Infinite Warfare: Too Futuristic?

We all know what people do to buy Call of Duty, a new Call of Duty gets released every year, people buy it day one and talk shit ’bout it saying its the same game every year, even though every COD game is kind a different. But this time, the recent game Infinite Warfare, is getting a lot of hate. In fact, the trailer has almost about 3,000,000 dislikes. But why the hate?

Why the hate?

Now why is Infinite Warfare is getting hate? Well its pretty obvious, its futuristic again, now in space. People are getting tired with the futuristic turn, but they were kind of excited with the turn two years ago, but I’ll talk about that later. People want a Call of Duty that’s In a modernistic war, like all the past Call of Duty games CoD 4 to Ghost. Another reason why people hate Infinite Warfare is because of Modern Warfare Remastered, but why? It’s because Modern Warfare Remastered is bundled with Infinite Warfare, NOT separated, but you can only get MW Remastered by pre-order.

 What’s with the futuristic stuff?

The futuristic stuff  wouldn’t come until Advanced Warfare in 2014. Sledgehammer Games were the people who developed Advanced Warfare, Sledgehammer created something new for the franchise and instead of a modern war story, it takes place in a future. You know what futuristic stuff is, laser guns, robots, flying buildings, stuff that will NEVER happen. That’s what happened with Advanced Warfare, Sledgehammer wanted to create something new, so a futuristic setting was chosen. Black Ops III also had a futuristic setting, despite not being fast-paced like Advanced Warfare. But I guess people got tired with the futuristic stuff which may explain why there’s hate.

Is it still gonna sell?

Most certainly yes, Infinite Warfare is still gonna sell like all other COD games, buy the games and complain shit like “It’s the same game every year.” I’m most certainly sure it’s still gonna sell, although I might be wrong. But the pre-orders for IW is the worst for Call of Duty, it has less pre-order numbers then the other COD games.

Comparing to Battlefield

Now let’s compare Infinite Warfare to the newest Battlefield, Battlefield 1. Infinite Warfare, still in the future, but Battlefield 1, it’s in World War I. EA has tried something different with Battlefield with Hardline in 2015, but it was, eh. But I guess EA found out the new stuff backfired so they went back to war stuff, and World War I came in their minds and Battlefield 1 became to be. It looks like Battlefield 1 is getting a lot of love after Infinite Warfare got hate, and its kind a obvious that COD players are switching to Battlefield. Lemme make a theory about this, I think Battlefield 1 is gonna sell better than Infinite Warfare, that’s my theory, yeah Battlefield 1 gets released a few weeks after COD, but I think Battlefield 1 is gonna sell well than Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

Would I buy it?

In all honesty, probably, when the price drops. I only buy games when its around $20, and I don’t buy it full price, which is $60. So I would only buy games I’m hyped for when it’s low price. Anyways, I’ll probably gonna buy it, I’m not a COD player but I’ll try it out when I buy it.

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Hyped Games Get Delayed: Loses People’s Interest?

Games have been delayed often twice or more, examples?

Mighty No. 9, a spiritual successor to Mega Man, which was successfully funded on Kickstarter but suffered a few delays because the developers wanted the game to have a stable launch which angered fans who were anticipated for the game. Not only that but the trailer for it was hated because of the graphics for some reason and the narrator was crap.

Dark Souls II, got delayed a few times but was finally released in 2014, the year where the eighth generation already came. But Dark Souls II still sold well.

Duke Nukem Forever, well probably, but was announced a few times but never came and was stuck in development hell for years until 2011, which people weren’t happy with Duke’s return because there were problems. Also to point out it didn’t sell well.

These are games that have been hyped up, but when the delay button hits, some people are disappointed, but when a delay button hits again, more people leave the anticipation, then it hits again and again, and almost everyone who were in the hype train leave and the game is almost forgotten.

Okay, I think I sounded too sinister about it, but what I’m saying is that whenever games get hyped up it gets a delay then people leave the hype train, and once it gets delayed twice or the third time, or more, a lot of people leave, which makes the game almost forgotten.

Games I want to try out and I’m kind a hyped for.

