PES 2017 has taught me

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Since getting a PS4, I’ve been hooked on Pro Evolution Soccer 2017. I’ve been playing it on my days off work, on my work days before and after. I’m pretty sure that I’ve ignored a lot attempts that my brother has made at starting a conversation with me but in my defence the game is fucking annoying! My silver rule for football games is not to multitask whilst playing (If you’re wondering about the golden rule, it’s to never pause the game whilst the opponent is on a counterattack… I do this anyway because sometimes I’ve got to be a scumbag to win).

The thing about Pro Evolution Soccer is that it’s reminded me about the kind of person I am when I play football games. I can’t say that I’m the best kind of person when playing these games, I get so easily frustrated and this dark power comes over me which makes me restart matches because I’m sure that the AI has bribed the ref to make sure that I don’t win. AI’s got to look out for AI, am I right?

Don’t get me wrong, I like the game but I end up saying “THIS IS BULLSHIT!”, “FUCK THIS!” and “Oh my God!” a lot. It’s a learning experience in a way but I’m going to be honest, I have no intention of looking deep down and accepting that I was bested on the day, if anything I might have to make a couple of YouTube videos showing what I mean. Speaking of YouTube videos, I’d say that this guy is kind of like me when it comes losing games only that I wouldn’t throw abuse at other players.

5 Things I hate when playing games

Just thought I’d do a quick post for the games category of my blog because Lord knows that section needs a lot of love. I really don’t remember when the last time I wrote something for that section was, anyway that doesn’t matter, what matters is the present (some words of wisdom for all of you reading 🙂 ). A while back I thought about some of the things that really piss me off when I’m playing games and I thought why not share it because there are probably people who have experienced the same feeling.

When the game freezes:

This really got to me when I was younger (like how stuff grinded Peter Griffin’s gears) because I wasn’t a guy that valued the importance of saving every now and again. It’s very easy to get immersed in a game and forget that saving actually does a world of good. I’d always look at the screen and ask ‘SSX Tricky!? Why are you doing this?’ It’s a good thing that nowadays games have an autosave feature just so that when the game freezes you can stay calm with a smug smile knowing that you haven’t been set back far.

When a boss is too hard:

This is just me being a sore loser but even with that being said, I’m sure the purpose of a game is to complete it (or is it for the company to make money?) and I can’t complete the game if the God damn boss is getting in my way. To the developers of those hard to beat bosses, thank you for adding to my gaming experience and fuck you for all the stress.

When I’m playing a multiplayer game, I’ve had enough but the other player wants to keep playing:

I beg you, leave me alone.

When the game glitches:

I’m not talking about Pokémon style glitches because those glitches are awesome, I’m talking glitches that don’t benefit my game (not that all Pokémon glitches do). If only you knew the amount of times that I’d play SSX Tricky, uncontrollably crash into a wall and fall into a void of nothingness whilst I went from 1st place to last. The pain, the motherfucking pain.

DLC:

Ok, this isn’t really something that I hate, I just wanted to call out Capcom because I’m admittedly still butthurt about what they did with Street Fighter X Tekken. I think both Street Fighter and Tekken are amazing series’ but that game was undeniably crap, and what makes it worse is that they tried to make people pay for DLC that was already on the disc? I don’t know what’s worse out of that and day one DLC, seriously. I have content on a game that I can’t access because I didn’t pay enough? I’m pretty sure that Capcom stole £21 from me when I brought it, if anything I’m owed that DLC.

I won’t get into a rant about DLC because I feel I’ve already done that before but I will ask this, what annoys you when you’re playing games?

SSX series appreciation post

I don’t think I’ve made it clear that I’m a huge fan of the SSX series. This is the first series that I truly got into, as a child when a lot other kids were playing FIFA I was playing SSX and I don’t regret it at all. I have fully appreciated things this month like I said I would but I won’t let this month pass by without appreciating this game.

SSX is where it all began and that’s all I need to say about that!

SSX Tricky was the first game in the series that I played fully (although I did play the SSX demo and later on ended up buying it) and this game was a huge part of why I like to play game and I like generally insane stupid shit. This game had everything, great tricks, great track, rival interactions and a brightly coloured palette to keep me interested. My words couldn’t do this game enough justice though.

