Posts Tagged ‘Stealth’

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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Have you heard of a game titled “Alpha Protocol“? If the answer is no, it’s not surprising. You see, this game was one of many that glided in under the radar almost completely unnoticed, thanks in large part to the releases of highly anticipated heavy hitters Red Dead Redemption and Alan Wake.

Although you wouldn’t guess it by the title, Alpha Protocol is actually a Role-Playing game. Imagine if you will Splinter Cell remade as an RPG. Not just any RPG, but an RPG using the Unreal 3 game engine, just like Mass Effect. In fact, go one step further and picture what might come out if you stuffed Mass Effect and Splinter Cell into a blender and mixed them together on the highest setting. If you picture that, you might get a decent idea of what exactly Alpha Protocol is like.

When you start playing, one of the first things you will notice is the graphics. They are fairly impressive, though there is room for improvement. You will also notice the film grain which should be extremely familiar to fans of the Mass Effect series, in fact much of the game, in terms of graphics should be quite familiar to those fans.

The next thing you might notice is the lack of character customisation, in fact it’s nearly non-existant. When it becomes time to personalise your character, you will notice that there aren’t very many options at all to choose from. What you are given, is the option to change the characters eye color, choose between 5 or 6 different hair styles, pick between 4 or 5 different facial hair styles and decide if you want your character wearing a hat or shades. Fans of current RPGs might be heavily disappointed since in recent years we have been spoiled with character customisation. In fact, we have grown to accept it, and take it for granted.

However, all that aside, the game has good controls, in fact, very familiar controls that shouldn’t take any time at all to get used. The story is mediocre, it’s not Fantastic, but it’s definitely not the worst you could imagine. In fact, I would go so far as to say it was semi-enjoyable.

The only real flaw that I noticed was the games difficulty. See, they attempted to give the game an open exploration feel, similar to mass effect, however the game was clearly designed to be played in a particular order, and I firmly believe that the game would have been immensely better if it was a forced order. Sure, it would have been more linear, but it would have been more enjoyable and less confusing. The game was obviously designed to be linear, and them offering a “Free exploration” style of gameplay only served to make it frustrating instead of a fun experience.

Over all though, when the games finished and fully experienced, most RPG fans will have found it an overall enjoyable game title. Yes, it had its flaws but I firmly believe the game was enjoyable enough to look past those flaws.

[Sam Fisher]So, the demo for Splinter Cell: Conviction came out on the xbox 360 the other day. Obviously I downloaded it, and it was incredible! I can’t wait til the game is released next month! Don’t get me wrong, i’m not saying the game is perfect. The gameplay COULD have been better. I preferred the gameplay from past splinter cell titles, so this style will definitely take some getting used to.

One thing I did miss however was being able to pick up and move unconscious people so you can drag them into the shadows. This game, from what I saw didn’t allow that. I could be wrong though of course! The demo isn’t very long, it’s just enough to give you a taste of the game. Which despite the gameplay style, tasted REALLY good!

One of the best things about the game though is the graphics. I mean, they are incredible! Plus everything is so smooth, and the stylised lighting just improves it all! I’m telling you the game looks so good, that it’s beyond Jaw Dropping! It’s Jraw Dopping! I just made that up! See, it’s like so Jaw Dropping, that you can’t even pronounce it right, cause you are so mesmerised by it, and also because your jaw is laying on the ground and dragging behind you while you are walking about in this dazed overwhelmed confusion trying to tell people how totally AWESOME the game looks.

Yes, I did say Awesome. You got a problem with my retro way of speaking pallie?

Well, it LOOKS like this time the game Splinter Cell Conviction might actually get released. It’s spent the last few years getting pushed back, and to be honest I doubted it would ever see the light of day! Although it looks like THIS time it might actually do it! Apparently a Splinter Cell: Conviction demo will be released on Xbox live on the 18th of this month, and since that’s planned, it might actually NOT get pushed back this time around.

Now I am really excited!

I love stealth games! I have loved stealth games since “Metal Gear” first graced that wonderous chunk of gray plastic..”The Nintendo Entertainment System“. Since then I have played most if not all stealth titles released. Although my FAVORITE one by far is the Splinter Cell series! It has everything you could hope for in a stealth game, and in each new chapter of the saga, there’s ALWAYS more new things! It just keeps getting better!

Now, Splinter Cell maybe my favorite series overall, but it doesnt have the best PREMISE! Don’t get me wrong, the premise is great! Its just simply not the best premise on the market that appeals to me. My vote for best stealth title premise? Goes to the “Hitman” series. Maybe that’s just because I prefer playing characters that are total opposites from the person I am. So, evil or criminal type characters appeal to me..A lot! I find it fun to be someone I wouldn’t actually ever be, even if I had the skill and training.

Another stealth title that falls under the same umbrella as hitmans “So not me” shadow is the “Thief” series, which while a good series kind of falls flat in the presence of other titles of this genre. Not that it’s bad, just that it lacks some of the appeal carried by other stealth series that makes them stand out.

So, now you might be asking why exactly I am even writing about these games, considering this is my first post about games(Although in all fairness it’s also only like my third post. I am still finding my niche). Well, I will tell you! I have been recently re-playing the Splinter Cell series, starting from the first one..so it as well as stealth games are on my mind, so I thought I would ramble on here about them for a few before I headed off to become Sam Fisher once more! 😉