Bohemia’s New Game Argo Is Free!

Do you like playing video games, but hate paying for them?  Well Bohemia Interactive of Arma fame has a deal for you!  Its new game Argo is completely free!  That’s right you can play the full game without spending a dime.  The question is do you want to?  I would say it is a definite maybe.

Argo takes a lot of what Arma does and simplifies it to a five on five format, so it is like Arma and Counter Strike had a baby.  I am not sure it is as good as either of those games, but it is fun.  I also like the more realistic weapon damage because if you shoot someone they die.  They don’t spin around and then kill you.  You also get to customize your trooper any way you want, and the more you play, the more guns and customizations you get.  For $10 you can jumpstart all that with the “Developer Support Pack”.

Anyway.  It is not my favorite game, and I am not sure I will play it a lot, but for free it is sure to become a LAN party favorite.  A word to the wise though, start off playing Argo on the “easy” servers because like all Arma games, friendly fire is on, and if “easy” is turned off the game turns off the player team identification, so it seems like half the game is being shot in the back by your own team.  Which is not fun.  If you have a decent PC, and you like military first person shooters, Argo is worth the download since bandwidth is all it will cost you.

Hitman Developer IO Interactive Is Now Independent!

Square-Enix announced a while ago that they were trying to sell off IO Interactive in order to recoup the losses that the studio generated.  It was a sad tale for a studio that created one of last year’s best games.  However, this morning things got a lot rosier.  IO Interactive posted a letter on its website stating that the developer was now independent, and that it retained all rights to the Hitman franchise!

This is awesome news!  Season One of Hitman was great, and I hope they are able to get to work quickly on Season Two or Hitman’s follow up.  I will be here cash in hand.  Good luck newly independent IO Interactive!  We are pulling for you!

E3 2017 Continues!

I think it is time for the PC Gaming show to come to an end.  It is long and boring and the hosts try very hard to make everything seem exciting, but it is not.  Some of the games they showed were interesting like Griftlands:

Still the games shown at the PC Gaming Show could have just as easily been shown at another showcase.  Though hats of to Microsoft for saving them the Age of Empires Definitive Edition.  It looks great.

The company that was really swinging for the fences though was Ubisoft.  They announced a Mario tactics game, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (AKA Mario XCOM), and they finally showed us all a glimpse of where they are headed with Beyond Good & Evil 2:

Though this trailer did leave a lot of people confused because it looks like it will be a radical departure from the first game.  And even more confusing because it is a prequel, but it still has a ‘2’ in the title.   Still, it is exciting to see that it truly does exist and that people are really working on it.  Even if it does have all the Ubisoft buzzwords attached to it, open world, co-op, and game as a service.

Sony closed out the second major day of E3 (third if you count the EA showcase, but I am not), and as always they know how to put on a great show.  Trailers for all their major first party games were on display, and they all looked great.  Shadow of the Colossus is coming back again, and who doesn’t want more Uncharted.  Though the big news for me was Monster Hunter World, but not for the reason Sony wanted, but because it is coming to the Xbox and PC as well.  I will leave you the way Sony left us, with Insomniac’s Batman Spider-Man:

Let me know your thoughts about this year’s E3 showcases, or what games you are interested to hear more about.

Shmee Watched A Couple Of E3 Presentations Last Night!

First up I watched the Microsoft show, and you can tell that after they got ripped four years ago for focusing on TV and movies that all they will ever talk about from now on is games.  It was trailer after trailer.  I am guessing with the PS4 winning the console war this generation they wanted reassure everyone that the Xbox would have plenty of games to play too.  There is even one for The Paladin.  It is a first person space dwarf mining and shooting simulator from the people that made Goat Simulator called Deep Rock Galactic.  Here is the trailer:

Of course Microsoft finally dropped the name and price of their new box.  It is the Xbox One X and it will come out November 7th for $499.  While I get that ‘X’ matches the Xbox branding, it sounds the same as ‘S’ when anyone says it, so it causes a lot of confusion as to which console people are talking about.  It is also interesting that Microsoft is again going to be $100 more than the PS4.  Though I am guessing all that hardware costs a lot of money.  I mean it is the first water cooled console that I can remember.  The 360 was supposed to be, and after the $1 Billion Red Ring of Death controversy they probably wish they would have followed through on that.

