Dragon Ball FighterZ BETA Thoughts

When Dragon Ball FighterZ was first announced the Fighting Game Community (FGC) lost their minds at how great this game looked. From the crisp animations to the chaotic combat. From the guys over at Arc System Works, known for the Guilty Gear and BlazBlue series they’re lending their talents on this new Dragon Ball Z fighting game, titled Dragon Ball FighterZ a 3vs3 fighting game none the less. I being a huge Dragon Ball fan I have played every home console and most of the portable games barring the Heroes series of games (which I plan on getting someday when there’s a lull of games that I am excited for) So when they announced that they were having a BETA for FighterZ I had to get in and play this game! PlayStation had sent me a VIP Code and I was fortunate enough to get into Beta (Apparently some people who had VIP codes didn’t get in too) anyway I was just excited that I would get a chance to play this amazing looking game! The day of the BETA I got off work at 11pm and just stayed up until 5am which was 2am PST. The hype was seriously real! Now that the BETA has concluded I wanted to write down my thoughts on the gameplay, net code, characters, and lobby system. I am not going to get super in depth with this written review I just want to give my quick thoughts on a few things in this game.
 
What is Dragon Ball FighterZ like?
 
Dragon Ball FighterZ is like taking the look, style, and technicality of Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and mashing it Dragon Ball Z. When I first played FighterZ I was immediately blown always by how fluid and responsive this game was! It was really easy chaining special moves together like how it was in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, but the arena isn’t bound to a 3D space like in the Xenoverse games. Combos are always insane! I haven’t had this much fun experimenting with what moves or attacks can work in a fighting game since I first played Street Fighter 3: Third Strike on PS2! Even during the live matches where I was either getting beat or beating someone, I was thinking in my head “Okay let’s see if I do this combo, bring the fight to the air, and then do my Level 3 special move!” It was just fun playing the game and seeing what I could do. But, when I couldn’t get something off I most definitely got punished by the opponent. It was all a learning experience!
 
Like any fighting game your characters will have a meter bar going up to seven bars and with those bars, you can really unleash HFIL on your opponent! From using different level super moves that are I swear ripped straight from the anime and manga, to vanishing attacks that can get you out of a tight spot or from a person who likes to spam ki attacks. How you use the meter is totally up to you, just how that it is handled add another layer to the fights almost because you have so much meter to work with and getting it back can be challenging. Are you going to do a level 3 super, a vanish attack, or are you gonna go all out and find a way to combo and bring in everyone for a super attack?
 
How about the Characters?
 
So you know how in fighting games where people will say “Everyone plays differently!” This is beyond true in the FighterZ BETA. It’s the nuances that each character has that truly makes them unique! While I didn’t get a chance to play everyone because I was so deadset on winning matches I just began to experiment with characters I liked. So when I first started I went with Goku, Vegeta, and Trunks. Then when I was losing too much with that team I went with Cell, Goku, and Piccolo. Same situation, I kept losing or barely winning. After countless losses and frustration, I finally found my team in Waifu 18… I mean Cyborg 18(Yeah, I’m being that guy), Goku, and Trunks. Out of all of those characters, I loved 18 the most! She has Cyborg 17 as an assist move which you can use him to set up combos, begin new combos, or end a combo. How I decided to use him, for the most part, was similar to a projectile. I would send him out and the person I was fighting would attack him instead of me. That then gave me the chance to cross them up or pull off a combo and get some good damage leading into an assist. I was set on Goku being the leader of my teams but after learning 18 she is, in my opinion, the best character in the game so far! I am really hoping for Goku Black though! The more I really took the time to learn the game the more I really just fell in love with it and everything it had to offer! As much as I’d love to do a full breakdown on the characters, I don’t want to take up too much of your time and I am not that technical with every character. However, I highly suggest you check out Maximilian Dood’s breakdowns of each character that is out right now if you want to learn more about each character! He does a fantastic job! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsN_1OWrvYc
 
Lobby and Netcode?
 
Similar to the Guilty Gear XRD games the lobby system works in a way that you pick region you want to fight in then you can change your avatar from the pre-assigned one (which is Goku) you then go the gentlemen in front of the tournament stage and then you can either pick your team or select one of the pre-chosen teams. It’s a nice little system and decreases wait time from picking characters so it’s nice. It’s not clunky, it’s actually very smooth and easy to navigate! Also, I don’t really care about it as long as it works. But I do appreciate they made the little 3D chibi characters and when they’re fighting in a match you see then throw their little fists. So that’s nice!
 
