Posted: May 21, 2013 in Gaming Blogs, News, Reviews
Tags: Backwards Compatible, Durango, Gamestop, No Used Games, One, Pre Owned, XBONE, XBox 1, XBox 720, Xbox One, XBox One Price
The Tuesday that many gamers had been waiting for has come and Microsoft announced the latest iteration in XBox consoles. It isn’t much of a surprise to hear that they are planning a release ‘later this year’. While this most likely means a retail release for the holiday season, it would be interesting to see them try to beat the Playstation 4 to the punch with a release prior to that time period.
Some of the other details include a BluRay Disc Drive, 500GB harddrive and an 8-core CPU to go with 8GB of RAM. The system will also have wireless-N tech for networking. USB 3.0 ports will help for a faster connection for Kinect and other peripherals – it will be interesting to see how far they really want to take Kinect at this point.
In terms of backwards compatibility – none. This isn’t really a surprise as the 360 and PS3 had virtually zero backwards compatibility after a couple years.
Used games? The rumors were swirling and they will continue to swirl because Microsoft didn’t address this issue at all. It does seem that you will have to install every game to your harddrive which would make for an interesting issue when dealing with enormous games on BluRay discs. Will you have to uninstall old games and then start switching between them after awhile? The move away from being ‘used game friendly’ isn’t going unnoticed, but many gamers out there won’t do much to prevent this move as they continue to buy big budget titles like Call of Duty and Madden without thinking twice.
Hopefully, the limitations of second-hand games will create a more picky audience of gamers.
(No price points have been discussed, but look for it to be similarly priced to the PS4)
Posted: May 1, 2013 in Gaming Blogs, News, Reading
Tags: Battlefield 4, BF3, BF4, Call of Duty Ghosts, COD, CODBLOPS, CODG, CODGhosts, CODMW4, Ghosts, Modern Warfare 4, MW4, Shooter
Remember, remember the fifth of November
It’s COD season is it not?
I can think of no reason why COD season should ever be forgot.
You can start pre-ordering Call of Duty: Ghosts soon
Are you excited by the news of a new name for the Call of Duty series or are you convinced that it is merely a first person shooter version of Madden NFL?
Posted: April 25, 2013 in Gaming Blogs, News, Reading, Reviews
Tags: Barry Sanders Cover, Draft Day, First Round, Lions, Madden, Madden 14, Madden Cover, Mock Draft, NFL Draft, Sim Football
For the second year in a row, Madden fans have decided to curse the Detroit Lions.
How you can curse a team as dreadful as the Lions is beyond me. It hasn’t stopped them from ‘voting’ Barry Sanders to be the next cover-guy for Madden. Comment below and let us know who should be on the cover in your opinion.
Posted: April 23, 2013 in Gaming Blogs, News, Reading, Reviews
Tags: 2.0, Adrian Peterson, Barry Sanders, CCM, Draft, EA Sports, Football, Gumby, Infinity Engine, Madden 14, Madden 25, Madden Cover, Matt Barkley, My Player, NBA 2K, NCAA, NCAA 14, NFL 2k, NFL Draft, Roster, Second Level
Now that we are getting ready to start football season in the minds of most NFL fans with the coming NFL Draft this Thursday there are a few things we can start sorting out when it comes to what Madden 25 will be pushing from the marketing end of the annual title.
The first thing we can plan on is the inclusion of some sort of ‘interview interface’ when it comes to CCM. This is primarily due to the fact that NHL 13 is taking up where NBA 2K has been for a couple years now. The idea of interacting with the media and having a simulation experience
It has been twenty-five years since John Madden demanded a true simulation football game. We are still waiting on EA Sports to provide us with one.
isn’t really new but EA is starting to take more of 2K’s features to heart. My personal hopes are that Madden’s CCM (which is still going to be in the next iteration) will feature an interaction for people that prefer to be a ‘coach’ rather than a single player. This will add depth to a mode that was off to a decent start last year.
