Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Year End Gaming Status Update

2015 is coming to an end and I have fail all of my gaming goals. I wanted to have MGSV beat by the end of the year, but I missed that goal. Haven't continued that game since October. I was trying to get back into Star Wars The Old Republic MMO, but I quickly found out why I stopped playing that game. I have since canceled my subscription and stopped playing. I haven't even played the single player of the StarCraft 2 Legacy of the Void expansion or invested enough time in Rise of the Tomb Raider. I kind of let my ADD take over the last 3 months and just played what ever I was in the mood for. Not that, that is a bad thing...

2016 is filled with a lot of good games coming out, so I hope to finish a lot of games I started but haven't completed in 2015 before the new ones start to come out. Also for 2016 I have been debating on whether to do game reviews. I still haven't decided yet. One of the biggest reasons I have not done them is because I don't enjoy the game I am playing. I keep thinking I have to rush and finish the game so I can post a review about. I have done this in the past on my other blogs, and I just end up hating playing games because of it. So I have been thinking about approaching it differently. Since I am not really a gaming news website, where reviews are the bread and butter, I will put out the review of the game when I finish it. It maybe few weeks after release, or months, sometimes even maybe a year. I think this might be a better way, though I might just skip the review of a game if I don't finish it with in a month or two of release. Again I am still thinking about this, not sure if I will do this or not. But since I don't talk much on my blog, I am thinking it needs reviews. I'll admit, my blog in 2015 has been fairly boring. I will make a final decision about this in January 2016. Till then I have a lot of games to play and maybe even finish some of them. Have a Happy New Year!!!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

My 2015 - Game Of The Year

2015 has been an interesting year for video games. A lot of great games came out this year, but only one of them stood out more then the rest in my eyes.

And my 2015 Game of the Year is...

Fallout 4

The reason Fallout 4 is my 2015 Game of the Year is because it delivered everything I wanted out of the game. Yes I haven't even come close to beating it, but with about 40 hours of game play already in Fallout 4, I just scratched the surface. I was hoping Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain would be my GotY for 2015, but it is clear the game wasn't finished and Konami forced it out the door. If Kojima had the time he needed to finish MGSV, it would have been one hell of an amazing game. Not that it is crap, in its current state. MGSV is still one of my favorite Metal Gear Solid games, and Kojima did an amazing job bringing the franchise to the Open World genre. I only wish the fall out between him and Konami didn't happen so we could see the 100% complete version of the game.

I have also read the out cries of Fallout fans saying Fallout 4 is not RPG enough and to much FPS. In a way, it has changed a lot since Fallout 3. Some for the better and others not so much. I do wish that a little more RPG was left in Fallout 4, but it still delivered on what I was expecting from the game. I love to explore and see the wasteland that is Boston, but I do have to agree with most of the fans saying that to many people are hostile to you. It can feel like to much of a FPS sometimes, but hopefully Bethesda hears this and doesn't do that in Fallout 5. I am still going to pump over 100 hours into this game and see what they have coming in the DLC. Also can't wait to see what amazing MODs come out for Fallout 4. I will be playing this one well into 2016 and maybe even 2017. Here is to another year with more amazing video games, let 2016 be an epic year. Till then, more Fallout 4 time....

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Fallout 4 - Pip-Boy Edition

So it has been a bit of a delay in posting this, but last week around November 10th I got the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy PC edition.

It is a nice big case that holds the Pip-Boy replica from the game. Which is pretty cool looking.


It works with an app that goes on either your iPhone or Andriod phone. The app can be synced with the game to see your inventory and mess with your Pip-Boy in real life. I haven't done this as I have been just playing the game without this feature. I just thought this was really cool looking as it sits on the display stand. It would get in the way of my chair and keyboard if I tried to use it during the game. Lol!

It also comes with a Steel-Book case with the DVD game disc.


Which in it self looks really cool. But I quickly found out to install the game it requires Steam. Not a problem with me, but some peeps might not like that. Over all I am happy with the Pip-Boy edition, it looks awesome on my desk and the case is on my book shelf. But the most important part is the game.

