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I want to begin this review by being absolutely clear about one thing. I am playing Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 on a standard PS4. It does state on the case that the game is PS4 Pro Enhanced. Playing the game on a PS4 Pro may very well impact your gaming experience enough that it differs from mine. However, if you are playing on a standard PS4 unit? Well….this is what you can expect!

Now, there’s really no way to sugar coat this! So, I am just going to be blunt right from the start! This game is HORRIBLE! Easily the worst game I have played this year, and quite possibly the worst game I have played in the last several years! What I am saying is that I absolutely hated this title! Which is a shame because I generally enjoy sniper/stealth games! This, however? Made me want to bash my own face into my TV just so I wouldn’t have to look at the game anymore.

So, what was so bad I can hear you asking! Everything! To begin with, the game just LOOKS horrible! I mean, I am normally not a big Graphics whore. I understand that games can be enjoyed while still lacking in the graphics department. This, however, was REALLY bad! I’ll be honest here! I have honestly never seen worse graphics on a PS4 game. At least not on games that attempted to have “Good graphics”, so that’s excluding indie pixel games.

You know what though? I could easily overlook the poor graphics in exchange for a good story or gameplay mechanics! I mean, graphics really aren’t that big of a deal! I play PS2 games still and think some of them look absolutely gorgeous. However, Ghost Warrior 3 didn’t offer anything even remotely enjoyable when it came to its story campaign. The story was uninspiring and just non-sensical and boring. The kind of story an 8-year-old might come up with while playing with his little green plastic army men.

If the poor story wasn’t bad enough, the game was also extremely laggy and unresponsive at times. The freezing issues mainly occur when driving a vehicle. You climb behind the wheel and head down the road. However forget about staying on the road, because the frames dip severely causing the gameplay to progress like a slideshow…and most of the time it will freeze all together! One minute you are zipping down the road, then the next you have plowed right into a tree. Why is it this bad? I don’t know! It’s not like it’s a graphically intensive game!

If that wasn’t bad enough…there’s the AI! Don’t get me started on the AI! Too late! I’ve already started!! The AI is severely glitched, which makes the game nearly impossible to play in a stealthy manner…which is kind of the point of being a sniper! How is it glitched? Well, when you are getting ready to take a shot? Don’t worry too much about hiding behind a rock or wall(Despite the fact that the tutorial tells you too)…It’s not needed! Because the enemy can spot you through cover! You can’t hide from their x-ray eyes! They will still shoot at you! Also, they can shoot through walls rocks or anything you are using for cover!

Also, you don’t need to bother using the suppressor. It has no benefit..since when you fire at an enemy..even with the suppressor on, every enemy on the entire map will still hear that shot ring out and zero in on your location! It’s as annoying as it is stupid!

In the end, the game is incredibly buggy and has been out for awhile! It definitely shouldn’t have been released yet! Save your money and buy a quality military stealth game lost Ghost Recon: Wildlands or Sniper 4…..

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PlayStation Now is a subscription service that allows you to play streaming PlayStation games on your PS4 or PC. They have currently over 500 games available, and the subscription cost is about 20 bucks a month I think, but they have different packages. For instance, you can get 3 months for 40, or 12 months for 99. Anyway, it’s a cool service! Plus the games they offered were PS3 games, which weren’t available on the PS4! So, it was good for people who wanted to play their PS3 games, without switching consoles!

Every month they had some more games to the ever expanding library, and this month they added several more! These, however, were PS4 games! Now, maybe some people will enjoy this, but I think it’s just stupid! Look, giving us the ability to play PS4 games, on our PS4 is stupid! If I wanted these games I would have bought them and played them on my PS4! Most of the titles are older PS4 titles that have been on sale for 5 bucks or lower at one point or another. This literally only serves to bulk up your library count, and I don’t imagine it would benefit too many subscribers.

I mean look, if you really wanted to add another console to the list of playable games, why not add a console like the PS2 or original PlayStation? Then add some games that we actually can’t play on our PS4! I would kill to be able to play Chrono Trigger or the Xenosaga games on my PS4! Instead, you make PS4 games playable on my PS4…Games I always have had access to. wow.

See, I am not a fan of the Xbox One, but I applaud them for making so many of their older games backward compatible on their new system. They also do it for FREE for their fans and player base! That’s fantastic and awesome! PlayStation? They don’t give a damn! They charge you a subscription for their PS3 backward compatibility and then try and shovel games that were always available to you, down your throat as they take your monthly cash.

Look Sony, I love you guys and your system…but seriously! Get your heads out of your ass and start caring about the people who are slamming fistfuls of cash into your pockets, or they might just decide to slam it into Microsofts pocket!

