The Current and Unfortunate State of Overwatch

Now, this is not another post to jump on the current Overwatch hate bandwagon nor am I going to exclaim about how "Overwatch is dying!". I am just as big of an Overwatch fan as anyone else and I want to see the game strive and grow for years to come. But nobody can hide the fact that as of late there has been certain aspects bringing down the game as a whole and something that is lowering the morale of the community.

Overwatch Art

Overwatch Art

Overwatch is one of my favorite, if not my favorite game currently. So I feel it is important that I make my voice be heard in this weird time that we are in. So right now I am going delve into these "certain aspects" and elaborate on the issues themselves along with giving some constructive criticism as to how I fully believe we can fix the game and bring it back to it's glory days.  


Communication With Developers

 

When it comes to fixing a broken or too weak of a hero, it seems to take ages for Blizzard (The Developers of Overwatch) to finally get on top of it. While it is understandable that the process takes a while, the lack of communication at times from the devs to the players is quite frustrating. A huge example of this is the recent patch to one of the beloved heroes, Roadhog. 

Roadhog, about a month ago simply had the ability to kill other heroes with one shot . While this does sound ridiculous, it was not an easy task to pull off and if you got one shot killed by Roadhog, you deserved it. But the Director of OW, Jeff Kaplan came out and said that he does not believe in one shot abilities. So, they simply fixed Roadhog to make him weaker so it is now near impossible to pull off his one shot trick anymore. Players were infuriated. 

Now, when they announced the Roadhog fix they made him playable on the test servers otherwise known as the PTR, so people could go try out the new Roadhog before he got put into the real game itself. After messing around with the new updated version players were still unhappy and made their voice loud and clear. But what did Jeff and the devs do about it? Absolutely nothing, they did not even respond to one bit of critisism. 

Roadhog

Roadhog

So after a few days with the new Hog on the test servers, they put the updated version of him onto the real servers and ever since then he has been nearly unplayable and he is now one less hero the community can pick. This in a way makes the game a little less enjoyable and this is just one of the many examples of this happening within OW in the past.

It can be a bit frustrating. It seems they are always focused on what they believe is right and now what the community wants.
— Murphy Caraballo

So how could this be fixed? I believe a little bit more feedback from Jeff and his team when there is a community complaint would be vital. If a hero is put on the TEST serves, wouldn't it make sense to respond to the critical feedback so it does not make it's way onto the actual game itself? I am not trying to sound too whiny, but it is just such a simple fix that could seriously help out in the long run.


Competitive Play

 

The main problem with Competitive is that the ranking system at times can be a little bit ridiculous. Everyone's main gripe with Competitive as of late is how your rank is solely based on how YOU play and not your teams overall performance. 

Lets say that you are playing Soldier: 76 in a Competitve game. Your team can utterly destroy and claim victory, but if you do not preform up to par compared to other Solider: 76 players, your rank will barley even climb up. It does not make much sense in a game like Overwatch where teamwork is the main aspect of the game. This ranking system is just a bit flawed and honestly causes some frustration from the community who believe the game should simply be based on your teams performance rather than yours.

I do believe it is flawed. On top of that, your placement matches are a complete waste of time as it just ranks you lower than where you ended last season no matter how good you do. It makes it even more frustrating that there are plenty of throwers and trolls in CP to make the experience even less enjoyable.
— Overwatch fan Trevor Davenport

Now you might be not be able to tell, but I am not a game developer and I am never going to be. So, making a solution to this is something that is more on the difficult side to think of. But the one solution that goes around the community a lot could be plausible. Simply, if you win you gain 25 SR and if you lose you get detracted 25 SR. That simple. But of course it seems too easy and would definitely need more to it than just that. 

So here is to hoping Jeff and the Team are listening to us on this one cause this is a problem that can not be fixed without them.


Toxicity

 

Finally, the biggest issue with Overwatch, toxicity. To get real for a bit, toxicity is something that is absolutely unavoidable throughout life. Whether it is a toxic friend, a toxic relative, a toxic loved one or simply a toxic player on Overwatch. Toxicity runs throughout a lot of people in the world and they can be the worst.

So what defines the "toxic" people of Overwatch? They simply join Competitive matches to make you and your teams entire Overwatch match a living hell. They will sit in a corner on the map and absolutely contribute nothing to the team just so they can see your team fail. They will put on their mics just to bully or harass you and your teammates. Or even worse, they will join a CP game and right as the match starts, they will leave the game. Leaving you and your team to a 6v5 disadvantage resulting in you guys losing and your SR dropping to bottomless pits of hell.

What’s Overwatch?
— Lee Angerstein

Like I said, toxicity in anything in life is unavoidable. But with Overwatch, it is super common. In this current Competitve season, toxicity has reached a new high and it is almost making CP completely unplayable. 

