Slack Tide – Before any turn of the tide, there is a time of slack water or slack tide…
It’s almost time for when the gaming tide rises again. The hype machines start burning, and the cards swiping.
Starting the tide seems to be Shadow of Mordor: Middle Earth. It’s gathering all the good reviews that Destiny failed to do
Speaking of Destiny, I am currently stuck in the 25-28 level hell in all three characters, it is not pretty because by now I have played most of the content, most of the characters, and have yet to really enjoy the harder difficulties or tackled the Raid because of the lack of levels. Withouth that level can’t really join other friends who are there.
Partly is my fault for playing three characters, and not focusing in one in particular, and the other is Bungie for not evenly distributing the loot system.
Next tuesday the patch goes live and that problem will be fixed, as well as me focusing on The Hunter class since it offers the right balance of long range, cqc for both co-op and versus.
Anyways speaking of TV Shows, Defiance got renewed which made me give a second run to the game, and after catching the MMO bug with Destiny (and my xbox one tv being hijacked by guests).
I decided to give it another chance and download the 11gb or so of installs. Man it did not age well. Public Events was a glitch fest were structures appeared and disappeared mid-game and the same happened with enemies which prompted a “revive” chain of people getting downed because you couldn’t see what was killing everyone.
The sad thing is they had a memorable idea of Public Events, not like the 2min engagements in Destiny. These were 20-30min Battles that drawed everyone from every corner of the map to focus on this point and then go to different levels from there. Because of that the game becomes unstable, and adds to the grind. Time to wipe 11gb, because aside from that the game has little to offer, and the map feels deserted.
I dusted off the PS4 and saw the Playstation Now. Which is pretty much code for “Why make games backwards compatible when we can make you rent them at absurd prices?”
I seriously hope xbox does not copy this, granted they are basically reselling all Halos on the shoulders of Halo 2, and well Last of Us, Sleeping Dogs, Metro, etc. Follow the trend of repackaging old content in the new gen.
I can digest Last of Us, Diablo, and GTA V doing this, they basically came in at the end of the last cycle and were much better than anything that was being sold in the new Gen by far, but at some point Backwards Compatibility needs to get back in the conversation because neither repackaging old goods and/or renting streamed games is the answer, and no matter how high the tide gets this fall it will comeback down and we will yearn for old favorites.
Which reminds me: Battlefield Bad Company 2 and Darksiders are free in xbl 360 for October.
Also there’s a rumor of a xbox one price cut or offer. Having to share my xbox one, is forcing me to think about another one and having split platforms was a bad bad idea. There was nothing like the digital heaven of buying once and playing twice or double dipping.
However I think this is not good. If they fail to bring a bigger chunk of the 360 install base this holiday season, I fear there might be bigger repercussions in the horizon.
A) they might kill Xbox live on the 360 like they did with Halo 2. Which also fuels their old content/new package factory. Goodbye Retro Nights.
B) Xbox one becomes the permanent middle-red head child between the PS4 and the Wii U. Not able to do native 1080p reliably, becoming a port system and smaller multiplayer pool with less exclusives.
C) We are stuck with a stupid Kinect, that “Records Now” whenever it feels like, and we could have gotten the console for much cheaper without a single significant game that we couldn’t had on the 360 all this time, especially whenever they unleash the 1tb model.
Maybe D) All of the above?
Also speaking of things that didn’t pan out, Titanfall game Update 6 is out, with the black market. I hadn’t played it in a long time so everything is new for me. The gameplay seemed like way too fast after playing Destiny, but it is still fun. Will dabble in it more to see new cards.
Alright, so yeah Tide will be up soon. Flurry of new games pulling in every direction. It will be interesting to see how to ride it.