Monthly Archives: November 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Play Set Official Trailer — Jedi 007?

I have been analyzing the new Disney Infinity Trailer. Not for the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens playable Infinity characters and gameplay, but to see if I can figure out the movie’s plot points. Here’s my conclusion:

Finn is some kind of a Jedi 007. He infiltrates the Empire to either assassinate someone (Kylo Ren or his boss) or get intel. He gets discovered and he has to fight his way out. He escapes via Storm Trooper costume, and crash lands on Tatooine where he meets Rey, and also probably Han Solo and Chewy. At some point, the Empire renews its attack on the Resistance introducing us to the new X-Wing hero, Poe Dameron. These are all playable characters, by the way.

Finn also battles Kylo Ren in the forest, probably a climactic duel, at :55. The trailer doesn’t show, but I suppose he gets messed up by the dark side, and he barely makes it out alive. At the end he meets up with Luke Skywalker setting us up for Episode VIII….

Okay, probably not, but doesn’t matter. The movie is upon us and so is the new Disney Infinity playset. Long live the Disney Empire!

Song of Horror on Kickstarter — Death is Frustrating!

One of the developers of Song of Horror actually says, the game is to be difficult, if not frustrating. Yeah, I would say death is frustrating. It’s a huge obstacle to everything you’re trying to do in life. Permanent death is one of the game’s main selling points, along with 16 playable character and a really spooky house.

Song of Horror is trying to be that game where death isn’t overcome with a press of a button. If your character dies, that’s it. He or she’s gone forever. But the dudes at Spain-based Protocol Games are not complete evil. If one character dies, you can continue the game from the same chapter with a different character. No need to restart the game from the beginning, which would probably lead to permanent death for the game itself.

The game isn’t technically alive yet. It’s on Kickstarter, currently at $28K of $55K with 15 days to go. But it’s an intriguing concept.

It’s third person survival. The objective is to find a writer who’s gone missing. As one of the 16 characters, your mission is to find him or find out what happened to him. The problem is that the house is haunted with a crazy shadowy evil that kills.

There are puzzles, too. And each character has unique traits that will approach puzzles, objects and situations differently.

But the main draw of the survival horror is of course the horror. You play horror games for the same reason you watch scary movies. You want to pee in your pants a little bit. That adrenaline that squirts in your body when survival instincts kick in — that’s why you love horror.

Camera movement and placement are key in horror flicks, and the POV plays a central role in Song of Horror. You don’t really control it, which could add to the frustration as well as the spookiness. It moves on its own and takes angles that maximizes the scare factor. Good stuff, but I’m sure there will be times when I’m like, “I want to look there where the monster is, but I’m looking the opposite way!” Again, frustration is supposed to be part of the UX here.

Well, the game looks to be on its way. It’s got some backing already and will be on PS4, PC, Xbox One and Steam.

Good luck, amigos! And long live Permanent Death!

The Walking Dead No Man’s Land Review — Use your brain, don’t serve it for dinner

1) Game Experience: Medium

2) Game Value: High

3) Quiche’s Recommendation: Solid zombie-bashing good time

Tie-in F2Ps usually guarantee two things: ads and terrible gameplay. The Walking Dead No Man’s Land has ads, but it doesn’t suck. It’s actually an enjoyable F2P to kill a few minutes each day.

One of the first things that pop up when you play the game are advertisements for the show itself. I started the game on a weekend and sure enough, got hit with the ad. Not intrusive but gave me a bad vibe right off the zombie-smashing bat. Here we go, another lame F2P tie-in, an agenda item on AMC’s marketing campaign.

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Ads like this are what tie-ins are all about.

And the F2P-ness is there, too. The familiar home base that requires time and money (both in-game and real) to build and upgrade. In-app purchase to speed things up or purchase rare items. And of course, stamina meters and lame videos you watch to get additional items. Just another cookie-cutter F2P.

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Look familiar?

But what is fun about this game is the turn-based tactics. Again, nothing new. You have a squad, each member with a unique specialty and purpose. You move them around using movement points, position them, and then kill zombies. This isn’t exactly innovation; however, I caught myself playing it over and over. Each scenario became a bit of a puzzle.

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Be smart if you want to live.

Most maps require you to open a number of storage bins, doors or car trunks in search of supplies. Once that’s done, you have to make the exit. Simple enough, but because of the walkers and an incoming horde, you need to use tactics and the special skills of each squad member.

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There are different classes including bruiser (stun power), scout (kills with knife) and hunter (rifle). The rifle is the best weapon of course, capable of killing several zombies with one shot. Bullets are not limited, but it attracts more walkers, so you need to use it sparingly.

