Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Steam Contoller, Xbox Elite Controller, Halo 5, Halo Master Cheif Collection, Nathan Drake Collection

Steam Controller
 
  • I have been using the controller for about 2 weeks and I love it. It does take some time to get used to it but there is so much functionality built in and enough stuff to tweak that I think this could be the best controller for gaming on the couch.
  • The biggest change they made was in place of the right analog stick there is a giant track pad. Most people hear track pad and think awful but it feels really good and with the haptic feedback you can really feel where you are on the pad so you don't get lost. It's hard to explain but once you feel it you will understand.
  • I mainly wanted to use it in FPS games where I always felt the analog controls were not great for aiming and the steam controller plays great with FPS games.
  • I'm able to use the track pad to aim very easily and precisely. Once again it does take time to get used to it but now when I go back to analog sticks I can really tell the difference.
  • Another great thing is that the triggers have dual stages so if I soft pull the right trigger I map that to aiming then if I pull a bit more it will shoot the gun, so I only need one button to do two functions. This feels great and then I can map the left trigger to whatever else I want.
  • I just started using the controllers gyro feature for more precision aiming so when I do a soft pull I can very gently move the controller to get a more precise shot. It works amazingly well.
  • The controller also has 2 buttons where you grip the controller on the back and those feel comfortable and you can map them to any key or controller button. I hate having to click in the left thumb stick to run in games so now I can map that to one of the triggers and it feels so much better.
  • For non-FPS games it works about the same as other controllers, you can map the trackpad to emulate the right joystick and it works ok but I'll have to do some further tweaking to make it feel better.
  • The only gripe I have with the controller is that the 4 buttons, ABXY, are much smaller than on other controllers so sometimes I find myself clicking the wrong one. Once again that will take time to adjust.
  • You can map and adjust so many settings that it can be a bit overwhelming but people are creating control sets for steam games that are then uploaded so when you go into a game you can see all of those presets and find one that you like. The system works well and will only get better over time.
  •  I do have one other issue that's not really the controllers fault but it's a big one. Ever since I started using controllers I've been using inverted controls on the right stick for camera movement when I use a mouse and keyboard though I don't invert the controls. Since using a mouse involves the whole arm I haven't had any trouble switching between the two, but now since I'm using my thumb on the trackpad as a mouse with non-inverted controls, when I go back to using a regular controller my brain gets confused. So I decided to not use inverted controls on regular controllers and it has been tough to retrain my brain. I played Destiny last night and did very well but it did feel extremely different, even just moving around felt strange because my hands were doing opposite movements than what I've been accustomed to.
Xbox Elite Controller
 
  • I wrote my impressions on the Steam Controller last week before I had a chance to get the Elite controller and I was really impressed by that controller, it has great functionality but the elite controller is the best controller that I've ever used.
  • The price is a little steep at $150 but this is one well made controller. It's solid and has a nice weight to it and it just feels perfect in my hands. The build quality is amazing.
  • There are 4 different analog sticks that you can use and installing them is simple as a pull and a push.
  • I'm using the slightly higher stick for the right analog which feels great and gives me more precision in FPS games, it's still not as good as the Steam controllers right trackpad but feels the best among regular controllers.
  • Of course the biggest selling point to me is the 4 buttons on the back and it didn't take me but 5 minutes to get used to them and I hope all controllers have this feature from now on. Not having to move your right thumb off the right stick is amazing.
  • I hate having to press in the left thumbstick to run in FPS games and mapping that to one of the back buttons is a game changer for me.
  • Every button can be remapped and you can hold up to 2 profiles on the stick at one time. There is an app that you use on the Xbone to program the controller and it works fine. You can also change the brightness of the Xbox button in the middle although you can't completely turn it off. What's up with that?
  • The controllers are sold out through November and if they go back on sale I may have to pick one up to dedicate to my PC. I really like this controller.
 
