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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…..

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!

I have been a cable cord cutter for several years now, and have managed to get along just fine relying on my Roku, and all the wonderous apps/channels you can get for it! Mainly, Netflix and HULU! This set-up has worked great up until recently! See, I have recently began having “Cable Cravings”! Mainly I started missing little things like waking up in the morning and watching the news with a cup of coffee and actually knowing what was going on in the world before stepping out into it! I also missed just vegging out in front of the TV and watching whatever comes on next! Yea, I can do that on Hulu(Kinda), but after about 2 and a half episodes of something I get a “Hey! Are you still there?” message flashing across my TV which requires me to jump up and grab the remote to confirm that I haven’t died while watching golden girls! If I don’t confirm that I am there in time, it stops the program. To me, this kinda ruins the “Veg-out” feeling!

So, I decided to try something “Newish” to me! One of those live TV streaming apps! There were a few to choose from; I went with Playstation Vue, but it’s far from the only option! There’s Sling TV and DirectTV NOW, and maybe more services that I just haven’t heard of! Plus, I’m sure more companies will be coming out with their own soon enough!

Why did I go with Vue? Well, for me it was just the better choice! your preferences might be different! You should definitely try them all out! Each one has a free 7-day trial so you can see which one fits your needs best! I tried them all out, and as I said Vue worked best for me. Below is my experiences with DirectTV NOW and Sling TV.

→DirectTV NOW: I was constantly kicked from the app and thrown error screens. So, I basically didn’t get to experience this at all. I googled it a bit, and found out that a lot of people have this issue…but there are others who seem to use it just fine. Not sure what causes it to work fine for some, and not for others…so, until they geDt the app working properly, I decided to stay away.

→Sling TV: It had a nice looking guide, but it was extremely slow and laggy on my Roku. It didn’t crash out on me, or throw errors my way. It was just really slow, and on occasion it was unresponsive. I found myself having to double and sometimes triple click to make a selection.

So, as you can see the other options just didn’t really work for me! Vue did! It wasn’t perfect by any means! It doesn’t have Viacom channels! This means no Comedy Channel, TV Land, VH1, CMT and no MTV among other channels! And to be perfectly honest? “I want my MTV!” – So, if this is a deal killer for you? I totally get that! It almost was for me! Combine that with the fact, that Vue just got rid of their Viacom channels last year! That means, odds are they won’t be coming to the service!

Vue for me also doesn’t offer CBS to me! Though apparently, they do offer it to about 50% of their viewer base according to some site I read. I, however, am not in that footprint! Which means I have to also subscribe to CBS All-Access to watch my CBS shows! Not too much of an issue, because All-Access has a few digital exclusive shows that interest me anyway.

So, what exactly did Vue do right?!? Well, their app for the PS4 runs and looks amazing! it has a fantastic looking guide, that reminds me of my old cable box guide! It gives descriptions, you can view ahead! It’s just amazing! Unfortunately, the Roku app isn’t anywhere near as awesome! There’s no guide, and if there are descriptions available for episodes? I haven’t figured out how to access it! So, in order to “Get the most out of it”, I use the PS4 app! This is a bit of a bummer since generally, I prefer to use my game consoles strictly as game consoles, to avoid excessive wear and tear.

Another amazing feature of Vue is that it has a DVR in the cloud! you can tell Vue to record something or all episodes of something, and it will record it and store it in the cloud for a month! This means it takes up no space! It’s saved in the cloud! Also, unlike with my old regular cable company, it will still record the episode or movie even if your power or cable goes out!

So, yeah! For me, VUE was just the way to go! However as I said before, it might not be for you! So, I strongly urge you to try all the free trials and see which one fits you best! Also, if there are other similar services that I was unaware of comment and let me know!

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No man’s sky is now available for the PS4, and I have to admit it is everything I had hoped that it would be. However I do admit, when I first booted up the game, I was very frustrated! The game doesn’t really provide you much of a tutorial. You are just tossed onto an alien planet with a broken down star jalopy and told to fix your ship!

After you muck around on the planet, you do start to get an understanding of the game, and what seems like an impossible task becomes much easier. The main challenge is figuring out where you get the materials needed to repair your damaged parts!

Your challenges might be different, though, luckily I spawned on a very lovely planet. It was filled with plenty of flora and fauna and had a nice blue sky. It was basically like earth! You know, aside from the lack of humans! I named the world “New Eden” because I lack creativity! I have heard of some people spawning on toxic worlds, which I imagine might up the difficulty meter just a tad! Good luck if you find yourselves in that situation my fellow intrepid galactic explorer!

