Lgndary Thoughts - What are you playing?

And an update!

Wow! The past few weeks have been hell for me, but I see the light at the end of the tunnel! I won’t go into too many details, but I have been going through another move. The move itself was very sudden for many reasons, and too say that it has been rough would be an understatement. From money issues, to my computer screen getting cracked, this whole process as been a nightmare. But like I said, things are almost over. My sister and brother in law have been staying with me since the move, so I haven't even unpacked hardly anything, but they are getting their own place this week. So expect things to return to normal very shortly, including the return of regular Lgndary Thoughts! Having said that, I decided a casual return would be best. So tell me, what have you been playing?

For starters, to gear up for Breath of the Wild I decided to play though all of the mainline 3D Zelda games. I have obviously played them all many times before, but never consecutively. So I started with Twilight Princess, then to Wind Waker, after that I played Skyward Sword, and I finished it all up with Ocarina of Time. I could go on about each of those games and how they hold up against each other for pages and pages. And I would be very tempted too if this weren't a Sony focused site! But I will just leave it at that.

And of course I have been playing Breath of the Wild. For those that don’t know, The Legend of Zelda is my favorite gaming series of all time. And the latest entry has blown me away. It is easily one of my favorite games of all time. The sense of adventure, the secrets, the world, all of it is incredible. And I'm not even close to finishing the game!

On the Playstation side of things, I have been trying to get back into Final Fantasy XIV. The move has made it hard to play in awhile, but I have slowly started getting better gear. I transferred to a new server a few months ago, but am having a hard time finding new people to play with (if anyone is on Balmung, let me know!).

Now it’s your turn! What have you been playing over the past month or so? And what are you looking forward to playing soon? Be sure to leave a comment below!

I think that is all from me today. Like I said, expect everything to start returning to normal here in the next week or so. Also expect a couple of surprise updates soon on something that has been in the works for awhile!

Lgndary Thoughts - The Year Ahead

In my last thought, I talked about a few of my favorite games of 2016. But now 2017 has just started, so it is time to look forward and think about the things we hope to see happen during the next 12 months. Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!

The first game I will talk about is Final Fantasy XIV. As some of you may know, a new expansion will hit Square’s MMORPG in just a few months. There are many things that I am looking for in Stormblood, but today I will talk about just one. 

I don’t know if I have mentioned it before or not, but my absolute favorite job in FFXIV is Dark Knight. I have been playing it since it released, and I can’t imagine playing anything else. I also love tanking as a Dark Knight, or at least, I love the idea of tanking. The way Square Enix wants players to tank, and the way they actually do are very different play styles. To me, tanking is all about holding the attention of the enemy, positioning the enemy, and most importantly, surviving damage. But because of the way that Square has built the game, tanks are required to do so much more.

The whole meta game surrounds dealing damage right now. Damage is literally the most important factor while raiding in FFXIV. It is so important, that even tanks and healers are expected to not only participate in damage dealing, but to deal as much damage as humanly possible. Tanks are even expected to build themselves as damage dealers, and play that way at the cost of health and defense. 

Now I could write 50 pages on everything I think is wrong with tanking in Final Fantasy XIV and what Square Enix should do to fix it, but I won’t bore you with those details. Instead, I will simply say that I very much hope Square takes a note from other MMOs and fixes tanking in the next expansion. I would love to be able to focus on my job, instead of juggling the responsibilities of two.  

That went on for a bit longer than I had wanted, so I will try to keep my next hope for 2017 short. This one isn’t about Sony, it is about the upcoming Nintendo Switch. 

The big reveal for all things Switch happens this Thursday, and I could not be more excited. One of my top hopes for 2017 is that Nintendo will find success with their upcoming console, and is able to deliver awesome games for fans and newcomers alike.

The Switch has a tremendous amount of potential, but it is going to require Nintendo to support it heavily from the very beginning. I have faith that they are going to impress us this week and beyond. 

A fix for tanking in Final Fantasy XIV, and a clean launch year for the Nintendo Switch are two of my biggest hopes for 2017. Now it is time to share what you are hoping for this year! So be sure to leave a comment below!

Lgndary Thoughts - Favorite Games of 2016

The past couple of weeks have been both very busy, and also very slow! As is the usual for this time of year, video game news starts to tapper off since most people are on break for the holidays. But that doesn't mean that things haven't been crazy! This year has been busier for me than most due to the fact that I had to help my sister move home from out of state. It was a long process, but I am so glad that she is home again. Anyways, now that 2016 is almost over, I think we should all talk about some of out favorite games of the year. Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!

