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Gran Turismo 5 VS Need for Speed Hot Pursuit

By: goukijones Nov 26, 2010 | 18 Comments

So for the thanksgiving I visited with family and friends. I also brought along Gran Turismo 5 and Need for Speed Hot Pursuit. Of course my friend grabbed the Gran Turismo 5 first, but what happened next is unbelievable.

I guess you can say this was an intended experiment to see what my friend thought of these two brand new racing games. Gran Turismo 5 was still in the shrink wrap when I brought it over. I had already played the crap out of Need for Speed Hot Pursuit and it's no secret that I love it. They writin' stories about my record times on the internet.

My friend immediately grabbed for the Gran Turismo 5, unwrapped it and put it in his Playstation 3. Of course we had to do a system update and an install. It's the Playstation what did you expect I told him. Reports on the internet was that there is a 45+ minute install time for GT5. Luckily we were distracted by family, football, alcohol and turkey. After the install I grabbed the remote and started to look through the menus. I just wanted a quick race so I can see it. I've been waiting for such a long time for this game and the internet has been an unstoppable buzz machine about everything GT5. Well I couldn't just race, I had to do a license test first. First license braking challenge. Ok seems simple enough. The countdown begins and then I'm off down the straight away. There is a giant checkered board at the end of the track, I guess gotta stop there. No problem. Perfect. Wait what? Failed? Aw fuck. I was called for the official turkey dinner start and left the game running right where I failed to brake. I was in shock that I failed the braking test.

After the meal I headed back into the game room and found my friend all up in the Gran Turismo 5. He was still trying to get a license so we could get into a real race. After each attempt at a challenge he handed me the remote and asked if I'd like to play. I respectfully declined. Watching was more than enough for me. 30 minutes later we had a license and entered a race. I still haven't seen anything really special, the game appears to be extremely in-depth and that kind of interests me. I watched my friend do one race and then it was my turn. After playing so much Need for Speed Hot Pursuit there was nothing special about driving a shit car in GT5 at 55 MPH. I was extremely bored with that type of racing. I imagine it would get better with more gameplay and more cars unlocked, but we didn't have time for that and I really wanted him to see the other game I brought at this point.

Finally we put in the Need for Speed Hot Pursuit into his Xbox 360. Within 3 minutes he was already racing. Then as the map began to open up and he unlocked more cop and racer events, it was clear to me we had a winner. He dropped subtle hints to his wife that he needed this game asap or a divorce was imminent. The funny thing about all of this to me is that my friend never asked me once if I wanted to play the Need for Speed, like he did in-between every GT5 load screen.

Gran Turismo 5 is a simulation. A serious simulation of a race car driver who must buy his own car collection, earn his own licenses and level up like an RPG. Need for Speed Hot Pursuit is a straight up arcade racer that puts you into high speed racing action right away. I don't have an official opinion on Gran Turismo 5, but I'm sure I'll play it eventually ... if I can ever get off of Need for Speed and trying to beat all of my friends times on the speed wall. Thanks for reading.

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Is the SMART engine in Brink the future of FPS

By: goukijones Aug 25, 2010 | 9 Comments

Is Splash Damage going to change everything with Brink and their new engine called "SMART" ???

I first heard of Brink about a year ago. I saw the teaser for it and thought the concept of the island and the to factions feuding sounded cool. The teaser said it was coming out in Spring 2010. LOL. It's cool, good games take time. I always say delay it until it's perfect. Unless you're Gran Turismo 5, which I don't even know what the fuck they are doing anymore. Now there are karts ... wait getting off target.

Brink has had me juiced ever since I saw this video late last year. I told BatRastered that this is "the video that has me totally into this game." At this point last year we were Borderlands fiends. BatRastered way more than me. It was kind of hard for me to talk about a game that was so similar to Borderlands at first glance. I didn't think that, at all. When I saw the SMART engine working, I thought that we could do some really cool stuff with that. Check it out, Paul Wedgwood the Game Director playing in this video.

Now the first time a lot of people saw Brink was the CG trailer they released. I knew what was behind that trailer and if they were trying to say that is what it's going to be like when it comes out. Cool. Of course people were like "Yeah right, there's no way it'll be anything like that." Well I hope after watching the first video you understand why I think it will play like that. It's Hardcore Parkour FPS = HPFPS. WOW!