The Netcode from my experience was about a 7.5 out of 10. The first run of the test I had pretty good connections, I was at work for the second part, but on the third part I don’t know what happened but every fight I had was a struggle so much that I gave up on playing because it was so stressful, But on the last test my connections were top notch! Those were the best matches I had because I felt like I finally learned my characters and how they can interact with each other and what I can actually do plus the connections were all so great! I can really only see them improving the net-code and I imagine it will be as smooth as the latest Guilty Gear game.
 
All in all, I had an absolute blast playing Dragon Ball FighterZ this game has crazy potential to be the best fighting game, and I’m not just saying that because I am a Dragon Ball Z fan. It has some serious depth to the combat and characters that will get everyone screaming for excitement. A new BETA has been announced and it will be an Open BETA and I think if you have the systems it will be on you really should get on it! If you like fighting games or Dragon Ball Z or really you just want something new, When Dragon Ball FighterZ comes out in February 2018 you really should pick it up! There’s going to be an original story with some brand new characters like Android 21 (don’t want to be that guy anymore) a game like this where it’s fun, interesting characters, and has a good development team with a great track record behind it we should really support it so that we can get extra content for this game and the developers support it for years to come! It would be awesome if they did what they’re doing for Street Fighter V where they add characters, game modes, costumes, story content, etc.. for Dragon Ball FighterZ.
 
Anyway, those are my all over the place thoughts on Dragon Ball FighterZ so far. It was a great experience and I am super grateful and happy I got a chance to play the game! I really hope you get a chance to play it in the open BETA!
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Mass Effect Andromeda “Is it worth it?” #1

Too many times we as gamers just throw our $60 at developers without thinking objectively “Is this game worth my money at launch?” I have been burned a few times by games, No Man’s Sky, Dragon Ball Z Battle of Z (which I will never get over how terrible that game is. But, you get the point!) So I am here to just give you a quick rundown of the game and to let you know if I think Mass Effect Andromeda is worth your money at launch! Read on to find out! Or don’t and go throw your money at the GameStop employee or wherever you buy your games from.

Disclaimer: This is all opinion based and the game was played with an open mind despite hearing the negative press about the game.

Mass Effect Andromeda was a game I was not looking forward to at all. With other games like Zelda Breath of the Wild and Nier Automata out, I couldn’t have cared less about a game from a series that I already don’t care about. I had already made my mind up that I wasn’t going to pick this game up. While the game did look interesting, I couldn’t see myself picking it up. Then early reviews were coming out saying the game wasn’t good and that it felt rushed etc… So I really wasn’t about to pick this game up! BUT! I felt I had unjustly written the game off as something not worth spending my time and money! I decided to pick the game up despite its reviews and I must say keeping an open mind has definitely helped! While Mass Effect Andromeda isn’t the Space Opera of a game I have been longing for it’s definitely a step in the right direction and I’m pleasantly surprised with its offerings. While it may have some technical issues that are noticeable they aren’t game breaking. I was fortunate enough to not have experienced the weird glitches that have been seen with other publications like GameSpot and IGN the only real problem I had was the sound cutting in and out at random points in the game. The facial animations may not look the best while in motion but they’re certainly not the worst. They don’t deserve the hate they’ve been getting. However, they could have used a bit more work on them.

Like past Mass Effect games, you create your character but this time around the character creator is a lot more deep, giving you more options to create your super space action hero. It’s not the greatest character creator but it is a step in the right direction. You can either make your own version of this games “Shepherd” now known as Ryder. Players can choose from male or female respectively (I would have liked it if I could have been one of the many different alien races but I guess that’s what multiplayer is for) The story was/is pretty enjoyable while extremely predictable at some points, it does some interesting twists and turns that made me want to keep playing.

