Call of Duty: The Shift Back To its Roots

“No Mission Too Difficult. No Sacrifice Too Great. Duty First!” – Motto of the Army 1st ID aka Big Red 1

It has been a long time coming for COD to return back to WWII, 9 years when the newest game releases, and a much-awaited return to a more grounded COD experience. The reveal today gave me hope for the franchise once again as a long time fan dating all the way back to 2003 with the first release. Sledgehammer has the potential to deliver one of the greatest WWII experiences in video game history as the reveal trailer was nothing short of Saving Private Ryan, which honestly kick started my whole appreciation and fascination with the WWII era.   Continue reading “Call of Duty: The Shift Back To its Roots”

Ghost Recon Wildlands: A Casual Milspec Sim

Ghost Recon, the name alone reverberates through gaming history as a game that put in the boots of an elite task force sent on some of the most black ops of black ops. The series took a lot of cues from it older brother, Rainbow 6, and infused it into a more heavily military style game set in modern times. Throughout the series long and storied history we have seen a myriad of changes, though some were not always welcomed by the Ghost Recon crowd. Now entering into the first game of the series on current platforms we expected its return to be something big and in my honest opinion, this is by far the biggest shift we have seen in Ghost Recon history.

Gameplay, Concept, and Execution:

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These will be the essential keys to the kingdom for Ghost Recon on whether it succeeds or fails and with Ghost Recon taking a lot from what The Division did last year, Ghost Recon Wildlands aims to set itself apart from it in many different ways. From a macro perspective, you could say that Wildlands is just an improved The Division and in some ways that maybe but in all honesty, Wildlands is what The Division should have been. A completely open world where you can tackle objectives, snatch vehicles, and do things the way you want to do them, There is no penalty for attacking a mission any given way but it is advised that you tackle them in a way that will keep you and your three friends, whether A.I or actual people, alive. There is no RPG style hit-point system in place in Wildlands so if you land a headshot with a sniper rifle it is a headshot. Weapons can be customized by finding parts throughout the world so if you like to play one particular way you can custom fit some of your weapons to fit that play style. There is a skill tree implemented into the game which requires not only that you get the points by earning but to use them also requires currency in the form of points that rebels give you for completing missions involving comms disruption, snatch and grab of supplies, S&D, hostage rescue, or just by simply tagging items that the rebels may need. Engagement ranges are as wild as you can imagine and this is where Wildlands really shines. In my playtime with the game I made it my explicit purpose to be any groups dedicated pilot, being as though I am Transport pilot in games like Arma 3 where these are sometimes the most critical part of any operation, and in doing so I added a mobile sniper’s nest to my groups repertoire of skill sets. At all time with the designated person that was to stay on the helicopter with me did my team not have some form of overwatch and if we couldn’t get in optimal range for helicopter overwatch then I and the sniper would find the highest vantage point we could get to get him a proper sight-line without endangering him. I would then proceed to an adjacent sight-line to where we could have a criss-cross fire zone that would effectively help the remaining operatives complete the objective. While I’m on the subject of sniper rifles, prepare to have those skills tested as we will have to account for bullet drop…..that’s right you will have to account for bullet drop, distance traveled and leading of targets if you want to be effective in this game. This game will also be the first in the history of the series to explicitly show some of the atrocities of Narco-terrorists… there will be torture, dismembered bodies, hangings and other things that as a parent myself I would not want anyone under the ESRB recommended age to view.

*(Just an old programmed habit to give that info out regardless of audience.)

Conclusions

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As a long time Ghost Recon fan and albeit a Tom Clancy book fan I can finally say that this has the potential to not only bring in some new blood to the series but bring back some of the older crowd as well all the while bringing 3 buddies along for the tactical open world ride. I have enjoyed my time with the closed beta and I can’t wait until launch gets here cause I am ready to dive right back into Bolivia and eliminate El Sueno and the Santa Blanca Cartel piece by tiny piece.

Ghost Recon Wildlands launches March 7th 2017

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The Infinite Hate for Infinite Warfare

 

In the world of video games Call of Duty is about as mainstream as mainstream can get, but that doesn’t stop the ever increasing level of hate over the years. I have been playing CoD since its first entry long ago on pc and there hasn’t been one I missed since. Most people view CoD as this multiplayer only game but continue to forget that it also contains a single player aspect. I’ve heard complaints of the game being the same thing with every entry and how it never evolves. The complaints of people being tired of the future setting but this same argument has been made when it was in the past and when it was modern, people honestly don’t know what they want and it shows a lot when it comes to Call of Duty.

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I know some people are band wagoners with the hate and some have valid reasons to not like CoD, but I feel that some of that same hate can be applied to games that follow a similar setup. End of the day, we play what we play and like what we like. So if I’m ignorant for spending money on something I like then so be it, because its what I enjoy just like millions of others.

So with all that will you be getting Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare? Will you continue to hate Call of Duty? Will you be playing the beta? Leave a comment below and lets spark a conversation on the topic.

Here is more information on the beta schedule for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare:

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The Stigma Placed on JRPGS

What’s Up PlayStation Nation,

Is the stigma justified or unjustly implied?

JRPGS, The love of a devout community and the misunderstood child of those on the outside that don’t fully understand the appeal of the genre. First, let’s understand what exactly is a JRPG? The long short of it would be that at its base an RPG (Role-Playing Game) with grinding, leveling, and going on an epic quest with a decidedly Japanese twist, whether it is mild or to an exaggerated extreme. Continue reading “The Stigma Placed on JRPGS”

Beep Boop Bot (B3): A Psycho Robot Studio game first look!

Space, the final frontier…..wait, wait wrong universe so let’s do a rewind. (Coughs, clears throat) Welcome to your first look at a game Beep Boop Bot aka B3 from the guys over at Psycho Robot Studios. Simple to pick up and harder to master B3 is a return to the old school way of gaming of a simple concept with solid gameplay. So check out the video for more info and more thoughts at this current stage of the game.