Rockets Incoming

I find myself writing this article saddened, why you may ask! Simply because I missed the opportunity to Beta test Rocket Arena!

The trailer alone for this game, is one of the best I have seen in a very long time. On top of that, after researching the game, I cannot wait to play it.

Is it silly fun with rockets and abilities and crazy characters, HELL YA!

This doesn’t strike me as the type of game to get a competitive scene going, which seems to be all the rage right now, but I could do with something that me and a couple of buddies can jump into and have a blast being silly!

Speaking of videos, check this out!

Rocket Arena Official Reveal Trailer

Graphics, soundtrack, characters, maps, what appears to be amazing movement and gameplay… what more can you ask for?

Keep your eyes open for an actual review once I get my hands on a copy. Until then I will share some of the screenshots from the game.

Until next time….

Father’s Day Western Digital Guide for Gamers

If I have done one thing right as a father, it is introducing my kids to the “retro” gaming world. Or as I like to call it, the games I played as a kid. Every time we pull out the old NES or SNES because the kids saw something cool on YouTube, the kids make fun of me and complain about not having any save function on the games to keep their progress.

The world of gaming sure has changed, and today we find ourselves with more and more need for storage. Whether it be cloud or local the shear size of gaming today is sometimes scary.

Don’t worry though, the folks at WD have been kind enough, over the years, to continue to develop some of the best storage hardware on the planet. They are now even making console specific products. Below is a list of the best gaming options that WD has to offer.

I personally run a WD_BLACK P50 Game Drive SSD, and have never experienced a problem and the load time vs the on board HD in my console is ridiculously fast!


Coming in at $154.99 USD for 500Gb, this is a bullet proof option for the gaming enthusiast. Click on the image to check out the technical specs.


As I mentioned before, WD is now heading into console specific territory with a Nintendo licensed drive. Available in three sizes, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.

These Nintendo licensed SD cards are not only backed by the WD quality, they look sweet too and you won’t have to spend any of those gold coins we all covet with the $54.99 USD top end for the 256GB card.


Now for the cream of the crop!

If you are a hardcore gamer, this drive is for you, hands down, no questions asked!

This NVMe drive is so fast that I don’t even have time for a bio break during loading screens anymore. This is a must have for anyone building a system for gaming. Best value on these bad boys comes in the 1TB size with a $134.99 USD price tag, and yes I had to check the price twice.

There are quite a few more options on the WD website that I encourage you to take a look at. Dad will love you for it!

Until next time….

 

All images courtesy of Western Digital Store

Beta Offer for the BLACKOUT Twitch Takeover

Hey all!

I got a great email today from Activision telling me about a Beta offer for the BLACKOUT Twitch Takeover happening tomorrow.

Coles notes version, if you watch Ninja, Shroud, Summit1G or Tim The Tatman’s twitch.tv stream for 1 hour you will get an early access PC beta code for Call of Duty: Black Ops IV – BLACKOUT.

Here are the full details!


The Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4 Blackout PC Beta kicks off on September 14th and gives PC players their first opportunity to try this new Battle Royale game mode.

An Early Access day on Blizzard Battle.net is available for players who pre-purchase Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 for PC. You can join the action beginning at 10:00 a.m. PT on September 14*. The Blackout PC Open Beta, available to anyone with a Battle.net account, begins at 10:00 a.m. PT on September 15. Pre-load of the  Blackout beta will be available starting on Thursday, September 13. The Blackout beta ends at 10:00 a.m. PT on September 17.

On Friday September 14, Battle.net players who tune-in to NinjaShroudSummit1G or TimTheTatman’s twitch.tv stream for an hour between 10:00am PT and 2:00pm PT will get Early access to the PC beta direct to their account. Watch for at least one hour to be eligible, and make sure you link your Battle.net and Twitch.tv accounts beforehand. You can create a twitch.tv account for free.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is available now for pre-purchase in the Blizzard Shop and offers three different digital SKUs. All three SKUs — Standard Edition, Digital Deluxe, and Digital Deluxe Enhanced — include Early Access to the Blackout PC Beta, come with digital bonus items, and include a cache of Call of Duty Points**.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s highly anticipated Blackout mode brings single, duo, and quad gameplay to Call of Duty. As a celebration of the Black Ops universe, players can choose to play as some of the franchise’s most beloved characters, and access new weapons and perks from Black Ops 4 plus classics from previous games. Blackout takes the intensity level of Battle Royale gameplay to another level by giving players access to vehicles such as ATVs, trucks, boats, and helicopters in the biggest map in Call of Duty history.

