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Doom, the initial impressions

I’m not going to write a full review just yet so I thought, why not drop a brief post about initial impressions with the new game. Full review will most likely follow when I finish it…

It’s funny how I find people on forums who complain how new Doom is nothing like the original Doom from the 90’s, where in reality, it’s in fact the closest thing. Doom 3 was a bit of an odd one. It had really dark and gritty graphics with scary atmosphere and individual monsters attacking you. I can’t remember a time you were really surrounded by monsters like you quite often was in original Doom. It was always scary moments and 1-3 monsters in Doom 3.

But in new Doom, it feels like someone took the original and remade it into “HD” with new graphics adding it actual 3rd dimension and also new aspect to the gameplay by adding upgrades and the way how ammo and health is delivered to you. Original allowed you to gun down monsters from distance. In fact that was a preferred way of dealing damage. From far away because health was precious. Here, you have to balance out ranged and close combat in order to inflict damage, but also gather dropped health. And trust me, if you play on Nightmare like I do, you’ll gonna be doing that a lot. 2 blows from Imp and you’ll be dead. Armor feels like it’s not even there. It’s very unforgiving, but for some really weird reason, I absolutely love it regardless. It’s how it should be. Hellishly unforgiving.

Weapon, suit and additional upgrades give new dimension to gameplay. It allows you to adjust your gameplay more with different weapons mods. I know some will whine about it how it doesn’t belong into Doom game, but reality is, upgrades aren’t like those in System Shock or Dead Space. They are far less complex and more straight forward. They remind me more of Alien Rage – Unlimited than Dead Space. And they even did the same trick as devs of Alien Rage, they give you ability to upgrade the basic pistol, making it more relevant through entire game, opposed to other games where you stop using basic pistol the moment you pick up something stronger.

The game just feels really good as a whole. Even spawning of monsters, in Doom 3 they almost always spawned behind your back to scare you, here, most are already roaming the maps, just few spawn in, usually when you destroy their pods. I like this more than lazy spawn ins for everything.

We’ve seen many franchise reboots in the recent years and Doom is by far the closest thing to how franchise reboots should be done. I really can’t think of a single serious issue or complaint about this game. Looks great, sounds great, levels are interesting, combat is really engaging and demands you to move a lot while also forces you to explore maps to gather upgrades and hidden stuff so you can mow down monsters easier, nicely rounding up the whole experience.

I have yet to try multiplayer and the map editor, which is supposedly an easier version where you snap elements together like Lego, but I have yet to try it and see what kind of maps you can create. I hope you can make single player maps and not just multiplayer maps. I want to create outrageously hellish mini campaign, but can’t be bothered with ridiculously complicated map editors that usually come with the games. 😀

All in all, it’s a really good game and I think this will be one of better if not best games this year. Highly recommended!

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Need for Speed community is shit

Well, to be more specific, it’s shit in official NeedForSpeed subreddit. For the first time in history, EA (Ghost) is actually updating and adding content to the latest NFS 2016 game AFTER its release. And I though, awesome, finally devs might listen to recommendations and ideas. Just to be slammed in the face by the most moronic attitude I’ve ever seen in any game community.

The game originally shipped with just 5 garage spots. You could buy 5 cars and that was it. People complained about lack of garage space and they added 5 more via virtual warehouse slots from where you can exchange 5 more cars, totaling 10. Guess what, in a game which offers over 30 cars, you’ll probably want to buy all of them. So I’ve opened a thread there asking for 100 garage slots (it was just a figure of speech for enough slots to buy all available cars) and while vast majority of people agreed, there were retarded special snowflakes who got this bizarre idea in their heads that being able to buy all available cars will somehow ruin the emotional connection with cars and the depth of the game.

Bitch, please, the game has no emotional connection when you can’t even fiddle with the car the way you want it. Half of the cars can only be modified via car paint and rims. The remaining half has like 2 items max for SOME areas of the car. There is not a single car I own currently that can have ALL parts modified. There just isn’t any. So, how can I ever get attached to a creation that’s never the way I want it?