 

The PlayStation VR headset is something I have wanted since it was first announced! Of course, back then it was called Project Morpheus. I guess Sony decided to give it a simpler name.

The PlayStation VR headset has now been out for about a year. During this year I never picked one up. Reasons? Well, to be perfectly honest price played a large part of my choice not to get it. For the PSVR starter bundle(Which includes everything you need to start experiencing virtual reality on your PS4) you can expect to plunk down 500 bucks or more. That’s more than a Playstation 4 console! So, getting one was put on the back burner!

After several days of internal debating, I finally decided to break down and get a Playstation VR. Was it worth it? Am I happy with it? Are there any complaints whatsoever? Glad you asked!

I had never bought the cam or the MOVE controllers before, so when I decided to get the PSVR I had to get the Starter Bundle. You need the Cam so your console can tell where you are looking with the headset on. The MOVE controllers aren’t REQUIRED, though it does add to the immersion factor. In many VR games, the MOVE controls act as your hands. Without them, your hands are controlled by your DUALSHOCK 4 controller. That being said, there ARE some games that require the MOVE controls…so, it’s better if you have them.

So, I ordered the starter bundle online, and waited for it to arrive! While I waited, I suffered a little bit of an accident, and broke my foot! This caused me to have to hobble around on crutches! The joy! The day after my accident, the VR headset arrived!

When I first saw the box, I thought I was going to have to have someone help me bring it in. It was large, and again: I was on crutches. However the box it’s self was really surprisingly light! So I was able to bring it in on my own!

Excitedly I popped open the box and pulled out all the connectors and wires. So, I sat there unpacking and reading through the manual(Now, I don’t normally read through setup manuals, but there were just SO many wires and connector boxes that made reading the manual a good idea. Could I have done it without the manual? Maybe, but following directions made it so much easier!). After a few mins, it dawned on me! I can’t set this up! At least not that day! My foot was still in bad condition, I required crutches to get around the house…and setting this headset up would require me to hop and crawl all over the place to get wires and connectors where they needed to go! So, with sadness in my heart, the headset sat there for days! After awhile I was able to get around on my foot easier, so I hooked it all up….

Before I even had the headset hooked up completely I ran into my first problem! The PS4 has 2 USB ports! Both are currently being used! One is being used for my DUALSHOCK 4 gamepad, and the other is being used for Extended Storage. The problem is that the PSVR requires 3 USB ports to hook up to! Yea, three! One for the headset it’s self and 2 for the motion controls. Plus, you STILL need your DUALSHOCK 4 controller plugged in. So, even if I removed my Extended Storage USB HDD from the PS4, I would still need 4 USB slots on a 2 USB system!

Now, there are ways around this! Sony does sell a charging station. Since the MOVE and DUALSHOCK 4 controls are wireless, you can charge them up and use them wirelessly! However, you would think this would be something SONY would include in a starter bundle! Or at the very least place a warning saying “Hey! Get a charging station if you actually want to use and enjoy this product!”

Anyway! So began another waiting session. After a few days, the charging station arrived, and I was finally able to sit down and enjoy the VR experience on my Playstation 4 gaming console!

How was it? Well, it was a mixture of extreme awesomeness and disappointment.

The headset its self looks very sleek and sci-fi! To be honest, I’m not particularly keen on the color! My console is black, and the headset is white! Having them match would be ideal, but I suppose maybe the camera might have trouble tracking it in dark rooms? I don’t know! Still, it looks peachy keen! It’s also very lightweight! I’m not sure how light VR glasses tend to be, but I expected a little more weight to these.

The headset size is adjustable, and even fits my head! I have a giant head! Most baseball caps don’t even fit me! This? It totally fits me! the eyepiece section can also be adjusted so that someone with glasses can still use the device while wearing their glasses! If you don’t wear glasses, you can adjust the eyepiece section so that it is flush with your face, and all outside light is blocked out.

Around the edges of the headset is some cushioning. This obviously is a must! Otherwise having hard plastic pressed against your face would hurt or irritate your skin and possibly cause bruising. The cushioning makes wearing the headset much more comfortable usually. I say usually because I got this headset JUST before summer rolled around, and to be quite honest, the cushioning makes it nearly impossible to play in the summer, at least for me. See, I live in a desert and temps frequently rise well above 100 degrees. Having a cushion pushed around my face increases the heat and makes it too uncomfortable to play. Not only is it super hot, but it causes my brow area to sweat, and then sweat begins to drip into the goggle area and you have to pull it off every few minutes to clean the lenses.

How does it play? Well, it’s amazing to be honest! What it’s capable of is jaw dropping! However, it’s still relatively new! Which means developers haven’t really begun pushing the limits on this piece of hardware. In fact, a lot of the games available aren’t even really games. They are more like Tech Demos! Sure, there are a few real games out on it, but finding them can be difficult. However most of the PSVR exclusive games you hear about, just aren’t really games!

