Checkpoint: Service Interruption Edition

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QSF5 was down for a few days after the site’s host suspended the account. It was temporarily renewed but I’m in the process migrating to a new host. During that service interruption a number of things transpired.

Battlefield 4 is playable… sorta?

DICE and EA decided to move ahead on their map pack plans despite the fact Battlefield 4 is still a mess across all platforms. If they wish to make amends and not garner more votes for “America’s worst company” for the third straight year, they should give the Second Assault map pack to all players for free.

Along with new content, stability and bug fixes continue to trickle through in the form of client and server side patches. On the PlayStation 4, there’s less lag and far fewer crashes. Unfortunately the single player campaign still has a save corrupting bug that keeps me at bay. I know Battlefield games aren’t known for their single player campaigns but it’s just sad knowing that all aspects of this game are plagued with issues.

Still, the games I managed to squeeze in with my brother and friends have been enjoyable.

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Checkpoint: Post-Black Friday 2013 Edition

This past Black Friday may be the most I ever spent on America’s biggest shopping day. I didn’t approach it with the intention to spend but surprise sales and opportunities arose and I just couldn’t say “No”.

  • 2 x Seagate 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive w/ 8GB NAND (ST1000LM014)
  • Mario & Luigi Wii U 32GB Deluxe Set
  • 2 x 1 year PlayStation Plus membership codes

The Seagate drives will be used to upgrade PlayStation 4’s storage solution. I look forward to both the capacity and performance increases. The two years of PlayStation Plus for $30 each was too irresistible. As for the Wii U? I wanted to wait for a price drop to around $199 but when Amazon.ca took $50 off the $299.99 price tag, I couldn’t resist. I had gift certificates to use as well.

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Capcom & Double Helix Announce Strider

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It’s been a long time since we got a new Strider game. And in typical Capcom fashion, they’re bringing him back with the aid of a western studio, Double Helix.

I’m cautiously optimistic despite hearing that it is a 2.5-D side scrolling Metroidvania styled game. I’m hoping for the best but Double Helix’s track record doesn’t scream quality. Who knows? They could pull it (and Killer Instinct) off and become a top grade developer. We all have to start somewhere.

This trailer and gameplay demonstration are certainly solid beginnings:

Strider is expected to debut in early 2014 on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC and Wii U.

E3 2013 Day 1 Impressions

Nintendo and burglarized GiantBomb studios highlight today’s E3.

Nintendo Direct for E3 2013

By forgoing the traditional big stage press conference, Nintendo managed to squeeze in their E3 presentation down to a 47 minute Nintendo Direct. Non-stop games without awkward banter and technical glitches? I will take it.

I was very impressed by what Nintendo showed off. Everything from Super Mario 3D World to the Wonderful 101. Of the big three, Nintendo showcased the most games that I actually wanted. They showed enough for me to warrant a Wii U purchase in 2014.

  1. Super Mario 3D World
  2. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  3. Wonderful 101
  4. Super Smash Bros.
  5. Bayonetta 2
  6. X

And those are just Wii U titles. Nintendo also showed off footage for The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and other 3DS titles of note.

A Wii U price cut wasn’t announced yet but I will likely pick the console up in 2014 when it will undoubtedly be slashed.

Overall Grade: A+

Other Notables

GiantBomb’s live stream didn’t happen last night after their A/V equipment was stolen.

Killer Instinct is a free to play title.

Sony’s PlayStation 4 DRM policy clarified.

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