I’m not even halfway up my profile yet! This is going to take longer than I thought!
Well, you learn something new everyday. This will also be a little awkward…
I’ve always heard of Twitch Prime, which is the paid Twitch service. I never even thought of getting it because I don’t use Twitch enough. (for those who don’t know, Twitch is a video streaming service, primarily used for streaming gameplay video). I also thought it was weird that they’d name their paid version the same as Amazon’s paid version.
Well, I just saw a thing on IGN that said that if you have an Amazon Prime account you can get free items in certain games through Twitch. I thought that was odd that Amazon would offer free stuff through Twitch, but I looked on the page anyway and found free gear for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, that game I’ve been playing the last couple weeks. I got excited and claimed the free gear, then accessed it in the game and was really happy.
But then I was curious why Amazon would do that, so I looked it up……
Yeah, I had no idea that Amazon owns Twitch. A Twitch Prime account is included with your Amazon Prime account, which is why it’s called Twitch Prime. I’ve had Twitch Prime all this time and never even knew it! Feel like I should have known that. . .
I had chemo yesterday and wasn’t really feeling like playing Odyssey at the moment, so I watch the new Philip DeFranco episode, watched a couple episodes of Making A Murderer: Part 2, and then watched a few more videos on YouTube. By then I wanted to play a game, but still didn’t want to play Odyssey. Victor Vran is currently one of the free Games With Gold titles this month. It’s not my type of game at all, but I went ahead and installed it for moments like this. It’s a top down RPG, which I typically hate. This is another instance where I shouldn’t judge a game by it’s genre, because I liked the game almost as soon as I gained control of the character. Now I’m two hours in and I really like this game. It oddly reminds me of Murdered: Soul Suspect (another game I love), even though that’s not even remotely related to this one. I guess it’s because of the lighting and atmosphere. If you have Gold, be sure to grab this game while it’s available, it’s a good game.
Baikeru (3 months ago)
I’ve been thinking about making this list ever since I found out that there’s eleven main Assassin’s Creed titles, and that I’ve played all of them. It’s my top ten Assassin’s Creed titles!
9) Assassin’s Creed II
8) Assassin’s Creed III
6) Assassin’s Creed
3) Black Flag
1) Odyssey (this came as a surprise to no one)
I didn’t like Rogue at all, and actually forgot all about it until I saw the HD Remaster in the Xbox Store a couple weeks ago.
I am still playing Odyssey, and plan to for awhile. But I also plan on preordering Red Dead Redemption II tonight when I get paid. It comes out tomorrow. I’m only preordering because I want the War Horse preorder bonus. Might not actually play it until I’ve finished with Odyssey, which may not be for a long time.
I JUST PREORDERED RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 AND IT’S CURRENTLY INSTALLING!!! Just a warning, It’s 87.87 GB. Luckily I had over 250 GB free because I uninstalled most of my games when I installed Odyssey because I knew I wouldn’t be playing much else for awhile, but not everyone will have that much space available. Also, Odyssey is 46.1 GB, almost half the size of Red Dead 2 (technically 3, but whatever). I’m probably not going to play this one right away because I’m still playing Odyssey, but I’ll just have to wait and see. My excitement might cause me to be like, “What’s Odyssey?” in a couple days. lol
Right, so I know last night I joked that in two days my excitement would get the better of me, and here it is not even 24 hours later… lol Well, I was thinking about it and realised that Ubisoft will be updating Odyssey for the next two years, and the first of the season pass stuff won’t start rolling out until December, so why am I trying to do everything right now? I have plenty of time to fully enjoy everything. Besides, a little bit ago I reached a great stopping place. If Odyssey was a movie or show, there’s a be a “To Be Continued” pop up and the credits roll. So I’m going to go watch today’s Philip DeFranco, the new Kendall Rae video, then start Red Dead Redemption II! I’M SO EXCITED! (and I just can’t hide it…
Initial thoughts on Red Dead Redemption 2…
Thus far, honestly I’m not too impressed. It’s a very slow start. Been playing for about four hours and am just now getting to the free roaming part. At least I hope so. Up till now it’s been linear and cutscenes, and very slow walking and talking. Granted, there’s been a bunch of character development, and there’s a couple characters I really like already because of what has been revealed of their personality and story. But for a highly anticipated game like this, for them to spend the first few hours very slowly making your way through the snow is very disappointing. Compare that with GTA V‘s action packed shootout opening, followed by a high speed car race… Yeah, I was hoping for something more for an opening.
