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”.

 

 

 

 

Happy Father’s Day To All Video Game Dads

Most people probably have an idea of what they’re doing for their dads this Father’s Day, and if not, surprise!…it’s Father’s Day! It’s our yearly Father’s Day Edition, so enjoy!

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My wife tops herself every year when it comes to spoiling me on Father’s Day.  She always knows the perfect gift to get me, plus, I do make things easier being a Gamer/Geek…I mean, they have ThinkGeek 30 minutes from us so, I mean, come on.

My Dad on the other hand absolutely hates video games, and that’s OK. Let’s all take a few seconds to let that sink in….OK, and…we’re back. We all have our likes and dislikes (I hate tomatoes, but love hot sauce and pico…go figure). My middle brother Mike prefers FPS games…and my little brother Jon likes games on the Nintendo and 3DS. My wife likes games on pretty much any platform, and surprisingly enjoys VR (the girl who can’t look at her iPhone when the car is moving because it makes her nauseous).

Because my Dad isn’t a fan of video games, I can’t just run to the closest GameStop and buy him a game for his Father’s Day present. I really wish I could get him to try some of the RPG games because I really love the adventures. Let’s face it, when you get older you don’t go out and search for dragons anymore, and you leave the zombie killing to a younger crowd…said no gamer ever (I may have used that before, but it still fits).

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For Father’s Day, we all need to take a second and really appreciate what our dads did for us. They kept us safe when the dragons attacked…or we kicked a chicken…which is the worst thing you can do when you enter a village in an RPG. I mean, you can take everything they own, but don’t kick a chicken, because everyone loses their minds.

They kept us fed and full, and always made sure no one ‘stole our sweet-roll.’ My Dad would occasionally bring us donuts from road trips and they were awesome.

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My point being, even though my dad hates video games, and I mean, really hates video games…He is still a great guy who loves his kids, and enjoys playing with his grandkids, and lights up when they come around, like I do when I see mine. Being a dad is the greatest ‘achievement’ I’ve ever gotten. It’s cross-platform, and the game never ends…you just get free DLC’s as time goes on…Happy Father’s Day Dad…who will probably never read this so we did send you a card…just saying…

 

 

 

There’s A Good Market For The New Xbox One X

Despite what some people are saying about Microsoft’s new Xbox One X, there are gamers that are willing to pay for the huge upgrade in both power and graphics, and I am definitely one of them.

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I know what you’re thinking, “He’s an Xbox Fan Boy, so no surprise.” I personally review and own both the Xbox One S and the PS4 Pro, so let’s just stop all that before it starts. I cover both systems and everytime a new console comes out the ‘opposite side’ starts screaming the same tired thing again, and again…and…you get the point.

I can’t imagine anyone ever saying that if a newer, more powerful console came out that they wouldn’t at least want to get it. When a new iPhone or Droid phone comes out no one ever thinks twice about upgrading the first chance they get, so why be so hard on gaming upgrades?

A lot of players bought the original Xbox One or Xbox One S and won’t be upgrading to the new $500 console anytime soon, and Microsoft knows it. Phil Spencer, the head of Microsoft’s Xbox operations, said in a recent interview with Business Insider:

“We’re gonna sell more Xbox One S consoles next year than we will Xbox One X,” he said.

Despite that, Microsoft is pretty certain there’s a good market for its new Xbox One X game machine, even with its higher price point. l have been waiting for this and will pre-order one as soon as that is an option…yes, I just checked…again…still no…guilty, I just checked again.

To be fair, many PlayStation gamers haven’t jumped onto the new PS4 Pro train right away as well.  But, players with 4K TV’s that are wanting to play games at the very best level that they can on that platform have…and again…guilty.

The new upcoming Microsoft console is capable of outputting games in true 4K resolution, offering gamers a premium experience. The company won’t even be making any money from selling the Xbox One X, due to the price of the components to provide that kind of graphics.

The bottom line, if you have the extra cash to spend and have a 4K TV, then why wouldn’t you want the Xbox One X or the PS4 Pro? Who plays video games and ever says, “Wow, I don’t care about graphics and power when it comes to my console.” Short answer: No gamer-ever.

Only time will tell how the new console will sell. But, for the first time ever in this current-gen, the Xbox is pulling ahead as far as graphic and power. The line up of games they have looks amazing and run in true 4K (on the games made for 4K).

Anyone calling out predictions of the console failing before it’s even available for sale should probably stick to just reporting the facts. I gotta run, I’m still exploring every inch of Horizon Zero Dawn, it’s just the right thing to do.

 

 

‘Metro Exodus’ Won’t Be Open-World, But Is A Move In The Right Direction

Metro Exodus premiered at E3 earlier this week and was one of the events surprise highlights for Metro fans. Developer 4A Games’ Metro series executive producer Jon Block revealed that while the game offers “sandbox survival”, linear storytelling is still vital to the franchise.

“First and foremost we’re not moving away from the classic linear Metro gameplay,” Bloch told PCGamesN. “We still have that, but what we’re doing with this new gameplay is more like sandbox survival.”

“There’s large levels that offer a lot more freedom, they’re non-linear, but we will have a story wrapped into them,” Bloch explained. “So the story will carry through across the non-linear and linear levels.”

The Metro series always does a great job portraying its post-apocalyptic Russian setting and engaging storyline. Running in true 4K on the Xbox One X, this game is nothing short of beautiful, and truly marks a major paradigm-shift in console gaming. Metro Exodus is due for release in 2018 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

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.