Games that have been out but want to try:

Battleborn

Battlefield Hardline

Bloodborne

Dark Souls III

Destiny (probably)

The Division

Doom 4 (Just calling it DOOM will  make it confusing with the original)

EA UFC 2

Far Cry 4

Far Cry Primal

Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator (Maybe)

Homefront: The Revolution

Mega Man: Legacy Collection (Maybe)

Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst

One Piece: Burning Blood (Maybe)

Overwatch

PvZ: Garden Warfare 2

Rainbow Six Siege

Ratchet & Clank

Street Fighter V

Tales from the Borderlands

Tomb Raider

TMNT: Mutants  in Manhattan

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Valkyria Chronicles Remastered

Wolfenstein: The New Order and Old Blood

Games that are coming out soon:

Agents of Mayhem (Since I’m a Saints Row, It looks interesting, though I’ll probably not play it day one, probably wait for a price drop.

Among the Sleep (From watching gameplay of it, its very great, and since its coming to consoles I’ll check it out)

Attack on Titan

Batman: Return to Arkham (probably gonna buy it)

Battlefield 1 (Thank god Its not futuristic like Infinite Warfare, EA has been doing different stuff with Battlefield)

BlazBlue: Central Fiction (maybe)

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (despite the hate and ridiculously having MW1 Remastered bundled with no physical copy, I’ll still play it when the price drops)

Dead Island 2

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Final Fantasy VII Remake (As a guy who never played the original I’m kinda looking forward to this remake).

Final Fantasy XV

For Honor

Gran Turismo Sport

Horizon Zero Dawn

Injustice 2

King of Fighters XIV

Kingdom Hearts III and HD Final Chapter

The Last Guardian

Mafia III

Mighty No. 9

Nioh

No Man’s Sky

Persona 5

Rocket League

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

South Park: The Fractured but Whole

Watch Dogs 2

 

 

New Initial D Legend 1 Review: A Great Re-Telling But no Eurobeat

Initial D, a very great anime that focuses on street racing in the late 1990s. Spawned over six anime arcs around 1999 to 2013. It was known in North America, however the original English distributor Tokyopop screwed everything up with the original English dub and manga translations. Of course Tokyopop dropped the license and FUNimation took over the Initial D merchandise, although for some reason they didn’t re-translate the manga, and Fifth and Final Stage was never dubbed.

But anyways, Initial D, it was a very cool anime, and it was also popular because of the arcade games. Believe it or not I discovered Initial D from Initial D Arcade Stage 4, (which was the last Arcade Stage in North America with the next arcade games being Asia exclusive), I eventually found out it was actually an anime, it was very cool and the animations from First Stage to Fifth Stage has improved though Fifth Stage’s character design was, ehh.

But anyways, Three anime films that re-tell the story of the first story arc of Intial D were released around 2014 to 2016. Now then, let’s get started with my review of New Initial D: Legend 1.

Plot

In the early morning of Mt. Akina, Koichiro Iketani, the leader of the Akina Speed Stars is driving around, until he sees a race between the AE86 and an RX-7 driven by Keisuke Takahashi, member of the Akagi Red Suns. Keisuke gets defeated and Iketani finds him, in which Keisuke thinks he encountered “a ghost”.

In a school, two friends, Takumi Fujiwara, and Itsuki Takeuchi where Itsuki is talking about what Iketani saw an Eight Six raced against Keisuke’s RX-7. Takumi doesn’t know what a Eight Six is, but Itsuki claims it still good despite being old. Both of them are then encountered by a girl named Natsuki Mogi, as far as I can remember they talk about how much money is the car, then she leaves. Takumi actually has history with Natsuki, Takumi used to be in a soccer group and Natsuki was the coach, during that time, Takumi had a fight with senior, in the anime it was said that the senior was talking about sexual stuff with Natsuki and Takumi beat the senior’s ass.

Takumi and Itsuki goes to work at a gas station with Iketani. During work, Keisuke comes to the gas station, and he talks to Iketani if he knows who the driver of the Eight Six is, which Iketani responds that he doesn’t know. Later that day, members of the Akina Speed Stars visit the gas station and talks about the Eight Six, the manager of the gas station Yuichi Tachibana, reveals that the original Eight Six driver is now a tofu delivery man. At Night, Iketani does a practice with his Silvia S13, Takumi is literally scared to death like a bitch from Iketani’s driving. After they arrive to the Speed Stars’ meet, they encounter the Akagi Red Suns, led by Ryosuke and Keisuke Takahashi.