As I said, I find the game incredibly enjoyable and have spent several hours already exploring worlds and moons scattered across a few different star systems! I can see myself enjoying this game for several more hours too! However, I can also see me growing quite bored with the game after awhile as well! I know! Bored? Well, yes! The game looks like it could get boring! There’s just not a whole lot of variety really. I mean, sure! There’re billions upon billions of planets to explore, but after a bit, they do start to look repetitive. This applies to both the fauna and flora as well! You might come across something that looks like a rhino, then something that looks exactly like the rhino, except it’s smaller. Then something that looks like the rhino, except it has a different head, or it’s a different color.

All that aside, you will most likely get at least 10 hours of enjoyment out of the game, and honestly, that seems to be a good chunk of game time! I have played other games that are so much shorter, and less replay value than this! Overall? I would say No man’s sky is well worth your $60 bucks! Unfortunately, if you are a PC gamer(You know, ‘The Master Race’) you have to wait a couple more extra days to play. It releases on PC on the 12th, and will be available on both Steam as well as GOG!

vita

Planning on picking up a new portable console? Toying with the idea of picking up a Playstation Vita? If you are, and you stumbled in here looking for peoples opinions, then let me give you my two cents!

I’m not gonna lie! The Playstation Vita is great! I love my vita! It’s a powerful game system, and the graphics are superb! In fact, Vita games look as good as PS3 games, and sometimes better! The only drawback? There’s not a whole lot of games being released on it, aside from indie games! AAA titles don’t get released anymore for Vita. The folks at Playstation announced a few months ago, that Exclusive AAA titles won’t be making it to Vita. Which means you are pretty much stuck with Indie games, and the occasional console game tossed to us(Usually Lego or something from Tell Tale Games).

As for exclusive games, well there’s a few good ones that came out before they quit making them. Uncharted: Golden Abyss, killzone mercenary, call of duty black ops declassified, resistance: burning skies, little big planet and that’s pretty much it!

Sure, there were a few other titles like Assassins creed: Liberation, Arkham Origins: Blackgate and such, but they are also later released on console.

So, is the Vita worth buying? At the time of this writing, the going price on Amazon was 167 bucks. That’s a lot of cash for something that is pretty much dead in terms of new exclusive content. Why waste your money? A Nintendo 3DS is currently 196 bucks, so for 31 extra bucks you can have a portable system that’s still heavily supported. Does it look as nice as a Vita? No,  most 3DS games don’t look as nice as Vita games. Still, they DO look good! Plus they have 3D! There’s also tons of exclusive games being released regularly.

So, while the Nintendo 3DS isn’t the most powerful portable game system, it is the better option in my opinion. Even a Nintendo DSi would be a better option honestly.

Another option, if you have way too much cash on hand is the NVIDIA SHIELD Portable which will only set you back about 500-600 bucks, but will also let you play PC games and Android games on it. Personally, I don’t think it’s worth the price of admission, since PC games are better played on larger screens. They weren’t made for hand held gaming normally.

Uncharted4I’m just going to cut right to the chase! Uncharted 4 is incredible! It’s easily the best game of the franchise and in my opinion it’s the best game currently out on the PS4! In fact, I would go so far as to say that Uncharted 4 is the best game I have ever played! Now, granted that might change next week when Home Front Revolution is released, but at the time of this writing, it is the best game I have ever played!

The first thing you need to know, is that this is supposedly the final chapter of the Uncharted series. I say supposedly, because franchises have a habit of continuing past their final chapter(I’m looking at you Mass Effect!). Since it’s the final chapter, I guess Naughty Dog Games wanted to take the series out in style! The brought back all our favorite characters like Sully, Nate and Elena, then went and introduced a few more!

In terms of gameplay, it doesn’t really stray from the tried and true Uncharted formula. So, expect to be climbing cliffs, jumping across rooftops, finding collectibles and stumbling through tombs and ruins in order to achieve your goal. It however did add one new gameplay mechanic, and that’s an all-purpose grappling hook that will allow you to swing across chasms, jump punch enemies, pull items and reach hard to get places. It’s so handy that you will wonder how Nate got around without one before now!

The game really does have everything! On top of all that, there’s optional dialogs which give the game almost an RPG like feel to it, and keeps the gamer looking around for those “Optional dialog” moments. They could be anything from a companion with a speech bubble just wanting to chit-chat, to some interactive chairs that lead to a brief heart to heart discussion. Then, there’s also that kinda cool easter egg!

Vehicles are also now a major part of the game! Past entries in the Uncharted series had vehicles, but they never played as big a role before as they do now! Also, the driving segments are much more enjoyable than they were in Uncharted, Uncharted 2 and Uncharted 3..Although Uncharted 3 had horses! I miss horses!