Our lord and savior Torbjörn

Our lord and savior Torbjörn

The toxicity has gotten worse this season and it has honestly lost me a couple of games recently.
— Karl Protil

The Toxic/throwers will never be able to all leave at once nor is there a complete solution to it all. The best you can do, is to simply ignore them. Trolls feed off of reactions and ruining your experience. If you simply do not do anything, they will get bored and move on to soething else.

On the other hand, Jeff Kaplan has come out recently and has discussed that a new punishing system for leavers and throwers is in the works over at Blizzard. What this could be is absolutely beyond me. Maybe they will add a new system where in CP you must be on or near the objective for a certain amount of time and if you are not, you will be kicked. This would then solve the issue of trolls joining in games and not even touching the objective once. But like all my ideas, it is a bit too complicated. 

But we will have to see what they have in store and of course I complained about them in the first section, but I do have to give them props for finally tackling this situation. Even if it took way longer than it should have.


Closing Thoughts

 

No matter the issues, Overwatch has grown such a large fan base that its life is guaranteed to last at least through the next few years. But for the true veterans of the franchise, these past few months have not been the easiest. 

But the best that we can do as a community is speak out and let our voices be heard. If our frustrations with the devs can be made clear, they will most definitely change their attitude.

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Overwatch Art

I have been gaming since the age of 3 and never has a game gotten me hooked like Overwatch. It is a game I can sit down and play with my friends every night and as frustrating as it can be, it never gets old. So to see this game go down a bad route, is something I can never let happen. But with as large and loud as the Overwatch community is, I honestly have no worries that these problems will never be solved. 

But in the meantime, you can catch me on competitive racking up wins like there is no tomorrow all due to one simple trick. What is that trick you ask?

Attack Torbjörn.

Attack Torbjörn ALWAYS wins.

-Paul  

UPDATED: Ranking The Spider-Man Films

Spider-Man: Homecoming has finally been released to the public and Lee and I are still feeling the Spidey fever! Last week I ranked my least to favorite Spider-Man films, but today I applied my ranking for Homecoming. This article is an updated version of last week's article with some very few changes. Hopefully we can all get along with where I have placed these films (especially #4) and without further ado, here is number 6!

Credits: Lee Angerstein 

Credits: Lee Angerstein 

6.) The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

Oh, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, what an out of place film you are. While I personally do not believe the entire film is a mess, the majority of it is all buildup for a franchise that never came to be. Which is what makes it so weird, cause now we have this film that laid all this groundwork for all these films that never happened. I have many complaints about this movie but the main thing that really bothers me with this film is the Harry Osborn and Peter Parker relationship. Their relationship is meant to be a slow buildup, starting off as best friends, into rivals, than enemies. This film pretty much skips the whole friends and rivals aspect and goes right into Harry hating Spider-Man and going after him. It just does not mesh well.

With that stuff, on top of the horribly played out Electro, the introduction of a bunch of characters, scattered plot lines it just makes this film an absolute mess. While you'll see later that I believe Spider-Man 3 is an enjoyable mess, this is not an enjoyable one in the slightest. But thankfully for this movie there are some silver linings, Andrew Garfield is no where near a disaster and I believe his portrayal of Spider-Man outshines Maguire by a long shot and the suit in this movie is easily my favorite live-action Spider-Man suit. Another plus is the Gwen Stacy and Peter Parker relationship. Especially, with THAT scene in the end of the film (The film is still relatively 'new' so i'll keep away from spoilers.) it makes this relationship very unique from the original trilogy, even if it is not as strong as the first.

 There is so much more I can go on about this movie, but, that is for another day. But overall, this film ranks at the bottom of my list and will most likely forever remain there.

5.) The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

This film to me is the hardest one to discuss about. This movie just makes me feel very weird. As someone who grew up watching and adoring the original trilogy, this was a little difficult to accept at first. But after seeing it a handful of times, I finally came to my conclusion. It is a Spider-Man movie that is just kind of...there. 

As said previously, Andrew Garfield is a true treat and he brings the true wit, humor and charm that we all love about Spider-Man. His Peter Parker on the other hand, is very meh. Garfield does not look like a geek and honestly does not truly act like one. It just feels out of place. Speaking of out place, there is the main villain in the film, The Lizard. From his portrayal to his god awful sinister plan it just does not fit this type of movie. I personally feel like The Vulture could have been a great starting off point, but thankfully we will be getting that with Homecoming.

One last thing, this movie just honestly seems like a straight up remake of Spider-Man (2001). The main tagline to this film was "The Untold Story" and besides the bigger emphasis on Peter's parents, there really was not anything that was brand new and that was a bit of a shame. But, that is also what makes this movie just okay. It really does not do anything wrong, cause it just goes off the same beats as the first movie. I just criticize it because it brings nothing new overall, this film is just, okay. It is in no way a disaster. If it was not for this movie being a reboot, I feel I would have appreciated this way more. 

