Horizon Zero Dawn

horizon zero dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn is a PS4-exclusive action role playing game developed by Guerrilla Games, creators of the Killzone franchise. As Horizon Zero Dawn’s main protagonist Aloy, a skilled hunter, explore a vibrant and lush world inhabited by mysterious mechanized creatures. Embark on an emotional journey to unravel mysteries of tribal societies, ancient artifacts and advanced technologies that will determine the fate of this planet, and of life itself

Metacritic: Horizon Zero Dawn

I’m in love with this blend of Skyrim, Assassin’s Creed, and Last of Us, maybe Dishonoured, with a little bit of Far Cry 3 and a Lara Croft like protagonist; it is worthy of the hype, and a GotY contender.

The story telling is compelling, the characters deep and interesting, the voice acting credible, and the visuals stunning… then there’s the awesome game play!

The sub missions are interesting, fitting the feel of the story, game, and location. They don’t feel forced, and I want to complete them to rank up and unlock more skills and equipment. Ranking up feels natural as you’re playing a girl coming off age and exploring the World for the first time.

I’m just past the intro; the theme is set, the journey has begun, I expect the difficulty level to increase but I’m eager to see more of the stunning locations and vistas as I ride across the land, until I find Zoids to disassemble with my spear and bow.

This is where the game feels like The Last of Us. Using ‘focus’, what seems to be a web enabled device that scans and layers an augmented reality layer over the surroundings, you identify any animals, humans, or mechanical beasts, then work on taking them down.

Wildlife is easy; tag it then chase, whack it with your spear when near. For the more dangerous enemies you can snipe with your bow, aiming for vulnerable spots shown when in focus, or my favourite current method is to stalk and take them out silently.

Larger mettle beasts require different tactics with alternative weapons, and there seems to be enough of those to keep things mixed up.

Climbing around the terrain is reminiscent of Assassin’s Creed with defined routes up vertical paths, towers replaced by several story high Tallneck’s which once have been summited defog the surrounding map, highlighting locations of interest.

The signature Altair swan dive is replaced with an impressive rappelling descent.

I’m reminded of Skyrim by the detailed scenery, snowy tundra, the changing weather and day night cycle. But the biggest flash back to the Bethesda classic is the bow, Alloy’s primary ranged weapon. What’s really cool is that various arrows can be created on the fly, and the parts are found everywhere, so ammo conservation hasn’t been an issue… yet

Early days but this is a fun challenging title I’d recommend to anyone
Rating: ★★★★★

Ghost Recon?: ? Wildlands

Ghost Recon?: ? Wildlands

Summary: Taking place a few years into the future, Ghost Recon Wildlands empowers players to lead a team of Ghosts, a four-player U.S. Elite Special Operations unit, on a covert mission to destroy the Santa Blanca drug cartel, an underworld force and growing global threat within Ubisoft’s imagining of a beautiful, yet dangerous Bolivia. With hundreds of villages and well-known landmarks, local legends and various factions and regions, players venture into a vast world with which to interact and explore. The Ghosts’ upgradable skills, along with a vast arsenal of weapons, vehicles and drones, help them defeat their almighty enemy. Gamers can play the entire game solo or they join up with as many as three friends in co-op to roam freely in this vast playground.

Metacritic

I picked up Ghost Recon?: Wildlands on the PS4, as I was a big fan of the early releases on the original XBOX, certainly the multiplayer battles.

I ws impressed by the awesome graphics and FMV, usual control system, but there’s just something about the game that doesn’t compel me to put in more hours; and in this day and age where there is a plethora of quality titles to gobble up my limited play time like pacman on a pill binge I’ve returned this game to the retailer.

  • open world like MGS5 stealth, without the firepower and finesse to approach each objective in your preferred way
  • aspects of GTA, without the plot or humour
  • similar to Far Cry objectives, with a mix of Mordor; taking out ranked area bosses, without the vindication and dynamic characters
  • Just Cause 3, without the arcade feel
  • Watch Dogs like drones, moved away from the previous satellite top down surveillance, that had a much more military feel
  • same safe Ghost Recon tactic in single player; tag the enemies and use AI teammates to take them out
  • no online multiplayer? 🙁