To be clear, this is not a "game of the year" post. I haven't even decided my favorite game this year because I haven't completely finished every game that I have. These are just games that I generally enjoyed playing this year, even if they aren't the best games I played.

The first game I would like to talk about is Paragon. Paragon launched for the PS4 earlier this year, but the game we have today is much different than the one that released in early 2016. Epic supports the game nearly every week with patches to tweak the game, but they recently introduced a very large patch that completely changed it. The patch itself changed almost every aspect of the game on a small level, but the largest change was the addition of a new map. 

The new map of Paragon has made all the difference for me. I have always had an interest in Paragon, but it always felt that something else was needed to really push it in the right direction. Playing my first match on the new map was the first time I felt like I was actually playing a MOBA. Paragon still has a long ways to go to perfection, but it's future is already a lot brighter than it was earlier this year. 

Hitman is another game that took me by surprise this year. I had never played a Hitman title before this year, but that didn't stop me from getting into it. The amount of options for each mission are what really blew me away with Hitman. Being able to choose exactly how I take out a target made the game much more rewarding. 

And the depth of missions was also a large draw for me. I loved seeing all of the different possibilities within each level, and then trying to figure out exactly what I needed to do to access those possibilities was a ton of fun. 

The content of the game was, of course, the biggest reason to play. But the episodic nature also made the game a lot more enjoyable to play. The fact that Hitman was released in episodes is actually the only reason I picked it up. If I had to pay $60 to play the game, I don't think I would have ever given it a chance. Being able to spend $10 to give it a shot made it a lot easier to take the dive. 

The final game that I will talk about today is one that I didn't even pay for, Furi! Furi was a PS Plus game a few months ago, and it was one that I very quickly fell in love with. The game itself isn't terribly long, but it more than makes up for it with it's fast action and unique gameplay. 

Like one of my favorite games of all time, Furi is all about boss battles. This is something that wouldn't work for every game, but Furi handles it well. Each boss works a little differently than the previous one, and it isn't always easy to take them out. The actual battle system is a lot deeper than many people would assume, and it means that the fights are often incredibly challenging. 

But while the fights are the star of the game, the character design and art style take it to another level. The environments are honestly incredible. The amount of screenshots I have taken while playing that game is crazy just because of how cool each area of the game looks. And like I said, the characters are all interesting and unique as well. With some even reminding me of Mega Man! 

Like I said at the start, these three titles are not my game of the year. I would love to name one, and probably will decide on my own at some point, but I have unfortunately not had the time to play everything throughly enough to make a concrete decision. These games are simply ones that I enjoyed this year that are not being talked about as much as I think they deserve.

But now it is your turn! What were your favorite games of 2016? Be sure to leave a comment below!

Lgndary Thoughts - What Have You Been Playing?

Two games, a combined 20 years in the making. And that isn’t even everything that has released lately! Needless to say, I think it is time for another What Are You Playing? Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!

My main gaming focus over the past few weeks has actually been Pokemon. I have actually managed to avoid every spoiler for the latest release. Meaning the only thing that I actually watched was the reveal trailer that showed the starters and legendaries. It took a ton of will power to not look at any of the new Pokemon, but it certainly payed off in the end. Especially considering how much Game Freak revealed before the games had come out. 

Going in blind created an awesome experience that replicated the feeling I had when playing Pokemon games as a kid. Being able to see brand new Pokemon for the very first time in the game is very different from seeing artwork of them online, I could not recommend doing this enough. 

The actual game itself is great too. I love the region of Alola, and it brought a lot of great Pokemon with it. This is also the first time that I have decided to play it competitively, and I am already on the road to building a team. Just yesterday I hatched a perfect IV Minior!

I have also been loving The Last Guardian. I don't want to say too much, since it is new, but it is definitely living up to my expectations. Trico is the obvious star of the game, and seeing something that big move the way it does is incredible The amount of detail that went into the game really is astonishing. From things like how the boy puts his hand up against a wall when he gets near it, to how realistic Trico feels. I can’t wait to see what the whole game has in store for me!

Final Fantasy XV has been seeing a lot of time from me as well, but I plan on keeping my thoughts on it private, at least for now. 

What all have you been playing recently? Be sure to leave a comment below!

