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5 Reasons to Get an Xbox One (X) Now

Posted in Commentary, Gaming these days ... with tags , , , on July 2, 2019 by Rabidgames

We all know Microsoft royally fucked up the start of the Xbox One with their always-online bullshit, their Kinect idiocy and their general complacency of having overtaken Sony’s PS3 with the 360. So while the exclusives aren’t exactly shit, they still pale to the PS4 exclusives, that’s for sure, but there are now some reasons to get an Xbox One, or why not an X while you’re at it?

1. Backwards compatibility
Now, that’s a big thing if you own a massive 360 library. There are hundreds of games available there (and if you own around 50, you’ll spend some time there), and most of them look and play better than they did on the 360 (or the original Xbox). Obviously, all the Halo, Gears of War and Fable games are there, but you’ll also find gems such as Mercenaries, Knights of the Old Republic or BULLY(!!!) on there. Oh, and each and every DLC on your account will also be there, as will your save games from our 360 games if you upload them onto the cloud.

2. The X is the strongest console
Frankly, the PS4 is a bit old and frail now. The base model still runs the latest games, sure, but once you’ve accustomed to the much faster loading times as well as the better graphics and the smoother gameplay, it’s hard to return to the PS4. And if you compare the versions directly, you’ll notice massive differences at times, e.g. in newer games such as The Division 2 or Assassin’s Creed Origins, where especially the lighting alone makes a difference.

3. The One is quiet
Another problem with the PS4 is its insanely loud fan that can sound like a plane about to take off. The One on the other hand is very quiet even if running a brand-new AAA game with superb graphics and a million explosions on-screen.

4. Xbox One X Enhanced games get a nice boost
It doesn’t stop there; some games are “enhanced” for the X, which means even faster loading times, even smoother gameplay, and as a bonus, some games from the original Xbox now look amazing now, e.g. Knights of the Old Republic! The same goes for Red Dead Redemption, although weirdly enough, this game looks too clean now … And then you have a game like Just Cause 4, where the horrible motion blur, the massive pop-up issues and the weird screen tearing that are omnipresent on the PS4 are either minimised or simply not there.

5. Game Pass
Game Pass is generally seen as the Netflix of gaming, and it is pretty much that. It’ll take you years to play through all games on the list, that’s for sure. Game Pass Ultimate is also a reasonably priced option – especially with the £1 introductory offer you can combine with an active Gold subscription for up to 36 months – and having Game Pass access to future console “hits” such as Gears of War 5 (meh) or The Outer Worlds (fuck yeah!) without paying extra will hopefully make the program even better. It’s such a shame though some games will leave the system, so better play what you really want to play as quick as you can …

Bonus – You can have ALL Saints Row and Just Cause games on one console!
Sure, not everyone likes both series, but the One is the one chance to have ALL games on ONE console. Chances are you just end up playing Just Cause 2 and Saints Row 2 and 4, as they are simply the best of their respective franchises, but it’s still nice to have. Plus, the games run pretty well.

Disclaimer: Rabidgames did not get paid by Microsoft to promote the One X and Game Pass. Which in hindsight seems pretty damn stupid now.

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The Legacy of This Console Generation

Posted in Gaming these days ... with tags , , , , , on November 18, 2013 by Rabidgames

With the launch of the Xbox One and the PS4 dawning, why not take a look back at what this generation of consoles has brought us? Surely there was tons of fun to be had in virtual worlds, but it wasn’t all that great …Let’s start with all the shit that has tried to dampen the fun and to ruin our hobby.

THE BAD

1. Business wankers in suits run the industry

Well, we’re talking about the video game industry, the behemoth of the entertaining sector today. Billions of pounds to be made, shareholders to satisfy, target groups, business plans, blablabla, all this kind of corporate bullshit. And it kills off creativity, innovation and the willingness just to give something a try. Many of the following points are a byproduct of those fucking assholes in suits who now run the big companies – and their prime target is not creating a game with longevity, innovation and fun, it’s just to make shitloads of money with the least effort possible.

