First Few- Destiny 2 Beta Story Mission

Watch the video below as I make my way through the story mission that is included in the Destiny 2 Beta. I’ve been trying to build my channel so please feel free to head over to my YouTube channel and like and subscribe there. Thanks!

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E3 2017 Conferences Ranked

As all the press conferences from E3 2017 have come to an end I thought it would be fun to rank each conference we saw from worst to best. With all the hype leading into this E3 I will start by saying I found this year’s showing to be very weak compared to those of recent years. That being said let’s go ahead and rank the press conferences from the worst to the best.

6.) Ubisoft

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At number 6, we have Ubisoft. Now I know they showed a lot of great things including Far Cry 5, and XCOM Mario Edi- I mean Mario x Rabbids, but there just wasn’t enough at this conference to wow them into a top spot on my list. Yea, Far Cry 5 looks like a lot of fun, but we saw it weeks before E3. Had it debuted at the show then it would’ve made a bigger impact. They also showed the Crew 2 which I’m convinced appeals to no one and Starlink was their answer to the question, “What do we do when all these Skylanders kids grow up?” As for Beyond Good and Evil 2 I have no idea what to think. What they showed almost looks to good to be true for this generation of consoles and as someone who never played the first one, why should I be excited?

5.) Bethesda

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Aside from the fact that they are releasing a form a Skyrim for the god knows how manyith time, they are releasing something called Doom VFR. Doom VFR is a little unknown at the moment as it seems like it isn’t the entire campaign in VR. They also showed the Evil Within 2 which looks very spooky and mysterious. I never played the first one, but the trailer they showed for the second one really makes me want to play the first. The game they showed that has me the most hyped is Wolfenstein 2. Now I know I’ve already showed that I’m terrible at playing the first installment of games, but I NEED to play Wolfenstein The New Order after watching this trailer. This game has my name written all over it.

4.) Sony

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At first, I thought the Sony showing was pretty terrible. Looking back they’ve safely made their way into my number 4 spot. They didn’t show as many exclusives as many people had hoped for, but what they did show was impressive to say the least. They showcased a lot of PSVR games which is reassuring to me as a owner of the headset. They also showed some much anticipated DLC in The Frozen Wilds for Horizon and The Lost Legacy for Uncharted 4. They also put a lot of emphasis on Days Gone, Shadow of the Colossus and the new God of War game. God of War has never appealed to me and honestly I don’t know how this new style of the game sits with me either. The main game everyone is excited for, myself included, is Spider-Man. Spider-Man looks amazing. As a huge fan of Sunset Overdrive I have been extremely excited for Insomniac’s next game for a while and the gameplay from Spider-Man looks amazing.

3.) EA

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Aside from the main game everyone was waiting to see, Star Wars Battlefront II not to be confused with Star Wars Battlefront II, EA had an amazing showing at this years E3. Yes they showed Need for Speed and yes you can pause the game this time as stated a few months back, but they showed a fully developed story mode for Madden this year. When I first saw the story mode for Fifa I really wanted them to do the same for Madden as I play a lot of it. The announcement of the story mode has me excited to buy Madden 18 day one while I normally just wait for the game to be added to EA Access on my Xbox. Aside from all the games we knew were coming, they showed us A Way Out. If you have not seen gameplay from A Way Out I highly suggest checking it out. This was one of my favorite games revealed at E3 2017 and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

2.) Xbox

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Xbox had one of the best showing at the event this year, and that’s not just me being a huge fan of the Xbox brand. They were the only conference to reveal new hardware in the Xbox One X. While I have my problems with the name, I cannot wait to get my hands on it. This is one of the main reasons I upgraded to a 65 inch 4k HDR 10 TV earlier this year. Aside from the Xbox One X full reveal, we saw some much anticipated games in Crackdown 3, Forza 7, PUBG console release, Cuphead and Sea of Thieves. Starting from the beginning of the list, Crackdown 3 worries me. It was announced years ago then went into the dark to not be heard from until this year. This scares me thinking that maybe the game won’t live up to the hype. Another major announcement was Playerunknown’s Battle Grounds coming to the Xbox One family this fall. While it is not a full exclusive, this is huge for the Xbox brand as PUBG is one of, if not the, hottest games right now. Aside from releases, Microsoft announced backwards compatibility with the Original Xbox and updates for some existing Xbox One games to be updated and enhanced for the Xbox One X.