Lgndary Thoughts - PSX 2016 Impressions

Wow! What a weekend! The Game Awards were held on Friday, followed by The Playstation Experience, which was followed by Capcom Cup. There were plenty of announcements made, so I decided to talk about a few of my favorites. Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!

One of my favorite announcements was Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite. I hate that the news had leaked a couple of weeks before the event, but it was still exciting to see a game that I didn't think would happen for another 10 years. I will say that it is not as visually impressive as I had hoped it would be, but I don’t think that should detract too much from the game. I am also not bothered by the rumors suggesting characters like Wolverine won’t make an appearance. I know many people will disagree, but I say good riddance. 

Another game I am actually really happy to see announced is Knack 2. I know this is an unpopular opinion, and I know that I have already written a detailed thought on why I believe the first Knack got such bad reviews. But I still feel strongly that Knack is a very enjoyable game, and it is one that more than deserves a sequel. And co-op play is a great addition to the game. My only hope is that I can play the entire game with a friend online. 

And while it was not a new game announcement, I believe the new Death Stranding trailer stole the weekend, at least for me. I thought the first trailer was unique, and it definitely piqued my interest. But the second trailer is something different. It feels like a real game to me know, with real characters, and a real world. And more importantly, it feels like a Kojima game. Something I loved about the Metal Gear Solid series was the unique blend of technology with supernatural elements. It seems that Death Stranding will have a similar approach, and I could not be more excited.

But overall, I think PSX 2016 was a really great show. It had a little bit of something for everyone. I imagine most people will pick The Last of Us 2 as their favorite announcement. I disagree, but that’s okay. I had more than enough other announcements to get me hyped for a long time. 

What was your favorite announcement over the weekend? Be sure to leave a comment below!

Lgndary Thoughts - Countering the Switch

I wrote about The upcoming Nintendo Switch a few weeks ago, and why it could be a threat to Sony. Today, I would like to talk about a couple of options that Sony has to counter Nintendo’s next console. Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!

The largest benefit that the Switch has over Playstation is the hybrid nature of the system. Like I said in the first Switch Thought, the Switch will have a lot of appeal in places like Japan where portable systems are very popular. Having said that, I believe Sony has 3 options to counter it.

The first is launching their own dedicated handheld. Now I know that Sony does not have a good track record regarding portables, but with Nintendo leaving the market, they have more options than before. In the past, Nintendo has usually opted for weaker, more affordable systems. But even if the rumors of a $250 price point for the Switch are true, it will still be fairly expensive for users just looking to use it as a handheld. This could leave an opening for Sony to come in with a handheld for people that don’t want to spend much money. 

I don’t know exactly the form that a budget handheld should take. But I don’t think it would be difficult for Sony to release a device that is priced at $150-$170. Especially if they build off of the PS Vita. 

Option 2 is to pursue the idea of remote play in a more accessible way. The Nintendo Switch seems to be a fairly powerful device in a portable form, something that would not be possible 3 years ago when the PS4 launched. While I don’t believe the Switch is as powerful as a PS4, it isn’t ridiculous to think that a portable PS4 would be possible in a couple more years. Sony could try to take back the handheld market by launching a new console first, and then releasing a handheld version when the technology become available. 

Finally, they could simply ignore the Nintendo Switch. The PS4 is doing great, and any sort of new device from Sony could put that success at risk. The potential of the handheld market is huge, but while it may be going after, it is perfectly reasonable to simply focus on what they have going for them. 

At the end of the day, we are just going to have to wait and see. I’m sure that any decision Sony makes will be made after they see how the Switch actually performs. For all we know, they might already be planning a new device. Either way, I am very excited about the Switch, and I am also excited to see how other companies react to the device.  

Lgndary Thoughts - Prioritizing

Happy Monday everyone! News was a little slow today, so I decided to write up a quick Thought for the sake of discussion. Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!

The holiday season is upon us, and it feels like there is a larger rush of games this year than most. And on top of all of the games coming out soon, we have several consoles that have released as well. The average consumer will certainly not be able to grab everything, and many people will have to pick and choose. Here are the games that I am looking forward too, and the priority list that I have.

The two larger items that have released recently is the PS4 Pro, and Playstation VR. Both cost the same, and they are both a bit on the pricier side. I have yet to purchase either yet, but I plan on getting a Pro before I get a VR headset. Now I know many people would reverse that, and understandably so. Playstation VR offers entirely new experiences, while the PS4 Pro simply enhances games that I can already play. But after thinking about it, that is exactly why I would prefer getting a Pro.