2. Shoehorned multiplayer bullshit

Yep, market analysis result no.1: this game needs multiplayer. Clearly, Tomb Raider, Bioshock 2 or Assassin’s Creed need multiplayer – based on the fucked up logic that COD or Battlefield sell well because of their multiplayer … What? That doesn’t make any sense to you? Well, maybe you’re not a wanker in a suit then … This generation, we had to witness time and time again how precious resources were wasted for needless MP crap. Even if the MP turned out to be fine – Mass Effect 3 comes to mind – you can see the shortcomings virtually all the time. Of course, it also works the other way round (Battlefield 4’s abysmal campaign comes to mind) Dear devs, stop believing those shitsticks in suits and abandon ticking all “must sell well recipe” boxes, and listen to what gamers want: Single player only for games like Bioshock, Skyrim, The Last of Us or Tomb Raider, and mutiplayer only for stuff like Battlefield and its buddies.

3. Patching up beta versions

It is a good thing Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo have internal QA departments where they test the games before they are given to us, the customers. Reason is, a game should not be a broken mess. This worked most of the time during the console eras of old. But these days, we pay full price for a game and yet, we end up fucking beta testing them! If the 3 manufacturers are not willing to properly test games, or if they’re happy being bribed doesn’t matter: It is a fucking disgrace we end up shelling out cash for a broken mess, or best-case scenario, a game riddled with bugs. Rabidgames asks you: Which was the last game released without many bugs or glitches?

4. The DLC epidemy

DLC is a big issue. A massive cause of annoyances and outrage – and most of the time, absolutely justified. It all started with Oblivion’s much-ridiculed Horse Armour and evolved into massive rip-offs. Sad thing? We are mindless, drooling idiots accepting it (yours truly included), giving the impression being milked is the right thing to do. Well done, us. Here’s a list of the crimes we’re willingly participating in:

  • Ripping content out of the game. Remember the Prothean in Mass Effect 3? Remember the 40 weeks of DLC for Saints Row The Third? Hey, what about the 20 wrestlers in all WWE games? You know, the DLC is alright if it’s done the GTA IV way … hours of new content, released half a year after the release of the game. But it’s wrong if it is announced before release, if we end up paying for costumes and weapons, it is wrong if a game doesn’t cost 60 but 110 pounds after all.
  • Pre-order DLC galore. Yay. A gamers’ dream come true! Who wouldn’t agree that ripping content out of a game and giving portions of it to various retailers is a good idea for everybody? Well, us gamers, of course! We pay full price yet are deliberately cut off from some content unless we buy the same game thrice. But hey, we can opt to buy the stuff later on, for just some extra quid …
  • Disc-Locked-Content. Capcom reinvented DLC: Let’s lock varying amount of stuff already on the disc and make customers pay for a game trillions of times. Hooray.

5. Super uber graphics mimicking good games

Let’s take a look at Crysis 3: Amazing graphics, an awesome world. It just looks awesome! But that’s about it. Or what about GTA IV? Good graphics, a pretty cool physics engine (well, apart from the cargo ship car controls), but the game was devoid of much fun after the initial hype had died down. Final Fantasy XIII, the Uncharted games and Battlefield are just some of the many games where style has killed substance – and if we take a look forwards, Ryse or Killzone look to be more of the same graphics over gameplay stunt …

6. The lies about second hand games – and the always-online scams

Online passes, offline passes, Uplay, DRM … for some unfathomable reason, developers have been fighting second hand game retailers in the last 5 years. Why unfathomable? It’s simple: Gamer X buys game A, completes it and trades it in for game B. Rinse repeat until game D. X bought 4 games because he could trade them in. Without the chance to trade or sell games, X would have bought one game, 2 max. As you see, second hand games mean more game sales. That’s not to say retailers ain’t without flaws (GTA V used 5 pounds more expensive than new next door … really?). Even if we accept the battle, we surely don’t accept it is fought on our backs – online passes force us to type in endless codes. And DRM and always-online are the scourge of gaming – especially since the servers are not working properly as Diablo 3, Sim City and GTA Online evidenced. Why, you wonder … well, to battle piracy (which is pointless that way) and of course, to make sure you have to buy the game new.

