11.05.2014

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.

Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • 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


7.29.2014

Nike Goalkeeper Gloves 2014/2015

Just a quick update as nothing has changed from the last update I did outside the color. But it does look like they ditched the latex strap for, again, for the heavy nylon belt lock strap. Below are pictures of the SGT Premier, SGT Premier Reverse Stitch, VG3, and VG3 Reverse Stitch. All pictures are taken from Prodirectsoccer.com. Personally I love an all black glove, and am really looking forward to getting a pair.

SGT Premier 

SGT Premier Reverse Stitch (this is the only different picture they have from the regular pair)

VG3

VG3 Reverse Stitch (Again, the only different image is this one)




7.28.2014

Destiny Beta - 5 Point Review

I know it's just a beta, but Destiny is a different animal all together. Coupled with the fact that there hasn't been much released in the past few weeks, nor will there be in the next few, it fits pretty well into the formula. So, here we go.




Destiny Beta

Summary - The plot of Destiny as a whole is still a little unclear to me. Maybe because I don't want to have it spoiled, but I didn't pay attention much in the Beta in terms of story. What I do remember is you are a guardian, awoken at some point in time by your companion Ghost, voiced by Peter Dinklage, and asked to help solve the problem of a violent repressive alien species. I think. It is a little similar to Halo, but I'm not really going to complain. All in all, the Beta was a lot of fun. It feels like an MMO mixed into a Sci-Fi world. Intergalactic travel, fun and rewarded gun play, different classes and abilities, a slew of weapons, vehicle combat, great voice acting. If you didn't get to try out the Beta, I am a little sorry for you. It has me super excited for what's to come in September. 


Pros
  • Everything feels fluid, and intended. Movement, recoil, vehicles, specials, environments
  • Ability trees are everywhere, and it's a good thing
  • Multiplayer is different enough to be fresh, and we only had one game type
  • Story missions were repeatable, and easy to track where to go next
  • The Tower gives you the feeling of an MMO without being too overwhelming
  • It is genuinely a ton of fun, and puts an awesome spin on the FPS genre
  • Hopping into a fire team with friends is a breeze
Cons
  • The in game vehicles are slightly over powering
  • Single player weapons carry into multiplayer, possibly giving an unfair advantage to specific players. It will hopefully be addressed in the full game
  • Story was somewhat confusing, even for the few hours I spent trying to figure it out
  • Wasn't much enemy variation, but I expect that to change come full release
  • I wanted more!
Should you (have) played it? - I hope you did because it was just a really good time, and an amazing look of what's to come from Bungie. From what I've played, they deserve all the praise and attention they've been getting. So when it comes out, yes you should absolutely play it.

Should you buy it? - Reread the section about, yes you should 100% buy this game. It's an MMO that Bungie plans to support for years to come. Buy two if you have to.


Score - I'm not going to give it a score simply because it was a Beta. It plays like a more defined Halo, with multiplayer added in. Have a dash of Borderlands, Fallout, and any MMO. So whatever you think that equals out to, we'll go with that.


6.05.2014

Watch_Dogs - 5 Point Review

The 5 Point Review

I'm going to be trying something a bit different. Similar to the end of Kotaku's reviews, they have a little bar of score and if you should/shouldn't play the game, I wanted to streamline the review process instead of going so into depth that it takes me a massive amount of time to write and read. Also it would allow me to make a call based on only playing a portion of the game without having to dive into 40 hour games and give a review a couple weeks later.

So the 5 Points will be

  • Quick Summary
  • Pros and Cons
  • Should you play it
  • Should you buy it
  • Score


Watch_Dogs

Summary - When Watch_Dogs is at its best, you're on foot, hacking cameras, phones, explodable environments, traffic lights, and so on. When it's at its worst you're stuck trying to get away from cops with terrible driving gameplay, the inability to shoot while you drive, and wading through a lot of added on content that just seems to be there to be there. Overall the game is fun, and its idea of where it wanted to end up as a total package is a good one, but the final product is a mixed bag.