Great opportunity for this to work well with real life teams, although I couldn’t find a team mates who would cooperate; everyone seemed to run off and do their own thing. This is cool in vs games but not when you have a shared objective.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

first techy projects of 2017

Status

Things I’m playing with over the Xmas NY break 🙂

  • installed KDE desktop, not sure why I haven’t tried it before, although I did try Mate a few weeks ago that I can’t get to work correctly
  • excited about season 2 of Street Fighter V I’ve reinstalled it on the PS4, and I’m more frustrated and annoyed by Capcom’s servers than ever
    • repetatively the server connection keeps dropping, the only solution I can find is to close the game and re-load
    • the novelty of getting to practice with Akuma wore off quite quickly, I couldn’t even find a single game 🙁
  • I’m excited about Elite: Dangerous coming the the PS4 this year, although not sure I can be motivated to put the hours in again, and I don’t think Commanders will be able to migrate over saved profiles
  • currently downloading the one game I’ve purchased on Steam Kerbal Space Program yet again.
    • I’ve just searched and found that it’s already available for the PS4… not sure how I missed this!

I needed to use this guide to get Steam to load on Ubuntu 16.04

rm ~/.steam/steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/i386/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libstdc++.so.6
rm ~/.steam/steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/amd64/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libstdc++.so.6

final fantasy xv first hours

  • There’s a lot of running around
  • The style if FF all the way, the interactions seamless
  • It feels like a MMORPG in that you can easily walk into side quests
  • It’s all about the team
  • Switching of weapons and items is quick and easy
  • Need I say the FMW is cinema quality
  • The characters are likeable
  • The time of the environment is more Fallout than Fallout
  • I’m binge watching Entourage for the first time; and Regalia is just like the crews Cadillac

Have to crash, but I can see FFxv taking up much of my game time this summer… not since 11/11/11 and Skyrim have I felt the same way about a game.

TBC


I’m now cautious that I may have flown through the last couple of chapters, all for picking up the assistance of the gods; although think it worthwhile and am currently finishing off side quests… or rather making sure Cid has upgraded my weapons, before moving on

Loved the Rock of Ravotagh mission… although not sure what I’ll do yet with all of these weapons 🙂


FFxv crashed on me this evening in the middle of a ruckus with 3 beasty crabs… I was kicking arse, think this was Square Enix’s counter 🙂

Currently working on acquiring the Ultimate weapon, and in turn buffing levels ans stats, still having fun!

Have to learn how to post pictures taken in game to Twitter and here


Ultimate weapon gained, and it kicks arse!
Currently watching and loving Kingsglaive; it is a thing of beauty, hard to believe it’s all cgi.

The plot seems to be a mash of genres; traditional Final Fantasy, Cthulhu, and Tolkien / Game of Thrones, need I say how awesome it is?

haha just realised why I thought GoT & LoTR’s, Sean Bean is the voice of the King 🙂

The scale of the battles are epic, so Japanese; a little bit of mech, a sprinkle of Godzilla and a big dollop of Monkey

selfie
Here’s a selfie photo from the game, think this may become a banner for the blog 🙂

Now I can’t figure out why I’ve booked in a test drive for an Audi tomorrow 😉

I’ll embed the Brotherhood cartoons as I watch them, enough time for videos this evening, it’s time to play


Iris sounds very much like the same voice actress for SFiv’s Sakura?

As much as I’m enjoying the game it has made me appreciate The Witcher 3 even more, The Witcher World feels more full, the plot more alive, although I like both combat systems Witcher is more involving, and maybe a little more twitch compared to the analytic FF style.

Brotherhood FFXV


This game now feels the opposite if FFIII, where one starts linear and the final levels are open World, the other is the opposite.

Is this a good thing?

I think it encourages player to buy into the game with both time and emotions early on, although then leave them disillusioned to the latter end of the story.

I’m now in a chapter that reminds me of the the first Final Fantasy game I played nearly 30 years ago on the original Game Boy: Final Fantasy Legend

Final Fantasy Legend

Although this time I’ve invested less hours, yer still seem adequately powered up to tackle all that the game throws at me.

I’ve enjoyed the game, I’ll play the DLC, but I now appreciate Witcher 3 that little bit more and will certainly revisit it to confirm that my memories are not all through rose coloured glasses.

Rating to be updated while playing
Rating: ★★★½☆


I find FFxv the opposite of FFxiii; it begins open world, then goes scripted.

I now have the option to complete the game, but I’m happy enough levelling up, collecting what I can, and earning Gil.

