Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Aaaand I'm Back

Hey!

It's been quite a while since I last posted something. Two whole years! Lots have changed since I last blogged, but now I finally have some free time to revisit my love for nerdy things, and I hope to blog a lot more now! That's something about me that I really need to work on: consistency. I always find myself leaving projects unfinished, and I'm not about to let this blog be one of those things.

I have a lot of things I want to write about, and I'm not about to make my first post in two years become a great wall of text. I'll ease myself in, I think. So with that said, I'll be back with some good blog posts! Kthx!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn First Impressions

A few weeks ago, while browsing for new games to play, I came across an article explaining the beta phases of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. I quickly jumped into it to see what the craze is about. I didn't play the original Final Fantasy XIV. I've only read about how horrendous the game was, and how everyone is having high expectations for A Realm Reborn to be a lot better than its previous version.

I'm a huge fan of Square Enix. I've been playing their console RPGs since I was a kid. I've admired Square's storytelling ability in their games. Their creativity extends to their amazing graphics and their original soundtrack. It only made sense for me to at least try out their MMO to see what they can do in a multi-player capacity.

Once I got the beta client downloaded and installed, I hopped right in to create a character. I was fascinated by how detailed it is. From the hair style and color all the way down to how your character growls in pain. It could have used more facial variety since I was spoiled by the character customization from Skyrim, but it was still very impressive.

After playing for a couple of hours exploring the world of Eorzea during the beta, I decided that I had to purchase the game. Everything stayed true to the Final Fantasy universe with feaMMO. Quests are straightforward and easy to navigate through. The local and world maps will take some getting used to, but they certainly help out with the completion of quests by pointing you towards the right direction. The Full Active Time Events (FATE) also spawn randomly across your local map, giving you more variety throughout your journey. They are similar to the dynamic events of Guild Wars 2 and the random rifts found in Rift.
tures that you can find from their other games. It also looked like a great

The one thing that did bother me just a little bit was the lack of voice acting during cutscenes quest explanations. I know it's traditional for dialogue for unimportant events are usually in text in the original RPGs, but with how much storytelling that this MMO is doing, voice acting would have been a great addition. At least we have it for most of the main quests.

May I log in now?
I'm currently in the early access phase since I pre-ordered my digital copy of the game. There have been quite a few improvements to the game. There are still a few bugs here in there with logging in and with instances. I haven't been able to log in for the past hour now due to issues with the servers and stuff. I'm sure everything will get sorted out before the actual launch. If not, we're all gonna have a lot of problems this coming Tuesday.

I guess I'll keep spamming the login screen for a bit. I'll provide more updates pretty soon.

Monday, August 19, 2013

See You Later, Azeroth

After several long years playing World of Warcraft almost nonstop, I think it's time to call it quits, at least temporarily. The game has become less enjoyable each week. The game's content seems drab. There is also the very famous topic of WoW's population decrease, which turned what used to be a very lively and social video game to a ghost town. Every time I manage to get my guild together to do a weekly raid, or after sitting around for over an hour trying to fill up a raid group, I immediately want to log off and do something else. I tried to stick with it, but it's just not fun anymore.

I actually have not played in over a month. Partly due to the busy summer season at work, but mostly because I've found better games to play during my free time. I've been playing League of Legends with my wifey a lot lately, and I found that hundred times more fun than doing daily quests. Even my friends and guild mates have ventured off to find other games for us to play in order to break free from the boredom associated with WoW. I even revisited console gaming to tackle my huge backlog of games that I need to beat.

A guild mate recently texted me asking if we could get the guild together to try out a new MMO. I immediately wished him good luck, since I'm sure most of us are pretty much done with MMOs. There really wasn't much out there for us. We tried Guild Wars 2, and that was enjoyable to a little bit. We even had a quick stint with The Old Republic.

We even gave Ragnarok Online 2 a shot. We leveled up twice, then uninstalled. I do have to rant about this since I was a huge fan of the original Ragnarok Online, but that'll be for a future blog post.

I didn't end my WoW subscription yet. I still feel very loyal to the Blizzard brand, and I have complete faith that they will eventually do something about the drop in population and their dull content. I just have to take a little break from it all while they get that sorted out.

See you later, Azeroth.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Sorry Bandwidth, I've Free Games To Download

I'm pretty new to the Playstation Network Plus thing. I only remember subscribing to it because I was given a month for free. It did ask me for my credit card number when activating the free one-month subscription, and I guess I forgot to unsubscribe before my free month was up. I didn't do my research on it, and I didn't really care for it since I was an Xbox 360 fanboy. When I read that I'd be given free games with my PSN+ subscription, I automatically assumed that the offer would include some lame stuff that I would never want to play, and for the first couple of months that's exactly what I saw.

