Friday, November 21, 2014

Skylanders Trap Team in the Game Room

I got a nice gift from my husband today in the form of the Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack for the PlayStation 4 in addition to a bunch of figurines and accessories for it. I must say that I am very impressed with the Trap Master figurines. They are big, they are bold, and they are very bulky. They are definitely more stylish and certainly much more beautiful than the Swap Force figurines with Trap Master Head Rush being my absolute favorite.

I am ready for more Skylanders action!

Aesthetically perfect. I am in love with this figurine.

I was thinking that if I ever get this game, I was only going to get one Trap Master for each of the 8 elements but since I am very impressed with the ones that I have now, I may end up getting them all. The husband was nice enough to actually get me all of the elemental traps but I know that I still have to get that one Chaos Trap eventually. I already have the included character list poster up on my wall, ready to be filled up with the purchase stickers. I really look forward to play this game, especially since Dragon Age: Inquisition that I am currently playing via Origin ended up being a bit of a disappointment.

I had to remove a couple of old posters to accomplish this.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

PS4 Share Play: Made Useless by Sony

Remember that stupid preview during the PlayStation 4 reveal that showed the console's supposed ability to allow one to hand over the game controller virtually over the Internet to allow the other person to help complete a section of a game that one has troubles with? I thought it was a stupid feature back then because the whole really beats the purpose of one buying a video game in the first place if one is not going to play it by him or herself. Well, the "Share Play" feature finally arrived at the end of last month - notice the release delay - and I hadn't been bothered to check it out until yesterday. In addition to allowing you to let others play your games for you, which is a deliciously sloppy wet dream for trophy whores who can now recruit help from their more determined friends, this feature supposedly would also allow you to hand over a second controller virtually to your friend. which basically means that even games that have no online multiplayer function can be played with a friend. An acquaintance of mine wanted to test out the local multiplayer of Skylanders: Trap Team with me only to discover a message which stated that the game screen was not allowed to be shared and was restricted for our country and region! We were both shocked.

Sony has given the controller over to the developers so don't even bother with it.

Further research revealed that Sony had actually provided developers the ability to block this feature for the games of their choosing - now how stupid is that? As if it was not weird enough that they implemented a 60 minutes limit per Share Play session though one can reconnect for more after the time expired but with developers blocking games left and right, this feature has now become useless. Sony needs to grow some balls and tell developers that if they want to release their games on the PlayStation 4, the Share Play feature must be enabled. I understand the fear here - developers want to make sure that people will buy their games instead of playing their friend's copy virtually over the Internet but Sony should have learned from Valve, who fully enables Family Sharing of games on Steam and how that feature didn't ruin Valve's relationship with developers with plenty of games being released on Steam nonstop. Sony has missed out on a really huge opportunity to make the PS4 shine. So they want people to pay money for that stupid PlayStation Plus subscription by ensuring that online multiplayer becomes unavailable without it but then they would limit the ability for people to play local co-op games virtually. Bad move Sony.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Games Played 11/10/2014 - 11/16/2014

- 11/10/2014 -
Final Fantasy XIII - PC
Sine Mora - PC

- 11/11/2014 -
Final Fantasy XIII - PC
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham - PC
Valkyria Chronicles - PC

- 11/12/2014 -
League of Legends - PC
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham - PC

- 11/13/2014 -
Bayonetta - Wii U
Dragon Age II - PC
League of Legends - PC
Mario Kart 8 - Wii U
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution - PC
Shadow of the Colossus - PlayStation 3

- 11/14/2014 -
Dragon Age II - PC
Shadow of the Colossus - PlayStation 3

- 11/15/2014 -
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F - PlayStation 3
League of Legends - PC
Trine 2 - PC

- 11/16/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition - PlayStation 4
League of Legends - PC
Samurai Warriors 4 - PlayStation 4

Screenshot of the Week:

I completed a play-through of the original last week: It's time to do the same for the sequel.
Trine 2 (Personal Computer)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

DA: Inquisition - Welcome to the Stone Age

I am quite excited about the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition, so much so that I finally completed the always stunted play-through of Dragon Age II. In the past, I had to restart playing that game twice from the very beginning because I left the game for quite a while on both occasions. It's always hard for me to get into a game again after leaving it behind for too long but thankfully I decided to just brave through the disorientation and confusion this time around only to discover that I was actually very close to the end of the game. It felt good to see the end of the sequel's tale, even though the epilogue was rather disappointing. More disappointing however was the discovery that Inquisition will not have an import save feature and instead, one has to manually plug in decisions made in past games via the Dragon Age Keep website. Such an odd choice. Surely there has got to be a way to make importing save files possible here because completing the "World State" from the website is a frustrating process since I really couldn't remember - and I doubt that I'm the only one - the specific choices I made while playing the first game. Thank the galaxy that I was fresh off the second game so I was able to complete entries for that game with ease.

Video games don't remember choices anymore. That task belongs to the humans now.

Gaming technology is supposed to advance forward and BioWare's approach to interconnect the first two games with Inquisition is a rather embarrassing one. Now I worked hard on completing all the choices on the website so I better see clever implementation of all that data in Inquisition. And please, no more of this manual crap in the future. I have a feeling that they are doing this primarily to help the PlayStation 4 and X-Box One players because it would be hard to get the save files from the previous versions of those consoles over. Just randomize events or create a default state for those are new to the series and mandate only the PS4/XOne players to complete the plot tapestry on the website instead of making everyone suffer just to play the game properly.

Friday, November 14, 2014

All Covered Up

I don't know why I recently ordered the new "Super Smash Bros. 3-Poster Set" from Club Nintendo after I have turned my Game Room into The Luigi Room because I am really out of wall space at this point. I did manage to place one of them on the door to the Game Treasury underneath one of my Zelda posters and you know that's really pushing it. I probably have to post the remaining two in the laundry room or something because I know the bedroom is still off limits!

I go into my Game Treasury often so this isn't as bad as I originally thought.