Over all Fallout 4 has gotten pretty damn good reviews. For me it is well worth the price thus far, and I have gotten re-addicted to the Fallout open world I fell in love with so much back in 2008. Now, if you excuse me I have more raiders to kill in the Commonwealth.  :-)


Sunday, November 8, 2015

BlizzCon 2015

This weekend I was over my friends watching BlizzCon 2015. A lot of interesting new things are coming to Blizzard games. The main focus of this years BlizzCon was Overwatch and WoW expansion, but some new additions are coming to Diablo 3 and StarCraft 2.

Diablo 3 is getting a new patch, 2.4.0, coming most likely around early next year. It will add a lot of features that sound interesting. They are making seasons more interesting to play, adding a few new areas to explore, a new feature to the Cube that came out in 2.3.0, and revamping the UI to stream line it a bit. Also they are adding dungeons that will focus challenges based on Set items. Other then a new patch, there was no information on an expansion if any is coming to Diablo 3 this year. But the patch does sound interesting. Glad they are supporting Diablo 3 with more content and tweaks.

The next major thing I am excited about is for StarCraft 2. The final expansion is coming out in under two days, but they are already talking about supporting SC2 after this last expansion. The biggest news was Mission Packs, focusing around Nova coming out Spring of 2016, and Co-Op missions. I find Co-Op missions interesting, because it would be the first time I seen something like this on a RTS from Blizzard. Now instead of just facing computer AI or other players with your friends, you can team up with regular Co-Op missions. I think the first will be released with the expansion and more to come next year. So good to hear the future of StarCraft 2 is bright.

The other major news was Overwatch, which reminds me of Team Fortress 2, is releasing June 2016 and they are already selling pre-orders for the game. I don't know how I feel about Overwatch just yet. I might wait on this one before I pick it up.

I am not into World of Warcraft (WoW) any more, but they did talk a lot about the new expansion which I think comes out Summer of 2016. So for me, this years BlizzCon wasn't that much exciting, but there was great news on the StraCraft 2 front and more support for Diablo 3. Hopefully next year we will hear about another expansion for Diablo 3 (crosses fingers).

Ohh and they also released the trailer for the new WarCraft movie that comes out summer of 2016. 

Here is the trailer:


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Divinity: Original Sin is now on consoles...


I can't praise this game enough, and now it is finally on consoles. If you haven't played this RPG yet, and don't have a PC, well now is the time to pick it up. I plan to pick up a copy on the Xbox One. I already own it on PC, but I want to support these guys. I haven't bought a game twice in a long time. So if you haven't already, and you like RPGs, pick up this game and you'll see why I love this RPG so much.

Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Pillars of Eternity


I picked up Pillars of Eternity on Steam a little while ago and been playing it here and there. So far it is a really good RPG that is a throw back to the turn-based RPGs of the 90s and early 2000s. If you ever played IceWind Dale or Baldurs Gate, Pillars of Eternity plays just like them. There is a ton of reading in this game, and it is a long one. I think it clocks in around 40 or 50 hours and more if you try to do everything. I think I am a little under 5 hours or so and I am enjoying it. I really like how you can choose to go with the pre-designed characters or create your own.



There is an expansion out for the game, and another one coming very soon. Looks like Pillars of Eternity is going to take me longer then Divinity: Original Sin did. But I am ok with that, Obsidian Entertainment has done a really good job with this game. Brought back a lot of memories from past RPGs like this one. If you are looking for a long RPG with lots of details and is turn-based. You may want to check out Pillars of Eternity. It has been well worth the purchase.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Bad Luck With RPGs...

Lately I have been having some really bad luck with RPGs. While playing Divinity: Original Sin, I picked up Dragon Age: Inquisition late last year, I loved the first one. But it seems that the series has gone from PC focus to, to much console focus. I found it to be very boring, simple combat that was unappealing, and the open world was uneventful. I got to about 20% of the game and just couldn't find a reason to continue to pick up the game and play it. To top it off, the story was just so damn boring. I guess a lot of people liked it, but it just wasn't for me. Sold it early this year.

Another game I had bad luck with, well the whole series for this game, was The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. I do have to say that the game is good, really good but the combat made me bored. I never felt that the combat was exciting, I always ended up not wanting to fight because it was more work then pleasure for me. I got about 10% through this game and never continued.

2015 so far hasn't provided me with RPGs I couldn't put down, except for Divinity: Original Sin. But I started that game in 2014, got distracted by other games, and finished it in 2015. So I picked up Pillars Of Eternity for the PC. Hopefully this will be as good as Original Sin and doesn't end up unfinished like the last two RPGs this past year.