1.) Nintendo

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Nintendo was all about the games at E3 this year. The amount of games is not what placed them into my number 1 spot, but rather the quality of the games. They announced Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Kirby (Switch), Yoshi (Switch), and a Rocket League port that I can’t wait to play on the go. Aside from these major franchises, Nintendo announced a new Pokemon RPG for the Switch. Now this I’m both excited for and skeptical about. It sounds like a dream come true and may end up not being exactly what Pokemon fans are expecting. We also saw a lot more footage from Mario: Odyssey, which if we’re being honest all Switch owners already plan to buy. Another major announcement is that Metroid Prime 4 is in development for the Switch. This is a huge title that many Nintendo fans everywhere have been waiting a long time for.

While we did see a lot of great games and some surprises (Metroid 4 and Beyond Good and Evil 2 to name a few) it seems like the major companies (first party) don’t entirely know where they stand. Both Microsoft and Sony have different tiers of consoles and it seems to me like a lot of developers don’t really know how to treat them. For more to come out of E3 in the future, we need to see the next iteration of each console or developers need to start creating games only for the Xbox One X or PlayStation 4 Pro.

Mass Effect Review (10 Years Later)

As someone who never got around to playing through the Mass Effect series, I was all in to play through the first installment of the series among all the hype of Mass Effect Andromeda. I don’t know why exactly I never got around to playing the games, despite all the praise over the franchise. Maybe the genre never really appealed to me or maybe I was too young at the time to care about anything other than Halo 3 (freshman year of high school). One thing I know for sure is that just after 2 hours in, I was as addicted to Mass Effect as just about any other franchise I hold near and dear to my heart.

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The Mass Effect series is extremely complex so it’s hard to think about where to start. The story was “alright” for Mass Effect. I say this because the story just didn’t stick with me all that well. It seemed to be very generic and dry not to mention how predictable everything was. Granted one of my favorite games of all time is Halo, so I have no room to critique predictable video games. The very last cutscene was one of the most predictable moments of the game, but honestly, I think that is part of the charm. A mix between a well-written story and the perfect amount of corniness makes Mass Effect one hell of an experience.

I found the story, while predictable, fairly enjoyable. It was slow to start out, but the wait for a thicker plot was worth it. I found myself playing for longer and longer periods of time mainly because I wanted to find out what happened next. The writing was really good, as is with any great single-player game. The amount of options and outcomes based on said options, made Mass Effect extremely impressive. The amount of outcomes for every situation is one of the best parts of the game, and I think this is one reason so many people love not only this game, but the franchise all together. Going back and playing Mass Effect really helped me realize just how much I enjoy single player experiences along with great writing in video games.

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The graphics, while great 10 years ago, do not hold up well at all. I almost stopped playing within my first 10 minutes because of how bad Mass Effect looks graphically. If it weren’t for some friends egging me on to continue, I may not be writing this review right now. There was some major screen door effect throughout my time with Mass Effect. This took away from the experience because there were many times that I couldn’t tell exactly what I was looking at. While it was hard to deal with at times, I managed to make my way through the game and overall enjoy my time with it. That must speak for something. Right?

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Mechanically, the game is a clunky mess. Mess Effect, amiright? Jokes aside the controls were by far the most challenging obstacle within the first installment of the Mass Effect franchise. I couldn’t tell you the number of times I died because the controls prevented me from taking cover. Once used to the controls though, the game got really fun. Sure, I died a lot because of them, but I think that the story itself helped keep my mind off the fact that the game controls so terribly.

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There is one vehicle that you get to commandeer throughout the game, the Mako. Out of all the problems mechanically within the game, this was by far the worst. I don’t think I died at all because of the Mako, but it was just that bad. It felt as if I was driving a weightless remote control car rather than a space land rover that weighs thousands of pounds.

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Mass Effect was overall a great play and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in the game or genre. While not all aspects of Mass Effect stand the test of time, this sci-fi space shooter is a great playthrough that should be experienced by all gamers. It is with no surprise that the original Mass Effect is praised even to this day and I cannot wait to get my hands on Mass Effect 2.