Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Ten Ways Call of Duty WW2 Can Bring Back the Franchise

  A New year, A New Call of Duty. That has been the case since 2005. This used to be fine because the quality of the games and the creatively was extremely high but recently Call of Duty Fatigue has really taken hold. I would say since Call of Duty Ghosts (2013/4 years) That the Franchise has struggled but this year is different because instead going farther in the future there going way back, Some would say to there roots. Now I haven't bought a Call of Duty NEW since Ghosts, so I wrote a list of how this New Old Dog can win me back.

1. Change the Name 
We have been to World War 2 four times before this new Call of Duty. Don't get me wrong, I know there trying to get back to basics but this seems maybe a little too on the nose.
Here's five titles for them to use ( Free of Charge)
Call of Duty 5
Call of Duty Band of Brothers (Rumored Co-Op Campaign) 
Call of Duty Fight Against The Third Reich
Call of Duty The Greater War than One ( Maybe Knock on Battlefield?)
Call of Duty Not a Dumb Name

 2. Do Something Truly New

A lots of the problems with Call of Duty is that it has spent so MUCH time in World War 2 it's hard to say what they can really explore. There going to have to give these to new Cod players WW2 classic experiences ( Normandy, Fall of Berlin)  but at the same time add enough new to drag some of us who have played most of the CODS since 2.  I wouldn't personally mind playing French resistance soldier, in Nazi occupied Paris it would almost have a Wolfenstein Feel to it.
3. If You don't do something than blow the roof of the house
 Since were going with World War Two than bring it back with a bang. Do Normandy to a scale it's never been done before. Thousands of soldiers charging the beach. Soldiers dying left and right. If you are going back to World War Two than it has be something great. Make this the Saving Private Ryan equivalent in Video games.
4. Make Some Memorable Characters 

Name One Character in the Last Five Call of Duty Games, I'll Wait
My List
2016/Inf Warfare/None
2015:/Blops 3/ None
2014:/ADV Warfare/ Ironside/ Kevin Spacey
2013:/ Riley The Dog
2012: Old Man Woods/Alex Mason's Kid
Now that we found that to be fruitless. It's time for Call of Duty to start making some memorable characters again.
5. Co-Op Campaign (Rumored)

Would this fix all of Call of Duty's Problems, No but it would definitely be a step in the right direction. A Couple of things to keep in mind about a Co-op campaign. Hopefully it isn't just shoehorned in to add an extra bullet point to the back of the box. Also I hope levels are bigger because last thing we need is two players trying to get through corridor, just getting stuck all of the time. Also a Split Screen campaign would be amazing, Star Wars Battlefront 2 is doing a split screen campaign , so there are no excuses this time COD!  
6.  Multiplayer:Stick to the Ground
Now Call of Duty take a deep breathe. I know you wanna add jet packs, ridiculous customization and perks that turn you into superman but you don't have to do that. Activision no stupid B.S Micro-transactions. If Call of Duty is truly returning to it's roots go back to 2008 where all the DLC was just the season pass and even that has kind of been taken away in recent years (SWB2/Titanfall2).
7. Cool Side Mode

Sidemodes have been a staple of the franchise since 2008 and they used to be great! Whether it was Zombies on World at War or Specs Ops Missions on MW2. There used to be a lot of great/fun  side activities.  I don't think I  want Zombies this time. I would rather have a Specs ops mode set in world war 2. Where you have to save hostages from Nazis or infiltrate a base or heck why not we kill Hitler this time. Also since this kind of rebootish game will zombie main guys be back or not, if they go the zombie route? I don't know what there going to do maybe something new but I doubt it!

8.  Don't bank completely on Celebrities
I can tell you what actors played in the last three Call of Dutys but not who they played and that is a huge problem. Don't get me wrong they can have big actors in Call of Duty but recently the actors have over shadowed their characters. I think they need to go back in time where the character really didn't look a lot like who they were playing. Sutherland was Roebuck, where Kevin Spacey was Kevin Spacey. It would simply add that extra level of immersion. It would also let this new Call of Duty game characters stand on their own rather than a real life actor.

