Monday, 28 July 2014

July Update

It has been well over a month since I wrote anything here. Oops. I haven't forgotten about it, and I swear I still love you. You see, I've been on holidays. I took a four week break from work, and visited my family in this time. Of course, me being me, I still played games throughout this time. So what have I been up to?

Well firstly, I started my play through of Pokemon X. I've already beaten Y, and will be using that game to try and accomplish something I've always wanted to do, but never had the opportunity or drive to do before: collect every Pokemon. With the advent of internet trading (I kinda skipped it with the DS generation of games), and the help of Reddit, I should be able to accomplish this task. But before I start, I want to beat X to collect some of the unique pokemon from it. I'll probably keep a small update going on that here. Maybe a section of the Random Ramblings.

Second, I bought Battlefield 4, albeit almost a year late. I've always been a massive fan of the Battlefield franchise, with most of that time spent on BF2, a game I will always look back on with fond memories. I've really tried hard to not pick faults with BF4 while playing it, as I realise it's a new game aimed at a newer generation of gamers. But damn is it buggy. I normally don't do this, but with BF4, I made a list of bugs that I encountered in both the single player and multi player. Currently that list sits at around 15 things that happened more than once, with about 4 of those being completely game breaking and requiring restarts of the game..

For all its flaws though, there are moments of absolute brilliance in the game. For every bug, there is a moment that just feels awesome. From flying a fully loaded troop transport helicopter to a capture point, to taking a full squad out and saving a point you have captured, BF4 does a great job of making you feel that you made a difference in the game. It's just a shame that some of the bugs can rob you of the fun moments that a Battlefield game has to offer. Along with this, it's a shame that most of the community plays the maps that don't have vehicles, one of the defining features of a Battlefield game. A personal gripe as well is the completely random nature of battlepack unlocks. You may get unlocks for guns that you don't use rather than targeted unlocks that suit the weapons you actually like.

So that's what I've been up to. Expect some of my thoughts on the Curse of Naxxramas adventure for Hearthstone soon, as well as some other updates on my gaming. For now though, I need to get back to beating the 4th gym in Pokemon X. As always,


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