There Is Still Nothing Out Like ‘Crysis’

Crysis is an FPS game and I’m still begging for a sequel…but much like my love of parachute pants…probably never will.

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First off, I’m only discussing the first three games that were available on the Xbox 360. They were legendary…and some of the greatest first person shooters I ever played. The games brought something new to the table, and did I mention they were legendary?

The first game started off on Ling Shan, a chain of tropical islands in the North Pacific and stars a squad of elite US soldiers equipped with high-tech ‘Nanosuits’. Nanosuits are powerful and extremely versatile tactical combat armor. They grant the wearer superhuman abilities, like running super fast, destroying people with a single punch, and one of my favorites, turning invisible with ‘cloaking’. The villains are the North Koreans who have occupied an island and kidnapped a team of archaeologists who made a discovery that will “change the world.”

The game was tough but rewarding. The first Crysis game in the series released on Xbox 360 on October 4, 2011, and came as a downloadable ‘Arcade Game’. I had a 3D TV at the time and it was mind-blowingly awesome, and still one of the best 3D games I’ve ever played. Even though it had released on PC on November 16, 2007, and the graphics were a little weaker, it was still awesome.

 

The second and third games followed and even though the stories weren’t very in depth, the gameplay is where it excelled. I know it won’t happen, but a new storyline with current graphics on the upcoming Xbox One X and the Playstation 4 Pro would be epic. Crysis has stood the test of time, and if you want to try something new then you definitely have to play this series…but for now you will have to play it on the Xbox 360 because none of them are currently backward-compatible as of yet. And vote yes on bringing back parachute pants…I’ve used this before…but it still fits.

Comparing The Xbox One X vs. PS4 Pro vs. Nintendo Switch

The next mid-shift in console gaming is here…mostly anyway. Gamers have plenty of choices with the new consoles and now you may be asking yourself, “Which one will work best for me?”

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With Sony’s PS4 Pro, the Nintendo Switch, and now the Xbox One X coming this November, you can play games at the highest graphics possible on your console of choice. The premium Xbox One X will compete with the PS4 Pro and Nintendo Switch for your gaming bucks, but how do the three major consoles stack up against each other?

Here’s a rundown of these three awesome video gaming machines…and here….we…go…

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CPU

Microsoft has delivered on its promise with the Xbox One X. The new machine will be the most powerful console available when it’s released this fall. The Xbox One X outperforms the PS4 Pro and Nintendo Switch with its CPU.

Each of the consoles is built around an octa-core processor, but the clock speeds of the three machines are very different. The Xbox One X is clocked at 2.3GHz, with the PS4 Pro processor speed being 2.1GHz. The Nintendo Switch processor clocks in at 1.02GHz.

GPU

The Xbox One X has the most powerful GPU setup of the three consoles. The new Microsoft console is a whopping 6 tflop’s, and significantly more than the 4.2 tflop of the existing PS4 Pro. The Nintendo Switch delivers 1.31 tflop.

RAM

The Xbox One has 12GB of RAM at 326GB/s. The PS4 Pro features 8GB at 218GB/s, while the Nintendo Switch has just 4GB at 25.6GB/s.

Storage

The Xbox One X and PS4 Pro deliver 1TB of storage. The Nintendo Switch went with a flash system with cartridges and has 32GB of storage.

Optical Drive

The Xbox One X includes a 4K Blu-ray drive, where the PS4 Pro has a standard Blu-ray drive. So if you have some 4K movies at home that you are wanting to watch on your fancy new TV, the Xbox One X would be a smart choice.

Nintendo decided not to include a disk drive at all and went with cartridge-based gaming for the Nintendo Switch. You can still stream other media, which to be fair is what most people are doing nowadays.

4K Gaming support

The Nintendo Switch cannot deliver 4K gaming, it just wasn’t built for that purpose. The Xbox One X will be able to provide true 4K gaming, with the PS4 Pro reaching near 4K gaming using its upscaling software.

HDR Support

Both the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro deliver full HDR support. The Nintendo Switch doesn’t have this feature.

VR Support

Sony is the only one of these three manufacturers to currently provide virtual reality support. The PlayStation VR headset announced new titles at the E3 trade show.

The Xbox One X has the technologically capable of delivering virtual reality, but no official word on this feature has been given by Microsoft. The Nintendo Switch does not offer any VR support.

Portable Gaming

The Nintendo Switch is console-king when it comes to portable gaming. You can take the Switch wherever you want to go and yet, the living-room functionality is fun for the entire family. The Xbox One X and PS4 Pro don’t offer portable gameplay or support, so in this category, Nintendo Switch for the win.

Price

The Xbox One X is launching with a price tag at $499, which makes it $100 more than the PS4 Pro, and $200 more than the Nintendo Switch (basic-edition). For Microsoft, it has to convince players that the Xbox One X is worth the extra money for its 4K features and power.

