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#Overwatch updated. A chance to impress is a fail!

With Blizzard’s high standards and good reputation(in-general) I decided to give Overwatch another chance, after the new updates that came to the console today. Sadly, their game has not improved even one tiny bit.

With this update they were supposed to nerf one hero and beef up another. They were also supposed to release the competitive mode. Let’s talk about the character improvements first.

McCree was supposed to receive some kind of nerf to his flash bang stun. I did not play him and in fact, saw nobody playing him at all. I am certain that was not the intention. When you nerf a hero, you want to make him useable. That is not what Blizzard did. Oh well, I never cared for the idiot cowboy who was a one trick pony bitch anyway.

The other hero the were supposed to beef up was D.Va. They again failed at this task. In fact, when I played her I actually felt weaker. She was so bad to play with  that it only took one try to figure out this was a terrible change.

Lastly, they released Competitive play. At first upon playing a match I thought this must be some kind of joke. In a way, I suppose it is. Not one single suggestion made on the message boards was used. Blizzard COMPLETELY ignored the players. Hero stacking was still in the competitive mode.  Obviously nobody at Blizzard can read and those that can, do not understand how unbalanced this type of behavior is. Competitive games will be filled with nothing but Torbjorn teams. Hey Blizzard, I have to ask just how fucking stupid are you? There is a reason nobody else allows hero stacking. It makes for unbalanced play and a competitive game, it not competitive, without balance.

Here is a video of someone pointing out the flaws of competitive play. Even though he does not mention such issues as hero stacking, it still goes to prove this game is not worth your time or money- https://youtu.be/krZtUqNx6i8

So is guess, the joke was on all those suckers that paid money for this shit game and how this ultimately will affect your reputation as a game developer. I know I will never invest my money in any game made by Blizzard. I feel sad and sickened, for all those poor suckers who invested money in loot boxes, to end up with a game that is so unbalanced as to be a complete waste of time and money to play. Good luck in all your future endeavors Blizzard, you are gonna need it. You can most definitely count me out. This is the last game review of a Blizzard game you will ever see on my blog. Hope the readers enjoyed it and heed my words.

Until I type again…

Axe

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#Overwatch should have been named Underwhelmed!

Now don’t get me wrong when I state that. The game does have some good qualities. However, it completely lacks any kind of depth and after playing for awhile, you will come to the same conclusion. If you are looking for a game to waste a couple of weeks on, then this is the one. But, let’s get into what is wrong and right about this game.

On the bad side of things, this game is not nearly as polished as reviewers have stated. It freezes up in the middle of a match and kicks you out of the match. The estimated cue time is not even close. It was closer when I started playing a couple of weeks ago, but now as I leave this game behind, the cue times are not even remotely close.  It often says 15-30 seconds. What it really means is 2-3 minutes or more. The game will finally put you into a game, only to have the game not fill up, supposedly, and then you will have to go back to cue. If this was a smooth design decision, then obviously previous reviewers have no concept of what smooth, slick, or polished is. Because the cue system alone is fucked up!

The game also likes to keep you limited to a 50% win ratio. That means when ever you get to 50% wins, it will put you in a game with totally sucky players. It even goes to the point of throwing you into a match, and before you can even move your hero out of spawn, the game is over with a defeat for you. How the fuck is that fair? Basically is punishes good players. Thanks Blizzard, that is just what good gamers want. To be screwed over for being good. To further exasperate the situation, as a side consequence, this keeps your k/d (kill/death) ratio down too! It is hard to get a lot of kills when your team members spend most of their time in spawn.  A 6 vs 1 is not a good situation for even a great player. Now don’t think this means I have a sucky k/d. I do not! It is  2/1 but if I played with decent players all the time, it would be at least 4/1. The games where you are stuck with bad players just to keep your win/loss ratio even, really do affect much more than just that. They completely affect your kill/death ratio too!

Another small issue is the lack of variety in the game play. While there are maybe 6 maps (not a lot but certainly more than Battleborn’s 2 maps per mode) there are really only two modes of playing in this game. You either are attacking or defending. Trying to move a payload or to defend a capture point.  That is it!