Halo 5
 
  • I've read a lot of great impressions of the game but so far it's not really reeling me in.
  • The game is one of the best looking games this year and plays at a constant 60 fps which is nice for a shooter.
  • The story isn't making much sense though as I'm not sure who these new aliens are. You are also playing 2 different characters so the story is moving between the two groups so you don't get a cohesive story.
  • The biggest issue I have is that I really don't like some of the alien weapons in the early part of the game. The ammo counts are so low that you have to constantly switch between weapons. Halo games have always been that way but it seems the ammo is really sparse in this one especially for human guns which I do like but can only use them for about a minute before running out of bullets.
  • They have added some new movement abilities which I like and now you can double jump onto ledges so there is a lot of verticallity to the levels which means quite a bit of platforming.
  • I only played one matche of multiplayer and it's Halo multi so you either like it or not.
  • I've only played for a couple of hours and I've heard the later levels are really interesting so I will continue playing the campaign. It's a good game but there is just something missing. 
Halo Master Cheif Collection
  • Been playing through the original Halo with Angel and it has been really fun, but brutal.
  • We are playing on Heroic and some levels have been insane.  It's been a long time since I've played the original Halo but I think I would remember a game being this unfair. 
  • There was one section where enemies just kept spawning in for about 5 full minutes there were probably 100 enemies in total, it was crazy.
  • We got to the last level where you have to drive the car off the base and it was near impossible and there were no checkpoints so we eventually gave up.  The car is still very hard to drive and the layout of that base is just stupid.  Horrible horrible level. 
  • Other than the "hard" parts I've enjoyed the game and look foward to playing the complete collection but maybe just play on Normal next time.....
 
The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4)
 
  • The Uncharted series is one of my favorite franchises and I really wanted to go back and play all of them again and now I can in 1080P 60fps and it's glorious.
  • I finished the first game over the weekend and the game still looks great graphically. They really did a good job so you really can't tell that the game is 7 years old.
  • They also made changes to the game play so the enemies aren't bullet sponges, if you get a head shot they go down immediately.
  • I started out on the brutal difficulty but the game was way too cheap, there would be times I would get shot without having any time to react so I went down to hard and it was still tough but I was able to finish the game on that mode. The jet ski driving was horrible though and I almost threw my controller during that section.
  • I started the second game which is probably the best action/adventure game made and it still holds up.
New Releases - Games, Games and more games. Call of Duty BO3 is the big release this week. Next week I'm taking off to play Fallout 4 and Tomb Raider hopefully those games will not be buggy on release.
 
 
PC
 
Call of Duty: Black Ops III (download - $60)
Anno 2205 (download - $60)
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Final Cut (download - $45)
Sonic Lost World (download - $30)
UmiharaKawase (download)
Brilliant Shadows - Part One (download)
Euro Fishing (download)
The Living Dungeon (download)
The Last NightMary - A Lenda do Cabe├ža de Cuia (download)
Poncho (download)
Dawn of the Plow (download)
Battle Battalions (download - free-to-play)
Getsuei Gakuen -kou-
Gladiators Online: Death Before Dishonor (download - free-to-play)
Car Washer: Summer of the Ninja (download)
Pink Heaven (download - free-to-play)
The Secret Order 2: Masked Intent (download)
Mushihimesama (download)
Spakoyno: Back to the USSR 2.0 (download)
Prominence (download)
Wicked Witches (download)
 
PlayStation 4
 
Call of Duty: Black Ops III
Need for Speed
Lords of the Fallen: Complete Edition
Evolve - Ultimate Edition
Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers
Awesomenauts Assemble!
Snoopy's Grand Adventure
Tiny Troopers Joint Ops
Shovel Knight (retail)
The Jackbox Party Pack (retail)
World Poker Championship
Dragon Fin Soup (download)
 
Xbox One
 
Call of Duty: Black Ops III
Need for Speed
Lords of the Fallen: Complete Edition
Evolve - Ultimate Edition
Snoopy's Grand Adventure
The Jackbox Party Pack (retail)
 
Xbox 360
 
Call of Duty: Black Ops III
Barbie and Her Sisters: Puppy Rescue
The Jackbox Party Pack (retail)
 
PlayStation 3
 
Call of Duty: Black Ops III
Barbie and Her Sisters: Puppy Rescue
Dragon Fin Soup (download)
 
Wii U
 
Shovel Knight (retail)
Snoopy's Grand Adventure
Barbie and Her Sisters: Puppy Rescue
Electronic Super Joy (download)
 
Vita
 
Dragon Fin Soup (download)
 
Nintendo 3DS
 
Yo-Kai Watch
Shovel Knight (retail)
Snoopy's Grand Adventure
Barbie and Her Sisters: Puppy Rescue