The Backlog Episode 9 (Day 59): The Godfather: Blackhand Edition

Another week goes by and another backlog title comes up. Tonight we travel back to the 30s in the streets of Little Italy as we play the newest recruit in the Corleone family’s organization. Personally picked as a favor by Don Corleone himself, you begin your climb from just a street thug to a made-man in the organization. And after a few hours I can honestly say I see some promise in this game, and, given time to get used to some of it’s lesser points, I could really enjoy this game. However, it’s also a shame because it’s clear those lesser points are because this version for the Nintendo Wii was clearly ported from more traditionally controlling platforms. Allow me to explain.

When the game opens up you begin wandering with Luca from the movie teaching you to fight by having you beat the shit out of the thugs that until that moment you were running with. Pretty bad-ass mafia stuff, and while the controls are not perfect, you hold down a button and lock onto your target and punch forward/round-house style to do as he says… and it feels very satisfying to be quite honest.

And after showing you how to save your game by guiding you to your safe house, you begin shaking people down for protection money and beating two thugs down who send a young woman to the hospital. Again, more smacking things and people around and equal parts satisfying as hell kicking their asses and awkward as the controls work “well enough” to get the job done. And then you get to learning to shoot…. and the game immediately makes what I mean obvious as the gunplay rather then relying on your pointer by default and using the buttons to control cover and movement, goes to an auto-aim garbage that wont let your cursor leave who it’s locked onto… for a pointing controller. It’s clunky, awkward and all together too easy as you basically take cover, hold a button and pull the trigger on the wiimote to kill just about anyone.

I think when the time comes to play this game, I will enjoy it overall, but I can’t help but feel like that gunplay is telling me I have the second-rate port of the game, and if I ever find it for the PC or even another console, I should consider replacing my copy with the ones they actually developed the game for, no matter how satisfying it is to basically box thugs on the street into their demise as it is with this game.

Path of Exile

59/100: Path of Exile

If….you are a Diablo 2 fan….this is the best game for you, this game is sooooo much like it, its scary. I loooove this game!

But there are six classes to play from, Ranger, Duelist, Shadow, Marauder, Witch and Templar. You weapons and armor have sockets on them, based of the three different skills, strength, dexterity and intelligence. Green are dexterity, blue are intelligence and red are strength. The things that fit into the sockets are your abilities. The classes do eventually break away and you can choose between one or another depending on your desired build.

The skill tree in this game is immense. Wait let me show a picture of this….

Yeaaaah….complex inst it….

 

Lots to Update

Day 54/100: ESO

Soooo this day I ran into a random town of grey people, like the whole town of peoples were gray, thinking they were dark elves, took me a minute to realize…they were humans and orcs, and I am like? There is no gray humans and orcs in this game…What gives? They then said they were cursed and turned all into Skeletons!!!!!

So did a bunch of quest for them and eventually you have to decide if they will stay cursed or if you will finally let them move on and rest. I chose for them to rest and then it gave me a skeleton polymorph so now I can be super obnoxious and dance around towns as a skeleton. Wee!

Day 55/100: Fallout 4

Sooooo on this lovely day, I went about doing more Nuka World DLC, went exploring outside Nuka World to see what I could find, found a haunted mansion, some crazy space loving cultist and bunch of bugs and dead things, a power suit, which lead me to go gaterclaw hunting…which started a lovely quest…

So Cito…a caveman who was raised by gorillas, very Tarzan like, wants to kill the monsters who hurt his family…which by the way they are ghoul gorillas….but you find out the gaterclaws were made for security once long ago then cloned to make food some hippies revolted and let them free and let to a lot of deaths, in a park….these things look like dinosaurs…very…I dont know Jurassic Parkish…but have to kill all of them and turn off the cloning machine and then convince Cito to live so the raiders wont kill him, which I did.

Day 56 & 57/100: Atlas Reactor

Lets keep this as simple as we can I am trying to farm Season lvl 100, and that is why I doubled up on Atlas Reactor days, getting there at lvl 81.

Day 58/100: Saints Row 3

This was Throwback Thursday and for me wanted to play a classic, or a classic to me. I saw this was now backwards compatible on the Xbone and downloaded and played it, my all time favorite of the Saints Row series, because you truly get to customize your character. Which is important for me in games, but you start off robbing a bank and get caught, and thrown in jail, playing as the boss of the street gang The Saints. You find out there is a new gang in town from Belgium call the Syndicate, they killed your beloved friend Johnny so you start to go on a war path to shut him down, doing things from here to there, teaming up with new friends and played until I got him killed.