9. Be a Dude Not a Hero   
In the last few games you have played as a complete god! not in the sense of even being a elite soldier (CIA,SAS) but just plain Rambo. Don't get wrong this isn't worst thing but it I would like it and I think the majority of people would like it if we went back to the Cod 2 or WAW where we were  just privates in the army.

10. Throwbacks

If you're going back anyway, why not have some old characters show up from time to time. It doesn't have to be a huge thing but a couple of cameos or nods would be appreciated because Call of Duty ora or history. COD does owe so much to it's world war 2 setting

Agree, Disagree? Are not going to buy Call of Duty WW2 regardless of what they do?

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Game That Will Change Everything!

Scale in games is usually very small unless your a battlefield but still the games only typically reach 64 players. There is your Planetside 2's of the world, PS2 is impressive but high tech specs, micro transactions keep me out of the game.These games are no doubt a blast to play but still don't itch my massive battle scale rash. Garry's Mod, Totally Accurate Battle Simulator have been where I have been getting my fix for quite a while now. While it's fun to watch the combine get mowed down by Teletubbies. I would find that after spawning 150+ units my PC would start drag or GMOD would crash all together. So with 2017 here, I wonder if there is a game that promises to be the game to finally get me what I want?

 Anyway I think my obsession with massive battles started when young and I watched  Starship Trooper movie (1996). The scale of battles in the movie are awesome. There are so many bugs on screen/ guys getting ripped apart, its truly amazing but we've never really had that in games. We have nice big set pieces from time to time from games like Call of Duty but these set pieces are as a big as ocean but deep as a puddle.

So what is the game that is going to change everything? Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator! This game has done the impossible , it has made RTS level numbers of units run in third person. This is a feat that should not go  un praised, it was also done by one guy. The amount of units on screen is  unparalleled. This game is doing things that have never been done before. That amount of optimization is amazing. This could change the scale of games as we know it! For one UEBS has so much potential. Right now there are Knight units, Gag units, and power units. The game could add aliens, Animals, soldiers from different eras, more maps. This game could literally be as big as rocket league. Also the tech is very impressive, imagine what a RPG could do with this. Imagine a battle with your character you have leveled and customized  against THOUSANDS!  Imagine a World War 2 game where you storm the beaches of Normandy with literally 400,000 guys. Imagine a GTA  game with literally thousands of people rioting. The possibilities for the future of games are truly endless.

I am already planning battles and I can't wait for tommrow to buy this game. For years now I have been simming battles with hundreds and now I can't wait to do it with thousands!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Ten Reasons Why Skylanders is Good for Adults

Skylanders have been around for five years now and are kind of innovators in gaming. They single-handedly created the toys-to-life genre. I started playing these games when some of my buddies got the first Skylanders from a garage sale and then randomly gave me theirs after they were done playing it. I am glad they did that because ever since then I have played all the games up until this point and they're damn good. So here are ten reason to give Skylanders a shot.

1.  The Skylanders games have gotten A LOT better 

Being real the first game kind of sucked. It just kind of felt half-baked. I don't hold first games in franchises too a high standard -- but look at TV shows. The first seasons of Breaking Bad was good, but it's kind of shite when you compare to the unforgettable seasons 2, 3, 4, and 5. Giants was better but than Swap Force came around and change the game literally. Swapforce is by far the best one in the series by a mile. I am currently playing Trap Team and it isn't as good as Swap Force but it does harkin back some of the of the cool forgotten things from giants such as Skystones and some of the characters from giants to.

2. The Story is funny and the cast is surprisingly good
The Voice Cast is excellent. The cast is great whether it be Billy from (Billy and Mandy) voicing the Franchises main baddy Chaos or Patrick Warburton (how I met your Mother) voicing the pilot Flynn who constantly says BOOM! but in all seriousness. The game's plot is typical comical and has a lot of hidden adult jokes.