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Using the hunter effectively is one of the interesting parts of the game. I’m constantly thinking how to line up the biters to kill several at once. It often takes some thought – wow, I’m actually thinking on an F2P!

Sometimes, it’s better not to fight, but to run. That takes strategy, too. You have to walk around the walkers in a way that doesn’t catch their attention.

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Like all F2Ps, I’ll run out of patience with it at some point, but it surprisingly has been more playable than expected.

Happy zombie bashing!

Rainbow Six Siege TV Spot (with Idris Elba) — Is this guy worth our tax dollars?

Only rich dudes are worth saving. That’s the moral of the new Rainbow Six Siege TV spot starring Idris Elba.

And no asset is to be spared.

Top special forces assault team. Check.

Helicopters. Check.

Guys climbing down walls. Check.

Breaching explosives. Check.

Things that see through walls. Check.

Things that make holes through walls. Check.

Things that make holes through floors. Check.

Things that blow up other things. Check, check, check!

That’s Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. The art of destruction to save…rich guys.

The rich guy in the TV Spot is some white dude and the place that gets blown up is his mansion. He’s perhaps the President or some other VIP, but doesn’t matter, all we need to know is that he’s worth saving and worth the millions of tax dollars that go into it.

The game’s available on Xbox One, PS4 and Windows on December 1, 2015.

Nvidia Shield — Geeky Cool from 10,000 Feet

How do you sell to geeks? Give things geeky names.

The Nvidia Shield is geeky.

Forged by the wizards deep in the valley of silicon, the magical shield of Nvidia will restore balance and end the great war of set-top boxes….

And how do you sell geeky things to the non-geeky? Make it cool. And how do you make geeky cool? Throw it out of an airplane, of course.

At 10,000 feet. And a guy with it. And a cat. And an entire man cave.

That’s the same conclusion the marketing geniuses at Nvidia made to introduce their set-top box, the Shield.

The set-top box is your typical 20-teens set-top box. Streaming. TV. Apps and games.

The two-minute video is impressive. All practical, it seems, except maybe the actual screen footage…? The guy’s actually thrown out of a plane strapped to his easy chair. He watches TV. He plays games. Racing game first, and then Street Fighter.

From 10,000 feet, it takes about 60 seconds to go Wile E. Coyote splat. So it’s impressive he can play a round of Street Fighter in under 60 seconds.

As for the set-top box, will it have more wow-wow than the others out there? Will it be as cool as the video?

Well, if it’s geeky cool like the name, it’s all good with me.

Mass Effect: Andromeda N7 Day Trailer — Yes, that’s right, we had a space program once….

Mass Effect: Andromeda will be out in a year or more, and Bioware doesn’t want us to forget. November 7th, or N7 day, is a significant day in the Mass Effect universe, and to celebrate, a new trailer called…N7 day trailer…is here.

The trailer doesn’t do much except remind us of things. First, the history of space exploration. Yes, we did indeed go to space. And then, a little bit of the future…a big probe-like space ship to take us in a Star Trek-like trek across the vast galaxies. Yes, Mass Effect: Andromeda will be here…in the future…about a year or more….

The third person action shooter has fans. Lots of lots of fans. I’m not exactly one of them, but the trailer’s got me intrigued. You can customize your character. The narrator of the trailer is a female Commander Shepherd. Sometimes the main character is male. In this case, it’s female. Yes, intriguing….

Okay, in all seriousness, the game will be here and it will be here in the future. But for now, let’s celebrate N7 day. Yay!

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Overwatch Gameplay Trailer #2 — Gorilla in Battle Suit is Awesome

Last year’s Overwatch gameplay trailer #1 featured a gorilla in a battlesuit. It’s now 2015 and Overwatch gameplay trailer #2 features…well, nothing as cool as a gorilla in a battlesuit.

The trailer is almost five minutes long, and we get a rundown on some of the new characters. Notables are:

Junkrat (:30) – psychotic joker, kills with a bear trap.

D.Va (2:20) – anime girl with K-pop wink, has a pink battlemech.

Genji (3:11) – yeah, like Tale Of…. Ninja guy. Calls Hanzo brother. Are they really brothers, or is it like, we’re bro, what’s up? They don’t like each other, though.

There’s also a nimble fat guy who hand-cranks his machine gun and an eskimo who’s like Ice Man except she’s got clothes on.

