Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Grand Online Auto Theft

GTA Online has seriously become a time sink. After I played The Old Republic for 6 months, I kind of promised to myself that I wouldn't ever stick with one game again, just because I want to experience so much different things in games, but here I am again.
I have several games that I want to play, but I don't. I start to feel guilty about spending all my free time to play one game, when I have bought other games earlier that are now on hold. I probably just shouldn't think too much about it because almost all the time I'm spending in GTA, I'm having fun! That's the thing I want when I play games, it's all about having a good time. Therefore I shouldn't feel guilty even if the fun I'm having is just from one game. The good thing about this is that I can have several different experiences in this game.
Before talking about Online I want to mention that the single player part of GTA V was great, pure 10/10 by my standards. I think that there are no perfect games, there never could be, so a 10 does not mean that it's perfect. Basically the one thing that could have been a little better was the story. Although I liked it very much, I wanted to be surprised by...well, anything, but that never quite happened. Also there could have been more heists, but I suppose we'll (hopefully) see more of those in the downloadable content coming for the game.
Now all the good and fun things like driving, flying, shooting and roaming the big world are present in the Online mode too, but it's even better when there are other players there with you. I've been an MMO fan from the first moment I understood what Phantasy Star Online was about back in the Dreamcast era. I was always intrigued about playing with other people from around the world, making an avatar to a virtual world and doing things. I have also been a PvP fan from my early play sessions with Quake 2 and Unreal Tournament. I was just a little kid at the time, but competing against other people always gave me a massive adrenaline rush and I loved it. Even now playing GTA Online and racing against 15 other people with the overtakes and crashes but then finishing first gives almost an euphoric feeling, like a drug...and I'm addicted. Also the cooperative play when doing missions with friends is fun, when some random things happen and you have a good laugh about it.
The other day I flew a helicopter to a friends apartment and a person was standing in the road and I accidentaly tilted the chopper just a little so that the propeller killed him. Later we figured out that even when the helicopter is on the ground but it's still on, if you're a passenger and exit, you jump just like you would with the parachute meaning you faceplant the pavement. Just little accidents like this give a great laugh. Maybe I'm just stupid? The way the cars flip and jump around with the spontaneous races also makes me grin.
Someone could ask that if I want to drive, shoot, fly, play golf, play tennis or throw darts, then why not just several seperate games that "could do it better". Well, the answer is that when I can have one character with my own Mini Cooper and an apartment where I can drink wine, I feel more immersed the world and I feel that I'm truly building reputation for that character. Also I feel like the things I can do in GTA Online are not "second grade", but truly well built games in a game. Can't wait for the Vice City expansion..
Sorry about the possible errors in the writing, I'm quite busy at work so I couldn't check for the correct writings...in words...erm, not a master in english as you can see.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Eat it or you'll die

A little something about our son. More stuff from GTA V coming maybe in a later post.

When you have a child, you really want him to survive. That's a basic instinct, right? Then why does the feeling come out so negative when he's not eating? I've been stressing out lately with the fact that our 3 year old son doesn't eat that well when he's home. Well, if we'd give him only bread, then sure, he'd eat nothing but that! But a home cooked dinner apparently is never a good thing. And when he doesn't eat, I sometimes get really upset. I even get some really aggressive thoughts, that don't make any sense.

Louis C.K. really knows what I'm talking about.


I just have to accept the fact that he'll eat when he's hungry, and stop stressing out. Maybe he actually doesn't even know what a real hunger means, in our perfect society when there's always food available? My wife was talking about the third world countries, that because they don't have enough food to become fat and lazy, they have a better survival instinct and the smaller children probably don't have any trouble eating whatever.

Our son was complaining a stomach ache earlier, could it be that it was just hunger, but because he hasn't felt it that much, the instincts to eat have maybe dulled? I think that it's a thing that's hardwired to a human from birth.

Oh well, the situation will fix itself in time. I'm not going to starve our son on purpose!‎

Monday, September 9, 2013

GTA V TOP-5 and moments of addiction

I'm not sure how to explain it. I am a very "jumpy" person with the things I have a great interest in, how I want to spend my time with games and my free time. First I was highly addicted to Pokemon, I played through Platinum and didn't touch anything during that time. After that I didn't know what to do with my free time and spent my time on the computer looking at my Steam games list not being able to decide what to play. I think it was after that when I started to play Fire Emblem: Awakening, after that there was a lull and then came Animal Crossing. Now that the Animal Crossing addiction has faded away and it's been almost a week since I last visited my town I have been carefully thinking about something else. And that something else is Grand Theft Auto 5.

Just a week ago I wasn't even that hyped about the game. Then there started to be a little more talk about it, and next thing I knew I was trading Pokemon Platinum and Mario Kart 7 for GTAV at a local Gamestop. The past few days I've been furiously looking at stuff related to Grand Theft Auto, the Gametrailers Retrospective was great, and I've been looking at every video that typicalgamer has posted on Youtube. I've been trying to search leaks about the game but there haven't been any luck on that front. I don't want to spoil the story of the game, I've just been trying to look anything related to game mechanics. Only thing I found was a leaked achievement list that looked...nothing out of the ordinary. But still it made me wish more that I'd have the game already...

I was thinking about a good topic for a GTA V related post, and I thought I'd give my TOP-5 things I'm waiting about the game.