Monday, September 28, 2015

MGSV Will Take Me A While To Complete:

I am saying this because for the month of September I have played about 15+ hours of the game and I am only 13% complete. I think this is do to the fact that Hideo Kojima made such an amazing open world Metal Gear Solid game. And I have to blame my self because I'll complete like 2 or 3 main missions then spend a lot of time in the Side-Ops (side missions). Reason for me taking my time is exploring, collecting reasources, and taking my time on each mission (even side-op missions). This is a good thing for me, becuase there is no right way to complete a mission. Yes, there is a guide line to follow to get higher scores, but no right way. Find a base and do what ever you want to complete the mission at that base.

So I am really enjoying my time in MGSV, but like I said, it is going to take a long time to complete it. I wouldn't doubt if it took me till the end of the year.

MGSV is one of the best in the series in terms of gameplay. Story for me has to go to MGS3. I am a little disappointed that the story was turned back so much in MGSV. It is almost like Hideo Kojima heard the crys of MGS4 and how people said it was like watching a movie then playing a game. In MGSV it is like he went completely the opposite and dialed backed the story and stuffed the game with gameplay instead. Not that I am saying it is a bad thing, but kind of wanting a little bit more story scenes then I have been provided so far.

Ok so it is time for more main missions, been spending to much time in Side-Ops. I got distracted with making money and collecting resources for my motherbase. :-D

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Slight addiction to CS:GO and HearthStone

So recently I have been on a CS:GO kick. I have always played Counter-Strike, even back to when it started as a MOD for Half-Life, but in CS:GO there are drops of guns when you play. It has kind of got me sucked in to rank up and hope to get some drops. So lately I have been playing a few hours here and there hope to get some gun skin drops. I am not the best at Counter-Strike like I use to be, but I get enough kills to have fun. Really that is all that matters to me in the end, having fun.

On the other hand I got addicted to HearthStone for a few weeks. It reminded me of Magic: The Gathering. Though my addiction to that game only lasted a few weeks. I quickly found out that if you don't spend the cash it takes a really really long time to get anywhere. So I kind of just stopped caring about the daily gold and playing. I am just not that into dropping cash left and right to even be able to compete. Well, back to MGSV and CS:GO....

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Metal Gear Solid V Is Out

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is out and I got my copy of the collectors edition yesterday.

I have been playing it ever since, and I have to say I can see why they are calling this the best Metal Gear Solid yet. My favorite of the series has to be Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. I loved the story and how camouflage played a big part of the game. It felt almost real, except for the crazy characters. MGSV has the same vibe to it, though I am only 2% through the game so I don't know if MGSV will be my new favorite yet.

Here are a few pics of what came in the collectors edition:




If you are a fan of the Metal Gear series, you have most likely already picked up the game. If you have never played a Metal Gear game, I would suggest starting at Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater before playing Metal Gear Solid 5. But that is just my opinion.

Back to playing more MGSV....

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - Xbox One

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Reinstalling Windows...


So it turned out that the only game I was able to play without issues on Windows 10 was GTA V. Quirks and other issues came up while playing other games. So I decided to go back to Windows 7 and the free upgraded allowed you to roll back. Well I did, but then I couldn't use any USB devices at all once Windows rolled back to Win7. So, I had to reinstall Windows 7 from scratch. I finally got everything back up and working and now I am reinstalling all my games. As for Windows 10, I think I'll wait a least a year before I consider upgrading. ARRGG!!!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

My Gaming Status Update

So I decided to upgrade to Windows 10 when I was given the chance by Microsoft to upgrade for Free, and thus far have really only ran into one issue. GTA V would not launched, but after some google searches and troubleshooting I was able to get it to work. I am not going to go into detail about the OS, you can find reviews about it online. All I have to say is you may want to wait about 6 months. not all of the drivers are out for parts and issues are bound to come up with gaming on Windows 10. I am going to keep my fingers crossed and hope I don't run into any system breaking issues. If I do, the one need thing about the free upgrade is I can always go back to Windows 7.

On another update, I did decide to subscribe to StarWars The Old Republic. I am really enjoying playing that game again, so I decided to go all in for a little while. The Fall is coming up and lots of games are coming out, but for the time being I have SWTOR and GTA online to keep me distracted. Speaking of distraction, Metal Gear Solid V releases in a few weeks. Can't wait to play that....