Finally it was time for E3 and I knew Brink was going to be there. It was one my E3 most wanted list top 10. Getting to play would really set my opinion straight. When E3 came around and I was on the floor talking with Ed Stern and actually playing Brink. I forgot about the Parkour stuff. I didn't get to see it all in the E3 Demo. I realzed this when I came home later that week. I didn't even see the jumping and sliding stuff. I thought. That was the gameplay element I was most interested about. Bongoboy had me going so fast through the demo; changin' classes, accepting missions, shooting Jimmys. It was cool though.

These next 3 videos are just straight forward gameplay and they are incredible. Warning God mode activated. First video = Zzzzz. The second video shows off some more slick jumping in combat and what some of the specific chracters classes do. The third video shows planting a bomb and defending an area the developer was trying to breach. To create a shortcut for his teammates.  Awesome stuff there. Looks very exciting.

By now you understand where I'm going with the combat and "Moving and shooting" concept that, Technical Game Designer, Aubrey Hesselgren speaks of in this next video. Brink is do out in January, right before my birthday. I hope it's going to be a good one. With videos like these coming out as we get closer, I am constantly walking around with a stiffy thinking about the SMART engine! C'mon! Sticky baum to ya garill!

Thrilled yet?

See more on the Bethesda Softworks official Youtube channel.

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Crysis 2 Multiplayer is Dead in the Water

By: goukijones Apr 14, 2011 | 5 Comments

Mixed Emotions and mixed feelings is ALL Crysis 2 has to offer. One moment you're absolutely loving it and then you're saying out loud that you will never play again. Ametuers man. Poor matchmaking, terrible party system and unexplainable glitches.

Crysis 2 Campaign Review

You would think a publisher like EA would know how to put out a proper multiplayer experience right? They act like they don't give a shit. Crytek can only be responsible for so much. Although, Crytek could have definitely built a better party and matchmaking system. It's bad enough that a lot of these features are a copy of Call of Duty games, but to have the mulitplayer separate parties, boot players at random and straight up fatal error my Xbox is a little ridiculous. Where is the testing? What I want to see is more beta tests, longer beta tests if you're just going to let the community test it once it's released anyway. Where are the patches? The game has been out for a couple of weeks now and still nothing. The screen flips out when you zoom in at the beginning of a game on the map Liberty Island. Why is this? Can anybody explain this? At the beginning of that map, all of my team mates are reminding each other to zoom in and out a couple of times so it doesn't happen while you are in combat.

Crysis 2 Screen Glitch on Liberty Island

So that's a lot of the hate there, the matchmaking. The fact that I've been in the game for 32 hours and have actually only played in matchmaking 15 hours! Wow! That means, I've been in the menus for more than twice as long as I've actually played the game. Regardless of these issues, when you actually get into games and all of your friends are on the same team, the Crysis 2 is a lot of fun.

Crysis 2 has some of the best multiplayer maps in years. No other game comes to mind, when I really think about maps. Maybe Halo 2, but that's way old Jimmy. Liberty Island -the level I mention earlier with the glitch- is probably my favorite multiplayer map in years. The Liberty Island map is very well crafted. The two bases are spread perfectly apart, the medic tent site is great to sneak through, oh and the dead bodies laid out in body bags are hilarious when you are running over them. It got real bad real quick on this map and it is the best map in the game.

Ranking up in Crysis 2 and getting new perks is no different from what you've seen in the Call of Duty series. This is a straight up copy of COD. I'm not sure why they did it like this and I'm not saying it's bad, but I want to know why a completely different company couldn't have come up with something a little more original. Crytek is supposed to be this great game making company. And please don't say this is their first multiplayer game, that's not good enough. You can even prestige in Crysis 2, c'mon.

The last thing I want to do is start all over with my guns. I'm just now getting to level 30 and starting to like how I can build my custom classes. Early on in multiplayer, when you have no guns and no perks, you're getting railed constantly and it is ZERO fun. This was always one of my major issues with COD. You really have to put time in to Crysis 2 if you want to get to the fun stuff in the multiplayer. Look at me, it only took 32 hours of it actually being on for me to start enjoying it.