While the Playstation VR does offer something entirely new, that doesn’t mean they are good experiences. And they certainly aren't plentiful. VR is still new, and it is going to be awhile before we have a strong healthy library of great VR games. The PS4 Pro improves upon games that are already out, and games that we already know are amazing. Plus, it is much easier to create a PS4 Pro patch for a game than it is to create a PS VR game. 

Final Fantasy XV is actually one of the few games that I plan on getting this year, and it is also a large reason why I plan on getting a PS4 Pro. There are some games coming out that I want to play in their best of forms. Final Fantasy XV, The Last Guardian, Gravity Rush 2, and many others will be supported. And I would very much prefer to play them on a Pro. 

Other than picking between the PS4 Pro and PS VR, I have narrowed down my priority list to two games. Final Fantasy XV, and Pokemon. Final Fantasy XV is an obvious one. I remember when it was announced way back in 2006. I have been waiting for this game for 10 years now, and I certainly don’t want to wait any longer than I have to. Even if that means having to wait on other games. 

Pokemon is also right there at the top. It is a Nintendo game, so I won’t go into detail, but I could never miss out on a new Pokemon adventure.

Well there you have it! There are tons of games, and even systems out this year. Here are the games that I have put at the top of my list, now it is your turn to share. So don’t forget to leave a comment below!

Lgndary Thoughts - What are you playing?

As we near the end of the year, more and more of 2016’s biggest titles are launching. And considering how long it has been since I last asked what you all were playing, I figured it was time. Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!

Now this may come as a shock to some, but I will not be talking about Final Fantasy XIV today (crazy, I know!) That isn’t to say that I haven't been playing, of course I still do, but there isn’t much to report since the last time I talked about it. 

Instead, I am going to be talking about a game that actually released last year, Fallout 4. I actually purchased Fallout 4 at launch, but only ended up playing it for 30 minutes before putting it down, and forgetting about it. But a couple of weeks ago, i decided to give it another go. And I have not been able to put it down since. 

For starters, I made a new save file. I had only played on my previous one for 30 minutes, so nothing of value was lost in deleting it. But right off the bat I decided to make a few early changes that really helped. The first thing I did was invest more time in my character. I don't really do well with character creators that give a lot of freedom, but I stuck with it, and I am really happy with how it turned out. I also took the time to edit some settings, change some button mapping. These changes were obviously not enough to drastically improve my opinion of the game, but they were enough to keep me going for a little bit longer. 

Moving on to the actual game. Fallout 4 marks the second Bethesda game I have ever played, the first being The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim. And even very early in my Fallout 4 journey, I could feel some of the same magic that made me fall in love with Skyrim. There is nothing quite like having a NPC character running up, and saying something that starts a new quest. Or hearing a NPC mention a special area in the game that is found days later. Even things like how open the world is, and how my character moves feels very similar to Skyrim, and I think that is a good thing.

Having said that, there are plenty of differences between Fallout 4 and Skyrim that I have had to adjust for. One of the biggest changes has to be in the main weapons of each game. In Skyrim, I would almost always use a sword, or some type of melee weapon. But Fallout uses guns, and I struggled with that early on. The main difference between the two is the fact that guns has ammo. So, unlike swords, the possibility of running out of ammo is a real threat. And it means that the player has to think differently when deciding what to do in the game. This was a challenge for me, as I have never played a Fallout game before. 

Something else that I find Fallout does differently is how the world is built. It has been a few years since I played Skyrim, but I remember there being a lot more friendly folks throughout the world of Skyrim. There were plenty of big cities, but there were also a lot of different villages with a good amount of people living in. So far, I am finding that Fallout is not the same. I feel that the commonwealth is full of more raiders and mutants than regular people. 

Early on, I disliked both of these changes and vastly preferred my gameplay experience in Skyrim. That didn't mean that I don’t like Fallout, but I wished it had been more like Skyrim in several ways. But the more I have played it, the more I changed my mind. I have grown to appreciate the differences between the two, and everything that is possible because of those changes. At this point, I don’t even know if I could tell you which game I prefer.

I could write a lot more about Fallout 4, and I probably will one day, but this has gone on a little bit more than I had originally planned. I know it reads more like a Fallout 4 impressions post, but I hope nobody minds! Having said that, it is now your turn to tell me what you have been playing. So be sure to leave a comment below!

Lgndary Thoughts - Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! To celebrate, I decided it could be fun to talk about scary games, and why I have so much difficulty playing them. Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!