So before I take Nocti and the posse to the conclusion I’m looking to acquire all of the Royal Arms: locations and stats here

PSA: No matter what level you’re at, use the gun emplacements when they’re available

Watch Dogs 2


I’ve ditched Dishonoured 2, it was too close to the original, without the novelty, and still as linear.

I’ve picked up Watch Dogs 2 in the hope it was better than its predecessor; and I’m sadly disappointed for a simple reason…

The driving

FFS this is from the guys who made the original, and following, Driver series.

Back when Grand Theft Auto was trying to break into 3D, Driver was doing it better and with more panache. Excuse the capitalisation but WTF happened, how is Watch Dogs 2 the latest incarnation?

Even the Sci Fi like Driver: San Francisco was involved and entertaining.

Usually in games I play as stealthily as possible, squeezing all from each scene; for Watch Dogs 2 I may try and run through without remorse… although I’m more likely to return it and play Blood Bowl 2 until Final Fantasy XV is released

Dishonored again

I’m 2 hours into Dishonored 2 [It pains me to spell the title without a u :)] on the PS4, I decided to play with Emily on my first play through, and I’m enjoying the experience.

I went through the original xbox360 Dishonored with minimal kills and achieved the none chaotic ending; not sure of how I’ll play this campaign; but I usually go for peaceful when possible.

I stayed away from the trailer to avoid spoilers, and I won’t post any here; all I have to say for now is if you enjoyed the original Bethesda have produced a great sequel.

Electronic Frontier Foundation chic

I received my EFF member tshirt, together with membership card and bumper sticker 🙂

I’ve got back into GTAV, just before the announcement of Red Dead Redemption 2!

Been playing a little of one of the free games for October on PSN network Transformers: Devastation, although was very tempted to pick up the original Resident Evil HD remake.

I’ve been working on Machine Learning models in R and Python, playing with the new Google Studio 2.2, and Kali on the Rasp Pi 3

Street Fighter V still unplayable

Status

There was a new update today for PS4 Street Fighter V, Version 1.06; thought I’d boot up the game and blow the dust off of my fightstick… really wish I hadn’t 🙁

I couldn’t finish a simple 10 rounds with Ibuki without being disconnected from the server.

I really want to like this game, but it seems such an unstable server build from Capcom. Looking forward to when my boy can challenge me offline, but why would I choose Street Fighter V, over Street Fighter IV, Street Fighter X Tekken, or even Marvel vs Capcom?

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

Mirror's Edge Catalyst

Today I picked up Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, for the PS4, as a belated Father’s Day gift; awesome choice son 🙂

I’m only through the intro mission, but I like the authentic feel, and the open city aspect… although I can see how challenges, as in the original, could be frustrating; as the times allowed for completion leave little, to no room, for error.

Looking forward to getting familiar with Faith and Glass City once again

Fusion table showing PS4 titles by genre

Fusion table showing PS4 titles by genre

Inspired by a fusion chart I created for xbox 360 titles, I thought I’d try and build similar for the PS4 🙂

All data sourced from wikipedia: PS4 Games

Food for thought, I hope to play with other sources in the future.

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Deus Ex Praxis points spend -spoilers

DeusExAugs
I’m not sure why this iteration of Deus Ex isn’t getting me enthralled, but nevertheless I’ve made it to what I feel is the beginning of the game proper.

And now the big question arrives;

how do I spend my praxis points?

There are many guides online, and I found this Forbes article the most helpful: Ten Things I Wish I Knew When I Started ‘Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’

I left Koller with 13 points & here’s how I spent them:

Social Enhancer: 2
Hacking Capture – to Level 4: 3
Hacking Stealth – to Level 3: 3

Oh yeah I must take Remote Hacking for 2 more… maybe?
Something wrong with my Paxis tracking as I’m now left with 2 points to apply as needed.

I now need to offload some of my inventory!

Augmentation Guide

stolen with pride from PCGamer

Social Enhancer

There are several moments in Mankind Divided where you can talk your way out of trouble, and this augmentation makes that a lot easier. Instead of trying to second-guess the person you’re confronting, the aug tells you what kind of personality they have, whether they’re alpha, beta, or omega. And with this information you can determine which dialogue responses they’ll respond the most positively, or negatively, to.

Hacking Capture

Invest in this early. Upgrading it lets you hack higher security keypads and computers. Hacking can lead to handy shortcuts, safes filled with loot, useful intel, and hidden items, so it pays to brush up on your computer skills. And an additional upgrade tree lets you dominate turrets, cameras, and security robots, making them work for you rather than the enemy.

