Games I’m looking forward this year

The back end of this year is gearing up to be a busy one for me, especially when it comes to the Xbox One. There seems to be a flurry of AAA games dropping in October and November and here are some of the ones I’m coveting:

Forza Horizon 2 (October 3, 2014)

Halo: The Materschief Collection (November 14, 2014)

Far Cry 4 (November 18, 2014)

The Crew (November 11, 2014)

With that said there is also Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Battlefield Hardline that may eventually make my collection too. It’s taken a bit of time, but this generation of gaming is starting to become exciting.

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Microsoft to offer a Kinect-less Xbox One from June

Last week Microsoft announced that it would be selling its Xbox One console without the Kinect from June. This will surely attract new customers to the platform, as it will now be the same price as the PlayStation 4, but what does it mean for those who already have the Kinect?

I for one was happy when Microsoft announced that the Kinect would come with every Xbox One, because it would mean that developers would find novel ideas on how to use it, but now it seems that it may be a missed opportunity for Microsoft again.

The Kinect 2 is a great bit of kit, I use it all the time to do my workouts using Xbox Fitness and it works really well. The voice recognition is also very good and the face recognition is leaps ahead of the original Kinect. Although developers hadn’t really innovated their products for the Kinect, usually just using the voice recognition, there was the possibility that if every Xbox One owner had a Kinect that the possibility to do something really unique was there.

But now it seems that the Kinect 2 might just turn into a party game product just like the original, only having a select few games (which are usually rubbish) to utilise the technology. It remains to be seen if people will still buy the system with the Kinect when the newest bundle come out, but I’m guessing that people will choose the cheaper alternative.

The E3 conference starts in a few weeks and it’ll be interesting to see if there are any decent Kinect games coming to the market in the future that might persuade people to get one, but I have a feeling that it’s a lost opportunity for Microsoft.

What do you think? Do you like the Kinect or is it just a fad? Leave your comments below.

Xbox One no Kinect

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Golfing holiday with some old work colleagues

Not many people know this, but back when I worked in London I used to play a lot of golf (yes London has golf courses too!), we mainly used it as an excuse to get out of the office and entertain our clients, but I actually got quite good at it.

A few of my old work colleagues are heading to Portugal in June for a golfing getaway and have asked if I’d like to go. To be honest I haven’t played for a while, but my clubs are tucked away neatly in the attic for safe keeping.

Jeff, who is organising the trip, said that instead of paying the ludicrous prices the airline charges for taking golf clubs abroad, that we should use Send My Bag instead. Send My Bag transports your luggage from your door to your destination and is specially designed to take heavy or large items such as golf clubs, skiing equipment and musical instruments that would usually cost a fortune to take on the plane with you.

I think this is a great idea as all you need to take with you is your hand luggage, meaning that we don’t have to hire numerous taxis to get us to our hotel just to fit our golf clubs in. Prices are really reasonable too, costing just £30 for items up to 25Kgs. You can also send multiple bags and items making it perfect for holiday groups like ours.

The only thing I have to do now is dig out my golfs clubs and hit the local course because I don’t want to be shown up do I.

 

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DLC’s for video games – good or bad?

Today Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella announced that Titanfall is getting a season pass and the comments section lit up like a light bulb. The general consensus was that people don’t want DLC’s and would rather have a finished game with all the content added, this got me thinking.

DLC’s have been a popular way for developers to produce new content for a game after its release for a while now, and it’s obviously making them money, so I doubt it will stop any time soon. I personally think that if you want the extra content then you should pay for it (at a reduced price of course), but people are so selfish that they want everything for free.

Take for instance Battlefield 1942, the original game was great and packed full of content, but they still released expansion packs (which you had to buy) to provide players with new content. These expansion packs not only bolstered the amount of content in the game but also served as a stop gap until the next game was released.

Personally I’m happy that developers are producing new content for their games as well as providing ongoing tech support for bugs and so on; it would be easy for them to ship a game then just start on a sequel and not really bother with fixing glitches etc. DLC’s provide longevity for a game, hell I was still playing Battlefield 3 until Battlefield 4 was released and that was two years later!

At the end of the day if people feel like a DLC isn’t worth it then don’t buy it, but I’m all for it as long as the price is right and the content is the same quality as the original game.

What do you think? Are DLC’s a good or bad thing, leave your comments below:

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Get ready for Titanfall

Rarely do I get super excited about an upcoming game, argh who am I kidding I love it and the next must have game (for me anyway) has to be Titanfall. It is released in just over a month and is one of the most anticipated games of the year since it was unveiled at E3 last year.

This could well be a big console seller for Microsoft as it looks to close the gap on Sony’s PlayStation 4. I have to admit I’m pretty impressed with my Xbox One so far, Forza looks amazing and Battlefield 4 has dramatically improved since the latest patch, although I do hope that Titanfall really pushes the boundaries of the system and provides us with a top game.

Titanfall is scheduled for release on March 14th and I’ll write an in-depth review once I’ve had a decent play with it.

Check out the video below:


Titanfall Closed Alpha Gameplay – Shotgun by xjumper

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Movie Time

The wife and I haven’t been to the cinema in a while. Time and being bothered is what has stopped us really and well, nothing has really caught my eye in a while. Some of our friends suggested going to see 12 Years a Slave at our local picture house, and although I’m not big on historical type films, it has had a lot of press. Not sure if it’s good press, but a lot for sure. It’s also down to win a number of Oscars and it’s already one a few awards this year.

Anyway here’s a trailer for it:

It’s got that benedict Cumberlandbackwhatever whose name no one can say or gets wrong. It does have quite a stellar cast and as I noticed Michael Kenneth Williams who plays Chalky White in Boardwalk Empire and Omar in The Wire (two of my fave TV shows) is in it. I think he’s a great actor so should be good to see him in this. I’m not sure how it will play out, I have seen Django Unchained and that was brill albeit a little gory but that’s the least you expect from Tarantino. I think this film will be hard hitting so might be interesting.

Anyway I was pondering my all-time favourite movies, and was Googling some classics so I could make sure my DVD collection was up to date, when I came across this interesting piece on Most Iconic door moments from film. Up top was the Shining, its defiantly the most memorable. The shining is one of those films which although feels like it drags on forever you only remember certain bits. The door scene being one of them. Notting Hill came second, however I don’t remember the door in that, in fact I don’t remember any of that film apart from Hugh Grant being foppish, after the wife subjected me to it. Third Place went to Home Alone, I like this movie, the part where a pizza is delivered and a voice speaks through the door “keep the change, you filthy animal”.

Anyway here is the list:

  1. ‘Here’s Johnny!’ door, The Shining
  2. William Thacker’s house with the blue door, Notting Hill
  3. ‘Keep the change you filthy animal’ pizza delivery door scene, Home Alone
  4. Mark declaring his love for Juliette with signs at door, Love Actually
  5. Dorothy entering the land of Oz, Wizard of Oz
  6. Bag End’s green front door, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  7. Going through wardrobe, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
  8. Matilda being put into the chokey, Matilda
  9. Snake door, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  10. Maximus opening door to Elysium, Gladiator

 

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