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RANT: Sea of Confusion…

RANT: Sea of Confusion…

So … I’ve rewritten this entire thing after long bit of thought, and honestly, I have so many mixed feelings about this game. I love it and I hate it in every possible and confusing way. I love the game’s ship mechanics, but I hate the game’s long and dull progression. I love the game’s graphics, but I hate the game’s server problems and game breaking glitches. I love playing this game with friends, but I hate it when we don’t rewarded for the voyages we complete. I don’t think I’ve ever been so conflicted with a video game in my life. This is crazy.

When I first played this game, I didn’t really enjoy it. I personally found it to be rather boring with little to no reason to grind for loot. I was so eager to hate this game and give all my anger … but a few of my friends gave me a second opinion and kind of woke me up to the reality of the situation. The real thing that makes this game truly shine through all of it’s problems. It is a fantastic game to play with your friends online. That is an opportunity you can’t miss out on.

So it has it’s faults and bugs, but its the journey you make with your friends that makes the experience enjoyable. Sure the tasks are all the same, but the outcomes and challenges you face will all be different in many ways. I’ll admit it, I was a little too quick to judge on this one. As I have been with many games in the past. I’ve allowed my passion for gaming to stand in the way of reason at times. I feel like I can sometimes be too critical on games that … well … don’t really deserve it.

Did Destiny 2 and Battlefront II deserve my hate? Yes, I believe so. However, for some reason, Sea of Thieves is a bit different. While it may seem bland and boring on it’s own, all you need is a group of your buddies to make it worth your while. With that said, I recommend you get this game. You and your pals. Trust me, you’ll have one hell of a time. I guarantee it.

Microsoft is Planning Something Big

Microsoft is Planning Something Big

Introduction

Since the beginning of 2017, Microsoft hasn’t been doing well. While their competitors are releasing one exclusive title after another, Microsoft has little to show. With Sony announcing exclusives such as God of War, Shadow of the Colossus Remastered, Last of Us 2, Detroit Become Human, and Nintendo announcing a new Kirby game and a new Pokémon and Fire Emblem Mainline game, among others. What does Microsoft have to announce? Crackdown 3, Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, and The Last Light … that’s basically it. Halo 6 isn’t even coming out this year, which is raising even more concern for the state of the company this year.

Microsoft is in the middle of a pretty tight spot. So far, the only games that people have their eyes on at the moment is Crackdown 3 and Sea of Thieves. With such a small lineup for 2018, the company is taking a big risk with these games. Especially since there doesn’t appear to be a Halo 6 coming out until 2019. However, Microsoft is planning something that just might save them. Something that might be the biggest thing to happen in the Gaming Industry in a long time. In what could be the biggest company acquisitions ever, Microsoft is considering to purchase Electronic Arts, Valve, and BlueHole.

While this may appear to be a desperate move by Microsoft to get their hands on exclusives (which it is), part of me does feel that it would be interesting to see what would happen if they go through with it. What would happen if Microsoft bought out all of these companies? What would they get from it? What would the outcome be? How would it change the gaming industry? How would it affect you as a gamer? Today, I aim to be going through a series of different possibilities that may occur if Microsoft bought out these companies. I’ll be sharing both the good and the bad with each.

So let’s begin!

What if Microsoft Bought EA?

  1. The Good – There is a wide range of good things that would come out this one. For starters, it would grant Microsoft ownership of the Madden games, the Need For Speed games, Battlefield and Battlefront games, and even get their hands on the developers at DICE. They would get their hands on quite a lot of titles and development teams if they successfully bought the company.
  2. The Bad – However, if they were to do something like that, there is a good chance they would make the Madden titles Xbox One Exclusive. It would be a BIG money maker for them, and there is no way they would want to give Sony a single penny of it. Obviously, this would cause a massive uproar, as the Madden games (surprisingly) have a very large and dedicated fan base.

What if Microsoft Bought Valve?