 3. It's best avengers game out there 
OK, here me out. I have given up on ever getting the Avengers game we deserve but there have been times where I feel I'm playing an Avengers game while playing Skylanders. There is this huge viking lady who has a head slam ability (reminds me of Thor) , A crocodile with boomerangs (Captain America) and a swap force Skylander I made with fire boots, So he launches like Iron man. Either way if need your video game avengers itch filled Skylanders is the best we got. 
4. Cameos from gaming Icons
People give the Skylander franchise a lot of crap when it comes to "killing their childhood" by bringing characters outside of their universe. Except for Spyro who technically started skylanders but than his name got dropped from the sequels so yeah......  anyway I think its cool to see these characters in a light that we don't usual see them in. Such as getting to play as Bowser and smash some choppies with his Hammer that is  bad ass. It's like when gamers get mad when their exclusive goes to PC or another console.Who cares as long as more people get to play the game, Is Banjo-Kazooie next possible study abroad game character?
5. It's not terribly expensive to get into anymore
you can pick up some of the older Skylanders for about  a dollar a dozen and they still work in the newest games. This is awesome because when you do get new figures, you'll still have you're harden veterans of your team by your side. They also level up and gain new abilities. It's also very great compared to the competition where you have to buy a $20 level packs just to play content with different figures.  (Lego Dimensions)

6. it can be REALLY hard.

 The Skylander games can be oppressively hard on Nightmare Difficulty. A lot of people say that kids games are to "Easy". I would agree with them for the most part but Skylanders, is infamously difficult. One of my highest achievements TA Ratio wise after hitting 100,000 gamerscore is beating Swap force on Nightmare. There were levels where I lost 20-30 Skylanders. It was like sending pigs off to slaughter. Again the games are a lot of fun and if your characters are always getting better even when you're not. 

7. The gimmicks are usually pretty neat

I'm sucker for gimmicks and Hype Cough (No Man's Sky) but the Skylanders Series does a great job in this department.
 Now I'm going to rate and tell what the gimmicks
 Skylanders: Spyros Adventure: Founding of Toys to Life: Awesome, I think this is a truly innovative game in the gaming industry. 
Skylanders Giants: Make bigger Skylanders: Great (Tree Rex was Awesome!)
Skylanders Swap Force: Being able to swap the tops  and bottoms of skylanders: Again an Awesome addtion to the lore and customization
Slylanders Trap Team: You can now Trap enemies and force them to fight for you: This is a fun wildcard addition to the series. 
Skylanders Superchargers: Skylanders can drive cars? WTF , Sorry guys this is dumb
Skylanders  Imaginators:  You make your own Skylanders! It's really awesome great to see swapforce ideas expanded on.
8. backwards compatibility

Skylanders are into MILFS, what do I mean by that? Your older skylanders will work will all of the new games. So you don't have to worry about buying new ones, All of the damn time. You also get rewarded for using the older ones such as having them get stronger over the games. Not to mention that there the main characters for the Skylander's TV show and They get full voice rolls in the newer games.

 9. You can Literally 3D print your Skylanders 
In the new Skylanders game, You actually get to make your own Skylanders and this is cool on so many levels. My favorite thing out of this new "gimmick" is that you can actually get them 3d printed and that would be really cool to make my own Skylander and than have it sit on mantle. I might make my my dark souls character Dickwad or make a knockoff Pokemon or Teddy Roosevelt. I don't know the possibabltes are limitless!!!!

10. They got a TV show!
The Skylanders now have a cartoon on Netflix. I watched the first few episodes and to be honest kind of like it. After playing through few of the games and for the skylanders being mute most of the time. It is kind of intresting to see them interact with the world. Also the voice cast is really good. For example Justin Long voices Spyro, Stealth Elf is voiced by Ashley Tisdale and Eruptor is Voiced by Hank from Breaking Bad. Also the Voice of Billy comes back to voice Chaos thats always a treat. 

Conclusion:  I think you should at least give skylanders a try, it's more affordable and better as it's ever been. I think Swapforce was a real turning point for the series and I can't wait to see what they do next. 