And then those same retards brought up idea that having just few cars opposed to all of them is somehow beneficial to everyone. Motherfucker, if you limit the number of cars, it’s only catering to your fucking taste. The rest of us who want to buy more cars are basically fucked. But if there is enough slots to buy ALL cars, you can still own just 2 if you fucking want. But no, apparently he has to be limited by a game, otherwise that fucktard is incapable of owning just 2 or 3 cars. Like whaaaaat!? And he keeps on going like a fucking broken record, calling in mods and everything because I apparently offended his feefees when I disagreed with him.

And then he digged out a message posted by NFS dev who said it’s “too much work” to raise a fucking already implemented limit. Holy fucking shit, if changing a limit variable from 5 to 50 or 100 is too much work for a professional coder, then what the fuck are you doing at your job? I could teach a baboon to code in C++ and make him reverse engineer whole game faster than these idiots would consider adding something as simple and beneficial to all players as raising a fucking garage slots limit. Fucking hell, no wonder no one fucking likes EA, they still have no fucking clue how to make gamers happy.

Bottom line, this is the first time I’ve witnessed in my entire life where community wants stagnation instead of progress. And I’m not even talking game changing progress that might be disliked by some people if it affects gameplay too much. This change would not affect gameplay at all and yet there are idiots against it like it’s threatening their very existence. Fuck me. I was already getting bored by NFS 2016, getting all cars was my last go-to achievement goal, but since it’s official now regarding garage slots (meaning there won’t be any), fuck this game and fuck the stupid community. It has a dead multiplayer anyway and it hasn’t been out yet for 2 months on PC, so that alone speaks volumes…

Ms. Male Link

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Oh my fucking god, you people are the most inconsistent bunch of whining motherfuckers I’ve seen in my whole fucking life.

They first demand women to be main protagonists, company pleases their sorry whining asses and introduces a female protagonist in the desired game. Seconds later, same fuckers are whining how the newly created character is just a “Ms. Male” character and not really a new female character.

Of course it’s a Ms. Male character you dumb retards, you demand a gender swap in an existing universe. Which means you’ll just get a female version of a male character every single freaking time. Fucking morons.

That’s why we are constantly bitching at feminists to create new unique universes with unique characters if they are so god damn smart at demanding shit. But they are without any kind of inspiration, imagination and ideas so they are incapable of making one. All they know is whine and force gender “reassignments” of existing characters which will always lead to Ms. Male trope bullshit. For fucks sake.

Also an interesting fact, I never owned a Nintendo console. PlayStation 2 yes, but nothing from Nintendo. Played Mario 64 using emulator on PC and Banjo Kazooie on N64 at friends place, but that was it. Long story short, I’ve always thought Link was in fact a girl. It was this petite figure with short hair that kinda looked feminine. And name “Link” doesn’t necessarily mean a male character. So, I really don’t get it why feminists are whining about it. But they always have to whine about something, right?

Fix Alien Breed random game crashing

I’ve had Alien Breed trilogy in my Steam library for a very long time and have finally decided to give it a spin. It’s actually pretty interesting game that got a bit ruined by what seems like random crashing. But it wouldn’t be my blog if it wasn’t yet another über bizarre thing. I seem to be the magnet for all the weird shit no one else experiences in games and programs.

How to fix Alien Breed game crashing?

Don’t use keyboard to navigate Intex terminals (saving, weapon/item upgrades etc), use only mouse!

Nope, I’m not kidding. That’s why it seemed like a totally random crashing where it was tied to usage of mouse or keyboard, apparently I use both interchangeably on the Intex terminals and crashes weren’t consistent because of it.

But I’ve figured it out. I can play the game without a single crash for as long as I strictly use mouse on Intex terminals. As soon as I tried to use keyboard arrow keys to navigate Intex terminal purchase/save menu, the game crashed.

So here you go, another game fix from the bizarro land. XD

EA is giving away Red Alert 2 + Yuri’s Revenge for free!