Hacking Fortify

This isn’t as essential as Hacking Capture, but it will make breaking into keypads and computers much easier. Fortifying a node slows down the system’s security, and the higher your Hacking Fortify level, the longer it’ll take the trace break through a fortified node.

Hacking Stealth

This aug reduces your chances of being detected while hacking a system. The higher level it is, the less likely you are to trigger a security trace.

InfoLink

This cranial implant is unlocked by default and allows Jensen to send and receive transmissions. It’s a high-tech phone, basically.

Stealth Avatar
Another augmentation that’s unlocked from the start, which gives you a visual indicator of where a searching enemy last saw you.

LiDAR Mark-Tracker

If you find yourself sneaking through a large, guard-filled area, this augmentation will come in very handy. It lets you mark enemies on the HUD and track them even when they leave your line of sight. The more you upgrade it, the more enemies you can tag at once, up to a maximum of 40. Combine with an upgraded Wayfinder Radar System (more on that later) and you’ll be fully aware of your surroundings at all times. To tag an enemy, hold your aiming reticle over them for about a second.

Smart Vision

Unlock this one straight away, because you’ll be using it a lot. It lets you see through walls, revealing computers, items, enemies, vents, and pretty much anything you can interact with. It’s invaluable for finding shortcuts, safes concealed behind paintings, hidden switches, and other helpful secret things. Upgrade it to majorly reduce its enemy consumption.

Retinal Prosthesis

You get this aug, which displays the HUD in Jensen’s vision, by default. But you can also upgrade it once to unlock a flash suppressant, which negates the blinding effects of concussion mines and grenades.

Wayfinder Radar System

The radar is another good aug to upgrade early. At its most basic level, which you get for free, it shows the topography of your surroundings and how long you have before an alarm resets. But upgrade it and you’ll be able to see the lines of sight of guards, represented as vision cones, and a visual representation of nearby noises—including your own footsteps. You can also boost its range to reveal more of the map around you.

Sentinel RX Health System

You’ll only need to upgrade this aug if you’re a combat-focused player. I ghosted my way through the entire game without spending a single Praxis point on it. Upgrades grant Jensen more HP and faster generation, which has obvious benefits if you’re into firing guns at people.

Sarif Series 8 Energy Converter

Your batteries, basically. It’s not as glamorous as some of the other augs on offer, but spending Praxis on this early will benefit you in the long run. Because what’s the point in having all those cool cyber-powers if you can only use them for a few seconds at a time? A fully upgraded Energy Converter combined with the cloak aug makes sneaking through most enemy-guarded areas a breeze. So much so, in fact, that it takes a lot of the fun and challenge out of the game’s stealth.

Implanted Rebreather

You won’t be using this augmentation constantly, but there are a few shortcuts through gas-filled rooms—often concealing some decent loot—that might make it worth dropping a couple of spare Praxis points on. Alternatively, most of these rooms have valves that make the gas slowly fade away. So if you’re feeling brave you locate it with your Smart Vision and try and make a mad dash for it before you choke to death.

Cybernetic Arm Prosthesis

There are a few benefits to upgrading Jensen’s cyber-arms. One is being able to lift heavy objects, which often conceal hidden entrances and vent covers, or can be used to create makeshift steps. Another is expanding your inventory size, giving you more room to store all those bottles of wine, gas grenades, and sellable junk. And the upgrade that lets you punch through walls is another great way to uncover hidden paths—but it makes a lot of noise, alerting any enemies close enough to hear it.

Cybernetic Weapon Handling

Another augmentation for combat fans. Again, I didn’t put a single point into this in my pure stealth playthrough. Upgrading it stabilises your aim, reduces recoil, and increases your reload speed.

PEPS

The Pulsed Energy Projection System, or PEPS, was a weapon in Human Revolution, but now Jensen has one built into his arm. It unleashes a blast of concussive energy that knocks enemies on their arse.

Remote Hacking
One of the best new augs in Mankind Divided, which I suggest unlocking as soon as possible. If you’ve ever played BioShock 2 you’ll be familiar with how it works. It lets you temporarily disable turrets, mines, cameras, tripwires, and other security devices from a distance, from cover, by completing an easy timing-based mini-game. The effect lasts for about 25 seconds, giving you plenty of time to sneak past. I used this constantly.

