A post about my controller.

When it comes to gaming people have different opinions about their favorite method of controlling the game, the answer is always up to personal preference, some people like using a keyboard and mouse because it’s more precise while others prefer using a controller because it’s more comfortable and fits well in your hands.

My answer is usually a controller, but after experiencing many controllers over the years, I narrowed the answer to one specific controller, my modified Dualshock 4

So what’s so special about it?

Well first let me talk about the unmodded Dualshock 4, Compared to previous Playstation controllers, the Dualshock 4 has 2 new features added to it, a touch pad and a headphone jack, two features that can are very useful, the headphone is self explanatory, while the touch pad it’s a hit or miss, I only heard people saying it’s used as a novelty PS4 games while on PC you can assign all sorts of commands to it.

Untitled-1

You can assign a directional pad to the left pad to control volume by touching or pressing certain positions while the right one you can assign as a command wheel, which I find really useful.

I’d like to see the speaker and the LEDS on the controller being used on PC on a similar fashion they’re on the PS4 but that’s just a minor thing.

Now let me talk to you about the little modification I’ve made to it, the Xbox One elite controller analog sticks, I simply love them, Microsoft congratulations on the Elite controller you guys nailed it on those features, while my controller doesn’t have trigger stoppers, an interchangeable D-Pad or the back paddles, the analog stick change was simply wonderful, not only can I change them to whatever situation I feel it’s the best but they also added a bit of weight to the controller, I only noticed this small difference when I went over to my great-aunt’s house and played with my cousins regular DS4 while they tested out my modded one.

I feel that changing the analog sticks was necessary, the original ones on the DS4 weren’t very good, and I feel like changing the analog sticks is a better than using one of those Kontrol Freek analog extenders, of course that’s only my opinion if you prefer using them I respect your opinion.

Conclusion

Was this blog post an excuse to show off your controller?

Actually I made it to test how a YouTube video would be featured in it, I plan on using this feature soon so I thought about the easiest post I could make and turns out the answer was in my hands this whole time.

I don’t own a PS4, but having this controller opened up a few doors to me, I improved my aiming in a lot of games thanks to it, whenever a family event happen I can bring my controller so we can play together, I can use any pair of earbuds with microphones instead of the shitty microphone my laptop has.

Would I recommend you to use a DS4 and/or mod it similar to what I did to mine?
Honestly it’s up to you, maybe you prefer using keyboard and mouse on PC and consoles, maybe you like using an Xbox controller, maybe you enjoy a third-party controller, maybe you enjoy how DS4 feels, maybe you would rather have a Kontrol Freek, I could go on for many paragraphs so I’ll try to make this short:

Every soldier has their weapon of choice, whether you like to use a rifle or a shotgun it’s up to you, as long as you use it well and feel comfortable with it, you’re ready for the battle.

Advertisements

Steam Summer Sale 2017, my experience.

I love me a sale, and I’m sure you do too, whether they’re on electronics, clothing or something we can’t help but feel excited about purchasing something that used to cost quite a few pennies for half the price or more,  there’s probably a scientific explanation on why we enjoy it so much, but I’m not here to bore you with scientific facts, I’m here to bore you by talking video games!

Steam sales are probably the biggest sales when it comes to digital media, anything that’s still relevant and wasn’t released so recently is there, with discounts varying from 10% off to 90% off, with huge variety of titles from the 1980’s to today you couldn’t possibly resist the savings.

Ok Enrico, stop building up to whatever you want to talk about and just say it.

My experience on the summer sale this year probably wasn’t the greatest, limiting myself to the 15 BRL that was already on my virtual wallet, I only bought 3 games, out of a 185 wishlist, I think my choices this year weren’t the best, that doesn’t mean the games I bought completely suck, it means I could’he bought them in a different time on a different sale, so without further ado, I’ll talk about my purchases this year.

1. Zuma’s Revenge

I’m a sucker for puzzle games, I love playing Tetris and Bejeweled, so Zuma was a must buy without a doubt, I played it years ago on a friend’s house and we got addicted to it rather quickly, For years I had that game on the back of my head, always remembering the gameplay but not it’s name, that is until it randomly popped up on the Discovery Queue, so I purchased it on this years sale and now I’m addicted to it again…

Would I recommend it? If you enjoy playing puzzle games Zuma is definitely a must have!