Still, they all look amazing and realistic!

There’s more to the VR headset than Virtual gaming as well! For instance, you can watch TV on it! If you have a HULU account, they have a PSVR app that makes it look like you are sitting on a couch, in a fancy schmancy living room with a giant TV. So, you can watch your favorite shows on HULU in luxury. Don’t have HULU? No worries, you can still watch movies and TV on a giant screen. By default, all apps like AMAZON Prime and NETFLIX are displayed on a giant floating screen in a field of darkness..almost like watching something in a theater. This also applies to non-PSVR games as well. You can still play them and it’s like playing them on a large screen TV. That’s pretty cool!

Overall, I think the headset is really cool! However, there’s not enough quality content out there to justify paying the heavy price tag. If the price drops significantly or more quality games come out for the system(And there are several on the horizon, including Skyrim VR), then it’s worth picking up. At this time though? Just not worth it!

First, let me just state that this IS an RPG. It’s not an open-world crime saga like the GTA series. The screenshots and the videos might lead you to that assumption, but the fact of the matter is that this game has more in common with Final Fantasy than it does Grand Theft Auto.

This is a prequel game, so it takes place before all the other Yakuza games, which makes this a perfect jumping on point if you are new to the series. One thing that should be noted however (particularly if you are new to the series), there is no English audio in the game! Everything is spoken in Japanese, but it does have English subtitles.

The lack of English audio in the series has always been a love/hate relationship. On one hand, I enjoy hearing how the actors and game designers intended for the game to sound and it also adds more authenticity to the game. On the other hand, sometimes the subtitles go by so quick I miss what was being said(I’m not a speed reader, plus when i hear speaking, i get distracted from reading). On top of that, there are times when you need to read what’s being said while you are moving or performing activities which can be distracting(Like texting and walking, or texting and driving).

The graphics are fairly nice, though not as good as would be expected for a PS4 title. In fact, it looks like it could possibly run on a PS3 just fine.

Lastly, there’s no AutoSave feature(The game is very old school. It’s gameplay is deeply rooted in it’s PS2 heritage, and SEGA never never really updated the games mechanics and features. If it’s not broken, why fix it?) so you have to manually save at telephone booths scattered around the game map(They show up as S icons on your minimap) old school gamers may love this feature, other gamers might find it a bit of a headache..I personally have a slight issue with it! See, the game has a good number of random encounters, as well as long bouts of cut scenes. This means that if you are midway through a plot zone/ dungeon or whatever. You have to finish it before you can save your game! This could take awhile, and let’s be honest! Somethings require immediate attention! So, you might be forced to just shut it off and lose what progress you made, because there’s no payphone access to you, but hey! It beats writing down save passwords I guess, am I right?

On a side note, you could always just pause the game and put your PS4 into rest mode. Of course this “Method” isn’t ideal since if you lose power or the system somehow gets unplugged you lose progress. but it beats a 100% chance of losing progress by just quitting where you are.

Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 is a fun WWII Squad based FPS and the first title in a series of games that spans across different gaming platforms. Now, normally I am not much of a fan of squad based games. Why? Well, frankly I have enough trouble keeping myself alive without having to worry about different characters too. However, this game was highly enjoyable!

You can tell that Gearbox was inspired by the popular HBO series Band of Brothers(Which came out 4 years before BIA). Not just in name, but it has a similar opening soundtrack, Similar titling colors..among other details. However, similarities aside, it’s still very much its own game, and I think has proven it’s self to be one of the better WWII titles of that generation of games.So, yes! I enjoyed the game very much! Unfortunate though, the game is not perfect and does have some flaws! Well, maybe not “Flaws” but negatives that might put some gamers off!

The first thing you are going to notice are that the graphics aren’t that great! But come on! It’s a 2005 game! Perspective man! For that era? The graphics were top notch! This same thing applies to the voice acting. By today’s standards? Not so good! But back then? Aces!

Secondly, I would have liked the game to me more cinematic! I’m a sucker for a good story in my games, and I love a good cinema scene! Thankfully the game DOES have a good story and some small cutscenes between each level that helps move the story along!

Thirdly, I didn’t care for default controls! They were clunky and just plain awkward! Thankfully the controls are all changeable in the options of the game, which will allow you to go with whatever controller scheme goes best for your playstyle.

Lastly, I would have loved to see a better cover system in this game. Sure, you can crouch behind walls/barrels/logs/ravines, but there’s no Real cover system in place. That being said, Cover systems weren’t very common in 2005(If they existed at all!), So, that too can be overlooked in my opinion.

Other than that, the game is a fantastic WWII title! I’m looking forward to checking out the rest of the BIA titles.