I first subscribed to PSN+ a few months ago, and when I checked out what was free to download, I was pretty disappointed.  The only PS3 title that I found worth mentioning was Dark Souls, and of course that game was free because the game is so goddamn difficult that no one wanted to purchase it. I still haven't beat the game.

The other titles that were free on a monthly basis were different Playstation Vita games. I don't own a PS Vita, which made my PSN+ subscription even more useless. I kind of gave up on the whole thing.

It's been a couple of months since I last turned on my PS3. The last game I played was Ni No Kuni. It wasn't until I saw a credit card charge for a three-month subscription renewal for PSN+. Crap, I forgot to unsubscribe again.

On a whim, I decided to check out what's there to download since I'm stuck with it for another three months. To my surprise, there was actually things I would actually find myself playing. Battlefield 3 and Uncharted 3 were available and I quickly confirmed both downloads.

While waiting for those two to download, I turned on my 360 to play a couple of rounds of Black Ops 2. Before I could get the game started, I get a text from a friend saying that Assassin's Creed 2 is free in Xbox Live. More free stuff? Heck yeah!

Now all I need to do is find some spare time so I can actually play these games.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Geeking Out - Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

The original Pikachu card.
Nothing is more nerdy about me than my love for trading card games. I've always been a fan of them. It started way back when Pokemon was all we talked about during recess in elementary school. No one really knew how to play the Pokemon card game. We just collected them, and we had fun doing it. We would bug our parents every day, asking them to pick up a pack of cards from their way home from work. Everyone brought in their collection to school to show off their holographic cards. We even counted all our Pikachus to see who had the most. I had more binders of Pokemon cards in my backpack than actual school books. Don't kid yourself, you know you did it too. It was such a big distraction that my elementary school made attempts to ban Pokemon cards from school property. No big deal, we just brought our Game Boys instead.

The iconic Dark Magician Card from Yu-Gi-Oh.
A few years later, we stuffed our collection of Pokemon cards underneath our beds and started using our earnings from chores to buy Yu-Gi-Oh cards. Now this is a card game we actually played. We were all addicted to the anime, and we bought starter packs to match our favorite characters from the show. The anime taught us all the basics to get us started as duelists. Yes, duelists. We weren't playing a game. No, no. We were dueling. It was serious business.
The famous Magic: The Gathering

As we began to understand the game a bit more, we ventured away from the starter packs and threw in cards from booster packs. I can remember how much fun I had assembling decks and playing practice duels with friends.

When I reached high school literacy, I slowly got into Magic: The Gathering. Now THIS was a very elaborate trading card game. Unfortunately for me, I was a teen with no job, so I couldn't afford to collect Magic cards. So I had to settle by freeloading off the cards that my friends didn't want to use and trying to piece together a decent deck with the hand-me-downs. Regardless, it was still a very fun experience. In 2009, Magic: The Gathering became available on Xbox Live under the title Duels of the Planeswalkers. I've been playing the hell out of that game, and its subsequent updates for 2012 and 2013.

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. The upcoming trading card game from Blizzard.


Now comes Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. The announcement of this game was a bit of a surprise for me since they had just released Heart of the Swarm, and they've been releasing new content for Mists of Pandaria like a machine. I didn't think they'd be able to find time to work on a side project like this. I'm glad they decided to work on a TCG video game. It's another thing to be excited about in an already great year for gaming.

If only they'd implement the trading card game INTO World of Warcraft, so we'd have something to do in the numerous inns and pubs around Azeroth. That would be pretty awesome.

Also, I'd like to have this for my iPhone, Blizzard. I don't have enough money for an iPad. Kthx.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

We Are Live!

I've decided to start a side project that'll compliment this blog quite nicely. I'm going to start streaming my gameplay live through Twitch.tv. This platform has provided gamers across the globe with a fast and easy way to share their gaming experiences and talk about the games they love. I've been watching a few streams, and I noticed that community is great, and I just wanted to be a part of it.

While my gameplay won't be amaze-balls, I'm sure it'll be entertaining to watch for those casual gamers out there. I'll mostly concentrate on WoW gameplay with the guild, and some other games that I'll play cooperatively with friends like League of Legends and Starcraft 2.

I'm very excited to do this, and the guild is all on board to stream some casual raids for the community of Twitch.

Check it out every once in a while. http://twitch.tv/GamingCampaign

See you live!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Impulsive Purchasing: God of War

My PS3 is the latest addition to my home entertainment, and the only real game I've played on it was Ni no Kuni. I thought the console would collect dust for quite a while, but that's not the case anymore since GameStop came out with a great deal with God of War: Ascension at their online store. The new game comes with a copy of the God of War Saga Collection for free, which includes every single game in the series that released for the PS2, PSP, and the PS3.

I'm new to the God of War series, but I've read nothing but good things about it. The wifey was actually the first one to bring the game to my attention with its SuperBowl commercial.

Thankfully, the game will be arriving tomorrow. Right in time for my only day off from the work week.