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News From PAX Prime 2014

August 30, 2014

How are y’all doing?

Filled with a desire to play something fresh over the long weekend, the boys picked up Diablo 3.  They started playing last night and their appreciation for the game increased with every loot drop.  I knew they would like it.

I have actually spent a lot of time watching others playing that game.  So, it was a huge surprise when I came across a video of Gauntlet 2014 (for PC and Tablets).  It looks great, though Diablo gamers would probably feel like it was a table without legs, or a sunday without anything but vanilla ice cream.  Still, the one thing that appeals to me is that the camera is zoomed out so you see more on the screen, and the old gameplay (hordes trapped behind walls waiting to be unleashed) is still intact.  I loved the original, but ultimately never really had the patience in my waging of war, and so I found it too harsh.  I always needed food, even if I wasn’t the Elf.

Geometry Wars 3 is another game that caught my eye.  Neither game is announced for the One, but I am sure they will eventually make it there.

Let us know of anything you find interesting coming out of PAX.  Cheers!


  1. September 1, 2014 6:52 pm

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    September 3, 2014 8:42 am

    Are the boys pickin up Destiny?

    • September 3, 2014 4:51 pm

      I don’t think so. But they are quite excited about the Master Chief Collection.

  3. September 5, 2014 1:04 pm

    Minecraft out today on Xbox 1. 🙂

  4. FrenkoFrenik permalink
    September 5, 2014 9:57 pm

    Minecraft is awesome on the One. Massive Maps, Great render distances and smoother stability. Plus the upgrade being $5 and being able to record stuff is just a win win. I imported my old worlds from the 360 and they look great.

    Holding off on Diablo 3 for now since Destiny is just around the corner and two loot games would be too much.

    But I loved the improvements they made on RoS, and the new class. Didn’t get a chance to see the new levels since my gamesaves where in pdx when i was in Puerto Rico.

    I really hope I can import 360 characters on the One.

    Other than that waiting on Heist details for GTA V and more stuff from COD Advanced Warfare.

    Depending on how exciting the NBA season plays out might get 2k15 by the end of the year. The had a new game mode called MyTeam last year where you basically collected trading cards of all the best players and made them your team. The only drawback was they made it online only so people cheated and ruined online games in order to acquire the cards. If they make an offline version of this like the ios version this can be like crack to a nba fan. Paired to the online Fantasy Leagues and the Daily games from the actual season it could be the best nba game yet. The next gen visuals on the last one were mixed. Some players looked worst than the 360 versions. But the facial expressions were a plus. Just hoping they nail it this time around.

    I think that lineup would be awesome and finally breathe life on the One, I can safely say I am getting close to unplugging the 360 and shelving it until nostalgia kicks in again.

    The Master Chief Collection will also help, but not sure how they will do the old MP. If theres no sprinting, I would hold out for a discount.

  5. September 10, 2014 3:30 am

    I can’t just let this review go unquoted:

    “Destiny” is even more disappointing since development began six years ago and Bungie has hyped this as redefining the first-person shooter, not unlike “Halo: Combat Evolved” did in 2001. With the talk of a near endless amount of content, it’s disheartening to be able to finish the game’s story mode in one sitting. Sure, there’s post-game content with bounties and patrols, but these are shallow attempts at stretching out the game. It would at least be somewhat understandable if the game had more environments and enemy variety. But it’s quite the opposite, with one of the most sterile experiences of the last several years. The barren worlds feel lifeless and empty, which many portions are locked up or blocked off with doors. These will no doubt be expanded with downloadable content, with the first expansion pack scheduled to arrive later this year. But for a game so light on content, it’s troubling to hear about an expansion pack coming so soon.

    Bungie may be proud of what it released with “Destiny,” as it claims this will be an ongoing project for the next decade. It was supposed to be this generation’s “Star Wars,” but it feels more like George Lucas releasing “A New Hope” with all of the action scenes removed and telling everyone how groundbreaking it is. Activision might want to question its $500 million investment, because there’s nothing in “Destiny” that warrants that sort of confidence. It’s a content-starved experience that will quickly be forgotten in the coming months, when superior games hit store shelves. This is just mediocrity incarnate with few redeeming qualities.

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