Category Archives: Video Game Opinions

Opinion: This is why we can’t have nice things (Destiny 2: Forsaken – Revelry Event)

I have a question for you. If Bungie creates a horde-like unlimited mode in Destiny 2 would you…

  • A: Play the mode as intended, kill enemies, and try to get the highest level?
  • B: Speedrun and only kill majors?
  • C: Complain that this isn’t exactly a horde mode and call it trash?

I’m only asking because B and C are the most common things that I have run into while playing the Revelry Event. Not that there is anything wrong with speed running. It’s fun to test your fireteams limits. But, I have been getting mixed reviews.

I’ve played the Verdant Forest and my main objective was to optimize my clearing power while moving as fast as possible. But, I had a jarring experience with a teammate on Tuesday.

I logged in and hopped in a fireteam with my group. After running through 40 levels we ran out of time and warped to the 5 bosses. We went back to the tower, picked up bounties from Eva Levante and my friend literally says, “I’m tired of this mode already, let’s run strikes.”

Why can’t we have nice things?

You want to stop playing the new content and go back to playing the vanilla content that you complained about when there was no new content, and now that you have that new content you find old content better?

He wanted to stop because he didn’t want to grind for “no reason”.

It just started on Tuesday and trust me if it was bad, I wouldn’t lie about it. But, even if it’s not mobs and mobs of enemies attacking you in the re-imagined Infinite Forest, it’s still an activity with new triumphs attached.R

I recently wrote about Destiny being in a good place. I still believe that.

Opinion: Destiny 2 is in a great place

The content is literally 2 days old at the time of this writing and I just wish we could enjoy the content without the salt. Destiny 2 still has so many other activities to do. Plus, a new exotic to grind for. Why dog out the content? It’s meant to be an add-on to the other options available. Plus, it’s a free update and the Verdant (infinite) Forest is pretty close to an unlimited horde mode.

I am hoping for a genuine response. How do you feel about the Revelry Event?


Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order biggest reveal (trailer and update)

When EA and Respawn Entertainment released the teaser image for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. I wrote an opinion piece that said a lot of things that came from a wounded place.

Having played Star Wars Battlefront 1 and 2, I was worried that pay walls would diffuse any fun from the game. On Saturday, more information was released regarding this game. The information dump seemingly answered all of my reservations.

Feel free to read all of my reservations by clicking here: Opinion: I can not get excited for Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order

In the recent information update, Respawn Entertainment revealed the most important thing … there will be no micro transactions.

Wow, I did not see that coming.

So that’s good news! Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will be a single player experience will no multiplayer mode or pay walls. I’ve embedded the trailer below in case you haven’t seen it.

Opinion: I can not get excited for Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order

We were treated to a teaser image today for the upcoming Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order game from EA. It’s suppose to be a departure from the slot machine PVP atmosphere that was Battlefront and Battlefront II.

The game, due out in winter 2019, is suppose to tell a story based on the after events of the Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith prequel. Players will experience events through the eyes of a surviving Padawan. Sounds cool.

It’s always exciting to find out more lore in the Star Wars universe. However, I have a slight hesitation because of previous Star Wars games having items, gear, and characters locked behind a pay wall. I know this topic has been talked about over and over. But, is it too much to ask for a full story without having to pay more than the retailed price?

Micro transactions are a way of life now and as a gamer I have to deal with it. But, it feels like EA went a little over board during Battlefront and Battlefront II.

If this is going to be a story from Respawn Entertainment, I need it to be a full story. No missing parts and no pay walls on the story. Otherwise, it will be somewhat disappointing.

We’ll get a first look at the game this Saturday. I look forward to the hype!


Opinion: Scared out of buying Anthem

During the Anthem Demo, I played. My initial thought was, wow this is a beautiful game. I found a really hard hitting sniper right at the start of my game play and kept it on the entire time. Why change something that works?

The story that I encountered didn’t really make sense to me so I chose to not waste my time trying to figure it out.

And after my first hour, some of my friends jumped on and we played. We were enjoying doing the open missions together. I even unlocked the Storm Javelin.

My favorite part was the co-op. However, the co-op turned sour when my entire group was kicked from the server during a stronghold mission at the boss.

My entire group didn’t think twice to quit, because who wants to go through all of the over again just to be kicked?

And that was just the demo.

After the official launch, I didn’t hear any good news. I saw reports of the game crashing, secret patches, and boycotts by the player base until BioWare and EA fixed the game.

And then a new patch 1.0.4 was released and it sounded like a nice band aid.