5. Three protagonists

One of the new features of the game is the possibility to control 3 different characters, and even as you are walking with one character on the other side of the map, you can transfer instantly to see what the other characters are doing. This is a very interesting gameplay mechanic, and I'm eager to see more about it.

4. Story and the missions

The missions in previous GTA's have been really good, usually after a slow start. I'm hoping to see a lot of references to pop-culture in the game, although not as "in-your-face" as Saint's Row does it.

3. Lots of activities

Now that the game has diving and underwater parts, I'm looking forward to see those, but every time I see the trailer where the people drive a motorcycle off the cliff and parachute down, it gives me goosebumps. Aside from almost trying to kill myself, I'm looking forward to beating everyone in tennis or golf.

2. Big map to explore

When it comes to games, I'm truly an explorer. Nothing better than getting in your car or horse and driving off, never knowing what will come ahead. There wasn't much exploring in GTA IV, why the game wasn't that exciting.

1. Online

I've always loved online gaming. MMO's somehow don't get a grip on me, I always get bored quite quickly (SWTOR was an exception), but nevertheless, I do love online gaming. And I've also been quite socially active on the internet, at least at the Pelaajaboard forums, and I like to play games with other people. This is truly the thing I'm waiting for most, as while it's fun to drive a car off a cliff, it's more fun to do it with a friend.

Sorry for the short explanations, I really have to go to sleep now.

(Who said I'm desperate for clicks?!)

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Nintendo, winner of the next generation?

Most people keep talking about the low sales of the Wii U, and keep on saying that there are no games for the system and that it's a complete disaster. I agree that currently there are not too many games in stores to be excited about, but people really don't think enough about the fact that when the new Mario Kart, Zelda and Mario platformer games comes out the system will start selling like methylamine to Heisenberg. Sure it has tough competition, but I'd say that the exclusive titles on the PS4 and Xbox One are really not so interesting at this moment that I'd personally buy those consoles. So long as one has a good gaming PC, most of the really interesting next-gen titles are available on that platform.

Now the reason I'm eager to get my hands on the Wii U is above. $299 (probably 3
~350€ in Finland) for this Wind Waker and Wii U bundle. Can't wait until Yule. :3

Wind Waker is truly one of the best games ever, and one of the best looking games even on the Gamecube! Some may even say that it doesn't even need graphical update, and while I do agree (just a little), I do think that it enhances the gaming experience when you have a smoother and less blurry gameplay. I may get a "true" next-gen console in the future, but at the moment the renewed Wind Waker is the second reason I want a Wii U first. The third reason is that I have a PC and too much games already..(then why do I need the Wii U..)

But hey, in my eyes this is the reason that Nintendo will be the winner:
I can't even begin to describe how excited I am about Monolith Soft's X. I never got the chance to play Xenoblade Chronicles, but still just seeing this game in action gives me a hard...erm..headache..because of the excitement...yes.

Until the PS4 or Xbox One will have anything similar, I'll be looking forward only to this, with the Wii U. The only other game I'm having a similar hard...crush, is Cyberpunk 2077, and I hope that I'll have a good enough computer in 2016 when it comes out.

Wii U is also great for families and little kids! Sure my son likes Littlebigplanet Karting, but why play those when you have better games like Mario Kart.

And just as a final notice, we have an Xbox 360 and a Playstation 3 at our home, no Wii. I wouldn't call myself a Nintendo fanboy, the new systems just have games that I like and I'm excited about.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Handheld consoles ftw!

As a father, my gaming time is quite (understandably) limited. Our son just turned 3, so gaming is slowly becoming a part of our everyday life as I try to teach him some Mario on the NES or we play a little of some LEGO game. After our son goes to sleep we usually watch an episode or two of Stargate with my wife, and after that and a little internet surfing it's bedtime for us too.

Now I can really say that I'm a slow writer. It took me 4 months to get from the start to here. Wow, must be a record. I just updated the blog layout and appearance, so now I feel obligated to write more.

Anyway, lately I've been playing mostly with the 3DS, as it's something I can do in the breaks at work, and at home whenever I have few minutes of time I can open the lid and play for a minute, then close it and the state of the game is not lost. That is a very good thing. With the PC or a home console, I would have to quit the game, and if I'm not playing something with Leo, the "big" games take too much attention. Sure there are moments when Leo is playing by himself with his cars or something, but it's still hard to start playing anything that needs concentration. Better to leave that stuff to the evening/night.

Of the "big" games I've been playing lately I can say that Civilization V is a perfect game for a family man (or woman), as you can play a quick turn and then leave the computer if something comes up and come back to it later. As long is it doesn't bother that your Steam account now shows the time played wrong because you were afk for 5 hours in that last game..

But let's not get out of topic. I really have to suggest Animal Crossing: New Leaf to anyone with a 3DS. It may look childish, but starting a town and getting hooked in furnishing your little home and finding new things in the game as time goes on is fun! Because it's a real-time game, the seasons change and the bugs and fish change with the seasons. I'm currently addicted filling the museum with every sort of creature and fossil I can find, and I have to remember to water the flowers every day that they won't wither.

This blogger app on android is crappy, I have no idea where those AC pictures will go..

But hey, I'll try (again) to be more active here. I really do like to write, I just feel like I have little time for it...should probably stop the useless internet surfing..