Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Games I am looking forward to the rest of 2019

Here are the games that I am looking forward to in the rest of 2019:

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield 11/15/2019
Need for Speed Heat 11/8/2019

Pokemon Sword and Shield take place in the Galar region. It is going to be awesome exploring a new Pokemon region. Dyna Max Pokemon looks interesting that they will be more powerfull and larger. I love the story of Pokemon games and the battles too! The multiplayer on Nintendo Switch looks interesting. There will be character customization.

Need for Speed Heat represents the latest in the franchise and back from hiatus 2017. It is back to the 5 heat levels and police pursuits. Customization is back with 3rd party parts and Need for Speed parts. There is a day and night cycle. Daytime the police are normal. At night they will use anything and any means to stop you. Hopefully, freeroam pursuits are back. I do not have any confirmation yet.


Sources:
Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield
https://swordshield.pokemon.com/en-us/

Need for Speed
https://www.ea.com/games/need-for-speed


Xbox and Playstation Controller Support Coming to iOS 13 this Thursday September 19, 2019

Microsoft Xbox One and PlayStation 4 Controller support is coming to iOS 13. I will be checking out what games support it at launch. I will be using my Xbox One Controller. However, I would love to get a Sony PlayStation 4 Controller to see what it is like. I wonder if any Electronic Arts or racing games games will support controllers on iOS 13? I have been wanting Xbox controller support on Apple iOS for a long time. I even looked up YouTube videos that were trolling and trying to make me believe it was actually supported. Now the joke is going to be on them since it will actually be supported.

Source:
Apple iOS 13 Controller Support
https://www.apple.com/ios/ios-13/features/

Xbox Project Scarlett

Are you ready for Xbox Project Scarlett next year Holiday 2020?

Up to 8K resolution

120 Hertz / 120 frames per second
Variable Refresh Rate

I am looking forward to Xbox Project Scarlett. I already upgraded to Xbox One X in 2017 and Sony 4K television. The graphics should be an upgrade from the Xbox One generation. I am wondering if the controller will be different? Regardless, I am excited! However, I feel taken that Xbox One X only got 3 years of service 2017-2020. Also it of course will be expensive at launch. I will wait until I feel it is a good value like increased hard drive or performance and my friends upgrade.

Source:
https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2019/06/09/xbox-e3-2019-briefing-recap/

Monday, April 8, 2019

Game Rotation

Developers develop a game for months and years only for gamers to play it for a limited time only to move on to the next game.

My friends and I continue to demonstrate this hypothesis and philosophy. We have played Crackdown 3 for only 1 day. Then we played Electronic Art's BioWare's Anthem for several weeks. Now the game that we are playing is Ubisoft's The Division 2. The Division 2 is what I am mainly focusing on.

Then when Entertainment Electronics Expo (E3) comes June 9 - June 11, 2019 will be the next announcements of new games, those games will be release and the cycle will start all over again. Also not to mention any digital games my friends pick up in the meantime that I will definitely pass on. I do buy digital only games only when it is warranted. I love my physical games as previously discussed on the blog.

The lifecycle of the modern blockbuster triple AAA game is measured in weeks of gameplay. I really wish we could go back before every game developer wanted to release a subpar decent game in addition to the major studios like Electronic Arts (EA), Ubisoft, Activision, Bethesda and others. However it offers unparalleled availability, expansive and diverse game offerings not previously available before digital distribution.

If only my friends and I could agree on playing the same game longer than weeks until the next one comes along and captures their attention. Also maybe we have grown up and have less time and are more focused on buying the game than playing it? Also attention spans have shortened thanks to the instant gratification of the Internet and World Wide Web (WWW). Also there are so many more sales of discounting games.

Anyways keep on gaming!


Source:
JPSH Commentary

Game Review: Crackdown 3

I got into Crackdown when Xbox offered Crackdown Xbox 360 for free to download. I was instantly hooked at the open world game. The premise is simple take down the enemy gangs and restore order to Pacific City. The ability to take down the gangs in any order is fun.

