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Samurai Shodown (2019)


It has happened! It just was a few days ago that i have bought again the Samurai Shodown 2D classics (1,2,3,4 and 5) for my Xbox One X. The future is here with yet another SNK masterpiece running under Unreal Engine 4.

OK enough words. just a few more.

Release will be this summer 2019 for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Online

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Well, it’s here and strange as heck!

The online multiplayer Red Dead 2 seems to have a weird start. 
I mean RDR2 single player feels very different to RDR2 online and totally different from RDR1 multiplayer which of course is one of the best multiplayer setups in a game to date.

The instances for online missions is ok i guess but i really don’t like being forced to join up with others to play a mission especially a mission one never has done before.
Worst yet, having to join up with some fellow gunslingers to progress through a mission for online unlocks, without the availability of solo play progression.

Where are the gang hideout gunfight plays like in the first RDR multiplayer?
I read online that they are there but none have triggered for me so far. Maybe i must progress further in the online missions. Not sure yet.

No private or passive free roam.
One may be unfortunate enough to stumble upon an online session filled with little kids yelling like retards going in an instant kill fest especially for new spawned players.
This of course ruins the whole gaming experience online.

Affordability has gone crazy.
Everything from single player to online costs 3 to 4 times as much and making money online. Not to mention one makes very little loot from various activities and it is tedious work. Many hour one will have to put in just to afford a new saddle.
This may be no mistake as it makes way for Rockstar’s micro-transactions like the GTA5 shark cards. Nice way to piss off many gamers again.

Is it too early to complain? Sure, it could be but like always i doubt any major overhaul of righteous updating will happen anytime.

Also, have fun spending 900 hours to reach level 50, which would be a pleasure if the online experience currently didn’t suck bad.

At least we have Read Dead Redemption 1 multiplayer (in HD 1080p or 4K) thanks to Xbox One X enhanced.

DayZ Xbox One X – Return to the Mayhem

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Alright, DayZ on the Xbox One X as beta (game preview).   I’ll keep this very short.

After for some weeks and a few updates later i see a pattern  going on.

A pattern that has been going on for 5 years on PC version of Dayz.

The usual player progression save wipes occur after every version update which of course suck big time. Nothing more annoying than starting over by force.

The console version (unlike steam standalone) has the character saved per console (where DayZ is installed on the hard drive), not per account. This mean if you sign into another account in Xbox One, then that account would play DayZ’s saved player from the original account that initially started that player.
So if one wished to start another character, they would have to use another Xbox One console with a separately installed DayZ.

Most of the beta preview servers are set for night time (pitch black), heavy rain and fog to the extreme (which barely ever changes), making the game very difficult to play.
Btw. No private servers for the Xbox One yet.

There are the classic bugs and new ones from zeds going through doors, weapon misalignment, item that don’t work as they should and now more than ever since the last update, crashes.

Yes crashes. That horrible screen freeze with the static hardware error noise that absolutely can’t be healthy for a Xbox One.
I would believe that crashes would be top priority especially after an update that made it worse.

All that aside there still is one thing that really worries me.

Will they treat the Xbox One (or any console)  version like they did/do the PC?

The PC version has been in beta for 5 years.
Meaning incomplete with everlasting updates.

Will the console version be subject to a everlasting beta state to piss us off every now and then?

Be sure to submit any bugs and feedback at feedback.bistudio.com

Red Dead Redemption – Xbox One X – 4K Enhanced!

The main reason why i bought a Xbox One X was to have the best version of Red Dead Redemption available and now that investment has delivered farther than i expected.

Never thought it would happen but now Xbox One X owners can have their Xbox 360 Red Dead Redemption game running in glorious 4K resolution including improved frame rate and updated graphic maps.

The Good and Bad: This update is for the Xbox One X only, not Xbox One or Xbox One S.

The Ugly; Sony…

Xbox One X 1TB Console – Project Scorpio Edition

Xbox One X 1TB Console – Project Scorpio Edition

Is the Xbox One X really worth $499 USD?  Lets see.

Can a gamer today really build a PC with 500 bucks?
Maybe, but among the best graphic cards will set you back at least 400 bucks.

