Calm Before Fall Chaos

We are about a month away from the chaos of fall gaming. The three month period of September, October, and  November is the most contentious time in gaming. Most major new games come out in that period, usually yearly releases with some big names. I get it. Publishers need to get everything out before Black Friday and Christmas to increase sales.

At the end of 2017 I talked about a few of the games I was looking forward to in the coming year. But, I didn’t really mention a couple games that I’m looking forward too for whatever reason. Let’s talk about Spider-Man and Dragon Quest XI.

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Bioware Part 3: The DLC Problem

After researching the overall review scores for Bioware games after purchase by EA, I found that “quality” didn’t necessarily go down. The review scores stay pretty high. The overall score went down by two points compared to pre-EA Bioware.

However, sometimes Bioware games just miss their mark. Mass Effect: Andromeda was the first major failure, maybe Dragon Age 2 but that series didn’t get put on hiatus after its release, unlike Mass Effect.

Another idea that makes me think EA hurt the overall quality of Bioware’s game lies in the realm of DLC. I think it’s hard to judge DLC before and during EA because DLC wasn’t really a thing until well into the 360/PS3 generation. I do think the amount of DLC per game can have an impact on the overall quality. I expect the full game when I purchase at MSRP on release.

Each Bioware game now comes with DLC. To be fair, many contemporary games offer DLC after release. But, we are talking about Bioware so I can only compare different Bioware offerings.

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Bioware Part 2: During EA

Mass Effect Galaxy, an iOS game, was the first Bioware game to be published by EA. But, I’m not going to include a mobile game. I just don’t think mobile games have a place in this particular conversation. With that being said, this marks the transition to Part 2 of my series looking into Bioware. This article will focus on Bioware games that have been published by EA.

Again, I’m going to use Metacritic and their Metascores as a means to keep everything fair from the first part. I would like to point out that although review scores don’t completely capture the quality of a game, they can be used as a quick baseline reception of the game from multiple sources. I think it’s also important to note that Bioware is a multi-team company by itself and many teams helped develop some of these games. But, I don’t think it’s fair to differentiate between teams of the same name.

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Bioware Part 1: Pre-EA

I hear people often say that “EA ruined Bioware” or some variation of the sort. I’ve always wondered if it’s true. I’ve been a fan of the studio since the original Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Jade Empire. When I played those games I didn’t really understand gaming studios or the creators of games. Eventually, Bioware would become one of my favorite game studios. Lately, I’ve been wondering if EA’s acquisition of Bioware actually did “ruin” or hurt the developers. Let’s find out.

TL,DR: At the bottom, as usual.

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FFXII and Jurassic World: Evolution

I’ve been without internet for about 6 weeks so I’ve been focused on playing some single player. Not a fan. I need some multiplayer action to feel complete. PUBG has been calling my name. Without internet, I’ve been focusing on Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age and Jurassic World Evolution. Neither of which has really grabbed my attention wholeheartedly.

I am bored of Final Fantasy XII and might call my 30 hours good, while wait to jump back into Jurassic World Evolution when I can get the game updated.

For now, here are my thoughts on the games so far.

TL; DR: If you aren’t a series die hard, I would just avoid both of these games.

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E3 Thoughts

I look forward to E3 every year thinking we’ll see some phenomenal new games. I might be in the minority but it I think this year was whelming at best. Not overwhelming, not underwhelming, just whelming. I think the coolest news or most interesting announcements come from games we won’t be seeing for a few years at least.

Here are my thoughts on E3 2018.

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Definitely not a Call of Duty: Black Ops III Review. And definitely a new Review section.

Not A Black Ops III Review

Don’t play Black Ops III if you haven’t. That’s the TL,DR for this post.

If my Modern Warfare 2 playtime, 1344 hours, is any indication, I used to consider myself an “expert” in the series. Either I got really bad at FPS on consoles…or Call of Duty games just got worse.

After playing and finishing Black Ops III, I have finally realized that Call of Duty is not what it once was. I’ve said many times that I’m finished with the series, “Never to return.” Maybe this time is different.Call of Duty®_ Black Ops III_20180527103932.png

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Sony’s First Party Stable

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Every time I think one of Sony’s development teams makes the “game of the generation” or best game in years another Sony studio shows them up almost instantly.

So far in 2018, we got God of War. In 2017 we got Horizon Zero Dawn. In 2016 we got Uncharted 4. In 2015 we got Bloodborne. Granted Bloodborne, which I’ve yet to play, was developed by both Japan Studio and FromSoftware but published by Sony. I’m going to call it a first-party title.

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