But the gameplay is where Mass Effect Andromeda shines the brightest! I found that the more I played it the more I enjoyed it (If that makes any sense) unlike previous Mass Effect games where it was a very Gears of War feel Andromeda takes a more Destiny approach to its gameplay. It’s a lot more mobile and fast-paced. Which is attributed to the games new jetpack abilities where you can jump high and dash around like your Mega Man X! It’s a lot of fun dashing and shooting enemies then dashing back to safety. There’s also exploration to be had and it at times enhances the story and the overall experience.
Bioware has brought back the classic multiplayer from the past Mass Effect games with its horde mode. Players will pick their character/class and take on waves of enemies playing alone with strangers is cool but like the Gears of War horde mode, it’s really meant to be played with friends. Sadly I am that guy who constantly needs to be revived because I think I am Rambo and rush giant alien gorillas without a second thought. It’s still a lot of fun, though. Minus the fact it has these micro-transactions to get better gear, which it seems like every game is doing this! It’s annoying but I just choose to ignore and use the in-game currency after earning enough points.

All in all Mass Effect Andromeda is a fun experience. Its story may not have been the greatest but the gameplay is a lot of fun the game could have used a few more months of polish but I like what they presented, HOWEVER! In my honest opinion, this game isn’t worth the full $60 price tag. It may be good, but it’s not great, it doesn’t push the envelope for the series as it should have done or offered much that other Third-Person shooters offer. If you can get this game for $30-40 then it’s much better investment. If I had to give it a score I would give Mass Effect Andromeda-

7.5 hot blue alien chicks out of 10!

Oh yeah, speaking of which you can have sex with Blue alien chicks… Or humans… I guess. If you’re into that sort of thing. No game is perfect, 10/10

Quick Game Reviews #2 Until Dawn

Cliché intro

Until Dawn the choose your own adventure from the people at Supermassive Games is the next exclusive title on the PlayStation 4, but is it a boring story driven that feels like its too good to be a video game like The Order 1886? Well below you’ll find out!

Not so Spooky praise!

Sony’s next and possibly one of its most ambitious exclusive titles for the PlayStation 4! To start out I was not looking forward to this game. I thought it looked boring and made me wonder why I had bought a PS4. But after playing through Until Dawn, I’m sold! It may not be a total system seller if you are thinking about getting a PS4 but it’s definitely a game to consider adding to your library of games on the system if you’re looking to add something new and fresh to your system.

Meta horror

Until Dawn is a horror game that follows a group of teenagers as they spend a weekend at a cabin, they- You’ve heard AND seen this before? Are you sure because there’s a killer in the woods and- that’s almost every horror movie? Well that’s what the Developers at “Supermassive Games” were going for! They wanted to ease the player in to something familiar before totally flipping you on your head and let me tell you they do! I don’t want to spoil or give anything away but the story is phenomenal! Although the last part of the game is a bit weird I still enjoyed every second of it! Its thanks to the actors and actresses that really bring the story to life with top notch performances from Hayden Panettiere(Sam), Rami Malek(Josh), Brett Dalton(Michael), Noah Fleiss(Chris), Galadriel Stineman(Ashley), Meaghan Martin(Jessica), Nicole Bloom(Emily), Jordan Fisher(Matthew), Ella Lantini(Hannah and Beth) you have all your typical 80s horror movie characters present but its more of a good horror movie from the 80s.

When I was greeted with cast of players I would be playing as I almost instantly knew who I wanted to kill but as the game went on I changed my tune towards some of the characters. Some of them I still wanted to die and I made sure of that, which is the great thing about Until Dawn its that your choices effect the game and how the story plays out, even what you think could be the smallest of choices can actually have a major effect on the game and how the story unfolds from those points onward. While this may have been done in multiple games such as Life is Strange, Walking Dead by Telltale, and others Until Dawn doesn’t give you a suggestion on a choice that may have been better or possibly make you start the conversation over. Until Dawn makes you live with the choice you made without feeling like the developer is holding your hand and telling you the best way to complete the choose your own adventure game if anything they unexpectedly tripped you and said “Get over it!” and I love that about this game! I had no idea what my choices would do to the game or if some of my favorite characters would die or live or just prolong the inevitable. Its possible to make it through the entire game without killing any of the characters but its also possible having them all die! This again is something totally new and fresh!

This game is packed with content it’s unbelievable! The developers even said that on a second play though the players wouldn’t even have accessed 50% of the games content that being said there’s many different endings to this game so it warrants finding the different ways this game can end!

