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This is my “Official Review” of Call of Duty Black Op’s Declassified for the Playstation Vita. The game was released on November 13th but I received my copy from Amazon.com on November 17th. Waiting four days for the game was killing me so next time I want a game really bad I will just pre-order it from Game-stop or somewhere locally so I will have it on “Day one Confirmed”.
I want to start with the Campaign Mode and my initial reaction to this mode. Well 1st off with Nihilistic making this game I felt right from the start like I was playing Resistance Burning Skies (and to me that wasn’t a bad thing). There were even time when I thought I seen Chimeran on the screen, in both the campaign mode and on the Multi-player mode. The graphics of the game at first glance were very good to me and the game-play was just outstanding. I do have an issue with the Artificial Intelligence in the Campaign Mode. They are as I heard from other people “retarded”. There are moments when you are advancing and the AI is stuck at a wall or some other type of object.
There are two different game play modes in the Campaign and they are Operations and Time trials. The Operations are similar to Spec Op’s in Modern Warfare2 and when you complete a level you get a star rating depending on how well you did. This could be something you could get back to at a later date after you’ve played and completed some other stuff. Everyone wants to three star levels so they can brag about it to there boys. I am not a big fan of Time Trials in any game so I didn’t get a chance to play this game type.
There are 10 levels in the campaign mode that are open after you complete the prior mission. Like I said before I think it felt like Resistance Burning Skies and also a little bit like Unit 13. Being the “terrible gamer” that I am it took me a couple tries to get through some of the levels and the bad thing is if you die during the level you have to start over at the beginning. There are no saves or objectives reached in this mode. This may be a killer for some but hopefully you can also get more enjoyment from the other modes as well.
The game mode Hostiles is sort of like a Horde mode with five levels and star rewarded based on how many kills you get during the match. 1 star= 30 kills 2 stars= 80 kills and 3 stars= 150 kills. Now that the Vita has group party’s and chat this could be a fun mode to play with all The 40cast fellas who pick this game up. I didn’t dive into this mode to much but I played enough to get a feel for what was going on.
The Multyiplayer Mode was a very big shock to me and I’m gonna tell you why here in a minute. You can find a Public Match as well as Party matchmaking. It has the things that make Call of Duty what it is like create a class. You can create up to five classes and of course you get better weapons, perks and equipment the more you rank up. The starter weapons are pretty good so when you start at a level one you can jump right in and start blasting fools. True to all COD games you gain rank very easy in the early stages to keep you competitive. The “near” classes is a pretty cool thing to. You can share your classes with people on Near and also get others from Near to. This is a very cool thing and should be looked into.
I mentioned that Nihilistic produced the game for Activision and everyone knows about all the problems of Resistance Burning Skies having to do with the multi-player but Declassified has none of those problems. The servers are up and running and there are plenty of people to play on-line with. The games do tend to take a while to start but you can arrange your classes while your waiting. I haven’t had any problem during game play with freezing or getting bumped out so far so lets just hope it stays that way.
So as you can tell by my review I am a “Big Fan” of this game and all that is has to offer. I do want to mention that this is a handheld game on an awesome device that not a lot of other devices can pull off. The Vita is at the top of the charts in my book for everything good a handheld device is supposed to do. I want to mention a fella that put out a review for Ign before the game was released and this guys name is Anthony Gallegos. I think his review was wrong and to me it just showed that he has bitterness in his heart. For everything that this game is he made it seem like it was supposed to be the console version and it is not. He needs to realize that there are a lot of people that take these “commercial/ large” websites at there word and there are gonna be a lot of people missing out on a solid game because he has bitter feelings be it Nihilistic or just the Playstation name. So do yourself a favor and consider purchasing this game for yourself and not just based on my review of the review from Mr. Anthony Gallegos.
On a scale from 1-10 I’m giving Call of Duty: Declassified a solid 7.
While I’m not a big proponent of cute accessories for my consoles I did run across this cool little item made for the Playstation Vita. What we have here is called the Playstation Vita Power Grip. It is made by Nyko and it is definitely cool. What makes this grip different from the rest is that the fine folks at Nyko have inserted a battery into this device that extends your Vita battery life.
