The Game Guy

Thanksgiving is more than time for gluttony and gladiators of the gridiron. It’s also a time of reflection. It’s a time to give thanks to the things that we take for granted. Since I don’t get paid to write about life advice or family dynamics, I thought I’d still try to relate the spirit of Thanksgiving to the things I do write about: video games.

 

There’s a lot to be thankful for in the world of video games, especially this year. The NES Classic is out and its 8-bit goodness has made it wildly more popular than Sony’s and Microsoft’s boxes that are 4K capable. VR is now readily available for the masses. But let’s dig deeper. What am I really thankful for this holiday season?

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Titanfall2

 

Most publishers and developers have competitive shooters down to a science. That science is to slightly build on the formula popularized by the “Call of Duty” series. It usually goes like this: create a progression system with plenty of modes in competitive multiplayer, and throw in a high-octane, but mostly forgettable story for the campaign. While “Titanfall 2” borrows some of that formula for this sequel, it sticks to its own lane while expanding on everything that made the original “Titanfall” a memorable experience. “Titanfall 2” makes its predecessor look like a beta test. This sequel is everything the series could be.

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PSVR5

 

You just dropped $500 on a PlayStation VR headset. Now you’ll need some games to go along with that shiny new piece of next-gen tech. Half a grand is no small purchase for a gaming peripheral. Crafty consumers will want to choose the games they buy wisely. Fortunately, Sony launched PSVR with a hefty launch lineup of titles, so there are a lot of options. Some of those experiences are better than others. Here are the games you should try, buy and skip for PSVR.

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ForzaHorizon3

 

What do you want in a racing game? The answer to that depends on what kind of racing game you’re a fan of. Not all racing games are created equal. It also depends on how long you’ve been playing racing games. Racing games have gone through drastic changes over the last console generation. They went from selecting races from a menu to exploring an open world. The transition from one type to the other was a bumpy one with missteps being taken by franchises like “Need for Speed” among others.


Now, seemingly every new game with cars is one with an open world racing game tries to introduce new features, but that originality has the potential to bring some aspects of a game that just aren’t fun. “Forza Horizon 3” is the biggest “Forza Horizon” yet, and while it makes an excellent first impression, annoyances come later in the experience.

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RiseofIron

 

It’s been two long years for Bungie’s shooter/loot grind/MMO called “Destiny.” Whatever genre the game gets categorized as, it’s hard to ignore the strides it’s made since it’s original release. The “Rise of Iron” expansion is its finale. It’s a culmination of everything that works for Destiny, rather than focusing on what doesn’t.

 

If you were to go back and play the original “Destiny,” often called “vanilla Destiny,” it’s hard to believe it’s even the same game when compared to its current state. Throughout these two years, Bungie increased loot drop rates, added more social areas and gave us more things to do in them. There are different events that friends can engage in like the Horde-inspired Prison of Elders, four raids and free holiday events that all “Destiny” owners can enjoy.

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Sony has officially outlined what we can expect to play on the PlayStation VR demo disc. There was a lot of discussion about what exactly players could do with their PSVR headsets right out of the box. No we know, and it’s actually a pretty impressive lineup of demos. Here’s the whole list of demos and their developers.

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Who is the PS4 Pro for?

Thursday, 08 September 2016 05:51 PM Written by

 

 

 

Work is hard work. Saving money earned from that hard work is even harder. Yet that’s what has to be done in order to stay current in today’s tech world. Let’s skip over Apple’s announcement of new products from yesterday that range anywhere from $650 to over a grand. Let’s go straight to Sony’s PS4 Pro Meeting that followed right on the heels of Apple’s big show.

 

Let’s ignore the fact that unveiling new tech directly after Apple already poses an uphill battle for press space. That’s a column for a different time. We’ll look right at the product: The PS4 Pro. It’s a slightly larger, slightly more powerful and a slightly intriguing new box that is capable of 4K resolution. Well, it’s kind of capable of 4K resolution. It can handle HDR image reproduction and 4K video, but can’t play 4K discs. The Pro also has a 1TB hard drive and a improved GPU. The whole strategy is just puzzling. It’s not enough of an upgrade to turn heads and grab headlines. The event didn’t tell us why we needed it and the console’s introduction left us with more questions than answers. Number one on my list of questions: who is this for?

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Do you remember 2012? You should, because a glorious year if you were a console owner. The Xbox 360 was celebrating its seventh year in consumers’ homes. If someone dropped $400 on a new Xbox 360 in 2005, that same console would remain current all the way until 2013. That’s if the system didn’t suffer a Red Ring of Death somewhere in the middle.

 

The Xbox 360, along with the PS3 and even partially the Nintendo Wii, were part of the longest console generation of all time. The 360 led the pack by staying current for eight years. Eight years is a long time for humans. That’s two standard college experiences. That’s two summer olympics. The biggest song in the world eight years ago was “Low” by Flo-Rida and T-Pain. That’s a long time ago. Now think about how long that is for technology.

 

Imagine the phone you had eight years ago. I had either the iPhone 3G or the Motorola Q depending on what month we’re talking about in 2008. Now imagine using that same phone in 2016. It would literally be impossible to perform daily tasks on those ancient relics.

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