Scary Gameplay

While Until Dawn doesn’t have the most in your face game like most survival horror games have these days, it knows that and definitely plays with what it does do and actually makes it one of the best survival horror games to date! You’ll be interacting with different objects, examining, and gathering different clues that will help you solve different mysteries and move on the story. While the fixed camera angles are pretty annoying and outdated, it does give you a nice suspenseful feel. That being the only gripe I had about this game that and how some of the characters interact with certain objects in the game.

Haunting Graphics

Like most games that come out Until Dawn uses motion and facial capture of the actors. Each actor is captured so beautifully that I almost forgot that I was playing a game, even though the facial expressions can sometimes look a bit strange but I find that charming ever since DmC: devil may cry.

Since this is a horror game the setting is extremely eerie they did a great job at making each part of feel scarier than the last. The graphics are top notch! How the shadows and lights work so realistically with both the environments and the characters enhance the overall experience of the game.

Terrifying Verdict

Until Dawn is a masterpiece of a game! I did not expect to love the game as much as I did, aside from being pleasantly surprised by it I loved every second of it. It’s the best Horror game that I’ve played since PT and Resident Evil 4. I can’t wait to go back and play though Until Dawn eight more times to see the different endings and explore and what other choices may have an effect on the story. If you like Story driven Horror games that focus more the atmosphere and story or If you are looking for a different game that’s not like most Triple-A games, or if you just need a new game I definitely recommend Until Dawn! That why I’m giving Until Dawn a-

9 out of 10 screaming Teenage Girls who should know by now that camping in the woods in a cabin is a bad idea!

+Great Story                                             -Fixed Camera Angles

+Interesting Characters                             -Odd interactions with some objects.

+Meaningful gameplay

Mortal Kombat X REVIEW! Just put a Band-aid on it!

Mortal Kombat X is finally here and it  again reminds gamers why it created the ESRB! 

