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Sunset Overdrive review and mini-XBone rant

By: BatRastered Dec 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

This Xbox one dashboard/snap app thing is infuriating

Sunset Overdive is an Xbox One exclusive game developed by Insomniac Games and published by Microsoft Studios. So a third party developer published as a first party exclusive, does that make it 2nd party? What is a 2nd party, is there such a thing? Whatever.

I had a code for the digital edition, so I entered it and the XBone began the download. A few minutes later the "ready to start" message popped up, though the game was only 5% downloaded. Ain't next-gen great? I jumped in immediately because I've never tested this quick-start feature before and was curious. I was thrown into the games opening cinema and then given a few quick tutorials. This was your standard, "here's how to roll, now you try it, good, next here's how to jump..." tutorial stuff. Eventually you're trained to melee the zombies (the "OD" as the game calls them) then given your first gun and taught to shoot them. Most importantly, they teach you how to rail grind. This is the games main mechanic, you can grind over or hang under rails/wires/etc to move about faster much like the hook from Bioshock Infinite or the much better rail grinding from inFamous. Finally the tutorial gives you free control as you have to kill a bunch of enemies and fight a mini-boss. Once I completed this demo (about 10 minutes) I was greeted with a screen that said "please wait for the game to finish installing". Oh... well see you in a few hours then. :(

Once into the main game, you are quickly introduced to the main base and NPC characters that give out missions and upgrades. You're given another type of gun and begin the next mission which is another tutorial, this one about upgrades and how you get style points for grinding rails. The game makes a bunch of 4th-wall breaking jokes ("If I was in a video game, I'd just go to a menu".) while teaching you that the floor is basically lava and you need to stay up top and grind and shoot. While I don't mind games that don't take themselves too seriously (see: Borderlands), these jokes made me groan out loud. Most arenas that you'll need to fight through are surrounded by wires or rails so you just skate around in a big circle while shooting down at the enemies without thinking too much.

I tried to stream this part and there should be a video here, but something between the Xbox One dashboard, snapped Twitch app, and Twitch itself went wrong. I'm not sure how, the twitch app was snapped to the side the whole time and said I was live, I updated the broadcast title via the app, but twitch has no record of that even though the broadcast title was updated on my channel, and of course nothing shows up in my past broadcasts for video content so... bear with me while just type this out instead.

Eventually I got to the part of the game where they introduced multiplayer. I jumped right in (thinking I was streaming) and played a mission or two. It was a six-man co-op style versus various enemies from the game. They seemed super short and pointless, so I tried to get back out to the main game. Hmm... I couldn't figure out how to do it, and the next mission was starting. Oh well, I'll do one more. Same thing. One more. Same thing. Ugh. Finally, it threw the group of us into a tower defense type mission (one I recognized from the second tutorial). Wait, this whole thing was one long mission? That's why I couldn't exit? That wasn't well messaged, and regardless, I'd still like a way to quit short of shutting off the Xbone. The multiplayer felt shoe-horned in there so they could say they have it on the back of the box as a selling point. It's not necessary and ends up taking away from the main game.

There's a lot of repetition here, and most of it is nothing you haven't seen before. I like the art style and the general concept, I just don't think it came together that well and I didn't have too much FUN playing it. So I can't recommend this to you. If this looks like your type of thing, I'd recommend playing inFamous (PS3/PS4) first, it's a much better game with similar style and mechanics. If you've played that already and are thinking of picking this up because you want a similar experience on your Xbone, don't expect it to live up to your expectations.

Saturday November 23, 2013 You had the chance to play Xbox One with Legendary Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard. We were there ... of course they don't let me near him.

This Microsoft store has been open for more than a week now. I was in there last Friday & checked it out for the first time. What's it like? It's like a Mac store, but it's green. The cool thing is they have kiosks out in the main walkway of the mall, just so they can spring out from around the corner & surprise a family with an Xbox One Controller.

Too bad Fifa14 is touch screen now.

Here's a Sugar Ray Leonard getting pwnd so bad by a little kid that he is trying to distract him by having a conversation.

*I don't know why people stare into the lens when they KNOW they are not supposed to be in the picture. This guy was a fellow camera man too. Duck Jimmy! Trollin' me, doggin' me ... what's the shits?

Check out the Microsoft store if you want to get an Xbox One or if you already have it, go buy some games. They got tablets & stuff there too. Even PC's that'll run those same games better than your Xbox One. Thursday night 450 people lined up to get an Xbox One -oh it's serious- believe it or not everyone left happy that night. Watch out for some more upcoming events during the holiday season. 

Thanks for reading. 