Blizzard is probably best known for its insanely popular MMORPG “World of Warcraft”, or it’s almost as popular game series Diablo! In fact, I know a few people who didn’t know that there were other “Warcraft” games before WoW! People are just really focused on WoW is what I am saying!

Another popular series of games Blizzard released was called StarCraft. It played much the same way as the Warcraft games, but took place in a Sci-Fi setting, and had 3 factions instead of just 2 like the earlier Warcraft games. Blizzard has decided to update the original StarCraft game with a remastered version(Which looks gorgeous!) and to get people psyched up about the upcoming release they made the original StarCraft game + it’s Brood War Expansion Pack free! You can go download it, install it and play to your hearts content!

I used to own the original StarCraft game, but lost the disc many years ago so never bothered getting the expansion..so this is great for me, and great for anyone who wants to experience this early classic RTS game!

Now, if you are interested in grabbing it, I would do it quickly! I don’t know if this is a limited time deal, and after awhile they will remove the free download link, or not.

 

So, I sat down here, and was going to write out a quick review for the Mafia III DLC “Faster Baby!”, but then it occurred to me! I’ve never even written a review for Mafia III! I had planned on it and had even written it out in my mind, and at the time knew exactly what I was going to say! Somewhere along the line though, something must have happened that made me forget to actually blog it! I apologize! To be fair, that’s not the first game that has ended up getting skipped over. I am a horrible person!

So, let me try to rectify that situation now! What is Mafia 3? It’s an open-world crime saga! If you are familiar with Saints Row, Grand Theft Auto or the other Mafia games, then you know what I mean! It takes place in New Bordeaux(a fictionalized version of New Orleans!) in the late 60’s! You play Lincoln Clay, an African American soldier just home from Vietnam and dealing with a lot of racial tension! He’s also in a criminal organization of sorts! Unlike other open world Crime sagas, this game goes from the standard “Criminal doing crime” story, to a tale of revenge! Now me personally? I love a good revenge story, and this is a good revenge story! The whole game is well paced and has some decent controls.

Here’s the thing about Mafia 3 though, storywise it is an incredible game with decent graphics and most importantly, it has perhaps one of the best soundtracks I have heard in a video game in a long time, including the GTA games! Everything is so good that I really want to say that the game is the bee’s knees, but I can’t! The game is extremely buggy! Sure, there have been updates, and fixes but the game still is plagued with bugs! There are graphic glitches, weird blue flashing lights that appear and disappear and World scenery just popping in and out of the gameworld! It definitely needs a few more patches!

That being said, I still like the game,. and it is playable, it’s just incredibly frustrating and needs to be patched ASAP. If it ever gets patched up completely, we are talking about a 5-star game though in my opinion. I mean the contents not perfect, but they are trying to fix that! For instance, when the game shipped there was no way to customize Lincoln Clay(The main protagonist in the game), which was just stupid! Mafia 2 had the ability to buy new clothes, and other open world crime sagas like GTA or Saints Row provide a LOT more customization to their characters. In this day and age, personalization is expected in free roam games! Not including any such form of customization was just lazy! However, they have since rectified that in a patch! Sort of! There are now a variety of outfits available in a “Closet” found in your safehouses. It’s not the kind of customization I was hoping for, but it’s at least something!

Currently, there is one story based DLC available called “Faster Baby”. It opens up a new section of the city called Sinclair Parish, which is being terrorized by a corrupt and super racist sheriff. Lincoln Teams up with Roxy Laveau to bring this sheriff down!

The DLC focuses mainly on high-speed chases and vehicle stunts that would make the duke boys proud! These stunts include driving up ramps and flying through billboards and signs! Since it does focus on driving there are obviously some nifty cars included in the DLC including my favorite “The Lassiter Nightcrawler” which will unlock as you play through the story. If you are a trophy hunter, then you are in luck, because the DLC offers a whopping 10 new ones for you to try to earn.

In terms of length? The DLC is really lacking! There’s a total of 10 missions, one is optional and a good portion of the other 9 are less like missions and more like cutscenes, which for some reason they decided to make a mission, despite not really doing anything! The whole DLC can be finished in an hour or so, but if you spend some time getting trophies and exploring the surrounding, you can definitely stretch that out! Still, the DLC is 15 bucks, which is a lot for the little that you’re getting! In comparison, the single player DLC for GTA4 consisted of 20+ missions(That were actually missions and not cutscenes) plus side missions and random character encounters! It was almost like a whole game, and only cost 20 bucks! So, yeah! This DLC is way overpriced!

There are more planned DLC releases. We have one coming up sometime in may, and then a final third one later this summer. Here’s hoping the next 2 add a little more content for the dollar.