Our Review of Final Fantasy XV

Our Review of Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV is yet another disappointment from Square Enix, who cannot seem to understand what the fans want from a Final Fantasy title. It’s almost funny – they nailed fan desires on the head with Bravely Default and came very close with Bravely Second, but Final Fantasy XV turns out to be a different beast. Unfortunately, the beast it turns out to be is not the one that Final Fantasy is known and beloved for.

In certain ways, they’ve certainly made an improvement. XV is an open world title, rather than the linear hallways that XIII was known for. This is a welcome and wanted a return to one beloved aspect of Final Fantasy. The glut of side quests and optional content, far outstripping the main story, is another aspect that fans will enjoy wholeheartedly. These things are not enough to save XV in the eyes of most Final Fantasy fans, sadly.

However, the story is sub-par, if we’re going to be generous. Final Fantasy is, or at least was, a franchise known above all for its powerful stories. These often revolved around unlikely, or seemingly unlikely, heroes who had the obligation of saving all from some existential threat. What is XV about? A prince and his eclectic collection of bodyguards saving his kingdom from his fiance’s father. The politics of war. Highways, gas stations, and diners.

As you can no doubt see, it’s rather a depressing departure. Rather than an existential threat to the world of annihilation or despotic tyranny, we will simply save a kingdom from an erstwhile ally. Rather than being an underdog or some unlikely hero with a hidden past, we are to play as a prince. Rather than existing in some high fantasy world with science fiction elements to a greater or lesser degree, we play in a world that, save for monsters and a few other elements, is very like the real one. We see cars and gas stations, talk to people in diners, and then leave to fight monsters.

All of this is yet another disappointment from the once kings of the JRPG genre. Square Enix has demonstrated they understand what we want, and that they are still quite capable of it with the Bravely franchise. Why they persist on using the Final Fantasy name, the name of their premier product, as their experimentation space, burning fans time and time again, while they do ‘the right thing’ with a second tier name, is unknown and bizarre.

It seems that we’ll have to relegate Final Fantasy’s greatness to memory, friends. There are always other companies and other franchises looking to edge into the JRPG market, which at the moment seems to be very promising to us.

Indeed, one possible challenger was released just in February of 2017. Nioh was developed by Team Ninja, and published by Koei Tecmo inside Japan and Sony Interactive Entertainment outside Japan. It’s an action RPG, so hardly a heir to Final Fantasy’s turn-based glory of old, but for what it is it seems to be excellent. It’s been compared most often to Dark Souls, another no-name franchise that turned out to be a fan favorite, just like Final Fantasy once was. Look forward to our Nioh review, friends!

7 Useful Tips and Tricks for Overwatch

7 Useful Tips and Tricks for Overwatch

When you find a video game that manages to pull in more than seven million players in its first two weeks of existence, you can be sure that it is the kind that will spark your interest. Blizzard has always been a developer that has exceeded your expectations and the unveiling of Overwatch was not an exception. This lightning fast game will ensure that your free time is always put to good use. If you want to polish your playing skills, are a beginner, or simply want to know what the game has to offer, these Overwatch tips will come in handy!

Fight for overtime

In case you run out of time when trying to capture a point, ensure that you are close enough so that the game can automatically go into overtime. One team member should always remain near the objective in order for the game to continue and to also give you more time for the chance of making a comeback victory!

Make the most of the character swapping

Character swapping may just be one of the best things about Overwatch. If changing a character may benefit you and lead your team to a win then do not hesitate to do this. A single switch may be enough to turn around your performance. Look out for counterpicks and find out which enemy hero is giving your team the most trouble.

Always have a support

Although supports are overlooked, they are quite powerful. Consider characters like Lucio for frontline support and Zenyatta for healing support. Support heroes have extremely powerful ultimates that can make or break any team fight, and provide healing and sustenance for your team. They are absolutely essential if you want to have a good shot at winning.

One role cannot rule them all (LotR reference!)

Overwatch does not come with one perfect role. A team could either be strong or weak depending on a particular challenge. As such, it is important to assess your team and establish the roles that it could be lacking. This will ensure that your team composition is balanced and gives you a fighting chance against the enemy team if they also have a balanced team composition.

Be an aggressive tank

If you are playing a tank then do not be afraid to jump into the fight and establish your presence. Tanks need to cause chaos and confuse the enemies. Your job is to pose a threat for the enemy team, draw their fire, and basically take damage for your team while letting your team counter attack.

Defend and attack

Defense characters should not only be subjected to defending. They can also play offense. For instance, Widowmaker and Mei are heroes that work well on both attack and defense. Don’t let the role of a hero fool you into thinking that you can only play them a certain way.

Ensure that supports are protected

Do not let your supports get attacked, for they are classified as the weakest characters. As already discussed, supports are valuable characters and as such, letting them die would mean your team loses its form of sustain and without heals, it can be hard to win a drawn out team battle.

Overwatch may be a game that comes with a lot of great learning curves, however, with the right enthusiasm, you will learn how to play it in the shortest possible time. With these tips, you can never go wrong! If you are confused about what heroes you should pick, here’s an Overwatch tier list from Boostards that might be helpful when making your pick decisions.