The biggest announcement by far was that Original Xbox games were coming to Xbox One this year starting with Crimson Skies.  I must have given my copy away, but this is great news.  I can only hope that this means they are turning on some form of the OG Xbox Live service so we can play these games with our friends.  More info is coming soon, and I cannot wait to hear more.

All in all it was fine show.  They gave us viewers a free copy of Rare Replay, so that was nice.  The games looked good, if not overly exciting, and they confirmed that Sea of Thieves and State of Decay 2 would be delayed to next year, which is a bummer.  I will be getting an Xbox One X though.

Next up I watched the Bethesda show which was ummm, well, if the Xbox show was unexciting the Bethesda show  was a waste of time.  It was only thirty-five minutes long and mostly showed trailers for games that were already out.  Though at the very end they did announce The Evil Within 2 and Wolfenstein II, and the later looked great!  Here is its trailer:

If you were hoping for a new open world RPG like I was, well guess what there wasn’t one, so I hope you like the ones you have, because now you will have paid Mods that don’t break your achievements!  Sorry I should take back the exclamation point and replace it with “…”  Ugg, who cares.  Anyway lets hope today’s E3 shows show us something mind meltingly cool!

Injustice 2 Drowns Players In Content!

With the success of Injustice: Gods Among Us it was only a matter of time before Warner Brothers and NetherRealm Studios released a sequel, and they really went for it this time.  Just about all of your favorite characters are available in this twisted take on the DC Universe, and you will not run out of things to do any time soon.  My only complaints are:

  • I am really bad at fighting games
  • They really push the micro-transactions

If you unfamiliar with the DC Injustice Universe let me fill you in: The Joker killed Lois Lane and that sent Superman down the path to the Darkseid, so Batman and a group of reformed villians needed to take down Superman and his Regime that wanted to murder all bad guys.  Injustice 2 starts some time after Clark’s defeat, but now Brainiac has shown up and the world may need Superman again.

If you are thinking that is a pretty involved story for a fighting game, you would be right.  The single-player story is excellent in Injustice 2.  I would almost call it a must play for any DC Comics fans out there.  Even if the Injustice Universe is a dark mirror to the actual DC Universe (though Batman v Superman did hint at it).  The story and cut-scenes are just great!

As I said, I am terrible at fighting games, so I am probably not the best person to extol a fighting system, but Injustice 2’s feels intuitive to the point where it is easy to understand, but I am still trying to get the hang of the finer points, so my combo game is not on point.  What I am saying is, it feels good even if I have to play the game on easy.

Besides single-player, just about every mode you can imagine is available.  Including a new Multiverse mode that changes up the game’s mechanics, but the real addition is the loot.  There is tons of loot to customize the characters with.  If is fun to open Mother-boxes and see what is inside to slap on to my fighters.  Even if most players online force you to turn off all the equipment’s bonuses.  Not to mention you will need to level your heroes and villains to just put on a lot of the stuff you get.  Meaning you will have to play Injustice 2 a lot to get the most out of the ‘Gear’ system.

The biggest flaw this game has is all the focus on micro-transactions.  There are like five types of currency in this game, and you can pay for four of them.  I just paid $60 for this game, I don’t want to be nicked and dimed for other crap.  New characters is one thing, but paying to trade in ‘Gear’ is another.

I have been loving this game, and I am trying to get better at it, so that I can enjoy it more.  The terrible micro-transaction system is not enough to keep me from playing it.  If you like fighting games or DC Comics, Injustice 2 is well worth checking out.  Maybe you will see me online, and you can destroy me.