18 days, 3 hours, 12 mins, 35 seconds…
That’s how much longer I have at my soon to be ‘old’ job! WOW!
Oh, here's some recent Chops and the Dew Action for ya!
Episode 34: Medal of Sacrifice
Episode 35: Covers Aren't Copyright Infringement
Episode 36: Call of Duty Advanced: F*ck F*ck whatever
Now, in funtime news; there’s been a LOT of Fallout 4, Battlefront, and Need For Speed in my life lately… oh my!
It’s too easy to simply talk about the low hanging mutfruit and bantha muffins, so I’ll take the wildcard Need for Speed first.
I, like many gamers, have been a fan of Need for Speed for a long, long time… All the way back to “Road and Track Presents: The Need for Speed” (lol). Since that first fateful display of polygonal motor mayhem they have released exactly 452 Need for Speed games – and I’ve played most of them. This actually sound a lot like a previous post I wrote somewhere regarding PCars I believe… Anywho, this all new entry marks a bunch of changes to formula since the last title ‘Rivals’ released in 2013.
The biggest change is the return to ‘Underground’ format (from the NFS: Underground line of games) – nighttime competitive street racing that actually resembles what really goes on in street racing culture. Of course it isn’t as completely ‘accurate’ and realistic as say, Fast and Furious, but it’s pretty dang close. This style focuses on the purchase of stock models, deep customization of performance and visual flair, and mostly realistic street racing, drifting, and the like.
Gone is the ‘Most Wanted’ list of super cars, Speed Cameras, and smashable billboards five stories off the ground – and in its place are a nice spread of cars real people drive and race, a million customization options, and a deep, well-acted, quality storyline.
“Storyline”? “Well acted”? But wait, there’s more: IT’S ALL LIVE-ACTION!!!
That’s right, for the second or third time now, the NFS series has done something only Wing Commander dare try; They have filmed real human beings walking and talking! But the most shocking thing is how shockingly GOOD it is.
The characters have character, their lines and delivery are very realistic, and all of the scenes are fairly long, single-cuts – that’s a big deal for mainstream actors in big budget AAA movies, let alone such a thing in a videogame. It’s amazing!
Some of the lines do still come off as cheesy since there’s always going to be a goofy “oh man, he doesn’t know about the double pump the clutch to get the rev matching on your downshift on the entry to the 90 degree left hander? Lololol” type of line in there, but I really like it.
Now for the actual gameplay – I found it to be some of the best Need for Speed driving setup in a LONG time. Ghost Games (used to be a lot of ex-Burnout devs) handled this one and it shows. Once you get accustomed to the rules of the physics in this game, the rewards of success fall into your lap like rain.
I may be a little ahead of the curve with all my car-game experience, so the first bunch of challenges haven’t put up much of a fight, but I’ve already hit performance walls that remind me I can’t stick with the same first car through the whole game. New performance parts need to be bought and installed, and after a certain point, you just need more car to compete. The upgrading and purchasing of new cars is simple and quick, which takes the pain out of the process, and you’ll very soon be riding in some sick metal with more than enough ponies to pound the competition.
After spending around 10 hours with the game and driving three of the ~20 cars, I’m hooked. The visuals are among the best I’ve played on PS4, as long as you’re moving. Tree textures are flat when stared at parked on the side of the road… But the overall ‘style’ of the graphics are also a sweet treat. The team went to great lengths to lend a sort of film-like appearance to the game overall, including flared lights and film grain that add to the visual flair.
I’ll definitely be putting a lot of miles on this one.
In other news, I’ve also been playing a ton of Fallout 4 – which may get its own thread on here, “Tales from the Commonwealth” , and Battlefront(2015).
Both are completely engrossing titles that require a nice blend of skill and strategy in a first or third person world of futuristic combat, though Fallout follows a much slower pace.
Battlefront is the Star Wars game made for fans of the physical world the movies take place in. It’s for the nerds whose pants tighten when they hear a Tie Fighter scream overhead as they zig-zag between the laser blasts of rebel scum while also locking on to an airspeeder that’s trying to bind up the legs of the same At-At they stand beneath… Yeah, I’m one of ‘those’ nerds. And My God does this game deliver on all fronts.
The stories of Star Wars and its characters are one thing, but there is so much more to the galaxy that is expressed through all of the vehicles, weapons, and planets of the series, and that’s what this game gives you. All of the classic battlegrounds from the films appear, including ones not yet experienced in the films. Whole new areas of Endor and Tattoine, but none of that prequel crap – YET…
There are new, but thematically appropriate, weapons to take hold of, and an experience/unlocking system that rewards your dedication with new weapons, abilities, and outfits to customize your player – which is really helpful if you have a certain ‘style’ or approach to FPS games. Myself, I’m a lone wolf type, but not quite a sniper, so I usually go with a medium range blaster and some grenades, but theirs equal opportunity for close combat with shotgun blasters and long range sniper rifles to cover all the bases.
The gameplay is fast, fluid, and I have yet to see even a single dropped connection (on my end) or any kind of glitching – Obviously lessons learned from Battlefield! In my opinion, this is the single best Star Wars game available right now – including previous entries of any type, and I only hope they have a lot in store for future updates and expansions – there’s so much they can pull from!
Now, Fallout… I’ll be very brief as this has gone quite long already J
If you like Fallout games, you’ll love Fallout 4.
Thanks for reading kids! And remember, never stop chasing your dreams!