2. Poker Night 2

I really want to play Sam & Max games and watch the Evil Dead series and Venture Bros. I never had contact with these series before but after seeing the characters interacting with one another it really sparked my interest, which in my opinion is one of many aspects that can make a crossover really great.

The game itself is your standard Poker Game, on a difficulty rate, each characters is programmed with a unique gameplay style and tells, if you play Team Fortress 2 and Borderlands 2 you will get an exclusive character customization item for both games after a certain objective is reached.

Would I recommend it to you? Only if you like poker or REALLY want those character customization items.

3. Typing of the Dead Overkill / House of the Dead Overkill

I really enjoy a good zombie game, from Dead Rising’s vast list of potential weapons and huge hordes to Lollipop Chainsaw’s cheerleader versus zombies inspired by rock and roll and it’s sub genres.

I never played House of the Dead outside an arcade, I usually played it for a while and moved on to play something else because I didn’t wanted to waste more money on the same game, I wanted to buy a copy so I could play on the computer but when I checked Steam I only saw the Typing of the Dead, so I kinda gave up for a while until I saw the House of the Dead gameplay with the Steam Controller and read it was available inside the Typing of the Dead, I felt like an idiot and put on my wishlist.

I haven’t finished the game yet, and I probably will play House of the Dead only because a notebook’s keyboard is not the best one for it, but so far I’m really enjoying it.

Would I recommend it? I’d say yes if you enjoy the series and on rails shooters in general, especially if you can find guns similar to the ones used in the arcade version.

Conclusion:

This year’s Summer Sale wasn’t the best for me, In previous years I bought at least one game pack, that included at least 4 games or so while this year I bought one 3 games, one of them, Typing of the Dead, containing all DLCS, part of the reason why this years sale wasn’t so rich in variety is due to my upcoming life, I’m saving money so I could enjoy it as much as I can, speaking of said event, you may noticed I added a milestone countdown on the blog’s menu, when said countdown reaches zero I will make a video and upload it here explaining everything.

Random Thoughts #2 Voice actors, my first console and the reason I don’t use Facebook as much as I did before

Recognizing Voice Actors.

Really, recognizing voice actors?

Yes, recognizing voice actors, I don’t know why but I find a bit of joy when I can compare character’s voices to later find out that they share the same voice actor. Two examples on this:

On the Adventure Time episode “Everything’s Jake” there are 3 characters that Jake meets throughout the story, Goose, The Mayor and Dr. Erik Adamkinson, that sound pretty similar to Phillip J. Fry, Zapp Brannigan and Professor Farmsworth from Futurama, that’s because they were all voice by the same person, Billy West, which I think is pretty cool considering that Bender and Jake are both voiced by John DiMaggio.

Nolan North and Steve Blum worked together innumerous times, they’ve had very iconic roles over the years and are two of my favorites voice actors, If I had to pick 2 franchises they’ve worked together and their characters in them, I’d pick Call of Duty Zombies’ Dr. Edward Richtofen and Tank Dempsey.

The first video game console I’ve ever owned.

I can’t remember what year I got it as a Christmas gift, but the console I got was a Gemini X Game, a Brazilian Famicom Clone, it looked like a Sony Discman with Sega Genesis/Mega Drive inspired controllers, a Famicom cartridge slot and strangely enough, a light gun that kinda looks like a Walther PPK, James Bond’s weapon of choice.

771711008581777

Little me was too dumb to understand that this console was a clone, but even if I did, I wouldn’t care, It was my first console, I was very excited to play it and I had a lot of fun doing so.

I can’t remember all of the games that were available on the cartridges and the system, so with the help of Google I found out some of the games I’ve played on it: Track & Field, Duck Hunt, F-1 Race, Lunar Pool, Hogan’s Alley, Contra, Jackal, Soccer, Spider-Man Return of the Sinister Six, Battle City.

The reason I’m avoiding Facebook recently.

Brazil is a country that is very divided when it comes to politics, some people lean more to the left while others lean more to the right, that’s natural people do have different opinions on different things, I will respect both sides of the coin regardless.

Talking about politics is important so you can grow up as a person and help the society you live do so as well, as long as your political view isn’t your only personality trait everything should be fine, which leads me to why I’m avoiding Facebook, political posts.

