Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Razer Creates New Star Wars: The Old Republic Products



Dear Razer,

I am going to put this in the most simple way possible:

I love you.

I freaking love you.

You constantly create gaming products for everything that I love. TRON, Starcraft 2, Transformers... why not add to that list by creating The Old Republic products?

Well, that is exactly what you did. And these products look incredible.

Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ Gaming Mouse
Firstly, your mouse is designed perfectly for MMO gameplay -- it resembles the Razer Naga, which from what I hear is an exceptional gaming mouse. The 12 button grid on the side will allow me to program all of my skills and cast them with ease.

Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ Gaming Headset

Your headset is absolutely stunning. The hexagon design is also very attractive. I can only picture in my head the sound of my character unsheathing her Lightsaber with this headset on. The Dolby 7.1 surround sound will make the ambiance and music of Star Wars sound even more majestic than it truly is.


Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ Gaming Keyboard
Finally, I must make my last remarks on your keyboard, which I instantly fell in love with. The LCD track panel which I can customize with my abilities will have me playing The Old Republic in a new way that is unlike any other MMO experience I have had in the past. I am blown away by this design, Razer.


I cannot wait for these products to go on sale. And to top it all off, with any SWTOR product I purchase, I am able to unlock a new Lightsaber crystal for my in-game experience?! That is a great added bonus to these products.
Thank you, Razer. Thank you for designing such wonderful, high quality products of everything I love. This is quite honestly the best news I have been presented with all week.


Love your loyal fan,
Tracie
xox

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Battlefield 3: Reframing My Initial Thoughts


In my last post, I discussed my first reactions to Battlefield 3. The majority of my feelings about the game itself still remain the same. BF3 is undoubtedly incredible (to break it down more thoroughly: the co-op is a little lame and the campaign is nothing too special...but I could get lost in the online multiplayer for hours on end). Despite the greatness of the game, there is one thing that I must address.
As a quick reminder, I have BF3 for the PC (and I'm not going to go into a rant again about how FPS games are 100% better on the PC..so let that just be assumed as I continue with this blog post).

The Battlelog system that Origin uses for BF3 which I discussed in my last post sucks.


Absolutely
SUCKS.


There. I said it.

I understand that nowadays, when a game is released, there are bound to be technical difficulties within the first few days (and at most the first week). But when did BF3 come out again? October 25th? It has been over 2 weeks and the game is still constantly crashing, getting errors, and experiencing technical difficulties beyond belief.
That is not cool, EA. Is this a beta? No. This is the finished game. Apparently it it is not finished because it is impossible to have a gaming experience without receiving massive technical errors.

Been seeing this 'error' way too much.
Here are just a few of the issues I have seen so far, and I have not even been playing this game every day:
Game crashing, unable to receive invites to games, unable to receive invites to chat parties, player chat windows not showing up, extreme server lag, frequent 'page load error' messages on Battlelog, randomly getting disconnected from games, unable to join games for unknown reasons, etc.
And you know what the worst part about this is? These issues have severely gotten worse each time the Origin client or Battlelog updates. Um....what the heck? 


I remember when Call of Duty: Black Ops was first released last year. On the PC, they were experiencing a great deal of server lag issues for quite a while. That was certainly an inconvenience, but at least the game was playable. It feels like BF3 on the PC is unplayable at this point because there are so many issues.

The most frustrating part of the Battlelog system is that it runs through an internet browser -- not through the Origin client. My first impressions of this? Well, I thought it was rather unique and cool. It's a pretty neat idea in theory, however, it's just not working for EA.

I'm sorry EA, but your Origin client is really terrible. It's a terrible competition for Steam, who blows Origin out of the water.
I don't know if the consoles are experiencing the same issues as us PC players, but all I can say is getting this game at midnight wasn't worth it because it has been 2 weeks and I haven't been able to truly enjoy this game yet.


For my closing thoughts, I beg of you EA -- FIX YOUR STUFF. The Battlelog forums are flooded with people complaining about so many different issues. I am incredibly disappointed with your service right now, and I truly hope that I will be able to have a normal gaming experience with BF3 in the near future (or else I will switch over to MW3. HA. Just kidding).

