Full Force is GFN’s weekly look at some of the biggest news in geekdom, from video games to anime to movies and everything in between. We also welcome your comments below, if you want to join the conversation. This week, our panelists take a look at the three next-gen consoles now that they all been out for at least three months.
The Playstation 4 and Xbox One have been out for almost three months now. Have you picked up one (or both), and if so, what’s your verdict? If not, why have you stayed away? Continue reading Full Force: PS4, Xbox One, Wii U in Next-Gen War
This past week I was able to get my hands on a copy of the newly released Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition for the PlayStation 4. This being the third time I’ve actually purchased last year’s Tomb Raider reboot I was really hoping for new experience (thought the regular experience is perfectly fine). The best part? I got everything I could have ever wanted. Continue reading A Week in Gaming – Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
New Steam Machines are beginning to pop up, especially as CES continues to introduce new technology to empty our bank accounts. Now, Alienware has revealed their own Steam Machine which is being called as “one of the platform’s flagship devices, not only due to the scale at which it will be produced, but its blend of performance and form factor.” Alienware’s Steam Machine enters the competition with a build that is smaller than both the PS4 and Xbox One, holding a 8″ by 8″ design and standing at only 3″ tall. The front features two USB 3.0 ports, and the back will contain an ethernet jack and an optical audio connector. In addition, the box will have both and HDMI input and output.
While not much information has been released about the technology powering the device, it has been confirmed that it will use an intel-based CPU and Nvidia GPU. Performance-wise, it’s said that Alienware’s Steam Machine surpasses both the PS4 and Xbox One in power, targeting native resolutions of 1080p. No price has been slated for the device which plans on a later 2014 release. With companies planning on creating their own Steam Machines, how will they manage to compete against well-known consoles such as the PS4 and Xbox One?
A higher emphasis has been placed upon the Steam controller which attempts to blend the qualities of the computer mouse and traditional console controller functions. However, it was revealed that these controllers would be sold separately while other companies manufacture their own.
Sony just recently released a video with the hashtag “#PlayStationMemories” which made me miss some of my favorite PlayStation games… and it made me crave pizza. Here’s the video below as well as a few lists of my personal favorite PlayStation games throughout the years. What are some of your favorite titles?
Favorite PS3 Games:
- Dragon Age Series
- Mass Effect Trilogy
- Heavy Rain
- Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Favorite PS2 Games:
- Spiderman 2
- Kingdom Hearts & Kingdom Hearts 2
- Twisted Metal: Black
- Final Fantasy X
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
- Grand Theft Auto III
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Favorite PSX Games:
- Chrono Cross
- Final Fantasy VIII
- Final Fantasy VII
- Ape Escape
- Twisted Metal 2
- Metal Gear Solid
- Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2
I had the awesome chance to play during the Elder Scrolls Online’s last beta stress test and managed to become addicted. It had become a must-have game on its release and I was excited to for more chances to explore through this diverse atmosphere. But when the news of ESO’s subscription fee hit the web, I couldn’t help but become a bit disheartened. I’ll share my own reasons why.
Many people argue that the Elder Scrolls Online can survive beneath a monthly subscription fee, and while $15 a month is not a bad price for such a huge and anticipated game, it will definitely create a bit of indecisiveness for console players like me.
I plan to eventually purchase a PS4 and I’m extremely excited for the chance to enjoy a MMO experience on my television screen. My PC isn’t made for gaming, and while I’ve enjoyed the beta experience on there, it doesn’t look very great, and in a game like Elder Scrolls Online where I can spend hours of my day, graphics are a must. Especially on PC.
Because of this, a cool console experience is a must for me, and while I’m ecstatic over the fact that the PS4 will provide some quality MMO games, the price may repel me. I’ll be spending about $400 for the PS4, $60 for the game itself, the price of PlayStation Plus so I can enjoy my online games, and $15 a month just to continue playing the Elder Scrolls Online. Is anyone else a little bit frustrated by this? I kind of am.
Is there anyone else planning on buying The Elder Scrolls Online at release? If so, what do you think about the subscription fee? Do you think the game will be able to survive on a life of monthly subscriptions, or will it fall to become a free-to-play title like Star Wars: The Old Republic? While I’m not too worried about the game’s life on PC, I wonder how this will affect console players.
Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer has been speckled around multiple channels on YouTube showing off a small taste of some Alpha gameplay that is already generating mixed responses from gamers. Me included. I’ve learned to carry a certain amount of skepticism for Call of Duty games, and honestly any kind of yearly release in general, but after the negativity that Modern Warfare 3 created (I hated it), Infinity Ward has a lot of proving to do, and I’m just not sure that they can satisfy me. However, my opinions stem from a competitive background instead of casual play, so they may differ from yours.
Black Ops 2 really made me appreciate Treyarch’s movements to help support competitive gameplay. League Play was a genuinely awesome addition that effectively separated the experience of general play and a skilled atmosphere. Competitive gaming does take a larger amount of skill, and it is nice to be able to team up with some people that actually understand how the game works, and can skillfully improve a team’s chance of winning and rising up the ranks.
Admittedly, I haven’t looked too far into the information given about Ghosts multiplayer besides the occasional YouTube video, but from past experience, Infinity Ward tends to cater more toward the new players. Killstreaks will feed off each other, meaning if I get a certain amount of kills from one streak, that will travel toward the amount of kills I need to earn the next streak… a cheap tool to obtain more kills which, in my opinion, cheapens the objective gameplay (assuming you’re playing something other than Team Deathmatch). While this may not be as dramatic as I’m making it out to be, it’s these small qualities that really turn me away as a competitive player.
I do enjoy the additions of gametypes such as Cranked and Search and Rescue, which may add a nice twist to games such as Search and Destroy, Kill Confirmed, and Team Deathmatch, but I worry about having too much a selection of games which could cause the amount of players to thin. The multiplayer looks fun and different (as different as a CoD game can be), and I will for sure appreciate the detail of customization that can be used. Females finally exist! But in a generation of games such as GTA V as well as the upcoming next-gen titles, Ghosts doesn’t really hold too much of my attention. Will I eventually get the game? Most likely. But I refuse to hold my breath for a Call of Duty game that will entertain me as much as Call of Duty 4 or Black Ops 2.
Microsoft has revealed they will be selling next generation, first party, Xbox One games at 60 dollars. Of course they did.
I originally read this article on IGN, where the person reporting qualified this story by saying this was “good news.” Maybe this is just a case of me getting my expectations too high, but to me, it’s honestly disappointing. I really was hoping that with all of the effort spent trying to implement DRM and impose limitation to fight piracy, they would throw the consumer a break, and the payoff would come with cheaper games. “Hey guys, THIS is the justification for fighting piracy!” they’d say as they made the announcement as they raised the console above their head and bald eagles flew American flags around the stage. This is the model that Steam employs, after all…the lower priced games, not the bald eagles…
I understand they have no actual reason to do this, from a business point of view, but it’s just another action that shows Microsoft is out of touch. Did they have to do lower the price? No, certainly not. But after audiences agreed that the PS4 dominated the Xbox One at E3, and that PS4′s are being pre-ordered at a two-to-one rate to the Xbox One, I keep thinking Microsoft is going to pull some play to swing momentum back to their side. I’m like a dog that keeps asking to get kicked at this point.
I should probably give up holding out for Microsoft. I didn’t want to be converted. I love my 360. But it’s just not happening and I need to accept that.