Sharing something on Facebook is kinda like a one way conversation, you just press a button to display something on your timeline and show it to other people in their News Feed, and that’s about it, unless you’re a famous person or a page you won’t get a lot of attention, apply that to politics and things will get a bit annoying.

You’re saying this because you don’t agree with their opinion…

Not really, sometimes I may agree with their point of view, my problem is the fact that Facebook doesn’t have a filter to simply block the kinds of post you don’t want to see on your News Feed , I’d rather just see what my friends are up to instead of blocking every page that posts political content because of something my friends shared.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to “throw shit” on my friends because of their point of view, you can post whatever you want on your timeline, If I don’t want to see certain content is my problem not yours, Facebook could at least help it’s users to block specific subjects they would rather not see, if you’re somehow insulted because of this post I’m sorry.

Anyway that wraps things up for today, I’ve made a possible thumbnail for future Random Thoughts, it’s probably not the final version though.

A “dead” game’s last breath?

Hey guys, I wanted to make this post for a while now, because it’s actually something that I have a lot of passion for, a game that I really enjoyed for a while and wish I could play it again, you can even consider it an honorable mention on the 5 game that are very  special to me,  I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way about it, but anyway the game I’m talking about is Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game.

maxresdefault

Why do I want this game to make a comeback? There are only two, but I made sure to pack them full of info, and they are:

1. The series author wants to bring it back.

Author Bryan Lee O’ Malley, creator of Lost at the Sea, Seconds, and of course Scott Pilgrim, mentioned once in his Twitter that he would do whatever was at his power to bring the game back, but he needs time, meaning that he, along with the fans, really want this game to make a come back.

I would suggest my readers to not bother Mr. O’ Malley on the matter, the guy only created the graphical novels, not the game nor the movie, he did have a close involvement with their creation, he’s doing what he can regarding the re-release.

2. The game itself

Man, talk about a fun game, I believe besides some flash game I’ve played on the internet when I was young, this was my first arcade style side-scroller beat’em up, the game is beautiful, the sprites were inspired by the graphic novels, made by Paul Robertson, who  later on made the sprites for Mercenary Kings;
Music wise, we have to thank Anamanaguchi for the amazing soundtrack, I occasionally catch myself listening to Another Winter and Rock Club, in fact I’m currently listening Another Winter.

Going around Toronto with Scott, Ramona, Stephen and Kim (also Wallace and Knives if you bought their DLC or the Ultimate Edition) beating up some guys and gals contracted by the League of Evil Exes, only to defeat one of the 7 Evil Exes at the end of stage, each character has their own attacks and special moves, from Ramona pulling a random weapon out of her Subspace Suitcase to Kim sneezing a fireball like projectile, the game had a fun combat system, I’ve never had the experience of playing this game with an arcade stick but I can imagine how good it must be, each character has it’s unique ending to the game, giving the game some re-play value, while I unfortunately haven’t gotten a chance to play this game with 4 people, neither through online nor through guests, but I can imagine playing this with friends would be very fun.

The game was filled with references to the graphical novels, the movie, gaming and even to places in Toronto, references such as:
Being able to pay Scott’s Late Fees for $540.25, on Volume 5 of the books after defeating the twins Scott earns an achievement for defeating them simultaneously and the game contains an achievement/ trophy with this exact description.
Mario styled blocks in a Rainbow Road inspired Subspace Highway,  in-game stores with a similar looking layout to those found in River City Ransom, items named as Speedy the Porcupine, Never-ending Fantasy, Energy Tank that are references to Sonic the Hedgehog, Final Fantasy and the Mega Man energy tanks.
In level one you will find two stores, one named Delicious Cup and the other Dee’s Tex-Mex; they are a reference to Second Cup Coffee Co. and Sneaky Dee’s Tex-Mex restaurant.

Conclusion:

It is unfortunate that the game was only available through the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live’s store, It was quite a successful game among those who played it prior to it’s de-listing at the end of 2014.

Is there still hope for the game? In my opinion that is a yes, look at Deadpool, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, the Telltale Back to the Future, Bayonetta on PC and among other games,  Deadpool and Marvel vs. Capcom 3 were taken off from both online services but made a comeback on PS4, Xbox One and on PC, a place that Marvel vs. Capcom 3 hasn’t been released; the Back to the Future game has been re-released on PS4 and Xbox One to celebrate Back to the Future day and on Bayonetta’s case, I believe they re-released it because the fans demanded for it.