I wrote everything above a few days ago. I've continued to play the Crysis 2 and my emotions continued to rise and fall. Until finally last night. I'm terrible at the death match and they may be my fault. I'm good during flag matches and enjoy that much more. It's bad enough to lose a few matches in a row or feel like your constantly getting railed in the ass and there is nothing you can do about it. But then when it kicks you out of games or Migrates Host and ends up putting your party into to separate games and you don't even realize until you team starts talking about two different maps. Last night I vowed to never put the Crysis 2 back into my Console.

Flush it! Just like when you Jimmys try to get all Greg Luoganis and swim around the levels where you can't pull your gun out. Crysis 2 is Dead in the Water.

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Fallout New Vegas hardcore my ass review

By: goukijones Dec 10, 2010 | 6 Comments

Gouki.com has beat the game. On hardcore. Glitches, freezes, broken quests whatever ... it's still an excellent adventure. Read about GoukiJones' personal adventure through the open world of the New Vegas GlicthLand. Achievement unlocked.

Hardcore mode: Drink, eat, and sleep. Those are the core elements in the Hardcore mode. As far as difficulty goes, I couldn't tell the difference. In a game where you can freeze and select an enemy to shoot and where to shoot, I was never worried about the difficulty. I'm not gonna lie, walking away from the first town and coming across the Powder Gangers(a small faction in Fallout New Vegas), I got destroyed. Died once, but made it pass them the second time. 3 broken limbs, no doctor bags(only way to heal limbs in hardcore mode), low health and pretty much no ammo ... I limped to the next closest town. I should have never killed that doctor in the first town. But fuck him. This new town had a doctor and for only 50 caps or so, I could get a full heal. After realizing the doctors were the cheapest and best way to stay full health, anytime I was in trouble, I could just fast travel to the nearest town and get healed. The food took me some time to figure out, but once I did, it too became pretty irrelevant. There's plenty of non-radiated fruit growing in the wasteland, just pick it all up and constantly be eating. It's less of a chore then it sounds. Why there is non-radiated fruit growing every where ... I don't know. Nubfarm?

Sound: This game sounds just like Fallout 3 did. There's no innovation here.

Graphics: No innovation here either. Where Fallout 3 looked grey and had a green hud, Fallout New Vegas has a more brown look and a goldish hud. You can change the color of the hud in the options though. Then New Vegas will really look like Fallout 3 to you. When inside buildings and vaults, you would never be able to tell if you were playing Fallout 3 or New Vegas. Cut and paste video game development gotta love it. This is an excellent example of how this game is more parallel to Fallout 3 than an advanced sequel.

Gameplay: In Fallout New Vegas there are a few different factions and all can be worked with or you can play them against each other. I was aware of this going into the game. My goal was to play each faction against each other for as long as possible. When I got to New Vegas, I exploited the robots at the front gate for being dumb robots. Also BatRastered gave me a heads up, that the robot in charge of the gate would chase you away you down, just to explain how to get into New Vegas. I led him away, killed him and got the key. When I came back the other two robot guards were on high alert and attacked me. Boone, my first companion and I raiped those robots and casually strolled through the gate into New Vegas. Once inside New Vegas I was surrounded by even more robots, who DIDN'T attack me. Reh-tard. I just broke into New Vegas, but apparently on the other side of the gate it wasn't a big deal. Since I had a key, anytime I was coming into New Vegas, I just had to run pass those robots guarding the gate. Eventually I got my computer skills high enough and I was able to just tell that robot 1001111001011010 then he and his boys guarding the gate stopped attacking me.

I got to New Vegas way earlier than I probably should have and killed the Jimmy running the show. Mr. House deada denna muthafucka. I received the penthouse key and I could drop some of this weight I was carrying, sleep and drink clean water. Now I really started to fuck with all of the factions and adventure through the wasteland as much as possible. When I would go do something for Caesar, that would piss off the NCR. So then I would go do something for the NCR and then that would piss off another group. So when I pissed off Caesar, I'd go do something nice for Caesar, blow up an NCR camp or convince another group to side with Caesar. This went on all the way through the rest of the game for me until I had no quests left. It got to the point where I really had to decide which group I wanted to do the final mission with. I sided with Yes Man, the robot who was now running the show in New Vegas after I killed MR. House. When I turned in the final quest to Yes Man and sided with him officially, I failed 6 other quests and had 3 warnings pop up from the other clans. Now I was looking forward to leaving town to see who wanted to fuck with me.

