keskiviikko 29. tammikuuta 2014

I got mail?

So I got a couple of emails about my last post, which is great because I didn't know anyone actually cared about my little blog enough to bother writing me. So thanks for that.

Anyway. I decided to comment a bit why I left few loved franchises out of the post yesterday. I did answer you guys personally, so check your inboxes. I just figured out I could save some time if someone new wanders in later.

Almost every mail was about why I mentioned Call of Duty and skipped Battlefield. Well Battlefield didn't really do anything new on the console front. It mostly just took notes from CoD playbook and tuned up the same game I have been playing on PC for long before Xbox 360 or PS3 came along. Even the stuff I have read about BF4 on the new gen consoles don't really have anything I haven't seen already on PC. 64 players? Well it's nice for consoles, but earlier Battlefields allow 128 on PC. A single player campaign? Call of Duty did it better, and I don't really think Battlefield needs one. Call of Duty made console FPS games smooth and fun to play with a pad. If you compare console CoD and the PC version they really don't feel that much different, which is something I never thought I would say because I really suck with a pad on most FPS games. You could argue that Halo did it first, but still CoD honed it to perfection and after that everyone has copied from it. I still don't like the game in general but I have to give it the great controls and addictive multiplayer (if you like that kind of fast paced action).

Next there was Diablo 3. I gotta say I really forgot about that one. It was kinda big deal for consoles as there wasn't any Diablo clones or anything that would really work with a pad as good as with a mouse, so consoles basicly picked up a new genre just like that. I probably forgot to mention it because I didn't really like Diablo 3 that much. Torchlight 2 did it better and actually worked from the start. Console version of D3 fixed most of the annoyances I had with the game, but still I didn't really care about it. Also I don't own a console, so I haven't played the console version much.

The rest were easier to explain. Almost everything else I left out was because they didn't do anything actually new. I don't care how great graphics someone got out of that crappy hardware because I already saw better graphics on PC and I didn't care then. While Telltale made adventure games cool again on the consoles, there has been a lot of adventure games before those. It's just that no one cared. Also you should know by now that I love them and I don't like to repeat it over and over again. Lets see what else there was... Puzzle games pretty much started with consoles so, no matter how good, it's done already. Wii was skipped because Wii U isn't really new gen, but updated version of Wii. Portables were skipped because they aren't changing generations.

There's one thing I really missed as a whole. I forgot that while original Xbox already had a lot of network multiplayer games, it was this generation that really made it work. It might be because I'm just so used to being able to easily play over the net on PC that I didn't think about how big leap it was for console games.

I think I went through everything, but if you like to point out some game that really changed the console gaming just let me know. I know I'm not an expert on this area and I might have missed something important.

For the new readers (is there any?) that haven't seen the old blog: You can contact me at if you have something to say, but don't want to put it in comments.

tiistai 28. tammikuuta 2014

New generation consoles! Yay?

So the new consoles have arrived... well not here, but whatever. I don't really care about consoles as I mostly play on my PC, but there is one thing I love about the new gen: They are more or less just PC:s with unified parts, and finally they start to catch up with the power.

So why is that good for a PC gamer? The guys that make the games don't need to mess with the code too much to make the PC version. We probably won't see GTA IV style fuckups because even some outsourced studio can optimize the code to work with a different kind of PC. Also we don't need to get stuck with some Xbox grade craphics with the goddamn gaming rig thanks to consoles being the primary platform.

No matter how much I hated the old consoles keeping back my games technologywise, I would still like to honor some of the most awesome games of the last generation consoles. This is of course my own opinion and most of these I have only played on PC.

Let the list begin!

Dragon age: Origins - They fucked up the second one, but the original was a great game. In the time of too easy to fail buttonsmashers this one got us back to the roots of action RPG's. Back to the gates of Baldur. While the action was great and didn't pander to the "this is too hard!" -crew, the story was still what took the spotlight. I'll keep my fingers crossed for the next one being more like Origins. I could whine about the console version being easier and whatnot, but I haven't played it much. The thing is that no one would have made that kind of big budget game just for PC at that point.

Mass Effect - Another BioWare game? Oh well. Mass Effect was a great trilogy. Even the ending was ok NO NO HEAR ME OUT! Yes BioWare promised those choices would be with you to the end. Yes those three choices were a friggin' letdown. Yes even the "fixed" ending is nothing we were promised. Still untill that ending it was the best epic sci-fi game I had seen in a long time. I can't thrash the whole story because the last ten minutes weren't what we were promised.

Guitar Hero/Rock band - I know! No one cares about those anymore, but for some time those were just SO much fun. They also showed that unique controllers are not always a bad thing. Maybe someone else makes something even better after the music games did so good.

Call of motherfucking duty: Modern fucking warfare - As much as I hate this game I can't deny it's merits. It showed us that gamepad CAN be used for first person shooters. It took Halo and made it look like Hollywood blockbuster. Thanks to that we will never run out of shooters as long as humanity as a whole doesn't stop loving to shoot things.

Elder scrolls V: Skyrim - Even these machines with low memory and pretty outdated processors could run a huge dynamic world. While I think it would have been even better if it was made only for PC, I can't help but wonder how great job those guys did with those limitations. The game has next to zero loading screens and the world really is dynamic and huge. Still with all the technical problems they didn't forget a great story. I'll skip Fallout: New Vegas because it would be pretty much the same entry.