4.) Spider-Man 3 (2007)

This is where I seem to disagree with a lot of people. First of all, in no way is this a perfect film, or even is it a well put together one. To me, it is just a fun time. Watching this film the first few times, I just left with a very "meh" feeling. The over abundance of villains, emo Peter Parker, too many plot lines being meshed into one movie, I totally get it. But as I got older I started to appreciate it a bit more. But still, this is one of those superhero films where you just have to turn your brain off and you will find yourself enjoying it a lot more. Of course, you could do the same for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but however the more I watch that film, I still find myself with a bad taste in my mouth. But back to my point, Spider-Man 3 still involves Toby Maguire and it is still a Sam Raimi film. It still has that charm that the first two movies had, even though it was overshadowed by many plot lines. The action is fun, McGuire is still an amazing Peter Parker and it left the trilogy at a good enough spot in my opinion. So, that is why I put Spider-Man 3 in the middle of my list. 

3.) Spider-Man (2002)

Describing the importance of this film could take pages to write. The success of this movie set up the whole landscape for superhero films. While Spider-Man (2002) might not hold up fully, it is still a great time and one of the most important movies in modern day cinema.

 In my opinion, I see it as the first true superhero origin story and it is still one of the best ones ever created. One thing that I adore about this film, is Peter Parkers development as a character throughout the movie. He starts off as an awkward high school nerd who can barley even mutter out a word to a girl, but by the end of the film, he transforms into the man he never thought he could be. A man who is fearless, strong and is able to take care of the people he loves. While of course, there is many more qualities to Parker, that is something I always thought was taken care of very well. Also on the positive side, the love relationship between Mary Jane and Peter is done very well. My favorite scene between them takes place early in the film while Peter is taking out is garbage and Mary Jane walks out of her house after she got in a fight with her father. They both walk up to each other and you finally start to see Peter open up as well as Mary Jane. It is a very sweet scene and it is one of my favorites throughout the trilogy.

Finally, the villain in this film is an absolute classic. Norman Osborne/ Green Goblin who is played by William Dafoe absolutely steals the show. While his suit is a bit...dumb. His alter ego after taking the "goblin serum" stays true to the Norman Osborne character that we have all come to love. He is full of hatred, he wants full power and most importantly he wants Spider-Man dead. Also, the final action sequence between the two is a fight you wont forget.

2.) Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Here we are at number two, Spider-Man 2. This film has received nothing but praise from fans and critics alike. It is looked back on as the pinnacle of the Spider-Man films and is still talked today as one of, if not the best superhero film ever created. Now, I did not put it at number one simply because everyone else loves it, I absolutely adore this film as much as everyone else and that is why is deserves such a high spot. 

Everything in this film works almost flawlessly. The continuing relationship between Mary Jane and Peter is still just as great as the first film. While there is not really a "relationship" between them in this film, it is a huge buildup with a great payoff at the end.

So, you thought Willaim Dafoe killed it as Green Goblin? Well, Alfred Molina takes it a step further as Doctor Octopus/ Otto Octavious. His character is slightly different from the source material as Otto is truly not a bad guy at all. He is a school professor who is passionate about what he does, he loves his wife and is very willing to teach Peter Parker the ways of Science. But the aftermath of his experiment in the film is what changes him into a true monster. Molina destroys the role as he able to balance both personalities so flawlessly. He is such a joy to have in the film and will forever be the definitive live-action Doctor Octopus.

But to me, what makes this film one of kind is Peter's story throughout the film. Balancing your life between being a normal person and being a superhero does not seem easy and Peter surely does not make it look any better. Spider-Man 2 replicates a very realistic and emotional approach to the superhero genre. It really exemplifies the true moral of the whole Raimi trilogy  "With great power comes great responsibility". It shows that just because Peter has all these cool abilities does not change the real life that he still lives. He still has to care for his aunt, he still has to go to school, he is still in love with the girl of his dreams and most importantly, he has to care for himself. Never have I seen a superhero film really focus on this subject and nail it as well as Spider-Man 2. 

(Also, that Train action sequence is one of the best choreographed scenes in modern film making. Like wow.)

1.) Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

No other Spidey film on this list has been able to check off all the boxes that a Spider-Man movie needs until Homecoming. It does almost everything right in every aspect that we have come to love with our favorite web-head. We finally get the true Peter Parker.  We finally see the awkwardness, the wittiness and the true heart of Peter that we have all come to love in the comics. He is also accompanied by the best supporting characters in any Spidey film yet.