Monday, February 27, 2017

GG'S 2016'S Game of the Year

Better late than never……Is what this gaming blog, said when it came to it’s Game of the Year 2016 article!  So with that elephant out of the room, Let’s see what the best games I played in 2016. Note it's the best games I played in 2016m so they are not restricted by year.

Honorable Mentions

Audio Shield (2016)
Have you ever wanted to disappear into another world or into your favorite song perhaps?  That's exactly what Audio Shield can do for you. It really does feel like you are not in the room you are actually in. The game is truly a testament of what VR can be. The game play is similar to a Rock Band or a Guitar Hero. What might not be revolutionary by itself but when you are placed in a VR Environment with your own music. It can be one hell of a show. I can't tell you how many hours I played of Audio Shield but I plan on leaving it with  shuffle on for a few more.

Tales from the Borderlands (2015)
 There is only two reasons this game didn't get a game of the year nod. One: last year I gave a game of the year to Wolf Among Us , that I consider a Masterpiece. The second: is that  I feel the story kind of drops off towards the end. I really like tales from the borderlands and the opening to episode 2 (pictured above) was absolutely amazing especially the song they used. It's been something I continue to listen too. The game is funny and engaging and took a property that I  questioned sense day one why Telltale would even bother making a story driven game based on borderlands and  they made me look like an idiot for even questioning it in the first place.  Tales from Borderlands might fix your Telltale fatigue, if you even have it.
Games of the Year

X-Com Enemy Unknown (2012)
 Four long years it took me to finally crush the alien menace. I like to blame it all on bad luck but I'm sure my tactics had a few things to do with it. I think X-Com Enemy Unknown is probably one of my top ten favorite games of all time. It's smart, thrilling and customizable. There was nothing like watching my Lebron James go from a punk ass busta to the the thrilla manilla. The game really pushes you to use real tactics and the lore around the game is fascinating. Luckily playing so late, I literally waited for like 2 seconds for X-Com 2 to come out and luckily it seems just as good as the first one. So with that, All I can say is good luck Commander!

Party Hard  (2015)
  Have you ever lived in a place where your neighbors are assholes and party all of the time? Well if you have , than party hard is your game. Party Hard in it's most basic form is a puzzle slaughter game where you have to dispose of people in a very quiet and awesome fashion and of course without getting caught. I really like this game because of it's smart way of tricking you into  solving puzzles.  Another Genre of game that I don't usually play was different and interesting enough to not only guarder my attention but also my respect. This is a game I could recommend to anyone. It has a real hotline Miami vibe and for me that is an awesome trait. So if you ever want to kill your neighbors such as me in the college dorms! Then pick up Party Hard!
Forza Horizon 2 (2014)
I really loved  the original Forza Horizon when it came out back in the day but for some reason Forza Horizon 2 kind of fell by the wayside. There wasn't any real reason, I think maybe I just got busy with other games. Now I see the errors in my ways. Forza Horizon 2 is an addicting driving game not a racing one. Where as typical racing games are all about who finished first (what horizon has) Horizon has many diversions than the typical racing game. Such as barn finds where you find old cars or where you race a train. Just simply mind boggler stuff and for a guy whose usually not a racing game fan, Forza has converted me or should I say more accurately horizon has converted me.

Did your favorite game make the list? if so, give it a share! 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

GG’s Top Eleven Most Anticipated Games for 2017

Better late than never……Is what this gaming blog, said when it came to it’s most anticipated and game of year for 2017 articles!  So with that elephant out of the room, Let’s see what awaits us in 2017. 

Honorable Mentions  

Crash n Sane Trilogy

I am huge fan of crash but it is a remaster of an old trilogy of games and it’s hard for me to rate that very high on a list that is suppose to be about what's  new and exciting! Even with that, I'm super stoked about the Crash coming back! Let's just hope we get CTR next! 
 Outlast 2  

I haven’t finished the first one (mostly because I only play when me and my friends are getting riggity riggity wrecked and crapping our pants) but I really do enjoy it. I think it would be higher if I had the courage to play it by myself.