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Windows 10: To Upgrade or Not To Upgrade?


Microsoft's new OS is out and I have signed-up for the free upgrade. But I am not sure if I want to upgrade just yet.

I am kind of on the fence about it. I hear from some reviews that people's PCs/Laptops have had nothing but issues with it. Other say it is great and has had no problems since the upgrade.

One of the main reasons I don't know if I can upgrade to Windows 10 is because I heard about the horror stories about Nvidia drivers. This is my gaming PC, and if it is not 100% then it is useless to me.

So when I do get the chance to download and upgrade to Windows 10 for free. I am still undecided on whether to upgrade or not. Hmmm...

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Star Wars The Old Republic: To Play or Not To Play?


I was one of the first to play Star Wars The Old Republic when it launched back in Dec 2011. I had a good time with the game, but ended up leaving before it went Free-to-Play. For a little while now I have really been thinking about subbing and playing SWTOR again. I played for free back in January of this year and enjoyed the time I spent, but the free-to-play model wasn't for me. For the last 6 months I have been back and forth on whether I want to subscribe to the game again.

The reason I am on the fence is because SWTOR plays like WoW but with a Star Wars theme. The main draw for me was the voice acted story, but the MMO part never really sucked me in. But now that a new expansion focusing mostly on story is coming out in October 2015, I am really thinking about playing again.

To play or not to play? I can't decide....With the gaming drought of the summer, it might be a welcomed distraction. Though once Fall hits, to many good games are coming out that will make it hard to justify that $15 a month. Still on the fence about it....

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Diablo 3 Patch 2.3.0 Coming Soon...

A major update to Diablo 3 is coming very soon. Patch 2.3.0, which adds a few new features and a new section to explore. One of the most interesting feature is the Kanai's Cube. This cube brings back memories from Diablo 2, but it is not the same cube. Kanai's Cube allows you to upgrade rare items, convert crafting material, convert gems, extract legendary powers, and more.

This patch will also add tweaks to the classes and add more features to adventure mode and seasons. Currently the patch is live on the PTR but should be released to all very soon. Learn more about this patch here:

Patch 2.3.0 Notes

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Batman: Arkham Knight Limited Edition

On Tuesday I got the Batman: Arkham Knight Limited Edition for Xbox One. I didn't get to play it till last night, for only about two hours. I am really enjoying the game so far. The batmobile is pretty bad ass, but I still have to get use to the controls for it.



In the limited edition I got the game for Xbox One, a comic, steel case, art book, and a statue of Batman as seen in pictures below.




Apparently the statue lights up, as a package of three AA batteries where included. I haven't put in the batteries yet, not sure if I want to at this time, but that is a cool feature.


It kind of sucks with the whole issues on the PC version of this game. I know it is not Rocksteady's fault, the finger should really get pointed at WB for sloppy management of the PC port. They should have funded more money and got a better third party studio to do it. But at least WB is finally owning up to it and taking the PC port off the shelves and getting the code ready for a better release version of the PC version. That is why I got the Xbox One version, but it is a real slap in the face for PC only gamers. Hopefully they deliver a better PC version soon.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Been Playing Witcher 3...

I wasn't a big fan of the first two games, but my friend convinced me to pick up The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and I am liking it. I have to say this game is way better then the others before it. The open world is one of the major reason I am liking the third one. Even though Batman is coming out today, I plan to play and beat this game before the Fall releases come out. But for now I'll take a little break, because Batman is out. 😎

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Finally Beat Divinity: Original Sin


One of the greatest turn based RPGs I have ever played, has come to an end for me. It took me a year, mostly with months worth of breaks in between play sessions, but I beat the game this past weekend. This little gem was an amazing Kick Starter game that blew me away. And thanks to it, I have renewed faith in turn based RPGs. I just hope the developer makes a sequel, though I have heard that they are now bringing this game to major consoles. So if you haven't played it yet and only have a console, good news to hear they are creating a version for them. Head on over to their website to learn more and dive into this epic adventure.  www.divinityoriginalsin.com

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

E3 2015 Is Right Around The Corner

With E3 coming next week (June 16 - 18), I am excited to learn more about a few games on my radar.