His buddy Ned is a hoot, as he delivers some of funniest lines. There is Aunt May who is younger this time around, but she has not changed. She is still the Mom in Peters life and is there to support and care for him in every aspect. Also, there is Liz Allen who plays Peter's love interest who is a fine addition, that eventually develops a very interesting arc towards the 3rd act. Finally, there is Michelle and Tony Stark. Michelle is the weaker of the bunch as her character unfortunately falls on the irrelevant side even though it seems the film tries to push her as something much more. But, Tony Stark was a treat. He did not overstay his welcome as some of the trailer intended, but instead, he added a lot of depth to the film with his very few scenes and the movie could not have gone full circle without him. 

 On top of the great supporting cast, we get an amazing villain out of Michael Keaton's Vulture. While he is not fully true to his character, he is a relateable and scary villain and is easily one of the best throughout the MCU (Which in reality is not saying too much). He is a villain full of surprises and seeing him gives me hope that Marvel will be able to nail down the rest of Spidey's villains throughout the future.

Finally, Spider-Man himself is as true to his character as possible. Everything from the way he moves, to his hilarious comebacks and personality. It is done perfectly. While I could have done without all the Tech of the new suit, it was still a fine addition. But the one aspect with Spidey that is done masterfully, is how they portray him of being a kid. People have to remember, Spider-Man might be strong  and can swing through cites and do all this cool stuff. But he is only 15 years old. He is still a kid who is learning is way, is developing as a human and is learning new morals with every day of his life. Homecoming nails this to a T, especially with one scene in the 3rd act, it truly shows that Spider-Man is still a newcomer and he will have to find the true strength within himself to prevail through it all. 

I have gone on the longest about Spider-Man: Homecoming because I personally do believe that it is the pinnacle of all the Spider-Man films to date. With the true adaption of Peter Parker/Spider-Man, it's great supporting cast and a spectacular villain, this is the true Spider-Man film that we have always been wanting and that is why I am ranking Spider-Man: Homecoming as my #1 Spider-Man film.

(Also, if you have not seen Captain America: Civil War make sure you do, or else you might find yourself very confused as to what is happening throughout the beginning of the film)


So, there you have it, my least to favorite Spider-Man films. This was a lot of fun to create and I plan on doing a lot more rankings such as these in the near future. Anyway, thanks for reading and let us know what your favorite Spider-Man films are!

-Paul

Ranking The Spider-Man Films

Spider-Man: Homecoming is on the horizon and Lee and I could not be more excited. Due to my anticipation I decided I would rank all of the Spidey films up to this point from my least favorite  to favorite!  Hopefully we can all get along with where I have placed these films (especially #3) and without further ado, here is number 5!

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5.) The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

Oh, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, what an out of place film you are. While I personally do not believe the entire film is a mess, the majority of it is all buildup for a franchise that never came to be. Which is what makes it so weird, cause now we have this film that laid all this groundwork for all these films that never happened. I have many complaints about this movie but the main thing that really bothers me with this film is the Harry Osborn and Peter Parker relationship. Their relationship is meant to be a slow buildup, starting off as best friends, into rivals, than enemies. This film pretty much skips the whole friends and rivals aspect and goes right into Harry hating Spider-Man and going after him. It just does not mesh well.

With that stuff, on top of the horribly played out Electro, the introduction of a bunch of characters, scattered plot lines it just makes this film an absolute mess. While you'll see later that I believe Spider-Man 3 is an enjoyable mess, this is not an enjoyable one in the slightest. But thankfully for this movie there are some silver linings, Andrew Garfield is no where near a disaster and I believe his portrayal of Spider-Man outshines Maguire by a long shot and the suit in this movie is easily my favorite live-action Spider-Man suit. Another plus is the Gwen Stacy and Peter Parker relationship. Especially, with THAT scene in the end of the film (The film is still relatively 'new' so i'll keep away from spoilers.) it makes this relationship very unique from the original trilogy, even if it is not as strong as the first.

 There is so much more I can go on about this movie, but, that is for another day. But overall, this film ranks at the bottom of my list and will most likely forever remain there.

4.) The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

This film to me is the hardest one to discuss about. This movie just makes me feel very weird. As someone who grew up watching and adoring the original trilogy, this was a little difficult to accept at first. But after seeing it a handful of times, I finally came to my conclusion. It is a Spider-Man movie that is just kind of...there. 

As said previously, Andrew Garfield is a true treat and he brings the true wit, humor and charm that we all love about Spider-Man. His Peter Parker on the other hand, is very meh. Garfield does not look like a geek and honestly does not truly act like one. It just feels out of place. Speaking of out place, there is the main villain in the film, The Lizard. From his portrayal to his god awful sinister plan it just does not fit this type of movie. I personally feel like The Vulture could have been a great starting off point, but thankfully we will be getting that with Homecoming.