Of course, this is just my initial thoughts on the first few hours. I’m sure it’ll get better. This game has gotten rave reviews, so I’m sure it does get better. I’m not going to rate it on here yet until I’ve played it a few days and have a better idea of the gameplay. But if I were to rate it right now I’d give it a three out of ten as of right now. Hopefully it gets better. If you’re planning on playing it, just be warned that the opening hours are very slow. (as I’ve said repeatedly here). I’ll do another post on it tomorrow once I’ve played some more.
Bit of a funny side note, though. It’s currently really cold outside where I live, and the windows are open because the apartments where I live has automatic heaters that get too hot, so I have to open the windows or burn up. So I was freezing while walking through the snow in the game. Which kind of added to the emersion. lol I just thought that was funny.
(I left this as a review but thought I’d also make it a post as well)
Right, so I’ve played Red Dead Redemption 2 for a bit more, so I can really talk about what I really think about it. Yesterday I posted that I didn’t like it too much because the beginning was too slow and drawn out. But shortly after, I made it past that part to the open world, the main game, and the game definitely improves once it opens up. It is a little intimidating because you have to keep an eye on everything, like you’re playing Sims. I’d rather just play the game and run around doing things, but I have to keep an eye on if I’m hungry, if my horse is happy, and other things. If you don’t eat or sleep often you’ll lose stamina and won’t be able to run or do most basic things. Which is kind of a cool concept of an idea, but kind of annoying in practice. Everyone says that they want more and more realistic games, but if they made a 100% realistic game, it’d be the most boring game ever made.
But I don’t want to just sit here and complain about the game. There are things I really do like. The stealth is really cool. You will sometimes have your gang with you, and you can sync shot like in Wildlands, so you can take out multiple targets through silent ranged at the same time. I’ll almost always choose stealth when it’s offered, and I love the stealth here. I also like the Eagle Vision. That’s what they actually call it! Ubisoft should sue! lol But seriously, it’s very helpful and I’m glad they added it to the game.
One feature I was confused about when they announced it was the hair growth. For some reason, it was difficult for me to fathom real time hair growth in a game. I’m used to picking a hair style in games and it staying that way until I change it. But in RDR2, Arthur’s hair and facial hair will grow if you don’t get it trimmed. And unlike past R* games (which I know is always on lists of complaints of their games), you can’t go to the barber and have them give you any style on the list, including longer. You can only make it shorter. It’s actually oddly realistic.
There’s a ton more I could talk about, but I’ve covered the main parts. This game is much better than I was thinking yesterday. I give it a seven out of ten.
Baikeru (3 months ago)
Okay, I’m a bit angry right now. Feel I’ve been lied to by the gaming community. Or maybe this is a Mandela Effect moment. I don’t know. Long ago I asked on Reddit how to record my voice in gameplay videos, and the Xbox One subreddit told me that I needed to get an adaptor for my controller. It was very expensive, so I didn’t bother. Well, I had a little left over after buying RDR2 the other day so I went ahead and got one. I literally only bought it so I can record my voice into my gameplay videos. Currently I’m having to record on my phone as I play, then edit it together after. It has awful results…
…Well, it came in the mail today and I excitedly set it up. Only to find that it doesn’t record my voice. In fact, it doesn’t do anything. I still have to disable audio through the TV in order to use the headset. I looked on the subreddit again, only to learn that apparently you can’t record your voice into gameplay live at all. There’s a ton of videos on YouTube showing how to use your PC to do it, but I can’t do that. I seriously think that’s messed up! My roommate has a PS4 and I used that for a year before I bought my Xbox One, and on the PS4 you can easily record your voice into gameplay footage as you record. I don’t know why Microsoft has to make everything so complicated!
