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  1. ScampyGordon liked a post in a topic by Alastar in Call of Duty Black ops 3 is actually fun! . . . don't judge me. (review)   
    So, I haven't played a COD title since Modern Warfare 2, and from what I've seen the franchise was mostly the same from MW2 to Ghosts. Copy and paste, point and shoot, campaign is there just to fill a check box, and the gameplay in each game had been bare bones and basic and more or less have been just AAA rage games.  However, when I played the beta I thought the gameplay was quite fun, vastly different to what MW2 had to offer.  So I pre ordered the game and attended the midnight release (surprisingly not a single kid but a large crowd of people in their 20's or older) got my game and gone home and started playing.  Generally I have been unimpressed with the COD franchise and its lack of innovation and the fact that it is just the same game over and over, but this game was different.
    Actual Review____________
    As the campaign progressed I noticed that the plot was not the typical "anti terrorism" story, and nor was it a war with the Russians.  In fact the nationalities that get involved besides America are the Chinese and Egyptians.  The plot soon unfolds into something Bizarre with mystifying visuals and backdrops and more emotion then any other COD campaign in recent years.  Its actually a story I do not wish to spoil. This time In call of duty, from beginning to end you are playing as your own character, customized by you and fully voiced. Sadly the faces you can choose from are pretty limited, but as you progress you unlock more outfits and helmets which have some neat designs. 
    again, I am not going to spoil the plot, but does this sound like something you would expect to see in a COD campaign:
    Massive living tree stretching high into the clouds, its bark as black as charcoal and blue streams of energy flowing through its branches and roots.  You enter the roots and after fighting through soldiers who appear and disappear in clouds of ravens you see a massive beating heart linked to the tree at the end of this tunnel consisting entirely of these roots of dark wood and blue streams.  Meanwhile a voice is telling you to let yourself go, to calm your mind, imagine yourself in a quiet place, a frozen forest. 
    this title has gone from sci fi to fantasy in a very impressive way.  
    The campaign also has its own progression system, just like every other mode in the game.  You have 3 Cybernetic core ability sets, control, martial and chaos. 
    Each one focuses on something different.  control hacks and manipulates machines and robots, anything from making their power core explode to taking direct and full control over a massive mech! 
    Martial focuses on melee combat and allows you to bull-charge through groups of enemies for massive damage and even cloak and release massive and deadly shock waves with a powerful smash move.  
    Chaos is focused on disorienting human combatants but at the same time it seems like potentially the most evil core with deadly abilities includiing some firefly nanomachines that set soldiers on fire, or an ability that forces the affected targets to experience extreme muscle pains while they choke on their own vomit!
    There are many more abilities that each core set can do and you can jump between each one between missions at will, you don't have to "commit" to one, you can max out each one if you want.
    The campaign is also far longer then any other COD title that has been released in recent years. It felt like it was closer to 10 hours!  Another great feature is 4 player coop!  I haven't tested this out but I read that you can play the campaign with one other person for a 2 player local coop and the other two players would be on another console, while all other game modes can have 4 players locally.  The coop is a lot of fun as well, allowing you to combine the 3 core sets for fun strategies. 
    When you complete the campaign you unlock another campaign called "nightmare" which changes a few campaign missions into a "zombie" variant with a new story.  I only played one level of that so far but its interesting to see the story retold with zombies by another character. 
    I have not tried the full fledged zombie mode yet but from what I hear it could be interesting. 
    another mode is "freerun" where you run obstacle courses of varying difficulty for the best time.  
    The multiplayer has some fun gameplay with the new-found mobility and specialist abilties in addition to scorestreaks, which replace killstreaks.  Scorestreaks function just like killstreaks but this time they are MUCH harder to acquire, so I noticed fewer streaks in each match then what I got in MW2, making it feel more like you earned them. there are private and custom matches where you can alter any condition as you see fit and you can even add bots of varying difficulty levels!
    You also have emblem customization that is really impressive.  you can arrange up to 64 objects/layers in any shape, size, angle and color you want, making for some pretty cool emblems.  there is even a community browser to see some of the top rated player-made emblems! 
    The gameplay and story aside, there is another thing I really like about Black ops 3.  it features each and every mode and feature that should come standard with any FPS, but most, if not all companies seem to be cutting a few out. 
    campaign with coop and worth replaying.
    splitscreen
    customization, 
    private and custom multiplayer matches, local and offline. 
    side challenge modes.
    Theater to watch previous matches. 
     
    Think about this, how many FPS's have been released in recent years aside from COD, that feature each and every one of these features?
    Halo 5 has taken out splitscreen entirely.  
    Battlefield and Destiny have no private matches. 
    and most games that are coming out or are out have some form of unnecessary microtransactions, sometimes using them to replace progression entirely. BO3 doesn't even have DRM! you can play offline with no connection to the internet if you wish!
    COD has none of these trends that have popped up recently in games that could ultimately hurt gaming as a whole!
    This may be because I personally haven't played a COD title since MW2, but BO3 feels like a breath of fresh air, bringing back all the features that an FPS is SUPPOSED to have without cutting ANYTHING that could have ultimately improved the experience. 
    In short, the campaign is actually very cool and imaginative, the zombie mode looks crazy, the multiplayer is fun, and every mode is worth revisiting.  This is the best COD title in YEARS.  
    The only thing that I think is hurting the game now (aside from the PC launch) is the fact that Activision has been publishing a new COD title EVERY YEAR! people are getting tired of hearing about a new COD title and they want something new! Well, to me this is new enough where you can ignore the fact that its CALLED Call of duty and just enjoy it for its on merits.
    I half-expected to see some crazy visuals from Treyarch because they developed one of my favorite titles for the Sega Dreamcast, Draconus: cult of the wyrm.  (but thats a discussion for another time.)
     