A couple of good games I loved, but don't know what to write about - GTA V is just obvious, as it's the most grossing entertainment title of all time. Halo started on previous generation and didn't really stay in the game. The Last of Us was great, but at that point there were better games (mechanically) and Telltale had upped the ante on scriptwriting. Mirror's edge was awesome, but it was short and EA decided to can any sequels after their short stint on actually trying to make something new. And while I loved Deus Ex: Human Revolution, because I am biased towards cyberpunk, the boss fights kinda ruined it. Oh and then there's the second franchise from when EA tried not to be moneygrubbing assholes.... Yes Mass Effect and Assassins Creed are both EA games. While I like Assassins Creed I hate what they did with the DLC. Day one is just fucked up.

Anyway. I don't really care about the new gen consoles, but as long as the old ones outnumber the new ones we both (PC and console players) are going to get downgraded games, because they have to work on the old consoles too without too much extra work.

P.s. I might be shipped abroad again. If so I can't update for a while. You will probably be ruined without my regular update schedule...

perjantai 3. tammikuuta 2014

Shut up and take my money!

So I'm sober enough to write again.

If you haven't noticed all the money going away from your account, you might not yet know that Steam holiday sale was going on for the last days of 2013. This year that sale really did a number on my wallet, thanks to all the Greenlight and Early Access games. I think I have about 30+ new games and I only paid about three full price games worth for them, so while I paid quite a lot I got a shitload in return. I haven't yet played even half of those games, but lets see if those I have played were worth those peanuts.


Just one? I only bought one oldschool game for christmas? Oh well I didn't drop by at Good Old Games, so that might explain it. Anyway I picked up Baldur's Gate: Enhanced edition.

Let's start with the good things. The game is the best version you can get "out of the box" thanks to updated graphics and the fact it works on current computers without tweaking. If you have never played Baldur's Gate then you should go and buy this and the second one or I won't be your friend. All the good stuff from BG2 were implemented in this one, so it's way better than the original in more ways than just graphics update.

The problem I have is that I have already seen the mods on the originals. Tutu and Trilogy add way more stuff in these games. They need a bit of tinkering to get working (especially on Vista), but graphics aside they are both better than the enhanced editions. If you are not that computer savvy then these are the best versions of the games, but if you bother to play around with the mods then you should go with the GoG versions and dump Tutu or Trilogy mod on them.

Stuff I already knew was good

Let's make this fast. Theses are the games I had already played and just picked up because they were cheap.

Arma 2 - Operation Arrowhead: Just picked up for DayZ mod

Borderlands 2: Not sure if I wan't to actually play it as last time I was on Pandora I got hooked on all that lewt.

Counter Strike complete collection? Why? I already had 1.6 and Source. I must'v been drunk that night and it was probably really cheap.

Dark Souls - Prepare to die edition: It's just good. Don't whine about the difficulty. It really feels good when you actually survive for once.

Deus Ex - Human revolution: I'm a sucker for cyberpunk, so this was a no-brainer.

Gunpoint: Fun little indie title that gives you a choice of puzzles, but sometimes you can just bash heads and shoot you'r way through if you want. I was on the beta so this wasn't a surprise to me, but I can't say anything bad about the game so go check it out.

Just Cause 2: The new multiplayer mod is more or less working and fun as hell.

Trine 2: Well I have already played this through with a friend, but it was dirt cheap so I picked it up.

Walking Dead season 2: I might have mentioned that I love Telltale games and this is not a disappointment. Just first episode in and I can't wait for the rest.

The surprises

This will take some time as I picked up quite a lot of games just because they were just one or two euros (1€ is roughly 1,2$ nowdays if you prefer dollars.

Don't Starve: There's something in this game that makes me drop back over and over again, even when I get pretty bored of it in a hour or two. It's pretty simple point and click survival game and the fighting/hunting is pure hell. Maybe it's the nice hand drawn graphics and the overall mood of the game, but in any case I can't just stop coming back to it. My current character has been alive for whopping 9 days and that's about as far as I have gotten.

Eldricht: I'm not sure if I should add this in here or not. I didn't really expect anything and I got just a bit more. It's kinda Minecraft without the building and with an actual story/adventure. I wouldn't have paid the normal price for this, but in the end it was better than I thought from the synopsis.

FEZ: Well I finally decided to pick it up. This should have probably gone to the last section because I have heard so much about it that it really couldn't be bad after all that praise. Still I never got the basic consept and why that would be so fun, so it was a surprisingly good game for me. That was kinda same deal as Doctor Who. I had heard a lot of good about it, but I never really wanted to check it out. When I finally did it was great.

Long Live the Queen: This was the ultimate surprise. I picked it up because a friend told me it was a nice little "text adventure roguelike" and didn't cost a shit. It's pretty much multiple choice adventure with RPG elements. You are a princess who is going to be the next queen and your mother has died. Now you need to get ready for your coronation by learning all the stuff you need to rule a country and surviving the Game of Thrones type court plots. Also you are going to die. A lot. Before anyone scratches this off as a girlie game I must point out that the GUY who told me to pick this up is playing it way more than I do. Oh and there's magic, but I usually die pretty soon after I unlock it. If you have played Kudos and liked it this is something like that but way better.

The Stanley Parable: A) I haven't really played this too much yet (about 30-40min). B) I don't usually like artsy/experimental games. Still I have to say it has been great this far. I can't really explain the game's idea because it's something really different, but check the link and by all means buy it. If not for the experimental nature of the game then at least to support that voice actor. You know who I'm talking about if you buy the game.


Those were not nearly all the (probably) good games I picked up but I haven't had time to actually play most of them, so I'll tell about the rest later when I get to it. Also links are to Steam site because this was about Steam sales. I probably should'v linked to the actual sites, but you can google them if you want to know more. I'm lazy.