It has a rubberized soft feel to it and from what I can tell sweaty palms are not an issue. If you have been looking for some sort of grip to help those big hand cramps like I get then look into this product. You won’t be disappointed….GloveBox
The looming release of the next generation of gaming is basically upon us. You wouldn’t really recognize it though, but if you think about it, we will have the “next new next generation console” (sounded like a tongue twister) by the end of this year. The Wii U will hit the shelves this holiday season (which is 4 months away btw). I know we have spoken about this many times on the podcast but I wanted to take this time and outline what I am looking for in the Next Next Generation of Videogames.
Since this system will be the first out the gate, I am really expecting a technical blowout from Nintendo. I am looking to block off a space of time to really get down to the bare bones of this system. Not much has been said about the Wii U and we are basically left in the dark about what the system can do. We all know that it will play Mario, Zelda and all the rest of the Nintendo mainstays but what is going to make this system stay up with the big boys. I don’t want to be negative but I think that’s the reason Nintendo is getting out of the gate first. The will not be able to hang with the “big dogs” at the end of the day or will they. At this point we have no clue and I welcome the “Secrecy”, This gives me a sense of discovery and that O WOW effect that came with most gaming systems I have purchased in the past. So what am I looking most forward to? Just a new gaming experience that makes me interact with the gaming system more. As I look at that fantastic joystick, my minds wanders into games like Madden for obvious reasons and say a game like Splinter Cell where stealth can be maintained via the joystick. I am very excited about the Wii U but time will tell and not to much time at that!!!
Microsoft is probably my number one choice for next gen gaming systems. The only reason I say this is due to my experiences with the 360. Only lately have I felt the 360 not really taking the industry by storm. The PS3 has definitely peaked my interest with the Playstation + incentives lately. (YES 40 Cast I said IT PS3 is repping right now) But PS3 is in the next section back to Microsoft….In terms of what to expect from the new Xbox, I think Microsoft will basically do a graphics upgrade to the system and rehash 360 games on the 720. I think they look at Nintendo’s model and try to implement a part of their strategy into Microsoft’s bottom line. I also think Microsoft is trying to replace your cable box and pc in your home so expect more tv apps and social media upgrades and internet browsers. Microsoft wants you to use their box and replace all other feel good electronics out the box. They will ram this machine with every spec of tech and future tech that can be put in a plastic box. I honestly have high hopes but again…it’s a wait and see.
AND Finally, the PS4. Now Sony has always struck me as high quality which equals high price. Believe it or not I AM looking forward to Sony’s submission to the next generation. I know Sony like all the rest of the companies will rehash and do over what has already been done but Sony tends to go out on a limb more than any other gaming company. The will take a risk on an independent property that might have legs. More often than not most of these risk tank but every so often we get a gem like Killzone, Uncharted, and upcoming title like The Last of Us. I think Sony’s biggest issue is marketing. If they can promote and put the new system on every commercial and internet web ad they might be able to come out on top. They really have a tried and true system, hell the joystick hasn’t changed in like 15 years or something. Marketing is the Key to Sony’s success. I would like to see gameplay, not gimmicks. While 3D is fine and good realize that 3D is a perk not a standard. Sony should innovate not copy, this is their best chance at success. Learn from your triumphs and your mistakes. In all honesty I see Sony at the top of the list when the smoke clears and I know most everyone finds it hard to believe I am “ball washing” Sony but hey I love videogames and if a company is good then I will say its good. If it’s crap well….I will say it’s crap. (probably won’t use the word crap though…LOL)
In closing I would like to say I am super excited about the upcoming NEXT GENERATION and I can’t wait to sit and talk about all the newest latest tech on the horizon. Now I know people are out there and they say they will wait on the next generation (VIC) but when it all goes down we will all be in line waiting to blow our money on day one. I will save you a space in line.
(at least in the GloveBox Household)
I want to get this out of the way first. Even though I am a primarily console gamer, I love playing PC or computer based games. The problem I ran into was I never had a computer that was good enough or a graphics card that was worthy of running the newest, latest pc games with all the bells and whistles. I recently picked up a gaming rig (the one that runs my emulated ROMs) and I thought I have a top notch pc rig and I should use it. There are many pro’s and con’s related to pc gaming systems but so far it has been a pleasurable experience. I have learned so much about pc’s lately that my mind has been changed somewhat to think this is still a viable platform.