What about 4K gaming on a 500 clams budget?  Not happening.
Building a rig that can actually do 4K gaming without some issues is a challenge which of course would push your budget way past $500.

Many may disagree but i believe the Xbox One X worth the price.
One thing is for sure, it’s a beast of a gaming machine with true 4K ability.

  • CPU: Eight-core 2.3GHz processor
  • GPU: 40 compute units at 1172MHz
  • RAM: 12GB GDDR5 (shared between system and GPU)
  • Bandwidth: 326GB/s
  • Storage: 1TB hard disk
  • Disc: UHD Blu-ray player
  • Video: 4K output, HDR 10 support
  • Audio: DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 and Atmos, PCM 2.0, 5.1, 7.1
  • Wireless: Bluetooth, dual-band Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, IR blaster
  • Connectors: 2x HDMI (2.0b out, 1.4b in), 3x USB 3.0 ports, IR out, S/PDIF, Ethernet

That is  one impressive set of specs.

Pre-orders become available every now and then so keep checking around especially on Microsoft’s product site which occurs more aften then anywhere else:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/d/xbox-one-x-1tb-console-project-scorpio-edition/8zjh508rnql0/3rkj

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/d/xbox-one-x-1tb-console/8nq33jvv1s9v/

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10 Games we wish was available on Steam

Have you ever wished some of your favorite games was available on Steam?
If you are a gamer and you know steam then you know what we are talking about.
Here are 10 games we wish was available on Steam:

10. Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike – Why would anyone not want to see this great 2D fighter in their Steam list?  I’d trade Street Fighter V for this 2D masterpiece any day.
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9. SoulCalibur – SoulBlade was great on the PSX but SoulCalibur on the Dreamcast is the one to have. How can this fail on Steam? Great action 3D fighter that deserves a big gaming community.
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8. Nights: Jouney into Dreams –  Not many games have such a special feeling to them although they mey be thrilling, top notch or excellent. Nights into Dreams is one unique game that has a particular kid like joyful holiday imagination to it. cnid1I love how the game changes according to the time of the year like date-specific costumes, title screens and easter eggs plus a hidden playable character.  There just is something magical about this game that makes my inner childhood smile with joy. Why not complete the magic by adding Journey into Dreams to Steam?
Nights into Dreams remastered in HD is available on Steam but Journey into Dreams still remains exclusively on the Nintendo Wii.
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7. The Warriors – How cool would it be to see this game with an HD upgrade on Steam.
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6. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night – Often called the best in the 2D Castlevania series, it is one that is worthy of an HD and possibly more content upgrade.  Can you imagine this in your Steam library?
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5. Samurai Shodown 4 – This one may actually come to Steam as Last Blade was recently released  (Aug. 2016). I have to say the Last Blade port leaves much to be desired which is presented in fullscreen and the lack of an HD upgrade.
Could the Samurai Shodown games make their way to Steam anytime soon? Seems very likely but maybe not anytime soon. How about a possible HD upgrade this time around eh?
PS. Love my Sam Sho Anthology (PS2). Give us Sam Sho 1,2,3,4,5 all in HD please!
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4. Shining Force 3 – With this one we are really dreaming. So what? It would be super great. Let me start with the fact that I have 2 modded Saturns (along with SSF Saturn emulator on the PC) with Shining Force 3 Scenario 1, 2 and 3. That is Scenario 1 US and JPN import 2 and 3.
Thanks to the folks at shiningforcecentral.com and their hard work for the Scenario 1, 2, 3 and Shining Force III Premium Disk translation project (sf3trans.shiningforcecentral.com). Yes, you can actually play shining force 3 scenario 2 and 3 in english (modded saturn or emulator required).
Can you imagine Shining Force 3 scenario 1, 2 and 3 HD in english on Steam?!
That is some serious dreaming but who knows, anything is possible.
I still would like to Thank the developers for the greatest turn based RPG of all time and thank the fans for the translation work. By the way, Shining Force 1 and 2 is available on Steam in the SEGA Mega Drive & Genesis Classics bundle or can be purchased separately.
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3. Street Fighter Alpha 3 – Another most enjoyable 2D fighter that should have already been in our Steam library. C’mon Capcom!
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2. Red Dead Redemption – Yeah, I know Read Dead 2 is in the works, but considering that this game is in many top game lists across the net and it is one of the most desired games for a PC release. Why have they not released this masterpiece for the PC?!!!
I guarantee you that this game would have been in the top best sold and best rated games in the Steam library. The fun and replay factor is fantastic for both single and multiplayer online so what are they waiting for? What are they doing? I would have waited for this game if it meant Grand Theft Auto 5 held off till Red Dead Redemption was released on the PC.
Imagine Red Dead Redemption in HD on Steam!
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1. Metal Gear Solid – No argument and no disagreements, hands down winner and qualifier in such a list.  Since it’s inception on the Playstation, Metal Gear Solid left a captivating effect on gamers worldwide. What other game is worthy of a HD upgrade and would make an excellent addition to the Steam library.
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Are the game company/corporation executives paying any attention to their fans?

