In the wake of all the new and exciting games, Fallout 4, Halo 5, Transformers: Devastation, Star Wars Battlefront, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3; there are 2 so far that have left me wanting.
I hate writing bad reviews. I really do. It's not like I enjoy this. However, when it comes to gaming, I expect a certain level of awesome. I have been gaming since the time of "PONG", "Intellivision" "Atari" and "Odyssey". I am the generation of growth in gaming. We grew and nurtured gaming. You young pup millenals will never know the challenge of playing a game where you only have 1, 2, or even 3 lives to beat the game...then*Poof* that's it. ***GAME OVER***
So to say I was excited for both of these games is an understatement. Let's start with Transformers.
I was really excited when I heard that this was coming out!
When I heard that the original voice actors from the 80's Transformers cartoon were to play their old roles once again, I was giddy. Elated even. The clips I saw, the fact that the programmers were using the original variations of the Transformers from the cartoon I grew up with had me so happy that I felt like I was in second grade again playing with my 'Soundwave' Transformer action figure and all his cassette tapes. (Yes. I actually used the belt clip and walked around with him on my hip. Still one of the coolest toys of all time. Just saying.)
So I pre-ordered the game and waited patiently. Once it was released I went to my local Gamestop where My friend and Manager Steph was all too happy to help me. She's really nice. (BTW, Gamestop; if you're reading this, she deserves a promotion or pay raise or something. She's awesome!) I get home and wait forever for the game to download and then I begin to play.
The Opening animations with the original cast from the 80's had me on the edge of my seat. Then the game play begins. The game is so linear it's disgusting. Point A to Point B to Point C....It drones on and on. The fighting and combat moves are what you would expect, maybe only a little bit cooler made so by the fact that it is 'Optimus Prime' you are controlling. after a few minutes, BOOM! BOSS FIGHT against 'Devastator'! Really? Right off the bat?
The animation and artistic value of the game is awesome! It looks like a comic book, or even maybe like you are controlling the cartoon from my childhood. However, the combat controls are cumbersome, you run out of 'energon' every 12 shots from your blaster; and you GET YOUR BUTT HANDED TO YOU religiously by the one toy that no kid could afford to buy when you were a kid.
I always loved 'Devastator' when I was young, but I hated him as well. I hated him because I could never afford him and the class bully had him and rubbed it in everyone's faces. Now here is 'Devastator' kicking my butt like it's his profession! I am a very seasoned gamer, dating back to the very early 80's. I don't suck at video games. Here I am getting owned by a cherished memory from my youth. Not really happy that I paid $59.99 plus tax for it.
If you like games that force you to go from A to B to C, this game is for you. I grew up with the side scrolling, linear games. I'm allowed to want more freedom. You young bucks don't know a dang thing about some 'Pitfall' on Atari 1600 frustrations. I paid my dues.
Maybe the Fallout and Elder Scrolls sagas spoiled me. Anyway, on to HALO 5: Guardians.
HALO 5: Guardians-
Now, I have been a longtime fan of the Halo series. Ever since Master Chief started whooping some butt against the Covenant and the Flood in Game 1. I have alwasy been a huge advocate and defender of the series, to the point that I even defended HALO 4, after the '343' take over. What? I kind of liked it. The graphics were cool, and the gameplay was pretty fun.
Now I was smart, and rented HALO 5 from Red Box, instead of aggravating my wife and dropping another $59.99 plus tax. Good thing I did. The CG cinematics are awesome, the storyline is not too bad, plus the only true redeeming component of the video game; 2 words... "NATHAN FILLION"! Yes, 'Malcolm Reynolds' himself resumes the role of 'Buck' and this time the programmers did a really amazing job of making the character LOOK like 'Nathan Fillion'.
If you have no idea who I am talking about, 'Nathan Fillion' is an AMAZING actor, who played 'Malcolm Reynolds' on 'Joss Wheadons' 'Firefly' and Serenity'; was 'Caleb' in 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' Season 7; and plays the crime solving Murder Fiction Author ' Castle' on TV. Go watch his stuff, thank me later.
Other than that, the game is deplorable. The game play is'Ho-Hum' at best. I found myself bored after 30 minutes of game play. So I hop online to play. CAMPERS EVERYWHERE! Seriously, you camping trolls piss me off. You're like the coward who hides in the corner during a real battle and watches, as his buddy gets wasted.
If you're going to play the game, grow a set and join the fighting. I run into this crap when I play Airsoft @ The Battleground Airsoft arena in Pittsburgh. Why show up if you're never going to leave spawn? Anyway, an hour of online play and I'm done. I was bored and really unimpressed. Parents, you should hear the mouths on some of your offspring by the way. I was a Navy Corpsman assigned to the Marines; and the bile pouring out of your child's mouths made ME BLUSH!
So there it is. I am not a fan of either game. You can take it or leave it as you like. You think this is a scathing review? Wait till you see what I say about Call of Duty Black Ops III!
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