7. The impending extinction of physical games

Well, if you’re like Rabidgames, you prefer physical stuff, be it games in boxes, DVDs, CDs or actual books. Digital is fine, yes, but physical is better. Why? It will always belong to you, no matter what. Imagine purchasing PS3 games digitally. What will you do if your PS3 breaks down in 5 years? You might want to buy a new or used PS3 – and then you have to download the games once more – IF they’re still available! And that’s a big IF – just look at EA switching off servers, Too Human now impossible to buy digitally, and who knows how long the 360 and PS3 servers will be online … In contrast, you can still play your Mega Drive and SNES games today. Phyiscal 1, Digital 0.

7. The demise of the JRPG

Let’s face it, JRPGs are basically dead. 5 years ago, there was still hope: Star Ocean, Eternal Sonata and Lost Odyssey were decent games. But then, the flagship Final Fantasy sunk … a 20 hour tutorial, narrow corridors, annoying characters and no innovation whatsoever were the nails to the coffin. Afterwards, there were shimmers of hope; Resonance of Fate was interesting and the Tales series is till around. The weirdest thing was the idiotic wii exclusivity of The Last Story and Xenoblade Chronicles; promising JRPGs only on a console for casuals. Smart move, guys! The sales were what you would expect: Even the ordinary, nothing special Blue Dragon outsold both games. The JRPG heydays are over, and for fans, the only thing to do is mourn. There’s not much hope left for a next gen resurrection, partly because the likes of Square Enix don’t seem to care anymore (FF XIII-3 looks extremely bland and boring), partly because most companies care even less and have departed to new shores. Well, there are still some JRPGs appearing on the 3DS, but let’s face it, they’re nothing compared to Final Fantasy VII, Suikoden 2, Star Ocean: Till the End of Time or Grandia 2

8. Casualisation

Tutorial, button prompt, tutorial, hey, do not forget to press X to jump, tutorial, phew, lucky you your health recovers automatically, a big fat arrow in your face, tutorial, button prompt … rinse and repeat. These days, the first quarter of a game is usually a tutorial, we get button prompts all the time in case we are forgetful, and of course, let’s not make a game hard … As said before, market analysts know what gamers want, so we get it – it’s just, why are 99% of all games the same now? And why is everything so dumbed down even a 5-year old cannot fail? Yeah, yeah, it’s due to another wanker in a suit …

THE GOOD

1. Diversity

At first glance, there’s just shooters everywhere. Every fucking game is a COD clone, right (and too many of them share the pathetic patriotic America fuck yeah! approach)? Fortunately, that is completely not true and there are many different kinds of games; from easy-going party games for casuals to open world adventures to all kinds of sims (from Forza to Tropico to questionable Trucker Europe Sim ideas …) and brutal games such as Dark Souls. And past AAA, there’s a vibrant indie scene even on consoles, there’s Kickstarter … it’s safe to say we’ve never had more options. It just means we have to look for them.

2. Open world greatness

This generation truly unleashed the power of open world games. From renaissance Florence, fantasy Skyrim to the bustling metropolis in GTA V or Saints Row insanities to the idyllic Just Cause or Far Cry landscapes to the metal fest Brütal Legend or maybe back to school wit Bully … name a scenario, it’s there. Of course, the star still is Red Dead Redemption, Rockstar’s amazing dying Wild West saga, where you could feel the melancholy at the end of an age, the solitude soon to be gone, and the signs of a new era looming … sigh. If you liked open world games, you must have loved this generation!

3. Gaming has come of age

Well, partially. Yes, there is still the immaturity of Lollipop Chainsaw or Bouncing Beach Boobies aka Dead or Alive, the pure violence of , and sadly, the patriotic pathos of Call of Duty, Medal of Honor etc. But there’s also Rockstar filling its games with social commentary dressed as dark satire or even dick jokes, Bioshock dealing with corrupting ideologies and showing us a racist “utopia”, and of course there’s Spec Ops The Line, the first proper anti-war game. It’s still a long way until games are on the same level as books or movies when it comes to story depth, character presentation or drama, but we’re on the right path.

