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Game Review: Need for Speed Payback

Release Date: Nov 10th 2017
WICIWIT Rating: 4.5/10
Playtime: Not sure but the campaign is said to be around 8 hours long.
Website: https://www.ea.com/games/need-for-speed/need-for-speed-payback

Plot: NFS Payback allows players to play as three different characters during the campaign of this game. The game mode focuses on so-called action-packed gaming experience than the simulator car driving experience. If you are looking for driving fun then you have already lost your bet on this game.

Multiple car options are there and with pre-order of the deluxe edition of the game, players get some additional cars. These additional cars are only available for free roam and not in any races as events are pretty much restricted to classes.

Each of the Three game characters have specific skillset when it comes to car classes. During the game campaign, the course takes players through action sequences, cut-scenes and switching of character as predefined directed game plan. Users cannot select or change characters like they can do it in Grand Theft Auto.

Cops and enemy system also feels like restricted. Every time you get into a cop chase the game provides you certain checkpoints to go through as if it’s a time trial. If you do not get caught and don’t run out of time until you reach the final checkpoint, all the cop cars magically disappear. This restricts players from being creative in avoiding cops and enemies in those chase sequences. You cannot be unpredictable to the game AI and make that sudden turn to throw it off. In some instances when I was poorly driving, the cop car chasing me actually went ahead and made the turn before even I realized that I have to make that turn to get to the next checkpoint.

Reward system presents you with random cards to flip at the end of the race and it’s basically all your luck. Customization feels only affects aesthetics and doesn’t really change the performance and handling of the car. All cars felt more or less same to me.

Conclusion: It’s mediocre!If you have pre-ordered this game, RETURN IT! I was excited about this game and was expecting this new NFS title to improve driving and handling experience of cars. Not as good as Forza titles but somewhere close to that. The game looks gorgeous in Las Vegas and surrounding area setting but the player experience is worst than previous NFS titles.

Sources: ea.com

Game Review: inFAMOUS Second Son

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Release Date: March 21, 2014
Rating: 8/10
Playtime: 4-6 hours for a campaign but, this game has two different approaches to finish the story. This gives players to enjoy same story twice doubling the gamely time.
Website: http://us.playstation.com/ps4/games/infamous-second-son-ps4.html

Plot: inFAMOUS Second Son, a PlayStation 4 exclusive , brings you an action adventure game where surrounded by a society that fears them, superhumans are ruthlessly hunted down and caged by the Department of Unified Protection. Step into a locked-down Seattle as Delsin Rowe, who has recently discovered his superhuman power and is now capable of fighting back against the oppressive DUP. Enjoy your power as you choose how you will push your awesome abilities to the limit and witness the consequences of your actions as they affect the city and people around you.

Conclusion:  [emoji thumbs up sign] A must play title on PlayStation platform. Sucker Punch has improved this third installment on huge margin in regards with game play, story and not to mention visual display.

Sources: wikipedia.com, us.playstation.com, ign.com

Wait for next gen gaming consoles to buy new games

Next generation gaming consoles are on the verge of release with ton of new features and new revamped hardware. Last week of November will definitely be a mess in electronics stores in The United States. This will also be the case in few more countries around the world as Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will be available to gamers via several retailers.

It is obvious that,  a lot of people out there are excited to get their hands on these new consoles and try next generation games (More realistic graphics and improved game physics). However I would like to note that, game publishers are playing a rude marketing game with buyers. Publishers are already releasing current gen versions of their next-gen games. For example; I got my copy of Battlefield 4 for XB360 last week. I had it preordered but, now I come to think if it was really necessary to have current gen copy? Because, I am getting a next-gen console (in my case XBOne) in a few weeks of time and will definitely upgrade to the next-gen version of this game.

Publishers of games like Battlefield 4, Modern Warfare Ghosts, etc. are offering these next-gen upgrades for $10. Gamers will be downloading upgrades directly from online stores provided current gen equivalent is already purchased. This is a complete rip off, as the discs you have will not be supported on your new consoles (technical differences). It would only be a dream if gamers are allowed to get next-gen versions of all their purchased games for free, which should be the case from the beginning.

Images above are stills from this video by CriousGamers.

I have stopped playing Battlefield 4 as the game is not giving me the experience that was promised in commercials. In advertisements, publishers are showing you footage from next-gen consoles while they are selling you low quality (as compared to what they advertise) versions of their games for same price tag. Now, you tell me if that is a rip-off or not? These games should have never been released current gen versions before next-gen ones or should be offered free upgrade to next-gen versions. This is not happening for now as there are no regulations on game publishers on manipulating their products.

For now, my suggestion is to stay away from current gen versions and save the upgrade fees when you get your next-gen consoles. Trust me, next gen versions of these games are way better than that of current gen.

Play smart!