Tesla

Another new augmentation that lets you fire a small arc of electricity at a target, incapacitating them non-lethally. Upgrade it and you can fire up to four arcs simultaneously at four separate targets.

Nanoblade

Those scary-looking black chisels that pop out of Jensen’s arms are back in Mankind Divided, but now you can fire them as a projectile—pinning enemies gruesomely to walls—if you upgrade them.

Icarus Landing

An old favourite returning from Human Revolution, and worth investing in early. The levels in the new game are a lot more vertical, and you’ll find yourself climbing up the sides of buildings and over rooftops in Prague to break into people’s apartments and take shortcuts. Unlocking this ensures that if you fall you won’t die horribly on impact. And if there are any enemies below, you can use Icarus Strike to knock ‘em out. Bonus.

Quicksilver Reflex Booster

Unlock this and you can perform a lethal or non-lethal takedown on two enemies at once. I didn’t bother with it myself because I never encountered any situations that needed it. But maybe you will.

Typhoon

Another aug I never used, but some players swear by this one. It allows Jensen to unleash an explosive blast with a wide radius that can either kill or knock out a group of enemies. When you first unlock it you have to decide whether to make it lethal or non-lethal, and the decision is permanent. Using it requires ammunition, however, which can be quite rare.

Focus Enhancement

Another new augmentation which allows Jensen to briefly slow down time. Not especially imaginative, but should be useful for the combat-focused players among you. Upgrade it to extend the duration.

Icarus Dash

You know the Blink power from Dishonored? This is basically that. Hold down the assigned button to charge it up, then point at a climbable ledge until a hand icon appears. Release and Jensen will automatically teleport over and grab it, hauling himself up. Unlock this straight away, because it makes navigating the world so much easier. And you can often bypass high security doors in Prague by teleporting up to the window and climbing inside. Make sure you’ve unlocked Icarus Landing first, though, because if you mess up an Icarus Dash (you will), you may fall to your doom.

Cybernetic Leg Prosthesis

If you want maximum mobility in Mankind Divided, unlock this along with the Icarus Dash and Icarus Landing. The cybernetic leg aug lets you jump much higher than normal, which is handy for grabbing distant ledges and hopping along balconies in Prague. Get this one early.

Glass-Shield Cloaking

This augmentation is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, being able to turn invisible for a few seconds is extremely useful in a stealth game. But as your batteries get more powerful, you can stay cloaked for longer, and it makes some sneaking missions incredibly trivial. I used this a lot in my first playthrough, but in my second run I’m trying to limit its use to desperate situations. Using this is a totally legitimate way to play the game, but you might have more fun if you don’t rely on it constantly.

Rhino Dermal Armour

Essentially body armour that reduces damage taken. When unlocked it’s always active, meaning you never have to activate or charge it.

Titan

A new aug that covers Jensen in weird diamonds and gives him an enormous defense boost. But unlike the Rhino Armour, this one uses up energy fast and can only be used in short bursts as a result. If you’re combat-minded, this is a good way to wade into enemy lines, guns blazing.

Where’s Edward?

Edward, on the other hand, has been rather difficult to find, especially since his waypoint isn’t correctly displayed. To find Edward, head to the minimart on the other side of the Fountain District subway station. When you find Edward, you’re going to have to take out a thug that wants to take him out.

The shop is being robbed, and is behind the subway station.
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Journey free

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Journey

is coming free to PS4 PS Plus members in September, w00t 🙂

Together with Lords of the Fallen; from what I’ve read is Dark Souls like… not sure how to take this as I’ve yet to get far in a Dark Souls title, due to lack of time and ‘git gud’ ability… must revisit DS3 & Bloodborne

Awesome! Journey

has shown up for free in the Playstation store today for the PS4… wonder if the PS3 save will carry through; although I doubt it?

The ambience

the controls tutorial; I so hope there’s a VR version / sequel

Together > Alone

I missed out from having a companion in the game the first time through… as in missed missed the whole motivation and loved up emotional draw / attraction of the title.

I’ve played a the first few stages and know this time through will be different; it has excelled the title from cool to awesome … same game but different, even though I’m still not 100% sure what’s going on 🙂

Edit: I’ve now played with several players who didn’t understand the benefits of working together, and it becomes quite a sad experience.

To paraphrase PaRappa the Rapper; to make the most of this game all you gotta be is nice and friendly 😉

offensive overwatch

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12 out of 15 hours of my Overwatch time have been spent playing Mercy, time for a change!