Pros
  • Hacking is a lot of fun
  • Progression system is pretty deep and rewarding
  • On foot gameplay/gunplay/minigames all work well
  • There is a ton of stuff to do, and they don't hold anything back
  • Graphically is a very good looking game
  • Fast travel is convenient
  • 1v1 hacking multiplayer is tense and fun
Cons -
  • Driving is awful and has no consistency.
  • A lot of the minigames, side missions, etc., seem tacked on just because.
  • Repetitive a la Assassins Creed or Farycry.
  • In my opinion, the voice acting is pretty poor.
  • Police wanted level system is awkward, and coupled with driving, its downright frustrating
  • The game is a bit buggy
  • The multiplayer has a poor showing, with only 1 team event and no party system.
Should you play it? Probably - If you're not really invested in anything else and are looking for a game to pickup to kill time then yes, this is a play. Especially with not much on the horizon.

Should you buy it? Yes - If you have Gamefly, or a friend willing to give up their copy, go that route. If not it is worth the money to kill 30 hours or so.

Score - 7.75




5.27.2014

Nike World Cup 2014 Goalkeeper Gloves

The Nike Goalkeeper gloves were sort of unveiled two days ago. My usual buying website of Prodirectsoccer.com posted Pre-Order pictures of the majority of the gloves. The normal lineup is there, however missing is the GK Confidence. It will probably be added at a later date, but I wouldn't be surprised if the specific model was discontinued completely, as no pros wear the glove, it's wildly overpriced, and the overall glove isn't really all that great anyway. I'd prefer if they made their reverse stitch line more permanent.

Palm - Nothing changes

Backhand - New design. Definitely a minimalist design compared to the heavy embossed features of the previous gloves. The usual different color middle two fingers slides up to the entire finger tips being a different color now, as well as a giant Nike sign on the back of the hand. The pinkie, ring and middle finger also have perforations in them. The biggest backhand change comes to the SGT Premier. Instead of one piece of latex as the backhand, it looks like two now, and the dry fit material is a little more evident, but is missing from the usual places where they would be in the old glove.

Strap - Still looks like the belt lock strap, but is now back to the latex design.


It doesn't look like much has changed, which is a good thing. I like the look. Nothing too flashy, and the redesign is nice. Pre-orders are available now on their site. I couldn't find them available anywhere else. I'm sure other sites, including Nike's own will have them up shortly. Pictures below. Also a bonus pic of David De Gea wearing his new VG3.



Gunn Cut


SGT Premier 


VG3 (Which I think are my new favorites)


(*The pictures of David De Gea are from his Facebook page.The other glove images are from Prodirectsoccer.com. I do not own any of these images.*)

5.12.2014

Adidas World Cup Gloves 2014

In what can only be described as "I don't know how to describe it," Adidas has released one of their new gloves, and surely some will follow shortly after. Branded as the Predator Zone Pro, the only info i can give is that of what I see.

Palm - looks to be a multi-latex palm with a thicker added latex on the fingers, as well as a hardened material on the base of the palm for better wear and tear prevention. All in all, outside of the multi color look, I don't see this as a terrible design.

Backhand - its going with the total "Battle Pack" look that Adidas is going for for the World Cup, almost like a checkered pattern. It now also has what looks like a punch pad, maybe made out of rubber, or the same material used on the palm. Outside of the ridiculous pattern, again I'm a fan of the way it looks.

Enclosure - doesn't look like much has changed. Stretch strap, which I'm a fan of. And either Neoprene wrist enclosure, or a better material.

Cut - this one is a negative cut, which is typical of the Pro line in Adidas' glove range. The thumb is a wrap over, and the palm comes under the thumb a slight bit near the backhand. Latex gussets, again the usual.

The gloves look absolutely hideous if I do say so, but it does look like they made improvements on arguably their best gloves. Albeit, at an expense, as well as some ugly upgrades and colorways. Pricing wise, it looks like they'll come in at around $120, while the regular Predator Pro comes in at $85-80 depending on where you buy them. Again, they look awful, but if the improvements on the glove work as well as Adidas hope they will, I don't think I would have a problem with spending an extra $40. Anything is better than the Predator Horizon glove that no one wears, and has unnecessary features to it. Pictures below are taken from prodirectsoccer.com where I've been buying a lot of my own stuff as they have great deals on boots and multi buy discounts on gloves.