One last thing, this movie just honestly seems like a straight up remake of Spider-Man (2001). The main tagline to this film was "The Untold Story" and besides the bigger emphasis on Peter's parents, there really was not anything that was brand new and that was a bit of a shame. But, that is also what makes this movie just okay. It really does not do anything wrong, cause it just goes off the same beats as the first movie. I just criticize it because it brings nothing new overall, this film is just, okay. It is in no way a disaster. If it was not for this movie being a reboot, I feel I would have appreciated this way more. 

3.) Spider-Man 3 (2007)

This is where I seem to disagree with a lot of people. First of all, in no way is this a perfect film, or even is it a well put together one. To me, it is just a fun time. Watching this film the first few times, I just left with a very "meh" feeling. The over abundance of villains, emo Peter Parker, too many plot lines being meshed into one movie, I totally get it. But as I got older I started to appreciate it a bit more. But still, this is one of those superhero films where you just have to turn your brain off and you will find yourself enjoying it a lot more. Of course, you could do the same for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but however the more I watch that film, I still find myself with a bad taste in my mouth. But back to my point, Spider-Man 3 still involves Toby Maguire and it is still a Sam Raimi film. It still has that charm that the first two movies had, even though it was overshadowed by many plot lines. The action is fun, McGuire is still an amazing Peter Parker and it left the trilogy at a good enough spot in my opinion. So, that is why I put Spider-Man 3 in the middle of my list. 

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2.) Spider-Man (2002)

Describing the importance of this film could take pages to write. The success of this movie set up the whole landscape for superhero films. While Spider-Man (2002) might not hold up fully, it is still a great time and one of the most important movies in modern day cinema.

 In my opinion, I see it as the first true superhero origin story and it is still one of the best ones ever created. One thing that I adore about this film, is Peter Parkers development as a character throughout the movie. He starts off as an awkward high school nerd who can barley even mutter out a word to a girl, but by the end of the film, he transforms into the man he never thought he could be. A man who is fearless, strong and is able to take care of the people he loves. While of course, there is many more qualities to Parker, that is something I always thought was taken care of very well. Also on the positive side, the love relationship between Mary Jane and Peter is done very well. My favorite scene between them takes place early in the film while Peter is taking out is garbage and Mary Jane walks out of her house after she got in a fight with her father. They both walk up to each other and you finally start to see Peter open up as well as Mary Jane. It is a very sweet scene and it is one of my favorites throughout the trilogy.

Finally, the villain in this film is an absolute classic. Norman Osborne/ Green Goblin who is played by William Dafoe absolutely steals the show. While his suit is a bit...dumb. His alter ego after taking the "goblin serum" stays true to the Norman Osborne character that we have all come to love. He is full of hatred, he wants full power and most importantly he wants Spider-Man dead. Also, the final action sequence between the two is a fight you wont forget.

1.) Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Here we are at number one, Spider-Man 2. This film has received nothing but praise from fans and critics alike. It is looked back on as the pinnacle of the Spider-Man films and is still talked today as one of, if not the best superhero film ever created. Now, I did not put it at number one simply because everyone else loves it, I absolutely adore this film as much as everyone else and that is why is deserves such a high spot. 

Everything in this film works almost flawlessly. The continuing relationship between Mary Jane and Peter is still just as great as the first film. While there is not really a "relationship" between them in this film, it is a huge buildup with a great payoff at the end.

So, you thought Willaim Dafoe killed it as Green Goblin? Well, Alfred Molina takes it a step further as Doctor Octopus/ Otto Octavious. His character is slightly different from the source material as Otto is truly not a bad guy at all. He is a school professor who is passionate about what he does, he loves his wife and is very willing to teach Peter Parker the ways of Science. But the aftermath of his experiment in the film is what changes him into a true monster. Molina destroys the role as he able to balance both personalities so flawlessly. He is such a joy to have in the film and will forever be the definitive live-action Doctor Octopus.

But to me, what makes this film one of kind is Peter's story throughout the film. Balancing your life between being a normal person and being a superhero does not seem easy and Peter surely does not make it look any better. Spider-Man 2 replicates a very realistic and emotional approach to the superhero genre. It really exemplifies the true moral of the whole Raimi trilogy  "With great power comes great responsibility". It shows that just because Peter has all these cool abilities does not change the real life that he still lives. He still has to care for his aunt, he still has to go to school, he is still in love with the girl of his dreams and most importantly, he has to care for himself. Never have I seen a superhero film really focus on this subject and nail it as well as Spider-Man 2. 

(Also, that Train action sequence is one of the best choreographed scenes in modern film making. Like wow.)

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So, there you have it, my least to favorite Spider-Man films. This was a lot of fun to create and I plan on doing a lot more rankings such as these in the near future. Anyway, thanks for reading and let us know what your favorite Spider-Man films are!

