Free2Play reviews Coming Soon!

Who doesn't want to get something for nothing and when it comes to gaming it's no different. I love the Free2Play games and I am always willing to give them try. Some I really love and keep coming back to time and time again. Others I manage to only play for 15 minutes and delete. 

I wanted to share my experiences with Free2Play on the PS4 and answer some of the questions many have when first looking at Free2Play games available on the PS4.

 

Digital vs Physical

Written by Queen Mai (Mai Tachibana)
PSN ID: Nakatsu_Hime
 
The age of digital media distribution is in full-swing, and this includes our games. A whole Blu-Ray’s worth of data can now be squirted to our consoles for hassle-free play. We will no longer have to leave our sofas again!

Both XBL and PSN have online stores where one can easily purchase full games, even AAA releases, along with a huge range of smaller games – those lovely indies! Even Nintendo pretends to have a similar service, but that seems to be mere myth.

Surely, it is a wonderful new age of gaming pleasure – or is it? 

I can see the attraction of purchasing a game in digital format. You need not concern yourself with where to store the box and other packaging as there isn’t any. You do not need to fight through crowds to your favourite games retailer, only to discover they are out of stock. It’s on your HDD ready to play – all the time!

It all seems wonderful. Let’s check it out...

Ease of purchase:

Usually a one-click affair (aren’t all affairs like that?) or as near as. You choose what you want, pay, and away you go. All good, but wait, what’s this? A download of 20Gb-plus? Ahh, that’s OK, my console says it will be done in… 8 hours??! Opps, no. There’s an update file as well. That’ll be loads of hours all-in. God-dammit. I’m off to bed!

So yes. The actual purchasing part IS easy, but from that point on you are completely dependent on the download completing before you are able to enjoy. Those of us with less than Singapore-quality internet will nod sagely as they visualize the time required for a download of the size needed for games nowadays.

I can easily go to any number of shopping centres and actually bring home the game in less time that it would take to download that game’s opening animation. Yes, I still need the patch, but I can still play any offline content whilst the patch is busy downloading.

So unless you are an agoraphobic, a sloth, or miles from anywhere useful, digital purchasing is a waiting-game best avoided.

“But, the gamer will benefit from…”:

OK. Let us all think back to when this digital distribution malarkey started to take off. The cost savings would be substantial - they told us. They’d be no need to pay for shipping, no need for added costs due to retail rental or staff wages, no costs for packaging or manuals, and negligible overheads for duplication of media and content - they told us. All these savings could then be passed onto the consumer. It would be gaming Nirvana - they told us.

So, what actually happened?

Well, all of the above happened as predicted, and the savings happened as expected, but where did those savings go? Not to benefit the end-user, that’s for sure. In fact, many digital offerings are initially priced ABOVE what you can purchase them for on the high-street. So this is how it works. We are asked to pay MORE for a product format that costs LESS. Yep, that makes sense.

It’s even more galling when you consider the following small but significant difference…

So, can I resell this digital stuff then?

Well, that’s a yes… and a no.

I am a UK resident, and under EU regulations I am well within my rights to be able to resell any digital content as I would be able to resell a physical copy. However, this is where the dream stops because – as we all know – digital distributors make damn sure you cannot resell any of your digital content. Even worse, they go so far as to tell you it’s not actually yours anyway, but you have just bought the rights to use the content – nothing more.
I’m sure that I could force the issue through the courts, but really, who is going to follow that path to resell their copy of Tomb Raider? And that’s exactly what distributors know is not going to happen en-masse.

So as it stands, the real-world answer to the above question is no, you cannot resell any digital content, because it’s probably not really yours to sell on anyway. Have a nice day!

But, it’s mine forever:

It’s on your HDD so yes, and in 10 years time you can bring your console out of the cupboard and have a retro-games day. All’s well and good until you find the console isn’t as healthy as it was, so you end up formatting the HDD or something. No matter, let’s just download this really cool game again.

You may be fine, or maybe – at some stage – the file was pulled, or the network was scrapped. So no dice. There’s no way you can download that game again.
"If only I’d bought that game on disk". Yes – if only.
 
So there you go. A new age is upon us where we need not physically own media ever again. It’s all on that wonderful cloud-thingy, all on a network or server somewhere, and all out of our reach and control.

The situations above may never worry some gamers. They will always be looking to the next big thing – never back. They may have hyper-speed internet. They may have no wish to resell anything. The difference of a few Pounds / Dollars / Yen may mean nothing to them. All this may be true for some, but for those of us that do think that digital should be inherently cheaper, that we should be able to own and therefore resell our purchases, that we should not have to wait eons for files to download, and that we may want to hold onto something and say ‘This is mine, forever’ – digital is definitely not the way forward. Not the future. Not as it stands. Not yet.
 

The Year of Living Gamegerously #YOLG

What is the year of living gamegerously?  Well, it is the brain child of the great BongoTheSane from the Overseas Podcast.  After realizing how many games he’s purchased and not finished (aka – the backlog of shame) he decided to take action!  He has committed to spending no more than £100 this year until he has completed his “Dirty 30” list of games.

