Saturday, March 3, 2018

Shadow of the Colossus Impressions

Shadow of the Colossus was originally released on the PS2, then on the PS3, and then remade for the PS4 to take full advantage of modern graphics.  I missed it on the PS2 and I pretty much missed all of the PS3 generation so I thought I should try it now on the PS4.

Did I miss out when I didn't play it on the PS2 or PS3?  I give my impressions here.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Persona 5 Impressions

Following Horizon: Zero Dawn, I decided to play Persona 5.  While not an open world game it still has a strong story narrative.  Although JRPG is often viewed as being a niche among gamers in the United States, Persona 5 seemed to have won over many US fans and is often named among the top contenders for Game of the Year.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Accessories For Console Controllers

To keep things organized, I got some stands for holding the various game controllers that I have for the PS4, XBox and Switch.  There are many options out there, but these are the ones I got for myself because I thought they provided better organization and presentation.  I've been using all these in my set up and like each of them.

PlayStation 4

I have two black DualShock 4 controllers.  These have built-in batteries so they need a dock that can charge them.  Most of the ones I saw held the controller upside down to charge which I didn't like the look of so I bought the official charging station that is sold in Japan.

Unlike a lot of third party stations, this uses the port on the bottom of the controller to charge so the controller are sitting upwards.  It's a nicer look that matches how my other controllers are held.  Note that this is just for the DualShock 4.  There is one that can support both DualShock 3 and 4 but it doesn't hold it upright and requires an adapter.

Xbox One S

The Xbox One S controller have removable batteries so I use rechargeable ones that I swap in when power runs low.  For these controllers, I don't need it to be a charging dock.  I got the Gear controller stand in white that matches the controller colors I have.  Each stand holds one controller.

Nintendo Switch

The Switch is interesting because it has two types of controllers:  Joy-Cons and Pro.  Two of the Joy-Cons normally connects to the Switch itself so they don't necessarily need a separate stand.  I have the Switch in a protective case so taking out the Joy-Cons can be a troublesome so I got a second pair of Joy-Cons for my kids as well as a Pro controller that I normally use.  Thus, I needed a stand that can hold 1 Pro controller and a pair of Joy-Cons.

Fortunately, Power A came out with Joy-Con & Pro Controller Charging Doc for Switch that exactly fits my needs.

This charging stand has a built in connector that plugs into the USB port on the Switch's dock and the top of the unit has lights that indicates that it's charging and when each controller is charged.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Horizon: Zero Dawn Impressions

I'm playing a game with a strong female protagonist in an apocalyptical open world where humanity faces an uncertain future while fighting a horde of mysterious machine controlled by an unknown force that threatened its existence.  Nier:Automata Horizon: Zero Dawn has been consistently rated as the top game for the PS4 in 2017 if not the top video game for 2017 overall.

My SO told that it was time for me to move pass Nier:Automata and 2B so I looked for another game.  Horizon: Zero Dawn has been on my list for while so that's what I chose to play following Nier and while I was obviously poking fun that I went from one game to what might seem to be another similar game I just want to clarify that these two are completely different games that's only superficially similar in that it uses the post-apocalyptical world as a setting. 

Comparing PS4 Pro and Xbox One S

I got a Playstation 4 Pro this past holidays and after a few  months of playing I thought that I'd compare it to my XBox One S.

I was initially attracted to the XBox One S for it's hardware.  It supported 4K and 4K Blu-Ray and it had an HDMI-pass through input option.  The price was a bit cheaper then the PS4 Pro and there were enough games on it that I was interested in even if they weren't exclusives to the console (sports games like Madden, Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy XV, etc.).  I don't use consoles as a media hub even though that is a feature that Microsoft has touted about the Xbox One.  What I wanted was a gaming system for someone like me:  a casual gamer but one who grew up with video gaming.  While I was overall content with the Xbox One S, I wasn't always so motivated to play it.  Start-up time was slow especially for some of the games.  It doesn't support CEC-HDMI so I had to always find the remote to turn on the TV and speakers which is surprise given this is suppose to be a media and entertainment hub for both hardware and digital content.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Nier:Automata Is a Great Game

I finished Nier:Automata (PS4) early this morning, but it isn't a game that one can just finish and immediately put away.  Its haunting story, characters and music stays with you even after you are done.  It wouldn't be a surprise if you went on Youtube afterwards to find out more about it because you don't feel ready to walk away from the world that Nier creator, Yoko Taro, has presented so beautifully.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Intel NUC from CES 2018

As I try to get over a cold at home, I'm glancing at the different products people are talking about at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show.  One item that caught my eye is Intel's new NUC named Hades Canyon which will include AMD graphics rather then integrated graphics.

It's being touted as a VR-capable computer, but that's not what I'm looking for in a PC nor do I plan to do much gaming on it.  Instead, I look for small form factor PCs that can last many years, drive dual 4K monitor setups and have dual gigabit Ethernet.  The max memory is limited to 32GB which is one downside.  I would prefer it supporting 64GB and I don't know how loud the unit is.

It's something I'll be watching for when it goes on sale in the spring.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Upgrading to Fedora 27

Upgraded to Fedora 27 from Fedora 26.   The upgrade itself went quickly and without issues.  On the first boot, everything seems to work but I did get a bunch of SELinux prompt which I haven't looked into.

Note that the end-of-life for Fedora 25 was Dec. 12, 2017 now that Fedora 27 is released.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Super Mario Odyssey First Impression

I'll admit that historically I've not followed Nintendo and their games.  I owned an NES as a child but then didn't get another Nintendo system until the Gameboy Advanced.  Basically, while I've played the occasional Mario Kart at friends' house, I'm fairly lukewarm when it comes to Nintendo titles.

However, I started Super Mario Odyssey over the holidays and found myself enjoying it a lot more then I expected.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Nier:Automata First Impressions

My first PS4 game is Nier:Automata, the sequel to the 2010 PS3/Xbox360 video game Nier.  Nier is a spin-off from the Drakengard series, but I'm going to leave the explanation of the series to more qualified and dedicated Drakengard historians.  After playing it over the final week of 2017 and completing the first run-through, here are my first impressions.