-Paul

 

 

E3 2017: Sony Press Conference Full Reactions

E3, the greatest week of the year for all hardcore gamers alike. It's a week with nonstop news, updates and reveals on the years biggest games. There is absolutely nothing like it. While of course, getting to see some sweet demos of brand new software is great, nothing is more special than watching an E3 developer press conference. An E3 developer conference is very simple, a huge developer or company (Sony, Xbox, Nintendo, Ubisoft) comes out on a huge stage in front of a crowd full of journalists and shows off their new software or tech. These conferences usually last about an hour and are always glorious. (Sometimes..)

That ladies and gentlemen is probably the one and only time that you will see Miyamoto ever so calmly frustrated. 


Last time, we reviewed Bethesda's and Microsoft's outing at E3. Today, we will be going over Sony's E3 briefing, while keeping the same format of discussing what I thought stood out and what did not.


      SONY

PROS

1.) 2018 Looks Very Bright For Playstation

A lot of the big AAA games Sony had to show off on Monday night seemed to all have a very common trend. A 2018 release date. Titles such as God of War, Shadow of the Colossus and Spider-Man are all pegged for a release in 2018. While we were all pretty that God of War was a sure bet for this Fall, it is good to see that Sony wants to fill up the whole year in 2018, rather than waste it on this fall. When do I think it will be released? I am gonna bet that Sony wants a game to fill up the same spot that Horizon: Zero Dawn did this year, a late February to early March release. Horizon has been selling astoundingly, so I am sure Sony wants to have a new AAA game every year for that time frame.

For SotC(Shadow of the Collossus), I can easily see this getting pushed back to late Fall 2018, it just sort of seems too good to be true for that title to be released so smoothly with no bumps in the road. We did get a pretty lengthy trailer with quick clips of game play. But from what I am seeing, SotC is not playable on the show floor at E3, so that is not the best of signs if they want the game out in less than a year.  So, I would say expect a delay on that.

Finally, for Spider-Man, I can't even express how excited and pleased I am with this title. The game play they had to show off looked great and made me giggle like a little kid. What is even better is that Spider-Man does look pretty far along in development as we got a good look at some footage, with a full HUD, voice acting and a ton of new game mechanics. I am hoping for a release sometime around next late spring/ early summer. I am going with this due to the fact that we are going to see the release of Avengers: Infinity War in early May, so to see that game line up with the movie in some sort of way seems like a possibility. But, Sony might be holding Spideys game for a huge Fall/ Holiday release for next year, so we will have to see. 

Spider-Man PS4

Spider-Man PS4

 

2.) Sony Is Not Forgetting About VR

The PlayStation VR is a huge success for Sony. The headset has gone on to sell over 1 million units and consumers are craving for new titles to play and Sony delivered on that. Titles such as Bravo Team, Moss, Star Child and The Impatient made debuted at the briefing. While I believe Star Child and Bravo Team were okay in its on respect. The standouts of the show for VR were easily The Impatient and Moss.

The Impatient at first glance seems like your typical VR horror game, until you start reading into it some more. For those of you Until Dawn fans out there, you are in for a huge treat. The Impatient is a prequel set in the Until Dawn universe, set 60 years before the game takes place. Supermassive Games, who were the creators behind UD, are back to give us this very interesting VR experience. As a huge fan of Until Dawn and (sometimes) horror games, I am 100% down for this. 

On the flip side, Moss looks to be one of the more unique titles in the PSVR library. Personally, I am in love with the simplistic, yet very different aesthetic of this game. From what we see, Moss is going to be a puzzle game featuring the cutest mouse who can probably destroy you if you were to ever mess with him. Moss seems like a fun journey with intense puzzles, that will require the VR headset. As an owner of PSVR, I am always looking for new games to play, as there is not too many out there on the market. But Moss is one I will be picking up and I cannot wait to get my hands on it.

Moss for Playstation VR

Moss for Playstation VR

CONS

1.) Detroit: Become Human Continues To Be Shown With No Release Window

Now, in no way am I complaining about this title. Detroit is looking absolutely phenomenal and is easily going to be one of the biggest games on the PS4. It's stunning yet disturbing story telling is nothing I have ever seen before in gaming. There is a huge emphasis on the choices you make and how truly impactful they will be. Of course, we have seen that in games such as the aforementioned Until Dawn, but it seems Detroit is taking it to a whole other level.

So, why is this being put in my Cons section? There is simply no release window. Assuming this is a 2019 title, that means that now this game is going to be overstaying its welcome at E3. If Detroit were to return next year, it would be it's third E3 appearance. We have had games such as No Mans Sky return to E3 countless times before it was released, but after a while it gets tiring to see the same game over and over again. It sometimes will honestly just lower the amount of hype going into a games release. Personally, I believe Sony should have stayed quiet on Detroit and saved this all for PSX (Playstation Experience) later this year, or just saved everything for next years E3. 