But the first thing I hear is a negative review about loot caches containing cosmetic items instead of quality upgrades for your freelancer.

I don’t know. It sounds scary to me. And it doesn’t sound like something I want to invest my time in. No offense, but as a player that stuck it out with Destiny and Destiny 2, I am now content with the space that the game is in and how it’s shaping up.

See my opinion piece on the current state of Destiny 2.

I’ll keep a watch out for positive feedback, but I am not interested in starting all over again with Anthem. For the players who are playing Anthem and wish it was better…

Good luck, let me know how that goes in three to five years.

-ABD


Stadia: Questions about latency

Last week Google broke the news about it’s online gaming platform, Stadia. An on-demand cross platform, fully online cloud based system. However, the quality of your game play depends on your internet connection. You could have 60 FPS or not depending on if you have a potato for a router.

This brings up the question, what about the lag?

Excerpts on store.google.com mention that you need high speed internet connection in order to experience the Stadia platform. So should we assume that buffering, stuttering, crashing, and getting kicked from games will be an issue with a subpar connection?

Consider the connection issues that gamers have  even when they are hooked up to a Ethernet cord while playing games such as Destiny 2, Division 2, Anthem, Fortnite, Apex Legends and others. Plus, users on  YouTube or Twitch are known to have buffering, freezing and audio out of sync issues based on their WiFi connection as well.

Being that Stadia is 100 percent in the cloud, will that play a part in fighting the latency issue? Or will it cause more of a problem?

Right now when you visit YouTube.com and click on your desired video, you are automatically place on ‘auto’. Whatever that means from your connection. On average, that means 720p HD. Will Google place you on auto based on your connection for gaming as well?

The promotional site also mentions being able to watch a video about a game and instantly being able to jump into that game. Can you imagine the amounts of people backed up in the queue waiting to play with their favorite YouTuber?

This is bound to be a new experience for all involved. We’ll be tracking information. View any of the facts discussed in this article by clicking this link.

Apple Arcade promising a new age of mobile gaming

March 25, 2019 – Apple announced it’s launch of Apple Arcade. They unveiled their new gaming subscription today and promised 100 exclusive games to IOS devices.

They revealed that game studio’s such as SEGA, Lego, Annapurna Interactive, Bossa Studios, and Cartoon Network, among other will be creating content exclusive to the subscription based product.

According to Apple.com, IOS users will be able to play on any of their devices online or offline, with no ads interrupting game play or interface, and the subscription will be viable for everyone with access to your family.

The subscription service is planned for a Fall 2019 launch. Find more information on apple.com.

Opinion: Destiny 2 is in a great place

I’m a long time Destiny player. I’ve enjoyed my time with this game. Through the ups and the interesting times, I played and so did many others. But now, Destiny 2 is in the best place it’s been since Taken King.

Sure, Cayde-6 had to die and pretty much every guardian you come across is Dredgen but, hey at least we’re having fun, right?

I remember the height of Destiny. Always the top of the Twitch directory, never a dull moment with the grind for over-powered but fun weapons, and a very creative community that always made their own fun.

Members of the community made full blown charity events in the process of enjoying the game!

However, as being a content creator becomes more and more accessible, the voice of the community seems to be trending to a toxic conversation. Rants about economy issues in the game are a mainstay, loot drop issues, and lack of reasons to grind.

But, I think Destiny 2 is actually in a great place in this post Forsaken world with the annual pass.

There is more to do in this game than ever before.  As a player, we have a longer content loop. You can do strikes, you can grind the Dreaming City, run the Black Armory Forges, and now play out the new modes, Gambit Prime and Reckoning in Season of the Drifter.  And let’s not forget we still have two viable raids available as well.

In my honest opinion, I don’t believe we are expected to do each loop for each piece of content. At least not for the average player.

There are times when I don’t get to every milestone before reset. But for those privileged to be able to grind the content daily and reach max power in two or three days, I have a question.

Do you realize the weight your voice holds?

Between using your platform and attending summits, you are speaking for the collective.

Would it be so terrible to admit that the seasonal content since Forsaken has actually added much needed depth to the game?

Random rolls are back, new loot to chase, titles to grind for, longer content loops to play, and materials to stack.

Isn’t that the name of the game?

Plus, the lore is getting really interesting in the game. Have you been able to read up on the Emissary?

Sure no game is perfect and no developer can make the entire player base happy all the time. But, I’m enjoying Bungie’s game. And perhaps focusing on those positives is why I think Destiny 2 is in a great place.

-ABD