Cup head

Indie darling that broke onto the list last year. I really am excited for Cuphead and I will probably be one of the few games I buy day one on this list. My only problem is that I think the game and me are suffering from delay fatigue.

2015:  William get’s really excited for Cuphead : Cuphead doesn’t come out
2016: William get’s really excited for Cuphead: Cuphead doesn’t come out
2017: William get’s really excited for Cuphead: ???

Don’t get me wrong, I understand they are doing a hugely time consuming art style is I think maybe the most unique in whole gaming industry in last decade but excitement dies over time at least for me. I want be a sentient mouse with a cup as a head but I hope it happens sooner than later.

 Rick and Morty VR
Rick and Morty was arguable one my favorite shows of last year and I watched breaking bad from beginning to end, anyway that is a huge accomplishment.  I do own a HTC Vive but a lot of the “games” are over glorified tech demos. Now when I heard of a VR game based on R&M was coming out well that got me  bubbling with the potential they could do with the property, like seriously muti-dimestions, Mini verse and Time Travel? I hope it comes out sooner than seasons 3 because who knows when we will get that. 

 Resident Evil 7 

 This game gives me conflicting feelings and yes it already came out and has good reviews so it should be a good game but..... I think this is the right way for the franchise way to go but for me it's not. I have played RE 4,5,6 and now we have 7. I think it should've been reboot and I know it connects to the rest of RE universe but  it is such a Colossal shift for the franchise compared to even the last game RE 6 that was terrible but 4 was quite possibly the best RE game and RE 5 was fun romp. I get if this game is on your top ten but for me, I just can't do it. It's kind of turned into Outlast on setroids what's fine and I will probably  play it with my friends (when ever we finish outlast) but it's not going to be a"true Resident Evil to me".

 I haven't seen a lot about this game but it's enough to get it on the Honorable Mentions part of this list. The game for sure has atmosphere and a very intense setting. I grew up in rural America, So i can definitely relate check out the trailer here  Spooky Scary Skeletons!

Top 11 Most Anticipated Games

11. Star Wars Battlefront 2 (2017)

The Game that could be great or that could very mediocre. Star Wars Battlefront 2 is hopefully going to be what Titanfall 2 was for the original Titanfall. Imagine a fully fleshed out campaign in the Star Wars universe. I would love if maybe they could do a story campaign based on the ground troops of Rouge One. I am just saying there is a lot of opportunity here.  Now with that being said, were talking about EA here but I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt on this one ( don't make me regret it)
10. Kingdom Come Deliverance
I have had my eye on this game for quite some time. I not much of an RPG guy but the idea of running around in a grounded in reality version of Medieval Europe is way to awesome to pass off. This game's big selling point other than the one above is the game features  large scale battles and that is something that I treasure and I wish were in more on the ground games such as this one. I also like the idea of me playing as evil person and trying to raise an army and take over the kingdom but we will have to wait and see.

9. State of Decay 2 

I really got into the first one. Me and my man Marcus got through some heavy stuff together. State of Decay 2  hasn’t released to many trailers but the writing in between lines I think is the important part. I don’t know if there expanding  the scale or what have yeah but if they definitely have Co-op and hey there might be a Day-Z like multiplayer component. We simply don’t know and that is the cool part. Hopefully there is more base building, relationships nuances in this one. I don’t know about you but I’m ready to knock a few heads in.

8. Crackdown 3 

 I've been waiting for this game ever since I beat Crackdown one and barely started Crackdown 2. I have never played a game like Crackdown One. It really did gave you freedom. For those who haven't played imagine Farcry 3/4 outposts is the whole game and each one   has a boss fight. All you have to do is wipe them all out. It's a game where you are truly are off the leash. You character also levels up through orbs and combat. You go from B cop to Robo cop in no time. Cars also transform into ludicrous  versions of what they used to be. If you can't all I want is a new Crackdown and everything, I have seen of the new one indicates it is doing a right interpretation of the franchise.