  1. The Good – This is an obvious one. Buying Valve would grant Microsoft ownership of many of their famous IPs; such as Half-Life, Portal, Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress, Dota, and even Counter Strike. All titles that Microsoft can easily start making sequels and updates to. The one and only chance we may have at a possible Half-Life 3 or Left 4 Dead 3 … please?
  2. The Bad – One of the obvious set backs this would have, is that Microsoft will also be given full control of the Steam Network. What will they do with it? Honestly, I don’t know. They could really do anything they want with it. My theory, they’ll probably merge it with their Xbox Play Anywhere System (somehow). I feel they might find a way to integrate the Steam Service with Xbox Live in some way. Or they’ll just keep Steam up and running. Who knows.

What if Microsoft Bought BlueHole?

  1. The Good – This wouldn’t just grant Microsoft with complete ownership of PUBG, but it would also Microsoft’s Customer Service Center to work with the game, and I honestly think that’s (kind of) a good thing. Let’s be real, the current support service hasn’t been doing that good of a job with the PUBG Players.
  2. The Bad – As for right now, I don’t really know what bad would come from this specific acquisition.

In Conclusion

Microsoft is a good company. They have their moments like any other company, but from my personal experience doing business with them since 2007, I have had great memories because of their products. From my first time playing video games on my Windows XP PC, to beating the Halo series on their Xbox Consoles. They are a great company, and I believe this company acquisition would be a good move for them in the future. To help them grow, adapt, and release more exclusive titles. However, these are just my thoughts. Be sure to let me know yours. What do you think about all this?

Do you think this is right or wrong for Microsoft to consider?

 

RANT: What is this???

RANT: What is this???

Okay … out of all of the games that Microsoft could’ve made backwards compatible with their new system. Modern Warfare 2, (the original) Star Wars Battlefront 2, Brutal Legend, Call of Duty 2 Big Red One, and they chose this. Army of Two, a game who’s servers have been shutdown since 2011! Microsoft actually thought it was a brilliant idea to make a game who’s servers are no longer operational. The one mechanic that literally gave the game it’s title, is no longer available, and Microsoft thought it was a brilliant idea to release this game for backwards compatibility.

If you take a quick look at the list of games they have, you’ll find many redundant titles put on there. Microsoft doesn’t pick there games based off the votes we make, at least from the selections I’ve seen them make. Games like Meet the RobinsonsCars 2World of Keflings, among others. Modern Warfare 2 & 3 are in the top five most voted for titles for backwards compatibility, and they still aren’t backwards compatible. I understand it isn’t entirely up to Microsoft to release these games, but how can you release a title that no longer has their servers running like Army of Two. It makes no sense.

All I’m saying is that for a game to be put on backwards compatibility, the requirements should be strict. Something like this:

  1. The game should be well known in the Gaming Industry.
  2. The game should be rated higher than three stars.
  3. The game should be a popular title from the last generation.
  4. The game should have it’s servers currently active (if it has online features).
  5. The game should have over 5,000 votes.

These are just my thoughts. Let me know what you think.

 

How is the Xbox One X popular??

How is the Xbox One X popular??

Introduction

So apparently, according to Microsoft, pre-orders for the Xbox One X have officially sold out and it’s outpaced any previous Xbox they’ve developed in the past. This console, bare in mind, is being sold for $499.99, and yet surprisingly, that doesn’t seem to upset anyone at all. Curious, because back in 2014 when the Xbox One was announced, everyone was upset and shocked by the console’s price. However, when Microsoft states that the console will be “the most powerful console ever”, suddenly, everyone becomes ecstatic about it and proceed to blindly go pre-order at will. Why? What changed? What makes this so different from what Microsoft tried to do back in 2014??

