thing to just mindlessly slay the Uruk's who never seem to stop coming. The Sauron's Army component is awesome. Essentially, having in game NPC's fight it out for power and control to move up the ranks. Dying moves the captains around and empowers others, making them stronger and more difficult to deal with. At times, like last night for instance, I found myself fighting 4 different captains at once because they just happen to be wondering by. I absolutely died as probably a hundred enemies eventually slid in and out our combat zone, but that was actually half the fun of it. Dealing with different strengths and weaknesses of each captain, while managing their minions and the possibility of giant monsters joining the fight is a blast. There's hunting challenges, weapon challenges, scavenging challenges, and a ton of content. It's definitely a good time, even through some of it's repetitiveness.

  • Arkham and Assassin's Creed clone - but it works
  • Sauron's Army mechanic
  • Upgrading/Abilities are fun to mix and match, and find
  • Killing Uruks, no matter how many, doesn't seem to get old.
  • Ratbag and Gollum are great
  • It's bloody and gory and violent, everything you'd expect from Middle Earth
  • A ton of content
  • Original Story
  • Great Voice Acting
  • Combat is fluid
  • It does get repetitive
  • Some of the platforming and free running is an annoyance. I get stuck on geometry too often
  • There are some things they took right out of the other series that seem kind of lazy
  • The enemies respawn way too quickly in your immediate area
  • Story is a little convoluted
  • The typical collectibles - find 45 of these, 25 of these, etc.
Should you play it? Yes.  If you like games like Arkham City, and Assassin's Creed, I would highly suggest it. There is enough going on in the game and it is fun enough even if you aren't really a huge fan of those games. Also, if you like the Tolkien universe, I would suggest it as well as it seems like a pretty great representation of the world and his vision. 

Should you buy it? Yes. Especially at this point. I got it for Christmas for about $30, so it's probably hovering around there still.

Score - 8.25 The game is solid fun and a great time waster. If you're not involved in any other game and want to waste some time brutally beheading some Tolkien-esque monsters, go get it.


Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Multiplayer 5 Point Review

It feels fun again.

Summary - So it's out, and I swore to myself I wasn't going to play anymore Call of Duty games. But, they sucked me back in. After the debacle that was Ghosts, and the less than stellar Black Ops 2, I had become skeptical to say the least. I think if it did turn out to be the Treyarch game after Ghosts, I wouldn't be playing it.But to be honest, it wasn't so much the game that turned me away from playing, mostly the community. I consider myself a pretty great Call of Duty player and I love the competitive play and aspect of the game. But, I have never, nor will I ever be a fan of drop shotting, quick scope, no scope, 360 shot, excessive camping, or anything that isn't really just a guy and his gun and his skill. And you could argue that all of that takes skill, but that's a different topic for a different day. But to get it out there, the multiplayer is fun again. A bevy of new guns, a new mantling and movement system, the double jumps and dashing, the Exo abilities, the pick 13 system, it all feels familiar while feeling fresh and different at the same time. It is a far from perfect multiplayer, as some of the maps are too tight and the spawn system will suffer because of how quickly everything is moving, but I almost don't mind dying like I would in other games, because I feel like everyone is actually moving around and having a ridiculous time flying through the air.

  • New weapons, Exo suits, Perks, Kill streaks, character customization
  • Pick 13 system returns
  • Maps are surprisingly really well made with only 1 or 2 duds in the bunch
  • Fast paced game play. I mean really fast. But also the ability to play "classic" style
  • Future setting without feeling Sci-Fi or campy
  • The community hasn't ruined the game yet
  • That addicting feeling
  • It is a pretty game
  • Spawn system suffers
  • Some weapons feel really underpowered
  • That "you're putting a 100 bullets into someone and they don't die, then you get killed on 2 and perfect aim and no recoil on the kill cam" feeling is still there and it is still frustrating
  • Verticality is a huge and fun part of the game
  • New game modes are fun but they're nothing to go crazy over
  • I'm still confused why I'm unlocking things, and then losing them a few matches later
  • The community still sucks regardless
Should you play it? Yes - Especially if you took a game or two off, to me at least, it feels new and fresh and I swore off the series. If you like FPS games, it will keep you addicted for at least a few months

Should you buy it? Yes - Again, it's that same addicting feeling of Call of Duty and will last a few months. If need be wait till Christmas and ask for it then. Just be prepared to be harvested by veteran players come December 26th.

Score - 8.75

This is for the multiplayer section of the game only. There are single player campaign, as well as a survival mode. They may be coming later. Also, I will be releasing some videos on Youtube hopefully soon so you can see some gameplay and impressions. Thanks