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Neverwinter…never again!

Let me start by saying that the game itself is not a bad game. It is fun, a challenge and the graphics are ok. However, every MMORPG has that going for them mostly, so those good things don’t matter when you look at the overall picture.

This game claims to be like D & D, I am here to tell you they lied. Sorry, I played the actual paper D & D game back when I was growing up. This is nothing like that. Granted it does have the actual monsters from the game, but that is where the similarities stop. Wizards do not use a staff or dagger which means you have no immediate weapon damage like every other MMORPG. This is to prevent you wizard from dying so fast, morons. Although, that was not a huge issue, it became one after the release of Elemental Evil. More on that later.

In D & D you could use magic to indentify items but not in Neverwinter. Instead you have to use the Astral Diamonds(AD) to see what an item is. Not only do you end up with crap in your very limited bags, but that also slows down any progress you might make converting those into Zen(the real money currency). This is the only MMORPG I have played that does this. This is just absolute stupidity. A huge loss of time have to go buy the scrolls just to know what you picked up before you can keep or sell. Of course, they did this so people will buy more bags at $10 each.

Then there is the storage bag issue. In D & D you can craft bags with the leather profession and most MMORPG’s, but not in Neverwinter. In fact, every profession is a complete waste of time. You cannot make anything to sell in the auction house, unless you dump a million hours and lots of in-game gold, to get up to a high level and then hope, a random rare item appears in your crafting area so you can craft it. I have seen many crafting systems over the years but NEVER have I seen one so completely useless. Of course, it is like everything in this game. The game may be free but EVERYTHING is geared toward taking your AD or preventing you from making any AD, so you have to spend money or just end up blocked from anything.

I played for little over a week and got one character up to level 60 right after the latest update to my Xbox. Then Elemental Evil came out and I was completely stopped from all advancement. I could not do any Skimishes because there are none at level 60. Well, I could do them but not earn any AD. Kind of pointless. I could not make any progress in the campaigns, because they made all the enemies at that level ridiculously strong and mages get one-hit killed so easy. It was litterly costing me gold to adventure instead of making it. The healing potions did not heal enough and the injury kits get really expensive. I have a healing companion and have been upgrading my con and int since I started. I suppose, if I would have spent real money I could have bought another health stone and maybe made it through. But why would you want to spend money on this game. There are far too many ways they try to steal your money and no one can afford everything.

Then there is the lag and connection issues. I can’t play even an hour without getting disconnected at least once. I am running a 15mb/5mb connection and do not have this issue with most other games. Even crappy Gears of War did not disconnect as much.

It makes me wonder just how dumb these players are. Why would you spend money in a game like this? They just keep looking for more ways to make you pay. It is not that I have a problem paying for something, but it must be something of quality. This game is not…by any means.

In a way, I am glad Elemental Evil came out. It saved me from wasting anymore time in the game and showed me just how incredibly greedy and stupid these devs are. If you make it so that people cannot earn money in a free game, they will leave and they won’t support your work. I will never support a game that creates a new expansion just to rob players and that is exactly what they have done.

They took away more ways for players to earn AD and made it so every high level player has to get new equipment, which of course, costs AD. Another player did the math. It will take players over 2 yrs. just to level up the enchantments on their new gear and for what? So they can do a bunch of repeatable quests that can only be done once a day. Yep, they did not even take the time to add in real quests to the the higher areas. They blatantly did it to drain people’s AD so they would have to spend real money.

How anyone can see this and still play is beyond me? I guess it takes a special kind of stupid to continue playing a game, when it is clear this game is nothing but roadblock after roadblock.

Thx Neverwinter devs for showing me the light and now it is time to move on.