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve viewed the specs for this console, and I understand why many gamers would be happy for this upcoming Xbox, but I found it odd when I saw Rise of the Tomb Raider played on the Xbox One X didn’t surprise me. This console is supposed to come with true next-gen graphics, 4k visuals, smooth lighting and textures, and a boost in framerates. Yet … the game looked no different than how I viewed on the original Xbox One. I’m sorry, but when your game can’t look better than Until Dawn on PS4, and you’re playing the game on a “4k HD console”, I start to feel like you aren’t being so truthful with your product.

Also, when comparing the consoles specs to your average gaming PC specs, it’s meh really. Nothing special. It’s got a couple nice features, but that’s about it. Sure it may sound great for a gaming console, but when you can just get a gaming PC for $100-$150 cheaper, it comes down to what would you rather pay for? My main question though is where the hell did this sudden hype come from??

When the Xbox One was $500 …

The original Xbox One was met with a lot of criticism when it was first announced. Not only was $499.99 price seen as outrageous, but the requirements to get the console operating was also viewed as unnecessary. The console had to be connected to the internet at all times, it also required a Kinect device for it to fully function, and even worse, Microsoft had been (and still is) colluding with the NSA. Allowing them to conduct surveillance on those who purchased the console.

Since all of this information was leaked out, the company suffered. Little to no one had bought the console, and had instead focused on their attention on the #399.99 PS4 that Sony announced. So what did Microsoft do? They finally listened. They made the console able to be used online, they removed the Kinect and eventually discontinued it, and they downed the price to $399.99. Though the console had some trouble with Lizard Squad during Christmas of the same year, the Xbox One went on to being a decent console and had worked great.

So back then, we weren’t willing to pay $500 for the console, but suddenly we’re cool with it? I’m still trying to figure out why.

Do NOT Pre-Order Consoles

How are the pre-orders for the Xbox One X so high? While I can agree with some of the hype, I find it very risky to go and pre-order a console you haven’t truly seen yet. Remember, you are investing $500 into this. So you better hope and pray that it doesn’t come out in a bad state. Since pre-orders are sold out, that means they will need a few months to make new models for those who didn’t get to purchase them in time. So if anything happens to your console, you’ll be stuck waiting for a few months until you get your new console with you warranty.

This is a very risky decision. Look at what happened with the Nintendo Switch back when it first came out. “What are you talking about, Mason?? That console is awesome. It didn’t suck.” You may say. Yeah, for the most part is was an excellent console … for some, not all. When the console finally came to the states, it was met with praise and criticism within it’s first days. The issues were the following: screen tearing, framerate dropping, texture glitches, game crashes, loud ear-piercing noises, dead pixels, small game library, the docking station causing scratches on the tablet’s screen, and even games being rendered unplayable.

When you sink $500 into the pre-order of a console, you better know exactly what you’re paying for, and you better hope it works.

In Conclusion

Think before you buy. I understand that the specs on the Xbox One X are very high quality compared to other specs for consoles. However, the best way to properly purchase a console, is to wait and see. Just wait a little while longer, save your money, and truly make sure that the console is truly the greatest ever made. You are only going to feel horrible when you get the console, and it turns out to be a total, technical, or glitch mess. You don’t want to feel like you just threw away $500 when you get your product. I won’t be able to stop you from buying it, but at least let this serve as a warning when pre-ordering gaming consoles.

Works Cited

  1. Campbell, Evan. “E3 2017: Xbox One X Specs and Features.” IGN, IGN, 11 June 2017, http://www.ign.com/articles/2017/06/11/e3-2017-xbox-one-x-specs-and-features-explained.       
  2. Humphries, Matthew. “Xbox One X Is ‘Fastest Selling Xbox Pre-Order Ever’.” PCMAG, PCMAG, 25 Aug. 2017, http://www.pcmag.com/news/355792/xbox-one-x-is-fastest-selling-xbox-pre-order-ever.      
  3. Henry, Jasmine. “Nintendo Switch Controller Problems Persist After Day-One Patch.” Game Rant, Game Rant, 2 Mar. 2017, gamerant.com/nintendo-switch-controller-problems-after-patch/.