Post by Juliett. Bravo. Alfa. on Mar 21, 2014 17:51:44 GMT
So Xbox One. I nearly bought one today. Amazingly 3 people I actually play online with own one. So Peer Pressure is creeping up.
Dont get me wrong. I know that- Controller feels a bit off. Forza 5 xp system is borked and all games have a trend towards the evils of microtransactions. Its the "PS3" in terms of multiformat titles. I have no room for Kinect. Patches are hueg. HUEG. Its not backwards compatible. Kinect. It has Useless TV things. I dont think I have enough room for it.
Titanfall, Killer Instinct and Forza 5 do look good. And my friends are playing it right now.
No idea where you got this one from. The One controller is very much an evolution of the, I'm sure most people would agree, pretty excellent 360 controller. And the d-pad doesn't suck. I really can't think of much to grumble about other than that my massive gorilla hands make it somewhat uncomfortable to play Killer Instinct (on the d-pad) for extended periods of time. Really need to get a fightpad out for the One.
Forza 5 xp system is borked and all games have a trend towards the evils of microtransactions.
Forza's XP system was adjusted a week after launch (and was never that off in the first place) and it's just patently untrue that 'all' games have microtransactions. Not even all first party titles do. In the entire duration of owning an Xbox One from launch, the only DLC I've paid for has been the Killer Instinct pack (ie: actually buying the game) and the Assassin's Creed season pass ('cos). It's really no more of an issue on the Xbox One than it is on any other console or gaming platform today - and can be readily ignored exactly the same way.
Its the "PS3" in terms of multiformat titles.
The Xbox One is, on paper, weaker than the PS4. However, the SDK that launch titles were built with wasn't actually complete, and now that it is, the 'resolutiongate' nonsense is not really proving to be much of an issue any more. Along with the fact that the Xbox One will receive the full benefits of the just-announced Direct X12 (which, with its extensive memory management improvements, seems to have been designed with the Xbox One in mind), that gap between the two, small as it already is, won't be that much of an issue as developers begin to get the most out of the machine. The PS4 will always have a pure-grunt advantage, but it's really not going to be enough to really worry about. When the primary differences between the two, even on the launch titles where it'll be most prevalent, is how many lines of resolution it natively spits out, it's pretty hard to identify the differences short of having the game running on both platforms next to eachother. Besides, if one were to care that much about the graphics, you'd play on PC instead - especially as the benefits of the similar architecture between the three platforms will only mean even greater leaps for what's possible on PC.
I have no room for Kinect.
The new Kinect needs less room to function, and functions just fine with gestures when you're sitting down (though it can [censored] about a bit if you've got stuff in front of you, or someone close to you). Mine sits only about a metre or so away from me. It's different if you need a lot of room to do the active games like Kinect Sports, of course, but the basic interface functions will work just fine with limited space.
Patches are hueg. HUEG.
Most are under 500MB. A lot are no bigger than 50MB. Games will range from 20GB to 50GB+, though, and there WILL be some large patches one way or another - but you can also expect the same on PS4 and Steam. This shouldn't be too much of a concern in the UK, though, really. There are plenty of options available for no-caps high speed broadband connections and we actually have ISP competition. No idea what your IPS is, but if such a thing is a problem, you'd be well off looking into solutions to that before investing money into a new console - especially as the future for gaming is not going to be friendly to gimped connections either way.
Its not backwards compatible.
Unfortunately, neither console is because the architecture in both was completely changed. Short of having to set the 360 up again to play South Park, though, I can't say it's bothered me that much. The biggest frustration is probably in my XBLA games not being able to carry over. Probably mostly down to the fact that it'll mean they'll once again get me to buy the Mega Drive Sonic games for the billionth time when they're eventually re-released on the Xbox One...
As far as I'm concerned, the "wave your arms around like a [censored] to play this game" part of Kinect can do a running jump (though I can fully understand the appeal of such tat to kids) - but the Kinect earns its place in the box for me by the fact that it actually works as a core part of the interface. I personally do not like talking to inanimate objects very much, but the fact is that "Xbox Pause" and "Xbox Play" are such crucial commands, that work so much faster than finding the controller, turning it on and fumbling for the right button, that I got over it pretty quickly. And somehow it all actually works - despite my accent foiling almost any other form of speech recognition. It also saves its own cost in batteries thanks to the awesome feature of detecting when you've set down the controller and putting it into a low-power state. In the 2 and a half months before I bought a play and charge kit, I changed the batteries twice - and one of those times was simply after a pretty much non-stop week of playing Assassin's Creed to completion before I had to go back to work right after launch. I've since only had to plug the controller in to recharge once.
It has Useless TV things.
The 'TV' things, including the multimedia apps as well as the actual TV-in feature, are why I've had my Xbox One on basically daily since I got it. The ability to snap the live TV while playing a game can also be great when it's not something that requires your absolute focus. One thing I like to do is cathartically beat the [censored] out of the AI in Killer Instinct while watching something like Top Gear on Dave or whatever. I'm looking forward to whatever point this year when the TV functions are actually fully integrated here in the UK and I can hopefully ditch another remote.
I dont think I have enough room for it.
It's pretty damn big. I'm kinda glad they went overkill to prevent overheating, though. Another RRoD situation would be a nightmare...
Titanfall, Killer Instinct and Forza 5 do look good. And my friends are playing it right now.
Killer Instinct is a fantastic game in its genre - and even though I bought the Ultimate pack anyway, I do like the idea of only paying for the character/s you'll actually use and giving the game away otherwise. If you get one in the end, I'm up for a few rounds there no problem.
One of the exclusives that really had me on board for the Xbox One was Quantum Break, as Titanfall is not really my bag (though I gave the beta a fair shake just to make sure). Though I found myself getting really in to Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare and have to recommend it, no matter how daft it may seem as a concept.
