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Watch Dogs or The 21st Century Sandbox

Posted in Hands On with tags , on May 29, 2014 by Rabidgames

It is quite ironic the Ubisoft servers are down on the day Watch Dogs is released. First, the game wasn’t available at midnight (though pre-download and all were working fine), then the servers were down, Uplay not working … digital may be dawning, but it’s still far from shining bright.

But all that was forgotten as soon as Watch Dogs took off – the first mission is a short tutorial, and afterwards, the whole world is a digital oyster, waiting to be hacked. You can walk around scanning people and intimate details, getting some money or infos about future crimes or hidden packages – all calmly, while walking or slowly cruising around in your car.

Of course, you can also manipulate traffic lights, detonate all kind of electronic devices, or shoot people in the face. The choice is yours, friend.

And then, there’s the mini-games. From chess puzzle tasks to 3D platforming and even to drug fuelled trips with Spider Tank … Watch Dogs is crazy and wants to be crazy. Even UFO Mayhem from Saints Row IV or GTA V’s drugged nightmares pale in comparison to some of the crazy ideas Ubisoft has come up with.

Mind you, Rabidgames played for 4 hours doing nothing but the first mission and looking at the world of Watch Dogs – nothing else. Okay, second mission … theoretically, it would have been a blood bath. But in Watch Dogs, infiltration is possible without firing a single shot, hell, without setting foot in the hostile area – if you want. Hint: For the first time in video game history, surveillance cameras are your best friend.

Let’s make no mistake here – comparing Watch Dogs to GTA or Assassin’s Creed doesn’t do any of these games justice. Its closest relatives are rather Splinter Cell or Deus Ex (stealth and upgrade systems) and the likes of Just Cause 2, the Mercenaries series or the thematically close The Saboteur instead … the latter just because they offered you tons of freedom.

Of course, self-anointed hardcore gamers and die-hard elitists will fret at Watch Dogs – it is not Dark Souls hard, it is not nail-biting tough, but, and that’s the most important thing at the end of the day, it is simply one thing: fun.

Rabidgames enjoys this playground: Watch Dogs is a game that can be played in a really relaxed state. If you want. That’s true freedom in a true sandbox. Oh, and mind you, all of that can be seen within the first three hours of this game!

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Rabidgames’ Best of PS3 Impressions

Posted in Gaming these days ..., Hands On with tags on May 27, 2014 by Rabidgames

Alright, so if you buy a PS3, there are some must-have titles, right? And some you want to play, and some you get to play thanks to PSN+. Well, since it’s many games at once, here are just some short impressions after roughly one hour (sometimes more) of each title:

flOw
Yep, strange as hell. Is this still a game? You do nothing but swim around and consume cells, growing in the process. It is pretty much interesting, however the game has a giant flaw: You can only play it waving around with a Sixaxis controller. And that’s a shame because motion control sucks! Nice idea, just the execution doesn’t really flOw … By the way, Flower is similar. Again, the mandatory use of the Sixaxis sucks. And again, shame for an otherwise brilliant idea.

Hotline Miami
Well, let’s put it like this: Rabidgames gets the appeal. But Hotline Miami is too hectic. So, after a couple of levels, the appeal is gone – if you’re not into this type of game. However, it’s not a bad game at all, it’s just isn’t Rabidgames’ game.

Infamous
There’s a lack of polish, and it starts pretty generic. Imagine Prototype without the gore but with some of Assassin’s Creed climbing instead. Oh, and a bit of Palpatinesque lightning from your hands … But somehow, shooting lightning from your fists turns out to be fun. It’s fun when you play the good guy, and naturally, even more fun when you use your powers to kill everyone and devastate everything!

Infamous 2
This game is basically the first one, just with more polish and a fresher setting. Oh, and being the bad guy is way more satisfying than being nice! Explosions!!! Mwahahaha!!!

Journey
The third and best part of the bundle with flOw and Flower. This game is indeed a journey away from gaming conventions. No dialogue, no mission structure, just discovering your way through a desert. We’ll see what the ending has in store …

Little Big Planet Karting
This game is basically a convoluted Mario Kart clone with shitloads of customisation. However, if you don’t like arcady racing games, steer away from it.

Metal Gear Solid IV: Guns of the Patriots
Hands down, MGS4 is the best game on the PS3. Simple as that.

Ni Nu Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Finally, a good JRPG! And a good, old-fashioned one. The pace is refreshingly slow, the characters are interesting, the world is quite big and the idea of switching between alternating worlds to fix stuff has been implemented well. The only gripe is the battle system which consists of too much “hack away X until the enemy is down” but maybe that’ll get better later on. But for now, it is faith in JRPGs restored!

Pro Evolution Soccer 2014
It hurts to hurt PES, but this game is nothing but a demo. The menus are a nightmare to navigate, downloading patches takes forever (a P2P system on consoles? Seriously?), and even on the pitch, many lags in offline mode and a second between pressing the button and things happening is too much. At the core, PES2014 is still a good and sometimes enjoyable football game. Compared to FIFA, it lacks layers of polish, but it conveys the feeling of proper football better. Still, not good enough.

Sly Cooper: Thief in Time
A stealth brawler platformer involving time travel. Sounds crazy, plays pretty much conventional though.

The Godfather: The Don’s Edition
Ok, Rabidgames finished The Godfather twice on the PS2 and twice on the 360 … and now he bought it for the PS3, again! Why? More content. Plus, the game still perfectly portrays the feeling of the first Godfather movie. Playing it again and again is an offer Rabidgames can’t refuse.

The Last Of Us
Darker and more mysterious than Uncharted, Naughty Dogs proves it can hit serious notes as well. Plus, giving us a little girl we actually care about is something not everyone accomplishes (who cares if Clementine lives?). However, The Last of Us is not exactly shining in the realm of innovative gameplay – we’ve seen this kind of stealth before. And how on earth can an ordinary man spot enemies through walls? But maybe that’ll get better …

Tokyo Jungle
You are an animal. You eat and fuck. What’s not to like about Tokyo Jungle? What’s that? Yes, dinosaurs are in! And nothing beats the fun of a deer kicking a dog away … Simply put, this is one of the most precious gems of this generation.

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
Well, it’s Uncharted: Popcorn action adventure QTE jumping shooting on rails. The presentation and the atmosphere are amazing, true, but the characters are bland stereotypes and the gameplay is more of the same old. Way too linear, way too scripted.

Yakuza 3
Well, it’s Yakuza – You get what you expect: a dense story (the plethora of characters makes it seem like the Songs of Ice and Fire of video games), bits of Japan to explore and to have fun in, and the cool fighting system, of course.

Let’s Take Back England!

Posted in The Latest on May 20, 2014 by Rabidgames

Finally, Wolfenstein: The New Order is out! Now if you wonder if you should get it, just watch this trailer:

Sounds like some old-fashioned, running and gunning nazi killing fun, doesn’t it?

Rabidgames is ready: Sometimes, all you need is to switch off your brain and fill everything with lead. Wolfenstein just seems the perfect occasion to do so.

How Gamers Eat Their Food

Posted in The Latest on May 4, 2014 by Rabidgames

This is a good find indeed.

Watch and laugh!

Suitably Bored

Misleading title but pretty awesome! Best bit would be Dayz, sums up the game perfectly…

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