Axe

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@GearsofWar -Ultimate Laggy Edition, Part 2

After my last post on this game https://axewielderx.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/gears-of-war-ultimate-laggy-edition/ I decided to play the campaign and forget about online play for awhile. However, I did check for the any official responses when not playing. If the online got fixed, I wanted to know about it. Finally, they posted this article about the game’s issues and I learned exactly what is going on.-

http://gearsofwar.com/en-us/forums/98be6d5e03f642a5b8b561883802d401/threads/official-faq-frequently-asked-questions-for-ultimate-edition/55c1444e-0c8c-4fab-9231-6acc854d7f18/posts

They claim their servers are working fine and there is no lag. I have to wonder just how dumb they are to tell people the problem is not them.  After going into the game and checking my region settings I discovered it was putting me on the Brazilian server. Wtf? Why? My Xbox one knows it is in central standard time, North America.

The funny thing is switching to a server in North America did not solve the issue because that are NO servers in the ENTIRE central USA.  What the hell was The Colition thinking when they decided to leave out the second most populated state in the USA, Texas?

So every single game is twice the ping of anyone on the east coast and west coast. Minimum 80 ms on a 15mb download/5mb upload speed. To top that off they decided to add animated skins to the game. Even Epic, who were not too good at fixing their mistakes, was at least smart enough to avoid doing this, realizing it would just add lag to the game.

What they have done here is show me that Gears of War is not Central USA friendly, and made certain it would be unplayable to anyone living in the middle of this country. They showed me that don’t intend on fixing it by adding a server or removing the skins. In fact, they won’t even take responsibility for what most certainly were decisions they made. The Colition decided not to put servers here and sold animated skins.

The console makers wonder why people are abandoning traditional gaming but it is clear to see why. App makers fix their games or die on the vine. Apps cost less money and take less time to start. People don’t have time or money for companies that just take your money for a broken product and then won’t fix them.

Now that I know how this company works, I won’t be waiting to buy GOW 4. In fact, I am saying goodbye to my favorite shooter of all time. As long as this company is in charge of this game, there is no sense in even bothering.

In fact, even the campaign has bugs in it. I got completely logged out of my console and was unable to play at all because it got stuck while playing campaign. But I bet that is not their fault either.

Oh well, it was fun for time and now that time has passed. On to better days and games. Thanks The Colition for reminding me just how bad console game developers really are.

Axe

 

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Gears of War: Ultimate Laggy Edition

I believe the title really says it all on this case. I am sure some will argue this as always some must, but that does not make it true. It just means it does not happen to everyone.

I tried 3 different internet connections, and on each one, I got lag. That proves there is a lag issue. There are plenty of complaints about it on the Gears of War forums. I just find it so amazing that now I have Internet connections that, at minimum, are 5 times faster than what I used to play, all 3 of the previous editions, without lag. I must conclude that there are no dedicated servers for this game.

The only thing Ultimate about this edition, is that they managed to find everything bad about every previous game, and stick it into the game. The shot gun is horrendous just like it was in Gears of War 3. The sticky walls are back from Gears of War 1. The match making from Gear of War 2 has been changed but not really improved.

Now you not only have the disconnects from Gears Of War 1 that was not hosted on servers, but you get penalized 2000 points for getting disconnected. Early on, this can cause you to go back an entire level, early in the online play. It is supposed to be a quit penalty, but if you are going to implement that, you should have the console tell it whether you backed out, instead of penalizing people for getting disconnected from the BS game.

You rank does not matter either. I cannot say how many games where I saw completely lopsided teams of players level 20+ playing a team of players below level 10.

The shot guns are incredibly sad. In the original they were not perfect but now you can pop off someone’s head from 20 ft. away and miss them from 1 ft. away. It is horrible and the lancers seem to have been weakened to the point of uselessness. I know these weapons were rebalanced to offset the retro and the sawed off shotguns of Gears Of War 3, but neither of these weapons is in this game. So why use the code from that version for them? Just plain stupidity and laziness.

To top off all these issues, they have the locusts running around in orange colored helmets. From a distance they look human because the Orange is so faded it looks flesh color. In some of the maps it makes it very hard to tell friend from foe and I sit less than 5 ft. From a 32″ TV.

Speaking of maps you can’t play them all. Every game mode has different maps, so while playing competitive Team deathmatch all day, I only got to play on 6 maps. How are nearly 20 maps included, if you can’t play all of them, unless you play a game mode you don’t like?  I am supposed to play the game how I like it, not how you like, developers!