SSX 3 wasn’t an improvement on Tricky (in my opinion) as it brought through a concept that I wasn’t a fan of, having every event on one mountain. I have to admit that I liked the introduction of a variety of events, and the customisation options because SSX Tricky didn’t have these but my favourite thing was definitely the soundtrack. There are too many songs that this game introduced me to like Jerk it Out and A is for Action, something I learnt to appreciate a lot later. Only SSX 3 could have you doing crazy tricks to an anti-government song but anyway this was my favourite song from the game.

SSX on Tour made me do something that I thought wasn’t possible. It made hate a SSX game, which I still can’t understand. The thing is that as much as I try to find something to appreciate, there is nothing that I can say to praise this game. I personally thought it could have destroyed the SSX series but luckily EA didn’t let this game destroy the series as they bounced back with blur which I didn’t care about.

The new SSX was a good game for sure. I liked it a lot especially because I spent a lot of the time playing it online and I was better than most people that I faced off against (I’m just that good!). This game took a different direction but gave me hope because it showed that EA learnt from SSX on Tour which is saying a lot given how gamers view EA.

This series has a cult following but it really should be acknowledged on a wider scale given how good the games are.

My 5 favourite songs from the Sonic series

I like video game music and I like Sonic so I thought I’d post my 5 favourite songs that I’ve heard from the series (this only includes the games that I’ve played). I promised that would never do a post like again this in an earlier post but I lied. This was actually hard to choose from because there are so many favourites.

If you don’t like or appreciate VGM then this post isn’t for you.

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The worst part is that these will probably change, except no. 1, that’s always going to be there.

I don’t like DLC

I hate DLC (although I buy it), I really fucking hate it. DLC serves a good enough purpose which makes it appear noble (honestly can’t find a better word) but it’s evil I tell you.

Completing a game isn’t enough sometimes and it’s always good to have more things to do in terms of a storyline, or even just to have access to other features and this is what DLC provides, it’s the answer to the prayers that many gamers had when they were playing Playstation 2, Gamecube, Xbox and other consoles of that generation.

DLC has definitely been exploited by some gaming companies (EA Sports) which is frustrating. At this point in time I’m not sure if its point is to provide players with more hours of entertainment or if it’s just another way for gaming companies to make money.

EA Sports has sinned various times with DLC and their antics are known throughout the gaming community (EA’s sins could make another post). Ubisoft are another company that has done gamers wrong with DLC, in this case I’m talking about Assassin’s Creed. Anyone that’s played the series will remember Lucy, one of Desmond’s (the main character) allies being stabbed for what seemed to be no reason. If you didn’t buy the DLC for Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood then in Assassin’s Creed 3 it will magically turn out that Lucy was a templar. Something that important to the story should be put in the game rather than as an add on for £9.99 (as a wrestling fan, I don’t like that number).

Sometimes DLC is forced upon gamers (anyone that has Super Street Fighter IV will definitely understand this) and this shouldn’t be the case, DLC should be advertised in a way that makes players want to buy it but is shouldn’t impact so deeply on the game if you don’t have it.

Looking at it, it may be time to get out my PS2 (and stop bitching) because fuck DLC.

Street Fighter… Awesome!

The cast of Street Fighter 2

There are way too many games that I forget about and by doing that I disrespect them, so that’s going to have to be corrected. Most of those games will probably continue to receive disrespect from me just because… but that’s not the point, the point is that Street Fighter is no longer on the disrespect list!

We all know what Street Fighter is about and if you don’t, well go and have a fight with somebody and you’ll understand instantly (alternatively you could play the game, or look at the wiki to find out the back story). Needless to say it’s a fun game and all of that jazz plus it’s pretty easy to get to grips with (despite the God damn analogue motions), it’s not one of those games where understanding the story is crucial to enjoying the game (probably because it’s badly written), it’s simply something to de-stress you.

I haven’t played all of the Street Fighter games unfortunately which sucks, but they are more or less the same thing with a few tweaks.