If I had to point a finger towards who could bring this game back from the limbo it’d be either Ubisoft or Universal, In 2013 when spoken on the topic of releasing the game on PC, one of the Mercenary King’s developer mentioned that it’d only be possible if Ubisoft were up to it, and Universal because Mr. O’Malley mentioned that the game was a movie tie-in and that neither of them made a lot of money.

Will we ever see the game again? Only time will tell us what answers await us, let’s just hope they bring this game back to current-gen consoles and for the PC.

The reasons why I decided to play on the PC

Oh so he’s one of those “PC MASTER RACE” douchebags…

No, I do play on PC but that doesn’t mean I have a superiority complex like some other members of the PC gaming community…

Alright, your opinion will be heard, what’s your reason for playing on the computer?

Well, so far I’ve only played games on a Vostro 5470, it may not be a power house, but this baby used to pack quite a punch, It ran some modern games such as Grand Theft Auto V, Dead Rising 3 and Call of Duty: Black Ops III on very minimum specs compered to the actual minimum recommended, It never looked that good but it ran quite fine, for a while, after some time they couldn’t run as fine, Grand Theft Auto V for example had problems loading the map, every time you accelerated a Super car to a certain speed, the road simply disappeared followed with some frame drops.

Sadly for me I’ll still be hanging to it, so I won’t be able to play games I’ve been really looking forward to play such as Fallout 4, Doom (2016) , Resident Evil 7, NieR: Automata, Black Ops III’s DLC: Zombie Chronicles, among other games; the reason for that being that it costs a small fortune here in Brazil to built a decent gaming computer.

Ok, that’s a decent story related to your hardware, but what’s the reason you play it on a PC?

Well there are only three reasons and they are:

1. Steam

Sp2mlo

Ah Steam, you’re a the most lovable and yet most cruelest of mistresses when it comes to PC gaming,

Why is it lovely? Well Steam is a wonderful service to use, it’s simple it has all sorts of games available for purchase, a lovely interface to find new games based on your and your friend’s interests, you can interact with the community to find guides, strategies, controller configurations among other features.

Why is it cruel? 1 word dear reader: SALES, so many sales, the prices are amazingly low, it’s so good, they occur so often you just can’t help yourself and buy a game or two or a bundle with a couple of games for a very low price, if you don’t have enough self control they are quite a temptation.

 2. Controller Support

controllers.jpg

Just because you play on the computer it doesn’t mean that you’ll be stuck playing with the keyboard and mouse, there are so many alternatives , the most common controllers used is the Xbox 360 one, but you can play with so many others, you can play with a PS3 one, a PS4 one and if you’re crazy enough, you can even get things like a Guitar Hero controller, a third party retro controller such as an Atari one, hell, you can even use bananas wired to a circuit board as a controller, every mercenary has his own tool for the job, and being able to pick the one you prefer for it is always nice.

3. No subscription required to play online

The current line of console all have their own subscription based program that will allow players to play the games they own online, them being the Xbox Live, PlayStation Plus and pretty soon the Nintendo Switch Online Service, once a month you’ll be able to get a free game from them and whatever other bonus they offer, PC on the other hand ,besides subscription based games, you won’t need to pay an extra to be able to play online with your friends, which in my opinion is how it should be, I had both the Wii and the PS3 and you didn’t needed to pay extra to pay online, so my best alternative was really to move on to computer gaming.

Conclusion:

Do I hate console gaming? Absolutely not, they’ve played a huge role on my gaming experience over the years, and in fact they still play a part of it in the present, whenever I go to my friends or family’s house, we usually sit down and enjoy playing on the PS4, we have tons of fun doing so, I even own a PS4 controller, even though I don’t own a console, I use it to play games on both the computer and on the PS4 with them.

So whatever your gaming platform of choice is, game on and remember to respect your fellow gamers!

5 games that are very special to me.

Took you long enough to make a post specifically about video games, that’s probably the only thing we’ll see in this stupid blog right?

I appreciate your sarcasm dear reader, and my answer to that is no, there will be a vast variety of content here I’ll post here, I’m just taking the easier ones out of the way first.
Our lives are defined the things we do and experience, whether it is for the best or for the worst that’s for you to decide.