 

 

Cola’s and blocks and rifts galore

51/100: Fallout 4 Nuka World DLC

Now….if you have asked anyone about Fallout 4 they would say its hard right? Mean the normal blowing of your face off, and running around and massive death, yeah its pretty crazy. But Nuka World? Nuka World son is hard. Hard is like saying its easy, its hardcore, just getting there in a gauntlet of death was hard enough, now you have to fued with raiders and make the land grand again and go explore and claim areas for the raider gangs…mean…..

You literally have to go through death and hand basket for these raider gangs….one is bloodworm infested which is straight out of Tremors, like where is Kevin Bacon at yo? Makes my Bacon number a 2 right? Then you have a robot deathmatch area, a ghoul infested area, mirelurker area and then the new deathclaw….a gatorclaw, because why not add alligator to that mess of cess pool right?

Cant imagine how I will beat this dlc.

52/100: Rift

Did my varierty of lvl 70 work, cleared the raid Tartaric Depths aka TDez twice, finally got my trinket to drop. FINALLY! Only farmed that place like 30 times, we got the council bug and had to reset, hence why we cleared it twice, or 1.5 cleared it. Then did a dungeon run with my guildees, and then leveled a warrior that was power leveled to 65, big life lesson here…..

DONT POWER LEVEL CHARACTERS!

You will die when you start to take them serious.

53/100: Trove

Trove is a open world  adventure game with countless realms filled with quests, chests, and enemies both great and small. The gameplay favors minecraft but it is not MINECRAFT.  It is a MMO cube game, think of that way. You can play as so many kinds of classes, you have classes such as dino tamer, chloromancer, lunar lancer, tomb raiser, boomranger, shadow hunter, candy barbarian, ice sage, neon ninja and more. There are soooo many options of what to be.

From castles and palaces to caverns and crypts to beehives, lava infested ice blocks (yes I know it doesnt make sense) to water towers and more, dungeons are home to the deadliest villains and rarest gear in the land. Their immense interiors are filled with minions, traps, and bosses ready to put your skills to the test. Lairs are mini-sized dungeons.

You have so many different world options or realms as they call it, a undead world, candy realm, desert frontier, a forest, a ice world, a dinosaur world, a faerie world, and more. The options are endless here.

The Backlog Episode 8 (Day 52): Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel

And once again the backlog brings us another total history-less game from my collection. Like most of the games I still have downloaded on my 360, this was a free title I got when my brothers game me XBL as a b-day gift, but since it was on my console hard drive when the machine’s online capacity finally gave out, here it is… and I have to say, this one did not impress me at all.

Army of Two is basically a tag-team cover-shooter which will have either you and an AI or another player fighting your way through various missions against hoards of enemies in a modern times setting. Since I am the only one home, I had to settle for the AI, but at least I can say the guy was competant. In the hour I played, he only fell once. However, this game has a much bigger issue… the controls just plain feel janky, be it switching between walk or run, aiming, or even taking cover.

I know for a fact that this is not just because it’s played on a controller as Resident Evil: Revilations 2 felt tons better last week, but I couldn’t really place why, until I stopped trying. You see, this game is overly-auto aimed to the point that you really have to let go of the control and pretty much let the game take care of a lot of it for you. The moment I did that, the game got a lot smoother, aiming in a general direction and using the aim command to zoom in and correct severely for itself rather then try to do it myself and as a result fight the game. It still felt wrong though, at least coming from a mouse-aiming background.

Honestly, I can not recommend this game in particular, unless you do it for the kids. After all, sometimes its fun to play the not-so-great titles as a challenge to help the kids. Then go for it! It’s not so bad that you wont have fun playing with your fellow gamers… it’s just… well… clunky if you choose to try to do it yourself and not work with the game instead. But going it to just have fun… I think you can do better…

We are halfway there!!!

Day 49/100: ArcheAge

Proceeded to play my spellbow character and roam around getting lost in a capital city, and fighting strange spiders out in the farms, moving to the next area where the monsters are all like 3-4 levels higher than me, so I am getting wrecked, but my internet was slow this day so things did not load and I got killed a bunch. So many ghost npcs….so many.