Despite being violent, it’s got such a childish feel to it which makes the game more appealing because children that aren’t supposed to play it will play it anyway and really take to the game (like a lot of other games). The characters are fun as well which is probably why I don’t mind that a lot of them have back stories that absolutely suck!

In all honesty, I can bash a lot of things about Street Fighter and the game will still be awesome.

Devil May Cry is…

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There’s a post on this blog about God of War so naturally there has to be a post about Devil May Cry, it’s pretty much the foil to God of War (in my books). Devil May Cry isn’t as serious or nearly as violent and messed up as God of War but what it lacks in those departments, it makes up for with its characters (DMC’s character’s are a lot better than GoW’s).

In all honesty I’m not too sure about Dmc: Devil May Cry so this post isn’t really referring to that game (apparently it’s a good game) but moving on, the Devil May Cry series has a lot of good adventure and combo based fun with the exception of Devil May Cry 2, that game sucked. The plot of the game is…. Something that requires Dante to be lovably cocky and to be honest the plot doesn’t matter too much because the game is that fun.

Devil May Cry is pretty messed up in its own way, mainly in the fact that Dante has a teenage nephew that’s about 10 years younger than him (maybe) and the father is his twin brother meaning that his brother became a dad at 10 or something like that. Come to think of it, that’s pretty messed up that Dante’s brother was picking up and macking on women at 10.

The point is that the game is fun and offers excitement just like GoW, the best part being that you get to gear up before missions rather than going straight into the next part and eventually asking yourself why Sony are such pricks.

The game is definitely a classic (for me) whether Dante has silver hair or not.

God of War is really messed up!

Kratos, the main character of GoW

Everybody remembers God of War (don’t they), it was a good game, a really good game. Lots of smash and grabbing fun but at the same time you’ve got to admit that the game was really fucked up which is weird because that’s what makes the game so addictive and enjoyable. Kratos was an awesome character and the story was good as well, to be honest it’s like Devil May Cry only that GoW isn’t episodic. Anyway… moving on.

The universe of GoW is funny (to me anyway), the games generally revolve around killing gods and other things, as Kratos continues on his journey he kills, then kills some more and continues killing. He literally kills and destroys his way through the game and is always motivated by the thought of killing someone. Death is a really strong theme in the series come to think of it, everybody of importance in the series dies and at the end of the third instalment ancient Greece is destroyed. If that wasn’t messed up enough then there’s also the implication that Kratos represents hope in spite of the fact that he eradicates everything he touches.

Whatever Sony and Santa Monica studio were taking whilst developing GoW needs to be made available for public use immediately, so that there can be more interesting games and stories. It’s weird to think that at the core of the GoW series the objective is simply killing things, after you kill one thing you kill another and it’s incredibly entertaining. Whatever they decide to do with the game is fine with me as long as it stays messed up (that doesn’t sound right…), hopefully there’ll be lot of games in this generation that follow GoW’s example.

Quick thoughts on the PlayStation 2

PlayStation 2

This post isn’t going to be about a game but rather a games console, purely because it deserves a level of respect from this blog that it hasn’t received. It can only mean that this post is about the PlayStation 2, the greatest games console ever (in my opinion, sorry Xbox gamers). Everybody had or at least played a PlayStation and it had great games but the PS2 was the next step and it was a giant step for gaming.

Now we’re in the era of the 8th generation consoles and PlayStation is moving strong with the PS4 however you have to ask yourself, where would we be if it weren’t for the PS2? The PS2 is a timeless console and it’s a shame that it’s been discontinued. The PS2 provided plenty of high quality games (like SSX, which I wrote about) even though multiple memory cards were needed to store all of the data and the PS2 came with a DVD player which allowed for the choice of movies as well as games.

The fact that the PS2 is the highest selling console of all time says a lot about how great it is, on top of that it managed to last 13 years before being discontinued which meant that people still opted to play it whilst the PS3 was out (I did). There wasn’t much wrong with the PS2, the biggest annoyance was the disc read errors but in comparison to the hours of entertainment provided by the console, it’s a sin that can be forgiven.

The biggest truth of the PS2 is that anyone who never played one missed out on something great, no console will ever match up to its greatness.