Friday, March 27, 2015

Bloodborne, Pillars of Eternity, Rock Band 4

Bloodborne (PS4)
  • This was one of my most wanted releases and it doesn't disappoint.
  • It's from the developer of Demon/Dark Souls and the game play is similar to those titles with some extra awesome mixed in.
  • It's basically a 3rd person action game where the focus is on combat and exploring with some old school difficulty thrown in.
  • One of the very few games that will have you standing up and cheering once you've beaten that boss that has killed you 10-30 times before.  
  • They've changed up things quite a bit from the previous releases so some strategies will have to be abandoned.
  • Basically there are no shields in the game, so if you are used to standing behind one and chip away at enemies that tactic is gone.  
  • Instead you have a firearm that will stun enemies which allows you to perform critical hits with your main weapon. It kind of works like a shield parry so timing is critical.  I chose the shotgun as my firearm and it's really fun to use.  
  • If you take damage from an enemy you have about 3 seconds to score a hit which will reduce the damage you take.  It encourages you to fight instead of stand back and hide, but that can also get you in trouble.
  • They've reduced the amount of weapons but now they all are unique and each one transforms into something special.  I like the kirkhammer it's a rapier sword that you can insert into this huge cement block and make it a huge crushing blunt weapon.
  • So far I'm really liking the changes to the combat it helps with the fluidity of the action and stops some of the endless circling I used to do.  
  • The enemies are fierce as ever and have patrol patterns now so they aren't always in the same place so there is some strategy in waiting until the best time to engage.  
  • I've put in about 10 hours and have barely scratched the surface.  
  • I've beaten three cool bosses so far and I've died 4 times on the current one I'm battling.  I have found that it's easier to just run through areas than before so you just skip most of the enemies if there is a specific place you want to travel to.  
  • The only drawback to the game is the load times.  They are atrocious.  Every time you die it takes about 30-40 seconds to reload and they only show a splash screen of the logo so it's a double whammy.  They are looking into a patch to decrease them but it's a major oversight to a game where you will die repeatedly and quickly.  I guess the answer is to Suck less.
  • If you liked the other games then there is no doubt you will love this game, if you are on the fence it's not any easier than the other games.  
  • I'm sure I'll be writing about this game for weeks to come.
Pillars of Eternity (Steam)

  • Another huge release, I don't have enough time!!!!!!!  
  • This feels like Baldur's Gate 3, which should be all I need to say.  Go buy it.  

  • I only got to play for about an hour which is about part ways through the tutorial, it brought back memories of playing the older games.  
  • They recreated the Infinity engine so it looks similar to the other games but there are of course tons of additions.  My favorite is how far you can zoom in on the action, you can get extremely close and it all looks great.
  • It works on my 1440P monitor and 21:9 aspect ratio which is awesome.  
Rock Band 4
  • I'm so glad this is being released and they are going to be able to transfer 95% of the DLC to the new version.
  • They are focusing on more of the experience now instead of the pro instruments.  Pro drums still exist but gone are the pro guitar and keyboard which I think is a good decision.  
  • I want better ways to play and compete with my friends.  Easier ways to setup play lists and arrange my songs.  
  • RB 3 was great but there were quite a few shortcoming that I hope will be fixed in RB4.  I can't wait to hear more about the game.  
New Releases - Two big releases this week.  Bloodbourne on PS4 and Pillars of Eternity on PC.


Pillars of Eternity (download - $45) -
Infinite Crisis (download - free-to-play)
Life is Strange: Episode 2 (download)
Etherium (download - $30)
Ride (download - $40)
Out of the Park Baseball '16 (download)
Runestone Keeper (download)
World of Subways 4 – New York Line 7 (download)
Walkover (download - free-to-play)
12 Labours of Hercules (download)
VRC PRO (download)
Sky Battles (download)
Discourse (download)
Immune (download)
Spirits of Xanadu (download)
Pixel Puzzles 2: Anime (download)
Keebles (download)
Snowflake Tattoo (download)
Nightbanes (download - free-to-play)

PlayStation 4

Bloodborne - From the developers of Demon/Dark Souls.  Looks awesome.
Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
Life is Strange: Episode 2 (download)
Metal Slug 3 (download)
Arcade Archives: Mat Mania (download)
Slender: The Arrival (download)
Yorbie: Episode 1 (download)

Xbox One

Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious - Free DLC I believe.
Borderlands: The Handsome Collection - Borderlands Revisited
Life is Strange: Episode 2 (download)
Slender: The Arrival (download)

Xbox 360

Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious
Life is Strange: Episode 2 (download)

PlayStation 3

Life is Strange: Episode 2 (download)
Metal Slug 3 (download)
Dead or Alive 2: Hardcore (download - PS2 Classic)
Armored Core (download - PS1 Classic)


LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin
Damascus Gear: Operation Tokyo (download)
Metal Slug 3 (download)
2013: Infected Wars (download)

Nintendo 3DS

LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin

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