Blackout PC Beta Specs

Here are the minimum and recommended specs to play the Blackout PC Beta— keep in mind these specs are for the beta only:

Minimum:

  • OS: Windows 7 64-Bit or later
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k or AMD equivalent
  • RAM: 8GB RAM
  • HDD: 40GB HD space
  • Video: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 2 GB / GTX 1050 2GB or AMD Radeon HD 7950
  • DirectX: Version 11.0 compatible video card or equivalent
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

Recommended:

  • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4770k or AMD equivalent
  • RAM: 12GB RAM
  • HDD: 40GB HD space
  • Video: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 / GTX 1060 6GB or AMD Radeon R9 390 / AMD RX 580
  • DirectX: Version 11.0 compatible video card or equivalent
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

Sign Up for Battle.net

New to Blizzard Battle.net? For instructions on signing up, setting up social features, and connecting with your friends, check out our handy Battle.net Guide.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 for PC is coming exclusively to Blizzard Battle.net® on October 12, 2018.

*Blackout Beta starts September 15, 2018 on PC. Early Access starts September 14, 2018. Actual platform availability and launch date(s) of Blackout Beta subject to change. See www.callofduty.com/beta for more details. Limited time only, while beta codes last, at participating retailers. Internet connection required.

** Call of Duty Points (CP) will be accessible in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 once CP are made available in game.

Destiny 2: Forsaken – Review

Forsaken logo

Part 1 of who knows how many….


Once again Bungie has not disappointed me. When I first loaded in to the Forsaken I was blown away by the level of detail that had been put into the scene around me. I was quickly immersed into the Reef and once again I felt as if I was my Guardian. Now, I don’t know if it was just me or if they tweeked the interface with our Guardians a bit, but it felt…. amazing!

Once I got over what I was seeing and feeling, it was time to go kick some ass. I played through the story mission in about 4 hours, not bad for a campaign. On the way I got to experience some amazing new things. I am going to try and relay my experience without any spoilers!

I would also like to thank Activison for my copy of Destiny 2: Forsaken on PC.


Bow


The New Weapons System

One of the first blue engrams I got was a Sniper in my primary slot! Though not very practical, I ran double snipers for bit. It was fun and I can see challenges galore coming out of having this as an option. Then I remembered, as I was deleting a redundant weapon, random rolls! I quickly regretted not checking the stats on the shotgun that I just deleted, but C’est la vie.

Now the hunt is on. I am not going to pretend to know all of the perks and stats available for every gun, I have a guy with a spreadsheet for that (love you GreatDaemon), but I can tell you that I will be keeping my eye out for just the right roll on my primary Hand Cannon.

Then something amazing happened. I had almost forgotten that they added this to the game. I got my first bow! Lightning had just hit! I got chills, yes actual chills. At this point I knew that my son had also found his first bow as I heard him cry out in excitement. A smile crossed my face and I don’t know if it was because I found a bow first or that he had found such enjoyment over finding his.

I spent the better part of the story with that bow in my hands. I loved it. The only reason I stopped using it was the fact that, I need more power Jim! Of all the weapon types and all the weapons they have added to this game since D1, this is by far the best thing that they have done!

Oh ya, I almost forgot. They also added a section in your character for Collections. In which you can go and re-acquire any, non random roll, weapon. Thank you for clearing up my vault (if I ever get time to do so).

If I have a single complaint about the new weapons system, it would be that your once again need regional materials for infusion. I down right despise this, as I don’t have time to farm materials, I am hoping to find a spot to purchase materials somewhere in this giant world!



The New Director

Not that the Director itself is very interesting, however they did re-arrange things in there.

More to the point, they added things to do. There are now challenges for every day. In more than one spot. Every day when I log in there is another one of those glowing dots somewhere in the solar system. It’s likely going to start aggravating me that I am unable to always get rid of the dot, but that also means they have added enough content that as a hobby I should always have something to do. Let’s not forget that they brought back Bounties as well. Not only did they bring them back, they are EVERYWHERE! The only thing I am not crazy about is the expiration date on the Bounties, and that is only because I don’t often have enough time to finish them all in one day, first world problems!


Explodey dudes


You should by now have a feel for the fact this Destiny 2: Forsaken – Review has a positive theme. In the spirit of wanting to play the game I am going to cut this article off here, but watch for the next one as I experience more of the Forsaken.

One last thing…

Their claim in the weeks prior to the release of the Forsaken, was that they were going to make this game a hobby once again. To me that was a pretty bold statement. I had invested around 2,000 hours into D1 and barely broke 150 on D2. Until now it was missing something. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but I think the team at Bungie did, thankfully. I find myself, even after only a week, wanting (needing) to get on and play. That’s a feeling I haven’t had in over a year.