2.) There Is No Flagship AAA Exclusive Game For This Fall

This is easily my biggest complaint coming out of this conference. Nothing from this briefing showed anything huge for this Fall that is a PlayStation 4 exclusive. It really is a bummer, but I guess we will just have to wait for next year to see most of the big AAA games that we are looking forward to. I was really betting on God of War to be this Holidays big PS4 game, but as mentioned before, it looks like we will have to wait a bit longer for that. My guess, is that Sony is really banking on the Horizon: Zero Dawn DLC to make a huge impact this Fall (which it will) on top of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy which releases later this August. 

There is no doubt that Horizon: Zero Dawn will be raking in a bunch of sales this holiday season. But it is just a bit odd that Nintendo and Microsoft have a few exclusives to themselves this Holiday and Sony is left with nothing. Maybe Sony has a few tricks up their sleeve? Unfortunately, I believe it is a bit too late at this point. But Sony has done crazier things in the past. 

OVERALL IMPRESSIONS

I believe this year for Sony was way more quiet than usual. This year seemed to be 2016 Part 2. All of the games that made major splashes at last years E3 such as God of War, Days Gone, Detroit: Become Human and Spider-Man all carried over to this year. Don't get me wrong, all of these games look fantastic. I am especially looking forward to God of War and Spider-Man. But it would have been nice to have some sort of extra surprise.

Shadow of the Colossus was a nice little treat, but it is not a sequel, nor is it a new IP. It is just a remake. I will be all over it when it releases next year, but I just really wanted something else. Maybe we were just spoiled too much these past two years from Sony at E3. Or maybe, Sony is holding back everything for PSX later in December. But from what it seems, next year can truly be something special for Playstation at E3. I have my predictions, but that will be saved for another article. 

What did you guys think about Sony's E3 2017 briefing? Let us know!

Next up on the E3 conference analysis, Nintendo. Stay tuned!

-Paul

 

E3 2017: Microsoft and Bethesda Press Conference Quick Reactions

E3, the greatest week of the year for all hardcore gamers alike. It's a week with nonstop news, updates and reveals on the years biggest games. There is absolutely nothing like it. While of course, getting to see some sweet demos of brand new software is great, nothing is more special than watching an E3 developer press conference. An E3 developer conference is very simple, a huge developer or company (Sony, Xbox, Nintendo, Ubisoft) comes out on a huge stage in front of a crowd full of journalists and shows off their new software or tech. These conferences usually last about an hour and are always glorious. (Sometimes..)

Yeah, lets try and forget about that.


As of now we have had Microsoft and Bethesda go up for their conferences. So, I will be making my short analysis on the two conferences from last night!


BETHESDA

PROS

1.) Fallout 4 VR and Doom VR

I am absolutely in love with VR and I am an even bigger fan of the latest Doom reboot. While I am not too keen on the Fallout series, I believe this is a great announcement for Bethesda. VR is slowly making its way into the mainstream and with Bethesda putting spin offs of its core IP's into the Virtual Reality spectrum is a great move. Unfortunately,  it seems that these games are only heading to the HTC Vive. But hopefully we will see these be released on Oculus and Playstation VR in the near future.

2.) Sequels to Wolfenstein and The Evil Within

The Evil Within and the recent reboot of Wolfenstein were both critically and commercially successful for Bethesda. So, for them to go ahead and announce these sequels is absolutely no shock to me and I believe it is a great move. Bethesda has been pacing themselves very well with their lineup of FPS games of late. Games such as Wolfenstein: The New Order, Prey and Doom have shown that they are capable of producing great FPS content. For, The Evil Within 2, it is always good to have a new horror game out there. It is a genre that is in need of help and with the recent release of Resident Evil 7 and soon to be The Evil Within 2, it seems the horror genre is on the right track.

 

CONS

1.) No Release Date For Skyrim on Switch

Now, this might be getting a little picky. But to show off a full trailer, with new content and mechanics yet you still do not show the release date? A bit odd. They are still keeping their word of a Fall 2017 release, but with them not saying anything does get me a bit worried. As a huge Nintendo fan, I do not see the big N going ahead and talking about this on their E3 stream. So, If Nintendo wont do it and Bethesda did not reveal a date. Should we still expect the port to be hitting this fall? Time will tell.

2.) No Big Surprises 

If any company needs a new flagship open-world IP, it is Bethesda. While of course, they have Elder Scrolls and Fallout, there needs to be something new in the mix. Fallout 4 is already a few years old and the new Elder Scrolls is still a long way out. So, maybe add something new to keep things fresh? I might be asking for too much, but Bethesda is one of the gaming industries most talented developers and for them to pull that off should not be the hardest task.

