Random #2

So I was explaining about how and why a PC is better than a console when it comes to being a hardcore gamer, and someone just commented “Console master race”
Are you fucking kidding me? 12 year old kids -_-“
Everyone knows It’s PC Master Race!! Ffs do you even lft fggt>? 

On a more serious note, I’d love to see anyone who says “Console Master Race” Make a video game like Grand Theft Auto or any other Triple A title over the Xbox 360 or Ps3 or the next gen consoles rather than making it over on the PC. xD

Half Life 3 confirmed by Valve and it might just be a SteamOS Exclusive!

Video game developer Valve is confirming that it is currently working actively on Half-Life 3 via its internal User Picker tool, which it uses to track projects and manage the personnel involved with them.

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The tool is actually, not meant to be seen by the public, but the secretive company seems to have made a blunder and has made it accessible to the public and fans of the series were able to see new entries for both Half-Life 3 and for Half-Life 3 Core, which we’re guessing is the Engine the game is going to be using. 

According to Gematsu, there are about 46 people at Valve currently working on the game itself and another 10 linked to the Core project. If you ask me? I doubt it was a blunder but rather the studio itself might have deliberately offered outsiders access to its internal tools to confirm Half-Life 3 work without making an official announcement. Nice way to get the hype going eh? So, what I’m trying to say is, This is it guys, Half Life 3 is pretty much confirmed and is in development and will be released within the next 2.5 years at the latest or within 3 months at its earliest. Why do I say that? Well that’s because recently, an European trademark has also been filed for the title and the trademark Valve has registered, needs to be used within 3 months of time and if they can’t, the trademark becomes invalid. They can however, extend the use of the trademark upto 5 times, and each time they extend, it grants them 6 more months of time. So if you do the math, that’s why we say, 2.5 years! 

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Valve is also working on its own OS and on hardware, i.e. the SteamOS and the Steam Machine. So accordingly we’re going to make an obvious guess, i.e. we’re going to believe that Half Life 3 along with any other games Valve is releasing will be exclusive to the SteamOS, so as to make people use their new products, and what better way to do it then release one of the most long awaited games in all of history? (In case you don’t remember, Half Life 2 was launched way back in 2004!!!) Why will it be a SteamOS exclusive and not a Steam Box exclusive you ask? As I already stated in a previous article, we already mentioned how Valve has already stated that PC users need not buy a Steam Machine if they do not want to, so I doubt they’re going to go back on their statement and suddenly offer a console exclusive game and let their PC gamer fan base down, which more or less makes up for all of it’s fan base to begin with, for the moment atleast! 

Machinima’s Inside Gaming has also speculated that the next round of games that Valve releases might be bundled and sold using the name “Steam Box”, a name which was predicted to be Valve’s upcoming hardware only to be found out that it was rather named the Steam Machine. Why Steam Box? Easy, the previous bundle was called the Orange Box! It was a Box. Hence Steam Box! 

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But in all seriousness, the speculation might just be true if you ask me! And if it turns out to be true, Are you ready to play some brand new Valve Games? 

Battlefield 4 Beta

I got into Battlefield 4 Beta. I will definitely be checking the game out and writing down what I think about the game. Not usually into FPS games all that much, but battlefield 4’s maps look dynamic as hell. Definitely a very fun game from the looks of it, my hands on experience might tell me otherwise but I sure as hell hope they don’t. Really want the game to succeed in order to see improvement in how maps work in the upcoming “Next Gen” cycle of gaming, not just in FPS games, but rather in games of every genre! (EverQuest Next is also another game that’s making their map very dynamic indeed) 

One of the main things I’m hoping to find in Next Gen gaming, is that developers pay more attention to maps, the tiny details inside of and leave small easter eggs here and there just for fun, and most of all, just make the environments that are presented in game, more alive and/or immersive!

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3rd Announcement is out. No Half Life 3!

So, the third announcement by Valve is out and it’s not Half Life 3. I have to say, I’m disappointed, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t. On the other hand however, we did get a very weird little controller instead! This thing looks like something out of the future, and in some ways, also impractical, but that I won’t know till I get a hands on impression myself. 