 Where Crash was the past, Yoo-Kalle is the future. This game has looked awesome ever since it was unveiled on Kickstarter. It's bright colors, it's full cast of characters and awesome to be platforming makes it look like a classic in the making. I just love everything that's going with this game and can't wait to play it this year.  

6. Ni-Oh 
I kind of Stumbled upon Ni-Oh during my refresher of some You Tube trailers for the other games on this list.Then all of sudden, I saw this super bad ass game play on an ad and a couple minutes later, I was redoing this list. It was suppose to be the Top Ten but Ni-Oh cut that in half. What is Ni-Oh, I can't really tell yeah looks like an open world samurai mythical game where you cut some stuff up. Anyway it looks sweet and it comes out next month. Check it out, it  might be the hidden gem of the year.

5.Horizon Zero Dawn 
 PlayStation's Zelda? This is what I keep thinking to myself. The more I see this game the more questions I have. What time period is it what's up with the old nomadic people  living with the Dino bots. Hopefully these questions can be answered. It's good for games to have questions like this. A lot of time, We can usual figure what the game is all about before the game even comes out. In this case, I think we have only been given a small glimpse into a beautifully complex world that I can't wait to explore.

 4.  Zelda Breath of the Wild 
What can I say what hasn't already said about Zelda Breath of the Wild. Well it's the only one of two of  games from last year's most anticipated Top  5 games that still manged to stay in the top 5. That I think says a lot by itself. Where other games on that list such as Homefront came out and sucked or Crackdown that dropped 7 spots. I have watched over an hour of gameplay really check it out the amount of game play video released for this game is ridiculous. I think Zelda has that element what makes it bigger adventure than a game should be.  In games such Zelda, Halo and others I feel like, I'm actually saving the world in the most corny way. Where a lot games fall flat and are just games are scale and the epicness of the tale their tell and even after 30 years Zelda still continues to surprise us and I also plan for Zelda Breath of the Wild to be the swan song for my Wii U.

3. Halo Wars 2 
I think Halo Wars:1 was a  sadistic pleasure of mine and if wasn't for the remaster of the first one you get if you pre-order the ultimate edition (that has reminded of how great Halo Wars is especially now because it's on PC!), I don't know if HW2 would be this high on the list. I am currently just bouncing from to skirmish to skirmish but every game is a Army build up simulator but in the Halo Universe. There in no other game where you control an army of Spartans, Odst and warthogs at the same time. It's thrilling especially when you have a  back in forth with the covenant or my favorite thing to do is make the Unsc vs the Unsc. It's really cool to see Spartans duking it out. I also just like making story lines in my ahead about why each faction is fighting one another. Also the story of Halo Wars, have been interesting in the past, I think especially impart from them not being a Chief story line. Anyway February 21st can't happen soon enough because I'm ready to raise some armies.
2. Sea of Thieves
Yardy te mates, Yea ready to set sail on the ocean in hunt for treasury and become a legend! I think everyone has been waiting their whole life to be a swashbuckling pirate. Now we can be in Rare's new pirate MMO. I think since AC4 Black Flag the gaming industry realized how big of a hole there was in modern pirate games and hopefully Sea of Thieves can fill that hole. I'm not a huge MMO guy, I have never even really played one aside from dabbling in H1Z1 or DayZ when it was a mod but I think Sea will be different. I think the sense of adventure and working as a team to complete a common goal like killing a giant monster or sinking an opposing teams boat is gonna keep me invested for hours. 
1. Red Dead Redemption 2 

What can I say. I loved everything about the first one. As someone who catches themselves watching Gunsmoke or the rifleman with their dad about every weekend. I can easily say that Red Dead Redemption 2 is going to be one hell of a ride. The characters, The world and gameplay culminated in something truly special. RDR showed that western can be in video games and even excel farther than there modern counterparts. I am amped to get back on the saddle. I hope to kill few a zombies because if  Undead Nightmare 2 was confirmed than RDR 2 might have a buddy for the second spot on this list.

Did your most anticipated game make the list? Did it not? Leave a comment and share!