Day 50/100: Paladins and Atlas Reactor

Paladins is a free to play shooter hero game. The heroes fall into four different catergories, flank, frontline, damage and support. Frontline is your tank, damage are your dps type, support are your healers and flank are high dps damage characters, fast, but with lower health.

The game offers a variety of game modes, such as payload, seige, onslaught, survive, and co-op. The game is similar to Overwatch.

Atlas Reactor I ventured into playing four lancer matches, the new game mode, that allows you to control all four lancers, so its 1v1. Love this game mode!

Day 48/100: Aion

This game has been recommended to me months ago on Rift, and decided to give this a try on my MMO Madness stream for a change. Aion is a MMORPG, game is a pvp/ pve setting. So you pick a server and the race  you will be, and choose wisely cause your not able to play as the other ever, unless you delete the character of the other race. Game caters to your dark side or light side, mean you can pick an angel based race or a demon based race.

The class system is fun, seems very D&D based, you have a base class and then afterwards you have a secondary tree to head into. There are six main classes, and at lvl 10 you branch off into your secondary classes, which you choose which is more for you. The classes are Warrior, Mage, Scout, Priest, Technist or Muse. The only class that does not have two sub classes is Muse, it is the only one that has one. Warriors may become a Templar or a Gladiator; Mages may become a Sorcerer or Spiritmaster; Scouts may become an Assassin or Ranger; Priests may become a Cleric or a Chanter; Technists may become a Gunslinger or Aethertech; and a Muse will become a Songweaver.

Now the vain reason I joined is the wings….YOU CAN FLY IN THIS GAME! More than enough reason to play right? For me it was, but after playing for few hours the dynamic combo system and how much it reminds me of the GW2 and ArcheAge kept me playing.

Saturday and Sunday

Day 46/100: Atlas Reactor, ArcheAge and ESO

Saturday I did a 12 hour charity stream for the Red Cross for the hurricane victims, and on this day these were the three games I played, Atlas Reactor, ArcheAge and ESO, Atlas Reactor managed to finish the Chapter five missions for Season three, only mission I have left to do is the ranked games, which I will be tackling on Wednesday.

I had planned to move to ESO after Atlas Reactor but there was a lengthy update, so went to ArcheAge first, trying to figure out the very extensive crafting system, and it was mostly me roaming around looking for potatoes and confused, no potato salad for my elf.

Speaking of Elves, ESO was me dealing with more Elf drama, those dark elves….but finally took down Magistere Vox and ended her plague bringing soul sucking God defying butt down.

The stream was good, earned $25 to give to the Red Cross.

Day 47/100: Rift

Yesterday I spent time doing lvl 70 stuff, I typically get in a mood to do it then like wiggly arms away and not do it for awhile, but was grinding for better gear, did a bunch of rifts, think I managed sixty, twenty something footholds and some dungeon runs, all for those gear upgrades, its so time consuming and that is why I do not do it much, but I needed to up my deeps.

The Backlog Episode 7 (Day 45): Resident Evil: Revelations 2

UPDATE: Since the “Bonus Stream” Cougarmint has given me a copy of her game updated with some bug fixes and much smaller. She alsoasked me to link this new version so that anyone who wants to try her “Hello world” project for themselves can. I am including the link in this update. For more information on the game, continue to the original post.

Personally, I have personally downloaded and run the zip file through VirusTotal. I have also unzipped and run the files themselves through Norton Antivirus, Malwarebyte’s AntiMalware, Hitman Pro, and Windows Defender. Everything has come back clean. HOWEVER, as with any download from the internet, I recommend you scan it yourself as well if you choose to take it.

Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6JJRjkwCYJ_cnJTazZzN1RxQkk/view?usp=sharing

Hello and sorry for how long it took to post this. It’s been a crazy week overall, and ended with no exception. We did get to play on time, but it was late enough after I just went to bed, and then yesterday became a complete run-around. Being the tech-guy of the family after certain events can really teach you what time means.