Leveling up: Correct me if I wrong, because I just can't remember. I thought in Fallout 3 you got a new perk every time you leveled up. Irrelevant. In New Vegas it is only every other level. Some perks I remember choosing: 6 S.P.E.C.I.A.L. (which is 1 extra point in any of your attributes.) Adamantium Skeleton. (Your limbs take less damage.) Mysterious Stranger and the female version of that. I don't remember if they ever appeared at the same time. I don't think so. My goal was to level up my melee, so that's how I built my character up. Planning for close combat and relying on support. I also got the new perk that allows you to repair items with similar items and at this point I was rich bitch! I finished the game with over 30,000 caps. Economy railed! Pro-tip: You don't have to level any of your traits to 100 because you can use magazine to max them out from 90 if you have to. Now that I think about I never actually needed anything to be 100. I used the magazines once and that was to jack my speech up from 60 to 70 to convince this one Jimmy to join my quest and be a companion. Then I send his ass to the penthouse at the Lucky 38 and never used him. Enjoy the rest of your life Jimmy!

Companions: Using the partner was something I didn't explore too much in Fallout 3, but in New Vegas they are a bigger part of the game and more in your face. Not just some random dog you find or some slaves you can buy like in Fallout 3. Boone is the first guy you come across, depending on which direction you go I guess. He's a sniper who hates Caesar and who's wife was recently traded to the slavers. Having him on my team was great. The game would shift into kill shots and I didn't even know what was happening. Boone had seen something a mile away, pulled out his sniper rifle and railed it. I got experience for that kill too. Then I came across ED-E a robot that looks like the same robots from the commercial and the ones that would float around in Fallout 3 playing the president's addresses and music. ED-E has a serious radar and could detect enemies around you. He also plays a little song when he detected something to let you know enemies were near by, the song is cool. lol. When I decided to search for new companions I left Boone and ED-E in the penthouse. I hadn't realized at this point that you need to talk to them and tell them specifically to wait at the penthouse AKA the Lucky 38. While I was out exploring a note popped up saying that Boone has left my party and will be waiting for me at the Luck 38. Ok, that's where I left him. A few minutes later another note popped up and told me ED-E has left my party and has returned to Primm. Primm? Why? I left him in the Lucky 38.

I traveled to Primm immediately to get ED-E back. He played my favorite song. When I entered the room, ED-E immediately start to attack the other Jimmy in the room behind the counter. That Jimmy behind the counter pulls out his gun and starts shooting at ED-E. I'm thinking what the fuck is going on here, everything was cool until walked into the room. So I killed the Jimmy shooting at ED-E, then ED-E started to shoot me. I killed ED-E, sad face. The dog in New Vegas requires multiple hoops to jump through, in order to get him on your team. There is a quest to level up his brain and give him some new abilities. I guess, I never noticed much change, the dos was still reh-tard. The first vault I went into after leveling up the dog he died. In Hardcore mode, if your companions die, they are dead and you can't get them back. So I restarted my last save and made it further through the vault this time, but the dog still died. Fuck it, the dog was a reh-tard. I "talked" to the dog and told him to stay back and used ranged attacks. Whatever that means. He would still run off to the closest enemy he saw and attack. I wouldn't even know he was in a fight until the game went into a kill shot animation or he died. I left his ass in the vault, deada denna muthafucka! I can go on about the companions, but my advice to you is to keep Boone and ED-E alive as much as possible.

Overall: Regardless of all the shit I've been talking, I still played this game for over 45 hours. If I did not play it on hardcore, I probably would have not got the challenge I wanted. I still really enjoyed discovering new areas, buildings and vaults. Combing the shit out of the wasteland and developing my character was a total blast. But what I enjoyed the most was just manipulating everything in the game and fucking with it as much as possible. Yeah it froze a few times and a couple of my quests were broken, but that didn't stop me from playing. If you enjoyed Fallout 3, this is more of the same, but it's still a lot fun. Final Fantasy XIV was the adventure I wanted, but Fallout New Vegas was the adventure I fell in love with. And for that I give it ...

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