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5. DayZ Standalone (steam) – In a apocalyptic zombie world, surviving is always the winning element in Dayz SA. The search for food, warmth, medicine, tools, weapons, health, shelter and survivors can be your friend or your fall.
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4. The Last of US Remastered (PS4)- Third person survival horror action in post apocalyptic United States. originally available for the PS3 and remastered for the PS4.
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3. Silent Hill (psx) – A classic survival horror with a very dark and gloomy atmosphere. Tedious encounters and exploration but scary in a unknown paranoia way.
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2. Resident Evil (1996) – This was a very tough one to decide when up against Resident Evil 2 (psx) but i had to give to the one that started the Resident Evil series. How much action and replay has been put through this fine game.
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The original PSX version was a great addition to the Playstation library but then arrived Resident Evil HD Remaster. REHD Remaster was released worldwide for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One in 2015. The HD version supports 5.1 surround sound as well as a resolution of 1080p and a widescreen aspect ratio of 16:9.
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Maybe Resident Evil 2 should have been number 2 in this list. Remember the RE2 demo disk? How much fun have you had replayiing that demo? It was a blast making it to the police station over and over. Then the date arrived when the full game was released and it was fantastic. A remaster version is in the works too.
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1. Resident Evil 4 (PS2) – Today available in HD on Windows PC steam and HD consoles. This tops our list in survival horror gaming and i must point out that i hate QTEs (quick time events) with a passion but somehow they are worth it in RE4.  Having many versions of the game from PS2, PS3/PS4 HD and steam PC HD but I think my favorite version is the original Windows PC modded version with upgraded HD textures, re-skins, rearranged enemies and so much more.
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It can’t be denied that Resident Evil 4 is also included across the internet best games of all time lists.

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Red Dead Redemption Multiplayer

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My personal list of the top 10 greatest games ever made, Red Dead Redemption would in that list.

Just a few days ago, i decided to fire up my PS3 and hit RDR Multiplayer to find some weird stuff going on. When i joined a friendly session, i noticed one player gaining XP like crazy and soon after things started to disappear and everything went very weird. I then did a net search and here is what i found :

The Problem

Most of the multiplayer servers are hacked rendering public free roam unplayable. This has been happening for both 360 and PS3 since 2014. Xbox One new comers (or old vets) are just finding out since it still uses the last gen servers. Same servers, same bugs and glitches. Anyways, there currently exists a mod called ride-able zombie mod (you bring a zombie from Undead Overrun and use it as a mount) that spreads throughout the online public servers like a virus because it’s a glitch combined with a mod. This mod can be identified as an undying NPC glitched on the ground. Us regular folk see the glitch (it in it’s human form as glitched NPC) but not zombie because we’re not modded. When shot the glitched NPC will give off a normal amount of XP points but since it can’t die the xp score keeps going and going infinitely essentially leveling you up. Doing this will cause the glitched NPC to multiply and eventually cause tremendous lag/slowdown, overloading the server causing a variety of problems including, Invisible players, Infinite loading screens, and Console freezing.

The Bigger Problem

Those ignorant of what the mod is will likely shoot the NPC’s for the free XP, completely unaware of the damage they are causing to the game. They will also become infected with the mod behaving sort of like a “nest” for the glitched NPC’s, carrying them wherever they go in their games cache, reproducing them and causing the previously stated problems. Even if you avoid shooting the glitched NPC’s you will still carry them with you if you either come into contact with a “nest” player or spawn in area heavily infected with them like McFarlanes Ranch.