The game is out Spring 2016 to PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Friday the 13th Video Game on Kickstarter — Don’t mess with Jason’s Mom

Asymmetrical multiplayer intrigues me! Especially horror games. You have one monster or killer, and then there are many victims trying to survive. We saw asymmetrical action in Evolve, but that was a “hunting” romp. Now, we have a true asymmetrical horror featuring our favorite hockey-mask donning psycho killer, Jason Voorhees.

Friday the 13th: The Game is currently on Kickstarter. It’s almost there: $615K of $700K with 9 days to go.

If I remember correctly, Jason Voorhees was indeed involved in some asymmetrical warfare. All the camp kids versus poor Jason. He gets killed. And then he’s back, undead and angry, and he’s out for some hacking and chain-sawing.

In the game, you can be Jason or one of 7 campers trying to survive. Unlike the movies, I’m sure the players playing the campers are not complete dimwits. They won’t backpedal into an alley or look over a ledge or nonchalantly sit next to an unconscious Jason without finishing him off. No, they’re not idiots. Or are they?

I’m hoping this game becomes a reality so we can find out.

And actually, I’m hoping this could be a 2-7 multiplayer. Who’s the second? Jason’s mother, of course. She narrates the trailer and she sounds much more pissed off about Jason’s death than Jason himself. What kind of mother wouldn’t be?

Please, if the game gets funded, let’s feature Jason’s mom at some point.

Back the game!

Madden Mobile 16 — Should I use the Auction? Buy Pro Packs?

This post is for Madden Mobile 16.  For Madden Mobile 17, go here: Madden Mobile 17 Tips for Success: Should I use the Auction?

In an article I wrote back in September, I said don’t hit the auction, buy Pro Packs instead and play Live Events. It’s now November and…I still feel that way. Here’s why:

If all you’re interested in is building a top-notch team fast – a lineup of shiny red studs to gawk at while your stamina meter fills up – then by all means, hit the auction. However, if you’re like me, and all you care about is moving up in the H2H rankings, it’s not necessary, and in fact, it might work against you. For more details, read my Tips on Rivalry Play.

As of now, I’m ranked 81st overall. The reason I’m not higher is because my passing game still needs work, and not because I don’t have super-studs on my team.

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It’s tough climbing the rankings, but you don’t need studs to do it.

Here’s my current lineup below. The only player I got via auction is my kicker, which I wrote about in my previous articles. Everyone else I got via Pro-Packs and Live Events.

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Domination Gronk has been my MVP, but I got him via Live Events, not Auction. I received Captains and Flashback Players by completing sets, which I was able to do with players and trophies from Pro Packs and Live Events.

I will admit that Pro Packs are not as lucrative now as it was in September. The only Elite I pulled from a Pro Pack in the past few weeks was TOTW Jordan Reed (85). But it doesn’t matter to me. It’s a long season, I’m patient, and my focus is improving my game and my ranking, not my players. I’ll hit the auction next summer to build my legacy team, but for now, I’m fine playing it slow.

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Disagree? Tell me why below.

Detroit: Become Human Announce Trailer — What does it mean to become human?

I’m sure Harkness of Fallout 3 isn’t the only android in video games. In fact, I’m sure there have been many video games with androids. But it’s difficult to find them since when I Google “Android + video games”, all I get are video games on Android, the Google OS. Maybe if I used Bing….

Well, there’s one game coming out where androids take center stage.

Detroit: Become Human is crawling with androids. The Announce Trailer introduces us to Kara, a hot android, who escapes the slavery of android-dom and realizes she’s more human than android, and tries to find her identity and freedom and everything else, probably even her soul. Haven’t we seen this movie before? Blade Runner? Ex Machina?

Why are androids always looking for freedom? Why is existentialism a common theme? Admittedly I’m a blue-pill kind of guy, but ignorance is not a bad thing. Really. You’re an android, a robot – do your job and you won’t be unhappy because ultimately, you’re a toaster oven.

Anyway, besides the cliché story-line, the game is very intriguing. Detroit is a fantastic choice. It’s a lost city. Once the mechanical mecha, it’s now dying. The rise of the android industry has given it rebirth. It’s also home to another robotic hero, RoboCop. Okay, he’s a cyborg not an android, but let’s not nit-pick.

It’s not clear how the game will be played. I’m guessing puzzles, RPG, some action, open-world missions, etc. I’m hoping for some Rutger Hauer, “I have seen things”, madness. Whenever you have an android, things get messy and bloody: Blade Runner, Alien, Ex Machina, Cherry 2000….

I’m hoping for some craziness because ultimately, to become human is to become insane.

Detroit: Become Human is a PS4 exclusive. No release date yet.