Red Dead Redemption Online: Features We’d Like To See

Red Dead Redemption Online: Features We’d Like To See

Red Dead Redemption 2, the highly anticipated next chapter in the Red Dead series has finally been announced. Aside from a trailer and a few glorious screenshots we don’t know much about the game. However, with the incredible success of GTA 5’s online portion it seems a safe bet that Rockstar will feature a similar mode for their Western epic. With that in mind, here are a couple of things that we’d love to see included in an online version of Red Dead Redemption 2.

Heists

The heists in GTA 5 online were some of the most fun and exciting things you could do with your friends and they seem a perfect fit for Red Dead Redemption. Picture this: A group of your friends saddle up and ride into the nearest town. Upon arrival you hold up the local bank and gun down the local sheriff and his posse before high tailing it back to your hideout. Other online players could even play as the long arm of the law and attempt to bring you to justice before you were able to escape.

Become a Land Baron

The wild west was a sprawling expanse and an ideal location for enterprising pioneers to carve out an existence. We’d love to be able to purchase large tracts of land and set up our own ranches online. Perhaps we could populate the plains with our herds of cattle. Of course, no ranch would be complete without a great name and a custom icon to brand on all our cattle, and maybe on outlaws who were foolish enough to trespass.

Hunting Expeditions

The original Red Dead Redemption had a robust hunting system with plenty of creatures to gun down but we think an online version could take it just a bit further. Rockstar should allow players to go on hunting trips for rare and dangerous creatures. If and when you find one of these beasts, assuming you aren’t mauled and eaten by it, you could shoot it and bring it back to your home to be mounted in your trophy room. This way all my friends could come and see how many elk I had brought down or grizzlies I had killed. Call it bragging rights if you will, but this is definitely a feature I want to see if Red Dead Redemption ever goes forth with the online mode.
It’s all speculation at this point as to what Rockstar has in mind for their upcoming game, but we’re confident it’ll be phenomenal. Rockstar’s record of success is virtually unmatched and this next iteration is not likely to disappoint. Red Dead Redemption is slated to be released on October

Red Dead Redemption is slated to be released on October 20th 2017, you can pre-order and read more about it’s release date here: http://www.rockstargames.com/reddeadredemption2/ 

A Brief Review Of Battlefield 1

A Brief Review Of Battlefield 1

A Respectful Homage To The First World War

Battlefield 1 is actually a military shooting masterpiece which was created by EA DICE. It transforms the extensive battlefields of World War I into an amazing and rewarding shooter which challenges gamers in ways that have been mostly lacking from the FPS genre for decades.

For individuals who have no idea, World War I had been fought between 1914 and 1918, and its ending was the deadliest battle in the history of mankind, with more than 17 million dead. The war was actually fought between the Central Powers and the Allied Powers, and there were more than 20 countries involved between the 2 sides.

Somehow, DICE was able to capture most of these facets masterfully. This game features a variety of maps, which range from dug out ditches to desert villages to mountainous hills. It’s a remarkable spread of destinations, and each spot feels and plays in a different way.

Superbly Immersive

No building on Battlefield 1 is secure. A gamer may think that the windmill which they observe is actually a hearty fortification, but then find out that it is a tank shell or perhaps an explosive mortar to completely destroy the building. The same will also apply to sand bags and most of the trench fortifications. Nevertheless, an explosion which sends fumes, as well as debris flying, does not only destroy, but also reshapes. The walls of the aforesaid windmill might now produce a rubble pile at the bottom of the building, offering a different kind of cover for all those on the ground. The colors of light are likewise outstanding, as fog, dirt, gas, fumes, and other things can significantly alter the look of a battle.

You will find as many as 7 game modes being offered. 5 are standard multiplayer modes (Conquest, War Pigeon, Team Death Match, Rush, and Domination). The 6th mode is Operations, the very best of all the multiplayer modes. The Operation features 2 maps, and in case the assailants take all the objectives in the 1st, then this game will move to the 2nd map. In case both these maps are taken, the assailants win, however, if the defenders manage to hold them off, they win. If the assailants fall short, they get one more chance – this time, strengthened by a Behemoth. In case the attackers are unsuccessful 3 times, the defenders will win.

Great Design

The gameplay is excellent. Every single gun feels unique, and more than half the weapons are bolt-action or semi-automatic, although 3 of the 4 classes have automatic options obtainable. Assault has got the most effective anti-tank weapon, Support features mortars as well as ammo, Medic can revive as well as heal, whilst Snipers obtain gear for spotting and armaments with high range optics.

Included in the graceful gunplay are armored vehicles, tanks, biplanes, behemoths, and horses. While unique in design, many of these work just like the earlier battlefield games. Behemoths are giant weapons which one side may use to reshape a conflict. The Dreadnaught features a number of heavy artillery cannons which can demolish any structure. The Armored Train has got just one artillery cannon as well as heavy machine guns. All of these have different pros and cons, and all can be demolished. Nevertheless, when employed successfully, a Behemoth will be able to swing an Operation or Conquest in favor of the group operating it.

Conclusively

In general, it is among the best Battlefield video games ever made. It features a meaningful (although undoubtedly short) single player campaign. It has got a lot of multiplayer modes, and 9 diverse maps. Even though there is not really as much customization as in the earlier games, the fantastic gameplay ought to more than make up for the shortcoming to fully customize a weapon. Battlefield 1 was definitely a blast for us to play and review. It’s one of the most epic first person shooters ever published. DICE really outdid themselves on this one.