Monthly Archives: October 2015

No Man’s Sky “I’ve Seen Things” Trailer — When will we see the game?

No Man’s Sky is finally here…almost. Actually, there are still 8 more months before the game’s release (June 2016), but who’s counting?

I am!

I first wrote about No Man’s Sky in December of 2013. And then again in December of 2014. And then again this year in July. I’m writing about it now…October 2015. This is the most I’ve written about a game that hasn’t released. What’s up?

It just means the game’s going to be awesome, and based on the latest trailer, they’re getting it right.

The new “I’ve Seen Things” trailer gets back on point. The game’s MacGuffin is exploration and discovery, which the last trailer deviated from. Yes, there are battles and war machines, including a poor man’s AT-ST at 1:18, but overall, the true payoff is finding stuff, the thrill of landing on a planet for the first time. That’s back, and that’s what this game is all about. Put on your Columbus hats, it’s time to exploit an innocent new world!

The trailer also shows other Star Wars influenced tech, like a fighter that resembles a closed-wing X-wing and Clone War-era walkers. First person action includes space dog fights and blasters. Overall, the trailer is awesome, including the Blade Runner homage.

Again, the tech and battle play are nice, but the big draw is the exploration. Everyone wants to explore and search for that fountain of youth or the cache of gold. Whatever it is that drives us, we want to look for it. This game allows us to do that.

June 2016 feels like light years away….

Madden Mobile 16 — Top Plays Part 2

This post is for Madden Mobile 16.  For Madden Mobile 17, click on this link: Madden Mobile 17 Tips for Success.

 

The more you play Madden Mobile 16, the tougher it gets. Not long ago I was ranked 65th overall, now I’m 89th. More players, better players. To keep up, you’ll need to master more plays. If your usual go-to plays don’t work, try the 4 “Plan B” plays below.

My other posts:

Top Pass Plays

Top Run Plays

How to move up in Head to Head

How to spend Stamina and Money

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I dropped 25 places in just one month.

1) Flanker Spot

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By now, most players have Domination Gronk. If you don’t, get a good TE from the auction. Your TE is your best friend. Your TE will win you fans, and games, and glory. Get a good TE. Here’s how you run Flanker Spot:

  1. A) If no one covers your HB, give it to him. If your HB is covered, chuck it to your TE.; OR
  2. B) If the defenders are in zone, toss it to your TE. You’ll know there in zone if your TE runs past them; OR
  3. C) If your HB is covered, and the defense is man-to-man or deep zone, look to your WR on the spot.

2) Spot

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The Spot is same as Flanker Spot except it’s run from the Single Back formation. Do same thing as Flanker Spot.

3) Smash

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Smash is a homerun desperation play that works surprisingly often. You’ll need a fast HB with a high catch rating (85+). Run the play from the far hash. Wait for your HB to round the corner and chuck it deep down field. Big yards.

4) Motion Flat

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The Motion Flat requires a mobile QB or a very good offensive line. It takes a while to develop. Wait for your TE to run a post/corner. Chuck it to your TE once he releases on the corner. It’s a solid long-yardage play if you can find time for it.

If you have other favorite plays, comment below!  Happy Maddening!

Rainbow Six Siege Gameplay Trailer – The Art of the Breach

Rainbow Six is about breaching. Doors, windows, walls. Where there’s a nut, Rainbow Six will be there to crack it. Technically, it’s no siege. It’s an assault. Ain’t time to wait for surrender.

My first Rainbow Six game, Rainbow Six 3, had a whole bunch of breaching. Set fuse, turn on thermal, throw in some smoke, breach and kill bad guys, save hostages. It was cool, and then it got annoying after about 10 times, especially when you have to shoot a bullet between a hostage’s head and arm to kill the tango behind him. The words, “Tango down”, are still sweet to my ears.

The Rainbow Six Siege gameplay trailer is out, and sure enough, more breaching. Flashbangs and door charges are back in full force. No wall is too much wall for our favorite counter-terrorist team.

Here’s the catch, though. There’s no single player campaign in Siege. All online multiplayer. Which means, less time spent on annoying missions that you have to complete only because you spent $70 on the game. If you’re shelling out that much cash for this FPS, you should already know it ain’t got single player campaign.

Breaching is a slow endeavor. Gotta get in position, set the charges, get smoke and/or flashbang ready and then wait for it…boom, go in. Slows the game down, so I really don’t see the joy in it. Forget the artistry, just give me a RPG and I’ll put a hole on that wall.

Rainbow Six Siege is available on Xbox One, PS4 and Windows on December 1, 2015.

Divinity Original Sin Combat Trailer — Take that, Frosty!

The console combat trailer for Divinity Original Sin isn’t about the combat. It’s all about the monsters. There are round ones, furry ones, squishy ones, and…snowmen.

Yes, snowmen! Don’t believe me? Go to 1:34 of the trailer. Yep, snowmen, complete with carrot noses. Crunch!

And how do you whack snowmen? Melt them, of course. We’ve got our hero actually saying, “Fire it up!” Now, that’s a good ol Frosty-melting swell time.

There’s also a crustacean sighting at 2:26. Big hermit crab things. And armadillos, a devil, a dragon, wolves, trolls and lots of spiders. All accumulates to a successful career in pest control.

Divinity Original Sin is out October 27 on Xbox One and PS4.

Halo 5: Guardians Gameplay Launch Trailer — Forget Master Chief, where is the Split Screen?

All is not well in Halo-land. Colonies are attacked and Master Chief is AWOL. Where in the galaxy is Master Chief Petty Officer John-117?

It’s up to Agent Locke and his team to find him.