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EA is giving away an all time classic, Red Alert 2 with included standalone add-on Yuri’s Revenge which adds 3rd side to the conflict between Russians and Allies. The Yuri’s army. It’s a fantastic classic strategy game that you simply must have!

It’s a limited time offer so grab it while it’s still available!

https://www.origin.com/en-ie/store/free-games/on-the-house

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided pre-ordering…

DeusExMankindDividedPreOrderSay hello to one of the biggest bullshit pre-orders. And I wouldn’t even give a damn if it wasn’t for one of my favorite game franchises. Remember the original Deus Ex, that uber spectacular niche RPG-FPS hybrid with jaw dropping story, advanced game mechanics and multi-path, multi-choice levels and missions? Well, the game is not niche anymore, it has been blown to the masses and it’s now getting riddled with the usual money grabbing bullshit.

And I used to take Eidos and Square Enix as honest developers/publishers. I guess the default stance of every gamer should be “All developers and publishers are scum”…

Cutting out content and selling it back as “bonus”

They are again taking out content and offering it to you as “bonus”. How about providing that content to all buyers of your game and encourage people to go the honest path of actually buying the game, because they’ll be actually rewarded for it. Or has everyone already forgot about The Witcher 3 and its countless free DLC’s? Maybe they were taken out or actually made as extras, bottom line is, they are free and everyone is getting them whether you pre-ordered or purchased the game on actual release day. And game sales speak for themselves. Even on PC which is constantly being trashed around as piracy heaven. Respect the gamers and they’ll also respect you.

Pre-order bonuses encourage piracy

Instead, this bullshit pre-ordering is only encouraging people to be even more cautious about spending their money and potentially leading into them just pirating the game. After all, it’ll be free and they’ll get ALL the extras. Where if you’re a honest gamer and you want to support the developer by actually paying for a game, just not by pre-ordering it, you’ll get screwed by missing actual game content like entire missions!

Bonuses ruin gameplay experience

I also absolutely hate it how developers and publishers babysit people who pre-order with aids for faster progress. I’ve first seen this nonsense on large scale in GTA5 and it made me not want to pre-order a game just because of that. If you pre-ordered GTA5, you got 500.000 of in-game money. Why the hell bother and even play the game when you get half a million handed to you from the start. That’s like getting BFG in the first level of Doom/Quake. It’s pointless and retarded. Sure, give me this kind of goodies AFTER I finish the game. I loved going all crazy with weapon cheats after I finished games, but getting it on first play through, that’s just retarded and entirely ruins the whole point of progress in games. Cosmetic, fine. But goodies affecting gameplay, sorry I just don’t want them. Even if I’d pre-order the game, I’d want to play the game as it was initially designed and use these goodies on second run only. Something I bet won’t be available as an option to the players who pre-order Mankind Divided…

A no win situation for players

It’s a now win because you have to go in blind. I’ve tackled this before in some of my blog posts and I’ll mention it again.

If you want to see how game looks and plays, you have to look tons of developer trailers, videos and gameplays prior to game release to see if it’s any good, so you can be sure you’re spending your money well. However, by doing so, you totally ruin your game experience. I’ve been doing this for few years until Alien:Isolation where I turned a new page. Yes, I’ve pre-ordered the game, sorry father for I have sinned, however I’ve purposely avoided all gameplay videos, because if I’ve learned anything from the past, gameplay videos totally ruin experience. Only thing I’ve watched were developer commentaries where I haven’t watched any actual video, just voice, so I didn’t even know how alien actually behaves in the game. When you enter the game after watching bunch of such videos, you know tons of stuff about the game and it’s just not the same. Especially watching someone else play it is wastly worse than playing a demo yourself. And that’s why I’ve enjoyed Alien:Isolation so much. I’ve never experienced such gut wrenching sensation as first meeting alien in that lobby where it slays few humans. I was genuinely scared for my life. But making sure you experience games this way, you have to avoid all the videos and buy the game blind. Meaning it’s a no win situation for you. You have to either sacrifice game experience and watch all the resources about the game or you ignore all that and potentially piss away 50+ € for a game that you’ll hate…

