John: Playing some games this weekend, we tossed around Halo MCC. Halo 3 and 4, looked good but then we moved to a Halo 1 game in big team battle and it was jarring at how the graphics looked. My memories of Halo include having 4 people sitting on my couch and playing against one another. Christmas one year, I was able to convince my mom to allow family to bring over TVs and Xboxes. As people came over they jumped in and out of games of Halo.
Rainbox Six 3 was the same way, I picked it up on steam a couple of months ago. When it first came out the game looked beautiful, and the planning of some of the operations was wonderful, and I spent more time planning, re-planning and executing. Now when I start it up the graphics are dated, but the game play is still what I remember. If Ding dies I still restart the map, and revisit the planning stages.
It seems that anymore most of the games that are coming out, are simply remakes or expansions of existing titles. A new Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, and talk of remaking Gears of War for the Xbox One. Kotaku has a great post about how originality in video games is overrated, and I can’t disagree with them completely. I have been enjoying Battlefield 4, and Rainbow Six is something I am excited about later this year. I don’t know if Rainbow is going to be the game that I am looking for or if it will be a let down like BF:Hardline.
Rod: My favorite FPS game series of all time on consoles was the Rainbow Six series. I don’t even want to think about going back and playing it again and let it tarnish my memories. I too remember those old days playing Halo. Playing it again on the Master Chief Collection, I found myself swearing they had done something to the graphics. That they couldn’t possibly have been that bad. I remember being in awe of the changes and improvements that each new release revealed. Standing in line with each of those midnight releases so I could rush home and throw it in to pull an all-nighter. It has been quite some time since anything has been released that would cause that same excitement. I did go to the midnight release of Destiny. Got there and there was about 20 people in line. Nothing like the HALO 3 release where hundreds showed up in my rather small city. Recent years of game manufacturers botching releases with buggy, incomplete, non-working games has made me very skeptical about pre-ordering anything. I now usually wait until the younger generation hashes out all the bugs. My dollars are more suited for beer and food than throwing in the toilet for a game that I can’t enjoy with my friends. Don’t get me wrong, I do still enjoy gaming. I just wish that they would come out with something that really excites me or lower the price of digital downloads so I would be tempted to try new releases.
Travis….This past weekend was a ton fun. It was the first time John Rod and eventually Fung played games on xbox live in quite a few weeks. Like John said we played Halo MCC. I never really played Halo CE or Halo 2 online in competitive multiplayer. Halo 4 just for reference is my favorite online multiplayer game. After this weekend I can confirm to myself that maybe several years ago they were great, but they have not aged well at all. Oh and I’m actually typing this on my phone while waiting for Halo 4 in the MCC to find a multiplayer game on live. I’ve been waiting for about 20 minutes so maybe Halo hasn’t while really hasn’t aged well…
Actually with this generation so far I don’t think gaming as whole has aged very well. With a bunch of major triple A games being released broken, and developers having the attitude of release it now and fix it later, it just kinda makes me sad. I’ve also gotten to the point that I no longer pre-order games. I just don’t feel like paying for things that don’t work and I’m a firm believer in voting with my wallet. MCC didn’t work for four months, and that for me was the final straw. But in all fairness to Microsoft, they did offer refunds to all people who bought it digitally and they are giving away ODST to help make amends. Oh by the way it’s been about 30 minutes and MCC still hasn’t found a game.
The two games I’m most excited for this year are Star Wars Battle Front and Rainbow Six. I’m cautiously optimistic about Battle Front. EA can’t really afford to release another broken game, and Hardline, despite being not quite as good as other Battlefield games did actually work day one. Rainbow Six holds a special place in my heart because it’s the first shooter that I ever decided to play online. I actually purchased xbox live for R6 and Fight Night Round 3. In a total random happenstance, the universe put me in a terrorist hunt match with total strangers who over course of several years have become two of my best pals. How they put up with me over Xbox live, I’ll never know.