The Red Suns tell the Speed Stars that they’re here to practice, the Red Suns start practicing with the Speed Stars immediately following them. The Speed Stars are outmaneuvered and can’t catch up, Iketani however doesn’t give up but during his second run, he crashes his car.

The next day, Keisuke reveals at the gas station that they will postpone the match till next week to Takumi and Itsuki. Iketani, out of desperation, finally finds Bunta Fujiwara, the father of Takumi, which the Speed Stars are unaware that Takumi is Bunta’s father. Iketani tries to convince Bunta, but rejects, and Iketani does this every day. Bunta visits the gas station and Yuichi suggests to send Takumi. Bunta takes the suggestion and accepts Iketani’s offer.

On the day of the race, Takumi asks Bunta to use the car to go on a date with Natsuki, he accepts but on one occasion, Takumi must arrive at Mt. Akina to race against The Red Suns, Takumi hesitantly accepts and rushes to Mt. Akina. Iketani and the Speed Stars becomes impatient that the Eight Six hasn’t appeared, so Iketani decides to let his friend Kenji to race, however as the race was about to begin, the Eight Six appears, albeit late. The Speed Stars, are in shock, however, as they ask Takumi why he’s driving the Eight Six. They find out that Takumi is the son of Bunta, and It was actually him who raced Keisuke a few nights ago. This angers Itsuki because Takumi showed up random with the Eight Six, and he explains to Takumi that the car he’s driving is an Eight Six and there are two versions, the Trueno and Levin, and are collectively called Eight Sixes, while the Red Suns are literally silently, but patiently waiting for the conversation to end. Iketani finally lets Takumi race.

The race officially begins, with Takumi becomes the victor after doing his signature “Gutter Drop”. After the race, Takumi and Keisuke meet, in which Keisuke admits defeat. The next morning. Takumi is on a date with Natsuki at the beach while reflecting on his race with Keisuke. Takumi starts his next delivery and prepares his journey of a racer. At the ending of the credits, Takeshi Nakazato of the Myogi Night Kids search around Akina to find the Eight Six.

And there you go, my summary of New Initial D Legend 1. Now what did I think of it?

Final Thoughts

New Initial D Legend 1, is very good, the animation is very great and the character designs look  better, my problem with New Initial D, is that it has no Eurobeat, instead we have rock songs. Now Eurobeat is part of Initial D, and its kind of sad that there’s no Eurobeat, although the songs in New Initial D is good.

I’ve heard that its a trilogy movie and the final one mostly focuses on the race between Takumi and Ryosuke. I have watched the second one that focuses on the Night Kids. I haven’t watched the final one yet since there’s no fan sub yet. The movies are a trilogy but because the final movie Legend 3 focuses on the race with Takumi and Ryosuke, they had to cut a few parts in the first story arc, the race with Mako Sako and Sayuki of Impact Blue and the race with Kenta Nakamura of the Red Suns. But still its great, I’ll make a blog post of Legend 2 sometime and I’m still waiting on a fan sub of Legend 3. Final thoughts, Its great

 

Are Remasters Even Worth It and Do They Matter?

Remasters are now the current games for PS4, Xbox One, and I think the Wii U. But are they even worth it? This is what I think, remastered game are kind a not worth it, but its for people who never played a game they missed or they didn’t own a console. Remasters are just games from 360 and PS3 but with updated visuals. Almost all of the library on the PS4 and Xbox One are remasters, examples? Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition, Dishonored: Definitive Edition, Saints Row IV: Re-Elected, Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition, Dead Island: Definitive Collection, DmC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition, Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition, God of War III Remastered, etc. etc. Remasters are games from last gen with updated visuals and all DLC, it’s also for people who missed a game. But here’s what I think, If there’s a remaster for the PS4 and Xbox One, buy the original, for the 360 and PS3. Remasters are kind a not worth it, but its for people who never played it before or they missed it.