Monday, December 16, 2013

Fanatec Shifter, Logitech Z906

Fanatec Shifter with GT6

Finally got a chance to configure and try out my new shifter and it's awesome.  I spent about 5 hours playing on Saturday and I really like it.  There is a small issue with GT6 and how it uses the clutch so I did have some problems when shifting but it wasn't the shifters fault.  I've read on the forums and it seems a lot of people don't like how the clutch is implemented so hopefully they will fix it.  I had multiple instances where I shifted correctly but it put the car in neutral which did cost me a couple of 1st place finishes. Playing with a clutch, 6 speed shifter, and a buttkicker speaker is an awesome driving experience.

I'm still liking GT6 and how fast it loads the races.  I've moved up to the National A races where I was finishing in the top 3 when shifting with the paddles, I haven't been as good with the shifter and clutch, but I'm getting better.  I may try Forza 5 sometime this week and see how that fares, from what I remember it's around 20-25 seconds to load a race and I really don't like waiting. 

Logitech Z906 Speakers

Bought a set of these last week and set them up on my Obutto rig and they are great.  It's a 5.1 surround sound system that is THX certified with a 8 inch sub.  My older system didn't support any kind of digital input so when I played my GT6 on PS3 I only had stereo sound which isn't that great.  This set does support digital with 2 optical and 1 coax, no hdmi unfortunately, but since both consoles can output sound through optical it's all I need.  I tried hooking up my PC using optical but had issues with Dobly Digital Live so I just went back to analog.

The speakers sound great and are perfect for gaming.  The bass is nice and deep and I heard some cool bass lines that I don't remember hearing before in some of my songs.  Playing BF4 in 5.1 with War Tapes mode on is just an awesome experience, you hear planes and bullets whizzing overhead and at times it's almost too intense. 

When I purchased these I had an issue with my Credit Card and I didn't think that my order went through so I used a different card and ended up getting 2 sets so if anyone is interested in this speaker system let me know.  It would make a decent home theater setup as well, they really tried to make the set look nice so that it could be placed in the living room so they don't have to be used just on a PC. 

New Releases - A couple of releases this week with The Walking Dead Season Two which I will get.


Dementium II HD (download - $15)  -  Remake of a DS game that I played a bit of and enjoyed.
The Walking Dead: Season Two - Episode 1 (download) - First Season was great.  Not sure if I want to wait until all episodes are released before playing.

PlayStation 4

flOw (download - $6)
The Pinball Arcade

Xbox 360

The Walking Dead: Season Two - Episode 1 (download)

PlayStation 3

Mutant Mudds Deluxe (download)
Toki Tori (download)

Wii U

Knytt Underground (download)


BIT.TRIP Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (download)
Eufloria HD (download)
flOw (download - $6)
Furmins (download)
Indoor Sports World (download - $5)
Mutant Mudds Deluxe (download)
Sparkle (download)
Terraria (download - $15)

Nintendo 3DS

3D Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master (download - $6)
3D Streets of Rage (download - $6)
Banana Bliss: Jungle Puzzles (download - $4)
Winter Sports: Feel the Spirit (download)​

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Fanatec Shifter, Peggle 2, BF4

Fanatec Shifter US SQ

I got in my shifter yesterday after ordering it around July 7, the initial shipment was early November but they had some production issues with the first batch so I had to wait for the second. The build quality is amazing, it's made of metal and not plastic so it's heavy duty.  It's a full 7 speed H-Shifter and with a flick of a button it turns into a sequential shifter, so it should fulfill all my shifting needs.

The hard part of course was mounting the shifter to my Obutto, no laughing.  They have a desk mount but I wanted it steady so I had to hard mount it to my shifter stand which also is all metal.  I got the diagram on how to drill the holes and went to the store to get my M6 bolts and drill bits.  The drill bit was labeled 6,5 on the diagram and when I went to Lowes, all I could find was a 5,6, still not exactly sure what those numbers mean even after asking many of my co-workers, Google wasn't much help either.  I went ahead and bought 2 bits with one of them being a little bit larger as I still wasn't sure about the size. In the end it really didn't matter because after I drilled the 2nd whole I was was already off just a bit.  I had taped the diagram to the metal plate but I guess it shifted or I just can't drill, probably the latter.  Once all 4 holes where drilled only 2 of them matched the shifter holes and they were both on the same side so then I had to go back and try to widen the other holes a bit.