Well done Bungie, Activision and Vicarious Visions. You have once again  piqued my interest in an Epic adventure, with an Epic story and even more Epic gear for me to use while doing so!

Psst… My guardian could have a few more voice lines!


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Destiny 2: Forsaken E3 2018 Hands-On Impressions

Just a couple of weeks ago the Radio Press Gaming team went to the E3 2018 at Los Angeles California, and one of the games that had caught our eye was the Forsaken DLC for Destiny 2. I know what y’all thinking. Game’s dead. Well, kinda. It has a been almost a year since the game came out and, in the old “Destiny fashion”, the game was barely complete. Bungie felt to sleep with this one. It was basically one of the easiest home run in the gaming history and it became a huge miss. But as we, as a destiny community know, Bungie learns from its mistakes (sometimes a little bit late, though) and seen the Forsaken DLC reveal a couple of weeks before our trip to L.A. sparked a mote of light of hope for the franchise. If this is what it looks like, Forsaken will be The Taken King that fixes D2 and delivers the worthy sequel that the fully mature D1 year 3 deserved.

But everything comes with a prize. And this one stroke in the middle of the heart. I was at the middle of the Bungie Meeting Room when I stumbled upon DeeJ, fan beloved community manager, and I asked the question all of my clan and the Destiny community had: “Why Cayde? Why not Zavala?” And the answer was simple and I already knew it. It had to be him.

Forsaken is a story of revenge, not only to put back to order the mess that has occurred in the distant reef but to make justice for one of the most beloved characters in the Destiny Universe against one of the most hated as well. In the brief (but emotional) first story mission, you and Cayde go on a routine mission where everything seems too good to be true: enemies’ heads poppin’ here and there, Cayde filling the action gaps with his classic humor, and the light shining with some brand new supers that felt just amazing.

As you progress through the mission eating through an enchilada of all the different enemy races that Bungie could possibly fit in that prison, the end of the road seems to be clearer until the final cut-scene arrives. The old not-so-friendly-spoiled Prince Uldren is back and takes the life of the Hunter Vanguard, for good. After leaving the meeting room and getting ready for the flight back (it was my last appointment of E3) I was left with a weird feeling, like a hole, that can only be filled after the September release. Mastermind marketing or Lore genius move? Either of them, well played. Painfully, but well played.

Earlier that same day I had the chance to taste another set of completely different feelings: excitement and intrigue. Gambit, the new PvE + PvP game mode that the elite community had already tasted a couple of month’s ago at the Destiny Community Summit was before me, and I have to say that despite being a little bit cautious about it, I really enjoyed it. A LOT.

The first thing that made the experience a lot better was to finally have on my loadout a sniper rifle and a rocket launcher equipped at the same time. Oh God, how I missed that feeling. The old weapon system that is making its way back to the game never felt so right. Freedom of player choice is key to Gambit, as this is one of the most strategic modes that Destiny has seen along with Rift.

You have one goal: Reach the score limit of motes redeemed on your bank by killing bad guys and summon an even bigger bad guy that you should kill. As you progress to your goal, you will be blocking your enemy bank by sending special enemies that will make the chore harder. Fighting the endless waves of enemies feels familiar to any PvE fan, but the PvP twist is incredible. After certain number of motes being banked a portal opens so you or one of your teammates can actually cross to the enemy team side and make some chaos. I am sure I wasn’t the best PvP player on the match, but I wouldn’t lose the chance to try being a pain in the butt and it really felt so good! First time I was unprepared, just with a couple of rocket launcher shots, but as the strategies started pouring on each side I realized that decision making is so important in this game mode: Should you hold to your super and use it on your incursion to the enemy team, or speed the ad control process to bank motes faster? What about the enemies that block your bank or the final boss, a.k.a. Prime Evil, that you summon to win the match.

I just can’t wait for the community to get their hands dirty and see how the meta starts taking shape. Even more interesting to think about how every type of enemy race works into keeping the game mode spicy and fresh. We fought against cabal, but thinking about the Fallen, Hive, Taken and even the new enemies for Forsaken, makes this even more exciting.

Overall, these couple of big glimpses to the new DLC made me smile again and, despite being “The Old Destiny Formula”, I am really looking forward for september. For getting my hobby back, grinding those 3 characters, collecting EVERYTHING and seeing the progress in the new record books, and of course, avenging my dear Vanguard.

Screw you Uldren. See you in September.