ICYMI- My review of my favorite game of this year, so far: Transistor
I played and reviewed Transistor earlier this summer. If you own a PlayStation 4, or a PC, know that it gets my highest recommendation. It’s a awesome blend of gameplay, story, and sound.
The Full Review: http://evolutionblues.tumblr.com/post/90423249244/transistor-review
EA offering The Sims 2: Ultimate, for free through July 31st
EA announced they are ending support for The Sims 2, and as a going away present they are giving out The Sims 2, and all of its expansions, for free.
All you need is an Origin account, after you are logged into Origin, enter, “I-Love-the-Sims” into the product code field, and it will be available.
If you have never had the chance to play the Sims, now’s your chance. Or, if you have played the Sims 2, but don’t own the expansions, now you can have them all for $0.
You have until the end of the month (July 31st, at 10:00am PST) to redeem this offer.
The Crew: Early First Impressions
I had the chance to play a small bit of The Crew, Closed Beta. I’ll share my detailed thoughts as I play more, but here are some first opinions:
- I wasn’t aware the game had a story, but don’t worry it’s super generic, complete with generic protagonist who sounds like generic videogame protagonist.
- As you can tell from the screenshots, the game looks great…
- Vehicle customization is really cool, and from what I’ve seen offers a lot of detail, which would be great if…
- The vehicles didn’t handle like shit
- No seriously, I had to do all sorts of adjustments to sensitivity, I never have to in pretty much any game I play. Even after the adjustments it handled better, but still really poorly.
- The map of the US is laughable, just from how it looks, but I haven’t gone cross country yet.
- I’ve encountered a few other players, most of whom were happy to drive into me.
I put in maybe an hour of gameplay, but I played about 20 minutes before I stopped, and then I decided to give it another shot.
I was really interested in the game at both last years, and this years E3, but now I’m very worried. Hopefully feedback of the vehicle handling will help get that ironed out. You can’t release a racing game with handling like this, it’s just not acceptable.
I remember playing Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, and the races would get pulse pounding toward the end. My heart was racing during races in The Crew, but not because of how intense it was, but because I had gone more than 15 seconds without spinning out horribly, and because I didn’t want to replay that race again.
Anyway, I’ll keep playing, but right now it feels like I’m fighting with the games controls, and it’s keeping me from exploring what this game may have to offer.
My first impressions, and yeah…I’m very worried.
I got into the closed beta for The Crew, but I have to download Uplay now.
Please, don’t make me…
Al Jazeera’s Stephanie Dekker reports on the warning shots that Israel army fired on Al Jazeera’s bureau in Gaza.
"Two very precise shots were fired straight into our building.
The Israeli army has confirmed it hit two warning shots into our office I am not sure what the reason would be.
It caused a lot of panic, especially among the civilians working in the building.
We are high so we have a very strong vantage point over the area and perhaps they wanted us to move out.”