And not just in character, but play style… although funnily enough I’ve achieve better healing stats with Lucio, and love the advantages of Symmetra.

So I’ve taken my fight to the front line, when no-one else in the team has chosen a healer in quick play; I’m just one level away from joining friends in competitive season!

So as for attack I’m enjoying:

  • Hanzo and his bow attack
  • Soldier: 76 for the run and gun approach
  • Played on game with Widowmaker, have to learn to back off

    Looking at my stats I may have to try more Lucio, but there are the rest of the characters I’ve given zero playtime.

    Overwatch is a great pick up an play game, that for me is really filling the gap; both in the evening, and until I can get my hands on No Mans Sky 🙂
    Rating: ★★★★½

elite dangerous trailer

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I picked up Elite Dangerous pre launch but until now have not seen the trailer.

OMG it’s awesome, and depicts the game well, another title I’m looking forward to coming to PS4… or whatever version of the PlayStation I’ll be playing on then 😉

overwatch ps4 first contact

Installing Overwatch on the PS4 ps4 first contact

@ 90.61%, don’t know what to expect, except what I’ve picked up from the brief tutorial… here are class tips I found from the PSN blog
overwatch

Bastion

  • Don’t stay deployed in Sentry Configuration in one location for too long, or your enemy will adapt and gain the upper hand.

D.Va

  • If you use Self-Destruct after activating Boosters, D.Va ejects—but her mech continues moving forward before detonating.

Genji

  • Genji’s Deflect ability isn’t just for defense. Aim at enemies when using it to hit them with their own attacks.

Hanzo

  • Scatter Arrow can be devastating when aimed at the ground in front of your target.

Junkrat

  • Detonate a Concussion Mine at your feet to launch yourself into the air and reach higher areas. Don’t worry—you won’t take any damage from your own Mine.

Lúcio

  • Soundwave, the alternate fire mode of Lúcio’s Sonic Amplifier, is useful for keeping enemies away, but it can also be used to push enemies off of cliffs.

McCree

  • After stunning an enemy with your Flashbang, it’s much easier to hit them with the Peacekeeper’s alternate fire.

Mei

  • Placing an Ice Wall under you or your teammates will raise them up on top of the wall, giving them access to higher areas.

Mercy

  • Guardian Angel can save you, too—use it on a distant teammate to take yourself out of immediate danger from enemies.

Pharah

  • Concussive Blast can push enemies away and even knock them off cliffs, but you can also use it to push yourself away.

Reaper

  • While you pass through enemies when you’re in Wraith Form, you can still gather Health Packs and Soul Globes while using it.

Reinhardt

  • You can adjust the direction of your Charge as you rocket forward, making it so you can reach a target even if there’s not a straight path.

Roadhog

  • Chain Hook can interrupt many enemy abilities — including some ultimates.

Soldier: 76

  • Use Tactical Visor when your enemies are unaware of your location. They’ll have less time to seek cover or use defensive abilities.

Symmetra

  • The projectile from the Photon Projector’s alternate fire pierces through enemies as well as barriers such as Reinhardt’s Barrier Field, allowing it to hit multiple targets.

Torbjörn

  • Turrets must rotate to face their target before firing, so always try to build your turrets in the direction you’re expecting enemies to come from.

Tracer

  • If you Recall immediately after taking damage, you will regain your lost health.

Widowmaker

  • Venom Mines placed along the likely path of an attacker can warn you of an approaching threat.

Winston

  • Winston leaps in the direction of his targeting reticle when activating his Jump Pack. By looking up, he can jump nearly straight up and land where he took off.

Zarya

  • Graviton Surge can pull enemies away from a map objective, giving your team a chance to take the objective uncontested.

Zenyatta

  • Transcendence is a great counter to many enemy area-of-effect abilities, such as Zarya’s Graviton Surge.

Dark Souls 3

Really must post more often, but family obligations and limited screen time get in the way… who am I kidding, I locked myself out with uber secure connections via Yubikey 🙂

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So Dark Souls 3, the only title that’s credible to drag me away from Street Fighter V

Wow, From have outdone themselves, finding a fine balance between challenge and playability, taking the essence from the earlier Dark Souls series, with the finesse of Bloodborne.