Better physics and refined tackling are something that people have been clamoring for ever since the 360/PS3 released. Last year we got the Infinity Engine and got to see some interesting animations play out (a lot of Gumby motions, especially). Regardless, we can be almost certain that Madden 25 will have more refined player physics and tackling animations assuming they keep working with the same engine. This leads us into one of the more intensely discussed topics on hardcore Madden forums – OL/DL interaction and blocking in general.
While it is highly unlikely that we will ever see a true end to ‘suction blocking’ it has been mentioned for NCAA 14 that there has been serious work put in towards improving blocking decisions and interactions. This has been highlighted in discussing the inclusion of a deeper CPU intelligence that focuses on second-level blocking. What is ‘Second Level Blocking’? Second level blocking is basically any blocking that occurs after an initial block has been made. So, if the Right Tackle blocks the defensive end and then starts running up the field – they will actually look for the next opponent to block rather than running blindly past a defender that will be looking to bring down the ball carrier. Sounds like something that should have been in the game for years, right? EA Sports isn’t exactly on top of things to pay attention to what seems like fundamentals sometimes. Hopefully they will make good on the improvements in blocking for Madden 25 as this will be a positive direction for the direction of the gameplay in general.
Posted: April 14, 2013 in Gaming Blogs, News, Reading, Tutorials
Tags: Draft, Madden 13 Rookies, Madden 13 Roster, Madden 25, Madden 25 Roster, Madden Update, NFL, Patch, Rookie Roster, Roster Update
The Madden 13 Roster Update 4-14-13 is available now! – Download Here
The time has come to get your fix of updated rosters. There have been some moves around the league lately and those moves have been accounted for (Cleveland’s recent trade for Dion Lewis being one of them). While some of the rookies have been re-rated due to prior creation having them too high for their projections in the original roster file.
If you don’t know how to transfer rosters here is a walkthrough for you.
If you would like fresh links for the USB Re-Hasher or Modio click the links below.
I cannot take full credit for these rosters as the base roster can be found here.
Posted: April 11, 2013 in Gaming Blogs, News, Reading
Tags: 720, Always Online, DRM, Fanboy, John Connor, Matrix, Neo, Nintendo, Playstation 4, PS4, Skynet, T6, Terminator, Whoa, XBox 720
You don’t have to do a lot of googling to find out some of the rumors pouring out into the interwebs. The XBox 720 seems destined to be an ‘always online’ DRM machine designed to say, No you can’t take your new game to a friends house. Make those cheapskates buy the game too. We are entering what might be the twilight of console gaming as we have known it for the
ok… Maybe it wasn’t ever really like this, but it has changed quite a bit.
better part of 30 years.
Whether or not you want to take the incredibly negative interaction between ex-Micro$soft employee Adam Orth and upset gamers or the non-denial denial from M$ that their console will always be online, the fact of the matter is that this stuff has been a long time coming.
Many of you have iPods that have some sort of DRM protection from Apple (a company that is highly supported by hipsters the world over) and then there are others that have been playing games on the PC client, Steam. Either way you roll with these different examples of DRM and online functionality it is safe to say that ‘The Matrix Has You’.
While the Playstation 4 seems to be what every angry former Microsoft fanboy is cheering for, it is interesting to see them flock to a console that hasn’t actually been shown to the public. We have seen videos of games that don’t look much better than current PC titles (or even current console titles for that matter) and we also have yet to hear what type of paid service they will demand for their console. Sony doesn’t exactly have the best record for internet privacy or security.
If you are set on getting a new console this holiday season there isn’t much I can do to stop you from spending your money. I personally think you would be better off saving the $500 on a new video card for a gaming rig and never have to worry about consoles running your gaming world from an ‘always online perspective’.
Whatever happened to single player games and other people having some privacy? In a world full of instagrams and shameful spring break videos it really shouldn’t surprise my seemingly old-crotchety self that consoles are going towards this same style of social networking. Afterall, it is vital for everyone to know exactly what you are doing at all times no matter when or where. It seems that John Connor has failed after a long fight against the corporate machines.
Skynet will become self-aware this holiday season.