BUT I digress… Friday was once again a back-log day, meaning it was time to play something I had in my library that I had yet to play and was sitting on a system I am currently not playing. It was the Xbone’s turn, and the game was Resident Evil: Revelations 2. Now, I don’t actually own the full game for this one. Rather Capcom decided instead of releasing a demo like they did the first game (which sold me to pick that up for the PC, I might add) they made the sequel episodic and released the first episode for free. I picked this up on a whim after playing the demo for part one on the WiiU and REALLY liking it, it wound up in my backlog. I had expected this to be like that demo and finishable in an hour/hour and a half, but boy was I wrong! Our run Friday only got half-way through the free offering. Capcom has been impressing me a lot more as of late…

…at least for that quality. The game itself was descent, but didn’t really stand out from it’s predecessor outside of both missions involving two characters now, one who is armed to the teeth, and the other carrying specific things needed to unlock certain passages or open certain crates.  In co-op, you and another player would each take a character requiring co-operation to get through each part of the campaign. But if you play on your own, you are now required to keep track of whichever one you are currently not controlling so the they do not die on you… in short, the single player mode is an escort mission. But at least it’s an escort mission with a competent AI who won’t just use up everything you give them (or are carrying when you swap to the other as you need to for various points in the game), which makes a vast improvement to Resident Evil 5.

What I played was overall very simple in structure with basically a single pathway to explore through the entire first campaign. There was some backtracking, but it was basically hand-holding you the entire way with the characters themselves noting when you had to do this. There were a few puzzles as well, which filled out the time very well, but nothing that required you to think so much as look around. But still, I did enjoy my time overall, and I will likely come back to finish the episodes. BUT I must put a caviate here. If I play the full game it will be doing this stuff over again, as like it’s predecessor, this title screams at me for mouse control, so whenever I get to it, the full game will be a PC purchase for me.

BUT Friday also included a bonus stream, as my friend Cougarmint had something she wanted to show off. She has completed a small project with RPG maker called Lucky 7… a little slot machine game. While I usually don’t enjoy the game-type (and as the video in my archive proves, I don’t exactly have the luck TO enjoy them), I simply could not resist the request as both this is her first completed project AND she did it using the engine/editor in a way it was NEVER intended to be used.

And she did so VERY effectively! The main game works exactly as you would expect with an option to choose how much you want to put in and a good randomizer for each of the three wheels. Lose and your bet gets added to the jackpot (a nice little touch there) leaving it as something to win back. You will also find yourself able to adjust the background and background music to fit your choices. But I did find one bug I hope she reads this to find. It is not anything major, but when you run out of money, the free spin (if you didn’t use it) also disappears. Other then that, this was flawless.

But then she added a debug mode which allows all control to go to the player, including what shows up. She left a challenge to “break” the game, and apparently there was a secret message if you pre-picked the right code for each of the windows, but I honestly couldn’t find it. Sad thing is, she told me what it was, so I kinda suck for missing that one. (Sorry, Cougarmint.)

Add to this her own personality oozing out of every bit of text for the game, and really it is a very good complete package. I will have to update this entry if she hosts the file anywhere so others can try it, but for a first project, this is really good… and for a game in general a very solid slot machine program.

New Experiences in Games I Love

43/100: Atlas Reactor

CHAPTER FIVE IS HERE! NEW LANCER IS HERE! NEW STUFF IS HERE! A little excited if you cannot tell. Yes Chapter Five of Season 3 is here, the last chapter, new things to do, and a new lancer is out too. Here are the new missions

  • Gain 5 Season Levels
  • Do 10,000 dmg, healing or absorb
  • Win 5 matches with a friend
  • Earn 2500 Flux
  • Earn 100 Prestige Points from ranked matches.

The challenge mission is perform 10 take downs with 5 different lancers. So total of 50 take downs all together. Then there is a new lancer named Isadora, and she is a battle hamster I swear.

Day 44/100: Fallout 4

We started off doing some missions with the Brotherhood, but finally I ventured into Nuka World, the only DLC that I have not played yet, and lets say when people said it was hard, they meant it was HARD!!! You start off with a gauntlet of turrents blasting your butthole into space, then a maze full of booby traps, fire, grenades, things shooting you, rats attacking you, and if you survive all that, you have to fight some crazy raider in a power armor that is surrounded my electricity and its rigged. But hey you can win by shooting him with a water gun. How cute right?

Day 45/100: Rift

Today I will venture into Rift, completing the last quest in Vostigar Peaks, Ankhet vs Crucia, here it is a doosy, will probably die a few times, should make a bet of it, then will partake into classic leveling, no Instant Adventures, or power leveling in dungeons, just classic quest, revisiting lore and adventures in Rift. Later in the evening will do dungeons and Raids with guild members.