Lastly, for me the biggest issue was the lag. You cannot kill people when you are randomly teleporting at the the worst moments. Trying to run up to a wall, and stick to it, should be easy with the sticky walls. However, when you teleport past that wall, and end up being shot, that is extremely frustrating.

When forced to play like this you end up getting messages from dumbass players telling how you suck and should leave. Ummm, can you not see me lagging, duh! I was ranked in the top 2500 out of 2 million players in Gear Of War 1. I don’t suck, the game does. A game that just keeps getting you killed, due to one dumbass error after another, certainly earns the the title of Ultimate sucky edition. I played online until Level 10 yesterday, which took most of the day due to the stupid problems, with this game. That is about as much as anyone can deal with.

This is not the type of game you wanted to put out before Gears Of War 4. This is the type of game, you want to put out, when you want to end a franchise.

Sadly, this is the only reason for keeping Xbox Live, for me. I don’t play online that much, and this is one of the few games that must work for me, to pay for it.

All around Microcrap once more screwed themselves. Enjoy!

Axe

 

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About @XboxLiveRewards

Are you for real? You reply with BS excuses for not giving me reward credits and flat out lies in fact, and then you send me a email asking me to refer people. Are you out of you mother loving fucking mind? Why the fuck would anyone refer a friend to you, for xbox live rewards they will never get? Why would anyone refer a friend to you, when all they got from you was lies? Why would I refer anyone to you, ever? After going through 7 xbox 360’s and now this, you will never, ever receive a referral from me. In fact, I will tell everyone right now…avoid the Xbox One at all costs. How do you like that? Perhaps if you would have fixed the xbox live rewards program, instead of trying to screw people out of rewards, your referral program might have had a chance. But telling someone, were sorry, you paid for a subscription(full price I might add) but we are not going to keep our word and reward you for it, is not the way to endear yourself to paying customers. The minute you forgot the customer was the minute you lost them.

Here anyone can take a look at both threads I posted on the xbox live rewards forum and see for yourself. They just give BS/lies for answers and do not actually fix anything. Furthermore, then they lock the threads, so people cannot reply to their flat out lies.-

http://forums.xbox.com/xbox_forums/xbox_rewards_support/f/29/t/1768547.aspx

http://forums.xbox.com/xbox_forums/xbox_rewards_support/f/29/p/1770136/5155848.aspx#5155848

 

Good Luck Microsoft!(By “good luck” I mean “go fuck yourself”

Axe

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What are @Xbox @XboxOne and @XboxLiveRewards thinking?

With all the bad news put out about them and them having to give in to what the people wanted, you would think instead of ignoring present customer’s tweets and posts to their forums, they would readily be jumping on top of mass problems like this, instead of just ignoring it, in hopes it would go away. I got news for you Microsoft, it won’t go away. Now that it is posted to this blog, it will remain here where I get 100k views a year.

As I promised in my twitter post, I will be posting a transcript from my conversation with Xbox support chat and a link to my posts on the message boards that they sent me to. To bottom line what has happened is this. I joined XboxliveRewards to get credit for the things I do on my xbox one, and for my support of their device and live gold service. After I used my one month of Live Gold membership that came with my Titanfall xbox one system, I upgraded to a year of xbox live gold. I was supposed to receive 3000 reward credit for doing so, but instead I received nothing. So I went in search of support for this issue and found the forums which xbox live chat sent me to. So when they told me to go there, I had already been there and had seen that nobody from Microsoft was working there. None of the threads are being replied to by anyone official, and there are a lot of them and they are complaining about this same issue I was having. I will also post a link to those forums, so you can see for yourself. In fact, they are ignoring this issue so much that someone has even started a petition to get Microsoft to fix the problem. Telling people they will get credit for upgrading to a year’s sub and then not giving it, and not offering any support if there is an issue, is nothing short of fraud.

I have not decided if I will waste my time signing a petition but I have decided I will vote anyway and that is with my wallet and by making this post.