I’m 7 hours in, barely scratched the surface; here are my learnings/experiences

  1. 1st tried Assassin build, couldn’t progress beyond 1st boss battle
  2. Tried Herald build, blocked and poked way past 1st boss, although the flow of battle didn’t fit my style
  3. Opted for Sorcerer build (maybe biased by currently listening to IronMaiden’s Seventh Son of a Seventh Son), beat 1st boss by nearly pure magic 🙂
  4. Not sure if I haven’t explored magic enough in DS2 by only playing Cleric so far?
  5. Gone on with Sorcerer to acquire kick ass Samurai sword: Uchigatana from the Master outside of the Firelink Shrine
  6. Picked up a 100% physical block Lothric Knight Shield from the High wall of Lothric

I’m about to take my journey onwards, but I just wanted to note how much I’m loving this build.

It’s taken a while to level up my characters strength stats to use these new toys, and will look to focus on more sorcerer focused traits going forward, but I’m loving the strong varied options I have available currently.

Praise the sun… and thanks to polygon for these tips 🙂

Thoughts on Street Fighter V post release

SFV Ryu

So Street Fighter V has finally arrived, and I’ve been playing as many matches as possible since launch 🙂

So the important post launch questions: is it worthy of the pre-launch hype, is it an unfinished product, how does x platform matches work?

SFV lineup

Is Street Fighter V worthy of the pre-launch hype?

It is no secret that I’m a long time Street Fighter fan boy, so my opinion here may be a little biased; but so far for me it is living up to my expectations.

The starting selection of 16 characters is broad and varied, containing a mix of old favourites and original new fighters; with more to come over the next year or so.

I’m enjoying how the original fighters styles have been adjusted slightly (Main character is currently Ken, who is now distinctly different from Ryu), and how once charge moves, and even Chun Li’s hurricane kick, have been replaced with QCF’s.

Is Street Fighter V an unfinished product?

New characters and levelling were introduced in SFiv by launching new versions; Super, Arcade Edition, and Ultra, + omega. The plan for Street Fighter V is to make characters available one at a time through the year.

There are then options in how to pay for the additional con

while writing this I've been playing ranked matches, I've been happy sticking with casual till now, and have just been promoted to Bronze level :)

Caveat… I started this post weeks ago after launch, I’ve been playing heaps, but holding out for the March free patch; I will update when motivated 🙂

Street Fighter 5 lands in 2 weeks

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There are more and more articles regarding Street Fighter 5 as we get closer to the February 16th launch date

‘Street Fighter V’ will feature the series’ first full story mode

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  • The free update will arrive in June and will bridge the gap between past ‘Street Fighter’ games.
  • the new single-player campaign will be released in June as free downloadable content for anyone who buys Street Fighter V.
  • All told, the Street Fighter V story mode will feature over an hour of in-game cinematic sequences running off the same 3D engine that powers the rest of the game, and that’s not including the actual gameplay elements.
  • That’s in addition to the character stories that’ll be present on day one. As in past Street Fighter games, playing through the arcade mode with your chosen character will reveal details and backstory on his or her place in the Street Fighter universe.
  • Capcom says it will continuously deliver free updates. Instead of selling “upgrade packs” that some players might buy and some might not, Capcom will release free balance updates to everyone.
  • Of course, there will still be paid content to unlock, either via in-game “fight money” or cold hard cash.
  • Capcom will launch its store a month after the game is released to give people time to play through the day-one content and earn some fight money.
  • “If you play through the majority of single-player content at launch, you’ll earn enough money to get the first new DLC character free of charge,”
  • After a month, Capcom will also start its daily challenges, which the company believes will provide a consistent source of fight-money revenue for players to earn.
    1. I’ve posted extensively about how much of fan I am of Street Fighter, back to Street Fighter ii in the grimy arcades of the 90’s, I never minded the costume DLC’s of SFiv, as they were totally optional; what did anger me, and many other Street Fighter fans, was having to play for extra characters in Street Fighter x Tekken.

      I hope this way of earning credits in game will ensure that we don’t have to spend real money on additional fighters… as mentioned above free releases are to be made to balance the game, hope this removes the need of Super Street Fighter v having a launch date of 2017?

      ‘Street Fighter V’ creator says his game is meant for pros and noobs alike

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      Despite a focus on competitive gamers, Yoshinori Ono thinks everyone will enjoy the new installment.

      This is a fantastic interview, I’m eager to see how the new fighting options work… think I’ll miss FADC 🙂

      15 days and counting!