Let me get into some of the pro’s of pc gaming. Usually games are a lot cheaper. I don’t know if it’s because I just spent thousands of dollars on my rig and the developers understand that or what but I welcome the difference in price. Most pc games are around 15 and sometimes even 20 dollars cheaper than console titles. There are many more downloadable services such as Steam and Origin. Steam is constantly “Giving Away” games in my opinion. For instance, I recently picked up Kingdoms of Amular, a 60 dollar console game for 25 dollars digital download. That is an impressive amount of savings. Also grabbed Spec Ops the Line for 12 dollars. Sick right? The discount in price makes me try games I wouldn’t want to pony up 60 dollars for and be disappointed. I’m not disappointed with the 12 dollar price point whatsoever. I am also happy with the line of peripherals that are available on the pc. Like I mentioned earlier, I am a console gamer (Xbox 360…yup I said it) for the most part and I purchased the Microsoft Wireless PC controller adapter. This thing lets me use my Xbox wireless controller as a joystick on my pc. So I don’t have to be restricted to the keyboard and mouse configuration. It basically feels like I’m playing an Xbox with better graphics. And get this….the adapter cost 8 bucks from AMAZON!!! How hot is that!
Now onto the con’s…I would say the biggest con is the PC itself. I think you really need to be computer savvy. Now when I say savvy, I mean…. you can work your way around a computer enough to install a new graphics card or change a jumper setting. I think this is a must because computer settings change all the time and the different setups of the rigs make it especially hard for programmers to get a true standard. Think about it this way….A PS3 is the same (basically) all over the world whereas a pc rig can change with different RAM, storage, graphics cards, etc…etc… and drivers need to be updated constantly. If you’re like me and don’t mind this tedious work then pc gaming is awesome.
I have recently started to get into more MMO type games. One game that really stands out for me is Vindictous. This is a “FREE TO PLAY” MMO game. Yes FREE TO PLAY. This is especially awesome if you look at this video. Sure it loves the whole “Micro Transaction” play style but I have never seen a game that looked this good that was free. Bottom line is….if you are looking to expand out a little from your norm….Try a pc game if you get a chance. You might like what you see…..I DO!!
This is a look at some of my favorite fighting games. Thanks to ShoNuff71 from the GamerHusbands for getting me all motivated.
This video just goes over some basic stuff on the Vita and some of the apps. Sorry about the quality, I had a hard time keeping it focused
Let me get this out the way from the start, I’m an older gamer and I feel platform games are my bread and butter. Unlike todays gamer where terms like “first person shooter” rolls off the tongue in every new title. I have gone back to my roots to experience “MY” gaming bliss. Rayman Origins is a cute title developed by the fine folks at UbiSoft. In my opinion UbiSoft is one of those game companies that just get it. From the opening screen to the end credits you can tell that UbiSoft puts time, effort, money and damn near blood in every single title they push out. Rayman Origins is no exception. There have been previous iterations of Rayman and I enjoyed them as well, but none of them had this massive world of challenges that remind you of how great a game like Super Mario World started it all like this one. It doesn’t actually copy Super Mario World but it does have its similarities.
As for the story in this game, it’s your basic….you and your buddies are just relaxing taking in the beauty of Raymans world. All of you fall asleep and the noise that’s produced from your snoring buddies incites a rage from the big boss of the underworld. Who in turn gets mad and sends a wave of baddies to shut you and the rest of your gang up. I know the story is a stretch but it works……trust me it just does.
