1.09.2015

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.


Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • 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.

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