The new Halo 5: Guardians launch trailer shows some serious multi-player action. Online campaign mode is the key here. Blue Team and Osiris are the two fireteams that’ll go at it. Covenant better watch out – it’s online co-op!

Besides Master Chief, what else is missing in Halo 5? The beloved split screen. Yes, the FPS offline split-screen late-night basement and pizza battles are no more. Why?

It’s not that they didn’t want it. 343 Industries definitely wanted it, but they couldn’t do it. Not enough time and resources for split screen. It takes time to optimize the split screen gameplay – they didn’t have time, so they cut it.

Will it matter? It’s a new generation. All the old Goldeneye folks like me really don’t play games no more. Everyone’s online. Everyone plays with strangers now. So, it won’t matter….

Garbage!

FPS gaming is still a social activity. I still play with my buddies in their basements. Now we gotta go elsewhere. No more Halo for me. Too many games out there with split screen. I need split screen like Master Chief needs Cortana. Don’t underestimate the Gen X gamer.

Too bad.

For those long gamers, Halo 5: Guardians is out October 27, 2015.

Far Cry Primal Reveal Trailer — Don’t Piss Off the Mammoths!

Far Cry loves elephants…and their ancestors.  Far Cry 4 had crazy elephants.  Far Cry Primal has crazy mammoths.  And a saber tooth tiger.  Yep, we’re talking Stone Age.

The Far Cry Primal Official trailer has stone, and wood and arrows, too.  None of the firepower we saw in previous Far Crys.  Not too much blowing up things.  But in a way, it seems much more interesting.

The trailer shows stoned-out villagers stalking a herd of mammoths.  I don’t know how much food a mammoth can provide, but I’m thinking enough to last a while.  And blankets and clothing, too.  And tools.  A herd of mammoths is like your Walmart.  Everything and anything under one vast prehistoric sky.

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Dead Mammoth = BBQ buffet!

Guys hunt and bring down a mammoth.  They’re carving it up when a hungry saber tooth tiger jumps out of nowhere.  Holy @#$#!  Whatever obscenities Stone Age people used probably came out in force there.

The trailer ends with a glimpse at some of the other dangers in this world: a dude in green with a skull mask whacking you with a bone.

The game is a survival game.  One dude survives a cataclysmic event – maybe a tiger attack – and has to find ways to survive.  In addition to all the crazy animals to fend off, there are also other tribes – bad evils ones – that you must evade or defeat.

Very intriguing.

Ever see the movie Quest for Fire?  That awesome film has all kinds of bad evil tribes.  Not only are they a different tribe, they’re different species.  You have the Cro Magnon types, and then the more monkey types, and then the Neanderthal cannibal types, and then the real human types that know how to make fire.  I’m hoping Far Cry Primal has that kind of variety, especially the cannibal ones.

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Quest for Fire, a classic survival-of-the-fittest film

In any case, this is a very original idea, and perhaps risky moving away from firepower and boom-boom.  Definitely worth checking out.

It’s out February 23, 2016.

Madden Mobile 16 Tips: How to set your Defensive Strategy

This post is for Madden Mobile 16.  For Madden Mobile 17, click on this link: Madden Mobile 17 Tips for Success.

To succeed in league or head-to-head play, you need to have a strong defensive strategy. Here are some tips on which plays to counter in Madden Mobile 16.

Also, here are some of my other articles on Madden Mobile 16:

Top Rushing Plays

Top Pass Plays

Tips for Success: Rivalry Play

Tips for Success: How to spend stamina and money

Tips for Success: Live Events

First and foremost, you need to change your counters after each drive during head-to-head play. Review the film, and set your defense accordingly. Also, anticipate your opponent’s tendencies. For instance, if he rushed 100%, then counter possible rushing plays.

To set your Global Defensive Strategy, follow these guidelines:

1) These plays must always be countered

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QB Sneak, HB Dive WK, HB Blast

The QB Sneak is an automatic 2-point conversion if not countered. Even if it is countered, the chances of it converting is pretty high. Counter it to increase your chances of stopping the two.

Everybody knows how to run HB Dive WK and HB Blast. Even at the Hall of Fame tier (HOF), players still test it to see if countered. If it’s not countered, it’ll easily go for six points.

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2) These plays must be countered during the lower and the high tiers.

Hail Mary, FL Drag, TE Corner, Deep Attack, Seam 678, Double Hitch

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These are easy plays to run and the lower tier players run it a whole lot. Players stop running it upon reaching the mid tiers because it gets countered. Players start testing it again at the HOF because many players stop countering it because players stop running it by the time they reach HOF. Even at the HOF, these are homerun plays if not countered.

3) These plays should be countered during mid and high tiers.

HB Angle, Post Corners, FL Screen

These plays are a bit tougher to run. Because it takes some skill, lower-tier players rarely use them to effect. They’re pretty common at mid to high-tiers.

4) Counter these plays at the HOF tier.

Smash, Spot, Flanker Spot

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Running these plays effectively requires reading the defense. So, it’s much tougher to run for novice players. Depending on the defense, it could be an easy homerun pass to the HB. If the HB is covered, then the TE or a receiver on a curl should be available. It takes some skill to recognize the defense so it’s not used effectively at the lower tiers.

5) Don’t bother countering these plays.

Slants

Counters are ineffective against slants. The best Madden players will run slants 100% and score 8 every time, even if countered. So, don’t waste defensive strategy slots on slants.

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FB Dive (Goal Line)

Very low yardage play, even if not countered.

Again, the key is to adapt to your opponent’s play style. Be active, review film and set counters after each drive. Global defense is important, but active play is essential for Madden Mobile success. See you on the field!