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Xbox Booth E3 2013 GJ vs FNJ Exclusive Video

By: goukijones Jun 30, 2013 | 1 Comments

GoukiJones & FnJimmy talk about Microsoft at E3 2013.

I'm not super hype for the Xbox One. What does it have Dead Rising 3? Halo 5 in 2014. I'm over this 343 shit. I gave 4 a good run, I don't want to play that anymore. Destiny I'll play on PC if not, PS4, it'll be $100 cheaper. Don't be a Jimmy! 

Thanks for watching. 

It's happened just as most of us had predicted. Our hate for everything wrong with the Xbox One has made Microsoft change it's policies. Check it out!

Straight from the horses mouth! Since their website is crashing right now. Read on Below:

Last week at E3, the excitement, creativity and future of our industry was on display for a global audience.

For us, the future comes in the form of Xbox One, a system designed to be the best place to play games this year and for many years to come. As is our heritage with Xbox, we designed a system that could take full advantage of advances in technology in order to deliver a breakthrough in game play and entertainment. We imagined a new set of benefits such as easier roaming, family sharing, and new ways to try and buy games. We believe in the benefits of a connected, digital future. 

Since unveiling our plans for Xbox One, my team and I have heard directly from many of you, read your comments and listened to your feedback. I would like to take the opportunity today to thank you for your assistance in helping us to reshape the future of Xbox One. 

You told us how much you loved the flexibility you have today with games delivered on disc. The ability to lend, share, and resell these games at your discretion is of incredible importance to you. Also important to you is the freedom to play offline, for any length of time, anywhere in the world.

So, today I am announcing the following changes to Xbox One and how you can play, share, lend, and resell your games exactly as you do today on Xbox 360. Here is what that means:

An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games– After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.

Trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today – There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.

In addition to buying a disc from a retailer, you can also download games from Xbox Live on day of release. If you choose to download your games, you will be able to play them offline just like you do today. Xbox One games will be playable on any Xbox One console -- there will be no regional restrictions. 

These changes will impact some of the scenarios we previously announced for Xbox One. The sharing of games will work as it does today, you will simply share the disc. Downloaded titles cannot be shared or resold. Also, similar to today, playing disc based games will require that the disc be in the tray. 

We appreciate your passion, support and willingness to challenge the assumptions of digital licensing and connectivity. While we believe that the majority of people will play games online and access the cloud for both games and entertainment, we will give consumers the choice of both physical and digital content. We have listened and we have heard loud and clear from your feedback that you want the best of both worlds.

Thank you again for your candid feedback. Our team remains committed to listening, taking feedback and delivering a great product for you later this year.

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Xbox One announced, more questions than answers

By: BatRastered May 21, 2013 | 11 Comments | Updated: May 21, 2013

I feel like I've wasted an hour of my life... Did they actually give us any information we cared about (other than the name)?

Why did Microsoft even have this event? What was the point? What was gained that a simple press release stating "we're calling it the Xbox One" wouldn't have accomplished?

Yeah, they told us the name and showed us the console (guess what, it's a black rectangle) and controller, and also a ton of non-game related features like watching TV... but, as they used to say, "where's the beef?"

Here's a list of the top 10 facts we DIDN"T get:

  1. Release date (everyone and their dog knows it comes out before black friday, so why no specifics?)
  2. Price - duh... I don't really expect this with E3 so close, but again, why have this event if you're not going to reveal anything?
  3. SKUs - Is there a non Kinect version? Different HDD sizes?
  4. Full Specs - 5 billion transistors? Photons? WTF? How about telling us about the GPU?
  5. How does the TV feature work, what is required? Can I plug the coax right in, or does it connect to the existing cable box somehow? Does it work with satellite? How about OTA HD broadcasts? Can I use this without paying for XBL Gold?
  6. Speaking of Gold, will the price stay the same? Will it still be needed for thlngs like netflix? They mentioned in the press release that existing subscriptions and gamerscores would carry over, but no mention of how much that renewal will cost you or if you get any PS+ style bonuses with it.
  7. Will we be able to play used games?
  8. Can we play offline?
  9. Can I tell the Xbox to shut off all those extra "features" like skype, etc when I'm watching a movie?
  10. Games - hooray, they showed cars and some TV show tie-in. Then they ended with a CoD game that will also be on the PS4. Where are the big name exclusives?

Again, I'm sure we'll get some of this at E3, but why have this event if not to detail some of the system? I'm not sure what MS thinks they accomplished today other than getting the new system's name, logo, and press shots out there. All of that could've been done in a press release a lot cheaper and easier. Though I suppose if you want cheaper and easier you'll probably have to go with the PS4 this generation. /rant

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