The worst thing about this was how they designed the game launch for these two modes. The defenders are always able to go anywhere on the map and set up their defenses. This allows them to to spawn camp! Essentially if you are on attack mission, you can expect to die often right outside of spawn. Combine this with the next item I mention (hero stacking) and you have a total stomp of the attacking team. They cannot leave spawn to attack anything with multiple turrets just waiting for them to exit spawn and Repears abundant to make sure nobody can get near a turret to kill it. It is just death after death with no chance for kills. The longer this game has been out, the more I was seeing this in matches. I knew if my mission was attack, that the game was setting me up for a loss.

The last thing this game does, is allow people to pick whatever hero they want. While on the surface this may sound good, but it is so totally not! You have teams made up of the same hero, I.E. 6 Torbjorn. Tell me something, how can this game be balanced if this crap is going on? It cannot possibly be balanced and people who play online shooter games, expect some kind of balance for every player to have a fair chance of winning. Allowing players to do this, is akin to allowing them to freely cheat. I have been in some many COMPLETELY non-fun games because of this one simple design decision. I am guessing every reviewer on the planet forgot to mention this too!

They also included a quitting penalty so if you find yourself stuck in a match where the other team is all the same hero, you get to enjoy that crappy match or suffer a 75% experience loss for 2 hours. Even worse is the fact, if it throws you into one of these games and then you get booted by the system for not making your hero pick fast enough, it boots you from the game and gives you a quitting penalty. I did not quit you stupid fucks! YOUR system booted me and then gave me a penalty. I’ll give you a quitter penalty assholes…it is this review.

Lastly, there is no real hero progression. Your hero has the same abilities and weapons no matter how long you play. Yes, they do eventually get to wear different clothes, but this is entirely based upon luck of the draw, from random loot boxes. How many levels are you willing to grind for a set of clothes you cannot see in game? Of course you do gain overall levels but what does it matter when the game likes to keep you to a 50% win/lose ratio. You are playing with players that are way under your level every time you get over 50% wins. So even that progression is completely useless. It seems this game was nothing more than a quick cash grab, as the only way to feel any accomplishment is to drop more money on loot boxes in the hopes you will finally get that legendary set of clothes for the hero which you like, because you certainly are not going to get it from the level loot boxes.

I played this game to level 58 (could not stand playing crappy matches any longer) and never received a single legendary skin for ANY of my favorite heroes. NOT EVEN ONE! If it even gives you a legendary skin, it will ALWAYS be for a hero you do not play. This is Blizzard’s way of trying to get you to GAMBLE. By forcing you to either wait an amazingly long period of time to spend in-game credits to buy the legendary skin or to spend REAL cash to buy loot boxes which are completely random. This definitely is not incentive to play this game long term. Players expect progression and rewards for effort. This game simply does not have any.

Now onto the good.

It has good graphics and usually plays fairly well. Most of the heroes are fairly unique enough to make playing each one entertaining. some to a lesser degree than others, of course. Not every one of them is going to fit your play style, obviously. The game can be fun when you have two evenly matched teams and no BS going on.

Too bad that is such a rare thing! This is a game that will take some serious work to turn around or there will be a mass exodus in the near future.  The problems with hero stacking, combined with bad decisions in progression and basic attack and defend mechanics, will need to be completely overhauled.

As I played, I found that the good matches became fewer and fewer, and it just grew into a frustrating piece of shit, with no incentive to keep grinding away. I was not going to obtain legendary clothes for my favorite toons and it was not worth going through all the bad matches to even try anymore. I have to wonder if these game designers are brain dead or just don’t check out their games by actually playing them, before they release their crap. They put nothing in this game to make anyone want to play it long term. If you are looking for a game with depth and reason to play, this game is not it. You will be completely underwhelmed inside of a couple of weeks, if you last that long.

Supposedly there is update coming out at the end of June. Hopefully this update will addresses these issues. So many games with great potential fall to the wayside because they simply fail to fix what their customers complain about. I have not been playing as much since my wife deemed worthy of passing on her latest cold to. Not sure, even if I was healthy, how much of this game I would be playing. My recommendation to those who have not played this game yet, wait until July to see if Blizzard corrects the gaping design flaws or not. Until next time I type…take care, thanks for reading, and have an awesome day!

Axe

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#Battleborn is dead!

