Saturday, November 14, 2015

Fallout 4: 18 Minutes of Gameplay (possible spoilers)


I have gotten one of the possible endings with this character already, so be aware of potential spoilers. I attempted to avoid spoiling anything major and/or not related tot he Minutemen.

Fallout 4: First Thoughts



It's been a while since my last post, but Fallout 4 is out. After about a week of play, here are my initial thoughts:

I'm very impressed by the changes to the combat system. Honestly, I didn't think Bethesda had it in them. It feels like a blend of Bioshock and Borderlands. Looting is seamless and doesn't require going into a menu, which is good because the menus feel clunky, at least with a controller. Locks and terminals haven't changed at all. They're literally exactly the same, which is fine by me.

The followers in the game are fairly talkative, but when it comes to stealth and combat, they're dumb as a brick. It's hard to lean on them in combat like you could in FO3, NV and Skyrim. Mine are basically walking, talking storage containers at this point.

No hardcore (ie hunger and thirst) options, as far as I know. There's a survival mode, which I have yet to touch but it doesn't sound like it includes those things.
The PipBoy app for your phone is a nice touch, but I don't feel compelled to use it, or that it is an improvement over just hitting the B button in game.

I finished the main quest, No spoilers, but I'm surprised by how good Bethesda's writing and voice acting is in this game. I'd expect it out of Bioware, while counting on Bethesda for their gameplay mechanics and large world. This time they did both. The map feels big, the people almost feel like they could pass off as human in a Bioware game. And this may be blasphemous, but I enjoy the voiced character and dialogue system, after just having spent tons of time in Dragon Age Inquisition.

Maybe I need to play more, and maybe I'll realize that the game isn't nearly as deep as I first imagined (eg Skyrim), but for now, there's a lot to do and it's fun to do it.

One caveat, though. The game uses Nvidia Gameworks and tesselation, which, from what I hear, does not work well on AMD graphics cards. Just an FYI.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What is Net Neutrality?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Sheltered: An Interesting Spin on the Post Apocalyptic Genre

If you've ever played FTL: Faster Than Light on Steam, then you may have noticed a news story on its launch page about a new game that seems to be a blend of both FTL and Fallout. Sheltered is a game currently in development by Unicube, in which players manage a family living in an underground bunker in a nuclear wasteland. Sounds familiar, right? The game appears to have the gameplay of FTL and the design of older Fallout games.

A Kickstarter campaign was started by Unicube in June to fund the project, and it received overwhelming support, over twice their original goal. Sites like PCGamer and Kotaku gave them the publicity they needed to get going, and soon Sheltered was Greenlit by Steam users. 

I don't talk about indie games often, but this game intrigued me. While we all wait in anticipation of the next Fallout game, indie devs have been releasing games like this to satisfy our hunger for post apocalyptic games. 

Unicube's website can be found here, and their development blog is here. You can also follow them on Twitter @unicube 

I'm looking forward to seeing how this game turns out.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Thursday, July 18, 2013

NCAA Cuts Ties with EA

Now, as you may have noticed from my YouTube channel, I am an avid Madden player. However, as many of us should know, EA is not high on most people's list of best publishers. Recent installments of Madden have been very cut-and-paste crap that isn't worthy of being put on the shelves. However, EA, being the great competition-embracing capitalists they are, bought the license to become the sole developer of NFL and NCAA games.

Well, things are looking up! NCAA recently announced that they will not renew their contract with EA when it expires this year. How, you may ask, is that relevant to the NFL? Well, the NFL's contract will expire at the same time. And in an effort to stay connected to the NCAA in the digital world, I am confident that the NFL will follow suit and leave EA.

So who will take up the reins of American football gaming? If the NCAA and NFL have any brains at all, they'll come crawling to 2K Sports, who, as you may recall, were behind NFL 2K5, the best football game of all time, and are currently in control of the NBA and MLB franchises. EA just hasn't been able to keep up in those areas.

So, will we be seeing NFL and NCAA 2K15 soon? Keep your fingers crossed, people, and we just might be saved from the villainous EA.

Friday, July 12, 2013

New web address!

Hey there, everyone. It's been a while.

You may have noticed that the site went down for a while. I am pleased to announce that we are back up, and have moved to a new web address. The old address will still redirect here, but our new address is www.CatalystKingGaming.com

Thanks for your support! For those of you who have been waiting, I'll have some more content up as soon as I can!

--Catalyst King