Fallout 4

First on my list that I can't wait to see more about is "Fallout 4". I came across the Fallout franchise when Fallout 3 came out back in 2008. Since then I have been hooked. Though many say New Vegas is the best, I felt Fallout 3 was better. Main reason, I like the location better. New Vegas felt like just a huge desert and the city it self was pretty disappointing. But it still was a great game, I just prefer the third one over New Vegas.

Fallout 4's location is going to be set in Boston. And even though Bethesda did release a in-game trailer, we didn't get to see much of the game play or even a release date. Hope to get more info about the game and it's release during E3. If you haven't already seen it, here is the Trailer Bethesda released not to long ago.



DOOM

The next game I can't wait to learn more about, and they have been pretty secretive about it for the last few years, is "DOOM". Nothing much is known about this game or what it even looks like or what the game play will be like. There was a small 11 second teaser for E3 2015, but even that doesn't show us much about the game. So as you can see I am very eager to know more and I hope to even get a release date this time.

Here is the teaser trailer for the game from last year:


XCOM 2

XCOM: Enemy Unknown & Enemy Within was some of the best strategy games I have ever played in a very long time. Yes, it had it's faults and Enemy Within was more of a add-on pack then an expansion, but it was still a damn fine game. Now that 2K Games has announced that XCOM 2 is coming this November, I can't wait to learn more about this game next week. I still don't know how I feel about the whole, you lost the fight in the first game story line. But that aside, it sounds like XCOM 2 is going to be a pretty bad-ass sequel. I am just hoping to see some game play next week.

If you haven't seen it already, here is the trailer:


These are the three games I am very excited to see during E3 next week. But that doesn't mean they are the only games. I hope to be surprised at least once, and learn more about upcoming games like Tomb Raider, StarCraft's final expansion, Quantum Break, The Division, and many others. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

I Am Spoiled: My MMO Dilemma


In the past 12 years I have played countless MMOs, such as World of Warcraft, Age of Conan, Warhammer, The Old Republic, and more. but none have ever been as satisfying of a game, then my first MMO.

Back in 2003 and after coming off the high of Diablo 2, I picked up my first major MMO called "Star Wars Galaxies". Ever since no other MMO has ever been close to what SWG has created.

Star Wars Galaxies when it first launched was an amazing MMO that let you do what ever you wanted. There were no zones, levels, or any of that BS. Everything was player run and you could do what ever you wanted. They gave you a simple training then sent you into the world alone. One of the best things about Galaxies was the fact that you can make your place in the Star Wars universe with out playing a major character. Become whom ever you wanted in the Star Wars universe. It was a dream come true and the first expansion, Jump To Light Speed, made it even better. To be able to fly around with your own customized ship was amazing. Then something happened and it all went to hell. I blame it mostly on greed and the success of WoW.

It first started because SOE wanted to compete with WoW, so they tried to "FIX" the combat in SWG. I mostly played a character who crafted, but I did enjoy the combat. It wasn't perfect, but it worked for the game. Then they decided to have this great idea of having classes, like WoW did. The best thing about SWG was no classes, you can mix and match what ever you wanted. It wasn't perfect or not broken but it worked well for what SWG was. Instead of making what they created work, SOE decided to try and take the piece of the World of Warcraft pie and copy and do what ever that game did. As an added bonus to try to get Star Wars movie goers, they also tried to throw in all the Episode 3 crap. SOE destroyed their own game cause of greed.

I have tried, many of MMOs I have tried. They all seem the same. Or at least I feel that way because I was spoiled and played the greatest MMO (before it was destroyed) ever created. I just hope one day, someone will create that awesomeness of an open world MMO, with out trying to stuff all of the crap from WoW and Everquest into it. Many companies before them have failed trying to copy WoW. You can't do it, WoW is what it is. Blizzard has done a great job making an amazing MMO. It just so happens to not be my cup of tea, because like I said before I am spoiled.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Starting Over With Blogger...

I had a website on Wix but I didn't like their blog feature. So I decided to take my domain and set it here at Blogger. I have been using Blogger for a while and wanted to go back. I had my blog on here a while ago, but left for WordPress.

So here I am again back on Blogger. I plan to stay here for the foreseeable future. I end up shutting down my websites based on games mainly because I always did reviews of the games I played. I don't like reviewing games. It takes the fun out of it for me. So I have decided to just stick to talking about games and my experiences with them instead of reviewing them. So here I am, starting a new once again...

I'll have some posts about the games I have been playing recently very soon. Welcome to JB The Gamer's blogger site.