What does that have to do with me?  Well, he’s extended the challenge to our little community of gamers and like a dummy, I have decided to join.  So, between Dec 1st 2016 and Dec 1st 2017 all of us YOLGers will partake in this crazy ass challenge!

You can go to the list of YOLGers and see all the participants and their games.

I’ve not really set a budget for myself, but I’ve gotten good over the last couple of years at not spending full price on new games.  I will do my best to limit any full priced new games that I purchase.  As of today, the only 2017 games that are day 1 purchases are Mass Effect Andromeda, Destiny 2 and Red Dead Redemption 2.

Finding 30 games that I have not finished was the easy part.  I ran through my Steam library and checked the Xbox One and PS4 for those games that are begging me to start and/or finish.  Without further ado, I present to you my Dirty Thirty List!

 

1.       Red Dead Redemption

2.       Mass Effect 3

3.       Uncharted 4

4.       Battlefield 1

5.       DOOM

6.       Dying Light

7.       Fallout 4

8.       Far Cry 4

9.       Game of Thrones – A Telltale Games Series

10.   Grand Theft Auto V

11.   Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

12.   Ori and the Blind Forest

13.   Rise of the Tomb Raider

14.   South Park: The Stick of Truth

15.   The Walking Dead; Season Two

16.   The Witcher 3

17.   Call of Juarez Gunslinger

18.   Metro Last Light

19.   Metro 2033

20.   Alien: Isolation

21.   Batman Arkham Knight

22.   The Evil Within

23.   Just Cause 3

24.   Mad Max

25.   Wolfenstein: The New Order

26.   Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

27.   Gears of War4

28.   Infamous Second Son

29.   Mark of the Ninja

30.   Limbo

After reading through the list and listening to B1gBadDaddy give his list, I have added the following honorable mentions as I don’t think I’ll ever complete a game like The Witcher 3 (just not my style of game) or Fallout 4 (just too darn big).

1.       Valiant Hearts

2.       Assassin’s Creed Black Flag

So, there are some games that I’ve always wanted to finish off, but never got around to.  The one that stands out the most is Red Dead Redemption.  I think the last time I played, I had just opened up the last section of the map.

With any luck, I’ll be posting back here in a month of two with some news that I’ve completed some of these games!  To see how everyone is doing, check #YOGL on twitter.

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No Man's Sky

First off, let's deal with the elephant in the room.

As far as I can see, No Man's Sky arrived and delivered almost exactly what the officially released teaser videos illustrated.
It is an exploration game of the largest dimensions imaginable that you can approach as you see fit. Head to the game's target - the centre of the Universe - or don't. Up to you. Explore, log life forms, or fight, or all the above. Up to you.

It's almost a multiplayer game - almost. You are playing to achieve your own chosen goal. There will be no teams, no clans, no buddies Just you and the world. Well, when I say world, I mean Universe, and the No Man's Sky Universe isn't just big, it's mind-bendingly huge!
There are 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 individual planets in this particular sandbox. It's going to be like Elite, basically single-player, but writ huge

But hereby hangs the 'almost' part I mentioned. During development, it was suggested that it would be possible you would meet other players, but unlikely. However, this has since been proven to be incorrect. You won't meet another player - ever.
Predictably, gamers winged and demanded refunded for being lied to, and all the cobblers the great American society encourages.

So good. All you who moaned - bye bye. You won't be missed. Go play your Call Of Duty, and allow those who want to enjoy the game actually enjoy it.

Anyway...
When I first started to play this game, I was sorely irritated.
I was forced to tramp around a boiling hot planet with frequent storms, just to find some so-called common elements, just so I could get my Launch-Thrusters and Pulse Drive up and running. Supposedly, the elements required for basics are on all planets in reasonable quantities - but not on my one it seemed! To cut a long story short, my third 'first planet' was friendly enough not to boil, freeze, irradiate or send things to shoot at me if I even farted, and all went well.

Then you find out about logging creatures.

Now, this I do find more fun. Scanning for any red dots that indicate an undiscovered creature to add to your list, a complete list netting you hundreds of thousands of credits. Of course, you always find the last remaining species are about as common as rocking-horse shit, but you get there in the end, usually.

Whether you decide to get to the game's goal (the centre of the Universe), or just bumble about , the basic mechanics remain the same.
Keeping your stocks of certain elements up so you can recharge thrusters, life-support, mining equipment, etc. Discovering new locations in the hope that one of them may contain a trading post or a life-form willing to hand you a new piece of equipment or upgrade.

And this leads to a new problem. That being storage slots, or the lack thereof.

Your initial ship has precious few. Your suit has even less, and any new tech or upgrade fills one of these valuable slots. To get more slots you are forced to buy a new ship or shell out a lot of money (or it seems like a lot when you are just starting out) for an extra suit slot.
Making all this even more of a bind is that certain items simply do not stack. In fact, anything that isn't an element does not stack. So you find yourself running gout of slots amazingly fast.

