Should I Buy Resident Evil 7 Biohazard? – Resident Evil 7 Review

Should I Buy Resident Evil 7 Or Not?

This video goes into great detail without spoiling the game on if Resident Evil 7 is a return to form for the grand daddy of the survival horror genre. But if you don’t have time to watch below are my detailed thoughts.

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First of all this game is seriously terrifying. If you have PSVR, the effect is even worse…frankly I’m too much of a wuss to even consider playing this game with something over my eyes. Instead I opt to play the game wearing turtle beach headphones and a good old-fashioned controller. Even in that classic environment the game is enough to give you nightmares.

Is RE 7  Worth it ? – REALLY. 

The game is definitely a buy even if it’s not the absolute best in the series. That distinction goes to Resident Evil 4, which is when the game went for a more action based style. This game is still good and I’m only half way through so this might change, but for now I’m just not as immersed as I’d like to be.

Then again there’s no president’s daughter to annoy you here either so there’s a good chance that RE7 could come out top.

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Some of the reviews for this game judged it harshly for not being original but if you ask me these days it’s hard to be original when you are the one who started it all in the first place. This may not be Dead Space, but there’s also no current Dead Space IP to play so I’ll take this and enjoy it. RE7 is a good game, point blank.

My verdict? BUY IT. 

Pokemon Go US Review: Bugs, Errors & Still Fun!

Finally Catching Pokemon Go in America!

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Pokemon Go is finally in the United States and as games login for the first time everyone is wondering will the game meet expectations set by the commercial that introduced us to the concept of capturing Pokemon IRL? Of course not. Anyone expecting this game to play anything like that commercial can be considered quite delusional. As with any game dependent on servers and mobile connections there are quite a few bugs and errors that plague this game.

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For instance I had one hell of a time trying to sign up for my chosen name, I wasn’t able to get it to work until I reset my phone and tried again. Initially when I first attempted to sign into the game I repeatedly got the same error and decided to just put my phone down and come back to it later. After the 15th try I got in the game and caught my first Pokemon, Charmander.

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Pokemon Go Review Advice: Walk the City

After walking around my city, I managed to catch about 3 Pokemon and almost wasted all my balls on the Ratticate pictured below.

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I’m pretty sure the people who were standing near me thought I was trying to take pictures of them but you gotta do what you gotta do if you want to be the best.

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I also missed out on catching a Rattatat because of an error that caused my Pokeball the freeze after landing a successful capture. I came across a few Pokestops that never loaded and told me to try again but this was mostly a problem I experienced while out in the suburbs, where I work. When I’m home in the big city the game works just fine.

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I still haven’t had my first gym battle but I’ll update this post when I do. Until then this Pokemon Go review is incomplete and cannot be trusted.

What’s your experience with Pokemon Go been like?

How Sega Can Really Make Sonic The Hedgehog an “Entertainment Icon”

I read a story yesterday about Sega wanting to make Sonic an entertainment icon and my first thought was immediately, HOW? Just how are you going to make sonic a master across multimedia when you can’t even seem to get his core mechanics and current dominate platform in video games right?

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I’m not saying all of this put down Sega for its ambition, but honestly they need to get their priorities straight. Before you do anything you need to get the games right. Sonic has had some lofty hits in the past like the original Sonic games on Sega Genesis and my personal favorite, the Sonic Adventure series but following that Sonic games have all been pretty mediocre or just plain unplayable (Shoutout to Sonic 06!). Outside of gaming Sonic had some hits on TV with a couple of awesome TV series and one very very bad one that I will not even mention by name because doing so gives it power. The best of these in my opinion is Sonic SATam. It featured a stellar plot and managed to make Dr Robotnik scary and at times relatable. Point is, there have been times that Sega has gotten Sonic right.

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The Sonic Boom Generation

Recently Sonic got a refresh with a brand new TV show and game called Sonic Boom and both are very mediocre. They gave sonic a neck bandana, some bandages and absolutely no soul. The show and the game both feel unfinished and lacking. If this is how you plan on making Sonic an icon, you’ve got a lot of work to do. I read a quote in the article that said the producers of the new games are making an emphasis on quality for Sonic from now on and my thought is, Shouldn’t that have always been the case? Gamers have been complaining about Sonic properties for years, why are you just now making sure the vehicle that got him started is handled right?  A lot of fans have written Sonic off and just look at him about as fondly as they do Bubsy and that’s a shame because Sonic really does deserve to be an icon.

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How Sonic the Hedgehog Can Become an Icon: Be Like Mario

So how can Sega achieve their goal to get Sonic superstar status? It’s easy. MAKE GREAT GAMES. FOCUS ON THE GAMES FIRST AND THE REST WILL FOLLOW. Super Mario had a terrible movie, a pair of bad run of the mill cartoons and yet his star shines brighter than ever. Even if you don’t play video games you know and love Super Mario.  Nintendo achieved this by making a quality foundation for their character. 90% of the games that feature Mario are amazing, challenging, fun and work to cement his status in our hearts and minds. Sonic can follow this formula and he too will finally get the respect we know he deserves.

Good luck Sega!  I’m rooting for you. 

-Chris 

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Voice Acting in Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild Confirmed ? – Opinion [UPDATED]

Zelda Breath of the Wild Voice Acting?

Watching Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild debut at E3 2016 was almost a spiritual experience but nothing made me more excited while watching this game in motion than hearing a real human voice speak to Link. It wasn’t the usual sound effects Nintendo is infamous for but a real (possibly) human voice saying complete sentences.

The beauty of the scene gave me chills but it also gave me a sense that Nintendo is learning. Nintendo seems to be finally listening to us and giving us a Zelda game on scale with others such as Gears of War. That may be wishful thinking but frankly let me dream. Nintendo does a great job of setting themselves apart and I’d like to see them on par with the rest of the class. But I’m getting off topic.

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Will Link have a voice?

The one disappointing thing is that Link himself did not talk, nor did any of the villagers he encountered but the voice over we hear throughout the game still gives me hope. The fact that this voice also called Link by name, saying to me that he’s no longer a proxy for the gamer but rather his own man, which gives us a whole new way to think about how we will be playing this game and if it possibly changes the world of Zelda (Hyrule) forever.

[Update] 6/23/2016

According to an article on Polygon released today, not only is voice acting confirmed for this game but according to one of the games producers, Link is confirmed to be remaining mute!

“It’s really difficult to leave an impression on players with just text,” Breath of the Wild producer Eiji Aonuma told Polygon. “It’s not that I made everything voiced. But I have these moments where I want to leave impressions on users. I add voice there.”

Aonuma recalled a moment early in the new game’s development where he first heard a character with “actual human voice.” According to the long-time Zelda developer, that moment “touched [his] heart” and “was really striking emotions.”

However, Aonuma reiterated that the series’ protagonist, Link, will be remaining voiceless for the foreseeable future.

That’s some excited news and frankly I know I’m in the minority but I do wish Link had a voice. Voice acting in Zelda Breath of the Wild would only bring it a new level and in my opinion if done right improve the franchise.  If new games can get this right there’s no reason Nintendo and and the Legend of Zelda franchise can’t.

-Chris

[Source] Polygon