3.06.2014

Nike Magista and Adidas Primeknit FS released [UPDATED]

Nike Magista

[UPDATED]

More Pictures
Inclusion of Black colorway
PREORDER - APRIL 29th 
RELEASE - MAY 22nd

It's been a while since I've updated anything, but I have been anticipating the actual release of the new Nike Magista soccer boot, which will be replacing the CTR360. Pictures of the blacked out prototype have been abound in the past few months, along with what is also assumed to be the new Mercurial Vapor, which may or may not be featuring a mid to high top lace up design. But that's another article at another time. Now there's a lot of information to digest. The main being that its a slide on shoe without the traditional tongue or generalized material/shape/linings/etc. It's a new looking material deemed Flyknit, which looks like twine type material. The sole is a basic sole. The ankle material seems to just be sock material, and is probably just an extra addition to give a fitted feel of the shoe. It generally looks like a sock with laces. It's yellow and pink, and some accents of black. I don't know how I feel about it. It's also rumored to have 4 different price levels. The top end being the Magista Obra, which is the mid top cloth looking one. It's also the only one that's been shown thus far. It's also supposed to retail around $300. The Magista Opus, which I'm going to guess is the normal top tier boot like a Vapor, or Phantom, and look like a regular cleat without the sock liner. And then the Orden, and Onda as cheap and cheaper, respectively. 

Overall, Nike is trying to be innovative. I mean I completely understand trying to be cutting edge. In my humble opinion, it's a lot better than what adidas has been doing with their collections and released new colors and designs and ridiculous patterns once every few weeks. It's impossible to keep up with adidas and their consistent urge to mash as much color into a shoe as possible. However, I don't know if I'm really a fan of this overall design. We won't really be able to put any weight behind whether it's a good shoe or not, as I probably won't see or get a hold of one for a couple months at least. I didn't see a release date yet, but it can't be far behind. And I'm sure they're going to be plastering this thing everywhere, as you can expect they're gonna want their pro players like Andres Iniesta to be wearing this thing in games ASAP. But until I actually get to see one in person here it is.







adidas Primeknit

In what was surely an attempt to take away some hype and publicity away from the Nike Magista reveal, adidas revealed on instagram about an hour the Primeknit FS. They already released the Primeknit, which looks like a fully knitted shoe that someones grandma would make.




So this thing was released and it kinda went away, because well it looks like what it does. They had Luis Suarez endorse it with his fingers wrapped around some string with the boot in front of him.


And now they have released, at least a prototype hybrid thing, that I'm going to go out on a limb here, not many players will actually wear, that isn't actually anything yet. But it's hideous. And what happens when you have a Nike, or Puma, or Warrior, or Under Armour kit, and you're wearing this damn thing?


Again, I get that they're trying to be innovative, and that's all well and good, but this thing is an abomination no matter how they try to swing it. The Primeknit is enough of a sway in a different direction to warrant a try for the shoe, but the cleat that goes up to your calf? Personally I have big calves, and my calf socks tend to wear over time and don't stay up after a few months. So what happens if someone with bigger or smaller calves wants to wear this? They're kind of shit out of luck on both fronts considering there's no laces to tighten or loosen the material. 

It's still in it's hybrid stage, but I just don't think that one is going to work out. The regular design has a chance, but the FS seems like its going to fade away with the $400 elite carbon fiber body shoes, the padded head gear for everyday players, and the $250 goalkeeper gloves, and so on. Hopefully these things don't see the light of day.

Two releases today, and one a couple weeks ago. The Nike Magista Flyknit wins out visually, and not because I'm a Nike fan, but because it doesn't look like something my great aunt knitted me for Christmas, then the adidas Primeknit because it still resembles a soccer cleat, and then the Primeknit FS. If and when I get a hold of them, or a friend does, I'll try to write some type of review. 

Rich