Crackdown 3 takes this simple gameplay and improves. Terry Crews is featured as Commander Jaxon voice over. However, it lacks in any originality above the voice acting by Terry Crews. In fact, the only reasons I bought Crackdown 3 were Terry Crews voice acting and that I had played Crackdown 1. The open world gameplay to go anywhere and do anything together with cooperative with a friend helped. However only 1 cutscene with Terry Crews Commander Jaxon left me lacking wanting to play more. It was an empty feeling like this was Crackdown 1. The world is beautifully upgraded from Crackdown 1. However, it feels like a new coat of paint to a game that has not changed.

If I had spent more time evaluating Crackdown 3 rather than my fanboy hype for the game because of Terry Crews, I should not have bought Crackdown 3. However I tried it out on my Xbox Game Pass complimentary subscription (I call it complimentary because I have not paid any of my own money for it. I received codes through Microsoft Bing Rewards.) that runs through August 2019. I love what Crackdown stands for. However, the empty feeling leaves me no reason to go back to the game. Other than I want to experience Commander Jaxon Terry Crews voice acting and play the game cooperatively with friends.

I do not think I will consider buying a sequel if Microsoft makes another Crackdown in the franchise. It was a mistake looking back on it. I only heard really about Crackdown 3 through a Microsoft Bing Rewards survey and at the time knew nothing about it.


// Crackdown 1 was offered for free for a limited time to download. Recently Crackdown 2 was also offered for free to download on Xbox. However I purchased Crackdown 3.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Buying Physical over Digital Games

Digital sales are increasing in 2019. Overall physical sales are decreasing. Digital games are increasing over physical games as gamers choose convenience over driving to the store or buying physical discs shipped to their house online. Also console gamers prefer physical games for their collections according to Games Industry Biz. In addition you can lend a physical console game to a friend or trade it in at a store. This is something you cannot do with digital.

Remember that your local independent video games store or retailer like Best Buy and GameStop has the latest games on shelves or at launch. They have actual people who are working there to sell you the latest game or your favorite. Plus they are friendly and knowledgeable. Something you cannot read from an online review or video. Plus you do not have to download the base game only the content that is not available on the disc. If your Internet download speed is less than desirable choose physical! Remember they are working there to provide you the customer a product.

If you do not want them to go out of business like other companies Toys R Us and Circuit City that also sold video games choose buying physical games! There are people's careers on the line. They need a paycheck in order to live. Plus the games are more often on sale because they have to move physical merchandise. A benefit to you the gamer.

Source:
https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2018-09-14-why-do-gamers-still-buy-physical-games

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/digital-video-game-sales_n_5654946be4b0879a5b0c7fd6

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Gaming is for Everyone!

Please remember gaming is for everyone. Everyone online needs respect. Even though we have our differences respect is still needed. Respect is needed for conversations over voice chat with people we do not know personally. Make gaming a positive experience for everyone!

JPSHRACER Code of Conduct: (It also applies to this blog)

No excessive swearing in online. Especially around kids.*

Do not discriminate based on age, ethnicity, race, origin, sexual orientation or any other form of discrimination. 

Do not make racist, sexist or other kinds of jokes.

No harassment of any kind. Including toward female gamers. This will not be tolerated! It is simply unacceptable behavior even if it is not illegal. Then male gamers of all kinds are reverse discriminated for this toxic behavior. That means male gamers get a bad reputation.

No sexually explicit content. Also, including toward female gamers. This will not be tolerated! It is simply unacceptable behavior even if it is not illegal. Then male gamers of all kinds are reverse discriminated for this toxic behavior. That means male gamers get a bad reputation.

*There is no swearing allowed in the comments of this blog. Your comment will be deleted. I do not tolerate swearing language or any attempts to bypass filtering.

Sincerely,
JPSHRACER

This post or another post may have updated rules of conduct. You agree to follow them for this blog. Also apply them to your online gaming experience. It will make your online gaming a more welcoming place for everyone. Thank you in advance for your support making gaming for everyone!