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Why Does Love Always Feel Like A...


Every time Battlefield 3 crosses my mind, that Jordin Sparks song always pops in my head.
Hah. Well, anyway, in this post I'll be telling you all my Battlefield 3 story.

You know, this is just a quick thought before I begin. When Gears of War 3 was first released, I never made a post about it. How sad is that? It was one of my most anticipated games.

Oh well.
I'll be honest. I didn't have anything interesting to say about it.
I spent countless hours with trying to complete all 50 waves of horde (which I did finally end up finishing).
I played through the campaign twice. Once on Normal difficulty, and the second time on Insane.
So there. I talked about Gears 3 on my blog. I feel better now.

Now, onto what I really want to talk about.
Battlefield 3!
Being honest here again: I was really unsure about getting Battlefield 3 right away. I mean, I knew I wanted to get the game. But it wasn't a game that I wanted immediately. A few of my girl friends came to me and said, "Oh hey, we are going to the midnight release of Battlefield 3! Come with!". So I caved and joined them.
The problem is -- I never pre-ordered the game.
Usually that is never a problem at Gamestop.
Except I'm getting BF3 on the PC***.

***Ahem. Before I continue with my story, I think I should address this: everyone should be getting Battlefield 3 on PC. I cannot stress this enough. Console versions of the game are so. watered. down. Period. Games like Battlefield 3 are designed for PC (even the guy working at Gamestop even agreed with me when I said that, and we know Gamestop employees are experts on all things gaming).

Now I will continue my story of my BF3 shenanigans with my friends.

Here's a short video of my friends & I waiting for the game. The video is rather uninteresting, but I thought I would share anyway.



Me and my PC copy of BF3. 
It turns out that I recieved the only PC copy that the store had.

At first, I felt really special. (And lucky. Because if they did not have a PC copy I would have left the store empty-handed).

But then I realized that I was the only person out of all those people getting the PC version of Battlefield 3. Wow.


You console gamers can argue all you like about why you think playing FPS games on consoles are "better", but you will never convince me. The FPS was first invented for computers (let's remind ourselves of our roots: DOOM and Quake).

Building/buying a good PC is too expensive? Why not use all of the extra money spent on DLC and the extra $10 spent on every game toward getting a new PC? Don't get me wrong -- I am not a console hater nor a PC elitist. Consoles are good for some things. But when it comes to FPS games? There is no question that the PC is what the genre was intended for (sorry, Halo. Though you were originally a PC game. I still love you).

Oh, am I getting side-tracked again?
Back to Battlefield 3.

The game, of course, is great. I mainly purchased it for the multiplayer -- which is really fun thus far. Minus all of the server issues. Obviously server issues are expected when a game is first released (even the console versions were experiencing server issues).


Here's just an example of the news feed.
(Click the image to enlarge, duh.)
Origin has this "social network" structure going on with Battlefield 3. The Origin client is a lot like Steam, but when playing Battlefield 3, you must log into your "Battlelog". Like facebook, the Battlelog tracks all of you and your friend's recent updates (ranks, new items, etc.). You also have the option to "hooah!" recent activities on your feed, which would be the equivalent of the "like" button on facebook. It's pretty unique, actually. I've never played a game where the social networking is so integrated into the game like this. I think I like it. I don't even know if the Xbox 360 and PS3 users can use the Battlelog, but it's certainly a pretty neat feature for the PC users (you know, when it's not crashing).





Here it should be noted that that 'hooah!' is an Army phrase. Battlefield 3 is a game consisting entirely of Marines, who say 'oorah!'. A big fail on EA's part.


As far as gameplay goes? It is incredible, as expected. Multiplayer is so enjoyable, I cannot even tell you how much fun I have been having (here's an idea: I was not expecting to stay up all night playing the game, but it was so good I ended up playing until 4:30 a.m. when I had classes the next day).

Okay, all this talking about the game is really making me want to play.

One more thing. For all you Call of Duty fanboys/girls...

Yeah. Have fun playing the same game AGAIN for the THIRD time. I am not bothering with the Call of Duty franchise anymore. Such a waste of life.


This concludes my Battlefield 3 story. Hope you all enjoyed it. Keep on gaming, my friends.