If you are curious how much time you should set aside to play this masterpiece? Well, the game is fairly long! It took about 14/15 hours of gameplay to complete, but I spent a lot of time hunting down collectible treasures. Still, it took me longer to finish it, than it did to complete any of the other games in the series. Your time frame maybe less, or even longer, but that’s a general idea of the length of the campaign. Plus, once you finish the campaign, you have a Multi-Player mode that you can participate in! Be a hero, or a villain, and swing around maps collecting treasures and blowing up your enemies! Use your treasures to hire sidekicks, and other nifty upgrades! I have only lightly dabbled in the MP mode, since I am more of a single-player/story-mode gamer, but from what I have seen the MP mode is very well done, though I did encounter a bug which freezes the game during the introduction/tutorial of the MP mode.

When all is said and done, this really is a must own for the PS4!

 

 

lifeless planet

Lifeless planet is a game available on PC through Steam or GOG, as well as the Xbox One home gaming console. The game is an indie title developed by “Stage 2 Studios“, and published by KISS Ltd. In fact, it is one of the better games published by KISS Ltd in my opinion. Most games that KISS Ltd releases, just aren’t my cup of tea, so it doesn’t really take much for me to consider a game to be one of their better games. If it doesn’t make me want to smash my head through my monitor, it’s one of their better games!

Lifeless Planet tells the story of an astronaut sent to a fertile green planet. Their pod crashes on the home world, and he has become separated from his crew. Even more confusing? The planet isn’t a forested green world like they were led to believe! It’s instead a barren wasteland void of any life! As you search for your crewmates, you begin to discover signs that you aren’t the first visitor to this planet!

So, what type of game is it you ask? It’s a mixture of game genres! It’s mostly a third person perspective exploration/walking simulator. You just walk, and as you journey the story begins to unfold around. You can follow the trail clearly laid out in front of you, or go off on your own and discover things hidden around in the game world. Be warned though, traveling off the beaten trail can often lead to danger!

The game also has platforming elements, where you are required to reach an area just out of reach by jumping from rock to rock, or crates, or anything that will boost you up high enough to reach your goal. It also has a lot of puzzles to solve! Between the platforming and puzzles, the game will really put your mind to work!

Movement is smooth, and the controls are very intuitive. At no point did the game ever leave me confused or frustrated with the controls! It was all pretty smooth sailing! If mouse and Keyboard isn’t your cup of tea, the game is also 100% compatible with the Xbox 360 USB PC gamepad! Which, was also flawless! Basically, no matter how you decided to play, controls won’t be an issue!

So, the game has an amazing and captivating plot, and great gaming elements and super spiffy controls! That’s all fine and good, but how are the graphics? Remember that the game is an Indie game! So, it’s not on par with other AAA titles. For an Indie game though? The graphics and animation is outstanding! The world even reflects in the visor of the astronauts helmet! It really is gorgeous, and very well done! There’s a wide variety of locals, from wastelands, to caves, to volcanic hotbeds! All very beautifully rendered!

Unfortunately, the game lacks any type of audio options. Making it impossible to lower sound in the game, or to disable the few voice overs that exist. A lot of the voice overs are russian, and hearing spoken russian dialog distracts me when I am trying read the “Auto-translated” text. Having a way to disable it, or at the very least turn it down enough so that it’s not a distraction would be ideal.

As far as glitches go, the game seems relatively glitch free! I did encounter one glitch however. What happened was, I picked up a rock and carried it onto an elevator and used the elevator button. This froze my controls and prevented me from moving or dropping the rock. All I could do was bring up the pause menu, but even then the “Restart from last checkpoint” option was missing. I eventually had to quit the game, and then go back into it. No other bugs or glitches were encountered, and the one that I did encounter? I was unable to duplicate it.

Overall I had a fantastic time playing this game! Which is good, because the last two games I played sucked so bad that I was about ready to give up on gaming altogether! The story was it’s self was so interesting that I just did not want to stop playing until I was finished! Kind of how like when you read a good book, you don’t ever want to set it down? I had a similar experience with this game!

Should you get it? Well, the game is 20 bucks, which is a bit expensive for what you get. I finished the game in 4 hours roughly,and the majority of those 4 hours were spent wandering around exploring. I imagine it could be finished much quicker for someone who is just rushing through the game. If I had paid 20 bucks for it, I would have been a bit upset! For 20 dollars, I expect a little bit more than just 4 hours. Thankfully I got the game(As well as several others) for just 4 dollars in a bundle deal from Indie Gala.

I would suggest that if the game sounds interesting to you (And it should, because it’s awesome!) that you wait for either a Steam sale, or for it to be included in another Bundle(It has been bundled several times, so odds are that it will be bundled again).

PROS

  • Great plot
  • Easy to understand Controls.
  • Flawless Gamepad support

CONS

  • No Audio Controls.
  • Tad overpriced for what you get

Overall Score: 8/10