SWITCHING LOBBIES DOES NOT FIX THE PROBLEM! YOU WILL ONLY SPREAD THE VIRUS EVEN MORE!

The solution

There is no solution. Rockstar support has made no official comment for a 2nd patch since July 2014. NOT A WORD EVER SINCE! Anyone with a jailbroken console can get mods for RDR and run around freezing other player’s consoles. I wish i was joking but i’m not. Remember that when RDR released it was a hilariously buggy game. That’s because the game’s Rage engine is very messy resulting in lots of glitches. So, the modding community have found multiple ways to abuse the errors in the game’s internal code causing it to freeze the console and other game destroying mods like the ride-able zombie mod.

These problems are partly due to the game’s complicated upbringing since it was almost canceled. Dan houser himself called RDR “a recurring nightmare” during development in an email that was recently brought up during a lawsuit against Rockstar (SOURCE- http://www.gamespot.com/articles/red-dead-redemption-a-recurring-nightmare-during-d/1100-6438770/ ) The bugs and messy game engine is ALSO another reason why it was never planned to be ported to PC (SOURCE-http://kotaku.com/5847192/dont-expect-red-dead-redemption-to-ever-come-out-on-pc )

Temporay Solutions

  • DO NOT SHOOT the giltched NPC’s!!! If anyone in your lobby begins shooting them vote to kick them out or immediately switch to a new lobby but remember not to switch while in an heavily infected area. Players leveling up using the glitched NPC’s can be easily identified by their rapid and infinitely increasing score.
  • Entering Multiplayer through the main menus will likely give you an infinite loading screen. To enter safely and un-infected go to Singleplayer first, pause and select Multiplayer, then Multiplayer PRIVATE, from there you can safely switch to public.
  • The outfitter only works in private. Attempting to enter in an infected public will likely give you infinite an loading screen.
  • Some days public will work fine, other days when there is heavy traffic (weekends) the virus will re-spread.
  • Avoid commonly infected areas such as McFarlanes Ranch and Armadillo. Mexico is safest.
  • Sometimes “Nest players” will inevitably glitch themselves up to level 50, 5th prestige (max level) and really, really doom the servers and areas they’ve been to. In order to test if your lobby is playable, whistle for your Mount. If it does not spawn then your lobby is very, very infected.
  • If you have somehow become infected (which you most likely will be), log off then log yourself back in. This will remove the buggers off your cache. Don’t forget to re-enter through Multiplayer Private first.
  • Add as many people as you can to your friends list and invite them to a private free roam. Remember that everyone has to enter through the Singleplayer method or else you risk the private free roam becoming infected if anyone came from public.
  • Make sure to start from private free roam if you’d like to play the other game modes like gang matches, poker, horse races, undead overrun etc. This will prevent any public infected players from joining and ruining your game.
  • PS3 ONLY- you can spawn clean public lobbies using this simple method-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4q5KQVewkRo
  • Try something new. Try playing in the smaller community servers like Friendly or Hardcore. Smaller communities are likely to have less infected servers due to their smaller player base and significantly less likely to run into a modder. Remember that they can freeze your console at will and respawn the glitched NPC’s mod anytime.
  • Voice your discontent. Here is Rockstar’s RDR support page (https://support.rockstargames.com/hc/en-us/community/topics/200025576-Red-Dead-Redemption ). Submit a ticket and complain about the state of multiplayer. They will most likely ignore you but with a little perseverance and enough people caring about this wonderful game this is the best chance we have at getting it fixed.

Thanks for sticking with me through the entire post! Be sure to inform others about the status of RDR online and if you have the time be sure to check out my small YT channel!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fv-D-MNq2S4 -Thank you!

Good luck!

Thank you Reddit user USSV-Cdr_Cobra:

This game really needs some attention from the developers. I was hoping maybe soon a PC version or even a high res 4k version for PS4 could be possible but for now, a multiplayer patch is seriously needed.  Sporting some incredibly fun replay value and probably one if the best multiplayer systems ever.

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It is such a shame that such a great game has to be partly ruined.

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