My recommendation from the outset - farm rare elements - if you are lucky enough to be on a planet that offers them. Or be on the lookout for valuable knick-knacks hiding in containers. Make a few million or four, and hang around a trading post or any space station waiting for other ships to arrive. Then you can offer to buy a better ship.

Want to travel to another star-system? Then be prepared to fuel up your hyperdrive with elements you just know your local planets will not have. That is fun.

So what do I really think of it?

I cannot think of any major disappointments, as I was totally expecting what we ended up receiving. I wanted an exploration game writ huge, and that's what it is. And for those of us expecting only that - it really cannot disappoint.
Yes, you can get to a stage where it all seems like just a huge farming grind, and you really get to hate the sight of those red Plutonium shards, but what hasn't lose its thrill is the search for that one missing life-form, or wondering if that undiscovered new planet growing larger in your screen is going to be another God-awful acid-ridden hell-hole that's about as much fun as a tray of cat litter, or a lovely verdant wonderful planet

As a footnote, a pre-release preview article I had ready, had as its last line:
"I bet you any money you like, when I first spawn in the No Man's Sky universe, the very first planet I visit will be called Xx__Poo-World__xX - Discovered by CaptYoBtch".

Oddly enough, it wasn't, and I kinda missed that.

Lots of love - Mai

xxx

Skyrim PS4: A Legend returns

Skyrim on PS4
The Legend Returns

Those of you who hang around the official Sony forums will know I really liked Skyrim on the PS3, and have always wished for its release on the PS4. Then Elder Scrolls Online was ported over sans-subscription, and there was much rejoicing. That filled my Skyrim hole on the PS4.

Then guess what happened?
Well, Bethesda suddenly announced they were working on Skyrim for the PS4, that's what happened! Not only that, but it was almost complete, had a release date of Winter 2016, and would support mods !!

Having picked up Skyrim for the PC quite cheaply, I've got used to using various mods. Some making it easier for me not to die horribly, but most just making me look prettier. All in all, extra fun for me then.

As I said previously, I really enjoyed Skyrim on the PS3. Like many others, I battled through the god-awful memory-management issues Bethesda foisted upon PS3 users, exacerbated by the lack of free memory on-board the PS3. That and the numerous bugged quests
Even with these major crippling drawbacks, it was - and still is - an absorbing game, and now the opportunity to play it on the much more capable PS4 will be pure pleasure. It will at last have the headroom to fly, and since Bethesda are reworking it from the ground up, I trust it will not carry over any bad habits from its previous Sony incarnation.

So far, the main area of improvement are graphical, with many more assets being placed in the world and an upping of general graphical oomph. The other improvement over the last-gen console versions is the inclusion of mod support. This is not a first for console games as Fallout 4 also allows the inclusion of mods, but it surely opens up the game to be extended for us with new weapons, environments and even quests.
So far, mods seem to be offered for free, but there will no doubt be the possibility of pay-DLC mods. We'll have to wait and see for that one.

What about Sony-VR?
Well indeed, what about it?
So far, not a squeak about VR-comparability within this Skyrim-Remaster, but it would seem to me that this game would be a prime candidate for such compatibility, and I think it would work very well. Once again, we will have to wait and see.

So there you go. I think I have covered all the presently available information that Bethesda has allowed us thus far. I'm sure they'll be various teaser gameplay footage released, mainly to show off how wonderful it looks like - as there's not much new that we don't know already about Skyrim itself.

My opinion on this? It is definitely on my wishlist for Christmas or before, and no doubt I shall be boring you all with an update once I get my mucky paws on it.
I'm sure you'll all look forward to that.

Mai Tachibana
PSN - Nakatsu_Hime

Hello UberGamers

Hi everyone! I am TinyUberGeek, founder of Lousy at Gaming, but just the Godfather now as life got pretty busy over the years so I stepped down and left it in some very capable hands. Life is slowing down now and I am able to get back into what I really enjoy, gaming. I pretty much just play single player and use Gamefly to support my addiction so you will definitely get my opinion on what I think are great games and what I think are complete garbage, don't take offense, its just my thoughts, besides I'm old and honestly don't give a shit what you think anyway :).

I am also a professional photographer, just as a hobby, I love capturing life as it happens.

I plan on being here daily if I can and may start Vlogging as well at some point and get my Youtube channel moving.

Peace,

T.U.G. 

Test Post About Bloodborne

Bloodborne is an action RPG in which you hunt for answers in the ancient city of Yharnam, now cursed with a strange endemic illness spreading through the streets like a disease. Peril, death and madness infest this dark world, and you're tasked with uncovering its darkest secrets which will be necessary for you to survive. Armed with a singular arsenal of weaponry, including guns and saw cleavers, you'll require wits, strategy and reflexes to dispatch the agile and intelligent enemies that guard the city's underbelly. You will utility holy chalices to access an array of vast underground ruins, chock full of traps, beasts, and rewards, to explore and conquer on your own or with other people.