4. We have the power!

First of all: Fuck all this bullshit about “whining entitled gamers”. We have the right to air our opinion (hint: personal abuse is not an opinion), and if Bioware rapes Mass Effect 3 in many ways, hell, even lies to us, why on Tuchanka should we keep quiet? Without the three-coloured shitstorm, we wouldn’t have the extended ending which resolve at least some of the plot holes. Also, remember Diablo 3’s ill-fated always-online and the rip-off auction house? Is it possible it is thanks to the outrage after rotten servers and giving items rarely so we had to buy them in the fucking auction house that the console versions do not need always-online and that the auction house will deservedly die? Who knows. But let’s not forget we can do more than just ciritcise: If we stop buying games like COD or basically anything from EA (when did they release the last good game anyway?) and instead start buying games from developers that listen to us like CD Projekt RED’s The Witcher games, we can make a difference! Let’s start doing it!

Rabidgames’ verdict: Yes, there’s more negative points than positive ones, and it might get worse pretty soon. But still, we’ve had lots of fun this generation as well. Gaming has matured, and while it is sad that the naive charm and the willingness not to give a crap and to just do whatever the dev wants have been lost, and while the age of physical storage mediums seems gone, we still have many games to choose from, for each and every taste.

This generation truly was a schizophrenic one – hate and love, pain and joy, disappointment and happy surprises, it was all there. We have also gone from one core market on 3 platforms to core, casual, inbetween, indie on several platforms (from smartphone and Ouya to high-end PCs). If this whole development is good or bad … time will tell. But whatever happens, we know we can always go back to play these games – maybe we are the last generation to remember how life was before the digital age where you have access to many things, but you end up owning fewer …

Microsoft Says Goodbye To DRM And Other Restrictions!

Posted in News with tags , , , on June 19, 2013 by Rabidgames

WE WON! Microsoft has just backed away from their policy which would have crippled our rights. No more 24 hours DRM, no more lending games to friends restrictions!

  • An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games – After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.

  • Trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today – There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.

And have they really understood us? Maybe:

You told us how much you loved the flexibility you have today with games delivered on disc. The ability to lend, share, and resell these games at your discretion is of incredible importance to you. Also important to you is the freedom to play offline, for any length of time, anywhere in the world.

Thank you Microsoft. It doesn’t matter if your PR team started working after a long hiatus, if you are trying to unsink your ship or if you genuinely believe that you listened to us. The result matters. Our rights have won.

Rabidgames celebrates: We have to hank Microsoft, but even more important, we have to thank ourselves. All of us who went to the internet to vent our anger on Facebook, in forums, on Microsoft’s servers. Thank you, all of you. But let’s not forget the power we have shown. Let’s use it when Microsoft, Sony, EA, Activision or Ubisoft come up with the next idea which only benefits them and only hurts us. Let’s not forget – our feedback matters!

When Sony Won!

Posted in News with tags , , , , on June 11, 2013 by Rabidgames

Remember Microsoft’s E3 presentation, when they were avoiding all questions regarding their Big Brother Xbox One?

Well, Sony answered some pressing questions – and everyone loved some answers in particular:

That hurts, Microsoft (or rather Microsmart), doesn’t it? To rub it in, Sony even published a video stating the difficult and technically sophisticated process of borrowing games to your friends:

Rabidgames relaxes: If Sony was telling then truth, the war is already over. Without spying on you, forcing you to authenticate your games each 24 hours and putting restrictions on your right to sell stuff you fucking own, it was an easy win for Sony. Nonetheless, it seems to pay off to listen to us, the customers, not to greedy publishers.

Thank you Sony.

Why Microsoft Called It Xbox ONE

Posted in News with tags , , on June 8, 2013 by Rabidgames

So, Microsoft clarified some points with that Xbox One … making it all worse.The highlight certainly is the confirmation that as soon as there are any problems with your internet connections (just like, you know moving and having to wait to be connected again …) and as soon as you are offline for 24 hours, the Xbox One stops being a console and becomes nothing more than an expensive piece of electronic shit, sitting there without any purpose whatsoever. Thank you very much, MS.

But sometimes, one image says more than 1000 words. This one definitely does (even though it uses words):

XboxOne

Rabidgames wonders: Is it time to put our scorn aside? Microsoft is basically not just ruining their reputation, they’re also confirming their state of mental decay and absolute ignorance on a daily basis.

All-in-One? When it comes to bullshit, damn straight!

It might be time for pity soon (or gratefulness; Nintendo must be thrilled the Wii U has been picking up pace from the very moment Microft revealed the Xbox One) … but first, we’d like to watch them fail horribly at the E3!