Post by Juliett. Bravo. Alfa. on Mar 23, 2014 0:18:07 GMT
PEER PRESSURE. STRANGER DANGER. CLUNK CLICK EVERY TRIP.
Lol, I did it. I do have no limit broadband but its not the fastest. Country boy lol.
My issue with the controller was that the sticks felt a bit loose and the bumper buttons felt a bit off. Something to do with the positioning. Its still nicer than the PS3/4 controllers.
Ended up getting the "Titanfall Mega Pack" from Game Titanfall bundle, 2 years of Gold and the Titanfall controller. Also I bought the Season Pass and 2 years insurance. It was a good chunk of money.
I'm not regretting it. I mean I havent downloaded Titanfall yet but I just had a go on freebie Killer Instinct. Theres some things that are a bit dodgy though (downloading Blu Ray movie player etc). Menus dont feel as good as 360.
But I do love that Kinect has a feature that is an improvement - Scanning QR(?) codes.
And it fits where the 360 was nicely. I dont know how either. Its not even hanging over the edge of the chest of drawers.
What was weird, I was in pure agony walking around with the Xbone in town. Heavy box. The actual console is really surprisingly light.
Anyway. Its solid. I've got my Halo, Gears and Forza machine.
The reason you have to download the Blu-Ray app is because:
1) It's cheaper for Microsoft than licensing every console for the various codec packs etc, when not necessarily every console will use it 2) It allows for granular updates to the Blu-Ray app without having to update the OS all the time.
Point 2 is why a lot of the core functions are broken out into their own apps - similar to Google's method on Android in recent years.
Also, the QR code thing is my favourite thing about Kinect by miles. I've been saying for years that PC games should have had these as well as the full numbered authorisation codes so that those with webcams can just scan it in instead of painstakingly typing in a 32 character string of nonsense. Steam kind of alleviates the problem (but still has its own Steam Keys for you to manually enter when getting games from other sources...), but having this at a system level for the Xbox One is just so satisfying. I believe the PS4 can also do it if you own the camera, but then it's up to publishers to bother on a system that has no guaranteed use for it.
Post by Juliett. Bravo. Alfa. on Mar 23, 2014 14:40:19 GMT
I kinda guessed about the Blu Ray download. Something to do with licenses.
Mind you the download of Titanfall I've been able to catch up on some movies. Avengers - its ok. I havent seen Thor, Cap America or Iron Man. But it was nice to see a decent Hulk Movie and Man Of Steel - Pretty, almost good but very schizophrenic. Shifts its tones so much. Pretty much the reason I am worried about Justice League Movie.
On that day, John received a grim reminder, to never buy a game practically blind...
Seriously, I haven't followed the Titanfall hype train. I did not know it was an online only experience essentially. There is no offline modes... (unless they are hidden) I tried 3 times to do a campaign, didn't work so did a multiplayer and it is ok, I guess.
Post by Ringo (2015 Edition) on Sept 2, 2014 15:25:35 GMT
Looking forward to November 28th, as I have put a preorder down for Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, but GAME and Nintendo UK's online store are doing a ultra cool steelbook edition that comes with a Kyogre (or Groudon if you buy Omega Ruby) figurine in it's primal form. I know the games are remakes, but I haven't played the original GBA games since 2004. Anyone else excited for this?
Is that any way to talk to the best possible gamer?
Personally I can get behind a 'guffaw' resurrection.
I guess I just pop on the forum whenever I use a computer...
I'll get back to you in a month.
I estimate (using Ringo's definition nonetheless), that your post will be ignored.
I always get a little excited about the notion of a Pokemon game, and then remember that they are essentially the same game - the same game that the last two I've bought (heart gold and white) I still haven't managed to drag myself through. I'm not in to them enough to go in to the heavy work needed to play online in a competitive atmosphere.
Short answer: no, not really. Smash Brothers has my eye on it. And if Nintendo don't do very well I'm excited about the notion of heads being changed at the top.
Post by Juliett. Bravo. Alfa. on Sept 28, 2014 16:00:21 GMT
Thanks to an awesome deal at #EGX I now have a PS4 with Destiny, Last of Us Digital and Fifa15 for £390. Also treated myself to a set of wireless headphones for £60.
Sold Fifa 15 to CEX. Don't want to sully the console.
Only played a bit of Destiny. Yup. It is a game. Its very nice looking, but I just dont get a unique feel from it. It kinda looks like Halo, Mass Effect and Phantasy Star Online. And mixed with Borderlands loot.
Soundtrack is nice. And you've got Tyrion Lannister talking to you. Unfortuently he isn't playing Tyrion Lannister. He is playing a straight faced AI thing. I mean Cortana and GLaDoS were awesome characters I thought and poor Ghost. Nothing really. So far.
Anyway thats my thoughts after about a hour.
Played Mortal Kombat X, WWE2K15 amd Project Cars at EGX before my mate had to go and its no fun without a friend.
Mortal Kombat X was so much smoother to play than MK9 and Injustice. Think its going to be awesome.
WWE 2K15 - Erm well you played WWE 2K14? Imagine that but with amazing graphics for a wrestler's intro. Its really not a leap forward.
Project Cars was fun its like how I would imagine the F1 games would be more like. They will oversteer easily and skid.
Captain Toad - decided to play this because someone was playing the ONE Sonic Boom kiosk. Its Captain Toad. I got frustrated and destroyed Earls Court. True story.
Thats about it. Every time I go to EGX I forget about the queues. Some really do go on for hours. There was an awesome Catwoman walking around but I couldn't find her for a picture sad face. So heres me with a £300 Ganondorf statue.