After almost a year of it being revealed Mortal Kombat has arrived on the PS4 Xbox One and PC with the older systems coming 3months or so later! No Wii U though!
I was afraid after seeing everything about the game that it wouldn’t feel fresh and would just be another game I’d play for a few weeks and then get bored with and not play my Xbox One again! It pleases me however that even after seeing everything about the game I’m still enthralled with Mortal Kombat X! Being a huge fan of fighting games Mortal Kombat takes the cake and cracks your head with! But does it have enough content to keep both casual players and hardcore players interested? Find out!
THE GAMEPLAY
This is a very integral part of a fighting game! If the fighting isn’t solid and/or balanced the whole game essentially falls apart. With Mortal Kombat X’s fighting not only is the fighting solid and balanced it’s also varied from each character in how they play. Each character has a “variation” to choose from, for instance Sub-Zero has Unbreakable which give him more defensive and counter attack moves, Cryomancer which makes him more offensive with the use more ice weapon based moves such as a sword and a hammer, and then he has the Grandmaster which is essentially the more Balanced variation being able to throw his ice clones he generates. At first I did not think that the variation system would actually change gameplay but after playing around with different characters and their variations it actually does. Each one has a few special moves and techniques that are special to that variation only they also have a certain aesthetic for each character. So this definitely creates for some interesting match ups! However most hardcore players will go with a few variations and learn them fully. It should be noted that one variation does not over power another it just changes the way the character will play.
During the fights depending on where you fight you have can interact with certain environments of the stage from using 2X4’s to pots of burning ash or even an old lady! They increase what you can do during the game and with most of them you can combo into them!
As its predecessor Mortal Kombat 2011 you have a meter bar where you can do an enhanced version of one of your special moves, a Breaker move to stop your opponent in their tracks from doing a combo on you, or you can do “I don’t know how you can just easily get up after I cracked your skull, destroyed your chance of ever having kids, and shot you in the face move!” Or as the game calls them X-Rays. They are back and crazier than ever! It makes you wonder how are they not Fatalities!
FATALITY!!!
Speaking of which! Fatalities have always been a staple of the Mortal Kombat franchise having a Mortal Kombat with them is like having a chocolate cake without chocolate! They are back and crazier than ever! Having played every Mortal Kombat the fatalities have never really made me cringe, I would at most say “that’s crazy” and just shrug it off. Not with Mortal Kombat X! The fatalities are out of this world insane! They definitely went all out with them this time around. Actually making me cringe and say that no child should play MKX! From having a character rip your brain and heart out to cracking your jaw wide open and taking a selfie and posting it on “Friendships” the Mortal Kombat Facebook. It makes you wonder what the creators were thinking when they were designing them, because while they are cringe worthy they are creative and I have to give Netherrealm Studios credit for that.
THE STORY!!!
While this is a fighting game one would not think that the story mode would be big focus of the game. However anyone who has played the previous Mortal Kombat game knows that’s the not the case! If you haven’t played the previous games story I highly recommend that you do because the story was one of the best parts of the game it was so well done that it in my opinion set a standard for fighting games and even some action games that have come out. Mortal Kombat X’s story is no difference either! While it may be shorter than the last one it definitely is more personal I felt. Seeing the new generation of fighters go through and learn how to be a team and function as one! It may lack  direction at some points but I was still very into it! The story mode also lets players take control of various characters taking on around 4 or so fights learning not only motives for the character or the history he/she has. So it’s a great way to maybe figure out who you would like to use a main character.
CHARACTERS
Another very important part of a fighting game is its characters! Usually in Mortal Kombat games I will just play as Sub-Zero maybe Scorpion, Liu Kang, Kitana and Kung Lao. With Mortal Kombat X I don’t know what they did but I honestly want to play as every character in the game. They are unique in terms of personality and move-sets. The developers somehow found a way to make every character accessible which is a mark of a great game! I personally hate playing Grapple characters but Kotal Khan and Jax with his Wrestler variation have me rethinking grapple characters. It felt great to be able to finally branch out and play as one of the 25 available characters.
ONLINE&EXTRAS
When you first start the game you will be asked to pick a faction. You have the choice of picking between Lin Kuei, White Lotus, Brotherhood of Shadow, Red Dragon, or Special Forces. Everything you do in the game or online will earn that Faction XP and at the end of the week that faction won the “war” the more you do for that faction the more things you’ll get from it certain things for your Online Banner or Faction fatalities.
In my experience with online it has been super stable and having only experienced lag a couple times but only for a few seconds before the game corrected itself and it was back to a smooth experience! King of the Hill makes a return from the last MK game which goes back to the old days of being in at an arcade machine and playing A fighting game and people would watch or try to beat the “king” it’s a nice addition that brings back memories for me. If online play isn’t your thing there is always Couch Co-Op with even more modes to choose from and less the possible online verbal abuse!
Single Player Misc.
For a fighting game Mortal Kombat X is packed with tons of single player content with the standard arcade mode which will get your characters extra skins to use in battle. There also a new mode called “Living Towers” which will update every hour, day, or there are premier towers which sometimes will allow the player to test out new DLC characters before you make the decision of buying them. There’s also other towers that will have you battle in crazy conditions such as having to avoid lasers as you fight or bombs drop or having an item that with one hit can kill you! It’s sort of like Super Smash Bros. but crazier! Which is saying something!
THE KRYPT!!
Like most previous Mortal Kombat games MKX has a Krypt where you will use your in game currency that you’ve earned to spend it on new costumes, concept art, new fatalities, new brutalities, extra money and so much more! You go around in a first person view and search for hidden pathways and go to tombs and buy whatever is in there. You will be attacked randomly and if you can fend off the attacker you will get a nice little present! It’s just fun to explore the dark and eerie places.
FINAL ROUND!!
Mortal Kombat X is a game that I have been looking forward to for a very long time! It was the first game I ever played as a kid and this game had so much hype built up for it that not only does it live up to it but far exceeds my expectations! The game looks good and plays great! It’s fast paced and technical fightingare unmatched by a lot of fighters that are out today! Offering something for every player whether Hardcore or Casual, everyone can enjoy Mortal Kombat X! I give Mortal Kombat X 10 squashed brains out of 10! I have nothing bad to say about this in my own personal experience with game. It what I wanted and more!
+Ton of content and modes for both single and multiplayer.
=Good story mode although at times does lacks a clear motive sometimes.
+Great fight mechanics.
+Varied environments that can change up combat.
=Awesome character roster even though some fan favorites are missing.
SIDE NOTE:
I have heard of SOME people having problems with PS4 and PC versions of the game and hope that all issues are remedied. I personally have not seen any issues on the Xbox One version.