I know I’m probably the only person in the world saying this, but I don’t like Red Dead Redemption 2. It felt like I was having to force myself to play it, and when there were missions I was like, “Now I have to go do this”.
I switched back to Odyssey. I’m actually much happier when I play it, and I legitimately enjoy playing it. I actively seek out as many side quests as possible, and even when I’m doing rage-inducing quests or battles, I’m still having fun. Though those rage moments are happening less now because I’m level 50 and all of my gear is upgraded. I died much less now, if not rarely.
In fact, I was thinking yesterday about those who buy their way to this point instead of grinding. If that’s what you do, that’s totally cool for you and I’m not bashing anyone for doing that, but I noticed something yesterday that makes the whole grinding thing feel worth it in the end. At the beginning of the game, I’d come across bears and pigs and they’d easily kill me. I even jokingly told a friend, “Those pigs mean business!”. Even when I was level 20 and 30 this was happening. Well, now I can one shot them both as I run past them. It felt awesome knowing that I worked that hard and it all paid off. It’d feel like cheating to me if I paid to bypass that grinding part.
Anyway, I’m probably sticking with Odyssey for the time being. I’m planning on preordering Just Cause 4: Ultimate Edition. I loved the third one, and I have all of the DLC for that one, and the new one looks even better.
130 hours in, and I just killed the last Cultist, then beat the final story mission. I’ve got a bunch of side quests littering the map. I’m thinking of replaying it twice. This first time I played it the way I wanted, and tried to be a good character (I killed “Wolf of Sparta” and “Diemos”). I got the worst ending. I’m planning for my second playthrough, leaving them two alive, because that’s how you get the best ending. Basically, first playthrough, I sided with Athens, second playthrough I side with Sparta. Both times I make morally good choices and help as many people as I can. I didn’t sleep with anyone my first playthrough and I won’t my second playthrough.
The third playthrough I’ll make all of the wrong choices. Lie to everyone, steal, cheat, kill everyone even if their innocent, etc.
That’s what’s great about this game. Three different playthroughs, and I’m sure all three will be completely different experiences. I think the best ending will be my official playthrough for when the DLC comes out.
I’ve spent so much time in this game I’m literally emotionally attached. I was determined to kill the entire Cult of Kosmos, including my brother. When it got to the leader, I suspected it might have been Aspasia based on the clues. I was shocked to discover I was right. Which sucked for me, because I really liked her. I didn’t want to kill her, I really didn’t. Luckily you don’t have to, because (reasons that are complicated, but she isn’t evil). When it got to the point where I made the decision to either join her or kill her, I left the option page up for awhile while I literally started going into an anxiety attack. I didn’t want to kill her, but I also wanted to kill every last Cultist.
I ended up deciding that when I do the best ending and not kill Deimos, I will also not kill Aspasia. Making it the best ending possible.
I bought Just Dance 2019 last night and played it for a few hours this morning. It’s the best one in the series since 2015, though not up to that level. Just Dance 2016, 2017, and 2018 each dropped in quality to the point where I only played a few of the songs on 2018. In fact, I literally only bought that one so I’d still own the entire series. But I’ve been excited about 2019 for a couple months, since they revealed the full song list. There are actually a few good songs and routines this time! I got a great workout this morning playing it, and I think I’m going to enjoy this one. I also love the stylistic change they’ve made. Every game since 2014 has had roughly the same style, and this one completely revamps the look and feel of the UI, which was much needed and is much appreciated. Still miss the fully Kinect-ability of the older titles. You used to be able to turn the controller off to charge while you play and use your hand to guide the cursor. I liked that. You also used to be able to use your voice to start the dance. Now you use the controller for everything except for the actual dances themselves. I wasn’t expecting them to go back to that, I’m just still disappointed that they got rid of that. But overall, this is the most satisfied I’ve been with one of these since Just Dance 2015.