Yep! It seems that after a little less than 3 weeks, they have killed the game. Their lack of action to player complaints about exploits, on the one decent map of the incursion mode(the only mode familiar to most MOBA players) and their announcement of such a high price for a new forth-coming battler seemed to have done the trick.

When you make it so obvious you only care about money, instead of the players, they disappear. I sat for more than an hour trying to find a single game of incursion today, before finally realizing that their newest announcement had pissed off their player base.

Oh well, just glad I was not stupid enough to buy a season pass. I bought the game to play incursion and since that is not going to happen anymore, it will now have to be traded-in.

I had considered doing a small review of this game but now I see no sense in it. I think what has just happened pretty much says it all. The actual gameplay COULD be fun when players were not utilizing an exploit, surrendering early for no reason (Yes, they even surrendered when winning) and the terrible matchmaking actually got it right. The character customizing was not really custom, you just received a battler of a different color and the SAME clothes. It made it really not worth leveling your characters up. The story mode was a disjointed piece of nonsense. The game had much potential, if they would have just listened to the players more, they would still have them.

On to the next game or perhaps some creating…

AXE

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GEARS OF WAR 4: WARNING! Do not buy this game if you live in Texas!

Most people in the gaming industry know that currently they are doing the GOW:4 open beta. In fact today is the last day of it. I have been playing off and on the last few days just to see if the game has any merit. I wanted to give an totally unbiased review of the game and now I feel I can do so.

Firstly, let me give the news that applies to Texas players the most. THEY HAVE NO SERVERS IN TEXAS! This means EVERY single game you will be playing half as fast as your opponents. EVERY player on the EAST and WEST coast will be playing as less than half the ping you are. In a game where shotgun battles are the norm, this is so vitally important. No, you cannot just Lancer them down either. The lancer gun seems to have been weakened even more. In a distance battle of 30 ft. A shotgun will win and that is total bull. The shot gun is supposed to be short range. However, the shotgun and lancer balance in the beta is the worst I have ever played with. Add to that the delay from having to use servers on the west or east coast and basically you are screwed. If you think past GOW games were full of BS, well, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

If every player from Texas boycotted this game, it might teach them as lesson in overlooking the 2nd most populace state in the nation. At least your money WILL be spent better elsewhere. This game will just give anyone playing in Texas a headache.

I won’t go into all the other problems with this game. There are already so many reviews on the beta, talking about poor graphics, shotgun inaccuracies, bugs in wall mechanics, etc.etc.etc.

I used to really love this franchise but it just seems to get worse with every new edition and this beta was by far the worst edition I have ever played. Guess the time for playing online shooter games has come to an end. All the old franchises have put out nothing but crap lately and I see no end to it in the future. They seem content to just keep stealing your money and not really improving the games. It is the same as buying a name brand food product. You are paying for a name, not the actual product.

Let’s hope some of the new franchises take this genre seriously and put out quality shooter games. Until then, looks I am stuck with campaign mode.

If you read this and still go and buy GOW 4, don’t come back and tell me later how you should have listened. I have just word for the you if you do so…DUMBASS! You have been warned by an honest player who does not take money from companies for reviews.

Until I type next…

Axe

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Plans for 2016

I know many of the subscribers to this blog may think I have abandoned this site, but I assure you, nothing could be further from the truth. This will always be my main blog. It is just that one simple thing came to be realized over the last few years. People tend to sub and visit sites that are specialized, more than a site or blog, that is a catch-all for everything.

Thus, several years ago, I moved all of my writings to my author blog. Last year, I moved all of my nature photos to my photo blog, and now I will be moving all game related stuff to my new blog titled “Life Is Game”.

While this blog was sufficient for general game system and game reviews,  I wanted to do more focused and complete reviews for this type of subject. The hope is that perhaps someone will notice I can write good game reviews and hire me for a position, doing just that. I have been playing video games since they were invented, so it only seems natural to take the next step, and share this vast warehouse of experience with the gaming world.

I will continue to do funny pics and non-video games related reviews here, and I will also continue posting music related posts here too! Perhaps one day, I will actually have a need to create a website for music too. However, with the state of the music industry, I do not see a dire need for such action.

I hope this post has answered any of the subs questions of what may be going on with this blog and what they can expect here in the future. Take care and have an amazing day!

Axe

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