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DayZ Livonia Xbox One X (First Impression)

Upon spawning into Livonia for the first time, i am greeted with obscure and gloomy setting.

So what do i think of the Livonia DLC?

Bugs Bugs and more Bugs.
The game looks gorgeous in 4k with my Sony 75′ TV but that is about it.
Everything sooner or later becomes cruel in functioning in game.

Items disappear into your inventory.
Can’t pick up items (even when dropped).
Can’t load ammo into clips (cannot load clips either).
Can not eat foods or open cans.
Will not stay couched while aiming with some weapons.
Sometimes your item/equipment menu will not show up.
Items and things stay locked in place.
So many bugs but worst of all is when you unload an entire clip into a Zed with no effect while it is tearing you apart.
Yes, Zeds with GOD mode on.

If you don’t mind playing a cruel game with so many bugs then go for it, else i would wait, but knowing how unforgiving Bohemia Interactive is, you just might wait for a very long time.

Dec.6 2019 UPDATE:

Alright now. Livonia is way too brutally cruel.
Not saying i can’t survive, in fact i haven’t died yet but i have found myself dedicating way too much time just to be able to survive.
DayZ Livonia is entertaining and gives you a survival rush but things quickly turn into a burden and gets very repetitive, unforgiving and barely worth the time.

For example:
There are more Zeds now. I counted about 15 at one time in Charnarus but in Livonia there can get up 27 dead Zeds in the same area to the point where your Xbox One X crashes with so many on screen.

Just trying reach and use a water pump you must either patiently sneak and wait for an opportunity or clear out the surrounding area of Zeds in case you are spotted like one normally does.
Yes, it is wise to use an ax or some blunt weapon that isn’t loud which draw attention but sadly soon during or after the melee, another Zed spots you, then another and another no matter how many you kill.
So try filling up a jerry can with water which takes a while and these things keep popping up around you, often fighting 2 or 3 at a time.
So best thing for me to do is just use my firearm and clear out the area which drains your rare ammo.
That is another thing. Items and ammo are rare unless you search long hours for it.
Just trying to find a leather repair kit or spark plug through several towns can be very time consuming unless you are lucky.
Also, Danger is everywhere.
Zeds are all over the map, even in rural areas with a fast re-spawn rate and can amass to such a number of them that it would make the server or client system crash.
Then there are wolves (haven’t seen a bear yet) that howl when nearby which usually indicates they sense you. Just try running from them or use a vehicle to get away. They will follow you through half the map. Don’t believe it? When they spot you, drive very far away and wait there between 10 to 20 mins. The same wolves will find you. Just using your weapon scope or some binoculars you can seem them coming on the same road you just came from.
Worst yet, I found out the hard way that Wolves and Zeds ignore each other and focus on you instead.
Finally i locate the only gas station on the Livonia map (1 known so far using online map) and upon reaching it, i find you cannot draw any gas from the pumps. Is this a bug?
Add in the common thunder storms which bring the terrible cold and wet degrading health issue and you have yourself a nightmare of a game.

To wrap this up: Not a bad game if you like the challenge but so time consuming and i can’t afford so many hours with very little incentives.
I’ll stick with the Charnarus map for now.

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

Red Dead Redemption 2 Online

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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