So here are the links to the forums-

My Forum posts( I made 2 of them)-http://forums.xbox.com/xbox_forums/xbox_rewards_support/f/29/t/1768547.aspx
http://forums.xbox.com/xbox_forums/xbox_rewards_support/f/29/t/1770136.aspx

Another example of a post with the exact same problem-http://forums.xbox.com/xbox_forums/xbox_rewards_support/f/29/t/1770488.aspx

In fact, here is a link to all the support forums for Xboxliverewards(Take note of how many are complaining about not receiving credits)-http://forums.xbox.com/xbox_forums/xbox_rewards_support/f/29.aspx Also you should click a few(or many if you like) and notice that nobody who works for Microsoft is replying to ANY of them.

Lastly, here is the chat transcript I had mailed to me when I finished chatting with Xbox Live Support-

 

Chat Transcript
info: Have you heard the news! Great changes are coming to Xbox LIVE for more information go to www.xbox.com/livefaq. Instead of waiting for chat support, check out our new website!   There you can check the status of the Xbox LIVE service, learn how to create and manage your Xbox LIVE account, and find solutions to other common issues. Again that’s www.xbox.com/livefaq      Please wait for an agent to respond.  You are currently ‘4’ in the queue.
info: Privacy Statement
You are now chatting with ‘Cristina M.’.

Cristina M.: Hello, thank you for contacting Xbox Customer Support. My name is Cristina M.. Please give me a moment to review your question.
Cristina M.: Hi JB, I hope you’re feeling well today. I understand that you are contacting us about the account credits you should have received being a part of the Xbox Live Rewards Program, am I correct?
JB: yes, I never received the credits for upgrading to a year of xbox live gold.
Cristina M.: Thank you for the confirmation. Just to let you know, we have a separate team that attends to issues like this, that is the Rewards Squad. What I will do on my end is to have this chat session and keep in our file the documentation I’ll make. I’ll provide you the link where you can let the Rewards Squad know about this, alright?
JB: o.k.
Cristina M.: May I know the gamertag associated to your account?
JB: oOLucidChaosOo
Cristina M.: Thank you very much for that information, JB. Please give me a minute to pull up the page where you can post about the issue.
JB: I don’t need a page. I check the support page and nobody is answering the questions there. I need a phone number
Cristina M.: Actually, we have no direct hotline to get in touch with the Rewards Squad. The only way they can be contacted is through the forums. They will be sending you an email for the resolution of the issue within 24-48 hours.
Cristina M.: http://forums.xbox.com/xbox_forums/xbox_rewards_support/f/29.aspx
JB: I hope so or I will contact cooperate office Cristina M.
Cristina M.: I do understand how much you want to get this sorted out for you. As much a I want though to put the needed credits on your account, there are only things that I can with the tools I have access to. The Rewards Squad is the one with the right resources to investigate on the issue and apply the necessary credits on your account. So I really suggest that you contact them about this. I hope you understand.
JB: I understand you give me a link to forums with a bunch other people complaining of the same issue and nobody answering their posts.
info: Your chat transcript will be sent to axewielderx@hotmail.com at the end of your chat.
Cristina M.: The Rewards Squad actually should be sending them an email to the email address associated to the account that they used in making the post. Some of them may be expecting a direct reply to their post, but for you, I would suggest that you create the post now and check once in a while the email associated to your account as that is how they usually contact players who make posts on their forums page.
JB: I will do so. Bye!
Cristina M.: Thank you for being understanding of the matter, JB. I greatly appreciate that. Would there be anything else I can assist you with for now?
Cristina M.: I have not heard from you for a while.  Do you still need assistance?

Notice she promises me an email about this issue. I still have not received an email, nor have I had any official reply to either of my posts on the forums she sent me to.

This company needs to wake up to realities of social media and the current times and realize how much stuff like this will affect their bottom line. Lying to your customers is never a good or profitable thing to do. Ignoring problems only causes more problems in the end and is never a solution.

Thx for reading and have a great day!

Axe

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