Dishonored 2 must be played twice

dishonored 2E3 2015 had an exciting and brilliantly crafted cinematic trailer for Dishonored 2 will a female character, Emily Kaldwin, as the lead. Fans of the title were thrilled to see a sequel on the horizon, even though the trailer was just emulated gameplay. The theme of E3 this year was gameplay, so trailers tended to stand out if no actual game footage was shown. Given that the title and feel of the game is already established, the trailer at least gives us a good idea of what’s in store. And in a recent interview about the game and giving players choice, Harvey Smith the game’s co-creator, explained something that may push many players to play the game twice. Continue reading

Mortal Kombat took my advice about DLC

Mortal Kombat XIt’s no secret that selling extra content for video games is here to stay, and many of us welcome it as a way to extend the experiences of the games we enjoy. Recently, however, I wrote that the DLC sales for Evolve are proof that companies need to approach selling extra content differently. One of the things I suggested in my post and video was that games should allow you to demo DLC before buying because it’s too risky and expensive to drop money on something you may not enjoy. Obviously the makers of Mortal Kombat had this plan in play before I wrote my post, but hopefully more games take my advice about demoing DLC. Continue reading

Destiny House of Wolves Trailer proves Bungie is their own worst enemy

Destiny House of WolvesThe trailer and the month of release for the next installment of Destiny, House of Wolves, has been released. May 2015 is the window given for when the next piece of DLC will be available from Bungie. Fans of the franchise will be excited to see a very dramatic and cinematically rich trailer, especially in light of the numerous cut scenes from the game that lacked the power and emotion one would hope to see in a big AAA title. As someone who has been consistently critical of Destiny because I enjoy it enough to want to see it improve, I couldn’t help but get excited at the experience teased in the almost 2 minute clip. But as I thought about the reality that the content coming in May probably should have been in the launched version of the game, the quality of the trailer and the story contained within it made me realize just how counterproductive Bungie has been with the way they have treated their title. Continue reading

The Witcher 3 devs say, “Don’t buy our DLC.”

The Witcher 3It has become incredibly commonplace for new games to place a heavy amount of emphasis on buying their DLC and season passes. I’ve actually called for all gamers to stop pre-ordering season passes due to the lack luster and consistent bad game launches. To my surprise and excitement, the developers of The Witcher 3 don’t want you to buy their extra content, “if you have any doubts“. This dramatic change of communication from a game company isn’t just refreshing, it borders on groundbreaking. I have yet to see this type of confidence and transparency from any pre-launch game communication to date. Why is this important? Continue reading

Rainbow Six Siege might be too hard

Rainbow Six SiegeI’ve certainly had my fair share of opinions about PVP shooters. Recently I wrote about and made a video discussing why PVP shooters aren’t fun anymore, and also called for veteran gamers to walk away from Call of Duty. Most of the footage and press about Rainbow Six Siege has me intrigued, but still very apprehensive. I managed to download and watch the closed alpha footage before it was taken down, and I learned a valuable lesson in uploading commentary on video game footage that a company doesn’t want to be seen. But what I also learned was that Rainbow Six Siege is going to be hard and may turn away most fans of shooters. Chris Watters at Gamespot confirmed some of my concerns about this title that has already received a good amount of hype and anticipation. Continue reading

Angry Joe is right about Nintendo

Angry JoeAs an aspiring YouTuber I have grown to enjoy and really respect the work, artistry, and thoughtfulness that Angry Joe puts into his videos and show (WARNING: He uses foul language on the regular). You can tell he is passionate about video games, but also that he strives to have quality content, fair criticism, and accurate praise for all the various video games that he plays and reviews. Recently, however, he encountered a bothersome problem with Nintendo’s policy about creating videos with their games when he made a “let’s play” video for Mario Party 10. To put it concisely, Nintendo wants 40% of any ad revenue from videos that contain their games and his video got flagged. In light of what many other game companies are doing, this is jaw-droppingly stupid. And it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Angry Joe has sworn off doing any Nintendo videos or agreeing to their greedy terms. I think he’s right, and all game channel YouTubers should follow suit. Continue reading

What Titanfall 2 needs to add

TitanfallI’ve already written about how exciting it is that the next installment of Titanfall won’t be limited to the Xbox One. While many may disagree with me, I think expanding to other platforms will help increase the budget and scope which will hopefully increase the content and innovation the title receives. Most sequels run the risk of failing to outdo their predecessor, but with Titanfall that is very unlikely. Many criticized the game for its lack of depth, content, and replayability. I won’t dignify all the complaints about a lack of a campaign since the game squarely marketed itself as a “multiplayer only” game, but there are definitely some areas the game could expand on, including a campaign. Continue reading

Adding depth to Destiny with almost no development

DESTINYI have written quite a bit about Destiny as well as re-purposed all that content into videos for my YouTube channel. Something I wanted to flesh out a bit more was a topic I touched on in my split identity post. I believe there are some very simple things Bungie could do right now, to add depth and replayability. While I know and readily admit this is unlikely with all the patching and tweaking going on to prepare for the House of Wolves DLC, these are things that could also be done post DLC as a way to give some depth in between House of Wolves and the big content drop known as “Comet”. And if these ideas aren’t implemented in the present version of Destiny, they could certainly be applied to Destiny 2 when it enters production if it hasn’t already. Continue reading

Should Destiny 2 skip last-gen?

DestinyDestiny has been the center piece of a few of my posts and videos. I’ve talked about how PVP is holding the game back, how they should stop tweaking the weapons, and how the split identity of the game is splitting the community and putting future content on a path of perpetual devaluation. Recently I saw that IGN had a Fireteam chat podcast discussing whether or not Destiny 2 should skip last-gen. It reminded me of a video about how some fans of Destiny had theorized that certain elements from the game were removed due to last-gen limitations. Some players have referenced early leaks of testing where the drop ships could be taken down and other players noted that they do still take damage in certain places (ie: shoot off their guns). So is it time to leave behind the limitations of last-gen? Continue reading

The risk of free-to-play and always online video games

neverwinter logoOne of the greatest advances in video games was the ability to get online and play with or against your friends. I remember late nights figuring out how to play Rise of the Triad against my friend and then wasting many hours shooting rockets at each other. Online gaming has become more than just an added feature to a video game, it’s become the expectation. Always online and free-to-play games are becoming more common than ever before, but they come laced with risk. Microspending can become problematic, servers can crash or have scheduled maintenance, and more serious and more recently, a game can suspend or permanently end all services. Fans of the game Destiny of Spirits will have a special appreciation and aggravation with this reality. So what are gamers to do? Continue reading