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The 9th Console War

Now that both the Xbone and the Playstation 4 are out, I thought I’d weigh in with my uneducated and ill-informed opinion. After all, what’s another one in a sea of thousands and thousands?

To begin with, I hear that when it comes to processing power,  the two are pretty much even. This isn’t like the last great war where the PS3 came out ages after the 360 and therefore was much more powerful. They’re pretty much the same in terms of processing, I hear the PS4 edges by a bit but really, it doesn’t matter too much. I hear that both are ahead of the Wii U but Nintendo have been behind in the graphics department for years, at least it’s in HD this time. So if power isn’t a reason to buy each console, what is? I’m gonna take this opportunity to throw in my two cents here. Graphics never really govern choice for me, look at all those fantastic games that can still be played today despite looking like shit. I’m currently playing through God Hand, a game where you can see through walls if you get close enough to them and I’m loving it. Why? BECAUSE OF THE GAMEPLAY. The most important part of the game.

I guess another issue with new consoles is whether they actually function. After the whole RROD thing a consumer has a right to be suspicious of new, clearly rushed out hardware. I’ve heard the PS4 is perfectly capable of bricking itself and that it doesn’t stand steady and wobbles if provoked. However, the Xboner has dodgy voice recognition and of course, the horrific Kinect watching you when you sleep. You may also be banned from Xbox Live if you swear in a grotesque example of putting things in the terms and services when you know people don’t read it. A service, which you are paying for, can be taken away from you if you swear in your own living room. Thanks Microshit. The Playstation service thing, whatever it’s called (which you now have to pay for by the way) apparently has lots of advertisements. If it was free, I could understand but if you are PAYING for the service having adverts as well sounds awful.

Something I have already talked about a little bit in the previous paragraph I will now reveal my full displeasure for. Use of the internet is not free, you already have to pay for the service and possibly line rental as well. This generation, both Microshit and Sony have decided that we should pay for the pleasure of using the internet on their consoles. With Sony, you get the same stuff you got with their paid service with the PS3 (i.e. free games/discounted games that if you really wanted you would have paid for already) and Xbone Live is more of the same. Joy. Sony had an enormous advantage if they kept their online free, I would almost certainly have bought their product. But paying a monthly/annual fee for online? On a student budget?  Simply not going to happen. Half the new games being announced are touting revolutionary online play as a major selling point, but not only do you have to pay for the game to be able to experience this, you have to pay to play with your friends. No. Stop.

And then, on top of all this apparently the launch exclusives all suck. Knack in particular I remember getting trashed by most critics. Forza 5 has recently been revealed to contain an enormous content pay wall, with half the game hidden by DLC. In this absolutely disgusting decision Microsoft tossed away a potential advantage. Killzone and Uncharted are probably going to be more of the same (i.e. boring) and Titanfall is available on PC. So where are the reasons to buy either console? That’s a very good question…

This leads me onto my conclusion quite nicely. Why would you buy a console this generation? Potential answers: You want the next iteration of your favourite sport game? Here you don’t reaaaally want a video game, you want be interacting with your favourite sport. You want something to play with friends. Maybe you want a Wii U to play the new iteration in legendary franchises like the Legend of Zelda and Mario? In this case, it might be worth it. There’s bound to be a few games that interest you and at least it’s got the cool tablet thingy. The Virtual Store allows you to play past gems and it’s probably cheaper than actually buying the console and game so it might be worth it just for that. Reasons to buy a PS4 or an Xbone ? I can’t really see many to be honest. Just play games on PC, Steam is much nicer to use. Whilst building/buying a powerful computer may be more expensive than a console it will last longer and it does have multiple uses whilst a console has one really. In short, don’t buy a PS4 or an Xbone. They both have pretty enormous problems and frankly, you shouldn’t give these companies your custom. They do not deserve it.

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Weekly Post… Sort of. (News: Blizzcon 2013)

So remember when I said some weeks ago that I would be doing weekly blogs about my video games? Heh, good one eh? I am a real card.

In all seriousness, I have been quite busy with deadlines and various university stuff in the last week or so. I have also been trying to maintain my small but carefully managed social life, and by carefully managed I mean hiding from everyone until I get dragged from my room. Well it works for me. So unfortunately I haven’t been playing many video games, certainly nothing new. If you really want to read something I’ve written, you can have this article I wrote for my university entertainment magazine about God Hand. It’s not my full fleshed out thoughts of the game and is aimed at an audience that don’t know shit about video games.

I guess I could briefly mention Blizzcon 2013, which is actually still on going. I could make this a shitty news post mostly based on my opinions of facts I saw once on twitter and are probably false. Yeah, that sounds good.

So the two main things I know about and have opinions on are the Heroes of the Storm and the new WoW expansion. I adore Warcraft III, it is my favourite game of all time. Every move that Blizzard makes with Warcraft that means there’s an even smaller chance of Warcraft 4 ever existing and that makes me sad. Warlord’s of Draenor does not make me want to resub, it did not fill me with excitement or anything remotely approaching it. I would probably say something about the lore being in tatters, what with the time travel elements announced but actually it’s already ruined. Someone told me they brought Muradin Bronzebeard back from the dead (claiming he was unconcious or some shit) and after having found this to be true World of Warcraft makes me feel a bit ill every time I really think about it. If my two close WoW playing friends resub I might but I’d have to buy BC, WotLK, Cata and MoP as well as the new expac. So probably not gonna be doing that.

As for HotS (Heroes of the Storm, not Heart of the Swarm. Thanks Blizz) I’m a little unimpressed. I’ll probably play it a bit because it’s free but I don’t see it replacing Dota 2 in my life. It looks kind of fun, I watched the casted game between developers (which is available on youtube) but I didn’t really know what the fuck was going on (skills wise) and I have a suspicion that the game was probably staged to show off the game to the fullest. Above all the game looks to have no competitive elements AT ALL. This is not a bad thing really, with Dota 2 and LoL competing as it is, another Dota-like really doesn’t have a lot of chance. Even Blizzard’s backing won’t do much good as Dota 2 is already based off Warcraft 3 models/mechanics etc. I enjoy playing Awesomenauts when I can get a good connection and that game is pretty silly. So I’ll probably play it, with friends, but not by myself. I’ll probably also play exclusively Arthas and Thrall since I’m a WC3 kinda guy.

So that’s pretty much all I have to say about that, sorry for the usual lack of content. I promise I’ll get better! (maybe) If you are one of the two/three followers of this blog, I hope these weekly updates aren’t getting on your nerves. Thank you for patronage and I hope you keep reading!