Whoa. I mean… whoa. Outlast is spooky. I can’t remember the last time I ever experienced anywhere near this much adrenaline while playing a video game. My heart beats faster around every turn; my palms grow sweatier with each passing moment. When I’m being chased, I’m fully enveloped in the action. My mind races faster than I imagined it could; “which way do I turn to get out of here?” Even though I fear booting up this game every time I sit down to play, I still can’t wait to get started each day. It’s like a bizarre addiction that I hate, yet I long for. Outlast is truly a great game so far, and even though I’m not sure I can necessarily say being scared out of my pants is “fun,” Outlast truly accomplishes the task it sets out to do.
I’ve had Battlefield 4 for my PS4 since launch, and I’ve definitely had my ups and downs with the game. Although I cannot condone the fact that Battlefield 4 was buggy and unfinished at release, it is an amazing FPS at its current state. In fact, I love the action so much that I’ve dedicated 95 hours to the game so far, according to my Battlelog. However, my dad also bought Battlefield 4 for the PS3 since I designated my PS4 as off-limits, (hey, it took months of saving for this; like heck anyone’s touching it) and I’ve been curious to see what the difference is between the last generation edition of BF4 and the current gen version. As it turns out, there is a pretty huge difference between the two versions, and considering they are both the same price, it makes the old version almost not worth buying. After spending a little while (an hour was all it took) with the PS3 version of Battlefield 4, I am convinced that there is a true, almost tangible difference in the quality between the old and new systems, and it really brought to my attention how far we’ve come, and how far we have yet to go.
I won’t lie; I found Blacklight Retribution to be a fun game at it’s best, but it’s much less than that at anything less than its best. The game is fast paced, graphically appealing, and action packe. Unfortunately, that’s about all the good I can say. Retribution features loose controls, and the game modes aren’t very inventive. It is a free-to-play game that takes its prices to extreme levels, and it’s expensive to unlock the items you want. As of now, the game is quite laggy (it’s still in Beta, which is why I’m not giving it a legitimate review). Overall, a fun concept is marred by quite a few issues, though all are fixable, and I hope they will be fixed when the finished product is officially released. Read on to see a more detailed overview of Blacklight Retribution.
I take pride in the fact that I usually keep up with all the developments in the gaming world. I almost always know about a new event the day it happens. Oftentimes, friends will come up to me and ask “did you hear about this?” I’ll just respond by saying that I knew about two days ago. So, when somebody tells me something gaming related that I don’t know about, I tend to get a little skeptical. Instinctively, I jump to the conclusion that they’re joking around with me or lying. So far, this instinct has served me right about 90% of the time, so I continue to use it. Somebody told me something this week, however, that got me thinking.
I know; my last post was about perfectionism and Resogun; you might be tired of hearing about it. I usually don’t like to write two posts in a row about the same game or topic, simply because I doubt you want to hear about the same thing constantly, and I don’t like writing about the same thing constantly. I must inform you, however, that I have unlocked all the trophies in Resogun, thus making it the first game I have reached perfection in! I want to share with you my final thoughts on this game since I can now say I’ve explored everything it has to offer; this was something I was not able to do in my review when I posted it a few weeks ago.
I’ve never understood perfectionism, and I’ve never been a perfectionist when it comes to gaming. I mean, in the real world, I like to get my job done and done well. But there’s a fine line drawn between “good enough to meet my high standards” and “perfect.” I don’t have the time or patience to do much of anything perfectly, and that attitude carries over into gaming. I like getting achievements or trophies in games, and there are some that I specifically seek out for the challenge and so that I can say I have it. Never before, however, have I ever had the desire to obtain all the achievements or trophies in a game… until now.
If you’ve been closely following my blog, you may have noticed from the title that this is the highest score I’ve given to a game so far. Yes, I’m even rating Resogun over my beloved Halo games! I absolutely loved this game, and in my mind, it’s nearly a completely perfect one. Resogun is action packed, immersive, and insanely fun, and I’m very happy to say it’s one of my top 3 favorite games of 2013.
Before we begin, take a look at that video; it helps explain what Resogun is like. I recorded that using the PS4 Share feature.
I received my PS4 in the mail on Monday, November 18th, and I’ve played it for probably close to a dozen hours. The Playstation 4 has some great new features that the Playstation 3 didn’t have, and of course, there is a lot of innovation to be found in this gaming machine. When it comes down to it, the PS4 is a great piece of hardware, and I’m here to share with you all the info I’ve gathered in the past week that I’ve deemed important. Long story short, I love my PS4.
I’m not stretching the truth a single bit when I tell you that the new DualShock 4 for the PlayStation 4 is the most comfortable controller I’ve ever held in my life. I have never been so satisfied with a console controller, and thus, the DS4 is my new favorite gaming input device. Aside from one minor complaint, (and one thing I’m not even sure if I should complain about yet) this is the perfect controller for me. Why the praise? Read on to find out!
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I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but with only one exception, I’ve never gone longer than writing a post once every other day; there was one time that two days passed between my posts, but they’ve been consistent other than that. It’s not like I feel a duty to do so, it’s just that I like to hold myself to that standard; I like a schedule. With that being said, I have nothing to write about today, but don’t think I’m slacking; I have a lot of articles “in development.” Here’s a preview of what’s to come!
I’m about halfway through Pokemon Black 2, and I’ll have a review up when I beat it. I’m also about halfway through Rage; a post-apocJust To Let You Knowalyptic, wasteland themed shooter from id Software, and I’ll review it too. Third, I’m listening to a video game album, and there will be a review for it as well. Finally, I’ll be writing a review on a 3DS accessory that I have; it’s worth writing about because it’s a pretty handy accessory that I’m glad I bought.
PS4 time!! My PS4 is in the mail at the moment (AAH!) and it’ll be here tomorrow. With that, I’ll probably be posting a first thoughts/early impression article. Maybe I’ll do an unboxing video, but I’m not sure yet. After I get some good playing time in, I’ll more thoroughly evaluate the UI, the DualShock 4 controller, and other aspects of the system. I may also schedule a livestream in the coming week or two for either Battlefield 4 multiplayer or Lego Marvel Super Heroes single player, if I can get a mic to work with the livestream; not sure how that works. Let me know which game you would prefer. I’ll also write reviews when I beat both of those; but that will be farther into the distance.
Vitosal, if you’re reading this, I promise that the next SoH article is coming this week 🙂
A lot is going to be making its way to my blog in the coming two or three weeks, but this week will be mainly PS4 related, as I’m incredibly excited for this system. The PS4 is the first tech item I’ve ever received anywhere near launch, whether it be a TV, phone, system, computer, etc. The fact that I saved every penny for the system, 2 games, and PS+ card with my Dairy Queen earnings makes it even sweeter (get it? Cause I make ice cream).