The following list is based on the games that managed to change my life in one way or another, I’ve arranged it in chronological order with a single rule, only one game per franchise, if I hadn’t done it I’d be here for at least three days trying to elaborate it:

1. Super Mario World

Super_Mario_World_-_North_American_Boxart

The first things in life are always the ones that will stick with you, your first love, your first job, and so on.
While Super Mario World wasn’t technically the first game I’ve ever played, it was the first non-pc game I played, I remember going to my childhood friend’s house and just being there until late at night playing this game, I used to suck A LOT at it, at first I only played the level Yoshi’s Island 2 while my friend played all the other ones, after that I went through the “I’ll keep on going to the Top Secret Area until I have 99 lives” phase, and after a long time I got better and eventually finished the game, on a SNES emulator on the PS2, it didn’t run as smoothly as it would on an actual SNES or a PC emulator, but I did it anyway, thanks to this game, my passion for gaming was born.

2. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

Guitar-hero-iii-cover-image

Well this was a hard choice, why? because I’ve played most of the Guitar Hero games and enjoyed them in different ways, I had to settle between 2 games, it was either this one or Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, so why did I picked this one?
I loved it’s story, it was simple, stupid and funny, you join a band, go on gigs with them, sign a contract with a manager who happens to be the devil, find out you sold your soul to him, and battle for your soul in hell;
I loved the soundtrack, it had so many different genres of rock and metal, many of those songs are still among my favorites;
I loved the Battle Mode, I loved the characters, I loved the fun I had with my family and friends thanks to it.
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, along with the other installments in the series, greatly influenced on my music preference to this day, yes I’m open minded to music, but if I had to pick any genre over the others, it’d be Rock for sure.

3. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

GTA_San_Andreas_Box_Art.jpg

I remember doing so many random things in this game, like climbing on top of the Los Santos Tower spawning a random vehicle and driving off the building trying to survive, customizing sports cars and low riders, seeing how long I’d survive with a high wanted level at the beginning of the game by flying off to another city, I’m still not sure how many times I’ve finished the game, I’m pretty sure I did it at least 2 times
As mentioned in my previous post, this game had a huge influence on my English today, so I can’t thank it enough, this was also my first M rated game, even though I shouldn’t be playing at that age, my first sandbox game, the first game I’ve played with cheats and the first game I’ve played with mods, I guess when it comes to video games, you can say Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was a cherry popper game to me.

4. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Zombie Mode)

Steam_BODLC4

Am I cheating by picking up a specific game mode for a specific game? Not really, zombie mode was the only thing that made me interested in Call of Duty to begin with, I remember going with my mom to her friends’ house and playing with them on the Xbox 360, I’ve never played a FPS before so of course I sucked at it, I wasn’t having that good of a time, that is until we started playing the zombie mode, I still don’t know why, but at that moment I fell in love with the game mode, maybe it was the fact that the game was co-op instead of a competitive multiplayer? maybe it was the fact that it was the first survival game mode I’ve played? I’m not sure what it was, but one thing was sure, I loved it, I remember even buying it for the Wii, yes I had the most inferior version of the game, and later on at the PS3 and PC, It was the first game I’ve played online, I’ve done the Easter Eggs on all of the maps, with the exception of Ascension, because it wasn’t worth the effort, I still remember Call of the Dead and Moon like the palm of my hand, I hated Shangri-La and Five, and loved playing the classic World at War maps.
Overall this game opened many door to me, such as the interest in zombie culture, co-op games and online multiplayer games; to this day I’ll only purchase Call of Duty games released by Treyarch because of their Zombie mode.

5. Bioshock Infinite

untitled
This game made me realize that video games can be more than just mere games, they can be art, I don’t care if anyone says otherwise, The graphics are beautiful, the story is amazing, the world they created feels real, while the game is a bit linear in terms of gameplay, you can actually see a bit of their culture and how flawed the citizens of Columbia are, which is great, even in their supposed Utopia there are flaws because they are only human and by no means perfect, the interaction between Booker and Elizabeth is something quite real, there are happy moments, there are sad moments and some quite dark moments, I could go on and on about how much I love this game.

Conclusion

Taste is something rather subjective, I could say something is great while you could say it isn’t all that, but in the end, these are the things that could change people’s lives, you can find out a lot about yourself by experiencing something you may not enjoy, these are the things that helped you become who you are today, whether it is a song, a movie, a book, a game or something else, you should always try something new, they may change your life in someway or another