About an hour later I finally had my shifter mounted.  Since that took longer than expected I was tired so I didn't even get a chance to try it out.  I will this weekend and hope to have some pics and maybe a video of it in action.  

Peggle 2

I do love me some Peggle and have been waiting for the sequel, it's exclusive to Xbox One for a limited time.  I went ahead and bought it for $12 and so far it's been more Peggle and I'm happy with that.  There are only 5 masters this time but there are 60 levels which is 10 more than the original. Each master also has 10 trials which are quick skill games so there is a ton of content.  Each level has 3 different challenges, with one always being clearing all pegs, so if you are a 100% this game has great replay value.  I will probably buy it again once it comes out for the iPad, it's a game that is relaxing to me and helps me to unwind.


I updated to the latest PC patch which should be out for all console versions as well and haven't had a crash yet.  I had random crashes before so it's hard to tell if this really fixed anything.  I also got the China Rising DLC and the one map I played I liked.  There are assignments that you complete that will give you weapons and in one of them you have to get 8 sniper kills and for me that will likely be impossible.  I've managed one sniper kill in about 5 matches and that was only because I ran up to a guy and shot him.  Sniping is hard.


Winter sale.  They have Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics free for the next 30 hours.  Awesome games get them now.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Gran Turismo 6

Gran Turismo 6

I bought the download version on Thursday and there was not a pre-load for North America, it was a 15G download that took a couple of hours then to install the game took another 4 hours. Once that awful mess was done it was time to drive.

The CSR Elite Wheel works perfect, you can really feel the handling differences between the cars. I started playing in Cockpit view and the sense of speed wasn't there, of course you do start off with slow cars so it could just be that, but when I switched to the hood or road camera it did seem to be faster. I've read reports of frame drops while driving in cockpit mode so I just drive from the bumper cam.

I'm playing on a PC monitor at 1080P and it's not as sharp as a PC race game but it isn't that bad. I have noticed a couple of road textures that aren't sharp before the race and some of the cockpits aren't hi-def but overall it looks great. I haven't noticed any screen tearing which I read on other forums. There are some jagged and flickering edges from time to time, but it hasn't been distracting. The replays look good.

The single player campaign is fun they mix things up with different events like hitting cones and driving the moon rover on the moon, it's not just races so it make things interesting, . They do force you to pick your first car from a selection of 1, I didn't like that. The AI isn't fantastic, but they have given me a little challenge on some races but there isn't a way to increase the difficulty during the campaign just the arcade mode.

I was really worried about the loading times because of GT5 and I almost bought an SSD but with a normal hard drive they are minimal maybe 5-10 seconds, which is awesome. I hate the loading times on Forza 5, plus my wheel isn't compatible, that's another discussion.

I've completed about 50 races and I've liked all the tracks so far, each one feels different and has their own challenges. The races occur at different times of day and some of the effects look great, racing at dusk is awesome.

Overall I'm having a blast and the initial impression is so much better than GT5. I do like it more than Forza 5 mainly because of the wheel and much less micro-transactions. 

New Releases - One pretty big release I'm excited for --- Peggle 2. 

  • Basketball Pro Management 2014 (download)
  • Let's Sing (download - $30)
  • Teslagrad (download - $10)
  • The Novelist (download - $20)
  • Tiny Brains (download)
  • Velocity Ultra (download - $10)
 Xbox One
  • Peggle 2 (download - $12)

PlayStation 4
  • Doki-Doki Universe (download - $15)
 PlayStation 3
  • Doki-Doki Universe (download - $15)
 Wii U
  • Rush (eShop)
  • Doki-Doki Universe (download - $15)
  • Mahjong Royal Towers (download)
  • Sorcery Saga: Curse of the Great Curry God

 Nintendo 3DS
  • 3D Ecco the Dolphin (download)
  • AeternoBlade (download)
  • 3D Galaxy Force II (download)
  • Jump Trials Supreme (download)
  • Life with Horses 3D (download)  - Fun times.
  • My Style Studio: Hair Salon (download) - Really?
 Nintendo DS
  • Orion's Odyssey (download)