If you look at the specs above you can find which system will work better for you. One thing for sure, it couldn’t be a better time to be a gamer. I know for me personally, we’ll have all three come November because each of them offers different playstyles. Plus, I’m incredibly spoiled…just saying.

DAYS GONE IS AN OPEN-WORLD ZOMBIE MASTERPIECE

Bend Studio’s new open-world game Days Gone is one of my most anticipated games, and not just for the hordes of uncountable zombies, although it didn’t hurt it any.

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In this version of the undead apocalypse, the zombies are called Freakers, which fits, because those gameplay videos freak me out. Not only do you have to worry about endless undead waves of zombies but they’ve added a new danger, ‘zombie-wildlife’.

Bears, wolves, and other wildlife are just as likely to become zombies as humans, great, as if you didn’t already have enough to worry about. You’ll play as Deacon, who is just trying to survive in a world that’s been devastated by the outbreak. It should be fairly easy in an open world game surrounded by the undead, zombie wildlife, and humans who are trying to kill you at every turn, right?

Sony’s E3 2017 demo of “Days Gone” showed off the variability of gameplay. First off, Freakers are everywhere in this huge and dangerous world and sound can be your enemy, or your friend when you’re playing. You can use it to your advantage and blow a hole in part of the fence surrounding an enemy camp, and the dead will rush to it and start taking care of your enemies for you.

The developers at Sony Computer Entertainment Bend Studios also showed how you can approach the same mission in a completely different fashion. Are you a fan of more stealthy attacks? You can have Deacon quietly infiltrate the encampment and take out enemies using close-quarters combat.

If you’re anything like me, ‘quiet’ may not be ‘your style’. But be warned, once the gunfire starts, enemies are alerted as well as anything in that area. You can even pick up and reposition traps and lure enemies to them, or unchain captured freakers to cause a distraction or to get away.

Days Gone reminds me a lot of Daryl from The Walking Dead, out on his own in this open-world genre, and armed only with his chopper and a few weapons. I love the fact that the chopper requires fuel, and that if the bike runs out of gas you are stuck and on foot until Deacon finds some. Bend Studios said the bike would remain wherever it’s left, so you don’t have to run and ‘Get to the Chopper!”

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Another great feature is that there are day and night cycles in this world as well as its own weather systems. This game is a fresh new look…looking thru the eyes of the living, looking into the many eyes of the dead. Days Gone will be exclusive to the PS4 and PS4 Pro, and no release date has been set as of yet. If you are a zombie fan this game has to be at the top of your list when it does get a street date, and I’ll tease you with one last thing…”zombie-bear”.

 

 

 

 

Horizon Zero Dawn’s ‘The Frozen Wilds’ Expansion Looks Amazing

If you can’t get enough of Horizon Zero Dawn on the PS4 and somehow managed to not catch up on E3 yet, then your day is about to get a whole lot-of-awesome. The game will get its first DLC called ‘The Frozen Wilds‘ and it looks beautiful.

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Horizon Zero Dawn is one of this year’s biggest games, and easily the best-looking title Guerrilla Games has ever produced. The story is beyond epic and now with the new DLC announcement of Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds at E3, players can once again take on new enemies and challenges in the frigid winter setting.

You can pre-order the DLC on the PlayStation Network now for $14.99 (with a PlayStation Plus Membership), a savings of 25% and guarantees that you will be ready to start your new adventure on day one of its release.

This is one of the few titles where as long as they keep making DLC’s, then I’ll keep on buying them. It really is an amazing game, and not like when I told my brother his brisket was amazing…no, I actually mean this. And, if my brother is reading this, then the voices in my head made me say that…no, it was just the brisket.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Release Is Bumped To 2018

Crushing gaming hearts everywhere, Rockstar has announced that Red Dead Redemption 2 is delayed until sometime in 2018…I’ll give you a minute to let that sink in….@^#%#$*@&@….I feel your pain.

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Here’s the full text of an announcement from Rockstar Newswire:

Red Dead Redemption 2 is now set to launch Spring 2018 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This outlaw epic set across the vast and unforgiving American heartland will be the first Rockstar game created from the ground up for the latest generation of console hardware, and some extra time is necessary to ensure that we can deliver the best experience possible for our fans.  We are very sorry for any disappointment this delay causes, but we are firm believers in delivering a game only when it is ready. We are really excited to bring you more details about the game this summer. In the meantime, please enjoy this selection of new screenshots from the world of Red Dead Redemption 

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Sometimes these things happen and as hard as it is to hear, it’s a good thing. No one likes paying $60 for a game just to get it home and find out it’s broken and it takes an extra four months to fix. Red Dead Redemption 2 will be a huge hit, and that goes without saying.

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Rockstar’s amazing Old West story will continue in 2018 and until then, you can play the first open world game Red Dead Redemption. Until later partners…get it? Because it’s a cowboy game and…partners?…anybody?