 


MICROSOFT

PROS

1.) The Focus on Games

While to me, most of the exclusives Microsoft had to show us were very underwhelming, it is good to see them make such a huge push on software. Microsoft is always at the butt-end of every joke due to their lack of exclusives. While I believe the joke still holds up, it is relieving to see that they are really pushing for these exclusives. 

2.) The Xbox One X

Yes, I like this console. A lot.  I believe Microsoft has a genius plan going on with the whole "Xbox Family". You know will have three different versions of the Xbox One. You now can have the regular Xbox One for casual gamers. The Xbox One S for the gamers in the middle of casual/hardcore. Then, finally, we now have the Xbox One X. An almighty console behemoth. The most powerful console ever made. This console is for the absoulte most hardcore gamer and I could not be more excited. Except, there is a catch.. 

CONS

1.) There Is No Game That Makes The Xbox One X Worth It

This is the catch. Out of the 40+ games that Microsoft had to show off yesterday, not one of them had me or anybody going "I need to buy an Xbox One X". On top of that, nothing they showed justified the hefty price tag that the One X has at $500. You will of course have the hardcore Xbox fans lining up on November 7th to get their hands on this powerful console. But what about the general audience? No casual gamer is going to want to cash out $500 just to play their Madden or Call of Duty in a slightly better looking resolution with slightly better power.

I am not bashing Microsoft for the way they explained the One X. They actually made it very clear and simple. They let everyone know that the One X is NOT new console. It is still the Xbox One, just a better version of it. Think of the iPhone 6, the One X is simply the iPhone 6s. 

I am not the huge Xbox fan that I once was as a kid, but I always will have a soft spot for them. Here is hoping to next year, when they will hopefully land on their feet and get themselves back in the console race. Cause, oh boy...they have a lot of catching up to do.

-Paul

 

Meet the Rad Robot Blog Team!

Hello and welcome back to the Rad Robot Blog! We are still restructuring the layout of the website and the blog, but in the meantime we thought we could take the time to share some stuff about ourselves. We hope to have content popping up here in the coming weeks, but until then, here are our introductions!


Hey guys!  What's up?  It's me Lee!  I'm the creator of Rad Robot and all it's goofiness.  I thought I needed to make a brand that could be the umbrella for which all of my art and creative ventures fall under and this is what I came up with!  Hope you're all enjoying it!  

Anyway, about me, well, I'm an artist who's been drawing since I had the strength to wield a pencil.  Ever since I was given my first Spider-Man comic book from my mom when I was super small, I knew I wanted to draw.   I try to draw and put out creative things every day here at the Rad Robot studio.  These things include art, comics, cartoons, podcasting, editing, making weird noises, annoying Paul, and constantly moving furniture(because I can never settle on a layout).This blog is where we will be giving you more behind the scenes looks as well as little articles about things we love and are inspired by.  If I'm not working at the studio, I'm usually skating around, playing video games, or talking about obscure Star Wars characters that really don't matter at all.  Except to me.  To me they all matter.  I love you Droopy Mcool...anyway.....I'll catch you dudes soon.  Hope you enjoy what we make!

-Lee


  

    Hey guys, my name is Paul and I am a co-host at Rad Robot! I help run most of the social media pages around here as well as co-host two amazing podcasts, live stream on our Twitch channel and help Lee get coffee when he needs it (which is always). I have been working at Rad Robot for a few months now and it has been an absolute blast. I am here a few days a week and making a few posts for the blog throughout each month is what I am striving to do.

 

So, what will I mostly be writing about? I plan to write news stories and opinion based pieces that have to do with anything nerdy that inspires me. Anything that has to do with Nintendo, Playstation, Overwatch, Superheroes, Sports and Movies are my specialty. I already have a few ideas in mind for some articles that I would love to write, so, I absolutely can not wait for them to come to fruition.  

 

I also currently attend Rowan College at Burlington County where I am pursuing my degree in Journalism. I have always loved to talk and write about my passions, whether it is my love for video games, movies or pop culture. But I have never really had an outlet or place to do such thing, so with this blog I hope to accomplish that and I really hope you guys will join along!

- Paul

Left: Paul  Right: Lee I wouldn't mess with us either...

Left: Paul  Right: Lee

I wouldn't mess with us either...

Welcome To Our Blog!

Hello everyone! Welcome to the official blog for Rad Robot! Over here on the blog, you will soon be able to find updates on News, convention schedule updates, fun art and entertainment based articles! This blog will be made up of both members of the Rad Robot team, Lee and Paul. We absolutely can't wait to get this started and you will be hearing from us soon!

-Paul (Assistant to the Regional Robot Manager)