Star Wars Battlefront Xbox One and PS4 Review

Star Wars Battlefront has finally been revived. The last main series Battlefront game came out in 2005, over ten years ago. Last time Star Wars Battlefront was developed by Pandemic Studios. This time it was developed by EA Digital Illusions. The new Battlefront game is faster paced than the original one. It is also supposed to be played in first person, although you can switch it to third person.

The three things that stood out to me include the graphics, speed of the game and the Fighter Squadron Mode. The graphics in Battlefront make the player feel like they are watching the movie. I don’t think a Star Wars game in the past has nailed it. Battlefront is fast-paced like Halo, Call of Duty and other modern shooters. This really keeps you on your toes. My favorite multiplayer mode in Battlefront is Fighter Squadron Mode. This mode allows the player to fight in an X-Wing, A-Wing, Tie Fighter or a Tie Interceptor. In the past, I haven’t been a fan of space shooters; however, the controls are excellent in this game.

There are a few things that I don’t like about Star Wars Battlefront. It only has four planets to explore, and EA didn’t include a single player campaign. The four planets are Hoth, Endor, Tatooine, and Sullust. There is also a fifth planet that is coming out as free DLC, but it wasn’t included on day one.  These four planets don’t give the player enough to explore. I also miss the option to play a single player campaign. It was one of the things that I enjoyed doing in the original games.

Overall, Star Wars Battlefront is an exciting multiplayer game that lacks single player options. My favorite multiplayer modes include Fighter Squadron, Blast and Heroes vs. Villains. I also like the mission mode in single player. I do miss the option to change characters every time you die and control points from the original game. I give Star Wars Battlefront a six out of ten.

-MT

What I liked at E3 2015

Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony showed off a variety of games at this years E3 Conference. There were several games that stood out to me and I can’t wait to play them.

Microsoft showed off Halo 5: Guardians, and the gameplay looks great. The trailer makes it seem like the player will be hunting Master Chief. It definitely seems like a different take on Halo and I can’t wait to jump into the action. There is also a new multiplayer mode called Warzone. This new mode allows ups to 24 players; in the past Halo games have only supported 16 players.

I also liked what I saw from Starwars Battlefront. The visuals and sound effects are superior to the original Battlefront games. One of the trailers showed multiplayer battles on Hoth and they include AT-AT’s and AT-ST’s. They also include X-Wings, Tie Fighters and Snowspeeders. It is great that vehicles are returning and I can’t wait to get into the action. The game play footage also showed that players can play as Jedi and Sith when they activate a power up. Everything looks really polished and this is my most anticipated game of 2015. However, I am disappointed that there is no campaign mode.

Many Nintendo fans were not impressed by Nintendo’s E3 Direct. However, I liked several of the games that they showed off during their direct. I liked what I saw from Star Fox Zero. It looks like the player can transform their ship into several different vehicles. This new mechanic looks really cool and I think that it will add a lot to the gameplay. It has been a while since Nintendo has released a main series Star Fox game. I also thought Mario Maker looked like a lot of fun. Nintendo is giving the user a ton of different assets and tools to use. It looks like the player can randomly drop Bowser in the middle of any level. This game looks crazy and I can’t wait to see what other people create. I am also pretty excited for the new Mario Tennis game. The player can get a power up that makes them grow huge. I have always enjoyed the Mario Tennis games and hopefully this one delivers.

What was your favorite game at E3 this year and what games are you excited for this year?

-MT

Minecraft coming to PS4 and Xbox One this week

Minecraft is coming out on PS4 this Thursday, September 4th, 2014. The Xbox One version is coming out on Friday, September 5th, 2014. If a player owns the Xbox 360 version or the PS3 version they will get the new version at a discounted price. The game normally costs $20, but the discounted price is $5. This is a fantastic deal and if I had a PS4 or an Xbox One I would take advantage of it. I wish Minecraft would come to the Nintendo Wii U. It would be a really great fit because of the interactive game pad.

Source: Engadget

-MT

The Playstation Now Beta Goes Live on July 31st

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Sony has confirmed that the Playstation Now Beta will be available on the PS4 tomorrow, July 31st 2014. Playstation Now allows gamers to stream old PS3 games on their Playstation 4. Some of the games that will be available to stream include Saints Row 4, Metal Gear Solid 5, God of War Ascension, Ratchet and Clank into the Nexus and Street Fighter 4.

It will be interesting to see how well the service is received and how well it works. I hope that the service works well and I also hope that there isn’t a lot of lag. It probably depends on the gamers internet speed. I would love to see Nintendo come up with a way to stream old classic games. It would be awesome to play some of the classic Gamecube games again.

Source: Playstation

-MT

Sony at E3 2014

Sony had a big press conference for 2014 but not as big as last years conference. They showed off several exclusives including Uncharted 4 at Thief’s End, Little Big Planet 3, The Order: 1886, Mortal Kombat X and Bloodborne. Little Big Planet 3 looked interesting and is coming out this November. It looks like there are more playable characters in this version of Little Big Planet. For more information on Playstation’s new games click here.

-MT

Sony Announces Project Morpheus the Virtual Reality Headset for Playstation 4

Sony Virtual Reality Headset

Sony recently revealed that they are creating a Virtual Reality Headset for the PS4. Apparently it has been in development since 2009. The headset has a 1080p display, 1000HZ motion detection and it is connected to the PS4 by a wire. It also has positional and rotational head tracking capabilities. It will be interesting to watch the Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus develop. I think the Virtual Reality Headset is a really cool concept. In order for the concept to work Sony says they need to get the sight, sound, tracking, control and ease of use perfect. They also mentioned that the content is very important. Virtual Reality may be the next evolution in Gaming!

Source: Tech Crunch

-MT

Playstation 4 sales surpass 6 Million Units

The Playstation 4 is doing extremely well; as of March 5th, 2014 the system sold over 6 million units. I think that the Playstation 4 could have more success then the Playstation 2 and Playstation 3. Software sales for the PS4 have also reached 13.7 million. I really like how Sony is focusing on the core gamer with the PS4. Microsoft is to focused on an overall media center with the Xbox One. I think it is hurting the Xbox brand.

Source: Playstation

-MT