The UK Is Not Ready For Always-Online

Posted in Gaming these days ... with tags , , on June 5, 2013 by Rabidgames

Imagine the future.
It’s a nice and sunny spring day in 2015.

You have just bought Microsoft’s Xbox One (after the latest version does not suffer from the Black Circle of Doom) which requires you to be online at least once a day – but that’s just the bare minimum!

You know, would you really want to miss the latest episode of “I am a Noob, get me out of Call of Duty: Ancient Warfare” on Xbox TV? Do you really want to miss the achievement “TV maniac” (worth incredible 15 GS) stating you’ve been watching Xbox TV for 360 hours? Do you really want to miss out on the Cloud, which makes games shine in glorious Super HD? No, you want to have it all!

But oh no!

Your internet does not work properly! Sometimes it’s completely gone, but most of the time, it is just intermittent – just like in the old days, when wathcing a 2 minute youtube video took ten times the time to load! So, what can you do with your shiny new console, your “all in one entertainment system”, your revolutionary Xbox One?

What happens if the internet is down for more than just 24 hours? Can you still access your games you paid 65 pounds for each (don’t worry, trading used games is luckily a thing of the past) on the device which cost you 400 pounds? You might find out the hard way …

But even worse, say bye-bye to multiplayer, to downloading new games or maybe just the critical patch which stops The Elder Scrolls 7 from melting your Xbox One, say bye-bye to the games you’ve been streaming, say bye-bye to Netflix, to Xbox TV and to Xbox Music. Of course, you won’t be able to access that cool dungeon in Dragon’s Dogma 2 Extreme because it is stored in the Cloud.

But do not fret, it will take Virgin Media only two weeks to figure out that tiny problem turned major – including some 2-day spells without any connection at all (thank Gates or Jobs – depending on your religion – for smart phones!). And don’t try to bother Virgin, because you’re just one of 45.000 people in your area affected by some incompetence on behalf of the people in charge who thought it was a good idea to let people use 100 Mb/s on lines which are simply not made for such heavy workloads. Yes, your internet provider may humbly offer your compensation, but only for your broadband bill, of course – all the money poured into Xbox LIVE, Xbox Music, Xbox TV and Xbox ESPN … gone. Oh, and that channel hidden from your wife/girlfriend/parents, you know … XXXbox … don’t expect to get any returns from there.

Welcome to the always-online world of gaming in 2015, and welcome to an infrastructure which is not able to cope with our demands. We hope you’ll enjoy it.

Rabidgames interjects: By the way, we are not talking about Furzehill or about Ingoldisthorpe, we are talking about goddamn motherfucking London! If shit like this happens here with Virgin Media – considered one of the best providers – please imagine how things look in the countryside …

Microsoft might be ready for the online revolution – the UK is not!

Thank You, Gamers!

Posted in Gaming these days ... with tags , , on May 22, 2013 by Rabidgames

Yesterday, Microsoft tried to woo us with their Xbox One presentation.Well, that fell flat. No one was impressed.

But the real shitstorm started with the back and forth when some MS executives started praising their glorious ideas of “online once a day keeps piracy away” and especially the incredibly dumb sermon “with the 360, your son can play YOUR game in HIS room. With the Xbox One, he can play YOUR game on YOUR console (only)”.

They really thought we were that dumb, didn’t they?

Thankfully, the rebel alliance of gaminghood managed to strike back: Microsoft got bucket loads of ridicule, scorn and good old sarcasm heaped onto their stunned heads. Thanks guys, thank you very much. It really seems everyone in Redmond was deluded into believing we would all be happy sheep bleating “Xbox One!, Xbox One!” after being fed a lacklustre demonstration of Big Brother Kinect and EA exclusive slavery. Miraculously, we are still one step away from being completely braindead consumer pets!

Now, the big question is: Will Microsoft learn from the fallout? Will Sony be able to exploit Microsoft’s attempted suicide? Will they even backpedal on treating us like mere criminals just because we dare to sell our games (and thereby get money to buy more games, a fact easily forgotten)? Fuck knows. Let’s just celebrate today’s shitstorm, folks!

Rabidgames smiles: Sometimes, the internet can make you angry. And sometimes, it makes you happy – especially considering the irony 90% of the ridicule was typed on Windows devices …