Four Hours : Red Dead Redemption II

I don’t really like reviewing games, especially since I have not finished it yet so cant give a real “review” of it…. so lets do what I think of the game so far.

When Red Dead Redemption (the original) was first announced way back when, it caught my interest, but when was only going to be released for PS3 era consoles, I was a bit gutted……  but it became the reason I bought a PS3. (Got a great deal on the PS3 with games inc RDR)

I was hooked on the game – GTA 3 etc were good but this was amazing, the freedom, the graphics, the sound, the game play, it was just a top notch game.

It was/is so good, I even bought it on Xbox360 for my Xbox One (backwards compatibility FTW) and was still playing it until a few weeks ago when I pre-ordered RDR2…..

Anyway, onto RDR2

Graphics – being a “nex-gen” console, of course I was expecting better graphics than the first game, but wow, the detail and draw distance is fantastic. You can just lose yourself in the environment and forget about the rest of the game. Everything is well detailed and animations spot on.

Sound – again, amazing, just stop and listen to the world around you. Some of the speech of NPC’s can be a bit repetitive after a while but cant have everything.

Gameplay – Great as usual with Rockstars games.Does take a little while to get used to the controller changes from RDR but everything is accessible fairly quickly. I’ve only done a couple of the missions so far, but each have flowed well and been straight forward to complete. The intro missions are a bit linear but its more of a training system – does take a while to get through though.

Now, warning – it does take approx 90mins to install the game on a standard Xbox – so dont get home after buying it and think “yay, cant wait” – you will wait. But its well worth it.

Multiplayer will be available soon but I wont be trying that as I dont subscribe to Xbox Live Gold.

If you enjoyed RDR, or GTA5, just grab this, you wont be disappointed – except you cant put an exhaust on your horse 😉 But its testicles do shrink when its cold…………

 

Review : Armageddon 2018

So, after I said I wasn’t going to Auckland Armageddon this year, I ended up going on Sunday courtesy of the wife winning some free tickets. Thanks NeonTV!

The TLDR version of this review is, I’m glad I didn’t pay.

Armageddon has lost its mojo.

I’m just going to go through a basic list of what I thought, and you may or may not agree, which is fine.

  • PBTech and Playtech were not present – these guys have been there for the last few years and always seemed to be busy, and had great deals on.
  • Toyworld not present – they always had great deals, but not a large range of items, but was always great for picking up stocking fillers etc.
  • Cosplayers seemed to be very minimal this time – last year (and before), cosplayers were out in abundance, but this year there seemed to very few present – those that were there, had some fantastic outfits.
  • The regular stalls had the same stock and same deals as previous years – come on, do something different.
  • The number of repeated stalls was amazing – must have been about half a dozen t-shirt stalls selling the same t-shirts. One candy store had multiple stalls scattered around. Or if it wasn’t the same stores, it was repeats of the exact same stock.
  • Chinese counterfeit goods stalls were present – was 2-3 I saw selling knock offs of popular boar games etc.
  • Noone “famous” present on Sunday that I’m aware of – used to find a popular author, or artist or something sitting somewhere doing free autographs, or meet and greets, but nope, nadda, zilch, nein.
  • Didn’t see any “play” areas for card games such as Magic etc – maybe I missed them.
  • Very little gaming orientated merchandise – XPDJunior struggled to find any Overwatch themed clothing.

It just wasn’t the same and I feel its lost its mojo.

I hope it was just a bad year and things pick up again next year, but wont hold my breath.

 

Rant : TradeMe

Bit of a personal rant today….. regarding TradeMe (thats NZ’s local version of Ebay for outsiders).

Lately, I’ve been listing a decent amount of stuff on there, all low $$ items but lots of them. Hardly any of it selling.

But when an item does sell, I’ve hit issues with the buyers.

  1. I list item for $20 reserve. Someone bids. When they bid, this then locks down the pricing options etc so I cant increase the reserve or add a Buy Now. So if someone else is interested, they’re forced to bid. Now, what happened this time, is someone, bid, then someone else 24 HOURS later, posts a question on the auction “Hey, I’ll do a $50 Buy Now”. I advise them that I cant do that now that bidding has started. So they start counter bidding the original bidder. Auction eventually ends with a total of $23 and the winner is the second bidder. However, this is where the fun started…… I was away from the PC when the auction ended and didn’t get a chance to check emails until Monday afternoon (approx 2.5 days after auction ending). What I find is the buyer has messaged a minute after the auction ending advising they’ll pickup that day. Obviously didnt happen because they didnt know my details and I couldnt see the email. Then the day after, couple more emails AND a Facebook message from them – yes, they tracked me down via Facebook. Then an email on the Monday morning threatening me with bad feedback and I’m a rip off because I didn’t accept their $50 offer and that I want more than $23 – umm, if I wanted more than $23, don’t you think I would have made the reserve higher ? I cancelled the trade via TradeMe due to their negative attitude and threats of taking legal action, and that they had my address and so on……  I informed TradeMe of what had happened, and what did they do ? Nothing. Just sent me an email saying that if I wanted to take things further I’d have to send them all correspondence between the buyer and myself. Yet if they looked at the feedback the buyer put on me and my response to that, they would’ve soon worked out that I was (well, I feel I was) well within my rights to cancel the trade and raise it with TradeMe. I didn’t bother taking it any further, managed to recover my fee’s and relisted the item. The buyer then emailed me to say that I was a very disturbed person and only god could help me. Think someone forgot to take their pills………….
  2. List a VHS video for $1. Someone buys it, wants to pick up that weekend – sure. I email them and advise to give me a day to dig it out (was at bottom of box of stuff for sale). Dig it out, email them that ready for pickup. Didnt hear back from them. Emailed them again few days later, no response. So week later, I request refund of fees, and relist the video. THEN I get email from the buyer asking if I had managed to find the book and find that they have countered my request for a refund! Yes, they said “book”. I’m starting to wonder if they don’t actually know what theyre buying…..Yet I have the item relisted, and I’ll be charged extra fees to remove it now! Its crazy how TM let you relist the same item BEFORE the refund process is complete. They should wait until the refund process is completed before allowing you to relist. How hard can it be ?

Theres lots of small things that defy common sense with TradeMe’s processes and standards, yet they ignore the masses and push on…. and well, it works for them I guess, making a killing off the fees.

The major one that gets me, is that someone is obviously selling a pirated bit of software/movie etc, and has large numbers of said item listed. You complain to TM and what do they do ? Take down that ONE auction, and leave the other 1000 running. Use your heads TM, shut the user down! Oh, but you wont because you have made a small fortune of that seller selling dodgy goods……

 

Review : Ready Player One

When I first saw the trailer for Ready Player One, I was like “wow, this looks cool”, being geek and game related. Steven Speilberg being involved as well, “WOW”.

So I waited… and finally it was released here in NZ last week in time for the Easter break.

Was it worth the wait ?

Not really.

The CGI, sound, acting were all great, but the story itself was quite messy I felt.

Lets start with the first part of the story, where Wade (the main character) takes part in a race to obtain the first key (of three) – this race does not exist in the book (well, I will admit I’m only about 1/3 the way through). OK, so they decided to make it a bit more exciting and understandable to today’s viewers who wouldn’t understand the “Joust” aspect that was in the book.

From there on, the story was pretty predictable.

However, to me it seemed like there were two teams working on the writing. One was keeping everything “PG” and friendly, and the other was out for some “M” action. So one character would be all happy happy joy joy, then the next scene, the character would be “murder death kill” – there was no consistency across the scenes.

I’ll finish the book as I enjoy this sort of story, but for the movie, I’ll give it 6.5/10.