ImageLet’s start with the design of the controller shall we? My first impression when I saw the controller was kind of like this: 

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I have to say, I’m confused as well as quite impressed by the new controller. I don’t think there’s any other controller out there that’s quite like this one. And I would definitely love to get my hands on this thing in order to see how well it performs. Even though Half Life 3 wasn’t announced, this controller more or less makes up for it, because Valve might truly be revolutionizing the console gaming market. Even the Steam Machine announcements didn’t interest me as much as this weird looking controller did. Will the controller be a disappointment though? I very much doubt it since Valve doesn’t really have a history of screwing things up unless I’m forgetting something. But hey, anything can happen! 

Microtransactions and GTA 5?!

Now I know this is a bit late, but I’m sure most of you’ve already heard that GTA 5 online will have microtransactions in it. As in you’ll be able to buy GTA 5 money with your real life money! 

This doesn’t really come as a surprise to me as GTA 5 online will have a persistent world, and it’ll need to maintain it’s servers somehow, right? (Even though the game earned a billion dollars in about 3 days!!) What most people are worried about though, is that, will this change make the game pay to win?! This is an on going discussion at the moment over the internetz since players have complained that earning cash in GTA 5 is increasingly difficult then the previous GTA games and that Rockstar might have made these changes in order to rope in some more cash while they’re at it. But, I’ll go ahead and give you my direct opinion, I sincerely doubt it! 

First of all, the guns and cars and all the upgrades related to said equipment are relatively cheap, you certainly won’t require a million dollars to upgrade your choice of weapon or vehicle unless you’re planning on robbing a bank with an passenger jet and a power armour! So, it’s safe to say that you won’t fall behind on actual progression or competitive gameplay.

From my experience of the game so far, it seems like that you need the excessive amount of money to buy yourself luxury items (Like that 1 million dollar car!) that you probably won’t use and will occupy useless space till you decide to throw it away, just like in real life! Good examples would be mansions or boats or I don’t know… the Titanic?! 
(Look, I haven’t even completed the game yet so I barely know everything there is to know about GTA 5, who knows, there might be a Titanic and you just don’t know about it yet!)

Whatever the case, it’s safe to assume that you can easily compete with others even if you don’t buy GTA cash from Rockstar, because at the end of the day, you have a thing called the Stock Market inside the game, and if you’re smart enough, you can easily earn millions from that! Over on top of that, Rockstar has also stated that it’ll be easy for you to earn cash online compared to earning cash in the single player story mode for Grand Theft Auto 5!
This is the original statement from Rockstar which I’m referring to, “the economy is balanced differently from the single player economy, and cash earned in one cannot be taken over to the other. Most players will earn cash much faster Online than in Story Mode.” 

GTA 5 / Watch Dogs.

More and more rumours and evidence alike points to a PC release, and even exclusive PC content for Grand Theft Auto 5. I know it’s wishful thinking but if they announce a PC version on 1st of October, when GTA online goes live, I’ll be stoked! 
But I guess I shouldn’t rely on wishful thinking! So I’m just going to wait for Watch Dogs and hope that it’s an equally good game if not far better than GTA 5! 

Ubisoft has never really let me down, I’ve always loved them and none of their games ever seriously disappointed me. I mean, all of their recent games were definitely above average if nothing else and with amazing games coming from the same studio such as Child of Light, Valiant Hearts: The Great War and ofcourse the last but definitely not the least, Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag. 

Ubisoft definitely has an amazing line up ahead of them but I really want to quench my thirst for GTA 5 and since their PC release isn’t anywhere near in sight and probably won’t be anytime soon, my hope is on Watch Dogs to be an equally good open world game and atleast replace, if not surpass GTA 5 (Which is kind of Wishful thinking since GTA 5 has set the bars amazingly high!) But hey, one can hope right? And to be honest, I don’t expect AC4 to blow me away, I’m a fan of the series and I don’t think there’s anything in the game that is just making me beg to play it. It’ll definitely be a good game no doubt, but exceptional like GTA 5? Nah, I don’t think so, I’ll give that benefit of my doubt to Watch Dogs as I’ve stated previously! 

Grand Theft Auto 5

Played a lot of GTA5. It’s definitely one of the best games I’ve Ever played. Period.
The game’s so polished and so much care has gone into making it, that it’s more than obvious.
In my play through, I frequently side tracked and once me and my friend ended up watching one of the GTA TV channels for about half an hour. It looked like a real fucking TV show and that’s the best part about it!
We hardly did what i expected to go do in a GTA game.

This is definitely a Huge leap from the past GTA games and i can tell that GTA online will be a far greater experience that everyone definitely needs to play when it comes out!
Definitely a game worthy of all the 10/10s its getting. Amazing game by Rockstar Games!