I miss demo games…

What I really miss are demo games (this explains how old of a dinosaur I really am). A playable presentation of the first game level. Or even how Valve did with original Half-Life, a game level that doesn’t even exist in the game released later. However I wish it was included since it was same gut wrenching experience as with Alien:Isolation. Walking those corridors in the beginning with just a crowbar and headcrabs jumping up your face, meeting brutal commandos in that hangar for the first time, meeting zombie scientist down in the dark sewers and vortigaunts terrorizing those commandos, the experience was just incredible. Or the System Shock 2 and original Deus Ex where demo presented the first game level to the player and then leaves it with a massive cliff hanger. It’s the best way to hype the players, give them the actual feel of the game and not ruin them game experience since it’s the first level which often leaves so many things unexplained (especially in the mentioned two games). That’s why I’ve enjoyed those games so much and I haven’t enjoyed many others later for which I watched gameplay videos taken out from the middle or even end of the game. It’s ridiculous.

Demo games are in my opinion the best way to present a product to the players with no downsides. And trust me, playable demos hyped me for the games far more than ANY gameplay video to date. Ever.

So, when would I pre-order the new Deus Ex?

I’d pre-order it if I could experience the gameplay of the first level myself (in person, not watching someone play it on video). It would be a good indication if game has the same good feel to it as Des Ex Human Revolution which I played and am familiar with. If Mankind Divided felt very similar, I’d pre-order it. If it felt more like original Deus Ex, I’d also pre-order it. But if it would feel more like a game that is just clutching on to legacy of predecessors and running with a cheap gameplay, I wouldn’t buy it. That’s why I only bought Deus Ex 2 when it was really cheap years after release. What does this tell you as a game developer or publisher?

Make a good game that won’t let me down and I’ll gladly hand over my money and be your loyal customer even in the future, because I’ll know you actually respect me as a customer and that you strive for quality and perfection. But using dirty tactics like these pre-orders only do one thing. Make me not want to buy your game. And this is exactly what I’ll do with Mankind Divided. I’m a hardcore Deus Ex fan, but I’m not going to support this bullshit even if it means I’ll be punished by missing out a whole game mission. Respect has to be mutual and I’m not sensing it here…

Murica, the rest of the world is not universally fat

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Why do these narrow-minded social justice warriors think the rest of the world outside Murica is universally fat? Why do they think ALL women need to be chubby or fat to be “acceptable” or “normal”? Overly “stronger” women aren’t my cup of tea, but I don’t demand absolutely perfect athletic body girls. I’m not perfect either, so I don’t expect any more than that from women. But I’d be lying if I’d say I don’t fancy skinny girls. Sounds reasonable right?

But the examples above are just ridiculous. Those aren’t even normal “real” women, they are just very chubby versions of hot original female game protagonists. Making all women chubby doesn’t make them any more realistic than having all of them super skinny in games. Stop doing this shit because it’s retarded.

Also, the 3rd images show that such women do exist. And I do know quite a lot of women in my life who have insanely crafted body and they aren’t even photo or fashion models. So clearly, they do exist. They just happen to care about their looks and health. Stop making excuses for being a land whale in expansion…

And the fact is, large majority of men simply prefer women who aren’t stronger. It’s not because of movies or fashion magazines say so. It’s just naturally wired in our brains to have certain preference for such women, just like it is for some men to prefer chubby or strong women. So stop fucking shaming us for liking women the way we like them. We happen to like normal and skinny women, others like stronger women. Both are fine. If it’s not my preference and I happen to express that aloud, that’s not shaming of anyone, it’s simply my preference. It’s really no different than my preference for freckly redheads over brunettes and blondes or girls with blue eyes over those with brown eyes. Or the same preference where some girl might fancy my looks and some other just wouldn’t be able to like me no matter what. And I’m fine with that. We are all different and each has their own preferences. There is no universal right or wrong. It just is. And it’s correct in both states. It’s just that one is my correct and the other one is someone else’s correct.