Borderlands TPS – Let’s Go To The Moooooon

It was a pretty productive weekend (for gaming at least). Thanks to Sony’s flash sale, I managed to pick up 2 games: Far Cry 4 and Borderlands Handsome Jack Collection. I’ve already played Borderlands 2 so I jumped right into the Pre Sequel which is a title I only briefly played for a moment back in 2015.

If you’ve played a Borderlands game before, The Pre Sequel is more or less the same mechanics as it’s older brother, the second game. Adding onto 2’s formula, you now require oxygen in certain areas of the game. It can get annoying at times but I’ve grown used to the oxygen system. You get your main quest plus a slew of side quests you can complete at your own leisure. I do most if not all the side quests (depending on how “annoying” or “tedious” they may be) to build my character up  as much as I can (lawbringer).

So far with my weapons, I’ve resorted to a pistol and sniper rifle until I open up more weapon slots where I usually experiment with other weapons be it a shotgun, laser weapon, or rocket launcher. The main build so far is going towards straight damage and damage related stats. I haven’t checked out too much of the skill tree but i’ll make it appoint to do so in the future; Right now, I just wanna have some fun killing shit.

Overall, aside from some nitpicks and annoyances, I’m having fun with this title. I figured I would while I take a brief break from Destiny for the time being to explore some other games I may enjoy. Far Cry 4 is in my crosshairs after I either beat or get sick of TPS.

Smash TV – So Much For 1999 Being A Dystopia….

Nothing really eventful happened last night. Perfect Dark was fired up for a bit while my son sat on me trying to take control of my game by moving my fingers around and pressing buttons for me; needless to say, it was a challenge to get anything done. It wasn’t until this morning on my bus ride to work I decided to bust out the laptop and play some Smash TV until I arrived at my destination.

My love for twin stick shooters is strong, and Smash TV is one of the many twin stick titles I enjoy playing. I was probably in 6th grade or so when I first played Smash TV. Basically the game is set in the year 1999 (keep in mind this game was released in 1991), and TV rules the nation where the more violent the programming the better. One of these TV shows is Smash TV, where “lucky” contestants enter an arena where they must shoot their way through room after room while collecting cash and prizes all at the same time. Seems like a simple task until you get beaten to death by your enemies or even worse, a shrapnel surprise!!

The controls are wicked smooth to the point where dying means you fucked up, not the game. Graphics and sound is, of course, the best 1991 had to offer but doesn’t make the game unbearable to play regardless. The key to victory is repetitive game play and memorization of each room (and there are TONS of them for that matter). There are also some cool side things to do such as collecting keys to access bonus levels at the end of the game plus the usual task of getting “the high score”, so replayability is top notch in Smash TV. My personal goal is to have the High Score table filled with my name. Once I get used to the game a lot more, I’ll try to do runs without continues. I should also try and find a copy on 360 since the game can be found on the Xbox Live Arcade.

Perfect Dark – Welcome to Gaming in the Year 2000

Back in the year 2000, all I had was a PlayStation 1. I never got so much of a chance to play the Nintendo 64 unless I was at my cousin’s house which was a rarity in itself. There was actually a lot I missed out on and not on purpose either. My family always saw luxuries as something you earned, not given (and I still thank them today for not programming me into a spoiled brat), so in order for me to even have a new game or system for that matter, I had to work for it. It wasn’t until later in my life (2010 to be exact) I actually got my hands on a used Nintendo 64 and a few games; including one I can’t seem to put down even today: Perfect Dark.

Yesterday after finishing my usual Destiny duties for the night, I decided to fire up Perfect Dark and play a few games in their “Combat Simulator”, which is basically their “deathmatch” mode. I still had settings files saved that loads me up in games with bots with different difficulties (1 meat, 1 easy, 1 medium) plus it preloads my favorite map: Skedar. The controls in Perfect Dark are… laughable nowadays, and it definitely isn’t the most precious looking game today especially when viewed on an HD television. However, I got used to it fairly quick and topped the scoreboards each match only dying maybe 2 or 3 times.

Controls and graphics aside, Perfect Dark is definitely something to check out. There’s also a remastered version on the Xbox Live Arcade, although I cannot speak for it since I do not own it. Once you get used to the controls, you will be wiping out the competition in no time. Someday, I will run through the main story as soon as I get used to the controls a bit more, so look out for that soon.

Destiny – Beginning to Chip Away at my Quest Logs

PVP last night with my new pulse rifle was a bit easier than the hand cannon and I managed to win 2 out of the 3 matches with my last match being dreadfully embarrassing. The rest of the night was dedicated to me looking through unfinished quests in my logs. One of them I’ll check out tonight is this quest where I have to play that Rise of Iron game mode that’s comparable to Call of Duty’s “Kill Confirmed”; that should be a blast as long as I have my nerves of steel and patience. There are other quests I’d like to complete as well, most of them being Taken King and Rise of Iron quests; may as well since Destiny 2 will be dropping this fall (so they say).

Destiny – PVP, Just For Me

PVP is something, in any game, I like torturing myself with. As a matter of fact, the highlight of the last few matches that I had in PVP Destiny was witnessing my 2 teammates, completely oblivious to the guy that was behind them, get smacked to the ground by said guy. All jokes aside, this first round I did decent. Ranging from 0.80 kd to one match where i went positive with a 1.00 kd, I say I did alright for having a handcannon. Hand cannons need headshots, and I need to work on my headshots.

After the matches, I found a pulse rifle that was more powerful than the hand cannon. Maybe tomorrow I will have some better luck. I did make it one light level higher than I started with (326 light to 327 light). Here’s to the road to 400 (hopefully).

Destiny[‘s Child]

Being a fan of MMO games like World of Warcraft, when I saw Destiny for the first time on the Xbox 360, I thought it was badass. Sure it has its share of flaws but regardless I had a blast with it. I now play it on my PS4 and plan to try and at least max out 3 of the main classes to level 40 and hopefully reach 400 with at least one account (probably my warlock).

The problem most people have with Destiny is how grindy the game can get towards end game. Some people say the game lacks a story, and although I do agree, it doesn’t bother me so much since I feel the actual gameplay mechanics and environment is on point. It’s always a fun time going from planet to planet destroying whatever threat is in my way. Plus with the blend of PVE and PVP, I can go from saving the solar system to competing with the best of the best of the best at any time.

I hope Destiny 2 lives up to the hype. It would be a shame if the game falls flat on its face, but at least I can always fall back on 1 if that ever does happen (hopefully). I’ll post more on my progress as time goes by; got tons of strikes, raids and pvp to destroy until Destiny 2.

Assassin’s Creed – So…. We Meet Again

This is the first post for the website so let’s get down to some business. Basically this site is kind of a personal space for me; I want to be able to talk about my feelings of particular video games in somewhat of a critical matter. Lately I’ve been noticing my interest in some titles gets lost somewhere along the way when I’m trying to complete games. I feel that if I talk about what I’m feeling, maybe I can see what’s going on inside my head and figure out little things like what usually triggers me or even why sometimes I act the way I do or feel the way I do while playing these said games. May not make sense at first but maybe it will along the way.

The first game for me to evaluate is Assassin’s Creed. While the game is currently downloading to my 360, I’ll explain my past feelings about this game. Assassin’s Creed was something I discovered from a friend. When I first played the game, I seemed to had fun until about mid-point through the game where everything started to become stale. It’s an open world title so anything could get stale real easily. My goal is to at least finish this title. I’m not too worried about getting everything 100% but… we’ll see what happens.