The presentation of the game is so Saturday morning cartoon, well old school Saturday morning cartoon because I don’t know what the hell cartoons are doing these days. The color palette in this game goes across all levels and an HD television sure makes them pop. Every detail and sprite are clear and jump right off of the screen as if they intended to make this 2D platformer 3D. (Note to self, try out 3D mode on my tv) Not only are the graphics and colors stunning the sounds in this game really detail the high production level. Everything is Dolby ProLogic Surround Sound bliss and really shines if you have a home theater system hook up. As you can see from my “First Look Video” the controls are not an issue. I had a good feel from this game and the jumping, hovering, kicking and punching became second nature to me as the game progressed. Things got a little difficult towards the end but nothing to outrageous that I couldn’t figure out. All in all I would really suggest a purchase of this game if you are the type of platformer that liked the Mario series or say a Sonic. So go help Rayman get some sleep and tell em GloveBox sent cha……
Real stretch as far as the story goes but once you get pass the quirkyness of it and just roll with it the fun starts.
Saturday morning…..That’s it just beautiful.
All the bells and whistles fit and flow with the pacing of the game. The omage to Mario in one of the songs is an awesome touch.
The controls are spot on and theres a co op component in the game that seems pretty cool.
4.0 Buy or Rent
I would give this one a purchase if you like platformers. There is so much to see and enjoy so I think it’s worth the cheese.
4.5 BEERS OUT OF 5
So here at The 40cast, we realize every gamer has a preference on the type and style of games they prefer to play. Not everyone enjoys the RPG dungeon crawling experience with the 60+ hour game play commitment. But this member loves RPG gaming. I have played EVERY Elder Scrolls game from the very first one released back in 1994 for the PC. It was not all that good, compared to the Might and Magic, Ultima and Wizardry game franchises of that time.
It wasn’t until Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall was released in 1995 that the 3D open world exploration age was born. This game was incredibly buggy, but you could go anywhere in what I believe was one of the first open world sandbox games. I played this game for at least 100 hours, even with the buggy code. Most people will recall their first experience with the Elder Scrolls universe with Morrowind for the original Xbox. On the newest generation console, Oblivion hit it big with it’s immersible world and incredible visuals. So now comes the next iteration…
Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
I was not going to pick this game up on day one, even though I have a vast history with the game universe. I placed a $40 price point for entry on myself. Well, on release day, Toys R Us was offering a $20 gift card for any regular priced game $59.99 and above…my price point was reached. I decided to buy the PS3 version after cycling through 10 reviews, articles and visual comparisons. I could not find any article stating one version was better or worse, except for the PC version having a poor control scheme implementation.
The game install and update took exactly 10 minutes from start to finish. I created my male Imperial warrior and jumped right into the game head on. The controls are easy to pick up. The visuals are stunning, although not anything we haven’t seen already with other games (below the quality of Uncharted 2). The sound effects and musical score are epic and put you right into the action as if you were taking part in a Lord of the Rings movie. Once you get through the intro you are free to go off and do whatever you want. This game has made it easy for players to play the game the way they want. You want to play a traditional warrior with sword and shield, then do it. You want to dual wield a weapon in one hand and use magic in the off-hand…then do it. If you decide 5 or 10 hours into the game you want to specialize in two-handed axes then guess what…you can. This game is very flexible and does it Burger King style…Have it your own way!
There is a main quest line that you can follow right away and get through the story line directly, or you can go around talking to every NPC, gathering side quests and missions and make your game play more robust. There are plenty of opportunities to improve your crafting and smithing skills around the world. This is optional, so if making stuff out of raw materials is not your style, then don’t do it.
So here is my experience so far after about 9 hours of game play. I have killed a dragon as part of the scripted main quest, pilfered thousands of gold pieces from the dead in haunted crypts, bought a horse and rode around the world, got killed a dozen times by some water trolls that are above my current level, got killed by giants and flung to the moon with a single blow, learned how to SHOUT loudly, made it up to level 7 and completed about five of the main quests and 5 side quests. I am trying to join some factions and raise my magic using abilities. There are many other activities, but there is no way I can remember everything.
So what’s my impression so far? I really like this game. The game play is fun and not complicated. I like having the options to do what I want. The graphics are nice. I have not had any lockups or data corruption issues. I have had a couple graphical glitches, but nothing that ruined the play. I look forward to seeing how the world unfolds based on the decisions I make…like a choose your own adventure book. This game so far is worth every penny of the $60 price tag.
Hey folks! I picked up my collectors edition of Uncharted 3 today and felt that I should do a video of me opening it up! See my dissapointment when I realize that the inner box is cardboard and not tin! Enjoy!