    So, have you guys played BO3? what did you think about it? 
  2. Crazycrab liked a post in a topic by Alastar in Star Wars Battlefront 3 (We want to support it!)   
    I personally will say no.  The gameplay seems decent with authentic-feeling audio and environments, But it seems they missed what made Battlefront 2 unique. below is my response to all the confirmed details on the game. 
     
    Diverse units: In B2 you have a ton of units, each with unique abilities and designs for each faction.  Imperial officers provided buffs to nearby allies, dark troopers had an arc cannon and was the only unit (aside from the clone equivalent) to have a jetpack, engineers repaired tanks and droids and provided health and ammo, stuff like that.  
    Battlefront is taking that feature out entirely and allowing you to make your own loadouts.  now that sound fine, but then that means people are likely only going to use maybe 3 different types of loadouts.  Heavy gunner with tons of firepower, or a sniper or an "assault medic." maybe a few minor changes here and there but most people are likely to be using the same kind of loadouts.  
     
    Heroes: Its cool they brought them back and they seem to be fun to use from what I seen during the beta. But my understanding is that the list of playable heroes is pathetically small! Luke, Darth Vader, The emperor, Solo, Chewy, leia, and bobo fet. if there are more feel free to correct me, but I read that Yoda and Obi wan will NOT be playable! In battlefront 2 you had just about every single Jedi and sith and other that was mentioned in all six movies!  Besides, from what little I had read and seen in the extended lore I am pretty sure there are more characters in the background that could have been added.
     
    Campaign:  Obviously this is a big problem: no campaign at all! Another aspect that was cool in B2 was that you were able to fight in most, if not all, of the major battles in the movies, and a few that were not!  In SPACE or on the ground!  Why omit this entirely!? 
     
    Other:  Now a lack of space battles is obviously a problem. Especially in STAR WARS. in B2 it was awesome to land on the enemy ship and disable key systems, steal their own fighters, or to man various turrets on your capital ship and fire upon hostile fighters or the enemy capital ship! None of this is going to be in the game at launch?! $15 please! (probably.) 
    Also the "Galactic conquest" mode was a fun mode in B2, it made an FPS also a strategy game and progressively building up your fleets and armies and purchasing various upgrades was a really fun feature!  Battlefront will not feature this mode either apparently.  
     
    With all these missing features they are expecting us to buy the game for $60 when all it has to offer is a few coop challenge modes and multiplayer with a handful of maps and a few other game types?  On top of that sell us microtransactions?  There is also the issue of it playing at 900P on PS4, and 720P on xbox one.  This is not because of console limitations, its because EA/DICE is being lazy and is failing to optimize it for the consoles!  These consoles are far stronger then they give them credit for! (even the Xbox one, especially with its updates with DX12.) 
     
    So, my vote, again, is no.  EA is stripping all the fun modes that B2 had on the ORIGINAL Xbox and the PS2 and giving us a fraction of the experience for a ridiculous price.
  3. Doshka17 liked a post in a topic by Alastar in *SPOILER* Delrith's Official Destiny Review - READ BEFORE BUY   
    Well, the main point I am getting at is the game WILL get better. It will be interesting at least to watch the game as it grows and to be a part of it. Of course, there is still the wish that what we got a better first impression.  (I still really like the game so far, a good 28 hours game time at this point. lol.)
  4. Verethragna liked a post in a topic by Alastar in Opinions on Destiny.   
    I agree, if that was the case I would probably return this game before too long.
    However, this is not the case. 
    Bungie has stated that they will provide new daily content which will add new missions, game types, locations and more over the next 10 years, all of which (except for two expansions) is FREE. In a few days they already have a new story mission coming out.  Again, its free. Along with the Iron banner, Salvage (for a limited time) and various other things.
    http://www.bungie.net/7_Destiny-Events-Inbound/en/News/News?aid=12133
    Yes they probably should have released the story more fully at launch, but at the least we can expect FREE CONTENT which will add to it for the next 10 years (which is their goal.) The two expansions are just their because activision required it in their contract, the rest bungie can do what ever they want.
  5. Verethragna liked a post in a topic by Alastar in Opinions on Destiny.   
    I agree, if that was the case I would probably return this game before too long.
    However, this is not the case. 
    Bungie has stated that they will provide new daily content which will add new missions, game types, locations and more over the next 10 years, all of which (except for two expansions) is FREE. In a few days they already have a new story mission coming out.  Again, its free. Along with the Iron banner, Salvage (for a limited time) and various other things.
    http://www.bungie.net/7_Destiny-Events-Inbound/en/News/News?aid=12133
    Yes they probably should have released the story more fully at launch, but at the least we can expect FREE CONTENT which will add to it for the next 10 years (which is their goal.) The two expansions are just their because activision required it in their contract, the rest bungie can do what ever they want.
  6. Contra Mundi liked a post in a topic by Alastar in favorite gaming quote   
    Cool question but,
    Can it wait a bit? I'm in the middle of some calibrations. 
  7. Contra Mundi liked a post in a topic by Alastar in favorite gaming quote   
    Cool question but,
    Can it wait a bit? I'm in the middle of some calibrations.