I’m not sure if I have talked about this before here on the site, but I have a very strange relationship with scary games. I am actually interested in many of them for one reason or another, but I have a frustrating time playing them. Yes, that’s right. When it comes to horror games, I am a bit of a pansy. 

Let me go into greater detail. Take SOMA for example. I was very excited about that game leading up to release, and I actually bought it on launch day. But to this day, I haven't played it hardly at all. I get to the facility near the start of the game, and it prompts me “Use R2 to run”, and I just can’t keep going! The anticipation of needing to run just kills it for me. It honestly feels like a curse because I want to play these games so badly, but struggle to find the courage to do so. 

Here is an even worse example. After I first received my PS3, I decided to try out a lot of the different demos available. I had heard amazing things about Bioshock, so I knew that I had to give it a try. Now, a lot of people don’t even consider Bioshock a scary game, but that doesn't mean much to someone like me! When I first started up the demo, I played until I got to the lighthouse doors, and then couldn't continue. I shut the game off, and waited a few hours. After that, I came back, made it to the lighthouse, and opened the door. But yet again, I couldn't continue. So I turned the game off, waited an hour or so to build more courage, and then came back to make a little more progress. This process would repeat a few more times until I finally finished the demo.

I am happy to say that I have since gotten much better. Bioshock is a game that I have played through multiple times, and is easily one of my favorite PS3 games. So I know that I will eventually be able to overcome my weakness to scary games, and finally enjoy so many of the games that I have been missing out on. It may take years to happen, but I am confident it will. And for when that day comes, what scary games would you suggest I play? Let me know in the comments below!

Lgndary Thoughts - Stopping a Switch

As many of you have probably heard, Nintendo has announced their next gaming console. And even though the PS4 has been out for 3 years now, it still has a lot of life left in it. So it isn’t hard to imagine that it will be competing with the Nintendo Switch both directly, and indirectly. Is it something that Sony should ignore? Or could the Switch be a larger threat than people might realize? Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!

The Nintendo Switch is a very different console, and not something that mainstream gaming has ever seen before. For those that don’t know, the Switch is essentially a hybrid system that has the ability to plug into the tv for console gaming, but is also portable. I personally believe that the Switch is an incredibly appealing system, with many aspects to be excited about. But one of the larger reasons why I think it could be a force to be reckoned with is it’s ability to appeal to different types of gamers. 

There is a reason why the PS4 had such a sluggish start in Japan, and not in other parts of the world. And it is the same reason that the 3DS did very well in Japan. Different regions of the world have different console preferences. That means it is very difficult to make a system that appeals to everyone. And this is where I can see the Switch having a negative impact on PS4 sales. 

In general, Japanese gamers prefer portable systems. If they have an option to get a system that, while not as powerful as other consoles, allows them to take it on go at any time, that could play a large role in their decision. Especially if the Switch gets at least some 3rd party support. 

Sony has also abandoned the handheld market. While they could make a new portable in the future, it certainly doesn't seem like that will happen for awhile. That means that if someone wants to make a portable title, the only place to do it will be on the Switch. This will drive up support for the system, making it even more appealing. The decision to stop supporting the PS Vita not only means that Sony can’t compete at all in that market, it also means that the Switch will gain support in several ways. Making it harder for Sony if they were to ever try making a handheld again in the future. 

But the portable space isn’t the only area that Sony should be concerned. The Switch, and decisions made recently at Microsoft could spell trouble for the PS4. For those that don't know, Microsoft is no longer making any Xbox exclusive titles. Instead, all games will work on the Xbox  one and PC. That, in combination with everything the Switch offers, could mean that gamers see more value in getting a PC and a Switch than getting a PS4. 

Essentially, having a PC and a Switch will cover almost all of the titles ever released. PC will always get the majority of 3rd party titles (including Xbox exclusives now). With the Switch covering all Nintendo games, all of the portable market, as well as popular games like Monster Hunter. It is easy to see why that combination could be very attractive to those that are looking to play as many games as possible without having to buy every system.

Like I said, there are many things to be excited about with the Switch, and we don’t even have all of the details yet. Sony does have the advantage of being in the market for 3 years now, but they still need to be careful if they want the PS4 to continue to grow. The Switch could become a very really threat, and it is certainly not something that Sony should ignore. 

I have a couple more Thoughts planned regarding the Nintendo Switch, so be sure to check back often!